WHEELING - The 39th annual Easter Seals Telethon concluded Sunday with a final total of $233,714.
The money raised stays in the Ohio Valley and support existing rehabilitation programs and cover the cost of care for those with disabilities and developmental delays who don't have insurance, are underinsured or have no financial resources to pay. Funds came from individual pledges, corporate sponsorships, civic organizations and the "VIP - Very Interested Person" program. The telethon was made possible through volunteer assistance from individuals, school and civic groups.
"Thank you simply doesn't convey the appreciation we feel towards the Ohio Valley," said Jess Puglisi-Sanders, community relations director. "The funds raised through the telethon will help so many of our clients and their families reach therapy goals. How fortunate we are to serve the community and help kids with special needs grow and flourish."
The telethon was broadcast from the WTRF-TV studios and was hosted by Brenda Danehart and Scott Nolte. Jim Conner from WKWK-FM "The Mix" hosted the entertainment segments from Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack. The Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center is a nonprofit facility providing physical, occupational and speech therapies, early intervention and education, social work services, medical services and advocacy to those developmental delays and disabilities. Easter Seals primary service area includes Brooke, Hancock, Tyler, Marshall, Ohio, Wood and Wetzel counties in West Virginia and Belmont, Monroe, Jefferson, Harrison and Washington counties in Ohio.