Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tornado Relief Radio-Telethon raises $533,000

Life changed for the Hunstville-Tennessee Valley on April 27, 2011. When the sun came up on April 28 it revealed a disaster of epic proportions. Loved ones lost, homes obliterated and neighborhoods wiped off the map.

On May 6, 2011the rallying cry of neighbor helping neighbor rang out as ringing phones. The Taking Action for the Tennessee Valley: Tornado Relief Telethon kicked off at 4:30am and continued long after 11:00 p.m. During the telethon stories were shared, tears flowed, and donations poured in. The day ended with an amazing total, $533,000.

“Today showed why the Tennessee Valley is one of the best places to live in the country,” Stan Pylant, WHNT NEWS 19 President, General Manager said, “Our community gave with their hearts.”

WHNT NEWS 19 partnered with Clear Channel's WDRM 102.1 FM in Decatur, AL. to promote and broadcast the day long telethon,including a Tornado Relief special airing from 6:30 to 8:00pm. There were live performances including former Alabama band member, Teddy Gentry with his new band Rockit City, singer Bradley Walker, Marty Raybon and other local musicians. During the event, big checks were presented and memories were shared from four of our hardest hit communities. The special ended with a candlelight vigil broadcast live from DeKalb, Franklin, Madison counties and at the WHNT NEWS 19 studios. A virtual vigil was held on WHNT NEWS 19’s Facebook page.

"The response to our relief drive has been simply amazing.” WHNT News Director and Station Manager, Denise Vickers, commented on the telethon. “I believe it's a testament to the giving spirit of people during a time of great tragedy. Thank you for helping us 'get results' for those who need it most."

All donations were made to the American Red Cross and will stay in the Tennessee Valley.

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