Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chicago Radio: WGN Starts Tornado Relief Effort

WGN 720 AM Radio and the McCormick Foundation yoday are making Tuesday, November 26th "Illinois Tornado Relief Day".

Starting with the Steve Cochran Show at 5am, the station will host a 24-hour campaign for listeners to donate to the newly-established Illinois Tornado Relief Fund. WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune have also partnered with the effort to promote additional fundraising for the day.

“We’ve all been touched by the stories of communities coming together following last Sunday’s storms,” said Todd Manley, Vice President of Content for WGN Radio. “Our WGN and Tribune families kept searching for ways to help.  Now, like so many times before, we’ll trust in the generosity of our wonderful listeners, viewers, and readers”.

The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the storms. The Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners, allowing 100% of all money raised, including the match, to be granted directly to the nonprofit agencies.  The first round of grants will distributed by the end of 2013.

There are three ways to donate:
  • Online: www.wgnradio.com
  • Call the toll-free phone number: 1-800-931-5707
  • Mail a check payable to: Illinois Tornado Relief, McCormick Foundation Processing Center23912 Network PlaceChicago, IL 60673-1239
Fundraising for this effort will continue through December 31, 2013.

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