Viewers of WBAY, Channel 2, pledged a record $1.2 million for cerebral palsy (CP) last Saturday and Sunday.
The Local Cerebral Palsy Telethon in northeastern Wisconsin raised more than $73,000 over last year’s effort, according to Claire Williams, a spokeswoman for Cerebral Palsy Inc.
“It’s just phenomenal,” she said. “We are so appreciative of everything the community here in northeastern Wisconsin does for us. We can’t say thank you enough. And we could not continue to provide these services without their support.”
The program, hosted by celebrities David Seering and Dan Riley, presented musical acts. Community members pledged their contributions on the telephone and the Internet.
The money will go to the CP Center in Allouez, which offers services during the day for seniors with CP and other disabilities. Williams added that the center assists about 1,200 families annually in 17 counties across the region. Its other services include child care, therapy, and outreach support.
Broadcasting the local telethon for the last 58 years, the TV station has carried the program longer than any other station in the country.
The center is located at 2801 S. Webster Avenue. It operates a satellite service in Two Rivers.
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