Waban’s 42nd annual telethon
The 42nd Annual Waban Telethon was held on Saturday, March 16th, at the St. Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford. The Telethon was sponsored by the St. Therese of Liseux Parish. Although our economy continues to struggle and many people face significant financial obstacles, the community once again rose to the challenge. In spite of being in the grip of an economic recession for 5 years, individuals, businesses, and organizations came together and demonstrated their unflagging support of the programs at Waban by raising $90,403.00!!
In addition to the wonderful entertainment, fun events throughout the day, and great ice cream donated by Shain’s of Maine, there were several special ceremonies. Waban staff member Dorinda Vezina received the Waban Making a Difference Award for her committed and passionate service.
In the community category, the Waban Making a Difference Award was given to Rachel and Geoff Titherington for their generosity and donations made as business people as well as the countless hours they each have spent volunteering in local organizations. Of special note was the donation made by the Normand family in memory of Marie and Andy Normand who started and for many years maintained the penny drive for Waban.
The Telethon was produced by a crew from Metrocast Cablevision. Coverage was provided by Metrocast Cablevision and Time-Warner Cablevision with an expanded viewing area going from Kittery to Presque Isle and through most of New Hampshire. The phone bank was provided by Unified Technologies. This year’s hosts were Kevin Mannix of WCSH-TV and long time volunteers Kristen Guillemette Perfetuo and RJ and Jim Legere. Some of the larger donors were:
“Penny People” Rosemary Frank, Doris & Val Grondin, $12,018 ($6,009 which is matched by General Electric),
Haddock 100- Iron Tails Saloon, $6,750,
Sanford Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association & State Council, $3,641,
Evonik/Cyro Industries, $3,500,
St. Therese of Liseux Parish, $2,000,
Knights of Columbus/Springvale & Springvale Social Club, $2,000,
O-N Enterprise Bowl-A-Rama, $1,510,
Mainely Ticks, $1,500,
Amvets Post 3, $1,000,
Bonanza Steakhouse, $1,000,
Garnsey Brothers Insurance, $1,000,
H.M. Payson, $1,000,
Marc Motors, $1,000,
Patco Construction, $1,000,
Pratt & Whitney,$1,000,
Roland & Rejeanne Dubois, $1,000,
Sanford Flooring, $1,000,
Sanford Institute for Savings, $1,000,
Unified Technologies, $1,000
In addition to large business donations of goods and services from Central Furniture and Landry’s Furniture, there were many other large and small personal and business donors, too numerous to mention, that were instrumental in making the Telethon such a huge success.
The funds from the Telethon will be used for developmental therapy, specialized equipment, therapeutic recreation, and other educational and habilitation-based services for children who attend the Fraser-Ford Waban Child Development Center or who receive services from the Case Management Program.
Waban is exceptionally grateful and appreciative for all the tremendous support we received from all the volunteers and donors both before and during the Telethon.