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Waban's 47th Annual Telethon

Waban’s annual telethon


Each year the communities of southern Maine come together to support Waban’s mission of providing services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Last year, individuals, businesses, and community organizations from Sanford-Springvale and beyond donated more than $87,000 to help Waban fulfill its mission.

Our 47th annual telethon is happening on March 17, 2018.

To view more great photos of the telethon visit our Facebook page.

Last year’s telethon

The 46th Annual Waban Telethon will be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at the St. Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford, from 10am to 6pm. Proceeds from the Telethon will again be directed to Waban’s new Autism Therapy Wing. With 1 in 68 children being diagnosed with autism, there are more southern Maine children in need than there are facilities to serve them. Waban is responding to this crisis and to the long list of children waiting for services by building a new Autism Therapy Wing at our Fraser-Ford Child Development Center. Construction is slated to begin in just a couple months!

Television coverage will be produced by Metrocast Cablevision (Channel 12) in conjunction with Time-Warner Cablevision (Maine Channel 9 and NH Channel 21 & 22). This year’s viewing area will include all of Maine and southern NH. The Telethon is sponsored by St. Thèrése of Liseux Parish Catholic Church of Sanford-Springvale.

Hosts for the day will include RJ & Jim Legere, Dave Stevens from “The Legends” local radio station, and Melissa Hall joining Neal Meltzer, Waban Executive Director and Gervaise Flynn, Deputy Director. The Legends will be doing a simulcast of the Telethon, so you can tune in on 102.3 FM or AM 1220.

Certificates for merchandise and other gifts, donated by merchants, businesses, and individuals, will be given away for donations and pledges throughout the day. More details are being added daily to Waban’s Facebook page at, and we’ll be tweeting throughout the day with updates @wabanmatters.

Read more about past telethons

Waban’s 45th annual telethon

Waban’s 44th annual telethon

Waban’s 43rd annual telethon

Waban’s 42th annual telethon

Waban’s 41th annual telethon

Waban’s 40th annual telethon

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