SANFORD - The 46th Annual Waban
Telethon will be held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at the St.
Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford, ME from 10am to 6pm. This year the
Telethon will again benefit the new Autism Therapy Wing to be added to the
Fraser-Ford Child Development Center. Construction begins this month and
classrooms will be open in September 2017!
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 be from Kittery to Presque Isle including all York and
Cumberland counties as well as most of the state of New Hampshire.
Last year’s Telethon raised
$87,046, bringing the total over the past 46 years to $2,323,843 in funds
raised by the generous individuals, businesses and organizations of this
community. These critical funds are used for developmental therapy, specialized
equipment, therapeutic recreation, and other educational and habilitation-based
services for children who attend Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center
or who receive services from the Children’s Case Management Program. This year,
proceeds from the Telethon will be directed to Waban’s capital campaign for the
new Autism Therapy Wing.
The prevalence of autism has
increased by 289% in the past 12 years. An astonishing 1 in 68 children is
diagnosed with autism. As the effectiveness of Waban’s autism instruction has
increased, so has the demand for services. While Waban has a proven clinical
approach to addressing the needs of children with autism, the existing Center
is operating at full capacity. A new, state-of-the-art Autism Therapy Wing will
provide 6,000 square feet of additional space with classrooms, consulting rooms
and a large multipurpose space.
The Telethon is sponsored by St.
Thèrése of Liseux Parish Catholic Church of Sanford-Springvale.
Hosts for the day will include
the ever-popular Kevin Mannix, RJ & Jim Legere, the sons of long-time
Telethon volunteers Bud and Sandy Legere, and Dave Stevens from “The Legends”
local radio station, joining Neal Meltzer, Gervaise Flynn and Melissa Hall. The
Legends will be doing a simulcast of the Telethon, so you can tune in on 102.3
FM or AM 1220.
Entertainment will kick off with
The Returnables Band, and will continue throughout the day. Returning this year
will be the much-loved Ben Guillemette with his band, talented country singer
Brian Wardwell, Steppin Out Dance Center, the Eric Andrews Quartet, Jazz
Tappin’ Dance Academy, Taylor Road band, Northern Explosion dance center, and
much more. The Sanford Mainers’ own B'roose da Moose and Kenny Bear from
Kennebunk Savings Bank will be there and once again, MECA will be on hand to
finish out the day.
There will be guest appearances throughout the day including
parents from the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center discussing how the
program has helped their children, and the awarding of the Waban Making A
Difference Award to a community member and a Waban staff member who over an
extended period of time through their dedication and efforts have made an
indelible difference in the lives of the children and adults that Waban
supports. Receiving the awards this year will be Beverly Lelievre in the
Staff category and Evonik Cyro, selected in the Community category.
Certificates for merchandise and
other gifts, donated by merchants, businesses, and individuals, will be given
away for donations and pledges throughout the day. Items include
furniture from Central Furniture, tickets and passes to UMaine Black Bears and
UNH Wildcats sporting events, Portland Symphony Orchestra tickets, an
autographed photo of Malcolm Butler from the Superbowl Champion New England
Patriots, Downeaster tickets and more!
You’ll also find various gift
baskets, gift certificates from Bonanza and many area restaurants and salons,
ice cream cakes from Dairy Queen, and much, much more. There will be
several raffles including a recliner donated by Landry’s Furniture Barn, a $200
VISA card, a Manatee Kayak Package with paddles and cover donated anonymously,
and a 12’ Old Town Canoe. Electronic items in this year’s raffle include
an iPad Mini and a Parrot Bebop Drone. More details are being added daily to
Waban’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/wabanprojects.
Check out photos of gifts, updates about entertainment and news about the
As part of this family-friendly
event, there will be crafts and other activities for children going on
throughout the day. In addition, there will be tasty things to eat starting
with the Knights of Columbus breakfast featuring breakfast sandwiches, coffee,
and juice on the morning of the Telethon at the St. Ignatius Gym from 9:00 am –
10:30am. At noontime, the Knights will be offering a lunch menu that includes
hot dogs and chips and a variety of pizza and sandwiches donated by local
businesses. Be sure to visit the Shain’s of Maine ice cream table or try a
taste-test at Heidi’s Heavenly Pot Pies table. Both promise some
The evening before the Telethon,
the Knights of Columbus will be holding a baked haddock dinner on Friday night,
March 17, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm at the St. Ignatius Gym featuring baked fish,
all the helpings, and of course dessert. The cost will be $10.00 for
adults and $5.00 for children.
Leading up the Telethon, “Bowling
for Waban” will be held at the Sanford Bowl-A-Rama on Main Street from 4:00pm
to 6:00pm on Friday, March 10. Call 207-324-7955 to inquire about bowling and
reserve your lane! Donations will be taken at the door. Bowl for fun or compete
for bragging rights! You can even dress up with a team theme!
Donations of items, goods, and
services that can be given away for pledges are still being accepted. Please
contact Waban at 207-324-7955 for more information.
Donations may be called in
between 10am and 6pm during the day of the Telethon by calling 324-5344 or
1-877-544-4275 or by accessing PayPal on Waban’s web site at www.waban.org.