Waban’s 43rd annual telethon

SANFORD – The 43rd Annual Waban Telethon was held on Saturday, March 15th, at the St. Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford. The Telethon was sponsored by theSt. 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 gasoline costing over $3.60 per gallon and the price of heating oil hovering around $4.00 per gallon during one of our longest and coldest winters in recent memory, individuals, businesses, and organizations came together and demonstrated their unflagging support of the programs at Waban by raising $80,112.00!!
In addition to the wonderful entertainment, fun events throughout the day, samples of Heidi’s Pot Pies, and great ice cream donated by Shain’s of Maine, there were several special ceremonies. Waban staff members Marie Kingsbury and Sandra Flynn received the Waban Making a Difference Award for their committed and passionate service. In the community category, the  Waban Making a Difference Award was given to Mark and Matt Rouillard for Central Furniture’s long time family tradition of generosity and donations made to Waban.
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, long-time volunteers RJ and Jim Legere, and Melissa Hall from Waban. Some of the larger donors were:
“Pennies for Waban” – Doris & Val Grondin, Rosemary Frank, $8,200 ($4,100 which is matched by General Electric),
Evonik/Cyro Industries, $3,500,
Sanford Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association & State Council, $3,427,
St. Therese of Liseux Parish, $2,000,
Amvets Post 3, $2,000,
American Security Alarm, $1,500,
Knights of Columbus Springvale Social Club, $1,500,
O-N Enterprise, Bowl-A-Rama, $1,500,
Sanford Institute for Savings, $1,500,
Metrocast, $1,200,
St. Thomas Knights of Columbus, $1,112,
Sanford Amtgard L.A.R.P., $1,100,
Marc Motors, $1,002,
Claudette Haq, $1,000,
Fresco Mexican Grill & Community Smoothie, $1,000,
Garnsey Brothers Insurance, $1,000,
H.M. Payson, $1,000,
Patco Construction, $1,000,
Pratt & Whitney, $1,000,
Sanford Flooring, $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.