Waban’s 45th annual telethon

SANFORD – The 45th Annual Waban Telethon was held on Saturday, March19, at the St. Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford.  The Telethon was sponsored by the St. Thérese of Lisieux Parish.  Individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations once again came together as a community in support of Waban to raise $87,046.00!

Neal Meltzer, Waban’s Executive Director, expressed his gratitude to all those who made it possible, “The 45th Waban Annual Telethon was a tremendous success in multiple ways.  Hundreds of community members volunteered their time through the year raising funds, creating crafts to donate, and organizing a host of other activities. The Telethon itself is put on by volunteers including the breakfast and lunch by the Knights of Columbus, orchestrating and running the phone bank, collecting raffle tickets, distributing gifts, and broadcasting the entire event on television and radio. In addition, let’s not forget the exceptionally talented entertainers, and this year the schedule was overflowing. There were over one hundred youth dancers and dozens of musicians who selflessly gave of their time.”

Waban staff member Pam Lajoie received the Waban Making a Difference Award for her committed and passionate service to the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center.  In the community category, the Waban Making a Difference Award was given to two leaders, Mark Mickeriz of Sanford Institution for Savings and Brad Paige of Kennebunk Savings. These two individuals represent banks that led the way with the first large donations to kick off the “Building Success in Kids, One Piece at a Time” capital campaign for the new Autism Therapy Wing at the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center. Both banks have maintained a tradition of generosity and donations made to 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. In addition, the entire Telethon was simulcast and heard live on “The Legends” radio stations 1220 AM and 102.3 FM. The phone bank was provided by DSCI. This year’s hosts were Kevin Mannix of WCSH-TV, long-time volunteers RJ and Jim Legere, and Dave Stevens from “The Legends” radio. Some of the larger donors were:

“Pennies for Waban” – Doris & Val Grondin – $8,800
($4,400 which is matched by General Electric)
Light It Up Blue  –  $5,480
Jammin’ for Waban  –  $5,000
Evonik/Cyro Industries – $3,500
O-N Enterprises Bowl-A-Rama – $2,500
St. Therese of Liseux Parish – $2,000
Springvale Social Club and
Knights of Columbus – $2,892
St. Thomas Knights of Columbus – $1,855
Metrocast – $1,500
Marc Motors – $1,085
Catholic Financial Life – $1,020
Garnsey Brothers Insurance  –  $1,000
Bonanza – $1,000
H.M. Payson – $1,000
Patco Construction – $1,000
Pratt & Whitney – $1,000
Sanford  – $1,000
Sanford Institution for Savings  – $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 go toward the capital campaign for the new Autism Therapy Wing of Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center.  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.

To view more great photos of the Telethon visit our Facebook page!!