SANFORD, Maine – The community came together for the 48th time to raise funds and show its support for Waban at the annual Telethon, which was held on Saturday, March 16 in Sanford. Individuals, businesses and organizations gathered at the St. Ignatius Gym to surpass previous records for an all-time high total of $110,725!
Father Phil Tracy from Thérèse of Lisieux kicked off the event by welcoming the Waban Telethon to the St. Ignatius gym. On behalf of the Parish, he presented a check for over $3,000 and predicted that with the help of the faith-based and other community members that Waban would “pierce the $100,000 total this year.”
Donors, volunteers, visitors and entertainers contributed to the festive energy throughout the event. The entertainment got rolling with “The Wheels on the Bus,” sung by students from the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center. Festivities continued throughout the day with numerous artists and performers that ranged from upbeat rock ‘n roll groups to a guitar soloist and other vocalists. One of the highlights was a performance by over 80 dancers who filled the gym with upbeat and dramatic dances that included jazz, hip hop, lyrical and clogging routines.
The “Making A Difference Awards” were also presented that day. Waban staff member Danielle Cote, Children’s Case Management Supervisor, received an award for her committed service to Waban. In the community category, the Award was given to St. Thomas Knights of Columbus/Springvale Knights of Columbus/Springvale Social Club for their continuous and ongoing support of Waban and its programs.
Over three dozen businesses and numerous individuals generously supported the event as one of Waban’s Wall of Supporters by donating $1,000 or more. Midway through the day, Kennebunk Savings’ own Kenny Bear helped President and CEO, Brad Paige present a check for $7,500, the largest individual donation of the day. Central Furniture generously donated cottage furniture, gas grills and other items, as did Landry’s Furniture Barn. Many other businesses were instrumental in making the Telethon a success by donating goods and services, and/or volunteering their time throughout the day.