Waban’s 48th Annual Telethon Raised Over $110,000!
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!
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.
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. 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.
We are already looking forward to next year’s Telethon, which will be help on Saturday, March, 21, 2020.
The Annual Telethon
Every year communities in southern Maine come together to support Waban’s Telethon. For the past two years, funds have supported the new state-of-the-art Autism Therapy Wing at the Fraser Ford Child Development Center. In 2018, the community raised over $95,000 to support our teachers, case workers, clinical support and staff’s dedicated efforts on behalf of children who need specialized programs and services.
Head to our Facebook page to see great photos from this year’s Telethon.
Last year’s telethon
The 47th Annual Waban Telethon was held on Saturday, March 17, at the St. Ignatius Gym on Riverside Avenue in Sanford. The Telethon was sponsored by the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish. Individuals, businesses, clubs and organizations once again came together as a community in support of Waban to raise $95,562!
It was a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with donors, volunteers, visitors and entertainers gathering to kick off activities at 10am. The Returnables band opened the Telethon with some upbeat rock ‘n roll on the stage. Guests and viewers enjoyed the children from Fraser-Ford Child Development Center as they performed an adorable rendition of Old MacDonald’s Farm, complete with costumes and pictures. Ben Guillemette and his band of fiddlers gave the Irish flavor needed for the day, and musical groups, To Be Determined, Brian Wardwell, Pretty Girls Sing Soprano, Joe Sailor, Long Road Home and MECA kept everyone entertained throughout the afternoon. READ MORE…
Read more about past telethons