26th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse
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Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to everyone who supported the 25th Annual Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Radiothon to End Child Abuse. Total raised $50,012.36! Grand Total since 1989: $965,580.61
Thank you and appreciation to:
Everyone who provided entertainment or took part in Radiothon activities at the Paul Bunyan Mall yesterday and to the former “other half” of the Jack and Melissa Morning Show on Z99, Melissa Carlson, for securing them for us. Way to go Melissa!
Susan Goudge and Ivan of the Paul Bunyan Mall for transforming Center Court for our broadcasting, entertainment and activities. We appreciate their continued support.
The Bemidji Army National Guard and Beltrami County Sentence to Serve for providing and delivering the tables and chairs to us at the Mall.
Mike Magnum of Dairy Queen for feeding all of the hungry volunteers yesterday during our broadcast at the Mall.
Dean Thompson of Ken K. Thompson Jewelry for offering a back-up phone line if we needed it for our broadcast.
Dale Goodyear of Goodyear Piano Service for tuning the piano that was used yesterday at the Mall. Check out his website: goodyearpianoservice.com.
Kristie Atwater of the Calendar Club Kiosk for providing access to their Wi-Fi yesterday at the Mall
And all of our phone volunteers here at the station, are grateful for the snacks, food and beverages provided to them by:
- Raphael’s Bakery and Café
- Pepsi-Nei Bottling
- Luekens Village Foods
- Market Place Foods
- McDonald’s of Bemidji
- Keith’s Pizza
- And Dunn Brothers Coffee
And thanks to Lueken’s Village Foods for partnering with us and offering “Pinwheels for Prevention” to their customers this week. Thus far we understand $250 has been raised for the Radiothon. They will continue to accept donations through Sunday.
Thank you to the many businesses who donate so generously to our web and on-air auction.
Special thanks to TJ Studio who has worked on our website and provided computer and printer at the mall yesterday.
Since the Radiothon began in 1989, more than $915,568.25 has been raised to help end child abuse and neglect in Minnesota and for our local counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard.
These efforts have not gone unnoticed. Shown below Connie Skillingstad, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota, and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Co. owners, Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, accept the "Radio Partnership Award" from Deborah Norville, host of "Inside Edition" and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, during the 10th Annual National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation's "Service to America" Celebration held last summer in Washington, DC.
The Radio Partnership Award was presented to Omni Broadcasting Company (Paul Bunyan Broadcasting's parent company) and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota for the Radiothon to End Child Abuse. It acknowledges their partnering since 1989 to raise more than 2 million dollars in Bemidji, Alexandria, Brainerd and Wadena during the Radiothon heard on their 13 stations in those markets.
Only one radio station (there are more than 11,000 radio stations in the country) in the United States received this award. Omni Broadcasting also received this award during the inaugural Service to America Event held in 1999. Service to America honors radio and television stations across the country for their exceptional public service contributions.
And locally, in November 2008, Beltrami Electric Cooperative named Paul Bunyan Broadcasting's Radiothon to End Child Abuse as the recipient of their Touchstone Energy Community Award. The award was given for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting's strong commitment to their community and their annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse.
As a result of this award, $500 was donated to the Radiothon to End Child Abuse.
Lou and Mary believe working together we WILL make a difference in the lives of our children, and invite you to participate in next year's 25th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse. They have been humbled by the outpouring of support during the past 24 years and want to thank everyone for this support and encouragement.
It shouldn't hurt to be a child!