Thursday, April 18th, began a two-day radio-thon on 100.7 The Fox and two other radio stations in Wyoming. All three are owned by Legend Communications, LLC, Wyoming's largest radio group with 17 stations total. Folks were busy at the phones for 12 hours both days taking calls from all over the region. Jaymie Hardtarfer, Marketing representative for St. Jude (Denver Office), said on Wednesday that to that point Legend Communications had raised $596,000. Also, more than 200 radio stations across the county have raised over $400 million since the program began in 1989.
This years annual drive was again successful, one as $104,949.51 was raised from listeners in Northeast Wyoming. One of the many Gillette listeners to donate was Dr. Daniel J.Morrison, DDS, owner of Gillette Dental PC. Morrison said the annual radio-thon is a chance to make a difference, and one that he never misses.
"St. Jude is a wonderful organization, taking care of those who can't take care of themselves. It helps our society as a whole get better. If we can change the life of a kid, it's so worth it."---Morrison
Although the radio-thon is the most recognizable of the efforts of area listeners to contribute, organizations such as Wyoming Center Stage Productions (pictured with Basin Radio Network General Manager Don Clonch) collected over $2,000 in recent months through events such as 2013 Dad and Daughter Ball. Events such as this, and the Chancey Williams and Younger Brothers Band Benefit Concert earlier this year, helps keep the kids at St Jude fighting.
"All of the money goes to the kids at St. Jude and future research. Currently the hospital costs $1.8 million dollars a day to fund, so every one that becomes a partner in hope helps keep the doors at the hospital open."---Hardtarfer
Besides the generosity of financial donors, many others in the community contributed to the cause by donating their time taking calls in the phone bank, donating items and service, and more.