CP is Gearing Up for Telethon
The 15-hour, live television event is CP’s largest fundraiser of the year. Hundreds of volunteers come together to help produce the Telethon and raise more than $1 million. Donations come from individuals, families and businesses throughout Northeast Wisconsin and across the country.
“Money raised during Telethon supports the services and programming offered to more than 2,000 clients during the year at our locations in Green Bay, Fox Cities and the Lakeshore,” said CP’s Executive Director, Jon Syndergaard. “The support we receive from our community each year is nothing short of phenomenal, and we are fortunate to have been able to serve families in Northeast Wisconsin for more than 60 years.”
Back again for Telethon will be hosts and entertainers, David Seering, Jenny Thiel, Let Me Be Frank Productions, John Salerno & the CP Orchestra and WBAY personalities. “We have a lot of new things in store as well,” said Kristen Paquet, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We are showcasing Saturday night from 10 p.m. to Midnight as ‘Late Night with CP’ and includes a jam packed schedule of entertainment.” Rick Piumbroeck from Big Mouth, former Green Bay Packer Gerry Ellis, Knights on Broadway Alumni and Vocal Jazz from UWGB are scheduled to appear.
Paquet says that viewers will see something new on Sunday as well. “We’re switching things up a bit for Sunday morning,” Paquet said. “The morning will start out with impressions of music legends George Jones, Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline and Elvis. You won’t want to miss it.”
While Telethon is an event full of entertainment, the purpose is also to educate. “Telethon is a great opportunity for us to share who we are and what we do,” said Syndergaard. “There is a misconception that we only serve those with Cerebral Palsy, however, our services help those with a wide range of conditions. We want people to know that CP is a resource for anyone in the community.”
It’s not too late to get involved in this year’s Telethon, either. CP is looking for anyone interested in serving as a VIP to help raise critical donations. This is also a great way for area businesses to bring employees together for a good cause by forming a fundraising team. Registration information can be found at www.cptelethon.org.
You can catch the CP Telethon on Saturday, March 4 from 8 p.m. – Midnight and Sunday, March 5 from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. on WBAY-TV2. Donations can also be made online at www.cptelethon.org.