(Beaver Dam) The first year of the newly-rebranded Good Karma Brands John Moser Children’s Radiothon raised over six figures for 17 non-profits in the Dodge County area that work with kids. Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin announced the fundraising total Friday morning, following the 27-hour marathon broadcast. The fundraising amount is currently at $131-thousand-756-dollars and people can still donate. After the Radiothon reached $60,000 dollars, an anonymous donor announced a dollar-for-dollar match. Last year, the announced total was $126,963 but ultimately there was $131,228 dollars distributed because money continued to come in after the Radiothon ended. That brings the 24-year-total to $2,361,613.
Noel’s Angel Walk, organized by Scott and Lori Smith in memory of their one-year-old daughter, raised $7065. Coupled with the money raised by their son Nate with his annual lemonade stand, their contribution this year totaled $8729. Drew Benninger from Reeseville donated the proceeds from his Grand Champion Market Lamb sold at the Dodge County Fair during the Meat Animal Sale. The 141 pound lamb sold for $10-per pound to Iconic Energy and Benninger delivered a check Thursday for $1410. The Beaver Dam Fire Department again brought their ladder truck to the radio station to make a $500 donation.
The Radiothon benefits 17 local charities that work with kids. The agencies include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Green Valley Enterprises, the YMCA of Dodge County, Clothes for Kids, the Watertown Family Center, ARC Dodge County, the PAVE domestic violence shelter, Community Care Preschool, the Dodge County Center for the Arts, Church Health Services, CARE for Recovery, Bo’s Heavenly Club House, the Gathering Source and – new this year – Marsh Haven Nature Center, Youth For Christ, Mayville Open Door and the Beaver Dam Area Community Endowment.
The pickup of auction items is on Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21 at 100 Bill McCollum Way in Beaver Dam.
PayPal donations can still be made at: https://www.paypal.me/ChildrensRadiothon