(Beaver Dam) Another year is in the books for the WBEV-95X Children’s Radiothon. Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin announced the fundraising total Friday morning, following the 27-hour marathon broadcast. The 2020 event brought-in $126,963. The 23-year-total is $2,250,546. Karmazin did not expect the total to reach six digits this year because of the pandemic.
“It was a Radiothon unlike any other,” he said while announcing the tally around 9:15am via live video conferencing, “It’s pretty gratifying to see a community come together. We thought 2008-2009 were going to be the toughest years we were going to see but this has to go to the top of the list.”
There were several changes this year because of the pandemic. Only a limited number of on-air announcers, four in total, were allowed inside the radio station. Teammates and agency representatives were broadcasting live either from their homes by video conference or from a temporary microphone array located outside the building that was disinfected following each use. Instead of having different auction items on each radio station, the entire 27-hours was broadcast with both stations joined in a simulcast. Also, there were no brat fries, or bashes or car washes and there was no interagency race for the coveted Dodge County Service Cup, awarded to the non-profit that raises the most money on their own.
After the Radiothon reached $60,000 dollars, an anonymous donor announced a dollar-for-dollar match. That bolstered all subsequent donations, including a $10,000 contribution from Randy and Chuck Neuman. Noel’s Angel Walk, organized by Scott and Lori Smith in memory of their one-year-old daughter, was conducted virtually this year and still raised over $5000. Daryl and Brenda Schoenfeld (pictured) of Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly donated $4163 from monies collected at the checkout from customers rounding-up their total to the next dollar. The Beaver Dam Fire Department (pictured) again used a ladder truck to make a $500 donation to our teammates stationed on the roof of the station.
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.
Last year, the announced total was $127,350 but ultimately there was $129,149 dollars distributed because money came in after the Radiothon ended. Karmazin is optimistic that money will continue to be collected this year, especially with the addition of PayPal, which can be found at: https://www.paypal.me/ChildrensRadiothon
Listen to Craig Karmazin update the final tally:
Watch the final hours of the Radiothon here:
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Posted by WBEV WXRO Children's Radiothon on Friday, June 19, 2020