Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, will hold its annual telethon from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. The telethon will be aired live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13 and Service Electric, channel 90 in the Tamaqua area.
Hosts for the evening will be Nick Hawkey, George Roberts, and Kristal Nemeroff.
Funds raised at the telethon will be used to help this all volunteer organization fulfill dreams for seriously, chronically and terminally ill children in Carbon County and surrounding communities.
The lineup of entertainment includes Tommy Zito (The Piano Man), who will entertain with his comic personality, impersonations and his never ending repertoire of music. There will also be performances by Erin Kelly, Joe Urban and Robin Drexler, Joyful Noise, Angela Nardini, Tricia's Dance Routine, Dance with Kim Studio, Donna Parsons with Frank and Resa Hall and Roger Berger; and Arthur Terembula. Also performing are the bands, Leaders of the Press, Coal County Express, Becky and the Beasts and Blue Mountain Christmas.
Several children who have had dreams fulfilled will also be on hand to talk about their dream.
Eileen Thompson, president of the Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter and telethon chairman/chairwoman, said, "Our dedicated volunteers have been busy. We completed eight dreams so far this year, with six dreams already approved for completion next year and three children in various stages of paperwork required before dream approval. We are proud to have four children, who have had dreams fulfilled, taking advantage of our Scholarship Program for four years at an accredited school. We have two children who have completed the scholarship program."
Eligible scholarship recipients receive $1,000 a semester for a total of four years at an accredited school for a maximum of $8,000.
Thompson added that Dream Come True-Blue Ridge Chapter also has a funeral benefit which helped to pay funeral expenses for three children since this chapter's inception.
"Our chapter also provides a holiday party and a summer outing for our dream recipients. this year we enjoyed a night at the Iron Pigs ballgame with a buffet dinner on the PPL patio," said Thompson.
Dream Come True-Blue Ridge Chapter is 100 percent volunteer and all money raised is used for the children. The telethon gives the organization an opportunity to formally thank the many organizations and individuals who support their cause, through monetary donations or by volunteering their time and talents. With the help of donations from the viewing audience, DCT-BRC will be able to continue the mission of providing a dream for every eligible child in their service area.
Anyone who knows a child who is seriously, chronically or terminally ill, please refer them to DCT-BRC for the chance to have a dream. Referral forms can be found on their web site or by mailing a letter to Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, PO Box 344, Palmerton, PA 18071. Anyone who would like to become a volunteer, should complete the form on their website or call (610) 826-4080.
Donors are welcome to visit the DCT telethon at Penn's Peak to make a formal presentation on air. The public is invited to attend the show at Penn's Peak. There is no admission fee.
Viewers are encouraged to help make a dream come true by calling in a pledge during the telethon to (610) 826-9600 or call the toll free number 1 (800) 585-1240.
Credit card contributions can be made on the Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter website: dreamcometrue-brc.org.
Telethon sponsors for 2012 are: Ackley Sweeney Advertising, Jim Thorpe National Bank, PenTeleData, George LaRose Insurance LTD, Rentschler Chevrolet/Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge, First Northern Bank and Trust of Palmerton, William G. Schwab & Associates and R.F. Ohl Fuel Oil.
Dream Maker Awards will be presented to outstanding volunteers who have served the organization for three years or more. 2012 Dream Maker Award recipients are: Joseph Urban, Blue Ridge Communications TV-13, Bellview Pump Sales and Service, Rentschler Corp., Blue Mountain Kodas; Susquehanna Bank, Walnutport Branch; and Susquehanna Bank, Cherryville Branch.
"Fund raising has been down this year, we need your support to enable us to continue to provide dreams for every eligible child in our designated area," said Thompson. "Every dollar counts!"