While the Carbon-Tamaqua American Cancer Society Telethon airs one weekend a year, telethon work and fundraising continues year-round. "The real work in making each Telethon a success takes place the other 51 weeks of the year," said Joe Krushinsky, 26-year chairman and co-founder.
This was one of the topics brought up during their recent committee member and event organizers meeting in Lansford.
The two-day Telethon airs live from noon to midnight on April 6 and 7 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Blue Ridge TV 13 and Service Electric Cablevision of Hazleton, Mahanoy Area, and Lehigh Valley on Dial 22.
"We usually have enough volunteers during the two days of the Telethon, but never really have enough volunteers or event organizers leading up to the event," added Krushinsky. "We are looking for event organizers or volunteers who are able to give up some of their time and talents to the Telethon."
Other committee members pointed out that many people might have great ideas to help in their efforts. They encourage people to share their ideas.
If you are not sure of what you have to offer, committee members pointed out a number of possible fundraisers or volunteer projects, such as social media usage, benefit cash bingo, mini-Thon in your school, golf tournament, benefit cat show, Night at the Races at a local club, recruiting ACS volunteers, benefit dinner, 5k run/walk, benefit dog walk, candle/flower sale, block party, proceeds percentage benefit, boot drop event and so on.
Anyone willing to get involved is encouraged to attend their next meeting or contacting Krushinsky via Facebook, phone (202) 297-3274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carbon Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society was established over 50 years ago. The American Cancer Society Telethon was established in 1980 and was a student project at the Tamaqua Area Senior High School under the direction of advisor and teacher George Taylor. That first program raised $15,000, but over its history the Telethon has raised millions in the fight against cancer. Taylor and some of his students from 1980, along with hundreds of performers and other volunteers, continue to make the annual telethon a longtime tradition for our region. "It has become a fun tradition in our local community and a point of pride for the local people that support ACS as volunteers," said Krushinsky. "All proceeds from CancerTelethon.org exclusively support the American Cancer Society."
Committee members stress that viewers are invited to come to Penn's Peak to watch the program, as it is produced. There is no admission charge, and donations are accepted.
More information about the Telethon can also be found on their Facebook page and website www.cancertelethon.org. There, visitors can make a 2013 donation, review the talent list, learn about the Telethon's history, see upcoming fundraising events, volunteer, review the growing talent list, learn how to volunteer and so on.
"We are extremely grateful for all the efforts and support we do get, but could always use more," added Krushinsky.