Community support needed through new ‘Telethon’ format

PADUCAH, KY – Your help is needed more than ever. This year is the second Telethon of Stars celebration concert. Yes, it’s a format that’s different from other years, but children and adults with special needs still need your support.

The reason for the change is declining support and donations. With the exception of a small boost in 2006, donations have been on the decline. Centers supported by the fundraiser say something needed to change. They’re excited about it, and say you should be too.

Whether it’s for 20 minutes or two hours, Kristie Dover can keep kids busy for a while with a big S.M.A.R.T. Board. She says, “rather than flashing flashcards and sitting monotone, you can do different activities.”

The push for the boards and technology will allow the kids and adults at Easter Seals West Kentucky to learn in an interactive way.

Dover says, “I want them to go out of here ready the push for education. Now is a lot different to kindergarten.”

But the support that allows them to use technology in the classroom is waning. Many large industries have shut down, which means they’re looking to you, the community, to step up.

Jessie Meiser is the senior vice president at Easter Seals. Meiser says through the years, families keep the Easter Seals tradition alive.

Meiser says, “We’re very proud when someone says we have a family member that used to go to Easter Seals. That makes us very proud people still remember that and are touched by that.”

They serve almost 600 families now. Meiser says without continued and growing support from the community, those 600 families may not see the services they know from Easter seals.

Meiser, “Things have to change and evolve over time, and we have to make sure we’re changing our fundraising events and community support.”

So, if you haven’t purchased your Sara Evans ticket for the celebration concert yet, get on Facebook. Just like the Lions club/WPSD Telethon Celebration Concert Facebook Page. You’ll get the chance to win two tickets and two meet and greet passes to meet Sara Evans. But you also have to record a fun video.

Telethon Co-Chair Elizabeth Mason says, “What we would like to see is our viewers singing their very favorite Sara Evans song. So, we understand. You don’t have to be Sara Evans. You don’t have to be, you know, musically inclined. However you sing in the car or in the shower is just fine. It doesn’t have to be the whole song either, but we think this is a great way to get the community involved.”

The winner with the most “likes” by noon on Friday, Sept. 22, will win the two passes.