Region 8, you came through once again. This year's United Cerebral Palsy Telethon raised a record $120,249. That beat last year's record total by more than four thousand dollars.
The telethon, held at Arkansas State University's Broadcast Journalism studio was busy from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Over 75 volunteers spent their Sunday raising money for those with Cerebral Palsy. When KAIT signed off at 6:00, the total was just over $114,000, but the panel of VIPs kept taking calls well after the telethon shut down. That's how UCP achieved its record total of $120,249.
Some of the highlights of the day-long telethon included this year's UCP Superstar, Mallory Ellis. At one point, she brought smiles to every face in the place when she took the microphone from KAIT's Diana Davis and conducted an interview of her own. We also met Emily. A young lady who knows first hand how the generosity of those who donate can change lives. Through UCP, Emily, who has Cerebral Palsy, was able to get her own bathroom at home, designed specifically for her. Her Grandmother, who is raising her, says her granddaughter is "very independent".
It was a special day for one of KAIT's own as well. Clyde Anderson received a special award from UCP. Clyde is retiring at the end of February. With that in mind, UCP Board members wanted to thank him for all he's done over the last 15 years. They awarded him with a special trophy. At that point, Clyde turned around and gave UCP a check from KAIT for $1050.