The West Texas Rehabilitation Center 41st annual telethon and auction Saturday raised more than one point two million dollars ... to be more exact the total at midnight the total was $1,209,995. The overall total now in 41 years is over $33 million dollars. Last yearâ€™s total at midnight was $1,201,000. In 2008 the all-time record was set of $1,271,367 was raised. The second best was in 2007 with 1.26 million.
Director of Donor Relations for the Center, Dan Huggins, expressed thanks to everyone who had a role in helping the REHAB raise the funds that go to support patients at facilities in Abilene, San Angelo and Ozona. Huggins said â€śWe are so grateful for the continued support and are so pleased with the outcome.â€ť
The five hour long live television show, which was broadcast into 10 television markets, featured the country music group Diamond Rio along with host Charlie Chase, Red Steagall, Bill and Susan Hayes, Brad Maule and local talent Twyla Foreman. For most of the evening the Abilene Civic Center was filled with people. The event was also streamed live on the internet.
The internet auction, which ended at midnight, is included in the overall total and raised more than $266,500. Auction distribution begins Sunday with the calling of the high bidders. Winning bidders can pick up their items Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center and distribution continues Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The telethonâ€™s Official Sponsors this year were Suddenlink Communications and AEP Texas. Also, underwriting the show was Area-Wide Phone Book.
NTS Communications was the auction sponsor and MCM Elegante Suites was the host hotel.
All of the funds raised go to the Rehab Center. The organizationâ€™s mission since inception has been to improve the quality of life of those served regardless of their financial circumstances.