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Food Share Radiothon set for Thursday

Ray and Nancy Fournier are ready to fill the shelves of the Southbridge Food Share with what they will be collecting from the annual radiothon that will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The 32nd Annual WESO Southbridge Food Share Radiothon will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

The daylong event will help raise the necessary funds for the Food Share to survive. Donors will be able to call in or drop into the radio station, located at 100 Foster St., to donate money or food.

"When it started, Russ Dowd was the station manager at WESO and wanted to do something in that nature, but didn't know what to do," said Southbridge Food Share President Ray Fournier. "Out of the clear blue, someone mentioned this couple in Brimfield have a little food pantry going and are trying to make something out of it. Russ talked to them and had the first one 32 years ago. It made a few hundred dollars. We've been on ever since, under several different managers. Russ comes back every year, along with [former WESO disc jockeys] Steve Geer, John Ryan, Dave Goblaskis and Carl Beane."

Beane is the voice of the Red Sox, so if the Sox are at home the day of the event, he unfortunately cannot attend.

Sadly, Thursday's radiothon is a very crucial day for the food bank and if their annual budget of $30,000 is not raised, there is a strong possibility that by October or November, they might not be able to stay open.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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