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Radiothon raises $26K for Southbridge Food Share

'I could not be happier with the ways things turned out'

Jennifer Jaspers, right, spoke on behalf of the Center of Hope with Center of Hope Public Relations Administrator Cindy Howard and Director of Business Development Mark Carron. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 24, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — A total of $26,778 was raised for the Southbridge Food Share from a radiothon held at the WESO radio station from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

More than $27,000 was raised last year, but the $26,778 raised Thursday is not the final figure. Officials expect to receive more donations in the following weeks, as that happened each of the 30 years the radiothon has been held.

"I could not be happier with the ways things turned out today," said Ray Fournier, president of the Southbridge Food Share. "I am ecstatic. I honestly believe that the numbers in the pipeline will put us over $30,000. Companies still have meetings where they will decide to donate and people just weren't able to come here today."

The radiothon, which is the Food Share's only fundraiser for the year, attracts former WESO disc jockeys to come back and donate their time. Former jockeys Carl Beane, John Ryan, Steve Geer, Dave Goblaskis and Russ Dowd, the organizer of the first radiothon in 1980, were in attendance Thursday.

The radiothon did not take place for two years several years back, as new station management decided to cancel it.

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

Janines Frostee
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