By Gavin Higgins, Sand Hills Express
Kylie Dockter, the Executive Director of the Team Jack Foundation, said, “We saw gifts from $10 to $5,000 during the day, and each dollar has an impact. From the time the phone lines opened at 7:00am until the end of the event at 8:00pm, we were fielding calls from listeners that were moved by the kids’ stories to donate. Andy would have been so proud of how engaged people were. Thanks to everyone that contributed in any way to success of the 9th Annual Team Jack Radiothon.”
Donations were received via the phone bank powered by Applied Connective Technologies and staffed by The Home Agency team as well as online throughout the day. At the end of the day, over $117,000 was raised with donations continuing to come in, with the event total now nearing $145,000.
Hosting a big event in a small town, gives the opportunity for community organizations and businesses to get involved in a way that works for them! From root beer floats to a bake sale to the Elwood and Cozad preschools collecting pocket change fundraising was the name of the game! On-site donors were even treated to a free lunch generously donated by Steakmasters! The Elwood community and surrounding towns are truly dedicated to making a difference in the fight to end childhood brain cancer.
In addition to the event, Jim and Sharri Baldonado family and The Home Agency also sponsored a $25,000 cash giveaway. Beginning August 24, the Foundation began selling $1,000 raffle tickets, with a limit of 42 total tickets being sold. The final four tickets were purchased just before the end of the radiothon broadcast, and the winner was subsequently drawn.
Team Jack is excited to announce that the $25,000 winner was Ron Leifert from Lincoln, Nebraska, on what happened to be his 74th birthday! Team Jack is excited to offer this fun giveaway with the proceeds from the tickets funding important research for childhood brain cancer.
New this year, created to engage school students to join the event, the Foundation started a month-long fundraising challenge with prizes up for grabs sponsored by Applied Connective Technologies, Runza National and Knock-Out Specialties. Schools that participated this year were Elwood, Bertrand, Gering Middle School, West Holt Elementary and High School and St. Mary’s Bellevue, in addition to several individual participants!