In a media release today (Dec. 19/18), 98 the Beach radio in Saugeen Shores, a division of Bayshore Broadcasting and the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF), announced the record breaking results from the 3rd Annual Light the Way Radiothon.
The Foundation’s fundraising goal for the 12-hour radiothon this year was $50,000 but, it was clear from the start, that the people and businesses of Saugeen Shores were going to go above and beyond.
This year, with the community’s unwavering support and generosity, the Light the Way Radiothon raised a record breaking $80,968 dollars!!
Executive Director of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Tracy Murray, said that the Foundation and its Board Members were blown away by the final numbers of this year’s radiothon. “We shouldn’t have been surprised. The people of Saugeen Shores and the surrounding communities have been overwhelmingly supportive of the Foundation over the years. We are so grateful to live and work within this community where the people believe in and support the need for the best possible local healthcare so strongly.”
Foundation Board Chair, Jim Barbour, added that, “The Foundation is so fortunate and grateful to have 98 the Beach partnering with us for this event. Without the power of radio and the fun and energetic crew at 98 the Beach the radiothon wouldn’t be possible.”
“The Foundation also thanks the many volunteers who gave their time and helped out during radiothon, as well as Tim Hortons, Lord Elgin Fish and Chips and Queens Bar and Grill for bringing in food to keep the staff and volunteers energized through the 12 hour event,” said Murray. “An extra special thank you goes out to each and every person and business that called in or dropped into the radio station during the radiothon to donate and to the local Pee Wee Hockey teams.”
The Pee Wee teams participated by organizing their own fundraising initiative for Light the Way by playing road hockey outside the radio station during the radiothon. The teams’ efforts ended up bringing in many new donors to the Foundation with an incredible total raised of $17,710!