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Posted: September 16, 2014

Cathy Goodwin of Easton won a White Gold & Diamond Pendant from Westgate Jewelers that can be worn to a Sunday Brunch for 4 at Hotel Bethlehem, with transportation in style by Adamo Limousine.

Phil Stimmel of Lehighton won a Room Makeover featuring a 5×8 or 8×11 rug from special remnant section compliments of Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International and a Vail LazyBoy recliner rocker from Hager Furniture in Palmerton.

Carolyn Miller of Palmerton won a “Getaway” at Oliver’s Salon and Day Spa in Allentown, including a massage, manicure and pedicure.

Katherine Basiure of Breinigsville won an overnight stay in a fabulous suite at Comfort Suites, Allentown.

Denise Schaffer of Coopersburg won a foursome day of golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.

Michael Lalli of Kunkletown won Full maintenance service for his car by Steve’s Roadside Service (Kutztown) including oil & filter, all fluids, check tires, etc. at his home.

Cindy Wenner of Coopersburg won a 16 x 20 pet portrait by R.J. Harwick Photography of Emmaus.

Karen Guzy won a 1 Hour Computer Repair (excludes parts) from ABE Onsite Computer.

Tony Hanna, Ellen Griffin, and Jean Burd, all of Allentown, and Bonnie Hahn of Northampton won Lunch with WAEB’s Bobby Gunther Walsh.

Pat Franklin, Frederick Mihalow, and Christine Saylor, all from Allentown, and Susan Smith from Whitehall won Tickets to various performances at the Great Allentown Fair.

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After a huge amount of work and prayers, our 2014 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed its total at a record-setting $132,085. That is wonderful news and an impressive total. It goes without saying that we really needed those funds, since we went into the Radiothon with an operating deficit of over $250,000. That deficit was and is due to the huge number of animals we are called upon to help, and the escalating costs of veterinary services and medicines, special medical diet food, kennel supplies, utilities, etc.

What always is so impressive and touching about the Radiothon is the outpouring of love and kindness from so many people. Donors send pledges with the kindest notes; people come to the weekend events with pictures of their pets and warm words of encouragement. Volunteers schedule their vacations around the Radiothon, and some (many) use precious vacation days so they can help out all during Radiothon week.

Several businesses, not the least of which is the WAEB/ClearChannel team, donate services and items for prizes so that 100% of the funds we raise go directly to animal rescue and care.

Thank you. You have made light shine in the darkness; made life an option over death; made hope possible; and banished despair. may you and those you care about be blessed with the knowledge that your kindness and support have made a huge difference in this world, and in the lives of hundreds of animals who call Animals In Distress their sanctuary and their home.

For more Radiothon news, read about it in our latest newsletter.

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Posted: July 30, 2013

Many thanks to the generous businesses and people who make it possible for almost 100% of the money raised to go directly to the animals.

First is radio station WAEB790 and Bobby Gunther Walsh for their continuing support. Team Capital Bank again underwrote the event, and Ironton Telephone again provided the phone system. Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s market vendors provided delicious food:

Please patronize the businesses who so generously support our work.

 

Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering did a first rate job preparing and serving up all that great grub. Thanks also to Giant Food Store Bakery and others who donated food.

A very special thank you to Res-Q1250/N3 Oceanic for 2 hours of airtime on Sunday, for prizes, and for a challenge hour! And thanks to Dr. Diana Sorrentino of Lehigh Valley Paladin for sharing airtime on Sunday. Special thanks also to WAEB‘s Craig StevensDan Holzman and intern Josh Dylan.

Special thank you’s can be sent to:Bobby Gunther Walsh, WAEB 1541 Alta Drive, Whitehall, PA 18052 or email: gunther@clearchannel.com.

Businesses:

INDIVIDUALS:

Many of these folks have also adopted from us – and now support us too. The circle of Love and Kindness continues!

  • Wanda and Leo DeLong
  • The Mory Family
  • Dave and Mary Snyder
  • Lowell Linde
  • Linda Hoffert
  • The Kotran Family
  • Daive Fair
  • Bob and Jan Thomas
  • Val Wolfenden
  • Kim Mokry
  • Ron and Judy Moyer
  • Kelly Hartnett
  • Carolyn Shaw
  • Penny Lenore Micolochick
  • Anita Hertzog
  • Christopher Compher
  • Heidi Maugle
  • and several folks who want to be anonymous

So many people were part of this Radiothon and helped in so many ways. Our shelter staff and volunteers took several animals to the station, and some people who had adopted from us also visited the station with their AID pet or a shelter pet.

Denny Repsher maintains the digital records of every pledge and took in-studio photos of all the animals, while Bev Repshercoordinated the phone answering in the studio, assisted by Barb GroffLinda HoffertCindy DeutschSally SearfassKelly HartnettAnita Patterson, and Bobbie Stoddard (evenings), and on the weekend, Cindy, Rose Yanger and Denise SchaeferRose Yanger coordinates the call-ins and challenge hours and matching money, as well as the prizes and thank yous.

Mail processing for several weeks was handled by Lois GadekLinda HoffertKelly Hartnett, and Nancy Michener. Also, Lois called in to Bobby’s show twice hourly to tell stories of the many rescues done since the past Radiothon.

Coordinating the setup of tables, grills and food at the kennel was an army of volunteers, including the folks from Smokin’ Smitty’s Catering. Countless volunteers performed countless tasks, which would take this whole newsletter to list. And special thanks to Cheryl, Stella, Linda, Kelly, Bob, John and Deb, and so many others for countless acts of kindness including setting up the auction and basket social displays, picking up tables and chairs and food items and… the list is endless!

Joining Bobby at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday were another group of volunteers (Sandy, Andrea, Mackenzie, Kelly, Dan Holzman and others). Thanks to all who donated items for the fabulous basket social and the Chinese auction, and who made baked goods and food items, and who helped in so many other ways. Special thanks to Anita Bielecki for taking photos on Sunday at the shelter.

A very special thanks to Lori Cima, kennel manager, for coordinating the studio visits and doing many other things to ensure that the shelter animals would be well cared for, especially during the busy times before, during and after the Radiothon.

Sincere thanks to all who helped in any way. Events like these take a lot of work and countless hours. Because of the generosity of our volunteers and supporters, almost 100% of the money raised goes directly to help animals – NOT to pay bills that run into the thousands and thousands of dollars because we had to pay for the helpers, the food, and the rpizes. Even the airtime and special promotions were donated so that our supporters could be sure that ALL their donation would go to help animals.

And the Winners Are…!

  • Barbara Katz of Allentown, Joel Kleckner of Emmaus and Paula Deal of Nazareth wonLunch with Gunther.
  • Cathleen Kimmerly of Bethlehem, Chester Puri of Phillipsburg, NJ, and Caryolyn Shaw of Kutztown won Allentown Fair Tickets.
  • Wayne and Linda Haluska of Bethlehem are the prize winners of gorgeous jewelry fromWestgate Jewelers, brunch at the Hotel Bethlehem, and a ride from Adamo Limo.
  • Mary Ann Broadhurst of Barto won a getaway at Oliver’s Salon & Day Spa.
  • Anita Hertzog of Allentown won the Comfort Suites prize.
  • Betty Lees of Barto won the R.J. Harwick pet portrait.
  • Kathleen Kovacs of Allentown will be playing golf at Wedgewood Golf Course.
  • Scott Detweiler of Allentown will not have any car problems, thanks to Steve’s Roadside Service.
  • Michael Lengel of Wernersville won a recliner from Hager Furniture and a rug from Joe Mascari’s Carpets and Rugs International.
  • Frank Alexander won a camera from Dan’s Camera.
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Bobby Gunther Walsh from WAEB790 at Animals In Distress Radiothon 2013

Bobby Gunther Walsh from WAEB790 at Animals In Distress Radiothon 2013

After a huge amount of work and prayers, our 2013 WAEB Radiothon – our biggest fundraiser of the year – closed its total at a record-setting $129,357! That is wonderful news and an impressive total. It goes without saying that we really needed those funds, since we went into the Radiothon with an operating deficit of over $200,000. That deficit was and is due to the huge number of animals we are called upon to help, and the escalating costs of veterinary services and supplies, food, kennel supplies (for example, we go through a mountain of cat litter every month), utilities, … well, you know.

What always is so impressive and touching about the Radiothon is the outpouring of love and kindness from so many people. Donors send pledges with the kindest notes; people come to the weekend events with pictures of their pets and warm words of encouragement.

Volunteers schedule their vacations around the Radiothon, and some (many) use precious vacation days so they can help out all during Radiothon week.

Several businesses, not the least of which is the WAEB/ClearChannel team, donate services and items for prizes so that 100% of the funds we raise go directly to animal rescue and care.

Dennis Krause of Sound Surge Mobile DJ at Radiothon 2013

Dennis Krause of Sound Surge Mobile DJ at Radiothon 2013

One example of extraordinary caring involves our volunteer DJ Dennis Krause of Sound Surge Mobile DJ. Dennis scheduled surgery so that he would be available for the Radiothon. Due to complications, he nearly died! And his only concern was that if he died, he would let us down! He was so worried that he would not be able to help us on Sunday as he has for the past many years! We are so touched by his devotion and that of our friends, who year after year generously step up with their offers of time and money.

Sometimes, when the evil and sadness in the world get so overwhelming, we think of the care and devoted friends of our shelter/sanctuary and are reminded that much good and decency still exist in the world. It is so easy to give up sometimes, but giving up is not an option if we want to continue to care for the lives we have saved, and to save even more lives. Some of these animals have gone through years of pain and desperation, and still they are able to try just one more time; they won’t give up, and neither will we and our many wonderful friends.

Thank you. You have made light shine in the darkness; made life an option over death; made hope possible; and banished despair. May you and those you care about be blessed with the knowledge that your kindness and support have made a huge difference in this world, and in the lives of hundreds of animals who call Animals In Distress their sanctuary and their home.

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