Telethon2018_Mark Your Calendar

Thank you for a record-setting 40th annual Telethon !

Be a part of the Easterseals Telethon

To volunteer as a PaceSetter or as a Dialin' & Duelin' Team, contact Special Events Coordinator, Caylee at 812-437-2607 or

To sponsor a Corporate Ad, contact Special Events Coordinator, Alexandra at 812-474-2348 or

To volunteer at the Telethon or for a Phone-A-Thon, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Cydney at 812-437-2609 or

For all other Easterseals Telethon sponsorship opportunities, contact Laura Terhune, V.P. of Development at 812-437-2627 or


Thank you, Tri-State and WEHT Local! The 40th annual local Easterseals Telethon on April 9, 2017, reached a "final tote" of $1,052,132! See all the great Telethon photos by Roebling Photographic at this link! Easterseals Telethon 2017

All proceeds from the Telethon will underwrite therapy for tri-state children and adults with disabilities served by the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center!

Among the support that was instrumental to the Telethon’s success was the generosity of the E’ville Iron Street Rod Club. The local street rod enthusiasts are among Easter Seals’ largest supporters.  The club hosted a cruise-in during the Telethon and donated proceeds from their Frog Follies Street Rod Show.

Many other individuals, businesses and groups also presented checks and several matched viewers’ pledges.  “Pacesetter” volunteers turned in pledges raised in advance of the show.  Many people dropped off donations at the 4C of Southern Indiana “fish bowl.”  Local companies and civic organizations answered phones from viewers calling in pledges.  Other businesses and groups competed to raise funds by making outbound calls from the Fifth Third Bank/Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana “Dialin’ and Duelin’ for Dollars” call center. Donation amounts were tallied throughout the day and displayed on the Ritzy’s Tote Board.

The Telethon aired live on WEHT Local from inside the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center, 3701 Bellemeade Avenue, Evansville.  WEHT Local is the only station in the U.S. donating 100 percent of production and air time costs for a local Easterseals Telethon. The final hour of the show was also simulcast on Local 7 WTVW.  Hosting the show were Eyewitness News team members Brad Byrd, Jake Boswell, Wayne Hart, Shelley Kirk, Alexandra Johnson, Ron Rhodes and Randall Parmley.

Among many individuals featured on the show were local Easterseals Child Ambassador Miah Dillingham of Newburgh and Adult Ambassador Andy Imlay of Evansville.  Viewers also saw video success stories created and donated by “Direction by Newman” and WEHT Local / Local 7 WTVW.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke appeared on the broadcast to proclaim April 9, 2017, as “Easterseals Day” in the City of Evansville.

The following individuals, businesses and organizations appearing on the show received Easterseals Mayor’s Awards for their exceptional support of tri-state children and adults with disabilities: Ashley Babcock, Maurice Berendes, Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mt. Chocolate Factory, Deaconess Health System, Easterseals Rehabilitation Center staff, Edward W. Love Foundation, E’ville Iron Street Rod Club, Evansville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 73,  Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, IBEW Local 16, John H. Castle Elementary, Electrical JATC, Kemper CPA Group, Midwest Communications, Mother Bear Charitable Foundation, NECA, Old National Bank, Phi Gamma Delta, G.D. Ritzy’s, Sean Roy Hilt Foundation, St. Vincent , Teamsters Local 215, The George Family, Tools 4 Teaching, Townsquare Media, WEHT Local/Local 7 WTVW, Wesselman’s Supermarkets, Rhonda Trail, Shine On Express Car Wash and Luther Oost.

Mark your calendar to tune in to the 2018 Telethon on WEHT Local SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018!

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