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REPORTING · 24th October 2012
Walter McFarlane
The Telethon was held on Sunday, October 21st. It kicked off at 11:00 with Mark Zelenski and Fern Fontes. Monique Miller, the host, joined the show at 12:30.

Once again, the Telethon highlighted the many talents of Kitimat in the performing arts. Singing, dance, music and poetry took center stage at the Telethon. Notable acts included Edwin Empinado’s Magic Show, a routine performed by Kitimat Dynamic Gymnastics, October Star, Sara Wyatt’s singing and Swampwater. Swamp water played the Telethon out.

Margaret Warcup came on stage during the first hour of the Telethon to talk about what the community foundation means for Kitimat.

“We can raise money for more services in Kitimat, we are not as restricted as what was happening in ACT. We can also support Health, Education, Social Services and Housing Needs in our community so the things that we support in the community are greater with the community Foundation, then [just] the Telethon,” said Warcup.

The main purpose of the Telethon though was to raise money for the Kitimat Foundation. The first total was $4,243, but this number would go higher.

Money rolled in throughout the day. Lapointe Engineering presented $1,600. Overwaitea raised over $3,000 through beef and a bun. The Canadian Auto Workers Union put in $1,500. Couto Electric put $2,000.

Soon, the total was $17,577 and there was still more to come. Apache Canada donated $1,000. Methanex also came out to give their final donation under the Methanex name: $2,000. All together, the Luso Canadian Club put in $2,000.

Employees of the District of Kitimat put in their $1,700 from their Friday luncheon before the total hit $37569. There were also two separate donations from Mayor Joanne Monaghan and her Husband of $500 each.

Then Michel Lamarre from the Kitimat Modernization Project stepped up to the final Kids Corner to put their money in. They raided the coffee machine to give $217 in coffee change. Then they handed over a cheque for $2000. Rio Tinto Alcan gave $3,000.

This year’s Telethon Cake, donated by Ed’s Bakeshop, was won by Phil Germuth. Germuth shared the cake with City Council on Monday, October 22nd.

Going into the last hour, the total was $48,251. Swampwater played hard and the hosts were running through the audience collecting last minute pledges. The total changed again to $53,904. The band played on and total changed twice more, making the evening total $58,468. However, with money still coming in, this is not the final total.

The Telethon was aired live on CityWest Community Channel 10 and live streamed on the Kitimat Daily. Our viewership peaked at just over 100 viewers at any given time. Special thanks go out to John Powell, who assisted us with the camera work.

“On behalf of the Kitimat Community Foundation there are many volunteers including performers who make our ACT telethon fund raiser a great success. Special thanks goes to Wendy Kraft for chairing our ACT committee of volunteers who organize the telethon on behalf of the Kitimat Community Foundation. There are many to mention including Huey Lin, Nancy Jane Harness and Louise Avery who organized all the great performers, Channel 10 and Kitimat on line for broadcasting our show, the food vendors who provided an opportunity to come to the theatre enjoy the show and have something to eat, Brenda Feldhoff and the MESS Tech club who behind the scenes help greatly to make it all happen, the volunteer phone panels, the accounting room where great fun was had counting and rolling many pennies- all of which add up to a fantastic total for our 2012 ACT fundraiser, Scott Blackman for the security and first aid volunteers and for set up of the equipment, Tamitik Status of Women for organizing the green room where performers wait to go on stage, the Museum for an interesting display of the history of ACT in our community. Thank you all and those who have been missed unintentionally. Thank you to the community of Kitimat for great support,” said Warcup.

She also thanked the community for supporting the penny jars around town which raised over $1,780 for the Foundation.
This is what $217 in coffee change looks like
This is what $217 in coffee change looks like
The grad carwash of 2012
The grad carwash of 2012