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REPORTING · 20th October 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Aluminum City Telethon, the big fundraiser for so many groups in Kitimat took place on Sunday, October 19th. The acts began at 11:00 Am with Dennis Rudolph reading poetry and continued throughout the day until 9:00 Pm.

The acts included Music, Dancing and instrumental performances, with notable acts being put on by the Kitimat Karate Club, Kitimat Dynamic Gymnastics and Kitimat’s many singing talents.

The big donations started rolling during the first few hours. Overwaitea Foods donated $1,130 raised from a draw for two Hawkair Tickets. Unifor donated $1,500 as they always do, Lapointe Engineering gave $1400 and Kitimat LNG gave a giant cheque for $10,000.

The totals began at just over $4000 but quickly jumped to $6000 and $11000 before going into the $26,000 range. At 7:00 pm, LNG Canada drove the total into the $80,000 range with a cheque for $50,000.

Enbridge, Kitimat Modernization Project and Rio Tinto Alcan each donated $2,500. RTA and KMP held a friendly competition to see whose panel could raise more. RTA Brought their total, including their donation to $9,270 and KMP won at $10,500.

There were a number of winners during the evening. Katia Marciel won two tickets for Hawkair during the final hour of the performance. This year’s cake winner was Nelie Pacheco.

At 8:00, the total reached the $90,000 range and continued to climb through the final hour. The final total for the evening was $117,365, the official total will be made known in the coming weeks. Many of the Foundation members agreed it was a record breaking Telethon, if not for the total raised, then for the largest donation to the Telethon.

This year’s Telethon ended with a special tribute to Phyllis Powell, a long-time supporter of the original Telethon who passed away last December. The tribute was the singing the Kitimat Whitecaps Marching Song, The song which Phyllis used to perform at the end of every Telethon, by a number of caring, members of the community.
You'll flip over the Gymnastics
You'll flip over the Gymnastics
A special tribute for Phyllis Powell
A special tribute for Phyllis Powell
Good to see ACT reversal of fortune
Comment by Allan Hewitson on 20th October 2014
It is good to see the ACT turn things around.