WATERTOWN, NY — United Way of Northern New York’s April 27 “CommunityCares” radiothon with Community Broadcasters and Westelcom saw donations coming in from around the North Country to support individuals and
families who are facing crisis. The radiothon encompassed all eight Northern New York Community Broadcasters’ radio stations, which reach from Oswego to Massena. Westelcom provided the digital backbone that supported the phone bank, which allowed callers from around the United States to reach operators who were ready to take their donations.
Jamie Cox, Chief Executive Officer of United Way, shared, “I struggle to find the words that match my emotions… I am amazed at the passion shown by the on-air talent and the incredible generosity of the residents of Northern New York. I’m also astonished by the collaboration between media organizations to promote this event. Television stations and newspapers did not hesitate for a minute to give voice to our charitable event.”
Cox and his staff spent the day in the studio of 106.7 The Border with radio personality Johnny Spezzano.
“I don’t know if there’s anyone more ardent about our community and its people than Johnny,” Cox highlighted. “His leadership to improve our neighborhoods and schools makes him invaluable to every child, adult and senior.”
United Way’s CEO reflected on the philanthropic efforts in NNY, “The #givenny effort has built phenomenal momentum over the past 4 years, thanks solely to Jennifer Hodge and her partners who have highlighted that brand to represent all that is dear to our communities. I’m proud that we contribute toward the same vision and goals. You’re going to see more teamwork in the years to come to educate and inform our residents about the challenges that families face in our towns and villages.”
This year’s event was the second annual CommunityCares radiothon with Westelcom, Community Broadcasters and the United Way. The 2021 radiothon raised $16,503 which will directly support programs and services that improve our towns, villages and school districts.
Top donors included State Street Market, Maggie’s on the River, Countryside Veterinarian Clinics, Mr. Jeff Powell, Mr. Jim Leven and Ms. Natalie Burnham. Donations can still be made by going to the United Way’s website at www.unitedway-nny.org/donate.