Local Wish-A-Thon Effort a Big Success

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Volunteers manning the Rector roadblock at this time of the day included, from left: Coach David Hendrix, Tony Lockhart, Shara Johnson and Amber Bucy.

Hundreds of volunteers braved frigid conditions on Friday, Feb. 13, as the 17th annual Have-A-Heart Wish-A-Thon was held to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. The regional effort in Northeast Arkansas is sponsored each year by the Jonesboro Radio Group and KAIT, and this year raised nearly $340,000.

The annual effort also received support from the majority of the cities and communities across the region, with dozens of collection points. This year also included local efforts, as Rector residents and RHS athletes manned a roadblock in that community, while Piggott area residents and members of the Mohawk football team collected donations in front of the local Country Mart supermarket.

According to local organizer Letecia Dooley, the Rector effort raised $8,670.46 with about $1,150 coming from the ACE Leadership collection.

Mohawk football players helped man the roadblock for the Piggott Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 13. Pictured are just three of the volunteers, including, from left: Seth Lacey, Bradley Stephens and Gabe Gilbee.(courtesy photo)

"It's an amazing total and I'd like to offer a word of thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who braved the cold," Dooley said of the effort. "Thanks to Flash Market for the warm drinks, Steve Champ for the use of his trailer, Brad Greene for the generator and the ACE Leadership and football players."

Dooley also offered thanks to everyone who donated to the cause, noting "you make this possible--I wish everyone could visit the radio station and see what an amazing group Make-A-Wish is, and the blessing the children receive."

This year marked the first for the Piggott area collection point, which was manned by local volunteers and members of the Mohawk football team throughout the day.

"We appreciate everyone who helped with this year's collection, especially the football players and other volunteers," noted local coordinator Geraldine Crawford. "We also want to thank everyone who donated and helped us collect over $4,000."

According to the final local tally, the volunteers collected $4,118.35 at the Piggott collection point.

Event organizers in Jonesboro report two roadblocks in that city generated over $50,000, and the final total was set at $339,410.

Supporters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation also note donations are still being accepted, and those interested in helping the cause may visit them online at www.midsouthwish.org

Additional information about the foundation may also be obtained by calling them at 1-888-376-WISH (9474).

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