CBS 3/CW PHILLY Host Ronald McDonald House Charities® Telethon
CBS 3 and The CW Philly will present the seventh annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Telethon, a 14-hour on-air fundraiser live across both television stations Tuesday, March 22nd, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event has raised more than $5.1 million for the charity since the first telethon in 2010.
CBS 3’s Jessica Dean, Kate Bilo, Don Bell, Jim Donovan, Erika von Tiehl, Nicole Brewer, Katie Fehlinger, Meisha Johnson, Stephanie Stahl, Vittoria Woodill, Natasha Brown, Rahel Solomon and Cleve Bryan will host the event with special guests Cody Calafiore of the CBS hit reality series Big Brother, Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, Swoop and the Eagles Cheerleaders. CBS 3 Meteorologist Justin Drabick will be broadcasting live from Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park at 9 a.m. and noon where the charity will be collecting donations all day.
On-air personalities from the CBS RADIO stations in Philadelphia, including Valerie Knight, Frank Lewis and Bill Zimpfer of 98.1 WOGL’s Breakfast Club, Rich Zeoli from Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Marc Farzetta of SportsRadio 94 WIP, 96.5 AMP Radio’s Bex, Doc Medek and Andie Summers of 92.5XTU and Melony Roy of KYW Newsradio will also be on site taking pledges on the phone from viewers who want to support the cause.
Fundraising segments will air throughout the day, most notably during newscasts and one-hour specials on CBS 3 at 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Pledges can be made by credit card or check by calling the telethon at 1-844 -977-CBS3 (1-844-977-2273) from 6 am – 8 pm on March 22nd to donate.
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To kick off the fundraising efforts, Ronald McDonald House Charities have launched an online auction site which is now open and will run through the telethon on March 22nd. Auction items range from unique experiences to Philadelphia sports memorabilia and concert tickets! Additional items will be posted to the site throughout the month, so check back often. Feel free to share this link with your family, friends and community, and let the bidding begin! Visit BiddingForGood.com.
Winners of the on-line auction items will be notified during the week of March 30th. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. Your contributions will help “Change the Luck of a Child”. If you would like to make a direct donation, you can do so by visiting www.rmhcphilly.org.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, Inc., is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. In the Philadelphia Region, RMHC supports four Ronald McDonald Houses; 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms; RMHC Scholarships for high school seniors; the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile operated by St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, and non-profit organizations benefiting children through grants.