Rich Batdorf, a member of the board of the Fulton County Heart Radiothon, said he anticipates this year’s fund-raiser will top $25,000.
The on-air fund-raiser, a yearly event held during Valentine’s week, raises money for heart-related purposes, from life-saving medical equipment to training for the public and professionals.
The Radiothon was broadcast over Archbold radio station WMTR-FM, Thursday, Feb. 12. By 11 pm, Batdorf said there was $20,466.38 in pledges.
Other activities throughout Fulton County will add money to the total.
The Fairlawn Haven Heart Carnival, which was anticipating a down year, turned in $1,880, one of their best years ever. That, plus $1,163.35 raised by Sauder Woodworking employees, bumped the total to $23,509.73, Batdorf said.
There’s still money coming in. Aquatic Aerobics raised money for the program, but as of Mon- day, had not reported. Also not reporting by Monday was Fulton Manor, which also raised money through a carnival.
“The schools have been fantastic. They’ve come out and supported us. They represented about 35% of what we take in,” Batdorf said.
Using the $23,509.73 figure, the Radiothon raised about 12.9% more than its original goal of $20,830. If the total collection reaches $25,000, it will exceed the goal by about 20%.
Earlier, Batdorf said this year’s goal was cut by about a third from 2008 due to the downturn in the economy.
This was the 35th year for the Radiothon.