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Heart Radiothon Raises $23,500




At left: Archbold High School cheerleaders, Emily Grisier, Laci Gautsche, Nichole Short, and Rachel Kelley, from left, in the radio studio of WMTR during the 35th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon. At right, Bryce Williams, 9, Archbold, plays a game at the Fairlawn Haven Heart Carnival. Both events were held Thursday, Feb. 12.-  photos by David Pugh

At left: Archbold High School cheerleaders, Emily Grisier, Laci Gautsche, Nichole Short, and Rachel Kelley, from left, in the radio studio of WMTR during the 35th annual Fulton County Heart Radiothon. At right, Bryce Williams, 9, Archbold, plays a game at the Fairlawn Haven Heart Carnival. Both events were held Thursday, Feb. 12.- photos by David Pugh

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.

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