Not only did Fulton County’s 43rd Annual Heart Radiothon reach its monetary goal, it reached a second goal in doing so.
For the first time since the fundraiser hit the airwaves in 1974, the traditional mark of $24,000 was met the day of the Radiothon. Typically, that amount is reached post-Radiothon as donations continue to be collected from businesses and a few more related fundraisers.
Unofficially, this year’s Radiothon collected $24,149 the day of the event, and Treasurer Brent Shea said a few thousand dollars more could be received.
“We won’t know the results for another couple of weeks,” he said. “Right now, we’re over the goal and we’re happy. Everything else is just icing on the cake.”
More than 156 donors contributed $2,970 through song pledges called in to WMTR 96.1 FM in Archbold. The pledges included $500 from a listener requesting the Ohio State University fight song and $500 from an anonymous listener to match requests for the “Birthday Song.”
“It was the first time anyone could remember having reached the goal on the day of the Radiothon,” Shea said.
Maxell Smith, WMTR owner, said special recognition should be given to Wauseon schools. Students at the elementary and middle schools contributed $839 and students at the high school gave $2,970.
They follow in the giving nature of county citizens as a whole, Smith said. He said it’s heartening to see the Heart Radiothon effort remain consistently strong year after year.
“Fulton County remains very passionate about the Heart Radiothon,” he added. “It is a real collaborative county effort. “We’re just very thankful for the generosity of the Fulton County communities.”
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.