Easter Seals 39th Annual Windsor-Essex Telethon Announced & Set For April

(Windsor-Essex Regional Ambassadors Alex Bondy and Brigid Kidd, left, during the Easter Seals Ontario Windsor-Essex 2020 telethon broadcast recording at St. Clair College last Nov. with co-host Mark McKenzie, right. Photo above by Rodney Denis / Biz X Magazine.)

The Toldo Foundation provides a $25,000 boost as Easter Seals Ontario Windsor-Essex Telethon’s presenting sponsor.

Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) is pleased to announce that its signature event, the Windsor-Essex Telethon will be return to CTV Windsor on Saturday, April 3 and Saturday, April 10 from 3 – 6 p.m. respectively. The Telethon will take place during the afternoon feature presentations of Ghostbusters 2 (on April 3) and Disney’s Tomorrowland (on April 10).

The Easter Seals Telethon has undergone major changes this past year.

“Last year’s event was moved to the fall due to the pandemic. However, the extra few months provided us with the opportunity to overhaul the Telethon format with a new, modern look,” says Ram Sridhar, Telethon Committee Chair. “The modernized format allowed us to reach a new audience while maintaining some of the traditional Telethon elements, and most importantly, raise over $107,900 for kids with physical disabilities in the community.”

Easter Seals Ontario Telethon John Fairley

St. Clair College’s Vice President, College Communications & Community Relations, John Fairley, collecting donations over the phone during the Easter Seals Ontario Windsor-Essex 2020 telethon broadcast recording at St. Clair College last Nov. Photo by Rodney Denis / Biz X Magazine.

Production on this year’s Telethon has already begun with pre-recorded segments being done inside the Student Life Centre at St. Clair College. “We are really excited to once again host the pre-record event inside our beautiful campus at the College,” says St. Clair College’s Vice President, College Communications & Community Relations, John Fairley. “Every safety precaution is being looked after to ensure we provide a warm hospitable environment for everyone involved while maintaining safe physical distancing in line with the College’s policies, those of the local health unit, and within the guidelines of the provincial government.”

Kicking off fundraising for this year’s Telethon, The Toldo Foundation, a long-time supporter of Easter Seals, has once again made a significant contribution of $25,000.

Easter Seals Ontario Jeremy Renaud

Development Officer, Jeremy Renaud, collecting donations over the phone during the Easter Seals Ontario Windsor-Essex 2020 telethon broadcast recording at St. Clair College last Nov. Photo by Rodney Denis / Biz X Magazine.

“The unwavering support that Easter Seals and our community has received through the Foundation is tremendous!” says Easter Seals’ Development Officer, Jeremy Renaud. “Their commitment to helping kids in our community has been, and continues to be, greatly appreciated. It’s a significant boost for the event and our March is Easter Seals Month campaign.”

Easter Seals Ontario is now in its 99th year of being a champion for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds within the communities of Windsor-Essex and across the province. Its roots emerged from Rotary locally who spearheaded the founding organization, The Ontario Society for Crippled Children (November 28, 1922). Programs include funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment, fully accessible summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden, online virtual camp programming, public awareness, and information resources. Easter Seals provides its programs and services thanks to the generous support of its donors and sponsors.

The 39th Annual Easter Seals Ontario (Windsor-Essex) Telethon presented by the Toldo Foundation will air on Saturday, April 3 and 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on CTV Windsor. For more information or to donate online, visit www.easterseals.org/windsor-essex-telethon/

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