Released 6 January 2011
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WTIC 1080 HOLIDAY
STORE SETS NEW RECORD!
Donors and volunteers eagerly await the
news as WTIC Holiday Store radio personalities Ray Dunaway and Jim Vicevich
get ready to announce this year's total before signing off.
HARTFORD - The
WTIC NewsTalk 1080 - Salvation Army Holiday Store set a new record and raised
$195,521.09 in cash donations this holiday season. An estimated $39,259.00 in
new toys and $4,385.00 non perishable food was also
collected, which equals a total value of $239,165.09
raised at the 21st WTIC Holiday
If you ever needed a new definition of "crazy" you
would have had to be present at Avon Old Farms Hotel on Christmas Eve Day for
the final broadcast of this year's program. The day started over $55,000 behind
last year's cash contributions. It was a little slow at 5:30 AM when Ray
Dunaway went on the air, but after 6:00 it started to pick up. And then it
never stopped! Over $50,000 was received during the morning from the many
generous supporters around Greater Hartford. When the program was ending at
noon, Dunaway and Jim Vicevich reported that we were about $3,000 behind last
year and we signed off for the pre-recorded Christmas programming. But more was
still to come! With on line donations, telephone pledges and late arriving US
mail the total is still growing.
Salvation Army Greater Hartford
Area Coordinator, Major Doug Hart said, "to even be in the same ball-park as
last year is truly amazing, but these results are phenomenal. We are so happy
and so blessed that people can be this generous during these difficult economic
times. Many families rely on us for help to get them through the holidays and
we were very concerned about the sharp increase in the number of individuals
that were asking for help this year. The Holiday Store success will go a long
way in helping these individuals and families all year. I want to thank WTIC
1080 and their listeners for their generosity and compassion."
Salvation Army wishes to thank WTIC 1080 NewTalk Radio, our sponsors: United
Technologies Corporation, Connecticut Lighting Centers, Home Builders
Association of Hartford County, and
Lux Bond & Green. We also thank Avon Old Farms Hotel and Hilton Garden Inn
& Homewood Suites in Glastonbury for their hospitality. And we especially
wish to thank all our generous donors who make this campaign a success.