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Released 4 January 2013


HolidayStore2012HARTFORD – When WTIC signed off of its “live” broadcast on Christmas Eve day at noon from Avon Old Farms Hotel, Ray Dunaway and former Governor John Rowland announced that the 2012 WTIC 1080/The Salvation Army Holiday Store had collected over $201,000.00 in cash contributions during the year’s program, just short of last year’s record $206,761.52…

However, the clock was still ticking, or should we say… the checks were in the mail! As of January 4th, 2013, we have a new total… $211,996.44… another record!

Major Brian Glasco, Greater Hartford Area Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army, said, “It was apparent from the start that donors were dropping off bigger checks, more toys, and new groups were collecting toys as well. The volume of donations was definitely up and the quality of the toys that were arriving was phenomenal. Many children in Hartford were able to celebrate the birth of Christ and have a more joyous Christmas thanks to the wonderful generosity of WTIC’s listeners.”

The drive started on Friday, December 14th, at 5:30 AM, with the Ray Dunaway show. The “annual pajama party” was in full swing! It was Avon Chamber of Commerce Day at the hotel, with chamber members volunteering and dropping off donations throughout the day. There was fun, excitement, and generosity everywhere you looked. Then, during the second broadcast of the day, with Pastor Will Marrotti on air, the terrible news from Newtown started coming into the station. The terrible news sucked the oxygen out of the room and all of the festivities came to a quiet halt.

The tragedy in Newtown then took over the hearts and minds of everyone. It was not until midway through the following week that people could start focusing on other issues, with several gifts made to the Holiday Store in memory of the Newtown victims. Once again, all funds raised are more than just Christmas donations. These Holiday Store funds help to support programs throughout the year. Thanks to many generous, frequent donors and some new faces too, the donations were soon back to their usual inspirational levels, ultimately resulting in another record.

We wish to thank our sponsors: United Technologies Corporation (UTC), our lead sponsor; Connecticut Lighting Centers and Restoration Lighting Gallery; Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Hartford; and Farmington Bank.

We thank WTIC – the station, its management, the production crew, and the on-air talent for giving their all to help and we certainly wish to thank the WTIC listening audience whose support makes this program so successful. Thanks to you, another year, another record!

On behalf of The Salvation Army, “Thank you and Merry Christmas to all!”

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