$1,421,757 raised during the 67th Annual CP Telethon

Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 6:00 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – With tremendous help from donors, corporations, and volunteers, a total of $1,421,757 was raised during the 67th annual CP Telethon this weekend at WBAY.

The two-day event raises money for CP, which provides help to people in our region with a variety of needs, such as therapy, aquatic exercise, childcare, and others.

“CP Telethon is more than just fundraising, it’s really about advocating for what CP is and what it does for our clients. And bringing the community together to show our clients that we’re still here for them and we’re supporting them and their families all year long, even in the middle of a pandemic” said Maddie Szymanski, a Philanthropy Advisor for CP.

The event started at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with Frank Hermans as emcee. Hermans, of “Let me be Frank” productions, has been providing entertainment for the CP Telethon for 17 years.

“This is the time to give back to the community for all of the things CP does for us and our community,” Hermans said.

Although this year’s event looked a bit different due to the pandemic, there were still plenty of volunteers who helped take pledges, while socially distanced.

CP officials say safety was the top priority this year to make sure everyone stayed socially distanced, and masked.

“And the other thing we did, if we could pre-record something we did, so a lot of our entertainment, client interviews, all have been pre-recorded to limit the amount of people in the building to really try to keep everyone safe,” said Kristen Paquet, Director of Donor Engagement and Marketing for CP.

To keep that social distancing in place, 26 people per panel took pledges, equaling about 365 volunteers, throughout the entire Telethon.

“The panels were shortened to 45 minutes to allow us 15 minutes in between to sanitize all of their spots,” said Szymanski.

Just days after last year’s telethon, which raised more than $1.4 million, the shutdown happened.

After a few weeks, the organization found a way to bring therapy and services to its clients virtually and later with home visits. Many therapy appointments were canceled and there was less money coming in.

CP eventually reopened last May with new protocols in place to keep staff and clients safe.

The money raised during the telethon supports CP’s operations throughout the year and provides the necessary tools for its programs.

The total raised during the two-day event came super close to last year’s total, which was about $30,000 more. But still incredible, even during a pandemic.

“It’s just the fact that our community has been so generous even though everyone has gone through their own share of struggles, with their jobs, non-profits, and the fact our community is coming out the way that they are this year, is just phenomenal,” said Paquet.

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