CP Telethon breaks record for money raised

Published: Mar. 3, 2018 at 11:01 PM CST
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The record has been broken. This year, $1,426,667 was raised for CP through the 64th annual CP Telethon.

"Being the longest running local telethon in the nation, one of the reasons we've been able to do that is because we've been able to stay relevant with what we do. So we've made some big changes this year, we got a brand new set, we've re-branded and refreshed our name so it's really a reflection of all of that, so there's a lot of energy and excitement around so we hope people come out feeling that excitement," said Kristen Paquet, CP Telethon Director of Marketing and Communications.

CP is a non-profit organization that serves 2,000 people who struggle with physical and mental disabilities. On Sunday, the community got a chance to see the work CP does on a regular basis through live remote broadcasts throughout the telethon.

"The remotes brings the clients in, and they are able to explain what we do here live on TV by getting their voices out there and letting people know what we do," said Erin Menacher, CP Core Program Specialist in Swim and Exercise.

"What they do at CP gives you this kind of like peek into what they do really each and every day, and it's just remarkable to me to learn the tools they use, the atmosphere, and the people who are really responsible for helping children and adults reach their full potential," said Cami Rapson, WBAY Anchor and CP Telethon Host.

Last year $1.2 million was raised through the telethon.

The CP Telethon kicked off on Saturday and raised $172,686 for the non-profit organization.

Kicking off the broadcast on Saturday were the Rollettes, a six person wheelchair dance team from Los Angeles. The group has made national appearances on the Today Show and Ellen.

Other entertainment included local bands and music groups such as New Piano Guys, The Cougars, Let Me Be Frank Productions and more.

In the first hour of the telethon, $73,988 was raised. Rapson says it would not have been possible without the community's generosity.

"It's always been about the community, it's always been about people calling in, it's about $25, $50, $100 in honor of a grandson, a child, or a neighbor," said Rapson.

The money raised will stay local and go toward expanding CP's reach and continued work in the community.