Contributions to the Highland County Society for Children and Adults from last week’s Ernie Blankenship Radio-Telethon have risen by a couple of thousand dollars to $95,628, according to Highland County Common Pleas Judge Rocky Coss, who leads the Rotary Club’s radio-telethon fundraising effort.
Coss told Hillsboro Rotarians on Tuesday that eight additional contributions have been received since last Wednesday’s fundraiser, which came to a close with a total of $93,888.
Coss said this year’s fundraising was virtually identical to last year with the exception of a $10,000 anonymous contribution that came in recent years but which did not arrive this year.
Coss said total givers were down from 308 last year to 248 this year, but he is working with other Rotarians on a plan to improve those numbers next year. Coss said he will be reaching out to other Rotary members to become more involved year-round in planning and carrying out the next radio-telethon.
This year’s take pushed total donations past the $3.5 million mark since the radio-telethon began in 1973. The event is a joint effort of the Hillsboro and Greenfield Rotary clubs.
Coss’ wife, Gayle, who has served 12 years as executive secretary for the Society, told Hillsboro Rotarians recently that the organization is unique in that all funds are raised locally and used to help local people. She said that more than 650 people were helped by the Society with their medical needs during the most recent fiscal year.
Contributions can be made to the Society at any time by sending checks to HCSCA, P.O. Box 258, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.
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