Hearty Donors*

Hearty Donors is being introduced for the Jan. 31, 2015, telethon in Prairie du Chien. It is for those organizations, businesses or individuals who give $1,000 or more.
The idea for the Hearty Donors classification came about when Jaaren Riebe, of the Prairie du Chien High School Class of 1986, approached telethon co-host Tom Stram about how the class could contribute a significant amount to the telethon.
“We would like to challenge other classes to participate in this sort of thing or somehow give back to the community,” Riebe stated. “It might be that your class reunion is at Homecoming and you decide to volunteer for one hour as a class before holding your reunion. Or maybe each person can give $1 and you pool your money to make a local donation.”
With the new program, those contributing $1,000—be it an advanced pledge or a donation the night of the telethon—will have their name listed on the Hearty Donors Wall at the telethon.
  • Prairie du Chien High School Class of 1986
  • The Sew Watts Quilting Club
  • The Prairie du Chien Wrestling Team 
  • Miniature Precision Components of Prairie du Chien,
  • 12th street Telethon Party, Eagles Club Aerie 1502 and Eagles Auxiliary,
  • Boy Scouts, and John Mundt
  • Employees of People State Bank
  • The Dillman Family
– with more to come.
Over the past 42 years, a total of  $858,000 has been raised by the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon.
Though the amount raised will remain a mystery for another few months, one aspect of the telethon is already certain. It will be a coming together of the community for the greater good.
“The telethon is made up of local talent, local hooligans. It’s not as if we’re working really hard to put on the most professional show. But it’s about putting together eight hours of local entertainment,” Nelson said.
“It’s amazing how everybody has a talent,” noted Riebe, who has never helped organize the telethon but has always watched it and had family participating. “It might be a really great musician or just something simple that somebody can give from their heart.”
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“That’s the thing that carries it on,” Nelson added. “I’ve been fortunate to be able to do this for 40 years. I appreciate everyone’s contributions.”