40th Eagles Telethon Raises over $40,000*

A yearly record of $40,003 was raised by the end of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon Saturday night in Prairie du Chien, pushing the total over $750,000 for the past 40 years of this community fundraiser. Telethon organizers are still accepting donations, which can be made at eaglestelethon.org (click on the red “donate” button).

Bob Sebastian has been associated with the telethon since the beginning. He has counted every dollar of the donations over four decades, and proudly pointed to the $750,000 mark, late in the night.




Pictured are Hosts Dan Moris (left) and Tom Nelson (right) talking to singer April (Tesar) Bouzek about her friend and one-time performing partner, the late Danny Ruehlow, who was an emcee on the telethon before he passed away in 2000. Bouzek has been performing at the telethon since she was 5 years old.




Caricaturist John Mundt, of Prairie du Chien, helped raise funds again this year by drawing imitations of the people attending the telethon, as well as this friendly dog, Skittles.





Steve Cash (left), of Gundersen Clinic Research Center, appeared in person on the live telethon to share appreciation from his organization for all that the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon has helped Gundersen to accomplish over the years. He is shown with Host Tom Stram.







From left: Joyce Czajkowski, Deb Wachter and Mary Antoine, of the Women’s Civic Club, answered phones for hour one of the telethon. Antoine has been doing this duty for three years and she said the first hour this year was the busiest she’s experienced.







Isaac Sweet, of Guttenberg, sang and played several ballads for the telethon audience.








Gretchen Faulkner, who rarely misses a live telethon, picks out some goodies from the Boy Scout food stand. Tending to her are Scouts (front row, from left) Ethan Gramlich, Adam Chase; (back row) Jason Johnson and Jayden Johnson.






Host Tom Nelson accepts a $500 donation on-air from Cheryl and Pinkie from Lady Luck Casino of Marquette, Iowa.






96th Assembly Rep. Lee Nerison presented the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon with a governor’s proclamation recognizing the fundraising event’s 40 years.







The Eagles Club mascot appeared on the live broadcast with members as well as (pictured) Host Natalie Stram.








Eagle Paul White spoke about being a part of the telethon for 40 years.







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Courtesy of Courier Press, Prairie du Chien, WI
(Photos by Correne Martin and Randy Paske)