F Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon PDC

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Eagles Airies 1502 puts us over the top

Livestreamed telethon raises nearly $30K*

 By Correne Martin

 


Prairie du Chien’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon presented an alternate telethon virtually Saturday evening, as opposed to the typical televised broadcast that viewers have become accustomed to over the last four and a half decades. 

Led by producer, host and coordinator Dan Moris, the once “called off” fundraiser for heart disease and cancer research still happened for 2021. 

At the end of the night, in fact, just under $28,625 was raised in donations stemming from the four-hour livestreamed show, a virtual auction, and raffles and contributions fostered at the Eagles Club Prairie du Chien Aerie 1502 itself. In the coming weeks, after additionally anticipated donations filter in, organizers expect to pass $30,000 total. Organizers are thrilled with such a result from the alternate telethon, which was pulled together in the last two weeks prior to the event after the televised option was canceled.

According to staff recording the livestream statistics, Saturday night’s telethon had 1,524 views by 650 unique viewers.  The peak number of viewers at any one time was 204.

In comparison, last year’s event, which aired on cable television via Mediacom, had 146 views online. The 2020 telethon ultimately raised over $47,000.

The virtual format featured a house band of sorts—Nice Guys & a Dirty Mind—performing live from Bluffstone Massage and the home of Brandon Standorf in Prairie du Chien. Standorf’s bandmates include Moris, Alex Stark, Eric Otteson and Leah Strong. 

Moris was the sole host, though he showcased regular spots with famed longtime co-hosts Tom Nelson and Tom Stram. The telethon presented videos and patient stories from beneficiaries Gundersen Health, Mayo Clinic Health and UW Health, as well as local medical center Crossing Rivers Health. The hours were filled with musical performances as well from various local talent and montages of classic telethon moments.

In Nelson’s eyes, he’s thankful for Moris’ vision as well as all the work that continued behind the scenes, and on video, to make something happen and pay it forward. 

“It’s because of our entire community that we saw this wonderful outcome,” he stated. “It’s like the wrestlers and their ‘Pushups for Pennies,’ so many people chipped in by stepping forward to make a difference.”

Moris was proud 

“I’m hoping for a much more standard telethon next year,” Moris said, in the days after the telethon, which he labeled a day of “nonstop rush.”

“The event’s magic is in bringing the entire community—individuals, businesses, service organizations, school groups, city government, health care systems, and a professional video production crew—together for one night,” he added. “But, for this year, we were able to keep the telethon tradition alive.”

By Correne Martin

 

Prairie du Chien’s Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon presented an alternate telethon virtually Saturday evening, as opposed to the typical televised broadcast that viewers have become accustomed to over the last four and a half decades. 

Led by producer, host, and coordinator Dan Moris, the once “called off” fundraiser for heart disease and cancer research still happened for 2021. 

At the end of the night, in fact, just under $28,625 was raised in donations stemming from the four-hour livestreamed show, a virtual auction, and raffles and contributions fostered at the Eagles Club Prairie du Chien Aerie 1502 itself. In the coming weeks, after additionally anticipated donations filter in, organizers expect to pass $30,000 total. Organizers are thrilled with such a result from the alternate telethon, which was pulled together in the last two weeks prior to the event after the televised option was canceled.

According to staff recording the live stream statistics, Saturday night’s telethon had 1,524 views by 650 unique viewers.  The peak number of viewers at any one time was 204.

In comparison, last year’s event, which aired on cable television via Mediacom, had 146 views online. The 2020 telethon ultimately raised over $47,000.

The virtual format featured a house band of sorts—Nice Guys & a Dirty Mind—performing live from Bluffstone Massage and the home of Brandon Standorf in Prairie du Chien. Standorf’s bandmates include Moris, Alex Stark, Eric Otteson, and Leah Strong. 

Moris was the sole host, though he showcased regular spots with famed longtime co-hosts Tom Nelson and Tom Stram. The telethon presented videos and patient stories from beneficiaries Gundersen Health, Mayo Clinic Health and UW Health, as well as local medical center Crossing Rivers Health. The hours were filled with musical performances as well from various local talent and montages of classic telethon moments.

In Nelson’s eyes, he’s thankful for Moris’ vision as well as all the work that continued behind the scenes, and on video, to make something happen and pay it forward. 

“It’s because of the entire community that we saw this wonderful outcome,” he stated. “It’s like the wrestlers and their ‘Pushups for Pennies,’ so many people chipped in by stepping forward to make a difference.”

Moris was proud 

“I’m hoping for a much more standard telethon next year,” Moris said, in the days after the telethon, which he labeled a day of “nonstop rush.”

“The event’s magic is in bringing the entire community—individuals, businesses, service organizations, school groups, city government, health care systems, and a professional video production crew—together for one night,” he added. “But, for this year, we were able to keep the telethon tradition alive.”


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*permission to reprint article by Coruier Press. Corene Martin

Challenge Accepted and Surpassed!*


Absolutely thrilled by the end result of Saturday night's virtual telethon. Raising nearly $30,000 by the end of night of a four-hour streaming-only broadcast far exceeded my own expectations. Congratulations to the Eagles Club and those who are traditionally involved with the annual telethon and fundraising efforts. The tradition of Telethon Night in Prairie du Chien was kept alive another year!
I'm also completely exhausted. After the telethon was canceled and I decided I wanted to try to make this alternate telethon happen, I had 10 days to put all of this together. Many late, late nights editing video. Hundreds of emails. Dozens of hours planning and testing equipment. With a limited amount of time, and and a crazy amount of tasks that needed to be coordinated, I couldn't do everything perfectly - but I'm pretty proud of how the show was presented.
Telethon day was a nonstop rush. Tearing apart my home office at 8am and completely filling my car with computers, monitors, camera & lighting gear, audio equipment, guitars and amps, and bags of all kinds of cords and adapters. We converted a room into a makeshift television studio, battled glitches, and ultimately produced four hours of live television. It was a blast.
I'm hoping for a much more standard telethon next year. The event's magic is in bringing the entire community - individuals, businesses, service organizations, school groups, city government, healthcare systems, and a professional video production crew - together for one night. But, for this year, we were able to keep the telethon tradition alive. An accomplishment I'll always be proud of.
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