Star Staff Reports
Ritter Communications announced $207,892 was raised at the 38th Annual St. Jude Country Cares for Kids Radio and Cablethon Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3 in Blytheville, Ark.
All money raised benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. This year’s Cablethon marked Ritter’s 11th year broadcasting the event, and during those 11 years, over $2.6 million has been raised for St. Jude.
“This event is just one of the ways we demonstrate Ritter’s commitment to the people and communities we serve and our pledge to always be ‘Right by You’,” said Ritter Communications Vice President of Marketing Susan Christian. “Many of the Ritter employees dedicate their time and expertise by raising money internally prior to the event and filming the event LIVE.”
This year Ritter Communications donated $4,117 from employee contributions.
This is the 11th year Ritter’s local access channel, Tubetown, which is channel 21 in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri and channel 11 in West Tennessee, broadcasted the event LIVE from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to thousands of Ritter Communications cable TV customers. The event was also streamed on Facebook Live, which allowed viewers from around the world to watch.
Ritter Communications is proud to work alongside the ladies of ESA to produce this community-focused event. George Hubbard, owner of Hubbard & Hoke Furniture and noted Blytheville philanthropist, received the annual ‘Man of the Year’ award for his contributions to the Radio/Cablethon and his year-round efforts to assist St. Jude.
Thunder Country, a radio station owned and operated by Sudbury Broadcasting Group established in Blytheville, promoted the radiothon and hosted many on air talent segments featuring patients and survivors from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital all day Friday, March 2, and simulcasted the coverage on Saturday, March 2 to their Northeast Arkansas coverage area.
“Giving back is the heart of our community commitment,” said Ritter Communications Marketing Director Jane Marie Woodruff. “We can’t think of a better organization than St. Jude to partner with in making a difference in the lives of children. We consider it a privilege to assist in raising money to find cures, save children and help families regardless of their ability to pay.”
If you’d like to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research today, please visit www.StJude.org.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
About Ritter Communications:
Ritter Communications, founded in Marked Tree, Arkansas and headquartered in Jonesboro, began providing local phone service in 1906. Today, Ritter serves 62 communities and more than 45,000 customers in northeast and north central Arkansas, southeast Missouri and west Tennessee with advanced voice and data services, cable TV and high speed Internet typically found only in major metropolitan areas. Ritter invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best in class infrastructure and technology while coupling it with a world class customer focused experience. To stay connected, visit RitterCommunications.com.
Tubetown, a community partnership by Ritter Communications, airs local, live and pre-recorded high school sports, as well as local events, parades, charities and pageants. Tubetown was established as Ritter’s local content production arm in 2008 and reaches thousands of viewers via Facebook Live and Ritter TV customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. Tubetown airs on channel 11 in West Tennessee and 21 northeast Arkansas/Missouri. Visit Tubetownonline.com on the web and receive programming updates via our Twitter account, @Tubetown.
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