Telethon Breaks Record – Raises More Than $69,500!
Fox Chapel Area School District students held their 27th annual telethon Friday, December 23, 2016, and raised more than $69,500! This year’s telethon total is a record-breaking total and brings the money raised by Fox Chapel Area students to more than $765,500 over the last 27 years for various local and regional charities.
For the second year in a row, the telethon raised money for Live Like Lou, which was founded by two parents (Suzanne and Neil Alexander) in the Fox Chapel Area School District to help ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. This year’s total also included a donation of $25,000 from an anonymous donor who works for Neil’s former employer, Hefren-Tillotson. This anonymous donation was made in celebration of the Fox Chapel Area School District efforts for Live Like Lou.
The telethon involved students from all six schools in the Fox Chapel Area School District (Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr, and O’Hara elementaries; Dorseyville Middle School; and Fox Chapel Area High School). Student, teacher, parent, and community representatives also participated in the telethon benefitting Live Like Lou by making donations during the live event. Additionally, Suzanne appeared as part of the telethon and Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle shared a video message. Hurdle was a personal friend of Neil (who passed away in 2015) and is a big advocate of Live Like Lou. Fox Chapel Area students also shared a video from a visit to the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh. The telethon also featured some throwback clips from telethons from previous years. The telethon is coordinated by the marketing/management and television production students of the high school who plan and produce the event.
This year, the telethon was available in high definition for the first time and was streamed live on the “Swift Fox Media” YouTube channel. Following the broadcast, the telethon can be viewed through a link on the district’s website (www.fcasd.edu) and on the Swift Fox Media YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwO-NODLpE). The telethon will be rebroadcast every day (December 23-January 1) through Verizon FIOS (Channel 28) and Comcast (Channels 96 or 98) from 4-6 p.m.
Live Like Lou, a fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a local organization focused on raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), supporting scientific research targeted at finding a cure, and providing care for ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Specifically, the Fox Chapel Area telethon will support Live Like Lou Patient Care Fund grants, the Iron Horse Awards for Kids grants, and the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research. Neil’s wife Suzanne continues the work of this important charity in his honor.