Continued donations and fundraisers nudged the 2016 Heart Radiothon event just over its $24,000 goal.
Maxell Smith, owner of WMTR 96.1-FM in Archbold, where the Radiothon was held Feb. 11, said the final tally awaited the the receipt of some pledges and the proceeds from fundraisers held after the radio event. In its 42-year history, the Heart Radiothon has always met its goal.
This year’s marathon was held from 6 a.m. to midnight, and used the talent of 33 guest disc jockeys. The money raised will be used, in part, to purchase automated external defibrillators (AED) for Fulton County law enforcement agencies, fire departments, EMS squads, schools, churches, and other organizations, and to purchase replacement AED batteries.
At present, 122 AEDs purchased through past Heart Radiothon donations have been distributed throughout Fulton County.
Proceeds also fund cholesterol checks for high school freshmen and seniors and health screenings at the county health department and senior center.
The Heart Radiothon was founded in 1974 by Maxell Smith Sr., Marv Goldsmith, and Bob Lammon, among others, who “saw a need in the community, and wanted to raise money to fill gaps in budgets for health care and self-help organizations,” said Brent Shea, this year’s Radiothon treasurer.
The event’s 2016 budget includes: county EMS departments, $2,100; Fulton County Health Center: $1,200; Fulton County schools, $4,750; AEDs $3,300; AED batteries, $6,000; community screenings, $5,150; Fairlawn Haven, $250; Fulton Manor, $250; Heart Radiothon promotional supplies, $1,000.