Exceeding expectations: Community helps Pictou County Christmas Fund more than surpass goal

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PICTOU — The phones continued to ring on Sunday after the annual Pictou County Christmas Fund Telethon was off the air.

The result: $87,050 in pledges — all of which will be used to help local families in need be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings this year.

The total had committee members and volunteers — all of whom put in countless hours both before and during the telethon — overjoyed.

“Our goal this year was $80,000. We surpassed our goal and, thanks to the generous people of Pictou County, our total monies pledged, with five minutes left until 7 p.m., was $86,725. A few more phone calls came in, and when we left the deCoste Centre we were slightly above $87,000,” praised Pictou County Christmas Fund Telethon committee chair Monique Sobey.

Throughout the day on Sunday, local residents dropped into the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou to enjoy the variety of talented musicians who gave their time for the cause. Bands, solo artists, duos and groups all willingly gave up their talents to sing and play while local residents gave from the heart and called in pledges that exceeded the goal.

Pledging is one thing; now it’s time to honour that pledge so the funds get distributed. People can drop into the Advocate office at 21 George Street in Pictou, or any bank or credit union in Pictou County, to honour their commitment. New this year, the office of Atlantic Insurance on Provost Street in New Glasgow will also receive pledges.

“As always, the money collected will be distributed in our community within the next couple of weeks. “

Disbursement dates for New Glasgow are Dec. 12 and 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summer Street Industries and in Pictou on Dec. 13 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church hall.

“We hope that everyone enjoyed the show, whether on Eastlink Community TV or on East Coast FM. The crowd watching live throughout the day at the deCoste was truly impressive,” Sobey added.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community who helped make this year’s event a huge success. All of those who donated and pledged money, everyone who donated early bird prizes, food for the day of the show, decorations for the stage and of course their time to help out at the deCoste Centre. I hope everyone feels like I do: that this is an important and worthwhile community initiative and I hope they feel proud to be involved.”

Staff of Advocate Printing & Publishing take a turn working the phone lines as pledges are called in for the telethon. (Jardine photo)

Corbin Parent, Eastlink TV producer for Pictou County and Antigonish, operates a camera in the lobby of the deCoste centre during the telethon. (Jardine photo)

Angela Cromwell performs on stage as part of the Pictou County Christmas Fund telethon. (Jess photo)

Jon Raven entertained the crowd at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre on Sunday as part of the Pictou County Christmas Fund telethon. (Jess photo)