It was pure old-fashioned Pictou County generosity that enabled the Pictou County Christmas Fund committee to reach its goal.
A couple of last-minute pledges just seconds before the telethon ended on Sunday meant that $80,325 was pledged, slightly more than the group’s $80,000 goal.
Monique Sobey, PCCF chair, was elated with the result.
“We very excited, very pleased, very thankful,” she beamed.
The six-hour annual telethon was held Sunday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou and it involved a number of dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours, plus the talents of generous local artists.
“We typically get 100 per cent of the pledged donations — plus a little extra,” Sobey said.
“We did have our challenges this year,” Sobey noted. “But we realized quite a few more online donations.”
This year, the audience was able to listen to the show online, thanks to Lucas Technology & Analytics. There was an audio streaming link made available on mix941.ca and on the Pictou County Christmas Telethon Facebook page.
Sobey chalked up the committee’s continued success to the “generosity of the people of Pictou County, and the local businesses and corporate donations.”
Past chair Debbie VanSickle said those funds will enable the group to help provide a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings to more than 1,200 families in need this Christmas season.
“The money is distributed by Dec. 11 so it’s very important to honour your pledge before that date,” VanSickle encouraged. Local donors can be eligible for an early bird prize if they honour their pledge before Dec. 2. Pledges can be honoured at The Advocate office on George Street in Pictou, Atlantic Insurance on Provost Street in New Glasgow, or any bank or credit union.
Disbursement dates in New Glasgow are December 11 and 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summer Street and in Pictou on December 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church Hall.
The show opened with the NRHS Choir and closed with performances by Inner Voice. Sandwiched in between were performances by groups large and small including Pierre and Katey Aucoin, Jud Gunning, Jon Raven, Don Haggart, Albert Dunnewold, Pam LeBlanc and students, Dr. W. A. MacLeod school choir, Annika Murray and Jack Higdon, Pat Spaulding and daughter Kendall, Julia Deuville, The Music Company, Randy Swallow, The Currie Family, The Decoste Family, The Vautours, Hangman, The Thomson Family, Stellarton Male Chorus, Trilogy, The Kitchen Criminals, Campbell Hayman and Justin Skinner, Ray Stewart, Amelia Parker, Randy Gilby and daughter Cecely Gilby.
Advocate staff took the first two-hour shift manning the phone line of pledges coming in to the annual Pictou County Christmas Fund telethon, held Sunday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre. From the left are: Lynn Nelson, Donna Stiles, Myra MacKay-Wilson, Danna Moore and Sue-Ellen Ripley. (Jardine photo)