Radiothon 2020


Appalachian ambassadors (from left) Nayelie Guzman, Ella Cleveland, and Audrey Fuller invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Radiothon. -courtesy Mitchie Neel

Appalachian ambassadors (from left) Nayelie Guzman, Ella Cleveland, and Audrey Fuller invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Radiothon. -courtesy Mitchie Neel

Celebrating teachers, students, parents, community members, and contributors, the 22nd annual Blount County Education Foundation Radiothon will broadcast live on 95.3 FM WCRL radio on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The live broadcast will be held at The Little Brick Church and will feature interviews and special surprises throughout the day.

The program will highlight contribution announcements, while listeners will learn of the impact of the awards from last year’s grant winners. Prizes donated by many businesses will be given away throughout the day. With this being the 22nd year, the radiothon will end with the awarding of 22 grand prizes. It is a day you won’t want to miss.

Members of the BCEF board will serve as the broadcast team, but will also be joined by special guest broadcasters Brandy Salamone, Cleveland Elementary teacher, and Hallie Holmes, Susan Moore High School student. The volunteer board members are composed from each community throughout the county.

BCEF board members Pam Hazelrig (left) of Cleveland and ShaRonda Holmes of Susan Moore go over Radiothon plans with Tim Chamblee of WCRL Radio. -courtesy Mitchie Neel

BCEF board members Pam Hazelrig (left) of Cleveland and ShaRonda Holmes of Susan Moore go over Radiothon plans with Tim Chamblee of WCRL Radio. -courtesy Mitchie Neel

Donations of any amount will be accepted and greatly appreciated. Pledges can be called in the day of the event at 205-274-9530, delivered to the Blount County Board of Education office at 204 Second Avenue East, or mailed to BCEF, P.O. Box 603, Oneonta, AL 35121.

As in past years, grant partners will be recognized for anyone contributing more than $250. Those partners are also recognized on the BCEF web page and in a special salute in The Blount Countian in November.

Those contributing $750 will be considered a Named Grant Partner, and a BCEF Signature Partner title will be given to those who donate an amount of $1,000. Donors who contribute $2,000 will become a Diamond Partner. Those who donate $15,000 (Named Endowment Grant) or $20,000 (Signature Endowed Grant) may name the grant for the donor or in honor/memory of someone.

With a mission to promote academic excellence in Blount County Schools, the Blount County Education Foundation was created in November 1998 and has awarded more than $4 million in grants to the schools through a variety of projects. Some projects include the classroom grants, summer camp programs, library enhancements, providing resources for at-risk learning students, and tutoring and intervention support.

Other projects of the foundation include support of the annual spelling bee, the scholar’s bowl program, the math tournament, and the youth leadership development program. Blount County teachers do a remarkable job, and the donations also allow for honoring teachers of the year and recognizing national board certified teachers.

The list could go on and on regarding how the BCEF offers support for Blount County students and teachers. Without donations, very few of these projects would be available to enhance the learning of students.

If you have never donated to this cause, the BCEF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donations will remain local and you will have an opportunity to see the impact of your donation as 100 percent of the money is given back to Blount County schools. All donations, big and small, are tax deductible and will make a difference.

Executive director Mitchie Neel said great things are happening within the Blount County School system. In preparing for the upcoming event, she said, “We are so excited to be preparing for the 22nd annual BCEF Radiothon! We look forward to sharing the stories of the students and teachers who have been impacted by BCEF projects thanks to our generous and caring community. Tune in to WCRL on Sept. 24 and hear about these great projects. You can make a difference as well by making a contribution.”