By John Reynolds
Former Springfield resident Gary Reynolds started making calls for United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln’s telethon a few weeks ago. He’s been helping with the annual fundraiser for 24 years and has a list of about 200 people he calls in advance so they’ll be ready to make a donation during the six-hour event. Sunday’s telethon was held at the Crowne Plaza Springfield and raised money to fund the group’s programs, which include summer camps and jobs programs.
“United Cerebral Palsy is a very essential organization for people with disabilities,” Reynolds said. “They helped my son Jason a few years back. He had a full-time job because of UCP and their programs.”
Brenda Yarnell, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln, said $351,055 was raised during the event, which was broadcast on WAND-TV Channel 17. The goal was $350,000.
“We are so appreciative of the Springfield community and central Illinois for supporting United Cerebral Palsy. It was fabulous,” Yarnell said.
Hitting the fundraising target means United Cerebral Palsy will be able to continue its programs for children and adults with disabilities.
“There’s always a gap in the funding from what the state actually pays us to do business and what it actually costs us,” Yarnell said. “This fundraiser helps us fill that gap of funding.”
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