Residents of one area county are coming together for one of the biggest events of their year. This year, the Huntingdon County Pride Telethon celebrates its 45th year. During that time, it’s raised close to $4 million, money that’s gone to help local residents of all ages.
On Friday, at telethon headquarters, the Smithfield Fire Hall, folks were picking up items they’d successfully bid on at the Pride auction.
“I got a Mamma Mia poster from the Clifton Five which is our local movie theater,” said Tammy Ash.
She buys something every year at the auction and always watches the telethon.
Tammy added, “They do quite a lot for the community. They help little kids. They help people that are in need of medical services.”
Money from the auction items and pledges from the telethon goes to provide everything from therapeutic horseback riding, to speech and occupational therapy, to a senior care program.
“Because of that senior care program we have so many seniors that are able to stay in their homes longer, they do not have to go to a nursing home or something, because we’re able to provide the care for the little things, going to the grocery store or making sure their bedsheets are changed and helping them do their laundry,” explained Pride Executive Director Adam Pfingstl.
As the auction was wrapping up on Friday, the cameras were getting ready to capture the telethon on Saturday. Singers, dancers, a karaoke contest, and even a karate class are all part of the line-up.
The Huntingdon County Pride Telethon raised more than $170,000 last year. Folks in Huntingdon can watch it on their cable system, while others can watch it at huntingdonpride.org.