Hosts Telethon For UCP
Carnivilito, dance ensemble
Colage, jazz pianist Tim Wilkinson and R&B group The Rhythm Doctors.
Star Fest 2001 raised over $230,000 to help UCP.
On Sunday, January
21, WRAL-TV held the 31st Annual Star Fest telethon for United Cerebral
Palsy (UCP). Star Fest 2001 aired from 1:00-7:00pm with over 120
volunteers and guests joining to help raise over $230,000 for UCP
of North Carolina.
and retired anchor Charlie Gaddy hosted the afternoon event. Performers
included singer Mike Cross, latino music band
Amateur Radio Operators gave $800 for UCP. (L to R) back row: Bob
Lukeszewski & Chuck Wright, front row: Kyle Leshko,
Frank Lynch & WRAL Anchor Mark Roberts.
Dr. Josh Alexander (left) spoke with WRAL Health Reporter Dr.
Allen Mask about the special needs in UCP centers throughout North
John Patrone (left), owner of a Jersey Mike's franchise, presented
Dr. Allen Mask with a check for $1,500.
Health South supervisers Jim Swann & Teresa Craven
challenged their employees to give. They presented a $4,100 to Mark
Mark Roberts (right) interviews John Patrone as he works
the phone bank.
WRAL-TV Reporter Yvonne Simons reports on Star Fest's progress
in the midst of the volunteers working the phone bank.
WRAL-TV has broadcast
and produced Star Fest since its inception in 1969. The 2001 telecast
was actually to be the 32nd telecast of Star Fest, but last January the
historic snow of 2000 caused the cancellation of the event.
of North Carolina is one of over 130 affiliates in the national UCP
organization and serves individuals with disabilities and their families
across the state. A non-profit agency, UCP-NC is run by a volunteer Board
of Directors and an Executive Director. UCP-NC currently provides services
in 26 of the 100 North Carolina counties.
According to the national
UCP, "It is estimated that some 500,000 children and adults in the United
States manifest one or more of the symptoms of cerebral palsy. Currently,
about 5,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with the condition each year.
In addition, some 1,200 - 1,500 preschool age children are recognized
each year to have cerebral palsy."
are still being accepted for the telethon. Mail pledges to:
PO Box 27707