Organizers of the Brainerd Lakes Area Radiothon to End Child Abuse reported a successful fundraiser this year.
December 2021 was the 28th year of fundraising for region and state programs that provide services to educate residents and prevent child abuse. The amount raised was $ 95,658, bringing the total over those 28 years to over $ 1,800,000.
The first radiothon in Brainerd was organized in 1994 by Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, Brainerd owners of Omni Broadcasting. He raised over $ 12,000.
In most years since 1994, the totals have increased.
The radiothon is a joint effort of the Aitkin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Cass County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Crow Wing County Child Protection Team , Morrison County Child Protection Team, and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (under Family Wise). It also involves Hubbard Radio Brainerd and the four radio stations – WJJY, The Power Loon, Cool 103.5 and B93.3.
The radiothon takes place the first week of each December, from Thursday noon to Friday noon.
There are other radiothons to end child abuse in Minnesota. This year, the amount raised statewide was $ 175,000. Funds are divided, with pledges split between county programs and state organization. Auction proceeds go directly to counties that have requested donations from local businesses. Each county program determines how its funds are spent to address child abuse.
In Aitkin County, funds are used for public awareness and paid out as mini-grants to schools and nonprofits to provide specific education and family activities during the year.