Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon
Prairie du Chien, WI
Aeries #1502"The Power of One"
Telethon 2021 Planning Underway
Telethon planning is underway. The 2021 Telethon will be January 30, 2021, at Bluff View Middle School starting at 5pm. It will be broadcast on MediaCom Channel 6 and streamed on YouTube.
Every year, the objective of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon is to raise just $1 toward cardiology and cancer research. Though, truly, by the end of the eight-hour, local broadcast tradition, a figure much larger than that is reflected on the fundraising board. (More...)
“We are very proud of that number. People always want to know that total. That’s their connection to what their $10, in memory of grandma, went toward,” professed Tom Nelson, telethon co-host and esteemed Prairie du Chien personality. “The part of this that makes the entire telethon so special—from the viewer to the contributor to the participant—is that every little bit makes a difference from our little corner of the world.”
The annual event is always anticipated because of its time-honored, small-town talent, yet it has kept up with the times of technology and each generation’s natural aptitude, Nelson pointed out.
“We have polished the format over the years, but the fact that it’s not a perfected, live show is what draws people in,” he said. “I like to think we’ve been able to keep current with the world around us, but it’s the same style of show that started over 45 years ago.”
Nelson is also proud of the recurrent staples that have added pizzazz to the telethon, such as “Danny’s Moment,” during which the late Danny Ruehlow is remembered; “Looking Up Your Back Door,” a technology moment; the Tom & Tom Show; the Tree of Hope, through which those currently battling cancer are acknowledged; and the symbolic Memory Wall coordinated by the Prairie du Chien High School Student Council.
“Everybody’s got a jar of pennies or coins they can bring down to the telethon,” Nelson stated. “That gives people a way to get involved in this small community cause. Once the money leaves our hands, it’s directly deposited into the hands of organizations that can start planning research. It’s really touching to know the difference we can make.”
2019 - *$52,591
45 year total $1,005,335.00
$54,000 - Checks Presented from 2020 Telethon
Members of the Prairie du Chien Eagles Club with 4 checks in the amount of ￼$13,625.00 each raised during the 2020 Eagles Heart & Cancer Telethon. These checks will be presented to Gunderson Clinic and Mayo Clinic of La Crosse, U.W. Madison and the Carbone Cancer Research Center in Madison to be used for heart and cancer research.
One MILLION Dollars
"Each year of the Eagles Telethon we start with one dollar," says Tom Nelson, one of the emcees of the telethon. This is the 45th year of the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon. This year the telethon donations totaled over $50,000. With those donations, the total donations for 45 years reached over $1,000,000. "All f the volunteers, performers, and people who have donated couldn't be happier," Nelson continued.
Eagles Airies 1502 of Prairie du Chien, (more....)
made the donation that put the telethon over the top. Monty Ames, president of Eagles Airies 1502 commented, "We couldn't be more proud that the people of Prairie du Chien come together and helped this great cause. We started this telethon 45 years ago and we never dreamed that we would reach and surpass $1,000,000."
"The success of the telethon has always been the people, all with extraordinary abilities. The ability to plan, to work together, to make us laugh or cry, sing, dance, or play an instrument. The people, who, year after year, have made donations of time, donations from pennies to thousands of dollars. The Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon has always been about the outstanding teams of researchers and doctors who fight for a cure each and every day," added Tom Stram, another emcee.
All of the money that the telethon has made is donated to local research centers that have made great strides in heart and cancer research.