Since 1946, the Southwestern Indiana Chapter of Easter Seals (known then as the Vanderburgh County Society for Crippled Children and Adults) has provided much needed medical aid and rehabilitation services to children and adults in need right here in the Evansville area. These services are made possible through the generous donations of businesses and individuals like you. Donations are accepted year-round, with their biggest fundraiser coming up this Sunday.

The 35th Annual Easter Seals Telethon is set to air live from Noon-6pm on WEHT Local (check local listings for channel). Last year's event raised a record-setting $980,060 and this year's goal looks to exceed that by raising $985,000.

Viewers in Evansville will be able to call (812) 491-9191 during the telethon to make their donation, while those living outside Evansville can make their donation toll-free at 1-877-929-2929. Those numbers will only be active during the telethon so don't try to call now and get your donation in early. If helping disabled children and adults in our community get their much needed therapy isn't enough to entice you to call in, I'll be answering phones during the telethon between 3-4pm if it helps.

Hosted by longtime WEHT anchor Brad Byrd and Chief Meteorologist, Wayne Hart, this year's event will once again include “cruise-in” of street rods, classic cars and street machines hosted by E'ville Iron Street Rod Club, along with refreshments, games, and a Vectren fishbowl where you can stop by and make cash donation on the spot.

Joining Brad and Wayne this year will be WTVW personalities Randy Moore, Julie Dolan, and Ron Rhodes. Former WEHT personality Shelly Kirk will return to host as well. Kirk left the station last month to become the new marketing director at Fifth Third Bank in Evansville, a position left vacant by Lloyd Winnecke after his election as Evansville's Mayor.

[Sources: Easter Seals & Evansville Courier-Press]