The Association for Individual Development's 15th annual telethon was televised live at Waubonsee Community College on March 15. This 10-hour event went on-air at 9 a.m. and broadcast to more than 30 television stations around the Fox Valley area, as well as online at the AID website www.the-association.org.
With the help of more than 800 volunteers, AID was able to raise funds for programs and services benefiting nearly 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities, mental illness and special needs as they work toward their goals of independence and community inclusion.
Phone operators, on-air talent and production crew members joined together in an effort to raise funds to benefit individuals receiving services at AID. The target goal was not met, but AID is hopeful more pledges will continue to come in.
"We are very grateful for the generosity of our community in these difficult financial times," said Lynn O' Shea, AID President/CEO.
AID has provided services to individuals with disabilities in the Fox Valley area for more than 50 years; AID is truly blessed to have made so many friends and partnered with so many supporters along the way. The demand for services far outweighs the current resources.
AID wishes to thank the 2014 AID telethon hosts, Dori Erwin Collins, Bob Coughlin, state Rep. Kay Hatcher, Tom Meaney, Laurie Milbourn, Jeff Myers, Karen Werrbach and Tim Williams.
AID also thanks the 2014 AID Telethon major sponsors: Alarm Detection Systems Inc., Anderson Graphics Inc., Assurance Agency Ltd., BDK Door Inc., Margaret Bussey, David E. Calzaretta, City of Aurora, Marilynn Clifford, Eby-Brown Company, Eby-Brown Foundation, EFS Foundation, Martha J Egeland, Elgin Junior Service Board, Elgin State Bank, First Alert, Fox Valley Fire & Safety Inc., Francissen Family -- In Honor of Kathleen McCloskey, Delores Glynn, Golden K Kiwanis -- Aurora, Kathy and Perry Hazelwood, The Healy Chapel, Hogan Plumbing Inc., Hollywood Casino, Aurora; Rick and Mary Hyatt; IHC Construction Companies, LLC.; Kane County Chronicle; Klotz Family: Clifford -- Marilynn and Creighton, Leader Family: David -- Susan -- Jason and Ben, Management Solutions of Illinois Inc., John A. Mehaffey Family, Clem and Susan Mejia, Ollie's Garage, Lynn and Tom O'Shea, Karin Pelapaz, John and Sue Potter, Michael Roche, Schramm Construction Corporation, St. Charles Bank and Trust Co., Stark and Son Trenching Inc., Leah Thompson, Tim and Debbie Torres, Mary Trippon and Family, Lauren Underhill, Sylvia Underhill, Susan Wathen, Waubonsee Community College, Weldstar, Ziegler Wealth Management and Zimmerman Ford.