TV telethon to support Coulee Region Humane Society

It’s the 19th year UWL students will help raise funds

UW-La Crosse students will once again help dogs, cats and other animals at the Coulee Region Humane Society benefit from an upcoming live TV telethon.

The 19th annual Coulee Region Humane Society Telethon will air from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, on KQEG-TV Channel 23, Charter Cable Channel 5 & 989, and CenturyLink Prism 4. UWL Communication Studies student Hannah Boettcher, along with KQEG-TV’s Rick Wilson, will host the show. Guests during the two-hour event will include owners of pets adopted from the society, pet therapy specialists, dog trainers and society advocates. The phone number to pledge during the telecast is 608.785.8379.

Along with money, donations of towels, sheets, soap, bleach, office and animal supplies or other items that could be used at the humane society are sought. Donations for the society’s general fund may be dropped off at the WMCM studio, 205 Wing Technology Center, 1705 State St., during the telethon, or arrangements may be made by calling Professor Pat Turner at 608.785.8369. Checks should be made payable to the Coulee Region Humane Society. Monetary donations or goods can also be dropped off at Coulee Region Humane Society, 911 Critter Court, Onalaska. All proceeds go directly for the care of the animals.

Give-away items during the telethon will include a $120 guitar from Dave’s Guitar Shop, a $250 authentic white panel football autographed by Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 donated by WXOW-TV, and two studio sessions from The Studio on Main. Each of the two studio sessions includes a 5×7 gift portrait. The total package is valued at $155. Also, numerous businesses have provided coupons to be given away throughout the evening.

The telethon originated in 1999 when UWL student Kristen Lloyd decided to produce a live TV telethon instead of writing a traditional research paper. The student-run telethon is sponsored by UWL’s Communication Studies Department and campus TV station WMCM, in conjunction with Charter Communications and KQEG-TV23.

Last year’s telethon raised more than $4,500 in money and supplies.

To participate —
What: Coulee Region Humane Society Telethon
When: 7- 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
Where: Airs on KQEG-TV Channel 23, Charter Cable Channel 5 & 989, and CenturyLink Prism 4
To donate: Drop off donations during the telethon at 205 UWL Wing Technology Center, 1705 State St., or call 608.785.8379.