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Telethon donors are miracle-makers

Sunday, March 26, 2006

If you don't take time today to watch the Kenny Rogers Children's Center Telethon, you'll miss more than you might believe. This 26th annual Telethon showcases local talent that is well worth watching. But more importantly, the Telethon highlights the achievements of the children who receive services at the Center. By any definition, they are the stars of the show.

I have had the privilege of working with the Center for a number of years. And I know firsthand that miracles are performed daily at the Sikeston Center. The word miracle is appropriate because the progress of the children cannot be explained any other way.

The Telethon is a unique event unlike any in a community our size. Hundreds of volunteers devote countless hours raising funds and organizing the televised event. The show itself is well worth watching because it puts local talent in the spotlight. These performers give their time and talent to help attract an audience that will in turn donate funds to help the Center grow and prosper.

As I'm sure you know, no child is ever turned away from the Kenny Rogers Center. If the family has no insurance or is unable to help defray the cost of services, the Center still provides the same level of care and therapy regardless. That is made possible largely because of the monies raised this weekend. And over the years the Telethon has grown into a major fund-

raiser. Area residents who recognize the benefits of the Center are responsible for this growth in the Telethon.

The Telethon started small in the old Malone Theater and then expanded to the old Ramada Inn for several years. Now the Telethon originates from the Sikeston High School Fieldhouse and offers top-notch entertainment while highlighting the achievements of the workers and children at the Center. Admission is free and there's something for everyone during the Telethon. If you have time today, join the crowd at the Fieldhouse and see for yourself the miracles in action.

The Telethon is a tremendous source of pride for the Sikeston area, as well it should be. It's hard to describe the activities and offerings of the Telethon - you just need to see it for yourself. I believe you'll be moved enough to reach into your pocket and become a miracle-maker yourself.

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Michael Jensen
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