More Than $52,000 Raised By Organized Labor From Across Western New York To Benefit The 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon
Overall, More Than $1.02 Million Dollars Raised During Sunday’s Televised Telethon, Money Goes To Support The Women & Children’s Hospital Of Buffalo And Numerous Other Area Children’s Charities
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The 55th Annual Variety Kids Telethon raised more than $1.02 million over the weekend - with Organized Labor from across Western New York accounting for $52,000, the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) announced.
The Western New York Labor Movement stepped up its efforts this year to aid the telethon, whose dollars raised go to support the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and numerous other area children’s charities.
“This year’s support for the Children's Hospital Variety Club Telethon was ‘stronger than in at least ten years.’ The WNYALF decided to ‘spearhead’ the effort by coordinating and combining the contributions of our many Labor Unions and the result was ‘astounding,’” WNYALF President Richard Lipsitz said Wednesday (April 5th).
More than $44,000 was raised by dozens of WNYALF Union Affiliates, with the biggest contribution coming from the United Auto Workers (UAW). The WNYALF also raised an additional ($6,300) from (its) guitar and Buffalo Bills ticket raffle and another $1,750 from the ‘five-minute fundraising challenge’ that was issued during the WNYALF’s recently-held Annual meeting. All told our contribution was more than ($52,000),” Lipsitz said.
“Further, on the day of the event (Sunday, April 2nd), fifty Union volunteers answered the phone during (a two-hour-long) ‘Labor Hour’ at the Telethon. One estimate we received was that an ‘additional’ ($50,000) was raised during that period of time,” he added.
“Great ‘praise and much thanks’ goes to the committee that organized the day and the ‘hundreds’ of Union Members that donated their time and money, especially its chair, Tony Vaccaro of the Teamsters, Bill Mayer of the Painters, (Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President) John Mudie of the Communications Workers of America Paul Crist of the Sheet Metal Workers and the Buffalo Building Trades Council, President Phil Rumore of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, Guy Newell of the UAW, and our Staff Organizer - Chris Borgatti. ‘Once again, the honest and selfless Union Activists sacrificed a Sunday to help children who need it most,’” Lipsitz said.
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For More On This Labor News Story, Read Your On-Line Labor Newspaper’s April 2nd Report, Headlined: Organized Labor Described As “Integral Part” Of Annual Variety Kids Telethon In Western New York By Fundraising Group’s Executive Director