Radio Marathon raises $120,125 for Children's Haven

By Whitney Buettner
March 22, 2013 - 1:42pm Updated: March 22, 2013 - 7:05pm

The 24th annual Power 99 Radio Marathon wrapped up Friday afternoon at the Gateway Mall raising a record total of $120,125.

All proceeds raised will go to the Children’s Haven which provides help for children in need.

Lynda Douglas, executive director of the Haven, is elated with the outcome of Radio Marathon 24.“We did absolutely awesome. It’s the most money we’ve raised other than when we built the home,” she said.

Looking ahead into the 25th annual, Douglas said there isn’t anything special being planned. “We always say we started with nothing and whatever we raise is a bonus. So whatever, if it’s less next year, so be it,” she said.

Garth Kalin, operations manager of Power 99, has been helping out with the Radio Marathon for 22 years. “It’s just so exciting and rewarding at the end of it all to see how kind and generous the area is to donate the money to keep the Children’s Haven open,” he said.

Kalin added that not many people realize that this is the Haven’s principle fundraiser, and if enough money wasn’t raised through Radio Marathon, its doors would close.

This years’ Radio Marathon began early Thursday morning and ran for 35 hours, until 5 p.m. Friday evening.

Donations pledged may be honored by mail or by dropping by the Haven at any time.

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