Friday, December 7, 2012

WCAP Radio-thon Auction kicks off at 6 a.m. Saturday

     WCAP preps for Radio-thon Auction
By Nick Balatsos
Sun Correspondent
LOWELL— For 15 years, the 980WCAP Radio-thon Auc­tion has raised thousands of dol­lars for Lowell’s Salvation Army, and this year is no exception.

All money raised from the fundraiser, which takes place starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, goes directly to the Lowell Salvation Army so it can provide support for the needy in the community.

“ The event is a critical piece of fundraising.” said Maj. Everett Henry, who runs the Lowell agency of the Sal­vation Army. Henry said the Salvation Army uses funds to help provide local families with fuel assis­tance, stock the food pantry, character development for youths and visitation programs  at nursing homes. Sam Poulten, owner of WCAP, said that with increased needs, it is essential to remember how important the Radio-thon is. He said the radio team will be fundraising from 6 a.m. until their goal of $105,000 is met.

Henry agreed.

“This year’s efforts are more important than ever,” he said.

The fundraiser, hosted by radio personality Warren Shaw, will be held above Cappy’s Copper Kettle on Central Street, where there will be a live band. State Rep. Tom Golden, D-Lowell, is expected to be conducting an on-air auction up until 1 p.m.

Among the items being auctioned include Celtics tickets, gift certificates, jewelry and vacations.

Those who want to make a donation can swing by in person, or call (978) 454-4980.

“ Over the years we’ve been fortunate to receive donations ranging from $ 5 to $ 5,000,” Shaw said. “ Every little bit helps.”

© 2012 lowell sun 12/07/2012

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