Every December the plight of the homeless is the focus of Cape Cod television for one night, and every December the community responds with inspiring generosity.
Held in the Dennisport studio of the Cape Cod Community Media Center, the ninth annual NOAH Telethon, a fundraiser for Cape Cod’s only emergency shelter for homeless individuals, raised over $73,576.87, with more donations still coming in.
“The NOAH Telethon is a true community event, with those who are able lending a helping hand to those who are in need,” said Rick Presbrey, HAC’s president and CEO. “Every year I am impressed with the giving spirit of the telethon’s volunteers and donors. That one night makes a huge difference in allowing NOAH to be a year-round shelter.”
Mindy Todd, host of “The Point” on WCAI, was the host for the telethon. She was joined each hour by a guest host: Philip Mangano, former head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; Matt Pitta of WXTK; Paul Pronovost, editor of the Cape Cod Times; Lisa Guyon, HAC’s director of development; and HAC CEO Rick Presbrey.
Walk-on guests during the evening included Doug Morison of Callahan Construction; Mary O’Keeffe of Comcast; Joan Bassett, president of the HAC board of directors; Connie Raleigh, HAC’s director of individuals housing services; Carolann Gillard of the NOAH staff; and Santa Claus.
Among the local notables who took a turn on the phones were State Rep. Cleon Turner, County Commissioners Bill Doherty, Mary Pat Flynn and Sheila Lyons, Cape Cod Community College president John Cox, and former Cape Cod Community College president Kathleen Schatzberg. Students from Cape Cod Academy, who had collected toiletries for NOAH clients, performed a rap about generosity.
Suzanne Tonaire, a DJ on WGTX (Dunes 102), lined up local musicians to provide entertainment during the show. In response to a pledge request, Siobhan Magnus, star of “American Idol,” performed a live, a capella version of “White Christmas.” Other musicians who contributed pre-recorded performances to the show were Ben Romanelli, the Bart Weisman Klezmer Jazz Group, Peter Donnelley, Groovy Acoustic, Lisa Jason, the Cape Cod Symphony Ensemble, Monica Rizzio, the Solstice Singers and the Nauset High School Honors Chorus.
Volunteers contributed 360 hours to help make the event a success.
As always, the staff of Cape Cod Community Media Center was a key part of the telethon’s success. The telethon was cablecast live from the center’s studio in Dennisport and shown on cable-access stations from Bourne to Provincetown.
Donations are still being accepted at