Telethon for Badger Camp Celebrates 40th Year

November 19, 2013

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On Saturday, December 7 UW-Platteville and Wisconsin Badger Camp will celebrate a 40-year partnership with their annual Christmas Telethon.  First presented in 1973, the Telethon provides support to this local non-profit camp serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Last year, the Telethon raised in excess of $62,000, providing over 80 full camperships to Badger Camp.  

What started as a 30-hour live program on TV-5 has become a 10-hour extravaganza that is now live-streamed on the Internet.  The Telethon still originates from the video production studio in the lower level of Pioneer Tower. Preparation begins seven months in advance and involves gathering video footage at camp, soliciting donations, building sets, and of course, rehearsing. 

The Telethon has become a community tradition in southwest Wisconsin.  The live event features local talent acts, call-in auction area, and interviews with campers, camp staff, and families.   Over 200 businesses donate auction items or food for the production. Civic organizations such as the Jaycees, Elks Club, and Rotary Club donate time and monies to this event.  The Telethon’s success would not be possible if not for the generosity of community members and area businesses.

This year’s event, “A Night to Remember” will be held Saturday, December 7 from noon – 10:00 p.m.  Join us live in the studio audience, if you’d like, or watch the show online via live-stream at www.badgercamp.org .  As always, the Telethon will be broadcast on TV-5.  Be sure to bid on an item or two. Your contributions will turn “a night to remember” into an experience the campers will never forget.

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