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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

UWP Christmas Telethon conveys the spirit of giving

University of Wisconsin-Platteville students Jason McGraw and Anne Killian host the Christmas Telethon to support the Badger Camp. The day-long cable TV event originated from the TV studio on the UWP campus

PLATTEVILLE - In 1973, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville presented the first Christmas Telethon in support of Wisconsin Badger Camp. On Saturday, Dec. 6, 35 years later, UWP and Badger Camp celebrated another successful Christmas telethon. The telethon raised over $65,000 that will go directly to helping send individuals with developmental disabilities to Badger Camp.

Badger Camp is an independent nonprofit organization located approximately 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien. It brings a tradition of outdoor recreational experiences to people of any ability or age regardless of their financial situation. Badger Camp relies heavily on the community's time, talent and financial support to provide for its campers.

Interviews with UWP officials, Wisconsin Badger Camp staff, corporate sponsors and campers, helped convey the importance of community support to Wisconsin Badger Camp. Wisconsin Badger Camp does not receive state or federal funding, which makes every donation important. The day was filled with talent acts such as carolers, dancers and live music, which entertained viewers at home as well as a live audience.

UWP educates students to be well-rounded individuals, conscientious citizens and skilled professionals. Throughout a history of growth and change, the overriding goal of the telethon has been to inform individuals at UWP and in the surrounding communities about an often-neglected segment of our society, individuals with disabilities. The students involved in the Telethon apply their broadcasting, marketing, public relations, accounting and production skills as well as practice social responsibility.

"I am touched by the support of Southwest Wisconsin, UWP and the community at large," said Betsy Ralph, the development/communications director of Wisconsin Badger Camp. "We are so excited about the results of the telethon and would like to thank everyone for helping make the 35th annual Christmas telethon a success."

For more information about the Christmas telethon or Wisconsin Badger Camp, contact Ralph at (608) 348-9689 or Contact: Betsy Ralph, development/communications director, Wisconsin Badger Camp, (608) 348-9689, Written by: Anne Killian, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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