Dream Come True

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High school football and college football for the RCN-TV crew have come to a close.  College basketball has begun and high school basketball is right around the corner.

That can only mean that it is once again time for one of my favorite nights of the year and it has nothing to do with athletics.  It is the night that I co-host the Dream Come True Telethon. Believe it or not (and I am a “not”), we will be doing the Telethon for the 34th  year.  I did not host in the very early years (just a guest), but I have been around for most.

The Dream Come True organization, in case you did not know, was founded in 1984 by Kostas Kalogeropoulous, a local businessman.  The goal of the organization is simple – fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically, and terminally ill and reside in the greater Lehigh Valley area.  Children are referred by family, friends, clergy, doctors, social workers, etc. and the dreams usually fall into three categories – trips, contact with celebrities, and special gifts (computers, shopping sprees, for example).  The organization has also helped with scholarships and, when necessary, funerals.

Scott Barr and Devin Almonte will be co-hosting again this year. Scott and I have spent this night together for many, many years and I would not want to work with anyone else.  Devin joined us last year and did a marvelous job with the auction and the interviews with the children. Devin works for QVC and Scott certainly could.  They are terrific!  Here are the specifics:

34th Annual Dream Come True Telethon
Benefit for Seriously, Chronically and Terminally Ill Children

The 34th ANNUAL DREAM COME TRUE TELETHON will take place on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. RCN customers in the Lehigh Valley (Channel 4 |1004 in HD), and Delaware County (Channel 8 |608 in HD), can watch live on RCN TV. The goal of the telethon is to increase awareness of Dream Come True, an organization that raises funds to grant the dreams of children who are terminally, chronically, and severely ill.

The online auction began Monday, November 25 and will close Monday, December 9 at 8:45 p.m. Please check the auction site frequently as new auction items could continue to be added!  You will find a variety of special items. If you want something really unique that cannot be found in any store, tune in and bid on the items.  You will make our night and, more importantly, help to make some child’s dream come true. 

Just go to biddingowl.com/dreamcometrue 

Watch. Bid. Donate. 

100% of the proceeds raised from the auctions go directly to Dream Come True

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support! Your donation will help make a child’s dream come true!

The important facts again are:

The Date:           Monday, December 9

The Time:           6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Purpose:   To fulfill as many hopes, dreams and fantasies for seriously, chronically, and terminally ill children as possible

The Phone Number to Make a Donation:       1-800-749-8099

All proceeds from the online and on-air auctions go directly to Dream Come True.

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and support!  Your donation will help make a child’s dream come true!
 

ABOVE THE EARS (SOME MUSINGS)

  1. I would not like to try to make a living betting on the NFL.  In a week where the Dolphins, Redskins, and the Bengals win and New England loses, it seems obvious that the only consistency in the NFL is the inconsistency.  Why, Detroit and Dallas even lost on Thanksgiving Day and they always seem like a sure bet to win that game.  Speaking of “bet”, don’t!!
     
  2. Watching Ryan Fitzpatrick, the quarterback of the Miami Dolphins, surgically destroy the Eagles on Sunday was a bit easier because I broadcast a couple of his games when he was a quarterback at Harvard.  He has played for eight NFL teams in his career, none of whom were very good when he was with them.  After seeing his performance yesterday, one can only wonder what his career could have been with a good team.
     
  3. Penn State did not look very good on Saturday against a poor Rutgers team, but they won.  Ohio State was so much better than Michigan.  I took the greatest pleasure in watching Alabama lose again, this time to Auburn.  It dropped them out of the Top 5 and they will not be playing for a national championship.  They last were out of the Top 5 in 2013.  No “Roll, Tide!” this year.
     
  4. Did you notice that junior David Kachelries of Emmaus High School was part of the biggest upset in college basketball so far this year when Stephen F. Austin upset #1 Duke in overtime 85-83?  The last time Duke lost to an unranked team at home was 1983, 36 years ago.  Kachelries had seven points in the game and played 17 minutes.  He is averaging 4.7 points and shooting 39%.  He was on the floor at crunch time.
     
  5. The PIAA State Football playoffs continued this week.  St. Joe’s Prep, the team that beat Nazareth this past week, made it once again to the state AAAAAA championship game next Saturday at 6:00PM.  Prep beat Pittsburgh Central Catholic 31-24 in overtime.  Their opponent next week is Central Dauphin.  And Archbishop Wood, the team that beat Southern Lehigh and another Philly “no-boundary” school, will also play in the state AAAAA championship against Cheltenham. 


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Gary began his broadcasting career with Twin County in 1972. Twin County eventually became C-TEC and then RCN. Gary holds the dual role of Director of Media Services and Sports Director/Broadcaster. He currently broadcasts about 140 sports and entertainment broadcasts a year, and oversees the scheduling of all sporting events for RCN.

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