Dream Come True

High school football has two more weekends and college football for the RCNTV crew has 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 32nd  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).

Scott Barr will be co-hosting again this year. We have spent this night together for many, many years and I would not want to work with anyone else. The telethon includes an online auction, which has already commenced. Scott handles the auction area during the telethon and, boy, is he terrific! If you watch Home Shopping Network or any of the other television all-day shopping channels, just watch Scott do his thing during the three-hour night.  He is as good as, if not better, than the professionals.

Here are the specifics:

 2017 Dream Come True Telethon & Online Auction

The 32 nd ANNUAL DREAM COME TRUE TELETHON is Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, live on RCN TV. The goal of the telethon is to raise funds for and increase awareness of Dream Come True, an organization that grants the dreams of children who are terminally, chronically, or seriously ill. Join hosts Gary Laubach, Scott Barr and Vanessa Keiffer for heartwarming interviews with Dream recipients, special guests, and featured auctions.

Bid on incredible auction items  donated by your favorite networks! Online bidding opened Monday, November 20, and closes Monday, December 4, at 8:00 PM.

Make a financial contribution to Dream Come True by calling in during the Telethon or donate on-line now.

You will find a variety of unique items. If you want something really special that cannot be found in any store, tune in and bid on the items. You will make Scott’s night and, more importantly, help to make a child’s dream come true.

Vanessa Keiffer’s interviews with the children who have had their dreams fulfilled will demonstrate to you just how valuable your donations are.

The important facts again are:

The Date:        Monday, December 4
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/on-air auction 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!


  1. With the town of Philadelphia ecstatic about the success of the Eagles and the ‘76ers, it’s a shame the Flyers cannot be a part of it. As I write this, they are in last place in their division and mired in an eight-game losing streak.
  2. I had a chance to chat with two former Eagles this past Saturday when Parkland played St. Joe’s Prep. They were there to watch their sons play, one on the Parkland team and one on the St. Joe’s team. While talking to them, it became evident that one of their major concerns as they age is memory loss from concussions.  One of them pointed out that he was already suffering.  He pointed out that the game was much different back then with very little precautions taken.  Those older players are now paying the price.
  3. Speaking of football concussions, there is a new helmet being touted – the ZERO1.  It has ranked #1 in the testing labs set up by the NFL. The helmet is supposed to be a great improvement over the current ones.  The downside is that each one costs @$1500.  That is certainly an investment the pros could make, but could colleges and high school programs afford them?  It will be interesting to watch where the priorities will lie.
  4. Parkland, without question, was the best football team in our area, going undefeated and, for the most part, unchallenged. And then they ran into St. Joe’s Prep this past weekend, a Philadelphia Catholic school. Prep is made up of players from all over the city and many from New Jersey.  There was no comparison in the talent level on the field.  But, it is not a level playing field.  It’s time to have public school and private school champions in Pennsylvania.  If Pennsylvania wants six classifications, how about two private champions and four public school champions?
  5. There is one more football game on our schedule – Bethlehem Catholic against Imhotep Charter (another Philadelphia private school). This is the PIAA state semifinal AAAA game. We will televise it on RCN-TV LIVE this Friday night at 7:00pm.  No matter the outcome, our football season will come to a close.  The state finals will be on PCN the following weekend.  Thanks for watching!!

Gary’s Guesses: NFL Picks – (LAST WEEK – 11-5; OVERALL – 112-63 – 64%)

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Gary Laubach About Gary Laubach

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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