As today's midmorning deadline approached, the community-minded and children-friendly Empty Stocking Fund continued to approach its unprecedented $100,001 goal.Kicking off today's Grand Finale …
As today's midmorning deadline approached, the community-minded and children-friendly Empty Stocking Fund continued to approach its unprecedented $100,001 goal.
Kicking off today's Grand Finale live remote broadcast from Life Care Centers of America at 6 a.m., the ESF crew began with a $69,450.79 total, leaving an ambitious balance of about $30,000 to raise during the final four hours of the annual campaign.
This morning's broadcast was to climax a busy two weeks of fundraising — traditionally dubbed "10 Days of Giving" by WCLE Mix 104.1 — that included daily live remotes, and even a Jail'N Bail event Thursday night in the parking lot at Don Ledford Automotive Center.
Imprisoned during the festive after-dark event were Steve Hartline, owner of WCLE, and The Grinch who appeared in his traditional green and red garb. Sadly for the pair, most visiting donors contributed funds to keep them behind bars.
By the 10 a.m. designated deadline, Empty Stocking Fund donations and pledges had reached $98,258.45. Only about $1,742 shy of the record-setting goal, broadcasters extended the deadline by a few minutes.
Final coverage, and amounts, will be published in Sunday's edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.
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