43rd Annual Meeting Street Telethon raises $1,094,091

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It was another successful year of the Meeting Street Telethon and you watched it live right here on WPRI 12 and streaming live on WPRI.com.

WPRI 12 and FOX Providence proudly joined sponsors Cardi’s Furniture and others for the telethon’s 43rd anniversary.

The special evening of fun and fundraising culminated with a very big check presented to the school.

This year’s event raised $1,094,091.

“Thanks to the Cardis, all the sponsors, just a wonderful night,” Patrick Wholey, President and General Manager of WPRI 12 & FOX Providence said.

“You guys put on an amazing show, thank you so much.  It benefits so many kids in Rhode Island and Massachusetts with all you do,” Meeting Street President and Chief Executive Officer John M. Kelly said.

For more than seven decades, Meeting Street has been educating students with and without disabilities, with the generous support of the school’s many donors.

This year, Eyewitness News anchors Mike Montecalvo, Shannon Hegy, and Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca hosted the telethon at Meeting Street in Providence.

Eyewitness News anchors Danielle North, Patrick Little and Meteorologist Michelle Muscatello, as well as The Rhode Show’s Will Gilbert, Michaela Johnson and Brendan Kirby, also showed viewers around the facility and introduced viewers to the Meeting Street students and staff.

Families who attended the telethon could enjoy activities in the Meeting Street gym, view online auction items in person, and meet some of the Meeting Street children and their families.

Among many items to be auctioned off this year are tickets to the Super Bowl in Atlanta and an autographed guitar by Hootie and the Blowfish.

The funds raised during the telethon will benefit local families and help the organization achieve its mission of “getting the best out of every child.”

Meeting Street describes itself as a place where infants, preschoolers, and children of all ages receive individual attention from highly trained educators.

Its mission is to, “compassionately and innovatively empower children and their families to thrive by fostering the development of the whole child.”



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