MOSCOW–Fueled by carafes of Dutch Bros. coffee, volunteers and on-air personalities made the case for donations during the Sam Dial Jewelers Community Cares Radio-A-Thon last Thursday and Friday. The event took place at Inland Northwest Broadcasting in Moscow and was a fundraiser for the United Way of Pullman and the United Way of Moscow/Latah County. The fundraiser brought in more than $13,000 to the local foundations.
Volunteers from local nonprofit organizations who are beneficiaries of funds raised answered phoned-in pledges from individuals and businesses. Wells Fargo of Moscow also provided volunteers for more than twelve hours of the event. The Community Cares Radio-A-Thon has been sponsored by Sam Dial Jewelers over the past six years, along with other businesses which included: Meineke Car Car Center of Moscow and Pickard Orthodontics. In addition, in-kind sponsors included the Happy Day Corporation, Moscow Dutch Bros, the Moscow Food Co-op and Smokey Mountain Pizzeria and Grill.
Local businesses also kicked in with the fundraising effort, including: Gritman Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Team Idaho Real Estate, Pullman Regional Hospital, Johnston Trucking, Fab Tec, Inland Cellular, the McGregor Company, Waddell and Reed in Pullman, Washington State Employees Credit Union, Washington Trust Bank, Umqua Bank of Moscow, Latah County Title, and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.
Since its inception in 2012, about $63,700 has been raised. The goal of the event is to raise money, naturally, while also providing awareness about the local United Way foundations and more than 30 local nonprofit agencies that they serve.