12.09.2011 10:00 AM
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Launches ‘Holiday Giving Campaign’
NEW YORK: The Broadcasters Foundation of America, the nationwide
charity that provides aid to broadcasters in acute need, has launched its “Holiday
Giving Campaign” to provide more aid to colleagues in acute financial need.
Often a last refuge, the Broadcasters Foundation has helped families remain in their
homes, and made it possible for retirees to afford life-sustaining medications.
This year, the Foundation will grant more than $675,000 in assistance--a 35 percent
increase over last year and more requests for aid arrive every day.
Over the past 60 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars
in aid to hundreds of broadcasters who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic
event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. Current recipients include
the family of a 20-year broadcast veteran who died of a sudden massive stroke, leaving
two children and a wife who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis; an elderly couple who
have outlived their savings and are saddled with enormous medical costs; and a man
who in the prime of his life and at the peak of his career became paralyzed by a
tragic accident that has left him confined to a wheel chair.
The campaign asks broadcasters to spread the word about the mission of the Foundation
to those who may need its assistance, and encourages donations and memberships.
Individual membership is $150 a year. Donations also can be made as a personal gift
to the Guardian Fund, the Stu Olds Memorial Fund, and the Rick Buckley Memorial
Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative. For
more information, see www.broadcastersfounation.org