Annual Report 2021

Five Years of WE CARE Radiothon

In the fall of 2016, Jeff Little, board member and chair of the Public Relations/Marketing Committee, and then development officer and now managing director Mary Surette proposed that Yarmouth Hospital Foundation embark on a new fundraising initiative, and the WE CARE Radiothon came into being. That first radiothon raised nearly $93,000 — and it was just the start.

2021 marked the 5th anniversary of the WE CARE Radiothon and, despite the challenges presented by running a major fundraiser during the COVID-19 pandemic, the day was a ground-breaking success: Our committee and donors rose to the challenge and raised $181,00 for Perioperative Services!

(Of that amazing total, $50,000 was a donation from the Tri-County Betterment Association!)

“The radiothon is special because it allows everybody to participate — sponsors, school kids, community groups, anyone with a few dollars to drop into the change bucket,” Jeff said.

He also described it as a 10-hourinfomercial for the role of the foundation and the many services of our regional hospital. “The hospital is something that gives back to everyone in the community,” Jeff said, “so it inspires a great sense of community generosity.”

In his five years as chair of the WE CARE Radiothon Committee, Jeff is proud to report that sponsors (he’s one) and donors have raised over half a million dollars towards the purchase of a wide array of vital hospital equipment!

However, 2021 was his last year as the “voice” of the radiothon: Jeff has passed the torch to board members Joy Gillespie and Peggy Green, co-chairs for the 2022 WE CARE Radiothon.

Thank you, Tri-Counties, for five incredible years!

Here’s to the next five!