2nd Annual ThinkCure Radiotelewebethon Raises 240776 2009: Innovative Radiotelewebethon

2nd annual ThinkCure Radiotelewebethon raises 240776

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The innovative radiotelewebethon, which took place Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, included radio flagship KABC 790 AM, cable partner PRIME TICKET, over
the air television partner KCAL 9, 95.5 KLOS FM Radio, and web partners dodgers.com and thinkcure.org. During the 7th Inning Stretch Saturday, 4 year-old Vincent Stoiloff accompanied Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley in the presentation of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Vincent’s 2-year-old brother, Ruben, beside him in their mother’s arms, is currently undergoing treatment. Fans donated by calling 866-554-CURE (2873), texting, donating at Dodger Stadium, or by making an online contribution at thinkcure.org. An online auction ran through Monday, August 24, at dodgers.com/thinkcure. Contributions included $25,000 by Japanese-born pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who lost both of his parents to cancer, and $25,000 from Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig on behalf of Major League Baseball. Dodger Legends Don Newcombe and Eric Karros each made contributions of $1,000. Newcombe, who is also a Special Advisor to Dodgers Chairman Frank McCourt, called in to KABC 790 AM and made his donation on the air with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon, the hosts of Dodger Talk. Karros, the all-time leading home run hitter in Los Angeles Dodgers history, called in to KABC Friday and provided color commentary Saturday on FOX’s national telecast of the Dodgers game versus the Chicago Cubs. Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda donated autographed bottles of his Lasorda Wine to anyone donating $100 or more during one on-air period Friday afternoon. The PRIME TICKET programming featured Hall of Famers Vin Scully and Lasorda, Larry King, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner, singer and producer Steve Tyrell, Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt, General Manager Ned Colletti, Manager Joe Torre, First Base Coach Mariano Duncan, Dodgers players Matt Kemp, Mark Loretta, Casey Blake, Andre Ethier, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Kuroda. PRIME TICKET anchors included Bill MacDonald, Michael Eaves, Patrick O’Neal, and Steve Lyons.
Before Friday’s game, fans were invited to the Club Level to be photographed with three-quarters of the Dodgers’ famed “Infield” of the 1970s and 1980s. Third Baseman Ron Cey, Shortstop Bill Russell, and First Baseman Steve Garvey posed with fans who “pinch hit” for Davey Lopes (now a Phillies coach). Later in the game, Dodgers Legend Fernando Valenzuela posed for pictures as well. Fans donated $100 or more for the opportunities.
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