CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The Red Cross has released an initial tally from Saturday's telethon.
The "Coming Together After the Storm" telethon, hosted by Channel 3 Eyewitness News and US 101, raised nearly $30,000 for the Greater Chattanooga Chapter of the American Red Cross, and they're still counting.
Among the donors, the students of the Baylor School donated a check for more than $10,000.
The telethon, which aired Saturday from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., featured performances from country music artists Jacob Lyda and Mallary Hope.
"It was a great effort which will benefit our viewers who suffered during the tornados," said WRCB President & General Manager Tom Tolar.
"American Red Cross staff members and volunteers, great community partners like US-101, and viewers helped us make the event such a huge success."
For 55 years, WRCB-TV has donated its airwaves and airtime for numerous telethons, including the annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive, to help our neighbors from across the Tennessee Valley whenever they are in need.
This is the second relief effort organized by Channel 3 and its radio partners. Two days after the storm, listeners and viewers filled four tractor trailers and donated $20,000 to Operation: Good Neighbor.