Despite the cold temperatures over the weekend, the 59th Annual Eagles Cancer Telethon took place beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening and lasted a whole 20 hours until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20. For the past 59 years the 5th district of the Fraternal Order of Eagles located in Rochester, Minnesota and KTTC television have partnered to bring the nation’s longest locally produced telethon to raise funds for cancer research.
Hosted at the Mayo Civic Center, the hours pass by with entertainment from local acts… everything from music groups, bands and dance performers. Even country singer Billy Dean showed up for the party. Roscoe’s provided pork sandwiches, malts from the American Dairy Association, in addition to cotton candy and mini donuts. Haircuts were provided by City Looks and donations to Locks of Love were made. Also, massages by the Minnesota School of Business.
This year the total for the telethon broke a record of $900,000+ that will stay local for cancer research. Funds will go to the Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute, and the University of Minnesota. Through individual pledges, local fundraising events, pancake breakfasts, all help to support the search for a cure of a disease that touches so many lives.