Annual Easterseals Telethon postponed

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(WEHT) – The annual Easterseals Telethon has been postponed. The 43rd annual show was scheduled to air live on ABC 25 on Sunday, April 5th, but now will occur on July 19.

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The 43rd annual show was scheduled to air live on ABC 25 Sunday, April 5, but it won’t occur until July 19.

Easterseals Rehabilitation Center professionals remain available to help children and adults with essential services while the nonprofit’s main location is closed during the COVID-19 crisis. The 3701 Bellemeade Avenue site will be closed to the public until at least April 7, and the organization’s biggest fundraising effort – the annual Easterseals Telethon – is postponed to this summer. But several important programs are still just a phone call away:

  • Communication is vital to everyone, including individuals with hearing loss. Call 812-479-1411 to arrange hearing aid troubleshooting, assistance with other essential audiology equipment, pick-up of repairs and ear pieces, and emergency audiology services. If you are already a client, you may email your Easterseals Audiologist Christine Griffiths at cgriffiths@evansvillerehab.com or Jayne Fields at jfields@evansvillerehab.com .
  • Mobility is always essential! Call the Assistive Technology Solutions division, 812-492-0659, to obtain wheelchairs, scooters, modular ramps and other adaptive devices, or for urgent repairs to existing mobility equipment.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help, especially during these uncertain times. Short-term emergency psychological services are available – regardless of ability to pay – for children and families dealing with issues such as anxiety and depression as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Families may call 812-437-2633.
  • Medical rehabilitation therapies are being conducted through tele-health. Continuing therapy services enables clients to keep making important progress toward their goals for independence.
  • The inclusive Easterseals Early Learning Center is continuing to operate at this time, as it is considered an essential service for children of differing abilities and their families. Additional safety measures are in place to provide the highest level of protection for staff, children, and family members.
  • Group Home and Community Living Services staff continue providing essential services around the clock. They are working hard to keep high-risk adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities safe, healthy, and progressing toward their personal goals.
  • Many administrative and office functions are being performed remotely, enabling the organization to continue providing essential services. Those who must work in the building are isolating themselves in accordance with recommended health guidelines.

Several Easterseals fundraising events have been canceled or postponed, the biggest of which is the local Easterseals Telethon. The 43rd annual show was scheduled to air live on ABC 25 Sunday, April 5, but it won’t occur until July 19. With less revenue coming in at this time, community support is crucial to help fill the gap in funding.

A generous friend of Easterseals has committed to match the first $10,000 in donations received, doubling donors’ impact. Donations can be made at www.eastersealsrehabcenter.com, at www.facebook.com/EasterealsRehabCtr, by calling 812-437-2607, or by mailing a donation to Easterseals, 3701 Bellemeade Ave., Evansville IN 47714. 

Supporters can also help by purchasing a ticket in the Easterseals ALL CA$H Raffle. The drawing for $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 was postponed from March 26 and tickets are still available. Contact Carolyn Franklin at 812-437-2607, cfranklin@evansvillerehab.com, or submit an online contact form available at www.eastersealsrehabcenter.com.

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(This story was originally published on March 27, 2020)

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