49th annual Wood County Society Telethon raises record amount of money

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - An annual telethon to benefit the Wood County Society returned to Parkersburg for the 49th year.

The Wood County Society raised $133,215. That surpassed last year’s number of $105,000.

All the money raised will stay here in the Mid-Ohio Valley and go towards a great cause. The telethon focused on all the programs that the Wood County Society has to offer.

"A lot of things are happening with the Wood County Society all because of the contributions that the community has given. I will tell you that we have been very honored and very humbled because each contribution that comes in, each contributor is a member of the Wood County Society and contributing to our mission and our program so I can't thank you enough for the generosity that the Mid-Ohio Valley has shown us.”

A new feature this year was a text to donate option that raised more than $1,000.

Jennifer Morrison is a Wood County Society board member. She says, “Even though it's one day and it's the six hours we do this all throughout the year and we're always networking and always reaching out to people"

WTAP’s very own Phylis Smith and Jim Wharton helped co-host the event. The telethon is Wood County Society's sole fundraiser each year.

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