"A Huge Success." More on the WGN Radiothon

Dec 16, 2022

Hundreds of loyal WGN listeners made the annual Salvation Army, WGN Radiothon, a huge success this past Wednesday, December 14, 2022. With a lofty $130,000 goal, host John Williams brought his A-game and, from the get-go, started filling his iconic virtual Red Kettle.

When the dust settled a few hours later, the kettle was overflowing with more than $150,000 donated.

Major Caleb Senn, The Salvation Army Chicago Area Commander, was right by John Williams’ side the whole show, helping provide inspiration through the airwaves. “The Salvation Army is in the life transformation business,” Major Senn said. “So, you can be assured that when you give, someone’s life is changed forever.”

It wasn’t just the hundreds of individual donors that made the event successful. Many corporate sponsors jumped in to help fill the kettle, including Jewel-Osco, Toyota, Bulley & Andrews, CIBC, Lawrence’s Fish and Shrimp, Sutton Auto Group, The Chicago Wolves, Antonovich, Protiviti, Perma Seal, and Team Hochberg.

John Donovan and Theo Coleman also visited the studio to tell stories about how The Salvation Army helped them change and rebuild their lives.

All the money raised during this event goes to help fund all the programs The Salvation Army operates all year long, including food banks, homeless shelters, rent, mortgage and utility assistance, summer camps, after-school camps, rehabilitation services, and so much more.

“We’re taking that money and doing the most good 365 days a year,” Major Senn said.

You can continue to donate to John Williams’ virtual kettle at https://donate.salarmyncil.org/wgnjohnwilliams.

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