2023 Rochester Eagles Cancer Telethon Brings in More Than $1M
Rochester, Mn (KROC-AM News) - The 2023 Rochester Eagles Cancer Telethon raised just over $1 million for cancer research.
When the marathon broadcast ended on KTTC-TV at 4 PM Sunday, the pledge and donation total was just under $1 million. The funds will be spread among the Mato Clinic, the Hormel Institute, and the University of Minnesota.
It was the 69th year for the telethon, which has the distinction of being the longest-running local televised telethon in the United States. It was launched in 1954 with Bernie Lusk as the emcee at what was then KROC-TV.
Around 125 musical, dance, and other performing acts hit the stage at the Mayo Civic Center between the start of the broadcast at 8 PM Saturday evening and the end of the telethon at 4 PM on Sunday. This was the final year for Teresa Chapman as the executive director of the Cancer Telethon. She is stepping down after 12 years of leading the fundraising effort. Chapman, who says she plans to continue volunteering at the telethon, named Brett Carson as her successor.