Radio Day raises $46,000 for High Peaks Hospice

SARANAC LAKE – High Peaks Hospice fell short of it’s goal during its annual Radio Day telethon this week, but organizers said they’re grateful for the support they received from the Tri-Lakes communities.

A total of just over $46,000 was raised, below the goal of $55,000.

“Under the circumstances, with the economy still struggling, we did great,” said High Peaks Hospice Development Director Darsie Townsend.

The telethon was broadcast live from the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. It aired on Mountain Communications radio stations 105.5 and 102.1 FM and 1240 and 920 AM, on Time Warner Cable channel 2 and was streamed live on

Radio Day is a major annual fundraiser for High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care. It’s also meant to raise awareness of the services offered by the organization. Throughout the day, a mixture of on-air hosts talked with community members and leaders. Many people who’ve had personal experiences with hospice care spoke, including a current hospice patient.

Students from LP Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake, who were interviewed on-air by Jim LaValley of LaValley Real Estate, and Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake collected thousands of dollars for the telethon. There were prize giveaways throughout the day.

“Overall, we raised a little less but it was still a lot of fun,” Townsend said. “We got a really wonderful response from Saranac Lake, as usual. LP Quinn students were just wonderful this year, and the Petrova kids raised a lot of money, too. People gave a lot more than they had given in the past. We had a lot of new donors, which is always wonderful.”

Established in 1986, High Peaks Hospice has provided end-of-life services to over 5,200 people and their families over the past 25 years.

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