NASHVILLE – The nineteenth annual telethon hosted by the Nashville Rotary Club for the Howard County Children’s Center had an interesting twist Thursday evening.
The program had only just started when host Jimmy Dale announced that a substantial donation from a company operating in the area had been received. Sun Solutions, the Columbia, SC company which operates Sun Printing in Nashville, had donated a 23.7 acre tract to the Children’s Center, according to Vicki Whitehead, chief operating officer for the company.
Whitehead, speaking after the telethon, said that the tract, located adjacent to the Children’s Center’s property and bordering Coleman Creek, will double the land that the center owns. She stated that the additional space will allow them not only to put in a new preschool facility, but also allow for later growth.
Whitehead was joined in the presentation by Wendy Essick of the Sun Solutions’ South Carolina operation and Bobby Wilkerson, who manages the Nashville offices of the company.
“I can’t get over that [the Howard County Children’s Center] is in a rural setting,” Whitehead stated later, adding, “The level of service that they provide the community is amazing, and we are glad to help them as much as we can.”
The telethon additionally raised a large amount of cash donations for the center, according to Dale, who said that the event raised $50,800 that evening beyond the land donation, and that additional pledges had been made in the days following. “I’ve heard that we’ve passed $55,000,” he said.
Dale also spoke about the quality of this year’s production: “I think it was absolutely the best telethon we’ve had. It went very smooth.”
Dale attributed much of that to his co-hosts, Donny Woods and Loren Hinton, and to the volunteers and talent who assisted with the production.