Within a total of 13 hours over five days, WAMC has raised more than $1 million for its Fall Fund Drive, ending on Friday, September 25th. For the second time this year, the station was tasked with having to raise the necessary funds to support its operations without the help of volunteers and with limited in-person staff due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Each morning, and a couple of afternoons, WAMC asked its listeners to contribute to the Fund Drive online, and they did. Almost 8,000 donations, including many members giving for the first time, helped reach the goal.
During the drive, supporters pledge to help keep 200 tons of carbon pollution out of the atmosphere, each receiving Carbon Reduction Certificates from The Adirondack Council.
Overwhelmingly, contributions came with heartfelt comments in memory of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18th. The Fund Drive paused for live coverage of Justice Ginsburg’s memorial ceremonies as her body lied in repose at the Supreme Court and then as the first woman and first Jewish person to receive the honor of lying in state at the U.S. Capitol.
"We are all incredibly grateful to our wonderful WAMC community for what they have done in a few short days! Everyone stepped up including all of the good people of the WAMC community and the fabulous WAMC staff. Unbelievable. Our hearts are full. Thank you!" says WAMC's President and CEO Alan Chartock.
WAMC's three annual Fund Drives have enjoyed continued success because of the combined efforts of listeners, donors, volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Anyone interested in learning more about the Fund Drive or to get involved should contact Amber Sickles, Membership Director at 465-5233 x 133.
WAMC Northeast Public Radio is a non-commercial, public radio station and nonprofit organization that presents award-winning news and cultural programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WAMC's listening area reaches parts of seven states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire; as well as parts of Canada. With over 400,000 monthly listeners, WAMC ranks among the most-listened-to public radio stations in the United States. WAMC is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International. For more information on WAMC, please visit www.wamc.org or call 518.465.5233.
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