RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — 8News teamed up with the American Red Cross to raise nearly $25,000 for the victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
8News hosted the ‘RVA Responds’ telethon Monday during our evening broadcasts. For two hours, members of the 8News team and local Red Cross officials fielded calls from generous viewers looking to donate money to those affected by the recent storms that have caused between $150 billion and $200 billion in damage to Texas and Florida, according to ABC News.
Together, we raised roughly $23,500 to aid in the relief efforts. Making the event even more successful was Haley Buick GMC, who is matching the first $5,000 raised during the telethon.
— Whitney Harris (@Whitney8News) September 11, 2017
— Katie Dupree (@Katie8NewsWx) September 11, 2017
— Morgan Dean (@Morgan8news) September 11, 2017
— Chip Brierre (@Chip8News) September 11, 2017
Those who were unable to donate during the telethon but wish to can do so here.
So far, Nexstar Media Group has raised over $2.5 million dollars for hurricane relief.
“Broadcasters play a critical role in times of emergency, both as witness to breaking developments and as rallying points for the communities they serve,” (President and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Perry Sook said. “In times of disaster and tragedy, Nexstar stations and news personnel take the lead in delivering accurate, timely, and sometimes life-saving information to keep our local viewers safe and informed.
“Our ability to bring together local resources and personnel across 170 stations in 100 markets to spearhead fundraising and other relief efforts aimed at immediately rendering aid to those affected by Harvey is a point of excellence and pride for Nexstar. I am very grateful to our exceptional corporate and station-level teams for the work they have done, and continue to do, to serve their local communities while supporting our organization-wide Harvey relief and recovery fundraising initiative.”