Following a devastating tornado outbreak in central Illinois, Peoria's television stations banded together for a telethon to raise money for the Red Cross.
CBS and Fox affiliates WMBD and WYZZ held fundraising efforts for much of Wednesday, raising $109,000 by 5:00 p.m.
Coverage continued on the earlyevening newscasts of every station in the market, and from 7:00-8:00 p.m., the stations simulcast a telethon event called Help on the Homefront, featuring interviews, entertainment and more, hosted by WMBD's Bob Larson and Maria Chandler, WEEK's Tom McIntyre and Ashley McNamee and WTVP's H. Wayne Wilson.
Among the guests taking part were Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, the Mayors of Washington, Pekin, and East Peoria, numerous state and local officials, and many others. WTVP, the public broadcasting station, continued to broadcast the telethon until 10:30 p.m. When fundraising wrapped up at the end of the night, a total of $895,000 had been raised in 14 hours for Central Illinois tornado relief.
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