WGN Radio to host Illinois Tornado Relief Day

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Station to hold 24-hour fundraiser for November 17, 2013 storm victims

IL-tornado-logoCHICAGO, Illinois (November 25, 2013) – WGN Radio and the McCormick Foundation announced today that Tuesday, November 26th will be Illinois Tornado Relief Day.  Starting with the Steve Cochran Show at 5am, the station will host a 24-hour campaign for listeners to donate to the newly-established Illinois Tornado Relief Fund. WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune have also partnered with the effort to promote additional fundraising for the day.

“We’ve all been touched by the stories of communities coming together following last Sunday’s storms,” said Todd Manley, Vice President of Content for WGN Radio. “Our WGN and Tribune families kept searching for ways to help.  Now, like so many times before, we’ll trust in the generosity of our wonderful listeners, viewers, and readers”.

The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the storms. The Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners, allowing 100% of all money raised, including the match, to be granted directly to the nonprofit agencies.  The first round of grants will distributed by the end of 2013.

There are three ways to donate:

  1. Online: donate.mccormickfoundation.org/ILtornado
  2. Call the toll-free phone number: 1-800-931-5707
  3. Mail a check payable to:
    Illinois Tornado Relief
    McCormick Foundation Processing Center
    23912 Network Place
    Chicago, IL 60673-1239

Fundraising for this effort will continue through December 31, 2013. Only monetary donations are accepted. In kind gifts, such as water, supplies, etc. cannot be accepted.

1 Comment

  • Valerie

    I live in Washington, IL and want to thank you for what you are doing today. Our town and surrounding area have been so blessed by the good will of people from all over the world. As I listened to you on the way to my school where I work, I was in tears that you were doing this for us. I called my church, Crossroads United Methodist Church where we have been a hub for taking care of God's children. They were so excited about what you are doing also. ..gave them a spark to keep working away.

    I have been impacted, not physically but emotionally. My home was spared as the tornado floated over my house. I have probably 20 friends who have lost everything and there are about 35 church family, just Crossroads alone, who have lost all. It is so unbelievable that this has happened…things like this happen on tv, not to me in real life. The good news is that God has lifted up the love of His children all around us to help us in this time of need. He is being glorified.

    Again, thank you from my heart for all of your help, love and support. Sincerely, Valerie

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