The annual telethon to benefit Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital raised $450,041, according to Jenny Wurzback, director of community relations.
The telethon — held Sunday for the 43rd time — far outpaced last year's total of $359,000 on the strength of several large donations, Wurzback said.
The largest was from Cathy and Don Jacobs, who gave $100,000. In addition, Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, and the E.O. Robinson Mountain Fund each gave $50,000, with the Robinson gift designated to support people from 30 Eastern Kentucky counties, Wurzback said.
Additionally, a pledge of $25,000 came from the Creech Family Foundation in memory of Virginia Creech, who helped start the work at Cardinal Hill, Wurzback said.
Big gifts are wonderful, but whatever the size of a donation "we're appreciative," said Wurzback, who also directs the Cardinal Hill Foundation. "It was truly a wonderful day."
Money raised during the telethon helps cover care Cardinal Hill provides but for which it doesn't get paid. That uncompensated care usually totals more than $2.5 million a year, Wurzback said.
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