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.
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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.