UTICA — Oneida County History Center will host its 16th annual telethon, broadcast on WUTR-TV (ABC) and steaming on CNYHomepage.com, reaching its largest audience ever, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19.
Call 315-735-3642 during the telethon to pledge your support. Become a member, renew your membership, gift a membership, or make a donation. Supporters will help preserve local history by making a pledge. Contributions give Oneida County History Center the opportunity to shine, and your financial support ensures the center’s future.
The event is the History Center’s largest annual fundraiser and will be hosted by longtime emcee Joe Kelly, Oneida County Tourism President Kelly Blazosky, and History Center Executive Director Rebecca McLain. The 2021 goal is to raise $30,000 to support the organization’s mission to protect and preserve Central New Your history for present and future generations.
The Oneida County History Center does not receive government funding and relies solely on the support of members and private contributors. Contributions pledged during the 2021 telethon will support on-going operations and strategic initiatives including continued care of the center’s growing genealogical, archival, and artifact collections; free access to the research library for students and low-cost access for non-members; internship opportunities for college and high school students; free and discounted virtual programming; and exhibit development and installation, including a new Kid’s Corner.
Several special incentives will be offered during the broadcast. The first 40 callers to pledge $50 or more will be eligible to receive a limited-edition, History Center water bottle. The special give-away is sponsored by Oneida County Tourism. The phone number to call in a membership or pledge is 315-735-3642.