14th Annual Turkey-a-Thon Raises Over $31,000

For the second year in a row, Mrs. Cole’s Kindergarten class raised the most money for the Turkey-a-thon, coming in at $252. The school raised $312 in total. One student, Cailen Hanson, raised $217 himself. Pictured (not in order) are Mrs. Cole’s Kindergarten class and assisting students from the SCRTC during the presentation of the money: Tobin Bailey, Ethan Clark, Baileigh Collins, Aiden Duplissea, Madison Gardner, Cailen Hanson, Wolfgang Lambrecht, Cameron MacDonald, Gabriella McClure, Colten McGouldrick, Harper McLean, Daniel Newell, Bryson Page, Gabriella Palmeter, Blake Roberts, Leeam Roehrich, Carver Smith, Keeley Smith, Sophia Stepan, Lillie Waycott, and Mrs. Cole. SCRTC students are Adida Edwards, Elijah Martin, Joseph Bean, Billy Neddeau, and Luke MacDonald. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

By Kaileigh Deacon


On Friday October 12th, towns all across Washington County participated in the 14th Annual WQDY Turkey-a-Thon. The event brings groups and communities from all across the county together for a common cause for one day, putting friendly competition and Washington County’s generosity to good use.

The Turkey-a-Thon has been a fall tradition in Washington County that combines an old-style radio telethon with fun creative fundraising to help provide families all over the county with Thanksgiving meals. The radio station raises money all day at locations all over the county, which goes toward purchasing turkeys from local businesses. The turkeys are given to food pantries across Washington County to give to families in need as part of Thanksgiving baskets.

The average for the price of a turkey is figured at $12. WQDY set out this year to beat last year’s numbers by raising enough money to purchase 2,500 turkeys. At the end of Friday’s Turkey-a-Thon, with the help of people from all over – not just Washington County – they were able to raise $31,188 enough money to purchase 2,599 turkeys.


“I want to thank all the people that contributed. Every location did an unbelievable job,” Jeff Demmons of WQDY said.