Fox Chapel Area School District students held their 27th annual telethon December 23, 2016. This year’s telethon total of more than $74,000 broke last year’s record-breaking total. This brings the money raised by Fox Chapel Area students to more than $770,000 over the last 27 years for various local and regional charities.
For the second year in a row, the telethon raised money for Live Like Lou, which was founded by two parents (Suzanne and Neil Alexander) in the Fox Chapel Area School District to help ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. This year’s total also included a contribution of $25,000 from an anonymous donor who works for Mr. Alexander’s former employer, Hefren-Tillotson. This anonymous donation was made in celebration of Fox Chapel Area School District’s efforts for Live Like Lou.
The telethon involved students from all six schools. Mrs. Alexander appeared as part of the telethon and Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle shared a video message. Fox Chapel Area students also shared a video from a visit to the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research at the University of Pittsburgh. The telethon is coordinated by the marketing/management and television production students of the high school who plan and produce the event.
For the first time the telethon was available in high definition and was streamed live on the “Swift Fox Media” YouTube channel. It was also broadcast on cable television and can be viewed through a link on the district’s website (www.fcasd.edu) and on the Swift Fox Media YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwO-NODLpE).
Live Like Lou, a fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, is a local organization focused on raising awareness of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), supporting scientific research targeted at finding a cure, and providing care for ALS patients and their families in Western Pennsylvania. Specifically, the Fox Chapel Area telethon will support Live Like Lou Patient Care Fund grants, the Iron Horse Awards for Kids grants, and the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research. Neil’s wife Suzanne continues the work of this important charity in his honor. See Suzanne’s interview fro Fox Swift Media Here…