Calling For Causes Oct. 19: Soroptimist Conduct Radiothon

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When your caller ID does not identify the caller Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., there is a good chance it is someone from the Soroptimist Club on the other end of the line.

October 19 is the date of the Fourth Annual Soroptimist Radiothon.

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ers make calls at a previous Soroptimist Radiothon.

"We chose October as the month to do the radiothon because it is domestic violence awareness month," event chair Cathy Hall said.

KMOG at 1420 on the AM dial and KRIM at 96.3 on the FM dial will promote the Radiothon number to call (928) 472-6300, throughout the day.

Chapman Auto Center hosts the volunteers in their showroom each year.

Money raised this year, will be quartered between Time Out Inc. (the local domestic violence shelter,) Payson Arizonans for Children, Payson Community Kids and Soroptimist's own Women's Opportunity Award.

Their goal: $25,000.

"The radiothon is almost like a big mixer. People from all over the community get together," Hall said. Phone line volunteer groups this year are from morning Rotary, Mazatzal casino, Payson Roundup newspaper, Payson Community Kids, Soroptimists, the Tail Enders, Time Out and volunteers organized by Meg Turlukis.

"Often people leave after their hour-long shift is up, then come back with more money," Hall said.

Wal-Mart has pledged $1,000 for the fourth year in a row.

Volunteers call businesses, friends and make cold calls that bring attention to nonprofits in our own hometown.

For instance, the deadline is approaching for the Women's Opportunity Award that the club gives annually to a single mother who wants to further her education.

"I might have a neighbor that needs it, but doesn't know about it because she is a single mother busy caring for her kids. I hear about the award on the radio, so I put her in touch with Soroptimists," Hall said.

Youth involvement was a priority this year.

Teens and tweens from Kiwanis Builder's Club will drop off the coins they have collected in support of the Radiothon between 2 and 5 p.m.

"We want them to see and be a part of the excitement," Hall said.

Youths who stop in to donate to the cause also have a chance to win a bicycle.

The radiothon raised $18,000 in 2006 after the Soroptimist Club paid the expenses of 10 phone lines and mailings.

"We get everything else donated -- Pizza Hut keeps the food coming and Pepsi brings us drinks," Hall said.

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