Colorado’s Touchstone Energy co-ops help set a new record for St. Jude’s

This year’s KYGO Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon was inspiring, memorable and the most successful ever – raising a total of $105,375 to help support children’s cancer treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The 2011 KYGO Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon was broadcast live from Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Denver.

Tri-State and Colorado Touchstone Energy cooperatives Morgan County REA, Mountain View Electric, Poudre Valley REA and United Power are proud to have made the event possible and help set a new record for the one-day event.

The live broadcast, held at the new Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Denver, attracted hundreds of supporters throughout the day and into the evening.  A percentage of all restaurant sales that day benefitted St. Jude’s and on-site volunteers answered calls and took donations.  Over the lunch hour, Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren presented a $3,000 check on behalf Colorado’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives live on the air.

Jim Van Someren, Tri-State communications manager, presents a $3,000 check on behalf of Colorado's Touchstone Energy cooperatives to Shannon Melcher of KYGO.

“Tri-State and our member co-ops have a long-standing partnership with KYGO and St. Jude’s,” Van Someren said.  “The work that St. Jude’s does is second to none and we’re proud to support such a worthwhile organization.  It was gratifying to see how much good we could accomplish on its behalf in just one day.”

Colorado’s Front Range Touchstone Energy cooperatives have supported the mission of St. Jude’s for eight years through the radiothon.  The 2011 event again provided exposure and the opportunity to put into action one of Touchstone Energy’s core values – commitment to community.

Representatives from Colorado's Touchstone Energy co-ops helped celebrate a record-setting fundraiser for St. Jude's.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.  The world-renown facility is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children.  Based in Memphis, Tenn., the hospital treats children from across the U.S., including kids from throughout Tri-State’s member system service territory. And it does so with no cost to the patients’ families, beyond what they can afford and their insurance covers, thanks to fundraising efforts such as this radiothon.

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