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Circles of Hope Telethon raises $1.2 million for abused children

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

DOWNTOWN JACKSON, Tenn. -- Hundreds of West Tennesseans participated in a nine-hour telethon to raise money for abused children on Sunday.

All money went to the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the prevention of child abuse.

The final count when the phones closed was $1,260,131, but organizers say they expect the number to continue to rise.

Musicians, volunteers and community leaders joined together at the Carl Perkins Civic Center where the live telethon took place.

"The money goes to direct services to children and that's real important because last year we served 9,905 children in West Tennessee," Pam Nash, the President and CEO of Carl Perkins Center, said.

The center provides resources to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse. Organizers like Drew Yates have been giving to the center for years.

"It's humbling, very humbling because you get to make a difference in the life of a child," Yates said.

The live telethon took no commercial breaks, gong from live performances to interviews and more, all while asking people to give.

"Last year we went off air with $1,215,000 and this year we hope to surpass that," Nash said.

"Child abuse is real and we're trying to prevent it, get rid of it and the best way we can do that as volunteers is to raise money for the center," Yates said.

If you would like to donate money to the Carl Perkins Center, you can call the center here: 731-668-4000, or you can mail your donation to this address:

P. O. Box 447 (mailing address)
213 Cheyenne Drive (physical address)
Jackson, TN 38302

You can also donate online here: http://www.carlperkinscenter.org/cp/donate-now/
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