"Help, Hope & Answers" was the inspiration for this year's Telethon held on Saturday, April 30. On an annual basis, Easter Seals provides "Help, Hope & Answers" to over 2,000 and adults with disabilities and their families.

Telethon sponsors were asked to provide three words that described their relationship with Easter Seals. Original songs were written and performed by R.D. "Bobby" Guerra, John Sigrist, Roschel Servantes, Cid Sanchez and Rio Grand Band. The songs were then paired with a slide show of the children, community members and sponsors who are all part of the Easter Seals family. These songs were shown during the Telethon & helped bring to life the families we serve.

At the core of the Easter Seals organization is a common passion for caring, shared by staff members, the board of directors, thousands of volunteers, and by those who support the Easter Seals' mission. For 34 years, many of you have supported Easter Seals through your annual Telethon donations. This heart-felt commitment to helping people with disabilities and their families reach their highest level of independence is what Easter Seals, the board of directors and the community who support Easter Seals is all about.

Bob and Janet Vackar of Bert Ogden Rio Grande Valley are two individuals with a big heart, who believe in the Easter Seals Mission....to enable children and adults with disabilities, as well as their families, to reach their highest level of independence where they live, learn, work and play. Bob and Janet made sure this year's total was more than last year. A money match was announced and all donations would be matched by Bert Ogden RGV. Then Bob & Janet presented their first donation....$10,000! As the Telethon drew nearer to the close, Bob watched the tote board and realized they needed to make a sizable donation to put us over last year's final of $402,653. Bob announced, "Bert Ogden RGV will present a check for $30,000 for a total contribution of $40,000!" Count down began ... and the final amount raised on Saturday, April 30 at the 2011 Telethon is ... $407,100.00!

Sponsors Bert Ogden RGV, Channel 5 News, Evolutions Therapy, KidsLife Magazine, Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance, Lone Star National Bank, H-E-B & Security Service Federal Credit Union all say, "Thank you Rio Grande Valley for providing "Help, Hope, & Answers" serve with your generous pledges. Telethon is held once a year but the need continues throughout the year. We ask that you become an EASTER SEALS CHAMPION and set up your own web page on the Easter Seals website.

Please go onto the website www.easterseals-rgv.org and ask how you can become an EASTER SEALS CHAMPION or call Marilyn Fox at 956-631-9171.