49th Annual Ernie Blankenship Radio Telethon June 23 at Hillsboro Orpheum



Representatives of the Southern Hills Community Bank and the hosts of the 49th Annual Ernie Blankenship Radio Telethon hosted by the Rotary Hillsboro and Greenfield clubs to benefit the Highland County Society for Children and Adults welcome the community to this year’s fundraiser of 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 at the Hillsboro Orpheum.

Rotarians will make commitments by phone or in person. Pledges can be made during the telethon by calling (937) 402-5557. Checks payable to HCCSA may be deposited at any local bank or mailed to the Company at PO Box 258, Hillsboro 45133.

“We are delighted to be able to welcome him this year for the first time,” said Jeff Cloud, President and CEO of Southern Hills Community Bank. “We would like to thank Rocky [Coss] and the Hillsboro and Greenfield Rotaries for allowing us to participate and be a part of it.

The emcees of the event this year will be Hillsboro Rotarian Rick Williams and Greenfield Rotarian Ron Coffey.

The telethon will be broadcast live on Spectrum Cable System’s local community access channel 13, on WSRW 101.5, WSRW AM 1590, iHeart Radio, WVNU Radio 97.5 and will be broadcast live via the Company’s website, hicoso.org and on tech-t .com. Terry Mikkelsen, owner of Tech-t.com, will once again provide the equipment for the broadcast.

Bank officials also said they are contributing several items to the annual auction, which will be held during the telethon.

According to Tim Priest, senior vice president, Loans, the bank is donating an autographed photo of three former Ohio State notables, Archie Griffin, Jerry Lucas and Jack Nicklaus; a three-night stay at the Kiefers’ Smoky Mountain Hideaway; and gift cards for the auction.

The poster child for 2021 is Elisha Duncan, 9, who returns as a poster child for a second year in a row. Despite being the poster kid for 2020, the event was largely closed to the public, and Elisha missed out on some of the usual fun activities the poster kid enjoys in a typical telethon.

The two Rotary clubs raised just under $ 100,000 during the 2020 event, all of which is used by the Society to provide assistance and services to children and adults in Highland County who have extraordinary expenses for medical treatment, transportation, equipment and other health aids. It works in conjunction with other local and private government agencies to provide financial assistance to residents of Highland County whose medical expenses are not covered by insurance or other programs.

“I would encourage people to participate, and if they don’t feel like coming in person, to call,” Justice Rocky Coss said.


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