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San Diego AMs Help Raise $1.4 Million for Troops

The annual Give-a-Thon supports the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station organization

With the goal of reuniting injured service members with their families for the holidays, San Diego radio stations helped a local fundraising organization raise more than $1.4 million.

iHeartMedia San Diego station 760 KGB(AM) helped raise $1,455,471 (and counting) alongside sister station NewsRadio 600 KOGO(AM).

The annual Give-a-Thon supports the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, which first joined forces with KGO in 2004. Back then KGO asked its listeners to donate shaving razors for holiday gift bags being distributed to soldiers recovering at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Since then, it has grown into an annual fundraiser supported by local radio and TV stations. In addition to flying service members home for the holidays, the organization helps sailors and soldiers as they face the challenges of recovery, rehabilitation and transition from military service to civilian life.

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The amount the stations were able to help raise this year is a testament to the power of San Diego radio and its listeners, as well as the reach of Armstrong & Getty, the station’s morning show personalities, said Melissa Forrest, president and market manager for iHeart San Diego.

The support the foundation provides is a gift that troops will remember, said Sandy Lehmkuhler, CEO and founder of the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. Lehmkuhler founded the organization after volunteering at the naval hospital where she saw how injured troops often lacked many basic items.

“By shining a spotlight on our warriors, and their brave struggles with the visible and invisible wounds of war, [these San Diego stations] rallied the support of thousands of people to fly our heroes home for the holidays,” she said. “It’s a gift our troops will remember forever.”

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