Nov. 26 is Illinois Tornado Relief Day for WGN(AM) Radio.
Beginning at 5 a.m. with the “Steve Cochran Show,” the station will host a 24-hour campaign for listeners to donate to the Illinois Tornado Relief Fund. WGN(TV) and the Chicago Tribune will also promote additional fundraising for the day.
“We’ve all been touched by the stories of communities coming together following last Sunday’s storms,” said Todd Manley, vice president of content for WGN Radio. “Our WGN and Tribune families kept searching for ways to help. Now, like so many times before, we’ll trust in the generosity of our wonderful listeners, viewers and readers.”
The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit by the storms. The foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the foundation and its partners. The first round of grants will be distributed by the end of 2013.
Listeners can donate online; toll-free at (800) 931-5707; or mail a check payable to:
Illinois Tornado Relief
McCormick Foundation Processing Center
23912 Network Place
Chicago, IL 60673-1239
Fundraising will continue through Dec. 31. Only monetary donations are accepted.