Renda Broadcasting of Indiana and its affiliated stations including 1450 WDAD-AM, News-Talk 1160 WCCS, Country 106.3, and U-92.5 FM proudly sponsor the Teddy Bear Fund Drive. For the past 34 years, the Teddy Bear Fund Drive has benefitted the Pediatrics Unit at Indiana Regional Medical Center and the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and has raised in excess of $2,100,000 including over $98,000 last year.
Renda Broadcasting of Indiana, as part of our “Community Teammates” initiative, developed four teams of employees and organized numerous fundraisers during last year’s campaign. “Our employees played a bigger role than ever before,” stated Mark Bertig, Vice President and Regional Manager for the company. “I would like to thank our employees for recognizing the importance of the Teddy Bear Fund Drive and volunteering their time outside of the workplace and normal working hours,” said Mark. “It is important to give back and I’m extremely proud of our entire staff.”
In addition to many fundraisers from station personnel, traditionally Indiana County schools play the largest role in making the fund drive a success.
“The involvement of our local schools is vitally important,” added Bertig. “You can see the pride when the children bring in their donations.”
One of the largest initiatives to the Teddy Bear Fund Drive has been the B.E. Taylor Benefit Christmas Concert at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana. Over 5,500 concert attendees including 3000 this past December 20th have helped to raised thousands of dollars for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive.
"S&T Bank has served as the "presenting sponsor" of the concert the past two years and I thank them for sharing the belief that we could bring a quality family Christmas concert to the region and at the same time raise money for a wonderful cause. The date for the 2014 concert has already been set and we look to duplicate the success of our first two years," Bertig said.
The 2014 B.E. Taylor Benefit Concert will be held on Saturday, December 20th at the K.C.A.C. and further details will be released at the appropriate time.
“Children need quality healthcare all year long,” says Bertig. “I encourage families, businesses, social organizations and individuals to aid in this effort whenever possible.”