For Immediate Release
05 January 2011
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 5, 2011 -- The 21st annual Telecare Telethon will now, for the first time, be seen by millions of viewers across three states. Previously only seen on Long Island, Telecare is now being carried on the entire Cablevision system, thereby nearly tripling the size of the Catholic television ministry.
“We are overjoyed that we can now bring the telethon to viewers in the 23 dioceses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” said Rev. Msgr. James C. Vlaun, Telecare president and CEO. “Since November when Cablevision began carrying us on its entire system, we have been bringing the quality Catholic programming that people in the Diocese of Rockville Centre are familiar with to this much larger audience and we’ve been getting great feedback. The expanded coverage is such a blessing for us as it enables us to touch many more people and in turn grow our base of support.”
Telecare, the Catholic television station based in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will conduct its annual fund raising telethon the weekend of January 15-16, 2011. The telethon will air on Cablevision channels 29 (in Diocese of Rockville Centre) or 137 (outside Diocese of Rockville Centre) and on Verizon FiOS channel 296. Viewers can also catch the telethon online at www.telecaretv.org. WLNY-TV55 will also air the telethon between 3-5 p.m. on Saturday January 15th and 3-5 p.m. on Sunday January 16th.
The telethon will air from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, with both day-long broadcasts re-aired overnight on Saturday and Sunday. Phone lines will be open throughout the live broadcasts and the overnight re-broadcasts.
As the station’s major fundraiser, the telethon is critical to Telecare’s ability to keep up with advances in communications technology. This year’s telethon does come during difficult financial times. “We feel the economic crunch too,” said Msgr. Vlaun, “Our hope and prayer is that people will see the value of Telecare and continue to support faith-based programming.”
All funds raised from the telethon are used in the television ministry.
The telethon will be 18 hours filled with many guest “stars” including many of the clergy, religious and dedicated lay people of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Additionally, visits from celebrity chefs, musical groups and New York sports teams will help fuel the enjoyment. Msgr. Vlaun will host the 18-hour telethon along with Long Island Catholic columnist, Rev. Msgr. Joseph DeGrocco, host of Telecare’s Divine Intervention game show and Father Frank Nelson, pastor of St. Anne parish, Brentwood.
Contributions can be made by phoning in to the telethon directly at 516-538-8811; via direct mail by making checks out to Telecare, P.O. Box 158, Uniondale, NY 11553; or a secure online donation by visiting the Telecare web site at telecaretv.org. Telecare accepts all major credit cards.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/10).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625