The 17th annual 2008 Telecare Telethon to benefit the television station of the Diocese of

Rockville Centre.  The theme for this year’s telethon is “Celebrating the Best in Catholic



The Telecare telethon is the single-best way for viewers to show their support for its

Catholic programming.

Telecare provides more original programming than any other diocesan television station in the country and its shows are now available nationally and on the web.



Msgr. Jim Vlaun, president and CEO of Telecare, will anchor 18 hours of live programming

from the Telecare studios in Uniondale, N.Y.  This year’s telethon will feature more guests

than ever before.


Scheduled to appear from the world of sports – the New York Islanders, the New York

Jets, and the New York Mets from 1986 (Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, etc.).   From the

world of cooking – Lidia Bastianich, Dom Deluise, Frank Pellegrino from Rao’s, Sal

Scognamillo and others.   From the world of entertainment, Johnny Maestro and the

Brooklyn Bridge, Susan Lucci, Gary US Bonds, Billy Joel Tribute Band Big Shot, and a host

of Doo Wop greats.


Additionally, young people from choirs and orchestras in the diocese will be performing

as well as a number of Catholic bands.   Many priests, deacons, religious and laity from

the diocese will be guests.  Our most honored guest, Bishop William Murphy, will close out

the telethon as he has done in the past.



The Telethon will air from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Noon – 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 20.



- Cablevision - Channel 29

- FiOS TV – Channel 271

- WLNY TV10/55: (3-5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 19 and 4-6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 20)



For more information contact:

Sean P. Dolan
Director of communications
516-678-5800, ext. 62
Cell: 516-510-0473
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