Diocese of Rockville Centre


ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 8, 2010 – Telecare TV, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will celebrate 41 years of Catholic television on Long Island with its 14th annual fundraising telethon on the weekend of January 16-17, 2010.

With the theme, “Year for Priests,” the telethon will air from 2 p.m. Saturday until 10 p.m. Sunday, with both day-long broadcasts being re-aired overnight on Saturday and Sunday.  Phone lines will be open throughout the live broadcasts and the overnight re-broadcasts.  The telethon will air on Cablevision channel 29 and on Verizon FiOS channel 296.  Viewers can also view the telethon online at www.telecaretv.org.  WLNY-TV55 will also air the telethon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th and 3-5 p.m. on Sunday January 17th.

As the station’s major fundraiser, the telethon is critical to Telecare’s ability to keep up with advances in communications technology. Also, all funds raised from the telethon are used in the television ministry for the cost of producing and airing its programs.

“We have no set goal, per say, but if we make one-dollar more than we did last year, we will be more than happy,” said Rev. Msgr. James Vlaun, president and CEO of Telecare TV.

The telethon will feature well known personalities from the entertainment and sports worlds, including Susan Lucci, musicians Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Lenny Cocco and The Chimes and the renowned Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot. Also, stars from the New York Jets, New York Islanders, New York Mets and Long Island Ducks will drop in to help answer the phones. Telecare-regulars like Chef Lidia Bastianich and other stars from the Real Food program, along with hosts of other Telecare programs, will also be on hand, as well as performers from around the diocese, including youth groups from diocesan schools.

Bishop Murphy is scheduled to take part, as will each of the diocesan auxiliary bishops, along with many clergy, religious and active lay Catholics from around the diocese.  Individual parishes will also be highlighted throughout the weekend. Seminarians from the Seminary of Immaculate Conception as well as representatives Catholic Charities will also take part in this year’s telethon.

Msgr. Vlaun will host the 18-hour telethon with his seminary classmates, Fr. Frank Nelson and Rev. Msgr. Joe DeGrocco. Special guests also include, Rev. Msgr. Thomas Hartman of Telecare’s God Squad fame.

Incentive gifts will be presented to generous donors including dinner with Lidia Bastianich and autographed copies of her book and various items of sports memorabilia

Stay up-to-date of upcoming guests on this year’s telethon by following Telecare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/telecaretv. Throughout the telecast, Telecare will tweet who is coming up next.

Corporate sponsors who wish to get involved with the telethon can contact Joe Perrone, general manager at (516) 528 – 8704 ext. 145.

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 online by visiting the Telecare web site at telecaretv.org.  Telecare accepts all major credit cards. 

About The Catholic Church of Long Island

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 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five 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.

CONTACT:   Sean P. Dolan
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