– CTV Atlantic personalities team up with impressive roster of local musicians for viewer-favourite telethon to assist families in Maritime communities –
– Viewers can donate throughout the day by phone, online at ChristmasDaddies.org, at any RBC branch across the Maritimes, and at Credit Unions in Cape Breton –
HALIFAX (November 29, 2017) – CTV Atlantic once again brightens the season with the 54th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON, airing Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. AT on CTV. This viewer-favourite holiday event is also available for live streaming online throughout the day.
CTV Atlantic upholds the station’s decades-old annual holiday tradition of uniting Maritimers in the spirit of giving to help families in need in their communities. Viewers can tune in to enjoy a lively mix of CTV personalities and performances from an impressive roster of Maritime musicians across multiple cities, and extend their support by making a donation during the live broadcast.
“CHRISTMAS DADDIES is a time-honoured holiday TV tradition for CTV staff and viewers alike,” says Trent McGrath, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Atlantic. “It’s heartwarming each year to welcome back donors, performers, and volunteers who have supported this great cause for decades. What makes it so worthwhile is the knowledge that many Maritime homes will be brighter this holiday season thanks to CHRISTMASDADDIES.”
Throughout the telethon, CHRISTMASDADDIES boasts a robust lineup of beloved Maritime artists delivering live musical performances at various locations. In Halifax, Myles Goodwyn, a founding member of the veteran Canadian rock band April Wine, takes the stage alongside 2017 Music Nova Scotia Country Album of the Year Winner Makayla Lynn. Fred Lavery returns as musical director in Sydney, and he is joined by an impressive roster of musicians including Matt Minglewood, Aaron Lewis, and Laurel Martell. The Moncton stage features local musicians Simon Daniel and Ivan Daigle, and the Confederation Centre stage in Charlottetown hosts Jon Matthews and Kelley Mooney. In addition, the 54th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON celebrates homegrown talent, featuring performances by local school choirs and up-and-coming musicians throughout the show.
One of the most anticipated annual charitable fundraising initiatives in the region, the 54thANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON is hosted by a roster of CTV personalities who come together to deliver the holiday spirit, fun, and excitement viewers have come to expect from the much-loved “DADDIES” show.
Hosting this year in Halifax are CTV anchors Steve Murphy, Jayson Baxter, and Kelly Linehan alongside meteorologist Cindy Day. They are joined by CTV MORNING LIVE co-host Heidi Petracek and CTV NEWS AT 5 entertainment reporter Ana Almeida. CTV MORNING LIVE’s Cyril Lunney is on the ground in Moncton, N.B., and CTV alumnus Jeff Hutcheson hosts alongside CTV Atlantic’s Alyse Hand, Kyle Moore, and Ryan MacDonald in Cape Breton. Well-known comedian Jimmy the Janitor hosts in Charlottetown, PEI.
The 54th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON also features great prizes for donors. By making a donation as little as $20, donors are eligible to win two airline tickets from the Air Canada Foundation to travel to any Air Canada destination in Hawaii and North America, including Mexico and the Caribbean. Additional prizes include Esso gas cards and, for Cape Breton donors, a chance to keep warm all winter from Sydco Fuels with free heating for a year.
Throughout the 54th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON, Bell Media and Bell Aliant employees and retirees will be standing by to take donations. Viewers can call 1-844-400-1964, with phone lines opening at 10:30 a.m. AT. In addition, financial donations can be made online at ChristmasDaddies.org, as well as at any RBC branch across the Maritimes and at Credit Unions in Cape Breton.
“For nearly two decades now, Bell Aliant employees and retirees have built a special connection with the CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON,” said Glen LeBlanc, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, BCE, and Vice Chair, Bell Aliant. “For our volunteers taking pledges from across the region, it’s an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for families in need here in our communities this holiday season.”
The ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DADDIES TELETHON has raised more than $28.5 million in its more than half-century history, with funds supplying gifts, clothing, and food for Maritime families and their children during the holiday season. CTV Atlantic’s partnership with The Salvation Army provides more than 17,000 Maritime children with toys and gifts at Christmas each year. All financial donations are redistributed within their originating geographic area, allowing viewers to donate to neighbours within their own communities.
CTV donates airtime, technical equipment, and resources for the event, while employees, families, and friends volunteer to produce the program.
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