Telethon to highlight WBU programs, raise donations for Annual Fund

Big Give

PLAINVIEW -- The third annual BIG GIVE event at Wayland Baptist University promises to be bigger and better by adding a visual component: a telethon. Running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, the BIG GIVE Big Show will air on Wayland’s TV station in Plainview (Suddenlink channel 96) and be live-streamed online at www.wbuathletics.com/watch.

“The idea for the telethon format really came from one of our alumni who works in the TV industry. He suggested it after last year’s effort was mostly done on social media, and I jumped at the chance to try something crazy and new for the Annual Fund blitz,” said Teresa Young, Director of Annual Fund and organizer of the event. “I love that it gives us a chance to show more vividly why people give to Wayland… the type of amazing academic programs, talented students and life-changing experiences that are happening at this place. We hope it inspires our alumni and community members to be part of what is happening here financially.”

The telethon airs from Wayland’s Black Box Theatre, a studio space that is adjacent to the WIN-TV studios and the equipment needed to make the effort happen. Volunteers are crucial to the event, with Chris Stegall, an alum from 2004, leading the charge as producer and technical organizer. Stegall recruited past coworkers from Lubbock TV to help, along with alumnus Ryan Crowe, who teaches at Plainview High School and is bringing some of his students for the learning experience. Current Wayland students will be part of the crew as well, and members of the President’s Ambassadors will help with emcee and greeting duties.
“We’ve got a full day planned of interviews, musical performances, panel discussions, a student talent show and more,” Young added. “There is something to interest everyone and it’s a great place to learn about all the great things Wayland has to offer. It’s a true university community effort!

“Of course, the exciting part will be following our progress toward the $108,000 goal for the day, chosen because of the 108th birthday of the school. We plan to acknowledge donors as they participate, issue challenges and give in honor or memory of someone special. We’ll be updating on social media as well, so folks can track how we’re doing.”

The full lineup of entertainment for the telethon can be found on the event webpage at www.wbu.edu/biggive. The site also contains a link directly to the telethon livestream and to the giving page for donations. A downloadable selfie frame is also available, encouraging donors to list their reasons for support and then post a photo on social media to show their involvement and enthusiasm.

“We hope folks from all over the world will watch, get involved financially and just be proud of what is happening here at Wayland. Gifts of any amount are appreciated, and they all add up to help us reach our goal, which is ultimately to run our amazing programs and bless our students,” Young said.

Young added that a challenge grant had been given already by a generous donor who has offered to match every gift up to $50,000 for the BIG GIVE blitz. She encouraged donors to take advantage of the match and let their money do double duty that day.

Gifts are welcome in advance and will be counted toward the day’s goal. Giving is available online or by phone or donors may mail a check. For more information, or to give by phone, call Young at (806) 291-3427.