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Kentucky telethon raises $500,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief

The Big Blue Nation Cares – Rebounding from Sandy telethon hosted by University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari and WKYT TV raised $500,000 for Superstorm Sandy Relief.

“We had an amazing night of support for the important work of the American Red Cross,” said Bluegrass Region of the American Red Cross CEO Terry Burkhart. “We are so thankful to Coach Calipari, WKYT, and all the donors for stepping up to help those affected by this terrible disaster.”

Fundraising efforts got a big boost early when John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s pizza called in to report $1 from every pizza sold on November 7 will be donated to the relief efforts.  Schnatter estimated that could total up to $400,000.

“When you consider the money raised on the phones, on-line, through the auction, and with Papa John’s contributions we hope to surpass $1 million,” said Burkhart.

Thousands of people have spent the night in hundreds of Red Cross shelters since the storm began its onslaught on the country. The Red Cross has already served more than 3.2 million meals and snacks and mobilized more than 5,800 disaster workers and almost 300 emergency vehicles have been deployed.

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  1. Kokamo Joe

    Calipari is amazing. Not only did he raise needed money for Sandy relief, but by doing so, he also put the University of Kentucky and himself front and center. Rupp was our icon, but Calipari is the man for modern times.

    1. larryvaught

      Cal did just that Kokomo. Was on national teleconference today with him spreading more word about the telethon

  2. grant

    maybe we can get cal to do a telethon to try and raise funds to get a real football coach in here instead of this mamby pamby crap jackin around with coordinators crap.

  3. Mike

    Don’t be so quick to cut on coordinators. Where do you think head coaches start? Joker Phillips was not a good example. There are some VERY good future head coaches out there that UK is talking to. Do your research!

  4. grant

    really ? never guessed that. lol

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