Pi Kappa Alpha sponsors telethon for DeKalb area

By Michelle Esposito

DeKalb residents can help support Jerry’s Kids by making a donation this weekend.

Pi Kappa Alpha President Scott Gorny said Pi Kappa Alpha has been sponsoring the telethon in the DeKalb area for the past 20 years.

“Last year we made $4,000 to $5,000 in the DeKalb area,” Gorny said. “We hope to match or exceed last years amount.”

Katie Smith, district operator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Rockford, said, “last year we made $136,099 in the Rockford District.”

Smith said this year’s goal is $150,000.

Gorny said all the money made will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Anthony Keany, junior criminal justice major, said Jerry Lewis Foundation representatives set up phones in the house, and three or four stay to monitor the phones.

Keany said it’s always good to help the community in any way. He also said Pi Kappa Alpha won an award several years ago for helping with the telethon.

Gorny said the phone lines will open Sunday at 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Monday. They will reopen Monday at 7 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. that evening, he added.

Donations can be made by calling 748-5737 during the established telethon hours. There also will be donations bowls at the Pi Kappa Alpha house and Dot’s Coffee Shop, 122 E. Lincoln Hwy.