What is the Beacon Santa Telethon?
The Beacon Santa Telethon is a student-run, 27-hour event broadcast live from Maynard High School on radio and television. We also live stream online on our website, wavm.org. The 2021 telethon will mark the 43rd year anniversary since it began in 1978.
The annual telethon consists of a variety of acts, segments, radio shows, live entertainment, and more! A large part of the telethon is our live auction, where people can bid on flower arrangements, gift cards, toys, clothing, electronics, and hundreds of other items. Auction items are donated before the event by small families, large businesses, and everyone in between! However, the telethon wouldn’t be successful without monetary donations from our viewers. All proceeds raised by the telethon are given directly to the Beacon Santa Fund, a non-profit that supports families during the holiday season.
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How do I Donate?
I’m glad you asked! We accept monetary donations and auction item donations! To make a monetary donation online, please click here. If you’d like mail a check, please make it out to “Beacon Santa” and send it to WAVM c/o Beacon Santa Telethon, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard MA. If you’d like to donate an auction item please click here for dropoff locations! You’re also welcome to mail items to us using the same address listed for checks. For more donation information please click here.
Any monetary donation over $25 will be displayed on a donor board that is run constantly throughout the telethon. All auction items are brought onto live TV where our hosts explain what the item is and who donated it, sort of like QVC. When making your donation, be sure to tell us who you want the donor to be listed as. Of course, if you’d like, you are welcome to put “Anonymous” if you’d like to donate privately.
The 2021 Beacon Santa Telethon will begin on December 10th at 7 pm on channel 8 (Comcast) or 28 (Verizon) along with our live stream. Radio shows will be broadcasting for all 27 hours throughout the weekend as well. The telethon will conclude with our closing ceremony at 10 pm on Saturday, December 11th.