WCVB, the Hearst ABC affiliate in Boston, raised more than $350,000 to help those still struggling in the aftermath of a gas line disaster in September that caused explosions and more than 80 individual fires in Massachusetts. “We experienced first-hand the staff’s warmth, sincerity, and generosity; and it is clear why WCVB Channel 5 is such a trusted community partner,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster of the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund team.
In September, a series of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts killed one person and forced 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. More than 80 individual fires occurred in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
WCVB, the Hearst ABC affiliate in Boston, raised more than $350,000 (and counting) for the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund during a day-long fundraising event this week.
Relief Fund 5: Explosion Recovery, in partnership with The Essex County Community Foundation, will provide critically needed funds this holiday season to help those still struggling in the aftermath of the Merrimack Valley gas line disaster.
“I want to share our sincere thanks to everyone who so generously donated during yesterday’s ‘Relief Fund 5’ fundraising event,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster, Essex County Community Foundation’s vice president.
“We especially want to thank the entire team at WCVB Channel 5 for all of their hard work hosting the telethon. We experienced first-hand the staff’s warmth, sincerity, and generosity; and it is clear why WCVB Channel 5 is such a trusted community partner.”
“We all extend our deepest gratitude to our very generous viewers and community partners for joining this effort to raise funds for those in the Merrimack Valley who remain in dire need of help, especially during the holiday season,” said Bill Fine, WCVB’s general manager.