“Our theme is the finish line. We are so close to that finish line...it’s been a long time,” Fahey said.
It’s been 20 years of dreaming, but not giving up, he said. AYS pledged to raise $2.2 million for the new youth center and is about $200,000 short, Fahey said. He hopes the telethon fundraiser brings in $100,000 to $120,000.
“Andover is generous, always has been. We can do this,” Fahey said.
As usual, telethon talent includes performances by Mr. AHS contestants, town and high school sports teams, dance troupes, choirs, bands, dancers and a wing-eating contest. Performances are given as pledges are called in.
Special guest hosts - town officials, local business owners, Andover High School coaches - will help host the event.
AHS basketball Dave Fazio will be there as he is a strong AYS supporter.
“It’s been a long time for Billy and I support him,”Fazio said. “This youth center will keep kids busy and they won’t be hanging around doing nothing...we need this.”
THE FINISH LINE TELETHON :WHAT: Andover Youth Foundation and Andover Youth Services will host the AYS Telethon fundraiser. WHEN: Tonight, Thursday, March 14, starting at 7 p.m. and tomorrow, Friday, March 15, starting at 7 p.m. TO DONATE MONEY: Watch and call 978-470-0698 or 978-470-1847 to make a donation live on the Telethon. ONLINE AUCTION, TOO: highlights range from sports camps (including Hooptown), Bruins tickets, a snowboard and a cruise to Bermuda. Go to BiddingforGood/AYS. :TELETHON IS LIVE: from the Collins Center, being shown on Andover Access TV - Comcast channel 8, Verizon channel 47, internet stream on AndoverTV.org.