Annual “RTN” Telethon – Live from Rowan

College TV giving back: Rowan student-produced live telethon to raise funds for the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity

For months, student members of the Rowan Television Network (RTN) have volunteered and filmed at build sites for the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. Now, it’s time to take all of that hard work and use it for some heavy-duty creative fundraising.

On Wednesday, April 15, the 8th annual RTN Telethon will air worldwide from 6 —11 p.m. on www.rtntelethon.com. Additionally, it can be viewed on Rowan University’s channel 5. All proceeds will benefit the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

“I went into television to help people,” said telethon co-producer Lauren Rauffer of Point Pleasant, a junior radio/television/film (RTF) major with a minor in writing arts and a concentration in new media. “Telling real people’s stories through this medium is something I hold very close to my heart.”

Produced and executed entirely by Rowan students and featuring the production talents of more than 50 RTN members, the five-hour live broadcast will span three studios, including the hallways of Bozorth Hall.

The telethon will feature interviews with board members and families impacted by Habitat for Humanity, live performances, videos concerning the organization, appearances from other Rowan clubs, live call-ins from special guests and much more.

“Habitat for Humanity literally is a hands-on organization,” said telethon co-producer Evan Moore of Whitehouse Station, a senior public relations major. “Every time we show up, we’re put to work. It’s great to see that all the donations we raise will be put use immediately to help build homes. That makes our hard work and dedication worth it.”

In addition to following the progress of a build for a veteran’s home in Clayton, a few RTN members even had the privilege of filming a few Gloucester County families in their completed Habitat homes.

Supporters can donate online at www.rtntelethon.com and follow the progress of the RTN Telethon on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Students and viewers can post and live tweet during the broadcast using the hashtags #RTNTelethon and #RowanPROUD.

The broadcast will be hosted by: Katlyn Scott, a senior RTF and music theater major with a minor in voice from Galloway; and Rachael Williamson, a junior RTF major from Woodbury.

Interviews will be conducted by: Ashley Force of Frederick, Md., a senior broadcast journalism major with a minor in advertising; Maria Brasco, a senior RTF major from Sewell; Nina Contento, a junior RTF major from Estell Manor; Samantha Barrett, a junior RTF and journalism major from Keyport; Ben Panella, a senior communications major with a concentration in new media and rhetoric from Wilmington, Del.; and Lauren Rotella, a junior RTF major from Sewell.

Headlining musical guests will be: Nalani & Sarina Bolton of Flemington, a twin pop act making their second appearance on the telethon; Crisbie, a psychedelic blues rock band from Cherry Hill; Stone Baby, a rock band from Philadelphia; Megan Knight, a singer/songwriter from Philadelphia; and Chelsea Carlson, an acoustic alternative rock singer from Mount Olive.

Special performances from Rowan’s Lyrical Alliance, Dance Team and a snippet from the musical, “Sweet Charity” also will be featured during the broadcast. Additionally, magician Matt Cadabra will host a special magic segment for a small in-studio audience.

Amber Mathes, a senior RTF and journalism dual major from Hammonton, will host the music and performance segments and Christopher Scharnagle, a senior RTF and writing arts major from Williamstown, will host the live phone bank.

While donations will be accepted online, phone bank operators will be standing by to accept pledges during the broadcast at (856) 256-5555.

In the past seven years, the annual RTN Telethon has raised more than $19,000 altogether for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey, the Make-A-Wish-Foundation and the Waves for Water Restore the Shore Project.

The Gloucester County chapter is part of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is an organization dedicated to building homes for those in need. With their motto, “a hand up, not a hand out,” the organization works with the community, to better the community. For more information, visit www.gc-habitat.org.