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Telethon Expands to Cape Cod Beer

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 05:34 PM

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HAC's annual telethon is always a festive event that sometimes includes a surprise visit from Santa Scott. 

Now in its 15th year, HAC’s annual holiday telethon is being reinvigorated with a new name and a satellite location to increase engagement with new audiences.

The Telethon for Hope will support all of the programs and services offered at HAC with a goal to give hope to the clients we serve on the Cape and Islands.

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On Thursday, December 13, the majority of the event will be broadcast live at the Cape Cod Community Media Center, with a Give-a-Thon & Viewing Party running concurrently at Cape Cod Beer. The goal of the Give-a-Thon & Viewing Party will be to reach people through social media and encourage others to share, comment, and most importantly to give.

Longtime telethon co-host Matt Pitta will interview special guests and attendees at Cape Cod Beer where fundraisers who meet specific fundraising goals will be recognized and rewarded for their efforts.

“We’re excited about incorporating a satellite location that will allow people to watch the telethon and engage in and contribute towards our mission to help those in need during the holiday season,” said HAC Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck.

Cape Cod Beer owner Beth Marcus agreed, saying that she was looking forward to “being a part of the reimagination of the telethon as a social event. It’s unlike anything that we’ve ever seen on Cape Cod before. It encourages the entire community to understand, participate, and share in HAC’s vision for stable housing on Cape Cod.”

As in previous years, the Cape Cod Community Media Center will serve as the primary backdrop for the telethon which will focus on HAC’s housing programs, including its four family shelters, homeless outreach efforts, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, annual Big Fix, and the agency’s new housing study and Rent 365 program.

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Throughout the night, the telethon will feature HAC clients talking about how our programs have helped them. Last year, Matt Pitta talked to Angel House facility director Lin Rohr (second from left) and mothers at the family shelter. 

“I like the telethon because it brings together a lot of prominent members of the community for a really good cause,” said Sarah Colvin, a producer for this year’s telethon.Special guests will include clients and community leaders as well as local school groups and musicians, including Kim Moberg and Chris Mack, as they all come together to embrace the spirit of the season by giving back to those most in need on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Visit www.telethonforhope.org to learn more about this year's Telethon for Hope and ways you can support the annual event. 

Tags: Telethon for Hope, telethon, Matt Pitta, Cape Cod Community Media Center, Cape Cod Beer, Give-A-Thon & Viewing Party, Anne Van Vleck, Sarah Colvin, Beth Marcus, holiday giving, Santa Claus

Longtime HAC Employee Honored for Her Work

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 10:52 AM
Deanna Bussiere resized 600Terry Duenas (left) with HAC’s Deanna Bussiere and her husband David at Cape Cod Community Media Center’s Annual Meeting.

Inside the relatively dark studio at the Cape Cod Community Media Center, the spotlight shone brightly on HAC’s own Deanna Bussiere at the end of June.

The media center is a familiar place for Bussiere, who helps organize HAC’s shelter telethon which is held there every December. And because of her work on the telethon, the media center honored Bussiere with the Barbara Bird Community Impact Award. The award is named after a longtime producer at the media center whose outside activities included volunteering at HAC’s NOAH Shelter in Hyannis.

“The recipient of this year’s award is a really special person,” Terry Duenas, executive director of the media center, said in recognizing Bussiere’s accomplishments.

While he acknowledged HAC’s team that helps to put on the telethon, Duenas singled out Bussiere at the media center’s annual meeting: “They have one person who is
absolutely a stand out because I think they give her the jobs that no one else will do and she gets them done.”

Duenas went even further in an e-mail to Bussiere, who first started working at HAC in 2001, letting her know she had been chosen for the award. “Your amazing behind the scenes work for years with the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon and many other outreach projects make you a great candidate for this award,” he wrote. “You are a consummate team player who wants no personal credit, but is always a supportive and dedicated member of the Housing Assistance Corporation staff.”

Along with the award, which hangs proudly in Bussiere’s office, she was given a bouquet of flowers from her coworkers. Elias Benaka, whose mother Margaret works in the same department as Bussiere, presented her with the gift.

Tags: Shelter Cape Cod Telethon, Cape Cod Community Media Center, HAC, Deanna Bussiere, Terry Duenas