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Raycom Stations Raise $587,000 for Tornado Relief

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 2/13/2017

Raycom’s NBC affiliates WALB-TV Albany, GA and WDAM-TV Hattiesburg, Miss. raised more than $585,000 for tornado relief. The EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes that landed January 21 – 22 killed 16 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. WALB-TV and the American Red Cross raised $202,000 through the “Rise Up for Recovery – Give for South Georgia Tornado Relief” telethon, held February 2. WDAM-TV and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation raised $385,000 during the “Pine Belt Strong” telethon on February 1. NBC affiliate WLBT-TV Jackson, Miss.; ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi, Miss. and NBC affiliate WMC-TV Memphis joined the effort. “When our communities are in need, Raycom Media stations respond,” said Raycom Media President and CEO Pat LaPlatney. “Thanks to our amazing viewers and local partners, the people of Albany and Hattiesburg will rebuild, and WALB and WDAM will continue to serve those communities throughout the recovery.”

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