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Operation Broadcast Hope raises over $5,100 for tornado recovery efforts

Woodward Radio, Community First collaborate on Red Cross fundraising to help Oklahoma victims

May 28, 2013

Over $5,100 from Fox Valley area donors is on its way to Oklahoma to assist recovery efforts in the wake of last week’s deadly and destructive tornado thanks to Operation Broadcast Hope.

Woodward Radio Group and Community First Credit Union collaborated on Friday and Saturday to raise $5,164 for American Red Cross disaster relief following the devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., that killed 24 people. The funds collected over a 13-hour period at 20 Community First branches with on-air promotions through WHBY 1150 and other Woodward Radio stations will be used to support immediate needs such as food, shelter, clothing, medication replacement and emotional support, said Becky Bergin, development director, American Red Cross/Northeast Wisconsin.

"As usual, great response on short notice from our Northeast Wisconsin caring communities as they embraced the needs of our fellow citizens in tornado ravaged Oklahoma,” said Greg Bell, vice president, Woodward Radio Group. “Thank you to all."

“We are grateful to our member/owners and others who stopped by Community First to donate to Operation Broadcast Hope,” said Catherine Tierney, president/ceo, Community First. “Woodward Radio approached us and we were pleased to partner with them and the American Red Cross to assist victims of the Oklahoma tornado.”

Bergin said the support for Red Cross disaster assistance is greatly appreciated. “Donations will also support the purchasing and distribution of relief supplies, including batteries, sunscreen, coolers, buckets, gloves, dust masks, trash bags, flashlights, tarps, shovels, rakes and blankets,” she said.

The Woodward Radio Group consists of five FM and two AM stations serving listeners primarily in the Appleton/Oshkosh/Green Bay metros and surrounding communities.

Community First Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative serving more than 100,000 member/owners in Northeastern Wisconsin. The credit union has more than $1.8 billion in assets and currently operates 20 full-service branches and eight non-traditional branches in schools, assisted living facilities and the King Veterans Home in Waupaca.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Contact Information:
Amanda Secor
SVP/Marketing and Public Relations
Community First Credit Union