ROCHESTER, Minn (KTTC) – The Blue Sapphire dinner began at 6 p.m. January 18 and included a testimonial from a young Hannah and her mother as they described Hannah’s battle with cancer.
The 65th annual 5th District Eagles Cancer Telethon is the longest locally run telethon in the U.S.
Other guests and speakers included another cancer survivor, Amy Klepper Dr. Pruthi and Jerry Watson.
The evening ended with a live auction that began at 7:45.
But before the kick off dinner was a silent auction as well.
The Eagles raises thousands of dollars each year through this annual auction– always hosted the night before the telethon.
Hundreds of telethon supporters attend the event, bidding on silent and live auction items.
Money raised is added to the telethon total which has now reached 17-million dollars in the telethon’s 65th year history.
The silent auction ended at 7:30 p.m. and the live cancer eagle telethon will begin Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m. at the Mayo civic center and go to 4 p.m. Sunday, and will air here on KTTC.