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The Leesville Daily Leader reported Lions Club President Kevin Rhodes’ gratitude to the event’s corporate sponsors.
“Suddenlink provided everything to us for free,” said Rhodes. “Otherwise we’d be talking about this to ourselves.”
“This has been an ongoing partnership for more than 30 years,” said Leesville System Operations and Support Manager Larry Dykes. “We have always provided free channel space to air the telethon. About five years ago, we began providing Internet service as well, which allows the telethon to stream online. This was the first year they asked us to be the sole communications provider, so we provided phone lines to handle all the call volume.”
Rhodes (right) is pictured with Lions Club member Dan Martin, hosting the telethon.