DART Radiothon begins today

The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Radiothon is underway. 

Ending at 6 p.m. tonight, DART’s annual Radiothon is hoping to raise significant funding.  

The event is being broadcast on Q94.1 radio and hosted at Super 1 Foods. 

“We believe that the Radiothon holds an unparalleled opportunity for community awareness, since it provides 12 straight hours of information from DART staff members, volunteers, board members, and community and university partners,” said Terrie Queen Autrey, community advocate for DART. “Kappa Sigma fraternity works all day long, and members of the Radiothon committee, Carol Strider and board member Cassandra Smith, will be helping out. Every speaker who is not employed by DART is volunteering their time. And everyone who is involved with Q94.1 FM is volunteering that day, including station owner Bill Brown and guest broadcasters, Skip Russell and Doug Postel.” 

The goal this year is to raise $70,000. 

“Last year our Radiothon was cancelled due to COVID,” Autrey said. “The year before, when it was also delayed to September from its traditional May date due to the tornado, our goal was $65,000. The funds raised this year will be used to help defray the costs from the past 18 months of housing each family or individual in a separate safe location. Due to COVID, we could not house families communally at our large, roomy and secure shelter.” 

Kate Hilburn, another DART community advocate, said DART’s services cover what the victims and survivors need. 

“We now have services that have evolved over time to cover a lot of what victims and survivors need, both in the crisis of the moment and in the long-term needs going forward — crisis management, legal advocacy, free counseling, children’s services, nutrition support, in addition to our mission to educate and inform the citizens of our community,” Hilburn said. “DART is truly a home-grown, grass roots organization that was formed here — though we serve 7 parishes now — with a diverse group of citizens and continues to be an organization that reflects the community in its makeup.” 

Individuals who want to support monetarily can phone in a pledge to 318-513-9373 or mail a check donation to DART, P.O. Box 1223, Ruston, LA 71273 or donate on DART’s webpage. 

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