Two days after a day long effort to raise money for Hurricane Irene relief efforts and donations continue to come in.
Wachovia/Wells Fargo announced Friday morning that it is donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts, and that's being split between two chapters here in Eastern Carolina. That brings our total to $321,264!
Phones were opened at 8:00 a.m on Wednesday and donation sites were set up at WITN's Greenville Studio, WITN's Washington Studio, WITN's Jacksonville Newsroom and Inner Banks Media studios in New Bern. Donations were also taken online.
PCS Phosphate in Aurora in Beaufort County, an area devastated from the hurricane, made a $50,000 donation.
A big thanks to all of you generous people in Eastern Carolina who supported this cause and helped Eastern Carolina's Irene victims. The majority of the donations came from eastern North Carolina but donations poured in from throughout the state and the country thanks to the support of our sister stations within the Gray Television Group. Curtis Media's radio stations throughout North Carolina also publicized our event and helped us to raise thousands of dollars from the Triangle, the Triad and the stations of the North Carolina News Network.
We also need to thank the following businesses and organizations:
-PODS for providing storage units at each of our collection sites.
-The Texas Roadhouse on Greenville Blvd. for donating 10% of today's sales.
-Children's Miracle Network for organizing the phone bank.
-East Carolina Bank (ECB) for a $5,000 donation.
-Hastings Ford for a $1,000 donation
-East Carolina University baseball team.
-Fleet Readiness Center East.
-Phelps Chevrolet for a $1,000 donation.
-Scott Shook of Merrill Lynch for a $400 donation.
-Greenville Marble & Granite for a $500 donation.
-Marie Britt of Future Financial Services for a $500 donation.
-Abby Full Service Flooring for a $500 donation.
-The United Way of Pitt County for a $6,250 check.
Thanks also to the following businesses who provided food for the event: Krispy Kreme, Domino's Pizza, McDonalds, Texas Roadhouse and Five Guys Burgers.