In 1999, WLRA and Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois partnered together in order to raise money for the hospital's Family Assistance Fund. The Fund provides practical assistance to patient families who, through no fault of their own, are suffering severe hardship due to an unexpected illness and either social or economic deprivation. More specifically, the funds go towards paying for such things as critical prescriptions for children, overnight lodging, clothing, and groceries when these items are sorely needed.
To raise money, WLRA created the bi-annual event, "To Kill a DJ," which sees DJs in the program manning a 6 hour non-stop broadcast, with some students going even longer. In the spring, the college of nursing holds a fundraising event called "Change for Children," which also raises money for the Family Assistance Fund. Together, the events have raised over $37,000 to date for the Family Assistance Fund, $2,600 of which came in last semester (Spring 2010) alone.
If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so here. All donations are tax deductable and greatly appreciated.
Over the years, students have pushed their personal limits and set records for non-stop broadcasts. Below are the top 5 records for a non-stop broadcast at WLRA. All were set during "To Kill a DJ."
On January 20, 2010, Lewis University was honored by Hope Children's Hospital with a plaque on the donor wall for raising over $34,000. Pictured on the left are the staff and advisors of WLRA, Lewis University President Brother James Gaffney, and the donor plaque. On the right, radio and nursing students listen to the opening remarks of the ceremony. Photos by Lyndsey Powers
Josh Bowen, John Kilpatrick, Bret Mega, Courtney Everett, Joe Glatz, Mark Serratore, Joe Nowaczyk,
Brother James Gaffney, Brett Lyons, John Carey.