KATC, UW team up for telethon

The local affiliate of ABC is joining the Acadiana chapter of the United Way for a Wednesday telethon to benefit Acadiana flood victims.

Dubbed the Spirit of Acadiana Flood Relief Telethon, the fundraiser will air today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m. on KATC TV3. Funds raised will go toward aiding flood victims in cleaning up, repairing their homes and other needs related to storm recovery. United Way of Acadiana will handle distribution of funds, along with sister chapters in St. Landry/Evangeline, Iberia and the Southwest Louisiana headquartered in Lake Charles.

“There is an immediate need here in Acadiana for those families impacted by flood waters, not that different than it was in 2005 when KATC had partnered with the United Way of Acadiana to raise funds in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” says KATC President/General Manager Andrew Shenkan in a press release announcing the telethon. “Some of our communities are still dealing with rising waters and others are in the process of cleaning up so we are working collaboratively with the United Way to raise as much financial support as possible so we can help our community recover from this flood.”