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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 22nd, 2015) – This May, award-winning digital media outlet 990WBOB.com teamed up with Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) to raise money to help provide stable much needed services for at-risk veterans. The original goal was to raise $990 in the month of May however the goal was met well before Memorial Day.
All month, contributions rolled in through a donation site where generous individuals made donations as small as $5 or as much as $150, but it was the live radio-thon, F-Bomb Friday, that put the fundraising drive over the top. That event, held May 8th, used a swear jar to raise money -- two dollars at a time -- charging contributors for cursing on-air. The event featured call-ins from celebrities such as UFC fighter Chuck O'Neil and WEEI's Mikey Adams, along with in-studio appearances by OSDRI's Dee DeQuattro, Pistol Shot Gypsy, and others. In all, the three hour event raised more than $400 just in studio and an additional $100 plus online.
“We chose OSDRI because we recognize their hard work and efforts and we’d like to support such a terrific organization right here in Rhode Island,” said WBOB General Manager Adam Palazio. “The purpose was to celebrate our veterans and give back to those who sacrifice everything for our liberties. I personally want to thank every contributor, large and small, for their generosity in recognizing such a worthwhile cause."
OSDRI's Dee DeQuattro added "There is no better way to honor the fallen then by helping the men and women who served alongside them in the combat zone. Operation Stand Down is honored to have the support of WBOB, its fans, and its listeners. Every dollar raised will go directly to assist a veteran in need."
Founded in 1993, OSDRI is a non-profit organization offering assistance to individuals or veteran families, including permanent and transitional housing, intensive care management, food and clothing, in addition to employment training and placement programs.
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