The annual telethon raises more than one million dollars to help make it possible for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center to serve more than 500 patients each day regardless of their financial circumstance. The Center was established in 1953 as a private non-profit outpatient rehabilitation center and has become one of the largest, most comprehensive facilities of its kind in the nation. The Rehab which is beginning its 61st year operates facilities in Abilene, San Angelo and Ozona.
In addition to the telethon, an annual internet auction of merchandise and services provided by friends and businesses will take bids at WestTexasRehab.org. Bids will be accepted beginning in late December and will continue through the January 18th telecast. Auction items will be on display at the Abilene Civic Center beginning at 6 pm on the 18th. A television show featuring the items airs in Abilene and San Angelo from 5:30 to 7 on the night of the telethon.
Charlie Chase, longtime co-host of the popular ?Crook and Chase? talk show on the Nashville Network will return to anchor the Rehab 2014 host desk for the 5 hour special. Texas legend Red Steagall will be back along with The Boys in the Bunkhouse for the show. Other regulars lined up to appear are Bill and Susan Hayes (Days of Our Lives), Brad Maule (General Hospital) and Twyla Foreman.
The Rehab 2014 Telethon will air live and originates from the Abilene Civic Center on January 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets to the show are $12 each for those who like to be a part of the Abilene Civic Center audience for this entertainment event. Tickets can be purchased at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and at the Abilene Civic Center box office.