5th Annual Bruce & Hobbes “Ca$h For Paws” 24 – Hour Radiothon Shatters Record, Raising $7,361.00 for Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society
For the 5th consecutive time, WVTK’s Bruce Zeman, accomplished what he set out to achieve – raising money to help local animals! This year, with help from his new sidekicks, Zoey & Calvin, Zeman again raised a huge amount of money.
Created by Zeman back in 2009, “Bruce & Hobbes’ Ca$h for Paws” is an annual radiothon, held on 92.1 WVTK in Middlebury, Vermont, to generate money for Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society.
With the passing of Hobbes, his long-time radio partner in July, an emotional Zeman dedicated the radiothon to his best friend. “This year’s radiothon I did for Hobbes, so more animals like him would get that second chance,” Zeman said.
As for the event, as in year’s past, for a $10 donation, Zeman & his pups offered to play ANY song requested by a listener. 2020, marked the 5th Annual radiothon, which ran from 12:01 am on November 12th, to 11:59 pm on the same date, and Zeman went LIVE for 24 consecutive hours! The goal was $6,000, & once again, listeners came through! Over 90 people donated, including former VT Governor Jim Douglas, (who donated $100), to reach the mark. During the event, Zeman did multiple interviews, sang & even poked fun at himself, all with the goal of helping animals – which he accomplished, raising $7,361.00 in 24 hours, with donations still coming in. Zoey & Calvin, for their part, ate cookies & pancakes, while doing their best to look good on Local 22/Local 44, which generously provided television coverage of the radiothon.
With the “2020 Ca$H for Paws” Radiothon in the books, including this year’s total, Bruce & Hobbes have raised over $65,000 for Homeward Bound with this event.
About Bruce & Hobbes
Bruce Zeman, & his canine sidekick, Hobbes, hosted the award-winning “The Wake-Up Crew with Bruce & Hobbes” on 92.1 WVTK-FM, in Middlebury, Vermont. Their top-rated show was the only morning radio program in the United States, featuring a human & canine. Zeman (an author, motivational speaker, & animal rights activist) and Hobbes (a rescued dachshund, who is a domestic violence survivor) travelled the country speaking in schools about anti-bullying efforts, compassion, tolerance & empathy for people & animals. Their book, “Hobbes Goes Home” has been read in over 285 schools in 8 states and includes a forward written by former U.S. President Barack H. Obama.
With Hobbes passing in July, at the age of 14, his sister Zoey, and brother, Calvin, have stepped up to help their dad continue the show, and their work helping people and animals. Zoey (Left) and Calvin (Right) (both dachshunds) are pictured below.