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Astound Broadband in the Lehigh Valley to Host 38th Annual Dream Come True Telethon and Auction

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Live television broadcast & online auction to benefit chronically ill children

BETHLEHEM, PANovember 13, 2023 — For the 38th year, Astound Broadband Powered by RCN, is teaming up with Dream Come True, a non-profit dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill in the Greater Lehigh Valley area, for its annual Dream Come True Telethon and online auction.

Bidding in the online auction is now open, and the telethon airs live on Monday, December 4, 2023, from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Astound TV Network (ATVN)

    • Channel 4 / HD 1004 in the Lehigh Valley, PA
    • Channel 4 in Luzerne County, PA
    • Channel 8 / HD 608 in Delaware County, PA
    • Channel 8 / HD 678 in Washington, DC

Monetary donations are accepted during the fundraiser via phone and on the Dream Come True website. Last year, the 37th annual event raised more than $113,500 through donations made from the telethon and auction.

The online auction opens today and runs through 8:45 pm on December 4, 2023. Items donated by Astound’s television network partners and local supporters offered for bid include MacBook Pro Laptop, Dyson vacuum, Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey game suite tickets, and an air fryer. 100 per cent of funds raised goes to Dream Come True.

The Dream Come True Telethon has received significant support from the Lehigh Valley community for many years, with commitments from longstanding donors such as Monkey Knife Fight Bicycle Ride, and Mopar Madness.

“This trip was so much more than a normal vacation for us. It was time to be together as a family and enjoy life after childhood cancer. We will be forever grateful to the generosity of Dream Come True!,” shared a grateful Dream Come True parent.

The live television program is produced by Astound TV Network (ATVN), the broadcast production arm of Astound Broadband. The evening is filled with inspiring entertainment, including a performance by Lilly Moss Hercik, interviews from previous Dream Come True recipients and dedicated community members, and more. ATVN’s Chris Michael again serves master of ceremonies alongside ATVN on-air personality Artie Freeman, ATVN Sports Announcer Scott Barr, and Dream Come True Executive Director, Rayann Vasko.

“It is truly wonderful to be part of the 38th Annual Dream Come True Telethon to help fulfill the wishes of chronically ill children. As the producer of the telethon, Astound is working hard to ensure another successful event so that Dream Come True can continue to provide support to assist local families in our community,” said Sanford Ames, SVP/GM, Astound Broadband of Pennsylvania. “We are grateful to the contributors including local businesses and other organizations and individual donors who are all helping to make dreams come true for many ill children during this holiday season.”

This year, Astound Broadband was voted best “Cable Internet Service Provider (ISP)” in PCMag’s 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. PCMag readers ranked Astound among the best for Overall Satisfaction, Speed of Connection, Reliability of Connection, Customer Service, Tech Support, Value, and Likelihood to Recommend, among others, and ranked Astound in the top ten for categories such as “Best Gaming ISP” and “Fastest ISPs.” This was the eight consecutive year in which Astound has received high-ranking accolades in PCMag’s Readers’ Choice Awards.*

Astound’s internet is a recognized, fast, reliable option, delivering download speeds of 1.5 Gbps (1500 Mbps) and up to 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps) in certain Astound areas.

    • Best consistent quality among cable broadband providers nationally±
    • One of the best cable broadband networks nationwide for video streaming±
    • Trusted connection for gaming, work or school from home, streaming, video conferencing and more±

To access the online auction today, please visit http://biddingowl.com/dreamcometrue. To learn more about Astound and its services, please visit www.astound.com.


About Astound Broadband
Astound Broadband (astound.com) is the sixth largest cable operator in the U.S., providing award-winning high-speed internet, broadband communications solutions, TV, phone services and fiber optic solutions for residential and business customers across the United States. Astound Broadband is comprised of organizations formerly known as RCN, Grande Communications, Wave Broadband, and enTouch. The company services Chicago, Indiana, Eastern Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York City, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Texas, and regions throughout California, Oregon, and Washington.

*PCMag — A trademark of Ziff Davis, LLC. Used under license; Where Available. Reprinted with permission. ©2023 Ziff Davis, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

±Based on Consistent Quality, Download Speed and Video Experience results in Opensignal’s USA: Fixed Broadband Experience Report May 2023, based on independent analysis of measurements recorded during the period October 1, 2022 – March 29, 2023 © 2023 Opensignal Limited.

About Dream Come True
Dream Come True is a local nonprofit organization that fulfills dreams for children who are living in the Greater Lehigh Valley area, between the ages of four and 17 and are diagnosed with a serious, chronic or life-threatening illness.

Astound Media Contact:
Ann Murphy

Dream Come True Media Contact:
Rayann Vasko
Dream Come True