RUNNELS COUNTY - It's that time of year again and the 48th Annual Telethon for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 20.

RUNNELS COUNTY - It’s that time of year again and the 48th Annual Telethon for the West Texas Rehabilitation Center gets underway on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Runnels County and surrounding community residents have an opportunity between now and midnight on January 20 to help West Texas Rehab by making a gift to Rehab 2018, which will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Runnels County volunteer Gayle Kalina is spearheading local efforts to support the WTRC.

“We hope our families and friends will come together with us to support the Rehab,” Kalina said. “Because Rehab makes a difference in the lives of many area residents and this is a way we can work to ensure that Rehab is around for all of us when we need it.”

Contributions may be given by returning gifts to Gayle, sending them directly to the Rehab, or by calling the Rehab Center at 325-223-6364.

The West Texas Rehabilitation Center provides outpatient care for over 530 patients a day. Since 1953 the Rehab has served the West Texas community, and provides exceptional care regardless of ability to pay. The Rehab Center is dedicated to serving the people of West Texas through its facilities in Abilene, San Angelo, and Ozona.

The Rehab 2018 Telethon will be carried by nine television stations, including KLST in San Angelo and KTAB in Abilene, along with stations in parts of New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Telethon show also will be streaming live at www.WestTexasRehab.org

American country music singer Carly Pearce will co-headline with longtime country band Little Texas for entertainment this year. Carly’s debut single, “Every Little Thing” reached No. 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts in November. The seasoned band Little Texas’ new album “Young For A Long Time” is now available for download. Both entertainers will be joined on stage at the Abilene Civic Center by host Charlie Chase of the Nashville network, Texas legend Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse, Brad Maule, Twyla Foreman as well as some new special guests.

Capital Farm Credit and Suddenlink Communications are the official sponsors of the five-hour telecast and Decker Investments/Gary and Connie Decker is the tote board sponsor. Support for the auction of merchandise will be provided by NTS Communications provides and the Hilton Garden Inn is the host hotel.

In addition to entertainment, the live production showcases the services of the Rehab Center.

Rehab 2018’s auction will include over 300 items donated by businesses and individuals ranging from agricultural products and home improvement items to collectibles and sports/travel packages.

“We have so many more fantastic auction items from trips to Costa Rica to art to agriculture to furniture and everything in between” said Amber Ward of donor relations. “We also have over 60 quilts and afghans created by Concho Valley and Big Country locals.”

A few of the items on the auction block include:

A "Patchwork Quilt" birds eye view of farmland/crops painting by San Angelo based artist Ryan Dalgliesh.

A two night stay at Concho Park Marina Motel & Half Day Guided Fishing Service for two guests.

A two night stay at Creek St. Cottage in Fredericksburg for two guests.

A 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 2-wheel drive truck.

An autographed Vaquero guitar package from Aaron Watson with guitar, 2 cds, shirt, hat and koozies.

A certificate for $1,000 towards the purchase of custom-fit cowboy boots from J.L. Mercer Boots.

A certificate for $575 towards a Line-X premium short bedliner spray for a truck.

A certificate for 10 to 225 pounds of Advantage Stress 15% feed or comparable product from Hudson Livestock Supplements.

A rain collection system from All-Tex Irrigation and Supply.

A $300 Gift Card to Perini Ranch Steakhouse.

Interested persons may bid now using the Handbid app or online at https://events.handbid.com/auctions/rehab-2018. You can go to Handbid.com and search for the Rehab 2018 auction or you can download the Handbid app on your smartphone and get real-time updates on your bids!

“The telethon is a critical fundraiser for the Rehab Center because we count on it to launch the

New Year in a good position to meet the needs of those we’ll serve in the next 12 months,” said

WTRC President Steve Martin. “That’s why we’re so grateful to local volunteers staffing phone

banks … why every advance gift and every pledge called in during the show are so deeply appreciated.”