The 13th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive wrapped up Monday, December 12 with overwhelming numbers. Chet, Lauren, Spence & Showkiller, heard weekdays on-air, online at www.kluc.com and through mobile devices from 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM, collected 2647 bikes, sixteen 50-foot semi trucks full of toys and a whopping $201,012 in gift cards and cash, all of which will be gifted to children who may have not otherwise had presents to enjoy this holiday season.
On December 1st, Morning Show DJ, Chet Buchanan, moved into a tent atop a thirty-foot scaffolding, where he stayed 24-hours a day through wind, rain and below average temperatures for the Twelve Days of Toy Drive. He broadcasted live during all parts of the day, encouraging listeners to come down and donate. Over the 13 years, Chet has spent more than four months of his life living in a tent on a scaffold in the spirit of collecting toys for those in need.
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“It is so amazing to see all these people come together and be a part of something bigger than them,” says Buchanan. “When you’re there, its magic; the semi trucks lined up, the sea of bikes, the gift card count”¦ it’s indescribable.”
Some of our key donations included: $171,000+ in toys and bikes from Tryst & XS Nightclubs“¦$52,000 from Walmart“¦ Holly Madison donated $20,000″¦Criss Angel donated $13,000“¦Flightlinz donated $10,000“¦..Pawn Stars donated $10,000“¦MLB player Shane Victorino gave the final $8,000 to top the $200,000 mark“¦Walgreens contributed $10,000 in gift cards”¦. There were also huge donations by our sponsors, as well as, individuals and businesses all over the valley.
This toy drive didn’t go on without celebrity support. Many celebs from the entertainment, music and sports world donated or stopped by to show their support to the drive including Brooke Burke, Nick Cannon, Carlos Mencia, Nick Carter, Gary Spivey, Criss Angel, Kerry Simon, George Maloof, Las Vegas native Neyo, Louie Anderson, Far East Movement, T.I., Dale Jarrett, Russ Francis, Holly Madison, Shane Victorino, Manika, Forrest Griffin, Bella Thorne from the Disney Channels “˜Shake it Up,” and Vitor Belfort.
We could not pull off this event without the following sponsorships by NV Energy, Albertsons, Century Link, Findlay Toyota, ManikaOfficial.com, Nevada State Bank, Massage Envy, The Palms 9 Group, & The Jewelers of Las Vegas.
On the heels of the largest holiday event in Las Vegas history, CBS Radio would like to announce the Chet, Lauren & Spence, collectively Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo have been resigned to a 3 year deal that will make them a Las Vegas‘ morning radio fixture through 2014. 98.5 KLUC Program Director Cat Thomas had these word to say about the show, “When you have the most talented morning show in the market on the most listened to station, it only makes sense that we would do everything in our power to keep them on KLUC. The family atmosphere we have created here is due in a big part to Chet, Lauren and Spence. I wouldn’t want to do this on a daily basis with anyone else.”