HUNTLEY – Numerous area businesses and individuals recently donated more than $8,000 to help the volunteers at the Huntley Community Radio station reach its goal of being on FM radio.
The maker of Weber Grills, ReMax, Wal-Mart, Centegra Health System and even public officials like state Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry, helped raise the $8,000 during the station's first "Grand Benefit Auction" on June 28.
The event featured multiple auctions and live entertainment inside the Cosman Theater at the Huntley Park District.
The $8,000 raised inches the community radio station closer to its fundraising goal of $40,000 total. The amount is needed to cover equipment costs and install a radio antenna, so the group can start broadcasting within the Huntley area on 101.5 FM.
The Federal Communications Commission granted the volunteer radio station permission to build and broadcast on residents' FM dial in March. The station is also hosting a "Radiothon" in early August to help raise additional money for its goal.
The marathon broadcast goes from 6 p.m. Aug. 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 2 and features a slew of guests and special features, according to a Huntley Community Radio news release.