We thank everyone for their donations to Telemiracle! Please feel free to make an on-line contribution by clicking on the link above. You can also write us a cheque, payable to "Kinsmen Telemiracle" and mail it to 2217C Hanselman Court, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A8. A third way to contribute is to participate in any of the community fundraisers held throughout the province over the course of the year. Thank you for supporting Saskatchewan's Own, Telemiracle!
The national cast that participate on Telemiracle do get an honorarium which basically covers their travel expenses for the weekend. It is only an honorarium, not the usual fee they get for other performances. The Saskatchewan talent that is chosen to be on Telemiracle also get an honorarium based on mileage to help with their expenses for the weekend.
Anyone that is requesting funds from the Kinsmen Foundation fills out an application form and sends it to our provincial office. The Kinsmen Foundation board meets once a month to review the applications and allocates the money every month. Application forms can be obtained from our provincial office in Saskatoon at (306) 244-6400, ext. 1.
The National Cast is chosen so that we have a variety of music and the show appeals to people of all ages. The Saskatchewan talent line-up is built out of our audition process, and it is based mainly on geographic representation of the province. We want to make sure the entire province is represented. Our Saskatchewan Overnight line-up is a combination of acts chosen from auditions and acts specifically invited to perform.
Telemiracle is a 20 hour live television telethon and it takes approximately 700 Kinsmen & Kinettes and 125 production volunteers to make Telemiracle run. There are also hundreds of people who come to the show to either perform or present their donation.
Kinsmen Telemiracle was started in 1977 and was broadcast from the Centennial Auditorium in Saskatoon. Several Kinsmen from Saskatoon came up with the idea of a telethon as a fundraiser for the Kinsmen foundation. No one dreamed that Telemiracle that first year would raise over $1 million and it has been going strong ever since.
At the present time, these are the only two cities that have a facility that can accommodate Telemiracle for the television broadcast. Because of the requirements for space for phones, volunteers, and t.v. cameras and production mobile, TCU Place (formerly the Centennial Auditorium) in Saskatoon, and the Conexus Arts Centre (formerly the Centre of the Arts) in Regina are the only two facilities that can accommodate all these needs.