'Hoooooing' for Iowa's Variety Club telethon

'Hoooooing' for Iowa's Variety Club telethon

For seven years now, on the second weekend of March, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and his family travel to Des Moines, Iowa. It's not for a family vacation or a retreat away from the hectic schedule of being a WWE Superstar — it's to help children.

The Variety Club of Iowa each year puts on a highly successful telethon — the second largest in the country — and all the money goes to local children's charities. In its first year, the telethon raised $150,000, way back in 1975. To date, Variety has raised more than $70 million.

"Last year, we raised $4 million for local charities, mainly children's charities in the Des Moines area," Hacksaw explained. "Some soap opera stars come out to support it, and former NFL player Ben Davidson also is a part of the telethon. It's a nice, three-day weekend."

And Duggan adds his own personal touch and fun to the event.

"I go out there and ‘Hooooo,' and it gets the crowd going," he said with a laugh. "I get all the phone bank people ‘Hooooing' and add a little more excitement."

This year, the telethon happens on March 8 and 9 at Adventureland's Palace Theatre, and will be broadcast on ABC5 in Iowa. To find out more about the Variety Telethon, go to www.varietyiowa.com and click on events.

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