From left, Sean Spence looks on as Amy Enderle takes over as emcee on Saturday

From left, Sean Spence looks on as Amy Enderle takes over as emcee on Saturday during the Downtown Columbia Virtual Telethon event. The event was put on by Armchair Telethon, a company started by Sean Spence in April after the COVID-19 pandemic caused many live events to be canceled. “I wanted to do something for my community, and that’s how Armchair Telethon was born,” said Spence. 

Want to support Columbia businesses that are struggling through the pandemic and not leave your couch?

A telethon has been organized with that goal. It's called "Support Columbia’s Downtown Virtual Telethon," and will be held Saturday.

The event is being organized by Better NonProfits/Armchair Telethon. People can watch and participate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

You can donate money directly to stores and receive a gift card of the same amount, said Sean Spence, coordinator for the telethon.

"We are doing the telethon because our downtown businesses are struggling," Spence said. "This is a very tough time for them. (It's) not going to solve the problem by any means, but (local stores) need all the help they can get."

About 30 local businesses are participating, including Shakespeare’s Pizza and Yellow Dog Bookshop, according to the Support Columbia's Downtown news release.

Entertainment is also planned. Go to the Support Columbia's Downtown's website to check the performance schedule, Spence said.

"The telethon is going to a day of fun and entertainment, and shining a spotlight on downtown businesses," he said. "I hope the whole city (will watch the telethon) to help the local businesses."

  • General Assignment reporter, summer 2020 Studying convergence journalism-multimedia producing Reach me at lgao@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5720

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