A series of telethons on WJET-TV (24) in March and April raised more than $35,000 for local charities, including SafeNet, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Erie, Earth Force and Voices for Independence.

The telethons were done in conjunction with the ABC-TV series “Oprah’s Big Give,” in which talk-show host Oprah Winfrey challenged 10 contestants to do something to change the lives of complete strangers. The “biggest giver” won $1 million.

WJET is an ABC affiliate.

Details in the Erie Times-News.