On Dec. 18 Tom Manoogian, better known as ESPN Radio’s “Lou from Littleton,” will broadcast live from Catholic Charities’ Samaritan House at 2301 Lawrence St. in downtown Denver from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. to raise funds for the shelter.
“With your help, we’ve raised over $1.5 million to help people less fortunate than you and me,” Manoogian wrote on the ESPN Radio website of the event in its 17th year.
This year’s goal is to raise $135,000 by end of day, according to Tracy Murphy, communications associate for Catholic Charities.
“It costs $9,000 a day to run Samaritan House,” she said. “So that would cover 15 days of operation.”
Special guests during the broadcast will include Denver Nuggets’ former player and coach Bill Hanzlik, Ring-of-Fame former Denver Bronco Tom Nalen, as well as sportscasters Les Shapiro, Charles Johnson and Nate Kreckman. Manoogian will also give listeners an insight into life at the shelter by interviewing staff members and residents.
Several Broncos such as Peyton Manning, John Elway, Eric Decker and Wesley Woodyard donated autographed sports memorabilia to be auctioned off, with proceeds being donated to Samaritan House. The items will be on display at the shelter during the broadcast and can be bid on online at: http://www.denverssportsstation.com/common/page.php?id=581.
There will also be memorabilia from Colorado Rockies’ and Colorado Avalanche players.
“We invite everyone to swing by the shelter anytime Dec 18 and go shopping,” Murphy said. “And see first-hand how your donation will help the homeless men, women and children living at Samaritan House.”
Samaritan House is currently home to 48 women, 126 men and 21 families with nearly 50 children—who otherwise may not have a roof over their heads. Additional space is provided to 100 more individuals at night in overflow. The ministry supplies about half of the shelter available to homeless families in the Denver area.
Listen to “Lou from Littleton” on ESPN Denver at FM 105.5 or FM 102.3 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., or at www.espndenver.com. To donate, visit www.ccdenver.org/donate, call 303-996-6087 (this number is active Dec. 18 only), or drop off a donation at the Samaritan House at 2301 Lawrence St. For more information, call Catholic Charities at 303-742-0828.