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Penny Pitch



You did it, WOWOLand! Last year you helped raise $201,407.00 for Shepherd’s House, and we want to do it again! 

The 71st annual Penny Pitch is in full swing, and the tradition of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers continues this year with two recipients: Erin’s House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.


To donate, click here, click the donate button at the bottom of this page, or drop off cash or checks made out to “WOWO Penny Pitch” at the following address:

2915 Maples Road
Fort Wayne, IN

WOWO staff, plus volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Erin’s House, will also collect donations at the Komets Hockey game this Thanksgiving night at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m., but we’ll be there when the doors open with our orange donation buckets at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on Penny Pitch with the Komets, click here.

Shortly after Thanksgiving, on November 30, WOWO staff will be out AGAIN collecting funds, this time at select Phil’s One Stop locations. This year, there will only be three select locations participating in the event, including:

Marathon – 10330 Leo Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Marathon – 3005 Hillegas Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Marathon – 6230 E. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Penny Pitch donations will be collected during the Pat Miller Program that Friday, between 3 and 6 p.m., so bring your change, cash or checks!

For more information on Penny Pitch with Phil’s One Stop, click here.

In addition to our annual Radiothon, WOWO will be doing something a little different this year – an online auction. Open to bidding ONLY on December 13 and 14, the days of the Radiothon. We’re still working on collecting items, so check back for further details on the auction in the coming weeks.


The History of Penny Pitch: 

Since 1948, WOWO has asked people throughout Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan to contribute pennies, nickels, dimes or more to help families within the WOWO listening area.

Penny Pitch began after World War II when a simple request came to WOWO to help a young quadriplegic buy a special typewriter so he could pursue a writing career.

A request was made over the air for listeners to donate their pennies. The response was so overwhelming that more than enough was raised to help the young man.

Thus, Penny Pitch was born.

Over the next few years, momentum grew as the Tri-State area adopted Penny Pitch as their own local charitable effort. Each year, local families were chosen as the recipients of Penny Pitch.

Funds continued to grow until it became necessary to incorporate Penny Pitch into a non-profit corporation providing benefits for those who contribute large amounts.

Now, 69 years after the first Penny Pitch began, the corporation provides grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged people in the Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana region.

As the longest running local charity benefiting area families, Penny Pitch is loved by listeners who give generously every year.

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