By MJ Brickey
McALESTER — On Saturday, local radio personality Kevin Dean came down from the roof of a local western wear store at 10 a.m. during his 10th — and last —Human Popsicle fundraising event just after reaching his goal of $10,000.
Dean said temperatures dropped as low as 30 degrees Saturday morning.
“I’m very blessed to live in an area like McAlester we’re people care about other people,” Dean said. “Thank you to all that helped my last Human Popsicle event to be a success.”
Dean said in a previous interview with the News-Capital that he would not come down until he reached his goal of $10,000 even if it took days. Although it did not take days, he did spend the night atop the store.
Dean started the event at 6 a.m. Friday morning and spent nearly 28 hours there.
There was live entertainment by local artists and a live broadcast. There were Human Popsicle 10th Anniversary t-shirts given to those who gave $20 or more. Donors were asked to put their donations in a bucket that Dean would lower by rope and pull back up.
Since Dean started this event, he has raised nearly $64,000, he said.
Last year, he said, he raised a little over $7,000 and he stayed on top of the building for 12 hours.
Dean said this year is his final year due to his health.
Every year, Dean changes his charity of choice. This year all donations are going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Dean said the most collected during one of his Human Popsicle events was $14,000.
Donations can still be dropped off at the radio station or mailed to the Human Popsicle P.O. Box 1068 McAlester, OK 74502.
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