Viewers of WISC-TV News 3 gave more than $163,000 to help Sun Prairie families and businesses during an 18-hour telethon Tuesday. 

The telethon, which began at 4:30 a.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, was a partnership effort with the Bank of Sun Prairie to raise funds for the community affected by a gas line explosion on July 10. The bank is assuring that 100 percent of the funds will be distributed locally. 

Money is expected to go directly to families and businesses affected by the explosion, as well as community organizations Sunshine Place and the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry.  

A grand total of $163,517 was raised in the daylong effort.

Donations are still being collected by the Bank of Sun Prairie. If you'd like to donate, click here

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