This year’s 47th edition of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center’s telethon promises to be one of the best yet featuring favorite guests along with two great co-headlining entertainers, Lauren Alaina and Charles “Chip” Esten, the online auction, and more.


This year’s telethon takes place on January 21st at the Abilene Civic Center from 6:00pm through 12:00am.

Lauren Alaina and Charles “Chip” Esten are the co-headliners for the 2017 telethon.  Alaina is an American country music singer and songwriter from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol. Her debut studio album, Wildflower was released on October 11, 2011 and she currently has three singles on the top 40 country list.  Esten is an American actor, singer and comedian best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne on Nashville (2012–present) which will air this year on CMT. Esten previously appeared on the improvisation show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” regularly between 1999-2005.


In addition to the co-headliners, Charlie Chase, longtime co-host of the popular “Crook and Chase” talk show on the Nashville Network will return to anchor the Rehab 2017 host desk. Texas legend Red Steagall will be back along with The Boys in the Bunkhouse for the show.  Other “regulars” lined up to appear are Brad Maule (General Hospital) and Twyla Foreman.

Live coverage of the telethon will be carried on television stations in Abilene, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Midland/Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo, Waco/Temple/Bryan, & Lawton, OK. The show will stream live at    

Bids for the annual internet auction of merchandise and services provided by friends and businesses, can be seen at and bids will be accepted until midnight on January 21st.   These auction items will also be on display at the Abilene Civic Center beginning at 6 pm on the 21st.  An auction television show featuring all items will air in Abilene and San Angelo from 5:30pm to 7pm on the night of the telethon.

You can join the conversation by posting your Rehab story by using the hash tag #WestTexasRehab on social media and you may see your post on the show! For more information, please call 325-223-6364.