Viewers pledge more than $60,000 in SummerFest

Viewers pledge more than $60,000 in SummerFest Generous television viewers pledged more than $60,000 during South Dakota Public Television's SummerFest fundraising drive earlier this month.

The money, raised by the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, will be used to buy programming for the statewide non-profit network.

"We are thrilled that our viewers recognize the importance of Public Television," said Karin Meier, Director of Development for South Dakota public broadcasting. "The people who watch and support public television are dedicated, like we are, to lifelong learning. We are grateful for their support."

The highlight of the nine- day event was a live appearance by Frank Patterson, the "Golden Tenor" of Ireland, in the SDPTV studio in Vermillion. During breaks in Patterson's music special Songs of Inspiration, the singing, stage, and movie star shared stories of his home in Ireland and his career, as well as a few songs.

Other highlights included a pair of South Dakota quilters who shared their stories during breaks in America Quilts � Yvonne Hollenbeck of Clearfield and Elaine LeBeau of Gettysburg; and live in-studio performances by two South Dakota barbershop quartets � The Pals of Aberdeen and the Tri-Valley Chordbusters of the Scotland-Yankton area � during Can't Stop Singing, a special on the barbershop singing phenomena. A new special featuring religious songs by the Lawrence Welk stars also proved very popular.

SummerFest brought the network 384 new members, 313 renewals and $60,235 in support. Approximately 22,000 people are members of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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