WinterFest successful; drive brings in $61,886

WinterFest successful; drive brings in $61,886 South Dakota Public Television surpassed its goal during the WinterFest fund-raising drive with $61,886. The annual December drive featured a combination of holiday specials, documentaries and music. Some 673 people pledged and 383 of them were new members of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

"Our viewers have proven, once again, that they support South Dakota Public Television, not only by watching, but also by actively participating in the Public Television process," said Karin Meler, director of development at SDPTV. "We are grateful for their support."

The highlight was the auction of a signed and numbered print donated to the network by South Dakota artist Joshua Spies, plus a live personal appearance by the artist during breaks on Dec. 12, the final day of the drive. The framed artwork was auctioned for $650. Spies, of Watertown, is fast becoming one of America's leading wildlife artists.

Two SDPTV-produced documentaries were featured during the drive, as well. American Ace: The Joe Foss Story with the extraordinary story of a South Dakotan who was a war hero, governor, TV star and more. Wild Horses: An American Romance, a co-production with Nebraska ETV, looked at the plight of mustangs.

The money raised during the drive will be used by SDPTV's fund-raising arm, the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, to pay for programs and programming services.

For information about this or other SDPB programs, call 1 (800) 456-0766 or visit the SDPB web site (

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