SDPTV Festival 2002 exceeds goal

SDPTV Festival 2002 exceeds goal South Dakota Public Television viewers offered their support during Festival 2002, contributing $162,814 to support the programs and services provided by South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

More than 1,600 people contributed to South Dakota Public Television during the 16-day drive. Of the 1,600 donors, 929 were first-time supporters of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Theresa Spencer, director of Development and Marketing, said the results from this drive exceeded her expectations.

"Our friends continue to amaze me with their generosity. Hats off to all who called in their support for public television. Without our friends, we wouldn't be able to provide the same caliber of programming to our viewers," she said.

Festival 2002 offered many highlights. Among them, was the program Red Green Live '02. The program brought in $18,620 in pledges, earning South Dakota a coveted viewing of Red's new movie, Duct Tape Forever, premiering nationwide this spring.

One of the top grossing programs this membership drive was Ken Burns' Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. The documentary tells the amazing story of America's explorers. During the broadcast, viewers donated $15,498.

Jo Ann Castle, one of The Lawrence Welk Show stars, dazzled the SDPTV studio during her live appearance on SDPTV. Castle offered viewers lively commentary, insights and fun facts during two programs: Lawrence Welk: Milestones and Memories and The Legendary Liberace.

South Dakotans were able to sit back in their recliners and take in the spectacular wonders of the state during SDPTV's newest production, Touring South Dakota. The program travels throughout South Dakota by car, tractor, train, and boat to capture the lesser-known beauty of the state.

Friends of SDPB is a 501 (c) (3) organization that raises funds to support programs and services on South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Donations are accepted at any time. Call 1-800-333-0789 or visit the SDPB Web site at www.sdpb.org.

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