It’s March and spring is not far away! It’s also time for our largest on-air fundraising drive of the year. Over the coming weeks you will see a number of programs that remind you how special PBS is, in addition to our ongoing core schedule of outstanding programs. See Quilts of Valor II on March 7, The Forever Wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer (who passed on last August) on March 11, and let’s not forget the final episode of the final season of Downton Abbey on March 6.
Many of you initially joined SOPTV during a prior March pledge drive and may even remember it was called “Festival” back in the day. Roughly 40% of our membership is up for renewal this month! If it is not time to renew, perhaps you’d consider making an additional gift since the program dues we pay to PBS this year increased by $25,260!
We work with some of the most amazing producers in television that appreciate the noncommercial environment we have on public television. And, it is thanks to you that we are able to create this special place, showcasing what I call “the best television on television.” Thank you!
LOCAL FOCUS – LOCAL IMPACT
Over the last year we have been working on a number of local programs celebrating our veterans who have given so much to our country and to all of us. A second season of My Story of Service is in production now, which will premiere later this year, and last month we presented our second Local Focus: Project 22, which looked at the high occurrence of suicide among returning veterans. With help from our colleagues at JPR, we produced a local report looking at available services in our community and talked with veterans Dan Egbert and Doc King about their new film Project 22. The two men rode cross-country 6,500 miles on their motorcycles to reach out to fellow veterans. If you missed the program, you can see it on SOPTV’s website at www.soptv.org/project-22.
The day after the broadcast, we held a special screening of Project 22 at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC) in White City, featuring guest speakers Daniel Egbert and Doc King, the producers of the documentary Project 22. They were escorted to the screening by the local chapter of the Old Guard Riders. More than 220 veterans and family members came to see the 100-minute documentary, many standing for the whole program. Following the program, the producers took questions and comments for over 90 minutes. It was an amazing afternoon hearing stories from our veterans who served in Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Thanks to SORCC for their help and our sponsors D&S Harley Davidson and the Cow Creek Tribe.
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