WNET Raises 2.7 Million Dollars at its 20th Annual Gala Salute
The New York public media company surpassed its 2.5 million dollar fundraising goal in an evening devoted to recognizing the partnerships that allow WNET to deliver media with impact
New York, NY – [April 2, 2014] – WNET, parent company of New York’s public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV raised 2.7 million dollars at its 20th Annual Gala Salute, which took place on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street ® in New York City. WNET honored Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault and Cheryl and Philip Milstein. The evening was hosted by the husband and wife team of Deborah Roberts, correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20, and Al Roker, co-host of NBC News’ Today Show and The Weather Channel’s Wake Up With Al.
The Chenaults and the Milsteins were recognized for exceptional commitment and partnership in creating the best of public television. Through their long-standing leadership and support for public media, these two couples have played a vital role in the institution’s success. The Chenaults and the Milsteins are longtime friends, community leaders, and philanthropists whose generosity has added immeasurably to the cultural landscape of New York City life. (Cheryl Milstein is one of the vice chairmen of WNET’s board.)
“For years WNET has pioneered programming and cultivated partnerships that have enriched the cultural landscape of the New York community and beyond,” said Neal Shapiro, WNET’s President and CEO. “Collaborating with community leaders, organizations and supporters dedicated to our mission–like those attending this year’s gala—is what ensures a dynamic and fertile future for public media in the tri-state area.”
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As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.