Friends of THIRTEEN thank the following organizations for their longtime partnerships.
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. The Friends of THIRTEEN attend the annual Public Media Summit and Capitol Hill Day to explore issues that are vital to the future and mission of public service media and advocate to our Congressional Representatives for their support of federal funding. Board members also serve on the APTS Leadership Council (LC). The Council is an interactive forum through which local citizens work together to better tell the story of public television to their Members of Congress.
Protect My Public Media (PMPM) is an action network of Americans who are dedicated to protecting federal funding for local public radio and television stations. In collaboration with PMPM, Friends of THIRTEEN directs its board members and supporters to contact their federal lawmakers through the campaign. To safeguard the future of THIRTEEN and public media, join PMPM today!
The St. George Theatre is a historic performing arts venue that plays host to over 100 headline concerts, family shows, and community events annually in the historic St. George District of Staten Island, just steps from the Staten Island Ferry. In 2004, Mrs. Rosemary Cappozalo with her daughters, Luanne Sorrentino and Doreen Cugno, started a non-profit organization to save this historic theatre from being torn down, and since its re-opening has given a major boost to the revitalization efforts of the St. George community. The Friends of THIRTEEN, along with The Staten Island Foundation provided financial support for WLIW21’s Treasures of New York: St. George Theatre.
The Westport Library is situated in the heart of downtown Westport, CT overlooking the scenic Saugatuck River. The Library is a vibrant community hub where people of all ages come to seek information, gain knowledge, exchange ideas and share experiences. The Friends of THIRTEEN partnered with the Library to promote the PBS series The Great American Read through community engagement at its Maker Faire, Summer Reading Challenge, Summer Book Sale, and Saugatuck Story Festival and Writer’s Conference.
Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen Church in Carroll Gardens celebrates over 150 years of a rich history, an active present and a promising future. Monsignor Guy Massie, Pastor provided a wealth of archival material and interviews for the WLIW21 documentary Italian Americans of New York and New Jersey. The Friends of THIRTEEN hosted a community screening and discussion with the filmmakers at the Church.
The Knights are a New York-based orchestra, Flexible in size and repertory: The Knights are dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music. Led by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, The Knights seek to engage with contemporary culture through vibrant performances that honor the classical tradition and their passion for musical discovery. The Friends of THIRTEEN provided financial support for THIRTEEN’s special We Are The Knights. In addition, The Knights performed at the Friends’ 50th Anniversary Luncheon Gala.
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY is a highly selective college where New York’s most promising students receive the financial and academic support to realize their leadership potential. Friends of THIRTEEN hold an annual essay contest to recruit student representatives to attend America’s Public Television Station’s Summit and Capitol Hill Day. Four students are selected each year and the Friends provide them with a full scholarship to attend the Summit.
The Westchester Library System (WLS) collaborates with 38 libraries in Westchester County to provide access to resources and services and to enhance and support library service for the more than 940,000 residents. The Friends of THIRTEEN partnered with WLS to promote the PBS series The Great American Read through community engagement activities at the Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, and Scarsdale public libraries.
National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) supports volunteers and station staff within public broadcasting through leadership, education, training, mentoring, and recognition. Volunteers provide a unique opportunity for public television stations to expand the reach of their mission to directly impact more community members. In collaboration with NFPB, the Friends of THIRTEEN lead an annual workshop, with the financial support of PBS, at the PBS Annual Meeting for volunteers, donors, board members, and station staff.