WUCF TV seeks $298K in year-end fund drive

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Hal Boedeker [email protected]­lando sen­tinel.com jew­[email protected] or­lan­dosen­tinel.com

TV, Cen­tral Florida’s PBS station, seeks $298,000 in its yearend fundrais­ing cam­paign.

The drive started Satur­day and con­tin­ues through Dec. 15.

WUCF hopes to move view­ers to give with such spe­cials as “Aretha Franklin Re­mem­bered,” “Se­same Street 50 Years and Still Sunny” and “A Clas­sic Christ­mas.” Gavin MacLeod (“The Love Boat”) and Mar­ion Ross (“Happy Days”) host the last one, which fea­tures per­for­mances by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Judy Gar­land, Nat King Cole, Rose­mary Clooney, Johnny Mathis and many oth­ers.

The spe­cials this week in­clude “An In­ti­mate Evening With David Fos­ter,” fea­tur­ing the Gram­my­win­ning pro­ducer, at 8 p.m. Tues­day; “Equus: Story of the Horse” from “Na­ture” at 8:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day; and “Ken Burns: Coun­try Mu­sic” at 9 p.m. Fri­day. Kathy Mat­tea hosts that last pro­gram, which ex­am­ines the mak­ing of the doc­u­men­tary se­ries that pre­miered in Septem­ber.

View­ers’ do­na­tions help pay for long­time PBS fa­vorites, such as “Mas­ter­piece,” “Front­line” and “An­tiques Road­show.” The do­na­tions also pay for lo­cal pro­grams, such as “News­Night” and “Cen­tral Florida Road­trip.”

“WUCF is able to be Cen­tral Florida’s sto­ry­teller through the on­go­ing sup­port of the com­mu­nity,” Phil Hoff­man, the staWUCF

Cen­tral Florida for sum­mer classes af­ter spend­ing six weeks in Am­s­ter­dam for an in­tern­ship, her boyfriend said. She had also taken a po­si­tion on the ex­ec­u­tive board for UCF’s Knight-Thon, which raises money for Arnold Palmer Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren.

A vigil on UCF’s cam­pus drew dozens of peo­ple clad in pur­ple, her fa­vorite color. She was re­mem­bered as a self­less per­son who was en­thu­si­as­tic about phi­lan­thropy. A fundrais­ing page set up by her fam­ily af­ter Har­rell’s tion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said in a state­ment. “We hope that in this giv­ing sea­son you will con­sider sup­port­ing the station and all the pro­grams you love.”

Donors have a chance to win tick­ets to live shows that will play in the re­gion. Those in­clude Celtic Woman An­cient Land Tour, Daniel Tiger’s Neigh­bor­hood — Live, Wild Kratts Live 2.0, David Fos­ter: Hit­man Tour and Trans-Siberian Orches­tra.

death has raised $20,000 for Arnold Palmer Hos­pi­tal.

Af­ter his re­lease from jail on bail, Hasan told WFTV-Chan­nel 9, “I wish I could take ev­ery­thing back. And I hope they for­give me in their heart.”

AL­BIN LOHR-JONES/SIPA USA

The WUCF TV fundrais­ing drive runs through Dec. 15.

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