Bethlehem, PA. – October 9, 2019 – Tickets are now available for the 2019 Good Neighbor Awards which will begin at 5:30 p.m. November 1 at the DeSales University Center. Visit our website at PBS39.org and click on the “Neighborhood Heroes” banner to purchase them electronically or contact Maria Esposito at MariaE@wlvt.org or 610-984-8134.
The theme of the fourth annual Good Neighbor Awards is built around a quote from Fred Rogers, the gentle force behind the Public Broadcasting program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a HERO to me,” he said. And indeed, our three distinguished award recipients have exponentially raised the quality of life for children throughout the Lehigh Valley. In addition, the evening will also include a nod to Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary. In other words, the evening will be an homage to children, and to the child in each of us.
Child by child, block by block, and book by book PBS39 will celebrate Neighborhood Heroes David Jaindl, Alan Jennings, and Beverly Bradley, all of whom have provided joy, hope, and adventure to children throughout our community for many years. Jaindl will accept the Good Neighbor Founders Award, Jennings the Good Neighbor Award for Youth and Families, and Bradley the Good Neighbor Award for Arts and Education.
The event honors those “Good Neighbors” who assist with PBS39’s mission to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley. The largest impacts are made when organizations and individuals band together for a common vision of a community that is inspired, engaged, and vibrant.
Emmy-Award winning local broadcast journalist Liz Keptner will host the event. Keptner, the director of the Multimedia Innovation Center at the Pennsylvania State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus, also lectures in communications there. The seasoned reporter has interviewed newsmakers and personalities that include President Barack Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chef Emeril Lagasse. Her Pittsburgh upbringing put her in close proximity to PBS’s very own Fred Rogers, one of her own personal heroes.
So, join us for an evening that will reconnect you with your inner child in the best ways: nostalgic goodies to munch, activities filled with childlike wonder, and maybe a sing-along or two. Excellent sponsorship opportunities are still available, as well.
About Lehigh Valley Public Media™
Lehigh Valley Public Media, home of PBS39/WLVT, WLVR, and WPPT, acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley, through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. The Reporter Corps® creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight, digital platforms, and radio. Lehigh Valley Public Media and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. Lehigh Valley Public Media is a community-owned public media organization serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.
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Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39