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PBS Honors Idaho's Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation for Long-Term Support of IdahoPTV

October 14 2008 by Peter Morrill

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PBS honored Idaho's Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation on Thursday, October 2, in San Antonio, Texas for its sustained and vital commitment to Idaho Public Television.

pictured - Beth Suarez, Vice President Development, PBS; Harry Bettis; and Peter MorrillOne of five winners of the national 2008 Public Television Leadership Award, Harry L. Bettis, Emmett, president of the foundation that his great aunt founded, accepted the award. The ceremony took place at the PBS Development Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

"Since 1984, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation's support has helped make us a valued statewide resource," said Kim Philipps, director of marketing and development for IdahoPTV. "The foundation shares our vision for meeting the needs of the community, and we are fortunate to have their friendship, interest and financial support."

Throughout more than two decades, the foundation has made possible statewide public affairs programming such as Idaho Reports, a weekly show focusing on state legislative issues, and Dialogue, Idaho's only statewide public affairs call-in program. D4K: Dialogue For Kids, a monthly science call-in show for elementary students, and Outdoor Idaho, the series that showcases Idaho and its citizens, are also on the air because of the support of the foundation, Philipps noted. She also pointed out that the foundation has been extremely helpful in preparing IdahoPTV for the upcoming February 17 digital transition by providing critical funding for upgraded equipment, studio lighting, set and cameras.

You can read the full text of my speech honoring the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation at: http://idahoptv.org/about/reports.cfm (under Speeches).

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