It has been a busy month overseeing some of our station community campaigns. I also took off time for Spring Break and nearly three weeks later, I am still behind:). How does that happen? You go on vacation and feel punished on your return, with all of the catching up you have to do… (smiles).
Channel 13 just finished promoting one of the biggest campaigns that we help sponsor – the “Race for the Cure”. It was a wonderful success, once again. The race against breast cancer, for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is one of the biggest Komen races in the country. This year more than 41,000 people registered and raised more than two million dollars for breast cancer treatment, education and research right here in Central Indiana. Hoosiers are some of the best volunteers in the country! Thank you to all of you who walked, ran, or just showed up downtown for the race on Saturday, April 17th, to support breast cancer survivors or pay tribute to those who have died. The atmosphere at the “Race for the Cure” is always so emotional and compassionate. I love watching tens of thousands of people reaching out to others – some holding hands, many crying, most wearing banners with the names of loved ones fighting this disease. Channel 13 had a team of employees and viewers, so thank you to all who joined our team. Many of us at Channel 13 were walking in honor of our News Director Carolyn Williams who has been courageously fighting breast cancer. She is a great lady and an inspiration to us all.
If you were a part of the Race this year, feel free to share some of your insights about it with us. Tell us why you joined the race, what it means to you and what you think of the event.
This is a busy season for Channel 13 campaigns. My Community Affairs staff and I have also been helping to promote several other community events in April on our Noon Focus segment and Community Calendars. Among them? Community Shred Day, to help protect you from identity theft, taking place in Channel 13’s parking lot and some area police departments, on Saturday, April 24th; the Coburn Place “Blue Breakfast” – a successful fundraiser earlier this month at the Indianapolis Colts complex for Coburn, which provides transitional housing for abuse victims; “Talk, Walk, Run“, a fundraising event on May 1st, for Hear Indiana which serves children who have hearing problems; and “Dining Out for Life“, a fundraiser on Thursday, April 29th, for the Damien Center, which helps prevent the spread of HIV/Aids and serves patients with he disease. For this one-day fundraiser, all that you have to do is go out to dinner at participating area restaurants that will give a portion of your bill to the Damien Center.
We have several things we will help promote in May and June as well, such as the Broad Ripple Art Fair, the 500 Festival Kids Day and Rookie Run, the Indianapolis Air Show, and the Miracle Ride motorcycle fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children.
You can hear more about all of these events on our daily WTHR Cares Community Calendar announcements on Channel 13 or on our Noon Focus community interview segment, Monday through Friday.
And, don’t forget. If you have any community issues, events or organizations that you would like for us to consider as a profile on our Noon segments or on our Community Calendars, let me know. Blog with me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to hear from you!
WTHR Community Affairs Director