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Jaycee's of the QC Donation | Imagination Station

A Big Change on Saturday Nights | The Lawrence Welk Show

Stories of Service | Delivered to the US Library of Congress

Snap Shots | Recent WQPT Events

Volunteers Honored | Celebrating Service to WQPT

Congratulations Bea Brasel | Civil Service Employee of the Month

Teens for Tomorrow | Big Donation for First Book Program

Jaycee's Donation

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Recently the Jaycees of the Quad Cities presented WQPT with a gift of $10,000 for WQPT's family-oriented event Imagination Station. “Supporting local kids and families has always been at the heart of the Jaycees. This event reaches a large number of kids and is a fun way to celebrate learning and interaction,” said Jaycees of the Quad Cities, President Jennifer Kincaid.

In 2014, Jaycees of the Quad Cities took over Brew Ha Ha from WQPT. The Jaycees of the Quad Cities utilize proceeds from Brew Ha Ha to support a variety of regional projects, including Imagination Station. “Brew Ha Ha is a great event and a lot of hard work but it’s important to remember the reason for our efforts. Supporting community projects with both our time and our treasure makes us feel really proud. Investing this time of year is an added bonus,” said Neil Berthiaume, 2015 Brew Ha Ha Chair.


Changes on Saturday Night

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You might be surprised to learn that for more than 10 years, The Lawrence Welk Show has aired on Saturdays at 7:00pm. Dedicated fans of the show have tuned-in for this 1950s, 60s and 70s favorite for many years.

After much consideration, we are moved The Lawrence Welk Show to Saturdays at 5:00pm. with a second episode airing immediately afterwards at 6:00pm. Now viewers get "Ah One" and "Ah Two" episodes back-to-back. Several loyal Lawrence Welk fans have already shared how excited they are about these changes. We hope you are too!

Did You Know?

The Lawrence Welk Show is an American televised musical variety show hosted by big band leader Lawrence Welk. The series aired locally in Los Angeles for four years, from 1951 to 1955, then nationally for another 27½ years via the ABC network, from 1955 to 1971, and first-run syndication from 1971 to 1982. In the years since first-run syndication ended, The Lawrence Welk Show has continued to reach new audiences through repeat episodes.


Stories of Service

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In October, more than 30 "Stories of Service" were collected at eight locations across the Quad Cities by WQPT as a part of the station's Embracing Our Military initiative. In November, those stories were delivered to the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project by Congressman Dave Loebsack and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in a ceremony attended by Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO.

"WQPT's 'Stories of Service' is a wonderful collaboration between public television staff and local agencies, including libraries, veterans service providers and retirement communities. WQPT's staff created a thoughtful model which included easy-to-use recording equipment and community volunteers to preserve stories for future generations," Susan Eleuterio, Veterans History Project trainer on behalf of the Oral History Association and the American Folklore Society, which are partners with the Veterans History Project.
"We are thrilled that our representatives have presented these stories to the Library of Congress and we are proud of the impact that our Embracing Our Military initiative has had on our veteran community," said Mary Pruess, WQPT general manager.

The event was part of WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.

Pictured above (from left to right): Ron Pierce, PBS Veterans Initiative, Paula Kerger, PBS President & CEO, Iowa Representative Dave Loeback, Illinois Representative Cheri Bustos, David Mao, Acting Librarian of Congress and Bob Patrick, Director Veterans History Project.


Snap Shots

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In October we hosted screening and discussion of On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam. After the screening Gunter Terronez moderated a conversation of the film and the experience of local Hispanic veterans who served in Vietnam.

The event was part of WQPT's Embracing Our Military initiative.


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Also in October, WQPT hosted a premiere screening of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Season Three. Guests dressed in their favorite 1920's attire and were treated to hors'doeurves and a sneak peek at the newest episode.


Volunteers Honored

EmmyCongratulations to Norma Juarez (left) named our 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her work at our front desk and help with Letters Home to Hero Street. Special recognition to Margarita Lawson (right) for volunteering more than 1,000 hours to WQPT. We are grateful for the support and dedication all of our volunteers provide to the station. Thank you!

Learn more about becoming a WQPT Volunteer.


Congratulations Bea Brasel

Bea BraselBea Brasel, WQPT's Publicity-Promotion Specialist, was named the Al and Elaine Goldfarb Civil Service Employee of the Month for June 2015 by Western Illinois University-QC.

Bea's responsibilities include event organization including Champagne on the Rocks and Imagination Station, as well as overseeing WQPT volunteer activities. She also participates in various activities for the university. Her nominator stated "She takes initiative to get things done. She actively participates in University events and committees."


Teens for Tomorrow Donate to WQPT First Book Program

Teens for TomorrowTeens for Tomorrow made a gift to the WQPT First Book program to help low-literate, low-income children receive books throughout the school year and learn how to use them to increase their literacy skills. WQPT was honored to receive this funding assistance.
Learn more about our First Book program

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group for high school students from Rock Island County in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area. Learn more about Teens for Tomorrow

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