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PBS Reno Announces Finalists for 2022 Spotlight Awards and Auction

RENO, NV (July 28, 2022) — PBS Reno has announced the 15 finalists for the 2022 Spotlight Awards and Auction, PBS Reno’s annual fundraiser celebrating local businesses, community groups, educators, individuals, and youth who are making a positive impact in northern Nevada. 

The winners will be announced during the PBS Reno Spotlight Awards and Auction on Friday, September 16 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Throughout the event, PBS Reno will pay tribute to the Carano Family, the recipients of the Extraordinary Philanthropists category, and highlight their philanthropic work in the region.

Everyone in the community can vote online once per week through August 15, 2022, for the following finalists:

The finalists for Extraordinary Local Business are edible Reno-TahoeKPS3, and Peterbilt Truck Parts & Equipment and Silver State International. 

The finalists for Extraordinary Community Group are Boys and Girls Club of Truckee MeadowsNorthern Nevada HOPES, and Soulful Seeds.

The finalists for Extraordinary Educator are Don Angotti, Principal of Poulakidas Elementary School; Jeff Batavia, Principal of Melton Elementary School; and Kristy McMillan, a third grade teacher at Spanish Springs Elementary School.

The finalists for Extraordinary Individual are Denise Castle, CEO of JOIN, Inc.; Adrienne Santiago, Executive Director of Northern Nevada Literacy Council; and Ashlee Smith, Founder of Ashlee’s Toy Closet.

The finalists for Extraordinary Youth are Benjamin Browder, a student at Sage Ridge School; Denali Cooke, a Girl Scout from Truckee, California; and Everett Hogan, a student at Carson Middle School.

The Spotlight Awards and Auction will take place on Friday, September 16 at 5:30pm at the Grande Exposition Hall at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Tickets are available for purchase online, with the proceeds benefiting PBS Reno and the station’s educational outreach and local productions.

“We are thrilled to be back in person for this exciting event to honor both the Carano Family and our extraordinary Spotlight Awards finalists,” said Emma Glenn, PBS Reno Vice President of Development. “We have some wonderful finalists and I am looking forward to seeing who our community selects as the winners for each category. Each one gives back to their community in different ways just like our honoree and PBS Reno is excited to “Spotlight” them all in September!”

About PBS Reno

As of February 2022, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 113,000 people in approximately 62,000 households in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California, with viewership on multicast channels Reno Create 5.2 and PBS KIDS Reno 5.3. PBS Reno channels are also available on cable, satellite services, and via livestream on YouTube TV. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-winning, locally-produced content. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983. 

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