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PBS Reno Spotlight Awards and Auction
Just One Week Away
Annual fundraiser to honor UNR President Brian Sandoval,
15 extraordinary finalists across five categories, and PBS Reno’s 40th anniversary


UNR President Brian Sandoval

RENO, NV (September 1, 2023)One Extraordinary Philanthropist. Fifteen finalists nominated for giving back to northern Nevada. More than 550 event tickets sold to people who love and support PBS Reno, its programs, and educational outreach. A spectacular auction experience featuring live and silent items. A 40th anniversary celebration. Plus, one surprise character from the PBS KIDS lineup for some great photo ops!

The 2023 PBS Reno Spotlight Awards and Auction takes place Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Grande Exposition Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm and the program is set for 6:45pm. Not only will PBS Reno celebrate 40 years on the air, but also the philanthropic work of Brian Sandoval, who currently serves as President of the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been named Extraordinary Philanthropist in 2023. For media interested in attending the event and interview opportunities, contact Rebecca or (775) 600-0560.

During the Spotlight Awards and Auction, PBS Reno will reveal the winners of five categories: Extraordinary Student, Extraordinary Educator, Extraordinary Local Business, Extraordinary Individual, and Extraordinary Community Group. The winners were chosen by the community, who voted more than 4,000 times during the four-week voting period in July.

“Each finalist deserves recognition for serving their community in their own way,” said Emma Glenn, PBS Reno Vice President of Development. “So many people do good things and their work often goes unnoticed. It’s important for PBS Reno to show our appreciation for individuals, community groups, and local businesses who all care so deeply for northern Nevada to make it such a special place.”

“PBS Reno is honored to be celebrating 40 years of service to this community and to also put a spotlight on the accomplishments of Brian Sandoval and 15 extraordinary finalists,” said Megan Myers, PBS Reno VP of Content. “Our mission to Entertain Your Curiosity on the air, online, and in local classrooms is a privilege that we do not take for granted. We look forward to delivering award-earning local productions, classroom resources, and educational content to our region for the next 40 years and beyond.”


About PBS Reno

As of February 2023, PBS Reno Channel 5.1 is watched weekly by more than 98,377 people in approximately 67,400 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-earning, locally-produced content, with many local segments posted weekly to PBS Reno’s YouTube Channel. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at watch.PBSReno.orgthat 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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