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PBS Reno Announces Winners in Inaugural Spotlight Awards and Auction

RENO, NV (SEP 29, 2020) – The winners of the 2020 PBS Reno Spotlight Awards and Auction have been announced, after a community-wide voting process. Awards were presented in five categories during the inaugural on-air program broadcast on channel 5.1 and streamed liveon September 13, 2020.

DoughBoys Donuts won the Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Local Business. Capability Health and Human Services and Roundabout Catering and Party Rentals were the other two finalists recognized in this category.

Eddy House won the Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Community Group. Adopt-a-Vet Dental Program and Awaken were the other two finalists recognized in this category.

Dr. Marie Duan Meservy, who teaches students at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, won the Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Educator. Cristy Fernandez of Jessie Beck Elementary School and Beckee Foote of Nancy Gomes Elementary School were the other two finalists recognized in this category.

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell of Saint Mary’s Medical Group won the Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Neighbor. Climate activist Janet Atkinson and Cheree Boteler of STEP2 were the other two finalists recognized in this category.

Monique Magee, a freshman from the University of Nevada, won the Spotlight Award for Extraordinary Young Neighbor. Arian Evans of Fallon and Avery Pipkin of Reno were the other two finalists recognized in this category.

PBS Reno produced in-depth videos highlighting all 15 finalists for the Spotlight Awards and Auction broadcast. The videos can be viewed online. PBS Reno congratulates each finalist and extends appreciation for their work throughout the community.

“Thanks to the many generous donors who helped PBS Reno raise more than $180,000, the Spotlight Awards and Auction will help bring PBS favorites and local productions like Wild Nevada and Arteffects to our community over the coming year,” said Peter Stanton, PBS Reno Vice President of Development. “I’m humbled to be able to present such caring, dedicated individuals and groups with Spotlight Awards. It was a true honor, and I am blown away by the work happening in our community.”

“Due to COVID we needed to quickly pivot and adopt a different format for our annual in-person gala,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “The Spotlight Awards gave us the opportunity to honor outstanding people and organizations nominated by the community we serve, using our television signal. The creativity of our team brought the successful Spotlight Awards to life on the air so our community could recognize these deserving honorees while investing in PBS Reno.”

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