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PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction

It’s time to vote for the Spotlight Awards winners from our amazing finalists!
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This year’s Spotlight Awards & Auction will be at 5:30pm on September 16, 2022 at the Silver Legacy Grande Exposition Hall! 

PBS Reno will recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses making a significant impact on the region. PBS Reno will be recognizing the Carano Family as the Extraordinary Philanthropists of the Year!
 

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PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction

Extraordinary Individual

This award recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves in northern Nevada through their inspiration, dedication, motivation, or acts of kindness. Eligible nominees must be located in PBS Reno’s northern Nevada and northeastern California viewing areas.

Award Category sponsored by
Snell & Wilmer

2022 FINALISTS | Extraordinary Individual

ADRIENNE SANTIAGO

In late August 2019, when Adrienne Santiago signed on as Executive Director of the Northern Literacy Council (NNLC), she expected to be drinking from a fire hose but got a tsunami. After the 2020 shutdown, NNLC was the only literacy program for adult learners operating in the area. NNLC continued to offer classes to prepare adults to earn their high school equivalency (HSET) diploma and/or become proficient in English. Her own personal experience, education, and knowledge of NNLC literacy issues drove her to design and staff a system addressing language barriers, school dropout rates, underemployment, and unemployment.
 

DENISE CASTLE

Denise Castle is an extraordinary example of a trailblazer, a visionary leader, and an influential woman in the Sierra Nevada region. Her passion and commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty have led her to spearhead new programs and provide much-needed workforce development solutions to Northern Nevada. As CEO of JOIN Inc., Denise has recently focused on deploying emergency assistance to those whose careers were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership positively impacts local businesses, schools, and individuals in urban, rural, and frontier communities throughout the region.

ASHLEE SMITH

Ashlee founded her nonprofit, Ashlee’s Toy Closet when she was eight years old after losing her home in a fire. For almost 15 years, Ashlee has given out over 5 million toys. Ashlee has come a long way since 2008 when she launched her organization. Aside from distributing millions of toys to children across the country, Ashlee has also grown her award-winning charity to achieve widespread and international recognition for her work.

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2022 Finalists In Additional Award Categories

 

Extraordinary Youth

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Extraordinary Local Business

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Extraordinary Community Group 

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Extraordinary Educator

Award Category sponsored by
JOIN INC  
 

It’s time to vote for the Spotlight Awards winners from our amazing finalists!
VOTE HERE 


Want to support the Spotlight Awards and Auction in another way? We are collecting items to include in this year's auction!

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Sponsored in part by 

 

 

Gary and Carrie Carano

Bergdahl Associates | Chris & Parky May 

Chris & Parky May

Carson Valley Inn Casino
Tamarack Casino
Bank of America
Snell & Wilmer
Meadows Bank
JOIN INC
The Diamond Vault
The Row
Renown Health
Bill Pearce Motors
Cordillera International Film Festival
Teneral Cellars
Women & Children's Center
John Dermody Ventures

Gigi and Lash Turville

Susan and Mark Herron

Western Nevada Supply
Dermody Properties
University of Nevada, Reno
Brownstein
Dynagraphics
Savage Son
Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Erlach Computer Consulting
Erlach Computer Consulting
Dermody Properties
Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
Lobardi Construction
Erlach Computer Consulting
Reno Carson Lumber
Washoe County
Lancor
Sierra Nevada Cosmetic + Laser Surgery
Net NV
Alice Heiman
James E. Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Contact: Diane Barrett, Community Partnership Executive
PBS Reno • O: 775-600-0584 • C: 415-385-5657 • dbarrett@pbsreno.org