“Astounding! Amazing! Unbelievable!” FM Fall Fundraiser brings nearly $360K in community support to KUAC!


FM Fall FundraiserThere aren’t enough adjectives to describe all of the amazing, astounding, unbelievable and breath-taking moments during the nine days of fundraising to support public radio that added up to an off-the-charts amount of $358,125 – exceeding our goal by over $25K and topping last year’s record by more than $50K – befitting KUAC’s 50th anniversary.

FM Fall FundraiserIf we could thank every single donor, corporate supporter, community organizations, individual volunteers, and staff members who made this such a success, the list would scroll on for pages. Over 1900 gifts were made to KUAC, including 286 new donors, which is something to celebrate! The average gift amount was $187.

Jack Wilbur & Bert BellOur biggest fundraising hour was, once again, due to the Alaska Live “challenge” put forth by Jack Wilbur, president of Design Alaska, joined this year by Bert Bell, president of GHEMM Company on Wednesday, October 17th. It didn’t seem possible that the annual Alaska Live fundraising night could top last year, but with the combined efforts of Jack and his cousin Bert, KUAC received over $27,000 in support from the community. Add to that, the Design Alaska and GHEMM Company match, that hour brought in more than $41,000 in support for KUAC.

FM Fall FundraiserThank you, Jack and Bert and your phone bank team, and thanks to the Lost Lakers, Tim and Karen Foote, Alex Clark, and George Gianakopoulos.

FM Fall FundraiserOther successful “challenges” which helped donors to leverage their gifts and inspired others to give: Jana Varatti and Sue Steinacher and Glen Pardy in Nome sponsored “Translator Community” and new Nome donor challenges; Ann Millard, from Eagle, put out a call to all Libras; Nicole Stewart from Sourdough Fuel rallied a large number of Sourdough customers; Ann Cunningham encouraged engineers from Local 302 to donate.


FM Fall FundraiserOther inspiring challenges were by Ken Kokjer for Gallery 49; and Nadia Bacon’s new ABS challenge – “Art Buswell Society” donors are those who become sustainable donors at the $1,000 a year level, in honor of one of KUAC’s founders. We sound a gong (borrowed from UAF Music department) for these momentous gifts, and this year we rejoiced to hear a lot of gongs!

FM Fall FundraiserUAF Osher Life Long Learning director Sarah Garland turned 50 and challenged all others turning 50 this year to pledge. Others put out challenges to celebrate milestones, too, including Jed Reagle who recognized and challenged Ski Patrol members while Ellen Whitcher put forth a challenge in honor of Ski-Land’s 50th.

FM Fall FundraiserA good number of individuals advanced challenges, including Michelle Bartlett, Paul Reichardt, Christopher Quist, and Michele Hebert. Other creative challenges included Ron and Margy Illingworth with a Peony Growers Association; Craig Van Amburg with the IBEW Challenge; Tom George with the Pilot and Aircraft Owners Association; and an anonymous School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences donor who quintupled an amount over $175 (with the help of Phil from the 168th, we pulled $500 out of a hat as the amount!). Plus the annual tradition of Grace Schaible’s epic Opera challenge added a generous $13,000 match because we met all of our goals during Opera on the last Sunday, bringing in a marvelous $18,605.

FM Fall FundraiserMany people came into the station last week – over 400 to volunteer, and countless others to make pledges in person. We met the winners of the first A Prairie Home Companion trip giveaway – Toni and Erin Talbott – and the winners of the bonus SECOND trip giveaway will be drawn soon. The winners of The Cole Brothers “trip-of-a-lifetime” to tour the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and City Hall are also to-be-announced. The winners of a message on their home answering machine by Folk Sampler’s Mike Flynn are Cathy Curby, Pete and Peg Bowers, and Jon and Marian Lundquist. Congratulations!

FM Fall FundraiserOver 30 strong corporate partners offered challenges that were successfully met, including Dr. Daniel Johnson, Fairbanks Sand & Gravel, First National Bank Alaska, Crisenberry Engineering, Sourdough, Water Wagon, Design Alaska and Ghemm Company, Pogo/Sumitomo and Fort Knox Mines, to name a few.

FM Fall FundraiserOur University community joined in with phone bank volunteers and on-air talent from numerous departments and campus organizations, including UAF Athletics, University Fire Department, UA Museum, the Geophysical Institute, Cooperative Extensions, SNAP & ACCAP, IARC, School of Management, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Summer Sessions, Alumni Association, Distance Education and eLearning, Marketing, UAF Street Crew, Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Legal Services, and the division of Student Services.

FM Fall FundraiserWe saw a regular parade of folks – including performers from Red Hackle Pipe Band, Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, plus assistance from a range of businesses and services, government and military agencies, election and religious organizations, including Downtown Rotary, College Rotary, Sunrisers Rotary, Golden Heart Rotary, and North Pole Rotary, Fairbanks Resources Agency, Northrim Bank, Resource Center for Parents and Children, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Adult Learning Program of Alaska, ASEA Local 490, Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, Children’s Museum, Co-op Market, Yukon Quest, the Rollergirls, Bettisworth North, Information Insights, Ester Fire Department, Peace Corps, Calypso Farms, Arctic Winter Games 2014, 168th Air Refueling Wing, North Star Imagination Library, I.A. Green Star, FMATs and the Downtown Association, Desperate Househusbands, and our own Community Advisory Council.

FM Fall FundraiserHard to imagine all of this fun? See the Facebook photos from fundraiser week!

FM Fall FundraiserWe extend heartfelt thanks to these businesses and organizations which made this fundraising drive extra-special and energized with food and drink donations: Airport Way Safeway, Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, Fairbanks Bottled Water Company, Fred Meyer West, l’assiette de Pomegranate, LuLu’s Bread and Bagels, Odom Corporation, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, River City Café & Espresso, Pike’s Landing, The Cookie Jar Restaurant, UAF Dining/Catering Services, and Wolf Run Restaurant. And a special thanks goes to Wayne Clark and Graphic North for last minute directional sign printing and to Arista Hageman of University of Alaska Foundation for our new online giving pages.

FM Fall FundraiserIf you had one word to describe the KUAC 2012 FM Fall Fundraiser, what would it be? Whatever your word is, know that we will always remember it as UNFORGETTABLE because of our listeners! You make all things possible when you support YOUR public radio station, KUAC FM and KUAC HD!