During this year’s fundraiser we focused on the theme of Sourdough, not only of Sourdough status and celebrating our years spent in Alaska (51 for KUAC!) but also in the sustaining and enriching qualities Sourdough has, just like public radio. During the nine days of sustaining fundraising to support Interior Alaska’s public radio, we were beyond enriched by the generosity and enthusiasm that our supporters donated. The grand total added up to an amazing amount of $382,726 – exceeding our goal by over $52,000 and topping last year’s record by more than $20, 000.
If we could thank every single donor, corporate supporter, community organization, individual volunteer, and staff member who made this such a success, the list would go on and on. Over 1800 gifts were made to KUAC between October 12-20, including 266 new donors, 84 Art Buswell Society gifts and an average pledge of $198.
Our biggest fundraising hour was, once again, the Alaska Live hour thanks to the now epic “challenge” put forth by Jack Wilbur, president of Design Alaska and joined this year by Meg Nordale, vice-president of GHEMM Company. With the combined efforts of Jack and Meg, KUAC received 178 total pledges, with 174 at the challenge grant level of $125 or more for a total of $40,735. For each gift of $125 or more, Design Alaska and GHEMM Company kicked in an additional $125, which brought the grand total to $62,485 in support of Alaska Live and KUAC. Thank you, Jack and Meg and your phone bank team, and thanks to our talented musicians, Will Putnam & Friends.
Other successful “challenges” which helped donors to leverage their gifts and inspired others to give: Jana Varati and Sue Steinacher in Nome sponsored “Translator Community” and new Nome donor challenges; Ann Millard, from Eagle, put out a call to all Libras; and Nicole Stewart from Sourdough Fuel rallied a large number of Sourdough customers. More challenges sprang up throughout the week from Amy Nash for Moose Mountain Ski Patrol, Lisa Villano for Graduate Students, Ian Wright & Jennifer Reed for VW Bus Lovers, Baring Family for School Nurses or U-Park Elementary Staff, David Hughes for Public Service Employees at City Hall and many more added even more community spirit.
A good number of individuals advanced challenges, including Chris Miller, Brian Rogers & Sherry Modrow, Rich Seifert, and Andy Harrington. Two new ABS Challenges were issued and met! Art Buswell Society donors are those who become sustainable donors at the $1,000 a year level, in honor of one of KUAC’s legends. Other creative challenges included Tom George with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Joy Morrison’s New UAF Faculty & Donors, Car Talk Princesses Car Wash, Tima Priess and Paul Beals’ Knitters & Woodworkers, , Doug Schrage’s Fire Truck Wash, and Deb Lawton’s Adjective Describing KUAC. Plus the annual tradition of Grace Schaible’s traditional Opera challenge added a generous $8,000 match because we met all of our goals during Opera on the last Sunday.
Multiple corporate partners offered challenges that were successfully met, including Dr. Daniel Johnson, First National Bank Alaska, Crisenberry Engineering, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, Water Wagon, Pogo Mine & Kinross Fort Knox, ABR Inc, Metropolitan Garage, Turning Point Counseling, Co-Op Market, Fairbanks Physical Therapy, Street Sounds, and Wendell Street Psychiatric Services, to name a few.
Our University of Alaska community joined in with phone bank volunteers and on-air talent from numerous departments and campus organizations, including Chancellor Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow, UAF Athletics, University Fire Department, UA Museum & Mammalogy Department, the Geophysical Institute, School of Education, Facilities Services, Cooperative Extensions, SNAP & ACCAP, School of Management SOLDiers, UAF CTC, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Legal Services, UA Foundation, and the division of Student Services.
We saw a regular parade of folks from all around the community– including performers from Red Hackle Pipe Band and Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, plus assistance from a range of businesses and services, government and military agencies, education and religious organizations including: College, Sunrisers, Fairbanks and Golden Heart Rotary clubs, Fairbanks Resources Agency, Resource Center for Parents and Children, WEIO, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Contra Borealis Dancers, Design Alaska, GHEMM Company, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, Cold Stone Creamery, Co-op Market, Two Street Gallery, SU/APEA, North Star Council on Aging, Interior Alaska Democrats, Autism Society of Alaska, Fairbanks Rollergirls, Bettisworth North, Information Insights, Ester Fire Department, Peace Corps Alumni, Eielson Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Calypso Farms, 168th Air Refueling Wing, The Cole Family, North Star Imagination Library, Desperate House-husbands, and our own KUAC Community Advisory Council.
We extend heartfelt thanks to the businesses and organizations which made this fundraising drive extra-tasty and energized us with food and drink donations: Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, A & K Cupcakes, The Blue Loon, Bobby’s Downtown, The Cookie Jar, Double Eagle, Fairbanks Bottled Water Company, Fairbanks Distributors, Fred Meyer West, Hot Licks Homemade Ice Cream, Lu Lu’s Bread & Bagels, Lunch Café & Eatery/Diving Duck Coffee, Odom Corporation, Pagoda, Pike’s Landing, River City Café & Espresso, Sourdough Fuel & Food Marts, UAF Dining & Catering Services, University Safeway. Even our volunteers brought in goodies over the course of the week: Joy & Craig Van Dyke, Marlys Schneider, and the anonymous pepper jelly donor, thank you all!
Many people came into the station last week – over 475 to volunteer, and countless others to make pledges in person. We are also excited to announce the winners of the A Prairie Home Companion trip giveaway – Pat McDonald & Paul Mercer – Congratulations! Pat is pretty excited too! Special thanks to Alaska Airlines for helping make this trip happen.
Hard to imagine all of this fun? See the Facebook photos from fundraiser week!
If you had one word to describe the KUAC 2013 FM Fall Fundraiser, what would it be? Whatever your word is, know that we will always remember it as another UNFORGETTABLE event because of our listeners! You make all things possible when you support YOUR public radio station, KUAC FM and KUAC HD!