A powerful connection with KLRU

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Christy Carpenter, daughter of Liz Carpenter and  KLRU Board Member & Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

I cannot imagine life without public television – it provides essential daily nourishment for my mind and spirit. It’s my go-to place to gain a clearer perspective and better understanding of my community and my world. From public affairs to history to culture to entertainment and more – it enhances and enriches my life. It’s like a good friend that I can count on.

The fact that KLRU is not commercially driven makes all the difference. It addresses us as citizens rather than as consumers and focuses on quality rather than ratings. KLRU provides a kind of community glue – tying us all together, celebrating what makes Austin unique, keeping us informed about Central Texas issues and healing us in times of tragedy. Moreover, the station’s educational outreach and area partnerships magnify its impact in ways not visible on the screen. This kind of connection is powerful and unique.

Your donation helps KLRU produce outstanding programming right here such as Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and BBQ with Franklin – showcasing Austin life and culture to viewers not only in Central Texas but throughout the country. Your support also helps bring PBS programming to our entire community, reaching all ages, from our youngest learners to our long-time fans.

These are the reasons I’m committed to supporting KLRU during this fundraising drive, and I’m asking you to join me. As a Board Member, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 challenge match from the KLRU Board of Directors. For every dollar you donate, KLRU’s Board will contribute the same amount up to $50,000, potentially raising $100,000 for the station during this drive!

Supporting KLRU is a way of demonstrating your appreciation for what makes our public television station so special. Won’t you make your gift today so everyone in Central Texas can continue to benefit from KLRU’s quality, educational and informational programming?

Sincerely,

Christy Carpenter
KLRU Board Member
Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Daughter of Liz Carpenter & Fifth-Generation Texan

 

Special offer: Tickets to see Andrea Bocelli Live in Austin

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This December, don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs at the Frank Erwin Center as part of only 8 concert dates on his U.S. tour. KLRU is in the midst of a fundraising drive and we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our viewers to attend this exclusive performance on December 8th at 7:30pm.

Donate $500 today for a pair of upper level tickets. Donate $650 today for a pair of lower level P2 tickets. Or donate $1,000 today to receive a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the show.

Want to make it a true night on the town? Be one of five people who donate $1,500 today for a gift certificate for “dinner for two” at The Capital Grille and a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the performance – some of the best seats in the house!

These are special seats reserved just for KLRU donors! Tickets are limited so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Andrea Bocelli onstage with conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Your choice is clear with KLRU

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Matt Winkler,  KLRU Board Member and Chairman & Founder of Asuragen, shares why he’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

Here’s a question: where does a curious mind go for stimulation? With your TV remote in hand, there is so much out there competing for our attention, including KLRU. Why choose public television when there’s so much else? 

I believe viewers like you and I choose KLRU because it gives us a window to more—more choice, higher value and true discovery. I choose KLRU because I depend on its diverse and interesting content which is available nowhere else. Few have the freedom to travel the globe, but with KLRU we can all explore the world, be entertained with phenomenal international hits and dig into ground-breaking discoveries, all from home.

KLRU gives me the choice to support and enjoy a channel that is driven by community, not commercial interests. Perhaps KLRU has given you the choice to sit down with your child in front of programming you know is safe and educational. Or maybe KLRU has given you the choice to watch locally sourced and produced shows that highlight the diversity and beauty of our Central Texas home. For me the choice is clear. 

During this month’s fundraising drive I’m committed to supporting to KLRU, and I encourage you to join me. As a member of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 Board Challenge Match, so when you give a gift of any amount to KLRU, your donation, and its impact, will automatically be doubled.

Will you help our Central Texas community preserve our only public television station so we ALWAYS have this wonderful choice? Please make your gift of support now. 

Sincerely,

Matt Winkler
KLRU Board Member
Chairman and Founder, Asuragen

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Tickets + Meet & Greet!

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The iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is coming to One World Theater and we have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, along with an exclusive Meet and Greet!

KLRU is so excited to share this wonderful opportunity to see the band that had such a huge hand in shaping the folk, country and rock movements of the 60s! Their music has been inspiring fans and musicians alike for over 50 years and they’re still going strong.

During this August Pledge Drive we’re airing Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: 50 Years and Circlin’ Back where this influential band is joined by special guests Vince Gill, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Ibbotson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Byron House.

This music has been fundamental for multiple generations. Help us to continue bringing celebrated art to your screen and the KLRU community by donating now. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to meet Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and see them in concert October 20, 2016.

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram showing an album that has had a meaningful impact in your life.

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!

All Aboard! Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets for Day Out with Thomas!

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Engage with KLRU for your chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Day Out with Thomas this Fall! 

Based on the books by Reverend W. Awdry, the classic animated series of Thomas & Friends has entertained and sparked the imagination of children for generations. The adventures of Thomas and his friends, James, Percy, Emily, Henry, Gordon, and Sir Topham Hat, on the Island of Sodor demonstrate the values of cooperation, friendship, manners, and hard work.

What you could win: Day Out with Thomas gives a family of 4 the opportunity to ride a real train pulled by their favorite engine, Thomas! Kids can also meet Sir Topham Hat and enjoy live music, storytelling, a rock climbing wall, crafts and temporary tattoos. As an added bonus, a 54 piece Thomas Wooden Railway set is included for hours of imagination and memories of your special Day Out with Thomas.

How to enter: Post a photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kids watching Thomas & Friends or playing with their favorite Thomas & Friends toy, costume or book. Tell us WHO their favorite character is from the show. Posting on all 3 social media platforms enters you in the drawing 3 times!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

Winner will be notified on September 6th!

Win a Family 4 Pack to Austin Zoo!

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Engage with KLRU to enter to win four tickets to the incredible Austin Zoo! 

KLRU is showing two fantastic Nature episodes during the August drive: Animal Reunions and Leave it to Beavers. To celebrate the love we have for our animal friends and neighbors even further, we’re offering an Austin Zoo trip for four!

Did you know that Austin is home to a zoo with the main focus to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need?  Located on the southwest edge of Austin off of Highway 290 West and Circle Drive, Austin Zoo is at the gateway of the Hill Country. Enjoy educational zookeeper talks and get up close to remarkable animals, such as lions and tigers and bears! Between taking in the many creatures and the beautiful scenery, you can even settle down for a nice meal as outside picnics are welcome.

Sharing the special bond that we have with the nature around us is not only fun for the family, but important. Make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to for a chance to win the Austin Zoo Family 4 Pack!

Here is how it works:
Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of one of your favorite animal friends. If the animal is watching KLRU in the picture, that would be extra cute!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th!

Here’s your chance to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

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Engage with KLRU to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Long Center on October 16, 2016!

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on KLRU. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is sure to create a lasting memory for your family so make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to enter in for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Here is how it works:
Post a video or photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kiddos watching or interacting with Daniel Tiger. It can be a photo with favorite Daniel Tiger toy, book or even a screenshot of your favorite character and WHY Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is so special to you and your family!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th! 

Announcing the $50,000 KLRU Board Challenge Match

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Tyson Tuttle, Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, announces a $50,000 Challenge Match to the Central Texas community from the KLRU Board of Directors. 

PBS has been a part of our household for years. Before our kids were born, Austin City Limits helped give us an introduction to Austin. As parents, PBS was the only channel on our TV with quality, educational television that entertained and stimulated our kids. And as people involved in the community, we’ve benefitted from news and public affairs, local and beyond.

KLRU brings quality, inspirational programming into your home and mine. KLRU tells stories about Austin that resonate here and elsewhere. And KLRU looks for ways to use stories and information to positively impact the region and this growing city we call “home”.

Your support allows KLRU to be an essential voice in Central Texas, and a lifeline for the entire community. And considering that the vast majority of KLRU’s support comes from Central Texas, it’s up to you, and me, to make sure KLRU can continue to provide the quality and diversity of programs and experiences we’ve come to expect.

This is why as the Chair of KLRU’s Board of Directors, I’m pleased to announce a $50,000 Board Challenge Match in support of this fundraising drive. If KLRU can raise $50,000, the Board of Directors will match it by making a generous $50,000 contribution, potentially bringing in $100,000 for the station. I encourage you to make your gift right now so we can meet this match by the end of this drive.

KLRU provides access to thoughtful and wide ranging programs that bring new ideas and experiences to our homes, and especially to our kids. Won’t you join me in supporting this organization that is dedicated to actively pursuing a better community?

Sincerely,

Tyson Tuttle
Chair, KLRU Board of Directors
President and CEO, Silicon Labs

We did it! Thanks to YOU!

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People said it couldn’t be done…$100,000 in just 5 days. But we raised that and then some and it’s all thanks to YOU!

Your gifts rolled in online, over the phone and in the mail to support more programs and fewer interruptions this June. And now that all is said and done, KLRU was able to raise over $108,000 from 875 Central Texans!

We are humbled by your support and so very thankful to be a part of the generous Central Texas community. Thank you for Shaping the Future of #YourKLRU!

⌚ Been waiting long? Last chance to support #YourKLRU!

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Over 750 Central Texans have stepped up to support KLRU’s transformational second annual online giving drive and helped raise over $89,000 in just 4 days! But we still have $11,000 to raise to meet our goal! And we can’t do it without YOU!

What’s more is that we have a really fun giveaway to encourage YOU to make that gift of support now! James Taylor & His All-Star Band is coming to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday June 22nd at 8:30pm and we want YOU to be there! Donate any amount until midnight tonight to be entered into a giveaway for 2 tickets!

So far, you’ve been able to help us meet over $23,000 in challenge matches and raise over $2,700 for Overheard with Evan Smith, $100 for PBS Kids programming, $1,100 for Central Texas Gardener and $290 for NEXT, KLRU’s Young Professionals group.

With less than 12 hours to go, this is your last chance to show your support for more programs and fewer interruptions! Can I count on you to get us to our $100,000 goal by midnight tonight?