The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) recently honored members of theVermont Public Television staff with national awards for their localfundraising efforts in the 2003 fiscal year. Besides recognizingfundraising success, the awards cite innovation and best practices. VPT’svice president for marketing and development, Lee Ann Lee, and her staffwere recognized for overall development. Sharing the honor were PeterShea, Paul Ugalde, Scott Schultz, David Donegan, Jeffrey Nelson, BrennanNeill, France Hilt, Trish Sweeney and Jeff Cory.David Donegan, pledge/events coordinator, and Kelly Luoma, vice presidentfor programming, headed a project to stage British comedy teas around theviewing area that earned VPT the PBS Development Award for cultivation andstewardship.Peter Shea, director, corporate and foundation support, won a corporateand foundation support award for his efforts in securing support forprograms.Trish Sweeney, auction coordinator, earned a certificate of achievementfor her work on the annual Travel & Leisure Auction.Vermont’s statewide public television network must raise about 57 percentof its operating income, more than $3 million, each year from localcontributions to support its programming and services.Lee Ann Lee said, “These are difficult times for non-profit organizations,but we work hard as a team to broaden VPT’s support base, while keepingour cost ratios within industry standards. We’re encouraged by the manygenerous individuals and businesses who support our work of making ourcommunities stronger.”
Running his season’s best time last weekend, recording 47.81 seconds in his 400m race will ring bells that the Central Province man will be no pushover in his pet event.In a chat with Loop PNG, Stone said, “I want to defend (my gold medal) that’s the aim and yes my form is coming back but I have to accept the fact that there are others who are gunning for that too so it’s a challenge that I accept.”With the 400m event a potential 1,2,3 finish for Papua New Guinea with elite 400m runners running good times, Stone knows he has to make up for lost time after an injury plagued season.The national 400m record holder said he has fully recovered from injury and it’s “all good now.”“Nothing really to say but all I can say is I‘ll let my running do the talking and God will decide. I’ll just hope for the best.”Stone is still in Brisbane and expected to arrive in Port Moresby before the opening ceremony.