It was a spectacular evening on the Orange Coast for public television.
On May 5, PBS SoCal celebrated its 5th annual fundraising gala. Estimated proceeds came in at $852,000. The impressive sum will benefit the KOCE-TV Foundation, which finds its focus in supporting the educational programming offered by PBS SoCal.
Formerly known as KOCE-TV, PBS SoCal now serves a far-reaching Southern California demographic, including the Greater Los Angeles region, which makes it one of the most important PBS stations in the nation.
With this responsibility comes the task that PBS SoCal takes most seriously: educational outreach for millions of children tuning in daily. Every dollar raised at the gala matters. It enables that outreach to grow, to improve and to matter.
Co-chaired by a dedicated local O.C. committee, led by Peggy Goldwater Clay and Ardelle St. George, the event held at John Wayne Airport's Atlantic Aviation Hangar took on the PBS theme "Masterpiece Ball." It was an homage to the critically acclaimed television series"Downton Abbey" with very special guest of honor Rebecca Eaton, the show's executive producer, in attendance.