WTVP - President & CEO
April 2014 - It's Auction Time of Year!
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Chet Tomczyk
Chet Tomczyk - President & CEO, (retired 2014)

Based on the past few months, we're thinking of putting a contract out on the ground hog. Fortunately for him, the high cost of staying warm doesn't make that an option. The varmint is safe for another year.

Those cold winter chills will be but a memory when the hot Auction action starts on April 24. The 41st edition of the venerable fundraiser will again feature hot deals on literally everything from soup to nuts, and you can be part of the action just by doing three simple things: Watch! Bid! Buy!

If you'd really like to be an even more involved part of the Auction, there are many volunteer opportunities available. More than 800 people donate their time and talent each year to provide a wide variety of services leading up to, during, and after the Auction. Call (309) 495-0547 now to see how you can be involved. I'd sure like to see you at Auction this year.

One of the casualties of the four days of Auction each year is WTVP's prime time program schedule. For four evenings we preempt your favorite programs to sell, sell, sell, but it's worth it in the end. Proceeds from the Auction support the acquisition and production of programs. As a matter of fact, Auction contributes significantly toward the 72% of WTVP's budget that is raised locally along with membership, underwriting support, and production services. Without it we would have a tough time meeting budget.

One of the benefits you have as a WTVP member is the program guide. By paging through, you will find out what program changes are in store and when you will be able to see or record ones that have been shifted (page 23 has a few highlights). So get your pencils ready, mark the schedule changes...and keep it handy as you tune in the Auction. You can use it to mark down the item numbers of the merchandise you want. Bid early and bid often - It's great fun.

Finally, here's a huge thank you to the Pekin Friends of 47 and to event chairwoman Yvonne Herbstreith for staging their 34th annual bowl-a-thon last month. Over the years this annual event has raised an estimated $238,000 toward the purchase of some of your favorite programs. It's nice to have friends.

Chet Tomczyk
President & CEO, WTVP (Retired 2014)

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