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— KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting organization, has announced plans to honor the station’s 50 year anniversary. KPBS Celebrates the Sixties is the station’s first gala in more than 15 years and will raise funds to support the station’s mission to provide San Diego with informative and educational content.

Planned for Saturday, October 9, 2010 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, the evening will feature a Sixties theme in honor of the year KPBS was founded. More than 240 KPBS supporters, donors and representatives are expected to attend the event and celebrate KPBS’ 50 years of service to the San Diego region.

“In our fifty years, we’ve accomplished a lot thanks to this great community,” says KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “This special night is dedicated to those who have made a difference in our past and whose continued support shapes our future."

In partnership with the Lodge and with early support from Sony Inc, KPBS Celebrates the Sixties promises to transport guests back to the year 1960. Caroline Nierenberg, who previously served as Gala Chair for the Jewel Ball and the Burnham Institute, is this year’s Gala Chair. "The art, music, and fashion of the '60s are still a part of the fabric of our country,” says Nierenberg. “Meeting Architects and the dynamic Gala committee team of Kathy Bettles, Linda Dicker, Julie Hatch, Lydia McNeil and Kitty Wolcott have come up with some fun and creative decor concepts from the era that will delight our guests." Costumed greeters, retro décor, and a tribute to the legendary Supremes by NRG are among the special effects planned.

Longtime KPBS donors, Donald and Darlene Shiley will serve as Honorary Chairs for the event. “For Donald and myself, 50 years of KPBS means 50 years of insightful programming for this community. We appreciate it and look forward to the next 50 years.”

Hosted by master of ceremonies Ken Kramer, the event also features key public radio/TV personalities. Members of the KPBS news team as well as representatives from PBS and NPR will be present, giving guests ample opportunity to meet the stars.

"We’re proud to partner with KPBS for this special event,” says Will Cherashore, of The Lodge at Torrey Pines. “Fifty years of KPBS is an important achievement for any business. It says a lot about the kind of organization KPBS is and the kind of community we live in.”

KPBS’ 50th Anniversary is a multimedia campaign aiming to build awareness of the station’s place in the San Diego community while harnessing a vision for the future. Year long spots on TV and radio are complemented with an online presence, Private and public events are planned, including the October 9th gala. For information, please contact Claudine Casillas, KPBS Marketing Coordinator, at or (619) 594-4266.

KPBS Celebrates the Sixties is generously supported by Darlene and Donald Shiley and sponsored by The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Sony, Inc.

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving the region with TV, Radio and Internet content that is educational as well as entertaining—and free of commercial interruption.


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