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Access SF announces 1st Annual Nonprofit Telethon

Date:
Friday, June 29, 2007
Time:
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Event Type:
Other
Organizer/Author:
Marc Smolowitz - Access SF Developme
Email:
Phone:
415-575-4947
Address:
1720 Market Street
Location Details:
LIVE on Comcast Cable Channels 29 & 76 and RCN Cable Channel 29.
- Friday, June 29th & Saturday, June 30th - 6:00pm - 12 Midnight -

- Access SF announces 1st Annual Nonprofit Telethon -
LIVE on Comcast Cable Channels 29 & 76 and RCN Cable Channel 29.
- Friday, June 29th & Saturday, June 30th - 6:00pm - 12 Midnight -

* Telethon launches year long celebration of 20th Anniversary for
station's nonprofit.
* Proceeds to benefit future funding of the station & (21) local
nonprofit beneficiaries.
* Live program to highlight local entertainers, nonprofit
participants, and the importance of community media to all San
Franciscans.

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(San Francisco, CA) Access SF, the City's award winning, nonprofit
public access television station, is pleased to announce that it will
host its 1st Annual Nonprofit Telethon live on Comcast Cable Channels
29 & 76 and RCN Cable Channel 76 - an event that also launches the
20th Anniversary year of the station's nonprofit organization, the San
Francisco Community Television Corporation. Here are the key details:

Access SF – 1st Annual Nonprofit Telethon
Friday, June 29th - Saturday, June 30th
LIVE! 6:00pm - 12 Midnight
Comcast Cable Channels 29 & 76 – RCN Cable Channel 29
(Repeated throughout the first week of July on Comcast Cable Channel 76)

Proceeds from the telethon will be shared as follows:

- 60% to benefit Access SF's 20th Anniversary Fund for the Future of
Public Access - a year long fund raising campaign that seeks to raise
one million dollars towards unleashing the next (20) years of public
access television and community media activities in San Francisco.
- 40% to benefit a slate of (21) of Access SF's current nonprofit
members – please see list below. This amount will be divided equally
among the beneficiaries and re-granted back to each as our way of
giving something back to the local nonprofit community.

According to Zane Blaney, the Executive Director of the station,
"Traditional funding for public access television is rapidly
disappearing as new statewide cable franchising rules kick in. In
order for public access to survive in the coming years, we must look
at other sources of funding including our viewers and the community."

He added, "Access SF's 1st Annual Nonprofit Telethon will serve as the
official launch of our nonprofit's 20th Anniversary, and this will be
the first of any number of special events the station will host in the
coming year as part of a year long celebration. It also marks the
first time Access SF will use its own channels to turn to television
viewers directly and ask for financial support. We're also the only
television station in the City to use its own resources to raise money
for the local nonprofit community."

The following local nonprofits will participate in Access SF's First
Annual Nonprofit Telethon and be beneficiaries of funds raised by the
event (as of June 7, 2007):

Asian Pacific Islanders Legal Outreach
Alano Club of San Francisco
Catholic Charities CYO
Community Vocational Enterprises (CVE)
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Service Agency of San Francisco
Hand-N-Hand New Media Fellowship
Mission Neighborhood Centers
OMI Senior Center
On Lok
Project Open Hand
Psychic Horizons – Church Of Natural Grace
San Francisco Adult Day Services Network
San Francisco City Guides
San Francisco Gay Men's Community Initiative
San Francisco Living Wage Coalition
Senior Action Network
Shanti
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center – Experience Corps
Tin Pan Alley Productions
United Humanitarian Mission

A slate of leading local entertainers will appear each hour throughout
the telethon and will be announced in the coming days.

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ABOUT ACCESS SF / CABLE CHANNELS 29 & 76
Access SF is the dba of San Francisco Community Television Corporation
(SFCTC), which has served as the City's designated nonprofit manager
of public access television since 1999. Prior, SFCTC had built and
managed Citywatch, the City's first government access channel launched
in 1993. In April 2002, Access SF opened a 4,500 square foot facility
located at 1720 Market Street where citizens and nonprofits are
offered low-cost training in media and television, access to equipment
and channel time, and facility resources. Currently, 300+ producer
members submit 150+ regular series for playback each month on Cable
Channel 29, totaling 4800+ hours of original local programming
annually. Both Cable Channel 29 & the newer Cable Channel 76 reach
into 217,000+ households across all neighborhoods in the City & County
of San Francisco. The mission of Access SF is to strengthen the fabric
of community life be enabling open communication through public access
television and other forms of electronic media. Learn more about
Access SF – Cable Channels 29 & 76 at http://www.accessf.org.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 8:49AM
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