Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 4/1/2019
Broadcasters across Nebraska raised $442,000 during the “#NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief,” held March 22 to support American Red Cross relief efforts following flooding that killed two and caused billions of dollars in damage. The Nebraska Broadcasters Association donated $20,000 to kick off the drive. Hearst’s ABC affiliate KETV Omaha and Gray Television donated $10,000 each, and Scripps’ CBS affiliate KMTV Omaha and Citadel’s KLKN Lincoln contributed $5,000 each. Governor Ricketts, First Lady Susanne Shore and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse fielded donor phone calls during the event.
“We tell stories that connect us and provide a pathway to help those in need throughout our viewer and listening areas, from all across Nebraska and into western Iowa,” said Chairperson of the NBA Board of Directors and KETV President / GM Ariel Roblin. “From lifesaving storm coverage to fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars for relief and recovery, we come together for a stronger Nebraska.”
“Susanne and I also want to thank the Nebraska Broadcasters who have led this effort and done an incredible job of helping keep people safe throughout the flooding,” said Governor Ricketts.
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