Faces of Local Heroes
It’s the seventh annual Local Heroes Week at the Media Center! The public is invited!
During the week of May 11 - 19, 2013, we will honor the winners of our Local Heroes Awards. We kick off the event with a reception and free, public screening of highlights of the interviews with the Heroes at the Media Center. This will be followed by a week of programs about the winners, to be aired on the Media Center’s cable channels and our web site.
Where: The Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
When: Saturday, May 11, 7 – 9 pm
RSVP: Louise at 650-494-8686 ext 36 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seating is limited and refreshments will be served so we would appreciate an RSVP.
Who are the real heroes of a community? Are they only those who repeatedly appear in the headlines? Or, perhaps, those who devote their lives bravely and selflessly--but silently--outside the limelight? The Mid-Peninsula has many such people who are quietly committing acts of heroism on a daily basis. The Media Center (the Midpeninsula Community Media Center) is honoring six of these unsung heroes from our service area. The winners will be showcased in a series of interviews that will air on the cable channels throughout the week of May 12 - 19 (see times below).
Nominations for the Local Heroes Award were solicited from the public. From those submitted, a Media Center committee selected the winners based on several criteria. In addition to outstanding achievement or contribution to the community, we were looking for people with engaging stories to tell for our televised series. We also chose people who would reflect the enormous diversity of our communities. Our winners vary in age, gender, ethnicity, geographical location, profession or field of interest and type of contribution.
We will kick off the week on Sunday evening with a 30-minute composite of highlights from all six interviews. Each night for the rest of the week, one “Hero” interview will be featured. The following Sunday, all of the full-length interviews will air back-to-back. Short clips, or 5- minute versions, will also air on the cable channels between regular programming (see below).
The Midpeninsula Community MediaCenter (the “Media Center”) is the region’s local cable television station. It offers the community professional television, web, and video services, and classes, as well as public access to all in the service area, which is Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Stanford.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & PROGRAMS:
Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 7 pm: Reception and screening at the Media Center
Names, air dates, and contact information for the “Local Heroes” are as follows:
Sunday, May 12, 8 pm:
HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL THE WINNERS
Monday, May 13, 9:30 pm:
LISA SIMMONS, executive director of Pets in Need, a no-kill pet shelter serving the Mid-Peninsula community.
Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 pm:
MICHELE SHARKEY, executive director of the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public-private middle school in East Palo Alto that has had remarkable success.
Wednesday, May 15, 9:30 pm:
MARC GUILLET, founder and director of A Foundation Building Strength, which supports research for Nemaline Myopathy, a rare childhood disease.
Friday, May 17, 9:30 pm:
ELIZABETH SCHAR, creator of a pioneering science program for middle school students in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Thursday, May 16, 9:30 pm:
TROY SMITH, single graduate student who has adopted children from a troubled home.
Saturday, May 18, 9:30 pm:
KATHLEEN FOLEY-HUGHES, creator of Ada’s Café, which is staffed by the disabled community.
Sunday, May 19, 1 pm, and Wednesday, May 22, 8:00 pm:
ALL 6 FULL-LENGTH INTERVIEWS, BACK-TO-BACK.