2017 Pioneer Spirit Gala

2017 Pioneer Spirit Gala

Pioneer Spirit Gala

On Saturday, September 9 the Nine Network will host the Pioneer Spirit gala with the theme of “Celebrating our Past. Inspiring our Future.” Joining the celebration, which will also pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, will be acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
 
Burns will serve as the keynote speaker at the event and discuss his latest work, the documentary series The Vietnam War, as well as the role public broadcasting plays in American civic life.
 
The gala will be both a look back at the history of the Nine Network and an imagining of its place in the future of the St. Louis region. From early 1950s when the idea for an educational television station was being envisioned for the first time, to the Nine Network’s present focus on fostering community engagement through local programming, guests will move through an immersive retelling of the station’s storied past and be invited to imagine its future.
 
Gala co-chairs include Nine Network board members Maxine Clark, CEO of the Clark-Fox Family Foundation and founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, community volunteer Kim Olson and Pat Sly, former executive vice president of Emerson, as well as Jack Galmiche, president and CEO of the Nine Network.  

Gala Photos

Public Broadcasting Act

The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Charged with facilitating a broadcast environment that would educate and inspire an informed citizenry, the new organization would pay special attention to children and other underserved audiences and remain free from commercial influence. 

Upon signing the act, President Lyndon Johnson acknowledged the progress made since the first telegraph line was installed between Washington and Baltimore in 1844. So, too, do we at the Nine Network acknowledge the spirit of possibility ignited by the signing of this act 50 years ago and hope it continues for many years to come.

Keynote Speaker

KEN BURNS

Ken Burns Ken Burns has been making documentary films for almost 40 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time,” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time. In March 2009, David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun said, “… Burns is not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period. That includes feature filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I say that because Burns not only turned millions of persons onto history with his films, he showed us a new way of looking at our collective past and ourselves.” The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of his films, “More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.”

Burns’ films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including 15 Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September 2008, at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gala Committee

 
HONORARY CO-CHAIRS CO-CHAIRS
David* and Mary Steward
David and Thelma Steward
 Kim Olson* • Pat Sly*
Maxine Clark* • Jack Galmiche
   
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Don Aven*
Ms. Kathy Barney*
Marie-Helene Bernard
Marion and Van Black
Terry and Susan Block
Mr. Charles Brennan and Ms. Elizabeth Stohr
Cynthia J. Brinkley*
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer* B. Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel* A. Burkhardt
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burkhardt
Barry T. Cervantes
Mr. and Mrs. David* P. Conner
Dr. William H. Danforth
Ms. Marianna Deal*
Mr. and Mrs. Michael* A. DeHaven
David Diener and Ann Wells
Barbara Eagleton
Gerald and Ida H. Early
Hope Edison
Rita W. Eiseman
Harriet Felman
John and Alison Ferring
Pepe* and Terry Finn
Gretta Forrester
Mr. Robert Fox
Sam and Marilyn Fox
Mr. and Mrs. Steven* N. Frank
Rosemary Galmiche
Thomas F. George and Barbara Harbach
Mr. Tim Goodson*
Karin M. Hagaman
Judy and Harvey* Harris
Juanita H. Hinshaw*
Jean Maritz Hobler
Janet Holloway*
Molly Hyland
Mr. Dennis Jacknewitz
Mrs. Henry O. Johnston
Ashley* and John Kemper
Mr. and Mrs. Ted* Koplar
 Ken and Leslie Kotiza
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth* S. Kranzberg
Brendan Lind*
Mark Lindgren*
Mr. Dennis Lower* and Ms. Sharon Swanson
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey* M. McDonnell
Waller McGuire
Al and Marsha Mitchell
Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet
Lisa and Jay Nouss
Emily Rauh Pulitzer
Andrew Rehfeld
Ms. Eddie Rosenheim
Vince and Lois Schoemehl
Jack Schreiber*
Hugh Scott, III*
Michael and Susan Scully
Mr. and Mrs. Thad* Simons
Chad* and Amelia Stiening
Ms. Susan Stith
Mary Strauss
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
Dr. Donald M. Suggs*
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Toder
Gregory and Susan Vatterott
Tom and Carol Voss
Sara Wade*
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Walker III
Steve and Emily Walton
Dan and Ellen Watt
Mr. Henry Webber and Dr. Christine Jacobs
Josephine and Richard Weil
John Weiss and Jane Roodman Weiss
Randy and Gail Weller
Jim Wild
Milton* and Nina Smiley Wilkins
Donna Wilkinson
Ray and Roma Wittcoff
Nancy Ylvisaker and Wes Jones

*Nine Network Board Member

Gala Ticket Information

TABLE SPONSOR - $2,500

Includes sponsor recognition and seating for 10 guests (1 table of 10)

* See sponsorship materials below for details


VIP TICKET - $500

1 ticket to the gala and VIP Ken Burns meet & greet


INDIVIDUAL TICKET - $250

1 ticket to the gala

Click Here for Tickets

For more information, please contact Angie Carr at (314) 512-9021 or acarr@ketc.org.

Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Express Scripts

Major Sponsors
Centene Charitable Corporation
Emerson
Spire
Steward Family Foundation/The Lion Forge, LLC

Supporting Sponsors
Ameren
The Boeing Company
Dan and Connie Burkhardt
Butler’s Pantry
Clark-Fox Family Foundation

Patron Sponsors
Dr. William H. Danforth
Edward Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Koplar
The Millstone Foundation
Kim and Bruce Olson
Patrick and Peggy Sly

Table Sponsors
Ms. Kathy Barney
Mr. Charles Brennan and Ms. Elizabeth Stohr
Commerce Bank
Rita W. Eiseman
Pepe and Terry Finn
Ken and Leslie Kotiza
Monsanto
Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet
PNC
RubinBrown
Mr. and Mrs. Thad Simons
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Toder
Washington University
Webster University
Milton and Nina Smiley Wilkins

Sponsorship Opportunities

Igniting the Spirit of Possibility Capacity Building Campaign

Our first gala will benefit our capacity building campaign – only the second campaign in our 60+ year history. Having raised nearly $35 million toward our goal of $50 million, community support will help us to fully realize Nine’s mission and vision for the St. Louis region.

Igniting the Spirit of Possibility

To learn more about the Igniting the Spirit of Possiblity campaign, or to make a contribution, please contact Molly Salky at (314) 512-9172 or msalky@ketc.org.

Pioneer Spirit Awardees

2011
Ray Wittcoff

2012
Arthur Baer

2013
Dana Brown

2014
Ken and Nancy Kranzberg

2015
McDonnell Family Foundation
(James S. McDonnell
Family Foundation)

2016
Emily Rauh Pulitzer