Local Simsbury resident Rick Wagner has kicked off Simsbury Community Television’s Capital Fundraising Campaign by recommending a $10,000 grant from his family’s Richard D. Wagner and Madeline/Lina F. Wagner Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The grant will be used to match a $35,000 Hartford Foundation for Public Giving capital grant SCTV received late last year to bring SCTV’s equipment into the 21st Century.
The grants will enable SCTV to purchase studio and town hall high definition switching, editing, and recording equipment. In addition to making SCTV’s programs more watchable for its viewers, the new equipment will replace very old equipment that is beginning to break down. It will also allow staff and volunteers to create programs more efficiently to get them on the air more quickly.
In announcing the grant, SCTV President, Althea Greaney said, “We are grateful to the Wagner family for their support of SCTV and the Simsbury community. This is the second such grant they have given us. They have made it possible for us to purchase some of the high tech video recording, editing, and broadcasting equipment that our residents need to create shows and record meetings in our studio in high definition.”
Explaining why he recommended the grant to SCTV, Wagner said, “I appreciate how much SCTV adds to our community because it truly represents the tradition of a high level of volunteerism that makes Simsbury unique in our area.” Wagner urged others in the community to also contribute to the station now that the traditional state funding for new technology is no longer available. He continued, “We need great technology so that Simsbury can stay informed and continue to be one of the best communities to live in the U.S.”
Since 1984, SCTV, a non-profit public access television station, has provided Simsbury residents a place to share information on Comcast channels 5, 95, and 96, Frontier channel 99, and on its website www.simsburytv.org Supported by a small staff, town residents and organizations are provided with the tools to learn about television production, from camera operations, through editing and broadcasting. Volunteers can cover live government and school meetings or studio programs or create their own programs about upcoming events, health, exercise, poetry, school news, art, or any variety of other topics free of charge.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015 the Foundation celebrated 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families, and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $650 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860 548-1888.