A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors – And Building New Partnerships in 2024
Aaron Utley, Corporate Relations Officer, Arkansas PBS Foundation
As we kick off the new year, it is a time of reflection and gratitude for all those who supported us in 2023, and anticipation for what the future holds. For Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas PBS Foundation, 2023 was a remarkable year – filled with challenges, triumphs, and tremendous generosity from our community. Our corporate sponsors have played a pivotal role in helping us fulfill our mission and expand our reach. As Corporate Relations Officer for the Arkansas PBS Foundation, I am both proud and grateful to acknowledge and thank each of our corporate sponsors who joined us this year.
The Impact of Partnering with Arkansas PBS
This year has been transformative, thanks to our corporate sponsors. Their generous support has catalyzed the launch of several captivating, locally-produced series that resonate with families across every corner of Arkansas. Our programming expansion is a blend of learning and entertainment crafted to engage and delight audiences of all ages. Notable additions include our acclaimed national series "Southern Storytellers" and a variety of local gems like "Mystery League," "Celebrating Arkansas" and "Arkansas Treasures." We're also proud to continue popular series like "Arkansas Week" and bring excitement through "AR PBS Sports" broadcasts, covering high school state championships in multiple sports. Our diverse content slate truly offers something special for everyone, reflecting the spirit of our communities!
Strengthening Community Connections
Our sponsors have been pivotal in enhancing our outreach. From the award-winning Family Day events in Central and Northwest Arkansas to partnerships with The Jones Center in Springdale, we're actively bringing joy and learning to families. Initiatives like the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive – conducted in collaboration with local businesses, schools and libraries – exemplify our commitment to community service. Moreover, exclusive screenings of new programs offer Arkansans an early glimpse into our exciting content. Our presence in local farmers markets and community gatherings underlines one of our core values: We are where you are!
Innovative Broadcasting Milestones
Investing in cutting-edge broadcasting technology has been a game changer. With our sponsors' backing, we've significantly upgraded our broadcasting capabilities, ensuring the delivery of high-quality content across Arkansas. These technological advances enhance viewer experience and expand our reach further than ever, bringing Arkansas PBS into more homes and lives across the state.
Celebrating Our 2023 Corporate Sponsors
A big thank you to the following companies for their generous support in 2023, including those who we've built new partnerships with:
Freyaldenhoven Heating & Cooling
First Community Bank
Crain Buick GMC of Conway
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Conway Chamber of Commerce / Conway A&P Commission
Cherokee Nation Businesses
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
The French Seam
Johnston's Home Center
First Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Arkansas Flag & Banner
Law Offices of Gary Green}
Rozark Hills Coffee Roasterie
Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
The Daily Record
Baker Eye Institute
Little Rock Public Radio
FIRST-TIME SPONSORS IN 2023
United Federal Credit Union
Conway Behavioral Health
Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind
Kum & Go
Black Hills Energy
Honda World of Conway
Morehart Field Services
The Children's Clinic of Conway & Greenbrier
Charleston Auto Parts
TownePlace by Marriott of Hot Springs
Arkansas Department of Health
Little Rock Zoo
Conway Regional Health Systems}
Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation
Each of these organizations has shown a commitment to public service and community enrichment, and their contributions have been vital to our success.
Join Our Mission
At Arkansas PBS, we offer a variety of partnership opportunities, each with its unique impact and audience engagement potential. Whether your organization is passionate about community-based initiatives or wishes to connect through statewide programming, we have a platform that aligns with your goals.
Arkansas PBS Family Day Events
Our popular Family Day events in Central and Northwest Arkansas are a beacon for 5,000 attendees annually at each event. These events are ideal for companies looking to engage directly with families and children in a meaningful and memorable way. Sponsoring these events increases your visibility and integrates your brand into cherished community experiences.
The Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Every November, we conduct the heartwarming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive. In partnership with over 80 libraries, schools and businesses, we recently collected over 7,000 articles of clothing for those in need. This campaign is a perfect opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to social responsibility and community welfare.
Arkansas Farmers Markets Tour
Our presence at farmers markets across the state and various community engagement initiatives offers excellent platforms for companies looking to connect with diverse communities and enhance their local presence.
Sponsorship of Arkansas PBS Original Series
“Celebrating Arkansas”: Dive into the state's rich heritage and culture, offering a vibrant look into how Arkansas celebrates holidays throughout the year.
“Arkansas Treasures”: Like a local "Antiques Roadshow," this series uncovers fascinating historical and collectible items throughout the state.
“AR PBS Sports”: Bringing communities together by broadcasting high school state championships in multiple sports in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association.
“Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl State Championships”: Highlighting academic prowess and competition among students across Arkansas.
“Mystery League”: Focused on teaching young children valuable lessons about friendship and community.
“Blueberry's Clubhouse”: Engaging summer programming with fun-loving puppets, offering insightful activities for children.
“Rise and Shine”: A summer program designed to boost learning for PreK-5th grade students, aligning with state academic standards.
Regularly Scheduled Programming
“Arkansas Week”: A weekly news and public affairs program providing an in-depth look at issues affecting Arkansas.
“Homegrown”: Celebrating the people, places and stories unique to Arkansas.
AR-CAN and Arkansas Live: These services offer real-time, transparent coverage of legislative proceedings, board meetings, and other significant state events, ideal for sponsors keen on promoting civic engagement and public awareness.
National PBS Programming Sponsorship
Opportunities to sponsor nationally recognized PBS programs extend your brand's reach to a larger audience. Programs include “Finding Your Roots,” “PBS NewsHour,” “Washington Week,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “MASTERPIECE,” “Austin City Limits,” “FRONTLINE,” “NOVA” and our beloved PBS KIDS programming.
Be a Part of Our Story in 2024
We invite you to explore these diverse opportunities to partner with Arkansas PBS. By aligning with us, your organization gains exposure and becomes integral to enriching lives and communities across Arkansas. Let's collaborate to create impactful experiences and foster a learning and community engagement culture.
For more details on how to get involved, please reach out to me directly. Together, we can make a significant difference in 2024 and beyond.
With sincere appreciation,
Corporate Relations Officer
Arkansas PBS Foundation