Regional Impact Recognized at WCTE Annual Dinner

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Becky Magura, Gwen Cockrell, Kimberly Stevens
Hal Harder

WCTE Upper Cumberland PBS recognized individuals and organizations making significant local impact at the recent WCTE Annual Dinner, held on March 10 at the Leslie Town Centre.  The event celebrated PBS Masterpiece programming, as well as WCTE accomplishments, initiatives, and partnerships over the last year.

    A WCTE American Graduate Champion award was given to Dr. Sally Pardue, Director of the TTU Millard Oakley STEM Center, for her contributions to STEM education with young students of the Upper Cumberland.  WCTE partners with the STEM Center to extend STEM learning and has utilized the traveling STEMmobile as part of their early education initiative.  The WCTE Performing Arts Champion award was presented to the Cumberland County Playhouse, celebrating fifty years of professional theater entertainment in Crossville.  Bryce McDonald, Producing Director/CEO of the Cumberland County Playhouse, accepted this award on behalf of the organization.

    The WCTE Makers award was presented to Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Thistle Farms, a sanctuary of healing and residential program in Nashville for women survivors of prostitution, trafficking, and addiction.  Stevens and Thistle Farms were featured in the recent PBS Independent Lens documentary series, A Path Appears. Thistle Farms Survivor Leaders,Gwen Cockrell and Kimberly Stevens, accepted this award on behalf of Stevens at WCTE’s event.  

     Becky Magura, WCTE President & CEO, shared, "WCTE is vital to the Upper Cumberland region, Tennessee, and our public media family across the country.  Yet, it is through partnerships that the power of WCTE and public media really shines.  I'm thrilled with the individuals and organizations honored at this year's banquet and believe that they exemplify WCTE's commitment to education, the arts and community/ humanitarian engagement.  I am indeed grateful to each for the contributions made in our region and state."

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