WGCU Public Media Receives $3 Million Gift From Myra Daniels
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May 10, 2016…WGCU Public Media announced a $3 million gift from Myra Janco Daniels to support arts programming on WGCU TV. With the approval of the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees, WGCU will name the building housing its TV and radio studios on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University the “Myra Janco Daniels Public Media Center.” The building name will be unveiled June 15.
Daniels said of the gift, “I was blown away with the idea of bringing the arts to hundreds of thousands of viewers in Southwest Florida. WGCU is truly Southwest Florida’s largest stage.” She expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity saying, “I think every private citizen has a public responsibility and this is a great opportunity to give back.” Daniels went onto say that she hopes that her gift motivates others to support public broadcasting in Southwest Florida.
Daniels is the founder of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and a former advertising executive. She is author of Secrets of a Rutbuster: Breaking Rules and Selling Dreams. Early in her career she also was an instructor at Indiana State University.
FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw expressed his appreciation to Daniels saying “It is gratifying to know that Ms. Daniels, an iconic figure in the arts community, is so supportive of public broadcasting and FGCU. Ms. Daniels’ generous gift is yet another example of her commitment to the arts in Southwest Florida and beyond. Florida Gulf Coast University and WGCU Public Media are honored to recognize Ms. Daniels’ transformative gift.”
In announcing the gift, WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson said, “We are grateful for Myra Daniels’ generous contribution. Her transformative gift is an indication of her commitment to public broadcasting in Southwest Florida.” According to Johnson the Daniels’ gift “will endow one of the most significant aspects of our mission…to bring the arts to all in Southwest Florida. Her contributions to the arts in Southwest Florida are well known. What better way to express her passion for the arts than to ensure its future on Southwest Florida’s largest stage?” Johnson applauded Daniels support of the arts saying “Myra is a loyal friend of the arts in Southwest Florida and we are truly honored to call her our friend.”
This is the third major gift in as many months announced by the public broadcasting station. In April, WGCU announced gifts from the estate of Patrick and Rosalie LaSala and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation. To date, WGCU’s Fund Our Future fundraising initiative has raised $8.5 million of its $30 million goal.
Established in 2014 by WGCU, the goal of the Fund Our Future initiative is to raise $30 million in capital and endowment funds by 2024 without affecting WGCU’s significantly important annual fundraising goals. The initiative is designed to ensure the long-term future of public media in Southwest Florida.
According to Kimberly Woodle, WGCU’s director of Development and Corporate Support, “WGCU’s Fund Our Future initiative is an ongoing platform to cultivate long-standing and loyal donors into ones that make significant investments in the future of WGCU.” Woodle said that in the fall, WGCU will announce another major gift from a loyal donor in Bonita Springs.
About WGCU Public Media
As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU Public Media’s mission is to inspire, inform, educate, engage and entertain through the power of public media. Serving seven counties, with three distinct digital TV channels, two FM radio channels and three HD radio channels and a monthly magazine, WGCU delivers national and international programming and develops, produces and delivers relevant, informative and educational local programs to the Southwest Florida community.
More than 60 percent of WGCU's funding comes from individual donations and corporate support.
Contact: Barbara Steinhoff
Director of Communications