Premiere Night


PBS Premiere Night is Detroit Public Television’s signature fundraising gala and one of the area’s most anticipated events. This year’s event was Wednesday, September 17 at the Westin Book Cadillac, with a pre-glow Benefactor Evening co-hosted by Diane & Randy Orley at the Franklin home of Liz & Brian Guz on Thursday, September 4.

2014 marks the 13th year of PBS Premiere Night, presented by World Heritage Foundation, which unveils the fall season of programming and presents awards to four community leaders.  A cocktail hour, live auction, as well as a sit down dinner, were also enjoyed by over 300 guests.

Thank You to our 2014 Event Co-Chairs,
Randy & Diane Orley and Elizabeth & Brian Guz!



Congratulations to our 2014 Honorees!

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To view Premiere Night and Benefactor Dinner photos, please visit our photo page.

The 2014 honorees are:

Waltraud E. Prechter
John W. Porter Leadership Award

Waltraud-Prechter.jpgThe John W. Porter Leadership Award is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation that: demonstrates outstanding leadership and commitment to the vitality of Detroit Public Television and southeast Michigan; inspires others to take action for positive change; gives their time generously beyond that which is required by one’s employment or elected position.



Lisa and Hannan Lis
Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award

Lisa-Hannan-Lis.jpg The Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation that: demonstrates passionate enthusiasm for the work and mission of Detroit Public Television; makes a personal commitment to enhance the lives of others in southeast Michigan; through their story of stewardship, serves as an inspiration for others to give generously to strengthen our community.



Bank of America
Detroit Public Television Partnership Award

Logo 2014 BofA_enterprise1_vertical_rgb.jpgThe Detroit Public Television Partnership Award, introduced in 2007, is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation that: strengthens our community by consistently encouraging collaborations, particularly within the arts, education, and cultural communities; actively partners with Detroit Public Television in a meaningful way to support the Station’s mission; and provides resources that enable others to forge new partnerships.

Detroit Public Television Visionary Award

Shinola-logo.jpgThe Detroit Public Television Visionary Award, introduced in 2008, is presented annually to an individual, couple or corporation that: demonstrates visionary leadership for Michigan in the areas of race relations, health care, technology, or economic development; inspires others to take action for positive change; shows exemplary ability to identify new directions or collaborations for the future benefit of our region.



13th Annual PBS Premiere Night is Presented by:

World Heritage Foundation

Sponsored in Part by:      

Nancy & James Grosfeld Foundation



With additional support by:

Sally & Graham Orley Foundation

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Masco Corporation Foundation



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