December 11, 2012
Odyssey Networks, the nation's largest multi-faith media coalition, held an invitation-only premier last night of the CBS Television Christmas Eve official broadcast entitled, One Christmas Story: People Rich in Spirit, filmed entirely in the City of Reading. The premier was held at the Miller Center for the Arts at the Reading Area Community College in front of 500 guests, including Mayor Vaughn Spencer.
At the conclusion of the hour-long special, which will air commercial-free at 11:35 p.m. on Christmas Eve to an audience of 5 million people, representatives from The Collegiate Church of New York, the main benefactor of the program, announced the recipients of the grant awards.
Back on June 14th, Odyssey Networks and the Collegiate Church of New York held a news conference inside Hope Lutheran Church where the program was filmed. At that time, they announced the $50,000 grant to the City of Reading and encouraged those organizations that aid in overcoming the city’s poverty to submit grant applications. Last night, the producers of the TV Special announced that all 15 organizations that applied would receive the grant money.
The 15 organizations that received the grant money are:
Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc.
Berks Inter-Cultural Alliance
Berks Women in Crisis
Bridge of Hope
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres
Co-County Wellness Services
Family Promise of Berks County, Inc.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
Hope Lutheran Church
Little Acts of Love
Olivet Boys and Girls Club of Reading and Berks County
Reading DOVE Christian Ministry Center Compassion Ministry
Reading Public Library Foundation
The Salvation Army