The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and KCAU-TV, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Sioux City, IA, and the surrounding area, today announced that the Foundation will donate $5,000 to the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association. The donation is part of the station’s ninth annual ALS Benefit concert to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023.
The event was created by the KCAU-TV team in 2015 to honor the memory of a victim of ALS, Pete Goede. Mr. Goede performed at the first event in 2015 and passed away later that year. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino donates the use of their indoor concert venue, local bands who donate their time and talent, and dozens of volunteers from the community, in addition to KCAU staff, secure silent auction items and larger live auction items. KCAU’s news talent MC the event throughout the day. In 2022, the event raised over $45,000.
The ALS Association is the only not-for-profit health organization in Iowa dedicated solely to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – giving help and hope to those facing the disease.
“KCAU 9 has been the driving force behind the annual Pete Goede ALS Benefit concert for the past 9 years,” John Curry, Vice President and General Manager of KCAU-TV. “Since we started this project, we have raised over $300,000 to benefit local area families dealing with ALS. We feature a live auction, a silent auction and, of course, cash donations like the $5,000 grant from the Nexstar Foundation help us reach our goal!”
“The ALS Association is dedicated to our goal of making ALS livable for everyone, everywhere,” says Erin Hill, Corporate Development Manager for the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association. “We are beyond grateful to the Nexstar Foundation for its generous support!”
The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation’s mission is to contribute to and work with public charities and non-profit organizations to improve the communities in which Nexstar Media and its subsidiaries do business. The foundation was originally established in 1958 and it makes donations of approximately $350,000 annually.