2019 BFOA Golden Mike Award Gala Breaks Fundraising Record

Nexstar’s Perry Sook Receives the Broadcasters Foundation of America 2019 Golden Mike Award
Record-Breaking $450,000+ Raised to Help Broadcasters in Need, Including a $100,000 Donation from the Sook Family

New records were set at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2019 Golden Mike Award gala Wednesday night, as more than 300 broadcast industry executives and celebrities filled the Plaza Hotel’s ballroom to capacity in honor of Perry Sook, Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group.

Dan Mason, Craig Melvin, Jim Thompson, Perry Sook and his wife Dr. Sandy Sook

Laura Sook, Perry Sook, Dr. Sandy Sook, Perry Sook, Jr., Victoria Sook, and Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland


The event raised more than $450,000, a record-breaker, including a $100,000 personal donation from Mr. Sook and his wife, Dr. Sandy Sook. Mr. Sook announced the donation during his acceptance speech to overwhelming applause. The annual Golden Mike Award Gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation, the only charity devoted exclusively to providing aid to broadcasters in acute need.



The evening was hosted by Craig Melvin, anchor of NBC News’ Today and MSNBC, and featured a performance by country superstar duo Sugarland. The evening’s presenters were Gordon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters, Joe Ianniello, President of CBS Corporation, via video, and Dr. Sandy Sook.


About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:

The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity.

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