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KPBS Expands Donor Family

Conrad Prebys gives $500,000 to the MASTERPIECE Trust and KPBS.
Conrad Prebys
Conrad Prebys

San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys joined the KPBS and MASTERPIECE families with a gift of $500,000. Mr. Prebys’ gift will benefit both MASTERPIECE and KPBS.

The MASTERPIECE Trust is a fundraising initiative and partnership between PBS stations that encourages individuals to contribute to the series’ future. Half of Prebys’ gift will support local arts programming on KPBS, San Diego. MASTERPIECE is the public television drama series that had millions of viewers glued to their seats watching Downton Abbey.

“After enjoying Public Broadcasting for many years, it is a special joy to become a member of the MASTERPIECE family,” Prebys said.

Longtime KPBS supporter Darlene Shiley recently made a $1 million gift to the MASTERPIECE Trust. Prebys says he was inspired by Mrs. Shiley’s gift and wanted to showcase his love of MASTERPIECE.

“I was simply captivated by Downton Abbey, and so I thought it was time I showed by support for this great series and all the wonderful programming on KPBS,” said Prebys.  

This is Mr. Prebys’ first gift to KPBS.

“I am thrilled that our generous San Diego philanthropists are stepping up in support of great arts and drama programming on KPBS,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS General Manager. “It’s a testament to this great collaboration between KPBS and MASTERPIECE. We are so appreciative of Mr. Prebys’ enthusiasm for Downton Abbey and all the great programming on public media.”

Launched in 2011 to honor MASTERPIECE’s 40th anniversary, the program has already raised more than $2.5 million. More than 17 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast of Downton Abbey season 2, making it the most-watched MASTERPIECE series on record.

Upcoming programs include a second season of the hit series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

About KPBS

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving the region with television, radio, and internet content that educates, inspires, entertains and advances civic involvement.

About MASTERPIECE

MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking River Cruises, with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future. Visit PBS for more information about the series.

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