IRVING, TX (November 11, 2021) – The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WOWK-TV 13 News, the Nexstar Media Inc. television station serving Charleston, West Virginia, and the surrounding area, announced today that the Foundation will donate $5,000 to Mountain Mission, Inc., serving needy families and individuals in the Kanawha Valley.
In operation for more than 90 years, Mountain Mission was founded in 1925 by a few men to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the less fortunate with emergency assistance, financial support, food, clothing, furniture, and medication. Mountain Mission operates two thrift stores in the region, offering clothing, appliances, and everyday items such as toys and kitchenware; proceeds from the stores’ sales go to funding emergency assistance programs provided by the organization.
WOWK-TV has been associated with Mountain Mission for many years, and serves as the organization’s primary media partner. In 2005, WOWK-TV and Mountain Mission teamed up to fill multiple trailers with supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2016, the station worked with the Mission to provide assistance for thousands of victims affected by massive flooding that hit the region. Earlier this year, WOWK-TV staff members worked with Mountain Mission to collect more than 500 bags of groceries for those facing hunger and food insecurity in the area due to the pandemic. The station has also helped with Mountain Mission’s fall food drive and will do so again this year.
Mountain Mission Executive Director John Roberts stated “This financial contribution is extremely appreciated and valuable to Mountain Mission and our work to help hurting families all across the greater Kanawha Valley this holiday season. We greatly appreciate Nexstar Media Group Inc. and WOWK-TV for their commitment to our communities through Mountain Mission programs. The relationship between WOWK-TV and Mountain Mission goes back nearly two decades and we are very proud of this partnership, not only for this holiday season’s feeding program, but all of the events that we work on together throughout each year. The heart and compassion of Nexstar Media Group Inc. and WOWK-TV, their leadership and all of their employees speaks volumes of their character and the care they have for the less fortunate that we serve.”
Commenting on the donation, Sean Banks, Vice President and General Manager of WOWK-TV, said, “We are proud of our long association with Mountain Mission, and grateful for everything it provides for those who are in need of help throughout the Kanawha Valley. The staff is wonderful, and their work is critically important. Giving back to the communities served by Nexstar across the country is core to the company’s mission, and we are proud that the Nexstar Media Foundation will make this donation in recognition of the deep relationship between WOWK-TV, its employees, and the mission.”
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.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Media Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 199 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 120 local websites and 284 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates NewsNation, formerly WGN America, a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, multicast networks Antenna TV and Rewind TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information, please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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