Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Accepts Generous Donation


Nevada Broadcasters Foundation – News Release

March 14, 2018




Las Vegas-2017 marked a memorable year for Tony and Linda Bonnici.  Together since high school, the couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and celebrated their 60th birthdays. 

Gary and Debbie Ackerman, owners of Gaudin Motor Company have been Tony and Linda Bonnici’s close friends for nearly as long as the newlywed Michiganders settled in Las Vegas in 1977.  Wanting to do something to help commemorate the festive year the Bonnici’s were celebrating, Gary and Debbie contemplated many wonderful gift ideas before settling on the one thing that is close and dear to couple’s hearts. 

The Ackerman’s inquired about the cost for one student’s tuition for four years.  Before you know it, Tony and Linda were presented a check on behalf of their scholarship fund for $60,000, “We wanted to do something extra special in recognition of Tony and Linda’s 60th birthdays” the Ackerman’s explained and that they did.  Their generous donation is enough money to pay for three student’s tuition for all four-college years. 

The Bonnici’s responded…”Our very dear friends, Debbie & Gary Ackerman, gave a very generous donation to the Broadcasting Scholarship Fund.  They are two of the kindest people we know and there are no words big enough to thank them for their thoughtfulness.  Here is a quote that reminds us of them and is so appropriate to our mission in helping students.” KINDNESS IN WORDS CREATES CONFIDENCE-KINDNESS IN THINKING CREATES PROFOUNDNESS-KINDNESS IN GIVING CREATES LOVE ~Lao Tzu

With Nevada Broadcasters Foundation’s Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund now into its seventh year of awarding tuition funding, I am proud to boast that to date, we have awarded 113 scholarships to talented and dedicated students of Broadcasting, attending Nevada’s Colleges and Universities” says Executive Director Eric Bonnici. 

About Nevada Broadcasters Foundation

The mission of the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation and the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund is simple: to find passionate broadcasting and journalism students in Nevada and make it easier for them to pursue their dreams.  To do this, each year the Foundation awards one-year up to full tuition scholarships to the next generation of Nevada’s broadcasters.  What started as an idea by Tony and Linda has become the most exciting, forward-thinking broadcast scholarship in the nation.  What makes this scholarship so unique is that it’s truly a scholarship by broadcasters for broadcasters.  We hope you will encourage your children, friends and peers to apply for the “Broadcasters’ Scholarship” this year.  Together, with your help we will take this foundation to new heights.

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