Senior students at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication will air the 16th annual – and final – Friends of Max Kolb Telethon on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 9 pm. The 90-minute show, featuring live music and comedy performances, is produced and directed exclusively by television students and has raised more than $72,700 for scholarships for Hofstra film students.
The telethon and the Max Kolb Endowed Memorial Scholarship were created to honor Hofstra film student Max Kolb, who died in 2001. The first telethon was a collaboration between Max’s film and television classmates and was produced in Dr. Peter Gershon’s RTVF 165 class, Advanced Television Production.
Dr. Gershon, an associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television, Film and the telecast’s faculty adviser since its inception, is retiring this May after a 42-year teaching career, including 22 years at the Herbert School, where he was twice named teacher of the year.
Though RTVF 165 will no longer produce the telethon, the Herbert School will still oversee the Max Kolb Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which was last valued at over $115,000 in August 2016.
“The longevity and success of the Friends of Max Kolb Telethon is remarkable, and due in large part to Peter Gershon’s exceptional leadership, along with the dedication and hard work of countless Hofstra television students over the years,” said Evan Cornog, dean of the Herbert School of Communication. “Everyone who has been involved with the telethon should be proud to have been a part of such a noble cause that will continue to benefit many students for years to come.”
This year’s telethon features live music by artists Monkeybite, Limestone Flowerchild, and IzzeYe, an alumnus who is the first artist to be signed to Hofstra’s new student-run record label, Mane Records. The night will also include the comedy of Mark Thompson’17 and a performance by the TranscenDANCE troupe.
Items for auction include tickets to The Governors Ball Music Festival, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and LIVE! with Kelly; New York Mets merchandise; an MTV Movie Awards swag bag; and gift certificates to eateries including Cozymel’s and Applebee’s.
Scholarship recipients may use the award to help offset production costs of their junior or senior films, which can cost as much as $5,000. Funds raised since the scholarship’s inception have helped support more than 65 student filmmakers as they prepared to launch rewarding careers in the media industry.
For more information on the telethon or to pledge your support, visit maxkolbtelethon.com.