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Welcome!

The North Carolina EastEnders fan club consists of hundreds of avid EastEnders fans from across the state.
We get together several times a year to share our enthusiasm for Albert Square.

This SUNDAY (2/19) — your day to support EastEnders and receive gifts!

This Sunday is the day we've all been waiting for: EastEnders Gift & Collectible Day, the first of two opportunities we'll have to raise funds for EastEnders on UNC-TV. The second will be our Match Day on February 24 (more about that next week). For now, get ready to make your donation and select your thank-you gifts from an amazing array of EastEnders and PBS Nerd merchandise. And we say gifts in plural, because the offerings are so enticing this year, that you may want several!

Here are the details:

Sunday, February 19, from noon to midnight
Make your donation here: EastEnders Gift & Collectible Day
(If you prefer donating by phone, you'll also see that option on the page.)
Note that it is not necessary to register as a PBS Nerd. Anyone can contribute!

All the information you'll need this Sunday is on the Gift & Collectible Day page, including a flyer with photos and descriptions of the gifts. Please be sure to make your donation during the time period allotted, so that it counts toward our group goal. Click here to preview the flyer: EastEnders Gift & Collectible Flyer.

We mentioned that there will be a second opportunity to support EastEnders on UNC-TV: our Match Day on February 24. On that day, if you make a donation in any amount, it will be matched by major donors from the NC EastEnders Fan Club.

Here's an example of how to make your dollars count most: Say you've allocated $150 this year in support of EastEnders. On Gift & Collectible Day, you see a gift you want for $100. Pledge that amount, and then save the remaining $50 for Match Day. We are encouraging everyone to participate both days, if your budget permits.

In closing, we'd like to highlight one of the gifts on offer this year: a tee-shirt designed exclusively for our fan club, honoring 20 years of partnership with UNC-TV. The shirt is made by a local company with cotton grown in the Carolinas. This is a one-of-a-kind collectible that you won't want to miss!

Thanks to each of you for your generous support in the past, and we look forward to working together again this year to meet our goal! Once more, here is where to make your donation on Sunday:

EastEnders Gift & Collectible Day — Sunday, February 19, from noon to midnight!



Saturday, February 25 — Fan Club luncheon at Golden Corral in RTP

Join your fellow EE fans for food, fun, and a much-anticipated presentation by guest speaker Brian Sickora, Executive Director and General Manager of UNC-TV.

RSVP via email or Facebook


EastEnders PBS Nerd site goes live — signup today!

Today we're launching the official PBS Nerd site for EastEnders fans. You'll see an overview of EastEnders Week, which includes our two days of fundraising. More details on that later. For now, we're excited to announce a series of fun challenges that you can start on right away.

The challenges are free and strictly for your enjoyment, as a way to celebrate your EE spirit and inner nerd! You'll also be helping to promote the show to a wider audience, since PBS Nerd is a national initiative. There will be an exciting mix of awards and prizes, so don't miss out! Note that the dates of the challenges run from today through February 25. The website is being updated to reflect that (right now it says Feb. 1-8).

Below is a Quick Start guide, which you'll find very simple to follow. Please share this message with your EE friends in other states, since the challenges are open to any and all fans of the show.

  1. Go to unctv.org/eenerd
  2. Click on the gray button to "Be a PBS Nerd"
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account as an official nerd!

Now that you're registered, complete an EastEnders Challenge! The links are below. (Or you can find them on the unctv.org/eenerd page or by searching the PBS Nerd calendar for the EastEnders Challenges.)

  1. Photo Challenge — Snap a photo of your best costume or recreation of your favorite scene
  2. Video Challenge — Create a video of your best impersonation of a character or scene
  3. Artwork Challenge — Draw or paint your best EE character or scene
  4. Haiku Challenge — Create an EastEnders Haiku!

We'll close here, so you can sign up and become a PBS Nerd for EastEnders. We're looking forward to seeing your challenge entries. We could already name some club members who looked great as Dot, Pat, and Kat at EE Night in 2015 — you know who you are!

Thanks so much for supporting this new initiative for PBS and UNC-TV. It's going to be a fun February!


EastEnders Week on UNC-TV — February 19-25, 2017

Out with the old . . .
   in with the Nerds!



Dave was a nerd even before it became cool!

Greetings, NC EastEnders Fans!

This is the time of year when we usually contact you about volunteering and contributing to UNC-TV in support of EastEnders. We're delighted to tell you that we've been working on an exciting new project with UNC-TV, called the PBS Nerd initiative (think of nerd in this context as "super fan"). Our fan club will be taking center stage as a sponsor and active participant of PBS Nerd.

This will replace the partnership we had with the station during their annual fundraiser (formally called FESTIVAL), providing a new format that will give us greater exposure and reach, among other benefits.

The new initiative will run during the month of February, but we will be a main focus of the activities during "EastEnders Week", from February 19-25. We'll feature a combination of fundraising activities and exciting member challenges as part of PBS Nerd!

First, some background: UNC-TV is changing their on-air fundraising, based on feedback that they've had from their members and viewers over the years, asking them to cut back on program interruptions and to reduce the amount of live fundraising. In an effort to be good stewards of the valuable contributions they receive and to be responsive to this feedback, they are implementing welcome changes with the Spring Fundraiser in March.

The intention is to reduce program interruptions, while continuing to provide the quality programming you love, utilizing other methods of fundraising. With our leading role in the PBS Nerd initiative, we'll be in the vanguard of these new changes!

Based on past success and your enthusiastic participation, we are extending EastEnders Night to EastEnders Week. We will be exposing EastEnders to a whole new viewer base through this opportunity to participate in a brand new nationwide PBS initiative, while offering even more fun activities for you-the devoted and generous "nerds" of EastEnders!

Here is the exciting lineup:

Sunday, February 19 — Gift & Collectible Day

From 12 noon to midnight, you'll have an opportunity to make a donation and receive the same kind of the fantastic thank-you gifts that you've enjoyed in the past.

Friday, February 24 — Match Day

A few of our regular major donors will be posting a matching gift challenge. Make a gift on this day and it will be matched!

February 19-25 — Challenge Series

Get ready for some EastEnders fun all week long! We'll be posting challenges such as character impersonations, poetry and haikus, paint or draw your best EE scene, snap a photo of you as a character or in a scene. From the photos and videos that you upload, we will issue awards and prizes for the winners.

Saturday, February 25 — Fan Club luncheon at Golden Corral in RTP

Join your fellow EE fans for food, fun, and a much-anticipated presentation by guest speaker Brian Sickora, Executive Director and General Manager of UNC-TV.
RSVP via email or Facebook

More fun will follow EastEnders Week, including a Watch Party at UNC-TV in June. More about that later!

We will be providing details in the days ahead, including the launch of the EastEnders PBS Nerd website, where you'll be able to see all the challenges and start participating. We'll also be following up with specifics about both Gift & Collectible Day and Match Day, including our fundraising goals.

We'll close with a few benefits of the new initiative:

  • Publicity for our fan club and EastEnders, as a major sponsor of PBS Nerd. There will be recognition in print, online, and on the air.
  • Increased flexibility for giving: two full days to pledge your support, receiving a gift and/or making a matching contribution. All from the comfort of your home, without any program interruptions!
  • A series of fun challenges that will let you exercise your creativity, sense of humor, and share your love of EastEnders.
  • The opportunity to be on the ground floor of a new era in PBS fundraising. We're the pioneers!

Looking forward to charting this exciting new territory together!

Cheers,
Dave & Linda


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