For one night, four of Lexington's TV news stations are locking arms to spotlight people and organizations that have worked to make the community a better place.
In partnership with United Way of the Bluegrass, WKYT, WLEX18, FOX 56 and ABC 36 will hold a roadblock (when all the stations show the same content) from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as a "Night to Unite," to inform the community about some of the challenges, struggles and success stories that are happening, said Katie Williams, vice president of marketing and communications for United Way of the Bluegrass.
Williams said Saturday's event was part of United Way's larger goal.
"This isn't a United Way program; this isn't a United Way story," she said, "but a chance for us to talk about some of the good things that are happening, some of the challenges that face us and how we can come together collectively to help solve some of our problems."
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The stories during the 30-minute block will cover a variety of topics.
United Way is an umbrella organization that finances other nonprofit groups and provides support for families and communities in need. The organization is working to meet its "Big Bold Goal" of helping 10,000 families in the Bluegrass to be self-sufficient by 2020.
Williams said the idea to include the TV stations was sparked by Pat Dalbey, general manager for WLEX18.
The other stations readily agreed, Dalbey said.
"Our hope is that we can get thousands of people to volunteer just one hour a week" to help communities and children, he said. "Obviously, this is just one step in the whole process of making 10,000 more families self-sufficient by 2020. There's also other steps that need to be taken, but this is the first one that we're going to take, and we're all going to do it together."