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River Rescuer” follows
Chad from his carefree childhood to the early days of his solitary
cleanups and the
founding of Living Lands and Waters, a conservation organization that
has cleared tons of garbage from rivers across our nation, and how
for conservation brought Chad to a river clean up in Africa.
The inspiring story of
the difference a single individual can make and the
leadership that inspires others to do their part cleaning America’s
backyard, one piece of garbage, one river at a time.
The program is narrated by
Tom Wopat (remembered as “Luke Duke” on
the “Dukes of Hazzard” and a Tony nominee for “Annie Get
Your Gun” with Bernadette Peters).
“Chad Pregracke—The River Rescuer” has
won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, First Place Public Affairs from the Iowa
Broadcast News Association and was a Telly Award finalist.
WQPT PRODUCES DOCUMENTARY
ON CHAD PREGRACKE
Contact: Lora Adams @ 309/796-2424
or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
WQPT—Quad Cities PBS presents
a new documentary featuring the life of local environmentalist, Chad Pregracke. “The
River Rescuer” follows the story of Chad Pregracke, the Quad Citian
who has received numerous awards and national recognition for his environmental
work. By the summer of 2004, the organization he founded - Living Lands
and Waters - has cleaned over 1150 tons of debris from the shoreline of
rivers across our nation.
“Chad Pregracke: The River
Rescuer” is narrated by Tom Wopat, remembered from his role on the “Dukes
of Hazard” and as a Tony nominee opposite Bernadette Peters in “Annie
Get Your Gun.”
Lora Adams produced and wrote the
script with co-producing and editing done by Brad Mosier. Former Quad Citian
Thomas Hart, now a writer in California, shares writing credit with Adams.
Ralph Iaccarino created original music for the biography.
The documentary features a combination
of video shot by WQPT, as well as video acquired from other sources. Among
them: CNN, ABC Australia, the Missouri Dept. of Conservation and the African
Summit. It also features interviews with family members; his crew and local
VIP's that had an influence on Chad's career.
“The documentary is a nice
addition to our work at WQPT,” said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.
There has been a great deal of interest in Mr. Pregracke over the last
several years and he has been featured in short stories both locally and
nationally. “This is the first biography of Chad that focuses on
him as a person and not just on his remarkable project,” said producer
Lora Adams. “Chad Pregracke: The River Rescuer” was produced
with funding provided by the Scott County Regional Authority.
“Chad Pregracke: The River
Rescuer” has won a CINE Golden Eagle Award, First Place Public Affairs
from the Iowa Broadcast News Association and was a finalist in the Telly
(Executive Producer: Rick Best -
Producers: Lora Adams and Brad Mosier – Writers: Lora Adams and Thomas Hart)
Contact: Lora Adams, WQPT, 309/796-2424.
Running time is 00:28:40 minutes.
WQPT is a broadcast service of Black
Hawk College located in Moline, Illinois.
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Pregracke (Photo credit: Greg Boll)
Barge with collected trash
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Pregracke grew up in the Illinois Quad Cities area on the banks
of the Mississippi River, as his home was only a few feet from
the shoreline. The son of educators and river enthusiasts,
KeeKee and Gary Pregracke, he spent the majority of his time
on, in, and around the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
1998, he founded Living Lands & Waters, the not-for-profit
environmental organization based in East Moline, Illinois.
Today, there are ten paid staff members and a fleet of several
barges and workboats. Thousands of volunteers have cooperated
to help with the community cleanups, Riverbottom Forest Restoration
and Adopt-a-Mississippi River Mile programs.
more by visiting the Living
Lands and Waters website.