The RBEF Telethon

Since 1989, the Foundation (in cooperation with RB Library Media Services) has held a Telethon that has become the Foundation's premiere annual fundraising event. The Telethon is broadcast on RBTV, the school's educational cable television station to a host of suburban communities. This fundraiser owes its success to hundreds of dedicated volunteers - students, alumni, community members, teachers, staff and friends - who have made the Telethon an R-B tradition. In addition to talented performers, the day-long event has featured celebrities including Chicago radio personalities and municipal, state and federal officials. In its first year, the Telethon was awarded a John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award, the only high school event in the country to receive this prestigious honor. The Telethon is held every year during February.

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CTEC Award Winners 2014

The CTEC High School Video Festival awarded a first place trophy to freshman Lisandro Resto for his commercial on reusable water bottles, two second place plaques were awarded to Jason Goo for his sci-fi movie trailer, C1-93, and to Michael Frushour and Robert Ripoli for RBTV News. Two third place awards went to Michael Frushour and Colin Hughes for Live Event Sports Coverage - "RBTV Boys Basketball Live," and Live Event Performing Arts Coverage "Orchesis 2013."

Crystal Pillar Award Winner 2014

At the 2014 High School Awards of Excellence by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS - the same organization which awards the Emmys), sophomore Colin Hughes won the Crystal Pillar Award in the Editor Category for his 2013 movie trailer, Desperation. Hughes also won an Honorable Mention from NATAS in the Writing Category for his 2013 sketch comedy show, Horseplay. The Crystal Pillar Award is the highest honor NATAS can bestow upon high school students. These videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel. For quick access to our YouTube channel, click the "RBTV/YouTube" image located on this page. Congratulations to these fine students on their excellent work.

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Scholarship Winner 2014

Two scholarships totaling $3500 were awarded to RB senior Michael Frushour. Michael has been involved with RBTV for four years and will be attending Columbia College in the fall. The first scholarship, worth $2500, was the Gene Cartwright Scholarship from NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the second scholarship, worth $1000, was the Nadine Sterk Scholarship from CTEC (Chicagoland Television Educators Council).