‘Friday Night Fight’ Event Showcases Community Voices on COVID Vaccination

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WNED PBS, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. present documentary ‘FIGHT FOR GOOD: One Body One Soul’ and live discussion 8 PM, Feb. 18

WNED PBS and the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. (CHCB) are partnering on a special event, “Friday Night Fight! Knock Out COVID,” to engage with the community on COVID-19 and help dispel myths about the virus and the vaccine on Friday, Feb. 18 on WNED PBS, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

The program, hosted by Claudine Ewing of media partner WGRZ-TV, begins at 8 pm with a broadcast of local documentary “Fight for Good: One Body, One Soul,” which presents candid community voices that offer an effective way to respond to unprecedented difficulties encountered in the current COVID-19 and future pandemics. Following the documentary, a live discussion will encourage viewers to seek accurate vaccine information and find out where to get a vaccine.

Viewers will be able to submit questions online or call in to ask questions, request information mailed to them about vaccination, and reserve a spot in special vaccination clinics CHCB set up for Saturday, Feb. 19, in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with CHCB to help our community get accurate information about COVID vaccination, in particular for our minority communities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” said Tom Calderone, Buffalo Toronto Public Media CEO & President. “We made sure that this is accessible in as many ways as possible – on air, livestream, website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter – so no matter where people are, they can get this important information.”

The evening includes cohost Francesca Mesiah, NAACP Buffalo Branch, Co-Chair Health Committee, who will be joined by:

  • Kenny Davis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Signature Cutz Barbershop
  • Marsha McWilson, McWilson House of Beauty, Recording Artist
  • Dr. LaVonne Ansari, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.
  • Dr. Kenyani Davis, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.

“We can’t do this work alone,” Dr. Ansari said. “This partnership with WNED PBS is providing the support we need to communicate accurate information about the vital importance of being vaccinated against COVID. It’s also helping us to share the stories of communities of color to increase awareness and understanding amongst all.”

About Buffalo Toronto Public Media

Buffalo Toronto Public Media engages with our communities through exploration and entertainment – everywhere. Our member-supported services include WNED PBS, WBFO (NPR) (88.7 in Buffalo, 91.3 in Olean, 88.1 in Jamestown), WNED Classical (94.5 in Buffalo, 89.7 WNJA in Jamestown), WBFO The Bridge (88.7 HD2 in Buffalo), WBFO JazzWorks (94.5 HD2 in Buffalo), WNED Create, and WNED PBS KIDS. WNED PBS is also a national producer of award-winning documentaries. Additional information about Buffalo Toronto Public Media can be found at wned.org.

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