Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – And the EMMY Award for a dramatic video goes to . . .  

At the City Council’s November 21 meeting, Mayor, Brenda Gunter, started her remarks by saying, “The City of San Angelo is now the home of an EMMY Award.”

 Mayor, Gunter, recognized two individuals, Brian Groves and Brandon Whitford, who were responsible for the 12-minute video, “Shattered Dreams” project, the telling of the fatal consequences of teenage drinking and driving. The EMMY Award was given to Groves, videographer, who represented SATV and to Whitford, Angelo State University’s Multimedia Specialist as both were presented with EMMY trophies at an awards banquet last month in San Antonio.

“Therefore, I, Brenda Gunter, Mayor of the City of San Angelo, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize and applaud Brian Groves and Brandon Whitford for their achievement and positive determination to make a difference in our community. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Official Seal of the City of San Angelo to be affixed this 21st day of November, 2017.”

Before Groves spoke about what it meant for him and Whitford to win the EMMY, he tongue-in-cheek said.

“You will notice that the excitement hasn’t worn off because we still take them (trophies) with us where ever we go. “This has been an incredible experience, one that we both fail at a loss for words to express.” “one of the incredible things was that it was a community project that involved so many different organizations, from the hospitals, to law enforcement agencies, the City, ASU and other organizations” said Groves. “It just shows that great things can happen when a community comes together.” “Hopefully a project like this can save some lives and keep some of our young people from making some bad decisions,” concluded Groves.

 “Shattered Dreams” was one of six finalists for the Emmy in the category of “Children / Youth / Teen – Program / Special / Feature / Segment.” The Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences serves all 19 television markets in Texas. The academy recognizes excellence in the television industry with its distinguished EMMY Award.

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