Sonny Fox to Host Fundraiser for PS217, Brooklyn

The legendary TV and radio broadcaster Sonny Fox, who hosted the award-winning childrens television series, "Wonderama," from 1959 to 1967, will host a fund-raising show for his original elementary school, PS 217, in Brooklyn, on Saturday, October 24, at 7:30 PM. "Wonderama," which aired every Sunday for four hours, was hailed as the first children's TV show that not only listened to children but presented programming that educated and entertained children. At the height of the show's popularity, there was a three year wait for studio audience tickets.

Fox, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, had not visited PS 217 for more than 80 years until he stopped in last year while on a book signing tour for his memoir, But You Made The Front Page: Wonderama, Wars and a Whole Bunch of Life.

The Fundraiser will be held at PS 217, at 1100 Newkirk Avenue in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 and are available by visiting the web site Friends of PS 217 (

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