Feature stories

Friday, September 30, 2005

Studio Joins Cancer Fundraising Effort

By Terri Rimmer

The Art Station in Fort Worth, TX has partnered with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) to help people living with cancer.

The Foundation Community Program helps people with the disease in their local communities, builds nationwide camaraderie between organizations, and promotes cancer survivorship education and programs.

“This year’s applicants were outstanding,” said Priya Sircar, the public health program manager at LAF.

Foundation grants were awarded in four specific areas: adolescent/adult issues, physical activity, survivorship education, and palliative and end-of-life care.

The Art Station is a non-profit organization offering individual, group art therapy, and community programs to children and adults. Their mission is to provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere where art making can be used to promote personal growth, uplift hearts, and help heal minds and bodies. The Art Station is staffed by licensed mental health professionals in visual arts and art therapy.

The weekend of Sept. 9th The Art Station, in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County showed artwork by local mental health consumers at the annual Arts Goggle Event.

On April 15th The Art Station received a Historic Rehabilitation Awards from Preservation Texas for its renovation and reuse of Fire Station #16 at 1616 Park Place. Community Development Director Matthew Avila traveled to Austin to accept the award on behalf of The Art Station.

In December Executive Director Jane Avila received the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County’s (MHA) 2004 Innovation In Mental Health Award for her work in establishing The Art Station. She accepted the award at a recent MHA celebration and appreciation dinner at The Petroleum Club.

The Art of Wellness Group meets on Mondays nights for adults suffering from a chronic illness and enrollment is open. Individual art therapy appointments are available for children, teens, and adults. Fees for individual therapy are based on a sliding scale.

The Art Station also has Community Creative Arts Programs and Workshops and there are on-going groups such as the Open Studio Program for adults, teens, and children. Individual Art Mentorship, Live Out Loud Women’s Group and Workshop, Summer Creative Arts Program for Teens and Children, Creating Mandalas, and Exploring Your Personal Power.
No art experience is necessary to participate in any program.

For more information, go to theartstation.org or call 817-921-2401.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Gay Support For Katrina Relief Grows

By Terri Rimmer

The range of response from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community to the victims of Hurricane Katrina continues to grow with substantial cash donations and a wide range of individual acts of kindness.

The LGBT humanitarian group Rainbow World Fund (RWF) which has partnered with America’s Second Harvest (ASH) had raised $250,000 for all victims of the hurricane to date.

“We are changing how the world sees LGBT people,” reads RWF’s web site.

The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) later organized a coalition of LGBT organizations, including PlanetOut, Inc. to help LGBT victims with the Hurricane Katrina LGBT Relief Fund according to Planet Out.

Craig Bowman. NYAC’s executive director said the fund has raised $50,000 and he expects that total to increase read a recent Associated Press article.

Thousands of people with HIV/AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina face the challenge of managing their disease without their support system. About 8,000 people no longer have their doctors, clinics, and their support systems.

When Michael-Chase Creasey, 49, fled New Orleans, he brought his HIV medicines – but not a lifetime supply. He needed to ensure that his prescriptions would not be interrupted.

HIV-infected people typically take a “cocktail” of medications that can include upward of 20 pills a day. The AIDS Alliance For Children estimates at least 8,000 HIV-infected people are now trying to get care. Federal officials say they are doing their best to streamline care to these patients and several drug companies are offering free medication.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Agency, the federal agency that provides health care for people infected with HIV, completely lost its service centers in Biloxi and New Orleans. Social stigmas may also limit some access to care.

Those evacuees who do seek medical assistance from providers at emergency centers may end up with doctors who have no experience caring for people with HIV said one doctor.

Dr. Nicholas Bellos, president of the Dallas-based Southwestern Infectious Disease Associates, helped launch an online triage program for Katrina survivors. Viral load tests, to see how much HIV is in someone’s bloodstream, as well as T-cell tests, to determine the strength of their immune system, are important factors when deciding what to prescribe, he said.

Many advocates said the week of Sept. 14th that with an impending public health disaster looming in the Gulf region, they feared that people living with HIV and AIDS might slip through the cracks.

Agency Named One of Best For Benefits

By Terri Rimmer

A judge has named the American Lung Association’s national headquarters in New York one of the 2005 winners of The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.

The program sponsored by the Principal Financial Group names the best companies with regard to employee benefits.

“The American Lung Association stood out among the competition and is a role model for providing the very best in employee benefits,” said Renee Schaaf, vice president at Principal in a press release.

Susan Reece stated also in the release that the Association should be proud of the benefits package that they have. Reece, vice president of Strategic Development, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., was a 2004 winner.

The national headquarters offers 93-97 percent employer-paid medical insurance, a pension plan, a 403(b) plan, and 100 percent employer-paid disability insurance. The Association also provides the benefits to its local chapters all across the country.

Principal is a leader in its industry.

On Sept. 21st the Association honored long-time advisor Michael P. Walsh who won a MacArthur Foundation Grant. He is a volunteer on clean air issues and was among 24 other grantees. Known as “genius grants” the Foundation awards each winner a grant of $500,000.

In a statement by the Association, John L. Kirkwood said that “Mr. Walsh has dedicated his career to pursuing clean air for people here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Kirkwood added in a released statement that because of Walsh’s efforts, people were breathing cleaner air.

The Association is requesting that parents and caregivers of those with lung disease share their story of how they survived Hurricane Katrina by emailing to webmaster@lungusa.org.

The agency is also providing a flu clinic locator online at its website which is something they do annually. It also lists flu tips, pointers, and preparation for the flu season facts. You can sign up online for the flu prevention newsletter at the Association’s website, lungusa.org.

The Association recently received a research honor called the Lung Cancer Discovery Award. They partnered with the LUNGevity Foundation to help researchers in the fight against lung cancer. The honor was started last year and shows a funding effort by both organizations. The goal of the project is to find resources for researchers investigating new treatments and a cure for lung cancer.

The Association’s goals also go beyond medical treatment.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Recycling Company Exceeds Fundraising Goal For Katrina Victims

By Terri Rimmer

Gachman Metals and Recycling Company in Fort Worth, TX has raised $10,000, over half of what they strived to collect from employees and the general public for Hurricane Katrina victims.

The family owned business started a donation drive for food, clothes, and monetary contributions to the Tarrant Area Food Bank for victims of the hurricane on Sept. 3rd.

Since 1913 Gachman has built a reputation of reliability and service, meeting customers’ needs.

Adding to the company’s slogan of “conserving resources through recycling” the company has been a leader in addressing environmental safety issues including air and water pollution.

The company is one of the largest scrap metal recycling companies in the city conserving natural resources and a leader in the metroplex.

Based on a 14-acre site Gachman processes all types of scrap metals from low-grade to space age titanium.

Most small suppliers deliver their materials to Gachman’s processing facility where the purchased scrap is separated into categories, inspected, processed, and inventoried.

A variety of equipment is used to process thousands of tons of scrap recycled by Gachman annually. The company buys aluminum, brass, copper, steel, stainless steel, iron, and all other metal grades. They sell aluminum, copper, and brass locally, nationally, and internationally.

According to Gachman, without the recycling industry the U.S. would be flooded with discarded appliances, cars, and other unwanted materials far exceeding existing landfill and dump site capacities. Recycling scrap metals results in a significant energy savings, according to Gachman’s website.

Approximately 40 percent of the copper used each year is from recycled scrap copper processed at an energy savings of more than 60 percent. In addition to savings in energy and natural resources necessary to produce raw materials, recycling scrap metal bypasses the harmful environmental side effects associated with metal manufacturing.

Recycling produces no environmentally harmful oxides which are by-products during the initial chemical manufacturing of ore to metals.

Monday, September 26, 2005

County Establishes Resource Site For Survivors

By Terri Rimmer

Dallas County in Texas has formed a website for Hurricane Rita victims to access agencies and other information.

The North Texas Hurricane Rita Shelter Resources Page at dallascounty.org/rita also enables shelters to register their facility online and supplies public health guidance documents for evacuation places. Prevention of and response to gastrointestinal diseases outbreaks for evacuation shelters, plan for prevention of and response to respiratory disease outbreaks at the same areas, and an environmental health division evacuation shelter assessment form is offered available on the site.

Public health resources of Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Louisiana Health Departments are also listed as well as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.

There is also an area to make suggestions for the website and a data collection instruments area for medical services, a Homes/Parkland form, and for ER services provided to victims. They all require authentication.

Health care services include for the DFW Hospital Council, Physician Resources, Credentialing Medical Volunteers, Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, and the Board of Medical Examiners.

Doctors who wish to volunteer to work with Hurricane Rita victims may email Gail Love at gayle.love@texmed.org. Dr. David Brailer, national coordinator for Health Information Technology was working with the American Medical Association and numerous other groups to expand Katrinahealth.org to provide doctors access to prescription records of patients displaced by Hurricane Rita before the storm hit. Doctors are instructed to refer to the Association Council for Graduate Medical Colleges’ web site for information on residency issues that Rita might impact and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s site for information on arrangements for medical students at school that might be affected and on how those schools will handle residency applications. Links to both those sites are available on dallascounty.org/rita.

On Sept. 22nd Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center announced the temporary closing that day through Sept. 24th of all mobile blood drives and Neighborhood Donor Centers in anticipation of Hurricane Rita. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations were closed Friday through Sunday as was Baylor College of Medicine. Texas Woman’s University was also closed all weekend.

The Texas Department of Insurance issued eight bulletins regarding insurance coverage and the hurricane and the City of Galveston issued a Declaration of Emergency and Humana allowed early refills on member prescriptions.

The Texas Department of State Health Services established a toll-free hotline for family members to call to locate hospital and nursing home patients evacuated by the facility because of the hurricane. People within Texas may call 1-877-623-6274 24 hours a day. Callers need the name, date of birth, and gender of the patient.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department is located at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The phone number is 214-819-2115.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hurricane Survivors With Asthma Should Monitor Condition

By Terri Rimmer

It is important that people with asthma and other chronic health conditions have measures in place to ensure they receive proper treatment in the event of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina, according to an asthma website.

Asthma.about.com states that if you are an asthmatic dependent on breathing treatments by nebulizer you should have a method to take your treatments in the event of a power outage. Another option that would be suited to very short-term power outages is a battery backup such as the type used for computer systems. A generator could also be used as a backup power source, however, you should keep in mind that if the power outage is caused by a natural disaster like a flood, tornado, or hurricane getting enough fuel to keep the generator running could be a major problem.

One of the safest ways for an asthmatic to ensure that no matter the weather they get their treatments is to use inhalers. During a natural disaster if you are an asthmatic and you find you can’t take your treatments for any reason, make your way to the nearest hospital or clinic.

Asthma triggers include perfumes, cold air, occupational exposure, smoke, other strong smells, and cockroach droppings. You can develop asthma as an adult. Common asthma medications are Azmacort, Aerobid, Advair, Serevent, Flovent, Atrovent, Albuterol Sulfate, and Pulmicort among others.

Famous asthmatics include John F. Kennedy, Sr., Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Florence Joyner, two famous Olympic swimmers, and Beethoven.

Paypal has set up a way for subscribers to donate funds directly to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund using your account. The fund has been created to help those affected by the hurricane to rebuild their lives. For more information, go to paypal.com.

The Tarrant County Resource Connection at 1100 Circle Drive in Fort Worth, TX located off Campus Street is currently housing pregnant women with newborns from New Orleans. Hours are 8-5 Sunday and Monday. Items needed as soon as possible are cribs/basinets, formula, bottles, blankets, wipes, baby clothing, any baby items, clothing, linens, bedding, new undergarments, and ladies plus size clothing.

The best way to help victims of Hurricane Katrina is by donating cash to humanitarian organizations and volunteer agencies, according to volunteernorthexas.org.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has announced the formation of a nonprofit organization devoted to soliciting money worldwide to provide relief to the hurricane victims.

The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation will be a 501© 3 group under the federal tax code, letting donors take a charitable tax deduction. The governor will appoint a foundation board with members from around the nation. Money can be donated by credit card at Louisiana.gov.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Moms Invited To Contribute To Collection of Works

By Terri Rimmer

A publishing company is searching for mothers to write for a new anthology of hopes and advice for their children.

Topics include: A Wish for My Daughter/Son, Before You Leave for Kindergarten/College, Friendship, First Love, Marriage, Eat Life, Lesson From Your Grandparents, and other topics.

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word (or compatible program) and sent as attachments to pammer@houston.rr.com.

At the top of the page include your name, address, phone number, email address, children’s names and ages, and your birthday,

The contest is sponsored by Outside Voice.

Different methods of celebrating Mother’s Day have evolved in the last several decades. The tradition of giving gifts, flowers, and celebrating mothers with festive meals has early traditional beginnings.

The story begins in 1858 when community activist Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mothers’ Works Day in West Virginia.

In 1913 Congress declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Since then Mother’s Day has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry.

Nineteenth century women dared to dream of a day that honored women in activism.

Mother’s Day is unique in the adoption community. Mary Jean Wolch-Marsh first conceived the idea of Birthmother’s Day as a result of her own experience. Many children in open adoptions and adoptees celebrate the day separate from Mother’s Day. Many celebrate just the one day, Mother’s Day, without making a distinction. Birth moms sometimes plan their own ceremonies on Birth Mother’s Day according to adopting.org. To honor your birth mother you can write a poem or letter, send a card, give a piece of adoption jewelry, send flowers, or plan to get together with your birth mom.

Nancy Ashe, adoption author, calls a real parent any parent that is not imaginary.

Some famous moms who are birth parents include Roseanne Barr, Joni Mitchell, Kate Mulgrew, and Loretta Young, among others.

According to ivillage.com, becoming a mother is a life-changing and powerful experience.

And, according to the Just For Moms Foundation, as women and moms we share common bonds.

For more information on the Mother’s Voice contest, go to mothersvoice.net on the web.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Submitted to Associated Content – 2005:

As of 9-20-05

Pending approval:

Toyota
Passing Through
Father’s Day
TCDP
Benchmark
AACD
NAWW
AGAPE
Larry
Zabasearch
Anthology
Ban
NIH
American Cancer Society
Charity Folks
Caven
Asthma site
Under One Roof
White Space
Jeep
Vanity Fair
Bow Wows
AGLIFF
Schering
Simply Hired
Social Security
Lung Assoc. Katrina efforts
Camp Update
MHMR
UNICEF
Wordwright
American Airlines

Published:

Cindy
Feline
FW Photography
St. Michael
GMHI
8 at 8
NW
Date My Pet
Petco Foundation
PSI
Gasping For Air
Petwatch
Rainbows Bridge
Pickens
Pfizer
Not A Safe House
Network Solutions
Radiant

Approved:

Adoption Law
Spiral Diner
Stigma
Tim
Extended Stay



Rejected:

Marriage
Hillary
Black Tie Dinner
Research
Music
Silver Screens
CCW
Legal Zoom
Poewar
Lambda Legal?
Coke

Sunday, September 18, 2005

International Company Holding Contest

By Terri Rimmer

Ban Deodorant is featuring a way for people to live out an idea.

You can log on to feelbanfresh.com and tell the company what you would ban if you could, vote for your favorite submission and the top nine winners will get to realize their dream.

Examples include banning loneliness, drama, self-doubt, insecurity, fear, stereotypes, peer pressure, and nerves. You can also tell the panel the top ten things you’d like to ban such as reality shows, online polls, or comb-overs. The majority of those participating chose loneliness as something they would ban.

You might see one of your ideas in a magazine ad, hang out with a celebrity, or ban something from your life. The site also has products and fun stuff to offer, too.

You can select an online image on the website to go with your entry and learn how to make an iron-on decaled t-shirt promoting banning something. The process uses t-shirt transfer paper and an ink jet printer. You iron the image on to your t-shirt, sweatshirt, canvas bag, tank top or any other similar item.

Ban Deodorant has been running t.v. and print ads for months promoting banning various negative things.

The product is distributed through the Kao Brands Company which also produces Jergens soap. The company’s mission is to transform women’s lives through beauty. The company also makes Biore, Curel, and John Frieda products.

The Andrew Jergen Company changed their name to Kao Brands Company a year ago.

Ban’s motto is to ban things that hold you back and live by your own rules.

The company encourages entrants in the ban contest to let their imagination run wild when submitting ideas.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Katrina Charity Link

Check out charityfolks.com

Monday, September 12, 2005

Research

By Terri Rimmer

It started out innocent enough.

The ad asked for paid volunteers to experiment with a form of birth control known as the "O ring".

They didn't tell me that it was easier to put in than to take out, something I found out, wriggling around on the cold floor of my bathroom later.

It was one of many research studies I've been involved in since 1992 to earn extra money.

Each one has their own criteria, their own rules, limits, risks, interesting data, and various pay, of course. With asthma, I found I was either too chronic or not chronic enough, a frustrating discovery. One asthma study required me to keep blowing into a machine to make balloons on the computer screen "pop." This determined whether or not I would qualify for the study. After much pain from blowing, I did not and was sent on my way.

An allergy study I was in required me to not take any antihistamines weeks before the study, something I, who suffer from severe allergies, could not do.

The study I get the laughs from other people on though is one I've been involved in for three years. It's a gynecological study and involves allowing med students to examine you invasively (Pap smear, breast exam) for several hours. The pay is $100 per four hours and this year that enabled me to visit my sister in Florida. The first time I volunteered in the study I felt a bit like a prostitute but now I tell my friends who are hard up for cash and they're grateful later. I've met some interesting people through this particular study. One woman volunteer, trying too hard to control the procedure and thinking she was helping the shaky med student lifted her body up to avoid being pinched by the speculum as he was bringing it out of her. The speculum then went flying across the room and hit the wall, much to the student's horror.

One student I had was pouring sweat and he was only on the question and answer period, having not even started the exam. I heard one of the doctors tell someone in the hall that the student got sick earlier and he didn't think he was going to be doctor material. Another student could not say the word "sex" to save his life, which hindered him greatly in the verbal sexual history question and answer period.

I also participated in some focus groups for extra income, which also pays well. Once I drove to Dallas to take part in a mock jury group where they fed us lunch and paid us $100.00 for four hours.

I recently tried to take part in a stomach study but found out I'd already tried the medication they were touting, which disqualified me.

The first time I got to see the inside of my gallbladder via medical camera was when I was a paid volunteer in a gastrointestinal study last year. The camera viewing only lasted a minute but it was a very long minute! I was required to log my symptoms daily on a palm pilot then download them into the phone which emailed them to the research study supervisor. At first I was intimidated by the palm pilot having never used one but I got used to it in no time. One good thing that came out of the study, which I was later discharged from due to being too chronic, was the research assistant gave me some paid editing work to do for her son, who was aspiring to be a published science fiction writer.

I called one time on a pain study but wasn't in enough pain, according to the criteria. A depression study I called on rejected me in the pre-screening process, something that should have depressed me, don't you think?

Recently I answered a bunch of intimate questions over the phone to determine if I could take part in a lingerie study but after being embarrassed through all my answers was told I didn't qualify for whatever reason. Seems like they should have offered me a condolence gift for being "violated," you know? Maybe a nice teddy or something.

Having gone through an adoption three years ago I was qualified to take part in a study in Dallas this past spring. They paid me $100 for an hour and a half of questions involving a blind fold, visualization, and somewhat rude questions by the interviewer. As I glanced at the sign-in sheet I recognized three birth moms' names who I knew since an ad regarding the study was posted in the local paper the week before. The money helped me pay some immediate bills.

I was later called by a group in Illinois who offered to pay me $75 to participate in a skin survey via mail. I filled out a questionnaire over a ten-day period, drew pictures, made intricate collages for various questions, and painstakingly reflected in writing daily about my skin including what my fantasy skin would look and feel like, how I felt about my body, and what kind of products I wish were on the market. I had no idea it would be so hard but who really gives skin this much thought? When I was done I felt like a scientist. A very strange mad scientist.

I called a study recently that wanted to interview pet owners but didn't qualify for that one. When I called on insomnia study the interviewer who pre-screened me didn't like that I took naps and told me they couldn't use me. Oh well. I wasn't willing to give up my daily nap. I hesitantly called on a study about weight last month. After a few series of questions I was told I didn't qualify.

More often than not, I don't qualify for a lot of studies but I keep giving it a shot until I strike gold.

Besides, I know that every spring I will get called back to make that few hundred dollars at the amusement of those med students pursuing gynecology, affording me to fly the friendly skies once again to see my sister in Florida, a trip that is well worth the invasion of my precious reproductive system.

Program Allows Doctors To Fill Orders Online

By Terri Rimmer

Two or three quick steps is all it takes for physicians to enroll their patients in an assistance program for medications.

With Rx Hope (rxhope.com) red tape is cut to smithereens allowing for less application processing time, according to Christine Maris, CEO and site manager of Rx Hope.

“We have online applications so the doctor can log on to the site or some clients actually pay the site to do the service,” she said. “Requests from patients double monthly and are growing steadily.”

The site has the entire doctor’s information so the nurse only has to look for a DEA number on the site which is updated regularly. Each drug order comes with a tracking number and patients can print out applications online. Everything is up to date and patients can also print out information for their doctor.

“It saves time,” said Maris.

The Clinton, NJ company is the only patient assistance Internet initiative supported by PHRMA and participating drug companies. Rx Hope started as a grassroots project of the Patient Assistance Program and Directors of the PHRMA-member businesses and has achieved leading Internet-based patient help and sampling of the medication world.

Each patient assistance request form is tailor-made by the medication company’s regulations search. Rx Hope is an independent company not associated with others who provide patients with low or no-cost meds. According to their website, one of the benefits of using the service is a financial savings due to less money spent on postage, printing, sorting, and other lengthy jobs. Rx Hope, a privately held company, also has an assistance finder which joins info compared with other current federal, state, and other pharmaceutical models.

One drug, Requip (Ropinirole HCL), a medication for insomnia which was approved on May 9th, is popular for the treatment of primary Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) in adults. Symptoms include an uncomfortable feeling in the legs (tingling, creepy, itching, pulling, or aching) with an urge to move them during inactivity, including both sleep and wakefulness. The cause of RLS is unknown but researchers believe it may be related to dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between nerve cells. The approval of the drug for came after clinical trials showed it greatly reduced symptoms and improved sleep quality in adults.

For more information, call 908-713-7600 or email customerservice@rxhope.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

From NAWW

101 Best
Resources for Writers








Compiled by
National Association of Women Writers


Published 2005

Published by NAWW, PO BOX 700696, San Antonio, TX 78270
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101 Best
Resources for Writers

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Book for Writers

Magazines/eZines for Writers

Organizations for Publishers & Writers

Organizations for Writers

BONUS:
10 Research Sites

Plus...
NAWW Membership Form
InfoMarket Network Membership Form











Introduction


The National Association of Women Writers created the 101 Best Resources for Writers to help you locate the best writing related information and resources. We hope you find this FREE ebooklet helpful as you embark on or continue your writing-life journey. Please always feel free to drop the NAWW an e-mail at naww@onebox.com. We would love to hear from you.

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Books for Writers
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1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
2. The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal: A Companion
3. Volume to the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
4. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
5. The Business of Writing by Gregg Levoy
6. Characters and Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card
7. Championship Writing – 50 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Paula LaRocque
8. The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Bly
9. Creating Character Emotion by Ann Hood
10. The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer
11. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
12. Elements of the Writing Craft by Robert Olmstead
13. Escaping into the Open – The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg
14. The First Book Market - A Writer’s Resource by Jason Shinder
15. A Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
16. Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript by Jack and Glenda Neff, Don Prues and the Editors of the Writer’s Market
17. Fruitflesh – Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write by Gayle Brandeis
18. Guide to Literary Agents by Writer’s Digest Books
19. How to Get Happily Published by Judith Applebaum
20. How to Make Money Publishing From Home by Lisa Shaw
21. How to Publish Your Articles – A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publication Say Yes by Shirley Kawa-Jump
22. How to Start A Home-Based Writing Business by Lucy V. Parker
23. How to Write Articles - For Newspapers and Magazines by Dawn B. Sova, Ph. D.
24. How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool
25. How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency: A Psychological Adventure by Robert Boice
26. Idea Catcher: An Inspiring Journal for Writers by The Editors of Story Press
27. I’d Rather Be Writing – A Guide to finding more time, getting more organized, completing more projects and having more fun by Marcia Golub
28. Jump Start Your Book Sales: A Money-Making Guide for Authors, Independent Publishers and Small Presses by Marilyn & Tom Ross
29. Magazine Writing That Sells by Don McKinney
30. Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write – How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book by Elizabeth Lyon
31. On Writing by Stephen King
32. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
33. Online Markets for Writers: Where and How to Sell Your Writing on the Internet by Anthony Tedesco with Paul Tedesco
34. The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
35. Room to Write by Bonni Goldberg
36. The Self-Publishing Manual: How To Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book by Dan Poynter
37. The Sell Your Novel Toolkit – Everything You Need to Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing & Breaking In by Elizabeth Lyon
38. The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book by Susan Page
39. The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman
40. The Woman’s Book of Powerful Quotations and Discovery Journal by Sheri’ McConnell
41. Women of Words Edited by Janet Bukovinsky Teacher
42. Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan
43. Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser
44. Write Where You Live by Elaine Fantle Shimberg
45. The Writer’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers and Literary Agents by Jeff Herman
46. The Writer’s Handbook Edited by Sylvia K. Burack
47. Writers, Inc. – A Student Handbook for Writing & Learning by Patrick Sebranak, Verne Meyer, and Dave Kemper.
48. The Writer’s Market (Published Annually) - Edited by Kirsten C. Holm
49. The Writer’s Market Companion by Joe Feiertag, Mary Carmen Cupito, and the Editors of Writer’s Digest.
50. The Writer’s Survival Guide by Rachel Simon
51. Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg
52. Writing For Dollars – 75 Tips for the Freelance Writer by John McCollister
53. Writing in Flow by Susan K. Perry, Ph. D.
54. Writing From Personal Experience by Nancy Davidoff Kelton
55. Writing From The Inside Out by Dennis Palumbo
56. Writing Nonfiction: Turning Thoughts into Books by Dan Poynter
57. You Can Write For Magazines by Greg Daugherty
58. You Can Write Children’s Books by Tracy E. Dils
59. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Magazines for Writers
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60. Absolute Write – Online – Subscribe at www.absolutewrite.com

61. Creative Screenwriting – Print – Subscribe at www.creativescreenwriting.com or call 323-957-1405.

62. NAWW WEEKLY – Online – Subscribe at www.NAWW.org

63. New American Writing – Print – For subscription information, write to 369 Molino Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

64. Oxford American (The Southern Magazine of Good Writing) – Print – Subscribe at www.oxfordamericanmag.com or 1-800-269-6926.

65. Poets & Writers (What Creative Writers Need To Know) – Print – Subscribe at www.pw.org or write to Poets & Writers, PO BOX 543 Mount Morris, IL 61054. Call 817-734-1123 or email at poet@kable.com.

66. Romantic Times – Print – Subscribe at www.romantictimes.com or write to Romance Times, 55 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. 718-237-1097.

67. Scr(i)pt (Where Film Begins) – Print – Subscribe at www.scriptmag.com or 1-888-245-2228.

68. Write Directions – Online – Subscribe at www.writedirections.com

69. The Writer – Print – For subscription information, write to The Writer, PO BOX 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612.

70. Writers Digest – Print & Online – Subscribe at www.writersdigest.com

71. Writers’ Journal (The Complete Writer’s Magazine ) – Print – Subscribe at www.writersjournal.com or write to Writers’ Journal, PO BOX 394, Derham, MN 56573-0394.

72. Writers Manual – Online – Subscribe at www.writersmanual.com

73. Writing, Etc. – Online – Subscribe at www.filbertpublishing.com

74. Writing For Dollars – Online – Subscribe at www.awoc.com/WFD-Subscribe.cfm

75. Writing -World – Online – Subscribe at www.writing-world.com



Organizations for Publishers & Writers


76. American Booksellers Association - www.bookweb.org

77. Association of American Publishers - www.publishers.org

78. Publishers Marketing Association - www.pma-online.org

79. Small Publishers Association of North America www.spannet.org

80. Small Publishers, Artists, & Writers Network - www.spawn.org

Organizations for Writers
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81. Academy of American Poets - www.poets.org

82. American Society of Journalists & Authors - ASJA - www.asja.org

83. Association of Author’s Representatives - aar-online.org

84. Black Writers Alliance - www.blackwriters.org

85. Editorial Freelancers Association - EFA - www.the-efa.org

86. Education Writers Association - www.ewa.org

87. International Assn. of Business Communicators - www.iabc.com

88. International Women’s Writing Guild - IWWG - www.iwwg.com

89. Mystery Writer’s of America - www.bookwire.com/mwa

90. National Association of Black Journalists - www.nabj.org

91. National Association of Women Writers - www.NAWW.org

92. National Writers Association - www.nationalwriters.com

93. National Writers Union - www.nwu.org

94. Novelists, Inc. – www.ninc.com

95. Poetry Society of America - www.poetrysociety.org

96. Romance Writers of America - www.rwanational.com

97. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, INC. - www.sfwa.org

98. Society of American Business Editors & Writers – www.sabew.org

99. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - www.scbwi.org

100. Society of Professional Journalists - www.spj.org

101. Writers Guild of America - www.wga.org

Thursday, September 08, 2005

List of Profile Questions for Features

Subject:List of profile questions
To:wordtrix@hotmail.com


1. Professional background 2. Awards, honors, achievements - past and
present (professionally) 3. Goals - professionally 4. Community support in
your business 5. Advice for success - for someone going into your position
6. Motivations and inspirations - what inspires you at work? 7. Role model
or models 8. Hobbies 9. Hometown 10. Education - high school and/or
college 11. Activities in high school and/or college 12. Awards in high
school and/or college 13. How has your past culminated into what you've
done now professionally? 14. Organizations involved with 15. Age - if you
want to say 16. Business challenges in your position 17. How business has
changed since you started? 18. Kids' names if you have any? Husband/wife's
name if applicable? 19. Anything you'd like to add? 20. Any recent picture
available of yourself? If not, will have someone take your pic.

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Dogster and Catster news

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To My Daughter On Her 4th Birthday

August 2004

Dear McKenna:

I've been debating what to write for your annual birthday letter wanting to give you bright, happy thoughts.

I can't believe you're going to be four years old on the 15th. It seems like only a blink away I saw you swaddled in white in the hospital. I'm so glad you have such a great family inVicki and Larry. Vicki loves you so much and sends me emails all the time about how you're doing. Larry taped your first dance recital recently which I can't wait to see.

They tell me you're having your party at the water park that you love. I know you'll have a blast. In my usual tradition I'll be releasing the balloons at the park where we had Placement - four of them this year. I'll watch them float up to the sky and again wish you a happy birthday as the balloons climb higher and higher into the clouds. My once deep sorrow has now turned into heartfelt happiness knowing that you enjoy a new, good life each day with your adoptive parents. You get to have all the things I was never able to give you including peace and stability which every child deserves.

Soon the Olympics will be on t.v. again just like four years ago when I watched, pregnant with you. Those were memorable times I will treasure always.

I used to be awkward when asked about you by others but now I proudly say, "She lives with her adoptive family." I do have some of your pictures displayed all over my apartment like in the bedroom where a copy of your footprints hangs by some of my framed published articles. Now I can't imagine my life without you. It is like the chapters before you came along don't exist.

Every day I thank God for you.

Happy 4th Birthday!

I love you,



Terri

Updated Resume

EXPERIENCE:

8/2005-Present Associated Content
Writing, interviewing

7/2005-Present Happynews.com
Writing, interviewing, reporting Round Rock, TX

9/2003-Present Abbey’s Pet and House Sitting Fort Worth, TX
Public Relations Marketing, public relations, pet sitting

8/2003 – 6/2005 Gayfortworth.com Fort Worth TX
Freelance Writer Writing, editing, reporting

2/2003 - 8/2003 Out In Jersey Magazine New Jersey
Freelance Writer Writing stories relevant to the gay community

11/2002 - 8/2003 The Ally Newspaper Fort Worth TX
Freelance Writer Writing feature and news stories, covering events, photography

10/2001 - 5/2002 Nancy G West San Antonio TX
Researcher Researching, writing for freelance writer

11/1999 - 3/2000 The Keller Citizen Keller, TX
Staff Writer Writing, editing, proofreading, covering meetings, features

8/1998 - 10/1998 Taylor Research & Investigations Dallas, TX
Freelance Writer Writing, researching, interviewing, reporting

8/1990 - 6/1991 Camden County Tribune/Nassau County Record St. Marys, GA
Staff Writer Writing, editing, covering news and features

12/1988 - 12/1990 Jacksonville Magazine Jacksonville, FL
Freelance Writer Writing economic development stories for magazine

7/1989 - 10/1989 The Clay Today Newspaper Orange Park, FL
Staff Writer Covering city council and government beat, features

4/1989 - 7/1989 Florida Times-Union Newspaper Jacksonville, FL
Editorial Assistant Assisting Features Department with clerical work, writing

4/1988 - 1/1989 East Cobb Neighbor Marietta, GA
Editor Responsible for production and writing of newspaper

12/1987 - 1/1988 Marietta Daily Journal Marietta, GA
Intern Writing, editing, features, photography, proofreading

5/1987 - 3/1988 The West Georgian Newspaper Carrollton, GA
Editor Responsible for all phases of publication, oversaw staff





EDUCATION:
West Georgia College Carrollton, GA
Major: Mass Communications, Minor: English
Served as editor, assistant news editor, beat reporter, staff writer, and typesetter between 1984-1988

ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS, AND AWARDS:
Pet sitting editorial published on Petorama (2005); Foster care article published by Poewar.com (2005); Adoption Novel published by Booklocker.com and listed on adopting.com (2005); Pancreatic Cancer Action Network volunteer (2005); Former American Cancer Society volunteer (2005); Featured in Dallas Voice Newspaper (12/3/04); Life story published in Adoption Week Magazine and Red Pub Magazine (2004); Poem published by Voices In Print Special Edition Book (2004); Frugal spending article published by Writers Write (2004); Life story published by FM Magazine (2004); Hate crimes article published by Out In Jersey Magazine (2004); Foster care story published by Adoption Week E Magazine (Aug. 2004); How to Write Greeting Cards article published by Writers Weekly (2003); Received grant from PEN American Writer's Fund (Feb. 2002); Adoption Journal published online (2001); Received 1991 Florida Press Association Award; Received journalism scholarship (1987).

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Info on Black Tie Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: John S. Shore
Shore Public Relations
DFW Black Tie Dinner Board Member/ Volunteer
214-352-5111
jshore@shorepr.com

Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner
Receives National Award for Record Distribution to Charities
and Announces 2005 Charity Beneficiaries


DALLAS (March 31, 2005) – The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national gay and lesbian advocacy organization, recently honored the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner as the premier fundraising event in the country. With an average attendance of over 3,000 guests during the past decade, the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner is the largest formal sit-down dinner of its kind in the country both in attendance and charitable contributions. Last year the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner gave away a record $1.12 million dollars. The annual Dinner benefits the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and up to twenty local charitable organizations. “This distinction really belongs to the Dallas-Fort Worth community. It is because of their generous support that Black Tie Dinner continues to break records and lead the nation,” stated Pam Clayton, Black Tie Co-Chair.

2005 Beneficiaries Selected
Building on the success of last year’s “American Celebration” held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Dallas, the board of directors recently selected twenty local charities that will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s event. “Selecting beneficiaries for the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner is one of the Board’s most important tasks each year,” said Philip Wier, Black Tie Co-Chair. “The strength of our community depends on the support that is given to these organizations from attendees, sponsors and donors.”
Beneficiaries selected for 2005 include:
AIDS ARMS, INC.
AIDS Interfaith Network, INC
AIDS Outreach Center
AIDS Resources of Rural Texas
AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS Services of North Texas
Congregation Beth El Binah
Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance – Don Baker Education Fund
Dallas Legal Hospice
Fort Worth Men’s Chorus
GLSEN Dallas
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, INC.
Legacy Counseling Center
Lesbian/ Gay Rights Lobby of Texas/ Calkin Fund
PFLAG/ Dallas
Resource Center of Dallas
Turtle Creek Chorale
White Rock Friends
Women’s Communities Association
Youth First Texas
Each year the dinner presents a gala evening of empowerment, entertainment and education, and features nationally recognized speakers and entertainers. “Our guests have let us know how pleased they were with last year’s Dinner and the Adam’s Mark. We look forward to another successful event this year in the hotel,” said Clayton. The board of directors is currently working on plans for an exciting and imaginative event to be held on Saturday, October 22, 2005. Black Tie Dinner also presents two awards each year: the Kuchling Humanitarian Award which recognizes local individuals for their contributions to gay and lesbian equality, and the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award, which recognizes an individual, organization or corporation working at the national level.
The Dallas-Fort Black Tie Dinner is a non-profit organization that raises funds for gay and lesbian supportive organizations through a premier event of empowerment, education and entertainment in partnership with the community. The event has headlined local and national celebrities and leaders such as Governor Ann Richards, Maya Angelou, Goldie Hawn and last year, celebrities and executives from Showtime Networks. The Black Tie Dinner began in Dallas in 1982 to help support the Human Rights Campaign Fund. One hundred-forty guests attended the first dinner, which raised $6,000. In 2004, the dinner contributed over a million dollars to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and twenty local beneficiaries. In its 23-year history, the dinner has given away nearly $8 million.
For more information about the Black Tie Dinner or this year’s event, call (972) 733-9200 or visit the website at www.blacktie.org.



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Austin’s Annual Film Festival Kicks off In September

By Terri Rimmer

The 18th Annual Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (AGLIFF) will be held Sept. 30th-Oct. 8th.

The event, a 501(©) 3 organization, is the largest gay and lesbian film festival in the southwest and is Austin’s largest gay cultural festival that includes over 165 films from 20 different countries.

AGLIFF is seeking volunteers again to help with this year’s event as well as sponsoring a movie trailer contest. In addition, the organization has a wish list on their website (agliff.org).

For more information on volunteering, call 512-302-9889 or email volunteers@agliff.org.

Each year AGLIFF solicits the talent of a filmmaker to create a unique trailer, one that conveys the festival’s theme. The 45-second trailer contest, a new component to the festival this year, involves the top three winners’ trailers playing in rotation before all screenings. The deadline to enter is Sept. 15th and decisions will be made Sept. 22nd.

Goals of the AGLIFF, founded in 1987, are to create positive and visible film images relevant to gay and lesbian lives, educate the community about gay issues, and to show and promote the best in gay and lesbian videos. AGLIFF screens the newest films and videos for ten days during its festival and also does community outreach and education year-round. The AGLIFF has achieved national recognition as one of the top five film festival in the U.S. and has received three ADDY (advertising) awards for excellence and design.

The Fourth Annual “My Gay Movie” category was screened on Aug. 24th at REGAL Arbor Cinema in Austin. This is an opportunity for the new filmmaker to showcase their movie in a fun environment. Each year AGLIFF receives hundreds of entries from across the country but only 10-15 are selected for the festival. There will be awards in different categories as well as an award and grand prize for the best.

“No matter how you rhetorically slice it, family values are steadfast…For the first time AGLIFF is actively courting families,” wrote The Austin American Statesman Newspaper on AGLIFF’s website.

In its first year the festival only included five films screened over seven nights at a single venue, the Dobie Theater.

The presenting sponsors for this year’s festival are REGAL Cinemas and The Great Outdoors.

Roughly 40 percent of AGLIFF’s operating budget comes from membership. The Supporter Level is $25 and includes membership to a credit union among other privileges. Fan I/Fan II, membership is $45 and $80, Director I/Director II is $150 and $250 and includes invitations to filmmaker and celebrity receptions. Producer I/Producer II is $300 and $500 with limited availability and includes mention in the slides at the show and priority seating to all screenings among other perks, Chairman Level membership is $1,200 and has limited availability and has all the privileges of Producer II plus extra tickets and a half-page ad in the festival program among other privileges, the Mogul Level membership is $2,500 with limited availability and has all the benefits of Producer II plus extra tickets, a full-page ad, reserved table and VIP services, and other benefits.

Memberships are valid for one year if purchased during the festival and valid through Aug. 1st of the following year.

For information, email info@agliff.org.

The GYM (Gay Youth Media) project, part of AGLIFF, is a program for queer youth (ages 13-19) designed to teach them all aspects of film and video production while providing a forum for discussion and exploration of gay culture, history, and politics. Previous GYM Projects have screened film festivals across the country.

Lee National Denim Day

Media Contact:
Rachel Bullock, (816) 512-9482, rbullock@beap.com
Angela Accurso, (816) 512-9160, aaccurso@beap.com
Barkley Evergreen & Partners Public Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



‘DESPERATE’ MEN ASK FANS FOR $10 MILLION
James Denton and Ricardo Antonio Chavira team up to raise awareness of breast cancer
and commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Lee National Denim Day®

MERRIAM, KAN. – Two of Hollywood’s hottest hunks are showing their softer sides by focusing their attention on raising money for breast cancer initiatives. James Denton and Ricardo Antonio Chavira, stars of the hit television show “Desperate Housewives,” have joined forces to help commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Lee National Denim Day, a program that has raised $52 million for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Denton and Chavira are calling on people nationwide to join them Oct. 7 in wearing denim and donating to the cause. Through individual $5 donations, Lee Jeans, Denton and Chavira hope to raise $10 million for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. One hundred percent of every dollar raised through Lee National Denim Day goes directly to the Komen Foundation for initiatives that might otherwise go unfunded.

“For 10 years, this program has transformed the workplace by bringing deep meaning to casual Fridays and unifying millions of people through two simple acts: wearing denim and making a donation,” said Kathy Collins, vice president of marketing for Lee Jeans. “Lee National Denim Day is about finding a cure for breast cancer – it’s about education and hope and the power of a pair of jeans. We’re thrilled to have two spokesmen leading the charge with passion.”

Denton and Chavira share a connection to the cause: each lost his mother to breast cancer. Chavira’s mother died when he was a teenager while Denton’s mother died just two years ago. Their experiences with the disease are different, but the pain breast cancer inflicted on their families is the same.

“When you talk about breast cancer, you realize everyone seems to have some connection to the disease,” Denton said. “I think Lee National Denim Day makes so much sense because it unites people who have been touched by the disease, and that helps us deal with it a little better.”

By partnering with Lee Jeans and the Komen Foundation, Denton and Chavira hope to spread the important messages of education and early detection so their losses might be prevented for future sons and daughters. Additionally, as male spokespeople, Denton and Chavira hope to increase recognition of the important role men play as co-survivors – encouraging breast health in a spouse, partner, mother, sister or friend and assisting them in fighting the disease.

“Breast cancer strikes a cultural bone with me. Many in the Latino community avoid discussing this topic,” Chavira said. “I hope that hearing from me, a Latino man who lost his mother to breast cancer, will encourage others to take care of the women in their lives.”
Lee National Denim Day helps raise public consciousness about breast cancer. Companies, schools or organizations that register by visiting www.denimday.com or calling 1.800.521.5533 will receive a comprehensive participation kit, which includes educational materials about breast cancer in addition to supplies for easy coordination.
Last year, 27,500 companies helped raise more than $8.5 million on a single day. Denton and Chavira will make media appearances on behalf of Lee National Denim Day and appear in a national print ad campaign with the hope of recruiting millions of people to join the fight against breast cancer and reach the $10 million goal this year.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 active volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards, educational and scientific conferences, and community-based outreach programs around the world. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation’s Web site, www.komen.org, or call its National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline, 1.800 I’M AWARE®.
Lee Jeans is a division of VF Corp. (NYSE: VFC). Headquartered in Merriam, Kan., Lee manufactures and markets brand denim, casual pants, shirts, fleece and knit apparel. A brand committed to the community, Lee Jeans founded and annually underwrites Lee National Denim Day, the largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. VF Corp. is the world's largest apparel company and a leader in jeanswear, intimate apparel, knitwear, workwear, playwear, and daypacks. Its principal brands include Lee, Wrangler, Riders, Rustler, Vanity Fair, Vassarette, Bestform, Lily of France, JanSport, Eastpak, Vans, Earl Jean, Nautica, The North Face and Napapijri.

Note to editors: To inquire about interview opportunities, local participants, photos or more information about breast health, please contact Rachel Bullock at rbullock@beap.com or 816-512-9482.
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From John Shore Public Relations

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PRESS CONTACT: John S. Shore
Shore Public Relations
Board Volunteer
214-352-5111
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SHARON STONE TO RECEIVE ELIZABETH BIRCH EQUALITY AWARD AT OCTOBER 22 BLACK TIE DINNER


DALLAS (July 12, 2005) – Sharon Stone has been announced as the 2005 recipient of the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award to be presented at the Dallas-Ft Worth Black Tie Dinner on October 22nd at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Dallas.
To honor national leaders, and in recognition of the inspirational leadership of former Human Rights Campaign Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, this award is given annually to an individual, organization or company that has made a significant contribution of national scope to the lesbian and gay community. Past recipients include Elizabeth Birch and Showtime Networks/Robert Greenblatt.
Since accepting a key volunteer position with The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Ms. Stone has traveled nationally and internationally on behalf of the Foundation. She has served as the Chairman of amFAR’s Campaign for AIDS Research since 1995, working tirelessly to heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS as a threat to social and economic stability and underscoring the urgent need for continued AIDS research. Ms. Stone has also twice served as host and auctioneer at amfAR’s Two by Two for AIDS and Art auction in Dallas, helping to raise nearly $2 million for AIDS research.
Known internationally for a variety of high-impact film roles, Ms. Stone began her career as a model in New York and quickly moved to starring roles in movies, winning a Golden Globe for “Best Actress” in 1996 and an Academy Award nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s Casino. Ms. Stone’s extraordinary commitment to the fight against AIDS and to amfAR’s cutting-edge work was spurred by the death of her friend and acting coach Roy London.
“We are honored to recognize Sharon Stone with the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award,” said Dinner co-chair Tom Phipps. “Consistently, in both words and actions, Sharon Stone has demonstrated her steadfast commitment to our community and to the fight against AIDS.”
The combination of this year’s keynote speaker, Lily Tomlin, and Ms. Stone once again bring some of Hollywood’s best to the Black Tie Dinner. Last year’s Dinner featured stars from Showtime Networks “Queer as Folk” and “The L Word”.
Tables for the 2005 Black Tie Dinner went on sale August 20th via a lottery draw in the Austin Ballroom at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.
Access to premium tables is still available through sponsorships. Both individual and corporate sponsorships are offered, starting at as little as $100 more per person than the standard $300 Dinner ticket.
For more information on sponsorships, contact Sheila Bryant at 972-733-9200, ext. 8 or visit www.blacktie.org.
A variety of events are planned for this year’s dinner, which will begin at 6pm on October 22 at the Adam’s Mark in downtown Dallas, and include:
• The presentation of the Raymond Kuchling Humanitarian Award, an annual award announced the night of the dinner, which recognizes outstanding service and remarkable courage in securing individual freedoms and in protecting human rights
• A silent auction, which last year offered more than a quarter million dollars worth of merchandise
• A live, luxury auction during the dinner, which in the past has featured “walk-on” television roles and lavish luxury trips
2,770 guests attended last year’s dinner that netted $1,120,000 to local and national beneficiaries, increasing the event’s 24-year cumulative fundraising total to nearly $8 million.
Raffle tickets for the 2006 BMW 325i are $100 each, and may be purchased from any Black Tie board member or beneficiary organization.
For information regarding the dinner and updates as they become available, visit the Black Tie Dinner website at www.blacktie.org.

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PHOTOS AVAILABLE

Regarding Black Tie Dinner Table Captains

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS CONTACT: John S. Shore
Shore Public Relations
Board Volunteer
214-352-5111
jshore@shorepr.com


TABLE CAPTAIN AND SPONSORSHIP DRIVES IN FULL SWING FOR OCTOBER 22 BLACK TIE DINNER


DALLAS (June 24, 2005) – Planning for the Dallas-Fort Worth Black Tie Dinner continues on a rapid pace, as efforts to recruit Table Captains and Sponsors move forward. Recent parties for both Table Captains and Sponsors have driven excitement for the October 22nd Dinner, featuring comedienne Lily Tomlin.
Tables for the 2005 Black Tie Dinner went on sale August 20th via a lottery draw in the Austin Ballroom at the Adams Mark Hotel. Groups of ten gather and designate a “table captain” who coordinates information and payment for the table, and represents the group in the lottery process. Individual tickets, if any, are made available after the lottery date.
“Table Captains are essential to the success of our dinner,” said Co-chair Pam Clayton, “They are the “cruise directors” that help to pull everyone together and make it such a special night for their friends and family members.”
Due to Ms. Tomlin’s popularity, this year’s Dinner will likely sell out quickly. To ensure access to premium tables, sponsorships are available. Both individual and corporate sponsorships are offered, starting at as little as $100 more per person than the standard $300 Dinner ticket.
“Individual sponsorships are really wonderful for a couple of reasons,” indicated Sheila Bryant, Development Director for the Dinner. “The extra donation helps us to do what’s most important, which is to raise more money for our beneficiary organizations. Beyond that, table sponsorship provides access to the best available seats as well as invitations to fabulous VIP parties.”
In addition to individual sponsorships, the Dinner offers a variety of sponsor levels for couples, organizations and companies. The levels offer a variety of benefits, commensurate with their value, ranging from advance selection of tables to tickets to VIP functions, hotel suites, on-screen recognition at the Dinner and Dinner Journal ads.
“We are aggressively seeking additional sponsors for this year’s Dinner,” added Ms. Bryant. “Black Tie Dinner provides an amazing opportunity for individuals and businesses to demonstrate their support. Businesses especially receive tremendous value in having their brand promoted throughout the Dinner.”
For more information on sponsorships, contact Sheila Bryant at 972-733-9200, ext. 8 or visit www.blacktie.org.
A variety of events are planned for this year’s dinner, which will begin at 6pm on October 22 at the Adam’s Mark in downtown Dallas, and include:
• The presentation of the Raymond Kuchling Humanitarian Award, an annual award announced the night of the dinner, which recognizes outstanding service and remarkable courage in securing individual freedoms and in protecting human rights
• A silent auction, which last year offered more than a quarter million dollars worth of merchandise
• A live, luxury auction during the dinner, which in the past has featured “walk-on” television roles and lavish luxury trips
• A drawing for a 2006 BMW 325i via the dinner’s annual raffle, donated by Classic BMW.
2,770 guests attended last year’s dinner that netted $1,120,000 to local and national beneficiaries, increasing the event’s 24-year cumulative fundraising total to nearly $8 million.
Raffle tickets for the 2006 BMW 325i are $100 each, and may be purchased from any Black Tie board member or beneficiary organization.
For information regarding the dinner and updates as they become available, visit the Black Tie Dinner website at www.blacktie.org.

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PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE