The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
“It is such a pleasure to announce the first of our honorees for the 2016 GLSENRespect Awards – Los Angeles,” said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. “Connor Franta has carried the message of respect to millions of young people online, and his authentic self-expression is the type that we envision for all of the youth we serve.”
Connor Franta will be honored for his deep commitment to youth welfare and LGBTQadvocacy. Through his online presence that touches millions of youth, he has elevatedGLSEN programs, such as GLSEN’s Day of Silence, and is collaborating with GLSENon a charitable campaign in partnership with Connor’s Common Culture lifestyle brand.
GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy,GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.
Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Justin Timberlake andJessica Biel; Zachary Quinto; Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob andHarvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBAexecutive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; MTV; Disney-ABC Television; Johnson & Johnson; and HBO, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.
Co-chairs for this year’s event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Lawrence Angrisani, Greg Berlanti and Robbie Rogers, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Andrew Hotz and Kevin Friedman, Lauren Huff, Mike Irvin, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, Duncan Millership and Simon Thomas, Cody Morris and Christopher Landon, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Ben Roy, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.
Sponsors of the 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles include Presenting Sponsors Wells Fargo, Target and The Walt Disney Company.
For more information about the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, click here.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter this week kicked off a week of working alongside Habitat For Humanity homeowners and hundreds of volunteers in Memphis, Tennessee, to build and repair homes during Habitat’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
“Rosalynn and I are thrilled to lend our hands in Memphis this week, and we look forward to working with Habitat homeowners and volunteers. Their dedication continues to inspire and motivate us each year,” said President Carter. “Decent shelter is something we all need to thrive. With the help of volunteers we will create strong, stable homes and communities.”
Country music stars and longtime Habitat volunteers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will join the Carters during the week. Brooks and Yearwood have been helping Habitat build and strengthen communities in the U.S. and around the world since 2007.
Hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, volunteers will spend the week helping families build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, neighborhood beautification and home modifications for seniors.
• Nineteen new homes in the Bearwater Park area just north of Uptown Memphis.
• Ten neighborhood beautification projects, including painting and landscaping.
• Six aging in place projects to enhance accessibility and mobility for seniors.
“We are grateful to President and Mrs. Carter, Garth and Trisha for working with us this week to help families build the foundation for a better future,” said Jonathan Reckford,CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Their support and commitment to Habitat’s mission has helped us make a long-lasting, tangible difference in the lives of every homeowner and volunteer who partners with us to empower communities through shelter.”
“It’s an incredible honor to have President and Mrs. Carter in Memphis to help us raise awareness and consciousness of the many housing issues faced by families in our community,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. “We remain dedicated to addressing housing disparities by both our physical actions – pounding nails and raising walls – as well as by serving as a voice for so many who have few options to improve their housing situations.”
Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled across the U.S. and the world with Habitat, donating their time and voices annually to build and improve homes and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside more than 92,260 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 3,944 homes.
Habitat’s Carter Work Project is made possible thanks to our volunteers, homeowners and the following national sponsors for this year’s build week: Tennessee Housing Development Agency; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.; FedEx Corporation; The Plough Foundation Aging in Place Initiative; Bank of America; The Dow Chemical Company; Lowe’s; Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency; ServiceMaster; Altisource; AutoZone; City of Memphis, Division of Housing & Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; First Tennessee Bank; Hope Church; Nissan North America; Oasis of Hope; and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.
The 15th Annual UCP of NYC Golf Tournament will be held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, September 19, 2016.
This annual tournament attracts over 250 golfers for a uniquely enjoyable day of golf and entertainment in support of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. All proceeds from the event fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.
The golf tournament will be co-hosted by Teresa Priolo, three-time Emmy-nominated reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York, and Erika Wachter, sports host and reporter for Fox 5 News.
“Over the past few years Teresa Priolo has been dedicated to helping UCP of NYCraise awareness about the many programs and services we offer,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. “We are also excited to welcome Erika Wachter in her first year as co-host.”
This year, for the first time, the event will include a presentation of a UCP of NYCCorporate Champion Award, which will be presented to one of UCP of NYC’s generous supporters, Michael Berger, Senior Managing Director of Colliers International. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities.
Mr. Berger joined Colliers in 1995 when it operated as GVA Williams. A real estate industry veteran, Mr. Berger, who specializes in leasing and sales of commercial properties, led the completion of one of the largest nonprofit transactions of 2016; a 30-year, 218,000 square-foot lease on behalf of UCP of NYC for the entire building at 80 West End Avenue. He has extensive landlord agency experience and is currently the leasing agent for several office buildings totaling over three million square feet in NYC. As a tenant representative, Mr. Berger has worked with many corporations with a proven track record of success. He is involved in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the Executive Board of Trustees at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns, among others.
The 15th Annual Golf Tournament is presented by the Carmel family. Other generous sponsors include Colliers International, Alliance, Avison Young, Staples, Baker Tilley Virchow Krause, LLP, Stop Pest Control, HOK, Weiss Group, Driscoll Foods, among others.
9:00 AM: Player Registration & Breakfast Served
10:30 AM: Shotgun Start
4:00 pm Cocktails Begin
5:00 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres, Award Ceremony & Raffle
7:00 PM: Event Ends
Teresa Priolo is a three-time Emmy-nominated reporter and fill-in anchor on Fox 5 News, and its top-rated morning show, Good Day New York. Teresa joined Fox 5 in March of 2012. She has covered Superstorm Sandy, the tragedy in Newtown, Super Bowl XLVIII, and Pope Francis’s recent visit to New York City. Prior to Fox, throughout the past decade, Teresa has worked as a reporter and morning anchor in upstate New York – covering everything from politics at the state Capitol to the annual Saratoga racing season. She began her on-air career in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her investigations into the problem of teen homelessness, which the system has dubbed as “Throwaways”, and the popular but deadly “choking game”, earned her awards from the Idaho Press Club and acknowledgement from the Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to working in TV news, she worked on the ABC reality series Wife Swap.
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City holds a special place in her heart. She is the third of four children and her late brother, Tony, lived with Cerebral Palsy until he passed away 13 years ago. Teresa co-hosted the 2015 UCP of NYC Golf Tournament and was Co-Chair of the 2015 Santa Project Party benefiting the Children’s Program ofUCP of NYC. This May, Teresa was a celebrity presenter along with Fox 5 Good Day New York’s Mike Woods at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards benefitting UCPof NYC.
She was honored as Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Italian American Police society.
Erika Wachter is a sports host and reporter for Fox 5 News. She has worked with a variety of clients including CPTV Sports, COX Sports, NESN, Verizon FiOS1 Sports, Birdseye Sports, and MiLB’s Connecticut Tigers. Erika attributes her success to her education at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a double minor in Marketing Management and Psychology.
Erika was also a Division 1 Varsity Field Hockey player at SU for her entire undergraduate career.
Her experience at the collegiate level gives her a competitive advantage in covering athletics today.
Aug 24, 2016 09:00 am
Celebrities are expected to turnout for a special 9.11 benefit performance for non-profit River Street Theater Company of 110 Stories to be presented on Sept 10th and Sept. 11th.
SAG Nominee Mark Pellegrino (Quantico, The Big Lebowski, The Number 23), SAGAward Winner Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Guys With Kids, Entourage, Sopranos), Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Falling Skies, Do You Believe, Mighty Aphrodite), and Brian White (Chicago Fire, The Cabin In The Woods, Fighting) have joined Image Award Nominee Nicki Micheaux (Animal Kingdom, Lincoln Heights, The Shield), SAGNominee & American Movie Award Winner Stelio Savante (Where The Road Runs Out, The Making Of The Mob: New York, Eisenstein In Guanajuato) and Golden Globe Nominee Diane Venora (The Insider, Heat, Bird) in the cast of River Street Theater Company’s Staged Reading of the Sept 11th play, ‘110 Stories’.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, 110 Stories (written by Sarah Tuft), will be presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 10th and Sept 11th at The William Alderson Acting Studio. The play is directed by iconic acting teacher William Alderson, produced by William Alderson and Stelio Savante, and additional celebrity performers will be announced soon.
Trained by Sanford Meisner, William Alderson taught alongside Mr Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NY from 1967 and was the school’s associate director for twenty years. The Los Angeles studio was formed in 1995, and some of his former students clients include Allison Janney, Kim Basinger, Luis Guzman, and Jeff Goldblum.
110 Stories has a prestigious history, having been performed by A list casts at The Geffen Playhouse, Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYU Skirball, The Vineyard and various others for charities like The Red Cross, Dennis Leary Firefighters Foundation and the New York Says Thank You Foundation.
“110 Stories” is a powerful way to memorialize a shared tragedy. It weaves first-person accounts – selected from hundreds collected right after September 11th – into a journey that recalls our wounds as well as works towards healing them. It’s the human side of history, without politics and agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9/11 directly… a firefighter, homeless couple, police officer, iron-worker, massage therapist, chaplain, K9 handler, a mother, an elderly bulldog, a South American photojournalist. Together, these accounts shine a light into the human spirit – revealing hope, humor and compassion in the midst of tragedy.
Aug 24, 2016 07:30 am First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 150 million books to children in need, has partnered with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to distribute 20,000 copies of award-winning author Jason Reynolds’ books to classrooms and programs serving low income students nationwide.
Included in the distribution are his acclaimed titles from the Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers imprint: Young Adult titles When I Was the Greatest and The Boy in the Black Suit, as well as his Middle Grade title, As Brave As You. Simon & Schuster will also donate copies of Reynolds’ newest release, Ghost, to students in need at the same time that the title debuts at retail. As part of the Simon & Schuster and First Book partnership, Reynolds will also visit students in Washington, DC schools for a reading and discussion of his journey to becoming an author. The visits will be coordinated by An Open Book Foundation, which brings literacy programs to Title I Washington, DC-area schools.
In a video message, Reynolds reflected on the impact of having his books now reach kids from low-income families with experiences similar to his own. “(When I was growing up)…the stories of kids who grew up in communities like mine weren’t being written about in many books for kids,” Reynolds said. “I just want young people to read my books and feel cared for, feel safe, feel like there’s someone else in the world who understands – or at least acknowledges – your existence.”
Reynolds’ books will be distributed to First Book’s members: the largest and fastest growing network of educators exclusively serving children in need, which recently surpassed more than 275,000 members, or 20% of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs in the U.S. serving children in low-income communities. Founded in 1992, First Book furthers educational equity by amplifying the voice of these under-resourced educators, and providing them with access to an ongoing supply of high quality, relevant books and educational resources for free or at low cost.
Insights from First Book’s network helps drive the content, formats and types of educational resources that the organization secures. For example, in a First Book survey, 90 percent of respondents indicated that children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods. In response, First Book launched its groundbreaking Stories for All Project, a market-driven initiative bringing thousands of diverse books featuring different cultures, ethnicities, languages, family structures, abilities and experiences to the First Book Marketplace and mainstream retail locations.
“The impact of Simon & Schuster’s very generous donation ensures that First Book can fulfill its mission to provide the highest quality new books and educational resources to kids in need,” said Kyle Zimmer, President & CEO of First Book. “Jason’s inspiring personal story, along with his powerful books, can open up the world and engage kids in reading by allowing them to see themselves in the books they read. We could not be more proud to partner with Simon & Schuster and Jason on this generous donation.”
“Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has repeatedly heard from teachers and librarians that Jason Reynolds’ books are making a profound impact on the lives of young readers. Simon & Schuster and Jason felt compelled to make his books easily accessible to students who need them the most. With First Book’s help, we are proud to be able to share Jason’s important work with even more young readers,” said Jon Anderson, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.