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Monthly Archives: March 2014

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The Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico Presents DANCE INTO FASHION: A Benefit Featuring the Designs of Angel Sanchez

The Jane Ballroom
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8pm

New York, NY – March 31, 2014 – Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, will host its annual Junior Society benefit, Dance Into Fashion, at The Jane Ballroom on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8pm. The evening will showcase the creations of Venezuelan-born fashion designer Angel Sanchez as modeled by Ballet Hispanico company dancers in a unique presentation choreographed by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro. Mr. Sanchez’s collaboration with Ballet Hispanico includes the design of original costumes for a new choreographic work premiering at the Company’s New York Season at the Joyce Theater on April 15-27, 2014.

The Junior Society benefit will feature an open bar sponsored by Diageo, an exclusive silent auction hosted online at, and music by DJ Jonny Famous. Notable guests will include Angel Sanchez, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Grace Gummer, Hannah Bronfman, Jessie Betts, Alessandra Codina, Carolyna De Laurentiis, Julia Dimon, Sophie Elgort, Jesse Della Femina, Claire Distenfeld, Wes Gordon, Molly Howard, Samantha Perelman and Timo Weiland.

Dance Into Fashion is headed by Junior Society Co-Chairs Paul Arnhold and Janna Raskopf, along with the Ballet Hispanico Junior Society Steering Committee and Benefit Committee. All proceeds benefit Ballet Hispanico’s community arts education programs, which provide 1,500 NYC public school children per year with learning experiences that respect their individuality while enhancing their creativity, physical health, and cultural awareness.

Attire is festive cocktail. Tickets begin at $100 and are available at For more information about the event, to purchase a table, or to donate an item to the silent auction, please contact Emma Epstein, Events Manager, at (212) 362-6710 x43 or The Jane Ballroom is located at 113 Jane Street, NYC.


Angel Sanchez developed an appreciation for fashion at a young age surrounded by dress forms and fabrics in his mother’s Venezuelan atelier. His first love was architecture, which he studied and practiced professionally for many years, but he soon found himself drawn back to his mother’s work. Armed with the knowledge of form and structure from his architectural work, Sanchez founded his fashion house and quickly rose to fame throughout Latin America, and expanded internationally when the company headquartered in New York City. Today, Angel is renowned worldwide for evening wear designs as well as an acclaimed bridal line and is a proud member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Devotees include Salma Hayek, Taylor Swift, Giselle Bundchen, Beyonce, Iman, Eva Longoria, Sandra Bullock, Brooke Shields, and Elizabeth Hurley.


Celebrating 43 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation’s premier Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company boasts a rich and diverse repertory of over 100 works by the foremost choreographers and emerging artists of our time. The works expand on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of exploring the diversity of Latino culture through a fusion of Latin and contemporary dance powered by theatricality and passion. The Company has performed for an audience of nearly 3 million, throughout 11 countries, on 3 continents. For more information, visit Follow Ballet Hispanico on Facebook and Twitter.


Launched in the fall of 2007, the Junior Society of Ballet Hispanico includes young professionals between the ages of 21-35 who care about dance and Latino culture and support Ballet Hispanico’s education programs. Professions represented in this group include real estate, marketing, fashion, finance, entertainment, advertising, and more. All proceeds from each Junior Society event benefit Ballet Hispanico’s Education & Outreach program.

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Museum of Design Atlanta Celebrates the Ways Great Design Can Solve Problems

Design for Social Impact Exhibition May 25-August 3, 2014

Atlanta (March 31, 2014) – Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. Design for Social Impact opens May 25 and runs through August 3. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 29.

The exhibition will feature projects that address a variety of challenges in the areas of Shelter, Community, Education, Healthcare, Energy and Food & Water. Each category will highlight solutions taking place locally, as well as ways in which these challenges are being addressed around the world. Projects will be displayed through the use of photos, videos, prototypes, objects and more. The focus of the exhibition will be on the design process and how design thinking can be used to create solutions to problems for a variety of users from developing countries to urban areas.

Imparting a sense of optimism at the possibility of creating a better world, Design for Social Impact is not meant to be a total review of solutions; rather it will provide a range of examples of design thinking being used to solve problems in innovative ways. In many cases, the projects actually solve multiple problems at one time. The featured projects were selected for their in-depth understanding of the users, which led to affordable, adaptable and sustainable solutions.

Local projects highlighted in Design for Social Impact include the work of:

Mad Housers, Inc., an Atlanta based organization that provides shelter for homeless individuals and families. By constructing warm, dry spaces with a locking door, occupants are given security, privacy and a sense of dignity. Each 6’ x 8’ structure is designed for durability, low cost and ease of assembly. Plywood People’s Billboard Bags are handmade in Clarkston, Ga. by legal refugees who fled their conflict-affected countries for a better life. Through the Billboard Bags project workers receive job training, English classes and income. Made with 90 percent reclaimed billboard material, these bags help the environment and support the community. Foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Nicholas Giovinco in collaboration with the hacker space Freeside Atlanta is using CT scans to create life size 3D printed templates of complex, three dimensional deformities. This approach to surgery increases patient outcome and care, while decreasing surgeon stress. Giovinco works with other surgeons to implement 3D printing in a variety of medical fields. With the use of open source hardware, open source software and other free tools available today, this process can be made readily available to medical facilities throughout the world.

Agricultural development and technology agents Full Belly Project out of Wilmington, N.C. develop and distribute agricultural devices that are designed to be locally manufactured, operated and repaired using readily available materials and labor. Full Belly’s devices create self-efficacy in developing economies. While these technologies are helping communities around the world, Full Belly conducted much of their design process locally. Research for their first product, the Universal Nut Sheller, was conducted at the Carter Center, and North Carolina farmers are consulted for the design, prototyping and testing of Full Belly’s irrigation technology.

Throughout the run of Design for Social Impact, MODA will welcome guest speakers, lectures and classes from organizations included in the exhibition. MODA is also offering summer camp for teens that explore the strategies used by the organizations in Design for Social Impact and will teach campers how to solve problems through the design process.

About Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)

Celebrating 25 years in 2014 and located within the Midtown Arts Corridor since March 2011, MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. MODA advances the understanding and appreciation of design as the convergence of creativity and functionality through exhibitions, education, and programming for visitors of all ages. MODA’s vision is of a world that celebrates design as a creative force that inspires change, transforms lives, and makes the world a better place. MODA regularly features exhibitions of architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion, and more. For more information, visit: or call 404-979-6455. Museum Hours at 1315 Peachtree Street are:

Monday       Closed
Tuesday      12-6pm
Wednesday 12-6pm
Thursday     12-8pm
Friday          12-6pm
Saturday      10am-6pm
Sunday         12-6pm

For More Information Contact

Carrie Whitney 404-822-1078


Free Tax Software Kiosks & In-Person Help Available at Locations Across the Country Through Partnership between IRS & Free File Alliance

Tax Software Available at ‘Volunteer Income Tax Assistance’ Sites in 14 States & Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 26, 2014)The Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service, today announced that free tax software is now available at self-assist computer kiosks across 14 states and Washington, D.C. – in addition to the Free File service available online at

This service is made possible through a partnership between the Free File Alliance and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), a special program open to Americans with an adjusted gross income of $52,000 or less. Click here for a list of VITA sites that feature the Free File kiosks.

“The Free File Alliance is committed to offering free tax software to 70 percent of American taxpayers – even those without a computer or Internet access,” said Tim Hugo, executive director of the Free File Alliance. “If taxpayers are caught in the digital divide or simply need extra help, they can visit a participating VITA site, where an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.”

Hugo continued, “In addition, comprehensive tax software is available at file to all Americans making $58,000 or less. Software from the Free File Alliance provides step-by-step help and calculations to make tax-filing quick, simple and convenient.”

VITA provides Americans making $52,000 or less with free tax preparation and in-person assistance. VITA sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers, who help taxpayers complete their annual tax return and provide information about tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

Since its inception in 2003, Free File has offered free online commercial tax preparation software for 70 percent of taxpayers. This year, every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less – about 100 million Americans – may prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

To begin, taxpayers should visit There, users will find a list of Free File Alliance member companies and may either choose one that fits their needs or utilize the “Help Me Find Free File Software” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company’s website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. The service is also available in Spanish.

About the Free File Alliance

The Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of 14 industry-leading tax software companies, has partnered with the IRS since 2003 to help low and middle-income Americans prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns online. The Free File Alliance is committed to giving 70 percent of Americans free access to the industry’s top online tax preparation software. About 40 million returns have been filed through IRS Free File since its inception. For more information, visit

Contact: Katie Morgan,, 202.470.5362  


Three Local Africa-Focused Nonprofits Join Forces For One Cause: A Week-Long Shower Boycott For Charity

The African Leadership Bridge, CTC International join Well Aware to raise $150k

AUSTIN — Two local Africa-focused nonprofits, The African Leadership Bridge and CTC International, recently joined Well Aware as Shower Strike fundraising teams for the first time this year.

Well Aware, the Austin-based nonprofit that builds water systems for impoverished communities in Africa, launched its infamous annual Shower Strike fundraiser on March 22. Although the similarly aligned organizations are all based in Austin and each provide aid to communities in Africa, they differ in the focus of their efforts and the types of services and support they offer.

CTC International empowers communities in Kenya to create the change, leading to sustainable solutions for everyday life. The African Leadership Bridge provides scholarships to promising young African leaders.

Before deciding to join forces to “stink it up” for Well Aware’s sixth annual Shower Strike, the organizations’ founders—Zane Wilemon of CTC International, Rick Reeder of The African Leadership Bridge, and Sarah Evans of Well Aware— were acquainted with each other and respected one another’s work.

Although CTC has partnered with Well Aware on past water projects, this is the first year they are participating as a Shower Strike team. This is the first time The African Leadership Bridge is collaborating with Well Aware or CTC International.

“Africa is coming to a crossroads. They have an enormous population of young people with tremendous potential, but most of them will not have a chance to realize their potential without some help. There’s no single answer, and each of us are approaching this in different ways, but ultimately all of us are connected. We wanted to honor that connection in a tangible way, and this is the first step,” Reeder says.

Wilemon says: “We can’t address one area of need adequately without addressing all areas equally because they’re all connected. Deforestation leads to poor water supply. Poor water supply leads to economic deficiency. Economic deficiency leads to lack of healthcare and education, and the cycle continues.”

Well Aware’s fundraising goal for the sixth annual Shower Strike is $150,000, and they will use the money to bring clean water to three villages in Kenya: Emining, Exrock, and Nyakio.

“We are so grateful for the support of these two other amazing Africa-focused local nonprofits, and their support will be a huge asset helping ensure we provide life-saving clean water projects to the people in these communities who desperately need it,” says Evans of Well Aware.

“Water is the basic foundation of all progress in Africa. Once a community has a sustainable source of clean water, kids are able to get an education instead of spending hours collecting water, and school attendance drastically improves. Crops can be planted, giving the community a steady source of food and income,” Evans says.

All donations support Well Aware’s clean water systems and are 100 percent tax deductible. For more information about Well Aware’s Shower Strike or to make a donation, visit

kidsport GPS Tracking Bands and Autism Society Team Up to Help Kids with Autism

Donate kidsport GPS tracking bands to Children with Autism

LEAWOOD, KANS. – Precise Innovation, LLC, recently announced a new program for children with autism in cooperation with the Autism Society of the Heartland. Individuals and corporations can now purchase kidsport GPS tracking bands to be donated to the Autism Society, which will distribute the bands to families in need with children with Autism.

kidsport GPS is a cool, stylish sports band that allows parents to locate their kids on their cell phones, iPads or computers. The band includes several safety features such as an alert button, a secure latch and text alerts when the band is removed or when a ‘geo-fence’ boundary is crossed.

Jennifer Smith, the executive director of the Autism Society – the Heartland, has endorsed kidsport GPS as a “device that will be able to work with families and loved ones with autism to help protect them from wandering situations,” says Smith. “Forty-nine percent of children with autism wander. They may not be able to communicate where they want to go; they just go. kidsport GPS will be able to alert family members immediately if a loved one has gone outside of his or her designated area. This can be used in the home, in the community and in school, keeping our loved ones safe and giving our families peace-of-mind.”

The Autism Society – the Heartland Chapter will work with Autism Society Chapters Nationwide to distribute bands in the areas in which the donors are located. The donors will receive a thank you letter from the Autism Society and pictures of the children receiving the kidsport GPS bands.

Donations are tax deductible. Pre-orders for kidsport GPS tracking bands are being accepted at with discounted pricing starting at $129. The band will be available in the fall.

To learn more kidsport GPS and its Autism Program, visit

Precise Innovation, LLC, is a creative “idea” company founded by three entrepreneurial dads from Kansas City. Our company is based on one word…FUN. We believe the best ideas come from simple, everyday need and that we are most creative and innovative when we are having fun. Our goal is to create products that make sense; make consumers’ lives better; and make a positive impact. To learn more, visit kidsportGPS,com.

Newly Launched Kidoodle.TV Partners with Philanthropist Family to Benefit Kids

The Crist family and its charitable foundation are working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to better the lives of children and families.

Calgary, AB – Joining forces to benefit children, Kidoodle.TV is pleased to welcome philanthropist, Tom Crist, and his family to the Kidoodle.TV team!

Recently making a multi-million dollar personal investment in Kidoodle.TV’s parent company, A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”), with his charitable foundation the intended beneficiary, Crist and his family have announced intentions of working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to reach out and better the lives of children and families.

Tom Crist, former CEO of Calgary’s EECOL Electric, was recently in the news due to a $40 million lottery winning. Crist announced plans to place the windfall in a family trust to be donated over the coming years to select charities in honor of his late wife, Jan Crist, who passed away from cancer. The Crist Family Foundation was formally established in March 2014. The family had already personally donated $1.2 million to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which collects donations for Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Centre that cared for his wife.

It is the intention of the Crist family to work together to find ways to benefit causes near and dear to their hearts, including causes that benefit children. The family also intends to pool its resources to grow its foundation so that it can continue to undertake philanthropic activities for years to come.

“Kidoodle.TV not only represented an opportunity to invest in a company that we think has great growth potential, but it also allows us to work with a company that has similar values and that can provide a return on investment that is more than money,” says Crist. “We care about the human return.”

Crist adds, “We speak of our kids as our national treasures, our best hope for the future, and our greatest loves. We cherish them, protect them from harm, and comfort them when they are in need. But unfortunately, not all kids are so lucky in their circumstances. By working together to find opportunities to benefit kids and families, we can stretch our resources.”

Mike Lowe, President of APMC, was honored by the vote of confidence and agrees that the new order of corporate vision needs to combine return on investment with corporate responsibility and giving back. “Kids and families are obviously our focus. The Kidoodle.TV team is excited to be working with the Crist family on future initiatives, especially seeing how committed and caring the Crist family is. This family has a genuine interest in making the world a better place!”

Kidoodle.TV and the Crist family will be working closely over the coming months to identify and develop suitable opportunities for collaboration.

About Us:

Kidoodle.TV is an online, streaming video service for children ages 12 and under. It is not only mobile, but safe, with robust parental controls and time limits. Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable profiles for up to 5 children, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources for only $4.99/month, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and no commercials.

Commercially launched on January 1, 2014, Kidoodle.TV™ is owned by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family focused company. Visit to learn more.

Global Movement, I TALK TO STRANGERS®, Challenges Social Norms

Joining the HooplaHa Network to Take Small Talk to the Next Level

New York, NY – I TALK TO STRANGERS® (ITTS) is a social movement bringing the world together through conversation founded by Robbie Stokes, Jr. in 2012. Stokes had an idea to start conversations with people he did not know, so he quit his job on Capitol Hill to travel the globe and document what would happen if he simply talked to strangers. Teaming up with digital network HooplaHa, the ITTS YouTube channel will follow the movement every step of the journey with instructional videos, Pop-Up Socials, conversation starters and incredible stories of what can happen when you dare to share with a stranger. is a multi-platform digital network committed to conveying positive, thought-provoking good news and fun content.

“I wanted to have some impact to change the world but lately I’ve been hearing that the true impact is connecting the world, ” says Stokes. “I sold everything. All of my possessions fit into two suitcases. Legitimately four pairs of jeans, five shirts, four pairs of socks, a pair of tennis shoes, and a dream.”

In 2014 the I TALK TO STRANGERS® Across Borders Tour, an annual international trip encouraging dialogue and engagement among cultures, plans to visit 99 cities screening the soon-to-be launched documentary and spreading the movement.

Stokes ends their latest video questioning the social norms we were raised on, pointing out “Mom always said don’t talk to strangers, but what if mom was wrong?”

“With all of HooplaHa’s channel partners like I TALK TO STRANGERS®, we produce uplifting original web series and individual stories meant to be enjoyed and widely shared by all,” said executive Rob Hess. New videos on the I TALK TO STRANGERS® YouTube channel will premiere every Tuesday.

Marcum MicroCap Conference Names Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City as First Charity Beneficiary

MARCH 26, 2014 (New York City, NY)Marcum LLP, one of the nation’s largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms, has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC) as the first charity beneficiary for the annual Marcum MicroCap Conference. The 2014 conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on May 29. A percentage of gross proceeds will be earmarked to benefit BBBS of NYC, which pairs at-risk children and teens with caring adults who serve as mentors and role models.

“The Marcum MicroCap Conference is an annual gathering of leaders, entrepreneurs and big thinkers, precisely the kind of role models that make the Big Brothers Big Sisters program such an outstanding success,” said David C. Bukzin, Partner-in-Charge of Marcum’s SEC Practice Group. “We are privileged to provide a platform to introduce more people to the organization’s outstanding work.” Mr. Bukzin was a 2013 honoree at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City’s Accountants & Bankers Reception.

Launched in 2012, the annual Marcum MicroCap Conference introduces investors to superior quality, undiscovered public companies under $500 million in market capitalization. The one-day, invitation-only event is presented by Marcum’s SEC Services Practice Group.

The conference is a showcase for best-of-the-best, up-and-coming microcap companies in seven industry sectors, including Technology & Telecom; Social Media & internet; Life Sciences; Retail & Consumer Products; Energy & Natural Resources; Industrials; and Special Situations. Last year’s conference featured presentations from 120 microcap companies and was attended by more than 1600 institutional investors, buy- and sell-side analysts, investment bankers and service providers to the microcap market. Over 2000 participants are expected this year.

“Every day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City inspires positive change in the lives of thousands of at-risk youth across the five boroughs through our specialized mentoring programs,” said Hector Batista, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. “We are extremely grateful to Marcum for recognizing the power of mentoring and for this honor of serving as the company’s first charity beneficiary. Their support will help us work toward our mission of providing a caring adult role model for every child in New York City who wants or needs a mentor.”

For more information about the 2014 Marcum MicroCap Conference, visit

Marcum is a registered Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) firm. Marcum’s Assurance Division provides the most up-to-date service and guidance on SEC accounting and reporting issues. Services include Financial Statement Audits in accordance with PCAOB standards; Tax Compliance and Advisory Services; Due Diligence; Agreed-Upon Procedures and Other Attest Work; Internal Audit Services; Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliance Services and Software; Technical Accounting Assistance; and IPO Assistance. Marcum’s SEC Practice led the audit industry in most net new public company clients in the fourth quarter of 2013. For more information, visit

About Marcum LLP

Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the United States. Ranked #15 nationally, Marcum LLP offers the resources of 1,300 professionals, including over 160 partners, in 23 offices throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China. Headquartered in New York City, the Firm’s presence runs deep, with full-service offices strategically located in major business markets. Marcum is a member of the Marcum Group, an organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services spanning accounting and advisory, technology solutions, wealth management, and executive and professional recruiting. The Marcum Group companies include Marcum LLP; Marcum Technology LLC; Marcum Search LLC; Marcum Financial Services LLC; Marcum Bernstein & Pinchuk LLP; MarcumBuchanan Associates LLC; and Marcum Cronus Partners LLC. For more information, visit

A Tribute to Kristin Chenoweth at the Star-Studded National Corporate Theatre Fund Chairman’s Awards Gala; Edgerton Foundation Commits Matching Gift Benefiting New Works at NCTF’s Regional Theatres

Kristin Chenoweth to be honored with the Theatre Artist Award; Edgerton Foundation to receive Leadership in Theatre Award; Gala to feature performance by Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Special appearances by Lily Tomlin, Kathy Najimy and many more

New York, NY (March 26, 2014): On March 31st at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) will honor Tony and Emmy Award Winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, and the Edgerton Foundation for their leadership in the theatre arts at the NCTF 2014 Chairman’s Awards Gala.

More than 300 theatre patrons, Broadway leaders and industry professionals from across the country will gather for an evening honoring individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the national theatre community, and an exciting program of performances and special appearances is expected (tip sheet attached).

The evening will include a special performance by Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham, stars of the current hit musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; an excerpt from the highly acclaimed musical Witness Uganda, which just finished a successful run at A.R.T. (an NCTF member theatre); and an appearance by legendary comedian Lily Tomlin, currently on tour with a solo show. An exciting opening number, created by Kevin Duda and Jason Michael Snow (of the recent viral explosion, Russian Broadway Shut down), will feature a talented team of performers from television, film and theatre: Michael Campayno, Alison Cimmet, Jessica Hershberg, Greg Hildreth, Rashidra Scott and Tommar Wilson.

Prolific actress and comedian of the stage and screen Kathy Najimy, joined by her daughter − singer Samia Najimy Finnerty, will give a special tribute to Kristin Chenoweth. Tomlin will deliver a special salute to departing NCTF Board Member and Seattle Rep Managing Director Benjamin Moore. And Mays and Pinkham will perform “Better With a Man” accompanied by composer Steven Lutvak at the piano. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was developed and performed at two of NCTF’s theatres, Hartford Stage and Old Globe, before becoming a recent hit on Broadway.

The gala will raise funds for NCTF’s ten nonprofit member theatres in the U.S. Proceeds will be generously matched with a challenge grant of up to $250,000 from the Edgerton Foundation which will benefit new theatrical works at NCTF’s member theatres, ensuring the creation of another year of innovative and thought-provoking productions nationwide.

The Edgerton Foundation awards new plays and theatres with grants that help create stronger first productions which increase the chances for the show’s staying power. Witness Uganda, directed by Diane Paulus, is an Edgerton Foundation new play award winner (2014 Richard Rodgers Award Winner), and has received excellent reviews. Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews will be joined by other Witness Uganda cast members to perform the powerful song “Kyussa” from the production at the gala.

The gala will be chaired by Chairman James S. Turley, former CEO of Ernst & Young; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Joseph F. Kirk, Wells Fargo; and world-renowned playwright David Henry Hwang. Bank of America serves as the Reception sponsor.

“Today’s regional theatres share a common thread with the corporate world: a focus on innovation, creativity and strong community leadership. I am proud to support outstanding theatre programming and education initiatives at NCTF theatres across the U.S.,” said James S. Turley, Chairman of NCTF.

Known to most as Glinda from Wicked, Broadway legend and Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth will receive the “Theatre Artist Award”at the Gala. Writer, producer and film director Robert Harling will present Chenoweth with the Theatre Artist Award. Music Director and conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who has recently conducted and performed with Chenoweth, Carole King, and Alicia Keys, will also take part in the tribute. Chenoweth’s stunning talent with singing, dancing and acting has garnered her critical acclaim in Broadway hits You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Steel Pier; The Apple Tree; and Promises, Promises; as well as on acclaimed television shows The West Wing and Pushing Daisies. She has also guest starred on numerous shows, including Sesame Street and Glee. Her big screen credits include The Pink Panther, Bewitched and more.

Chenoweth is currently in production on several film projects, including Universal’s The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, A Bet’s A Bet with Mena Suvari and Eric Roberts and an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell. In spring of 2014, she will be seen in Rio 2, voicing the character of Gaby, a hilarious poisonous frog. She most recently appeared in a guest arc on the TV Land series, Kirstie and reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of Glee. In May, she will return to the famed Carnegie Hall for the first time since her sold-out solo debut in 2004.

“It is an honor to be recognized as NCTF’s Theatre Artist Award winner this year,” said Ms. Chenoweth. “It is through partnerships like those facilitated by NCTF, and the great theatres they support, that our visions as artists can be explored and developed for the public. This is truly inspiring.”

The “Leadership in Theatre Award” will be going to the Edgerton Foundation for their substantial contribution to the creation of significant new work in the American Theatre. Dr. Bradford and Louise Edgerton will be honored by Tony Award Winner and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater ( A.R.T.) Diane Paulus. The Foundation’s challenge grant of up to 250,000 dollars for all new or increased contributions to the NCTF Gala will provide nonprofit theatres such as Los Angeles Center Theatre Group; San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; Cleveland Play House; and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others, with significant investments for new productions.

“Our goal with the NCTF matching grant for new works is to help playwrights, production teams and theatres create new dramatic works that will become part of the American theatre fabric and entertain audiences across the country for generations to come,” said Brad Edgerton, co-director of the foundation with this wife Louise Edgerton. “We recognize that first productions are challenging and we seek to provide the creative teams with the resources and time needed to truly craft strong and timeless shows.”

Productions supported in the past by the Edgerton Foundation include 13, All the Way, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Nominee), Good People (Tony Nominee), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer and Tony Nominee), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tony Nominee), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Winner).

“The connections NCTF makes between theatre, philanthropic and arts communities reflect a recognition of the immeasurable impact of the arts on the vitality of the communities in which they are based,” said Bruce Whitacre, Executive Director of NCTF. “It is a privilege to celebrate the incredible work and influence of regional theatre with the many artists, supporters and organizations that have made these programs a reality. It is truly a pleasure to honor Ms. Chenoweth and the Edgerton Foundation today for their role in advancing theatre in America.”

Lily Tomlin will present a special farewell to Benjamin Moore, founding NCTF Board Member and Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Moore is retiring after a prolific career in not-for-profit regional theatre.

About National Corporate Theatre Fund

National Corporate Theatre Fun (NCTF) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to sustaining America’s finest not-for-profit theatres, on the stage and in the community, through innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists. From its base in New York, NCTF provides a national vehicle for the flow of theatre, collaboration and ideas to and from key markets.

Since 1978, NCTF has raised millions of dollars for its member theatres. NCTF theatres contribute to our creative and cultural life – benefiting local communities, children, employees and the economy. Launched in 2012, its Impact Creativity campaign ( is one of the largest efforts to sustain and grow arts education programs across the country. Productions originating at NCTF theatres have transferred to New York and other theatres, and have won dozens of Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. They enrich lives of the local residents, provide creative opportunities for distinguished and emerging performers, serve as incubators for new works, and engage over 500,000 children most from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through their theatre education programs.

NCTF member theatres include the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Warf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company. Their Affiliate Network includes the Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theater, Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Walnut Street Theatre.

The following artists serve on NCTF’s Artistic Advisory Council: Edward Asner, Brent Barrett, Annette Bening, Robert Brustein, Kathleen Chalfant, Glenn Close, Billy Crudup, Gordon Davidson, David Henry Hwang, Cherry Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, John Lithgow, Jerry Mitchell, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Pels, David Hyde Pierce, Daryl Roth, Marian Seldes, Patrick Stewart, and Paula Vogel.

Media Contact for National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF)

Karen Imas
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HALL Cabernet Cookoff Returns For Fifth Year

Epicurean Event to Benefit Napa Valley Charities

ST. HELENA, CA (March 25, 2014) – HALL Wines is pleased to announce the date for the fifth annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff featuring an all-star line-up of both San Francisco and Napa Valley based Chef teams vying to win a culinary pairing challenge. Bringing together local foodies and wine for a good cause, over 15chef teams will compete for a local charity as judged by industry judges by creating small bite dishes paired with the recently released HALL 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. During the event, guests will be invited to taste farm-to-table dishes from each chef team paired with the wine and vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

The 2013 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 480 culinary and wine lovers and raised $30,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities.


HALL Wines, the premier 21st century winery and collection of vineyards hosts annual culinary pairing classic at their historic St. Helena property.


5th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff combining a bevy of well-known culinary teams competing in a food/wine pairing challenge. Chef teams participating in the HALL Cabernet Cookoff include:

  • Tyler Rodde, Oenotri
  • Victoria Acosta, The Grill at Meadowood
  • Rodney Worth & Audrey Perrone, The Pear Bistro
  • CorrieBeezley, The Farmers Market Pantry
  • Christopher Ludwick, Earth’s Bounty Kitchen &Winebar
  • Valentina Migotto& Dario De Conti,Ca’ Momi
  • Jesse McQuarrie, Feast Catering
  • Brian Overhauser, Jamieson Ranch
  • Jason Toji& Spencer Weiss, Press
  • Will Wright, Bounty Hunter Smokin BBQ
  • NenadStefanovic, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
  • Kara Lind, Kara’s Cupcakes
  • Mark Dommen, One Market Restaurant
  • Alex Marsh, Yankee Pier Larkspur
  • Daniel Capra, Paula Le Duc Catering


Sunday, May 182014
11:00 am – 2:00 pm PST


HALL Wines, St. Helena
401 St. Helena Hwy. South
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2626

For more information, please visit or via social channels using #cabernetcookoff. To purchase tickets to the event, please visit CellarPass.


HALL Wines is a family-owned, critically acclaimed premier Napa Valley vineyard and winery with five estate vineyards of classic Bordeaux varietals. As a specialist in Cabernet Sauvignon, each vintage the winemaking staff crafts 15 distinct Cabernet blends which demonstrate the unique characteristics and diversity of the Napa Valley. Their highly rated wines have included the 2008 ‘Kathryn Hall’ Cabernet Sauvignon selected as Wine Spectator’s #2 wine in the world in 2011, the 2010 ‘Exzellenz’ which received 100 points from Robert Parker in 2013, and the 2006 ‘Exzellenz’ selected as Wine Enthusiast’s #1 wine in the world in 2009. HALL’s Napa Valley estate vineyards are Certified Organic and employ cutting-edge vineyard technology to yield the highest quality grapes. In addition, the HALL St. Helena winemaking facility was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California, making HALL Wines a pioneer in the use of green buildings in the wine industry. The site maintains one acre of solar panels on its roof and uses 100% recycled water throughout its processes. Each of HALL’s spectacular winemaking facilities, HALL St. Helena and HALL Rutherford, showcases installations from the Hall family’s extensive modern art collection. Both wineries are open daily to visitors for personal tours and tastings. For more information, please visit, @hallwines, or by calling (707) 967-2626.

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