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    Posted January 29, 2009

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South Florida Participates in the National Day of Service

By Irene Adjan, South Florida Equity Liaison

On Monday, January 12th, South Florida held its General Membership Meeting at Florida Stage in Manalapan, FL. We wanted to include a community service event in conjunction with our meeting and decided to collect food for the Daily Bread Food Bank. We requested that members attending our meeting bring canned goods and other non-perishable items for our Food Drive. We had many donations made at the meeting, but that was just the beginning.

We were lucky enough to have in attendance at our meeting Executive Director, John Connolly. He suggested that we expand our Food Drive throughout the week and make our efforts a part of the National Day of Service that President Obama had called for on January 19th. We were extremely willing, and grateful for the suggestion. The next morning theatres in the area were contacted to ask if they would be a drop-off location for food throughout the week. We set up boxes at five of the theatres in our tri-county area: Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, Florida Stage in Manalapan, GableStage in Coral Gables, the offices of the New Vista Theatre Company in Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. Information was then sent out to the membership, via our email list, soliciting food donations.

On Monday, January 19th we gathered all the food from the various drop-off locations and prepared it for delivery to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Upon delivery, I was told that our donation totaled 473 pounds - the equivalent of 710 meals.

Helping to organize community service events is one of the most rewarding parts of my job as Chair of the South Florida Liaison Committee. We had over 60 people participate in this event and I am extremely proud of my theatre community for its enthusiasm. There is so much talk of tough economic times, but for those of us who have chosen theatre as our career, tough economic times is a way of life. I am constantly amazed at the generosity of artists and their desire to give back to the community and help others. Thank you South Florida for making this event such a success!

L-R: Avery Summers, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Bradshaw, Lourelene Snedeker, (behind) Heidi Harris, (front) Irene Adjan, Ed Limia Oscar Cheda
Photo: Peter Librach

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