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    Posted December 2, 2010

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Detroit Liaison Committee Gives Back!

Peggy Thorp sporting her Equity T-shirt presents AIDS Partnership Michigan with their check from the 2009 fundraising effort by Equity & Friends Fights AIDS

Every year the Detroit Liaison Committee participates in the Adopt-A-Child at Christmas program. The Adopt-A-Child at Christmas is a program in the Detroit Metropolitan Area that helps disadvantaged children ages newborn to 12 years to receive warm clothes and toys for Christmas. The Adopted Parents present the gifts to the sponsored child at a special gala event the first week of December at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit. The gala event has food, entertainment, and arts & crafts activities for the children. This year the Chicago AEA staff participated with the Detroit Liaison Committee in collecting funds to purchase clothes and gifts to present to the child.

Detroit Liaison Committee begins fundraising for Equity & Friends Fights AIDS on World AIDS Day!

AEA member Milfordean Luster and our 2009 Adoptee

The Detroit Liaison Committee for the past 15 years has participated in fundraising for Equity & Friends Fights AIDS. Equity & Friends Fights AIDS is similar to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but all funds raised by Equity & Friends stays in Southeast Michigan. "We began 15 years ago fundraising with our local SAG/AFTRA office," says Peggy Thorp, Detroit Liaison Committee Member and Central Region Board member, "Then our members began to participate, and the theatres and staff began fundraising, audience members began giving, and now we are "& Friends" to encompass all those that give in the greater Detroit Metropolitan Area." The money raised is given to two different service organizations, AIDS Partnership Michigan and Midwest AIDS coalition. "Fundraising begins every year on World AIDS Day and the funds are released in the early part of the following year," says Peggy, "The funds raised in 2009 where presented in February/March of 2010, and each organization received $7,500." Equity would like to wish the Detroit Liaison Committee the best of luck in their fundraising this season! .

Detroit Members Meet!

Milfordean Luster, Matthew Stewart and Dana Gamarra at the 2009 Adopt A Child Holiday Party

Equity members gathered for the annual Detroit Membership Meeting on Monday November 22, 2010 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. The evening began with the first ever Detroit Equity Membership Candidate reception. EMC's mingled with Members while enjoying light refreshments provided by the Detroit Liaison Committee. There was a short EMC question and answer with Equity Business Rep's Luther Goins and Cynthia E. Hanks. Later at the Membership meeting Luther Goins presented the choice of the new Executive Director, Mary McColl, and gave information on the new Chicago Actors' Equity Building and the upcoming Equity Plenary. Later the Membership discussed topics ranging from educating new members to changes in Equity agreements, specifically the revisions to the Small Professional Theatre Agreement. Members were welcomed by the Detroit Liaison Committee Members; Dana Gamarra (Liaison Chair) and Peggy Thorp (Liaison Member and Central Regional Board Member); and Chicago Equity staff members Luther Goins (Business Representative), Cynthia E. Hanks (Business Representative); and Michael Cichon (Contract Associate).

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