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December 12, 2002

Kids Pitch in for Equity's 2002 Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project

Ridgefield High School PALS

Slocum Skewes Junior High Student Council

It's "in the bag!" - Students from Ridgefield High School's PALS (Peer and Leadership Support) club and Student Council pitched in for the Stephen J. Falat Basket Project at Actors' Equity, along with Student Council from Slocum Skewes Junior High School.

Kids from Ridgefield High and Slocum Skewes Junior High pitched in to help out with Equity's 2002 Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project. The Project, established in 1986 and named for its originator who died from AIDS, delivers large, colorful shopping bags (aka "baskets") filled with goodies and essentials--clothing, books, CDs, candy, toiletries, and more--to local hospitals and AIDS organizations to brighten the holidays of people living with AIDS. All merchandise is new and has been donated by corporations and individuals.

This year, volunteers will deliver over 2,500 "baskets" to more than 20 hospitals, AIDS hospices, pediatric AIDS centers and HIV community services in the New York metropolitan area.

If you would like to help fill the baskets, or have a car or van and can assist with the deliveries, call Anne Fortuno at Equity, (212) 869-8530, ext. 409. The basket filling starts Monday, December 9th and goes through Friday, December 20th.

Special thanks to teachers Roseanne Abate and Jennifer Rupprecht, Josh Krausher, the HS Student Council Advisor, PALS Advisor Charles Manto and Diane Eyerman, Charity Coordinator for the local Barry Manilow Fan Club "A Little Harmony", which also provided support for the project. Members of Equity's Stephen J. Falat Basket Project Committee are Austin Colyer, Maureen Moore, Jean-Paul Richard and Mark Zimmerman. Equity's Eastern Regional Vice President, Arne Gundersen, oversees Stephen Falat Basket Project, now in its 14th year.

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