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    Posted December 5, 2007

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Falat Basket Project Ready for Holidays - Volunteers Needed

Santa's Workshop Sews Scarves for Falat Basket Project!

Volunteers still needed !

You can help too !

Equity Staff members and volunteers pitched in for the annual Stephen Falat Holiday Basket Project on Dec 3rd and 4th at the AEA office in New York. For the second year in a row, Council Recording Secretary Diana Previtire knitted more than 100 magnificent, colorful scarves in honor of former Equity President Patrick Quinn, who died tragically in 2006.

For months leading up to the "sewing circle," Diana and other staffers met weekly and taught each other how to knit and crochet. The staff group, Love Keeps You Warm, made hundreds of scarves for this years baskets. Many Equity and community members also donated scarves and yarn this year. The finishing touch was a tag honoring Quinn which is sewn onto each scarf.

Since 1985, volunteers organized by the Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project Committee have delivered holiday gift baskets (large, colorful shopping bags) filled with clothing, CDs, candy, toiletries and more, to local New York hospitals and AIDS organizations, to brighten the holidays of people living with AIDS. All merchandise is new and has been donated by corporations as well as individuals.

This year more than 3,000 baskets will be delivered to over 20 hospitals, AIDS hospices, pediatric AIDS centers and HIV community service centers in the New York Metropolitan area.

Special thanks to Anne Fortuno, Assistant to the President who coordinates the Project and Love Keeps You Warm for their hard work.

Volunteers are need to deliver baskets on Sat. Dec 8th and 15th. If you have a car and can help drive the baskets to their destinations, or if you just want to help take the baskets from Equity's Audition Center and load up the cars, please call or email Flora Stamatiades at 212-8698530 ext 419 or The deliveries are done from about 8:30 to 11:30 am on those Saturdays. Call for more info to Flora or Anne at x409.

Make you holiday a little more meaningful by helping others.

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