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    Posted July 23, 2008

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Philadelphia AEA Members Celebrate "Philly Week"

WHYY On-Air Telethon and Softball Picnic Bring Members Together

Philly AEA members Kristen Burke, Pat Adams and Toni Downey

In June, the Philadelphia Area Liaison Committee celebrated "Philly Week" to raise the profile of the local Philadelphia membership and get together for some summer fun. Philadelphia and the neighboring suburbs are home to almost 1,000 Equity members, as well as two dozen professional Equity theatres and a vibrant theatre scene.

AEA member Rita Rudner mans the phone bank

On Wed June 4, "Team Equity" manned the phone banks for WHYY television's spring pledge drive. The live telethon featured a guest appearance by comedian Rita Rudner (who is a proud Equity member), as well as interview with National Communications Director David Lotz, who talked about the importance of supporting Equity theatres. During the live segments, Ms. Rudner mingled with our volunteers and personally answered the phone for delighted callers!

Philly AEA members Suzanne H Smart, Christopher Sapienza, Lois Sach-Binder

Special thanks to our volunteers, including Pat Adams, Sheila Bader, Barry Brait, Jim DiBasio, Hazel Bowers, Kristen Burke, Wayne Dansbury, Toni Downey, Jessica Edwards, Robert Foley, Jeanette Hartunian, Tom Helmer, Kellie Lynne Leach, Paul Nolan, Lois Sach-Binder, Suzanne H. Smart, and Shane Radford.

"This was a great way for us to raise Equity's profile in the Philadelphia market, especially since WHYY is watched by culture-oriented viewers," said Christopher Sapienza, Chair of the Liaison Committee. "I especially wish to thank Jeanette Hartunian and all of our terrific volunteers."

Batter up! The fun moved outdoors on June 16th to Fairmount Park, for the Liaison Committee's annual softball game and picnic. The Equity banner was proudly displayed behind home plate, as local members battled it out on the ball field.

Look for an announcement about our upcoming fall membership meeting. If you wish to join the Philadelphia Liaison list-serve, email

Monday in the Park (Fairmont, that is). Softball anyone ?
Photo: Chris Sapienza

Team Equity @ WHYY
Photo: David Lotz

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