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Clients in the News – January 2015

  • staff placeholderThe much-anticipated National LGBTQ Task Force’s 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change comes to Denver on February 4–8, 2015.This fun and educational event brings together 3,500+ people—from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies—to organize, network, and build skills to create change in their communities and across the world. Check out the Task Force’s website to watch videos from last year’s Creating Change conference and see what the buzz is all about, and to register for this year’s event.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) celebrated a major success in December when President Obama created the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Hanford, WA. Since 2011, NTHP and its partners have advocated strongly for this Park, which preserves one of the three sites where the Manhattan Project—the secret governmental program that created the first atomic bomb—was undertaken. This Park is one of only a few national parks that recognize American science and technology. Visit NTHP’s website for more information on this historic site and others that the Trust is working to save.
  • The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is out with its latest biennial State of the Bay Report—a comprehensive measure of the Bay’s health in terms of pollution, habitat, and fisheries. The bottom line: there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the federal/state partnership designed to reduce pollution is in place and working. But, although the water quality is definitely improving, certain species are still declining, like blue crab and rockfish. The Report confirms that the Bay is still a system dangerously out of balance. To read the full Report and get information on how you can help, visit CBF’s website.
  • We’re happy to report that this year’s broadcast of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsKennedy Center Honors won a four-year high in ratings, with nearly 10 million people tuning in. The show—taped early in December—honored Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Lily Tomlin, and Sting.
  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is showcasing many of the items from its vast and growing collection as its building—slated to open in 2016—rises on the National Mall. recently featured an article about one of these items: the Tinman’s hat from the Broadway musical, “The Wiz” – which premiered 40 years ago with an all black cast. This creative collection of metal, including a tin pan and steel wool, will be part of Taking the Stage, one of the inaugural shows planned for the Museum’s opening in 2016. For details about the Tinman’s delightful hat, and to watch videos of the original Broadway production of The Wiz, visit
  • Farm Sanctuary’s President Gene Baur has written a new book: Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The ultimate guide to eating mindfully, living longer, and feeling better every day. The book includes 100+ delicious, meat-free recipes, compassionate living tips, and more from the co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, who believes the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. The book will come out this spring, but you can pre-order it now, here.