Clients in the News – May 2013
Here’s what some of our clients have been up to recently:
- The vital mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has been front and center lately, as families welcomed home the three Cleveland women held in captivity for ten years. This kind of recovery offers hope to the families who are still searching, that their own children will one day come home. On May 7, NCMEC celebrated this important message of hope by honoring Jaycee Dugard and her family at the 2013 Hope Awards. The Dugards were reunited in 2009 after Jaycee was abducted 18 years before. A reminder that National Missing Children’s Day is May 25, so please visit NCMEC’s website to find out how you can help keep kids safer.
Photo taken at the 2013 Hope Awards: (from left) Amy Padre, Amelia Stanley, and Kristen Shank Finn.
- Don’t miss the American Film Institute’s 11th-annual AFI Docs film festival coming in June! As AFI describes it, AFI Docs is an internationally recognized event that honors excellence in filmmaking, supports the diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world. The Festival runs from June 19-23 in the Washington, DC area, so check AFI’s website for scheduling and a preview of the incredible documentaries that will be screened. Tickets are slated to go on sale in late May.
- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force held its highly anticipated Pink & Purple Weekend in early May – opinion leaders and decision makers attended this unique weekend of events that honored community leaders who push LGBT equality forward, educated local activists, and celebrated the diversity of LGBT people. The Task Force has much to celebrate this year, with six states in the last six months alone passing marriage equality legislation. The most recent victory in, Minnesota, came after the Task Force worked in November to defeat an amendment to the state constitution that would have made marriage equality unconstitutional, but worked with organizers in the state to pass this new legislation allowing the freedom to marry.
- May is National Preservation Month, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation is ready to celebrate. This year’s Preservation Month theme is See! Save! Celebrate! – and the Trust encourages people to do just that. Its website has terrific ideas for getting involved, including community-service opportunities like organizing a clean-up day at a local house museum or along a historic Main Street; or consider hosting a lecture, workshop, or demonstration for a historic home owner.
- Jeffrey Rosen recently came on board as president and CEO of the National Constitution Center – as the Center celebrates its first decade. As he writes in his inaugural letter, The Constitution continues to be at the heart of our nation’s most contentious issues, from immigration to health care to gun rights. Every week and every day, there’s a new political issue that raises constitutional questions—from surveillance cameras and drones to free speech on the Internet. Visit the Center’s website to read Mr. Rosen’s full letter.
- And finally, on Saturday, May 18, head to Nationals Park in Washington, DC for the fifth-annual Opera in the Outfield — a free Kennedy Center event that includes a variety of games and entertainment for kids, followed by a simulcast of the fabulous opera/musical Show Boat. For more information, visit the Kennedy Center’s website.