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Eat Your Words 2021: A Fundraising Event for Chicago Youth

CHICAGO, Ill. -- We are proud to announce 826CHI's biggest fundraising event of the year! Socially conscious Chicagoans, literary enthusiasts, education supporters, and members of the business community will gather at the in Bridgeport for "Eat Your Words 2021."

The goal of the event is to raise enough money to ensure 750 students have equitable access to tuition-free, high-quality arts and literacy education. We believe that leaps in learning can be made through the power of writing and individualized attention to creativity. Every $458 raised allows one student to write their future for the 2021-2022 school year.

Eat Your Words will feature a storytelling mission to help 826CHI students, Chicago's finest cuisine from Chef Kelley Davidson of Betty Lou's, signature cocktails from Ahmed Williams of Swift and Sons, Artwork from Amanda K. Rivera, our 826CHI interactive game designed by sisters Ashlyn & Alicia Sparrow, and a performance Jay Illa, the official DJ of the Chicago Bears!

Enter Eat Your Words as a storyteller and you'll have no trouble blending in with the crowd. This is your mission, please come out to support a great cause and have a blast. More details below!

WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 6-7:30 p.m. or 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Zhou B Art Center - 1029 W 35th ST

QUOTE: "We are excited to be at the forefront of helping student writers capture their voice by helping them with their creative writing skills. The Eat Your Words event bring so much of what we do together into one experience. I am excited about how we "gamified" the event and how falls in line with the 826CHI Mission. This will be the non-profit event of the year! Don't miss it," said Jennifer Steele, Executive Director 826CHI.

NOTE: All agents will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, all the better to help you remain disguised! This event includes two 90-minute timed entries to ensure all of our agents can complete their missions with the venue at 50% capacity or less. 826CHI will have a Covid Compliance Officer on site to help ensure all safety protocols across the event are met and followed.


826CHI is a nonprofit writing tutoring and publishing center that supports students ages 6-18 in their creative and expository writing, and supports teachers in inspiring their students to write. All students enter 826CHI a storyteller and leave a published author. We prioritize our services for students, families, and communities most impacted by systemic disinvestment in high quality arts and literacy education. Our programs also prioritize students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and English Language Learners.

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Saving Grace K9s announces 3rd Annual Salute to Service Jeep Show and Ride

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Saving Grace K9s announced today the 3rd Annual Salute to Service Jeep Show and Ride will be held October 30, 2021 12-5. The Salute to Service Jeep Show and Ride is in honor of SPC Nickolas Maner. Nick was a combat veteran who served in the Army from 2010-2014 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He, like so many other combat veterans, had PTSD and made the final decision to end his pain on October 30, 2017. 22 veterans a day commit suicide.

Nick's parents have vowed to keep his memory alive while bringing awareness to veteran suicide. You won't want to miss the Jeep Stephanie Maner lovingly calls Nick Nack.

All proceeds will benefit Saving Grace K9s, a nonprofit organization located in Lexington NC. Their mission is two-fold: provide service dogs for veterans with combat PTSD and provide healing to the family unit. All of this is provided to the veterans and their families at no cost to them.

All vehicles are welcome, the cost per vehicle is $10. Everyone will meet at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church (1 Grace Way Dr Lexington, NC) at 12 p.m. The ride leaves at 1 p.m., driving to Saving Grace K9s (760 Sink Farm Rd Lexington, NC) where Jeep registration will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Jeep Registration is $20 per Jeep for all categories: Most Patriotic, Best Detailed, Most Creative Build, Brightest Build, Best of Show and ORO-Fab Choice of Show.

There will be food served on site, raffles and items for sale from Saving Grace K9s.

For more information: visit our website, call Laurie at Oro-Fab 336-237-0733/Brigette Parsons at 336-867-1175 or email


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1st Annual ‘Step Up In Surprise’ Event To Offer Outreach, Social Services, Food and Music To Veterans October 9

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- According to VetLink Foundation, military veterans who have honorably served our nation often return from deployments in need of various social services like job placement, health care, and mental health services. Some end up homeless. Sometimes they just need a friendly shoulder to lean on or to simply meet up and talk with fellow vets.

That's why veterans throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area will want to mark Saturday, October 9th on their calendars. That's the date the 1st Annual VetLink Foundation Step Up in Surprise event will be held at the TechCelerator complex on Bell Rd in Surprise.

The event, which runs from 9am-2pm, will offer veterans access to numerous social services all in one place. There will be service providers offering assistance and advice on housing and shelter referral, mental health services, DOL employment and job training assistance, veterans benefits counseling, social and community services, legal advice and services, financial literacy, personal care/hygiene kits, 3-D mammography screenings, and even clothing.

Guests will also be able to enjoy special military attractions as well as plenty of food and music. The event is free and is open to any and all military veterans and their dependents.

Step Up In Surprise, which is supported by an award from the City of Surprise Community Outreach Program, is an event put on by the VetLink Foundation, a non-profit organization which began operations in 2019. The organization aims to connect veterans and their families with free services and opportunities that they may not be aware of. VetLink partners with volunteers, businesses, organizations, local, state, and national government services to provide and develop the services needed for veterans and their families in user-friendly ways. VetLink is a recognized United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Commemorative Partner.

A mission statement on the Foundation's website states: "Our motto is Veterans Connecting Veterans. We believe strongly in hiring veterans and their families to be a part of our team. We understand first-hand what kind of challenges veterans can face when transitioning to civilian life.

"At VetLink, veterans come first. We make every effort to provide support to service men and women. We are driven and focused on the needs of veterans and we are always looking for more ways to connect them to the services and opportunities that will make a difference in their lives."

Besides the Step Up In Surprise event, VetLink holds regular monthly outreach programs to service veterans in Arizona. Their 'Coffee for Vets' program is an opportunity for veterans to socialize, connect with the community, and share their needs for services. 'Brunch With the Boys' is a community of veterans who are primarily focused on supporting others who have transitioned from military to civilian life. 'Women Warriors' helps women veterans through the process of transitioning from military life to civilian life. The 'Wounded Warrior to Cyber Warrior' program offers veterans job training in the fast-expanding field of cyber security.

The organization's work in the community has drawn attention and praise from Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, himself a 25-year navy veteran.

"Here in Arizona we have a tradition of supporting our veterans," Senator Kelly said in a video posted on YouTube. "VetLink plays a key role in this tradition in holding events and gatherings for veterans. All of you are strengthening the community of support for Arizona veterans. I've learned that the best way to move forward is bringing people together to solve the problems we face. Organizations like VetLink inspire and inform my service."

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Gala to end Pancreatic Cancer Raises Over $1 Million

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Purple Pansies, a pancreatic cancer nonprofit organization, recently held its 12th annual Pillars of Hope Gala, presented by Kroger, raising more than $1 million in one evening. The gala was officially renamed Pillars of Hope by the nonprofit to show support for survivors and the hope to cure pancreatic cancer.

Founding Purple Pansies in 2008, Maria Fundora holds the gala in September in honor of when she lost her mother, Iluminada Milian, in 2007. "She fought so hard," Fundora said. "When I lost her three months after diagnosis I could not just sit still. I had to do something. I had to fight, to be able to find a way to help others, so others would not go through what my family went through."

The evening included a presentation of the inaugural Pillars of Hope Bill Palmer Legacy Award.

The award honors the late Bill Palmer (founder of Applebee's) for his pioneering support of Purple Pansies and his own courageous fight with the disease. For the first year of this award, Tim Brown, Atlanta President of Kroger, received the award for his involvement and service, both personally and professionally.

"Kroger and our partners are excited to be involved with Purple Pansies and Pillars of Hope and to be able to assist in raising money for this organization. I was truly honored to be recognized and receive the Bill Palmer Legacy Award," said Tim Brown, president of the Kroger Atlanta division. "My wife, Angie, and I look forward to supporting this organization in the future."

According to the American Cancer Society, research for pancreatic cancer is one of the least funded of all cancers. The organization is guided by "CARS": Community, awareness and resources.

To date, Purple Pansies has raised over $4 million to support research and clinical trials through the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope.

"We have learned people are coming in earlier to diagnose pancreatic cancer," said Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Distinguished Professor in TGen's Molecular Medicine Division. "Stage 1a early pancreas cancer 5 year survival rates have grown from 45% to 84% due to awareness with events like this gala."

During the gala, a video featured Dr. Von Hoff, describing how pancreatic cancer treatments are improving and a current clinical trial of patients on a ketogenic diet. He encouraged the fight and displayed a purple bracelet made by Lana Stowell, a local Alpharetta, Ga., youth. Everyone in the audience received one of the more than 200 bracelets made by Lana to join us together as a community.

Dr. Andrew Page, M.D., director of surgical oncology and HPB surgery at Piedmont Healthcare, spoke about the unique fight of pancreatic patients: "They all share in common their trust in me which I treasure and their warrior spirit which I honor ... Let's keep going."

During the evening, Purple Pansies officially announced the launch of their scholarship program for high school seniors who have a parent, guardian or are themselves suffering from pancreatic cancer. Their goal is to continue support families across the country that have been affected by pancreatic cancer.

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European Court of Human Rights Affirms Freedom of Religion or Belief of Russian Scientologist

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has once again affirmed the rights of Scientologists in Russia to practice their religion based on Article 9 of the ECHR Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, announced the Church of Scientology International.

Article 9 states:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

"Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs shall be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others."

In its September 28, 2021, judgment in Kuropyatnik v. Russia, (Application no. 64403/11), the ECHR ruled that Scientologist Vladimir Leonidovich Kuropyatnik, a Moscow Scientologist, was illegally detained by a Russian police officer who questioned him on the basis of his membership in the Scientology religion.

The Court found Kuropyatnik's October 13, 2010, detention deprived him of liberty and violated Articles 8 and 9 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms which guarantee the right to respect for private and family life and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

The ECHR noted that at the time this incident took place, the Church of Scientology had been registered as a religious organization in Russia for more than two decades and that Russian authorities had consistently over the years acknowledged the religious nature of Scientology. This Court found Russian police targeting Mr. Kuropyatnik for being a Scientologist was a blatant abuse of his religious freedom by the Russian state and ordered Russia to pay him €8,000 in damages for violating his human rights.

This decision is consistent with the European Court of Human Rights landmark decision of 5 April 2007 in the case Church of Scientology Moscow v. Russia (Application no. 18147/02), which overturned the Moscow city government's refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organization. The Court found that Russia violated the rights of the Church of Scientology under ECHR Article 11 (the right to freedom of association) "read in the light of Article 9" (the right to freedom of religion) when it refused to reregister the Church of Scientology of Moscow.

Once again, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld that Scientologists are guaranteed the same rights by the European Convention on Human Rights granted to those of any other religious organization.

The European Court of Human Rights was established to create a mechanism for the resolution of human rights complaints against States parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950. Located in Strasbourg, France, the Court has jurisdiction over 47 states in Europe, including Russia, with a combined population of some 820 million citizens.

This announcement was originally published as a blog on the Scientology Religion website. The Church of Scientology publishes this blog to help create a better understanding of the freedom of religion and belief and provide news on religious freedom and issues affecting this freedom around the world.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

For more information on Scientology, visit the Scientology website or the Scientology TV network.

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Move For Hunger and Mover’s Choice Renew Their Partnership in an Effort to End Hunger

RED BANK, N.J. -- Mover's Choice, a specialty moving and storage insurance program, and Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, announced the renewing of their partnership today for another year that would help provide more than 25,000 meals to those in need.

This is the third year of the partnership between the two organizations that has contributed a total of 63,000 meals to hungry families across the country.

"We're extremely fortunate and appreciative to join such a much-needed cause," said Brandon Laam, Director of Business Development at Mover's Choice. "The sustainable donation process that Move For Hunger undertakes is quite extraordinary. With their partnership, we look forward to having the ability to do our part in getting food delivered to those who need it most."

Mover's Choice has been a trusted partner of the moving and storage industry for over 25 years. Their specially designed insurance products and solutions support many van lines and individual movers in the Move For Hunger network.

Thanks to partnerships like the one with Mover's Choice, Move For Hunger continues to increase its impact in the United States and Canada. Just last month, Move For Hunger announced that it had helped feed 20 million people - half of which coming in the last three years alone.

Since its founding in 2009, Move For Hunger has made a sustainable way for people to donate food. They've partnered with 1,000+ movers in all fifty states and Canada to ask the simple question, "Would you like to donate your food when you move?" The organization has since expanded its scope to include organizing community food drives, rescuing unused food from events like marathons and festivals, and the recent launch of its new fresh food program which collects perishable food from farms and other sources and distributes it to local food banks.

All of these initiatives are vital in solving the hunger crisis that touches every state and county in the United States. There are 42 million hungry Americans including 1 in 6 kids that are considered food insecure. In California, the home of Mover's Choice, over 4 million people are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.

"Mover's Choice has been a close partner of ours for multiple years and we very much appreciate their continued support," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "We're trying to mobilize an entire industry-from the movers to all the companies that support the movers-to rally around the same cause. With our continued partnership, we're one step closer to doing that and one step closer to ending hunger."

About Move For Hunger

Move For Hunger 501(c)(3) is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit

About Mover's Choice

The Mover's Choice Program has been providing specially designed insurance products for the residential household goods moving and storage industry for over 28 years. We provide comprehensive coverage at competitive prices. Learn more at

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Mid America Mortgage Donates $250,000 to Services of Hope

ADDISON, Texas -- Mid America Mortgage, Inc. (Mid America) announced today that the company has donated $250,000 to Services of Hope, a 501(c)(3) organization in Dallas aimed at providing assistance and support for community needs that do not fit in a traditional category. Mid America's donation will be met by matching funds by the City of Dallas as part of the Driver of Poverty Grant - Barriers to Poverty.

"Mid America Mortgage is proud to call North Texas home. As much as this community has given to us, we feel it is incredibly important to pay that success forward by giving back to our community through volunteerism and matched donations," said Mid America Owner and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bode. "We are pleased to partner with Services of Hope to aid in their efforts to combat poverty in the Dallas area. In addition to our donation, Mid America employees will be volunteering their time with Services of Hope because we believe charity is about giving both your time and money."

The funds from Mid America will be used to provide services such as temporary financial assistance, known as Services of Hope's Redemption Grant; senior, elder and medical transportation; school uniforms and shoes; non-food essentials such as furniture and bus passes; and internship and workforce clothing. Services of Hope will also use the donation to provide support to individuals in the City of Dallas who have been economically impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty.

"Services of Hope would like to thank Jeff Bode, his family and Mid America Mortgage for their generous donation and partnership toward the Drivers of Poverty Project," said President and CEO of Services of Hope, Dr. Daniel B Prescott. "Community service is the mortgage we pay for our house in heaven."

About Mid America Mortgage, Inc.

Mid America Mortgage, Inc., Addison, Texas, is a multi-state, full-service mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its retail, wholesale and correspondent channels. We offer a wide range of residential home loan programs to meet the needs of most home buyers and homeowners and are also the nation's leading provider of Section 184 home loans for Native Americans. Learn more at

In operation since 1940, Mid America has thrived by retaining its entrepreneurial spirit and leading the market in innovation, including its adoption of eClosings eNotes. Click n' Close is Mid America's ultra-secure, digital mortgage approval and closing process that gets home buyers from application to closing within two weeks. With just a few clicks at closing, Click n' Close puts keys in the home buyer's hand in 15 minutes or less. Apply online at

Frequently named a top mortgage employer/workplace by industry trade magazines such as Mortgage Professional America, MReport, National Mortgage News and National Mortgage Professional, Mid America is looking for tech-savvy, service-oriented mortgage professionals to join our growing team. We are dedicated to providing our employees with industry-leading tools and technology to deliver a great package of competitive pricing, programs and knowledgeable service. Want to join our team? Visit

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Compassion Prison Project and CA Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris Raise ACE Awareness in CA Prison

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Compassion Prison Project (CPP) piloted its innovative new series "Trauma Talks," an educational video program with accompanying workbook this week. CPP's mission is to create trauma-informed prisons and communities by bringing trauma awareness education and proven healing modalities to the men and women living and working in prison. Statistically, those involved in the prison system have some of the highest number of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in society.

As part of the "Trauma Talks" launch, on September 7th, 8th, and 9th 2021, CPP hosted an historic event at Valley State Prison (VSP) in California. Over a hundred men living at VSP shared their childhood trauma stories in Compassion Trauma Circles, joined by CPP Founder Fritzi Horstman, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and 17 volunteers. CPP and Ms. Horstman are best known for the short film Step Inside the Circle, which has reached over 3.5 million viewers with its unprecedented look at childhood trauma behind bars. Dr. Burke Harris's office has established the bold goal of reducing ACEs and toxic stress by 50 percent within one generation.

The VSP event activities included supportive open discussions, exercises, and lectures. Catalina Villegas, Anchor of Your Weekend on Spectrum News 1, was on-site to capture the event as it unfolded. In addition, CPP provided mentorship training to several incarcerated residents and a specially designed Correctional Officer presentation was also featured for 30+ Correctional Officers.

Every single resident at Valley State Prison (2,900 in total) received the first volume of the "Trauma Talks" workbook and began the curriculum, thanks to the generous donation by one of CPP's supporters. CPP is on track to establish several other pilot launches of "Trauma Talks" in the United States and around the world by the end of 2021, with the goal of having the entire series available in all prisons by 2023.

The outcome of this event is that Valley State Prison will be the first fully trauma-informed, trauma-responsive prison in the country. With the "Trauma Talks" pilot, CPP has opened the doors for important transformation in the United States Criminal Justice community. The positive impact this educational and emotionally supportive program will have on incarcerated citizens and their families is immeasurable.

"When I found out I was traumatized by my parents and my upbringing, it changed how I felt about myself," Fritzi Horstman reflected on her way back from Valley State Prison. "I want to share what I've learned and make sure every person living in prison understands the principles of trauma, brain science and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) so people can forgive themselves, make amends and begin the healing process, not only for themselves, but for their families and their communities."

For more information, please contact Melonie McCoy, Media and Communications Director at or visit


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COVID Variants Do Not Stop C. diff. Awareness Walks Worldwide

TEANECK, N.J. -- C Diff Foundation announced today that the 5th Annual Global C. diff. Awareness Walks will take place on-demand, on a livestream, and in-person at Sims Park, New Port Richey, FL, and Brown Street Park Complex, Spring city, PA, and Milton A. Votee, Teaneck, NJ. This year's annual events will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. EDT. Learn more at:

Proceeds from the events will benefit the C Diff Foundation's mission educating and advocating for C. difficile infection prevention, treatments, clinical trials, and environmental safety worldwide. During these unprecedented times the C Diff Foundation effectively adapts to overcome the many obstacles developing from this global virus and the variants of SARS-CoV-2 that have been emerging and circulating around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

C. diff. infections are one of the leading healthcare-associated infections facing local communities worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a Clostridioides difficile infection (C. diff., C. difficile), (formally known as Clostridium difficile) "has become the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections in U.S. hospitals and costs up to $4.8 billion each year in excess health care costs for acute care facilities alone." Statistics provided by the CDC suggest that C. difficile cause nearly 500,000 infections in patients in the U.S. annually. In one study noted by the CDC, among infected patients, nearly 29,000 died within 30 days of being diagnosed, and more than half of those deaths (15,000) were directly attributable to a C. difficile infection.

"C Diff Foundation volunteering members have a passion to improve the lives of patients, families, and caregivers who have been impacted by C. diff. infections worldwide," says Nancy C. Caralla, Founding President, Executive Director of the C Diff Foundation. "At the in-person C. diff. Awareness Walks, a safe distance will be maintained, and hand sanitizer will be available to ensure a safe outdoor event. 'Let's Walk' presents educational information shared by health care professionals, and C. diff. Survivors, through on-demand walks and livestream options located on the dedicated event website:"

Thank you, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, for being the Global Sponsor of the 5th Annual Global C. diff. Awareness Walks. Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group committed to helping people around the world build families and live better lives. Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology. Ferring is committed to exploring the crucial link between the microbiome and human health, beginning with the threat of recurrent C. difficile infection. With the 2018 acquisition of Rebiotix and several other alliances, Ferring is a world leader in microbiome research, developing novel microbiome-based therapeutics to address significant unmet needs and help people live better lives. For more information visit

We also extend our thanks to Seres Therapeutics, Inc. for being the Diamond Sponsor of the 5th Annual Global C. diff. Awareness Walks.

Seres Therapeutics, Inc. is a leading microbiome therapeutics company developing a novel class of multifunctional bacterial consortia designed to functionally interact with host cells and tissues to treat disease. Seres' SER-109 program achieved the first-ever positive pivotal clinical results for a targeted microbiome drug candidate and has obtained Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA. The SER-109 program is being advanced for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection and has potential to become a first-in-class FDA-approved microbiome therapeutic. Seres is evaluating SER-301 in a Phase 1b study in patients with ulcerative colitis and SER-155 in a Phase 1b study to address gastrointestinal infections, bacteremia and graft-versus-host disease. For more information, please visit

About C Diff Foundation:

C Diff Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading patient and healthcare organization educating and advocating for C. difficile (Clostridioides difficile, C. diff., CDI, CDAD) prevention, treatments, clinical trials, diagnostics, support, and environmental safety worldwide. Their Mission continues to move forward and grow through research conducted by government, industry, and academia strengthening the advocacy on behalf of patients, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide. For more information:

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Beyond Baroque Announces Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund

VENICE, Calif. -- Beyond Baroque, one of the nation's leading independent Literary Arts Centers, has announced the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund. The fund, named in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, will provide $10,000 to young poets of color.

"It's been wonderful witnessing Amanda's growth from her start in our Student Poets' Program to the Inaugural Poet we see today, and we hope to continue uplifting fellow promising youth poets of color through this fund," said the nonprofit's executive director, Quentin Ring.

"We're looking forward to ushering in new word warriors who can speak for not only themselves but also their respective communities and maybe one day, like Ms. Gorman, the world," added Shonda Buchanan, Vice President of Beyond Baroque's Board of Trustees.

The Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund includes a poetry contest and a scholarship for college-bound student poets of color. A total of $10,000 will be awarded for the 2021-2022 school year. The fund continues Beyond Baroque's long history of nurturing some of Los Angeles' most prominent poets, including Wanda Coleman, Amy Gerstler, and Amanda Gorman herself. As a teenager, Gorman began her development as a poet in the Beyond Baroque Student Poets' Program, established by former Executive Director Richard Modiano. After completing the program, she was appointed the first Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and then of the United States in 2017, by Beyond Baroque partner Urban Word. She later named Beyond Baroque as the place "where a young poet found the love of her life."

The fund will begin accepting applications in November 2021, and more details will be announced in the following months.

To learn more about Beyond Baroque, or to make a contribution in support of the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Fund, please visit


Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is one of the nation's most successful and influential grassroots incubators of the literary arts. Founded in 1968, and housed in the original Venice City Hall building in Venice, California, it is a nonprofit public space dedicated to cultivating new writing and expanding the public's knowledge of poetry, literature, and art through cultural events and community interaction.

The Center offers a diverse variety of literary and arts programming, including readings, workshops, art exhibits, and education. Across five decades, Beyond Baroque has provided crucial support to a series of seminal writers, artists, and musicians that include Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, Amy Gerstler, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Mike Kelley, Viggo Mortensen, Will Alexander, and Amanda Gorman. Today the Center continues to provide a vital cultural forum through its free workshops, reading series, and general programming.


Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied sociology. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is the author of the "The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country" (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 2021), the poetry collection "Call Us What We Carry" (Viking, December 2021) and "The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough" (Penmanship Books, 2015). In 2017, Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She previously served as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, and she is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth.

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.

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