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Page 52 of 62 | Spring 2015 | SAG-AFTRA 51 LEND ME AN EAR BREAKS RECORDS CARAN WILBANKS Atlanta Seattle STEVE FRIED HONORED M embers of the Arizona-Utah Local proudly honored Steve Fried during the Screen Actors Guild Awards viewing party in Phoenix on Jan. 25. Fried served his union from 1987–2012 in a number of capacities. He was first elected as councilor-at-large to the Arizona SAG Council. Over the years, he served as secretary-treasurer, president and was elected to the National Board. As a memento of his tireless years of service, Fried was presented with a beautiful engraved leather briefcase filled with hundreds of well-wishes from his friends in Arizona, as well as a certificate of appreciation. Kudos to Fried for his impressive career and dedication; his fellow members have truly benefited from his service. NANCY HALL PHOTOGRAPHY Actor Sandy Gibbons, right, with Steve Fried and his certificate of appreciation S AG-AFTRA Seattle Local staff and officers attended the 2014 Anchorage International Film Festival Dec. 12–13, where they presented an informational meeting titled SAG-AFTRA: Who We Are and What We Do. The event included participation by Alaska representatives of sister film unions IATSE and Teamsters, as well as Vince Beltrami, Alaska AFL-CIO president. The two-hour workshop included overviews of SAG-AFTRA theatrical contracts and included a lively Q&A session. Filmmakers and members of the other unions learned a great deal about SAG-AFTRA and the role it plays in securing good wages and safe working conditions for members in "the last frontier" state. LISA J. SEIFERT SAG-AFTRA Seattle Board member from Alaska Ron Holmstrom, second from left, and SAG-AFTRA National Board Member Abby Dylan, far right, with, from far left, SAG-AFTRA Seattle Local Executive Director Brad Anderson and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and his wife, Donna, center REPS ATTEND 2014 ANCHORAGE FILM FEST TAX TIME Sandra Karas, director of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program, a SAG-AFTRA New York Local Board member and the Secretary-Treasurer of AEA, helps members understand this year's tax updates and review expense deductions for performing artists. The presentation was part of the Philadelphia Local's February conservatory event, Taxes and the Working Actor. Karas has done tax seminars across the country. Philadelphia Arizona-Utah I n honor of its 11th year of performing gems from the Golden Age of Radio, the Atlanta Union Radio Players presented the drama Eleventh Hour as part of Lend Me an Ear, its annual fundraiser for the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Oct. 27. Forty members of SAG-AFTRA and AEA recreated pieces from programs such as The Columbia Workshop and Defense Attorney (a star vehicle for radio phenom Mercedes McCambridge). It was a record-breaking event, with nearly $4,600 raised, which equals more than $42,000 in buying power because the food bank buys in bulk. The huge success was proof that old-time radio is alive and well in Atlanta. Next year promises comedy, with laughs from the radio shows of Crosby and Hope, Martin and Lewis and The Bickersons, among many others. Until then, happy imagining! Performers recreate the Golden Age of Radio at the fundraiser Oct. 27.

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