SAG-AFTRA Summer 2012

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Awards (The AMEES) honored three of the union's best at the Foundation's annual gala benefit dinner held Feb. 6 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. This year's honorees were veteran disc jockey and rock historian, the late Pete Fornatale, actor Phylicia Rashad and singer Rosanne Cash. Led by master of ceremonies and 2004 AMEE honoree in C elebrating AFTRA's 75th anniversary and the AFTRA Foundation's 15th year of building for the future, the 2012 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence �� Rosanne as representatives of AFTRA's unique, diverse and talented membership," said AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott. "All three have shown great integrity in their careers, dedication to their art and commitment to excellence — prime values of AFTRA." "Our honorees inspire us, challenge us to strive for success broadcasting Bob Edwards, the grand ballroom hosted more than 300 guests for a night of laughter, gratitude and excitement over not only the accomplishments of the honorees, but the history, future and strength of the union and its members. "We are proud and honored to have Pete, Phylicia and and greatness in our fields, remind us that at the heart of every artistic endeavor is a passion for expression, connection to one another and simple pursuit of joy," said then-AFTRA President Roberta Reardon. "Pete Fornatale, Phylicia Rashad and Rosanne Cash prove that while our industry is always changing, dedication and commitment result not only in success, but longevity." As well as being a good time, the AMEES are the major fundraising event for the AFTRA Foundation, a charitable and education organization that supports union members with programs that fall outside of the scope of usual union activities. The Foundation is funded entirely through tax-deductible donations, contributions, grants and bequests. Union members benefit from the Foundation's numerous emergency aid programs, scholarships, events and seminars, including the programs and support offered by the International News Safety Institute (INSI). A unique coalition of news organizations, journalists and media professionals committed to the protection of staff working in hostile and dangerous conditions, INSI provides training, advice and assistance to journalists, Music producer John Leventhal with his wife, honoree Rosanne Cash. | Summer 2012 | SAG-AFTRA 43 Larry Busacca/Getty Images Larry Busacca/Getty Images

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