Entertainment Community Honors Inspirational Teachers

PARK CITY, UTAH (January 18, 2008) – The Creative Coalition hosts this year’s Teacher’s Making a Difference Spotlight Awards at the Park City Film Festival where educators who were most influential in the lives of talented members of the entertainment community will be honored.

Lawrence O’Donnell, Jr. (MSNBC Senior Political Analyst and writer/producer for The West Wing) will host a dialogue with actor Alan Alda and his high school English teacher, Father Bernard McMahon (Stepinac High School; White Plains, New York) as well as actor Tom Arnold and his English teacher, Jane Thompson Garr (Washington Junior High School, Ottowa,Iowa).  The Creative Coalition Board Member actor Tim Daly will present the awards. Robin Bronk, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition, said, “I feel it is important to give members of the entertainment community an opportunity to put a spotlight on those individuals who were a key to their success.  We should all take the time to thank the teachers who have been influential in our lives. Today we celebrate all of our teachers.”


When:   Sunday, January 20, 2008

What:     Teacher’s Making a Difference Spotlight Awards

Where:    Hollywood Life House; 692 Main Street, Park City, UT

This is a by invitation-only event. Press must be credentialed to attend.

Please contact Tara Chantal Silver, Tara202.415.6253, tara@westinrinehart.com or
Jessica Hoy,202.415.1023, jessica@westinrinehart.com for press inquiries.

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About The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition (www.thecreativecoalition.com) is the leading 501 ©(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, arts advocacy, media literacy, destigmatizing mental illness and stemming runaway production.  Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in ,Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.



Tara Chantal Silver, 202.415.6253, tara@westinrinehart.com
Jessica Hoy, 202.415.1023, jessica@westinrinehart.com