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PSWIFT's purpose:
to empower, promote, and nurture women and men involved in the entertainment, communication, and media industries. Our unique educational, mentoring and networking programs act as an economic and social stimulus for members and the community at large by helping members reach their full potential while attracting new jobs, investment and production to the Coachella Valley.
August 2016 President's message

Dear Friends,

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a sensational summer and enjoyed every minute of time spent with family and friends.  All I can say is get ready, as we are in for one heck of a busy season!

Please mark your calendars!  In this newsletter, you will see that we have a full and fabulous schedule of events that will give us an opportunity to engage and embrace one another as members and also reach out in giving to the Greater Community.  From our member mixers starting on September 14th at beautiful Escena Golf Club, to our educational programs such as industry updates, to celebrations like the Broken Glass Awards and Oscar Party, we pride ourselves on being a working organization of substantive individuals.  I urge you to get involved and sign up for committees where you can be a part of the inner workings of our projects.

I would like to extend a special thanks to The Shops on El Paseo and The Jones Group for their continued support of PSWIFT.  The fundraiser at the Dinah Shore Estate on September 24th is going to become another signature event for our organization.  A special thanks to board member Kip Serifin, with Locations 760 for his time and efforts as well.

Thank you all for your support and continued dedication.  I look forward to seeing you on September 14th!

My best always,

UPCOMING PSWIFT EVENTS...  http://www.pswift.org/Events

September 14        Welcome Back Mixer:  Escena: Authors and Artists              
September 24        Oscar Fundraiser "A night of Stars" at the Dinah Shore                                        Palm Springs Estate benefitting PSWIFT
October 19             SAG and PSWIFT Educational Collaboration:  
                               Kaiser Grille, Palm Desert
November 15         Broken Glass Awards:  Agua Caliente Resort Spa
December 19         Christmas Party:  Ruth Chris Steakhouse  5:30-7:30 pm
Events 2017....

January 28             State of the Industry Annual Meeting:  Panel of Journalists                                  Mission Hills CC   
February 26           The Oscar Party on El Paseo
                               Catered by Wolfgang Puck

PSWIFT Welcome Back Mixer and Membership Drive
September 14, 2015
5:30-7:30 PM
Escena Lounge & Grill
1100 Clubhouse View Drive
Palm Springs
Member: $25         Guest: $40
***Special Note***
If your guest joins PSWIFT this evening, your $25 fee is waived

** If you are a member Author or Artist and would like an opportunity to display and sell your product at our mixer, please contact our PSWIFT Office by Friday, September 2nd.  Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis! **
or call 760-238-0306
Desert Arc named 'Nonprofit of the Year' for 28th Senate district
Congratulations to our very own Mitch Blumberg,                                           
Sr. Vi ce President of Desert Arc for their recent award!  

The Palm Desert-based organization, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in the Coachella Valley, was chosen by state Sen. Jeff Stone as the Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 28.   Desert Arc serves adults with disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation and other medical conditions. The office is at 73-255 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert.  Currently, Desert Arc serves 700 clients, including 100 in its Yucca Valley satellite facility and a team at its Indio recycling operation.   For information about Desert Arc, call (760) 346-1611 or Visit  www.desertarc.org .
Member News...

"It's summer, but that doesn't mean our members haven't been busy! Dr. Susan Murphy, PSWIFT Board Member, recently had another one of her articles published in Forbes.com.   Check it out at http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2016/07/26/increasing-your-confidence-is-your-key-to-success/, and find out how increasing your confidence is key to your success!  

Congratulations to PSWIFT member Suzy Cah am for her recent performance of "A GOLDDIGGER" at the Big Bear Performing Arts Center this past weekend!  

Board Position - PSWIFT recently had a position on our board open up and we are now accepting nominations for this spot.  If you are interested or would like to suggest a PSWIFT member please contact our office by September 15th.  office@pswift.org

Peace Train Update...
Local high school student Alexandria Van Horn was selected by PSWIFT to be apart of this very important journey on the "Peace Train" here in the United States taking students  from Ferguson, MO to the South African Embassy in Washington, DC; July 4-18, 2016.  Click here to review her whole story:  I understand I have not been responsible as I should have after returning from the trip and I am very thankful for your constant patience and understanding  

If you want to help there are many ways to get involved. Please contact Marilyn or Sharon at The Peace Train for more information: Telephone: 267/207-4210

Reserve your Hotel Package today for either weekend of the Desert Trip Festival and enjoy the ultimate vacation getaway! Your hotel is ideally located just minutes from world famous El Paseo with its many designer stores and restaurants to choose from, and is just steps away from shuttle access to the Empire Polo Grounds.
Quantum Hotel Package Includes:
  • 3 or 4 nights
  • Pre-Registration 
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gift bag
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Lunch at Wolfgang Puck's Saturday or Sunday (at your leisure)
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine

3 Night Package Price: $1,750 - 2,250

4 Night Package Price: $1,890 - 2,265


Kansas City Women in Film & TV's 6th Short Screenplay Contest 

Kansas City Women in Film & TV's 6th annual Short Screenplay Contest is underway, and all members of Women in Film chapters get a discount on their entry fee.  Please see http://www.kcwift.com/contest/.  The early bird deadline is September 23, 2016.

The contest has 2 goals: 
(1) Encourage more women to write screenplays. 
(2) Encourage all writers to develop female protagonists. 

To accomplish these goals, we offer 2 prizes:
  • $1,000 for Best Screenplay by a Female Writer or Writing Team
  • $500 for Best Female Protagonist (open to both men and women who can also vie for the top prize)
BookPALS News
This vital program depends on volunteers to read to students and it also depends on generous donations for book purchases.  If you would like to get involved, please contact Tere Britton at 760-898-4052.
Member News
A benefit of being a PSWIFT member is sharing YOUR entertainment industry related news in our newsletter.  If you send it, we make every effort to publish it in an upcoming issue.
Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support!

Palm Springs Women in Film and Television | PO Box 1502 Cathedral City, CA 92235 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Tax ID #42-1616628
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