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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.
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November 2016 President's message


Dear Friends,
 
Thanksgiving is a time of joy, filled with celebrations of love with family and friends. The only gifts exchanged are those of thoughtfulness and compassion and good food made with love.
 
At this time we give thanks to our members and friends for your support of our organization that gives us wings to mentor our members, support the greater community through educational outreach, and grant children the gift of learning through our literacy reading program Coachella Valley BookPALS. Without your support we are not whole.
 
Thank you for supporting the magnificent 2016 Broken Glass Awards on November 15th. Over 200 people celebrated the honorees Olesya Rulin, Judith Chapman, Terri Ketover, Diane Ladd and Deborah Liebing. These gracious ladies gave touching and heartfelt speeches, giving true credence to why they were selected as our respected Broken Glass recipients. Kudos to Elaine Church and Mitch Blumberg for their amazing leadership at the helm of the BGA's, and the hard working committee!
 
I would like to give PSWIFT member and author, Diana Wentworth, a big shout out for her donating 200 books for our swag bags. Diana personally signed every Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook. What a treasure! We are grateful for her thoughtfulness!
 
I look forward to sharing another Holiday celebration at our mixer at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse on December 19th!  Please bring a book for the children in our BookPALS Program. Thank you!
 
Charitably yours,
Patti



2016 Broken Glass Awards
 
PSWIFT hosted the 8th Annual Broken Glass Awards gala luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. This year we celebrated five inspiring women who have "broken through the glass ceiling" in entertainment, arts and philanthropy. Veteran much acclaimed actress Diane Ladd received the "Gena Award" named for revered local actress Gena Rowlands, local actress Judith Chapman received the "Desert Diva Award" just as she rejoined the cast of "The Young & The Restless", young actress Olesya Rulin ("High School Musical" films) received the new "Rising Star Award", super producer Debbie Leibling (Comedy Central, South Park, Ben Stiller's partner) received the "Broken Glass Award", and local philanthropist Terri Ketover received the "Humanitarian Award". 
 
President Patti Gribow presided over the BGA luncheon with Co-Chair & Board Member Mitch Blumberg. Mitch's Co-Chair for the past six years, Board Member Elaine Church, was unfortunately sidelined with illness and missed the event. We all missed her!  Her husband, Jeff, though represented Elaine in absentia. Former Board Member, KESQ evening news anchor, Karen Devine was MC.  Music by the Evaro's, and Patricia Welch once again performed a magnificent song with a wonderful video.
 
Each of the five honorees had a very special presenter: daytime star John Callahan for Judith Chapman, former Humanitarian honoree Barbara Keller for her great friend Terri Ketover, former Gena honoree Donna Mills for Diane Ladd, another young High School Musical star (the first UN Youth Ambassador), Monique Coleman for Olesya Rulin, Comedy Central star comedienne Natasha Leggero for Debbie Leibling.
 
As usual, former Board Member and current host of TV's "Valley Views" Pattie Daly Caruso interviewed guests on the Red Carpet, filmed for a future episode of "Valley Views".
 
A sizable committee of PSWIFT leaders supported the 2016 BGA's. In addition to Patti, Mitch and Elaine, some of the others included PSWIFT Founder producer Leanna Bonamici who created the honorees' video, DeAnn Lubell-Ames and her sister Barbara Lehman who organized and supervised the Silent Auction, Judie Brown for the goodie bags, Dr. Audrey Reed for technical production, PSWIFT Treasurer Cindy Shoemaker for handling the finances, Cathy Teal for graphics design and creation of the Program book, Diane Kline for editing the Program book, Tere Britton for organizing and supervising the volunteers, Kip Serafin for handling arrivals for the RedCarpet, Mary Jo Ginther for her help with escorting one of our honoree, our Admin, Nadine Koehler, for organizing virtually everything!  Lani Garfield did a great job as photographer for the event. 
 
  It was a very good BGA's for PSWIFT - inspiring honorees, excellent lunch, very reasonable cost at $100 per person.  Thanks always to Rick Gilbert of Agua Caliente for treating us so well!
 
Many notables were in the audience for the 2016 BGA's. To pick out just a few: Donna MacMillan, Chair of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Liz Armstrong, Director Palm Springs Art Museum, Barbara & Jerry Keller, Bart Ketover, David Brinkman, CEO of Desert Aids Project, Carolyn Caldwell, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center, Lori Serfling, Board member, former Chair of Desert Arc, Michael Miner of the PS Art Museum, Susan Stein of Palm Springs Life, Dale Gribow, Denise Dubarry-Hay, Laurie Weitz, Bobbie Eakes, Nancy Tapick, Marcia Stein, Valery Neuman, artists Karen & Tony Barone, Mark Anton & Scott Histed, Ann Sheffer, Angie Gerber & Vern Kozlen, Judy Vossler.










 Thank you for attending!  More pictures to come on our website...
COD Student Volunteers
PSWIFT making a difference... This is just the core of what we are here to do!
 
Dear PSWIFT Board & BGA Committee Members,

I took my best friend's 15 year old daughter to the Broken Glass Award event, Eva. She wants to be an actor. She recently had a bit part in Denise DuBarry Hay's latest production.

Eva had a long chat with Olesya Rulin (Olesya is going to post a picture of herself and Eva on the red carpet on SnapChat whatever that means). And Diane Ladd gave her sage words of advice about a career in acting with a kiss on the cheek.

Eva sat through the whole event with unwavering attention. Afterwards, she said she was moved to tears by a couple of the speeches and felt inspired and optimistic about her future. She said she was struck by the accomplishments of the women present (and impressed by how regular they were). I think it was Deborah Liebling's speech, but on the way home, Eva announce she was going to run for president instead of being an actor. 

Thank you all for a job well done, the opportunity to work with you for the past eight years and the experience of a life-time for one 15 year old.

Cathy
Denise DuBarry Hay
Member News....

Congratulations to Denise DuBarry Hay who will be honored at the upcoming Athena Awards at the Palm Springs Convention Center on December 2, 2016.  To purchase tickets go to:
Pattie Daly Caruso
Another congratulations goes out to Pattie Daly Caruso who is being honored by the Academic Angels of COD Foundation on December 15, 2016 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort. To purchase tickets go to: http://codfoundation.org/2016Distinction

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 We wish you and yours ...
A Very Happy Holiday Season
UPCOMING PSWIFT EVENTS...  http://www.pswift.org/Events

PSWIFT Holiday Party     
Monday, December 19, 2016 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Ruth Chris Steak House
 
State of the Industry Summit: Panel of Jounalists 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 10:00    | Mission Hills Country Club   3rd Annual
 
Oscar Party on El  Paseo Gratefully Sponsored by the Shops on El Paseo & Wolfgang Puck
Sunday, February 26, 2016 | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM | El Paseo
 
Coachella Valley BookPALS Luncheon
March 2017 |                       
 
SAG and PSWIFT Education Collaboration 
April 2017 |   
 
Member Mixer 
 May 10, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Mitch's on El Paseo
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.
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