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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.
May 2016 President's message

Dear Friends, 

Happy May!

If you take a good look at our mission statement you will agree with me when I say, Mission accomplished! Because of your support and dedication, we are literally hitting our goals of empowering, promoting and nurturing our members, bringing jobs to the community through production and reaching out in supporting education in our Valley. I thank each and every one of you.
 
Our most recent events, the screening of "When Voices Meet" with Sharon Katz and Shari Belafonte, together with the participation of members on the movie set of " Do it or Die" staring Denise DuBarry Hay and directed by Yorn Winther are perfect examples of our outreach. 

Please plan on attending the May 18th event at Arnold Palmer's Restaurant where we will have an opportunity to network, enjoy wonderful food, and also give scholarship dollars to local High Schools. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you all for your consideration and enthusiasm.
 
My best,
Patti 
MEMBER MIXER: Arnold Palmer's Restaurant


Join us for our member mixer at Arnold  Palmer's  and help celebrate this years 2016 Scholarship Recipients!  In 2016 PSWIFT has given away a total of $5,000 to local student programs in the Coachella Valley; they include the following:
 
DIGICOM - $1,500
Digital Arts Technology Academy (DATA) at Cathedral City High - $1,000
Indio High School - Digital Film Production - $1,000
Coachella Valley High School - Digital Design and Production Academy - $1,000
Shadow Hills High School - Digital/Photo/Art Production - $500

Don't miss the fun, food and festivities!  This is a great opportunity for you to meet new members and create new friendships!  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Arnold Palmer's
78-164 52nd Ave
La Quinta, CA 92253
 
5:30-7:30 Cocktails and appetizers   
Members: $25, and guests $40
  
          PLEASE R.S.V.P. TO OFFICE@PSWIFT.ORG
OR CALL 760-238-0306

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!
An Evening to Remember!

"WHEN VOICES MEET" 
On Wednesday, April 27th PS WIFT members and guests were treated to a wonderful evening of hearing about Sharon Katz' journey in an effort to abolish apartheid through her music and the children of South Africa in the documentary called "When Voices Meet"!

The event benefited PSWIFT Scholarships, BookPals, and the filmmaker, Sharon Katz, who is organizing a "Peace Train" here in the United States starting on July 4th from Ferguson, MO ending on July 18th at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.

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

Here is the link to the article in CV Independent
regarding the Peace Train Project and PSWIFT's sponsorship of the incredible film PEACE TRAIN ARTICLE

Member Spotlight

Congratulations to CHARISSA FARLEY honored WITH INAUGURAL AWARD from Building Industry Association (BIA) Riverside!    

Grayse El Paseo, in conjunction with Desert Cancer Foundation (DCF), recently presented local business owner/volunteer Charissa Farley with its first-ever Grayseful Heart Award during Fashion Week El Paseo. 

The award was created to honor a member of the community who exemplifies extraordinary character and generosity while demonstrating the highest levels of personal generosity, compassion and kindness.

Farley has been a member of DCF's board of directors for seven years and co-chairs its annual gala. She routinely assists to plan, launch and support its signature events. Farley believes in supporting several nonprofit groups throughout the Coachella Valley and makes it a priority to contribute any way she can.

A thriving entrepreneur by day, Farley owns and operates Farley Interlocking Pavers, the only nationally certified company in the Coachella Valley specializing exclusively in this field. Also certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute as an Advanced Residential Contractor Instructor, she is the only woman in the United States to hold this accreditation.  PSWIFT is proud to call her a member!     

Member News...

CONGRATULATIONS to LEANNA BONAMICI -  Read this article published in the Desert Sun 5/6/2016 on Leanna and the great things she is doing with students in our community to expose them to the Film & Television Industry! Fade in to future: Desert students learn TV production  


CONGRATULATIONS to DR. SUSAN MURPHY -  An Article she wrote was published in Fobes.com last Friday. Check out the link:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2016/04/29/give-a-fresh-start-to-your-personal-life/  

DONT MISS... A TRIBUTE to JUDY GARLAND performed by LORETTA SIANI - 
On Sunday June 12 at 2:00PM Loretta Siani will be giving a one hour performance that will be a tribute to Judy Garland.  The show is called Judy * Judy * Judy and features Loretta, accompanied by piano singing sixteen of the songs most associated with Judy Garland including many of the numbers she sang at her famous Carnegie Hall performance such as Rock-A-Bye, The Trolley Song; You Made Me Love You; The Man that Got Away, and more.   It will be held at the 150 seat Arthur Newman Theater, which is inside the Joslyn Senior Center in Rancho Mirage. The show is being promoted by Les Michaels, a man who conducts Open Mic cabarets here in the desert.  The price will be $15.00 per ticket.  

Upcoming Events - office@pswift.org for more information
LIVE SCREENING... Leanna Bonamici 
T he TV Show Leanna Bonamici produces on PBS will have a live screening of a selection of their short films at the Mary Pickford Theatre on May 20th from   6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  There will be a Q&A with some of the filmmakers in the lobby following the screening.  
 
TIME: 6:00 pm sharp
COST: $11 per ticket
FOR TICKETS CALL: 760-328-0484
OR VISIT ONLINE: www.ultrastarmovies.com
 

Please add these dates to your calendar:
Wednesday, May 18 ~ Member Mixer at Arnold Palmer's Restaurant: 5:30-7:30
Saturday, June 4th ~ Tea for New Members at Denise DuBarry Hay's home
September ~ Welcome Back Mixer TBD
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!


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