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With the heart of the entertainment industry in our own backyard, there are tremendous opportunities for nonprofits to tap into this powerful resource. 

This special PIRATES event, hosted by the Television Academy, will provide insights about creating effective celebrity and non-profit collaboration.


Hollywood and Nonprofits: A Meeting of Minds

Since its founding, the entertainment industry has embraced and championed causes. In this extraordinary event, find out how entertainment, talent and nonprofits harness collective power and raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues of our time, and how they have made a positive impact.

Panelists Include:

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-Amy Brenneman currently stars in the HBO hit, THE LEFTOVERS. Other current projects include the development of a medical drama pilot for NBC, titled HEART MATTERS, which Amy is one of the executive producers. Among her many TV credits is JUDGING AMY, for which Amy received two TV Guide Awards, three Golden Globe Award nominations, Producer's Guild Nomination, three Emmy Award nominations, People's Choice Award nomination and a SAG Awards nomination. Her political and activist work focuses on children's health and accessible education, which includes working on behalf of The CHIME Institute, TASH, CARE, and the CEC (Center for Exceptional Children). Additionally, Amy is an advocate for women's health and reproduction rights, for which she is involved with the Feminist Majority and NARAL. Over the last several years, Amy has lent her name and her support to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation (CCFA). Her efforts include participating in this year's PSA campaign. Amy earned a B.A in Comparative Religion at Harvard University. She is married to film director Brad Silberling and has two children.


-Amy Hanreddy, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she trains teachers to implement inclusive and collaborative practices that benefit all students. She is currently the co-president of Cal-TASH, a statewide non-profit advocating for equity, opportunity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Amy was previously a teacher and administrator at CHIME Charter School, and continues to engage in fundraising and teacher training activities with CHIME Institute, a non-profit which models and disseminates inclusive approaches to education.


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-Bri Winkler is the weekend morning Meteorologist and a general assignment reporter for the ABC7 Eyewitness News Team. Bri is an active member of the American Meteorological Society and is a spokesperson with the American Heart/Stroke Association. Bri grew up in southeastern Massachusetts where the dynamic transition of seasons sparked her interest in weather. She traded in nor'easters for hurricanes when she left to study meteorology at the University of Miami. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science, with minors in Mathematics and Communications. When not tracking changes in the weather, you'll most likely find Bri practicing yoga, out on a run, or snowboarding down a mountain.


-Kristine Kelly is the Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) in Southern California. She has been with the organization for 10 years. Prior to the AHA/ASA, Kristine practiced as a journalist, working as a reporter and editor for Asian publication Balita Media in Los Angeles and as a news writer for a television station in the Philippines. Kristine also spent a few years serving as the public relations officer for a Philippine senator.



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

8:30-9 a.m. Check-In/Light Breakfast

9-11 a.m.: Panel Discussion/Q&A



Television Academy, 5220 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601 (Metro Red Line Subway Friendly) MAP

Room 170 "The Annex"

Parking validation will not be offered for this event. 



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RSVP Deadline February 17, 2015




March 18, 2015: State of the Media

April 15, 2015: Sports Personalities and Non-Profit Partnerships

May 20, 2015: Crisis Communications Planning

June 17, 2015: Annual Media Mixer

July 15, 2015: Charity Navigator, Guidestar and Online Ratings

September 16, 2015: Public Broadcasting: Television and Radio

October 21, 2015: Communicating with Diverse Audiences

November 18, 2015: ABC7 Vista L.A. Program Producers and NBC4  

December 16, 2015: Holiday Mixer

Join today for a prorated membership through June 30, 2015 for just $40! PAY HERE via PayPal 




PIRATES Congratulates 2013-2014 Lisa Davidson Memorial Scholarship Recipient Rossini Batino!

 photo Rossini_Batino_Photo_zpsb0be9b3b.jpg Rossini Batino’s career goal is to become a Public Health communication’s professional.  She has never given up on herself because she believes that her “career goal has the potential to influence a system of health communication, anywhere in the world.”  She also understands “the purpose of this scholarship is to recognize students ‘who have excellent potential for improving lives of people in Southern California through a communications career’.’’ Rossini explains she is “pursuing a career in health communications where communication is the core of effective public health system – that would not only improve the lives of people in Southern California but also anywhere where health is valued.”

Here is how Miss Batino answered the question, discuss your view of the communications industry and its role in today's society?:

“The communication industry is the core of civilization.  The communication industry changes rapidly as the society changes and as the technology advances.  Mass communication media such as television, radio broadcasting, online communications, public relations, motion pictures and etc; have allowed us to instantly transmit information worldwide.  This is a powerful and crucial tool in creating bonds, having our voices heard and most importantly promoting awareness regarding global issues such as social, political, and environmental issues.  The communication industry is our external senses that allow us to access information about what’s happening around us.  It’s hard to imagine our every daily lives without online communication, for example.  Knowing that we are oblivious to the events around us can increase our anxiety and confusion.  Globally, imagine the status of international trade without the communication industry – it’s almost improbable!  The marketing industry and other business companies heavily depend on the communication industry.  WE, as citizens, depend on communication media to keep us inform and alerted.  With that said, I believe that communication is what is keeping our society functioning and in order - for that matter - it is the spine of the 21st century.”

Rossini recently transferred from Orange Coast College to attend University of California, Irvine (UCI) as a junior, with a 3.94 grade point average.  Her major is Public Health Science with emphasis on Public Health Global Communications.  Currently she works for 24 Hour Fitness as a Kids Club Attendant / Service Representative and enjoys the children.  She is also a private tutor for a 6-year old with mild ADD.  She assists the child with writing, reading, counting and “cool” science experiments.  Additionally Rossini is a Clinical Care Extender Intern at Hoag Presbyterian Hospital in Newport Beach.  She assists the nurses and patient care assistants in attending to the patient’s needs. 


PIRATES (Print Interactive Radio & Television Educational Society) is dedicated to helping nonprofits to more effectively work with the media. It is the only L.A. area association that offers regular opportunities for nonprofits, the media, and other communications professionals to network.


c/o CityTV

1654 19th Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404

2014 – 2015 Application Process: New scholarship applications will be posted and accepted starting in March 2014.  Application deadline is May 31, 2014





Lisa Davidson Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline is May 31, 2012
More info: http://piratesla.org/scholarship.html

A Gift From The Ad Council!

PIRATES 11/10/10. Attendees not in order: Debra Evans,  (Walden House);  Susan Evans ( East LA Partners For Change); Jane Garcia (Women In Film); Robin Gee (CityTV);  Louis Gross ( Shriners Helping Kids); Erin Handelman ( So CA Foster Family & Adoption); Meg McDonald (McDonald Media Services); Esther McDowell (LA County/Women's Health Dept); Genevieve Riutort ( Westside Food Bank);  Philip  Sokoloff (Public Relations); Brenda Vazquez ( Partners In Care); Andy Weisser (Public Relations); John Boal (Ad Council) and LaFern Cusack (SCBA).




c/o CityTV Studio 16
1654 19th Street 
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: 800 PLANK (15)

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