Are you a Washingtonian and would love to volunteer for a charitable cause? Here is an invitation for you from Sony Pictures Entertainment and HandsOn Great DC to participate in The Amazing Spider-Man™ national volunteer day to benefit Stand Up To Cancer.
- WHO: Join Sony Pictures Entertainment and HandsOn Greater DC Cares to celebrate the hero in all of us by volunteering on The Amazing Spider-Man™ “Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer” Day. On Tuesday, June 26th, people of all ages in cities across the country will come together to give their time and energy to help their neighbors – and the day will support Stand Up To Cancer, which funds accelerated and innovative cancer research. Washingtonians can log on to www.BeAmazing2012.com to find out more information on the initiative in Washington, DC and nationwide.
- WHAT: HandsOn Greater DC Cares invited you to become a volunteer at the 46th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, to be held on the National Mall. This year's programs include Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River, Creativity and Crisis: Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and Campus and Community. The Citified program will explore the ways in which the residents of the Anacostia neighborhood in Southeast Washington, D.C. are connected through arts and creativity by performing music, telling stories, and creating art that represent those neighborhoods. The Creativity and Crisis program marks 30th anniversary of the discovery of the AIDS virus, as well as the 25th anniversary of the creation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and this program will commemorate the innovative and resourceful ways through which communities have endeavored to educate people and to cope with one of the most complex epidemics in modern history. The Campus and Community highlights the creation of public and land-grant universities through the signing of the Morrill Act by President Lincoln in 1862. These universities and the USDA are working with communities to research and implement action in the areas of agriculture and food, health care, sustainable living, urban and rural revitalization, and education, and this program will bring these partnerships to life through demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on activities. In honor of the volunteers, Sony Pictures Entertainment will make a donation to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), an organization very close to one of the producers of the film, Laura Ziskin. A founding member of SU2C, Laura lost her battle with cancer in 2011. Registered Washington, DC volunteers will receive a “Be Amazing, Stand Up and Volunteer” t-shirt. Registration for all volunteer opportunities will be hosted online by HandsOn Greater DC Cares at www.greaterdccares.org/
- WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th 10:00am – 6:00pm
- WHERE: The National Mall Additional opportunities found on www.greaterdccares.org
- CONTACT: Meg Cooney / Allied Integrated Marketing Office: 202-742-8743/ Cell: 508-944-8780 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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About The Amazing Spider-Man™: One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man™. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field.
The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves from a story by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia Pictures, which will open in theaters everywhere in 3D on July 3, 2012. The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
About HandsOn Greater DC Cares With 23 years of experience, HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region. HandsOn Greater DC Cares mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC region. HandsOn Greater DC Cares works with a network of more than 900 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region.
About Stand Up 2 Cancer: Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)—a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization—raises funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C facilitates collaboration among the best and the brightest in the cancer research community. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes through which SU2C’s grantees are selected. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C generates awareness and builds grassroots support for this new approach to ending cancer. Members of the SU2C Executive Leadership Council include Katie Couric; the Entertainment Industry Foundation, represented by Board of Directors Chairperson Sherry Lansing (Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation), CEO Lisa Paulsen and Senior Vice President Kathleen Lobb; Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz of the Robertson Schwartz Agency; Pam Williams, President of Laura Ziskin Productions; and nonprofit executive Ellen Ziffren. The late Laura Ziskin, a legendary film producer who executive produced the 2008 and 2010 SU2C telecasts, was also a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer.