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Jarrín, Walsh and Crosby Honored at 2011 AFTRA Foundation

Posted March 22, 2011

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Contact: Christopher de Haan, 323.634.8203, cdehaan@aftra.com

Jarrín, Walsh and Crosby Honored at 2011 AFTRA Foundation
AMEE Awards


LOS ANGELES (March 22, 2011) The AFTRA Foundation honored three entertainment and news media icons, all members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO – a national union of more than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists – at the 2011 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (The AMEES) held at Club NOKIA in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Receiving honors were veteran Spanish-language Dodgers announcer Jaime Jarrín, “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby.

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The gala dinner event brought in more than 220 guests and raised money for the AFTRA Foundation, a charitable and educational organization funded through tax-deductible contributions, grants and bequests to support projects outside the scope of normal AFTRA activities. These include fundraising events, special conferences, studies, seminars and other endeavors critical to AFTRA members, such as the International News Safety Institute, the only global organization solely dedicated to the safety of journalists and other news professionals.

In her opening remarks, AFTRA Foundation President Shelby Scott thanked attendees for supporting the work of the AFTRA Foundation saying, “A night like tonight is a wonderful way to celebrate the inspiring achievements of AFTRA members like Jaime, John and David. We at the AFTRA Foundation believe that education is a key component of a strong union membership, and it’s a true testament to the Foundation that everyone has come out tonight in support of our work.”

AFTRA President Roberta Reardon praised the honorees saying, “Jaime, John and David are emblematic AFTRA members whose body of work, visionary talent and tireless passion to their craft have entertained and informed millions around the globe.”

Jarrín, who joined AFTRA in 1958, the same year the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, thanked the AFTRA Foundation for his AMEE Award in Broadcasting saying, “Time is the ally of truth and time has been an ally for me as a member of the best union in the world. Thank you to AFTRA, and thank you to the AFTRA Foundation for this wonderful honor.” Emmy Award-winning interviewer and AFTRA member Roy Firestone presented the AMEE award to Jarrín.

John Walsh received the AMEE Award in Entertainment which was presented to him by AFTRA National and Los Angeles Local Board member, actor Gabrielle Carteris. Accepting his award, Walsh said, “My show, ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ may be the original reality show, but over the years, it has provided employment to thousands of actors and other performers, and I am very proud of that.” Walsh continued, “What a joy to be honored by my peers. Thank you to the AFTRA Foundation for all you do, and for this award.”

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Noah Wyle presented the AMEE Award in Sound Recordings to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Crosby. In receiving his AMEE honor, Crosby spoke to the importance of unions, “All across America today, unions are under attack, so now more than ever we are going to need unions like AFTRA. As artists, we tend to focus on our art, and we don’t think as often as we should about the importance of belonging to a union. A few years ago, the AFTRA Health Fund wrote the check for my liver transplant and I will continue to be extremely grateful for the rest of my life. Thank you for this honor.”

The AMEES were created in 2003 to honor AFTRA members for excellence in their craft and their contributions to the fields of media and entertainment. Proceeds from the 2011 AMEE Awards go to benefit the AFTRA Foundation.

About the AFTRA Foundation
Founded by the AFTRA National Board of Directors in 1997 as a separate legal entity from the union, the AFTRA Foundation is a charitable and educational organization funded through tax-deductible voluntary contributions, grants and bequests—not AFTRA member dues—to support projects outside the scope of normal activities at AFTRA, including charitable endeavors, special conferences, studies, seminars and other events. For more information, visit http://www.aftra.com/AFTRAFoundation.htm.

About AFTRA
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.

 

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