Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Season: Make a Difference

by admin

This may be somewhat off-topic, but as everyone knows, non-profits are really struggling these days.

As a company, we’ve decided this holiday season to make donations to various charities in the names of our clients, instead of sending them gift baskets, chocolates or other treats. Saves everyone’s waistlines and helps those who really need it!

Here are some of the non-profits that Lana Veenker Casting donates to throughout the year and additionally this season. Please check out their websites and consider doing the same. It feels great!

Run for Congo Women

Started by Lisa Shannon, a filmmaker and screenwriter from Portland, Oregon (and one of Lana’s closest friends), it benefits victims of the world’s deadliest war since WWII. The latest outbreak of violence over the past few weeks has forced more than 250,000 to leave their homes, bringing the total number of displaced to more than 1.2 million. LVC has sponsored almost a dozen women and their more than 60 children, and has inspired others to become sponsors themselves. Watch the video.

Portland Area Theatre Alliance’s Valentine Fund

PATA’s Valentine Fund provides emergency cash when crisis strikes a member of the local theatre community, such as an illness or catastrophic event. It holds a special place in Lana’s heart, after an actor and close friend in her former theatre company was hit by a car on his way to a performance. The Valentine Fund helped him pay rent while he was unable to work.

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank reports that requests for emergency food have skyrocketed in recent months. A $10 contribution helps them collect and distribute enough food to fill an emergency food box, feeding a family of four for three- to five-days. LVC has often held fundraisers and made donations to Oregon Food Bank and encourages you to do the same.

Oregon Red Cross

When the three-year-old son of a local actress was diagnosed with leukemia (A.L.L.) last year, Lana Veenker Casting helped organize a blood donation drive in his name. The Red Cross has a continuing need to replenish its supplies and needs all blood types.

Abby’s Closet

Inspired by the final prom scene moments of “Twilight,” Lana Veenker Casting collected donations for Abby’s Closet at the recent cast and crew premiere party in Portland. Abby’s Closet helps young girls’ prom dreams come true. Long, formal gowns and accessories appropriate for high school girls are needed. (Prom, bridesmaid or other special occasion dresses are perfect.)

Here are some other organizations that LVC has often supported. Spread the love!

World Forestry Center
Oregon Humane Society
Amnesty International
Film Action Oregon
Muscular Dystrophy Association
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Human Rights Campaign
Portland Rescue Mission
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Sierra Club
Easter Seals
Northwest Children’s Theatre
Oregon Bus Project

Happy holidays!