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December 1, 2004

AIDS Service Center NYC is thrilled to announce the continuation of our “swimmingly successful” relationship with Team New York Aquatics and the team’s annual One Hour Swim Fundraising event. The One Hour Swim is a U.S. Masters Swimming national swim competition in which participants get in the water and swim for 60 minutes without stopping to see how far they can go in that time period.

Team New York Aquatics (TNYA), Red Tide and the YWCA use the event as an opportunity to do something more. Every year the three swim teams turn its One Hour Swim into a fundraising event in support of local HIV/AIDS organizations. During the event, swim teams from around New York City join together to “swim for a cause,” raising money by gathering sponsorships for each lap they swim in the one-hour time period.

ASC has been selected as the beneficiary organization for the 15th annual One Hour Swim set for January 29-30.

This marks the second year in a row that ASC has been so honored. We are delighted by the sustained support TNYA, Red Tide and YWCA have so generously bestowed on our agency. Last year’s One Hour Swim raised $30,000 for AIDS Service Center, providing support for our women’s network and peer programs. All of us at ASC eagerly look forward to this year’s event in January.

Our sincere thanks to everyone at Team New York Aquatics, Red Tide of New York City, and the YWCA of New York City for supporting ASC’s programs and services for New Yorkers living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.

To learn more about this event, or to sponsor a swimmer, contact Ernesta Pierre at ernesta@ascnyc.org or call (212) 645-0875 ext.314.

December 1, 2004


Showtime Networks, Inc. Premiere:

SHOWTIME
December 1, 2004
World AIDS Day
7:00 p.m.

Encore Performances:

SH2 - Fri., Dec. 3, 2004 (7:05pm)
SH3 - Sat., Dec. 4, 2004 (10:50am)
SH3 - Thurs., Dec. 9, 2004 (11:35am)
SH2 - Sat., Dec. 11, 2004 (11:15am)
SHO - Fri., Dec. 17, 2004 (1:15am)
SH3 - Sat., Dec. 18, 2004 (2:45pm)
SH2 - Mon., Dec. 20, 2004 (2:15pm)
SHO - Tue., Dec. 28, 2004 (2:05pm)


"My Life in Verse," a moving documentary that chronicles ASC's pioneering poetry program for people living with HIV/AIDS will make its world television debut on Showtime on World AIDS Day, December 1.

ASC's Creative Writing Workshop, led by award-winning poet Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, meets weekly to read and discuss the poetry of established poets and to create and workshop original poetry written by the group's participants. Intimate and vivid, "My Life in Verse" profiles individuals from the group as they joyfully find their voices and their self-esteem. The film culminates in a triumphant public poetry reading.

Airing at 7PM EST on December 1 and again at various dates and times throughout the month, "My Life in Verse" reflects how artistic expression is an essential component of healing and surviving. "This broadcast is a milestone for AIDS Service Center, our extraordinary clients, and everyone working to help people with HIV/AIDS live fuller lives," said Sharen Duke, executive director of ASC. "It sends a powerful message that healing means nourishing body, mind and soul."

Pearlberg agreed. "As they discover their own voices, and realize the power of self-expression, these clients transform, and that's something the film captures beautifully," she said.

The Showtime broadcast was made possible with the support of Cable Positive, the industry organization dedicated to unifying the talents, resources, access and influence of the communications industry to raise AIDS awareness; fund AIDS education, research and care; and promote a more compassionate climate for people whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

"We think it's important that the message of hope in this film reach a wide audience, along with the message of compassion from ASC. We're proud to support this broadcast," said Oscar Marin, head of the New York chapter of Cable Positive. Cable Positive recently named AIDS Service Center as the beneficiary of a portion of the New York chapter's fundraising efforts for 2004-05.

"My Life in Verse" was conceived and directed by Marnee Meyer, a first-time filmmaker and a development officer at AIDS Service Center who had simply set out to record several sessions of the poetry workshop as archival footage.

"When you see how uplifted the participants feel as they learn to express themselves through poetry, you realize how important this workshop is in the healing process," Meyer said. "I wanted this film to capture the accomplishment they feel, and the joy and strength they gain from sharing their life experiences."

"My Life in Verse" was an official selection of the 2004 Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The film was also chosen for the 2004 Reel Venus Film Festival, which showcases film/video shorts directed and written by women.

Shot on digital video, "My Life in Verse" is 16 minutes long.

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