Sharing the Story of StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation

Honored to be serving as the emcee, and to be providing some media relations support, for StorySlam: A Benefit for Farther Foundation. It’s coming up fast–on Thursday, October 11th, at FitzGerald’s Nightclub.

Tickets are $50 and include food and all the entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.fartherfoundation.org or call 708-497-7240.

Founded in 2008, the Oak Park-based organization has supported 221 students–mostly high school sophomores and juniors from Chicago and nearby suburbs–who have traveled to 27 states and 32 countries.

Farther Foundation enables students from economically disadvantaged circumstances participate in life-changing educational travel programs. While traveling, students interact with people from diverse backgrounds, become immersed in new cultures and experiences, learn and develop skills and engage in community service.

See the news release at the Chicago Tribune’s TribLocal.

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Azure Horizons: Good Deed Gets Published

In late October, when Azure Horizons owner Keith Carrizosa (pictured, on the left) hired me to tell the story of his company’s role in donating computers to Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, we described it as “no good deed shall go unpublished.”

Well, it’s gratifying to know that others agree. In addition to receiving Univision TV treatment last weekend (a segment shot inside Clemente High), the Dec. 4 edition of Extra! newspaper included the story, in both English and Spanish, that recounts Azure Horizons’ effort.

One element that has helped generate media interest were a series of videos that I shot, and which are noted on this Inside Edge PR blog post.

You can read the story on Extra’s web site or by clicking on the image here:

Inside Edge helps spread the word about a Nicaraguan teen in need

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Working on behalf of Plunkett & Associates, a leading Chicago strategic communications company, Inside Edge founder Matt Baron helped generate extensive media coverage of efforts by Scheck & Siress, the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) and Healing the Children to help 16-year-old Luis Torres of Nicaragua.

Media outlets devoting extensive coverage to the story included the Daily Herald, La Raza, Pioneer Press, Extra News and Univision.

For two of the video clips that Inside Edge PR shot, then posted online, you can check them out here, as well as here.