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The PGA walks for Laura Ziskin

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PGA Executive Director Vance Van Petten, Ms. Ziskin’s husband Alvin Sargent, PGA President Hawk Koch
Photo Credit: Vicente Williams

The PGA walks for Laura Ziskin  
By Leonard Koss 

On March 3rd, members of the PGA, along with some of their canine companions, traveled the perimeter of Rancho Park in a 5K Walk-a-Thon to honor the memory of the late producer Laura Ziskin. People and pups alike (the Guild indeed has "gone to the dogs”) enjoyed the beautiful SoCal morning, with abundant networking (and sniffing) in evidence. The successful event was created in an effort to raise money and awareness for both "Stand Up 2 Cancer” and the PGA Foundation.

March 3rd was the actual birthday of Laura Ziskin. Prior to the walk, PGA Executive Director Vance Van Petten lead the group of over 100 in a heartfelt rendition of "Happy Birthday.” Ms. Ziskin, who succumbed to cancer in June of 2011, was the co-founder of "Stand up To Cancer,” and the walk was a tribute both to her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the initiative, and to her long and distinguished producing career.

PGA members and guests are excited to hit the road.
Photo Credit: Vicente Williams
Many dedicated people made this event the success it was. We’d like to thank Events Committee chair Vicente Williams and Committee member Maureen Dooling who spearheaded the occasion. Further thanks go to committee members Leonard Koss, Daniel Mondschain, Michelle Holt, Karyn Benkendorfer and Rannveig Krokdal. Much appreciation to PGA Green committee member Norman Marcus for setting up recycling bins around the park. And we couldn’t have done it without the extraordinary efforts of the PGA's Director of member Services Kyle Katz. Also, kudos to the wonderful volunteers from Stand Up 2 Cancer, including Madeline Marotto, Rusty Robertson, Mary Pomerantz, and Alexa Konstand. Also, a big shout-out to Michael Kichaven and Doughboys Café & Bakery for donating the yummy baked goods, including their signature Red Velvet cakes and to Heather Stone from Coconut Water for their refreshing beverages.

Finally, the Producers Guild would like to thank all the PGA members and families who attended in support and made contributions to Stand Up to Cancer and the PGA foundation. 

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