Sources of Joy: Dart Society fundraiser countdown is on!

It’s almost here, people.

On Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m., I’ll board a flight to head to New York for our second annual Dart Society fundraiser.

We’re an international organization of journalists who cover issues of trauma and violence.  Our mission is to support each other so that we can tell those stories with compassion and sensitivity and to help each other deal with the emotional toll of doing that work.

It’s a community to which I’m proud to belong, and I’m thrilled to be heading back to New York.

Last year we gathered at gallery 25 CPW to honor our founder, Dr. Frank Ochberg, and heard speeches by feminist icon Gloria Steinem and nationally acclaimed author Jonathan Alter.

We also raised money for Dart Society Reports, our online magazine that debuted last August.

In this capacity we heard from Jacques Menasche, a member who was in the process of authoring a pair of stories and created a film about the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  The pieces all were from the perspective of the students, teachers, parents and administrator in his son’s class, which was located right near Ground Zero.

This year, our theme is In The Zone, and we’re honoring Sebastian Junger, Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon, and New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario.

It promises to be a rich and rewarding evening.

Along with Deirdre Stoelzle Graves, our executive director, many members have worked tirelessly to pull together the event.

As it did last year, the evening will include an auction of prints and books donated by many of our fabulous members.

I can’t wait to see everyone in the community as well as friends like fourth grade teacher, mentor and friend Paul Tamburello, childhood friends Julie Slotnick  Sturm and Amy Kantrowitz, and Dunreith’s former colleague and our friend Juan Castellanos.

I’ve put a lot of effort, energy, emotion and attention into the organization and the evening.

On Thursday, I can’t wait to be there and to soak it all in.

Thanks to all who have already donated.  For those who have not yet done so, please feel free to check out auction items and/or make a donation.

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