|Bob Ost presenting Humanitarian Award to Arlene|
They say that one picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the above picture is of Bob Ost, Executive Director of Theater Resources Unlimited, a professional organization for theater producers, presenting me with TRU's Humanitarian Award for my captioned live theater advocacy work. One look at TRU's website and you'll know what this organization is about - everything to do with professional theater. That photo was taken in 2008 at their annual "TRU Love" benefit luncheon. As you can see from the photo below, the event was open captioned (see the LED screen to the right of the picture?) And as Bob pointed out to the audience of mostly theater people, nobody would miss a word of the lyrics with those captions scrolling. (Assistive listening devices - ALDs - were supplied as well.)
|Arlene giving acceptance speech while captions scroll on the LED screen|
|Some of the entertainment at the 2008 TRU Love benefit luncheon|
So another curious thing happened in 2010 - again. TRU made sure to have open captioning for its TRU Love benefit luncheon again, even though no one with hearing loss was being honored. Bob was committed to making this event accessible to people with hearing loss. And now, the "regulars" with hearing loss returned for another delightful afternoon of food, drink and professional entertainment - while hobnobbing with REAL theater people - producers, actors, writers, and I imagine a few angels as well. This event is beyond just being accessible or a captioned theater performance - this is a REAL New York theater experience!
The 2011 TRU Love benefit luncheon planning is now in the works - NOVEMBER 6, 2011 - and once again TRU plans to have open captioning and ALDs. With the cost of a ticket at about $100 (higher levels of support available), that's a pretty good deal for cocktails, lunch and entertainment - all without missing a word. And supporting this amazing organization that educates the entire theater community about the benefits of captioning - PRICELESS!
If you'd like to thank Bob for his amazing work, just email him at TRUnltd@aol.com and tell him Arlene sent you.