Best of MPTF – 2011

November 30, 2011

Things got busy here last week and I was unable to complete my Thanksgiving blog. So here it is, one week late.

I think I gave up on the Pilgrim-Indian celebration about Thanksgiving right around the time I finished reading Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, but I nevertheless have always enjoyed Thanksgiving as a great time to gather with family and friends, enjoy the bounty of the harvest, and not have to worry about gift-giving. (That comes around soon enough!)

Every year there’s so much to give thanks for. Here’s my MPTF “best of “ list for 2011:

  • We kept Long Term Care going (yes, at a significant cost to the Fund’s bottom line) and while there have been some ups and downs, we are closing in on a plan to ensure continuity in the future. As a result, we have made friends with those who saw us as the enemy and vowed to work together for a brighter future.
  • We celebrated our 90th anniversary! Wow, a charity that has survived, even thrived, for 90 years through economic and industry cycles and major structural changes in the industry. That’s a lot to celebrate and many, many industry legends to offer our appreciation to for their good stewardship of this organization.
  • The Reel Stories, Real Lives event- brought to life by five industry geniuses -Courtenay Valenti, Kevin McCormick, A. Scott Berg, Karen Rosenfelt, and Bill Gerber – captured the imagination and the hearts of a new generation of entertainment community members who will begin to form the foundation for the next 90 years of MPTF.
  • Edie Wasserman – An incredible legacy of caring and giving! While we lost Mrs. Wasserman in August, at the end of October we once again shared her birthday with her family and the campus residents and gave deep thanks for everything she and Lew did for MPTF over the years.
  • An MPTF team and union leaders who know how to make a difference. An incredible show of support from a truly diverse group of industry members allowed us to re-paint the interior of the home of Local #399 location manager George Herthel, one of our own who has caught a very bad break. But he and his wife Pam got to witness the deep compassion and love that our community has for each other as many came together to help George keep a promise.
  • A Social Services team that changes lives year-round. A grateful client sent this in an email:  “Thank you, and the MPTF for the upcoming 3 months of auto insurance payments, and the retroactive medical/pharmaceutical co-pay reimbursement. Thanksgiving has a whole new meaning to me this year. You have made a difficult time for me a lot less stressful. I am blessed to be affiliated with such a loving, caring, and helpful organization. You are appreciated more than words can express.”
  • Innovative Health Care Solutions. The delivery of urgent health care to industry members who have fallen out of insurance eligibility through our Bridge to Health program and for the delivery of health care to those who are working through Health Wheels, the wonderful health van purchased for us by the Heartbeat of Hollywood golf committee.
  • Each of our donors. Our generous supporters, big and small, who have found it in their hearts to be committed to this terrific organization. MPTF is “for the industry and by the industry” and all of these donors got the message!
  • Each of our amazing volunteers. Some of whom have spent over 30,000 hours assisting the Fund in every which way, on campus and off, to make sure at the end of the day the job is well done.
  • And last, but certainly not least, the amazing employees of MPTF. A group of employees who dig deep every day to provide the very finest in care and compassion for members of the entertainment industry. They have held fast and tight to the MPTF mission during troubled times without missing a beat. Each and every one of them deserves our collective thanks!

About Bob Beitcher

Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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One Response to Best of MPTF – 2011

  1. Chuck Ogle on December 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

    We are thankful to have Bob Beitcher at the helm of this ship called “The MPTF”. The Board could have chose another, but Bob, alone, has been the guiding light through troubled waters these past couple years. I hope we have many more years with “one of our own” steering us over calm waters in clear weather.
                          -Chuck Ogle, Wasserman Campus Resident

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