A Sore Back, But a Full Heart

February 7, 2013
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No one said it would be easy. And no one told me really hard work could feel so good. This past Saturday, 60 volunteers from all walks of the industry responded to a call for action from Derek Krull, MPTF Constituent Development manager, to join in a home safety and renovation project in Burbank...

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To Flu Shot, or Not to Flu Shot

January 16, 2013
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My 7 year old daughter likes to think she can manipulate me.  Maybe she can.  So when it came time for the flu shot, she put on her most adorable face, and said in the saddest voice, “I don’t want to get a flu shot.”  Being the sympathetic father, I gave her a hug,...

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New Year, New Opportunities

January 10, 2013
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Here we go again! A new year, new opportunities and new challenges. But before I go into that, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for contributing to a wonderful 2012 for MPTF. I’m not going to stick my neck out by including individual thank-you’s because I will surely miss...

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The Heroism of Volunteering

December 18, 2012
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The common thread running through every MPTF volunteer group I ever meet up with is “don’t thank us, we should thank you, because we get so much more out of volunteering than you can ever appreciate.” And so it was a week ago last Sunday when I saw down for a really enjoyable breakfast...

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Congratulations Jeffrey!

December 7, 2012
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On Saturday night, Jeffrey Katzenberg was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar Award at the Ray Dolby Ballroom to commemorate his philanthropic efforts in the industry, namely his work with MPTF. In response to the prestigious award with an exclusive list of recipients that also includes Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Lewis, Katzenberg said: “This...

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Thank you MPTF

November 19, 2012
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The history of Thanksgiving is wrought with political controversy – starting with the original “thanksgiving feast” in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag (survived the genocide and are in the gaming biz in Massachusetts), the second day of thanksgiving (June 29, 1676) which in part recognized the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen...

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