VOICEOVER UNCONFERENCE SELECTS CENTRAL PA FOOD BANK AS CHARITY PARTNER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harrisburg, PA, September 20, 2011 – Voicing concern over hunger in Central Pennsylvania, and determined to do something about it, FaffCon, the Voiceover Unconference teams up with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help provide meals to a region that has seen a 50% increase in need in the past two years. The area has been hit hard, first by a declining economy, most recently by devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Lee which has not only affected residents directly but has also put a huge strain on the resources of the charities serving them.
“One food pantry lost seven food freezers due to the flooding” said Brad Peterson, director of communications for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “Not only did the disaster claim the stored food, but the freezers are damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced – six of them suffered water damage and the seventh was hit with such a force of water the door was literally ripped off the hinges.”
Central Pennsylvania residents need help and FaffCon attendees aim to make a difference. As part of its mission, the semi-annual peer to peer learning event for voiceover professionals selects a local communication-related non-profit in each of its host cities to which a portion of each registration fee, along with additional contributions, is donated. A charity had not yet been selected for this third FaffCon event, being held this weekend in Harrisburg-Hershey, when word of the floods came. It immediately became clear that this was where help was most needed. “In searching for an organization that was helping those most affected by the terrible flooding in Harrisburg and surrounding regions it quickly became obvious the Central PA Food Bank was exactly the right match for FaffCon” said Bob Souer, volunteer chair of the FaffCon Charity Committee. ”Of the 27 counties in which they distribute food to the poor and needy, 23 are those counties hardest hit by the flooding.”
Earlier this year the second FaffCon event raised $2000 for Atlanta, GA’s “Everyone Wins Atlanta”, a non-profit promoting children’s literacy and last year’s first FaffCon collected $2000 for Oregon Scottish Rite Clinics’ “KidTalk”, a program dedicated to helping Oregon’s kids with language disorders.
FaffCon (www.faffcon.com)is an Unconference where professional voice actors gather to share their knowledge, experience and ideas with each other in an unconventional way – via participant driven sessions though an agenda created on-site by the attendees themselves. “FaffCon” was christened in an online discussion, the name inspired by the British expression “faff about” meaning to waste time or be unproductive – a playful nod to how the event’s format might seem to a casual observer but which, in this case, celebrates how those seemingly casual conversations and brainstorming among peers result in true productivity. Voiceover casting network Voicebank.net is presenting sponsor of FaffCon.
About Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (www.centralpafoodbank.org) is a not-for-profit organization that is able to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania, by working with more than 600 program partners to provide food to nearly 40,000 people in need every week.
FaffCon Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Pam Tierney – Media Relations Brad Peterson – Director of Communications
312-636-3174 717-564-1700 ext.3182