6th Annual Platinum Pias Awards

By Suzanne Lazar, student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection

February 22, 2016

6th Annual Platinum Pias Awards  Lights Camera Read” and John “Yianni” Stamas will present the sixth annual Platinum Pias awards on Monday, March 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at DCTV Community Media Center, 87 Lafayette St., NYC 10013. In addition, part one of the world premiere screening of the short documentary "Celebrity Entrepreneurship: Youth Empowerment” will be shown. 

The Platinum Pias Awards is an annual awards show that started in 2010 as an outgrowth of a 2009 community parade in Inwood, Manhattan, as a way to thank parents and kids for their participation. The Platinum Pias continues this tradition, thanking those in the community who are making a difference. Awardees can come from among artists, entrepreneurs, educators, nonprofits, donors, students and others in the community. The main criteria is: “Anyone who has taken the time to do something that has impacted other people in a positive manner.”

The Platinum Pias are also very creative, celebrating the arts and artists, an outgrowth of the philosophy of Lights Camera Read’s founding volunteer group that everyone is an artist and has artistic ability - innovations in any industry come from a spark of creative inspiration. What does this mean in terms of the awards themselves? Each award is given for a very special reason. There are five awards in all, with three individuals or organizations nominated per award:

1. The "Community Center Pia" for outstanding work building communication and making a difference with a community center, presented by Alina Bloomgarden.

2. The "Citizen Pia" for outstanding work building communication and making a difference as a citizen, presented by Ali Baynes.

3. The "Artist Pia" for outstanding work building communication and making a difference as an artist, presented by Al Nazemian.

4. The "School Pia" for outstanding work building communication and making a difference at a school; including by students, teachers, principals or after school programs, presented by Dr. M. Yolanda Eng.

5. The "Entrepreneur Pia" for outstanding work building communication and making a difference as an entrepreneur in the community, presented by Mentor Justin Giordano.

The awards and documentary will be presented by students, faculty and staff of SUNY Empire State College. Two SUNY ESC clubs are involved, including SUNY Empire State College Society for Entrepreneurship (President Michael Bailey) and Music Industry Club (President Pablo Amoros). Their faculty advisor is Mentor Justin Giordano. The producer of the awards, John Yianni Stamas, an ESC alumnus, is the filmmaker of the documentary.

Celebs already filmed for "Celebrity Entrepreneurship: Youth Empowerment" include John Amos (the father on the TV show "Good Times"), Victoria Price (daughter of horror genre icon Vincent Price, who is the voice of Michael Jackson's "Thriller”), Gary Sohmers (of PBS's "Antiques Road Show"), as well as Julie Newmar (the original Catwoman of the “Batman” TV series), and more. 

An important aspect of the video event will be the presence of a media crew filming and interviewing select guests to expand part 2 of the work-in-progress documentary "Celebrity Entrepreneurship." This piece focuses on empowering and enlightening students about the benefits and necessities of being entrepreneurial in today’s world. The filming will take place during the reception. To learn more about Platinum Pias, go to http://platinumpias.com/

It is recommended, but not required, to RSVP by signing up for the official Platinum Pias newsletter at NYCmakeadifference.com, then RSVP via info@lightscameraread.com. For more details, contact justin.giordano@esc.edu or call 646-230-1246.

The event is free.  Food will be provided.

Sponsored by SUNY Empire State College Society for Entrepreneurship and Music Industry Club. 

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