Profiles of Excellence

Sunday, December 02, 2012

"Profiles of Excellence" is an Emmy Award-winning series produced by the ABC7 Public Affairs Department to celebrate the Bay Area's rich cultural diversity. For the past 24 years, the program has been featuring local residents who have made important contributions to the community.

Hosted by ABC7 News Reporter/Anchor Eric Thomas, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

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Joanna Haigood: Our first profile highlights an innovative dancer and choreographer bringing performance to new heights. Joanna Haigood's Zaccho Dance Theatre reimagines the concept of "place" and finds audiences everywhere they go.
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Autistry Studios: Our next profile introduces the parents of an amazing autistic teenager. When Janet Lawson and Daniel Swearingen realized that there were no services for autistic teenagers like their son, they decided to create them. And Autistry Studios was born.

Catalino Tapia: Our next profile looks at a humble man with a vision to make college a reality for minority and low-income students. Catalino Tapia is the founder of the Bay Area Gardener's Foundation, which has provided scholarships to hundreds of local teens.

Leslie Ewing: Our next profile spotlights Leslie Ewing, the long-time activist at the head of The Pacific Center for Human Growth, which is the oldest lesbian and gay center in the Bay Area - and third oldest in the nation.
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May Bakken: Our final profile features the woman inspired by a family member's cancer diagnosis to stand up and make a difference. May Bakken co-founded the Asian American Cancer Support Network, which serves as a resource of hope and information for people dealing with the frightening disease.
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The Museum of the African Diaspora, or MOAD, as it's often known, is located in the dynamic cultural corridor of downtown San Francisco. MOAD is one of the only museums in the world focused exclusively on African Diaspora culture. And it effectively presents the rich cultural products of the people of Africa, and of African descendant cultures around the world. Currently on display is the exhibit, "Desert Jewels," featuring North African jewelry and historic photography. Don't miss this opportunity to experience history come alive, on display through January 21st.
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