Instead of its traditional awards luncheon this year, which was canceled due to the pandemic, publicists at the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, raised over $ 60,000 to support the guild’s Hardship fund. , thanks to donations from publicists, studios and awards. sponsors.
The fund helps other industry publicists and guild members who have suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic and need support. Publicists are also celebrating their story with a feature featuring “Who We Are and What We Do”. Watch it above.
“While we are not gathered today at the Beverly Hilton for our annual ICG Publicists’ Awards Luncheon, we have two reasons to celebrate,” said Award Chairs Tim Menke and Sheryl Main. “First, our efforts to raise funds for the Local 600 Hardship Fund have been successful and have had an incredible impact, raising over $ 60,000 to date. We are grateful for every donation and we are so encouraged that these contributions will go directly to our members who need them most.
“Second, we have a long history of Publicist Awards Lunches stretching back 57 years and we are proud to celebrate ‘Who We Are and What We Do’. We look forward to meeting in person next year, February 25, 2022, to once again carry on our annual festive advertising tradition.
The Hardship Fund provides grants of up to $ 1,000 to members of Local 600 in need, based on the loss of work and financial hardship due to the coronavirus sector shutdown. The Fund is administered through The Actors Fund.
Hollywood publicists first formed a union in 1937 under the name Screen Publicists Guild, later becoming the Publicists Guild. In 2002, the Publicists Guild merged with the International Cinematographers Guild. The first publicists’ awards luncheon was held in 1964.