Thanks to the generosity of the media community, The Sandra Swingler Fund, a special project of the VO Peeps MCA-I Career Scholarship Fund, has been able to raise $5,000 to help the family of an OC media professional get through an unusually difficult time.
Sandra Swingler, a young mother and wife of VO artist, Andrew Swingler, lost her battle with brain cancer early in the summer of 2012. VO Peeps founder, Anne Ganguzza, immediately swung the VO community into action. By September, the Sandra Swingler Fund had raised $5,000 to donate to the family which includes Sandra’s two little girls. “The generosity of the Voice-Over community to support one of our own—as well as all the other media professionals who joined us—has been just amazing,” said Ganguzza.
MCA-I’s, chapter president, Brian Page, himself a VO artist, was pleased that the LA/Orange County Chapter of the organization was part of it. “This is one of the best ways MCA-I uses our 501c3 charity status. Since January of this year we’ve been the fiscal sponsor of the VO Peeps MCAI Career Scholarship Fund. Thanks to the dedication of Anne Ganguzza the fund has helped a lot of people. The stories of recipients are all heartwarming,” he explained, “ but helping a whole family through such a devastating time was extremely gratifying. Everyone who donated to the fund should be very proud.”
There were a lot of donors, explained Ganguzza, “Most of the $5,000 came in gifts averaging around $25. Of course, we are very thankful for those who could donate larger amounts but to raise $5,000 with so many small donations says that participation was high…and that every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount!”
The VO Peeps MCAI Career Scholarship Fund raised money for the Swingler family through a wide variety of methods; via online; by holding raffles; passing the hat at meetings; auctioning in-kind donations on E-Bay and by personal requests between fellow professionals.
The Fund was established in January of 2012 with the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-I as a fiscal sponsor and partner and was able to award its first scholarship in June of the same year. Including the Sandra Swingler Fund, the charity has been able to raise and distribute over $7,500 by the end of the year! Many of the top names in the creative talent industry contributed in-kind services which were used to raise money for the Swingler Fund. For example, Dave Fennoy, the Voice Of Hulu offered studio time and Marc Cashman of Cashman Commercials, donated sessions on audition aides.
The VO Peeps MCAI Career Scholarship Fund is now taking contributions for 2013 Education Scholarships. To donate online using PayPal go to either www.mcai-oc.org *or http://blog.vopeeps.com/p/donate-scholarship-fund.html or mail a check to:
VO Peeps MCA-I CESF
c/o South Coast Media Center
17518 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614