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The Patricia Henley Foundation
updated: Sep 17, 2011, 8:30 AM
In 1997, Patricia Henley did something that few of us could find the courage or stamina to do: she sued the giant corporation, Philip Morris. Following a dismissal diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer, this 35-year smoker went after the big tobacco company for the "sake of the children." She wanted to make a difference in the lives of the youngsters not yet hooked on smoking by exposing the big tobacco industry lies directed toward our youth.
As a performer herself, Patricia Henley recognized the empowering, effective role that artistic expression can play in helping people find themselves, recognize priorities, communicate concerns, and find answers. Patricia was devoted to providing youth opportunities to be heard, express themselves well, and to be taken seriously. Her award from the lawsuit allowed her to create the Patricia Henley Foundation. The Patricia Henley Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID # 68-0454355
In 2009, the Patricia Henley Foundation launched its now primary program, Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN), to engage local teens in working together, expressing themselves creatively and building professional experience in media production. As sbTNN moves into its third annual season, The Foundation will continue to deliver on its mission to develop passion, communication and performing arts leadership in the youth of our community.
What is sbTNN?
· sbTNN is a teen scene variety program highlighting community events, arts, recreation, music, sports and trends with a weekly television show and social media presence.
· sbTNN is produced weekly during the school year and broadcasted daily on Santa Barbara Channels TV station, as well as constant coverage on Noozhawk.com and sbTNN.com.
· Students in the program learn stage performance and interviewing techniques along with basic cinematography and broadcast journalism, with hands-on access to editing software, cameras and professional TV studio equipment.
· Each newscast features segments produced by students from nearly every public and private junior and senior high school in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas.
The sbTNN program is sponsored by the Patricia Henley Foundation and is free of charge to all 40 teens who are involved in the program each year, with valued support of donations from individuals and local businesses that sponsor a teen's participation.
For more information or to sponsor a teen, visit www.sbtnn.com or call (805) 568-3600.
View the exciting sbTNN two-part telethon and support sbTNN! Hear from sbTNN supporters, including Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, about sbTNN's impact on the community. Learn why your support is vital for the continuance of the free sbTNN program. Watch the telethon and view clips of past season highlights at www.sbTNN.com
sbTNN Past Season Highlights
• sbTNN teens interview top stars, including Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening, James Franco, Christopher Nolan and rising teen star Haley Seinfeld, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
• Exclusive footage from the surprise concert by DPHS alumni, Katy Perry
• Around-the-world videos that take you everywhere from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Vegas to the Disney Cruise to Mexico
• Celebrity stylist Dani Stone styles sbTNN teens - and shares fashion tips
• sbTNN remote coverage of Jack Johnson, Shakira, Mumford & Sons and more at the Santa Barbara Bowl
• On-the-scene video coverage of events happening at local schools, including the GVJH band at Disneyland, the SBHS tennis team finals, and San Marcos' Fall and Spring theater productions
By donating today, you are helping teens throughout the community find their artistic "voice" through the melding of the performing arts and broadcast media.
Please go to sbTNN.com to donate online using Paypal or send your donation to:
Patricia Henley Foundation Arts & Culture Center
1330 State Street, Suite 205 Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-568-3600 sbTNN.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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