Sponsor & Support
LIP SERVICE is Proud to Announce that WE are 2013-2014, KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE WINNERS!
We have a $50,000 challenge grant to match. With these funds, we plan to do two things: 1. Bring new, rarely-heard voices to our stage; and 2. Expand the reach of our current stories by recording, editing and producing a Lip Service TV show on WPBT, Channel 2 and recording and editing a quality podcast.
That’s why we need YOU! You can become a sponsor and support the art of storytelling! Make your tax-deductible donation today! Go to The Miami Foundation and click on The Lip Service Stories Fund.
Lip Service doesn’t just put your business in front of more people, it puts your business in front of the coolest people in the world–people who care about human experiences. Even your business has a story and now it can become part of ours.
As a Raconteur you will get 12 tickets to every show for a year (preferred seating). Your name will be on your seat right up front. Plus your ad will appear on our website and programs for a full year. It will also go out to thousands of subscribers with our mailings. You may also provide us with a banner to display your company or name at each show.
As a Storyteller you get six tickets to every show for a year (preferred seating). Your name will be on your seat right up front. Plus your ad will appear on our website and programs for a full year. vIt will also go out to thousands of subscribers with our mailings. You may also provide us with a banner to display your company or name at each show.
Yarn Spinner: $1,000-$2,499
As a Yarn Spinner you get four free tickets to every show for a year (preferred seating). Your name will be on your seat right up front. Plus your ad will appear on our website and programs for a full year. It will also go out to thousands of subscribers with our mailings.
As a Fabulist you get two free tickets to all our shows (preferred seating) for a year plus your ad will appear on our website and programs for a full year.
As a Bard you get two free tickets to two shows plus your ad will appear on our website for a full year.
Heckler: All other donors
Hecklers will get a big hug and a thank you! Plus your name will be listed on our website.
You can make your donation tax deductible! Go to The Miami Foundation, our fiscal sponsor and click on The Lip Service Stories Fund. It’s so easy.
Special thanks to our sponsors:
THANK YOU to our YARN SPINNERS:
In 1993, Victoria Azpurua came to America with $500 and a Spanish /English dictionary. She graduated law school in Venezuela and, motivated by the precariousness of wealth in her native country, moved to America with the will to create a financially secure life for herself and to help others become financially stable. According to the New Yorker, out of every 1,000 people who become financial advisors, only nine will survive after three years. Victoria has survived 17 years and is now Vice President Financial Advisor with the Gables Legacy Group at Raymond James. If you need wealth management or a second opinion on your portfolio, contact Victoria at Victoria.Azpurua@RaymondJames.com.
Robert E. (“Bob”) and Jeanne Panoff
Bob and Jeanne love storytelling. They support Lip Service because Jeanne says, “I like to see people get up there. Some people are clearly nervous and certainly vulnerable and to see them tell their stories, and smile when the audience applauds makes me happy. It’s a true show.”
Tristian Weiss is a make-up Artist to the Stars! For twelve years he’s done them all, but his most difficult client is always his mother. ”Before the brush even touches her face, she says I’ve put on too much.” After he’s done, she’s always happy. And so are his other clients, not only because he does good work, but because he tells the truth. ”If a woman comes in with a picture of Paris Hilton, I’ll say, let me give you the number to a plastic surgeon.” No one has ever left his chair crying. And he’s never made someone look ugly on purpose, no matter how obnoxious the client. ”My work is an advertisement on their face,” he says. If you wanna look good, call celebrity make-up artist Tristian Weiss, 305-367-1606.
Robin Amster and Steve Olszewski
THANK YOU to our FABULISTS:
Jack Langer grew up in Miami. He graduated from Coral Gables Senior High, then drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jack attended the University of Miami in the off-season. After college, Langer began working with his dad, Sidney at family-owned City Gas Company. There, he worked for 36 years, retiring as president and chairman of the board. In 1995, Langer sold the company and began Langer Energy Consulting, a natural gas consulting company where he is still working today. Jack served 40 years as President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.
His daughter, Allison, also went to Coral Gables Senior High and then graduated from the University of Georgia and received an MBA from the University of Miami. She is a portrait photographer and Lip Service storyteller. She lives in Miami, where she is raising her three children: Jackson, Blake and Sloan.
Klein and Melanie met in Miami in 1986 and have lived there ever since. They both love a good story. Melanie says that when she found Lip Service, she finally found the community spirit she’d been looking for in Miami.
THANK YOU to our BARDS:
Last year, Anthony Askowitz sold 270 properties. That’s a property a day if you subtract weekends. Not bad for someone whose great ambition growing up was watching TV. As a kid, Anthony didn’t even like houses. And he was shy. So how did he get to be one of the most successful real estate agents in the country? Well, sort of by accident.
Before he took off to backpack around Europe after college, he took two exams—one for real estate licensing and one for substitute teaching. The real estate license arrived in the mail first.
Maybe the reason he became a real estate agent had something to do with chance, but the reason he’s become a good one, is because he doesn’t quit. Last year, Anthony insisted on getting to Machu Picchu the hard way—a four day hike along the Ancient Inca trail, 32 miles across the top of the Andes. Anthony passed a kidney stone during the hike. Very Chuck Norris.
Reformed shy-guy, Anthony Askowitz, is now the Broker/Owner of a RE/MAX International Franchise with offices in Coral Gables and Kendall, and over 110 agents. Call 1-800-234-2127.
Hank Sanchez-Resnik is a bike man. He is co-founder of Green Mobility Network, which does all it can to make Miami-Dade County a healthier, more livable community. Hank divides his time between Miami and Paris, where he fits right in on his bicyclette. Hank also loves stories. He’s a semi-retired freelance writer. You might spot Hank riding past you in traffic. He’s the guy in the orange reflector vest.
Sean Kenniff is the author of Etre the Cow and Stop Effing Yourself. He is also an actor, radio commentator, television medical newscaster, reality show superstar, doctor, lawyer (ok, he’s not a lawyer) and Lip Service contributor. There is nothing this renaissance man can’t do. Check out his health news website at www.healthapalooza.com. And read his books, you’ll be glad you did.
Stephanie Poet Cohen
Stephanie Poet Cohen moved to Miami in 1977 as a flight attendant, when Delta Airlines gave her, her last choice for home base. We’re so glad they did. She flew for 14 years, got married and adopted two children and several dogs.
You may know her from The Quilt Scene, where she taught classes for many years. Or maybe you know her from the Container Store where she’s worked since 2005. She got the job, she says, for the sanity of her younger daughter. At the time, her boyfriend Sidney had just died and her older daughter left for college.
This year, her younger daughter will finish graduate school. And Stephanie is ready for a new boyfriend.
Claudia Van Essen
Marilyn Sager and Wendy Sager Pomerantz
THANKS also to our HECKLERS: