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Elmo and Kevin Clash bring 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey'
to CCBC Dundalk
March 16 fundraiser to benefit CCBC’s Henrietta Lacks Scholarship Fund

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md., February 22, 2012 – When students in Michael Walsh’s Mass Communications class at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk take on a project, they go all out.

Being ElmoThis spring, they are partnering with Student Life to raise funds for CCBC’s new Henrietta Lacks Scholarship for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

This fundraiser will host the Dundalk premiere showing of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, featuring a special appearance by Elmo and his creator Kevin Clash. Clash inspired this biopic produced and directed by Constance Marks, an award-winning independent filmmaker. The film won the special jury prize for documentaries at the prestigious 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The Dundalk premiere will be held 6 p.m. Friday, March 16 in the John E. Ravekes Theatre, Building K, CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road. All seats are $8 and tickets are available through the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 (ARTS).

The idea for this fundraiser evolved from the students’ reading of Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as part of CCBC’s Community Book Connection. Lacks, a Turner Station resident, was just 31 when she died of cervical cancer. Her legacy lives on.

As Skloot puts it, “Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion dollar industry. More than 20 years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.”

David Lacks, Henrietta's grandson, served on the planning committee for this event.

Corporate sponsorships/ads are available for this fundraiser organized by the CCBC Dundalk Mass Communications class and Office of Student Life.

For details, contact Michael Walsh at 410-353-6066 (cell) or 443-840-3613 (CCBC office).

See the trailer at http://www.beingelmo.com/trailer.html
Poster available at www.flickr.com/ccbcmedia

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