An Award Winning 2015

2015 has been another incredible year in the lives and times of Col. Pat and LogoPicBarb!

We have seen our extraordinary filmmakers, Cindy L. Abel and Michael Bruno, a few times this past year for more filming of the ongoing adventure that we are living, SURVIVING THE SILENCE.

And, in addition to the film, we are over a year into the writing of our memoir which has been exciting and challenging!

A few highlights from 2015:

TVInterviewWe’ve had the honor, pleasure, and delight to share our story in the Sacramento Bee, on several radio stations, on television and in person: from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and the Soroptimist Club of Roseville to the Sacramento LGBT Center’s Q-Spot youth group and on an Olivia Travel cruise to Australia and New Zealand.  Every event was met with encouragement and positive feedback – and some, like the Pioneer Congregational Church in Sacramento, insisted on making our presentation a fundraising event for the film.

Pat has been the recipient of numerous awards this year, including one from 2015-DAher nursing school and many of our family members joined in that celebration.  Pat was also the recipient of the Sacramento LGBT Center’s Advocacy Award. And she received the “Gift of the Heart” award from the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association for her work in the Honor Our Veterans program through Sutter Hospice. Her long career of giving is being acknowledged and it is a joy to behold!

California State University Sacramento has asked us to donate our memorabilia to the Magnus Hirschfeld Archives housed there.
We had the honor of meeting a cadre of Cindy’s friends and supporters while in Atlanta recently, where a spontaneous fundraising phenomenon transpired during the evening’s delightful gathering.AtlantaParty

Did you know it takes an average of 7-10 years to develop and produce a major movie?! As with any film, two main elements are vital to SURVIVING THE SILENCE: time and money. As Cindy and Michael put in the long hours necessary to bring it to the big screen, let us know if you’d like to help with the fundraising part and/or have places where we can share our story.

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