Red Shirt Entertainment’s Frank O’Brien to be Honored at Camp AmeriKids Charity Program Event

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Production company founder will be recognized for charitable contribution through art and theater.

My hope is that Red Shirt will serve as a creative platform for the children of the organization.

Camp AmeriKids, the non-profit organization dedicated to serving underprivileged children that have been affected by HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, will honor Frank O’Brien for his dedication to both charity and the arts later this month. The Founder and Executive Producer of culturally-focused production company Red Shirt Entertainment, as well as Founder of New York-headquartered global marketing agency Conversation, will officially be recognized with the Making A Difference award at a ceremony on May 30. The event will take place at the Museum of Arts and Design, located at Columbus Circle in New York.

“Frank O’Brien has given back to the community in a variety of different ways,” said Susan Turcotte, Director of Development at Camp AmeriKids. “The combination of his past charitable contributions and the work he is doing with Red Shirt – giving opportunity to performers of many different ethnicities and providing them the tools they need to recognize their talents – makes him a very deserving recipient of this award.”

O’Brien has made an effort to support various cause-related and non-profit entities throughout his professional career. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Metro New York Better Business Bureau and is a frequent contributor to organizations such as the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Central Park Conservancy. O’Brien is also an avid backer of the Lower East Side Girls Club, a charity devoted to helping young women from Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He participated in the New York Marathon on behalf of the organization in 2010.

Red Shirt Entertainment has served as another avenue to contribute to social change by producing insightful performances meant to evoke discussion and prompt positive action.

“It’s a great honor to have my work in the community recognized by Camp AmeriKids,” said O’Brien. “My hope is that Red Shirt will serve as a creative platform for the children of the organization. As they grow up, we will be there to help them further pursue their talents and achieve their dreams.”

About Red Shirt Entertainment
Red Shirt Entertainment uses Art and Performance as an instrument to strengthen community awareness while evoking discussion and social change. The company produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of theater, film, music and television. Our mission is to develop and produce programs that give multicultural artists of diverse disciplines a platform to fully explore their talent, voice and activism.

About Camp AmeriKids
Founded in 1995, Camp AmeriKids serves inner city youth ages 8-18 who are living with HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease. During the summer, over 200 children participate in an enriching summer camp program which includes creative, athletic and educational activities. During the year, the Leader-In-Training (LIT) program serves older teens as they learn to navigate the difficult transition into adulthood. This critical life-skills program emphasis self-esteem, exposure to new opportunities, self-care and staying on a healthy path. Many of the children served come from urban communities that lack the resources to offer youth development programs. Hundreds of families have come to depend on Camp AmeriKids, which builds self-esteem and life skills while providing comprehensive medical care in a fun, stigma-free environment.

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