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Eric Krebs To Be Honored At Fortune Society 2010 Annual Awards and Benefit Gala


The Fortune Society, one of the nation's most respected non-profit organizations offering services to formerly incarcerated men and women, is honoring Tony Award-nominated producer Eric Krebs at the 2010 Annual Awards and Benefit Gala. Fortune will present the Corporate Leaders for Change Award to Krebs for his outstanding leadership and commitment to promoting the successful transition of formerly incarcerated men and women into society.

Co-chaired by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee and New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright, The Fortune Society's Annual Awards and Benefit Gala will be held at 6:00 p.m. on November 15th, 2010 at The Laura Pels Theatre in Manhattan.

In 2007, Krebs and producer Chase Mishkin attended a viewing of The Castle, a play conceived and directed by Fortune founder David Rothenberg highlighting true-life stories of incarceration and life beyond prison walls. The four cast members-Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Angel Ramos, Casimiro Torres-shared their transformative and inspiring stories of imprisonment, release, and reentry into society.

Shortly after attending the performance, Krebs, Mishkin and Rothenberg decided to take the show Off-Broadway. The production met with critical acclaim at Manhattan's New World Stages, where it played for 13 months, and it still tours across the Tri-State Area in prisons, juvenile detention centers, on college campuses, in churches and in Albany for New York State legislators. Krebs and Mishkin's production of The Castle continues to spread the word about Fortune's long history of advocacy and reentry services to community members, students, parole and probation officials, clergy, legislators, and other critical stakeholders.

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker will also be honored with the David Rothenberg Achievement Award for creating and implementing programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into their communities. The Fortune gala fundraiser will also feature a screening of Bring Your 'A' Game, a 22-minute documentary that focuses on the relationship between high school drop-out rates, low educational expectations and the growing prison population. Gala tickets start at $250.00. For more information, call 347-510-3683.


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