**Elfenworks Foundation 2009 Spring eNewsletter**

We'd like to extend a special invitation to join us next week, on
Monday, March 30th, when A Concert for Hope is screened at the Reel
Women Film Festival <http://www.reelfestivalforwomen.org>
in Beverly Hills. It's simply the next in an exciting line-up of
events taking place in the next few months. We hope to see you at one
of them!

**Silver Lei Awarded to A Concert for Hope**

HONOLULU, HI. - A Concert for Hope, a film directed by Lauren Speeth
that captures the music and voices of the opening of the Center for
the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University
<http://www.inequality.com/>
, received a Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking from the
Honolulu International Film Festival. Hours before the awards ceremony
on March 9th, the film made its public debut as part of a double
feature at Waikiki's Sunset on the Beach. Hundreds of people spent a
beautiful evening on the beach watching A Concert for Hope and Pursuit
of Happyness starring Will Smith. Is our current economic crisis
making Americans more empathetic towards the plight of others? We hope
so.

**Save the Date: October 15, 2009**

Mark your calendars now. On Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm The
Elfenworks Foundation will pay tribute to the 2009 recipients of the
In Harmony with Hope Award
<http://elfenworks.org/initiative_awards.html>
. The awards ceremony will be held at the Community School of Music
and Arts (CSMA) at Finn Center in Mountain View, California. This year
we honor the following three remarkable men, and we invite you to join
us in October as we celebrate their achievements.

Greg Boyle, Founder, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA

Father Greg's Homeboy Industries <http://www.homeboy-industries.org/>
is a one-stop shop for those who have decided to leave the world of
gangs behind. It provides addiction and recovery programs, a full
range of educational services, anger management training, etiquette
and courtesy classes, day care programs (and parenting classes), job
counseling and placement, and tattoo removal services. Two hundred
former gang members help manage and run the entire operation, which
includes a bakery, a cafe, and silkscreen, maintenance and retail
shops that fund about a third of Homeboy Industries' operations. For
20 years Fr. Greg has been a beacon of hope in a blighted landscape;
his efforts have changed the lives of more than 100,000 people.

Robert Egger, Founder, DC Central Kitchen, Washington, DC

Twenty years ago, Robert Egger founded the DC Central Kitchen
<http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/>
, and turned the food bank model on its head. Instead of providing a
simple handout, Egger uses food as a vehicle for change: clients
become employed cooks through the Kitchen's Culinary Jobs Training
Program; college students learn about service and business in the
Campus Kitchen Project; and 4,500 of DC's hungry are fed as the
Kitchen recycles more than one ton of food every day. The Kitchen also
provides street outreach and nutrition education for at-risk kids.
Today, Egger also works to galvanize the nonprofit industry, pushing
for reform and a place on the national stage.

Peter Young, Founder, Peter Young Housing, Industries & Treatment,
Albany, NY

For half a century, Father Peter Young has helped inmates and
parolees overcome their addictions. Peter Young Housing Industries and
Treatment <http://www.pyhit.com>
(PYHIT) evolved out of Fr. Young's firm belief that effective
recovery is only possible if treatment is followed up with housing and
jobs training. Fr. Young has forged successful public-private
partnerships across New York State. The network of treatment, housing
and job training programs spans 100 sites. Three thousand people rely
on services from PYHIT every day. PYHIT boats a recidivism rate of
less than 10 percent. In all, Fr. Young has helped hundreds of
thousands move from addiction to becoming tax-paying members of
society.

**CPR Launch Garners National Attention**

The Collaboration for Poverty Research (CPR), a joint project of
Harvard and Stanford universities brokered by The Elfenworks
Foundation, received national press attention in late January. The
Associated Press carried news of the collaboration, which was picked
up by newspapers across the country, from Massachusetts to California.
See our Elfenworks newsroom page
<http://www.elfenworks.org/newsroom.html>
for more information and links.

**Calendar**

March:
The Elfenworks Foundation film A Concert for Hope will be screened at
the Reel Film Festival for Women in Beverly Hills on March 30, 2009 at
10 pm. The screening will take place in Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036
Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA. To purchase tickets, visit Reel
Women Film Festival
<https://reelwomen2009.withoutabox.com/festivals/festival.php?festID=&schedule_id=5141&filter-section=&filter-country=&radiobutton=radiobutton&fetch=main-view&filter-letter=C+-+C>
.

April ~ Mills College: The Center for Socially Responsible Business
at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills is hosting
its first annual conference on Friday, April 10, 2009. Entitled "It
Pays to be Nice: Economic Models to Encourage Corporate Social and
Environmental Responsibility," the conference brings together leaders
who have engaged in socially and environmentally responsible business
practices. For more information on this free, all-day conference that
was made possible through a grant from The Elfenworks Foundation,
visit http://www.mills.edu/csrb/conference
.

May ~ Stanford University: The Center for the Study of Poverty and
Inequality (http://www.inequality.com <http://www.inequality.com/>
) is partnering with "Microfinance, CA" to present the first
state-wide conference highlighting microfinance as a smart investment
for California on Thursday, May 28th at The Frances C. Arrillaga
Alumni Center at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Visit
www.microfinancecalifornia.org
<http://www.microfinancecalifornia.org/>
to learn more and register.