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Bay Path to Show Documentary ‘What is Philanthropy?’ Tonight

LONGMEADOW — A detailed documentary that focuses on the seemingly simple act of giving will be screened at Bay Path University tonight, Nov. 10, at Mills Theatre on the Longmeadow campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The documentary What Is Philanthropy? focuses on the details and nuance of charitable giving and philanthropy. Produced by Grand Valley State University Professor Salvatore Alaimo, the 86-minute film portrays and discusses philanthropy and giving through the perspectives of a wide variety of people from across the country. Subjects include Alex Smith, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs; U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley; Mike Farrell, Emmy-nominated star of M*A*S*H; Nell Newman, president and co-founder of Newman’s Own Organics; Evelyn Lauder of the Estée Lauder Companies; civil-rights leader Dr. William Anderson; and Amber Kriech, a young volunteer from Indiana.

“The purpose of the film is to enhance our understanding of the concept of philanthropy and its role in American culture and society,” said Alaimo. “It seeks to broaden our perspectives for giving, enhance our understanding for philanthropy’s capabilities, and provoke us to reflect on our giving.”

The film premiered at the Queens World Film Festival in New York in March and screened at the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival in Muskogee, Okla. in April. More than a dozen other screenings are scheduled through the end of the year across the nation. View the trailer and find more information at whatisphilanthropy.org.

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