Stories & Blogs

They say you learn something every day, and here at MPTF, the stories and lessons provide a rich and rewarding tapestry of lives and experiences with something to say to us all. Here you'll find in-depth features from MPTF family, true stories about the rewards of giving back, and ongoing blogs from a wide variety of voices.

Watch and explore the annual stories from our Reel Stories, Real Lives events, with some of Hollywood's best and brightest bringing to life the diverse ways MPTF has touched lives throughout the entertainment industry. You can also learn just where the generous donor dollars we receive are used and find out how to tell your own story and pay it forward.

Through the Eyes of George Ciacci

Performed by Matt Bomer Each decade has brought major changes in the lives of LGBT people, and one man who’s seen it all is George Ciacci. Together with writer Callie Kloves, he shares the moving and unforgettable story of how he found love and learned about the ups...

Michael Douglas, Friend of MPTF

Actor-producer Michael Douglas was inspired to get involved and give back by the example set by his father, the legendary Kirk Douglas. Over the years Michael has been an example of how Hollywood can be philanthropic and take care of its own, including the annual...

Tiffany Lawrence – Openness Matters

By Eric Lichtenfeld Many of the people you’ll find in Hollywood or on our campus began their careers with a dream, but MPTF’s Tiffany Lawrence has one that’s a little different: to be a probation officer. However, after working in the juvenile justice system for three...

Cathy Repola: MPTF Volunteers

Cathy Repola is a regular at MPTF volunteer events, and those who attend know she's also an avid supporter. Keep reading to get a glimpse of Cathy's MPTF story. Cathy Repola, the Western Executive Director of IATSE Local 700, knows about giving back. For years she’s...

Volunteer Spotlight: Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick

Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick have been long-time supporters of MPTF. They donate, volunteer, and help produce the Reel Stories, Real Lives event annually. Here's the story of how they learned about the fund and why they choose to give back.  Like many MPTF...

MPTF Volunteers Change Lives – Pam Boroski 

George Herthel was one of the most sought-after location managers in the industry. Soon after he received the shocking diagnosis of ALS (also known as Lou Gerhrig's disease) and joined MPTF's Palliative Care Program, he put out a call-to-action: "I made a promise to...

Segal Family Dog Park

A Dog Day Afternoon It’s common knowledge that spending time in the outdoors with man’s best friend is good for anyone’s well-being, and thanks to a generous gift from the Segal family and the hard work of over 70 volunteers, residents on The Wasserman Campus have a...

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