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Join Hawaii’s “Lemonade” Stand to Honor Our Volunteers Dec. 16!

December 13, 2021

COVID-19 continues to create challenges but our Priceless People remain steadfast, turning their challenges into opportunities to assist and empower Hawaii’s community. Join us as we hear their stories, testimonies from our integrity partners, as well as a live interview with “Duty Free” Film Director, Sian-Pierre Regis and his mother, Rebecca Danigelis, the main subject of this award-winning, powerful story.

Registration is required. Please see the .pdf attachment to register or click on the link below to ensure your seat at this unforgettable lemonade stand.

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM HST
Registration Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMpcOivqzMpHN36a63QlfBLK_7gDIE–OxG

“Perfecting Lemonade and Other Stories of Resilience”

Once registered, you’ll get confirmation from Hawaii SHIP’s Candace (Young) Nakamoto.

Please feel free to share this invite if we inadvertently missed anyone.

See you next Thursday, Dec. 16. SMP Hawaii’s interview with Sian-Pierre and Rebecca is scheduled around 10:30 am. Please join the event by 9:40 am to ensure your seat and help us welcome and honor our Volunteers!


To view the 71-minute documentary:

Duty Free: A Summary
Ageism and Financial Insecurity in America are pervasive. Older folks are invisible in their communities, workplace and sometimes, with their own families. An estimated 25 million older adults won’t have enough money to get through retirement age.
The award-winning film, “Duty Free,” examines these issues, the care crisis and raises these questions: Who will care for and support our parents? Our grandparents? Who will support us as we age?

Experience the journey of film maker Sian-Pierre Regis’ mother, Rebecca Danigelis, 75, who is terminated from her job. Her story is a living testament to the human spirit, the will to survive and adapt to constant change in order to thrive.

After Rebecca gets fired from her job, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a deeply personal journey that uncovers the betrayals plaguing her past and the economic insecurity soon to shape not only her future, but that of an entire generation.

Watch this inspiring film and raise these questions in your own community, and together, let’s point to solutions that work for all generations.

About Sian-Pierre Regis      encore.org

Sian-Pierre Regis produced and directed his debut feature documentary, Duty Free, the story of his mother, Rebecca, who was fired from her job as a hotel housekeeper at age 75. To raise her spirits, Sian-Pierre takes her on a bucket-list journey to do all of the things she was never able to do while she was working. But he quickly uncovers the betrayals plaguing her past and the economic insecurity shaping not only her future, but also that of millions in her generation.

Previously, Sian-Pierre founded Swagger.NYC, an online cultural magazine for millennials with over 1.5 million Facebook fans, and contributed to outlets including CNN, CNNi, HLN, CBSN and MTV.

An award-winning journalist, on-camera personality, and cultural critic with infectious energy and an undying love for both pop-culture and social responsibility, he has appeared on nearly every major network and held on-camera interviews with celebrities like Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Pharrell Williams, Taylor Swift, Khloe Kardashian, and more. He’s also interviewed key politicians and political figures in the race to the 2008 White House. In 2012, SP co-hosted the Coca-Cola Red Carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards.

During his career, he also created YOU(th) VOTE!, BET’s multi-platform voting initiative in 2008, acted as on-camera talent for MTV.com’s ACT website, and has contributed to prestigious outlets including Wired, Men’s Journal, Boston Magazine, Ebony and UrbanDaddy. In 2018, Sian-Pierre received an honorary doctorate from Colgate University. He is both a Firelight Documentary Lab Fellow and a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow.

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