Topic - Peer Pressure through Social Media
The saying goes that behind every good man is a great woman and Joan Parker is no exception. Parker is a Philanthropist, editor and inspiration to best-selling author Robert Parker’s main female character in his best-selling Spenser for Hire book and TV series. Her late husband, Robert Parker, wrote more than 60 books. His novels were adapted many times for television and the movies. From 1985 to 1988 actor Robert Urich appeared as the central character of the television series, Spenser: For Hire and Parker’s Jesse Stone series was the inspiration for seven television movies starring Tom Selleck.
Joan Parker continues her husband’s legacy by overseeing writers who have taken over Parker’s successful series. “We are truly excited and appreciative to Joan Parker for agreeing to serve as the celebrity judge for the KDMF’s 10th annual writing contest,” says Executive Director John DeCubellis. “It is a tremendous honor that such an accomplished and acclaimed author, editor and humanitarian is willing to take time out of her busy schedule to support other aspiring writers, while at the same time raising awareness about the KDMF and its efforts.”
“It is always a pleasure to work with a foundation like the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation. Not only do they strive to raise awareness about drinking and distracted driving, but they also strive to enrich the lives of young people through events like their annual writing contest. My husband and I shared a passion for reading and writing and I am excited to be this year’s judge,” states Joan Parker.
“After our daughter Katie died at the hands of a drunken driver, we wanted to find a way to carry on her legacy and keep her spirit alive,” says Meg DeCubellis. “As the years progressed we were fortunate enough to receive an outpouring of support and the writing contest is one way for us to give back to others and also raise awareness on important topics.”
The KDMF is proud to announce that AAA Southern New England has joined forces with KDMF as this year’s corporate sponsor. “Whenever we’re able to engage young people on issues like impairment and distraction or other risky behaviors behind the wheel, we view it as an important opportunity to make our roads safer for all motorists”, states Lloyd Albert, AAA’s senior vice president of public and government affairs. “We are pleased to help support this year’s writing contest and to partner with the KDMF in such a worthwhile effort.”
For the past nine years KDMF has awarded money and prizes to students who placed in the annual writing contest. This year’s topic is about peer pressure through social media. Students are asked to depict a real or fictional situation in which an individual’s presence on Facebook or Twitter influenced another’s behavior and decision-making for better or worse.
The deadline for entries is March 29, 2013. A ceremony will be held Monday, May 20th, at 7pm at the Warwick Mall to announce this year’s winners. Television reporter/WPRO radio anchor and children’s book author Laura Clarizio will emcee the event.
The KDMF and AAA Southern New England will present monetary awards to the three top winners and those receiving Honorable Mention. First Place winner receives $1,000. Additionally, professionally created posters with the winners’ names and writing entries will remain on display at the mall during the week following the ceremony. For more information about the contest and annual scholarships that the KDMF awards visit the Foundation’s website at www.kdmf.org.