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On Saturday July 19, the Marie Dressler Foundation was pleased to present $1000 cheques to each of the four scholarship winners for 2014.  The money is raised primarily through the activities of the Vintage Film Festival and its sponsors.

As usual, the presentation was made at Marie Dressler house but this year there was more ceremony than usual. 

Dressler Scholarship winnerDressler Scholarship winner - Bradley MartinezFoundation founding members Bill and Delphine Patchett were present and made short speeches about the history of the Foundation. The selection of the winners from the applications was made by Foundation members Margaret Bailey and Barbara Garrick who were pleased to be there to meet the winners.

Also present were the Foundation chair, Rick Miller, Vintage Film Festival Committee chair Cathie Houston and Foundation members John and Alma Draper.

Dressler-Scholarship-2014-450Dressler Scholarship winners - click to enlarge photo and caption
Each winner was introduced and given their cheque but Bradley Martinez took the opportunity to also sing one of his compositions (See photo above).

In thanking the Foundation for her award, Mandy-Jo Stoneman moved the audience with a short story of her hardships in getting to this point. 

Click photos to enlarge.

For a more comprehensive report on this event and the scholarship winners, see the Marie Dressler Foundation site here.