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National theater group salutes Pat Briggs

Children's Theatre Foundation of America 'Medallion' award honors artistry and achievement in youth arts

A national children's theater group is honoring Pat Briggs for her 49 years as director of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre.

The Children's Theatre Foundation of America is scheduled in August to present Briggs with its Medallion Award, which honors "significant artistry and/or achievement impacting the imagination of children and youth."

Based in Indiana, the 52-year-old organization funds American theater and other arts-related programs. The group has been presenting the Medallion Award annually since 1992.

Other honorees this year include the Childsplay theater group in Arizona and the Rainbow Company Youth Theatre in Las Vegas. In past years, arts-education programs, writers and producers have been among those honored.

Briggs is scheduled to receive the award at an Aug. 6 ceremony in San Francisco.

Briggs retired from the Palo Alto Children's Theatre in 2008. She was later honored by the City Council with an official proclamation at a meeting last year.

Former council member Jack Morton said at the meeting, "There are some people in this world that walk into your life and leave you with a permanent memory of the good we can do when we put our hearts to it."

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Posted by Veritas
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Everyone on City staff who was involved directly or indirectly with Pat's kangaroo court persecution should have been fired long ago. Some have already bailed out on their golden parachutes or have been forced out. Some remain in the Human Resources Department, the City Attorney's office and other places.


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Posted by kate
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Is is OK to name names on this site? If so, I've got three.


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Posted by Do they know the real truth?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

"A national children's theater group is honoring Pat Briggs for her 49 years as director of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre."

Clearly this group was not aware of Briggs' checkered history and her fiscal irresponsibility

"Former council member Jack Morton said at the meeting, "There are some people in this world that walk into your life and leave you with a permanent memory of the good we can do when we put our hearts to it."

How much weight does the words of a person the council would not trust with the ceremonial post of mayor really have? Just remember Morton's comments about Stanford and the patients that came to speak in their defense.


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Posted by Veritas
a resident of Professorville
on Jul 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Kate, Is one of those names you have in mind Human Resources Director Russ Carlson? He is the one who called Pat Briggs to tell her that she was fired after he himself particpated in the kangaroo court process that defamed Pat Briggs.


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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

Do you know the truth,

Clearly you don't!


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Posted by venom
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2010 at 11:10 am

This award is another in the long line of jokes perpetrated on the citizens of Palo Alto by Briggs, the former staff at PACT and their worshipful acolytes here in town.
It is too bad that the checkered history of Briggs and the PACT is being swept under the rug.


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Posted by Barbara Slone
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jul 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Congratulations Pat! You so deserve this recognition. Thanks for everything you gave my children when they were with PACT and also for the feeling of hightened self-esteem, love and acceptance that you gifted so many children with. You have truly made the difference in so many people's lives and your influence cannot be calculated.

Hope that your retirement is fulfilling.


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Posted by jardins
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I totally agree with Barbara Slone's beautiful tribute to Pat--so much deserved, and eloquently truthful.


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