A Lowcountry eighth-grader has received a major award from a former president for her work fighting hunger. Katie Stagliano, 14, was one of six activists recognized Monday night in a ceremony at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.
Actor Matt Damon presented the Pinewood Prep student with the Clinton Global Citizen Award.
Katie is the founder and chief executive gardener of Katie's Krops, an organization she started at the age of 9 with the dream of ending hunger.
Just as the colors began to change in the Hudson Valley, HITS Triathlon Series returned to Hunter Mountain for its second mountain-top race of the 2012 season. Kent "Kyle" Damon powered to the first Full distance victory of his career in a time of 11:31:20 and was welcomed to the line by a surprise visit from family members, including brother and popular Hollywood icon Matt Damon.
"At about mile 18, I was running scared from the second place guy and started to fall apart," admitted Damon. "Then I looked up and thought I was hallucinating when I saw my brother Matt standing in the middle of the road in Tannersville waving his arms and screaming at me. I hugged him, kissed my wife and all the weight was lifted from my legs. The last 10k was the most amount of grit and wattage I have ever put out in a race."
Damon, 44, of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been racing triathlons since 2002 and currently swims, bikes and runs as founding member of TEAM.Water.org, which aims for the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water. The team is a nationwide community of roughly 700 endurance athletes whose dedication to sport is coupled with a strong commitment to solving the global water crisis. Members of TEAM.Water.org raise awareness and match their race entry fees with a donation to Water.org.
Now he certainly has ample time to focus on his film career—both in front of and, most recently, behind the camera. This December 28, Focus Features releases Promised Land, a Gus Van Sant film from Krasinski’s first original screenplay, an idea he developed with S.F. novelist Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and co-wrote with actor Matt Damon. By the film’s opening date, some armchair bettors are already placing it in the Oscars race. Other clues: The film co-stars Frances McDormand and Hal Holbrook, a supporting cast the budding director calls both "surreal" and "pretty phenomenal."
"I wanted to tell a story about American identity," he says of the flick, a contemporary local hero tale in which a natural-gas salesman (Damon) tries to win over a rural Northeastern town in hopes of drilling there. "It's probably one of the things I’m most proud of that I’ve done in this business."
Can you connect the dots between this documentary and your upcoming TV movie, "Behind the Candelabra"? They're both HBO.
The one they made about me, after they made it, they sold it to HBO. I sold "Behind the Candelabra" to HBO before I made it. They financed it, and they were my partners in the movie. I produced it, and Steven Soderbergh directed it, and Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are in it. Richard LaGravenese wrote it.
It's about Liberace's personal life?
It's about his professional and personal life, which were one. It's a difficult story to get made, but I was intent on getting it made. I knew Liberace, and it's a great story. It's a story about a tortured man; he couldn't come out of the closet while he was alive. He died of AIDS, and on his death certificate they had heart failure. It's a hard subject matter for a film -- everybody gets frightened of those things. It will air in May. I'm doing a number of things at HBO.