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Advanstar's Orr Among VIAAC Award Recipients

26 Aug, 2003 By: Kurt Indvik

Advanstar Communications' Kimbirly Orr is among five home video industry veterans who will be recognized for charitable work this year at the annual Video Industry AIDS Action Committee Visionary Honors ceremony.

The event, which will be held Sept. 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., also will honor Buena Vista Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek, Warner Home Video president Jim Cardwell, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment SVP Steve Feldstein and retailer David Kahn of DMK Entertainment, a Blockbuster franchisee based in Birmingham, Ala.

Also being honored is AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the nation's leading community-based AIDS service organizations.

Orr is group sales director for Advanstar's Home Entertainment Events division. She manages all sponsorship and exhibit sales for not only the annual Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) convention, but also the East Coast Video Show and other mainstream industry events. When she's not on the phone or in Los Angeles meeting with customers, she's jetting around the country to various trade shows, from ShoWest to the All-Candy Show, trying to bridge the gap between home entertainment and other industries.

Orr has been active with VIAAC for eight years and currently sits on the association's board of directors.

“This organization's reach extends beyond the bounds of entertainment, benefiting organizations around the county and people living with HIV or AIDS,” Orr said.

“The research spawned from VIAAC contributions to organizations like the UCLA AIDS Institute is bringing us closer to a cure, although much more research and fundraising is required, as we're nowhere near of our ultimate goal of having no need for VIAAC's existence.”

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