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Press Release ­ For Immediate Release


Mary Koehler Public Relations Director Michael Garman Productions, Inc. 719-492-7263 [email protected]

(Colorado Springs, CO ­ Nov. 25, 2010) Michael Garman Museum held a Movie Premiere and Silent Auction at Stargazers Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 21st with all the proceeds benefiting the FireFactor program of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. The approximate amount raised from this event is $2,300 with the final tally and check presentation to FireFactor coming after Thanksgiving. This night's main feature was a world-premiere of a new independent film, produced by Russel S. Kern of Atomic Productions, and highlights the rags-to-riches story of America's Storyteller Sculptor, Michael Garman, with never-before-seen footage, interviews, archival photographs and much more. Michael Garman was proud to unite with the Colorado Springs Fire Department to present, in addition to the film showing, a Silent Auction which included several never-before-seen Michael Garman sculptures as well as donated products from Colorado Springs merchants. All proceeds from this premiere & silent auction are donated to FireFactor, the Colorado Springs Fire Department's juvenile fire-prevention program.

Michael Garman: "What a great event. I am humbled and awed by the support of this community. I owe my life and the preservation of my work to the incredible men and women of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. So I am thrilled to be able to give back to them in his way." Fire Marshal Lacey: "FireFactor is the most progressive and up-to-date preventative and preemergent program we have developed in some time. The funding that the Michael Garman silent auction has provided will ensure critical resources to further enhance and develop this important and worthwhile cause for teenage youth in our community." The Colorado Springs Fire Department has recently created a new prevention program aimed at juvenile firesetting. This new program titled FireFactor is designed for 6th and 7th graders as this is the age for which the department receive the largest amount of referrals to attend their traditional juvenile firesetting intervention program. In conjunction with the national efforts of Fire Prevention Week in October, FireFactor was rolled out in October, 2010 and will reached 12 middle schools, nearly 2,200 middle school students and 60 teachers within a four week period. Through a 50-60 minute presentation, students were engaged in a thought-provoking discussion centered on the history of fire, the use of fire in today's media, the social acceptance of experimentation with fire, the consequences of firesetting, and decision making. FireFactor is provided free of charge to any middle school willing to participate in the program. This alternative look at Juvenile Firesetting is aimed and based on research about effective teaching techniques with today's tweens and teens as well as research that supports the idea that children today are of a technology and media based generation. FireFactor has been widely popular among students and teachers and will roll out again in the Spring of 2011 to additional middle schools within the City of Colorado Springs. Since 1971 Michael Garman has been working in the Pikes Peak region, creating affordable, handmade sculptures that celebrate American Heroes. After combating a grave illness in 2008, Garman has re-emerged in the art world determined to create authentic American art. In the upcoming weeks we will be unveiling some of Michael Garman's most complex, free-standing work to date. Please call Mary Koehler, Public Relations Director at The Michael Garman Museum for more information - 719-471-9391 * 800-731-3908 - or go online at For more info on FireFactor, please contact Brianna Goodwin, CSFD Fire and Life Safety Educator/Inspector, at 719-385-7376, or email at [email protected]



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