Narragansett 1-28-11 Press Release
A masterpiece, a beautiful book, and keenly observed chronicle are just some of the words critics used to describe Thomas Cobb’s book entitled Crazy Heart. Cobb’s profound words helped actor Jeff Bridges win an academy award, and now the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation is proud to announce acclaimed writer Thomas Cobb will be this year’s judge in their eighth annual writing contest.
“We are truly grateful to Thomas Cobb,” says KDMF Executive Director John DeCubellis. “For the second straight year this accomplished and renowned writer is willing to take time out of his busy schedule to support other aspiring writers, while at the same time raising awareness about the KDMF and its efforts.
“After our daughter Katie died at the hands of a drunken driver, we wanted to find a way to carry on her legacy and keep her spirit alive,” says Meg DeCubellis. “As the years progressed we were fortunate enough to receive an outpouring of support and the writing contest is one way for us to give back to others and also raise awareness on important topics like bullying”.
For the past eight years KDMF has awarded money and prizes to students who placed in the annual writing contest. For the 2011 contest the Foundation has a timely topic that could have a profound affect on the writers and readers. Students will write about the topic of bullying.
The deadline for entries is March 25, 2011. A ceremony will be held Monday May 23rd at 7pm at the Warwick Mall to announce this year’s winners. Television reporter/WPRO radio anchor and children’s book author Laura Clarizio will emcee the event.
The KDMF will present monetary awards to the winners. Additionally, professionally created posters with the winners’ names and writing entries will remain on display at the mall week following the ceremony. For more information about the contest and annual scholarships that the KDMF awards visit the Foundation’s website at www.kdmf.org.