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2002 Highlights

December 2002
David Spade headlines Comics Come Home
David Spade, star of NBC's Just Shoot Me, headlined the 2002 benefit for The Chris Farley Foundation in Madison. Spade, a former Saturday Night Live colleague and close friend of Chris Farley, co-starred with Farley in the hit comedies Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
In 1996, Farley and Spade were named "Best On-Screen Duo" by MTV.
Comics Come Home, currently in its fifth year, is the main fundraising event for the Foundation and takes place in Farley's hometown of Madison. Past performers have included Tom Arnold, Bob Sagat, Jim Breuer, Victoria Jackson, and Tim Kazurinski.

September 2002
The Chris Farley Foundation is named a Specialty RADAR Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has named the Chris Farley Foundation a Specialty RADAR (Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource) Center. The RADAR network is sponsored by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's (CSAP) information component, SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI). The network is the largest substance abuse prevention and treatment infrastructure in the country.

This designation will allow the Foundation to gather and exchange information in responding to both the immediate and the long-term substance abuse prevention needs of its communities, and operate as an integral part of NCADI's distribution system. The exchange of information will include the Foundation's PSA commercials, which can now be shared with teachers, parents, and coalitions seeking to use the Foundation's name to deliver substance abuse messages.

September 2002
Tom Farley interviewed for substance abuse websites
Interviews with Tom Farley will appear on two leading websites devoted to communicating anti-drug and substance abuse messages to kids and parents. The websites, and are part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, and have been created through a partnership with ABC/ Disney, The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). In the interviews, Tom Farley talks about his brother Chris and the lessons learned from his struggles with drugs and alcohol.

September 28, 2002
Farley family to speak at Recovery Rally 2002
Tom Farley, managing director of the Foundation, Mary Anne Farley, executive trustee, and Barbara Farley, trustee, will speak on the steps of the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin at this year's Recovery Rally, which celebrates the faces and voices of recovery. The event's special guest and speaker will be Susan Rook, former CNN News Anchor and Recovery Advocate.

September 20, 2002
Foundation benefit at St. Louis CITY Improv
The CITY Improv in St. Louis hosted a unique benefit for the Foundation at its theater in the historic St. Louis Union Station. The event featured improv groups from around the Midwest who performed continuously for over 24 hours.

Barb Farley, sister of Chris Farley and a trustee of the Foundation, welcomed guests and performers. The event raised $2000 for the foundation, which will be used to develop creative communications targeting teens and young adults with messages on the dangers of substance abuse.

August 21, 2002
Tom Farley speaks at University of Tennessee
Tom Farley, brother of Chris Farley and managing director of the Foundation, spoke on the first day of classes at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The university chose The Chris Farley Foundation as their opening speaker of the 2002-2003 academic year because of the importance of the Foundation's message and the impact that the Chris Farley name still has on the nation's campuses. Tom Farley showed a short video, made by Chris close friend Tom Arnold, which included some rare footage from Chris career.

Over 600 students came to Thompson-Boling Arena to hear the talk, which focused on the path that led Chris toward substance abuse, and the lessons to be learned from his story. The topic to the speech was Think. Laugh. Live. - the Foundation's motto, in which Tom Farley explained the Foundation's mission of using humor to deliver their prevention messages, as Chris would have.

June 2002
Foundation to participate in ONDCP's Media Match program that will air Public Service Announcements nationally
The Foundation was chosen to participate in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Media Match program. The Media Match Program, as part of the National Anti-Drug Media Campaign, provides non profits with donated media time to air public service announcements (PSAs) on national television. Initially chosen to receive this match in June 2002 for three months of airtime, the spots were re-included in the program in August. The Foundation commercials will therefore been seen nationally from July through December.

May - August 2002
Public Service Announcement wins numerous awards
The Foundation's PSA's have won a variety of awards since their release in February 2002. The spot, "Not Funny", won The Videographer Award of Excellence. This national awards competition honors all aspects of video production, television commercials, news and programs, and special events video.

Both Foundation commercials - "Not Funny" and "Remembering Chris" also won Aurora Awards, an independent film and video competition for commercials, cable programming, documentaries, industrial, instructional, and corporate videos. The spot "Not Funny" won a Gold Award, while the spot, "Remembering Chris", won the Platinum Best of Show Award.

June 1, 2002
Foundation benefit show at the Fifth Annual Chicago Comedy Festival
The producers of the Chicago Comedy Festival have chosen The Chris Farley Foundation to receive proceeds from a benefit show at this year's festival. The show will take place as part of this three-day event that showcases hundreds of comedians from around the county at several locations throughout the city. Chicago has long been a hot-bed of comedic talent and is the Mecca of improvisational comedy, being home to theaters such as The Second City and Improv Olympics.

The benefit show takes place at the Park West Theater and is hosted by Tom Arnold. Other performers to appear are Sean Cullen, Kevin Bozeman, and Chris' bothers Kevin and John Farley, appearing as "The Flying Farley Brothers." As Tom Farley said, "This event is very special to our Foundation because of Chris strong ties to the city of Chicago and the love these people still have for Chris. We're excited that this is our first event in Chicago and look forward to doing more events here in the future." Chris Farley began his career at The Second City, and was followed there by his brothers Kevin and John.

April 28, 2002
Foundation to sponsor film festival at University of Wisconsin
The Chris Farley Foundation will help sponsor a late-night film festival as part of a weeklong "end of school" celebration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The All-Campus Party is a series of events that are alcohol-free. The featured film at this year's event will be "Top Gun." Tom, Kevin, and John Farley will appear and welcome students with the Foundation's motto of Think. Laugh. Live. and its messages of responsibility.