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ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Can you explain the impact, if any, that social and professional networking has made on your

organization or on you personally?

I believe that social networking is the best invention ever! I have met so many people from around the world

with whom I have chatted and corresponded and met personally while they visited New York.There are those

who have helped me in my endeavors and have given me the fortitude to accomplish my goals.

Please describe an instance when you realized your contributions or volunteerism had made a

difference. How did that make you feel?

I have always been one to fight for the underdog in a situation. Being able to aid someone in acquiring the

tools and mindset necessary to fight an uphill battle and succeed is my greatest joy.

“N

ever judge a book by its cover.” Most have heard

the saying, but far too often people fail to heed its

call. Thus, when one hears the words “model” and

“actress” used to describe someone, the words “activist” and “author”

might not be associated with the same personality. And yet, all of

these terms and more could be used to describe Beverly Harriette

Kolber.A former model also experienced as a singer, dancer,magician

and actress, Beverly appeared in three films in the late ‘60s and early

‘70s: “Meeting on 69th Street,”“The Game Is Set” and “Carny Girl.”

As a night club and club date entertainer, she performed in just

about every club in the New York tri-state area and in her home

state of Pennsylvania. However, one would be sorely mistaken to

assume that this entertainer’s talents were limited to showmanship.

Beverly attended the John Jay College of Criminal Justice from

1968 to 1974, a time during which she learned a great deal about

law enforcement while studying police science, constitutional law,

criminal procedure and industrial security, which are areas of focus

to which she would return later in her career. In more than 50 years

living and working in the city that never sleeps, Beverly witnessed

countless examples of bureaucratic hypocrisy and underhanded

deal-making. It was these experiences that inspired her to author

“A City Tarnished,” an exposé on New York City’s homeless services

industry, and publish a new investigative newspaper covering

instances of fraud, waste and corruption in government and private

industry. When she has the time, she puts her commentaries on

various topics, including animal injustices, remembering our men

and women in the military, and terrorism and peace in the Middle

East on LinkedIn.

A longtime activist, Beverly served on the patient care committee

at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital and is currently a member of both

the senior’s and women’s committees of the SAG-AFTRA New

York Local, a union of which she has been a member since the 1960s.

Now set to make a return to the silver screen in a dual capacity, she

will work behind the scenes as the producer and have a major role

in the movie adaption of her eponymous book “A City Tarnished.”

She will play the part of an out-of-control alcoholic “bad girl” living

in the shelter system trying to recapture her youth. Beverly will also

sing the title song as a duet.

Creating exciting roles for womenwho are seniors was an important

consideration when she made the decision to take on this project,

and it is believed that in this movie she has successfully achieved

and captured that issue. Beverly is excited about the cinematic

adaptation of her book, which will be filmed and promoted under

the auspices of her company, Up for the Challenge Enterprises.

Beverly Harriette

KOLBER

President, Chief Executive Officer

Up for the Challenge Enterprises LLC

New York, NY