Denver Woman Voted One of Top 10 Over-50 Models for "AARP The Magazine"
Press Release :: Art from Ashes Inc.
Art from Ashes director wins the Readers' Choice vote from thousands of national finalists Marie-2
Denver - March 2008

Marie Verrett, Director of Operations at the local nonprofit organization Art from Ashes, will join the pool of models chosen by readers and editors of "AARP The Magazine."

AARP The Magazine will feature its top models in its March and April 2009 editions titled "Why do you represent the face of 50+?"

Marie was chosen from among thousands of applicants nationwide not only for her physical beauty, but for her description of the work she does for the Denver-based nonprofit, where she formerly served as a board member.

MarieMarie spoke of her dedication to Art from Ashes, an organization that uses poetry and other creative workshops as a therapeutic tool to empower struggling youth. Her transition from board member to full-time volunteer staff at a grassroots agency working with a high-risk population was considered inspirational enough to confirm her as a national winner.

Before volunteering at Art from Ashes, she was a decorated officer with 23 years with the U.S. Air Force.

AARP The Magazine launched the Faces of 50+ model search in 2005 to show that beauty and style don't expire at any age.
AARP The Magazine About the AARP Model Search
"AARP The Magazine," which claims to be the "World's Largest Circulation Magazine," launched the Faces of 50+ Real People Model Search in 2005 to show that beauty and style don't expire at any age. This year, thousands of applicants entered online, via the mail, and in person at our Road Show stops across the country. Winners each year appear in the magazine's fashion and/or beauty pages and online.
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The Mission of Art from Ashes is to empower struggling youth through therapeutic poetry and other creative workshops that facilitate expression, connection and healing.

The Phoenix Rising poetry process combines expression, the articulation of painful events or circumstances in their young lives; connection, the ability to release the pain and fear of those experiences among peers and mentors; and healing, using the power of strong, healthy words to encourage an identity that is not based in victimization. Recent statistics of our work with youth conducted by the National Research Center have shown that of the participants surveyed, 100% of the youth enjoyed the workshops; 73% feel better about themselves; 80% cared more about the feelings of others; and 80% wanted to be more involved in their community.
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Catherine O'Neill Thorn, Executive Director
Art from Ashes Inc. 853 Inca St., Ste 1A Denver, CO 80204 303.837.1550