|Art from Ashes director wins the Readers' Choice vote from thousands of national finalists
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.
Marie 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
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.
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
our Road Show stops across the country. Winners each year appear in the magazine's fashion and/or beauty pages
About Art from Ashes Inc.
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