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In honor of ATWT's Van Hansis & his B-Day, fans help raise funds for Arts Student!

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In honor of Van Hansis’ upcoming birthday (which is in just a few days, September 25th!), fans of  the actor who played Luke Snyder on As the World Turns for almost the last five years, are continuing their fundraising efforts that they started a few years ago.  This is the third year his fans have sponsored a student at Van’s high school…Walnut Hill School for the Arts.

For the past two years, Van’s fans have raised over $15,000 for a theater student at the school. This year, their efforts for funds started slowly, but as of Friday morning, September 17, 2010, the day of the final episode of ATWT word from the school was that the donations had shot up to $13,400!

Van has always made it clear to his fans that his education is something that is important to him and he is very proud of both places he began learning his craft; Walnut Hill and Carnegie Mellon University.  The fan group is continuing to pay it forward and help another student at the school who might some day touch their hearts the way that Van has as Luke Snyder.  For more information, and how you can donate to help a student in the arts in honor of Van click here


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Colleen
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Colleen

Great job done by the organizers! I was very happy to participate in this cause to honor Van and to help the student. Lovely to see someone like Van supporting such worthy endeavor. Kudo’s to “T” on this!

MGG
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MGG

That’s a wonderful inititative. Van Hansis deserves we raise a lot of money on his name. Thank you for this article, Michael.

MGG
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MGG

I found the message Van sent to his fans who participated to the Walnut Hill Sponsorship Initiative on Van’s name for his Birthday in 2008. This message is full of Love and Humility: “hey everybody! it’s van. it was great to see a bunch of you on sunday at the broadway cares/equity fights AIDS flea market. i hope those who made it out to new york had a blast. i did. i really like that event. its really cool to see broadway open it’s stage doors to daytime….stupid joke. whatever, i think it’s funny… its nice to mingle with actors… Read more »

Valier
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Valier

So that’s Van who wrote that message! That’s incredibly sweet of him. Such lovely words! And yes, education is almost everything in a human’d life. Van got it totally right!

Becky
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Becky

Congratulations to everyone who participated (and continue to participate) in such a worthy endeavor. I’m so proud of this collective fanbase’s generosity when it comes to great causes such as this. I’m sure the student will benefit tremendously from this, and education IS so important. And amazed that this has almost surpassed the total of $15,000 for the last 2 years combined. Keep up the good work & show Van your appreciation for making Luke what he was to all of us. Props to T as well for organizing this & making it such a success. Glad to help in… Read more »

L
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L

Great initiative! Van Hansis is an amazing actor and a generous man. His love of education is very inspiring.

Stefanie
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Stefanie

Awesome! Thanks for writing about this, Michael.

Stefanie
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Stefanie

Oh, by the way, the organizers said the total – as of earlier today – is now $15,030!

kwbalan
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kwbalan

Wonderful cause in the name of a wonderful actor. Kudos to Van Hansis for his incredible portrayal of Luke Snyder for 5 years.

Thanks Michael for this great article!

mmc
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mmc

It really is an honor to contribute in Van Hansis’ name.it’s my thank you to him for the incredible performance he gave us for so many years as Luke Snyder.I’d like to wish him a Happy Bithday Van.We’re missing you so much as Luke but hope to see you in future projects.I’m sending my love and best wishes to a lovely young man and a terrific actor!

Valier
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Valier

That’s a lovely message. I totally concur. I love you, Van !

D
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D

Van’s Birthday is tomorrow, 9/25: you can still donate to his alma mater, the Walnut Hill school: http://www.walnuthillalumni.org/s/116/index.aspx?sid=116&pgid=371&gid=1&cid=1016&ecid=1016

VICTOIRE
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VICTOIRE

It is a really great initiative!! Happy Birthday, dear Van !! Your magnificent talent is so worth all the donations !!

Biblio
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Biblio

I heard that the total was two weeks ago beyond $18000!! It must be now beyond $20000!!

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She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

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The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

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So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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