Sometimes celebrity representation is the best way to raise awareness on issues that are important to an organization and their mission. Not only can celebrity advocates further promote the values of the organization, they can also be the best facilitators of civic engagement and action for the cause.
Celebrities can represent who we are fighting for and/or show their support for what we are fighting for by voicing concerns and taking action to fix the problem.
SAPAC’s celebrity advocates include Blanca Blanco and John Savage.
See their biographies below.
Blanca Blanco is an American actress who was born and raised in California with her four siblings by Mexican immigrant parents who worked tirelessly to support them. At the age of nine, her family relocated to the state of Washington where she began taking acting and singing classes and organizing theatre performances in between her studies. She graduated from Washington State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minoring in Spanish.
Blanca’s Entertainment History:
After Blanca received her Bachelor’s degree, she then relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. She has trained under DGA Award winning director Gordon Hunt, whose theatre company she performed with in multiple productions, Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland, and veteran character actor Bruce Glover.
Blanca Blanco’s first major role in Hollywood occurred in 2008 in the horror film Dark Reel. Her recently released films include Fake News (2017), Betrayed (2018), and Torch (2017). In 2018, she began filming TheDog of Christmas.
Supported Agencies and Issues:
In addition to her support of SAPAC and the Sindhi community, Blanca Blanco is also an avid supporter of many other causes. These include the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, AIDS Society, The Salvation Army, and Step Up. She has also worked as a counselor for End of Life hospice patients.
John Savage is an American actor best known for his roles in The Deer Hunter (1978), The Onion Field (1979), Hair (1979), Salvador (1986), The Last Full Measure (2019), In Dubious Battle (2016), and the television shows Goliath (2016), Twin Peaks (2017), and Dark Angel (2000).
During the 1980s, John was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor for his work as Charles Heller in the crime thriller The Amateur (1981).
As a producer, John has several projects in development and is committed to working with up-and-coming writers and directors.
In addition to his work with SAPAC and advocacy for the Sindhi community, John has also been noted for his work in activism and philanthropy. During the late 1980s, he used his public presence to fight for the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, and has continued to work as an activist in addition to his work in film and television.