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Amazing What One Student Can Do

It’s amazing what one child with a lot of energy can do. Brooke Dubois, a high school student from Massachusetts, collected 1500 pounds of donated clothes as part of the Lapels Dry Cleaning annual drive. The drive benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters in the area.

As only a high school freshman, she started to get the word out to everyone she knew. Donations were either dropped at her house or she picked them up from others.


As she said, “I’m so happy we were able to get that many donations but what was really cool was how supportive friends and family were in helping this cause. In a way, it almost made me forget that I was trying to beat Josh. Almost.”

Her goal was to collect more clothes for the drive than her brother did in 2016, when he came in with 1398 pounds. And she reached her goal.

The participating stores reached a whopping 16,093 pounds of clothes collected. This is the highest amount they’ve collected in the 14 years that they’ve been doing the drive.

Now, all of the donated clothing will be sold through various channels. The money from those sales will help to fund mentoring programs for young girls and booys.

American Airlines Raises Money for ALS Research

After so much bad publicity for various airlines, it’s not to have something good to say. American Airlines recently raised $800,000 for Answer ALS through their second annual American Airlines Charity Gold Tournament which took place in Dallas, Texas on May 24-25.

As their chairman and CEO Doug Parker said,

“We are proud to partner with Answer ALS on behalf of all American team members, including Peter Warlick, vice president – Finance, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. Peter is a champion for all American team members fighting this disease. And we believe there is a real opportunity to bring attention to orphan diseases, like ALS, that require additional awareness and fundraising support in order to bring them to an end. It means a great deal to the American family to host this event in our hometown.”

More than 200 people came together to play golf and to raise money to help with research for ALS. These included former NFL Safety for the New Orleans Saints, Steve Gleason. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. As Gleason, who took his first commercial flight in four years to attend the event said, “We know if we are going to find solutions to ALS, a disease with no known cure, or viable treatment, we have to be bigger than the disease. But, I hear everything is bigger in Texas, so, this is right in your wheelhouse. I believe it is a pivotal time for ALS.”

In 2016, American Airlines announced that they would have a multi-year financial commitment of $1 million to the Answer ALS project through the ALS Foundation. The golf tournament funds are in addition to that commitment.

There are six clinical sites for the Answer ALS project. They include: Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Washington University, Ohio State University, Emory University and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Join in the Zumba for a Good Cause

It’s such a great idea when people combine charitable giving with doing something healthy for themselves. That’s what the Zumbathon Charity Event in Saratoga Springs, New York will soon be doing as they open their doors to a Zumbathon to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The event will take place on April 9th at the Saratoga Springs High School gymnasium.

There will be at least ten local Zumba instructors dancing with people to raise money. The local Zumbathon was started last year by Zumba instructor Mayumi Kato of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

The event last spring was a hit. As Kato explained, “We were very excited to see so many participants at our very first event,” which raised $2000.

She continued, “It could not have been done without participants, instructors who donated their talent and time on the stage, many local businesses that donated their products as raffle prizes, and Kivort Steel Team to accommodate us at a great venue, the Saratoga High School Gym.”

When discussing this year’s event, Kato said, “We think that our community looks forward this type of event where we all can smile, dance, sweat together for a great cause, especially during the winter.”

Discussing the event, Nicole DeCelle, market executive director of both Albany and Central New York for the American Diabetes Association, said

 “We are honored that Mayumi and the Kivort Steel Cycling team are bringing back their Zumbathon in 2017. It was a tremendous success last year, as well as a great deal of fun. We are continually amazed and grateful for the support of folks like Mayumi and the creative ways in which they help raise funds and awareness for the Tour de Cure and the fight to stop diabetes. There are more than 2 million New Yorkers living with diabetes and it’s thanks to the funds raised through events like the Zumbathon, teams like Kivort Steel and riders like Mayumi that the ADA is able to continue our work in improving the lives of those impacted by diabetes and to ultimately find a cure.”

Great School Fundraiser Idea for Valentine’s Day

Now this is a lovely idea for Valentine’s Day and one that more schools might want to implement. Alma’s Stepping Stone school in Arkansas, which was organized in 1972 to help almost 300 children with developmental delays and disabilities, has a fundraiser every Valentine’s Day. All money that is raised goes back to buying supplies for the school classrooms.

The way that it works is that there is a gift shop filled with Valentine’s Day items include premade gift bags, stuffed animals, candy, balloons and more. Items range in price from $6 to $20.

As Mariann McCause, the service coordinator, said, “It’s a great way to not only raise funds but also to be out in the community. It gives people the opportunity to come in and see what we do and how we help the children.”

As a nice addition, the organizers will even deliver gifts to other schools in the area.

The fundraiser will run through Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. Stepping Stone is located off Highway 64 East, and their doors are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser and we just get anything we need like supplies for the classroom,” said McCause.

Organizers will also deliver your gifts for you to any school or residence in the River Valley. The deliveries will be made to Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Mountainburg, Dyer, Kibler and Mulberry.

Papa John’s Donates Helmets to Needy Kids

pizza-627835_960_720Papa John’s International Inc. is showing its commitment to its customers and to its communities. In the communities where they operate, they will donate 500 custom-designed bike helmets to lower economic youths who participate in the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective program (SLCBC). This is in addition to the company’s sponsorship of the Tour of Utah, which is a week-long professional cycling race.

As the Founder, Chairman and CEO “Papa John” Schnatter said,

“Papa John’s is excited to partner with the Tour of Utah and Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. Our love for pizza, cycling and our local community go hand-in-hand. This is a unique opportunity to help support the local economy and bring people together to enjoy the sport of cycling and the great outdoors. As an avid cyclist, I’m encouraged by the good work that the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective (SLCBC) is doing to encourage kids to stay active, while also teaching important life skills and rewarding hard work. At Papa John’s, we are proud to help ensure more kids are able to benefit from the SLCBC program.”

The helmets have a pizza-theme on them and they will be donated to members of the SLCBC.

As the Executive Director of the SLCBC, Davey Davis, said

“We at the SLCBC are very grateful to receive these helmets from the team at Papa John’s. Every kid should get the opportunity to ride a bike, and this donation supports us in helping more kids to ride safely and have fun while doing it.”

American Century Golf Tournament

golf-1486354_960_720Whether you love golf or just love the idea of being surrounded by celebrities, the American Century Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course started yesterday on Tuesday, July 19th and will continue until Sunday the 24th. As one of the most prestigious golf events, the American Century raises money for local and national charities. Tickets start at $20 a day and allow spectators to roam around the perimeter of the course and to enjoy food vendors and a great atmosphere.

Appearances are supposed to include comedian Larry the Cable Guy, ex-49er Jerry Rice, Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers and Justin Timberlake. The event will take place at the Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course at 100 Lake Parkway.


17th Annual debra of America Benefit

You may never have heard of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), but it’s time that you have. It’s a painful and often fatal rare genetic disease that affects 1 out of every 20,000 births in the US. People born with EB are often called “Butterfly Children” because of their extremely fragile skin.

Next month, the 17th annual debra of America Benefit will take place from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on Monday, November 16th at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The evening will include a performance by former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Julie Kent. It will also include a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre reception, a silent auction and a DJ set by platinum-selling singer Kate Nash.

All proceeds from the event will support people living with EB. Learn more and get involved.


Food Drive for Children

Picture by  Nic McPhee of the First Robotics Community Dinner. Under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic
Picture by Nic McPhee
of the First Robotics Community Dinner. Under Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 Generic

American Truck Showroom employees have opened up their hearts to host a Thanksgiving food drive for a local children’s shelter in Gulfport, Mississippi. Donations were accepted until yesterday and were delivered at that time. The American Truck Showrooms department that is found to have donated the most items will then be rewarded with a company lunch.

When describing the same food drive last year, Ralph Cox, the customer service representatives’ manager for American Truck Showroom said, “They had shown us the empty cupboards and refrigerators from where they simply ran out of food and the food bank was dry. They were being subsidized by the county jail until their donations came in. The food was bologna meat (three different colors), cheese singles and a few apples.”

Certainly, this is a lovely idea from the American Truck Showroom Gulfport and one that should be applauded.

Annenberg Foundation Saves 24 Native American Masks

hopiThe heated plan to auction off 24 Native American masks in Paris has come to a happy ending.  The Hopi tribe has been trying to take legal action to delay the sale of the masks, and their efforts were rejected in the courts. The tribe believes that the masks, which date from the late 19th to early 20th century, were taken illegally from a northern Arizona reservation in the early 20th century.

And clearly they did not want them auctioned off. Now, some charitable foundation has come through at the last minute, as an anonymous bidder paid $530,000 for the masks and will return them to the Hopi and San Carlos Apache tribes.

As Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, director of the Annenberg Foundation said, “These are not trophies to have on one’s mantel. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections.”

Three hood masks will go back to the San Carlos Apaches and twenty-one colored masks made of horsehair, wood, feathers and leather will be given back to the Hopis.

Even the US Embassy got involved in the act, calling for a delay on the sale so that tribal representatives could come to France and identify the masks. After the sale, David Killion, the US Ambassador to the UN cultural agency issues a statement with the US Embassy that said the charity’s move was a “generous act.”

In a statement this week, Sam Tenakhongva, a Hopi cultural leader, said “Our hope is that this act sets an example for others that items of significant cultural and religious value can only be properly cared for by those vested with the proper knowledge and responsibility. They simply cannot be put up for sale.”

Auction for Jeremy Lin Shoe Underway

Jeremy LinIf you’ve always wanted to own a smelly, sweaty large shoe, now is your chance. Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has given a shoe to Yahoo Taiwan’s auction website as a charity gesture. All of the proceeds from the auction will go to a local Down Syndrome Foundation.

The shoe in question is a size 12 red Nike Hyperdunk which is on Yahoo’s Taiwan’s auction website. The auction will go until October 25th. Lin wore the shoe during an NBA pre-season game in Tapei recently. Whent the game finished, he autographed the shoe and gave it to a local celebrity who turned it over to the foundation.

As of recently, there had been 15 bids, with the top one reaching NT#301,500 or US$10,000.

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