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first_imgHeadCount, organizers of the Participation Row charity booths at the “Fare Thee Well” Grateful Dead concerts, has revealed that they raised over $750,000 in total revenue for the 17 participating charities.The biggest item up for auction was a guitar, played by Bob Weir for the song “Row Jimmy” in Santa Clara, CA, and signed by all seven members of the “Fare Thee Well” band. The winning bidder of the Weir guitar spent $526,000 on the item, even though the initial bidding started at $5,000.You can read more about the HeadCount Participation Row here, including all 17 charities that profited from this wonderful auction.last_img read more

first_imgThese eight grantees have professional staff members who serve as primary “caring adults” day-to-day, and are role models who provide a consistent, compassionate and trustworthy presence. Collectively, these eight organizations impact the lives of approximately 15,000 young people throughout the United States.New York CityThe Brotherhood/Sister Sol helps keep youth ages 8-22 focused on educational achievement and leadership with multi-year support five day a week providing after school care, counseling, summer camps, job training, employment, and college preparation.DenverColorado UpLift helps urban youth overcome significant obstacles through long-term, life-changing relationships starting in the 2nd and 3rd grade. Salaried teacher/mentors build success through character education, with a focus on high school graduation and post-secondary engagement.Portland, ORFriends of the Children selects the highest risk children and commits to working with them from kindergarten to graduation. Friends works through chapters and affiliates nationwide.Self Enhancement, Inc. guides underserved youth and families to reach their full potential. Their work with more than 7,500 students and families results in stable, supported families and an enhanced community.Oakland, CAGirls Inc. of Alameda County supports girls in becoming strong through healthy living and smart through education by providing girls with continuous, strength-based, youth development programming and strong adult role models to identify and nurture the potential for success in every girl.Youth Radio is the nation’s leading syndicator of youth voices and a national model for media and technology education. The organization provides thousands of low-income youth with innovative media and technology training, paid employment, and wraparound support services to launch them into college and family-sustaining careers.Washington, D.C.Latin American Youth Center empowers a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural and innovative programs that address youths’ needs at all levels.ChicagoYouth Guidance works through the schools to enable at-risk youth to overcome obstacles. Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (B.A.M.) program is a dropout and violence prevention program for at-risk male students in grades 7-12, and includes in-school courses and after-school sports.The Thrive Foundation for Youth was founded in 1995 by Silicon Valley investor Bob King and his wife Dottie, who have given away $16.7 million from their offices in Menlo Park, California. Learn more at: www.thrivefoundation.orgPhoto (top) courtesy of Thrive Foundation for Youth/iStock ImaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor their innovative strategies to help mold positive youth, eight organizations that mentor urban youth in six cities will share grants totaling $2.4 million.The Thrive Foundation for Youth in Silicon Valley announced the awards today, which will continue their mission of helping guide disadvantaged young people to reach their full potential. Each of the outstanding groups will receive unrestricted grants of $300,000 over the next two years.“Our grantees have discovered ways to create a constellation of competent, caring adults who are making a difference in the lives of children,” said Nicole Taylor, President and CEO of the Thrive.last_img read more

first_imgThey took a volunteer trip abroad to Nepal to work with orphaned kids in the nation’s capital of Kathmandu through the use of Volunteering Solutions – an international volunteering agency.LOOK: Young Traveler Uses Hilarious Photos to Reassure His MomAn interview with Sarin illustrates the reasons behind the expedition and how their volunteering experience in Nepal affected them.Why did you chose the orphanage program in Nepal?Sarin: We chose the program because despite Nepal’s popular appeal to tourists, it is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over 25% of its population living below the poverty line. A country of contrasts, Nepal is home to a dramatic landscape and a rich culture. Hence, volunteering in Nepal was a fantastic way to make our mark on a cause that we care about and learn new things along the way. Volunteering with disadvantaged youth and children will make you appreciate what you usually take for granted.RELATED: When Child Believes Lost Toy is Only Traveling, Strangers Photoshop Animal in ScenesWhy did you choose to volunteer and what was it like?Sarin: The core purpose of volunteering with Volunteering Solutions was to simply do good in any way possible and of course to care for the disadvantaged children by drawing a smile on their face, by giving them the affection needed and by simply playing with the children. Also, volunteering promotes well-being and personal development for the person participating. Moreover, volunteering is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and give something back to your community.LOOK: A-List Celebrities Travel To Support Heroes of Sumatran ElephantsWhat have you personally learned from this trip?Sarin: A sense of achievement and motivation. What better way is there to connect with your community and give a little back?! Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving your time, energy, and skills freely. Unlike many things in life, there is a choice involved in volunteering.We learned that no man or woman is an island. People and societies depend on each other for survival. Communities are suffering, but at the same time we can really bridge that gap through volunteering.LOOK: Stolen Gnome Returned to Driveway After 8 Months With Book Detailing Epic TripAny sort of advice for future couple volunteers?Sarin: As a couple, you can continue to relive the amazing moments you had overseas and be proud of your accomplishment. Best of all, you have someone who will listen to you reminisce when you both return home, and someone who just “gets it”.While it was for a short period of time, both Sarin and Sevag had a life-changing experience in Nepal working together for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged children. They also got to know a magnificent country in a unique way– like a local.Dronacharya holds a bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He writes and shares his personal experiences to help motivate others to travel and volunteer as much as they can. You can find more of his work on Huffington, SocialEarth, VolunteersMagazine, Cultural Trip, etc.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhile most young couples want to get to know each other better through exploring clichéd romantic tourist destinations, these two set an example by devoting their time to making a difference.Sarin Jeghelian and Sevag Demirjian, a couple from Beirut, Lebanon, have been traveling for a while, but their most recent one-week holiday was all about volunteering.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome dreams seem nearly impossible: Like becoming a chef in a top Parisian restaurant when you’re a rodent, or staging a brand-new Broadway musical during an ongoing pandemic when theaters worldwide are dark—or finding a way to combine both and raise more than one million dollars to benefit charity.But that’s just what happened when the curtain rose on ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ in the first weeks of 2021.Adhering to the adage that “good things come in small packages”—including rats with visions of glory—the show’s origins are pretty humble.Back in August of 2020, 26-year-old schoolteacher Emily Jacobsen, a devoted Disney fan/theater junkie and avowed ‘Ratatouille’ aficionado learned a themed attraction based on Remy and his crew was scheduled to open at Walt Disney World in Florida in the coming year.Inspired, Jacobson came up with “a love ballad” to her favorite diminutive hero:“Remy, the ratatouilleThe rat of all my dreamsI praise you, my ratatouilleMay the world remember your name.” The ‘Ratatousical’s’ original 72-hour run was so successful, a second performance was added on January 10. While the show has been a financial boon to performers, its importance has a much broader reach.MORE: Music Takes 13 Minutes to ‘Release Sadness’ and 9 to Make You Happy, Says New Study“It’s just so important to be supporting artists right now, I think, both in terms of the actual raising money (and in) bringing hope that new work still can be created and that there’s a space for innovation,” the show’s director, Lucy Moss, told CNN. “Maybe, you know, this kind of work wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t all stuck at home.”RELATED: Great Things to Do at Home While Quarantined: Let’s Be Pandemic-PositiveIf the moral of ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ is anything, it’s that we can refuse to take no for an answer. We can choose to embrace the impossible. We can become the force that creates something new. We can choose to see our vision through and give it everything we’ve got because a dream that comes true against all odds is all the sweeter.CHECK OUT: Gospel Singer’s Hilarious Song About Quarantine Snacking Goes Viral: ‘The Fridge Again!’As Remy said to Django in the original 2007 film, “Change is nature, Dad—the part that we can influence—and it starts when we decide.”SHARE This Tasty Treat of a Story With Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Jacobson posted her ditty to TikTok and tagged some friends—one of whom happened to be music whiz Daniel Mertzlufft, who added orchestration, instruments, and vocals to the tune via computer. Instead of an ending, the Disney-worthy finale Mertzlufft created was the spark that set the internet on fire and launched a thousand videos that would eventually become ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’.Mertzlufft debuted his video in October. Soon after, other enthusiastic TikTokers began putting up their own contributions to the virtual show. What started as a snowball became an avalanche.Even Disney was caught up in the momentum. “We love when our fans engage with our stories,” the studio said in a statement reported by The New York Times, “and we look forward to seeing these super fans experience the attraction when it opens at Walt Disney World next year.”As the viral trajectory of the crowd-sourced musical with 200,000 followers and counting continued to trend, something even more extraordinary happened.With the wave of its magic wand, Disney gave Seaview Productions the green light to produce a full-fledged musical as a benefit performance in aid of the Actors Fund.center_img While the organization’s mission has always been to provide performers with a financial safety net, with so many show business professionals sidelined by the COVID-19 crisis, the need is more crucial than ever now.Mertzlufft, who was tapped for the role of musical director says the whirlwind production was pulled together in less than a month’s time.“I had my first meeting December 4 with the folks at Seaview,” he told The New York Times. “They gave me a call and said, ‘Hey, we have this crazy idea. Disney has given us the allowance to do a benefit for the Actors Fund of ‘Ratatouille.’ The only catch? They wanted it to debut on New Year’s Day. “I took a deep breath and said, ‘Yeah, that’s possible.’”Starring Tituss Burgess as Remy, and co-starring Wayne Brady, Adam Lambert, Kevin Chamberlin, Andrew Barth Feldman, Priscilla Lopez, Ashley Parks, André De Shields, Owen Tabaka, and Mary Testa, since its January 1 premiere, ‘Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical’ has raised more than $1 million for the Actors Fund.last_img read more

first_img A two-out single by Laredo College in the bottom half of the second tied the game at a run apiece, and that’s where the scoreboard would stand until the fifth inning. That’s when freshman Brooke Smith launched a home run ball over the center field wall for a two-run plate appearance, pushing home Vanessa Espitia who had reached on a lead-off double.It was a Seahawks fielding error in the bottom of the sixth inning that would allow Laredo to crawl back to within a run at 3-2.The Seahawks’ insurance run came in the seventh after Smith doubled, followed by a line drive single by sophomore Taylor Frederick for the 4-2 advantage.Frederick finished 3 for 4 at the plate with a run batted in, while Smith was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. LSCPA 4, Laredo College 2The first game of Friday’s doubleheader turned out to be a defensive battle with both teams picking up a run in the second inning. The Seahawks opened the second inning with three straight walks – to Olivia Rivera, Jessica Saenz, and Elicia Gonzales – and freshman Makasha Brown took advantage of the bases-loaded opportunity, slapping a single to left to put LSCPA on the board. Laredo College 10, LSCPA 8Freshman Brooke Smith had a career day at the plate for the Seahawks, going 2 for 4 with two home runs. But that effort was overshadowed by an improbable comeback by Laredo College as the Palominos came back from a 7-0 deficit to score six runs in the fifth and four in the sixth en route to an eventual 10-8 win.Smith started the Seahawks’ scoring with a solo home run in the first, taking the shot to right for a 1-0 lead. Back to back doubles by Olivia Rivera and Madeline Stone gave the Seahawks a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Elicia Gonzales followed with a two-out single for another run in the inning for a 3-0 advantage.Smith led off the third with another solo home run, this one to center field, and the Seahawks were up 4-0.By the time the top of the fourth inning was done, the Seahawks were up 7-0 and it appeared the game was all but in hand.A lead-off walk by Kassandra Vargas and then back-to-back singles by Gonzales and Vanessa Espitia loaded the bases. Frederick sent Vargas home with a one-out single, then a bases-loaded walk for Rivera pushed the Seahawks out to a 6-0 lead. Stone singled to get LSCPA’s seventh run home.The Hawks got three quick out against Laredo in the fourth inning but couldn’t add any more runs as they went through the top of the fifth with just one single, coming from Jessica Saenz.Laredo launched into the bottom of the fifth with a double, then a single before the Hawks could manage their first out. Another single, then back-to-back fielding errors, kept Laredo’s offense alive. Two straight doubles pulled the Palominos to within one run at 7-6 before LSCPA could end the attack.Laredo tied the game after three consecutive singles to open the bottom of the seventh inning, then two more errors and a run-scoring single put the Palominos ahead 10-7.The Seahawks flirted with a Hollywood movie ending after a one-out double by Saenz, then a two out single by Gonzales pulled LSCPA to within two at 10-8.A fielding error by Laredo put Espitia at first and Gonzales at second with the big-hitting Smith coming to the plate.With a full count, Smith took a third strike on the outside corner to end the game.Stone finished 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, while Gonzales was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Saenz went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Frederick was 2 for 4 with an RBI.The Seahawks outhit the Palominos 15-13 but were especially hurt by the six fielding errors, compared to Laredo’s two fielding miscues.Saenz took the loss in the pitcher’s circle after giving up three runs, two earned, in relief. She allowed four hits with a strikeout and a walk.Vargas started and worked 4 1/3 innings in the circle, allowing six runs, though just one earned, one eight hits with four strikeouts. Hunt closed out the game, pitching the final two-thirds, allowing one unearned run with two strikeouts. Lamar State sports informationLAREDO – After taking a 4-2 win in Game 1 of its NJCAA Region 14 softball doubleheader against Laredo College, then jumping out to a 7-0 Game 2 lead, it appeared Lamar State College Port Arthur was on its way to a sweep against the Palominos. Instead, Laredo took advantage of an offensive explosion coupled with a defensive meltdown by LSCPA to claim a 10-8 win.The Seahawks move to 15-20 overall for the season and 6-10 in Region 14 play while the Palominos go to 15-21 and 4-13. LSCPA takes on Coastal Bend College on Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Seahawks’ swing through the Valley with first pitch of the doubleheader against the Cougars taking place at 1 p.m. Both games can be seen live at www.coopersports.net. Britni Hunt worked the circle for the Seahawks, throwing a complete-game, five-hit performance, allowing two runs, but none earned, with four strikeouts and four walks.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Association of Realtors has received a $2,200 Placemaking micro-grant from the National Association of Realtors to help make the Waterbury community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant community places. The grant is intended to help Realtor associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their communities. Members are actively engaged in the community and know the areas that would benefit most from these improvement efforts. The Waterbury Area Trails Alliance (WATA) will use the funds to build a new mountain bike and cross country skiing trail system within the Little River State Park.  The requested funds will be used to retain trail staff to build approximately 3.5 miles of new trail and interpretative signage, purchase materials and hire a professional trail designer/project manager as they complete the actual trail construction projects to the standards of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). “Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take pride in implementing new projects to improve them,” said Craig Santenello a Realtor® from Century 21 Jack Associates who specializes in the Waterbury, VT area.  “Placemaking can help promote healthier, more social and economically viable communities.  This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that are ripe for sustainable recreational development and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”“As the Waterbury area becomes more attractive and continues it’s impressive rebound from Hurricane Irene, nearby properties will continue to increase in value as will the demand for them.” Santenello said.For more information about the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance (WATA) visit, www.waterburytrails.com(link is external). To find out more about National Association of Realtors® placemaking grants visit, realtoractioncenter.org/Placemaking(link is external).last_img read more

first_img January 15, 2008 Senior Editor Regular News Llorente works to solve problems Llorente works to solve problems Gary Blankenship Senior EditorIn 2002, Marcelo Llorente had just graduated from the Florida State University College of Law and become a new member of The Florida Bar.It was also the year the Florida Legislature was doing its redistricting, and Llorente noted that one of the revamped state House districts encompassed the area in Miami where he had grown up. It also had no incumbent and on paper was a solid Republican district.“I thought I would run for office at some point in my life. I just didn’t think it would come as soon as it did,” he said. “I spoke to my wife and spent a good month deliberating on it and obviously spoke to the folks in my firm. I knew that district better than anyone else, and if I had the support I needed, I could win.”And he did, defeating four opponents in the GOP primary and then a Democrat in the general election.So at 25, he became the youngest member of the Florida House of Representatives and, so he’s been told, the third youngest in its history. And, of course, he took on the challenges of balancing family, career, and public service demands.“Being in the legislature takes a lot of time away from the practice; I’m very fortunate that I have an incredibly supportive law firm. On top of everything else, they appreciate and understand the value of public service,” said Llorente, who practices public finance, local government, and some real estate in the Miami office of Bryant, Miller & Olive.“You need to have the support of family and the support of your firm, of your partners, and your employer. Without it, it becomes in my view almost impossible to do.”A good example was his first year in the legislature, when there were five special sessions in addition to the 60-day regular sessions. For 2007, there have been four special sessions. And that doesn’t count additional weeks of committee meetings plus the demands of constituent service required in this “part-time” job.Llorente said his legal training helps.“Going to law school and getting that legal education is invaluable. Whether or not you decide to practice, it’s incredibly helpful in the real world, the business world,” he said. “It really trains you to solve problems and think through issues as they come.. . . For me it’s been helpful in the legislature.”Perhaps it was a natural calling. Llorente says he can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a lawyer. “I have family members who were attorneys. I saw a lot of value in being able to represent an individual or an organization in the justice system. I thought that was an awesome responsibility,” he said.In the legislature, Llorente chairs the Committee on Constitution and Civil Law, and consequently also sits on the Safety and Security Council. He also is a member of the Committee on Education Innovation and Career Preparation.As a committee chair, Llorente is low-key and encourages committee members to fully debate a bill. In the last regular session, the committee passed a bill that limited the impact of the Florida Supreme Court’s 1993 Fabre decision by making it harder for defendants to get third parties listed on jury forms in personal injury cases. The bill, though, failed to make it to the House floor.“There’s a very high level of involvement by committee members and debate on the issues. This last year it was fascinating to be able to go through that experience,” said Llorente of the bill, which drew strong support from the Florida Justice Association and strong opposition from business and medical interests.He sees the legislature as facing several critical issues, against a backdrop of tight funding.“I think the biggest legislative priority that we have, obviously, is taxes remain an issue and insurance issues remain, especially property insurance, which are incredibly important,” he said.The state also has quality of life and infrastructure concerns, Llorente said, noting it can take him an hour and a half to get from one place to another in Miami-Dade County. There are also pressures to keep improving the state’s education system.With the justice system, Llorente said he wants to improve conditions for assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders as well as make sure that judicial pay remains adequate to attract highly qualified lawyers to the bench.Of course, he noted, “A lot is predicated on what kind of funding we’ll continue to have to make sure everyone is adequately represented.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims will meet at 9 a.m. August 19 at the Orlando World Center Marriott to interview the following judges of compensation claims for reappointment: Judge Neal Pitts, Judge Kathryn S. Pecko, Judge John Lazzara, and Judge David Langham.The commission will also interview prospective candidates for nomination as judge of compensation claims for the Miami District to replace Judge Alan Kuker.Guidelines for the operation of the commission are available at www.fljcc.org/JCC/snc.asp. Applications, one original and 15 copies, for initial appointment or reappointment shall be submitted to Lisa Mustain, Division of Administrative Hearings, The DeSoto Building, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee 32399-3060, no later than 5 p.m. July 18. DOAH will distribute the applications to the individual members of the SNCJCC.Any questions or comments relating to any of the above judges of compensation claims should be addressed in writing to: Wogan “Wogie” Badcock, SNCJCC Chair, P.O. Box 497, Mulberry 33860.If you wish to speak at the commission meeting in opposition to the reappointment of any of the above judges or the nomination of any applicant, written notice must be provided to the chair by no later than 5 p.m. August 2. Your letter should include a brief explanation regarding your request. If you wish to present any documents in support of your appearance, copies must be provided to the chair and the Division of Administrative Hearings by 5 p.m. August 2.The commission will not ordinarily grant requests for personal appearances to speak in favor of any of the above sitting judges. However, the committee will accept letters in support of the current judges as long as they are delivered to the chair and DOAH by August 2. If opposition to reappointment of a sitting judge is appropriately filed, then the commission may allow personal appearance to speak in favor of the judge.The commission will meet telephonically at 2 p.m. on August 12 to discuss procedural issues for the August 19 meeting. Comp claims judges seek reappointment, Miami vacancy exists June 15, 2013 Regular Newscenter_img Comp claims judges seek reappointment, Miami vacancy existslast_img read more

first_imgDTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced that Bixby Land Company purchased Tharco Freeport Distribution Center, 640 S. 51st Ave. in Phoenix’sSouthwest submarket. Pacifica Real Estate Group sold the 108,287 square foot institutional quality industrial distribution center for $8.1 million. The building is fully leased to Tharco, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of unprinted corrugated stock boxes in the U.S.DTZ Senior Vice President Will Strong; Executive Managing Directors Mike Haenel and Andy Markham, SIOR; and Associate Phil Haenel facilitated both sides of the investment transaction.Built in 1994 the warehouse/distribution building is located on ±5.28 acres south of the I-10 on 51st Avenue (full diamond interchange) and has an active rail spur currently utilized by Tharco.last_img read more