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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, December 10, 2014 ) Jackson, MS -- Sixty children that were enlisted on the Salvation Army Angel Tree this year will get the grand opportunity to participate in a Christmas adventure unlike any other.

    With help from the Mississippi Air National Guard, local radio station Y101, Jackson personal injury attorney Richard Schwartz, and many other contributors, the “Flight to the North Pole” was able to set out for its 7th annual trip.

    The event started when the children and their parents were strapped into a real airplane – a US AirForce C17, in fact. They were being flown to meet a swarm of excited elves, and of course, Santa himself.

    Upon their arrival, the scene was like any other as the ramp came down from the plane and opened to a crowd of festively-dressed elves that were jumping and cheering for the children. Adorning red and green, the elves guided the kids around the set up. Rows of bicycles were set up for the children to take back home, along with books, toys, and candy. Singing, dancing, playing and storytelling took place during the happy event.

    “This is what Christmas is all about,” said a representative for the Salvation Army.

    As the families set out for home, soft carols such as Silent Night were crooned by volunteers.

    One mother, who lost her husband earlier this year, tearfully stated, “This year is going to be a little different for us, but this night has made it a whole lot better.”



    Richard Schwartz & Associates
    888-366-2401
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    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, December 20, 2014 ) Detroit, MI —Big Sean may best be known for his clever rhymes and his latest love interests but not on this day. To celebrate Thanksgiving, the hip hop icon teamed up with other celebrities for the All Star Giveback. The series’ annual Thanksgiving Edition took place at Detroit’s River Rouge High School.

    This isn’t the first time Big Sean has supported the All Star Giveback. His nonprofit, the Sean Anderson Foundation, is a regular supporter. Teaming up with Big Sean was a laundry list of celebrities. Former NBA players Chauncey Billups, Rick Mahorn, Earl Cureton, Derrick Coleman and Willie Burton were all on hand to volunteer. Former NFL greats Herman Moore, Ron Rice and Lomas Brown and Hall of Fame Boxer Tommy “Hitman” Hearns were spreading the love too. Funny man Mike Epps joined in the festivities as well.

    Thanks to the All Star Giveback Detroit families received over 1000 turkeys and sides. Throughout the day laughs and smiles could be heard and seen everywhere as a positive vibe was in the air. Local families weren’t the only ones to benefit from the day. Corporate sponsors were also positively impacted. Jason Wize, who runs a Detroit area marketing agency, is thrilled to be involved. “This is our second year sponsoring the All Star Giveback,” Wize boasted. “Detroit is a great city and today is a shining example why. It feels good to give back.”

    In the end Big Sean stayed low key about the success of the charity event. He posted a picture of himself with his mom and dad volunteering on Twitter. He wrote “(Me, Mom n Dad) Love to everybody who came out to our annual Turkey Giveaway yesterday in Detroit! Over a 1,000 turkeys n sides to families who needed it! Thanks to the mayor, @hiphopdetroit, Mike Epps, Terrence Wheeler, etc for coming together n making it huge! Happy Holidays! #Detroit.”

    About: The All Star Giveback series is the brainchild of Tarence Wheeler. A former Arizona State University and pro basketball standout, Wheeler now helps athletes and entertainers manage their nonprofit foundations. For more information about the All Star Giveback series or foundation management contact Tarence Wheeler at (313) 819-0040.



    Media Director
    800-558-3707
    info@mediapronow.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    World Citizen Citizen Artists


     

    BELO


     


    Music Winners Announcement


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, December 25, 2014 ) Los Angeles -- Popular Haitian singer BELO has won the inaugural World Citizen Artists Peace award for music. He wrote the winning song 'Citizen of the World' in March 2013. This was just over a year before the new movement and not-for-profit organization World Citizen Artists launched in June 2014, on World Refugee Day.

    On receiving news of his winning, the talented recording artist thanked Valerie Won Lee, founder and president of World Citizen Artists, and all the members of the movement saying: 'I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the other finalists: the goal was not to win a prize, but to promote peace in the world.'

    Both BELO and World Citizen Artists work creatively to highlight social issues. WCA invites contributions from artists around the world to celebrate international issues and commemorate global events.

    The music prize is one category in the WCA Peace competition. An album of the top ten musical entries is published and available on the World Citizen Artists 'Peace' Album, and an extract of celebrity Nomfusi's announcement of the award is on the World Citizen Artists Youtube Channel.
    Visual artist category finalist works are on display in Belgravia Gallery, nominated top gallery 2013 in Mayfair, until January 12th, 2015.

    World Citizen Artists established the competition together with Playing For Change Foundation, a worldwide music foundation, operated in association with world-class musicians and producers, which assists children to learn music; Belgravia Gallery, named Gallery of the Year 2013 and One of Europe's leading art galleries, it regularly features the work of renowned artists and celebrities; and issuu, one of the world's leading digital publishing platforms, which gives publishers tools to deliver over 5 billion page views each month to more than 80 million readers.






    About World Citizen Artists:

    World Citizen Artists is a non-profit organisation based in Paris which invites contributions from artists around the world to celebrate international issues and commemorate global events.


    Press Contact
    +33646228744
    info@worldcitizenartists.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    Mawlid in the City - speading the peacful message


     


    International Mawlid in the City event appreciation video 2014


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 08, 2015 ) London, UK -- The objective is to engage with local communities in city centres by promoting dialogue and spreading peace and understanding. The very simple concept of offering chocolates along with a rose themed card as a peaceful gesture to people has certainly gone from a very local idea to something which has become a national and international event. A coordinated event initiative, born in the UK in 2012 has now spread across the world and is now a global phenomenon. This year a vast number of British cities joined locations and towns as far as Fiji in the pacific, down to Auckland in New Zealand in celebrating the “Mawlid in the City”. Events were held in Norway, Sweden, Italy, Indonesia, Guyana, Trinidad and Germany just to name some of the countries now involved in this international effort for spreading true Islamic values of peace and understanding.

    Events were held simultaneously and coordinated via social media. Muslims all round the world walked into cities centres , villages and towns giving roses, chocolates and cards containing messages of peace and mercy.

    Many photos and videos were posted on line with social media abuzz with activity throughout the weekend. One of the messages on the cards was Michael Harts quote in his book titled “The 100" A ranking of the most influential persons in history", writes: “ My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the most influential persons may surprise some leaders and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both religious and secular levels”

    The project has now achieved international acclaim with Capstone publishing in the United States inserting a section on "mawlid in the city" in their latest edition of a children’s book which is due out in the spring of this year. This then educating a entirely new generation of children on the shared human values of peace and mercy.

    The organisation remains a virtual network of “mawlid makers” around the world seeking to inspire other muslims to engage in such efforts. They aim being to encourage muslims everywhere to lead a peaceful revolution across the world in some of the most difficult social times faced by mankind. The network aims to achieve its lofty ambitions with the proliferation of the true message and teachings of the prophet Muhammad, known to muslims as a mercy to the worlds.

    Further events remain in the planning and will be communicated throughout the year.



    Zaid Rehman
    01214404096
    press@envisionalliance.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 12, 2015 ) Boca Raton, FL -- Paradise Home Health Care is inviting all of South Palm Beach county to a fun filled, enthralling, evening with Harry J. Getzov, author of:
    "gOLD -The Extraordinary Side of Aging"
    on Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 7:00 p.m.
    At Abbey Delray South - 1717 Homewood Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33445

    Ten percent of the 1.3 million Americans with Parkinson's Disease live in Palm Beach County. Parkinson Disease is a neuro-degenerative disease which prevents the production of Dopamine in the brain. It is also known as a Movement Disorder as it is characterized by hand tremors, "freezing" while walking and slow movements and poor balance. As the disease progresses, it can also effect speech and swallowing and cause cognitive impairment. It takes a toll on the whole family. Research is looking at new treatments, medication delivery and stem cell use to help the brain produce more Dopamine.

    Mr. Getzov explains "I went around the country and interviewed over two thousand adults from all walks of life, and was so inspired, that I put the interviews into a book."

    Linda LeMonte, owner and administrator of Paradise Home Health Care shares "I am so grateful to have found this organization which does so much for the families in our community. Other diseases get a lot of attention, while Parkinson Disease affects both the body and mind, usually at the same time which puts a great strain on the whole family. It is very gratifying to be able to support the South Palm Beach chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation."

    Bonnie Austin, President of the chapter shares, "We are so happy to have the support of Abbey Delray South and Paradise Home Health Care. Our chapter organizes several fundraisers throughout the year and to have other colleagues volunteer for us, is very special. It enables us to give more programming and support to the hundreds of families we serve."

    "Hosting this fundraiser for the SPBCC- National Parkinson Foundation at Abbey Delray South, a LifeSpace Continuum Care Retirement Community is our pleasure. I host a monthly luncheon with guest speakers to help educate and inform members with PD so I am pleased to host this fundraiser here," says Ron Arflin.

    "We hope to see you on January 21st, if you are in South Florida. Otherwise, you can still send in a tax deductible donation to support this worthy cause and hopefully be part of new treatments and dare I pray, a cure" adds, Sherry Picker, MSW.

    Tickets: $25.00/two for $40.00. There will be a raffle prizes & refreshments. All Proceeds go to the South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.

    Please send checks and donations to:
    SPBCC National Parkinson Foundation.
    Mail to: Paradise Home Health Care 399 N.W. 2nd Ave. Suite 214 Boca Raton, FL 33432

    RSVP & Info, please contact: Sherry Picker - 561-672-7170

    About Paradise Home Health Care:
    The South Palm Beach County Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation provides caregiver support groups, PD specific educational & exercise programs as well as support for research towards a cure.

    Paradise Home Health Care matches home care aides and nursing assistants with seniors and other people in need a bit of extra help with activities of daily living. Paradise serves Boca Raton and neighboring cities.



    Sherry Picker
    (561) 672-7170
    sherry@paradisehomehealthcare.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    The REAL cost of Credit!


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 27, 2015 ) Daniel Shalach -- Summary: Crown Credit and Debt Solutions is Christian organization that focuses on helping people overcome problems with debt. Their main services include removing errors faced by consumers, assisting them in disputing errors, giving new lines of credit and provide consumers with Life Spending Plans, all this at no monthly charges.

    December 18th, 2014: the main objective behind this massive effort in serving the country by Crown Credit and Debt Solutions is to help those in debt to get out of them as quickly as possible and to stay out of debt for the rest of their life. Most of the financial consultations provided by the firm are based on Christian Biblical Principles which help the consumers stay out of debt in life. The firm is a Licensed and Bonded organization that helps clients in obtaining new lines of credit, assist clients in disputing errors, providing clients with a unique Life Spending Plan and removal of the errors. A Life Spending Plan is an extreme and intense budget plan that is formulated by the firm's financial experts to help keep individuals stay off from debt in their life.

    But the most interesting fact about Crown Credit and Debt Solutions is that they offer all these services without any monthly fees. They also give away various resources for completely free. When asked about their humanitarian project a representative said, "At Crown Credit and Debt Solutions we focus on the individual. We laser in on their needs, habits and future goals and then we train them live a debt free lifestyle". They are doing this community work at places in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

    Crown Credit and Debt Solutions has a collective experience of helping people in this way for more than 30 years. They use Christian - Judeo principles in helping people to remove harmful items from their credit reports and dispute various errors. They stand strong in following their objective which is, "At Crown Credit and Debt Solutions we focus on our Client paying off their home, not in keeping a loan", as told to our reporters by them.
    Here at Crown Credits and Debt Solutions they pride themselves at following legal and morally correct methods of financial consultations and Credit Restoration. Their company objective is to help you get credit so that you can own your own house. The organization uses the FCRA i.e., Fair Credit Verifying Act and also follow the FDCPA, i.e., Fair Business Debt Collectors Practices Act and all other pertinent Federal and Condition Rules and Regulations to remove any incorrect or questionable negative items from your credit report. They specialize with services like, foreclosures, errors including repos and tax liens.

    One can get an initial free consultation by them which are based on the person's specific situation and needs. They use this initial consultation session to evaluate whether their skills and expertise is a good match for the individual's needs and goals. After understanding that they offer their professional opinions and advise you on how you can achieve your specific fiscal goals.
    They have been fortunate to receive donations from Local Companies like Dadeland Dentist and Makeup By Vero (Miami's Famous Bridal Makeup Artist). If you would like to have Crown Credit and Debt Solutions give a free class in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, please contact them at the information provided below.

    About Crown Credit and Debt:
    Crown Credit and Debt Solutions is a national Christian Credit Repair Company that has launched in Miami and is now assisting many to get out of debt and build up Credit.


    Daniel Shalach
    786-377-3889
    Q@crownCDS.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    Dr Betty Orlandino, Phd - Master Executive Coach




    Executive Summary and Strategies - Dr Betty Orlandino, Phd



    Review of Dr Betty Orlandino, PhD by LW, Fortune 100 executive
    (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 28, 2015 ) Miami, Florida -- U.S. President Obama's recent State of the Union address, broadcast from Capitol Hill in Washington on January 20th of this week, contained an urgent message to American businesses who expect to survive beyond the coming year, says the Miami executive coach who revealed the reference yesterday."I'm not convinced it was an intentional slip," says Dr. Betty Orlandino, Phd, "mostly because, on the surface, the President's comments seemed direct and politically inspiring, when you take them face value. But there's an extra twist to Obama's words that apply directly to astute business leaders of today, too."Dr. Orlandino, who specializes in diagnosing, guiding and mentoring the business and career strategies of C-suite executives in some of the largest companies in America, is no stranger to the subtleties of executive language and leadership through effective communication. Her humorously direct approach has guided business leaders at Federated/Macy's Department Stores, Navistar, USG Corporation, Kohler Company and a dozen other Fortune 500 corporations.That's why "Dr. Betty O" noticed a similarity between Obama's politically hopeful "combining of forces" challenge to Congress, and the parallel need for business leaders to adjust their cut-throat, insular and frequently short-sighted, "quarterly-profits-based" approach. They must include an increasingly diverse workforce, management philosophy and customer base in their immediate and long-range planning."In my mind," observes Orlandino, "the real-world meaning of Obama's 'bi-partisan' reference is a clear and inescapable lesson for business today, too. It's in all of our best interests to work together towards a strong and renewed economy in this country."

    Dr. Orlandino believes that if the major players in the U.S. and around the world are going to revive and support the tentative global economic recovery we're seeing now, "all team members have to be pulling in the same direction," Dr. Betty O continues. "And that begins with communicating clear goals that do more than simply add to next quarter's bottom line."In that case, a large part of the 'diplomacy and coalition-building' referred to in the State of the Union address comes down to moving ahead with clarity and purpose, too. In fact, "I find that most of my business clients have a very good idea of what they need to do. The trick is in finding what's holding them back, strategizing a solution, and then communicating clear business strategies to overcome it as simply as possible. Those are the solutions that stick," she said.And in Orlandino's opinion, that's the second key to moving forward. In her line of work, everyone has different abilities and strengths, and a good executive coach realizes this and works with them -- to bring out the best in themselves, and in their team of supporting players. Only then can an executive and a company (or, presumably, the country) begin to see greater and sustainable results.

    About Dr Betty Orlandino, PhD:
    As a certified talent consultant, author, clinician and prominent coach, Dr Betty Orlandino has been empowering people for 30 years. Dr. Orlandino's client portfolio includes Federated/Macy's Department Stores, Navistar, USG Corporation, Kohler Company and a dozen more Fortune 500 Companies.

    As a master executive coach to c-suite executives and celebrity clients, and an expert in relation to women and leadership in the 21st Century, Dr. Orlandino reminds us that "Hard work is just not enough, you would be surprised at how many senior executives plateau or derail due to critical interpersonal skills." In addition to developing emerging leaders and fine tuning top execs, Dr Orlandino specializes in collaborating with women to ensure their professional success.

    Dr. Orlandino has a PhD in psychology and numerous post-graduate certifications, but insists her most valuable credential is the 30 years of "hands on" in the field. She is a frequent guest on radio and television, including all three national networks at ABC, NBC and CBS. Local radio and television broadcasts have also been included with her media contributions . Dr Betty O was a contributing author for the Family Forum Magazine, and authored her first book in 1981. In addition, Dr Betty O has been cited in numerous publications including Time Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the NY Times.

    For more details and her contact info, visit Dr. Betty Orlandino's website at www.drbettyo.com


    Betty Orlandino
    (312) 543-9414
    pr@drbettyo.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 27, 2015 ) -- Press Release Distribution Services --

    Alexandria, VA -- As the Northeastern United States hunkers down for what stands to be a blizzard of historic proportions, workers, motorists, school children and businesses can rest assured that snowfighters will be on the job to get roads cleared and keep them safe.

    The entire East Coast is facing winter conditions ranging from freezing rain to several feet of snow, making travel dangerous and roads impassable. Thousands of flights have already been canceled and a state of emergency declared in several states.

    “No elected official wants to get caught unprepared to deal with winter weather, as many have in the past,” said Lori Roman, President of the Salt Institute which represents North American salt producers. “Snowfighters plowing and spreading road salt is the most effective and efficient method we have to keep people safe.”

    Clear winter roads protect lives and commerce. Every winter, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 killed as a result of pavement that is covered in snow, slush or ice, according to the federal government. But studies of highways in Snow Belt states and in Canada showed that road salt reduces crashes by 88 to 93 percent.

    When the direct and indirect impact of road shutdowns on the broader economy is factored in, road salt becomes even more valuable. A one-day major snowstorm can cost a state $300-$700 million in direct and indirect costs, lost commerce and productivity. In fact, deicing pays for itself within the first 25 minutes after the salt is spread—making proper salt storage and timely deicing a smart investment.

    About 17 million tons of deicing salt is applied to roadways in the U.S. each year. Having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage.

    —30—

    The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.

    Learn More at saltinstitute.org.


    Laura Elliott
    703-549-4648
    laura@saltinstitute.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    Michael Wild as Captain 211


     

    Michael D Wild


     


    Michael Wild discusses etate planning and asset protection


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 02, 2015 ) Fort Lauderdale, FL -- On February 11th, people all across America will be celebrating National 211 Day.

    211 is a phone number available to all people in times of crisis. Whether accessing the Senior Touch Line, the Teen Suicide Hotline, the Homelessness Hotline, the Autism Awareness Line or just general needs in time of crisis, dialing 211 will connect the caller with a trained counselor that can assist them immediately or at least connect them with a service that does.

    A full day of events to celebrate 211 has been spearheaded by local estate planning attorney and 211 Broward Board Member, Michael D Wild.

    Spinning off a costume that Michael created for the 211 Signature Grand Ghoul last October, a mascot for Broward 211 was born: Captain 211. By day, he is the managing partner of WFP Law, specializing in the area of estate planning, asset protection, wealth transfer and probate administration.

    "As a Board Member of 211, I am privy to seeing the wonderful things that the counselors are able to do for our community," Michael states. "It is my honor to bring attention to the best kept secret in Broward County, 211 Broward."

    Michael will be dressed as Captain 211 for the entire day on February 11th and he, along with 100+ other 211 Broward supporters are inviting you to come celebrate with them.

    Captain 211 and his minions will begin their journey on Las Olas Blvd at 11:30 am in front of Grille 401. From there, they will be visiting Timpano, the Riverside Hotel and Hoffman's Chocolates, among other locations in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

    Michael adds, "It's going to be a great day and while we have a lot of fun, we want to also bring attention to the great benefit that 211 Broward brings to our community. When it's more important than 411 but not quite enough for 911, remember to call 211 in all times of crisis. I look forward to seeing you all on February 11th."
    About Wild Felice & Partners, PA:
    Michael D. Wild is an attorney based out of Fort Lauderdale, who focuses mainly on the legal practices of estate planning, asset protection and probate administration. He has proudly served the Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County communities since 2006.

    Michael Wild and the lawyers at Wild Felice & Partners, PA offer free consultations for both estate planning and probate administration. To find out more about Michael Wild and the law firm of Wild Felice & Partners PA, please visit: www.wfplaw.com, or call Michael Wild directly at: 954-944-2855.


    Michael Wild
    (954) 944-2855
    mwild@wfplaw.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 05, 2015 ) Fort Lauderdale, FL -- Thanks mainly in part to the out-of-the-box thinking of attorney Michael Wild, United Way of Broward County recently launched its newest affinity group, Envision Broward. Members of Envision Broward are philanthropic leaders focused on improving the quality of life in our community and commit to an annual philanthropic gift to United Way of Broward County of $2,500 or more.

    "Envision Broward members are passionate advocates for United Way of Broward County and are dedicated to helping make Broward County a better place to live, love, work and raise a family. These leaders are setting the standard for philanthropy in our community," said Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County.

    United Way recently celebrated the launch of Envision Broward by recognizing the group's "Founding Forty" members at O Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. Envision Broward is chaired by Michael Wild of Wild Felice & Partners, P.A., who is a long-time supporter of United Way and has been involved with the affinity group since its inception. He even came up with the name.

    "This is a group unlike any other in the world of nonprofits," Michael Wild explained. "There is currently a disconnect between the Young Professional and the Retired Benefactor. The professionals that compose the Founding Forty of Envision Broward are not considered emerging; we have emerged. We are a combination of people who control our own calendars, checkbooks and books of business and we want to use our resources to improve Broward County, not only with fundraising and awareness but also by rolling up our sleeves and generating actual change."

    Envision Broward has already begun to make their mark in Broward County. The group has committed to adopting three local schools as part of United Way's Club Connect Adopt-a-School program. Each adopted school will receive physical books, reading resources, and parent engagement tools.

    About Wild Felice & Partners, PA:
    Michael D. Wild is an attorney based out of Fort Lauderdale, who focuses mainly on the legal practices of estate planning, asset protection and probate administration. He has proudly served the Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County communities since 2006.

    Michael Wild and the lawyers at Wild Felice & Partners, PA offer free consultations for both estate planning and probate administration. To find out more about Michael Wild and the law firm of Wild Felice & Partners PA, please visit: www.wfplaw.com, or call Michael Wild directly at: 954-944-2855.


    Michael Wild
    (954) 944-2855
    mwild@wfplaw.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 05, 2015 ) Hattiesburg, MS -- Operation Shoestring has started out from the basement of Wells United Methodist Church and since then has been promoting values such as care, cultural sensitivity, religion, and health for more than 35 years.
    Through the years, the organization has been able to continue with help from a team of volunteers and generous donators, such as United Way, ChildFund, Hattiesburg personal injury lawyer Richard Schwartz and many others.

    Today, the group at Operation Shoestring continues their many missions including uplifting the needy, improving the community, and brightening the future for children of all ages and their families. These goals are worked toward in a number of ways, such as tutoring, art classes, emotional support, helping people gain job interviews, and teaching budget management.

    Robert Landford is the current Executive Director, and there is an official staff of at least ten people, not including those that have so kindly donated their time, money, and efforts.

    The home-base of Operation Shoestring is located in Jackson, Mississippi. To become a volunteer or a donor, or for more information on this organization, please visit http://www.operationshoestring.org/



    Contact:
    Richard Schwartz & Associates
    http://www.1call.ms/hattiesburg/
    601-255-8900



    Richard Schwartz & Associates
    601-255-8900
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    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 06, 2015 ) Flint, MI—Nearly 40 years have passed since Flint, MI was a growing vibrant city powered by the auto industry. Today the city struggles with a dwindling population, high unemployment and crime rates that are shocking to read even from a movie script. Public services aren’t always reliable and school district funding has been slashed repeatedly. Add it all up and many of the areas young people have little to look forward to and have even fewer resources available for guidance, education and inspiration. This is true especially in the arts. Enter Kendrick Jones, a lifelong Flint resident and current professor at the University of Michigan-Flint. In 2012 Jones, who has young children of his own, made a commitment to make a positive difference among the area’s youth. It was then he conceived the idea for the Shop Floor Theatre Company (SFTC), a non-profit place-based arts company. “I couldn’t imagine going to school and not having music, or band, or art class,” said Jones. “No drama class either. I just knew I had to do something.” And do something he did. Since opening its doors SFTC has impacted the lives of thousands of young people and the community as a whole.

    The past three years have seen the Shop Floor Theatre Company grow to become a shining beacon of hope and a place for young people to learn about the arts, themselves and others. SFTC has produced and performed full length stage productions every year and this year’s highly anticipated project is titled “Immigrant U”. SFTC’s work has included creating outreach and educational programs for minors in juvenile detention centers and providing arts training to K-12 students within the community. Additionally, SFTC is the sole provider of Arts education to suburban Flint’s Beecher School District. “When I look at the impact that we are having on young people it makes it all worthwhile,” Jones said proudly. “Kids need a creative outlet and we provide that for them in a positive, educational and meaningful way.” SFTC is sure to include educational and life skills components into all of its programing. Students and staff learn teamwork and collaboration, technical knowledge, interview skills and some students are even given job opportunities.

    Clearly the secret is out and the Shop Floor Theatre Company has overwhelming support from its students and the community at large. SFTC has received endorsements and/or support from the Kettering Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, the Greater Flint Arts Council, Flint mayor Dayne Walling, the University of Michigan-Flint, and countless others. Despite the success of SFTC, Kendrick Jones is quick to deflect any recognition. “The credit truly goes to these kids. It’s why we do this every day. To see them grow and develop is nothing short of amazing,” said Jones. And not to get lost in the shuffle are the parents who appreciate all SFTC is doing as well. “Parents regularly report that their child’s grades are improving, or a behavior issue goes away, or that their child is just happier,” Jones added. “We believe that when a young person is successful their parents share in that victory too.”

    About Shop Floor Theatre Company:
    Shop Floor Theatre Company exists to create original and transformative arts programming with and for people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. Based in Flint, Michigan, we are a community centered, place-based arts and education organization; creating programming that represents diverse voices and opinions, encourages civic dialogue and engagement, and promotes social and cultural awareness. For more information about “Immigrant U” please visit https://www.facebook.com/ImmigrantU. For more information about SFTC please contact Kendrick Jones at (810) 429-2252, info@sftco.org or visit www.sftco.org.



    Kendrick Jones
    810-429-2252
    info@sftco.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 13, 2015 ) -- Press Release Distribution Services --

    Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) CEO Fadi Chehade's recent comments that "Those who are genuinely committed to the quality of the proposal for the US government, are correct that we should not put deadlines. But those who for their own purposes try to delay the process, should make no mistake that we know that the most powerful tool to kill something is to delay it":


    "Mr. Chehade is correct. The surest way to stop something from happening is to first delay it. And that is exactly what Congress should do, by insisting that the Commerce Department renew the current Internet governance contract for at least two more years. ICANN obviously is very concerned about its so-called 'window of opportunity,' so Congress should deny it. What's the rush?



    "To those committed to the freedom that the First Amendment affords through government control over Internet governance, there should be no rush to sacrifice those protections so lightly, and without any Congressional involvement as provided for under the Constitution. The free and open Internet depends on there being a remedy in the event of censorship. Right now, there is Commerce Department control and oversight over the contract with ICANN, judicial remedy and, ultimately, the difficulty of passing legislation through Congress all serve as firewalls against foreign capture of these functions."



    To view online: etliberty.org/renew-icann-contract-to-stop-internet-transition/


    Robert Romano
    703-383-0880 x. 106
    media@limitgov.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 18, 2015 ) Jackson, MS -- The Sweet Potato Queens will be holding their convention, along with the 5th annual Zippity Doo Dah weekend, throughout Thursday March 26-29th, 2015.

    Participants are welcome to transform themselves into “Queens” of whatever they choose!

    The planned schedule is as follows:

    Thursday a “Fondren After Five” party will be held as a meet-and-greet for all queens. It’s the kickoff for the weekend to come.

    Friday starts with the Big Hat Luncheon and ends with the Electro-Dash 5k.

    Saturday: Many festivities, including Run With The Bulls, Kids Carnival, Eating Contests, and a Honda Giveaway will be taking place. The Zippity Doo Dah will officially begin at dusk. The night will end back at the Hilton for the PJs & Pearls party, along with karaoke.

    Sunday will be the last day of events, finishing off with Bathrobe Brunch.

    All zany events of the festival will be benefitting Friends of Children’s Hospital and Batson Children’s Hospital. This is known as the only hospital located in Mississippi where any child can receive treatment, even if they are unable to provide payment for the services they need.

    The group is also accepting donations, and Jackson’s very own Richard Schwartz has been a proud supporter for many years. More information about the Sweet Potato Queens can be found at http://www.sweetpotatoqueens.com/


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  • 02/26/15--00:00: PSA Baseball Gears Up
  • (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 26, 2015 ) Jackson, MS -- The PSA Sox Baseball group was founded by Chris Snopek, a former member of the Chicago White Sox. The group’s home facility is 34,000 square feet and located in Ridgeland, Mississippi over on Wilson Drive.

    Children that are part of these teams have access to some of the top coaches in the industry. Every coach assigned to a team has had the experience of playing on a pro baseball and/or college baseball team, which could very well be one reason why they have been able to place in both USSSA Disney Elite 32 World Series and National Champion at the 13U PG Super 25.

    As well as they have done, the focus of PSA Sox Baseball is more than just tournaments – it’s about improving a player’s development for a lifetime.

    Jackson personal injury lawyer Richard Schwartz has been a proud supporter of PSA Sox Baseball for many years. He supports the ideas of teamwork, hard work, and personal growth: all values which he has instilled in the law firm that he owns.




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    www.1call.ms
    888-366-2401


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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, March 01, 2015 ) Flint, MI—Charitable contributions are sometimes difficult to measure. You may write a check but is your money going to the right place and doing what you intended? That’s the question you might have asked yourself in the past. Now you can rest easy because Kendrick Jones and the Shop Floor Theatre Company know precisely the correct answer. The Shop Floor Theatre Company (SFTC) has been putting donations to good work for years. Their mission is to positively impact the lives of young people using the Arts. Almost 4 years have passed since SFTC first opened its doors and thousands of young people have had their lives lifted. Currently SFTC is in the midst of a new fundraising campaign that will position the Flint, Michigan placed-based arts theatre company for years to come. Everyone that cares about the community is being asked to consider financially supporting the Shop Floor Theatre Company.

    All SFTC donations are 100% tax deductible and all proceeds are completely dedicated to improving the lives of young people. This is especially important in today’s economic environment. “All too often people contribute to organizations but don’t know what cause they are giving to or what is being done with their money,” said Kendrick Jones, University of Michigan professor and founder of the Shop Floor Theatre Company. “Our commitment is to these kids and our supporters know that every dollar goes to helping a young person grow and develop.” As a non-profit, SFTC is completely reliant on the support of the community and supportive is exactly what the community has been. SFTC has received endorsements and/or support from the Kettering Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, the Greater Flint Arts Council, Flint mayor Dayne Walling, the University of Michigan-Flint, and countless others. “It’s so humbling to be a part of such a powerful movement,” Jones beamed. “The donations we receive prove that arts can indeed change lives.”

    The Shop Floor Theatre Company has achieved something few non-profits can claim as it is the sole provider of Arts education to suburban Flint’s Beecher School District. Additionally, the organization has created special outreach and
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    educational programs for minors in juvenile detention centers and provides arts training to K-12 students within the
    community. “There is no question that young people are looking for direction and guidance,” Jones said. “We need donations and the support of everyone. The future of the next generation depends on what we do today and the time to act is now.” Skills in the arts aren’t the only things students and staff learn through SFTC programming. Teamwork, collaboration, technical knowledge, interview skills are all taught at every opportunity and some students are even given job opportunities. You can learn more about the Shop Floor Theatre Company donations at https://www.sftco.org/donate-now.html.

    About Shop Floor Theatre Company:
    Shop Floor Theatre Company exists to create original and transformative arts programming with and for people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. Based in Flint, Michigan, we are a community centered, place-based arts and education organization; creating programming that represents diverse voices and opinions, encourages civic dialogue and engagement, and promotes social and cultural awareness. For more information about “Immigrant U” please visit https://www.facebook.com/ImmigrantU. For more information about SFTC please contact Kendrick Jones at (810) 429-2252, info@sftco.org or visit www.sftco.org.

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    info@sftco.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, March 02, 2015 ) -- Press Release Distribution Services -- Alexandria, VA—"Salt brine, usually a combination of sodium chloride and mostly water, is used every winter thought the United States and Canada to treat roadways and save lives," said Lori Roman, President of the Salt Institute. "Americans expect clear roads to get to work, to get kids to school and for everyday travel, commerce and emergencies."

    About 17 million tons of deicing salt is applied to roadways in the U.S. each year according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Pre-wetting roads with salt brine before an expected snow storm or freeze is far more efficient because the brine sticks to the road. The moisture also causes salt to work more effectively at preventing ice from forming in the first place.

    The use of salt brine allows for states and localities to keep roads clear while using less salt, resulting in significant financial savings as well as protecting the environment. Since the late '90s brine anti-icing strategy has become one of the most popular winter road maintenance strategies across North America.

    Every winter, more than 116,000 Americans are injured and over 1,300 killed as a result of pavement that is covered in snow, slush or ice, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. However, studies of highways in Snow Belt states and in Canada by Marquette University have shown that road salt reduces crashes by 88 to 93 percent.

    There is also a significant economic cost to snow and ice. A one-day major snowstorm can cost a state $300-$700 million in direct and indirect costs, lost commerce and productivity According to the American Highway Users Alliance.

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    The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition. saltinstitute.org



    Lori Roman
    703-549-4648
    laura@saltinstitute.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, March 10, 2015 ) Jackson, MS -- As anyone that has suffered from violence at the hands of someone they trusted can attest to: recovering from a situation like that can take years. Especially when a person is in a relationship with the abuser, getting back on the track to a normal life can seem impossible.

    The Mississippi Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP) lends a hand to these victims by not only helping them work through the violence they have suffered, but better preventing it from happening in the future as well. This is done through a number of programs offered at the center, such as temporary shelter, counseling, and numerous workshops.

    The MCVP offers a 24-Hour Crisis and Referral Line at 800-266-4198, or 601-932-4198 in Central Mississippi. A person can call these lines at any hour to get help and advice if they have suffered from violence or abuse, or witnessed it happening to someone they care about.

    Funds for the MCVP have been raised in part by the Second Chance program, located on Roberts Drive in Pearl, MS. Here, items are donated to either the shelter clients or sold to profit the organization as a whole. In addition, donations are given by churches, patrons, and local businesses (such as Richard Schwartz & Associates). Federal and state grants also help fund the organization. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, visit http://mscvp.org



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    Richard Schwartz & Associates
    www.1call.ms
    888-366-2401



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    Popular events in Nashville coming to TPAC


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, March 10, 2015 ) Nashville, TN -- The world's premiere classical Chinese performing arts company returns to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville with a collection of their best programs from the last four years - upcoming Nashville events May 1 - 2, 2015.

    Shen Yun was founded in New York in 2006, with a mission of reviving the true spirit of traditional Chinese culture, which was all but destroyed during Mao's infamous Cultural Revolution.

    Since its inception, the company has become an international sensation and drawn world-class talent from around the world. Among it's artists are winners of top international competitions in dance and music, as well as accomplished choreographers and composers.

    The company's dancers, musicians, and singers now tour the globe every year, performing in some 100 cities. Every year it is an all-new production.

    A signature feature of Shen Yun is its high-tech, digitally animated backdrops that coordinate with the costumes, lighting, and even the storyline, choreography, and original musical score of every dance.

    The company's orchestra features a combination of Chinese and Western instruments; it is the only orchestra that blends both sets of instruments as its permanent members. The hundreds of elaborate hand-made costumes and dramatic techniques of classical Chinese dance fill the stage with color with energy.

    With two shows - May 1 through May 2 - at Tennessee Performing Arts Center - TPAC, Shen Yun will bring to life ancient Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music in an exhilarating production.

    "If heaven is the way we saw it tonight, count me in," said Academy Award-nominated producer Nathaniel Kahn after seeing Shen Yun.

    The performance "speaks not only to my intellect, but it speaks to my heart," said Omega Medina, former senior manager of Classical Awards for the GRAMMY Awards. "It was a complete edifying experience of the human spirit."

    It is this spirit of purity and goodness that Shen Yun carries to hundreds of thousands of audience members each year, performing in cities like Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Sydney and even Nashville.

    To learn more about the show visit www.shenyun.com

    About Nashville Events TPAC:
    Nashville Events TPAC is an arts facility with 3 separate stages hosts dance, music & drama performances plus traveling shows. It's located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville.


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    (615) 782-4040
    nashvilleshow@gmail.com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, March 12, 2015 ) Las Vegas, NV -- This week on The Ed Bernstein Show, not just one, but several special guests will be appearing (and maybe, disappearing)!

    Pat Skorkowsky, the Superintendent of Clark County School District will be discussing the upcoming “Nevada Reading Week”, among other topics. Joining him will be the winner of Ed Bernstein’s annual Holiday Art Contest, and all of his or her classmates from Robert Lunt Elementary School.

    When Ed is not working on the show, he runs a personal injury law firm in Las Vegas. The firm has a community sponsorship with Robert Lunt Elementary School, and each year, all of the classes create artwork that depicts what the holidays mean to them. Winners from each grade are picked, and then one overall winner is chosen. His or her artwork is then featured on the law firm’s company holiday card. In addition, the winner, along with their whole class, is invited to Channel 3 Studios for a live taping of The Ed Bernstein Show. The individual winners from each grade are also invited to come along.

    The firm arranges transportation, and all of the children get to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Channel 3 Studios. The highlight of the tour is when the children experience the “green screen”, where they hold up a piece of green fabric and watch parts of their bodies “disappear” on the monitors.

    The piece of winning artwork will be framed and presented to the artist by Superintendent Skorkowsky.

    Apart from all of this, Ed will discuss the collection of new and used books that the employees of his firm have donated to the school. Some employees also volunteered their time and read to different classrooms.

    Another exciting guest in this episode will be the award-winning magician Murray SawChuck (also known as “Murray the Magician”). He is a regular on the History Channel’s reality show “Pawn Stars” and has made television appearances on various other shows, which helped him gain the nickname "The Celebrity Magician." His magic has been appreciated around the world, and he has received over 24 awards for his performances, including the title of World Champion!

    Murray will be talking about his new residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and, of course, perform a few of his tricks for the children. More information about Murray the Magician can be found at www.MurrayMagic.com

    To keep up with the upcoming episodes of The Ed Bernstein Show, visit www.edbernstein.com or tune in to Channel 3 every Sunday at 3pm.



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