A good friend of ours, Turkey and Friends is throwing an amazing event THIS SATURDAY in Orange County in Santa Ana in an effort to raise money for CHOC Hospital!
Turkey and Friends (TNF) is a nonprofit group started by philanthropist, Steve Guzman of Santa Ana, whose goals are to bring awareness to the local communities using the artist communities of music, fashion and art! Much like Kids Who Draw, TNF focuses on drawing a crowd out to have the opportunity to participate in a good cause.
In the planning of this event, I have had the great opportunity to meet many talented and passionate people who have been working hard to put this together in hopes of raising money for CHOC hospital.
The event will include a fashion show put on by LEG CANDY and Banana Republic, live music, a dj, onstage artist collaborations, and art for kids!
News reports and articles have informed me that this is the worst flooding to have ever been seen by the nation. Over 1,100 people have been found dead and a million people affected by the flooding.
This morning I woke up exhausted, dreading that I woke up late for work and thinking I should not have stayed out so late last night after being at the Orange County fair. I took my dog out to the front yard, let him do his business, and drove my little beat up Toyota Camry to work, no problem. Today, my sister even came with me to work and right now we are both hungry. In fact, after I am done writing this, we are going to grab a quick bite. I look to my left, I see my sister playing with an iPad and I’m sitting here reading articles under my latest headlines tab.
Then after reading a few articles on the Pakistan flooding, I think… “Wow, there is so much going on in the world right now, so much more than my life.” It’s insane to me how surprised I am at this thought each time it comes up. I get so lost in the comfortable living of my own life that I overlook the many things going on in the world and the many struggles people are facing on an everyday basis while I am sitting in a desk chair, driving to work, hanging out at the orange county fair, eating fried klondike bars, walking my dog, driving to work, grabbing a quick bite, etc.
Hearing about the flooding in Pakistan, though it may be something that does not affect our lives personally, is a devastating tragedy to those living in that nation. One of our motto s at KWD is, “If you have the power to better anything, use it.” I know it takes a minute or so, but I also know you have a dollar or two to lend a helping hand to aid the flooding in Pakistan, so you’re minute or two + a dollar or two, is going to help tremendously.
Here are some links to DONATE:
And here are some links to read up on the flooding:
Thrice is a band that many people in my so called “clique” have grown up listening to, but what a lot of people don’t know is how much charity work these guys have done. Very rarely do you see bands give a portion of their album sales to a charity but to do it for every single album that they have released since the beginning of their career is definitely something to be admired from these guys. Not only have they donated parts of their album sales to great causes ranging from Crittenton Services for Children and Families to A Place Called Home, but they have also had a long standing relationship with Invisible Children putting on shows with proceeds from the concert going to the Organization and raising awareness for their cause and auctioning off signed equipment with the money going to Music Saves Lives. Thrice has definitely done something great for all of these organizations and inspire new people everyday to go out and make a difference in this world.
A list of Organizations Thrice has worked with are listed below. GO GET INVOLVED!
- http://www.apch.org/ – an Organization that provides at-risk youth with a secure positive family environment where they can regain hope and self-respect
- http://crittentonsocal.org/ – an Organization dedicated to healing the wounds caused by abuse and neglect in families
- http://www.syrentha.org/ – an amazing Organization providing financial assistance to underprivileged woman who cannot afford the expense of breast cancer
- http://www.826national.org/ – an Organization providing underprivileged children ages 6-18 with tutors to promote literacy and creative writing skills in youth.
- http://www.bloodwatermission.com/ – an inspiring organization that bring AIDS relief and clean water to villages in Africa
Justice for Children is an organization started in 1987 by Randy Burton, former Chief Prosecutor of the Family Offenses Section of a district attorneys office Texas. He created this organization in order to inform not only the national community, but also those world-wide of the failures to protect abused and neglected children. The main goal of this organization is to help the children in a quick and timely fashion of being removed from the abuse rather than having to wait through the long judicial process, to which at that point – it may be too late to help. It is known that only one third of child abuse cases are brought forth in the court system. Additionally, under the systems that were created in order to protect these children, between forty and fifty percent of the kids were known to be dead due to abuse or neglect. It is clear that the current organizations and protective agencies out there helping kids are doing the complete opposite of their jobs. In this case, that is why Justice for Children is taking the initiative to take that extra step in helping those kids in need.
“The purpose of Justice for Children is to provide a full range of advocacy and services for abused and neglected children; that includes legal advocacy, public policy monitoring, and guidance through a complex child protective system, professional referrals, mental health services, court watch, research, education, and emotional support.”
This is a great organization to become involved in because in the end – our children are the future of tomorrow. To me, I think it’s a great cause because of my love for children. Without any efforts, they manage to bring a smile to my face and to millions of other individuals out there, and that is by far the greatest gift they will give to us on a daily basis. In order to maintain the protection of your children, your neighbors, brothers or sister’s kids, take a look at what you can do in order to help protect a child, or what steps you need to take if you have witnessed or hearing of a child being abused or neglected.
One of my all time favorite bands just announced that they are adding two last reunion shows to their Reunion Tour with all proceeds going to Charity! If I didn’t love this band enough already, I love them even more!
Having been broke up for nearly 5 years, The Juliana Theory recently announced that they’d be re-uniting for 6 final shows on the ten year anniversary of the release of their album “Emotion is Dead” in order to play the full record as well as a second set of fan favorites. “The fan reaction to the announcement of these initial shows was totally overwhelming. Considering how much fun we’ve been having at rehearsals we thought it’d be amazing to play a final goodbye show where we give all of the money to a charity we believe in – the Mario Lemieux Foundation for cancer and neo-natal research.” said lead singer Brett Detar (who is in the final stages of finishing his first solo record). The two final dates are:
Thursday September 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Saturday September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
For tickets sign up for band’s email list at http://thejulianatheory.com/ (tickets are already on internet only pre-sale for Pittsburgh)
Brett Talks About These Final Shows:
When we got back together to practice it was actually the first time we’d all been in the same room in over 4 years. We were chatting about this reunion and decided that we wanted to end the band with something extra special. We thought it’d be great to play a very final show and give all of the money we make from the ticket sales to a charity. There could be no better place for us than to play our last show than in the same city we played our first show – our home town of Pittsburgh. We chose the Mario Lemieux Foundation because we all believe in what Mario and Nathalie have been doing to help find a cure for cancer and I know what Mario personally does for sick children because he touched the life of a child with leukemia who was very close to my heart. We’re honored to be able to play a final show and help contribute to a cause we believe in.
As for Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg has been asking us to play since we announced our 6 shows and I kept turning them down but after we decided to do this final show for charity and considering that NYC sold out in 3 hours of internet only pre-sale, we decided to make it a weekend and add the Brooklyn show.
We’ll be playing the full Emotion is Dead record and a second set of fan favorites at both of these shows just like the other 6. These will be the longest sets we’ve ever played. We still wish we could have gone to a bunch of other cities we love with these reunion shows but jobs and school and real life won’t allow us to take any more time off. Hopefully some of our fans that couldn’t make it to the other shows will be able to come to these two. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of you and I know the rest of the guys are as well!
The dates for the reunion shows are as follows:
Friday August 20 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Saturday August 21 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Small’s Theater
Sunday August 22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Friday August 27 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
Saturday August 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey Theater
Sunday August 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Thursday September 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Saturday September 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
the final show ever for charity – ticket money goes to the Mario Lemieux Foundation
Be sure to check out the Mario Lemieux Foundation for Cancer and Neo-Natal Research!
I hope to make a difference in this world with my art.
Charity Moon Buns are sold to raise money for particular charities that are near to my heart.
The Susan G. Komen Moon Bun was created for all of the Mothers, Sisters and Friends who suffer from Breast Cancer. The entire purchase price ($10.00 US) will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. (http://ww5.komen.org/)
**I do not make any money out of the sale of Charity Moon Buns**
Charity Moon Buns stands just over 4″ (10 cm) tall. They are made of acrylic yarn, polyfil, polyester ribbon and safety eyes.
Each Moon Bun is individually hand made so yours may vary slightly from the photos. The materials and colors will not change.
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I thought this bunny was adorable and loved that this artist is making them for a great cause! Check out her work and learn about the artist!
Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Slash,
The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Kenna, Enrique
Iglesias, Lupe Fiasco, Jack Johnson, Weezer, Metric, Dinosaur Jr., Guster, Mickey Hart and The Crystal Method team up with Music For Relief to aid earthquake victims.
“In partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Help the UN Help Haiti fund, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews BAMA Works Haitian relief effort, Music for Relief is working to support the medium and long term challenges of reconstruction, including delivery of food, water, and medical care, provision of jobs to rebuild the country and long-term sustainable housing solutions for the people affected by this catastrophic natural disaster.”