Saturday, December 06, 2008

Verizon Wireless Awards Grant to CARE House of Oakland County

DETROIT — Verizon Wireless has awarded CARE House of Oakland County (Michigan) a $5,000 grant. The money will be used to implement the “Stewards of Children” program, which was developed by the national Darkness To Light organization to provide education and training about child sexual abuse.

CARE House serves the immediate needs of neglected and abused children in the Oakland County community, while also reaching out with advocacy and prevention programs aimed at breaking the cycles of abuse and neglect.

Stewards of Children applies an innovative approach to address the issue of child sexual abuse.

“Stewards of Children is different from other programs. It puts the responsibility for protecting children squarely on the shoulders of adults in the community," said Miriana Milo, community outreach manager at CARE House. "This presentation helps adults to recognize and respond appropriately to suspicions of abuse, as well as providing them with steps they can take to prevent children from being abused.”

Stewards of Children is an interactive program conducted by a trained facilitator using a workbook, a video and discussion. It encourages a “call to action” for all participants to become involved and to develop a plan within their respective organizations and communities to address the complex issues related to child sexual abuse. The program also provides opportunities for volunteers to become trained facilitators.

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone.

The mission of CARE House of Oakland County is to be an advocate for the safety of all children and a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and the protection of children through education, intervention, treatment and research, in collaboration with the community. The programs are housed at 44675 S. Woodward, Pontiac, Mich.

CARE House focuses on an underserved area of need in Oakland County. Its Stewards of Children program is unique because it trains volunteers to become trained facilitators and in turn to give back and benefit more children.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Massie's Martial Arts Works to KO Hunger

AUSTIN, Texas — Tae kwon do students at Massie’s Martial Arts recently teamed up with to sponsor a food drive to support local food banks. They were able to collect over 175 pounds of food in just two weeks.

“We put this food drive together on very short notice, and it has been a great success. It just goes to show that you don’t need much in the way of organization to pull something like this off - all you really need are a bunch of people who are willing to chip in and help, said Michael Massie, owner of Massie's Martial Arts.

Massie’s Martial Arts will continue to collect non-perishable food items and personal grooming items through Dec. 22. Donations can be dropped off at the school's Hutto location at 409 West Front St. #230 in Hutto, Texas.

Massie’s Martial Arts has served Williamson County, Texas, for over 14 years, offering quality martial arts instruction for children and adults. is an effort to bring martial arts instructors, fighters, and coaches together to help end world hunger.

Mr. Massie is right that even a small amount of organization can achieve big results when people are committed to doing good. Hopefully other martial arts schools across the country will follow Massie's lead.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Second City and Nike Sportswear Collaborate to Benefit Hollywood Media+Arts

LOS ANGELES — The Second City, a comedy theater company, will present “The Best of Second City," an hour-long sketch comedy revue to benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. The event is co-sponsored by Nike Sportswear. The show will be presented one night only at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Ricardo Montalb├ín Theatre, a 750 seat-theater located at 1615 Vine Street.

Scheduled to perform are Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Frank Caeti ("MADtv") and Nyima Funk (“Chocolate News” and “MTV’s Wild N’ Out”) Maribeth Monroe (“Thank God You’re Here"), and other alumni of The Second City resident companies.

The Second City has launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and many others. In Hollywood, the Second City offers top-notch training in improvisation and sketch comedy writing at its Hollywood Boulevard training center.

Hollywood Media+Arts is a one-of-a-kind arts academy for homeless and foster care young people located in the heart of Hollywood. The center offers classes in media, music and the commercial arts. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, mentor relationships, teamwork and technical skills. The Hollywood Media+Arts Center hosts a fully equipped recording studio, computer lab and classroom space. Classes are offered at no cost and lead to work-based mentorships, internships, and entry-level work opportunities.

“The Second City is proud to support Hollywood Media+Arts and its mission to impact the minds and empower the lives of young people through positive experiences in arts-based education,” said Rachel Romanski, director of The Second City Training Center-Los Angeles.

Tickets are $40 and are available in advance at All proceeds benefit Hollywood Media +Arts.

This event is a nice way for The Second City to benefit a non-profit with ties to arts-based education for needy young people. Kudos also to Nike Sportswear for its support.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

KPMG Presents $1 Million Check to Major League Baseball Charities

NEW YORK CITY — KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, presented a $1 million check to Major League Baseball (MLB) Charities for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program at Game 2 of the 2008 MLB World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

"RBI presented by KPMG" is a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation among boys and girls in baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement and teach the value of team work.

KPMG Chairman Timothy P. Flynn presented the $1 million check to MLB Executive Vice President, Business, Tim Brosnan, and was joined on the field by the members from each of the 2008 RBI World Series Championship teams - the Santo Domingo Girls' Softball team, the Detroit Junior Boys' team and the Los Angeles Senior Boys' team, as well as by RBI alum and Rays' left fielder Carl Crawford.

The $1 million is part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement announced in June 2007 between KPMG and Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) to enhance and expand RBI. Flynn also presented a $1 million check for RBI at last year’s MLB World Series.

Additionally, KPMG has donated thousands of employee and intern volunteer hours to support the program both on and off the field, helping inner city boys and girls learn how to play baseball and softball while also serving as mentors, tutors and life skills coaches.

"Major League Baseball thanks KPMG for its continued support of RBI," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Together with KPMG we are helping boys and girls play the game and improve their lives. Since RBI's inception, 170 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB teams. Countless more children have been impacted by the program, going on to college and finding positive ways to contribute to their communities."

Founded in 1989, Major League Baseball's RBI program has a presence in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually provides more than 100,000 boys and girls with the opportunity to play baseball and softball. RBI alumni currently playing in the Major Leagues include Carl Crawford (Tampa Rays), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies), Covelli "Coco" Crisp (Boston Red Sox), and Dontrelle Willis (Detroit Tigers).

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 123,000 professionals, including more than 7,100 partners, in 145 countries.

Major League Baseball Charities is a not-for-profit corporation that provides support to local, national and international tax- exempt organizations to directly conduct or sponsor activities for the promotion of good health, physical education, public safety, medical research, literacy and educational or charitable purposes. In addition to supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the Official Charity of Major League Baseball, MLB Charities provides support to a number of other national charitable initiatives.

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