Tag Archives: Nonprofit

From Real Housewives of New Jersey to Pittsburgh: Teresa Giudice is Coming to Mt. Lebanon to ‘Knock Out Cancer’

26 Oct

Reality TV star and best-selling author Teresa Giudice, of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame, will be in Pittsburgh on November 13th, 2011.

Giudice is a flashy, albeit polarizing Jersey gal who, love her or hate her, will be at the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon for an exclusive “Knock out Cancer” fundraising event.

Teresa is teaming up with 96.1 KISS fm and 3WS for this evening that includes shopping, dining, and drinking, all to raise money for local cancer research organizations.

Tickets range from $50-$100. For $75, you get a signed copy of Teresa’s cookbook, and for $100, you can get a VIP Meet and Greet with Ms. Giudice herself.

According to the website, “The evening will be filled with music from a live band, jazz music and a DJ and Chinese and silent auctions.”

Some tickets are still available for purchase and you can buy them, here.  To learn more about Teresa, you can check out her website here and her Bravo network blog, here.

Ultra Marathoner Dean Karnazes Runs Across America to a Local School for the Regis & Kelly Show – YOU Can Join In!

8 Apr
Dean on Regis & Kelly

Dean on Regis & Kelly

Ultra Marathon runner Dean Karnazes is doing a “Run Across America” for the ever-so-popular Regis and Kelly Show! Along the way, he’ll stop at 12 schools across the country – one of which is Aiken Elementary of the Keystone Oaks School District. Yup – that’s right – a segment for the Regis and Kelly Show will be filmed right here in Pittsburgh.

You can even register to join in the fun and run in a 5K with Karnazes.

The run is for an organization called, “Action for healthy Kids,” and all proceeds benefit this nonprofit that promotes health and wellness for kids.

It is an honor that Aiken Elementary  was selected, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled morning!

This event takes place at Aiken Elementary School in Green Tree. It is Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 9am. You can learn more by calling 212-691-2200 or by contacting Aiken. Also, for more information or to register, you can visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org and click on Regis & Kelly’s Run Across America.

To learn more about Dean Karnazes, you can visit his site at http://www.ultramarathonman.com/

JOIN IN THE FUN!!!

St. Baldrick’s – Going Bald for a Good Cause: Helping Fight Childhood Cancer! @StBaldricks

25 Mar

Last Friday, March 19th, 2011, approximately 25 students, dads, and teachers “went bald” for kids’ cancer at Aiken Elementary School, a part of the Keystone Oaks School District. The school’s goal was to raise $1,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – and they ended up raising over $7,000!

Each “shavee” got friends, family, and strangers to donate and “sponsor” them as they had their heads shaved bald for this worthy cause.

Enjoy some photos from the event, below!

5th grade teacher Mike Shuck and students, post-shave

 

Some of the shavees for St. Baldrick's Day at Aiken

Going Bald for a Cause!

To learn more, visit http://www.stbaldricks.org or follow them on Twitter at @StBaldricks

Do A Good Deed (from your phone)

15 Nov

Want to get into the giving spirit a little early this holiday season?

Simply text the word ACTION to 27722 to donate $10 to the Arthritis Foundation, Mid Atlantic Region.

Arthritis is the leading cause for disability in our nation – and 1 in 3 Pennsylvanians suffers from one form or another!

Help the Mid Atlantic AF reach $1 Million for Arthritis.

(Standard text messaging and data rates will apply.)

Breathe-and-Release – An Organization Devoted to Helping You Find Your Way…and Helping You to “Breathe” Again!

13 Oct

A friend of mine, Jennifer Peragine, is the founder and president of Breathe -and-Release.

The mission of Breathe-and-Release is to “help those in need. To help those who are lost in life find the resources they need to get back on their path again. We want to reach out and hug those who need hugs and comfort those who are scared and alone in this world. Our mission is to be your friend and your resource center for all the information and help networks that you need.”

The reason? Because they care. Simple as that.

We all get lost sometimes, and this organization wants to help those who are having trouble find their way once again. After all, none of us are alone in this world!

According to the website, Breathe-and-Release is an organization that strives to find help for people who are struggling with disorders, depression, addiction, self-injury, suicidal tendencies or whatever else they may need help with.

The people that they serve include but are not limited to, young adults suffering from Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD), Rape, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Depression, Child Abuse, Mental Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Addiction, Physical Abuse, Suicide, and more.

You can help aid this foundation in their mission by donating to this awesome cause!

If you wish to learn more or to support Breathe-and-Release, check out tonight’s event, “A Ladies Night to Breathe.”

Event information is as follows:

Join BREATHE-AND-RELEASE as they host the “Women’s Networking With a Twist” on Wednesday October 13th at Bossa Nova! It will be a night full of cocktails and Networking for all ladies, so bring your friends!!!
The Details are as follows:
NO DOOR COVER – 21+ Event
5:30-8:00 – Enjoy informal networking, happy hour, and appetizers.
6:00-8:00 – Complimentary Spa Treatments

• Networking & Donations for BREATHE-AND-RELEASE
• Complimentary Mini Spa Treatments, Compliments of The Verve 360
• $5 Martini Specials & Complimentary Light Appetizers
• 50/50 Weekly Raffles for featured women’s charity!
• Register & Win a “Get Pampered Package” – certificates for spa treatments, local retailers, BOSSA NOVA & more!

It’s sure to be a FUN and FABULOUS evening – a good time for a great cause!

To CONNECT with Breathe-and-Release, find them online:

Website: http://breathe-and-release.com/
FB FanPage: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BREATHE-AND-RELEASE/116874171679142
Twitter: http://twitter.com/breathenrelease
Forum: http://breathe-and-release.proboards.com/index.cgi
Tumblr: http://breathe-and-release.tumblr.com/
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/breathe.and.release

SO MANY WAYS for YOU to get involved!

See you tonight in support of Breathe-and-Release! ♥

Stand ↑ To Cancer – Don’t forget to tune in to SU2C tonight and stand up to cancer. #beatcancer

10 Sep

Stand ↑ To Cancer – Don’t forget to tune in to SU2C tonight and stand up to cancer. #beatcancer

The S↑2C  benefit concert and telethon fundraiser is a star-studded show bringing celebrities together to raise money and awareness for cancer.

According to the website,

“Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) one-hour, commercial-free telecast will air on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 8PM EST & PST / 7PM CT on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Discovery Health, E!, G4, HBO, HBO Latino, MLB Network, Showtime, The Style Network and TV One and over 30 online streaming partners like AOL, Yahoo! and YouTube.

The SU2C broadcast is dedicated to the 12 million U.S. cancer survivors illustrating how groundbreaking research can change the tide in the fight against the disease.

This year’s event will feature Lady Antebellum, Green Day, Leona Lewis, Queen Latifah, Natasha Bedingfield, Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder, and more as musical guests, and will also feature other special guests such as Mandy Moore, Katie Couric, Ryan Seacrest, Rob Lowe, Sally Field, Vanessa Hudgens, Kathy Bates, Diane Sawyer, Dr. Oz, and more. Another special guest is Survivor reality star Ethan Zohn, who, interestingly, is a cancer survivor himself (and also dating hometown Survivor winner Jenna Morasca.)

Of course, a question on everyone’s minds is whether or not actor Michael Douglas will be in attendance following the news of his own cancer diagnosis.

Keep in mind that donations in ANY increment, large or small, help if you are able to contribute, and, you are actually able to start donating NOW. All donations are valid, legit, safe, and secure. You can give to Stand Up To Cancer, here:  Donate Now.

Many celebrities are trying to spread the word about cancer awareness. Check out this very eye-opening PSA for young people, below…and don’t forget to set your DVRs and TiVos for tonight’s special Stand Up To Cancer event. It touches us all in some way.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwC87ZKF1dQ


Glitzburgh at the Carnegie Museum -> Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art: A Benefit for the Persad Center

12 May

On Monday, May 10th, the Persad Center of Pittsburgh hosted their annual art benefit “Celebrate Life, Celebrate Art” at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.

This event featured 200+ local, regional, and even international artists, live and silent auctions, and fabulous hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Dinner was buffet-style and included delicious gourmet food ranging from from local restaurants and bistros to chains such as PF Chang’s.

The crowd was ever-diverse and included businessmen, doctors, philanthropists, art students, drag queens, the transgendered, bisexual, lesbian, gay community, art collectors, devoted volunteers, bloggers, media, and the local avant garde circle. There literally was something for everyone – food, art, and beverages for every taste! Guests could enjoy wine, whiskey, soda, or lattes, and could munch on ravioli, salad, rice, or salmon rolls. The art ranged from Andy Warhol-esque paintings like the “Mums” print to glass-blown vases and still-life photography. There were tastefully done nudes, a plant-woman, a brass marionette, and many abstract pieces. There were pastoral works, watercolors, and nautical-themed works, ethnic and tribal pieces, and other works with more of a pop art flair.

Glitz and glam melded with class and culture, and every intersection was met with grace and poise. This was an event free of judgement and full of welcoming, and hope. It truly was an evening of celebrating art, and celebrating life. I hope to be able to attend next year, and I hope that the Persad Center was able to raise lots of money this year for their wonderful cause.

Thank you to the Persad Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art for a lovely evening….and especially to Kristen Hawley, who, I looked for all night, but, was unable to connect with! (A testament to the vast number of guests and the large crowd that this esteemed event drew! Kudos!)

Cheers to a successful evening!

Check out some of my photos from the event, below!