And I was one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nation’s pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk® was a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping otherswith the nation’s most common cause of disability.
I just pledged, so should you!
The holiday season is an opportunity to inspire kids to get involved in bringing positive change to their communities. Individuals, groups, families, and schools can pledge to make a difference this season and Hasbro will match each pledge by donating a toy through Toys for Tots.
Make a Difference in Three Steps:
1. Pick your project.
2. Pledge your service.
3. Share your service story!
-I love the art at San Antonio’s Say Sí.
If you’re not busy this Staurday
Check out El Corrido De Chuy
A Holiday play for la familias by Teatro Alas:
TEATRO ALAS: (“Activating Leadership, Art, & Service”)
TEATRO ALAS, Say Si’s newest program, provides students
interested in the performing arts with opportunities to develop
their skills in acting, directing, playwriting, technical theatre,
and stage management. Committed to the creation of new
and original performance work by, for, and about San Antonio
youth, TEATRO ALAS challenges students to draw from
their own experiences, observations, and insights to produce
theatre of relevance to their lives and their communities.
Teatro Alas operates as a collaborative ensemble, in which
every student’s talent is valued and essential. Students have
ownership over their theatrical work, and a voice in the artistic,
technical, and creative decisions involved throughout every
aspect of the production process.
Emphasizing leadership skills and civic engagement, Teatro
Alas aims to empower youth to create work that addresses
community needs and concerns, challenges prejudices and
social injustice, and celebrates diversity and difference.
"Your vision… your voice…your theatre."
Unfolding Lives Through ART-
• SAY Sí has been Connecting the Dots for seventeen years •
Their 2011 annual appeal provides much needed operational support and we ask you for a tax-deductible financial gift. Please act today, a member of the SAY Sí Family has provided us with a $25,000 challenge grant - that means every individual donation will be matched up to that total amount. A great way of connecting your commitment to our shared community!
By providing multi-disciplinary middle and high school programs in media, visual and the performing arts, SAY Sí connects students to their creative passions early, allowing youth to build pre-professional competencies that provides clear advantages to them as they progress through their higher educational goals. Their 9-year success rate is astounding with 100% of SAY Sí students graduating from high school and attending college!
SAY Sí’s reciprocal and peer-to-peer learning philosophy provides a unique framework for learning and builds a community of practice: artists, teachers and students work collaboratively in an open studio environment with a shared responsibility for leading and taking part in the learning experiences.
SAY Sí is tuition-free for all students, with a focus on the urban core of San Antonio. Their programs have always been tuition-free, as they believe there should be no financial barrier for superior arts education, but their first priority has always been to serve the inner-city and economically disadvantaged youth. This commitment allows youth from all sectors of the San Antonio city to take part and provides a significant arts community where stereotypes are broken and common interests are valued.
For more information on how you can financially support SAY Sí Click here
SAY Sí Media Arts Studio Website
Check it out: www.saysimedia.org
click here for a map of the SAY Sí location
Local 2009-2010 Talent- Keelin Christopher (Based in South Texas, San Antonio).
I’ve been a primary care provider for almost three years now.
My patient of 40 years has been diagnosed since he was thirteen.
I admire the man so much, he is my inspiration and face of strength.
Happy World AIDS day, William Bailey.
Wednesday, Dec 14th 2011
At San Antonio Sparky’s PubThrough the Creative Marketing and Promotional Staffing of Sweet Deal (a nationwide agency offering a large selection of outgoing, enthusiastic, experienced male and female spokes models) with the collaboration from Adult Chocolate Milk…
…I served up the cocoa all evening, catering to Sparky’s Pub (an old English style pub located in the heart of the Main Ave Strip) for a night of marketing with top shelf drinks, spirits, Christmas music, delicious appetizers, raffles, and more!With every guest there came a donation-Supporting Toys For Tots and Blue Santa!!
HISTORY OF SAPD BLUE SANTA THE BLUE SANTA PROGRAMbegan in San Antonio in 1976 when officers from the Community Relations Unit adopted needy families at Christmas time. The officers provided these families with groceries for Christmas dinner and presents for their children. These police officers, wearing their blue uniforms, became known as “Blue Santas”.
Toys For Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Hendricks was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could find no organization to do so. At her suggestion he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside of Warner Bros. movie theaters. Their efforts were so succssessful that, in 1948, Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney Studios design the red toy train logo.
Until 1979, Marine reservists (frequently in their dress blue uniforms) and volunteers would collect and refurbish used toys. In 1980, only new toys were accepted, as reservists were no longer able to dedicate drill hours to refurbish toys, as well as legal concerns and the mixed message of giving hand-me-downs as a message of hope.
In 1991, the Secretary of Defense authorized the creation and affiliation with the non-profit charity foundation. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve.
Noting in 1996 that many communities did not have a Marine reservist presence, the commander of Marine Forces Reserve authorized Marine Corps League detachments and other local organizations to fill the gaps in toy collection and distribution. In 2009, the program received support from Michelle Obama, who placed the first collection box at the White House.
In 1986 the Blue Santa Program became an official project of SAPD. This program works by officers from throughout the city identifying needy families in their patrol districts. The officers submit this information to Community Services officers for processing. Community Services officers act as a collecting point for donations of money, food and toys. The cash donations are used to purchase additional toys and food items that may be needed.
The success of the Blue Santa Program depends on the generous contributions from local businesses, civic organizations, and countless San Antonio residents.
REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE ANDDONATE ONLINE
DONATIONS (TOYS, MONEY, VOLUNTEER TIME) REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE: To request assistance from Blue Santa you must go IN PERSON to your nearest SAPD Substation and fill out a Blue Santa Request Form.
*** Requests will be accepted from November 1 through midnight December 1 ONLY.
PLEASE bring some sort of valid identification (TxDL, TxID, Green Card, Military, etc.). If the ID does not have a valid address, please bring something with your address on it (such as a SAWS or CPS bill, etc.). PLEASE also bring the Birth Certificates for the children for whom presents are being requested.
Blue Santa provides toys for children between the ages of 3 and 12.
Operation Blue Santa appreciates your generosity this giving season. Please choose an amount you would like to donate and click the button below that amount. We use PayPal to handle our online donations.
You DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to make a donation through PayPal. Once you click the donation button you will be taken to the PayPal website and read the instructions on how to proceed without having a PayPal account. It is a quick and easy process and you will be asked for an email address so that you can be sent a receipt for your donation. Your email address will not be published or used for any other purposes.
…Time for a Holiday Haircut?
Patient of the Month
7 years old
Konner was found to suffer from Burkitt lymphoma in August 2010.
Konner loved being outside from sun up to sun down, playing with his trucks, stomping in the dirt or kicking his football. But when summer came, Konner wanted to stay indoors more often, and he began to complain of frequent stomach aches. His parents worried that something was wrong because this definitely wasn’t normal behavior for their usually rambunctious little boy.
Konner’s pediatrician ordered blood work and X-rays, but the tests didn’t show any abnormalities. One weekend, when Konner felt especially bad, his parents took him to the emergency room. There, tests revealed a blockage of sorts in his abdomen, which led to the discovery of a mass. Konner’s parents were beside themselves.
Konner underwent surgery and doctors sent a portion of the mass to pathology. The results were devastating: Konner suffered from Burkitt lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital immediately for his treatment and care.
At St. Jude, Konner received five rounds of chemotherapy. Even though his family was going through the most frightening experience of their lives, they found comfort at St. Jude. “A lot of people don’t realize that St. Jude not only takes care of the patient, but they take care of the whole family,” said Konner’s mom. “Emotionally, mentally, financially; they assist with all of that.”
Konner is now finished with treatment, and he returns to St. Jude for regular checkups. His parents are grateful for everything St. Jude has done for their family. “We felt relief when we got to St. Jude,” said Konner’s dad. “We were scared, but we felt a sense of calm. The hospital is just amazing.” Today, Konner is back to playing outside and running around. He’s in first grade and a fan of football. When he grows up, he wants to play football for Louisiana State University.
To help give hope to children such as Konner who are fighting life-threatening illnesses, please become a Partner In Hope.
With every San Antonio Domino’s Pizza purchase you can donate a dollar to St. Judes Children’s Research Hostpital—
St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.
Please donate to St. Jude and help kids fight cancer.
You can also Text PIZZA to 50333 to donate $5.
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Links Below:
Last Year, During The Holidays..
I was preparing myself for the—
1st annual Tequila Ball Pour Off here in San Antonio on Dec 11th.
The SA Mixers & other Fine SA Companies hosted the First Annual TEQUILA BALL Pour Off at the spacious Backstage Live SA off Houston St. & Cherry St.
AFFILIATED WITH — Circle of Influence, Tredsetters Ent., Elite Magazine 210, SA Film Studios, G-Unit & Shadyville DJs, Studio 1400, Bexar County Friends & Associates, W.O.W- Women of Worth, Scenergy Dating, Sexy G 6 Girls, CoCo Warren Productions, and Free Apartment Locators with a Free Move.
*The Salvation Army sended their Parade of Kettles to the event to collect change and dollars.
With admission, a free shot was always provided for those thirsty by the Sexy tequila shot girls hourly on the hour with friends, a dance the night away-night with 2 fabulous deejays who pumped the best dance music in the SA nightlife scene. And of course, the festive fashion show I modeled for, courtesy of Coco Productions and the Flamboyant Hair Show by JD & Victor Hair Salon, with the help of Cynthia Chapa Rangel (Fashion Program Chair of International Academy of Design and Technology). With 100 Margarita cake pops provided by Elizabeth Lewis, W.O.W. Women Of Worth”s famous pink cookies, and a night to tantalize the taste buds. It was all about getting ready for the fun festive sleek and heart-warming- sexy holidays.
Special Sponsors: BUD LIGHT, Las Palapas, Nice Rack Billiards, All Stars Gentlemans Club, Red Realty, Casa Salsita in the Quarry, El Tropicano Holiday Inn Riverwalk, FREE Cancun trips, Silla C Ranch, Pasha Resturaunt, Roof Top, Omni Bowl Tix.
The most common way for you to give to The Salvation Army in your community.
Click on the link below to do so-
For more information on W.O.W. Women of Worth
Click on the link below — http://www.womenofworth.com/takeaction/takeaction.aspx
*Top Photo —My Promotional Runway Shot of the Event.
Bottom Two Photos — (Center) Myself, (Keelin Christopher), with Producer CoCo Warren and local San Antonio models, including: Aleah Jean, Claudia Nallely, Krystal Curtis, and Haley Cook.
With about 1,500 participants this year- the Thanksgiving Turkey Challenge was a huge success. The San Antonio Food Bank’s The Great Turkey Challenge was a 5k Run/Walk Fundraising Event. For every $10.00 donated, the San Antonio Food Bank provided one turkey to a family in need this holiday season.
Fighting hunger one step at a time.
(For information on the San Antonio Food Bank- click on the photo to learn more).
Donate by credit card or e-check through PayPal or with your American Express card through the GivingExpress® Program.
Please note: if you are making court ordered community service payments, you must pay via money order, cashier’s check or cash. Please do not pay via PayPal.
Just dial 210-337-3663 to donate. You can also inquire about scheduling a monthly donation.