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David M. Landis Presents a Powerful Holiday Production with the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant

David Landis Live Bethlehem Christmas PageantLive Bethlehem Christmas Pageant is a nonprofit performing arts group which provides entertainment to the local community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As its president, David M. Landis oversees daily business operations, and he also produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of Christmas. Passionate about the organization, Mr. Landis also assists in fundraising efforts, promotes shows, and manages public relations. Hard working and dedicated to the organization’s cause, Mr. Landis has become recognized as a thought- and action-leader throughout his community.

From The Morning Call:

Spend an hour contemplating the reason for the season at the 35th annual edition of the Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the bandshell at Rose Garden Park, Eighth Avenue and Union Boulevard in Bethlehem.

The fully costumed re-enactment tells the story of Joseph and Mary and the birth of Christ. Joseph accompanies the Virgin Mary, who is riding a donkey to the stable where Christ is born and laid in a manger. The angels appear and summon the shepherds, who come with their offerings of sheep and various other animals. The Wise Men and camels, with an escort of Soldiers on horseback, arrive to receive the words of Herod and the High Priests. They proceed to the stable, where the Holy Family and the resident animals await under the watchful care of the angels.

David M. Landis produces and directs live shows that serve to teach the community the origins of ChristmasThe animals are all real. Singers and a narrator tell the story.

There is a musical prelude at 1:45 p.m. each day and the pageant starts at 2. Admission is free, however, a goodwill offering is requested to support the community event, presented by David Landis of Bethlehem and his family.

Mr. Landis is professionally affiliated with Worldwide Branding- which named him an Outstanding VIP member in 2013. He is also an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and Minsi Trails Council. In 1990, he was honored with the Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoys buying and selling goods for others.

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Support the World’s First Indigenous Leadership Program in Antarctica with Olivia Sorre: Make a Donation!

Teddy Bears Olivia SorreOlivia Sorre and Outback to Icecap have set a goal to take over 250 teddy bears onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf to be photographed by a professional photographer, for an attempt to break a world record for “Toys on the Antarctic Shelf.”

Ms. Sorre is looking forward to taking part in a remarkable leadership program called Outback to Icecap:  the world’s first Indigenous Leadership Expedition in Antarctica. She will be one of 26 travelling mentors who will be walking alongside eight very inspirational young Indigenous adolescents from all over Australia and all walks of life – Allira, Brandon, Tyson, Cori, Shauna, Mikayla, Brody and Dean.

‘I believe this is a lifetime opportunity for me.  It met all of my criteria in being an inspiring leader- the ability to mentor youths, being able to experience Antarctica but above all walk alongside some of the younger Indigenous people. To exchange stories and life experiences with a young person and other travel mentors in such a landmark way is my way of giving back’.   It was for these reasons; I just had to put in an application to become a Travelling Mentor.

- Olivia Sorre

The trip itself is later this year where Ms. Sorre and her team will head off to Argentina onto Antarctica for 16 days kayaking, snow shoeing, ice climbing and attempting to climb a peak. The program is led by Beatrice Imbert and Expedition leader Peter Bland (who is the 1st Australian to have walked to the North and South Poles).

Ms. Sorre is currently raising funds to cover travel costs for Brandon and myself as the two are the only SA representatives.

Olivia Sorre

“Register Your Teddy Bear” where your supplied bear will be taken onto the Antarctic Ice Shelf and photographed by a professional photographer. The Teddy Bear Campaign offers a unique opportunity for Australian businesses or organisations contribute to a program that advances the opportunities for Aboriginal youth.  Many businesses are keen to raffle their bear upon its return for other charitable purposes and Ms. Sorre is more than happy to make herself available to talk about the trip next year.  Click here for the Teddy Bear campaign registration form, and click here for the second part.

The Quiz Night – Silent Auction is on Saturday 8 November 2014 at Clovelly Park Community Centre.  Click here to purchase your tickets.  Any contribution toward the Quiz Night & Silent Auction (i.e. merchandise, gift certificates, services or cash support) is appreciated.  Businesses will be acknowledged to over 200+ guests.  All contributions will need to be received by Friday 31 October 2014.

See the Auction Contributor Information form here.

Your contribution will be enhancing the personal growth, self confidence and resilience of indigenous youth and to bring about their evolution as future leaders, role models and messengers of meaning.

You can reach Ms. Sorre on 0487 515 438 if you are interested in any of the activities above or visit the Outback to Icecap Facebook page. Please circulate this amongst your networks. We greatly appreciate your support!

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Roger A. Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With Heart

Roger Lloyd helps children through his charitable organization "Game With Heart"Named one of Orange County’s 40 Under 40 in 2008, Roger A. Lloyd has been thriving as a franchising executive since 1998. His company, Play N Trade, a mobile entertainment and video game franchise, was recognized as Orange County’s fastest-growing company in 2008.

Mr. Lloyd works with his nonprofit organization, Game With Heart, to fulfill its mission “to combat major societal health issues through the positive power of video games.” Its two main initiatives are combating childhood obesity and improving rehabilitation for burn victims, prosthetic users and those affected by neurological disorders.

From the website:

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartWhen you register with Game With Heart, not only do you become a member of the most influential Gamer’s Charity, but you are also automatically entered into Game With Heart’s Weekly and Monthly free prize drawing.

Weekly Drawing winners will be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Weekly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to Console face plates, video games for the winner’s console of choice, t-shirts from our sponsors and other gaming contributors, sweatshirts, etc.

Roger Lloyd Raises Awareness and Funds in a Fun Way through Game With HeartMonthly Drawing winners will also be notified via the e-mail that they registered with at Game With Heart. Monthly drawing prizes include, but are not limited to various accessory or game bundle packs, gift cards to video game stores near them, various paraphernalia signed by gaming celebrities, or various paraphernalia signed by NBA, NFL, Surfing, Skating, and UFC celebrities that support the Game With Heart Mission and Initiatives.

Mr. Lloyd set up an early detection and prevention outreach program for childhood diabetes by establishing free testing clinics throughout the community, and provided free educational discussion groups and evening courses by those affected by the disease. He and his colleague met with Michael Finnegan, chairman of the board for Play N Trade, to give back to society, and they have since made every effort to help champion the worthy causes of outreach and fundraising for children by working with the second largest video game retailer.

Please visit http://www.gamewithheart.org to learn more about Roger A. Lloyd’s motivation to help children in a fun and positive way through Game With Heart.

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Janet Johnson Drives Donor and Child Sponsorship Initiatives in the Wake of Ebola Crisis

Janet JohnsonJanet Johnson currently oversees all channels of fundraising and meets regularly with key donors. Ms. Johnson, who has been working in this capacity for five years, has honed her expertise in leadership, human resources, sales, and marketing. “When the giving experience of our supporters and donors are delightful we see increased retention (donors renew their gift year after year),” she said in a recent statement. “We see increases in acquisition through referrals and positive word of mouth. Delighted sponsors and donors increase their giving commitment and we enjoy revenue growth, increased engagement and commitment from the giving community of time, talent and treasure ultimately results in increased yield to ministry for World Vision.”

From Worldvision.ca:

Your help is needed today to fight the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly contagious, deadly virus to which there is currently no vaccine or cure. It is very important to stop the spread, before the virus rages out of control.

Health services are overwhelmed by the outbreak, with many health workers having been infected and a large number having died. Mothers and children are unable to access much-needed health services for treatment of malaria, diarrhea, or even childbirth. Markets have closed making it difficult to access food. A large humanitarian crisis is looming.

World Vision is working urgently to protect children and their families, by educating communities about how to stop the spread of the virus, as well as providing protective equipment. But with your help we can do more.

World Vision CanadaThrough World Vision Canada, Ms. Johnson initiates charitable causes that serve to stop the spread of disease at its core. Her work with the organization has changed many lives, and she continues to work towards serving as an agent of positive change in the lives of children and adults around the globe.

Click here to sponsor an underprivileged child for the Christmas holiday; your donation will triple in value!

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Sue Tierney Promotes the Advancement of Native Wildlife Protection with Ecotrap Pty Ltd.

Sue Tierney helps underprivileged children with Find a Penny Foundation Inc.Sue Tierney was inspired to establish Ecotrap, a humane animal trap for birds and small deer, by her innate belief that a charity should not be a business. The company’s aim is to provide a humane alternative to traditional trapping methods, and to provide its clients with the best service possible. Ms. Tierney also heads a charitable organization called Find a Penny Foundation Inc. The organization’s aim is to help with the simple things in life, food and clothing, for disadvantaged children.

It is Ms. Tierney’s conviction that all funds offered to the latter organization should be used to help the disadvantaged children who are living on or below the poverty line. Find a Penny will supply food, clothing and the things that other children have, directly to the child. She wants to give them hope.

Sue Tierney also heads Ecotrap Pty LtdMs. Tierney’s mission is to raise public awareness of local disadvantaged children, who are living at or below the poverty line. In her organization, 100-percent of the funds collected by Find a Penny go to help feed underprivileged, young children in their local area. The money collected goes directly to underprivileged children, helping them to obtain food and clothing, and to participate in other activities that are essential to their growth, in which other children in their community are able to engage. The motto is “If you’re hungry, let me feed you, if you’re tired, let me give you a chair.”

Ecotrap is supported by The RSPCA Victoria and The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. These organizations champion the further development of the product, as it has been proven humane in the trapping of feral and domestic dogs and cats, birds, rabbits, bandicoots, wallabies and possums. The Ecotrap is ideal for use in urban as well as rural areas as it is more effective and safer than the traps and cages currently in general use.

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Worldwide Branding Member Theresa Magro, VP of the Michael Magro Foundation, to Hold An Evening of Tasting and Giving Tonight

Theresa MagroTheresa Magro, Vice President of Michael Magro Foundation, will be hosting an annual “Evening of Tasting and Giving” at The Carltun in Long Island’s breathtaking Eisenhower Park. The event is set to begin at 6:30pm EST.

From Long Island Magazine:

Some of Long Island’s best restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available for tasting. At most recent count, 23 restaurants, five bakeries, and several wineries and breweries had signed on to feature their wares; there will also be a gelato station, as well as two martini bars.

Like any parent, when Ms. Magro’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with cancer, she felt helpless. It was 2005 and her son Michael, who was kind and had such a zest for life, was fighting for his life. Shortly after his diagnosis, Ms. Magro co-founded Michael Magro Foundation, to aid children suffering from cancer. A few short months later, Michael lost his battle with leukemia. In his memory, the foundation honors his life and continues to help other pediatric cancer patients.

Food will be served from the following restaurants:

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Chris and Tony’s
Colombo’s
La Bottega
Park Sports Bar & Grill
Palm Court Restaurant at the Carltun
Spuntino Wino & Tapas
The Farmhouse Kitchen
West East
West End Cafe
A Mano
Cirella’s Restaurant
Ciro’s
Fat Fish Bistro
Sea Levels Restaurant
Jewel Restaurant
Legal Seafood
…and many more!

The annual event will be a celebration of compassion and giving, and baskets will be raffled off for charity. These include “A Girl’s Best Friend,” which encompass items from Michael Kors and Pandora; the “Everything Goes With Wine” basket includes a private wine tasting tour at Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue, and a basket for those who love coffee—“A Jolt of Nespresso” featuring a Nespresso Pixie coffee maker.

An Evening of Giving Flyer2Event info:

Monday October 6th, 2014
6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Carltun
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554
Tickets are $75 per person, must be purchased in advance.

The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization, which was established in January 2005 to honor the life of Michael Magro, a 13 year old who was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away within months of his diagnosis. During his illness, Mike never gave up; his remarkable courage and strength were an inspiration to all who were blessed to know him. Michael never gave up; to watch Theresa Magro in action makes one realize where Michael gained his tenacity and strength.

For more information about the Michael Mangro Foundation, visit our Facebook page or http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com

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Susan A. Biggers Helps Low-Income Seniors Develop Skills and Find Jobs

Sarah Biggers. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah Biggers, CEO of Experience Works. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah A. Biggers has spent nearly a decade in her field, and she currently heads Experience Works, a community-based charity organization that provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes. Ms. Biggers specializes in strategic planning, and in implementing plans to leverage the various programs provided by the organization. She has also made a name for herself as an expert in performance management. She is responsible for coordinating with various departments, conducting advocacy and outreach, and speaking to legislative people to ensure funding. Ms. Biggers ensures that programs in place are meeting the needs of clients.

Experience Works provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. It was originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program. At the helm of the foundation, Ms. Biggers has recognized and accomplished many of her goals, and she attributes her success to understanding that all people have a purpose in life. She has determination and passion for helping the less fortunate. She became involved in her profession because she was influenced by the mission of Experience Works and was recruited to join the organization in 2008. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. In future years, Ms. Biggers wants to grow her company and help as many people as possible.

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Dr. Kathleen Walk Established a Nonprofit that Spreads the Word of God and Heals People Physically and Spiritually

f0142aa996a34a9f849ae776dc95a07cDr. Kathleen Walk is the founder and executive director of Hope International Services, a nonprofit organization that promotes Christian missionary endeavors, with an emphasis on planting churches through healing crusades, and training Christians and their leaders using international radio and short-term ministry. H.I.S.’ goal is to provide health and human services to all underserved people in the world.

Dr. Walk was inspired to get involved in this type when she was sitting in church with her mother and heard a missionary doctor speak of how she was able to remove a tumor from someone when no other doctor would. At 7 years old, Dr. Walk knew what he career path would be. Beginning her career in 1968, Dr. Walk earned an MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After working for two years in Omaha, Nebraska, as a physician, she spent the next 10 years practicing as a medical doctor and missionary overseas.

Dr. Walk has long been committed to healing and teaching the word of God. She hosts a weekly radio show that is heard in 180 countries, and has served as a physician in developing countries, including Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Walk did volunteer relief work in Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran war, from 1969 to 1970, and was the director of a new hospital that opened in Nigeria in 1999.

gfhfgIn 2004, Dr. Walk built an orphanage in Malawi. The orphanage now cares for hundreds of children whose parents have perished, either from AIDS, starvation or war. H.I.S. provides these children with food, water, shelter, clothes, blankets, supervision, education, and most of all, hope.  Dr. Walk has also established new churches in Africa and Russia, developed a rural health program in Bangladesh, and built hospitals for the elderly in Bangladesh and Nigeria. Additionally, Dr. Walk has traveled to Pakistan twice and established a primary school for disenfranchised children there in 2011. She will soon be returning to Pakistan to teach men and women how to work together.

Dr. Walk has published her poetry with Cambridge of England, and is currently working on her third book, an autobiography titled “Beyond Abundance.” Her writing is published under her pen name, Kathy A. Bliese.

For more information about Hope International Services, visit http://www.hopeinternationalservices.org.

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Geraldine Cox Operates a Home for Abused, Disadvantaged and Sick Children in Cambodia

6d7636066a59415cb088f26a8020cef4Geraldine Cox always knew she wanted to be a mother but, when she was in her 20s, she found out that she could not have children. She decided to embark on a career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970 where she was posted overseas and saw the hardships and struggles of people in other countries.

Ms. Cox’s first posting was to Phnom Penh, where she experienced life in a country at war when the Vietnam War spilled over into Cambodia. The country left a huge impression on Ms. Cox and, after subsequent postings in Manila, Bangkok, Tehran and Washington, DC, and a stint with The Chase Manhattan Bank in Sydney, Ms. Cox returned to Cambodia in 1996 and co-founded Sunrise Children’s Villages.

Today, Ms. Cox is mum to more than 400 children who live on the premises. Sunrise Children’s Villages is a nonprofit organization that provides education, medical care, and a home for orphaned, abandoned, vulnerable and disadvantaged Cambodian children. Many of the children have HIV or have been shunned by society. Sunrise Children’s Villages offers these children a safe and nurturing environment where the receive care, love and education, as well as explore their individual talents.Ms. Cox now understands why she could have not children of her own. Her destiny was to become a mother to hundreds of children who have nowhere else to turn.

She is the recipient of many Australian awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000. Pan Macmillan published her autobiography, “Home Is Where The Heart Is” in 2000 and Hollywood bought the rights to make a feature film based on her book. The documentary on her life, My Khmer Heart, won the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival Documentary of the Year Award and has been screened extensively. Ms. Cox’s story also has been featured on Australian television over the last few years on Australian Story, The Sunday Program, This Is Your Life, Four Corners, Today Tonight, The 7.30 Report and 60 Minutes, Talking Heads and the 7pm Project.

09c4f5acfd2e4ca59f1b19cb03ff0e76Ms. Cox would like to have access to the philanthropy sector, which will give her access to money and religious groups. She currently spends half the year with the children and the the other half traveling to raise funds. She does all the fundraising herself and has raised more than $1 million U.S. per annum to support the work in Cambodia. Ms. Cox wants to continue expanding the orphanage’s reach, and needs funds in order to support the children. She prides herself on not taking no for an answer and being persistence in her search for donors.

From her website:

“When they walk through the Sunrise gates they are suspicious and afraid with no power over their lives. I am just another adult who will hurt them as every adult in their life has done. To watch the fear and trepidation dissolve over ensuing weeks through the love and attention of our staff and the other children is a reward that cannot be expressed. When a distrustful abused child finally finds trust in their heart and limbs into your lap for a cuddle there are no words to express the joy I feel.

As a woman who could never have my own children, to experience the unconditional love of these vulnerable children brings me the joy and contentment in my life that nothing before could satisfy. I know that I am living the life that I was put on earth for and am just annoyed that I had to wait till I was 50 before I got the plot!

While you are reading this, helpless children are being sold into prostitution, slave labor in factories and fishing boats and in the homes of the rich as unpaid housemaids.

When they are old enough to understand we tell them that anything is possible and this has certainly been true for those who are now working and married with their own families in Cambodia. We have graduates in careers as such as dentistry, hospitality, IT, insurance, car and generator maintenance and repair, banking, sales and advertising to name a few. We even have Sunrise graduates studying in Australia who will return to Cambodia and use their degrees to make Cambodia a better place.”

To learn more about Sunrise Children’s Villages and to donate, visit www.scv.org.au. Also visit www.geraldinecox.org and listen to Ms. Cox’s interview on Worldwide Broadcasting here.

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Thomas McGovern Champions Community and Church Initiatives with the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center

Thomas McGovernAfter the untimely passing of Thomas McGovern’s wife Denise, he was prompted to follow her advice, and “be generous.” Because that was one of the last things that she wished of him, Mr. McGovern made that his life’s goal. In honoring her final request, he founded a nonprofit organization—the Denise McGovern Memorial Conference Center—where the people of his community are welcome to holding conferences and events that support both the public and the church.

Mr. McGovern has since made the most of his background in the service sector and his financial expertise by serving as the organization’s Managing Director. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all accounting initiatives, calculating expenses, and decorating the center, in an effort to ensure that all who enter its doors can enjoy a comfortable and relaxed setting.  Additionally, Mr. McGovern is in charge of bringing food to these events and setting up, and hosting family reunions, Christmas parties, class reunions, tournaments, and parties for small churches, small businesses, and companies. He also raises funds for his local church.

nonprofit man hands heartA compassionate and kindhearted soul, Mr. McGovern will never forget the words instilled in him by his late wife Denise, and these words have allowed him to help others. His enduring generosity has garnered for him recognition from his peers and fellow community leaders, as well as induction into Worldwide Branding. He is a member of the Staten Island Catholic Youth Organization, the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, the First Baptist Church, the Council of Community Services, and the Life Foundation.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas McGovern, please visit his LinkedIn page.

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