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Ray Jacobs Invites You to Make a Contribution to ToyMakers of East Lake

Volunteers Work Hard to Champion the Initiatives of ToyMakers of East LakeRecently, Ray Jacobs of Palm Harbor, Florida, the president of the Tarpon Woods Action Committee, took up a great cause by volunteering for the ToyMakers of East Lake.

Mr. Jacobs’ story is a testament to the innate generosity, compassion and sense of giving  that lies within all of mankind, as he was compelled to help the organization to make toys for deserving children. After long having been admired by the members of his community for his innovative thinking and hard work, Mr. Jacobs was prompted to help others. He joined ToyMakers of East Lake and placed himself in a position of benevolence by participating in activities that would someday enable children to smile, one toy at a time.

Mr. Jacobs, a professional with a lofty background which also encompasses that of the position as president the Local Homeowners’ Association, has since been making toys for the organization with a mission to provide brightly painted, simple wooden toys to children in physical or emotional distress.

From Toymakersofeastlake.org:

The ToyMakers began in 1982 when Jim McCullagh was advised that his grandchild didn’t have any toys to play with while in All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. He realized that there was a need and enlisted the help of his boy-hood friend, Bruce Pahl. They and their wives started making simple, colorful wooden toys. These toys were given to All Children’s Hospital, then to local Ronald McDonald Houses, and other local agencies. The ToyMakers grew by word of mouth and now has over 200 volunteers in several states.

The ToyMakers tradition continues today. We have made and distributed over 350,000 toys to this date. All are wooden, no metal anywhere, and brightly colored. We have even made a special toy that has a “handle” for children with muscular dystrophy. We are always adding new children’s agencies in the United States as well as special situations in other countries.

child care boy toyThroughout the years The ToyMakers have been blessed with individuals and organizations who have donated monies and products. When you consider that we go through about 36,000 various size wheels, thousands of dowels for axles, and untold gallons of spray and liquid paints every year, not to mention repairs to our machines, you can understand our very deep appreciation of our Sponsors. We proudly list them in this web site as our partners in this mission. The ToyMakers have also been fortunate to receive recognition for our work with a Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution and as a Runner-up in the Min-Wax Community Craftsman Awards. We are deeply appreciative for the recognition.

In addition to his work with The ToyMakers, Mr. Jacobs also writes an informative article for the community newsletter. He encourages everyone to support this worthy cause.

Contact The ToyMakers of East Lake today to learn how you can help.

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Robert Cassidy Finds Purpose in Making a Difference in the Lives of The Less Fortunate

Robert CassidyA dedicated philanthropist, Robert Cassidy has amassed more than 20 years of professional experience, having spent the last decade as the president and CEO of the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons. In the course of his duties, he is responsible for acquiring sponsors and donations for the scholarship drive, as well as trying to raise revenue for the organization. He frequently works to provide scholarships to deserving college students, as well as financial assistance to the less fortunate individuals who are struggling financially and need assistance to get back on their feet.

Robert Cassidy and MEPHGCHRAM’s goal is to sponsor approximately 15 students per yearMr. Cassidy is a retired sergeant major of the United States Army with 26 years of active service experience serving every rank of leadership. He joined the military in 1983, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Services Medals, eight Army Accommodation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, and other prestigious awards and recommendations. He attributes his success to the military, and his family. Mr. Cassidy studied human relations and business administration at Saint Leo University. He is a member of the Sergeant Majors Association. In years to come, Mr. Cassidy wants to establish a shelter for the homeless, open a food bank and continue to award scholarships to deserving students.

If you would like to make a contribution in the form of girls’ and boys’ clothing, backpacks, shoes, school supplies, toiletries, gift cards, or monetary donations through the Most Excellent Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Holy Royal Arch Masons, please click here.

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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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Support the Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation

Emily SadowskyEmily Sadowsky is a wonderful, bright and lively spirit whose cause on this earth was to show others how to love from within and enliven mankind through service. She was a vocalist and had an extremely angelic voice. After her unfortunate and untimely passing in July of 2012, she has continued to contribute her love and generosity to the world through her foundation, Emily Sadowsky and the Beat Goes On Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is to raise money for music programs for children, with an emphasis on mentally challenged kids. This organization helps children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, as Emily had also gone through experiences with this ailment during her time on this earth. Ever compassionate about helping others and giving back, she has been of service to others through her foundation, and been a voice for young people who want to overcome adversity through their tough times with ADD and other challenges.

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Emily also played the piano, and her beautiful voice could be heard by all of those who were close to her in their time of need, or in times of celebration.

Thank you for expressing an interest in Emily’s charitable endeavor: Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

You can also reach out via Facebook.  Thank you!

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Ruth Hamilton Changes Orphaned African Children’s Lives through Rise On Wings

Ruth HammRuth Hamm is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Rise  On Wings, a charitable organization that  works toward empowering single mothers in Uganda through the development of self-sustaining business projects. Through these projects, her hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

Ms. Hamm began serving as the company’s Executive Director after having co-founded its initiatives in 2012, as she felt inspired to pursue a career that would allow her to make a difference in the lives of others. She develops self-sustaining businesses in Uganda for single mothers as model projects for them to gain new skills and training while earning an income to support their children. After the first year, Ms. Hamm and her colleagues encourage the women to launch their own businesses using the new skills that they have acquired, and with the assistance of a small business loan and a mentor.

Ruth Hamm Heads Rise on WingsThrough the projects that are launched through Rise On Wings, Ms. Hamm’s hope is that there will be a decline in the number of children orphaned due to extreme poverty.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization, or would like to make a contribution to this great cause, please visit the foundation’s Facebook page, or http://www.riseonwings.org.

Please also visit Ms. Hamm’s LinkedIn page to learn more about her accomplishments and endeavors as a philanthropist.

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Teresa Dawn Baker Creates Positive Change for Children with Disabilities through New Hope Advocacy

Teresa Dawn Baker Helps Disabled Children through New Hope AdvocacyTeresa Dawn Baker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Advocacy, a charitable organization that provides advocacy services for families and children with disabilities. Ms. Baker, an expert on the laws that support individuals with special needs, is in charge of answering the requests and phone calls from parents who feel their children with disabilities are not receiving the proper attention that they need. In her executive leadership role, Ms. Baker also makes the most of her strong knowledge of the law while reviewing the paperwork and informing families of the disabled of the actions that need to be taken in order to ensure that their needs are being met properly and fairly.

Ms. Baker was recently named a VIP of Worldwide Branding, and she continuously strives for excellence in her endeavors to champion the initiatives of those with special needs.

Teresa Baker Advocates for the Rights of Disabled ChildrenMs. Baker was prompted to pursue her current career path by a desire to make the most of the knowledge and experience that she had come to acquire after teaching special education for 28 years. She was working with a special education director and found it frustrating when she was not able to provide what the students really needed, so she decided to advocate for parents. She attributes her success to her passion for those with disabilities and commitment to them; this encouragement is the very thing that keeps her going. In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Baker aims to become a national speaker to advocate for those with disabilities.

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AAron Cutrono Provides Aid for the Children of Fallen Soldiers with Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc.

Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. Supports the Families of Fallen SoldiersAAron Cutrano is the President and Founder of Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides support for the children of soldiers from Arizona who sacrificed their lives for the country they loved.

Through the vision of Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc., the children of Arizona’s fallen heroes can carry on their dreams of continuing their education to become viable members of society. Money is raised through the help of their community via fundraising activities throughout the year, including various events, raffles, auctions, annual motorcycle runs, and personal and corporate donations. To this end, Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. is dedicated to supAaron Cutranoporting children in need in Arizona. Their call is honoring those who fought and died in conflicts beginning with Operation Desert Storm through the present. Many Arizona-based service men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and their hope is to give back in any way they can.

Mr. Cutrano was inspired to establish the organization after he recognized that there was a need for the state of Arizona to help the children of fallen soldiers. He attributes its success to the honesty and trust that he has built up over the years. His open book policy makes his foundation very attractive to contributors. Mr. Cutrano constantly promotes the organization’s services, where he and others strive to raise funds for the children of fallen troops from Arizona that served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Middle East conflicts. He meets with trusted and committed sponsors and raises community awareness, and also applies for grants. Mr. Cutrano is dedicated to helping the families of the men and women who died while serving their country bravely.

Learn more about Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. by visiting their website at http://cutranoaztrooprun.org

OUR MISSION

Cutrano AZ Troop Run, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide educational funding in the form of scholarships to children of fallen troops from Arizona that served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Middle East Conflicts.
The funding will be awarded to selected applicants through the age of 21 for educational necessities (i.e. books, basic school supplies, summer camp, computers, etc.)
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Kenyan Girls’ Scholarship

Kenya Girls’ Scholarship is a nonprofit initiative whose mission is to help Kenyan girls receive a college education. Founded by Worldwide Who’s Who® member Dr. Mary Muchiri, the charity raises funds to provide disadvantaged Kenyan girls with the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend Daystar University, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya. If relevant courses are not available, another Christian college is recommended.

As gender stigma persists among many Kenyan communities today, educating girls has not been considered a priority issue; however, to break the cycle of poverty, it has become a major goal for Kenyan girls to pursue education and obtain college degrees. Dr. Muchiri noted that most parents, faced with the decision to send either their son or daughter to a university, will send their son. This perpetuates the reality of very few women in positions where they can effectively impact their generally patriarchal cultures. “The only way to free women in Africa from poverty and to participate in decision-making is through education,” Dr. Muchiri added.

Saved Through Fire Book CoverDr. Mary Muchiri started the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship when her book, “Saved through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenyan War of Independence,” was published after her mother’s death. Because her mother only received a second-grade education and valued higher education for girls, Dr. Muchiri decided to dedicate all the profits from the sales of her book to a scholarship fund in her mother’s honor, which she named the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, medical insurance, transportation, summer courses, spiritual activities, library, computer, and other university fees.

Dr. Muchiri has authored three books depicting her experience growing up in Kenya and the culture clash she faced when her family moved to the United States. They explore life lessons that anyone who seeks to improve themselves can connect with, regardless of their culture. Through her books, Dr. Muchiri hopes to interest others in Kenyan culture and inspire them to donate to her cause.

Dr. Mary MuchiriDr. Mary Muchiri currently works as an English teacher at Taylor University, located in Upland, Ind. She received an undergraduate degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. Dr. Muchiri began her career as a high school teacher in Kenyan institutions in 1970, and taught at a science teachers’ college from 1971 to 1974. From 1980 to 1981, she continued her education at The University of Manchester, located in the United Kingdom, graduating with a master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). In 1994, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, which led her to teach in Kenyan universities from 1995 to 2001, when she moved to the US. Dr. Muchiri’s greatest achievement would be having a positive impact on the lives of other Kenyan girls by helping them pursue the same opportunity for college education that she received.

For more information about the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship or to make a donation, please visit the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund website.

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Tay-Bandz, Inc. Combats Pediatric Cancer

Susan MatthewsWorldwide Who’s Who lifetime member Susan Matthews is board member and president of Tay-Bandz, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and funding pediatric cancer research. Tay-Bandz became a 501(c)(3) public charity in May 2003 when Susan’s daughter, Taylor Matthews, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Although she lost her battle in February 2008, Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the combat against all forms of pediatric cancer. Taylor’s fight and dream will live on. And by taking the reins of the non-profit, Susan has emerged as an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. She is presently expanding the organization to a national level.

The concept behind Tay-Bandz is “kids helping kids,” whereby its charitable activities and community-based efforts involve empowering youth to design and sell inspired products. Since 2003, Susan and company have organized and launched a multitude of fundraising drives, including partnerships with retailers and vendors where a portion of the proceeds from sales benefit the nonprofit. They have raised more than $1 million in donations, which have supported pediatric cancer research at medical centers such as the Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Institute. Susan has also initiated a series of dance-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, relays and boutiques.

Currently, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, a leading creator of world class summer educational experiences for children and teens is hosting a Tay-Bandz dance-a-thon in July 2009. For further information, go to http://www.jkcp.com or visit the Facebook event page: Tay-Bandz Fundraiser Dance for Pediatric Cancer Research. In addition, for the first time ever, Tay-Bandz has a team participating in “Swim Across America” to raise funds for cancer research. The team includes 16 year old Nikhyl Jhangiani who has pledged to swim 100,000 laps until June 2010 in order to raise $10,000 for Tay-Bandz.

Through the years, the charity has broadened its product offering and range of services. While the initial items sold were custom headbands designed by Taylor, it now also manufactures personalized clothing for giveaways at special events, which feature your logo and the Tay-Bandz label (you may also opt to wrap the article in a Tay-Bandz ribbon). This year a signature piece was added to the collection – a magnificent scarf, designed and manufactured by Taylor’s sister, Ryan Matthews, in Taylor’s memory. The scarf was created with Taylor in mind, using the colors and features that she loved. This piece is not only a special tribute to Taylor, but also represents the evolvement of her sister Ryan into a leader for the cause to end the suffering of those afflicted with pediatric cancer.

Taylor’s original jewelry creation – the Taylor Charm Bracelet – is available at Presents for Purpose, which donates 25% of the net proceeds to Tay-Bandz. The piece combines beautiful sterling silver hearts, Swarovski crystals and murano millefiori heart pendants, linked together by silver message pendants containing the inspiring words ‘Live,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Laugh,’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Hope.’ Also featured at http://www.presentsforpurpose.com is the Taylor Bag featuring an attractive suede surface, grosgrain silk lining and ribbon closure. Furthermore, Tay-Bandz has established an affiliate partnership with iBakeSale, a shopping rewards program that supports local community fundraising projects by allowing shoppers to make online purchases from more than 100 companies while donating their cash-back rewards to the group or activity of their choice.

Shockingly, there is almost no Federal funding for pediatric cancer research and precious little private philanthropy. According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children. Thousands of children will die each year while promising treatments are ignored merely for lack of funding. Tay-Bandz, which operates with virtually zero overhead, is currently seeking the help of benevolent volunteers willing to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the organization and how you can help or make a donation, please visit the Tay-Bandz, Inc. Website. You can be confident that every dollar is headed for a laboratory.

Susan Matthews received a bachelor of science in accounting in 1982 from Franklin & Marshall College. She is a member of the Parents’ Council at Wake Forest University, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To learn more about Susan Matthews, please visit her Worldwide Who’s Who VIP profile: Susan Matthews.

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