Category Archives: Do Something!

Tasos Projects for Kids

Our client Steve Tsirtsis, the owner of the Citrus City Grille restaurants in Orange and Corona, lost his son to cancer this year. Wanting to make his son’s passing meaningful, he and his wife Agatha established Tasos Projects for Kids, a non-profit foundation that,

“…is dedicated to helping kids who have lost a parent to cancer. From counseling services to music, athletic and educational scholarships and monetary support, Tasos Project is a resource center for kids 0-18 years old.”

Tasos Projects for Kids is having its inaugural fundraiser at the Citrus City Grille on Sunday, June 23, 2013 starting at 5:00pm. The event includes wonderful food, two drinks and a great time. Also will be a silent auction featuring including signed Fender guitars, (1) night stay in a bungalow at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado Canyon, Dodger Tickets, Private Flight to Catalina with Lunch, Heidi Burkhardt artwork, Teeth Whitening/Sonicare Basket, Wedding Dress, Jewelry, Starr Motorcycle School Class Gift Certificate, Stila MakeUp GIft Basket, Mini Grand Piano and much, much more!

Tickets are available at Citrus City Grille in Corona and Orange, Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin.

Sleeping Bag Coat For The Homeless Draws Fashion Industry Attention | Huffington Post.com

A coat developed by a social entrepreneur and designed for homeless people is now a somewhat hot item in the high-end fashion world.

Sleepig Bag Coat

Earlier this month, 23-year-old Veronika Scott told PBS News Hour that she had plans to add a for-profit arm to her non-profit company, The Empowerment Plan, which has donated over 1,000 coats to the homeless since launching in late 2010.

Scott’s foray into the private market comes after she debuted the coats at last year’s Aspen Fashion Week to much fanfare, helping her land a $100,000 investment from the billionaire founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely.

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The Glamour Women Of The Year Awards -The Power Of Female Millennials | Ypulse.com

Youth Advisory Board member Alexis, attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards earlier this week. She discusses how inspiring the awards ceremony was in honoring women of all ages, across all fields, and in particular, the Millennial women who have made a difference this year. She explains what stood out below and how women are changing the world.

On Monday night, I had the opportunity to attend Glamour’s 22nd Women of the Year Awards. The event took place at Carnegie Hall and was filled with influential people from all over the community, most of whom were women, including many Millennials! As a Millennial woman myself, I was extremely inspired by each of the winner’s speeches and how these individuals are shaping the world.

Ten awards were given to outstanding women who have exhibited some sort of achievement or contributed to a cause they are passionate about.

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Small Business Saturday – Shop Small | americanexpress.com

What is Small Business Saturday®?

Small Business Saturday is a day for everyone — from the business owners who create jobs to the customers who buy locally — to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.

It began in 2010 when American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small businesses on the day. Now, in its third year, Small Business Saturday will be even bigger.

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Stop Punishing Students Who Stand Against Invasive Microchip School IDs | ForceChange.com

Target: Northside Independent School District

Goal: Prohibit the punishment of students who decline new microchip photo IDs.

In San Antonio, Texas, schools have employed new tactics to fight the state’s abysmal truancy levels. Both John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School have instated the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips by imbedding the small devices in student ID cards, enabling officials to track every pupil’s location. Although educators insist the new technology is necessary to stem widespread truancy, many students and parents believe the new requirement invades personal freedoms. Many have chosen to opt-out of the new IDs. According to the new guidelines, students are allowed to continue using their old photo IDs, but recently teachers and officials have begun to target those students who decline the new protocol, finding ways to punish them for their refusal. Students have the right to protect their personal liberties, and should not be subjugated to recriminations and reprisals due to their beliefs.

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Stop Denying Benefits to Veterans with Mental Disorders | ForceChange.com

Target: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki

Goal: Award military benefits to veterans diagnosed with personality disorders.

Nearly 26,000 veterans have been denied military benefits after being diagnosed with a ‘pre-existing’ personality disorder. The military screens each recruit extensively to ensure that they’re psychologically healthy before enlisting, however, so clearly these conditions are not pre-existing. The military must award benefits to these men and women who have served our country.

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Don’t Allow Loopholes for Genetically Modified Crops | ForceChange.com

Target: U.S. legislators

Goal: Do not allow temporary permits for untested genetically engineered crops.

Congressmen have silently introduced what are called “Monsanto riders” to a major agricultural bill, requiring the Secretary of

Agriculture to allow genetically modified crops before an Environmental Impact Statement is complete. Tell Congress these loopholes for unsafe crops are unacceptable.

Representatives of the House and Senate have been crafting the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill for so long that when congressmen quietly slipped in the Monsanto riders, neither the media nor the public stirred. Thankfully, alert citizens have raised awareness of these new additions to the bill. These dangerous riders would require–not allow, but require–the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered to halt the planting or cultivation until an Environmental Impact Statement has been completed.

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The real reason you’re broke | Squawkfox.com

If you’re broke, please don’t email me to whine about it. I know money sucks when you’re stretched to the limit. I know buying a house is expensive. I know credit cards can be devices of torture masquerading as shiny pieces of plastic pleasure. I know buying quality foods can cost more than buying processed crap. I know that digging oneself out of a pit of dark debt seems insurmountable. I know that school is expensive and paying back that massive student loan is difficult, especially when your degree pays peanuts. I know life is hard. I know being single is expensive. I know being married is expensive. And there’s no doubt that getting divorced can be a drain too. I don’t have kids, but I hear they ain’t cheap either. Yes, working two (maybe even three) jobs is exhausting. I haven’t been all of these things. Maybe you have. But on the surface all these reasons for being broke are just the result of a much bigger problem. So if you’re ready to stop complaining about life’s circumstance, then here’s the remedy — the real reason why you’re broke.

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Pentagon’s New Factory: Your DNA | Wired.com

The fields of bioengineering and synthetic biology have already produced some useful, scary and flat-out bizarre entities. Besides renewable petroleum or steel strong spider silk, there are all sorts of potential therapeutic, industrial and agricultural purposes for reorganized DNA.

But DARPA thinks progress is too slow. Previous projects (it calls them “primitive”) are ad hoc and labor intensive, chugging along by trial and error in secretive silos. Hence we are “limited to producing only a small fraction of the vast number of possible chemicals, materials and living systems that would be enabled by the ability to truly engineer biology.”

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Pop-up store sells chocolate for good deeds, not money | Springwise.com

The price of chocolate

 Chocolatier Anthon Berg recently enabled customers to pay with a good deed, rather than cash, at a pop-up location called The Generous Store.

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