Fundraiser For Paralyzed Girl

Fundraiser for paralyzed equestrian nets $13,000

Family, friends and perfect strangers came out to support 11-year-old Katie Estrella last weekend at the spaghetti dinner fundraiser held at the Church on the Hill in Norco, raising $13,156.48.

Katie was riding in a gymkhana competition in Jurupa on May 13, when her 5-year-old quarter horse, Ryon, bucked her off, breaking her T-4 vertebrae and paralyzing her from the lower abdomen down. The dinner was to raise funds for a rehabilitation exercise bike and to pay for renovations to make her home wheelchair accessible.

“What impressed me the most was the support that we had,” said Dana Estrella, Katie’s mother. “Of course, you expect friends and family to be there, but the people that you don\’t know that came out to support the cause was very impressive.”

Insurance has covered the medical expenses thus far, but the therapeutic exercise bike costs $15,000 and there’s also the cost of the renovations to the house. Melanie and Gary Thompson, who host a golf tournament every year, decided to make Katie the beneficiary of the proceeds from this year’s event in early October. That event generated $12,200.

“With the combo of the two fundraisers, we will be able to purchase the bike and make renovations to the house,” said Dana Estrella.

Even if people couldn’t give money, many offered services such as the donation of woodwork, cabinetry, painting, chiropractic care and labor.

Katie said she enjoyed the event, and that it was good to see her friends and the support from so many people that she didn’t know.

“She said, when it was all done, ‘I didn’t know so many people loved me’,” Dana Estrella said. “That was very sweet; she was very touched by it (the event).”
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Oprah A Big Hit At Fundraiser

Oprah headlines black women’s school fundraiser

Oprah Winfrey headlined a fundraiser at a private college for black women, encouraging about 300 guests to support education and give back to their community.

“You can’t continue to move forward unless you give back what you are given,” Winfrey said Friday. “It is our calling.”

The famed talk-show host spoke at Bennett College, which is in the midst of a $50 million fundraising campaign co-chaired by poet and novelist Maya Angelou, a close friend of Winfrey, and former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan.

Angelou, who sits on the school’s board of trustees, and gospel singer Shirley Caesar, a native of Durham, also attended the gala.

Winfrey said she limits her speaking engagements to events that “really matter” and decided to visit the central North Carolina school because “Bennett really matters.”

“It is important that this institution continues to thrive,” Winfrey said, “and offer opportunities for women in this country and around the world.”

She spoke about the importance of education, touting the college’s renewal, and about the leadership academy she founded for girls in South Africa.

The gala was part of college president Johnnetta Cole’s plans to leave office after five years with the school on a firm financial footing.

Bennett was running a $2 million budget deficit and was on academic probation when Cole, the former president of Atlanta’s Spelman College, took over in 2002.

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Scrabble Fundraiser

Twins win Scrabble Fundraiser

About 100 people in teams of three competed in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for Collierville Literacy Council at St. George’s Independent School. Competitors could buy a peek at the official Scrabble dictionary for a dollar. In addition, before you read the rest of this article, If you love playing bingo check umbingo, this website will totally give you something that you’ll like.

Twins Harry and Larry Durbin have been playing Scrabble against each other since they were 7. Sometimes their games can get a little eerie.

Maybe their uncanny connection had something to do with the 57-year-old Durbins winning the second annual Scrabble FUNdraiser. Sponsored by the Collierville Literacy Council, the event was held Saturday at St. George’s Independent School in Collierville.

“We do have a pretty good sense of each other, and we play a lot together,” said Harry.

Participants made donations of $60 per three-member team or $25 per individual. They competed in 25 three-person teams, playing three rounds. The team with the most points took home the grand prize. Speaking of grand prize, did you know that you can find the best uk bingo sites online? a great opportunity to win big amount of money just by playing bingo online.

The Durbin brothers team (Larry’s son, Jeff, 36, was their third man) scored 1,278 points, taking the game in the last round with three “bingos” — words that use the players’ total row of seven tiles and add 50 points to the word score.

Their “bingos” included “unrolled,” “reunites” and “cartoon.”

But they weren’t the only ones to score a bingo. Their competition, the second-place X-Spellers — Warren Granger, Josephine Flowers and Dorothy Jean Trotman, all of West Memphis, — not only scored a “bingo,” but also created three words at the same time, totaling 83 points.

Flowers and Trotman hone their word-making skills by playing against one another. It’s stiff competition.

“We meet at least two times a week so I can give her a chance to win,” said Trotman.

“No, we meet twice so I can let you think you can give me a chance to win,” retorted Flowers.

Collierville High students Sarah Snow, Amy Su and Kristina Vines, all 17, were encouraged by their English teacher to participate.

“We did a whole lot better than we thought, and we met our goal,” Vines said, referring to scoring at least 200 points per game.

“I used to play, but haven’t in a while. After today, I’m going to start playing more,” Snow said.

Their team name was Bentley’s Brainz, named after their sponsor, Sheila Bentley, a volunteer for the Literacy Council.

The Collierville Literacy Council has been in existence for 25 years. Members meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the former Collierville public works building, and by appointment.

They have 69 active volunteers who teach basic literacy, English as a learned language and general education development classes. Last year, 370 students came through their doors, and so far this year, since July, they’ve met with close to 200 students. They rely strictly on volunteers, donations and funds from the United Way of the Mid-South.

“It’s such a good program,” said volunteer Betty Owen of Collierville. “It’s a wonderful way of helping people.”

Last year the council raised close to $6,500 through the event, with 19 teams and several sponsorships. This year they brought in over $9,100.

“This is just a lot of fun, and we hope to do it every year for many years,” said the event coordinator Karen Ray.

A couple of Literacy Council students showed up to play Saturday, one from India and the other from Jakarta, Indonesia, hoping to practice their English.

Mostly the competition was about fun, even if first place was an iPod for each team member.

“If it’s a new kind, I’ll just give it to my daughter, and she’ll give me her old one,” said Jeff Durbin.

“I’ll just give mine to my wife,” said Harry.

“Me too,” said Larry.
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School Basketball Fundraiser Sponsors Free Throw at Star-Studded ”Hoop It!” Fundraiser for Premier Los Angeles Charter School, KIPP LA Prep
Support Of Local School’s Fundraising Program Represents The Company’s Continued Commitment To Community Outreach Initiative, a technology-driven media company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, is set to sponsor Hoop It!, a community-oriented fundraising event organized by KIPP LA Prep, a free, public charter school.

Located in Lincoln Heights, KIPP LA Prep is dedicated to providing a rich and well-rounded education to low-income students grades 5-8. Set to take place on October 21st at 11am, Hoop It will feature a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a celebrity exhibition game benefiting the students of KIPP LA PREP.
“KIPP LA PREP is one of the most inspiring educational success stories of the Los Angeles area,” said CEO Lawrence Ng. “Despite 97% of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, the students of KIPP LA PREP far exceed the test results of students in similar areas of Los Angeles. In fact, they have scored second among all Los Angeles Unified School District Middle Schools. This is a testament to the great work being done by the administration, faculty and students at KIPP LA PREP.”

Eduardo Xol (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) will emcee the event. Celebrity participants include Cylk Cozart (“16 Blocks”), Sam Page (“The Brotherhood”), Elimu Nelson (“Love Don’t Cost A Thing”), Lane Garrison (“Prison Break”), Arlen Escarpeta (“The Ten” & “We Are Marshall”) and Jonathan Lipnicki (“Stuart Little 2”). Esai Morales, Chandra Wilson, Ming-Na, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Elisabeth Rohm are host committee members. A true representation of Los Angeles community spirit, parents commit time to the school and support their children’s education in many ways, including participating in events, installing computers and audio-visual equipment, volunteering in the library and even light construction work. Additionally, KIPP LA Prep students and teachers attend school 5 1/2 days a week and participate in summer school as well.

Kathy Yeung, Senior Director of Operations at and Chair of the KIPP LA Prep Board of Directors, remarked, “As a part of the Los Angeles community, we, at Oversee, feel it is our responsibility to give back to organizations like KIPP LA Prep, who are giving disadvantaged youths in our neighborhoods a chance to make their dreams a reality.”

And as Oversee continues to grow and increase its presence in the Los Angeles area, their commitment to giving back to the community also grows. Added Yeung, “From sending 50 employees to participate in AIDSWALK:LA and raising over $18,000 to our involvement in this wonderful fundraiser, we feel it is our responsibility as a growing Los Angeles company to improve the lives of those around us.”
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Music CD Fundraiser

CD Released to Support California Music Education 
Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jack Johnson, and a host of leading California musicians, singers, and bands will release a blockbuster compilation CD this month with the sole purpose of raising much needed money and awareness for music education in the California public school system.
Other artists featured on the new CD include Ben Harper, Perla Batalla, Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Michelle Shocked, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Leela James, Rick Holmstrom, Dwight Yoakam, Anna Nalick, and Warren Zevon. A total of 18 songs are on the CD and all artists donated their music.

California Music Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission of strengthening music education in California public schools through advocacy and funding of effective programs and people. Its goals are to:

– Provide grants to music teachers, music professionals, and schools to bring more music learning into California public schools
– Spearhead joint-ventures with universities, companies, foundations, and music-focused organizations to fund, pilot, and expand music programs in schools across California
– Serve as an advocate to both public and private sectors to further music as a core discipline to which every student will have equal access.

The artists are donating their music to the cause and felt the project struck a personal chord with them, both musically and from the standpoint of bettering education.

“Every God-given child should have the right to music education in school, just like math, science, and reading,” said singer Michelle Shocked. “The truth is that by denying children music and arts in school we are, in fact, leaving every child behind. Parents and communities need to put pressure on every school board and legislator to make sure we don’t let this continue.”

“It’s a shame that we are depriving so many California children of the benefits of music in schools,” said Grammy-winning artist Bonnie Raitt. “We all need to demand better of our school boards and legislators so every child has the chance to develop to their fullest with a well-rounded education, including the arts.”

Artists and songs featured on the first CMP CD include:

Beck – Scarecrow

Perla Batalla – Heaven & Earth

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Shuffle Your Feet

Bonnie Raitt – Love On One Condition

Chris Gerolmo – Over There

Jackson Browne – Never Stop

Rick Holmstrom – Pee Wee’s Nightmare

Leela James – Music

Jimmy Dillon – Somebody Like You

Tremolo – Baby Blue

Michelle Shocked – Picoesque

Jack Johnson – Good People

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Parallel Universe

Anna Nalick – Satellite

Dwight Yoakam – Intentional Heartache

Ben Harper – Better Way

Los Lobos – Hurry Tomorrow

Warren Zevon – Keep Me In Your Heart

In addition to producing a series of CDs, California Music Project is planning special events and concerts around the state that will help to heighten interest. Musical artists, including those not on the CD, are very passionate about their work and their keen desire to see California’s children get some of the same attention they received while growing up around music.

“Children need to learn how to communicate their ideas through music and the arts, regardless of their ethnicity and background,” said singer/songwriter Stephen Stills, a major supporter of music education in the schools. “Playing music is a wonderful opportunity for young people to experience self-expression and greater self-esteem. These programs are in desperate need of our assistance.”

“Some of my purest moments playing guitar were in afterschool guitar lessons taught by Ms. Rorro, my 3rd grade teacher,” recalled Rick Holmstrom, one of the artists on the current CMP CD. “But this was a Catholic school in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the arts were celebrated. I’d hate to be a third grader in a public school in California now, where it seems little effort is made to encourage kids to appreciate music. Come on everybody, our kids could be the future Ellington’s, Ray’s, Cash’s, and Flea’s!”

The California Music Project CD is available at Best Buy and wherever good music is sold. It will also soon be available at

The California Music Project is a joint, long-term initiative to strengthen music education in California public schools. CMP unites the California music industry with the State of California, the California Arts Council, California Alliance for Arts Education, California Association for Music Education, the California State Student Association, and the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment.
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