Donnie Wahlberg Rocks Chicagoland Raising $759k to Help Kids with Autism

Written by lyricsmama on June 23, 2017 – 1:09 PM -

There was electricity in the air Monday night in St. Charles, IL. New Kids On The Block (NKOTB) member Donnie Wahlberg joined forces with Generation Rescue for the second annual Another Evening with Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests concert. The evening’s proceeds of $759,000 exceeded funds raised last year at Wahlberg’s inaugural event for the charity, and will be utilized to spread awareness and help fund autism treatment for low-income and at-risk families.

The Blue Bloods star’s wife, Jenny McCarthy, kicked off the show with a heartfelt speech to fans and announced that their had been a groundbreaking earlier that same day (in St. Charles), of a custom built integrative health clinic providing comprehensive treatment for all individuals across the special needs spectrum. A portion of the funds raised from both this year’s and last year’s concerts have been allocated to the clinic.

The historic Arcada Theatre walls were vibrating from the cheers of fans, friends, sponsors and supporters. Wahlberg took the stage along with the Chicago Children’s Choir and gave his usual 200% of a performance. Joining him for the second year in a row were fellow NKOTB members, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood, as well as Naughty By Nature. Also donating their time and talent were Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris from Boyz II Men. Returning guest artist, Ashley Rodriguez did a stunning version of “True Colors”. The talented musicians backing the performers were Ethan Farmer, Om’mas Keith, Stanley Randolph, and musical director Rob Lewis, all of whom are currently on tour with NKOTB. Following the concert was a VIP After Party hosted by Wahlberg and McCarthy at Shakou St. Charles. The evening’s co-producers were Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue and Ali Winkler.

“This evening is very special to me,” said McCarthy of Another Evening with Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests. “Not only does it help Generation Rescue provide low-income families with access to essential treatment, but it also gives Donnie and I a chance to connect with friends and fans in a special way. There’s no greater unity than spreading love for a good cause.”

So far, Generation Rescue has provided assistance to more than 750 families in all 50 states, with medical grants of $1.8 million and counting. Kids assisted by Generation Rescue demonstrate improvements in sociability, sensory and cognitive awareness, speech and communication, as well as their health and physical behavior.

As a special surprise to the charity, long time Generation Rescue donor Pat Joyce (owner of the luxurious Summer Winds Resorts properties) committed to a $1 million donation as initial funding to build the next of Generation Rescue’s integrative medicine clinics, in the state of Missouri.

The evening wouldn’t have been made possible without the generous support of Rowena and Joe Salas of Hotel Baker, Live Nation, McKenzie Breidenthal, OxyHealth, Thiel Audio, and White Rose Angels. Sponsors also included Custom Companies, French Med Spa & Cryotherapie, Midwest Conference Services, Quick Logistics, Amazing Lash Studio, Amy and Shawn McDonald, Fox Valley Auto Group, Misty Feeley, Faculty Management, Pauly D. Foundation, Pillow of Health, Sheri Cesak-Shriver and Melissa Potempa, The William & Mary Davis Foundation, Hurdl, My Intent, Boxed Water, PartySmart and Shakou St. Charles.

All photos by Brian Babineau – courtesy of Generation Rescue

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For more information on the event visit: http://www.generationrescue.org/donnie/

And check out Generation Rescue’s social media channels:
www.twitter.com/genrescue
www.instagram.com/generationrescue/
www.facebook.com/GenerationRescue

About Donnie Wahlberg:
Donnie Wahlberg is an artist who knows no limits, and his diverse career proves just that. He has captured the attention of audiences worldwide as the star of the hit TV show Blue Bloods on CBS, as Executive Producer of five television shows, and as the engine behind the group New Kids On The Block (NKOTB). As a board member of Generation Rescue and advocate for autism awareness, Wahlberg conceptualized, creative directed & produced both 2016’s An Evening With Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests & this year’s Another Evening With Donnie Wahlberg, to directly benefit families affected by autism.

About Generation Rescue:
Generation Rescue is the leading national organization that provides hope, information and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism spectrum disorders. To learn more about Generation Rescue, visit their website at www.generationrescue.org.

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Now Casting 5 and 6 Year Olds with Southern Accents!

Written by lyricsmama on June 23, 2017 – 12:45 PM -

Urgent Casting Nationwide!!!

We are in search of adorable and outgoing 5 and 6 year olds with a SOUTHERN ACCENT for a fun new TV show!

We are also looking for:

5 and 6 year olds:
– with glasses
– with red hair
– that live on a farm
– with accents

Email me at 5yearstvshow@gmail.com

Don’t forget to include…

1. Your name
2. Name of your child
3. Your child’s date of birth
4. A few pictures of your child
5. And lastly, tell us what makes your child special.

Thank you and good luck!

The Casting Duo

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SKYLANDERS® BRAND COMES TO LIFE THROUGH FOOD IN NEW NATIONWIDE PARTNERSHIP WITH KID CUISINE!

Written by lyricsmama on January 23, 2016 – 2:47 PM -

Activision Publishing, Inc. and ConAgra Foods’ Kid Cuisine have teamed up to bring even more fun to frozen-food grocery aisles. Available now through April 15, kids everywhere in North America can enjoy a variety of Kid Cuisine meals inspired by Skylanders®, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, giving fans all the more reason to play with their food. The promotional meals will be available at all participating major grocery stores and supermarkets across the country, as well as Walmart and Target.

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The Skylanders-inspired Kid Cuisine meals will infuse the magic that the blockbuster franchise is known for with this novel partnership. Fans will enjoy meals featuring their favorite characters such as Stealth Elf and Kaos shaped chicken nuggets with gem-shaped cookies, and Spyro and Dream Catcher-shaped macaroni with pudding that changes color while you eat! Fans will be able to get their hands (and mouths) on nine different Skylanders-themed Kid Cuisine meals:

· Cheese Pizza

· Beef Patty

· Mac & Cheese

· Fish Sticks

· Mini Corn Dogs

· Fun Nuggets

· Popcorn Chicken

· Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza

· Spaghetti

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What’s more, fans will get an extra treat inside each Skylanders Kid Cuisine meal box; a free Stealth Elf Skylanders Battlecast card. Skylanders Battlecast brings cards to life in a new free-to-play mobile adventure, set within the Skylanders universe. The game offers everything from collectability to strategic card combat, online PvP and an exciting single-player campaign, appealing to both Skylanders fans and classic card battle enthusiasts. Skylanders Battlecast lets players create a team of their favorite heroes and build the ultimate deck for battle. Portal Masters won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to continue to build their ultimate deck of cards on their quest to become a legendary Battlecaster in anticipation of the game’s official launch in 2016.

For more information please visit www.skylanders.com or follow them on Instagram @SkylanderstheGame, Twitter @SkylandersGame and Facebook.com/SkylandersGame.

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Things to do on a long, winter evening – Bingo Anyone?

Written by lyricsmama on February 19, 2015 – 1:09 PM -

Winters aren’t the most welcoming seasons of all. It’s not just because the temperature plummets, workload increases four folds, you can’t go out. I mean those are obvious, but there is something that irks me more than all these- evenings get incredibly long! Hadn’t it gone dark at 4 pm, things could have been so dramatically different.

Nevertheless, as kids and my hubby stay in, we hunker down and get to spend some quality time together. But once I tuck the kids to bed, I’m stuck for an entertainment rut. So there are two things I usually do: either switch on the telly or play bingo online.

Online bingo sites like GameVillage Bingo are a great source of entertainment. You don’t end up spending a lot of money as the site has plenty of great value bingo games. For many, playing bingo is not always about winning money, and I’m no different. Sometimes all I need is a quiet time for myself. Bingo gives me that and also pumps up my adrenaline. Sitting at the edge of the bed, waiting for that one last number to get called out. There’s nothing like it. When you get lucky with the right set of cards, the game can get incredibly fun.

Bingo isn’t as old fashioned as it seems. You don’t really need to keep your eyes down to concentrate on your bingo cards. The software does the automatic daubing for you. You can watch your cards’ progress and enjoy the banter and chat with your fellow roomies. In GameVillage Bingo, the unique radio bingo keeps me occupied throughout. I tune in to the radio, listen to music, keep an eye on my bingo cards and chat with my friends. The bingo games on GameVillage are unique and lot better than most of the bingo sites I have played on.

Of course online bingo is just one among the many fun things you can do to keep yourself occupied in the long, cold winter nights.

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Tips On Finding A Summer Nanny

Written by lyricsmama on May 16, 2014 – 12:20 PM -

Conducting a Successful Summer Nanny Search as Demand Rises

Parents Should Use Traditional and Social Media to Find the Right Nanny

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Industry experts suggest signs of a strengthening economy mean more people are back to work and the demand for skilled caregivers will continue to grow.  SurePayroll, which provides nanny payroll services to thousands of families nationwide, notes that parents looking for a summer nanny will need to get ahead of the curve using both traditional and social media methods.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past five months unemployment in the United States has dropped to 6.7 percent in March 2014 from 7.2 percent this past October.[1]  As unemployment has declined, the need for nanny care has increased.  According to Recruiter.com, there are 19.3 percent more open nanny positions since 2004, and the career is experiencing an average growth of 3.19 percent per year.  Demand is expected to continue on an upward trend, accounting for an expected 832,610 new jobs filled by 2018.”[2]

As working parents search for someone to watch their children when school is out, they often wonder how and where to go to start their search for a seasonal nanny.  “I will definitely need help,” said Allison Mosele, a working mother of four in the Chicago suburbs.  “But I have no idea how to go about finding a qualified nanny, especially someone who is interested in just working over the summer months!”

For any working parents, planning ahead is an important step toward finding a viable solution.  “Parents are off to a good start when they create a nanny plan,” said Lori Bolas, director at SurePayroll, and a mother of two.  “They should outline exactly what their needs are, how long they need help for, and their expectations.  They should be as specific as possible.  Parents also should do some research and take a look at their own financials as they budget, they’ll need to make sure to budget for paying The Nanny Tax.

As an online payroll provider that helps thousands of parents automate their nanny payroll, SurePayroll has some tips for parents on how to conduct a successful search for a summer nanny.

Tip #1: Word of mouth

Parents should not forget the power of good old-fashioned word-of-mouth when it comes to looking for a nanny, both the new and the old-school way.  They can spread the word at cocktail parties, at PTA meetings, local school events and even walking their dog.

Parents also can call, text and email their friends, family and neighbors asking for recommendations, and requesting that they share their need with any interested candidates.  Good nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.

Tip #2:  Social Media – Your Community in the Cloud

If a mom or dad belongs to a parents’ listserv or a social community network such as Facebook, now is the time to harness the power of social media.  Parents should write a detailed and thoughtful job description and post away!  They will want to make sure to turn on their privacy settings so that only their friends and family can view their request and information.  Parents should not be afraid to send the request out several times over the course of a few weeks, in case people don’t always check their timelines.

Tip #3:  Grass Roots Job Postings

Parents should get moving and hit the pavement!  They can post their job description on local church bulletin boards and ladies locker rooms at local gyms and country clubs.  The teacher’s lounges at the local schools and park districts also have places to post requests.  And don’t forget the jobs boards at local community colleges and even some high schools.  Be sure not to post too much personal detail and only use generalities about where you live.

Tip #4:  The Nanny Network

Nannies know and socialize with other like-minded nannies.  Parents should ask their friend’s nannies for recommendations that they can contact.  There also are social networks for nannies, and parents can visit these sites and post their request there as well.

Tip #5:  Nanny Agencies

For a fee, nanny agencies can connect parents with qualified summer nanny candidates.  The agencies can be a little more expensive, but the nannies are pre-screened, and the service usually includes a background check.  In addition, family satisfaction with the nanny may be guaranteed for a specific period of time.

Tip #6:  Online Nanny Websites

Online nanny websites are tremendously popular, of little cost to the parent, and are usually free for the nanny candidate.  Parents can post detailed information on what kind of seasonal nanny they are seeking, along with any photos they wish to share.  A background check can be included as well.  Sites like SitterCity.com have found thousands of qualified nannies for parents across the country.

Finding a summer nanny can be fairly quick and easy if parents follow these suggestions.  Families should always be sure to carefully vet their seasonal help with a background and reference check.

About SurePayroll
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers’ compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit www.SurePayroll.com. Follow us on Twitter — Circle us on Google+ — Connect with us on LinkedIn — Like us on Facebook.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit www.paychex.com.

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