The It’s All About the Kids Foundation is happy to announce that we have been chosen as the #2 Children’s Charity in San Diego, according to www.hauteliving.com. The Miami based internet site that highlights the best of everything in major cities.
“The national recognition that our charity is receiving is a testament to the good work that the board and Angela have done over the years. We should all be proud that our organization never sought recognition but only focused on doing good work for those in need in San Diego.” said Shawn Heyl, It’s All About the Kids President and Co-Founder. “Every once in a while we find ourselves involved in a business or organization that we really can be proud to be a part of and that really makes a difference. ”
What an exciting day! Seaworld invited the It’s All About the Kdis Foundation to a the final private dress rehearsal for Madagascar LIVE!, the new show ! So, we invited kids from Christie’s Place, St. Vincent De Paul’s Village and other special kids. We had the best time! Seaworld invited us to stay so we got to see polar bears, seals, whales and more! And had a blast on the rollercoasters!
THE MADAGASCAR LIVE SHOW IS A MUST SEE ! IT ROCKS!
Thank you, Seaworld, for inviting us! WE LOVE SEAWORLD!
Drive, Motivation and a Good Support System are Keys to College Success
It’s All About the Kids Foundation announces the College Graduation of Trisha McElroy
San Diego, CA – June 3, 2013 – It’s All About the Kids Foundation is proud to announce the college graduation of the first female student of the Difference for a Week Program. The Difference for a Week Program helps college students succeed ! Trisha McElroy graduated from San Diego State University on May 18, 2013. She also was commissioned into the United States Army Reserves as a 2nd Lieutenant on May 17, 2013. Trisha participated in the Difference for a Week Program for the entire length of her higher education.
“I met Trisha in 2004 through the Toussaint Academy, where she was a student. She lived with her family at St. Vincent de Paul’s shelter in downtown. She attended our Difference for a Day annual events including Prom and Life Skills Scavenger Hunt as well as sporting events and meeting San Diego Charger players. We promised her that if she got into college, she could be in the Difference for a Week Program. She not only got into college, but studied abroad, succeed and graduated,” said Co-Founder and President of the Board Angela Brannon.
After Graduating from the Toussaint Academy in November of 2005, Trisha’s higher education began at San Diego City College in 2006. In 2008, she studied abroad in Italy for three months, staying with a host family and learning the culture and language. From 2010-2011, she joined the Army Reserves and completed her basic training, went on to her advanced individual training for combat medics and earned EMT certification.
In the Fall of 2011, she was accepted to SDSU, where she joined the ROTC program and studied Psychology with a minor in Military Science. In the Summer of 2012, she participated in the Project GO language program studying Farsi [earning high marks] and completed ROTC Training in Fort Lewis, Washington. While in training, she ranked 4th out of 44 cadets, earning the highest grade possible and being in the top 5% of her class. In December of 2012, she received two scholarships from SDSU and study abroad in India, learning about the past, present and future of the country and earning an outstanding grade of A. In May 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology with a minor in Military Science. She also received her commission into the United States Army Reserves as a 2nd Lieutenant as a Medical Officer and will be attending her next training in medical services this summer in Texas. She also held down a full time job, working at ZipIt Gear after high school graduation for two years and then full time at a convenience store to pay for her college and living expenses and support her family of 5 siblings.
“Drive, motivation and a good support system are keys to my success,” said Trisha McElroy. “Also, listening to my mentors, taking into consideration what they have to offer and utilizing the strategies and tools that they share with me. Exposed to the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age, I knew that to be successful, I had to get stay away from it. Maintaining a full time job and school weren’t easy, but it kept me focused and away from the party lifestyle. Learning about saving money and budgeting led me to having my own apartment, supporting myself and getting a great car, which gave me freedom. I am excited about the next chapter of my life and finding a job that I love! I hope to work with children and share my success and be that person to show them the right way. “
Want to offer Trisha a job? Would you like to Adopt a College Student and make a difference in the life of one of our college students? For more information contact Angela Brannon at Angela@ItsAllAboutTheKids.org.
It’s All About the Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates new and innovative programs to benefit children’s charities and enhance the lives of less fortunate children, their families and those in need. The Difference for a Week Program provides support to youth who graduated from the Toussaint Academy and are attending college. The program provides mentors, a cell phone and modest plan, school supplies, and other grants for special projects. The Foundation is committed to the advancement of children through the joining of music, the arts and the generosity of corporations and individuals. www.Itsallaboutthekids.org
Tier One Solar Partners with It’s All About the Kids Foundation
Low Cost Energy Solutions that Support Less Fortunate Children
San Diego, CA. May 8, 2013. Privately owned Tier One Solar has partnered with It’s All About the Kids Foundation to support the charity’s programs for over 1000 children. Tier One Solar provides residential and commercial clients with low cost energy solutions while utility rates increase. Tier One’s mission is to help preserve our beautiful environment and also support charity. Through their Charity Marketing Campaign, Tier One Solar has committed a donation of up to $1000 per contract to the It’s All About the Kids Foundation. In addition, Tier One Solar has a training program that introduces young adults to the industry.
“We want to give back to the community through donating to the It’s All About the Kids Foundation and providing an exciting training program to help jump start local youth careers, “ said CEO Sepehr Nozari. “Our simple mission is to provide low cost energy solutions for everyone and we know we can make a REAL difference in our community”.
Tier One Solar serves California, Arizona and Nevada and is located in Poway, California. For more information, call 858.668.3133 or toll free at 855.215.2211. www.T1solar.com
It’s All About the Kids Foundation is a 501 c non profit organization that creates and provides new and innovative programs and services to benefit children’s charities and enhances the lives of less fortunate children and those in need. They help kids SUCCEED! They serve over 1000 children that are impacted by HIV/AIDS, homelessness, neglect, abuse and crime in Southern California and Baja Mexico. www.itsallaboutthekids.org
Partying for a Purpose produces all the fundraisers for the It’s All About the Kids Foundation. All of our events are filled with entertainment, food, drinks and fun. We truly “Party for a Purpose” because we believe in having a great time while supporting great causes. It is our responsibility to help other, and if we can do that while having a great time, then it is that much sweeter!
Each year, It’s All about the Kids Foundation, a Southern California children’s charity throws PROM for the Toussaint Academy San Diego, a safe haven for homeless teens unable to reunite with their families. THIS IS YEAR #10 ! The economy has hit the Foundation’s funding hard, so WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Check out our cool video! Why do the teens want a Prom?
Our Prom is Amazing – July 16, 2013 ! The Theme is Roaring 20′s ! In preparation of the Prom, It’s All About the Kids hosts MAN DAY and Afternoon of Total Beauty. The teens receive hair cuts and inspirational presentations by spectacular volunteers.The It’s All about the Kids Foundation provides the girls with dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses, corsages and hair/makeup! Boys receive suits, shoes, and Fedoras. All the teens attend with a guest and they arrive in limos for the memorable night. So, you don’t have the be ‘popular’ or have a date – EVERYONE ATTENDS! During the next three hours, 40 teens enjoy games, prizes, photos, food, desserts, dancing and crowning of the Court.”Prom was one of the best nights of my life,” said graduate Melissa, “I felt so special and we danced and had so much fun. I love that I got to take the photo that night, too !”The funding that we seek will pay for the costs of MAN DAY, Afternoon of Total Beauty and the Prom. These are costs that we are unable to get donated but receive a deeply discounted rate. This includes venue rental, audio visual, decor, photo paper, prizes, and other accessories.The Prom is an event of the It’s All About the Kids Foundation’s Difference for a Day Program. The Program builds self esteem, bridges the gap in trust between the teens and adults, prepares for higher education and teaches that life is limitless. Any additional fundraising will be dedicated to the monthly activities of this wonderful program throughout the year.”It is my favorite event of the year,” said volunteer and photographer Theresa Dimapilis. ”The teens are so happy, all dressed up and having the best time!”
The Prom is so popular that all the volunteer positions are already filled.
It’s All About the Kids Foundation and the Toussaint Academy San Diego are both 501c non profit organizations.
It’s All About the Kids Foundation helps over 1000 children each year in Southern California and Baja California through unique programs, activities and support. WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN DESERVE TO DREAM AND TO HAVE A CHILDHOOD!
At the Prom, the teens feel special and truly have a great time in a safe environment.
It’s All about the Kids Foundation has chosen Cars 4 Causes to process all of our vehicle & boat donations. Cars 4 Causes is America’s 1st vehicle donation organization, so rest assured they have the experience to get the most for our cause.
Suit and Tie Donation Party
Presented by Partying for a Purpose
To benefit It’s All about the Kids Foundation
At The Blind Burro on July 1, 2013 5pm-8pm
KICK OFF JULY BY GIVING BACK!
HEY GUYS! Please bring a new or gently used
SUIT, TIE, SHIRT, BELT, SHOES, and or SUSPENDERS to be donated to teenage boys of the Toussaint Academy who are going to Prom ! The theme for the Prom this year is Roaring 20′s, so the boys want to wear FLY Suits!
But, don’t worry, you don’t have to wear a suit, just bring one!
Ladies…join us ! Collect items from your male friends !
We need all sizes and all styles.
For your donation, you will receive:
Hosted appetizers from The Blind Burro
Happy Hour Drink Specials until 8pm
And the best feeling in the world for helping our kids!
Partying for a Purpose Presents Champagne & Purses on July 9, 2013
At the University Club
Join us for the 10th party!
Champagne & Purses is a ladies only party! The theme for Prom is Roarin’ 1920′s, so the theme for the fundraiser is Great Gatsby!
Hosted by Angela Brannon, Christina Thomas, Theresa Dimapilis, Tammy Rice, Wanita Caldwell, Victoria Blair and Kristy Salazar.
One of the crown jewels of the clubhouse, this room offers amazing 360-degree views of San Diego, from Balboa Park and the Pacific Ocean to Coronado and the bridge.
Ladies are asked to bring new or gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry and purses. The items will be donated to the girls from the Toussaint Academy San Diego, a safe haven for homeless teens who are unable to reunite with their families. Wear the long string of pearls to the party and then donate them !
Ladies will enjoy tastings of Le Medaillon Champagne, XB Sex on the Beach, St Petersburg Vodka, El Cartel Tequila, Dos Armadillos Tequila, and Hubert’s Lemonade with delicious food from the University Club,and desserts from Sprinkle Me Desserts ! Silent Auction! Raffle !
The Laureate Ballroom, on the 34th floor with 360 degree views of San Diego, from Balboa Park and the Pacific Ocean to Coronado and the bridge, will be filled with entertainment by DJ Scott Roberts, IDeaL & J-Break and DJ El Watusi with Jason Whitmore on the Sax and Mark DeMascole on drums.
Platinum Sponsor : SYCUAN Tribe of the Kumeyaay Nation.
Gold Sponsor :
Blank Slate Creative Studio
The Agency San Diego
Moments of Your Life Photography
Raffle/Auction sponsors include:
Mission Valley Skin Care
Marriot Resident Inn
Total Combat Paintball
San Diego Bacon Fest
La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic and more!
Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest AKA San Diego Bacon Fest
On International Bacon Day
Saturday, August 31, 2013
At NTC Park – Preble Field
Point Loma – San Diego, CA
What do you get when you put together over 50 restaurants and 30 breweries who LOVE bacon? And go a step further and prepare the best bacon creations and beer that is paired perfectly with bacon? And we get to enjoy them? HORMEL BLACK LABEL BACON FEST!
And the festival benefits It’s All about the Kids Foundation!
40 Eateries – 40 Breweries – 5 Wineries – 5 Spirits – 3 Live Bands – 1 DJ
Tickets and VIP Tickets available!
For all the info and tickets, please go to : www.sdbaconfest.com. More restaurants and breweries are joining every day, so check the website for the latest news!
BACON! BACON! BACON!! BACON!