GIA Brightens the Season for the It’s All about the Kids Foundation
Thank you so much to GIA (Gemological Institute of America) employees and students in Carlsbad for holding an amazing toy drive for It’s All about the Kids! The following article appeared online [click here ] and in the Coast News and the Union Tribune Newspaper!
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) employees and students in Carlsbad are helping brighten the holiday season for San Diego children and teens through its annual Holiday Gift Drive. This year, the Institute collected nearly 250 toys and supplies and more than $1,600 for It’s All About the Kids©, a nonprofit foundation that supports local children’s charities.
Items donated to It’s All About the Kids Foundation include bicycles, playpens, learning toys and puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, flash drives, books, art supplies and much more. Donations will go directly to two of the foundation’s partner charities, the Serra Mesa Food Pantry and the Crime Victims Fund.
“We’re so honored to be the recipient of toys and donations from GIA this holiday season. For most of our kids, this is the only present they will receive this year, and we are so grateful for such amazing generosity,” said Angela Brannon-Baptiste, co-founder and president of the Board for It’s All About the Kids Foundation. “GIA is making a huge difference in the lives of our children this holiday season and throughout the year.”
“Knowing exactly where our donations will go has really inspired our students and staff to enthusiastically embrace the spirit of the season and make contributions this year,” added Susan Jacques, GIA’s president and CEO. “We hope to make the holidays shine a bit brighter for those at the Serra Mesa Food Pantry and the Crime Victims Fund.”
Since 1996, GIA’s Holiday Gift Drive has supported a local charity each year. It’s All About the Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates new and innovative programs to benefit children’s charities and enhance the lives of less fortunate children and their families. It’s All About the Kids is committed to the advancement of children through the joining of music, the arts and the generosity of corporations and individuals. In all, the foundation collects toys for over 1,500 children in San Diego and Baja Mexico.
Angela Brannon-Baptiste, co-founder and president of the Board for It’s All About the Kids Foundation (second from the left) with GIA staff Sarah Hatfield, Carol Moffatt and Veronika Janis. Photo by Kevin Schumacher; © GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu.
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It’s All About the Kids’ Youngest Fundraiser, Sage Weiss, Raises Over $1500!
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Youngest Fundraiser Sage Weiss, age 3, Raises Over $1500
Operation Birthday Cake Campaign Continues
SanDiego, CA. September 26, 2013. It’s All About the Kids Foundation™ is proud to announce Operation Birthday Cake Fundraising Campaign’s youngest fundraiser is Sage Weiss, age 3. Sage Weiss, daughter of It’s All about the Kids Foundation™ volunteer Kristen Weiss, decided helping less fortunate kids was better than getting more toys and presents. For her 3rd birthday this year, Kristen created the online fundraising page for her daughter, sent out emails, posted on social media and made phone calls to family and friends asking them to donate to the It’s All About the Kids Foundation™. Her goal was to raise $750 and donations currently total more than double at$1515. And more donations still coming in from generous family members and friends.
“Some kids don’t have anything so I am sharing my birthday with them. I like to share. I don’t need so many toys. I have my favorite Elmo and Thomas the Train,” said Sage. “Mommy tells me to help other kids because I already have the things that I need.” Her fundraising page is: http://www.crowdrise.com/SageOperationBirthdayCake
“Nothing beats the feeling you get by giving back to others in need. As a mother, I’m instilling in my daughter at a very young age the importance of volunteering your time and giving back to less fortunate children in need,” said Kristen Weiss. “Our world is too consumed with things that don’t matter and if we can teach our younger generation to give back, our world would be such a happiest place to live in and imagine all the smiles you can put on other children’s faces.”
“It’s All about the Kids Foundation™ encourages everyone to join Sage and Operation Birthday Cake by creating a personal page on the fundraising site, http://www.crowdrise.com/OperationBirthdayCake . My goal has always been to start of generation of ‘givers’ when they are young, but Sage’s generosity has far exceeded all expectations!” said Co-Founder and President of the Board, Angela Brannon.
Created in 2012 by It’s All About the Kids Foundation™’s supporters Mark Barneburg and Lisa Kogan, Operation Birthday Cake is an online fundraising campaign where supporters ask for donations to It’s All About the Kids Foundation™ instead of gifts for their birthday. In 2012, these two generous adults raised money online and also had a toy drive, raising over $1500 and collecting over 50 toys for the Charity. Other supporters help raise over $1500, including $500 from Kristen Weiss’s campaign.
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
To view the press release online, please CLICK HERE.
Press Release : Drive, Motivation and a Good Support System are Keys to College Success
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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
PRESS RELEASE: Tier One Solar teams up with It’s All About the Kids
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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.
Anniversary Art Auction – April 6, 2013
Anniversary Art Auction – April 6, 2013
Over 300 guests celebrated the Anniversaries of :
Alexander Salazar Fine Art – 3 year Anniversary
It’s All About the Kids Foundation – 9 year Anniversary
The night started with a fabulous VIP Reception and meet and greet with the artists. Huge Thank you To MC Carlos Kremer! Guests enjoyed tray passed appetizers from Bailiwick and sipped on cocktails featuring St Petersburg Vodka, El Cartel Tequila, Hubert’s Lemonade, Vita Pure Coconut Water and drinks from Coca-cola.
President and Co-Founder Angela Brannon with MC Carlos Kremer
Pacific Beach Fish Shop prepared their award winning TKO Fish Taco fresh off the grill at the entrance and were a big hit. Guests loved the food from restaurants Trattoria Fantasico, Meze Mediterrean, de’Medici and Deana’s Gluten Free and delicious cupcakes from Sprinkle Me Desserts.
Over 100 artists donated a masterpiece ! What an amazing night! With donors calling in bids and fighting over art, the night was a blast.
Thank you to MC Carlos Kremer, DJ Scott Roberts and saxophonist Jason Whitmore.
Photos at : www.momentsofyourlifephotography.com and www.jwtphotography.us .
Video from Rocket Science Marketing and Video coming soon!
Hosted by White Box Contemporary, St Petersburg Vodka and El Cartel Tequila, Kremer Insurance, Bailiwick, Trattoria Fantastico, Sprinkle Me Desserts, Uber, V Group Printing, Pacific Beach Fish Shop, de’Medici, King of Happy Hour, Any Budget Printing, Moments of Your Life Photography, JWT Photography, The Agency, Hubert’s Lemonade, Deanna’s Gluten Free, Coca-Cola, Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water, Meze Mediterranean Restaurant, Fit Athletic and Rocket Science Marketing.
Thank you to our raffle donors: Partying for a Purpose, Moments of Your Life Photography, RA Sushi, The Ultimate Workout, Tilted Kilt, North County Cobras, St Mark Golf Course, PRP Wine, San Diego Bacon Fest, Makeup by Alisha Marie, Mission Valley Skin Care, Uber, DJ IDeaL, Netgear, Hubert’s Lemonade, Imperial Gold Vodka, déjà vu Love Boutique, Tres Belle, Kristina Chartier Photography, Fiddleheads San Diego, Healing From Within Intuitive Consulting, Dinner Studio, Connie Cannon, Indian Joe Brewing, Mission Valley Pilates & Fitness Studio, Oceanside Boats Rentals, Saint Columba Press, Peace Monkeys Lifestyle Design, Legal Center for Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs
Thank you also to Kristy Salzar of Bearradio.tv and Out of the Closet with Isaac Siquieros and Reviewer.tv Siquieros
The event benefited the It’s All About the Kids Foundation and the Artist in Residency program.
White Box Contemporary is at 1040 7th Ave, SD 92101
CLICK HERE for the Press Release for Anniversary Art Auction
PRESS RELEASE February 11, 2013
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It’s All About the Kids Foundation Transforms in 2013
Co-Founder and former Executive Director Joins Any Budget Printing & Mailing
San Diego, CA – February 11, 2013 – Helping less fortunate children succeed has been the mission of the It’s All About the Kids Foundation since it was founded in 2004. Since then, over 11,000 children in Southern California and Baja Mexico have been helped by the unique programs that teach self esteem, college preparatory, life skills and also provide food, toys, clothes, shoes and necessities. In December of 2012, the Board of Directors of the Foundation voted to restructure the organization and transform it into a 100% volunteer organization. Jerry Stevenson was re-elected as Secretary, Dan Fumai as Treasurer and Angela Brannon as the new President of the Board. The Foundation has had over 400 San Diegans volunteer since 2004, with 75 currently donating their time and talents in the planning and production of numerous fundraising and children’s events.
Co-Founder and former Executive Director Angela Brannon has joined It’s All About the Kids Foundation Board Member Charlie Silveria at Any Budget Printing & Mailing as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely excited to have Angela as a part of the Any Budget team.” said, President Charlie Silveria. “Angela brings to us a unique style and experience that we’ve been looking for. We’re expecting great things from her as she heads our Sales and Marketing department.” Angela has been nominated for several awards including San Diego Magazine’s “Women Who Move the City” and “50 People to Watch in San Diego”, the Art in Living Foundation and been honored by St. Vincent de Paul, Christie’s Place, Molina Healthcare, and Channel 10. Angela can be contacted at Angela.Brannon@anybudget.com and (858)278-3151.
Any Budget Printing & Mailing is celebrating its 15th year providing high quality printing and mailing services for San Diego, California and beyond. Any Budget’s mission is to provide the highest-quality products and services possible in a timely fashion and at a competitive price. They promise to listen and help achieve your business goals and be there with honest, expert advice and quick, friendly customer service. www.anybudget.com .
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 and their families. Partying for a Purpose produces special events and fundraisers for the It’s All About the Kids Foundation. Together the organizations are committed to the advancement of children through the joining of music, the arts and the generosity of corporations and individuals. www.Itsallaboutthekids.org
It’s All About the Kids in PEAS Magazine
Thank you to PEAS Magazine for highlighting It’s All about the Kids Foundation and Co-Founder Angela Brannon for their February 2013 issue.
CLICK HERE FOR THE February 2013 ISSUE of PEAS Magazine
President of the Board honored as Hero of the Month
It’s All about the Kids is proud to announce that President of the Board Angela Brannon was named Hero of the Month for January 2013 by San Diego North County Kids Magazine. To check out the issue, please go to: http://www.sdnorthcountykids.com/current-issue/
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