CELEBRITIES FORE KIDS : SILENT AUCTION

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Over the past 20 years the annual charity Golf Tournament helps support the Celebrities Fore Kids mission; making a difference in the lives of children affected by cancer and other life-altering and life-threatening illnesses or conditions. They strive to improve the quality of life and well-being for ill children and their families by offering financial support for daily living needs to help with related living expenses and necessities which negatively impact the family’s health, and lives while caring for a ill child; like gas cards, food, mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, special project needs like converting the shower so a wheelchair bound child can wheel into the shower themselves, or building a ramp for wheel chair accessibility or providing respite care so a family can refresh and continue their medical journey.  Please join us in helping sick children and their families by placing a bid on live or silent auction items including the ‘Joyful Gift Set’ by artist Lex Lumiere that includes the last rare set of Black & White hand printed photographs of sacred Trees, hot cocoa and other goodies that bring out your inner child.  Art is meant to be a joyful and magical experience…

 

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VANDERPUMP DOG FOUNDATION GALA : SILENT AUCTION

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The Vanderpump Dog Foundation has built a community of dedicated dog activists that are working to find forever homes for homeless animals across the city of Los Angeles to help relieve overpopulation. Many shelters are at capacity and don’t have the resources, or the manpower, to save all the unwanted pets in the city.

Education is at the forefront of the Foundation’s mission. They teach people about overpopulation, how they can help, and change the world through small, responsible acts of spay/neutering and urge people to adopt their next family member from The Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center in an effort to curb overpopulation in the shelters.

They generously give dogs a second chance to find a forever home.  

There are several ways to help support the Vanderpump Dog Foundation – Bid on our Je t’aime or Amour Gift Sets (French Themed) :  L’art crée plus de beauté dans le monde… ❤ at their silent auction. You can also adopt a pet, make a donation or use their grooming services available to the public or shop in their boutique of pet products for your pup. 100% of the profits go towards the Rescue Center. 

 

 

 

RYDE FOR A REASON : SILENT AUCTION

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Join RYDE for a fun evening of drinks, dancing, and a silent auction to kick off the third annual RYDE FOR A REASON event benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association.
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limited edition photograph is part of the Breaking Borders series showcased at the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of The Exposure Award, also published in their book. Now it is a part of a sensual Holiday French Wine Basket for a silent auction that includes:

  • L ‘Epayrie Special Reserve Rouge: Pale ruby colour; cherry and currant aromas; light plum and cherry flavours; clean finish. In France, table wine is the classic every day wine which for centuries has been consumed as a staple of the French diet. 1 Liter Bottle. Made in: France
  • Imported Truffettes de France: Natural Dusted With Cocoa Powder 4.4 Pound Gift Box
  • L’ Epicurien, Black Cherry Confit: French Gourmet Tragana or Burlat varieties (Bigarreau sweet cherries family), known for their outstanding taste qualities. Generous quantities of many beautiful, heart shaped and juicy morello cherries in every jar.
  • Game of Dice: The history of dice is almost as old as mankind itself. In Egypt, they discovered evidence of ancient dice in tombs dating back before 3000 BC. They are the oldest gaming instrument the world has EVER known and are still wildly popular today. Historians think early man used them as magical devices to deduce the future. Well, “Great minds game alike.”

    The limited edition of 100 prints is signed by the artist and includes a Certificate of Authenticity, so place your bid at the silent auction to help end Alzheimers.

 

Hurricane Harvey Charity Info

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 Dear Friends of Texas,        

      Thank you to everyone for their efforts to support the people of Texas and help our communities recover and rebuild our lives. Once you endure the Hurricane of change, you pause to suddenly realize amidst the chaos you have actually survived three Search and Rescues to help move residents and the elderly across a long, cold, murky Texas bath consisting of 27 trillion gallons of water falling from the sky, a few fire ants, snakes and alligators. The annual rainfall of Texas is normally 51 inches, which Harvey delivered in 72 hours! We also survived an emergency evacuation by FEMA & the Fire Department due to 40 feet of flood water surrounding our block, multiple electrical fires and a dove in a ark tree making our homes permanently uninhabitable.  I have never done a 1 day pack and move, it was exhausting but thanks to church volunteers, it was possible. The Red Cross Disaster Relief team somehow humorously reminded me over dinner that although our lives are forever transformed, the rewards of flood water search and rescue heroism are bringing people to safety and a tetanus shot given by the #Walgreens Medic team. 😉  Although our art and photo studios were submerged under water, there is nothing to complain about because we are blessed and grateful to still be alive.

I am thrilled about the simple fact I can actually remember what day of the week it is now and am pushing through my Hurricane Harvey PTSD fog. Sunday, I found enough energy to volunteer with #LoveFirst to help other flood residents off of Dairy Ashford near the reservoir clean out their homes and strip them to the concrete. Over 500 residents homes were flooded in that neighborhood, it looks like a war zone with debris everywhere and we have only reached about 10% of the residents. We need more volunteers over the next six months to continue to help bring hope to hurting hearts as much of our community is grieving on multiple levels. On top of everything, my mentor and family friend Lucia, whom I often work with was in critical care at MD Anderson but was moved to hospice and passed Friday evening at 8:10 pm. Lucia has been an inspiration to me personally and many of us in the holistic and creative communities. Her loss will significantly impact us, as no one has stepped up to buy her wellness center. Emotionally, the month has taken a toll on us but we are hoping Shanah Tovah will usher in more positive energy for healing on a local and global scale.

If you have a warm smile and a compassionate heart to serve, two willing hands and need a humbling reminder to be grateful for all your blessings, please join us as a #Volunteer in our ongoing interior and exterior design Hurricane relief #Art projects. We definitely need you now. God Bless everyone, thank you for all your help and please keep all the residents of #Texas, #Louisiana, #Florida, #CaribbeanIslands  and #Mexico in your Prayers as we heal and restore our lives.

~ Lex

DONATIONS: Contact a local trucking company to create a 18 Wheeler Donation Drive or fill a PODS Container with a specific type of donation.  Separate items in categories for; water, food, non-perishable snacks, toiletries, shoes (tied together with twist ties,) work boots, tools, undergarments like underwear and socks, pillows & blankets, mattresses, sleeping bags, baby supplies like; baby formula & food, pacifiers, bibles, wet wipes & diapers, car seats & strollers, wheelchairs & walkers, Toiletries like;(toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap,)  insulin & diabetic (blood glucose meters,) stethoscopes, aspirin, feminine hygiene products, cell phone chargers, dog & cat food, cleaning supplies like hydrogen peroxide & vinegar, etc.  Please watch a note on Donating individual Goods to help ensure your donation makes the most impact and are sorted properly for faster delivery to disaster survivors and their communities. Large volume donation drives are a great way to enroll your community and businesses to donate and ship items to areas in desperate need of supplies.

SHELTER NEEDS:  The following supplies are the most urgently needed,  List of Houston Emergency Shelters and Supply Needs

CHURCH NEEDS: 70% of Hurricane Relief efforts has been supplied by spiritual organizations.

VOLUNTEERING:  Restoration of the Texas and all #Hurricane effected communities will be a long term commitment to re-build (hopefully with mandatory steel and concrete construction required in tropical climates,) as many areas are damaged. When connecting with any of the listed Volunteer Groups, please check 1st to learn about current opportunities and when volunteers are needed— before traveling to the affected areas independently. Consider volunteering every other week, or one weekend a month for the next six months to a year if your schedule allows. Adopt a non-profit to do long term relief work. While doing volunteer therapeutic arts with children in the homeless shelters, I learned that your consistent presence will help give families and children a sense of stability in the midst of change and transition. Emotionally, the areas effected by natural disasters, the people are hurting

College Alumni : If you are a current college #Student, member of a #University sports team or #Alumni, ask your school registrars office or Dean to compile a list to check on others Graduates or current students with families living in areas effected by the disasters and volunteer as a #Team to show up to help them. Survivors are busy trying to salvage their lives doing manual labor and moving what they can. Literally, call and go knock on their doors.

Block Volunteers : If you live in an area unaffected by a natural disaster, rally your entire block, or office to host a donation drive or volunteer as a group.

Volunteer Texas :    Houston volunteer hotline at 713-881-3100

Home Relief Teams : Volunteer teams are sent around Houston to physically help families impacted by flood waters. No experience or skills are required- just be prepared to get dirty and SHOW UP in athletic wear or jeans in a t-shirt at the ‘Oasis‘ room, next to the Recreation Center at 7401 Katy Fwy with a desire to love & sweat for our city.  Serve on Saturdays at 8am or Sundays at 2pm. Also, get work boots, old tennis shoes and keep a plastic bag or tub in your trunk to use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to sterilize your shoes afterwards. Additional questions, contact: LOVEFIRST.Volunteers@HoustonsFirst.org

Food & Pantry Clothes Closet : Volunteers are needed to serve each day at our Faith Center-Spring Branch, located at 8244 Long Point Rd. Volunteer hours are from 9a -4:30p on Mon-Sat. All you have to do is SHOW UP and be ready to serve! (FYI — the facility is open for those in need from 10a-1p on each of those days.)

Lakewood Hurricane Relief  : Register to join the church rebuild Houston.

Volunteer Florida 

Volunteer Louisiana

Caribbean Islands (supported by Oxfam for 30 years)

Puerto Rico

RED CROSS: The #RedCross set up 34 Emergency Shelters across Texas and 31 in #Florida after the Hurricanes, they only have a few 1000 volunteers and are in need of 17,000 volunteers and shelter managers for support to keep up with the volume of people. You can find  to volunteer at Red Cross , or download a free Red Cross App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).  If you qualify for financial disaster relief, the Red Cross will begin taking applications on September 21st.

EMPLOYMENT:  According to Stanford, the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey and Irma will be severe, as many businesses and entrepreneurs like myself have been impacted by flood damage. People will lose their jobs altogether or be out of work for months. While people are displaced and living in shelters, work gives them a sense of mental and financial stability via income. When they are effected both financially and displaced from their homes, it can be a disasterous recipe for tdepression. If you know of legitimate remote work via a laptop and telephone, or of jobs with relocation assistance (to help people or families travel, move and get established in a new home from Point A to Point B.) These are ‘lifelines’ that can provide stability, so are work scholarships or internships that can help recent graduates of high school, new Freshman and college graduates have the money and supplies to continue their education despite the Hurricane displacing them and their families. Also, if you have the business connections, friends or means to personally provide work to Hurricane survivors, this will be of extreme importance in the days and weeks to come for residents in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. Please list any jobs on Indeed asap and ask your publicist to make appropriate announcements for community awareness. Jobs, and being productive helps save lives. 

FEMA:  People forced to evacuate need to fill out a FEMA application (800-621-3362) and call their insurance company asap. Your family and friends in Texas may need you to help them do this if you have computer access. Hurricanes are considered a mandatory evacuation due to a natural disaster. In 7 to 10 days they will call the hurricane survivor to schedule an inspection to see if they qualify for financial disaster relief, if the property is not inhabitable, they determine if they qualify for aid: www.disasterassistance.gov

TETANUS SHOTS:  If you or someone you know are exposed to the flood water, breathing the droplets due to watering getting into your/their home, getting your hands or body wet while working construction or clean up (nicks and cuts), you will need to go to the #RedCross pharmacy run by Walgreens to get a #Tetnus shot unless you have had one in the last 5 years. The Red Cross Medic team will give you a free shot at the Pharmacy inside a local Red Cross shelter.  If not go to see your own doctor asap because the germs in the flood water can make you sick up to 2 years later. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

HEALING WITH PULSE ORLANDO

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Charity Network News has teamed up with Equality Florida & our allies to honor the 49 souls lost at Pulse with 1 week of events in Houston to support the LGBT community. Together, in times of escalating chaos we learn to shift fear, discrimination, bigotry, violence, grief & anger to hold a vision of equality & world peace for our community by finding the stillness & joy within that can anchor us in any storm. Perfect for anyone, regardless of experience, belief system or philosophy. Wear your Rainbows with Pride and join us as we #HonorThemWithAction

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 |

Meditate for World Peace | Half-day Retreat: (9:00 am-12:00 pm) Zen Meditation Classes. Free. Guided by Ordained Zen Masters of Chung Tai Chan Monastery of Houston, 12129 Bellaire Blvd., 77072

PFLAG Equality Meeting: (2:00 pm) PFLAG has been saving lives, strengthening families, changing hearts, minds & laws since 1972. Our nationwide family voice is integral to advancing equality for the #LGBT community. Come to our meeting, make new friends and join us for lunch afterwards. St. Pauls Recreation Center, 401 Branard St., Houston, Tx 77006.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 |

Yoga for World Peace | On The Green: (11:00 am-12:30 pm) Strengthen, relax, recharge, re-center and heal. Presented in partnership with Military Veterans Peer Network. Bring your own mat, towel & water. Participants are required to sign an exercise release form upon arrival. Free. Discovery Green. 1500 McKinney, 77010.

Pulse Vigil | Montrose Center: (7:00 pm) A year later, celebrating the lives of those lost in the Pulse Orlando massacre. The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St, 77006 Montrosecenter.org

Poems for Pulse & LGBT Equality | The Last Concert Café: (8:30-10:00 pm) Come express yourself by writing a creative verse, lyric or spoken word to uproot anti-LGBTQ bigotry & hate with love. Open Mic. Last Concert Café, 1403 Nance St, 77002

TUESDAY, JUNE  13 |

Yoga for Healing | Resurrection MCC: (7:00-8:30 pm) Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others, suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels welcome. Bring your own mat, towel & water. Free. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2015 West 11th Street, 100-Main Floor AB. 77008

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 |

Oneness Blessing | Unity: (5:30-6:45pm) The Oneness Blessing, is a hands-on, direct blessing. Which can strengthen your relationship with your Divine, Spirit, God. Quiet your chattering monkey mind in group meditation. The more blessings you receive, the greater the benefit. Child care available, no reservation required. Free. Wallet Hall @ Unity of Houston, 2929 Unity Dr, 77057

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 |

Tai Chi by the Reflecting Pool | Rothko Chapel: (5:00 – 6:00pm)  Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art whose physical practice offers general health benefits, stress mgmt.& increased energy. The physical & meditative aspects of Tai Chi, which use slow movements, relieve the physical effects of stress on the body & mind. Led by instructor Henderson Smith. Inclement weather class held indoors. Free. Register. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon, 7700  

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 |

‘ Paying It Forward ‘ for Pulse & Manchester | Food Not Bombs: (8:00-9:30 pm) We fight hate & violence with kindness, activism & charity. Volunteer & do something good for your favorite charity on Friday. Serve nationwide and help provide free vegan meals for the homeless. Cook & bring a disposable aluminum pan of hot vegetarian food to serve, or donate a love offering. Free. Downtown Library Courtyard, 521 Lamar, 77002.

SAT, JUNE 17 |

Qi Gong for Equality: (4-6 pm) Also known as Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, a traditional qigong practice now forbidden in  China due to their Communist regime, practitioners are often persecuted like the LGBT community in other parts of the world. Together  we will practice Qi Gong & take a stand for Global Human Rights. Gentle movements & meditation  cultivate the body, mind, & spirit. A powerful system only consists of 5 simple exercises, performed by anyone regardless of age, physical condition, or prior experience. Outside of Chinese Consulate, 3417 Montrose Blvd.,77006.

SUNDAY,  JUNE 18th   |

Dance for World Peace | Ecstatic Dance Evolution: (10:30 am-1:00 pm)
A transformational dance practice. Be free in mind-body-spirit & express yourself thru movement with an accepting creative community.  Uproot anti-LGBTQ bias & bigotry through the beauty of dance & movement. Free. Midtown Arts and Theater Center (MATCH) 3400 Main Street, 77002

Sunday Love Feast : (5:00pm) Break bread and make new friends. Karma talk followed by a free vegetarian meal for all. Free. ISKCON Temple: 1320 West 34th Street, 77018.

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