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Week 40-All I ever needed to know, Day 3-I learned from Cheers

“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.”  Truer words have need been sung on the opening credits of a show.  We all have one of those days when the only people we want to see are the one who know us better than we know ourselves.  You might need a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board for a crazy new idea, or just the company of a good friend and a stiff drink.  Sometimes they are our family, and sometimes they are the family we never had, but we all have those special people in our lives who love us unconditionally.  This week has helped me to remember how thankful I am for my Norms, Cliffs, Sams, and Carlas. 

Cheers wouldn’t be Cheers without all the Boston.  Even today it’s still one of the favorite spots for tourists who have come from far and wide to see Bean-town.  The Boston Foundation is committed to building and sustaining a vital, vibrant, prosperous city that is full of opportunities for everyone.  Founded in 1915, TBF is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations.  They have made over $80 million in grants for non-profits by working with donors and other funders over the past 96 years.  TBF also serves as a center for information and innovation where people have the chance to share their ideas and develop their future into plans that will impact their community for the better.  I didn’t think Boston needed a lot of improving when I was there, but if it get better that just means I’ll have to go back and see it again.  Woody Harrelson may have made a name for himself in Boston, but he has sped on to other charitable opportunities.  Racing for Kids has taken the recent rise in popularity of motor sports and turned the focus on health care needs of children.  Over $5 million big ones have been raised through donors and events to help children’s hospitals and institutions across the nation.  More importantly, the celebrities who support RFK visits the children’s hospitals in the city the race is taking place in.  They spend some one-on-one quality time with each child, and learn their names.  Cheers to you Woody!

The Boston Foundation Donation 

Racing for Kids Donation

So here’s to what I learned from Cheers!  Thankfully you are a lesson that everyone can still learn because of the magic that is re-runs.  Putting your advise to music has really helped it stick with me throughout the years though.  I dunno about the rest of you out there, but I would like to get away.  It takes everything you got to make your way in the world today, and I’ll take all the help I can get. 

Week 20-Social Networks, Day 6-LivingSocial

Raise your hand if you like a good deal.  I’m imagining a sea of hands raised out there, because who doesn’t like to get things are bargain prices?  LivingSocial delivers great deals to your Inbox daily!  Do you love to go out to eat?  Oh well he’s a deal where you can get twice as much food for half the price!  Maybe you’re more into drinking your calories, they have deals for that too.  The best part, they give back to charities too!  Some of you may have even purchased the $5 donation to American Red Cross, which LS matched, for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.  You probably could have guessed that though based on what this blog is all about.  I am extremely thankful anytime I can be social and give back all at once.  And if I can do it with a glass of wine in my hand all the while, then kudos to me.

Hand washing station in Malawai (photo courtesy of http://www.waterforpeople.org)

LivingSocial was started in 2007 by a few smart people including Steve Case, who is the co-founder of AOL.  Yes, the AOL.  Steve and his wife Jean also began their own philanthropic effort, The Case Foundation, ten years prior to LS.  TCF has an great program called Gear Up for Giving which offers miniature tutorials on how non-profits can utilize social media to spread the word about their cause.  They even have seven “giving gurus” who help answer any specific questions you might have about social media and how it can help your charity.  TCF is like the Gates Foundation in that they have more money than God, and therefore don’t need our money.  They do support lots of other charities though like Water For People.  Like you already know by now, I have a passion for charities that bring clean water to those around the world.  It’s such a basic necessity that we, myself totally included, take for granted constantly.  Since they officially began in 1991 WFP works off four basic principles that all serve one basic need.  We also need to learn to all get along.  TCF also supports the Buxton Initiative which facilitates real conversations between people of different faiths and backgrounds to promote understanding, trust, and friendship.  After the tragic events of 9/11 the tension between Christians and Muslims was at a all-time high, and something needed to be done.  Two former ambassadors, one Muslim and one Christian, started this candid conservation with just the two of them and then the BI grew out of their relationship.  Sharing is caring, and giving is living.

Water For People Donation

Buxton Initiative Donation

So here’s to you LivingSocial!  You have helped me get great deals on movie tickets and Amazon gift cards.  I can always count on you to send me an email every morning and see if I want to purchase anything from skydiving to a donation to help those in need.  You may be in the business of making money, but your heart is already made of gold.  Thanks for helping us live social, and live selflessly.

Week 13-The Oscars, Day 6-The looks

I don’t know about you but I watch the Oscars just as much, if not more, for the looks the celebrities rock than the actual awards.  Calvin Klein, Chanel, Elie Saab, Van Cleef, Harry Winston, Cartier, Jimmy Choo, and Christian Louboutin are just a few of the names that turn heads on the red carpet.  I love seeing all the great designer gowns and the gorgeous make up that seals the deal for a best dressed look the next morning.  I had the best time at a girl’s night out Mary Kay party tonight with some great women, and am so thankful that make up and fashion can create new friendships.

The best of the best 2011

Mary Kay might have been your grandmother’s make up, it was mine, but not anymore!  They have revamped and pumped youthful, energetic, and fashionable into their line of skin care, fragrances, and make up.  I also learned tonight that Mary Kay is just as green as their Cadillacs are pink.  MK will plant one tree for every 10 flip tops and/or color refill cases that are recycled in 2011.  They have already planted 200,000 trees in Montana with the US Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation.  MK is also celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 by setting a goal to volunteer 1 million hours of community service world wide.  There is no better combination than fashionable and responsible!  When an organization is named Fashion Delivers, you know they are going to follow through on their promise to give back to those in need.  FD mobilizes men’s and women’s apparel as well as home industries to donate new items to those who have suffered a disaster and are in need throughout the year.  FD has only been a charity since 2005 but they have donated over $60 million dollars worth of merchandise in those six short years.  That must be why The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly, and NBC have all written articles on Fashion Delivers last year alone.

Mary Kay-Arbor Day Foundation Donation

Fashion Delivers Donation

So here’s to the looks!  You take beautiful women and turn them into goddesses on the red carpet every year.  You may change from one year to the next but the classic little black dress, high heels, and red lips (all together or separate) stand the test of time.  The only thing I can think of that is classier and more timeless than the classic LBD is thanking your community by giving back.

Week 11-Valentine’s Week, Day 7-Friendship

You always hear people say that their husband or wife is their best friend.  Or you hear the story that we were friends first and then it just turned into more.  The point is if you don’t have friendship as the foundation of your love then it’s a rocky road to happiness.  I had a great day meeting some new friends at the Newcomer’s Club here in Morgantown.  Everyone was so incredibly friendly and welcoming and I was thankful to know I was surrounded by lots of people new potential friendships.

What up little JLo?

I am really lucky that we live in a place where it is so easy to make friends, but that’s not always the case.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of America strives to make sure all young people have a friend when they need it most.  BGCA gives kids a place to grow and reach their full potential.  The BGCA was founded in 1906 and has served over 4 million young people in over 4,000 clubs across the United States.  Jennifer Lopez, Denzel Washington, Martin Sheen, and Shaq O’Neil are just a few of the celebrities that have started their future at the BGCA.  Kids don’t raise themselves, and behind every great kid there is a great adult leading the way.  Friendship Bridge is a non-profit that goes above and beyond the call of friendship for Guatemalan women.  FB provides education and microcredit to the women of Guatemala so they can provide their own solution to poverty for their families.  FB usually loans about $320 and FB borrowers typically start or expand small businesses such as weaving, embroidery, raising livestock or poultry, basket making, roadside vending, or growing fruits and vegetables for sale at the local markets. Profits from these businesses boost overall household income, and as loans are repaid, they are re-loaned.  Women have been successfully empowered through FB over the past twenty years, and there is lots more success to come.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Donation

Friendship Bridge Donation

So here’s to you friendship!  You are everywhere we look and are the reason for some many great love stories.  Without you I couldn’t have been thankful for all the other great delights of this past Valentine’s week.  There are books, songs, plays, and TV shows based on your magical bond.  I started this week off saying that all you need is love, and I stand by that.  All you need is love to be thankful for the friendship that sustains love’s thirst.