Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thank You For A Great Year!

Youth attend the Downtown Locker Room (DTLR) and hip hop artist Young Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation holiday party in Atlanta last weekend.

It's a wonderful time of year! Did you know that December 30 and 31 are the most popular days that people donate to charity? That's right, if you haven't already donated to a cause this year, now is the time! For readers in the DC area, check out the Catalog For Philanthropy Greater Washington, a handy guide that has already identified and screened small charities worthy of your donations. If you work for a non profit and are seeking donations, leave a comment below with a link to your organization!

I'd like to take this time to thank you, the readers for your support this year! I appreciate you! Thank you to my 3,000+ subscribers on Feedburner, Bloglines, Twitter, Linkedin, Widgetbox and RSS feeds! I may not know many of you personally, but I know that just by reading this blog, it shows that you are committed to strengthening our communities. I would also like to thank the many publicists, celebrity foundations and you, the readers, for sharing your charitable efforts with me. This will be my last post for 2009, so I wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous 2010!

In photo above: Urban fashion retailer DTLR and rap artist Young Jeezy partnered to celebrate Christmas with 25 Atlanta-area families this month. Atlanta-based rap artist Young Jeezy shut down popular Atlanta restaurant Justin’s to host a special holiday dinner for 25 Paul D. West Middle students and their families. In addition to the dinner, students and families enjoyed a night of dancing and gifts. DTLR provided each student with MP3 players and socks, and one lucky student received a $200 gift certificate to DTLR.

“We love working with Young Jeezy and his Street Dreamz Foundation,” said DTLR District Manager Danny Tonkins. “Jeezy wants to make a difference in the lives of urban youth, which is at the core of our company philosophy. Having a partner with the notoriety and respect of Jeezy and the desire to truly impact change in the lives of others is a great and rare thing.” In addition to the Christmas partnership, DTLR and Jeezy joined forces to provide the same 25 students and their families with full Thanksgiving dinners and took the students to a Hawks game. Says Jeezy, “I plan to mentor these kids, be there for them.”

Former Dallas Cowboy Leon Lett and Consolidated Sports Management teamed up with Joe’s Crab Shack to raise money and donate toys for the United States Marines and Toys For Tots during this holiday season.

Earlier this month, former Dallas Cowboys player Leon Lett signed autographs for fans with the proceeds benefiting the Marines and Toys For Tots, while Joe’s Crab Shack customers donated toys for kids in need. Consolidated Sports Management donated a framed autograph Leon Lett jersey which was raffled off during the event. This charity event was held at Joe’s Crab Shack’s Arlington, TX restaurant prior to the Dallas Cowboys/San Diego Charger football game. The event was a great success with many toys being donated. Lett personally donated 10 bikes for the kids. “I have always been a big supporter of events benefiting kids. My work with Consolidated Sports Management allows me to connect with the fans and give back. I try to involve businesses I’m involved with in my charitable endeavors.”

Happy New Year! See you in 2010!

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