Friday, June 11, 2010

Celebrity Philanthropy: Usher, Alonzo Mourning & Dwyane Wade

R&B Superstar Usher Helping to Promote WE SERVE - A National Partnership between ServiceNation and AmeriCorps Alums
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages citizens in volunteerism. By participating in this program, members learn new skills, and earn money to pay for college, along with many other benefits while giving back. Are you an AmeriCorps alum? Read on!

On June 9th, ServiceNation and AmeriCorps Alums announced a partnership to find, connect and engage more than 600,000 AmeriCorps Alumni.

As ServiceNation’s Youth Chair, Usher has agreed to provide autographed memorabilia in a registration contest aimed at getting more alumni formally involved in AmeriCorps Alums. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, there are more than 600,000 national service alumni, but less than ten percent are registered with AmeriCorps Alums, the official alumni organization.

“Most AmeriCorps members don't know that they have to register with us,” says Amity Tripp, Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums. “They think that, like after college, you are automatically on the alumni association's mailing list. But because AmeriCorps is a government-managed program, we can only reach the alums who opt-in to our system.”

“AmeriCorps Alumni represent a huge, untapped group of potential volunteers who have the energy, idealism and networks to do great things in their communities,” said Greg Propper, executive director of ServiceNation. “By connecting those who have already volunteered and are eager to volunteer again, WE SERVE will help ServiceNation reach our 2020 goal of engaging 100 million Americans in community volunteering and an additional one million in full- and part-time stipended national service per year.”

To date, AmeriCorps members have given more than 775 million hours of service to hundreds of organizations in the United States and its territories. AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 2.4 million community volunteers for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps alums – anyone who has completed a term of national service, including NCCC, VISTA and pre-AmeriCorps VISTA – are encouraged to visit and register as part of WE SERVE. All AmeriCorps alums who register receive a coupon to the AmeriCorps Alums store and are entered in a drawing for one of ten gift cards to Target worth $100 a piece. A drawing based on referrals will award the Grand Prize – autographed memorabilia from ServiceNation Youth Chair Usher.

The WE SERVE outreach contest will end at 5pm EST, June 30th at the close of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Meet NBA Champs Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade this Saturday!
Alonzo Mouring and Dwyane Wade are gearing up for their annual Summer Groove charity weekend with a meet and greet on Saturday, June 12th at Publix Supermarket, 1181 S. University Drive, Plantation FL from 12pm-2pm.

The first 333 Publix guests will have the opportunity to meet the dynamic duo during an autograph session at the in-store promotion. Join the fun with great music, raffles, giveaways and product sampling from participating partner products.

Consumers have the opportunity to win and be a part of The Summer Groove weekend of fun with an “Enter to Win” sweepstakes running now through July 2nd, 2010, which requires no purchase. Check out the Be a Pro With Zo & D. Wade Sweepstakes Presented by Publix and participating partner products in-stores. Log on to by July 2nd to enter to win fabulous prizes and memorabilia including:

1st PRIZEOne (1) $500 Publix Super Market Gift Certificate; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino “Party Like a Rock Star” gift basket that includes autographed guitar by FOREIGNER, Overnight stay (mid-week) Deluxe Accommodations at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL, $100 Food & Beverage Certificate, $50 “Free Play” and Assorted Hard Rock logo items; Summer Groove VIP package for two (2) that includes: 2-night hotel stay (7/16 and 7/17), tickets to the Groove Comedy Show Hosted By Heineken, Publix Charities Groove Benefit Gala, and Carnival Cruise Lines Groove All-Star Basketball Game.

2nd PRIZETen (10) persons each will receive one (1) autographed basketball by Zo and D. Wade; One (1) pair of tickets to the Carnival Cruise Lines Groove All-Star Basketball Game; and Two (2) commemorative shirts.

Fifty (50) persons each will receive two (2) tickets to the Carnival Cruise Lines Groove All-Star Basketball Game.

ABOUT THE SUMMER GROOVE:NBA Champions Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade have joined forces once more to host the largest event of the summer –SEMINOLE HARD ROCK PRESENTS THE SUMMER GROOVE HOSTED BY ZO & D. WADE. Held in Miami, Florida, July 14-18, 2010, the Groove is a five-day weekend event that has something for everyone: golf, comedy, concert, benefit dinner, youth summit, youth sports conference and basketball clinic, a free block party, an all-star basketball game and numerous exclusive functions. Now in its 14th year, proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation. For more information, visit

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