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SML Charity Home Tour accepting applications from charities
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The truth about the Ice Bucket Challenge: Viral memes shouldn't dictate our
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Erie, PA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

AcousticSheep LLC participated in one of the largest running events put on in Erie, PA yet – the first Color Run – otherwise known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” The event took place on August 9, 2014 and over 10,900 participants from Erie, surrounding areas, and even from as far away as California ran or walked in it.participated in one of the largest running events put on in Erie, PA yet – the first Color Run – otherwise known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” The event took place on August 9, 2014 and over 10,900 participants from Erie, surrounding areas, and even from as far away as California ran or walked in it.

The Color Run puts on 150 races domestically every year, as well as 49 internationally. The Erie run was the second largest in Pennsylvania. Once registration opened in February of 2014, it only took ten days to sell out which was extremely fast.

AcousticSheep LLC organized a team of runners from their company to participate in the run. They also set up a booth at the event and spread the word about their latest launch in products, RunPhones®Wireless, their new Bluetooth® enabled sport headphones designed for running and exercising in. In addition, they were able to showcase their white RunPhones® which were designed specifically for Color Run contestants.

“We came here to promote our new RunPhones® Wireless headphones and came home inspired to run more and run bright with colors! We can’t wait for the next run!” said Wei-Shin Lai, MD, CEO/founder of AcousticSheep LLC.

The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 with the goal of promoting good health and happiness by bringing communities together. It’s an untimed 5K race where “Color Runners” are doused from head to toe in a safe Technicolor cornstarch solution at each kilometer. This race is the first paint race of its kind, and has tripled in size since its inception.

Walter Sonntag, the race director for the Erie Color Run told AcousticSheep in an interview following the run, “Erie loves the Color Run and it shows!”

“I have never seen another community more engaged or get more involved than Erie,” said Sonntag, “And the feedback from the survey was one of the highest the company has ever seen.”

Participants who were asked if they would refer it to a friend, almost unanimously agreed they would.

In fact, the whole community rallied behind the event and was instrumental in its success. Over 200 volunteers were present to help with everything from setting up to cleaning up. Sonntag also gave kudos for the involvement of the Erie City Offices, the Erie Sports Commission, and of course The United Way who was the chosen charity for the event. The Color Run ended up raising them roughly $ 22,000 for Erie County.

“Color Runners” were just as enthusiastic about RunPhones® products as they were about the race with many of them signing up for the newsletter and promising to stop by the local office once learning that AcousticSheep LLC was a locally-based company. The products were well-received by race participants – especially by those who have been seeking a comfortable listening solution for their headphone needs while running and working out. Many agreed that RunPhones® may be the most comfortable sports headphones they’ve seen!

About AcousticSheep LLC: AcousticSheep LLC designs and distributes innovative headphones for a variety of lifestyles. Formed in 2007 by a family doctor and her husband, AcousticSheep products are designed with comfort, quality, and the environment in mind. for additional information or connect with us on Facebook at

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Musselmans Apple Sauce Helps Families Stay Healthy and Joins the National Breast Cancer Foundation to Fight Breast Cancer

Peach Glen, PA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

In honor of families everywhere, Musselman’s Apple Sauce announces the launch of Musselman’s Growing A Healthy Family Sweepstakes, a campaign to help families make healthy choices and enjoy time together in a fast-paced world with competing demands. In addition, Musselman’s is releasing a product line with “pink-ribbon” packaging to raise money for the company’s long-time partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

Providing healthy snack and meal options is a prime goal of Musselman’s, and donating to and working with NBCF is key to helping families, many of whom are touched by breast cancer. From now through December, Musselman’s will donate money to NBCF every time a product with the signature “pink-ribbon” packaging is purchased in stores. Customers can look for “pink-ribbon” packaging on select apple sauce and apple juice products— and help Musselman’s reach its goal to donate $ 65,000 to NBCF.

The first four weeks of the Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes run from August 19 through September 15, and feature a grand prize trip to the Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute, a family-themed ice-skating and music extravaganza that takes place on October 19 at the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University. Hosted by champion figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss, the star-studded event features a live musical performance by Grammy-award winner Amy Grant, during which champion and Olympian skaters perform skating routines with their children.

In addition to four tickets to the show, the winning family will receive round trip airfare, two nights lodging, admission to the dress rehearsal for the event, and access to the post-show VIP reception including a cast meet and greet.

Families can enter the sweepstakes weekly by responding to a question posted on Musselman’s Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes website. Each week, the question will focus on a different theme —back-to-school, healthy party recipes, stress reduction, family fitness — and participants will select the option that best describes their family.

Weeks five through twelve of the Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes feature a weekly chance to win a $ 100 gift certificate from Amazon. It starts on September 16 and runs through November 3. Again, families can enter by responding to the weekly sweepstakes question.

“Helping parents and kids find ways to stay healthy and spend time together is a key goal of Musselman’s,” said Bob Fisher, the vice president of marketing at Knouse Foods. “We’re proud to support families through the sweepstakes and to help NBCF make a meaningful difference in the lives of people everywhere touched by breast cancer.”

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States, and early detection is key to reversing this alarming trend,” said Janelle Hail, the founder/CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “The money raised by Musselman’s will provide help and inspire hope in those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. We sincerely thank everyone at Musselman’s for their continued loyalty and support.”

A variety of Musselman’s corporate and celebrity partners are participating in the promotion of the campaign, including Disson Skating, Amy Grant, Penn State, and Musselman’s family of bloggers. To learn more about Musselman’s Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes, visit

About Knouse Foods and Musselman’s

Musselman’s is one of the leading brands of Knouse Foods, an established grower-owned, fruit processing cooperative with more than 60 years of history providing the best fruit products. For more information, visit

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit

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How To Donate To A San Diego Charity

San Diego is a California city known for its beaches, business and industrial complexes, palm trees, proximity to Mexico, and temperate weather. Who wouldnt want to live and love in such a wonderful city? With a population in the millions, the people of San Diego are beginning to experience the stranglehold of the failing housing market, the declining job market and the increased need for government aid. The scene at any San Diego charity is one of constraint, rationing and dire straits as well. There are government aid programs out there, but what happens when you dont qualify for government aid but you still need help? There are many charities throughout the area that the city has to offer that can help you in your time of need, no matter what your need may be.

If you are in the position of having to choose between paying your bills, buying medications or feeding your family, you are not alone. The increased need for food banks, housing aid, monthly household supplies, and other necessities that residents need has spurred action among the many non profit organizations that this city is home to. Some of the charities San Diego County residents support are; the Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, and Ronald McDonald House, who all have recognized the needs of the people of San Diego County and have stepped up to offer services to people who would otherwise live without.

The Salvation Army offers support, food, clothing, housing and job search help to those who come through its doors. The Salvation Army is one of the many charities San Diego County can be proud of. With donation centers and stations throughout the city, the Salvation Army is able to collect used items to sell in its stores. The money raised by the stores is used in its many programs to help people overcome drug addiction, learn job skills, find counseling support for victims of domestic violence, provides food to the disadvantaged so they can feed their families, and keeps children and single mothers off the streets.

The Ronald McDonald House is one of the many charities San Diego can truly be proud of. What started off as a charity supported by the donations from McDonalds restaurants has grown into an international charity that dedicates its time and resources to provide housing for the families of people who are hospitalized due to chronic or terminal diseases. When they donate to The Ronald McDonald House and her sister charities, San Diego County residents are helping to keep hurting families together when they need to be together the most.

The charities San Diego County residents support are numerous, life changing, and are truly making a difference in the lives of those who dont have much, but are still full of hope, determination and an appreciative spirit. The non profit organizations that residents support have the potential to impact the surrounding counties, leaving their mark on those who will one day be in need even if they dont live in San Diego.

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Ace Hardware Hosts One-Day Bucket Promotion to Benefit Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Ace Hardware is helping make miracles for local sick and injured kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

On Aug. 16, Ace customers who make a $ 5 donation will earn a limited edition five-gallon bucket and receive 20 percent off* most everything that fits in the bucket. All donations will directly benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

The bucket promotion is part of Ace Hardware’s Block Party Event, which takes place at participating locations Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17.

“Ace is committed to being the Helpful Place in each community we serve, and part of that means giving back,” said Jimmy Alexander, president, Ace Hardware Foundation. “We’re proud to help make miracles happen for children in need and to provide support for the entire family.”

Ace’s second-annual All-Star, 10-year-old Aiden Morales, is the face of Ace Hardware’s 2014 campaigns for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Aiden was born with a heart defect called tricuspid atresia requiring numerous operations, including the first surgery when Aiden was just six months old. He has since undergone four surgeries, including an operation to give him a pacemaker. Aiden’s image and story will be featured in hundreds of Ace Hardware stores across the nation this summer.

Ace Hardware has been a proud partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 1991. Thanks to the generosity of Ace customers, retailers, vendors and team members, together Ace has raised more than $ 59 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

“Our friends at the Ace Foundation have been a committed and valued partner in our vision to save the lives of as many children as possible,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The funds raised through this bucket promotion will go directly to pay for life-saving medical treatment for sick and injured kids across the country.”

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About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $ 5 billion, most of it $ 1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and

About the Ace Hardware Foundation

As the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation, the Ace Hardware Foundation helps enhance the vision of being the “Helpful Place” in local communities across the country and around the globe through charitable giving. The Ace Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

About Ace Hardware

For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,850 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit


Power tools and small appliances qualify for a 10% discount. Offer valid August 16, 2014, only. Discount applies to the regular price of in-stock merchandise that can fit inside the bucket at one time. Merchandise placed in the bucket must remain in its original packaging. Not valid on grills, lumber and building materials, fuel, bagged fertilizer, sale and clearance priced merchandise, online purchases, rental, in-store services, Ace gift cards, city stickers, outdoor power equipment, previously purchased merchandise, Weber branded products, Stihl and other items that each participating store may designate, or in conjunction with any other coupon, excluding Ace Rewards. Discount does not apply to phone orders, special orders or store charge accounts. No rain checks will be given. LIMIT ONE BUCKET AND ONE OFFER REDEMPTION PER CUSTOMER. Offer good at participating Ace stores located in the USA except where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.

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Announcing the release of a new Template for Final Cut Pro X, the Benevolent Theme from Pixel Film Studios

Aliso Viejo, California (PRWEB) August 08, 2014

Final Cut Pro X motion graphics artists of themes and 3rd party plugins have announced a new Template, Benevolent Theme from Pixel Film Studios

“Our goal is to offer our users a wide variety quality themes and Benevolent theme adds a style never before seen to our growing library.” Says Christian Austin, Pixel Film Studios CEO. “Benevolent theme is a fresh contemporary theme our users will fall in love with.”

Benevolent is a theme made exclusively for Final Cut Pro X users. Find customizable controls for cameras, animations, colors, text, and more in the inspector window. Choose from 48 camera presets and use on-screen controls to achieve different looks and new angles. Use customizable transitions, lower thirds, and more with Pixel Film Studios themes.

With Benevolent, users can utilize the “Animation” and “Animation Origin” drop-down menu to combine for over 100 different animations. Allow Benevolent to slide in or flip in. Move the text bar with an easy slider and checkbox to flip its orientation.

With Benevolent, users can choose from 48 3D camera presets. Pick from sweeping motions to gradual dolly shots. Animate the scene with ease by using intuitive drop-down menus that control camera type and environment orientation.

Use drop-down menus, sliders, dials, and color wheels to customize the look and feel of Pixel Film Studio themes. Controls are categorized by level of importance, allowing users to navigate the inspector window without fail.

Benevolent is customizable in Final Cut Pro X. Users can customize the looks and animations of the environment, lower third, and even transition in each of Benevolent’s components. Use on-screen controls and intuitive parameter controls to create a beautiful project or presentation all within FCPX.

Established in 2006, Aliso Viejo, California-based Pixel Film Studios is an innovative developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast community. Their products are integrated with popular non-linear editing and compositing products from Apple FCPX. All Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

Despite Some Confusion over 9/11 Memorial Opening, Kid-Friendly Ground Zero Museum Workshop on 14th Street Continues It’s Mission

New York City, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

With the recent May 21st opening of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meatpacking District has been encountering some visible confusion in recent tour bookings. Says the Museum Workshop’s Carole Barnes, “We have had to re-write the description of our tour and museum on all the major travel sites who sell us so tourists don’t confuse the two 9/11 Museums. Our description is now crystal clear as to what we do and what the new Museum does in terms of tours and displays – and location. We have had some mistaken bookings where guests thought we were at Ground Zero. We are on West 14th street in the Meatpacking District.”

Much of the media focus has been on the new 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, but up further in the Meatpacking District the Ground Zero Museum Workshop quietly continues pushing forward with daily tours of images & artifacts. Recently awarded a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by Trip Advisor and included in their “Top 25 Museums in the USA” list, the Museum focuses solely on the “Recovery Period” after the 9/11 attacks. Despite a few booking errors here and there from guests who have wanted one museum and accidentally gotten another due to confusion, Ground Zero Museum Workshop has been serving as the “First Stop” for tourists before they head down to Ground Zero. The audio tours contain ©RealGroundZero audio sound effects in Dolby Stereo, which was lifted from videotape shot inside Ground Zero in 2001. The Museum is known worldwide as the “Biggest LITTLE Museum in New York” for its tiny size but huge story content. Tour guides often joke with guests that GZMW is “not much bigger than the ladies bathroom at the MOMA.”

“We are less about volume and more about small batch, intimate tours that bring our guests as close as possible to the front lines with FDNY firefighters during the Recovery,” says museum founder Gary Suson, who spent 7 months as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association. We are unique in that we have created a non-sterile Museum experience in which visitors can actually pick up and hold World Trade Center artifacts for a more hands-on tour. We also are unique in that we are kid-friendly; We don’t show any graphic images that may scare young children whose parents are trying to introduce them to a tough subject matter. The image collection is quite tasteful and kids as young as 4-years-old have had their attention held by the self-guided audio tours. For us that’s a huge compliment to what we have tried to do with our educational mission.”

Ground Zero Museum Workshop is also unique in that offers guests the only comprehensive self-guided audio tour behind one hundred 9/11 images & artifacts, courtesy of Tour Mate Systems in Canada. Daily tours are offered in Dolby Stereo in Spanish, French, Italian & English. The tours are intimate, with a personal guide and a max capacity of 28 guests per tour. Says GZMW Publicist Carole Barnes, “The first 45 minutes are lead by a guide who allows guests to hold WTC window glass as well as Stars of David and Crosses forged from World Trade Center Steel. The ability to actually touch and hold these sacred items help visitors connect in a way that just looking at them cannot do.”

The Museum has been lucky to find support from numerous 9/11 families who are happy that the Museum is the only one to donate a portion of its proceeds to FDNY and 9/11 charities. Some recovery workers and families have also loaned the museum artifacts, including the largest piece of World Trade Center window glass in existence at over 120 pounds and 3 inches in thickness. Also on display are iconic artifacts that have been featured on CNN and FOX, such as the “Frozen Clock” from the PATH Subway area, the “Today is September 11″ Calendar Page, the “Genesis 11 Tower of Babylon” Bible Page and more.

Having visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Suson states, “It’s a jaw-dropping museum and very emotional. It hit me hard because I spent 7 months there so it was emotional to go back and see all the big artifacts that I have not seen since I was inside Ground Zero in 2001-2. The design of the new Museum is quite beautiful and it accomplishes what it sets out to do. Granted, it’s completely different than what we do up here at Ground Zero Museum Workshop but we feel those wanting to learn as much possible about 9/11 will be open to visiting both Museums. There’s no such thing as getting too much education when it comes to American History, especially surrounding a world changing event like 9/11.” GZMW has been very clear about the delineation between the two museums on it’s ticket seller ZERVE’s website.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop: Stories, Images & Artifacts from the Recovery has daily tours and tickets can be purchased by calling ZERVE at 212-209-3370 or booking online.. Self-guided audio tours are in Spanish, Italian, French and English.

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Insure It Forward Guides Oklahoma City Metro Employers with Affordable Care Act

Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

The seminar is the first in a series of free seminars Insure It Forward will be offering the public in the upcoming months. The seminars will cover a wide variety of Affordable Care Act questions, including what employers don’t know that could cost them or their employees’ money. Attend a seminar to learn how Insure It Forward saved a Blue Cross Chamber plan member nearly $ 3000 per family annually by making one small change.

With the vast amount of confusion over the Affordable Care Act from business owners to individuals, Insure It Forward offers their services free of charge to Oklahoma City and surrounding communities as a guide and resource to use when signing up for insurance. In addition to the seminars, they help community members regularly choose and enroll in healthcare plans, dental plans, or small business health insurance. They are especially reaching out to employers right now looking for help with the ACA, as the deadline is fast approaching.

Insure It Forward’s owner, Jim Scheihing has been serving the Oklahoma City community’s insurance needs for over twenty years, specializing in small group and individual insurance. “In 2010, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act, I sold my insurance agency and opened Insure It Forward, with the idea of helping people and non-profits,” said Jim. “In 2013 with more and more confusion about ACA, I began to focus all of my energy on health insurance for the community, hoping to help people make sense of it all. I also continued my non-profit efforts; donating 50% of all profits to WATERisLIFE and Water4, non-profits which provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs throughout the world.”

For more information and help navigating the Affordable Care Act or other insurance plans, please call Insure It Forward at 405-585-0648. Insure It Forward is located at 3200 East Memorial Road, Suite 900, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73013.

About Insure It Forward

Oklahoma owned and operated independent health insurance brokerage helping individuals, families and businesses (SHOP) the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare”.  Providing free online quotes designed around saving time, work and money. Call for help with Health, Dental, Small Business Health Insurance, Employee and Cobra benefits needs.

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The NALA is a full service marketing agency for local business owners offering online advertising, marketing and branding expertise, great business benefits, education and money-saving programs, as well as a charity program.

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Chinese Children Charity

Many people are already quite aware of the serious problem in China and all of the children there that are in great need. At first glance it may seem that none of us have anything that we can offer. But that just is not true. There are always children in great need of adoption and families that will love and care for them. Even if you are not in a position to adopt a child, there are other ways that you can help out. is one fabulous organization that is devoted to changing the lives of these orphaned children. By visiting their website, you can find out how you can help and how big the problem really is.

This outstanding charity was founded by a family in their own small basement. At that time they were hoping to simply help a few children. Miraculously, since then they have been able to help thousands of children find healthy and loving homes. The mission of this organization is to find as many caring homes for these orphaned children as possible. Family and family values are incredibly important to the founders of this charity. Since the two founders are also the parents of adopted children, they understand firsthand how meaningful this experience really is.

Start by checking out the website for all information regarding adoption. It is important for families interested in adopting these children to understand that this is a very personal experience. It is not a matter of taking the next child in line but rather a matter of finding the right child that fits into your family. The adoption process can seem complicated and lengthy but it is essential in getting everyone on the right path. China is a country that has been in need of this type of assistance for many years. When you adopt a child in China you will be required to travel there one time. It is necessary in order to make the adoption official.

You must be aware that this process can take quite a long time from start to finish. It can take as many as a few years before you are finally united with your adopted child. Patience is definitely essential if you are going to go through with this because nothing happens overnight. A home study is necessary and is part of the qualification process for families waiting to adopt. This is done as an evaluation to ensure the family meets all requirements and is approved based on government regulations.

This organization has helped more than eight thousand children to find families. The integrity of this establishment is outstanding. Families that choose to adopt through this charity will be pleased with their experience. Take a moment to browse through all of their helpful resources or to check out their frequently asked question section. You will likely find answers here to any questions that you may have. You may be interested in reading the stories of other families that have adopted children this way. Take your time when choosing to adopt a Chinese child but remember that it is about the difference you will make in their lives.

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