With the holidays in full swing, it’s a perfect time to think about ways to give back! A POSITIVE SPIN is hosting an online fundraising auction from December 9 through December 22 that aims to benefit Give a Beat & We Are Movement, two programs which use electronic music to make a positive impact in the lives of youth.
The auction, which can be found at www.32auctions.com/APositiveSpin, features amazing items donated by The BPM Festival, Dubspot, Fool’s Gold Records, Fusicology, Goldenvoice, HARD, House of Blues, Insomniac, Krewella, LED, Major Lazer, Mysteryland USA, Native Instruments, Pattern Bar, Pioneer, Ultra Music Festival, USC Events & more.
It is with a heavy heart we report that over Thanksgiving week beloved Druken Munkey employee, Buddhi Thapa, was fatally struck and killed by an SUV, just blocks away from the restaurant. He leaves behind a wife and four young children who just recently moved stateside from Nepal to be with their father.
Although nothing can heal the wounds of tradgedy, to his family during this incredibly hard time, all money from food sales on Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 will be donated to them.
Drunken Munkey NYC is located at 338 E. 92nd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues
Running Noir et Blanc, a fabulous Flat Iron boutique, the Thrifty HOG, a high-end designer thrift store, and Hearts of Gold, a Manhattan non-profit that has helped tens of thousands of homeless mothers and their children, is all in a day’s work for Deborah Koenigsberger. This inspiring woman somehow found some time to chat with us (on the day she was throwing a Hearts of Gold Thanksgiving party for upwards of 80 families, no less) about being an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and fashionista!
Approximatley 5 to 7 million animals enter shelters nation wide every year, and the sad but awful truth is that about half of the animals are euthanized. We ask that you don't support unethical puppy mills by purchasing dogs from breeders ranging up to $3,000! There are millions of shelter dogs waiting to be rescued and are ready to join a loving family, for FREE. Nonetheless, if you simply don't have the time to own a dog, you may contribute to a shelter that works with animal rights and saving dogs from puppy mill by purchasing a Christmas CD by Dahna Bender.
This Friday, October 18, gather the family, or your young-at-heart friends, and head to a Regal Cinema nearby to enjoy the premeire of "The Stream", starring BGCA Alum and Advocate Mario Lopez (Extra!, X Factor), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, Super, Six Feet Under).
This unique coming-of-age comedy, set in 1981, will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with over 80% of producer proceeds going directly to the charity.
“The Stream” follows the story of five friends who embark on epic adventure. All they have to do is follow The Stream and back. With Mom gone for four-hours what could possibly go wrong? Encountering bullies, mystical creatures and a nasty storm, the friends will need the force of friendship to prevail.
The iPad offers apps for babies to use all by themselves. Technology, computers, the Internet—these are all increasingly more essential in the life of a Millennial. We all know, along with the transference of information, the Internet is also a swarming beehive of ads; ads that encourage—both explicitly and implicitly—casual sex, smoking, junk food, and most notoriously, unhealthy body-image.
Over the years, Mr. Bloomberg has combated smoking, unplanned teenage pregnancy, and soda-drinking through emotionally provacotive ads, often ugly, gross or sad. His newest project, which began this Monday, is de-legitimizing professional image-makers who popularize unnatural notions of beauty. The campaign, called NYC Girls Project, essentially tells girls they are all uniquely special and beautiful.
Over 500 supporters came to The Cutting Room this past September 18th, selling out the Round 2 show of Wall Street Rocks’ Battle of the Bands; marking this another successful round. The soon to be announced winner of round 2 will advance to the final stage at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, December 5th to face off against round 1 winner Riffhanger. Audience members are asked to vote on their favorite band by text. Results from last night will be announced after the second round in September, providing the line-up for the final round in December.
The Doe Fund, a New York City based non-profit, works around the clock to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction and criminal recidivism. The organization, which was founded by George T. McDonald, is best known for its award winning program Ready, Willing & Able, which puts thousands of men to work in its signature blue uniforms throughout the city, helping to keep more than 150 miles of NYC streets clean and green each day as a transitional employment program. The program offers homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals transitional work and housing, along with case management, life skills, educational assistance, occupational training and more. Joonbug recently took a trip to their headquarters in Brooklyn to take a tour of their facilities and find out what The Doe Fund is all about.
We all know that big companies sometimes like to give their money to charity. But no matter how noble a cause may be, there is really no way to see exactly how or where they allocate these charity dollars. But with State Bags, giving back to the community has become much more than just a promise, it's a celebration.
State Bags is a New York based benefit corporation who specialize in building practical and stylish bags for people interested in making a discernable change in their community. For every bag purchased, an identical bag is given to an impoverished child who do not have simple luxuries like owning legitimate school backpacks. Instead of just handing out their proceeds behind the veil of a UPS carrier, State Bags celebrate every individually donated bag with a rally held by State Bags representatives called PackMen (no relation to the 8-bit game character).According to Scot Tatelman, who started State Bags with his wife Jacqueline, the idea for their project originated five years ago during a summer camp program he started to help impoverished kids. "I moved to New York and wanted to do something for kids growing up in neighborhoods that were pretty tough, maybe the toughest. Kids were showing up to and from camp with their stuff in trash bags," he says, "so we wanted to do something more than just hand out material things." Instead, Scot and Jacq introduced their GiveBackPack program which also provides children with "a message, role models, and a long term impact." PackMen are the foot soldiers of State Bags. By showing up in person to every State Bags Bag Drop around the country, PackMen are youth developement specialists from under-priviledged nieghborhoods who form intimate relationships with the kids they deliver their products to. Scot not only describes them as motivational role models who visit kids and "rock their world", but they are also the "face of the franchise" who are "performers at heart". Along with being "cheerleaders and rappers, all kind of in one." Scot also says, "they show kids how they rose from neighborhoods, exactly like the one's that they're serving...how they dealt with shootings, violence of all kinds, and drugs." To sum up their relationship to them, Scot says that, "They are basically family members to us."
Ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to charity? Me too. But with GiveDirectly, a charity that helps support Kenya's poorest population, you no longer have to worry about feeling like you wasted your hard earned dollars. With a unique new method of endowment, GiveCharity has revolutionized the charity field by actually handing people money. What a concept!
The way GiveCharity works is very simple. They give money to the poor by transfering it electronically to their cell phones. Before this happens though, GiveCharity scopes out census data to figure out what areas of Kenya need the most help. After the poorest households have been designated, SIM cards are provided to donation recipients without cell phones, who are then free to allocate the money they recieve however they see fit. Wondering what they are spending their money on? GiveCharity believes in keeping completely out of the way of recipient's choices in spending their money.