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Kevin Hart × Jason Biggs Host E!’s Lineup

KEVIN HART AND JASON BIGGS LEAD E!’S HILARIOUS NIGHT OF FUN AND GAMES BEGINNING TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 

Beginning at 10pm ET/PT, Season Two of Celebrity Game Face, Hosted and Executive Produced By Kevin Hart, Returns with Wilder Games and More Hysterical Moments  

Immediately Following at 11pm ET/PT, New Series Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door Takes Over the Neighborhood with Outlandish Trivia and Cash Prizes 

E! invites viewers to a fun, entertaining game night filled with competitive challenges, trivia and laugh-out-loud moments beginning Tuesday, August 31. Kicking off the night at 10pm ET/PT is the season two return of Celebrity Game Face executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart and HartBeat Productions. Then, at 11pm ET/PT, the series premiere of Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door executive produced and hosted by Jason Biggs, where he surprises unsuspecting families for a chance to win a major cash prize from the comfort of their own living room. 

Celebrity Game Face Season Two logline:              

Celebrity Game Face returns with new celebrity contestants and crazier games, as they go head-to-head with the hopes of winning the Hart of Champion trophy and awarded money for their charity of choice. Each team will compete in at-home games such as Pardon My Pecker where teammates must pop the most balloons with a chicken beak, Cookie Face where players place a cookie on their forehead and twist their face to the cookie in their mouth and Blow Hard where players blow out massive candles wearing a mouth stretcher.  

Celebrity pairings this season include: Aasif Mandvi & Shaifali Puri, Chrissy Metz & Bradely Collins, D’Arcy & Jason Carden, Desus & Mero, Fortune Feimster & Jax, Gronk & Camille, Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen, Kenan Thompson & Chris Redd, Ludacris & Eudoxie, Nelly & Shantel Jackson, Susan Kelechi Watson & Napiera Groves, T-Pain & Vanessa Fraction and more!   

Catch up on the entire first season of Celebrity Game Face on Peacock beginning August 1.  

Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door logline: 

From the producers of the hit format Cash Cab (Lion Television USA), actor and comedian Jason Biggs is the host of the new game show, Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door, where Biggs unexpectedly shows up at the front door of everyday people who believe they’re on a show highlighting their homes. Instead, families will be put to the test and work together through three rounds of wide-ranging trivia, for a chance to win $25,000. With the help of a few celebrity guests including former baseball great CC Sabathia, and Bravo stars Dolores Catania and Ryan Serhant, Biggs will make sure his knock is worth answering! 

Celebrity Game Face is produced by Critical Content and HartBeat Productions with Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein, Michael Canter and Jeff Krask serving as Executive Producers. 

Jason Biggs’ Cash at Your Door is produced by Lion Television USA with Jason Biggs, Allison Corn, Tony Tackaberry, Stan Hsue and Adam Dolgins serving as executive producers, with the format by Ami Amir. The format was created by Matar and is distributed by All3Media. 

About E! Entertainment   

E! is the only global, multi-latform brand for all things pop culture, and airs some of the most sought-after reality series on TV, including The Bradshaw Bunch, Botched and E! True Hollywood Story, Celebrity Game Face and new series We Got Love: Teyana and Iman. E! News is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across E!’s website and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes Daily Pop, Nightly Pop and digital shows: E! News’ The Rundown and BingE! Club on Snapchat. Live from E! keeps fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the E! People’s Choice Awards celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visit their website

About Critical Content

Critical Content is a leading global independent content studio. Launched in October of 2015, the company focuses on unscripted and scripted programming for broadcast, cable and digital platforms.  Critical Content currently has more than 50 projects in production for more than 30 different networks. Recent series include Catfish (MTV), Get Organized (Netflix), World’s Greatest Vacation Rentals (Netflix), Black Woman OWN the Conversation (OWN), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix) Very Cavallari (E!) Celebrity Game Face (E!), The Blended Bunch (TLC), Extreme Unboxing (A&E), The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network), Disney’s Fairytale Weddings (Freeform), Racing Wives (CMT), HOME FREE (FOX), American Spring Live (PBS), Portals To Hell (Travel), Hanging With The Hendersons (Animal Plant), StartUp (Crackle, Amazon), and Limitless (CBS). 

About HartBeat Productions

Founded by Kevin Hart, HartBeat Productions is multi-platform production company creating unique content for worldwide audiences. With a focus in Feature Films, Television and Digital Content, HartBeat aims to provide content from culturally diverse storytellers that resonate on a global scale. HartBeat has a first-look production deal with Netflix, together the two companies will produce feature films.  HartBeat’s most recent feature film Fatherhood, which premiered on Netflix in June has been viewed by more than 61 million accounts worldwide making it one of Netflix’s most successful original dramatic movies on the platform.  Additionally, HBP partnered with Motor Trend to create and produce Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew, which is currently available to stream on the Motor Trend app.  In 2021 HBP also produced the critically acclaimed Showtime documentary The One and Only Dick Gregory which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  In 2020 HBP produced Kevin Hart’s standup special Zero F**ks Given which was Netflix’s most watched comedy special of the year with over 20 million views.  HartBeat’s first feature film Night School had the highest grossing opening weekend for a comedy in 2018. Other projects include Dave, which was FXX’s most watched comedy ever and currently on air in second season.  Other credits include London Hughes comedy special Catch a D**k, Celebrity Game Face on E! The Next Level and Hart of the City on Comedy Central.  HartBeat currently has numerous Film and Television projects in various stages of development. 

About Lion Television USA

Based in New York, Lion Television USA is headed by Allison Corn and Stan Hsue and has produced programming for Bravo, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, PBS, History, A&E, Smithsonian, E!, Cooking Channel, MSNBC, CBS, HBO, VH1, MTV, Fox, History, and National Geographic, among others. Recently, the company rebooted their global hit Cash Cab on Bravo, as well as premiered Where Murder Lies and The Murder List on discovery+, Crimes Gone Viral on Investigation Discovery and the documentary film Just One Man for Smithsonian Channel. 

Among the company’s many credits include Diabolical, The Deadliest Decade, The Lies that Bind, Grave Mysteries, Hometown Homicide, Six Degrees of Murder, Dead on Arrival, Follow Your Past, Sexy Beasts, Deadly Devotion, Money From Strangers, Junk Food Flip, Restaurant Redemption, History Detectives, MegaDrive, Easy Chinese, America Revealed,  How Dogs Got Their Shapes, Puppies v. the World, Rebuilding the World Trade Center and many more.

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Lanea To Celebrate National Tequila Day in Santa Monica

LA’s Premier Tequila and Mezcal Bar Hosts National Tequila Day Cocktail Crawl & Block Party this Saturday, July 24 in Downtown Santa Monica

National Tequila Day Cocktail Crawl & Block Party Downtown Santa Monica

Saturday, July 24 from 8pm-2am

VIP Tickets Now On Sale HERE

WHAT

Enjoy National Tequila Day at the Cocktail Crawl and Block Party on July 24th in Downtown Santa Monica! Join LA’s premier tequila and Mezcal bar, Lanea, along with their sister restaurant Cult, and The Craftsman on 2nd and Broadway as they come together to celebrate with tequila, DJs, live music, food & drink specials all night long.

Tickets are available HERE.

WHERE

2nd & Broadway

Downtown Santa Monica

Lanea, Cult, The Craftsman

WHEN

Saturday, July 24

8pm-2am

COST

VIP tickets are $25 in advance and include:

Cocktail Crawl Block Party with live DJs and Bands

2 Drink Tickets for Tequila Cocktails at Cult or Lanea

1 Tequila Tasting Ticket

$8 featured tequila cocktails at each location

Additional Food & Drink Specials

A chance to win a Grande Fiesta Pack from Lanea containing eight tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, four handmade canned cocktails, a mini pinata and 2 signed canned cocktails by The Chainsmokers. 

Music

Local venues Cult on The Promenade, Lanea and The Craftsman (2nd and Broadway) are joining forces to celebrate with a night of live music, tequila tastings, DJ’s, food and drink specials and more.

Free to attend! For VIP tickets that include drinks and tequila tastings, click on the link below.

Your $25 VIP ticket includes:

  • Cocktail Crawl Block Party with live performances from The Old Fashioned, Spicy Mango, Naill Cash, Ryan Valte, George McHenry, Tears & More
  • 2 Drink Tickets for Tequila Cocktails at Cult or Lanea
  • 1 Tequila Tasting Ticket
  • $8 Featured Tequila Cocktails at Each Location
  • Additional Food & Drink Specials
  • A chance to win a Grande Fiesta Pack from Lanea with 2 signed canned cocktails by The Chainsmokers.

Limited Early Bird Tickets Available!

Hurry and book your ticket HERE.

Ticket prices will go up closer to event.

ABOUT LANEA

Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consomme that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout and delivery. Lanea is open for lunch on Fridays, and DJs will begin playing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Open Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Weekend Brunch (Saturday & Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delivery of alcohol and food is available through Toast, Grubhub, Doordash, Postmates, UberEats (food only), and free to Los Angeles County through Fetcha (alcohol only). Pick up is available by calling the restaurant directly at 424-265-PIER (7437). Visit their website for more. 

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Javier

Javier Pedroza is a multi-talented host, producer, creative and visual director, founder of his own production company Under One Roof Productions, celebrity stylist, philanthropist, and Latinx Editor-at-Large for 360 Magazine. His positive and innovative mindset have allowed Pedroza to rise to prominence in the entertainment industry. His impressive portfolio is comprised of editorials, fashion shows, movie premiers, life performances, showroom designs, pop-up shops, and window and merchandising displays. Pedroza is based in New York City, but he is surely taking on the world.

Before Pedroza’s successes with his own company and hosting, he collaborated with designer brands while he was the Visual Director for ESCADA in North America. ESCADA is an international fashion brand that celebrates feminine luxury. Pedroza also worked with clothing brands including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, GANT, Gabriel & Co., and Coomi Jewelry.

Due to Pedroza’s incredible styling abilities, he has worked with supermodels and Hollywood celebrities alike at major award shows and red carpet events. The stylist’s abilities have been seen at the Oscars, the Emmys, The Golden Globes, The Grammys, and the SAG Awards.

Pedroza’s innovative mindset and charismatic ebullience has also landed him interviews with stars, including Carmen DeLeon, Piso 21, LaJune, and Raul Peñaranda. Additionally, Javier was named the Relational Organizer Director for Dianne Morales’ mayoral campaign. Pedroza’s unique perspective grants him exceptional event design and execution of production abilities. His astute creative direction has led to the success of many events.

Favoring to work with non-profit organizations– such as Wendy WilliamsThe Hunter Foundation Inaugural Gala at New York City’s prestigious Hammerstein Ballroom, AID for AIDS Hero Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History and Latino Commission on AIDS Cielo Gala at Cipriani Wall Street– Pedroza’s philanthropic productions help these organizations reach their full potential. The designer is especially passionate about his involvement with The Latino Commission on AIDS, of which he has supported for the past thirteen years and became Chair of the Cielo Gala in 2019.

The visual director has used his platform to found his production company, as well as create various visual and audio podcasts. Pedroza’s two podcasts– Conciencias Con Cocktails and LatinX Heroes– both highlight cutting edge individuals. On such, Pedroza navigates discourse surrounding diverse leaders such as Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Gen. Ignacia Zaragoza, and Dianne Morales.

Recently, Pedroza’s hard work and talent has resulted in him being signed to media brand, TAG Collective. He will be working with the Collective to secure brand deals, social media engagements, publicity outreach, and to expand his overall profile.

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Clash of the Cover Bands

E! ANNOUNCES MEGHAN TRAINOR, STEPHEN “TWITCH” BOSS, ADAM LAMBERT AND ESTER DEAN TO JOIN “CLASH OF THE COVER BANDS” EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY JIMMY FALLON AND ELECTRIC HOT DOG 

 E!’s recently announced new music competition series “Clash of the Cover Bands (wt)” executive produced by Jimmy Fallon will premiere later this year. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss serves as host and celebrity judges include global powerhouse Meghan TrainorQueen lead singer Adam Lambert and successful songwriter Ester Dean.

In each episode, two bands of similar musical genre (e.g., Pop Divas, Boy Bands, Heavy Metal, etc) go head-to-head over the course of two rounds to see which band has the most entertaining cover performance, with a chance to win a cash prize and bragging rights.  

“Clash of the Cover Bands” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Electric Hot Dog with Jimmy Fallon and Jim Juvonen serving as executive producers. 

About E! Entertainment 

E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, and airs some of the most sought-after reality series on TV, including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “The Bradshaw Bunch,” “Botched” “Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump” and “E! True Hollywood Story.” “E! News” is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes “Daily Pop,” “Nightly Pop” on linear and “E! News’ The Rundown” on Snapchat. “Live from E!” covers signature red carpet events, keeping fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the “E! People’s Choice Awards” celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visit EOnline

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Laverne Cox × Live From E! Host

E! NAMES LAVERNE COX HOST OF NETWORK’S SIGNATURE RED CARPET FRANCHISE “LIVE FROM E!” BEGINNING JANUARY 2022 

Actor and Advocate Will Also Headline a Series of Celebrity Interview-Based Specials to Air Throughout Next Year  

E!, the global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, announced today that Emmy-nominated actor, Emmy-winning producer, advocate and style star Laverne Cox will lead the network’s signature red carpet coverage beginning with the 2022 award season. Laverne’s passion for advocacy, fashion and fun aligns with E!’s commitment to build out a modern, inclusive and interactive experience for celebrities and their fans.  

Additionally, she will host a series of celebrity-based interview specials spotlighting trendsetters, tastemakers and those making an impact in the Hollywood community and airing throughout next year.  

“Laverne Cox is a risktaker, groundbreaking pioneer and a fashion tour de force,” said Jen Neal, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Live Events, Specials and E! News, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “As we continue to evolve the way we cover Hollywood’s biggest nights, Laverne’s passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the fashion community resonates with our audience and we look forward to seeing her shine on the other side of the velvet rope.”    

“I’m so excited and deeply humbled to be hosting E!’s iconic red-carpet coverage. For many years I would wake up early on awards show days, get my snacks in place and watch E!’s coverage all day long,” said Cox. “I dreamed of walking red carpets. Now, not only have I had several fun and amazing personal red-carpet moments, I also get to be a red carpet guide for E!’s discerning audience and chat with my colleagues and folks I deeply admire for these very special events in their lives.  I can’t wait to get started while hopefully serving up fashion fantasies for the ages honey.”

About Laverne Cox  
With various ‘firsts’ in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy winning producer and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker. Cox is best known for her groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black.” This role helped Cox become the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy and made her the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series. Cox can currently be seen in the Oscar-winning film “Promising Young Woman.” She is the host of “The Laverne Cox Show” podcast for Shondaland Audio and iHeart and recently wrapped production on Shonda Rimes’ limited series “Inventing Anna” for Netflix.  She is also the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Disclosure, which was just nominated for a Peabody Award and is currently streaming on Netflix.   

About E! Entertainment   
E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, and airs some of the most sought-after reality series on TV, including “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “The Bradshaw Bunch,” “Botched” “Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump” and “E! True Hollywood Story.” “E! News” is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes “Daily Pop,” “Nightly Pop” on linear and “E! News’ The Rundown” on Snapchat. “Live from E!” covers signature red carpet events, keeping fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the “E! People’s Choice Awards” celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is part of the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming portfolio, which includes NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms: NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA Network and Peacock. For more information, visit EOnline

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Stomp Wars Virtual Homecoming Experience

Stomp Wars, the celebrated national stepping competition and cultural institution, insisted the show must go on for 2020, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen!

In order to engage, rally, and uplift students, the Stomp Wars program announces a historic first with the launch of The Stomp Wars HBCU-KNOW Virtual Homecoming Experience on September 26 – October 28. The event will be powered by The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and broadcast live from stompwars.com, with a live simulcast on Facebook and YouTube. The Top 2 Step Team Winners will go on to compete in the World Of Dance Championships.

Now on the event’s 13th year, on-air personality Rock-T returns as the host. In this latest installment of the program, The Collegiate Edition will celebrate the HBCU community by showcasing incredible stepping by the Greek organizations Divine 9, HBCU-KNOW Battle of the Bands, HBCU-KNOW Cheerleaders, HBCU-KNOW Majorettes, and more.

Since its inception, Stomp Wars has consistently inspired generations to graduate high school and pursue higher education. To date, more than 10,000 students have been galvanized by the event as the initiative rewrites the rules and brings us one step closer to the eradication of social injustice and systemic racism. For 2020, the core messageTomorrow can be better than today will be transmitted to the online audience.

Check out the impactful message for yourself by watching the virtual Stomp Wars.

About Rock-T:

Rocky Turner is an American Radio-TV Personality, Host, DJ, Producer, Sports Announcer, Author, and entrepreneur. Known to listeners as Rock-T and currently a member of the phenomenally successful Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Rock-T reaches 7 million listeners daily through this nationally syndicated show with markets that include Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, and Orlando. He is also a member of the wildly popular TV show, Dish Nation and Rickey Smiley For Real.

Rock-T is also the founder and creator of Stomp Wars, the most successful stomping competition in the country. As Rock-T’s vision for these disenfranchised youngsters continued to grow and expand, as did the reach of the event. Today, Stomp Wars is not only an annual sell-out on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington, it is also a hit with thriving teens across the country teaching students about the power of perseverance and diligence.

Follow Rock-T: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Top 3 Corporate Events Where a Pro MC Is Necessary

Almost all corporate events should have a professional master of ceremonies overseeing it. These corporate events are there for a reason. They’re meant to achieve a certain result that the planners had in mind when they were designing them. Whatever type of corporate event, the idea is not only to bring many people together but to encourage certain types of interactions and relationships between people that would not have been possible in the formal office environment. A professional MC is important when it comes to facilitating those relationships and interactions. They are like the secret sauce that makes your event extra special.

So, the next time you’re planning any of the following corporate events, consider getting yourself an MC for hire at cleancomedians.com to spice things up and improve your success rate, no matter what you’re aiming for.

1. Conferences and Seminars

The whole point of these events is to provide the target audience with certain information that is relevant to them. The seminars are much shorter than the conferences, with seminars lasting a few hours or a few days. They have a few speakers or, sometimes, only one and keep everyone together in the same place. Conferences will have lots of different sessions and speakers and will be held in hotels. They also have keynotes followed by topics and breakout sessions 

An MC is necessary at such events to prevent monotony. When you have many people in the same place listening to what is largely the same topic for an extended period, they can start to lose focus and get bored. An MC is important when it comes to giving the much-needed comic relief every once in a while. They are also great for organizing things and making sure every speaker is lined and ready for their session and introducing them onto the podium.

2. Appreciation Events

These events are usually meant to bring about an informal environment where the host can spend time with the guests and focus on building rapport and learning about their mutual interests. These events can be employee appreciations or client appreciations.

An MC is important at such events since they help to build up the informal atmosphere and get everyone to loosen up and relax. That encourages them to open up and network more easily. 

3. Team Building Events

These events are meant to boost employee confidence, morale and goodwill while building on the existing strengths of the company. They are meant to build the team, just as the name suggests. 

Such events need to be highly charged and energetic with lots of games and workshops that require everyone to be engaged. Who better to bring in that energy than an MC? The MC will not only help in the planning of the event but will also add the light touch necessary to get everyone pumped up for the event. 

All of these events are highly engaging and need an MC to sort of act as the “captain of the ship” to bring the program from the commencement to the conclusion successfully, leaving everyone feeling happy and fulfilled at the end.

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Free Wheelchair Mission Raises $1.8 million at Miracle of Mobility Gala

Inspirational TV Personality Victoria Arlen Delivers Message of Hope

Guests use VR Glasses to be Transported to Guatemalan Village

An unforgettable evening on July 25th filled with surprises, heartfelt inspiration and the pure joy of giving culminated with Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) receiving over $1.8 million in donations in one night – the most ever at this event and enough to transform the lives of more than 22,500 individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations around the world. Already, the humanitarian nonprofit has distributed 1.2 million wheelchairs around the world.

The 600-plus who attended the 16th annual Miracle of Mobility gala at Segerstrom Center of the Arts were treated to a fabulous gala evening PLUS three unique opportunities:

1) listening to television personality and gold medalist Victoria Arlen, whose own story of regaining mobility is incredible

2) journeying virtually to a small Guatemalan village using Oculus VR glasses and feeling like they are on a mission to distribute wheelchairs

3) taking part in an exciting live auction where generous donors bought wheelchairs for individuals living with a disability in an under-resourced nation. Each $80 donation will buy one wheelchair – changing that person’s life forever as he or she begins a life of mobility.

Guests enjoyed an internationally themed cocktail reception with food stations offering global cuisine, a silent auction filled with an eclectic array of gifts and experiences, a performance by Infinite Flow, the first wheelchair dance company in the world, and inspirational remarks from Free Wheelchair Founder and President Don Schoendorfer.

The evening’s special guest, 24-year-old Victoria Arlen, holds impressive credentials: ESPN host, Paralympics gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars semi-finalist, author and most recently, co-host of the NBC TV’s American Ninja Warrior Junior.  Those credentials would be impressive for anyone but considering that Victoria was struck by two rare neurological diseases at the age of 11, causing her to be trapped in her body in a minimally conscious state for four years, it is an incredible turnaround.

Victoria spoke at the gala about her journey, including the four years when doctors doubted that she would ever return and the subsequent several years when she fought back to begin life again. She offered a message of hope and the importance of being thankful for what you have.

“When you focus on what you still have, you will find it changes your perspective, and that change in perspective creates hope. Hope that tomorrow will be just a bit better than today and when you take that hope, and mix in your own hard work, lots and lots of hard work, I believe you will find yourself back on the path to living out your own dreams.”

Victoria credits her parents with the hope that saved her. “Over and over doctors told my parents they needed to accept the very real possibility that I would not survive and, even if I did, the Victoria they once knew was not coming back. And while my family was willing to accept the diagnosis, they refused to throw up their hands and accept that this was all my future had in store. They accepted the diagnosis, but NOT the prognosis,” Victoria related.

“Somehow, they believed I was not a lost cause. I now believe that it was their refusal to accept that prognosis that brought me back to life.”

Following Victoria’s talk, a robust live auction led to the donation of more than 21,900 wheelchairs to be built and distributed in 93 countries around the world. In 2017, Free Wheelchair Mission reached the milestone of one million wheelchairs distributed and now is pursuing its goal of reaching the next million by 2025.

“Tonight’s gala was successful for so many reasons, most notably the many volunteers who help us bring the gift of mobility to people living with disabilities around the world and the many donors who embrace our mission and recognize how even a simple $80 donation can change a life forever, “ said Free Wheelchair Mission CEO Nuka Solomon.

“The gift from Free Wheelchair Mission provides the mobility that allows each recipient to begin a new life – whether it’s taking care of themselves, attending school or working – and we find that the vitality of the entire family and community are changed too,” Solomon added.

Key sponsors of the gala included Transformation Sponsors: Advisors Mortgage Group and The McDonald Family; Freedom Sponsors: The Hummelberg Family, The Morris Family Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management, KPMG and PR Construction. The full list of sponsors can be found here.

About Free Wheelchair Mission:Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit based in Irvine, Calif. that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations. FWM collaborates with a worldwide network of like-minded partners that facilitate wheelchair distribution in 93 countries. FWM provides renewed dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility at no cost to the recipient. Just $80, the cost to manufacture and deliver one wheelchair, can change a person’s life forever. Founded in 2001 by Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., the organization reached the milestone of distributing one million wheelchairs in 2017. FWM currently intends to distribute the next million wheelchairs by 2025. For information or donations, visit freewheelchairmission.org.

George Thorogood To Host “Red, White and Rock 2019”

GEORGE THOROGOOD TO HOST ABC RADIO’S “RED, WHITE AND ROCK 2019” SPECIAL – AIRING JULY 4 WEEKEND

Rock legend George Thorogood will host ABC Radio’s “Red, White and Rock 2019” music special that will air on ABC affiliates over the upcoming July 4 holiday weekend – July 4, 5, 6 and 7 (airing at different times in different markets).

“Red, White and Rock 2019” will feature rock music from American bands and artists including Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, Heart, Cheap Trick, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, ZZ Top, and more.  The special features insights into the music from rock icons and celebrates the cities, artists and songs that comprise the proud landscape of American rock and roll.

George Thorogood And The Destroyers is currently on their summer / fall “Good To Be Bad: 45 Years of Rock” 31-city tour, that began on June 22 in Hinckley, Minnesota and continues through October 19 in Battle Creek, Michigan (with additional dates forthcoming).

The group is in their fifth consecutive year of supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by donating $1 from each ticket sold at participating venues on their “Good To Be Bad: 45 Years of Rock” tour to LLS.   Additionally, Epiphone recently announced the release of the Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit guitar.

Below are markets/stations where the special will air:

New York, NY WBPM-FM
New York, NY WJGK-FM
Chicago, IL WKQX-HD2
Chicago, IL WLPO-AM
Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX KBUS-FM
Houston, TX KHVL-AM
Seattle-Tacoma, WA KPQ-FM
Denver, CO KCOW-AM
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA KSEG-FM
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, CA KODS-FM
Nashville, TN WRUS-AM
Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, PA WLUI-AM
Jacksonville, FL WSOS-AM
Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, NC WTOB-AM
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM KRWN-FM
Memphis, TN WEGR-FM
Buffalo, NY WGWE-FM
Buffalo, NY WDOE-AM
Wilkes Barre-Scranton, PA WEZX-FM
Lexington, KY WKYM-FM
Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, MI WILZ-FM
Honolulu, HI KRKH-FM
Honolulu, HI KORL-HD2
Omaha, NE KSWI-FM
Charleston-Huntington, WV WZZZ-FM
Springfield, MO KSPQ-FM
Tucson, AZ KLPX-FM
Des Moines-Ames, IA KEDB-FM
Wichita – Hutchinson, KS KFXJ-FM
Syracuse, NY WIII-FM
Portland-Auburn, ME WLKZ-FM
El Paso, TX KVLC-FM
Jackson, MS WVBG-FM
Davenport, IA-Rock Island-Moline, IL KCQQ-FM
South Bend-Elkhart, IN WRSW-FM
Boise, ID KKGL-FM
Tri-Cities, TN-VA WVEK-FM
Ft. Wayne, IN WARU-FM
Ft. Wayne, IN WXKE-FM
Augusta, GA WKSX-FM
Greenville-New Bern-Washington, NC WAVQ-AM
Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, NE KRGY-FM
Fargo-Valley City, ND KPFX-FM
Fargo-Valley City, ND KDVL-FM
Macon, GA WBML-AM
Traverse City-Cadillac, MI WKLZ-FM
Traverse City-Cadillac, MI WKLT-FM
Lafayette, LA KVPI-FM
Eugene, OR KLOO-FM
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, KZOZ-FM
La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI WPRE-AM
Amarillo, TX KLMX-FM
Wausau-Rhinelander, WI WGLX-FM
Medford-Klamath Falls, OR KFXX-FM
Salisbury, MD WNCL-FM
Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson, ND KATQ-FM
Sioux City, IA KUQQ-FM
Rochester, MN-Mason City, IA-Austin, MN KLKK-FM
Bangor, ME WWMJ-FM
Gainesville, FL WXOF-FM
Idaho Falls-Pocatello, ID KSRA-FM
Missoula, MT KZOQ-FM
Rapid City, SD KQRQ-FM
Elmira, NY WMTT-FM
Grand Junction-Montrose, CO KSTR-FM
Parkersburg, WV WRZZ-FM
Cheyenne, WY-Scottsbluff, NE KMOR-FM
Great Falls, MT KMON-HD4
Lima, OH WBUK-FM