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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: December 2016

HomeAid Concludes Successful Homelessness Awareness Month

National Awareness Week Becomes a Month-long Drive to Address Critical Issue

Press Release – NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, spent the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end hunger and homelessness in this country. The annual event was called HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month.

“We were very glad to bring special attention to and take substantive steps to address homelessness during HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month (HHAM) in November,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. “Homelessness remains a major problem in this country and its causes are numerous and diverse, including job loss, medical crisis, domestic abuse, alcohol or drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans.” It is estimated that 80% of the homeless are only situational and can be moved back to self-sufficiency, and HomeAid builds housing and conducts community outreach for charities helping these people in need.

“Homelessness Awareness Month is a time for us at HomeAid, which has dedicated itself to this cause for 27 years now, to focus people’s attention on this problem, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take concrete action to get this societal problem solved once and for all.”

All of HomeAid’s 17 chapters participated in the effort during November, with the five calendar weeks in November focused on 1) homeless youth, 2) veterans, 3) homeless families, 4) hunger, and 5) chronic homelessness. A major social media campaign was held on Facebook and on Twitter, and some of the specific events and activities that were held included:

  • HA Orange County and HA San Diego each held a month long “30 ways in 30 days” campaigns
  • HA Houston held a “Picture This” display of photos taken by homeless kids at Angel Reach
  • HA Southern Nevada ran a 2-week food drive to benefit US Vets and Serving Hope LV
  • HA Washington DC conducted a month long Care Kit distribution
  • HA Sacramento held a month long blanket drive
  • HA Atlanta participated in the Health and Housing Innovation Forum held by United Way
  • HA Inland Empire served Thanksgiving Dinner at the Corona Norco Rescue Mission, in addition to conducting Care Kits Days with Pardee (TRI Pointe) Homes and CalAtlantic Homes
  • HA Puget Sound and HA Twin Cities conducted Care Kits Days with Bank of America volunteers
  • HA Northern Virginia conducted its annual toy drive for homeless kids
  • HA Colorado spent 4 days assembling and delivering Care Kits to local shelters
  • HA Northern California conducted a toy drive with BIA Bay Area PASS
  • HA Portland had an event sponsored by ProBuild to collect hygiene items for local shelters
  • HA Hawaii participated in Giving Tuesday as part of its weekly calendar of events
  • HA Los Angeles, our brand new chapter, held an activity at the Brookfield Residential retreat
  • HA Southeastern Michigan conducted a Care Kits Day with Stearns Lending

The SE Michigan event was part of a national campaign that Stearns Lending held with HomeAid and called “HomeAid for the Holidays.” In this effort, Stearns—a national partner and Board member of HomeAid America—held Care Kits Days benefiting six different chapters and created and delivered over 5,000 Care Kits to homeless shelters around the country.

For a complete listing of the HomeAid HHAW events held, visit:


HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 450 multi-unit housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $210 million, of which nearly 50 percent—over $100 million—has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 8,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid’s network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. These beds have been used by over 250,000 previously homeless people over HomeAid’s history. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit

$30K-Plus Surge of Pledges In Final Hours of Crowdfunding Campaign Thrusts Veteran Awareness Recording Project Beyond Goal More Than 24 Hours Prior To Deadline

‘CARRY YOU ON,’ The Benefit ‘Album For Action’ To Bridge The Gap Between Veterans And Civilians Through Music, Is Fully Funded By Surpassing $66k Kickstarter Goal


“Marcus Goldhaber’s passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. …  His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes.” — Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument,

Press Release – NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2016) – More than $30,000 in crowdfunding pledges poured in yesterday to surpass the Kickstarter campaign goal a full day ahead of deadline and successfully fund CARRY YOU ON, the benefit “Album for Action” to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music from 2016 MAC Award nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER.

Yesterday’s tidal wave of crowdfunding pledges rolled toward midnight with over $67,000, to exceed the $66,000 Kickstarter goal with a full day left until the official deadline of midnight EST tonight (Sunday).

Now that it’s fullly funded, the project will help Goldhaber make sure the needs of veterans are constantly a part of the national conversation.

Goldhaber, the acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter, has himself pledged a whopping 50% of all album sale proceeds to IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), which strives to build the “New Greatest Generation” as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

With yesterrday’s incredible surge – half of the entire Kickstarter goal – Goldhaber’s faith in the public to complete this phase of his mission on behalf of America’s veterans has been handilly rewarded. The average pledge to back the campaign – officially declard by Kickstarter as a “Project We Love” – has jumped to over $400.

After four years of bringing his veterans awareness project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veteran-related events from New York to Philadelphia, Goldhaber will now be bringing his 10 new original songs to the recording studio. CARRY YOU ON will include “Come Home America,” the original Goldhaber anthem released on Veterans Day 2013.

The reaction Goldhaber has been receiving along the way became the impetus to write and record enough songs for a full album. All lyrics are inspired by conversations he’s had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families. They are the driving force behind his movement to #bridgethegap.

“I’m humbled that my friends, family and fans have rallied to crowd-fund the production and distribution of this album,” says Goldhaber, :“so this message can reach as many people as possible.”

Help Raise Money For “Torchbearer Collection” to Support the Hardworking Oysterman

The Torchbearers Collection is a tribute to the Gulf Coast oyster and the hard-working men and women who bring it from the ocean to our plates. They are raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Ashley Porter to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Our project has four main social objectives:

  1. To raise awareness about the plight facing Gulf Coast oyster fisheries
  2. To preserve the traditional craft of oyster tong making, a piece of maritime culture that is fading
  3. To provide direct economic support to craftsmen like Rodney, by sourcing materials from them
  4. To raise money for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper organization


How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We’ve set a goal of $25,000. This money will go to producing the first batch of jewelry, building our supply chain and establishing our brand and marketing materials.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

The Torchbearers Collection aims to help traditional fisher people in Apalachicola, Florida.

The Apalachicola River Basin is among the most ecologically diverse natural systems in the Southeast — sustaining a staggering array of rare and endemic species and supporting a $7 billion seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Perhaps nowhere along the Gulf Coast is the tradition of oystering so ingrained with the culture as in Apalachicola, a tiny fishing village perched on Florida’s Panhandle. The town has traditionally produced about 10 percent of the oysters consumed in the United States and 90 percent of those consumed in Florida.

Generations of oystermen have hauled their living from the bottom of the town’s namesake bay, using specialized tools called “tongs.” The task of making these tools has traditionally been the purview of craftsmen like Rodney Richards, who learned the trade from his father — a legendary tong-maker named “Corky.”

Rodney’s ancestral trade — and the way of life it supports — is in peril. Apalachicola’s oyster industry has all but collapsed over the last several years — brought to its knees by drought, the 2010 oil spill and a tri-state water war that is now before the Supreme Court.

Our project would provide direct support to Rodney, giving him a reason to continue plying his trade. It would also support the larger community by raising awareness and providing funding to the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, an organization with a long track record of conserving the Apalachicola River System.

Torchbearers Collection from Paprika Studios on Vimeo.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

  • Level 1 $5
    Handwritten thank you letter on a vintage oyster tong postcard
  • Level 2 $25
    5 Postcards with antique oyster tong Image
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 3 $95
    Men’s long pendant necklace (Retails $125)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 4 $95
    Long labradorite pendant necklace (Retails $125)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 5 $150
    Horizontal pendant tong necklace (Retails $175)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 6 $250
    His and her necklace set (horizontal for her) (Retail $300)
    2 tickets to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 7 $ 2,500.00
    Limited edition solid 14K gold tong pendant
    4 tickets to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
    (First person to pledge receives a two-night stay for two in French Quarter)

Check out the campaign:

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Your Support to “Beyond the Backpack” Project Helps Animal Conservation and Saves Endangered Wildlife

“Beyond the Backpack” project produces tank tops from sustainable and ocean cleaning fabric and a part of the profits will be donated to animal conservation and the fight to save endangered wildlife. He is raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Micah Teixeira to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

Beyond the Backpack. It’s way of living. It’s the hope to inspire others to live well and do as much good as we can.Backing our project funds the production of our tank tops. Doing so also supports animal conservation, sustainable and ocean cleaning fabric, ethical supply chains and transparent giving.

We need to be more than just tourists. More than just travellers. We need to go Beyond the Backpack.

50% of the profits from every sale will be donated to animal conservation and the fight to save endangered wildlife.

This innovative material is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and ocean plastic. rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) uses less water and energy, its carbon footprint is smaller than most fabrics. It cleans up our earth and oceans. Reducing the risks of hurting animals. And it’s insanely soft!

When you purchase an item, you’ll actually be given the option of where you want the donation to go towards. Fully transparent and track-able giving. So you see that your money goes to where it’s needed most.

Animals and humans alike should never have to face exploitation. Production takes place in the USA, an ethical factory where workers are treated with respect, and paid properly for their work. Human and animal cruelty free.

Beyond the Backpack is meant to be a full process of giving back. We hope we’ve achieved that goal!

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

Our goal is $10,000 although we’re really hoping to far surpass that. The funds will be used for the initial order of tank tops. However the special fabric is very expensive, and is being made specially for our order. On top of this it is being produced in the USA, so labour costs are much higher than what it would be overseas. Our actual startup costs are $30,000 and we’ll need to secure funding on top of our Kickstarter campaign as well. This doesn’t include any of the money I’ve already put in from my pocket which included product development, video shoot, etc.

50% of the profits for all the sales will be donated towards an animal conservation charity. We’re affiliated with 3 and the buyer will choose where they want the donation to go.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We’re trying to help everyone in a full circle of giving! 50% of the profits will be directed towards animal conservation organizations. This will help not only the animals (which is the main goal), but also the amazing people which work and volunteer their lives there.

The other main group we hope to benefit is the people who are making our clothing. Right now it is being made in the USA, where are able to see fair and ethical sourcing. However we are planning on shifting the production to Guatemala. It would be with the same company, who have their main production centre there. The costs are essentially the same for us, however it checks another pillar which hoped to have right from the start. Being able to support developing cultures and nations and not exploiting them.

Lastly, the actual fabric which is made from recycled plastic bottles and ocean plastic provides work to the actual people who are collecting and cleaning the earth of the plastic. This not only has a significant impact on the earth and animals, but also us who ingest plastic in almost all the food we eat.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

The rewards are the tank tops themselves! Super cool designs with out logo which we’re very proud of. Made of the innovative, super soft and amazing material which is derived from 100% recycled plastic!

For some of the bigger backers, we’re offering custom designs for them, as well as as trip with us to one of our animal conservation partners!

Check out the campaign:

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Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun and LA Kings Honored at Make-A-Wish’s Star-Studded Gala That Raised Over $1 Million

Don Cheadle, Tori Kelly, Gavin Rossdale, Bush and X Ambassadors among presenters and performers at 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala hosted by Mario Lopez

Press Release – HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun and the Los Angeles Kings were honored as heroes at Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles’ 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on Wednesday evening at the Hollywood Palladium. Hosted by EXTRA’s Mario Lopez, this wish-filled evening was attended by Don Cheadle, Gavin Rossdale, Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, LA Kings players Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson and included special performances by Tori Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bush. Over 700 came together raising over $1 million to celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish.

Said Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, “We appreciate all the friends and supporters who shared the special evening with us. It was a room full of warmth, hopes and generosity. Together we raised over $1 million to grant wishes and strengthened our friendships in the community.”

Oscar®-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Wish Kid Cameron Fisch (now age 22) presented Robert Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award for the dozens of wishes that he has granted to children around the world. Downey fulfilled Cameron’s wish five years ago when he invited the then 17-year-old, who has a nervous system disorder, to the movie set of The Avengers.

Grammy®-nominated singer Tori Kelly presented the Humanitarian Award to entertainment industry power broker and multimedia entrepreneur Scooter Braun. Scooter has granted hundreds of wishes for Make-A-Wish through his talent roster that includes Kelly, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, among others.

Kelly later performed “Something Beautiful” from her debut album Unbreakable Smile, following a presentation by parents Theresa and Brian, whose five-year-old daughter Brylee’s wish to meet Tori was fulfilled before she passed away from cancer.

In honor of the Los Angeles Kings longstanding partnership with Make-A-Wish, the team was presented with the first ever Power of a Wish Award by Wish Kids William (age 12) and Tatiana (age 13). William’s wish to meet former Kings captain Dustin Brown was granted after he finished up his leukemia treatment. Tatiana, who has cystic fibrosis, had her wish to attend the Olympics and a King’s game fulfilled this past summer. Accepting the award on the Kings’ behalf was COO Kelly Cheeseman.

The evening also included performances by X Ambassadors, who performed their top 20 hit “Unsteady,” and by multi-platinum rock band Bush, who performed a medley of their top hits.

Past honorees include sports stars Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan and Oscar de la Hoya; philanthropists Sam Nazarian and Michael Rosenfeld; and medical pioneers Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OneLegacy and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

The Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala is proudly sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor: The Goldwin Foundation; Star Catchers Sponsors: Jacqueline M. Glass Family, Kennedy Wilson, Mattel, Inc., OneLegacy, Shegerian & Associates, The Walt Disney Company; Reception Sponsor: Security Benefit; Heroes Sponsors: AECOM, Artemis Real Estate Partners, CAA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Colony Capital, Drew & Jill Lawton, Eastdil Secured, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hudson Pacific Properties, Integral Communities, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Nickelodeon, Oaktree Capital Management, O’Melveny, Paul Hastings LLP, sbe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Wells Fargo, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC.

Tobacco Road Marathon And The V Foundation For Cancer Research Announce Charitable Fund Raising Collaboration

Press Release – CARY, N.C., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the V Foundation announced today that Team V, the foundation’s charity endurance fundraising platform, has made TRM their spring 2017 featured race. Team V enables runners of all levels to turn their love of running into an opportunity to raise funds for the V Foundation to pursue their goal of declaring victory over cancer.

“We are excited to join a passionate group of runners in partnership with Tobacco Road Marathon,” said Norm Bowling, V Foundation Chief Revenue Officer. “We’re pleased to offer this popular community event to Team V participants, and we look forward to helping them achieve their fitness and fundraising goals.”

The collaboration provides Team V the ability to develop their dedicated TRM running team to drive fundraising for cancer research through the V Foundation. Team V supports both local and national runners with training options. Locals have the option of training with fee-based Fleet Feet training programs. Team V will reimburse the program fees if the runners meet their individual fund raising goals. All runners have access to a training program and certified coaches.


Team V provides runners comprehensive fundraising support, including an on-line toolkit with a handbook, communication templates and more. Runners also receive a technical training shirt and additional swag, and a Team V tent will be at the start-finish. Runners can join Team V at

“We believe our commitment to charity attracts top level associations like the V Foundation,” said Mark Dill, TRM marketing director. “TRM achieved record charitable contributions in 2016, at $127,500 and reached $631,500 in cumulative giving since 2010. We are on target for $1,000,000 by 2019. ‘

The Tobacco Road Marathon and its companion half marathon will take place March 19, 2017 in Cary, North Carolina on the pine-lined American Tobacco Trail (ATT). Runners start from the USA Baseball & Thomas Brooks Park.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research is dedicated to declaring victory over cancer. It was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $170 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation, please visit

The Tobacco Road Marathon Association is a non-profit organization dedicated with its sponsors to providing financial assistance to its partner charities by channeling the passions of the North Carolina Triangle area’s running community into a powerful force for good.

PIH Chosen as Designated Charity by Project for Awesome 2016

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee to Discuss Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts This Friday as Part of the Project for Awesome Event

Press Release – BOSTON (December 8, 2016)Project for Awesome (P4A) 2016 has chosen Partners In Health (PIH), for a second time, as one of its two designated charities for its annual fundraising event this December. Started in 2007 by John and Hank Green, P4A has raised millions for designated charities and those chosen by the online video community.

As part of the event, PIH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee will appear on the P4A Livestream this Friday, December 9 at 3:30pm EST to talk about post-Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti.

“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen, for a second time, as the Project for Awesome designated charity,” said Partners In Health CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb. “The Green brothers have built a creative and effective online community for supporting organizations like Partners In Health that are working to make the world a better place. We applaud them for their commitment to this noble cause, and we thank them for choosing us to be a part of their truly awesome project.”

P4A 2016 will begin December 9 at 12:00pm EST and run through December 11 at 11:59am EST. During this time, thousands of people will post videos about charities they believe are working to better the world. P4A promotes these videos and raises money for the charities. The community raised over $1.5 million in 2015, which was split between two designated organizations and 20 charities chosen by the online video community. PIH was a designated charity in 2014 as well.

Watch Dr. Mukherjee at 3:30pm EST this Friday here (please note that the link will not be live until P4A 2016 begins at 12:00pm EST on December 9). Learn more about P4A 2016 here.

Uganda Christian Orphanage Building Fund Raiser

Press Release – Houston, TX, November 2016 – Helen Cook, owner of PrimeStar Publicity and Public Relations, has set up a page on for the sole purpose of raising $25,000 US dollars to purchase land and start construction on a building to house fifty Ugandan orphans and a small staff of four.

Even though the Light for Orphans Ministry (LFOM) must be registered and licensed with the government of Uganda, they receive no support because they are a Christian ministry.

Their daily needs – food, shelter, medical, clothing and education – are provided by a small group of dedicated donors, about eleven, here in the US and one in Australia.

The “LFOM family” is currently housed in a rented facility that was slated to be a motel, in the small village of Jinja, Uganda, East Africa. However, they have already outgrown the facility that they moved into less than two years ago when their numbers were less than forty.

It would be so wonderful for them to have a permanent home; one where they can continue to grow without facing the need to have to move out once again.

If your heart is moved to do so, you can make donations to the building fund at:

Maybe you would like to become a regular donor for the monthly needs of our beautiful family. If so, you can make donations to Light for Orphans Ministry (LFOM) c/o Helen Cook, 2668 Hwy. 36 S. #127, Brenham, TX 77833.

If you would like more information about LFOM, feel free to contact me either by phone at 903-654-0938 or email,

1 John 3:17: “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

Helen Cook

Light for Orphans Ministry

Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

Founder Of The Young Alchemists Foundation Asks All American People To Help The Young Alchemists Foundation Raise It First $1,000,000.00 Dollar Goal To Complete The Development Of Its Very Powerful And Very Entertaining National Patriotic Movement “ America Is Not Dead”!!!

Press Release – The young alchemists foundation a 501 c3 non-profit organization, Guardians of our youth, protectors of the planet and defenders of world peace has initiated the “America is not dead” national patriotic movement, a global campaign to revive the American spirit and plant the seed of world peace, love and respect for god, family, teachers, country our planet and all humanity into the hearts of children. In order to complete the first phase of the foundation’s national movement, we need to raise $1 million dollars that will be used as follow:

  1. Advertising  the launching of the “American patriot silent pledge initiative” a petition that asks congress for sixty seconds of silence at the beginning of each school day for students of all religions and cultures to pledge in silence, love, respect and gratitude, to god, family, teachers, country, our planet and all humanity.
  2. Development of a series of very entertaining historical, inspiring patriotic video documentaries and short films that will be shown to students at schools across America.  Students from different schools interested in drama and acting will be chosen to be the actors and actresses of our documentaries and short films.
  3. Creation of the “America is not dead” national art contest.  All students across America can participate in this school series of contests that will be inspired in the reviving of the American culture.  Students of all ages will compete in the fields of music, poetry, painting, creative writing, drama etc. The intended purpose of this contests is to stipulate the creativity of students and at the same time restore in their hearts the ideals  and idiosyncrasy of our  American culture. Winners of the contests will receive cash prices and national recognition.

The intended purpose of our “America is not dead” national patriotic movement is not only to teach love for our country and help stimulate the curiosity and creativity of our youth but also to plant the seed of world peace, patriotism and bring moral and spiritual balance into our schools and students. Children in the united states are going through a difficult transition and the time has come for all Americans to forget about political, racial, cultural and religious differences and become united to protect and inspire our youth to become responsible citizens and the great leaders of a better world.


If you agree with the ideals and mission of our foundation, become an alchemist knight. Support the development of our programs and campaigns and help us reach our initial goal of $1,000,000.00

America is not dead but we Americans must wake up to and become aware of what is coming if action is not taken quickly!!!

If you wish to learn more about the young alchemists foundation please visit:

The strategic plan of the young alchemists foundation is available upon request.


  1. all crowdfunders and donors can download the electronic book of “the young alchemists and the secret guardians of the Vatican” from our website:
    All students sons and daughters of crowdfunders and donors
    Who wish to enter the contest can download the book, read the first 3 chapters and send us your opinion about what do you think about the beginning of the story. The chosen winner of the best opinion will receive a cash price and will play a role in the first young alchemists film of a series.
    All contests winners will receive cash prices and national recognition
  2. all crowdfunders and donors will receive an official certificate, certifying them as honorary knights of the young alchemists order.
  3. all crowd funders and donors will receive a tax deductible receipt.

You may want to know, what is an alchemist?  An alchemist young or old is a person who uses unconditional love, knowledge, strength, will, and natural inner powers to transform bad into good, negative into positive.

Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic Proudly Awarded Both $100,000 and $50,000 Investments During Fourth Annual Angel Capital Expo

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – December 5, 2016 – Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic (K4-MA), the industry leader and cornerstone of the Keiretsu Forum angel investment network, is proud to announce the success of its fourth annual Angel Capital Expo (ACE). The Angel Capital Expo was designed to foster collaboration among early-stage companies, angel groups and the larger investment community.

The expo was held on Oct. 26 at Drexel University in Philadelphia and attracted more than 200 attendees, along with approximately 150 accredited angel investors from the mid-Atlantic region and across the country. The day-long event consisted of 20-minute pitches from 10 companies vetted by Keiretsu and five-minute “fast pitch” presentations from five student companies deriving from various technology transfer, college and university business plan/idea competitions and seed-stage programs.

“The Fourth Annual Angel Capital Expo had our largest turnout. It is rewarding to see our members connect with entrepreneurs right after their pitches,” said Howard Lubert, President of Keirestu Forum Mid-Atlantic. This year, Keiretsu members and sponsors invested up to $200,000 to the Angel Capital Expo’s best company and to provide $25,000 in professional services-in-kind to the winning fast-pitch presenter.

“We are proud to give students an opportunity to get involved with the local investment community. Keiretsu hands out over 100 free tickets to the expo for students at local universities,” says Lubert.

For more information on Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic, visit


Keiretsu Forum is a global angel investor network with more than 1250+ accredited investor members in 30 North American Chapters and 1000+ members in 17 International Chapters in Europe and Asia. Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic ( consists of four chapters that function as a single entity – Philadelphia, D.C. Metro, Pittsburgh and New York. Keiretsu is a Japanese term for a group of organizations with interlocking business relationships, and Keiretsu Forum is a group of accredited investors with interlocking investment interests. Selected Companies embark on a 4-day road show to visit each chapter in the region. Keiretsu Forum’s mission is “Great Association with Quality Deal Flow.”

The Mid-Atlantic Region presents four new deals a month, 44 a year, to its members and accredited investor guests. In 2015 60% got funded, which is 30X higher than the industry average. Approximately 36 funding applications are submitted each month to the K4-MA DealRoom website,, which are vetted by industry specialists. Up to 10 are then vetted by members and due diligence fellows at monthly screening meetings where they participate in a highly structured presentation-and-feedback-learning session. Three to four of the screened companies are typically invited to present at subsequent monthly Forum meetings. Entrepreneurs invited to move forward to the Forum meetings must participate in mandatory professional coaching sessions to optimize the delivery of their presentations and also agree to participate in the road show to all four cities in the region, with exposure to 100+ investors. Subsequently, information about their companies is posted on the organization’s online global deal room for reference by all members. For global information visit:

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