Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Tooth Fairy" - Private Screening w/Co-Star, Chase Ellison

Alana's Achievers and Athletes for Education (AFE) hosted a private screening for "Tooth Fairy" this past Saturday for over 80 kids in Alana's Achievers & AFE's "reading for life" program and other AFE programs. The students were from Florence Griffith Joyner Microsociety Elementary, L.G. Rodriguez Elementary and Sunset Elementary. All three schools participate in AFE's mentorship programs; "Reading for Life" and the SG Squad Wellness Program so having the opportunity to reward the kids for all their work was very exciting. Alana Ethridge, of Alana's Achievers, had a special Guest of Honor who was a co-star in the film, Chase Ellison who plays Randy (Ashely Judd's son), who is a friend and fellow actor. The kids were very surprised that Chase was actually there so they were thrilled to get to meet him plus they had a little 'red carpet' experience as a special treat as well. A big thank you to Chase, AMC Mission Valley Theaters, Steven Haynes, Dir. of AFE and Ysabel Giacalone, of Ysabel's Pink Angels for making this event happen as it was a huge success!!! Here is an interview I had w/Chase after the event:

My 7yr Old Friend Kourtney - Interview with NBC 39 in San Diego

I am so happy that Kourtney was finally interviewed by our local NBC affiliate by Monica Dean who wanted to share Kourt's story about her waiting for the "gift of life" so it's a sad story, yet, it shows how we could all learn how to live life to the fullest just like Kourtney!!! She is amazing and very brave!!!

Kourtney and her family made it to a private screening that Alana's Achievers and AFE hosted for kids in our "reading for life" program on Sat, Jan. 30th, & got to meet a co-star of "Tooth Fairy," Chase Ellison,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas Party 2009

Here is one of the pictures from my Christmas party! We had some amazing sponsors and volunteers! My friend, Chase Ellison and his sister, Brooke, came out to help. In the picture, were 2 fans that wanted his autograph as he has a movie coming out on Jan. 22nd called "Tooth Fairy" w/The Rock, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews & Billy Crystal! It's going to be a very funny, family movie!

A Big Thanks to Kings Restaurant, Steven Haynes, Athletes for Education, Scott Legget, Lamar LacaƱgan of Oyie Music, I AM Hope Project, New Venture Christian Leadership, Pregnancy Resource Ctr, Leon White, Karl Wilson, Chase, Brooke & Cindy Ellison & all the many volunteers who made this event possible! It was an amazing party with over 90 youth attending!!

Be The Change in 2010

Happy New Year Everybody! I hope everyone had a great holiday vacation and starting on their New Year Resolutions! I know all of us are going to try our best to change the world in 2010! I am just so thankful and appreciative to be one of the hundreds of young change-makers making a difference around the world! Just thinking of how many people we can help in 2010 is very exciting! Kourtney, my 7yr. old friend, who I am trying to raise money for her transplant and awareness of organ donation, is someone who inspires me so much (even though she may not realize it because she is so young); to go for the gold and live life to the fullest, so I am going to apply that to everything I do this year! Kourtney just wants her multi-organ transplant which would be very scary for most of us, yet, her brave and positive attitude keeps her going while enduring unbearable pain each and every day! I want all my fellow members of Ashoka’s Youth Venture, Get Ur Good On, YSA, Kids are Heroes and Afro Puffs and Ponytails, to follow your dreams this year … as I hope that is one of your New Year’s resolutions. Of course, we come from all walks of life from the U.S. and around the world, so even though we may be far apart, let’s use our advantage of having the same mindset and goals to continue to be young change-makers, and provide more opportunities for other youth around the world so that we can be the “change” to help fight the many issues that plague our communities like disease, poverty, illiteracy, child-trafficking, domestic violence, drugs and the list goes on! Remember … “you can do anything that you can dream!” All the best in 2010!!!
Give the gift of life, donate your organs and live life to the fullest!