We’re finalists in the Safeway Contest!

THANK YOU VOTERS!!  You helped us to become finalists for the $15,000 grant to create our HEAL THE NATION – Helping Others portal on the GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS website!!

We are now in the phase of verification and review to determine eligibility for the grant.  Pepsi will announce all grantees by the end of Oct – I’ll send you the latest news as soon as I get it!!

It’s been a long haul since competing for the Pepsi-Refresh $50K grant back in June. Although we didn’t make it (finishing 12th for this month), we’ve gotten closer to winning than ever before!  At this time, we are taking a break from competing for this grant. We’re not sure if we will continue to compete in Nov or in future months, but we hope you’ll support us again if we ever do compete for a grant in the future.

Your efforts in the Pepsi-Refresh contest has had an incredibly powerful impact on the world. You’ve given GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS and our HEAL THE NATION cause a lot of exposure while spreading the word about voting. Due to your efforts in spreading awareness, we now have a sizable population of the public who are now familiar with our current grassroots efforts to bring positive change to the world. We also have local and national celebrities and many charitable organizations becoming more and more aware of our cause. As a result, they are wanting to help and asking to be involved!

Your phenomenal efforts have also helped so many of our past and present partners to win their grants. You’ve definitely GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS! In monetary terms, you’ve helped to secure a total of $1,395,000 in grants!! But far beyond the grant money, you’ve also helped countless people in so many ways.  Here are all the causes that you’ve helped over the past 4 months:

June:

  • Mule Muscle (250K – Pepsi Refresh): Build a weight room for the Kicking Mules of Bedford High School
  • Harrison Skate Park (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Build a Plaza Style Skate Park in Harrison, AR

July:

  • Keep the Kids on Stage (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Fund 50 performances by over 200 students
  • Waters Ecology (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Expand the Waters Ecology program and add a greenhouse to our garden which will allow us to extend the growing season and give our students a chance to interact with the garden throughout the school year.

August:

  • Lake High School (500K – Kohl’s Cares School grants): Lake High School was devasted in a terrible tornado that ripped through the town. Your votes helped to win them the #1 spot for this grant!
  • Cure JM (250K – Pepsi Refresh): Fund research to find a cure for JM
  • Molly’s Adopt a Sailor (50K – Pepsi Refresh): Molly’s Adopt a Sailor is an idea that started with the expression of one mother’s love for her child.  Molly’s goal is simple: Ship care packages to our troops to show them we care.  Molly’s 100% volunteer force is comprised mostly of mothers whose children are in the military; the comfort they give these young men & women (so many of whom are still teens!) brings a mother’s love to harsh and distant soil.  With Molly’s big heart leading the way, our troops know they are loved form home, and, more importantly, they are reminded that they are NOT FORGOTTEN.
  • Gateway (50K – Pepsi Refresh): Theater Collaborative of Somers Point New Jersey is working hard to fill a large cultural void in their charming town.  Four years ago, the Gateway Playhouse (100 years old this year!) closed down due to lack of funding.  Since then, the community has been without a place to cultivate local talent and educate local children in the performing arts.  The Theater Collaborative, made up of professional performers, is inspired to help restore the playhouse and bring affordable, high-quality entertainment back to the region.
  • Beads of Courage (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Beads of Courage started with a nurse who decided giving stickers to children in cancer treatment wasn’t enough.  Children, she believed, should have more to show for what they endured each and every day in their courageous struggle to live.  Jean Baruch developed a method for children to RECORD, TELL, and OWN their stories of courage using (often handmade) glass beads.  Each bead is a symbol of courage, and each strand the beads make is a monument to the child’s strength.  Beads of Courage serves over 70 hospitals around the world and over 10,000 children battling with life-threatening disease.
  • Project Goodness (25K – Pepsi Refresh): PROJECT GOODNESS, created by Alli Seigel, offers free programs to schools, and teaches children that they can make a positive difference in our world.  PROJECT GOODNESS, celebrates the mantra “Every little bit counts,” by teaching children how to activate their innate goodness and instilling the values of selflessness and compassion.  Alli has spent many of her days working with children in places such as South America, as well as her native Los Angeles.  She is also the creator of 365DaysofGoodness.com.
  • Monkey in my Chair (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Provide “Monkey In My Chair” kits to children that have cancer
  • Big Hearts (5K – Pepsi Refresh): For more than 15 years, the Gingerbread House Project at Loma Linda University Medical Center Children’s Hospital has brought joy and smiles to sick and terminally ill children.  Providing a much-needed distraction from hospital life, workshops are held where children celebrate creativity as they build and decorate their own gingerbread houses.  Children feel a sense of accomplishment and pride as all of their completed houses are displayed in the hospital lobby as a “gingerbread village” for all to see.

September (finalists):

  • Michigan PAWS (50K – Pepsi Refresh): P.A.W.S. of Michigan is dedicated to lowering the needless euthanasia of companion animals and to do this has begun efforts to open a low cost, high quality, high volume spay neuter clinic. Daily shelter work with a seemingly endless inflow of animals and a local euthanasia rate as high as 90% made us realize that we needed to take a proactive approach to the problem. These clinics are proven to be successful with over 70 clinics open across the country who have seen decreases in local euthanasia rates as high as 70%. Once open this clinic will save thousands of animal lives every year!
  • Redlands East Valley High School (25K – Pepsi Refresh): The REV Wildcat Sculpture Garden & Public Art project will invite students, teachers, and the community to experience artwork up-close on a daily basis around the campus. Neglected outdoor spaces on campus will be cleaned up and assessed for Public Art placement. An annual outdoor Community Festival of Arts will also be established complete with a Chalk Art Competition among area schools. The purchase of easels, awnings, and other reusable art equipment would guarantee art education for all for many more years.
  • Kids’ Co-op (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Kids’ Co-op is committed to enriching the lives of Las Vegas children and strengthening their families through its developmentally appropriate Preschool and Kindergarten programs, through parent education, and through community service. Kids’ Co-op is a joint effort of parents who govern the school, and the director and teachers, who oversee the educational programs. Parents at Kids’ Co-op learn to efficiently nurture social, physical, emotional, and intellectual development of their children.
  • Lay a Foundation (25K – Pepsi Refresh): Lay a Foundation of Fitness is aiming to stamp out childhood obesity in our community. So many kids lack physical activity and we want to provide the best opportunities in our community for kids to come and have fun exercising.  More and more fast food joints are going up and our foods are being packed with harmful ingredients to make them convenient so we need to do our part to help kids start healthy and stay that way.  The Pepsi Grant would help fund the ideas we have to give kids a fighting chance at being healthy for a lifetime.
  • GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS (15K – Pepsi Safeway): HEAL THE NATION by Helping Others: This grant will be used to create a portal on the site for people to share their concerns, questions and experience on issues they are facing (topics ranging from teaching and parenting tips to coping with cancer and the loss of loved ones). We also plan to provide information on charitable projects and funding resources on this site.  The idea is to reduce the emotional stress that comes along with the challenges we face today.

Please continue to vote for our partners in the Big 10 Alliance! Although we’re not competing hard this month, we can still support our partners. This group tried really hard to push us to a win last month. They also voted for our Safeway project and led us to a win in that contest. Please help our partners to bring home grants for their causes!!

http://big10alliance.org

Please also continue to help out a friend, Kerry Getz, a professional skater from Philly, by voting for his skate shop’s design to appear on the new Mountain Dew can. You only vote once a day and you might even win a prize for voting!  Kerry’s also building a skatepark for kids to use to keep them off the streets and out of trouble.  Video coming soon…sorry, this will go live towards the end of the month.

Use your Pepsi login and password and vote for the Northeast can design:
http://www.greenlabelart.com/shopseries/gallery.php

Realest Reeken’s GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS!
If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out our featured artist, please watch Realest Reeken’s video shout out to GOT BRAGGING RIGHTS. Realest Reeken is a great hip hop artist with a great soul who focuses on spreading positive influence into the world!  He’s an inspirational role model!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel, leave a comment, and share it with all your friends …you’ll get to see and promote all our upcoming artists!

http://www.youtube.com/user/GBRmgr

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