first_imgConscious Alliance, the Boulder, CO-based nonprofit, will kick off its annual Membership Drive at Live For Live Music‘s inaugural The Big Melt, an exciting new multi-band concert event set to take place this Saturday, April 13th at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium.Kicking the drive off with top musicians stays true to the nonprofit’s mantra and history of “Art That Feeds.” The event will feature super groups comprised of members of The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Break Science, Ghost-Note, Pretty Lights Live Band, and more as well as the “Purple Party,” a tribute to Prince with members of Snarky Puppy and The Motet. Tickets to The Big Melt are $43 for general admission and $120 for VIP and may be purchased here.Artist Nic Bogdal of Oddline Designs has created a commemorative poster for The Big Melt that will be available for those who donate food or funds to Conscious Alliance’s drive at the event. Additionally, Live Nation will donate $1 to Conscious Alliance for every ticket sold and to match up to 10 memberships secured that night. You can take a sneak peek at Conscious Alliance’s The Big Melt poster below:The Conscious Alliance Membership Drive, which runs through April 30th, features three incentive levels: Those who donate $10 per month will receive a membership poster, $20 per month will be thanked with a Conscious Alliance branded water bottle, and those who donate $30 per month will receive a Black Diamond backpack. As always, members also receive exclusive offers on art and event tickets. Attending the Big Melt event is not necessary to become a Conscious Alliance member, however—anyone is able to sign up via the organization’s website here.“Conscious Alliance members are crucial in our mission to end childhood hunger,” says Executive Director Justin Levy. “One in every six American children don’t know when they’ll get their next meal. Every $1 donated provides two meals for those in need, which means just $30 a month can have a huge impact.”Since January, Conscious Alliance’s 242 members have donated more than $15,000, helping deliver upwards of 30,000 meals to underserved areas of the country. These numbers speak to the nonprofit’s continued growth since it’s founding in 2002. Last year was Conscious Alliance’s most successful year to date, with more than 700,000 meals—$1.9 million worth of food—distributed to children and families who need it the most across the country.This growth was made possible in large part by the inclusion of semi-trucks full of food donated by food brands in Conscious Alliance’s distribution methodology, as well as the ongoing support of members, artists, bands, festivals, and individual donors. Last year, Conscious Alliance hosted 112 ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drives in 19 different states at festivals and concerts nationwide.“For Conscious Alliance, the work of getting healthy food to communities in need never ends,” says Levy. “2018 was a record-breaking year for us, but we need to surpass that in 2019—the larger our impact, the more people we can support.”Events like The Big Melt allow Conscious Alliance meet potential donors where they are and make giving fun. By launching its annual Membership Drive at a one-of-a-kind musical event, Conscious Alliance hopes to raise awareness by being a part of concertgoers’ lasting memories. When folks hang a Conscious Alliance poster in their home or continue to donate monthly, they remain an integral part of the nonprofit’s mission.For more information about Conscious Alliance, head here. To learn more about Saturday’s The Big Melt and grab your tickets today, head here.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Country Store,The proprietors of The Vermont Country Store, one of America’s most beloved retail experiences, will join the legendary daytime TV host Martha Stewart to talk recipes and share the success story behind their three generation family business in a special segment of The Martha Stewart Show. Lyman Orton and his three sons, Cabot, Eliot and Gardner Orton will be with Martha for an entire segment highlighted by the baking of a Vermont Country Store food favorite, the Maple Mountain Crunch Cake.The Vermont Country Store proprietors are l-r; Eliot, Lyman, Cabot and Gardner Orton. (Photo: Business Wire)‘We are truly pleased to be part of the Martha Stewart Show in addition to her magazine and website channels,’ Eliot Orton, one of the proprietors of The Vermont Country Store said. ‘She is, undoubtedly, one of the most respected lifestyle influencers in the world and millions rely on her sense of style and taste. From food to fashion, Martha is all about how to be comfortable while being practical. And in many ways, that’s exactly what The Vermont Country Store is all about as well.’The show, which is scheduled to premiere Thursday, November 17 on the Hallmark Channel, will also feature a representative selection of the unique and high-quality products that are customer favorites including Evening in Paris Perfume, Orton Cookie Buttons and 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup.In the interview portion, Martha will ask brothers Cabot, Eliot and Gardner Orton to share some insight into the workings behind The Vermont Country Store, and how their family was able to transform a 1946 upstart catalog business into a beloved national retail and online enterprise today.The Martha Stewart Show with the Ortons and The Vermont Country Store segment will air on Thursday, November 17th at 10am EST on The Hallmark Channel. It will be rebroadcast at 2pm EST the same day and again at 1pm EST on November 18th. It will also be available on line at www.MarthaStewart.com(link is external).About The Vermont Country Store In 1946, Vrest and Ellen Orton printed their first catalogue’just 12 pages and 36 products’and mailed it to the folks on their Christmas card list and sixty-five years later continues to be Orton family owned. As Purveyors of The Practical and Hard to Find, The Vermont Country Store operates as a multichannel merchant through its mailed catalogs, e-commerce web site and two retail stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont. For more information, www.VermontCountryStore.com(link is external).MANCHESTER CENTER, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

first_imgNational Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership.  He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human   resource capacity building.“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said. “Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”He added: “Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”A female supporter, Ruth Nah,  said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more