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A Mission and a Message to Promote Access to Education

In Haiti, only 40% of the population is taught how to read, which means that the majority of the population is illiterate. Access to education is a sweeping issue that affects millions of people.

San Antonio, TX – USA, October 23, 2019 — In Haiti, only 40% of the population is taught how to read, which means that the majority of the population is illiterate. Access to education is a sweeping issue that affects millions of people. Corruption in the government and lack of funding are major systemic barriers which prevent widespread reform.

“Oftentimes, people don’t have the money to start school at a young age. I met people who only began attending school at the age of 13,” explains Angela Trujillo who first visited the country in 2014. These individuals often experienced trouble finding jobs. Since this initial trip, Trujillo has been back five more times, volunteering and raising money to help those in need.

“It was shocking to see the difference between the access to education in America and the conditions for so many young children in Haiti,” says Trujillo, who witnessed these issues on the ground. Students have to pay to attend school, but even sponsored students can get kicked out of their classes if they don’t have the proper socks and shoes.

Now, Trujillo has a new vision for change: to open a school “where all are welcome.” The school will be located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. “I want to create a place where Haitians can thrive and learn and grow,” Trujillo says. Her goal is to create a school to help break the cycle of poverty that exists in Haiti. Fundraising efforts are already underway. To augment the process, Trujillo wrote her first-ever children’s book “Elizabeth Gets Healed.” 100% of the proceeds will be donated toward this cause.

This story was inspired by Trujillo’s own childhood. When she was 6 years old, the author was diagnosed with amblyopia, commonly referred to as lazy eye, which she was eventually able to overcome. “This is my testimony for children who face an obstacle in their path,” the author explains. “I want to empower children in America, and for them to know that they are contributing to the education of a child in Haiti.”

Publisher Lisa M. Umina comments, “We all need to know this story. Trujillo is working to empower children no matter where they live and no matter the circumstances into which they were born.”

Trujillo will hold story time followed by a craft activity for children on January 6th at 10:15 am at the Hellen Library in League City, Texas. On January 29th, there will be a meet and greet with the author also at 10:15 am in the same location.

For more information about Angela Trujillo visit www.halopublishing.com. “Elizabeth Gets Healed” is now available at Halo Publishing International, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Books a Million.

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Michelle Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International, Inc
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176,
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 216-255-6756


SAVE THE DATE: Key for a Cure continues its fight against pediatric cancer by holding circus-themed fundraising gala Sept. 14 event at Corral de Tierra Country Club

Sept. 14 event at Corral de Tierra Country Club earmarks $10,000 for Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services

Salinas, CA, February 09, 2019 – Every child holds dreams and aspirations, but not every child has the chance to fulfill them due to the devastation of pediatric cancer.

Join Key for a Cure Foundation’s efforts by attending A Million Dreams Gala on Saturday, Sept. 14, 5:30-10 p.m. at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

Since its inception in 2015, Key for a Cure has given more than $500,000 toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s T cell-based immunotherapy research. The 2019 Gala has earmarked $10,000 toward this year’s recipient, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, a nonprofit that provides family-centered care around emotional, practical and financial struggles.

This year’s gala features a circus theme, and will include some breathtaking performances with fire and acrobatics. Emceed by Dan Green, anchor KSBW Action News 8, the gala promises to be a memorable evening of amazing live performances, gourmet food, fine wine and warm hearts.

The black tie optional affair commences with a hosted cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with music from David Conley from the famous Sardine Factory, followed by an elegant dinner, spectacular live auction and award-winning entertainment.

Celebrity auctioneer Carla Gianolini Harrison will auction off the following items: luxurious Punta Mita, Mexico, Villa Beach House; Louis Vuitton travel tote bag and suitcase; Cartier watch; two VIP floor seats for the 2020 Golden State Warriors in the team’s new Chase Center in San Francisco; Memphis getaway/Peabody Hotel package; and more.

Premier sponsorships are available. Individual gala tickets are priced at $225 and can be purchased through Eventbrite (Key for a Cure Gala).

For more ticket and/or donation information, please call Anne Chisum (831-206-1357) or Liz Grijalva (831-241-3990), or visit the website at keyforacure.org.

About Key for a Cure Foundation: Formed in 2015, the nonprofit Key For A Cure raises funds to directly support research that will lead to more effective treatments for children with cancer. Managed by all volunteers, Key for a Cure is committed to effective philanthropy that produces tangible results. Not one penny is spent on excessive marketing costs, salaries, flights, meals, hotels, or other costs often associated with “mega-charities.”


Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Major Publisher issues Essential New Fundraising Guide That Launched Nationwide Wednesday, March 4th

Does your non-profit need help in improving the effectiveness of its fundraising program? Almost 60% of nonprofit board chairs and executive directors identify fundraising as one of the most important areas for board improvement.

Monterey, CA, March 06, 2015 — Does your non-profit need help in  improving the effectiveness of its fundraising program? Almost 60% of nonprofit board chairs and executive directors identify fundraising as one of the most important areas for board improvement. Help is now at hand with the new e-book, “Informed Fundraising: An Introduction and Guide,” written by veteran nonprofit executives Ron Wormser and Josiah Stevenson IV.

The book has been published by BoardSource, the leading organization and publisher focused on the governance of nonprofit organizations.

The book, now available online, is designed to equip board members and executive directors, particularly those leading smaller and/or newer nonprofits, with a solid understanding of what it takes to construct and execute an effective and successful fundraising program. The book will also be of interest to current and prospective board members who are unfamiliar with fundraising for nonprofits.

“Too many nonprofits are not successful in raising the money they want or need,” says lead author and Carmel, Ca. resident Wormser. “Based on our years of experience working with nonprofits, we have concluded that this is because many board leaders and executive directors— particularly of small and  newer organizations — have limited knowledge and experience about fundraising and what it takes to do it effectively.”

Wormser and Stevenson, who both have had decades of nonprofit fundraising experience, say that many nonprofit board members are missing the information they need to excel at this key  function.

“Uninformed, they approve plans and programs that yield disappointing results,” says Wormser. “Our book  will equip nonprofit leaders with the concepts and tools that will enable them to make informed, strategic fundraising decisions. If we succeed, more nonprofits will become financially stable and sustainable, and thus able to better serve those who rely on their programs and services — that is our ultimate objective.”

The book focuses on what the authors have identified as the three key components of successful fundraising:

Understanding — Developing familiarity with the fundamentals of raising money which form the foundation for effective fundraising programs

Preparation —  Becoming aware of the components, of what it takes to create informed, purposeful programs

Execution — Knowing how to effectively carry out fundraising programs and how to monitor and assess  their progress.

The Guide includes sample worksheets that illustrate the concepts discussed and how to translate those ideas into practice.

“Informed Fundraising” will also be useful to faculty and students at colleges and universities who are teaching and learning about nonprofits and their management.

In addition, organizations maintaining lists of nonprofit resource materials available to others, such as community foundations, state and local associations of nonprofits, professional associations about nonprofits, and others, might want to add the book to their libraries as well.

Lead author Wormser’s 40-year career was spent working for four different nonprofits — the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the State University of New York at New Paltz, the Institute of International Education headquartered in New York, and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Since retiring and relocating to Carmel Ca. in 2007, Wormser has been giving back to the nonprofit community as a volunteer with the Arts in Crisis program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with various Monterey County nonprofits and as a board member, executive coach, and consultant of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team.

“Informed Fundraising: An Introduction and Guide” is now available at https://www.boardsource.org (search for Informed Fundraising in the upper right corner search field). Wormser is available for interviews by the media.

Contact Marci Bracco Cain at (831) 747-7455 or marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com to schedule an interview.

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

Burg Simpson Attorney, Reeves Whalen, Leads Denver Fundraising Efforts for Red Cloud Indian School

Reeves Whalen, an associate at Burg Simpson, who practices personal injury and pharmaceutical drug litigation, recently concluded fundraising efforts on behalf of the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Denver, CO, January 11, 2011 – Reeves Whalen, an associate at Burg Simpson, who practices personal injury and pharmaceutical drug litigation, recently concluded fundraising efforts on behalf of the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Mr. Whalen visited and participated in class instruction at the Red Cloud Indian School in April 2011. Thereafter, he was prominently featured in the August 2011 Edition of Trial Magazine for his involvement in a letter writing campaign aimed at addressing the issue of poverty and alcohol abuse on the reservation and his efforts to raise funding for the school. Mr. Whalen became familiar with the Red Cloud Indian School when their men’s basketball team appeared during a half time scrimmage at the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center in 2009.

The Red Cloud Indian School was founded in 1888 and has over 600 students in elementary, middle, and high school programs. Red Cloud has an annual average attendance rate of over 90% and is credited with an impressive 45 Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients, the highest per capita in the country. Over 90% of the school’s operating budget comes from private donations. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is 2.8 million acres, making it the second-largest reservation in the United States. However, approximately 80% of the residents are unemployed, 49% are living below the Federal poverty line, the per-capita income is the second poorest in the United States, the infant mortality rate is five times higher than the national average, the reservation has the highest teenage suicide rate in the country, and life expectancy is the second lowest in the western hemisphere behind Haiti. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease occur in epidemic proportions on the Pine Ridge and death rates due to diabetes among Native Americans are 3 times higher than among the general United States population. While visiting the school, Mr. Whalen met with administrators, teachers, and participated in classroom instruction.

“What I’m doing her matters, this is a program in serious financial need and their students, who are performing miraculously under horrible conditions, deserve our immediate attention and support. These conditions exist here in America and we have a duty to act,” commented Whalen. Mr. Whalen concluded his fundraising efforts this past week and presented donations to school officials on Friday November 18, 2011.

Mr. Whalen is an accomplished Colorado injury attorney. In 2011, Reeves Whalen was selected by the Denver Business Journal as a “Forty Under 40” Rising Star. In 2010, Mr. Whalen was selected as a Finalist by the Colorado Bar Association for the “Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year” Award. Furthermore, in 2011, Mr. Whalen was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to serve on the Administration’s Transition Team as the Co-Chair for the Department of Excise & License. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl’s Athletic Leadership School of Denver (GALS), The Save Our Youth Mentorship Program (SOY) in affiliation with the Denver Rescue Mission, and the Anschutz Medical Center Cancer Fund (AMC). Mr. Whalen teaches annually in the Denver Public Schools through the Denver Bar Association’s Attorney Guest Teacher Program. In the past, while he served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Denver (DPoD), he moderated and participated in education reform forums with State Senator Michael Johnston and Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. In addition, he has served on campaign finance committees for State Representative Crisanta Duran, Denver Public School Board At-Large Representative Happy Haynes, State Senator Chris Romer, former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Mr. Whalen has an extensive background in philanthropic projects that extends beyond the United States. In 2009, Reeves visited Haiti and participated in the construction of an orphanage outside of Port Au Prince with a non-governmental organization, Center of Hope Haiti (COHH). Thereafter, in 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Mr. Whalen raised money to bring professional medical clinics to Haiti through The National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH). As the community service co-chair for the Arapahoe County Bar Association, Mr. Whalen has established an annual volunteer program putting local attorneys together with Project CURE to help pack medical supplies for shipment to third world medical clinics. Mr. Whalen has been an associate attorney at Burg Simpson since 2008 where he practices personal injury and product liability law representing injured victims and consumers.

Crystal Swan
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206