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40th Annual Dinner of Champions Raises Funds for MS Research, Programs

Shemar Moore and his mother, Marilyn Wilson-Moore, at last week’s Dinner of Champions event.

Shemar Moore and his mother, Marilyn Wilson-Moore, at last week’s Dinner of Champions event.

LOS ANGELES, CA- Shemar Moore, best known for his role as FBI Special Agent Derek Morgan on the hit CBS show, Criminal Minds, was honored at the 40th annual Dinner of Champions, sponsored by and benefiting the National MS Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter. The gala event took place on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The event raised funds that support the National MS Society’s vital programs and services to improve the quality of life for people living with MS, as well as cutting-edge research worldwide for better treatments and a cure.

Moore received the award in recognition of his incredible contributions in helping the National MS Society move closer toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Moore has been a major supporter and ambassador to the National MS Society for ten years through the annual Bike MS: Coastal Challenge cycling event in honor of his mother, Marilyn, who lives with MS. Friends and colleagues from Criminal Minds, including Joe Mantegna, Kristen Vangsness, and Aisha Taylor, turned out to support Moore for this honor. Other celebrities in attendance included Kristoph St. John, Deborah Cox, Sheryl Underwood, and Guillermo Diaz. Actor and comedian Anthony Griffith performed at the dinner and Jillian Escoto, radio personality for Los Angeles-based station MyFM, served as master of ceremonies. Both Anthony and Jillian live with MS.

Shemar Moore’s mother, Marilyn Wilson-Moore was presented with the “Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life” award for her relentless efforts to bring hope and awareness to people living with MS, like herself. Previous recipients of the Spirit of Life Award include Annette Funicello, Richard Pryor, Alan Osmond, David Lander, Michael Kamen, Teri Garr, and Rep. Henry A. and Janet Waxman. Previous Dinner of Champions honorees have included such distinguished individuals as Jeff Robinov, Sir Howard Stringer, Steven Hilton, Peter Chernin, Joe Roth, Amy Pascal, Jim Gianopulos, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Tom Rothman, Michael Lynton, Rob Moore, Rob Friedman, Greg Dunn, and most recently Pam Kehaly of Anthem Blue Cross.

The Dinner of Champions makes an enormous contribution in the movement to end multiple sclerosis, not only in raising funds for research, programs and services, but also in raising awareness about MS itself. With the continuing commitment of its supporters the Chapter’s Dinner of Champions in Southern California has become the most successful dinner held by any chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Each year, the dinner honors a philanthropist who has made a significant contribution to the movement to end MS. Because of fundraising events such as the Dinner of Champions, the National MS Society is able to support more MS research and offer more services for people with MS than any other MS organization in the world, including educational and wellness programs, professional counseling and support, financial assistance and more.



Performance Art Competition is coming to Redlands

REDLANDS, CA- Music Changing Lives, (MCL) is looking for talented young artists to compete in their Performing Arts Showcase on Saturday, October 17 during their annual celebration of “Lights On After-School”.

They are looking forward to receiving submissions from students across the Inland Empire, ages 8 to 24, in the following categories: dance, instrumental, vocal and visual arts.

The focus of the event is to highlight the importance of performing arts in after school programs, as well as in the lives of our youth.  MCL is proud to provide a safe, enriching and creative environment for children to grow and excel.

The performing arts competition is a great opportunity for students to gain recognition for their talents. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in each category. Be as creative as possible and help keep the arts alive in our community!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 25.   Event details and registration forms are available upon request to MusicChangingLives@Gmail.com.

WHAT IT DO WITH THE LUE: Demetra Coulter

Demetra Coulter

Demetra Coulter

This week WHAT IT DO WITH THE LUE is professionalism and Teamwork. I always talk about the Indie artists. I never talk about what goes into making or promoting the Indie Artists. Everyone whether they know it or not, needs a team in order to succeed at anything. This idea of being independent or a one man show is a joke. I mean even Jesus had a team according to the Bible. So, with that being said, I’d like to introduce you to a very special lady, Demetra Coulter, Public Relations Officer for LUE Productions and many more.

Demetra Coulter is a consultant with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Arts in Public Relations, both from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is also the creator of “So What Am I Saying?”. She also helps people to develop a message, ranging from public speaking to physical appearances and teaches them how to deliver it to the right audience. From God given talents, education, and years of experience, Demetra has gained the wisdom and knowledge to help others by using common sense approaches. She is on a mission to help change the world by offering everyday advice and solutions for everyday situations.

In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments and attributes, she has worked with organizations including the NAACP Youth and College Division of Riverside California, the Campaign of Donovan Saadiq, Black Penny Press, Lue Productions and a whole host of other individuals. Her articles can be read at http://deecoulter.wix.com/so-what-am-i-saying. Currently, she is in the process of developing a YouTube channel with her 22-year-old daughter DeAnah that focuses on being fashionably frugal among other aspects. Stay tuned!

For your communications and public relations needs, she can be contacted at (951) 809-3848 or deecoulter@gmail.com. Make sure you check my girl out, she’s about that LIFE. L’zzzz!