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TPG Energy Supports Micah McClellan's Annual Life Celebration Event

Micah, with TPG Energy’s Head of Business Development Jeremiah Hagen and his wire Anastasia.

While mainstream society struggles to prioritize work, home and health – Micah lives without basic independence yet exudes daily appreciation for the support of his friends and family.

DENVER (PRWEB) January 18, 2020
Our world lives fast. Often, our daily thoughts serve personal ambitions without any graciousness given to the simple necessities we awoke with. Micah McClellan is reminded every day the fragility of life. In July 2011, Micah was struck by a drive-by bullet while playing basketball in the sunny afternoon of a Colorado summer. The stray bullet injured the C3 – C4 of his spinal cord leaving Micah paralyzed from the neck down. Henceforth, he requires 24-hour nursing attention. While mainstream society struggles to prioritize work, home and health – Micah lives without basic independence yet exudes daily appreciation for the support of his friends and family. Each year, Micah’s family hosts a Life Celebration event.
In 2019, a 5K potluck was held at Exposition Park; the site of the incident. TPG Energy donated $2,500 for Micah’s medical bills. Pictured is Jeremiah Hagen, Director of Business Development, and his wife Anastasia, whom is a childhood friend of Micah and uses her LPN designation to serve as caretaker whenever needed. The donation was the least TPG Energy can do for Micah – the support of the friends and family lifts his spirit to continue his fight.
To support Micah, please visit his GoFundMe page at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/never-let-go-foundation
TPG Energy looks forward to supporting Micah for many years to come. To learn more about TPG Energy, a mineral rights company, visit http://www.tpgenergy.com.

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MLK Day Celebration to Commemorate its 27th Anniversary in Arizona

PHOENIX (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
The HeroZona Foundation and the American Legion Travis L. Williams Post 65 will host a special MLK Day Celebration recognizing the success of the “Play It Forward for the Arts” program at Post 65 (1624 E. Broadway Rd.) in Phoenix on Monday, January 20, at 3 p.m. The Celebration will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and also recognize Senior Pastor Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. from First Institutional Baptist Church, who was a driving force behind creating the MLK Day holiday in Arizona. It will also commemorate one year of the “Play It Forward for the Arts” program in Arizona.
“This year, we celebrate 27 years since Arizona adopted MLK Day as a state holiday, and I’m thrilled to honor Senior Pastor Dr. Reverend Stewart, who was the driving force behind the vote and recognition,” says U.S. Army Veteran, Play It Forward Program Creator and HeroZona Foundation Founder, Alan “AP” Powell. “One year ago on MLK Day, Pastor Stewart challenged our community with doing more for the residents of zip code 85040. The Herozona Foundation and Post 65 responded to that challenge, launching an effort with local schools and community partners, bringing underserved students to the arts.”
The HeroZona Foundation and members of the Travis L. Williams American Legion Post 65 spearheaded the creation of the ”Play It Forward For the Arts” program, exposing students to the arts at an early age, and giving them a head start with opportunities to learn, create and grow. ”Play It Forward” programs are supported by numerous community partners who advocate for the arts.
The first “Play It Forward for the Arts” engagement was held in early 2019, with high school students from Phoenix Union High School District attending August Wilson’s award-winning civil rights play “Two Trains Running” at the Herberger Theatre. The second “Play It Forward” event brought elementary students from the Roosevelt Elementary School District to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a concert performance by the Phoenix Symphony, and the most recent program was a Pinkfong Baby Shark mini show and family resource fair at The Academies at South Mountain, which helped families prepare students for preschool and kindergarten, and was attended by nearly two thousand children and family members.    
“The Phoenix Suns are proud to support the Play It Forward program, which is committed to the development of youth in our state,” said Phoenix Suns President & CEO Jason Rowley. “I’m honored to join several true American heroes and local community leaders as we celebrate the promise of a brighter future for the next generation of leaders throughout Arizona.”
APS Chairman, President & CEO Jeff Guldner also lauded the community program. “APS appreciates being part of the Herozona Foundation’s effort to increase access to arts and culture experiences to students of all backgrounds through the Play It Forward program,” he said. “We look forward to continued engagement and seeing it expand in the future.”    
Speakers at the MLK celebration will include the current National Commander of the American Legion, James W. “Bill” Oxford, who will speak about the important work of the American Legion in local communities across America, as illustrated by Phoenix’s Post 65 spearheading the “Play It Forward” program. Other speakers will include Dr. Stewart, who will comment on Dr. King’s legacy and address continuing support for undeserved Phoenix neighborhoods.
Following the celebration at American Legion Post 65, the Phoenix Suns will host community leaders for an MLK Day celebration in the Ring of Honor suite, which will include on-court recognition of Rev. Stewart during half time and throughout the game. The commemoration of MLK Day is being brought back to the Suns Arena 27 years after approval of the MLK Day state holiday in Arizona in honor of the first gathering in downtown Phoenix at the same location in 1992.
“With our amazing arts community in Arizona, “Play it Forward for the Arts” is only limited by our imaginations,” said American Legion Post 65 member, retired Navy Rear Admiral Hal Pittman. “We love supporting these kids in their growth and appreciation of the arts.”
Arizona is the only state to institute the MLK holiday by vote of the people in 1992, after original initiatives to create the holiday were defeated in the early 1990s. After the holiday was approved by popular vote in November of 1992, the first MLK holiday in Arizona was observed with a major gathering at the American West Arena (now Talking Stick Arena) in downtown Phoenix. That celebration filled the arena and was attended by numerous celebrities, including Stevie Wonder and Rosa Parks.
To learn more about the HeroZona Foundation’s programs, visit herozona.org.
About the HeroZona Foundation:The HeroZona Foundation has a strong focus on veteran initiatives and honoring those who have served our country and their family members. The nonprofit’s name reflects that messaging to focus on empowering and celebrating America’s veterans. The HeroZona Foundation’s annual HeroZona National Veteran Summit created a multi-day networking experience to improve America’s support of veteran companies through workshops, networking, entrepreneurial connections, and seminars. The summit will return to Arizona for a third year in November 2020. Other programs include the Bridge Forum, Phoenix Tools 4 School, Honor Walk, Veterans Reach to Teach, Voting for Veterans and Play It Forward. For more information, visit herozona.org

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Tampa Museum Of Art Kicks Off Centennial Celebration And History Book Launch

The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works tells the museum’s story through a combination of interviews and works from the collection.

Together, the works on view reveal the story of the Tampa Museum of Art.

TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) January 12, 2020
The Tampa Museum of Art officially kicked off its 100-year centennial celebration on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Patrons and Members attending the kickoff enjoyed a VIP reception, a special exhibition ‘The Making of A Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works’, which features 100 important works from its permanent collection, the unveiling of TMA’s history book, and a cake celebration.
The 100 objects selected for the exhibition represent works important to founding the Museum and the growth of its permanent collections. With significant holdings of ancient Greek and Roman art, as well as Modern and Contemporary art, the collection is unique. Today, the Museum’s collection includes over 7,000 objects with works of art acquired each year. In this exhibition, objects made in an array of media and created over different periods of time are juxtaposed to create new dialogues. Together, the works on view reveal the story of the Tampa Museum of Art.
From its beginnings as Tampa Museum of the Fine Arts (1920-1923) to the burgeoning Tampa Art Institute (1923-1966) and the Tampa Bay Art Center (1966-1979), the Tampa Museum of Art has matured in tandem with the growth and cultural prosperity of the Tampa Bay area. As the Museum celebrates its past, it looks towards the next 100 years.
As an accompaniment to the centennial, the Museum published a 200-page history book — The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works — which will be available for purchase beginning January 11, 2020. The book tells the museum’s story through a combination of interviews and works from the collection.
About the Tampa Museum of Art:Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art inspires the residents of the Tampa Bay region and others around the world by providing engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern and contemporary art. As the Tampa Museum of Art nears its 100th anniversary, its exhibitions in part will focus on the breadth of the institution’s growing permanent collection.
The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s largest museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more. With a 14,000 square-foot LED installation of Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa) illuminating the south façade and the Museum’s 23-foot tall cast iron sculpture Laura with Bun by Jaume Plensa silhouetted in front of the north façade, the Tampa Museum of Art stands as an iconic landmark of downtown Tampa.
Year-round creative classes offered both on-site and at various locations throughout Hillsborough County provide children, teens, and adults with opportunities to discover new skills and learn different art-making techniques. The Museum brings together local, national and international artists and scholars to inspire visitors to take part in exhibitions and art discourse through lectures, tours, and community partnerships.
While shopping for unique exhibition-related objects at the Museum Store or enjoying handcrafted meals, coffee, and gelato at the Riverwalk Cafe at TMA, visitors can take in the views of Tampa’s scenic riverfront and see why the Museum also serves as one of Tampa’s premier venues for special private events. Located in the heart of downtown, next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art leads as both a cultural institution and a community museum dedicated to celebrating the diversity of its home city.
General Hours and Information:The Museum opens daily at 10 a.m. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday*, Saturday & Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.*Fourth Fridays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.The Museum’s phone number is 813.274.8130 and the website is http://www.tampamuseum.org. The Museum’s address is 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza. Tampa, FL 33602.

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Dominique Wilkin’s 60th Birthday Celebration

Dominique Wilkins 60th birthday

Wilkins says, “I love the City of Atlanta! It has given me so much and it’s time I use my platform to give back. It’s my honor to serve on KultureCity’s board and advocate for those with sensory needs.”

ATLANTA (PRWEB) January 09, 2020
“The Human Highlight Reel”, Dominique Wilkins, is celebrating his 60th birthday this weekend with a fundraiser for KultureCity, a leading non-profit recognized nationwide for using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs; not just those with autism. Atlanta’s favorite son chose his city to celebrate this milestone.
The nine-time NBA All-Star and one of the best dunkers in NBA history has now committed to making venues throughout the world inclusive for all to attend. Wilkins serves as the Chairperson of the board for KultureCity. Wilkins has 3 children with special needs and understands the importance of inclusion for all. Wilkins says, “I love the City of Atlanta! It has given me so much and it’s time I use my platform to give back. It’s my honor to serve on KultureCity’s board and advocate for those with sensory needs.”
Sponsors of the event include: Selig Enterprises, Dixon Hughes Goodman, 3A, Kroger, Roger House (Axiom), MINI USA, Piedmont Healthcare, Attorney Ray Giudice, Oxygen Financial, Country Financial, Atlanta Falcons, Meeting Advice and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, and others.
Alpa Patel, Tax Partner in Dixon Hughes Goodman’s Atlanta office states, “At DHG, we are proud to support the causes that are important to our people and our clients. We are honored to sponsor KultureCity’s event at Scofflaw Brewing, which will raise funds to help improve the lives of those living with disabilities.”    
Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, PTSD and other similar conditions. One of the major barriers for these individuals is sensitivity to over stimulation and noise, which is an enormous part of the environment in a venue. With the certification, venues are now better prepared to assist guests with sensory sensitivities in having the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible when attending any event.
For those interested in supporting Wilkins and his cause, click here to donate: https://www.kulturecity.org/donate-sensoryinclusion/.
KultureCity has created over 450 sensory inclusive venues in 4 countries; this includes special events such as: NFL Pro-Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, MLB All Star Weekend. KultureCity has won many awards for its efforts: NASCAR Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award in 2017, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quiet Space Sensory Room at Quicken Loans Arena was a finalist for the 2018 Stadium Business Award, and the 2018 Clio Sports Silver for social good in partnership with Cleveland Cavaliers/Quicken Loans Arena. Recently, KultureCity was awarded one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019 by FastCompany.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – World's Greatest Aviation Celebration – offering free admission in 2020 for those 18-and-under

All youth ages 18-and-under will be admitted free of charge to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020, the world’s largest fly-in convention.

Inspiring young people and giving them a first look at what’s possible in aviation is only achievable if they can get in the gate.

OSHKOSH, Wiss. (PRWEB) December 06, 2019
Young people ages 18 and under will be admitted free to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2020, as a way to introduce more youth to the possibilities in the world of flight. The 68th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport.
The Boeing Company is financially supporting this effort for the next two years to encourage more aviation-minded families and their children to attend the event that brings more than 10,000 aircraft from around the world to Oshkosh each year.
“EAA’s mission is growing participation in aviation and in 2019, after EAA reduced admission costs for students, we saw an increased number of families coming to AirVenture,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO/chairman of the board. “Inspiring young people and giving them a first look at what’s possible in aviation is only achievable if they can get in the gate. This effort will build on the more than 60 years where AirVenture has earned a reputation as a wonderful family event. We’re incredibly appreciative of Boeing’s support and like EAA, Boeing is committed to inspiring the next generation of aeronautical innovators. Because of Boeing’s belief in our mission, we can invite youth from around the world to experience AirVenture at no cost.”
The free youth admission is available throughout AirVenture week. Along with Boeing’s financial support, a small fee on AirVenture advanced purchase adult admissions and value-added opportunities such as the Aviators Club will support this free admission opportunity for young people.
“At Boeing, we aim to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators, and EAA AirVenture provides a unique opportunity to encourage the natural curiosity of young people,” said William Ampofo, vice president, Business Aviation, General Aviation & OEM Services, Boeing Global Services. “We are proud to provide an opportunity for thousands of youth to experience this world-class event, and be inspired to use their talents, creativity and vision for the future of aviation.”
Longstanding youth activities and programs at AirVenture include such popular offerings as the hands-on KidVenture display and program area; technology, innovation, and education options at Aviation Gateway Park; and extraordinary events such as daily air shows and more than 1,500 forums, workshops, and seminars.
Complete admission pricing and advance online purchase is currently available at EAA.org/AirVenture.
About EAA AirVenture OshkoshEAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at http://www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit http://www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at http://www.twitter.com/EAA.

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