ACTIVE Profile: “Tri”ing for Our Troops

ACTIVE Profile: “Tri”ing for Our Troops

This is the story of Amy Cotta, an author, trainer, TV personality and most importantly a friend.  I thought I knew about most of Amy’s accomplishments but it wasn't until I sat down with her to ask questions in preparation of this blog that I realized the magnitude of what she’s doing.  We cried together and I've cried writing this.  Amy is changing lives by bringing awareness to our military troops; specifically, our returning soldiers and their families who are coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.  Amy shared with me that we lost 394 soldiers to suicide last year, more than were lost in combat.  It’s a shocking statistic that has touched Amy’s heart and continues to motivate her to keep doing what’s she’s doing.  Here’s her story.  Her son was just 17 years old when she signed him ...

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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Spotlight, People

 
 
 

2013 Fight for Air Climb Nashville

2013 Fight for Air Climb Nashville

joe_schaaphok "Sometimes people ask me about my puffer and why I'm putting it in my mouth.  I tell them it helps me breathe," said Joe, age 5. "I have experienced nothing worse than to see my young son struggle to breathe, and for that very same air he breathes to be polluted is unacceptable," Ange, Joe's mom.  

27 floors, 638 stairs, in 10 minutes to battle lung disease!  If you haven't heard of the Fight for Air Climb, then this is what it's all about.  The Fight for Air Climb works to raise money for children like Joe as well as adults suffering from lung disease in a really different, unique event!  Start at the bottom of the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower and make your way up 27 flights of stairs to arrive at the top in the shortest amount of time.  The Fight for Air ...

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Posted Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Spotlight, Non-Profit Events

 
 
 

Soup Sunday 2013: 20 Years in the Making

Soup Sunday 2013: 20 Years in the Making

It’s been 20 years in the making and come February 24 at LP Field, the city’s finest restaurants will compete for the title!  Up for grabs? The title of Best Soup, Most Creative Soup and more at the 2013 Our Kids Soup Sunday.

Soup Sunday is the annual fundraiser for Our Kids, a local non-profit focused on "providing expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, and to increase community awareness, conduct research and offer education and training about child maltreatment."  Every February, the city’s best restaurants band together to support this cause while competing in a “soup cook-off”.  Some of the most unique and interesting recipes emerge for Nashvillians to come together and sample while enjoying an afternoon of family friendly festivities. Last year, over 50 local restaurants participated in a soup tasting that left everyone wanting more!  There ...

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Posted Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Spotlight, Non-Profit Events

 
 
 

CASA's Red Shoe Party: There's No Place Like Home

CASA's Red Shoe Party: There's No Place Like Home

It's a scene out of "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy is ready to go back to Kansas and be home with her family. All she has to do is click the heels of her ruby red shoes and say, "there's no place like home" and away she goes. We can only wish it was that easy for children who have been abused or neglected and are trapped in the foster system to find a safe, loving home! Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, was established back in 1977 to help advocate for the best interests of children trapped in the legal system. Since 1977, CASA has grown into over 950 programs that recruit, train and

support volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused and/ or neglected and are in the legal and social system. One very important distinction is that CASA ...

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Posted Sunday, April 8, 2012 by Michael Gonzales in Spotlight, Non-Profit Events