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DNC Worldwide & BONA Foundation Event a Success Thanks to YOU!

July 25, 2010

A BIG thank you from myself and everyone involved regarding the networking mixer + benefit for the BONA Foundation at Mezzanine Lounge this part July 22nd. As a result of our combined efforts we were able to meet and exceed our goals for the event. Special thank you to Keith Scruggs and Rich Armstrong for allowing us to help the BONA Foundation. Also thanks to my fellow organizers Kim Even and David “Foodah” Campbell, for without their dedication and vision, this event would have never been as great at it was.

Here is a letter from Mr. Keith Scruggs, founder of the BONA Foundation regarding the event.

“When great people get together, great things happen.”

“Charity and love combine to create an energy that is contagious.”

DNC and you confirmed the accuracy of both of these statements and for that we thank you.  When taking on the task of beginning and running a non-profit, it is often a test of faith.  Frequently plans are tabled b/c of funding.  Many discussion end with, “great idea, but IDK how we are going to fund it.”  But every time someone steps up and says, “no worries, “He” will make a way.”

We are thankful, moved, and inspired that DNC decided to help make a way for the BONA B.L.A.S.T. After School Wellness Program.   The program will be introduced on 8 campuses  this school year and your support has assisted in making that happen.

DNC’s goal of $5,000 was met and exceeded!  $5905 was raised, and these funds will be used to purchase a portion of the equipment required to assure that each child is safe and equipped to begin a lifetime battle of weight management.

Thanks again for your support, and please join us in future fund raising events:

  • Motor Cycle Run (Sat 04Sep10),
  • Golf Tournament (Mon 24OCT, 2010),
  • Body Transformation Calendar release (OCT, 2010),
  • Fun Run (sat 26Mar11).

Keith Tobias Scruggs

Fighting Childhood Obesity

One Pound at a Time!

www.bonafoundation.com

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Upcoming Event – DNC Networking Mixer and Benefit for BONA Foundation

July 7, 2010

The DNC Worldwide Networking Mixer + Benefit for the BONA Foundation is TOMORROW NIGHT, Thursday at Mezzanine Lounge starting at 7:30pm!

Some Quick Reminders

  1. Bachelor / Bachelorette Auction at 8:30pm
  2. DRINK SPECIALS include $3 wells, $3.50 Jager & Tuaca shots
  3. PARKING – overflow parking at Academy past Mezzanine Lounge on US59 Feeder.

Raffle Giveaway

Raffle Tickets will be $2 each, 6 for $10, 12 for $20, and so on!

  • 32” Toshiba LCD Flat Screen HDTV courtesy of Bart Agee and Mike Kubes
  • Autographed Basketball from Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets
  • Autographed poster of  The Killers from 104.1 KRBE
  • MacGregor VIP Forged Wedge from GolfSmith
  • Ogio Rolling Travel Bag
  • Auto Detailing for your ride – In and Out clean w/vacuum, tire shine and glass guard from Bayou City Mobile Auto Detailing.
  • Satori Salon Heights – Kerastese Hair Cut & Style
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Smash Burger
  • $15 Gift Certificate to Beck’s Prime
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Fuddruckers
  • Gift Baskets from Bizarre Bazaar
  • T-Shirts from BONA Fitness
  • 3 sets of UFC Sparring Gloves from Filipino Top Team & MoptheMats.com

Silent Auction Items

Motorsport Experience – $1,000 Value

  • Professional Track Drive Experience – Drive Lamborghini Gallardo on a professional racetrack at Motorsport Ranch Houston!

Couples Health & Fitness Package – $1,600 Value

  • Two individual 2-months memberships to BONA Fitness
  • 8 personal training sessions
  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Supplements – $75 worth

Fight Fit Package – $1050 Value

  • 3 month unlimited membership to Elite MMA
  • Private lesson at Elite MMA
  • 4 tickets for July 31 Professional MMA Event at Arena Theater ($80 value each)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game – $300 Value

  • 4 Tickets to Astros game on Saturday, September 11th vs. LA Dodgers
  • $85 Gift Certificate to Calliope’s downtown.

Men’s Gift Pack – $550 Value

  • Conceal Handgun Course & Licensing for you and 2 of your buddies at Tactical Plus!
  • Chiropractic Session from Dr. Derrick Stenson
  • $150 in gourmet meat products from Gourmet Meat Market
  • $50 in gourmet meat products from Logan’s Farm
  • Auto Detailing for your ride – In and Out clean w/vacuum, tire shine and glass guard from Bayou City Mobile Auto Detailing.
  • Free tire rotation and balancing from Discount Tire.
  • KB Buck Knife

Romantic Weekend Package – $520 Value

  • 2-night stay at the Homewood Suites Hilton in Westchase
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Pradavia Churrascaria
  • 1 bottle of wine from Spec’s.
  • $100 gift certificate to Sarah’s Florist
  • Auto Detailing for your car – In and Out clean w/vacuum, tire shine and glass guard from Bayou City Mobile Auto Detailing.
  • Gift Basket from Bizarre Bazaar

Ladies Spa Package – $460 Value

  • Hair cut and color from Toni & Guy.
  • 30 minute massage by Massages by Tammy.
  • Manicure and Pedicure from Neon Nails.
  • 1 Yoga Class
  • Auto Detailing for your car – In and Out clean w/vacuum, tire shine and glass guard from Bayou City Mobile Auto Detailing.
  • 1-month of free tanning at Darque Tan.
  • $25 Gift Certificate to La Madeleine

GOAL! The Houston Dynamo Fan Experience – Aug 21 vs. Chicago Fire – $200 Value

  • 2 Houston Dynamo field tickets
  • 2 VIP Club passes
  • Parking pass

Landscaping for your Home – $1,000 Value

  • Consultation and $1,o00 in credit for Bi-Tech Landscaping Services

Pura Vida – $595 Value

  • 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System from Environmental Protech

The Lush Experience – $200 Value

  • Gift Basket from Tito’s Vodka
  • Dulce Via Tequila
  • 2 Bottles of Wine from Specs

Bachelor / Bachelorette Auction Details

With your bid, not only will you get a chance to win the eligible guy or lady of your choice – as an added bonus – your winning bid also comes with bonus gift certificates and other items! ALL of these bonus items top minimum bid amounts just by themselves!

Bachelors

  • Luis – Private Salsa Lessons
  • David – 2 hour private handgun lesson with 200 rounds of Ammo
  • Gustavo – Frank-N-Steins Bar & Grill
  • Vincent – Ragin Cajun
  • Patrick – Frank-N-Steins Bar & Grill
  • Greg – Café Pita
  • Ray – Frank-N-Steins
  • AJ – Tradiciao
  • Robert – Frank-N-Steins
  • John – Private Salsa Lessons
  • Charles – Cheddar’s

Bachelorettes

  • Christina – Toko Sushi
  • Kelly – Cheddar’s
  • Kimberly – Tradiciao
  • Angela R – Mugsy’s Bar
  • Jessica L – Barry’s Pizza
  • Jessica M – Pub Fiction
  • Angela W – Roosevelt Bar

DNC Networking Mixer and Benefit for the BONA Foundation

July 5, 2010

Do you like to have fun?

Do you like to do good things for people?

If the answer is YES to both of those questions, you should definitely join us on Thursday, July 22nd, when we will be hosting the DNC Networking Mixer and Benefit for the BONA Foundation at the Mezzanine Lounge, located just inside the loop on the corner of Highway 59 and Sheperd.

The purpose of this event will be to allow professionals, from different industries in Houston, a chance to disconnect and unwind. Drinks… dancing… A chance to spend quality time with old friends / partners / colleagues… and make some quality new ones – all while supporting an excellent cause.

This mixer will benefit the BONA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that fights childhood obesity and provides scholarships to underprivileged & overweight children across the United States.

As a fun way to contribute to this great cause, we will be hosting a BACHELOR / BACHELORETTE AUCTION with some really decent guys & some amazing ladies participating. There will also be a SILENT AUCTION with plenty of great items and services up for grabs. All proceeds will go directly to BONA Foundation in order to help fight childhood obesity.

Here are some of the  items up from our awesome sponsors.

  • Motorsport Ranch Houston – Drive Lamborghini Gallardo on a professional racetrack! ($1000 value)
  • Bi Tech – $1,000 in residential landscaping services
  • BONA Fitness – Two individual 2-months memberships – gym / 8 personal training sessions / nutrition consulation / $75 in supplements ($750 value each)
  • Legacy Fighting Championships -4 tickets for July 31 Professional MMA Event at Arena Theater ($80 value each)
  • Elite MMA – 3 month unlimited membership and private lesson ($600 value)
  • Homewood Suites Hilton Westchase – 2-night stay ($260)
  • Houston Astros – four tickets ($53 value each) – Saturday, September 11th vs. LA Dodgers
  • Houston Rockets – Signed Basketball by Yao Ming
  • Amigo Energy – 2 Houston Dynamo field tickets, 2 VIP Club passes, & parking pass to Aug 21st game vs. Chicago Fire.
  • 104 KRBE – Autographed Poster of the Killers
  • Tactical Plus – 3 x Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) Classes
  • American Shooting Centers – private gun lesson – winner provided weapon and ammo. The course will be two hours and 200 rounds.
  • Environmental Protech – 5-stage reverse osmosis water filtration system
  • Filipino Top Team | mopthemats.com – 3x UFC Training Gloves
  • Bayou City Mobile Auto Detailing – 4  x  In and Out clean w/vacuum, tire shine and glass guard – ($35 value)
  • Discount Tire – Free tire rotation and balancing.
  • Kelly Badaoui – 2x 1-hour Private Professional Salsa Lessons
  • Dr. Derrick Stenson, DC – Chiropractic Sessions
  • Massage by Tammy – 1/2-hour massage session
  • Ogio Rolling Travel Bag – $150 Value
  • Toni & Guy – Haircut / Cut and Color
  • Neon Nails – Manicure / Pedicure
  • Satori Salon Heights – Kerastese Hair Cut & Style
  • Golfsmith – MacGregor VIP Forged Wedge
  • Pub Fiction – Dinner for Two (including appetizers dinner and glass of wine)
  • Specs – Assorted Bottles of Wine
  • Roosevelt Bar –  3 bottles of red wine ($100 value)
  • Mugsy’s Bar – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Tradiciao – $100 Gift Certificate
  • Cafe Pita – $50 Gift Certificate
  • Pradavia – $100 Gift Certificate
  • Barry’s Pizza – $40 Gift Certificate
  • Cheddar’s – $100 Gift Certificate
  • Toku Sushi – $35 Gift Certificate
  • Ragin’ Cajun – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Smash Burger – $25 Gift Certificate
  • La Madeleine – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Beck’s Prime – $15 Gift Certificate
  • Frank-N-Steins Bar & Grill- gift certificates
  • Fuddruckers – $25 Gift Certificate
  • Sarah’s Florist – floral arrangements valued at $100
  • Bizarre Bazaar – 4x $50 Gift Baskets
  • Logan Farms – $50 in gourmet meat products
  • Calliope’s Po Boys – $85 in gift certificates
  • Midway Meat Market – $150 in gourmet meat products
  • Dulce Via Tequila – $50 tequila bottle
  • Tito’s Vodka – gift basket
  • Perfect Fit Meals – individually-portioned meal packages

Remember guys – Just by being there, you guys are already helping us out but our participation in these fun auctions will go a long way as well!

There will be a good time to be had for EVERYONE! Whether you are a geek, gamer, fighter, business owner, marketer, cubicle worker bee, chef, pirate, or ninja… This event is for YOU!

Dedicated, Networked, Connected. That is the DNC spirit . RSVP on Facebook and join us on July 22nd at the Mezzanine Lounge!

Community Project with the Aids Foundation of Houston

June 14, 2010

Copy of my recent blog post for Noah’s Kitchen

This past Sunday we had the opportunity to work with some very awesome kids via theAids Foundation of Houston as part of their Universal Teen Leadership Forum. The goal for the Universal Teen Leadership program is to assist participants in transitioning from adolescence to adulthood as self-reliant, successful, informed individuals. Many of the kids we worked with are graduates of Camp HOPE, which began in 1996 and is the first summer camp designed specifically for children ages 7-15 with HIV/AIDS in Texas.

Sunday’s community outreach program with these kids was part of their curriculum that dealt with giving. They were able to accomplish that by making and distributing meals to the homeless is three areas in downtown Houston. It was hope that by accomplishing this mission, the children would not only feel empowered to help themselves and others, but also see life from the perspective that the glass is half full, never half empty, and can always have meaning.

Thank you to Courtenay Siegfried and Mark Cohen of AF Houston for bringing these awesome and kind-hearted kids out to work with Amber, Candace, Denise, and myself. I hope the work we did together had as much of an impact on them as it did with us. I know their courage certainly resonated with me and I will take our shared experience through for a lifetime.

Below is the video I made of what we were able to accomplish on Sunday.

May 29th Community Outreach Project a Success!

June 3, 2010

Several of our ninjas at DNC Worlwide have been  involved with charity efforts around Houston recently with the non-profit, Noah’s Kitchen. Working with them has really been inspiring. Looking back, I can’t believe that we’ve been involved in distributing over a thousand meals to Houston’s homeless population in the span of just a few short months. I’m very proud of Gustavo, Eddie, Kim, Ricardo, Angela, and Ashley for being an example to our entire network in joining me for those efforts.

This past weekend, DNC Worldwide was able to expand goodwill in Houston furthermore by working with Rich & Barry at thecagedoor.net. Together with some local businesses, we were able to organize a Houston MMA Community Outreach Project with some of Houston’s toughest fighters giving back to the community.

Please read the event wrap-up on thecagedoor.net.

There are some additional videos and outtakes from this event on my YouTube Channel as well.

Press Release – Houston MMA Community Giving Back

May 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Houston MMA Community Giving Back

Houston, TX – May 18, 2010 –TheCageDoor.net, in conjunction with DNC Worldwide Network, will be teaming up with Houston area Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters for a local community outreach project here in Houston on May 29, 2010. 

Eight fighters (pro and amateur) have volunteered their time to team up and work together for the purpose of providing meals to the underprivileged in several areas of Houston. Many of these fighters have either already fought each other, or will be fighting each other in upcoming events.

“Often times in MMA, especially in the local scene, competitive fighters and fans can get caught up in gym rivalries and cage battles. The fighters who are helping us out with this initiative are showing the rest of the city that it’s ok to battle in the cage then work together outside of it,” said Richard Burmaster, co-owner of TheCageDoor.net.

The fighters will be meeting at the Mezzanine Lounge at 10:30am to begin making lunches. Once the meals are made and packed, they will then split up into teams and canvass Houston to distribute the food to the homeless population.

Barry Laminack, Co-Owner of TheCageDoor.net said, “When Rich (Burmaster) and I started the site, we said that we wanted to be a positive force in the Houston MMA scene. We feel now is the time to follow through with that, so we’ve partnered up with Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide and put this effort together. Oftentimes, the negative perception of Mixed Martial Arts and the fighters involved are that of thuggish and violent individuals, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the fighters that have volunteered for this effort are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

This pilot program will lay the ground work in the near future for a much broader and farther-reaching community involvement effort from the Houston MMA scene. TheCageDoor.net is already in the planning stages to combine efforts and work with the community (both local and MMA) in coordinating and promoting volunteer efforts for the real non-profit charities that do this type of good day-in and day-out. Fighters, fans, gym owners and everyone interested in giving back will have a chance to work with designated local charities.

“It is our hope that this combined effort between fighters who compete against one another, and train at different gyms, will set an example. What we want this to be is a catalyst for the entirety of the MMA community to get involved in their local communities. Fighters, fans, and everyone involved can make a difference. It’s about increasing awareness. Good people can really do great things if they put their minds to it.” said Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide.

The media is welcome and encouraged to come out and cover what is sure to be the first of many positive efforts from TheCageDoor.net and the MMA community as a whole. Please join us on May 29, 2010 from 10:30am until 2:30pm at the Mezzanine Lounge (www.mezzaninelounge.com), located at 2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150. The fighters as well as the event coordinators will be available for photos and to answer questions before, during and after the event.

About TheCageDoor.net

TheCageDoor.net is a Houston based website dedicated to covering the Houston MMA scene. The site was started in October of 2009 by Richard Burmaster and Barry Laminack and has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. The site, located on the web at http://www.thecagedoor.net, provides a mix of Houston MMA news, local fighter interviews, pre and post event coverage, live event updates, fighter blogs, a Houston focused MMA forum and a comprehensive Houston area gym and fighter database.

About DNC Worldwide

DNC Worldwide is a networking group for individuals dedicated to building a brighter future. We are made up of motivated, energetic professionals who aspire to be future leaders within our respective professions AND communities. We accomplish this by encouraging members to get involved and make a difference by becoming active participants in the professional, civic, and social aspects of their networks. Please visit www.dncworlwide.com for more information.

Contact: Barry Laminack
e-mail: barry@thecagedoor.net
phone: 832.545.4419
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Volunteering with Noah’s Kitchen – Video Diary

May 16, 2010

Hello Houston!

Gustavo and I went out to volunteer for Noah’s Kitchen again today. Last time I helped out with this awesome charity, I was honored to write the guest blog for their website. This time, I wanted to take awareness for this great charity one step further so I recorded a video of today’s volunteer experience. I made this for those of you out there that may be curious about philanthropy and helping out with your local communities. It only takes a little effort to get out and make a difference!

Support your local community and grow together! – Mike Calimbas