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Press Release – Houston MMA Community Giving Back

May 18, 2010


Houston MMA Community Giving Back

Houston, TX – May 18, 2010 –, 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

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 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. 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 and the MMA community as a whole. Please join us on May 29, 2010 from 10:30am until 2:30pm at the Mezzanine Lounge (, 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 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, 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 for more information.

Contact: Barry Laminack
phone: 832.545.4419

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

A Nightmare Indeed: Irresponsible Parenting & Traumatized Children

April 29, 2010

I just came from a screening of the remake, A Nightmare on Elm Street, at Edwards Marq*E here in Houston and I may not be able to sleep tonight.  Not because of Freddy but because I am so LIVID at what I saw happen with the children at the theater.

Before I get to the story, here is IMDB’s description of the plot:

A re-imagining of the horror icon Freddy Krueger, a serial-killer who wields a glove with four blades embedded in the fingers and kills people in their dreams, resulting in their real death in reality.

What they don’t tell you about the remake:

In the original 1984 movie, Robert Englund plays a psychopathic child killer. In this remake, they take it one step further and add the twist of him being a child molester as well into the plot. That fact is not explicitly stated in the trailer or any of the promotional material. In any case, that’s not why we’re upset. The movie in of itself was actually pretty good for a new-age horror movie.

Note: Minor Movie Spoiler Alert

Here’s why Megan and I are so upset.

We get that a rated-R movie allows cinemas the right to sell tickets to children as long as a parent is with them. But the new A Nightmare on Elm Street should not be rated R, considering they have turned Freddie into a child molester who comes back from the dead to kill the children he molested. It should be rated NC-17 so NO child can get in. After all, it is a graphic and blunt theme in the movie.

Irregardless, this was a promotional screening so nobody paid for a single ticket. Prior to the commencement of the movie, the representative for whatever organization put this on was being very selective about whom they let in and were open about discouraging large amounts of people from getting in line for overflow seats. Out of those that remained in line, there was at least one family which included children of the approximate ages of seven, five, three, and a 4-month old baby. To accommodate this group, the representative walked them in personally and sat them directly in the front row.

These are the same people who fought with us about bringing a cell-phone in. In the theater there were at least 5-7 employees scanning isles for recorders and cell phones throughout the movie. Naturally, when Freddy started slashing people up the kids started crying. I heard not one, but multiple babies, in addition to toddlers, crying at various points in this movie. This whole time, not 1 employee asked parents to step out based on their kids disturbing the audience.

As A Nightmare on Elm Street wore on it was revealed that Freddy molested pre-school kids on top of torturing them, and the kids in the theater kept screaming. Again, not one employee moved but they were sure looking hard for those pesky cell phones and video recorders. The traumatized cries of the kids in the seats and on their parents’ laps just blended in with the sound effects and gore of the characters on-screen.

As we walked out of the theater, representatives for whoever handled this screening were asking movie-goers what they thought of the film. We first walked past and almost made it out of the theater before we walked back to tell these people what we thought.

“What organization are you with?”

Response: “A local group representing Warner Brothers… mumble, mumble, mumble…”

“How dare you let babies, children into a movie about a child molester?”

Response: “We can’t control who people bring to our movies.”

Before we left, we also posed the same question to the theater manager on-duty but all she could manage in response to our questions was speechlessness and a dropped jaw.


There are some parents out there that will say this type of thing is okay and kids shouldn’t be sheltered. I agree to an extent but children shouldn’t learn about the dangers of child predators from a movie like this in the same sense that parents shouldn’t pop in Ron Jeremy’s classic pornos to teach their children about sex. Seeing the wrong thing at a young age can have a profound effect on the young. I remember watching the movie It as a child and to this day, I still have a complex about clowns! Over-exposing children is NOT a good thing.

To those parents that brought their young children to this movie… shame on you.

I never thought I’d be “that guy” that would be so upset about an issue like this. Now that I have a 4-month old son of my own, I finally understand. Kids shouldn’t be exposed to this type of subject matter, in this way, this early in life. At best, you’re taking away their innocence and at worst, you run the risk of leaving a permanent scar on their ever-so-fragile psyche.

The same type of parents that would take their young children to movies about child molesters that kill them in their dreams have them dancing to explicit dumb sh*t on YouTube and think its cute. Get a clue! And for the sake of those kids, please find some common sense so they can grow up the right way.

Planting Trees for Life – Fostering sustainability for Haiti

April 27, 2010

Hello DNC Worldwide and friends!

My name is Rod Pardey, and my friend Mathieu Flamant and I are in charge of PR and Development for the nonprofit organization, Arbo de Vivo. Derived from the international language of  Esperanto, the name “Arbo de Vivo” literally translates to mean “tree of life.”

For our mission of helping the impoverished island nation of Haiti, the tree of life we refer to is called Moringa Oleifera. If you are not familiar with the moringa tree, I can tell you this, its properties are truly astonishing. Unfortunately, poverty in developing countries such as Haiti leads to starvation and malnourishment for many.  Moringa is nature’s most miraculous antidote to this calamity, and many refer to the moringa as the miracle tree!

Arbo de Vivo is a non-governmental organization that has been allotted over 300 acres on some very fertile land near the city of Cap-Haitien in Haiti’s Nord-Est province.  I’ve visited this property, and I likened the potential of the land to the Garden of Eden itself.  But Haitians, due to complications within their own government, have failed to utilize this tremendous natural resource.  Indeed, a panoramic view of the landscape reveals almost no farming being done at all.  Haiti itself is barely using tens of thousands of acres of arable land.  We at Arbo de Vivo are hoping to push the first domino of change, and end this tragic cycle.

Specifically, our goal is to teach Haitians how to farm the Moringa tree so that they can become a self-sustaining nation.  Arbo de Vivo is interested in helping Haitians achieve this goal by providing funds, tools, and knowledge to encourage sustainability.  As a start, we plan to build a pilot farm with an adjoining school in order to teach Haitians how to: set up, maintain, and manage a Moringa farm that can feed thousands of people.

We are excited about the prospect of meeting these challenges.  I invite you to examine our website to learn more about our organization.  We are eager to field your questions and to hear your thoughts.  I can be reached directly via twitter or via email.  I believe our best promotion for this work is an open line of communication with those who might help us.  Please feel free to contact me so that we can begin a dialogue.

Thank you, Rod Pardey

Watch this video to familiarize yourself with the Moringa tree:

Feeding Houston with Noah’s Kitchen

April 18, 2010

Good job to everyone who volunteered with Noah’s Kitchen this morning. In just a few short hours, we were able to put together and distribute 210 meals to the Houston homeless! I don’t know about you guys but I don’t think that is bad at all for a rainy Sunday afternoon. 🙂

Special thanks to Amber, Jennifer, and Candice of Noah’s Kitchen for putting this project together and allowing us all to contribute.  To the  DNC’s own Eddie, Gustavo, and Angela, thanks for contributing despite short-notice.  Thanks to Barry Laminack from for taking the time to give back to the community. Thanks to the rest of the volunteers as well. Very nice to do some good and meet all of you!

Noah’s Kitchen – Volunteer Slideshow – April 18, 2009

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