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Congratulations to Jordan Rivas on winning his MMA Debut!

August 2, 2010

Big-time congrats to our own Jordan Rivas on winning his professional MMA debut at Legacy Fighting Championships this past July 31st. This win by Jordan follows a stellar 3-0 amateur career and title at 170 pounds so expect big things from Jordan in the world of mixed martial arts.

Also check out the following slideshows to wrap up what was an awesome month of July 2010 for the DNC Family!

  • DNC Networking Mixer and Benefit for BONA Foundation (here)
  • Surfside Beach Trip (here)
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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

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!

Ninja News, Notables, and Upcoming Events for July

June 27, 2010

News & Notables

A big THANK YOU to all the ninjas that came out to participate in our First Annual DNC Paintball Wars this past Sunday. Despite numerous bruises and draining perhaps all my remaining life force for the day, I can say this was an awesome time! We got wrecked all day by professionals carrying automatic weapons and propane tanks on their backs but we walked away with the moral victory. Now we have until next year to amass arms!

Props to Eddie, JR, Rich, Barry, Kim, Angela, Patrick, Eric P, Kris, Jess, and myself  for being warriors today!

Also, I want to recognize my awesome sister, Cristina Calimbas, and Barry Laminack’s dear wife Nora on passing their Nursing Clinical Exams this past month and officially attaining the title of Registered Nurse. Congratulations you two!

July 2010 – Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 3 – UFC 116 Watch Party

Our friends at thecagedoor.net are hosting their second-ever UFC Watch Party for UFC 116 – Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin. They recently formed their latest partnership with Big Woodrows and will be hosting this event there beginning at 7:30pm. For those of you that weren’t at their inaugural event, you guys missed a great time! And lots of great prizes! I personally won some pretty awesome MMA gloves from site sponsor Nine Dragon Martial Arts. Maybe another ninja came win this time!

Location – Big Woodrows – 3111 Chimney Rock Rd, Houston TX

Sunday, July 11 – Houston SwapTweet + Yard Sale

DNC Worldwide will be participating as a seller for this event. For our ninjas in Houston, if you have any excess stuff (clothing, electronics, furniture, etc.) that you want to turn into cash for yourself or to donate to your favorite charity, you’re more than welcome to join us at Caroline Collective from 8am – 2pm. More info about this event here.

Location – Caroline Collective -4820 Caroline St77004

Friday, July 16 – Blood Drive in memory of Vanessa Serrano

Belinda Serrano of Elite MMA Baytown is organizing a blood drive in  memory of her daughter, Vanessa, who passed away at 6-months old. Born on July 8, Vanessa would have been 17 years old this year. Belinda usually donates blood every year in honor of her daughter. Upon telling Vanessa’s story to the folks over at Elite MMA Baytown, the gym decided to contribute to her memory by hosting this blood drive last year and are doing it again on July 16th. Last year, they had 25 people donate and we want to help get even more people out there this year so this effort can help even more people who need it. Please join us between the hours of 3pm – 8pm on July 16th in the Macy’s wing of San Jacinto Mall.

Location – San Jacinto Mall – 1114 San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, TX

Thursday, July 22 – DNC Worldwide Networking Social – Benefiting the BONA Foundation

In the spirit of good people helping one another reach greater heights, DNC Worldwide is throwing a networking social and charity benefit on Thursday, July 22nd 2010 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 event 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 AUCTION with some really decent guys participating. There will also be a SILENT AUCTION with plenty of great items and services up for grabs from our very awesome sponsors. All proceeds will go directly to BONA Foundation in order to help fight childhood obesity.

Location – Mezzanine Lounge – 2200 Southwest Freeway #150 Houston, TX 77098

Saturday, July 31 – Legacy Fighting Championships

Join us at the Arena Theater as we support two of our own DNC ninjas Jordan Rivas and Ricardo Talavera as they do battle inside the cage! Both these guys are defending undefeated records so look for fireworks. For more info and tickets for this professional Mixed Martial Arts event – Please visit the Legacy FC Website!

Note – As a precursor to this event, Legacy Fighting Championships is conducting a school supply drive with the Houston Area Womens Center. School supplies can be dropped of at over 20 different area MMA gyms around Houston. More details on participating gyms and types of supplies needed can be found at http://www.LegacyFights.tv.

Location – Arena Theater – 7322 Southwest Fwy Houston, TX

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Eric Prudhomme on getting married this past weekend!

October 5, 2009

Eric and Sarah’s beautiful wedding took place at Hotel Valencia in San Antonio, TX this past October 3rd with close friends, family, and some of the old school ninjas present to wish the beautiful couple well.

Below is a short description of what the wedding was like.

DSC04593Our group of 8 caravan’d over to the San Antonio River Walk’s Hotel Valencia around 7pm. We met the groom and some of his family at the cocktail lounge for drinks and conversation. After a few rounds, we were led up to the 3rd floor courtyard where the wedding was to take place. From the chairs and  flower petals to a fire fountain as the backdrop to the altar, the ambience at the ceremony was amazing.  The whole scene was chique yet intimate at the same time.

With about fifty guests present, the wedding had a very cozy feel. Sarah looked beautiful in her dress. You could see the glow on Eric’s face even before she walked down the aisle. He was lit up with excitement (cheesy grin, ear to ear) throughout their vows and Sarah was bursting with excitement as she proclaimed “absolutely!” in response to their pastor asking if she would take Eric to be her husband. From there, Eric was very ninja as he dipped her for their first kiss as man and wife.

After the ceremony, the guests were led to the outdoor patio for a cocktail hour (open bar!) while the wedding party took pictures. The patio overlooked the  famed River Walk and was an excellent spot to mingle and chat with friends, albeit the rain that drizzled down towards the end. It was actually perfect timing because as the rain started coming down in earnest, it was time for the reception.

Speaking of which, that was absolutely fantastic. The dim lighting coupled with the rose petals adored on the tables and the other decor really set the mood. Someone remarked that the hotel (and reception) were very True Blood-esque and that was definitely true in the sense that the whole engagement was set in style. Substance matched that in the crab cakes, NY strip steaks, crab bisque, and rest of the food which was amazing. The cocktail shots and drinks coupled with dance floor completely sealed it up for what I would say was an marvelous wedding for a similarly perfect couple.

The rest of the evening is a blur of Kris dancing with lovely old ladies and a certain someone staggering around the Alamo amidst a torrential downpour so I’ll leave it to those guys to fill in the gaps.

Congratulations Eric and Sarah. We love you love you guys!

Another one bites the dust. Now here are the pictures from the ninjas’ point of view!

Help Us Fight Pediatric Cancer through Extra Life

July 21, 2009

tchpic1Salutations, I hope everyone is doing well,

As anyone who has been talking to me the last few weeks knows, I have been promoting Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon to help raise money in support of The Texas Children’s Hospital to fight against pediatric cancer.   

We are currently looking for a location for the event and need your help in finding a venue for October 17.  If anyone has any connections or any knowledge on possible avenues to take to find a location, please contact us.  We are looking to hold a lock-in type event with the main activity being video games. This charity event is a one-night only event and we are willing to hold it in locations both large to small.  Any information on possible locations would be appreciated.

Also a note to all Houston area people, we will be holding a few information nights and fundraisers along the way before the Oct 17th event. We have one tentatively set for Aug 22nd at the CoffeeGroundz in Midtown Houston at 6pm. 

CoffeeGroundz is located 2503 Bagby Houston, TX 77006. Check out their site for more information. We would love if you joined us on that night to show your support.

To everyone else who are not in the Houston area, there are many ways to help out. You can sign up to participate and take part in your own gaming marathon. You will be participating with gamers all over the globe. We are always looking for more people to join us to take part in this noble cause.  When you do sign up, you will be given a fundraiser page to collect donations.

We are using social networking as a big tool to gain exposure and we will be using Twitter and Facebook to our advantage. Sponsorships are also greatly appreciated if you cannot participate directly. You may donate here.

Lets do our best, think big, and make an impact for The Texas Children’s Hospital.  If you have feedback or questions, contact me personally.  Also, please visit the site to find further information about opportunities with support and participation and also any other questions you may have concerning the event.

extralife

I hope this finds you well,

Allen Ragasa
Twitter – @takeorey
Phone: 281-686-4442