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Victoria Arlen, 360 MAGAZINE, Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), Gala

Free Wheelchair Mission Raises $1.8 million at Miracle of Mobility Gala

Inspirational TV Personality Victoria Arlen Delivers Message of Hope

Guests use VR Glasses to be Transported to Guatemalan Village

An unforgettable evening on July 25th filled with surprises, heartfelt inspiration and the pure joy of giving culminated with Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) receiving over $1.8 million in donations in one night – the most ever at this event and enough to transform the lives of more than 22,500 individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations around the world. Already, the humanitarian nonprofit has distributed 1.2 million wheelchairs around the world.

The 600-plus who attended the 16th annual Miracle of Mobility gala at Segerstrom Center of the Arts were treated to a fabulous gala evening PLUS three unique opportunities:

1) listening to television personality and gold medalist Victoria Arlen, whose own story of regaining mobility is incredible

2) journeying virtually to a small Guatemalan village using Oculus VR glasses and feeling like they are on a mission to distribute wheelchairs

3) taking part in an exciting live auction where generous donors bought wheelchairs for individuals living with a disability in an under-resourced nation. Each $80 donation will buy one wheelchair – changing that person’s life forever as he or she begins a life of mobility.

Guests enjoyed an internationally themed cocktail reception with food stations offering global cuisine, a silent auction filled with an eclectic array of gifts and experiences, a performance by Infinite Flow, the first wheelchair dance company in the world, and inspirational remarks from Free Wheelchair Founder and President Don Schoendorfer.

The evening’s special guest, 24-year-old Victoria Arlen, holds impressive credentials: ESPN host, Paralympics gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars semi-finalist, author and most recently, co-host of the NBC TV’s American Ninja Warrior Junior.  Those credentials would be impressive for anyone but considering that Victoria was struck by two rare neurological diseases at the age of 11, causing her to be trapped in her body in a minimally conscious state for four years, it is an incredible turnaround.

Victoria spoke at the gala about her journey, including the four years when doctors doubted that she would ever return and the subsequent several years when she fought back to begin life again. She offered a message of hope and the importance of being thankful for what you have.

“When you focus on what you still have, you will find it changes your perspective, and that change in perspective creates hope. Hope that tomorrow will be just a bit better than today and when you take that hope, and mix in your own hard work, lots and lots of hard work, I believe you will find yourself back on the path to living out your own dreams.”

Victoria credits her parents with the hope that saved her. “Over and over doctors told my parents they needed to accept the very real possibility that I would not survive and, even if I did, the Victoria they once knew was not coming back. And while my family was willing to accept the diagnosis, they refused to throw up their hands and accept that this was all my future had in store. They accepted the diagnosis, but NOT the prognosis,” Victoria related.

“Somehow, they believed I was not a lost cause. I now believe that it was their refusal to accept that prognosis that brought me back to life.”

Following Victoria’s talk, a robust live auction led to the donation of more than 21,900 wheelchairs to be built and distributed in 93 countries around the world. In 2017, Free Wheelchair Mission reached the milestone of one million wheelchairs distributed and now is pursuing its goal of reaching the next million by 2025.

“Tonight’s gala was successful for so many reasons, most notably the many volunteers who help us bring the gift of mobility to people living with disabilities around the world and the many donors who embrace our mission and recognize how even a simple $80 donation can change a life forever, “ said Free Wheelchair Mission CEO Nuka Solomon.

“The gift from Free Wheelchair Mission provides the mobility that allows each recipient to begin a new life – whether it’s taking care of themselves, attending school or working – and we find that the vitality of the entire family and community are changed too,” Solomon added.

Key sponsors of the gala included Transformation Sponsors: Advisors Mortgage Group and The McDonald Family; Freedom Sponsors: The Hummelberg Family, The Morris Family Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management, KPMG and PR Construction. The full list of sponsors can be found here.

About Free Wheelchair Mission:Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit based in Irvine, Calif. that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations. FWM collaborates with a worldwide network of like-minded partners that facilitate wheelchair distribution in 93 countries. FWM provides renewed dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility at no cost to the recipient. Just $80, the cost to manufacture and deliver one wheelchair, can change a person’s life forever. Founded in 2001 by Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., the organization reached the milestone of distributing one million wheelchairs in 2017. FWM currently intends to distribute the next million wheelchairs by 2025. For information or donations, visit freewheelchairmission.org.

ASHLEE KEATING, 360 MAGAZINE

ASHLEE KEATING

Pop Singer, Ashlee Keating can currently be heard on multiple streaming services with her new hit single “Bad Mistake,” an empowering up-tempo pop song with an urban melodic vibe that shows off Ashlee’s powerhouse vocals! The song is full of attitude, strength, and swag…

Her music video for “Bad Mistake” which was released on July 31st shows off her powerful vocals and amazing choreography.

A Billboard chart sensation, dancer, songwriter, and actress, Keating is a true multifaceted talent. A southern New Jersey native, she records and performs with some of the biggest names in the business. After opening for Demi Lovato, Keke Palmer, and others, she now headlines her own shows across the USA. Ashlee has worked with some of the industry’s best, including Grammy nominated Sean Douglas; the multi-platinum songwriter and producer who has created hits for such acts as Demi Lovato, Bebe Rexha, Fifth Harmony, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera.

Keating’s last single “Hurt Me So Good” skyrocketed up the Billboard Dance Charts debuting in December 2018 as the #2 breakout single on Billboard for the dance chart and by January 2019 broke the Top 10 peeking at #8. The single has already amassed over 1 million streams and over 300k views on YouTube.

Keating was born on September 9th, 1993 in New Jersey. At the age of six, she portrayed Gretl in the Broadway and national touring production of The Sound of Music. She was featured on the reality competition show “Star Search.” She started her music career with her holiday song “Ice Kingdom” that was elected to be a part of Coca-Cola’s “52 Songs of Happiness” campaign for up-and-coming artists. Only 52 artists from around the world were selected to be a part of the program. “Ice Kingdom” was also on Radio Disney’s top holiday songs list for 2014. Following that in 2015, she was a featured performer on ABC-TV in Philadelphia, PA for the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kate Walsh, Actress, 360 MAGAZINE, MyDogsAGame.com

Get your dog’s A-Game back

Is your dog’s scratching more than “just an itch?” Actress and life-long dog lover Kate Walsh knows first-hand that dogs can be “off their game” because of allergic itching, leading to more serious problems if not treated by a veterinarian. Kate joins us today to share important info on how you can get your dog’s A-Game back.

As a lifelong dog lover, how did you know that Rosie was off her game?


Kate Walsh: She started scratching her face in sort of a cute way at first with both paws at the same time. And then it turned into a regular thing where it wouldn’t stop, and I realized pretty quickly it was probably allergies. So I took her into my veterinarian, and she prescribed Apoquel for Rosie.

How should we know when and if it’s more than an itch, and when it’s time for our pets to visit their veterinarian?

Kate Walsh: If the itching and scratching starts interrupting their regular daily activities — if they’re on a walk and they have to stop several times to scratch and itch or chew, or if they wake up in the middle of the night to chew, those are signs that there’s a problem. A lot of dog owners think oh, that’s just my dog itching but it’s likely allergies. If you see these signs, it’s a good idea to visit your veterinarian and see if Apoquel might work for you. It certainly worked for Rosie.

How should people with pets avoid allergies for some of their animals?

Kate Walsh: It’s hard to avoid allergens because so many allergies are environmental and are out of our control – just like humans with pollens or grasses, or during certain times of the year. For some dogs it’s seasonal allergies, some are perpetual and year-round. There’s really no way to prevent them so it’s about going to the veterinarian and seeing what they have to say. It’s also important to understand that dog allergies manifest differently than human allergies do. In dogs, allergies show as skin itching, chewing and hotspots – not coughing and sneezing like humans.

And how did you help Rosie get her A game back?

Kate Walsh: Well, I got her on Apoquel right away. Within a couple of days she was back on her A-game, happy, smiling, walking, tail wagging, able to relax and not scratching her face constantly. One of my favorite parts about this partnership is how we’re encouraging everyone out there to go to MyDogsAGame.com or use the hashtag #MyDogsAGame on social media to share a picture of your dog. For every photo uploaded, Zoetis will donate $10 to the K-9 Courage Program, which is an awesome program that provides medical services to retired service dogs, military service dogs, police service dogs. So that’s a really exciting aspect of this partnership as well. We’re not just raising awareness about what dog allergies look like, but really contributing and making sure all dogs are well cared for.

And what inspired you to represent an organization to help Canine Courage?

Kate Walsh: I love dogs. I’ve always loved them. I’ve grown up with them–they’re just so special and intuitive. I’m also a big fan of our service men and women and everything that they do for our country – so the partnership was a perfect fit. Most people don’t think about how retired service dogs are cared for, and the fact that the K9 Courage program helps support the medical care for retired service dogs is really cool.

So you’ve always been an advocate for pets?

Kate Walsh: Oh yeah. I have always been a big pet adoption advocate and an animal lover. I mean if I could, I’d be on a farm somewhere with lots of cats and dogs.

And where can our listeners go for more information?

Kate Walsh: You can go to MyDogsAGame.com If you have any questions, there’s actually a short quiz on there as well to help you determine if your dogs may have allergies, as well as more information about finding the right treatment like Apoquel.

About Kate Walsh

Actress, dog lover and animal rights activist Kate Walsh can be seen on recent and upcoming projects, including Netflix series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, and films, SELL BY and 3022.

Walsh has starred in award-winning series, including the ABC dramas GREY’S ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE, as well as the Netflix features 13 REASONS WHY. She was seen in Universal’s hit comedy, GIRL’S TRIP, alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall, the Netflix feature, #REALITYHIGH and Sony’s MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. She also recently starred in the off-Broadway play IF I FORGET, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Drama League award.

Today, Walsh has teamed up with leading animal health company, Zoetis, to educate dog owners about a cause close to her heart – allergic dog itch. Walsh has credited her two rescue dogs for helping her through the most difficult times, but when her dog Rosie was diagnosed with allergic itch, it was time for Walsh to help Rosie get her A-Game back. Like Rosie, some dogs are “off their game” because their allergic itch gets in the way of doing things they love. Kate is encouraging dog owners to recognize when their dog’s scratching can be more than just an itch – and if it’s caused by an underlying condition, like allergies. As part of the program and in honor of Itchy Pet Awareness Month, pet owners can share a photo of their own pet’s “A-Game” on social media using the #MyDogsAGame hashtag, which will trigger a $10 donation (capped at $25K) by Zoetis Petcare to its K-9 Courage Program, which provides healthcare assistance to retired military and police dogs as well as active service dogs that assist veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. Posts using the hashtag may also be featured on an interactive gallery on the “MyDogsAGame.com” website.

Amanda Elkins, Nickelodeon, 360 MAGAZINE, Savannah May

Savannah May

Actress Savannah May can next be seen leading the cast of the Lifetime original movie,
“The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders” opposite Denise Richards. In the movie, Savannah plays ‘Ava’ an incoming transfer student, reluctantly tries out for the cheerleading team at the insistence of her overly-ambitious mother, Candice (Richards). Katrina (Allie DeBerry, A.N.T Farm), the head cheerleader and most popular girl in school, unexpectedly cozies up to Ava who makes the squad and instantly becomes high school royalty. As she transitions into her new life, Ava discovers becoming part of the squad comes at a price. “The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders” is produced by HYBRID. Additionally, Peter Sullivan serves as the director and Anna White serves as the writer. The show airs September 2nd at 8pm PST / EST.

The nineteen-year-old actress is best known for her role one Nickelodeon’s series “Knight Squad” where she played the series regular role of “Buttercup.”

Savannah was born on August 12, 2000 in Sugarland, Texas. At the age of 4, she caught the acting bug after seeing her first musical with her family. She would go on to explore her talents to become a triple threat in singing, dancing and acting. At 11-years-old, Savannah started training at the Theater Under the Stars (TUTS), Humphrey School of Musical Theater where she trained for over 5 years to develop her craft. She has performed alongside multiple respected Broadway alumni through TUTS and performed for iTheatrics in New York City. Through iTheatrics, Savannah had the opportunity to perform on Broadway with the cast of “Chicago” for a special tribute (what year did this happen). Cast performers at the time included Chita Rivera (Sweet Charity), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers, Jumanji), Joel Grey (Cabaret) and more to celebrate John Kander’s 90th birthday. Years later she would move to Los Angeles to pursue acting, booking her first full-time gig on the pilot of Nickelodeon’s “Knight Squad,” which debuted in the Spring of 2018. Savannah also appeared in Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock” (2017), Disney’s “Bizaardvark” (2016) playing Jade, and now she’s filming season 2 of Nickelodeon’s “Knight Squad,” premiere in early 2019.

Savannah is a supporter of the fine arts. She regular supports the River Performing and Visual Arts Center in Texas, amongst others. Currently she resides in Burbank California.

Photo by Amanda Elkins

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III

  • Guernsey’s Auction House is previewing its August 6th Auction at an exclusive New York City event
  • Guests will be given the first look at items belonging to the iconic actress and socialite, including her 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, which Taylor christened “The Green Goddess”
  • The items also include a figure hugging Gianni Versace dress, and her Christian Louboutin evening bag and other special motor cars
  • All of these items will be sold through Guernsey’s Auction House at an auction on Tuesday, August, 6, at 10:30 AM at The Pierre Hotel.
Temara Melek, 360 MAGAZINE

TEMARA MELEK Releases New Single

Musician and Actress TEMARA MELEK Releases New Single “PRIVACY”

Temara Melek knows exactly who she is. Whether she’s gracing the screen on your favorite TV show or playing in your headphones, the young singer has always had a clear vision. “I’ve always loved pop music, I loved Britney Spears, Nsync, the Backstreet Boys and Madonna”. It’s no surprise then, that Melek’s new single “Privacy” is a glimmering pop track that makes listeners want to get up and dance. Temara full-heartedly leans into the pop-star persona, with catchy pop melodies and sparkling backing beats. She also recognizes this song as a bit of a departure from her earlier works. “This song shows a little more growth and maturity for me. I want people to understand it’s okay to take time for yourself so that you can find your own happiness.”

 
Fans may remember Temara from her hit songs like “Karma’s Not Pretty”, which skyrocketed to #1 on the UK’s Power FM Global Radio Network. The video featured prominent cameos from young stars Keegan Allen and Greg Sulkin. The success of the single even earned the young songstress an opening performance for Demi Lovato and in 2013, Temara was featured on DJ Antoine’s song “Go With Your Heart”, a song that went to number 1 on the dance charts in 6 European countries.
 
Over the years, Temara has also appeared in numerous shows like Legacies, The Vampire Diaries and Westworld. Outside of music and acting, Temara has nurtured a deep love and respect for animals. Melek lives a mostly plant-based lifestyle and uses her platform to garner attention to different issues facing animals like ocean pollution affecting the health and wellness of marine animals. 
 
Up next, Temara says she’s excited to release new music, “I’ve been in the studio and can’t wait to release more of what I’ve been working on!” You can stream “Privacy” now on all major streaming platforms and follow all of Temara’s adventures on Instagram @TemaraMelek

Photographer credit: Kalie Johnston

Jackie Jacobson, 360 MAGAZINE, Netflix, Malibu Rescue

Actress Jackie R Jacobson

Jackie R Jacobson is one of the fastest rising young actresses with an impressive slate on the horizon. Jackie is currently one of the stars of Netflix’s hit teen comedy “Malibu Rescue.” On the show she plays the co-lead role of ‘Dylan;’ a super-cute-but-overwhelmed prefect of the valley pod.  A bit of a dork and an infamous scatterbrain, Dylan has been deliberately assigned to teach lifeguard training skills to “The Valley Pod” consisting of Tyler (Ricardo Hurtado from Nickelodeon’s “School of Rock”), Eric (Alkoya Brunson), Gina (Breanna Yde) and Lizzie (Abby Donnelly) to ensure they would fail. Justifiably angry with this realization, Dylan is determined for her valley pod to succeed.  “Malibu Rescue” the movie premiered May 13th and the series is set to premiere June 3, 2019 on Netflix!

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jackie knew she wanted to be an actress at a young age. After landing her first acting gig at 11 years old with “Criminal Minds,” from there she went on to shoot a variety of roles showcasing her versatility. Past credits include guest-starring roles on “The Night Shift,” “Bella and the Bulldogs,” and “Game Shakers” just to name a few.

When she isn’t acting, Jackie is an outspoken advocate for American Diabetes Association & The Alzheimer’s Foundation, both causes that have directly affected her family.

Jackie resides in LA with her family and toy Pomeranian named Chicken Wings.

KYLA PRATT

For years people have probably asked and wondered, whatever happened to Kyla Pratt? She’s right here and apparently she’s all grown up!

Most of us remember Kyla from Disney’s first animated series, “The Proud Family,” where she was best recognized as the voice of ‘Penny Proud,’ and as Breanna Latrice Barnes in UPN’s hit series “One on One.”

After playing the daughter of Eddie Murphy’s character in the films Dr Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, she returned to her motherly duties.

In 2010, Kyla gave birth to a baby girl, Lyric Kai Kirkpatrick; and in 2013, she gave birth to her other daughter, Liyah Kirkpatrick.

Although Kyla continued to act on small projects to keep herself busy, her devotion to her girls and the importance of bonding with her family was a priority.

Kyla joined the cast of BET’s “Lets Stay Together” (in 2014) during its second season; and in February 2014 was voted #97 on VHI’s 100 Greatest Child Stars.

One of the most arduous things to execute is to change the minds of the fans by convincing them that you are no longer a ‘kid’ anymore. The transition from kid star to leading actress can be challenging at times, but that wasn’t the case for her.

Kyla understands the power of reinvention. Thus, when she wasn’t in front of the camera, she was busy molding herself into an ingenue right before our eyes. Kyla has been heavily involved in private coaching and attending acting classes to perfect her acting skills. Concurrently, taking advanced yoga and pilates classes to mold her incredible body.

Well, we guess hard work pays off!

As of late, she starred in the Tate Bros Film, Back To The Goode Life, which aired a couple of weeks ago on BET opposite London Brown. She played ‘Francesca Goode’ – a successful, New York banker who goes from being a `Boss Lady’ to a`Broke Chick’ – the FBI freezed all her assets after she’s wrongfully blamed for unethical banking. Directed by Tamika Miller.

That’s not all she has been brewing…

Recently, Kyla Pratt has signed onto the Fox comedy pilot, “Patty’s Auto.”

The inspiration is taken from Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic – an automobile repair shop ran by all female mechanics. The project is based around ‘Patty’ (Carra Patterson) and the eclectic women who work for her. Kyla will be playing the role of ‘Tiny,’ Patty’s younger sister with a different father who gives manicures inside the shop, often getting frustrated with her sibling for treating her like a kid (even when she acts like one herself ). This show promises to be comical, endearing and whispered to be one of her best performances.

So while we are at home mulling over on whatever happened to Ms. Pratt?! She’s too busy working.

Talent: Kyla Pratt.
IG: @Kylapratt

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Solange Highlight’s African American Disabilities

As we celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February, RespectAbility recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of African Americans to the United States. It is important to note this includes more than 5.6 million African Americans living with a disability in the U.S., 3.4 million of which are working-age African Americans with disabilities. Therefore, we would like to reflect on the realities and challenges that continue to shape the lives of African Americans with disabilities. The full piece provides statistics relating to employment, education, criminal justice and more.

Some celebrities and business leaders are using their voice to share their stories, educating people about both visible and invisible disabilities. They are defying the statistics and have remained highly successful with their disabilities. These role models make a big difference in setting high expectations for youth with disabilities. RespectAbility will be sharing content throughout this month – and throughout the entire year – highlighting additional African Americans with disabilities, including some personal pieces from our own team members.     

INCREASING DISABILITY INCLUSION IN HOLLYWOOD

Maya Angelou, Legendary Poet and Civil Rights Activist Who Had Disability, Inspires Generations

– Tameir Yeheyes, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

Maya Angelou had selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that causes a child to not speak due to physical and psychological trauma they endured. In the five-year span that she experienced this, her listening, observing and memorizing skills improved and her love of books expanded. This helped her later when she began working in becoming successful in her career.

Halle Berry: Living with Disability While Taking a Stand against Domestic Violence

– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Halle Berry is an advocate for ending violence against women, an advocate for individuals with disabilities, and has been fighting for virtually her whole life.

Missy ‘Misdemeanor’ Elliott ‘Works it,’ Serves as Role Model for Young Women with Disabilities

– Julia Wood, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

At the height of her career, Missy Elliott experienced a dramatic and dangerous weight loss; she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, which attacks the thyroid.

Deafblind Lawyer Haben Girma Advocates for Disability Rights

– Ryan Knight, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

The first Deafblind person to graduate from law school, Haben Girma stated that removing barriers for herself helped in her journey to becoming a disability advocate. Her disability advocacy is not restricted to education; she also uses the media to decrease the stigma in the community.

Whoopi Goldberg: Talented Actress, Comedienne and Talk Show Host Lives with Dyslexia

– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Reading scripts and writing books as often as Goldberg does was hard at first with her dyslexia. Like she did in elementary school, Goldberg found it easiest to have someone read to her so she could memorize the lines for her scripts. For her books, she dictates instead of writing before sitting down with an editor to adjust the language.

Actress with Cerebral Palsy Diana Elizabeth Jordan is Veteran of 17 Shows, Shorts and Movies

– Theresa Maher, RespectAbility Fall 2017 Fellow

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, actress, writer, producer and director, is an important figure in the conversation about the inclusivity or lack thereof of people with disabilities in Hollywood. She found a way to get into and around Hollywood, with the help of her faith and self-confidence.

Solange Knowles: Role Model for African American Performers with Disabilities

– Bryan Munguia, RespectAbility Spring 2018 Fellow

When it comes to the traditional expectations of a pop star in Hollywood, Solange Knowles shatters the glass ceiling as a woman of color who also happens to be diagnosed with a disability that affects 10 percent of the U.S. population: ADHD. Knowles has been outspoken about her ADHD, educating people about her disability.

Jenifer Lewis of ‘Black-ish’ has Coped with Bipolar Disorder by Doing the Work

– Litsa Dremousis, The Washington Post

Jenifer Lewis resisted the diagnosis at first and refused to take medication until a self-described nervous breakdown left her convulsing in sobs, a hostage to her untreated neurochemistry. A quarter-century later, she is thriving and happy because, as she says, she “does the work.”

 

McKenna Grace Wows in LANOOSH

Starlet McKenna Grace was spotted wearing LA-based clothing brand LANOOSH at Sundance this past weekend. McKenna is the star of new movie Troop Zero with Viola Davis and Alisson Janney.

*Photo by Aaron Richter