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Sunday 26 Jul 2015

Coming This Fall . .



Yep, that's right, I'm hitting YouTube, with weekly posts starting this fall. I hope you will subscribe, and like!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

1,804,833 :: http://gopride.com/Cbv4
 
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Monday 13 Jul 2015

Troquet Soiree

The Boulevard (formerly Interfaith House) Junior Board is hosting Troquet Soiree, a cocktail party July 16th, from 6-8 pm at Troquet in Chicago's River North's neighborhood . The event will feature unlimited wine, champagne and Hors d'oeuvres. 

This exciting event will celebrate the new name and image for Interfaith House, which has become The Boulevard. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate our continuing mission and our new name and image! 

Soiree tickets are $50 each and you can visit www.blvd.org for tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Vetrano at  773.682.2029 or email sarah.vetrano27@gmail.com 

The Boulevard provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency. 

The Boulevard continues to be in the forefront of restoring health, and rebuilding lives of ill and injured homeless adults by providing quality, cost effective residential and non-residential support services to an increasing number of residents and will maintain a high percentage of placements into permanent/transitional housing, leading all residents on a path toward permanent housing and breaking the cycle of homelessness. 

If you're in Chicago, do your part in supporting solution providers, like The Boulevard. I hope to see you this week at Troquet Soiree.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube)

1,798,912 :: http://gopride.com/Cbu7
Monday 1 Jun 2015

Ethan Hethcote Brings Change To Mind

Young YouTube phenom Ethan Hethcote, shares about his battle with anxiety; encouraging others that fight with it and other mental health issues like depression, and bi-polar disorder to speak up.

At almost twenty-one, Ethan has learned a lesson that has taken most folks a lifetime to learn. You can’t just sweep it (metal illness) under the rug”. “The way to deal with it is talk about it”

To that end, he’s highlighting www.BringChange2Mind.org, in his latest YouTube post. Sharing his personal story with his partner and YouTube vlogger Mark E. Miller at his side, Ethan has displayed a great deal of courage.

Bring Change 2 Mind’s mission is "to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. To act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness."



I agree with Mr. Hethcote! It’s super important to talk about it with friends and mentors. Everyone has struggled with mental illness in one form or another, at some point in their lives. It’s normal. Continuing this conversation, as Ethan suggests, is a great idea!

For more information on Bring Change 2 Mind, go to www.BringChange2Mind.org. Please consider donating as well. 

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard (Now also on YouTube)

1,780,154 :: http://gopride.com/Cbkx
Monday 18 May 2015

YouTuber Joey Graceffa Comes Out As Gay

Popular YouTube personality, Joey Graceffa came out as gay today, via his YouTube channel. 




The animated YouTuber has always been creative in his videos and productions. He gave a sizable hint towards his sexuality in his post, two days earlier. Called “Don’t Wait”, Graceffa portrayed as a young boy fighting off bullies and goblins, wins in life by beating back his fears and embracing who he is. 


 


With almost five million subscribers to his YouTube Channel, Joey has an incredible impact and the desire to “make a difference with his coming out”. I’ve been a fan of his channel for years. His raw, often silly videos have been peppered with real-to-life challenges he’s facing; including his mom’s stint in rehab and growing up in a divorced home. 


With that many subscribers, it’s estimated that Joey makes a quarter of a million dollars a year in ad sales and merchandise. The sale of his new book, “In Real Life. . .My Journey to a pixelated world” out on May 19, 2015, should boost that considerably! 


I’m proud of his willingness to share his life and talents. Even more so, since he’s clearly committed to impact the world positively.


Bravo Joe!
Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 12 May 2015

Matthew Shepard Foundation Wins

Jazz artist Elaine and her many friends in the music world joined forces May 3rd in Chicago, to host “Music for Matthew:” A Benefit for The Matthew Shepard Foundation 

Elaine, along with Mark Colby, Eric Schneider, Russ Phillips, Art Davis, Bill Overton, Peter Lerner, Chris Bernhardt, Tom Hope, Joel Kelsey, Tommy Muellner, Dan Chase, Jeremy Kahn, Jeannie Tanner, Jeannie Lambert, Aylon Samouha, Terry Bartolotta, Rob Block, Scott  Hesse, Robert Rodi, Arlene Bardell, Amy Cole, Paul Marinaro, Rose Colella, Sabina, Alyssa Allgood, Hinda Hoffman, Keri Johnsrud, Libby York, Shara Maxwell, Vanessa Stewart, Anthony Crevelli, Edith Castro, Carla Gordon, Johnny Bash, Marinia DeFrisco and Ty Cooper, sang and played, well into the evening at Chicago’s Southport and Irving. (SIP)

It was such a fun and festive evening! They raised 1575.00 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998; the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.

It is allies to the LGBTQ community, like Elaine, who really make an impact. I was introduced to Elaine, years ago by my best friend, Mark. Our idea of a perfect night out is wherever Ms. Dame is singing! You can see Elaine at her weekly residence in Chicago at SIP and a bi-monthly residency at the 720 Lounge at the Hilton Chicago. Her current schedule is updated frequently at www.elainedame.com

Elaine’s new album, "You're My Thrill!” is available on iTunes

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

Make A Difference | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Email Bill

1,769,268 :: http://gopride.com/Cbgh

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