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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)

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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

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Wednesday 6 May 2015

Spring Awakening: Fighting Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem, all over the country. Thankfully, groups like the life restoring work of Interfaith House; a 64-bed interim housing respite care center, which provides help to Illinois’ ill and injured homeless adults. IFH helps to restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.  They provide bold solutions, not band-aids, to the problem of homelessness.

Join the city of Chicago’s young professionals, Friday, May 8th, as they celebrate the warmer weather and raise money and awareness for homelessness at “Spring Awakening!

Join the IFH Junior Board from 7-10pm at Waterhouse Tavern and Grille, conveniently located in Lakeview at 3407 N Paulina, adjacent to the Paulina Brown Line Stop. For $30 at the door, you support the mission of www.InterfaithHouse.org, and get three hours of call drinks from the bar. Start the season and night off right, have a few drinks with friends and support at great cause. 

Spring Awakening”: An evening of cocktails and classy-community-cuties.

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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Monday 2 Feb 2015

Home Run For The Homeless!

The IFH Junior Board is hosting a cocktail benefit in Chicago at Wang's Saturday, February 7th! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, they're raising funds to serve a heart-filled dinner to the residents of Interfaith House (www.InterfaithHouse.org) on the 14th.

They need our help, to make that special! Join them from 8p-12a Feb. 7th at Wang's (3317 N. Broadway) $5 at the door.

More About Interfaith House:

IFH provides medical respite care for homeless men and women in medical recovery. This 64-bed center on Chicago’s West Side, offers interim housing and support to ill and injured homeless adults who would otherwise lack a stable and safe place to heal. IFH also provides social support services that are critical to helping homeless individuals return to health and to break the debilitating cycle of homelessness. www.interfaithhouse.org

Lets help our friends at IFH impact the community!

Cheers!
Bill Pritchard

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