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Friday, September 28, 2012

Hold a Rock Festival for an Important Cause

Back in 1969, one of the most memorable rook concerts of all time took place in Woodstock. No more than 50,000 attendees were expected to participate in the 3-day festival, and neither promoters nor financiers were prepared for the estimated 350,000-400,000 people who showed up to hear Santana, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, and numerous other outstanding performers. Held on Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in White Lake, New York, the "3 Days of Peace & Music" was a resounding success. 

But it had some problems. Music festivals, whether they are held outside or inside, must address the needs of all attendees – security, washroom facilities, food, drink, lighting, seating, electrical engineers, sound engineers, promoters, financing, weather preparedness, event supplies and concession machines – and more. When they are held in a comfortable environment, music festivals are a great way to raise awareness for important causes.

If you are looking for an innovative way to raise money for an issue that affects you or your loved ones, and you know people who will finance and promote your event (or if you can finance and promote it yourself), consider setting up a music festival. How much to charge? What to expect? Check out the graphic below.

Music Festivals Infographic
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Special Dog Helps You Recognize Your Child's Strengths

Children want their parents to be proud of them and when kids feel they don't live up to their parents' expectations, they feel miserably about themselves. 

As parents, we want what's best for our kids, but we sometimes hinder their progress because our perceptions of what is "best" for our children is sometimes not at all in line with what our kids think is best for themselves. We can guide them down the paths we have paved for them, but we have to understand that at some point, maybe long before they were born, their own inner spirit created a path for them that we have neglected to notice.

To find out about how one dog could change your mind about your own expectations of your child, please read, Are You Proud of Your Child - a Dog Helps You Answer that Question: Inspiring Video of a Dog Teaches Us How to Appreciate the Differences in Our Children.

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