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Multifest Promoter Wants to give back to community

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jason Easley moved from Charleston to Washington, D.C., when he was 12 years old.
But on his frequent visits to his hometown over the years, Easley couldn’t help but notice growing crime and an increase in drug use.

“I want to do what I can to contribute,” said Easley, now 32.

“My family is from Charleston,” he said. So when organizers of the city’s annual Multifest multicultural festival were looking for help, Easley decided to use the opportunity to help his former neighbors.

“I wanted to help Multifest as much as I can” the former city resident said.

Easley runs Forever Entertainment, A Washington-based entertainment promotion company. In his fourth year associated with the multicultural festival, Easley has helped book entertainment for Multifest and has organized after parties following the main events at the state Capitol Complex.

The year, Easley is representing Chico the Comedian, scheduled to appear at Multifest at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The free festival runs Friday through Sunday at the state Capitol in Charleston.

Chico the Comedian will also be featured at after-parties Easley is organizing Friday and Saturday nights at Mel’s at 70 Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans. Washington supermodel Sarah Keys, DJs and music will be featured, and food will be served until 2 a.m., Easley said. Both events will be filmed for an upcoming documentary.

Easley has also been accepting donations from local business owners to give away at the parties. Busineses that have agreed to participate so far include the Bridge Road Bistro, Estep’s the Nu Look and Outback Steakhouse.

Admission will be required to get into the after-parties, but a portion of proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides help and services to the wounded servicemen and servicewomen.

“It’s a way of giving back to the community”, Easley said. “I wanted people to come party for a purpose.”

By Rusty Marks – WV Gazette – printed 9.6.2009

 


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The images seen here are from Arcadia Publishing’s Greater U Street book by Paul K. Williams, published in 2002. It is available at local bookstores and retailers.

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Talking Hands Incorporated will host a workshop for modifying toy cars for children with disabilities | Saturday, Dec 10

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Talking Hands Incorporated will host a workshop for modifying toy cars for children with disabilities

Prince George’s County Maryland. ¬– An Oregon State University professor will help volunteers, families and clinicians such as physical therapists modify toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities at a workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Prince George’s County.

The “Go Baby Go” program provides these modified toy cars to young children with disabilities so they can move around independently.

Sam Logan, who heads the Go Baby Go project at Oregon State University, will lead the workshop, which is being hosted/sponsored by Talking Hands Incorporated. Talking Hands Incorporated is
501 c 3 non-profit organization which educates, supports, advocates, and provides resources to families with special needs children.

The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and cars will be tested by the children around 2pm. The modified toy cars will be donated to Early Childhood Center in Prince George’s County.

The modified cars give children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other mobility disabilities a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily, said Logan, who is also an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU.

Being pushed in a stroller or being carried from one place to another is fundamentally different from having active control over one’s own exploration, which is where the developmental gains are seen, he said.

There are no commercially available devices for children with mobility issues to get around on their own; and power wheelchairs usually aren’t an option until the children are older. The modified cars provide them independence at a much younger age and at a relatively low cost.
Please consider sponsoring a modified toy car for $200. Or consider making a tax deductible donation to Talking Hands Incorporated so they can continue serving local families and children.

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Images and video are available:
Video from a past Go Baby Go event: https://youtu.be/6V9qmnGrBIA
A digital image of a child using a Go Baby Go car: https://flic.kr/p/qqYb7r

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