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OK – it’s Official !!!!OK – it’s Official !!!!

OK – it’s Official !!!!

The 501(c) (3) filing goal has been reached,

and filed today.

 

With our website now online, and will have periodic updates and endorsements throughout the next few months…

We now have as Board-members:

PROJECT PTSD’s board of directors includes:
·         Lawrence John, II  (San Bernardino, CA) – Founder and CEO
·         Andrew Linehan (Temecula, CA) – Legal Consultant
·         Jennifer McVey (Palm Springs, CA) – Strategic Business Consultant
·         Chris Serafin, MBA (Palm Springs, CA) – Social Media Strategist
·         Robin Ruggeri (Yucca Valley, CA) – Accounting Consultant
·         Bobby Weaver (Valencia, CA) – Logistics and Transportation Consultant
·         Alison Elsner (Palm Springs, CA) – Public Relations Consultant

(1) Psychologist

(1) Accountant (Intimately Familiar with 501(c)3 Accounting)

(1) Grant Researcher

(1) Grant Writer

(1) Logistics Manager

(1) Publisher

(1) Published Author

(1) Public Relations Expert

(1) Social Media Expert

and lastly…..

(1) with the Entrepreneurial Spirit and a deep heart-felt, burning desire to make a difference.

This began as a dream over lunch in September – And that dream is quickly becoming a reality.

 

ProjectPTSD! because, just one story can change a thousand lives !!

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It dawned on me last night.  That even with all the technology at our disposal, with out foundational values like Integrity, and Ethics. And manifesting those values in both the personal and professional life, the very premise of what they promised is completely worthless.  You’re probably sitting there and thinking, “Well Duh!” But allow me to explain.  Last night, for a brief moment in time was everything you could ever want it to be.  It was a gentle night. Warm, but not too hot.  A night buoyed by a small intimate crowd with laughter from the candle lit tables and live music. “Live,” but not too loud. In fact, you could honestly say it was “Muted” when compared to the bustling traffic of the main street thoroughfare that served as our backdrop.

It was an open-air venue, complete with people on the sidewalk off the premises dancing to the music.  A few children that were brought into the restaurant, accompanying their parents for dinner, were dancing beside their table.  While under the watchful eye of Mom and Dad.  And other children still, in slightly older generations that came before them, danced in the open areas available to all.  If Norman Rockwell were alive today, he would have graced all with a painting of that moment presented before him.  For those few hours, save for a few minutes, it was the dream of life from the fifties projected into 2014.  It was the long sought, Utopia.

I was there, for those brief moments. I witnessed it, I reveled in it, and I was saddened by it as well. 

It was in the late 40’s and onto the 50’s of our time that generations previous to our own, dared to dream about “Utopia.”  Those who dared, saw a world where technology was presented to each and everyone of us.  And it was done so to make life, their life, your life and my life, easier.  What they could not see was the often heavy burden of that exchange.  The struggle of the “give and take” of what that beautiful dream, once pursued to reality would actually mean.  Not just what it would give to us as a society on the whole, to make our lives simpler and easier?  But what it would take away from our lives, and from a civilization at large, to make that dream a reality. 

What we were asked to give away, was our Ethics both personal and professional and along with it although all unbeknownst to us, our Integrity as well.  Though we still maintain our high moral standard.  Those morals are mounted up, on the walls where they can be seen each and every day. Placed high near the ceilings in our offices and our homes, and dusted as if they too were a cherished item framed in reverence above all.

I sat in the misted of all this, as a mere guest in wondrous awe at the displays of what truly are the joys of life before me.  The event was planned, days in advance for a 3 hour venue, 6:30PM to 9:30PM.  The “Front Man” and lead singer of the band played enthusiastically to the crowd.  At one point during a break, the Band took the time to acknowledge an audience member, a young child Eve.  Ms. Eve, had seen the band play only a week before with her parents, and she took the time to write the band a note of fan mail which included a drawing of the band as they played, and a note telling how much she loved hearing them.  The band also interrupted their set a little later in the evening.  And lead those in attendance by singing “Happy Birthday” to Mellissa, young woman who happened to be celebrating her birthday that evening with her family.

Like I said at the beginning.  It was a great night a night that memories a just waiting for,  a small and joyous crowd filled with laughter, music, and dancing.  And all choreographed with a warm soft nights breeze, that effortlessly moved the days burdens away… But the clouds do roll in, and this time those clouds wore a uniform.

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Fundraiser ANYONE ??Fundraiser ANYONE ??

Fundraiser ANYONE ??

After retaining an expert in Public Relations.  Doors that were once closed, have been not only kicked wide open but removed form the hinges as well.

BUT – Before I tell you about that, I would like to give a HUGE shout out to my good friend, Jennifer McVey.  Today March, 7th, 2014.  Ms. McVey has announced that she will be a regular contributor to KMIR in Palm Spring.  Ms. McVey has been my sounding board, confidant and advisor.  I could not be prouder of her and her accomplishments !!

Way To Go Jennifer !!!  Congratulations !  

And may this be a stepping stone to a much larger success for you !!

OK – Where was I ?  OH !!  Public Relations, Doors kicked down..  I guess you could say I had reached a Milestone.  I had an idea, I talked it over with Jennifer during lunch one day.  And I decided to see if I could make it a reality.  I wrote a Business Plan, Researched the possibilities, and studied the fields of this endeavor for which I had absolutely no experience operating in.

And then I did it.  I formed a Not-For-Profit Company to help Veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD.  You know it as ProjectPTSD.org .  I put it together, I planned the financials, looked at many aspects needed.  Equipment, Computers, Office Space and Locations as well as how I could facilitate this project to not only help Veterans, but others in need of help. And others still, driven to help those in need.  It sounds lofty, but in reality it’s a giant machine that needs a whole lot of gears to work.

And Alison Elsner with AEPR in Palm Springs is a very important gear in this machine. Ms. Elsner runs “AEPR” or :

Alison Elsner Public Relations

And she is AMAZING !!

We have just concluded a meeting with the American Legion Post 519 in Palm Springs where we will hold our first ever fund raising event.  Mr. Pete Pilittere, Mr. Albert Martinez and Mr. Rick Noyce, these gentlemen and this organization has been nothing short of Amazing !!  AND we even have future events planned and outlined with them, it’s just that good.

We are also going to have entertainment provided by Mr. Steve Ditullio.  Mr. Ditullio puts on a fantastic event, showcasing many musical styles and he can really bring excitement to the crowd !  If you like the stylings of Frank Sinatra… Sit back, close your eyes and you would swear he’s right in front of you, he’s that good !!