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For The Sake of Charity and Causes

Submitted by on September 3, 2010 – 9:22 amOne Comment

Go Red Por Tu Corazon

It’s a good thing Latinas look good in red. Most, anyway.

If you want to go to the next Latin Grammys, November 11 in Las Vegas, and promote a good cause  – enter this contest sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón campaign.

The association is making a big push to raise awareness — in multiple ways and campaigns — because heart disease is the number one cause of death among Latina women.

You can visit the Go Red sites in English or Spanish, and you can enter to win the trip to the Grammys to promote awareness, and have a great experience, at the same time.

All you have to do:
1. Email a photo of yourself in your favorite red dress or red accessory to [email protected].
2. Include your name, age, contact info and a statement about why the cause of preventing heart disease is important.
3. The AHA will notify you if you’ve been selected. All photos will be uploaded to a third-party photo site and your friend and family are encouraged to comment, which increase your chances to win.
4. Contest ends Oct. 11.

Good luck! And check out the campaign Facebook page here. (And, if you win, pinch Ricky Martin for me!)

I’ve been to the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville, toured its comfortable rooms, sat at the warm kitchen and, as a journalist, spoken in-depth with families from little Southern towns and far-away big cities whose very sick children were being treated at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

Without the house, just a few blocks from the hospital, the families would not have a place to stay, to rest, to share. They stay at little, or no cost, while their hospitalized children are receiving treatment. What a gift.

It is why I put my change in the donation box every time I visit a McDonald’s for the 7-year-old’s Happy Meal and my reasonably priced iced coffee.

This coming week, on Sept. 9, Ronald McDonald Houses — and the family’s they serve –are hoping you will put your coins, your dinerito, in the donation boxes. The Day of Change is a push to raise millions of dollars and to raise awareness. Last year, they raised $19 million. This year, they want to raise more.

At my house, we are active givers — to church, to the food bank, to various non-profits — and we make a point of teaching our 7-year-old daughter she has a duty to share. So, Sept. 9, Maria and I will be at McDonald’s, dropping our change.

If you’d like to learn more about the event, please visit the site, where you also can donate online.

Lipstick for change

Every October, the Mary Kay Foundation observes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by giving grants to women’s shelters throughout the United States. Last year, more than 150 shelters received $3 million.

Why? One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Mary Kay’s 2010 Beauty that Counts initiative donates $1 from each sale of three limited shades of lipstick —  InspirationCompassion and Confidence. The initiative ends Sept. 15.

As founder Mary Kay Ash said: “When you help somebody else, then you grow as a person.”

And, in honor my friend Monica, over at Mommy Maestra, a little Sergio Mendes to get you up and moving, sweating for your corazon and your happy happy.

Feliz Friday, gente.

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