I’m excited to announce my involvement in my newest charitable endeavor, the Liguori Academy.
The Liguori Academy is a bold new type of High School in Philadelphia. The City’s most disengaged ninth graders will enter a program of aggressive academic growth with personalized curriculum combined with project based specific job training. These are the kids that will otherwise be lost and I am helping the Liguori Academy save them.
The Liguori Academy’s mission is to empower students who are the most at-risk academically in the greater Philadelphia area by encouraging their abilities rather than emphasizing their deficits. The Academy’s comprehensive program of personalized learning integrated with projects co-developed by business and industry partners will provide the motivation and support necessary to ensure success.
I am proud to be one of the founding board members. And with your financial help, we will open in September 2016.
Visit www.berniesaveskids.com to donate and for more information about the Liguori Academy!
It’s been months since we’ve seen an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but I vowed to keep the awareness alive and well after all of the hype calmed down.
On Sunday, November 23, 2014, I will be running in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on behalf of the ALS Hope Foundation.
Help me raise money and continuous awareness for this great cause!
Visit the links below:
ALS Hope Foundation Donation Page: https://www.alshopefoundation.org/get-involved/donation-online-now.php
ALS Hope Foundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ALS-Hope-Foundation/204046679619845?ref=hl
ALS Hope Foundation Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALSHF
See you all on November 23rd!
Read the original article on Philly.com.
I went to Hahnemann University Hospital five months ago to meet with Dr. Terry Heiman-Patterson and visit some patients that had been diagnosed with ALS. It was heartbreaking. How can you go from being a completely healthy, functioning individual and progress to a state of total incapacitation in a matter of months? You literally lose everything.
The only time we really heard of ALS awareness prior to the Ice Bucket Challenge in our community was the Phillies Phestival, held annually to raise money specifically to “strike out ALS.” This year’s event was held in May, and in the months following (like so many years before), ALS would fall to the wayside. People would go about their lives, forgetting all about it until the next Phillies Phestival would be scheduled.
But, oh, how the universe works in mysterious ways. Along come a couple of individuals that dedicate themselves to raising awareness for this debilitating disease by dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads and challenging their family members and friends to do the same.
A ripple effect is born. Then the videos go viral, and not only do those people’s friends and family start dumping buckets of ice water on their heads, but athletes and celebrities take on the cause. And in the meantime, in the background of all of this chaos and the social media frenzy, the donations come pouring in; more than the ALS Foundation has ever seen before.
If you didn’t know about ALS before, it would be impossible not to know now. You can’t go five minutes a day without hearing about it! This campaign has emerged and branched out in massive, national proportions, and will probably be marked as one of the most successful awareness and fundraising events for a disease or cause in history.
And as a follow up to my last article about being grateful for what we have, I can’t stress enough how lucky we are to be healthy, to be able to walk, talk, eat, laugh, and enjoy ourselves. Right now, I have the ability to describe to you my feelings and emotions, because in the blink of an eye, all of that can be taken away.
I wasn’t aware that only 30,000 people in the country are currently diagnosed with this disease. I wasn’t aware that the disease could take your life anywhere within 6 months to 5 years. It’s an aggressive, nasty disease that completely robs you of quality of life. But now, we know.
Appreciate all you have, because the awareness that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has brought to the forefront of our minds on a national level cannot be ignored.
In time, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will fade away, but as a community, we have a responsibility to keep this cause in the forefront of our minds, and not let it fade into the background to become just another “internet sensation.”
I, Bernie Parent, challenge YOU to join me in keeping ALS awareness alive on a community level. Let’s bring support to OUR homefront and help the ALS Hope Foundation, located right here in Philadelphia, PA, reach their goals for those suffering with ALS in our very own backyard.
I’m calling out ALL Philadelphia athletes (present and alumni), sports fans and corporations alike to walk with me at the 7th Annual Hope Walks for ALS at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at Valley Forge Military Academy, 1001 Eagles Road, Wayne, PA 19087.
Our goal is to raise $100,000, but personally, I think we can exceed that. The first 500 individuals at the registration table that day will receive a free hard cover copy of my book, Journey Through Risk and Fear.
Whether you’d like to walk with me for a small donation of $25, or donate on a corporate level with sponsorships, visit www.alshopefoundation.org TODAY!
Let’s see how many saves we can make as a community in the City of Brotherly Love!
Click here to register for the event.
I’d like to personally thank ALL of the wonderful supporters of The Bethesda Project, a caring family for Philadelphia’s homeless.
A special “thank you” to Ray Mirra and RAM Consulting Group LLC for your phenomenal, continued support,
bringing the Jersey Boys for our entertainment, and all of your philanthropic efforts.
This year’s Annual Gala & Auction held at the Diamond Club in Citizens Bank Park raised an astounding $229,875!
To learn more about the Bethesda Project and its efforts, click here.