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With $1.5 Million Gift, Cheerleading Returns to Upper Iowa U.

KWWL published With $1.5 Million Gift, Cheerleading Returns to Upper Iowa U.

Harms decided to establish the Diane Kinkead Harms Endowment of $1.5 million to help pay for a head coach with the goal of forming a competitive cheer team.

Three Industry Leaders Donate To Peyton’s Promise

June 15, 2010 – Minneapolis, MN – Peyton’s Promise receives major contributions from three industry leaders. Jeannine Sentilles from Mardi Gras Spirit Events, Ann Lehrmann from Cheer & Dance Extreme and Chris Korotky from Inside Cheerleading Magazine donate a total of $2,500 towards the Adoption Initiative. This dollar amount brings Peyton’s Promise that much closer to finalizing a second adoption; helping to Bridge Another Forever Family.

Peyton's Promise

Peyton's Promise

Lisa & Roger Saline launched Peyton’s Promise to help raise funds and awareness for adoption. The program is set-up so that 100 percent of check donations go towards an adoption. The Saline’s developed the program after adopting a baby girl in 2002 and quickly finding out how expensive the adoption process can be. Many friends and family of the Saline’s contributed to the fund. In March of 2011, the initial goal was reached and Peyton’s Promise was able to help a family from Oregon bring home a baby boy. Mike and Theresa welcomed home baby Nathan because of Peyton’s Promise.

If you’d like to help Bridge A Forever Family, please visit www.PeytonsPromise.net or mail your donation to 11101 Zealand Ave N, Champlin, Mn 55316.

Three Industry Leaders Donate To Peyton’s Promise

Varsity Campers Help Raise Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

In all, 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers will participate in the “Team Up for St. Jude—Spirited by Varsity” program.

Memphis, TN (June 8, 2011) – Beginning this May, Varsity’s summer cheerleading camp season will kick off in all 50 states. The 350,000 cheerleaders and dancers that will head to Varsity summer camps will learn cheerleading basics like crowd leading and cheers, and the safest techniques for stunting, pyramid building and spotting.

Varsity LogoThis year Varsity, the leader in instructional cheerleading and dance team camps, is teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to support its mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

All incoming campers have been asked to bring five donation letters with them to camp to send to family and friends in the hope of raising essential funds for the world renowned children’s hospital. All campers that bring their five letters to camp will receive a special Team Up for St. Jude pin.

“I can’t think of a better partnership than St. Jude and Varsity. We are thrilled to team up with them to raise the funds that are so crucial to treating children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Nicole Lauchaire, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications. “Cheerleaders have prominent roles in their schools and communities, and we know they will put their all into making this initiative a success for St. Jude and for its patients.”

“The Varsity camps are an ideal place for us to educate young and enthusiastic athletes about the lifesaving mission of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. “The energy of the cheerleaders and dancers will not only help us spread our message of hope to their networks but also raise critical dollars so that we can continue to search for cures for these precious children.”

All donations will be tracked and the team that raises the most money for St. Jude will be awarded an all expense paid trip to Memphis, Tenn., to visit St. Jude, meet St. Jude patients and their families, attend a recognition dinner and a Team Up for St. Jude photo shoot, and visit the Varsity headquarters for a tour and a press conference.

About Varsity

Varsity is the source for all things related to cheerleading and dance team. With a rich heritage and traditions dating back to 1948, Varsity is an innovative global leader comprised of the leading spirit brands and organizations including its educational camps, clinics, competitions and uniforms to teams around the world. Varsity’s National Championships, which are held at the Walt Disney World® Resorts, some of which have been televised on ESPN Networks for more than 25 years. Sponsors of Varsity events include Gatorade and Nike. Web-based Varsity TV features thousands of cheerleading and dance team videos and has become a favorite cheer destination for cheerleaders and coaches alike. Varsity has led the way in cheerleading safety as a supporter of the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators since 1987 and as a camp leader training 350,000 cheerleaders per year in cheerleading fundamentals with an emphasis on safety. The Varsity camp brands include Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), United Cheerleading Association (USA) and American Cheerleading Association (ACA). Based in Memphis, Tennessee, Varsity employs 5,000 employees nationwide. For more information about Varsity, please visit http://www.varsity.com.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. St. Jude was named the nation’s top children’s cancer hospital in the 2010-11 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

Varsity Campers Help Raise Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

UPA Launches Peyton’s Promise

Minneapolis, Minn. (January 4, 2011) – UPA has announced it’s Peyton’s Promise, a fundraising program where 100% of online donations go towards finalizing an adoption. Lisa Saline, UPA’s Founder and President, initiated conversations with long-time colleagues Inside Cheerleading Magazine’s Chris Korotky, and Mary Novik of Fine Designs Imprinted Sportswear, to come up with a philanthropic program geared around adoption. The outcome was Peyton’s Promise.

After years of struggling with infertility issues, Lisa and her husband pursued adoption to complete their family. Back in 2002, they had a seven-year-old son, Dylan, who so badly wanted to be a big brother. A phone call early one morning blessed them with a healthy baby girl. Three year’s later they were blessed again with a healthy pregnancy and little boy they named Greyson completing their family once and for all. After going through the adoption process, the Saline’s quickly found out how expensive it was to complete an adoption. Often times those in the process simply run out of funds and the adoption falls through. Both Lisa and Roger wanted to do something to help.

At the 2011 AmeriCup Nationals in Minneapolis, UPA will donate $1 from every athlete package sold and a percentage from gate receipts to the cause. During the weekend of Nationals, February 24-27, 2011, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Inside Cheerleading Magazine and Fine Designs will be offering fans an opportunity to donate and have their name displayed on a butterfly decal, the signature of Peyton’s Promise. 100% of butterfly donations will also go to the cause. Every $3,500 completes an adoption for a prospective family.

Inside Cheerleading Magazine first brought awareness to the spirit industry with its Making A Difference article featuring cheerleaders and their adoption tales. Fine Designs came up with the official Peyton’s Promise logo and will be selling Peyton’s Promise merchandise items on site with a percentage of the sales going to this cause. This collaborative effort by three amazing companies hopes to Bridge A FOREVER Family many times over.

By donating to Peyton’s Promise, every dollar brings one family closer to finalizing an adoption.

About UPA…

United Performing Association, Inc. began in 1987 with a young girl’s dream. Lisa Kubinski Saline was a twenty year old college student cheering professionally for the Minnesota Vikings, coaching a collegiate cheer/dance team in Minnesota and soon to graduate with a degree in Public Relations, Marketing & Speech Communications. Her dreams of owning her own business were encouraged by her father, an entrepreneur himself. So with a limited budget Lisa began UPA in the basement of her home. Twenty-four years later, Lisa and Team UPA have developed the company into one of the nations top contenders in the spirit industry. With traditions and a strong value system in place, UPA has become a household name around the spirit world with events such as the AmeriCup Championship, Easter Cruise Competition, Judge Certification Program, Eclipse Cup Studio Competitions and the Challenge Cup series to name a few. For more information about UPA, please visit http://www.UPAinc.net.

For more information on Peyton’s Promise, visit http://PeytonsPromise.net.

UPA Launches Peyton’s Promise

All-Levels Championship Gives Back

The IALC recently donated $3000 to the USASF Scholarship Fund.

All Levels Press Release