WalkMS at Hec Ed Pavilion on 4/15

I hate two things: Kim Kadashian and Multiple Sclerosis. They have a lot in common, but the fight against MS is one that anyone can be a part of. MS and Ms. Kadashian are both degenerative, neurological diseases with no known cause and no known cure, WalkMS is an annual fundraiser for the National MS Society taking place at the Hec Ed Pavilion (it’s usually at Husky Stadium, but has been moved because you know… there’s currently a Tonka truck rave happening on the field).  WalkMS is on April 15th at 9am and goes from the basketball arena to Gas Works Park via the Burt Gilman Trail.  There’s live music, Oberto sausages for days, and epic amounts of good karma.

It seems like everyone in the NW is connected to someone with the disease, and you could probably think of one if not more without even trying. The are a couple simple options to participate:

1) Join a team.  I’m on Team Blitz, and we’ve been the largest [and most awesome] team for the past two years.  Just go to www.BlitzTacklesMS.com to get in on it.
2) DONATE! The NMSS society has an extremely high percentage of funds that go directly to the people in need.  This includes scholarships for teenagers continue their education and baseball bats for adults to beat the TV when any Kardashian related show pops up. Donate to Team Blitz!
3) Do nothing.  That’s cool too.  I won’t be mad, just disappointed.

Here’s a video from Team Blitz at WalkMS last year, when we had a bonanza of NFL mascots turn the stadium upside down…

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WalkMS at Hec Ed Pavilion on 4/15

I hate two things: Kim Kadashian and Multiple Sclerosis. They have a lot in common, but the fight against MS is one that anyone can be a part of. MS and Ms. Kadashian are both degenerative, neurological diseases with no known cause and no known cure, WalkMS is an annual fundraiser for the National MS Society taking place at the Hec Ed Pavilion (it’s usually at Husky Stadium, but has been moved because you know… there’s currently a Tonka truck rave happening on the field).  WalkMS is on April 15th at 9am and goes from the basketball arena to Gas Works Park via the Burt Gilman Trail.  There’s live music, Oberto sausages for days, and epic amounts of good karma.

It seems like everyone in the NW is connected to someone with the disease, and you could probably think of one if not more without even trying. The are a couple simple options to participate:

1) Join a team.  I’m on Team Blitz, and we’ve been the largest [and most awesome] team for the past two years.  Just go to www.BlitzTacklesMS.com to get in on it.
2) DONATE! The NMSS society has an extremely high percentage of funds that go directly to the people in need.  This includes scholarships for teenagers continue their education and baseball bats for adults to beat the TV when any Kardashian related show pops up. Donate to Team Blitz!
3) Do nothing.  That’s cool too.  I won’t be mad, just disappointed.

Here’s a video from Team Blitz at WalkMS last year, when we had a bonanza of NFL mascots turn the stadium upside down…

Gigs4Good #11 at Hard Rock for benefiting Seattle Works

If you don’t like music, you’re not human. You’re probably not dancer either. Gigs4Good is a series of concerts featuring local musicians where the profits go toward a different non-profit each time, and this time it’s to benefit Seattle Works. Specifically it’s benefiting Seattle Works Day, which is one day that all the different Seattle Works teams (which prior to have done smaller projects in teams) get together to do different projects around the city. At the end of the morning, all the teams congregate and drink beer. I would know, because we played flip cup. Illegal? Possibly. O’DOYLE RULES! 
This concert features Ivan & Aloysha, a duo that plays feel good folky American acoustic vibin music (and, yes that is a genre), as well as Yuni in Taxco…who I’ve never heard before.  Whoops!

All the info is on their website and here are the rest of the deets:

FOR WHO: Seattle Works
WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2012 — Doors at 7pm, Music at 8pm

WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St., Street, WA, 98101

TICKETS: $ 20 Advance (21+)

You can also visit the mother ship’s website at http://www.teamupfornonprofits.org/

St. Pat’s Day Dash on 3/17 benefiting the Detlef Schrempf Foundation

I really enjoy calories. St. Patrick’s Day is a day that I enjoy many of them. The St. Pat’s Dash is the best way to burn a couple before you destroy your liver.  There will be something like a billion people running this 4 mi course, which seems like it changes year to year.  I almost went last year, but it was super shitty out and I was feeling fat.  THIS YEAR however, I’m not making that mistake.  The pictures look ridiculously awesome, plus I’m not one to miss out on a good costume party.

Here’s the info from the website:
The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities.  In 2011, we contributed over $200,000 to our non-profit partners. In 2012, we are directing funds to four worthy organizations: Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Rise n’ Shine, and the Healing Center.

Register here: http://www.stpatsdash.com/
See you there!

Team Blitz Pub Crawl in Belltown for Walk MS on 3/10

Fact: Drinking is essential to survival. Fact: Drinking alcohol for a good cause is the best reason to drink.  On March 10th, the 3rd annual Team Blitz pub crawl will be taking place to raise money for the Walk MS team headed by none other than the Seahawks Mascot, Blitz.  Each year NFL Mascots from around the country send amazing memorabilia to be

raffled off, and this year Red Bull seems like they want to take the title of best prize.  Among the prizes already in the pot this year in an iFly indoor skydiving for 6 people with Blitz and the Red Bull Air Force.  WHAT!  Talk about being a badass while being a total whimp at the same time.  If I had a style, that’d be it.

All the details, including a full list of prizes, can be found on Brown Paper Tickets.  I drink a lot, but this is one of my favorite times to do it.  $30 gets you a drink tickets, a shirt, and an unofficial liver test. RSVP on the facebook page too, because it’s the cool thing to do.

Team Blitz is a team of over 200+ people making a difference in the research, care, and support for the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Below is a taste of what to expect…

4th Annual Seattle Red Dress Party on Sat 2/18

What do want me to do… dress in drag and do the hula?  Well, whether or not you’re into that the Seattle Red Dress Party is an annual event to benefit four non-profits doing  AMAZING work to stop the spread of HIV and care for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Those orgs are Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Multifaith Works, and Rise N’ Shine.  Together they provide a holistic continuum of care and prevention services to our community.  I obviously copies that last sentence, because let’s be serious — I’d never say continuum.

Based off the past three years, everyone wears red and drinks a respectable number of alcoholic beverages.  Tickets range from $40-120 and the event is at Fremont Studios in, you guessed it, Fremont.

All the information you’ll need is at http://www.seattlereddressparty.org/

Cupid’s Undie Run on Feb. 11th for the Children’s Tumor Foundation

Let’s get something straight: I hate running.  Underwear, however, is something we can all agree on.  Furthermore, f*ck children’s tumors.  Tumors are assholes anyways, but in kids?  Get the hell outta here, seriously.  The event is more than getting naked and running 1.5 miles though, there are giveaways including Kindles (plural) and custom underwear.  What you customize is unclear.  

Festivities begin at noon in Fremont around The Ballroom, and the stripshow/run is at 2pm.  http://www.cupidsundierun.com/sea/ 

Here’s a snippet about the cause:
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the world’s largest non-government organization dedicated to ending Neurofibromatosis (NF) through research. NF is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, causing blindness, deafness, learning disabilities and severe chronic pain. Currently, there is no cure for NF and there are frighteningly few treatment options. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a Charity Navigator 4-Star charity that prides itself on efficiency, spending 82.4% of its revenue on program expenses and less than 8% on administrative costs.

For the record, I give you 5 stars.  Let’s get naked.