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House Blend Cafe

Eat Good. Do Good.

Written By Rachel Galvin

Josh and Kelly Taylor have been serving up more than just food at their restaurant, House Blend Cafe. For the last nine years, they have been giving 100 percent of their net profits to local and global projects, including raising more than $20,000 to help feed the hungry.


Connie Francis:

A Profile in Courage and Generosity

Written By Rachel Galvin


Best known for her soulful singing and songs like “Where the Boys Are,” “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” and “Stupid Cupid,” Connie Francis got her start at age 3, beginning with taking accordion lessons. The road was rocky … but she got her big break on January 1, 1958 when Dick Clark played her song “Who’s Sorry Now” on American Bandstand.


The Road Back:

Darrell Gwynn and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Written By Steve Goodman


It was Easter Sunday 1990. The place, the Santa Pod Raceway in Bedford, England. Darrell Gwynn, known as The Kid on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) circuit revved his engine at the starting line, as he did dozens of times before. As the “Christmas Tree” lights counted down to green, tires screeched and billows of smoke trailed behind his golden dragster. But Darrell would not cross the finish line in victory that day, as he had so many times before.


World Aids Museum:

Aids-ucating, Enlightening and Empowering

Written by Jordi Burton


It is no surprise that AIDS is a deadly, frightening disease. Every twelve seconds another person contracts AIDS, and every sixteen seconds another person dies of AIDS. Yet, AIDS education isn’t a part of school curriculums. AIDS testing isn’t required for bath houses or sex clubs. The negative stigma surrounding the immunodeficiency disease is still alive today, preventing us from moving to a more educated, less bigoted and fearful, environment. “Six-million Jews were killed in the Holocaust; twenty-five million people have been killed by AIDS,” says World AIDS Museum Manager, and twelve-year AIDS survivor, Ed Sparen. “This is an epidemic.”

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