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Ryan Skene
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal $10,000.00

My Message

I have a friend. He's the most charasmatic person I've ever met. He's razor-sharp smart, funny, friendly, charming, etc. He has a talent for music and is adept at conversation in the way Muhammad Ali was adept at the Shuffle (and conversation). I often tell him he was born for TV, maybe as a sport broadcaster or a travel journalist ... that he could even be the Native George Stroumboulopoulos.

I'm not particularly superstitious. I don't believe in ghosts, I don't read my horoscope, and I'll walk underneath a ladder without thinking about it twice. But when I look at my friend, I have to admit: I can see his aura. It's like the glow of the Northern lights, shimmering ever-so faintly around him. And the weirdest part is, I'm not the only one who can see it. THAT'S how charasmatic he is.

Now, for all my friend's powerful refinements, he has terrible flaws (don't we all?). And those flaws threaten to stomp out his burning aura and his bright future ahead.

I pressed him about it once:

"You have all these gifts. You can do whatever you want. Why can't you get help? Why can't you focus? What's holding you back?"

"I don't have the support."

I immediately understood. He had an absentee father. An overwhelmed, single mother of two. Not one positive role model to show him the value of all the little things I now take for granted: hard work, resiliency, organization, goal setting, etc. All those little things that build on each other and eventually lead to the big things we think of as success: good grades, good jobs, good families.

They say every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story and I know my friend is no different. But I can't care for him. I wish I could, but it's a full-time job (on top of my full-time job!) just trying to look after myself and my own family. And I know alot of us feel that way: that we wish we could help, but we don't feel like we can.

Thankfully, the Ambassador Program can care for him! The Ambassador Program is an alternative school program designed to assist youth, encourage them to reengage with learning, and instill life basics like nutrition, physical health and wellness, financial literacy, and personal life management.The program currently services 15 full-time youth, and 4-part time youth, with one Teacher and one Child and Youth Worker. 

That's 19 futures. 19 auras burning bright. Because they have the support. 

And that's why I'm supporting the Pinball Clemons Foundation by fighting in the Victory Charity Ball on Thursday, May 23rd. 

And you can support too, by the clicking the Donate Now button at the top right of the page.

Event Date
Jan 1, 2019 12:00 AM
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My Supporters (11)

Allan Jeffery donated $250.00
Mar 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Bill Brown donated $50.00
Mar 20, 2019 10:57 AM
Hilary Skene donated $250.00
Mar 20, 2019 10:48 AM
Michael Leroux donated $250.00
Mar 13, 2019 3:39 PM
Phillip Wyant donated $250.00
Mar 4, 2019 10:29 AM
Ryan Skene donated $1,000.00
Feb 26, 2019 1:00 PM
Mei Tai Chen donated $50.00
Feb 20, 2019 9:28 PM
Chia Hui Hu donated $500.00
Feb 20, 2019 1:17 PM
Alice Wang donated $250.00
Feb 20, 2019 1:10 PM
Ardie Wen donated $500.00
Feb 18, 2019 8:53 PM
Robert Vowles donated $1,000.00
Feb 18, 2019 8:09 PM
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