Tracy Saunders' 50th Birthday Online Fundraiser for Kids

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Hello All. I originally wanted to do a physical fundraiser for these 3 non-profit organizations to give back on my 50th Birthday on and for the date February 24th. The necessary elements did not align this time, and so, this event is physically postponed because WE want to do it right on all levels. I am sorry for any inconvenience and want you to know that I do not take anyone’s time and sincerity lightly. I want to keep doing this ONLINE fundraiser for my 50th birthday, all year, in honor of the foster kids’ positive future and for their love of film, television and entertainment development for making movies for and by kids.

Please, In lieu of birthday gifts, I would love if you would donate $1 or more to whichever cause means the most to you here or at their direct web sites (See below links.). Please contact me at of The kids thank you and we all appreciate your contribution in making a difference for them. 100% of your donation(s) go to your selected non-profit(s). Thank you so much.


Kids in the Spotlight, Inc. (KITS) was established in 2009 by Founder and Executive Director Tige Charity. KITS provides a platform for foster youth to tell their stories, their way, by writing, casting, and starring in their own short films. The training culminates into an annual film screening and awards celebration where “Movies by Kids” are presented and awarded publicly. KITS screenplays are registered with Writers Guild of America, West, which issues each student a certificate for their registered script. All KITS programs are offered free-of-charge to kids and solely rely on, and is supported by, sponsors, grants, and donations. It also provides a safe haven for kids to express themselves and encourages more positive teamwork, creativity and discipline, that results in building their self-esteem and their sense of accomplishment.

Kids in the Spotlight / major press:

Ty Burrell was just on The Ellen Show (Nov. 2017) to discuss Kids in the Spotlight

ABC7 – Kids in the Spotlight Goes to the White House

KABC7, LATimes, LA Opinion,

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Kids in the Spotlight

Sneak Peak on Entertainment Tonight - CBS

Huffington Post

Washington Post

L.A. Sentinel

Hollywood Reporter

Extra - NBC

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KITS Sizzle Video:

Along with the Kids in the Spotlight, Bill Duke’s Duke Media Foundation prepares youth by exposing them to specific film, media, and financial literacy tools, helping and enabling them to compete, survive and thrive in film and television. Bill Duke is an actor, director, producer, writer, and humanitarian dedicated to bringing quality edutainment to audiences around the world. He was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to the National Endowment of Humanities and has been honored by the Directors Guild of America with a Lifetime Achievement Tribute. and

And Sharon Jimenez is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bring Hollywood Home Foundation (BHHF), a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that fights for jobs and for increasing tax incentives for the creative economy. BHHF works to stop job outsourcing and to bring film, TV, music production and post production back to California. Jimenez states, “This fundraiser is all about giving and teaching kids the skills they need to build the entertainment studios of tomorrow, today.” Foundation’s (BHHF) Mission, a 501 (C)(4) Non-Profit Public Policy Leadership Organization, is to bring jobs back to California (CA), with fair and equal tax credits, that support independent productions for film and TV and businesses whose success depends on the economic growth of the entertainment industry. Milestones include:

Established 2010 – After the first California tax credits were passed, which excluded most independent productions, we knew something was wrong in Sacramento. Independent small and medium sized productions were being job outsourced because they had no real lobby/public policy activists to support them. Sharon Jimenez (public policy expert, publicist in two presidential races in 2004 & 2008, policy advocate for gerrymandering reform 2005 & 2011, publicist for Elected LA Charter Reform Commission and Measure H for Hollywood & Valley improved leadership) created BHHF, a 501 (C)(4) non-profit organization to advocate for film, TV, new media and music production and post production jobs.

2011 – BHHF endures attacks from status quo leadership and major media who are protective of job outsourcing. Job outsourcing is a source of increased profits to a struggling movie and TV industry, trying to stay competitive, by moving to states and countries willing to give more lucrative business support to production and post production jobs.

2012 – First BHHF events launched to coalition build and spread the word. BHHF Advisory Board Member, Tracy Saunders of Ad Agency, holds a celebrity arts fundraiser supporting Bring Hollywood Home Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club and veterans.

2013 – BHHF endorses Mayor of Los Angeles and crucial LA City Council Seats, shaping a new debate emphasizing the need to save the creative economy. BHHF holds first news conference advocating for a private CA Film Fund with state supported tax credit incentives.

2014 – BHHF introduce first CA State Legislation AB #1780, lifting the cap on tax credits and expanding access to tax credits to small & medium sized businesses. Gained approval, passing through two committees, finally stopped from going to the floor for debate against AB #1839, the studio led tax credit incentive legislation. BHHF supported AB #1839 urging amendments.

2015 – BHHF events and press releases continue to coalition build and raise awareness of job outsourcing and the need for greater CA tax credits.

2016 – BHHF pursue meetings with key lawmakers who have supported tax credits for studio productions to amend AB #1839, research diversity in Hollywood, UCLA, USC studies, coalition build with women & minority led productions, join civil rights leadership to challenge state, county and local legislation for better business models, transparency and equal access to bring jobs back to CA. New Roads School’s Paul Cummins and the Coalition for Engaged Education support BHHF’s event as 150 advocates raise awareness of job outsourcing and the need for CA tax credits.

2017 – BHHF’s Bob Jimenez writes and sends legislation to Sacramento lawmakers for review that would make CA competitive with other states and would create an independent film fund and film commission. Independent productions sized up to $10 Million worth would benefit. BHHF event at Harvelle’s raises awareness of job outsourcing and for more fair and equal tax incentives for independent filmmakers. Let’s


Bill Duke, Sharon Jimenez, Tige Charity, Bob Jimenez, Gary Visconti, Gina Felix Goldman, Claudia Wells, Patrick Kilpatrick, Massi Furlan, Peter Kwong, Antonio Charity, Jennifer Durst, Sebastian Siegel, Maria Russell, Gregory Douglass, Douyé, Jackson Gillies, Connie Gillies, Ron Tryon, Jennifer Fernandez and Kids in the Spotlight Team, Christian Iles, Isabell Rossignol, Lisa Bianchi, Jose Rojas, Gretchen Nordham, Preston Smith, Tess Lutham, Christine Peake, Sandra Hamilton, Thomas Hamilton, Teresa Lowe, Rae Whitney, Sheri Pedigo, Jake Mast, Sheri Marsh, Dennis Burkhart, Ron Servidio, Kathy Servidio, Melissa Mcavoy, Debbie Hobday, Marcy Feldman, Mary Lou and Justin Sandler, and these businesses:

Film Advisory Board, Calabasas Style Magazine, Flicks4Change Film Festival, Celebrity Society Magazine, Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum, Ripley's Believe it or Not! Hollywood, Hollywood Swag Bag, See Beyond Magazine, EdNet Career Institute, International Magician Michael Grandinetti, Music Producer Paul McDonald, Musician Gregory Douglass, Jazz Singer Douye’, International Singer/Actor Maria Elena Infantino, Impeccable Catering, Food Share, RMS Printing, Hamilton Private Security, International 3D Chalk Artist Tracy Lee Stum, Cocktails for a Cause, Creative Charity Auctions, Unique Auction Items, Have Mercy Wellness, Florentyna's Flowers, LiMor Cakes, and 21 + Video Productions, GroundHob Audio,

and to so many more who care. Thank you again. Cheers.

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