Heifer’s 70th Anniversary of their work around the World!
By Cynthia Griffing
Studio City, CA. (The Hollywood Times) 6/15/2014 – CBS studios was the happening place for Rock The Goats, walking along Gilligan’s Island Road people were invited to come and learn, listen, and have a great time. This wonderful event for a worthy cause, was hosted by David Charles Keeton, known as, “the Contractor you will still like at the END of the job.” Having won 7 Super Service Awards on Angie’s List.
David C Keeton is so passionate about this wonderful cause and how it changes lives for the better, he has given gifts of livestock to people all over the world in the name of his employees and friends for the past 15 years.
Heifer has a program of “Passing on the Gift”, entails the recipient to give the first female born to their neighbor, so that the whole village can grow and thrive. The recipients are also given animal husbandry classes, and taught how to use the by products, such as wool, milk, and manure to better their lives. Over 18 million families have been helped by Heifer to become self-sufficient. David C Keeton has had the pleasure of seeing the results of Heifer firsthand, and has worked with many organizations here in Los Angeles to bring the message of Heifer’s work to all. This event, “Rock The Goats” is his dream, of bringing families together to help families, all over the world. It is hoped that David C Keeton will do this again next year, this year it was $20 for pee-event, $25 at the door and Kids 5 and under where free. Please keep posted by going to www.rockthegoats.com
It has been David C Keeton’s dream to bring together fair trade vendors, humanitarian entertainers, and families for the festivities. His goal was accomplished! He has shown us all that Angles do walk on Earth and when we all join together many good things can be accomplished for the betterment of community, of ourselves, and for the world. Everyone that The Hollywood Times spoke to had warm regards for David C Keeton, and all that Heifer, and other Fair trade organizations are doing.
The Ochoa Boyz started the afternoon set with a mini concert for cheering fans! Ryan Ochoa (Lanny) is the star of Disney’s Pair of Kings. The next group to perform was Brooklyn J dance troop, which got everyone up and dancing.What a better way to better the global community than with an outdoor concert?! Brooklyn J and his dance troop were spreading the joy they have to families throughout the world with their performance.
Iridescence:: A Mermaid Tribe presented Mer Queen Chantel, and King Neptune Milosz along with a menagerie of friendly friends, ready to entertain the crowd. Rebecca Fireplug and Danni G was present as the Lion.
Jeane Stern a volunteer of 10 years, who is also the Los Angeles coordinator, was there with Frances Hale, a volunteer of 7.5 years and Cindy Croyle the coordinator for the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Jeane Stern has been on study tours to Honduras for Heifer and has seen “Passing on the Gift” in action.
Smitty the entertainer was new to Heifer, by the invitation of his daughter he was pleased to be there. Smitty or JustSmitty, may be familiar to you as Rich in Room 222 which aired for 5 seasons from 1969 to 1974, and was produced by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Century_Fox_Television and aired on ABC. Smitty can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/just.smitty?fref=ts. He went on in his career to play with Jimi Hendrix, The Whispers, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, a little girl from Atlanta, Georgia, Gladys Knight and The Pips. He plays bass and is a 4.5 octave range vocalist. He is the founder of United World Orchestra, https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-World-Orchestra/26739230286?id=26739230286&sk=photos_stream. His latest project is Dreams The Game, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K0q74jtV8s&feature=kp.
Several different Fair Trade vendors where there some are wholesalers, other even will volunteer to come to your home to sell the items that benefit the communities they are made in . Rae Eiklor of Burbank is just one such volunteer, representing Bead for Life ( firstname.lastname@example.org 818-566-9890). The sale of these beads made by Ugandan woman, benefit their community.
Other vendors there were Seastra who’s volunteers are George and Betty Meck, whos’ children also work in non-profit organizations. The Mecks represent Seastra which is based out of Thailand and which was found by their son George Meck IV. Seastra is a co-Op of 25 different families, there is NO child labor, and everyone makes a fair wage for there work. One small factory allows for family time, and parents are able to read and do homework with their children. Legacy Fabric is used in making beautiful handbags. What is Legacy Fabric?, it is recycled fabric.
Also on hand was Lizzy Martinez who volunteers with tribu http://www.thegreaterequator.com/
The program is called ‘Buy it Back’, which buys back the products made by the families living near the Equator, which include wool scarves, blankets, jewelry, and woven hats. The village that produces these items is Otavalo South and consist of three families, with no child labor. They carve figurines and beads out of vegetarian ivory.
Community effort is how these families grow in their business. Seven sister and one brother, give each other a helping hand, as they marry giving them a gift of a business in the village market. Ms. Martinez became involved in this organization via her sister in law, who is from Otavalo South.
Elisha Chan was present with the company she has founded elisha c. which is looking to make an opportunity for the residences of Haiti. Elisha Chan started visiting Haiti in her sophomore year at UCLA, returning every summer to work at an orphanage. Based off a roof top, and industry of artist is painting cell phone covers and coconut shells, in the shape of flowers to be sold all over the world. In doing so Elisha Chan is able to help some of the same people she came to know and love in the orphanage. TheHollywoodTimes asked, Ms. Chan, “How will she be able to translate the efforts in Haiti to helping the economy in the USA?” Ms. Chan is happy to report that elisha c. now has sales associates here in the US, which are taking the industries of Haiti to boutiques and stores near you. Global marketing at its finest. Elisha Chan says, “The passion, the need, the experience”, is what keeps her inspired to keep doing what she is doing. www.elishac.com Facebook.com/elishachaiti
Humanitarians where everywhere at Rock The Goats! Ron Whitaker was there to support his friend Grammy Award winning artist for Best Regional Mexican record in 2008. Alyson Montez now performs with Ricky Rebel. Ron Whitaker and his fiance Isabella Shaldan, both humanitarians first and foremost, as well as, musical artist. Don Whitaker has been playing with different band memembers from us bands as; Guns and Roses, Def Leopard, and Quiet Riot, to name just a few. Preferring to be known for his Humanitarian efforts, such as starting the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, www.freeclinicsv.com, volunteering at different rescue missions, taking the stand, that “In America no veteran of war should be homeless.” Claiming to be a”Rebel of the Darkness to Shine the Light.”
Ricky Rebel took the stage later that afternoon, to really wow the audience with songs like Savior, Everybody Scream, and Geisha Dance, where he had everyone dancing to his new song! WOW! Watch out for him, because he is coming to move you! Ricky Rebel and his band will be playing at Bar Sinister http://www.barsinister.net/home.php on July 21, 2014 to Release his new EP Blue.
Iridescence; continued to wow the audience with more fantasy players, such as this fierce acrobatic sea dragon Zircon.
Mr. Keeton, made sure that everyone left happy and with a full heart. So, that making room for giving would, be present. A Blues band played and Young Guns a great 80 cover band played to escort the audience out for the evening.