26 June 2012 - DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES PRESENTS THE 3rd ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT TWENTYWONDER A Carnival of the Mind HOSTED BY THE L.A. DERBY DOLLS ON SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012
CONTACT: Patty Onagan / 818-464-3706 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELESPRESENTS
THE 3rd ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT
A Carnival of the Mind
HOSTED BY THE L.A. DERBY DOLLS
AT THE DOLL FACTORY IN LOS ANGELES
ON SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012
THIS YEAR’S EVENT FEATURES MORE
ART SCIENCE MUSIC COMEDY
A SPECIAL BONE-CRUSHING ALL-STAR ROLLER DERBY MATCH
WITH THE L.A. DERBY DOLLS AND THE SAN DIEGO DERBY DOLLS
THE LAMPSHADES JACKSH*T
JOEL HODGSON TIM BISKUP & TIERRA DEL SOL DAVE ALVIN
RVIP LOUNGE SOCK PUPPET SITCOM THEATRE
THE ATAMIAN COLLECTION
DAVID (Super Collider) SALTZBERG KIDS OF WHITNEY HIGH
WAYNE WHITE FRIENDS FROM NASA AND JPL
TIC TAC TOE WITH STEVE O
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 1, 2012) – The 3rd annual fundraising event TWENTYWONDER, A Carnival of the Mind, presented by Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) returns to the Doll Factory (1910 West Temple Street) and will be hosted again by the famed L.A. Derby Dolls on Saturday, July 7. The evening will be a bursting expo of art, science, music and comedy, plus an all-star roller derby bout featuring the L.A. Derby Dolls vs. the San Diego Derby Dolls. Proceeds will benefit DSALA’s efforts to support those born with Trisomy 21/Down syndrome living in greater Los Angeles.
“This year’s event is being served up in one huge dessert bowl of sweet pop-cultural confections flavor packed with an amazing group of 150 volunteers – performers, makers, builders, thinkers and skaters – donating their time and talent to lovingly blend the creative and surreal ingredients of Greater Los Angeles into an evening of wonder and awareness. With equal parts of art, science, music, and laughter we are 100% positive you will leave TWENTYWONDER, by evening’s end, a whole lot happier than when you arrived,” said Jim Hodgson, Director of Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
“We love TWENTYWONDER! 2011's fundraiser proved so successful we've made this extravaganza of music, art, entertainment, and roller derby into an annual event not to be missed,” added Rebecca Ninburg, aka Demolicious, Co-Founder, L.A. Derby Dolls.
“TWENTYWONDER is a wild block party on the street of dreams - science freaks, comedy geeks, roller derby chicks, circus folk and big name musical combinations you won't see anywhere else... ever. We're adding cool stuff and surprise guests just about every day now. Even the night of, you're likely to be amazed at who shows up unannounced,” added TWENTYWONDER Friend Don Foster, Executive Producer of Mike and Molly.
Last year’s sold-out TWENTYWONDER event raised over $100,000 with the proceeds helping to support DSALA’s various programs offered to nearly 4,200 individuals with Down syndrome living in Los Angeles. Programs include: sport activities in Koreatown, El Segundo, San Fernando Valley, Family Support Network in South Los Angeles, yoga classes for teens and babies at the DSALA Community Center, music and art programs dotted around the city for individuals between the ages of 3 – 42, Saturday seminars with topics from potty training to independent living and outreach programs to hospitals.
TWENTYWONDER was named, “An Event Pick” and called “Awesome!” by the Los Angeles Times. "Part charity, part science, part comedy…a mindbender," proclaimed LAIST.COM. "A once in a lifetime, completely eclectic, fun-filled amalgam of creators, builders and performers," said The Wrap and "One of the essential events of the summer," raved The LoveStain.com.
The 3rd Annual TWENTYWONDER event will feature performances and attractions by:
L.A. Derby Dolls vs. San Diego Derby Dolls
Artist Tim Biskup & the Makers at Tierra Del Sol
Joel Hodgson: Creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Jacksh*t: The World’s Greatest House Band
Dave Alvin: American Music Maker Of The Highest Degree
Tic Tac Toe with Steve O!
Shari Asplund: JPL/NASA Space Projects Educator
Dolores Bozovic – Ph.D.
Kids of Whitney High: Sonics from LA’s iconic band of musicians with disabilities
Joseph Masiero with Spitzer Science Images…Looking For Asteroids And Objects
Chris Mirabel – Marine Biologist
Mat Plendl – World’s Foremost Hula Hoop Artist
RVIP Lounge: A 32-foot dream on 4 rockin wheels
RyTron 3000 a.k.a. Ryan Falkner Shadow Boxing & Busting Moves
David Saltzberg – “When Girls Collide” DIY explanation of the CERN Super Collider
Eban Schletter; The Future’s Greatest Theremin Player
Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater will be present and washed
SuperBall/TwentyWonder Mini-Museum for your historical event needs
The Atamian Collection of Insects to Amuse and Awe
The Hollywood ATI Gorilla: A technological wonder uncaged
The Lampshades: Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and Scott Robinson (Anchorman)
Wayne White: Heavy Weight creative champ…from Pee Wee to Word Play
Tom Woodruff – Academy Award-winning make-up artist does “Dueling Prosthesis”
An up-to-date list of attractions and performances can be found at www.TwentyWonder.org.
TWENTYWONDER fundraising efforts also include:
AUCTION ITEM through CharityBuzz.com
A signed Fender guitar by 11-Time Grammy-winning group the Foo Fighters
Minimum bid starts at $750.00
Bidding starts on CharityBuzz.com on June 21, 2012
RAFFLE ITEMS at the Doll Mall @ The Doll Factory
Foo Fighters Bundle of Memorabilia
Tim Biskup Limited Edition Print
Shepard Fairey Artist Proof Print
Wayne White TWENTY WONDER Limited Edition Print
Exene (of X) original art
Raffle tickets are $5.00 each. All proceeds from the auction and raffle will benefit DSALA.
TWENTYWONDER will also feature some of Los Angeles’ favorite food trucks for event dining and soft drinks and alcohol beverages will be available for purchase. A percentage of proceeds from food and beverage sales will be donated to DSALA.
TWENTYWONDER will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Doll Factory in Los Angeles (1910 West Temple Street). The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment, food, drinks and attractions throughout the venue. Roller Derby match begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Doll Factory arena with more. Special performances, art, music, science and comedy continue from 9:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. There will be no entry into the event after 10:30 p.m. General admission tickets to TWENTYWONDER are $40.00 and are good for performances and attractions. V.I.P. Passes are available for $150.00 and include admission into the benefit event, the TWENTYWONDER Annual Collectible Amulet designed by Brad Oldham, complimentary valet parking, stadium preferred seating and access to the VIP Guest Lounge with full open bar and food. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are available online at www.TwentyWonder.org or by phone at 800-838-3006. For more information on the event visit www.TwentyWonder.org or www.DSALA.org.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME:
Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition affecting all ethnicities and economic groups. Down syndrome is found approximately once in every 691 births. Individuals with Down syndrome have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome (Trisomy 21), which causes physical differences and disabilities. Most people with Down syndrome live a rich and productive life thanks to organizations like the DSALA, which has been providing services for more than 35 years to the Greater Los Angeles Area.
“TWENTYWONDER is the cause-driven cousin of SuperBalls 1-8. The recipe of TWENTYWONDER is easy: take a soulful collection of 100 plus creators, supporters, builders, entertainers, friends and volunteers who've been gathering for years in the name of SuperBall, create a new name derived from the medical term Trisomy 21(Down syndrome), expand the fan base to new and far-reaching sectors of society, then bring it all together for a One-Night World's Fair event to raise support and awareness for those born with Down syndrome living in the Greater Los Angeles area,” said Jim Hodgson, Director of Administration and Development, DSALA. The inaugural fundraising event TWENTYWONDER began in 2010.
ABOUT DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES (DSALA):
The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) was started over thirty-five years ago by fifteen forward-thinking parents of children born with Down syndrome. In an era when society's predominant response to individuals with Down syndrome was to place them in institutions, these pioneers stood up for what is right, took control, and opened up the dialog that all grateful new parents in the Down syndrome/Trisomy 21 community are advancing today. DSALA offers information, guidance and programming designed to assist parents and families who have a family member with Down syndrome. Part of DSALA’s mission is to educate and enlighten a wider community to fully understand that everyone deserves respect, inclusion and that “we are more alike than different.”
ABOUT THE L.A. DERBY DOLLS:
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California's premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Founded in October 2003 by Rebecca Ninburg (a.k.a.Demolicious) and Wendy Templeton (a.k.a. Thora Zeen), the L.A. Derby Dolls are a league of more than 150 skaters and volunteers, divided into five teams who skate on a banked track. Embodying the do-it-yourself ethos of modern roller derby, as resurrected in Austin, Texas in 2000, the L.A. Derby Dolls are an entirely volunteer-run organization, relying on the support of their fans and community. The L.A. Derby Dolls take all the thrills of the old game and update it with a fresh and feisty new face. And the hits and spills are 100% real. No script can write this kind of action.
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