Nola Relief Walk Today!

By: Portlight , 6:58 PM GMT on February 05, 2009

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The New Orleans Portlight Relief Walk is today! The walk will start at the Peace Quad on the Layola University campus with sign in and guest speakers. The walk will take place in Audubon Park across the street from the Quad. After the walk is over there will be entertainment on the Quad provided by a local band. Many thanks to Wunderbloggers tkeith and Patrap for their outstanding work in getting this event organized. Learn more about the New Orleans Walk here.

Plans are also moving forward for walks in other areas as well. Final approval for the Destin Dog Walk should come shortly and the Houston Walk plans are almost complete as well. The Summerville/Charleston Walk date is set for May 2nd, and we are currently recruiting walkers, event sponsors, and volunteers. Look for updates on the other walks and events coming soon!

You can help too! If you are interested in having some fun and helping a very worthy cause then please contact us. Find contact information and more on the Relief Events page.

More specifically the Houston and Kissimmee Walk coordinators are still looking for other interested in helping out with event coordination. Please contact the city coordinators for these areas if you are interested in helping. City coordinator contact information can be found by visiting the links above.


February 3, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Weather Underground National Sponsor of Portlight Relief Walks

Charleston, SC – Portlight Strategies, Inc., - a national grassroots non-profit organization - announced today that Weather Underground, Inc., will be National Sponsor of the First Annual Portlight Relief Walk series of national awareness and fundraising events.

www.wunderground.com is the nations first online weather service with millions of loyal visitors each day.

Hundreds of members of the Weather Underground blog community teamed with Portlight Strategies, Inc., throughout the Fall of 2008 to provide much need relief services and supplies to victims of Hurricane Ike along the Texas coast.

These relief efforts focused on helping people with disabilities, as well as people in small towns and rural areas often marginalized by the larger institutional relief infrastructure.

Portlight Strategies, Inc., has committed to building on the stunning success of this collaborative, grassroots initiative.

In order to expand our community of supporters – and to create a financial reserve to enable strategic, proactive response in the future – Portlight is organizing walk-a-thon style events in 40 U S cities. Organizing committees have already begun meeting to plan these events in their hometowns and communities. Relief Walks will be held on weekends through the Spring and early Summer.

“Weather Underground stepping up to be our National Sponsor is a huge honor”’ said Paul Timmons, Jr. – Portlight Strategies, Inc., Board Chair. “Our Ike efforts were born of hundreds of weather lovers coming together on the www.wunderground.com site. It’s a perfect fit that Weather Underground will sponsor our first national event.”

“Weather Underground is proud to have facilitated Portlight’s initial success”’ said Toby Skinner, of Weather Underground, Inc. “And we are pleased to be the National Sponsor of Portlight’s First Annual National Relief Walk event.

“The Weather Underground community was the Genesis of our post Ike success,” said Timmons, “By agreeing to be National Sponsor of our First Annual National Relief Walk event, Weather Underground, Inc., becomes equally integral to our future ability to serve. We are grateful for their support and confidence.”

For more information on Portlight Strategies, Inc., including the story of our Ike relief efforts and information on our Relief Walk, please visit: www.portlight.org or our Featured Blog at: www.wunderground.com

Contact information:
Paul Timmons,Jr
Ph:(843)817-2651
e-mail: paul@portlight.org

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227. Beachfoxx
1:47 PM GMT on March 24, 2009
Way to start the series N.O... next walk Destin FL!
Come folks, off your duff and get out and walk for a good cause!
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226. surfmom
1:07 AM GMT on March 23, 2009
Post 224 : )
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225. Beachfoxx
12:02 AM GMT on March 23, 2009
Congratulations!!! Pat & NOLA CREW! Sounds awesome.....
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224. presslord
8:13 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
post 221...surfmom...great idea!!! and you're in charge of setting it up...get in touch with stormjunkie and y'all put together a plan.....

xoxoxoxoxo
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223. IMA
3:08 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
It was an amazing day, and I don't think I stopped smiling once! Keith and Pat did such great job making this come together, and their wives had something to do with that, too, I'm sure. lol Gotta give them credit!!

I tell you what, that band was really great, too.

Everyone really was so dang friendly, too. It just couldn't have been a better day. Tommy and I were thrilled to be able to attend.

I have video to upload, but it's in the car and Tommy and the 3 of the 4 dogs are still sleeping downstairs, where the keys are. Ronny and I are upstairs, letting them sleep in for a bit longer. lol Unfortunately, I left my digital camera at home and only have video, but hopefully the video of sandcrab's WONDERFUL talk (wish that message could be broadcast far and wide, I tell ya!!!!),and the others, will be good.

I am very proud to be associated with Portlight folks and the WU family!!!!

Thank you so much to all who made yesterday possible, and all who are working on the other events, too!

Big hugs from the Big Easy,
Ima/Ann
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222. KEHCharleston
2:01 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
Think Portlight needs to get a cyber store - real simple...T-shirts & bumper stickers.....
I agree - we would be walking billboards that way.
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221. surfmom
1:45 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
Think Portlight needs to get a cyber store - real simple...T-shirts & bumper stickers.....
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220. surfmom
12:58 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
hummmmmmmmm--- I just saw something --- When I carefully looked at the pictures....... I SPIED T-shirts ............Nuovo w/ WU Logo and a 'cane!
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219. surfmom
12:19 PM GMT on March 22, 2009
WHOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO shine on Portlight!!!!

What a treat to come here this morning and seeing ALL MY BLOG BUDDIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...... TWO & FOUR LEGGEDS!!!!!!!!!

When I look at these pictures, and then go back and read the posts from the night Portlight was conceived (I printed them out that very night --'cause I just had a feeling something great was being born) I am assured of one thing. DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!

shine on - walk on Portlight! this is the best ride I've ever been on!!
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218. carolinagal
2:49 AM GMT on March 22, 2009
I'm glad it went well. Congrats to everyone for the work involved.
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217. Patrap
1:50 AM GMT on March 22, 2009
We sure had a fine day presslord.

Thanks for your's and stormjunkies and all ya'lls effort for us here as well..!

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216. Patrap
1:41 AM GMT on March 22, 2009
Twas a Fine,wunderful day code1.

We had fun,raised some funds,.and raised some awareness as well.

Now,we pass the Baton on to ya'll and Destin.

We also look forward to being there for it..
The Streetcar passes and ends a great day here.

Thanx to the wunderground,portlight..Walkers,canines..and all who made today possible.

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215. code1
1:36 AM GMT on March 22, 2009
Whooohooooo! You've raised the bar, and Destin is up for the challenge! Keith, kudos to you and Pat. Special ones go out to Butch for the "walk the talk", and to Ima and Red for the long distance travel. Destin Dog Walk is next. Come one, come all, and bring your dogs to walk with us! Fun times to be had on the beautiful beaches and harbor in Destin. Check us out.

Love and hugs out to Debra for bringing the dogs out for the NOLA walk. So happy to see them both, and cannot wait for Saint to be back in my home, and for Zoe to meet my crew! Oh yeah, will be happy for you and Keith to be here as well. LOL

ROCK ON PORTLIGHT!!!!!!
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214. presslord
12:42 AM GMT on March 22, 2009
I have a degree in Journalism...with a minor in English...yet I just don't have the vocabulary to express my gratitude to all of you...or how humbled I am by all this...
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213. ColoradoKat
11:50 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Cool pictures. Nice to see everyone.
I'm glad you all had a good day.
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212. KEHCharleston
11:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Wow!!
Way to go NOLA
Pretty exciting - can not think of any people/location better than NOLA, to get these Portlight events off to such a good start.
Awesome, in the truest sense of the word.
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211. EmmyRose
11:37 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Oh Ima so good to see you again
Is that Tommy?
And Hello Redhead
and wow my fav. pirate .....
and T can jam
And Pat you're really something
thank you. sorry I didn't add your
name....
came back to edit.

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210. Raysfan70
11:36 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
{{Red}}!

I know those people.:-)
Thanks for sharing.
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209. Redhead
11:28 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
I hope this works! It was great seeing all of you there!

I'm just sorry we couldn't participate because of prior commitments.


IMA and Tommy


Red, IMA and Tommy


Patrap, Red, IMA and Keith
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208. Raysfan70
10:43 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Congrats! To everyone who put this together and everyone who walked for the cause.

You all Roc!

Men that's why the hubby has his own camera.
:-)
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207. Patrap
10:39 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
I got the same when I kinda forgot to put the memory card in one Mardi Gras night last month..

..oops.

It sure was a great day.

Thanks again for all your effort and time.


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206. tkeith
10:34 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Thanks for posting the pics Pat, I am currently getting yelled at for screwing up my wife's camera!!

It was great afternoon!

The PORTLIGHT story is getting out and we have started the ball rolling in 2009!

I personally want thank everyone for their help and support.

I want to especially thank IMA for coming all the way from Texas to be with us today.

We had the VERY BEST speaker I can imagine for an event like this. Sandcrab tells it like it is! His knowledge and experiance in disaster situations is a presentation I wish everyone could here.

Today was the first of many PORTLIGHT events this year. I encourage all who can to help and support these efforts!


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205. Patrap
10:15 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
IMA and her Husband.
They are great folks!!
We had a good time all day with them.








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204. Patrap
10:08 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
tkeith with Mike True and the Phantom Band..

Parrothead style..





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203. Patrap
9:55 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Butch Loper speaks to the Folks ..




Hiya ILwatcher...

tkeith and sandcrab,

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202. ILwatcher
9:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
FANTASTIC!!!
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201. Patrap
9:45 PM GMT on March 21, 2009



A lil Hendrix on the Quad this afternoon...
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200. Patrap
9:43 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
tkeith catching me catching him this morning..



Mike True and the Band Warming us up..



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199. Patrap
9:41 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Debra with Zoe and Saint..Standing Ready..!


Wunderful Dogs..they went the whole route and had many admirier's.


Thanks Zoe and Saint...and Debra!

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198. Patrap
9:37 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Butch Loper
Talking the Talk today.
He struck an excellent chord with everyone.

Thanks a million Butch.

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197. EmmyRose
8:53 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
fine by me
but it would be great to get some wuba's here
also -

glad it went well today Pat, T, Sand, Ima
and the rest!
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196. presslord
8:51 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Pat...Congrats!!!!!!!!!! Y'all rock...

Surf...excellent idea!!!!!!!!!!! John and Emmy...let's plan to webcast one of the shows....
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195. Patrap
8:33 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Were all walked out. Twas a Wunderful Day.

Will upload vids and pics alil later after a meal and some rest.
Thanx to all for the support and hard effort.

It was truly a beautiful Day

Patrick

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194. surfmom
8:33 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Quoting Portlight:
Not forgetting it Emmy, actually I'd like to talk to you next week and see what we can do to help promote it.


IT'S PIRATES OF PENZANCE -- COULD WE SEE IT LIVE/stream TIME????? I'm stuck on a sand bar!!!!
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193. OGal
8:14 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Wow, it sounds like NOLA Portlight came through in a wonderful way. So glad that it was a nice day. Nothing more beautiful than New Orleans on a sunny day. Way to go all you guys that worked so hard.

I am with Gams, can't wait to see the pictures :)
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192. presslord
8:02 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
...just spoke with tkeith...they're wrappin' it up....was outstanding in every way.....Way bto go NOLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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191. ILwatcher
7:52 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
tap....
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190. seflagamma
7:02 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
I cannot wait to see the pictures!!!

what a wonderful thing,.
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188. ColoradoKat
6:11 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Duh..of COURSE she's there..the walk is already
in progress..geez..how long is the walk, anyway? I couldn't find that in the information.
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187. ColoradoKat
5:55 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Hey, Guys!! You are all so darned cool to
do this. Is IMA there yet? Give her a big
hug for me. That is one very special lady!
Walk On!!!
Kat
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186. Portlight
5:46 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
wtg guys, looking forward to hearing the details!
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185. ILwatcher
4:49 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
So glad there's a good turnout. WTG, Pat and Keith!!!
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184. presslord
4:31 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
I just spoke with tkeith..Pat was speaking...nice crowd....nice day...good event...
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183. presslord
3:14 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Yo y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun!!!! That's an order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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182. EmmyRose
3:02 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
fine - anytime bud.
Hope the baby is adorable as ever
Gimme a call whenever
pyrates standing by
(LITERALLY) LOL

Give the old man a hug for me.
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181. Portlight
3:01 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Not forgetting it Emmy, actually I'd like to talk to you next week and see what we can do to help promote it.
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180. EmmyRose
2:59 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Life is getting back to wonderment
as we all have what? 55 days left to cane
season?
Thanks for asking

Galveston is trying to revive
and surrounding areas also...

Dont forget our theater show also this
June -

Good luck in NO y'all

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179. Portlight
2:58 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Morning Emmy, good to see ya! How's life in Houst?

I just uploaded some pictures of the banner and sponsor sign that are at the Nola Walk. Hopefully will be able to post those in a few.
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178. Portlight
2:56 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Glad the weather is so great y'all!
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177. EmmyRose
2:55 PM GMT on March 21, 2009
Morning Pat and T
couldn't have finer weather!!!!!
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