• The Bear Necessities

          A cute and catchy tag, wouldn’t you agree? There is much more to this tag line though. You see, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) recently rescued several bears and, while the bears currently enjoy temporary habitats on the property, they are patiently waiting for TCWR associates to complete their forever homes at the Refuge. A larger living area - 140,000 square feet larger - is what these bears can expect. But, while Turpentine does have the land, help is needed to supply building materials, food, and other bare necessities.

         TCWR created The Bear Necessities fundraising campaign to help raise the funds. Immersion Connection's Empower division would like you to join us in helping with the fundraising efforts. We are offering several shirts for purchase (v-neck option available!), with all of the net proceeds going to the Bear Necessities campaign. To view these shirts visit our Empower store here

    Written by: Tracy McKee

          For additional options to support TCWR, please visit their website directly at www.turpentinecreek.org.   

  • Angel Perez, Wings of Hope Scholarship


         Do you recall in our 2017 Global Issue where we shared Angel Perez's story, Wings of Hope? It was a heartbreaking story of a young man—new father, son, and friend—who had succumbed to suicide. We see it in the news all too often. Angel's parents, Monica and John, lost their only son. They and their surviving children, five beautiful young ladies, continue to be in mourning and will be for the remainder of their lives. Daily coping just wasn't enough; they had to do something, to show others like Angel that they aren't alone, and there are options. 

         Monica created a scholarship foundation in Angel’s name, the Angel Perez Wings of Hope Scholarship. These scholarships are $500 each and the number offered depends on the amount of money raised. The majority of these funds are raised during the annual Car and Shine Show in Globe, AZ

          September 30th from 12pm to 5pm, come to downtown Globe, Arizona, and check out an array of amazing cars and motorcycles, and help spread awareness of suicide prevention and celebrate the life of Angel Perez and others who have succumbed to suicide. 

         If you would like to donate to The Angel Perez Wings of Hope Scholarship Fund, please contact Monica. All monies go toward the Scholarship. In addition, if you would like to become a vendor (please have insurance), a volunteer, or donate items for raffle in the Show-N-Shine, or if you are interested in showing/entering your ride for the event on September 30th, 2017, please contact Monica via email at ajpwingsofhope@gmail.com.  If you, a friend, or a loved one suffers from depression, or you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    Written By: Tracy McKee
  • Ruck Between Rivers

    Ruck Between Rivers
    203 Miles. 10 Ruckers. 3 Days. 1 Mission.
    Learn about this amazing team and their journey traveling across the state of Missouri to raise money for their local veterans in our 2017 Global Issue.
  • The Master Plan

    There comes a time when everyone experiences that tug to do something big, something wild and extraordinary. An opportunity to do something different, maybe something that leads you in a direction you hadn’t considered, or just an idea creeps up on you and that urge to leap sets in. My time came about two and half years ago when my eldest son had his heart broken just after his first year of college. He had just recently (literally the week prior) traveled across the county for an internship between semesters and no more than gets settled and -BOOM- here comes the heartbreak, breaking up with his girlfriend of three years. So upon hearing the news, this mom jumps in the car the next morning, points it north, and prepares for a very long journey across the United States.
  • To our friends in Atchison...

    "The more my team and I learned and experienced in this community, the more we wanted to learn and share."
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