‘Those Who Choose To Make A Difference’- The Sunshine Club Salutes Randy Bartlett and The ADJA

Earlier this year, I featured my good friend, Randy Bartlett, here on the MMP Blog to promote his latest DVD release, “Behind The Scenes.”

He is already well-known by the mobile entertainment industry and his clients as an extremely talented Master of Ceremonies, Wedding Entertainment Director and Keynote Speaker; but the fact that he has a serious philanthropic side to complement the wit and wisdom he shares with the world might be news to many.

Last month, Bartlett, who serves as the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association, raised over $20,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children in a collaborative effort with his team and the Granite Bay Golf Club. Shriners provides world class medical care for children, at no charge.  Many of these children are burn victims, have orthopedic & spinal cord injuries or cleft lip and palate.

Randy shared a few of his thoughts…

J.D Firestone- ADJA chapter Secretary, Brad Cady- Golf Pro at Granite Bay Golf Club, Dr. Lerman, & Randy Bartlett

“We are all lucky to work in a profession that we love so much, where we earn a living celebrating with people on some of the greatest days of their lives.  From simple birthday parties, to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, school dances and holiday parties, we provide the entertainment that allows us to help others forget their worries and just enjoy life.

While we’re doing this, life goes on for others and unfortunately, it isn’t always happiness and joy.  There are countless organizations out there whose sole purpose is to raise much needed funds to deal with everything from stray cats to cancer, all worthy causes that touch each of us in different ways.

It’s said that “with great fortune comes great responsibility” and I feel very fortunate to have a profession that allows me to experience such joy with my clients.  With some other great like-minded people in the Sacramento Chapter of the ADJA, we’ve produced fund raising events in four out the last five years that have allowed us to give back some of our great fortune.

From our first effort in 2007, when we raised $2,600 for a local animal rescue facility called Happy Tails, to our latest effort, just completed on October 23-24, 2011, for Shriners Hospitals for Children, we have doubled our funds raised each year, this year reaching the $20,000 mark!”

Bartlett hopes the actions of the Sacramento Chapter will inspire other ADJA chapters and like-minded individuals to pay it forward.  

If you’d like to find out more information or inquire about making a donation, please visit www.golf4shriners.com.

Kudos for choosing to make a difference Randy.  Good on you my friend.

 

 

Pitbull Performs and Heats Up the House of Blues

Pitbull rocks the house

Pitbull brings el fuego into the house and wow's everyone

Two of the best parts of being in the entertainment industry are access to exclusive parties  and exposure to the hottest celebrities on the planet.

I was in Atlantic City last week for the DJ Times Magazine International Convention.  In addition to the thirty hours of business education and performance training that took place during the day, the show producers provided nightly activities so the attendees could celebrate a well-earned break from the classroom.

Promo Only, the company who provides most of the music to the  DJ industry, chose the House of Blues to host their annual customer appreciation party.  With artists like Pitbull, C&C Music Factory, Deborah Cox, Naughty By Nature, Kim Sozzi and Anna Grace performing, this was not your grandfather’s customer appreciation party.

RayMar, Jake Jacobsen, Randie Rae, ADJA Pres. Dr. Drax, & Marcello

RayMar, Jake Jacobsen, Randi Rae, ADJA Pres. Dr. Drax, & Marcello

It was amazing, especially Pitbull’s twenty minute set. He was accompanied by his band,  a drummer, percussionist, keyboard player and DJ.  The place went nuts when he came on and didn’t stop until he finished.  You could tell that Pitbull has been on a world tour by his tight musical arrangements, physical stamina and powerful delivery.

Because of the intimate crowd, VIP seating and access to the artists backstage was granted to a fortunate few… yours truly included.

Deborah Coz takes the party to the next level

Deborah Cox takes the party to the next level

Special thanks to Jim and the Promo Only team for their hospitality and continued support.

Other highlights of the week included judging the DJ of the Year competition, presenting Distinguished Service awards to the President, Jake Jacobsen, and Vice President, Randi Rae, of the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network and organizing pre-seminar workouts every morning for attendees who were interested in improving their over-all health and wellness.

The first group of runners ran 5 miles on the boardwalk and then came back to meet up with the  walking group.  Starting off each day with a little fresh air, sunshine and networking  made for a more productive and positive experience.

The W.K.I.P (We Keep It Positive) morning fitness crew

The W.K.I.P (We Keep It Positive) morning crew. Entrepreneurs from Boston, Idaho, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and NJ.

My good friend, fellow NJDJN member & professional blogger, Steve Cie,  shared his photos for this entry.  Thanks Steve! I was too busy dancing to get the Pitbull shots.  🙂

Life is good!

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