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Let’s Create a Holiday Show in a Month

Thank you again to everyone who helped out, acted, wrote, volunteered, supported, shared, laughed, encouraged, and had fun during our first annual Urban Brain Holiday Hoopla!

For those who don’t know, it began as a crazy idea to try and create a few holiday sketches in just over a month.  What an amazing month it turned out to be! So many talented and wonderful people on the Urban Brain team turned a crazy idea into a fun laughter filled adventure. We learned quite a bit and plan to turn this fast paced experience into the foundation of a new comedy series in 2015.

You are gonna love it! A special thank you to the Westword for the kind words (we are glad you liked it) and to Denver Union Station’s Cooper Lounge for letting us film in their awesome bar.

Most importantly, a big thank you and a Happy New Year to the Urban Brain team and their families for sharing your joyful enthusiasm, wonderful talent, energy, and your amazingly funny holiday spirit!

Comedy for a Cause

Here are the non profits that our team featured for this Holiday Hoopla Series.  We thought, as long as we have eyeballs watching these videos (be it few or many) why not throw an egg at the end of each video with a reminder about what matters most during the Holiday Season… Goodwill, Love, Compassion.  Giving back just feels good, so expect this as part of our Urban Brain series.  I did learn one thing though, we should put a comedy egg after our goodwill egg to try and keep people watching.  Of course this is coming from the guy who sits until the last credit crosses the screen.

Here were our Holiday Hoopla Goodwill Eggs.  Please visit their sites and learn more about them all.

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:  Many Americans suffer in silence from depression and never get the help they need.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America.  What we know about suicide lags far behind our knowledge of many other life threatening illnesses and conditions.  Please donate to support suicide prevention and awareness at afsp.org.
  • American Heart Association:  Since 1924, The American Heart Association was founded in order to “conduct studies to learn more about heart disease”.  Before it was founded, people were pretty ignorant of what heart disease was and what they might do to prevent it.  Today, the American Heart Association uses donations to “support new research projects and education programs, including more efforts to address heart disease and stroke in women and minorities”.  You can find warning signs for heart attack and stroke as well as getting healthy on their site.  The American Heart Associations’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.  To support their cause please donate at donatenow.heart.org.
  • The Denver Dumb Friends League”  The Denver Dumb Friends League could use your help.  “Give a homeless animal a second chance to be loved”.  Visit them at ddfl.org.
  • Fresh Start Denver:  Fresh Start is a non profit community organization based in Sun Valley here in Central Denver, right  your own backyard.  Fresh Start focuses on the youth and families in Sun Valley with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and entrepreneurism.  Learn more at freshstartdenver.org.
  • Growing Home:  Many families and children suffer from the effects of poverty, making day to day life more difficult.  Growing Home is an organization made to help families in need make ends meet by providing both immediate and long term needs for each individual family.  With an amazing caregiving staff that does weekly home visits, Growing Home has helped out over 5,000 families in 2013.  Donate at growinghome.org.
  • Khan Academy:  Khan Academy made the jump from hot new website to actual classroom tool.  It’s causing teachers to start breaking/changing all the classroom rules.  No more teaching only to the “middle of the classroom”!  A dashboard was created for teachers to observe their students activity on the site.  These statistics provide a better understanding of each students comprehension of the material.  Khan Academy aims to let anyone “learn anything for free”.  To support their innovative education please donate to khanacademy.org/donate.
  • Lupus Foundation:  At least 1.5 million Americans have lupus with 16,000 new cases reported each year.  It is a chronic auto immune disease that can damage any part of the body.  There is no cure, but your donation can help with research, education and outreach.  Please donate to help put an end to this disease at lupus.org.
  • St. Jude:  About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014.  Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.  Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962.  Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – Saving kids regardless of their financial situation.  Please donate to help save every child we can at stjude.org.
  • Wounded Warrior Project:  For every US soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded.  And over 400,000 soldiers still fight with the invisible wounds of PTSD.  Wounded Warriors wants you to know that you are not alone.  With many outreach programs, Wounded Warrior goes out of their way to help wounded/injured veterans adjust to their lives back home.  With a helping hand and your support, you can make a difference in a Wounded Warrior’s Life.
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