Chemo Duck Partners with Nashville Shores for Duck Derby Family Event to Benefit Kids with Cancer

Chemo Duck Partners with Nashville Shores for Duck Derby Family Event to Benefit Kids with Cancer

chemo duck

SOURCE: Nashville Publicity

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is pleased to announced that Chemo Duck’s Duck Derby will take place at Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road in Hermitage, TN) at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17th. Sponsored by Jackson National Life Insurance Company, the family-friendly event will benefit the Nashville-based non-profit.

For a donation of $5, supporters can purchase one of two thousand rubber ducks that will be dropped into Nashville Shores’ lazy river. A grand prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the donor whose rubber duck is the first to cross the finish line. Additionally, a donation of 24 Chemo Ducks will be made to the hospital of the winner’s choice. Winners do not need to be present to win, and all proceeds from the event will be used to place more Chemo Ducks into the hands of young cancer patients waiting for a duck of their own.

“We are honored to be hosting the Duck Derby at Nashville Shores,” says Chemo Duck creator Lu Sipos. “We are very excited about partnering with them to put on a worthwhile event that will be fun for the entire family!”

“We are proud to partner with Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program for this fun event,” said Daniel Strobel, Director of Marketing for Nashville Shores. “We hope we will be able to raise money and awareness for these children who are facing such a difficult journey ahead.”

Discount tickets (which include one duck for the Duck Derby) are available for $25 through Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program. To purchase a ticket, sponsor ducks or for more information, please visit

Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization, Gabe’s My Heart, which was established in 2004 to provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through medical play using therapeutic tools. The goal of the program is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an immobilizer on his arm. In a gentle, age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn, children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates to understand and empathize with their experience.

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Award Winning Artist Jaci Velasquez Named National Spokesperson For Band Angels

Award Winning Artist Jaci Velasquez Named National Spokesperson For Band Angels

jaci band angelsSOURCE: TKO Marketing

NASHVILLE (May 21, 2013) — Band Angels, bandages for kids featuring healing scriptures, has announced a strategic partnership with multi-award-winning artist, Jaci Velasquez. Velasquez will serve as spokesperson for the product through promotional venues and make personal appearances on behalf of the company. Tim and Tami West, creators of Band Angels, say the relationship with Velasquez came about a couple of years ago when Tim was a guest on “Your Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug and Jaci Velasquez” on Salem Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated network, 94 FM The Fish. Velasquez was very complimentary of the product.


“I love this ministry and the idea behind Band Angels,” says Velasquez. “I have loved using theseprecious bandages with my kids, and they love them even more!  ZZ and Soren will ‘pretend’ to have boo-boo’s just so they can put them on!”

Since the product line was launched in 2009, Band Angels has sold over three million bandages and is currently available for sale in nearly 1000 retail stores. Tim and Tami West originally came up with idea for the bandages when their granddaughter was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes. “When our four-year-old granddaughter was diagnosed, she had to be stuck with a needle four times a day,” says Tim. “One weekend when she was staying with us, I was watching Tami put a Scooby Doo bandage on her and it occurred to me — why are we putting something so trivial on something so serious? We had been praying with her for healing and I thought, what if we put a bandage on her that has a healing scripture on it? It would be a simple way to help teach her about God and the Bible.”


Band Angels recently launched a Spring marketing campaign which included a social networking element using Facebook and Twitter that generated more than 10,000 requests for free samples of the bandages. Additionally, a nationwide infomercial is airing on several television networks and regional stations. National television ad buys are tentatively scheduled to begin early this month on several mainstream networks including Nicktoons, Animal Planet, Game Show Network, OWN and the Live Well Network, among others.


Plans are in the works to begin incorporating Velasquez into impending promotions as quickly as possible and the Wests are eager to begin working with Velasquez. “Jaci has expressed such enthusiasm about Band Angels,” says Tim. “We are very pleased to have her be part of this expanding brand.”


About Jaci Velasquez:

With over 250,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter, Velasquez proves to be a seasoned artist who brings nearly two decades of experience to her latest venture. She has won seven Dove Awards, including New Artist of the Year in 1997 and two consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year titles. She has scored hits on both Billboard’s Christian music charts and Latin charts. In addition to releasing her latest music project entitled “Diamond,” Velasquez released a Spanish lullaby album for Fisher Price last fall and has starred in five new films over the past six months. Currently, Velasquez is heard by more that 1.5 million listeners on a daily basis as the morning show co-host on 94 FM The Fish, is in the process of writing a new book, leads worship in Houston, Texas once per month, and is finishing the filming of three new independent faith-based films. However, of the many hats that she wears, her favorite roles are being a wife to husband Nic Gonzales, lead singer of Salvador, and mother to their two sweet sons, Zealand and Soren.


For more information on Jaci Velasquez, visit her website at

About Band Angels:

Band Angels is part of New Life International, a non-profit organization founded in 1979, which partners with ministries around the world to offer resources to the people of God and thereby, reach people who have never heard the Gospel. The company plans on launching additional products in the coming months under the Band Angels brand. Retailers can order the product wholesale from the company’s website, or through New Day Christian Distributors and STL Distribution.






How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World Features Practical,

Conversational and Humorous approach to Parenting

Selfless kids

SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan

Nashville, Tenn. (March 14, 2013) Author, pastor, and global speaker Dave Stone is gearing up for his third release in the FAITHFUL FAMILIES series. Slated to hit stores nationwide on April 9, 2013 through Thomas Nelson, How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World is an innovative collection of creative ideas, real-life stories, and scriptural guidance about how to be a family that puts others first.


With two previous titles released under the popular FAITHFUL FAMILIES brand (Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord and Building Family Ties with Faith, Love and Laughter), this third installment offers readers some of the same insight and wisdom that Dave is best-known for.


Through sharing stories from his own home life and the homes of the families he’s counseled in his role as pastor, Dave’s heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever in this new release.


“The most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model genuine faith for their children,” says Dave. How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides tools, insights, and dialogues that will help support those goals.


Featuring a practical, conversational and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family, the latest book also equips parents with the tools they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves and who think of others first in the midst of a self-absorbed culture.


“Our culture is draining the life out of our families,” admits Dave. “In a world of electronic devices and hectic schedules families are suffering. Delight has been deleted and joy and fulfillment have been replaced by worry and hurt. I want parents to know that God is more concerned with our direction, not our perfection.”


How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides honest insight on how to parent intentionally as Dave hits issues head-on and helps parents overcome struggles and obstacles along the way. Some key topics include: Becoming Others Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.


About Dave Stone

Dave is a warm, engaging author who’s the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. At  22000 members, Southeast Christian Church clocks in as the 4th largest church in America. While preaching is his gift, Dave says that his family is his greatest “life blessing.” And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his twenty-thousand-member congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. Dave knows that raising faithful families is a vital key to continued growth of the church. For more information, please visit:


About Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit


How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World

By: Dave Stone

Thomas Nelson


Firm On-Sale Date: April 9, 2013

ISBN-13: 9781400318735

Price: $14.99

"VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess" Review

VeggieTales: The Penniless Princess

Company: Big Idea Entertainment
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Running Time: 50 minutes
Buy It:
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Plot Summary

VeggieTalesSweet Sara Crewe has everything a little could want – a loving family, lots of friends and a closet full of frilly dresses! But when life takes a turn and Sara goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what she has in her heart? Find out in this inspiring new story from VeggieTales that reminds kids who they are in God’s eyes. (from

Film Review

The most recent DVD release from Big Idea entitled, The Penniless Princess has definitely left me thinking about the important value of being content in life at all times, and has successfully illustrated the crucial importance of loving others because of how God is always faithful in His love for us no matter what the circumstances may be. Taking place in a familiar setting that fondly made me think of Mary Poppins, the scenery becomes a significant character in the newest VeggieTales story for little girls. This adds to the unique development of another fresh DVD from Big Idea, introducing a new adorable veggie character named Sara. A small asparagus, similar to the well-know and familiar Junior character (and another minor character named Ermingard), the character of Sara is illustrated as a delightful young daughter who is forced to embrace the difficult challenge of remembering that she is a child of God and deeply loved by her father in Heaven, even when events in her life test her ability to believe the promise that God is still there for her no matter what happens.

Borrowing from the Biblical tale of Job, the story shows Sara’s current situation as an innocent child who seems to have everything in life that could possibly make her happy. She is very thankful to have her loving father, played by Larry the Cucumber, sending her to a French finishing school in London. The wishes of her father to enable Sara to pursue an education while he has to fulfill his responsibility as a soldier at war, seems to be the driving motivation behind why Sara has to relocate to this new environment. The song that Sara shares with her father during this time of transitioning to a new home (where she will live with other students learning how to be educated young ladies) is the perfect introduction to one of the main themes that will be seen throughout the story of Sara’s experience at the school. With a new and charming song, Larry tries to illustrate to Sara how she is a true princess, because she is a daughter of Christ, who is the king of Heaven. The duet between father and daughter also discusses the commandment of loving others even when it does not seem like it is the popular thing to do. Sara will soon find out that it is very difficult to be the unfortunate center of attention when others try to ridicule her. Thankfully, she displays kindness to all of the girls who she meets at the school, with a very loving and selfless demeanor. Sara is even successful at being patient with one girl in particular, Lavinia, when Sara is embarrassed by her in front of the entire classroom. It is a scene too many young children today can most likely relate to, when the struggle to be accepted by your peers is often such an emotional rollercoaster that every child faces in a new environment. Sara must realize how important it is for her to show love to others even when they are not nice to her. This part of the story is such a wonderful example of how these lovable little veggies continue to successfully bring home powerful messages to children of all ages in a simple language with catchy songs that are memorable and easy to understand.

The characters that appeared throughout this enchanting story of Sara’s life as a “Penniless Princess” varied from some of the more familiar VeggieTales faces, along with developing a few more unique veggies who have only had very minor roles in prior veggies DVDs. I was so excited to see one of my favorite supporting veggies, non other than Madame Blueberry, playing the role of the assistant to the head mistress of the finishing school for young little ladies. Her main responsibility was established as helping to teach the students French. The scene when Sara revealed to the head mistress that she already had an exquisite development of the French language, along with the distinct accent, began the conflict that would lead to Sara’s confrontation with the head mistress. This was perhaps the fuel for the fire that started making Sara an envied student from the perspective of one of the other girls, Lavinia. Fortunately, the conflict between Lavinia and Sara allowed for Sara to show her love for others, even when these other individuals may seem undeserving of such love and understanding. Other important personality traits, such as patience, mercy, and forgiveness, were shown very clearly to viewers, when Sara chose to treat Lavinia the way God would want her to be treated.

Many young viewers may be able to relate to the choices Sara was faced with in this story. Having to decide how we are going to act towards others who need our love and patience more than anything, even if they are unkind or may try to put us down in front of others, is not an easy task. Sara’s encouragement from the Bible story of Joseph, which she shares with her fellow student, Ermingard, actually incorporates a discussion about making these important decisions. Sara explained how Joseph chose to treat his brothers with kindness and forgiveness, even though they were guilty of badly mistreating him. I am so thankful, that Big Idea continues to hold true to its devotion to teach its viewers how the Bible can apply to the challenging situations that the characters are experiencing in the story. It was a heartfelt moment for sure to see how Sara tried to illustrate the Biblical lesson to her friend, “Ermie,” while the girls were sharing some time together up in the attic of the school house.

The most controversial character to mention that fulfilled the role of the villain in the story was the head mistress of the school, seen as a tall scallion, who I could recognize from some other minor roles in earlier veggies DVDs. Her name, “Miss Minchin,” was comically delivered with such a scary tone when she first introduced herself to Sara’s father, and then was immediately followed by the shrieking sound of a horse in the background of the scene. This would become a pattern that continued consistently throughout the rest of the episode, whenever the head mistress’s name was mentioned. Although I truly found this to be humorous and innocent, parents may want to proceed with caution when showing the DVD to younger viewers. Speaking from experience that I had with my son, who was around 20 months old when we first watched the DVD together, the ominous deliverance of the villain in the story was so successful, that it actually caused my son to be very afraid of the character whenever she appeared on screen. I came to the realization that the frightening nature of how Miss Minchin’s personality was so serious and rather stern towards other characters in the story, unfortunately made it rather difficult for my son to enjoy most of the rest of the DVD. However, for children who are a bit older and able to grasp the wider meaning from the story and who can relate to the challenges of dealing with unkind individuals, I think that the somewhat scary character of Miss Minchin could also appear comical to this school-age population of viewers. She is clearly not meant to be evil or purposefully determined to mistreat Sara in the story. Instead, she appears to be an individual who has become hardened by her years of duty as such a prominent individual responsible for shaping the lives of young little ladies in London.

The Penniless Princess DVD really did a wonderful job with the bonus features, from the standpoint of continuing to develop and discuss many of the themes and values highlighted throughout Sara’s story. My favorite feature shows five different points to remember when learning more about becoming a true princess. All of the selections work in Bible verses to support the rationale behind how Sara chose to act towards others, as she tried her very best to love others no matter what. In addition to the five points that are sure to provide excellent avenues for discussion among young viewers with their parents, I also thought that the “Tour of London” from the perspective of the French peas was a priceless addition to this DVD. Once again reminding me of the beloved story of Mary Poppins, Jean Claude and Philippe try to take the viewers through key moments of the story when they can further explain some of the cultural significance behind the development of Sara’s experiences in London. This also includes a segment about the teddy bear, Mortimer, which Sara’s father gives to her as his last gift before he goes off to war. These adorable features from the French peas allow them to take the stage more prominently, since they only have minor roles in the actual DVD. Even Bob the tomato, although normally a leading role in many veggies DVDs, also is only seen briefly as a minor character in the story. Not to be a spoiler, but it might be worth mentioning the possibility that some viewers might come away from the story thinking, “was Bob really only the baker in the story?” Fortunately, I think viewers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy this new installment from Big Idea, when they are given the chance to see just how effectively some of the other new VeggieTales characters are able to eloquently deliver the very special message about the importance of loving others at all times.

– Review date: 8/18/12; Written by Amy DiBiase

VeggieTales Hits the Digital Game Play Space With Engaging Apps for Young Kids



Big Idea Entertainment Partners with, Weeblets, Playful Owl & ReelCards Powered By GorillaSpot To Launch Fun and Instructive Games, Stories, Music, Ecards and More

The Successful Spotisode Collection from Weeblets Recently Launched

Landing the #1 Free App For Kids Position In The Amazon Appstore

SOURCE: Hoganson Media

FRANKLIN, TN (April 4, 2012) — Big Idea Entertainment, a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, announced today that it has expanded its digital program for its popular VeggieTalesÒ brand by partnering with mobile kid-play experts, Playful Owl, an app developer focused on meaningful play, and social media development and marketing company, GorillaSpot, which creates video applications across web, social and mobile platforms for producers of premium entertainment content.


These partnerships come on the heels of a successful launch with Weeblets, a developer and publisher of mobile apps for kids, for The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection™ that’s currently available on Android and iPhone. Within the first few days of its exclusive launch in the Amazon Appstore in February, the app became the number one free app for kids, and reached as high as number 11 overall.


VeggieTales is the first property to launch with Playful Owl’s Step-by-Story reading readiness mobile app. With Step-by-Story, children two through six years old can create their own short story through a series of simple and entertaining choices. The app automatically turns their choices into an animation that can be shared with parents and friends. Big Idea has recently launched VeggieTales: The Goofy Gift and VeggieTales: Larry’s Missing Music, with six other additional titles scheduled to roll out this year. Each title includes over 500 possible story combinations, and promotes reading readiness by associating words, pictures and sounds. Apps are available for Android, iPhone and iPad.


Big Idea is working with ReelCards powered by GorillaSpot to introduce VeggieTales ecards. Fans will be able to access the ecards through a Facebook application that will enable them to send personalized video cards using short clips from popular VeggieTales titles. They will be available for various occasions including birthdays, holidays and other special moments, and can be used as part of daily communications with friends and family. This launch is expected to roll out this summer and will be available as a mobile app on Android and iPhone beginning early summer 2012.

“We are delighted to see more than one million game plays and the very positive response of fans with the Spotisode app,” said Brian Mitchell Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for Big Idea Entertainment. “Additionally, the meaningful lessons shared and reading readiness promoted in every Step-by-Story app delivers great value to young families. We will continue to roll out fresh content to ensure the most fun and engaging VeggieTales experience.”

Within the first month of its launch, The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection surpassed one million games played. The app consists of fan-favorite clips from the VeggieTales series and presents children with the challenge to find or “spot” objects in the videos. Each clip helps develop motor skills as they play through the various themed levels. A child’s success with a “spot list” opens up new levels built on additional videos that teach new important lessons with updates scheduled regularly and for special occasions. Upcoming updates will include VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not- So- Merry Men, featuring new game levels based on scenes from the new video release.


The VeggieTales Spotisode Collection was a tremendous success right out of the gate and fit perfectly into our overall strategy of building great apps for children based on animations, characters and stories they know and love,” said Weeblets CEO Adam Somer. “We look forward to continuing to update the app to deliver new content to VeggieTales fans and their families.”


These app releases are just the first of many that Big Idea Entertainment has in development and slated to roll out later this year.

About Big Idea Entertainment

Big Idea Entertainment is a leading studio and producer of children’s and family programming, characters and brands. Big Idea’s best-selling series VeggieTales® is a leading animated home video series in the US with moms of pre-schoolers*.  Since 1993, VeggieTales® has sold 56+ million videos, 13 million books and more than 7 million CDs.  VeggieTales® and Big Idea’s property, 3-2-1 Penguins!®, enjoyed four seasons as top-rated series on NBC Saturday mornings, Telemundo and ION TV via the qubo® children’s programming block.  The studio’s two theatrical releases, Jonah-A VeggieTales Movie® (2002), and Universal Pictures’ and Big Idea’s The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything®-A VeggieTales Movie® (2008), are distinguished among the most successful faith-based films of all time. Big Idea also maintains an extensive presence in publishing, licensing and live entertainment arenas. For more information on Big Idea, visit:

*Spring 2011 Q-Score

Christian Camping Association Kicks Off Effort To Support Underprivileged Kids


Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 1, 2012) – The Christian Camp and Conference Association launched an effort this week to send underprivileged kids to camp for a week, regardless of their ability to pay. “Corners of the Field” is a national initiative to raise campership dollars and to help local camps across the U.S. give kids the best week of their lives in the beautiful setting of a camp.


“Imagine the impact if any kid, anywhere could go to camp regardless of their ability to pay. Imagine if kids struggling with their identity, longing to be loved, faced with huge peer pressure or thoughts of self-injury could experience in a beautiful place the love of a God who has a plan for their lives,” said Gregg Hunter, CCCA CEO and President.


In conjunction with a national awareness building effort called “The Power of Camp”, CCCA is educating parents and the public about the need for camp and the unique benefits children receive from a week away at camp.



  • On average, kids spend 3.5 minutes in meaningful conversation with their parents each week. (
  • Kids 8-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media. (
  • Children play outside an average of four minutes a day. (
  • Approximately six million people attend a CCCA member camp each year. There are more than 850 member camps in some of the most beautiful settings in North America—places where caring adults invest in the lives of kids and their families. A safe place to explore, make friends and ask some of life’s most important questions while also enjoying the environment and moments of quietness. Camp provides high adventure like ropes courses, water sports, horseback riding and other activities that help build self-esteem and confidence.

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