Friday, November 20, 2015


What is Rett Syndrome?

Rett Syndrome is an uncommon, but severe brain ailment that affects female children typically. It's usually discovered in the first two years of female life, Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost predominantly. It is identified by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability.

Rett Syndrome also causes problems with muscles and coordination. Walking becomes awkward as girls develop a jerky, stiff-legged gait. A girl with Rett Syndrome may also have uncoordinated breathing and seizures.

Planning a Fundraiser assists in the research for the cure of Rett Syndrome

Planning a fundraiser puts us back in the driver’s seat. Any amount raised, regardless of how big or small, takes us one step closer to the cure. Often Rett Syndrome can make us feel helpless, since there is so little we can do to alter its course.

Accepting the diagnosis of Rett Syndrome is not easy. It can be a tragic, dark and isolating period until decisions are made regarding how to proceed. Each family differs and will cope in their own unique different way. However, for many, hosting or participating in a fundraising event can bring comfort and healing as well as a sense of community.

Hosting an event or just supporting the event is a commitment. The interactions you create with other families and volunteers within the Rett Syndrome community will be your support, even as you are supporting them. Example of families who are benefiting from this fund raising research is the Hughes family daughter, Emily Hughes. This is Mark and Melanie Seigler’s granddaughter, the owners of Seigler Funeral Home in Mulberry, Florida. Emily was recently diagnosed with RTT. The resulting regression triggers lifelong impairments, including speech-loss, seizures, scoliosis, irregular breathing patterns and more than half of the women and children affected will lose the ability to walk. When Emily was diagnosed the family became very passionate about finding a cure not just for Emily, but all children with this disease.


The annual Strollathon is a signature fundraising event with event listings posted on This family event is led by local volunteers, and raises crucial research dollars and public awareness of Rett Syndrome (RTT). Since 2004, volunteers and families have assisted to raise worldwide over $6.8 million, and have grown the Strollathon program, which has grown from 4 events to over 20 events annually. This day brings together the children and women living with Rett Syndrome along with their families, and the community. This event builds an understanding and a sense of community among local Rett Syndrome families and society at large.

The Strollathon 2015 event was held in Lakeland, Florida. This year event in just one day raised a total of $32,121.30. Mark and Melanie Seigler, and the Hughes family raised $8,595.00 of the $32,121.30. This family is truly grateful for everyone who assisted in the event and financially donated towards finding a cure.

Seigler Funeral Home (Mark & Melanie Seigler) in Mulberry involvement

SEIGLER FUNERAL HOME is an organization which has been in existence since 1917, and it was fully established in 1926, and is one of the only two funeral homes in Polk County that is still owned and operated by the founding family. For the last three generations Seigler Funeral Home has taken great pride in providing "Exceptional Personal Service" that the families we have had the privilege of serving expect and deserve. We will always strive to do our utmost to provide each family we serve with integrity and dignity, regardless of social or economic standing.

Mark and Melanie Seigler believes passionately in serving their community, so when they reached out to their community for help with their granddaughter, Emily their community responded. The Seigler family has served so many families over the years who have undergone the emotional strain of losing a loved one, and now the community is there for them when they needed assistance.

The Seigler family will continue to be there for the community to help during a time of need or just to discuss pre-arrangements to lift the burden of decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress. For more info please visit

Seigler Funeral Home
1300 E. Canal St, Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone number: (863) 425-1131 or (863) 425-1858

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Newport Yacht Rental Continues Tradition of Excellence


Locally owned private yacht Charter Company offers fresh renovations, new engine, and world-class customer service

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 - The team at Newport Yacht Rental is proud to announce that it is continuing a rapid expansion that started with its launch. The company has served thousands of guests since its inception, and the locally owned yacht charter company attributes its success to innovative marketing techniques, fresh renovations, a mechanical updates, and world-class customer service.

The Kayla Lynne provides guests with a cozy, fully enclosed lower deck and an alluring open flybridge deck that offers year-round cruising for up to 56 guests. The yacht is available for adventures, quiet cruises, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions, and it offers a boat-wide entertainment system, microphone, and dance floor.

According to the Newport Yacht Rental team, they have been booking an average of 30 events per month. This is fast growth and high volume for the local industry. Keeping in step with their expansion, Newport Yacht Rental recently named Kyle Phelps the company’s Director of Sales and Operations. Kyle’s vast experience in sales and food and beverage management in a Laguna Beach boutique hotel wedding venue has proven to be a great fit.

The local business prides itself in delivering personalized services and top-notch customer care, and the company is accustomed to working with clients from around the world. Newport Yacht Rental recently announced that they had spent more than $50,000 to update their yacht, the Kayla Lynne, and the yacht was even outfitted with a new engine.

Newport Yacht Rental is owned by Mike Olivas, a two-time Orange County Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship nominee. “Ever since starting my first company in national group travel and event planning, I’ve had a passion for hosting others and showing them a great time...I’m looking forward to continuing that passion with Newport Yacht Rental and making some great new friends along the way,” Olivas said.

Prospective clients can go to Newport Yacht Rental’s website to see availability for seasonal events, privately rented yacht parties, Catalina tours, bachelor/bachelorette parties, banquet events, burials at sea, or any custom event.

More information can be found at

About Newport Yacht Rental

Newport Yacht Rental is the area’s premier yacht service, providing events and entertainment for locals, and tourists from around the world. The Kayla Lynne offers a fully enclosed lower deck and an open flybridge deck for year-round cruising for up to 56 guests.

Contact/Take a Tour:

Newport Yacht Rental
Phone: 949-274-8517


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Low Country Media Company Gives Back

Charleston, SC – November 17, 2015 -- Mount Pleasant local media production company which was started by four friends 2 years ago to create high end video, media and aerial drone photography for the low country has been spending a good portion of it’s time giving back to the community.

Flyover Systems Inc. has been offering its services for free as well as donations and collections for local charity events, education systems and public service departments. “We feel we can help give back to the community by helping document charity and fundraising events while raising awareness for special needs and education” says, Creative Director Christian Amico” Flyover Systems Inc. has the ability to capture awe-inspiring pictures and video that can later be used for promotion, marketing, social media while helping spread the word with these amazing people who are dedicating their time for others.

“We feel we have a duty to give back as Charleston has been so good to us during the first years of our growing business, it really is one of the best places to live and work while still having a small town family friendly feel. To date we have devoted our services, marketing and time to over a dozen local events and will continue to do so in the years to come” says Christian.

If you have an event, charity fundraiser or need to raise awareness for special needs, please contact our Head of Public Relations, Jon Patterson at 843.638.3070 or email

Flyover Systems Inc.

Best-Selling Author Jasmine Williams Announces the Launch of “Do Monsters Have Birthdays?”


New Children’s Book Uses Science to Spark the Imagination
and Educate Young Readers

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. -- Jasmine Williams, best-selling author of “Mama Said NO!” announced today the debut of her second book release, “Do Monsters Have Birthdays?” The heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship and discovery, filled with actual scientific facts, is written to delight the child in readers of all ages.

"This is one of the cutest children’s stories I've ever read, definitely a classic,” said Geryn Childress, best-selling children’s book author. “Jasmine Williams has such an interesting writing style, I love it! I look forward to reading her other books to my kids as well, two thumbs up!"

The epic adventure detailed in “Do Monsters Have Birthdays?” begins when a curious little girl’s mother tells her that she gets one more question before she has to go to bed. The little girl asks her if monsters have birthdays. Her mom is too sleepy to answer and puts the little girl to bed, but before the little girl falls asleep a silly monster comes from under her bed and takes her on an unforgettable journey answering all of her questions in a way she could never imagine.

“As an author and mother of three I want to write books that expand the imagination and open new worlds to the reader, providing educational and unforgettable entertainment along the way!” said Williams.

Having attended 10 different schools from kindergarten to 12th grade, author Jasmine Williams was always the new kid. Her extensive knowledge of the differences yet similarities of people all stem from her experiences as a child and adolescent. She has learned that people are all the same no matter what race, age, or sex. She has a very comical yet realistic view of life and it shows in her writing. Ranging from children's books to novels, her works capture the imagination and bring readers away from their everyday lives into a wonderful world of her own making.

“Do Monsters Have Birthdays?” is published by Laval, Group, LLC. The book is currently available on as a free download through November 19. For more information about the new book release and the free download promotion, visit 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015



Soil & Vine                               
6600 Yount Street #12
Yountville, CA 94599

Contact:  Rebecca Gingrass
Title:    Owner
Phone:    415-640-7443

Soil And Vine Offers New Subscription Service

Yountville, CA, NOV 16, 2015 – Napa-based wine importers Soil and Vine ( are pleased to announce the launch of their direct to consumer online shop that works with award winning estates maintaining local tradition to bring organic sustainably-grown wines to everyone’s table in an affordable way.

Bringing his years of experience as a sommelier and captain at The French Laundry in Yountville, Ruben Moreno and his wife, Rebecca Gingrass bought an old Peugeot and spent six months camping around Europe, learning about and searching for the perfect wines to share. 

Their passion is now available just in time for the holidays. Purchase exclusive wines from the family-run wine importers with free next day shipping within California for three or more bottles. For the discerning wine connoisseur on one’s Christmas list, they offer a wine club subscription. Every month subscribers will receive a box of organic, biodynamic or sustainable handpicked to pair with seasonal foods and special occasions. 

Both Forbes and the Wall Street Journal have printed articles reviewing wine ‘clubs’ and subscriptions with the articles concluding that for beginners seeking a way to learn about wines and discover wines they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, wine subscriptions such as that offered by Soil and Vine were a great chance to be schooled.

The selections offered by Soil and Vine range from Spanish to Italian to French wines, with sparkling wines and seasonal recommendations also being offered. Prices are affordable, allowing even those watching their bottom lines the ability to dress their table with unique wines befitting their palette without draining their budget. Such as the Domaine Loew Pinot Noir 2012 375 mL, an incredible Pinot Noir made by Etienne Loew in Alsace, France available from Soil and Vine for just $11.99 USD.

For more information, visit

Contact:  Rebecca Gingrass
Title:    Owner
Phone:    415-640-7443