Travis Bird Responds to Bill Neely’s Facebook Post

This post has been requested by many citizens and by many members of the law enforcement community, and is in response to my opponent’s recent Facebook post. To be very clear, I certainly understand what the Virginia State Bar ethical rules require and what they forbid. If you are going to say that my comments involved “at best half-truths and that they completely overlook a prosecutor’s duty” then perhaps you should make sure you accurately reflect my comments and why they were said.
Let me begin by setting the record straight. I never referenced the Yeamans case and I never referenced “church youth directors.” I referenced the shooting of three deputies, the children who were kept caged, and the Morrissey case in my closing remarks at the NAACP meeting. I happen to believe people who shoot police, people who cage their children in feces and urine filled rooms, and especially elected officials who have sex with and distribute child pornography of their underage employees should go to prison.
The Joseph Morrissey Case: Sex with a Minor Employee
I will start with ex-Delegate Morrissey’s case since my opponent did not address that case in his response. My opponent was appointed as a special prosecutor to decide whether to prosecute former Delegate Morrissey for possession of child pornography and for having sexual relations with his underage employee (she has since had Delegate Morrissey’s child).
Tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours were spent investigating this case only to have numerous felony charges reduced to one misdemeanor. Additionally, the plea agreement in this case permitted him to report to the General Assembly every day while on work release and serving his time in the local jail.
To add insult to injury, Delegate Morrissey was alleged to have committed perjury and to have introduced fraudulent documents at his sentencing hearing by my opponent. My opponent charged him for those offenses with four new felonies; however, the trial court and later the Court of Appeals ruled that my opponent’s plea agreement had actually granted Delegate Morrissey immunity and dismissed the charges. (http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opncavwp/0559152.pdf).
Then, while presenting at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s trainings, my opponent used this case as his example, demonstrating how strong the case was, that even the defense hired expert found child pornography on Morrissey’s phone only to end the lecture stating the reason he offered this plea agreement was because he thought “the voters or the State Bar would take care of Delegate Morrissey.” One may contact the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Services Council for a copy of that presentation as it was recorded.
Lastly, my opponent sent out an email to several Commonwealth’s Attorney’s asking that they disseminate the following email boasting about taking down Morrissey with the following statement:
From: Bill Neely <BNeely@spotsylvania.va.us>
Date: December 12, 2014 at 5:36:50 PM EST
Subject: Joe Morrissey guilty plea 12/12/14 Henrico Circuit court
FYI & please share this with our fellow CA’s, attached is a copy of the guilty plea “fighting” Joe Morrissey entered at 1:30 PM today in Henrico Circuit Court.
Morrissey is now in jail serving his 6 month sentence.
First thing Monday I will forward a certified copy of this plea & conviction to the Virginia State Bar which, given that contributing is a CRIME OF MORAL TURPITUDE, should result in the Bar seeking to again revoke again (permanently) Morrissey’s license to practice law in Virginia.
Finally I must add that none of this would have been possible without the first rate police work of the Henrico Police Dept.
***** The misdemeanor crime of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor IS NOT a crime of moral turpitude and Joe Morrissey is still a licensed attorney in Virginia.*****
The Antosh Case: Three Law Enforcement Officers Shot with Two Wounded
I simply addressed plea agreements in my closing – not cases that cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We all know that experts and juries can disagree on evidence. That being said, I find it incredibly difficult to believe that the officers who were on scene and dealt with him would not convince a jury as to his mental status. Obviously, the defense was worried about that as well as they entered pleas on this matter.
Moreover, if someone is insane at the time of the offense, how can they plea guilty to anything? They were either not guilty of their crimes by reason of insanity or they were not? If my opponent truly thought he was insane, then convicting Mr. Antosh of the crimes was not the correct thing to do. Lastly, he pled guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT after consulting with his private counsel. That standard is well above the probable cause threshold my opponent talks about.
The biggest problem that I have with this case was the manner in which it was handled by my opponent. He indicates that he discussed the matter with Sheriff Harris and Jett, but he did not respect their desires that this matter be taken to trial or a harsher punishment dealt to Mr. Antosh.
As important is the fact that at least one of the deputies who was shot was never consulted with and learned of the plea agreement through an article in the Free Lance Star per that deputy. Prosecutors also are legally required to discuss plea agreements with victims, with the prosecutor having the final say, but it must be discussed. My opponent did not have the conversations he was and is legally required to have with at least one of the victims in this particular case and that is outrageous.
The Kangas/Suggs Case: Caged Children
As to the caged children incident (Kangas/Suggs); I disagree and find the law more than sufficient to prove that case. I also find it ironic that after 27 years in office, he only then found the law to be insufficient to prosecute these crimes. My opponent’s immediate response when this story was picked up by local and national media outlets was not to justify his decisions in the case, but rather to send a heated email to the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Department command staff chastising them for issuing a press release on the case.
In his press release, he stated his reasoning was based upon a case Morris v. Commonwealth, 272 Va. 732, 636 S.E.2d 436 (2006) where my opponent described the facts as: (fecal covered children allowed to leave their home & play by the highway under very dangerous conditions by a drug-addicted mother who was “taking a nap” – and who had allowed this to happen before).
However, the case he mentioned, the facts the Court made its ruling on were that the Commonwealth did not prove the mother was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, that she could have simply fallen asleep. Additionally the children were found playing in the woods behind the house, and one child had a spot of dried fecal matter on his leg.
Additionally my opponent never discusses Virginia Code Section 40.1-103. The law states It shall be unlawful for any person employing or having the custody of any child willfully or negligently to cause or permit the life of such child to be endangered or the health of such child to be injured, or willfully or negligently to cause or permit such child to be placed in a situation that its life, health or morals may be endangered, or to cause or permit such child to be overworked, tortured, tormented, mutilated, beaten or cruelly treated. Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
I believe this case could have been argued utilizing this statute. Who would not feel that a child is tortured, tormented, cruelly treated, or health may be endangered under the circumstances described in this case?
Church Youth Director Case: Sex with a Minor
Since my opponent himself brought up a church youth director case that I never mentioned, I will touch on a different one of those. Visit, http://m.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/spotsylvania-youth-pastor-guilty-of-indecent-liberties-with-girl/article_b00bb34a-a295-11e4-9504-63ee456b3868.html?mode=jqm
As you can see, this case was a plea agreement to an entirely suspended sentence in a sexual assault case involving a youth pastor engaged in a several year relationship with an underage girl.
Closing Remarks
In closing, the reason these cases were referenced is because my opponent ended his comments for the evening with “I NEVER DO PLEA AGREEMENTS IN CASES OF VIOLENT CRIME OR SEXUAL ASSAULT.” The Antosh case is an example of a violent crime. I know my opponent called the officer’s injuries “flesh wounds” but the attack on those officers was a violent crime. Most consider adult youth pastors and elected state delegates engaging in sex with underage children as sexual assaults.
Contrary to my opponent’s comments, one only has to look at articles in the Free Lance Star to know that he and his Office routinely enter into plea agreements (charges and sentence agreed upon) with defendants who are charged with violent crimes or sexual assault. Many times, I have no doubt that they are justified in doing so, but according to my opponent’s statements at the NAACP meeting, they do not do them at all. One may look at the Spotsylvania court records to see hundreds of others. One may view two recent armed robbery defendants, Adam Perminter and David Ward who entered into agreed upon plea agreements within the last month. One received two years and the other four years for the armed robbery of 7-11. This was the third robbery each was involved in. They received 15 and 10 ½ respectively in the City of Fredericksburg after pleas were entered to the charges and arguments were heard by the Circuit Court on sentencing. Robbery and the use of firearms during a robbery are violent crimes!
My opponent’s comment at the NAACP meeting was not a half truth, it was 100% entirely untrue and it is incredibly interesting that he felt the need to go onto Facebook the very next day to DEFEND THE VERY THINGS HE ENDED THE MEETING BY SAYING HE NEVER DOES.
Lastly, my statement was 100% true and accurate as I stated my opinion, and before questioning my integrity and my comments, perhaps my opponent should consider his own closing remarks that everyone present heard him make. One that he and everyone present knew to be 100% false.

Lord & Lilly’s Craft Classes at 611 Caroline Street

Beginner’s Scrapbooking Class

Classes have begun! Our experienced scrapbooking instructor will guide a class as you create a personalized 2 to 4 – page spread, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. every afternoon and 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. every evening.
Opening Special Price: $20.00 for the class + $10.00 or less for the scrapbooking kit. Bring 8 to 10 pictures to class. Call (540) 371-1333 or email lordandlillys@gmail.com to sign up!

Card Making Classes
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Meet and Greet Spotsylvania Candidates at Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork Followed by Phoenix 90 and Special Guest Hendrix Forever October 24th

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Hard Times-Cafe Four Mile Fork will host a Meet and Greet for the Spotsylvania Candidates running for Commonwealth’s Attorney and Sheriff on Saturday, October 24 from 5 p.m to 7 p.m.

The public will have to opportunity to meet and greet all candidates running for Spotsylvania’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, William Neely (not confirmed as of 10/8/15) and Travis Bird and running for Spotsylvania sheriff, Roger Harris, William Gill and Chris Dunavant. Candidates will be given five minutes each to speak to the audience beginning at 6 p.m.

Following the Meet and Greet and during happy hour, Shannon Peterson will perform a solo acoustic set from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by special guest, Hendrix Forever from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Phoenix 90, fast becoming the most popular multi-genre party band in the Fredericksburg area will headline the evening and perform 10:30 p.m. to close.

The cost of the concert event is $7 at the door, starting at 7 p.m. Their is no cost for individuals attending the meet and greet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the candidates, visit their websites:

William Neely running for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney: http://www.reelectneely.com
Travis Bird running for Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney: http://www.Tbird4ca.com
Roger Harris running for Spotsylvania Sheriff: http://www.rogerharris4sheriff.com/
William Gill running for Spotsylvania Sheriff: http://billgillforsheriff.com
Chris Dunavant running for Spotsylvania Sheriff: http://www.saferspotsylvania.com

William Neely
William Neely
Travis Bird
Travis Bird
Roger Harris
Roger Harris
William Gil
William Gil
Chris Dunavant
Chris Dunavant

ABOUT HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork opened in Fredericksburg, October 2004 and is owned and operated by Glenn Melvin. Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a 14,000 sq. Ft. restaurant, sports bar, billiard room and the largest live music venue in the tri-county area. The establishment is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and afar. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, We Are Harlot, The Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK CONTACT
Glenn Melvin
Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork
gmelvin10@gmail.com

540.710.6771

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
myandipeterson@gmail.com
540.872.8350

The Fighting Jamesons at Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork to Benefit Relay For Life October 17th

(FREDERICKSBURG,VA) Irish rock band, The Fighting Jamesons will be at Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork Saturday, October 17 to benefit Relay For Life. Relay for Life will be running a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Association.

The cost of the event is $7 at the door, starting at 7 p.m and showtime is at 8 p.m. Special guest band, The Blues Buckets will be the opening act for the evening. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, visit https://tickets.national-acts.com/event/fightingjamesons1/tag/widget

Relay For Life (RFL) is the main fundraising effort of the American Cancer Society. Relays are held all over the world. Spotsylvania’s RFL will be held on April 23 at Spotsylvania High School from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00pm. This is a family friendly event which is open to the public. There will be food, music, a silent auction, the Miss Relay contest featuring male contestants, and a luminary ceremony in honor or in memory of those who have battled cancer. Last year, our event raised over $82,000. This year we hope to raise $100,000. To start a team, join an existing team, or to learn more about our event visit www.relayforlife.org/spotsylvaniava

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of Irish Rock with an aggressive and energetic modern-day approach. Forming in 2010, The Fighting Jamesons quickly gained a strong presence on the East Coast. They have shared the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as Dropkick Murphys, The Saw Doctors, and Young Dubliners. In November of 2011 the band released their self-titled debut album, produced and engineered by Capital Records recording artist Mark Padgett (Mae). For more information on The Fighting Jamesons, visit http://thefightingjamesons.com

10:17: Flyer

ABOUT HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork opened in Fredericksburg, October 2004 and is owned and operated by Glenn Melvin. Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a 14,000 sq. Ft. restaurant, sports bar, billiard room and the largest live music venue in the tri-county area. The establishment is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and afar. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, We Are Harlot, The Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK CONTACT
Glenn Melvin
Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork
gmelvin10@gmail.com

540.710.6771

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
myandipeterson@gmail.com
540.872.8350

MANARC- Borne the Battle: October 2015 Newsletter

Good afternoon MANARC supporter & shoppers,

October has been an exciting month for MANARC, lots going on!! Please take a moment to check out our upcoming events and what MANARC has been up to to help support our veterans.

Thank you for your continued support and wishing you all a blessed day!

Deborah Franks

CEO & Founder of MANARC- Borne the Battle

MANARC IN THE NEWS

Spencer Devon Brewing Presents Check to MANARC to Support Veterans Moving Forward

Spencer Devon Brewing, a new craft brew pub located on 106 George St. in Fredericksburg launched their SDB mug club on Monday, September 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit MANARC-Borne the Battle and Veterans Moving Forward (VMF). On Wednesday September, 30th Shawn Phillips, owner and operator of Spencer Devon Brewing presented a check to Deborah Franks, CEO of MANARC for $890.59. For more information, visit http://www.americantowns.com/va/fredericksburg/news/spencer-devon-brewing-presents-check-to-manarc-to-support-veterans-moving-forward-24193609

(L to R) Deborah Franks, CEO of MANARC, Shawn Phillips, Owner & Operator, Spencer Devon Brewing
(L to R) Deborah Franks, CEO of MANARC, Shawn Phillips, Owner & Operator, Spencer Devon Brewing

The 6th Annual Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble After-Show at Hard Times Four Mile Fork October 10th to Benefit MANARC

Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork hosted the 6th Annual Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble After-Show to benefit MANARC and Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) on Saturday, October 10 and raised $420.    For more information about the event, visit http://www.fredericksburg.com/calendar/music/the-th-annual-rockabilly-hot-rod-rumble-after-show-at/event_9a8d2714-647e-11e5-b8a9-3cd92bf14f20.html

Rockabilly Flyer

MANARC EVENTS

2015 Fredericksburg Scarecrow Contest

MANARC- Borne the Battle is participating in the 2015 Scarecrow contest this October along with 63 other Fredericksburg businesses. Please stop by MANARC thrift store at 107 William Street and check out their scarecrow created by the REACH Senior Beta Club and vote for MANARC! Scarecrows will be judged in three categories by locals and tourists that visit Downtown. Ballots will be available at the Visitor Center and there will be a map on the ballot to direct voters to the scarecrows. Digital voting will also be an option. Ballots can be dropped off in designated ballots boxes throughout Downtown. For more information, visit http://www.visitfred.com/events/scarecrows-are-coming-contest

MANARC scarecrow created by the REACH Senior Beta Club
MANARC scarecrow created by the REACH Senior Beta Club

MANARC Launches New Website

MANARC launched their new website in October!  Check it out and let us know what you think?

Visit, www.Manarcgives.org

http://www.Manarcgives.org

SPECIAL OFFERS

Shop at MANARC thrift store and save $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more! Print and redeem your coupon today and support our veterans! To print coupon visit, http://manarcgives.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/MANARC_COUPON.25965531.pdf

Offer Expires: 12/31/15
Offer Expires: 12/31/15

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MANARC-BORNE THE BATTLE
THRIFT STORE
107 William Street, Fredericksburg VA
(540) 371-1643
(540) 621-6661

MANARC STORE HOURS:
*Current Store Hours*
Fall/Winter Hours:
Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday-Saturday 10-6
Spring/Summer Hours:
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*Additional parking provided behind MANARC building off Sophia Street

The 6th Annual Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble After-Show at Hard Times Cafe- Four Mile Fork October 10th to Benefit MANARC and Veterans Moving Forward

(FREDERICSKBURG, VA) Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork will host the 6th Annual Rockabilly Hot Rod Rumble After-Show to benefit MANARC and Veterans Moving Forward (VMF) on Saturday, October 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Earlier that day, the Karb Kings Central VA will be hosting the Hot Rod Rumble Car Show at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

The line up for the after-show will consist of four bands, Trio Agave, Straight 8’s, Bottle Cap Rockets, and regional-national act, Gas House Gorillas. The band’s style of music ranges from surf to rockabilly, this event will give guests a chance to experience the classic car club and rockabilly culture. The cost of the event is $7 at the door, starting at 7 p.m.

Additionally, Hard Times Cafe will host a, “Miss Stars and Stripes” contest for lady contestants and is open to the public. Contestants are encouraged to dress in their best classy pin-up, patriotic or military attire. Each contestant has the opportunity to win the crown, along with cash and prizes. Contestants sign up starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

The “Miss Stars and Stripes” contestants will have the responsibility of collecting money in the 50/50 raffle. The amount collected by each contestant will have an impact on their overall scoring. The total amount collected from the raffle will be split between the ticket winner and MANARC.

The contestants will be collecting donations from the beginning of the event until the raffle winner is called at 12:30 a.m. along with the “Miss Stars and Stripes” winners. The 1st place contestant wins $250 and 2nd place wins $50 gift certificate to Hard Times-Four Mile Fork and 2 tickets to The Fighting Jamesons concert with The Blues Buckets on October 17.

Fifty percent of raffle tickets sales will go to benefit MANARC, Borne the Battle which is a 501 © (3) non-profit thrift store operating on donations from the community with the express purpose of providing support to established veterans organizations. MANARC will donate a portion of their proceeds to benefit Veterans Moving Forward (VMF). For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

VMF’s mission is to provide service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran. Their vision is to be a leading source of canine therapy and assistance dogs provided at no cost to veterans with physical and mental health challenges. For more information on VMF, visit http://www.vetsfwd.org

Rockabilly Flyer

ABOUT HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK
Hard Times Cafe Four Mile Fork opened in Fredericksburg, October 2004 and is owned and operated by Glenn Melvin. Hard Times Four Mile Fork is a 14,000 sq. Ft. restaurant, sports bar, billiard room and the largest live music venue in the tri-county area. The establishment is a first class sports viewing facility and live entertainment venue that attracts sports and music fans from near and afar. National touring music artists such as Saving Abel, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Drowning Pool, We Are Harlot, The Fighting Jamesons, Saliva and Confederate Railroad have all played the Hard Times stage. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

ABOUT MANARC-BORNE THE BATTLE
MANARC, Borne the Battle is a 501 ©(3) non-profit thrift store operating on donations from the community with the express purpose of providing support to established veterans organizations. MANARC-“Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard”—opened its doors in September of 2014 with a mission to support Veterans. MANARC’s thrift store is located at 107 William Street. Store hours are Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations are accepted during all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

HARD TIMES CAFE-FOUR MILE FORK CONTACT
Glenn Melvin
Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork
gmelvin10@gmail.com
540.710.6771

CAR SHOW AND PIN-UP CONTACT
Jay Padgett
Karb Kings Central Va
karbkingsva@yahoo.com
540.207.8939

MANARC CONTACT
Deborah Franks
MANARC-Borne The Battle
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
myandipeterson@gmail.com
540.872.8350

MANARC Thrift Store and Non-Profit Organization Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) MANARC, Borne the Battle thrift store and non-profit organization celebrates one year anniversary Sunday, August 30 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m at 107 William Street. The thrift store will be offering a 20% discount to all customers.

MANARC will be serving complimentary refreshments and appetizers the day of the celebration. Appetizers will be provided by executive chef Christopher Henshall with Passion Fed Cuisine and there will be live music.

Over the past year, MANARC, Borne the Battle has been operating on donations from the community with the express purpose of providing support to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of support to Veterans. MANARC-“Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard”—opened its doors in September of 2014 with a mission to support Veterans.

MANARC has donated a combined $4,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, Veterans Moving Forward, Veterans on Board and VFW Post 3103 in the past year. Deborah Franks, CEO and fonder of MANARC continues to partner with businesses to raise funds to improve the level of veteran support.

“This past year has gone by fast, we have been very busy with the thrift store moving inventory in and out. We have had several successful events and have accomplished our goal to raise funds for local veterans organizations. We are very happy with all the success and the support we have received from the community,” said Franks.

Franks welcomes anyone in the community to volunteer their time at the store and continues to accept donated items daily. For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

MANARC, Born The Battle
MANARC, Born The Battle
Deborah Franks, CEO and Founder of MANARC
Deborah Franks, CEO and Founder of MANARC

ABOUT MANARC-BORNE THE BATTLE
MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as a non-profit organization operating on donations from the community with the express purpose of providing support to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of support to Veterans. MANARC-“Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard”—opened its doors in September of 2014 with a mission to support Veterans. MANARC’s thrift store is located at 107 William Street. Store hours are Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted during all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

MANARC CONTACT
Deborah Franks
MANARC-Borne The Battle
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

Peterson Randall Public Relations Celebrates One Year in Business

Myandi Peterson, CEO of Peterson Randall Public Relations received her LLC on June 23, 2014. Peterson launched her business by partnering with Smile Train and creating a charitable opportunity called Fredericksburg Dining For Smiles. Fredericskburg area restaurants and community members have come together and donated enough funds to Smile Train to change the lives and smiles of 12 children forever.  Read more at http://www.smiletrain.org/blog/community-fundraisers/Fredericksburg-Dining-For-Smiles.html

In 2004, Peterson had moved to Savannah, Georgia after graduating with a B.S. in Communications from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Marjorie Young, CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations hired Peterson as a freelance public relations coordinator where she gained hands on experience in the public relations world. She left Savannah in 2005 and moved to Florida and thereafter to Fredericksburg, Virginia. Last July, after Peterson launched her business, Marjorie Young & Cecilia Russo with Cecilia Russo Marketing asked Peterson to join their visibility team as a freelance public relations coordinator.

Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing are two reputable firms based out of Savannah, Georgia with twenty plus clients and twenty plus years of experience in the business. Peterson has the privilege and pleasure of working with a majority of their combined clients.  Businesses use their firms for reputation management and together the visibility team works on positioning clients as the authority in their field to increase their visibility in the community and online with strategic PR web strategies.  “I am honored to be a part of their team and the experience and knowledge I have gained is priceless,” said Peterson.

In the past year, Peterson has worked on establishing relationships and partnerships with the Fredericksburg community members and businesses.  She has worked on gaining credibility and a reputation by donating her time and services to local non-profits, political campaigns and events.  Peterson is currently partnered with several local Fredericksburg area businesses and handles their public relations and marketing needs.  “My goal and focus is to help these businesses increase visibility through opportunities and more importantly charitable opportunities”, said Peterson.

Peterson is humbled and thankful for a successful first year in business. She loves having a business that not only allows her to use her education and talents, but that allows her to continue to be a stay at home to raise her children. “I look forward to the next year in business.  I hope to establish more partnerships and continue to help my clients increase visibility in the community.”

Myandi Peterson, CEO Peterson Randall Public Relations, LLC
Myandi Peterson, CEO Peterson Randall Public Relations, LLC

TESTIMONIAL:

“As the President of the Board of Directors of MANARC Borne the Battle a non-profit thrift store in downtown Fredericksburg VA that supports local veteran organizations I have been working directly with Myandi Peterson from Peterson Randall Public Relations for the past year as she leads the marketing and public relations efforts for MANARC.  Being a 28 year career Marine I am extremely impressed with Myandi’ s initiative and dedication to her clients. She has developed a vast network of marketing relationships and goes out of her way to support her individual client needs above and beyond what is expected. In fact, because of her superior performance in marketing and public relations we have recently expanded her contract to include website management and the creation of a newsletter. I highly recommend Myandi and Peterson Randall Public Relations for your marketing and public relations needs.”

-Bob Danko, President of the Board of Directors of MANARC

Peterson Randall Public Relations would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for making the1st year in business a success:
Carriage Trade Public Relations (CTPR)

http://www.carriagetradepr.com

Cecilia Russo Marketing (CRM)

http://ceciliarussomarketing.com

MANARC- Borne the Battle

www.manarcgives.org

Hard Times Cafe-Four Mile Fork

https://www.facebook.com/HardTimesCafeFourMileFork

Randall Branding

www.Randallbranding.com

J.F. Fick

http://www.jffickinc.com

Friends of Travis Bird

www.tbird4ca.com

The Timbers Bar & Restaurant

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timbers-Restaurant-Bar

The Colonial Tavern

https://www.facebook.com/ColonialTavernHometotheIrishBrigade

Castiglia’s https://www.facebook.com/pages/Castiglias-Italian-Restaurant

Simplicity Barter

http://simplicitybarter.com

Institute for the Performing Arts (IPA)

http://www.contributetothearts.org

Semper Fi Fund

https://semperfifund.org

Holistic Healing Magazine

http://www.holistichealingva.com

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Shelter

 http://www.safeharborva.org

Fredericksburg SPCA

http://fburgspca.org

Veterans Moving Forward

http://www.vetsfwd.org

The Virginia Wounded Warriors Program

http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/virginia-wounded-warrior-program

Fredericksburg Beard Coalition (FXBC) 

http://fredericksburgbeard.com/fxbc

Smile Train

http://www.smiletrain.org

Spencer Devon Brewing Launches Mug Club to benefit MANARC and Veterans Moving Forward

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) Spencer Devon Brewing, a new craft brew pub located on 106 George St. in Fredericksburg will launch their SDB mug club on Monday, September 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit MANARC-Borne the Battle and Veterans Moving Forward (VMF).

Individuals who attend the event will have an opportunity to become one of only 30 SDB mug club members for a one time membership fee of $60. Individuals must be present to win their chance to become a SDB mug club member.

All members of the SDB mug club will receive a hand crafted mug from Liberty Town, personal notification of SDB news and upcoming releases, 10% off meals and merchandise and an invitation to an annual dinner with the brewers. For more information on SDB Mug Club, visit http://wwww.spencerdevonbrewery.com

A portion of the SDB mug club membership sales and 10% of SDB overall sales will benefit MANARC and Veterans Moving Forward (VMF). VMF’s mission is to provide service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran. Their vision is to be a leading source of canine therapy and assistance dogs provided at no cost to veterans with physical and mental health challenges. For more information on VMF, visit http://www.vetsfwd.org

MANARC recently raised over $2,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, and its program America’s Fund, which provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families. MANARC continues to partner with local businesses and together create opportunities to involve the community and help support local veteran organizations.

Shannon Peterson, local Fredericksburg musician will be donating his time and talents to the event to support local veterans. Shannon is a one of a kind performer who is well-known for his dynamic performances and variety of music.

For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

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ABOUT MANARC-BORNE THE BATTLE
MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as a non-profit organization operating on donations from the community with the express purpose of providing support to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of support to Veterans. MANARC-“Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard”—opened its doors in September of 2014 with a mission to support Veterans. MANARC’s thrift store is located at 107 William Street. Store hours are Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted during all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC, please visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

MANARC CONTACT
Deborah Franks
MANARC-Borne The Battle
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

SDB CONTACT
Shawn Phillips
Spencer Devon Brewing
shawn@spencerdevonbrewing.com
540.479.8381

MEDIA CONTACT
Myandi Peterson
Peterson Randall Public Relations
randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

The Institute for the Performing Arts Presents life size baby Tyrannosaurus Rex at their “Travel Through Time” Gala 

A non-profit organization, the new and upcoming Institute for the Performing Arts (IPA), held their first Gala at the Stafford Regional Airport Saturday, June 6th to announce the IPA and their traveling educational stage show “Travel Through Time” to the public.  The highlight of the evening was the introduction of Draven, a life size baby Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The evening began with an open bar cocktail reception where guests had a chance to mingle, dine on delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Caroline Street Catering, all the while enjoying live music performed by Fredericksburg musician Shannon Peterson.

The IPA founder, Bill Carroll, then addressed the audience and explained the concept of the IPA and the stage show.  “Bringing the IPA and the stage show to life will consist of three different phases.  The first phase is to create our amazing new traveling educational stage show “Travel Through Time” which is aimed at visiting schools nationwide, along with children’s museums, expo centers and special venues. This show will educate the audience by taking them to different periods in history via a Time Portal using interactive 4D technology, incredible sound & lighting, 3D video projection and breathtaking special effects.  The second phase will be to actually have this show tour the country and the final phase is the building of the actual Institute.”

He continued “My methodology for the Institute is to develop a new approach to performing arts training, housed at a state-of-the-art higher educational institution right here in the Fredericksburg area.  Our style to creative learning is centered on a Performing Arts Teaching Network.  Students will work alongside professionals in the entertainment industry to form a partnership that works together to create a performance or stage show.  The purpose of this gala is to raise the funds to produce the stage show, the proceeds from the stage show will then be used to build and operate the school.”

He closed his speech by astounding the audience with Draven, who was patiently waiting on the tarmac ready to roar and pose for pictures with the guests.   Draven’s creator, Danielle Masterson, a personal friend of Bill Carroll, is an Emmy Nominated Special Effects Artist who brought Draven to life Saturday night.

The IPA is planning to host another fundraiser this fall which will feature local area performers. For additional information on how to contribute to the IPA or to be part of the next fundraiser, please visit our website http://www.contributetothearts.org/.

Right to Left: Bill Carroll, Draven and Jane Carroll
Left to Right:Bill Carroll, Draven and Jane Carroll

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New IPA Logo
New IPA Logo

ABOUT TRAVEL THROUGH TIME
IPA’s first project will be a stage show called “Travel Through Time” and will provide an unforgettable educational experience to the audience in INCREDIBLE 4D. Participants will be given the opportunity to walk among dinosaurs, journey to the North Pole or explore ancient civilizations, as selected by your time travel guide, Professor Theopolis. The educational shows stretch across centuries and brings you to destinations around the globe. Experience great journeys through the interactive shows with incredible ground-shaking sound, breathtaking lighting sequences, 3D video projection, life-size baby dinosaurs, exciting high-tech robots, amazing special effects that touches all the senses. For more information, visit http://www.TravelThroughTime.org

Media Contact:
Toni Porcelli
The Institute for the Performing Arts
toni.porcelli@ContributeToTheArts.org
540.220.7034

Media Contact:
Peterson Randall Public Relations
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350