Month: June 2013

Letter from the Editor – June 2013

060113The lazy hazy days of summer are finally here!
In our June issue, we proudly update the Coast on Atlas Fights! They are headed straight to the top under the fearless leadership of owner, Glenn Mattina. Our exclusive cover story takes you on their MMA industry journey and introduces you to their incredible staff.
The American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter is the focus of our Mover and Shaker feature. Although unusual to name an organization rather than one individual, this selfless group exemplifies compassion and generosity of spirit. In lieu of the fact that hurricane season is upon us once again, it is the Red Cross who stands ready if a storm slams into the Coast.
Find out how you can help The Home of Grace continue with their good work in Making A Difference. They are instrumental in putting lives back together after addiction takes hold.
On a tight budget this summer? We have wonderful, fun ideas to entertain the kids right in your own backyard!

All This…And So Much More
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor


603645_502752356444686_1842059643_nThe American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter has a veritable army of volunteers. At last count it numbered more than 1,000 people and it continues to grow on a daily basis. The volunteers give of themselves and come together for one reason…to ease the suffering and uncertainty when disaster strikes their fellow man. They come from all walks of life, possessing a variety skills and strengths that are often called upon at a moment’s notice. Disasters come when we least expect it, giving us very little warning if any at all, and they devastate lives. The very special people of the South Mississippi Chapter provide support, supplies, shelter, food, and above all, compassion and love, to those affected by disaster. (more…)

Atlas Takes MMA Action to New Heights

AtlasFightsLLCLogo_v2Atlas Fights produced their first fight in February 2009 at the IP Casino Resort Spa which was promoted as “USA vs Brazil.” The contract was for one fight but because it was so successful, the IP executives wanted to arrange another Atlas event right away. The original business plan was to feature USA fighters against fighters from other countries but the expenses were prohibitive. Atlas went back to the drawing board. It was from this shift of the business plan that brought about the new brand,”Cage Rage.” The new Atlas brand was the perfect name and illustration for the big, rough and raw excitement of MMA. Atlas was off and running, ready for it’s second event at the IP with “Cage Rage 1.”
Cage Rage 1 brought in a huge crowd of crazed MMA fans and blew the lid off the IP. Atlas was offered the opportunity to sign a multiple fight deal at the venue that started it all. The casino wanted to feature an Atlas MMA event once per quarter. “We had evolved into a full fledged MMA promotional company and from that moment on, Atlas Fights took on a life of it’s own. “We are very grateful to the IP for it’s early faith in us. Thanks to the IP we were able to open our doors and bring this new kind of entertainment to the Coast,” owner Glenn Mattina said. With the success of the “Cage Rage” series, other opportunities for the Atlas Fights brand began. (more…)

Home of Grace 2013 Golf Classic

941596_10151567645204354_2086619259_nHome of Grace began in 1965 and is a drug addiction and alcohol rehabilitation center based in Vancleave, Mississippi. Home of Grace offers a strong Christian faith-based program to meet the needs of those struggling with addiction. The women’s campus is located in Gautier and the men’s campus is in Vancleave. Home of Graces’ statement of faith is that they believe that the Bible is Gods’ holy word in its entirety and inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. They trust that all are saved through grace and that anyone can turn their life around.  (more…)