Making a Difference

Combatting Human Trafficking in Mississippi: The Net is Widening

HT-Pic-678x1024This year, four Biloxi men were arrested for selling a child into sexual servitude. A Biloxi couple faces prison for forcing a women into prostitution. A Jackson man is serving 23 years in prison for selling a 4-year-old child into prostitution. A Meridian man is serving 50 years for kidnapping and drugging a Hattiesburg teen and forcing her into prostitution. Two teenagers were rescued from a Ridgeland hotel where they were sold by a couple for sex acts to patrons and transported to other locations for the purposes of prostitution. A New Orleans woman was convicted of prostituting several teenagers from her home where she kept them locked up and battered. (more…)

26th Annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

MCC-Logo-WebSet your calendars to give back and make a difference on Saturday, October 18th. The celebration will be at 52 sites all along the coast and your help is desperately needed to make this year’s event a success.
You can choose to make our coast, wetlands, and islands more beautiful by participating in this labor of love. Volunteers from across the coast will share in the responsibility as they cleanup marshes, barrier islands, beaches, wetlands, and tidal areas before being treated to a very special lunch. All those registered to participate will receive a lunch ticket from the area coordinator in charge when they pick up their supplies for the day. (more…)

HOME OF GRACE 2014 RIDE & FESTIVAL With Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The Home of Grace needs you! The wonderful people that work diligently to help those with various addictions now need your help. By supporting their valiant efforts you will be investing in the lives of those in your community and beyond.
This year’s Home of Grace Ride is presented by Ingalls Shipbuilding and will have the governor of the great state of Mississippi Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, leading the way! All proceeds will benefit the Home of Grace Addiction Recovery Scholarship Program.
We contacted Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, the HOG Ride founder, to get his views on this year’s ride, Home of Grace and to get his view on what this ride and festival means to him. Here is what the governor had to say:

Q. You must get hundreds of requests for your participation in events. Why do you, a busy public servant, choose to take the time to be a part of this event? Q. How did your office come to be involved with the Home of Grace and this event?
I believe in the work that Home of Grace does and have participated in the HOG ride before. In fact, I rode in the inaugural HOG ride in 2010 when I was Lieutenant Governor and had Gov. Mike Huckabee join me. I also rode in last year’s HOG ride. (more…)

Twice as Nice Kids Resale Event At the D’Iberville Civic Center

10168144_858725684143180_186245430257395724_nIt’s time to clean out your closets and make some money without a lot of hassle. The Twice as Nice Kids Resale Event is gearing up for a fabulous week long party that can net you some hard cash and help you find just what you’ve been looking for in the way of children’s items.
As a consigner, you have the opportunity to sell your gently used children’s, infants, maternity items and clothing receiving 65% of your selling price for those items. Event Coordinators and Directors, Becki Baron and Angie Hamric will also accept new items to sell. That means more opportunities for you to clean out your clutter and make more money! Consignors also get the opportunity to shop at pre-sales before the public shops!
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Start the Summer Happy and Well!

dwbhm_banner_2013In last month’s edition of Go To Places, you heard about Mississippi’s journey toward more mental health and wellness for its citizens. Good news! June is the perfect time to get started on your own plan to stay happy and well! What better time than the beginning of summer to not only learn some new ways to reduce stress and help your family stay strong, but also have an evening of good-hearted fun. (more…)

Center Stage Arts & Crafts Show – 2014 Saturday, May 17th

img-promo-artShow-178x275Spring is here and Center Stage is ready to bring the community the best of all the arts have to offer. To kick off the fundraising season, Center Stage is presenting their Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 5 pm, with tons of vendors showcasing the talents of local potters, painters, jewelry makers and many others that create unique items.
Center Stage Event Planner, Carol Thomas said, “Theater pulls the community together. Many people don’t realize how much money it takes to keep our doors open. We rely on our generous sponsors who provide our endeavors with the funds needed to bring the community quality entertainment.” (more…)

Uncorked, Hollywood and Vines

1972449_707411362637968_299161005_nThink long Versace gowns and strappy, diamond-studded stilettos on svelte figures of movie icons. Imagine men of stage and screen in Armani and Ralph Lauren tuxedos, their hair freshly trimmed and smelling of expensive cologne.

Now picture yourself walking the red carpet next to those famous screen stars. Parrarrazzo snap pictures as the lights of the cameras flash in rapid succession. No, you’re not at a fancy Hollywood premiere but you might as well be with all the excitement in the air. (more…)

2014 Harbor Fest

harbor festFamily oriented fun is back in a big way. Ron Meyers Productions has teamed up with the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) and BBQ World to make this year’s Harbor Fest one for the record books.
Harbor Fest will be held Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Jones Park in Gulfport. Unlike other events on the coast, this one ENCOURAGES families to bring their leashed pets to join in the fun, making it the only truly pet-friendly festival on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! (more…)

4th Annual (NO) Trash Bash A Night of Recycled Fashion

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Don’t throw away those newspapers and plastic bags! Your recyclable trash could be just what you need to create the most amazing fashions the coast has ever seen.

The 4th Annual (NO) Trash Bash will be held on Wednesday, March 19th at 6 p.m. at the Bay Saint Louis Community Center on Blaize Avenue. All you need to compete is an eye for design, the heart of an artist and, of course, a little trash. (more…)

Christmas on the ‘Bouffa Lighted boat parade and Christmas Party

biloxi0What coastal Christmas would be complete without fresh seafood, boats decorated with lights and good friends sharing good times? Bring a smile to the faces of local veterans this Christmas by being a part of one of the coasts most anticipated parties of the year.

Your Mama’z House has teamed with Crusaders for Veterans, a 501c3 organization, to bring you the 3rd Annual Christmas on the ‘Bouffa (short for the Tchoutacabouffa River) lighted boat Parade and Christmas Party @ 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st. (more…)

Project Homeless Connect

VLogoJPGProject Homeless Connect is coming to the Donal Snyder Community Center at 2520 East Pass Road in Biloxi on November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an invaluable resource day for homeless persons in the area.
Items that will be handed out include bug spray, batteries, socks, underwear, flashlights and bottled water. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who attend the event. Financial services, haircuts, health screenings, housing information, social services and cat and dog health exams and vaccinations will be on tap. Homeless persons will also receive VA assistance, resource information, personal hygiene items, supplies and much more.
Homeless persons in the area can ride one of the Coast Transit Authority buses for free on fixed routes to get to and from the event. (more…)

2nd Annual Success Frog Fest 2013

frog-logoThe 2nd Annual Success Frog Fest 2013 is ‘hoppin’ back into the Fall activities list for September 2013. The FUNdraiser kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday the 28th and runs until 5 p.m. Proceeds from this exciting day will benefit the Success community through the organization For Success. This is a non-profit, community organized event with entertainment for all ages. All monies raised will go back into the community in the form of children’s activities, beautification and more.
Meet your family and friends at the Success Civic Center at 12361 School Road in Success. Unsure about exactly where the Success Community is? Just take the Hwy. 67 exit north off of I-10 and drive about 20 minutes where you will turn right at the Frog Fest sign. If you’re in the Gulfport area, take Hwy. 605 to Hwy. 67 and head north until you see the signs. (more…)