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Paula Abdul

2013 Melanie McDowell Pain Awareness and Advocacy Award Recipient

Never before has there been an artist who has been equally recognized, awarded and celebrated both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, as has Paula Abdul.  As a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, song writer, performer, designer, actor and business women,  this two-time Emmy Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist has continued to find new ways to entertain her loyal fans for over 20 years. In 1989, Paula  became a worldwide singing sensation with her first CD, “Forever Your Girl” after the single “Straight Up” exploded onto the charts.  Paula’s record quickly went multi-platinum and had an astonishing four number one singles.  Paula’s second album “Spellbound” was released in 1991 to similar worldwide success with two number one singles and followed with her third album in 1995 “Head over Heels.”  Throughout her music career, Paula has won many musical awards such as a Grammy, seven MTV video awards, two Emmy awards and two People’s Choice awards and has sold over 60 million records worldwide. In recognition of her 20 plus years in dance and choreography, Paula was honored in 2008 with a Lifetime Achievement award from the prestigious Tremaine Dance Company, as the “Tremaine Entertainer of the Year 2008” and was presented the Always Next, Forever Now Icon Award, reserved only for the most beloved of pop icons in 2010.

Paula Abdul is also very active in her community, being a spokesperson for national charity organizations such as the American Humane’s Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program, the foundations of Natural Balance Pet Food and Petco.  With the efforts of her appearance on CNN, Larry King Live “Haiti: What Can You Do” she helped in raising over 9 million dollars. In addition, Paula has donated “The Official Michael Jackson Opus” to support the US Fund for UNICEF & The American Red Cross. Earlier this year, Paula hosted a one-hour fitness session with nearly 1,000 women affected by Breast Cancer. Her appearance helped Bust A Move to raise nearly $1 million. Paula Abdul is the 2013 recipient of The Power of Pain Foundation’s Melanie McDowell Pain Awareness and Advocacy Award. This is in recognition of her outstanding work and advocacy for people in pain. Ms Abdul’s awareness contributions to the reflex sympathetic dystrophy, lupus, neuro-muscular dystrophy, and chronic pain communities are outstanding. Ms Abdul has participated in television and print interviews sharing her personal story of living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy. She is actively engaged in social media helping to shine a spotlight on improving the quality of life, offer a chance for rehabilitation, decrease the sense of isolation and alienation, and increase the hope our pain population experiences.   facebook     Twitter

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Charles Mattocks

Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks has made his desire to touch lives in a positive way. Inspired by his uncle, the late reggae legend Bob Marley, Charles dared to dream big. After giving a stunning performance in the title role of the Emmy nominated “The Summer of Ben Tyler”, Charles could have continued as a successful actor. Instead this single dad decided the Hollywood lifestyle was not the best for his young son and moved across the country.

His need to create meals that were tasty, nutritious, and affordable led to his career as “The Poor Chef”. Multiple appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America,Fox News The Talk, Martha Stewart,CNN & Dr. Ozgave him the opportunity to share what he had learned about feeding a family for less money. He became a sought after guest on local and regional radio and television stations. Once again he achieved success! Charles just wrapped the first ever diabetes reality TV show called REVERSED.

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Ryan Seacrest

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.

RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios, within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF’s aim is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay by developing these centers to bring an uplifting spirit to the hospital community.  We believe access to multimedia experiences will bring patients exciting and stimulating adventures to encourage optimistic thoughts during treatment.  It is also important to us to reach out to the community and involve students from local journalism schools by providing them with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in broadcasting, programming and operating a multimedia center.

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Tom DeLuca

DeLuca earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. While working as a therapist, he also began performing before local civic groups; then went on to hone his skills as a stage hypnotist throughout the mid-west before gaining national prominence.

Tom DeLuca brought his Corporate Hypnosis® show to businesses and associations across America where his intense touring schedule led him to a breakthrough discovery in the stress and burnout prevention area: The Power Napping® Workshop for Less Stress. He later created ImaginACTION, another real benefit program that teaches you how to de-stress your body as you energize your mind.

These programs are valued resources for Fortune 500 companies and associations.
The spontaneity and warmth of his live shows have made Tom DeLuca a frequent guest on television talk shows.

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Ace Young

Ace Young was raised in Boulder, Colorado and is the youngest of five sons. He began writing songs, singing, and taking voice lessons at age 9. In his youth he performed at shopping malls and recreation centers. He performed at various venues in

Colorado and other western states, including peforming the National Anthem at The Pepsi Center in Denver. Young graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado in 1999. While in high school he participated in athletics, choir, and International Baccalaureate classes. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout during his senior year. After Young graduated from high school he wrote a song called “Reason I Live” that was featured on the soundtrack of the 2000 film “The Little Vampire. In 2001, Young moved to Los Angeles, California to continue pursuing his music career. He initially worked as a cell phone and copier salesman, and also did home remodeling. In the evenings he made cold calls to music producers trying to get them to work with him. He ultimately met Brian McKnight and was given the chance to open for McKnight and New Edition. Just prior to auditioning for American Idol he landed a guest-starring role in an episode of Half & Half, playing a character named Ace Blackwell. After over four years in Los Angeles without a record deal, Young auditioned for American Idol in Denver, Colorado. His televised audition featured him singing Westlife’s “Swear it Again.”    facebook     Twitter

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Scott MacIntyre

Since captivating the nation as a finalist on American Idol, Scott MacIntyre has continued to move audiences to laughter, tears, and standing ovations all over the world. As an acclaimed singer-songwriter, he has toured in arenas across North America, headlined concerts in Japan, Austria, England, Canada, and the US, and written and released his latest CD Heartstrings debuting at #18 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart. He has performed with many noteable acts including Alice Cooper, Jason Mraz, and Queen to name a few, and his original song “Christmas Angel” received national radio play and became one of the top holiday indie singles of 2010. As an in-demand inspirational key-note speaker, Scott has shared his unique and dynamic life story with many different audiences, including corporations, health care and education institutions, non-profits, and churches across North America and beyond. He is also currently authoring an autobiographical book. MacIntyre’s contagious spirit of optimism and heartfelt stories take his audience on an emotional journey of love and yearning, hardship and hope, from someone who deeply understands the challenge of overcoming enormous adversity. Having always forged ahead when the world said to give up, Scott MacIntyre continues to be an inspiration to all who hear his music and story. Visit him online at www.scottmacintyre.com and follow him on Twitter (@ScottDMacIntyre). Scott’s new book “By Faith, Not By Sight” in stores as of April 3, 2012.  Facebook     Twitter

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Welcome to schroeder as an official “Friend of Power of Pain Foundation”. We’re just four heavy metal guys being macho with our tambourines. – Larry DiMaio of schroeder.  Larry DiMaio, lead singer, faces pain everyday and knows what it is like to fight the pain fight! schroeder is a rock group from Newark, Delaware (USA). Their music is based on the reverb-drenched Britpop, Dreampop and Shoegaze styles of bands like The Stone Roses.  schroeder plays songs that make you feel good!  The group disband in 1996, but in 2011 reunited for a reunion show and began playing other shows sweet enough to remind you of your first kiss! Currently they are the 2012 MusikArmageddon championions in Newark, DE. Thank you schroeder for your love and support of the Power of Pain Foundation and our founder, Barby Ingle.    Facebook

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April Brucker

You can call her April or you can call her Superfoxxx like all her fans do. April is an actress, ventriloquist, standup comedian, singer, and writer living in NYC. April has also appeared on TV show such as Last Comic Standing 5, Rachael Ray, Talk Soup, Cinematherapy, Pix with Jeff Foxworthy, My Strange Addiction, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Joy Behar, TMZ, Layover with Anthony Bourdain, Windy Williams Show, Chef Roble, Pig Roast with Otto and George and many others. Her song “Stay” was number one on Internet Radio for five weeks. This super talented triple threat lives in NYC with her twelve puppet children (May Wilson, Shanniqua Parker, Sweetie Pie Kincaid, Don Juan Casanova de Gorgita, Sonny Jones, Officer E, Chef Cinnamon Toast, Ruby Chappeau, Mommy Dearest, Rabbit in a Hat, and Polly). As a comedian, she has worked clubs and colleges nationwide as well as in Canada. As an author she pinned the book I Came, I Saw, I Sang: Memoirs of a Singing Telegram Delivery Girl. Mensa said her book was a Must Read and Britney Spears plugged it on her official website. April was Puppet Master of Ceremonies for the Gotham Comedy Foundation. She also performs puppet shows for children at various hospitals and is a great friend and supporter of the Power of Pain Foundation taking a special interest in helping raise awareness for patients with HIV and AIDS and other nerve pain diseases.

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