October 2017 Newsletter - Your 3rd Quarter D4TS Digest!

Published: Mon, 10/02/17

Issue No. 4, October 2017
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Another Fun Dinner!
On Thursday, July 20, 2017 we held our "mad" fundraiser, a D4TS Dining Day at Teriyaki Madness, Mission Bay Plaza, in Boca Raton. Thanks to all who came out to have a delicious teriyaki dinner in order to support our students, and a big thank you to owners Adriana and Keith Edell for hosting. Please stay tuned for next month’s Dining Day details and information on our website and social media pages.
Famous! D4TS Featured in Boca Raton Observer
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars is proud to share that we were featured in the August 2017 issue of The Boca Raton Observer. The article, located in the Giving Back section of The Observer,  focuses on how we got started with our mission to fulfill the need of funding college scholarships for students with Tourette Syndrome, and about our sponsorship of children to attend Tourette Syndrome summer camp. Two of our latest fundraising efforts were mentioned, the D4TS Derby Day in February 2017 and our Third Annual "Gal’s Afternoon Out" Summer Camp Paint Party in June 2017. We hope that this article helps D4TS to continue to reach out and raise awareness for Tourette Syndrome and the importance of supporting college education for these students all around the country.
Tourette News
A new research technique creating brain cells made from blood cells could help determine what causes Tourette Syndrome. Scientists at Rutgers University used a genetic engineering technique for the first time, using blood cells from three generations of the same family, some having Tourette's and some that didn’t, which were then converted into brain nerve cells. According to an author of the study, the technique could allow for a better understanding of what sorts of genes cause this disease. Also, these cells could be used to screen drugs that might be effective for treatment. Source: http://www.futurity.org/brain-cells-blood-cells-tourettes-1554232/
Supporter Spotlight - Innovating Worthy Projects
We thank our sponsor, the Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation, for awarding Dollars 4 Tic Scholars with a recent grant. Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation was conceived in 1987 to provide financial help to quality special-needs children’s programs. Their mission parallels ours to make a great match! We appreciate IWPF for their support in helping us send children that have Tourette Syndrome to Camp Twitch and Shout summer camp.
Volunteer Spotlight
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars is very proud to welcome Jan Tintner aboard as its newest volunteer. 

We recently got to ask Jan a few questions about herself and her experience.

Q: What are your areas of expertise?
Jan: Grant writing and prospect research

Q: Why were you interested in helping Dollars 4 Tic Scholars?
Jan: What drew me in was the worthy cause. I believe in helping, and like it when something touches my heart. Hearing Kelsey's and Diane’s story and how they figured out how to move forward, helping other children and their families at the same time, touched my heart.

Q: I understand that you’re a librarian. How does this relate to your role as a volunteer?
Jan: I have a Masters’ Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. A librarian researches a myriad of subjects and is exposed to many resources. I also worked in grant writing for a large educational center in Israel for a number of years. My skills will help D4TS to better strategize its growth and potential to raise more scholarship awards for its students.

D4TS is so happy to have Jan on board and we look forward to working with her and getting to ask her even more questions. Thank you so much, Jan!

Ways You Can Help From Afar
Did you know that there are ways that you can help raise money for Dollars 4 Tic Scholars right from your home? We've had many people ask how they can help from far away. Here are a few ideas:​​​​​​​
1) When you share your birthday and make it a fundraiser for Dollars 4 Tic Scholars on Facebook, friends can donate in just a few taps! Just visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Dollars4TicScholars/ and browse down the left column until you see the Fundraisers link. Click, and the easy instructions will help you make a difference for our students.

We recently had a donor use this easy method and earned almost $300! We are so grateful, and our students are too!
2) Amazon Smile is a great way for you to support your favorite charitable organization.  Every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, at no cost to you, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to this organization. Just use this link for an easy way to help: 
Mission:  Dollars 4 Tic Scholars
To encourage students with Tourette Syndrome to attend college and to stay in college through awarding college scholarships as an investment in their future contributions to society
We Couldn't Do it Without You!
Dollars 4 Tic Scholars wishes to thank its dedicated Selection Committee, event volunteers, office volunteers, generous donors, raffle sponsors, restaurant sponsors, and event attendees. We are grateful for you for helping us make a difference in the lives of our students and children who have Tourette Syndrome.
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