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November 2012
Thanksgiving Celebration with 
Be the Star You Are!®  
PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca.94556

Miracle Moment®

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

 John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Spotlight on Conrad Bassett Bouchard

Conrad Bassett Bouchard began playing scrabble at age 3, and was playing tournaments at 14. By age 17, Conrad was in the top 20 in the US and by 21 in the top five. His first foreign tournament was in Bangkok, Thailand  in November 2011, where he beat the current National/World Champ in the finals ranking Conrad number one in the World English Scrabble Players Association. He’s a guest on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio on November 27th at NOON PT. More info on Conrad.Conrad Bassett Bouchard




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PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556

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Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian

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This time of year we are reminded to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives. We’re thankful for the nutritious food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and family and friends who cherish us. Although Thanksgiving needs to be celebrated every day, we often take for granted the good fortune we already possess. Since our last newsletter, the super storm Hurricane Sandy devastated many parts of the East Coast. One of our own teen volunteers, a reporter on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio was affected. Katelyn Darrow founded a charity to help the needy when she was only thirteen and Be the Star You Are!® partnered with her Angels of God Clothing Closet to get resources to families who suffered with our Operation Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief program. Katelyn was recognized with a special award for her work. We send her our kudos and hope you’ll assist our efforts.

On Thanksgiving our teen radio show celebrates it’s ONE Year Anniversary of weekly broadcasting! Wow! Lots of hours of work, dedication, and love have gone into writing, producing, recording, and promoting this top rated teen show. Congratulations are due to our stellar on-air team. See photos from our Thanksgiving/Anniversary Special and listen to the broadcast at Voice America Kids as well as read about our year in the rearview mirror.


We have several new ways for you to donate before the end of year. One way costs you absolutely nothing except three minutes of your time with DonateDirect. Others are ways to shop online, save money, and be giving a percentage to charity without spending an extra nickel. Please make sure to choose Be the Star You Are!®


Sharpen your writer's pen and enter to win $$$ in the 9th Annual National BTSYA Essay Contest. And to brighten all of your moods, make sure to check out the Yahoo Ultimate Surprises video, Episode 7, where our own Board Member and radio co-host, Heather Brittany receives the best gift ever!


From all of us to all of you, we wish you a happy, healthy, and hearty Thanksgiving graced with love, laughter, and learning. Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way!

Festive Holidays,

Cynthia Brian

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Whenever a natural disaster occurs, Be the Star You Are!® charity mobilizes to get books, DVD's, videos, games, and other resources to the victims through our Operation Disaster Relief Program. With the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, BTSYA has launched Operation Hurricane Sandy Relief to ship resources to the East Coast. You can make a difference in the lives of someone in need. Make a donation. Kids helping kids. Visit  Thanks for your support. Everyone Counts!!!!


Be the Star You Are!® is collaborating with Angels of God Clothing Closet, a non profit organization founded by our fifteen year old Express Yourself!™ teen reporter and co-host, Katelyn Darrow, in New Jersey. Angels of God will distribute all the resources collected to the residents in need.


BTSYA wants to make sure that every child and adult who has lost everything will have a book or game for the holidays. A donation of $25 ships a small box of books, $100 ships a case of brand new books. Any amount will help the victims. All donations are tax deductible and can be made via PAYPAL

Checks may be sent to:

Be the Star You Are!® 501c3

PO Box 376

Moraga, Ca. 94556


This is a great time to make a big difference for those who have suffered so much. Thanks for caring and sharing.


Watch our Video 

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Congratulations to Two Volunteers

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When good things happen to good people, we all rejoice!

Heather Brittany and Katelyn Darrow have had an exciting month.

Heather was a teen co-creator of Be the Star You Are!® charity and has been an active supporter and participant since 1999. She has co-hosted the internationally weekly radio show, Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® broadcasting live on World Talk Radio every Thursday from 3-4pm PT since 2002. Heather recently enjoyed one of the best days of her life. WATCH!


New Jersey resident, Katelyn Darrow is a reporter and sometime co-host of Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio broadcasting Tuesdays at NOON PT on Voice America Kids. At 13, she founded Angels of God Clothing Closet and this week she was deservedly recognized with a big check from Sharpie, Staples, and tickets to see teen sensations, One Direction. WATCH

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Congratulations ladies and may all your dreams continue to come true. You are making a difference in this world! 

Our gratitude.


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