6 Tax Tips to Get the Most from Your Charitable Contributions

Tax Day 2017 is Tuesday, April 18. Yup, that’s right around the corner. Don’t forget to deduct your charitable contributions. Check out these 6 tax tips to help you get the maximum benefit from your contributions by Judi Steadman, Director of Individual & Planned Giving, Susan G. Komen San Diego. 

  1. In order to get a legitimate tax deduction your gift must be made to a qualified organization. If you are unsure if the organization qualifies, then take a look at IRS Publication 526 for what the rules are on what constitutes a qualified organization.
  1. You have to file Form 1040 and itemize your gifts on Schedule A if you want to deduct a charitable contribution.
  1. Gifts given to charitable organizations over the course of the year like sporting event tickets, merchandise or other goods and services the tax-deductible amount is the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit that was received. 
  1. When you make a donation of stock or other non-cash property – they are valued at what the fair market**valuewould be at the tie of the gift. If you donate clothing or household goods – they must be in very good condition to be deductible. If your total deduction for all noncash contributions for the year is over $500, you have to complete and attach IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, to your return as well.
  1. If you are donating an item that is valued at more than $5,000 you must also complete Section B of Form 8283, which requires that the item or items be appraised by a qualified appraiser.
  1. In order to be able to deduct a contribution made of cash, check or other monetary gifts (like a wire transfer), you must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction records or a written communication from the organization containing the name of the organization, the date of the contribution and the amount of the contribution. For text message donations, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the receiving organization, the date of the contribution, and the amount given.

** Fair market value is generally the price at which property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither having to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. For information on determining value, you can look at Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property. All the forms and publications mentioned here are available at http://www.irs.gov.

Judi Steadman is the Director of Individual & Planned Giving for Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. Learn more at komensandiego.org.


SX Liquors Presents Trey Songz – NYC/NJ Promo Tour

Grammy Nominated R&B singer, songwriter, and producer Trey Songz, will be hitting up the spots in NYC and NJ for a second time from Wednesday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 6th to promote SX Liquors. Their first promotional tour was in  August, last year. The line of premium spirits has been gaining traction since their partnership announcement on Valentine’s Day 2015. The “S” in SX’s name stands for Sensual and the “X” comes from eXotic. It promises to be one of the sexiest drinks out there.


The target market is women, and the drinks are described as having a “unique and softer taste ideal for the female palette”. There will be tastings, bottle signings and if you’re lucky, a selfie to make your friends jealous. The line includes two tequilas, two rums, and two vodkas, all made in Mexico.

Songz has topped the charts since his 2005 debut “I Gotta Make It”. He recently released “Intermission I & II” in 2015, a Reloaded addition of 2014’s “Trigga”, and a brand new video, 2016’s “Blessed”. The full range of available liquors is also featured in Songz video “About You”. 

Want to try it but it’s not available in your city? Join the #DemandSX campaign and demand it in your area: http://www.sxliquors.com/demandsx

If you’re in NYC here’s your chance to get a taste and meet Trey Songz in person. 

Wednesday, March 2nd

Marquee – 289 10th Ave New York, NY 10001


Thursday, March 3rd

STK – 1114 Ave of the Americas New York, NY 10036


Bliss Lounge – 955 Allwood Rd, Clifton, NJ 07012


Purlieu – 36-4 34th St NY, NY 11106


Friday, March 4th

World of Wines & Whiskey – 666 Lexington Ave NY, NY 10022


W Hotel Times Square – 1567 Broadway New York, NY 10036


Milk River – 960 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11238


Amadeus – 7951 Albion Ave Queens, NY 11373



Saturday, March 5th

Sweet Spot –  22-72 31st Street Astoria, NY 11105


Stage 48 – 606 W 48th Street New York, NY 10036


Lust – 225 47th Street Brooklyn, NY 11220


Sunday, March 6th

Canarsie Plaza Liquors – 8925 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY 11236


Haus –  637 265 New York, NY 10013


Aces –  3210 37th Ave Long Island City, NY 11101


For the most up to date information: sxliquors.com/sxinthecity


One on One with Kevin James from THE ILLUSIONISTS

THE ILLUSIONISTS is coming to SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco to blow your mind from February 16-21, 2016 as part of a 45 city U.S. tour. Seven illusionists from around the world will perform family-friendly tricks and death defying stunts.

I got a chance to interview Kevin James – The Inventor, known for innovative illusions. He’s also a comedian and collector of the strange and unusual. He didn’t start out that way as he remembers his first attempt at magic as being “pretty awful”. He grew up in a small town with a population of 2,000 people. Being pre-internet days his only resources were 6 library books with basic ‘use stuff from around the house’ tricks, “I was the only one checking them out over and over. I remember trying it for my classmates and it was just really bad. It didn’t deter me, I kept moving forward”. We’re glad he did, as he’s one of the most prolific inventors of magic in the world today.

What’s the secret to his success? “The biggest secret in magic is that secrets don’t matter,” he says. He told me about all the work that goes into a great performance including storyline, mood, sound, costumes, the technical crew and timing. “It’s the 1,000s of other things you have to think about that matter. Penn and Teller can show you how something works and immediately fool you with it afterwards.” Magic is about making things interesting, “It’s the artistic interpretation that’s impressive to watch”. Want to know more, continue reading the rest of the interview below.

Kevin James - The Inventor

What inspired you to get into magic?

Most of the magicians all have the same story; we all got hooked when we were a kid. I think most kids are fascinated with magic at some point and, the lucky ones; we never grow out of it. For me it was a love at first sight, I just completely knew that that’s exactly what I wanted to do the rest of my life, instantly. I was so enamored by it and I wanted to share that feeling, that feeling I had when I saw it. I wanted to give that feeling to everyone else, that sense of wonder. I never ever wanted to be a fireman or astronaut or that other stuff that kids really like or think they’re going to do, it was magic the whole time.

What was the first performance that you saw?

Now in hindsight, I realize that the performer was not that great. He was a very average performer but for me, it was just mind blowing seeing it for the first time. He came to our elementary school and did a show for the school.

Has one of your performances ever gone wrong? How did you handle it?

Let’s just say that everything has gone wrong. That’s why you have to do 1,000s and 1000’s of shows to experience all those things that can go wrong. The list is just too huge to mention. You know, you learn each time something happens and make sure it doesn’t happen again and you’re better for it afterwards. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right.

Kevin James - The Inventor

You’ve traveled around the world. Which country seems to have the most enthusiastic audience?

You know it’s funny, I’ve performed in 91 countries so far and the biggest reaction we ever got was in I think, Ecuador, because I don’t think they’ve ever seen a big magic show before or any magic for that matter. We were use to a certain level of reaction and it was double in Ecuador and I think it was just the element of surprise that they had just never had the opportunity to see magic live like that because magic is much better live than on TV.

Which one of your performances gets the most reaction from an audience?

That’s kind of hard to say because I try to elicit a different emotion with each trick, you know sometimes its sweet and innocent, sometimes it nostalgic, sometimes it’s shocking and visually arresting. I just try to elicit all these different emotions. I think, probably the thing I call, The Operation. Cutting a person in half is a classic premise, it was first invented in 1921 but it’s always been done inside a box, put the blades in and separate the box, I decided to try to do it without the box. So, there’s a terrible accident on stage with a chainsaw and the poor guy gets cut in half and falls over like a tree, two pieces, and the two body parts, they animate and they chase each other around. I end up putting them back together on a table using a staple gun to stick him back together. And it dances off stage.

Will this be part of the show?

Oh yeah, this will be part of The Illusionists show.

What’s it like traveling with other magicians? 

Some of these guys I’ve known since I was 12 and 13 years old going to different magic conventions and other ones are new to me. There are no big egos we’re all at the top of our game so we all have mutual respect for each other and we like hanging out with each other.

The Illusionists

How often do you introduce a new magic trick into your performance?

I usually have 10 projects in the pipeline at any given moment in different stages of development. You kind of have to have a break in the show in order to get something new in because that’s when you got all your technicians, lights and sounds and backstage help and that’s when everyone is able to learn new projects and learn new things. The trick is to get your material to a certain level and then say okay, here’s a break coming up, we can try to get it worked in to this next show and plan ahead to get that done. It’s a big machine with a lot of parts and everyone has to be working together on it. Once something is in the show you can tweak it all the time just with little details but, getting a whole new piece in is not quite so easy.

How do you come up with a new trick?

There’s 1,000s of ways to find inspiration and sometimes I have a great method for something and I’m looking for a story and sometimes I have a great story and I’m looking for a way to do it. So, it comes at you from lots of different directions.

There’s a routine in the show where I make it snow on the audience and it’s a direct illustration from my life experience. I grew up in Michigan and I was fascinated with snow every year. For me, it was part of the magic of nature and so I talk about that and I make it snow on the audience and its fun to watch kids just leap to their feet and just play in the snow. Even if you don’t remember the first time you saw snow fall you probably have good memories of building a snowman, sledding. It’s a collective personal journal.

I love hardware stores cause I see all kinds of crazy interesting things. Sometimes. I’ll hear a piece of music and go ‘Oh my god’ I got to use that cause I just feel a certain way, you know.

You’ve been labeled one of the world’s greatest magicians but when did you first realize,’Hey, I’m pretty awesome at this’?

I’m just trying to do good work and trying to use the art form that I love to communicate with people. For me, it’s a lifelong journey and I’m just having a ball, I just think I got the best job in the world.

Why should people go see, The Illusionists?
Instead of seeing one performer for 2 hours where you get the same vibe and the same point of view, you’re seeing 7 magicians who are all at the top of their game. They’re from all over the word, we got magicians from England, Italy, Korea and the US. It’s a big smorgasbord of great magic.

The wonderful thing about magic for me is that it breaks all barriers. There are no age barriers, culture barriers, language barriers, it doesn’t matter who you are you can still enjoy the show. It’s definitely not a kid show but it’s a wonderful, exciting, funny, artful display of magic that kids can absolutely enjoy.


Illusionists PosterFor more information on THE ILLUSIONISTS, visit: http://www.theillusionistslive.com.

Performance Dates:
February 16–21, 2016

Tuesday–Saturday at 8pm
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2pm

Running Time:
2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

Age Recommendation:
Appropriate for all ages. No children under 5 allowed.

Ticket Information:
Tickets are available now for current SHN members and to the general public at shnsf.com. Members may call SHN Audience Services at 888-746-1799 (Press 2), or purchase tickets through their SHN ACCOUNT at shnsf.com. Tickets range from $45-$212. Prices are subject to change.

About SHN:
SHN is the preeminent theatrical entertainment company in the Bay Area, bringing live entertainment experiences to San Francisco’s premier venues. SHN presents current hits fresh from Broadway, original Broadway cast productions, pre-Broadway premieres and one-of-a-kind live events that are at the forefront of the national theater scene.


Nicki Minaj and Beyonce’s ‘Feeling Myself’ Video

Tidal released Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s ‘The Pink Print’ collaboration, “Feeling Myself.”  Fans have been anticipating this moment but had no clue when it was being released. Tidal is Jay Z’s streaming music service. There’s partying at Coachella, chillin at the pool and a burger eating scene. It’s not a video you see, it’s a video you experience. Check it out!

One on One: Designer Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton was born and raised in San Diego, California. The youngest of four children she had an early passion for fashion. Tipton remembers discovering her love of sewing when she would design clothes for her Barbie’s. She learned to sew on her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was just seven years old.

Tipton created her first fashion collection during her senior year in high school. She was inspired by the look of the hippie generation and their eclectic styling. She chose to attended fashion college after graduating high school. She then graduated from Fashion Careers College (FCC) in San Diego in the spring of 2012. FCC offered her the opportunity to hone her skills as a designer and to receive an education in fashion. During her 18 months at FCC she took a college trip to Paris in May 2011. She visited the Atelier Chandon Savard School and met many of the Parisian students. Tipton used the chic styling of the French students and the Parisian woman for inspiration in her current collection.

One of her goals is to help full figured women feel good in what they wear and she hopes to be “THE” Full Fashion Designer. She understands what plus women want and would like to give curvy girls a chance to show their style with chic edginess.

She says: “My collection is a full figured collection for the woman in her 20’s or 30’s who is a chic rocker! My collection is an artful combination of glamour and street fashion. I love color and I’m very inspired by curvy women and helping them feel good in their clothes. I want to offer plus size women the opportunity to wear fun colors and to avoid the pit-falls of only wearing black because many curvy girls think it is the only color that is slimming.”

Tipton chose to go against the plus size industry grain and created a collection that is full of bright hues and bold patterns. She says: “I pictured my muse roaming the streets of Paris unabashed and feeling confident in their stride while wearing designs that are not seen in full figure fashions today. The finished line is filled with bold colors and finesse… just like me!”

Tipton talked to Pink Egg Media during the Timken Museum’s “Art of Fashion” event in San Diego, CA.

Tercer Grado (Day Release) Interview with Director and Lead Actor

Interview with Tercer Grado (Day Release) actor Jesús Lloveras and director Geoffrey Cowper at the 22nd San Diego Film Festival. The festival goes from March 12-22nd showcasing top talent from around the world.

Tercer Grado Director and Lead Actor

Tercer Grado (Day Release) actor Jesús Lloveras and director Geoffrey Cowper at the 22nd San Diego Film Festival.

On his first weekend of parole after 5 years in prison, Mark Rodriguez witnesses the armed robbery of a security van. His brother’s critical situation and his own feelings of remorse will lead him to take desperate measures. His only help will be a young and sexy stripper he met the night before. This electric and grungy thriller paints a picture of desperation in a world devoid of hope.

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Intelicare Direct (ICD) “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

On Thursday, January 29, Intelicare Direct (ICD), a leading customer service solutions company with offices in San Diego and Las Vegas hosted its second “Pancakes and Pajamas” day benefitting StandUp For Kids, a non-profit organization that works to put an end to youth homelessness.

ICD donated hygiene kits, up to 35 sleeping bags and 20 tents for every employee that came to work in their pajamas. Gabriel Bristol, CEO of ICD has first hand experience of what it’s like to live on the streets, “I know how these kids feel—to not know where their next meal is coming from or the next time they will have a roof over their head.” His experience has lead him to do all he can to help others not go through the same thing as him.

There are over 2,000 homeless youth on the streets in San Diego. StandUp For Kids provides services for homeless youth 21 and under in downtown San Diego. It gives them a place where they can have a meal, shower, laundry, phone, Internet and participate in recreational activities. They also provide valuable services to help the youth change their situations like housing, career and legal counseling. StandUp For Kids also sends teams of volunteers to do outreach four nights a week to provide kids on the street with food, hygiene, socks and some larger items such as tents and sleeping bags.

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama Day

“Given that our organization is run entirely by volunteers, we rely heavily on contributions from individuals and companies like Intelicare Direct,” said Terilyn Burg, volunteer executive director of StandUp For Kids San Diego. “We are honored that they chose us as their beneficiary for a second year. A donation as simple as a sleeping bag or tent can drastically improve the quality of life for these children.”

Intelicare Direct Pancake and Pajama DayAbout Intelicare Direct: Intelicare Direct is a leading customer service solutions company based in America, offering businesses effective ways to improve customer satisfaction, sales and quality assurance. Intelicare Direct increases companies’ bottom lines by catering to their number one asset–the customers. Intelicare Direct’s services include Inbound Customer Service, Technical Support,

Outbound Sales, Lead Generation, and Reporting.  A core component of Intelicare Direct’s corporate culture is its desire to reach into the community and make a positive impact by supporting important causes such as youth homelessness, the LGBT community, military and more, many of which have directly affected Bristol and Intelicare Direct’s employees.

For more information please visit www.intelicaredirect.com.

Monster Jam takes over Petco Park

Monster Jam takes over Petco Park

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush this weekend you don’t want to miss out on Monster Jam at Petco Park. This Saturday’s all-star line-up includes World Finals champion powerhouses Grave Digger®, El Toro Loco®, Captain’s Curse® and Metal Mulisha; plus the San Diego debut truck appearances of FOX Sports 1™ Cleatus, Scooby-Doo™, Dragon, Doomsday; Monster Mutt® Rottweiler; War Wagon and Incinerator.  Another special performance will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 with the return appearance (after 7-year hiatus from San Diego) of four-time World Finals Champion and Grave Digger Icon Dennis Anderson!

Monster Jam Trucks

Anderson’s sons, Adam and Ryan are also Monster Truck drivers. We got to speak to Ryan Anderson who’s been in the business for only five years. “My dad’s been doing it for 32 years now so I was born into it, I’m only 25 years old so I was in my crib on the way to shows and stuff like that.”  He says there’s no other choice for him because it’s in his blood. “I do this for a living and I love it and so far I’ve done pretty good at it.”

Ryan Anderson

This is the first time that the trucks take over Petco Park. Being in a new place means a new track and potentially more daring tricks. “You never know what to expect but I can guarantee its gonna be insane” Anderson assured us. You don’t have to be a fan or mechanically inclined to appreciate the show. You just have to like the thought of seeing a 10,000lb truck fly up 60ft in the air and potentially lose a tire, crash or catch on fire.

Monster Jam Preparations

There’s always something new to experience so whether you’re a long time fan or a Monster Truck newbie you’ll be equally pleased. Could this be the show where San Diego sees one of these Monsters do a back flip?  “I’m pretty sure its going to be the first time there’s gonna be some back flips attempts here, not going to promise anything but they are building a ramp that I think I might be able to try it off of but not gonna guarantee nothing like I said, I might not make it that far but if I do I’ll hit it whether it backflips or crashes or whatever, I’ll do it and everyone is going to get a kick out of it” teases Anderson. One thing is for sure after talking with Anderson, it’s all about providing the fans a memorable show.

Monster Jam

The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, but fans can get the celebration started early with the Pit Party at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $45. For more information, visit MonsterJam.com.





Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kim Rescate

Posted By Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager on Aug 25, 2014

Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.

Kim Rescate is a lover of food and a runner (’cause of all the food). Though her passion for most things geeky is certainly a main driving force in her life, she also loves traveling and snowboarding. Kim works in communications at Alliance San Diego, but hopes it leads to a recurring role in Doctor Who, or Lost Girl. Continue reading

Fashion Week San Diego Founder Allison Andrews

Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) returns September 30th-October 6th and will take place at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier Downtown. “I’ve always appreciated fashion & creative arts, but love business, numbers and analytics. FWSD blends my passion and what I’m innately good at together,” said founder Allison Andrews. The dream of merging her two interests together came to fruition in 2008. After a four-year hiatus, the event returned in 2012 and quickly garnered the attention it deserved. The growing number of sponsors, attendees and the talent it attracted has allowed it to grow in just one year. “We have tripled our growth!! New, large venue- 3 days of runway shows- celebrity keynote industry speakers, so so much more! We have a musical act on Saturday night then our official after party in venue with VJ from Sleeping Giant Music! We partnered with Style to Rock the new competition fashion reality series produced by pop star Rihanna, and not to mention adoptable dogs looking for their forever homes on our runway Friday. Each night is so different and not to be missed.”


Photo credit: Andrew Casey

Any pressure to emulate other fashion shows such as New York Fashion Week?

No. We stand on our own and if anything I feel pressure to do it right and make sure for the right reasons. Quality over quantity.

The designers from 2008 FWSD; where are they now?

Many and most are still doing their designs. BUT that was a very hard year and many got displaced with the recession. Terrible time for retail in general.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Time and money, as with most large-scale productions.

If money were no object, who would be your dream guest designer?

That is a hard one. I immediately go with someone I would like to meet, but then the Director of FWSD jumps in and I would say it would need to be a designer that has paid their dues, been a leader in their industry and also set a higher example for clothing designers in the world market. They would also need to support other emerging designers, as that is a core factor to FWSD. I would want to do more business research on the list that comes to mind for the perfect fit.

Are there any designers that are being showcased this year that didn’t get a chance to show their pieces last year?

Yes and that is something that makes me very happy- that they come back and don’t feel defeated. I always encourage them to grow and take it as a learning lesson. It’s usually technical skills- craftsmanship.

What do you look for in a designer?

What we look for is that they want to be doing this full time and dedicated to making this their career.

Tell us about the process for designers who are interested in being involved with FWSD?

Written application, then interview in person or Skype and the final is interview with model in outfit with full hair and makeup.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t want it more for someone else. They have to want it.


Trust your gut.


You can’t make everyone happy.


Do the right thing, even if it means putting your neck out there.

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?

Any person that has been a yes person- I enjoy real feedback & conversation even if it’s not in line with my viewpoint.  So the worse advice is when people say what they think you want to hear. Don’t have a particular quote to reference at this moment.

Who are your biggest supporter(s)?

No question: My husband and my mother.


Don’t miss out! For more information and/or to purchase tickets: http://fashionweeksd.com