Daughter of Holocaust and Atomic Bomb Survivors Speaking throughout Florida

Meant to beRoslyn Franken, inspirational speaker and author of Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, delivers her multi-media program with the powerful true story of her Jewish parents surviving and finding love against all odds. She is now touring Florida and scheduling throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Upcoming events are

  • March 21 at 7pm ,  West St. Petersburg Community Library at Petersburg College,             6700 Eighth Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
  • April 20 at 7:30 pm at the University of Tampa Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, 601 Frederic H. Spaulding Dr., Tampa, FL

All events are free and open to the public to attend. Book signings will follow each  presentation. Her books are available on Amazon, and a limited number of autographed books are available at the Florida Holocaust Museum gift shop in St. Petersburg, FL.

Personal testimonies from Holocaust and other World War II survivors help to ensure this turning point in human history is not forgotten. By listening to survivors tell their stories, the audience can relate the real-life experiences of these individuals to the history.

The problem is that there are fewer and fewer survivors left to give their testimonies. Also, those still alive often do not want to talk about their past, and others are sometimes unable to tell their story due to physical and/or other health limitations.

Roslyn Franken is carrying the torch for future generations by sharing her parents’ inspiring story of survival, love and triumph through her important work as a professional speaker and author of Meant to Be. Check for her book in libraries and in holocaust museums.

For more information or to schedule Roslyn to speak, contact info@speakersinternational.com or call her agent Liz Mitchell (843)902-4799.

Please Help Support Kitty Cats for a Cure for JM

Please click for donation options to help support Juvenile Myositis research

Juvenile Myositis (JM), including Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) and Juvenile Polymyositis (JPM), is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune diseases, in which the body’s immune system attacks its own cells and tissues.

Funding research for a cure is near and dear to our hearts, and we appreciate any help which you can offer. We are currently promoting the inaugural Washington DC Walk Strong to Cure JM which will be June 4 at the RIO Washington Center in Gaithersburg, MD.

Ask us for details if you would like more information about the upcoming event or about the CURE JM Foundation.

 

Canadian Speaker Now Scheduling in U.S. for Holocaust Remembrance Events

Roslyn Franken, inspirational speaker and author of Meant to Be: A True Story of Might, Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit, delivers her multi-media program throughout Canada and the U.S. with the powerful true story of her Jewish parents surviving against all odds. Limited dates are available for upcoming Holocaust Remembrance programs.

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Meet her in Sun City, FL at Aston Gardens on January 13 or in Dade City, FL at the Hugh Embry Library on January 24.

 Jewish and other faith-based audiences and community organizations are touched by the extraordinary story relayed in Franken’s acclaimed book which is currently being adapted through Five Star Studios Inc. for production as a feature film .

Franken’s programs are based on her book which relates the true story of her Jewish parents as two young prisoners of war held captive in opposite sides of the world.

Roslyn’s mother, Sonja Franken, was in the concentration camps of Nazi Europe surviving Auschwitz, and her father, John Franken, was a prisoner of war in Japan surviving the Nagasaki atomic bombing. They eventually met, and Roslyn’s own life story is buoyed by her parents’ resilient natures.

Praise from her recent audiences summarizes the effect of the presentation:

“Roslyn, what an amazing story on such an important topic, and one that should be shared with all! Your presentation was emotionally charged, uplifting and you presented in a manner that was both entertaining and inspiring. Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures, and ages is a true gift and you would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing, one-of-a-kind speaker.” ~ Rabbi Mendy Yarmush, Chabad Wiregrass, Florida

“She kept everyone spellbound throughout her story and it was clear that it touched everyone in different ways…the whole world deserves to hear your story,” Jessica Dube, Ravines Retirement Residence.

Franken’s books, Meant to Be and The A List: 9 Guiding Principles for Health Eating and Positive Living,  are available on Amazon. Her worldwide multi-media presentations of Meant to Be combined with book signings can be arranged through Speakers International.

 

Magician Elliott Smith Opens for Bill Haley’s Comets

Elliot Smith, comedy magician featured with Speakers International, will be the opening act for the Bill Haley’s Comets concert. The event will be on January 20, 2017, at 6 pm at Banquet Masters, 13355 – 49th St. North, Clearwater, FL. Don’t miss it if you’re in the area.

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Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens

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Welcome Charleston’s Shem Creek Boogie Band Friday July 29 with boat rides offered  at 5, 6, & 7 pm.
Come for dinner and stay for the show when the gardens stay open late. The Zoo with Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks®exhibit and Enchanted Storybook Forest are open until 8 pm.

Carolina Musician Jeff Edwards in Concert

Carolina musician Jeff Edwards will be the guest musical artist June 19, 2-4 p.m., in Spartanburg, SC, at Chapman Cultural Center’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist Edwards’s music reflects the beauty and complexities of life with a laid-back and ballad-like feel. As a developing artist, Edwards was greatly influenced by the music of Simon and Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. In recent months, he has performed at Smileys Acoustic Café, Barley’s Taproom, The Twisted Pear, Ike’s Korner Grill, Stomping Grounds Coffee, downtown Forest City, and downtown Rutherfordton. He is currently working on an album. To sample his music, please visit online:JeffEdwardsMusic.ReverbNation.com.

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In addition to Edwards’s free concert, Sundays Unplugged will feature free admission to Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Very often, local artists set up booths in Chapman’s plaza to sell their work directly to the public. Sundays Unplugged, 1-5 p.m., is a longstanding program that provides the public with a no-stress and no-cost opportunity to experience local art and culture. For more information, please call 864.542.ARTS.Edwards 2

R and B Musician Performs in Spartanburg, SC

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Rhythm and blues musician Travis Smith will be the guest artist at Chapman Cultural Center June 12, 2-4 p.m., presenting a free concert as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

Smith has been featured on TV’s Your Carolina morning show and taken to the stage throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, including at Fall for Greenville, Bele Chere (Ashville, NC), and The Cherry Blossom Festival (Macon, GA). Growing up in Woodruff, he was introduced to music at 3 years old, inspired by Stevie Wonder and other Motown artists. By the time he was 6 years old, he was playing piano and singing at his church. In school, he became a drum major for the Woodruff High School Marching Cadets, winning three trophies of Best Drum Major. His velvety voice won him an award for Best Male Vocalist at the L. Water’s Talent Show in 2005. He was the opener for six-time Stellar Award-winner and Grammy Award Winner gospel recording artist Vashawn at Spring Fling 2013. In college, he was cast in plays and performed with choral groups. Smith’s first album Childhood was released in 2009, and his latest release, Thinking of You, was released 2013. He is currently working on his Self-Tilted album, expected to be released later this year.

To sample his music, please visit TheTravisSmithProject.com.

 

Abbey Elmore Band to Play Free Concert in Spartanburg, SC

Abbey Elmore BandThe Abbey Elmore Band, a popular pop/rock band of Spartanburg, will be the musical guest at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, June 5, for the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged event. This free live concert will start at 2 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Fronted by Abbey Elmore, the band strives to deliver a memorable experience, from live shows to listening on your iPhone. The band and its original music are a cross between modern day pop and old school rock ‘n’ roll, producing a very unique alternative sound. Its members are Elmore, Tyler Tullis, Nick Wells, and Donnie Elmore. To sample the band’s music, please visit online: ReverbNation.com/TheAbbeyElmoreBand.

Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center hosts Sundays Unplugged, an event where patrons can enjoy local arts and culture in a no-stress and no-cost environment. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, and The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center are all open.