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"Adoption Rocks!" Austin Texas Charity Benefit Concert - Looks like fun! (Video included)

Our guest today on Social Media Edge was Mike Chapman, a local friend of mine that I met via Twitter a few months ago. He talked about an upcoming event that his company is helping to promote. I think it's a very worthy cause, and I wanted to help him spread the word. It's for International Adoption Month and it benefits the Gladney Center for Adoption:

Both of my parents were adopted, so without adoption I wouldn't even exist! Clearly, this is a cause near and dear to my heart. :) My wife and I were very close to adopting back when we got pregnant in 1998. That was four children ago for us! I am always in favor of any initiatives to help bring children to couples and families that really want them and can give them a better life.

Here's some information that Mike provided for this post:

The event is a benefit concert called "Adoption Rocks!", and it was inspired by a local Austin family who adopted their beautiful Ethiopian daughter through Gladney. Upon learning of the trip to Ethiopia, friends hosted a live musical event last November to raise money for the Ethiopian orphanage.

The event was so special and so well-received that those involved decided to do it again but in a much bigger way! This promises to be a unique, fun event that will donate money raised to support the many programs and services Gladney provides.

The Gladney Center is a licensed, not-for-profit agency that has been creating bright futures through adoption since 1889. Today, Gladney stands as an international leader in adoption services and has placed thousands of children in loving homes. Gladney facilitates domestic as well as international adoptions from 9 different countries including Russia, China, Guatemala, and Mexico. Besides education, social events and life long support, post-adoptive services are provided from the Gladney Center for birth parents, adopted children, and their families.

They set up a Facebook fan page right here:

The video below makes a very compelling case. In my case, it brought swift tears as well.

Although the details are on the Facebook page I mentioned above, here they are again:

Location: Long Center For Performing Arts (near downtown Austin, TX)


  • Dumpstaphunk (Ivan Neville's group)

  • John Pointer

  • The Sangra del Sol Dance Troupe

Tickets: $100 each ($50 of each ticket is tax-deductible) To order, just click on desired show time link below and enter the promotional code "ADOPTIONROCKS" (all caps)
7:30 pm link =
9:30 pm link =

Sponsorships are still available, and there will also be a silent auction held. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar available as well.

For more information, please contact Mike Chapman:

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