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2021 BECOME ONE VOICE, INC. $CHOLAR$HIP$ 

APPLICATION DEADLINE AUGUST 23, 2021


 



2020 SCHOLASHIP WINNERS

On THANKSGIVING we reached out to the winners of our 2020 scholarships. While we planned on only awarding only two $1000 Scholarships, one per category (service and writing), we had no idea how hard it would be to select just one. As a result we decided to do our part to spread hope and encouragement during the 2020 pandemic and as a result we went a little crazy and gave out several more awards.


Joshua Charles Peckham -Selfless Service Scholarship

$1000  HEATHER BURKE

$500 JASON THOMPSON*

$500 JONATHON MORALES

$250 CARAGAN OLLES

$250 DAVID BUJDOS

*Josh’s Family, the Byrds, contacted Become One Voice, Inc. and made a special donation that covered our first 2nd place winner. Their geneorsity inspired us to add smaller awards to both categories. Much gratitude goes our to the BYRD FAMILY for making this possible.  

Through other fundraisers, we were able to add the remaining 3 (one $500 and two $250). Thank you to all applicants and thank you to all  who contributed to make these scholarships possible.   


Lawrence G. Smith Writing Scholarship

$1000  Noah Haslett, "Tom’s Story"

$500 Stephanie Echem 

$250 Rachel Brockney

$100 Bella Kim

$100 Alex Stiner

$100 Bryce Williams



Tom’s Story

by Noah Hasett

Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved to play in his tree house. Actually, he called it his tree fort, but for him it was anything he wanted it to be. Sometimes it was a wagon jolting over rough terrain while he kept an eye out for Indians and buffalo. Sometimes it was a Viking ship slicing through the waves as he searched for cities to raid. Sometimes it was a spaceship speeding through the heavens as he looked for planets to land on and explore. The boy’s name was Tom.

The tree fort was built in a giant oak tree in the woods behind Tom’s house. The oak tree must have been hundreds of years old. Its branches spread out and covered a large area of the forest floor. Its crown towered over the top of the other trees, and its trunk was massive, dwarfing all of the other tree trunks.

Tom built the tree house himself. In fact, Tom built most of the things he played with, using the tools and materials in his father’s shop. Tom loved to build things; he had built swords, bows, ray guns, and whatever else he needed for the adventure he was going on next in his tree fort. You see, Tom’s parents did not have much money, but that was fine with Tom.

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One day, Tom was playing in his tree fort. He was riding a dinosaur through the jungle when he noticed thunderheads piling up in the sky. They were moving his way and already flashing lightning. Tom ran quickly inside. His parents had often told him to never play in his tree house when there was a thunderstorm. That evening he watched the storm shoot lightning bolts out of the sky and produce

deafening thunder. Suddenly, an extra bright lightning bolt and an extra loud thunderclap rent the sky at almost the same exact time. Tom saw the bolt strike the tallest, most massive tree in the whole woods. His Tree.

The next morning, Tom ran outside first thing. He sped to his tree to survey the damage. The Giant tree had been split in two, right down the trunk. The two halves of the trunk had fallen over and crushed several smaller trees. The trunk was burnt and had been splintered into many large fragments that had been thrown violently in all directions. Tom’s tree fort was completely destroyed.

Tom was distraught over the loss of his tree fort. He could rebuild it, and he could even make it better. But he had played in that tree fort for years, and he had grown to love each board and plank. Tom began to search through the wreckage for anything he could salvage. As he was digging through some of the wreckage near the tree trunk, he came upon a wooden box held shut by a rusty padlock. It looked very old and was very heavy. The only mark on the outside of the box, beside several scratches, was the word Townsend carved very faintly into the bottom of the box.

When he was finished sorting through the remains of his tree fort, he took the box to his father’s shop. After working on the box for several hours, he finally opened it. What he saw amazed him. The box was full of gold coins of all shapes and sizes. The only piece of paper was a small note on top of the coins. It was a poem. It read:

Consider well
On what this you spend For who can tell How things may end

- Earl Townsend =====================================================================

Tom did consider well what he was going to use his fortune to buy. He could buy enough wood for a dozen tree forts. He could buy all the toys he wanted. He could save it for later, and buy a car or a house. Finally, Tom made his decision.

The next day, Tom walked into town so he could use his fortune. Instead of going to the toy store or the bank, he walked up to a homeless man sitting on the curb.

“Excuse me sir,” Tom said, “I want to give this to you”
The man looked into the box and exclaimed “I can’t take that from you.”

“You won’t be taking it from me,” replied Tom, “I am giving it to you.”

“I’m awfully sorry son,” responded the man, “But my family lost a fortune before, and I don’t want to lose another one.”

“I insist,” said Tom, “I have plenty. I have a house, food and nice clothes. I want you to have this money so you can have those things too.”

After a long pause, the man finally said “Okay, I accept,” and, with tears welling up in his eyes, accepted the gift from Tom.

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Two weeks later, Tom received a package from the man. He thanked Tom again for the money and told him that he was living in a nice house and had nice clothes. He had also been given a job. He also included several of the gold coins, saying that he wanted Tom to have some nice things too.

The letter was signed Greg Townsend. Greg Townsend was the great-great-grandson of Earl Townsend who had hidden the box in the giant oak tree and was blamed by the family for losing their fortune. 


OTHER NEWS...

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED our most recent event.  With your help we were able to raise over $7200, enough funds to fund all three wildlife organizations.  In spite of crazy weather conditions that eventually  subsided, the show went on and toghther we made a difference with these amazing animals and their caregivers and providers.    

Kevin Keith of Wild About Monkeys and silver screen sensation Mickey the Baboon entertained and educated. 

 

Donate to our many worthy causes. 

Meet Mickey the Baboon:

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For more information on Monkey Business Procuctions

http://www.monkeybusinessprod.com/ 

For 34 years Kevin Keith, a renowned animal trainer, has worked with a vaierty of animals with a special emphasis on primates. Mickey the Baboon has been with him for 19 years and has been featured in numerous films and commercials and co-starred along side movie greats such as Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman to name a few. Come on out and meet Kevin, Illianna, Mickey, and Chiquita. Special Thanks to Enrico Spadoni Photography. 


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For more information on Saving Wildlife International

http://www.wildswi.org/ 

For more than 20 years Steve Mehren has been working with a large variety of animals specifically focusing on conservation efforts. He has enthusiastically shared his commitment to wildlife conservation with diverse audiences. 

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www.safariencounters.org  

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Riley  Lai  Nelet

https://www.rileylainelet.com/

At the age of 6, Riley opened the catwalk for the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. Not satisfied with just the fashion world, she soon had a cameo appearance in Modern Family, American Housewives and most recently, played the younger Reilleen in the Netflix blockbuster, Altered Carbon. Soon after, Riley took a liking to the guitar. She uses her love for music to pay it forward in charitable ways nost notably teaching kids in shelters to play the ukulele.


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Become One Voice & PHANTOM FIREWORKS

    HOLY SMOKES In the words of Katy Perry, “You’re a FIREWORK”. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! Our 2020 Firework stand was a huge success. A very special thank you goes out to our volunteers without whom none of this would have been possible. 


IN OTHER NEWS 

  STRIVE  PROGRAM 

BOV IS COMMITTED TO DEVELOPING AND MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION OF YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY. WE ARE EAGER TO PARTNER SUCCESSFUL YOUNG ADULTS WITH THE KIDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO INSPIRE THEM TO USE THEIR PASSIONS, TALENTS, AND SKILLS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITY. AT PRESENT STRIVE   OPPORTUNITIES ARE ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES ONLY TO COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING MANDATES. 

MAY 2020 LAWRENCE G. SMITH WRITING CONTEST

BOV HAS DEDICATED ITS MISSION TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS TO USE THEIR PASSIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IN 2020 WE WILL BE HOSTING THE FIRST EVER WRITING CONTEST, HONORING THE LOVING MEMORY OF LAWRENCE G. SMITH.  DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN 2020.

AUGUST 2020 JOSHUA CHARLES PECKHAM SELFLESS SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

BOV IS HONORED TO HOST THE FIRST EVER SELFLESS SERVICE NOMATION SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JOSHUA CHARLES PECKHAM ( SEPTEMBER 11TH 1992 - AUGUST 23RD, 2019.) JOSHUA DEDICATED HIS 26 YEARS ON EARTH TO SERVING THE WORLD AND THE PEOPLE IN IT. WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS AND NOMINATION GUIDELINES IN 2020. 

NO LIPS (A LEGACY STORY) BY LAWRENCE GREGORY SMITH (2020)

BOV IS PUBLISHING  OUR FIRST CHILDRENS  BOOK WITH ARTIST ESTEBAN MENDOZA OF ARTIST BONZAI. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS COMPLETION IN WINTER 2019-2020

DETAILS COMING 2020

ORIGIN STORY

IT ALL BEGAN ONE GLORIOUS AND ADVENTUROUS NIGHT. Okay I might be overstating to say it happened in one night Okay, okay... so it didnt happen over night at all, it was like a mini lifetime. Hi! My name is Rachel Renee Peckham (25), formerly Rachel Johnson, one of the original Become One VOICE, Inc. founders and board members, alongside Morgan and Zion Johnson. 

Become One VOICE, Inc. has gone through what seems like many lifetimes, a metamorphasis and possibly a rewrite. Regardless the scope of our change and growth, Become One VOICE, Inc. has stayed true to our mission to empower youth and young adults to use their passions, talents, and skills to make a difference in the local and global community. I am eager and honored to share our origin story with you and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.


-Rachel Renee Peckham (2019) 

  

 First and foremost, welcome to Become One Voice, host of the Conex’s exponential events, hailing from Tracy, California. What is Become One Voice, you might wonder? It is a group formed solely of kids and young adults just wanting to do something good, productive and selfless in our community. We believed we could use our talents and passion from Art and Pop Culture to people and animals, to create and fundraise for the many local and national charities you might already be familiar with. Our charitable endeavors began when we wer 11, 9 and 6 years old. My sister, brother and I enjoyed our first fundraising event, the American Cancer Societys Relay for Life. Our hearts long to do more and we decided that if we had fun while making a difference, there really was no better way to spend our time.

So with excitement and support we took on the world, well the local community at least, and we formed an entirely kid led and run team. It became our mission to show the whole community WE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Our first independant group effort was a team of kids fundraising under the name Kidz-4A-Kauze (the misspelling intentional as kids like that sort of stuff) and was for the American Cancer Society’s Union City, Relay For Life. We raised thousands of dollars through cash and in-kind conrtibutions which inspired other teams to form and also contribute in a greater way. Our efforts gained media attention and thus our ORIGIN STORY took form.

Since 2006 a few things have changed, the most notable change is that we founders, are no longer kids.  As young adults we felt Kidz-4A-Kauze was no longer a relevent name being we were no longer “kids." So we officially changed the name to Become One Voice. We opened a small store at a local mall and hosted our first Comic-Con in 2014. The large scale event was inspired by Zion, 14 at the time, being inspired Miles Scott a.k.a. Batkid having received his WISH in 2013. Miles’ wish was so genuine and special and his single wish drove an entire city. That one event created an endless ripple effect.  

We made many friends in the comic con, reptile expo and other show communities which gave us the vital resources we needed, and fortunate for us, they were all eager to help. It took time, but we held the 2014 and 2015 Tracy Comic Show, the 2016 and 2017 Tracy Comic Show and Tracy Reptile Expo, and our current venture in 2018 to present, ConEX Comic Con & Exotic Animal Expo. 

All the while, we worked steadily towards an official non-profit status which we finally received in winter of 2017.

As a whole, an ever growing team, we have learned so much from each other. We pushed passed limitations, proved plenty of people wrong, and went out and made a difference. We could not be more proud of our team, our ever-supportive community, our family, our friends, and each other. The whole trip has been an adventure and we are blessed beyond measure to touch the lives of so many. 

Now, in November 2020, we will be hosting our 6th annual comic con and exotic animal expo It will be a true COMIC-CON environment and true EXOTIC ANIMAL EXPO (in separate buildings at the Alameda County Fairgrounds utilizing over 50,000 square feet) and thus offer us a better opportunity to acomplish our mission of youth making a difference! With this move we will continue to contribute to Make-A-Wish and other worthy organizations, but with a greater visibility and reach. With your help this will be the best year yet! Without further adieu we PROUDLY ANNOUNCE OUR 2020 Comic-Con and Exotic Animal Expo: Nov 21-22 at the ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS! BUILDINGS A and B. We hope you can all make it out. 

                                                          Your Team at Become One VOICE


One voice alone rarely changes a thing. We stand together, a collection of voices that arebslowly, but surely changing the world. Together as One VOICE (Voices Of Individuals Change Everything) we will make a difference.  

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OUR MISSION IS NOT OVER

STAY CURRENT ON BOV HAPPENINGS ON THE BOOK OF FACE, I.E.,  FACEBOOK , THE ORIGINAL “IG” A.K.A. INSTAGRAM, AND  TWITTER  FOR TWEET; AND AS ALWAYS THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. 

WHAT’S NEXT:  UPCOMING EVENTS 


DUE TO COVID 19, ALL EVENTS have been CANCELED

   

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