Dan Barry spent 25 years as an Anheuser Busch sales and marketing executive, but now he has a new company and a new mission — “Make Your Marc on the World.”
Barry, who lives part-time in South Miami, in October launched an e-commerce only underwear brand, comically called Marc Skid.
And with each pair purchased, $4 goes toward doing good. Consumers can choose from nine 4-star charities that “feed the world, save the world, and cure the world.”
The “cheeky” idea was dreamed up by two buddies while kicking back and sharing some brews, according to the Marc Skid website.
Barry said he was inspired to find his new path “based on my own mission work in Honduras and the many generous people who have been part of my life.”
“Giving back has never felt so good,” he said in an email. “With Marc Skid eco-friendly underwear, you can better the world one pair of undies at a time. It’s all about everyday people helping everyday people, because anyone can make a difference across the globe — just by wearing undies.”
The colorful styles — boxer brief, hipster and bikini — are made with organic pima cotton grown on family farms in Peru “that strictly adhere to tried-and-true farming practices that exclude GMOs.” The waistbands are made using materials created with recycled water bottles.
Marc Skid underwear is offered in four colors — blue, green, red and white. Each color supports a different need.
“Green underwear funds feeding the world, blue supports saving the world, red supports charities that cure the world and white gives customers the option to choose any affiliated charity,” Barry said.
“When surveying Marc Skid’s target audience, we found that people value choice when it comes to giving back,” he said. “By allowing our customers the option of donating to one of nine charities, our brand is allowing people to personally connect with a cause and have more say in where their money goes.”
Partnered charities include Action Against Hunger, Amazon Conservation Association, Carbon Fund, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Concern Foundation, feedONE, Project C.U.R.E., The Hunger Project and Water.org.
To “Make Your Marc on the World,” Barry encourages posting pictures on social media tagged with #MadeMyMarc. You can make purchases, learn more, and have fun looking at the photos at https://marcskid.com/.
Styles range from $20-$29. And so far, Marc Skid purchases have raised $2,056 for the charities and saved 514 water bottles from landfills.
Piano prodigy to perform
Alysa Englehardt, a ninth-grade piano prodigy from Coral Reef Senior High School, will be featured at the South Florida Youth Symphony annual Student Showcase Concert 4 p.m. March 11 at the Lou Rawls Auditorium at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Ave.
Alysa, 15, began piano lessons at age 5 and has performed in numerous piano recitals, musicals and choral presentations. The concert also will include highlights from the group’s Feb. 25 Carnegie Hall performance.
“Our audience will be treated to a wide range of performances, from our beginning classes through the Youth Symphony,” SFYS Executive Director Marjorie Hahn said in a release. “In addition, Alysa’s piano solo will delight the attendees. She is simply fantastic.”
A multi-talented musician, Alysa also plays violin and has composed several piano pieces. At age 10, her composition, “Garden of Secrets,” won the Distinguished Award at the Yamaha Junior Original Concert and was selected for the National JOC performance in New Jersey in 2013. She has received many awards and has performed with the Florida Grand Opera at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Now in its 53rd year of training young musicians, the symphony is considered one of America’s premier youth music organizations. At this event, concertgoers can also participate in a fundraising raffle for tickets to a Miami Marlins game.
Tickets to the student concert are $10 and are available by calling 305-238-2729. Visit http://sfys.net for more on the concert and opportunities for young musicians.
Greening of the Gables
It’s time again for the traditional Celtic celebration, the 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, noon to 6 p.m. March 10 at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., five blocks south of Miracle Mile. Admission is free.
The South Florida Irish Community invites everyone to join in. There will be family-fun entertainment and palate-pleasing treats such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish soda bread, and whiskey cake as well as a spirits and other beverages including Irish whiskey and stout.
The festival will include many children’s activities including a giant slide, a rock-climbing wall, a merry-go-round, and a bounce house. Irish crafts will be available for sale by high quality vendors.
This is the 18th year the festival has been held at Hartnett Park. The festival site is named for a Coral Gables mayor in the 1950s who was a long-time member of The Emerald Society.
Avalon will provide entertainment with Irish singer and harpist Tricianne Garrihy. The Paddy Kelleghan Band, The Charter Flight Band, the St. Andrew Pipe and Drum Band, and pianist Peter Fuchs will also perform. Irish dancers from the Breffni Academy of Irish Dance led by Michael O’Hara will provide plenty of fancy stepping, and participants of The Miss Colleen Pageant will be presented.
For more, contact 305-949-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet your neighbors
Ernie Garza Coyote will perform his originals along with familiar Elvis Presley and The Beatles songs at the next New Neighbors of South Dade luncheon 11:30 a.m. March 14 at Devon’s Seafood Restaurant, 11771 Sherri Lane in the Town and Country Mall. The singer has been the opening act for many headline shows, organizers said in an email.
Everyone is invited and the luncheon cost is $25 by check. Reservations are required by March 12. Contact Charlene Richards at 305-251-3074 or email@example.com. The New Neighbors Club of South Dade’s mission is “to meet our neighbors and develop community awareness while enjoying fun events.”
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