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Month 5. February 2011. Peyton's Promise & the Gift of Adoption.

Bringing together forever families, $1 at a time!

On February 24-27 at the 2011 AmeriCup Nationals in Minneapolis, event producer UPA will donate $1 from every athlete package sold and a percentage from gate receipts to the cause. For attendees and athletes who have a special heart for adoption, there will be an additional opportunity to donate! Each person that makes a donation will be able to sign a special sticky-note and have it placed on Peyton's Wall of Promise! Read more to find out how you can help!

The story   After five years of struggling with infertility, five failed invitro attempts and two miscarriages, Lisa and Roger Saline were blessed through adoption with Peyton. She was a beautiful baby girl just two days old when they first met her.

Lisa shared, "It's hard to explain the joy and peace that filled our hearts, after the years of struggle and disappointments."

This is what love looks like   When Peyton turned two she asked, "Mama, will I be here forever or can someone take me away?" It broke Lisa's heart. So together they came up with their family motto, "We're a FOREVER family and no one can take us apart ever - ever - EVER!" They still say it every night at bedtime.

Please help us bridge a forever families through Peyton's Promise, named after Lisa & Roger's little girl. Here's how you can help. For every $3,500 raised we can help another couple complete an adoption.

We are asking you to donate what you can, even a dollar or two, and help bridge families together FOREVER. The FirstGiving website is simple, fast and totally secure. Click here to donate!

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to share this with anyone who you think may have a heart for adoption and Peyton's Promise! Click here to visit the site, read more about Peyton and the Saline family and see tons of pictures that will make you smile!


Read the press release...

Minneapolis, MN, January 4, 2011 - UPA has announced its' Peyton’s Promise, a fundraising program where 100% of online donations go toward finalizing an adoption. Lisa Saline, UPA’s Founder and President, initiated conversations with long-time colleagues Inside Cheerleading Magazine’s Chris Korotky, and Mary Novik of Fine Designs Imprinted Sportswear, to come up with a philanthropic program geared around adoption. The outcome was Peyton’s Promise.

After years of struggling with infertility issues, Lisa and her husband pursued adoption to complete their family. Back in 2002, they had a seven-year-old son, Dylan, who so badly wanted to be a big brother. A phone call early one morning blessed them with a healthy baby girl. Three year’s later they were blessed again with a healthy pregnancy and little boy they named Greyson completing their family once and for all. After going through the adoption process, the Saline’s quickly found out how expensive it was to complete an adoption. Often times those in the process simply run out of funds and the adoption falls through. Both Lisa and Roger wanted to do something to help.

At the 2011 AmeriCup Nationals in Minneapolis, UPA will donate $1 from every athlete package sold and a percentage from gate receipts to the cause. During the weekend of Nationals, February 24-27, 2011, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Inside Cheerleading Magazine and Fine Designs will be offering fans an opportunity to donate and have their name displayed on a butterfly decal, the signature of Peyton’s Promise. 100% of butterfly donations will also go to the cause. Every $3,500 completes an adoption for a prospective family.

Inside Cheerleading Magazine first brought awareness to the spirit industry with its Making A Difference article featuring cheerleaders and their adoption tales. Fine Designs came up with the official Peyton’s Promise logo and will be selling Peyton’s Promise merchandise items on site with a percentage of the sales going to this cause. This collaborative effort by three amazing companies hopes to Bridge A FOREVER Family many times over.

By donating to Peyton’s Promise, every dollar brings one family closer to finalizing an adoption.

About UPA…

United Performing Association, Inc. began in 1987 with a young girl’s dream. Lisa Kubinski Saline was a twenty year old college student cheering professionally for the Minnesota Vikings, coaching a collegiate cheer/dance team in Minnesota and soon to graduate with a degree in Public Relations, Marketing & Speech Communications. Her dreams of owning her own business were encouraged by her father, an entrepreneur himself. So with a limited budget Lisa began UPA in the basement of her home. Twenty-four years later, Lisa and Team UPA have developed the company into one of the nations top contenders in the spirit industry. With traditions and a strong value system in place, UPA has become a household name around the spirit world with events such as the AmeriCup Championship, Easter Cruise Competition, Judge Certification Program, Eclipse Cup Studio Competitions and the Challenge Cup series to name a few. For more information about UPA, please visit http://www.UPAinc.net.

For more information on Peyton’s Promise, visit http://PeytonsPromise.net.