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Breezin’ Chats Episode 15: Making Life More Musical (Feat. Instruments 4 Life)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guests, David Diaz, Bri Brokaw, and Jon Soler, to discuss their united mission to make life more musical for the Tampa Bay youth through Instruments 4 Life. David and Jon are native residents to Tampa, and Bri has a background in world travel. Together they share a strong passion for music and community outreach that is making kids lives better each day.

David, one of the founding members, has most enjoyed the journey of seeing Instruments 4 Life come together after years of hard work and seeing the kids grow with the program. Jon, a local musician and founding member, calls the organization a family that uplifts each other. He believes this powerful quality gives Instruments 4 Life a competitive advantage against lots of factors. Bri originally came into the program to assist with fundraising, but after a break in which she worked for the Peace Corps and became a teacher abroad, she brought the skills she learned back to Instruments 4 Life and continued to grow the program to what it is today.

 

The idea of Instruments 4 Life came to fruition at a band practice eight years ago. The band was brainstorming ideas on how they could help local kids, and, being musicians, they decided to practice what they already know; music. The band agreed that even for those who aren’t musicians, music helps people get through difficult times. As Bri said, “The best way we know how to give back is to start with our youth… because they are our future.” Thus, Instruments 4 Life was born.

 

The program provides beginner and intermediate lessons in guitar, ukulele, piano, and arts for kids in second through twelfth grade. It runs in eight to ten-week increments that coincide with school semesters and quarters. Following the completion of a cycle of music, the students are awarded their own instruments to keep.

 

The ultimate goal is to create lasting, positive changes in the lives of youth in at-risk communities. Instruments 4 Life students come from schools that have either no music programs or the existing programs have been severely cut. As a result of their hard work and commitment to the kids, Instruments 4 Life was named the Breezin’ Entertainment 2019 Charity of the Year.

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about David, Bri, and Jon’s passion for musical outreach and how Instruments 4 Life is continuously improving the lives of children in the Tampa Bay community.

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 14: The Runway to Tampa’s Future (Feat. Danny Cooper)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Danny Cooper, to answer the question, “What is flying people to the Tampa Bay area?” Danny is a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently works as the Senior Manager of Marketing at Tampa International Airport.

Danny is a proud Florida native. Following his graduation at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, he attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on a full-ride scholarship from the U.S. Air Force. Danny began his collegiate years as a computer science major with pilot training as the end goal, but ended up graduating in 1997 with a degree in English Literature and working as a Public Affairs officer at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Following his work in the Air Force, Danny worked as the Assistant Vice President of Communication and Public Relations at Lanier Upshaw and later as the Associate Director of the University of South Florida Alumni Association. He most enjoyed reconnecting alumni to a university that is completely different from when they visited and working outside the Tampa market.

 

Danny recalls a vivid memory of thinking that working at a university or airport someday would be cool, and the later half of that dream came true not long after the first. In 2014, he began work at the Tampa International Airport while also attending The University of Tampa to obtain his MBA. Danny works with the mindset that the airport should never be the reason people don’t come to the market, and has had undeniable success in ensuring the airport provides the best experience for its visitors.

 

The team comments how he has come full-circle doing work in the aerospace field, and Danny encourages any interested listeners to get into the field sooner in their career than he did. He believes that if you put into the universe what you want, it will happen.

 

Tune in to Breezin’ Chats to hear more about Danny’s career, his insight on marketing, expansions, and improvements at Tampa International, and where the future of Tampa Bay is headed.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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How to Choose the Perfect Venue for an Event feat. The Westshore Yacht Club

Choosing a venue may get lost in importance when planning an event – a bride and groom may choose a Pinterest-perfect venue instead of following their style, or the venue may be chosen before a guest list is finalized, unknowingly choosing a much bigger or smaller venue than what is needed. To get focused, here are four key tips to consider before booking a venue for your next wedding or corporate event.

1. Ensure that you choose a venue with the ambiance and style you are looking for
The ambiance of a venue sets the mood for the rest of the event. A venue can be minimalistic and easily transformed with lots of décor and entertainment, or it may have a strong style on its own that simply needs to be accented with personalized pieces. Choosing a style such as rustic, fairytale, beachy, or glam before looking at venues will help narrow your options more efficiently and ensures the event will complete your vision.

2. Check out what is included and what is not included in the venue
Some venues offer full-service packages that may include set-up and minimal decorations, while at other venues you must rent and bring your own. This will make the venue costs change greatly, so be sure to get quotes from rental companies and check all of the boxes before locking in a venue.

They may also have catering, blocks of rooms for out-of-town guests available if the venue is a hotel or various amenities such as a spa or a pool. If there is a certain element or convenience you are looking for, be sure to ask the venue what all of your options are.

Even if the venue doesn’t have everything you need, working with an event entertainment agency can fill in the gaps seamlessly. Breezin’ Entertainment offers a wide variety of entertainment for your any type of event. To see the full list of services, please visit https://breezin.com/

3. Consider the experience you want your guests to have
It is important to decide what kind of experience you want to give your guests. There is an infinite number of ways to do this, such as unique and impressive entertainment, having various activities and amenities available, and great music.

For example, if you are thinking about creating a hashtag for guests to use at your wedding or event, be sure your venue has elements that encourage guests to take pictures to post and to look back on fondly. Having a scenic view and a photo booth or a wall backdrop with props would help guests take memorable photos that they’ll want to share.

If your guests are coming from out of town, create a plan that will give them a place to stay and have ways to enjoy themselves and relax outside of attending the event.

4. Choose a venue that meets your needs and expectations for the event
Finalizing a guest list before you book a venue will make sure you are choosing the correct sized space for the size of the event. Ask the venue manager about how much parking is available, and decide how guests will travel to the venue. Making these important decisions will help your event be as perfect as possible.

Welcome to The Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club – a full banquet facility located in historic South Tampa for all your event needs. This event space can hold any event from an intimate ten-person luncheon to a lavish 300 guest waterfront wedding. They offer onsite catering, a full liquor bar, a bridal room & a groom room to get ready for the special day, sunsets on the bay every day, and the comfort that it will all be taken care of for your special event. For more information, please visit http://webvesta.com/wyc/home.asp

Please contact the Event Coordinator, Amy Winkleman, at (813) 489-1415 or amy.winkleman@vestaforyou.com

Breezin’ Entertainment and Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 13: Visit Tampa Bay (Feat. Santiago Corrada)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is talking with featured guest, Santiago Corrada, about tourism in Tampa. Santiago has dedicated over 25 years of his life to public service and is a long-time hospitality specialist. Now, he is the President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, a program that has greatly improved Tampa’s tourism industry.

Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey into a hard-working immigrant family, Santiago has always valued education. He was a musician in high school, participating in marching band, jazz band, and concert band, playing multiple instruments. Santiago worked hard to earn as much scholarships as possible to attend the University of Miami as a pre-med student. Ultimately, he decided to major in education, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and began teaching third through fifth-grade children with disabilities post-graduation. He later got his master’s in educational leadership and spent many years as a high school principal.

 

Due to his high level of success as a principal and a leader, after spending 17 years in the school system, the mayor of Miami recruited Santiago to run the park and recreation department. From there, he caught the eye of the Tampa mayor and was then recruited to work in Tampa. Santiago has worked in a variety of positions, from the chief of staff for the city of Tampa, to the Tourism, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Administrator at the Tampa Convention Center, to his current position at Visit Tampa Bay.

 

Santiago credits his success to staying open-minded. He says, “You never know what life has in store for you, and if you limit yourself to this one thing, you may be passing up on a universe of different experiences.” He is considered to be the main spokesperson for tourism and hospitality in the Tampa area and is affiliated with over ten local boards. He received HSMAI’s top 25 award for Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality, Sales, and Marketing and was the 2013 Hillsborough County Hispanic Man of the Year, in addition to the numerous marketing awards presented to Visit Tampa Bay under his leadership.

 

To hear more of Santiago’s story and how his hard work is bringing people to our slice of paradise, tune in to episode 13 of Breezin’ Chats. And don’t forget to hit the subscribe button.

 

Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests. Breezin’ Chats is now streaming on all major platforms: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and YouTube. Download and stream your favorite episode today, only on https://breezin.com/podcast/

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5 Essentials You Might Miss When Choosing a Venue Feat. Wyndham Grand Hotel

There are many things to consider when planning, organizing and hosting an event whether it’s a corporate event or a wedding. However, many people miss the importance of taking time to choose a venue. This is the place where your guests should feel comfortable and enjoy themselves from start to finish. Here are five essential things you might not think about when choosing an event venue.

1. Acoustics and Sound

Try to find a venue with a fine balance between lower ceilings, which amplify sound, and large open rooms that cause echoes. Sound that is overbearingly loud or too low might cause guests to feel unengaged, bored or even annoyed. No one wants to have to yell over the volume or squeeze their way closer to the speakers.

2. Ambiance

Throwing a fun and engaging event for your guests means creating an environment that is appealing and relates to the theme. The ambiance includes everything from decorations to music to entertainment, which is something that Tampa entertainment agency, Breezin’ Entertainment, can assist you with.

Creating the appropriate mood for your guests with the right venue can be difficult to achieve. For a venue that sets the perfect mood for any occasion, you can have your event at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. This is the ideal location for a Florida destination wedding, a fun-filled, beach-themed corporate event, or even a holiday party. In fact, Breezin’ Entertainment has done wedding and corporate events with the Wyndham Grand featuring all kinds of entertainment including an electric violinist, DJ karaoke, Cirque acts, and more.

3. Wifi Access

Having a stable internet connection in the entire venue is going to be critical. Many of your guests may need to complete certain tasks where they might need wifi like checking their email, texting friends, and family, and of course, posting on social media during the event, which is what you want to try and get your guests to do.

It’s best to test the wifi connection a few days before the event and the day of to make sure all your guests have access in the entire venue. You don’t want your guests having to walk outside of the event trying to find a strong connection.

4. Parking

Many of your guests are obviously going to need a place to leave their car, and you want to make parking as convenient as possible for them. Make sure to make parking arrangements at the venue even if there might be an extra charge. The venue should have its own garage or parking lot.

5. Insurance

There are some venues that might refuse to work with you if you don’t have the proper insurance. Discuss with the venue about what their insurance policy is and which side is expected to have it.

If there is insurance to provide on your side, remember to contact your general liability agent as soon as possible to help you.

Welcome to the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach – the newest AAA 4 Diamond resort on America’s #1 Beach! Offering 343 guest rooms, including limited edition Winter the Dolphin & Friends suites, we’re the ideal backdrop for your Summer stay-cation. Located steps from the beach, experience award-winning dining at Ocean Hai, relax and unwind at Pallavi Luxury Spa and soak in all our family-friendly amenities like morning yoga poolside or drive-in movies. For more information on booking a GRAND vacation, visit www.wyndhamgrandclearwater.com or call 727-281-9500.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 12: The Passage to the Wedding World (Feat. Julie Mackie)

On this episode of Breezin’ Chats, the team is diving into the world of bridal shows and exploring the journey and future of this week’s featured guest, Julie Mackie. Julie is the head of sales and marketing for Nuovo Bride Media Group and is also an associate publisher for the magazine.

Throughout her career, Julie says she has gained several valuable experiences, especially during the tougher times of being in an environment where skills like multi-tasking and adaptability are required. These were just a few of the lessons she learned on her journey.

Julie grew up in New York and graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. One of her very first jobs took place in Chicago where she worked in commodities trading at just 21 years old. It was a high-energy and stressful environment for Julie, but she says that it was still an “incredible experience.” She was able to support herself for 12 years and then moved to her current home, Sarasota, FL, when she had a son. With her strong sales background, she was able to quickly find a job. She networked and met with wedding and event professionals who later offered her a sales job with Nuovo Bride Media Group. Today, Julie is a leader and a professional in the wedding industry.

Want to hear more of Julie’s extraordinary journey? Tune in to episode 12 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to discover more of the obstacles she faced, how her roles have progressed, and her plans for the future.
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Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests.

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Breezin’ Chats Episode 11: Breaking the Barriers in Publication (Feat. Bridgette Bello)

On this episode of Breezin’ chats, CEO and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business and Wealth Magazine, Bridgette Bello, is sharing her journey to becoming the successful woman she is today. She is a media professional with over 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the media business from being a writer for the daily newspaper, a media buyer for advertising agencies, and everything else in between. She was also the president and publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal for 11 years and is a seven-time winner of the prestigious Eagle Award. However, her achievements also came with challenges that impacted her life. So please give a warm welcome to Bridgette Bello.

Bridgette began going to school for journalism at the University of Florida. When she heard a commercial on the radio looking for on-air talent, she knew she had to act right away. She received a position in morning news but later found out it just wasn’t for her. A few years after graduating, she became pregnant, but struggled to find work since the last job she applied for did not hire her due to her pregnancy. This was just one of the problems she faced in the early days of her career. Fast-forward to today, she has overcome life’s obstacles and is making an impact on Tampa Bay through her perseverance and media expertise.

 

Want to hear Bridgette’s full story? Tune in to episode 11 of Breezin’ Chats if you want to find out how Bridgette Bello rose to a position of power, her goals for the future, and important lessons she learned being a woman in the workplace.

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Breezin’ Entertainment launched a spin-off podcast series, called Breezin’ Chats. Breezin’ Chats is a wedding, corporate, and social entertainment podcast channel that offers next-level entertainment and business news to its listeners. Join host, Cindy Dervech and her ambassadors of fun, as they talk about the industry, and even house a few special guests.

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How to Throw the Perfect Summer Party

When summer time finally comes around, it is worth celebrating. If you are thinking about throwing a summer party, there are some elements you consider first in order to pull off the perfect event. Follow these quick steps in order to truly impress your guest with the perfect summer party.

The first thing to think about when planning a summer party is whether or not you want your party to have a theme. A theme is a great way to get people excited about your party as it allows everyone to get dressed up and have fun. Popular themes for summer parties include a Hawaiian luau or an underwater adventure. Each theme allows you to get creative with food and decorations while still impressing your guests with your creativity.

The next thing you should consider is your outdoor space. If you are thinking of having a party in the summer, you should make sure that you have a functional outdoor space. If the weather is nice people will want to be outside and in order to accommodate them, you’ll need a good entertaining space. Outdoor seating, tables and space to mingle will all be vital to make your party a success. Another thing to keep in mind is how you will provid a way for your guests to cool off. Whether it be a pool, or some refreshing snacks people will need a way to stay cool. One solution is to set up an outdoor tent, this way your guests will be able to enjoy the shade without having to retreat inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The most important element of your party is the food you serve. Whether you decide to cater or to serve the food yourself, you’ll need a plan to ensure that there is something for everyone to eat. If you choose to cater, you’ll be able to better enjoy your party rather than worrying about taking care of the details. Staples of summer food include fruit, BBQ and small appetizers. Whatever you decide to serve, stick to a buffet in order to allow guests to come and go as they please.

One aspect of the food you should control is the drinks. In order to have a truly memorable party, you should create a signature cocktail for your event. This simple touch is never overlooked as guests always appreciate a ready-made drink. When considering what drinks to serve, stick to fruity and sweeter flavors as they are better suited for summertime. Make sure you don’t forget the garnish!

Another aspect to keep in mind is what type of entertainment you will be providing. While guests often enjoy chatting together, it will be important to have some sort of entertainment at your disposal in order to keep the party going. Good outdoor entertainment may include yard games such as corn hole or connect four or even an outdoor movie screening in the evening. If you are looking to really spice up your night and impress your guests, hire professional dancer for later in the night.

When considering your entertainment, music is always the most important component. Music will be a big part of how you set the tone of your party. If you are looking for a calmer atmosphere, a band is a good choice, as it allows people to chat casually with music in the background. For a more energetic atmosphere, a DJ would be a better choice. A DJ will get people up and dancing throughout the night and keep your party going as long as you want. Whatever you do decide, make sure you have the perfect summer playlist ready to go when the time comes.

The last thing you should consider is the decorations. This will tie your party together and make it feel complete. If you are outdoors, it may seem difficult to decorate your space, but it’s all about being creative and using the space you have. Hanging lights from near by trees or under the tent, having balloon arrangements throughout the space and keeping vases of flowers handy will all provide a fun touch without looking tacky. Having features like a photobooth or a cookie decorating table will also help your party feel more complete.

Having the perfect summer party may seem a difficult feat at first, but by following these five simple tips, you will be sure to pull off a successful night.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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How to Throw a Successful Outdoor Event

Now that summer is here finally here, it’s time to take out the grill and get a barbecue going. You might be planning to throw a massive outdoor corporate party or wedding, or maybe you want to host a small family gathering. Either or, the best thing you can do is keep it as simple as possible. Here is a guide to help you throw a successful outdoor event for the summer.

Decide on the Menu

Don’t get overexcited and choose multiple food options. Instead, ask your guests about their food preferences and give them a few amazing meals. Having a smaller menu is much less of a hassle. You don’t need to worry about the temperatures and cooking times of different foods, and the preparation is going to be much easier on you. Food that can be cooked on a grill is not as messy. You can barbecue bread, vegetables, and meat to make the perfect meal for all your guests.

What you can do is offer a wide range of drinking options to make up for the limited food choices. Your guests are going to appreciate the large beverage selection whether it’s alcoholic, non-alcoholic or a mix of both.

Have Plenty of Furniture

It’s essential to make sure all your guests are comfortable, especially during an outdoor party. That way, they can enjoy the ambiance, the food, the people, and the entertainment, which is vital to have for any outdoor event.

Booking event entertainment can be a difficult task when you don’t have any connections and don’t know who to call. That’s why Breezin’ Entertainment is always happy to help. They have a wide selection of acts and talents to showcase at your summer party. From a wedding DJ to a stilt-walker, Breezin’ is the go-to Tampa entertainment agency that is guaranteed to bring the fun to you and all your guests.

If you are going to have entertainment, make sure there are plenty of seats and tables for all your guests, so they can eat comfortably and enjoy the acts and performances.

Select Lighting

Lighting plays a huge factor in any event, especially if it is held during the evening. No matter the theme or occasion, you can never go wrong with some outdoor string lights. Note that your guests might be taking pictures during your event, so make sure to have some extra lighting in specific areas of the venue that are photo-worthy.

Provide Shade

Summer is a season filled with fun… and some shade, of course, because no one wants to sweat and get sunburnt. Make sure to have a couple of shady spots throughout the venue. You could rent some tents or have tables with large umbrellas. This is going to be an extra cost, but it’s your responsibility as the host to keep your guests as comfortable as possible.

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15 Perfect Wedding Favor Ideas for Summer

Now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up, and summer weddings are soon to be happening, it’s time to come up with some creative wedding favors for your guests. Showcasing a vibe through your wedding favors that matches the fun, fresh and celebratory mood of the summer season is what all your guests are going to adore. Here are 15 wedding favor ideas for the sunny, heated months.

1. Personalized Food Items – You can give your guests decorated jars of jam or honey, mini apple pies, mini liquor bottles or a small picnic basket filled with fruit, candy, cake, and beautiful silverware.

2. Fun Accessories – This is perfect for outdoor weddings. Include a small gift set with sunglasses, a hand fan that folds, and a hat for some shade.

3. Sparklers – Allow your guests to go back in time to the summers of their childhoods. Sparklers make a beautiful and romantic addition to the celebration, especially if everyone lights them all at once.

4. Personalized Shot Glasses – You can never go wrong with some shot glasses at a summer-themed wedding. Personalize them with some flowers and you and your fiancé’s names for an endearing addition to the ceremony.

5. Aromatherapy – Your guests are going to appreciate a small and soothing lavender spray that acts as the perfect summer scent.

6. Mugs – This might be more associated with winter, but many people drink coffee, so you can never go wrong with a personalized mug.

7. Succulents – This is the perfect plant for summer. Succulents can store water for long periods of time and thrive in warm weather. They are also easy to care for and therefore, make a perfect wedding favor for all your guests.

8. Totes – These are the go-to, trendy bags of the summer season. Your guests can use them for picnics and beach trips.

9. Handkerchiefs – This is a very practical wedding favor that can be used for the sweat and tears that might be dripping down during a summer wedding.

10. Beach Balls – What other gift screams summer? Mini beach balls are perfect for those beach and pool days.

11. Flip Flops – This is perfect if your ceremony is taking place in a sandy location. Maybe your guests didn’t think to bring a pair of flip flops, so make their life a little easier with this wedding favor.

12. Bottle Openers – Whether you have a self-serve bar at your wedding or not, anyone can use one of these.

13. Mason Jars – You can make all your drinks look extra attractive if you use mason jars.

14. Parasols – Your guests can have shade throughout your entire ceremony. Plus, these look super fun in photos.

15. Cosmetics – Give your guests a small box filled with cosmetics like chapstick, hand lotion, and sunscreen.

These are just a few of the many different wedding favors you can offer. If you ever need any extra help with planning your wedding or booking a wedding DJ, Breezin’ Entertainment is glad to help. They are a Tampa entertainment agency that can give you the wedding you’ve always wanted, whether it’s a destination wedding or having a live band play you and your fiancé’s favorite song. Breezin’ is ready to make your wedding dreams come true, so be sure to contact them today.

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