Friday, June 22, 2012

Snip it and Save!

Collect the coupons. Cut them out. Take this stack of tiny papers with bar codes on them to the grocery store. Spend a tremendous amount of effort wandering the aisles to find these sale items. Head to the check-out counter to discover that the savings are a whopping total of $8.00 while spending $70.00.

This has been my experience along with many other aspiring couponers, but before you punch the innocent grocery cart pushers and inventory stock employees, consider some guidelines first. Finally, no more coupon clowning around thanks to ever-so kind coupon queens such as Heather McIngvale of!

She's the ultimate entrepreneurial, work-at-home mom with two kids under the age of five, a working husband, two websites that she single-handedly operates, and a reputation as one of the coupon queens of the save-more-than-you-spend trend! She is Heather McIngvale of who will be hosting her Coupon Seminar 101 here at Merrimack Hall on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.

With a $5 donation at the door, Heather will donate all the ticket proceeds to our Johnny Stallings Arts Program, a visual arts and musical theatre outreach for individuals with special needs. 

Through her website and influential advice and suggestions for moms and aspiring “couponers” around the Tennessee Valley, she helps families of two, four, six and even eight save money on groceries and household items. Her site posts the best and most recent coupons for high profile grocery stores and marketplaces, but couponing can be highly overwhelming for those new to it. During her interactive seminar, Heather will show how easy the coupon process truly is. She will answer questions; take comments while also providing coupons from local attractions here in Huntsville. There will be a secret giveaway at the end of the class, so stick around for a chance to save and win!

Learn how to spend time saving while benefiting a great cause, the Johnny Stallings Arts Program!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ready, Set, Twive!

Get your philanthropic phalanges ready for a day full of Twittering, giving and receiving! Tomorrow, on June 14, Merrimack Hall will compete with over 200 other nonprofits across the country while representing Huntsville, AL. We give you, Twive and Receive! 
Cheyenne, one of our students with Down syndrome, performing at the
Johnny Stallings Arts Program recital this past May 2012.
This 24-hour, online fundraiser will allow registered nonprofits to show what their all about through their organization's project. Merrimack Hall is fundraising for the Johnny Stallings Arts Program, a visual arts and musical theatre outreach for children, teens and adults with special needs. Check out our fundraising page, become a fan and donate your dollars to help Merrimack Hall win an extra $15,000!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Twive and Receive

Say that five times fast, and then wonder what it is you're actually saying.      

Twive and Receive is a competition to win $30,000. But it’s more than that. More than
  200 cities across America will fundraise for a local nonprofit together next week. Twive
  and Receive represents a powerful statement about this country’s generosity, and
  Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is proud to be involved in this day!

• The 24-hour, national, online fundraiser, Twive and Receive, will take place on
   June 14. That’s only one week away! This fundraiser is very similar to Alabama Gives
   Day being that it’s online, through and 24 hours; however, Merrimack Hall
   will represent Huntsville, AL to compete with other nonprofits nationally (not just
   throughout the state) to raise the most money. Basically, through donations, we’ll find
   out who is the most charitable city in the US. The top 3 nonprofits who raise the most
   money will be awarded 15K, 10K and 5K on top of what is donated to Merrimack Hall.

•  Here are some ways you can help promote this day as we did for Alabama Gives Day.
   We raised over $4,000 last time, so this day can definitely be even better!
    -Visit the site at, and click on “Participants” to find Merrimack Hall
    -Start posting our link on your Facebook and Twitter page
    -Change your FaceBook/Twitter profile picture to the Twive and Receive logo
    -E-mail your friends and family all over the country!

•  We’ll be doing some other things to promote this day! Remember to donate on June 14, Thursday! 
    Need more info? Contact Kinsey at