Showing posts from October, 2020

Winning The Battle: How Careful Planning & Mutual Respect Delivered Successful Live Martial Arts Tournament During Pandemic

When Truth Entertainment owners Greg and Toby Ruth rescheduled the 2020 Battle of Atlanta World Karate Championships for the second time due to Covid-19 concerns, the duo knew their prestigious event was facing a fierce adversary. Typically held in June, the 52nd annual Battle of Atlanta, which has been home to some of the greatest fighters the martial arts world has ever known (think Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Joe Lewis and others who have graced its halls), had already been pushed to July. As summer approached and Covid-19 showed no signs of backing down, Greg and Toby made the decision to move their event to September 2020  -- Labor Day weekend – remaining at the original Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel venue. Even after the North American Sports Karate Association (NASKA) World Tour Board of Directors made the decision to cancel its 2020 season in August, Greg and Toby pressed on.  Teamwork Makes the Dream Work The Ruths and their incredible team worked tirelessly to

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Courtnie Hicks, Director of Account Management, Connections Housing Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the annual international health campaign organized by a number of breast cancer charities with one goal in mind – to raise awareness of the disease and funds for ongoing research into the cause, treatments and a cure. 2020 has certainly been a strong reminder that we’re all in this together.   While many of us are working remotely, the Connections Housing team is coming together virtually to show our support of this very important cause.   Pictured here, some members from our West Coast team: (top to bottom): Amy Blankenship, Rosa Gaitan, Lourdes Canduela, Crystal Blake, Sarah Atkinson, Abby Archer, Shawn Woodrich, Kim Ragusa, Dawn Davis, Stephanie Gasca, Marie Tasker, Courtnie Hicks, Anna Vivas-Wicha and Robert Colvin.   There are so many great organizations out there working tirelessly for a cure all year long.  If you’d like to do more or get involved, Charity Navigator has