Christmas Bureau Adoption: Update 1

This morning I received TransformTopeka’s official letter from the United Way, notifying us which families were selected for us to adopt this holiday season. Thanks to the $605 that we were able to raise, we’re going to be able to help three families have a merry Christmas!

  • A single mother with three boys, ages 3 – 11.
  • A couple with four children (two girls and two boys), ages 0 – 12.
  • A couple with four children (three boys and a girl), ages 1 – 13.

Our next step will be to contact each family, letting them know that they’ve been adopted and then confirming their wish lists. Then we’ll need to organize a group shopping trip and gift-wrapping session, so we can get everything delivered to our families before Christmas arrives.

Making a Documentary – C. W. Porubsky Deli & Tavern

Have you ever visited C.W. Porubsky Deli & Tavern located at 508 NE Sardou in the Little Russia neighborhood of North Topeka? The deli opened more than 60 years ago and has survived floods, fires and recessions, all while being owned by the Porubsky family. And it’s known nationally and internationally for their chili, hot pickles and cold cuts.

To honor Porubsky’s story and all of its history, several groups in town have joined together to film a documentary about the deli. The full-length feature film will premiere in Topeka in late 2009. Check out a preview of here:


Please help fund this piece of Topeka history by making a tax deductible donation at the Topeka Community Foundation and selecting the Porubsky Documentary Fund. All proceeds generated by the documentary will be donated to the local arts organization, ARTsConnect.

People/Companies involved in the production of this film include:
Matthew Porubsky & Leah Sewell – writing the screenplay
Gizmo Pictures
– filming, producing & editing
Jeff Carson & Greg Ready – Executive Producers
Justin Marable – creating original artwork for the poster and DVD cover
Dan & Sam Billen – creating the original soundtrack
Kansas Humanities Council – Humanities & Heritage grant

For  more information visit the C.W. Porubsky’s – Transcendent Deli Facebook Fan Page and become a fan. Or click here to download the Film Proposal which includes the history of the deli, specifics about the content, timeline and budget, as well as, how it will benefit the Topeka community.

Civic rally to “GET-OUT-AND-VOTE!”

The community is invited to the “GET-OUT-AND-VOTE” Civic rally! It will take place on Sunday, April 5th at the Gage Park Zoo parking lot at 1:00p.m. We are asking the community to help to spread the word, use “Twitter”, Facebook, email, cell phones, word-of-mouth, etc. and invite everyone you know to be at the “GET-OUT-AND-VOTE” Civic rally. Participants will be asked to stay for 5-10 minutes and shout out “GET-OUT-AND-VOTE.”  Then, stay and enjoy the park or spend the day knowing you took this little bit of time to get involved.

The primary election had a very low turnout. There are a number of candidates who are running for city council and a very important sales tax question on the ballot for the April 7, general election. This election will more directly affect the citizens of Topeka than even the statewide and nation wide elections. If the tax passes, the community will pay that tax almost everyday. Agree or disagree the only way to make your choice count is to vote!

Start today. Share this announcement with everyone!  Get energized! Let’s come together on April 5th and remind everyone you know GET-OUT-AND-VOTE on April 7th!