Sir Earl Toon and Carla Harrell have made it their mission to provide new winter coats to kids in need.
Their hopes are that every kid…
Give A Kid A Coat Foundation has a goal of serving at-risk children throughout the USA.
Give a Kid a Coat has dispersed more than 7,000 new winter coats from 2012 to 2023.
Carla Harrell born in Amite, Louisiana completed a dual degree Bachelors of Science degree in Medical Technology from Southern University and Louisiana State University. Her involvement in the fashion industry began in 2002 when an opportunity to design a logo for t-shirts for National Laboratory Week presented itself. The t-shirts were sold to hospitals in New Orleans to promote National Laboratory Week.
After this experience she realized that designing the t-shirts was something that she really enjoyed. A friend inspired her to look into designing t-shirts with the use of rhinestones and she started Divursitee LLC. This eventually led to a meeting with a sales representative from Swarovski. Once she established an account with Swarovski and received her first order, she devised a more effective and efficient process for producing stunning t-shirts encrusted with rhinestones.
The next opportunity to design t-shirts presented itself with Prescriptive Cosmetics. Being a regular customer, she approached them about using her t-shirts to promote events such as the introduction of new cosmetic lines. After presenting the design, they accepted and the word began to spread throughout the store and throughout the city about her work.
While becoming a marketing success, many other cosmetic lines such as YSL, Clinique, Christian Dior and MAC brand their name with Rhinestone T-shirts. It became such a success that it inspired all the cosmetic lines at Saks Fifth Avenue in New Orleans to wear Beauty Week in Rhinestones. Elizabeth Arden noticed that some of their competitors were experiencing marketing successes with the t-shirts. So an Account Executive from their Corporate Office contacted her to produce t-shirts for their White Diamond fragrance. The next project after that was with the Britney Spears Curious and her Fantasy fragrance collection. The t-shirts were sent to cities such as New York, Chicago, and Miami as promotional items.
Business was going so well and she decided to open a storefront. The renovations to the store were completed. The inauguration for the store had been scheduled four days after Hurricane Katrina and never got the chance to open. Along with the destruction of the store she was forced to relocate to Dallas, Texas and work under her website The Rhinestone Artist
Since moving to Dallas, she has been working on projects such as Mariah Carey’s M, Nordstrom’s Trend Show, the MOM Squad Organization, and more.
Sir Earl Toon, founder of Y.M.O. Enterprises LLC, is one of the most prolific Funk/R&B/Pop singer-songwriter/producers of the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and present.
A member of the multi-platinum band Kool & the Gang, Sir Earl co-wrote and co-produced songs like Celebration, Ladies Night, and Too Hot as well as many other well-known hits that charted no less than Billboard’s Top 40, many earning him Platinum and Gold albums & singles, U.K. Silver albums and singles, Multiple BMI Million-Air citations, along with a host of other awards.
Kool & the Gang to date have sold over 75 million records worldwide and are Grammy and American Music Awards recipients.
Sir Earl learned his trade as being the one and only protégé of Mr. Otis Blackwell, who wrote many of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits such as Don’t Be Cruel, Return to Sender, and All Shook Up.
Because of his humanitarian outreach, Sir Earl is in a Who’s Who celebrity cookbook entitled “A Musical Feast” with The Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Country Legend Willie Nelson, and Motown’s The Temptations just to name a few.
After many world tours with Kool & The Gang, Sir Earl Toon continues to passionately entertain people around the world, from children to adults, and from arenas to charitable events, with you, he will always “Celebrate Good Times”. YAHOO!!!
Yahoo! With your help, we can make a real difference in the lives of these children, ensuring that they have the warmth and comfort they deserve. Your donation is a testament to the power of compassion and community, and we are honored to have you as a partner in our mission.