Don Tocco has been invited once again by Pam Bejnar, the Program Manager working with Southeastern High School in Detroit. In the past, Don has shared important ideas on success in the real world with Detroit area high school students. The success of these programs has been notable, so the partnership continues to help prepare Detroit high school students for their college bound experience and/or effort to enter the job market. The one hour presentation will address students and faculty alike. Mr. Tocco will be providing special booklets entitled “There are No Grades in the Real World” and a motivational CD for every student.
Spring Arbor University has invited Don Tocco to spend a day sharing important ideas on shaping their future by focusing on creativity and excellence in all endeavors. He will be facilitating an art show, which includes his
original paintings, sculptures and framed and matted photography, plus a PowerPoint presentation which will include the reading of poetry from his book, Art of the Journey. The day will culminate with a sports challenge pitting Spring Arbor's best baseball and basketball players hitting and shooting against Don. Should either team prevail, this will result in a donation from Don to support those two athletic organizations.
Hillsdale College will be hosting Mr. Tocco once again for an evening of thought provoking and motivational concepts on how the students can work toward discovering their God given talents. The program is scheduled to commence at 7:15 PM in Phillips Auditorium, where the speaker will be utilizing his popular PowerPoint presentation to take the audience through the powerful and time tested concepts of planning and working toward specific outcomes in four major arenas: academics, health, career and community. The entire student body has been invited.
Northwood University with campuses in Midland, MI; Dallas, TX; and West Palm Beach, FL has recently partnered with Don Tocco to assist in commercializing his book, Art of the Journey. Northwood has selected the West Palm Beach Campus and its international students to begin creating a marketing strategy and a plan to implement that strategy. The process with continue for the remainder of this semester and possibly into the fall. In the meantime, Don will be speaking to all athletes on campus, providing materials that he has used at other colleges to help accelerate all athletic teams. Don is pleased to work with Dr. Duncan, President of the West Palm Beach Campus, and other key administrative figures.
Don begins a five series presentation at Oakdale Academy in Waterford. This new private school recently launched with the help of Hillsdale College as one of the extraordinary academic centers in the region. Its core curriculum includes classical studies and will be preparing its students to develop character, truth and wisdom. Don’s program is recognized as the Youth Enrichment Series and is comprised of five weeks using materials to help the students learn how to think for themselves, set meaningful goals, develop a positive attitude, a strong desire to learn and the willingness to take courageous action. This will be the 25th year in a row that Mr. Tocco has reached out to Elementary and Middle School aged students.
2014 is the second year for the popular Oakland County Art Contest conceived by America’s most successful County Executive, L. Brook Patterson. Judging the contest this year are Elliott W. Broom, Dominic Pangborn, Kristie Everett Zamora, Albert Scaglione and Mr. Tocco. Preliminary judging for the top five artists is complete and the final evening of judging will be December 12th at Park West Galleries.
Don was once again invited back to the Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ to give two PowerPoint presentations and poetry readings from the Second Edition Art of the Journey. The presentations were well received and Mr. Tocco is looking forward to the potential for future presentations at the #1 health and living center in the world!
Don Tocco spoke to 200 students, faculty and staff at the STARR Commonwealth main campus in Albion, MI. He was able to include his most recent PowerPoint presentation of his art and poetry, while still delivering his popular speech for youth, “Constructing Your Own Success Formula.”
The Second Edition Art of the Journey is now available! This new edition features an exclusive sculpt and quote from L. Brooks Patterson.
The L. Brooks Patterson’s legacy sculpt by Mr. Tocco was presented to him at the beautiful Royal Park Hotel in Rochester Hills, MI on January 5th, 2013. Brooks was in great spirits and all family and friends enjoyed the event.