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Team Momentum & Chicago Marathon

For quite a few years now I’ve thought about running a marathon. The problem is, it’s a little bit terrifying, lol. Last year my family and I went down to cheer on my sister-in-law as she ran the Chicago marathon and I was completely taken by it. The runners, the supporters, the city, the vibe-it was so awesome!

To back track a bit, Turning Point has a long standing relationship with the MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association). We shoot multiple projects for them annually and every year I get the opportunity to go hang out at the MDA Summer Camp and film a little bit to cut together a video scrapbook for the kids to take home with them. The camp is such an amazing place where these children get to visit old friends, swim in a pool, shoot a bow and arrow, gather round a bonfire, go fishing and prank the holy living crap out each other. I am speechless at witnessing the selflessness of the counselors, staff and volunteers. There is nothing like seeing the smile on a child’s face and it means so much more when you get a glimpse of the things these kids have to deal with on the regular. Better still, the MDA can send these kids to camp for FREE because of donations from people like you.

The last 2 years we have shot promotional spots like this one for the MDA’s Team Momentum. In doing so, I have met some of the most incredible people and heard some of the most heartbreaking and inspiring stories ever. It is in honor of all these people who have affected my life that I am joining with Team Momentum and running the Chicago Marathon to help raise money for research and to fight to find a cure for muscle disease.

I am asking for your help to achieve our goal of $2500. I’ll run the marathon, all you have to do is donate! Click here for my personal MDA Team Momentum page. No amount is too small and with enough people, we can make a difference! Thank you so much.


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Brides Against Breast Cancer

We are very excited to partner with Brides Against Breast Cancer at their upcoming charity bridal show on February 27th and 28th at The Haight in Elgin. Come out and say hi, find a dress or just support a great charity. We hope to see you there. For more information, click here.

Brides Against Breast Cancer contributes to programs for cancer patients and their families. Their outreach and educational efforts during their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows around the country help ensure that people impacted by cancer have the resources and information they need in their battle with cancer.

Brides Against Breast Cancer is a wholly owned affiliate of the Health Support Network, headquartered in Sarasota, FL. Health Support Network offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience at
The revenue generated by Brides Against Breast Cancer on the Nationwide Tour of Gowns charity bridal events and nonbridal networking events, makes it possible to deliver these free educational information and support services to thousands of children and adults impacted by cancer across the country.
Health Support Network programs and services available to anyone, anywhere through the resource called the Health Support Network Online. Health Support Network produces more than 150 cancer related online programs annually. These online programs include exercise, nutrition, meditation, education and caregiver support. The program content is supported by evidence based scientific research. Health Support Network has the expertise, experience and leadership positioned to deliver unmatched video content to an online network of affiliates.

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The G-Man Fundraiser, a letter from Chris Bartelt

Dear Friends and Families,

Saturday November 1st 2014 is the Fifth annual Gavin “GMAN” Bartelt Fundraiser to benefit both him and the Walter Lawson Children’s Home (WLCH) in Rockford, IL.  Gavin is my 8 year old son who has a very rare syndrome called Cornelia DeLange Syndrome and other medical conditions requiring him to need 24/7 nursing care.  This event is a vital way for our family to ensure Gavin’s future, as he will never be able to support himself.  In addition, we are expanding this year’s fundraiser to benefit all the children in need who also reside at WLCH (details below).

To see what your money is going towards, this great video created by Kate Bartelt says it all!  Just copy and paste the below text into a web browser

Here are the ways you can contribute, do whatever you can!

***Bowling Nov 1st:   Cost is $40 per bowler, includes 3 games, shoe rental, pizza, and pop.  It will be at Fox Bowl (1101 Butterfield Rd in Wheaton). Our lane reservations start at 2:30pm so arrive a little after 2pm to get everyone settled in.  If you are bowling, please confirm the names of bowlers and if you need shoes, what size asap via email or phone.

***Raffle:  We are raffling off some great prizes during bowling.  Buy as many as you want, the more you buy the better odds of winning….and yes the Bears tickets are returning.  This year is Bears vs. Saints.

***Pledge for Pins:  For example if you pledge 10cents per pin and I bowl a 200, that’s $20 donation.  I am going to take my best score out of the 3 games.  I have potential to bowl anywhere between 170 and 230.

***NEW THIS YEAR: If you would like, you can make a separate TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation directly to Gavin’s nursing home where almost 75 special needs children reside!  Easiest way is a check written to Walter Lawson Children’s Home.  For amounts less than $250 your cancelled check is all you need as proof for taxes.  If you would like to donate more, just get me your name and address so I can have the nursing home send you a statement for taxes.  Gavin and I will make a special delivery to the home after the event.  Keep in mind, public aid nursing homes NEED donations just to stay open and provide services for the kids.


1)  To pay for bowling, raffle tickets, or pledge for pins use cash or write a check payable to Chris Bartelt (bring to event or mail to below address).  This money goes to Gavin’s Special Needs Trust, since he cannot have any money in his name and cannot be a charitable organization.  Please note this money is NOT tax deductible.
2)  To make a separate tax deductible donation directly to the nursing home, please write a check to Walter Lawson Children’s Home.  You can mail to me or bring to the frundraiser.

Spread the word to everyone you know, even if they cannot attend the bowling date.  ALL ARE WELCOME, FRIENDS, FAMILY, COWORKERS!!  DO WHATEVER YOU CAN!  On behalf of Gavin, I want to say how grateful we are for your help year after year!   I cannot express in words how much these fundraisers mean to us.  Thanks again and hope to see you there!

Chris Bartelt
648 South Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540

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It’s not that important

Contrary to popular belief your work is not too important that you cannot take a break to go outside and bask in the glorious sunshine. Ok maybe if you’re a doctor and your scheduled for open heart surgery or something of the like. Yeah you should probably just wait to have your relaxing moment. Also, good for you. I’m sure that’s a very stressful thing to do and I would not want to switch places with you. But the rest of us who do not currently have a life hanging in the balance of our next decision, we should just take some time to enjoy the small things in life.

“But wait anonymous Turning Point author” you say, “I do not have the slightest idea of how to relax and surely I do not want to go have a beer whilst I’m working. What pray tell should I do?”

Fear not loyal reader for we have put together a small collection of things which bring us a zen-like feeling of peace and or excitement. You can check it out by clicking the word HERE.

We are curious what you do to unwind and take your mind of things. For example, back when I worked in a cubicle for a living I would sneak down and out the rear of the building and really just waste time watching people in their cars at the stop light on Golf Road and some street I cannot remember. Man it’s hysterical to see the performances people put on in their car. Dramatic sing alongs, the rear view mirror makeup application, unmentionable habits concerning ones nose-that really creeps me out. One of my favorites was to see multiple dudes (in different cars) checking out a pretty woman. You really get to see the various approaches to “inconspicuously looking”. And the inevitable “oh crap, she just caught me, act natural. la la la.”

So anyway, this was just a quick post to say “hey, enjoy yourself”. Keep on keepin’ on.

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What’s worse than being a guest at a lame party? Being the host.

Last year we had the privilege of working with one of the hippest bands around Chicago. Richie Davis from the Chicago Catz called us up and we talked for quite some time. These guys are the real deal, I thought to myself. The stories I heard, the places they had been, the people they had played alongside. Man, my head was spinning. Make no mistake, it wasn’t Richie doing some unsolicited name dropping, it was one honest answer to a question I asked that sparked me to ask a follow up question whose answer sparked another question and then another. You see where this is going right.

We’ve shot a couple of different gigs for the Chicago Catz and each time they simply owned the stage, owned the crowd, and owned the night. The passion for what they do and their talent just combines into this unstoppable energy that doesn’t quit until it creeps into your feet and hands forcing you to get down and dance. To cut loose and enjoy yourself. Now try to imagine staying focused long enough to shoot a video. It wasn’t easy.

Since our first conversation, Richie and I have became friends. We don’t go hang out every Tuesday on a bowling league, but our phone calls definitely do not follow the traditional client/service provider template. But then again, I guess neither one of us are exactly traditional. I can say that Richie is a stand up guy, someone who really cares about making people happy and making good music. If that’s not the guy you want in charge of the good times at your event, I don’t know who is. Check them out at


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the “V Events” Premier Party

Are you looking for an incredible venue for your next event? Well our friends over at the Victor Hotel Chicago invited us out for their “V Events” Premier Party. We shot some footage, had some drinks and met some of the coolest people in the industry. The party was an opportunity to showcase the Victor Hotel so we put together this little piece to show off the ambiance, attitude and overall coolness of this remarkable venue. Special thanks to Cera Stan of the Stan Mansion and Victor Hotel for inviting us out. Also Jennifer Jimenez from the Smitten Bride for hooking the whole thing up. And of course a huge thank you to all the sponsors of the V Events Premier Party. For more information check out

Enjoy the clip and go get a night life…


More video samples and blog entries

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