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Robert Parisi and Merchant Services of Irvine Support Boys Wish to Cruise With Favorite TV Characters

(1888PressRelease) Merchant Services of Irvine was pleased to partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire to help make Andres’ wish come true.

Irvine, CA – Merchant Services of Irvine, as part of their ongoing dedication to partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation┬«, recently helped a boy from Fontana, California go on a Nickelodeon Cruise with his family.

Andres is a young boy from Fontana who loves making people laugh, watching his favorite shows on Nickelodeon and spending time with his brothers. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked him what he wanted to do for his special wish, he knew he wanted to go on a Nickelodeon Cruise.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation helps children with life threatening medical conditions experience things they might not normally get to because to their illness, financial challenges, or other circumstances,” said Senior Vice President of Merchant Services Robert Parisi, “and the experience doesn’t just happen for the child with the illness, Make-A-Wish makes it possible for the whole family to be involved. It’s something they can look forward to and enjoy together.”

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the support of Merchant Services, Andres and his family were able to spend time together on the cruise laughing, playing and having fun – which provided a much needed break from their normal routine of hospitals and doctors visits.

About Merchant Services Irvine

Founded in 1995, Merchant Services, located in Irvine, California, is a leading provider of e-commerce solutions to businesses throughout the United States. Recognized in 2009 and 2010 by Inc. Magazine as one of The 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in the U.S., Merchant Services provides sound, reliable and cost-effective bankcard and e-commerce support to tens of thousands of business partners nationwide.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. Since its beginning, the organization has reached more than 193,000 children around the world. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish┬« experience has on children, families, and entire communities. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire please visit

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Becky Phelps
Merchant Services
9012 Research Drive, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-4000
PublicRelations ( @ ) merchantsvcs dot com


New Author – Lillian Agbeyegbe Launches Her First Book

In her first book, Lillian Agbeyegbe weaves family memoir with creative dialogue between mother and child. The collection of family stories is an interesting read about an African mother raising a second generation American child.

Dallas, TX – On Saturday, the 28th of January 2012, Lillian Agbeyegbe launched her new publication, Speaking My Daughter’s Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries.

Lillian Agbeyegbe, who read a short excerpt from the book, said she got the inspiration to start the baby blog due to the many positive responses she received after she sent out a mass email to family and friends announcing the birth of her baby girl. The blog ultimately lead to this collection of witty stories.

At the launch, excerpts of the book were read by girls between the ages of 5-12, and they all showcased the book’s fun and simple language.

Speaking My Daughter’s Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries is an engaging narration of a growing toddler’s actions seen though the perspective of the mother. The book beautifully captures the little everyday drama between a daughter and her mother. It also sheds some light on raising an American born daughter from a Nigerian perspective. The collection of stories highlights faith in God, which is fundamental to the lives of this mother and child.

Bose Oludipe, who gave an overview of the book, said that there are some sayings in it that will take Nigerians in America back to their childhood days in Nigeria. Words like “jangrova”- a homemade child’s swing – brought about an eruption of laughter to the book launch audience.

Oludipe also said the book is one to be passed on to future generations who would identify with stories in the book.

Guests at the launch included Dr. & Mrs. Johnson Omoni, Rev. Felix Bamirin, Abimbola Laniyan, Bose Oludipe, Elizabeth Oyeniyi, Shirley Flinn, Lateph Adeniji and Laja Akintayo. In attendance were over 100 people, including representatives from the local church, and members of Nigerian families including the author’s sister Roli Agbeyegbe.

Poet and Artiste Dr. Kole Odutola, sums up the book, “the acts are those of the daughter but the voice is that of her mother.”

Speaking My Daughter’s Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries is Lillian Agbeyegbe’s first book. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, from Hunter College, City University of New York and an Economics degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She lives in Grand Prairie, Texas with her second daughter, Toritse Theodora who is the main subject of the book.

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Speaking My Daughter’s Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries is available at major online booksellers including: Barnes and Noble at:
ISBN-13: 9781467869898
Publisher: Author House
Publication date: November 15, 2011
Pages: 128

Members of the media wishing to request a complimentary review copy of Speaking My Daughter’s Mind: A Collection of Blog Entries, or for more information, may contact Lillian Agbeyegbe by phone: (469) 878-6834, or via email at daughtersmind ( @ ) gmail dot com


Joseph Agiato Urges Donations to Support Leukemia Research

Joseph Agiato has been a lifelong advocate of giving back to his community, serving our country and supporting worthwhile causes. Joseph Agiato served our great country as a member in U.S. Military for 10 years, earning a rank of E5 before he was honorably discharged.

Naples, FL; Joseph Agiato, longtime resident of Naples, Florida is reaching out to remind us of the importance of donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Joseph Agiato lost his mother to this unfortunate disease in July of 2011 and understands the need for additional funding and research to assist in ongoing efforts toward finding a cure.

Joseph Agiato’s mother, Charlotte Agiato, passed away at the age of 92 in Naples, Florida after years of battling acute leukemia. Charlotte Agiato was a resident of Middle Village, New York for the majority of her life but later moved to Naples to receive necessary ongoing care and support from her son, Joseph Agiato and his wife. Joseph Agiato’s mother was born on June 23, 1919 and passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2011; a devastating loss for Joseph Agiato, he became determined to help find a cure so that others can beat the disease. According to research, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with leukemia every year.

Joseph Agiato also served his community as a police officer for a number of years. Now that Joseph Agiato has retired, he has made efforts to support others through volunteering and donating to various causes. Prior his mother’s passing, Joseph Agiato realized the importance of supporting leukemia research and after her death, became determined to donate regularly in an effort to find a cure.

“Giving back doesn’t always require a monetary donation,” notes Joseph Agiato, “it can also include volunteering your time to lend a hand and help others in need.” Joseph Agiato is urging us all to give back in whatever way that we are able. For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please visit

About Joseph Agiato

Joseph Agiato is a resident of Naples, Florida. Joseph Agiato was honorably discharged after serving in the U.S. Military for 10 years and earning a rank of E5. Prior to his retirement, Joseph Agiato served his community as a police officer for a number of years. He later went on to become a successful business owner. Joseph Agiato is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and friends and supporting his local community.

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