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Donald Thornton, Akron, Ohio
Member Since December 2009

Donald Thornton is a Marketing Consultant & Sr. Art Director for the (Michael) Jackson Family Foundation which was Co-Founded in 2009 (soon after Michael’s passing) by the Jackson Family Patriarch & Matriarch, Joseph & Katherine Jackson. The Jackson Family Foundation’s Vision includes plans to “Franchise” the “Michael Jackson Performing Arts Center” Globally.

Mr. Thornton is best friends with and has known the President & Co-Founder of the Jackson Family Foundation & Jackson Development & Marketing Corporation, Mr. Simon Sahouri, for almost 10 years. Mr. Sahouri is also the Publisher of Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine and Total Prestige Magazine.

Visit to learn more about Mr. Thornton's Michael Jackson and Jackson Family Foundation related graphic designs, art direction and web development.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, 35 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, Don took up Commercial Art at Akron Central-Hower where he graduated in 1973 with a 3.8 GPA along with winning the "Craftsmanship Award" for most outstanding Senior Graphic Designer. Arguably one of the most gifted all around fine artists, illustrators, graphic designer and web masters in the world, Art Director, Don Thornton has been creating incredible visual images for well over 30 years.

Don earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Fairmont State University in Fairmont West Virginia in 1973 where he majored in Fine Arts and was considered by his Instructors to be a very gifted college fine arts major. Don won several awards during his career and took "Best of Show" during an all campus “Fine Arts Competition” as a freshman while competing against Senior Art Majors and Graduate Students.

After college, Don continued his art career as he worked for several graphic design studios in Akron, Ohio. He moved to California in 1990 to further pursue his graphic arts career during which time he created several charitable events and philanthropic campaigns beneficial to society.

Don founded “Don't Give Up! Incorporated” in November of 1993, of which during its existence was a very popular Los Angeles Human Crisis Organization that launched the "Gift for Life Project" in Support of Children with AIDS. Don, by way of his "Gift for Life Project / Let’s Stamp Out AIDS Movement" was able to partner with the U.S. Postal Service, Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, the Elton John Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children's AIDS Center on behalf of Youth with AIDS Awareness Projects launched during the middle 1990's.

Don Thornton is the Founder and Chairman of Green Tech Ventures and Senior VP of Green Tech Ventures California, Inc., located at: and is also the Founder and Director of Marketing of the National Stay In School Campaign located at: where he and his Co-Creators have set out to favorably impact the National Youth Drop-Out Crisis along with promoting Green Tech Jobs Creation, Training & Placement.

Mr. Thornton continues his involvement in the Humanities with the Co-Founding of the Rising Star Music Awards in association with his Los Angeles partner and RSMA Founder, Sheila Ferguson. The Rising Star Music Awards is an Annual Hollywood based New Artist Discovery Awards Gala which advocates "Youth Empowerment & Academic Achievement" while providing a creative youth outlet for self expression, networking and a friendly artistic competition for upcoming young artist by way of the Performing Arts.

RSMA is expanding its National platform to include ongoing year-round "Youth Mentoring Partnerships" and "Music Industry Workshops" to help keep youth between the ages of 8 to 21 focused, motivated and inspired. Visit RSMA at: .

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Product No 2796640
Subjects People, Political Leaders
Style Graphic/Design
Tags Donald, Thornton, barack, black, history, month, nobel, obama, peace, president, prize, winner