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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Drew Brees To Announce The Four Super Service Challenge Winners At Super Bowl Breakfast Press Conference On Friday, 1/31/14

New Orleans Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees will speak at the Super Bowl Breakfast Press Conference honoring the four Super Bowl Service Challenge Winners and honor their inspiring acts of service


  • New Orleans Saints Quarterback and Brees’ Dream founder, Drew Brees
  • Super Service Challenge founder, Dave Lindsey
  • Super Service Challenge Executive Director, Mike Lantz
  • New York Giants Defensive End, Justin Tuck


Drew Brees will announce the four Super Service Challenge winners chosen out of the 2,200 teams that participated in this year’s Super Service Challenge at a special Super Bowl Breakfast Press Conference. The Super Service Challenge, headed by founder Dave Lindsey and Executive Director Mike Lantz, is a nation-wide initiative with the mission of inspiring others to join together to change lives by serving.


The Super Service Challenge encourages companies and organizations to spread a heart of service to win money for deserving non-profits. Drew Brees became an ambassador for the Super Service Challenge in 2012 after seeing the incredible impact it had in his own community of New Orleans: now, Brees- along with Lindsey and Lantz- will honor those that embody the true meaning of “service” and the incredible service projects that have bettered their communities in 2013.


Friday, January 31, 2014
Breakfast: 8:00am-9:30am
Press Conference: 8:57am- 9:27am


New York Marriot Marquis, Astor Ballroom
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

Blind Teen Filmmaker Crowdfunds Her Journey to Hollywood to Make a Short Film And Walk The Red Carpet on Indiegogo.

Elizabeth Harrington is completely blind. She was born with anophthalmia, which means without eyes. Her eyes are prosthetics and she also has cerebral palsy, but she never let’s that stop her from fulfilling her dreams. Elizabeth has been working with award winning filmmaker Tim Greene for over six years and has teamed with the director to document her story of her dreams and goals to go to Hollywood and make a short film and walk the red carpet. The films inspirational soundtrack will feature Oscar worthy musical talent who also have disabilities and who may have never received an opportunity to showcase their musical abilities on any of the signing competition television shows that are popular today. But now, as a compliment to the documentary musical talent from around the world will get a chance to shine. Together we can find the next Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles. We know the musical talent is out there and together we will provide a platform for them to shine. If you know of any singers or musicians with disabilities who would like to be considered for the documentary’s soundtrack or someone with a disability who has an inspiring story to tell the world and would like to be featured in future series segments, send your video links and bio to:


The filmmaker wants to turn this project into a series of 36 inspirational segments about people with disabilities from around the world who overcome all odds to fulfill their dreams, complete with soundtracks featuring singers and musicians from around the globe who have disabilities. Please help spread the word to your friends and family. You can help make this inspirational documentary project happen by spreading the word through social media.


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Check out the NPR interview on National Public Radio in Washington, DC:

And you can support this project now at the Indiegogo link:


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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program Now Accepting Nominations For Outstanding Young Volunteers

Kohl’s to honor more than 2,300 youth with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., February 3, 2014 – The Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes this year to more than 2,300 young volunteers who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominations for kids ages six to 18 will be accepted January 31 – March 14 at Kohl’s is encouraging parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding youth, in celebration of their time, energy and passion to helping others.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.


Since the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 19,500 kids with more than $3.9 million in scholarships and prizes. For more information or a list of past Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners, visit

Kohl’s Cares, the philanthropic platform of Kohl’s Department Stores, is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting kids’ health and education nationwide, women’s health and the fight against breast cancer, and environmental initiatives. Since 2000, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for kids health and education initiatives through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, recognized more than 19,500 outstanding kids through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program and donated more than 2.2 million hours of volunteer time through the Associates in Action volunteer program. For more information on Kohl’s Cares, visit

About Kohl’s Department Stores

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,158 stores in 49 states. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit, join the discussion on Facebook ( or Twitter ( or get inspired on Pinterest ( and Instagram (

IKEA Lights Up UNHCR Refugee Camps With Sustainable Lighting

Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign supports camps in Asia, Africa and Middle East with Sustainable Lighting and Improved Access to Renewable Energy and Primary Education

(Conshohocken, PA- February 3, 2013) It’s a bright idea for a good cause with the introduction of the new IKEA Foundation campaign, ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees.’ Running February 3 – March 29, 2014, the global IKEA store initiative includes a donation of one euro ($1.35)* to the UN refugee agency UNHCR for every IKEA LEDARE – LED light bulb sold. Raised campaign funds will help to provide solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns, and other renewable energy technologies such as fuel efficient cooking stoves in UNHCR refugee camps in countries including Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan.

In addition the campaign will also fund improved primary education.

Today, there are nearly 10.5 million refugees globally, around half of which are children. Some refugees have no choice but to live in refugee camps where an absence or lack of light after sunset can have a devastating effect on safety and security. Simple activities such as visiting the toilet, collecting water or returning to the shelter from elsewhere can become difficult and dangerous, particularly for women and girls. The improvements funded by the campaign will make each refugee camp a safer and more suitable home for refugee children and their families.

“In 2013, over 2 million people became refugees – a near twenty-year record. With each new humanitarian emergency the support of the private sector becomes more vital and more urgent. This campaign represents a new, unique chapter in our relationship with the IKEA Foundation, UNHCR’s largest private sector partner. Together, we hope to be able to transform the lives of many refugees,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.


The IKEA Foundation believes that every child deserves a safe place to call home. Since 2010 the IKEA Foundation has partnered with UNHCR, helping to provide shelter, care and education to families and children within refugee camps and surrounding communities.

“Life in a refugee camp can be very hard, particularly for children. The absence of powered light limits everyday activities we take for granted such as sharing a meal or doing your homework. It impacts safety and security and the ability for families to generate an income. The ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign will help bring lights and renewable energy into the streets and homes of refugees camps, so UNHCR can help build a better everyday life for refugee children and families,” explains Per Heggenes, CEO, IKEA Foundation.

IKEA continues to lead in sustainable business practices. In October 2012, IKEA US announced it would make a bold move to sell only LED lights in all its US stores by 2016. Already well on its way, the IKEA sale of only LED lights and lamps will and has enabled millions of people to live a more sustainable life at home, and save on their energy bills. IKEA also phased out all plastic bags in its stores in 2007 and incandescent bulbs in 2010.

*One euro is equivalent to approximately $1.35

For further information about the ‘Brighter Lives for Refugees’ campaign, please contact:

Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate PR Director, 610.834.0180 ~ ext. 5852

Nick Slijepcevic
Director, Corporate Relations 202.644.7161


About IKEA

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

The Yearly Summary FY13 and the IKEA Group Sustainability Report FY13 are available on Visit, @IKEAUSANews, and

About IKEA Foundation

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at and


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, also known as the UN refugee agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. It also has a mandate to help people who have become forcibly displaced inside their own countries, and stateless people. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world’s major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Mali, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and countless other emergencies.

Literary Platform, Pubslush, Revolutionizing The Publishing Industry


Launches Enhanced Community Management for Publishers and Industry Professionals

January 28 2014 – New York, N.Y. – This week co-founders Hellen and Amanda Barbara announced the addition of a new community feature to its already innovative crowdfunding platform. Pubslush, which is the premier crowdfunding platform for authors to host their literary projects, will now allow Publishers, Agents, Editors, Self-Publishing Platforms, Illustrators, Professors and other Industry professionals the unique opportunity to “partner” with their highly-social and digital platform, revolutionizing the industry.

“We really wanted to open up the platform to the entire industry…ultimately bridging the gap between readers, creatives and professionals.”, offers Amanda Barbara, Senior VP at Pubslush, “We believe this is the future of publishing.”

Publisher Pages, are internal communities specifically designed and dedicated to established publishing houses, which allows them to partner with Pubslush through co-branded subdomains. Through these portals, publishers can showcase all of their literary works currently in production, receiving feedback, raising funds and garnering awareness of its proprietary works. Publishers that opt-in to this program will also have direct access to its potential customer database as well as access to comprehensive analytics as it pertains to its project, allowing them to track book sales and trends.

Partner Pages, which are similar to Publisher Pages, are geared toward Self-Publishing Platforms, Agents, Editors, Universities, Professors and all other industry professionals who would also like to set up their own communities. They can build their own customized pages that will provide authors a branded crowdfunding solution.


Pubslush adds that these account-types will also be eligible for a Premium upgrade, which will provide more robust customization, including color branding, social media integration and user engagement. For IMAGES, please visit

About Pubslush

Similar to popular crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Pubslush provides specialized crowdfunding solutions to both authors and publishers through its distinguished product offerings. The niche platform is credited with being the first of its kind, allowing readers to participate in the publishing process as well as providing feedback to both aspiring and established authors.

Through this innovative process, Pubslush provides authors the ability to make more-informed creative and business decisions, redistributing the power in the publishing industry and creating a more vibrant and diverse literary market.

Pubslush also fosters ongoing relationships with their authors by offering the “Buy Button” feature. All campaigns remain on the Pubslush site even after they’ve been successfully funded and once the book is published, the Buy Button will link to the marketplace in which the author is selling their book, whether it’s Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.


Press Contact

Justine Schofield, Development Director
TEL 631-513-2741

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization Helps Raise Nearly $50K for Paul Walker’s Foundation, Reach Out WorldWide

EO Utah Hosts Celebrity Poker Tournament at Sundance Film Festival

Park City, UT — Jan. 31, 2014 – Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Utah raised nearly $50,000 for the Paul Walker non-profit, Reach Out WorldWide, at the 2nd annual EO Utah Sundance Experience. The event was in memory of Paul Walker who was an actor and founder of Reach Out WorldWide, a network of professionals with first responder skill-sets who augment local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts. Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, a professional poker player known for his intricate chip tricks hosted the Black Diamond at Sundance Celebrity Poker Tournament.

Actors Jeremiah Bitsui from Breaking Bad and Kevin Pollak of Mom attended the invite-only event with 75 local and global EO member companies and their guests. The $2,000 per player event was held January 21 at Empire Canyon Lodge in Deer Valley. Dan Davenport, president and owner of Mountainland Design attended as a guest and won the tournament.

“Each year EO Utah chooses a non-profit to support during Sundance. Last year, we contributed to The Mali Rising Foundation and this year we raised money for an organization that helps with disaster relief both here in the United States and abroad,” said Dave Nicolson, EO Utah Education Chair. “It was a fun evening and we look forward to continuing the tradition of giving back during the Sundance Film Festival.”

The tournament was organized by Nicolson and Jade Phoenix, a volunteer community organization dedicated to providing services and volunteer corps to non-profit organizations who support charitable causes, as well as cultivating the spirit of volunteerism. The music group The Tea Street Band made a surprise performance at the event and saxophonist Alto Reed also performed. Internationally renowned artist Josée Nadeau painted Reed in six minutes during his live performance.


The Black Diamond at Sundance Celebrity Poker Tournament was part of the four day EO Utah Sundance Experience event, which was organized in large part by By Invitation Only founder Justin Kinnaird, who passed away unexpectedly Sunday. In addition, the event included five VIP screenings, film panels and workshops with the goal of connecting entrepreneurs.

“You get to meet with other business owners locally and around the world. Business relationships are created from events like this,” said Ron Nielson, EO Forum Chair. “There’s no question relationships are formed and business is done.”

EO Utah Chapter members connect with each other locally on a monthly basis in forums that bring together a group of eight to 12 entrepreneurs for peer-to-peer learning, business networking and support. EO Utah also hosts a variety of lunch and learns, power breakfasts, socials and family events throughout the year.


About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization: The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) – for entrepreneurs only – is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. There are 80 members in Utah. For more information go to

Contact Information
Shaun Ritchie
President, EO Utah
(801) 641-8131
Julie Jakob
Incoming President, EO Utah
(801) 712-0665

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