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Grammy® Award-Winning Singer Jennifer Hudson Lends Her Voice to Stand Up to Cancer and Genentech In “Two Worlds. One Dream.” Campaign in the Fight against Cancer

New PSA Inspires Everyone to Come Together in the Spirit of Collaboration and to Advance Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – July 30, 2014 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies, have joined forces with GRAMMY®-winning singer, Oscar®-winning actress, and SU2C Ambassador Jennifer Hudson for their latest campaign, entitled: “Two Worlds. One Dream.”

Debuting in July, the public service announcement (PSA), which will appear in print, digital, radio, and broadcast media, highlights the incredible work being done by today’s leading cancer researchers and stresses the importance of supporting innovative research.

The powerful PSA, which features Jennifer Hudson and Genentech senior scientist Shiva Malek, Ph.D., notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished when we work together. The “Two Worlds. One Dream.” campaign charges everyone—from doctors and scientists to artists to patients and survivors—to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which take the lives of nearly 1,600 Americans every day.

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“I, like many others, have friends and loved ones who have been affected by cancer,” said Jennifer Hudson. “I’m proud to join Genentech and Stand Up To Cancer on this PSA campaign, which showcases cancer researchers as the rock stars they really are and highlights the importance of supporting their vital work.”

“Stand Up To Cancer was built on the idea that people from different disciplines can come together in the hope of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support. This PSA champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C, to inspire the public to realize their role in supporting scientific research that has the ability to transform lives.”

“Stand Up To Cancer brings together some of the best and brightest minds in cancer research to collaborate in the fight against this terrible disease,’’ said Geoff Teeter, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Genentech. ‘’We are excited to partner with Jennifer Hudson and SU2C on this campaign, and share the belief that progress happens faster when we work together.’’

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For more information on the campaign, visit standup2cancer.org. To join the conversation, like us on Facebook at @StandUpToCancer or follow us on Twitter at @SU2C.

About Genentech

Founded more than 35 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer visit http://www.standup2cancer.org.

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Local Long Valley Youth Awarded $10,000 Scholarship from Kohl’s Department Stores for Extraordinary Volunteer Efforts

Zachary Rice was chosen from more than 37,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program nominees for outstanding community service

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., July 30, 2014Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced today that Zachary Rice from Long Valley is one of 10 national Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program winners each receiving a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education. In addition to recognizing Zachary for outstanding efforts through volunteerism, Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 the nonprofit organization of Zachary’s choice.

“Kohl’s is thrilled to recognize Zachary Rice as one of ten national winners of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, and we applaud him for the time, energy and passion he has devoted to helping others and making a difference,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “Kohl’s is pleased to acknowledge the inspiring work that Zachary and the other national winners are doing in their communities every day.”

Hospitalized with a painful hip infection for several weeks, Zachary, 11, found minor relief while playing the hospital’s video gaming system. The pleasant distraction inspired Zachary to get more systems for the local hospital so every child could have one to play. Zachary started The Action For Distraction 5K Family Fun Run/Walk & Kids Action Marathon, an event in which more than 300 participants raised $18,500 last year to provide the hospital with enough money to purchase 34 new electronic devices for every room on the children’s floor. The success of Action For Distraction motivated Zachary to make the walk/run an annual event. Proceeds go towards buying new electronics at the local hospital so even more children can have a comforting distraction during their stay.

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Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 22,000 kids, including the 2014 winners, with more than $4.3 million in scholarships and prizes. This year, Kohl’s recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with nearly $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. For more information or a complete list of Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program national-, regional-, and local-level winners, visit www.kohlskids.com.

The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program is part of Kohl’s Cares, Kohl’s philanthropic program focused on improving the lives of children. For more information, visit www.kohls.com/cares.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 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 additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Students at Carnegie Mellon’s Integrated Innovation Institute Tackle Acquaintance/Date-Rape Crisis with Marketable Solutions

Mobile-technology prototypes shift focus to bystander students, encouraging intercession #InnovateAgainstRape social-media launch invites ideas for products and services

PITTSBURGH, July 30, 2014 – Amid increasing reports of sexual assaults among college students, the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is applying its distinctive innovation approach to accelerate marketable solutions to combat acquaintance/date rape. Two novel product prototypes, targeted to the college population and designed by graduate-student teams, employ mobile technology to galvanize bystander intervention and engender shared community responsibility.

The products, coined SPOT (A Problem) and NightOwl, are emblematic of the Institute’s continued mission to sponsor projects with a social purpose. In this case, the Institute ultimately seeks to help reverse what some students, lawmakers and others have deemed a “pervasive rape culture” in America, especially at the university level. Carnegie Mellon has filed provisional patents on both prototypes on the students’ behalf.

Of the roughly 12 million women enrolled in American colleges and universities, an estimated 20 to 25 percent, approximately three million, will experience rape or attempted rape. Intimate partners or acquaintances perpetrate between 80 and 90 percent of such attacks, with the majority committed by men. For myriad reasons that are widely debated, including the role of intoxication, fewer than one in 20 attacks are reported and those that are have proved difficult to prosecute.

“Finding solutions to on-campus sexual assaults is as complicated as the issue itself and education-focused efforts need to be amplified with action-based solutions,” said Institute Co-Director Eric Anderson, an associate professor in the School of Design and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts “Those emerging from among the affected demographic may hold the most promise to engage peers and resolve the situation.”

Institute students addressed the problem of acquaintance/date rape as a market challenge – an unmet need – from a product development perspective, according to Institute Executive in Residence, Donna Sturgess. “They asked, what would be effective with this demographic? What could motivate action in an environment where social challenges may prevent someone from interceding?” said Sturgess, who oversaw the projects and is also president and founding partner of Buyology Inc., and former global head of innovation at GlaxoSmithKline.

Employing the Institute’s hallmark integrated-innovation methodology, graduate-student teams with engineering, design and business backgrounds developed the prototypes as part of their capstone projects underwritten by the Institute. Through extensive research they found: 1) most current solutions put the onus of prevention on potential victims making them susceptible to blame; 2) education efforts aimed at potential perpetrators are slow to spur social change; and 3) while bystanders may be best able to prevent attacks, people are hesitant to intercede, either from fear of consequences, lack of confidence in their assessment of the situation or an assumption that others will act.

Carnegie Mellon’s Interim Provost Nathan Urban calls this a “critical moment” as universities across the country confront this issue. “We are extremely proud to see potential solutions to this nationwide problem developed here at the Integrated Innovation Institute. Products such as NightOwl and SPOT could provide students and administrators with tangible but simple means to collectively reduce sexual misconduct. They represent an important first step toward changing student attitudes and reducing the incidence of rape, on campus and off.”

Generally, university-led efforts to address sexual violence have focused primarily on education programs and working with fraternities, sororities and clubs to curb binge drinking, hazing and other risky behaviors. However, no clear solution has emerged to fully prevent sexual crimes on campus.

“We are taking a long view of finding ways to ‘innovate against rape,’ with other potential solutions to follow,” said Jonathan Cagan, a Co-Director of the Institute, the Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. “Our approach at the Institute offers fresh, cross-collaborative thinking that has led to two viable, action-based tools intended as complements to continuing educational efforts and other solutions underway on college campuses.”

Products designed for a specific demographic

Understanding that the peak rate of victimization occurs in the 16-19 year-old age group, followed by those aged 20-24, the student teams explored solutions that would be comfortable for the demographic – meaning inherently unobtrusive and inconspicuous from a social adoption standpoint – yet be effective as tools for interceding. The resulting prototypes:

  • NightOwl is a social (peer-to-peer) mobile application that provides users with an anonymous way to report dangerous situations at social events. A temporary, location-based messaging platform, it encourages social sharing of music playlists and pictures – features aimed at increasing implementation – while simultaneously promoting shared responsibility to look out for other partygoers’ safety. Users can report potentially harmful behavior in their own words or via preset messages directly to the host or to other attendees – for instance, a friend of a guest who may be at risk – enabling swift and effective action.
  • SPOT (A Problem) combines an integrated mobile application and wristband, and seeks to incentivize fraternities to exercise collective responsibility for keeping events safe. Based on a crowd source feedback system, event guests use the application to send information about aggressive or unsafe behavior in real time to fraternity-designated risk managers who receive messages via an associated wristband that vibrates and emits visual (light) alerts. Incentives for adoption include reduced assaults and improved reputation – both of which are linked to lower fees, dues and insurance costs (an added benefit). 

The student inventors envision modifications to make the products useful in other venues, such as bars, concerts and large student group/professional organization events.

To spur public discussion the Institute has also established a dedicated “Innovate Against Rape” website, Facebook page and hashtag for social media (#InnovateAgainstRape) to encourage others to share their ideas for new products and services that could prevent sexual violence. Sturgess said the bold logo for #InnovateAgainstRape, with its toppled letter A, signifies the Institute’s mission to help mitigate the problem of sexual assault.

“No single entity can solve this issue, but the combined efforts and skill sets of nonprofits, businesses, academic institutions, activists, social organizations and others can help end sexual assault by addressing it from all angles,” said Peter Boatwright, a co-director of the Institute, and the Carnegie Bosch Professor of Marketing at the Tepper School of Business. “We look forward to engaging with other concerned groups as the Institute continues to pursue resolutions to this vexing societal problem.”

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Ethics Awards Program Announced for the State of Utah

A new awards program has been launched to recognize and support the ethical leadership of organizations in the state of Utah.

Applications are now open for the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards, the first of their kind in Utah. All businesses, government entities, or nonprofit organizations with ethical standards are encouraged to apply. Applications close in three weeks, on August 11th. The application is available online at utahcf.org/ethics.

Governor Gary Herbert says: “The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards recognize Utah businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. The finalists and awardees are a great representation of Utah’s principle-based ethical leadership.”

Finalists and awardees will receive extensive press coverage in Utah Business Magazine and other media. Finalists will be announced after a rigorous evaluation process and will be notified the week of August 18th, and will be invited to an awards breakfast on September 12th, sponsored by Zions Bank, where the winners will be announced. One award will be given to the winner of each of the business, government, and nonprofit categories.

The awards are designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, a founder of the modern cable industry and former owner of the Utah Stars. Bill Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and in the importance of absolute ethical principles, which earned him great respect throughout the business world.

The awards program is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Utah, the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business, Utah Business Magazine, and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Utah. Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah says: “The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards recognize leadership in Utah businesses, non-profit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. We hope to receive your application soon and to celebrate your leadership in principle-based ethics.” Taylor Randall, dean of the University of Utah’s business school, said: “The David Eccles School of Business is dedicated to making sure our students not only get an elite business education, but also learn how to better themselves, their workplaces and the world around them through leading an ethical professional life,” “The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards are an outstanding forum to showcase for students, and Utahns in general, the local businesses that make ethical standards a priority. The awards will serve as i!nspiration for years to come for the future business leaders coming out of the David Eccles School of Business.”

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Team IMPACT Brings Duke Little to Their Roster

Boston-based charity appoints new Executive Director

BOSTON, MA (July 30, 2014) – Boston-based charity Team IMPACT has appointed Duke Little as the new Executive Director of the organization. Established in 2011, the non-profit organization matches children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses to a college athletic team local to where they live. Once matched, these courageous kids gain a sense of belonging, support and strength and in turn, the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage and resiliency that they cannot learn in a classroom.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Duke Little join our team,” says Dan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group-International and Board Chair of Team IMPACT. “His overall experience, innovative thinking and passion for the organization are just a few strengths that will bring us closer to having every eligible child identified and matched with a team of role models, advocates and friends.”

With over 25 years’ of experience in the sports industry, Duke Little is a seasoned veteran with positions in marketing, event management, sales and sponsorships. Before joining Team IMPACT, Little most recently served as the General Manager of Boston College IMG Sports Marketing. Prior to that, the California native was the Director of Corporate Partners for the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department. At the senior level, Little’s sports-related experience made him the perfect match for Team IMPACT as they look to expand their program across the nation.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead Team IMPACT,” says Duke Little. “The organization has grown tremendously in just over three years’ time and we’re anxious to further expand it on both regional and national levels. These special relationships created between the children, their families and the participating college teams create bonds that we anticipate will last a lifetime. I look forward to working with our incredibly dedicated staff, supporters and Board.”

Team IMPACT is currently partnered with over 240 colleges and universities throughout the country and has successfully matched over 485 children with sports teams, impacting the lives of thousands. Each child is officially “drafted” onto a team, giving them the opportunity to be a full-fledged member of the team, to the best of their ability, which creates unparalleled bonds and memories with the players and coaching staff. Team IMPACT is inspired to expand the long tradition of athletes paying tribute to something that is greater than them by serving the community and supporting each and every member of a team through adversities – both on, and off, the field.

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Team IMPACT is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the state of Massachusetts. Team IMPACT is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.

ABOUT TEAM IMPACT:

Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 400 children with collegiate teams, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 10,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.

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Fifth Annual Ronald Mcdonald House® Celebrity Golf Outing Raises $600,000 to Help Families Battling Childhood Cancer

New York, July 30, 2014 – On Monday, July 21, Ronald McDonald House® New York hosted the Fifth annual celebrity golf tournament held at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ, to raise $600,000 for children battling pediatric cancer with renowned athletes in attendance, including: former New York Giants running back O.J. Anderson, New York Yankee power hitter Cecil Fielder, New York Rangers winger Brian Mullen, middleweight boxer Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, and many more.

A Ronald McDonald House NY family poses at dinner with (from left to right) middleweight boxer, Danny Jacobs and former New York Giants: Chris Calloway, Carl Banks, Stephen Baker and O.J. Anderson.

The largest facility of its type, the funds raised will support operating costs of New York City’s ‘home away from home’ for children undergoing active treatment while battling cancer at one of the 19 nearby partnering hospitals. Ronald McDonald House® New York is the largest facility of its kind out of more than 300 worldwide.

President & CEO of RMHNY, Bill Sullivan standing with Ronald McDonald House New York committee members.

“Each year yields a new level of support and recognition from the celebrities who participate, as well as the supporters who come out to enjoy the experience,” said William T. Sullivan, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald® House New York. “The ongoing encouragement and support from participants, past and present, continues to inspire us and our community as we further pursue the House’s mission.”

In addition to the star-studded guest list, the event was led by Chairman Richard Wurtzburger, vice president of Peerless Clothing; and committee members Frank Tworecke; Allen E. Sirkin; David Sirkin, president of PVH-Neckwear; Morris Goldfarb, chairman & CEO of G-III Apparel; Jeff Kantor, chairman of Macy’s.com; Peter Hunsinger, president and publisher of Golf Digest; Keith Goodman, vice president of Ross Stores; Brendan Hoffman, president & CEO of Bon-Ton Stores and Michael Balmuth, vice chairman and CEO of Ross Stores, Inc.

To learn more about the House or to make a donation, please visit www.rmh-newyork.org.

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The 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Mary Lou Retton, Bill Cowher and More

Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Tom Brokaw From NBC News to Serve as Master of Ceremonies

NEW YORK (July 30, 2014)The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will present the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, September 29, 2014. The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner, which honors philanthropic heroes and sports legends that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries.

The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors. The 2014 Great Sports Legends include:

  • Hakeem Olajuwon – Basketball Hall of Famer, considered one of the best centers to play the game, Olajuwon rose to stardom on a collegiate level, and then with the Houston Rockets. Nicknamed, “The Dream,” Olajuwon was a 12-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion and the 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals MVP. Olajuwon is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots, eighth in points scored, and 11th in total rebounds.
  • Warren Sapp – NFL Hall of Famer who in 2002 led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory. Sapp was an integral part of the defensive line for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Sapp recently became only the second Buccaneer to have his jersey retired.
  • Pedro Martinez – Eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and 2004 World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox, Pedro Martinez is known as one of the best pitchers in MLB history. Over the course of his 18-season career, Martinez played for the Dodgers, Phillies, Mets and Red Sox.
  • Joe Sakic – Over the course of his NHL Hall of Fame hockey career, former Detroit Red Wing Sakic was one of the most productive forwards in the game. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sakic helped lead Team Canada Team to its first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years and was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.
  • Bill Cowher – Former NFL head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 years, leading the team to two Super Bowl appearances during his tenure and winning the Super Bowl in 2006. Cowher also spent six years in the NFL as a player prior to embarking on his successful coaching career. He currently serves as a studio analyst for The NFL Today.
  • Mary Lou Retton – One of the most decorated U.S. Olympic athletes in history, Mary Lou Retton won five medals including gold in the individual all-around competition where she earned perfect 10’s on the floor routine and the vault. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of her Olympic titles.
  • Lauryn Williams – Williams is one of only five athletes, and the only American woman, to have won a medal in both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Her first medal came in 2004 in Athens for the 100 meter, her second in 2014 in Sochi for bobsled.

Honorees for the evening include:

  • Bill Simon – President and CEO of Walmart U.S., Simon is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Walmart’s U.S. business. Simon is receiving The Buoniconti Fund’s Outstanding Business Leader Award.
  • Grant Hill – Grant played professionally for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in his 19 seasons. Hill is a seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NCAA Champion at Duke University. Hill will receive the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award for his dedication to community service.
  • Calvin Hill – Retired NFL Pro-Bowl running back, Calvin Hill helped the Dallas Cowboys win one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship Games. Calvin Hill also will receive the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award for his charitable works.
  • Erik Compton – Professional Golfer and two-time heart transplant patient who finished runner-up at the 2014 US Open Championships will be the 2014 Inspiration Award Recipient.

“We are changing medical history with five FDA approved clinical trials, including a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial transplanting human Schwann Cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries. The Miami Project has not let hard work stand in its way to find a cure. We are driven to find a cure for paralysis and now, science has proven that we are a heartbeat away from our goal,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “We are extremely honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures will join us at the Great Sports Legend Dinner, helping us raise awareness and funds to stand up for those who cannot.”

Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include: Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Andre Agassi, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Mia Hamm, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Dara Torres, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Walter Cronkite, Gabrielle Reece, Pat Riley, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

The event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The evening will begin with cocktails and a Buy It Now Store where attendees can purchase one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia including the opportunity to golf with the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, amazing jewelry, spectacular getaways, a unique Kidz Korner and other exclusive items.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 303 sports legends and honorees and has raised $99 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.

Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at (305)-243-4656 or http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/GSLD. Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are also available.

For more information about The Buoniconti Fund, please visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com, Facebook, or Twitter.

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WebThriftStore Announces American Red Cross As Newest Charity Partner

NEW YORK, NY – July 30, 2014. WebThriftStore, a leading online fundraising platform, today announced a partnership with American Red Cross. The partnership will allow the Red Cross to raise money via a customized, free online thrift store.

Supporters will be encouraged to donate items such as household goods, automobiles, disaster supplies and more. All items are automatically listed into the general marketplace and sold, with the majority of the proceeds going directly to the Red Cross.

“We are not typically able to accept small quantities of individual donations for emergency relief purposes,” said Jennifer Elwood, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at the Red Cross. “Partnering with WebThriftStore will now enable donors to sell their items while supporting the Red Cross and allow us to use the proceeds to provide relief to those who need it most.”

WebThriftStore provides any supporter of the Red Cross with a streamlined donation experience, where items are donated through ThriftSNAP, WebThriftStore’s recently released mobile app for iPhone and iPad, or via a web browser. Donated items are immediately listed for sale in our online marketplace where they can be purchased by anyone, anywhere in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to support the Red Cross in raising money to assist their life-saving mission,” said Doug Krugman, WebThriftStore founder and CEO. “This relationship is a milestone for our organization that reinforces our mission of helping others do good by getting rid of excess stuff in order to assist others.”

About WebThriftStore

WebThriftStore allows any nonprofit to set up an online thrift store without holding physical inventory and with no financial risk. We turn excess stuff into cash for charities, tax deductions for donors, and bargains for shoppers. It’s a way for shoppers and charity supporters to do good, and for charities to engage supporters without asking for money. Any registered 501(c)(3) charity can partner with WebThriftStore to open its own dedicated online store, with no up-front or subscription fees. WebThriftStore is privately owned and is headquartered in New York City.

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Brotman, Mosley and Ritzenberg Announced As 2014 Inductees of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Hall of Fame, Presented By Citi

Award Honors Three Individuals Who Have Made Significant Impact On the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

Honorees to be Acknowledged During a Special On-Court Ceremony On Saturday, August 2 at the 2014 Citi Open Tournament

WASHINGTON, DC – July 30, 2014 – The Citi Open today announced the 2014 inductees to the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) Hall of Fame, Presented by Citi, which recognizes individuals who have served and helped grow the organization throughout its history.

The 2014 class was selected by the WTEF Board of Directors and the honorees will be commemorated during a special on-court ceremony at the Citi Open tournament on Saturday, August 2 at the H.G. William FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park.

The 2014 WTEF Hall of Fame, Presented by Citi class includes:

  • Charlie Brotman, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Brotman Winter Fried Communications
  • Dwight Mosley, Former Executive Director of Washington Tennis & Education Foundation
  • Albert Ritzenberg, Former member of WTEF Board of Directors and WTEF Advisory Board

In 2012, Citi helped to establish and launch the WTEF Hall of Fame to honor and acknowledge those individuals who have had a significant impact on, and help grow, this storied organization since its inception more than 50 years ago.

To date, eight individuals have been inducted into the WTEF Hall of Fame, Presented by Citi:

  • Donald L. Dell, Group President, Lagardère Unlimited; 
  • John A. Harris, President, Potomac Ventures; 
  • The Hon. Paul Robert Ignatius, Former Secretary of the United States Navy, former President of the Washington Post and the Executive Vice President of the Washington Post Company; 
  • The Hon. Henry Kennedy, retired Judge, U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; 
  • Peter B. Work, Co-Founder, Partner and Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring;
  • Hon. John Breaux, former Louisiana Senator, Vice President of the WTEF, and Senior Counsel, Patton Boggs;
  • DD Eisenberg, Nonprofit Board Member, WTEF; and 
  • Willis Thomas, Jr., Program Director, WTEF.

The WTEF was founded more than 50 years ago when several tennis enthusiasts started a foundation to help promising young players with their travel expenses to junior tournaments. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children, who can then apply the lessons learned on the tennis court, in the classroom and beyond.

“Citi is delighted to honor these outstanding individuals who exemplify the very best in citizenship and have worked tirelessly to benefit the WTEF and advance its very important mission,” said Candi Wolff, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Government Affairs at Citi and a WTEF board member. “We congratulate the members of this exceptional class and are excited to have them stand alongside our eight previous inductees. Citi shares their commitment to helping at-risk youth, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the WTEF and supporting its programs throughout the year.”

“Each of these individuals exemplifies the mission, vision and values of WTEF. They offer each of us inspiration, hope and the promise of a better future for children throughout the city. We are proud to partner with Citi in honoring these three distinguished leaders into the Hall of Fame as WTEF would not be what it is today without their selfless dedication. On behalf of the entire Board and staff of WTEF, I offer my sincerest thank you and congratulations to the class of 2014,” said WTEF Executive Director Eleni Rossides.

More information on the 2014 WTEF Hall of Fame class:

Charlie Brotman

For half a century, Charlie Brotman has been a voice of Washington. Since Dwight Eisenhower’s 1956 reelection, Brotman has held the title of “the president’s announcer,” giving the play-by-play of the inaugural parade. During the 1950s and ’60s, Brotman worked as an on-air radio-TV personality and a marketing/promotions/publicity director. In 1969, he opened Charles J. Brotman & Associates in Washington, D.C. specializing in the promotion and publicity of sports and entertainment events. Brotman was also the former stadium announcer for the Washington Senators Baseball Club, and also introduced the nation’s Chief Executive at Senators Opening Day baseball games, throwing out the ceremonial “first ball” from 1956 through 1971. He served the same function again during the Washington National’s inaugural season when Major League Baseball returned to the District for the 2005 season, after a 33 year absence. He has been inducted into 10 different Halls of Fame during his more than 50 years in public relations and announcing, including the Washington Hall of Fame, the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Jock’s Hall of Fame, the Public Relations Society of America Hall of Fame, the Advertising Club of Washington Hall of Fame and the Greater Washington Fastpitch Hall of Fame. Today, Brotman continues his 35-year legacy as the voice of the Citi Open.

Dwight Mosley

Dwight served as Executive Director of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation from 1984 until he passed away in 1996. Under his tenure at WTEF, Dwight helped bring tennis to thousands of children throughout our city. He led the what was then the Washington Tennis Association to sharpen its focus on low-income children at-risk of academic failure and expand activities to combine tennis with remedial academic support; in 1994 the WTA was renamed the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) to reflect this updated mission. Mosley’s legacy lives on through the Mosley Foundation, which in 2004 helped pay for fixing up the five courts at the Taft athletic complex at 19th and Otis streets NE. The complex was renamed the Dwight A. Mosley Athletic Complex in his honor. The USTA also created a scholarship in his name and honor.

Albert Ritzenberg

Albert “Allie” Ritzenberg, has had a varied and distinguished career as a tennis player and innovator. He is still going strong after 70 years on the tennis courts in the Washington area. Ritzenberg starting playing tennis in Washington’s public parks. Among his many achievements, he is especially proud of having pioneered indoor tennis and having helped integrate the game in Washington. At a time when most clubs were totally restricted by race or religion, this tennis director had no part of it. Ritzenberg, who is Jewish and whose father was a Russian emigrant, integrated club membership and tournaments and hired an African-American teaching assistant. Additionally, Allie has taught several clinics to the disadvantaged and disabled, and was instrumental in starting innovative programs for them. He takes his civic responsibilities seriously and serves on a number of boards and advisory committees that deal with children and the arts. In the early 1960’s, Allie organized an exhibition tournament with top US players with the proceeds going to the Washington Tennis Patrons Foundation (now known as WTEF). Ritzenberg served on the WTEF Board of Directors from 1977-79 and 1995-99; on the WTEF Advisory Board from 1980-95 and is currently an Emeritus Director.

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World Ranked No. 11 ATP Star Kei Nishikori To inspire Kids From The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation At Citi Kids event on Tuesday, July 29th During The 2014 Citi Open® Tournament

50 Members of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation to Participate in Financial Education Program and Tennis Clinic At the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2014 – Citi, title sponsor of the 2014 Citi Open® Tournament, will host a fun-filled Citi Kids program in collaboration with the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center on Tuesday, July 29th at 9:30 AM. The event will feature the World Ranked No. 11 ATP Star of Japan. Kei Nishikori will be joined by 50 youth from the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington, D.C.

Developed by Citi, Citi Kids is an educational and motivational community-based initiative for students located in the Washington, D.C. area. Citi Kids reinforces Citi’s commitment to make a positive impact in the communities it serves and aims to provide cultural, social, athletic and economic enrichment for the members of the WTEF. As the tournament’s benefactor, the WTEF is instrumental in identifying ways to ensure the continual athletic and educational success of its members, and Citi strives to aid to these efforts throughout the year.

Kei Nishikori is the only Japanese tennis player to be ranked inside the top 10 in ATP Singles Rankings. To date, Nishikori has won give singles titles and reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 Australian Open. This year, Nishikori made it to the final of the Madrid Open, his first masters-level championship final, and the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Citi Kids will begin with a program promoting the importance of financial literacy and saving for the future. Kei Nishikori will share his experiences on Tour, and offer advice on staying focused while pursuing both academic and athletic success. The Citi Kids program will conclude with a one-hour tennis clinic for all program participants with Kei Nishikori.

“Citi is committed to making a difference in the communities in which we do business, and programs like Citi Kids provide a meaningful and unforgettable experience for children all over Washington D.C,” said Candi Wolff, head of Global Government Affairs for Citi and a board member of WTEF. “Similarly to our mission of supporting clients in their journeys from ambition to achievement, Citi is focused on creating programs that help empower and enable underserved D.C. students to achieve their highest potential.” 

The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) was founded in 1955 as an organization designed to help disadvantaged youth through tennis. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides academic help to at-risk children, by helping them to apply the lessons learned on the tennis court in the classroom and beyond. Today, WTEF is a leader in the best practice of providing academic enrichment, supplemented by tennis and life skills instruction, as a means for developing the skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success.

“The Citi Kids program is a wonderful opportunity for the children involved with the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation to learn about the importance of financial education and hear from professional athletes the importance of perseverance, resilience, and optimism, both on and off the court.” said Eleni Rossides, Executive Director, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. “Our kids are tomorrow’s leaders, and it is fantastic that Citi is investing in their futures as part of a solid commitment to the Washington, DC area.”

This year’s Citi Open Tournament will be held from July 26th to August 3rd at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C. It is one of only 11 elite ATP World Tour 500-level events worldwide and the only one held in the United States. The event is also part of the prestigious Emirates Airline US Open Series, the five-week summer tennis season that links nine North American hard-court tournaments to the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. In addition, the Citi Open features a WTA International Tournament which provides fans the opportunity to watch simultaneous competitions of both world-class men’s and women’s tennis throughout the nine-day event. The tournament features 48 men’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, 32 women’s singles players and 16 doubles teams, and offers nearly $2 million in player compensation.

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