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Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Aces For Humanity Initiative Raises $25,000 For USANA True Health Foundation

@WTA has donated more than $90,000 to @USANAinc charitable efforts since 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — USNA, +3.39% The USANA Health Sciences and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today its Aces for Humanity initiative benefiting the USANA True Health Foundation has raised more than $25,000 this year for the not-for-profit charity whose mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need.

Through the Aces for Humanity campaign, the WTA donated $10 for every ace served by one of the seven USANA Ambassadors—Genie Bouchard (CAN), Madison Keys (USA), Monica Puig (PUR), Sloane Stephens (USA), Samantha Stosur (AUS), Zhang Shuai (CHN) and Zheng Jie (CHN) —with a $5 donation being made for all other aces served at Premier-level events since March. Collectively, the seven USANA Ambassadors hit 412 of the 4,314 aces served leading to a $23,630 donation. The overall amount was increased to $25,000.

“The WTA is proud to contribute $25,000 to the USANA True Health Foundation as part of this year’s Aces for Humanity campaign,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “A loyal partner for more than seven years, USANA continues to promote a healthy life-style for our athletes and, more importantly, for those in need.”

“The WTA continues to play a substantial role in our humanitarian efforts year after year through its generous donations,” said USANA True Health Foundation President Elaine Pace. “We are grateful for this wonderful partnership and thank the WTA for teaming up with USANA and its foundation through this year-long campaign.”

In March 2012, USANA created the USANA True Health Foundation to rapidly and effectively help deserving populations worldwide in times of need, and to help improve both their health and living conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, providing nutrition, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and health education. The Foundation was created by Dr. Myron Wentz, USANA’s founder, and USANA CEO, Dave Wentz, to help expand and enhance the company’s on-going charitable efforts.

USANA is one of the WTA’s global premier partners and serves as the Official Health Supplement Supplier for the WTA. Since 2006 the company has provided high-quality nutritional vitamin bars and protein snacks, supplements and meal replacement products to more than 160 WTA players, including seven of the current Top 10.

*The mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received compensation for their partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.

About USANA

Founded in 1992, USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) is a U.S.-based nutritional company that manufactures high-quality supplements, personal care and energy products in its FDA-registered facility in Salt Lake City. Learn more about USANA by visiting our web site http://www.usana.com or the official USANA blog http://whatsupusana.com.

About WTA

The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing 92 nations competing for a record $118 million in prize money at the WTA’s 54 events and four Grand Slams in 33 countries. Close to 5.4 million people attended women’s tennis events in 2013 with millions more watching on television and digital channels around the world. The 2014 WTA competitive season concludes with the WTA Finals in Singapore, October 17-26, 2014 and the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 28-November 2, 2014. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com; facebook.com/WTA and twitter.com/WTA.

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From Sustainable Farming to West African Libraries, S&R Foundation’s Halcyon Incubator Expands Support of Social Entrepreneurs with Announcement of Second Class of Fellows

Entrepreneurs will scale innovative ventures designed to tackle 21st century social challenges

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 15, 2014 – The Halcyon Incubator, the nation’s premier incubator for supporting social ventures, today announced its second class of fellows. The class of entrepreneurs was selected based on their innovative approaches to solve some of the most pressing social issues.

The fellows will take part in a 14-month program designed by the S&R Foundation to springboard their ventures with access to rent-free housing and office space, mentors, complimentary strategic, legal and PR resources, as well as access to potential funders from a variety of sectors. The Halcyon Incubator does not take equity in the fellows’ ventures.

“The leaps and bounds already made by our first class in just two months raises the level of excitement and buzz at the Halcyon Incubator,” said Dr. Sachiko Kuno, CEO, S&R Foundation. “We can’t wait to see what innovation and enthusiasm the second class injects into the program.”

The second class of fellows and their ventures are as follows:

Stephen Moilanen – Solstice Initiative – Mr. Moilanen aims to partner with neighborhoods to fully leverage the power of community solar. Solstice Initiative will provide to individuals, who either rent homes or cannot afford solar arrays, the opportunity to access low cost solar power through its unique community hub model.

Brian Ferguson – Angel’s List – Mr. Ferguson’s goal is to ensure that former inmates maximize their chances of successfully reintegrating into society and reduce the likelihood of returning to prison. Angel’s List is an easy-to-use website that aggregates a myriad of organizations, job opportunities and reentry programs for former inmates returning to the general population.

Daniel Kuenzi and Eric Ellestad – Local Roots – Mr. Kuenzi and Mr. Ellestad address the systematic pain points in the produce industry that result in the spoilage of over 40 percent of all produce. Local Roots utilizes vertical growing, climate-controlled, farming environments uniquely housed in shipping containers that can be located in neighborhoods to ensure that all communities have access to locally grown produce.

Andrew Foote – Sanivation – Currently over 4,000 children in East Africa die daily from the effects of diarrhea and unsanitary conditions. With Sanivation, Mr. Foote addresses this issue by creating an enterprise model to bring affordable in-home toilets and sanitation services to East Africa.

David Dewane – Librii – Mr. Dewane’s venture will modernize the public library model and deliver it to Sub-Saharan Africa by implementing a series of low-cost libraries. Librii balances digital and physical offerings, and utilizes local partnerships to spread information, knowledge and culture in the region.

Mariama Kabia – Memunatu Magazine – Ms. Kabia wants to empower over 10 million teenage girls in West Africa by closing gender literacy gaps with a community-driven classroom magazine. Memunatu Magazine will specifically target girls through engaging educational content, and be distributed in secondary schools throughout the region.

Param Jaggi – Ecoviate – Mr. Jaggi encourages people and organizations to create a more sustainable planet by reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Ecoviate builds innovative environmental technologies designed to reduce the amount of carbon in the air.

Amelia Friedman – Student Language Exchange – With only one percent of college students studying non-European languages, Ms. Friedman looks to increase cultural and linguistic awareness around underrepresented languages. The Student Language Exchange has created peer-to-peer programs in American universities to engage and encourage students through language learning.

Samuel Owen – Motion Sickness Canceling Headphones – Mr. Owen is attempting to mitigate the effects of motion sickness, which affects upwards of 40 percent of the population, by building innovative technologies using ultrasound waves.

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Celebrate Halloween Differently this Year by Helping Others Discover the Creative and Performing Arts

North Americans have the opportunity to share their skills and passion for dance, drama, music, and art in disadvantaged communities abroad

A Projects Abroad volunteer teaches a student to play the drums on the Music Project in Bolivia

NEW YORK – October 29, 2014 – Halloween is a time of the year when many North Americans seize the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. Creativity is encouraged, and people celebrating Halloween craft elaborate costumes for costume parties, parades, and trick-or-treating. They also carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, and enjoy scary stories and movies. Unfortunately for thousands of children in developing countries across the globe, the ability to express their creativity and exercise their imaginations is one that is neglected in the face of more pressing issues, such as poverty, hunger, and violence. International volunteer organization Projects Abroad seeks to address this through several different Creative & Performing Arts volunteer programs, which cover a range of fields including art, drama, dance, music, and music production and management.

The Creative & Performing Arts projects are flexible, and any volunteer with a passion for the arts is sure to find a project that suits them. For volunteers who want to help disadvantaged children and teenagers discover and develop their artistic sides, Projects Abroad offers projects in schools and orphanages throughout the developing world. The impact of volunteers at these placements is incredibly beneficial for the children, especially if skilled volunteers can fill the gap left by a lack of local teachers. Not only do the children learn about different cultures, but their appreciation for the arts increases, as does their self-confidence and ability to express themselves. Projects Abroad also gives volunteers the opportunity to work with adults and volunteers could find themselves practicing and even performing alongside local artists and performers, or taking on the role of a manager and helping them succeed in their music careers.

“Our Creative & Performing Arts projects are a step into an entirely new world for everyone involved,” says Rachel McMillan, a Program Advisor at Projects Abroad USA. “While volunteers are helping others discover a love for the arts and learn new skills, they are also exploring the culture of the world around them and gaining a new perspective on life. It’s a rewarding way to give back and the lessons that the children learn from volunteers, such as positive self-expression, will help to shape the rest of their lives.”

Projects Abroad offers Creative & Performing Arts projects in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. Here are a few examples of what the organization has to offer:

Music & Dance in South Africa

This versatile project provides several different opportunities for volunteers based on their skills and interests. Volunteers with a background in music can teach an instrument of their choice and focus on any aspect of music, including singing. If a volunteer has experience in dance, they have the option of teaching modern dance or ballet in South African schools. Volunteers with an interest in music production work with Sounds of the World, a Projects Abroad initiative where volunteers are responsible for assisting the artist or band throughout the recording process, and in advertising and promoting their music. Artist management is another possibility in South Africa and volunteers will get involved in organizing local gigs, concerts, and promoting local artists, as well as writing articles, interviews, and concert reviews.

Drama in Romania

Although there is a growing theater community in Romania, there is a distinct lack of theater education. By leading acting workshops, coaching drama groups, and helping students prepare a production for local performances and festivals, volunteers can help nurture young artists and share their skills abroad. Volunteers on this project are based in Brasov and work directly with elementary and high school students.

Creative Arts in Ecuador

Many disadvantaged students in Ecuador are unaware of their talents and of opportunities in the field of creative arts because of a lack of opportunities. For children, the arts can be used as a means of communicating their challenges as well as helping their personal development, and volunteers can help a great deal with this. Volunteers work in schools and local arts and culture centers and can teach art, dance, music, and drama. They can also paint large educational murals in classrooms and on outside walls of the town.

For more information about Creative & Performing Arts volunteer projects, please visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/creative-and-performing-arts.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org

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Holiday Inn® Brand and HLN Collaborate On New Television Series Growing America: A Journey To Success

Series Follows Three MBAxAmerica Teams as They Embark on Extraordinary Journeys

ATLANTA (October 28, 2014) – The iconic Holiday Inn® brand, part of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and HLN (a Turner Broadcasting network), today announced the production of the six-episode original series, Growing America: A Journey to Success, premiering on Sunday, November 16th at 9:00 pm EST on HLN. Hosted by Ty Pennington, (known for Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, On The Menu), the documentary series follows teams of MBA students from the MBAs Across America (MBAxAmerica) program, who are given one week to use their expertise to transform businesses and positively affect communities in cities across the U.S.

“We were fortunate enough to work closely with Casey Gerald, co-founder and CEO of MBAxAmerica, this year as part of our Journey to Extraordinary campaign, and were in awe of the impact he and his MBAxAmerica teams are having on businesses and cities across the U.S. The entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on the communities in which our hotels do business is the foundation on which the Holiday Inn brand was built, so the relationship was a perfect fit,” said Maurice Cooper, vice president, Holiday Inn® brand, the Americas, IHG. “Together, we approached HLN to create a TV series that would further showcase on a national level the personal journeys of these MBA students and the entrepreneurs they are helping, and how the Holiday Inn brand has enabled them along the way – all while hopefully inspiring viewers on extraordinary journeys of their own.”

Over 50% of the working population in the U.S. is employed by a small business[1], making the success of entrepreneurs a vital part of the success of the American economy. Against this backdrop, the stakes are high as the MBAxAmerica teams are challenged each episode to leverage their education and expertise to help three entrepreneurs, who are about to get the opportunity of a lifetime, take risks and transform their business in just five days. From a Denver tech company seeking to revolutionize the nonprofit world and a barbershop striving to become a community centerpiece in Detroit to a family owned café in Little Rock aiming to become a leader in the local organic food movement – these small business are all on extraordinary journeys which the Holiday Inn brand is committed to enabling through Growing America: A Journey to Success.

“This collaboration speaks to the strength of both brands and how we connect with millions of Americans on a daily basis. This partnership also represents an important step forward for both HLN and the Holiday Inn brand in the way in which we now connect with our audiences – in person, on television and through digital channels,” said Katrina Cukaj, executive vice president, CNN/HLN Ad Sales.

Digital media will play a key role in Growing America: A Journey to Success. After each episode airs, viewers will be encouraged to visit HLNtv.com/GrowingAmerica to vote for the most inspirational small business of the television series, with the winner announced during the show finale, airing on Sunday, December 21st. The Holiday Inn brand and HLN also co-created a companion digital series, which will explore the challenges of small businesses in Boise, Idaho and Nashville, Tennessee. This series, along with profiles of the business owners and MBA teams, and tips for small business owners, will round out the content featured online. To join the conversation throughout the series and share their own extraordinary journeys, viewers can visit the Holiday Inn brand’s social channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube; dedicated HLN social channels for Growing America: A Journey to Success including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube; and are encouraged to use the hashtag #GrowingAmerica across all channels.

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[1] Forbes.com, 16 Surprising Statistics About Small Businesses, 9 September 2013

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New Generation of Teen Entrepreneurs Driven By Social Concerns, Says TeenBusiness.com

WEST ORANGE, N.J.— (BUSINESS WIRE) — According to TeenBusiness.com, teen entrepreneurs and innovators are increasingly motivated by social concerns. This dramatically contradicts the stereotype of selfish youth.

“helping people is always something I wanted to do and with the fame that Freetoes has given me, I have had lots of opportunities to give. And Project Aftershock (a Haitian Relief charity) is one of them.”

“30 years ago, the primary motivation for teen-led businesses was often solely to make money. Now most of the teen entrepreneurs and inventors we encounter are also motivated by the desire to help solve societal problems, in their own way,” said Emmanuel Modu, co-author of TeenVestor: The Practical Investment Guide for Teens and Their Parents and The Lemonade Stand: A Guide To Encouraging The Entrepreneur In Your Child.

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Theories abound about the reasons for the increased number of socially conscious teen entrepreneurs and innovators. Is it because the internet has made information about social issues more accessible? Is it due to the Great Recession of 2008, which may have negatively impacted young teens’ lives and spurred them to improve the lives of others? Regardless of the reason, the trend is real.

Here are a few examples of socially conscious young entrepreneurs and inventors recently featured by TeenBusiness.com – a news portal that reports on the activities of a diverse range of young entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, and other innovators around the world:

  • A trio of 16-year-old girls —Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow— from Cork County (Ireland) won the Google Science Fair Prize for proposing the use of a naturally growing strain of bacteria to increase crop yield by 30%.
  • Concerned about mass shootings in his home state, Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, Colorado (US), invented a smart gun that unlocks with fingerprint authentication.
  • A group of teen siblings —Ima, Caleb, and Asha Christian— from Decatur, Georgia (US), helped create a “Yelp For Cops” to rate both positive and negative police interactions with citizens.
  • 13-year-old Katelyn Lohr from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) is owner of Freetoes Brand, Inc., which sells toe-less socks in major consumer outlets such as Toys “R” Us; she is very committed to her philanthropic outreach.
  • 18-year-old Tom Osborne from Nairobi (Kenya), upon seeing what deforestation has done to his community, embarked on a clean energy project to produce smokeless charcoal briquettes and distribute cook-clean stoves throughout Kenya.
  • 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka, of Irvine, California (US), invented a device implanted in socks that alerts caregivers when Alzheimer’s patients wander off unaccompanied.
  • Teen Myla Swallow, from Sydney (Australia), and founder of the Clean Water Initiative, designed an inexpensive system to sterilize stainless steel baby bottles using a billy can and a simple pump-filter to produce steam.

These teen entrepreneurs and innovators are not just giving lip-service to charitable commitments. Asked in an interview by Forbes contributor Devin Thorpe why she is so passionate about charitable giving, Katelyn Lohr said that “helping people is always something I wanted to do and with the fame that Freetoes has given me, I have had lots of opportunities to give. And Project Aftershock (a Haitian Relief charity) is one of them.”

For many of these teen entrepreneurs and innovators, the idea of making money and doing good can co-exist. As stated by Google Science Fair Prize winner, Émer Hickey, in a FastCompany interview about her group’s use of bacteria to increase crop yields, “We want to change the world. We want to commercialize this.”

About TeenBusiness.com

TeenBusiness.com is the global resource for teen entrepreneurs, investors, and inventors. Formerly known as TeenVestor.com, it is the first platform dedicated to providing original – as well as curated – information for young, business-minded teens.

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New Report Examines Philanthropy’s Role in Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery

Insights Inform Response to Future Disasters

New York, NY — October 28, 2014. A new report released today examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Numbering nearly 600, these funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery, and building efforts. The hard data and reflective observations in the report contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps foundations and corporations be strategic and effective with their giving when disaster strikes.

Two years after the historic storm, Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response breaks down the allocation of dollars contributed thus far and offers perspective on the role of private giving in disaster response and lessons to be taken from this one. The report was published by New York-based Foundation Center in cooperation with the funder associations Philanthropy New York and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and with support from the Washington, DC-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

This report notes that philanthropic donations are a small fraction of the $60 billion in emergency assistance provided by the federal government and $19 billion paid out by insurance companies. Still, the research findings reveal that philanthropy’s response has nonetheless served a critical role in certain types of relief, recovery, and rebuilding work that might otherwise fall through the cracks.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, philanthropic dollars have been essential in helping community advocacy programs, filling holes in the social service delivery system, and helping community members provide input into the redevelopment planning process,” said Ronna Brown, president of Philanthropy New York. “This support is crucial to countless efforts that government often can’t or won’t fund.”

The data in the report reveal details about who provided funding and for what purposes, which organizations received support, and where funders and recipients were located. Key findings of the report include:

  • Among all institutional donors, corporations accounted for the largest share of cash commitments in response to Hurricane Sandy ($136.4 million).
  • Propelled by giving for immediate relief for those in the path of the storm, the largest share of support went to human services (44 percent), followed by housing (11 percent).
  • The national American Red Cross and its local affiliates received 23 percent of the contributions, more than any other single organization.

The report also highlights leading organizations in the region that have been important partners to philanthropy in the disaster response.

“Throughout the past two years, our exceptional nonprofit and funder community has taken on challenges they never imagined,” said Nina Stack, president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. “These organizations continue to develop innovative solutions that other communities will learn from and build upon in future disasters.”

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy goes beyond the numbers to assess the activities of funders in this and past disasters in order to highlight “best practices.” For instance, making an effort to share information with other funders and nonprofits is cited as a particularly effective strategy in such situations. The report also identifies opportunities for funders to make a bigger impact with their contributions, such as when they can address funding gaps that remain after the initial short-term response. The observations and advice outlined in the report are designed to help funders be more strategic in their response to disasters.

“After a devastating event such as Hurricane Sandy, stress levels are high, communities’ needs are great, and preparedness is key,” said Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center. “Funders will be able to use the information in this report to put practical policies in place that position them to be nimble and strategic, especially in times of crisis.”

The report analyzes giving by type of funder, by type and purpose of support, and by location of funders and recipients, and it lists the top funders and grant recipients. Two essays explore the foundation and corporate response in the hardest hit areas in New York and New Jersey.

“There will undoubtedly be more disasters in the future when private donors will be called upon to take action,” said Robert G. Ottenhoff, president and CEO of Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which helped to fund the research report through its Hurricane Sandy Response Fund. “This is an important opportunity to learn lessons that can maximize the impact of philanthropic dollars through a thoughtful examination of which practices have been most successful.”

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy can be downloaded for free at Foundation Center’s website or at Philanthropy New York’s site at PhilanthropyNewYork.org/SandyReport.

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International Rescue Committee Hosts Annual Freedom Award Benefit Event November 5, 2014

Evening to honor Financial Analyst Cliff Asness and Professor Kenneth R. French

New York, NY (October 28, 2014)The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner to support the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. This year’s event – which will take place at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City will honor long-time IRC supporters Cliff and Laurel Asness and Ken and Vickie French with the Humanitarian Leadership Award.

The evening will feature a special performance by opera sensation and IRC Voice Danielle de Niese and appearances by IRC President and CEO David Miliband and CBS Evening News anchor, Scott Pelley. Additional guests slated to attend include IRC Voices Piper Perabo and Nykhor Paul.

Cliff Asness became a supporter of the IRC in 2005 and a Board Member in 2009. Prior to co-founding AQR Capital Management, Asness was at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was a Managing Director and Director of Quantitative Research for the Asset Management Division. He has authored articles on many financial topics including multiple publications in the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Financial Analysts Journal. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management, the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU and is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute and the Atlas Society.

Kenneth R. French became an IRC Board Member in 2009 and currently sits on the Finance Committee. He works at the Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. French is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies, and a former President of the American Finance Association. French is also a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before joining Dartmouth, French was on the faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, the Yale School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Co-Chairs for this year’s Freedom Award Dinner are Maurice R. Greenberg, Starr International Foundation/The Starr Foundation, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd, Eduardo G. Mestre, Kathleen and Omar Saeed and Catherine and Tracy Wolstencroft. Vice Chairs include The Partners of AQR Capital, Katherine Farley, Jerry I. Speyer, Marie and Joseph Field, Evan G. Greenberg, ACE Group, Judy and Josh Weston, Maureen White, and Steven Rattner.

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Theresa Roemer Hosts First Charity Event in 3,000 Sq. Ft. Closet Since Infamous Burglary to Benefit MoRE Camp Adventure by Kids Need More, an Oncology Camp on Shelter Island, New York

HOUSTON, TEXAS, October 2014 – On Saturday, November 8th Houston philanthropist Theresa Roemer will host the first charity event in the 3,000 sq. ft. closet since the infamous burglary that took place there this past summer, robbing her and her husband, Lamar Roemer, of more than $1 million dollars in personal goods.

Prior to the burglary, Theresa Roemer’s elegant three-story closet, designed after a Neiman Marcus showroom, made national headlines for its opulence and character after the closet was featured on the Neiman Marcus blog and the story went viral. Built and designed for the purpose of holding fundraising events, the unique venue features a champagne bar, seating area, vanity station and fashions from exclusive designers, including Hermès, Fendi, Dior, and Christian Louboutin. While Theresa Roemer has been busy with the launch of her new apparel line, Theresa Roemer True and Real, she remains committed to helping others. The upcoming fundraising event is a private, invitation-only fundraiser that will benefit MoRE Camp Adventure, an oncology camp run by Kids Need More.

“When I heard about the unique events at MoRE Camp Adventure and how it gives these strong and spirited children a week to just be kids, time off from thinking about cancer, I wanted to help,” says Roemer. “This camp is completely run by volunteers and fully funded by donations – that’s no small order. It is my hope that the November fundraiser will be a success and assist many more children in making memories next year at MoRE Camp Adventure.”

ABOUT MoRE CAMP ADVENTURE

In 1990, a group of concerned parents created a camping experience for their children diagnosed with cancer and their siblings. MoRE Camp Adventure now serves the East Coast and Tri-State area. It remains one of the only camps of its kind to serve child cancer patients and siblings. The programs and activities are designed to reunite siblings and allow parents time for respite.

ABOUT THERESA ROEMER

Theresa Roemer is the CEO of Theresa Roemer, LLC and founder of the Theresa Roemer True and Real apparel line, with offices located at 25815 Oakridge Dr. in Spring, TX. Theresa Roemer is an expert in business philanthropy, runs several small businesses, and is a partner in Roemer Oil.

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Mazda Announces Its 2014 Mazda Drive for Good Charity Event

Mazda Partners with NBCUniversal Around Campaign to Help Those in Need

IRVINE, Calif. (October 28, 2014) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced the second-annual Mazda Drive for Good™ winter event and partnership with NBCUniversal. The 2014 Mazda Drive for Good event will increase opportunities for charitable donations, will include a larger local outreach through additional charities, and of course include the donation of thousands of charitable service hours from Mazda and Mazda dealer employees. Mazda has partnered with NBCUniversal to help expand the reach of the Mazda Drive for Good campaign across the company’s portfolio and ultimately serve one lucky community in need of charitable assistance.

“Mazda Drive for Good started as an idea, a way to bring together the good things Mazda, its employees, its dealers and its business partners were doing in their local community,” explained Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “From there it grew into a way for Mazda to reach new heights in charitable giving, whether monetarily or through volunteer service. Mazda is honored to expand our efforts further by partnering with NBCUniversal and helping a community that needs an extra hand to achieve its goal.”

“We are excited to team up with Mazda around their ‘Mazda Drive for Good’ campaign and inspire philanthropic activities in communities across the country,” said Alison Tarrant, Executive Vice President, Client Solutions Group, NBCUniversal. “Through the unmatched scale of our portfolio, NBCUniversal has partnered with Mazda for a unique and custom program that empowers our passionate audiences during the most charitable time of the year.”

Together, Mazda and NBCUniversal aim to help communities, across the country, that have a non-profit project in need of resources. The partnership will span across NBCUniversal’s broadcast, cable and digital networks with calls for nominations featuring actress, Academy Award® nominee and philanthropist, Minnie Driver. Viewers will be encouraged to nominate themselves through an online contest where they can tell their story and why their community needs assistance. Submissions will be received starting October 27th and end November 12th. Consumers can submit their story via NBC.com/MazdaDrive4Good.

The selected community representative will be surprised by Driver and attend NBC’s annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center on December 3rd. Custom creative spots, produced by NBCUniversal’s Content Innovation Agency, featuring Driver, and their community will highlight their story. Mazda commits to helping this community through monetary donation and volunteer service.

“The differentiating factor for the Mazda Drive for Good event is the pledged volunteer hours, added O’Sullivan. “It helps bring the program to a local level by providing charities much need hands-on support.”

The Mazda Drive for Good winter event is in its second year of fundraising and Mazda has announced that it will increase its monetary donation from $100 to $150 per new Mazda sold or leased between November 21, 2014 and January 2, 2015. Mazda stands to again differentiate itself again by pledging one hour of charitable service for every test drive of a new Mazda throughout this same time period. Mazda will again work through four national charities and 42 local charities, all of which will be announced at a later date.

The 2013 Mazda Drive for Good winter event was the first time this charitable event was held. Results were astounding as Mazda donated more than $2.7 million to charity and pledged more than 56,000 service hours. Mazda partnered with four national charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and Mazda Foundation, and reached locally through its dealers and 32 local charities. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dhKGFtlGc

Follow the social conversation on Twitter at #MazdaDrive4Good.

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Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s 2014 Hope Diamond Ball Raises More Than Six Million Dollars Including Announced Gifts

Romero Britto was inducted into the prestigious Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame and unveiled the new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital

MIAMI – Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together this past Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted the Hope Diamond Ball Affair.

The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more.

Internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto joined the ranks of Walt Disney, Dwyane Wade, Dr. Jonas Salk and Beyoncé Knowles when he was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world.

“I am incredibly humbled by this wonderful recognition from the Miami Children’s Health Foundation,” said Romero Britto. “My passion is helping others, especially children in the community and around the world. I believe that using art as a positive agent of change is the key to unlocking the potential of today’s youth. It’s all about illustrating hope and happiness through my work and it truly means the world to me.

The Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. It is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation.

“We are extremely thrilled to be able to honor Romero Britto this year and induct him into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The work he has done for children all over the world truly embodies our mission and we are delighted that he’s accepted this special recognition.”

In addition, the Foundation unveiled a new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.

Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Raúl De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.

Individuals who also joined Miami Children’s Health Foundation‘s President & CEO, Lucy Morillo and Romero Britto were today’s most recognized influencers and celebrities including David Chocarro, Carolina Laursen, Mariela Encarnación, Maria Regina Bustamante, Lili Estefan, Aníbal Sánchez and Bryan Holaday.

To learn more about becoming a part of the annual Diamond Ball affair, please visit www.mchf.org/DiamondBall or contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.338.5057 or lisbet.fernandez-vina@mchf.org.

About Miami Children’s Health Foundation

Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, MCH Foundation, now a part of the newly-formed Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and will help fund seven MCH priorities, including the expansion and enhancement of the Emergency Department, as well as the construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, and expanding its Global/Telehealth endeavors.

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