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Talk About Coming a Long Way To A Party, MS Patients Circumnavigate The World to Sail Into Fort Lauderdale To Join ‘HATS OFF! Gala’ Benefit For Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.Multiple Sclerosis Foundation ( www.msfocus.org ) will be greeting some special guests who’ve sailed a very long way to attend its “HATS OFF! Gala” at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on December 6th. Oceans of Hopehttp://www.sailing-sclerosis.org ) has circumnavigated the world with passengers that have MS. The crew of the ship will receive a “Beacon of Light” award at the Gala for their determination and dedication to sail around the globe.

Admirers as well as other MS patients will greet the arrival of the ship 11am on December 3rd at the Bahia Mar Docks. The public is invited to share this moment of history in the making.

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Gala will honor Dr. Daniel Kantor for Leadership of Care and Drs. Marietta and Ira Glazer for being the Fearless Volunteers of the Year. Co-Chairs are Lynne & Ralph McGrath and the evening will be emceed by Chanel from Mega 94.9 and 93.9.

An auction will be held during the cocktail hour bearing one of a kind items donated at a VIP pre Gala party held at Alpine Jaguar such as a basket including Units of Botox®, Lipo and B-12 Shots, a Google tablet, a custom-made sterling silver necklace decorated with fresh water pearls, blue topaz, and Swarovski elements, a signed football by Lee Corso, ESPN College Gameday analyst, “Tree at Sunset” matted photo and portrait package. These items and many more, will be available for bidding.

Sponsors of the gala, which is set for Saturday, December 6th, include: AT&T, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Lorraine Thomas, Genzyme, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono Pfizer, TEVA Shared Solutions, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt, NSCFF, Alpine Jaguar, www.AllStarCupcakes.com, South Florida Opulence Magazine, Palm Beach Broadcasting, MDW Insurance and CBIZ.

ABOUT THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, (www.msfocus.org or 888-MSFOCUS), is a national publicly-funded 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The mission of MSF is to provide vital programs and services for those affected by MS, and heighten public awareness and understanding for those diagnosed with the illness in order to elicit financial support for their needs. Also, tune in to MSFocusRadio.org, the first online radio station for the MS community that broadcasts content round-the-clock, brought to you by MSF.

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Notes on Undoing

A group exhibition of: Igor Eškinja, Vlatka Horvat, Igor Grubić,
Tina Gverović, Zlatko Kopljar, Dino Zrnec, Marko Tadić, Damir Očko, Hrvoje Slovenc, Viktor Popović, and Ljiljana Mihaljević
Curated by Branka Benčić
Exhibition Dates: November 20th – December 20th
Opening Reception: November 20th | 6-8 PM

Igor Eškinja, Project Room 1, 2011, Lambda print, 90 x 120 cm, edition of 3 + 2 AP.

New York, NY [November 5, 2014] – Garis & Hahn and Ikon Arts Foundation are pleased to present Notes on Undoing, a group exhibition of established and emerging Croatian artists curated by Branka Benčić. Featuring photography, film, drawing, painting and mixed-media work by Igor Eškinja, Vlatka Horvat, Igor Grubić, Tina Gverović, Zlatko Kopljar, Dino Zrnec, Marko Tadić, Damir Očko, Hrvoje Slovenc, Viktor Popović, and Ljiljana Mihaljević, Notes on Undoing is the first survey of Croatian contemporary art at the gallery. The exhibition will run from November 20th to December 20th, with an opening reception at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on November 20th.

Notes on Undoing brings together a group of artists with a shared cultural heritage and diverse practices all centered on exposing, unpacking and exploring the dominant assumptions that inform the perspectives of the viewers and the artists themselves. Viewers will observe these artists tackling their practices with disparate yet connected approaches: some show an interest in the experience of how the body or object relates to its environment. Alternately, others choose to focus on the experiences particular to the artist—for example, the relationship between the artist and the institution, or the presentation of work in a space. Curator Branka Benčić further elaborates: “Artistic positions engage with issues of (re)presentation, structure and construction of the work of art, or the act of ‘exhibiting’ itself, pointing to tensions between the observer and the observed, exploring spatial relationships and interactions between objects.”

The exhibition spaceprovides ample material for the exploration of these relationships. Artists Igor Eškinja and Vlatka Horvat both destabilize the viewer’s interaction with space. Eškinja’s photographs challenge and upend traditional notions of the image-space relationship. Horvat’s wall-mounted Equivalents series of diptychs and triptych, created from “non-art” materials, bring into question the viewer’s relationship to the artwork. Viktor Popović’s work takes this a step further.His site-specific found-object sculptures bring “non-art” materials into the gallery context to expose the tenuous relationship between the art and the exhibition space. Tina Gverović’s work, a collection of drawings from her 2013 residency at the Tate modern, explore her interest in methods of integrating her work into the architecture of an environment.

Artists Dino Zrnec and Marko Tadić seek to build on the history of their respective media through their practices. Zrnec treats his large paintings as a series of experiments – eager to manipulate the canvas and explore new relevancies in famed techniques- pours paint from one canvas to another. The work, while reminiscent of abstract expressionist stain paintings, pushes the form into the twenty-first century. Tadić, who works in collage and animation, constructs visual environments with precise and confident shapes, taking the medium of stop-animation to a new place with Until a Breath of Air. Damir Očko willshow three collaged photo-compositionswhich,much like Tadić’s work, use the form of collage to create meaning in layers and juxtapositions.

Film is also adeptly used to unveil complicated relationships between the content, the viewerand the space created between them. In Zlatko Kopljar’s film K16 the artist digs a hole for over ten minutes, evoking feelings of futility and pointlessness through this seemingly interminable task. Ljiljana Mihaljević’s short film The Route expresses similarly nihilistic sentiments. The film begins with a quote from Nobel Peace Prize in Literature recipient Ivo Andrić on the circular nature of civilizations and impossibility of finding a direct path to truth, followed by Mihaljević playing a never-ending game of hopscotch, where the traditional grid has been drawn into a circle. The constructed realities of these films relate to “Chapter IV” of Hrvoje Slovenc’s photography series Marble Hill in which the artist sets fire to a diorama of an apartment that burned down in his Bronx neighborhood and photographs the resulting imagined scenes. The photographic “evidence” reveals typically undocumented details of characters and objects affected by disasters.Again revealing the usually unseen, Igor Grubić’s series Angels with Dirty Faces, shows portraits of the Croatian miners whose strike forced the resignation of Communist president Slobodan Milošević. Grubić photographed these miners against a background of chalk-drawn wings, referencing the miners’ role as political “saviors” in the recent history of Yugoslavia and Serbia.

In the range of approaches exhibited in Notes on Undoing, the viewer may observe the ways in which these artists’ deconstruct and “undo” the assumptions and structures around them.At the same time, their works create and reveal new frameworks and relationships within these realms. Garis & Hahn is proud to have the opportunity to present this landmark first exhibition of Croatian contemporary art in conjunction with Ikon Arts Foundation.

About the Artists

Igor Eškinja was born in 1975 in Rijeka, Croatia. His practice centers around using quotidian materials to explore the relationships between images and 3D space. His work is exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions in cultural institutions in France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Austria.

Vlatka Horvat was born in Cakovec, Croatia, and received a BA in Theatre Studies from Columbia College, Chicago, an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, and a PhD from Roehampton University, London. She was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation visual art award in 2010, and exhibits her work internationally through galleries Rachel Uffner, New York, ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, and annex14, Berlin.

Igor Grubić studied theology and film production before becoming an artist, and both disciplines inform his politically and socially conscious pieces, which often take the form of “site-specific interventions”. The performances are recorded and presented as multimedia installations which Grubić has exhibited internationally, including at the 11th Istanbul Biennial and Manifesta 4, Frankfurt. Grubić has also worked as a producer and journalist for activist Croatian video studio Fade In.

Tina Gverović is a Zagreb native who splits her time between Dubrovnik and London. Gverović’s work in Notes on Undoing comes from a 2013 residency at the Tate Modern, London, where she collaborated with artist Sinisa Ilić to create Inverted House, a site-specific installation and accompanying drawings comparing the Tate’s building, collection, and public with its counterparts at the Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art.

Zlatko Kopljar was born in Zenic, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1962, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, in 1991. He has exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia, The Kitchen, New York, and Gallery Manes, Prague, among others. His work is in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb and the Filip Trade collection.

Dino Zrnec is a painter educated in Zagreb, Prague and Vienna. Born in 1983 in Zagreb, Zrnec lives and works in both his hometown and Vienna, where he creates large scale abstract paintings which continue to experiment with materials and their application in the vein of the abstract expressionists. Zrnec received the HDLU annual award for young artists and 2011, has participated in residencies in Paris and Vienna in 2012, and continues to exhibit his work in Croatia and around the world.

Marko Tadić’s work draws on the rich and long history of collage and the constructed image. Born in Sisak, Croatia in 1979, Tadić has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. He was the 2008 recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award for young Croatian artists.

Damir Očko’s recent work explores the potential of the human voice and its relationship to the physical world in projects such as TK and SPRING. Očko graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, in 2007 and has participated in residencies and exhibitions across Europe, including a residency at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios in Dublin, Ireland, and solo exhibitions most recently at Yvonne Lambert, Paris and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Hrvoje Slovenc received his MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in 2010. His work has been exhibited at cultural institutions around the world, including the Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, and the Young Artists’ Biennial in Bucharest, Romania. He currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Viktor Popović is an Associate Professor at his alma mater, the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. He engages the viewer by presenting his work as “non-art”, whether through his choice of materials or installation, working in the contemporary continuation of the “ready-made”. Popović has exhibited internationally in the United States, Finland, Austria, Croatia, and the United Kingdom.

Ljiljana Mihaljević studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, but her recent work has included films, installations and performances that seek to define what cannot be expressed in words. Mihaljević is a member of the Croatian Association of Professional artists and has exhibited internationally at art fairs in Marseille and Holland and in galleries in Croatia, Italy, and the United States.

About Ikon Arts Foundation

Established in 2013, Ikon Arts Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization based in New York City. The role of Ikon Arts Foundation is to inspire engagement with Croatian creative culture. It achieves this by promoting artists, designers and film-makers by way of both online and offline programming aimed at creative culture enthusiasts and creative industry professionals.

About Garis & Hahn

Garis & Hahn is a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle that mounts exhibitions focused on conceptual narratives and relevant conversations in contemporary art. By displaying an array of carefully curated artists, the gallery endeavors to provide accessibility, education, awareness, and a market to the art while engaging both the arts community and a broader general audience.

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Shave Beards to Save Lives: MenEssentials Celebrates the Launch of U.S. Website with a Pop-Up Shave Shop to Benefit Movember Foundation

Online Grooming Shop for Men Invites the Bearded to a Day of Pampering, Beer Drinking, and Giving Back

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 21, 2014 – To celebrate the launch of MenEssentials.com and mark the end of beards around the nation, MenEssentials will be hosting a pop-up shave shop in Westwood Village, Los Angeleson Monday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, which will donate 100 percent of proceeds to the Movember Foundation, invites guys to use (and lose) their beards to benefit a greater cause: prostate cancer awareness.

After providing Canada with the largest and most extensive arsenal of men’s grooming, skincare and lifestyle goods for the past two decades, MenEssentials is doing the gentlemanly thing and extending its reach to the United States. The company will begin with the launch of its online store and, in the coming year, open several brick-and-mortar locations in the Los Angeles area. To celebrate: a day of professional shaves, free beer, and the opportunity to give back. MenEssentials will donate to the Movember Foundation the entirety of profits made from the mobile shave shop and match all donations up to $5,000.

“Our entire company is founded on this idea of being ‘true gentlemen.’ I think this goes beyond luxury grooming products and colognes, but also has something to do with giving back,” says Greg Aghamanoukian for MenEssentials. “MenEssentials’ pop-up shave event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our U.S. launch, introduce men to our wide range of products, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.”

In true Hollywood fashion, the company will have a step and repeat, where freshly shaved guys can get their photo snapped for a chance to enter the MenEssentials social media contest for free swag.

“After going beard-free, men can cheers to a day of good looks and good deeds as they head next door to the legendary Barney’s Beanery for a complimentary beer,” says Aghamanoukian. “It’s not an event any man will want to miss.”

November is bound to get hairy, which is why, come December 1, MenEssentials plans to be there to ensure no beard is shorn in vain.

For more information, please visit www.menessentials.com.

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FeedingNYC and LivePerson Announce Thirteenth Annual Event Providing Thanksgiving Dinners to Local Families in Need

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FeedingNYC, a nonprofit organization based in New York, announced plans for its annual event to be held on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. LivePerson, the leading sponsor and organizer of FeedingNYC, will host employees and friends, along with more than 400 volunteers, to organize and hand-deliver over 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to displaced families in New York City.

In the days leading to Thanksgiving, volunteers gather to assemble holiday meals, which are then distributed to shelters throughout the city. The shelters include those partnered with Women in Need, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, and City Harvest. Thanks to the generosity of FeedingNYC partners, sponsors and crowdsourced funding, nearly 35,000 Thanksgiving meals have been donated to families facing hunger during the holiday season.

“Every year, friends, family and members of the community come together for a day to pack thousands of meals and personally deliver them to local families who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Our goal is to take this opportunity to meaningfully connect with the local community, and thanks to the dedication of our sponsors and volunteers, we are able to host FeedingNYC for the thirteenth consecutive year,” said Robert LoCascio, Founder of FeedingNYC and CEO of LivePerson.

This year’s sponsors include BDO, Eisner Amper LLP, FlatRate Moving, The Gansevoort Hotel Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Joyride Coffee, Manhattan Mini Storage, McGladrey LLP, Monster Savings, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pier Sixty The Lighthouse, Proskauer Rose LLP, StructuredWeb, Wegmans, and William Gallagher Associates. FeedingNYC will once again be headquartered at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Volunteers will arrive at 6:00 AM to begin packing boxes, provided by Manhattan Mini Storage, with turkeys and fixings and then load them onto large trucks for delivery.

FeedingNYC is still accepting donations. To make a donation, please visit www.crowdrise.com/FeedingNYC2014. For more information on FeedingNYC, please visit www.feedingnyc.org.

About FeedingNYC

FeedingNYC is an annual charity event sponsored by The Dream Big Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was conceived by LivePerson CEO Rob LoCascio in the aftermath of 9/11 when the employees and friends of LivePerson first assembled and hand-delivered turkey dinners to disadvantaged families around New York City for Thanksgiving. With the support of the local community and corporate sponsors, the project which began with serving 40 families in Harlem in 2001 has since grown to deliver meals to more than 35,000 families throughout the five boroughs. Please visit www.feedingnyc.org to learn how to get involved.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This “intelligent engagement” is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs. For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com. To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

New Proxy Resolution Urges Exxon Mobil To Return Capital To Shareholders In The Face Of Global Climate Change & Carbon Asset Risk

Arjuna Capital and As You Sow File Shareholder Proposal Asking Exxon Mobil to Return Capital to Shareholders Rather than Invest in High-Cost High-Carbon Projects.

BOSTON AND OAKLAND– (November 25, 2014) – In a first of its kind proposal, Shareholders Arjuna Capital/Baldwin Brothers Inc. and As You Sow seek increased dividends or share buybacks from Exxon Mobil given structural challenges facing the industry — historically high capital expenditures, decreasing profitability, and global climate change. This represents the first shareholder proposal asking a company to return capital to shareholders in light of climate change risk.

Exxon Mobil wrote a report in response to Arjuna Capital and As You Sow’s shareholder proposal this spring on the potential for stranded assets associated with climate change. Exxon ignored major risk factors projected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Wall Street energy analysts regarding stranded carbon assets – i.e. that the company’s most-costly projects may become uneconomical in a low demand or low oil price environment.

The new shareholder resolution calls on Exxon Mobil (XOM) to protect investor value by “increasing the amount authorized for capital distributions to shareholders through dividends or share buy backs,” rather than invest in high-cost, high-carbon oil projects.

Exxon Mobil has maintained that none of its carbon assets will be stranded, based on projections of unabated global energy demand and a belief that global governments will not take meaningful action to curb global warming. Despite pressure from shareholders, the company has failed to stress test the impact of governments reacting appropriately to limit climate disruption to agreed upon international targets.

The recently announced U.S./China agreement to reduce carbon emissions stands in contrast to Exxon’s outlook and could cut demand substantially. The International Energy Agency (IEA) states that, “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2° C goal” needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

In addition to the likelihood of reduced demand, the cost of oil and gas exploration and development is dramatically increasing and Exxon Mobil is making extremely risky bets on new energy exploration that run counter to the assessments of leading market experts.

According to Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), 39 percent of Exxon Mobil’s potential capital expenditures through 2025 requires an oil price of $95 per barrel to be economical, and 17 percent requires a price of $115 per barrel. By the end of 2025, CTI expects high cost projects to represent 35 percent of Exxon Mobil’s potential future production.

The resolution states: “In light of the climate change related risks of decreasing profitability and stranded asset risk associated with planned capital expenditures on high cost unconventional projects, Exxon Mobil commit to increasing the amount authorized for capital distributions to shareholders through dividends or share buy backs.”

Natasha Lamb, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital said, “This proposal is breaking new ground by asking Big Oil not to break ground on high-cost, high-carbon projects. Exxon Mobil should return capital to shareholders rather than gamble with investor resources. A fossil fuel volume play in the face of global climate change is simple folly. We should not be in a rush to find and burn all the carbon we can, regardless of cost and irreversible climate impact, but instead focus on value, figuring out how to do more with less.”

“Exxon has taken a public position that demand for oil will continue to grow, no matter how warm the globe gets, no matter how harsh the impacts of that warming, and regardless of technology changes allowing for cheaper, cleaner renewable fuels,” said Danielle Fugere, President of As You Sow. “The recent U.S.-China accord on carbon emission reductions is just the latest indication that ExxonMobil’s view of the world does not square with reality. Our goal is to protect shareholders from the clear and inevitable changes to the global economy that mean ExxonMobil is likely to have substantial stranded carbon assets if it continues on its current path.”

The shareholder proposal notes that “(m)assive production-cost inflation over the past decade has made the industry particularly vulnerable to a downturn in demand.” The Arjuna Capital and As You Sow proxy resolution cites the following analyst reports:

  • According to Bloomberg, capital expenditures by the largest oil companies has risen five-fold since 2000, yet overall industry production is nearly flat.
  • Goldman Sachs notes in the past two years no major new oil project has come on stream with production costs below 70 dollars per barrel, with most in the 80-100 dollar range, raising the risk of stranded, or unprofitable, assets.
  • Kepler Cheuvreux declares a “capex crisis” as companies invest in higher cost, higher carbon unconventional crude to stem conventional crude decline rates. Since 2005, annual upstream investment for oil has increased 100 percent, while crude oil supply has increased 3 percent.

For the full text of the Arjuna Capital/As You Sow shareholder resolution, go to: http://www.asyousow.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/exxonmobil2015carbonbubble.pdf.

This proposal reflects increasing investor concern about the issue of stranded assets and builds on a shareholder initiative started in 2013 and coordinated by Ceres, in which shareholders representing $3 trillion in assets under management, asked 45 companies for increased disclosure about whether they are implementing strategies to address carbon-related risk and avoid stranded assets.

Last year, shareholders built on this campaign by filing resolutions at 10 fossil-fuel companies. The resolutions sought reports from companies on the risk of stranded assets associated with the increasing likelihood of action to prevent climate change. Filings included a successful withdrawal of a resolution to Exxon by Arjuna Capital and As You Sow in which Exxon agreed to prepare a report on its risk of stranded assets. Exxon released the report, acknowledged the growing problem of climate change, but failed to admit to any potential for stranded assets. Last year, As You Sow also filed carbon asset risk resolutions at Chevron, Anadarko, Hess, and CONSOL Energy.

This year, shareholders will continue to file resolutions seeking greater disclosure and action to address the risk of stranded assets from structural changes associated with higher cost supplies and reduced demand.

Arjuna Capital is the sustainable wealth management platform of Baldwin Brothers Inc., an SEC-registered independent financial advisory firm established in 1974. For more information visit www.arjuna-capital.com.

As You Sow is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. For more information visit www.asyousow.org.

Utah Votes via Social Media on The Community Foundation of Utah’s New Look for “Love Utah Give Utah” Day of Giving Campaign

CLEARLINK donated design and digital marketing expertise as a way to creatively give back to communities across Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 – After two weeks of voting via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, powered by CLEARLINK and akavit, today The Community Foundation of Utah unveiled the new Love Utah Give Utah logo. Nearly one-thousand votes were cast, with a social media reach of over 100,000 people.

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The winning Love Utah Give Utah logo

Chosen by the online public, the new logo design is part of getting Utah ready for an even bigger and better 2015 fundraising campaign. The new look will help Love Utah Give Utah develop a strong identity, and more clearly identify the campaign as one of The Community Foundation’s efforts to benefit the people, places and causes of Utah.

Five logo designs were submitted by local Salt Lake City web designers at CLEARLINK. Adam Palcher, Senior Designer at CLEARLINK designed the winning logo. “I wanted to help Love Utah Give Utah expand its reach in the coming year and evoke a feeling of community, while reflecting the unique aspects of Utah,” said Palcher a 6 year web designer and 3 year CLEARLINKer.

CLEARLINK, a Salt Lake City based marketing and sales leader and long-standing partner of the Community Foundation of Utah, donated design and social media marketing services as a way to creatively give back to the local non-profit community. CLEARLINK and Akavit’s social media strategy did more than drive “Likes.” The voting campaign focused on connecting people active on social media to The Community Foundation of Utah’s movement to make Utah a better place.

“It was important to us that Utah communities had a voice in the new look for Love Utah Give Utah,” said Blair Hodson, Director of Initiatives at The Community Foundation. “We appreciate the donors and sponsors in our state and want them to be proud of our efforts. The support of local businesses like CLEARLINK in this effort reflects the commitment to giving-back that runs deeply throughout Utah.”

The 2015 Love Utah Give Utah day of giving is set for March 26, and will harness the non-profit community and all their champions in unison for 24 hours of fundraising. Organized by the Community Foundation of Utah, Love Utah Give Utah 2014 raised $1,058,839, gathering 15,311 donations from 10,562 unique donors and benefiting 460 schools, universities and non-profit organizations throughout the state of Utah.

Non-profits and schools who would like to take part in the 2015 event can register in January 2015. Watch for further details from The Community Foundation of Utah.

About CLEARLINK:

CLEARLINK partners with the world’s leading brands to increase their reach, drive and fulfill valuable transactions, and deepen insight into consumer behavior. CLEARLINK has delivered millions of customers to its brand partners over the past ten years through its customized marketing, sales and analytics platform. CLEARLINK, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and established in 2003, employs over 1,200 local sales, technology and marketing professionals. For an opportunity to join the growing CLEARLINK family, visit http://www.clearlink.com/jobs.

About The Community Foundation of Utah and Love Utah Give Utah:

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. For more information go to http://www.utahcf.org.

About Akavit:

Akavit bridges the gap between a traditional marketing agency and a software development company. Seven years and countless awards in, Akavit’s fingerprints are all over the newest trends of the global digital landscape. Delivering technical solutions on par with the best software development companies, while taking into account strategic, marketing and business objectives to create big ideas. Akavit builds stunning digital experiences that sell. It’s in our DNA. http://www.akavit.com

Stand Up To Cancer – Supported Research Discovers Why Patients Respond to a Life-Saving Melanoma Drug

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LOS ANGELES – November 26, 2014 – Work supported by the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) – Cancer Research Institute (CRI) – Immunology Translational Research Dream Team, launched in 2012 to focus on how the patient’s own immune system can be harnessed to treat some cancers have pioneered an approach to predict why advanced melanoma patients respond to a new life-saving melanoma drug. This new drug, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), was recently approved by the FDA. These findings are reported in Nature online November 26, 2014, ahead of print in the journal.

Over a two-year study, researchers including Dr. Antoni Ribas of UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center and co-leader of the CRI-SU2C Immunology Dream studied 46 patients with advanced melanoma treated with pembrolizumab. These patients had tumor biopsies before and during treatment. The researchers analyzed those biopsies and classified them according to whether the patient responded or not to pembrolizumab. The study then used the biopsy findings to predict the likelihood whether patients would likely to respond to this treatment

According to the press release issued by UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, a protein known as PD-1 puts the immune system’s brakes on, preventing T cells from attacking cancer cells. Pembrolizumab removes the brake lines, freeing up the immune system to kill cancer cells. Keytruda was the first PD-1 immunotherapy drug approved by the FDA in September 2014.

“The work of Dr. Ribas, his colleagues and the SU2C-CRI Immunology Dream Team is so important, bringing tangible benefits to patients struggling with advanced melanoma and providing the means to assess why some patients are responsive to this breakthrough drug,” said Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., chairperson SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, and MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. “Not only has this research validated a pathway to determine which patients may be responsive to pembrolizumab, we anticipate it will significantly inform development of better drug combinations that are more effective, less costly and with fewer side effects for even more patients with melanoma and other cancers.”

In addition to support from Stand Up to Cancer, this research was supported by the National Institute of Health and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center through philanthropy and other sources.

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HelpMeSee Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Spending With A Purpose

Pledges to Cure Cataract Blindness for 20 Million People Currently Affected by this Treatable Eye Disease

New York, November 21, 2014 – HelpMeSee – a global campaign to cure cataract blindness – has joined #GivingTuesday, with a Global Ambassador Video Search contest, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

Taking place December 2, 2014 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

HelpMeSee’s Global #GivingTuesday campaign asks people to experience what it is like for the 20 million people living in the developing world who are currently blind with cataracts. To understand cataract blindness for just a moment in time, HelpMeSee invites people to film themselves conducting their favorite activity blind folded and to share their experience with the rest of the world on this #GivingTuesday. During HelpMeSee’s Global #GivingTuesday campaign, we will be launching our first Global Ambassador Search, where participants demonstrate and address the challenges of a world with cataracts through their video submissions. It is only through living the experience of what others feel that we understand their challenges.

“As a participant in this innovative movement, HelpMeSee strongly believes that it takes a community, with the support of the international community, to solve its own problems in order to build sustainable systems to truly eradicate a single problem,” said Mohan

Jacob Thazhathu, President & CEO, HelpMeSee. “The HelpMeSee Campaign to cure cataract blindness does just that. By building and helping establish cost effective and sustainable solutions in innovation technologies, communities around the world can not only be leaders in solving its social issues, but restores the dignity and pride needed to help these global communities facing insurmountable issues overcome and rise above its current situations.”

Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving. Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 10,000 organizations have joined the movement and are providing creative ways people can embrace #GivingTuesday and collaborate in their giving efforts to create more meaningful results.

“It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director. “This initiative has truly been crowd- sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

Currently, more than 100 corporate and nonprofit organizations have committed to participate in the initiative.

“#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. “The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.”

Those who are interested in joining HelpMeSee’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit givingtuesday.helpmesee.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow #GivingTuesday

(twitter.com/GivingTues) and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter

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About HelpMeSee

HelpMeSee (www.HelpMeSee.org) is a global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness endemic in developing countries. The HelpMeSee mission is to make sight-restoring, MSIC surgery available to millions of underserved people through financial support and the training of thousands of highly skilled specialist cataract surgeons recruited from within their communities. HelpMeSee has designed and is now producing a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator based aviation training.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners— charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

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SDSU Greek Community Statement on Sexual Violence

InterFraternity Council will suspend all social activity.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) — The leaders of San Diego State University’s Greek community issued the following statement today regarding sexual violence on the SDSU campus.

Sexual violence is a significant issue on our campus and on college campuses across the country. As campus leaders, we are committed to ending sexual violence. We recognize that we must change attitudes and practices in our community to accomplish this goal.

Recently, it was alleged that fraternity members acted in an inappropriate and disrespectful manner toward campus community members who were participating in a Take Back the Night march. The university is currently investigating these allegations. To the extent such allegations are true, this conduct is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU. We do not condone this type of behavior, which has led us to the following decision.

Greek student leaders, with support from President Elliot Hirshman, Vice President of Student Affairs Eric Rivera, SDSU’s Sexual Violence Task Force and other members of the university administration, will immediately take proactive steps toward addressing this extremely serious issue and the Greek community’s role in it.

Specifically, the InterFraternity Council will voluntarily suspend all social activities in order to focus on educating its members about sexual assault prevention. The Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will be providing programming and education for its members and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council will be educating all of its members on the impact sexual assault has on their diverse communities.

Every member of the Greek community will be required to undergo sexual violence and bystander training. We will all participate in events and activities that promote an end to sexual violence. Moreover, we will meet regularly with each other and administrative leaders to determine better ways to regulate ourselves and our members.

Our intention is to become leaders on this issue by bringing together our community, as well as others in the campus community, to discuss, create and implement policies and procedures in the effort to end sexual violence on our campus.

The statement was signed by J. Cole, President, Associated Students; Brittany Sidler, President, Panhellenic Council; Marc Hess, President, InterFraternity Council; Mireya Meza, President, United Sorority and Fraternity Council; and Ezinne Ofoegbu, President, National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Quote from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman

“I commend the leaders of the Greek community for recognizing our shared responsibility to end sexual violence and taking these proactive steps to address this critical issue. We must work as one community to create the substantive changes necessary to end sexual violence on our campus. The steps outlined today are the beginning of what must be a sustained effort to change attitudes, culture and actions and the university is committed to working with, and supporting, our Greek community as it pursues these essential efforts.”

Quote from Vice President of Student Affairs, Eric Rivera

“We are pleased to see the Greek community step forward and acknowledge they have an important role to play in this ongoing discussion and cultural change on our campus. We have many tools and programs already in place for them to take advantage of. And we will work collaboratively with them to support their ongoing efforts to make our campus more safe.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

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