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Global Impact Investing Network And Open Capital Advisors Publish Landscape Report On The Impact Investing Industry In East Africa

Report covers trends, challenges, and opportunities in 11 countries in the region

July 29, 2015 — The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with Open Capital Advisors, today published the full release of The Landscape for Impact Investing in East Africa, a “state of the market” analysis of the impact investing industry in the region. The most comprehensive study of impact investment activity in East Africa to date, the full report includes detailed chapters for five countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Rwanda—plus chapters on six additional countries in the region.

The report analyzes an active impact investing market across East Africa. Development finance institutions (DFIs) are a significant player in the market, having deployed nearly $8 billion in impact capital to date. However, many other types of investors—including VC/PE funds, foundations, family offices, commercial banks, and angel investor networks—are increasingly active, with these non-DFI impact investors having deployed over $1.4 billion to date in the region through more than 550 deals.

The countries examined in the report exhibit a range of trends and opportunities for impact investors. Across the region, investors highlight opportunities in agriculture, renewable energy, and water and sanitation. Kenya is the clear hub for impact investing in the region, accounting for more than half of impact capital deployed and by far the largest number of local offices for impact investors and other ecosystem players like incubators and advisors. However, countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia are increasingly active and promising for investors.

“East Africa is an impact investing market that is still growing and evolving, but we are seeing a lot of momentum,” said Amit Bouri, CEO of the GIIN. “We hope this report will serve as a useful resource to help current and potential investors navigate this dynamic market.”

The landscape study is built on thorough analysis of relevant literature, large volumes of transaction data, and extensive interviews with key industry stakeholders. Detailed country chapters include information on the supply of capital by investor type, investment opportunities by sector, as well as regulatory considerations and hurdles for impact investors and investees.

“We are excited to share research that will help investors better understand the region,” said Annie Roberts, a Partner at Open Capital Advisors. “Over the past five years since we founded Open Capital, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in interest in the region, and hope this new research will spur even more local activity. Some investors fear a lack of deal flow, but as this report shows, East Africa is a vibrant market with a large number of impact investments happening every year.”

The study was produced with support from UK aid from the UK Government through the Department for International Development’s Impact Programme. It follows the first such study produced by the GIIN, The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia. Future GIIN impact investing landscaping reports are planned for the regions of West and Southern Africa, which are poised for the greatest increase in investor interest, according to the most recent GIIN and J.P. Morgan impact investor survey, Eyes on the Horizon.

The Players’ Tribune Expands With Launch Of TPT Assist, A New Platform Featuring Cause-Related Content

Shaquille O’Neal Kicks Off Platform with Inaugural Contribution in Response to President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Call to Action

NEW YORK – July 29, 2015 – The Players’ Tribune, the innovative media company founded by Derek Jeter, today announced the launch of The Players’ Tribune: TPT Assist (http://www.theplayerstribune.com/category/tpt-assist/), a new cause-related platform that allows athletes to share first-hand, their impactful philanthropic endeavors through written features, videos, event activations, original photography, and social media. The platform launches today with an introduction from Derek Jeter, The Players’ Tribune founding publisher, and a heartfelt feature from NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal.

Jeter’s commitment to the community and involvement with his own Turn 2 Foundation, which works to promote healthy lifestyles among youth, inspired the idea to create a platform for athletes to share with the world their charitable passions and inspirations.

“Giving back and helping others have always been important to me, which is why I created my own foundation,” said Jeter, the founding publisher of The Players’ Tribune. “Many of my peers in the athlete community are also using their influence in positive ways to assist others and create social change. TPT Assist allows athletes the opportunity to share how they are impacting lives in big ways.”

TPT Assist’s first series of features was inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative and will focus on a moment or experience when an athlete faced a personal crossroad or a moment of adversity in his or her pathway to success. Contributing athletes will share stories about the mentor, role model, or organization that helped them “make it.” These stories will highlight some of the challenges faced by young people today—and the importance of finding ways to help them reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they live, and the circumstances into which they were born.

The Players’ Tribune is supporting the President’s call to action to find ways to inspire and expand opportunity for all our youth. Through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations that are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into a better future.

“The Players’ Tribune has become a destination for athletes from all backgrounds, ages and sports to share their personal stories,” said Jaymee Messler, president, The Players’ Tribune. “We’re excited to announce this important platform expansion and story series highlighting some of the themes of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The launch of TPT Assist provides athletes with a new forum to highlight the remarkable, life-changing work they do in our communities.”

“We’re delighted that The Players’ Tribune is answering the President’s call to action and emphasizing the importance of mentorship, education and other tools to help expand opportunity for young people,” said Broderick Johnson, Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. “We look forward to hearing these outstanding athletes tell their stories.”

TPT Assist from The Players’ Tribune is now live at http://www.theplayerstribune.com/category/tpt-assist/ and will welcome compelling first-person written and photo stories with philanthropic components.

ABOUT THE PLAYERS’ TRIBUNE:

The Players’ Tribune is a new digital media platform created and curated by some of the world’s top athletes. Founded by Derek Jeter in partnership with Legendary Entertainment, The Players’ Tribune features fresh content, produced daily, from the perspective of the pros. The site brings fans closer to the games they love while providing a unique insight into the daily sports conversation. For more information visit www.theplayerstribune.com, or interact with the team on Facebook (www.facebook.com/theplayerstribune) and Twitter (@playerstribune).

Wealth-X Reveals: The World’s Largest UHNW-Led Private Foundations

New York, July 29, 2015 – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation leads a list of the world’s largest private foundations established by living ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals*, released by Wealth-X today. With total assets of US$43.4 billion, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation accounts for more than half of the combined assets of the 10 charitable foundations on the list.

Collectively, the foundations on the list have total assets of US$83.1 billion – equivalent to 29.7% of combined net worth of the UHNW individuals who established them.

The Li Ka Shing Foundation, founded in 1980 by Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-Shing, ranks second on the list with US$8.1 billion in assets. Li’s philanthropic foundation – which he refers to as his “third son” as he has pledged one third of his assets to it – is based in Hong Kong, making it one of the four charitable foundations on the list that are located outside the US.

Also based outside the US are the Sulaiman Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Rajhi Endowments (Saudi Arabia), the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK), and the Carlos Slim Foundation (Mexico).

Globally, there are over 5,000 UHNW-founded private foundations, according to Wealth-X. Collectively, these foundations have total assets of US$560 billion – equivalent to 19.4% of combined net worth of the UHNW individuals who established them. In the past year, these foundations gave out a total of US$45 billion, equal to 8% of their total assets.

The US is the leading country in terms of total number of UHNW-founded private foundations, followed by the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong, according to Wealth-X.

To view the complete list of the world’s top 10 largest UHNW-led private foundations, click here.

*Defined as those with US$30 million and above in assets

About Wealth-X

Wealth-X is the global authority on wealth intelligence, providing sales, marketing, strategy and compliance solutions to clients in the financial services, luxury, not-for-profit and education sectors. Its award-winning research and thought leadership are regularly cited by the world’s media such as CNBC, Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and BBC. Wealth-X has more than 250 staff in 10 locations, including Singapore, London and New York.

Time Machine Secures $50,000 for Charitable Causes at the Imagine Dragons Concert

Donors Give to Support Kids with Illnesses After Thousands Take Action Through New App

Salt Lake City (July 29, 2015) — Time Machine announced a $50,000 donation to several children’s charities during last night’s Imagine Dragons concert at the EnergySolutions Arena. The donations to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, The Progeria Research Foundation and Sophie’s Place were the result of a 28-day campaign that took place online through Time Machine, a mobile iOS app that lets people collaborate with brands, bands and organizations to increase social impact, raise awareness and generate support for dozens of charitable causes.

Through the app, thousands of participants gave more than +1900 hours of service to raise support and awareness for good causes. Over three weeks, Time Machine users spent

  • more than 335 hours raising awareness for pediatric cancer, Progeria research and music therapy programs
  • more than 258 hours appreciating the outdoors
  • more than 223 hours supporting other worthy causes, such as CHOICE Humanitarian, Operation Underground Railroad, I Am a Person and more.

The “It’s Time” campaign allowed users to complete activities and share posts on social media while project partners rewarded users with prizes such as free meals from Costa Vida, merchandise from Arvo, Beacon Audio and Jaybird or a VIP experience with Imagine Dragons.

Vine stars Kenny Holland and Wesley Stromberg took the stage to announce “It’s Time” will be followed up with an encore campaign, “Overtime.” Users will be able to take action on behalf of the same causes for a new set of rewards, including a Gibson guitar signed by Imagine Dragons.

“It’s Time” motivated users to spend time supporting and raising awareness for worthy causes through dozens of fun and challenging activities such as:

  • Volunteering at a hospital
  • Performing a lip sync
  • Sharing an educational article or video.

More than just another list or challenge app, Time Machine provides a simple platform for businesses to embrace experience marketing, a method of promotion that creates live and immersive experiences customers are eager to share on social media. Time Machine has also collaborated on experience marketing campaigns with other organizations such as NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young’s Forever Young Foundation, which sponsored a project in the app to grow their audience and inspire people to live life beyond the screen.

Time Machine is available in the App Store for download today. For more information on Time Machine or the charities supported by “It’s Time,” visit www.timemachine.do.

Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards Now Accepting Nominations

Dewey Winburne was one of the original co-founders of the SXSW Interactive Festival, but he was many other things in the Austin community: a family man, a teacher, a visionary, a connector and an innovator. Although Winburne passed away in 1999, his legacy continues at SXSW.

Each Spring, at SXSW Interactive, ten community do-gooders are recognized for their use of technology to help others. Each honoree receives a complimentary registration to SXSW Interactive, a $1,000 grant to their favorite 501(c)(3) and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.

To nominate an individual for this community service award for 2016, fill out the application here: http://bit.ly/1FSgj6L. A list of past Dewey Award winners can be found here: http://sxsw.is/1VMm1PO. Please note that this award specifically honors individuals with history of service (professional and / or volunteer), but is not appropriate for nominating organizations or groups of people.

About SXSW:

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique industry convergence of music, film, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. The event is a launch pad for innovative content with new media presentations, music showcases and film screenings providing exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for attendees. Registration and hotel reservations for the 2016 event will open on August 3, 2016. For more information, please visit http://www.sxsw.com.

New amfAR Grants Accelerate Research Efforts to Eradicate HIV

Three research teams awarded $2 million each over four years to conduct basic, animal and clinical studies

NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, announced that three research teams have been awarded $2 million each to pursue a range of strategies aimed at curing HIV. The new grants are part of amfAR’s $100M Countdown to a Cure initiative, launched last year with the aim of discovering the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Each project is designed to tackle the major impediment to curing HIV, namely the persistence of the virus despite anti-HIV drugs.

“At $2 million each, these new grants represent the continued expansion of amfAR’s investments in research to find a cure for AIDS, and they are among the largest grants we have ever awarded. They are a reflection of our optimism around cure research and our collective determination to invest $100 million over the next five years in order to develop the scientific basis of a cure for this disease,” said amfAR Chief Executive Officer Kevin Robert Frost.

A team of researchers led by Dan Barouch, M.D., Ph.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, will investigate the ability of combinations of antibodies to specifically kill latently infected cells in the lab, in monkeys, and then in people. The researchers will test two promising antibodies alone and together, in combination with a newly described drug that can “shock” the virus out of latently infected cells and possibly enhance the ability of the antibodies to locate the infected cells.

Timothy Henrich, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, and his colleagues will pursue a novel intervention aimed at restoring normal immune function in people with HIV. The team will test whether the transplant drug, sirolimus, can increase the activity of beneficial components of the immune system while suppressing detrimental activity of other components. The team will thoroughly assess the drug’s activities before moving on to test the drug on persistent HIV reservoirs in people.

Using an approach that has already proved successful in cancer therapy, Sharon Lewin, FRACP, Ph.D., of the University of Melbourne, Australia, will explore whether drugs that block so-called immune checkpoints can also be effective against HIV. Researchers theorize that the immune system cannot eliminate infected cells because of immune checkpoints, a set of mechanisms that limit the duration of an immune response so that the immune system does not become exhausted. Dr. Lewin and her team will test two drugs, alone and together, for their ability to reverse immune exhaustion and restore the ability of the immune system to eliminate infected cells.

“These four-year grants are a departure for amfAR and an important pillar of our cure research strategy,” said Rowena Johnston, Ph.D., amfAR vice president and director of research. “They allow teams of leading researchers to take their ideas across the research continuum—from lab studies to human trials. We’ll be following their progress with great interest.”

About amfAR

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $415 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide. Learn more about amfAR at www.amfar.org.

Old Navy Empowers Kids to be #Unlimited with Song & Video Produced in Collaboration with AwesomenessTV

Proceeds from special edition #Unlimited tees benefit Camp Old Navy’s work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

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San Francisco, July 28, 2015 – This back-to-school season Old Navy asked kids at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country what it means to be #Unlimited. The result? An inspirational song and music video featuring some of AwesomenessTV’s biggest stars that launches today on youtube.com/oldnavy. Building on its mission to give every child the resources they need to be #Unlimited, Old Navy is holding a fundraising campaign to donate up to $US 500,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC). An in-store donation drive will run from July 24 to August 19, 2015 in Old Navy stores in the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada.

In partnership with AwesomenessTV, Old Navy interviewed kids at Boys & Girls Clubs from San Francisco to New York City about what makes them feel #Unlimited. Their words inspired a powerful new song that Old Navy hopes will empower kids of all ages this back-to-school season. Written by acclaimed music producer Cisco Adler and Alex Aiono, the song is performed by AwesomenessTV talents Alex Aiono, Cimorelli, Jordyn Jones, Josh Levi, Mahogany Lox and YouTuber Megan Nicole. YouTube music video director and musician Kurt Hugo Schneider directed the video and captured it in one continuous take.

The song reminds kids that they are #Unlimited no matter what obstacles and fears they face and to “be strong, be bold, and be brave” when challenges arise. This encouraging message builds on Old Navy’s successful back-to-school musical anthem from last year. The 2014 #Unlimited video, which secured an Emmy nomination and over five million views, featured a young girl facing her personal anxiety and doubt on her first day of school.

This year’s music video features talent dressed in special edition Old Navy #Unlimited t-shirts. The shirts are available for girls and boys in Old Navy stores and online. Designed to give back, 20 percent of the proceeds, up to US $75,000, from sales of the shirts in the U.S. and Canada will help support BGCA and BGCC. Visit www.oldnavy.com/unlimited to learn more.

The tees are the centerpiece of a larger Camp Old Navy fundraising effort to benefit BGCA and BGCC. From July 24 to August 19, 2015, Old Navy will match in-store customer donations to BGCA and BGCC up to US $415,000. Customers can participate in the fundraiser by donating at the register at all stores, buying an #Unlimited tee or downloading the #Unlimited song at oldnavy.bandcamp.com. Donations from song downloads, which Old Navy will match up to US$10,000, will be donated directly to Boys & Girls Club of Malibu where songwriter Cisco Adler is an active supporter.

The fundraiser will benefit Camp Old Navy’s work with BGCA and BGCC to give underserved youth access to after school opportunities. Kids with access to organized learning and play are 30 percent less likely to get involved in crime and 50 percent less likely to get involved with drugs. Since 1999, Camp Old Navy has served over 90,000 kids. Learn more about Camp Old Navy at www.oldnavy.com/campoldnavy.

About Old Navy

Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand has now grown to be the #1 apparel brand in the U.S.* A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores around the world. For more information, please visit www.oldnavy.com.

*Source: 2013 NPD Group research

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at BGCA’s Facebook and Twitter.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is dedicated to supporting and encouraging children and youth as they grow and develop. We are a national charity serving 95 member Clubs that provide services to 210,000 young people in 650 locations across Canada. Our trained staff and volunteers listen to the opinions and ideas of children and youth, applaud their accomplishments, lend support during their struggles and provide ways for them to explore their interests and talents. With this encouragement, young people develop the confidence and sense of belonging that helps them succeed in school, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. For 115 years, we have welcomed children, youth and their families into Clubs that reflect the diversity of Canada in small and large cities, and rural and Aboriginal communities. Visit www.bgccan.com and follow us at www.facebook.com/bgccan and www.twitter.com/bgccan.

About AwesomenessTV

AwesomenessTV is a multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation, which has a 25 percent interest. Included under the AwesomenessTV banner are AwesomenessTV, the leading YouTube channel serving the global Gen Z audience; the ATV Network, a community based MCN with over 90,000 channels; DreamWorksTV; Awestruck; Big Frame; as well as consumer products, music, publishing, and branded entertainment divisions. AwesomenessTV also produces television series and theatrical films, such as the No.1 social movie of 2014, Expelled; the AwesomenessTV series and Terry The Tomboy movie on Nickelodeon; and Richie Rich on Netflix. AwesomenessTV was founded by Brian Robbins (Smallville, Varsity Blues, All That) and Joe Davola (In Living Color, Smallville, MTV Networks). Check out www.awesomenesstv.com.

US President learns from DuPont Innovations in Food and Agriculture in Ethiopia

Company’s collaboration with Ethiopian government, USAID, food companies and smallholder farmers critical to sustainable and inclusive growth

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 July, 2015 – DuPont leaders today joined public and private sector representatives during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Ethiopia to learn more about the impact of U.S. collaborations with local partners under the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. This initiative focuses on accelerating agricultural development as an engine of broad-based economic growth in the region.

DuPont, a global science company, has been working for more than 25 years in Ethiopia to promote farmer productivity, agricultural system infrastructure improvements, and food and nutrition security.

“Through science and engineering, we are working to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, ” said Matthias Heinzel, President of DuPont Nutrition & Health. “We are dedicated to improving food and nutrition security around the world with innovative science and application expertise.”

Improving Nutrition in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has a population of over 80 million and thus has a strong nutritional need for high quality, sustainable protein foods. To address this need, DuPont collaborated with FAFFA Foods, to introduce Saba Soya Milk in 2011.

“Our collaboration with FAFFA Foods is a great example of products meeting local needs,” said Heinzel. “Using DuPont™ Supro® soy protein for Soya milk, FAFFA Foods was able to introduce a nutrient-rich protein to Ethiopia as part of a solution to help boost nutrition content in local diets.”

Increasing Farmer and Agricultural Productivity

There is a significant need to increase food productivity in Ethiopia. Maize is one of Ethiopia’s most important cereals in terms of production; grown by about 8 million farmers. A primary challenge of the Ethiopian maize value chain is access to quality improved maize seeds, which substantially impacts the productivity of smallholders. Ethiopia currently has an average maize yield of about 2.2 metric tons per hectare, while the U.S. yields about 10 tons per hectare. As part of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a shared commitment among African governments and development partners to significantly expand responsible private-sector investment in African agriculture and nutrition, DuPont collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development through Feed the Future, the Government of Ethiopia, and other organizations to develop the Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP).

The program aims to increase the productivity of smallholder farmers by giving them new, high-quality options for maize seeds as well as improving seed distribution and post-harvest storage. Much of the corn grown under this partnership goes directly into Faffa’s Corn Soy Blend product.

“Our partnership with DuPont, in support of the Government of Ethiopia’s priorities for improved food security, has helped make significant improvements in the agriculture sector that translate to positive outcomes for smallholder farmers,” said Tjada McKenna, Deputy Coordinator of the Feed the Future initiative.

Close to 10,000 smallholder maize farmers have benefited from agronomic education and training. 40 000 farmers have improved access to agricultural inputs such as hybrid seed varieties. These farmers have also increased their yields from 2.2 metric tons per hectare to 7 metric tons per hectare and increased incomes by an average of 20 percent. More than 30 agronomists are engaged in delivering training to farmers and 54 local retailers have been fully enabled to distribute seed to farmers.

Click here to watch the AMSAP video on YouTube.

VH1 Save The Music and Toyota Partner in Support of Music Education

Toyota announces new interactive festival activation and social media campaign to raise funds for music education

Includes stops at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Nocturnal Wonderland, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and a fifth location TBA

Torrance, Calif. (July 27, 2015) —Toyota announced today a new interactive festival activation and social media campaign to benefit VH1 Save The Music, a national organization committed to ensuring that music instruction is a core component to a complete education. Beginning at Lollapalooza on July 31 in Chicago, Toyota is slated to activate on-site at some of the nation’s most prominent festival destinations, engaging with festival goers and raising funds for VH1 Save The Music.

To showcase how music positively impacts lives, Toyota is building a glowing, life size Whispering Willow tree on the festival grounds at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Nocturnal Wonderland, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and an additional festival TBA. The tree is customized to follow the theme of Toyota’s on-site space, which has a psychedelic, fun feel. Visitors will be asked to write what music means to them on a leaf, hang the leaf on the tree, take a photo, and post to social media with the hashtag #ToyotaGiving. For each social media post, Toyota will donate $1 to VH1 Save The Music.

As the weekend progresses, the tree will grow full with leaves and come to life, showing how important music is to our lives. By the end of the five festival run, Toyota will make a donation to VH1 Save The Music for the organization to restore or implement a musical instrument program for an entire school.

“As a socially conscious company, Toyota is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to take action in the world around us,” says Steve Appelbaum, National Manager of Engagement Marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “We believe that music education enhances students’ lives by cultivating creativity and stimulating the self-confidence needed to fuel lifelong success. Toyota is thrilled to partner with VH1 Save the Music to invest in improving the quality of education in schools across the country.”

“We are so pleased to partner with Toyota and bring a music education component to these festivals,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of VH1 Save The Music. “It’s just another way for us to reach people that really care about music and want to ensure that it remains a core piece of a quality education.”

Full Tour Schedule

July 31-August 2: Chicago, IL at Lollapalooza
August 7-9: San Francisco, CA at Outside Lands
September 4-6: San Bernardino, CA at Nocturnal Wonderland 20th Anniversary
October 30-November 1: New Orleans, LA at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

*Plus an additional location TBA

About VH1 Save The Music

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit committed to ensuring that music instruction is a core component to a complete education. Since 1997, we have partnered with more than 1900 public schools in 231 school districts to give children the tools and confidence to excel in academics and in life. #PassTheNote and get involved at vh1savethemusic.org join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @vh1savethemusic.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

Soho Strut Hosts SoHo’s Largest Ever Community Arts Event

Local Art Galleries, Resident Artists, and Street Artists Come Together For A Cultural Event With A Pop-Up Gallery Featuring Street Artists and Art Fundraiser To Benefit ACE Programs For The Homeless

Street Art Strut

New York, New York, July 27, 2015Soho Strut announces Street Art Strut, an evening to celebrate SoHo and its vibrant community of artists and galleries. Tickets will be sold to an exclusive loft party {SoHo Loft TBD} from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring NYC street artists, DJ and an art fundraiser to support local non-profit ACE Programs for the Homeless.

“SoHo has a long and storied history of being an artist haven. Street Art Strut is our way to celebrate SoHo’s roots and showcase the local artists and galleries that make up the vibrant neighborhood,” said Danielle Nazinitsky, founder of Soho Strut.

Popular street artists participating in the loft party include @gumshoeart, @cernesto, @joseph_meloy, @brandonsines, and @nmsalgar.

The loft party will be held at a 2,500 square foot loft at a location TBD from 7 to 10 p.m. NYC street artists will be showcasing their work and creating live art that will be available for purchase with proceeds going to ACE Programs for the Homeless.

Tickets are $25 for the first 50 people, then go up to $35 for the next 150 people and will go up to $50 at the door and include access to an open bar.

“We’re very excited to be working with Soho Strut to showcase the artistic talent we have in SoHo and raise funds for ACE through the live art sales. Both our organizations have a common interest in strengthening our neighborhood and giving back to the local community,” added Michele Schuster, Director of Development, ACE Programs for the Homeless.

For Street Art Strut tickets, please visit www.streetstrut.eventbrite.com.

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