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GENBAND Employees Participate in Volunteer Activities around the World during 6th Annual Global Day of Service

On June 1st GENBAND employees will participate in more than 75 volunteer activities that will benefit non-profit organizations and charities in 25 countries

Press Release – PLANO, TX, May 26, 2016GENBAND™, a leading provider of real time communications solutions, today announced as part of its year-round Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts the kickoff of its sixth annual Global Day of Service with more than 75 volunteer activities scheduled in more than 25 countries. Each year on June 1st, GENBAND’s global employee base participates in volunteer activities benefiting non-profit agencies and charitable organizations all around the world. Since the inception of the Global Day of Service or “GENBAND Day” in 2010, GENBAND employees have dedicated more than 50,000 hours to community service.

“Our Global Day of Service has become part of our fabric and DNA at GENBAND and it’s something that our team members take extreme pride in every year,” said Robin Wright, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Operations at GENBAND. “The activities, individuals and organizations that we serve have special meaning to us and spending time giving back to them during not only this day, but throughout the year, is our way of showing our appreciation for all of the great services that these organizations provide in communities throughout the world.”

Wright, along with CEO David Walsh, other GENBAND executives and local team members will be volunteering at GrowNYC, a non-profit created in 1970 whose mission is to empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

GENBAND employees in Galway, Ireland will be working with Jigsaw Galway, a non-profit that supports local youth with mental health issues. On May 27th employees from the GENBAND Galway office will be participating in a fundraising “Pop-Up Shop” during which they will be selling new clothes, electrical goods, gift ideas and toys with proceeds benefitting Jigsaw Galway.

“Everyone at Jigsaw Galway is so honored and delighted to have been selected by the team at GENBAND Galway to be their chosen charity for GENBAND Day,” said Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager at Jigsaw Galway. “It has been such a pleasure working with them to develop the GENBAND fundraising Pop-Up Shop. Not only are the funds that we will raise of vital importance, but the awareness generated in our community around supporting young people and their mental health is fantastic. One-in-three Galway youth experience mental health distress. This day and GENBAND’s support will assist us in ensuring that when young people come to us in need of help, we will be there for them.”

For more information on the GENBAND Global Day of Service, please visit the Global Day of Service page at www.genband.com/gbday and watch the video of 2015 worldwide volunteer activities here.

Follow GENBAND on Twitter and Facebook for updates on its 2016 Global Day of Service and use #GBDay16 to join the conversation.

In addition to many global individual activities planned by GENBAND teleworkers and remote employees, below is a summary of the company’s volunteer events for GENBAND Day.

Frisco and Plano, Texas

Billerica, Massachusetts

  • Little Community Farm field work
  • Town of Newbury Port Beach clean-up
  • Restore (Habitat for Humanity)

Raleigh, North Carolina

Other US Regional Offices Volunteer Activities

  • GrowNYC (New York)
  • Queeny Park Gardening (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Ft. Lauderdale)

Ottawa, Toronto and Canadian Regional Offices

Regional Offices in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Asia Pacific Regional Offices

Caribbean and Latin America Offices

 

Dreams for Veterans Fulfills Final Dream for U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Longtime Girl Scouts of America Volunteer

Dedicated veteran and volunteer to be honored with the delivery of her final Dream over Memorial Day weekend

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif. — Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans will give life to the final Dream of Arlon Edwards, a 94-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran and longtime Girls Scouts of America volunteer. Edwards, who makes it a priority to attend Marine Corps and Girl Scout events, dreams of a few tailored outfits from Nordstrom so she can look her best. A check to cover expenses will be delivered to her home in San Diego at 2 p.m. on May 28th. Funds for Arlon’s new clothes will be delivered by: Kelsey Martin, a U.S. Navy veteran and former instructor pilot and Dreams for Veterans’ Veterans Advisory Committee member; 11-year-old Girl Scout Parker Treichel; Shanna Duncan, Parker’s mother and Dream Foundation consultant; Jennifer Guerrero and Lenore Montalvo, Marine Corp. Veterans; and Dream Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. Media are invited to attend the Dream delivery. More information will be provided upon confirmation of attendance.

One of the first women to ever to enlist in the U.S. military, Edwards served as a sergeant during WWII. In addition to her military service, Edwards dedicated 64 years of volunteer service to the Girl Scouts of America. Edwards has proudly devoted her life to these two organizations and feels strongly about being properly attired when attending upcoming Marine Corps and Girl Scouts events. She says that she used to make her own clothes, but finds it difficult these days.

“As we remember those we have lost this Memorial Day weekend, it will be an honor to serve one of our many dedicated veterans,” says Kisa Heyer. “Arlon Edwards has spent her life serving others and has been an inspiration for women everywhere. We are privileged to fulfill her final Dream.”

Dreams for Veterans will give life to Edwards’ final Dream by providing her with the funds she needs to purchase several outfits and to have them properly tailored. To honor the life and service of her fellow Girl Scout, 11-year-old Parker Treichel donated money she received for her birthday to pay for the cost of tailoring.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified request. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating (its highest) for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. For more information, please visit DreamFoundation.org.

26th Annual “Neighbors Make The Difference Day” To See Thousands of Keybank Employees Volunteer

On May 25, nearly 50 percent of KeyBank Employees Will Volunteer with more than 700 Community Organizations in 15 States

Press Release – CLEVELAND, May 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ – On May 25, KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) will host its 26th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day, where nearly 50 percent of bank employees will participate in a day of volunteerism supported by paid time off. Employees will spend the day volunteering with more than 700 community organizations and service projects in the 15 states where Key has a presence across the nation, including California, Massachusetts and Kansas, among others.

“Each year, we host Neighbors Make the Difference Day to demonstrate to our neighbors our deep commitment to the community,” said Margot Copeland, CEO and Chairman of KeyBank Foundation. “The concept of employee volunteerism and personal service has always been important to KeyBank. I believe we have one of the most caring and active bodies of employees of any corporation. We fully support our employees’ efforts on Neighbors Day and every day. We thank them for their heartfelt service.”

In 2015, more than 6,100 Key employees volunteered a total of 24,700 hours to community organizations and projects. In 2016, Key expects the total number of volunteer hours to total 24,000. Two-thirds of the bank’s branches will close at noon on May 25 to accommodate employee volunteers, and those branches’ customers will have access to ATMs, as well as online and mobile banking.

Neighbors Make the Difference Day began in 1991, when a group of KeyBank employees in Alaska volunteered for service projects and gave the day its title. By 1993, the idea had swept across many of the communities Key serves and became an official day of employee volunteerism. It is now the hallmark of Key’s commitment to its communities and a leading corporate volunteerism effort in America.

“Neighbors Make the Difference Day has become a long-standing, cultural tradition at KeyBank,” said Copeland. “Working closely with our communities is in our corporate DNA, and we are proud to see this day go from a small effort in Alaska to a bank-wide effort.”

KeyBank has been nationally recognized for improving the quality of life in its communities. The Civic 50 identifies the top 50 S&P 500 corporations in the U.S. in terms of time, talent and resources used to improve the quality of life in their communities. Key was named to the most recent Civic 50 list as one of America’s fifty most community-minded companies by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light.

To participate in the social media conversation on May 25, follow #NeighborsDay, @KeyBank on Twitter and KeyBank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keybank.

For more information about KeyBank’s culture of service and commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, visit www.key.com/philanthropy.

About Key:

KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $98.4 billion at March 31, 2016. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.

For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

Kering and the Festival de Cannes Bring the Second ‘Women in Motion’ Programme to a Successful Close

  • Organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes for the second year running, the ‘Women in Motion’ programme brought together a large number of film industry figures over ten days to discuss the issue of women in cinema. Exploring subjects such as representation, visibility, contribution, wage inequality, funding difficulties and potential solutions, a great number of topics were discussed at the 2016 ‘Women in Motion’ Talks, which welcomed more than 500 guests. 
  • The highlights of the programme included the ‘Women in Motion Awards’, which were presented to actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, who had travelled to Cannes to mark the 25th anniversary of cult film Thelma & Louise, as well as to three young female directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh. 

The Women in Motion Talks: from awareness to action

In keeping with the 2015 event, this year the ‘Women in Motion Talks’ united close to 30 film industry figures, who were invited to share their opinions on the issue of women in cinema. Organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in partnership with Variety, the Figaro Group (Le Figaro, Madame Figaro, lefigaro.fr) and ELLE China, the Talks attracted more than 500 industry professionals, corporate representatives and journalists from 12 to 19 May 2016. In addition to the guests who were at Cannes for the 69th film festival, the ‘Women in Motion Talks’ also featured speakers who have long been committed to fighting women’s causes, in film and beyond, in order to discuss potential solutions for improving the representation of women in the industry. Once again, one of the main topics of discussion was the funding obstacles faced by films that are either directed by women or about women. Meanwhile, some of the potential solutions evoked included developing female production companies, improving school curriculums to incorporate more iconic female film figures, the importance of aiming for equality upstream of hiring processes as well as the opportunities available to directors today through new forms of technology and televised series, notably the streaming services that are particularly popular among millennials.

  • Actress, film director and producer Jodie Foster opened the 2016 edition of the ‘Women in Motion Talks’. In Cannes to present her film Money Monster (out of competition), Jodie Foster discussed the evolution of her own career, which has been marked by an increasingly strong presence of women on film sets, as well as the lack of funding given to women for their productions.
    “Everything changed when women came on to movie sets; Suddenly, it felt more like real life (…) it felt more like family. Movie sets became healthier, and I remember that drastic change.”
    “I think studio executives are scared, period. (…) It’s a financial issue honestly; it’s where art and c ommerce are coming together, and commerce is winning.”
    “There is a democratisation that technology has brought that’s wonderful, that women can really take advantage of, and more diverse faces can take advantage of, in ways that they were never able to before.”
  • Meanwhile Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, film producer Celine Rattray and agent Rena Ronson touched on the insufficient representation of female film directors at independent film festivals, particularly as far as large-budget films are concerned.
    “When money comes in, women move out (…). It’s not equitable at the Festival front (…) 25% still isn’t 50%.” Keri Putnam
    “Anyone in a position to hire should be looking at 50% of people they interview as women.” Celine Rattray
  • The We Do It Together team, who were in Cannes to present their first film Together Now, were guest speakers at the ‘Women in Motion Talks’. Founder Chiara Tilesi, actress Juliette Binoche, producer Marianne Slot and director Patricia Riggen, all members of the organisation’s executive board, stressed the importance of projects such as theirs, which advocate a sharing economy so that more films directed by women and about women can be produced for the largest audience possible, thus helping to transform the perception and situation of women around the world in the long term.
  • During their Talk, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, the iconic stars of cult film Thelma & Louise, addressed the impact that films have on individuals in terms of identification and on society in general, as well as on perceptions that are considered to be the norm. In regard to that, Susan Sarandon expressed her delight at the current interest being shown in definitions of gender and identity, which she considers to be a step forward towards redefining the limitations that are commonly imposed on both men and women.
    Geena Davis then explained, “Research from my Institute show that women doing something makes it familiar, makes it something women want to aspire to and that men can accept more (…). Images have a tremendous impact.”
  • At a Talk hosted by the Managing Director of UniFrance Films Isabelle Giordano, scriptwriter and director Alice Winocour and director Houda Benyamina, who was awarded the Caméra d’Or for Divines, discussed the depiction of women in film, the myths surrounding female and mother figures, and the narrative outlines that result from them. The importance of family, the difficulty of combining family life with professional ambitions, the extreme reluctance of women to discuss family and professional issues in comparison to men, and the need for better solidarity between women were just some of the many topics that came up for review.
  • Looking at the specificities of the Chinese market regarding film, Kering and the Festival de Cannes, in partnership with ELLE China, invited Ge Wei, Vice President of the Chinese leading online video platform Youku, to address the business opportunities for women thanks to the Internet. At a Talk hosted by Lena Yang, CEO of Hearst Magazines China, she presented the successful career of a young Chinese women, ex-model, now content producer and entrepreneur thanks to the Internet. Additionally, during a private session, ELLE China interviewed the Chinese actress Chris Lee about her career and the importance of female characters on screen.
  • At a Talk held with Amy Emmerich, Content Officer at Refinery29, an American online content platform aimed at women and Chloë Sevigny, actress, director, former model and stylist, Sevigny highlighted the personal difficulties she faced – notably a lack of self-confidence and a feeling of intimidation – that prevented her from directing sooner. Through their respective careers in fashion and the media, the two speakers also insisted upon the need to establish new, more diverse ideals of beauty to enable more women to identify with content, particularly in women’s magazines.
    “My insecurities mostly [prevented me from directing sooner] (…). I kept working and working with bigger directors, more important directors, real artists, and then I started to get really intimidated by the process. It’s just my own psychological journey, how I felt about myself, my confidence in myself, whether or not I could pull it off, whether or not I could pitch something, sell an idea to someone… Just communicating with people on set was a real fear for me” Chloë Sevigny
    Amy Emmerich added, “I can tell you, based on the audience that we have, that they want it, they’re yearning for it. They want a story that is told through a different lens, a more diverse story that eventually speaks to the community and the environment in which they live. And that doesn’t always happen if it’s just a white man behind the camera”
  • One of the Talks organised with the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women, brought together the actress, director and producer Salma Hayek Pinault, who also sits on the executive board of the Kering Foundation, the director, producer and scriptwriter Lisa Azuelos, the President of the Hong Kong Women’s Foundation Su-Mei Thompson, and Zainab Salbi, President of the Women for Women organisation and creator and presenter of the television programme the Nida’a Show. All long-standing activists of women’s causes, the speakers discussed their own convictions and their most recent projects to explain how film, the media and the entertainment industry can reinforce the impact their commitment has and help to improve the lives of women around the world.
  • The last Talk of this year’s edition put the spotlight on two women who are also committed to fighting for a more balanced representation of women in the film industry: Francine Raveney, Head of Research, press and public relations for EWA – European Women’s Audiovisual Network, and Melissa Silverstein, writer, founder of the
    Women in Hollywood platform, Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival in New York. Francine Raveney lamented, “There are 44% of female directing students. When it came to getting a job in the industry and being an active director the figure drops to 24%.”
    “It’s not only about equal pay, it’s about trusting the vision of women (…) it’s about making it clear we’re half the world! Our stories matter and we count”.
    Melissa Silverstein added “When you think of a film director, you think of a guy, with a hat (…) that is the definition of leadership. So what we need to do is making people understand that we need to change to definition of what leadership is so that we can have more people understand that women can lead in the same way as men.”

The Women in Motion Awards: a dinner held in honour of women

Having travelled to Cannes to mark the 25th anniversary of cult film Thelma & Louise, actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were presented with their ‘Women in Motion Awards’ by Pierre Lescure, Thierry Frémaux and François-Henri Pinault.

François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering stated, “Our partnership with the Festival is designed to give a louder voice to women in an industry that massively influences the way people think and behave every day.”

Inviting Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon on stage, Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, emphasised: “They are part of the legend of this festival because the reception that was given to Thelma & Louise is one of the most memorable and extraordinary. The walls of this palace still remember it.”

As part of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, as role models for their exemplary careers and commitment to social issues, chose to present the Women in Motion Young Talent award to three young film directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh.

Videos: http://www.womeninmotion.com/fr

About ‘Women in Motion’

The aim of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme is to stimulate discussion and encourage reflection on the place of women in the film industry, both on and off the screen. Launched in May 2015 as part of the partnership between Kering and the Festival de Cannes, ‘Women in Motion’ is now an integral part of the Festival’s official programme. The programme features two fundamental components: the Talks, which are a series of open interviews with one or several guests, which take place throughout the duration of the Festival, to create a platform for considering and exchanging views on the multi-faceted issue of women in the film industry; and the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards, presented each year to an iconic figure and to one or several up-and-coming talents at the Festival de Cannes “Presidential Dinner”.

About Kering

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).

Paper Fig Foundation, Global Livingston Institute Announce Partnership In Support Of Women’s Leadership, Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Women’s Leadership Retreat to take place June 3-5 in Uganda

Press Release – New York, NY — (May 24, 2016) – The Paper Fig Foundation (PFF), the charitable initiative of New York City-based event management and production firm, LDJ Productions, along with the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), whose mission is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development, today announced a newly created partnership. The organizations will collaborate on the ground in East Africa to support existing education initiatives and to create a slate of leadership programming in the coming year.

PFF provides communities in need with practical, hands-on education and support from a growing group of professionals within the LDJ network. The LDJ and PFF network will lend its skills in event production for GLI’s Women’s Leadership Retreat June 3 to 5 at the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center in Uganda. The annual three-day GLI conference will feature several presentations, including one from alumnae and 2016 chair of the conference, Agnes Igoye (a leading expert on human trafficking in East Africa).

“We at GLI are focused on community development in Uganda and Rwanda, and are always open to expand the network with quality partnerships in the region,” said Jamie Van Leeuwen, founder, Global Livingston Institute. “Joining forces with Paper Fig will allow us to bolster our leadership initiatives and connect with another well-established team on the ground.”

“From mentorship to women’s empowerment we are already in the process of developing quality programs for 2016,” said Laurie DeJong, CEO, LDJ Productions and Founder, Paper Fig Foundation. “Working alongside a like-minded organization will grant us the support needed to continue expansion and program development in East Africa.”

In the coming months, GLI and PFF will announce additional ventures, including a benefit program in September, and large-scale events in Kigali and Kampala in October. For more information, visit paperfigfoundation.org and globallivingston.com.

Travel App Yillio Joins With First Citizens Bank to Promote Teen Cancer America Initiative

Press Release – RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2016)Yillio, a patented route-based mobile travel app, is joining with First Citizens Bank to provide travelers with enhanced awareness of Teen Cancer America (TCA) and the bank’s role as a leading sponsor of the non-profit initiative.

Founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, TCA is focused on the development of targeted care and specialized treatment facilities for teens and young adults with cancer.

Headquartered in North Carolina, First Citizens Bank recently announced a major corporate sponsorship initiative supporting TCA. As part of this effort, Daltrey recorded a new version of the classic Townshend song, “Let My Love Open the Door,” to serve as the centerpiece of the bank’s sponsorship program.

Yillio is designed to connect consumers to merchants, events and activities along their route of travel. When the app is opened, users will see a short pop-up promotion for TCA. As users create their routes, the app shows First Citizens Bank locations with ads supporting the bank’s TCA fundraising and awareness campaign.

Through Yillio, users are reminded to visit the website LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor.com, where they can download the campaign’s theme song of the same name and benefit the nonprofit.

Daltrey is a spokesman for and a driving force behind TCA. Every year, almost 11,000 young people in the United States between the ages of 13 and 25 are diagnosed with the disease. Most of them receive their care at units designed for and populated by either young children or much older people.

“First Citizens is the Southeastern U.S. sponsor of Teen Cancer America, and one of our main goals is to introduce the organization to the people and communities in the markets we serve,” said Barbara Thompson, manager of Brand Management, Marketing and Corporate Communications for the bank. “We’re glad Yillio is joining the effort to help increase awareness of TCA and the great work it’s doing to help young people with cancer.”

M. Reid Overcash, Yillio CEO, stated, “Yillio management and its board were excited to participate with a unique mobile strategy for Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank. Hopefully this will provide a new avenue to gain awareness for this important charity and its key sponsor.”

About First Citizens Bank

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens Bank is the largest family-controlled bank in the U.S., with offices in 20 states. Drawing from over a century of experience serving the needs of its customers, First Citizens focuses on developing long-term relationships and offers a comprehensive array of products and services to individuals, families, businesses and the medical community. First Citizens Bank is a major subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares Inc. (Nasdaq: FCNCA), which has over $32 billion in assets. For more information, visit firstcitizens.com.

About Teen Cancer America

Following in the footsteps of the highly developed and successful Teenage Cancer Trust – Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program out of the UK, Teen Cancer America is designed to help hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care. Teen Cancer America aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. The units are places just for teens and young adults where the cancer experience is understood and the importance of living life through the cancer journey is nourished. Teen Cancer America’s work also supports the coming together of physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology so that the teen and young adult cancer patient care becomes closer to where it needs to be.

About Yillio

YILLIO helps consumers connect to merchants, and find events and activities along their route. Consumers can download the app on Apple or Android free and merchants can create an advertising message to share real-time, money-saving promotions, specials, coupons, gas prices and fun events.

YILLIO’s GPS route planning and merchant reported promotions allow consumers to search and plan where they want to stop between the beginning and end of their destination. Underlying YILLIO is a sophisticated patented route-based network that uses location, navigation and a variety of contextual inputs to match mobile consumers with relevant places, offers and discounts.

“SLAM ALS” Launches During ALS Awareness Month; New Social Media Campaign To Raise Funds, Awareness & Hope

Press Release – South Florida (May 23, 2016) – For victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), being diagnosed is literally being slammed with a death sentence. Now there’s a new campaign that lets people take the satisfying step of slamming back at this currently non-curable disease!

SLAM ALS, launched on May 9 during ALS Awareness Month, is a social media campaign benefiting Project ALS encouraging everyone to show how they’d “slam” this neurodegenerative disease affecting close to 450,000 people worldwide. The immediate goal is to generate new levels of awareness and spur donations to research for a cure.

Here’s the launch video.  Now it’s your turn!

SLAM ALS from SLAM ALS on Vimeo.

  • Create a short video with an action showing how you SLAM ALS.
  • Post the video to your social media pages with #slamALS.  On Twitter and Instagram, tag @slam_als.  On Facebook, tag slam ALS.
  • Donate via the website, www.slamALS.org.
  • Challenge friends to create their own slam videos!

In addition to a growing number of athletes and celebrities including legendary Miami Dolphin defensive end, Jason Taylor; Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem; tennis great and Grand Slam champion Chris Evert; UFC fighter Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort; schools and universities across the country – students, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, cheerleaders and others – have already begun to serve as SLAMbassadors for a cure.

What originally started as a family-led, grassroots effort for ALS awareness, begun by South Florida high school student Madison Silver following the 2009 diagnosis of her aunt Marjie, has evolved into SLAM ALS. Madison has teamed with her mother Deborah to launch SLAM ALS and turn the focus to generating national and even global exposure. For more information, please visit www.slamALS.org. Follow SLAM ALS on Facebook (slam ALS), Twitter (@slam_als) and Instagram (@slam_als)

Vet Tix Delivers 2 Million Event Tickets to the U.S. Military Community

Award-winning program helps veterans and members of the military create cherished memories, reduce stress and stay engaged with their local communities

Press Release – TEMPE, Ariz. – May 16, 2016 – Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), a national nonprofit that provides free event tickets to the U.S. military community, announced today that it has now delivered 2 million tickets since 2008. This is the equivalent of donating enough tickets to fill Madison Square Garden to capacity more than 100 times, the Hollywood Bowl 114+ times, or Soldier Field 32+ times.

“Vet Tix was born eight years ago. I was at football game and noticed that there were still empty seats, even at one of the most attended games of the season,” said U.S. Navy Veteran Mike Focareto, founder and CEO of Veteran Tickets Foundation. “I began thinking of how many veterans were missing out on this type of ‘All-American’ experience for which they sacrificed so much and would have been thrilled to be sitting in one of those seats.”

Focareto continued, “Vet Tix has grown into a thriving word-of-mouth program. It has benefitted thousands of military families who often can’t afford tickets to events. We’ve also heard from veterans that Vet Tix is helping them reintegrate into civilian life after their service.”

Vet Tix supports all branches of currently serving military, veterans and their families, as well as the immediate families of those killed in action by distributing tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities in all 50 states. This includes many college and professional sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA, in addition to NASCAR, concert and entertainment events.

Where there are empty seats, Vet Tix seeks to fill them with people who have served our country and their families. Giving an event ticket is an expression of appreciation and recognition that honors the service of the troops today and long after their tour of duty has passed. Attending these events helps veterans reduce stress through entertainment, strengthen family bonds, build life long memories, and encourage them to stay engaged with American life and local communities.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many ticket donors and supporters who have been paramount to our tremendous growth of over 500,000 tickets in less than a year,” Focareto said. “Our 2 million ticket milestone could have been a family attending a circus event, a date night at a Kenny Chesney concert or four buddies at a Houston Astros game. Helping our veterans attend events provides positive family and life experiences after their years of service to our country.”

Vet Tix started in 2008, and distributed 1,290 tickets in Phoenix that year. The organization grew over the next six years to celebrate its millionth ticket given away in July 2015, and this quickly rose to 1.5 million tickets distributed by August 2015.

Vet Tix is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, and it ranked as the 2016 Top-rated Nonprofit in the United States by GreatNonprofits.

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