Press Release – FREDERICK, MD – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Purdue University have announced a partnership to develop aviation-related science and math curricula for high schools across America. The program will be the first of its kind, offering students comprehensive four-year aviation study options that are aligned to rigorous math and science standards used in many states nationwide.
The High School Initiative is part of AOPA’s You Can Fly program, which was created to bring more people into aviation. By educating high school students about aviation career opportunities, helping lapsed pilots return to flying, lowering barriers to entry, reducing the cost of flying, and building the aviation community, You Can Fly is helping people of all ages get involved with aviation.
“You Can Fly is making aviation more inviting and accessible to everyone,” said Katie Pribyl, AOPA senior vice president of communications and head of the You Can Fly program. “Humans have always dreamed of flight. Now we’re offering new ways for people to connect with that dream. For high school students, the curricula we’re developing will offer a chance to explore the many fascinating aspects of aviation while making math and science more relevant and fun.”
The curricula will incorporate grade-appropriate learning, building on the skills and knowledge developed in each grade level. To facilitate that process, ninth-grade classes for all four learning pathways will be rolled out first, with initial implementation anticipated in the 2018-19 school year.
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said the partnership continues Purdue University’s efforts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
“The new curriculum program gives students an opportunity to further develop their math and science skills in order to bolster the future of the aviation industry and create new possibilities in transportation,” Daniels said.
In addition to curriculum development, the AOPA High School Initiative is bringing educators together to share ideas and expertise when it comes to implementing aviation-based STEM education at their schools. More than 200 individuals from across the country are expected to take part in the second annual High School Aviation Symposium set for Nov. 6 and 7 in Seattle. Representatives from both AOPA and Purdue will speak about developing the curricula. Symposium participants also will have the opportunity to discuss best practices for aviation-based STEM education and tour Raisbeck Aviation High School, a top aviation high school. Anyone interested in attending should check the website or email HS@aopa.org.
Read AOPA’s story.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
100 percent of net profit supports children’s health initiatives nationwide
Press Release – MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., September 20, 2016 – Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) invites families to celebrate the holidayseason with special gifts that give back from the new Kohl’s Cares â collection. Beloved hardcover books and classic characters including Curious George, Paddington, Madeline and Corduroy are available now through the end of December for just $5 each. More incredible than the price, 100 percent of net profit supports children’s initiatives nationwide.
“Our program is simple and powerful. The Kohl’s Cares collection is a wonderful way for our customers to have a hand in helping the community by purchasing quality gifts that support children’s health initiatives across the country. It’s a great way to embrace the spirit of giving during the holidays,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications.
Books and toys featured in the Kohl’s Cares holiday collection include:
In addition to classic children’s books and toys, the new Kohl’s Cares collection features some unique items. The Big Book of Bedtime Stories is an enchanting resource filled with seven different stories to help get little ones to sleep soundly at night. ‘Tis the Season cookbook is brimming with recipes for memorable holiday feasts and delicious treats that are ideal for seasonal celebrations and more. For more than 70 years, Curious George, the mischievous monkey has been delighting generations with his antics and adventures. In Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory, young readers will be entranced by George’s love of candy and his playful investigation into how it is made. The collection is available now on Kohls.com and at Kohl’s stores nationwide.
Holiday Giftables – New This Year!
New this holiday season, Kohl’s Cares will offer gift givers a novel assortment of incredible items for the entire family! Perfect for stockings or under the tree, and there is something for everyone! Pieces are priced at $5, $8 and $12 each, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s initiatives nationwide. The collection will be available starting at the end of November at Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.com. The new Kohl’s Cares giftables include:
To date, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children and families, and with your help, Kohl’s has provided financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to its communities, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit http://www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.
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Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is expanding to the West Coast with two new board members
Press Release – BLUEMONT, Virginia – (October 3, 2016) – Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, a free program that offers combat stress recovery programming, is expanding into the west coast. They announce the addition of Braden Edwards and Will Walker, who will join the board of directors.
“Although located in Bluemont, Virginia, Boulder Crest Retreat is a nationwide program, serving our nation’s combat veterans and their family members from all 50 states,” says Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat. “Braden and Will bring a new dimension to our board’s fiduciary and fundraising mission and adding a west coast presence is exactly what we need at this time period of growth.”
Braden Edwards is a managing director of equity sales and trading with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). He held similar positions over the past fifteen years at Evercore, Credit Suisse, Robertson Stephens, Volpe Brown and Whelan, and the Capital Group.
Braden graduated from Gettysburg College in 1990 with a BA in Business Administration. Braden was a member of the Men’s lacrosse team and was a co-captain his senior year. Braden was selected as an All American defensemen in 1989 and 1990. In 2009 Gettysburg College honored Braden by inducting him into the Gettysburg College Athletic Hall of Fame. Braden played club lacrosse for many years and spent eleven years coaching lacrosse at University High School in San Francisco. Braden and two friends started the Alcatraz Outlaws travel lacrosse program in 2008. The program brings kids back east to help them with the college recruiting process.
“I am very honored to join the board. We held a very successful fundraiser earlier this year in San Francisco and I am excited about growing our network and increasing the visibility of Boulder Crest Retreat here in the Bay area,” says Edwards.
Upon graduation from college, Braden entered the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery national sales and management program. He worked in various sales and management positions in New Hampshire, Hawaii, Arizona, and California. Braden spent a few years with Skyy brands before leaving consumer sales and beginning a new career in finance and equity trading. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Carolyn Feinstein and three children- Jack, Charlotte, and Sophie and their dog Steeler.
Will Walker is a vice president of equity trading in the investment management division of The Capital Group Companies, and is the investment advisor to The American Funds family of mutual funds, with over $1.4 trillion in assets under management. Will has spent the majority of his career in sales and trading roles on both the buy and sell side in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and now Los Angeles. Will graduated from Princeton University in 1993 with a degree in politics. Will comes from a long line of veterans on both his mother’s and father’s side of his family and has a particular interest in veterans charities. He currently resides in Pasadena, CA with his wife Sydney and their two sons, Wyatt and Brooks.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to join the board. I am looking forward to adding value to this team and am very hopeful that my financial background and network here in Los Angeles will help us accomplish our mission and increase the awareness of the very important work being done at the Retreat,” added Walker.
Edwards and Walker join the board of directors next to: Board Chairman Ken Falke, Vice-Chairman Fred Malek, Executive Director Dusty Baxley, Deb Alderson, John Coster, Michael Dignam. Lieutenant General John Dubia (Retired) U.S. Army, Tracey Ellis, Bruce Gates, Tony Gianchinta, Steven Kupka, Shane Moore, Lieutenant General Raymond Palumbo (Retired) U.S. Army, Henry Stoever, Robert Veltre, and MSgt Rob Wilkins, (Retired) U.S. Air Force.
ABOUT BOULDER CREST RETREAT
Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness is a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational, and therapeutic activities and programs to help our nation’s military and veteran personnel and their families recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The 37-acre retreat is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bluemont, Virginia, just 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. The Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. For more information about Boulder Crest Retreat, please visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.
Press Release – Geneva, 3 October – Launched at the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference last Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya, by company representatives from EDP, Schneider Electric and ABB the new REscale LCTPi report clearly demonstrates that the private sector is ready to scale up decarbonized microgrids, to reach and supply more customers, and is able to provide standardized and affordable solutions tailored to customer needs.
The report highlights that private sector companies are key actors in designing, building and operating domestic and industrial microgrids, offering innovative technologies and services, management and technical capabilities and financial resources. The interactive publication highlights key success factors for deploying low-carbon microgrids – not only in isolated areas but also where electricity networks already exist. The four chapters cover:
What’s more, the report also illustrates the viability of microgrids in the medium-sized segment (100kW-2MW), demonstrated through a number of built projects, which is crucial as only economically sustainable microgrids will be scaled up in the longer term. The case studies include both brown- and green-field sites, grid-connected and isolated systems as well as developed and developing country contexts. The report concludes with recommendations on how different stakeholders can support the scale-up of the microgrid market, e.g. by removing fossil fuel subsidies.
Renewable-based microgrids are one of the most versatile solutions for off-grid electrification in many countries and environments. Renewable energy is, in many cases, the most economical solution for electrification, with a lower Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) than diesel-based generation, which has been the traditional answer to off-grid electrification needs. Microgrids can also provide grid-connected customers with improved service quality, such as a higher reliability of electricity supply, and system resilience with lower emissions.
The required technologies for low-carbon microgrids have been successfully tested commercially. Today, a wide range of customer profiles can be economically served with these technology options. And as other barriers to achieve market growth have consistently been lowered over the past few years – in particular maturity of funding vehicles and regulation – microgrids are increasingly becoming a viable business opportunity.
The report is part of the WBSCD REscale LCTPi, where a group of leading energy and technology companies are working together on solutions to accelerate the deployment of renewables and the transition to a low-carbon electricity system. ABB, Acciona, CLP, CPFL Energia, DNV GL, EDF, EDP, Enel, Eskom, First Solar, Iberdrola, Nestlé, NRG, Schneider Electric, State Grid Corporation of China and Unilever are part of the REscale program. Further reports to be published in 2016 will look at innovative instruments in renewable finance and enhanced bankability of projects via corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements.
The ‘Business Case for Low-Carbon Microgrids’ is available here.
 Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (lctpi.wbcsd.org)
 The Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) is typically defined as the unit cost of producing electricity over the lifetime of a plant.
Herschend Family Entertainment Teams Up with World’s Largest Christmas Project to Share Joy with Children in Need Overseas
Press Release – BOONE, N.C., Oct. 3, 2016 — Through roller coasters and shoeboxes, Herschend Family Entertainment is bringing smiles to the faces of children across the U.S. and abroad. Partnering with Operation Christmas Child, Herschend leads an annual Shoebox Challenge: churches register to receive complimentary attraction tickets based on the number of gift-filled shoeboxes collected by their congregations. Since 2011, participants have contributed more than 2 million shoebox gifts to children in need through the Shoebox Challenge, earning more than 45,000 complimentary tickets to participating theme parks and attractions.
“The heart of Herschend Family Entertainment is to help children make lasting memories and bring families closer together,” said Jason Blain, vice president of strategic alliances for Herschend. Blain traveled with Operation Christmas Child to Haiti in 2011 to deliver gift-filled shoeboxes. “When I saw the faces of the Haitian children light up as they opened their shoebox gifts, I knew this was exactly the type of project Herschend would want to get behind.”
Though park guests may be familiar with Dollywood and Silver Dollar City, perhaps not all are aware of the depth of faith and family commitment that drives the Herschend Family Entertainment brand. For more than five decades, Herschend has been committed to treating guests and associates with the Christian values of kindness and service. The partnership with Operation Christmas Child is just one way they demonstrate that faith. Herschend’s commitment to sharing the true message of Christmas won Dollywood’s Smokey Mountain Christmas the title of “Best Christmas Event” by Amusement Today.
Registration is now open to any church that wishes to participate in the Shoebox Challenge. For more information, visit shoeboxchallenge.com.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. In 2016, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect enough shoebox gifts to reach another 12 million children.
National Collection Week is Nov. 14 – 21, when some 4,500 local drop-off sites will be open to receive shoebox gifts; however, shoebox gifts are collected year-round at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, North Carolina. For more information about Operation Christmas Child, visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
– Mazda builds on support of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program –
Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. (September 26, 2016) – Continuing its support of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP), today Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced the company’s largest in-kind vehicle donation, up from 15 last year, which will be granted to the American Red Cross. By donating 16 vehicles to the Red Cross, MNAO commits to an increase in its support as part of a long-standing partnership between MNAO and the Red Cross.
Mazda was the first U.S. automaker to join the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. As a result of increasing its donations last year, Mazda became a $1-million ADGP member. By continuing to provide support and donations this year, Mazda remains the only automotive manufacturer to be a member at the million-dollar level. Through daily business activities, Mazda realized the unique ability to provide a needed resource—vehicles—ultimately delivering a mode of transportation for the daily business activities of so many other organizations. Donating these vehicles to the Red Cross provides Mazda with an opportunity to give back to communities in which it does business.
“Through the Mazda Drive for Good program, Mazda has the ability to work with strong non-profit partners throughout the United States—and the American Red Cross continues to provide an incredible partnership sharing similar values as ours,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. operations at MNAO. “Partnerships such as these are important to the very being of who Mazda is as an organization.”
Each of the 16 vehicles will be donated and delivered to Mazda dealerships all over the country, reaching those American Red Cross offices that are most in need of new transportation. These vehicles will be used to deliver emergency supplies and services to families affected by disasters. Vehicle donations will take place over the next few weeks and will be delivered to the following locations:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCross.
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at http://insidemazda.mazdausa.com/.
Press Release – The University of Cambridge has had the most successful fundraising year in its history, with more than £210 million raised.
The record sum was raised in a combined effort by the University and 31 Colleges as part of the £2 billion “Dear World… Yours, Cambridge” campaign, which focuses on the University’s impact on the world. This brings the campaign total so far to £743 million.
Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, celebrated the power of collegiate Cambridge and the importance of philanthropy in his annual address to the University at the start of the academic year.
The Vice-Chancellor, in his seventh and final October 1 speech, said: “The collegiate nature of the University has been, and remains, one of our greatest strengths.
“Bound inextricably by history, and by a joint responsibility for students, today the University and the 31 colleges work in a common endeavour more closely than at any time I can remember.
“This has been particularly true since the launch, at the end of last year, of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the collegiate University’s history.
“Philanthropy is critical to us. It underpins our academic autonomy, and allows us to deliver our transformative research. It brings the best people to study and work with us. They are the people who will produce ideas that change the world.
“Philanthropy is the catalyst for discovery – and it ensures that discoveries continue, even at a time of unparalleled financial challenges. To all of our benefactors we owe our immense, continued gratitude.”
The sums raised this year include a huge variety of gifts from supporters of Cambridge including £35 million from the estate of Ray Dolby to Pembroke College, $25 million from Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian split between Queens’ College and the Faculty of Economics and $27 million from Dr Bill and Weslie Janeway to Economics and an anonymous gift of £20 million to St John’s College for studentships. Earlier gifts to the campaign, which was publicly launched in 2015 and seeks to raise £2 billion, include an £8 million gift from the James Dyson Foundation to support the James Dyson Building and the Dyson Centre for Engineering Design in Cambridge, a donation of £5 million from entrepreneur Jonathan Milner to support the Milner Therapeutics Institute and Consortium; and £5 million from Cantab Capital Partners to create an Institute for Mathematics of Information.
Speaking about the announcement Professor Ian White, Master of Jesus College and Chair of the Colleges’ Committee, said: “Collegiate Cambridge has many strengths. It gives our remarkable students an extraordinary learning experience. It allows us to attract and support outstanding people – academics and students alike. It provides a vibrant space in which people are free to explore their ideas together, and develop new thinking that creates transformational ideas. It is these strengths that have been recognised by the generosity of our supporters.”
Campaign co-chair Dr Mohamed A. El-Erian said: “Cambridge transforms lives and improves the wellbeing of many, so I am delighted this campaign has gained such traction and will help Cambridge deliver more to more people. We are extremely grateful to the donors for a generosity that empowers so many across the University and Colleges to continue their hard and influential work.”
Fellow co-chair Sir Harvey McGrath said: “The University of Cambridge has had a huge impact on the world in many different ways. This outstanding support will help us to continue answering difficult questions and rising to the challenges humanity faces in the 21st century.”
For more information about the campaign go to: www.cam.ac.uk/YoursCambridge
Social Enterprise Leading the Fight Against Giving Partners with Spavia Day Spa to Offer Vegan, Cruelty and GMO-Free Bar Soaps at More Than A Dozen Locations Nationwide
Press Release – DENVER – September 30, 2016 – Health 2 Humanity Corp. (H2H) has officially partnered with Spavia Day Spa, an affordable luxury day spa with locations nationwide, to provide socially conscious products at more than ten locations nationwide. Later this month, H2H’s Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Natural Unscented vegan, non-GMO, cruelty-free and hypo-allergenic soaps will be available for purchase for $5.99 at Spavia locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas.
“We are proud to align with H2H’s mission to eradicate preventable diseases in developing countries,” said Spavia Day Spa Founder Allison Langenderfer. “Premium soaps are already a high demand product for our spas, so to bring in a premium soap brand with a socially conscious model that has an international impact, is an added bonus for our guests to feel really good about the products they want to purchase anyway.”
H2H offers an aromatic bar soap using a superior oil fusion, paired with high quality essential oils and exfoliating African botanicals. The moisturizing agents include coconut oil, Shea butter, castor oil, and other natural oils, leaving even the most sensitive skin soft and revitalized.
“We are grateful to be partnering with Spavia Day Spa for our first major foray into retail distribution,” said John Cefalu, founder and CEO, Health 2 Humanity Corp. “One of our main priorities is to partner with like-minded businesses who share our passion for premium, natural products that make a difference, and we have found just that with Spavia. We look forward to establishing a long-lasting partnership that empowers consumers domestically to make a huge difference in the lives of individuals and developing communities abroad.”
Health 2 Humanity’s domestic soap sales directly fund the Health 2 Humanity Global team’s efforts in Africa, providing sustainable hygiene solutions, entrepreneurship and job training opportunities in developing countries. The medium used to grant these entrepreneurial trainings in micro-business management is the sourcing, manufacturing, and marketing of hygiene and beauty products in the U.S. By empowering international entrepreneurs to produce soap and other hygiene products cost-effectively and donate and sell these products to individuals, charities and community centers in their local regions, we have already seen a drastic decline in illness rates of up to 25 percent (25%) in H2H sponsored areas.
Over the years, Spavia has made a consistent effort to partner with social causes, and has now made the move to send a helping hand overseas by enhancing Health 2 Humanity’s opportunity to create a lasting sustainable economic and hygienic change.
About Health 2 Humanity Corp.
Health 2 Humanity (H2H) Corp is more than soap. It is a movement for the development of people, sustainable hygiene, and #NoMoreDirtyHands to eradicate preventable diseases in developing nations. H2H Corp believes that the purchase of everyday products can do so much more than supply big corporations. Every H2H purchase helps fund international vocational programs that create jobs, grant scholarships, develop skills, and improve the lives of people around the world. Through the development of these programs, the company plans to put an end to global health inequality. For more information about H2H’s hygiene and beauty products, visit: www.h2hsoap.com.
About Health 2 Humanity Global
Health 2 Humanity (H2H) is a social enterprise leading the “fight against giving.” The nonprofit believes that all people deserve to have equal access to lifesaving solutions, in hopes of eradicating preventable disease globally. Through the development of entrepreneurs in low-hygiene countries, H2H not only sees hygienic disparities addressed, but the nonprofit creates a sustainable future without dependency. For more information, visit: www.h2hglobal.org.
About Spavia Day Spas
Spavia offers high quality, customized, affordable spa services in a relaxing atmosphere. They alleviate stress and tension through massage, facials, waxing, and body treatments by providing the ultimate relaxation experience for guests. Spavia aims to serve as a refuge for our guests to relax, escape, and thrive, while being more affordable than any comparable spa experience. Company-wide, Spavia values and contributes to the social causes in their communities by donating a portion of earnings directly to communities for charity efforts. For more information, visit: www.spaviadayspa.com.