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5.1 Million Cups of Community® Coffee Shipped to Support Our Troops

Community Coffee Company Military Match Program Sees Continued Growth

Press Release – January 2017, Baton Rouge, LA — With the close of 2016, Community Coffee Company reached a new milestone. Community has now shipped more than 5.1 million cups of Community® coffee to active-duty military personnel through its Military Match program.

This was accomplished through an on-going partnership with its customers. Through its online Military Match program, Community Coffee doubles orders to military personnel for free.

“In addition to the 5.1 million cups of rich, smooth Community® coffee, we include personal, hand-written notes from our employees and customers in the Military Match gift box to show those who are serving our country that we are grateful for their service and sacrifice,” said Jodi Conachen, Community Coffee Company spokesperson.

More than 2.2 million men and women serve in the U.S. military. By doubling orders for free, Community Coffee Company ensures all servicemen and servicewomen have the opportunity to get a taste of home.

Military Match Overview

Customers purchase four bags or boxes of Community® coffee from CommunityCoffee.com for those serving in the military. The company then matches the order with four additional bags or boxes, ships the extra four items at its cost and sends a total of eight items plus a signature Military Match mug to the chosen overseas (APO/FPO) or stateside military base address.

Military Match Variety Offered

Customers have the opportunity to choose from their favorite blends which include a variety of sizes, formats and flavors. A complete listing is available at CommunityCoffee.com. Community Coffee Company encourages ordering at least 30 business days ahead of desired arrival date for some overseas destinations.

About Community Coffee Company

Now in its 98th year, Community Coffee Company houses the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America, and four generations of the Saurage family have operated the company since its inception. Founded in 1919, Community Coffee Company is an importer, roaster and distributor of the highest-quality premium coffees and teas, using only 100% Arabica coffee beans. For additional information, visit CommunityCoffee.com or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Public School Students and Equality Utah Ask Federal Court to Halt Enforcement of School Laws that Target Gay Students

Press Release – (Salt Lake City, Utah, January 26, 2017)— Equality Utah and two public school students, represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP, asked a federal court to enter a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of state laws that restrict classroom discussions and student clubs that include supportive speech about “homosexuality” in Utah public schools.

The plaintiffs’ motion, filed before Senior U.S. District Judge Dee Benson of the District of Utah, argues that the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because they discriminate based on sexual orientation by prohibiting instruction, classroom discussions, and student clubs involving supportive speech about “homosexuality.” The motion also argues that the student club laws violate the First Amendment free-speech rights of students.

“Our state’s anti-gay school laws contribute to a chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students and treats them differently than other students,” said Troy Williams, the Executive Director of Equality Utah. “These anachronistic laws tell young people that who they are is so shameful that students and teachers cannot even acknowledge their existence in a supportive way. It is shocking for the law to single out a single group of students for such openly discriminatory and harmful treatment. We are bringing this lawsuit because we want LGBTQ youth know that they are seen, they are valued and that they belong in our schools and state just as much as other students do.”

The lawsuit challenges state laws that prevent supportive discussions of gay people in curricula, classroom discussions, and student clubs. At least eight states have similar laws. The motion filed today argues that sole purpose of the challenged Utah laws is to express the state’s moral disapproval of “homosexuality,” which the U.S. Supreme Court has held is not a legitimate basis for laws that discriminate based on a person’s sexual orientation. The motion asks the court to halt enforcement of the challenged restrictions immediately while the plaintiffs’ lawsuit proceeds.

“Most people in Utah and other states recognize that discrimination against gay people has no place in our society,” said Shannon Minter, the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “The U.S. Supreme Court also held that a person’s sexual orientation cannot be the basis for treating people differently. The laws are divisive and harmful, especially to students, and we look forward to the day when all students can participate equally and safely in Utah’s schools.”

“These laws violate our most basic constitutional values—that every citizen has equal worth, and that the State cannot restrict what people can say about important issues in public discourse,” said Doug Hallward-Driemeier, partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. “By attempting to cut off students’ ability to advocate for the equal rights of the LGBTQ community, Utah has put itself on the wrong side of these core values.”

Duke Endowment Weighs in to Help NC Children in Crisis

Press Release – GREENSBORO, NC – Children’s Home Society will receive support from a long-term ally to help scale up proven programs to battle North Carolina’s foster care crisis. Among a growing list of concerned organizations and individuals, The Duke Endowment announced a 4-year, $3.7-million grant to expand foster care, early intervention, and prevention services across the state.

“James B. Duke set a course for his philanthropy to enrich lives in a multitude of ways across North and South Carolina,” said Phil Redmond, Jr., Director of The Duke Endowment’s Child Care program area. “Today, we continue our journey together with Children’s Home Society of North Carolina to help vulnerable children lead more successful lives.”

According to Brian Maness, President and CEO of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, foster care is in a state of crisis, increasing every month in 2016 compared to the same period in the prior year.

At the end of 2016, there were 10,524 children in foster care with about 2,400 children eligible for adoption.

Adopted! – Courtesy of Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

“Last year, we were able to place only 12 percent of the children referred to us,” said Maness. “We need to increase public awareness of the foster care crisis and expand our capacity of adoptive and foster homes for children.”

Committed to reversing these negative trends, the leadership and board of Children’s Home Society – North Carolina’s largest provider of foster care and adoption services – launched the Promise of Family campaign, teaming resources from foundations, companies, organizations, families and individuals to expand and accelerate proven programs for vulnerable children.

“A child without a family is unacceptable,” said Maness. “Every child deserves a loving, safe, and permanent home.”

According to Maness, the relationship between the Duke family and Children’s Home Society of North Carolina goes back to 1902, when Benjamin Duke, the brother of James Buchanan Duke, founder of The Duke Endowment, was on the founding CHS board.

“One hundred fifteen years later,” said Maness, “Children’s Home Society’s core mission of promoting a loving, safe, and permanent family for every child has not changed.

The Duke Endowment, based in Charlotte, has distributed more than $3.3 billion in grants since its inception in 1924. The endowment’s work in North Carolina and South Carolina focuses on child care, health care, higher education, and rural United Methodist churches.

Founded in 1902, Children’s Home Society serves over 20,000 children and families in all 100 counties in North Carolina with adoption, foster care, parenting education, family preservation, and teen pregnancy prevention services. More than 15,000 children have been adopted through Children’s Home Society North Carolina.

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Governor Herbert to Address Top Minds in Social Impact and Innovation

Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY — A world-renowned group of more than 120 experts have converged in Salt Lake City, along with 500 guests, for the third annual Winter Innovation Summit from January 25 to January 27 at the Salt Lake Convention Center. The conference is hosted by the Sorenson Impact Center in partnership with Salt Lake County and the Sundance Institute.

Jeremy Keele, President & CEO of Sorenson Impact, remarked, “The Winter Innovation Summit has become the preeminent convening in the social impact and innovation space. We welcome the most forward-thinking people working to solve social problems across the globe—from policy leaders, investors and nonprofits, to social entrepreneurs, community leaders and academics. The central theme of Sorenson Impact and the event itself is to explore how data, evidence, and innovation can be leveraged to solve difficult social problems like homelessness, chronic unemployment, incarceration, and poverty.”

Last year, David Wilkinson, then director of the White House Office of Innovation and Civic Participation, lauded the Summit as “the largest gathering of leaders committed to using measurable outcomes to change the way government works.”

Notable speakers today will include the following:

9:10am
Fostering Innovation in the State of Utah with Governor Gary Herbert

9:20am
Effective and Accountable Government: How City Administrator Rashad Young Runs D.C. with Rashad Young

9:35am
An Innovation Update from Washington with U.S. Congressman John Delaney

Many more mainstage speakers and panelists will share their knowledge and expertise on a range of subjects that touch on this year’s theme—innovation for social change. Select topics will include finding scalable solutions to social problems, data science for social good, impact investing, social entrepreneurship, social impact bonds / Pay for Success, correction reform, performance management, educational outcomes, measuring meaningful impact and impact investing through a gender lens—among others.

“Salt Lake County is leading the way in the use of data and evidence in local governance to achieve results and hold ourselves accountable to the public for spending scarce tax dollars,” said Mayor Ben McAdams. “Whenever a homeless teen or an impoverished child participates in a social program that doesn’t succeed, rather than one that does, that represents a human cost. Our Pay for Success initiatives are showing us how to deliver measurably better lives for the people that we serve.”

To learn more about the third annual Winter Innovation Summit, explore http://www.innovationsummit2017.com. Press passes will be available at check in.

It Is Now Two And A Half Minutes To Midnight

DOOMSDAY CLOCK MOVES AHEAD:

“Words Matter”: Board Marks 70th Anniversary of Iconic Clock By Expressing Concern About “Unsettling” and “Ill-Considered” Statements of President Trump on Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change; Developments in North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan Also Highlighted.

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 26, 2017 – It is now two and a half minutes to midnight. For the first time in the 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board has moved the hands of the iconic clock 30 seconds closer to midnight. In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump, the new President of the United States.

The decision to move the hands of the Doomsday Clock is made by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientistsin consultation with the Bulletin’s Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel Laureates. The Science and Security Board’s full statement about the Clock is available online.

In January 2016, the Doomsday Clock’s minute hand did not change, remaining at three minutes before midnight. The Clock was changed in 2015 from five to three minutes to midnight, the closest it had been since the arms race of the 1980s.

In the statement about the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board notes: “Over the course of 2016, the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change … This already-threatening world situation was the backdrop for a rise in strident nationalism worldwide in 2016, including in a US presidential campaign during which the eventual victor, Donald Trump, made disturbing comments about the use and proliferation of nuclear weapons and expressed disbelief in the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change …The board’s decision to move the clock less than a full minute — something it has never before done — reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days …”

The statement continues: “Just the same, words matter, and President Trump has had plenty to say over the last year. Both his statements and his actions as President-elect have broken with historical precedent in unsettling ways. He has made ill-considered comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal. He has shown a troubling propensity to discount or outright reject expert advice related to international security, including the conclusions of intelligence experts. And his nominees to head the Energy Department, and the Environmental Protection Agency dispute the basics of climate science. In short, even though he has just now taken office, the president’s intemperate statements, lack of openness to expert advice, and questionable cabinet nominations have already made a bad international security situation worse.”

In addition to addressing the statements made by President Trump, the Board also expressed concern about the greater global context of nuclear and climate issues:

  • On nuclear issues, the Board noted: “The United States and Russia—which together possess more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons—remained at odds in a variety of theaters, from Syria to Ukraine to the borders of NATO; both countries continued wide-ranging modernizations of their nuclear forces, and serious arms control negotiations were nowhere to be seen.North Korea conducted its fourth and fifth underground nuclear tests and gave every indication it would continue to develop nuclear weapons delivery capabilities. Threats of nuclear warfare hung in the background as Pakistan and India faced each other warily across the Line of Control in Kashmir after militants attacked two Indian army bases.”
  • In surveying the status of climate matters, the Board concluded: “The climate change outlook was somewhat less dismal (in 2016) —but only somewhat. In the wake of the landmark Paris climate accord, the nations of the world have taken some actions to combat climate change, and global carbon dioxide emissions were essentially flat in 2016, compared to the previous year. Still, they have not yet started to decrease; the world continues to warm. Keeping future temperatures at less-than-catastrophic levels requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions far beyond those agreed to in Paris—yet little appetite for additional cuts was in evidence at the November climate conference in Marrakech.”

Rachel Bronson, executive director and publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said: “As we marked the 70th anniversary of the Doomsday Clock, this year’s Clock deliberations felt more urgent than usual. In addition to the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change, new global realities emerged, as trusted sources of information came under attack, fake news was on the rise, and words were used by a President-elect of the United States in cavalier and often reckless ways to address the twin threats of nuclear weapons and climate change.”

Lawrence Krauss, chair, Bulletin Board of Sponsors, director, Origins Project at Arizona State University, and foundation professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, Arizona State University, said: “Wise men and women have said that public policy is never made in the absence of politics. But in this unusual political year, we offer a corollary: Good policy takes account of politics but is never made in the absence of expertise. Facts are indeed stubborn things, and they must be taken into account if the future of humanity is to be preserved, long term. Nuclear weapons and climate change are precisely the sort of complex existential threats that cannot be properly managed without access to and reliance on expert knowledge. In 2016, world leaders not only failed to deal adequately with those threats; they actually increased the risk of nuclear war and unchecked climate change through a variety of provocative statements and actions, including careless rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons and the wanton defiance of scientific evidence. To step further back from the brink will require leaders of vision and restraint. President Trump and President Putin can choose to act together as statesmen, or as petulant children, risking our future. We call upon all people to speak out and send a loud message to your leaders so that they do not needlessly threaten your future, and the future of your children.”

Retired Rear Admiral David Titley, Bulletin Science and Security Board; professor of practice, Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology, and founding director, Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, said: “Climate change should not be a partisan issue. The well-established physics of Earth’s carbon cycle is neither liberal nor conservative in character. The planet will continue to warm to ultimately dangerous levels so long as carbon dioxide continues to be pumped into the atmosphere— irrespective of political leadership. The current political situation in the United States is of particular concern. The Trump administration needs to state clearly and unequivocally that it accepts climate change, caused by human activity, as reality. No problem can be solved unless its existence is first recognized. There are no ‘alternative facts’ here”.

About the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists engages science leaders, policy makers, and the interested public on topics of nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, climate change, and emerging technologies. With smart, vigorous prose, multimedia presentations, and information graphics, the Bulletin puts issues and events into context and provides fact-based debates and assessments. For 70 years, the Bulletin has bridged the technology divide between scientific research, foreign policy and public engagement. See more at: http://thebulletin.org

Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet.The decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made every year by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and new technologies emerging in other domains.

Oliver Scholars Proudly Names Three New Members to its Board of Trustees

Heads of New York’s prestigious Trinity and Berkeley-Carroll schools to join the renowned nonprofit’s Board

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY January 25 – Oliver Scholars, a nonprofit preparing high-achieving African-American and Latino students for success at the nation’s best independent schools and colleges, today announced that three new members have joined the Board of Trustees. John Allman, head of the Trinity School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; Robert Vitalo, head of the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and Michael Kessler, attorney with Clifford Chance; were selected to serve on the Board.

CEO David Allyn says, “On behalf of the entire Oliver community, I am delighted to welcome Bob, John, and Michael to our Board of Trustees. This is an exciting time for Oliver as we are poised to double the number of students we serve in the next three years, and the support and experience of our Board of Trustees is integral to our ongoing strategic growth and expansion.”

Board Chair Dorothea Schlosser adds, “I am thrilled about Michael, John and Bob joining the Board. New trustees energize the board and bring a new perspective to the organization. Oliver Scholars is in a period of rapid growth, and we are eager to share Oliver’s message with our expanding circle of friends, schools, and supporters”

John Allman is Head of School at the Trinity School, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Prior to the Trinity School, Mr. Allman served as headmaster at the St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools’ Committee on Accreditation and former Secondary Commission Chair of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Mr. Allman received his M.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

“We treasure our Oliver Scholars. Within the classroom, they are intellectually engaged and passionate; beyond the classroom, they contribute in significant ways to our community, as artists, as athletes, as leaders. We are immeasurably enriched by their active presence in our community, and we hope always to be a school that Oliver Scholars seek to attend.”

Robert Vitalo is Head of School at the Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He has served on the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Mary McDowell Friends School. A graduate of New York University, Mr. Vitalo actively supports several organizations and nonprofits including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Independent School Admission Professionals and the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

“It is an honor to be invited to join the Board of Oliver Scholars. For years I have known of the great work that is done by the organization by witnessing the hard work and achievements of its young scholars. I now have the opportunity to participate in the growth of the organization and look forward to contributing to achieving our mission of developing future leaders.”

Michael Kessler became involved with Oliver Scholars through his pro-bono work for the organization’s endowment. Mr. Kessler regularly advises private equity firms, hedge fund managers, clean energy companies and real estate businesses in both domestic and international capital markets. Mr. Kessler has played a key role in a number of successful IPOs on the NYSE and works extensively with leading private equity sponsors on their strategic permanent capital strategies. Additionally, he has cross border securities and M&A experience. Mr. Kessler holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Says Michael, “I am so inspired by the passionate execution of this important educational mission.”

For more information about Oliver Scholars and the Board of Trustees, visit oliverscholars.org

About Oliver Scholars:

Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving African-American and Latino students for success at the nation’s best independent schools and colleges. Oliver identifies talented New York City students and places them at top schools with robust financial aid. The Oliver experience includes up to ten years of one-on-one support, after-school and summer coursework, and pre-career training.

Oliver Scholars, a nonprofit organization, is distinctive among access programs for its commitment to providing transition support for the whole family, developing students’ social-emotional skills, and instilling an ethos of giving back. Nearly 90 percent of Oliver alumni have attended U.S. News & World Report top 100 colleges, and over 30 percent have attended Ivy League institutions. Since its founding in 1984, Oliver Scholars has graduated over 1,100 students.

By removing economic and social barriers to achievement, Oliver Scholars helps gifted, underserved students achieve their potential as next generation change-makers, thought-leaders and trailblazers. For more information, visit oliverscholars.org.

Leading Nigerian Government Transparency Organization, BudgIT, Secures New $1.5 Million Grant from Omidyar Network

Press Release – REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Omidyar Network announced today it is renewing and expanding its investment in the Lagos-based government transparency organization BudgIT. The new up to $1.5 million, three-year grant follows an initial grant from the Omidyar Network in 2014, and will be focused on enabling BudgIT to grow its organizational capacity, especially at state level, and to expand its work with government and institutional stakeholders into Abuja.

Since its inception in 2011, BudgIT has established itself as a premier government transparency organization in Nigeria through its work to make the budget more accessible to ordinary citizens, and to empower citizens to track public projects. Using a mix of both online and offline strategies, BudgIT has helped more than one million Nigerian citizens understand how their federal and state budgets are spent and what role they can play in ensuring this money is allocated correctly.

BudgIT has also played an instrumental role in the Nigerian government joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) working through the Open Alliance.

Ory Okolloh, director, Investments, Omidyar Network comments, “BudgIT stands out as a great example of an organization that is deeply committed to ensuring that citizens have the information they need to hold their government accountable. Oluseun and his team stand out as individuals who are working tirelessly to ensure that the government works for citizens rather than the other way around. We are delighted to support them on their next phase of growth and impact.”

Central to BudgIT’s success, and subsequent growth, is its unique ability to connect citizens with information about budgets and public projects that affect them, and to work with all levels of government to improve their ability to transparently serve their constituents. In addition, BudgIT plays an important role in supporting civil society organizations, media, and multi-sector initiatives like the Open Government Partnership as they advance their governance agenda.

“This investment in BudgIT by Omidyar Network is highly welcome as we work to scale access to information across all levels of education and socio-economic class on matters related to use of public funds. Systemic changes through the Open Government Partnership mechanism are also crucial to our work. We are glad Omidyar Network and other partners see this opportunity at this phase of our organization,” says Oluseun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, BudgIT.

About Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, the organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic and social change. Omidyar Network has committed more than $1 billion to for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that foster economic advancement and encourage individual participation across multiple initiatives, including Education, Emerging Tech, Financial Inclusion, Governance & Citizen Engagement, and Property Rights. To learn more, visit www.omidyar.com, and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork #PositiveReturns.

Children’s Hospital Association Launches National Photo Exhibit Capturing Hope, Compassion & Resilience of Child Patients & Their Health Care Providers

Press Release – Washington, D.C. — The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) launched its 2017 Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit this week via an online gallery. The compelling collection of 48 photographs depicts the hope, compassion and resilience shared by child patients, their families and the children’s hospitals providing specialized care. This year marks the first time the photo exhibit has been sponsored by a global corporation like Kimberly-Clark’s leading baby-care brand HUGGIES®. HUGGIES® is the photo exhibit’s exclusive presenting sponsor.

“HUGGIES® is proud to present the Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit,” said Aric Melzl, general manager Baby and Child Healthcare, Kimberly-Clark. “Our support of the children’s hospitals’ mission is a reflection of our belief that all children deserve to have comfort and the best care available to them in order to thrive. We look forward to working with CHA to ensure the photo exhibit is viewed as often as possible and travels to multiple communities served by children’s hospitals.”

“The images in the photo exhibit not only demonstrate how children’s hospitals meet the unique needs of children and their families, they convey the compassion, hope and resiliency inherent in patients and caregivers,” said Amy Knight, chief operating officer of CHA. “Children’s hospitals care not only for the sickest kids, but are focused on keeping all children healthy. Through discovery and collaboration to improve outcomes for their patients, training the nation’s pediatricians, and creating health in our local communities, children’s hospitals benefit all children.”

The photos in the exhibit were selected by a distinguished panel of judges from more than 180 photographs submitted by children’s hospitals across the country. The judges included Lori Epstein, photo director, National Geographic Kids; Lily Francesca Alt, photo director, Parents magazine; Rick Guidotti, founder and director, Positive Exposure; Marvin T. Jones, Marvin T. Jones and Associates; and Kelly Wolfe, public policy director, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota–Minneapolis and member of the Children’s Hospital Today Editorial Review Committee.

The Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit will be on public display in Washington, D.C. on the following dates:

  • July 10 – 14, 2017 — Rotunda, Russell Senate Office Building
  • July 17 – 18, 2017 — Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building

To view the Children’s Hospitals Photo Exhibit visit www.childrenshospitals.org.

USANA True Health Foundation Donates $2.6 Million In 2016

Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Celebrating another year of success, the USANA True Health Foundation (THF) — whose mission is to provide the most critical human necessities: nutrition, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and health education to those who are suffering or in need— announces that it has donated more than $2.6 million to those less fortunate or in need during 2016.

This past year, a group of USANA independent distributors joined THF on a humanitarian trip to Vincente Guerrero, Baja, Mexico, where they spent a week serving a poverty-stricken area including an orphanage and the surrounding community. While there, they assisted in administering medical aid, provided dental care and oral hygiene kits, helped with building construction as well as provided one year of nutritional products for all of the children at the orphanage.

The Foundation also assisted in relief efforts in Haiti after the devastation from Hurricane Matthew in October. Through its partnership with International Relief Teams and the Children’s Hunger Fund, THF was able to provide $80,000 to assist in relief efforts.

“We are thankful to be celebrating another year where we have been able to make a positive and sizeable impact to many who are in need of help throughout the world,” said Brian Paul, THF’s executive director of communications. “We look forward to beginning another year where we will help alleviate suffering in impoverished and disaster-stricken areas. We are so thankful for our Associates who continue to generously donate their time and resources to assisting those less fortunate.”

NOTABLE THF CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Provided over 6.2 million meals through its partnership with the Children’s Hunger Fund
  • Supplied over $180,000 to support health education programs, food and home construction
  • Gave $738,722 in Usanimals children’s multivitamins to orphanages, clinics and mercy networks throughout the world
  • Delivered over 400 hours of volunteer service

The USANA True Health Foundation was established by USANA — a global nutritional company based in Salt Lake City — in 2012 in an effort to provide opportunities for its independent distributors to give back to people in need all over the world. All administrative fees are paid by USANA (NYSE: USNA), which allows the Foundation to donate 100 percent of every dollar raised to those in need.

Through humanitarian missions, regular contributions, fundraising projects and collaborations with the Women’s Tennis Association, the nonprofit organization has raised over $13 million to aid hundreds around the world. The Foundation has donated over $6.3 million in its children’s multivitamin product — Usanimals — to the Children’s Hunger Fund and an additional $5.7 million has been donated to feeding children, providing aid in needy areas as well as disaster relief globally.

To learn more about the USANA True Health Foundation and how you can get involved, visit www.usanafoundation.org.

About the USANA True Health Foundation: The USANA True Health Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA) to help expand and enhance USANA’s ongoing charitable efforts. Its mission is to provide the most critical human necessities to those suffering or in need. The USANA True Health Foundation has an active partnership with organizations such as HealthCorps and the Children’s Hunger Fund, which share the same vision of making the world a happier and healthier place. Learn more at our website (www.USANAfoundation.org), follow us on Twitter (@USANAfoundation), or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USANAfoundation).

Komen Chicagoland’s 20th Anniversary Mother’s Day Race For The Cure Moves To Montrose Harbor On Sunday, May 14

Registration Now Open To Raise Funds Crucially Needed To Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths In Chicagoland

Press Release – CHICAGO: Susan G. Komen Chicagoland’s Mother’s Day Race for the Cure will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday, May 14, with moves from Grant Park and Lombard to an iconic lakefront location – Montrose Harbor. Komen Chicago encourages participants to sign up for the race today at www.komenchicago.org and make an immediate impact in the fight to save lives by committing to raise $180, the average cost of a mammogram in Chicagoland.

Funds raised through Race for the Cure will help achieve the goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. The race enables Komen Chicago to provide life-saving screenings for those who can’t otherwise afford them, fund national research and empower people with knowledge.

More than 1,000 Chicago area women and men die each year from breast cancer. There is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than white women. “If you join Race for the Cure, you can be someone’s hero and help us close this gap,” says Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director.”

In celebration of the 20th anniversary and the move to Montrose, this year’s Race for the Cure will be bigger and better than ever and feature exciting additions, including:

  • An optional Shades of Pink Powder Path.
  • Recognition of 20 More than Pink Heroes for the 20th anniversary, who will lead the Survivor Parade.
  • The National Pink Cape Campaign: anyone who raises $180 will receive a pink cape to wear as a symbol of commitment to the fight to save lives.

The Chicago Mother’s Day Race for the Cure will feature one 5K Fun Run/Walk, with registration fees of $40 for adults, $35 for survivors and $25 for kids (four and under are free). Registration is open. Participants can start or join a team or register as an individual at http://chicagoland.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/HIL_ChicagolandAreaAffiliate?pg=entry&fr_id=6798.

About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants, dedicating the remaining 25 percent to national research.

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