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Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), Elected Space Foundation Chairman

Press Release – COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation met yesterday and Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF (Ret.), was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board. Shelton is former Commander, Air Force Space Command.

Shelton replaces the previous Chairman, ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.). Ellis is former Commander of United States Strategic Command, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and currently Annenberg Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

At the meeting, Ellis was elected Director Emeritus, and a new Space Foundation scholarship was created in his honor — the Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship. This annual scholarship will provide a young professional in the United States Armed Forces full participation in Space Classified programs at the Space Symposium.

Also at the November board meeting, Kathryn Thornton, Ph.D., was elected to a two-year term as Vice Chairman. Thornton is a professor at the University of Virginia and is a former NASA astronaut.

Elected to a two-year term as Secretary was P.J. O’Rourke, author and political satirist, and re-elected to Treasurer was Hoyt Davidson, Managing Partner, Near Earth LLC.

Also on the executive committee is Member-at-Large and Director Emeritus Lon. C. Levin, President and CEO of GEOshare, and RADM Thomas E. Zelibor, USN (Ret.), Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer.

Elected to Life Directors were:

  • Richard F. Ambrose, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
  • John W. Elbon, Vice President and General Manager, The Boeing Company – Space Exploration
  • Kay N. Sears, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC)

The newly elected Members of the Board are:

  • Christopher U. Browne, Deputy Director, National Air and Space Museum
  • Lisa Callahan, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • James H. Chilton, Senior Vice President, Space and Missile Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS)
  • William Gattle, President, Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems
  • Peter B. Trainer, Vice President and Air Force Operations Manager, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  • Phil Larson, will be the Space Foundation New Generation Space Leader. Larson is Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, University of Colorado Boulder, College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Continuing their service on the Board:

  • Alice Bunn, Ph.D., Director of Policy, UK Space Agency
  • The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney, III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Associated Industries of Florida
  • Michael C. Gass, former President and Chief Executive Officer, United Launch Alliance
  • Jeffrey D. Grant, Sector Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Blake E. Larson, Chief Operating Officer, Orbital ATK
  • Amy Mainzer, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Fritz Merkle, Ph.D., OHB System, AG
  • Ronald M. Sega, Ph.D., Director, Systems Engineering Programs, Colorado State University; former NASA astronaut
  • Richard R. Yuse, President, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

The new Board terms commence on Nov. 29, 2017.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – www.SpaceFoundation.org and DiscoverSpace.org – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

Press Release – New York, NY (November 30, 2017) – The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $20,000 in new grants for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve. The 2017 grantees are Community Kinship Life, HEAT, Pride Center of Staten Island, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Translatina Network, and Trinity Place Shelter. Grant recipients are selected based on their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout New York City.

Amida Care, the largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) in New York State, provides comprehensive coverage and coordinated care to New Yorkers with chronic conditions including HIV, and people who are homeless or of transgender experience regardless of HIV status. The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation was established as part of Amida Care’s privately funded Live Your Life wellness program and is focused on supporting work that advances Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020.

The Fund supports HIV education, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that engage New Yorkers who are at greater risk of acquiring HIV—such as young men of color who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women—and those who are HIV-positive but not virally suppressed or receiving necessary access to care.

“This World AIDS Day, we’re proud to recognize and support organizations that help break down the barriers of stigma, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and rigidity around gender expression. These organizations also address socioeconomic challenges like poverty, unemployment, unstable housing, and food insecurity and provide access to HIV prevention methods like PrEP and PEP, HIV testing, and treatment,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “We’ve made great progress in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but we have much more work to do. We must reach the communities most severely affected, particularly transgender individuals and young MSM of color. Amida Care is proud to work in partnership with the Stonewall Community Foundation to support organizations that are providing essential community-based services to New York City’s LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities.”

“Community-based organizations can help people live fulfilling, authentic lives, even in the face of vulnerability” said Jarrett Lucas, Executive Director of Stonewall Community Foundation. “Supporting groups and projects that invest in LGBTQ youth is particularly important to achieve an AIDS-free generation and a healthier and more equitable New York. We are honored to continue our work with Amida Care to provide this much-needed grassroots funding to our grantee partners.”

Grant awards support a range of HIV-related programs and services:

Community Kinship Life provides the transgender community with the tools needed to achieve their personal goals while having a sense of community and kinship. This includes providing information related to health, employment, and social interactions that will help people lead the most productive life during and after transition. The Fund’s grant award will help to support the organization’s Sex Workers’ Advocacy Team (SWAT) Program, which works on the ground to educate sex workers and share information about safer sex and harm reduction strategies.

HEAT (Health and Education Alternatives for Teens) is the only program of its kind in Brooklyn that provides comprehensive medical and mental health care, supportive services, and access to clinical research for HIV-positive and at-risk youth. Its YMSM/T Health Project works to eliminate the spread of HIV among low-income black and Latino young men who have sex with men and transgender youth. The Fund’s grant award to HEAT will support the YMSM/T Health Project’s House Calls program, a community-based HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening initiative.

Pride Center of Staten Island empowers LGBTQ individuals and families living on Staten Island to achieve their fullest potential. The Center creates a visible, safe, and welcoming space, offers comprehensive resources, provides LGBTQ empowering programs and events, and celebrates diversity. The Fund’s grant award will support the Center’s HIV Prevention Program, which provides comprehensive HIV, STI, and Hepatitis C prevention services.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. The Project’s Transgender Healthcare Initiative is an HIV prevention and care program that provides direct legal services to transgender and gender-nonconforming clients to address the challenges that lead to disproportionate HIV infection in these communities. The Fund’s grant will help to support the goals of the initiative, which include increasing access to gender-affirming identity documents and safe, affordable health care; providing legal services and referrals, including assistance with matters related to accessing care; and training service providers on creating trans-inclusive and affirming services.

Translatina Network, a program housed within the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan, is a network of transgender Latinas whose aim is to promote the healthy development of transgender people through outreach, education, and capacity building, allowing the creation of a safe, productive, and equitable environment. The grant award will support the program’s HIV education, employment, and community outreach activities targeting transgender women of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic.

Trinity Place Shelter supports homeless LGBT youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. The Fund’s grant award will help to support the 10-bed shelter that provides LGBTQ homeless youth with a safe place to sleep and eat, and connects them to transportation, counseling, HIV prevention, and health services.

The Fund’s grant selection committee is composed of Amida Care executives, senior staff, and members of the health plan. Committee members have many years of experience working directly with HIV-affected populations in New York and an in-depth understanding of the communities served by the grant recipients. Amida Care’s goal is to continue to raise more money to increase the Fund and expand financial support for this critical work. To donate, please visit http://www.amidacareny.org/about-us/support-our-work/.


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Elton John AIDS Foundation Launches Fundraising and Awareness Campaign for World AIDS Day With New Mobile Messaging App Kwippit

Press Release – NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This year for World AIDS Day, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has partnered with Kwippit, the new mobile messaging app, to raise awareness about the global AIDS epidemic and dollars for the Foundation’s lifesaving work. Elton John and many EJAF celebrity friends who have long supported the Foundation’s work have created unique heart designs for a campaign to be launched through Kwippit on World AIDS Day, December 1, and continue throughout the month.

“We’re incredibly honored to work with the Elton John AIDS Foundation on this campaign,” said Kwippit’s Chief Brand Officer, Krista Treide. “We’re excited to connect the digital/social media generation with EJAF’s important efforts to end the AIDS epidemic in our lifetime.”

Every day for the month of December, one new celebrity-designed heart will be released by Kwippit to users who have subscribed to the special Elton John AIDS Foundation channel on the Kwippit mobile app for an annual fee of $0.99. Not only will subscribers have access to these custom celebrity designs, but Kwippit provides an opportunity for them to engage with the content, personalizing the hearts with text before sharing them with friends, family, and followers via social media, while simultaneously raising vital funds for AIDS prevention and research.

Celebrity participants include Elton John (who contributed six designs that will be released throughout the campaign), Boy George, Andy Cohen, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Ditto, Ansel Elgort, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Jean King, Heidi Klum, Padma Lakshmi, Adam Lambert, Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Lee, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Ozzy Osbourne, Andrew Rannells, Andy Roddick, Jake Shears, Sharon Stone, Russell Tovey, and Steven Tyler.

“I am so grateful to all of the EJAF friends participating in this Kwippit project for sharing their creativity with us, supporting our work, remaining steadfast to the cause, and believing in our ideals,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from channel downloads will go to EJAF’s grant-making programs, working to ensure everyone has the information and means to prevent infection and all people living with HIV have access to high-quality medical care and treatment. To maximize the impact of this digital campaign, all 31 original heart designs (6″x 6″ heart-shaped tiles signed by each celebrity partner) will be framed and auctioned during the Foundation’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, to benefit EJAF’s work.

“Ending AIDS ultimately comes down to this: We must open our hearts to love one another and help every person in need, regardless of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, or what they do,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott P. Campbell. “That’s what this campaign is all about – opening our hearts and raising funds to end AIDS once and for all – for everyone.”

To participate in this special digital art campaign and support the effort to end AIDS, please download the Elton John AIDS Foundation channel on the Kwippit mobile app.

About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF nearly 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $400 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

About Kwippit

Kwippit is an innovative technology that allows users to personalize and share customized images for next-level messaging. It is an evolution beyond emojis and GIFs and includes dozens of free channels that users can explore to discover new Kwipps from their favorite artists, people, brands, and causes. Premium paid channels allow users to further support the causes they care most about – Kwippit will pay 100% of proceeds to its nonprofit partners. The nonprofit channels provide organizations with access to the digital space alongside larger and younger audiences. Kwippit celebrates personalized communication and works across all social media platforms and messaging apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, etc.) The app is poised to be the next frontier for sharing content and connecting friends, brands, artists, and nonprofits via messaging. For more information, visit www.kwippit.com. Download at kwpp.me.

SOURCE Elton John AIDS Foundation


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