Press Release – (Englewood, New Jersey; May 16, 2017) — How can we work together to address critical concerns impacting people in need in eastern Bergen County? The Community Chest (The Chest) will address this at the 2017 Community Issues Summit on June 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dwight-Englewood School, located at 315 East Palisade Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey. Local citizens, staff from nonprofit organizations, and business, community, and government leaders are invited to attend and help identify possible solutions to the area’s challenges. The event is free-of-charge. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
The half-day Summit will feature presentations on these four key issues affecting people in need in the area — aging, mental health, education, and hunger. Presenters and facilitators will be local area experts, including Lynne Algrant, CEO, Bergen Volunteer Center; Elizabeth Corsini, Director, School Based Youth Service Program, Bergen Family Center; Joyce Dudley, Owner & President, Dudley Hamilton Associates, Inc.; Jennifer Johnson, Director of Communications & Community Outreach, Center for Food Action; Janet Sharma, Coordinator, Age-Friendly Englewood Coalition; and Vicki Sidrow, President and CEO at Vantage Health System.
Through collaborative dialogue, the organization’s 2017 Community Issues Summit will identify solutions by using the Participatory Planning method. After the forum, The Chest will use the collective thinking and new ideas generated to inform its funding, training, and collaboration efforts.
“In keeping with our new strategic plan, The Community Chest is very excited to hold this Community Issues Summit to discuss together with our colleagues how we can collaborate on key issues affecting people in eastern Bergen County. We look forward to gathering everyone’s collective wisdom and interests, as well as unique perspectives and voices to inform our decisions about our community’s future,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, DSW, Executive Director of The Community Chest.
Support for the Summit is provided in part by Investors Foundation and Dwight-Englewood School. Advanced registration is required and may be done at http://bit.ly/2017IssuesSummit.
About The Community Chest
For over 80 years, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies. The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County. Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens. The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.
For further information about The Chest, visit www.communitychestofenglewood.org or contact (201) 568-7474. Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.
Press Release – New York, NY — The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) named Ms. Cherie Raymond, RN and Manager of Medicaid Clinical Services at Amida Care, a 2017 Making a Difference Award Honorable Mention winner. The Making a Difference Award recognizes employees who exceed the norm in service related to advocacy, care, access, and the public good for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the vulnerable populations that these programs serve. Amida Care nominated Ms. Raymond for the award in recognition of her efforts that make a difference in the quality of life for Amida Care’s transgender members.
Ms. Raymond assists Amida Care’s members of transgender experience and their health care providers in navigating the process of gender-affirming care and surgery. Over 400 of Amida Care’s members are transgender, representing close to 7 percent of Amida Care’s total membership. Ms. Raymond’s member care coordination helps support each member’s unique health needs and goals, which includes working to address non-medical needs that may impact their health, such as housing and legal concerns. Her compassionate care coordination, cultural sensitivity, and understanding of the gender transition and gender-affirming surgery processes has enabled over 175 of Amida Care’s transgender members to receive this life-affirming care.
“Cherie Raymond stands out as a shining example of what we strive for at Amida Care: providing high quality, personalized care and going above and beyond for our members,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “Her extraordinary service to our members of transgender experience is helping them to live their best, most authentic lives.”
“Ms. Raymond’s work to improve access to health care for transgender individuals represents the best the safety net has to offer. Amida Care’s transgender health program is a leading, widely recognized example in our industry. We couldn’t be happier to recognize Ms. Raymond’s work,” said ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray.
Ms. Raymond helped Amida Care develop NYS Medicaid compliant procedures after New York began to cover gender-affirming surgery as a benefit under Medicaid in 2015. She maintains close working relationships with Amida Care’s network of providers, from primary care and behavioral health to surgeons and post-surgery care providers. Ms. Raymond has been a registered nurse for 38 years and has delivered care all over the world, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique.
The transgender community is disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with transgender women 49 times more likely to be infected with HIV compared to the general population. Ensuring that members of the transgender community who are living with HIV have access to health care gives them the chance to become virally suppressed. This makes it possible for them to live longer, healthier lives and much less likely to transmit HIV to others, which is critical to New York State’s goal of Ending AIDS as an Epidemic by the year 2020.
Brisa Guajardo, Business Development Manager for Community Health Plan of Washington, was recognized as the winner of ACAP’s 2017 Making a Difference Award. For more information, visit ACAP’s website at http://www.communityplans.net.
Projects Abroad achieves goals set for urgent disaster relief efforts in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes
Press Release – NEW YORK – May 16, 2017 – The 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th 2015 is fixed in the memories of Nepalese people. The quake and subsequent aftershocks left devastation and a heavily scarred landscape in its wake. Everyone in Nepal was affected: vital infrastructure was destroyed, entire villages were flattened, and more than three million people were left homeless.
This level of destruction had an especially significant impact on Nepal’s children. In addition to the personal losses many suffered, the destruction and damage of schools and classrooms meant that children could not return to school, putting their education and futures in jeopardy. In the weeks following the earthquake, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad called for volunteers to support Nepal, and the Disaster Relief Project was launched in June 2015.
The primary goal of the Disaster Relief Project was to rebuild classrooms so that children could resume their education in a safe environment. Projects Abroad is extremely proud to announce that with the help of 500 volunteers from around the world, the organization achieved this goal within just 20 months.
“If we look at the numbers,” says Georgiana Poparad, Operations Manager in Nepal for Projects Abroad, “a total of 96 classrooms were built in the past twenty months. This means that our volunteers helped more than 2000 children continue their education in a place of safety. This is an incredible achievement and would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Projects Abroad volunteers. We were also able to extend our aid to more schools in the Kathmandu Valley thanks to our partnership with the Nepal Youth Foundation in mid-2016.”
In the wake of the earthquakes, the Projects Abroad Disaster Relief Project addressed immediate needs in Nepal. Now that the situation is no longer critical and the project has accomplished what Projects Abroad set out to do and benefitted thousands of children, it has been closed. As has been done in many other countries, Projects Abroad will now open a General Building Project in Nepal, which will continue the work of the Disaster Relief project, but will now focus on medium and long-term goals to support education in Nepal.
The work done on this project is important and will focus on assisting children whose education remains adversely affected by the earthquakes. “Without the assistance of Projects Abroad volunteers and staff, it will be years – possibly even decades – before all schools affected by the earthquake are rebuilt,” says Poparad. “Projects Abroad has worked in Nepal for years, and our projects have always addressed the needs of local communities and implemented vital support structures. Our new project will do the same and we will continue to support the people of Nepal in any way we can.”
Volunteers participating in the General Building Project in Nepal get involved with all aspects of construction, from digging foundations to plastering and painting. No previous experience is required as volunteers work under the supervision of an engineer, sub-engineer and a mason. The project is available year-round. For more information, please visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/building/general-building-projects/volunteer-nepal/.
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.
For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.
Swell Portfolios Directly Address Some of Today’s Most Pressing Global Challenges
Press Release – NEWPORT BEACH, CA — May 16, 2017 — Swell, an impact investing platform that aims to deliver profit as well as purpose, launches today. With a minimum investment of just $500, Swell provides consumers the opportunity to invest in six portfolios focused on a positive future: Green Technology, Renewable Energy, Zero Waste, Clean Water, Healthy Living and Disease Eradication.
Built on the belief that today’s biggest challenges will result in tomorrow’s leading industries, Swell identifies high-impact, high-potential companies that are working toward innovative solutions to these challenges through in-depth research typically not available to everyday investors. Swell designed its purpose-driven profit model and intuitive user experience based on the insight that consumers want to invest consciously but aren’t willing to sacrifice returns.
“At Swell, we believe performance is about more than just profit,” says CEO Dave Fanger. “Swell is on a mission to ensure that every person can have an impact while also investing in their financial future. We’re proud to offer people a way to invest in progress, beginning today.”
Swell provides institutional level investment expertise for its investors
When building the portfolios, the dedicated impact analysis team first applies Swell’s proprietary Engaged Impact Criteria™, which is unapologetically selective. The criteria screens for impact in a number of ways including a company’s MSCI ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) rating and its alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Swell also requires that each company derives revenue from its associated impact theme, an indicator that it is actively contributing to progress.
Then, Swell’s portfolio management team looks at the company’s fundamentals to determine what percentage, if any, will be included in its portfolios to optimize the risk-return profile. Only when a company meets all of these criteria will it be considered for a Swell portfolio.
The result is Swell’s six thematic portfolios with purpose, all of which represent baskets of mainly small- and mid-cap companies that Swell believes are poised for high growth based on global social and environmental trends.
Swell is a venture startup incubated by Pacific Life, a company with nearly 150 years of experience in financial services. In 2015, Swell tapped global design firm IDEO to serve as creative partner and help evolve the company. In 2016, Swell hired Carbon Five as its software development partner.
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Swell, an impact investing platform that aims to deliver profit as well as purpose, was built on the belief that today’s biggest challenges will result in tomorrow’s leading industries. It identifies high-impact, high-potential companies that are focused on a positive future, making the information and investment opportunity widely available. Swell is an SEC registered investment adviser incubated by Pacific Life, a company that has nearly 150 years of experience in financial services. Learn more at www.swellinvesting.com, facebook.com/swellinvesting, twitter.com/swellinvesting, instagram.com/swellinvesting, linkedin.com/company/swellinvesting, blog.swellinvesting.com.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Actress Brec Bassinger will release an exclusive shoe design with women’s fashion footwear company, GuiltySoles, in which a portion of sales will be donated to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Nickelodeon star was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 8, and serves as a celebrity ambassador for JDRF and the T1D community.
Brec expresses, “I am so excited to be collaborating with GuiltySoles. As a National Ambassador of JDRF and with fashion being one of my passions, I was quick to jump on this opportunity. I have had type 1 diabetes for 9 years, and have been attending JDRF walks since I was first diagnosed. JDRF has not only improved the lives of people with diabetes, but has allowed us to have a supportive community.”
From start to finish, Brec will be hands-on in designing and developing her shoe, which she hopes her fans will love and appreciate. The teen star has an immense amount of passion and excitement surrounding the partnership and both GuiltySoles and JDRF are overjoyed to work with her.
“We’re honored to partner with Brec on her personal shoe design, to not only raise awareness, but contribute to the fight against type 1 diabetes. With Brec’s sense of style and commitment to JDRF, this collaboration was the perfect mix of fashion and philanthropy.” said Elaine Gaydosh, President of GuiltySoles.
“JDRF is excited and grateful to Brec and GuiltySoles for their support in JDRF’s mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications,” said Derek Rapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. “Their collaborative support and generosity will have a lasting impact on millions of people in the T1D community and move us closer to our goal to creating a world without the disease. I am inspired to see Brec and GuiltySoles using their talents and passion to make something so meaningful happen.”
Brec’s shoe will be sold exclusively at GuiltySoles.com and offered in two unique colorways: red and royal blue. Her specific style will be dubbed the “BREC” shoe and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m OBSESSED with shoes,” said Brec. “Naturally, it has been a blast getting to design a pair with GuiltySoles. I knew I wanted them to be strappy and colorful. I wanted to make sure I chose colors that I felt represented JDRF and the type 1 community. True blue was easy; that is the color for JDRF. I chose red as well to represent how people with T1D check their blood sugar every single day. As of now there is no cure, but thanks to JDRF and all their progress, I’m confident the cure is on the way. I’m thankful for everyone’s support and I hope everyone enjoys the shoes as much as I do.”
Photo credit: Darren Hidalgo
GuiltySoles is a women’s footwear brand, who successfully set a new quality standard in affordable footwear. GuiltySoles is the direct manufacturer of their product giving the leading edge on up-and-coming trends, faster production time, and higher quality at lower prices. With this advantage, they stand by their belief that women should never feel guilty about doing one of their favorite things – buying shoes! Check out all of the buzz on www.guiltysoles.com.
ABOUT BREC BASSINGER.
Brec Bassinger is an American actress, best known for her role as Bella Dawson on the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs and the TV movie ‘Liar Liar Vampire’. She’s also a recurring guest star on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ and Nick’s ‘School of Rock’. She just guest starred on CBS’s ‘Code Black’ and can be seen in the upcoming feature ‘Status Update’.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF
Press Release – Berkeley, Calif. – Seva Foundation has been awarded two grants from Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing is Believing Initiative. The grants, totaling $1.5 million, will be distributed over the next three years.
Seva provides vital sight services to nearly one million people annually in more than 20 countries. In 2016 alone, Seva provided more than 60,000 sight-saving cataract procedures in low-income communities, at a cost of about $50 per eye. The funds provided through the Seeing is Believing Initiative will support Seva’s work in India and Cambodia.
Approximately 285 million people around the world are blind or suffer from visual impairment; most live in developing countries. In eight out of ten cases, blindness and low vision can be prevented or treated with proven, cost-effective interventions.
“Rooted in the principle of turning compassion into action, Seva is committed to working with individuals and communities around the world to expand self-reliance by increasing local medical capacity,” said Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Seva Medical Director.
Working toward a vision of a world that is free of avoidable blindness, Seva partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight. Restoring sight does more than help a person see again: it restores dignity and independence to mothers and fathers eager to earn enough money to keep their children in school, food on the table and a roof over their heads. For children at risk of visual impairment, it allows them to remain in school and learn essential skills for long-term economic prosperity.
While celebrating the Bank’s 150-year anniversary in 2003, Standard Chartered employees were asked to identify a charity initiative for the Bank to support. Standard Chartered employees overwhelmingly voted to raise funds to support blindness prevention programs. Seeing is Believing was born.
“Partnering with the Seva Foundation on fighting avoidable blindness has been a natural fit,” said Carmen Choy, Director of Seeing is Believing at Standard Chartered Bank. “In working with Seva, we aspire to enhance sustainable and affordable eye care in India and Cambodia.”
In Cambodia, Seeing is Believing funds will support efforts by Seva and partners to increase the number of sight-saving cataract surgeries. The funds will also help to grow the community eye health outreach programs that provide examinations and glasses to people in need. The grant will support nine eye camps in rural areas that will provide screenings, surgeries and medical treatment to nearly 100,000 people. Work done through this project will increase access to eye care for women and girls, who account for two-thirds of people who suffer from reversible blindness worldwide.
In India, Seva will use this grant to scale up comprehensive quality eye care services through a focus on capacity building. Currently, India has the highest population of people who are blind in the world—a staggering 12 million people. Over 60% are blind from cataract.
“In collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and leading international eye health organizations, we have reached millions of people through medical intervention, examinations, health education and training,” noted Choy. “We welcome Seva Foundation to the Seeing is Believing family.”
Seva and six local partners will work with 50 eye hospitals across India to increase the number of sight-restoring surgeries by 50% over the next three years. Most of these hospitals serve low-resource communities that have a profound need for eye care services. These 50 hospitals have the potential to serve almost 100 million people.
“Seva deeply appreciates the commitment of Standard Chartered Bank employees to reducing avoidable blindness through this initiative,” added Tenzing. “Together we are addressing the needless suffering caused by visual impairment right now, while developing long-term, permanent solutions to this major public health problem.”
The Seva Foundation was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians and compassionate individuals, all dedicated helping others through the prevention of blindness. In the past 38 years, Seva has restored eyesight for 4 million people with programs reaching many of the poorest communities in the world.
Penn Study finds therapy does not make relapse less likely
Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – Patients with double hit lymphoma (DHL) who undergo autologous stem-cell transplantation (autoSCT) after achieving remission are not more likely to remain in remission or live longer than patients who do not undergo autoSCT, according to a new analysis from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at long term outcomes for patients who achieved remission and, in most cases, found no clear benefit to the transplant, except potentially in patients who received standard front-line chemotherapy, who were less likely to remain in remission than those patients receiving intensive front-line chemotherapy. The findings are published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
DHL is a form of aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma characterized by genetic alterations that drive the lymphoma’s growth. This variant is associated with a poor prognosis as compared to other forms of aggressive B cell lymphomas, as patients with this disease survive only an average of two years after diagnosis. Relapses of this disease are almost always fatal, meaning that keeping patients in remission is crucial.
“A major dilemma for oncologists who treat this disease was whether or not to recommend the potentially harmful therapy of autoSCT to patients with this disease a strategy to help keep them in remission,” said Daniel J. Landsburg, MD, an assistant professor of Hematology Oncology at Penn and the study’s lead author.
Landsburg and his team looked at data on 159 patients from 19 different academic medical centers across the United States. Patients were diagnosed between 2006 and 2015, and all achieved remission following intensive front-line chemotherapy or the standard chemotherapy regimen containing rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP). Of the total patients, 62 underwent an autoSCT, while 97 did not. Landsburg noted that there were no significant differences between the patient groups at baseline.
“Our result is not explained by differences in patients’ overall health or disease features,” Landsburg said. “The transplant and non-transplant arms of this study were very well-matched.”
Overall, 80 percent of the patients were still in remission three years later, and 87 percent were still alive. When researchers broke the patients into two groups, autoSCT and no autoSCT, they found 89 percent of autoSCT patients were still in remission at three years, as were 75 percent of patients who did not receive an autoSCT. Also at three years, 91 percent of autoSCT patients were still alive, compared to 85 percent of non-autoSCT patients. None of these differences were found to be statistically significant.
“Once these patients achieve remission, the data show they are likely to stay in remission,” Landsburg said. “In the absence of a large randomized controlled trial, which would be very challenging to carry out in this case, this is the best evidence we have, and it shows there’s no clear benefit to these patients undergoing autoSCT.”
Landsburg did point to one exception in the data, and that was in patients who underwent RCHOP, the standard front-line chemotherapy regimen. Just 56 percent of them were still in remission at three years, far lower than patients who received the more intensive front-line therapies.
“Even if patients do go into remission with RCHOP, it appears to be less durable, so in these cases, going forward with autoSCT may still make sense,” Landsburg said.
Landsburg says the next step will be to study features of patients who don’t go into remission in order to understand why their disease is resistant to therapy and if that can be overcome with different treatment strategies. He says it’s also important to try to find more effective therapies for DHL patients who relapse.
Common, Peter Cramer, Rosetta Getty & Balthazar Getty, and Raymond Davis to be Honored at Annual Event Attracting Dozens of Hollywood Luminaries Including Halle Berry, Zendaya and Patricia Arquette
Press Release – Los Angeles (May 15, 2017) – This year the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball will bring together the community to raise funds and awareness for a proven solution that helps homeless and low-income individuals overcome barriers to employment. Celebrity attendees have already begun to confirm their attendance at the event, which will be held at a private estate in Mandeville Canyon on Saturday, June 3rd.
Each year, the Butterfly Ball honors remarkable men and women within the film, television and music industries for their creative excellence and philanthropic endeavors. The talented Honorees receiving this year’s Spirit of Chrysalis Award include Common (Actor, Musician, Activist, Producer), Peter Cramer (President of Production, Universal Pictures), Rosetta Getty (Designer and CEO), and Balthazar Getty (Actor, DJ, Producer, Artist). Chrysalis client Raymond Davis will be honored with the evening’s John Dillon Award. This year’s noteworthy Presenters will include Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, and Actress Zendaya.
This year, over 700 guests will gather for an unforgettable evening benefitting Chrysalis’ effort to help individuals out of poverty and homelessness by providing the tools necessary to gain employment.
“At Chrysalis, we believe that a steady job is a key step in a person’s transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to self-sufficiency, and that every one of our clients has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their past,” said Chrysalis President and CEO Mark Loranger. “Butterfly Ball provides us a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the success of those clients, while also recognizing those in our community who are committed to helping us change lives.”
At 6:00 p.m., the evening begins with a red carpet and outdoor cocktail reception hosted by Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony. Additionally, there will be a special musical performance by Common and a special live auction hosted by Chef Curtis Stone and his wife Lindsay Price. The event’s Philanthropic Partner is Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation.
Past Butterfly Ball Honorees, participants and performers include Queen Latifah, Seth MacFarlane, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Hudson, Max Greenfield, Robin Thicke, Mila Kunis, Russell Simmons, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Kristen Bell, Gavin Rossdale, and LL Cool J, to name a few. The event co-chairs include Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Rick Hess, Donna Langley, Josh Lieberman, and Richard Weitz.
For more information, visit www.changelives.org/butterfly.
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since 2002, the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball has raised over $13 million, which directly funds its programs and services. Over 4,000 people each year visit one of Chrysalis’ three centers in Los Angeles County, where they gain skills and rebuild their self-esteem. For further information, please visit www.changelives.org.
About Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation
Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation was established by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. (“Kayne Anderson”) to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that empower individuals to become more independent, productive contributors to society. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading alternative investment management first focused on niche investing in upstream oil and gas companies, energy infrastructure, specialized real estate, middle market credit, and grown private equity. Kayne Anderson’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where its knowledge and sourcing advantages enable it to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns. Kayne Anderson manages $26 billion in assets (as of 3/31/2017). For institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs more than 300 professionals in nine offices across the United States. www.kaynecapital.com.
Press Release – LIVONIA, MI, May 15, 2017—For the majority, when it comes to thinking about health and wellness and making a change for the better, diet and exercise come to mind. However, there is a third component to living a positive and healthy lifestyle, and it plays a bigger role than most people think, it’s sleep!
The National Sleep Foundation, an organization on a mission to improve health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy, hosts an annual, week-long event, Sleep Awareness Week, designed to help the public consider how sleep or lack thereof affects daily life and to reinforce the multitude of benefits reaped from consistent, healthy sleep.
It took place this year from Sunday, April 23rd- Saturday, April 29th and the theme was Sleep Better, Feel Better. Local nonprofit organization, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., spent the week hosting and taking part in events that promoted this campaign and making sleep a priority.
“National Sleep Awareness Week brings attention to the fact that proper sleep is vital to our nation and sleeplessness is a real public health concern,” says Nancy Maxwell, Executive Director, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. “With the support of our community and sponsors, Sweet Dreamzzz was able to impact over 275 children and their families with our sleep education program. Our sleep education intervention has the potential to change the sleep health of a child and ultimately the trajectory of their education.”
Not only was it National Sleep Awareness Week, but it was also National Volunteer Week. It started with Sweet Dreamzzz™ hosting a sleep kit packing event, where eight volunteers from HAP participated in packing 1,825 sleep kits over the course of two days for upcoming programs. A Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Kit contains a sleeping bag or blanket, night shirt, toothbrush, toothpaste and reading book and is handed out to elementary-aged children following the completion of a R.E.M. (Rest.Educate.Motivate.) Sleep Education Program.
“As adults we don’t always consider the importance of sleep, but for children it is even more important that they get the time they need to recover, rebuild, and refresh so that they’re ready for the next day,” said Tom Spring, director of wellness for HAP. “HAP is supportive of any group that spurs wellness and well-being initiatives for children and adults, especially a misunderstood wellness piece like sleep.”
Sweet Dreamzzz continued to spread healthy Zzz’s throughout the week by hosting a R.E.M. sleep program at Garfield Elementary School in Livonia. This program served 275 K-4 students and was sponsored by Whole Foods who donated over $10,000 as part of their Community Day Initiative. The Livonia Lions Club also played an integral role in this program by volunteering to pack sleep kits, set-up the program and distribute the sleep kits to the students on program day. Additionally, TWO MEN and A TRUCK of Wixom, delivered the sleeping bags, blankets and sleep kits to the school. Blanketed With Love donated all of the blankets.
“We have too many students coming to school sleepy, not able to focus, and who exhibit poor behaviors. When I heard of Sweet Dreamzzz, I thought it would be a proactive way to address this issue,” said Paula Kohler, Principal, Garfield Elementary. “I hope that our students learned that establishing positive sleep habits is something they can have control over. The message they heard, coupled with the sleep kits they received will allow them some control and responsibility over getting a good night’s sleep.”
Founded in 1998, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to improving children’s health, well-being, and academic performance by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials to economically disadvantaged students and their families. Based in Livonia, MI, Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the benefits of healthy sleep and establishing a bedtime routine using innovative programs including its R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program, Parent Sleep Education Workshop, and Early Childhood Sleep Education Program. Since its founding, Sweet Dreamzzz has served more than 55,000 at-risk children and families. For more information, please visit www.SweetDreamzzz.org.
Press Release – (May 15, 2017) – California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush as interim president of San Diego State University (SDSU). Roush will begin in her position on July 1, 2017, and serve in that capacity until a new president, selected by the CSU Board of Trustees, arrives in early summer 2018.
White visited SDSU in late March to listen to campus, faculty, student and community leaders about the skills and experiences they prioritized for the interim appointee. The feedback was instrumental in guiding the selection of Roush for the interim appointment.
“I am delighted that Sally Roush has accepted my invitation to provide leadership, as she possesses the key attributes identified during my recent visit,” said White. “During a long and distinguished career of serving SDSU, including 19 years as a senior vice president, Sally always demonstrated passion and dedication for the university mission. She brings deep understanding of the academic excellence and administrative functions of the university, and I have full confidence in her ability to promote the standard of excellence SDSU has achieved under President Hirshman.”
“My time at SDSU was the highlight of my professional career,” said Roush. “I am excited to re-engage with faculty, staff, students and all members of the campus community as we work together to serve the San Diego and Imperial Valley Region.”
Adam Day, vice chair of the CSU Board of Trustees who will also lead the search for the next campus president on behalf of the trustees, applauded her appointment.
“Sally Roush has all the requisite skills, knowledge, experience and SDSU values to guide the university during the opportunities and challenges of the interim period. I couldn’t be more pleased about her selection,” said Day.
Long-time members of the SDSU campus community will be familiar with Roush who served in various capacities at the university for 31 years. Roush initially joined SDSU in 1982 as director of personnel services and held that position until 1994 when she was promoted to the position of senior vice president for business and financial affairs.
In that role, Roush had oversight over the university’s budget and financial operations, intercollegiate athletics, real estate management and development, human resources, public safety and information technology, among other areas. She served as senior vice president until her retirement from the university in 2013. Roush also led the steering committee for SDSU’s strategic plan “Building on Excellence” which will be in its final year when Roush assumes the interim role.
After retiring from SDSU, Roush was tapped to serve as interim vice chancellor/chief financial officer for the CSU Office of the Chancellor from January through April 2014. Roush has also served as a special consultant at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sonoma State campuses.
She has remained an active part of the campus community, including advising on issues such as physical enhancements of the campus.
In March, SDSU’s current president, Elliot Hirshman, announced that after six years he would be leaving the university on July 1 after accepting the position of president at Stevenson University in Maryland.