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Klick Releases Holiday Single ‘You Make Winter Warm’ with Andrew Huang in Support of Operation Warm and Children in Need

Company donating funds per download to buy up to 500 new winter coats for children living below the poverty line; video stars Huang, hundreds of Klicksters, and a vinyl record that unleashes a flurry of snowflakes, animation, and holiday magic

Press Release – TORONTO, ON/NEW YORK, NY – December 6, 2017 – Baby, it’s cold outside. That’s why Klick Inc. today announced its support of Operation Warm to mark the release of its first holiday single ‘You Make Winter Warm’ composed by Andrew Huang, an acclaimed YouTube music and video producer with over 1.1 million subscribers.

The company will donate a dollar for each of the first 10,000 downloads of the song to the non-profit organization – providing up to 500 brand new winter coats for children living in families in North America with incomes below the poverty line. The #MakeWinterWarm song can be downloaded for free at klick.com/holiday.

“We’re proud to support Operation Warm and help protect children from the winter cold,” said Klick CEO Leerom Segal. “We’re also thrilled to be continuing our long legacy of producing memorable holiday videos that show what Klick is all about. ‘You Make Winter Warm’ is extra special because it marks our second collaboration with the incredibly talented Andrew Huang and the debut of our first original song.”

‘You Make Winter Warm’ delivers a high-energy sound with rich vocals, nostalgic lyrics, and a catchy, (mistle)toe-tapping instrumental track. The song is influenced by vintage jazz standards and a touch of Motown – all remixed into a new, modern-retro holiday classic.

Video: Captivating effects inspired by Jain, Baby Driver and Ocean’s Thirteen

“It’s been great working with the team at Klick again and delivering on an even more dynamic and fun vision this year,” said Huang, who also produced the Klick Epic Office Holiday Remix video in 2014. “We wove together many different musical influences and wild visual effects to inspire people to smile and share with their friends and family over the holidays!”

The upbeat, full-length music video captures the spirit of the song with an entertaining storyline and distinctive cinematic style – drawing inspiration from captivating digital effects in popular movies, such as Baby Driver and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as French musician Jain’s videos.

Filmed in the company’s Toronto and New York offices, the video features Huang and hundreds of Klicksters.

Vinyl gets a starring role

The video also gives vinyl a starring role, highlighting the current revival of vinyl records in the modern digital music world. It starts with a mischievous, Santa-capped Huang delivering what appears to be an ordinary vinyl record album to Segal’s office. When Segal plays the single on his turntable however, it unleashes a flurry of snowflakes, animation, and holiday magic. Among the many enchanted scenes:

  • A team of Klicksters spin in their swivel desk chairs in sync with the volume dial; when the record gets stuck in a loop, magically so do their swivels.
  • An unsuspecting Creative Director shakes a snow globe and snowflakes start falling around him in the boardroom.
  • The company’s beer taps start dispensing ‘Candy Cane Crush,’ eggnog, and milk and cookies.
  • Photos of Klicksters on the front of holiday cards come to life in full animation as they toboggan and throw snowballs.

Klick holiday campaigns have become cultural hallmarks for the company. Known for its award-winning, people-centric workplace, its annual holiday videos have been featured on CBS News, CNN, Comedy Central, Entertainment Tonight, and various media outlets around the world. Klick’s 2017 holiday video can be viewed on YouTube. The song is also available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

Credits

Music: Composed and produced by Andrew Huang; co-produced by Glenn Zujew
Lyrics: Andrew Huang
Vocals: Dusty Lima
Video: Directed by Andrew Huang, Philip Bowser & Glenn Zujew

About Operation Warm

Since 1998, Operation Warm has inspired hope and empowered communities by manufacturing and distributing high-quality, new winter coats to over two million children in need throughout North America. The nonprofit works with organizations at a community-level, assisting local advocates to help children receive coats in their own backyard. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is warm, feels valued, and is empowered to get to school and gain an education. To learn more or start your own community coat program, visit http://www.operationwarm.org.

About Klick Inc.

Klick operates with a fiercely independent spirit at the intersection of technology, creativity, and strategy. The Klick family is a diverse group of people who are driven and connected by a shared culture and commitment to the relentless pursuit of awesome at Klick Health, Klick Learning Solutions (KLS), and Sensei Labs.

Established in 1997, Klick has teams in Atlanta, Connecticut, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Toronto. Klick has consistently been named a Great Place to Work, Best Workplace for Women, Best Employer, Fastest Growing Technology Company, and Best Managed Company. Klick’s co-founders wrote New York Times Bestseller The Decoded Company (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014), the first book about big data in the workplace. For more information on joining Klick, go to http://careers.klick.com.


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Novozymes And Grundfos Kick Off Collaboration For Clean Water

Biology and pump technology are combined, when the two leading global players enter an open innovation collaboration to find new solutions to the world’s water challenges.

Press Release – COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 4, 2017 – When you combine biotech with cutting-edge water technology, you might find new solutions to some of the most pressing global issues concerning water scarcity. Thereby, you can make a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, aiming at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

This is the scope, when the world’s leading expert in enzymes and microorganisms, Novozymes, and Grundfos, the global leader in advanced pump technologies, enter an open innovation collaboration.

The partnership takes place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes in September 2017 where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

“This is a great opportunity. Partnering with Grundfos opens new possibilities for Novozymes, the HelloScience platform and its users. Until now, we have been able to connect the startups and academics, who are part of this network, with our knowledge about enzymes and microorganisms, and allowing them to use samples in their work, but now we can also connect them with Grundfos’ expertise in water treatment,” says Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior Vice President, Research & Technology at Novozymes.

The two companies embark on their innovation voyage today. Four specific challenges will be posted online, allowing all in the HelloScience community to pitch their ideas on how to secure clean water for more people – and receive sparring, input and assistance from both Novozymes and Grundfos. The two companies seek solutions to remove polluting chemicals from water and improve cleaning of wastewater. That includes better filtering, less sludge, and recovery of phosphate, a precious nutrient, from wastewater.

“This is an excellent chance to see what we can do in combination with Novozymes. Adding biotechnology to what we can do in for instance digital dosing might very well open brand-new possibilities for e.g. water treatment. And while we strengthen our connection with Novozymes, we also get an opportunity to review fresh takes on the water challenges from all over the world. We need new partnerships to solve these great challenges, and this is another step down that road,” says Lars Enevoldsen, Group Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Grundfos.

You can browse HelloScience and take a closer look at the challenges here: https://helloscience.io/


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Citi Foundation And Living Cities Announce Findings From City Accelerator Infrastructure Finance Initiative In Four Major American Cities

“RESILIENCE, EQUITY AND INNOVATION” SERVES AS THE NEW PLAYBOOK FOR CITIES TO DELIVER ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Press Release – November 29, 2017 – Today, Living Cities and the Citi Foundation released “Resilience, Equity and Innovation,” a new guide for cities looking to deliver on critical infrastructure projects. Built on the experiences of four major Ampuerican cities, the guide shares best practices to build comprehensive and resilient financial strategies that rely on diverse revenue sources, make use of flexible and innovative financing and transfer key long-term risks to the private sector.

“Officials at all levels of government face very real obstacles to taking on the challenges that have the greatest impact on residents’ health, social and economic futures,” said President and CEO of Living Cities Ben Hecht. “This report highlights real-world solutions and new ways of thinking about capital that can be employed by cities across the country. These four cities are leading the way to create stronger, more equitable communities.”

Over the course of the 18-month initiative, cross-disciplinary teams from the four cities applied learnings about innovative revenue sources, creative financial tools and supportable funding models to advance a set of innovative projects.

  • Washington, D.C. formalized its Public-Private-Partnership (P3) project selection process
  • Pittsburgh fundamentally shifted how it prioritizes its efforts to rehab its more than 800 pedestrian staircases
  • Saint Paul determined funding mechanisms for green infrastructure at its Ford Field redevelopment site
  • San Francisco developed a plan for maintaining its seawall- a large-scale, critical infrastructure project that is invisible to most San Franciscans

“These cities are raising the bar by dedicating the time and teams to work towards closing gaps in infrastructure finance in order to better serve residents and create economic opportunities,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “Their leadership and learnings from the City Accelerator will inform new approaches to meet the growing demands of infrastructure improvements in the U.S.”

The City Accelerator teams came together four times to learn from each other’s experiences, hear from leading infrastructure finance and government innovation experts and visit major ongoing infrastructure projects across the United States. Many common themes have surfaced, such as the use of delivery strategies like pay-for-success bonding, P3s and Energy Savings Agreements (ESAs) to help ensure projects deliver long-term performance and services, not just bricks and mortar.

This is the third group of cities to take part in the City Accelerator program, an initiative led by Living Cities and supported by the Citi Foundation to accelerate the adoption of innovations within and across local government. Previous areas of focus included embedding innovation in government and engaging harder to reach residents. The City Accelerator also recently launched a new effort on equitable procurement.

The guide includes detailed explanation of modern financing options, as well as a framework for evaluating the tools, models and revenue sources that can be used by different types of infrastructure needs – from public staircases to city streetlights. It was written by Jennifer Mayer, an infrastructure finance expert who led the cities through the effort, and can be found at www.governing.com/cityaccelerator.

About Living Cities

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of 18 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to develop and scale new approaches for creating opportunities for low-income people and improving the cities where they live. Its investments, research, networks, and convenings catalyze fresh thinking and combine support for innovative, local approaches with real-time sharing of learning to accelerate adoption in more places. Additional information can be found at www.livingcities.org.

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress and improve the lives of people in low-income communities around the world. We invest in efforts that increase financial inclusion, catalyze job opportunities for youth, and reimagine approaches to building economically vibrant cities. The Citi Foundation’s “More than Philanthropy” approach leverages the enormous expertise of Citi and its people to fulfill our mission and drive thought leadership and innovation. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.


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Chick-fil-A Foundation Awards $1.23 Million Through the 2018 True Inspiration Awards

Atlanta-based Path Project is named S. Truett Cathy Honoree

Press Release – ATLANTA (November 29, 2017) – The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is honored to announce the recipients of the organization’s 2018 True Inspiration Awards. The 23 deserving not-for-profits, which represent 13 states throughout the country, are receiving a combined $1.23 million in grants to further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children. The fourth annual Chick-fil-A Foundation’s True Inspiration Awards honor local organizations across the country who are working hard to make a lasting difference in the lives of children and youth in their communities.

The Path Project, a local education-focused initiative has been named this year’s S. Truett Cathy Honoree. The S. Truett Cathy Honoree is awarded a $100,000 grant, and it recognizes an organization that embodies the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Chick-fil-A’s late founder. Founded by husband and wife Jim and Melinda Hollandsworth, the Path Project empowers children growing up in mobile home parks to find their path to high school graduation and beyond. The Path Project operates community centers, involving parents, schools, churches, park owners and local businesses in their mission.

Now in its fourth year, the True Inspiration Awards were created to carry on S. Truett Cathy’s legacy of generosity, community service, and dedication to inspiring children to become future leaders. The grants range from $20,000 to $100,000. Organizations can either apply for an award directly or receive a nomination from a local Chick-fil-A restaurant franchisee based on the group’s local work.

In addition to Path Project, the other 22 winning organizations range from The Lake Avenue Foundation in Pasadena, California, to New City Kids, Inc. in Jersey City, New Jersey, spanning 13 states and 16 cities.

“These organizations are changing lives in communities across the U.S., but don’t always get the recognition they need and deserve,” says Rodney Bullard, vice president of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc., and executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “Through the True Inspiration Awards, we seek to reach community organizations and help them extend their impact. The Chick-fil-A Foundation exists to help every child reach their full potential, and that’s exactly what these organizations are working to do.”

The True Inspiration Awards are one way the Chick-fil-A Foundation is fulfilling its mission to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A. The Chick-fil-A Foundation will award the 23 winning organizations at the fourth annual True Inspiration Awards celebration in Atlanta next spring. The True Inspiration Awards are the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s central grant-giving platform. The Foundation reviews and distributes additional grant requests on a quarterly basis.

To learn more about the True Inspiration Awards and view a complete list of recipients, visit http://www.chick-fil-afoundation.org/true-inspiration-awards.

About the Chick-fil-A® Foundation

The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is the corporate foundation of Chick-fil-A, Inc. A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation’s purpose is to lead the company’s commitment to support youth and education in Chick-fil-A’s local communities. The Foundation’s work is focused on developing and educating young people so they can build a positive legacy and become all they were created to be. For more information, visit www.chick-fil-afoundation.org

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2017, Chick-fil-A received the top score among fast food brands and one of the top 10 scores overall for customer experience in the Temkin Experience Ratings survey, and the company’s internship program was ranked #13 in career website WayUp’s survey of the top 100 best summer internships. In 2016, Chick-fil-A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service,” named the “the most polite restaurant in the country” in QSR Magazine’s annual drive-thru report and was the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.


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This Bar Saves Lives Partners With Vitamin Angels To Impact Over 120,000 Lives

Company partners with nonprofit to fight malnutrition holistically

Press Release – CULVER CITY, CA – This Bar Saves Lives announced their partnership today with Vitamin Angels, a 501c3 humanitarian organization that supplies lifesaving vitamins to mothers, and children under the age of five. Through their strategic partnerships, This Bar Saves Lives provides resources and essential nutrition to those in need. The Vitamin Angels partnership adds another measure to This Bar Saves Lives’ holistic approach to fighting malnutrition around the world.

Vitamin Angels addresses the problem of malnutrition from the very start. Not only does the organization provide children with vitamin A and deworming tablets, they also give mothers prenatal vitamins that deliver nutritional support during the critical window of a child’s development. This Bar Saves Lives and Vitamin Angels aim to give every child the opportunity to thrive by providing nutrition that promotes proper brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system.

This Bar Saves Lives has already provided enough vitamins to impact the lives of 128,000 children through the sales of their snack bars. “We partner with the most effective and well-respected humanitarian organizations in the world to provide the best possible aid to areas that need it most” says co-founder Todd Grinnell. “We’re so proud to work with Vitamin Angels to reach even more children in need.”

Malnutrition can prevent children from reaching their full mental and physical potential. Because this strains the economic productivity of developing countries, it is crucial to invest in nutrition. According to the World Bank, there is up to a thirty dollar return on investment for every dollar a country spends on nutrition.

Access to nutritious foods and basic health services is limited around the world, even in developed countries like the United States. Vitamin Angels operates internationally, and domestically through food banks, clinics and pregnancy resource centers. By partnering with reputable and non-disruptive organizations such as Vitamin Angels, This Bar Saves Lives continues to broaden its global impact.


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United Site Services Inc. Donates To Hire Heroes USA through Employee Driven Campaign

Company associates team-up to support the veteran service organization

Press Release – WESTBOROUGH, MA—NOVEMBER 17, 2017—United Site Services Inc. (USS), the nation’s leading provider of portable restrooms services, temporary fence rentals, luxury trailers and shower trailers, roll off dumpsters and other site services announced today that the company is donating $10,000.00 to the national nonprofit organization, Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes USA provides free employment services to thousands of transitioning U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses every year. It recently earned Charity Navigator’s highest possible 4-star rating for a third consecutive year.

The company launched an employee driven fundraiser in October 2017 “challenging” associates to send a short video clip of a fun and family-friendly turkey impersonation in return for a donation to Hire Heroes USA. For every employee that participated a donation was made to the veteran services organization. Driven by strong employee engagement, United Site Services will be making the final donation of $10,000.

United Site Services is also focused on community engagement via its #USSGivesBack program. Through this program, the company supports community organizations promoting youth sports, theater groups, and organizing food and toy drives throughout the United Sites. The company has deep roots in local communities it serves with its employees living and working in those communities. United Site Services’ decision to partner with Hire Heroes USA is coupled with the company’s commitment to hiring veterans and honor their commitments to our country. This initiative is a way to raise awareness of Hire Heroes USA and link the two organizations for future collaborations.

“Employee engagement is always a focus for USS; we like to challenge our employees to think of others, especially during this time of year,” commented Ron Carapezzi, Chief Executive Officer of United Site Services. “We are honored to give to an organization that helps our service men and women is such a powerful way. We are also humbled by the response of our people. Our employees really made this something fun and memorable.”

“This donation, based on the efforts of United Site Services’ employees, is both welcome and timely, since it comes as we salute the veterans of our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Christopher Plamp, Interim CEO of Hire Heroes USA, and a retired Air Force Colonel. “This donation will enable us to provide free career services to increasing numbers of clients. We recently passed 20,000 lifetime hires as an organization and each success drives us toward continued growth and new innovation to help even more veterans and military spouses.”

For more information on United Site Services, visit: https://www.unitedsiteservices.com/

For more information on the Hire Heroes USA, visit: https://www.hireheroesusa.org

To see the video of the United Site Services employee challenge, visit: https://www.unitedsiteservices.com/blog/happy-thanksgiving/.


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LUX LED Lighting Partners With Unite to Light for Upcoming Holiday Season

LED lighting manufacturer teams up with organization for holiday giving campaign

Press Release – SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — California-based lighting manufacturer LUX LED Lighting is excited to announce its partnership with nonprofit Unite to Light to give light to those in need this holiday season.

Unite To Light provides portable, solar-powered lamps to communities without electricity. Whether from disaster, lack of infrastructure, or inability to pay, the organization aims to bring light to those who would otherwise live in darkness.

For each LUX LED Lighting product sold this holiday season, the brand pledges to donate a solar lamp through their partnership with Unite to Light. Through this partnership, LUX LED Lighting hopes to establish a grassroots giving campaign that responds to both local and global community needs.

“1.2 billion people are currently without electricity, including many in our own backyard who have been affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires,” says Roger Edgar, CEO of LUX LED Lighting. “Our team was motivated by Unite to Light’s dedication to providing an effective solution to those living in darkness, and we are proud to contribute to that mission.”

The giving campaign will kick off on November 24, 2017 in conjunction with a 30% site-wide Black Friday discount that will be available on LUX LED Lighting’s website. The campaign will extend through December 26, 2017, providing ample opportunity for consumers to join the charitable mission. Products can be purchased by going to www.store.luxledlights.com.


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Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Launches Non-Profit Organization Kids On Track

501(c)(3) program to benefit children across the United States

Press Release – FORT PIERCE, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Hi-Tide Boat Lifts, the leading boat lift manufacturer in the industry, is excited to announce that it is creating opportunities through its Kids on Track program by becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Dedicated to lifting the spirits of children by providing them with unique access to Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires racing events in conjunction with the Verizon IndyCar Series, Kids on Track partners with other charitable groups across the nation that benefit children, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Youth Alliance, Hometown Heroes, and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Throughout 2017, Kids on Track worked with these charitable groups in cities where Mazda Road to Indy races were held to grant children free access to racing events, behind-the-scenes tours of racetracks, meet-and-greets with drivers and more. The non-profit’s objective is to inspire children and youth by exposing them to opportunities and people in a unique and personal way.

Prior to becoming a non-profit, Kids on Track was 100 percent funded by Hi-Tide Boat Lifts. The boat lift manufacturer elected to make Kids on Track a 501(c)(3) in an effort to expand the organization and inspire even more children.

“Since its start in 2015, Kids on Track has created opportunities of inspiration for more than 250 children throughout the nation,” said Craig Wood, owner of Hi-Tide Boat Lifts and founder of Kids on Track. “Now that we have become an official non-profit organization, we are looking forward to continuing to partner with Andersen Promotions and the Mazda Road to Indy to grow the program. In order to do that, we are laying the groundwork for the participation of other individuals and organizations.”

Kids on Track’s 2018 season will begin in March on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and will continue through the end of the year at each Mazda Road to Indy racing event (race schedule can be viewed here).

Additional information is available at hi-tide.com/kids-on-track.

About Hi-Tide Boat Lifts:

Hi-Tide Boat Lifts is a pioneer in the boat lift industry, as the first manufacturer to design a product of corrosion-resistant aluminum made specifically for the marine environment. As the leaders and innovators in the boat lift industry, the company also developed and patented a direct gear box, the Gear Drive, that is only available from Hi-Tide.

About Andersen Promotions:

Andersen Promotions has a long and successful background in promoting open-wheel championships and has also owned multiple race teams, including an Indy Lights team, in the past. The company relaunched the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2010, which it operated from 1992 through 2001. In December of 2012, Andersen Promotions founded the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to replace the void left by the Star Mazda Series which ceased operations after 22 years. On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Andersen Promotions would take over the licensing and operation of the Indy Lights Series from INDYCAR and now operates all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. For additional information, please visit www.indylights.com, www.promazda.com and www.usf2000.com.

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports:

Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company:

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the parent company of a global family of companies that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of innovative, great-performing tires that you can count on to last for thousands of miles, getting you where you need to go, and back again. Cooper is proud to be the spec tire for all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, a development program within the Verizon IndyCar Series. Cooper tires can also be seen on the track as a sponsor in the short course off-road TORC Series. Headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, Cooper, with its subsidiaries, has manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations in more than one dozen countries around the world. To connect with Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/teamcoopertire.


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Bridgestone Retail Operations Raises $3.8 Million For Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

Company’s Driving Great Futures initiative and promotion surpasses annual goal to donate $1.4 million this year

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 9, 2017)Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) today announced that it has surpassed its annual fundraising goal for Boys & Girls Clubs of America with an unprecedented $1.4 million year-to-date through its cause-marketing partnership, Driving Great Futures. In total, BSRO has donated $3.8 million as part of its three-year partnership, helping Boys & Girls Clubs of America provide a safe, productive place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school hours. The majority of the funds were raised with the help of customers who donated by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar for BGCA. There was also additional support from key vendor partners including Interstate Batteries, Shell, and ITW/QMI.

“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this promotion, especially our loyal customers for their generous support and our store teammates for leading the charge,” said Joe Venezia, President, BSRO. “A high-quality Club experience, combined with regular attendance, drives positive youth outcomes such as graduating on time, volunteering in the community, being physically active and abstaining from risky behaviors. Through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we can truly help to drive great futures in the local neighborhoods where we live, work and do business.”

“The Driving Great Futures partnership with BSRO is so valuable to Boys & Girls Clubs of America because the funds raised truly impact our Clubs and the lives of the children and teens we serve,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We appreciate all of the work Bridgestone Retail Operations has done to contribute to children and teens across the country.”

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, visitbgca.org. To find out more about BSRO, visit bsro.com.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:

Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.


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Rayovac Donates $175,000 to Starkey Hearing Foundation

Thousands who do not have access to hearing healthcare will receive life-changing hearing aids

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 8, 2017) – Today, Spectrum Brands, Inc.’s Rayovac battery division presented $175,000 to Starkey Hearing Foundation founder, Bill Austin. From Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017, Spectrum Brands committed to donate 25 cents of each sale of Rayovac hearing aid batteries to Starkey Hearing Foundation, which gives hearing aids and hearing healthcare services to people in need around the world.

Rayovac plays an important role in Starkey Hearing Foundation’s mission and vision – so the world may hear. For over 30 years, the foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients in over 100 countries, fitting people with custom hearing aids powered by donated Rayovac hearing aid batteries. The partnership powers Starkey Hearing Foundation’s aftercare program, where patients receive replacement Rayovac hearing aid batteries and additional care at no cost.

“We are thankful for companies like Rayovac who believe in our mission and help us deliver the gift of hearing one battery at a time,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Aftercare is a vital component of our WFA® Community-Based Hearing HealthCare model, which allows patients to receive ongoing services to repair their hearing aids and obtain new quality batteries. This would not be possible without Rayovac.”

“Partners like the Starkey Hearing Foundation help Rayovac deliver our hearing aid batteries to patients everywhere,” said Ann Rule, senior director of marketing at Spectrum Brands’ Rayovac. “Hearing is a gift, and together we make sure thousands of batteries get to patients who need them most.”

“Rayovac’s generous donation will help Starkey Hearing Foundation continue to change thousands of lives,” said Richard Brown, president and board chair for Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Together, we are bridging people, communities and countries worldwide.”

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity co-founded by William F. Austin and Tani Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. Starkey Hearing Foundation focuses on hearing health missions, hearing loss education and hearing aid recycling. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org

About Rayovac®

Rayovac is a brand of consumer products owned by Spectrum Brands Inc. Rayovac products lead the world in battery power and innovation. Backed by a long history of bringing the latest innovations to the marketplace, Rayovac offers a full range of high-performance batteries to meet the power needs of today’s consumers. From long-lasting alkaline batteries to mercury free, enhanced hearing aid batteries, Rayovac’s state-of-the-art products offer more power for the money. The company also manufactures a wide selection of high-quality flashlights. For more information, visit www.rayovac.com.


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