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The Love Project Launches A Social Movement Based On Love

Press Release – February 23, 2017 (New York, NY) – The Love Project, a new social activation campaign whose mission is to address the need for love in the world, and to amplify and inspire love, was unveiled today. With its untapped potential to unite, the campaign is based on the view that love is the foundation for a happier, more beautiful world.

The Love Project is an extension of Revlon’s Love is On campaign, which launched in 2014, and reflects the brand’s belief in the power of love and the diversity of beauty. ‎

This is the beginning of a social movement campaign that will continue through upcoming collaborations and calls-to-action to spread more love in the world. The campaign previews with a 30 second video, featuring “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, posted exclusively on the singer’s social channels. This video will be followed by a commercial spot directed by Brett Ratner and starring Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres, that will air during The 89th Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, February 26th. The commercial will initiate a call-to-action to help spread more love in the world, inviting anyone who is inspired by love to visit theloveproject2017.com and create custom, shareable content that symbolizes what love means to them with the hashtag #Lovein3Words.

Visitors will also be invited to support Born This Way Foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER, The Trevor Project and/or the Women’s Heart Alliance (the “WHA”), all founding not-for-profit partners of The Love Project.

“The Love Project is the beginning of a social movement which aims to inspire more love, acceptance and caring in the world,” said Carlos Barreto, Revlon Senior Vice President Marketing. “At the heart of this campaign is the belief that all people are beautiful and that love can create a better world.”

Revlon has committed one million dollars in combined charitable contributions to the following founding not-for-profit partners; WHA, which is dedicated to women’s heart health, to Born This Way Foundation, which is committed to building to a kinder and braver world by empowering young people, From One Hand to AnOther, which aims to provide at risk kids with educational tools and resources, and to the Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

In addition, to amplify the #LoveIn3Words message, Revlon has teamed with Amazon as the first-ever beauty company to do a shipping box takeover. Select Amazon fulfillment centers are shipping customer orders in Revlon-branded boxes featuring the #LoveIn3Words call-to-action for a limited time.

Consumers can join the Love Project movement by visiting theloveproject2017.com to create their custom #Lovein3Words to post on their social channels, make a donation or inspire others to join in and help spread the love. As the campaign unfolds, consumers will learn more ways in which they can choose love and inspire others to do the same.

About Revlon:

Revlon is a global cosmetics company regarded as an industry innovator and color expert. Revlon’s LOVE IS ON brand mission and CHOOSE LOVE campaign help empower and inspire women around the world to be proactive in choosing and celebrating love. Founded in 1932 with revolutionary opaque nail enamel, Revlon today offers consumers in 130 countries and territories a range of superior mass market color cosmetics for the face, eye and its heritage lip and nail. The Revlon portfolio includes Revlon ColorStay™, Revlon PhotoReady™, Super Lustrous™ and Ultra HD™.

About Born This Way Foundation:

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline. Learn more at: https://bornthisway.foundation

About From One Hand to AnOTHER

From One Hand To AnOTHER Inc. (FOHTA), is a 501C3 Not for Profit Organization that was established by Pharrell Williams in 2008 in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. FOHTA began its community outreach with a school supply giveaway, and over the last 9 years it has grown into a six-week summer camp program that reaches over 1,000 predominately at-risk and low-income students in grades two through eight. Our mission is “To change the world one kid at a time by providing them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential.” – Pharrell

FOHTA’s vision is to expand educational opportunities to empower our participants through fun, project- based learning; while inspiring curiosity and increasing their enthusiasm for learning. For more information, please visit FOHTA.org.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25, and provides a wealth of educational resources for youth-serving adults. For more information please visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

About The Women’s Heart Alliance:

The Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It’s a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center—and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. Learn more at www.womensheartalliance.org, and on Facebook @Womens Heart Alliance, Twitter @WHA and Instagram @womensheartalliance.

Citizen Schools Expands Focus on Applied Science with Support from Dell

Press Release – BOSTON, Mass — February 22, 2017 — Today Citizen Schools, a national leader in providing project-based apprenticeship learning for middle school students in high-need, public school districts, announced, with support from Dell, its plan to expand its focus on applied science apprenticeships for students across the country. Dell joins AmeriCorps, Biogen Foundation, Cisco and Fidelity as a National Leadership Partner, Citizen Schools’ lead corporate investors.

“We have apprenticeships in computer programming, engineering and solar car design that make learning interesting and relevant for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders in our schools and teach them about possible career paths in the technology and engineering sector” said Emily McCann, chief executive officer of Citizen Schools. “Now, with Dell’s contribution, we will create more opportunities for thousands of middle school students across the country to get excited about applied science.”

With Dell’s support, Citizen Schools’ will provide professional development to front line teaching staff as well as offer cutting edge technology for use in classrooms by students and teachers. As part of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan, the company has a long-standing commitment to supporting communities and youth learning. Dell’s Youth Learning initiatives directly impacted more than 415,000 underserved young people in 2016 by providing them access to technology and education.

Citizen Schools, which launched in Boston in 1996, takes a hands-on approach to STEM and applied science learning. Last year, Citizen Schools and its partners offered apprenticeships on topics such as: solar cars and solar power; coding and game design and; the science – and business – of aviation.

“Dell’s business strategy is guided by the idea that technology should support positive growth and change the world for the better,” said Jeremy Ford, Director of Giving, Dell, Inc. “Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program helps close the learning gap and offers the power to discover better possibilities. Through our support of programs like this one, we have the opportunity to prepare students to grow and thrive in this digital world.”

“Our model of project based learning with experts is an essential component of a well-rounded education. In addition to the hands-on exposure to science and engineering, our students develop mastery of critical 21st century skills, like collaboration, problem-solving, innovation and critical thinking,” said McCann.

Announcing Domino for Good

Press Release – Today we’re formally announcing Domino for Good, our program to help students and nonprofits use Domino for their data science work. For nonprofits, we’re providing the software either at no charge, or substantially discounted. For students, we’re providing the software and compute resources for free.

We’re doing this for several reasons. We’re helping nonprofits because we see the good work that many organizations are doing to make the world a better place, and we want to be a part of that. Thorn is using data science to protect children, the Audubon Society to protect the environment. Data for Democracy is creating opportunities for people to get involved with using data to serve the public good. These organizations benefit from a data science platform, and we all benefit from the work they are doing.

For students, we recognized that people trying to learn data science are often slowed down by things that don’t relate to their course work. This might be an underpowered computer, needing access to GPUs, or spending time managing environments and packages. We’ve talked to enough educators to know that these are real pain points. The world needs more data scientists, and education is already expensive enough.

It’s worth noting that this program represents a real investment from Domino. While the software is free, we are paying for the compute resources that underlie this program, including a large number of servers. We also provide product training and support.

We believe this effort is worth our money and our time because we have been able to benefit from the data science community in so many ways. People volunteer to speak at our pop-ups and write blog posts for us. More generally, the open source community has created fantastic tools like Jupyter notebooks and scikit learn. These tools make our product more useful to our customers.

Bed Bath & Beyond Founder Leonard Feinstein Donates $25M to Support Northwell Health Research

Press Release – MANHASSET, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2017 — Leonard and Susan Feinstein today announced a $25 million contribution to Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to further expand its research efforts in areas including clinical trials, neuroscience, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine.

The Feinstein Institute was renamed in the Feinsteins’ honor in 2005 after they provided an initial $25 million leadership gift. Their motivation to support Northwell’s research efforts stems from a major brain injury suffered by their son in an automobile accident 35 years ago, which occurred at a time when there were few long-term health care solutions that could handle his needs. “Life-saving techniques to keep you alive got so much better, but the deficits you were left with posed a significant challenge for those responsible for caring for you – or you were just put into a nursing home,” said Mr. Feinstein, co-founder and co-chairman of Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Feinsteins’ experience with their son sparked the beginning of their significant history of philanthropy dedicated to impacting the health care delivery system. The Feinsteins realized that research was the only real answer to yield treatments and cures that could alter the way medicine is practiced and delivered. Their early support in 2000 helped establish the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences. “We wanted to give where we thought we could make a difference – for a resource that wouldn’t exist unless we stepped in to help,” said Mr. Feinstein. “Dedicated neuroscience research had never been done at Northwell Health (then North Shore-LIJ Health System) on the scale we imagined, so we stepped in to make that happen eleven years ago.”

The Feinstein Institute is the worldwide leader in scientific knowledge of bioelectronic medicine – a new field of medicine that uses devices to treat disease and injury. Bioelectronic medicine represents the convergence of three well-established scientific fields: neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and bioengineering. The Feinstein Institute team, led by Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute, a neurosurgeon who pioneered the field, has been working in this area since 1998. The new gift from the Feinsteins brings to $275 million the overall commitment for bioelectronic medicine research thus far. This includes company investments and state grants in support of the underlying research for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases and injuries, including neurodegenerative diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, bleeding, diabetes and hypertension.

“The research taking place across all of Northwell Health – particularly bioelectronic medicine – can revolutionize the way medicine is practiced,” said Mr. Feinstein, who also is a member of the Feinstein Institute’s Board of Directors. “In this promising area of research, we are realizing useful applications and results now and within five to ten years, we will see cures for some of the most confounding human diseases in our lifetime. Not many research initiatives show that kind of promise.”

“Susan and Leonard Feinstein’s ongoing generosity is a testament to the advancements we have made in science, medicine and curing disease,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “Northwell established the research institute in 1999, and Leonard and Susan have been with us for each critical step as we’ve grown.”

“Leonard and Susan Feinstein’s unwavering support of our research programs over many, many years has been absolutely key to the founding of the Institute, the building of the Institute and now the launch of the Center of Bioelectronic Medicine,” said Dr. Tracey. “None of this would have happened without them.”

The Center for Bioelectronic Medicine, directed by Chad Bouton, is organized into three divisions – Molecular Targets, Neurophysiology and Neuroscience, and Neurotechnology and Analytics – each of which has several labs. The Center recently opened five new labs, one of which includes the only Class 100 clean room in Nassau County, LI.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient practices. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners — are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

About The Feinstein Institute

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the 3,500 researchers and staff of the Feinstein Institute are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit FeinsteinInstitute.org.

Kool Smiles Donates Dental Supplies to Hattiesburg Families Affected by Tornado

Press Release – HATTIESBURG, MS (February 16, 2017) – Staff from Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care for local children and families, delivered more than 500 toothbrushes to families impacted by a recent tornado that swept through the town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the surrounding area.

Working with Sen. Juan Barnett and Rep. Toby Barker, Kool Smiles staff reacted quickly and organized a donation of toothbrushes and dental supplies to those affected by the crisis.

“The residents of the Pine Belt area recently had a devastating tornado that upended our way of life,” said State Senator Juan Barnett, whose district includes Hattiesburg. “It’s the little things – like a toothbrush – that will help us take steps back toward normal. Thank you Kool Smiles for being concerned about your community.”

“Our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible tragedy,” said Dr. Brad Bryan, Managing Dental Director. “Kool Smiles works hard every day to be a resource to this community and we’re committed to supporting the people of Hattiesburg in their time of need.”

To learn more about Kool Smiles’ community outreach programs or to inquire about partnership opportunities in your community, please click here.

About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental care provider, Kool Smiles’ mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles, with support from the Benevis Foundation, also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com.

FareStart and Amazon Cook-up New Foodservice Job Training Program

Amazon donating more than 25,000 square feet of retail space in heart of Seattle campus to support living wage career opportunities for people living in poverty

Press Release – SEATTLE (February 16, 2017) – FareStart announced today that it is partnering with Amazon to launch an innovative job training program to help people in entry level foodservice jobs gain additional skills needed to earn a higher income. Amazon is donating space and equipment to help the organization launch a new foodservice apprenticeship program to help people living in poverty obtain higher income jobs. The in-kind donation will also bring five new eateries to Seattle, which will serve as a training ground for the new program.

For nearly 25 years, FareStart has been a recognized national leader in transforming the lives of people who are homeless or living in poverty through its culinary job training and employment placement programs. More recently, the organization has been focused on finding new ways to help foodservice workers move further from the line of homelessness and closer to higher paying career opportunities within the restaurant and foodservice industry.

“Amazon has been a longtime FareStart supporter, and the opportunity to partner with them on this project could not have come at a better time for our community,” said FareStart CEO Megan Karch. “Poverty and income inequality are growing in Seattle. Meanwhile, the foodservice industry is experiencing a shortage of chefs and other staff in higher wage positions. Amazon’s generous support will help us train more people to fill those vacant positions.”

Amazon’s total contribution includes more than 25,000 square feet for five new eateries, a catering space as well as training classrooms, bringing more retail variety and opportunity to the community. The eateries will be open to the public.

“FareStart has provided opportunity and job training to more than 8,000 people who are homeless or living in poverty, and we’re excited that this new space will help them double their training program over the next 10 years,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We’re lucky to live in a city with such innovative organizations and we look forward to having FareStart as part of our urban campus.”

The eateries, which will be located on Amazon’s campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood at Boren, Thomas, Fairview and Harrison, will be operated by FareStart and open to the public. There will be a full service restaurant, three fast casual outlets, a coffee shop and catering venue. They are expected to open in late summer of 2017.

Additional details about the expansion:

  • FareStart will launch a new paid apprenticeship program for low-income foodservice workers to help them gain additional skills and employment in higher income positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. The curriculum will be developed in collaboration with local foodservice employers.
  • FareStart’s current basic culinary and barista training programs for adults and youth remain critical to their mission and are expected to grow.
  • Over the coming months, FareStart will kick off a fundraising campaign to raise an estimated $6 million in remaining operating expenses necessary to develop, launch and sustain the new apprenticeship program and build capacity for the expansion.

About FareStart:

FareStart is nonprofit organization that transforms lives by empowering people who are homeless or living in poverty through life skills, job training and employment in the foodservice industry. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 8,000 adults and youth, while serving over 9 million meals to Seattle area schools, homeless shelters, and healthcare facilities. Nearly 91% of adults who graduate from FareStart, gain employment within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit farestart.org.

About Amazon:

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

Research Calls for New Approach to Youth Employment Training Strategies in Africa

Youth Livelihood Diaries Shed New Light on Working Lives of African Youth

Press Release – KIGALI, Rwanda — Innovative research released today by The MasterCard Foundation is making the case for a new approach to youth employment training strategies in Africa. Invisible Lives: Understanding Youth Livelihoods in Ghana and Uganda, released today at the Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, sheds light on the working lives of African youth. The report, produced in collaboration with Low-Income Financial Transformation (L-IFT), argues that international development programs favour skills training for formal sector careers over training that can be applied to multiple jobs in the informal sector. The result is that their efforts fall short of reaching the millions of unreached youth on the continent who engage in mixed livelihoods.

“To reach a critical mass of young people, fundamental shifts in our approach to skills-building, access to finance and entrepreneurship support are necessary,” says Lindsay Wallace, Director of Learning and Strategy, The MasterCard Foundation. “Development efforts must strengthen social, education and economic systems, and promote inclusive growth that will provide the most vulnerable and marginalized young people with opportunities to improve their lives.”

The research used a diaries methodology to document the working lives of 246 youth ages 18-24 from Ghana and Uganda over a one-year period, honing in on questions around behaviour, income, economic activities, and time management. While these data speak to the realities of employment in Ghana and Uganda, the research suggests that these also reflect emerging trends across Africa.

Invisible Lives highlights the extraordinary lengths that young people go to in order to achieve sustainable livelihoods. Findings of the Invisible Lives research indicate that:

  • Young people in Africa diversify their livelihoods, undertaking a mix of informal sector employment, self-employment, and agriculture-related activities to sustain their livelihood.
  • Agricultural production is central to young people’s livelihoods, but agricultural incomes were meagre. Many young people run small enterprises that can be easily started, stopped, and restarted as needed. The most successful young people in both Ghana and Uganda diversified their income and risk by growing multiple crops, raising a variety of livestock, and pursuing a wide range of additional activities.
  • Both formal and informal wage employment is rare and sporadic, or elusive. While the informal sector, which constitutes about 80 percent of Africa’s labour force, provided more wage employment opportunities for young people, they were by no means abundant.
  • Support networks are critical for young people and they play an extensive role in their lives, not only providing support in the form of advice regarding where to look for and how to find employment, skills development, and business guidance, but also proving instrumental in accessing financial resources needed.

“Respondents who participated in this study generously shared experiences from their lives over the course of a full year,” explains Anne Marie van Swinderen, lead researcher on Invisible Lives from Low-Income Financial Transformation (L-IFT). “Data from the study shows us that these young people readily take up all opportunities that come their way, with enormous energy and positive spirit. Through the L-IFT diaries methodology, these young respondents and the young researchers who interviewed them, also grew a great deal, simply through the act of asking and answering questions about their diversified livelihoods.”

In addition to providing new information on the employment and risk-mitigation strategies of young working Africans, the research maintains that youth who participated in this study were largely invisible to both development organizations and their own governments, and did not have any access to support services, training or finance capital.

The full Young Africa Works Summit agenda and list of speakers can be found here.

 

Bunker Labs DC and JPMorgan Chase Host The Muster DC to Showcase Local Veteran Entrepreneurs

Press Release – Washington DC | February 23, 2017: Bunker Labs DC, a 501(c)3 organization committed to veteran entrepreneurship, will host The Muster DC on February 23, 2017, to showcase and empower local veteran entrepreneurs. The experience, part of the Muster Across America Tour sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co., is designed to connect veterans in business, empower the Washington D.C. entrepreneurial ecosystem, and foster growth, knowledge, and success.

The event will feature expert talks and panel discussions, a pitch stage where veteran entrepreneurs can compete for the title of “top startup,” and a post-event networking reception.

Bunker Labs DC Executive Director Emily McMahan remarked, “We know this experience will be a great opportunity to gather our local veteran entrepreneur community for one day to connect and share their ideas, experiences, and to also showcase Bunker Labs DC as a great resource.”

Following World War II, roughly 50 percent of returning veterans started a business. Today, approximately 25 percent of post-9/11 veterans state they want to start a business, yet veterans own less than 10 percent of small businesses. Veterans in the Washington D.C. region interested in starting or growing small businesses have access to resources, programs, and curriculum at Bunker Labs DC that is designed to translate military experience into starting sustainable and scalable businesses.

In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the Muster Builds America Tour will travel to 14 cities across the country to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems with large-scale events, and serve as the launching point for local Bunker Labs chapters. For more information on The Muster DC, and to reserve tickets, please visit: https://nvite.com/MusterDC/f342

About Bunker Labs:

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 13 different cities, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses. Bunker Labs works to inspire, educate, and connect veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. For more information, please visit bunkerlabs.org, follow us on Twitter @TheBunkerLabs, or like us on Facebook.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. By focusing on employment, small business and strategic initiatives as well as talent acquisition and development, JPMorgan Chase aims to position military members, veterans and their families for success in their post-service lives. To learn more about the company’s efforts, visit JPMorganChase.com/Veterans.

Halstead Property Collects Nearly 3,500 Coats for Annual New York Cares Coat Drive

Firm Ranks as the #1 Real Estate Corporate Donor in NYC for Second Consecutive Year


Press Release – NEW YORK, NY – As part of their ongoing philanthropic efforts, Halstead Property’s Helping Hands collected nearly 3,500 coats throughout their Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens offices in collaboration with the New York Cares 2016 Coat Drive. Halstead ranked as the #2 corporate donor overall and has been the #1 real estate corporate donor in NYC for the past two years.

“With so many in need of a warm coat this winter, it is amazing that we can unite in this effort to make such a real and tangibly positive impact. I’m incredibly proud of our agents for all their hard work and dedication in consistently devoting their time to helping make our community a better place,” said Sara Rotter, Executive Director of Sales for Halstead’s Village and SoHo offices. Rotter co-leads Halstead Helping Hands with John Wollberg, Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Halstead and Trish Martin, Managing Director of Sales for Halstead’s Brooklyn offices.

The firm gathered coats by using a multi-tiered strategy, which included placing donation boxes in the majority of Halstead’s storefront offices, managed buildings, and residential buildings that they serve throughout the city, as well as creating a targeted email campaign to Halstead’s agents and their customers, and distributing building postcards to encourage residents to donate. Halstead partnered with Scanio Movers to coordinate pickups of the coats to ensure a timely delivery to New York Cares and their recipients.

“As family owned, New York City-based businesses, Scanio Movers and Sea & Air International recognize the importance of supporting our community,” said Nir Shuminer, President, Scanio Moving and Storage. “Our companies help families relocate within the US and internationally. Our customers and staff are proud to support Halstead and the New York Cares Coat Drive for the third year running to help those in need in our city.”

To have a strong focus on community initiatives and nonprofit causes for its 1,300 agents throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, Halstead Helping Hands identifies local initiatives or charities that are in need of help and opens the opportunity up throughout the firm.

Through the Halstead Helping Hands initiative this year, agents in New York City and New Jersey worked with New York Cares, one of the city’s largest volunteer management organizations, on its 28th Annual Coat Drive; agents in Halstead’s Hamptons offices collected for Toys for Tots; and those in Connecticut collected gifts on behalf of Inspirica, one of the state’s largest providers of services to the homeless, and Toys for Tots in order to help struggling families enjoy the holiday season.

About Halstead Property

As one of the top residential real estate brokerage firms in the New York metropolitan area, Halstead Property has more than 1,300 sales and rental agents located in premier retail storefront offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. In addition, the Development Marketing Division of Halstead Property is the exclusive sales and marketing firm for many new developments in the tristate area and through the Property Management Division, Halstead manages more than 25,000 residential units within 250 buildings. To learn more, please visit www.halstead.com.

New Neeson Cripps Academy Will Bring World-Class Education Into Phnom Penh’s Poorest Communities

Press Release – A new, state of the art education facility in the heart of Steung Meanchey’s most impoverished communities will open on February 16th, just 300 metres from where the notorious former Phnom Penh landfill site once stood. The Academy was fully funded and constructed by Velcro Companies for Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF).

The Neeson Cripps Academy (NCA) will provide high quality education through enhanced learning spaces and a focus on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The building was designed by COOKFOX Architects, a renowned firm responsible for landmark buildings such as the Bank of America headquarters. They have created a building which will offer an optimal learning space within an environmentally friendly, solar powered building.

The five-storey NCA will host 400 students, 30 teachers, 15 classrooms, 4 teacher workrooms, 2 international standard science labs, 2 computer labs, an art studio, a gallery space, a teacher training hub, e-learning facilities, a rooftop garden and a sports court. All are designed to work together to create a new generation of multi-skilled and fully rounded students.

“I arrived here in 2004 with the simple aim of getting children off of the appalling Steung Meanchey garbage dump and into school,” says Scott Neeson, CCF’s Founder and Executive Director. “Today, with a solid, developed-world education program in place, and so many students moving into secondary school and high school, we need to ensure a smooth path to university and into careers that challenge our youth and meet the demands of Cambodia’s fast growing economy. We knew the need and potential and Velcro Companies and the Cripps family brought the vision to life: a state-of-the art STEM learning centre. After twelve tough years working here, the Neeson Cripps Academy is a remarkable gift. The poorest children in Cambodia can now access the best education. I can’t thank the Cripps family and Velcro Companies enough for their support of CCF and Cambodian education.”

The building is named after Scott Neeson and Robert Cripps, former Velcro Companies Chairman. Robert Cripps says, “There are few things more fulfilling in life than helping someone’s dream take form and knowing that it will benefit many people for years to come. It was always Scott’s dream to have a place where kids in Steung Meanchey could pursue a high quality education in a holistic setting. The Neeson Cripps Academy is the fulfillment of that vision, and I am honored to have played a part in its development.”

Velcro Companies is a technology-driven organization that provides solutions for businesses and consumers around the world, and is committed to advancing education and improving the lives of children across the globe. Cambodian Children’s Fund has spent the last 12 years developing acclaimed education and community programs designed to transform former garbage workers into the leaders of tomorrow.

Fraser Cameron, CEO of Velcro Companies, says: “The Neeson Cripps Academy is a fitting honor for Robert Cripps, who led the company for many years and inspired its commitment to supporting education programs around the world. Making amazing connections is at the heart of our business, and CCF truly embodies that spirit.”

Rick Cook, founder at COOKFOX, says, “We set out to design the healthiest, safest and most effective school building possible that would help CCF to provide a world-class education. The design is inspire by Khmer culture, weaving together natural materials, and traditional building elements with high-performance sustainable building technologies to ensure an optimal learning environment. We are proud to have designed a building that will train the next generation of Cambodian’s brightest citizens.”

ABOUT CAMBODIAN CHILDREN’S FUND:

Cambodian Children’s Fund transforms the country’s most impoverished kids into tomorrow’s leaders by delivering education, family support and community development programs into the heart of Cambodia’s most impoverished communities. CCF was set up by Scott Neeson, who left his role as President of 20th Century Fox International to head Sony Pictures International’s marketing operations. After visiting the Steung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh in 2003, Neeson saw hundreds of children and their families living and working on one of the most toxic environments imaginable. Following this experience, Neeson founded Cambodian Children’s Fund. Today there are more than 2,000 students working towards a better future for themselves and their families through CCF’s award-winning education program.

For more information visit, https://www.cambodianchildrensfund.org

ABOUT VELCRO COMPANIES:

Velcro Companies is a technology-driven, global organization providing fastening solutions that solve problems in simple, elegant and surprising ways for businesses and consumers around the world. We have a heritage of innovation spanning more than 50 years and own over 400 active patents and numerous trademarks, including the VELCRO® trademark, which is registered throughout the world. We develop and deliver solutions for customers through an integrated production and service system that includes manufacturing locations in the United States, Belgium, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain and China and sales offices around the world. To find out more about our company, visit www.velcro.com.

ABOUT COOKFOX ARCHITECTS:

COOKFOX Architects is an an architectural studio dedicated to a vision of integrated, environmentally responsive design. We believe good design is sustainable and we are committed to being wise stewards of our shared natural and cultural resources. Guided by our passion for excellence, belief in the collaborative process, and persistent curiosity, COOKFOX pursues projects that allow us to fundamentally rethink how people interact with buildings and the natural environment.

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