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The Clara Lionel Foundation Unveils Its New Brand And Website

Award-Winning Creative Agency Critical Mass Creates the Online Experience

Press Release – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is going to launch its new brand and website on Monday, August 21. Founded by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, the Clara Lionel Foundation’s mission is to support education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The online experience leverages immersive storytelling, compelling imagery and film to bring people closer to this mission, the organization’s evolution and its impact on the global community. CLF worked with Critical Mass, the global digital experience design agency, to build out its interactive web experience.

“The Clara Lionel Foundation is focused on leading global philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of young people,” said Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation. “The CLF website will further amplify engagement around our mission and the new creative approach provides an in-depth look at our global programs and core values.”

Critical Mass signed on to create a new logo and website that embodies the youthful and inspirational spirit of CLF. The agency served as the architect of the website and had an integral role curating and creating site content to raise awareness around global issues like access to education. Critical Mass deployed its global resources and senior creative team to use 360 video execution to virtually transport viewers to on-the-ground relief efforts through exclusive footage from recent projects.

“Our mission at Critical Mass is to create experiences that improve people’s lives” said Dianne Wilkins, CEO of Critical Mass. “This project was a chance to work with a client dedicated to transforming the lives of young people around the globe. We deeply admire The Clara Lionel Foundation, and we are thankful for the opportunity to assist them in furthering their mission.”

The Clara Lionel Foundation funds innovative global education projects and scholarships, healthcare and emergency response programs and local micro grants. The third annual Diamond Ball to benefit these programs will be held on September 14, 2017 in New York City.

About The Clara Lionel Foundation

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program. For more information, visit and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn.

About Critical Mass

Critical Mass ( is a global digital experience design agency with a relentless focus on the customer. Founded in 1996, the agency has grown to 12 full-service offices operating across North America, Europe, Latin America, South America and Asia. For over twenty years, the agency’s belief in delivering brilliant customer experiences has produced business-building results for clients. Critical Mass has been recognized as a leader in digital experience design with agency rankings from Advertising Age, Warc 100 and Gartner, among others. Critical Mass is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

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AT&T and Human Rights Campaign Introduce Live Proud on Campus, a Scholarship Contest for LGBT and Allied College Students

Press Release – Los Angeles, California:  AT&T* is working with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to help the next generation of LGBT and allied leaders continue the fight for equality with AT&T’s first-ever Live Proud on Campus campaign.

The campaign calls on college students 18 and over to submit a video pitch describing an LGBT-supportive project they’d like to see in place at their schools. The public will vote on fifteen semi-finalist videos to choose six finalists, and HRC will choose three winners.

HRC, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, will select 3 grand prize winners.

Students can enter by submitting their video pitch to Submissions are open from Aug. 21-Sept. 22, 2017.

The project must support the LGBT community and focus on LGBT equality, visibility or acceptance. The public can vote online for their favorite videos. No purchase necessary. We’ll announce grand prize winners on LGBT Spirit Day – Oct. 16.

Three grand prize winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the HRC National Dinner in October. They’ll also win $2,500 to fund their on-campus project.

Grand prize winners will also experience a semester-long mentorship with HRC leadership. Mentors will help them plan their on-campus project during the spring 2018 semester. For details, voting guidelines and rules, visit

“From their perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index to their support for LGBTQ youth via our Time to Thrive initiative, AT&T’s commitment to LGBTQ equality is clear,” said Beck Bailey, HRC’s Deputy Director of Employee Engagement, Workplace Equality Program. “The Live Proud on Campus campaign is a natural extension of this commitment. HRC is excited to collaborate with AT&T on this important effort to increase LGBTQ visibility on campus and develop the LGBTQ leaders of tomorrow.”

“AT&T is a longtime supporter of the LGBT community. Our new Live Proud on Campus scholarship contest is reflective of that,” said Leonardo Torréss, assistant vice president, Diversity Marketing, AT&T. “The Human Rights Campaign is committed to advancing equal rights and respect for all and so are we. We’re excited to help HRC mentor the future leaders who will continue that valuable work.”

To learn more or submit your video pitch as an LGBT or community member or ally, visit Don’t forget to join the conversation on social media using #ATTLiveProud and #LiveProudScholar.

For more on AT&T’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit

*About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network** and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider. We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and on YouTube at

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

**Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q4 2016 + Q1 2017 across 121 markets.


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Henkel Joins The New Plastics Economy: A Collaboration Platform Promoting Innovation In Packaging And Recycling

Transforming the future – together

Press Release – Henkel is joining forces with partners from across industries to spark a wave of innovation in the design, production and recycling of packaging materials. As a participant in the New Plastics Economy initiative, the company will share its leading expertise to drive progress toward efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable packaging.

The New Plastics Economy (NPEC) is a three-year initiative aiming to build momentum toward a plastics system based on the “circular economy” principle. The central idea of the circular economy is to gather materials after they have been used and process them so they can be reintegrated into another production process – over and over again. This saves resources and reduces the environmental impact. The NPEC is bringing key stakeholders together to rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging. It is targeting a shift away from incremental improvements and fragmented initiatives, and moving toward a shared direction that delivers positive outcomes along the plastics value chain. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“Henkel is delighted to be part of the New Plastics Economy, and we’re looking forward to working with partners to drive innovations that make a big impact,” says Dr. Thorsten Leopold, Head of International Packaging Development for Home Care products. “Our company is in a strong position to make a valuable contribution to the NPEC because of its unique business model: On the one hand, Henkel can contribute as a manufacturer of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), like laundry detergent, shampoo or glue sticks. However, the company is also a global leader in adhesives and other advanced technologies that are used for packaging applications: These range from glues that seal boxes or secure product labels, through to functional and protective coatings for plastic packaging, and adhesives that hold the different layers of flexible packaging together. Taken together, this means we’re able to offer expertise from both perspectives, as an FMCG manufacturer and a supplier of adhesives and other technologies: Which gives our teams a uniquely broad understanding of the challenges and possible solutions related to packaging.”

Throughout its 140-year history, Henkel has leveraged its innovative power to drive leadership in sustainability. Commitment to leadership in sustainability is anchored firmly in Henkel’s corporate values. In line with this commitment, Henkel’s teams of packaging developers continually create innovative, intelligent and resource-efficient packaging solutions, by focusing on three principles: prevent, reduce, and reuse. This means producing less packaging and waste, developing better packaging and enabling a circular economy.

Henkel’s innovations in sustainable packaging include the bottles for its premium brand Perwoll Wolle & Feines in Germany, which were manufactured with 15 percent recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) from post-consumer sources during a recent pilot project. Henkel’s packaging experts were able to retain the luminous pink color of the Perwoll bottle without making any compromises on the performance or fragrance of the product. The company also collaborated with Ball Corporation, a manufacturer of metal packaging including cans, to develop a technology enabling the use of up to 25 percent recycled aluminum in cans for the deodorant sprays from Henkel’s Fa, Souplesse and Neutromed brands. The buckets for Henkel’s Metylan wallpaper paste are another example: They are made of 50 percent recycled material and 50 percent waste from industrial production that is fed back into the process for manufacturing new buckets.

Participating in the NPEC forms part of Henkel’s comprehensive strategy for sustainable packaging. This is built around a set of key targets for the year 2020:

  • Reduce the weight of packaging measured against net sales to 20 percent (base year 2010).
  • Increase the proportion of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in bottles to 33 percent in Europe, and the proportion of recycled aluminum in cans to 9 percent.
  • Reach more than 300 million consumers through more targeted information on recycling.

These targets pay into Henkel’s overall sustainability strategy, which aims to triple the value it creates for the footprint made by its operations, products and services by the year 2030 (base year 2010). It calls this ambition to become three times more efficient “Factor 3”.

More information on Henkel’s approach to packaging can be found at

More information on Henkel’s overall approach to sustainability can be found at

About Henkel

Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2016, Henkel reported sales of 18.7 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 3.2 billion euros. Combined sales of the respective top brands of the three business units – Loctite, Schwarzkopf and Persil – amounted to more than 6 billion euros. Henkel employs more than 50,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit

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Electrolux Partners With Sustainability Festival The Stockholm Act

Press Release – Electrolux is proud to be a contributing partner of the inaugural The Stockholm Act; a festival beginning August 21 to raise awareness for sustainable development towards 2030. Hosting a wide range of events in Stockholm during one week, Electrolux will work with partners to showcase initiatives related to sustainable cooking, reducing food waste and caring for clothes.

The Stockholm Act brings together people from politics, business, science and art to explore steps to build a more sustainable world – with action needed toward the ‘Agenda 2030’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals signed by all United Nations (UN) members in 2015.

Sustainability is a core part of the Electrolux business strategy and supports the company’s purpose to ‘Shape living for the better’. Electrolux sustainability framework comprises nine promises in three key areas, addressing many of the UN Sustainability Goals. With the events organized during The Stockholm Act, Electrolux will highlight and raise awareness mainly about goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

Electrolux Head of Sustainability Affairs Henrik Sundström said: “Partnering with The Stockholm Act is a great opportunity to jointly raise awareness of the UN goals and build a more sustainable future. Through showcasing our own sustainability initiatives, we hope to contribute to learnings that help drive sustainable development towards 2030 at both a local and global level.”

Events by or with Electrolux during The Stockholm Act include:

  • A taste-along with Tasteology, a mini-documentary series deconstructing the concept of taste from a fresh perspective. More info.
  • A Transformation Talk on Electrolux journey to work more with partners in the area of social enagement. Electrolux representatives discuss this together with partners Worldchefs, AIESEC and Stockholm City Mission. More info.
  • Waste Tasting – a unique dinner experience aiming to inspire and educate around food waste to make a change for the better. The dinner also includes a short panel discussion with spokespeople from Stockholm’s food waste scene and will be the premiere for a mini-documentary around food waste. More info.
  • A Care & Repair Station together with Houdini, aiming to educating around sustainability and how to better care for your clothes. More info.
  • The Zero Waste Market in collaboration with the Stockholm City Mission, shedding light on sustainable consumption patterns. Smoothies made by vegan chef Sebastian Schauermann using rescued fruits and vegetables and other sample treats made of donated surplus food will be served for free. More info.
  • A smoothie pop-up bar installed by Electrolux on the topic of how to reduce food waste. The smoothies will be served by Eat Easier, a startup run by three high school students. Food will be provided by Sopköket, a startup offering gourmet catering and school meals made out of rescued food and providing jobs for youths and long-term employees. More info.

Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG, Anova, Frigidaire, Westinghouse and Zanussi, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2016 Electrolux had sales of SEK 121 billion and employed 55,000 people around the world. For more information go to


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Hero Clean Pays Tribute To The Hero In Each Of Us By Supporting Our Veterans

Press Release – Hero Clean products were scientifically engineered specifically to address a void in the marketplace that its founder, Mike Eaton, identified years ago on a routine trip to the grocery store. Now, there is a new player in the cleaning products game who is raising the bar not only on clean, but also on brand philanthropy.

It started with a simple premise: men have different deodorant, shaving cream and skin care for their unique hormones and pheromones, shouldn’t there also be laundry and cleaning products formulated for men’s unique biology, cleaning regimens, lifestyle and shopping habits? And, what if the brand that made those products made a real commitment to contribute to a cause that’s close to the hearts of men (and women) across the country? Thus, Hero Clean was born.

Hero Clean uses the most cutting edge cleaning technologies available with a look and scent that appeal to guys who don’t want to pick up a pastel bottle or smell flowery or perfumey. Despite the fact that the Hero Clean line was “made for men,” it’s “loved by women” because of its effectiveness. It is the ideal antidote to kids’ and teens’ “stinky boy syndrome,” leaves mom’s yoga pants smelling clean, cuts through grease and grime like nothing else and provides truly multi-use products that simplify the cleaning process.

Hero Clean was created for the hero inside of all of us, and is proud to support our nation’s heroes, donating 7% of the profit on every bottle sold to IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America). IAVA is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO), committed to connecting, uniting and empowering America’s veterans by providing critical services, advocacy and community building opportunities around the globe.

The bedrock of all Hero Clean products is the patented Odor Defeater™ technology, which neutralizes odor at the source. Products in the Hero Clean line-up include leading edge, patented, enzyme and microbial formulas– and they are made in the USA. Hero Clean provides a better overall cleaning experience allowing people to get dirty, sweaty and messy like a guy, and then power clean their clothes, gear and home like a man.

Hero Clean Laundry Detergent features a six-enzyme package that removes stains and bring whites and colors to life – outperforming the leading brands in third party testing. It is both a sport and everyday wash, perfect for training gear, gym clothes, little league uniforms and anything else that gets sweaty and dirty while getting the whole household’s laundry cleaner than ever. It is also loved by people with sensitive skin.

Hero Clean Odor Eliminator spray is the ultimate armor against odor – for athletic wear, jerseys, shoes, gloves, bedding and gear. It is a perfect pre-treater for stubborn or intense odors. The crisp juniper scent and patented Odor Defeater TM neutralizes odor and smells clean without being flowery or feminine. The probiotic microbes starve and destroy the bacteria that creates odor and prevent its return – the only real way to rid fabric of odor, especially in today’s dry-wicking fabrics.

Hero Clean Dish + Hand Soap cuts grease without scrubbing, is dermatologist tested and phosphate free – perfect for anything that can use a little soapy water. The All-Purpose Cleaner is just that – it provides a scrub-free, streak-free clean on any surface from glass and stainless steel to wood and stone. Both products are great for home, tools, equipment and almost anything that gets greasy or dirty.

Members of the military have reported great results when using Hero Clean products to clean the carbon fiber off their weapons and get the embedded stench out of their clothes after training exercises.

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Child Abuse Prevention Summit Seeks to Help End a Nationwide Epidemic

Destination Spa Golden Door to Host Summit May 20-23, 2018

Press Release – (San Marcos, CA) (August 15, 2017) – The Child Abuse Prevention Summit, Golden Door’s first round-table forum focused on bringing about real and lasting change in society, will be a 3-day sponsored event held at Golden Door on how to stop the escalation of child abuse and neglect in America. Attendees will include leaders in the field of child abuse education and prevention as well as child advocates from the worlds of business, government, medicine and academia.

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals of child abuse or neglect that involve more than 6.6 million children are made to state child protection agencies. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations—with an average between four and seven children lost every day to abuse and neglect—according to studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Child abuse is an on-going issue that will not go away on its own,” said Kathy Van Ness, COO, Golden Door. “There is a report of child abuse every 10 seconds in the United States, and we need to determine together how to stop this from happening. Through the Golden Door Foundation, we pledge 100 percent of our net profits to support philanthropic child abuse-related causes. The Child Abuse Prevention Summit is the next step in our mission to positively change lives and to extend our responsibilities beyond our walls.”

Currently, Golden Door works with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), Palomar Health Foundation, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and others to help stop child abuse and bring awareness to the cause.

“On behalf of Palomar Health’s Forensic Child Abuse Program and Sexual Assault Team, I want to extend our most heartfelt thank you to Golden Door for all the support they have provided to the program and the victims we serve,” said Catherine McLennan, supervisor of the Child Abuse Program. “We are grateful to Kathy Van Ness and her team for their dedication to transforming the lives of the San Diego North County children.”

“The NYSPCC and Golden Door share the same goal: to prevent and stop child abuse and neglect. We are proud to be working with Golden Door on next year’s child abuse summit and sharing our mission with everyone who will come together to protect our children,” said Executive Director Mary L. Pulido, PhD, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

“We salute Golden Door in its work to end child abuse,” said Executive Director Katie Albright of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. “We believe we can end child abuse, not simply prevent it. Child abuse is a serious problem with devastating consequences, but it’s a problem we know how to solve. We believe that strong families, supported by a strong and caring community, will not abuse their children.”

The Golden Door Child Abuse Summit takes place May 20–May 23, 2018, at Golden Door in San Marcos, CA. This three-day summit provides in-depth discussions and speakers on how to end child abuse. For more information, log onto

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Kerbey Lane Donates 18,669 Meals to Central Texas Food Bank

Press Release – AUSTIN — Kerbey Lane Cafe donated a total of 18,669 meals to Central Texans in need through its “Hot Cakes for Hunger” drive benefiting Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB), which took place at all seven of its locations July 16-29.

During the campaign, Kerbey Lane donated all proceeds from its specialty pancakes to the food bank, as well as an additional 824 pounds of pancake mix. Kerbey Lane team members presented CTFB with the check from the proceeds and boxes of pancake mix, and helped sort nearly 6,700 pounds of food during their team-building volunteer day at the food bank on August 8.

Amanda Kuda, director of marketing, says: “We’re thrilled to continue our support for the Central Texas Food Bank, and to have provided more than 18,600 meals to Central Texans in need through this year’s Hot Cakes for Hunger campaign.”

Kerbey Lane is a longtime supporter of CTFB (formerly Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Since 2010, Kerbey Lane has supported the food bank with annual food drives, cash donations, and company-wide volunteer days.

“We focus our support for CTFB in July and August each year because volunteers and donations are most needed during the food bank’s busy summer months when children don’t have access to free or reduced-price school lunches and electricity bills are high,” says Kuda.

Last year, Kerbey Lane’s donations provided 11,948 meals for Central Texans in need and sorted 7,650 pounds of food on its team member volunteer day at CTFB.

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Maternity Clothes For 12 Year Olds Unveiled

Child mothers’ campaign created by hasan & partners for Plan International Finland


Press Release – Every year in developing countries seven million children under the age of 18 become mothers. To raise awareness of the issue, child rights organisation Plan International Finland has commissioned a clothing collection that the world should not need – maternity wear for 12-year olds.

The fashion-inspired campaign was conceived by communications agency hasan & partners to highlight the shocking facts about child mothers and to drive donations to Plan International.

The collection features a set of six maternity dresses designed by one of Finland’s most respected fashion designers, Paola Suhonen. The mood for the collection, called “Hamptons”, is a familiar theme often seen in kids’ clothing: fringes, bright, bold colours and soft blues. The playful prints of kittens on light cotton are a stark contrast to the severity of the life child mothers live.

The collection is unveiled on Monday 14 August in Esplanadi, a Helsinki street famed for its designer brand shops, where the clothes are displayed on child mannequins.

Two online films (75 seconds and 45 seconds), billboards, international social media and PR programme support the campaign. The clothes are modelled by a Zambian girl called Fridah who became pregnant at the age of 12. Her baby is due in September.

The campaign was shot by award-winning photographer Meeri Koutaniemi whose images brought worldwide attention to female genital mutilation.

The campaign was conceived by Anu Niemonen, senior creative at hasan & partners, who said: “Designing a maternity wear collection for young children is unnatural and disturbing, which is exactly the point we want to make. The clothes expose a shocking truth about the seven million children who become pregnant every year. This is a collection that shouldn’t exist or even be needed in the first place.”

In the west, women joyfully carry their unborn child, but every day 5,500 very young girls become mothers when they themselves are still children. In the worst cases, child pregnancies cause the girl to commit suicide because she doesn’t want to bring any shame to her own family.

These girls also have to stop going to school and stay home under the burden of motherhood. Fridah’s case is typical – she will miss out on a year of school and fall behind in her education. She may also likely drop out completely due to peer pressure, even though she loved learning English and wanted to become a nurse.

Eva Anttila, CX Lead – Marketing, Fundraising & Loyalty for Plan International Finland, said: “Plan International tackles tough issues such as child marriage, child labour and girls’ lack of access to education. We wanted to bring the issue of childhood pregnancy closer to the Finnish audience in a way they could relate to, which is why we chose to develop a maternity fashion collection for kids. hasan & partners’ thought provoking campaign tackles the problem in an unconventional but effective way.”

Paola Suhonen, one of Finland’s most well regarded fashion designers who created the clothes, commented: “I designed a collection that I wish is not needed and that I don’t want to sell. This campaign brings together two very important issues – children’s and women’s rights. I hope that people will wake up to the circumstances in which millions of girls live in developing countries.”

Photographer of the year Meeri Koutaniemi added: “Our aim was to use the frame and visuality of a classical fashion spread to create these images emphasising a very dark and distressing issue. I hope the campaign will make people think about the vulnerability of children in developing countries. For many years I have witnessed the efficiency of Plan International’s work to improve the position of the girls.”

See here for the campaign page –

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Utah County Search and Rescue to Receive $10,000 Donation from Insure Pro Powered by Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award

Volunteers Received Community Support on Social Media to Increase Total Donation to Assist in Additional Rescue Missions

Utah County Search and Rescue was awarded a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro through the 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award program. (L to R)- Brandon Scott, Insure Pro and Utah County Search and Rescue; Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance and Torry Wilcox, Insure Pro.

Press Release – DRAPER, Utah (August 8, 2017) — Utah County Search and Rescue will receive a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro in celebration of the agency earning a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The donation will assist the rescue group in their mission to provide effective rescue services throughout the county at no cost.

Insure Pro originally received $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue through a submission process, and this year, Safeco offered agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, an independent agent for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue had a story about positive community change featured on Together, they were able to raise an additional $5,000 by their story being shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at least 50 times.

“We appreciate the community support to raise the additional funds and we are honored to be able to provide Utah County Search and Rescue with an even larger donation,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards recognize agents who are committed to making a difference in their local communities, and we want to encourage them and citizens in their area to directly support local charities.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards focus on non-profits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Insure Pro was originally selected for a Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Utah County Search and Rescue, which is composed of more than 50 volunteers serving communities across the county.

With the donation, the rescue team will be able to purchase essential rescue gear ranging from basic boots and gloves to more expensive tools necessary to perform rope rescue missions. The $10,000 is especially meaningful to the team because the organization runs almost exclusively on the contributions of volunteers and their supporters.

Throughout 2017, Safeco will select a total of 23 independent agents for the awards and donate up to $230,000 to the charitable organizations they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

Read their full story and more about the awards program at

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.

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Saira Hospitality Announces Pop-Up Hotel School With Costa Palmas Los Cabos, Set To Open On Baja’s Undiscovered East Cape

Saira Hospitality to Educate 90 Students in Bespoke Seven-Week Intensive Program

Press Release – NEW YORK (August 10, 2017) – Saira Hospitality, international education and hospitality nonprofit, today announced its partnership with Costa Palmas Los Cabos, a master planned community that will feature a members-only beach & yacht club, private marina, 18-hole Robert Trent Jones II golf course and organic farms. Plans for this exclusive resort community along the Sea of Cortes will also include a Four Seasons Resort and Residences. The partnership will bring Saira Hospitality to Los Cabos to establish a pop-up hotel school, free to local students accepted to the program.

Saira Hospitality (a 501c3 nonprofit organization) provides members of local, less privileged communities with the life, language and industry skills needed to gain long-term employment in the lifestyle and luxury hospitality industry. This unconventional approach to recruitment disrupts the hospitality industry’s long-standing tradition of importing trained professionals from overseas, large cities and other hotels, conserving both training time and salary spending while establishing positive relationships with nearby neighborhoods. Partnering hotels like Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos also benefit from a dedicated staff of expertly trained individuals with a deep understanding of local customs, activities and geography.

“With the help of Saira Hospitality’s educational programs, we are bringing on staff from the Los Cabos region, ensuring the local community will be a vital part of our development and success,” said Michael Radovan, Managing Director, Costa Palmas. “We are looking forward to launching an incredible new location that will not only delight our future guests, but will also create a positive, lasting impact in the area.”

Each class at Saira’s pop-up hotel schools is tailored to match students’ skills and ambition with ample training for entry to mid-level positions at partnering hotels. Upon graduating, all students who apply for employment are interviewed for their chosen role/roles in hospitality. Historically, 85 percent of Saira graduates receive job offers at the end of their training, while others use their newfound skills to pursue existing careers in hospitality and beyond.

“Our mission is that the luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry will look to education in hospitality as a long-term solution for sourcing talented, loyal and ambitious employees. This further ensures meaningful and powerful integration with the community in which they operate. Working with Costa Palmas and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos is an exciting next step in making that dream a reality,” said Harsha Chanrai, CEO & Founder, Saira Hospitality. “Together, we will be able to provide high quality education and a lifetime of opportunities for our students.”

The Saira Hospitality pop-up school will accept approximately 90 students from the local area to the seven-week training program, free of charge for accepted participants. All classes are taught by bi-lingual, seasoned experts in hospitality, hand-selected by CEO & Founder, Harsha Chanrai. The intensive classes will involve sessions covering topics like tangible and intangible service qualities, loyalty programs, turnover, service recovery, mindfulness, wellness, as well as cultural and emotional intelligence. Students will receive an additional 1.5 hours of English class every day. Students will also gain a broad understanding of hotels, tourism today and the modern traveler. In the final weeks of the program, the focus of instruction shifts to technical skills and knowledge, training students on the different departments of the hotel. Over the course of the program, Saira Hospitality will work with each individual student to identify personal goals, strengths and weaknesses to map out career paths to encourage long-term employment.

In November 2016, Saira Hospitality graduated 42 local students from a nine-week pop-up hotel school in Mexico. All 25 of the open positions at the partnering hotel were filled with students of Saira Hospitality and currently surpass the industry standard for retention across all positions with all Saira graduates remaining employed by the hotel to date. Saira Hospitality currently retains 100 percent ROI on all projects.

The program in La Ribera is accepting applications now through August 14th, 2017. To learn more about Saira Hospitality’s programs, visit

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