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The School of American Ballet announces the Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 Celebrating 50 years of Workshop Performances at SAB

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The School of American Ballet announces the Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, celebrating 50 years of these annual performances. Tickets and tables will be available in mid-April. For more information, please contact the special events office at SAB at (212) 769-6610.

The Workshop Performance Benefit 2014 is The School of American Ballet’s most anticipated event of the year. The annual Workshop Performances are SAB’s only public performances and a rare opportunity to get a sneak preview of the ballet world’s up and coming young stars. A Benefit Dinner follows the Tuesday evening performance at Lincoln Center, and attracts more than 550 arts patrons, corporate VIPs and New York’s social elite for a seated dinner and dancing in the SAB studios, which are transformed into elegant dining rooms for the evening.

This year’s event is headed by Chairmen Liz Armstrong, Benan and Tom Ellis, Joyce and Bob Giuffra, Susan R. Kessler, Amy Newman and Bud Shulman; and Young Patron Chairman Brynn Putnam. The event will be sponsored by Epoch Estate Wines.

In 1964, Alexandra Danilova, George Balanchine’s former classmate at the Imperial Ballet and a leading ballerina of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo joined SAB’s faculty. In 1965, Madame Danilova established SAB’s annual year-end Workshop Performances, giving the School’s advanced students an opportunity to participate in professionally staged, publicly performed productions of classic ballet works. Since its inception, the Workshop Performances have seen hundreds of SAB’s advanced students make their public debut as they prepare to leave SAB and go on to dance on the world’s top stages. The New York Times coined Workshop a “spot-them-before-they-are-stars showcase”. Scores of notable SAB alumni have performed at Workshop, including Merrill Ashley, Peter Boal, Maria Kowroski, Lourdes Lopez, Sara Mearns, Benjamin Millepied, Ethan Stiefel, and Wendy Whelan.

The 2014 Workshop Performances program will include Balanchine’s Serenade (staged by Suki Schorer); and excerpts from Coppélia (staged by Dena Abergel, Yvonne Borree, Kaitlyn Gilliland, Arch Higgins, Katrina Killian, Lisa de Ribere, Jock Soto and Sheryl Ware), Swan Lake (staged by Darci Kistler) and Western Symphony (staged by Susan Pilarre). Additional performances of the evening’s program will take place at Lincoln Center’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Saturday, May 31 at 2pm and 8pm.

Tickets for the 2014 Workshop Performances may be purchased online at beginning in mid-April. Ticket prices are $50 for May 31 (2pm and 8pm). Tickets for the June 3 benefit performance and dinner dance are available at $100 (performance only), $300, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,500. The Peter Jay Sharp Theater is located at 155 W. 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway).


The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.

SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Rotary Joins Effort to End Household Air Pollution Epidemic

Rotarians Worldwide Deliver Clean Cookstoves to High-Risk Families in the Himalayas

TAOS, NM (April 7, 2014) – On the heels of the World Health Organization’s recent pollution fatalities report stating that one in eight deaths worldwide can be attributed to breathing tainted air—making it the world’s largest environmental health risk—the Taos Milagro Rotary Club has announced a new Global Collaborative Outreach Partnership with the Himalayan Stove Project.

A volunteer-run humanitarian organization, the Himalayan Stove Project donates and distributes free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient cookstoves to help the people of the High Himalayas reduce rampant fuel consumption and deadly Household Air Pollution.

The Taos Milagro Rotary Club, which has supported the Himalayan Stove Project since its inception in 2010, is now spearheading a global outreach effort for the organization in order to educate and mobilize Rotary Clubs across the United States as well as in England, New Zealand, Australia and Nepal.

“Recent reports provide overwhelming evidence that the toxic indoor air pollution and environmental damage caused by rudimentary cookstoves in the Himalayas are issues of urgent, global import,” says Jay Wood, president of Taos Milagro Rotary Club, referring to the World Health Organization’s pollution fatalities report as well as the recent World Bank report on climate change. “With the help of Rotarians worldwide, and the thousands of Rotary Clubs around the world, we hope to bring attention and assistance to the Himalayan Stove Project’s multi-year mission, which has the power to save millions of lives and dramatically slow climate change.”

Wood reports that since the Global Collaborative Partnership was established in February 2014, it has already organized clubs from New Mexico to Wisconsin and from New Zealand to Nepal to deliver and install 243 stoves to remote villages in the Himalayas by summer 2014. This global network contribution constitutes a major part of the more than 3,000 stoves that the Himalayan Stove Project has already installed. Woods and Himalayan Stove Project Founder and Taos Rotarian George Basch anticipate that stove installations will increase dramatically as the Global Collaborative Partnership gains worldwide awareness and traction.

“Household Air Pollution, or the ‘silent killer,’ is responsible for more than four million global deaths each year—more even than the mortalities caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined,” says Basch, echoing Actress Julia Roberts, the Global Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, who says, “I strongly believe that cooking shouldn’t kill. Don’t you?” “I am thrilled to see Rotary’s international community of humanitarians take up the flag to help end this epidemic and protect the people and environmentally significant ecosystem of the Himalayas.”

The Himalayan Stove Project was founded by adventurer, photographer and entrepreneur George Basch to help bring an end to Household Air Pollution, a little-known global pandemic caused by pollution from rudimentary cooking methods in developing countries. An implementing partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Himalayan Stove Project donates and distributes free, clean-burning, fuel-efficient Envirofit cook stoves to people of the High Himalayas to reduce their cooking fuel consumption by 80 percent, thus improving air quality and protecting important environmental resources. With the support of key corporate sponsors such as Eddie Bauer, adidas, Kahtoola, MSR, 1% for the Planet, and Rotary, the Himalayan Stove Project has installed more than 3,000 clean-burning Envirofit® stoves in impoverished homes across remote mountainous regions of Nepal.

For more information about or to donate to the Himalayan Stove Project, located at 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #305, Taos, NM, 87571, visit or, or call 505.363.8863. Donations can also be made by texting “stove” to 50155.  For media interested in high resolution images, further information or scheduling an audio, Skype or FaceTime interview with George Basch, contact Holly Padove at On the Horizon Communications (805.773.1000;

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iPhone Case Adapts to Your Lifestyle and Activity

TaskLab developed an iPhone case that makes your smartphone smarter. myTask not only protects your iPhone, but it also incorporates a hidden compartment with a range of tools designed to help in times of need and customized for your life. The shell case is slim, beautifully designed, looks and feels great. Also, it is fully TSA compliant and weighs a feathery 65 grams so barely adds any bulk to your phone.

  • myTask Bike includes tire patches, wrenches, a screw driver and a bottle opener. All of our tools are manufactured of the highest quality 440C stainless steel and Polycarbonate. 
  • myTask Urban is outfitted with an array of travel tools including: a pen/stylus, bottle opener, mirror, LED light, USB drive, large 2” scissors, eye-glass screwdrivers, nail file, ruler, tweezers and more.
  • myTask Stash features the slide-out tray that you can customize to hold whatever you want!

You can learn more about myTask at

For further information please contact: Allyson McCormley, Publicist, Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC at

Company profile: TaskLab builds “smart” smartphone accessories that are designed for higher levels of consumer engagement, customization and product value. Our company was founded upon the belief that mobile technology will transform the way people interact with their environments. Our brand promise is to deliver on that experience.


CREDO to Donate Nearly $200,000 to Nonprofits Working to Advance Progressive Change

San Francisco, CA – CREDO announced today that it is donating a total of $198,693 to three nonprofit groups working to protect human rights, advance single payer health care and provide hard-hitting independent journalism in a corporate-dominated media landscape. The three groups, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Democracy Now! and the Physicians for a National Health Program were nominated by CREDO customers and chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits to be featured as the three groups eligible in the month of March to receive funding. CREDO customers then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

The Center for Constitutional Rights received 28 percent, which added up to $55,634 in funding. The Center for Constitutional Rights works around the world to defend human rights, whether it’s fighting the racially-biased stop-and-frisk program in New York, representing prisoners in Pelican Bay challenging long-term solitary confinement, representing the families of U.S. drone victims or holding the American instigators of LGBTI persecution in Uganda accountable.

“CREDO’s support of progressive organizations like CCR makes our cutting-edge litigation and advocacy work possible,” said Kevi Brannelly, Director of Development for the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) received 39 percent, which added up to $77,490 in funding. Four years after passage of the the Affordable Care Act, it’s clearer than ever that the U.S. needs a comprehensive, single-payer national health program. PNHP is dedicated to achieving that goal, for the health and well-being of all Americans.

“PNHP is proud to partner with CREDO in working towards true, progressive health reform, single-payer ‘Medicare for all,’” said Matthew Petty, PNHP’s executive director.

Democracy Now! received 33 percent, which added up to 65,569 in funding. For democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information. Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez and the Democracy Now! news team provide the hard-hitting, independent journalism that’s vital amid the noise of corporate mainstream media.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. In just the first three months of 2014, CREDO has already donated nearly $600,000 to progressive nonprofits and will continue to fund groups throughout the year. CREDO has donated more than $76 million to organizations committed to social change since the company was founded in 1985.

To read more about CREDO’s donations program, go here:

CONTACT: Sarah Lane at

Karen Brooks Hopkins of Brooklyn Academy of Music, Nancy Lublin of, and Ron Bruder of Education for Employment are Among Honorees

NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 – Through a new initiative created to honor and to recognize top women in philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, cause advocacy, and social enterprise, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising ( will hold its 1st Annual Women in Philanthropy Summit on Monday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life.

The one-day event will feature prominent leaders in a broad array of professions, who are working locally, nationally, and globally to improve the status of women and to change the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

“We want to initiate a new, multigenerational conversation that identifies emerging leadership challenges and promotes improved cross-sector collaboration for women and girls,” said Naomi B. Levine, executive director of the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. “Through thoughtful conversation, speeches, and intelligent debate, the Women in Philanthropy Summit will highlight some of the best examples of women’s cause leadership and will focus on emerging innovators who are utilizing new strategies to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ issues—at home and abroad.”

During the event, the NYU-SCPS Heyman Center also will bestow awards upon distinguished and nationally renowned leaders in the industry. Among the honorees are Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ron Bruder, founder and chair of the board of Education for Employment (EFE), who will be recognized with the Excellence in Philanthropy Award; and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, who will receive the Rising Star Award.

Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer of, who will be awarded the Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation Award, will present the luncheon keynote address. The results of a recent Harris Poll also will be announced at the Summit by Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Marcia Stepanek, chair and curator of the Women in Philanthropy Summit, NYU-SCPS Heyman Center adjunct instructor, and president of BrandStories. Kate Roberts, a senior vice president of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at Population Services International, co-founder of the Women’s Investment Network, and the founder of YouthAIDS and Five & Alive, will deliver remarks regarding new efforts to target women donors for funding of causes for women and girls.

The program also will include a number of panels featuring notable leaders in philanthropy and fundraising. Panels include:

  • Four Under 30 – Casey Rotter (moderator), deputy director of community fundraising and founder of UNICEF’s Next Generation for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Jenna Arnold, co-founder of Organize; Anna Stork, co-founder of LuminAID; Rebecca van Bergen, founder and executive director of Nest; and Solome Lemma, co-founder and executive director of Africans in the Diaspora
  • Visualizing Change – Maria Hinojosa (moderator), an award-winning news anchor and reporter for PBS and NPR; Abigail Disney, filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, co-founder and co-president of the Daphne Foundation, and board member of the Roy Disney Family Foundation; Nancy Schwartzman, filmmaker, media strategist, and executive director of Tech 4 Good, LLC; Jon Vidar, co-founder and executive director of The Tiziano Project; and Susan MacLaury, co-founder and executive director of Shine Global
  • Transforming Global Health, Woman by Woman – Marilyn DeLuca (moderator), a consultant in global health, health systems, and philanthropy; Pamela Barnes, president and chief executive officer of EngenderHealth; Carolyn Jones, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker; Lola Dare, president of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research, and Development (CHESTRAD); Leith Greensdale, vice chair, Office of the U.N. secretary general’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance; and Salimah R. Walani, director of Global Health Programs at the March of Dimes Foundation
  • Not Your Mother’s Workplace – Liz Ngonzi (moderator), NYU-SCPS Heyman Center adjunct instructor and a recognized authority on fundraising, entrepreneurship, leadership, and technological innovations to advance international development communication; Lynn Stekas, senior consultant in the Corporate Social Engagement practice of Changing Our World; Kim Keating, founder and managing director of Keating Advisors; Terri Austin, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for The McGraw-Hill Companies; and Caroline Woodruff, philanthropy advisor at Bessemer Trust
  • Networked Feminism: How Women Drive Social Change – Tom Watson (moderator), president and founder of CauseWired; Allison Fine, author and social entrepreneur; Penny Abeywardena, associate director of commitments and head of Girls & Women at the Clinton Global Initiative; Jamil Smith, a segment and digital producer for MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show; and Deanna Zandt, a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking

Registration fees are $175. NYU students pay a discounted price of $75. For more details or to register, visit

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Publishing; Professional Writing; Human Resource Management and Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Management and Systems, Advanced Digital Applications, Graphic Communications Management and Technology, Project Management, and Accounting, Finance, and Law; Liberal and Allied Arts; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Applied Politics; and Health Information Management.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.

For more information, visit: Please visit the Heyman Center website at for more information on its broad array of academic and noncredit offerings.


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Newly Launched Kidoodle.TV Partners with Philanthropist Family to Benefit Kids

The Crist family and its charitable foundation are working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to better the lives of children and families.

Calgary, AB – Joining forces to benefit children, Kidoodle.TV is pleased to welcome philanthropist, Tom Crist, and his family to the Kidoodle.TV team!

Recently making a multi-million dollar personal investment in Kidoodle.TV’s parent company, A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”), with his charitable foundation the intended beneficiary, Crist and his family have announced intentions of working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to reach out and better the lives of children and families.

Tom Crist, former CEO of Calgary’s EECOL Electric, was recently in the news due to a $40 million lottery winning. Crist announced plans to place the windfall in a family trust to be donated over the coming years to select charities in honor of his late wife, Jan Crist, who passed away from cancer. The Crist Family Foundation was formally established in March 2014. The family had already personally donated $1.2 million to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which collects donations for Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Centre that cared for his wife.

It is the intention of the Crist family to work together to find ways to benefit causes near and dear to their hearts, including causes that benefit children. The family also intends to pool its resources to grow its foundation so that it can continue to undertake philanthropic activities for years to come.

“Kidoodle.TV not only represented an opportunity to invest in a company that we think has great growth potential, but it also allows us to work with a company that has similar values and that can provide a return on investment that is more than money,” says Crist. “We care about the human return.”

Crist adds, “We speak of our kids as our national treasures, our best hope for the future, and our greatest loves. We cherish them, protect them from harm, and comfort them when they are in need. But unfortunately, not all kids are so lucky in their circumstances. By working together to find opportunities to benefit kids and families, we can stretch our resources.”

Mike Lowe, President of APMC, was honored by the vote of confidence and agrees that the new order of corporate vision needs to combine return on investment with corporate responsibility and giving back. “Kids and families are obviously our focus. The Kidoodle.TV team is excited to be working with the Crist family on future initiatives, especially seeing how committed and caring the Crist family is. This family has a genuine interest in making the world a better place!”

Kidoodle.TV and the Crist family will be working closely over the coming months to identify and develop suitable opportunities for collaboration.

About Us:

Kidoodle.TV is an online, streaming video service for children ages 12 and under. It is not only mobile, but safe, with robust parental controls and time limits. Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable profiles for up to 5 children, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources for only $4.99/month, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and no commercials.

Commercially launched on January 1, 2014, Kidoodle.TV™ is owned by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family focused company. Visit to learn more.

A Tribute to Kristin Chenoweth at the Star-Studded National Corporate Theatre Fund Chairman’s Awards Gala; Edgerton Foundation Commits Matching Gift Benefiting New Works at NCTF’s Regional Theatres

Kristin Chenoweth to be honored with the Theatre Artist Award; Edgerton Foundation to receive Leadership in Theatre Award; Gala to feature performance by Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Special appearances by Lily Tomlin, Kathy Najimy and many more

New York, NY (March 26, 2014): On March 31st at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) will honor Tony and Emmy Award Winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, and the Edgerton Foundation for their leadership in the theatre arts at the NCTF 2014 Chairman’s Awards Gala.

More than 300 theatre patrons, Broadway leaders and industry professionals from across the country will gather for an evening honoring individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the national theatre community, and an exciting program of performances and special appearances is expected (tip sheet attached).

The evening will include a special performance by Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham, stars of the current hit musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; an excerpt from the highly acclaimed musical Witness Uganda, which just finished a successful run at A.R.T. (an NCTF member theatre); and an appearance by legendary comedian Lily Tomlin, currently on tour with a solo show. An exciting opening number, created by Kevin Duda and Jason Michael Snow (of the recent viral explosion, Russian Broadway Shut down), will feature a talented team of performers from television, film and theatre: Michael Campayno, Alison Cimmet, Jessica Hershberg, Greg Hildreth, Rashidra Scott and Tommar Wilson.

Prolific actress and comedian of the stage and screen Kathy Najimy, joined by her daughter − singer Samia Najimy Finnerty, will give a special tribute to Kristin Chenoweth. Tomlin will deliver a special salute to departing NCTF Board Member and Seattle Rep Managing Director Benjamin Moore. And Mays and Pinkham will perform “Better With a Man” accompanied by composer Steven Lutvak at the piano. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was developed and performed at two of NCTF’s theatres, Hartford Stage and Old Globe, before becoming a recent hit on Broadway.

The gala will raise funds for NCTF’s ten nonprofit member theatres in the U.S. Proceeds will be generously matched with a challenge grant of up to $250,000 from the Edgerton Foundation which will benefit new theatrical works at NCTF’s member theatres, ensuring the creation of another year of innovative and thought-provoking productions nationwide.

The Edgerton Foundation awards new plays and theatres with grants that help create stronger first productions which increase the chances for the show’s staying power. Witness Uganda, directed by Diane Paulus, is an Edgerton Foundation new play award winner (2014 Richard Rodgers Award Winner), and has received excellent reviews. Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews will be joined by other Witness Uganda cast members to perform the powerful song “Kyussa” from the production at the gala.

The gala will be chaired by Chairman James S. Turley, former CEO of Ernst & Young; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Joseph F. Kirk, Wells Fargo; and world-renowned playwright David Henry Hwang. Bank of America serves as the Reception sponsor.

“Today’s regional theatres share a common thread with the corporate world: a focus on innovation, creativity and strong community leadership. I am proud to support outstanding theatre programming and education initiatives at NCTF theatres across the U.S.,” said James S. Turley, Chairman of NCTF.

Known to most as Glinda from Wicked, Broadway legend and Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth will receive the “Theatre Artist Award”at the Gala. Writer, producer and film director Robert Harling will present Chenoweth with the Theatre Artist Award. Music Director and conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who has recently conducted and performed with Chenoweth, Carole King, and Alicia Keys, will also take part in the tribute. Chenoweth’s stunning talent with singing, dancing and acting has garnered her critical acclaim in Broadway hits You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Steel Pier; The Apple Tree; and Promises, Promises; as well as on acclaimed television shows The West Wing and Pushing Daisies. She has also guest starred on numerous shows, including Sesame Street and Glee. Her big screen credits include The Pink Panther, Bewitched and more.

Chenoweth is currently in production on several film projects, including Universal’s The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, A Bet’s A Bet with Mena Suvari and Eric Roberts and an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell. In spring of 2014, she will be seen in Rio 2, voicing the character of Gaby, a hilarious poisonous frog. She most recently appeared in a guest arc on the TV Land series, Kirstie and reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of Glee. In May, she will return to the famed Carnegie Hall for the first time since her sold-out solo debut in 2004.

“It is an honor to be recognized as NCTF’s Theatre Artist Award winner this year,” said Ms. Chenoweth. “It is through partnerships like those facilitated by NCTF, and the great theatres they support, that our visions as artists can be explored and developed for the public. This is truly inspiring.”

The “Leadership in Theatre Award” will be going to the Edgerton Foundation for their substantial contribution to the creation of significant new work in the American Theatre. Dr. Bradford and Louise Edgerton will be honored by Tony Award Winner and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater ( A.R.T.) Diane Paulus. The Foundation’s challenge grant of up to 250,000 dollars for all new or increased contributions to the NCTF Gala will provide nonprofit theatres such as Los Angeles Center Theatre Group; San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; Cleveland Play House; and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others, with significant investments for new productions.

“Our goal with the NCTF matching grant for new works is to help playwrights, production teams and theatres create new dramatic works that will become part of the American theatre fabric and entertain audiences across the country for generations to come,” said Brad Edgerton, co-director of the foundation with this wife Louise Edgerton. “We recognize that first productions are challenging and we seek to provide the creative teams with the resources and time needed to truly craft strong and timeless shows.”

Productions supported in the past by the Edgerton Foundation include 13, All the Way, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Nominee), Good People (Tony Nominee), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer and Tony Nominee), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tony Nominee), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Winner).

“The connections NCTF makes between theatre, philanthropic and arts communities reflect a recognition of the immeasurable impact of the arts on the vitality of the communities in which they are based,” said Bruce Whitacre, Executive Director of NCTF. “It is a privilege to celebrate the incredible work and influence of regional theatre with the many artists, supporters and organizations that have made these programs a reality. It is truly a pleasure to honor Ms. Chenoweth and the Edgerton Foundation today for their role in advancing theatre in America.”

Lily Tomlin will present a special farewell to Benjamin Moore, founding NCTF Board Member and Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Moore is retiring after a prolific career in not-for-profit regional theatre.

About National Corporate Theatre Fund

National Corporate Theatre Fun (NCTF) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to sustaining America’s finest not-for-profit theatres, on the stage and in the community, through innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists. From its base in New York, NCTF provides a national vehicle for the flow of theatre, collaboration and ideas to and from key markets.

Since 1978, NCTF has raised millions of dollars for its member theatres. NCTF theatres contribute to our creative and cultural life – benefiting local communities, children, employees and the economy. Launched in 2012, its Impact Creativity campaign ( is one of the largest efforts to sustain and grow arts education programs across the country. Productions originating at NCTF theatres have transferred to New York and other theatres, and have won dozens of Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. They enrich lives of the local residents, provide creative opportunities for distinguished and emerging performers, serve as incubators for new works, and engage over 500,000 children most from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through their theatre education programs.

NCTF member theatres include the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Warf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company. Their Affiliate Network includes the Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theater, Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Walnut Street Theatre.

The following artists serve on NCTF’s Artistic Advisory Council: Edward Asner, Brent Barrett, Annette Bening, Robert Brustein, Kathleen Chalfant, Glenn Close, Billy Crudup, Gordon Davidson, David Henry Hwang, Cherry Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, John Lithgow, Jerry Mitchell, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Pels, David Hyde Pierce, Daryl Roth, Marian Seldes, Patrick Stewart, and Paula Vogel.

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Connelly McLaughlin & Woloz

IPIHD Hosts 3rd Annual Global Forum Bringing Together Healthcare Leaders to Discuss Promising Innovations in Health Delivery

Whether delivering babies at ¼ the cost of the United States, creating a “one-stop-shop” for diabetes care, performing heart surgery for $2,000 (compared to $20 100K in the US) or building mobile platforms to help diagnose patients remotely, solutions to some of our most pressing health problems are already at hand: just not here in the US.

The innovations being delivered by the above organizations – LifeSpring Hospitals, Clinicas del Azucar, Narayana Health, and ClickMedix – represent only a handful of promising solutions developed to improve access, affordability, and quality of healthcare for patients around the world, including the US.

What happens when the founders and leaders of these disruptive and award-winning organizations convene all in one location to share their innovative models and stategize new ways forward, together with senior corporate and foundation leaders from companies including Baxter, Novartis, Medtronic, McKinsey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Health Foundation?

It’s called the IPIHD Forum, held on April 6th just outside of Washington, DC.

IPIHD is an impact-driven non-profit launched in 2011 by the World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Company, and Duke Medicine to improve affordable access to high quality care globally. IPIHD identifies proven and potentially transformative health-focused innovators and connects them to senior healthcare leaders, investors/funders, and other partners and resources to help scale and replicate the impact of their work. IPIHD also leverages knowledge from this work to help transform health systems globally, and translate the lessons learned across borders.

Fittingly, the IPIHD Forum kicks off US National Public Health Week. As our world becomes increasingly connected, the notion of ideas and innovations crossing boundaries is exciting. It now seems possible that a bright idea catching hold in Vietnam could be applied with similar results in Brazil.

What makes an innovation ripe for adaptation to a new context? Are there common traits among innovations that succeed in multiple geographies?

At IPIHD, these questions are at the heart of what we do.

IPIHD encourages the media to attend this event – and is facilitating 1:1 meetings with select members of the press. To inquire, please contact Eleni Vlachos at 919.681.5411 or

San Francisco Coin Auction Raises Nearly $9 Million for Bently Foundation

SAN FRANCSICO, CA. (March 24, 2014) – The legendary 1927-D double eagle led the way with a sale price of $1,292,500, as Heritage’s March 20 auction of Gold Rush-era coins from The Collection of Donald E. Bently in San Francisco raised nearly $8.9 million for Bently Foundation, which launched last week. Proceeds from this auction go directly to the Bently Foundation, established by Christopher Bently, the son of the late Donald Bently, to support the communities served by Christopher’s diverse suite of companies with the belief that with corporate success comes the responsibility to engage with the community and inspire positive change. Bently Foundation is 100% dedicated to fostering support for organizations that cultivate the arts, advance environmental sustainability and aid animal welfare.

“The coin auction exceeded our expectations,” said Christopher Bently, Founder of Bently Foundation. “We were able to raise nearly 9 million that will directly benefit organizations that align with Bently Foundations core values of cultivating the arts, advancing environmental sustainability and aiding animal welfare.”

“We are thrilled with the overall success of the coin auction, which not only raised a significant amount of funding for Bently Foundation, but awareness of the organization and the communities it serves,” stated Camille Crowder, Development Director of Bently Foundation. “Through the launch of Bently Foundation, we’ve received interest from non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area, Nevada and beyond, who are in need of grants to continue the valuable work they do throughout the year.

The 1927-D double eagle is both the rarest regular issue 20th century coin and the rarest coin minted at the Denver Mint. Only seven times has an example crossed Heritage’s auction block, and only seven examples are known to be available to collectors. Given the rarity of the coin and the popularity of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, we expected high demand for this coin, and it did not disappoint.

The Bently Foundation’s emphasis on Northern California and Nevada covers an area that encompasses two present and past US mints along with far more than its share of numismatic history. The fabled Carson City Mint has produced more than its share of rarities, such as the 1870-CC double eagle, considered the fifth rarest issue in the Liberty double eagle series behind the ultra-low mintage 1882 and 1886 circulation issues, the 1856-O, and the nearly uncollectible 1861 Paquet reverse coin struck in Philadelphia. No 1870-CC double eagles have ever been certified in Mint State grades by any major grading service, making high quality AU examples that much more desirable, with the Carson City mintmark only adding to the coin’s allure. The Bently specimen is graded AU53 by PCGS, and is likely one of the five finest specimens known. It sold for $411,250. Another 1870-CC issue, an eagle graded AU53 by NGC, realized $135,125.

Christopher Bently, Founder of Bently Foundation, holding the legendary 1927-D double eagle which sold for $1,292,500

San Francisco, the site of the auction, was represented in this collection not only by issues from the San Francisco Mint, but also by gold pieces, technically ingots, struck during the California Gold Rush before the mint was established. Chief among the territorial issues represented in this auction was an octagonal $50 piece with lettered edge struck by US Assayer Augustus Humbert in 1851. Seldom seen in Mint State, the finest example from the Bently Collection was graded MS60 by PCGS and sold for $282,000, while a similar piece graded AU53 by PCGS brought $164,500.

Rarities from the San Francisco Mint were also well-represented in this auction, including a 1930-S double eagle MS65 PCGS which sold for $176,381, an 1854-S quarter eagle Good 6 PCGS selling for $193,875, an 1878-S half dollar MS63 PCGS at $129,250, and an 1864-S eagle AU53 NGC which brought $146,875.

Chicago Area Mompreneur Creates Venomous New Fashion Accessory Designed To Stop Violent Offenders In Their Tracks

CHICAGOLAND (March 24, 2014) By the time you finish reading this press release, another American will have been sexually assaulted. In fact, every two minutes a sexual assault occurs totaling a staggering 237,868 victims each year. On average there is an aggravated assault every 37 seconds and a robbery occurs every 1.2 minutes. Alarming statistics like these are what inspired Indiana Entrepreneur, Caroline Olah to create the Little Viper, an unassuming fashion accessory that packs a crime stopping punch.

The Little Viper is the World’s first and only pepper spray self-defense bracelet. Weighing in at only one ounce, the Little Viper has an impressive three foot range and inhibits assailants with 3-6 bursts of 10% OC pepper spray. The adjustable silicone bracelet is 8.5” in length and is available in black or pink. “The Little Viper has a fashionable, low profile design and was created with discretion in mind. We incorporated the world’s smallest pepper spray canister so whether you’re wearing it while jogging in the park, or for a night out on the town it’s the perfect pint-sized defense system”, says Caroline.

Although the Little Viper presents a seemingly harmless first impression, the maximum strength formula will cause a pretty severe bout of coughing, choking, and an intense burning sensation while forcing the attacker’s eyes shut. With the immediate effects of pepper spray which last anywhere from 15 – 45 minutes, the Little Viper provides plenty of time to escape an attacker, render him/her helpless, and call the police.

With the installation of President Obama’s new Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the White House just reported that 1 in 5 female college students will experience sexual assault on campus. Although the numbers are astounding, products like the Little Viper are helping to empower everyone from college students to elderly citizens and ensuring less Americans fall victim to criminal attacks.

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