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WPEO Honors Outstanding Women Business Owners and Corporations

—Annual Awards Recognize Efforts and Achievement Supporting Women Business Owners—

New York, NY (March 7, 2014) – The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) recognized outstanding achievements on behalf of women’s business enterprises (WBEs), corporations and women’s business advocates in New York, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut and the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas at the WPEO’s Annual Awards Breakfast on March 7th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.

As the northeast regional affiliates of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses and third-party certification organization, WPEO certifies and validates that companies have met official criteria as a business legitimately-owned, managed and controlled by women.

The 2014 Award winners include:

New York Region

  • PepsiCo – Outstanding Corporation
  • Jaymie Mitchell, Bank of America – Outstanding Women’s Business Advocate
  • Hallie Satz, HighRoad Press – Star Award
  • Mary Nittolo, The Studio – President’s Award

DC Region

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation – Outstanding Corporation
  • Jacqueline Smith, New Kent Coatings – Star Award
  • Carol O’Riordan, The O’Riordan Bethel Law Firm, LLP – President’s Award

Criteria for the winners of the Outstanding Corporation awards include accomplishments in support of women business owners and the women’s business community, innovation, Done Deal™ participation, and overall commitment to the mission of the WPEO. Advocate awardees are selected based on significant involvement with WPEO and support of women-owned businesses. The President’s Award winners, which are selected by Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., WPEO President and Founder, and Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO – DC, have gone above and beyond in their service to the WPEO.

“It is my privilege to recognize these extraordinary WBEs, Corporate Members and Advocates in the New York and Washington, D.C. Regions, acknowledging their continued participation, support and commitment to WPEO,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President and Founder. “This is our fifteenth anniversary year, an auspicious moment in our history. I am proud of all that WPEO has achieved to increase access to business opportunities. Our programming initiatives, partnerships and advocacy empower WBEs to build relationships with Fortune 1000 companies and with each other,” she said.

In honor of WPEO’s 15th anniversary, Dr. Firestone also announced the launch this month of the new WPEO website (www.wpeo.us), with a fully responsive design for desktop, tablet and mobile, a new system to manage and register for events and Done Deals™, offering a rich source of information about Corporate Members, along with the benefits and process for becoming part of WPEO. Interpublic Group and Sanofi are 15th anniversary sponsors.

The Breakfast was sponsored by: Bank of America; ConEdison; Microsoft Corporation; Adco Electrical Corporation; Artech Information Systems; Atrium Staffing; HighRoad Press, LLC; Progressive Promotions; and The Studio.

About The WPEO

The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s premier third-party certification organization for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide full service, third-party certification to women entrepreneurs in areas that include New York, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut , Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please visit www.wpeo.us or call (212) 688-4114.

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Contact Information:

Susan Johnson

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization

[E] sjohnson@womenpresidentsorg.com

[O] 212-688-4114

[M] 917-601-5778

NMBC’s 11th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference Salutes Women in Finance During the Month of March

NEW YORK, NY (March 6, 2014 )The National Minority Business Council, Inc. (NMBC) will host its 11th Annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference with the theme “Financial Strategies for Business Growth” on Thursday, March 20th 2014, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM at BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay Street, New York City, NY 10286. 

Photo: Dawn Henning

Dawn Henning, Vice Chair NMBC Board of Directors and Chair NMBC Women’s Business Committee is elated to host the annual event which allows women to connect and recognize their excellence while sharing proven approaches toward leadership and achievements.“Women in business are making a tremendous impact on the economy. During the most challenging economic times the focus must continue to be on growth,” states Ms. Henning.

The luncheon keynote will be provided by Randy Joy Epstein, CEO of Randy Joy & Co, CPA, and Founder & Co-organizer of TEDx Times Square. Ms Epstein is considered a serial entrepreneur, professional speaker and shoulder for entrepreneurs and CEOs to lean on to solve issues and grow their companies. CEOs and investors seek her direction on how to focus the entire company towards growth. “Knowing that failure is indeed an option,” Ms. Epstein shares, “CHOOSE. True failure is not falling but rather not picking yourself up when you fall and trying again.” It is that business acumen that has inspired not only women, but business leaders to heed her shrewd advice.


The morning workshops will explore three important topics with the following panels of financial experts:

Panel 1 – Invest in Your Business and You

Moderator – Debralee Nelson, CFP®, Senior Director, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Panelists – Monika Mantilla, President & CEO, Altura Capital; and Brian Scanlon, CFP®,CRPS, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Corporate Retirement Director, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley.

Panel 2 – Minding Your Money – Is Your Business Financially Healthy?

Moderator and Panelist – Geri Stengel, President, Stengel Solutions and Ventureneer; Panelists – Stacy Francis, CFP®, President and CEO, Francis Financial, Inc.; Samantha Champagnie, CPA, Founding Member, Champagnie Dawkins, CPAs, PLLC; and Dr. Michael C. Grayson, President and CEO, Grayson Financial Service

Panel 3 – Show me the Money! Financing Options for Your Business

Moderator – Coco Corona, Marketing, Valley Economic Development Corp.; Panelists – Deborah Jackson, Founder, Plum Alley; Marlene Citron, President, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. and The Business Initiative Corporation of NY; Erica Dorn, Manager of Lending- New York, Accion East; and Jessie Lee, Director, Valley Economic Development Corp.

Advanced registration is required. To register for this event, visit NMBC website at www.nmbc.org or call Mr. John Robinson, NMBC President & CEO at 347-289-7620.

About National Minority Business Council

Founded in 1972 as a full-service, non-profit (501)(c)(3) corporation, the National Minority Business Council’s primary purpose is to enhance the success and profitability of the small business community through the provision of high-quality services, education, mentoring programs, advocacy and networking support. The NMBC is a membership organization that includes hundreds of small, minority, women owned and veteran owned businesses located nationally and internationally. Given the various levels of business expertise among the members, the NMBC strives to develop programs that are suited to the needs of the new start-up as well as seasoned entrepreneur.

MEDIA INQUIRIES CONTACT
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Ulysses.Williams@nmbc.org

The School of American Ballet’s 2014 WINTER BALL Celebrating SAB’s 80th Anniversary Raised More than $1.2 Million For Scholarships and School Programs

at the David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014

The School of American Ballet’s 2014 Winter Ball, in celebration of SAB’s 80th Anniversary, took place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014 and raised more than $1.2 million for scholarships and school programs. Sponsored by legendary French jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels for the seventh consecutive year, the evening began with cocktails at 7pm and dinner at 8pm, followed by a student performance choreographed specially for the occasion, and The Encore dessert and dancing, sponsored by fifth-generation luxury house, J. Mendel. The proceeds from this event enable SAB to distribute $1.9 million annually in student scholarships as well as support the School’s renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities at Lincoln Center.

Atmosphere

“SAB is grateful to our sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels, our wonderful event chairs and all the generous attendees for a successful 80th Anniversary celebration, which raised over $1.2 for the School’s scholarship and student life programs,” said Margie Van Dercook, executive director of The School of American Ballet.

Jock Soto and Heléne Alexopoulos Warrick

This glamorous annual dinner dance was attended by more than 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. Notable attendees included: Diana DiMenna (Chairman), Julia Koch (Chairman), Serena Lese (Chairman), Noreen Ahmad (Young Patron Chairman), Amanda Brotman (Young Patron Chairman), and Chelsea Zalopany (Young Patron Chairman), Darci Kistler and Peter Martins, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Ask la Cour, Jock Soto, Daniel Ulbricht, Wendy Whelan, Linda and Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov & Lisa Rinehart, Fe Fendi, Olivia Flatto, Maggy Frances, Stephen L. Green, Martin Harvey, Julie Henderson, David Koch, Frederick R. Koch, Alexandra Lebenthal, Ed Lewis, Gilles Mendel, Teresa Moore, Dailey and Gordon Pattee, Bettina Prentice, Ilona Quasha, Kelly Rutherford, Jean Shafiroff, Timo Weiland, Laura and Will Zeckendorf.

Amanda Brotman and Noreen Ahmad

This year’s event was themed a Starry Night to celebrate SAB’s 80 years of dedication to the field of ballet. Ron Wendt Design created an enchanting celestial atmosphere of silver and white.

Dancers with Silas Farley

A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for the School of American Ballet, for the second consecutive year.

Peter Martins, Julia Koch, Serena Lese, Diana DiMenna, Margie Van Dercook and Nicolas Luchsinger

“I was thrilled with Silas Farley’s choreography again this year. What a delight it has been to share both Silas’s achievements as a dance-maker and the wonderful dancing of our young students with the School’s supporters at the Winter Ball,” said Mr. Martins.

Performance

Famed French jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels, again acted as the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. This long-standing partnership is a tribute to the friendship shared between SAB founder, George Balanchine, and one of the Van Cleef & Arpels founding brothers, Claude Arpels, who established the Maison in New York in 1939. From their shared passion for exceptional stones was born an artistic relationship that resulted in Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ ballet and its sumptuous costumes. To celebrate SAB’s 80th Anniversary, Van Cleef & Arpels debuted two unique creations inspired by the Maison’s cherished theme of dance.

Internationally renowned luxury house, J. Mendel, sponsored the Winter Ball after-party, The Encore. Following dinner, 200 of the city’s most sophisticated philanthropic young professionals joined the Winter Ball for a night of dancing and dessert. This sponsorship signifies a continuation of J. Mendel’s direct association with the ballet, since Gilles Mendel, designer and fifth-generation member of the house his Franco-Russian ancestors founded in 1870, created costumes for two original New York City Ballet productions. The most recent of these, “Mes Oiseaux”, was choreographed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief and SAB Artistic Director, Peter Martins, and debuted at the NYCB Spring Gala in 2012.

Atmosphere

Epoch Estate Wines’, a small-production vintner dedicated to crafting wines from its estate vineyards on the west side of the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region, were donated to the event and were paired beautifully with the culinary creations of Glorious Food. The event was led by Chairmen Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch, and Serena Lese; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen Ahmad, Amanda Brotman and Chelsea Zalopany.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET

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.

ABOUT VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Van Cleef & Arpels was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. Always striving for excellence, the Maison has become a worldwide reference through its unique designs, its choice of exceptional stones and its virtuoso craftsmanship, offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life. Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement and poetry. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its collections evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

In the United States, Van Cleef & Arpels has boutiques in New York (since 1939), Manhasset, NY; Short Hills, NJ; Palm Beach (since 1940); Bal Harbour, FL; Boca Raton, FL; Naples, FL, Chicago; Las Vegas (City Center and Palazzo); Costa Mesa (South Coast Plaza); and Beverly Hills (since 1969). Visit www.VanCleefArpels.com for additional information.

ABOUT J. MENDEL

J. Mendel is a fifth-generation luxury brand established on the principles of high quality, style, and craftsmanship. Applying his unique skills and design aesthetic, Gilles Mendel transformed the company from a luxury fur atelier into a full-fledged fashion house with the launch of its ready-to-wear collection in 2002. His penchant for maintaining the highest standards while manipulating luxury fabrics in unexpected ways has attracted top-tier clients who appreciate his timeless, cutting-edge, and exquisitely produced fashions. In recognition of his achievements in women’s fashion, Mendel was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2003, and received the prestigious Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011.

About Epoch Estate Wines

Located within the Paso Robles wine region, Epoch Estate Wines’ 2010 Estate Blend was just named Wine Spectator’s 25th wine in the world on their Top 100 List for 2013. Epoch, founded in 2004 by Bill and Liz Armstrong, has quickly developed a big reputation for small production and is known for handcrafted wines with abundant personalities. Located on historic York Mountain, Epoch is an ultra-premium producer of Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varietal wines from estate-grown vines planted on the west side of the Paso Robles wine region. Stewards of both the historic York Mountain Winery and the Paderewski Vineyard, Epoch is committed to the land and the legacy that is now Epoch. To learn more, visit www.epochwines.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickcommunications.com

CREDO Donates Nearly $200,000 to Fight NSA Spying and Keystone XL, and Provide Medical Support to Victims of Civil War

CREDO Empowers Customers to Support Progressive Nonprofits

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $199,982 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to boost the nonprofits’ efforts as they work to provide aid to distressed populations, and fight back against attacks on civil liberties and the environment.

Doctors Without Borders, Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation were nominated by CREDO customers and chosen among hundreds of nonprofits to be featured as the three groups eligible in the month of February to receive funding. CREDO customers then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Friends of the Earth received 37 percent, which added up to $73,993 in funding. One of our best allies in the fight against Keystone XL, Friends of the Earth has been a leader in exposing the corrupted State Department vetting process of foreign oil company TransCanada. The global network representing 74 different countries engages in hard-hitting campaigns to fight for what is needed to protect the planet – not just what is easy and popular.

“CREDO has been a great partner with Friends of the Earth to advocate for solutions to climate change and defend the Clean Air Act. We are grateful for their support and to have them as a progressive ally in the fight for a more healthy and just world.”—Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received 21 percent, which added up to $41,996 in funding. EFF is our first line of defense when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack. It’s a leader in the fight to end the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance programs and to block policies that allow censorship of our Internet and abusive copyright protections that stifle free speech for corporate profit.

“CREDO is building a better, freer future for technology users worldwide,” said Richard Esguerra, development director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Doctors Without Borders received 42 percent, which added up to $83,992 in funding. The organization’s doctors and nurses provide urgent medical care in some of the most dangerous regions of the world where war and catastrophe are threatening lives – including current operations in response to conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Doctors Without Borders is also a leading opponent of provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that have the potential to block access to affordable medicine in the developing world.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. 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: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/progressive-social-change.aspx

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CONTACT: Sarah Lane at sarahlane@credoaction.com

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UBS and GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano Launch Partnership To Promote Culture In The City Of Milan

“YEAR AFTER YEAR. Opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection“ is the first exhibition in Italy of works from the UBS Art Collection

Curated by Francesco Bonami Friday, March 21 to Sunday, June 21, 2014

Milan, February 2014 – UBS is pleased to present the first exhibition in Italy featuring works from the renowned UBS Art Collection, one of the world’s largest and most respected corporate contemporary art collections. The works will be on view from Friday, March 21 to Sunday, June 21, 2014 in the splendid exhibition space on the first floor of the GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan. The exhibition is the start of a partnership between UBS and GAM that, through various events, will develop and promote one of Milan’s most prestigious cultural institutions.

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Caption: Robert Longo, Untitled, 1981, Charcoal and pencil on paper, 243.8 x 152.4 cm© Robert Longo. UBS Art Collection

Curated by Francesco Bonami, YEAR AFTER YEAR. Opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection (Works on paper from the UBS Art Collection) examines the artistic production on paper through 50 works by 33 acclaimed international artists working from the 1960s to today, including Frank Auerbach, Charles Avery, Georg Baselitz, Troy Brauntuch, Chuck Close, John Currin, Lucian Freud, Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kippenberger, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sigmar Polke, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Cy Twombly and Robin Winters.

Through a singular and focused presentation, YEAR AFTER YEAR. Opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection examines a medium and a type of work that can open up new aspects and new interpretations. The fragility of paper retains the intimate and delicate nature of the original work, the source of the artistic creation. In the relationship between the lightness of the drawing and the monumentality of the wall, the border of the drawing itself disappears. The exhibition is organized thematically and unfolds along a logical path, resulting in an ideal conversation at multiple levels: between the works, between the works and the artists and between the works and the location.

YEAR AFTER YEAR. Opere su carta dalla UBS Art Collection will be accompanied by a catalogue, and admission will be free of charge to the public.

In addition to making its art collection available for the exhibition, UBS is helping GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano to develop and restore art works and the exhibition space for the permanent collection. The partnership’s objective is to launch a project in support of art and culture in Italy, with UBS promoting an interdisciplinary effort to develop a historic, architectural and artistic gem in the city of Milan.

UBS has a long and sustained history of supporting contemporary art so that it can be shared with clients and the public through the Bank’s dedicated platform, which is made up of global partnerships such as Art Basel and the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, the UBS Art Collection, the UBS Art Competence Center in Switzerland and the UBS Arts Forum.

UBS Italy, which serves private clients in the country, has decided to raise its profile in Milan, and in particular with the GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, in order to launch a campaign for culture in the city and an innovative channel for relations with the Bank’s clients, as well as make its collection available to the public. For more information please visit: www.ubs.com/art

GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano
Via Palestro, 16 – 20121 Milano
Ph: +39 02 88445947
email: c.gam@comune.milano.it
www.gam-milano.com

Opening hours: From Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:30 
Admission is allowed until 15 minutes before closing.
Closed: on Mondays except holidays, May 1

Free entry

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The School of American Ballet announces 2014 WINTER BALL: Celebrating SAB’s 80th Anniversary

at the David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014

The School of American Ballet (SAB) announces the 2014 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014, sponsored by legendary French jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels for the seventh consecutive year. Cocktails begin at 7pm and dinner will commence at 8pm, followed by The Encore dessert and dancing at 9pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, or for more information, please contact Natalie Schweizer at nschweizer@sab.org or (212) 769-6610.

This glamorous annual dinner dance is attended by 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. A highlight of the evening includes a one-time-only performance by the advanced students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, who was selected by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for the School of American Ballet, for the second consecutive year.

The proceeds from this event enable SAB to distribute $1.9 million annually in student scholarships as well as support the School’s renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities at Lincoln Center.

This year’s event will be a Starry Night celebrating SAB’s 80 years of dedication to the field of ballet. Ron Wendt Design will create an enchanting celestial atmosphere of silver and white.

Famed French jewelry Maison, Van Cleef & Arpels, will again act as the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. This long-standing partnership is a tribute to the friendship shared between SAB founder, George Balanchine, and one of the Van Cleef & Arpels founding brothers, Claude Arpels, who established the Maison in New York in 1939. From their shared passion for exceptional stones was born an artistic relationship that resulted in Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ ballet and its sumptuous costumes. To celebrate SAB’s 80th Anniversary, Van Cleef & Arpels will debut two unique creations inspired by the Maison’s cherished theme of dance.

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Internationally renowned luxury house, J. Mendel, will sponsor the Winter Ball after-party, The Encore. Following dinner, 200 of the city’s most sophisticated philanthropic young professionals will join the Winter Ball for a night of dancing and dessert. Dinner tickets include admission to The Encore and after-party-only tickets are also available. This sponsorship signifies a continuation of J. Mendel’s direct association with the ballet, since Gilles Mendel, designer and fifth-generation member of the house his Franco-Russian ancestors founded in 1870, created costumes for two original New York City Ballet productions. The most recent of these, “Mes Oiseaux”, was choreographed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief and SAB Artistic Director, Peter Martins, and debuted at the NYCB Spring Gala in 2012.

Epoch Estate Wines’, a small-production vintner dedicated to crafting wines from its estate vineyards on the west side of the acclaimed Paso Robles wine region, have been donated to the event and will be paired beautifully with the culinary creations of Glorious Food. The event is led by Chairmen Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch, and Serena Lese; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen Ahmad, Amanda Brotman and Chelsea Zalopany.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET

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.

ABOUT VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Van Cleef & Arpels was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895. Always striving for excellence, the Maison has become a worldwide reference through its unique designs, its choice of exceptional stones and its virtuoso craftsmanship, offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life. Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement and poetry. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its collections evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

In the United States, Van Cleef & Arpels has boutiques in New York (since 1939), Manhasset, NY; Short Hills, NJ; Palm Beach (since 1940); Bal Harbour, FL; Boca Raton, FL; Naples, FL, Chicago; Las Vegas (City Center and Palazzo); Costa Mesa (South Coast Plaza); and Beverly Hills (since 1969). Visit www.VanCleefArpels.com for additional information.

ABOUT J. MENDEL

J. Mendel is a fifth-generation luxury brand established on the principles of high quality, style, and craftsmanship. Applying his unique skills and design aesthetic, Gilles Mendel transformed the company from a luxury fur atelier into a full-fledged fashion house with the launch of its ready-to-wear collection in 2002. His penchant for maintaining the highest standards while manipulating luxury fabrics in unexpected ways has attracted top-tier clients who appreciate his timeless, cutting-edge, and exquisitely produced fashions. In recognition of his achievements in women’s fashion, Mendel was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2003, and received the prestigious Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2011.

About Epoch Estate Wines

Located within the Paso Robles wine region, Epoch Estate Wines’ 2010 Estate Blend was just named Wine Spectator’s 25th wine in the world on their Top 100 List for 2013. Epoch, founded in 2004 by Bill and Liz Armstrong, has quickly developed a big reputation for small production and is known for handcrafted wines with abundant personalities. Located on historic York Mountain, Epoch is an ultra-premium producer of Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varietal wines from estate-grown vines planted on the west side of the Paso Robles wine region. Stewards of both the historic York Mountain Winery and the Paderewski Vineyard, Epoch is committed to the land and the legacy that is now Epoch. To learn more, visit www.epochwines.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickcommunications.com

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RecycleForce Answers Obama’s Call, Offers Ex-offenders Minimum Wage of $10.10

INDIANAPOLIS – February 19, 2014 – RecycleForce is raising its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for its hourly staff, which currently consists of 125 formally incarcerated men and women. Last week, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors. That act follows the President’s urging of Congress to “give America a raise”during the recent State of the Union address.

As a social enterprise based in the Heartland, RecycleForce focuses on recycling electronic waste while offering transitional employment and workforce training to some of the most challenging-to-employ ex-offenders in Marion County.

“After the President’s speech, two of our employees asked, ‘Are you one of those federal contractors the President’s order impacts?’”said RecycleForce President Gregg Keesling. “Their attention to the President’s speech impressed me and prompted me to consider voluntarily raising our minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.”

The wage increase follows the end of a two-year study with the U.S. Department of Labor in which RecycleForce provided transitional employment to 504 individuals. RecycleForce was one of seven organizations from across the country selected to participate in the congressionally authorized Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program.

The pay raise will go into effect March 1; the current starting wage for all RecycleForce hourly employees is $9.00 per hour. Employees already earning $10.00 per hour or higher will receive a $1.00 per hour increase.

“To make the increase possible, we have asked our full-time, salaried staff to forego scheduled pay increases to help those with the greatest need. It’s one of the most honorable things I’have ever been a part of,”said Keesling.

Keesling notes that while the not-for-profit’s hourly employees have made mistakes in the past, once they are released from incarceration they have done their time.

“Numerous studies prove that a job is the key ingredient in the recipe for stronger communities and reducing recidivism,”added Keesling, “Our role is create those job opportunities and at a fair, living wage.”

About RecycleForce

RecycleForce, a 501(c)3 organization, is an R2-certified social enterprise offering comprehensive and innovative recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals. Taking the electronic waste and other recyclables provided by residents and corporate partners, RecycleForce deconstructs these items, recycles the materials and disposes of the waste safely and cleanly. The scrap metals and other reusable materials collected in this process are then sold to help pay for job training programs and employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated men and women in order to support their re-entry back into society.

For more information visit RecycleForce.org.

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For more information contact:
Ryan Puckett at 317-721-7221 or ryan@two-21.com

The School of American Ballet Announces 2014 WINTER BALL: Celebrating SAB’s 80th Anniversary

at the David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014

The School of American Ballet announces the 2014 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 3, 2014, sponsored for the seventh consecutive year by legendary French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. Cocktails begin at 7pm and dinner will commence at 8pm, followed by The Encore dessert and dancing at 9pm. Attire is black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, or for more information, please contact Natalie Schweizer at nschweizer@sab.org or (212) 769-6610.

This glamorous annual dinner dance is attended by 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities.

A highlight of the evening includes a one-time-only performance by the advanced students of The School of American Ballet choreographed by Silas Farley, selected for the second consecutive year by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for the School of American Ballet. The proceeds from this event enable SAB to distribute $1.8 million annually in student scholarships and support the School’s renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities at Lincoln Center. This year’s event will be a Starry Night celebrating SAB’s 80 years of dedication to the field of ballet, as attendees toast the School’s good fortune at this momentous anniversary. Ron Wendt Design will create another unforgettable atmosphere for the event.

For the seventh consecutive year, Van Cleef & Arpels is the lead corporate sponsor of the gala. This partnership salutes the storied friendship between SAB’s founder George Balanchine and Van Cleef & Arpels founder Claude Arpels. The Encore is the Winter Ball after-party, sponsored by fifth-generation luxury house, J. Mendel. Following dinner, 200 of the city’s most sophisticated philanthropic young professionals join the Winter Ball for dancing and dessert. Dinner tickets include admission to The Encore and after-party-only tickets are also available. The event is led by Chairmen Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch, and Serena Lese; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen Ahmad, Amanda Brotman and Chelsea Zalopany.

ABOUT SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET

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.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Michelle Tabnick
(646) 765-4773
michelle@michelletabnickcommunications.com

Community Foundation of Utah Shows Its Love For Utah Nonprofits on Valentine’s Day At First Annual Utah Fund Social Investors Forum

Salt Lake City, Utah –– On Friday, February 14th, the Community Foundation of Utah showed its love for Utah nonprofit organizations at the First Annual Utah Fund Social Investors Forum held at Westminster on the Draw. Social entrepreneurs The Green Urban Lunchbox and the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective were each given $20,000 in capital to expand their innovative, high impact and sustainable business models.

Of note, the Green Urban Lunchbox received twice the amount requested, underscoring the investment nature of this program
. The Social Investors Forum is the first of its kind in the nation, and another first for the Community Foundation of Utah, fast becoming known as a pioneering grantmaker.

In January, the Community Foundation of Utah received 150 responses to a Call for Investments. In stark contrast to a typical grant application, the Call was only one page long and did not specify a grant amount. Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah explained, “The responses are a barometer of the needs of our state, and the entrepreneurial spirit that Utahns bring to solving social problems.”

A group of experts reviewed the requests and narrowed the field to six finalists whose projects demonstrated a compelling new idea, a novel approach to solving a social problem, and a commitment to a sustainable funding model. These finalists pitched their ideas 17 representatives from the venture capital, philanthropic, corporate, entrepreneurial and social sectors in front of an audience. The finalists were: AAA Fair Credit Foundation, Canyonlands Field Institute, The Green Urban Lunch Box, The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, Spy Hop Productions and the Utah Nonprofits Association.

The Green Urban Lunch Box was awarded $20,000 in support of their Fruit Share program, which gathers fruit from urban trees, and shares the bounty three ways: one third of the fruit is given back to the tree owner, one third to food banks and one third is used to produce jams sold at local farmers markets, sustaining the organization. The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective received $20,000 for their Earn-A-Bike program. Here, youth earn their bike by building it. Reconstructed and repaired bikes are also sold to the public, creating a revenue source for the Collective.

Jeramy Lund, Board Chair of The Community Foundation of Utah, stated, “We are pleased to be able to support these social enterprises. They share our commitment to sustainability, impact and innovation, and demonstrate a new way to meet social needs.”

In addition, the Community Foundation of Utah is encouraging others to invest in these and other efforts uncovered through the Call for Investments. Lund added, “True to what the Community Foundation of Utah is all about, we look to leverage our charitable giving expertise and help connect philanthropists with projects that have the potential to change our community. We would love to all these worthy projects funded.”

A compendium of all requests for support has been made available on the Community Foundation of Utah’s website (www.utahcf.org) , informing government, foundations, investors and the community about both needs and the social innovators dedicated to meeting them.

About The Community Foundation of Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. The Utah Fund is the grant-making fund of the Community Foundation of Utah, built by and for the people of our state. It leverages the giving of many individuals to support programs and services are hard to find, unique, and selected for their innovation and impact. You can support the Utah Fund by making a donation at www.utahcf.org.

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Contact:
Fraser Nelson, Executive Director
Community Foundation of Utah
(801) 559-3005
fraser@utahcf.org

Unite4:Good And Variety Announce “Unite4:Humanity,” An Event To Celebrate Good, Giving And Greatness Around The Globe

Event Will Honor Excellence in Philanthropy Among Everyday Heroes and Entertainment Industry Stars

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February 12, 2014 – (Los Angeles, CA) unite4:good (www.unite4good.org), the global movement for humanity, announces the first ever unite4:humanity event in Los Angeles on February 27th to be held at the Sony Lot in association with Variety (www.variety.com). This star-studded event will be held during Hollywood’s biggest week and will serve to amplify the unite4:good mission of promoting positivity, inspiring charitable engagement and empowering acts of kindness and service in order to create a positive shift in our global society. Everyday heroes selected by unite4:good’s Founding Affiliates and coaltion4:good will be honored alongside the entertainment industry’s brightest stars and some of the world’s most influential leaders in media, politics, business and philanthropy.

The night will include the presentation of the Unity Recognition Award to President Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. The Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has used their voice to unite people around the world and create longlasting, sustainable and positive impact.

Variety Magazine will present a series of unite4:humanity awards to entertainment industry icons who have created positive, inspirational or socially conscious media and entertainment in the areas of film, television and music.

“The purpose behind this unite4:humanity event is to create awareness about the unite4:good movement, which asks each and every individual to create positivity around them, and to engage in acts of kindness and service. It is an honor to bring together these extraordinary everyday heroes with some of the most recognizable and philanthropic individuals, organizations and businesses in the world,” said Anthony Melikhov, Founder of unite4:good. “The evening is a celebration of goodness, with every dollar raised committed to sustaining both the movement and the programs we have put into place with all of our coalition non-profits. With Variety as our partner, we believe that this will be a night to remember for all.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with unite4:good on their inaugural unite4:humanity event. Variety has a long-standing commitment to supporting the philanthropic endeavors of the entertainment community and we applaud unite4:good’s ongoing efforts in encouraging the industry to engage in acts of kindness and service and for celebrating their efforts,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Publisher, Variety. 

Additional highlights of the evening will include:

  • Five everyday heroes will be awarded $25,000 unite4:good grants to further the work they are doing to positively impact their local communities in the areas of Arts, Animal Welfare, Environment, Health and Human Services and Youth Development. Beginning February 10th, the public will be asked to visit unite4good.org to vote, with the recipient of the most votes receiving an additional Impact Grant of $50,000. All five outstanding citizens will be recognized on stage during the evening.
  • The evening will serve as the official launch of the unite4:good social media platform for good, enabling local and national organizations to create profiles and interact with inspired, likeminded individuals from around the world to raise funds and awareness, create calls to action and launch initiatives. The online platform will pass 100% of all donations through to the charities and additionally reward individuals who “do good” through unite4:good’s relationship with corporate partners.
  • The night will highlight unite4:good’s coaltion4:good, which includes 15 Founding Affiliate organizations who have each received a unite4:good grant to create programming. These organizations include: ASPCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Conservation International, Do Something.org, the Eva Longoria Foundation, Exploring the Arts, Feeding America, the Joyful Heart Foundation, Keep a Child Alive, Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, Partnership for a Healthier America, Points of Light, The Trevor Project and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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For more information, please visit unite4good.org. Please join the conversation online at Facebook: facebook.com/unite4good.org and Twitter: @unite4good using hashtags #U4Gunite4humanity #unite4good.

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About unite4:good

unite4:good is a revolutionary global movement that will establish a new standard whereby acts of kindness and service become so idolized that everyone chooses to make them a part of their daily life. Through empowering action, creating new programs and uniting individuals and organizations in innovative ways, we will provoke positive and lasting change on a global scale. unite4:good will encourage everyone to inspire, empower, share and love. (unite4good.org).

About Variety:

Variety and Variety.com provide the industry with the most comprehensive coverage of film, television and the digital space. With respected and experienced news reporters in Los Angeles, New York and around the world, Variety marries its historic coverage of the entertainment business with a recently revamped website and weekly print magazine offering readers the in-depth news coverage needed to remain competitive in the ever- changing entertainment industry. The Variety Group – Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, LA 411, NY 411 – is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For: unite4:good
Shaila Arora
Shaila@arorapr.com
310.717.8255

For: unite4:humanity
PMK•BNC
Jennifer Kearney
Jennifer.kearney@pmkbnc.com
310.854.4789

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