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The Iberostar Group Will Eliminate More Than 200 Tons Of Plastic Waste In 2018

The company will be playing an active role in events to commemorate World Oceans Day

  • Over the course of 2018, and as part of its ‘Wave of Change’ program, the Majorca-based tourism group will be reducing the amount of plastic waste generated in its hotels by more than 200 tons. A measure made possible thanks to an ambitious strategy to replace single-use plastic products such as bottles, bags and amenities with more eco-friendly alternatives.
  • This past April, the company announced its decision to guarantee all rooms in its 110 hotels around the world will be single-use plastic free in 2019.
  • To commemorate today’s World Oceans Day, the Iberostar Group has organized a packed program of activities at all its hotels to encourage guests and employees to join the ‘Wave of Change’ movement.

Press Release – Palma de Mallorca, Spain – June 8, 2018 – Oceans make up approximately 70% of the Earth’s surface and are a vital resource for sustaining life on the planet. The Iberostar Group, a hotel chain with strong ties to the oceans and seas – more than 80% of its hotels boast seafront locations – is determined to make a real and effective contribution to the protection and conservation of this unique asset.

To accomplish this, the Iberostar Group has implemented its ‘Wave of Change’ program, an ambitious initiative designed in line with Goal 14 of the SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), focused on three main areas: the reduction of plastic pollution, the promotion of sustainable fishing and the conservation and protection of marine ecosystems.

Elimination of more than 200 tons of single use plastics in Spain

Reducing plastic pollution is at the core of Iberostar’s commitment to the oceans. Thanks to an ambitious policy designed to eliminate and replace single use plastics with alternative eco-friendly materials, the company will have successfully prevented the generation of 200,000 kilograms of plastic waste in 2018.

This number, which refers to Iberostar’s hotel portfolio in Spain, is the result of replacing plastic bottles with glass alternatives – saving 43,800 kilograms of plastic – and substituting all plastic bin liners for others made from vegetable and potato starch-based materials, thereby reducing the amount of plastic used by 134,619 kilograms. Additionally, the redesign of amenities and accessories, such as pens and pencils, will also cut down the amount of plastic generated by an additional 3,000 kilograms in 2018.

In addition to its determined commitment to ensuring single-use plastic free rooms, Iberostar is also working on the elimination of plastics from other areas of its hotels. To date, this has resulted in the saving of 21,200 kilograms of plastic plates, glasses and cutlery, which have been replaced with bamboo or similar products.

The new bracelets, made of organic fabric, and the replacement of plastic packaging for alternatives made of top quality certified recycled and recyclable materials, are some of the other measures adopted, which are also in line with the policy of encouraging a circular economy.

Iberostar Group launched the first phase of this program in 2017 by eliminating the use of 10 million plastic straws and has announced it will have removed all disposable plastic items from its hotel rooms in Spain by 2018, an achievement that will be extended to the rest of its hotels around the world in 2019.

Iberostar joins the World Oceans Day initiative

Besides bringing about real changes to the way the hotel and resorts chain operates, the ‘Wave of Change’ program seeks to get both guests and employees involved in a common project that will contribute to the fight against climate change on the planet. In this sense, the company will be joining the World Oceans Day initiative under the slogan ‘Our oceans, our future’.

Consequently, over the weekend of June 8, all Iberostar hotels around the world have organized a program of original and fun filled activities aimed at raising awareness of the need to care for our oceans. The hotel lobbies will be lined with murals created with guests’ fingerprints, and the beaches will become impromptu art galleries with ocean-based figures and patterns traced in the sand. Iberostar guests will be able to share their artistic creations through photographs and posts on their social media, using the hashtags #OlaDeCambio and #WaveOfChange.

About Iberostar Hotels & Resorts

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is a holiday hotel chain that the Fluxà family founded in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain) in 1986. As a member of the Iberostar Group– one of Spain’s top tourist groups with over 60 years of history– Iberostar Hotels & Resorts currently boasts over 110 four- and five-star hotels in 17 countries around the globe.

For further information: www.iberostar.com


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Financial Solutions Lab Announces Eight Fintech Innovators as Winners of its $3 Million Challenge to Improve Financial Health of Underrepresented Communities

Winning Ideas Leverage Technology and Life Experience to Focus on Financing College, Improving Savings and Accessing Credit

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, June 7, 2018 — Today the Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab) at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced eight fintech innovators as winners of its Fourth Annual $3 Million Challenge (Challenge). Each of the 2018 winners employs technology-based strategies like automation, underwriting and machine learning to help improve the financial health of underrepresented populations in the U.S.

The winning solutions, announced today on stage at EMERGE Forum 2018, help underserved and financially strapped consumers finance college, reduce debt, improve savings and access credit. Each winner will receive $250,000 in capital, strategic guidance and mentorship from CFSI and JPMorgan Chase, and additional resources to test, enhance and scale their products.

“We continue to be amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit exhibited by Challenge winners and the impact they seek to make in the everyday lives of overlooked populations,” said Jennifer Tescher, founder and CEO of CFSI. “This year’s Challenge winners leverage technology in profound ways – often informed by their own personal challenges and life experiences – to provide help for the 138 million people in America who struggle with their financial health.”

“We remain committed to promoting the financial health of underrepresented communities in the U.S. and are incredibly proud to mentor and support this talented pool of entrepreneurs,” said Head of Community Innovation at JPMorgan Chase Colleen Briggs. “We are excited to welcome these companies to a community of fintechs that are improving and scaling solutions for millions of underserved Americans.”

The FinLab’s focus on financial health for another year reflects research from CFSI, which found that approximately 57 percent of consumers in the U.S. are financially unhealthy. This affects some segments of the population disproportionately. For instance, research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute identified a gap in financial outcomes, with women exhibiting roughly 20 percent lower levels of income, spending and liquid assets.

The 2018 competition sought a broad range of solutions to improve the consumer financial health of diverse segments of people in America struggling with their finances. To this end, applicants were strongly encouraged to support diversity in solutions, customer focus and founding teams.

Together, the final Challenge winners offer solutions serving college students, young families, underserved populations and seniors. Many of these companies reflect the personal financial struggles faced by founders and are deeply rooted in real-life experiences.

Raised by a single mother, Goalsetter.co founder Tanya Van Court remembers knowing a lot about hard work, but not a lot about how to manage money. “I had to learn about sound financial management on the fly and later in life,” said Van Court. “Because kids with saving accounts in their names are six times more likely to go to college, Goalsetter can teach them about financial planning at an early age and set them on a path towards a brighter future.”

“The Sixup team shares the DNA of the students we serve. We grew up in single-parent, low-income families. We were immigrants and the first in our families to go to college. We had no options but to hack our own financing and mobility within a system biased against us,” said Sixup founder Sunwoo Hwang. “We built Sixup to level the playing field for the next generation, so we can scale and lift undervalued, deserving human capital into education, workforce and upward mobility.”

Meet the Winners:

  1. Alice (New York, NY) is an employer-distributed benefit that allows employees to automate pre-tax spending on things like commuting, childcare, and healthcare; paychecks go up and paperwork goes away;
  2. FutureFuel.io (Boston, MA) is student debt repayment, round up and refi made easy. FutureFuel.io exists to crush student debt via innovative technology, partnerships and data-driven solutions that empower the user to go beyond — beyond debt, into wellness and ultimately wealth;
  3. Goalsetter (New York, NY) is a goal-based savings and gifting platform that lets kids and families redirect money typically spent on excess consumer goods towards saving for the future, sharing with others and spending on things or experiences that matter most to them;
  4. Mason Finance Inc. (San Francisco, CA) offers the first online financial services platform exclusively serving older Americans. Its launch product enables people aged 65 and older to sell their life insurance before they surrender or lapse their policies;
  5. Petal (New York, NY) pioneers cash flow underwriting to expand credit access for new-to-credit consumers and offer a safe, affordable, no-fee credit card that doesn’t require a credit score;
  6. Resolve (Oakland, CA) is a free platform designed to guide financially distressed people back to financial health by creating a custom debt relief plan and connecting them with an integrated network of affordable debt relief partners;
  7. Sixup (San Francisco, CA) provides high-achieving, low-income college students (a.k.a. Future-Prime™) with responsible, affordable gap loans and digital wrap-around support to de-risk and promote positive outcomes for upward mobility;
  8. WinWin (New York, NY) helps young Americans save by providing fun, daily motivation. Users link their bank accounts, set up auto deposits into an FDIC-insured savings account and play a game once a day with chances to win instant cash prizes. The more they save, the bigger the prizes grow.

Each company will receive networking and advisory opportunities to grow and scale their business, $250,000 in capital, as well as the following benefits:

  • Access to the CFSI Network and partnership opportunities that can help innovators increase product reach;
  • 1:1 ongoing mentorship and expertise provided by CFSI and JPMorgan Chase executives and other industry leaders, such as ideas 42, IDEO.org, Paul Hastings, Promontory Financial and Google;
  • Peer learning opportunities via in-person retreats throughout the year and regular virtual working sessions.

FinLab’s First Three Years

To date, FinLab has supported 26 financial technology companies from more than 1,300 total applicants. Winning companies are offering innovative financial products that reach over 2.5 million Americans and have seen 20x growth since joining the FinLab. Collectively, FinLab companies have raised over $300 million in capital since joining the program and have helped Americans save over $1 billion.

The three FinLab classes to date have included startups rethinking how to address such issues as expense tracking (Everlance), savings (nonprofit EARN; Digit), planning (Albert), debt restructuring (Lendstreet), payments management (EarnUp), income volatility assistance (Even; Dave.com), access to credit (Nova), protecting Aging Americans against elder fraud (EverSafe) and SNAP benefits management (Propel).

To learn more about the history of the Challenge and its current and previous winners, visit http://finlab.cfsinnovation.com/challenge-2018/.

About the Financial Solutions Lab

The Financial Solutions Lab is a $30 million, five-year initiative managed by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. to identify, test and expand the availability of promising innovations that help people in America increase savings, improve credit, and build assets. For more information, visit http://finlab.cfsinnovation.org/.

About CFSI

The Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) is the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to building a more robust financial services marketplace with higher quality products and services, specifically for those who are struggling. Through its Compass Principles and a lineup of proprietary research, insights, and events, CFSI informs, advises, and connects members of its network to seed the innovation that will transform the financial services landscape. For more on CFSI, go to www.cfsinnovation.org and follow CFSI on Twitter at @CFSInnovation.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.


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Carhartt Joins Team Rubicon In Its Mission To Serve Those Impacted By Natural Disasters

Workwear brand partners with America’s hardest-working disaster response organization to revitalize affected areas

Press Release – DEARBORN, Michigan – (June 5, 2018)Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, today announced a partnership with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization. Helping victims of disaster get back to work is a key component of Carhartt’s community affairs initiative, and through this partnership, the workwear company will help support Team Rubicon’s effort to provide the greatest service possible to areas impacted by severe weather or disasters.

To help rebuild Houston neighborhoods as the area continues to recover from flooding and wind damage, Carhartt will provide the nonprofit group with 15,000 Carhartt Force® Delmont T-shirts and an initial $200,000 donation to aid in the reconstruction efforts.

Team Rubicon is the nation’s only disaster response organization whose volunteers are primarily comprised of U.S. military service veterans. Team Rubicon volunteers, or Grey shirts, use their unique skills and experiences gained from serving in the military to assist those most affected in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.

“Team Rubicon is in a unique position to provide both first-class disaster response services, as well as offer job force training and a renewed sense of purpose for America’s military veterans,” said Tony Ambroza, chief brand officer at Carhartt. “This partnership will ensure that Team Rubicon’s hardworking volunteers can continue to rebuild communities while equipped with durable Carhartt products to serve and protect those who have been directly impacted by a natural disaster.”

Formed in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon was founded by a small group of veterans searching for an opportunity to give back through continued service. The organization now boasts an 80,000-strong, highly-skilled volunteer workforce. Since its inception, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters domestically and internationally, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

“I’d like to thank Carhartt for their contribution to our mission of preventing or alleviating human suffering in the wake of natural disasters,” said Jake Wood, co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon. “Carhartt is known for producing durable and reliable products. In our line of business, our teams are going to some rugged places to do some pretty hard work. So, it’s important that we have gear that’s as rugged as we are, which is why we are excited about this partnership with Carhartt. We’re looking forward to seeing the new grey Team Rubicon t-shirts in action.”

Through its partnership with Team Rubicon, Carhartt remains committed to both providing military veterans with a venues into the workforce as well as helping to restore the lives of hardworking people affected by disasters.

About Carhartt, Inc.

Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium workwear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged products for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, with more than 4,700 associates worldwide, Carhartt is family-owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com and follow @Carhartt on Twitter.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.


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Flag On The Play: N2 Publishing Teams With It’s A Penalty To Combat Human Trafficking

A partnership harnessing the power of sport to protect children and women from exploitation at major sporting events

Press Release – WILMINGTON, NC (June 7, 2018)N2 Publishing is proud to showcase its latest philanthropic play: partnering with It’s a Penalty through its corporate giving program N2GIVES. As a team, they aim to protect women and children around the world from sexual exploitation.

“We are delighted to partner with N2GIVES for our next global campaign to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of children and young women, including the Super Bowl Atlanta LIII 2019,” says Sarah de Carvalho, CEO of It’s a Penalty. “Together, we can make a difference and help end human trafficking.”

An international initiative, It’s a Penalty works with governing bodies of sport organizations, hotel partners, major airlines, local and international NGOs, and other stakeholders within the global sport arena to highlight the horrific existence of child abuse and exploitation – a crime all too easy to get away with when enormous crowds of out-of-towners feed into one geographical area.

According to research by the University of Dundee, the demand for children and women in the sex trade rises when a global sporting event takes place. N2 Publishing created N2GIVES to support organizations that fight this horrific reality and to restore hope to those affected. By partnering with It’s a Penalty, N2 hopes to have a hand in creating positive change in the world of sports and beyond by helping to raise awareness for the signs of child abuse and exploitation.

To learn more about how you can get involved with It’s a Penalty, click here. For more information on N2GIVES, please click here.


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New York City Department of Education ‘Lighthouse School’ M.S. 88 Integrates Computational Thinking into Core Subjects to Prepare Students for 21st Century Careers

Through “Ignite My Future in School” Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education, in Partnership with Cornell Tech, Deliver Digital Skills to Students and World-Class Professional Development to Educators in New York City

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY (Thursday, June 7, 2018) – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced the launch of their Ignite My Future in School initiative in partnership with Cornell Tech. Through this program, New York City teachers will receive professional development, educational resources and year-round support to integrate computational thinking into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. In turn, students will learn foundational skills for 21st century careers – across industries – through this pioneering approach.

“To ensure children are prepared to enter the workforce of tomorrow we need teachers who are equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed, such as computational thinking and problem solving concepts,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “I applaud TCS for bringing the Ignite My Future in School program to New York City schools, teachers and students. As a major technology employer across the US, TCS knows firsthand what skills are required for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce and is working across the country to address the STEM and computer science skills gap.”

“Computers are no longer the future; they are here and they are running the show,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, District 5 (UES/Roosevelt Island). “Integrating computational thinking into math, science, and arts curricula is the only way the current and future generations of students will learn these skills. What TCS and Discovery Education are doing through the Ignite My Future in School initiative is phenomenal and will for sure have a profound, positive impact on the lives of many teachers and students who get to participate. I hope this becomes a model for the city and the nation.”

The newly inaugurated Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech will host more than 100 educators from New York City today, beginning with three school districts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Local teachers will have the chance to apply computational thinking during the Day of Discovery, participating in hands-on activities while accessing lesson plans and classroom resources.

“At Cornell Tech, we are committed to broadening participation in computing through partnerships with K-12 public schools,” said Diane Levitt, Senior Director of K-12 Education at Cornell Tech. “We want every student to have the content, skills, and strategies to build something digital that has meaning to them. We’re so excited about sharing Ignite My Future in School with NYC teachers because it makes integrating computational thinking engaging for students, with a low barrier to entry for teachers.”

The Park Slope Education Complex at MS88 in Brooklyn will serve as the program’s anchor school for this potential citywide initiative encouraging career readiness while empowering students for 21st century careers. Computational thinking provides a solid foundation in all subjects especially computer science, opening up future opportunities with innovative digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity. By neatly embedding curriculums and consistently reinforcing critical thinking, Ignite My Future in School hopes to bridge the talent gap and develop relevant skills for the 21st century.

“Creating pathways for students to gain skills that power today’s digital economy is essential to their success and the future of the nation,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “I applaud the early adopters from across NYC DOE schools for their forward thinking, as well as Cornell Tech for their support in making this a true partnership across industry, academia and education.”

These select schools have the unique opportunity of learning and applying computational thinking through an annual free day of professional development for educators and community night for guardians. Additionally, TCS and Discovery Education have launched the digital platform, IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org to provide teachers nationwide with an exclusive, cost-free, virtual professional development experience that includes lesson plans, curriculum resources, eLearning courses, and webinars. These resources are aligned to national standards, as well as the recently launched K-12 Computer Science Framework.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education partnered with U.S. school systems in California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin as early adopters of this transdisciplinary approach. Since September 2017, the program has engaged over 3,300 educators impacting more than 185,000 students. In addition, educators from all 50 states and Washington D.C. have downloaded the lesson plans and modules available on IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org.


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Bridgestone Retail Operations Launches Annual Cause Marketing Campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Fourth year of partnership will drive great futures for kids and teens through new transportation grants

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2018)Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) today announced that it has launched its annual Driving Great Futures campaign to support its four-year partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). BSRO has raised more than $4 million to date for BGCA and is hoping to raise more funds during the month-long campaign that extends throughout a network of more than 2,200 tire and automotive service centers nationwide.

With the funds raised during the campaign, BSRO will provide grants that will help Clubs to either purchase a new van, outfitted with Bridgestone DriveGuard tires, or to improve and maintain their existing vehicles. This will ​help transport more members to and from their local Club, as well as to off-site activities to enhance their Club experience.

“At BSRO, we are committed to being a trusted neighborhood partner in the communities where we live, work and do business,” said Joe Venezia, president, BSRO. “This year’s pledge to donate and maintain Club vans will, in a very tangible way, drive great futures for kids and teens across the country. We are excited to establish this strong connection between our communities and our business, which is focused on the driving safety of our customers and ensuring their vehicles run newer for longer, and are well-maintained.”

The BGCA campaign period runs June 1 through June 30, during which time customers who visit any Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works locations will be encouraged to donate to BGCA with the purchase of tire and automotive services. Credit First National Association (CFNA), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, will contribute 50 cents for every credit card application. Additionally, several key BSRO vendor partners also are supporting the promotion. Shell will contribute 25 cents for every Pennzoil® high-mileage or synthetic blend oil change; Interstate Batteries is donating 25 cents for every free battery test performed on customer vehicles; ITW/QMI will give 25 cents for each fuel system cleaning or Renu 500 fuel additive sold. One hundred percent of funds raised through the Driving Great Futures program will go to Boys & Girls Clubs to help serve millions of young people nationwide.

“Thanks to the generosity and hard work of BSRO employees, customers and partners, we have been able to serve more than 430,000 kids daily,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are excited to collaborate with BSRO on transportation grants that enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Regular attendance and a high-quality Club experience means they will develop skills, making lasting connections with mentors and achieve great futures.”

To find out more about BSRO, visit bsro.com. To learn more about BGCA’s Great Futures campaign, visit GreatFutures.org.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:

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

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4.3 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.


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The Original Soupman Salutes Veterans with Soup For Troops Gallant Brands Honors Military with “Soup for All”

Donating Soups Regularly to Veterans Debuts July 4th in Nutley, New Jersey Non-Profit Model Aims to go National

Press Release – Eatontown, New Jersey – (June, 2018) – Gallant Brands, Inc., parent company of The Original Soupman, LLC, announces a patriotic non-profit program with a mission to send free soup to veterans and their families. “Soup For Troops” is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, sponsored by Gallant Brands, that will further Soupman’s effort in providing “Soupman Soup for AllTM “.

Soup For Troops will donate soup as part of their ongoing patriotic mission to honor United States veterans, some of whom continue to struggle when they return home.

Alarming statistics show that veterans suffer from high rates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with about one in 10 Afghanistan veterans and as many as one in five Iraq War veterans suffering from the debilitating condition. *

Additionally, injury and difficulty finding jobs are resulting in increased depression and financial instability for a growing number of veterans. Public Health and Nutrition reports 27% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have struggled to put food on the table. **

The debut of the Soup For Troops nonprofit program will kick off on July 4th in Nutley, New Jersey, a town renowned for its robust veteran’s programs. About 3,000 veterans and/or their families reside in this community. The relationship with Nutley will serve as a scalable model to support veterans through local partnerships on a national level. As part of the program, soup will be delivered to a central location in Nutley, New Jersey where veterans may pick them up. Veterans and their families can now enjoy Original Soupman Tetra Recart ® packaged soups, which come in specially recycled eco-friendly shelf-stable boxes designed to keep soups fresh while preserving taste. Nutley, New Jersey is the only town in the state to have its own Department of Military Affairs, called the Nutley Department of Military Veterans Affairs Bureau and directed by Courtney Johnson.

“Veterans face many unique challenges in this country. We want to make sure putting food on the table is not one of them,” emphasized Gallant President Joe Hagan. “Our corporate name, Gallant Brands, was inspired by those who have served so selflessly in the armed forces. We have had a mission to assist veterans since the moment we launched; and as citizens we should never forget to thank our veterans, remember their sacrifices and honor their selfless dedication to protecting our freedoms. Soup for Troops is a warm and comforting ‘thank you’ from Gallant Brands. Our hope is to remind them that their sacrifices are always appreciated and never forgotten.”

PLACEHOLDER FOR COURTNEY “It’s always a great day when a company like this steps up to do something for our veterans,” said Courtney Johnson, director of the Nutley Department of Military Affairs. “Our troops come home to a world where jobs can be scarce, and The Original Soupman soups will be perfect for our veterans and their families. Soup for Troops is a win-win for all of us.”

The delicious Original Soupman flavors that will be donated to veterans include:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup – The ultimate comfort soup, brimming with fresh ingredients like tender chicken, carrots, potatoes, asparagus, parsnips, yellow squash, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and noodles.
  • Shrimp Bisque – Filled with plump real shrimp and Orzo pasta;
  • Lobster Bisque – Brimming with succulent fresh lobster and veggies;
  • Gluten-Free Lentil – Offers a hearty, fiber-rich meal
  • Chicken Gumbo – The authentic soulful southern delight
  • Crab and Corn Chowder – a seaside inspired fan favorite.

Famous for the slogan, “Soup for All™” The Original Soupman delivers these same wholesome, delicious and soulful soups right to your front door from its website, OriginalSoupman.com. The Original Soupman’s roots began at its 55th St. and 8th Ave. store which inspired the famous “Seinfeld” episode that made Soupman a cultural icon. The soups were praised by the New York Times who called it “Art, not Soup” and the soups were rated #1 by Zagat as it set the standard for excellence.

*Source: National Institute of Health https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/winter09/articles/winter09pg10-14.html

** Source: Public Health Nutrition

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/article/food-insecurity-among-veterans-of-the-us-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan/F03B64DD63287F2BE5F2067F3E5AC5FB/core-reade


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HBC Foundation Raises $1.5 Million, Awards Grants in Support of Mental Health Programs at #1in5 Fundraiser

Press Release – NEW YORK (May 30, 2018) – The U.S. HBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, has awarded three grants to mental health programs as part of a $6 million (CAD)* commitment to mental health initiatives across North America by 2020. The HBC Foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.

The grants, awarded through the Foundation’s HEADFIRST program, were announced at the #1in5 cocktail fundraiser held at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. The #1in5 event, named in recognition of the 1 in 5 Americans who will be impacted by mental illness in their lifetime, raised $1.5 million for the HBC Foundation’s HEADFIRST mission through the support of our vendor community.

“Mental illness is one of the most pervasive and misunderstood challenges we face,” said Richard Baker, HBC Governor and Executive Chairman. “As one of the first major retailers to focus on this cause, we have an extraordinary opportunity to change the conversation around mental health. The entire HBC organization is rallying around this cause.”

The U.S. HBC Foundation has granted a total of $500,000 (USD) to three nonprofit partners: the National Alliance on Mental Illness New York (NAMI New York), the Jed Foundation and Bring Change to Mind (BC2M).

“I am extremely excited and proud to be awarding these HEADFIRST grants to three very deserving charitable partners,” said Helena Foulkes, HBC Chief Executive Officer. “The HBC Foundation has a goal to reach half a million people with mental health services, support and education by 2020. These grants have been awarded to best-in-class charities who will help us accomplish this mission.”

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. The HBC Foundation supported their NAMI Walks New York City 5K event to raise awareness for mental health.

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. The grant to the Jed Foundation will be used to launch the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund to ensure more colleges and universities are able to participate in the Jed Campus program. Jed Campus partners with campuses nationwide to strengthen student mental health through the Jed Foundation’s strategic, comprehensive approach.

Bring Change to Mind’s mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The HBC Foundation grant will support the #TalktoAnyone PSA campaign and provide financial and in-kind resources for Student Summits in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“More than half of those living with mental illness will not seek help because of stigma; this discrimination prevents millions of people from leading full and successful lives,” said award-winning actress Glenn Close, who is the co-founder of Bring Change to Mind. “The best way to change perception is to encourage open, honest dialogue. The HBC Foundation grant will enable us to reach more people— particularly young people—and launch a national conversation that fosters understanding about mental health.”

The HBC Foundation would like to recognize and thank our HEADFIRST Founding Members for their significant contribution, including American Express, David E. and Jacqueline S. Simon Charitable Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, PVH Corp., Peerless, and GIII Apparel Group.

Guests at the #1in5 event were entertained by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

*The U.S. and Canadian HBC Foundation together have pledged to distribute $6 million (CAD) to support mental health services across North America.

ABOUT THE U.S. HBC FOUNDATION

Launched in 2017, the U.S. HBC Foundation is the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, a diversified global retailer and the oldest company in North America. Through the recently announced HEADFIRST program, the foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.

ABOUT HBC

HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their omnichannel offerings and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and approximately 65,000 employees around the world.

HBC’s leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the leading department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.


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Rachael Ray Partners with Poshmark to Launch Exclusive Posh Closet for Charity

The TV personality opens up her closet on the leading social marketplace for fashion, selling close to 150 iconic pieces benefitting Yum-o!

Press Release – REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — May 31, 2018 — Today, Poshmark, the largest social marketplace for fashion where anyone can buy, sell and share their style with others, announces its latest Posh Closets for Charity collaboration with Rachael Ray, the renowned TV personality, best-selling author and cook.

The beloved TV host will launch her pop-up closet with two exclusive inventory drops directly from her personal closet to her virtual closet on Poshmark. The first drop will launch on Thursday, May 31 at 7 a.m. PT, followed by a second drop of inventory in mid-June. Ray will be donating all of her proceeds to Yum-o!, her cooking and kids charity that empowers children and their families to have a healthy relationship with food and cooking.

“I’m so excited to partner with Poshmark to launch my Posh Closet for Charity for the benefit of our Yum-o! organization,” Ray said. “These are some of my favorite items!”

Beginning May 31, the millions of shoppers on Poshmark will have the opportunity to scoop up one-of-a-kind iconic pieces donned by Ray, including several looks she’s worn in appearances with Michelle Obama, such as the dress she wore to the Obamas’ final White House State Dinner, in addition to the stunning LBD worn on the Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet, outfits seen on the covers of her Rachael Ray Every Day magazine and of course, the Rachael Ray Show. Each drop will consist of highly coveted items, including tops, skirts, dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories, from brands such as Isabel Marant, Kendra Scott, Zadig & Voltaire, Christian Louboutin, Alice + Olivia, Gucci, Vince, Anthropologie, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more.

“Given Poshmark’s commitment to inspiring success, spreading love and creating opportunities for its community to give back, Posh Closets for Charity has become the leading program for influencers and celebrities to support causes they care about,” said Manish Chandra, founder & CEO of Poshmark. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rachael Ray for our latest Posh Closets for Charity collaboration — her dedication to people and giving back makes her the perfect addition to the Poshmark community.”

As part of its ongoing Posh Closets for Charity program, Poshmark will continue to collaborate with celebrities to open in-app pop-up shops featuring coveted celebrity merchandise benefitting a great cause. To learn more about Poshmark, visit poshmark.com, and follow @rachaelray on Poshmark for insider access to her next pop-up drop. To help empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking, visit yum-o.org.

About Poshmark

Founded in 2011, Poshmark is the largest social marketplace for fashion where anyone can buy, sell and share their style with others. Poshmark’s mission is to make shopping simple and fun by connecting people around a shared love of fashion, while empowering entrepreneurs to become the next generation of retailers. Recognized as the go-to shopping destination for millennials, Poshmark’s community of over four million Seller Stylists help shoppers discover the perfect look from over 75 million items and 5,000 brands. The company is backed by the world’s leading investment firms and venture capital institutions including Mayfield, Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, Temasek, Inventus Capital, Uncork Capital, Union Grove Venture Partners, Shea Ventures and AngelList. For more information, please visit www.poshmark.com, or find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat.

About Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is best known as the host of the hit syndicated Emmy Award winning daytime television show “Rachael Ray” produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Rachael’s warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity also reach millions of fans through her popular Food Network shows, her lifestyle magazine Everyday with Rachael Ray, her bestselling cookbooks, her signature line of cookware manufactured by Meyer, her meal transport products by RR Accessories and her pantry products by Colavita. In 2007, Rachael launched the Yum-o! organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking and in 2008 she partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to create a line of pet food with all of her personal proceeds being donated to organizations that help animals in need. For more information, visit www.rachaelray.com.

About Yum-o!

Yum-o!® is Rachael Ray’s nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. By providing the tools to create easy, affordable and delicious meals, Yum-o! is changing the way America eats. For more information about the Yum-o! organization, please visit www.yum-o.org.


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Jack Link’s®Kicks Off 1,300-Mile Journey to Rebuild and Refuel Communities Affected by Natural Disaster

Company joins forces with Team Rubicon to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by natural disasters

Jack Link’s invites people to answer the call through text-to-give campaign found on specially marked product

Press Release – MINONG, Wis., May 31, 2018 — According to Consumer Reports, 60 percent of U.S. homeowners are underinsured for a natural disaster [1], often through no fault of their own. They may receive help in the immediate aftermath, but when the first responders and news crews move on, often so does the help, leaving many struggling to get back on their feet. That’s why Jack Link’s Protein Snacks and Team Rubicon are going the extra mile — more than 1,300 miles, in fact — to restore and refuel those who need help rebuilding in the aftermath.

Starting today, Jack Link’s team members are rolling up their sleeves and hitting the road with Team Rubicon volunteers for the two-week journey from Jack Link’s headquarters in Minong, Wis., to Houston, which is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The effort is part of the company-wide initiative Fueling the Front Lines, dedicated to rebuilding lives and restoring communities affected by natural disasters. Along the route, Jack Link’s and Team Rubicon will participate in service projects in cities including Minneapolis and Omaha, and help raise funds for ongoing disaster recovery efforts.

“Far too many Americans know firsthand that rebuilding after disaster is a grueling journey that can take people weeks, months, even years,” said Tom “TD” Dixon, chief marketing officer of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks. “At Jack Link’s, we’re going the distance in partnership with Team Rubicon to deliver the strength of our team members and staying power of our protein-packed products where it matters most – on the front lines of helping families recover and rebuild from a natural disaster.”

The journey culminates on June 12, National Jerky Day – a day Jack Link’s has dedicated to rebuilding lives and restoring communities still recovering from the devastation brought on by natural disasters. This year, Jack Links employees will use National Jerky Day to join Team Rubicon on its new long-term recovery program, which will rebuild 100 homes affected by Hurricane Harvey.

People can help Fuel the Front Lines by participating in Jack Link’s text-to-give campaign found on specially marked packages of Jack Link’s protein snacks. Each text triggers a $2 donation to Team Rubicon. Fans can also visit www.jacklinks.com/ourcause to donate and learn more about they can help answer the call.

In 2017, Jack Link’s launched “Fueling the Front Lines,” a company-wide initiative through which it has joined forces with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led nonprofit organization that unites the skills of military veterans with first responders to provide disaster response services.The initiative is a multiyear partnership that will come to life through a fully integrated marketing campaign, including financial support, a national TV commercial hitting airwaves in June, digital marketing efforts to raise awareness for how people can help answer the call, and manpower from Jack Link’s team members to volunteer alongside Team Rubicon.

“Team Rubicon helps people in some of the worst days of their lives and we’re proud to have partners like Jack Link’s who share our do-whatever-it-takes attitude and help fuel this vitally important work,” said Jake Wood, CEO and co-founder of Team Rubicon. “Natural disasters don’t discriminate where they touch down, which houses they destroy, or which lives they upend. Together, we can all help communities restore, rebuild and recover.”

Learn more about Fueling the Front Lines and how to help Jack Link’s and Team Rubicon bring critical aid to communities affected by natural disaster at JackLinks.com/OurCause.

Sources

What You Don’t Know About Homeowners Insurance Could Cost You” ConsumerReports.com. June 18, 2017

Jack Link’s® – Feed Your Wild Side®

Founded by Jack Link in 1986, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is the No. 1 meat snack brand worldwide. Proudly family owned and operated, the company is headquartered in Jack Link’s hometown of Minong, Wisconsin, where the company continues its legacy of crafting delicious, high-quality meat snacks. Jack Link’s offers more than 250 varieties of protein snacks, helping consumers everywhere to Feed Their Wild Side.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org


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