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LightWorkers Media, Roma Downey And Mark Burnett Launch LightWorkers.Com A New Inspirational Online Destination

LightWorkers.com Debuts with New Web Series and Exclusive Uplifting Interviews with Niecy Nash, Van Morrison, Jeff Probst and Many More

Carnival Corporation’s Fathom Brand Comes on Board as a Launch Partner

Press Release – September 26, 2017 (Los Angeles) – LightWorkers Media, a joint venture owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, today announces the launch of LightWorkers.com, an online destination for uplifting and encouraging short-form digital and social content. Featuring expertly produced, socially engaging and personally curated video and editorial pieces, LightWorkers.com allows Downey to bring her brand of inspiring storytelling to audiences like never before.

LightWorkers.com has a robust offering of emotional, shareable and impactful content that highlights entertainment, lifestyle, faith and family. The content, social media and real-life activations aim to offer visitors achievable ways to make positive changes in their communities, both online and off. It will also create new advertising and sponsorship opportunities for brands, including video franchise sponsorship, custom branded videos and original branded series that align with a shared mission of doing good.

LightWorkers.com already has a hit with “37 Seconds of Good News” which spotlights ordinary people doing extraordinary things in this world. Originally launched on social media, the series has already surpassed 21 million views on Facebook. LightWorkers.com will also showcase a wide range of content from new and established personalities, including bestselling author Michelle McKinney Hammond telling it like it is in advice series “Tough But Fair”; Brooklyn Wagner, who brings her blunt and boisterously random perspective to “Welcome to Brooklyn”; and Julianna Strickland and Natasha Feldman who’ll take your thoughtful gift-giving game to the next level with “Giftable.” There are also moving profiles of athletes and influencers in our premium docuseries “I Struggle. I Rise.” and celebrity interviews with friends of the LightWorkers family – Van Morrison, Jeff Probst, Cindy Crawford, Ali Landry, Niecy Nash, Brooke Burke and more – opening up like never before about how they’ve persevered through challenges in their own lives.

“LightWorkers has sparked a movement on social media, where we’ve been able to engage across different platforms sharing positive messages of hope and encouragement. We need these inspirational messages now more than ever,” said Downey, President of LightWorkers Media. “My motto has always been that it’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. My hope is that LightWorkers.com will invite others to do the same, inspiring them to shine their own light within their communities to remind us that there are good people doing extraordinary things everywhere.”

Carnival Corporation’s purpose-driven travel brand Fathom jumped on board for the LightWorkers.com launch with the collective goal of producing branded content together by telling stories that bring more light to the world. LightWorkers will create and distribute the content, with social and digital support from Carnival Corporation’s cruise line brands, to showcase the power of travel through our storytelling lens.

“MGM has a rich history of award-winning storytelling and we are launching LightWorkers.com with the mission to share the good and inspiring stories happening around us in a time when we are inundated by negativity in the news,” said Kevin Conroy, President of Digital and New Platforms at MGM. “Not only do we create our own short-form digital series, we offer companies like Carnival Corporation’s cruise line brands’ custom original content through this lens of positivity, distributed in a brand-safe environment to a large and highly engaged audience.”

Together, Downey and Burnett have brought powerful stories to theaters and the small screen including “The Bible” miniseries for HISTORY Channel, “A.D. The Bible Continues” on NBC, “The Dovekeepers” for CBS and “Answered Prayers” on TLC. Downey was also an executive producer on several feature films including “Son of God” from Twentieth Century Fox, “Ben-Hur” for MGM and Paramount, “Little Boy” for Open Road Films, “Woodlawn” for Pure Flix and the documentary “Faithkeepers” about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

KEY SERIES AT LAUNCH INCLUDE

37 Seconds of Good News

Even though there’s craziness in the world, there are always organizations and individuals doing extraordinary things and trying to make a difference. This series gives good news a more prominent platform to brighten people’s days and inspire them to share the good. From 101-year-old skydiving grandpas to community refrigerators designed to eliminate food waste while feeding the hungry, we guarantee that this series will bring hope to your feed and a smile to your face.

Tough But Fair with Michelle McKinney Hammond

Bestselling author and expert life and relationship coach Michelle McKinney Hammond provides a quick-talking, 45-second burst of actionable advice to live a better life, be a better friend, have more success in love and think positively through life’s challenges in this 16-episode series. Michelle is tough but fair—the motivator you never knew you always needed. from overcoming obstacles in their lives. Interview subjects include fashion blogger and model Lauren Scruggs, pastors and authors Chad and Julia Veach and boxer and WBC champion Heather Hardy. No matter how tragic the story, these mini-docs provide a feeling of hope and inspiration to viewers struggling with their own life challenges.

Giftable

Giftable is a series of thoughtful DIYs featuring Julianna Strickland and Natasha Feldman, two best friends who have mastered the art of gift-giving. One part cooking series and one part creative gift box inspiration, the results are what Pinterest and Instagram were made for: unique, adorable and full-of-personality presents that will make you want to be more thoughtful for the loved ones in your life.

Celebrity Interviews

You might think you know your favorite celebrity, but you’ve never seen them like this. Our interview series goes beyond the standard line of questioning, getting to the heart of what makes a person tick, from their unique perspective on life to their work ethic and everything in between.

In My Day

Everyone has something to share, but in our world where news travels at the speed of a tweet, the stories of the Baby Boomer and Silent generations are a bit more analog than what we’re used to. This series captures the insights and intelligence of regular people through compelling storytelling, insuring that our generations and the ones still to come will have a direct line to connect with the wisdom of their elders.

Truthmark

Aaron and Viergeni White, a husband and wife youth ministry team, share their unique perspective in two-minute spoken word slam poetry performances, covering everything from happiness in the age of consumerism to the joys of parenthood.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Oregon native Brooklyn Wagner has a lot to say – about people, relationships and celebrating the small things – in this quirky, stream-of-consciousness peek inside her delightfully realistic and optimistic brain.

The Golden Rule

From inner city teens volunteering to keep their neighborhoods clean, to “volunteer cuddlers” who spend their days with babies in the NICU, this uplifting series spotlights everyday people doing extraordinary things. This is life by the Golden Rule – to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Craftitude

Do you have an attitude for crafting? Even the most DIY-phobic among us won’t be able to resist this delightfully inspiring series designed to take the guesswork out of answering the age-old question: What should I do with my kids today? Each episode shows simple step-by-step instructions for a unique hands-on craft, noting which important skills it will also teach the little ones. Craft on!

Get Read

For anyone who thinks it’s taboo to discuss religion, this thoughtful book club series will change your mind. Our diverse and passionate panel tackles tough issues from classics and new releases alike, all while pulling out the practical teachings from each of the books they’ve read. Their conversations are real – never preachy – and they’re the perfect entry point to starting your own deliberations with friends and chiming in on ours on social.

Welcome to Adulting

New York Times bestselling author, new mom and record-holding former women’s soccer player at LSU, Mo Isom gives viewers an unfiltered peek at just how messy life can be when you’re playing hard and juggling a lot of balls. She gives 2-minute snippets of her life as a speaker, blogger, wife and mom in this new series.

Office Guinea Pigs

You’ve seen it, you’ve heard about it, you’ve probably Googled it to get the real scoop… if you’re curious about a bizarre new beauty product, our office guinea pigs have done the dirty work for you. Watch, cringe, laugh, share, rinse and repeat – from bubbling face masks to charcoal toothpaste to female face shaving (yes, it’s a thing), we’ll try anything. And yes, we all actually work at LightWorkers… if you thought your office bonding rituals were weird, we’ll bet they don’t ask you to show off your blackheads to the world!

The Brekkie Series

The Brekkie Series proves that easy doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Take back the most important meal of the day, and let’s make breakfast good again – together! Host Kara Elise is a pro at making any kitchen novice feel comfortable and empowered to throw out the recipes and make what tastes good to them. This series combines nutritional lessons with breakfast how-tos – from chia seed pudding and overnight oats to a full-blown brunch for friends – to start your day off right, every day.

A Taste of Grace

International speaker, blogger and children’s pastor Seth Dahl shares the lessons that he has learned since recovering from drug abuse and finding his faith. In this 15-episode series, Dahl discusses becoming a parent and gives viewers a moral of the story that doesn’t feel forced or fake. His authentic delivery, in just over one minute, and adorable children make these teachings easily digestible and infinitely helpful.

I Love My Goofy Pet

No matter how silly your pet is, there’s really no love like the love you have for your furriest family members. This funny series of shorts features peculiar pets and the owners that adore them.

An Ode To…

This series features short-form, eye-catching video love letters to niche things we love. From French fries to donuts, these videos are as full of comedic personality as they are of crave-worthy visuals.

The Good Race

Matt Brown is an evangelist, author and co-founder of the non-profit Think Eternity, a digital and live event movement that brings the gospel to millions of people each year. Although short, his one-minute messages help answer some of life’s deepest questions to guide you in the journey of faith.

Animal Classroom

Yes, animals are adorable and awe-inspiring wonders of nature, but they’re also really wonderful teachers. Dogs are fiercely loyal, penguins have fascinating mating rituals and meerkats… well, meerkats are just hilarious to watch. This series spotlights the important life lessons that pets and wild animals can teach us. Class is now in session!

Dad Does Lunch

Featured on “Good Morning America,” The Lunchbox Dad Beau Coffron is a host and food blogger who specializes in creative recipes to spice up your kid’s lunch. Each episode wraps up with a lesson in modern parenting, including patience, problem-solving and slowing down to appreciate life’s everyday moments.

Totally Accurate History!

Kids say the darndest things! This series is like the G-rated version of the ever-hilarious “Drunk History,”instead giving kids the spotlight to tell their versions of how things happened. From explaining the extinction of the dinosaurs to detailing the bizarre history of the waffle, these precocious teachers are way more entertaining than a textbook… and maybe even a tiny bit right.

About LightWorkers Media

Celebrated Emmy-nominated actress and producer Roma Downey launched LightWorkers Media (LWM) in 2011 along with her husband, award-winning producer Mark Burnett. LightWorkers is a joint venture owned by MGM, Burnett and Downey, with Downey serving as President. Under the LightWorkers Media banner, they have produced the 10-hour hit miniseries “The Bible” which was seen in the U.S. by 100 million people and was nominated for three Emmy awards. Additionally, LWM produced the series “A.D.” for NBC, “The Women of the Bible” for Lifetime, “The Dovekeepers” for CBS, “Answered Prayers” for TLC, the feature films “Little Boy” for Open Road Films, “Woodlawn” for Pure Flix, “Ben-Hur” for MGM and Paramount and the upcoming TV series “Messiah” for Netflix.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms and interactive ventures and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Carnival Corporation & plc

Carnival Corporation & plc is the world’s largest leisure travel company and among the most profitable and financially strong in the cruise and vacation industries, with a portfolio of 10 dynamic brands that include nine of the world’s leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK), as well as Fathom, the corporation’s driven travel brand.

In 2017, Fast Company recognized Carnival Corporation as being among the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies” in both the design and travel categories. Fast Company specifically recognized Carnival Corporation for its work in developing Ocean Medallion™, a high-tech wearable device that enables the world’s first interactive guest experience platform capable of transforming vacation travel into a highly personalized and elevated level of customized service.

Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com, www.fathom.org, www.hollandamerica.com, www.princess.com, www.seabourn.com, www.aida.de, www.costacruise.com, www.cunard.com, www.pocruises.com.au and www.pocruises.com.


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The Napa Valley Wine Train Announces Return of Beloved Santa Trains

Press Release – NAPA, Calif. (September 26, 2017)The Napa Valley Wine Train, an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, is pleased to announce the return of its Santa Trains, an interactive musical adventure in an elegant, nostalgic setting. Transforming the Napa Valley Wine Train into an enchanting holiday journey of delight for both children and adults, the Santa Trains will run from November 18 to December 29. Guests of the Santa Trains will experience games, sing-alongs, and a fun cast of holiday-inspired characters, all while savoring hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.

In addition, the Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered with the Ticket to Dream Foundation to invite hundreds of foster children aboard the Santa Trains free of charge. The Wine Train will also be hosting a Secret Santa Toy Drive at the train station and will have receptacles to collect new and unwrapped donated toys from generous riders from November 1 to December 17.

“The Santa Train is a special experience that allows children and families to enjoy the holiday season together in a unique way,” said Scott Goldie, co-CEO and partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train. “We’re thrilled to add more interactive features to this iconic journey and invite local foster children to join us through our partnership with Ticket to Dream Foundation.”

Guests of the Santa Trains will embark on an interactive and musical journey from the train station to Santa’s workshop in the North Pole with the conductor, Santa and some of his holiday friends, with magical wristbands and a smartphone app available to enhance the trip. Rumor has it Jolly the Bear was accidentally left behind at the train station and needs the children’s help to make it back to Santa’s workshop to be finished in time for Christmas Day and achieve his lifelong dream – to become an official Santa Train Conductor Bear. Once the children reach the North Pole, they will be given a toy Jolly Bear ornament as a special thank you for their help. The holiday magic continues on the return trip with more songs and games, hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies, Santa and Jolly the Bear handing out toy bears and fairy friends collecting letters to Santa. Additional beverages and snack boxes are available for purchase including peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, goldfish crackers, apple sauce and fruit for kids and hummus, chips, cheese, crackers and a delicious treat for adults. A photo booth and social media station is available at the train station for passengers to capture and share their memories.

The Napa Valley Wine Train’s partnership with the Ticket to Dream Foundation will involve hundreds of local foster children experiencing the thrill of meeting Santa aboard the Santa Train as well as a Secret Santa Toy Drive from November 1 – December 17. All passengers are welcome to bring new and unwrapped toys, books, games, movies and gift cards to the Napa Wine Valley Train on their departure day to add joy and excitement to the holidays for foster children in Napa.

The Santa Trains will run from November 18 to December 29 and will be closed on December 24 and 25. Beginning with one daily show at 5 p.m. from November 18 to December 17, a second show at 6:45 p.m. will be added from December 18 to 29. The train’s first show will begin at 5 p.m. and return to the station at 7:15 p.m., with the second show departing at 7:15 p.m. and returning at 9:15 p.m.

Train fare for the Santa Trains start at $39 for locals in Napa and Sonoma counties, $49 per person for the 5 p.m. show and $69 per person for the 6:45 p.m. show. Free parking is available in the Napa Valley Wine Train’s parking lot and space is limited. For reservations and more information about the Napa Valley Wine Train, please call (800) 427-4124 or visit www.winetrain.com.

About the Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored antique rail cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train features vintage Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and luxurious armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century. Conveniently located in downtown Napa and easily accessible, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers a car-free transportation option that bring guests from San Francisco to Napa Valley via the San Francisco Bay Ferry.

In 2015, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. – a collection of luxury hotels and resorts – entered into a partnership with Brooks Street, a California-based real estate development and investment company, for the purchase of the historic and iconic Napa Valley Wine Train. The purchase deepens Noble House’s roots in Northern California, expanding its portfolio to include attractions in the destinations its hotels call home.

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts

A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 15 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S. From the historic passenger Napa Valley Wine Train, to luxury resorts in Seattle, Wash. Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating 43 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance.

About Brooks Street

Brooks Street (www.brooks-street.com) is a California-based real estate development and investment company with offices in Northern and Southern California. The company specializes in seeking out unique opportunities in premier locations where creativity and repurposing creates value in local communities.

About the Ticket to Dream Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008, Ticket to Dream is dedicated to provide hope and opportunity for foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. We believe it starts with joining forces with local communities to ensure they have school supplies, holiday gifts, properly fitting clothing and shoes. We also provide and fund enriching life experiences and vital support that allow them to heal and grow into their full potential. We create opportunity by funding enriching life experiences like a trip to the zoo, joining the soccer team, music lessons, therapy, help in school, and vital support services that allow them to heal and grow into their full potential.


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Mazda and Chase Partner with Operation Homefront to Host Military Appreciation Day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Press Release – September 23, 2017: Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit that builds strong, stable and secure military families, recently partnered with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) to host Military Appreciation Day at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to surprise two military families with a brand new Mazda vehicle and award a mortgage-free home donated by Chase, for their selfless service to their county.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Don DeGuzman and Marine Sergeant Ricardo Mendez were elated to learn they weren’t just at Mazda Raceway for an exciting weekend of racing, they were there to be honored in a very special way for their courageous service to our country. They were awarded brand new Mazda cars.

“This is amazing – thank you to Operation Homefront, Chase, and Mazda,” said Ricardo and Adriana Mendez. “This means that I will have a dependable car and not have to struggle to get by – it’s one less burden we don’t have to worry about.”

“I really feel appreciated – this is life changing,” said Don. “It is really going to help out financially because our car is almost done – so, it will help us out tremendously.”

Army Staff Sergeant Toure Williams was awarded a mortgage-free home in Jackson, New Jersey, through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront program.

The Homes on the Homefront program began in 2012. Since inception, Operation Homefront has placed nearly 600 veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes providing more than $56 million in deeded value to military families. Toure and his family will participate in one-on-one homeowner counseling services for one to three years. The family will also participate in a customized transition plan, including financial counseling and savings planning.

“It’s our biggest dream to get a home of my own,” said Toure. “This is a new beginning, something that we as a family can work on together, make our own home that we have dreamed of. Thank you very much, Operation Homefront, Chase, and Mazda – I appreciate everything you have done for me and my family.”

Robert Davis, senior vice president of U.S. Operations at Mazda, and Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront, were in attendance to award the home and cars to the three military families. Each family participated in Military Appreciation Day at Mazda Raceway with different activities.

“This moment is just as special for us as is it for our veterans,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of special projects for Mazda. “These Mazda vehicles are a small token of our appreciation and a way to say thank you to our veterans for their invaluable service to our country. We are honored to be here with them this weekend.”

“I am extremely grateful to have such amazing partners, like Chase and Mazda, share our commitment to building strong, stable, and secure military families,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray, Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “By working together, we are able to give them a real opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities — our communities — they have worked so hard to protect.”

Each of the families who were awarded a new Mazda will get to select the model of their choice from the current Mazda vehicle lineup. From there, the vehicle will be delivered to the family at their local San Diego Mazda dealership in the coming weeks.

Source: http://www.operationhomefront.org/pressrelease?id=5751


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From Boston To Birmingham: 25 Historic Main Street Districts Across America Vie For $2 Million In Grants Decided By Public Vote During Partners In Preservation Campaign

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Have Provided $19 Million in Funding Through This Program

Press Release – New York, NY — September 25, 2017 — American Express and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Main Street America, announced today that Partners in Preservation is headed to Main Street. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. This year’s program, Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, will award $2 million in grants to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America.

The public will determine which sites will receive preservation grants by voting for their favorite main streets today through October 31 at VoteYourMainStreet.org, hosted by National Geographic Travel. On November 2, the sites with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be announced and awarded grants for restoration projects. In addition, the public will also have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip of their choice to New York, Los Angeles, or Miami, sponsored by this year’s media partner National Geographic.

“Historic preservation and the Shop Small Movement are cornerstones of American Express’ longstanding commitment to serving communities around the world,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “This campaign aligns these two commitments. By rallying citizens to learn about and vote for their favorite local historic treasures, we hope to create broad-scale awareness of the connection between preservation and our country’s thriving main streets.”

This year’s campaign coincides with the 40th anniversary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s work to revitalize main streets. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets emphasizes the importance of these districts around the U.S. and their positive impact on local communities and economies.

“From first dates to family dinners and shopping trips to nights on the town, America’s thriving historic main streets are where we come together and share experiences that shape our lives and communities,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are delighted to celebrate historic main streets across America through this year’s Partners in Preservation program. These historic downtowns are central to our local and national identity and should be preserved for generations to come.”

According to 2016 data from Main Street America, investments in Main Street districts have a significant impact on local economies – encouraging real estate development as well as the creation of new businesses and jobs. In 2016, $4.65 billion reinvested in Main Street improvement programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings, and 27,462 new jobs. Main Street revitalization efforts also help to make our neighborhoods more interesting and welcoming places to live, work and play.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, Partners in Preservation has awarded over $19 million in support of more than 200 historic sites across the country.

From theaters and museums to plazas and marquees from Seattle to Miami, Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places in Main Street corridors. Each local partner received a grant of $20,000 to increase public awareness of the importance of these historic places and build grassroots support for their Main Street district.

The 25 cities with Main Street districts in contention for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets grants include:

Atlanta, Georgia
Sweet Auburn Works seeks to transform Bryant Graves House into an information center for visitors. This project would help introduce visitors to the local businesses and organizations that define Sweet Auburn.

Birmingham, Alabama
REV Birmingham seeks to install a 42-foot vertical marquee on the Historic Alabama Theatre. This project would restore the façade of the theatre to its original appearance and light-up downtown Birmingham.

Boston, Massachusetts
Upham’s Corner Main Street seeks to transform the Pierce Building into a business incubator and convert the Streetcar Comfort Station into a bike repair store and coffee shop. This project would create a vibrant hub within Dorchester’s Arts and Culture Innovation District.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Old Town Cape, Inc. seeks to revitalize the bandstand and surrounding park landscape in Ivers Square. This project would honor the neighborhood’s history and attract visitors.

Casa Grande, Arizona
Casa Grande Main Street seeks to create a new Vintage Neon Sign Park by salvaging historic neon signs from throughout the community. The park would serve as a vibrant downtown destination for visitors.

Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Preservation Association seeks to restore the Woodward Theater’s historic marquee. This project would attract visitors and make the theater a shining beacon in Over-the-Rhine.

Detroit, Michigan
Live6 seeks to transform The Treehouse into a unique gathering and performance space. This project would create a much-needed venue for the Livernois/6 Mile community to come together.

Franklin, Tennessee
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County seeks to rehabilitate Dr. McPhail Office as a space for local programming and visitor services. This project would share Franklin’s history and highlight the positive impact of preservation on the community.

Greensboro, North Carolina
Downtown Greensboro, Inc. seeks to replace the iconic Carolina Theatre’s worn seats with art deco-style seats that increase capacity and restore historic charm. This project would ensure the theatre remains the “Showplace of the Carolinas” for years to come.

Hyde Park, Illinois
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Hyde Park Historical Society seek to complete renovations on the Cable Car Building. Through this project, the community would continue to have access to a museum and meeting space.

Las Vegas, New Mexico
Main Street de Las Vegas seeks to restore the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building to serve as a firefighting and acequia system museum. This project would commemorate the stories of the town’s founders and their efforts to protect their community.

Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Conservancy seeks to rehabilitate the trolley car of the Formosa Cafe along Route 66. This project would ensure a beloved West Hollywood icon is saved for future generations.

McKinney, Texas
Main Street McKinney seeks to rehabilitate the exterior of the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the Collin County Courthouse. This project would enhance visitors’ experiences for generations to come.

Miami, Florida
The City of Miami seeks to renovate and paint the exterior of the Manuel Artime Theater. This project would ensure the theater continues to be a place where the vibrancy of Little Havana comes alive.

New Orleans, Louisiana
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association seeks to restore the façade of Old McCrory’s Store. This project would repurpose the space for retail and nonprofit business use and commemorate the 1960 boycott of discriminatory hiring practices.

New York, New York
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation seeks to rehabilitate the façade and make structural improvements to the Sheffield Farms Bottling Plant in Restoration Plaza. This project would ensure that the plaza remains at the heart of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Downtown OKC Initiatives seeks to restore the Yale Theatre to its original appearance. This project would breathe new life into a key attraction, providing a draw for tourism and new entertainment opportunities to the surrounding area.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Germantown United CDC seeks to rehabilitate the façade and make structural improvements to significant 20th-century African-American landmarks in the Germantown neighborhood, including the Trower Building and Parker Hall. This project would increase visitation to Germantown and community pride.

Richmond, California
The Richmond Main Street Initiative seeks to install a marquee on the Market Street Mall’s Façade. This project would create a bright light illuminating the neighborhood’s charm and welcoming visitors.

Salt Lake City, Utah
Studio Elevn seeks to rehabilitate three historic buildings in the Granary District. This project would provide space for artists, designers and entrepreneurs to gather, work and celebrate.

San Diego, California
North Park Main Street seeks to reveal the original façade of the Stevens-Hartley Annex, which has been hidden behind a wall for decades. This project would further beautify one of San Diego’s most celebrated streets.

Seattle, Washington
Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area seeks to restore disappearing historic signs throughout Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District. This project would help tell the story of this iconic, diverse neighborhood.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Main Street Steamboat Springs seeks to restore and repurpose a historic caboose as an artist-in-residence studio and gateway to Main Street. This project would serve as a landmark for the city’s Creative District.

Washington, D.C.
Shaw Main Streets seeks to restore the original storefront façade of the James Hughes Building. This project would transform a hidden treasure into a gem for visitors to Shaw.

West Des Moines, Iowa
The Historic Valley Junction Foundation seeks to restore the façade, first-floor storefront and marquee of the Lyric Theater. This project would further emphasize the historic gathering place as an icon of main street.

For more information and to vote daily through October 31, the public is encouraged to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org.


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Chesapeake Conservancy Joins 1% for the Planet Network

Press Release – (Annapolis, Md.) – Chesapeake Conservancy today was accepted as a nonprofit partner of the 1% for the Planet network, an initiative that connects businesses, individuals, and nonprofits to accelerate environmental giving.

The 1% for the Planet network includes more than 1,200 member businesses, hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 40 countries. After vetting environmental nonprofits, 1% for the Planet connects them to business members aligned with their business goals. The network’s business and individual members engage directly with approved nonprofit partners, providing financial donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations, and other shared-value collaborations.

“Nonprofit organizations play a unique and critical role in solving the many challenges facing our planet. Our driving goal is to increase support for these activist organizations by engaging businesses as funders and partners in the work. We believe deeply that by coming together, by connecting dollars with doers, we can create positive solutions to the complex environmental problems of our time,” 1% for the Planet CEO Kate Williams said.

Chesapeake Conservancy was nominated as a nonprofit partner by Patagonia, the founding member of the 1% for the Planet initiative. The clothing company and Annapolis-based environmental nonprofit partnered together to promote the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a National Marine Sanctuary at REI’s flagship store in Washington, D.C.

Chesapeake Conservancy Director of Development Melissa Ehrenreich said the organization looks forward to connecting with member businesses and individuals that share the Conservancy’s vision of conservation through innovation.

“Chesapeake Conservancy is honored to join the 1% for the Planet network where membership is measured by impact. We leverage technology to get results for conservation in ways that make sense for the planet, people, and local businesses,” Ehrenreich said. “We are proud to have been nominated as a 1% for the Planet nonprofit partner by Patagonia. We share their vision that with smart, effective strategies we can all be part of the solution to help save the places that matter for future generations.”

For more information on 1% for the Planet visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.


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Kaiser Permanente Pledges $1 Million to Mexico Earthquake Aid

Contributions to International Medical Corps will support immediate relief and recovery efforts

Press Release – OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente today pledged $1 million to support first responders’ efforts in Mexico following multiple destructive earthquakes in the last few weeks.

The contribution from the nation’s largest integrated health system will go to International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization established by volunteer physicians in 1984. Kaiser Permanente’s contribution will help International Medical Corps conduct an on-the-ground assessment of needs in the affected areas and assist with local relief and recovery efforts, including support for the mental health and wellness needs of those impacted.

“Our hearts are with all those affected by the devastation and loss of life from the earthquakes that struck central Mexico,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer for Kaiser Permanente. “Many of our employees and members have loved ones in the areas that were impacted. We felt it was imperative that we offer our help and resources in this critical time of need.”

Both organizations are sending disaster response experts and medical professionals to Mexico City on Tuesday, September 26, to support immediate relief and recovery efforts.

“Kaiser Permanente’s extraordinary commitment to deploy staff and their swift and generous support will ensure that International Medical Corps can help meet families’ greatest needs and mobilize health care, supplies and other assistance that will help communities in Mexico as they begin to recover and rebuild,” said Nancy Aossey, President & CEO of International Medical Corps.

As Kaiser Permanente supports these efforts in Mexico, the organization continues to monitor the areas impacted by this year’s extreme hurricane season. On September 5, Kaiser Permanente gave a donation to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.


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The Body Shop Taps Urban Airship’s Mobile Wallet Engagement to Amplify its Forever Against Animal Testing Campaign

Supporters can add a Forever Against Animal Testing wallet pass to their smartphone, share it with friends, and get the latest news and progress

Press Release – LONDON, UK and PORTLAND, Ore. — 20 September 2017 — The Body Shop announced today alongside digital growth company Urban Airship that it will launch a mobile wallet pass with the latest news and signature counts for its Forever Against Animal Testing campaign. Launched in June alongside Cruelty Free International, the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign aims to end cosmetic animal testing worldwide, through a petition that will be taken to the UN. The campaign will use mobile wallet passes to deepen ongoing engagement with supporters and help grow the 2.8 million+ signatures already collected online and in-store.

“Mobile wallet passes offer us the perfect vehicle to spread the word and grow support for our efforts to end cosmetic animal testing globally once and for all,” said Harriet Williams, Chief Digital Officer, The Body Shop. “The ease of creating, distributing and updating mobile wallet passes, combined with the high rate of social sharing, will help finish what The Body Shop started when we began campaigning against animal testing in the 1980s.”

Upon signing the petition online, people will be directed to a landing page where they will have the option to add the Forever Against Animal Testing wallet pass to their device. The wallet pass will also be linked in a thank you email, promoted by The Body Shop on social media channels and will provide regular news updates direct to users. Those receiving the pass from friends sharing it will have a link where they can go to sign the petition. Supporters can also use the campaign hashtag #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting on social media to raise awareness of the issue.

A recent Urban Airship study of one million Apple Wallet coupons and loyalty cards of major retail brands found that more than three-quarters of passes installed were the result of sharing rather than being distributed through a brand’s channels. Apple Wallet coupons had the highest rate of sharing, each one being added to 4.3 other devices on average, which The Body Shop’s cause-related campaign is expected to eclipse.

“We’re proud to be lending our expertise and mobile wallet engagement solution, Urban Airship Reach, to this largest and most ambitious attempt to put an end to cosmetics animal testing globally,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “The Body Shop’s effort will offer a textbook example of how easily and flexibly mobile wallets can be used to inform, inspire and activate audiences for a limitless range of purposes.”

About Urban Airship

Urban Airship® (www.urbanairship.com) is trusted by thousands of businesses to drive growth with mobile. Every day, marketers and developers depend on Urban Airship to deliver billions of digital moments through personalized, interactive notifications that inspire interest and drive action. Urban Airship is used by many of the world’s most admired companies, including Adidas, Alaska Airlines, The Home Depot, NBC Universal, Sky Media and Zillow.

For more information, visit www.urbanairship.com, read our blog and follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About The Body Shop

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. The Body Shop pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good and this ethos is still the brand’s driving force. The Body Shop has more than 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.

The Body Shop and Against Animal Testing

The Body Shop was the first international beauty brand to campaign against the practice of animal testing in cosmetics in 1989, leading the way to a European Union-wide ban on animal testing in 2013. Their Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, in partnership with Cruelty Free International, was launched in June 2017 and achieved 2 million signatures in its first two months.

About Cruelty Free International:

Cruelty Free International is the leading organisation working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. One of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, it is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for advice and expert opinion.

Educating, challenging and inspiring others across the globe to respect and protect animals, Cruelty Free International investigates and exposes the reality of life for animals in laboratories, challenges decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals, and champions better science and cruelty free living.


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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Team Up to Launch “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!” Contest to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders to be Fiscally Fit

— Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Launches New Pledge Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000 for Schools and $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice, PLUS New Resources for Educators and Families to Help Students Grades K-6 Become Financially Empowered Adults –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 20) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale, today unveiled an all-new suite of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! activities, and a back-to-school contest, designed to bring personal finance topics to life across all subject areas. This engaging and fun financial education program, designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults, equips students’ grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

“We are bringing Cha-Ching to schools across the country so it can be the spark that starts a conversation about money,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Whether it’s with parents, kids, teachers, students or people at any stage of their lives, one of the most important steps to financial wellness is planning, and planning begins with a conversation.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! empowers youth with critical 21st century skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school, where it can be fundamentally embedded in core learning experiences. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the program includes educator resources, family activities, animated videos and more. Additionally, the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Contestants may enter for a chance to win $10,000 for their local school, plus a bonus of $1,000 for the charity of their school’s choice. The winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school, and will enter the running to spend time with children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, co-creator of Blue’s Clues and Super Why!, and the characters of Cha-Ching.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Jackson Charitable Foundation to prepare the next generation of leaders to make informed money decisions,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Cha-Ching promotes positive financial behavior, and empowers educators and families to teach young learners the building blocks of financial literacy.”

Launched in April 2017, this partnership amplifies engaging financial literacy content, and brings it to classrooms and families across the United States. Cha-Ching is a cartoon band that features six energetic characters, brought to life in music videos, that help children learn about fundamental money management concepts through the band members’ different approaches to money habits. The original videos were created by Dr. Wilder and feature storylines that spotlight the four key concepts of money: “earn, save, spend and donate.” These concepts emphasize the cycle of money and vital choices that are made every day, throughout life.

“Helping children learn money management concepts while engaging them in fun and memorable activities prepares them for a promising future,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “With Cha-Ching, Discovery Education and Jackson are putting students on a path to financial freedom in adulthood, where money smart habits can positively impact their families, communities and lives.”

These resources are available at Cha-ChingUSA.org/Contest and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.


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New Digital Marketing and Social Giving Technology, Aidbox, Launches in Partnership with Beyond Type 1, Degoo, Care2

Press Release – NEW YORKAidbox, a Swedish-founded digital marketing and social giving technology that will allow everyone with an email address to give back to charity, launched today in the U.S. Using a new algorithm, Aidbox is an email signature technology that leverages partnerships between nonprofits and businesses to create a new ad space for businesses and a fundraising mechanism for nonprofits. Aidbox is reshaping the future of charitable giving by turning your email signature into a tool for raising awareness and funds for charity.

For its launch, Aidbox is partnering with Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit founded by Nick Jonas, Juliet de Baubigny, Sarah Lucas and Sam Talbot that is working to raise awareness and educate the global community about the Type 1 diabetes as well as Degoo, a free, automatic, online backup solution where users get up to 100 GB of free backup, and the online advocacy site, Care2.

Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology to create a new brand of philanthropy fit for the modern age. Beyond Type 1 is partnering with Aidbox for POWER UP – Beyond Type 1’s fall fundraising campaign. POWER UP will highlight the energy of the Type 1 diabetes community through themed days, fundraising challenges, and special prizes – all to raise donations for Type 1 diabetes research and advocacy. Beyond Type 1 will also receive donations made possible through the Aidbox platform. In addition, Aidbox will allow people to take action by signing a Care2 petition, launched by Beyond Type 1, urging the Center for Disease Control to release data segmented by diabetes type. More than 5,300 supporters have already signed on.

“Our goal at Aidbox is to raise awareness and funds for our charity partners by creating a symbiotic relationship between nonprofits and businesses. Aidbox will also give anyone with an email address the ability to become a philanthropist – no matter what time or money constraints they might be facing,” said Aidbox Founder & CEO Daniel Lundh. “As an Aidbox user, you will become an ambassador for charity and make an impact for free with a technology you’re already using everyday: your email.”

“The partnership with Aidbox will provide a new avenue for Beyond Type 1 to advocate for and educate about Type 1 diabetes, in addition to raising funds to support our programs and initiatives. Aidbox will allow our community to include warning signs and information about Type 1 diabetes in their e-mail signatures – putting life-saving information in front of a massive audience every day,” said Beyond Type 1 CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Lucas

“We’re excited for the opportunity to start working with the ground-breaking platform Aidbox has designed. Both Aidbox and Beyond Type 1 embody the cutting edge thinking that we’ve made a priority at Degoo,” said CEO, Carl Hasselskog. “We welcome new ways of looking at what it means to be a philanthropist.”

“Care2 is committed to teaming up with partners who are on the forefront of creating technology that connects people to ways to make a difference in the world,” said Randy Paynter, Founder & CEO of Care2. “Aidbox will allow everyone with an email address to raise money and awareness for great causes like Beyond Type 1 with every email they send.”

With Aidbox, nonprofits will increase their revenue and name recognition through a previously untapped line of communication with the public. Businesses can tap into a new advertising space that is personal, uncluttered and organic in personal email signatures. Aidbox is continuing to grow its network of charities and corporate sponsors. Daniel Lundh and his partners at Aidbox are also committed to bettering the world through philanthropy, which is why Aidbox will donate 50 percent of its revenue to nonprofits.


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UFC® Announces National Charitable Partnership With Miracle Flights

Press Release – Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new national charitable partnership with Miracle Flights, the nation’s leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization. Established in 1985, Miracle Flights provides free commercial air transportation to critically ill children in need of medical care far from home.

“UFC athletes are some of the toughest in the world, but what happens inside the Octagon pales in comparison to the obstacles these children face on a daily basis,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ike Lawrence Epstein said. “We are proud to partner with Miracle Flights and support its mission to help children receive the life-changing medical care they need.”

This partnership is supported through UFC’s ‘We Are All Fighters’ initiative, which celebrates the fighter in all of us and is a symbol of how everyone fights every day to overcome challenges large and small.

Now in its 32nd year, Miracle Flights has provided more than 110,000 free medical flights to help children with rare and life-threatening conditions gain access to specialized, out-of-state medical care.

UFC’s support of Miracle Flights includes a joint PSA featuring UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin and 11-year old Levi Krystosek. Levi, a native of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, suffers from Jansen’s Metaphyseal Chondrodysplasia, an exceptionally rare form of dwarfism with only 24 known cases worldwide. Since initially contacting Miracle Flights, Levi has been flown to see medical specialists in both Chicago, Illinois, and Wilmington, Delaware, 16 times, which included the nonprofit’s historic 100,000th flight in 2016.

“Like many of the children we fly, Levi faces incredible odds but never gives up. With his endless courage and determination, Levi is a true fighter,” said Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights. “To have UFC lend its support to help Levi and all of ‘our kids’ who are fighting for their lives is a tremendous honor.”

Please click the following links to view the short-form feature and public service announcement for this partnership. For more information, please visit www.miracleflights.org.

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader, WME | IMG, together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 163 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 35 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

About Miracle Flights

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation to children and adults via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 110,000 flights and counting. For more information about Miracle Flights, to request flight assistance, or to make a donation, call 800-359-1711 or visit miracleflights.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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