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Queens McDonald’s Franchisees Partner With Nonprofit To Donate Books To Local Learning Center

Franchisees distributed more than 150 books to preschool-aged children to promote early childhood education on National Education and Sharing Day

In celebration of National Education and Sharing Day, local McDonald’s franchisees and Books for Kids partnered up to donate children’s books to students at Concerned Parents of Jamaica Learning Center in Queens.

Press Release – Queens, New York – McDonald’s franchisees joined Books for Kids – a national nonprofit that promotes reading among low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children – to celebrate National Education and Sharing Day by donating more than 150 Happy Meal Books to the Concerned Parents of Jamaica Early Learning Center.

More than 100 children at the Early Learning Center in Jamaica were presented with a variety of Happy Meal Book titles, including “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, “Big Nate in a Class by Himself” and “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.”

“Literacy and learning are the ultimate keys to success,” said Iris Lawrence, a local McDonald’s franchisee. “On behalf of all the McDonald’s franchisees in Queens, we are honored to do our part to provide children in our communities with books that will help them foster a love for reading and instill the importance of continued education.”

“Books for Kids is thrilled to be the recipient again of this generous book donation,” said Amanda Hirsh, Executive Director of Books for Kids. “Concerned Parents of Jamaica is a wonderful school with an active and engaged community, and we know that the books donated to the children will be in the hands of eager readers. This is the second time we have worked with the nearby McDonald’s franchisees to make a donation and StoryTime event possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

McDonald’s Owner/Operators are committed to supporting education across all levels of learning by supporting programs such as Archways to Opportunity and Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) scholarships. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive continuing education program that assists McDonald’s employees in New York and across the country by offering educational and career advancement opportunities to employees who work in McDonald’s restaurants. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 900 McDonald’s employees across the New York Metro region have enrolled in Archways to Opportunity to apply for college tuition assistance, complete their high school degree, improve their English language skills, and sign up for career advisement. In their work with RMHC-NYTSA, McDonald’s Owner/Operators contribute to scholarships each year for students in financial need who have demonstrated academic excellence, community involvement and leadership qualities Last year, students in the New York Tri-State Area were awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships thanks to the support of RMHC-NYTSA and local McDonald’s franchisees.

About McDonald’s New York Tri-state Area

As one of the brand’s flagship markets, McDonald’s New York Metro Region represents one of the world’s best known brands within the Tri-State area. Based in Iselin, New Jersey, the regional office oversees 600 McDonald’s restaurants and more than 100 franchisees located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State region. The regional office is run by a team of leading professionals in the fields of operations, marketing, public relations and public affairs.

Visit http://www.McDonaldsNYTriState.com or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for more information about other McDonald’s area programs.

© 2016 McDonald’s

About Books for Kids

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. For more information, visit www.booksforkids.org.

JPMorgan Chase appoints Jill Biden to Military and Veterans Affairs External Advisory Council

Press Release – NEW YORK, April 17, 2017 – JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced today the appointment of Dr. Jill Biden, the former Second Lady of the United States, to its Military and Veterans Affairs External Advisory Council. The council advises the firm on a comprehensive strategy to design programs and products aimed at serving the unique needs of members of the military, veterans and their families.

“As a military mom, I know how important the transition to civilian life can be for the entire family. JPMorgan Chase has gone to its strengths to offer innovative support of our transitioning service members; I am honored to join them,” said Dr. Biden.

“We’re incredibly honored to have Dr. Biden join our ranks and help guide our efforts in serving military members and veterans as they transition into civilian life,” said JPMorgan Chase Chief Operating Officer Matt Zames. “Dr. Biden’s commitment to our veterans is palpable and the experience and foresights she’ll bring to the Advisory Council will be an invaluable addition that will no doubt positively impact the lives of many.”

Jill Biden is a mother and grandmother, a lifelong educator, a proud military mom, and an active member of her community. As Second Lady, Dr. Biden worked to bring attention to the sacrifices made by military families. Through their Joining Forces initiative, Dr. Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama issued a national challenge to all Americans to take action and find ways to support and engage our military families in their own communities. Joining Forces aimed to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives. With the launch of the Biden Foundation in February 2017, Dr. Biden will continue her commitment to supporting military families.

Former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden with late son, Beau
Photo credit: White House photo by David Lienemann

The JPMorgan Chase Military and Veterans Affairs External Advisory Council, started in 2011, includes a diverse array of individuals who are committed to uplifting service members, veterans and their families. Current members include: General Raymond T. Odierno (USA, Ret.), General Stanley A. McChrystal (USA, Ret.), Command Sergeant Major Cynthia A. Pritchett (USA, Ret.), Sergeant Major Carlton W. Kent (USMC, Ret.), Michelle Brito, Laban P. Jackson, Jr., Nathaniel Fick, Roger T. Staubach and Matthew C. Flavin.

JPMorgan Chase has supported veterans since before World War I. The Military and Veterans Affairs program works closely with the company’s business and consumer facing facets and with non-profit and government partners to ensure that service members and veterans and their families have access to resources including products and services, employment opportunities, small business and strategic initiatives, and talent acquisition and development. Since the program started in 2011, JPMorgan Chase has hired more than 11,000 veterans and facilitated 385,000 veteran hires through the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition; awarded more than 900 mortgage-free homes to military families in need; helped 6,600 veterans and military spouses complete 9,100 career certifications through Veterans Career Transition Program at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, which was co-founded and is supported by JPMorgan Chase and Syracuse University. Learn more at: www.jpmorganchase.com/veterans

About JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 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 consumers 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.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego Supports the Local Community with New ‘Giveback’ Promotion

New Initiative Donates 10 Percent of Proceeds to Select Charitable Organizations

Press Release – SAN DIEGO — April 13, 2017 — As if guests needed more reasons to stay at Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego, the hotel announced a 2017 ‘Giveback’ promotion to support local charities. Guests participating in this promotion will rest assured knowing 10 percent of their bookings on any given Friday night will go back to a non-profit organization. Organizations were chosen based on Palomar San Diego’s passion for the cause and include San Diego Coast Keeper, San Diego Humane Society, The Center and No Child Hungry.

The first quarter bookings are being donated to San Diego Coast Keeper, an organization that protects and restores swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego County, signifying Hotel Palomar San Diego’s keen interest in preserving the local beaches and overall environment.

From April to June, the San Diego Humane Society, an organization that provides vital services, such as adoption, training courses and education programs to animals, will be receiving the proceeds, keeping in line with Hotel Palomar San Diego and Kimpton’s pet-friendly offerings and love for guests’ four-legged friends. Additionally, the hotel has partnered with the San Diego Humane Society to hold a pet adoption event on the pool deck on Thursday, May 25 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. PT on the pool deck with animals available to adopt.

The Center, who’s mission it is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the LGBT community, will receive donations from July to September, representing Hotel Palomar San Diego and Kimpton’s support and inclusion for all. In the last quarter of the year, donations will be funneled to No Child Hungry, a national nonprofit that works to end child hunger in America, showcasing Hotel Palomar San Diego’s passion for helping the homeless families and children throughout San Diego county.

“Our goal was to kick off 2017 with a promotion that gives back to organizations that make a difference in our own back yard,” said Drew Parker, area director of sales and marketing at Hotel Palomar. “We are fortunate to live and work in this incredible city. We want our guests to not only enjoy what San Diego and our great downtown hotel have to offer, but to play a role in supporting important organization and feel even better about their stay.”

The rate code for booking is GIVE. Stays must include a Friday and rates start at $159. For more information on the promotion, visit www.hotelpalomar-sandiego.com.

ABOUT HOTEL PALOMAR SAN DIEGO

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar San Diego is a contemporary stylish retreat in the heart of San Diego’s vibrant downtown community. The 211-room boutique hotel blends urban sophistication with outdoor living, catering to leisure and business travelers alike. Celebrating the San Diego lifestyle, the hotel offers guests an authentic local experience—from its surf-inspired skyline guestrooms and suites, to premier services at the 5,500 square-foot Nature’s Spa by Jurlique and 20,000 square feet of best-in-class, flexible event space. The hotel will also be home to the soulful Mexican street food eatery Curadero, launching in early 2017. For more information, visit www.hotelpalomar-sandiego.com.

ABOUT KIMPTON HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.

North Texas Charity Awards Inaugural Scholarships To Dallas High School Seniors

Helping Hands And Caring Hearts of America Benefits Low Income Minority Students

Press Release – Gene Legler knows the importance of giving and serving. Those values were impressed upon him as a young boy by his parents while growing up in Rochester, N.Y.

Legler’s parents regularly donated money to charities, and his mother volunteered to clean the sacristy at the church on a monthly basis. When he was a child, his family always had food on the table, yet his parents reminded them that there were several families that did not. Even though his family didn’t have everything they wanted, they always had everything they needed.

The North Texas author never forgot those words, and they became the foundation that Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America was built upon. By creating the non-profit organization, Legler’s goal is to help the less fortunate and encourage others to do so as well.

As executive director of the charity, Legler’s initial vision was to provide financial assistance through scholarship awards to two minority college-bound seniors coming with low income backgrounds. Each scholarship recipient would then give back to their community through service with the Helping Hands and Caring Hearts Volunteer Team throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That vision is now coming to fruition.

The first recipients of the Prepare 4 Tomorrow Scholarship are Aimee Belise Ihirwe Shimwa and Radha Adhikari. Both seniors attend Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas. Both students receive a $5,000 scholarship for tuition, housing, books and fees. Aimee will be pursuing a medical degree at Texas A&M University, and Radha will be attending the University of Texas-Dallas, majoring in computer engineering. Both students have begun their volunteer work with Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America as part of the scholarship requirements, which also include maintaining at least a 2.5 grade-point average (or equivalent) at their respective universities.

All proceeds from Gene Legler’s new book, My Huggy Bear (www.myhuggybear.com), from Brown Books Publishing Group, benefit Helping Hands and Caring Hearts of America.

About The Agency at Brown Books (ABB)

As a sister company of Brown Books Publishing Group, The Agency at Brown Books is backed by more than 20 years of publishing excellence, leveraged in the first full-service public relations, marketing, branding and distribution provider within a publishing house. The Agency provides high-level public relations, marketing and distribution services for not only Brown Books authors, but also non-affiliated authors, all within the same house. For more information, please visit www.TheAgencyatBB.com.

About Brown Books Publishing Group (BBPG)

Founded in 1994 as an Entrepreneurial Publisher for Entrepreneurial Authors®, Brown Books Publishing Group was established to fill a need in the publishing world by allowing authors to have a voice in the publishing process while retaining the rights to their intellectual property. Applying this innovative Relationship Publishing™ model, Brown Books has cultivated a prestigious stable of authors, from New York Times bestsellers to Pulitzer Prize winners and more. Boasting hundreds of high-quality books across genres, Brown Books is a fiercely independent publisher that encourages author empowerment. In 1994, Brown Books ushered in A New Era in Publishing™, and more than two decades later, continues to be a successful innovative leader in the publishing industry. For more information, please visit www.BrownBooks.com.

Grammy Award-Winning Band OK Go And Multi-Platinum Selling Pop Artist Andy Grammer Set To Perform At 8th Annual Thirst Gala

Sponsor Morton Salt’s Every Drop Journey Activation will Give Guests a Look into the Water Crisis at the April 18 fundraiser in Los Angeles

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2017) – Grammy award-winning band OK Go and pop sensation Andy Grammer, with wife Aijia Grammer, will perform at the 8th Annual Thirst Gala on April 18 at The Beverly Hilton to help end the global water crisis, Thirst Project announced today. Attendees will include Laura Marano, Alexis Ren, Debby Ryan, Andrea Russett, Cameron Boyce, Evan Fong, Jay Versace, Trevor Moran, Jack Griffo, Drake Bell, Serayah, Chelsea Briggs, Tahj Mowry, Zane Hijazi, Mikey Murphy, Shane Harper, Jillian Rose Reed, Griffin Arnlund, Jordan Maron, Ronni Hawk, Monique Coleman, Allie Michelle, Jonah Green, Hunter March, Charisma Carpenter, Jet Jurgensmeyer, Michael Welch, Taryn Southern, Lola Plaku, Jen Lilley, Savannah Outen, Drew Seeley, Amy Paffrath, Mike Manning, Ricky Hayberg, Jessika Van, Wesam Keesh, Kristyn Burtt, Julia Price, Josh Sussman, Joe Nation, DaJuan Johnson, Catherine Hardwicke, Craig Thompson, and Heath Huizar.

“It’s inspiring to see Hollywood coming together to extend a hand to the rest of the world where people aren’t as fortunate,” said Thirst Project CEO and Founder Seth Maxwell. “All of our celebrity supporters, youth activists, sponsors and donors make ending the global water crisis possible. They are living proof that any one person can make an impact. Even a single drop makes ripples.”

Grammy award-winning band OK Go is made up of Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, and Andy Ross. Known for their creative and mind-bending music videos, OK Go recently teamed up with Morton Salt to create “The One Moment,” a music video unlike any other to inspire people to make a positive impact in the world. The innovative video helped launched Morton’s Walk Her Walk platform which provided grants and promotion for Thirst Project and other good causes.

Multi-platinum selling pop artist Andy Grammer is all about inspiring and empowering the world by communicating his truths through his music. He has taken the music world by storm with a succession of anthemic pop hits, 5 of which are certified gold or better. Grammer, who carries a charitable track record, donated all proceeds from his current single and global smash hit “Fresh Eyes” music video to aid the homeless of Downtown Los Angeles.

To provide guests with an immersive, emotional and impactful look at the reality facing millions without access to clean drinking water, Morton Salt partnered with Thirst Project to create the Every Drop Journey. The 900 square foot experience takes guests through a day in the life of those affected by the water crisis through compelling, animated imagery, guided audio and more than 3,000 multi-colored, pulsating LED and fiber optic lights. To amplify awareness for the water crisis and help provide clean water solutions, Morton will donate $100 for every social media post that Thirst Gala guests share of their experience using #MortonxThirst [1].

Currently, Thirst Project is focused on building clean, safe wells in Swaziland, the second-smallest country in Africa and among the world’s most HIV-affected countries. By 2022, the organization aims to provide the entire nation of Swaziland with clean water.

[1] Regardless of the number of social posts shared, Morton Salt, Inc. will donate $55,000 to the Thirst Project.

Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches Starlight Virtual Reality Initiative

Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force For Change, Collaborates On New Technology Program Powered By Google

Press Release – ORLANDO, Florida (April 12, 2017) – Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading charity for 35 years, today announces the launch of Starlight Virtual Reality as a groundbreaking new program that will entertain, educate and inspire the imagination of thousands of hospitalized young patients across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change is the program’s Founding Sponsor with additional funding from Niagara Cares and VR technology powered by Google. The program will roll out in late 2017 and Starlight will start distributing the program to Starlight’s network of children’s hospitals and other health facilities across the US.

Imagine being stuck in the hospital for days, weeks or even months. Now imagine transforming into a Star Wars character and being transported to a galaxy far, far away using the magic of virtual reality. This experience, and many others powered by Google, will soon be possible thanks to Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative from Lucasfilm that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Lucasfilm’s parent organization, The Walt Disney Company, is a longtime supporter of children’s hospitals and of Starlight Children’s Foundation.

“We’re excited to announce the launch of Starlight VR which we believe will be a game-changer in the pediatric health care space,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re excited to have Lucasfilm and Disney, Google and Niagara Cares alongside us as we harness the power of virtual reality to bring more smiles to hospitalized kids when and where they need it most.”

“At Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB, we strive to make the impossible, possible and to deliver stories that inspire and entertain,” said Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge, ILMxLab. “We are honored to use our immersive storytelling to spark children’s imaginations during the hospital stay.”

“We’re thrilled to support this Starlight program and use our virtual reality technology for good in hospitals around the United States,” said Amit Singh, Vice President, Virtual Reality at Google.

Star Wars: Force for Change, through Disney, is providing a generous grant to Starlight that will fund the placement of up to 270 Starlight VR headsets and equipment in hospitals across the US. Additionally, Lucasfilm will be providing, Star Wars-themed content for the program. The grant will also support the delivery of Starlight Brave Gowns and Starlight Star Visits. The new collaboration with Star Wars: Force for Change officially launched today with a special event at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando, just ahead of Star Wars Celebration, April 13 – 16.

A significant grant from Niagara Cares, a philanthropic program of Niagara Bottling, will fund research and development for Starlight VR, as well as impact reporting to inform future program enhancements and usage recommendations.

Starlight VR will be a physical program geared toward entertainment and distraction purposes for use with children. In addition to the exclusive Star Wars VR content, the program will incorporate many of Google’s VR technologies, including: Google Expeditions, virtual field trips to the world’s most amazing places for children over the age of 7, as well as Daydream, Google Earth VR, and Tilt Brush for children over the age of 13. Starlight VR will be stored in a hygienic, user-friendly encasement that can easily move throughout a hospital in a secure mobile storage unit, and will also include a stationary, fully interactive VR experience.

New Kohl’s Cares Collection Features Iconic Little Golden Books

100 percent of the net profit will support children’s initiatives across the country

Press Release – MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., April 11, 2017Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) invites the next generation of readers to discover the magic of the iconic Little Golden Books, as part of the new Kohl’s Cares collection. Marked with the historic gold-foil spine, each keepsake book brings storytelling to life with every turn of the page, creating lasting memories families will cherish for years to come. Books and plush toys are priced at $5 each, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s initiatives nationwide.

Books and toys featured in the Kohl’s Cares summer collection include:

3 in 1 Books and Coordinating Plush

Adults and children alike will delight in the enchanting storylines and colorful illustrations in four separate editions of the 3 in 1 Little Golden Books Classic Collection. Each high-quality, hardcover book features not one, but three separate stories bringing together some of Golden Books most beloved stories and new tales that are sure to be a favorite on every child’s bookshelf.

  • 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Poky Little Puppy with puppy plush
  • 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Shy Little Kitten with kitten plush
  • 3 in 1 book collection featuring Tawny Scrawny Lion with lion plush
  • 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Scuffy the Tugboat with elephant and tugboat plush

The Classic Fairy Tales Collection

Happily-ever-afters abound with The Classic Fairy Tales Collection. Little imaginations will thrive with tales including The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and The Gingerbread Man.

Everything I Need to Know I learned from a Little Golden Book

For 75 years, Little Golden Books have been distilling life lessons for young minds. Everything I Need to Know I learned from a Little Golden Book curates these real-life solutions in a humorous way that is sure to spark memories and bring a smile to every adult’s face.

The Kohl’s Cares collection is available at all Kohl’s stores and on Kohls.com now through early July. To date, Kohl’s has raised more than $317 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children and families, and with your help, Kohl’s has provided financial support to hospitals across the country. The donations fund hospital outreach programs focused on children’s health initiatives and address the specific issues needed most in each hospital’s community.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing​​ national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in our stores, online at Kohls.com and on Kohl’s mobile app. ​Throughout its history, Kohl’s has given nearly $600 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com. For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community and how to join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.

Sweet Dreamzzz And Reverie Bring Sleep Education To Students Before The Clocks “Spring Forward”

Press Release – As we prepared to “Spring Forward”—bringing longer days, more light and the Spring and Summer months, Detroit-based nonprofit organization, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc., partnered with Reverie to keep local students on a proper sleep schedule and teach them the benefits of healthy sleep for their academic success as the clocks change. Through the partnership, Sweet Dreamzzz™ and Reverie were able to serve approximately 1,000 K-5 students at Detriot Premier Academy and Vandenberg World Cultures Academy in Southfield with the R.E.M.™ (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Program in the week leading up to Daylight Savings Time.

“These two schools have been on the waitlist for Sweet Dreamzzz programming for 5 years and we are thrilled to enable their programming,” said Lisa Tan, Chief Marketing Officer at Reverie. “This is the perfect time to highlight that when we can introduce sleep education and impact sleep habits early, we can help children focus on studying and growing and being healthier for the rest of their lives.”

According to Tan, after these two programs, Reverie will have supported serving approximately 1,500 students. As a Sweet Dreamzzz partner, Tan emphasizes the importance of letting the community know there are still 8 schools left on the wait list totaling 3,076 students.

“We are so grateful for the support of Reverie,” said Sweet Dreamzzz Executive Director, Nancy Maxwell. “They believe in giving back to the community and making a difference in the lives of our young students. With the simple solution of sleep, the trajectory of their education could be profoundly impacted.”

Cynthia Watson, Principal of Vandenberg World Cultures Academy, believes Sweet Dreamzzz sleep education is an amazing opportunity for her students. “The Vandenberg staff has been committed to helping students make healthy choices. An area we have been concerned about is the number of students that have needed sleep during the day. This is an indicator of poor bedtime habits. Sweet Dreamzzz will provide a program that will increase the awareness of both parents and children,” said Watson.

Patti Dawes, K-1 Dean at Detroit Premier Academy, sees a great need for Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Education for her students. “When I first started working at DPA, I taught kindergarten. My students fell asleep all the time at their desks, at the carpet, and even at lunch. I was concerned so I talked to other teachers and they said students would fall asleep in the upper grades as well,” said Dawes. “I applied for the program so that they could see the importance of sleep in a fun way. To this day, students will complain to me that they couldn’t sleep because someone was watching TV or their siblings kept them up. I would like for them to go home and share this information with their siblings and parents to promote healthy living.”

The R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Education Program teaches children how their bodies grow while they sleep and how important it is for them to get enough rest. They will also learn the do’s and don’ts of a bedtime routine, and each student will receive a Sweet Dreamzzz Sleep Kit, which includes a sleeping bag, night shirt, toothbrush, toothpaste, and book.

The Reverie staff packed all of the sleep kits for both programs and assisted with each set-up and program day. TWO MEN and A TRUCK of Wixom, a partner with Sweet Dreamzzz, picked up and delivered the sleep kits to both schools. Additionally, Local 4 Anchor, Devin Scillian, was on site reading to the students during an assembly at Detroit Premier Academy.

“When we have the opportunity to provide sleep essentials to children that don’t have them and to support sleep education that has the power to positively impact the course of a child’s life, we are all in. Interacting with these children is both humbling and inspiring,” said Tan.

Reverie®

Founded in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 2003, Reverie is a revolutionary sleep technology company dedicated to helping people sleep better so they can live better lives. Rooted in its mastery of sleep science, Reverie believes everybody is unique and needs customized sleep solutions that fit their individual needs. As a result, the company has become known for its patented DreamCell™ latex foam springs which may be easily reconfigured to adjust firmness levels. Combined with its award-winning adjustable bases, Reverie is dedicated to providing the most comfortable sleep possible. Visit www.reverie.com for more information and follow us at www.facebook.com/reverie/, Twitter and Instagram.

Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the health, well-being and academic performance of at-risk children and their families by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials. Based in Livonia, MI, Sweet Dreamzzz educates children and families about the benefits of healthy sleep habits and establishing a healthy bedtime routine using its R.E.M. (Rest.Educate.Motivate.) Sleep Program. Since its founding, Sweet Dreamzzz has served more than 51,000 at-risk children and families. For more information, please visit SweetDreamzzz.org.

Do Amore Launches Ethical Wedding & Engagement Ring Company For Social Good

Every Ring Gives a Person in Need Access to Clean Water

Press Release – Houston, Texas – Tuesday, April 11thDo Amore, the direct-to-consumer wedding ring company offering ethically-sourced, handcrafted engagement and wedding rings, officially launches today. Every ring is made in the USA from recycled precious metals, as well as diamonds and gemstones that are conflict-free. Do Amore is committed to imparting permanent change to communities throughout the developing world by answering the question: “What if wedding rings could do more?” Working alongside their non-profit partner Charity: water, Do Amore helps fund a water well for every ring sold and that ring is directly responsible for providing one person access to clean water.

During its soft launch period, the company generated $2.2 million in sales and markedly improved the lives of people in communities across Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal, providing access to clean and safe water to thousands of people.

“Working in the oil and gas industry, I lived on drilling rigs where just after a few hours of drilling we would hit water, but have to drill for weeks to strike oil. After several months on the job, I decided I was done. I couldn’t drill any more oil wells knowing about the world’s water crisis, and how easy it would be to help,” says Krish Himmatramka, Founder of Do Amore. “During this time, I was also shopping for an engagement ring for my then girlfriend, now wife. The concept of buying a ring with symbolic meaning was trivialized by big budgets and questionable ethics. Then it hit me; there’s nothing more meaningful in the world than helping someone in need. When I proposed, I would give her an ethically crafted ring that gave a person in a developing country access to clean water. With her proposal, Do Amore was born” adds Himmatramka.

How it Works:

  • Log on to DoAmore.com and browse by popular styles and/or fully customize every aspect of the ring, from stone, style, to the 4 c’s with their proprietary platform (prices range from $250 and go north of $50,000)
  • Consult directly with a Do Amore representative to answer questions on the ring creation process
  • Once purchased, Do Amore works with their partner Charity: water to build wells around the world, granting critical access to clean, safe drinking water
  • Receive your ring within two weeks of placing the order as well as the GPS coordinates of the well you helped construct, along with photos of the well itself and the people who received safe water as a result of your purchase

On the fast track to success, Do Amore has spent zero marketing dollars since inception and is completely self-funded. To date, the brand has already seen nearly an 80% growth in revenue within the last two years during its soft launch period.

Chase Named Presenting Sponsor of Carry The Load®

Contribution from Chase for the third consecutive year enables nonprofit to continuing honoring our nation’s heroes

Press Release – Dallas (April 10, 2017) – Carry The Load announces Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., as the presenting sponsor of its 2017 National Relay for the third consecutive year. Chase’s support helps ensure that Carry The Load, started in 2011, can commit to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes.

As part of its Awareness Program, Carry The Load hosts its annual National Relay throughout the month of May to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes. Funds are raised throughout May for Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care Program which provides direct services to military, law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel, and their families through our partnerships with other nonprofits across the country.

“Six years ago, we set out to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day – a holiday deserving of our nation’s attention, affection and respect,” said Stephen Holley, president and CEO of Carry The Load. “We’ve since broadened our mission to include more than just our military heroes and more than just one holiday. We are proud that Chase continues to help us, and America, celebrate, honor and remember those who sacrifice for us daily.”

The 31-day relay will span more than 6,000 total miles and is comprised of a 2,100-mile East Coast route from West Point, NY to Dallas and a 4,100-mile West Coast route from Seattle to Dallas. The two routes converge in Dallas on Memorial Day for a more than 20-hour and 17-minute Memorial March. Registration information and event details can be found at carrytheload.org.

“It’s our honor and privilege to support Carry The Load again this year and the important message that we must remember our service members and first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of us all,” said JPMorgan Chase Head of Military and Veterans Affairs Ross A. Brown.

From April 28 to May 28, the relay will progress 24 hours a day, with rallies taking place in various cities and towns along the route. Chase will host rallies in Seattle, New York City, Wilmington, Del., Phoenix, Columbus, Ohio, Tampa, Fla. and Jacksonville, Fla. where thousands of employees and volunteers in the communities will walk and gather to remember those who have lost their lives.

Chase’s support of Carry The Load reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to the veteran and military communities. Since 2011, the firm has hired more than 11,000 veterans and developed programs aimed at retaining and supporting veterans throughout their post-service careers. These efforts include leading the Veteran Jobs Mission – previously the 100,000 Jobs Mission – a coalition founded in 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other companies with the goal of hiring 100,000 veterans. Now more than 235 members strong, the coalition has collectively hired more than 380,000 veterans, and is ultimately committed to hiring 1 million.

About Carry The Load®

Carry The Load is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2011 by two former Navy SEALs. Carry The Load’s mission is to provide an active way to honor and celebrate our nation’s heroes by connecting Americans to the sacrifices made by Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders. Funds raised during Memorial May programs allow Carry The Load to grow its vision and execute its mission, as well as provide existing nonprofit partners with valuable visibility, resources and meaningful connections. For more information, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@CarryTheLoad), or go to carrytheload.org.

About JPMorgan Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 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. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: Approximately 5,500 branches, nearly 19,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to Chase.com.

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