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L’Oréal Paris Announces 2017 Women of Worth Honorees

Vote Now to Help Select This Year’s National Honoree to Receive $35,000 To Her Organization

Press Release – NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2017) – As part of its signature philanthropic program, L’Oréal Paris has announced the 2017 Women of Worth Honorees, recognizing 10 women across the United States who selflessly and passionately commit their lives to better serve their communities and foster positive change. Women of Worth is inspired by the L’Oréal Paris belief that “we’re all worth it” and honors the intrinsic beauty and worth of everyday women making an extraordinary difference. With stories born out of diversity and tragedy, the Women of Worth represent a wide range of causes from supporting survivors of human sex trafficking to raising awareness about mass incarceration.

In addition to receiving $10,000 to support her charitable cause, each 2017 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honoree will have opportunities for networking, marketing support and a platform to tell her story. Beginning today, the public is invited to support the Women of Worth by voting for one woman to become this year’s National Honoree, who will receive an additional $25,000 to support her cause for a total of $35,000.

Visit WomenofWorth.com to learn about the 2017 Honorees’ stories and vote once per day through November 29, 2017 for the woman’s organization with the mission resonates with you the most.

“This year’s ten Women of Worth Honorees represent women of very diverse ages, backgrounds and circumstances who are working daily to improve the lives of the people they serve,” said Tim Coolican, President, L’Oréal Paris. “It is the greatest honor to help these extraordinary women expand their reach, touch more lives, and create even more positive change throughout the world,” added Karen T. Fondu, President Emeritus and Chairwoman of L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth.

MEET THE 2017 WOMEN OF WORTH HONOREES

Selected by a distinguished panel of judges including leaders in business and media, the 2017 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honorees were chosen from thousands of nominations for their unwavering commitment, drive and desire to better the lives of those around them.

  • Rana Abdelhamid – Palo Alto, C.A.; Founder, the International Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment or WISE, a self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership development movement for young Muslim women.
  • Lulu Cerone – Encino, Calif.; Founder, LemonAID Warriors, a non-profit youth-activism organization that connects children to worthy causes and provides unique action plans to create tangible social good.
  • Theresa Flores – Worthington, Ohio: Founder, S.O.A.P. Project, which stands for “Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution” raises awareness and provides resources for victims of human trafficking by placing educational materials and bars of soap in hotels and motels across the country with information on how to seek help.
  • Leanne Huebner – Los Angeles, Calif.; Co-founder, Minds Matter National, an educational nonprofit that transforms the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
  • Deborah Jiang-Stein – Minneapolis, Minn.; Founder, unPrison Project, an organization that works to build literacy, mentoring and life skills for women and girls in prisons and for their children to help cultivate critical thinking tools to plan, set goals and prepare for successful life after prison.
  • SreyRam Kuy – Missouri City, Texas; Partner, Dog Tag Bakery, a nonprofit organization that sells baked goods and trains veterans in business and the first female Cambodian refugee to work as a surgeon in the U.S.
  • Cassandra Lin – Westerly, R.I.; Creator, project Turn Grease Into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable system that collects used cooking oil from residents and restaurants, coverts it to biodiesel, and distributes the biofuel to local families for emergency heating assistance, developed by Westerly Innovations Network.
  • Charolette Tidwell – Fort Smith, Ark.; Founder, Antioch for Youth & Family, a nonprofit that provides supplemental food assistance to approximately 7,000 people in the community, in addition to youth development services and family assistance through a variety of personal enrichment programs.
  • Valerie Weisler – New York, N.Y.; Founder, The Validation Project, an international organization that works with more than 6,000 teenagers in 105 countries, providing them with the resources and guidance they need to develop confidence and gain self-worth.
  • Shandra Woworuntu – Corona, N.Y.; Founder, Mentari human trafficking survivor empowerment program that provides direct services, resources, advocacy, education and mentoring initiatives to help survivors as they reintegrate into society.

To learn more about this year’s Honorees, read their stories and vote for the 2017 Women of Worth National Honoree, visit WomenofWorth.com, and L’Oréal Paris on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lorealparis) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/lorealparisusa). Join and follow the conversation using the hashtag #WomenofWorth.


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Citizenship Efforts – A Force For Good And A Force For Growth

P&G Highlights Contributions to Society, the Community and the Environment in the 2017 Citizenship Report

Press Release – CINCINNATI, October 31, 2017 – The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) today released its 2017 Citizenship Report, detailing progress in improving social conditions for those in need, advancing Diversity & Inclusion, building a world free from gender bias inside and outside the Company and reducing its environmental footprint. As P&G operates in about 70 countries and serves nearly 5 billion people, the Company leverages its brands and people to make the world a better place through its Citizenship efforts.

“Our Citizenship efforts are a win-win opportunity for our business, for our communities, and, more broadly, for our society,” said David Taylor, P&G’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Consumers care about the company behind the brands they purchase and use. They want to know that the products they are buying come from a trusted source, and we’re working to build on that trust every single day.”

P&G published a sustainability report annually since 1999 but expanded it beginning in 2016 to include a more comprehensive overview of the Company’s citizenship priorities. From supporting more than 20 disasters with product donations and services, to sparking conversations about gender and racial bias, to pioneering the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made with beach plastic, the stories and examples in P&G’s 2017 Citizenship report demonstrate that innovative citizenship can have significant positive impact on the world and on its business.

Highlights of the P&G 2017 Citizenship Report include:

  • Community Impact: P&G delivered its 12 billionth liter of clean drinking water in 2017 through the P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, and aims to deliver 15 billion by 2020. P&G’s Pampers brand partnered with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses to design and introduce the first diaper for preemies – the Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3 diaper. In addition, P&G provided support in response to more than 20 natural disasters around the world.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: P&G joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. P&G also sponsored the 37th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in its hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, to empower more than 550 veterans to live more active and healthy lives.
  • Gender Equality: In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2017, P&G launched the #WeSeeEqual video, which has been viewed millions of times in 180 countries. P&G joined the ANA #SeeHer movement and the UN Women Unstereotype Alliance to focus on eliminating stereotypes and accurately portraying women and girls in advertising. Over the last fiscal year, P&G spent more than $1 billion with women-owned businesses in the United States through its Supplier Diversity program, expanding the program into all five global regions.
  • Environmental Responsibility: P&G opened a biomass facility in Albany, Ga., that produces 100 percent of the steam and a significant portion of the total energy used to make Bounty and Charmin products at that manufacturing plant, an achievement that will help reach the Company’s goal of using 30 percent renewable energy by 2020. P&G scientists invented a technology that has the potential to revolutionize the plastics recycling industry allowing polypropylene plastics to be recycled into nearly new condition. As part of P&G’s commitment to send zero manufacturing waste to landfill from all its global manufacturing sites by 2020, more than 70 percent of its sites in 23 countries have now achieved this status.

The Executive Summary of the report, as well as a detailed version, can be viewed here.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.


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SBP and Chase Designate Mortgage-Free Home for Military Family in Superstorm Sandy Impacted Community

Public call for nominations to award worthy veteran family home leading up to fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

Press Release – Egg Harbor, NJ October 30, 2017 – On the heels of the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, SBP, a non-profit that rebuilds homes efficiently after disasters, announced an open call for nominations to award a mortgage-free home, courtesy of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to a military veteran family in a community impacted by Sandy.

Now through December 31, applications will be accepted and reviewed by SBP to identify a military veteran family to connect to the Chase home located in Egg Harbor. Any veteran can apply at: bit.ly/VetsHomeNJ.

Speaking about the program, SBP Co-Founder and CEO, Zack Rosenburg said, “SBP is acutely aware that disasters do not end after the debris has been picked up. Five years after Superstorm Sandy, much progress has been made, but there remain thousands of families in communities across this region that have yet to fully recapture the safety and security lost to the 2012 storm. In partnering with JPMorgan Chase to renovate and a home to a deserving U.S. military veteran, we are proud to be helping Egg Harbor and the Jersey Shore community in taking one more step toward being whole again.”

“We’re honored to be able to assist a worthy veteran family move into a home of their own as we head towards Veterans Day and the anniversary of a storm that took homes from so many,” said Ross A. Brown, Head of Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase. “We know that key to creating stronger and healthier communities is empowering people to secure their own financial stability.”

Chase has donated more than 900 homes to veteran families as part of its 1,000 Home Awards Program started in 2011. The firm has also offered aid in the communities it serves including waiving customer late fees and contributing $1 million donations to nonprofit organizations following the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

A national organization, with operations across seven states, SBP has been active following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In Texas, SBP has opened an office in Houston, out of which it will rebuild homes, and train other organizations to utilize its proven effective model. In Florida communities impacted by Irma, SBP staffers are providing post-disaster training to impacted homeowners to help them navigate the FEMA assistance process, and avoid contractor fraud. SBP has also deployed AmeriCorps members to San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide logistics and warehouse management support, in order to speed the distribution of humanitarian aid and supplies.

About SBP

SBP’s mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. Since its founding in 2006 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, SBP has rebuilt homes for more than 1,300 families with the help of 180,000 volunteers in New Orleans; Joplin, MO; Staten Island, NY; Rockaway, NY; Monmouth and Ocean Counties, NJ; San Marcos, TX; Columbia, SC; White Sulphur Springs, WV; and Baton Rouge, LA.

SBP’s model is enhanced by AmeriCorps, which provides 320 members annually to manage worksites and clients, and train the organization’s volunteers nationally.

SBP shrinks time between disaster and recovery via five interventions:

  1. Rebuild homes quickly after disasters by mobilizing private sector innovations and assigning a single point of contact to make the home rebuilding process faster and more predictable.
  2. Share rebuilding innovations with other rebuilding organizations to allow for efficient, predictable recovery on a national scale.
  3. Prepare home and business owners prior to and following disaster with specific steps to mitigate risk and improve resilience.
  4. Advise policy makers immediately after a disaster so they can deploy federal dollars sooner, and in a way that empowers an efficient recovery.
  5. Advocate for the reform of disaster recovery strategies in the U.S. to improve the predictability and speed of recovery.

To learn more, visit www.SBPUSA.org and like/follow on Facebook & Twitter @SBPUSA

About JPMorgan Chase & Co

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. JPMorgan Chase has supported our veterans since before World War I. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (MVA), started in 2011, has hired more than 12,000 veterans and facilitated more than 400,000 veteran hires through the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition; awarded more than 900 mortgage-free homes to military families in need; helped 7,700 veterans and military spouses complete 10,500 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


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Electrolux On Climate Change A-List

Press Release – Electrolux has been named one of the top 5 % corporate global leaders acting against climate change. The company has been awarded a position on the 2017 Climate A List by CDP, the international non-profit. It is the second year in a row Electrolux gets this top recognition by CDP for its efforts to cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy.

“We have shown that an ambitious climate agenda together with a strong commitment to implementing goals in our manufacturing considerably reduces our CO2footprint. I am pleased that Electrolux is recognized for our efforts to improve our climate impact,” said Henrik Sundström, Head of Sustainability Affairs at Electrolux.

As part of its goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2020, the Electrolux Group has worked intensely in reducing its environmental footprint by shifting to renewables and optimizing the use of energy and other resources throughout its operations, as well as improving the energy efficiency of appliances.

In manufacturing, the average level of CO2emissions per unit produced has decreased by 25% since 2015 and the company has also set the goal that half of Electrolux energy used shall come from renewable sources by the year 2020. Electrolux was earlier this year named, for the eleventh consecutive year, Industry Leader of the Household Durables category in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World). Read more here.

CDP is an international non-profit that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. The Climate A List is released alongside the Water A List and Forests A List on CDP’s website, accompanied with case studies from leading companies. This is the first year that CDP has announced company scores across all three areas simultaneously, reflecting a holistic approach to corporate sustainability.

Read more about the Climate A List here. Read more about Electrolux sustainability framework For the Better here.

For further information, please contact Electrolux Press Hotline, +46 8 657 65 07.

Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG, Anova, Frigidaire, Westinghouse and Zanussi, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2016 Electrolux had sales of SEK 121 billion and employed 55,000 people around the world. For more information go to www.electroluxgroup.com.


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Mid Island Collision Announces the Return of Fill-The-Bag Charity Event

Local Small Business Owner Purchases Non-Perishable Food to Feed More Than 130,000 Food-poor Individuals for Thanksgiving

Press Release – Rockville Centre, NY (October 26, 2017) – One of the largest food charity events in the Tri-State area is returning after a one year hiatus. The three day Fill-The-Bag event will kick off at 7am on November 20th when hundreds of men, women and children will donate their time to fill more than 15,000 bags with non-perishable food items to create a Thanksgiving meal.

Robert Jesberger, owner and president of Mid Island Collision, personally donated more than $200,000 for the Fill-The-Bag event including the purchase of four tractor trailer loads of canned corn, ham, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, fruit cocktail and string beans; boxed stuffing and mashed potatoes intended to feed more than 130,000 food-poor individuals.

Mid Island Collision’s unique Fill-The-Bag event, one the largest Thanksgiving-related charitable efforts in the Tri-State area, allows men, women and children, of all abilities and walks of life, to simply donate their time to fill grocery-style bags with each non-perishable food item that will create a Thanksgiving meal.

The bags are handed out to individuals in need and picked up by more than 100 food charities, homeless shelters, church pantries, military veterans organizations and other non-profit food related charities located throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, including Salvation Army, Long Island Cares and Catholic Charities.

“Our financially struggling neighbors down the street, homeless individuals, veterans—no adult or child should go hungry, especially during this time of year. Fill-The-Bag is my personal way of helping as many people as possible have a Thanksgiving meal.” Robert Jesberger said. “This event is also about community. By using my own money to purchase food items, it provides people the opportunity to give back by simply volunteering their time to help their fellowman. Every bag matters, and while this effort is long removed from being able to end hunger, we can make a significant difference in providing humanity during a special time of year.”

Jesberger, a passionate philanthropist with a fundamental true commitment to help people, started a Thanksgiving related food charity 25 years ago which eventually transformed into the Fill-The-Bag event to give everyone a chance to volunteer and give back to their community. To date, he has personally donated more than $2million to aid the area’s food poor. This is in addition to other philanthropic support he provides to a myriad of charities throughout each year including Administration for Children’s Services located in Bronx, NY; Make-A-Wish Foundation and most recently, (to aide survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.)

Volunteers are invited to Fill-The-Bag at Mid Island Collision, located at 20 Lakeview Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570, 7am-7pm, Monday, November 20and 7am-7pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Food charities will need to pre-register by contacting the Fill-The-Bag team at 516-829-8374 orMICFillTheBag@gmail.com. Pick up will only be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 8am-3pm.

Mid Island Collision’s Fill-The-Bag event was created by owner and president Bob Jesberger. He has been bringing the Tri-State community together for food-related charity events for 25 years, providing meals to more than 1million of the region’s food poor including families, military veterans and homeless in need of meals during the holiday season. For more information, call 516-829-8374 or email MICFillTheBag@gmail.com. Follow Mid Island Collision’s Fill-The-Bag Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/MICFillTheBag and (INSTAGRAM/TWITTER/YOUTUBE) #FillTheBag


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Public Consulting Group Donates to Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

Press Release – BOSTON, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Public Consulting Group (PCG), in continuing a long, unwavering tradition of commitment to the people and places it serves, has donated $133,931 to relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria. This figure includes personal donations by staff as well as a matching contribution from the company itself. In all, 372 employees voluntarily contributed to organizations conducting relief efforts.

CEO William Mosakowski said that he could not be prouder of the company’s response. “Every time the call goes out, my colleagues from around the world step up,” Mosakowski said. “The company is proud to aid in their generosity and to make a matching donation.”

The fundraising effort was spearheaded by PCG Cares, an initiative within PCG to support populations in need and improve lives in the communities it serves. As part of the program, employees are encouraged to spend one day a quarter volunteering their time with a non-profit organization.

About Public Consulting Group

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector management consulting and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices across North America and in Europe. The firm has six designated practice areas with extensive experience in all 50 states, clients in six Canadian provinces, and a growing practice in Europe. Often combining resources from two or more practice areas, PCG offers clients a multidisciplinary approach to solve their challenges or pursue opportunities. To learn more, visit www.publicconsultinggroup.com.


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Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola Celebrate Impact of Public Space Recycling Grants Over Past Decade; Announce 2017 Grant Opportunity

More than 50,000 Recycling Bins Expand Public Space Recycling Opportunities to 2.1 Million People

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn. (Oct. 26, 2017) – National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation today announced the opening of the application period for the 2017 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program. In its 11th year, the initiative is designed to expand access to recycling in public spaces in communities across America. Grant applications will be available online through Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. All interested parties can visit BinGrant.org to apply.

Since its inception in 2007, the grant program has made impressive strides toward expanding recycling in public spaces. Over the 10-year history, nearly 50,000 recycling bins have been awarded, including 36,000 specifically for public space locations, providing opportunities for recycling on-the-go to 2.1 million people on a daily basis. The more than 930 grant programs that have been awarded in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have collected an estimated 21 million pounds of containers and other recyclables during this time.

The 2017 program is expected to award up to 3,000 recycling bins for locations such as streetscapes and playgrounds, athletic fields, fairs and festivals, and colleges and universities. The program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to Keep America Beautiful, which in turn awards recycling bins through a competitive, merit-based application process.

“Our partnership with The Coca-Cola Foundation is helping us overcome a primary barrier to recycling outside of the home – lack of conveniently available recycling bins” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “With these grants we’ve made great strides over the last decade to expand access to recycling in public spaces.”

Eligible recipients for the 2017 Coca-Cola Public Space Recycling Bin Grant Program include government agencies, colleges and universities, civic organizations, public and local nonprofit groups throughout the United States. Keep America Beautiful will award the grants in November 2017, and make arrangements with suppliers to deliver recycling bins directly to the recipients in the first quarter of 2018.

“At Coca-Cola, sustainability is factored into everything that we do. Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Public Space Recycling Bin Grant program, we are working to reduce waste and increase recycling rates by making recycling bins more accessible and convenient for communities” said Helen Smith Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $900 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit www.coca-colagivingback.com.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a community that is clean, green and beautiful, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.


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Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation to Auction a 2017 Ford GT, Benefiting the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE Program, During 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Press Release – SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Oct. 26, 2017Barrett-Jackson will auction a 2017 Ford GT that was generously donated by businessman Ron Pratte to the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, during the Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 13-21, 2018. The Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation will sell the supercar during the auction, with proceeds benefiting the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE program, which offers activities, skills training and educational workshops that address the social, financial, educational and employment needs of young adults with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. This will be the first current-generation Ford GT that has been donated for charity since the car was introduced.

Ford is also including a Ford Performance Racing School GT Experience that will be included in the auction of the Ford GT. This world-class program will give the winning bidder the chance to improve their driving skills behind the wheel of one of the world’s most celebrated supercars, while also supporting individuals with autism.

“Barrett-Jackson raised nearly $1.6 million for charity during our Las Vegas auction last weekend,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “To date, we’ve helped bring over $95 million in donations to deserving people and organizations across the country. We’re honored to sell the Ford GT in Scottsdale and bring some much-needed funding to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s IGNITE community center. This will be another wonderful opportunity for Barrett-Jackson and the collector car community to give back to some incredibly deserving individuals.”

One of the few 2017 model year Ford GTs built to date, this extremely rare liquid-blue supercar was delivered earlier in the year to Mr. Pratte. Ford’s all-new supercar is designed and optimized for track performance to honor its racing heritage. The Ford GT couples its extraordinary power with impressive aerodynamic efficiency and advanced active dynamics to achieve a maximum speed of 216 mph – making it the fastest Ford production vehicle on the track ever.

“When Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford GT, they unveiled the car in liquid blue and declared their intentions of racing at Le Mans,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “In almost storybook fashion, they took first, third and fourth in class in 2016, capturing Ford’s first Le Mans victory in 50 years. All of the 2017 model year cars have been sold, and this is an unbelievable opportunity to obtain the unobtainable. The best part is that the new owner will also have the satisfaction of helping a wonderful charity.”

IGNITE is operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina with founding support from the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization by legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham. More than half a million individuals with autism in the U.S. will reach adulthood this decade and lose support as they transition from high school. IGNITE addresses this need, focusing on the strengths of its members and providing them with the tools and support to achieve their goals and dreams.

“I would like to thank Ron Pratte for his generous donation and Barrett-Jackson and Ford Motor Company for the opportunity,” Evernham said. “My son, Ray J, has Asperger’s Syndrome and at 26, he is fortunate to have benefited from IGNITE and to have strong family support. However, many of his peers do not. These young adults may be the next Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., or person who cures cancer but we will never know if they don’t get the help they so desperately need. IGNITE is a program that I started to meet this significant gap in support for young adults. We named the program IGNITE hoping it would be the spark to create more of these programs around the country. This donation very well could be what we have needed to make that happen.”

Over the past decade, several historic Ford vehicles have been auctioned with Barrett-Jackson to support charity, including a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500, 2017 Ford Raptor, Ford Focus RS and 2016 Ford Shelby GT350. Working together, Ford and Barrett-Jackson’s auction of this 2017 Ford GT will add to the millions of dollars that have already been raised by both companies for non-profit organizations nationwide.

“We created the Ford GT as a way to innovate across our company while inspiring people around the world,” says Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “Over the years, Ford has worked closely with the Autism Alliance of Michigan who, along with IGNITE, supports the efforts to help improve the lives of those with autism. Mr. Pratte’s donation to the Autism Society of North Carolina inspired us to donate an exclusive Ford Performance Racing School GT Experience, giving the winning bidder the ultimate driver instruction in the ultimate Ford Performance supercar.”

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is the leader in collector car and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobilia auctions and the sale of high-profile estates and private collections. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut; and Las Vegas, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson features extensive live television coverage, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit Barrett-Jackson.com or call 480-421-6694.


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Mastercard Foundation Announces Fifth Annual Symposium on Financial Inclusion

Government, private sector, and non-profit actors to convene in Accra

Press Release – Accra, Ghana, October 24, 2017 – The Mastercard Foundation today announced that its fifth annual and largest Symposium on Financial Inclusion (SoFI) will take place in Accra, Ghana, on November 7 – 9, 2017. The Symposium champions the idea that, to achieve greater financial inclusion, financial service providers in developing countries must do more to meet the needs and expectations of people living in poverty.

Each year since 2013 the Foundation has convened hundreds of industry professionals to focus on barriers to greater financial inclusion around the world. SoFI has been a platform where experts in the field gather to pave the way toward a more financially inclusive world. They exchange knowledge on a broad range of topics, including client centricity, technology, innovation, best practices, partnerships, and many more.

This year’s event will reflect on progress made over the past five years, explore challenges that still lie ahead, and plan how to expand and deepen financial inclusion for the world’s most underserved people.

“Creating a more financially inclusive world is a daunting task,” said Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation. “Over the years, financial inclusion has increased as a priority for the international development community, as well as governments, business owners, and the clients they serve. After five years of gathering the brightest minds in the field to advance access and resources to modern financial products and services, we’ve made significant progress that will continue to make a difference in the lives of people. This year’s Symposium celebrates the progress made over these past five years and defines the work yet to be done.”

Attendees will hear from an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including:

  • Opening Keynote Address: Juliet Anammah, Chief Executive Officer, Jumia Nigeria
  • Keynote Address II: Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor, Bank of Ghana

In addition to hearing from more than 30 other speakers at the Symposium, the Foundation will also award its 2017 Clients at the Centre Prize. This is a US$150,000 award that recognizes an organization most focused on client centricity to enable poor people in developing countries access to formal financial products and services. Finalists competing for the grand prize will present their business models to an audience of approximately 400 industry professionals, who will be tasked with voting for the winner.

The Mastercard Foundation first awarded the Clients at the Centre Prize in 2015 to the Swedish mobile microinsurance firm BIMA. Last year, the Prize was presented to the South African international remittance company, Hello Paisa. Each year draws nearly 100 applicants from companies around the globe. The three 2017 finalists are:

  • Jumo,; a large-scale, low-cost financial services marketplace that uses behavioral data from mobile usage to create financial identities for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises;
  • ftCash, one of India’s fastest growing financial technology ventures which aims to empower micro-merchants and small businesses with the power of digital payments and loans; and
  • Destacame, a free online platform that empowers users by giving them control over their data to build their financial capabilities and to access financial products.

To learn more, visit the Mastercard Foundation’s Symposium on Financial Inclusion website. Follow the conversation with the Foundation on Twitter @MastercardFdn and via the event hashtag, #SOFI2017.

About the Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations, its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006. For more information, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org.


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Kenya’s Samburu Warriors To Participate In 10K Central Park Run Benefitting Save The Elephants

Press Release – OCTOBER 20, 2017 – NEW YORK, NY: The 2017 Saving the Elephants Run will take place this coming November 18th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in New York’s iconic Central Park to benefit the leading elephant science and research organization, Save the Elephants. This year for the first time representatives of Kenya’s Samburu tribe will participate in the festivities, underscoring the organization’s deep ties with the African community and its commitment to social and wildlife conservation.

Extraordinary Journeys, outfitters of luxurious African safaris, is co-sponsoring the event alongside US clothing and apparel brand Ivory Ella – a 10-kilometer, family-friendly charity race where all proceeds directly benefit Save The Elephants’ on-the-ground efforts to combat the poaching of elephants in Kenya and the trafficking of their ivory.

Participants are encouraged to join the Extraordinary Journeys’ Team to foster competition (media are invited to join the team) and raise funds to support this worthy cause. Extraordinary Journeys has created a prize of a safari for two to the top fundraising individual for Save the Elephants. The itinerary, valued at $15,000, includes one night at the trendy One Forty Eight in Nairobi, three nights at Elephant Watch Camp in Samburu, and two nights at the luxurious Richard’s River Camp in the Masai Mara (two people sharing in 2018).

For additional information about the 2017 Saving the Elephants Run or Extraordinary Journeys please contact andres@xhibition.com.

ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS

Founded and run by a mother-daughter team with over half a century of combined safari knowledge, Extraordinary Journeys (EJ) specializes in creating unique, custom safari experiences to East and Southern Africa, as well as select destinations Out of Africa. EJ mixes and matches safari camps, lodges and private villas to create a true sense of adventure. Travel ranges from private planes, 4X4s, hot air balloons, horses and camels. The EJ team has planned well over 4,000 safaris and journeys and none have been the same, however all bear the hallmarks of first-hand knowledge, personalized service and social responsibility.

ABOUT SAVE THE ELEPHANTS

Save the Elephants (STE) works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. Leaders in elephant science, STE also provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behavior, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, the STE/Wildlife Conservation Network’s Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory.

For more information visit Save the Elephants.


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