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Nestlé Waters North America Announces $6 Million Investment in Closed Loop Fund

Joins with Other Leaders to Jump-Start Recycling Programs across the United States

Press Release – Stamford, Conn., May 22, 2017: Nestlé Waters North America today announced it is investing $6 million as part of a shared effort among business, government and community partners to fund comprehensive recycling infrastructure and programs in cities across the United States.

Nestlé Waters will join the ranks of some of the world’s largest companies – including 3M, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Keurig Green Mountain, PepsiCo and the PespiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Walmart, and the Walmart Foundation – as part of Closed Loop Fund, a $100 million social impact investment fund committed to finding a national solution to the critical recycling gap in the U.S.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 75 percent of the waste stream in the U.S. is recyclable, but only 30 percent actually gets recycled. Aside from the environmental impacts, municipalities and businesses in the U.S. spent over $5 billion in 2015 disposing of waste in landfills. Much of this waste, such as PET plastic, is in demand among manufacturers as raw material for everything from textiles to packaging.

“The United States has one of the lowest recycling rates of any industrialized country, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. The U.S. has an opportunity to lead the way in recycling, while creating jobs, economic growth, and a more sustainable future,” says Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Nestlé Waters North America. “As a company, we are on a very deliberate journey toward zero landfill waste in our products and operations, so I can think of no better opportunity than working collectively to ensure these recyclable materials are transformed from garbage to the valuable resources that they are.”

To date, Closed Loop Fund has diverted more than 100,000 tons of recyclable content, and the 11 projects currently funded are poised to divert 4 million tons by 2025. In that same timeframe, the Fund aims to:

  • Eliminate more than 40 million tons of greenhouse gas;
  • Divert more than 20 million cumulative tons of waste from landfills;
  • Provide a $40M economic benefit to municipalities;
  • Prove replicable models that will help unlock additional investment in recycling.

“Nestlé Waters’ commitment to Closed Loop Fund is a significant investment in creating shared value across the recycling supply chain,” said Rob Kaplan, Managing Director of Closed Loop Fund. “The investment will enable people to recycle more, and efficiently turn those packages into new products. It will save taxpayer dollars and improve the recycling system.”

This investment in Closed Loop Fund is just the latest in Nestlé Waters’ efforts to help shape products and systems that contribute toward sustainable consumption, and help the company achieve zero environmental impact by 2030. Having pioneered the lightweight bottle, the company has reduced the plastic content of its bottles by over 60% since 1994. Just last month, Nestlé Waters reached a critical milestone in its use of recycled plastic content (rPET), announcing that 9 out of 10 of its California-born Arrowhead® Mountain Spring Water bottles incorporate 50% post-consumer recycled plastic content. As a result, 1.8 billion bottles have been kept from landfills, and the 86 million pounds of recycled plastic has saved 69,660 tons of carbon emissions – the equivalent of 39,000 round trip flights from New York to Los Angeles.

About Nestlé Waters North America

Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Poland Spring®, Perrier®, and S. Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with over 8,500 employees nationwide, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across operations. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the U.S.

About Closed Loop Fund

Founded in 2014, Closed Loop Fund is a social impact investment fund that provides cities and companies access to the capital required to build comprehensive recycling programs. Closed Loop Fund aims to invest $100 million by 2020 with the goal to create economic value for cities by increasing recycling rates in communities across America. Closed Loop Fund brings together the world’s largest consumer product, retail, and financial companies committed to finding a national solution to divert waste from landfills into the recycling stream in order to be used in the manufacturing supply chain. Key supporters include 3M, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Keurig Green Mountain, Nestlé Waters North America, PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. For more information, visit

Georgia Tech Students Win Toyota and Net Impact’s National Competition with App Concept for People Who Use Wheelchairs

Next Generation Mobility Challenge Inspired Millennials to Solve Mobility Issues

Winning students will have Summer Internships through Net Impact in Partnership with Toyota to Develop their Idea

Press Release – Plano, TX (May 22, 2017) – Earlier this year, a team of students at Georgia Tech realized that there was a critical gap in transportation services for people who use wheelchairs – and they wondered if the solution could be in the palm of their hands.

Today, the students’ concept for an app-based service to address this issue, “Para Pickup,” has been named the winner of the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. The Challenge is a national competition from the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact to inspire millennials to use design thinking to solve mobility issues. Nearly 600 students participated at 15 events across the country.

The winning team pitched an app-based, para-transit taxi service that gives people who use wheelchairs a safe, affordable and flexible way to get around. This concept would supplement current public para-transit transportation services, which are affordable, but can be inflexible and slow. You can view a video of their concept at this link and a demo at this link.

“We know that in Atlanta alone, people with disabilities take over 2,200 rides on public transportation [a day]. We talked to people with special needs in the community and learned that they have limited ability to travel independently or make spontaneous plans. There is a real need for flexible, affordable alternatives, especially for those who can’t afford a wheelchair accessible vehicle. We developed Para Pickup to help wheelchair users go wherever they want, whenever they want,” said Sally Xia, a member of the winning team.

“At Toyota, we are invested in creating better ways for people to move around, with a focus on helping communities with limited mobility to do more,” said Kristen Tabar, vice president, Technical Strategy and Planning Office, Toyota Motor North America, Research and Development. “The Para Pickup team spotted a problem that needs solving and came up with a smart, well thought-out plan to open up more opportunities for people who use wheelchairs. Congratulations to the team on their big win and please keep up the good work!”

“Net Impact’s goal is to give young people the tools to take on social challenges through creative thinking and entrepreneurship,” said Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact. “Para Pickup took a thoughtful approach to understanding community needs and building a service that addressed them. We’re very proud of the team and look forward to seeing the progress they make!”

The multidisciplinary team of students included Sally Xia (Masters in Digital Media), Riley Keen (Masters in Industrial Design), Pranav Nair (Masters in Industrial and Product Design), and Kris Weng (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering). The students have accepted summer internships through Net Impact in partnership with Toyota at the company’s North American headquarters in Plano, TX. They will support the Social Innovation team and continue to develop “Para Pickup” for the Toyota Mobility Foundation, which works to address mobility challenges around the world. The winners may then be considered for funding to bring their idea to life from the Toyota Mobility Foundation.

The Para Pickup team was chosen as winner by judges at Toyota and Net Impact based on six different categories: clarity of goals and objectives, clarity of project design, impact to society, feasibility, creativity and the team’s potential to implement the project. Additionally, the public weighed in on the winner through online voting, where Para Pickup also took first place.

About the Next Generation Mobility Challenge

Launched in 2015, the Next Generation Mobility Challenge is a competition from Toyota, the Toyota Mobility Foundation and Net Impact to inspire millennials to develop solutions for critical mobility needs in local communities and around the world. Held at fifteen university campuses across the country, the challenge invites multi-disciplinary teams of students to participate in design sprints to develop solutions for mobility issues related to social equity and inclusion. Local transportation and technology experts from Toyota and universities provided feedback and real-world perspective to the students’ concepts. In 2016, nearly 600 students participated.

Toyota is executing the challenge through Toyota Motor North America and the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), which was created by Toyota in 2014 to help more people go more places – safely, easily and sustainably – so they can live better lives no matter where they are.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next generation mobility.

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who aspire to be effective drivers of social and environmental change. Our programs—delivered from our headquarters in Oakland, CA, as well as globally through our 275+ chapters—connect our members to the skills, experiences and people that will allow them to have the greatest impact. With over 100,000 members, Net Impact takes on social challenges, protects the environment, invents new products and orients business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action. Visit

BH Investment Group and TECHO Launch “Home4Home” A “One-for-One” Model Program With a Target Impact of 500 Homes for the Most Impoverished Communities in Latin America

New Philanthropic Model Calls Upon Developers to Match Sales for the Construction of New Homes Throughout 19 Latin American Countries

Press Release – MIAMI (April 24, 2017) – Miami-based BH Investment Group and global nonprofit TECHO announce the creation of Home4Home, the largest international one-for-one housing platform connecting real estate leaders with Latin American families in need.

Argentine-born Andrés Klein, Founder and President of BH Investment Group, has made the first commitment to the program.

It is the mission of Klein’s partnership with TECHO to inspire US and Latin American developers to match sales with giving; for each property sold, developers are asked to donate one transitional house in one of the 19 countries where TECHO has successfully operated for 20 years.

“Home4Home brings together an important and organized mission for those of us who have achieved success in real estate,” says Klein. “I feel it is our responsibility to come together as an industry and help change lives.”

The model program allows for industry leaders throughout the Americas to join forces for a common cause: reduce poverty. The one-for-one structure is also high impact and surpasses other efforts that allocate dollars.

“Home4Home is not a single partnership, but a program that is inclusive, scalable and has the power to leave a footprint in the industry,” said Diego Firpo, CEO of TECHO. “Partners of the program will be recognized as socially responsible, which will in turn raise the business standards of the industry.”

TECHO has been working alongside slum residents and empowering communities in Latin America for the last 20 years, providing an immediate solution to their most basic needs.

How the program works:

  • With each sale, the developer donates one transitional house to TECHO
  • Developer communicates with their buyer to select a country where the home is built (of the 19 where TECHO operates)
  • TECHO moves forward to build a transitional house in the specified country, handling the sourcing and construction
  • A package with a photo and letter from the beneficiary family is sent to the developer and buyer, along with a miniature replica of the house that was built

All donations will be tax deductible and made through a 501(3)(c) charitable organization. Interested developers are invited to join the initiative. For more information, please visit 

L’Oréal USA Hosts Mentoring, Career Readiness and Scholarship Presentation Series for Young Women Through New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s Annual Role Model Program

Role Model Program Alumna Hazel-Ann Mayers, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Simon & Schuster, Inc., delivered Keynote Address

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, May 16, 2017— During Spring Break last month, L’Oréal USA hosted seven high school and 34 college students at its new Hudson Yards headquarters for the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women’s Annual Role Model Program designed to provide students with a realistic understanding of various professions, to learn practical workplace skills and to allow them to shadow professional women in their chosen careers.

“Our theme this year was ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve,’” said Cecilia Nelson, L’Oréal’s Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion. “The Annual Role Model Program gives L’Oréal USA an opportunity to showcase one of our core values which is to support programs that empower women and girls by exposing them to information and experiences that help foster their personal and professional development.”

“As part of our multi-year partnership, we are proud to have awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships each year to the Role Model Program students over the past 18 years,” Ms. Nelson noted.

The four-day program included workshops and presentations by professionals in the fields of beauty, social and professional etiquette, dressing for success, social networking, financial literacy, life skills, leadership, personal growth, and presentation skills. The week concluded with a dinner featuring an inspiring keynote by Role Model Program alumna Hazel-Ann Mayers, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Simon & Schuster, Inc. Ms. Mayers graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law from the City College of New York and earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

“People sometimes look at me strangely when I say I spend my spring break facilitating our Signature Role Model program; however, as I witness the transformation in the young women over the four days, I know my commitment is worthwhile. We are making a difference in the lives of future leaders. This program truly demonstrates the motto of the Coalition “Leadership By Example,” said Cheryl Green-Foster, President of the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women.

The students participated in an intensive series of professional and personal development workshops that offered information, tools and lessons about the realities of the workplace. The college students spent three full days with mentors while the high school students attended business and cultural presentations, which this year include visits to WBLS-FM and to Black Fashion Designers, an exhibition The Museum at FIT.

The 2017 program began on Monday, April 10 with registration, orientation and an opening reception followed by “Have A Beautiful Day,” a skin, hair care and make-up presentation featuring L’Oréal USA brand executives. Miss Black Georgia USA, Shaunii Rawls, whose mantra is, “I AM, I WILL, AND I CAN,” was the motivational guest speaker. Dinner included a “Dining Etiquette” workshop facilitated by Tatia Adams Fox, Founder and President of The New School of Etiquette.

On Tuesday, April 11, “Professional Development Day,” the college students shadowed mentors in the fields of business, public policy, computer science, medicine, engineering, law, accounting, finance, architecture, and psychology among other careers. The high school students visited WBLS-FM for a tour and lunch hosted by WBLS Community Liaison Samuel W. Fields Public Relations and were given a live, on-air “shout out” during host Shaila Scott’s “Midday with Shaila” program. In the afternoon, the full cohort returned to L’Oréal USA headquarters for the interactive workshops and presentations: “Dress for Success” presented by Keara Richardson, an attorney and fashion consultant; and Social Networking: “Brand You,” presented by Role Model Program alumna Natalee Facey, an empowerment speaker, wellness expert and transformation coach.

On Wednesday, April 12, “Personal Development Day” featured a visit to the Black Fashion Designers exhibition at The Museum at FIT in the afternoon and later in the day, a ‘Money Matters’ workshop from the “Financially Lit” team at Mansa Musa Money led by president Briana Jones and instructor Sam Floyd.

“Personal Development Day” concluded with a presentation by powerhouse life skills, leadership, personal growth and presentation skills coach Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant, Designer & Chief of the multi-media platform Destiny Designers University®, followed by a panel discussion with Asha Boston, filmmaker, Dinner Table Documentary; Ed Bullock, Bullock Innovation Group and former Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion for L’Oréal; Mia Hall, Mia Hall 19; Taquetta Lawrence, The Young Brown Collective; Tuwisha Rogers, One Solution; and Role Model program alumna Tequilla White.

The week of workshops and job shadowing culminated on Thursday, April 13, “Insights Day,” with a closing ceremony, program review and scholarship presentation.

College Scholarship winners were:

  • 1st place—Emily Dickens, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • 2nd place—Joanna Abaraoha, City College of New York (CCNY)
  • 3rd place—Danielle Walker, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Evelyn Payne Davis Scholarship—named in honor of one of the Coalition’s founders and first President and awarded to students who have had to overcome many obstacles in their educational pursuit— went to Emma Sackeyfio, a Harlem native of Ghanaian descent who is a senior at CCNY.

High School Scholarship winners were:

  • 1st  place—Melissa Hidalgo
  • 2nd place—Alexandra Maceda
  • 3rd place—Marianna Diallo

The Role Model Program was co-chaired by Cheryl Green-Foster and Advisory Board member Sharon Long.

L’Oréal USA’s initial grant to the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women in 1999 enabled the expansion of the Role Model Program beyond Manhattan, into Brooklyn and Queens, to students at Medgar Evers College and Queens College. Since then, the program has further expanded to include York College, LaGuardia Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and now also includes high school students from Women’s Academy of Excellence in the Bronx.


L’Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the world’s leading beauty company. L’Oréal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Lancôme, La Roche-Posay, L’Oréal Paris, and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. L’Oréal USA also serves as the international hub for the product development and marketing strategy for L’Oréal’s 18 American brands: Baxter of California, Carol’s Daughter, Clarisonic, Dermablend, Essie, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl’s, Matrix, Maybelline New York, Mizani, NYX Professional Makeup, Pureology, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Softsheen-Carson, SkinCeuticals and Urban Decay. Generating more than $6 billion in sales annually, L’Oréal USA is committed to growth through sustainable innovation, driven by the company’s Sharing Beauty With All ambition for sustainable development across the Group’s value chain. The company is headquartered in New York City, employs more than 11,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 14 states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LOrealUSA.

New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women

The New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women is a non-profit organization addressing social, economic, political, cultural and other issues of concern to Black women in the five boroughs of New York City and beyond. The organization, the founding chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for its members, as well as women and families in the local communities and the larger city, state and nation.  Follow us on Twitter or Instagram and Facebook

Grey Announces UNICEF Partnership And The Formation Of The UNICEF + Grey Global Kids Council

As Grey turns 100 years old, the agency works with UNICEF to focus on the next generation, solving world problems with creativity

Press Release – NEW YORK, Friday, May 19, 2017 – Building on a long tradition of pro bono work to better the world, for its 100th year anniversary, Grey has partnered with UNICEF to help improve the lives of children around the world. Together they will create the UNICEF + Grey Global Kids Council for mentorship and marketing initiatives and, more immediately, a back-to-school pro bono campaign, launching in the fall.

The UNICEF + Grey Global Kids Council is a nod to Grey’s longstanding Global Creative Council that comes together each year to discuss work. The kids version will comprise young people from six countries across six continents – the USA, The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, India and Turkey – paired with Grey global offices as they are trained in the fundamentals of marketing, offering them knowledge and resources to create meaningful change and rally around children’s causes in their countries, in preparation for World Children’s Day on November 20, 2017.

“Grey has always been an agency that values diversity of experiences and ideas using our colorful minds for the greater good, and we are honored to formalize a partnership with UNICEF to continue that tradition,” said Grey’s Global President, Michael Houston. “Diversity is borderless, and knows no bounds, and it’s this philosophy that we hope to instill in these children – empowering them to make an impact on the world as their unique perceptions and perspectives will help to achieve both local and global insights to problems facing youth today, and ideas for how to solve them.”

To highlight and support UNICEF’s work to ensure that every child has access to education, Grey will create a back-to-school pro bono campaign launching in late summer. The campaign will aim to educate and fundraise for UNICEF’s programs to put children first. This integrated marketing movement will combine the organization’s channels and resources with Grey’s creative expertise around a key moment for many families.

“This partnership speaks to some of the core ideas that UNICEF USA has worked to support for more than 70 years – kids helping their peers around the world and empowering the next generation of global citizens – along with shared ideals around creative problem solving and using global reach to support local communities,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA. “This new partnership model allows kids the valuable opportunity to improve their lives and shape their futures – we can’t wait to see the results.”

About Grey

Grey is the advertising network of Grey Group, which is led by James R. Heekin III, Chairman and CEO. Grey Group ranks among the largest global communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (NASDAQ : WPPGY). Under the banner of “Grey Famously Effective Since 1917,” the agency serves a blue-chip roster of many of the world’s best known companies: Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg’s, Pfizer, Canon, NFL, Boehringer Ingelheim, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Nestlé, Papa John’s and T.J. Maxx. Grey was named ADWEEK’s “Global Agency of the Year” for 2015. (


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. (

Brec Bassinger Announces Exclusive Shoe Design With GuiltySoles To Benefit JDRF

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Actress Brec Bassinger will release an exclusive shoe design with women’s fashion footwear company, GuiltySoles, in which a portion of sales will be donated to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Nickelodeon star was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at the age of 8, and serves as a celebrity ambassador for JDRF and the T1D community.

Brec expresses, “I am so excited to be collaborating with GuiltySoles. As a National Ambassador of JDRF and with fashion being one of my passions, I was quick to jump on this opportunity. I have had type 1 diabetes for 9 years, and have been attending JDRF walks since I was first diagnosed. JDRF has not only improved the lives of people with diabetes, but has allowed us to have a supportive community.”

From start to finish, Brec will be hands-on in designing and developing her shoe, which she hopes her fans will love and appreciate. The teen star has an immense amount of passion and excitement surrounding the partnership and both GuiltySoles and JDRF are overjoyed to work with her.

“We’re honored to partner with Brec on her personal shoe design, to not only raise awareness, but contribute to the fight against type 1 diabetes. With Brec’s sense of style and commitment to JDRF, this collaboration was the perfect mix of fashion and philanthropy.” said Elaine Gaydosh, President of GuiltySoles.

“JDRF is excited and grateful to Brec and GuiltySoles for their support in JDRF’s mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications,” said Derek Rapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of JDRF. “Their collaborative support and generosity will have a lasting impact on millions of people in the T1D community and move us closer to our goal to creating a world without the disease. I am inspired to see Brec and GuiltySoles using their talents and passion to make something so meaningful happen.”

Brec’s shoe will be sold exclusively at and offered in two unique colorways: red and royal blue. Her specific style will be dubbed the “BREC” shoe and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. JDRF’s mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m OBSESSED with shoes,” said Brec. “Naturally, it has been a blast getting to design a pair with GuiltySoles. I knew I wanted them to be strappy and colorful. I wanted to make sure I chose colors that I felt represented JDRF and the type 1 community. True blue was easy; that is the color for JDRF. I chose red as well to represent how people with T1D check their blood sugar every single day. As of now there is no cure, but thanks to JDRF and all their progress, I’m confident the cure is on the way. I’m thankful for everyone’s support and I hope everyone enjoys the shoes as much as I do.”

Photo credit: Darren Hidalgo


GuiltySoles is a women’s footwear brand, who successfully set a new quality standard in affordable footwear. GuiltySoles is the direct manufacturer of their product giving the leading edge on up-and-coming trends, faster production time, and higher quality at lower prices. With this advantage, they stand by their belief that women should never feel guilty about doing one of their favorite things – buying shoes! Check out all of the buzz on


Brec Bassinger is an American actress, best known for her role as Bella Dawson on the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs and the TV movie ‘Liar Liar Vampire’. She’s also a recurring guest star on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ and Nick’s ‘School of Rock’. She just guest starred on CBS’s ‘Code Black’ and can be seen in the upcoming feature ‘Status Update’.


Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.


JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter: @JDRF

Standard Chartered Bank Awards Seva Foundation $1.5 Million To Support Sight-Saving Efforts In India And Cambodia

Press Release – Berkeley, Calif. – Seva Foundation has been awarded two grants from Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing is Believing Initiative. The grants, totaling $1.5 million, will be distributed over the next three years.

Seva provides vital sight services to nearly one million people annually in more than 20 countries. In 2016 alone, Seva provided more than 60,000 sight-saving cataract procedures in low-income communities, at a cost of about $50 per eye. The funds provided through the Seeing is Believing Initiative will support Seva’s work in India and Cambodia.

Approximately 285 million people around the world are blind or suffer from visual impairment; most live in developing countries. In eight out of ten cases, blindness and low vision can be prevented or treated with proven, cost-effective interventions.

“Rooted in the principle of turning compassion into action, Seva is committed to working with individuals and communities around the world to expand self-reliance by increasing local medical capacity,” said Dr. Chundak Tenzing, Seva Medical Director.

Working toward a vision of a world that is free of avoidable blindness, Seva partners worldwide to create self-sustaining programs that preserve and restore sight. Restoring sight does more than help a person see again: it restores dignity and independence to mothers and fathers eager to earn enough money to keep their children in school, food on the table and a roof over their heads. For children at risk of visual impairment, it allows them to remain in school and learn essential skills for long-term economic prosperity.

While celebrating the Bank’s 150-year anniversary in 2003, Standard Chartered employees were asked to identify a charity initiative for the Bank to support. Standard Chartered employees overwhelmingly voted to raise funds to support blindness prevention programs. Seeing is Believing was born.

“Partnering with the Seva Foundation on fighting avoidable blindness has been a natural fit,” said Carmen Choy, Director of Seeing is Believing at Standard Chartered Bank. “In working with Seva, we aspire to enhance sustainable and affordable eye care in India and Cambodia.”

In Cambodia, Seeing is Believing funds will support efforts by Seva and partners to increase the number of sight-saving cataract surgeries. The funds will also help to grow the community eye health outreach programs that provide examinations and glasses to people in need. The grant will support nine eye camps in rural areas that will provide screenings, surgeries and medical treatment to nearly 100,000 people. Work done through this project will increase access to eye care for women and girls, who account for two-thirds of people who suffer from reversible blindness worldwide.

In India, Seva will use this grant to scale up comprehensive quality eye care services through a focus on capacity building. Currently, India has the highest population of people who are blind in the world—a staggering 12 million people. Over 60% are blind from cataract.

“In collaboration with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and leading international eye health organizations, we have reached millions of people through medical intervention, examinations, health education and training,” noted Choy. “We welcome Seva Foundation to the Seeing is Believing family.”

Seva and six local partners will work with 50 eye hospitals across India to increase the number of sight-restoring surgeries by 50% over the next three years. Most of these hospitals serve low-resource communities that have a profound need for eye care services. These 50 hospitals have the potential to serve almost 100 million people.

“Seva deeply appreciates the commitment of Standard Chartered Bank employees to reducing avoidable blindness through this initiative,” added Tenzing. “Together we are addressing the needless suffering caused by visual impairment right now, while developing long-term, permanent solutions to this major public health problem.”

The Seva Foundation was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians and compassionate individuals, all dedicated helping others through the prevention of blindness. In the past 38 years, Seva has restored eyesight for 4 million people with programs reaching many of the poorest communities in the world.

Chrysalis Butterfly Ball To Celebrate 16th Annual Milestone On Saturday, June 3

Common, Peter Cramer, Rosetta Getty & Balthazar Getty, and Raymond Davis to be Honored at Annual Event Attracting Dozens of Hollywood Luminaries Including Halle Berry, Zendaya and Patricia Arquette

Press Release – Los Angeles (May 15, 2017) – This year the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball will bring together the community to raise funds and awareness for a proven solution that helps homeless and low-income individuals overcome barriers to employment. Celebrity attendees have already begun to confirm their attendance at the event, which will be held at a private estate in Mandeville Canyon on Saturday, June 3rd.

Each year, the Butterfly Ball honors remarkable men and women within the film, television and music industries for their creative excellence and philanthropic endeavors. The talented Honorees receiving this year’s Spirit of Chrysalis Award include Common (Actor, Musician, Activist, Producer), Peter Cramer (President of Production, Universal Pictures), Rosetta Getty (Designer and CEO), and Balthazar Getty (Actor, DJ, Producer, Artist). Chrysalis client Raymond Davis will be honored with the evening’s John Dillon Award. This year’s noteworthy Presenters will include Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, and Actress Zendaya.

This year, over 700 guests will gather for an unforgettable evening benefitting Chrysalis’ effort to help individuals out of poverty and homelessness by providing the tools necessary to gain employment.

“At Chrysalis, we believe that a steady job is a key step in a person’s transition out of poverty and onto a pathway to self-sufficiency, and that every one of our clients has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their past,” said Chrysalis President and CEO Mark Loranger. “Butterfly Ball provides us a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the success of those clients, while also recognizing those in our community who are committed to helping us change lives.”

At 6:00 p.m., the evening begins with a red carpet and outdoor cocktail reception hosted by Molly Sims and Scott Stuber, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony. Additionally, there will be a special musical performance by Common and a special live auction hosted by Chef Curtis Stone and his wife Lindsay Price. The event’s Philanthropic Partner is Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation.

Past Butterfly Ball Honorees, participants and performers include Queen Latifah, Seth MacFarlane, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Hudson, Max Greenfield, Robin Thicke, Mila Kunis, Russell Simmons, Salma Hayek, Mary J. Blige, Kristen Bell, Gavin Rossdale, and LL Cool J, to name a few. The event co-chairs include Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Rick Hess, Donna Langley, Josh Lieberman, and Richard Weitz.

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About Chrysalis

Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since 2002, the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball has raised over $13 million, which directly funds its programs and services. Over 4,000 people each year visit one of Chrysalis’ three centers in Los Angeles County, where they gain skills and rebuild their self-esteem. For further information, please visit

About Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Foundation was established by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. (“Kayne Anderson”) to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that empower individuals to become more independent, productive contributors to society. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading alternative investment management first focused on niche investing in upstream oil and gas companies, energy infrastructure, specialized real estate, middle market credit, and grown private equity. Kayne Anderson’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where its knowledge and sourcing advantages enable it to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns. Kayne Anderson manages $26 billion in assets (as of 3/31/2017). For institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs more than 300 professionals in nine offices across the United States.

McDonald’s Partners With Ronald McDonald House Charities To Celebrate Mother’s Day

— Local Franchisees Donate Manicures and Massages to Mothers at RMH-NY —

McDonald’s franchisees Court Norman, Linda Dunham and Paul Cottrell wish moms and grandmothers
a happy Mother’s Day at RMH-NY.

Press Release – New York, NY, May 11, 2017 – In celebration of Mother’s Day, local McDonald’s franchisees honored women staying at the Ronald McDonald House of New York (RMH-NY). The franchisees brought in a local nail salon, which pampered the mothers with manicures and massages to thank them for all they do for their children and families.

McDonald’s franchisees Court Norman, Linda Dunham and Paul Cottrell visited the House and wished the moms staying at the house a happy Mother’s Day.

“As a proud board member for the Ronald McDonald House of New York, I am honored to give back to the mothers and their families staying at the House,” said Linda Dunham, a local McDonald’s franchisee and RMH New York board member. “As a mother, I empathize with what these women are going through and admire their strength and dedication.”

“We are so thankful for all that the local McDonald’s franchisees do in support of our House,” said Ruth Browne, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House New York. “This Mother’s Day celebration meant a great deal to these moms who have dedicated so much to their children and families.”

“McDonald’s franchisees in New York City are committed to giving back to the community, especially to organizations which we are so closely tied to,” said Paul Cottrell, a local McDonald’s franchisee. “These mothers are an inspiration to all of us, and I am glad we were able to provide them with some time to relax and enjoy themselves.”

About McDonald’s New York Metro Region

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.

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About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. Through its global network of 300 Chapters in 63 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported programs, enable family-centered care, provide a bridge to quality health care, are a vital part of the health care continuum and give children and families the time they need to cope better together.

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Love Your Melon Launches Custom Beanie Program

Love Your Melon helps bring your project to life with co-branded and custom options

Press Release – MINNEAPOLISLove Your Melon, an apparel brand dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the lives of children battling cancer, announces a brand new offering of customizable beanies. Love Your Melon will partner with various corporations and organizations on promotions, gifts, product sales and events to bring its mission to the masses through custom beanies that feature co-branded and custom branded options.

The custom beanie Program allows consumers to create custom beanies that feature their logo and help fulfill Love Your Melon’s mission to give a beanie to every child battling cancer in America as well as support nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. There are a variety of colors and three styles available to choose from when customizing.

Co-branded beanies will feature both Love Your Melon’s logo and a second logo side by side on Love Your Melon’s iconic brown leather patch. Custom branded beanies will feature the consumer’s logo on their own. Co-branded beanies require a 200 unit minimum order and custom branded beanies require a 1,000 unit minimum order.

“We have made custom beanies for specific brands to test the market and the projects have been wildly successful,” said Zachary Quinn, CEO of Love Your Melon. “We are excited to introduce a custom program to the public. With the addition of customizable beanies our hope is that Love Your Melon will be able to support our nonprofit partners more than ever in the fight against pediatric cancer.”

For more information and to learn more about how to order co-branded and branded Love Your Melon beanies, visit To learn more about Love Your Melon, visit


Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Zachary Quinn and Brian Keller founded the company in 2012 while the two were sophomores in college. To date, over 109,308 beanies have been given and more than $2,668,259 has been given to fund cancer research initiatives. Fifty percent (50%) of profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. More information on Love Your Melon can be found at Follow Love Your Melon on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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