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Palm Oil’s Hidden Hectares

ZSL analysis reveals almost one million undisclosed hectares “missing” from corporate palm oil landbanks

Press Release – A new report from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) has revealed that many of the world’s largest palm oil producers are failing to publicly disclose their total land holdings, leaving these areas vulnerable to irreversible damage and potential wildlife habitat loss.

ZSL’s analysis – Hidden Land, Hidden Risks – conducted by its specialist SPOTT team (Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit), found that many companies frequently report on the areas of planted land they hold, rather than the total land under their management.

This misreporting potentially excludes vast areas of land at environmental and social risk – such as undeveloped land that, if converted into plantations in the future, could be at risk of environmental damage, including deforestation.

Unreported areas could also include infrastructure areas (e.g. roads) where negative impacts must be mitigated, or areas set aside for the conservation of Critically Endangered forest species such as Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and orangutan (Pongo abelii), where positive impacts must be demonstrated.

Transparent reporting on these ‘landbanks’ is regarded as a fundamental cornerstone for palm oil growers in demonstrating their sustainability commitment.

ZSL’s SPOTT palm oil manager Izabela Delabre, said: “Comprehensive reporting on land holdings is essential for ensuring greater accountability in the palm oil sector. Producers can’t manage what they can’t measure.

“While some companies are failing to disclose this information publicly through platforms such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), some may even lack accurate figures on their holdings.

“We’re working to address this situation by working with companies to understand the discrepancies in their reporting, but there is also a need for certification standards to provide clear definitions and procedures that encourage consistent reporting.”

Palm oil plantations are currently estimated to cover up to 27 million hectares worldwide – equivalent to the total size of New Zealand – and of the 50 producers assessed by SPOTT, many have shown evidence of increasing the transparency of their operations in recent years.

However, ZSL’s study identifies that more than half of these companies have published inconsistent figures across their annual reports, sustainability reports and/or corporate websites, potentially leaving nearly one million hectares either currently unaccounted for or being used for unclear purposes.

39 of the 50 companies assessed by SPOTT are RSPO members, and are obliged to disclose land holdings as part of their Annual Communications of Progress (ACOP) reports. The RSPO is currently reforming the ACOP process, and ZSL is also calling for the use of standardised definitions for the types of areas covered in company landbank to help reduce discrepancies.

To support ZSL’s international conservation efforts, and to find out more information about ZSL’s efforts to support sustainable palm oil production, visit www.zsl.org

“Take Me with You” by Global Impact CEO Scott Jackson Available in Bookstores Now

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 21, 2017 – “Take Me with You” by Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact, was released today and is now available in bookstores nationwide and online. Published by SelectBooks, Inc., it is a moving personal story that will make people laugh, cry, and hopefully inspire them to take action and find the “charity within”—Jackson’s personal philosophy of making a choice to live in a way that improves life for others.

Jackson’s story begins during America’s civil rights movement, a time when his family fell apart and his childhood became a struggle to escape his brutal reactionary father to live with his mother and the African-American pastor she had married. When he ultimately runs away from his abusive father, he finds a new life with the people who gave him the guidance and inspiration to become the man he is today. Out of his tumultuous childhood, Jackson found himself on a life course that is focused on charity and spreading goodwill in a cynical world.

Jackson’s narrative of his life runs parallel to short essays that encourage others to make the connection between their personal struggles and larger cultural problems of people worldwide. His call to action highlights Global Impact’s charity partners and how their work connects to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

Today, Jackson is a major force in global philanthropy, and is known for his visionary leadership and compassion. At Global Impact he oversees all aspects of the organization, which has raised more than $1.8 billion since inception to help the world’s most vulnerable people. Previously, Jackson served as vice president for external relations at PATH and as senior vice president of World Vision US. He also sits on boards and advisory councils of several nonprofits.

“My purpose in writing the book and sharing my story was to hopefully inspire people to find the charity within, and to recognize the difference they can make in other people’s lives,” said Jackson. “There are so many people in need around the world and so many wonderful organizations working tirelessly to improve conditions and contribute toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. I hope this book brings additional visibility to some of those organizations and is a call to action to everyone who reads it.”

A percentage of book sales will be donated to Global Impact and go toward promoting the work of the organization’s charity partners. SelectBooks also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds it receives to charitable organizations. For information on where to purchase “Take Me with You” visit www.charity.org/takemewithyou.

ABOUT SELECTBOOKS, INC.

SelectBooks, Inc., is an independent publisher based in New York City. Since its inception, SelectBooks has had a dual mission. First and foremost, the organization seeks to bring the reader both new and proven voices from a striking variety of realms. For the nonfiction market SelectBooks aims to continue publishing provocative books on politics and current events, informative business books for entrepreneurs and leaders, and successful self-help books, memoirs, and works on the subjects of spirituality, psychology, philosophy, music, health, and alternative medicine. SelectBooks is also proud of its titles in a more recent line of commercial and literary fiction.

In addition to producing the best offerings possible to the reading public, SelectBooks is also always looking for ways to streamline the publishing process for authors. With a management and staff who bring a tremendous amount of editorial, book production, and marketing experience to the table, SelectBooks has established a publishing entity that attracts both maverick visionaries and proven best-selling authors.

Learn more at selectbooks.com, and follow SelectBooks on Twitter.

ABOUT GLOBAL IMPACT

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 450 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also serves as administrator for four of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O). Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.

Amid ‘Troubling’ New Report, Challah For Hunger Urges Congress To Address Campus Food Insecurity

‘Hungry and Homeless in College’ study says two-thirds of community college students lack proper nutrition

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – The nonprofit organization Challah for Hunger today voiced serious concern over a ‘troubling’ new report that says as many as two-thirds of community college students in the United States suffer from food insecurity – meaning they cannot afford proper nutrition – and urged Congress to step in.

“We are alarmed and extremely concerned by the troubling finding that two out of three community college students do not have access to basic nutritional food,” said Challah for Hunger CEO Carly Zimmerman. “Food insecurity and hunger on college campuses in general is a growing problem hiding in plain sight.”

Challah for Hunger’s Zimmerman was responding to a new report released today, “Hungry and Homeless in College: March 2017 Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education,” by the Wisconsin Hope Lab and the Association of Community College Trustees, that found nearly two in three of 33,000 community college students at 70 campuses in 24 states either could not afford nutritious food or were forced to rely on socially unacceptable ways to secure healthy food (see the study here: http://wihopelab.com/publications/hungry-and-homeless-in-college-report.pdf).

Pointing to today’s study and a recent survey that 48 percent of students at all types of colleges reported experience food insecurity, Challah for Hunger today also urged the Government Accountability Office (GAO) – the investigative arm of Congress – to launch a comprehensive national study of food insecurity on college campuses, and offered its support for the undertaking.

In a letter to the GAO (https://www.docdroid.net/uKr3O6k/letter-gao-031517.pdf.html), Challah for Hunger applauded a recent call by Senators Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Patty Murray D-Wash., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., for a comprehensive report on food insecurity at American colleges and universities.

“As an organization that works directly with college students to address hunger nationally and locally, we believe that no one should have to sacrifice food for an education,” the Challah for Hunger letter said to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, the head of the GAO. “We stand ready to offer our insight into this issue gained from over a decade of experience working hand-in-hand with campus professionals and student advocates. “

Challah for Hunger has been working on campuses for over a decade to raise money to combat hunger by baking and selling challah, the braided bread traditionally eaten on the Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat). Challah for Hunger’s network extends to 80 campuses in 30 states.

In partnership with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Challah for Hunger recently began training student advocates on nearly 40 public and private colleges and universities to research food insecurity at their schools and to educate their peers about the issue.

About Challah for Hunger:

Challah for Hunger is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that involves more than 7,000 youth annually in activism and advocacy for social justice through 82 student-led, college-based chapters in 30 U.S. states, the U.K. and Australia. Volunteers gather to bake and sell challah, traditional Jewish bread eaten on the Sabbath and on holidays. Fifty percent of its profits are donated to anti-hunger organizations in each chapter’s community, while the other half goes towards Challah for Hunger’s national and philanthropic education partner, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. To date, Challah for Hunger has raised and donated over $1 million to these causes. For more information about Challah for Hunger, please visit: challahforhunger.org.

Pembrolizumab Shows Promise in Treatment of Mesothelioma

Penn study is first to show immunotherapy drug can be effective for lung cancer caused by asbestos

Press Release – March 20, 2017: PHILADELPHIA – Pembrolizumab, an antibody drug already used to treat other forms of cancer, can be effective in the treatment of the most common form of mesothelioma, according to a new study led by investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published this month in The Lancet Oncology, is the first to show a positive impact from checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy drugs on this disease.

Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that represents about 90 percent of all malignant mesothelioma cases. It’s primarily caused by the inhalation of asbestos, a fiber commonly found in some forms of insulation, vinyl floor tiles, and other material. Tumors form in the pleura, a thin membrane of cells that line the lungs and chest wall. Most patients survive less than a year. This poor prognosis is partially due to the fact that most patients are not diagnosed until they are already at a late stage of the disease. The standard first-line therapy treatment involves chemotherapy, and currently there is no approved second-line therapy.

“There have been a lot of studies looking at different drugs, but researchers have not seen positive results,” said the study’s lead author Evan Alley, MD, PhD, chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. “But we’ve found this new class of drugs, checkpoint inhibitors, seems to be more effective than what’s been available in the past.”

Checkpoint inhibitors are a class of drugs designed to free the body’s immune system to fight back against cancer. Pembrolizumab, in particular, has been used to treat melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and in some cases, head and neck cancers.

Alley and his team presented data from KEYNOTE-028, an ongoing trial involving 13 different research sites in six different countries all looking at the effect of pembrolizumab on patients with advanced malignancies, including malignant pleural mesothelioma. The study evaluated 25 patients with pleural mesothelioma, all of whom were over the age of 18 and had either already been treated with chemotherapy or were unable to receive it. Patients who had already received another checkpoint inhibitor were not included in the study.

Beginning with the first enrollees two years ago, doctors gave each patient a dose of pembrolizumab every two weeks. The tumor reduced in size in 14 of those patients. On average, patients went about six months without their disease progressing, and overall survival was about 18 months. Fourteen patients passed away during the study, while four were still undergoing treatment as of the study’s writing.

“Most patients who receive a second-line therapy have a life expectancy of about six or seven months, so to have four patients still ongoing at two years is very encouraging,” Alley said.

The most common side-effects reported were fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and dry mouth.

“One great sign in this study is that none of the patients had to stop treatment because of side-effects,” Alley said. “Some had temporary stoppages, but they were able to continue. The drug appears to be well-tolerated.”

There are multiple studies going on right now to confirm these findings, which the authors note is a necessary step before the drug can become a standard second-line therapy.

“This study provides evidence that some patients can have long-term disease control with this drug, which we haven’t seen before,” Alley said. “We need to better understand what we can do next to make immunotherapy more effective for more patients.”

Alley said there are already plans for trials that will test combination therapies, which will utilize pembrolizumab in conjunction with other treatments. Those studies are expected to launch later this year, including two at Penn.

The study was funded by Merck, which manufactures pembrolizumab. Alley has no personal financial relationship with Merck.

This article was originally published here.

Philanthropy And Design Collide At IIDA NY’s 9th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction

Top designers gathered to bid on upcycled quilts to benefit local organization Publicolor

Photo courtesy of Steve Y. Gardner Creative

Press Release – New York, NY — On Wednesday, March 15th, the New York Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA NY) hosted its 9th annual Sustainable Quilt Auction where the interior design community came out to celebrate the time-honored tradition of quilt making.

The event, which was held at the Steelcase WorkLife Center overlooking Columbus Circle, brought together designers and others from the industry. to bid on extravagant quilts created from discarded fabric samples. Organized by event co-chairs Mike Iovinelli of G3 Architecture and Abigail French of Steelcase (the event sponsor), the evening showcased the union between design and philanthropy while celebrating the great design epicenter that is New York City.

For the second year, proceeds from the quilts and pieces went to benefit Publicolor, a long-term youth development program that engages high-risk students through design education. Using design as a vehicle for involvement, Publicolor’s multi-year continuum of programs encourages academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service. In 2016, 94% of Publicolor’s high school seniors graduated on time vs. 67% city wide and 100% of those graduates now attend college.

Made up of designers from leading firms like Gensler, IA Interior Architects, and C3 Designs, amongst others, the teams logged over 2,000 hours of quilting for their one-of-a-kind masterpieces made from discarded materials from fabric showrooms, product libraries, and industry samples. Following the theme “What’s Your Pattern?,” eight quilts were up for grabs at the silent auction, ranging in inspiration from Marilyn Monroe and Emilio Pucci to apartment building facades and health-mapping for Asthma awareness. Additionally, for the first time, corresponding quilted purses were created and raffled off at the event.

When two organizations such as the IIDA NY and Publicolor team up, great things happen. Thanks to the proceeds raised at the quilt auction, New York City youth will get the opportunity to immerse themselves in design, a chance they might not have had without these efforts in place.

About IIDA NY

The IIDA New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 800 Members in ten specialty Forums. IIDA NY provides its Members with the resources to reach expertise, knowledge and contacts. Networking events allow professionals and industry members to connect on more personal terms that encourage trust, collaboration, and innovation. The Chapter is proud to have been recognized as IIDA Large Chapter of the Year in 2011, 2008, 2001 and 2000. For more information, visit: http://www.iidany.org/.

About Publicolor:

Publicolor fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. We do this by engaging high-risk students, ages 12-24, in a long-term continuum of intensive, multi-day, design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, community service, college preparation and job readiness. Our unique applied learning approach uses design and design thinking as vehicles to engage, stimulate and inspire at-risk, low-performing students in our city’s struggling middle and high schools, empowering them to achieve success in school, college, career and life. For more information about Publicolor, go to: http://publicolor.org/.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Fellowship Opens Door for International Opportunity

Press Release – St. Petersburg, Fla. – March 20, 2017 –Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital expands its Institute for Brain Protection Sciences with the addition of the hospital’s first international and pediatric neurosurgery fellow. The hospital appointed Israeli neurosurgeon, Nir Shimony, M.D., who will use the fellowship to develop his skills and expertise in pediatric neurosurgery and brain disorders.

Dr. Shimony completed a six year residency with emphasis on pediatric and oncological neurosurgery at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, which is the second largest and one of the most progressive full-service health care treatment and research institutions in Israel. For George Jallo, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences, the appointment boosts the hospital’s international profile for training the next generation of pediatric neurosurgeons and aligns with the hospital’s mission to expand medical education.

“My goal is for the international patients and families to feel that this is the best hospital in the world to get their care,” said Dr. Jallo. “There are very few pediatric neurosurgery fellowships in the rest of the world. In Europe there are few positions, and in the Middle East there are no such fellowships. Our goal for Dr. Shimony, who wants to practice pediatric neurosurgery in Israel, is to fine-tune his skill set to take care of children.”

With only five facilities able to perform complex pediatric neurosurgeries in Israel, Dr. Shimony says there is a critical need for pediatric neurosurgeons in the Middle East. “I am passionate about treating patients suffering from central nervous system disorders, especially children and infants suffering from oncological pathologies and epilepsy,” Dr. Shimony explained. “I am intrigued by the human brain, its marvelous structure and function. I believe we can do much more for those who suffer from diseases affecting their nervous system and I am willing to dedicate my life in search for this goal.”

Dr. Shimony’s appointment is known as the Tom Dorety Fellowship. Tampa Bay Area Credit Unions for Kids, Inc. bestowed the gift to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation in honor of Dorety’s recent retirement from the Suncoast Credit Union.

Read more about our neurosurgery fellowship.

About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org.

National YoungArts Foundation Names Stacey Glassman Mizener As Vice President of Development And Dejha Carrington As Vice President of External Relations

Press Release – Miami, FL (March 20, 2017) – The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) today announced the appointment of Stacey Glassman Mizener as Vice President of Development and Dejha Carrington as Vice President of External Relations. Both Ms. Glassman and Ms. Carrington will work alongside President and Chief Executive Officer Carolina García Jayaram to support the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development.

“I, along with the Board of Trustees, am delighted to welcome Stacey Glassman to our team, and to have Dejha Carrington take on a new role at YoungArts,” said Carolina García Jayaram. “Stacey is the ideal candidate to help advance YoungArts’ fundraising endeavors during a period of national growth and programmatic development. Dejha joined YoungArts more than a year ago as our dedicated Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and has since launched creative campaigns and built valuable relationships in the artistic community. I am confident that their passion for supporting artists will help propel YoungArts as a dynamic force in our nation’s cultural landscape.”

Ms. Glassman joins YoungArts with an outstanding record in non-profit fundraising and deep roots in Miami’s arts and culture community. She will be responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organization’s development efforts, and will assume her post immediately.

“I am honored to join this prestigious organization and forward-thinking leadership team to play an important role in nurturing some of the most talented young artists and performers,” said Ms. Glassman. “I aim to strengthen the national community of YoungArts supporters and alumni, build bridges in the arts and business sectors, and cultivate new audiences throughout the country.”

Succeeding Vanessa Leitman, Ms. Carrington will assume her role as Vice President of External Relations on March 27, 2017. She will be responsible for guiding YoungArts’ public relations, marketing, digital and social media campaigns to raise awareness of the organization and the artists it supports, as well as developing new and nurturing existing partnerships with cultural institutions.

As YoungArts’ Director of Public Relations and Marketing since 2015, Ms. Carrington has developed strategic communications campaigns around several new programming initiatives, including YoungArts’ first film commissioning project, Transformations; increased engagement with local and regional audiences and cultural organizations; and honed institutional communications to highlight the incredible talent of YoungArts alumni nationwide.

“Having worked closely with our dedicated communications team for the past year, I am proud to continue my journey at YoungArts as Vice President of External Relations,” Ms. Carrington said. “I truly believe in the power of storytelling to spotlight our alumni, our programming, and our institutional vision within this nation’s broader cultural narrative. The artist’s voice is prescient, and with the socio-political issues affecting this country, it’s even more critical that we champion their views and provide a platform for them to be heard and supported.”

Stacey Glassman

Ms. Glassman comes to YoungArts from Faena Art, a nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based creative experiences. Prior to joining Faena Art, she envisioned and founded Metro 1 Community, a corporate social responsibility platform to further Metro 1’s commitment to improving the communities it serves through educational, cultural and environmental initiatives.

Ms. Glassman previously served for 10 years as the Associate Vice President of Development for New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she founded Friends of New World Symphony, an innovative membership program with more than 1,000 patrons that engages the next generation with classical music. She also played an active fundraising role in the launch of the $200 million capital campaign to build the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center through corporate, individual and event fundraising, as well as recruited and managed the Friends Executive Committee and National Council in Miami and New York, comprising 60 of the most outstanding philanthropists, influencers, business leaders, publicists and journalists.

Prior to her work with New World Symphony, Ms. Glassman was the Events Manager for the Miami City Ballet, where she produced events, secured individual and corporate gifts, and managed the Patrons groups.

Dejha Carrington

With more than a decade of experience in public relations, programming, and consulting for arts and cultural organizations, Ms. Carrington has spent her career delivering high-impact creative campaigns and social responsibility initiatives. Prior to joining YoungArts in 2015, her clients and projects included the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA; Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX; and the Colombia Biennial in Medellin, among others. Ms. Carrington has also designed and produced significant partnerships for corporate clients and government agencies, including National Film Board of Canada, Miami-Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design, and Moët & Chandon

Ms. Carrington also conceived and co-produced the augmented architecture project NEWT: Experiments in Light, Color & Sound, which aims to transform buildings and static structures into catalysts for community engagement, and is co-founder of FADE TO BLACK, one of the most celebrated platforms for artists of color during Art Basel Miami Beach. She was recently awarded a Wavemaker Grant from Cannonball for a new artist commissioning project that seeks to cultivate new local collectors, create more meaningful and intimate interactions with artists, and investigate socio and geo-specific issues imminent to Miami.

A recognized media source, speaker and leader in public relations, arts advocacy and programming, Ms. Carrington was born and raised in Montreal, and calls Miami her home base.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 – 18 or in grades 10 – 12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rebecca Walker, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and New World Center (Miami). Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence.

YoungArts Winners become part of a thousands-strong alumni network of artists, which offers them additional professional opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts alumni who have gone on to become leading professionals in their fields include actresses Viola Davis, Anna Gunn, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Kerry Washington; Broadway stars Raúl Esparza, Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells and Tony Yazbeck; recording artists Josh Groban, Judith Hill and Chris Young; Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens; musicians Terence Blanchard, Gerald Clayton, Jennifer Koh and Elizabeth Roe; choreographers Camille A. Brown and Desmond Richardson; visual artists Daniel Arsham and Hernan Bas; internationally acclaimed multimedia artist Doug Aitken; New York Times bestselling author Sam Lipsyte; and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Blush.

Support for YoungArts programs is provided by National Premier Sponsor Carnival Foundation; Regional Sponsor Northern Trust; the Legacy Master Series Sponsor, Aon; the Design Arts Discipline Sponsor, Arquitectonica; Visual Arts Discipline Sponsor, the Related Group; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; National Endowment for the Arts; Wells Fargo; and the YoungArts Corporate Partners.

For more information, visit youngarts.org, facebook.com/YoungArtsFoundation or twitter.com/YoungArts. To watch a brief video about YoungArts, click here.

24 Foundation Announces New Appointments to Board and Staff

Press Release – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 20, 2017 – 24 Foundation today announced new appointments to their nonprofit board, as well as additions to their team of staff members. Bryan McMillan and Justin Hage have been appointed to 24 Foundation Board of Directors and are based in Maryland and Indiana respectively. In addition to the board appointment, 24 Foundation has added two part-time staff members Damian Magarelli and Anina DeNobriga.

Celebrating 16 years, the newly re-branded, 24 Foundation continues to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

McMillan became involved with 24 Foundation in 2008 with the arrival of the 24 Hours of Booty event in Columbia, Md., now named 24 Baltimore. He has captained a team each year since named Team bootySTRONG. He is Managing Partner of M&L Global Consultancy, with a proven record of establishing operational capabilities and profitable ventures in over 15 countries. With previous nonprofit board experience, McMillan will offer board guidance on strategic direction.

Hage became involved with 24 Foundation in 2013 when he rode as a survivor with the doctors and staff on the IU Simon Cancer Center team, the Pedaling Cures. He currently works for the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Indianapolis, Ind., where his practice focuses on economic development, real estate and government services. Hage will offer board guidance on community partnerships and sponsorships.

In addition to the board appointments, 24 Foundation welcomes part-time staff member Magarelli as Fundraising and Recruitment Coordinator for the Baltimore event market. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, Magarelli worked for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Development Manager managing special events, volunteers and fundraising. He is based on Baltimore.

At the organization headquarters in Charlotte, 24 Foundation welcomes its newest staff member Anina deNobriga as Donations and Matching Gift Coordinator. Prior to joining 24 Foundation, deNobriga served as a volunteer for the Baston’s Children’s Hospital in the cancer wing, but left after realizing she wanted to be connected more to the survivors and patients. deNobriga will primarily be responsible for processing donations and matching gifts, as well as assisting with fundraising.

“We are excited to grow our team and our board,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “Their respective talents and expertise will help us further our mission of actively supporting cancer patient navigation and survivorship programs.”

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital, the Keep Pounding Fund, Queens University of Charlotte, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charity non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, Md., and Indianapolis, Ind. – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit www.24foundation.org.

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation and 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/24foundation and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/24_foundation/, and at Snapchat at TWENTYFOUR_FOUNDATION

Top 24 Announced in 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Competition features the best high school entrepreneurs in the state competing for up to $30,000 in cash and prizes

Press Release – March 17, 2017 – High school entrepreneurs across the state of Utah, ages 14-18, are competing for $30,000 in cash and prizes in the 2017 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. This week, the competition announced the top 24 teams that will be moving on to the final stage of the competition. This competition is hosted by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and sponsored by Zions Bank.

Each high school team faced the challenge of identifying a problem and proposing a creative solution.

“This completion has offered an opportunity to so many high school students to get creative and be introduced to entrepreneurship,” said Stephanie Gladwin, the student director of the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge and an international studies student at the University of Utah. “We are so impressed with the quality of the applications. We know that this year’s top 24 business ideas are even more competitive than last year.”

The top teams are competing with ideas ranging from hammocks and potato-chip dispensers to apps and healthcare devices. Find a complete list of the finalists with descriptions below.

These 24 teams will advance to the final round, where they will meet for a final judging event and a public awards ceremony on April 15 at Lassonde Studios on the University of Utah campus. All are invited to the public ceremony on that day at 4 to 6 p.m.

“We’re thrilled about the statewide growth and participation for HSUEC,” said Anne Bastien, a director at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “We think this is the tip of the iceberg for high school innovation and entrepreneurship in the state. We can’t wait to host the top teams at the final award ceremony at the University of Utah.”

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge is the youth version of the collegiate Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, which offers $100,000 of cash and prizes.

Learn more about the competition at lassonde.utah.edu/hsuec.

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Season Timeline

  • Monday, Dec. 5, 2016: Submissions open
  • Wednesday, March. 1, 2017: Application submission deadline
  • March 2- 15, 2017: Online judging
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017: Top 24 announced.
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017: Private Judging & Mentoring at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. Public Showcase & Awards at the Lassonde Studios from 4-6 p.m.

High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Top 24 Teams

Here are the top 24 teams in the High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge. These teams will advance to the final event. They are listed in alphabetical order:

  • 123Hammock by eMBe – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Aims to revolutionize the hammock industry by providing a hammock that has easily attachable parts.
  • AptiTekk – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – All-in-one business solution makes it easy to book rooms, equipment and more.
  • BacteriaPets – Maser Prep Academy (Orem) – A fun classroom lab designed for elementary school classrooms. Using bacteria, students can create their own “pets,” or bacteria cultures, in a safe environment, while learning about bacteria at the same time.
  • Bird Scare Device – Air Dancer – Beehive Science & Technology Academy (Sandy) – Innovative small, portable and nonpolluting air dancers (ADs) make a positive impact by making air travel safer and saving birds’ lives by scaring them away from airports.
  • CoderKeys – Pine View High School (St. George) – An app to teach kids how to type more efficiently for computer programming – and it’s fun.
  • ColoClean – Rowland Hall (Park City) – ColoClean is an alternative colonoscopy preparation kit. Their mission is to provide an effective, humane, personalized colonoscopy prep kit that keeps prep less burdensome for the patient.
  • DeFlame Wrap – West High School (Salt Lake City) – The wrap will provide support and compression on muscles during exercise. After exercise, the wearer may chill the wrap to ice any inflamed muscle areas.
  • Discount Driver – West High School (Salt Lake City) – An app that tracks phone usage while driving through the use of accelerator and NFC sensors.
  • GovGush – Riverton High School (Riverton) – GovGush is a unified technology platform, via mobile and web engagement app, for the public, political representatives and governments.
  • HeadShot: Concussion Diagnosis – Hillcrest High School (Midvale) – Help athletes know how to better care for and handle their concussions. The technology used measures brain activity of regions of the cortex.
  • Health For All – Park City High School (Park City) – A line of clothing and accessories that integrates a type of subwoofer (tactile transducers or bass shakers) to be used for new-age healing techniques as well as a cutting-edge musical experience.
  • Multi-Use Backpack – Timpview High School (Provo) – A backpack with an inflatable mattress and pump. Allows buyer to be able to sleep more comfortably on the go.
  • My Lunch – Herriman High School (Herriman) – Parents and students can pre-order delicious, wholesome lunches from the My Lunch app and select a nutritious meal with quality fruits and vegetables.
  • PocketFab – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – This is a simple product: a pocket. This pocket will be able to hold your phone and other items in a place of your choice.
  • pRaise the Pringle – Park City High School (Park City) – Created a lift so that as Pringles are removed from the top, the lift pushes new Pringles to the top of the can.
  • Puzzle Panels – Academy for Math, Engineering & Science (Salt Lake City) – Portable solar panels that would eventually be able to be sent to emergency sites and set up very quickly.
  • Self-Image Mirror – Timpview High School (Provo) – What if instead of only providing our reflection, our mirror could let us know that we’re looking good, that our hair is impeccable and our outfit stunning? The Self-Image Mirror will provide this service.
  • Snowboard Dots – American Preparatory Academy (Riverton) – Snowboard Dots makes it impossible for beginner snowboarders to catch their edge. The product is made of hard plastic that prevents the riders downhill edge from touching the snow.
  • Stadium Chair – Skyridge High School (Lehi) – Seats in the stadium that are heated and cooled for when it is cold or hot outside.
  • StraightShot Apparel – Kearns High School (Kearns) – Adaptive apparel/clothing company to provide ease in accessing areas to administer medications by injection, port, feeding tube or other ways.
  • The Curb Climber – Copper Hills High School (West Jordan) – A base that will be built into the bottom of motorized chairs that will use motors and wheels to lift the chair over the curb.
  • The Great Traffic Stop De-escalator – Skyline High School (Millcreek) – A robot that acts as an intermediary between the police officer and the civilian for traffic violation stops.
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless – Kearns High School (Kearns) – It starts by giving the homeless a place to call home, and a community they care about maintaining. The primary goal is to design and construct tiny homes for those who have no place to go.
  • Valle – Bingham High School (South Jordan) – Valle is a high-end clothing brand for urban and street wear designs.

About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Institute also manages the Lassonde Studios, a new $45 million innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at lassonde.utah.edu.

Lifehouse Announces Retirement of Dori McDonnell After 23 Years of Service

Michelle Condit Promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 17, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, today announced the retirement of Dori McDonnell, Manager of North Bay Programs. Dori has been a valuable member of the Lifehouse team for the past 23 years, providing exceptional care to the individuals served.

“We deeply appreciate all the dedication and hard work that Dori has contributed to Lifehouse over the past 23 years, and we wish her the best of luck on her next journey,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO.

McDonnell started the first Supported Living Program at The Meadows in Novato’s Lark Court. She also implemented a new Community Living Program in Sonoma, and two Supported Living Programs and a Senior Independent Living Program in Novato. With an educational and professional background in psychology and counseling, McDonnell also joined Hope Counseling in Petaluma in 2007, aiming to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance to individuals, couples and families. She plans to continue her work as a marriage and family therapist after her retirement and has graciously offered to collaborate with Lifehouse to offer group therapy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Michelle Condit has been promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services, which will include leadership of the North Bay programs.

Announcing the promotion of Michelle Condit, Nancy Dow Moody said, “Michelle’s seasoned expertise in the industry, education and certifications continue to serve as a great asset to our programs for people with autism and developmental disabilities at Lifehouse.”

Condit brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new position at Lifehouse, where she will oversee all of the North Bay programs. Condit is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and is certificated as a TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children) practitioner through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Condit was the Director of Autism Services at Lifehouse for the past two years and has been with the company for 10 years.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse, a 501©(3) nonprofit, provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties and continues to grow. For more information about Lifehouse, please visit www.lifehouseagency.org.

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