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Recovery Unplugged® Launches “What Track Are You On?” Powerful Digital Campaign During September’s “National Recovery” Month

“I Got This” track by Grammy-winning performance songwriter & guitarist, Richie Supa

Featured within video, thought-provoking Social media and display message campaign

Press Release – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – (August 1, 2017) Today, as 23 million in the U.S. are currently addicted to drugs and alcohol which is now the leading cause of death to those under age 25, Recovery Unplugged®, an addiction treatment center that uses music as a catalyst towards the effective treatment of substance abuse leaps forward to showcase an effective solution by launching a powerful addiction awareness campaign capturing a thought provoking video, quick-wit phrased social media and display messages during September’s National Recovery Month.

The video opens to an on-screen caption, RECOVERY UNPLUGGED presents, while the camera shoots upward at New York City apartment complex while both the track name, I Got This appears on the screen and the track begins to play the soothing Island flare-guitar and vocal sounds by Richie Supa. I Got This, also written by Richie Supa, Creative Music Director at Recovery Unplugged® is a Grammy-winning performance songwriter & guitarist. Supa has written songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink and many others has also been sober for 28 years. He describes meeting weekly with recovery clients, “They are in denial and I hear addicts say ‘I thought I had this, but they didn’t’ which is all part of the addiction disease.” Supa talks about his technique for songwriting describing that songs have to be relatable and unfiltered.

“I’ve lived every line in this song and focus on keeping it real,” says Supa. “The music approach at Recovery Unplugged® is making sustainable recovery a reality. Addicts can’t see living without a fix. By asking ‘what track are you on?’ we’re providing people with a choice. We’re saying, choose music.”

The overall campaign was created by Ari Merkin, advertising agency and brand development company which shot the video portion in New York City during June 2017 with the sense of urgency to help Recovery Unplugged launch an upfront direct message campaign during this heightened and escalated period of the country’s addiction issues.

The video begins with the sounds of a lighter flint wheel being rolled back as you hear the water bubbling of a marijuana bong – which grabs your attention as the video showcases a man inhaling and coughing on a bong hit as he leans back relaxed on the sofa singing the lyrics, “I get high seven days a week so damn twisted I can hardly speak, I’m fine – I ain’t worried – I got this…”

As the music continues to play and the lyrics start to match the subject profile, the video rolls into a variety of addiction vignette stories: From the stoner– to a male addict roaming the streets of New York City scratching his arms and hungry to make a purchase from his drug dealer. The video moves onto a girl who is dancing the night away at a nightclub and then seen stumbling down the nightclub halls to reach a bathroom as she hovers over a toilet. Music continues to play, “Yeah yeah – you can’t tell me nothing – yeah yeah, I ain’t got a problem – denial – It’s my style, I got this…”. From there, the video moves to a man wearing a collared shirt and tie as he’s typing on his office computer and begins to move through the empty hallways looking to make sure no one is nearby as he goes into a remote area to shoot up. “Oh I’m playing Russian roulette – oh, you know the higher I get – but swear I got this all under control – so leave me alone…”

As the scenes progress, the camera moves to an older woman in bed as she starts singing looking hung over and unhealthy as a man in the room starts to get dressed: “Last night I drank till I blacked out – my clothes fell off and I don’t know how – shit happens – I’m laughing – I got this”.

As the music continues playing, “Yeah yeah, I know I’m in trouble, yeah yeah – hand me a shovel, I’m fine – I GOT THIS….” Each vignette quickly shows individual stories reach the same place of overwhelming loss of control and emptiness: From the man roaming the streets being seized by undercover police officers; to the girl in the night club huddled over a toilet; to the woman in bed as she begins to grieve her loss of control; to the man on the sofa who goes outside to look over the city as he appears to be searching for himself; to the office worker, passed out on the floor of the private area who now appears he’s overdosed. The video closes with a message from Recovery Unplugged®, that says, “‘I Got This,’ is one of 60 original songs we’re using to help clients recognize and conquer their addiction.” And then, “What Track are you on?”

Additionally, the unique thought-provoking social media and display message campaign includes:

  1. Nobody Ever Died from a Music Overdose.
  2. Heroin enters through a single vein, music enters through all of them.
  3. You’ll Swear we should sell music by the gram.
  4. Long Live Rock & Roll. And You.
  5. The first step is admitting you Hate Smashmouth.
  6. Heroin, $50 | Music .99
  7. Come on Over. We’ll Do Some Lines (with a visual of a music sheet)

v Needle: A medical device used to illegally inject Heroin

Needle: A stylus used to play phonographic records

v Score: To succeed in buying or obtaining an illicit drug

Score: The written form of a musical composition

v Hit: The single dose of an illegal drug

Hit: A highly successful song

v Refrain: To abstain from having that which one desires, such as drugs or alcohol

Refrain: A recurring melody such as the chorus of a song

v Rock: Slang for crack cocaine

Rock: A popular form of music

While the campaign showcases the drug addiction epidemic in reality, Recovery Unplugged® showcases the solution. “We’re providing further awareness options of effective and unique treatment,” says Chief Strategy Officer of Recovery Unplugged, Paul Pellinger.

“The challenge with traditional treatment is that clients are forced to rely on fear, consequences and relapse protocols versus a more proactive approach that includes recovery triggers”. The music helps them learn to communicate emotionally. The process of utilizing music becomes a catalyst for an emotional connection to the soul where long lasting change occurs. When we work with addicts using all aspects of music, from the lyrics, the vibration, live performances, etc. … it breaks down defenses, motivates and facilitates the recovery process,” adds Pellinger.

In addition, the Recovery Unplugged® program is designed to adapt to individual needs. Although addicts tend to have much in common, people’s fundamental differences can be overlooked in some treatment environments. Recovery Unplugged® works to establish a better understanding of the individual and his or her needs for a full recovery. Clients engage in a full continuum of care including detox, residential treatment day/night treatment intensive outpatient programming including community housing and transitional living. Many people working in addiction rehabilitation report that recovering from drug addiction often involves at least one relapse, and that many users will backslide multiple times. A frequently used and often misleading National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) statistic states, “40-60% of people addicted to substances recover and remain sober. However, there is no precise statistic that calculates an average relapse rate after addiction rehab program completion. Professionals do agree that most addicts will enter addiction treatment programs that use some form a “12 Step” program again and again without achieving long-term sobriety.

About Ari Merkin, LLC:

Ari Merkin LLC is a handful of highly recognized agency types who have received countless accolades for creativity and effectiveness and “best of show” honors at virtually every major advertising award competition. The agency helps to solve big problems and accelerate growth for a select number of brands – working closely with in-house brand teams to deliver inspired thinking from planning through production. Ari believes that every brand has a voice, that creativity can solve anything and that you don’t need a big agency system to deliver big brand ideas.

About Recovery Unplugged®:

Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center is an addiction treatment organization with facilities in Florida and Texas offering a music-based approach to treatment and recovery from chemical dependency. The centers combine traditional and cognitive behavioral approaches that use music, performance and appreciation as catalysts to break down emotional barrier to inspire and motivate the change necessary for lasting sobriety. Recovery Unplugged® is committed to providing hope and healing, using music to help individuals suffering from addiction all over the United States.

Since opening in 2013, Recovery Unplugged® has achieved client completion and long-term sobriety rates of over 90 percent and a long-term sobriety rate over five-times the national average. Independent studies confirm over the last two years that the Recovery Unplugged® treatment model is a proven method. Research has revealed an extremely low AMA rate (the rate at which patients leave a program against medical advice) of less than 9% compared to the national average of 39%. For more information call (855) 906-2980 or visit

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Impact Community Capital Names Michael Lohmeier As Chief Investment Officer; Matthew Berg As Senior Vice President & Counsel

New Appointments to Senior Management Team Will Support Company’s Expansive Five-Year Impact Investing Growth Strategy

Press Release – San Francisco, CA (August 16, 2017) – Impact Community Capital (ICC) announced today the appointment of two new additions to its senior management team: Michael Lohmeier, Chief Investment Officer and Matthew Berg, Senior Vice President & Counsel. Both Lohmeier and Berg will report to President and CEO Jeff Brenner, and will be key players in bolstering ICC’s expansive five-year impact investing growth strategy.

Established in 1998, ICC has provided nearly $1.5 billion in financing directed to benefit low-income families and communities. Projects include affordable multifamily housing, community healthcare facilities, childcare centers and other community facilities serving families and communities in 38 states plus the District of Columbia. ICC was founded by a consortium of insurance companies to facilitate investments in projects that specifically benefit low-income families and communities.

“I am excited to have two high-quality professionals with the investing expertise and commitment to impact investing that we have found in Mike and Matt,” said Brenner. “ICC is implementing a five-year strategic plan to deliver quality investments in scale to institutional investors seeking to add impact to their investment portfolios and we are excited to add Mike and Matt to the management team that will drive our success.”

Lohmeier has built an impressive track record in the impact investing space during his 20-year career. As Managing Director for Wespath Benefits and Investments, Lohmeier oversaw all aspects of the organization’s $21 billion investment portfolio of public equity, fixed income, real estate and positive social purpose (PSP) investments. He was instrumental in growing the PSP program, which was developed to promote affordable housing and community development for disadvantaged communities while delivering competitive returns, to over $2 billion during his tenure. Lohmeier will be responsible for developing and executing ICC’s investment strategy, including managing existing investor relationships, developing new investors and structuring new investment funds.

Berg brings to ICC a wealth of experience in finance and commercial real estate. As an Associate at Dechert LLP, Berg advised investment banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and insurance companies on nationwide commercial real estate acquisition and dispositions. ICC has been a leading innovator in securitizing affordable housing mortgages, and Berg’s experience at Dechert advising CMBS securitizations significantly expands ICC’s ability to deliver capital in scale to address the critical need for affordable housing and community investment in our country.

About Impact Community Capital LLC

The first word and last name in impact investing, Impact Community Capital LLC is a pioneer in the impact investing space. ICC is reshaping and refining investment opportunities for investors seeking to add impact to their portfolios. ICC was founded by leading insurers to promote socially responsible investments in underserved communities, making it an early leader in making investments that facilitate social change long before “Impact Investing” began its move to the mainstream. ICC pioneered pooling and securitization of community investment portfolios to direct large amounts of capital for affordable housing and used federal New Markets Tax Credits to invest in community childcare and healthcare facilities. It is owned by the following insurance companies: Allstate Insurance Company, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Pacific Life Insurance Company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, and 21st Century Insurance Company. For more information, call (415) 981-1074, or visit

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More Than 9 Million People Already Displaced Globally In 2017

Press Release – Wednesday, 16 August 2017 (Geneva): Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Of the 9 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): 997,000; Iraq: 922,000; Syria: 692,000; the Philippines: 466,000; Ethiopia: 213,000; Central African Republic (CAR): 206,000; South Sudan: 163,000; the Gambia: 162,000; Afghanistan: 159,000; Nigeria: 142,000; Yemen: 112,000; and Somalia: 70,000.

The deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in almost a million (997,000) new displacements in the first half of the year. The total figure of those displaced by conflict in the country now stands at 3.7 million, which is an increase of around two million new displacements on June 2016, and remains the highest in Africa. The conflict has spread to new areas and eight of the country’s 26 provinces are now affected by violence.

Iraq follows closely with 922,000 new displacements, mainly due to the waves of offensives on Mosul. Extensive damage to the city means that those displaced are unlikely to be able to return in the near future. In Kirkuk governorate, which is still under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), clashes in the Hawiia district resulted approximately 37,000 displacements.

692,000 new displacements also took place in Syria, where over the first six months of the year, fighting between government and non-government forces intensified in several governorates, including the offensive on Raqqa City, triggering large waves of displacement.

In the Philippines, 466,000 new displacements were reported in connection with ongoing tensions and armed conflict on Mindanao Island, concentrated mainly in and around Marawi city. More than 350,000 people are estimated to be displaced in the city and surrounding region.

There are also deepening concerns about other African countries, with high figures being recorded in CAR where violence has escalated since September 2016 because of clashes between the country’s various armed groups. Unrest in Ethiopia is also on the rise, with armed groups trying to take down the government, and violence now tripling in size since the last big period of unrest in 1997. With over 213,000 new displacements in the first half of 2017, the total number of people internally displaced by conflict in Ethiopia has now risen to more than 588,000.

Disaster displacement continues at an unabated pace too: already more than half the number of relevant disaster events were reported by end-June 2017 as compared to the total of 2016, but only around a fifth of new displacements were recorded: 4.5 million new displacements across 350 events. While comparably low, however, these numbers are equally concerning as sudden-onset seasonal storms and floods in South and South East Asia as well as the hurricane season in the Americas are still to come and numbers can be expected to rise exponentially, like in previous years.

The disasters triggering the highest numbers of new internal displacements were: floods in the southern provinces, China, in June: 858,000; tropical cyclone Mora, across Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, in May and June: 851,000; Visayas and Mindanao floods, in the Philippines, between January to March: 381,000; rainy season, in Peru, between January to June: 293,000; tropical cyclone Enawo, in Madagascar, in March: 246,000; Oroville Dam flood, in the US:, in February: 188,000; Maguindanao floods, in the Philippines, in May: 182,000; tropical cyclone Dineo, in Mozambique and Botswana, in February: 147,000; typhoon Merbok (known locally as Bai Miao), in China, in June: 117,000; and Monsoon floods, in Sri Lanka, between May to June: 104,000.

The two largest events of displacement by flooding in China and by Cyclone Mora in Bangladesh, Myanmar and India are stark reminders of the fact that the concentration of populations in flood plains and on hazard prone coastlines combined with high levels of vulnerability result in large numbers of new displacements – and will continue to do so in the face of climate change.

Large-scale new displacements in the Philippines, Peru and Sri Lanka also took place in the context of seasonal flooding. “This shows us that seasonal, to be expected, weather patterns still result in large numbers of new displacements year after year, clearly illustrating that we are not investing enough in reducing vulnerability and exposure. While preparedness, early warning and evacuation systems may have improved over the years, the overall risk of being forced out of your home and becoming displaced in these countries has not been reduced.” says Bina Desai, Head of Policy and Research at IDMC.

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Trucost Launches Global Carbon Pricing Tool

New tool helps companies understand the risks and opportunities of increasing carbon regulation in different countries

Press Release – LONDON, AUGUST 15, 2017: Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, has launched the Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool for companies, to help them to assess exposure to evolving regional carbon pricing mechanisms. The insights are designed to help companies better understand the potential business case for greener products and business models, for example to prioritize regional investment in green technology, resource efficiency or different product strategies.

The tool combines a company’s greenhouse gas emissions and financial performance data with Trucost’s regional carbon pricing information to provide insights on carbon pricing risks out to 2030. Trucost has curated a global database of current carbon regulations, emissions trading schemes, fuel and other taxes, and potential future carbon pricing scenarios designed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2°C or less.

The tool models the progressive closure of the spread between carbon prices today and in the future, considering science-based scenarios and climate change commitments. It also comes preloaded with available competitor data, allowing companies to benchmark and compare financial risk exposures.

Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, said: “Companies are trying to make sense of the pace at which legislators in different countries, states and cities are implementing carbon regulations. Because these regulations could drive up the cost of fossil-fuel-based energy and carbon-intensive raw materials, increasing operating costs and reducing profit margins, companies need robust data and analytics to help inform financial decisions over investments in energy efficiency, low-carbon innovation and renewable energy. Trucost’s Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool provides a solution for companies that want to get ahead of carbon regulation and continue to grow their businesses.”

For more information about Trucost’s Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool, please visit


Trucost is part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. A leader in carbon and environmental data and risk analysis, Trucost assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader environmental, social, and governance factors. Companies and financial institutions use Trucost intelligence to understand their ESG exposure to these factors, inform resilience and identify transformative solutions for a more sustainable global economy. S&P Global’s commitment to environmental analysis and product innovation allows us to deliver essential ESG investment-related information to the global marketplace. For more information, visit


S&P Dow Jones Indices is the largest global resource for essential index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based on our indices than products based on indices from any other provider in the world. Since Charles Dow invented the first index in 1884, S&P DJI has become home to over 1,000,000 indices across the spectrum of asset classes that have helped define the way investors measure and trade the markets.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies, and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

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James Risen To Join First Look Media And The Intercept

Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Named Director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund and The Intercept’s National Security Columnist

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY – August 14, 2017 – James Risen, the award-winning journalist and best-selling author, is joining First Look Media to play a unique dual leadership role. He will help defend threatened journalists and whistleblowers while also continuing to investigate and write about national security and other national and international issues for First Look’s investigative news organization, The Intercept.

Risen has been named the Director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, which supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Risen will also join The Intercept as Senior National Security Correspondent. Risen will write a reported column on national security and other national issues, as well as help lead investigative reporting projects at The Intercept.

Risen recently left the New York Times after nearly 20 years reporting on the most critical national security issues of our time, including the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq and the proliferation of abuses, such as unwarranted government surveillance and torture, in the guise of the global the war on terror. Risen won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and he was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for coverage of the September 11th attacks and terrorism.

Risen also waged a seven-year battle against the government, risking jail after first the Bush Administration and later the Obama Administration sought to force him to testify and reveal his confidential sources in a leak investigation. Risen never gave in, and the government finally backed down.

“There is no journalist better equipped to cover the national security scandals and abuses of the Trump era than Jim Risen,” said Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed. “In addition to his role spearheading our investigative national security coverage from Washington, Jim will write regular columns for The Intercept confronting, among other topics, the secretive machinations of the national security state and its lethal consequences at home and abroad. We’re honored and thrilled to have the country’s leading national security journalist bring his vast experience and vision to our team at this critical time.”

As director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, a newly created role, Risen will help lead the organization as it seeks to provide assistance to journalists who face legal threats from the United States government or foreign governments for their work, as well as for whistleblowers who face legal threats when they are accused of talking to reporters. Recently, the Press Freedom Defense Fund announced its support for the legal defense of Reality Winner, accused of leaking a top-secret NSA document on Russian election hacking to The Intercept.

“I am incredibly excited by this amazing and unique opportunity to combine my journalism with efforts to defend press freedom,” said Risen. “I am honored to help lead the fund as both America and the world face unprecedented threats to freedom of the press, while also writing and reporting and helping Betsy Reed and her incredible team continue to turn The Intercept into one of the most important investigative reporting outlets in the nation.”

“We’re honored to have such a staunch press-freedom advocate serve as the guiding voice of our Press Freedom Defense Fund,” said Michael Bloom, President of First Look Media. “Jim is not only a respected journalist who was prepared to sacrifice his own freedom to protect a source, but a very real example of how the press can challenge those in power who misuse laws to fulfill a political agenda.”

Risen is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in history. He also received a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He began his career as a reporter at The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, and later worked at The Miami Herald, The Detroit Free Press and The Los Angeles Times. He joined The New York Times in 1998, where he worked until earlier this summer. He is the author of four books: Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War; The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB; State of War, The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration; and Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War.

He will continue to be based in Washington, D.C., and will begin in September.

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The Great Americans Shoot 2017 Aims for another Record-Breaking Event for Special Forces Charitable Trust and Other Military Nonprofits

Three American Military Heroes Join Patriotic Americans Outside of Los Angeles for Skilled Sporting Clays Shoot and Other Competitions as a Salute to Our American Warriors

Press Release – NEWHALL, CA – The Fourth Annual The Great Americans Shoot will take place at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall, CA from September 29th through October 1st, 2017.

Once again, the event organizers and participants are aiming to surpass the previous Great Americans Shoot’s fundraising record, making this year’s event the largest fundraising clay shoot in history. This philanthropic sporting clay shoot benefits the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) ( and multiple other military nonprofits that provide support to active duty Service Members, Veterans, and their Families. Nearly $4 million has been raised for charity since the Shoot’s inception in 2014.

Half of the proceeds from this one-of-a-kind event will go to SFCT to support its mission to provide meaningful and sustainable support, through programs and services, to the United States Army Special Forces, past and present, and their Families. The other half of the proceeds will be given to the designated charities of the top five fundraising teams. The event is comprised of 20 five-person shooting teams that have each committed to raising $50,000.00. Each team also includes a “6th Man” from within the Special Operations Community, who will join the shooting competition as an honorary team member. In addition to the main event, there will be a 3-Gun Competition where lucky civilians will be able to support military charities of their choice and compete with teams of two “professionals” from the Special Operations Community.

The Great Americans Shoot 2017 ( is co-chaired by three American military heroes: former Special Forces Nate Boyer, retired Navy SEAL George Severence, and retired Marine Reconnaissance Master Gunnery Sergeant John Croft. Each of these inspirational men expresses a deep appreciation to all participants and donors, who show incredible patriotism for our great country.

“You are the reason we are so brave,” says Boyer, who has had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan during his 10 years with United States Army Special Forces. “We know that people like you have our backs while we are downrange, and that our families will be taken care of while we are deployed.”

This is exactly what these American citizens aim to do through this event; they fundraise to support these Soldiers and their Families as they sacrifice to protect the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

Severence, who served on the front lines in the War on Terror, explains:

“This is not like World War II, when just about every American family was directly touched by the conflict. To all potential donors, many of whom have no direct relationship with the military, I say thank you for understanding what our families face.”

As conflict in the world increases, deployments have become significantly more frequent; yet, many Americans have been fortunate enough not to have had their lives directly impacted by this global change: this is because of the strength, sense of duty, and sacrifices of the United States military and their Families. As Americans, it is our duty and our privilege to support them, though they do not ask for anything.

Croft, who spent 20 of his 27 years in the United States Marine Corps in Marine Reconnaissance, elaborates:

“We are trained to do our job and to be self-sufficient. If there is an issue at home, we are not the types to go looking for assistance. Organizations like the Special Forces Charitable Trust and other military nonprofits provide critical resources in a quiet and respectful way, and we are extremely grateful to them and their donors.”

“The Great Americans Shoot continues to grow each year, raising money and awareness for these deserving military nonprofits,” said David T. Guernsey Jr., Executive Director of the Special Forces Charitable Trust. “We are proud to have great co-chairs like Nate, George and John this year, and we anticipate a record turnout. It’s a wonderfully patriotic and meaningful way for people to say “thank you” to our military warriors and their families.”

To participate in or to support the Great Americans Shoot 2017, please contact SFCT at 860-767-1510 or donate via the SFCT website:

About Special Forces Charitable Trust:

The mission of Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) is simple but direct. Special Forces Charitable Trust provides meaningful and sustainable support, through programs and services, to the Special Forces Community, past and present, and their Families. SFCT is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please call 860-767-1510, email or


Michigan Ross and Detroit Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Create Social and Economic Value for Food Ventures

U-M Business Students and Local Food Entrepreneurs will spend one week developing business ideas, culminating with a Detroit-centric showcase

Press Release – Ann Arbor, Mich. – August 14, 2017 — The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today the 2017 Impact Challenge. Organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, the Impact Challenge is one of the most immersive and collaborative programs of its kind among top business schools. More than 400 first-year Full-Time MBA students will embark on a journey involving complex problem-solving, innovative business development and true social impact.

They will spend the next four days working with 15 Detroit-based food entrepreneurs to co-create business solutions and provide insights for their ventures. Michigan Ross is once again partnering with FoodLab Detroit, a local incubator for food entrepreneurs and initiatives, and FoodPlus Detroit, a local organization promoting a more sustainable metropolitan food system. The challenge is an opportunity for students to lead, collaborate and create viable, impactful solutions and deliverables in a high-pressure situation. Participating entrepreneurs include Nathan Hannon of Pizza Plex, Lateisha Dowell of Flaky Bakes, Meiko Krishok of Guerilla Food, Melissa Heath of Radical Plants, and Viana Rickett and LaMont Mitchell of SOULO Culinary Ambition.

“Ambiguity, complexity and intensity are key focus areas in the Impact Challenge. Every student will play a different role associated with a quadrant of the Michigan Model of Leadership,” said Jeff Domagala, Associate Director at the Sanger Leadership Center. “The most successful teams from this year’s challenge will be the ones that have best demonstrated working together and mastered leading without formal authority. Communication will be a key ingredient to the students’ success.”

The program will conclude with the Impact Challenge Showcase on Thursday, August 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Ross School of Business. The Detroit-themed event will include a presentation of the students’ work, free food provided by Slows Bar BQ and others, live music, educational stations about sustainability and food production in Detroit and more. Attendees will also be able to vote for the best student ideas. The event is free and open to the public.

“Learning to collaborate on the design of a business model may be the most important lesson for creating advantages that FoodLab members’ businesses need to transform their ideas into a profitable reality,” said Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit. “By applying an action-oriented approach, FoodLab and the University of Michigan are inspiring a new generation of Michigan Ross students and Detroit-based food entrepreneurs on how businesses do strategy and innovation.”

Sponsors for the 2017 Impact Challenge include General Motors and PNC Bank. This is the seventh year of Impact Challenge, but Michigan Ross has held service projects in Detroit as part of new students’ orientation, for more than 20 years. Last year, the Challenge included a Shark Tank-style pitch competition, where students presented business solutions related to healthy food consumption. Previous challenges include a crowdfunding campaign that supported the launch of the Brightmoor Maker Space, students creating business solutions to address social issues in Detroit, a back-to-school fair helping more than 3,000 Detroit students and parents prepare for the new school year, and raising more than $65,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The Challenge is a leadership launching point for every student who takes the time to reflect on what they learned about themselves and any insights they gained by working with others,” said Domagala.

Follow all of the Impact Challenge action on Snapchat (search “Michigan Ross”), as well as Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #RossImpact. To RSVP for the Impact Challenge Showcase, click here and to learn more about the Impact Challenge, visit

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

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The Television Academy Foundation Leads The Way In Diversity

Female Representation at 73% and 45% Students of Color

Selected for 2017 Summer Internship Program

Gender Equality and Diversity are Priorities for Television Academy’s Philanthropic Arm

Press Release – The Emmy race is in full swing, but the Television Academy Foundation has already selected 52 college students to participate in its 2017 Summer Internship Program.

Fundamental to the Foundation’s goals are identifying, educating and empowering an inclusive and diverse group of future television leaders—and it delivered tangible results. Of the total number of students participating in this year’s Summer Internship Program 73% are female and 45% are nonwhite.

The Foundation provides 52 internships in over 30 entertainment professions to college students nationwide. Categories available to students range from scriptwriting to directing, editing to digital entertainment, animation to news, and much more.

The program gives both undergraduate and graduate students in-depth and hands-on experience in professional television production during an eight-week, paid summer internship in Los Angeles, CA. It also provides valuable access to industry networking and employment opportunities.

Finalists were chosen by Television Academy members prior to interviewing for internship placement with host companies, which include DreamWorks Animation, ShondaLand, Nickelodeon, Bunim-Murray Productions, and Disney/ABC.

This year’s interns participated in the Foundation’s annual “Intern Professional Development Day” on July 19, at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. The event featured discussions with Kevin Wandell, vice president of development for FX, several Television Academy Foundation intern alumni; two-time Emmy-nominee producer Robert Del Valle; and Celeste Gehring, former vice president of operations and field production for FOX.

The Summer Internship Program culminates with the Foundation’s annual “Summer Networking Soiree” on August 3, where this year’s intern class will come together to network with members of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation board of directors, and Foundation alumni.

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as the The Interviews: An Oral History Project of the Television Academy Foundation, College Television Awards and Student Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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YWCA: We Will Not Normalize Racism

Press Release – On Friday night, Charlottesville, Va. erupted as white supremacists carrying torches descended on the University of Virginia campus and marched to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee monument. Violent protests continued today. In response, YWCA USA, YWCA of Central Virginia, and YWCA Richmond have made the following comments:


“We are outraged, yet not surprised, by last night’s white supremacist march in Charlottesville. Every American, especially white Americans, must keep our country’s ongoing legacy of racism at the front of our minds. Images of torch-bearing white supremacists may feel to some like a relic from the past being brought to life by a few extremists. However, we must trust Black women and other people of color when they say that these displays are indicative of daily racial injustices and threats that communities of color continue to face in the United States. What happened last night and today in continuing violent protests is an unacceptable display of hate and white supremacy that has no place in our communities. YWCA USA will not tolerate or normalize racism in any of its insidious forms.”


“The display we saw last night was a show of hatred that has no place in the state of Virginia or any community in our nation. We at YWCA of Central Virginia will continue to stand against racism and stand up for justice. Together with over 200 YWCAs across the United States, we work daily to eliminate racism.”


“White nationalism is antithetical to our values at YWCA Richmond — and, more than that, it’s just plain wrong. Last night and today’s marches are indicative of the larger issue of racism that we must address at every level. It takes each of us to root out hatred and injustice in our communities to create a more equitable Virginia and a safer United States.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more:

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Utah County Search and Rescue to Receive $10,000 Donation from Insure Pro Powered by Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award

Volunteers Received Community Support on Social Media to Increase Total Donation to Assist in Additional Rescue Missions

Utah County Search and Rescue was awarded a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro through the 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award program. (L to R)- Brandon Scott, Insure Pro and Utah County Search and Rescue; Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance and Torry Wilcox, Insure Pro.

Press Release – DRAPER, Utah (August 8, 2017) — Utah County Search and Rescue will receive a $10,000 donation from Insure Pro in celebration of the agency earning a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The donation will assist the rescue group in their mission to provide effective rescue services throughout the county at no cost.

Insure Pro originally received $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue through a submission process, and this year, Safeco offered agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, an independent agent for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue had a story about positive community change featured on Together, they were able to raise an additional $5,000 by their story being shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at least 50 times.

“We appreciate the community support to raise the additional funds and we are honored to be able to provide Utah County Search and Rescue with an even larger donation,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards recognize agents who are committed to making a difference in their local communities, and we want to encourage them and citizens in their area to directly support local charities.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards focus on non-profits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Insure Pro was originally selected for a Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Utah County Search and Rescue, which is composed of more than 50 volunteers serving communities across the county.

With the donation, the rescue team will be able to purchase essential rescue gear ranging from basic boots and gloves to more expensive tools necessary to perform rope rescue missions. The $10,000 is especially meaningful to the team because the organization runs almost exclusively on the contributions of volunteers and their supporters.

Throughout 2017, Safeco will select a total of 23 independent agents for the awards and donate up to $230,000 to the charitable organizations they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

Read their full story and more about the awards program at

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.

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