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Himalayan Cataract Project Semi-Finalist for $100 Million Grant

Second Suns tells the true story of the people and history behind the Himalayan Cataract Project – Publisher donates a portion of the proceeds for every copy sold

Press Release – New York (Feb 24, 2017)Second Suns by David Oliver Relin tells the story of the invention of a remarkable surgery that cures blindness and of those working to make it available to the world’s neediest through the charitable work of the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP), a nonprofit that was just named one of eight semi-finalists in 100&Change, a global competition for a single $100 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Second Suns is the story of two doctors, Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit, who came together to develop a pioneering, 10-minute surgery to treat cataracts—an entirely curable disease and a leading cause of avoidable blindness, afflicting more than 18 million people worldwide—for less than $25 per person. The Experiment has published this remarkable story in paperback for the first time, and, moreover, is donating a portion of the proceeds from every book sold to HCP.

“Reading Second Suns, it’s impossible not to feel that the work of Drs. Ruit and Tabin is among the most important work being done by anyone, anywhere on our planet,” says Matthew Lore, publisher of The Experiment. “Seeing that this new edition gets into the hands of readers everywhere is one way we as the publisher are helping to support the HCP’s far-reaching initiatives to eradicate preventable blindness. But we wanted to do more, hence our deciding to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each copy. We are thrilled that The MacArthur Foundation has also recognized the importance of HCP’s work by naming them as a semifinalist for this historic grant.”

The Himalayan Cataract Project has worked since 1995 to develop sustainable solutions for needless blindness throughout Asia and Africa. The organization first developed its systems in Nepal, where the prevalence of blindness has fallen by two-thirds since the early 1990s.

“The 100&Change grant could enable the Himalayan Cataract Project to reach the tipping point to eliminate needless blindness on a global scale,” says Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, the Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, and protagonist in Second Suns.

In June 2016, the MacArthur Foundation launched the 100&Change competition, offering a $100 million grant to fund a single project that makes measurable progress towards solving a significant global problem. The winner will be announced later this year.

Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time is available for sale at all retailers and at www.theexperimentpublishing.com

Fatima Goss Graves Appointed Next CEO and President of the National Women’s Law Center

Co-Presidents Greenberger and Campbell Stepping Down in July

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2017) — The Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center, a preeminent advocate for advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls, said today that it has named Fatima Goss Graves, NWLC Senior Vice President for Program, as the organization’s next CEO and President. She will succeed NWLC’s founders and Co-Presidents Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, whose extraordinary vision and leadership have been at the heart of the organization’s work to improve the lives of women and girls for over four decades. Campbell and Greenberger will step down on July 1, 2017.

“Under Marcia and Duffy’s leadership, the Center has made groundbreaking contributions to nearly every major advancement for women and girls since the organization’s inception in 1972,” said Board Chair Jane Sherburne. “Looking to the future, the Center is committed to building on their legacy, eliminating barriers and expanding possibilities for women and girls in a dynamic and changing world. Fatima has the skills and experience to do just that, pairing her law and policy expertise with the savvy to engage the organization’s nearly one million supporters and expand its connections with a newly energized public.”

“The Center has played a pivotal role in the women’s movement and I am honored to be its next leader, following in the footsteps of Duffy and Marcia, who have been extraordinary trail blazers and mentors to so many in the movement,” said Goss Graves. “We are living in a transformational moment, with potentially lasting consequences in the fight for equality, fairness and democratic principles. Women and girls are facing unprecedented assaults on their rights and economic security. To meet these challenges, our work must be inclusive, with a particular focus on the experiences and interconnected threats facing LGBTQ people, women of color, immigrant women, and low-income families. I am inspired to work on their behalf and honored to be part of NWLC’s exceptional team of more than 60 individuals who are ready for the battles ahead. Together, we will translate the incredible energy and activism of this pivotal moment in our nation’s history into lasting change.”

Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. Goss Graves received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001 and is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels. She began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Mayer Brown after clerking for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Campbell and Greenberger informed the NWLC Board of Directors last summer of their plan to step down. The Board retained the executive search firm Russell Reynolds to assist in a rigorous search for the Center’s next leader. The Board unanimously approved Goss Graves as the best candidate to lead the Center and believes that her qualifications, experience, and deep familiarity with the Center and its capacity will ensure a seamless leadership transition during a critical moment in the national experience.

“I am enormously proud of all this organization has accomplished in its 45 years,” said Greenberger. “But as the last weeks have demonstrated, the need for the Center is even more urgent than ever. Fatima is ready for these times and, under her leadership, the Center is well-positioned to combine its advocacy with a newly activated public and its legal and policy expertise to effectively advocate for women and girls – in legislatures, administrative agencies, the judiciary, as well as the court of public opinion. I am thrilled with the Board’s selection of Fatima and excited about the Center’s future.”

“The Center’s strength has always been its ability to strategically apply depth, knowledge, and know-how to push the fight for equality forward,” said Campbell. “Fatima is deeply passionate about the Center’s work and the lives of the women the Center helps. She has proven her effectiveness as a brilliant lawyer, an effective advocate, a visionary leader, and an inspiring role model. She is the right leader for these challenging times.”

“The nation owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Marcia and Duffy, who were among the ‘founding mothers’ of the women’s movement,” said Sherburne. “Under their leadership, the Center has won critical legal protections necessary to help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in their communities. Their contribution to the nation is both profound and extensive. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and legacy of leadership at the Center’s 45th anniversary gala this October.”

The Love Project Launches A Social Movement Based On Love

Press Release – February 23, 2017 (New York, NY) – The Love Project, a new social activation campaign whose mission is to address the need for love in the world, and to amplify and inspire love, was unveiled today. With its untapped potential to unite, the campaign is based on the view that love is the foundation for a happier, more beautiful world.

The Love Project is an extension of Revlon’s Love is On campaign, which launched in 2014, and reflects the brand’s belief in the power of love and the diversity of beauty. ‎

This is the beginning of a social movement campaign that will continue through upcoming collaborations and calls-to-action to spread more love in the world. The campaign previews with a 30 second video, featuring “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, posted exclusively on the singer’s social channels. This video will be followed by a commercial spot directed by Brett Ratner and starring Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams and Ellen DeGeneres, that will air during The 89th Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday, February 26th. The commercial will initiate a call-to-action to help spread more love in the world, inviting anyone who is inspired by love to visit theloveproject2017.com and create custom, shareable content that symbolizes what love means to them with the hashtag #Lovein3Words.

Visitors will also be invited to support Born This Way Foundation, From One Hand to AnOTHER, The Trevor Project and/or the Women’s Heart Alliance (the “WHA”), all founding not-for-profit partners of The Love Project.

“The Love Project is the beginning of a social movement which aims to inspire more love, acceptance and caring in the world,” said Carlos Barreto, Revlon Senior Vice President Marketing. “At the heart of this campaign is the belief that all people are beautiful and that love can create a better world.”

Revlon has committed one million dollars in combined charitable contributions to the following founding not-for-profit partners; WHA, which is dedicated to women’s heart health, to Born This Way Foundation, which is committed to building to a kinder and braver world by empowering young people, From One Hand to AnOther, which aims to provide at risk kids with educational tools and resources, and to the Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

In addition, to amplify the #LoveIn3Words message, Revlon has teamed with Amazon as the first-ever beauty company to do a shipping box takeover. Select Amazon fulfillment centers are shipping customer orders in Revlon-branded boxes featuring the #LoveIn3Words call-to-action for a limited time.

Consumers can join the Love Project movement by visiting theloveproject2017.com to create their custom #Lovein3Words to post on their social channels, make a donation or inspire others to join in and help spread the love. As the campaign unfolds, consumers will learn more ways in which they can choose love and inspire others to do the same.

About Revlon:

Revlon is a global cosmetics company regarded as an industry innovator and color expert. Revlon’s LOVE IS ON brand mission and CHOOSE LOVE campaign help empower and inspire women around the world to be proactive in choosing and celebrating love. Founded in 1932 with revolutionary opaque nail enamel, Revlon today offers consumers in 130 countries and territories a range of superior mass market color cosmetics for the face, eye and its heritage lip and nail. The Revlon portfolio includes Revlon ColorStay™, Revlon PhotoReady™, Super Lustrous™ and Ultra HD™.

About Born This Way Foundation:

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline. Learn more at: https://bornthisway.foundation

About From One Hand to AnOTHER

From One Hand To AnOTHER Inc. (FOHTA), is a 501C3 Not for Profit Organization that was established by Pharrell Williams in 2008 in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. FOHTA began its community outreach with a school supply giveaway, and over the last 9 years it has grown into a six-week summer camp program that reaches over 1,000 predominately at-risk and low-income students in grades two through eight. Our mission is “To change the world one kid at a time by providing them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential.” – Pharrell

FOHTA’s vision is to expand educational opportunities to empower our participants through fun, project- based learning; while inspiring curiosity and increasing their enthusiasm for learning. For more information, please visit FOHTA.org.

About The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25, and provides a wealth of educational resources for youth-serving adults. For more information please visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

About The Women’s Heart Alliance:

The Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It’s a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center—and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. Learn more at www.womensheartalliance.org, and on Facebook @Womens Heart Alliance, Twitter @WHA and Instagram @womensheartalliance.

FPWA Appoints Emily Miles To Chief Program And Policy Officer

Miles to Work with Stakeholders in the Community and Human Services Sector Efforts to Increase Upward Mobility for New Yorkers

Press Release – Thursday, February 23, 2017 (New York, NY) – Non-profit sector leader Emily Miles has been appointed Chief Program and Policy Officer at FPWA, one of New York’s leading non-profit organizations aimed at alleviating poverty and advancing upward mobility. As Chief Program and Policy Officer, Miles will lead the development, implementation and evaluation of all policy, advocacy and programmatic activity working with multiple stakeholders in the community and human services sector. Miles will provide strategic programmatic leadership to ensure FPWA’s policy agenda, programs and related initiatives align with the agency’s mission to benefit New Yorkers in need and member agencies that serve them.

According to Jennifer Jones Austin, the CEO and Executive Director of FPWA: “We are thrilled to be able to draw from within our ranks to promote an exceptional talent. Emily brings a wealth of policy experience to this position after having successfully led several campaigns and initiatives that continue to drive FPWA forward to ensure the promise of opportunity can be realized.”

“I am excited to be taking on this new role at a critical time for our city and country,” said Miles. “I look forward to continuing to strengthen and advance FPWA’s work to promote opportunities for upward mobility to all New Yorkers in partnership with the FPWA team, our member agencies, and our allies across the state.”

Miles’ leadership at FPWA has evolved over a period of four years where prior to her promotion, she was the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, and oversaw the development and implementation of FPWA’s policy agenda. In this position, Miles played a lead role in the development of several campaigns and initiatives focused on increasing economic equity across New York City and State, including the launch of #15andFunding and Restore Opportunity Now campaigns aimed at increasing wages and funding for the human services sector, as well as playing a lead role in releasing a joint study with UJA Federation of New York and Catholic Charities focusing on the expansion and implementation of key anti-poverty policies. In 2015, Miles was honored to be named a Next Generation Leader by the Human Services Council and a Top 40 Under 40 Rising Star by New York Nonprofit Media.

Prior to joining FPWA, Miles worked in the Obama Administration in the Office of the Vice President and in the U.S. Department of Education, managing gender-based violence initiatives; coordinating federal inter-agency workgroup activities targeted at reducing violence against women and girls; and organizing broad-based support for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Miles also brings to FPWA a strong background in education, having started her career as a public middle school teacher, working in both Georgia and Maine as a teacher and gifted and talented program coordinator.

About FPWA

FPWA is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of nearly 180 human-service and faith-based organizations. FPWA has been a prominent force in New York City’s social services system for more than 95 years, advocating for fair public policies, collaborating with partner agencies, and growing its community-based membership network to meet the needs of New Yorkers. Each year, FPWA helps close to 1.5 million New Yorkers move up the economic ladder. Visit us at www.fpwa.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Miracle Flights Rings in the New Year with Record Flight Count

588 Flights Coordinated in January 2017 for Kids in Need of Distant Medical Care

Press Release – LAS VEGAS, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s leading medical flight charity, Miracle Flights, welcomed the New Year with 588 life-saving flights during January 2017. This marks the highest January flight count in the charity’s three-decade history—A New Year’s resolution worth celebrating!

The nonprofit transports patients from all over the U.S, as well as all over the globe. In January 2017 alone, Miracle Flights serviced patients from 31 states and 8 countries, including Peru, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Highlights include 68 flights from California, 39 from Florida and 34 from Texas.

To-date, the charity has celebrated 106,058 flights and covered over 59 million miles. Miracle Flights has helped patients with rare and life-threatening medical conditions gain access to distant medical care for over 30 yrs. Plane tickets are provided at no cost to the families and as many times as necessary.

Mark E. Brown, CEO of Miracle Flights, said, “The New Year is about new beginnings. Whether it’s a patient’s 1st or 100th flight, Miracle Flights gives families hope for a healthier future. This year our New Year’s resolution is to help even more families, so if you know anyone in need of medical care far from home, please refer them to us.”

About Miracle Flights

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 100,000 flights and counting. For more information about Miracle Flights, to request flight assistance, or to make a donation, call 800-359-1711 or visit miracleflights.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Announcing Domino for Good

Press Release – Today we’re formally announcing Domino for Good, our program to help students and nonprofits use Domino for their data science work. For nonprofits, we’re providing the software either at no charge, or substantially discounted. For students, we’re providing the software and compute resources for free.

We’re doing this for several reasons. We’re helping nonprofits because we see the good work that many organizations are doing to make the world a better place, and we want to be a part of that. Thorn is using data science to protect children, the Audubon Society to protect the environment. Data for Democracy is creating opportunities for people to get involved with using data to serve the public good. These organizations benefit from a data science platform, and we all benefit from the work they are doing.

For students, we recognized that people trying to learn data science are often slowed down by things that don’t relate to their course work. This might be an underpowered computer, needing access to GPUs, or spending time managing environments and packages. We’ve talked to enough educators to know that these are real pain points. The world needs more data scientists, and education is already expensive enough.

It’s worth noting that this program represents a real investment from Domino. While the software is free, we are paying for the compute resources that underlie this program, including a large number of servers. We also provide product training and support.

We believe this effort is worth our money and our time because we have been able to benefit from the data science community in so many ways. People volunteer to speak at our pop-ups and write blog posts for us. More generally, the open source community has created fantastic tools like Jupyter notebooks and scikit learn. These tools make our product more useful to our customers.

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

Press Release – FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – (February 21, 2017) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 5 school age children is obese, which is a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, the CDC refers to childhood obesity today as a serious problem. It’s one that many parents are not sure how to take on and beat. The good news is that although babies may not be born with a handbook on how to care for them, one doctor who is on a mission to combat childhood obesity has written a book on how to feed children so they are healthy and happy.

“As a pediatrician, I see that childhood obesity is a serious situation that we are dealing with as a nation. The effects of our over-reliance on processed food extends beyond the growth curve. So many children are who normal weight still exhibit symptoms that stem from their diet” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Dr. Yum Project. “Parents need a good road map to introduce a lifelong love of healthy food, or children are more likely to have many health problems when they become adults. Prioritizing healthy food as a family can be a good first step”

In addition to founding The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization that has been helping to curb the childhood obesity problem since 2011, Dr. Fernando also co-authored the book “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating” (The Experiment, October 2015). Dr. Fernando co-authored the book with Melanie Potock, a pediatric feeding expert. The book has become a popular tool among parents who are searching for simple ways to help their children learn to embrace healthy eating. The book features such helpful information as:

Advice and tips tailored to every stage from newborn through school-age
How to combat picky eating and raise an adventurous eater
Real-life stories of parents and kids they have helped
Wisdom from cultures across the globe on how to feed kids
Helpful insights on the sensory system, difficult mealtime behaviors, and everything from baby-led weaning to sippy cups
And seven “passport stamps” for good parenting: joyful, compassionate, brave, patient, consistent, proactive, and mindful.
Parents gain in-depth knowledge about parenting the whole child, understanding the sensory system, healthy feeding at every stage of development, navigating the school cafeteria, food allergies, and more.

“The childhood obesity problem is one that parents can win,” added Dr. Fernando. “We are just so bombarded with quick food options, like prepackaged lunches and pureed squeeze packs that we have lost our way. My mission is to try to help people find their way back to feeding their kids a healthy diet that is filled with fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, and to help kids be happy about eating them.”

In addition to the book on feeding kids a healthy diet, Dr. Fernando (otherwise known as Dr. Yum), and the team at The Doctor Yum Project the nonprofit she founded, created a free online tool, called Meal Maker Machine. The “Machine” helps parents create healthy meals using the ingredients they already have on hand in their pantry. They simply input the ingredients they have and the system will create a customized healthy recipe for them within seconds.

Dr. Fernando’s pediatric office is unique, offering an instructional kitchen area, where The Doctor Yum Project offers classes for kids and healthy food classes for parents. People attend the classes to get hands on experiences in preparing a variety of plant-based foods, as well as to learn more about gardening in her teaching garden. She also offers a preschool nutrition program, with numerous preschools in the area participating in it.

“Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating” is available online. To learn more about The Doctor Yum Project or Dr. Fernando, visit the site at: www.doctoryum.org.

About The Doctor Yum Project

Founded by Dr. Nimali Fernando, The Doctor Yum Project is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life. They offer a variety of community programs to help with those efforts. They are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and feature an instructional kitchen and teaching garden for holding classes. To learn more, visit the site at: www.doctoryum.org.

Lifehouse Announces Details for 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries Gala, April 22

Rock Legend Huey Lewis to Host Fundraiser Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (February 20, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, has announced details for its 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries gala to be held on Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Rock legend, Huey Lewis, a long-time supporter of the organization and Honorary Chair of the event, will host this year’s gala that will feature culinary delights and fine wines from more than 50 of the Bay Area’s most renowned chefs and wineries.

“I am grateful for Huey’s continued commitment to Lifehouse and the Great Chefs and Wineries event. He has spent time developing friendships with the people we serve. He really has become part of the Lifehouse family. We are also thankful to the other cornerstones of our event, Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, the Culinary Host, Sid Sall, the Wine Committee Chair, and our event committee co-chairs, Eileen Kilgariff and Sharon Sides. Their dedication and loyalty is extraordinary,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO. “The support of our community, wineries, restaurants, sponsors, staff members and volunteers for this special celebration allows Lifehouse to continue providing the quality services that enable the people we serve to live as independently as possible.”

Lifehouse 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 communities in the North Bay and San Francisco and continues to grow.

The gala festivities will begin in an outdoor tent where guests will dine on small plates expertly prepared by chefs from 25 of the Bay Area’s best restaurants. Guests will enjoy the delectable bites accompanied by an impressive lineup of more than 25 elite wineries. The event will also include a silent and live auction offering alluring trips, wonderful gifts, extraordinary wines, a beautiful piece of jewelry for the raffle sponsored by Cresalia Jewelers, an intimate concert by the Atlantic City Boys and a highly-anticipated musical/dance performance starring individuals served by Lifehouse. Great Chefs and Wineries is Lifehouse’s major fundraising event of the year, with last year’s event raising over half a million dollars for the organization.

Chefs and restaurants returning this year’s Great Chefs and Wineries event include Chef Howard Ko, Plumpjack’s Balboa Café; Chef Matthew Curry, Boca Tavern; Chef Robert Price, Buckeye Roadhouse; Chefs Joanne Weir and Daniel Tellez, Copita Tequileria y Comida; Chef John Burkhard, Hog Island Oyster Company; Chef David Haydon, Il Davide; Chef Carlos Beltran, Il Fornaio; Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, Insalata’s; Chef Fabrice Marcon, Left Bank Brasserie; Chef Frank Villa, Marinitas; Chef Mario Pampin Gonzalez, The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap; Chef David Lugo, Perry’s Larkspur; Chef Josh Ludd, Piatti’s; Chef Bruce Hill, Picco; Chef Ben Balesteri, Poggio Trattoria; Chef Sean Saylor, Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar; Owner and Chef Yoshi Tome, Sushi Ran; Chef Michael Brady, Vin Antico; and Chef Debbie Coenen, WildFox Restaurant. We are thrilled to have new restaurants participating from San Francisco this year that include Chef Ryan O’Malley, EPIC Steak, and Chefs Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade, Waterbar; Chef Omar Huerta, Playa, from Mill Valley; Chefs Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis, Spoonbar, from Healdsburg; And lastly, from Cavallo Point, Sausalito, we are welcoming back Chef Justin Everett, Murray Circle.

Participating wineries returning this year include Benovia Winery, Duckhorn Wine Company, Dutton Goldfield, Estate 1856, Frank Family Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall Napa Valley, Hartford Family Winery, Keenan Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Linked Vineyards, Navarro Vineyards, Papapietro Perry Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Revana Family Vineyards, Schweiger Vineyards, Siduri Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Thirty-Seven Wines, Vine Cliff Winery, and Wilson Winery. We are so happy to have new wineries participating this year that include Alpha Omega Winery, Brooks Note Winery, Littorai Wines, Merry Edwards Winery, and Vine Cliff Winery.

Additionally, returning breweries, Moylan’s and Marin Brewing Company will be joined by Four Point Beer Company, providing guests with locally-brewed beers. Champagne will be poured by Roederer Estate. Martinis made with vodka and gin from Sonoma Brothers Distilling will also be available, as well as alternative beverages from Sonoma Syrup and espresso and cappuccino served by Equator Coffee & Teas.

Taste Kitchen and Table will provide scrumptious macaroons in the tent and a specially designed dessert for guests in the dining room.

Reservations for Great Chefs and Wineries are required. Tickets are $350 per person and table of 10 sponsorships start at $4,000. Tickets are available at www.greatchefsandwineries.org or by calling (415) 526-5300. All proceeds from the event benefit Lifehouse.

For more information about Lifehouse, please visit www.lifehouseagency.org.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has provided opportunity and independence to individuals with developmental disabilities through life-skills training, community integration, advocacy, referral and information. Lifehouse began as a parent-led effort in 1954 and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected agencies, improving the quality of life for its residents and clients by helping each person become as independent as possible. Services include supported living, independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, individual day support services, assessments, information and referrals, affordable housing advocacy, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists and in-home support for families. More information about Lifehouse is available at www.lifehouseagency.org.

Team Tassy Kicks off Third Annual “Run Across Haiti” Ultra-marathon for Families in Poverty

Runners tackle 230-mile, seven-day ultra-marathon across Haiti to raise $200,000 to end poverty

Press Release – PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — February 18, 2017 — Team Tassy (www.teamtassy.org) is a nonprofit that accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. Today, the organization has started its third annual “Run Across Haiti” ultra-marathon to raise $200,000 for its cause.

Run Across Haiti features twenty-one incredible participants, from a Haitian Olympic hopeful to a cancer survivor to seasoned, professional triathletes. They will complete the equivalent of eight marathons in seven days, either as solo runners or in relay teams of three. The run will begin in the north, in Cap Haitien , and end in the beautiful southern tip of Haiti, Jacmel. The island nation is known for steep changes in elevation, ranging from sea level to over 4,500 ft. Over the course of the run, the participants will climb two different mountain ranges and average a marathon a day. They will endure a variety of conditions on the roads running through heavy traffic, markets, villages, mountains, and deserts.

“We love the vibrancy of Haiti’s landscape, culture, and people, and this run captures the true spirit of this country,” said Vivien Luk, Executive Director of Team Tassy. “We want to show to the rest of the world that Haiti is not a place to be feared or pitied and to raise the necessary funds to create dignified jobs for the families we serve.”

Among the runners is 25-year-old Olympic hopeful Wesley Sainval, who was born in Haiti and immigrated to Connecticut as a teen. Wesley has trained for the NYC Marathon and as part of the 2016 Haitian Olympic team before an injury slowed him down.

“After learning about Team Tassy and their Run Across Haiti, I was beyond inspired to join the cause. It’s a dream come true to have this opportunity to help Haiti through my love of running,” said Sainval. “Team Tassy is making real, impactful changes working alongside families and helping them to become economically sustainable.”

What sets Team Tassy apart is its individualized, micro-targeted approach to tackling poverty, one family at a time. Its mission is simple, yet clearly defined and actionable: to end poverty in one community by placing two heads of households into good, dignified jobs. This means preparing individuals for jobs and supporting their access to basic needs, medical care, education and continued professional development.

“Our approach to solving poverty is very personal — you can’t simply throw money at the problem and expect it to heal on its own,” said Ian Rosenberger, Founder and Board President of Team Tassy. “We celebrate the potential inherent in each and every individual by standing beside him or her, working to remove barriers to success, and providing necessary resources towards independence.”

For more information on Team Tassy and content posted throughout the race, please visit www.teamtassy.org, @teamtassy or www.facebook.com/TeamTassy/.

About Team Tassy

Team Tassy accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. While their vision seeks to make a global impact, they are currently focusing their efforts in Menelas, a community in Port-au-Prince. What sets them apart is their individualized, micro-targeted approach to tackling poverty one family at a time. Team Tassy believes in the power of work with a goal of placing two heads of households into a dignified job so they and their families can pull themselves out of poverty forever. In 2015, they created the Run Across Haiti, a 230-mile ultra-marathon to show that Haiti is not a place to be feared or to be pitied, and this year, their goal is to raise $200,000 to help fund their work. This ultra-marathon runs from the northern tip to the southern end of Haiti, and has featured a variety of incredible participants, from a Haitian Olympic hopeful to cancer survivors to seasoned and professional triathletes.

FareStart and Amazon Cook-up New Foodservice Job Training Program

Amazon donating more than 25,000 square feet of retail space in heart of Seattle campus to support living wage career opportunities for people living in poverty

Press Release – SEATTLE (February 16, 2017) – FareStart announced today that it is partnering with Amazon to launch an innovative job training program to help people in entry level foodservice jobs gain additional skills needed to earn a higher income. Amazon is donating space and equipment to help the organization launch a new foodservice apprenticeship program to help people living in poverty obtain higher income jobs. The in-kind donation will also bring five new eateries to Seattle, which will serve as a training ground for the new program.

For nearly 25 years, FareStart has been a recognized national leader in transforming the lives of people who are homeless or living in poverty through its culinary job training and employment placement programs. More recently, the organization has been focused on finding new ways to help foodservice workers move further from the line of homelessness and closer to higher paying career opportunities within the restaurant and foodservice industry.

“Amazon has been a longtime FareStart supporter, and the opportunity to partner with them on this project could not have come at a better time for our community,” said FareStart CEO Megan Karch. “Poverty and income inequality are growing in Seattle. Meanwhile, the foodservice industry is experiencing a shortage of chefs and other staff in higher wage positions. Amazon’s generous support will help us train more people to fill those vacant positions.”

Amazon’s total contribution includes more than 25,000 square feet for five new eateries, a catering space as well as training classrooms, bringing more retail variety and opportunity to the community. The eateries will be open to the public.

“FareStart has provided opportunity and job training to more than 8,000 people who are homeless or living in poverty, and we’re excited that this new space will help them double their training program over the next 10 years,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We’re lucky to live in a city with such innovative organizations and we look forward to having FareStart as part of our urban campus.”

The eateries, which will be located on Amazon’s campus in the South Lake Union neighborhood at Boren, Thomas, Fairview and Harrison, will be operated by FareStart and open to the public. There will be a full service restaurant, three fast casual outlets, a coffee shop and catering venue. They are expected to open in late summer of 2017.

Additional details about the expansion:

  • FareStart will launch a new paid apprenticeship program for low-income foodservice workers to help them gain additional skills and employment in higher income positions such as line cooks, line leads, sous chefs, supervisors and managers. The curriculum will be developed in collaboration with local foodservice employers.
  • FareStart’s current basic culinary and barista training programs for adults and youth remain critical to their mission and are expected to grow.
  • Over the coming months, FareStart will kick off a fundraising campaign to raise an estimated $6 million in remaining operating expenses necessary to develop, launch and sustain the new apprenticeship program and build capacity for the expansion.

About FareStart:

FareStart is nonprofit organization that transforms lives by empowering people who are homeless or living in poverty through life skills, job training and employment in the foodservice industry. Since 1992, FareStart has provided opportunities for nearly 8,000 adults and youth, while serving over 9 million meals to Seattle area schools, homeless shelters, and healthcare facilities. Nearly 91% of adults who graduate from FareStart, gain employment within 90 days of graduation. For more information, visit farestart.org.

About Amazon:

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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