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Miranda Lambert Raised $66,000 for MuttNation Foundation Through Auction of Customized Ram Truck

November 20, 2014, Los Angeles, CA – The reigning CMA and ACM five-time Female Vocalist of the Year and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert, raised nearly $66,000 for her MuttNation Foundation. The centerpiece of the online auction was a customized Ram Laramie Longhorn truck which sold for $54,901. Other items, which brought in nearly $11,000, included signed copies of Lambert’s “Platinum” CD, signed guitars and tickets to one of Miranda Lambert’s concerts in 2015, including a pre-show cocktail with her.

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“I’m happy to see everyone come together to raise so much money for MuttNation Foundation, which is so close to my heart,” said Lambert. “I appreciate Ram for donating the truck to me to auction off and for making this all possible. So many dogs will have happier holidays and lives thanks to this generosity.”

The auction is just one step in an ongoing relationship between Lambert and Ram Trucks that will continue to grow in 2015.

About Miranda Lambert

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning five-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time any female has won 5 consecutive years for either of these organizations). The first single off of Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, “Automatic,” was Lambert’s highest charting first week single to date and won CMA Song of the Year. Her duet with Carrie Underwood, the album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad,” has been certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single.

Platinum, made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the history of the chart to have each of her five albums debut at number one. Platinum also debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the number one album in the nation.

In addition to her award winning music, Lambert has designed a shoe line that is available at DSW, Off Broadway, Shoe Dept, and other retailers across the country. She dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. She also owns two lifestyle boutiques, general stores she named, The Pink Pistol, that are located in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, and Tishomingo, Okla. She also owns a bed & breakfast, The Ladysmith in Tishomingo.

About MuttNation

MuttNation Foundation has raised over 2.2 million over the past seven years. It’s a donation-supported 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to make lives better for animals by building shelters for better care and increasing pet adoption, as well as encouraging responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitating sick or unsocialized animals; funding spay/neuter programs; reducing/eliminating euthanasia of healthy animals; and training shelter dogs.

To donate please visit: www.MuttNationFoundation.com. Bev Lambert, MuttNation’s director, and Miranda Lambert are ensuring with their hands-on approach that your hard-earned dollars are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

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Insurance Industry Celebrates Commitment to Community and Philanthropy via IICF’s Annual “Week of Giving”

New York (November 19, 2014) – During the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Week of Giving, 5,312 insurance industry volunteers from 87 cities across 21 states joined together to provide more than 14,500 hours of service to community nonprofits across the United States.

IICF Week of Giving is an annual, industry-wide volunteer event designed to provide insurance professionals the opportunity to give back to their communities. Since 2001, industry volunteers have contributed nearly 200,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofits through the IICF’s Week of Giving program.

A total of 354 projects were supported throughout this year’s Week of Giving, which ran from October 11 to 18. Volunteer projects covered a broad range of service areas including youth and children services, health and disease issues, women’s issues, elderly care, food service and donation, and disaster preparedness.

In addition to hosting volunteer events, the Week of Giving also raised funds to benefit Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Through their Early Literacy Initiative, IICF partnered with Sesame Workshop to develop the free, bilingual early literacy program, Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day.

The early literacy program itself was in full force during the Week of Giving. Some famous Sesame Street friends even got in on the fun. Elmo and Cookie Monster helped to promote literacy at local public libraries in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Over five thousand children and families participated in literacy themed crafts, story time sessions, and family fun across the country.

“The Week of Giving is a cornerstone of the insurance industry’s commitment to community, and we were thrilled to be joined by record-breaking numbers of organizations and volunteers this year,” said Bill Ross, CEO of the IICF. “The insurance industry works hard to help those in need year-round, and the annual growth and success of the Week of Giving is a testament to that aim.”

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed more than $23.5 million in grants to charities and nearly 200,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at about the IICF at www.iicf.org.

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Toilet Board Coalition Develops Commercially Scalable Initiatives To Fight The Global Sanitation Crisis

Brussels/New York/London, 19th November 2014The Toilet Board Coalition has been launched today to coincide with the celebration of World Toilet Day. The Toilet Board Coalition is a global, business-led coalition of leading companies, government agencies, sanitation experts and non-profit organisations. It aims to develop sustainable and scalable commercial solutions in response to the sanitation crisis. Events to mark the launch will take place today at the United Nations headquarters in New York and at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Sanitation remains one of the world’s great challenges. Two and a half billion people lack access to a safe, clean toilet, and one billion suffer the daily indignity of open defecation – a situation with far reaching and often devastating consequences. In fact, sanitation is one of the Millennium Development Goals lagging the furthest behind as we approach the 2015 deadline. It is a social, economic and increasingly political catastrophe and to address it at scale requires market-based, sustainable solutions.
The Toilet Board Coalition is the first coalition of its kind and will provide a step-change in sanitation to those who need it most. The Toilet Board Coalition will ensure close collaboration between private, public and non-profit players to bring together the best technologies, expertise, financial resources and networks to develop market-based sanitation initiatives that can be implemented at scale.

Commenting on the launch, Jean-Laurent Ingles, Chairman of the Toilet Board Coalition and Senior Vice President of Household Care at Unilever, said: “Business has an integral role to play if we are to solve the sanitation crisis at scale. The Toilet Board introduces an essential, missing ingredient in the fight towards improving sanitation globally. By working with development experts, businesses can select, improve and nurture scalable initiatives that will increase demand for toilets and address every step of the value chain in a commercially sustainable way.”

Initiated by Unilever in 2012, the Toilet Board Coalition has already made significant headway, producing important work in evaluating existing and potential sanitation models and approaches. It is now in the process of identifying, analysing and selecting a number of initiatives it will support, in both rural and urban areas globally.

Ingles added: “It’s not a silver bullet, nor does it claim to replace the philanthropic programs addressing the needs of the ultra-poor. However, the Toilet Board Coalition will bring together a unique mix of skills and talent to make initiatives market-ready, and complements the wide range of sanitation initiatives that have been running for years – and will no doubt continue. This model did not exist before, which is why the Toilet Board Coalition is essential in leading commercially scalable solutions to the sanitation crisis.”

The Toilet Board Coalition brings together some of the most forward-thinking organisations in the sanitation space: Firmenich, Kimberly-Clark, LIXIL Corporation and Unilever represent the business sector; Dr Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Barbara Evans of the University of Leeds bring academic rigour to the table; and a number of development sector and governmental bodies bring their one-of-a-kind resources and specialist knowledge: Agence Française De Développement; the Asian Development Bank; the UK’s Department for International Development; Stone Family Foundation; WaterAid; Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP); Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC); the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Programme; the World Toilet Organization; Water and Sanitation for Africa; and UNICEF.

The Coalition also has a number of independent directors and world renowned sanitation experts; including Jon Lane (previously Executive Director of the WSSCC); Neil Macleod, former Head of Water and Sanitation of eThekwini Municipality in South Africa; and Perry Rivera of Manila Water.

For more information visit: www.toiletboard.org

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Power Crunch Partners With HealthCorps® To Encourage Kids across the Country to Eat Smart

Power Crunch to Support HealthCorps Program at Santa Ana’s Valley High School

IRVINE, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Power Crunch, an innovative line of great-tasting protein bars, powders and ready-to-drink shakes, today announced they are partnering with HealthCorps®, a 501(c)(3) founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa. HealthCorps was designed to teach kids about the benefits of proper nutrition, exercise and mental resiliency. As the “Einstein of Protein,” Power Crunch will not only sponsor the HealthCorps program in Southern California’s Valley High School in Santa Ana, it will also share its important research on protein and micronutrients with the HealthCorps curriculum team.

“I value any partnership that focuses on improving the health and physical well-being of students and staff,” said Valley High School’s principal David Richey. “I appreciate Power Crunch as a vital member in supporting this partnership. I look forward to the benefits the HealthCorps program brings to campus, and the continued positive messages encouraging students and adults to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. I appreciate the commitment and dedication of the staff and know that our students, staff and parents are grateful as well.”

Power Crunch CEO Kevin Lawrence, a former world-class body builder who developed Power Crunch in response to his child’s nutrition medical crisis, will participate as a protein expert in HealthCorps’ Coordinator training, which impacts 300,000 students across America. Power Crunch products will also be featured in multiple HealthCorps in-school and community activities in order to give students examples of affordable, beneficial protein sources they can access throughout their day.

“We are very impressed with the work HealthCorps is doing to help educate our children live healthier lives to fight childhood obesity and diabetes – a cause that is also very close to our hearts at Power Crunch,” said Lawrence. “We make it our mission to help people live smart with proper nutrition, and that starts with making a strong impression on today’s youth. We look forward to working with HealthCorps and sharing our knowledge to help make this important initiative an even bigger success.” HealthCorps recruits recent college graduates to educate students in high-need high schools across the country on health and wellness. HealthCorps will feature Power Crunch in its school- and community- focused programs, including the organization’s two flagship “Highway to Health” festivals in New York and Sacramento, as well as health fairs hosted at participating schools.

“Kevin Lawrence is a powerful example of a CEO whose personal life parallels the mission of his company as well as the HealthCorps mission to help young people discover more practical ways to find nutritional health in an unhealthy world,” said HealthCorps President, Michelle Bouchard. “He is the rare CEO who is not only willing to commit generous funding, he is also willing to commit his time with students and educators, sharing inspiring lessons of health and well-being he has learned over the course of his years.”

For more information on Power Crunch or to view Power Crunch’s entire selection of protein products, visit www.powercrunch.com

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About Power Crunch

Power Crunch, the Einstein of Protein, is an innovative line of great-tasting protein bars, powders and ready-to-drink shakes that fuel one’s everyday pursuits and eliminates the guesswork in healthy eating. Power Crunch uses easy-to-digest “smart” hydrolyzed whey protein that absorbs immediately to deliver instant food for the mind and body while maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Its product offerings include Original bars (up to 14 grams of protein), Choklat bars (up to 10 grams of protein), Blast shakes (20 grams of protein), Proto Whey protein powders (20 grams of protein) and the new gluten-free Crisp bars (up to 14 grams of protein). Available on shelves at top U.S. retailers such as Trader Joe’s, WalMart, Vitamin Shoppe, Safeway, Publix and Kroger, Power Crunch Original is one of the nation’s top-selling protein bars. For additional information, visit www.powercrunch.com.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps® is a 501(c)(3) co-founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa, to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps Coordinators carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a train-the-trainer professional development program that makes the HealthCorps curriculum available to virtually any school or organization. The organization boasts 56 in-school programs and 50 educator training programs in 17 states and Washington, D.C. You can follow HealthCorps on Twitter and on Facebook.

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An Evening of Artistry to Support New NYC Art Nonprofit

The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. exhibits with first fundraising event for the holiday season

NEW YORK, N.Y. – November 11, 2014 – On Friday, December 5th, artists and art-lovers alike are invited to Freestyle Fridays Arts & Carafes to support new nonprofit organization, The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community based organization that is focused on improving art education within local under-served New York City communities in part by participating in afterschool programs exposing children to art of various mediums, and technology such as photography, videography and digital editing.

The evening will celebrate The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc.’s mission of promoting the use of art and technology to re-frame one’s view of the world. The event is focused on the participation of guests in the arts, no matter the skill level. Patrons are encouraged to sign up online for painting and drawing workshops led by renowned New York artists, Emmett Wigglesworth and Robert Carter. Throughout the evening, patrons are invited to engage in cultural and creative artistic activities while enjoying wine, hors d’oeuvres and the company of those who support the arts.

“We are taking on the challenge of increasing the focus of the arts with regards to educating local youth whose art programs may have been pulled from their school curriculums, or who are just seeking a place to fortify a passionate hobby or curious interest,” said Founder and Executive Director of The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc., Dina Rice. “Supporters have the opportunity to help captivate creative young minds and in turn, become their captive audience. We’re thankful to have this opportunity and expect a fun and worthwhile event.”

Freestyle Fridays Arts & Carafes will provide the funding for young students in the New York City area to experience year-round art and photography instruction. The event will be located in one of New York City’s arts and culture meccas, Harlem, and open to anyone over the age of 21. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres are contributed by Melba’s Restaurant, Aroma Kitchen and Wine Bar, Benjamin Catering and Pasticceria Bruno. Patrons have a choice to paint or sketch on canvas or paper with tools provided in sponsorship with new NYC retailer Artist & Craftsman Supply. The event details are as follows:

The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. is inspired by two historic New York residents. Matthew Henson was the first African-American to reach the North Pole during an expedition with Robert Peary. Famed photojournalist, author and filmmaker Gordon Parks visually communicated a myriad of cultural lifestyles and human experiences across the globe. Henson’s explorations and Parks’ tapestries stirred Rice to encourage students to be open to the environment, to capture its essence and to share the experience with others.

The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. will operate session-based programs annually. Some of the educational and recreational initiatives include:

  • “The Pupil Project” – a mobile volunteer unit reaching out to after school programs, community centers, and boys/girls clubs to place cameras into the hands of students, teach them how to digitally capture their surroundings and artistically express what they see.
  • “The Art In …” ART + Awareness Initiative – coveting partnerships with other non-profit organizations, associations and outreach groups to promote students’ innate artistry within a community service, and cultural awareness themed environment in helping get a social cause’s message seen and heard.
  • “Henson-Parks” – Soon-to-be home base consisting of an art studio, editing bays, and computer graphics lab, offering the community year-round, afterschool and summer exposure to some educational initiatives that follow the S.T.E.M. model, and recreational activities that support curiosity, promote computer skills, teach analytical thinking and creative problem solving in an artistic manner. Their works will periodically be showcased for public viewing.

Support The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc. on December 5th and engage with us on our various social media platforms using #ArtsAndCarafes.

About The Arts @ Henson-Parks, Inc.

The Arts @ Henson-Parks Inc. is a community-based, youth-focused not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging a child’s exploration of the world through art and technology. Volunteers guide students in varying neighborhoods of New York City and its surrounding suburbs on how to capture the world as they see it through a camera’s eye or the stroke of a paintbrush, and allow them to express themselves with their own form of visual communication, hence, giving voice to their vision. The Arts @ Henson-Parks Inc. will inspire young people to think about their world, themselves and their future in a new way.

For more information, to become a volunteer, or to donate, please visit: http://www.TheArtsAtHensonParks.com/.

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Stand Up To Cancer and The V Foundation for Cancer Research Collaborate for the First Time in Call for Junior and Senior Investigators to Apply to The Convergence Research Teams Ideas Lab Leading to Up to $12 Million in Grants

New York, November 10 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and The V Foundation announced today their invitation for applications from junior and senior investigators with a demonstrated background in biological research to participate in an Ideas Lab to be held February 13 – 18, 2015. The Ideas Lab involves intensive meetings and discussions to develop research proposals employing novel quantitative approaches to the study of preclinical and clinical cancer data. Ideas Lab participants will develop research project proposals, integrating mathematical and computational approaches, and clinical cancer research that have the potential to lead to near term patient benefit.

Through collaboration of research scholars in distinct disciplines, this Ideas Lab and subsequent grants offer a novel model of “convergence” research meant to spur innovation in new ways of combating cancer. By taking advantage of advances in information technology, nanotechnology, new material research, imaging, optics, quantum physics, and other physical sciences, often considered outside the realm of traditional biomedical research, the subsequent convergence grants may provide critical outcomes to advance the fight against cancer.

“We see convergence as a blueprint for innovation, involving the coming together of different fields of study — particularly engineering, physical sciences, and cancer research,’’ said Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and chair of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, who wrote a white paper on the subject. “Through collaboration among research groups and the integration of approaches that were originally viewed as distinct and potentially contradictory, convergence enables the innovation necessary to address the epidemic of cancer, one of the most urgent health care challenges of the 21st century.”

SU2C and The V Foundation have invited applications from junior and senior investigators who seek to assemble a trans-disciplinary team of investigators to work together to develop research project proposals in the Ideas Lab. Proposals will be expected to address a mechanistic understanding of cancer progression and/or treatment through the applications of dynamical physics and/or engineering principles in the analysis of preclinical to clinical oncology data. Projects are expected to have the potential to rapidly advance the integration of these fields.

“It’s clear that as technology continues to advance, the way we study this disease will continue to change, and we’re excited to be working with The V Foundation and National Science Foundation to create opportunities for scientists in such different disciplines to collaborate on truly innovative projects, all with the goal of helping patients,” said Lisa Paulsen, a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and president & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

”Convergence grants will bring together great minds to view problems posed by cancer and approach solutions in a novel way,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research. “The Ideas Lab condenses the process while providing an optimal setting for innovative thought.”

During the Ideas Lab, participants will be immersed in an intensive, interactive and free-thinking workshop environment where they will participate in mentored, collaborative dialogs to construct and vet bold and innovative approaches to questions in cancer biology and clinical oncology. The process will culminate with the development of trans-disciplinary collaborative concepts by teams of participants, with the expectation that the majority of these concepts will lead to high-risk/high impact studies.

In the resultant proposals, clinical oncologists and cancer biologists are encouraged to describe data sets that might be analyzed and form the basis for proposals. Applicants from the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering are encouraged to describe innovative approaches including, but not limited to, integration of data sets with advanced physics and engineering principles to generate dynamical models and simulations that predict individual disease course and outcome; robust experimental model systems; and advanced tools.

Applicants are required to submit their Letters of Intent by 12:00 Noon ET on Wednesday December 10, 2014. A review committee will select individuals invited to participate in the Ideas Lab. The review committee may select three or more Convergence Research Team Grants from among the proposals developed during the Ideas Lab. Each Convergence Research Team may be awarded up to $4 million over the 4-year term of the grant. These grants will include support for post-doctoral researchers in what can serves as a model for the mentoring and training of the next generation of trans-disciplinary cancer researchers.

“We expect that the proposals generated will have an important impact on the direction of future cancer research and clinical care,” said Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., president & CEO of Stand Up To Cancer. “Post-doctoral researchers from quantitative backgrounds will participate in the research projects developed, in what will become a model for the mentoring and training of the next generation of quantitative cancer researchers.”

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and SU2C announced their intention to collaborate on grants for research scholars in July 2014 at ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards.

For more information on the collaboration and how to apply, visit www.su2c.org/convergence.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

Ram Trucks and Miranda Lambert Kick Off Brand Partnership

Lambert announces auction of customized Ram truck to benefit her MuttNation Foundation

November 5, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Grammy® winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks have announced a partnership that kicks off this week with Lambert auctioning off a customized Ram Laramie Longhorn to benefit Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation.

The auction is just the beginning of a relationship between Lambert and Ram that will continue to evolve in 2015.

“Miranda Lambert and Ram Truck are a perfect fit,” said Robert Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck brand. “She values hard work, courage and lives her life to the fullest – the same characteristics that our brand celebrates in our owners.”

As part of the partnership, Ram has given Lambert a customized Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn which she is auctioning off to benefit her MuttNation Foundation, a donation-supported 501(c)(3) foundation whose purpose is to better the lives for shelter animals. The auction begins November 5 and runs through November 15. In addition to the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, fans can also bid on other special items including signed copies of Lambert’s “Platinum” CD, signed guitars and tickets to one of Miranda Lambert’s concerts in 2015, including a pre-show cocktail with her. For more information, visit the auction at www.ebay.com/rammuttnation.

One of the top artists in country music today, Lambert is a truck woman through and through. She’s been in trucks her whole life, from the farm she was born on in Texas, to her current ranch in Tishomingo, Okla.

“I have lived my entire life surrounded by trucks even to this day. I have also written songs that mention trucks, so I am so happy to be partnering with Ram. And I’m thankful for their generosity in allowing me to auction off a Ram Laramie Longhorn for MuttNation Foundation. It’s a cause so close to my heart! I’m looking forward to more exciting news with Ram Trucks in 2015,” said Lambert.

Ram Trucks is the fastest growing truck brand in America recording 54 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains as of October 2014.

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About Miranda Lambert

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning four-time CMA and reigning five-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time anyone has won 5 consecutive years). The first single off of Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, “Automatic,” was Lambert’s highest charting first week single to date. Her duet with Carrie Underwood, the album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad,” has been certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single.

Platinum, made history when it debuted atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the history of the chart to have each of her five albums debut at number one. Platinum also debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the number one album in the nation.

In addition to her award winning music, Lambert has designed a shoe line that is available at DSW, Off Broadway, Shoe Dept, and other retailers across the country. She dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. She also owns two lifestyle boutiques, general stores she named, The Pink Pistol, that are located in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, and Tishomingo, Okla. She also owns a bed & breakfast, The Ladysmith in Tishomingo.

About MuttNation

MuttNation Foundation has raised over 2.2 million over the past seven years. It’s a donation-supported 501(c)(3) organization, whose purpose is to make lives better for animals by building shelters for better care and increasing pet adoption, as well as encouraging responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitating sick or unsocialized animals; funding spay/neuter programs; reducing/eliminating euthanasia of healthy animals; and training shelter dogs.

To donate please visit: www.MuttNationFoundation.com. Bev Lambert, MuttNation’s director, and Miranda Lambert are ensuring with their hands-on approach that your hard-earned dollars are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

About Ram Truck Brand

Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck Brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with one goal: to build the best pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in the industry.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram Trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day in and day out, a hard-working Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Moving into the 2015 model year, Ram continues to beat the competition in the two most sought-after titles, fuel economy and towing capacity:

  • Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 28 mpg with Ram 1500
  • Best-in-class towing capability – 30,000 pounds with Ram 3500

Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

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Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s 2014 Hope Diamond Ball Raises More Than Six Million Dollars Including Announced Gifts

Romero Britto was inducted into the prestigious Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame and unveiled the new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital

MIAMI – Approximately 800 celebrities, community leaders, philanthropists, physicians, friends, supporters, patients and families of Miami Children’s Hospital came together this past Saturday at the JW Marriott Marquis, as Miami Children’s Health Foundation hosted the Hope Diamond Ball Affair.

The premier signature event raised more than $6 million, including announced gifts, that will help support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital and will continue to position them as a global destination for pediatric health and wellness, as well as a provider of hope for children everywhere. Invited guests and celebrities experienced a Hope Diamond-themed, black-tie affair with a stylish cocktail soiree featuring entertainment, silent auctions and much more.

Internationally renowned pop artist Romero Britto joined the ranks of Walt Disney, Dwyane Wade, Dr. Jonas Salk and Beyoncé Knowles when he was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame for exemplifying his passion for helping children throughout the world.

“I am incredibly humbled by this wonderful recognition from the Miami Children’s Health Foundation,” said Romero Britto. “My passion is helping others, especially children in the community and around the world. I believe that using art as a positive agent of change is the key to unlocking the potential of today’s youth. It’s all about illustrating hope and happiness through my work and it truly means the world to me.

The Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. It is the highest honor bestowed by the foundation.

“We are extremely thrilled to be able to honor Romero Britto this year and induct him into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The work he has done for children all over the world truly embodies our mission and we are delighted that he’s accepted this special recognition.”

In addition, the Foundation unveiled a new logo of Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which includes an original work of art by Romero Britto. Miami Children’s Health Foundation recently announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations towards Together For The Children, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017. The evening served to celebrate the latest accomplishments of the campaign, which included a $5 million donation from the Live Like Bella Foundation. The donation is part of a recent partnership that will help with the construction of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments.

Furthermore, during the gala, the foundation announced that Raúl “El Gordo” De Molina, a multiple Emmy Award-winning co-host of Univision Networks’ number one rated entertainment news show El Gordo y la Flaca, became the newest Celebrity Ambassador. Raúl De Molina will join Romero Britto, international superstar Armando “Pitbull” Perez, and Danish model Nina Agdal to support the Together For The Children campaign.

Individuals who also joined Miami Children’s Health Foundation‘s President & CEO, Lucy Morillo and Romero Britto were today’s most recognized influencers and celebrities including David Chocarro, Carolina Laursen, Mariela Encarnación, Maria Regina Bustamante, Lili Estefan, Aníbal Sánchez and Bryan Holaday.

To learn more about becoming a part of the annual Diamond Ball affair, please visit www.mchf.org/DiamondBall or contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.338.5057 or lisbet.fernandez-vina@mchf.org.

About Miami Children’s Health Foundation

Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, MCH Foundation, now a part of the newly-formed Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and will help fund seven MCH priorities, including the expansion and enhancement of the Emergency Department, as well as the construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, and expanding its Global/Telehealth endeavors.

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Nonprofit Westchester Announces Partnership with The Journal News and lohud for #GivingTuesday Campaign

NPW Brings Global Campaign to Westchester County

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (October 24, 2014) – Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) announced today that it has partnered with The Journal News and lohud for a #GivingTuesday campaign in Westchester County. In honor of #GivingTuesday on December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students from around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity by donating money and time to charities.

“We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday for shopping; now we have #GivingTuesday for giving back. It was important for us to bring this global movement here to Westchester, where there are many nonprofits that provide needed services to our local community,” said Joanna Straub, NPW Executive Director. “We are pleased that The Journal News and lohud recognize the need to give locally and we look forward to working with them to raise needed support for nonprofits in Westchester and the surrounding communities this year.”

The partnership was announced today during NPW’s Improving Perceptions conference at Manhattanville College in Purchase where Brian Howard, Digital Editor of Social Media for The Journal News discussed the campaign.

From October 26 through December 1, NPW’s nonprofit members will use social media as a platform to spread information on how the community can donate to their organizations on December 2, #GivingTuesday.

In addition, the Journal News and lohud will spotlight the work and the needs of local nonprofit groups in a campaign called “Give Where You Live.” As part of the campaign, 38 nonprofits from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties will be featured, with a short video describing their most pressing needs and how people can help. The campaign culminates on December 2, the day on which people are encouraged to mark the start of the holiday season by making a donation to a charity of their choice.

“In the age of the ice-bucket challenge, people are looking to give. We are hoping to give readers of our newspaper and website the tools they need to decide where to donate their time, money or goods. The campaign includes a coordinated social-media effort on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and raise awareness,” said Jill Mercadante, Marketing Editor for The Journal News. “With the help of Nonprofit Westchester, we will take our readers beyond the spotlighted nonprofits, with a database of dozens of charities, including their missions, contact information and area of service.”

The conference, which was designed as a resource to Westchester County nonprofits, also highlighted keynote speaker Farra Trompeter, vice president of Big Duck, a nonprofit strategist with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations develop strategic communications to promote programs, change policies, raise money, and build awareness. She focused on “brandraising,” helping nonprofits raise money and visibility via smart communications. The event also included various workshops led by area business professionals.

“With so many misleading perceptions about the nonprofit industry, we want to provide a forum giving nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers the tools they need to build better relationships, spread their mission and attract more supporters for their cause,” said Straub.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester and the #GivingTuesday campaign, call (914)-332-6NPW (6679) or visit http://www.npwestchester.org/.

Nonprofit Westchester

Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county, focusing on sharing resources, connections, and information to strengthen Westchester in partnership with the for-profit and government sectors. The organization represents nearly 100 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the county under a cooperative mission to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector for a more just and caring community. In 2014, NPW released a study done in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies called “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” which concluded that nonprofits are a multi-billion dollar industry and make up the largest employment sector in Westchester County. For more information, visit www.npwestchester.org.

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GLG & Catchafire Announce Partnership to Match Employees with Skills-Based Volunteer Opportunities

Pioneer in Matching Professionals with Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunities to Collaborate with World’s Largest Membership for Professional Learning and Expertise

New York, New York; October 22, 2014 — Catchafire, the leading skills-based volunteer platform (www.catchafire.org), and GLG, the world’s largest professional learning platform (www.GLG.it), today announced a new partnership to match GLG employees with nonprofit volunteer opportunities.

Catchafire connects nonprofits with talented volunteers whose professional skills meet the organizations’ specific needs. GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) is the world’s largest membership for professional learning and expertise, matching its clients with leading policy specialists, academics, engineers, former C-level managers, and professional leaders for advice and insight.

The partnership launches with 40 targeted volunteer projects across the social sector, including organizations’ efforts to combat hunger, to support affordable housing, to promote biodiversity conservation, and to eliminate stigma associated with depression and suicide. For each project, Catchafire matches one or more GLG employees with a nonprofit or social enterprise that needs their particular backgrounds and skills.

Catchafire CEO Rachael Chong founded the organization in 2009 after becoming frustrated with the dearth of opportunities to volunteer her professional skills to nonprofits. She reasoned that volunteers and nonprofits would both be better served by leveraging volunteers’ unique professional skills – in finance, marketing, development, strategy – to meet nonprofits’ specific organizational needs.

“Our mission at Catchafire is to build a community of individuals helping to make the social sector more efficient and effective – and in the process to build nonprofit capacity to help change the world,” Chong said. “Like GLG, we deliver unique, mutually beneficial connections between professionals and organizations. Our parallel missions inspired this partnership, and we are excited GLG is joining our effort.”

GLG serves professionals who need unique perspective that can’t be found in one-size-fits-all industry reports, conferences, and other mass professional learning offerings by connecting them with individuals who have firsthand expertise or operational experience. Today GLG serves the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups. Its membership includes more than 400,000 experts. GLG is scaling one-to-one learning, pairing its members and clients thousands of times a week, around the world.

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn, and we’re excited to be part of Catchafire’s efforts to transform the way top professionals volunteer and make a difference,” said GLG Director of Social Impact Jennifer Field. GLG Global Head of Human Resources Matthew Jagoda added, “Our 900 employees are curious, courageous, and focused on service – for our clients and our communities. We’re proud to dedicate our most important resource – our people – in support of important work for the world’s benefit.”

Chong is also a GLG Social Impact Fellow (www.GLGSocialImpact.com/fellows). GLG launched the Social Impact Fellowship earlier this year, giving twelve promising social entrepreneurs access to one-on-one learning from GLG’s members, without cost. Fellows and their teams work collaboratively with GLG research professionals to leverage the breadth and depth of the membership to inform strategic decisions and increase impact. GLG has additionally made a small investment in Catchafire.

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