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Creative Minds in Medicine Conference to Launch at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 1, 2014) – In an effort to bring awareness to the ever-growing link between medicine and the arts, Cleveland-based, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will be hosting its first ever Creative Minds in Medicine Conference at the new Cleveland Global Center for Health Innovation. This conference, which takes place on October 29th and 30th will feature a variety of keynote speakers who will focus on the increasing overlap and collaboration between the arts and medicine nationwide.

The two-day event will be filled with diverse discussions led by several nationwide experts on a variety of arts and healthcare projects, practices, research and trends. Keynote speakers include:

Gary Glazner, the founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Glazner will speak on Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. In his fun, high-energy talk, Glazner will relate simple techniques to create high-quality arts programs, build communication skills and help increase the ability to connect with people living with memory loss.

Sunil Iyengar, the research and analysis director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Iyengar will discuss in his Research Agenda for the Arts and Health session, the efforts of leading a federal taskforce to encourage more extensive research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

Mel Chin, the lead behind Operation Paydirt. This project is a national movement that is designed to support awareness and solutions to lead contamination and address childhood lead poisoning. As part of this seminar, Chin will demonstrate how arts and culture plays a key role in raising awareness about pressing community health issues.

Nadine Licostie, the director or “The Last One”, a feature-length documentary that summarizes the controversial battle and stigma surrounding the AIDS virus and the gay community. This film frames the quest to sew the last panel into the Quilt, representing the end of AIDS. She will discuss her filmmaking journey, uncovering the birth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and its subsequent impact on politics, science and the media, as it has become the largest ongoing community art project in the world.

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will have the chance to experience firsthand the healing power of the arts through demonstrations and activities, and help shape how the arts and healthcare dialogue in Greater Cleveland is making an impact nationwide. Specifically, the conference agenda also includes several panel discussions on important topics, including: Arts and Health Economy, Arts & Culture in a Changing Healthcare Landscape, and Arts, Culture & Social Change: Fostering Healthy Communities to name a few.

“Northeast Ohio is at the national forefront of a remarkable new dynamic: the growing intersection of our world-class healthcare sector and our world-class arts and culture sector. The interplay between these industries is sparking new ideas, new programs, new products and services. CPAC showed in our recent research report that this intersection is evolving and expanding rapidly. The Creative Minds in Medicine Conference is a timely opportunity to bring together arts and healthcare experts from around the nation to identify ways to support and enhance the critical collaboration taking place every day between our arts and healthcare industries,” said Tom Chema, Board Chair of CPAC.

Those interested in attending the conference can register at CultureForward.org. Registration includes admission for both days of the conference, breakfast and lunch for both days of the conference, a reception, and valet parking.

Leading Native American Business Event Kicks off in Milwaukee

Reservation Economic Summit Wisconsin, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, taking place this week at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) officially kicks off its Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. This is the first time a regional RES, which is the leading Native American business event in the country, is taking place in the Great Lakes region. RES brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, top CEOs, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. In addition to business development seminars and sessions, RES Wisconsin will also feature a Native American business trade show.

“The National Center is very excited to bring RES to Wisconsin,” said Gary Davis, National Center President and CEO. “The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino is the perfect venue for established or aspiring Native American business leaders to share knowledge, network, and learn more about all of the great progress being made in Indian Country. With another fantastic RES event, the National Center truly means business for Indian Country.”

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation are the presenting partners for RES Wisconsin. Highlights of the conference include an opening address by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and a listening session on Thursday with top staff from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. The listening session will give conference attendees a chance to share with the Committee their thoughts on how the federal government can be a better partner with the Native American business community.

Conference sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics, including energy, tourism, contracting, trade, information technology, gaming, telecom, small business, and philanthropy. To learn more about conference sessions, and about RES Wisconsin, please click here.

In addition, the National Center will host its annual Indian Progress in Business (INPRO) awards gala on the night of Wednesday, October 8th, which will honor the recently-announced Native American “40 under 40” and other business award recipients.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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Habitat For Humanity Kicks Off 31st Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project In Dallas And Fort Worth

ATLANTA (Oct. 6, 2014) — Thousands of volunteers from across the United States are joining former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, this week to help build and repair homes in partnership with North Texas families during Habitat for Humanity’s 31st annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Rosalynn and I are looking forward to working alongside the Habitat volunteers and partner families this week, and we thank the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth for being such gracious hosts,” said President Carter. “We’ve seen firsthand the transformative effect that Habitat for Humanity can have on a community, and with the help of these many volunteers and the support of local leaders, we’ll see it again in Dallas and FortWorth.”

Hosted jointly by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, more than 5,000 volunteers will join the Carters to help build or repair more than 100 homes in seven days. In Dallas, volunteers will help build 30 new homes and repair 20 houses in the East Oak Cliff neighborhood. Volunteers in Fort Worth will build 20 new homes in the Central Meadowbrook neighborhood and paint 44 houses as part of the City of Fort Worth’s “Cowtown Brush Up.”

“We are honored the Carters have selected Dallas to co-host this ambitious event that engages the community in a partnership that is vital to priming our neighborhoods for sustainable revitalization,” said Bill Hall, CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. “From the millions generated in tax dollars to higher graduation rates, we believe empowering families with opportunities for homeownership is better for everyone, and I challenge North Texas residents to get involved in the transformation of our cities.”

“Trinity Habitat welcomes the Carters and volunteers to Fort Worth for the 2014 Carter Work Project,” said Gage Yager, executive director of Trinity Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to host such outstanding Habitat ambassadors and look forward to our week ahead as we transform lives together.”

For more than three decades, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project has served as a catalyst for raising awareness about the need for improved access to affordable housing by empowering people to bring hope, stability and housing solutions to their communities. To date, more than 88,000 volunteers have built, renovated and repaired 3,833 homes in 14 countries during the previous 30 annual events, shedding light on the role decent housing provides families in breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Since first volunteering to build with us in 1984, the Carters remain two of Habitat’s most prolific and vocal proponents of affordable housing. We are grateful that they will once again partner with us to help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are also grateful to the volunteers, sponsors and supporters who are making this Carter Work Project possible.”

This year’s Carter Work Project also coincides with Habitat’s observance of World Habitat Day. Held on the first Monday of every October, the U.N.-designated World Habitat Day calls attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need of better shelter around the world.

Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the volunteers, partner families and the following sponsors for this year’s Carter Work Project: Pioneer Natural Resources, the City of Dallas, Dow, Bank of America, City of Fort Worth, Lowe’s, Amanda and G. Brint Ryan, Albertsons, Alliance Data/Epsilon, Andersen Corporation, Chase, Clear Channel Outdoor, Dallas Lawyers for Habitat, First United Methodist Church Fort Worth, the General Motors Foundation, Grooveshark, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Nissan, P&G, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, Valspar, XTO Energy and Wells Fargo.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

About Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Dallas Habitat believes that hard working individuals and families be provided the opportunity to live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. Since 1986, Dallas Habitat has served more than 1,500 low-income families using affordable homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and stabilization resulting in an investment of approximately $150 million in more than 25 neighborhoods for families that pay almost $2 million annually in property taxes in Dallas County. For more information, visit www.dallas-habitat.org.

About Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Trinity Habitat for Humanity revitalizes neighborhoods by building quality, affordable homes and rehabbing existing homes with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Sponsors and donors underwrite construction costs of Habitat for Humanity homes. Partner families, as Habitat for Humanity homeowners are known, invest “sweat equity” in the construction of their homes or others’ houses, working side by side with volunteers. Partner families make affordable monthly payments on a no-interest mortgage held by Habitat.

Trinity Habitat for Humanity has built over 600 new homes and preserved more than 800 existing homes in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties since 1989. www.trinityhabitat.org

Miami Children’s Health Foundation Receives Nearly $75 Million In Donations Towards Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital

MIAMI, Oct. 7, 2014 – Miami Children’s Health Foundation announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations to-date towards Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017.

The most recent gift to Miami Children’s Health Foundation includes a $7.5 million gift from the Rose Bell Trust. The gift comes from Rose Bell, mother of Charlene, who had a disability and passed away at a young age; and Elaine, who suffered from mental illness. The trust was created to provide for Elaine’s care for the duration of her life, with any remaining funds after her passing designated to go Miami Children’s Hospital to benefit children with disabilities. Miami Children’s Hospital will create a fund named the “Rose, David, Charlene and Elaine Bell Memorial” in their honor.

“We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from generous donors so that we can continue to provide the world-class care that Miami Children’s is known for. This particular gift speaks volumes on how much gift planning can impact an organization. With this donation, Rose Bell has left a legacy that will impact our children for years to come, something that anyone can do with a little bit a planning,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “As we continue to advance our fundraising efforts, we are able to support our mission to promote the health and well-being of children everywhere.”

Additionally, the Live Like Bella™ Foundation recently announced the creation of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, which will offer temporary lodging for families of children receiving inpatient care at the hospital. The Live Like Bella Pavilion is an $8.5 million project that will consist of a four-story building on the hospital’s main campus and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. This project sprang from a partnership between the Live Like Bella™ Foundation and Miami Children’s Health Foundation which was announced last December 2013, under the name of “Bella’s Promise” and is working towards ensuring that Miami Children’s continues to provide world-class care for children battling cancer in South Florida.

Furthermore, three additional donations were made in support of Miami Children’s Hospital Brain Institute, including a $2 million donation from a very grateful parent, Mark Miller, through the Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust, which is directed towards a pioneering 5-D imaging center; a $500,000 donation from Richard Bassett and $200,000 from George and Christina Lindemann to help obtain an MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound; and $50,000 from the Lindemanns to support Miami Children’s Hospital’s newest Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System. These donations will allow Miami Children’s to lead the way with innovative noninvasive technologies to treat pediatric brain disorders safely and more effectively.

To learn more and help support Together for the Children, please visit www.mchf.org/donate or call Miami Children’s Health Foundation at 305-666-2889 (toll free: 1.800.987.8701).

Nonprofit Westchester to Host Improving Perceptions Conference at Manhattanville College October 24

Farra Trompeter, VP for Big Duck Marketing, to Deliver Keynote on Brandraising

PURCHASE, N.Y. (October 6, 2014) – Nonprofit Westchester announced today that it will host a conference for the county’s nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers on Friday, October 24 at Manhattanville College in Purchase from 8:30am to 12:00pm. With the theme “Improving Perceptions,” the conference will highlight keynote speaker Farra Trompeter, vice president of Big Duck Marketing, and will include 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 Joanna Straub, Executive Director.

Trompeter is 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. Her focus at the conference will be “brand raising” and helping nonprofits raise money and visibility via smart communications. Additionally, the nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers in attendance will participate in workshops that include:

  • How To Talk To The Press In Good Times & Bad

Speakers: Liz Bracken-Thompson, Thompson & Bender; Pat Hennessey, Westchester Community College; and Robin Liebowitz, rkl3D LLC.

  • Step Up: An Elevator Speech Worth Remembering

Speaker: Nancy Maloy, Speak UP, Speak OUT with Confidence

  • Making Time For Social Media Even When You Don’t Have The Time

Speakers: Brian Howard, The Journal News; and Alisa Kesten, Volunteer New York!

The conference also marks the official launch of the Nonprofit Management Certificate program at the Manhattanville School of Business (MSB); classes are set to begin in 2015. With no other certificate program of its kind offered by Westchester educational institutions, the unique program empowers nonprofit professionals with the fundamental principles and skills needed to effectively lead in today’s expanding and evolving nonprofit world.

“Our Nonprofit Management Certificate is a necessity for professionals in the nonprofit sector, who must run their organizations with the same efficiency as corporations,” said Dr. Anthony Davidson, dean of MSB. “Students will learn how to create and manage high-performing, transparent organizations from leading practitioners. MSB is proud to host Nonprofit Westchester’s Conference as we launch this exciting new certificate program.”

The program entails five month-long modules, focusing on fundraising and development, financial management, external relations, staff management, and marketing. Modules will be delivered in a hybrid format using face-to-face and videoconference sessions. Those who earn their certificate are eligible to receive advanced standing in Mahattanville’s MS in Business Leadership. For more information, contact 914-323-5150.

This event is free for Nonprofit Westchester members and $45 for non-members. For more information about this event or Nonprofit Westchester, 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.

Manhattanville School of Business

For two decades, the Manhattanville School of Business has helped prepare professionals for business. Students capitalize on its extensive faculty and alumni network with graduates and faculty employed at top companies including Morgan Stanley, MasterCard, PepsiCo, the NFL, and the New York Stock Exchange. The School of Business, located in Purchase, NY, offers six Master’s degrees, which can be completed in as little as 18 months of part-time study; four Advanced Certificates; three accelerated Bachelor’s degree programs for adult learners and degree completers; and Centers of Excellence in Risk Management and Women’s Leadership. For more information, visit: www.mville.edu/business.

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Jackson Gabriel Silver Foundation and Heal EB Announce Merger

New organization named the EB Research Partnership

Creates Largest Non-Profit Dedicated To Finding a Cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Wife Jill Vedder among Founding Board Members

NEW YORK, October 1, 2014 – The Jackson Gabriel Silver Foundation and Heal EB announced today a merger of their organizations to form the EB Research Partnership (EBRP), creating the largest non-profit organization dedicated solely to funding research to cure Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

EB is a group of devastating life-threatening genetic skin disorders impacting children that is characterized by skin blisters and erosions all over the body. For a child with EB, even the most delicate touch can cause the skin to tear apart, blister and shear off the body. There is currently no cure, and treatment often comes in the form of wound care, intensive bandaging and managing debilitating pain and infection.

EBRP, which utilizes groundbreaking venture philanthropy funding models to support leading research institutions such as Stanford University and the University of Minnesota, has set their initial fundraising goal at $5 million dollars per year to exclusively fund research and find a cure for EB.

Eddie Vedder, founding board member of EBRP said, “My wife Jill and I are thrilled to be able to support the brilliant work of leading doctors and researchers committed to identifying better treatments, and ultimately a cure for this cruel disease. Our close family friends have a young son with EB and we want to do everything we can to ensure a better quality of life for him and all children living with these types of genetic disorders.”

“As families impacted by rare diseases know all too well, it is difficult to access sufficient research dollars to make a true impact on the development of new treatments and cures. As a combined organization, EBRP can command the scale to fund aggressive research and accelerate a cure for EB,” commented Alex Silver, Chairman of EBRP. “We are thrilled to join forces with Jill and Eddie Vedder and Heal EB – founded by Heather and Ryan Fullmer and Jill Vedder – with the goal of finding a cure for EB and bringing hope to thousands of children who suffer from this horrific condition,” added Silver.

EBRP is pleased to announce that Jessica Scheer will serve as Executive Director. She will oversee day to day leadership of the organization and will be responsible for its financial development. Scheer brings more than a decade of experience in non-profit leadership, including her work with DoSomething.org and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign

Kicking off an initial push towards their $5 million fundraising goal, EBRP is teaming up with Microsoft during the month of October during the Microsoft Employee Giving Campaign, including a grassroots movement “Heal EB: Cause the Wave” to raise awareness about EB and create a ripple effect of support. Some of the money raised during this year’s campaign will go to fund the work of Dr. Jakub Tolar at the University of Minnesota who is working to advance gene and cellular engineering research, efforts which have the potential to drastically transform the quality of life for individuals with EB.

Commenting on the opportunities presented by this campaign, Dr. Tolar states, “Funding from the EB Research Partnership can shorten the time from the lab to the clinic by more than 50%, which helps those most in need. In addition, this type of treatment is potentially the key to treating not just EB, but 5,000+ other genetic disorders.”

About the EB Research Partnership

EB Research Partnership (EBRP) is the largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to funding research aimed at treating and ultimately curing Epidermolysis Bullosa, a group of devastating and life-threatening skin disorders that affect children from birth. EBRP was formed in October 2014 through the merger of Jackson Gabriel Research Foundation and Heal EB. To learn more about Epidermolysis Bullosa and to donate to research for a cure, please visit www.ebresearch.org.

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Guinness & Co. Raise A Glass – And More Than Half A Million Dollars – In Support Of The Leary Firefighters Foundation And Firefighters Nationwide

Guinness Donates Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of America’s Unsung Heroes

NORWALK, Conn. (October 1, 2014) – Last night in New York City, Guinness & Co. raised a glass of the iconic beer in honor of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) during a special event to present the LFF a check for more than half a million dollars in support of firefighters nationwide.

Actor and founder of the LFF, Denis Leary, joined Guinness and Diageo executives to celebrate their combined efforts to support firefighters across the U.S. Throughout the past year, Guinness raised over $500,000, in partnership with the LFF, to help provide quality equipment, education, training and technology for firefighters everywhere. Guinness and the LFF received an outpouring of personal donations and contributions from adult supporters through the brand’s fundraising efforts to support the foundation as well as a significant contribution from Guinness itself.

“At Guinness, we celebrate those who are Made of More; those who carry on the legacy of our founder and our company and who demonstrate great character without asking for recognition. Firefighters showcase these qualities with the commitments and sacrifices they make every day,” said Guinness Brand Director Doug Campbell. “We’re very proud of the work we’ve done alongside the LFF and we’re excited to continue that initiative to recognize individuals who do more for their communities throughout the next year.”

Guinness’ St. Patrick’s Day 2014 program hosted a variety of fundraising initiatives through its philanthropic online hub www.GuinnessGivesBack.com, including a limited-edition firefighter themed t-shirt sold online and in select bars across the country. The makers of Guinness beer also released the Extraordinary Irish Beers Variety Pack, saluting firefighters’ extraordinary character, which included Guinness® Draught, Guinness® Black Lager, Smithwick’s® Irish Ale and Harp Lager. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the t-shirts and variety packs were donated to the LFF. The program has been part of the brand’s ‘MADE OF MORE’ campaign, which celebrates the service and selflessness of firefighters.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Guinness for a third year,” said actor Denis Leary, founder of the LFF. “Since beginning our partnership two years ago, we’ve raised more than $650,000 to help firefighters nationwide. It’s an honor for the LFF to be recognized for its tireless efforts in support of all the men and women who put their lives on the line every day; the funds raised by Guinness will help our firefighter brothers and sisters in uniform across the country.”

The event also kicked off the brand’s goal to raise $1 million for local firefighters by St. Patrick’s Day 2015, in the third year of its partnership with the LFF. For the next several months, Guinness will publicly recognize those who make great contributions to their communities by raising a Guinness to them at a community event. The brand will carry out additional fundraising activities throughout the year to reach its $1 million fundraising goal.

Join the conversation and share Made of More moments on Twitter at @GuinnessUS. Select images and stories will be featured on the brand’s Instagram feed which celebrates those who are Made of More.

To learn more about Guinness’ partnership with the LFF, visit www.GuinnessGivesBack.com. To learn more about the work LFF does in support of firefighters, visit www.learyfirefighters.org.

Guinness reminds everyone while raising your glass in support of firefighters, and all the men and women who do more for our communities, to do so responsibly.

About Guinness®

The Guinness® brand enjoys a global reputation as a uniquely authentic beer and the best-selling stout in the world. Famous for its dark color, velvety smooth head and unique surge and settle, this distinctive beer has been brewed at the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland since 1759. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness beer are enjoyed every single day around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. Guinness beer is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. Also from the makers of Guinness, Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest and best selling ale and HARP Lager, whose name pays tribute to the Guinness logo and the national symbol of Ireland. Additional information about the Guinness brand can be found at www.guinness.com.

About Diageo

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.

About The Leary Firefighters Foundation

The Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) provides funding and resources for fire departments to get the best available equipment, technology and training necessary for the health and safety of firefighters and in turn, the public they serve. Founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to the 1999 Cold Storage Warehouse fire tragedy in his native Worcester, Massachusetts, LFF has raised more than $10 million for first responders in Worcester, Boston, New York, New Jersey and New Orleans. The Leary Firefighter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Code. Please visit us at www.learyfirefighters.org.

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Guinness & Co. Raise A Glass – And More Than Half A Million Dollars – In Support Of The Leary Firefighters Foundation And Firefighters Nationwide

Guinness Donates Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of America’s Unsung Heroes

NORWALK, Conn. (October 1, 2014) – Last night in New York City, Guinness & Co. raised a glass of the iconic beer in honor of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) during a special event to present the LFF a check for more than half a million dollars in support of firefighters nationwide.

Actor and founder of the LFF, Denis Leary, joined Guinness and Diageo executives to celebrate their combined efforts to support firefighters across the U.S. Throughout the past year, Guinness raised over $500,000, in partnership with the LFF, to help provide quality equipment, education, training and technology for firefighters everywhere. Guinness and the LFF received an outpouring of personal donations and contributions from adult supporters through the brand’s fundraising efforts to support the foundation as well as a significant contribution from Guinness itself.

“At Guinness, we celebrate those who are Made of More; those who carry on the legacy of our founder and our company and who demonstrate great character without asking for recognition. Firefighters showcase these qualities with the commitments and sacrifices they make every day,” said Guinness Brand Director Doug Campbell. “We’re very proud of the work we’ve done alongside the LFF and we’re excited to continue that initiative to recognize individuals who do more for their communities throughout the next year.”

Guinness’ St. Patrick’s Day 2014 program hosted a variety of fundraising initiatives through its philanthropic online hub www.GuinnessGivesBack.com, including a limited-edition firefighter themed t-shirt sold online and in select bars across the country. The makers of Guinness beer also released the Extraordinary Irish Beers Variety Pack, saluting firefighters’ extraordinary character, which included Guinness® Draught, Guinness® Black Lager, Smithwick’s® Irish Ale and Harp Lager. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the t-shirts and variety packs were donated to the LFF. The program has been part of the brand’s ‘MADE OF MORE’ campaign, which celebrates the service and selflessness of firefighters.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Guinness for a third year,” said actor Denis Leary, founder of the LFF. “Since beginning our partnership two years ago, we’ve raised more than $650,000 to help firefighters nationwide. It’s an honor for the LFF to be recognized for its tireless efforts in support of all the men and women who put their lives on the line every day; the funds raised by Guinness will help our firefighter brothers and sisters in uniform across the country.”

The event also kicked off the brand’s goal to raise $1 million for local firefighters by St. Patrick’s Day 2015, in the third year of its partnership with the LFF. For the next several months, Guinness will publicly recognize those who make great contributions to their communities by raising a Guinness to them at a community event. The brand will carry out additional fundraising activities throughout the year to reach its $1 million fundraising goal.

Join the conversation and share Made of More moments on Twitter at @GuinnessUS. Select images and stories will be featured on the brand’s Instagram feed which celebrates those who are Made of More.

To learn more about Guinness’ partnership with the LFF, visit www.GuinnessGivesBack.com. To learn more about the work LFF does in support of firefighters, visit www.learyfirefighters.org.

Guinness reminds everyone while raising your glass in support of firefighters, and all the men and women who do more for our communities, to do so responsibly.

About Guinness®

The Guinness® brand enjoys a global reputation as a uniquely authentic beer and the best-selling stout in the world. Famous for its dark color, velvety smooth head and unique surge and settle, this distinctive beer has been brewed at the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland since 1759. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness beer are enjoyed every single day around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. Guinness beer is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. Also from the makers of Guinness, Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest and best selling ale and HARP Lager, whose name pays tribute to the Guinness logo and the national symbol of Ireland. Additional information about the Guinness brand can be found at www.guinness.com.

About Diageo

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

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About The Leary Firefighters Foundation

The Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) provides funding and resources for fire departments to get the best available equipment, technology and training necessary for the health and safety of firefighters and in turn, the public they serve. Founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to the 1999 Cold Storage Warehouse fire tragedy in his native Worcester, Massachusetts, LFF has raised more than $10 million for first responders in Worcester, Boston, New York, New Jersey and New Orleans. The Leary Firefighter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Code. Please visit us at www.learyfirefighters.org.

AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund Donates $3.7 Million to Organizations Nationwide

Locally, AMC Awards $45,000 to Two Organizations

Leawood, Kan. (Sept. 24, 2014) – AMC Theatres is proud to announce New York City-based City Harvest, Inc. and Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT received a combined $45,000 through the AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund. During the AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund Annual Ceremony, AMC announced the 2014 awards for 37 charitable organizations nationwide. This year, AMC donated $755,000 in cash and more than $3 million in in-kind donations to charities that support children and youth.

Two charitable organizations in New York City received cash grants made possible by the AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund:

  • City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization dedicated to feeding hungry New Yorkers by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste. With $25,000 from the AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund, City Harvest’s Fruit Bowl will provide low-income children with healthy snacks. This grant will expand the City Harvest’s Fruit Bowl to include 320 classrooms at 83 sites and will provide low-income children with 570,000 lbs. of fresh fruit and low-fat dairy.
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation serves children who suffer from chronic or serious illnesses, physical disabilities and injuries. A $20,000 grant will help fund Starlight Escapes, family outings that create fun, positive memories for seriously or chronically ill children aged 4-18 and their parents and siblings. AMC Movie Days are popular among Starlight children in New York because of wheelchair-accessible seating for children with limited mobility.

“AMC theatres are an important part of the social fabric of the neighborhoods and communities we serve,” said Gerry Lopez, CEO and president of AMC. “Through the AMC Cares Charitable Fund, our associates nationwide have the opportunity to participate in giving back to meaningful charitable organizations in their own communities.”

This year, organizations that support youth and children were asked to visit amctheatres.com/donations to fill out an application by July 18. A group of AMC associates from around the country selected the charities they felt best fit AMC’s goals and values, and allocated the cash from the AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund and other resources accordingly.

The AMC Cares Charitable Grant Fund is a component fund of Tulsa Community Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that worked closely with AMC to administer the AMC Annual Grant Evaluation process to pare down the applicants to the selected recipients.

AMC Cares Charitable Grants – AMC Committee-Awarded Cash Recipients

Adult and Child Mental Health Center – IN ($20,000)
Camp for Kids – MO ($15,000)
Chances and Services for Youth – IN ($5,000)
City Harvest – NY ($25,000)
Eden Autism Services – NJ ($15,000)
Family and Community Education and Support – CO ($20,000)
Guadalupe Centers, Inc. – MO ($20,000)
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp – IN ($10,000)
Harvesters – The Community Food Network – MO ($25,000)
Hollenbeck Police Activities – CA ($15,000)
Home Works – MO ($15,000)
Hoops for Hope – KS ($5,000)
Just Like You – KS ($15,000)
Lake Mary Center – KS ($10,000)
Make Way for Books – AZ (25,000)
Make-A-Wish Foundation – MO ($20,000)
Mercy Health Foundation – MO ($10,000)
Operation Breakthrough – MO ($10,000)
Pathfinders Milwaukee – WI ($10,000)
PF Bresee Foundation – CA ($25,000)
Philadelphia Children’s Alliance – PA ($10,000)
Pomeroy – CA ($10,000)
Prevention Education – NJ ($10,000)
School on Wheels – IN ($15,000)
Starlight Children’s Foundation – NY ($20,000)
The Moyer Foundation – PA ($25,000)
Together We Rise – CA ($25,000)
United Way – Kansas City – MO ($20,000)
Variety Children’s Charity – MO ($10,000)
Women of Tomorrow – FL & MI ($10,000)

AMC Cares Charitable Grants – AMC Committee-Awarded In-Kind Recipients

Beverly’s Birthdays – PA (Annual Pass)
Free Arts for Abused Children of New York City – NY (Paper Passes)
Harvesters – The Community Food Network – MO (On-Screen PSAs)
Just Like You – KS (Movie Screening)
KaBoom! – D.C. (On-Screen PSAs)
Make-A-Wish Foundation – MO (Annual Passes)
PF Bresee Foundation – CA (On-Screen PSAs)
Pomeroy – CA (Annual Passes)
Prevention Education – NJ (Paper Passes)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – TN (On-Screen PSAs)
Starlight Children’s Foundation – NY (Paper Passes)
The Moyer Foundation – PA (On-Screen PSAs)
Together We Rise – CA (On-Screen PSAs)

AMC Cares Charitable Grants – Guest-Focused Initiatives/Additional Grant Recipients

Autism Speaks – NY ($25,000)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City – MO ($100,000)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – MO ($25,000; On-Screen PSAs)
The Autism Society – MD ($25,000)
Will Rogers Foundation – CA ($100,000)

About Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT

Starlight Children’s Foundation New York*NJ*CT is part of Starlight’s global network, serving kids and families through partnerships with more than 100 healthcare facilities. Founded in 1982, Starlight is a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities and pediatric hospitals in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit www.starlight.org/newyork.

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U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee Listening Session Added to Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin

Native American “40 under 40” award winners also announced; will be honored at gala during leading Native American business event

MILWAUKEE, WI – The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will host a Listening Session on Economic Development during the upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Wisconsin, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center). The session was recently added to the conference agenda, which can be found here. The Committee is sending its top economic development counsel to hear comments and collect recommendations to bring back to Committee members for further action. In addition to informative sessions and a business trade show, the National Center will host its annual INPRO awards gala on Thursday October 8th, which will honor the recently-announced Native American “40 under 40” and other business award recipients. The conference, which is taking place at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, officially kicks off with a golf tournament on October 6th and ends on October 9th.

“We are very excited to offer Indian Country a chance to hear from, and provide input to, those who help craft policy important to Native Americans across the country,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. “This newly-added session complements an already strong agenda and schedule of speakers, and provides even more value-added benefit to event attendees. Along with our annual INPRO Awards gala honorees and another impressive list of Native American 40 under 40 award recipients, RES Wisconsin is shaping up to be one of our most powerful Regional RES events yet.”

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation is the presenting partner for RES Wisconsin. RES brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, top CEOs, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. In addition to business development seminars and sessions, RES Wisconsin will also feature a Native American business trade show.

For more information or to register for RES Wisconsin, please visit http://res.ncaied.org.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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