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Kerbey Lane’s ‘Hot Cakes for Hunger’ to benefit Central Texas Food Bank, July 16-29

Press Release – AUSTIN— Kerbey Lane Cafe will host a “Hot Cakes for Hunger” fundraiser at all seven of its locations July 16-29, with all proceeds from its specialty pancakes benefiting Central Texas Food Bank. Kerbey Lane will also donate pancake mix to CTFB for every dollar of proceeds from its specialty pancakes.

Kerbey Lane is a longtime supporter of CTFB (formerly Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Since 2010, Kerbey Lane has supported the food bank with annual food drives, cash donations, and company-wide volunteer days.

In 2016, Kerbey Lane’s donations provided 11,948 meals for Central Texans in need and sorted 7,650 pounds of food on its team member volunteer day at CTFB.

Amanda Kuda, director of marketing, says: “We’re excited to continue our support for the Central Texas Food Bank with this year’s Hot Cakes for Hunger campaign, and we hope our guests will come in extra hungry to help Central Texans in need who know the feeling of hunger all too well.”

Kerbey Lane serves three specialty pancakes each week, including one vegan and one gluten-free option.

During the week of July 18, the specialty pancakes are Strawberry Banana, Vegan Strawberry Banana, and Gluten Free Vanilla. During the week of July 25, the specialty pancakes are S’mores (chocolate, marshmallow, and grahams), Vegan Cinnamon Peach, and Gluten Free Cinnamon Peach.

To celebrate the completion of the fundraiser, dozens Kerbey team members will volunteer at CTFB near the end of summer, and will also present a check for the proceeds of its Hot Cakes For Hunger campaign drive.

“We focus our support for CTFB in July each year because volunteers and donations are most needed during the food bank’s busy summer months when children don’t have access to free or reduced-price school lunches and electricity bills are high,” says Kuda.

Kerbey Lane’s specialty pancakes will be available at their regular prices and quantities during the Hot Cakes for Hunger drive.

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Investment by Innovative Carbon Fund Protects Large Northeast Forest and Supports Forest Education

Climate Trust Capital’s first forestry investment funds storied Connecticut conservation legacy organization, Great Mountain Forest Corp.

Press Release – Portland, Ore. — U.S.- based private investment fund Climate Trust Capital, an independent entity of the long-standing mission-driven nonprofit The Climate Trust, has reached agreement on its inaugural forestry carbon investment. This $550,000 upfront investment is the second of Climate Trust Capital’s $5.5 million Fund Iaunched in October 2016, and was seeded by a Program-Related Investment from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and supported by a Conservation Innovation Grant from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The investment is an eleven-year commitment to invest in carbon offsets from a 6,000-acre forestry project with Connecticut-based Great Mountain Forest Corporation (GMF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 private operating foundation. GMF, with a mission to educate, conserve and support scientific research of its forest areas, is contracting with experienced carbon offset project developer, Bluesource, LLC, to develop an Improved Forest Management project using an upfront investment from Climate Trust Capital’s Fund I. This deployment of capital to GMF from the carbon investment fund is based on the anticipated ten-year value of carbon credits from the project. By implementing a carbon project, GMF is committing to maintaining above average timber stocks on the property. This pledge will be monitored and verified over a 100-year period.

“We are delighted to make an investment in such a charismatic forestry project, as it truly reflects Climate Trust Capital’s investment philosophy and ongoing strategy,” said Sean Penrith, executive director for The Climate Trust. “We have found that early-stage finance is critical, offering greater potential for impact as projects are developed, and we are pleased to see that strategy put into action with such a worthy partner.”

“The Climate Trust’s unique ability to provide upfront capital in combination with taking out-year price, production and regulatory risk is exactly the type of offering that many long-dated emission reduction projects need to get on their feet,” said Bluesource CEO, Eric Townsend. “Applied to the right project, it really plows through the regulatory uncertainty in the market today.”

“Given that more than a century of forest management and informed stewardship has gone into restoring the health and vitality of our working native forest, this exciting new development with Bluesource and The Climate Trust begins a dynamic new century of commitment to carbon sequestration for the public good,” said Charles R. Fritz, GMF chair.

With roots dating back to 1909, GMF is one of the nation’s oldest forest conservation legacy organizations. The project encompasses a large woodland area located in the uplands of northern Litchfield County, Connecticut. The forest is a critical part of watersheds providing fresh water to metropolitan areas to the south. Part of an ecologically vital corridor, this forest forms a vital bridge for wildlife and migratory songbirds in the northeast. In addition to harboring wildlife, the forest has historically served as a field training location for Yale Forestry and Environmental Studies graduate students and undergraduates from other forestry programs; recently serving to educate the next generation of foresters on carbon forestry management practices.

Climate Trust Capital’s Fund I is focused on supporting innovative U.S.-based carbon offset projects in the forestry, grassland conservation, and livestock digesters sectors. The GMF project was identified as a match for conservation finance, with the offer of upfront investment tipping the scales in the favor of developing a forestry carbon offset project. The GMF project will be developed in accordance to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) protocol for U.S. Forest Projects, and is estimated to generate more than 360,000 offsets over its first 10-years of operation.

“The Trust’s technical experts are enthusiastic about the potential for impact in the forestry sector, expecting it will play a large part in building our Fund I portfolio,” said Kristen Kleiman, director of investments for The Climate Trust. “Climate Trust Capital leverages our technical expertise and robust buyer network, to ensure optimal long-term performance and the best possible premiums for the sale of generated credits.”

“We are proud of the progress we’ve made in building and deploying our Fund in the past six months, and look forward to future investments in carbon that align with our conviction that carbon prices are undervalued and will provide investors with long-term, risk-adjusted returns,” continued Penrith. “Our patient approach rewards project owners as carbon prices increase over time, while meeting our personal commitment to preventing a disastrous rise in global temperatures brought about by climate change.”

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Tribal Tech, LLC in Partnership with Global Impact Awarded Combined Federal Campaign Contracts

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 18, 2017 – Tribal Tech, LLC and subcontractor partner Global Impact have been awarded the first three task orders solicited under the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) newly revised program for the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – the Federal Government’s annual workplace giving campaign. The team will implement the National CFC Marketing Program for all Zones, along with the National Capital Area (Zone 32) and the CFC-Overseas (Zone 38) Outreach Coordinator Programs.

The National CFC Marketing Program for all Zones is a new role under the revised CFC program. It serves as a central marketing function for the Campaign nationally, which will streamline the marketing function and create overall program efficiencies. The team has administered regional CFC campaigns for more than 20 years and last year administered the very successful Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, the New York City Combined Federal Campaign and the Central Virginia Combined Federal Campaign.

Vicki Vasques, Tribal Tech’s President and CEO stated, “We are excited to be working on this very important endeavor with Global Impact. Our team has a long history of working on the Combined Federal Campaign. We are honored to continue to build on this much-needed program. Our team has been helping underserved populations and is committed to supporting the betterment of communities everywhere.”

“We are honored to have been selected to administer these three task orders as part of the overall CFC program,” said Scott Jackson, President and CEO of Global Impact. “Our team is committed to growing and sustaining the Campaign. We are very pleased to be partnering with Tribal Tech and OPM to provide leadership that will be critical in growing the Campaign nationwide under the new program guidelines.”


Tribal Tech, LLC is a Native American, woman-owned, SBA certified 8(a) and 8(m). Established in 2000, Tribal Tech is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. As a management and technical services consulting company, they provide a diverse range of services to federal agencies, American Indian tribes, and private businesses. Specialized services include Training and Technical Assistance, Grants Management, Communications and Outreach and Event Planning. Tribal Tech’s guiding principles of “People, Performance and Partnership” are woven into every aspect of the company.

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. Since 1956, the organization has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people, by building partnerships and raising resources. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. For more than 20 years, the organization has served as an administrator of the Combined Federal Campaign, and continues to support marketing and key geographic zones.

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USITT Presents: OSHA 10 Training and Theatrical Rigging in Honolulu, HI

Press Release – Train with industry leaders Joe Aldridge, Coordinator for EED, and Eddie Raymond, ETCP Recognized Trainer, on September 11-14 for OSHA 10 and Rigging Training in Honolulu, HI.

The OSHA 10-hour program (September 11-12) provides training on OSHA general industry safety and health regulations for entertainment professionals of all skill levels. Special emphasis is placed on those areas that are the most hazardous, using OSHA standards as a guide. Upon completion of both days you will have earned your OSHA 10 card. More information here.

This customized OSHA 10 training is brought to you by the IATSE Entertainment and Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund and USITT as part of the alliance between these organizations and OSHA.

Stay for all four days to include the Theatrical Rigging Course, ideal for individuals that need to refresh or update their procedures, secondary educators who work with auditorium rigging, and entry level riggers. If you have ever wanted to know how to fly scenery, or to reinforce the skills that you already have, this is the course for you.

Early registration ends August 15, so register and book your travel now before this deal sails away!

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USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference and Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, featuring over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment. More information is available at

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3Doodler Updates 3D Printing Pens and Receives Official Approval from Major Sight Loss Charity, RNIB

Pens Updated For Use By People Who Are Blind Or Partially Sighted, Giving Teachers & Students New Tools For Accessible Creativity

Press Release – NEW YORK and LONDON – July 13, 2017 – When 3Doodler first brought its 3D printing pen to market, the company was inundated with feedback from people who are blind or partially sighted, or who work with those communities. Teachers of blind students were particularly engaged, envisioning ways to work with their students to instantly create tactile graphics they could touch and feel. The feedback they received led to specific changes to the 3D printing pens – such as lower heat and tactile buttons – to make them easier and safer for people with sight loss to use.

“We took the feedback to heart,” said 3Doodler President Daniel Cowen. “We got so many requests from 3Doodler users with sight loss and teachers of blind students, we started calling up organizations to explore how we could work with the sight loss community to make our 3D pen work better for them.”

RNIB Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy at RNIB said: “RNIB was pleased to work with 3Doodler and impressed by their commitment to making the pen accessible and usable for people with sight loss. The pen will have uses in education and also for fun and creativity enabling blind and partially sighted children and adults to create tactile drawings and models.”

The latest version of the 3Doodler START now includes tactile buttons to help those with sight loss more easily locate the stop and start buttons and the on/off buttons. Feedback from the testing phase of the official RNIB study led to the development of new audio instructions, accessible through the 3Doodler website, in order to help users get started and orient the pens for 3D drawing.

Listen to the audio instructions here.

As part of the rigorous process to achieve RNIB Approved status, the 3Doodler Start pen was tested by several groups of students who are blind, partially sighted or have other disabilities, and their teachers. These teachers commented in the study that the 3Doodler Start, in addition to being fun for students to use, could also be useful for teaching maths, drawing diagrams or teaching symmetry, as an alternative option which can sometimes replace the need for swell paper – a heat sensitive paper often used by teachers of visually impaired students that swells when heat is applied to produce a raised image.

Roxana Stupp, Director of the Disability Resource Center at University of Illinois at Chicago, saw potential for the pens when they first debuted back in 2013 to aid blind or partially sighted college students, as well as those with non-traditional learning styles.

The learning barriers students with visual disabilities face in highly visual tasks are one reason those students are underrepresented in Science and Engineering programs, said Stupp, who is organizing a 3Doodler workshop for students with disabilities later this year.

“This pen seems to be an effective tool for those students, for whom touching and drawing in three dimensions makes the difference in their learning experience,” said Stupp,

3Doodler’s 3D printing pens are already used by more than 3,000 teachers in classrooms across the globe and by artists, creators and hobbyists from young to old. They are sold in more than 60 countries at retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond and Target.

3Doodler aims to make unlocking creativity fun and accessible to everyone, and updating features on the 3Doodler Start pen to make it easier for people who are blind or partially sighted to use it supported that goal.

“We envision a world where every person, from children to grandparents, regardless of ability, can use a 3Doodler 3D pen to unlock their creativity and bring their ideas to life,” said Max Bogue, CEO and co-creator of 3Doodler.

3Doodler offers discounts to educators worldwide, as well as specially designed EDU Bundles, aimed at giving teachers everything they need to outfit their classroom and take creativity to a new dimension. Visit for details.

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Raffa, PC, The Only Top 100 Ranked B Corp Certified Accounting Firm, Gets an A+ from B Lab

Raffa Do More passes surprise B Corp audit with flying colors

Press Release – Washington, D.C. (July 17, 2017) – Once again, Raffa recertifies to maintain its third party Certified B Corp Seal and this year substantiates its commitment to Do More through a comprehensive B Lab audit review and site visit while boosting its B Corp impact score by 10+ points. Raffa first obtained B Corp certification in 2013 with an initial score of 112 and then recertified in 2015, boosting its score to 118. For its July 2017 recertification, Raffa has achieved a score of 129.

By voluntarily meeting higher standards of social and environmental impact, accountability, transparency and performance, Certified B Corps distinguish themselves as value aligned businesses who exist to create a more shared and durable prosperity for all. B Lab, the nonprofit outlining the social and environmental performance standards as a rubric for corporations, has designated only 2,189 corporations from 50+ countries and 130 industries with the B Corp certification to date. Raffa remains the only Certified B Corp on the nation’s list of Top 100 accounting firms and is also one of only 19 Certified B Corps in the District of Columbia.

To obtain B Corp certification, companies must demonstrate adherence to strict standards related to Governance, Workers, Customers, Community and Environment and score 80 or higher on the B Impact Assessment. B Corps are required to recertify every two years to ensure continued validity of their status and each year 10% of Certified B Corporations are also randomly selected for an in-depth document audit and on-site review. The visit, which includes 1:1 interviews across the company, typically takes between 6-10 hours depending on the size and scope of business. Certified B Corps that are wholly-owned subsidiaries or public companies are subject to a mandatory on-site Site Review during each two year certification term.

This year, Raffa was one of 200 privately-held firms selected for audit by B-Lab. The process began in April and culminated last week when Raffa received its 2017 Site Review Report, including a summary of findings, including score adjustments, recommendations, and best practices.

“Our goal for this review is to verify the requirements of the Certification and further confirm the accuracy of affirmative responses in the company’s B Impact Assessment. This component of the B Corp Certification is critical in maintaining the authenticity of the Certified B Corp Seal,” said B Lab Standards Analyst, Mike McGrory. “

“Typically, we see a 5-10% drop in impact scores after a B Corp audit, but Raffa increased by 8% reflecting a higher level of impact with their stakeholders, even as the business grows. We applaud Raffa for exemplary policies and practices that demonstrate the company’s leadership in the B Corp community,” said McGrory.

“Not surprisingly, our reviewers were most impressed by our civic engagement, community impact and transparency as well as our commitment to inclusion and diversity,” said Tom Raffa, Raffa’s Founder and CEO.

The firms’ demographics contrast sharply with national industry trends as Raffa is the only national Top 100 firm where more than 50% of owners and 65% of the employers are women. At Raffa, 12 of the 18 partners are women and of the seven equity partners, five are women, leading an international, multi-cultural staff.

“As we continue to improve and integrate positive impacts on society and the environment directly into our corporate strategy,” said Raffa, “the B-Lab audit felt very affirming and also provided a useful roadmap for setting improvement goals particularly around our environmental footprint and supply chain practices.”

In 2019, Raffa will be off the B Lab list for potential audit but plans to recertify and continue to evolve as a force for good.

About Raffa

As a B-Corp certified, national Top 100 professional services advisory firm to nonprofits and socially-responsible businesses Raffa provides a wide array of services and back-office solutions to support and strengthen every aspect of their clients’ operations from tax, audit, accounting and HR administration, to IT services, benefits, and wealth management. With a mission to serve as a catalyst for positive systemic change, Raffa is about the people they serve, the relationships they nurture, the individual and collective contributions of their staff, and the myriad of actions they take for the betterment of the community.

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Higher Education Institutions Drive Campus-Wide Collaboration and Set New Bar for Fundraising Success with Blackbaud CRM

Software leader continues to achieve growth in adoption among enterprise institutions seeking a powerful yet adaptable fundraising and relationship management solution

Press Release – Charleston, S.C. (July 17, 2017) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today reported strong adoption and satisfaction rates of Blackbaud CRM™ among higher education institutions seeking to advance their engagement efforts, boost fundraising outcomes, and improve collaboration and efficiency across campuses. The company will share latest innovations for higher education institutions as a platinum sponsor of CASE Summit 2017, which is currently underway in San Francisco.

“We knew Blackbaud CRM was the right solution to support Marquette University’s growing fundraising needs and would allow us to empower our users from across all 11 colleges with a consistent, comprehensive user experience,” said Paul Milakovich, associate vice president, advancement services at Marquette University. “Our goal is to make this truly a university-wide solution that provides a complete view of our alumni and enables a self-service model for users. It has been wonderful to watch our staff light up as they see how this solution will streamline their day-to-day activities.”

Blackbaud CRM is a comprehensive, customizable fundraising and relationship management solution for enterprise-level nonprofits seeking a powerful, yet adaptable solution for fundraising, marketing and program management.

“Implementing Blackbaud CRM has allowed the University of Nebraska Foundation to achieve our goals of providing users across all four University of Nebraska campuses with a uniform experience and access to information anytime, anywhere,” said Christina Provost, senior director advancement CRM at University of Nebraska Foundation. “The solution supports our growing advancement needs and gives us a true 360-degree view of our alumni, donors and friends. Blackbaud has been a great partner, working efficiently and effectively to complete our project on time and under budget for a smooth implementation.”

University of Georgia Achieves Record-Breaking Fundraising Growth with Blackbaud CRM

University of Georgia (UGA) selected Blackbaud CRM to create a unified view of all constituent communications and activities. Its goal was to support strategic planning and management, and increase efficiency using a single, cohesive system. Upon implementation in 2013, UGA has the ability to track and measures fundraising activity across the entire organization with greater insight into overall fundraising capacity of constituents. Blackbaud CRM also enables advanced coordination of fundraising efforts and increased visibility into the overall communications plan.

“Adopting Blackbaud CRM throughout the campus has allowed us to redefine business processes and work more efficiently than ever before — UGA finished its 2017 fiscal year by setting new fundraising records again with three consecutive years of record-breaking fundraising,” said Derek Clark, senior director of advancement and services at University of Georgia. “Four years after implementing, we have doubled our revenue from our preceding eight-year average. The results speak for themselves.”

Recently completing its fourth year using the solution to manage its fundraising programs, UGA experienced the following benefits from fiscal year 2014 to 2017 attributable to Blackbaud CRM:

  • A fundraising lift of $18.9 million
  • 94 percent growth in fundraising
  • 22 percent compound annual growth rate
  • 192 percent return-on-investment
  • Avoided labor costs of $3.4 million and IT costs of $400,000

“For over 35 years, Blackbaud’s software innovation, industry expertise and value-added services have helped higher education institutions excel in fundraising and constituent relationship management,” said Tim Hill, president of Blackbaud Higher Education Solutions. “We are more committed than ever to bringing the latest innovation through our flexible, scalable and secure CRM solutions. Blackbaud CRM allows enterprise-level organizations to build strong and productive relationships with supporters so that they can increase fundraising dollars, retain donors and engage more effectively with constituents. We continue to invest in Blackbaud CRM and extend the solution through new capabilities powered by Blackbaud SKY and best of breed analytics solutions to drive fundraising success for our customers.”

Blackbaud CRM powers a diverse community of higher education institutions with the goal of driving outcomes and achieving improved results. Georgia Tech Foundation, Queensland University of Technology, Brown University, USNA Alumni Association and Foundation, University of Guelph, Portland State University Foundation and University of Arizona Foundation, are among the long list of higher education institutions that recently selected or went live on Blackbaud CRM.

To learn more about how Blackbaud CRM is helping higher education institutions advance their missions, connect with Blackbaud in person during CASE Summit 2017 by visiting the company’s booth located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer. For additional information about Blackbaud CRM for higher education institutions, visit

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit


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AiRS Foundation Shines Light On One of the Least Talked About, But Important Topics, Surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness

Press Release – New York, NY (July 2017) – We live in a day and age where most people know someone who has been affected with breast cancer as nearly one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. And while there are many causes and organizations that are dedicated to funding research and a cure, the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation, has stepped up to focus on a special area related to breast cancer: reconstructive surgery after mastectomy.

“It has been impressive to see the number of organizations developed over time to educate about breast cancer, research and support funding to help find a cure. Through their efforts, from charity walks to pink products, they have provided such a needed service to the patients that have been diagnosed,” commented Morgan Hare, co-founder and Board Member of The AiRS Foundation. Ms. Hare started the AiRS Foundation in 2012 alongside her friend and business partner at eraclea skin care, Janet Denlinger, Ph.D and internationally known plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Rod Rohrich. “But what we realized is that after mastectomy, we go quiet and aren’t doing much to address the continued healing that needs to take place with women who have gone through a mastectomy.” The mastectomy is just part of the recovery process both psychologically and otherwise. Breast reconstruction is integral to this process of healing.

Women who have been through a unilateral (removal of one breast) or bilateral (removal of both breasts) mastectomy are often unaware of their options for reconstructive surgery, which truly is a key part of the physical and emotional healing for survivors. It is estimated that 70% of women do not have options discussed with them or they are unable to pay for the surgery. That is where AiRS comes in—the focus of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is to raise funds to help women connect with doctors that can help them as well as assist with the costs associated with restorative breast surgery.

“While the treatment of breast cancer has progressed, one third of all breast cancer patients will inevitably have a mastectomy. In addition, more women are being diagnosed with the BRCA gene mutation and will opt for a risk reducing mastectomy. It’s crucial that the medical community help educate and inform patients about their reconstruction options as an integral part of cancer treatment which can lead towards healing emotionally and physically,” adds Dr. Rod Rohrich.

Dr. Rohrich is one of the co-founders of AiRS and is one of the many impressive board members for the organization. Other board members include Peter Cordeiro M.D., a Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Alexes Hazen M.D., Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, Jay S. Orringer M.D., F.A.C.S., a nationally recognized plastic and Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and Kevin H. Small, MD, the Director of Plastic Surgery at the New York Bariatric Group.

The mission of AiRS is to be a resource and a support system for the women who have lost their breasts as a result of breast cancer; educating them on surgical options, assisting with understanding their health insurance coverage, and ultimately assisting them with the cost of reconstructive surgery, if qualified. AiRS also strives to be a resource and provide education about reconstruction for physicians and medical communities, as well as caregivers and advocacy organizations.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Teams Up with Athletes for Hope to Deliver 100,000 Starlight Brave Gowns to Hospitals Across the US

Dozens of Athletes Partner with Starlight to Celebrate First Arrivals of Revolutionary New Children’s Hospital Gowns in Communities from Coast to Coast

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Starlight Children’s Foundation announces its first major distribution of 100,000 Starlight Brave Gowns to hundreds of Starlight partner hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country, in partnership with Athletes for Hope whose member athletes will help deliver gowns to pediatric patients throughout the U.S. Created with children in mind, Starlight Brave Gowns bring smiles to hospitalized children by transforming drab, uncomfortable and embarrassing hospital garments into fun, comfy and colorful gowns that help sick kids feel like superstars.

Thanks to individual donations and a one-for-one matching grant provided by Niagara Cares, Starlight and Athletes for Hope will deliver the first 20,000 gowns this week featuring designs created by Michaels, the program’s official launch partner, with an additional 80,000 gowns bringing smiles to pediatric patients throughout the summer and into the fall.

“Our goal is to revolutionize hospital gowns to provide joy and comfort to every sick kid who needs one,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We are excited to have the support of generous individual donors and incredible partners like Michaels, Niagara Cares and Athletes for Hope who are helping us bring inspiration, wonder and happiness to thousands of hospitalized kids nationwide through Starlight Brave Gown deliveries – because sick kids are still kids.”

Athletes for Hope, a nonprofit organization created by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jeff Gordon and Alonzo Mourning among others, to bring athletes together to educate, inspire and empower them to make a difference in the world, is launching its new partnership with Starlight by teaming athletes up with the charity for special deliveries and visits. More than 60 athletes have signed on to help Starlight donate Starlight Brave Gowns to children in hospitals from coast to coast. Athletes include Carl Edwards, Jr. of the Chicago Cubs, Vince Biegel of the Green Bay Packers, new Seattle Seahawk Eric Pocic, Steven Wright of the Boston Red Sox, racing phenom Rob Megennis and current Portland Thorns and US Women’s National Soccer team defender Meghan Klingenberg, among others.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to brighten the days of hospitalized kids and grateful to our many Athletes for Hope athletes who will be on hand to deliver Starlight Brave Gowns all over the nation,” said Ivan Blumberg, CEO of Athletes for Hope. “Our mission is to provide athletes with ways to give back and make a difference in the world and Starlight Brave Gown deliveries give them a priceless opportunity to do exactly that.”

Michaels Stores is the program’s official launch partner and created the inaugural designs for Starlight Brave Gowns. Featuring creative designs and cool characters, Starlight Brave Gowns tie on the side, not down the back, with hospital-approved snaps on both sleeves for easy IV and chest port access. Current Michaels designs include an astronaut, princess, an explorer, a cowboy and many more, with additional designs arriving in hospitals later this year. Best of all, kids love them.

An upcoming special event in Los Angeles will be held to celebrate the program with the support of Michaels and a celebrity visit from actress Alyson Hannigan and her family. Additional funding is provided by Niagara Cares for research and continuing development of the groundbreaking program. Visit to learn more about Starlight Brave Gowns and donate $25 to give a gown to a hospitalized child in need today.

Athletes participating include:

  • Various Olympic and professional skiers – Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT on July 17
  • Steven Wright, Boston Red Sox –Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA on July 19
  • Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Tampa, FL on July 19
  • Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks – Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, LA on July 19
  • Vince Biegel, Green Bay Packers – Prevea Health, Green Bay, WI on July 19
  • Members of the Team USA Curling Team – Children’s Minnesota St. Paul Hospital, St. Paul, MN on July 19
  • Jake Butt and Dymonte Thomas, Denver Broncos – Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO on July 19
  • Jordan Angeli, American former soccer player – Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO on July 19
  • Carl Edwards, Jr., Chicago Cubs – Comer Children’s, Chicago, IL on July 20
  • Alyssa Naeher, Chicago Red Stars – Comer Children’s, Chicago, IL on July 20
  • Will Hampton, former Northwestern Wildcat – Comer Children’s, Chicago, IL on July 20
  • Kyle Prater, NFL Free Agent – Comer Children’s, Chicago, IL on July 20
  • Various Seattle Reign players – Valley Medical Center, Seattle, WA July 20
  • Jamal Carter, Miami Hurricanes Football – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL on July 21
  • Rob Megennis, Racecar Driver – St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson, NJ on July 21
  • Kansas City FC Players – Children’s Mercy, Kansas City, MO on July 25
  • James McCann and Alex Wilson, Detroit Tigers – St. John Providence, Detroit, MI on July 26
  • Drew Robinson and Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers – Cook Children’s, Dallas, TX on July 26
  • Melissa Henderson, former Houston Dash forward – Cook Children’s, Dallas, TX on July 26


Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Brave Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Athletes for Hope ( is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 by philanthropically-minded athletes such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Warrick Dunn, Alonzo Mourning, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. As athletes who share a deep commitment to giving back, our founders joined forces to create an organization that brings athletes together, to educate, inspire, and empower them to channel their energy for a common goal: to make a difference in the world. AFH now works with over 3,500 athletes across 20 different sports and has conducted philanthropic education workshops for numerous leagues, teams, and associations, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NWSL, Olympic Teams and ATP, WTA, and LPGA Tours. Follow Athletes for Hope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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24 Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Beneficiaries

Support enables 24 Foundation to expand impact on cancer navigation and survivorship

Press Release – INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 14, 2017 – 24 Foundation today announced its 2017 grant recipients that the organization and two of its signature events – 24 Indianapolis and 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte – will support in 2017 and 2018.

“24 Foundation is thrilled to expand our impact on cancer navigation and survivorship through a new tier of community organizations and partners,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “The range of services provided by this portfolio allows 24 Foundation to impact the life of someone affected by cancer during and after treatment in a magnitude of ways.”

In addition to its five primary beneficiaries – Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Ulman Cancer Center for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation – 24 Foundation will also support:

  • Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 featuring a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. “There is an overwhelming need for survivorship programs like CfR which help women heal emotionally, physically and spiritually following their diagnosis,” said CfR Program Manager Erika Michanowicz. “Support from the 24 Foundation will allow us to reach and serve more Indiana women. The CfR Indiana team runs one of our longest standing programs, so this expansion is particularly meaningful.”
  • Carolina Breast Friends (CBF) provides supportive services and mentorship connection among those going through breast cancer wherever they are in their journey and supports them with compassion and care. “What an amazing partnership between 24 Foundation and Carolina Breast Friends,” said CBF Executive Director Melonee Hostetler,” Our missions are united: care and support for those going through breast cancer. The leadership of Carolina Breast Friends expresses gratitude to the 24 Foundation for the 2017 grant approval, and we can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”
  • The GoJenGo Foundation has a mission to provide financial assistance to local women and families in treatment for breast cancer. Jen Pagani, a local tri-athlete, mom and breast cancer survivor founded the organization in Charlotte in 2009. “24 Foundation has long championed our shared commitment to cancer navigation and survivorship, and with their support, we have continued to expand our reach to over 300 hundred families in the local community,” said Christopher Pagani, board chair of GoJenGo. “We are grateful to the 24 Foundation and are committed to the success of the 24 Hours of Booty event.”
  • Hospitality House of Charlotte provides the comforts of home for families of seriously ill loved ones by offering affordable accommodations in the heart of Charlotte’s medical community. “We are thrilled to partner with 24 Foundation to launch our Guest Assistance Program (GAP) Cancer Fund to alleviate some of the heavy financial burdens our cancer families often carry,” said Carrie Howell, executive director of Hospitality House of Charlotte. “A $20,000 gift to this fund will provide over 333 nights of lodging at no cost to cancer patients and their families so they can rest and recharge in order to face the battles that lie ahead.”
  • Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats offers wellness retreats, programs, and healthy-lifestyle support (nutrition and exercise) to cancer survivors of all types and all stages at no cost to survivors. “Through our strong relationship with the 24 Foundation and their generous support, we can help survivors work on the non-medical aspects of cancer and provide them the strength and skills to manage their cancer journey,” said Shannon Carney, co-founder of Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats. “We are excited to once again be part of this year’s 24 Hours of Booty event and look forward to supporting all of the riders in Bootyville through our annual Wind River Smoothie Tent.”

“Each of these services are made available to cancer survivors [and their families] due to the incredible efforts of our donors, event participants, board and staff,” said Walsh, 24 Foundation’s executive director. “24 Foundation is having an immediate, positive impact on the lives of people affected by cancer every day.”

The 2017 grant beneficiaries are also benefitting from two of 24 Foundation’s signature non-competitive cycling and walking events in Charlotte, N.C. and Indianapolis, Ind. 24 Indianapolis took place this past June in the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood on June 23-24. The 16th Annual 24 Hours of Booty will take place in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood from 7 p.m. Friday, July 28 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29. For more information, visit

About 24 Indianapolis

24 Indianapolis is a non-competitive charity cycling and walking event at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave. The event hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers who raise funds for the IU Health Simon Cancer Center and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Formerly known as 24 Hours of Booty, 24 Indianapolis returned for its sixth year on June 23-24, 2017. Next year’s event date will be announced soon. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

About 24 Foundation

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

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