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24 Baltimore Changing The Course of Cancer With 24-Hour Event, Year-Round Mission

Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 at Johns Hopkins University

Registration open now!

Press Release – BALTIMORE, MD. – 24 Foundation has moved their Maryland event from Columbia into Baltimore to host the 24 Baltimore event, a 24-hour cycling and walking event on Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 24 Baltimore participants can ride or walk as far as their inspiration takes them, in teams or solo, three miles or 300 miles. The event’s headquarters, known as “Nest 24” will include a campground and expo area with live entertainment, endless food and beverages, a kids’ zone area, free massages and mission-based programming. The event will also feature walker registration opportunities and a kids’ ride. 24 Baltimore hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers who will raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

24 Foundation, formerly known as 24 Hours of Booty, is back for its 10th year in Maryland. Celebrating 16 years total, the new 24 Foundation will continue to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

“This is the same great organization and event, but with an exciting new vision,” said Spencer Lueders, organization founder. “It’s an incredible time for the organization as we head into our 16th year of making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. I’m thrilled to be along for the ride and part of this important cause that will always be near and dear to me.”

“We are very excited about our rebrand as 24 Foundation, which enables us to expand our partnership opportunities to further impact the local and national cancer community,” said 24 Foundation Executive Director Mallory Walsh. “Through our new approach, we will be changing the path of cancer navigation and survivorship.”

24 Baltimore Event Details:

24 Baltimore (*formerly held in Columbia, Md.)

  • September, 23-24 2 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
  • Riding and Walker Loop and all Event Details:
  • Funds raised benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Participant Registration

Registration open now!

Interested individuals and teams can register now at Riders ages 12 – 17 are required to pay a $45 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate. Child riders ages 8 – 11 are required to pay a $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $100 prior to the event in Baltimore. Each walker is required to pay a $30 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate in Baltimore. Those who raise $10,000 or more will receive a branded orange jersey. Registered participants receive online fundraising tools, access to templates and fundraising ideas, fundraising level incentives and an event t-shirt.

Event Headquarters Features

Bring your bike or walking shoes, and 24 Foundation will take care of the rest!

Three full meals, plus unlimited snacks, energy bars, water and sports drinks

  • Midnight pizza party
  • Full bike and medical support
  • Entertainment
  • Kids’ Zone and Ride

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, North Carolina 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: Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charitable non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, MD., and Indianapolis, IN – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of riding and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit


HAITI TAKES ROOT: A Benefit Dinner & Auction to Reforest & Rebuild Haiti

May 1–5, 2017: Auction Preview at Sotheby’s New York
May 5, 2017: Dinner & Auction at Sotheby’s New York

Co-Hosts: Sean Penn, Bryan Lourd, and David Geffen
Cultural Partners: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) & Sotheby’s

Press Release – April 24, 2017 NEW YORKJ/P Haitian Relief Organization, a non-profit dedicated to bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian community, will host, along with its cultural partners Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Sotheby’s, its benefit dinner and auction in New York on Friday, May 5, 2017. This will be the organization’s first benefit for Haiti Takes Root, a 10-year long initiative dedicated to the reforestation and development of Haiti, and will be the first to take place in New York. Co-hosted by Sean Penn, Bryan Lourd, and David Geffen, the benefit dinner will offer world-class fine art, once-in-a-lifetime experiential lots, and intimate musical performances.

Sean Penn, Founder and Chairman of the Board of J/P HRO and Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti, says, “In Haiti, having trees is a matter of life and death. They give food, they protect the soil, and they provide shelter from the storm. If we can’t reverse deforestation —and do it now— the deck is going to continue to be stacked against Haitians already struggling to survive. This auction is about getting at these root causes of Haiti’s challenges. It’s about giving the Haitians the tools they need and planting the seeds for a better future.”

Cocktails and exhibition viewing will be held from 6:30pm–8pm, followed by a seated dinner with live auction and special performances until 10:30pm. The live auction, curated by CAA’s Thao Nguyen, will feature works by Thomas Houseago, Deborah Kass, Ed Ruscha, Henry Taylor, and Jonas Wood, as well as unique experiences, including a VIP soccer experience with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d’Or winner soccer player, a VIP Monaco Grand Prix trip, an art and culinary trip to Denmark with Noma’s René Redzepi, and a private tour and dinner at James Turrell’s Roden Crater, led by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The live auction will be conducted by Andrea Fiuczynski, Executive Vice President and Chairman, West Coast, Sotheby’s. The evening will be MC’d by Gayle King, and dinner guests will enjoy performances by Andra Day and Damien Rice.

Complete details of all auction lots will be available online on Tuesday, April 25.

For table/ticket inquiries, please contact Sophie Ragir at

For more information, please visit

Benefit Patrons

Allan Schwartzman, Amy Cappellazzo, Azede Jean-Pierre, Beth Swofford, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Deborah McLeod, Jared Leto, Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux, Larry Gagosian, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Sting & Trudie Styler.

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

Founded by Sean Penn in 2010, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) is dedicated to providing long-term support for the people of Haiti and empowering the Haitian community to build sustainable programs. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO immediately began working to assist the most vulnerable to safer, healthier, and stronger neighborhoods. Consisting of four linked programs —Medical, Disaster and Risk Reduction, Education, and Community Development— J/P HRO works with the support of and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGOs, UN agencies, donors, and —most importantly— the community members themselves. In partnership with The Government of The Republic of Haiti, The Government of The French Republic, and The Parker Foundation J/P HRO launched “Haiti Takes Root”, a 10-year long climate change initiative dedicated to the reforestation and development of Haiti.

Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter by mentioning @jphro and using the hashtag #HaitiTakesRoot.

Chrysler Brand Introduces PacifiPuppy Foley to Launch New Social Initiative in Partnership With Canine Companions for Independence’s ‘Give a Dog a Job’ Campaign

  • Chrysler brand‘s new social initiative in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence® and its “Give a Dog a Job” campaign will help raise awareness and support to provide assistance dogs for children, veterans and adults with disabilities
  • Fans can follow Canine Companions puppy Foley, tracking his growth and learning about the overall training journey from puppy to fully trained assistance dog, across the brand’s social channels, in addition to
  • Fans can engage with Canine Companions puppy Foley with the #RaisingFoley and #FoleyFriday hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram beginning Monday, March 13
  • Chrysler brand and BraunAbility recently joined forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan, providing the largest interior space as well as the widest door opening and side-entry ramp in the industry

Press Release – March 13, 2017, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler brand is launching a new online social initiative in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®, the largest non-profit organization for assistance dogs in the U.S. The initiative will help raise awareness and support for the training and placement of Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs under the organization’s “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, a fundraising and awareness campaign that helps place them with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. Consumers will first meet Canine Companions puppy Foley, a Golden Retriever, Labrador cross (and the Chrysler brand’s first official PacifiPuppy!) on Monday, March 13, and follow him as he goes through his formal training with his recently assigned puppy raiser. Fans can engage with Foley with the #RaisingFoley and #FoleyFriday hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“Through our partnership with Canine Companions for Independence, the Chrysler brand is able to help bring awareness to its ‘Give a Dog a Job’ program through our new online social initiative,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “As we follow Foley through his journey, fans will get a first-hand look at watching him grow and learn, from puppy training to becoming a fully trained assistance dog, and also gain an understanding of the huge amount of time and resources it takes to train these amazing dogs.”

“Our partnership with Chrysler Pacifica, BraunAbility and our ‘Give a Dog a Job’ campaign brings our mission, the stories of our remarkable graduates and the adventures of Canine Companions puppy Foley to a whole new audience across the country,” says Paul Mundell, CEO of Canine Companions for Independence. “We are deeply grateful for the commitment made to us by these two leaders in adapted vehicles. The upfitted Chrysler Pacifica provides greatly enhanced independence for people with disabilities, especially those who utilize wheelchairs.”

Fans will be able to follow Foley (named in honor of actor Scott Foley, an ardent supporter of Canine Companions for Independence) as he starts his path in life to being matched with a person with a disability, including:

  • Getting acclimated to the puppy raiser’s home, including new sights and sounds
  • Grooming, cradling, playing with feet, ignoring food on the ground
  • Celebrating important days like #NationalPuppyDay (March 23), Veterans Day (November 11), and Canine Companions National Graduation Days (May 5, August 4 and November 3)
  • Learning early commands, including “shake,” tracking his growth (against a growth chart in the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan)
  • Adventures to the park and play dates with other Canine Companions puppies
  • Visits to the vet and vaccinations
  • First field trips and learning basic commands at puppy class

“Because of highly trained assistance dogs like my dog Mork, people like me are able to lead more full and independent lives,” said Wallis Brozman, Corporate Marketing Assistant, Canine Companions. “Mork was trained by Canine Companions’ professional instructors in 40 spoken commands and has since learned American Sign Language and approximately 15 new commands. This campaign is educating the public on the unique contributions our service dogs make in the lives of adults, children and veterans with disabilities. The program will also raise funds to allow us to place more exceptional dogs like Mork with people like myself. Without Mork’s help, I didn’t feel like I could safely leave my home. Mork is my independence on four legs.”

Under the “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, trained service dogs across the country are empowering wheelchair users daily by completing everyday activities, including getting in and out of their wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Hundreds are currently on the waitlist to receive a trained assistance dog, which is provided to a person with a disability free of charge. It takes two years to fully train a Canine Companions assistance dog, including six to nine months of professional training. To raise, train, place and support a certified assistance dog amounts to a $50,000 investment. Followers can donate at VIDEO

Chrysler brand and BraunAbility recently joined forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan providing the largest interior space as well as the widest door opening and side-entry ramp in the industry.

About Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has trained more than 5,300 assistance dog teams, with six training centers across the country in Northern California, Southern California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas, and over 3,000 volunteers nationwide. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK (2275).

About Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.

Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.

The Chrysler brand’s succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand’s standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.

Presented By First-Time Sponsor Presence Health: Komen Chicago Honors More Than Pink Heroes, Including Actor Jon Seda, In Celebration Of 20th Anniversary Mother’s Day Race For The Cure On May 14

Press Release – CHICAGO: Susan G. Komen Chicago is announcing its More than Pink Heroes who are being honored for their bravery and compassion, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mother’s Day Race for the Cure Presented by Presence Health: where cancer treatment becomes cancer care. The iconic 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held May 14 and has been moved to a new lakefront location, Montrose Harbor, as part of the grand anniversary celebration.

Komen Chicago is thrilled to have Jon Seda, formerly a star of NBC’s “Chicago PD” and currently on “Chicago Justice,” as the celebrity guest of honor and a More than Pink Hero. “He’s the perfect choice, as he plays a hero on TV and is our real-life hero, thanks to his commitment to Race for the Cure,” says Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director.

Seda is being recognized along with others who have lost loved ones to breast cancer or faced the disease themselves, activists and volunteers, and caregivers who compassionately support patients through diagnosis and treatment. This includes Chicago Police Lieutenant Jessica Jones, 39, and Chicago Police Sergeant Melinda Linas, 41. Both are mothers of young children and are currently fighting breast cancer. As real-life police heroes, Jones and Linas are thrilled to join TV police hero Seda to raise awareness and funds and help Komen achieve its goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

The More than Pink Heroes, sponsored by Presence Health, are available to share their inspiring stories with the media (contact Jenny Quinn,, to arrange) and will be honored on Race Day during the Survivor Parade. In addition to Seda, Jones and Linas, Heroes include:

  • Anthony Braglia, an Illinois State University student and president of his Sigma Nu fraternity, who lost his mother, Heidi, to breast cancer. He shared her story on Twitter, and for every re-tweet, his fraternity donated $1 to Race for the Cure, raising $3,600.
  • Toya Cannon, a nurse who has cared for those with cancer and suddenly found herself with her own breast cancer diagnosis, no job and no insurance. A Komen Chicago grant to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center helped her get treatment.
  • Kathy Webb, founder of Komen Chicago and now a breast cancer survivor. Webb participated in the first National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., shortly after her friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. When Webb moved to Chicago, there was no local affiliate, so she established one.

Gordon says she’s thankful for the significant support from Presence Health, which will help Komen Chicago provide screenings for those who can’t otherwise afford them, fund global research and empower people with knowledge. “More than 1,000 Chicago-area women and men die each year from breast cancer, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than white women,” according to Gordon. “Funds raised through Race for the Cure will help close this gap by making sure more women have access to early detection, which is the key to survival.”

“Komen Chicago shares the Presence Health mission of compassionate care to save lives, and many of our patients at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center have benefitted from health services made possible by Komen grants. This wonderful event also creates further awareness regarding the new Cancer and Specialty Care Center at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, serving many in need of cancer care and treatment on Chicago’s West and North sides where previously there was a cancer care desert,” says Michael Englehart, president and CEO Presence Health. “We are proud to partner with Komen and sponsor Race for the Cure and the More than Pink Heroes helping to make this one of the most successful events ever and to have a truly positive impact on the lives of many.”

At the event’s Presence Health tent, public and participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Presence Health’s oncological care and treatment programs, and how they can sign-up for mammography testing. In addition, Presence Health physical therapists will be available to provide participants information on injury prevention and orthopedic care.

Registration is now open at (for teams or individuals). Participants are asked to commit to raising at least $180, the average cost of a mammogram in Chicagoland. Any participant who donates a minimum of $180 will be part of the national Pink Cape Campaign and receive a hero cape to wear during the Race, plus be invited to brunch at the Hero Cafe. Registration fees are $40 for adults, $35 for survivors and $25 for kids (four and under are free). The Race will feature a 5K Fun Run/Walk that kicks off at 9 a.m. Main stage program begins at 8.This year’s Race includes an optional Shades of Pink Powder Path.

About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants and dedicates 25 percent to global research.

About Presence Health: Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.

Independent Sector Releases New Value of Volunteer Time of $24.14

The national value of volunteer time increased by 2.5 percent;

Nearly 63 million Americans volunteer about 8 billion hours of time, talent, and effort

Press Release – (WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017) – Today, Independent Sector announces that the latest value of a volunteer hour is $24.14 – up 2.5 percent from the previous year. That figure, estimated from data collected in 2016, shows the incredible contributions volunteers make to our communities and our country.

Currently, 63 million Americans volunteer about 8 billion hours of their time, talent, and effort to improve people’s lives and the natural world. With the new value of volunteer time, these Americans are contributing approximately $193 billion to our nation. According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, religious organizations were cited as the type of organization that volunteers worked in the most (34%), followed by educational or youth service (26%), and social or community service organizations (15%).

The release of this important figure comes ahead of National Volunteer Week held April 23-29, 2017, a program of Points of Light.

“All Americans should take immense pride in our collective spirit and commitment to volunteerism,” said Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “Giving of our time, talent, and effort is hugely consequential and we hope this value of volunteer time is just one way we can help measure the enormous contributions we all make toward improving our communities, our country, and our planet.”

“Volunteerism empowers people to support causes they care about. When changemakers work together to tackle tough problems, our world becomes a better place,” said Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light. “By sharing concrete data that highlights the impact of volunteers, we can inspire and mobilize more individuals and organizations to realize their potential and power to become active participants in sparking change.”

Independent Sector also updated the state-level breakdown for the new value of volunteer time. Most states saw increases over the previous year’s numbers. The highest value of volunteer time is in Washington, DC at $39.17, and Delaware saw the biggest increase over the last year. An interactive map is available on the Independent Sector website, as well as a table showing data for each state, where the value of a volunteer hour is highest and lowest, and how much the figure has risen or fallen since the previous year. Also included in the map is the complete dataset for the value of volunteer time for all 50 states and DC from 2001-2016.

To access state-by-state values of volunteer time and learn more about the national figure, visit

Beverly Hills MD On Track To Fund Surgeries For 1,000 Children Through Partnership With Smile Train

The Partnership Helps Children Affected with Cleft Lip & Palate to Smile for the Very First Time

Press Release – BEVERLY HILLS – April 20, 2017 – Over the past two years, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, has partnered with Beverly Hills MD to help generate awareness and funds for children with clefts around the world. In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, Beverly Hills MD is celebrating their achievement of supporting more than 500 cleft repair surgeries and their goal of reaching 1,000 surgeries by World Smile Day® on October 6, 2017.

“Smile Train is extremely lucky to have such a generous and enthusiastic corporate partner like Beverly Hills MD. This important partnership will help one thousand children born with clefts be able to eat, speak, breathe, and smile. We thank Beverly Hills MD for helping us change the world one smile at a time,” said Masha Feiguinova, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships, Smile Train.

Cosmetic surgeons and co-founders of the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group and Beverly Hills MD, Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour work with their patients to provide care without compromise. Their passion for conducting reconstructive and cosmetic procedures to help patients live happier lives is what led them to pursue a partnership with Smile Train. Beverly Hills MD has raised funds for Smile Train by donating a percentage of sales from each product sold from their revolutionary anti-aging skincare line, as well as in office fundraising efforts.

“We are honored to work with Smile Train and to be approaching our goal of 1,000 cleft surgeries,” said Dr. John Layke, plastic surgeon and co-creator of the Beverly Hills MD skincare line. “Improving lives, increasing self-confidence and ultimately allowing children to look and feel their best is incredibly rewarding.”

Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in shame and, more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries.

Echoing Green Names Raj Panjabi And Peggy Segal As New Board Members

Press Release – April 20, 2017 – New York – Echoing Green is pleased to announce two new additions, Dr. Raj Panjabi and Peggy Segal, to its board of directors. This dedicated group of professionals consists of forward-thinking investors, nonprofit leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs with the insight and experience to help Echoing Green build an organization focused on the future while rooted securely in its history.

Dr. Raj Panjabi is the fifth Echoing Green Fellow to be named to its board. A Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship in 2017, Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At age 9, he escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. He returned as a 24-year-old medical student to serve the people he had left behind. He co-founded Last Mile Health, which saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, scale, and advocate for national networks of community health professionals.

In 2016, TIME Magazine named Dr. Panjabi to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” with a tribute from President Bill Clinton. In 2015, Fortune Magazine named him one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” recognizing Last Mile Health’s work to support the Liberian Government to build a national community health workforce.

Dr. Panjabi is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, the 2017 TED Prize winner, a Forbes 400 Philanthropy Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and a 2011 Echoing Green Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, received a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Panjabi will be a featured speaker at Echoing Green’s Big Bold Benefit 2017 on June 7 at Cipriani Wall Street.

Peggy Segal is the Pre-Business Program Director to Undergraduates at Hunter College, counseling students pursuing a career in business. She has worked in workforce readiness and career exploration in various capacities with ModernGuild, an early stage company, with Harvard’s Alumni Career Taskforce for Students, and with Baruch College. Previously, Segal worked in private equity and finance focused on healthcare and biotechnology companies at several firms, including Invesco Private Capital, JPMorgan Partners, Vista Ventures, and Morgan Stanley. She received her BA from Harvard University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.

First Non-Profit International Volunteer Program Launched In The Paradise Of The Azores Islands

  • Non-profit now accepting applications for its Summer 2017 International Volunteer Program
  • Opportunities available in organic farming, art, business development and natural preservation programs
  • Volunteers will reside on the beautiful Azores Island of Flores

Press Release – DALLAS – April 18, 2017 – The international non-profit organization Choki is now accepting applicants for its new European Volunteer Program for summer 2017. The program will invite selected applicants to Flores, of the Azores islands off the coast of Portugal, to work alongside community members, to stimulate economic opportunity and encourage natural preservation. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on various culturally enriching projects from farming to art, micro businesses and international event planning.

“We’re giving extraordinary people the chance to benefit humanity and beautify the world,” said Casey Hartnett, founder of Choki. “This is our first international incubator where thought leaders will have the opportunity to live in paradise and be part of this amazing journey of beautification, preservation and economic stimulation to the local artisans and farmers.”

Flores is relatively small, with a population of about 4,000. Rich with natural beauty, the island is crawling with deep valleys, high peaks, endless rivers, waterfalls, and natural aesthetics. One of Choki’s goals is to re-establish Flores’ cultural identity through art and by creating micro industries that can stimulate economic growth.

Choki will support devoted volunteers from across the world who want to stay temporarily in Flores and help drive in this mission.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the individual who craves far more than sightseeing and sampling the local cuisine,” said, Jessica Pinto, Choki Volunteer Coordinator. “Our new program is a rewarding learning experience aimed at helping people in all walks of life. We are seeking volunteers with a wide array of talents and expertise in areas such as fine arts murals, botanic gardens, museums, sustainable micro industries and organic farming.”

The application process is thorough, but selective. An applicant must be 18 years or older and the resident must have a plan for the stay including a value application. The selection of projects will be based on artistic skills/competency, innovation potential, contribution to the community and other expertise that could be of value.

Upon selection, the volunteer will receive a contact person in Flores who will be their local host and help them transition into becoming a part of the island community. Volunteers will receive free accommodations and food during their stay, but will be responsible for all travel expenses.

Choki has secured housing accommodations within the community, as well as a budget for food and other expenses. In addition, Choki will help find local resources needed to realize projects including reasonable material costs. Information about the Flores program is available at

“We are inviting extraordinary people to join us in one of the most beautiful locations in the world to grow, learn and change the world,” said Hartnett. “Volunteers can bring their best ideas to reality as they contribute to the preservation of the environment, culture and community.”

About Choki

Founded by Casey Hartnett, Choki is a nonprofit organization founded to protect the cultures and traditions of some of the most special places in the world that are under the threat of “globalization.” Through Choki’s support, beneficiaries will receive opportunities for human sustainability, security and empowerment. Choki wants to accomplish a world of “I believe,” with the purpose to share the beauty of traditional arts and culture with the world. Additional information is available at

New ReFED Innovation And Policy Tools

New ReFED Innovation and Policy Tools prove food waste reduction creates businesses and jobs; reveal opportunity to simplify regulation

Innovator Database tracks more than 400 commercial and nonprofit organizations that fight food waste while creating more than 2,000 new jobs. Over the last 5 years, more than 200 organizations have been founded, doubling the pace of innovation in food waste reduction.

Policy Finder identifies opportunities to simplify federal and state policy to prevent food waste. For example, 43 states could remove burdensome date labeling restrictions, saving consumers and businesses more than $29 billion per year.

Press Release – San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2017) – Today, ReFED, a collaborative, cross-sector nonprofit committed to reducing the $218 billion of food waste in the United States, unveiled two new tools: a database of innovative food waste solutions, and an interactive map that centralizes federal- and state-level food waste policy to assist advocates and policymakers.

“ReFED’s 2016 Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste identified concrete opportunities to save money and resources, feed people and create jobs,” said Chris Cochran, Executive Director of ReFED. “The Innovator Database and Policy Finder build on the Roadmap by creating a one-stop shop for stakeholders interested in understanding food waste policy and innovation – two levers that have the power to make change across sectors. These tools reveal that food waste reduction is both a source of viable, scalable business enterprise and a potentially significant job generator.”

ReFED’s Food Waste Innovator Database []– a living compilation of 400+ commercial and nonprofit entities focused on reducing and preventing food waste – enables users to explore the dynamic and expanding food waste innovation sector, with solutions broken down by type and geography. The database will also help connect innovators to the private sector, government, foundations and investors to collaborate, fundraise and accelerate impact.

The fastest growing solution areas include donations, new products, and secondary marketplaces for food that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Most innovators in ReFED’s database are for-profit (70%) with services offered nationally (55%), representing an emerging opportunity. ReFED will use existing insights and new data gleaned from the database to identify trends, growth areas and gaps in food waste innovation, ultimately helping drive development of more efficient, scalable solutions.

ReFED’s Food Waste Policy Finder [] features an interactive map allowing users to navigate the landscape of federal and state laws and policies. Developed in partnership with Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Policy Finder will help food businesses and food recovery organizations better navigate laws on liability protection, date labeling, tax incentives, animal feed and waste bans. At the same time, the tool highlights inconsistencies in existing legal frameworks and the opportunities for state and federal action.

“To reach the national 50 percent food waste reduction target, we need supportive policies at all levels of government. This year, more than a dozen states are considering new food waste legislation,” said Emily Broad Leib, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic. “We hope this tool will help businesses and food recovery organizations better understand the applicable laws so that they can make better food recovery decisions, while also helping policymakers implement better laws and even experiment with new policies to reduce the waste of healthy, wholesome food.”

The tool affords unique insight into the state-level policy landscape, revealing positive trends in implementation, while highlighting clear opportunities for common-sense policy improvements. For instance, nearly half of all states have enacted food donation liability protections above the federal baseline, encouraging businesses to donate foods that might otherwise be wasted. On the other hand, of the ten states that generate the most food waste, California is the only one to offer state-level tax incentives to promote food donation, and is the only of the top ten food waste-generating states to accelerate the adoption of food waste solutions by establishing an organics waste recycling law.

“Tools like the Innovator Database and Policy Finder give public and private sector stakeholders the insights they need to make smart decisions that generate the most impact,” said Devon Klatell, Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation. “Food is wasted at every broken link in the supply chain, giving all of us a role to play in tackling this critical issue. Repairing those links depends on collaboration across sectors, and we need organizations like ReFED to identify and encourage the opportunities to do so.”

The new ReFED tools will build upon existing resources by more clearly identifying opportunities for impact. For example, the ReFED Roadmap estimates that of the $18 billion in new financing needed to achieve a 20% food waste reduction in the U.S., $800 million will come from private early-stage and growth equity, and $1 billion from philanthropic impact investments.

“Meeting our national food waste reduction goal depends on the entrepreneurial spirit of innovators, action across the food system, and the strong commitment of funders like The Rockefeller Foundation and Walmart Foundation, and many others. We hope these tools will convene stakeholders who haven’t – or otherwise wouldn’t – collaborate on food system challenges, and guide them to use insights, backed by robust economics and data analysis, to identify proven solutions to immediately cut food waste,” said Cochran.

About ReFED

ReFED is a multi-stakeholder nonprofit, powered by an influential network of the nation’s leading business, nonprofit, foundation and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste. It takes a data-driven approach to move the food system from acting on instinct to insights to solve our national food waste problem. Solutions already exist to cut food waste by 20% nationwide as identified from the Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste. ReFED has revolutionized the way the industry looks at food waste, by going beyond challenges to identify concrete opportunities to save money and resources, feed people and create jobs. In addition to the Roadmap, ReFED’s tools and resources help businesses, nonprofits, government, and investors put the most impactful solutions to reduce food waste into action and makes it easier for the food supply chain to meet the national 50% reduction goal by 2030.

Viola Davis Reads Children’s Book Rent Party Jazz for Storyline Online® in Honor of Jazz Appreciation Month

Oscar winning actress lends her voice to support SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy initiative

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (April 17, 2017) – Academy Award winner Viola Davis (Fences, How to Get Away With Murder) shines a light on the unsung tradition of rent parties for Jazz Appreciation Month in the newest Storyline Online® ( video released today by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Davis reads the critically acclaimed children’s book Rent Party Jazz ( written by William Miller, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb and published by Lee & Low Books.

Rent Party Jazz tells the story of Sonny Comeaux, a young boy living in New Orleans during the 1930’s. Sonny works before school and during the weekends to help his mother make ends meet, but they continuously struggle to make the monthly rent. When Sonny’s mother loses her job, all seems lost – until Sonny encounters and befriends jazz trumpeter Smilin’ Jack. When Jack hears about Sonny’s troubles, the musician offers to help Sonny and his mother put on a party consisting of tasty food, good company and great music in order to raise the rent money.

Highlighting the rent party custom that originated in Harlem, New York, during the 1920’s, Rent Party Jazz showcases profound morals about compassion, family and supporting your friends and neighbors in times of need. It’s an all-embracing, poignant and uplifting story detailing the influence of jazz on African-American communities during an unheralded point in American history.

Davis concludes her reading by sharing, “I love Rent Party Jazz because African-American characters are the focus of the story. It’s about jazz and it’s about people helping one another. Great message.”

Viola Davis is just the latest actor to join an expanding cast of Storyline Online® readers. Previous supporters include Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and Rita Moreno. Storyline Online® features beloved performers reading cherished children’s books out loud alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. The site is available 24 hours a day at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, and receives over 13 million views every month.

“Viola Davis is a true champion for children’s literacy. She is one of the most in-demand and celebrated actors of our time, and yet she carved the time out of her jam-packed schedule to read for Storyline Online,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “Rent Party Jazz is an incredible addition to our digital library, and we think children all over the world will enjoy this quintessential American story and its message of community.”

Rent Party Jazz comes with supplemental activity guides for both home and school that strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at students in the 2nd-4th grades, these activities encourage students to engage in critical thinking and ponder the themes from the book including giving, empathy and friendship.

To view Rent Party Jazz and all of Storyline Online’s videos, visit, and subscribe to Keep up with new videos to be released in 2017 by following @StorylineOnline on Twitter and /StorylineOnline on Facebook.

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