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Devin D. Thorpe

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All Hands And Hearts – Smart Response Enters Puerto Rico With A Major Commitment From Radcliffe Foundation To Finance Rebuilding After Hurricanes Irma And Maria

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 11, 2018 – Today, All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response announced they will be entering Puerto Rico to begin rebuild efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The international disaster relief organization has initially committed to working in the area through at least 2019.

The commitment to Puerto Rico is made possible by a donation of $400,000 from The Radcliffe Foundation, led by international philanthropist Frank Giustra, who saw the needs first-hand while visiting Puerto Rico this week with All Hands and Hearts Co-Founder and Vice Chair, Petra Nemcova. Giustra said Radcliffe and All Hands and Hearts will assess further humanitarian and financial needs while the first phase of the re-building is underway.

“We are so thankful for Frank Giustra’s caring heart and support from his Radcliffe Foundation. Together we will be able to help the families in Puerto Rico affected by the recent devastating hurricanes,” said Nemcova. “Frank has been a vital partner over the years, supporting projects around the world, and his commitment to help others has uplifted the lives of many families. During our recent visit to Puerto Rico we were touched by the families we met as they are all so strong and resilient despite the deep hardships they are facing.”

The two areas of initial focus will be around the towns of Yabacoa and Barranquitas with roughly 150 -200 volunteers working daily to help complete the work. Early work in these areas will consist of several key rebuild efforts. The number one priority will be roof tarping, as a significant amount of homes are currently exposed and tarping will prevent future damage from occurring and ensure families are in homes that will be protected from the elements.

Additional work includes mucking and gutting, which consists of helping homeowners, schools, and other community facilities with the removal of debris and cleaning out of interior damaged walls, flooring, etc., which have not been cleaned for four plus months. Mold sanitation will also be another critical job as many homes have seen the growth of black mold and as the heat and humidity picks up this will be even more rampant and if left untreated will cause long-term health issues. Tree removal is also going to take place as the high winds caused many trees to come down and chainsaw work will be needed to remove unwanted debris from properties.

“I have no doubt All Hands and Hearts will make a major contribution in helping the families of Puerto Rico rebuild their lives after the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Frank Giustra, CEO of the Radcliffe Foundation. “I have met many of these volunteers, who come from around the world for weeks, even months, at a time to assist families and children in need. They work six days a week, up to 11 hours a day, in any conditions, to make a difference. At a time when we are bombarded with negative news, their compassion is an inspiration. The Radcliffe Foundation is honored to support their humanitarian work.”

Once the initial disaster response phase is complete All Hands and Hearts will turn its attention to the repair of single-family homes, and other community infrastructure, as there is a critical need as most community members have been waiting for help since September and October when the hurricanes hit.

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response was formed in 2017 during a merger with All Hands Volunteers (founded by David Campbell, a former tech CEO) and Happy Hearts Fund (founded by Petra Nemcova, supermodel and philanthropist). The two organizations have provided relief to those who have been impacted by natural disasters for more than a decade. As a result of the merger, All Hands and Hearts has rebuilt 201 schools (supporting over 105,400 children) and assisted over one million individuals to date.

All Hands and Hearts currently has active programs in Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Nepal, and Peru. To learn more and to sign up for volunteer opportunities, please visit

About All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response:

All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, we rebuild safe, resilient schools, homes, and other community infrastructure.

About The Radcliffe Foundation:

The Radcliffe Foundation was established in 1997 by Canadian financier and philanthropist Frank Giustra and practices direct-impact philanthropy by taking a private-sector approach to aid delivery. They develop partnerships with NGOs, governments and businesses around the world to make a strategic impact in the lives of families and children in need. More information can be found at

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Community to Come Together Through the Arts in Englewood

Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Awards Grant to Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund for 13th Annual Englewood Idol

Press Release – (Bergen County, New Jersey; January 10, 2018) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) announces the grant award of $1,200 to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood for the 13th Annual Englewood Idol talent competition’s program. The grant provides $100 scholarships for each contestant to record one song and the group to collaborate and record two songs together on a professionally developed CD.

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration. A NNJCF board member conceived Englewood Idol as a mechanism to bring together Englewood public and private high school students through the arts.

NNJCF has supported the talent competition since its inception in 2005. “We are pleased our initial effort to bring students together has grown into an exemplary demonstration of how the arts can bring together not just students, but whole communities. The arts are a universal language we all speak, that arouse emotions we all share.” said Michael Shannon, President, NNJCF.

Englewood Idol is an annual singing competition open to any high school student currently living or attending school in Englewood, New Jersey. On Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 p.m., the 2018 Englewood Idol comes once again to the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood. This year’s contestants are Alexis Oliver, Le’Keil Herring, Gabriela Arango, Zion McGill, Diondra Curtis, Andrew Jones, Deirdre Riggsbee, Joey Liberti, Patricia Parker, Tiffany Moon, Sarah Dubon, and Lily Waxman. The talent competition attracts students attending Dwight Morrow High School, Academies@Englewood, and The Dwight-Englewood School.

Contestants in the 2018 Annual Englewood Idol
Photo Credit: Englewood Idol

Innovative Support of Students

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation continues to find innovative ways to support our student performers. The grant they have awarded to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund will enable each of this year’s 12 Englewood Idols to cut their own CD. What an extraordinary experience for our Idols to work with a professional music producer and record their songs in a studio. Projects like this can be a window into so much more for a young person,” said Judy Aronson, Producer of Englewood Idol and Faculty Advisor of the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund Dwight Morrow High School / Academies@Englewood

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation or ArtsBergen, contact or call 201-568-5608.


The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, and the arts. NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608. Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

About ArtsBergen

ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The initiative’s mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts. For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

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Jasco Announces the Availability of EcoSurvivor, a Connected Outdoor Product Line Designed for Camping and Outdoor Adventure

Partnered with MMA fighter Justin Wren, the EcoSurvivor line benefits the global water crisis by donating 50 percent of net proceeds to Water4 and its mission to eradicate the global water crisis in this lifetime

Press Release – LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2018Jasco, leader in consumer electronics, LED lighting and mobility products, today announces the general availability of its EcoSurvivor product line partnered with MMA fighter, Justin Wren, with 50 percent of net proceeds benefitting the Water4 charity to end the global water crisis.

The outdoor tech accessories include rugged LED lanterns, water-resistant battery packs, Bluetooth speakers and more durable tech accessories. Each product from the EcoSurvivor line is designed for rugged durability and strikes the perfect balance between form and function without ever sacrificing performance. Whether you need portable power combined with LED lighting or a Bluetooth speaker that charges your phone, EcoSurvivor dual purpose products are durable, versatile and always ready for the next adventure.

The biggest challenge for millions of people today is access to clean water. Women in Africa walk an average distance of 3.75 miles to collect water and 80 percent of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Partnered with Justin Wren, Jasco is helping the fight to end the water crisis by pledging 50 percent of EcoSurvivor net proceeds to clean water projects with Water4 – a nonprofit organization empowering people to eradicate their own water crisis through entrepreneurship, education and technology.

“The statistics around the global water crisis are alarming, claiming the lives of over 2,000 children under the age of 5 every day. That’s one life nearly every 20 seconds due to waterborne illness,” said Cameron Trice, CEO of Jasco. “By combining our product and LED lighting expertise with the support from Justin Wren and partnership with Water4, we’re dedicated to ending the water crisis in our lifetime and believe our EcoSurvivor brand can help make a crisis become history.”

Beyond donating proceeds for every EcoSurvivor product purchased, Jasco is incorporating philanthropy into its booth experience to reach thousands at one of the largest trade shows in the United States – the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Jasco will match all donations to Water4 made during the show dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 for individual donations and up to $20,000 total.

How You Can Join the Fight at CES

  • Stop by the EcoSurvivor area in the Jasco booth #12000 and scan your badge to play ecoPLINKO – drop your ecoPLINKO chip down the board for a chance to win EcoSurvivor products and prizes and determine Jasco’s donation to Water4
  • Jasco will donate an additional $1 for every social media post on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ecoPLINKO, and daily grand prize giveaways for people who also tag @jascoproducts
  • There will be designated meet-and-greet times with Justin Wren at the Jasco booth between Jan. 9 and 11 – follow @jascoproducts and @TheBigPygmy for live updates from the show floor

To learn more about the EcoSurvivor product line and how you can join the fight to make a difference, visit

About Jasco

At Jasco, we design and develop products to simplify your life and connect your home. Jasco provides one of the most comprehensive product offerings in home automation, LED lighting, home entertainment, power and mobility products. While providing our retail partners full and far-reaching product assortments, we use our commitment to design, research and development to bring to market a steady flow of product innovations that energize and invigorate the home and mobile solution landscape. To learn more, visit and follow Jasco on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the blog for more information.

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Delphine Remy named HealthCorps Ambassador

Press Release – HOUSTON, Texas (January 09, 2018), a national health and wellness nonprofit founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Delphine Remy to the role of HealthCorps Ambassador. Remy is a holistic nutrition and eating psychology coach. She holds Coaching certifications in Holistic Nutrition, Mind Body Nutrition and Eating Psychology. She is also an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Certified Practitioner.

“It is an honor for me to join such a prestigious organization as HealthCorps. I am thrilled by the opportunity to contribute to a healthier youth in the United States and I very much look forward to helping our children develop healthy lifestyle habits and a relationship to food that will nourish their minds and bodies. After all, healthier kids are happier kids, this is where it all begins,” said Ms. Remy.

As HealthCorps Ambassador, Ms. Remy will assist HealthCorps with the debut of its first digital cookbook for teens in April 2018. The cookbook will be available digitally to all HealthCorps students and will include 40+ recipes and instructional videos. The recipes featured in the book have been sourced from HealthCorps Cooking Clubs that have occurred in HealthCorps Living Labs schools. Ms. Remy serve as the cookbook’s editor and will also produce instructional videos of each recipe.

“For over a decade, our coordinators have been teaching students in high-needs schools that healthy food, can be both nutritional and delicious. We are so pleased that with the help of Delphine, we will be able to feature our passion for healthy living and good food in this unique cookbook,” said HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard.

The cookbook will include several chapters including: Quick and Easy Breakfasts, Super Power Smoothies and Healthy Chicken Dinners. A limited print edition will be sold at the 12th Annual HealthCorps “Garden Follies” Gala which will occur on April 23, 2018 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York, New York. The print version of the cookbook will include QR codes which will link readers to recipes and videos online.

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Recycling Must Be Included in the Infrastructure Bill

By Keefe Harrison

As Congress and the Trump administration contemplate a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure, the question of how to utilize those dollars looms large. If the focus is just asphalt and concrete, it will miss the heart of American manufacturing. At the top of manufacturers’ needs is access to good, consistent, high-quality feedstocks to make into new products. Let’s help meet that need with some of the best possible domestic sources of raw materials: the paper, plastics, glass, metals, and packaging discarded by U.S. homes and businesses. That means including funding for improved recycling in the infrastructure bill as a way to ensure long-term reliable supply created right here at home.

Modern infrastructure means resilient cities that make decisions based on long-term thinking. Yes, we need roads and bridges, but are we just interested in rebuilding the infrastructure of today? We need to think of the infrastructure of the future, the kind of infrastructure that ensures America’s competitive edge and that supports a forward-thinking circular economy that serves the environment as well as the bottom line.

We cannot thrive as a country if we don’t connect environmental health and infrastructure. That’s where recycling comes in. When it comes to manufacturing goods, we have two choices: take materials from the earth or keep them in cycle. Keeping them in the cycle saves an enormous amount of energy and keeps us from creating more methane-spewing landfills. More than 150 million Americans “vote” for keeping materials in the cycle by putting out their recycling bin every week. As materials move through that cycle, they create jobs every single step of the way.

To manufacturers, keeping the materials in the cycle is increasingly critical. Here’s an example. The Coca-Cola Consolidated bottling plant in Greensboro, N.C. produces beverages in plastic bottles that are sold across the region. Many of those soda bottles are collected by local recycling programs and delivered to nearby Material Recovery Facilities where they’re sorted from other recyclables, baled, and shipped to a recycler. Unifi, a long standing and fast-growing North Carolina textiles company, buys some of those bales and spins them into yarn called Repreve. This popular yarn is woven into lots of products made by other U.S. manufacturers from upholstery to swimsuits. Plastic bottles going into products Americans use every day is a local, regional, and national success story. It means, among other things, a more competitive U.S. textile industry and factory jobs kept on-shore. Better recycling is all we need to create even more jobs and to revitalize more U.S. companies.

But, we have some work to do. While recycling feels universal, only half of Americans can recycle at home. And of those that do recycle, many only recycle half of what they could. That means we’re missing out on 22 million tons of recyclables that could be delivering powerful economic and environmental impacts. If recovered, our estimates based on tonnage and current market values show that those recyclables would annually deliver $1.8 billion to our economy and reduce pollution equivalent to removing 10.5 million cars off the road, every year. And that’s where infrastructure funding becomes critical.

Congressmen and women have a golden opportunity to help their hometowns and their districts with funding for recycling in the federal infrastructure bill. These dollars could help communities provide universal recycling access to their households through the procurement of recycling carts, trucks, and other equipment (all of which is also made in America). Further, Congress should use this infrastructure bill to move the country toward a more circular economy, one in which manufacturers design and produce products with the intent of reusing materials again in the future. Do you know who is already taking these kinds of bold moves forward? China. And who will be our greatest economic competitor in the decades to come? China.

Businesses can be – and want to be – part of the solution. This administration can champion American corporations as they work with government, cities and towns, and nonprofits to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Today, there are 30 major corporations – The Recycling Partnership’s corporate funders – that collectively have leveraged more than $27 million to improve recycling in more than 500 cities and towns across the nation. These companies know that improving recycling is to their economic advantage and that participating in recycling helps them reach their corporate sustainability goals.

It is time the federal government takes as much responsibility for recycling as our cities and towns do. Recycling is the best way for the government to join the private sector in building strong manufacturing and in working toward infrastructure, economic, and environmental goals that are good for people, the planet, and profits.

Keefe Harrison is CEO of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit transforming recycling in cities and towns across the United States.

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Capital Impact Partners Launches ‘AA’* Rated Investment Opportunity To Support Underserved U.S. Communities

Investors can earn a financial, as well as a social, return on their investments

Press Release – Arlington, VA (October 11, 2017)Capital Impact Partners, a non-profit corporation, certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), today announced the launch of an offering of up to $100 million of ‘AA’* rated fixed-income Capital Impact Investment Notes (Notes) that allows retail and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the mission-driven organization’s nationwide efforts to create social impact for underserved communities. Available for as low as $1,000, individual and institutional investors can purchase the Notes through their brokerage accounts and earn a financial, as well as a social, return on their investments.

The Notes are available at fixed interest rates with maturities that range from 1-10 years through Incapital LLC, a leading underwriter and distributor of securities. The Prospectus, Pricing Supplements and information about how to invest are available to the public online through Capital Impact’s website and to financial professionals through Incapital’s Legacy™ platform, which offers products to investors that align financial goals with personal principles through values-based investing.

S&P Global, the world’s leading provider of independent credit ratings, assigned the Notes an ‘AA’ rating on September 7th, 2017*. This marks the first time that a Notes offering being made available by a CDFI is S&P rated, DTC-settled and offered on a continuous basis through brokerage accounts in most U.S. states.

“Through Capital Impact Investment Notes, we are creating the opportunity to drive financial activism by creating a product that helps investors create positive social change for people in communities across this country while also earning a return on that investment,” said Ellis Carr, President and CEO of Capital Impact Partners. “We are proud and excited to be with Incapital at the forefront of developing capital markets solutions for CDFI funding needs. That’s a win for investors, a win for our work, and most importantly, a win for those most in need of critical social services.”

Capital Impact will use proceeds from the issuance primarily to support projects focused in the healthcare, education, affordable housing and community development sectors in underserved communities nationwide. These efforts are part of Capital Impact’s work to foster good health, job creation and economic development. Examples of Capital Impact’s work can be seen in this video.

Over the past three decades, Capital Impact has closed more than $2 billion in loans that have achieved positive social change in underserved communities through a multi-pronged effort that includes delivering strategic financing to projects that increase access to social services, incubating new programs, and providing capacity-building to help grow organizations serving their communities. These types of investments are often hard to secure from traditional financial institutions, making the efforts of CDFIs like Capital Impact integral to the success of organizations supporting underserved communities.

Capital Impact’s work as a social change organization is reinforced by its strong financial performance. In January 2017, the organization was one of the first CDFIs to earn an issuer credit rating from S&P Global. That “AA issuer credit rating with stable outlook” recognized Capital Impact’s strong asset quality and liquidity, minimal risk profile, and consistent growth in loans and assets. Further details of Capital Impact’s financial highlights can be found online at

“The S&P AA ratings for both Capital Impact at the issuer level and for our Notes demonstrates to investors that a mission-driven enterprise can deliver a strong financial performance while simultaneously creating impact through our multi-pronged efforts in communities,” said Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Capital Impact. “We’ve consistently demonstrated this through a track record that extends back more than three decades.”

Examples of the type of work that the Capital Impact Investment Notes will support include:

Education: Since 2009, Capital Impact has partnered with Equitas Academy to provide the financing the school needed to both launch and expand their program. This K-7th grade school serves a deeply impoverished area of Los Angeles where most of the kids qualify for free or reduced-lunch and are secondary English speakers. Read their story here.

Health Care: Ole Health started as a humble clinic for farmworkers, but with financing from Capital Impact, they now offer thousands of low-income Napa Valley families quality health care through their innovative integrated behavioral health model. Read their story here.

Healthy Food: For 20 years, five Iraqi brothers have brought fresh, healthy and locally produced foods to Detroit. They have even defied the odds of the city’s economic turmoil. Now, with Capital Impact’s support, they’ve once again expanded their operations, increasing their healthy investment in their neighborhood and neighbors. Read their story here.

Housing: Affordable housing is a cornerstone to inclusive communities. In one Spokane, WA community that was threatened by a neighborhood struggling with drugs and nuisance homes, Capital Impact employed a “cooperative housing” model in partnership with ROC USA that helped residents take back their community and control their future. Read their story here.

Dignified Aging: Capital Impact helped scale a radical new model for skilled nursing care called the Green House project. This innovative approach to care is designed from the ground up to look, feel and “operate” like a real home for 10-12 elders – returning control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to its residents. Read their story here.

Our 2020 Vision to help people and communities break the barriers to success is grounded by four strategic pillars: addressing systemic poverty, creating equity, building healthy communities, and promoting inclusive growth,” said Carr. “The proceeds received from investors – big and small – in our Notes offering will certainly amplify our work across the country.”

In addition to the S&P AA issuer rating, Capital Impact has received a number of independent validations that illustrate its efforts to drive impact for underserved communities including:

  • Recognition by Aeris dating back to 2005 for our social impact, financial strength, and leadership in policy changes impacting disadvantaged people and communities;
  • Platinum level recognition by Guidestar;
  • A member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta; and
  • A CDFI certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.


This press release is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities. Such an offer is made only by means of a current Prospectus (including any applicable Pricing Supplement) for each of the respective Notes. Such offers may be directed only to investors in jurisdictions in which the Notes are eligible for sale. Investors in such states should obtain a current Prospectus by visiting Investors are urged to review the current Prospectus before making any investment decision. No state or federal securities regulators have passed on or endorsed the merits of the offering of notes. Any representation to the contrary is unlawful. The notes will not be insured or guaranteed by the FDIC, SIPC or other governmental agency. As of the date hereof, the Notes will be offered for sale in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, excluding the States of Arkansas and Washington and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

*S&P Global assigned a long-term issue credit rating of AA to the Notes on September 7, 2017. Please check the Pricing Supplement at the link above for the S&P credit rating assigned to Notes currently being offered for sale. An S&P credit rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold Notes and may be subject to suspension, reduction or withdrawal at any time by S&P.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Also, when Capital Impact uses any of the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” or similar expressions, it is making forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guaranteed and are based on Capital Impact’s present intentions and on Capital Impact’s present expectations and assumptions. These statements, intentions, expectations and assumptions involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Capital Impact’s control, that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated or projected. Purchasers of Notes should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as events described or implied in such statements may not occur. Except as required by law, Capital Impact undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Capital Impact Partners: Through capital and commitment, Capital Impact Partners helps people build communities of opportunity that break barriers to success. We deliver strategic financing, incubate new social programs, and provide capacity-building to help ensure that low-to-moderate income individuals have access to quality healthcare and education, healthy foods, affordable housing, and have the ability to age with dignity.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, Capital Impact Partners operates nationally, with local offices in Detroit, MI, and Oakland, CA. Learn more at


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Twist Out Cancer Brings Brushes With Cancer Gala And Exhibition To Tel Aviv On Tuesday, March 13

Artists are matched with Israelis touched by cancer to create a unique piece of artwork reflective of their journey with cancer

Press Release – January 10, 2018, Tel Aviv – Twist Out Cancer, an international non-profit charitable organization that provides psychosocial support to individuals touched by cancer through creative arts programming, announced today that tickets are now on sale for its Brushes with Cancer Exhibition and Gala. It will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Beit Andromeda, located at Mifratz Shlomo Promenade 4 in Tel Aviv – Yafo. Brushes with Cancer matches those touched by cancer with artists to create a unique piece of artwork that reflects on their journey with cancer. The Exhibition and Gala will feature 50 artists and inspirations that will showcase their stories and works of art. Attendees will have a chance to view the unique works of art that were created by an artist as a tribute to their inspiration’s journey with cancer. Each piece of art will be exhibited and auctioned with proceeds helping to further Twist Out Cancer’s mission to support cancer survivors and their loved ones around the world.

“I am excited to bring Brushes with Cancer to Tel Aviv because we believe it is a unique opportunity to bring together individuals of different ages, backgrounds and religious affiliations as cancer doesn’t discriminate,” said Jenna Benn Shersher, the Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer. “With cancer as the common denominator we are able create unexpected intersections between different groups of people who otherwise may not have had an opportunity to connect. Using the creative arts as a mechanism for healing, we have the opportunity to positively impact individuals touched by cancer and provide artists with a platform to use their talents to support and advocate for others.”

The gala will be emceed by Yuna Leibzon, and will feature performances from some of the finest musicians in Israel. This includes singer-songwriter Totemo, who is also a cancer survivor, rock band Electric Desert, and DJ Pipe. There will also be a new dance performed by world–renowned para-dancer Vital Zinger, who is a cancer survivor and is having a unique piece of artwork created that represents her journey with cancer. Among the internationally acclaimed artists that are paired with inspirations are Nissim Ben Aderet, Igal Fedida, and Collin Reiff.

VIP tickets are available for 250 shekels and general admission tickets are available for 180 shekels. VIP ticketholders can enter at 6:30 p.m. and will have access to a private meet and greet with Brushes with Cancer participants, special live performances, and VIP food and drink. General admission begins at 8 p.m. All ticket holders will be provided with kosher food and an open bar. Tickets are available at:

Over 100,000 people worldwide have been touched by Twist Out Cancer’s programs and events since the organization was founded in 2011. Its signature event is Brushes With Cancer, which is held in several cities around the world. Artists are strategically matched with an inspiration – someone who has been touched by cancer, which includes survivors, previvors, caregivers and supporters. Over a period of several months, selected pairs will connect in person, via Skype, on the phone, or by email to collaborate in creating a unique piece of artwork that is reflective of their journey with cancer. The artwork is displayed for the first time at Brushes With Cancer.

Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, Twist Out Cancer offers the platform, tools and community – both online and offline – for anyone touched by cancer to feel connected to a community, and for many to take action. A labor of love, Twist Out Cancer is a volunteer-led organization boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Montreal. More information is available at

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Hewlett Foundation Invites Applications for Second Year of Its $8 Million Arts Initiative

Ten New Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions Will Go to Bay Area Nonprofits to Support World-Class Theater, Spoken Word and Musical Theater Performances

Press Release – MENLO PARK, Calif. (January 9, 2018) – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that applications are now open for the 2018 round of its Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, an $8 million commissioning initiative that is the largest of its kind in the United States. Reflecting the foundation’s longstanding commitment to the performing arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, 10 local nonprofit organizations will receive grants of $150,000 each to commission significant new works of theater, spoken word and musical theater and premiere them in the Bay Area. Applications for this year’s awards are due by April 20.

“The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions are a celebration of our founders’ belief in the power of the arts to transform lives and enrich communities,” said Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation. “This year’s awards will support the creation of important new theater and spoken word that will help audiences here in the Bay Area and around the world better understand themselves and connect with their neighbors through the shared experience of a performance.”

Each year of the five-year initiative focuses on a different performing arts discipline, supporting the creation of new works by accomplished artists from around the world. Last year’s commissioned projects, in music composition, included: “At War with Ourselves,” an evening-length performance exploring race relations in America by Grammy Award winners Kronos Quartet and Terence Blanchard; “Indra’s Net,” an immersive, multidisciplinary piece by MacArthur “genius” award winner Meredith Monk, commissioned by Mills College; “Angel Island Oratorio,” a new work for strings and chorus inspired by immigrant poetry from composer Huang Ruo and commissioned by Del Sol String Quartet; and a new chamber piece commissioned by Music at Kohl Mansion and composed by Guggenheim Fellow Jake Heggie for the Violins of Hope, a set of instruments played by musicians in concentration camps and ghettos during World War II and restored over the last 20 years by Israeli craftsmen.

Applicants for the 2018 awards must be nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) public charity status based in one of the 11 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma), but they do not need to be focused on the arts as part of their primary mission. The Hewlett Foundation encourages nonprofits working on diverse issues and those that serve disadvantaged or historically marginalized communities to apply.

Awardees will be decided based on four selection criteria: artistic excellence, community engagement, collaboration and leadership, and financial capacity. Finalists for the awards will be nominated by a panel of outside experts. The Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program staff will select this year’s 10 recipients from among the finalists.

Since 1967, the Hewlett Foundation has made more than $335 million in grants to arts organizations. Launched in January 2017 to celebrate the foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions awards 10 grants to local nonprofits annually to commission world-class artists and partner with them to achieve their shared artistic vision. The remaining three years of the initiative will focus on dance, traditional arts, and film, ending in 2021. The new works created with this year’s awards will premiere in Bay Area communities over the next three years.

For more information about the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, please visit For information about the 2018 grant application process, please visit

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Steven Tyler And Live Nation Presents Inaugural Gala Benefitting Janie’s Fund

Evening to Feature 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Telecast Viewing and Performance by Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band

Exclusive Dinner Menu to be Designed by Trisha Yearwood

Event to be held at RED Studios Hollywood on January 28, 2018

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA (January 9, 2018) – Iconic singer, songwriter and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, and Live Nation will present the inaugural Janie’s Fund gala and GRAMMY Awards® viewing party on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the historic RED Studios Hollywood. The exclusive event will include a star-studded red carpet, live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, live auction, dinner, and a musical performance.

Attendees will be treated to a multi-course dinner menu designed by GRAMMY Award-winning singer, best-selling cookbook author and lifestyle expert Trisha Yearwood. Following the dinner and telecast, Steven Tyler and his Nashville based band, LOVING MARY, will take the stage for a can’t-miss special live performance to close out the night.

Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.

“The time has arrived to share what we’ve done and what we’re striving for. This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie’s Fund. This gala is more than a night out, it’s a break on through to the other side for these girls whose lives have been stunted. It’s an opportunity to learn of the valuable work we will be doing to get them there. It’s time to bring the awareness out of the darkness and into the light for these girls, for all to see,” said Tyler.

Since the November 2015 launch of Janie’s Fund, the organization has raised more than $2.5 million, directly helping more than 525 girls and providing more than 66,000 days of therapeutic care. On December 6, Tyler celebrated the opening of a new residential center named Janie’s House, a joint partnership with his philanthropic organization Janie’s Fund and Youth Villages. Janie’s House provides support to vulnerable young girls in the Atlanta Metro Area who are survivors of abuse and neglect, and has residential accommodations for up to 30 girls annually with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.

Tyler added, “You can reach the heights of your passion, go all across the entire world and meet people from all walks of life, but the look on these girls’ faces when they know that they’ve found their safe haven, especially after being put through the pain of abuse and neglect. Now, they’re being taken care of by the best of the best in experiential therapy and 24/7 caregiving. Every five minutes, someone comes in and checks in on them and they love it, because they know someone is not coming in to abuse. This event is a testament to the important work happening at Janie’s House.” Learn more at

Sponsors for the event include Kia Motors, Hilton, and Patrón Tequila. A media alert with further information on attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on table purchases or company sponsorships, please email

Note: This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or licensed by The Recording Academy of the GRAMMY Awards.

About Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler is an award-winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist, author and actor. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has sold more than 150 million records, both as solo artist and as a member of the legendary rock band Aerosmith, and has won multiple GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, plus an Emmy Award and the ASCAP Founders Award. As the lead singer of Aerosmith, Tyler stands as one of the most iconic rock stars in history. During the band’s remarkable career, he has played in front of millions of people and influenced artists from the worlds of rock, hip hop, country music and beyond. He has performed for President Obama, appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and collaborated with everyone from Taylor Swift to the members of Led Zeppelin. Tyler’s debut solo album, 2016’s “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Top Country Albums charts in both the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews, with the Boston Globe noting, “Tyler didn’t just parachute into Nashville for a visit, but walked around and breathed the air” and the Associated Press proclaiming, “Steven Tyler’s country album shines.” In November 2015, Tyler founded his philanthropic initiative Janie’s Fund (, in partnership with Youth Villages, to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. He is also deeply involved in the fight to protect the rights of established and emerging songwriters as a member of the GRAMMY Creators’ Alliance, and a tireless advocate for raising awareness of addiction issues and recovery solutions. More at

About Janie’s Fund

Janie’s Fund is a philanthropic initiative created by Steven Tyler in partnership with one of America’s most effective nonprofits, Youth Villages. The initiative provides hope and healing for many of our country’s most vulnerable girls who have survived the trauma of abuse and neglect. For more information, visit

About Youth Villages

Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health, bringing help and hope to more than 25,000 children, families and young people each year across the United States. Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. For more information about Youth Villages, visit

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Take A #timeout2vote For Your Favorite NCAA Coach In The INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge

  • INFINITI introduces new #timeout2vote campaign to launch eighth-annual Coaches’ Charity Challenge
  • From January to March, 48 NCAA® basketball coaches compete to raise $349,000 for local charities
  • Fan votes determine winning coach receiving a $100,000 donation from INFINITI

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 8, 2018) – INFINITI kicks off the most exciting season for college basketball with the “INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge” and a new creative campaign that encourages fans to take a #timeout2vote for their favorite coaches and charities.

The INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge is a unique aspect of the brand’s partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the NCAA® and ESPN. At the start, 48 NCAA® Division I men’s basketball coaches compete for fan votes in a four-round contest that raises money for charities of the coaches’ choice.

INFINITI, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will make donations throughout the competition totaling $349,000. The further the coaches advance in the competition, the more money they raise for their respective charities. The winning coach will receive $100,000 to benefit his charity of choice.

“The INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge provides the perfect platform for college basketball coaches and fans to work as a team, providing significant financial support and awareness for so many worthy charitable initiatives,” said Jim Haney, NABC executive director. “Numerous national and local charitable organizations are the beneficiaries of the outstanding contributions made throughout the year by college basketball coaches across the country.”

While only one coach will win the grand prize, INFINITI has guaranteed each coach a donation of at least $1,000 to his chosen charitable organization.

Take a timeout2vote

Beginning Jan. 2, fans will decide the winner over a 10-week period by casting votes at Supporters can cast one vote per day for a coach’s charity. For the first time, basketball fans will be able to vote via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #timeout2vote.

“Every year INFINITI looks forward to working with NABC, NCAA® and ESPN to raise money for charities with the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge,” said Phil O’Connor, director, Marketing Communications and Media. “This year, our campaign focuses on the importance of timeouts both on and off the court, and we encourage fans to take a timeout from their daily lives to vote for their favorite coaches and their respective charities.”

The first round of voting takes place Jan. 2 and runs through Jan. 21, with half of the coaches advancing to a second round, held between Jan. 22 and Feb. 11. From Feb. 12 to 25, the 16 advancing coaches from round two will compete in a third round where only four coaches advance to the final, fourth round which takes place from Feb. 26 to March 10. The coach with the most votes, along with his chosen charity, will be announced on March 11.

“The INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge is a very successful program that connects our fan base and college coaches in a fun way to worthy organizations and foundations in local communities,” said Ellen Lucey, NCAA director of championships and alliances, corporate relations, marketing and brand. “We’re pleased to be involved with the challenge this year as the program represents a way to return the support that is given to our member schools and our student-athletes.”

The challenge is further promoted across the ESPN digital and broadcast network including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and across several social media platforms.

The 48 coaches participating this year:

  • University of Alabama coach Avery Johnson, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • University of Arizona coach Sean Miller, competing for Casa de los Niños
  • Arizona State University coach Bobby Hurley, competing for Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Auburn University coach Bruce Pearl, competing for Children’s Harbor, Inc.
  • Baylor University coach Scott Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • BYU coach Dave Rose, competing for BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research
  • Central Florida University coach Johnny Dawkins, competing for Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida
  • Clemson University coach Brad Brownell, competing for The Outdoor Dream Foundation
  • University of Colorado coach Tad Boyle, competing for Special Olympics Colorado
  • Creighton University coach Greg McDermott, competing for Abide
  • University of Florida coach Mike White, competing for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
  • Georgia State University coach Ron Hunter, competing for Samaritan’s Feet International
  • Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner, competing for WellStar Foundation
  • Gonzaga University coach Mark Few, competing for Community Cancer Fund
  • University of Illinois coach Brad Underwood, competing for United Way of Champaign County
  • University of Indiana coach Archie Miller, competing for Indiana University Dance Marathon
  • University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Iowa State University coach Steve Prohm, competing for Lupus Foundation of America, Iowa Chapter
  • Kansas State University coach Bruce Weber, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • LSU coach Will Wade, competing for Baton Rouge Youth Coalition
  • Marquette University coach Steve Wojciechowski, competing for Camp Hometown Heroes
  • University of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, competing for Alzheimer’s Association
  • University of Memphis coach Tubby Smith, competing for Tubby Smith Foundation
  • Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, competing for Volunteers of America Michigan
  • University of Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin, competing for Boys & Girls Club of Columbia, Missouri
  • University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams, competing for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • University of Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • University of Oregon coach Dana Altman, competing for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)
  • Providence College coach Ed Cooley, competing for Amos House
  • Purdue University coach Matt Painter, competing for Smith Family BReaK Thru Fund
  • University of South Carolina coach Frank Martin, competing for South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families
  • St. John’s University coach Chris Mullin, competing for The Herren Project
  • St. Louis University coach Travis Ford, competing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
  • Stanford University coach Jerod Haase, competing for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
  • Stephen F. Austin State University coach Kyle Keller, competing for Nacogdoches Area United Way
  • Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim, competing for Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation
  • Texas Christian University coach Jamie Dixon, competing for Maggie Dixon Foundation
  • Temple University coach Fran Dunphy, competing for Big Brothers Big Sister Independence
  • University of Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, competing for Emerald Youth Foundation
  • UCLA coach Steve Alford, competing for Special Olympics Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University coach Bryce Drew, competing for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Villanova University coach Jay Wright, competing for Augustinian Fund
  • University of Virginia coach Tony Bennett, competing for American Red Cross Virginia Region
  • Wake Forest University coach Danny Manning, competing for Special Olympics North Carolina
  • University of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, competing for Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund
  • Wichita State University coach Gregg Marshall, competing for Wichita Children’s Home
  • University of Wisconsin coach Greg Gard, competing for Garding Against Cancer


INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at You can also follow INFINITI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.]

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at

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