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What It Means To Be A Spiritual Champion In God’s Eyes Regardless Of The ‘Shmack’ That Happens In Life

Lake Forest, CA, July 1, 2014 – When Shmack Happens: The Making of a Spiritual Champion from Neben Px4 publishing company shows what it means to be a champion in God’s eyes.

Have you ever been through a hard time in life? Ever wonder why bad things happen? Amber Neben has you covered in her latest book, When Shmack Happens. The two-time Olympic cyclist for Team USA knows a thing or two about “shmack” — her word for describing adversity that comes our way in life. Follow Amber’s journey as she overcomes major obstacles both on and off the bike — and encourages you to join her in developing the perseverance, patience, perspective, and power that only Christ can give us.

Very few people may know or understand what road cycling is, but everyone knows what it means to be an Olympian. The champion road cyclist chronicles her disappointments and failures, as well as amazing comebacks and victories — while thrilling readers along the way with gripping stories of faith and hope. After reading When Shmack Happens, you’ll feel equipped and encouraged to face life’s tough moments, and find yourself cheering for Amber to get back on the bike …one more time. Learn what it means to be a spiritual champion in God’s eyes.

But it doesn’t stop there. Amber has a vision for helping children, even those with disabilities, to realize that they too can live their dream. Through the Dare To Be Project she encourages them and helps them to understand that no dream is too big, or too high, or out of reach – least of all – that no dream is impossible.

Amber started The Dare To Be Project out of a passion to make a lasting impact on a child’s life through a gift and a message, just as that baseball player did for her over 30 years ago. She wants to reach out to underserved kids with a bike and a message of encouragement. She wants to inspire them to keep fighting, to get up off the mat again, to work hard or even harder, and to Dare To Be whatever it is they dream to be.

The Dare To Be Project, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity founded by USA Olympic cyclist Amber Neben, aims to make lasting impacts on children in need through an unconditional gift and an inspirational message — to Dare To Be a doctor, a teacher, the President … whoever or whatever it is they dream to be.

For more information on the book, please visit: www.AmberNeben.com, or the Dare To Be Project at: http://www.thedaretobeproject.org/index.php/about.

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SEAL Future Fund Announces Inaugural Scholarship With Fall Enrollment

The SEAL Future Fund (SFF) Provides Resources to Equip Active Duty and Veteran Navy SEALs for Success in the Civilian World

New York, NY (June 18, 2014) – The SEAL Future Fund (SFF), a non-profit organization created to support continuing education and career development for active and veteran Navy SEALs, announced today their inaugural scholarship initiatives and open enrollment application period for qualified candidates.

The SEAL Future Fund has announced their application requirements to qualified active duty, reserve or former SEALs offering ten (10), $5,000 scholarships to candidates enrolled in an accredited college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year. Applications are downloadable from the SFF website and require an accompanying essay, (2) recommendation letters, proof of enrollment and proof of active duty or proof of honorable discharge from the Navy (form DD-214). The application deadline is August 1, 2014 and award announcements will be made on August 31, 2014.

Chairman and Co-Founder, Brian Martelli comments, “The SEAL Future Fund is focused on ensuring that these individuals and their capabilities are not lost in the posterity of duty by providing the means to transition into civilian life in a manner that harnesses and builds upon the strengths of their time in service. From networking and job placement, internships, and mentorship programs to full scholarships, the SEAL Future Fund provides Navy SEALs with countless pathways to success within the communities they fought so hard to protect.”

Navy SEALs are among the most highly trained professionals in the world, serving as paragons of leadership, teamwork, resolution, and focus. The SFF was created to accelerate SEALs’ transitions into civilian life in a manner that harnesses and builds upon their strengths and capabilities.

“We are opening up a leadership pool that has already been screened & tested at the most intense levels. The SEAL Future Fund is allowing businesses access to a talent pool that would otherwise be challenging to connect with,” states Martelli.

Scholarship Application: http://www.sealfuturefund.org/apply

ABOUT SEAL FUTURE FUND (SFF)

Established in 2013, The SEAL Future Fund (SFF) is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, that was created in response to the lack of support for continuing education and career development for active and veteran Navy SEALs. Founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, SFF provides financial resources, support and access to professional networks to help these exceptional individuals accelerate into civilian life. In August 2014, the SFF will offer their first inaugural scholarships, awarding (10) qualified SEAL applicants a scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

You can learn more about the SEAL Future Fund by visiting: http://www.sealfuturefund.org.

Outdoor Rise: Adventure Festival with Events for All, June 21-27

New York City’s Annual Outdoor Adventure Festival Benefits Youth Education

www.OutdoorRise.com

Over 50 Events in All Five Boroughs, All Events $5 or Less

*View Photos at http://bit.ly/1hh1CBs

New York, NYOUTDOOR RISE, New York City’s annual adventure festival featuring one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure experiences, returns June 21-27. Presented by Discover Outdoors, Outdoor Rise brings the spirit of adventure to the city through seven days of activities, classes, competitions, lectures, and films, with events open to the public in all five boroughs. Events are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Discover Outdoors Foundation, a nonprofit program benefitting city youth through outdoor education. Registration is open to the public at www.OutdoorRise.com.

“This year, we’re increasing the positive impact of Outdoor Rise on our community,” says Discover Outdoors owner and adventure guide Kirk Reynolds. “Every time you participate in an event, you’ll support the Discover Outdoors Foundation, creating amazing opportunities for underserved kids and teens to experience outdoor adventure and education.”

Events will be led by Discover Outdoors Certified Adventure Guides, who lead outdoor adventure trips locally, regionally, and globally throughout the year. Outdoor Rise event partners also include Tent & Trails, Eastern Mountain Sports, Fjallraven, Patagonia, Vitamin Shoppe, GrubHub/Seamless, Elysium Fitness, and Commotion Promotions.

Outdoor Rise events are in all five NYC boroughs, including:

  • Daily Yoga
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Kayak the Hudson
  • Hike the Highline & Stargazing
  • Urban Spelunking
  • Trail Run in Forest Park
  • Urban Repelling
  • Fish On! Fishing Clinic
  • Education Lecture: Nutrition on the Trails
  • Run through Central Park
  • Hidden Within: New York City’s Natural Beauty Photography Class
  • Behind the Lens: Stories from American Landscapes
  • Bouldering in Central Park
  • Mountain Biking
  • Backpacking Basics & Outdoor Cooking
  • Natural Movement Class
  • Parkour
  • Breakneck Ridge Solstice Hike
  • Outdoor Sunset Meditation
  • Rock Climbing with a Pro
  • Adventure Film: As It Happens
  • Adventure Film: The Crash Reel
  • Adventure Film: Cold
  • Sherpa Talk
  • Hike from the Bronx to the WTC
  • Bike Ride Around Manhattan
  • Hiking Mount Loretto Nature Preserve
  • Tree Climbing
  • Bronx River Boat Ride
  • Family Events
  • Native American-based Survival Skills
  • Slacklining
  • Citizen Science
  • Anchor Building
  • Waterwash and Rocking the Boat
  • Adventure Talk with Mountaineer Florian Hill
  • Native American Culture, Music & Storytelling
  • Trail Running
  • Urban Farming

For the latest schedule and new event alerts, visit www.OutdoorRise.com.

About the Discover Outdoors Foundation

The Discover Outdoors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to improve education for underserved urban youth in New York City by providing them with life-changing outdoor experiences. The mission of the Discover Outdoors Foundation is to positively impact education through life-changing outdoor experiences. Since its inception in 2012, the Foundation has provided the opportunity for hundreds of underserved urban youth to experience the outdoors for the first time. From hiking and camping to snowshoeing and fishing, we’re committed to making the natural world available and accessible to everyone, regardless of their resources. More at www.DiscoverOutdoors.org.

About Discover Outdoors

Discover Outdoors provides a dynamic year-round calendar of outdoor trips designed to bring balance to the urban lifestyle. Founded in 1982, we lead adventure trips out of New York City and Philadelphia, including hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, and much more. Leading over 10,000 explorers each year, we offer opportunities to develop new skills, test limits, and attain higher levels of health and awareness. A variety of day trips, multi-day excursions, international trips, outdoor fitness events, and corporate team-building options cater to individual and group needs. More at www.DiscoverOutdoors.com.

Official Site www.OutdoorRise.com

Facebook www.Facebook.com/OutdoorRise

Twitter www.Twitter.com/DOAdventures

Mark Cuban, Tim Draper, 500 Startups invest in the future of philanthropy

CommitChange, a new platform for nonprofit fundraising, has closed a $700,000 seed round led by Tim Draper and Mark Cuban to reinvent digital philanthropy. The company plans to turn the $217 billion U.S. charitable giving market on its head by offering free tools and focusing heavily on the donor experience.

Although individual charitable giving in the United States is nearly twice the size of the entire online advertising industry, nonprofits have always struggled with technology. Legacy providers, like Blackbaud (BLKB – $1.7B), have dominated the market since the 1980s and, with the exception of a few crowdfunding websites, nonprofit software has evolved little since the early 2000s. Nonprofit service providers are notorious for taking a cut of donations and often skim between 5-10% of donations, which often makes digital fundraising more expensive than physical mail.

To break down the hurdles faced by nonprofits,CommitChange is opening its platform to all registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits. “We’ve decided to make all of our core technology available for free to help bolster charitable giving in the United States. We are also eliminating donation skimming as a business model and we will never profit by taking a percentage of donations.” said Roderick Campbell, CEO and Co-Founder of CommitChange, “We’re seeing incredible results. Our average donation is $165, 11.2% of all donations are recurring, and our average recurring gift is over $42 right now. Those are seriously impressive numbers and now we’re working to bring that success to every nonprofit in America.”Tim Draper, founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, adds “a non-profit without CommitChange risks becoming a dinosaur.”

CommitChange is also announcing the acquisition of Connect for a Cause, a nonprofit fundraising platform based out of New Orleans. CommitChange acquired Connect for a Cause for an undisclosed sum, and its founder, Jason Nicosia, will be joining CommitChange as Chief Marketing Officer and opening regional offices in New Orleans. “I’m excited that our nonprofit users are going to get access to the fundraising tech that CommitChange has built.” says Nicosia. “Combining the momentum of Connect for a Cause and CommitChange will allow us to help more charities and grow even faster.”

As of June 17th, all nonprofits will have access to free donation processing, fundraising campaigns, and a robust management dashboard. Event ticketing and donor management features are in progress and will be released later in 2014. Larger nonprofit organizations can access advanced versions of these tools for a fixed monthly subscription.

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S&R Foundation’s Halcyon Incubator Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows

Social entrepreneurs from across the globe to bring audacious ideas designed to solve real-world problems to Washington, D.C. as part of incubator program

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Halcyon Incubator, a unique and forward-thinking program designed to empower global social change, today introduced its inaugural group of fellows, a cohort of social entrepreneurs with bold plans to tackle 21st century challenges. The Halcyon Incubator’s first fellowship program will begin in September 2014.

The many resources offered by the Halcyon Incubator, coupled with the fact that the program does not require equity in its fellows’ ventures, prompted a flood of applications from entrepreneurs with resourceful responses to social challenges. Halcyon Incubator fellows benefit from a 14-month program designed as the springboard to launch their social ventures. The program includes rent-free housing and office space, mentorship, complimentary strategic, legal and PR resources, as well as access to a network of potential funders from a variety of sectors.

“Each one of our fellows brings a unique approach to a diverse set of challenges from global healthcare to environmental innovation,” said Halcyon Incubator Program Manager Ryan Ross. “We were humbled by our fellows’ passion, creativity and drive; each has the capacity to make meaningful social change for countless individuals.”

The fellows and their projects are as follows:

Diana Sierra — Be Girl — Up to 40 percent of school-age girls in developing nations fail to complete their educations because they lack sanitary feminine products that provide assurance, protection and comfort to them outside of their homes. Ms. Sierra is closing gender gaps and ensuring continued educational opportunities by providing environmentally friendly, affordable, and customizable feminine menstrual management products. Be Girl has tested its impact with pilot programs in Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania, where girls reported feeling safer to attend school.

Param Jaggi — Ecoviate — Mr. Jaggi’s venture Ecoviate encourages a more sustainable planet with innovative environmental technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Ecoviate’s advocacy is evidenced in its practice of planting one tree for every product sold or downloaded, with the goal of planting over one million trees to reduce the amount of carbon in our air.

Ari Raz — PureJoy — Mr. Raz’s venture, PureJoy, is based on the concept that high quality, nutritious baby food should be a right, not a privilege for babies and young children. PureJoy plans to produce and deliver organic, premium baby food for all families, regardless of their economic status.

Olivier Kamanda — Ideal Impact — Mr. Kamanda’s Ideal Impact is a community-oriented tech company designed to bridge the gap between those who want to serve and organizations that vitally need support. Ideal Impact utilizes a unique platform specifically designed to promote and advertise service and volunteer opportunities directly to readers of social impact news stories.

Matthew Fischer — Control A+ — In the United States alone, one in 10 children suffer from asthma and over $60 billion is spent on treatment. Through Control A+, Mr. Fischer is developing an early warning system for asthmatic children capable of alerting parents and doctors before an asthma attack occurs. With gathered data based on indoor and outdoor environmental monitors, asthmatic children are empowered to live more normal lives.

Ben Reich and Dan Gallagher — Datasembly — Every year millions of open data sets are released by thousands of governments but unfortunately, there are no standards for releases, making it difficult it to extract value from the data. Datasembly is a platform that aggregates and indexes open data, allowing communities to fully harness the power of public information with potential groundbreaking discoveries capable of changing lives for the better.

Heather Lawver Sewell — NewsEase — Literacy and communications are crucial life skills in the development and maturation of children. To facilitate these skills, Ms. Sewell will launch NewsEase, an online news initiative for teachers and students. Utilizing easy-to-use templates that are based on classic book series, NewsEase will allow teachers to launch newspapers in their classrooms, empower students to publish stories and to connect with other NewsEase readers around the world.

The application process for the Halcyon Incubator’s second class of fellows will open in July 2014.

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About Halcyon Incubator


The Halcyon Incubator was founded on the principle that intrepid individuals with transformative ideas can solve 21st century challenges. In an effort to empower social change, the Incubator supports fearless social entrepreneurs through a unique 14-month fellowship, comprised of a four-month residency of intensive education and networking programs, eight months of rent-free workspace, complimentary strategic, legal and PR support, mentorship, as well as access to a network of potential funders from all sectors. The Halcyon Incubator does not require equity in the fellow’s venture, but only a commitment to growing ideas to achieve meaningful social outcomes. www.halcyonincubator.org @HalcyonIncubate www.facebook.com/halcyonincubator

About S&R Foundation


S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Contributions to S&R Foundation go directly to funding our mission. Overhead and general operational costs are covered by founders’ contributions and use of existing assets. For more information, visit www.SandRFoundation.org.

Human Trafficking: What One Group Is Doing To Save Victims Of This Rapidly Growing Criminal Industry

Petaluma, CA, May 30, 2014 – Jeannie Kerrigan and Katherine Patton of Ricky’s Revolution Non-profit walk along the streets at night handing out Rickys, stuffed monkeys embroidered with national safety and shelter hot-line numbers, to remind those in need that help is just a phone call away.

As Street Team Leaders they go onto the streets personally interacting with children, youth and adults involved in acute situations of violence and homelessness.

The monkey’s name is Ricky; doubly significant because he was named after Jeannie’s treasured stuffed monkey she had as a child that was lost the day she was abducted and raped as a young girl.

Through the use of Ricky, this 501(c)(3) national outreach program provides information on safety and shelter options and national hotline numbers including rape crisis, a runaway hotline, a domestic abuse hotline, and safe houses – especially important for victims of human trafficking who lack resources to get help. Additionally, Ricky’s Revolution Nonprofit has volunteer-based shelter teams that deliver Rickys to local shelters in multiple states across the nation allowing community members to be a part of the process of bringing these issues to the forefront.

Knowing firsthand what it’s like to feel abandoned by the world motivated Jeannie Kerrigan to write her deeply moving memoir, Layla; a shocking story of a life of incest, physical abuse, rape and prostitution in a world of drugs and insanity. Through the Rickys being circulated on the streets and her own heartrending story, Jeannie speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves, always reminding them she is living proof of hope for a better life.

Founder and Executive Director Jeannie Kerrigan enjoys a successful private practice in Petaluma, CA, specializing in trauma healing and energy movement, and also travels for public speaking and interactive workshops across the United States. She is a Certified Polarity Educator and Practitioner.

Co-founder and Director Katherine Patton has over 20 years of experience as a professional counselor and educator. She believes in and understands the value of human connection as a vital and integral part of the healing process. She has worked extensively with abused youth, emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and their families.

For more information on the organization or Jeannie’s personal story, please visit the website at: www.rickysrevolution.org or www.jeanniekerrigan.com.

Hyatt Regency Chicago and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Team Up To Support Families of Hospitalized Children

Hyatt Regency Chicago will be giving a portion of room sale proceeds from a dedicated Ronald McDonald House guestroom to support families at Ronald McDonald House®

Hot Wheels Traffic Jam
(Photo credit: Sherwood Snyder)

Hyatt Regency Chicago has teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) to help families heal together while their child is in the hospital. The dedicated Ronald McDonald House guestroom, appropriately named “Climbin’ for a Cause” as it is the only bi-level suite in the hotel with a staircase in the room, will be supporting the organization with a donation of $10 for each night the room is booked during the course of a year. All proceeds will go directly to Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital located in the Streeterville community.

The guestroom will be decorated to reflect various aspects of the Charity including adding a bookcase that contains books about Ronald McDonald House Charities as well as a Ronald McDonald House throw blanket so guests can read the books in true comfort, vintage Ronald McDonald House inspired decor, yellow painted handrails, and a number of photos of the Hyatt Regency Chicago team volunteering at the House as well as families, both past and present, who have been supported by RMHC-CNI.

“We strive to ensure that Hyatt Regency Chicago acts as a home-away-from-home for each of our guests,” stated General Manager Patrick Donelly. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be involved with such an outstanding organization in the Chicagoland area that seeks to provide a home-away-from-home for families during a difficult time. Our Ronald McDonald House guestroom gives guests the opportunity to help families during their greatest time of need.”

“We are grateful to have Hyatt Regency Chicago as a partner helping us to keep families together so they can find a sense of comfort, compassion, and a sense of community,” stated Mark Shouger Senior House Director of Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s. “As the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House, we’re excited to team up with the world’s largest Hyatt to make strides together in helping families throughout the Chicagoland area.”

Additionally, Hyatt Regency Chicago purchased a fire hydrant from The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants project to support the 100 Club of Chicagoland and donated it to Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s, where it is currently on display. The fire hydrant, appropriately named “Hot Wheels Traffic Jam,” was created by Sherwood Snyder. Snyder is a U.S. Navy veteran who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and whose works include being commissioned four years in a row to design a HOPE ostrich egg for the annual auction that raises funds for the N.W. Memorial Hospital Program for the HIV Center in Chicago.

Hyatt Regency Chicago, the largest Hyatt property in the world, features 2,019 guest rooms, 228,000 square feet of meeting and event space and five restaurants and lounges. The hotel is located at 151 East Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown. Hyatt Regency Chicago borders the Magnificent Mile and is only blocks away from Chicago’s premier theatre, cultural, shopping and dining districts. For reservations, visit www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com, Facebook.com/HyattRegencyChicago or on Twitter @hyattchicago.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI), is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing a ‘home away from home’ while their child is being treated in the hospital. Every night, up to 140 families heal together because of the comfort, compassion and community at four area Ronald McDonald Houses® and Ronald McDonald Family Room®. Annually 40,000 nights are provided where RMHC-CNI families are able to stay close to their child, helping them to heal faster and saving them over $7 million in hotel costs. We are located near Advocate Children’s Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital in Naperville and the Cadence Health – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) Campus in Winfield which will open in 2015. For more information visit www.RonaldHouseChicago.org. Stay connected – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram.

Nonprofit Westchester Executive Director Takes Economic Study Findings on the Road

Report Receives Positive Response from Business Leaders, Government Officials, Nonprofit Sector and Community Residents

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (May 2014) – Since Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) first announced the results of its report released in conjunction with The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in March, Joanna Straub, NPW Executive Director has been on a mission to take the findings on the road and has already presented the report to hundreds of business leaders, officials and dignitaries in the county.

“People have found the report to be fascinating and incredibly important to the community at-large,” Straub said. “The response has been nothing short of great, particularly among those who work or volunteer for nonprofits. But, this response is not limited to our sector; business leaders and public officials are telling us just how important nonprofits are to the community, the economy and our quality of life.”

The study, entitled “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” found that 53,987 people, or 13.6 percent, of the county’s total workforce is employed by nonprofits. That’s one out of every seven workers. Additionally, this sector generated $6.9 billion in revenues and paid roughly $2.7 billion in wages and compensation – including hundreds of millions in federal, state and local taxes.

From left: Greg Arcaro, Executive Director of Community Planning Council of Yonkers; Joanna Straub, executive director of NPW; and Steven Brown, President of the Community Planning Council of Yonkers and President of Greyston Foundation.

In April, Straub presented the report to the Westchester County Local Development Corporation and Jim Coleman, Executive Director of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency. She also spoke before the Community Services Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators with Chairperson Legislator Alfreda Williams of Greenburgh. Additionally, she discussed the report as keynote speaker during the 94th Annual Meeting of the Community Planning Council of Yonkers.

Earlier this month, Straub was able to give a presentation to attendees at the Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit XII presented by the Westchester Community Foundation and United Way of Westchester and Putnam, where more than 700 of regional leaders and nonprofit representatives were in attendance.

“We are pleased with the responses we have received thus far and plan to continue to spread the word throughout the summer so that the community understands the economic as well as quality of life contributions that nonprofits make to our community,” Straub added.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester or to read a copy of the study, visit www.npwestchester.org or call 914-332-6679.

Nonprofit Westchester

Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county, focusing on sharing resources, connections, and information to strengthen Westchester in partnership with the for-profit and government sectors. The organization represents more than 80 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the county under a cooperative mission to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector for a more just and caring community. In 2014, NPW released a study done in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies called “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” which concluded that nonprofits are a multi-billion dollar industry and make up the largest employment sector in Westchester County. For more information, visit www.npwestchester.org.

STREETS International Joins Clinton Global Initiative To Create a Commitment to Action

Annual NYC Event Gathers Leading Chefs to Benefit Disadvantaged Youth in SE Asia

NEW YORK, May 14, 2014 – STREETS International has joined the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with its Commitment to Action and implementation of innovative solutions in supplying local, disadvantaged youth in Hoi An, Vietnam, and its surrounding areas with the tools and skills to achieve financial independence. Embodying the mission of the CGI to turn ideas into action, STREETS prepares vulnerable and orphaned young people for careers in hospitality by providing a comprehensive 18-month program resulting in 100% employment upon graduation since its inception in 2007.

Part hospitality school and part full-service restaurant, STREETS has proven its ability to provide a real chance for young adults in great need to transition out of poverty, improving their own lives as well as the lives of their impoverished brothers, sisters, and families.

To celebrate the school’s fifth year anniversary and highlight the skills and hard work of its trainees, STREETS will debut its first cookbook this spring: STREETS: Good Food Helping Good Kids. The new book opens with a highlight of the local Hoi An markets and shares the personal stories of eight graduates, profiling their exemplary work experience after attending the STREETS program. The book also includes a variety of recipes from the STREETS Restaurant Café, from White Rose Dumplings, a 120-year-old recipe reflecting HoiAn’s 17th Century Chinese community, to Crispy Rice Pancake with Pork and Shrimp, a classic southern Vietnamese dish. Published independently, all proceeds go directly to the program.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, New York City’s top chefs and mixologists will join STREETS International for its 7th Annual tasting event and silent auction to benefit the organization. Held at The Astor Center, acclaimed chefs such as James Beard winner Jamie Bissonnette from Toro NYC, Anita Lo from Annisa, Daniel Boulud from DBGB, Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman from The Meatball Shop, and Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Blue Smoke, among others, will serve their interpretation of Southeast Asian street foods complimented by signature cocktails throughout the evening.

Event details are as follows:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VIP Hour*: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
*Includes meet and greet with chefs, specialty cocktails and a cooking demonstration
VIP Ticket: $225.00

General Admission: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
General Ticket: $100.00
The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the STREETS International – 7th Annual Event page here.

About STREETS International

STREETS International is an innovative social enterprise initiative with the purpose of developing and operating sustainable programs for street kids and disadvantaged youth in Southeast Asia and throughout the world. Formed in 2007 as a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, STREETS prepares vulnerable, orphaned and other disadvantaged young people for careers in hospitality. Providing youths with the highest levels of training to prepare them for careers in culinary arts and hospitality service, the program incorporates many components, including classroom instruction, hands-on work experience, housing and all the necessary social and community support. For more information, visit streetsinternational.org.

About Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

SanofiUS Donates Record Number of Epinephrine Auto-injectors to Help People at Risk for Severe, Life-threatening Allergic Reactions

Direct Relief to distribute product across America tononprofit health centers, clinics, and allergy camps

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 1, 2014 – The Sanofi Foundation for North America has donated more than 90,000 Auvi-Q®(epinephrine injection, USP) epinephrine auto-injectors to medical aid organization Direct Relief for distribution to nonprofit health centers, clinics, and allergy camps across the U.S. that care for people atrisk of life-threatening allergies.

The donation – valued at approximately $30 million (wholesale acquisition cost) – is Sanofi’s largest single donation of Auvi-Q ever and is part of the company’s commitment to helping people with severe allergies live healthier and safer lives through access to treatment.Auvi-Q is the only epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues to help guide the user through the injection process during an anaphylactic reaction.

“Direct Relief is making the donation of Auvi-Q available to its entire network of more than 1,100 nonprofit health centers and clinics across all 50 U.S. states, with a particular focus on school-based health centers and allergy camps to ensure people are prepared when emergencies occur,” said Damon Taugher, Director of U.S. Programs at Direct Relief. “We are deeply thankful for the Sanofi Foundation’s terrific donation, which is a perfect example of why Direct Relief has built out a national network among nonprofit safety-net health centers and clinics and made the investment to become the only nonprofit to obtain Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor status from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.”

Anaphylaxis is a severe, sudden allergic reaction that typically involves two or more organs, such as the skin, airways, lungs, stomach, heart or blood pressure. Reactions can be deadly. Anaphylaxis is most commonly triggered by allergies to foods, medications, insect bites/stings, latex, and exercise. Symptoms may include: difficulty breathing; rashes, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or skin; vomiting; loss of blood pressure; or, even loss of consciousness.

“The Sanofi Foundation for North America is pleased to be able to provide Auvi-Q for patients atrisk of anaphylaxis. Our goal is to ensure all people at risk for life-threatening allergies have their prescription epinephrine on-hand when allergic reactions occur.Sanofi US is committed to providing access to our drugs to underserved communities, particularly when children are at risk,” said John Spinnato, President, Sanofi Foundation for North America andVice President North America Corporate Social Responsibility.

In October 2013, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) published a landmark survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA),which found that severe life-threatening allergic reactions – anaphylaxis – are common in the U.S. According to the survey of 1,000 adults, sponsored by Sanofi US, anaphylaxis very likely occurs in nearly 1-in-50 Americans (1.6%), and the rate is probably higher, close to 1-in-20 (5.1%). According to Anaphylaxis in America: The Prevalence and Characteristics of Anaphylaxis in the United States there are alarming patterns of inaction when anaphylaxis occurs: most patients are not getting their prescriptions, not keeping their auto-injectors nearby or not using them during allergic reactions when they should.

There is no cure or preventative treatment for most causes of anaphylaxis, so immediate use of a prescription epinephrine auto-injector at the first sign of a severe allergic reaction is the standard-of-care for adults and children. Patients at-risk for anaphylaxis should be prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors to keep on-hand at all times and ready to use if an emergency occurs.

As the only nonprofit to receive Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD)© certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy,Direct Relief is licensed to distribute prescription drugs in all 50 statesand is well-positioned to ensure the people in need and atrisk of life-threatening allergies have access to the standard of care treatment.

About Auvi-Q

Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) provides users with audible and visual cues, including a five-second injection countdown and an alert light to signal when the injection is complete. In addition to being an auto-injector, Auvi-Q features an automatic retractable needle mechanism designed to help prevent accidental needle sticks.

Auvi-Q is available in two dosages. Auvi-Q 0.3mg delivers 0.3mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 66 pounds or more. Auvi-Q 0.15mg delivers 0.15mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 33 – 66 pounds.Auvi-Q has not been studied in patients weighing less than 33 pounds.Each Auvi-Q pack contains two active devices – containing one dose of epinephrine each – and a training device that does not contain epinephrine, which is provided for practicing.Auvi-Q received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in August 2012.

Eric and Evan Edwards, twin brothers who suffer from life-threatening allergies, and co-founders of KaléoPharma (formerly Intelliject, Inc.), developed Auvi-Q with a team of world class engineers and scientists. The development process, based on Human Factors Engineering, incorporated real-world experiences and feedback from patients and caregivers. Sanofi US licensed the North America commercialization rights to Auvi-Q from KaléoPharma, which has retained commercialization rights for the rest of the world.The inventors of Auvi-Q received the George DiDomizio Industry Award as part of the 16th annual ISMP Cheers Awards. This award recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.

Indication

Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.

Important Safety Information

Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi-Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your healthcare professional to see if Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP)is right for you.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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For more information about Auvi-Q visit www.Auvi-Q.com.

About Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries and is the only U.S. nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD)© certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief was the 2011 winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and received the 2013 President’s Award from ESRI. For more information visit www.DirectRelief.org.

About the Sanofi Foundation for North America

The Sanofi Foundation for North America makes it possible to provide free prescription drugs to patients who do not have insurance coverage and who meet program eligibility requirements. Product is donated to the Foundation by the company for this purpose. The Foundation also provides monetary support and partners with charities and 501(c)(3) organizations and other entities that are strategically aligned with mission particularly access to health care.

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