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Royal Neighbors Insurance Signs as Sponsor with Global Women’s Organization

Soroptimist welcomes women-led insurer in new partnership

April 9, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA and Rock Island, IL – Soroptimist International of the Americas and its online volunteer portal, LiveYourDream.org, announced a new official sponsor this week, Royal Neighbors of America.

Royal Neighbors of America has protected women financially and empowered them to improve their lives, families, and communities since 1895. Royal Neighbors offers life insurance and financial protection solutions for women and their families throughout their lives. As a not-for-profit life insurer, its philanthropic programs also provide opportunities for women and families to give back, connect, and empower others in their communities. Royal Neighbors was one of the first to insure women and children. Today, it remains one of the largest women-led insurers in the U.S. providing financial products, member benefits, and volunteer programs to its more than 200,000 members.

“We anticipate making great strides in women’s financial education as we partner with the Soroptimist,” said Cynthia Tidwell, President/CEO of Royal Neighbors. “With statistics showing that 42 percent of all women lack financial security, it’s important to both organizations that we help them reach their full potential and build a strong financial future.”

From the founding of the first club in 1921 to the present day with about 1,400 clubs and 33,000 members, Soroptimist works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization focuses on providing women and girls with access to education as way to achieve their full potential. Soroptimist also powers LiveYourDream.org, a burgeoning online community that encourages offline action on behalf of women and girls.

“Tremendous synergy exists between Royal Neighbors and Soroptimist. We share values and a calling ingrained in us as women, particularly as it involves empowering women to pursue their best lives,” said Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA, executive director and CEO of Soroptimist. “We are proud to join with Royal Neighbors to accomplish joint goals and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

More about Soroptimist:

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational and build better lives for their families. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

More About Royal Neighbors:

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women’s lives through its national programs, including the Nation of Neighbors SM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia. To learn more about Royal Neighbors and its Nation of Neighbors Program, visit www.royalneighbors.org or call (855) 243-4823.

Contact: Megan York Parker

Soroptimist International

megan@soroptimist.org

856.313.4277

Nonprofit Westchester Focuses on Affordable Housing during First Session of New Hot Topic Series

Rose Noonan, Executive Director of the Housing Action Council, Speaks About Challenges and Solutions in the County

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (April 2014) – As part of Nonprofit Westchester’s (NPW) Hot Topic series, a networking forum designed to highlight important community issues, Rose Noonan, Executive Director of the Housing Action Council, recently discussed the issues facing affordable housing in Westchester County.

The high cost of land, lack of infrastructure, limited resources, complex funding and a lengthy planning process are all contributors to issues with affordable housing in the region, according to Noonan. “It takes an average of three to five years to get approval for housing due to variances, tax amendments to zoning costs, parking requirements and other logistics,” she said.

From left, Judith Dobrof, Executive Director of Cancer Support Team and Chairwoman of the Nonprofit Westchester Policy Committee; Rose Noonan, Executive Director of the Housing Action Council; and Joanna Straub, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester.

She challenged NPW members to educate and advocate for housing through organizations like the Housing Action Council, a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding housing opportunities for low and moderate income households throughout the Hudson Region.

A highlight of the discussion was the Homes for Westchester initiative, a county-wide collaboration that local organizations can participate in to help the affordable housing issue. Its goal is to create a broad-based coalition to address existing obstacles to fair and affordable housing that will within 10 years result in the development of 10,000 affordable homes and increase the economic, racial and ethnic/cultural diversity throughout the county’s urban, suburban and exurban communities. NPW is a member of the Leadership Council of this initiative that serves as the “council of advice” to the Steering Committee.

“By coming together, we can make a difference in changing the housing problem in the county, and that will influence change,” Noonan said.

The role of the Housing Action Council is to provide technical assistance and expand the capacity of community based organizations to sponsor affordable housing developments. In addition, it provides comprehensive home ownership and home improvement counseling. Its Community Housing Resource Center is dedicated to building a more favorable climate in Westchester County for affordable housing by identifying, training, and assisting community leaders to advocate for housing in their communities. It also provides program design and implementation services to municipalities. It currently manages the Yonkers Affordable Housing Department, which is responsible for implementing a housing desegregation order.

“The goal of Hot Topics is to help our members broaden their knowledge about important issues that may be outside of their ordinary area of work,” said Joanna Straub, Executive Director of Nonprofit Westchester. “We are committed to providing local nonprofits a forum for sharing information, best practices and creating new alliances to meet emerging needs.”

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, call (914)-332-6NPW (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 nearly 100 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the county under a cooperative mission to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector for a more just and caring community. In 2014, NPW released a study done in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies called “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” which concluded that nonprofits are a multi-billion dollar industry and make up the largest employment sector in Westchester County. For more information, visit www.npwestchester.org.

Pink Fishing Boat Launched in Honor of Casting for Recovery

BlackFly Lodge introduces a new pink skiff to raise awareness for CfR’s national fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer

Manchester, VT — March 31, 2014 Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to be honored by BlackFly Lodge, a Bahamas based fly fishing operation that commissioned a pink skiff to raise awareness of breast cancer and CfR. This new boat will be used for guided fly fishing trips in the Bahamas and will feature the Casting for Recovery logo. This is the fifth boat that has a theme at BlackFly Lodge and it will be used for general guided trips as well as special trips hosted by fly fishing professionals.

Clint Kemp, managing partner of BlackFly Lodge, called on East Cape Skiffs to build the custom boat as a tribute to his aunt, Rochelle McCabe, who has just completed her breast cancer treatments in Orlando. The boat will serve as a constant reminder of the struggle endured by many and a source of hope that one day a cure for breast cancer will be discovered. BlackFly Lodge also donated a fishing trip that will be auctioned at CfR’s annual Cast One for Hope national fundraiser in Montana in October.

“There are so many great organizations doing amazing work with breast cancer and it is our privilege to partner with Casting for Recovery,” says Clint Kemp managing partner of BlackFlyLodge. “We hope that the pink skiff will bring greater awareness to the work and mission of CfR and every name that is signed under her hatches will be a testimony to love and hope.”

“We are honored to be part of the creation of this boat and the journey it is about to embark on,” says Casting for Recovery executive director Whitney Milhoan. “This stunning boat will be a great reminder that so many people are touched by breast cancer and we are excited to follow it, chronicle its journeys and see how many lives it touches. Here at CfR we strive to create awareness and spread the love of fly fishing and that is exactly what this boat will do in the Bahamas and beyond.”

For more information on Casting for Recovery or to donate please visit: http://www.CastingforRecovery.org or contact Holly Calloway at Holly.Calloway@castingforrecovery.org.

Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 by two women — a breast reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. CfR’s unique program combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

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Citrix Extends Free Tech Tools to Nonprofits

New Citrix Podio sponsorship program puts best-in-class tools in the hands of those who need them most

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Citrix today announced the availability of Podio for Nonprofits, a free program designed to help nonprofits organize the work they do everyday, improve work processes and ultimately be more effective. The global program includes free premium access to Citrix Podio and hundreds of Podio apps through the Podio App Market, along with onboarding support and resources. Podio sponsorship is open to all nonprofits with US 501(c)(3) or equivalent status. Citrix invites all registered nonprofits to sign up for Podio sponsorship.

“Research shows there is huge untapped potential for more social impact groups to utilize tech tools to reduce the time and cost it takes to deliver services, fundraise and engage stakeholders,” said Tommy Ahlers, vice president and entrepreneur in residence, Citrix SaaS Division. “We want to remove the technology adoption and implementation hurdles these organizations face so they can spend more time making life-changing contributions to their communities, and less time managing how they get their work done.”

According to Columbia Social Work Review’s 2013 report, the uptake of cloud, social and mobile technologies will allow the nonprofit sector to provide more effective services through improved productivity and efficiencies; yet the most common barriers to technology adoption remain lack of resources: funds, time and IT expertise. The report shows that while most NPOs use information technologies such as websites, email and databases to deliver services to clients, few of them employ software systems and mobile technologies that would enable their workers to improve client communications and access to information off-site. An estimated 35 percent of nonprofits use mobile devices and applications to manage work, while only 20 percent use software systems to record data for things like client and volunteer management. A recent McKinsey study found that companies see a 20-25 percent increase in productivity by using social technologies like Podio, because they simply get work done faster.

More than 2500 nonprofits have already applied and received sponsorship status through Podio, including The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), sustainable travel group Project Cordillera, pet-health services group PetChance and Music Nova Scotia.

Nonprofits streamline teamwork and boost productivity

GirlsOnTheRun.org is a physical-activity-based youth development program for girls in grades 3 to 8, teaching life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. In 2013 Girls on the Run served 150,000 girls across North America through 215 councils.

“Each council is as unique as the girls they serve, with its own strengths and its own challenges,” said Elizabeth Kunz, president of Girls on the Run. “Podio has been a way for our councils to collaborate, share, ideas, best practices and documents, and support one another with many miles in between them. With a way to network on a daily basis, our councils are able to more effectively serve their territories and continue to help girls grow in strength, courage and confidence.”

DANSIC, a Danish student-led organization whose mission is to inspire social innovation by supporting companies targeting both social impact and economic sustainability, has been using Podio for more than two years to help coordinate its flagship annual event, the Social Innovation Conference in Copenhagen. DANSIC relies on Podio for project management, communication and coordination of all aspects of the conference, as well as keeping all 60 student-members of the organization connected and in sync. Watch DANSIC’s Podio story.

Nonprofits that sign up for Podio sponsorship have access to world-class support services and onboarding assistance through the Podio Help Center, in addition to access to a community of Podio users who share best practices and learnings with each other every day through the Podio Help forum. The Podio Help Forum provides a knowledge base of expert advice, instruction on the use of Podio and other tools, as well as tips intended to help nonprofits take full advantage of Podio.

Until now, Podio sponsorship status was granted on a case-by-case basis, but in response to the growing need for cloud-based tools that make nonprofit teams more efficient and productive, the program will today be rolled out as a formal Citrix Podio offering.

About Citrix

Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is a leader in virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure to enable new ways for people to work better. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers to build, manage and secure virtual and mobile workspaces that seamlessly deliver apps, desktops, data and services to anyone, on any device, over any network or cloud. This year Citrix is celebrating 25 years of innovation, making IT simpler and people more productive with mobile workstyles. With annual revenue in 2013 of $2.9 billion, Citrix solutions are in use at more than 330,000 organizations and by over 100 million people globally. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

For Citrix Investors

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Hollywood Legend And Animal Advocate Doris Day Will Devote Her Upcoming 90th Birthday To Her Four-legged Friends

Fans Worldwide Can Wish Doris A Happy 90th By Participating In A Rare Auction To Benefit The Doris Day Animal Foundation At www.ddaf.org

Carmel, Calif (Mar. 10, 2014) – Legendary performer and animal welfare advocate Doris Day will reach a milestone on April 3rd — her 90th birthday. Her Doris Day Animal Foundation has planned an already sold-out birthday fundraising celebration in Carmel, located primarily at Day’s Cypress Inn, to benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF), Day’s namesake charity. DDAF has been Day’s continuing passion since she stepped out of the Hollywood limelight in the late 1970s.

The special birthday weekend includes a hotel stay package; a “Doggie Fashion Show” and adoption event in conjunction with the Monterey SPCA; a book signing celebrating the publication of “Doris Days’ Best Friends”; live entertainment; and a tribute dinner. The dinner will feature an auction of Doris Day-autographed memorabilia, as well as signed items from many of Day’s celebrity friends including Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett and more. All auction proceeds will benefit the DDAF.

“I’m all about the four-leggers,” Day said, noting that she’s not much for celebrating birthdays. In lieu of cards and gifts, Day said she would love nothing more than if fans, friends and supporters would go online to www.DDAF.org and make a donation in her honor.

“Turning 90 is a milestone, for me and for the Foundation, and we’re setting a goal of $90,000 in donations,” Day said from her Carmel home. “There is so much work still to do to rescue animals, and to inform people about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets,” Day said. “We’ve made lots of progress, but there’s never an end to our work, and every little bit helps!”

Doris also issued a timely statement offering thanks and congratulations to the several Sochi Olympic athletes who rescued stray dogs, an issue that received much media attention during the Games. “When I learned that our Olympic athletes were rescuing dogs from the streets of Russia, I was overwhelmed, and it literally brought me to tears. It showed that these young Americans not only cared about winning medals but also about saving the lives of these precious animals that are so dear to us. These athletes have strong bodies and caring hearts: It’s a real testimony to the character of these young Americans.”

For those wishing to celebrate Ms. Day’s birthday, but who are unable to attend the celebrations in Carmel, the DDAF will be hosting an online auction to benefit the charity. Supporters can place their bids by visiting www.bluetreemarketing.com/dorisdayanimalfoundation. Both the online and live auction will include an array of exclusive pieces including: a Sir Paul McCartney signed “Wings Over America” box set; a Stella McCartney Falabella bag, a favorite worn by the women of Hollywood; and a Tony Bennett signed lithograph of Ella Fitzgerald and giclée of the Golden Gate Bridge. Other items include a Turner Classic Movies Gift Basket, a Bear Family Doris Day Boxed Set, a Warner Bros. Gift Package, and an authentic handbag and scarf from Doris Day’s personal wardrobe. To further thank the auction winners for their support of the Doris Day Animal Foundation, each of the auctioned items will include a personalized note signed by Doris herself.

Longtime celebrity friends and fans of Doris Day including Tony Bennett, Betty White, Olivia Newton-John, Dick Van Dyke and many more have captured surprise Happy Birthday video wishes for Doris, also encouraging donations for the Foundation. These shout-outs and many more will be showcased the week leading up to Doris’s special day via a variety of media outlets.

Doris Day fans and DDAF supporters will also be able to sign an online 90th Birthday Card to Doris on April 3, by visiting the Foundation website. For more information about all the birthday festivities, please visit www.DDAF.org

About the Doris Day Animal Foundation:

The Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) Public Charity originally founded in 1978 as the Doris Day Pet Foundation by legendary performer, Doris Day. DDAF has a straightforward mission that continues to this day: to help animals and the people who love them. Today, DDAF is a non-profit, grant-giving charity that identifies and funds worthy animal welfare organizations across the country. DDAF grants help rescue not just dogs and cats — but all animals! DDAF grantees provide veterinary care, including spay and neuter surgeries; feed and house rescued animals; promote and grow local adoption programs; provide pet food pantries; and very importantly, Doris believes, aid senior pets with both urgent and ongoing medical costs. Learn more and donate at www.DDAF.org

About Doris Day:

Doris Day, the quintessential all-American girl, continues to be revered by her fans, while the media still celebrate her as an actress and singer with an iconic “girl next door” image.

Of her 39 films, Calamity Jane, Love Me or Leave Me and Pillow Talk remain popular favorites, and still run frequently on cable television. Paralleling her success in big-screen entertainment, a series of albums recorded between 1949 and 1968 expanded her popularity, and are as relevant today as when they were first released. Her latest release, 2012’s “My Heart,” hit the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and was a commercial success in the States as well. Day is the recipient of dozens of awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004) and a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement (2008).

The end of her Hollywood career proved to be a stepping stone, and Doris leveraged her celebrity as she followed her life’s calling: loving and caring for animals. Day lives in Carmel, Calif., and happily spends her days on DDAF activities, as well as caring for her many four-leggers, her garden and her home. For more information on Doris Day, please visit www.DorisDay.com.

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Media Contact

Charley Walters. CW3PR

323-476-1050

charley@cw3pr.com

Women’s Nonprofit Celebrates (Future) Women with International Women’s Day 2014

Soroptimist & LiveYourDream.org Raise Funds to Educate and Empower Girls

March 7, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – In celebration of International Women’s Day, global women’s nonprofit Soroptimist and its online volunteer portal, LiveYourDream.org, will launch a weeklong campaign to raise $10,000 to help support the future women of the world, as they launch a new girl program to ensure that girls have the resources and connections to pursue their career goals and live their dreams.

The campaign will begin Saturday, March 8, International Women’s Day, and end Saturday March 15.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization conducted comprehensive research that uncovered a demonstrated need for girls to have mentors and guidance that can help them understand the mechanics and logistics of establishing a career trajectory. This is an often-overlooked need that can prevent girls from reaching their full potential. The research discovered all girls have dreams for their futures, but little or no understanding of how to get there.

“All girls have dreams,” says Elizabeth M. Lucas, CEO and executive director. “But many girls lack the knowledge of how to pursue those dreams in any real way. Our new program is going to provide girls with concrete ways of accomplishing their education and career goals.”

The Soroptimist and LiveYourDream.org girl program will:

  • Encourage girls to pursue their career goals
  • Teach girls how to set goals and overcome setbacks
  • Connect girls with role models and mentors
  • Support girls financially so they have the funds to pursue their dreams.

Donors will be awarded “Dream Architect” status, as each contribution will help build the new program and construct a brighter future for girls around the world. Architects will receive special access to girl program “sneak peeks,” as well as get a first look at exclusive Soroptimist research about girls and the obstacles they face in reaching their career goals.

To help build the new Soroptimist/LiveYourDream.org girl program, visit: http://bit.ly/IWD2014_DreamArchitect

More about Soroptimist:

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (Soroptimist.org) improves the lives of women and girls through the work of volunteers in 1,300 clubs across 19 countries and territories. Soroptimist’s major program, the Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants to women for education and training, leading to improved career prospects. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women throughout the world. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org — an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.

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Megan York Parker
Public Relations Specialist
Soroptimist International of the Americas / LiveYourDream.org
1709 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-893-9000
215-893-5200 fax
www.soroptimist.org
www.liveyourdream.org

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Fitness Expert, Jared Ciner Creates SPIRIT Fit and Health for Developmental Disabilities

Bethesda, MD – March 10th, 2014: Fitness expert, trainer, and disabilities support counselor, Jared Ciner, has developed SPIRIT Fit and Health – a program that is breaking down barriers that keep individuals with disabilities isolated and physically inactive. The mission of SPIRIT Fit and Health is to create opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to learn to maintain and appreciate a healthy and active lifestyle, and to encourage independence and integration. Individuals with special needs are 58% more likely to be obese than the general population, as well as having an increased likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. Ciner has created programs that are specifically designed to combat these tendencies by creating a welcoming, interactive and educational environment where individuals exercise, socialize and learn.

Jared Ciner

Ciner, Executive Director and Founder, created the idea of the SPIRIT Fit and Health (short for Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Together) after working as a support counselor at Jubilee Association of Maryland and seeing the need for a program that melded the social and health goals of his clients. Drawing on his degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, he launched in April of 2013. The eight-week program is designed to familiarize people who have Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities with healthy behavior, exercise and nutrition. SPIRIT Fit and Health partners with the Jubilee Association of Maryland 501(c)(3) to provide scholarships for individuals in financial need.

Ciner’s experience as a children’s swim instructor and Athletics Specialist volunteer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, enabled him to understand the impact that structured physical programming can have not only on a person’s physical health, but their emotional well being and social functioning as well. The SPIRIT Fit and Health was created to tap into these important elements of independent living and cater towards populations that tend to be the most under-served and un-accommodated for.

Jared Ciner

“This population typically doesn’t see a fitness center as a place catering to them,” Ciner says. “It can be intimidating.” Not only does Ciner cater towards people with developmental disabilities, he also employs them. Sam Smith, a former client with Aspergers Syndrome, now a certified trainer at SPIRIT Fit and Health. His role as a self-sufficient trainer defines SPIRIT’s mission of enabling individuals with developmental disabilities to become more independent and integrated into the community. With Ciner’s guidance and support this goal became a reality.

“SPIRIT Fit and Health is about getting exercise and moving around. And most importantly, it’s about having fun,” Ciner announced. The exercise setting has the potential to strengthen social bonds as well as muscles, Ciner says. So far Ciner has been renting space at gyms across Maryland and DC, however starting April 1st the Spirit Club will have their own permanent stand alone space to call home.

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The American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer Announce Collaborative Research Effort

First Joint Project Involves a $20 Million Dream Team Grant for Lung Cancer Research To Be Awarded in 2015

Bristol-Myers Squibb Becomes SU2C Donor in Support of SU2C-ACS Lung Cancer Dream Team

LOS ANGELES – January 29, 2014 — The American Cancer Society, the largest voluntary health organization in the world dedicated to eliminating cancer, and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), the charitable initiative supporting groundbreaking research aimed at getting new treatments to patients in an accelerated timeframe, announced today an historic collaboration in the fight against cancer, which takes more than 585,000 lives in the U.S. each year and nearly 8 million worldwide.

“SU2C was started by the entertainment community and has had tremendous success in heightening the public’s awareness of the great promise of today’s cancer research,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “This alliance marries the Society’s comprehensive cancer-fighting mission with SU2C’s high-impact funding model. Collectively, the Society and SU2C can push ahead more quickly with cutting-edge research on some of the most deadly cancers, all for the benefit of patients.”

“The American Cancer Society has been on the forefront of the battle against this insidious disease for more than 100 years; its millions of volunteers are literally the boots on the ground in this fight. We’re honored to collaborate with an organization with such a rich history in the research, education and advocacy arenas,” said Lisa Paulsen, an SU2C co-founder and president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), the 501(c)(3) that serves as the fiduciary behind Stand Up To Cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer was launched in 2008. The initiative draws on the resources of the entire entertainment industry to encourage the public to support research conducted by teams of scientists, as well as by young, individual investigators. To date, more than 700 researchers from over 100 institutions have collaborated through SU2C.

The first project of the collaboration will be a $20 million research “Dream Team” focused on lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of men and women in the United States. The Society and SU2C together will fund the Dream Team over a three-year period to develop new therapies for lung cancer, with each group providing half the funding. Bristol-Myers Squibb will provide funding in the amount of $5 million to Stand Up To Cancer that will support the SU2C-ACS Lung Cancer Dream Team.

Later this year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Stand Up To Cancer’s scientific partner, will issue a call for research proposals. The selection process will be conducted by a Joint Scientific Advisory Committee, composed of an equal number of experts nominated by SU2C and the Society. The team itself will be announced in 2015.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States,” said Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, who is chairman of SU2C’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). “More work is urgently needed to address the many unanswered questions about lung cancer and guide new directions in treatment.”

“By combining forces with SU2C, the Society looks forward to leveraging our combined resources with the extraordinary collaboration made possible by the Dream Team research model to transform the field of lung cancer research,” said Otis W. Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P., chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. “We believe this translational research will enhance and further diversify our research portfolio.”

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, claiming the lives of approximately 160,000 people annually in the U.S. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S. Overall, among both smokers and non-smokers, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 16, although for smokers, the risk is much higher.

“There continues to be a high unmet medical need in patients with lung cancer, which is a difficult disease to treat,” said Joseph Leveque, M.D., vice president, U.S. medical, oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to improving patient outcomes in lung cancer and we are proud to support this collaborative approach to research with Stand Up to Cancer to find innovative ways to treat this disease.”

The overarching collaboration also includes an advocacy component led by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, and SU2C (a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation). “ACS CAN is thrilled to bring its public policy expertise and nationwide network of advocacy volunteers to this collaboration to support increasing critical federal funding for lifesaving cancer research and prevention programs,” said Christopher W. Hansen, president of ACS CAN.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/fight

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric; Sherry Lansing, Chairperson of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors and Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation; EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen; EIF Senior Vice President Kathleen Lobb; Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz of the Robertson Schwartz Agency; Pamela Oas Williams, President of Laura Ziskin Productions and Executive Producer of Stand Up To Cancer’s In-house Production Team, and Nonprofit Executive Ellen Ziffren. All current members of the CFA were co-producers of the 2012 televised special. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced both the Sept. 5, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2010, broadcasts. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C’s president and CEO since 2011.

Major SU2C donors include founding donor Major League Baseball; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Sidney Kimmel, the country’s largest individual contributor to cancer research; MasterCard; Genentech; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Cancer Research Institute; Melanoma Research Alliance; Prostate Cancer Foundation; The Safeway Foundation; Sean Parker Foundation; St. Baldrick’s Foundation; The Lustgarten Foundation: KWF; Wallis Annenberg & The Annenberg Foundation; Amgen; GlaxoSmithKline; Pfizer; Oakland A’s Owner/Managing Partner Lew Wolff; Comcast; The Island Def Jam Music Group and others.

Prior to the January 29, 2014 announcement, more than $260 million had been pledged to Stand Up To Cancer.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer visit www.standup2cancer.org.

Lights Camera Cure Announces New Partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the 2014 Hollywood Dance Marathon

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Los Angeles, CA – December 3, 2013Lights Camera Cure – The Hollywood Dance Marathon will hold its 3rd annual charity benefit on March 23, 2014 at the Avalon Hollywood. The exciting event is the only citywide dance marathon in Los Angeles, raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and support. In its first two years, the event has donated over $100,000 to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Hollywood Dance Marathon is co-produced by Lights Camera Cure (LCC), a Los Angeles based non-profit corporation, and the Penn State Alumni Los Angeles Chapter (PSULA).

       Watch the promo video for Lights Camera Cure 2014 here:

Lights Camera Cure is excited to announce a new partner for 2014, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Proceeds from the event will fund pediatric cancer research and support programs at both Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Four Diamonds Fund, making this the first bicoastal dance marathon fundraiser. “We are honored to support two great organizations in the fight against pediatric cancer. With the addition of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we expect to greatly increase our local outreach and community support to reach our goals of doubling the number of dancers and proceeds donated,” says Gary Werkheiser, Executive Director of LCC.

Dancer registration is now open for anyone in the community who wants to participate in this exciting fundraiser. People can sign up to dance, individually or in a team, and raise funds from family and friends through their own dancer webpage. For full information about becoming a dancer and raising money for Lights Camera Cure, visit http://www.LightsCameraCure.com.

The Hollywood Dance Marathon is a high-energy, 6-hour dance party held at the historic Avalon Theater done in true Hollywood style. The event features celebrities and VIP’s on the Red Carpet, live entertainment (bands, musical performers, DJ’s and dance groups), and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind items. Last year’s auction included diamond jewelry, LA Dodgers tickets, Ellen Show tickets, autographed items by TV casts, and more. The community can also support the event and enjoy the entertainment by purchasing general admission or VIP tickets, which will be available for sale in January.

Over 650 people attended the 2nd Hollywood Dance Marathon last January, hosted by TV and film stars Devon Werkheiser (Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide) and Gia Mantegna (The Frozen Ground). The event also featured musical performances by Drake Bell, VanJess, Kait Weston, Bex, The Cannoneers, Reign Morton and Devon Werkheiser. Additional celebrity attendees have included Brandon Routh, Joe Mantegna, Laura Prepon, Scott Michael Foster, Rosie Grier, Adam Sevani, Drew Seeley, and Spencer Locke.

Lights Camera Cure was founded by a group of alumni from Penn State University living in Los Angeles. The group was inspired by THON, the Penn State Student Dance Marathon held at the school’s campus each February. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world that has raised over $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund in its 40-year history, including $12.3 million last year. In addition to Penn State alumni, the 2014 planning committee for the Hollywood Dance Marathon includes dance marathon alumni from the University of Southern California (USC), Florida, Purdue, Rutgers and Delaware.

For more information about the event on March 23, 2014 and to sign up as a dancer, visit:

www.LightsCameraCure.com
www.facebook.com/LightsCameraCure
www.twitter.com/LCCHollywood

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the Hollywood Dance Marathon, visit http://www.lightscameracure.com/sponsor/ or email to sponsorship@LightsCameraCure.com

Contact: Deborah Mellman
818-990-8066
Deb@mindfulmediagroup.com

About Lights Camera Cure Corp.

Lights Camera Cure (LCC) is a California non-profit corporation founded in 2013 by several individuals affiliated with the Penn State Alumni Los Angeles Chapter (“PSULA”). The mission of Lights Camera Cure is to provide support for individuals in need through community based fundraising and service, including but not limited to children’s healthcare organizations and related causes. To achieve its mission, LCC producers and sponsors various charitable activities, including the Hollywood Dance Marathon. The Corporation’s Tax ID # is 46-3005523. IRS Section 501(c)(3) status pending.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a non-profit pediatric institution that treats more than 97,000 children annually, with world-class medical staff working in multispecialty teams to provide family-centered care. The hospital is also home to The Saban Research Institute, one of few freestanding research centers in the U.S. where the power of scientific inquiry and clinical care are combined and devoted exclusively to children. As a nonprofit institution, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles depends on generous donations and community support to help heal children in an environment that lets them thrive. For more information, go to www.chla.org.

About The Four Diamonds Fund

The Four Diamonds Fund was founded by Charles and Irma Millard in 1972 to honor their son Christopher, who died from cancer at age 14. The mission of the Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research. In 1999, the Fund established the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute with a $5 million endowment. Today, approximately 85% of the Fund’s revenues go toward research to end childhood cancers. In addition, the fund offsets the cost of treatment not covered by insurance and supports the medical team that cares for the children. For more information, go to www.fourdiamonds.org.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children¹s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at www.CMNHospitals.org.

Emma Now Accepting Applications for Emma 25, Granting Free Email Marketing Services to 100 Nonprofits Worldwide

Small nonprofits can now apply to receive lifetime access to free, fully-featured email marketing system and support services

(NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 7, 2013) Emma, provider of simple, stylish and smart web-based email marketing, today announces that it is accepting applications for Emma 25, its annual program that grants free email marketing services to small nonprofits. In celebration of the program’s tenth year, Emma will be granting 100 lifetime accounts in 2013/2014, rather than its customary 25 accounts. Eligible nonprofits can now apply at myemma.com/emma25.

Emma 25 grantees receive free Emma services for a lifetime, including: a fully-featured Emma account, up to 5,000 emails per month and unlimited surveys and forms. In addition, Emma 25 recipients receive unlimited support, account help and special assistance classes to master the fundamentals of email marketing.

“The WellHouse won an account from Emma last year. The impact we have been able to make has been monumental,” said Tajuan McCarty, executive director of The WellHouse in Birmingham, Alabama. “We have been able to reach out to more people and have had our newsletters forwarded and shared all over the world. The ease of use and the care that Emma puts into their designs is amazing!”

Emma employees created Emma 25 a decade ago when the company was just getting off the ground. With resources of time and money being scarce, Emma decided the greatest impact the company could make would be by donating their service to nonprofit organizations.

“It’s been rewarding to watch the program grow as Emma the company has grown. A decade in, we have a roster of Emma 25 alumni that represents a breadth of causes we’re proud to support year after year,” said Emma CEO Clint Smith. “We’re celebrating this milestone year in a big way by awarding 100 accounts, and we’re excited to see how we can help this latest, and biggest, group of worthy non-profits do great things in their respective communities.”

Nonprofits that are or have applied to be a 501(c)(3) and have 10 or fewer full-time employees are eligible to apply for Emma 25. Emma is accepting nominations through Monday, December 9. Eligible nonprofits can now apply at myemma.com/emma25.

For more information on Emma’s stylish email marketing services, visit myemma.com.

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