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Alyssa Milano & Love Is Louder Launch New Initiative: #LoveIsLouder When We…

Actress and Activist, Alyssa Milano is partnering with Love Is Louder on a special Valentine’s Day initiative: #LoveIsLouder When We…

Press Release – Inspired in part by the vitriol and hate she sees on social media day in and day out, this initiative encourages people to look beyond the hate and recognize the good and the love in the world. Alyssa explains, “Every day, we experience posts and video content on social media that depict hateful behavior and vitriol. Sometimes it feels like the stories of humans mistreating each other and angry rhetoric are the only thing we can hear. The fact remains – there is still so much more love than hate in our world.”

#LoveisLouder When We… will amplify empathy, compassion and tolerance, and overpower prejudice, insults and online harassment. The initiative encourages people to use their voices, social media platforms and resources to help raise awareness and funds for initiatives like the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance Project” and Love is Louder’s online and campus-based programs, to inspire young people to embrace the diversity of our world’s cultures and practice tolerance, respect and acceptance in their daily lives – on and offline.

The goals of #LoveIsLouder When We… are to:

  • Amplify the Good Stuff: Make Valentine’s Day about more than romantic love by starting a celebration of love for everyone in our diverse world. Amplify positive voices on and offline, and start conversations that change minds and inspire action.
  • Spread Love: Encourage people not to just hear these messages of hope, but to spread them to their friends, on their campuses and across their online communities.
  • Stand Together: Show support for anyone who has been a victim of hate or felt marginalized by negative voices. Particularly to show support for those who have experience racial, ethnic or gendered discrimination or hate.
  • Create Change: Encourage everyone touched by the campaign to think about ways THEY can make a difference and create change through their own actions, and to raise funds and awareness for programs that are working on-the-ground to nurture tolerance, celebrity diversity and create connectedness.

The online hub for the #LoveisLouder When We…. campaign is at www.loveislouder.com/valentines and shares simple ways to help overpower these negative voices through acts of kindness, love and support. The page also outlines how people get involved with the Valentine’s Day push:

  • Create a short video (60 seconds max) that finishes the statement “#LoveisLouder when we __________” using a positive story of hope and help that you’ve seen or experienced.
  • Post your video to social media with the hashtag #LoveisLouder on Valentine’s Day and search the tag to retweet and post other people’s stories.
  • Send digital Valentines to friends, family and your online community that reminds them that that are celebrated, respected and supported.
  • Make a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project or The Jed Foundation’s Love is Louder project.
  • Order a limited edition Love is Louder shirt that will support both the Teaching Tolerance Project and Love is Louder’s programming.

Organizations and companies participating in the initiative include:

Me Too Movement – https://metoomvmt.org
Progressive Congress Action Fund – http://www.progressivecongressactionfund.org
Patriot Not Partisan – patriotnotpartisan.com
National Domestic Workers Alliance – https://www.domesticworkers.org
Presente.org – http://presente.org
The Solutions Project – http://thesolutionsproject.org
Movement Voter Project – https://movementvote.org
Public Citizen – https://www.citizen.org/
Action Together Network – http://www.actiontogethernetwork.org
Harry Potter Alliance – http://www.thehpalliance.org/
BPG Advertising – http://bpgadvertising.com
Spread The Vote – https://www.spreadthevote.org
Movement Strategy Center http://movementstrategy.org
Courage Campaign – https://www.couragecampaign.org/

The Twitter handles for the primary participants are: @Tolerance_Org @SPLCenter @Alyssa_Milano @LoveisLouder

Love is Louder is a project of The Jed Foundation created with Brittany Snow in 2010 to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood and alone. Since then, it’s grown into a community of people across the globe working together to create a world where we all feel more connected and supported.


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Tiger Woods Announces TGR Foundation

Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. (February 13, 2018) — In fall 2016, Tiger Woods set a professional evolution in motion with the launch of TGR Ventures (pronounced ‘T-G-R’), an umbrella brand that marked the next chapter in the golfer, businessman and philanthropist’s legacy. Now the evolution continues as the Tiger Woods Foundation renames itself as TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity—the next phase in a longstanding plan for the educational nonprofit.

“Over the last 21 years, my foundation has grown to be larger than just me, and today I’m excited to announce our new name, TGR Foundation, that reflects this growth,” said Woods. “TGR Foundation belongs to the community and the students we serve. We’ve accomplished so much over the years, but we’ve just scratched the surface. I look forward to the next stage of our journey.”

Founded in 1996 as a means to provide more for children who have less, TGR Foundation will continue to transform young lives across the country and around the world with its innovative STEM-based curriculum, college-access programs and digital initiatives.

“The evolution of the Tiger Woods Foundation to TGR Foundation has been in the making for some time now,” explains foundation President & CEO Rick Singer.” The foundation took its first steps towards the transition to TGR in early 2017 with the launch of TGR EDU: Explore, an interactive, digital campus created in partnership with Discovery Education. We’re excited to be continuing a process we began over a year ago and to drive forward our initiative to reach millions of kids worldwide.”

Along with the launch of TGR EDU: Explore, early 2017 saw the unveiling of TGR EDU: Create, a program aimed at providing professional development and resources for educators involved in the vital subjects of STEM education and college access.

Having served more than 165,000 students since opening its doors in 2006, the Tiger Woods Learning Centers were renamed as the TGR Learning Labs last year. The learning labs remain a safe space, offering hands-on STEM-based classes and college-readiness programs to young people in Anaheim, CA, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, New York City, NY, Stuart, FL, and the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.

A bedrock of the foundation for over a decade, the Earl Woods Scholar Program (EWSP) announced an expansion plan last year, to double its current number of scholars. Reinforcing its plans for growth, EWSP will expand into the Los Angeles market this year. To date, EWSP has helped nearly 200 scholars attend top universities around the country and boasts a 98% graduation rate.

“While the foundation’s name has changed to reflect its scale, reach and growth, our core focus of guiding underserved youth remains the same,” said Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President of Programs & Education for the foundation. “As we expand the scope of our programs, we are confident that under our new name, TGR Foundation, we will continue to be synonymous with quality education and the transformative work we are known for.”

Under his vision, Woods will continue to guide TGR Foundation in the important work of equipping low-income students with STEM and college-readiness programs and the mindset to persevere, so they can, in turn, thrive in school, their communities and the working world for years to come.

About TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity

For over 20 years, TGR Foundation has been unwavering advocates for the transformative power of education. We have a universal vision: giving students in need the right resources for lifelong success in school, their communities and the working world. We are pioneers in positive youth development, encouraging self-advocacy skills in young people. We foster a growth mindset, instilling in students the power to persevere and define their own path. Through our award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, TGR Foundation offers underserved students the tools and support needed to thrive in school and beyond. For more information, visit TGRFoundation.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TGRFound.


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Joyful Heart Foundation Releases PSA Focused On Nationwide Rape Kit Backlog

Press Release – NEW YORK – The Joyful Heart Foundation today released Shelved, a public service announcement (PSA) highlighting the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languishing in law enforcement storage facilities across the United States. Through this PSA campaign, Joyful Heart is seeking to activate grassroots support for work in state capitols across the country to change the way rape kits are handled, expand survivors’ rights, and ensure every single kit is tested.

Behind every kit is a person—a sexual assault survivor—waiting for justice:

DNA evidence is an invaluable tool for investigating and solving violent crimes. Yet too often, the decision is made not to test these kits. When jurisdictions test every kit, they solve crimes, bring answers and a path to justice for survivors, take criminals off the streets, and exonerate the innocent. Testing can also reveal serial offenders: testing to date in Detroit, Cleveland and Memphis alone has identified more than 1,300 serial rapists.

“At its core, the rape kit backlog is about survivors,” said Sarah Haacke Byrd, Joyful Heart’s Managing Director. “When a person is sexually assaulted and chooses to undergo the invasive four-to-six hour evidence collection examination at the hospital, they expect the kit will be tested and the evidence used to prosecute the attacker. The public expects the same. While an unknown amount of rape kits languish untested on shelves, survivors wait for justice and perpetrators remain on the streets.”

Shelved was directed by famed filmmaker and cinematographer, Ellen Kuras. It was developed by Rachel Howald of Invisible Man in partnership with Viacom Velocity. The PSAs will begin airing today across Viacom channels, on Investigation Discovery, and online with national distribution by Boom Broadcast.

Founded by director, producer, and Emmy-award winning actress Mariska Hargitay, Joyful Heart has made eliminating the rape kit backlog its top advocacy priority since 2010. The PSA launch is timed at a critical juncture when legislatures across the country are considering the introduction of new legislation to address the backlog. As of Friday, 20 states had introduced at least one of our six pillars of legislative reform.

Learn more about the backlog at http://endthebacklog.org.


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Rhonda’s Kiss Charity Continues to Raise the Bar Helping Cancer Patients in Need

**To Date the National Nonprofit has Donated over $1 Million to Support Cancer Patients**

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – Rhonda’s Kiss (RhondasKiss.org) is a national non-profit created to help cancer patients in need by donating to the non-medical expenses associated with cancer. The organization is passionate about giving patients and their families a fighting chance to recover. Through fundraising and annual events, the organization has worked to help raise awareness and funding towards cancer programs that are led by forward-thinking doctors at hospitals that support the charity’s overall mission.

In 2013 Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and passed just a couple of months later. Following her passing, husband Marc Stefanski and his four children wasted little time in their mission to help others and founded “Rhonda’s Kiss.” The family-organized charity continues to celebrate Rhonda’s memory through lifesaving work and giving back to local communities in need. To date the organization, now spearheaded by her son Kyle Stefanski as the Executive Director, has donated over $1 million to support cancer patients.

Rhonda’s Kiss aims to assist in the whole care of a cancer patient, working to ease the insurmountable costs associated with a cancer diagnosis. The organization uses a three-pronged approach, focusing on outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). In addition, Rhonda’s Kiss assists with non-medical needs with items such as covering the cost of rent and utilities, wigs, oncology massage, nutrition, exercise, parking and other transportation costs related to treatment, as well as unexpected costs involved in the holistic care of each patient.

Commenting on the organization’s work, Kyle Stefanski, Rhonda’s son and CEO of Rhonda’s Kiss said, “At Rhonda’s Kiss my father, brothers and sisters and I, along with our board and partners are reminded every day that people struggling with cancer need support to maintain their dignity and fight. We are blessed to have the assistance of our national partners and supporters to continue to build a legacy of helping others fight this terrible disease through the memory of my mother.”

Principal fundraising for Rhonda’s Kiss takes place through national events and local fundraising. In addition to support by the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, Rhonda’s Kiss is well-known for its annual celebrity fundraising events and concerts. Funds raised are distributed to local hospitals where money is raised. Past fundraisers and charitable concerts have taken place in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Palm Beach with celebrity supporters in attendance including Johnny Depp, Drea de Mateo (“The Sopranos”), Bill Burr, Mike Young, Michael Devin (Whitesnake), Sam Trammell (“True Blood) and performances by The Hellcat Saints, Juliette Lewis, Weezer, Kesha, Jane’s Addiction, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), The Pointer Sisters, Kenny Loggins, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Chester Bennington (Lincoln Park), Billy Idol, Kool and the Gang and more.

To donate to Rhonda’s Kiss directly go to: www.rhondaskiss.org.


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YouthCare – Lowest Cost ‘Respite Care’ Option In The Country Launches at USC

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA — On Tuesday, February 13th, YouthCare, an intergenerational respite care service for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, launches in a joint venture between the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA).

Transformation is coming to the Alzheimer’s and dementia (AD) caregiving landscape. As the caregiver population balloons, a new social enterprise is stepping into the marketplace to provide respite care services for caregivers at an affordable price and at a delivery scale that existing providers do not offer. Launched as a partnership between the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the Youth Movement Against Alzheimers, YouthCare could change millions of caregivers’, students’, and patients’ lives.

The program’s innovative model partners undergraduate and graduate students with older adults diagnosed with early-stage dementia for three hours, twice a week in a community-setting. The simple partnership has major benefits.

The majority of the 16 million unpaid dementia caregivers throughout the United States cannot afford respite care or cannot find service providers with options less than 10 hours per week. YouthCare’s low-cost per hour and the option to only get three or six hours of respite a week promises major relief to all caregivers and especially the 40% who suffer from diagnosed depression.

Research has shown that access to respite care lengthen stay at home for persons with dementia due to the ease of caregiver burnout. Two years of YouthCare can be subsidized by just one month of cost savings from Assisted Living Facilities. Nihal Satyadev, the CEO & Co-Founder of YMAA stated, “Through this social enterprise, our organization is looking to fundamentally change the landscape of Alzheimer’s care and reduce the burden caused by this disease for families and our healthcare system.”

Students seeking to develop a geriatric service skill set have a major opportunity to learn how to provide high quality respite care services for AD patients. These skills are experiencing explosive demand as the American population ages. By 2030, for the first time in our history, 20% of Americans will be over sixty-five (up from 15% in 2015). The demand in every corner of the country for respite care services is going to increase alongside that figure.

AD diagnoses are forecast to double from 5.5 million to 11 million over the next 12 years. For the many folks who will be aging at home, keeping regular social contact is essential for wellbeing. YouthCare offers regular social interaction in an educational and clinically prepared setting to serve folks living with AD.

YouthCare has already recruited more than 20 USC students and will be ready to start serving caregivers starting February 13th. Referrals for the program for caregivers primarily come from Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles and the USC Family Caregiver Support Center. Student recruitment is done through USC Student Gerontology Association .

About The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s

The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s is the nation’s leading nonprofit in providing opportunities for high school and college students to volunteer, research, and advocate for this disease. The organization envisions a culture where youth embrace aging and alleviate the impact of Alzheimer’s. www.theyouthmovement.org/

About USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Founded in 1975, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is the oldest and largest school of its type in the world. The school offers the most comprehensive selection of gerontology degree programs found anywhere, a variety of outstanding research opportunities, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment. As a school rooted in a world-class research university located in Los Angeles, the USC Leonard Davis School is home to today’s and tomorrow’s leaders in the field. www.gero.usc.edu

Source: http://www.theyouthmovement.org/#/press


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The Golden State Difference: New Report Says CA Leads When It Comes to Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership, But Barriers Persist

Building Movement Project Examines Leadership Gap for People of Color

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12, 2018)—Following its groundbreaking national report on why America’s nonprofit sector has so few leaders of color, the Building Movement Project (BMP) today released CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD: THE NONPROFIT RACIAL LEADERSHIP GAP IN THE GOLDEN STATE. The report examines the diversity of nonprofit leadership in California—a state widely acknowledged as a bellwether because of its diverse population and progressive values.

A deep-dive into survey responses from more than 800 California nonprofit staff members, CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD shows there is indeed a “Golden State difference” for its nonprofit sector, according to BMP. Respondents of color from California were more positive about their nonprofit work than were people of color in other states

Given that people of color have constituted a majority of the state’s population for more than two decades, “California is particularly interesting—this data offers leaders in other states a glimpse into what the U.S. workforce will look like in another generation,” said Frances Kunreuther, Co-Director of BMP. Other reports examining the nonprofit sector in California show that the state is home to more than 250,000 nonprofits, with 25 percent led by people of color, compared to less than 20 percent nationwide.

CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD compared the responses by California nonprofit staff members with more than 3,200 responses from nonprofit staff members in all other states, all of which were compiled in 2017 for BMP’s groundbreaking report entitled RACE TO LEAD: CONFRONTING THE NONPROFIT RACIAL LEADERSHIP GAP.

By segmenting California respondents for the new report, BMP found that nonprofit leaders of color in the Golden State reported fewer barriers to advancement than people of color in other states and less frustration caused by the lack of role models. Further, white respondents in California were more likely than those in other states to agree that aspiring leaders of color faced structural barriers, indicating that California white respondents were more aware of obstacles than whites in other states. Indeed, on almost every indicator, people of color in the state reported less frustration and more support in their work. They also had a more positive view of how their organizations were addressing issues of diversity and race.

“BMP’s closer look at the California data showed that the Golden State has made progress on increasing nonprofit leadership diversity, with findings clearly pointing to gains for people of color when compared to other states, but inequities remain,” said Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director of BMP.

“Almost 30 percent of Californians of color responding to the survey reported that their race had a negative impact on their career advancement, a disturbing finding even though it is nine percentage points less than people of color in other states,” Thomas-Breitfeld said. Additionally, white respondents reported earning higher salaries than people of color.

BMP conducted focus groups in California to gather a deeper understanding of the inequities people of color face as they advance in their nonprofit careers. For instance, the data revealed that 78 percent of respondents of color in California agreed that recruiters do not do enough to identify qualified people of color for top level nonprofit positions. One African American focus group participant said, “I think there is always a person of color finalist who never gets chosen, it’s almost like a setup.”

In many ways, the findings in CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD, build on the 2006 Greenlining Institute report, which showed a lack of philanthropic dollars going to people of color communities in California. In the wake of the Greenlining report, state legislation was proposed to require foundations to share race-related information. Instead, nine large California foundations volunteered to invest more than $30 million to increase funding for people of color communities and to promote leadership diversity. The efforts have been widely praised.

“But more can be done,” Kunreuther said. CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD offers specific recommendations to build on the progress made so far, including investing in leadership support for people of color-led nonprofit organizations and studying the reasons why people of color choose leadership roles.

“Little is known about what groups people of color lead in California, their pathways to leadership, how long they stay and their career ladder,” the report states. “This data is invaluable to understand – and to change—barriers to POC leadership” in California and beyond.

Findings from CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD will be presented in Los Angeles on February 13, 2018 and in Oakland on February 14, 2018. The events will feature panel discussions about the report’s findings and recommendations by local philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. Representatives of local philanthropic and nonprofit and organizations may attend free of charge. For information, contact Amy Watanabe at Nakatomi & Associates, amy@nakatomipr.com, (310) 914-5000.

Support for CALIFORNIA’S RACE TO LEAD was provided by the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. The events in Los Angeles and Oakland are sponsored by The California Wellness Foundation, California Community Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation.


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Lifehouse Announces Details for 28th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries Gala, April 21

Fundraiser Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities will Feature More Than 50 Renowned Chefs and Wineries

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (February 12, 2018)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, has announced details for its 28th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries gala to be held on Saturday, April 21 from 5:30 – 11 p.m. at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. The event will be hosted by Rock Legend Huey Lewis, a long-time supporter of the organization and Honorary Chair of the gala. The fundraiser will feature culinary delights and fine wines from more than 50 of the Bay Area’s most renowned chefs and wineries. The evening will be emceed by Betty Yu, a prominent reporter for San Francisco’s CBS television station.

“We’re so thankful for the support of Huey Lewis, the wineries, restaurants, sponsors, staff members and volunteers that help make this event so successful year after year,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO. “It’s their support that allows Lifehouse to continue providing quality services that enable the people we serve to live as independently as possible in our community.”

The gala festivities will begin in an outdoor tent where guests will dine on small plates expertly prepared by chefs from 25 of the Bay Area’s best restaurants. Guests will enjoy the delectable bites accompanied by an impressive lineup of more than 25 elite wineries. The event will also include a silent and live auction offering alluring trips, wonderful gifts and extraordinary wines, and a highly-anticipated musical/dance performance will take place starring individuals served by Lifehouse. Great Chefs and Wineries is Lifehouse’s major fundraising event of the year, with last year’s event raising over half a million dollars for the organization. To support those affected by the North Bay fires in 2017, three percent of the proceeds of this year’s event will be donated to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund.

Restaurants participating in this year’s Great Chefs and Wineries event include Balboa Café SF, Hotel Vitale’s Americano, Boca Tavern, Buckeye Roadhouse, Copita, El Paseo, girl & the fig, IL Davide, Il Fornaio, Insalata’s, Left Bank Brasserie, Marinitas, Osteria Stellina, “The Clubhouse” at Peacock Gap, Perry’s Larkspur, Piatti, Piazza D’Angelo, Playa, Poggio Trattoria, Rustic Bakery Saylor’s, Sushi Ran, and Wildfox Restaurant. Marin Cheese Company and Taste Kitchen & Table will provide their specialties in the dining room.

Participating wineries this year include Benovia Winery, Brooks Note, Duckhorn Vineyards, Dutton Goldfield, Estate 1856, Frank Family Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall Wines, Hartford Family Winery, Keenan Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery, Linked Vineyards, Merry Edwards Winery, Mumm Napa, Navarro Vineyards, Papapietro Perry, Peay Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Revana Family Vineyard, Schweiger Vineyards, Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, Sojourn Cellars, Thirty-Seven Winery, Three Sticks Wines, and Wilson of Dry Creek. Mumm Napa is also pouring their champagne.

Reservations for Great Chefs and Wineries are required. Tickets are $350 per person and table of 10 sponsorships start at $4,000. Tickets are available at www.gcw2018.gesture.com or by calling (415) 526-5300. All proceeds from the event benefit Lifehouse.

Lifehouse provides support services to more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities in Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco counties that help them become productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort 64 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Supported Living, independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, individualized day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in communities in the North Bay and San Francisco and continues to grow.

For more information about Lifehouse, please visit www.lifehouseagency.org.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has provided opportunity and independence to individuals with developmental disabilities through life-skills training, community integration, advocacy, referral and information. Lifehouse began as a parent-led effort in 1954 and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected agencies, improving the quality of life for its residents and clients by helping each person become as independent as possible. Services include supported living, independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, individual day support services, assessments, information and referrals, affordable housing advocacy, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists and in-home support for families. More information about Lifehouse is available at www.lifehouseagency.org.


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Guardian Launches The Upside, a New Series Supported by the Skoll Foundation

Press Release – Today The Guardian announces the launch of a new series The Upside, which will focus on innovations – and the people behind them – that offer new approaches to solving the most pressing problems of the world today. The series is made possible by funding from the Skoll Foundation via theguardian.org, a nonprofit set up by The Scott Trust to support quality independent journalism around some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The six-month editorially independent series will use a mixture of reportage, investigation, video, pictures, interviews and first hand accounts to celebrate and amplify ‘solutions focused’ stories on subjects including climate and clean energy, healthcare, women and girls, community leadership and science and technology. The series launches with a focus on Finland’s extraordinary success story.

In addition, the Skoll Foundation will be working with The Guardian’s branded content studio, Guardian Labs, to produce a separate series focused on the work of social entrepreneurs driving systems change. That series is timed to coincide with Skoll’s signature annual event, the Skoll World Forum in Oxford (April 10-13).

Rachel White, EVP philanthropic and strategic partnerships, Guardian News & Media said:

“Behind the headlines there are often remarkable people, visionaries and movements who are trying to find innovative answers to the problems posed by today’s world, but all too often these stories remain untold.

“With support from the Skoll Foundation, we’re pleased to be able to tell these stories as a continued part of The Guardian’s commitment to reporting not only on the pressing issues in the world today, but also the innovators who are providing solutions.”

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/2018/feb/12/guardian-launches-the-upside-a-new-series-supported-by-the-skoll-foundation


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High Water Festival Brings Back Esteemed Earned Ticket Program To Reward Fans For Giving Back To The Community

Music festival gives fans the opportunity to obtain tickets through community service; additional announcements include the return of Low Tide Social and the full schedule of performances

Press Release – (NORTH CHARLESTON, SC; February 9, 2018)—With core values founded in fostering community, High Water Festival announces today the return of its successful Earned Ticket Program, which provided more than 3,000 service hours in 2017 for the festival’s three Charleston, SC-based charity partners: Charleston Waterkeeper, The Green Heart Project, and Water Mission.

The program, designed to give back in a meaningful way to the greater Charleston community, presents opportunities for those interested in attending High Water to complete a set number of community service hours—specifically for one of the festival’s charitable partners—as an alternate way to earn a ticket to the event weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Charleston Waterkeeper says, “The earned ticket program is fantastic! We reached a whole new audience of volunteers, members, and supporters. As part of the program, we held 24 volunteer events. They included cleanups of two of Charleston’s most polluted tidal creeks: New Market and Filbin Creek. We removed 101 tires during those cleanups alone. We held several stewardship education events reaching hundreds of local adults and children with our message of stewardship. We also held an oyster reef bagging event with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers made more than 400 bags of oyster shell that were later used to build new oyster reefs in several tidal creeks.”

The Earned Ticket Program is now live on the High Water Festival website. Interested parties may sign up for volunteer opportunities with Charleston Waterkeeper, The Green Heart Project, or Water Mission. Each person is eligible for only one ticket (regardless of volunteer hours), which must be performed completely with one nonprofit. A limited number of opportunities are available, and tickets will be distributed upon completion of hours or at the discretion of each organization.

More information on required hours, shift availability, and other details are available online.

Additional High Water Festival Announcements

The festival also just recently announced the return of the popular Low Tide Social, which serves as a preamble to the weekend’s activities with a night of music celebrating some of Charleston’s finest musicians on Friday, April 20. Garage Cuban Band will kick off the night, followed by a performance from The Shrimp Records Family Band, who will pay tribute to Tom Petty with a set of covers featuring a rotating cast of special guest vocalists. Guest bartenders Genevieve Mashburn of The Getaway, Andrew King of FIG, and Lane Becker of The Dewberry will serve custom cocktails specially crafted for Low Tide Social, plus bourbon from Four Roses. Dinner will be a Lowcountry boil from The Smoking Pot, with fresh oysters from Seaborn Oyster Company available for purchase. Tickets to the event are available as an add-on during the festival purchasing experience.

In addition to bringing back popular programming from its inaugural year, the highly anticipated festival features another two-day lineup of rock ‘n’ roll and Americana music from 20 different artists; an interactive full schedule is available online.

Saturday:

  • Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • Jeff Tweedy
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Old 97’s
  • St. Paul and The Broken Bones
  • Shrimp Records Family Band
  • M. WARD
  • Ian Felice
  • Nicole Atkins
  • Weaves

Sunday:

  • Band of Horses
  • Susto
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Hamilton Leithauser
  • Shakey Graves
  • The Wild Reeds
  • Tank and The Bangas
  • Joshua Hedley
  • Valerie June
  • T. Hardy Morris

Very few passes remain for High Water 2018, including a short supply of Pass the Peas and Low Tide Social tickets. Visit www.highwaterfest.com to purchase tickets or for more information.


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Paige Hathaway to Receive Rising Star Award at USITT 2018

Press Release – SYRACUSE, NY (February 9, 2018) Freelance Scenic Designer Paige Hathaway will receive USITT’s 2018 Rising Star Award.

The Rising Star Award, established by LiveDesign/LDI in 2005 is given annually to a young professional in the first four years of their career after completing their highest academic degree.

The award recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in scenic, lighting, sound, projection design, and a convergence of these design disciplines.

Hathaway is a freelance Scenic Designer based in the Washington, DC area. She has recently designed A Chorus Line at The Muny in St. Louis; Familiar at Woolly Mammoth; The Book of Will and Or, at Round House Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre; The Gulf at Signature Theatre; Everything is Illuminated, Another Way Home, and The How and the Why at Theater J; The Pillowman, Dry Land, and What Every Girl Should Know at Forum Theatre; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Folger Theatre. Upcoming designs include John at Signature Theatre, Becoming Dr. Ruth and the world-premiere of Trayf at Theater J, Every Brilliant Thing at Olney Theatre Center, and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the Muny in St. Louis. She received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland and her BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma.

Paige Hathaway

“I am so grateful to receive this award that has honored so many incredible artists,” Hathaway said. “I feel truly humbled to be in such good company.”

Hathaway was recently nominated for two Helen Hayes Awards for scenic design of Me… Jane at the Kennedy Center and Or, at Round House Theatre.

“Paige’s designs are inventive, whimsical, and quite stunning,” said Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr in a recommendation letter. “Her sense of line and form is superb, and her ability to make artful splendor out of quotidian objects is truly a marvel.”

Hathaway will be honored at the 58th Annual Conference & Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale, March 14-17, 2018. The Annual Conference provides technical sessions, workshops, and discussions on topics from architecture, costume design & technology, engineering, rigging safety, lighting design & technology, stage management, scenic design & technology, sound design & technology, and technical production.

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


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