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Riding For Warriors To Kick-Off Third Annual Motorcycle Ride Raising Funds For Hope For The Warriors

Two-week New England and Nova Scotia ride will raise money to grant A Warrior’s Wish for four wounded veterans

Press Release – UNION, N.J. (Aug. 8, 2017) – The Third Annual Riding For Warriors two-week motorcycle ride will kick-off August 10th in Somerset County, New Jersey benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its A Warrior’s Wish program.

Celebrating 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family, and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Through its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, Hope For The Warriors fulfills a desire for a better quality of life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

For the third year, the ride will be led by Air Force veteran Michael Nehlsen and sponsored by Union, New Jersey-based Hillmann Consulting. Again, joining Nehlsen on the more than 3,000-mile New England and Nova Scotia journey is New Jersey-native, Jeff Molesko.

With a goal of $15,000, the duo is raising funds to sponsor A Warrior’s Wish for four wounded veterans which include three family vacations and a maple syrup evaporator for a retired Marine to aid in his family’s farm business.

Hoping for favorable riding weather, Nehlsen shares what this annual ride means to him, “Giving back to the warrior community has been an honor and a privilege. Hopefully, the wishes we have been able to assist in providing let the service members know that we are appreciative and thankful for all they have given.”

In two years, the proceeds from the annual Ride For Warriors has sponsored nine A Warrior’s Wishes totaling more than $75,000 providing wounded veterans with woodworking equipment, a storage shed, a family trip to Walt Disney World, a saw mill and tractor, a donation towards a horse trailer, a bass boat, two road bicycles, and more.

“We’re beyond thrilled to have the continued support of Michael and Jeff with their Third Annual Riding For Warriors,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “Both gentlemen truly understand the A Warrior’s Wish program and the lasting benefits of granting these wishes for the deserving veterans and their families.”

For more information on Riding For Warriors or to make a donation, visit

For more information Hope For The Warriors or its A Warriors Wish program, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 167 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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Subaru Donates 50 Cars To Meals On Wheels America In Celebration Of 50th Anniversary In The U.S.

Press Release – Cherry Hill, NJ – August 8, 2017 – In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its philosophy of supporting local communities, Subaru of America, Inc. announced today its donation of 50 vehicles to Meals on Wheels America. This fall, 50 new 2018 Subaru Outback vehicles will be donated to select Meals on Wheels programs throughout the county, to be used in the delivery of an estimated 53,000 meals to an additional 3,700 seniors across 39 states. The donation will address the Meals on Wheels network’s growing demand for fuel-efficient, versatile and safe delivery vehicles to enable our nation’s most vulnerable seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

Subaru has supported Meals on Wheels for the last nine years through Share the Love, contributing more than $12 million to Meals on Wheels America and providing more than 1.7 million nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks to seniors in communities nationwide. Subaru announced the donation to its 630-strong retailer body at the company’s National Business Conference in Denver, CO. This was particularly appropriate as Subaru retailers participate in the company’s annual Share the Love event and donate to causes in their local community. The company’s ‘50 Cars for 50 Years’ vehicle donation will enable Meals on Wheels programs to deliver more nutritious meals and moments of companionship, expanding its reach to seniors in need.

“This generous vehicle donation will have an immediate and indelible impact on local Meals on Wheels programs and the seniors they serve – many of whom live in rural, remote and difficult to reach places,” said Ellie Hollander, president and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “This latest act of care and kindness further underscores Subaru of America’s longstanding commitment to giving back to communities large and small.”

The Subaru and Meals on Wheels partnership is part of Subaru Loves to Help, a pillar of the automaker’s larger Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment effort dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities across the country. Each 2018 Subaru Outback donated will be delivered to local retailers and wrapped with Meals on Wheels America and ‘Subaru Loves to Help’ co-branding.

“We were pleased to break this announcement to our retailers as they do so much to help their local communities and showing them the first of 50 vehicles in the metal really brings the program to life,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “We wanted to celebrate our 50th anniversary in America in a way that is appropriate for our brand and are delighted to donate vehicles that will support local communities by combatting threats of isolation and hunger affecting seniors across the country. At Subaru, we believe in providing safe and reliable vehicles for all of life’s journeys and are honored to partner with Meals on Wheels to help people live more nourished lives.”


  • City of Kenai/Kenai Senior Services, Kenai, AK
  • Homer Senior Citizens, Inc., Homer, AK
  • United Way of Central Alabama, Birmingham, AL
  • Senior Activity Center of Elkins, Elkins, AR
  • CareLink, North Little Rock, AR
  • Coconino County Community Services Department, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, Walnut Creek, CA
  • Service Opportunity for Seniors, San Leandro, CA
  • Gray Gourmet, Grand Junction, CO
  • Thames Valley Council for Community Action, Inc., Jewett City, CT
  • Meals on Wheels, Etc., Sanford, FL
  • Athens Community Council on Aging, Athens, GA
  • Senior Citizens, Inc., Savannah, GA
  • Metro Meals on Wheels, Boise, ID
  • Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, Lincoln, IL
  • REAL Services, Inc., South Bend, IN
  • Meals on Wheels Nemaha County, Seneca, KS
  • Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc., LaGrange, KY
  • St. Martin Council on Aging, Breaux Bridge, LA
  • Ethos Jamaica, Plain, MA
  • Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Bangor, ME
  • SeniorsPlus, Lewiston, ME
  • Benzie County Council on Aging, Inc., Honor, MI
  • CEAP Meals on Wheels, Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Putnam County Senior Citizens, Unionville, MO
  • Senior Services, Inc., Winston Salem, NC
  • Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc., Durham, NC
  • Tabitha, Inc., Lincoln, NE
  • Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, Reno, NV
  • Foodnet Meals on Wheels, Ithaca, NY
  • Meigs County Council on Aging, Inc., Pomeroy, OH
  • Westlake Meals on Wheels, Westlake, OH
  • Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • FOOD for Lane County, Eugene, OR
  • Meals on Wheels of Northampton County, Bethlehem, PA
  • Berks Encore, Reading, PA
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Meals on Wheels Western South Dakota, Rapid City, SD
  • Smoky Mountain Meals on Wheels, Maryville, TN
  • Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties, Cleburne, TX
  • Meals on Wheels San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Brigham City Senior Center Meals on Wheels, Brigham City, UT
  • Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Cedar Bluff, VA
  • Waterbury Area Senior Citizens Association, Waterbury, VT
  • Whatcom Council on Aging, Bellingham, WA
  • Senior Life Resources, Meals on Wheels, Richland, WA
  • Independent Living, Inc., Madison, WI
  • Pendleton Senior and Family Services, Inc., Franklin, WV
  • Tucker County Senior Citizens, Inc., Parsons, WV
  • Uinta Senior Citizens Inc., Evanston, WY

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $120 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.
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About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit

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24 Baltimore And The Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults Celebrate 10 Years Of Partnership

plus increased revenue, expanded programming and additional scholarship opportunities

Press Release – BALTIMORE, MD – 24 Foundation, formerly known as 24 Hours of Booty, is back for its 10th year in Maryland. Throughout these 10 years, 24 Baltimore has partnered with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, donating .85 cents of every dollar raised to the organization as well as the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Baltimore’s efforts have largely impacted UCF’s programming, budget and ability to serve young adults and their loved ones that have been impacted by cancer.

Since the partnership, UCF has grown exponentially, more than tripling their budget. In fact, the organization will reach its $20 million mark this year. Additionally, 24 Baltimore supports UCF’s scholarship program. The program awarded 21 scholarships in 2007 and now presents more than 36 annually.

This growth is due in part to 24 Foundation’s efforts in supporting the organization, according to Brock Yetso, president and CEO of UCF.

“The support of 24 Foundation over these past 10 years has been instrumental in growing UCF’s programs to support young adults impacted by cancer,” says Yetso. “We’re so grateful for their continued partnership and for the hundreds of riders and walkers who come together every year at 24 Baltimore. I can’t wait to get out there and join them on the loop.”

This year’s 24 Baltimore event is on Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 from 2 p.m. – 2 p.m. at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus. UCF currently has three teams attending:

  • Cancer to 5K, a free 12-week training program designed for cancer survivors with the goal of completing a 5K race.
  • The Body of Young Adults Advisors, or the BOYAA team, young professionals that host events, raise awareness, and take on service projects in support of UCF.
  • Members of the Key to Keys team, a team of alumni who have participated in UCF’s Key to Keys program – a bike ride from Key Highway in Baltimore to Key West, Florida.

UCF will also have a table set up inside 24 Baltimore’s mission tent as well as a speaker at the start of the event and at the Survivor Breakfast.

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been a partner with Ulman Cancer Fund for 10 years,” says Brittany Wilson, Interim Executive Director for 24 Foundation. “It speaks volumes to show the strength of our organizations and the impact we’re making together.”

24 Baltimore Event Details:

24 Baltimore (*formerly held in Columbia, Maryland)

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

Participant Registration

Registration open now!

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

Event Headquarters Features

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

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

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

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

About Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund works at both the local and national level to ensure all young adults (age 15-39) impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive. For more information about Ulman Cancer Fund, visit:

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, North Carolina with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship, including: Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charitable non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, NC, Baltimore, MD, and Indianapolis, IN – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of riding and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

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Allergan’s See America Furthers The Fight Against Preventable Blindness With #EyePic Campaign

Campaign featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Victor Cruz, and Alexandra Daddario promotes vision health and raises money for the American Foundation for the Blind

Press Release – DUBLIN, IRELAND – July 11, 2017 – Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN), a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, today unveiled #EyePic, an exciting new online awareness campaign as part of the See America initiative to fight preventable blindness and visual impairment in the United States. #EyePic will use the power of social media to broaden awareness of preventable blindness, promote discussion around eye health and ultimately encourage all Americans to visit their eye doctors for comprehensive eye exams.

Allergan has partnered with television star Milo Ventimiglia, professional football player Victor Cruz and actress Alexandra Daddario to engage with their friends and followers through entertaining video content and launch #EyePic by posting a photo of their eyes and tagging two friends to do the same. For every #EyePic posted, See America will donate $10 to the American Foundation for the Blind*, a national non-profit founded in 1921 to better the quality of life for Americans already suffering with vision loss.

“Sight is one of life’s most amazing and delicate gifts,” said Jag Dosanjh, SVP of US Eye Care at Allergan. “We’re launching #EyePic on social media to spread the word about preventable blindness, in a forum where people can easily join the fight. With the help of Milo, Victor, Alexandra and the many Americans who will be posting their own #EyePic, we will encourage proactive eye care and communicate important facts about preventable blindness in America.”

Not all blindness is preventable; today in the United States, there are more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss [1]. By supporting the American Foundation for the Blind’s vital programs and services, Allergan is helping to create a more inclusive society for Americans with visual impairments.

“We are grateful for Allergan’s support,” said Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. “The American Foundation for the Blind is committed to creating a world with no limits for millions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired, like myself; and we are heartened that Allergan is supporting our mission.”

To get involved with #EyePic, follow three easy steps:

  1. Post a picture of your eyes
  2. Add #EyePic
  3. Tag two friends to do the same

To watch the videos and learn more about #EyePic, visit

*up to $50,000

About See America

Allergan, a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, recently launched See America to fight against preventable blindness and vision impairment in America. See America has set out to make vision health a priority across the U.S., increase awareness of diseases that cause preventable blindness, and bring critical access to vision care to those who need it most. To find out more about See America, visit

About The American Foundation For The Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB fulfills its mission by broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives & Gallery and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly for AFB.

About Allergan Plc.

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.

Allergan is an industry leader in Open Science, a model of research and development, which defines our approach to identifying and developing game-changing ideas and innovation for better patient care. With this approach, Allergan has built one of the broadest development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry with 70+ mid-to-late stage pipeline programs currently in development.

Allergan’s success is powered by our more than 18,000 global colleagues’ commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what is right.

With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

For more information, visit Allergan’s website at

Allergan Forward-Looking Statement

Statements contained in this press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Allergan’s current perspective on existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from Allergan’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Allergan’s business. These factors include, among others, the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA approvals or actions, if any; the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Allergan’s products; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Allergan’s periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Allergan’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and Allergan’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017. Except as expressly required by law, Allergan disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


[1] National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2015,

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The Art Of Elysium Turns 20! Celebrating 20th Anniversary With Art Auction & Exhibition

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – it was announced today that The Art of Elysium will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with an Art Auction and Exhibition on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 from 7:00pm-10:00pm at the there-there (4859 Fountain Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029) gallery in Hollywood. In celebration of this milestone, the organization looks back at having started its non-profit program to inspire others through artistic expression with their very first workshop which took place on August 17th, 1997.

The 20th Anniversary event sponsors include Postmates with support from Moët & Chandon. The affair anticipates hosting approx. 200-250 supporters and influencers in the arts and entertainment community exhibiting 20 pieces of art including works from Gary Baseman, George Byrne, Shepard Fairey, James Georgopoulos, Rives Granade, Lauren Greenfield, Todd Hido, Oliver Jeffers, Sebastien Leon, Ryan McCann, Wayne Pate, Enoc Perez, Fay Ray, Rob Reynolds, Gregory Siff, Cole Sternberg, Jordan Sullivan, James Verbicky, Nathan Wong and Russell Young.

Domenica Dunlap and Eli Consilvio have curated the art for the 20th Anniversary Auction. The auction lots will be previewed online Monday, August 14th via Paddle8 and The Art of Elysium have partnered for 5 years running.

Online bidding for the auction lots will open at the anniversary event on August 17th and will end on Tuesday, August 29th in conjunction with a private cocktail gathering for the donating artists and the Charity’s strongest supporters.

Additionally, the D. Michael Rust Foundation will be hosting a special showcase highlighting works of art from those served by volunteer artists in the community. It is an exhibition of empowerment through art for all of the communities the organization serves.

AOE Founder Jennifer Howell had this to say, “It is emotionally overwhelming to reflect on the past 20 years of The Art of Elysium. Remembering the patients, the parents, the elders, and the people on the street that we have been able to serve through artistic expression is humbling to say the least. From the very first workshop on August 17, 1997, one thing has never changed and that is my belief in the artists who create and use that act of creation to inspire others. We have always been an artist’s charity first and foremost because without their gifts then we would have nothing to bring to those we are fortunate enough to serve. These artists dedicate their creative process, time, heart and soul to inspire people who are facing some of the most difficult challenges in life. As we look towards the next 20 years of service and growth, we remember all of the beautiful moments of both spiritual and human connections made over the years, keep in mind the hurdles, obstacles and challenges that have taught us to persevere and always hold to the vision of what we are trying to accomplish and call for the artistic community to come together and make certain that art and creation is available to everyone.”

About there-there

Founded as a partnership between artist Anthony James and curator Lauri Firstenberg, there-there is a gallery space in East Hollywood positioned as a platform to produce exhibitions, films and editions. Fueled by a mutual desire to support artists and the local community there-there is delighted for this collaboration. The Art of Elysium’s 20th Anniversary will be there-there’s inaugural event.

About Paddle8

Founded in 2011, Paddle8 brings the tradition-bound auction world into the 21st century. Offering a seamless online process, Paddle8 makes collecting and selling art online an easy, efficient, and enjoyable experience. Paddle8 features specialist-curated auctions, nonprofit auctions, private and buy-now sales in the categories of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Prints and Multiples, Photographs, Street Art, and Collectibles. Paddle8 is especially proud to partner with more than 350 nonprofit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of 500,000 collectors, helping each organization expand its fundraising results.

About Postmates

Postmates is transforming the way goods move around cities by enabling anyone to have anything delivered on-demand. Their revolutionary Urban Logistics platform connects customers with local couriers who can deliver anything from any store or restaurant in minutes. They empower communities to shop local without waiting and empower businesses to deliver through their API:

About The Art of Elysium

The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, founded by Jennifer Howell. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the charity which encourages actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to programs dedicated to hospitalized youth, special needs education centers, homeless shelters, elder care homes and hospice care facilities. The programs include Visual Arts, Fashion & Design, Music & Movement as well as Theatre & Film. Each program is designed to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis by providing a variety of creative tools to help them realize relief, happiness, liberation and self-empowerment through exploration and expression. The Art of Elysium incorporates a full circle approach by engaging emerging artists in inspiring acts of service helping them to forge opportunities for them to share their creativity in diverse and meaningful ways. They support and acknowledge their volunteer artists by providing platforms to showcase their art within the community. Last year, The Art of Elysium formed Elysium Bandini Studios (EBS) a film studio and video streaming platform featuring films, documentaries and interviews produced and distributed by EBS to raise funds and awareness in support of young artists and filmmakers as well as The Art of Elysium’s charitable programs. Launched by Jennifer Howell, alongside co-founders James Franco and Vince Jolivette, EBS offers curated content that combines emerging filmmakers with all-star talent to promote the arts and freedom of expression while benefiting the community For more information, please visit: and on EBS click here.

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Dr. Bronner’s Donates $1 Million to Non-Profit TERI to Support Autistic and Special Needs Community

Top-Selling Soap Brand Supports Development of International Therapeutic Training Facility Called the “Campus of Life”

Press Release – VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, has pledged $1 million over the next 4 years to the San Diego-based non-profit TERI. The donation will support the organization’s plans to expand its Southern California operation to include a new, state-of-the-art facility called the “Campus of Life,” which will support programming for children, adults and seniors with autism and other special needs. The Campus of Life will provide an innovative and therapeutic environment, and conduct cutting edge research as a world-class, international center of community, acceptance and empowerment for individuals with developmental disabilities.

“After I visited TERI for the first time, I understood immediately how our business principles and our All-One mission align with everything that TERI stands for,” says Michael Milam, Chief Operating Officer of Dr. Bronner’s. “I was eager to have the rest of our executive team visit. The work that TERI does is so deep and powerful, one visit is really all you need to want to support their mission,” explains Milam.

The first facility of its kind, the Campus of Life is set on 20 acres in San Diego County and will function as a hub for TERI’s programs, specifically designed to advance the standard of care for individuals of all ages with special needs. Comprehensive, career-focused certification programs designed for individuals with special needs will be available in fields such as culinary arts and food service, agriculture, sustainability, and the arts.

“TERI isn’t just an organization that helps people with special needs lead a better life, it’s a place that gives them a zest for life. Their advanced holistic programming for individuals and their families is effective, much-needed and life-affirming at the same time,” says Michael Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. “We are honored to donate to the Campus of Life and encourage our fellow San Diego area businesses and community leaders to join us in support of this inspiring and exemplary project,” Bronner continues.

TERI, which stands for “Training, Education, Research, Innovation,” was founded in 1980, and has grown to serve over 650 individuals and their families, many of who have needs that cannot be met by other existing programs. This includes comprehensive, life-quality services to persons who have autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain trauma, severe behavioral disorders, dual diagnoses, and learning disabilities. Recognized and used as a model program in California and throughout the U.S., TERI also trains professionals and agencies in more than seven countries.

“One in five children are born with developmental or learning disabilities, and there are families desperate for services to fill the gap in what’s provided,” says Cheryl Kilmer, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TERI. “The Campus of Life will take our mission to the next level as we work to change the way the world views and helps children and adults touched by special needs. As we seek additional support to expand the opportunities in providing services, we are grateful for Dr. Bronner’s contribution in recognizing the need for compassionate and creative care to support this population,” explains Kilmer.

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Pop Bottles for a Good Cause with Kendall College Trust!

TODAY: KCT Launches Tickets to 3rd Annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest

Press Release – Kendall College Trust gives Chicagoans another reason to pop the bubbly on National Champagne Day with the launch of ticket sales for its third annual Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest – on sale today, August 4.

The educational nonprofit invites Chicagoans to the Kendall College Skyline Room for a good cause on Saturday, November 4, raising scholarship funds for students in financial need attending Kendall College and supporting the Kendall College Trust Culinary Camp for high school students from underserved communities.

Welcoming a dozen of Chicago’s award-winning chefs frying up their best chicken renditions, Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest is the most clucking exciting fundraising event of the year, hosted by KCT Executive Director and host of WTTW’s “Check, Please!”, Catherine De Orio. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests indulge in delicious fried fare, and sip on Champagne from sponsor, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The event will also feature a VIP Champagne Lounge curated by Kevin Rebhan from Pops for Champagne.

There’s no better combination than bubbly and fried chicken, and KCT gives attendees much to cluck about this year with an all-star line up of culinary leaders, including:

Sarah Grueneberg (Monteverde)
Joseph Rizza (Prime & Provisions)
Ryan McCaskey (Acadia)
Eric Mansavage (Farmhouse)
Beverly Kim (Parachute)
Cam Waron (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)
Additional chefs to be announced

The lineup of esteemed chefs put their own unique spin on the classic American dish, while vying for the following three awards:

The Golden Hen – Best Overall Fried Chicken
(Determined by an esteemed panel of media and industry experts)

The People’s Choice
(Voted upon by attendees)

Best Table Décor
(Voted upon by attendees)

Ticket sales launch today, August 4, with two different pricing options. For $85, Basic Bird tickets include tastings of fried dishes from all 12 chefs, as well as Champagne, sparkling water, desserts, and accompaniments. Fancy Fowl tickets are $195 and include all Basic Bird perks, plus 30-minute early entry and access to the exclusive VIP Pops for Champagne Lounge, featuring an assortment of premium Champagnes. Event sponsors include Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Pops for Champagne, Moët Hennessy, US Foods, Kendall College, CS Modern Luxury, and S. Pellegrino.

Guests are encouraged to use the hashtags #coopsandcoupes and #birdsandbubbles, tagging @KendallTrustChi on Twitter, @kendalltrustchi on Instagram, and @KendallCollegeTrust on Facebook. All event proceeds benefit Kendall College Trust.

To purchase tickets, visit For additional information about Kendall College Trust, visit

About Kendall College Trust

Kendall College Trust (KCT), a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, provides resources and opportunities that support educational advancement and career development for students with financial need. Since its 2008 inception, Kendall College Trust has awarded over $2 million dollars in scholarship funds to help students complete their education. In summer 2016, KCT launched a culinary camp in partnership with Chicago Public School (CPS) C-CAP program to spark interest and provide skills in the culinary arts for students in underserved areas, continuing to grow each year. KCT provides nearly a quarter of a million dollars annually to help students build a solid foundation for their future. For additional information on Kendall College Trust, call 312.752.2352, email, or visit

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Plus Size Fashion Retailer Torrid Announces Foundation to Support Women

Torrid Foundation Seeks to Help Women, Change Lives

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA, August 4, 2017 – Torrid, one of the fastest growing retailers in the country announced today the launch of the Torrid Foundation which aims to raise funds in support of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping women. The Foundation is an extension of the company’s core values aimed at empowering women, whether by making women look and feel great every day or by bringing inclusivity to the biggest stage in fashion at NYFW: The Shows.

“At Torrid, we are dedicated to helping all women feel confident,” says Torrid CEO, Kay Hong. “But we want to do more to help support and raise awareness for women’s causes that can make a real difference.”

Torrid is raising funds for the Torrid Foundation through direct donations, rounding up both online and in-store purchases, events and possible product proceeds. One of the groups the Torrid Foundation will be supporting is Soroptimist/ whose Live Your Dream Awards® program is dedicated to ensuring disadvantaged women have the opportunity to reach their full potential through education and training grants. For details go to Live Your Dream Awards® at

To learn more about how you can help women and change lives, go to

The Torrid Foundation is a component fund of the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.


Torrid designs and retails fashion apparel, lingerie, swimwear, accessories and footwear for stylish women sizes 10 to 30. Our exclusive collections inspire women to feel sexy, confident and downright irresistible. Torrid has over 500 stores across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to its online shopping destination, Follow Torrid on Facebook (, Instagram (@Torridfashion), Twitter (@Torridfashion), YouTube ( or Pinterest (

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Thousands Will Be Bold, Be Bald! in Solidarity With Cancer Fighters on 10/20/17

Celebrities, survivors and supporters go bald for 24 hours as Small Army for a Cause announces national Be Bold, Be Bald! Day 2017

Press Release – (BOSTON, MA) – On October 20, 2017, thousands of people will stand in solidarity with those undergoing cancer treatments every day as part of the national Be Bold, Be Bald! campaign. Started in 2009, Be Bold, Be Bald! is a social movement of individuals coast to coast willing to wear bald caps from the second they wake up to the moment they go to sleep to help raise awareness and funds for cancer fighting charities across the country. Since inception, the movement has swept the nation, becoming a show of strength and viral comfort for the growing number of people affected by this deadly disease. To date, Be Bold, Be Bald! has raised over $1.2 million to fight cancer.

Last year’s national Be Bold, Be Bald! Day was sadly affected by a national internet hack that affected major websites including PayPal, Amazon and Netflix, halting hours of crucial fundraising efforts for dozens of cancer fighting beneficiaries across the country. Despite the setback, the movement carried on stronger than ever with amassed support from coast to coast. “Last year was a tough year for us and for our amazing beneficiaries, who rely on the 24 hours of Be Bold, Be Bald! to collect funds for their efforts against cancer,” says Jeff Freedman, founder of Be Bold, Be Bald! “But, we pressed on, and look forward to a bigger and better Be Bold, Be Bald! Day this year for all those who continue to fight this disease each day.”

Be Bold, Be Bald! was created by Freedman, owner of Boston-based advertising agency Small Army, and his team of talented employees. In 2007, the Small Army family was hit with a tragic blow when co-founder and Creative Principal Mike Connell lost his battle with cancer. Faced with their grief and concern for the future of the agency, the Small Army team channeled Mike’s passion to keep their business alive, and dedicated themselves to giving back to those touched by cancer. In Mike’s honor, they started Small Army For A Cause, a 501c3 that raises and distributes funds to a beneficiary network of cancer-related charities.

“Witnessing Mike’s heroic, two-year fight, we saw firsthand the courage and strength cancer patients have,” says Freedman. “He inspired us to continue that fight ourselves – and to do so in a way that would truly represent the boldness of Mike and his ideas.”

Anyone can join the Be Bold, Be Bald! movement. Survivors, individuals, families, businesses, and even celebrities have all showed support by rocking a bald cap, sponsoring a participant, and helping raise awareness including television hosts Maria Menounos and Joan Lunden, actresses Jessica Szohr of Pretty Little Liars and BK Cannon of Switched at Birth, rocker Peter Wolf, sports stars from including the New England Revolution, New England Patriots’ studs Julian Edelman and Scott Chandler, and many more.

Those looking to get involved in Be Bold, Be Bald! can do so in three ways: Support by making a donation or sponsoring someone going bald, Sport a bald cap in solidarity, and Spread the word about the movement through your various social networks. For more information or to get involved, please visit

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PRE® Brands Partners with Common Threads to Help Fight Childhood Obesity, Donating a Portion of Local Ground Beef Sales to Youth Cooking and Nutrition Programs

Better-for-you Food Brand Sets Goal to Send 300 Underserved Chicago Kids to Cooking School

Press Release – CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2017 – PRE® Brands, purveyors of better-for-you food, including a line of 100% grass fed and grass finished premium beef, will donate a portion of proceeds for every package of ground beef sold in the Chicago area during the month of August to Common Threads. The funds will bring the nonprofit organization’s practical cooking and nutrition programming to underserved Chicago youths. Consumers can help PRE Brands reach its goal of serving 300 new children by purchasing specially labeled ground beef at grocers in Chicagoland including Mariano’s, Meijer, Heinen’s and Treasure Island.

Founded in Chicago by Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro and CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads brings health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The programs are statistically proven to make significant health and wellness impacts, as participants have demonstrated increased nutrition knowledge, vegetable liking and consumption, communication to the family about healthy eating, self-confidence in their cooking skills and frequency of cooking at home.

“We believe that combining nutrition know-how with the joy of cooking from an early age is one of the best ways to instill a lifetime of healthy habits,” said PRE Brands’ founder and CEO Lenny Lebovich. “We couldn’t be more pleased to encourage local children to get involved with their families in the making of healthy and delicious meals in their own kitchens.”

As part of the partnership, PRE Brands Culinary Manager Sarah Russo developed an array of meals for families of four, under $15, with simple recipes and ingredients designed for the whole family to join in on, available on PRE’s website and social media channels. Local youths were also invited into the PRE kitchen to cook with Russo and further fuel their inspiration to turn their passions into careers.

PRE Brands is a Chicago-based startup founded in 2015, dedicated to moving the food 2.0 movement forward and giving consumers healthy, high quality food. PRE is now available in more than 600 retail locations nationwide. The brand is building on this success by continually expanding its product portfolio, landing in new retailers and forging new partnerships. As one of the few 100 percent grass fed beef brands that’s Whole30 approved, the brand aligns with a wide variety of whole food diets, and is beloved by chefs and foodies alike.

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About PRE® Brands:

PRE® Brands is a Chicago-based consumer packaged goods startup focused on providing the best tasting 100 percent grass fed beef the world has to offer. PRE believes in using a modern approach to traditional methods to deliver consumers the great taste they love, without any health, safety, or animal welfare compromises. Through its revolutionary selection criteria called, Our Taste Standard, the company has mastered the art of bringing shoppers the most delicious grass fed beef in the world, with relentless consistency. As one of the few Whole30 approved grass fed beef brands, all PRE Brands’ products adhere to the highest quality standards, boasting fewer calories, less fat, and higher Omega-3’s and CLA’s than traditional USDA choice beef, without any added hormones or added antibiotics. Available in individually packaged steaks (Ribeye, Strip, Sirloin and Filet Mignon), 16 oz. ground beef (85%, 92% and 95% lean) and 24 oz. chuck roast and new dual pack 1/3 lb. hamburger patties. PRE Brands products are sold at grocers across the U.S., and online on Amazon Fresh, and To learn more, visit

About Common Threads

Founded in 2003 in Chicago, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The organization envisions a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right. The nonprofit is committed to reaching 1 million children by 2020 and hopes to eventually make its programs an integral part of childhood education for all. To learn more, visit

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