This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.
This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.
Angela Atherton to lead daily operations, focused on launching new services for social entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2014 — The Global Good Fund, a nonprofit organization that accelerates the personal development of high potential young leaders tackling global social issues through entrepreneurship, has added a key new hire to the organization’s leadership team. As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Angela Atherton will lead the organization’s day-to-day operations. She will also provide expert financial, strategic, and tactical guidance as the organization shifts from an entirely donor-based entity into offering multiple for-profit, social good services. Expanding into revenue generating operations allows The Global Good Fund to support more young leaders as the organization grows.
Atherton brings domestic and international experience in financial analysis and management to The Global Good Fund. Relevant experience includes financial modeling, investment analysis, strategic planning, capital raising, process design, and project management.
“Welcoming Angela Atherton to our team is an exciting milestone for The Global Good Fund, marking the launch of our commercialized products,” said co-founder and CEO Carrie Rich. “She brings a wealth of industry knowledge to support our efforts for achieving financial self-sufficiency and expanding our impact in the international social good space.”
Prior to joining The Global Good Fund, Atherton was the head of Risk Management at Calvert Social Investment Foundation, a non-bank financial institution managing more than $300 million in international portfolios with investments in microfinance institutions, community based organizations, and social enterprises. Atherton’s entrepreneurial experience includes co-founding Capital Market Exchange, a financial technology business focused on enhancing investor understanding of market price drivers. She also established a consulting practice to deliver financial and risk management technical assistance and training to senior leaders and donors around the globe. Atherton began her career in investment banking at American Capital Strategies.
Atherton recently joined the Board of Managers for the Access Africa Fund. She holds designations in Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager. Atherton earned a Master of Science from The George Washington University School of Business and served as an adjunct professor in The University System of Maryland.
WASHINGTON, (JULY 28, 2014) – Pregnancy and childbirth in Zambia continue to be risky, leading to death and disability for some women of childbearing age. Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, will present solutions to maternal and infant mortality in Zambia and Senegal at the 2014 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference from July 30 until August 1, 2014, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Africare will propose an integrated package of maternal and newborn interventions to increase demand for and access to quality health services. The project, “Maternity Waiting Homes: Integrated Maternal and Child Health,” will create maternity waiting homes and use mobile technology and motorbike ambulances to close the distance between expecting mothers and the health centers from which they receive prenatal care services in Zambia.
Africare has successfully run maternity waiting homes in Liberia, where preliminary results from the Liberia USAID Child Survival Innovation Grant project led by Africare have shown an increased uptake of facility delivery services and a decrease in number of maternal deaths in facilities with MWHs in Liberia, with maternal deaths significantly different between MWH and non-MWH communities (p=.040) (Lori et al 2013). With funding from Merck for Mothers in Zambia Africare, along with University of Michigan, also researched the feasibility and acceptability of MWHs and results strongly support the findings in Liberia that, for more women in rural settings to deliver in clinics, there must be a comfortable place for them to stay near the health center where they travel to and stay prior to onset of labor.
“Africare is currently implementing a maternity waiting home model in Liberia where early results show that maternity waiting homes can literally be the difference between life and death for expecting mothers,” said Dr. Nene Diallo, deputy director of the Office of Health at Africare. “We are confident in our ability to take this model from Liberia and scale it up in remote areas of Zambia where the demand for safer delivery conditions exist.”
Africare’s “Maternity Waiting Homes” project in Zambia contains three pillars:
This project is expected to reach approximately 11,691 pregnant women in the Kasama and Mpika districts in Zambia annually for three years, and is expected to increase the antenatal care coverage and delivery under skilled birth attendants by 25 percent. Africare also expects a 20 percent decrease in the proportion of low birth weight infants.
Last year Africare was selected as a Round 3 finalist at the 2013 “DevelopmentXChange” Saving Lives at Birth Conference for its Collaborative Community Based Technology To Improve Maternal and Child Health in Senegal model. With funding from Saving Lives at Birth, Africare’s Senegal team will officially launch model in five districts in Senegal on July 24, 2014. Africare/Senegal’s Country Director Gwen K. Young will present at this year’s conference.
Saving Lives at Birth is a partnership that includes the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) to invest in ground- breaking and sustainable projects with the potential to accelerate substantial progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level.
The DevelopmentXChange Marketplace will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., and is open to the public on Friday August 1 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Members of the public can also vote for their favorite innovations through the People’s Choice Award from now until August 1. To vote for Africare’s “Maternity Waiting Homes: Integrated Maternal and Child Health in Zambia” in the People’s Choice Award at the Saving Lives at Birth Innovators Conference, please visit here.
John Gerzema of New York, New York, has been named to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Board of Directors.
Mr. Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies anticipate and adapt to new trends and demands. He is the Chairman and CEO of Y&R’s Brand Asset Valuator (BAV) Consulting, as well as an author, strategist, speaker and consultant. His three books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times, and his TED Talks have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Mr. Gerzema received a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Medill School of Journalism and was recently inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement.
“One in three American adults is at risk for developing kidney disease and most don’t even know it because public awareness about kidney disease is low relative to other health problems,” says Gerzema. “From a marketer’s perspective, this reflects a brand challenge and I am committed to working with the National Kidney Foundation to increase awareness and inspire proactive behaviors to combat this growing public health epidemic.”
Mr. Gerzema is dedicated to helping the NKF build awareness and educate those at risk about the importance of early detection and leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Mr. Gerzema has previously worked with the NKF on a pro-bono basis, using the BAV dataset to better understand the public’s knowledge and attitude towards the NKF brand and I am pleased that he is now serving on our national Board of Directors,” says Bruce Skyer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation. “As a marketing expert with deep business acumen, he is an ideal partner to help elevate the NKF brand and raise awareness about the role of the kidneys and the problem of kidney disease.”
The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information, visit www.kidney.org.
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with the National Urban League and AARP provided free health tests to more than one million people nationwide
Cincinnati, July 24, 2014 – On the opening day of the National Urban League Annual Conference, Marc Morial, National Urban League president and CEO, and John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs, announced with AARP, more than one million people nationwide received free health tests and education through the Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour. The announcement recognizes a significant milestone for Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) (Nasdaq:WAG) and the National Urban League as they celebrate their eight-year effort to bring free preventive and early detection health services to urban and minority communities across the country.
To celebrate this important milestone, the Way to Well Health Tour’s mobile health testing vehicle and its certified wellness staff will be in the conference’s Health Zone & Expo Hall to administer the free health tests. In addition to receiving free health screenings, conference participants have the opportunity help assemble back to school kits with items donated by Walgreens for underserved children in the Cincinnati community.
“We are proud to provide more than one million people in thousands of communities nationwide access to free critical health screenings and education in collaboration with the National Urban League and AARP,” said John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs, “We look forward to reaching more individuals starting off right here in Cincinnati at the National Urban League Annual Conference.”
Walgreens, the National Urban League and AARP have a long-standing commitment to improving health outcomes in minority communities. Since 2006, the Way to Well Health Tour with the National Urban League has provided more than $12 million worth of free health tests to community members in hundreds of urban communities nationwide. The current health tour provides a series of tests to adults over the age of 18 including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and more aimed at early detection of chronic diseases that disproportionately affect minority and urban communities. Collectively the bundle of free health tests is valued at more than $100.
“The National Urban League is pleased to continue its eight-year effort with Walgreens through the Way to Well Health Tour,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “We share a commitment to improving the health outcomes in our communities and are looking forward to continuing to work together to empower people to live healthier lives.”
“We are excited to work alongside Walgreens to achieve healthier communities nationwide,” said John Wider, president and CEO of AARP Services, Inc. “This health tour enables us all to come together and serve America’s growing population of people over the age of 50 and supply those with the help they need to achieve optimum health.”
The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is one of the charitable components of the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®, which began in 2011 as a four-year, $100 million initiative to improve the everyday health of Americans nationwide. The initiative is also dedicated to providing accessible, affordable resources for prevention and early detection of chronic diseases – heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the U.S., while diabetes is the nation’s fastest-growing disease over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To learn when the Way to Well Health Tour is serving a neighborhood near you, visit Walgreens.com/WaytoWell.
As the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2013 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to be the first choice in health and daily living for everyone in America, and beyond. Each day, in communities across America, more than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with online and mobile services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,215 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that manages more than 400 in-store convenient care clinics throughout the country.
About the National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. For more information, visit: www.nul.org
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Espanol, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
About AARP Services, Inc.
AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s millions of members. The provider offers currently span health products, financial products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, life insurance and annuities; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services and legal services. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies.
NEW YORK CITY (July 24, 2014) — Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Frogs for the Cure will be in New York City on Sunday, July 27, to shoot footage for its 2014 music video featuring Josh Groban’s hit song, “Brave,” in honor of TCU’s 10-year partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the fight against breast cancer. The shoot will take place from 9 a.m. – noon at Hunter’s Point South Park, located along the East River off Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th Avenues in Long Island City in Queens.
The third of five national shoots, the New York City production will feature a giant pink ribbon that will be pulled from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, and then making its way to New York City, then Los Angeles, and finally back to Fort Worth, Texas, as a symbol of the community spirit in the fight against breast cancer.
TCU’s Frogs for the Cure, in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and video sponsor, BNSF Railway Company, will join professional dancers, musicians, breast cancer survivors, TCU alumni, students, friends, and celebrities including:
In 2005, TCU became the first college in the United States to officially partner with international breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, Frogs for the Cure pioneered the concept of an annual music video honoring survivors. The 2014 video is the fifth music video produced by Frogs for the Cure with the support of pro bono videography, photography and production talent to demonstrate the University’s commitment to the cause.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of TCU’s partnership with Komen, the Frogs for the Cure video shoot is moving nationwide, engaging the community and empowering those affected by cancer to feel hope and encouragement. The 2014 video will debut at the Sing for the Cure Gala on October 29, 2014, at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall, with special guests including former First Lady Laura Bush; CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and his Washington, D.C.-based band, Honky Tonk Confidential; as well as Tony Award-winning headline artist, Bernadette Peters; and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The video will also be featured during the halftime celebration at the annual TCU Frogs for the Cure “pink out” football game against Kansas State University on November 8, 2014.
To view a one-minute teaser of the 2014 music video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d67rxLW_ZWs.
For more information on Frogs for the Cure, visit www.FrogsfortheCure.com.
ABOUT FROGS FOR THE CURE
Frogs for the Cure is a partnership between Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, and international philanthropy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, to enhance awareness, provide education, raise funds and support those in the fight against breast cancer. In 2005, TCU initiated the idea of a “pink out” celebration at the halftime of a home football game, and, 10 years later, the pink ribbon game tributes are now established traditions at high school, college and NFL football games across the U.S. during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
To date, TCU’s Frogs for the Cure has raised more than $250,000 for Susan G. Komen® Greater Fort Worth affiliate. Under the longtime leadership of Ann Louden, a breast cancer survivor and member of the TCU Chancellor’s executive team, Frogs for the Cure has grown into a nationally known awareness, educational and fundraising campaign that runs year-round. For more information, visit www.FrogsfortheCure.com.
Formerly Salsa Labs’ annual users conference, this year, FUSE 2014 invites all nonprofits to participate in the 2-day marketing, networking and learning event.
Washington, D.C. – Salsa Labs, Inc. (Salsa), creator of the all-in-one online engagement platform is hosting its annual marketing conference for nonprofits, FUSE 2014, August 6-7, at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. Previously a Salsa users conference, this year, the company has opened its doors to all small to medium-sized nonprofits interested in attending.
As in years past, Salsa’s line-up of speakers comprise many well-known thought leaders in the nonprofit community. From advocacy and fundraising experts to outreach and social media mavens, some of the FUSE 2014 speakers include: Ritu Sharma, Social Media for Nonprofits; Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good; Aaron Sherinian, United Nations Foundation; Justin Perkins, Care2; Henry Timms, 92nd Street Y; Colin Delany, e.politics; and Erin Viray, change.org.
The two-day conference offers an opportunity for those members of the nationwide nonprofit community to network, learn and gain insight into the most updated online organizing practices. As with previous years, Salsa users will still have the opportunity to obtain technical product training and communicate with experienced staff to address specific questions.
The scheduled sessions focus on everything involved in nonprofit online marketing from how to craft a practical online advocacy strategy and becoming a citizen journalist, to how to improve email marketing, social media best practices, #givingtuesday planning, constituent engagement, and much more.
Christine Schaefer, Salsa’s vice president of marketing and community said, “We are really excited about FUSE 2014 – especially because of our decision to open it up to all nonprofits. Our session schedule is packed with so much more than Salsa-user specific sessions. So much of it is informative and timely discussions on organizing, fundraising, communicating and advocacy that attendees may not have gotten at other industry events. Our speakers are all experts in their respective fields and we are grateful they have agreed to share their knowledge.”
Scholarship opportunities are available via an online application for those who need assistance. Kids & Art Foundation (San Francisco, CA), Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) (Portland, OR), US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (Washington, DC), Interfaith Peace-Builders (Washington, DC), and Missouri Recovery Network (Jefferson City, MO) are among some of the recipient organizations.
Online registration and scholarship applications are still available at fusecon.org. Individuals also may register day-of at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale campus. Follow Salsa on Twitter or like them on Facebook. Follow FUSE2014 with the hashtag #FUSECON2014.
About Salsa Labs
Salsa Labs (Salsa) helps nonprofits and political campaigns ignite action and fuel change around the world by growing and engaging a base of support online. With Salsa, groups of all sizes can easily organize their supporters and chapters, fundraise, advocate, communicate through email and social media, host events and measure results. Salsa provides more than technology; it offers strategic best practices, training, highly rated support and a strong online community, so its clients can focus their energy on their mission. The company currently empowers more than 2,000 organizations’ and their more than 92 million donors, members, activists and fans across the globe. Visit Salsa online at www.SalsaLabs.com.
Garry, Former Director of GLAAD, Provides Strategic Advice & Coaches Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs
New Senior Associate Seth Rosen Will Expand Firm’s Footprint to Development Directors
NEW YORK – Nonprofit consultant Joan Garry announced this morning an expansion of strategic advisory services at Joan Garry Consulting:
“Increasingly, successful not-for-profit CEOs, Executive Directors, Board Chairs and Development Directors are looking for strategic advice and support to enable them to better lead their organizations more effectively,” said Joan Garry, principal of Joan Garry Consulting. “But nonprofits are hardwired to be messy, creating unique leadership challenges for even the most capable professionals. Having been every one of my clients — a nonprofit ED, a board member, etc. – I help leaders use that “mess” to their organization’s great advantage. And I started my blog, and now The Couch, because there simply weren’t enough authentic, practical and funny resources for everyday nonprofit leaders to turn to for support.”
Garry has been consulting with leaders throughout the nonprofit sector since leaving her post at GLAAD — where she served for nearly a decade — in 2005. She launched her blog 18 months ago and is now read by thousands of nonprofit leaders every week.
“When I served on the board of an NYC nonprofit, I suggested that Joan be brought in to help that organization build a more effective management team. That was a home run,” said Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, which last year launched a major capacity-building initiative to provide grantees the ability to retain strategic consultants. “Today at Arcus, Joan’s blog is a go-to for me and my staff and for every single grantee we have. I often find myself sending links to her blog to ED’s struggling with the challenges of nonprofit management — it may be the single most practical resource for ED’s I have ever seen.”
“After spending over a decade for nonprofits, I know firsthand that there is a real thirst for strategic advice and coaching among nonprofit leaders who want to conquer the challenges in front of them,” said newly hired Senior Associate Seth Rosen. “That’s why I couldn’t be more thrilled to join Joan’s team and begin working with development directors around the country. Just like EDs and board chairs, development directors are critical to ensuring organizational success.”
“What impresses me about Seth and Joan’s business model is that it mirrors my own philosophy of generosity,” said philanthropist/nonprofit expert Jeffrey C. Walker, author of The Generosity Network and a longtime advocate for the professionalization of the nonprofit sector. “It’s not about asking for help. It’s about exploring how all of us can work together in pursuit of a common vision using the unique resources we each have to offer. And it’s about understanding that true generosity is rooted in relatedness. This is what Seth has always understood as a development professional. Clients can benefit greatly from Seth and Joan’s expertise, and the passion and joy they feel about meeting our society’s most difficult challenges.”
Teresa Younger, the new ED of the Ms. Foundation for Women, one of the nation’s leading feminist organizations, had this to say about why she has hired Joan: “Running the Ms. Foundation for Women is my dream job – it’s like making the finals at Wimbledon. Would Billie Jean King have ever walked onto that grass court without a strategic coach by her side? Why would I walk solo? I plan to succeed fabulously and several women I trusted pointed me to Joan. She has sat in every seat at the conference table – board, CEO, donor, fundraiser – and has begun working with me with intelligence, humor, authenticity and a deep commitment to both my personal success and that of the success of the Ms. Foundation.”
To learn more about Joan Garry Consulting’s services, visit her blog at www.joangarry.com
About Joan Garry
For nearly a decade, Joan Garry served as the Executive Director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the country, where she launched many successful media campaigns, including GLAAD’s successful campaign to lobby the New York Times to include same sex wedding announcements in its Style section. She later served as co-chair of Barack Obama’s LGBT Finance Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. Today she works with nonprofit leaders, assisting executive directors, CEOs and Board Chairs with crisis management, executive coaching and the building of strong management teams. She also teaches nonprofit media strategy as an Adjunct Professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Her nonprofit work followed 14 years in executive positions in corporate entertainment, including as a member of the management team that launched MTV in 1981.
About Seth Rosen
Seth is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over ten years of experience raising significant funds for a variety of domestic and international nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Seth served as Managing Director of Development, Communications and Marketing at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the world’s first HIV/AIDS organization. Before that he was the Assistant Vice President of Development at New York Law School where he oversaw all aspects of the Law School’s fundraising activities, including the management of the Law School’s $100 million endowment campaign. Seth also served as the first Director of Development of two sister organizations, Millennium Promise and Malaria No More, and was the Director of Major Gifts at Amnesty International USA and Manager of Fundraising for International Direct Service Programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Chicago-based hotel management firm donates sand buckets for Sand in the City event
CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – Last month, Kokua Hospitality, LLC, a hotel management firm based in Chicago, supported Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) by donating sand pails to the charity’s 11th annual Sand in the City benefit event. Kicking off summer with the ultimate beach party in Omaha, Neb., the event helps raise awareness and funds for Nebraska Children’s Home Society, an organization that provides safe and loving care to children of all ages through statewide Pregnancy, Parenting, Adoption, Foster Care, Community and Neighborhood Based Services and Early Childhood Programs. With one of their managed hotels located on the beach, Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach, Kokua Hospitality provided more than 1,000 sand buckets for the event.
“The donation meant so much to the kids and they couldn’t wait to dig into the huge sand pile with their new buckets and toys,” said Lindsay Hofbauer, donor relations specialist at Nebraska Children’s Home Society. “The donation of sand buckets from Kokua Hospitality meant one less expense for us, and, as a result, more funds for the organization to benefit the children.”
Kokua Hospitality continues to exemplify the Hawaiian definition of Kokua – giving to others for their benefit – through supporting foundations like the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. NCHS has been building loving homes for more than 120 years by providing support for unplanned pregnancy, parenting and adoption services, early childhood education, in-home services, foster care, and community outreach. For the Sand in the City event, attendees came to support the corporate and community groups as they build 15-ton sand sculptures of various sizes and themes. Thanks to the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach sand buckets, the children were able to create their own sand castle building memories with their friends and family.
“The mission of our company’s philanthropic program, No Reservations Giving, is to leverage our hospitality management expertise by supporting nonprofits that provide food, shelter, and education to enhance the well-being of those in need,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Karen Wiley. “From our work with Habitat for Humanity to supporting the Nebraska Children’s Home Society, Kokua Hospitality understands the importance of helping others.”
Kokua Hospitality, LLC, is a hotel management firm founded by its parent, The Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, with the mandate to become the operator of choice for strategic institutional and select private lodging investors by producing superior results as turnaround specialists. Created by veteran lodging investment and management experts to appeal to an investor’s sensibility, Kokua Hospitality blends best-in-class operating practices with an owner’s DNA. Kokua Hospitality manages a growing portfolio of hotels and resorts nationwide. For more information on Kokua Hospitality, please visit http://www.kokuahospitality.com/ and follow us on Twitter @kokuahotels and http://kokuahospitality.wordpress.com/.
Over $1.5 Million Raised in 2014 for Over 70 Charities Worldwide
BOULDER, CO (July 22, 2014) — Race Across America (RAAM), has been known as the toughest endurance cycling event, but few know that for many the heart and strength to compete and finish the race comes from the desire to bring awareness and raise money for charities of the athletes choosing.
2014 was a banner year for both the Race Across America and Race Across the West (RAW). There were big names participating, records broken, and an incredible amount raised for over 70 charities. RAAM and RAW have always been events that offer a perfect platform for raising charitable dollars and awareness for causes all around the world.
For over 30 years Race Across America and Race Across the West have been two of the rare events in which amateurs can line up and compete against professionals.
RAAM had three media teams covering the action start to finish, not to mention 30,000 social media followers. This coverage highlights not only the races themselves, but the amazing fundraising stories of the competitors.
This year, solo and team racers in RAAM and RAW generated over $1.5 Million for over 70 deserving charities. Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes out of New York raised the most money in the history of RAAM by generating $650,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which benefits U.S Military personnel wounded or injured during their service and their families.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to be of some help to those returning heroes who need it. RAAM was a perfect platform for us to raise awareness and support for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Whatever pain and suffering we felt during RAAM, we know the huge numbers of outstanding men and women have been through much more in the service of our country and the least we could do was race across America and give a little back,” Commented Winston Fisher, Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes.
Other top teams were Team Innovation Africa raising $200,000 bringing (clean water, health care, etc.) to African nations; London Pride Spinhalers coming in with $100,000 for Asthma in the UK; Team PHenominal Hope with $86,000 for Pulmonary Hypertension; Bike US for MS raised $85,000 for Multiple Sclerosis; and Pippa Middleton’s team, Team Michael Matthews Foundation raised $83,000 building schools in remote places around the world.
Early registration for 2015 RAAM and RAW is now open at www.raceacrossamerica.org.
More About RAAM
RAAM and SOUL EVENTS are world leaders in the sport of endurance bicycle racing. The team is responsible for the Race Across America (RAAM), the world’s premier ultra-endurance bicycle race, a 3000-mile coast-to-coast race across the USA, as well as the Race Across the West (RAW), an 860-mile race across the Western US, the RAAM Cycling Challenge Series, and the 6-12-24 Hour Endurance Time Trail World Championships. In addition, they offer seminars on endurance bicycle racing and sanction endurance races worldwide. Visit online at www.raceacrossamerica.org & www.raceacrossthewest.org.
Vent Honorees Include Michael R. Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons & Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems
Hosted By Soledad O’brien with Special Performances By Doug E Fresh, Kurtis Blow And Whodini Music By DJ M.O.S. Honorary Chair Star Jones
2014 Sponsors Include Gold Sponsor BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin; Bronze Sponsor Target, Valet Sponsor Cadillac
Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons will host the 15th Annual ART FOR LIFE benefit, Saturday, July 26th in Bridgehampton. Soledad O’Brien will emcee the evening that will honor Michael R. Bloomberg, Valentino D. Carlotti, Jason Flom, Kimora Lee Simmons and Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems for their career achievements and philanthropic work. The evening will feature performances by Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Whodini. The event’s Honorary Chair is Star Jones; and Event Chairs are Jamison Ernest, Kimberley Hatchett, Rhonda R. Mims, Camilla Olsson and Josue Sejour (The Sejour Group); with music by DJ M.O.S. Event sponsors include Gold Sponsor BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Bronze Sponsor Target, and Valet Sponsor Cadillac. Other guests in attendance include Patina Miller and more…
Launched in 2000, ART FOR LIFE is Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation’s primary fundraising event. This year’s benefit will celebrate the gala’s “15” year milestone; highlighting youth that have grownup through our Rush programs, and honoring exemplary individuals who have supported the Foundation’s mission throughout the years. With a special presentation to the inaugural recipients of the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund, graduates of the Rush Teens program.
This year’s coinciding ART FOR LIFE online auction via Charitybuzz will launch on July 17th and will run through August 7th. Highlights include: Be a Roadie for a day with John Legend, Meet and Greets with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Michael Strahan, Nick Cannon, LL COOL J and more! http://www.charitybuzz.com/artforlife.
In addition there will be an ART FOR LIFE Art Auction on Charitybuzz from August 27th thru September 17th with select works available during a live auction held at Christie’s NYC on September 8th. The art auction includes works from 2014 AFL Featured Artist Carrie Mae Weems, as well a past Featured Artists Rashid Johnson (2013), Shepard Fairey (2009), Kehinde Wiley (2006); along with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Yoko Ono, Sante D’Orazio, and many more!
Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which directly serve over 3,000 inner-city youth each year. Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented and emerging artists. For more information, visit www.rushphilanthropic.org, Twitter @rush_art, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RushPhilanthropicArtsFoundation, Instagram @rush_arts and ART FOR LIFE hashtag #ArtForLife.
Saturday, July 26th
5:00 PM: Media Check In
6:00 PM: Arrivals and Cocktails
7:00 PM: Dinner & Program
19 Horsemill Lane
Water Mill, NY
To purchase tickets, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets available online via http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlife.