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Devin D. Thorpe

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Earthquake Near Napa, California Causes Significant Damage; Region at Risk of Strong Aftershocks this Week

Catastrophe risk management firm RMS finds significant non-structural and contents damage throughout Napa and surrounding counties; roughly 30 percent probability of a strong and damaging aftershock within the week.

NEWARK, Calif. – August 25, 2014 – According to RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk management firm, the earthquake that shook Napa, California in the early morning on Sunday, August 24 caused significant non-structural and contents damage throughout the region. Repercussions for local businesses, particularly wineries hit by the earthquake, will become clearer over the coming days.

“There is evidence of serious damage to older residential, wood frame structures and a large number of chimneys toppled as a result of the earthquake,” said Dr. Patricia Grossi, earthquake expert and senior director of model product management, RMS.

According to RMS experts, extensive damage to unreinforced masonry buildings and façades occurred, particularly to plate glass, in the eight square blocks of downtown Napa. Several water mains broke, and fires in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park were difficult to control due to cut-off water supply.

“There is little evidence of liquefaction in the initial assessments of damage, though more damage might emerge over time,” said Grossi.

According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred on a strike-slip structure just west and parallel to the West Napa Fault. Aftershocks have been consistently northwest of the epicenter. As of 24 hours after the mainshock, the USGS is indicating that the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock in the next week is approximately 30 percent. The last earthquake in this area was a magnitude 5.0 on September 3, 2000.

RMS is assessing details of the earthquake and subsequent damage and will determine whether to issue a loss estimate based on those findings to ensure accuracy.

Experts on earthquakes and catastrophe risk management are available for comment by contacting

About RMS

RMS models and software help financial institutions and public agencies evaluate and manage catastrophe risks throughout the world, promoting resilient societies and a sustainable global economy.

Learn more at and follow us @RMS.

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Mental Health Education and Awareness Saves Lives

Free education classes and awareness events

Across Utah – In light of the death of Robin Williams, NAMI Utah understands the need to educate our community and raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. Many questions have risen from community members, including: Where can I go for help? How do I seek treatment? What resources exist for me and my family? How do I talk to someone who is expressing suicidal thoughts?

As 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness, it is critical to open a dialogue about mental health. When individuals feel comfortable talking to someone about a mental health issue, and when they understand the need for support and treatment to their overall well-being, the more likely it is that they feel hopeful about their future.

NAMI Utah has free education classes and support groups that provide a safe space for people to learn more about their illness or what is happening to their loved one. To find out if there is a class or group in your area, call 801-323-9900 or toll-free 877-230-6262, or go to our website at

To help foster awareness and de-stigmatize mental illness, NAMI Utah will hold its annual NAMI Walk on Saturday, September 6th, at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the official start time is 10:00 a.m. By speaking out about mental illness, we hope to involve as many people as possible and to raise support and funds that will allow us to increase our efforts throughout the state—especially in our rural, underserved areas where the wait time for families and individuals to get mental health care can sometimes be months.

NAMIWalks is a nationwide event and is the largest anti-stigma effort in Utah and America. It allows individuals with mental illness and their families to gather together with friends, loved ones and the community to raise public awareness about mental health.

How can you help? Companies, organizations, and families can organize teams of walkers made up of employees, organization members, relatives, and friends. Registration for NAMI Walks is free to all, but as a fundraiser for NAMI, we highly encourage your participation in requesting donations from family members, friends, co-workers, business associates, etc. The general public can also sponsor a walker. General donations are welcomed and more information can be obtained by visiting

NAMI WALKS in Utah is sponsored in part by many national and local organizations. If you would like to participate, contact Mary Burchett at 801-323-9900 or at Visit our website at

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope. Visit us online: and

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Rallyhood Partners With LIVESTRONG Foundation to Mobilize Social Support for Survivors

New “LIVESTRONG Rally” enhances community collaboration in cancer care

(AUSTIN, TEXAS)… Rallyhood, a web-based collaboration platform that enables action-oriented communities, has announced a new partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Through Rallyhood, the Foundation will empower survivors, caregivers and their communities to organize social, emotional and practical support throughout their cancer journey. “LIVESTRONG Rally” will be offered as a free service through and available as part of LIVESTRONG’s cancer navigation resources that reach more than 300,000 people annually.

“We can’t do cancer alone. We need our people. Research shows that strong social support delivers positive impact on survival and recovery from any long-term illness. Studies also show that medical adherence sky-rockets when our social network is engaged.” said Patti Rogers, CEO and founder of Rallyhood.

“The LIVESTRONG Foundation recognizes the need to support the patient, family, caregiver and the extended community throughout their whole journey,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “Our new partnership with Rallyhood demonstrates LIVESTRONG’s continuing commitment to providing powerful non clinical solutions.”

Rogers, a marketing and design entrepreneur, founded Rallyhood after her personal experience going through breast cancer. During treatment and recovery she witnessed the power of community in action, as well as the frustration and burden of inadequate tools that were fragmented and hard to use. Thus, the launch of Rallyhood, a community collaboration platform that transforms how people come together with purpose.

“Communication clutter and email overload can weigh down our lives and drive us to disengage, even when we care about the cause” said Rogers. “But when support efforts are well organized, we accomplish more together, we engage and build better relationships, and have more time to enjoy the moments that matter most.”

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Non-Profit Organization “Style Saves” Gives 675 Students Free Back to School Clothes

Davis Vision, Focus On America®, “Kid’s First” Provided Hundreds Of Miami-Dade Students In Need With Free Eye Screening And Prescription Eyeglasses At No Cost

MIAMI – Over the weekend, August 16th & 17th, the non-profit organization “Style Saves” hosted over 675 Miami-Dade students for free back to school clothing, haircuts and activities.

One of the weekend’s highlights was the participation by “Davis Vision, ”which presented its Focus on America “Kids First” program which provided free vision screenings to hundreds of underprivileged students. Over 25% of students screened were found to need additional testing, which will be done for free at a local Vision Works location. Those needing glasses will then receive prescription lens and frames at zero cost to kids or families.

Students from various programs in Miami including Big Brothers Big Sisters & Community in Schools (CIS), selected students to participate and “shop” for back-to-school clothes and accessories.

“Eighty Percent of what children learn is through their vision so, needless to say, this is so important to catch early on,” said Marcie Palacios from Davis Vision.

Founder of Style Saves, Rachel Russell poses with Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho

Photo Credit: Ralph Notaro

Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, was also in attendance for the event to meet and greet the families who came out.

“It’s clear that partners like Vision Works, and many others, are elevating the quality of life in our community, and as a result the quality of education,” said Carvalho. “This is about collectively putting kids on our shoulder and helping them perform better, live better and be happier.”

Style Saves raised over $100,000 in donations at this year’s Miami Fashion Swim Week to make the event possible.

About Davis Vision, Focus on America, “Kid’s First”

Davis Vision is a total health care company and a leader in vision care benefits. The company is also a partner that believes in fostering the growth and the development of our future – our students and our community. Making a difference through quality vision care is Davis Vision’s way of paying it forward to our clients, members and community at-large. As part of Focus on America®, the Kids First program holds events at select schools and school districts. For those who qualify, the program provides vision care and vision wear which includes:

  • Free onsite vision screening for students (at school or school event)
  • Free comprehensive eye exam for students who may have a vision issue
  • Free pair of glasses, if needed, following the exam

Focus on America has provided over $10 million in products and services through Davis Vision and Visionworks outreach initiatives. Davis Vision looks forward to expanding efforts within the Miami-Dade community.

About Style Saves

Founded in 2011 by FORD Fashion Stylist Rachael Russell and a group of philanthropic fashion minded young professionals, Style Saves raises funds to provide underprivileged students from diverse organizations with brand-new clothes for back-to-school. With the credo of “building confidence through clothes, and giving a fresh start through fashion,”the mission of Style Saves is to imbue students with the self-confidence and assurance they need to succeed, both academically and personally. Style Saves is recognized as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity under The Miami Foundation.

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Egg Producer Permanently Removed From Industry in Settlement

Lawsuit Stems from Abandonment of 50,000 Hens by Egg Company

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is announcing a settlement on behalf of plaintiffs Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in the animal groups’ lawsuit against egg industry defendants Andy Cheung and Lien Diep. The defendants abandoned 50,000 hens without food at a facility near Turlock, which led to the largest farmed animal rescue in California history. The settlement permanently prohibits Cheung, who managed the facility, from working directly with animals again—and places similar restrictions on Diep.

In February 2012, Cheung and Diep, doing business as A & L Poultry, abandoned 50,000 hens without food and left them to die. Tens of thousands of the birds starved to death while others drowned in giant manure pits under their cages. Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary were able to rescue approximately 5,000 birds.

“The court’s affirmation that A&L Poultry bears financial responsibility for their cruel mismanagement sends a message to agribusiness that it can no longer abuse animals without consequence,” said Animal Place executive director Kim Sturla. “These men left 50,000 individuals to suffer and die, and while it’s gratifying that Animal Place staff and volunteers saved nearly 4,500 lives and placed them in loving homes, this tragic situation should never have happened in the first place.”

ALDF and the law firm Schiff Hardin provided pro bono counsel, suing A & L Poultry on behalf of the sanctuaries that rescued and rehabilitated the surviving hens. At the sanctuaries, these hens were able to engage in natural behaviors and feel the earth beneath their feet for the first time in their lives and most have been adopted into loving homes.

Cheung and Diep still face criminal prosecution for felony animal cruelty. Each defendant faces up to three years in prison and fines of up to $20,000 under California Penal Code section 597(b), which makes it a crime to deprive animals of proper food, water, or shelter, or to inflict needless suffering and unnecessary cruelty.

“The egg industry is rife with routine animal suffering, but today’s settlement ensures that those responsible for the tragedy in Turlock are permanently out of the business of raising animals,” said Matthew Liebman, senior attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Copies of the lawsuit and the documentary film “Turlock,” which chronicles the dramatic rescue of the hens, are available by request.

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Honors Young Huggable Heroes

Company Selects 10 Charitable Youths Awards Prizes Totaling $75,000

ST. LOUIS (August 19, 2014) – Millions of extraordinary children have come through the doors of Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores over the years, and today, the Company honors 10 incredible children as its 2014 Huggable Heroes – a long-running Build-A-Bear Workshop initiative that recognizes and rewards charitable-minded youths who are making the world a better place.

“When you take a moment and absorb the selflessness, generosity, energy and compassion of our Huggable Heroes, one can’t help but feel optimistic about the younger generation and what they will build well into the future,” said Sharon John, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief executive officer. “It is truly inspiring to see what these 10 boys and girls have contributed to society at such a young age. Build-A-Bear is very proud to be associated with such warm, caring and accomplished individuals.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop is awarding each of the Huggable Heroes a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 donation to a charity of his or her choice. Since its inception in 2004, Build-A-Bear Workshop has invested more than $1 million in recognizing and honoring the heroic efforts of more than 100 “Huggable Heroes” in the United States, Canada and the U.K.

“Huggable Heroes is a rewarding program in every sense of the word,” said Gina Collins, Build-A-Bear Workshop chief marketing officer. “Our 2014 Huggable Heroes have given so much of themselves, and it seems only fitting for Build-A-Bear to award each of the winners scholarships which will benefit their future education, while still giving each of them the opportunity to once again help their very worthy cause.”

The 2014 Huggable Heroes contest was open to children ages eight to 18 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Build-A-Bear Workshop received more than 500 nominations, which were narrowed down to 48 finalists in July. An independent judging organization oversaw the selection of the 10 Huggable Heroes.

Since 2004, more than 12,000 kids have been nominated for the Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program. The 100-plus winners through the years have collectively raised more than $10.3 million and gathered 300 million items for their causes.

The Build-A-Bear Huggable Heroes “Class of 2014” is being honored for making an incredible impact through fundraising, volunteerism, granting wishes and lifting the hearts and spirits of the less fortunate in our society. From supporting children who are battling cancer to providing relief and appreciation to military veterans, to raising funds and awareness for issues faced by teenage girls around the world, this group of amazing young people has raised more than $800,000 in support of a variety of unique causes.

“Build-A-Bear is once again so pleased to be recognizing and honoring young social engineers who have proven – year in and year out – that energy and heartfelt determination can go a long way in bettering the lives of others,” Collins said. “The 10 winners are all very worthy of their newest and hard-earned accolade – 2014 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes.”

2014 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes

Zachary Abel, 14, Sewickley, PA

Zachary is a former Make-A-Wish recipient who created Make A Move for Make-A-Wish – a bike, walk and run event to support wish kids in his community. Now cancer free, Zack organized the Make-A-Wish fundraiser to give back to the organization that granted his wish for a T-Rex Dinosaur statue for his backyard when he was ill. To date, Zack has raised more than $65,000 for Make-A-Wish and helped grant 16 wishes for children battling cancer.

Michael Bervell, 16, Snohomish, WA

Michael started an organization called Hugs for Ghana to mobilize students in his community through volunteering, fundraising, and collecting in-kind donations. In 2013 and 2014, he organized two Ghanaian culture night fundraisers in his community and collected more than $12,000. Additionally, Michael partners with a range of organizations and dozens of schools to organize donation drives that have garnered more than $20,000 worth of sports gear and collected nearly 4,000 books, all to benefit Ghanaian youth.

Daniella Cohen, 16, Highland Park, IL

Daniella founded GIVE, a letter writing exchange, to promote cultural understanding and education. GIVE pen pals learn to empathize and interact with a different culture that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. GIVE has sent thousands of letters and flip-flops, signed with messages of hope, to schools in India, Uganda, Rwanda, Israel and Iraq. Daniella has also spearheaded an effort to provide Internet service and laptops to students in Uganda.

Sarah Gordon, 16, Portland, OR

Sarah’s passion for learning led her to motivate adolescent girls in her community to come together to raise funds and awareness for teenage girls around the world. Sarah brought the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign to Oregon. Girl Up gives American girls the opportunity to support UN programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls through education and inspiration. Thanks to Sarah, there are more than 200 students volunteering for the six different chapters of Girl Up in Oregon.

Izzi Hickmott, 16, Brighton, UK

Diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 10, Izzi became eager to share her experiences to help others. In addition to supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through fundraising, Izzi has supported other young people with Type 1 diabetes by becoming an advocate in the Houses of Parliament. Additionally, Izzi has collaborated with local Council officials and representatives from the National Health Service to put in place relevant and proper support for young people with T1 diabetes in schools.

Kylie Kuhns, 17, Mifflinburg, PA

After losing her sister to leukemia in 2005, Kylie wanted to help other children and families diagnosed with cancer. She founded Kelsey’s Dream, and recently developed and introduced Hopper the Cancer Crusher, a fluffy green frog play therapy toy for children undergoing cancer treatment. To date, the play therapy toy has been delivered to 24 hospitals throughout the nation, with a goal of distributing Hopper the Cancer Crusher to all pediatric oncology hospitals across the U.S. Kelsey’s Dream has mobilized 400 volunteers, raised approximately $265,000, and produced 8,000 therapy play toys to date.

Rachel Ley, 17, Stevens Point, WI

Rachel started Literacy for Little Ones, an early literacy program that encourages parents to read to their infants and provides book packages to newborns’ families. What began at Rachel’s local community hospital in 2009 has expanded to four additional hospitals in Wisconsin, one hospital in Minnesota, and one hospital in Nicaragua, impacting approximately 520 infants per month. Thus far, Literacy for Little Ones has distributed book packages to 7,400 families, and has over 700 volunteers.

Brodie Meredith, 13, Walsall, UK

Brodie and family launched Livvy’s Smile, a charitable endeavor in memory of Brodie’s sister Livvy. Livvy’s Smile’s mission is to create memory making days for children with disabilities, together with their families. Brodie does many things to help Livvy’s Smile including coordinating events and sending mailings. In addition to her own time and effort, Brodie inspires friends to fundraise and challenges them to support children with disabilities.

Casey Sokolovic, 16, Winterville, NC

Casey inspires at-risk students to get involved, raise awareness and learn the plight of the world’s sea turtle population through STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) environmental camps. She also hosts a year-round community calendar of learning and service activities. Over the last three summers, the camps have provided 340 at-risk youth opportunities to participate in STEM-focused, nature activities. In total, Casey’s efforts have raised more than $350,000 to help fund these camps and calendar of activities.

Alexis Werner, 18, Pittsburgh, PA

Alexis created an organization called Seeds of Hope, which provides relief for veterans and their families affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through Seeds of Hope Alexis has planted 15 self-sustaining gardens nationwide, to provide veterans and their families access to fresh and healthy produce. She has also created a children’s book about veteran appreciation, and a documentary that describes the psychological effects of war.

For more information, please visit

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are approximately 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, and Mexico. The Company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the sixth year in a row in 2014. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $379.1 million in fiscal 2013.

For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the Investor Relations section of its Web site at®.

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Bikes and Beer Used To Probe the Conversation about Prostate Health

1,400 Mile Supported Bike Ride from Austin, TX to Denver, CO During National Prostate Awareness Month

DENVER, CO (August 21, 2014) — 1,400 miles seems like a long way in a car, how about riding 1,400 miles on a bike to probe the difficult conversation about prostate health. 1400 Miles is not just about riding your bike, it is about getting men, and their loved ones to open up about men’s health. What better way to do that than beer and bikes. Partnering with microbreweries in Austin, Albuquerque and Denver, some of the largest cities in the country with microbreweries. PROSTATE CANCER IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH IN AMERICAN MEN and is largely preventable. Prevention is easy, but it starts with being comfortable talking about it and getting tested.

1400 Miles was born from Davis Tucker’s inspiration from his Brewmaster and longtime friend, Don Thompson at NxNW Restaurant and Brewery in Austin and his recovery from Prostate Cancer. He decided to create an annual 1400 Mile trek from Austin to Denver arriving in time for the Great American Beer Festival… on his bike.

“I’ve been lucky in life. I have never been infected with any form of cancer. Prostate Cancer nearly took the life of my friend and brewing mentor, Don Thompson. If facing the daily challenge of pushing cadence on the bike for 1400 miles can save the life of one father, brother or friend, I will feel I have done my part and opened the door for more conversation and action,” Comments Davis Tucker, Founder of 1400 Miles.


Starting on Sunday, September 14th – Ending on Sunday, September 28th, the 1400 Miles ‘Big Ride’ is a fully supported journey of a lifetime on a road bike spanning 1,400 miles from Austin, Texas to Denver, Colorado. 5 legs comprised of 3 days for each leg, averaging 100 miles/day. You can either participate in the whole ride (all 1400 miles, 5 legs), or break your journey down to 1 or a series of legs. Each team can have up to 5 riders or you may select to do all 1400 miles solo.

Proceeds will be split between Pints for Prostates and Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC).

The money raised for PCEC will go towards Men’s Health Blood Test Screenings: “Men’s Health Blood Testing Value: Each man being screened at a 1400 Miles/PCEC Men’s health screening are receiving over $800 in free blood testing including: PSA, Lipids, Testosterone and Glucose”.

FREE prostate health assessments will be available in Denver on September 23rd and 25th and October 8th and 9th and in Austin, Texas on September 23rd. Visit under events for more details.

If 1400 Miles or even one leg is too much, join us in Austin, Albuquerque and Denver for community rides. Choose from 14, 28, 42 or 76 miles. All donations are tax deductible.

More details on community rides are available on

More About 1400 Miles

1400 Miles uses a bike and a beer to spark difficult conversations with stubborn guys about prostate health.

How are we making the conversation more comfortable? We are pedaling 1,400 miles on a bicycle from Austin to Denver. Along the route, we are hosting Community Rides and Refueling Parties. All proceeds will be split between Pints for Prostates and the Prostate Conditions Education Council.

Want to get involved? You can sign up for The Big Ride, participate in a Community Ride, attend the Refueling Parties, support a Big Ride Rider or Team by funding a mile or become a Virtual Rider and raise money!

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C. Wonder, Fashion Project and Look Good Feel Better Partner to Make Fashion a Force for Good and Benefit Women with Cancer

C. Wonder offers customers an opportunity to donate gently used clothing items through Fashion Project, with proceeds from the resale going to help improve the self-esteem and quality of life of women undergoing cancer treatment

(Boston, MA) – August 20, 2014 – C. Wonder today announced a partnership with Fashion Project, the leading online clothing donation and resale destination, to raise awareness and funds for Look Good Feel Better, a public service program dedicated to helping women living with cancer manage the appearance side effects of treatment and thereby improve their self-esteem. The promotion runs through Thursday, September 18, at eleven C. Wonder stores nationwide and online at

Donate to Help Women Look Good and Feel Better

Here’s how consumers can get involved and join us in making fashion a force for good:

  • During the four-week clothing drive, consumers are encouraged to donate gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories at participating C. Wonder locations or online at
  • Customers who participate by donating items will receive 20% off a C. Wonder purchase of $100 or more.
  • The donated items will then be sold online by Fashion Project. Fifty-five percent of the proceeds from each online sale will be donated to Look Good Feel Better.

“Giving back and bringing happiness to every corner of life is not only an integral part of our brand DNA; it is also very meaningful to our customers. The opportunity to partner with Fashion Project and Look Good Feel Better to help women dealing with the challenging appearance side effects of cancer treatment regain confidence, hope and a sense of self is a win/win for everyone,” remarked Harlan Kent, CEO of C. Wonder.

To celebrate the partnership, C. Wonder will host events at each of the eleven participating locations on Wednesday, August 27 from 6:00-8:00 PM featuring light bites, sips and styling tips. Ten percent of the sales at participating C. Wonder stores that evening will be donated to Look Good Feel Better. Additionally, any guest attending will receive 20% off their purchase during the event. Participating locations include:

  • The Summit, Birmingham, AL
  • Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
  • SoHo, New York, NY
  • The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York, NY
  • Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA
  • King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, PA
  • The Gate at Manhasset, Manhasset, NY
  • Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY
  • Walt Whitman Shops, Huntington Station, NY
  • The Fashion Mall at Keystone, Indianapolis, IN
  • Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA

“C. Wonder is a brand that understands a huge part of looking good and feeling good is giving back,” says Anna Palmer, CEO of Fashion Project. “We couldn’t be happier to bring these two organizations together to make a difference in the lives of people in need.”

The appearance changes women undergo while coping with cancer treatment – like beauty itself – are far more than skin deep. These changes can impact a woman’s self-esteem, sense of confidence and hope at a time when she needs them the most. Look Good Feel Better offers free workshops and other educational resources that teach beauty and styling techniques to women who are undergoing cancer treatment to help them manage the appearance side effects, including hair loss and skin changes.

“We are thrilled to team up with C. Wonder and Fashion Project to raise awareness and funds for Look Good Feel Better,” says Louanne Roark, Executive Director of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the originator, and one of three national collaborators that work together to make Look Good Feel Better available nationwide. “We are proud to offer our beauty and styling resources to women going through cancer treatment entirely free of charge and it is through support from consumers, the cosmetic industry, beauty professionals, and generous corporate partners such as C. Wonder and Fashion Project, that make that possible.”

To learn more or donate, visit:

About C. Wonder

C. Wonder offers women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares and home decor, great gifts, and delightful surprises at every turn. Our design teams create a wide-ranging assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products for all areas of our customer’s life. C. Wonder is one of several lifestyle and consumer products brands being developed by J. Christopher Burch, founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, an entrepreneur and active investor across a wide range of industries for nearly thirty years. Mr. Burch has been a strategic investor in multiple technology and luxury brands, including Aliph (Jawbone), NextJump, PowerMat, Voss Water and Tory Burch. C. Wonder currently operates 30 stores across the country and three stores in the Middle East, in addition to a full-service e-commerce boutique. Additional stores will open across the country and internationally in 2014 and beyond. For more information or to shop online, please visit:

About Fashion Project

Fashion Project is the industry leader in online clothing donation. Since its founding in 2012, Fashion Project has worked with over 300 non-profit partners and powered donation programs for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Joie, Milly, Helmut Lang, and more. By focusing on maximizing the value of every item donated, Fashion Project can raise up to 100x than an average thrift store. For more information on Fashion Project, visit

About Look Good Feel Better

The U.S. Look Good Feel Better program is a collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, a charitable organization established by the Personal Care Products Council, the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry; the American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to saving lives from cancer; and the Professional Beauty Association, the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons/spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals. For more information about Look Good Feel Better free workshops and other services available across the country, visit

Look Good Feel Better® is a registered trademark of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.

Donations from special promotions mentioned herein will go to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation to benefit the Look Good Feel Better program.

The Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Inc. and the Professional Beauty Association do not endorse any specific products and/or services.

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Truvia® Business Helps the UN World Food Programme Feed Almost 50,000 Bolivian SchoolChildren

Truvia® Business Announces Year Two Results of its $1 Million Partnership With World Food Program USA

WAYZATA, Minnesota, August 20, 2014 – Today, the Truvia® business announced it has helped to feed 49,705 Bolivian schoolchildren in the first two years of its three-year partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme, a collaboration made possible by World Food Program USA, a non-profit organization that connects the U.S. private sector with humanitarian partners to solve global hunger. The Truvia® business launched its “Sharing a Sweet Future” $1 million charitable initiative in 2012 to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia.

With nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life and 65 percent of all rural households unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake, the Truvia® business launched its “Sharing a Sweet Future” initiative to help improve these communities through better nutrition, safety and education.

“By providing two meals a day to children in schools, we are providing nutrient-rich meals and motivating children to come to school and learn,” said Matthew Jacobs, international product line manager of the Truvia® brand. “The goal of this initiative is ultimately to help establish a self-sufficient community and the best way to do that is through better nutrition and education.”

The Truvia® business is encouraging consumers to visit to view five videos that tell the stories of children, families and farmers living in Bolivia. Consumers can share these videos on Facebook and Twitter using #SweetFuture in an effort to raise awareness for and combat childhood hunger.

In the first two years of its partnership with World Food Program USA, the Truvia® business has provided 97 metric tons of vitamin-fortified vegetable oil through its funding. Truvia® business donations also contributed to the building of 125 fuel-efficient stoves in rural schools, which 750 parents and school employees were trained to build and use. These cleaner stoves replaced traditional cook stoves, allowing users to make food with safer stoves that use less fuel. The new stoves also generate less harmful smoke, which will benefit over 17,000 children in the years to come and minimize environmental destruction.

The “Sharing a Sweet Future” campaign is one element of the Truvia® brand’s comprehensive corporate responsibility program. As the leading stevia brand, the business is committed to sourcing responsibly, stewarding natural resources and working to improve communities. Consumers can visit to learn more about “Sharing a Sweet Future” and to tell the Truvia® brand what organization they’d like to see the brand partner with next year.


About the Truvia® business

Truvia® natural sweetener is a great tasting, zero-calorie sweetener made with the best tasting part of the stevia leaf. Truvia® natural sweetener is #1 in its category of zero-calorie natural sweeteners in the U.S. and is also available to consumers in Europe and Latin America. Truvia® stevia leaf extract is also a versatile sweetening ingredient used to reduce calories and sugar in foods and beverages. The Truvia® business uniquely manages its stevia supply chain from Field to Table having established a global agricultural standard for stevia. For more information, visit

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. Through its longtime, $14 million partnership with World Food Programme, Cargill is working to improve the health and nutrition of people in need around the world. For more information, visit

About The United Nations World Food Programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 80 million people in 75 countries with food assistance in 2013.

About World Food Program USA

World Food Program USA works to solve global hunger, building a world where everyone has the food and nutrition to lead healthy, productive lives. World Food Program USA builds support for the UN World Food Programme through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. To learn more, visit

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Paving the Way for Sustainable Futures through Education

Projects Abroad Volunteers Touch the Lives of Thousands of Students by Helping Peruvian Teachers Improve English Skills


A Projects Abroad volunteer teaches an English class in Urubamba, Peru

NEW YORK – August 20, 2014 – In the developing world, an education is the gateway to employment and a better quality of life. Add the ability to speak English and a booming tourism industry to the mix, and creating sustainable development becomes a reality! This is especially true in Peru, where international volunteer organization Projects Abroad is working toward sustainable futures by developing education and helping local teachers and students.

Projects Abroad have worked hand-in-hand with the Peruvian Ministry of Education to design and implement an English curriculum that will benefit schools long-term in the Sacred Valley area of Peru. With a wealth of resources to draw on and the support of Projects Abroad staff (including former UNICEF education specialist and current director of Projects Abroad Peru, Tim DeWinter), volunteer teachers are able to build upon the work of volunteers before them and ensure that students have a meaningful classroom experience. This is a great project for volunteers new to teaching who feel they need more guidance and support.


For experienced teachers who want to volunteer abroad, we run an innovative teacher training program for improving local teachers’ English skills during school vacation. This program takes place over six weeks, with volunteers working in conjunction with the Ministry of Education to help develop education in Peru. This training is crucial as it is often the only in-service training that local teachers will receive all year. It is an excellent opportunity for teachers to learn from fellow professionals and share ideas and classroom techniques, as well as develop their Spanish skills.

“Both volunteers and the teachers benefit from our teacher training program,” says Rachel Macmillan, a Program Advisor for Projects Abroad USA. “The volunteers leave with a huge confidence boost from teaching in a classroom and learning from fellow teachers and a unique experience in Peru that touches the lives of thousands of students. Local teachers leave the program with improved English, new classroom techniques, and knowledge that they can impart on their students.”

The teacher training program runs for six weeks at the start of January each year, while regular projects run throughout the year. For more information, visit

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

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