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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Dance Against Cancer – An Evening to Benefit – the American Cancer Society

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7pm at AXA Equitable Theater

Producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society to present the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer on Monday, May 5, 2014 with cocktails at 6pm (VIP ticket only), followed by a performance at 7pm, and a post-show reception at the AXA Equitable Theater, 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets), NYC. Tickets are $150 ($300 for VIP) and are available at

VIP tickets include the pre-event reception beginning at 6pm, preferred seating, post-event reception and gift bag. General admission tickets include the performance and post-event reception only. All proceeds from this event will benefit research initiatives as well as all patient and family services programs that American Cancer Society funds.

The evening’s performance, produced by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht and Manhattan Youth Ballet’s Erin Fogarty, will feature New York City Ballet’s Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Lauren King, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Taylor Stanley and Daniel Ulbricht; American Ballet Theatre’s Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside; Alvin Ailey’s Matthew Rushing, Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga, Miami City Ballet’s Patricia Delgado; as well as Lar Lubovitch’s Clifton Brown and Memphis Jookin’ sensation, Charles “Lil Buck Riley.” This year will also showcase young dancers from Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute.

Work by choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Brian Reeder, and others will be featured.

Dance Against Cancer

Co-producers and longtime friends Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht conceived Dance Against Cancer in 2010. Both Ms. Fogarty and Mr. Ulbricht have close ties to the cause. Ms. Fogarty lost her father in 2011 after a seven-year battle with colon cancer in and Mr. Ulbricht’s mother is currently battling uterine cancer. With so many of their close friends and family sharing stories of their own relation to the disease, the desire to do something grew into what is now a gala benefit for the incredible work that the American Cancer Society does through research initiatives as well as patient and family service programs. The benefit brings together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of beautiful performances, world premieres and great company. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $100,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Fordham University Young Alumni Issue A Challenge To Today’s Students: Give Back

20/20 Challenge Aims to Mobilize New Generation of Donors

NEW YORK, N.Y – April 7, 2014 – The Fordham University Office of Development today announced it will launch the 20/20 Challenge, a joint fundraising initiative that brings together young alumni and the undergraduate student body with the shared goal of raising $20,000 over 20 days. The initiative will begin on April 10 and engage undergraduate students at both of the University’s New York City campuses.

The 20/20 Challenge is the first of its kind at Fordham University. Twenty young alumni have committed to collectively invest $10,000 in the University and will endeavor to mobilize the undergraduate student body to collectively match their gift with a group commitment of $10,000. Funds raised by the initiative will address the greatest needs of the University, from student scholarships to enhancing the student experience.

“The 20/20 Challenge is a momentous project at Fordham, for Fordham,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University. “By coming together to give back and help the University better educate more students in the Jesuit tradition, our student body and alumni can affirm that they are in fact men and women for others who strive to make the world a better place.”

Throughout the 20-day initiative, young alumni will connect directly with undergraduate students at Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses to issue the challenge and demonstrate the importance of supporting the University. Planned events include a professional development panel discussion, live alumni-to-student information sessions and social media promotion with the hashtag #FordhamGives.

“As a graduate of Fordham University who recently joined the workforce, I understand the economic balancing act faced by many young professionals and those pursuing advanced degrees,” said Patrick L. Tighe III, FCLC 2010, GBA 2011. “I also know that my education and experience at Fordham helped position me for success – and that’s why I give back. I hope that the 20/20 Challenge will help spark a dialogue about the doors we can open for today’s Fordham students when we pool together our time and resources.”

More information about the 20/20 Challenge and participating young alumni can be found at The initiative will run from April 10 through April 30, 2014.

About Fordham University

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum And the University of Washington Foster School of Business Collaborate to Honor Business Pioneers

New York City, NY (April 4, 2014) – The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum (MBHF&M) and the University of Washington – Foster School of Business announce a collaboration to honor individuals and institutions that are leading the growth of minority business enterprises. On May 13, the Foster School of Business will unveil an exhibit that will honor individuals who have been inducted into the MBHF&M.

The collaboration will include the first ongoing public display that recognizes members of the MBHF&M and reflects the Foster School’s desire to inspire the next generation of minority entrepreneurs and business leaders. Our future plans call for the enhancement of the website which will highlight historical papers and other important documentation of more than 50 inductees and future inductees.

Beyond the exhibit, the MBHF&M and the Foster School of Business will in future years jointly sponsor symposia on the state of minority-owned businesses and engage faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MIs) in building the next generation of honorees.

In trying to find a permanent location for the MBHF&M, the executive committee and the board of directors of the Hall of Fame decided to collaborate with the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business because of its outstanding commitment to minority business development. The MBHF&M was also impressed by the enthusiasm that the leadership of the Foster School of Business displayed in welcoming collaboration with the Hall and in making it a location that all who are concerned and involved in minority business development would want to come and visit for its historical significance.

“The MBHF&M is pleased to be associated with UW Foster School of Business in honoring individuals and organizations that have made a substantial contribution to minority business development. This collaboration with the MBHF&M is an important milestone and it takes recognizing minority business leaders to a new level, “said John F. Robinson, President and CEO of the MBHF&M.


John F. Robinson

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Mystery Photobooth Portraits Baffle Historians

A haunting collection of 445 photobooth images of a man taken over decades is unveiled at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, begging the question: Who is he?

By Patti Verbanas, Rutgers Today

He likely hailed from the Midwest, sometimes sported a fedora and smoked a pipe. He dressed in casual plaids or in a suit. His tie was sometimes in a bow, other times straight. His demeanor ranged from jovial to pensive. His hair evolved from thick black to a thinning white widow’s peak. And sometimes, a “Seasons Greetings” sign hung over his head.

We might know a lot about how this man aged, but what we don’t know is his identity, nor why he took – and saved – over 450 images of himself in a photobooth over the course of several decades.

This mystery that has come to light with “445 Portraits of a Man,” a collection being shown for the first time as part of “Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture,” an exhibition on display through July at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The 445 images – silver gelatin prints owned by photography historian Donald Lokuta – were taken over the three decades from the Great Depression through the Swinging ’60s, when the booths were most popular. “There’s quite an age difference in the photos: You see him as younger man and then with a white, receding hairline and wrinkles,” says Lokuta, who came across a few of these images at a New York City antiques show in 2012. Upon learning that the antiques dealer had hundreds of these portraits of the same man, Lokuta knew he had to keep them together and purchased them all. “As a historian, I knew this was very rare, but on a deeper level, I wondered, ‘Why would somebody want to take almost 500 photos of himself in a photobooth?’ In appearance, they are unremarkable. They look like mugshots, but that’s what makes them special: The sameness, the repetition.”

Lokuta showed the collection to his friend, Zimmerli curator Donna Gustafson, as she was gathering works for the “Striking Resemblance” exhibition, which examines both the modern history of the portrait and the contemporary definitions of portraiture. “This collection of photo-portraits is very special, and the fact it had never been shown before was exciting,” says Gustafson. “The concept of the series has been going on in contemporary art since the 1970s; it’s a very conceptual way of thinking. But what struck me was that these portraits were taken as early as the 1930s and ’40s, before many of us were thinking conceptually about photography.

“I wanted this collection in the exhibition because everyone is intrigued by photobooths, and these portraits were never intended to be shown in a museum,” she continues. “These images bridge the span from photography into something really exceptional.”

Lokuta’s theory is that the unidentified man was testing the photobooth equipment after servicing it. But even this still begs the question: Why would he save the portraits?

Lokuta’s curiosity led him to Näkki Goranin, author of American Photobooth, for assistance in researching the man’s identity. The photobooth historian was equally mystified – especially since it turned out she also owns seven images of the same man. After Lokuta and Goranin determined they had purchased the photographs from the same dealer, Goranin tracked down the previous owners and learned that the images originated at a Michigan auction. After that, the trail grows cold. “It’s not a given that the guy worked for the photobooth company. It could be that he’s just a quirky personality,” Goranin says. “I’ve seen a lot of things in my research, but this collection is very strange.”

Gustafson hopes that the exposure in the Zimmerli exhibition will shed new light on this individual who chronicled a significant period of his life in a photobooth. “When you look at all of the images together, it takes your breath away,” says Gustafson. “And if it is true that this was a man just doing his job, he ended up creating something extraordinary.”

Journalists who would like more information or members of public who have information to provide can contact Patti Verbanas at

Smile Train Announces One Million Cleft Repair Surgeries In Just 15 Years

Milestone points to effectiveness of “teach a man to fish” training model

NEW YORK, April 3, 2014 — Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity founded in 1999, is proud to announce it has provided its one millionth free cleft repair surgery in just 15 short years.

“Smile Train believes every child born with a cleft deserves the opportunity to live a full and productive life,” said Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer. “Now, just 15 years after the organization’s founding, we are thrilled to have provided life-changing surgery to one million patients living in extreme poverty worldwide, whose families could not have afforded the cost of the surgery on their own. This ‘smilestone’ and every surgery that led up to it could not have been possible without the generous donors who have supported our work.”

Operating in over 85 countries, Smile Train provides training and funding to local doctors so they can help cleft patients in their own communities. Smile Train’s sustainable model empowers local doctors to provide safe, quality, and 100%-free surgery to 340 children every day.

“Smile Train has maximized our ability to provide surgeries by supporting local partner hospitals and educating doctors and staff, thus our ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to cleft surgery is the mantra for our success, allowing the organization to leverage the support from our hundreds of thousands of donors, in order to assist children suffering from clefts worldwide,” said Schaefer.

The recipient of the one millionth surgery was Osawa Owiti, a six-year-old boy from Bunda in the Mara region of Tanzania. The operation took place at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT) Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

“The impact of cleft is not just cosmetic,” said Dr. Githinji Gitahi, Smile Train Vice President and Regional Director, Africa. “Most who suffer from unrepaired clefts cannot eat or speak properly, are unable to attend school, and can become deeply stigmatized by their families and communities.”

Osawa was identified through a mobile phone recruitment program pioneered by the hospital and partially funded by Smile Train, which engages ambassadors to identify cleft patients throughout Tanzania and uses mobile banking to fund patient travel to the hospital. This approach to patient outreach has allowed CCBRT Hospital to increase its surgeries by 150% to children in need.

“Osawa was always a shy boy, rarely looking people in the eye and turned his head to the side to laugh,” said Osawa’s motherAda Atieno Owiti. “After the surgery, Osawa could not stop looking at himself in the mirror! He said to me, ‘I look so nice. I look like my friends.’ My husband and I are forever grateful to Smile Train and its supporters for giving Osawa not just a new smile, but a fresh start at a life with opportunities.”

Smile Train marked the momentous occasion at their “Power of a Smile” gala at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday, April 2.

In addition to announcing the one millionth smile, Smile Train today revealed a new logo and launched a fully integrated marketing campaign. The “Power of a Smile” campaign, which is a departure from traditional marketing efforts by charities, tells the stories of Smile Train patients from their point-of-view and how their lives have been transformed by cleft repair surgery. The campaign includes television, digital, print and social engagement to generate awareness and drive donations. The campaign also features the work of noteworthy talent including City of God director, Katia Lund, and award-winning photographer, Alex Webb.

About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

Central Park Conservancy’s Mother’s Day Gifts from the Heart

This Mother’s Day, you can give mom gifts that are unique and everlasting with the following gift ideas from Central Park Conservancy. In doing so, you will help support the Conservancy, a not-for profit organization that manages the Park year after year.

  • For the Gardener: The annual blossoming of Central Park’s beautiful daffodils and tulips mark the arrival of spring in New York. Express the never-ending love you have for your mom by planting flowers in Central Park that will continue to bloom every year. With a minimum donation of $50, the Conservancy will place either plant in one of the Park’s flower beds so your mom (and millions of annual park visitors) can stroll through the Park each spring and be reminded of the special gift you gave her. Your mother will also receive an e-card with your own personalized note, letting her know that the flowers were donated and planted in her name. $50.00 minimum donation
  • For the Sentimentalist: Give your mother the gift of tranquility by dedication a Central Park bench in her honor. Your mother will be able to enjoy the bench as a special haven where she can be alone with her thoughts, or enjoy her favorite book while being surrounded by the beauty and peacefulness of the Park. Most benches can be adopted for $7,500; contributions of $25,000 are recognized with a plaque on a handmade rustic bench in the perfect spot chosen by you. This meaningful and charitable gift is the perfect present for your mother who loves to give back. $7,5000.00
  • For the Nature Lover: This Mother’s Day, select your mom’s favorite spot in Central Park to endow and dedicate a tree. A beautiful granite paving stone with your inscription will be placed in her honor on Literary Walk, mid-park at 66th street. You and your mother can enjoy this exclusive and extremely charitable gift together each time you visit and enjoy all the nature that surrounds you in Central Park. $500 Sapling; $5,000.00 Mature tree 
  • For the Decorator: This May, show your mom how much you appreciate all the love and comfort she has given you through the years by giving her this cozy heirloom quality Large Hand Embroidered Pillow. For years to come, your mom will enjoy this decorative and collectible pillow. The pillow takes one week to embroider. The cover is 100% cotton, has a down-like poly insert, and a three-button closure with dimensions of 20”x20”. $149.99
  • For the Social Butterfly: Gift your mom membership to the Central Park Conservancy – she can enjoy our events, tours, programs, and benefits all year long! Member benefits range from discounts to select restaurants, spas, and cultural institutions to members-only invitations at exclusive Central Park events. For more information, visit

State Assembly Hearing in Los Angeles: Childhood Trauma Is Common and Can Be Devastating—But Kids Can Overcome and Get Back on Track

Researchers Release Groundbreaking Data Linking Child Abuse and Neglect to Severe Health Risks; Experts Say Greatest Effects Concentrated in Low-Income Communities

Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, April 4, the California Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development will conduct a hearing at the Los Angeles Central Public Library. The hearing will focus on the prevalence of childhood trauma, such as abuse and neglect, and include a discussion of what solutions are being implemented by the Los Angeles Unified School District and other organizations to help children overcome the trauma they experience at home and in their communities.

At the hearing, officials from the California Department of Public Health will release groundbreaking data from a survey of more than 9,500 Californians on the frequency and long-term consequences of childhood trauma.

A hearing of the California Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development and the release of new data on childhood trauma from the California Department of Public Health

Speakers, attendees and potential spokespeople include:

  • Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development
  • Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment 
  • Steve Wirtz, Ph.D., Chief of Injury Surveillance and Epidemiology at the California Department of Mental Health and co-analyst of survey data
  • Approximately 50 area high school students
  • Spanish speakers available

Mark Taper Auditorium
Los Angeles Central Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Friday, April 4
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Annette Majerowicz
(310) 576-0949 (office)
(847) 977-4434 (cell)


iPhone Case Adapts to Your Lifestyle and Activity

TaskLab developed an iPhone case that makes your smartphone smarter. myTask not only protects your iPhone, but it also incorporates a hidden compartment with a range of tools designed to help in times of need and customized for your life. The shell case is slim, beautifully designed, looks and feels great. Also, it is fully TSA compliant and weighs a feathery 65 grams so barely adds any bulk to your phone.

  • myTask Bike includes tire patches, wrenches, a screw driver and a bottle opener. All of our tools are manufactured of the highest quality 440C stainless steel and Polycarbonate. 
  • myTask Urban is outfitted with an array of travel tools including: a pen/stylus, bottle opener, mirror, LED light, USB drive, large 2” scissors, eye-glass screwdrivers, nail file, ruler, tweezers and more.
  • myTask Stash features the slide-out tray that you can customize to hold whatever you want!

You can learn more about myTask at

For further information please contact: Allyson McCormley, Publicist, Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC at

Company profile: TaskLab builds “smart” smartphone accessories that are designed for higher levels of consumer engagement, customization and product value. Our company was founded upon the belief that mobile technology will transform the way people interact with their environments. Our brand promise is to deliver on that experience.


Famed Artist Domingo Zapata Commissioned To Paint Public Mural Along New York City’s High Line

April 2014 (New York, NY): Famed New York City-based artist Domingo Zapata has partnered with Town Real Estate on the installment of a public mural on the façade of their 446 West 14th Street building. Zapata has announced that he will be fundraising for the creation of the mural and will donate all proceeds to several local children’s charities. Slated for completion in May of 2014, the outdoor mural will be visible from the High Line in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

The mural design, chosen by Zapata and Town Real Estate is inspired by one of Zapata’s most recognizable pieces entitled Flowers (image and rendering below for reference).


Zapata will be announcing the recipients of the donations shortly and hopes to raise awareness for the decreasing amount of resources and education available to the young art community with his contributions.


“This mural is not just for the amazing city that I live in, but specifically for children who live here. There are so many kids with enormous talent, but no way to put it to use. We need to help by providing opportunities for these kids to meet their full potential and to achieve their dreams,” Zapata said of the project.

Flowers at the High Line will be Zapata’s largest charitable donation so far. Previously, he has donated $100,000 in meals from Garlic Pizza to the Bowery Mission, in exchange for his work, and is currently completing a mural for the organization’s headquarters. Zapata’s most recent exhibitions include his first in Singapore in November 2013. His new “A Nod to Matisse” exhibition is also on display at a pop up show at Lab Art Gallery in LA, and Zapata has been commissioned to paint a mural for the One World Trade Center lobby in New York City in 2014.

About Domingo Zapata

Domingo Zapata is a Spanish-American artist from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Currently, Zapata maintains studios in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of in New York City, the 16e arrondissement in Paris, as well as Miami’s hottest new playground for international taste makers: the Design District. In these private ateliers, he produces figurative and abstract expressionist paintings using oil and acrylics, often incorporating mixed media, collage, and graffiti.

Prestigious collectors of Zapata’s works include George Soros and the Neuberger Berman Group while recognizable faces including Johnny Depp, Damien Hirst, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, Blaine Trump, Pat Riley and Carmelo Anthony have supported Zapata’s artistic ventures.

In May 2013, Zapata held his first solo exhibition during the Venice Biennale at the historic Palazzo de Mula, just steps from the Guggenheim Venice. Also in 2014, Zapata is preparing a poignant, commemorative work for the lobby of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. The piece will be unveiled as part of the building’s opening ceremony and will remain on permanent display. Additional commissions include a mural benefitting The Bowery Mission in NYC, a panel for the newly restored Colosseum in Rome as well as for the lobby of the landmark Plaza Hotel in New York.


Calvert Foundation and Bank of America Partner to Invest in Women

$10 million investment will support the economic and social advancement of women in developing countries

Bethesda, MD, April 3, 2014—Bank of America is investing $10 million in Calvert Foundation to make loans to organizations that support women in developing countries throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. These organizations positively affect women in a number of ways, from connecting women-led small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) with financing, to providing access to services and products.

Supporting women is critical for creating jobs, sparking local revitalization and building a more vibrant economy. It is estimated that less than ten percent of women operating SMEs have access to capital, and access to financing is continually identified by women entrepreneurs as a major constraint to growing their businesses. Additionally, SMEs with full or partial female ownership represent 31-38 percent of formal SMEs in emerging markets. These firms typically employ between 5-250 people, representing a significant share of employment generation and economic growth potential.

Jennifer Pryce, Calvert Foundation President and CEO commented: “We have a strong partnership with Bank of America—they’re not only one of our biggest institutional investors, but this new investment is the largest we’ve received to promote women’s economic empowerment and development. We’re aligned in our goals to empower women around the world, and the nature of the bank’s investment enables us to provide more patient capital, something our portfolio partners need.”

Anne Finucane, Global Strategy and Marketing Officer at Bank of America commented: “Combining our resources with Calvert’s know-how is a prime example of the role business can play in addressing a significant challenge, in this case a distressing lack of access to capital for women entrepreneurs. These types of partnerships are essential to women’s economic empowerment.”

Calvert Foundation brings its experience investing in women to managing Bank of America’s investment. Calvert Foundation’s Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN), launched in 2012, has invested more than $20 million in organizations that empower women in the U.S. and internationally.

The partnership with Calvert Foundation builds on Bank of America’s longstanding commitment to the economic empowerment of women. Through some of our Community Development Financial Institution partners, philanthropy, and business operations, Bank of America is connecting women to the human, social and financial capital needed to succeed, and in the process strengthening local economies around the world.

To learn more about how Calvert Foundation and Bank of America are supporting women, visit and

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