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Monthly Archives: August 2014

It Starts With One Can to Feed Millions

7th Annual Orange County Canstruction® Competition during Festival of Children® at South Coast Plaza

COSTA MESA, CA (AUGUST 29, 2014) – Tonight, nineteen local architectural, engineering, planning, and design teams will gather at South Coast Plaza for the annual Canstruction design-build competition, in partnership with the South Coast Plaza, OC Food Bank, and the Festival of Children.

Starting this Labor Day weekend and continuing through September 28th, Canstruction OC will have nineteen structures present throughout South Coast Plaza in conjunction with the Festival of Children.Teams have just twelve hours to create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food, all of which is donated to the OC Food Bank at the completion of the exhibition.

Canstruction is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change to support the 400,000 food-insecure Orange County residents. In 2013, the event collected 48,741 pounds of food and along with donations provided more than 120,000 meals to the OC Food Bank, demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger in Orange County.“In addition to collecting cans of food that will provide meals to thousands of hungry families in Orange County, Canstruction just as importantly raises awareness about the issue of hunger to over a million shoppers who will see the structures while they are on exhibit,” notes Mark Lowry, Director of the OC Food Bank. The star of last year’s build was KGTY’s “Wishing Away Hunger” Genie inspired by Disney’s Aladdin, which won one of only six awards at the 2013 International Canstruction Competition.

While structures are judged by categories such as Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, and Best Meal, this year, Canstruction viewers can vote on their favorite sculptures for the People’s Choice Award. Awards will be given out at the “Can-Do Celebration” on September 11, 2014 at PIRCH (3303 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa), one of this year’s major presenting sponsors. The Celebration is a great opportunity for community-minded individuals to network and celebrate Orange County’s progress in the fight to end hunger and poverty. “Many people do not think Orange County is a place with thousands of struggling children, families, and seniors,” said Orange County Canstruction Event Co-Chair, Betsy Nickless, “With the economic challenges that we have been experiencing over the last couple of years, the number of individuals who are food insecure only continues to rise, and Canstruction has a plan to do something about it!”

During each weekend in September, South Coast Plaza visitors will also benefit from the Festival of Children’s events to learn about child-focused charitable groups. Activities include arts and crafts, singing and dance performances, and much more. This September is special as Orange County also celebrates National Child Awareness Month (NCAM). NCAM is an effort led by Festival of Children Foundation to focus the attention of our nation on the most critical issues facing children today.“Canstruction OC is a wonderful complement to Festival of Children. The canned food structures are a creative way to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in Orange County,” added Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Founder of Festival of Children Foundation.

Canstruction OC starts with just one can to feed the hungry, lift the spirit, and change the world. It combines the fun of a design/build competition with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people. Together with the OC Food Bank, this year’s 7th Annual Canstruction event will put an end to hunger, one can at a time.

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Soccer, Show and Brotherhood in the Interreligious Match for Peace

The date of September 1st presented today: on the field there will be an outstanding selection of champions for an international event, inspired by Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, August 25th, 2014 – Today it has been officially presented the Interreligious Match for Peace, which will be played on Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 8.45 p.m. at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The exhibition involves a wide selection of the worldwide best soccer players of today and past years, representing different cultures and religions: Buddhist, Christian (Catholic, Protestant, Evangelic), Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto. This is an unique occasion to demonstrate, how sport, great soccer in particular, can spread a message of brotherhood and sharing, which unites all the peoples in the name of Peace. The wonderful champions on the field will give life to an exhibition, which will symbolically unite the whole world, under the heading of the authentic sportive spirit, at the same time, dedicating a moment to reflect on the importance of the Peace in the world. Indeed, the Stadio Olimpico will be live connected to televisions, web, radios and all the media of the five continents.

All the proceedings of the event – personally inspired by Pope Francis and organized by Scholas Occurrentes and Fondazione PUPI – will go the project “Un’Alternativa di Vita”, which will provide the children of Buenos Aires with a concrete, structured and continuous support and will promote the development of the Net of the Schools for the Meeting.


The new coach of the Argentina National Footbal Team Gerardo “Tata” Martino and the manager of the Arsenal Arsene Wenger have the task of creating the two teams, choosing from the selection of more then 50 players of today and the recent past: Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Ranocchia, Spanish Mikel Arteta and Andrés Palop Cervera, Andrey Shevchenko, the Argentinian former player and current coach Antonio Mohamed, Brazilian Marcos Antonio Senna Da Silva, Chilean Arturo Vidal, Carlos Valderrama, Israeli Yossi Benayoun, Dudu Aouate and Tomer Hemed, Damiano Tommasi, David Trezeguet, captain of Ethiopia football team Degu Debebe Gebreyes, Diego Lugano, Colombian Fredy Guarìn, the coach of Atlético Madrid Diego Simeone, Icelandinc Emil Hallfreðsson, Argentinian Esteban Cambiasso, Fernando Tissone, Ezequiel Schelotto, Mauro Icardi, Ezequiel Lavezzi, the goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo, Juan Iturbe, Ricky Alvarez, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodríguez, Cristian Ledesma. There will also be: Fernando Muslera, the new coach of Milan Filippo Inzaghi, Yuto Nagatomo, Gabriel Heinze, Jose Chamot, Luca Toni, Lucas Podolski, the new world champion Mesust Ozil, Nicola Legrottaglie, Radja Nainggolan, Roberto Baggio, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Muslera, Stefano Mauri, Sulley Muntari e Belozoglu Emre, Ivan Zamorano e Ivan Córdoba.

The teams will have the name of the promoter entities of the event, PUPI and SCHOLAS, and will be guided by two exceptional champions: Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon, both captains of their national selections.

During halftime, the stadium will cheer on the performance of Argentine teenage idol, singer and actress Tini Stoessel – popular protagonist of the television series “Violet” – and the Italian singer Filippo Neviani (Nek) who will perform four songs. Included in the lineup are – among others – the Italian version of “En Mi Mundo” and the performance of “Imagine” by John Lennon sung by the Argentine singer, and a song from Nek’s latest album: “Hey Dio” and the big hit “Lascia che io sia”.

The event is sponsored by FIFA, CONI, FIGC, Lega Serie A Capitale, CSI (Centro Sportivo Italiano), Segretariato Sociale RAI, Connect4Climate, FAO , which decided to take the field alongside the football stars with the slogan “Pace per vincere la fame” (“Peace to fight hunger”) and will be broadcast live on TV Rai Uno and on the radio on Radio Uno. During the event, Radio Italia will provide music entertainment.

Fondazione P.U.P.I. Onlus and Scholas Occurrentes are supported by the valuable contribution of selected high international profile partners that are: FIAT and Pirelli, as a top jersey partners, Fundación Grupo London Supply Argentina e Boscolo Hotels as golden partners and 3M and Unicredit as silver partners.

The event will be organized by Master Group Sport, the Italian leader in sports marketing and major events organization; Star Biz, specialized in the management of sports celebrities and relationship marketing; and SportMass, the Argentinean leader in sporting events organization. Leo Burnett, TVN Media Group and Baldeschi Film will provide valuable support and cooperation.



Scholas Occurrentes is, a public educational entity promoted by Pope Francis. It uses technology, art and sport to promote social integration and the meeting of cultures and is based in the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences., Fondazione P.U.P.I. Onlus, created by Paula and Javier Zanetti, for over than ten years has been aiming at achieving a new ethic of citizenship for a fairer and more sustainable society. Fondazione PUPI’s mission is to generate an intervention system that promotes the development of the most vulnerable sectors of society and the sustainable development of children, teenagers and young adults both male and female, their families and communities of origin.

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Pirelli Top Partner to the Inter-Religious Match For Peace

Support for the Initiative to Include a Charity Auction for A F1 Tire

Autographed By F1 Drivers and Soccer Players and the #P4peace Social Media Campaign: A Selfie for Peace

Milan, 25 August 2014 – Multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic values have always been an integral part of Pirelli’s culture, so it was only natural that the company would be proud to participate in the Inter-religious Match for Peace. A focus on the needs of society can be seen in the work Pirelli does every day. As a company with production facilities in 13 nations and a commercial presence in over 160, a manufacturer that employs 39,000 people of 34 nationalities and who speak over 20 languages, the values that the Inter-religious Match for Peace hope to convey – namely multicultural dialog and respect for others – have always been a part of Pirelli’s genetic makeup.

In conjunction with the Inter-religious Match for Peace, Pirelli has designed a number of initiatives to help everyone – from the company’s employees to the online community – to express their support for the event. Sport, of course, plays a central role, and soccer and Formula 1® – where Pirelli has been the sole tire supplier since 2010 – in particular. The members of the two teams playing in the event on 1 September, along with the drivers from all Formula 1® teams, will be autographing a P Zero Grand Prix tire, which will then be auctioned off on the PUPI Foundation eBay channel beginning on 25 August, with the proceeds from the auction to be donated to the Scholas Occurrentes and PUPI Foundations.

Pirelli has also launched the social media campaign #P4Peace. The initiative, which started within Pirelli with selfies of employees from around the world, had already seen the participation of over 2.5 million people and been supported by over 70,000 fans by mid-August; this included celebrities from the worlds of sport, fashion, art and entertainment, who continue to publish selfies on their social networks, all signed with a “P” for peace drawn on their hand, on their face, on a t-shirt, or on a flag or banner. The selfies of Pirelli employees have also been made into a video – which will be shown at the Olimpico stadium on the evening of the match – underlining the values of multi-culturalism and integration which the event aims to promote and which have always distinguished Pirelli’s entrepreneurial culture.







Finally, in conjunction with the event, Pirelli and PZero have created a limited-edition t-shirt featuring the word “Peace” written in the world’s major languages. This “t-shirt for peace” will be available for purchase at the PIRELLI CORSO VENEZIA flagship store, through the online stores of Pirelli PZero ( and the PUPI Foundation, and at the stadium on match day. All of the proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts are to go to the Scholas Occurrentes and PUPI Foundations.

By supporting the Inter-religious Match for Peace and developing related projects, Pirelli has reiterated the company’s commitment to promoting sport as a powerful means of cultural and generational dialog and integration. Through this association with sports to which the company has been committed since 1907, with activities over the years ranging from motorsports to sailing, golf and soccer, Pirelli has promoted many social initiatives to help local communities of the countries in which the organization operates. This commitment to sports has even become synonymous with ethics and solidarity, particularly among young people. Getting youth engaged in sports is a way to educate children from a range of social classes on the importance of integration, while also working to prevent situations of hardship such as isolation and solitude, thereby promoting growth, health and a spirit of teamwork that can then be reflected in society both now and into the future.

Passion for sport

Pirelli’s passion for sport began with cycling in 1895, a relationship which intensified with the 1909 Giro d’Italia when 30 of the 40 riders used Pirelli tires. In 1913, Pirelli also entered motorcycling, where it remained until 1956, to then return at the end of the 1990s, and the company has been the sole supplier of the world Superbike championship since 2004. Pirelli first entered motorsports, however, in 1907 when Pirelli tires were used by the Italians in the Peking to Paris rally. This was just the beginning and was to be followed by leading roles in the Mille Miglia, the world of rally racing, Grand Touring and, ultimately, Formula 1, where the company has been the sole supplier to all teams since 2011. But Pirelli’s commitment to sport does not just involve cars and motorcycles. There is also aeronautics – with the development of rubberized fabrics for aircraft and tires for airplanes – as well as athletics, fencing and sailing.

Pirelli’s most famous non-motorsport involvement is with the world of soccer, a relationship which dates back to 1877, when the production of rubber sporting goods also begins, and in 1922 it evolves further with patent rubber treatments for soccer balls. In 1926, Piero Pirelli – son of the company’s founder – pushed for the construction of the San Siro stadium in Milan, which is one of Milan’s major landmarks to this day. In 1995, Pirelli’s ties to soccer became even stronger when the group’s history becomes entwined with that of Inter, one of the most important and well-known clubs in the world.


This 20-year association is not only one of sporting passion, but also an actual sharing of values, which resulted in Pirelli’s support for the Inter Campus project, which first arose in Italy and was then exported to other countries around the world with the goal of helping children in difficult situations to get an education as well as sports training.

There is, in fact, a preferential link between social solidarity and sport, a virtuous cycle in which commitment in sports becomes synonymous with a commitment to spreading social and ethical solidarity, especially among young people. Involvement in sport means teaching children of different social classes the concept of integration and working to prevent adverse situations, such as ostracism and loneliness.

Pirelli has, since 2008, supported the Inter campus social project in Slatina, in Romania, where the group has a production facility. Recreational and sporting activities are organized all year round for over 80 children from different social backgrounds and who have learned – through soccer – the values of teamwork, integration into society and friendship. In 2012, Pirelli and Inter repeated the experience in Silao, in Mexico, near the new Pirelli factory, involving 150 children in that area. In 2014, the first Inter Campus was launched in the U.S., in Inwood, New York, over time involving 120 children ages from 6 to 13, as well as four trainer/educators who will themselves receive periodic sports training from the technical staff of Inter Campus. The children participating will also be followed by the educators during the school year in the form of planned after-school activities and initiatives and tutoring.

Social involvement

Pirelli’s social involvement is not limited solely to sports, but is also expressed through activities of solidarity throughout the world. Since its inception in 1872, Pirelli has been aware that the company plays an important role in promoting social progress in all of the communities where it operates by supporting social, environmental, cultural, sporting, healthcare, educational and training initiatives around the world.

The promotion of education and technical training constitute values that are inherent to Pirelli’s history, which has featured technical and research partnerships with various universities around the world, beginning with, among others, the Milan and Turin polytechnic universities, but also the University of Shandong in China and the University of Craiova in Romania. Pirelli firmly believes in training as a key to individual growth and the growth of a nation and, for this reason, donates scholarships, supports projects, and provides educational support to give underprivileged children the instruments they need to climb out of poverty. Among the most important of these educational support programs for children, which Pirelli conducts in communities in which the company operates, is Projeto Guri in Brazil, a project which, for years, has provided singing and other musical instruction to hundreds of children in the areas of Campinas and Elias Fausto in São Paulo. Among the other educational and training initiatives, the agreement between Pirelli and the Qufu Normal University in China deserves special mention. This project provides financing for students of excellence who come from poor backgrounds in order to help them complete their studies.

Another priority for Pirelli is helping to improve healthcare services in the communities in which the company operates. In this context, Pirelli Romania, in cooperation with Milan’s Niguarda Hospital, has, since 2008, supported training for doctors and nurses and donated medical equipment and instrumentation to the Slatina Hospital. Over 120 medical professionals, who each year provide care for more than 40,000 patients, received training as part of the project, in particular in the areas of oncology, pediatric care and first aid. Pirelli has, since 2010, supported the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital in Curitiba, Brazil, the nation’s largest pediatric hospital, helping 5,000 children and their families.

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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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New to SDSU This Fall

Changes on campus lend to transformational students experiences at SDSU this fall.

SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.

New and returning students will step foot on a transforming Mesa, one that is characterized by remarkable students, exceptional and dedicated faculty and staff, and innovative programs.

Guided by the strategic plan, the university is moving forward with initiatives to enhance student success, research and creative endeavors, and community and communication.

SDSU is not only inspiring leadership, but nurturing tomorrow’s leaders.

Here are some of the top new changes, updates and experiences happening on campus this fall:

  1. 8,000 New Undergraduates: Nearly 78,000 freshmen and undergraduate transfer students applied for fall 2014 admission to SDSU ― an all-time high for the university. On Aug. 25, SDSU will welcome a total of 8,000 new undergraduates. Of those, the class of 5,000 first-time freshmen is academically impressive, with an average 3.69 high school GPA and SAT score of 1114. Another 3,000 new transfer students and 2,300 graduate and post-baccalaureate students will also join the Aztec family.
  2. Entrepreneurship Starts Here: SDSU’s commitment to entrepreneurship was recently recognized by FORBES, which ranked the university No. 18 on its list of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities” alongside top universities, including Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth and Princeton. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center within SDSU’s College of Business Administration and the Zahn Innovation Center, SDSU’s own business incubator, offer students the chance to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit. This fall, SDSU is also launching a Music Entrepreneurship and Business Program that is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Open to students in all music disciplines, the program is a professional bachelor of music degree with a specialization in entrepreneurship.
  3. Arts Alive: Since the launch of its Arts Visibility Initiative, SDSU continues to work to increase awareness of arts events and opportunities at the university. You may have already noticed benches designed and painted by students across campus. The university community can look forward to fully-produced events from the arts schools in traditional venues as well as pop-up performances. Keep an eye out at Love Library, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, the Farmer’s Market and the Performing Arts Plaza. The arts will be alive throughout the year at SDSU – sometimes where you least expect it!
  4. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies: Students can now enroll in a new graduate certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies, one of only a handful of like programs in the nation. The certificate is intended to advance knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increase understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic, racial and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities. The certificate program joins SDSU’s LGBT studies minor, which began in 2009, and the major, which launched in 2011.
  5. College of Business Administration Page Pavilion: SDSU’s College of Business Administration broke ground in May on a $3.1 million renovation that will expand student, faculty and staff collaboration and meeting areas, add a research lab and observation room, establish a first floor lobby area and provide new administrative office space. All of the funding for the new construction came in the form of numerous gifts, including the lead gift which came from College of Business Administration advisory board member, Tom Page, for whom the Page Pavilion on the third floor of the Student Services East building will be named. The renovation is set to be completed in December 2014.
  6. Zura Residence Hall Facelift: SDSU’s Zura residence hall is undergoing a $53 million renovation which will include 600 available beds for students and the addition of community space for academic achievement and socialization. Other upgrades to the nearly 141,000-square-foot building will include an enhanced main entrance; the enclosure of selected balconies to increase resident room sizes; restroom updates; upgraded finishes; new HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems; as well as replacement of windows and seismic upgrades. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2015.
  7. Construction of South Campus Plaza: Construction has begun on a new mixed-use student housing and retail project located immediately south of the SDSU Transit Center, between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road. South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students, along with retail outlets designed to serve both the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods, creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living. Preliminary work on the site, which is currently home to temporary classrooms, is underway though major project work will start in September. The project will be constructed in two phases and is estimated to be complete by fall 2016.
  8. Associated Students Programming: Just days before the fall semester begins, the annual Templo del Sol celebration will take place, welcoming new students to the Aztec family. Set for Aug. 22, current Aztecs will lead new students on a ceremonial walk through the Hepner Hall arches, where they’ll be greeted by continuing students, alumni, faculty and staff. Associated Students have also prepared several new social events for students as part of Aztec Nights, including a campus carnival, movie and snack nights and a red and black inspired 5K.
  9. SDSU Bookstore and Aztec Dining: SDSU Bookstore continues to offer its Price Match Pledge to students ― the store will match textbook prices from KB Books,, and The bookstore encourages Aztecs to consider the not-for-profit campus partner whose net proceeds support students. Originally sponsored by a U.S. Department of Education grant, the store also offers a Rent to Save program which allows students to rent books for a lower price than if they purchased them. Aztec Dining offers more than 20 restaurants and markets to choose from across campus from The University Towers Kitchen, which offers naturally prepared fresh food, comfort food choices and trend-setting culinary creations, to chain restaurants such as The Habit Burger Grill, Chipotle and Oggi’s Pizza and Brewing Company, located in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Meal plans are available for students living on and off-campus.
  10. Parking and Traffic: SDSU Parking Services will post electronic signs and staff will direct traffic with the intention of expediting vehicles toward the nearest available spaces. Areas to avoid include the W Lot near Storm and Nasatir Hall Building Complex which will still be under construction. Visit SDSU Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on locations for parking.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

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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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Magpi Launches New Mobile Data Collection and Messaging Application Suite, Expanding Footprint from Global Development to Commercial Markets

Magpi, formerly DataDyne, releases Magpi 2.0, enhancing the longest running data collection technology in global health and international development 

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 25, 2014 – Magpi, a leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile data collection and communication applications, today announced the release of Magpi 2.0, making it easier and more affordable to create form-based mobile apps and outgoing SMS and voice messages. Magpi (formerly DataDyne) was founded in 2003 by two experts in global health and technology from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Red Cross. It’s the longest running data collection technology in international development and widely used in the global health and international development sectors.

With more than 31,000 field workers in 170 countries using Magpi – from organizations including the World Bank, the CDC, the American Red Cross, and the World Health Organization – the company now turns its focus to enabling the commercial markets to experience the full benefits of mobility: real-time data collection and syncing, dramatic time and cost savings, and improved data quality, all while reducing the environmental impact of paper.

Magpi empowers businesses in need of surveys, inspections, compliance audits, research, supply chain management, geo-data information collection and other forms to simply create a mobile form, then deploy it in minutes to any device. It also makes broadcast messaging possible for any organization, enabling users to create mass SMS or voice messaging campaigns in any language from an easy-to-use web interface, without having to work through local carriers.

The launch of Magpi version 2.0 enables improved mobile data collection and messaging with these new features:

  • New data-entry flexibility – enter data one question at a time or all at once in a list
  • Auto-update –form changes are automatically updated on connected field devices
  • Auto-share –new forms automatically synced to connected field devices
  • Subforms –easily repeat question groups on a form
  • Improved network performance – optimized send/receive protocols for better performance over slow networks
  • Dynamic messaging – broadcast messages can be timed to recipients’ ages, appointments, and other special dates
  • Import message lists – bulk import messages for broadcasting
  • Track data modifications – improved logging of form and data edits

Magpi forms are compatible with iOS, Android and Symbian devices, and offer real-time and offline data capture regardless of location. In addition, Magpi enables data collection via SMS or web entry, text-to-speech capabilities in 17 different languages, and instant data analysis and publishing. Organizations still using paper forms for collecting field data can use Magpi to easily increase data flow and quality while reducing their environmental footprint.

“We’re excited to reintroduce ourselves as Magpi and unveil the next generation of our award-winning product with new features,” said Dr. Joel Selanikio, co-founder and CEO of Magpi. “Field workers across the globe use Magpi to collect and communicate information, saving time, money, and lives, and we are committed to positively impacting the world through technology.”


About Magpi

Magpi (formerly DataDyne) is a leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile data collection and communication applications that enable users in the field to quickly and easily collect data and create broadcast messaging campaigns. Magpi enables organizations across various industries to easily and cost-effectively develop flexible and robust mobile forms, access real-time data, and generate outgoing SMS and voice messaging campaigns. Founded in 2003, Magpi has leveraged its extensive experience in data science, international development, and global health to provide mobile data collection applications for numerous organizations in the NGO/nonprofit, international development, and commercial markets. More than 31,000 users in over 170 countries have used Magpi, including organizations like the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Red Cross. For more information, visit and follow on Twitter @Magpi_Mobile.

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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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