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Eagle Rare Bourbon Launches 2017 Rare Life Award

National contest seeks nominations to award $80,000

Press Release – FRANKFORT, Ky., May 31, 2016 — Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is seeking nominations of people who dedicate their lives to helping others for its annual Rare Life Award competition. Now in its seventh year, the contest will award $80,000 to winners. To date, the Rare Life Award program has donated a total of $320,000 to 42 charities across the United States.

Nominations are now being accepted online at The 2017 Grand Prize winner will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Six runners-up will receive $5,000 for their charities.

The Rare Life Awards honor individuals who exhibit courage, leadership, survival, devotion, character and heroism. Those making nominations will identify which Rare Life value their nominee’s story best represents. The general public will vote for the person who most embodies the “Rare Life” core values, with the top 30 across all categories considered for the Grand Prize and the top five in each category considered for a runner-up prize. Nominations and voting are open beginning today and continue through Jan. 4, 2017. Winners will be announced in March of 2017.

“The accomplishments of our past winners are incredible, and we look forward to more stories of everyday people making a difference,” said Kris Comstock, Eagle Rare Bourbon brand manager. “We are honored to help bring awareness to charities working to make the world a better place, and to people who truly embody what it means to live a rare life.”

About Eagle Rare Bourbon

Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is part of the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery, an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, (Franklin County), Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich distilling tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Eagle Rare Bourbon is a 10-year-old bourbon that has won multiple awards, including five double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. To learn more about Eagle Rare, visit

YRF Darca Raises Over $1.5m For Low-Income Israeli Students

Press Release – NEW YORK, May 17 – More than 450 supporters of Youth Renewal Fund (YRF) Darca packed the organization’s annual gala at Tribeca’s Spring Studios Monday night, raising over $1.5 million to boost social mobility for lower-income students in Israel.

The sold-out YRF Darca gala at the trendy Tribeca space featured Columbia recording artist Rachel Platten, whose hit “Fight Song” is an anthem about never giving up. YRF Darca supports a network of 25 schools and two learning centers across Israel that provides students in lower-income communities with a first-class education. The schools include students in grades 6-12 regardless of academic ability, socio-economic status or background, emphasizing academic achievement and the values of tolerance, democracy and active participation in national and community life.

The YRF Darca event honored YRF Darca leaders Allison and Bennett Rosenthal of Los Angeles, who are helping to grow the organization in the L.A. area. Bennett Rosenthal is a co-founder, director, and senior partner of Ares Management and co-head of its Private Equity Group. A retired attorney, Allison Rosenthal is active in the Parent Guild at The Windward School and is also on the board of NuRoots, which works with unaffiliated and inactive Jews in their 20s and 30s to create inspired local experiences and engaged Jewish communities.

“Our success wouldn’t be possible without the exemplary leadership and vision of our dear friends Allison and Bennett. As longtime supporters, Allison and Bennett have dedicated over 25 years toward advancing the scholastic excellence of Israel’s underserved populations and have spearheaded the exponential growth in LA,” said YRF Darca CEO Raphael Sutton.

YRF was founded in 1989 as Youth Renewal Fund with the goal of bringing education to Israel’s lower-income communities. In June of 2014, YRF merged with the Darca network of schools in Israel and became YRF Darca.

Israel faces one of the largest and fastest-growing gaps in educational achievement between rich and poor, challenging Israel’s predominantly knowledge-based economy. Through Darca schools, Israeli children discover and harness the power of education as a means to improve quality of life for themselves, their communities and their country.

Only half of Israeli high school students passed their matriculation exams in 2014-2015, making them eligible to apply to university, though in poor communities that number dropped to 37 percent. However, that same year, 85 percent of lower-income students in YRF Darca schools passed the exams.

“Our students are not only outperforming their peers and the national average, but they are achieving at the same or higher rates as students in communities with far greater resources and where far more money, likely six to eight times what we have is spent. Just by attending a YRF Darca school, our students are doubling their chances of post-secondary education,” said Bennett Rosenthal, the gala’s honoree and a YRF Darca board member.

About YRF Darca:

YRF Darca is the philanthropic funding partner for the Darca network of schools in Israel. Darca provides Israeli high school students in lower income communities—regardless of ability, religion, birthplace, geographic or socio-economic status — an excellent education designed to improve social mobility. The schools emphasize academic achievement and the values of tolerance, democracy and active participation in national and community life. Darca currently operates a network of 25 high schools and 2 learning centers in 16 Israeli cities, educating over 15,000 students in some of the country’s most under-resourced communities.

2nd Annual Red Nose Day Raises Over $31.5 Million For Kids In Need, Over 70 Stars Join NBC For Live Charity Event ‘The Red Nose Day Special’

Hollywood’s Biggest Stars – Including Elton John, Julia Roberts, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Tracy Morgan, Blake Shelton, Will Ferrell, Zac Efron and Many More – Came Together to Have Fun, Raise Money and Change Lives in Last Night’s ‘FUN-Raising’ Special on NBC

Americans Around the Country Got Behind the Cause By Buying Red Noses at Walgreens, Watching the Special, Making Donations, and Supporting Red Nose Day on Social Media

Press Release – UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.— May 27, 2016 – Thursday, May 26, 2016 marked the second annual Red Nose Day in the US, raising more than $31.5 million to help children in need in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities around the world. People from all walks of life got behind the cause, buying Red Noses, donating and FUN-raising, and showing their support on social media. The day’s events culminated in NBC’s live, star-studded charity event ‘The Red Nose Day Special,’ which brought together more than 70 Hollywood stars to FUN-raise for the cause.

Elton John, Julia Roberts, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Tracy Morgan, Blake Shelton, Will Ferrell and Zac Efron were among the many celebrities who appeared in the live, two-hour charity television event. Hosted by Craig Ferguson, ‘The Red Nose Day Special’ featured hilarious comedy, spectacular music performances and short compelling films shedding light on children in need.

Paul Rudd, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Jay Leno, Celine Dion, Kobe Bryant, Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen, Bono, Ellie Kemper, Blake Griffin, Connie Britton, Mel B, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Vince Vaughn and Sarah Silverman also appeared in the FUN-raising special, along with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Kristen Bell, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Adam Devine and Ron Funches. Also appearing were Jane Lynch, Minnie Driver, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Goldblum, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Scott Foley, Dax Shepard, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Jay Pharaoh, Ben Feldman, and Trevor Noah, along with Iwan Rheon, Chris Hardwick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Lauren Ash, Retta, David Morrissey, Jon Daly, Margot Robbie, Kate Micucci, Malin Akerman, Adam Pally, Tony Hale, Sal Masekela, Lamorne Morris and Grace Helbig.

In addition to monies raised during the live event, fundraising totals announced during the show included $1 million from M&M’S from their #MakeMLaugh campaign, a significant contribution by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including funds raised by their social and matching campaigns, and an enormous $18 million from Walgreens, which included the proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair sales, vendor partner contributions and customer donations.

The country ‘turned red’ in the lead up to yesterday with people across the country decked out in the event’s iconic Red Noses and a range of other red ‘flair’ from Walgreens, the exclusive retailer for the campaign. Key landmarks across the nation were lit in red to honor the occasion, including the Empire State Building in New York City, the Willis Tower in Chicago, and the US Bank Tower in Los Angeles. Yesterday, the Red Nose Day team and Walgreens, alongside other key Red Nose Day partners M&M’S and NBC, ‘rung in the day,’ pressing the NASDAQ opening bell.

Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty. It has raised more than $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the UK become a cultural phenomenon. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 as a special day to come together, have fun and make a difference for kids who are most in need. In its inaugural year in America, more than $23 million was raised for the Red Nose Day Fund, with the money now at work in all 50 states across America and 15 countries internationally through programs to keep them healthy, safe and educated. Funds raised have provided children with everything from clean water and their next meal to life-saving malaria nets in Africa, to vaccines to protect against preventable diseases.

Footage from Julia Roberts’ recent trip to Phoenix debuted on “The Red Nose Day Special” telecast, documenting her trip to visit projects that take care of children who are facing serious health issues without the means to afford basic medical treatment. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges made a special visit to an amazing food bank in Atlanta at a school where 50 percent of the students are living below the poverty line, and where one of the biggest problems is day-to-day hunger. Jack Black returned to the annual TV event, and gave a heartwarming update on Felix, a young boy he met in Uganda last year, who had been living on the streets for three years. Jack revealed that Felix now lives with a foster family, and attends school to get the education he dreamed of after being helped by a program that aims to change the lives of kids in need.

“The Red Nose Day Special” also delivered a great night of comedy, from Tracy Morgan putting his own unique spin on the classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” while reading to kids, to Paul Rudd committing more to Red Nose Day than he ever imagined when he promises to donate $5,000 for every three-pointer basketball superstar Blake Griffin makes in three minutes and gets in over his head.

“The Walking Dead” cast –Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Ross Marquand, Josh McDermitt, Steven Yeun, Christian Serratos, Melissa McBride and Sonequa Martin-Green — appeared as viewers had never seen them before. And music also took center stage in “The Red Nose Day Special,” with Elton John performing “A Good Heart” and Blake Shelton performing “My Savior’s Shadow.” Paul Shaffer was the musical director with the Red Nose Orchestra.

All money raised for Red Nose Day goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which then distributes grants to charities that benefit children and young people living in poverty. Half of the money will be spent right here in America on projects close to home. The other half will be spent in some of the poorest communities internationally. In 2016, partner charities include Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and The Global Fund.

Created by Oscar nominee and Emmy Award-winning writer-director Richard Curtis, (“Love Actually,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill”), the idea of Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that the power of entertainment and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives.

Richard Curtis was an executive producer for the live NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with John Irwin of Irwin Entertainment, and Lily Sobhani.

Follow @RedNoseDayUS on Twitter and @RedNoseDayUSA on Facebook and Instagram using #RedNoseDay. For more information about The Red Nose Day Special visit .


Red Nose Day ( is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally in the last 25 years, and in the U.K. has become a cultural phenomenon where people across the country come together to have fun, raise money and change lives. Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015, dedicated to raising money to help children who are most in need, both in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. Last year it benefited children and young people in all 50 states and in 15 countries internationally.

Red Nose Day returned this year on Thursday May 26, 2016. The day events culminated in a two-hour live primetime TV special (9-11 p.m. ET) on NBC, featuring the biggest stars across comedy, music, TV and film. Funds raised go to the Red Nose Day Fund which distributes the money through programs to keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. Comic Relief Inc. in the U.S. and Comic Relief U.K. are independent sister organizations that are joined by their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty and the mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

GTE Financial Names Brian Best President and CEO

Press Release – TAMPA, Fla. — (May 27, 2016) – GTE Financial, one of Florida’s largest credit unions, has announced Brian Best as the company’s president and CEO. Mr. Best is an industry leader that has led and evolved financial organizations for more than 20 years.

Serving in leadership positions in some of the nation’s most prominent banks and credit unions, Best has overseen every facet of consumer and business banking at a management and executive level with a focus on finances, operations, lending, and marketing. Best has been a member of the GTE executive team since 2010. He has served as executive vice president and senior vice president chief experience officer. In January 2016, Best was named acting president and CEO.

“Having worked with Brian over the last six years, the board of directors has observed and deeply appreciated his member-centric approach and focus,” said Rick Hagan, GTE Financial board of director chairman. “He is a very humble leader that’s passionate about the credit union, genuinely believing in serving others and putting people first.”

Best has been a Tampa Bay resident for 13 years, earning his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Master of Business and Administration from Saint Leo University near Tampa, Florida. He is a graduate of the RMA School of Commercial Underwriting and Portfolio Management and received his Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.

“Having worked in the financial industry my entire career, I can tell you that GTE is a great institution, with outstanding employee talent and enthusiasm,” says Best. “We are focused on returning value to our membership, forging new paths with service-minded innovation and continuing our emphasis on giving back to the communities we serve,” added Best. “I look forward to contributing to GTE’s bright future in exciting and meaningful ways.”

About GTE Financial: GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with more than $1.8 billion in assets and 22 Community Financial Centers located throughout West Central Florida. Chartered in 1935, GTE Financial is locally owned and operated in the Tampa Bay area, serving the financial needs of more than 240,000 individuals and businesses. More information on GTE Financial can be found at

Turnaround Arts Premieres “Everday People” Video Featuring Students And Their Artist Mentors To Celebrate The Power of Arts Education

Video Produced by Playing For Change Features Paula Abdul, Elizabeth Banks, Misty Copeland, Josh Groban, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma, Jason Mraz, Keb’ Mo’, Tim Robbins, Chad Smith, and More

Press Release – Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2016) — Powerfully delivering the message that all children deserve to experience the transformative power of arts and music in school, today Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, released a new music video of “Everyday People,” produced by Playing For Change. With thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country singing and dancing to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” the video also features such Turnaround Artists as Paula Abdul, Elizabeth Banks, Citizen Cope, Misty Copeland, Carla Dirlikov, Frank Gehry, Josh Groban, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Mraz, Tim Robbins, Doc Shaw, Trombone Shorty, Chad Smith, Bernie Williams, Alfre Woodard and John Lloyd Young, among others.

Watch “Everyday People”:

“For every student who is represented here today, we know that there are so many others who still don’t have access to the arts,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show. “So while we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we know that we are nowhere near finished. We need to keep on advocating for arts education. We need to keep on expanding the Turnaround Arts Program, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office next year.”

The video was unveiled this week at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, where students from Turnaround Arts schools nationwide performed for First Lady Michelle Obama. The Talent Show showcased the power of the arts and music in school, while celebrating President Obama’s arts education achievements. Students from as far as Hawai’i and California to New York and D.C. performed alongside their Turnaround Artist mentors including Keb’ Mo’, Tim Robbins, Paula Fuga, Bernie Williams, Irvin Mayfield, Lil Buck, and others.

Turnaround Arts empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.

“I believe that every child deserves to go to school in an environment full of learning, creativity and joy, and to graduate high school with a rich, complete education,” said Paula Abdul. “Those making these important decisions for our kids, must be reminded that even the country’s most challenged schools can and should be transformed into places where we would all want to send our children.”

Research conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed an average 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and 22.5% improvement in math proficiency, increases in attendance and significant decreases in suspensions following Turnaround Arts’ infusion of the arts into struggling schools. The program’s success is leading to another expansion of the program, which will increase to 68 schools at the start of next school year.

Six million school children do not have access to art or music instruction in their schools, and millions more children have only minimal exposure to the arts. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law in December 2015, provides more funding and new guidelines for states and districts to invest in arts and music education for all children as part of a “well-rounded” education.

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC spreads their positive message for humanity to millions of people through inspiring multi-cultural music videos, a live global touring band and a 501c3 Foundation supporting music education around the world.

Nationally, Turnaround Arts is made possible through the collaboration of government agencies, non-profit partners, and generous corporate and private donations.

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Raises Money For The ‘Real Lt. Dans’ To Suppport Our Nation’s Heroes

Forrest Gump-themed Restaurant Celebrates 20 Years with Nationwide Beard Cutout Campaign

Press Release – HOUSTON, TX. – Bubba Gump Shrimp Co celebrates its 20th anniversary and is partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that supports active military and veterans through special programs, and Mountain Dew Kickstart for the official “Run Forrest Run” beard cutout campaign.

Beginning May 26, diners can purchase an official “Run Forrest Run” beard cutout for $1 at the 28 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. locations nationwide. After purchasing, guests are encouraged to take a photo with their beards and post to the restaurant’s social media channels using hashtags #ForTheRealLt.Dans and #BUBBAGUMPTURNS20 for the chance to win exciting prizes and giveaways all summer long.

“This fundraising event is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th anniversary and our goal is to donate $1 million for the Gary Sinise Foundation to support the ‘Real Lt. Dan’s of today,” said Jim Dufault, Chief Operating Officer of Landry’s, Inc. “These brave men and women should be recognized for their sacrifices; and we look forward to honoring them in our restaurants.”

Launched in 2011, the Gary Sinise Foundation supports America’s active military, veterans and their families through a variety of special programs, including the Building for America’s Bravest program that builds custom homes for severely wounded veterans and the Invisible Spirit Festivals, a day-long celebration that is intended to boost morale at military medical centers across the United States.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is committed to the local communities it serves, supporting several nonprofit organizations throughout its 20 years. Since opening its first location in Monterey in 1996, Bubba Gump has organized hundreds of community initiatives across the country, which includes assembling care packages and organizing supply drives for soldiers overseas. Change “which includes” to “including such programs as assembling care packages etc.

For more information, visit Follow Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on social media channels – Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc., @BubbaGumpCo, and @officialbubbagump.


Landry’s, Inc., wholly owned by Tilman J. Fertitta, is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro’s Restaurants. Landry’s also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Lake Charles, La. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.


Launched in 2011, the Foundation honors its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities. For more information, please visit

Ronald Mcdonald House® New York’S 24th Annual Gala Raises Nearly $3.6 Million

Fashion, Retail and Financial Industry Unite at The Waldorf Astoria To Support Families Battling Pediatric Cancer

Press Release – NEW YORK, N.Y. – May 17, 2016 – Ronald McDonald House New York celebrated its 24th Annual Gala with 1,050 attendees last night at the Waldorf Astoria New York Ballroom with a star-studded guest list in support of families and their young warriors battling pediatric cancer.

The event was emceed by NBC News’ Andrea Joyce and Harry Smith, and raised $3.5 million to support operations of the facility, which provides free transportation to treatment and additional support services to families staying in New York City while undergoing active treatment.

“It was amazing to see our supporters in attendance all gathered to show compassion for kids battling cancer, all committed to making it financially feasible for families to bring their kids to NYC to get the treatments they need, all united in the goal to keep families together during their toughest times, and all understanding the importance making our kids feel like kids first and
kids with cancer second said Tina Lundgren, chairman of the board of Ronald McDonald House® New York.

This year’s event highlighted the work of James “Jes” Staley, Group CEO of Barclays, and Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO & president of Perry Ellis International. Both honorees rallied the support of their respective industries to raise much-needed funds and awareness in support of the organization’s mission.

The attendees at this year’s event included Terry Lundgren, chairman & CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; RMH-NY Board Vice Chairman and Chairman Elect Harris Diamond, chairman & CEO of McCann Worldwide; Ajay Banga, president & CEO of MasterCard International; John Idol, chief executive officer of Michael Kors; Chief Creative Officer of Vince Camuto Louise Camuto; Steve Shiffman, CEO of Calvin Klein, Inc.; Barclays’ Group Head of Compliance Michael Roemer, NHL Hall of Famer Rod Gilbert and RMH-NY Board Member Judy Gilbert; and Richard O’Reilly, M.D., chair of the pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The 24th annual gala featured musical selections by Broadway Inspirational Voices, which included an original composition in honor of one of the House’s residents. DIVA Jazz Orchestra provided the live musical accompaniment.

The funds raised will help Ronald McDonald House® New York, the largest facility of its kind out of more than 300 worldwide, provide temporary housing for children battling cancer and their families while the child receives treatment at one or more of 16 nearby partnering hospitals throughout the city.

To view images and other highlights from the event, please visit High-resolution images for print and Web publication are also available. To learn more about the House or to make a donation, please visit

New Paper Underlines Importance of Fish Consumption For Development And ‘A Healthy Life For All’

Press Release – (17 May, 2016) A new paper published in the peer-reviewed Food Policy journal recommends that the nutritional importance of fish, especially in resource-poor populations which rely heavily on cereal based-diets, needs to be taken into account in the development of national policies.

Improving fisheries and aquaculture with the adoption of nutrition-sensitive policies will be a critical means to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) says the paper, Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era.

The SDGs make achieving food security and ending malnutrition a global priority. However, the importance of fish for feeding our growing global population and providing a ‘healthy life for all’ is often overlooked says the paper.

The benefits of fish for health are well demonstrated. Fish intake is associated with a 36% reduced mortality risk from heart disease and consumption of 60 g fish/ day is associated with a 12% reduction in mortality. An increasing number of countries are recommending minimum levels of regular fish consumption in their national dietary guidelines.

Shakuntala Thilsted, Program Leader, WorldFish: “Fish are beneficial to nutrition and health and will play an essential role in sustaining healthy diets. If the vision of the SDGs is to be attained, coordinated policy actions and investments that foster growth in which the benefits of fish are equitably distributed are essential. Fisheries and aquaculture must be seen as core components of the agriculture sector, as well as an entry point for multi-sectoral interventions aimed at improving nutrition and health outcomes.”

A greater focus on nutrition-sensitive policies in aquaculture and fisheries as opposed to policies that focus on productivity will contribute to greater health gains, especially in developing countries. Fisheries policies, the paper highlights are increasingly articulated around building exports meaning that less fish is available in poorer local communities. In aquaculture, policies tend to focus on maximizing productivity and economic efficiency at the expense of promoting diversity of systems and species, or accessibility of fish among poor consumers whose diets typically lack nutrient-rich foods.

The paper recommends multi-sectoral policy solutions based on: (a) diversification of production systems; (b) efficient management and protection of all systems; (c) improved value chains and markets; and (d) consideration of context-specific consumer preferences and nutritional needs.

For more information



About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty. Globally, more than one billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.


CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partners.

Kosair Charities® Open Car and Motorcycle Show Scheduled for Saturday, June 11th

Press Release – Louisville, KY – May 26, 2016 – Join Kosair Charities for the Open Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kosair Shrine Center, 4120 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40218. The event is open to all cars and motorcycles. There is a $20 registration fee for vehicles participating, prizes will be awarded. Food and beverages will be available for purchase inside the Shrine Center. Rock out to live music by the Monarch’s from 3 to 6 p.m. and while you’re there, don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for the one-of-a-kind 1957 Chevy Z-57 convertible that will be given away in November. Kosair Charities and Trust For Life will be selling $10 chances at the event to win this sleek custom car.  This beautiful 1957 Chevy Z-57 convertible features an orange and black exterior. There is no cost to the public to attend the event, but donations to Kosair Charities are encouraged.


For those who can not attend but would like to purchase tickets for a chance to win the beautiful custom car, mail a check to Kosair Charities P.O. Box 37370, Louisville, Ky. 40233 (make check payable to Kosair Shrine) or by visiting the Kosair Shrine Center at 4120 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40218. The winner of the Chevy Z-57convertible will be chosen at the Kosair Shrine Classic Car Giveaway celebration that takes place on November 11 at the Kosair Shrine Center at 4120 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40218 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Ticket stubs serve as entry to the celebration that includes a concert by The Monarchs, light hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar.

All net proceeds from tickets sold will benefit Kosair Charities. For more information, visit:

B.Riley & Co. & Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation Celebrated The 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night At The Dolby Ballroom At Hollywood & Highland

Star-Studded Event Featured Live Fights Presented By Golden Boy Promotions

Damon Allen Jr. Maintains Undefeated Status With Technical Knockout Win Over Danny Montoya In Evening’s Main Event

Photo Credit: Mark Davis / Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

Photo Credit: Mark Davis / Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2016) – The B. Riley & Co. 7th Annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night returned to The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland on Wednesday, May 25 for a star-studded night of boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions to benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Hosted by actor and comedian Bill Bellamy, guests at the exclusive event were treated to Wolfgang Puck cuisine, and a live & silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences to benefit this important cause. During the live auction, Usher, who plays Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming Weinstein Company’s Hands of Stone film, joined Sugar Ray Leonard on stage to help auction off tickets to the film’s upcoming premiere and after-party, along with vintage boxing gloves signed by Robert De Niro.

Additional celebrities, VIP guests, and Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation supporters in attendance included Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, Magic Johnson and wife Cookie Johnson, Holly Robinson Peete (Chicago Fire) and husband Rodney Peete (Former NFL Player), Cedric the Entertainer (Actor/Comedian), Abraham Lopez (NABA Featherweight Title Contender), Catherine Bach (The Young & the Restless), David James Elliott (Trumbo), Gary Hall Jr. (Olympic Gold Medalist), Jennifer Widerstrom (NBC’s The Biggest Loser), Johnny Gill (Recording Artist), Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (NABF Featherweight Champion), Lisa Rinna (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Mia St. John (Boxer), Nicole Murphy (TLC’s Global Beauty Masters), Ronnie Ortiz-Magro (Jersey Shore), Ronny Rios (WBC Silver Featherweight Champion), Sergio Mora (Boxer), Terry Norris (Former Boxer), Tommy Davidson (Actor/Comedian), Verne Troyer (Actor), Willie Gault (Former NFL Player) and more.

In the evening’s main event, Philadelphia son “No Smilin” Damon Allen, Jr. (10-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status and gave the crowd a thrilling fight with his third-round technical knockout of Reynosa, Mexico’s Danny Montoya (10-4, 7 KOs). Allen, Jr. kept the pressure on Montoya, wearing him down landing a flurry of punches toward the end of round three.

“I was shocked that I took out my opponent like that so quickly,” said Damon Allen, Jr. “It felt so great to be the main event tonight. I had a lot of family that wanted to be here tonight but couldn’t. Everyone can expect to see a lot from me this year and see me fighting here in LA and back home on the East Coast.”

For the third fight of the evening, rising lightweight prospect Hector “El Finito” Tanajara, Jr. (6-0, 4 KOs) wasted no time, stopping Francisco “El Mono” Medel (9-3, 5 KOs) two minutes and 15 seconds in to the first round with a left hook technical knockout.

“It was really great to be here in front of all these celebrities and fight,” said Tanajara, Jr. “I try to stay busy and fight every couple of months. Everyone can expect really big things from me later this year. My trainer Robert has taught me so much, with him being a world champion and him having trained other world champions.”

Two Mexican warriors Alexis “Laberinto” Salazar (7-3, 3 KOs) and Hector “Charro Negro” Velasquez (57-28-3, 39 KOs) brawled before an energetic crowd in a six-round middleweight bout for the second fight of the night. The veteran Velasquez, who has fought the likes of Many Pacquiao, Jorge Linares, Rocky Juarez and many others, gave Salazar a tough fight by keeping the pressure on throughout each round. Ultimately, Salazar came out on top and was declared the winner by unanimous decision by the judges.

“I felt really good to fight here tonight,” said Alexis Salazar. “It’s different from what I am used to. I am used to fighting in Mexico, and the fights aren’t as big like they are here. I am looking forward to fighting more in the US. I train in Guadalajara and have had Canelo Alvarez as a sparing partner and he’s very tough. I’m looking to learn a lot from him and bring that with me to my future fights.”

In the first fight of the night, Golden Boy Promotions’ Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (7-0, 4 KOs) maintained his undefeated status with a unanimous decision victory after a six round featherweight battle against Harold Reyes (2-5-1) of Puerto Rico. Valerio lead each round, never letting up on the pressure but Reyes held his own and forced Valerio to go all six-scheduled rounds.

“I feel really blessed to be a part of this event with the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to bring awareness for childhood type 1 & 2 diabetes,” said Valerio after his victory. “This fight was a learning experience for me and there are things I would have done differently. For my next fight I feel confident that if there is a knockout, I’ll be there to take the opportunity.”

The event posthumously honored Michael King, Founder and CEO of King Sports Worldwide for his work with the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and B. Riley & Co. In his honor, King’s daughter, Ali King performed the National Anthem during the event.

About Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

The Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding life-changing research and creating awareness for childhood type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children lead healthier lives through diet and exercise.

Throughout Leonard’s boxing career, he watched his dad and friends struggle with the many complications of diabetes and how it has affected every aspect of their life. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic. Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease.

For more information, visit, like and follow on twitter at @SugarRayLeonard and Facebook at

About Golden Boy Promotions

Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by 10-time world champion in six divisions Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the world and has worked with networks such as HBO, HBO Latino, Estrella TV, ESPN, TeleFutura, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, Televisa and TV Azteca. The company has also promoted some of the top boxing events in the history of the sport including De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, Mayweather vs. Canelo and other notable pay-per-view fights featuring fan-favorites Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Marco “Baby Faced Assassin” Antonio Barrera, Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Sugar Shane Mosley.

For more information, visit, like and follow on twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing and Facebook at

About B. Riley & Co., LLC

B. Riley & Co., LLC is a leading investment bank which provides corporate fi­nance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients. Investment banking services include initial, secondary and follow-on offerings, institutional private placements, and merger and acquisitions advisory services. The fi­rm is nationally recognized for its highly ranked proprietary equity research. B. Riley & Co., LLC is a member of FINRA and SIPC.

B. Riley & Co., LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) which provides collaborative fi­nancial services and solutions through several subsidiaries which also include: Great American Group, LLC, a leading provider of advisory and valuation services, asset disposition and auction solutions, and commercial lending services; B. Riley Capital Management, LLC, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which includes B. Riley Asset Management, a provider of investment products to institutional and high net worth investors, and B. Riley Wealth Management (formally MK Capital Advisors), a multi-family office practice and wealth management ­firm focused on the needs of ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and Great American Capital Partners, a provider of senior secured loans and second lien secured loan facilities to middle market public and private U.S. companies. B. Riley Financial, Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in major fi­nancial markets throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on B. Riley Financial, Inc., please visit www.briley­

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