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Monthly Archives: October 2016

DynaTrap Provides $250,000 of Relief to Help Prevent the Spread of Zika Virus in Louisiana

Residents of flood-stricken Baton Rouge receive 1,000 DynaTrap units to cut down on imminent mosquito outbreak

Press Release – Milwaukee, WI (October 26, 2016) – While Congress bickered for nearly seven months about approving funds to combat the Zika virus, DynaTrap decided to reach out directly to the people most at-risk from Zika, by donating $250,000 worth of mosquito traps to the residents of flood-ravaged Baton Rouge.

DynaTrap, a manufacturer of a chemical- and pesticide-free insect and mosquito traps, recently donated 1,000 DynaTrap® XL Mosquito Traps to Louisiana residents at risk of a mosquito outbreak due to large amounts of standing water from recent flooding.

Over the course of four days in August, Baton Rouge received eight times the amount of rain it usually does, totaling more than 21 inches. Flood waters were slow to recede and standing water is a major attractant of mosquitos that could potentially carry the Zika virus. To combat the rising number of mosquitos, DynaTrap partnered with television personality Dr. Gadget and the State of Louisiana to hold a community-wide event, during which 1,000 DynaTrap® XL Mosquito Traps ($209.00 value) were distributed to members of the community.

“Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC is proud to have brought our ‘Rage Against the Mosquito’ charitable program to Baton Rouge to provide mosquito relief to one of the hardest hit areas of the country,” said John Rocha, DynaTrap spokesman.

DynaTrap® XL Mosquito Traps provide mosquito and other insect relief for up to an acre of land. They are engineered to attract and trap mosquitos that carry the Zika virus and other diseases like West Nile and Dengue Fever. By breaking the lifecycle of mosquitos, the traps effectively minimize mosquito populations, reducing the threat of the diseases they carry.

“I’m extremely excited that Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC has decided to donate 1,000 of their DynaTrap XL Mosquito Traps to the citizens of East Baton Rouge. This donation along with Dr. Gadget’s educational efforts will help our people stay safe while rebuilding,” said Senator Regina Barrow. “Dr. Rebecca Gee, Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health, has been encouraging citizens to use every precaution to guard themselves from the West Nile and Zika virus. I appreciate the commitment to helping our people stay safe in addition to bringing much needed attention to the crippling damage caused by the flood.”

Building on the relief efforts in Baton Rouge, DynaTrap recently donated 100 DynaTrap® Mosquito traps to residents in newly identified Zika-zone, Little Havana in Miami, Florida. To date, there are 169 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida, making the Zika virus a major threat to the state. With federal funding being distributed at a gradual pace, DynaTrap is committed to drastically reducing the population of mosquitos that potentially carry the Zika virus.

“On behalf of the Miami City Commission and its residents, I would like to thank Dynamic Solutions and Dr. Gadget for making this donation to our community,” Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon said. “They have empowered the City of Miami to assist its most vulnerable residents in combating the Zika virus through the distribution of the DynaTrap machine.”

About DynaTrap® and Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC:

The award-winning DynaTrap® Insect and Mosquito Trap is an essential component to protect against mosquitos, biting flies, moths, wasps and other flying insects without the use of pesticides or chemicals. The DynaTrap® is easy to set up, simple to maintain and works both indoors and outside. Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC DynaTrap® brand continues to introduce new, innovative and environmentally friendly ways to provide mosquito relief for your yard and home. Stay up to date on all that Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC has to offer at

Southern California Olympians & Paralympians Move To New Home Base at the LA84 Foundation

Region’s Premiere Association of American and International Olympians Now Located at the Los Angeles Headquarters of LA84, Legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games

Press Release – Los Angeles, October 26, 2016 – The Southern California Olympians & Paralympians (SCOP) Olympic alumni group will move the organization’s base of operations to the headquarters of the LA84 Foundation and collaborate with the foundation in a range of other productive ways, leaders from both organizations said today.

This closer relationship will be on display tonight at the LA84 Foundation’s headquarters in Los Angeles, when LA84, SCOP, and LA2024 co-host a “Welcome Home Rio” Reception for more than twenty athletes who participated in the recent Rio Olympic Games.

Team USA members scheduled to attend include fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and beach volleyball bronze medalist, April Ross. LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman and Vice Chair and Olympian Janet Evans, LA84 President and CEO Renata Simril, Southern California Olympians and Paralympians President Tamara Jenkins and board members of LA84 and LA2024 are among other anticipated guests.

“The LA84 Foundation is happy to welcome SCOP closer into our work,” said LA84’s Simril. “LA84 and SCOP will collaborate to promote Olympic values and heritage and to help LA84 continue to inspire the next generation of leaders and Olympic athletes.”

“We are delighted to partner with the LA84 Foundation,” said SCOP President Tamara Jenkins. “We are the largest and oldest Olympic alumni group in the county and it’s fitting that we will be located at the foundation which is the legacy of the 1984 Olympic Games.”

SDSU’s College of Business Receives $25 Million Endowment

The College of Business will be renamed the Fowler College of Business Administration

Press Release – SAN DIEGO (October 26, 2016) — San Diego State University has announced the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the university. Local philanthropist and San Diego Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and his wife Alexis have pledged a $25 million endowment gift to SDSU’s College of Business Administration that will provide scholarships and professorships, develop a lecture series, and provide international experiences and expanded programming for SDSU business students. The gift also pushes the university past the $750 million goal of The Campaign for SDSU.

In honor of their years of support for and commitment to the university and its students, the college has been renamed the Fowler College of Business Administration, marking the first time a college at SDSU has been named. Established as a matching gift, this endowment provides a challenge to the university and its supporters to raise an additional $25 million for the college. More than $2 million has been matched already.

“I think the business school needs a boost. And what does it need? It needs funds for scholarships. It needs money to help attract and retain quality faculty. And we’re doing it in the form of a challenge,” Fowler said.

Through the years, Alexis Fowler, a graduate of SDSU’s College of Business, and Ron Fowler have contributed to such SDSU programs as entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism management, student scholarships, alumni and athletics. The naming of the Fowler Athletics Center was a result of The Fowler Challenge, which inspired many others to support SDSU athletics, raising more than $10 million.

“I believe if we reach the numbers that I think we can reach in a relatively short time it will be a difference maker for the College of Business at San Diego State,” Fowler said. “And that’s what we want it to be. One of those events… a launching pad for greatness for the College of Business.”

Added SDSU President Elliot Hirshman: “Ron and Alexis’ gift will transform our College of Business Administration. In naming our first academic college, we recognize that the Fowlers’ legacy will benefit students, faculty and staff for generations to come. All of us at San Diego State are blessed to have the Fowlers’ friendship, support and guidance.”


This endowed gift to the Fowler College of Business Administration will create a number of new opportunities for students, including The Fowler Scholars Program, which willprovide scholarship and programmatic opportunities for students who have an interest in entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. These experiences will include internships, entrepreneurial ventures, student research opportunities and international experiences.

The Fowler Professorships will be used to recruit faculty members who bring innovative perspectives to the college’s entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development programs.

The Fowler Lectureship Series will host the Fowler Fellow, a visiting faculty memberwho will spend a week on campus interacting with students and faculty in classroom and informal settings. The Fowler Fellow will present the annual Fowler Lecture to the campus community.

Additionally, the Fowler International Experience endowment will assist students interested in international business and comparative economic systems to participate in international internships and study.

“We are extremely grateful to Ron and Alexis Fowler, not only for their generosity but also for their ongoing support for the College of Business and this investment in our future,” said Interim Dean George Belch. “This is truly a transformative gift that will help the college in recruiting outstanding faculty as well as providing scholarships and support for programs that will benefit our students. The Fowlers are true philanthropists whose support, dedication and involvement with San Diego State University and the community is appreciated by all.”

Combining his other passions with the College of Business, this gift will also create an endowment for scholarship opportunities for student veterans and Guardian Scholars in the Fowler College of Business Administration.

“It’s about being able to help future generations stand on the shoulders of others,” Fowler said. “And then people can stand on their shoulders to create a better world.”

About The Campaign for SDSU

The Campaign for SDSU began in 2007 as an effort to generate philanthropic support for SDSU students, faculty, staff and programs. Fowler is the founding chair and chair emeritus of The Campanile Foundation, which is leading the campaign. The campaign has transformed the campus both physically and programmatically. More than 64,700 donors have contributed to The Campaign for SDSU, including 128 who have given $1 million or more. The campaign has now raised $753 million.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 76 areas and doctorates in 23 areas. 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

Give Your Law School Application an Edge with Projects Abroad

Intern abroad on a Law & Human Rights placement and gain the skills and experience needed to pursue a career in the legal field

A Projects Abroad Human Rights intern discusses inheritance rights with local women in Tanzania

A Projects Abroad Human Rights intern discusses inheritance rights with local women in Tanzania

Press Release – NEW YORK – October 26, 2016 – Applying to law school is a long and challenging process for students aspiring to be a lawyer in the United States. From LSATs to personal statements, students are busy with fulfilling requirements and making sure that their applications stand out from the crowd. An international Law & Human Rights internship with Projects Abroad is ideal for any student looking to set themselves apart and gain skills and experience in the legal field.

Aside from test scores and undergraduate GPAs, there are a number of things that law schools look out for when they read an application, shares Christian Clark, Deputy Director of Projects Abroad USA. “They want to know about the experiences that shaped your perspectives, the challenges you faced and how you overcame them, and what you will bring to the classroom. An internship abroad will give you a lot to talk and write about and you can focus on anything, from the challenge of adjusting to a different environment and culture, to explaining the professional skills you gained while working with local clients.”

Projects Abroad runs a number of Law & Human Rights Projects around the world, working in partnership with law firms, NGOs, and government offices. The organization also funds and runs its own Human Rights Offices in South Africa, Argentina, Ghana, Senegal, and Tanzania. No matter where a student chooses to intern, they will be able to take on practical tasks with the support of local professionals or a Projects Abroad legal team. They can work in various fields, from raising awareness of human trafficking in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to discussing corporate law with international clients in Shanghai, China. Everything they do is important and has an impact, says Clark. “For example, our interns in South Africa have completed more than 2,000 cases to date, assisting clients who are unable to afford legal help. More than 400 of these cases have involved refugees fleeing civil unrest in Rwanda, Burundi, and the DRC.”

In another example from Argentina in 2015, Human Rights interns helped 20% of the homeless population in Cordoba get free ID cards (these cards are necessary to get a job or visit a doctor). Interns were also instrumental in developing a program called “Abilities for Life”, which aims to empower and support young female victims of abuse.

Projects Abroad accepts undergraduate students of all levels of experience for Law & Human Rights Projects. Programs have flexible start and end dates and can fit any schedule. For more information and to see what you can do and where you can go, please visit

About Projects Abroad

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

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

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

Audubon Welcomes Sarah Greenberger as Vice President for Conservation

Press Release – NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) – Today, the National Audubon Society announced the appointment of Sarah Greenberger as Vice President for Conservation. In this role Greenberger will oversee Audubon’s national policy team and coordinate Washington-based strategies for the 111-year-old conservation organization.

“Sarah’s a proven bridge-builder, perfectly suited to Audubon’s centrist worldview. She brings a deep understanding of the conservation world and a track record of working collaboratively with public and private stakeholders to craft pragmatic conservation solutions,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold (@david_yarnold). “Her conservation and policy experience, leadership qualities and dedication to Audubon’s mission gives us a huge lift as we take on the most significant conservation opportunities of our time.”

Greenberger joins Audubon from the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she spent five years driving strategy and policy for the agency as a counselor and senior advisor to both former and current Secretaries of the Department of Interior, Ken Salazar and Sally Jewell. In that role, she was instrumental in shaping last year’s pioneering Greater Sage-grouse conservation strategy working closely with Audubon, Western State Governors and other stakeholders. Prior to this engagement, she held several notable roles including serving as Legislative Counsel to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and working as Clerk to Judge David S. Tatel on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

“I’m thrilled to join an organization with such a proud history of stewardship of this country’s natural resources,” said Greenberger. “I look forward to working with the impressive network of Audubon staff, members and partners to advance science-based, landscape-scale solutions through one of the nation’s largest conservation organizations.”

In addition to helping execute Audubon’s priorities highlighted in its new strategic plan, Greenberger will also lead Audubon’s Working Lands program which focuses on building public and private partnerships to advance collaborative conservation solutions on landscapes dominated by private farms, ranches and forests. She will be based in Audubon’s Washington, DC office.

“We are excited to have someone of Sarah’s talents and expertise joining the National Audubon Society team,” explains David O’Neill, Chief Conservation Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO at Audubon. “She joins us at a pivotal time as we are growing and deepening our policy influence and expanding our work to conserve large working landscapes like the Sage ecosystem, the Northern Great Plains and Eastern Forests for the benefit of birds and people.”

About Audubon

With total revenues in 2016 of $98 million (34% increase since 2010), Audubon is one of the nation’s largest conservation organizations, comprising 23 state offices, 41 nature centers and 23 wildlife sanctuaries and representing 463 local chapters. Audubon – which focuses on the protection of birds and the places they need throughout the Americas – has been transformed in recent years, according to Crain’s New York Business, through cutting edge technologies, a sharpened conservation focus and operational overhaul that has increased revenue and decreased overhead expenses.

As written in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and GreenBiz, that strategic and operational transformation has attracted new funders and broadened the organization’s reach to younger and more diverse audiences as Audubon expands its international work and achieves conservation victories. For the first time in nearly two decades, Audubon has also earned Charity Navigator’s highest ranking of four stars.

Audubon’s main Facebook page has more than 970,000 followers and reaches approximately 4.1 million people each week as the organization’s supporters share and interact with Audubon’s posts. And the organization’s 2014 birds and climate change campaign, which earned more than two billion media impressions, recently won a Diamond SABRE award from public relations industry leaders.

To learn more about Audubon and its new strategic direction, please visit here.

The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

This article was originally published here.

New Study Shows Foundations, Charitable Giving Continue To Grow In Southwestern U.S.

Press Release – Colorado Springs, CO – A new study released today by Philanthropy Southwest during its annual conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado shows the philanthropic sector in the southwest region of the United States continues to grow. The 2016 Giving Study: An Overview of Grantmaking by Private and Community Foundations in the Southwest utilized the most current data available (2014 foundation tax returns), analyzing over 138,000 grants and identifying more than 97% of total giving in the geographic location.

The 2016 Giving Study reports that:

  • Foundations in the region contributed $6.3 billion to charitable causes, representing a 22.5% increase since the last study was issued (which used 2011 foundation tax returns), while their assets totaled over $92.5 billion, an increase of 28.2%.
  • 604 new foundations were created and began making grants during this time period, suggesting a continuing post-recession economic recovery that encouraged increased philanthropic activity. While these new foundations accounted for 3% of assets and 3.9% of giving in this study, the fact that they comprise nearly 10% of the total number of foundations points to the possibility of even greater giving in the coming years.

The seven states included in the study are Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. These states comprise the membership region for Philanthropy Southwest, the oldest membership association for grantmakers in the U.S.

“This study provides everyone in the field – from charitable organizations to funders and donors, and state and national leaders – with a comprehensive and detailed look at foundations and giving in the region,” said Lucille DiDomenico, Philanthropy Southwest Executive Director. “By capturing nearly all data on foundations and giving for the region, we provide a detailed map that can help like-minded philanthropies to connect, learn from one another, and significantly advance their combined efforts to address challenging societal needs.”

Adds lead researcher, Kathy Jankowski, Research Director for Jankowski Associates, Inc., “Philanthropy Southwest’s Giving Study is unparalleled by other giving studies in that its selection criteria goes beyond the largest foundations to also include small, regional, and family foundations. Including smaller foundations and smaller grants results in data that illuminates the commitments, activities, and investments foundations make at the local level.” This study is the third in a series conducted for Philanthropy Southwest by Jankowski Associates, Inc.

Societal issue areas supported and advanced through philanthropic giving in the southwest:

  • Trend: The issue areas supported have largely remained stable since the first Philanthropy Southwest Giving Study was conducted in 2012 (Note: This study was issued before the Conference of Southwest Foundations changed its name to Philanthropy Southwest.)
  • Largest Area of Giving: The largest percentage of giving for the region as a whole has consistently been directed to improving and supporting education institutions and related activities. The 2016 study shows 28.3% of foundation giving as a whole to be focused on Education. Among the seven states, Arkansas had the highest percentage of gifts made in support of Education (38.9%), with the others ranging from 19.4% (Nevada) to 28.7% (Texas).
  • Other Large Support Areas: Additional societal causes receiving significant support from southwestern foundations include Human Services (20.7%), Health (14.0%), and Public/Societal Benefit (13.6%).
  • Smaller Support Areas: Smaller percentages of giving for the region as a whole were made in the areas of International Affairs (3.8%), Environment and Animals (5.0%), Religion (5.4%), and the Arts (9.2%). Of the seven states, New Mexico continued to devote the highest percentage of giving to the Arts (17.2%), with the other six states ranging from 4.7% (Oklahoma) to 10.7% (Texas).
  • Addition: For the first time, this study included health conversion foundations, in addition to private and community foundations. This addition is likely one of the contributing factors to why Education funding fell below 30% for the first time, with Health and Human Services combined reaching 35% of contributions, more than $2.1 billion.

Of the 6,372 foundations represented in the current study, 14 are health care conversion foundations with $4.5 billion in assets and $215.7 million in giving. Ninety are community foundations with $10.9 billion in assets and giving of nearly $962 million.

  • Community foundations saw significant growth with their overall giving in the southwest region increasing by 73%. Led by foundations in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado, 9 community foundations each received $100 million or more in gifts between 2012 and 2014. As well, the assets of community foundations in Nevada increased by 105% during this time period.

While equally detailed national data that compare to Philanthropy Southwest’s 2016 Giving Study are not available, 2014 data from the Foundation Center show foundation assets nationally to be $821.1 billion, with $52.9 billion in total giving nationally. A comparison between these two reports suggests the southwest region holds about 11% of all foundation assets and is contributing about 12% of philanthropic dollars nationally.

The 2016 Giving Study: An Overview of Grantmaking by Private and Community Foundations in the Southwest is available online at Philanthropy Southwest member foundations have access to complete, detailed findings for the region and for each state individually. For additional information about the study and Philanthropy Southwest, please visit our website or contact us directly at 214-740-1787.

Brighter World Energy Raises £500,000 in Seed Capital to Provide Solar Energy to Africa

Press Release – Manchester, United KingdomBrighter World Energy, a new socially conscious energy company launching in the United Kingdom, announced today that it has completed a £500,000 seed capital round with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank. Brighter World Energy plans to use the funding to ensure consumer power tackles the global energy crisis.

Brighter World Energy’s dual mission is to offer UK customers access to energy at competitive tariffs and high-quality online support, which will contribute directly to help build solar-powered micro-grids in Africa. For every 2,000 customers signed up with Brighter World Energy, a solar powered micro-grid is installed in Africa.

Brighter World Energy’s model shows that it will offer the average household up to £200 per annum in savings when compared to the average standard variable tariff of the Big Six energy providers. Their mission to deliver renewable energy in Africa positions the company to align their business with UK customer values, build sustainable stakeholder engagement and thus strengthen their position in the domestic energy market for the long-term.

Not-for-Profit supplier Robin Hood Energy does the regulatory, energy trading, meter reading and meter management activities.

Cheryl Latham, Brighter World Energy’s founder and chief executive officer, said: “We’re here for those conscious consumers who want a good deal, but also want to use the power of their purchase to do some fundamental good in the world.

“With more than a billion unconnected people around the world, making a simple switch here at home will turn on the lights for villages in Africa for the very first time. Everyone should have the same right to access energy, no matter where they are born.

“Our investors’ have belief in the Brighter World mission, putting positively life-changing power in the hands of UK consumers, and addressing global challenges with a fair and transparent business model, is the right way to do business.”

Further commenting, Hayley Collen, investment director at ClearlySo: “There is a clear correlation between access to energy and inequality. Brighter World Energy is helping solve this problem by leveraging the power and consciousness of the British consumer to provide access to clean energy for those who need it most whilst getting a competitive price for their own fuel. We are delighted that ClearlySo’s extensive investor network was able to help give them the capital they need to launch this very important endeavor.”

The legal advisor on the transaction was Pannone Corporate LLP. Corporate partner Tom Hall who led the team said: “Brighter World Energy will not only enable socially conscious consumers to save money on their household energy bills but will make a real difference to the lives of people in Africa.

“Growing numbers of UK consumers are keen to source energy from companies operating in the sustainable and not for profit sectors. We are delighted to advise Brighter World Energy on securing the seed capital which will help fulfil its ambitions of becoming a leading provider in the UK energy market.”

This article was originally published here.

Military Zone to America – Two US Soldiers to Adopt Rescued Dogs from Middle East

Press Release – SMITHTOWN, New York – (October 26, 2016) – While many people are familiar with the many U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East, they are not aware of the dogs that often serve alongside them. Some of the dogs serve in official positions helping the military effort, while others are strays that the soldiers become attached to. Rather than having to leave those dogs behind, two U.S. soldiers will be adopting the dogs they have formed bonds with. The dogs will be transported from the military zone in the Middle East where they are stationed, and will be waiting for them upon their return back to the States, thanks to the work of Guardians of Rescue.

“We realize how important these dogs are to the health and well being of the soldiers who have been caring for them and working alongside of them,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are excited that we will be keeping these two dogs with the men who mean so much to them and vice versa. It’s a small gesture that we do for our soldiers that has a big impact.”

The two soldiers, both in the Army, who will be adopting the dogs are Sergeant Christian Cox and Specialist Michael Fenton. They contacted Guardians of Rescue, asking for assistance to help them get the dogs safely back to the U.S. Cox will be adopting Ghost, a stray dog that he has formed a bond with, while Fenton will be adopting Amigo, a bomb detection dog that was just retired of his duties.

The plans are currently under way for Guardians of Rescue to fly to where the two soldiers are stationed in the Middle East, and bring the two dogs, Amigo and Ghost, to Pennsylvania, where they will be placed with the soldiers’ families and wait for the return of the soldiers themselves. Both dogs are currently being cared for by the soldiers, and the organization is working as quickly as possible to bring them safely to the U.S. In addition, Guardians of Rescue is sending one of their retired military members to escort and ensure the dogs have safe passage to America.

“We are very honored to be helping the military and these dogs,” adds Misseri. “But we need your support to accomplish our goal of raising $10,000 – which is the funds required to get the dogs out of the Middle East and into their forever homes in America.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements.. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

Banfield Pet Hospital® Launches Associate Relief Program—Banfield Better Together Fund

Press Release – VANCOUVER, Wash. — Oct. 26, 2016 — Banfield Pet Hospital® today announced the launch of a newly formed associate (employee) relief fund—The Banfield Better Together Fund. The Banfield Better Together Fund is a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, created to provide financial support to current and future Banfield associates in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

The fund was established for associates, by associates in response to feedback requesting ways to help colleagues in the event of a disaster. The fund is governed by a Board of Directors and an independent Grant Selection Committee comprised completely of Banfield associates who volunteer their time to represent the other 16,000 associates of Banfield Pet Hospital. The Banfield Better Together Fund is part of Banfield’s larger Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, aligning with efforts dedicated to the “Wellness of Our People and Our Profession.” The fund was originally seeded by Banfield Pet Hospital and has already given financial grants to seven associates impacted by recent flooding in Baton Rouge, La. as well as an associate who recently lost her home in a fire.

“At Banfield, we believe it is our responsibility to help our associates when they need it the most,” said Vincent Bradley, President and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital. “With more than 16,000 associates working at more than 950 hospitals in 42 states and Puerto Rico, it is inevitable our team will be impacted by emergency situations. I am proud we have already provided support to the associates impacted by flooding in Baton Rouge, and am glad we can give some peace of mind to those impacted in future disasters.”

Qualifying Banfield associates impacted by federal- or state-declared disasters (including fire, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes or terrorism) can fill out an application for a tax-free financial grant ranging between $500 and $3,000 on average. The Banfield Better Together Fund helps provide essential living expenses such as housing, utilities, food, clothing and other basic necessities not otherwise covered by insurance.

While it was established to facilitate associates helping other associates in need, anyone can donate to the fund by visiting

About Banfield Pet Hospital®

Founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today it has more than 950 hospitals in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 3,200 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for pets and extended operating hours. Banfield Pet Hospital provides preventive care for millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®.

ascena Foundation Announces Winners of the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards

Three Winners to Receive Financial Grants to Help Make a Positive Impact in Communities across the Country 

Press Release – MAHWAH, NJ (October 20, 2016) – ascena retail group, inc., through their ascena Foundation, is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. The Awards Program, now in its third year, aims to empower and provide financial support to everyday heroes who are making a meaningful impact in communities across the United States, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem.

The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards honor the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, co-founder of dressbarn and Director Emeritus of ascena retail group, inc. “I’m thrilled to announce this year’s Award winners and recognize these exceptional leaders who are making the world a better place for women and children,” says Mrs. Jaffe. “This year, we received a record number of applications for nominations, showcasing the overwhelming number of organizations that are positively contributing to their local communities. It is truly an honor to welcome these women into the Jaffe Awards family and to support and celebrate organizations who are essential to the strength, health and betterment of our communities.”

As a trailblazing entrepreneur, Mrs. Jaffe began her career in 1962. Mrs. Jaffe was a working mother who saw a need for a convenient one-stop-shop that offered value-based and fashion-forward wardrobe solutions for busy women like herself. It was then that Mrs. Jaffe opened the first dressbarn store in Stamford, CT, eventually growing into ascena retail group, inc., a $7.4 billion family of retail brands, including Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Cacique, maurices, dressbarn, and Catherines brands. The Jaffe Awards honors Mrs. Jaffe’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to give back, while also encouraging social entrepreneurs to be heroes in their local communities.

The 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards winners all positively impact low-income women and children, both in their local communities and nationwide. The 2016 winners include:

  • Vanessa Garrison & Morgan Dixon, founders of GirlTrek ($100,000 Grand Prize Recipient)
    GirlTrek is a national nonprofit that mobilizes African-American women to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives through the habit of daily walking. “As an organization that helps improve the health of tens of thousands of black women and their families, this Award will help bring critical resources and attention to GirlTrek’s mission while advancing our goal to inspire 1 million black women and girls across the country to walk every day by 2018,” said co-founder Vanessa Garrison.
  • Lara Mendel, executive director of The Mosaic Project ($25,000 Grant Recipient)
    The Mosaic Project aims to create a peaceful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community-building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers in their communities.
  • Shira Greenberg, founder and artistic director of Keshet Dance ($25,000 Grant Recipient)
    Keshet Dance’s mission is to inspire and unite communities by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts.

An esteemed Selection Committee with expertise in women’s causes, public affairs, health and education selected three Awards winners based on five criteria: Their impact on women and children in the U.S., service of lower-to-middle class beneficiaries, use of innovative approaches, scalability, and overall need and use for funding. In addition to receiving financial grants that can be used to further impact the winners’ causes, these grassroots organizations will benefit from increased exposure, funding opportunities, and often the potential for expanded programming, collaborations and partnerships with other peer organizations.

A luncheon to honor the winners will take place on October 27, 2016 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Acclaimed journalist and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien, will emcee the event.

“I’m so honored to be a part of this fantastic initiative,” says Soledad O’Brien, award-winning journalist and proud supporter of the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. “This is my third year participating in the luncheon, and every year I’m impressed to learn about the wonderful causes and organizations that are further empowering and helping women and children across the country.”

Leading up to the luncheon, ascena retail group, inc. will host the inaugural Alumni Summit that will convene all previous grant recipients, further encouraging collaborations and partnerships amongst peers.

For additional information about the Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards and this year’s winners, please visit

About Roslyn S.Jaffe

Roslyn S. Jaffe co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962; currently she is Director Emeritus of ascena retail group, inc. She is a graduate of Simmons College, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree in management from Simmons College in 2011.

In 1962, Roslyn S. Jaffe was a working mother who, with her husband Elliott, saw a need and had a brilliant business idea – a one-stop-shop that offered the convenience of a value-based, yet fashion forward “work” wardrobe solution for busy women.. Roslyn and Elliot seized the opportunity and opened a small store named dressbarn in Stamford, CT and helped transform it into what is now ascena retail group, inc., a $7 billion plus family of brands. A true trailblazer and entrepreneur, Mrs. Jaffe credits her success to strength, determination, and a can-do attitude. But, most of all, she credits the company’s success to a strong team of family, friends, and associates.

Understanding the needs of her co-workers, many of whom were also “working moms,” Roslyn Jaffe encouraged a close-knit community where associates could rely on each other. In addition, Mrs. Jaffe supported like-minded organizations in the community and was an early advocate for Dress for Success®, an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. This “take care of your own” camaraderie is what inspired the company years later to establish ascena Cares, the company’s philanthropic organization.

About ascena Cares

Within ascena and its family of brands there is a rich history of giving. This is demonstrated through ascena Cares, which embodies the extraordinary philanthropic efforts within the organization. ascena and its brands have contributed over $100 million towards causes that benefit women and children, and the communities where they live. Whether through collective partnerships or individual brand outreach efforts, ascena is a family of brands that respects and serves women and girls and is dedicated to making a positive impact on their lives. And, through ascena Cares, several funds were established to provide support directly to associates, their families and their communities, including: an emergency assistance fund to help associates in challenging times; a scholarship fund to help associates’ children get a higher education; and a crisis relief fund to help associates and their surrounding communities in times of need.

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, maurices, dressbarn and Catherines brands, and for tween girls under the Justice brand. ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,900 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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