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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Scholarships Open for Local Students

Press Release – State College, PA – Over 100 scholarship funds held at Centre Foundation are now accepting applications from students in Centre County school districts, as well as those in Clearfield and Tyrone school districts.

“Students should work with their high school guidance offices to gain access to the online application platform, Academic Works,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation.

Students planning for any type of post-secondary education will find a wide variety of scholarships, including academic, athletic, and arts-based.

“These scholarship funds are established for a variety of reasons,” noted Kunkel. “Honoring a teacher’s legacy, memorializing a student who was lost too soon, and encouraging athletic or musical ability are just a few examples of events that have catalyzed the formation of some of the scholarships housed at Centre Foundation.”

AAUW and the PEO Sisterhood also hold scholarship funds for students who are pursuing their educations later in life. To learn about these and the many other scholarships that Centre Foundation administers, please visit or call 814-237-6229.

In 2016, a total of $221,240 was distributed through scholarship funds to 95 students attending 39 post-secondary schools.

“Our application process is streamlined through an online system that facilitates a more user-friendly experience,” explained Ashley Pipe, Grants & Scholarship Coordinator. “Our office works with the school districts and scholarship fund holders to facilitate the annual scholarship process.”

If you are interested in establishing a fund of any type, Centre Foundation is happy to assist you in reaching your philanthropic goals. More information is available on our website, or you can call our office make an appointment.

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

Bed Bath & Beyond Founder Leonard Feinstein Donates $25M to Support Northwell Health Research

Press Release – MANHASSET, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2017 — Leonard and Susan Feinstein today announced a $25 million contribution to Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research to further expand its research efforts in areas including clinical trials, neuroscience, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine.

The Feinstein Institute was renamed in the Feinsteins’ honor in 2005 after they provided an initial $25 million leadership gift. Their motivation to support Northwell’s research efforts stems from a major brain injury suffered by their son in an automobile accident 35 years ago, which occurred at a time when there were few long-term health care solutions that could handle his needs. “Life-saving techniques to keep you alive got so much better, but the deficits you were left with posed a significant challenge for those responsible for caring for you – or you were just put into a nursing home,” said Mr. Feinstein, co-founder and co-chairman of Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Feinsteins’ experience with their son sparked the beginning of their significant history of philanthropy dedicated to impacting the health care delivery system. The Feinsteins realized that research was the only real answer to yield treatments and cures that could alter the way medicine is practiced and delivered. Their early support in 2000 helped establish the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Center for Neurosciences. “We wanted to give where we thought we could make a difference – for a resource that wouldn’t exist unless we stepped in to help,” said Mr. Feinstein. “Dedicated neuroscience research had never been done at Northwell Health (then North Shore-LIJ Health System) on the scale we imagined, so we stepped in to make that happen eleven years ago.”

The Feinstein Institute is the worldwide leader in scientific knowledge of bioelectronic medicine – a new field of medicine that uses devices to treat disease and injury. Bioelectronic medicine represents the convergence of three well-established scientific fields: neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and bioengineering. The Feinstein Institute team, led by Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute, a neurosurgeon who pioneered the field, has been working in this area since 1998. The new gift from the Feinsteins brings to $275 million the overall commitment for bioelectronic medicine research thus far. This includes company investments and state grants in support of the underlying research for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases and injuries, including neurodegenerative diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, bleeding, diabetes and hypertension.

“The research taking place across all of Northwell Health – particularly bioelectronic medicine – can revolutionize the way medicine is practiced,” said Mr. Feinstein, who also is a member of the Feinstein Institute’s Board of Directors. “In this promising area of research, we are realizing useful applications and results now and within five to ten years, we will see cures for some of the most confounding human diseases in our lifetime. Not many research initiatives show that kind of promise.”

“Susan and Leonard Feinstein’s ongoing generosity is a testament to the advancements we have made in science, medicine and curing disease,” said Michael J. Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health. “Northwell established the research institute in 1999, and Leonard and Susan have been with us for each critical step as we’ve grown.”

“Leonard and Susan Feinstein’s unwavering support of our research programs over many, many years has been absolutely key to the founding of the Institute, the building of the Institute and now the launch of the Center of Bioelectronic Medicine,” said Dr. Tracey. “None of this would have happened without them.”

The Center for Bioelectronic Medicine, directed by Chad Bouton, is organized into three divisions – Molecular Targets, Neurophysiology and Neuroscience, and Neurotechnology and Analytics – each of which has several labs. The Center recently opened five new labs, one of which includes the only Class 100 clean room in Nassau County, LI.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and over 550 outpatient practices. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 61,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and nearly 3,400 physicians, including nearly 2,700 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners — are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

About The Feinstein Institute

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York. Home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the 3,500 researchers and staff of the Feinstein Institute are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity and bioelectronic medicine – a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine. For more information about how we empower imagination and pioneer discovery, visit

Kool Smiles Donates Dental Supplies to Hattiesburg Families Affected by Tornado

Press Release – HATTIESBURG, MS (February 16, 2017) – Staff from Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care for local children and families, delivered more than 500 toothbrushes to families impacted by a recent tornado that swept through the town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and the surrounding area.

Working with Sen. Juan Barnett and Rep. Toby Barker, Kool Smiles staff reacted quickly and organized a donation of toothbrushes and dental supplies to those affected by the crisis.

“The residents of the Pine Belt area recently had a devastating tornado that upended our way of life,” said State Senator Juan Barnett, whose district includes Hattiesburg. “It’s the little things – like a toothbrush – that will help us take steps back toward normal. Thank you Kool Smiles for being concerned about your community.”

“Our thoughts are with the victims of this terrible tragedy,” said Dr. Brad Bryan, Managing Dental Director. “Kool Smiles works hard every day to be a resource to this community and we’re committed to supporting the people of Hattiesburg in their time of need.”

To learn more about Kool Smiles’ community outreach programs or to inquire about partnership opportunities in your community, please click here.

About Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental care provider, Kool Smiles’ mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles, with support from the Benevis Foundation, also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit

The Emergence of Intelligence-Led Policing in Wildlife Protection

Intelligence-led policing (ILP) is increasingly promoted, but is it the most effective method of wildlife protection?

Press Release – ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ILP originated from the necessity in policing to focus on using informants and surveillance techniques to combat repeat offenders, with close cooperation between police chiefs and intelligence analysts.

Since ILP was adopted into combating wildlife crime in Tanzania, the national decline in elephants has slowed by an estimated two thirds since 2014, compared with the annual averages of the preceding six years. The PAMS Foundation elicited the involvement of the crack National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU) in 2014 and it has been a game changer in every ecosystem they worked.

PAMS also supported the establishment of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism’s Wildlife Crime Unit, which has been operating closely with the NTSCIU. Jointly they have been achieving internationally unparalleled results: 4 of the biggest ever illegal ivory traders were apprehended; 1,398 poachers and illegal ivory traders were arrested, 84% of those that have completed trial have been convicted; and 65 offenders have been given prison sentences from 16 years to 40 years.

David Hubbard, Special Agent in Charge of Law Enforcement at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service states, “The intelligence-led multi-agency work of the NTSCIU and MNRT Wildlife Crime Unit is an example of an effective strategy that should be followed across Africa, and potentially in parts of Asia too.”

Success in ILP is not automatic, as it is critically important to follow best practice principles to confirm the integrity of leadership, have as few parties involved as possible and ensure all partners are performance-driven, regularly assessed and held accountable. There are serious risks involved from growing too big too quickly due to successes achieved and the surrounding publicity. Non-specialists with huge budgets are too easily rendered ineffective or corrupted, hence it is prudent to not contribute donor money to projects that are not led by fully competent people of known good integrity.

Despite the risks and dangers of ILP, various parties that have been supporting the intelligence-led strategy financially regard it as the most effective way to protect wildlife. David Bonderman’s Wildcat Foundation is the principal donor of PAMS Foundation and the NTSCIU and were the first major benefactor to finance intelligence-led elephant protection in Tanzania.

“The Wildcat Foundation has supported scores of wildlife projects across the Sub-Sahara, and we have consistently found the most effective approach to reducing poaching is intelligence-led enforcement through a well-managed Public Private Partnership model,” says Rodger Schlickeisen.

Alexandra Kennaugh of the Oak Foundation states, “Intelligence-led enforcement is a cornerstone of Oak Foundation’s funding strategy because we believe it is a critical element in curbing the illegal killing of elephants and rhinos.”

The groups in Africa who are implementing ILP based on best practice principles are leading the way in terms of turning the tide on poaching. Read further for other case studies and detailed information

Dr. Yum’s Book Helps Combat Childhood Obesity

Press Release – FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia – (February 21, 2017) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 out of every 5 school age children is obese, which is a number that has more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, the CDC refers to childhood obesity today as a serious problem. It’s one that many parents are not sure how to take on and beat. The good news is that although babies may not be born with a handbook on how to care for them, one doctor who is on a mission to combat childhood obesity has written a book on how to feed children so they are healthy and happy.

“As a pediatrician, I see that childhood obesity is a serious situation that we are dealing with as a nation. The effects of our over-reliance on processed food extends beyond the growth curve. So many children are who normal weight still exhibit symptoms that stem from their diet” says Dr. Nimali Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Dr. Yum Project. “Parents need a good road map to introduce a lifelong love of healthy food, or children are more likely to have many health problems when they become adults. Prioritizing healthy food as a family can be a good first step”

In addition to founding The Doctor Yum Project, a nonprofit organization that has been helping to curb the childhood obesity problem since 2011, Dr. Fernando also co-authored the book “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating” (The Experiment, October 2015). Dr. Fernando co-authored the book with Melanie Potock, a pediatric feeding expert. The book has become a popular tool among parents who are searching for simple ways to help their children learn to embrace healthy eating. The book features such helpful information as:

Advice and tips tailored to every stage from newborn through school-age
How to combat picky eating and raise an adventurous eater
Real-life stories of parents and kids they have helped
Wisdom from cultures across the globe on how to feed kids
Helpful insights on the sensory system, difficult mealtime behaviors, and everything from baby-led weaning to sippy cups
And seven “passport stamps” for good parenting: joyful, compassionate, brave, patient, consistent, proactive, and mindful.
Parents gain in-depth knowledge about parenting the whole child, understanding the sensory system, healthy feeding at every stage of development, navigating the school cafeteria, food allergies, and more.

“The childhood obesity problem is one that parents can win,” added Dr. Fernando. “We are just so bombarded with quick food options, like prepackaged lunches and pureed squeeze packs that we have lost our way. My mission is to try to help people find their way back to feeding their kids a healthy diet that is filled with fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, and to help kids be happy about eating them.”

In addition to the book on feeding kids a healthy diet, Dr. Fernando (otherwise known as Dr. Yum), and the team at The Doctor Yum Project the nonprofit she founded, created a free online tool, called Meal Maker Machine. The “Machine” helps parents create healthy meals using the ingredients they already have on hand in their pantry. They simply input the ingredients they have and the system will create a customized healthy recipe for them within seconds.

Dr. Fernando’s pediatric office is unique, offering an instructional kitchen area, where The Doctor Yum Project offers classes for kids and healthy food classes for parents. People attend the classes to get hands on experiences in preparing a variety of plant-based foods, as well as to learn more about gardening in her teaching garden. She also offers a preschool nutrition program, with numerous preschools in the area participating in it.

“Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating” is available online. To learn more about The Doctor Yum Project or Dr. Fernando, visit the site at:

About The Doctor Yum Project

Founded by Dr. Nimali Fernando, The Doctor Yum Project is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to transforming the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering them with the tools to live a healthy life. They offer a variety of community programs to help with those efforts. They are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and feature an instructional kitchen and teaching garden for holding classes. To learn more, visit the site at:

Leonhardt Ventures to Present Heart and Heart Valve Regeneration Technologies at Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Meeting February 21st in D.C.

Press Release – Santa Monica, California and Salt Lake City, Utah (PR Buzz) — February 20th, 2017 – Leonhardt Ventures a leading developer of breakthrough organ regeneration and support assist technologies today announced that Dr. Leslie Miller their Chief Medical Officer will present at the 20th Annual Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) Conference on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 7:40 a.m. EST and 11:40am EST in the CRT CARDIOVASCULAR INNOVATIONS Showcase – see

2/21/2017 7:40 AM – 7:48 AM BioLeonhardt Heart Regeneration –
2/21/2017 11:40 AM – 11:46 AM Valvublator Heart Valve Decalcification & Regeneration

Dr. Miller will be highlighting our BioLeonhardt combination bioelectric stimulator + re-fillable micro infusion pump + fifteen component stem cell based composition for heart regeneration. He will also present our Valvublator catheter based technology for decalcifying then regenerating heart valves so patients can keep their own instead of getting an implant – click here to see Valvublator animation video . He will also show briefly our Second Heart Assist, Inc. technology which complements our BioLeonheart heart regeneration treatment by providing circulatory assist support in the descending aorta – click here to see animation video –

Leonhardt Stent Pump from Calx Stars Business Accelerator on Vimeo.

The BioLeonhardt bioelectric stimulator is designed to release of SDF-1 (stem cell homing), IGF-1, HGF (designed to protect against arrthymia risk), EGF, PDGF, VEGF, eNOS, Activin A+B, Follistatin and Tropoelastin as well as controlling on demand stem cell proliferation and differentiation into beating heart muscle within scar tissue. The fifteen- component heart regeneration composition includes adipose derived cells or bone marrow MSCs, muscle derived stem cells, EPCs, a full cocktail of growth factors, nutrient hydrogel, selected exosomes, selected alkaloids, selected anti-inflammatory agents, cardiac matrix and selected MicroRNAs. Click here to see BioLeonhardt animation video –

BIO-LEONHARDT from Calx Stars Business Accelerator on Vimeo.


Based in Santa Monica, California Leonhardt Ventures is a leading developer of cardiovascular and organ regeneration, support assist and repair technologies. Our products are designed to regenerate your own organs with a combination of bioelectric stimulation controlled release of 13+ regeneration promoting proteins and repeat delivery via a re-fillable micro infusion pump of a fifteen-component organ regeneration composition. Leonhardt Ventures founded in 1982 led the development of cardiovascular balloon catheters in the 1980s, percutaneous heart valves and stent grafts in the 1990s, cardiovascular genetic tests and organ regeneration technologies in the 2000’s. The team led first-in-man cases for percutaneous aortic aneurysm repair in 1995 and first non-surgical stem cell repair of a human heart in 2001. For additional information please visit:


BioLeonhardt is focused on the development of a combination implantable bioelectric stimulator + micro infusion pump + multi-component stem cell + growth factor based composition for regenerating damaged hearts. The company is currently completing animal studies at the University of Utah funded by a USTAR Technology Acceleration Grant. See


Valvublator is focused on developing a catheter based device to decalcify and regenerate damaged heart valves. See –


Leonhardt’s Launchpads founded in 2007 is an innovation accelerator founded by Leonhardt Ventures to accelerate the early stage development of startups emanating from its own inventions with a primary focus on organ regeneration and associated supporting technologies. Leonhardt’s Launchpads operates out of locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena, California with Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. and in Petaluma, California in association with the University of Northern California Science and Technology Innovation Center (UNC STIC) – In November of 2015 they founded Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah to work more closely with University of Utah researchers and other local collaborators. See –


CRT Group Foundation is a not for profit corporation dedicated to providing educational services in the field of cardiology through the website, and the Cardiovascular Research Technologies (CRT) annual symposium – CRT focuses on the advances and changes in the field of cardiovascular medicine. CRT is designed to provide access to the world’s leading clinicians and the latest research in order to improve practice and treatment outcomes for a variety of health care professionals.



This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding development of Leonhardt’s Launchpads and Leonhardt Ventures existing and new products, the Company’s progress toward commercial growth, and future opportunities and expected regulatory approvals. The Company’s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements based upon a number of factors, including uncertainties associated with development, testing and related regulatory approvals, including the potential for future losses, complex manufacturing, high quality requirements, dependence on limited sources of supply, competition, technological change, government regulation, litigation matters, future capital needs and uncertainty of additional financing, and other risks and challenges detailed in the Company’s filings. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Leonhardt’s Launchpads operates with a very small staff and limited budget while launching more than 30 startups. Not all web sites and information is able to be kept up to date all the time. If you have any specific questions about accuracy or up to date information please email us with your questions. Leonhardt’s Launchpads technologies (licensable technology platorms – startups) are very early stage and un-proven and thus are deemed very high risk investments not suitable to most. Investing in Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc. DBA Leonhardt’s Launchpads is limited to verified accredited and sophisticated investors only at this time. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Lifehouse Announces Details for 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries Gala, April 22

Rock Legend Huey Lewis to Host Fundraiser Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (February 20, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, has announced details for its 27th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries gala to be held on Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Rock legend, Huey Lewis, a long-time supporter of the organization and Honorary Chair of the event, will host this year’s gala that will feature culinary delights and fine wines from more than 50 of the Bay Area’s most renowned chefs and wineries.

“I am grateful for Huey’s continued commitment to Lifehouse and the Great Chefs and Wineries event. He has spent time developing friendships with the people we serve. He really has become part of the Lifehouse family. We are also thankful to the other cornerstones of our event, Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, the Culinary Host, Sid Sall, the Wine Committee Chair, and our event committee co-chairs, Eileen Kilgariff and Sharon Sides. Their dedication and loyalty is extraordinary,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO. “The support of our community, wineries, restaurants, sponsors, staff members and volunteers for this special celebration allows Lifehouse to continue providing the quality services that enable the people we serve to live as independently as possible.”

Lifehouse provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in communities in the North Bay and San Francisco and continues to grow.

The gala festivities will begin in an outdoor tent where guests will dine on small plates expertly prepared by chefs from 25 of the Bay Area’s best restaurants. Guests will enjoy the delectable bites accompanied by an impressive lineup of more than 25 elite wineries. The event will also include a silent and live auction offering alluring trips, wonderful gifts, extraordinary wines, a beautiful piece of jewelry for the raffle sponsored by Cresalia Jewelers, an intimate concert by the Atlantic City Boys and a highly-anticipated musical/dance performance starring individuals served by Lifehouse. Great Chefs and Wineries is Lifehouse’s major fundraising event of the year, with last year’s event raising over half a million dollars for the organization.

Chefs and restaurants returning this year’s Great Chefs and Wineries event include Chef Howard Ko, Plumpjack’s Balboa Café; Chef Matthew Curry, Boca Tavern; Chef Robert Price, Buckeye Roadhouse; Chefs Joanne Weir and Daniel Tellez, Copita Tequileria y Comida; Chef John Burkhard, Hog Island Oyster Company; Chef David Haydon, Il Davide; Chef Carlos Beltran, Il Fornaio; Chef Heidi Insalata Krahling, Insalata’s; Chef Fabrice Marcon, Left Bank Brasserie; Chef Frank Villa, Marinitas; Chef Mario Pampin Gonzalez, The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap; Chef David Lugo, Perry’s Larkspur; Chef Josh Ludd, Piatti’s; Chef Bruce Hill, Picco; Chef Ben Balesteri, Poggio Trattoria; Chef Sean Saylor, Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar; Owner and Chef Yoshi Tome, Sushi Ran; Chef Michael Brady, Vin Antico; and Chef Debbie Coenen, WildFox Restaurant. We are thrilled to have new restaurants participating from San Francisco this year that include Chef Ryan O’Malley, EPIC Steak, and Chefs Parke Ulrich and Justin Baade, Waterbar; Chef Omar Huerta, Playa, from Mill Valley; Chefs Casey and Patrick Van Voorhis, Spoonbar, from Healdsburg; And lastly, from Cavallo Point, Sausalito, we are welcoming back Chef Justin Everett, Murray Circle.

Participating wineries returning this year include Benovia Winery, Duckhorn Wine Company, Dutton Goldfield, Estate 1856, Frank Family Vineyards, Freeman Vineyard & Winery, Grgich Hills Estate, Hall Napa Valley, Hartford Family Winery, Keenan Winery, Kosta Browne Winery, Linked Vineyards, Navarro Vineyards, Papapietro Perry Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Revana Family Vineyards, Schweiger Vineyards, Siduri Wines, Silver Oak Cellars, Thirty-Seven Wines, Vine Cliff Winery, and Wilson Winery. We are so happy to have new wineries participating this year that include Alpha Omega Winery, Brooks Note Winery, Littorai Wines, Merry Edwards Winery, and Vine Cliff Winery.

Additionally, returning breweries, Moylan’s and Marin Brewing Company will be joined by Four Point Beer Company, providing guests with locally-brewed beers. Champagne will be poured by Roederer Estate. Martinis made with vodka and gin from Sonoma Brothers Distilling will also be available, as well as alternative beverages from Sonoma Syrup and espresso and cappuccino served by Equator Coffee & Teas.

Taste Kitchen and Table will provide scrumptious macaroons in the tent and a specially designed dessert for guests in the dining room.

Reservations for Great Chefs and Wineries are required. Tickets are $350 per person and table of 10 sponsorships start at $4,000. Tickets are available at or by calling (415) 526-5300. All proceeds from the event benefit Lifehouse.

For more information about Lifehouse, please visit

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has provided opportunity and independence to individuals with developmental disabilities through life-skills training, community integration, advocacy, referral and information. Lifehouse began as a parent-led effort in 1954 and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected agencies, improving the quality of life for its residents and clients by helping each person become as independent as possible. Services include supported living, independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, individual day support services, assessments, information and referrals, affordable housing advocacy, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists and in-home support for families. More information about Lifehouse is available at

YWCA USA Voices Deep Concerns for New DHS Guidelines to Deport Undocumented Immigrants

Press Release – YWCA USA finds the memo signed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly on new guidelines for deporting undocumented immigrants deeply troubling. That the administration is considering these proposals, which authorize aggressive efforts to detain and deport immigrants is reason for every American to be concerned. If a plan like this one goes into effect, it would tear apart families and communities, putting even more women, children, and survivors of violence at risk. This is inherently an issue of civil and human rights, and YWCA USA will work in tandem with our partners to counter these efforts.

Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA:

“If the administration moves forward with this, or any similar plan to aggressively target immigrant communities, it will be an inexcusable part of a long history of violent acts against communities of color. Such policies are antithetical to our values at YWCA USA as well as the United States’ stated commitment to freedom and liberty for all.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization is one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more:

The University Of Denver Will Celebrate Two Visionary Leaders At Annual Founders Gala

Ralph J. and Trish M. Nagel drive progress in Denver and beyond

Press Release – DENVER—Feb. 20, 2017—The University of Denver will honor two visionary leaders, Ralph and Trish Nagel, at the 2017 Founders Gala, Thursday, March 2.

The Nagels will be awarded the Founders Medal – the University’s highest honor – presented to those whose transformative leadership and engaged philanthropy represent the pinnacle of the University’s Values: Excellence, Innovation, Engagement, Integrity, and Inclusion.

“Founders Celebration is a time for our community to acknowledge the contributions across the generations that have laid the foundation of this great university,” said DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “We are honored that the Nagels are part of our tradition of making things happen at our University.”

For over two decades the Nagels have been making things happen at DU by conceptualizing and actualizing their support of People, Places and Programs. Their leadership and financial support is far-reaching, affecting every corner of DU : scholarships for underserved international students; the Nagel Residence Hall (that houses the Nagel Art collection of over 50 paintings of Colorado artists); Nagel Art Studios in the School of Art and Art History; the Innovation Lab in the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science; John Moye Hall, home of IALLS (the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System); the C-Cubed studios of the Emerging Digital Practices Program at Shwayder Hall; the Archival Library at Hampden Center; and the Condoleezza Rice Family Practice Professorship. Ralph also has personally enhanced many of DU’s public spaces with his own art work, including an eight-panel piece in the Engineering Building, titled “Engineers’ Abstractions.”

Ralph has served as a trustee on the University of Denver’s Board for 14 years and is now is serving as Lifetime Trustee. He also served as Chairman of the Colorado Commission of Higher Education for 5 years.

“Ralph and Trish Nagel are dear friends of the University whose generosity is limitless,” said Armin Afsahi, vice chancellor for University Advancement. “It is a pleasure to recognize them with the University’s highest honor for their unparalleled commitment to philanthropy and civic leadership. Their enduring impact exemplifies the University of Denver’s mission to be a great, private university dedicated to the public good.”

The Nagels founded the Meridian Retirement Communities that challenged the status quo and upended the medical model of aging by offering a different option – the “social” model of aging. For the Nagels, advancing the public good also includes partnering with Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE), which Ralph co-founded, that provides scholarships to low income students and being actively engaged in developing transitional housing for challenged populations including Marisol Home for homeless women and children and Step 13 transitional housing for sober men. They also have been instrumental in the transformation of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Academy and Arrupe Jesuit High School.

A few years ago Ralph took up painting as a personal challenge “to use the other side of his brain” while still maintaining his role in business and other community endeavors. “Painting is about having the courage to take risks toward an outcome that is unknown,” observes Ralph, a theme that runs through the Nagels’ many life chapters – the importance of not needing to know the answer before you undertake risk.

Meanwhile, Trish conceived and launched the groundbreaking Star Catchers® Experience, where 4-6 year olds from inner city schools that offer a value-based education, attend opening night Broadway productions. Through carefully crafted pre- and post-theater components, the children receive much more than a theater ticket – they discover for themselves how the use, or misuse, of the “Stars” (i.e., character strengths, ethical values and social skills portrayed in the productions) matter to both the story and to their own lives.

The University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

Team Tassy Kicks off Third Annual “Run Across Haiti” Ultra-marathon for Families in Poverty

Runners tackle 230-mile, seven-day ultra-marathon across Haiti to raise $200,000 to end poverty

Press Release – PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — February 18, 2017 — Team Tassy ( is a nonprofit that accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. Today, the organization has started its third annual “Run Across Haiti” ultra-marathon to raise $200,000 for its cause.

Run Across Haiti features twenty-one incredible participants, from a Haitian Olympic hopeful to a cancer survivor to seasoned, professional triathletes. They will complete the equivalent of eight marathons in seven days, either as solo runners or in relay teams of three. The run will begin in the north, in Cap Haitien , and end in the beautiful southern tip of Haiti, Jacmel. The island nation is known for steep changes in elevation, ranging from sea level to over 4,500 ft. Over the course of the run, the participants will climb two different mountain ranges and average a marathon a day. They will endure a variety of conditions on the roads running through heavy traffic, markets, villages, mountains, and deserts.

“We love the vibrancy of Haiti’s landscape, culture, and people, and this run captures the true spirit of this country,” said Vivien Luk, Executive Director of Team Tassy. “We want to show to the rest of the world that Haiti is not a place to be feared or pitied and to raise the necessary funds to create dignified jobs for the families we serve.”

Among the runners is 25-year-old Olympic hopeful Wesley Sainval, who was born in Haiti and immigrated to Connecticut as a teen. Wesley has trained for the NYC Marathon and as part of the 2016 Haitian Olympic team before an injury slowed him down.

“After learning about Team Tassy and their Run Across Haiti, I was beyond inspired to join the cause. It’s a dream come true to have this opportunity to help Haiti through my love of running,” said Sainval. “Team Tassy is making real, impactful changes working alongside families and helping them to become economically sustainable.”

What sets Team Tassy apart is its individualized, micro-targeted approach to tackling poverty, one family at a time. Its mission is simple, yet clearly defined and actionable: to end poverty in one community by placing two heads of households into good, dignified jobs. This means preparing individuals for jobs and supporting their access to basic needs, medical care, education and continued professional development.

“Our approach to solving poverty is very personal — you can’t simply throw money at the problem and expect it to heal on its own,” said Ian Rosenberger, Founder and Board President of Team Tassy. “We celebrate the potential inherent in each and every individual by standing beside him or her, working to remove barriers to success, and providing necessary resources towards independence.”

For more information on Team Tassy and content posted throughout the race, please visit, @teamtassy or

About Team Tassy

Team Tassy accompanies families in Haiti out of poverty through good, dignified jobs. While their vision seeks to make a global impact, they are currently focusing their efforts in Menelas, a community in Port-au-Prince. What sets them apart is their individualized, micro-targeted approach to tackling poverty one family at a time. Team Tassy believes in the power of work with a goal of placing two heads of households into a dignified job so they and their families can pull themselves out of poverty forever. In 2015, they created the Run Across Haiti, a 230-mile ultra-marathon to show that Haiti is not a place to be feared or to be pitied, and this year, their goal is to raise $200,000 to help fund their work. This ultra-marathon runs from the northern tip to the southern end of Haiti, and has featured a variety of incredible participants, from a Haitian Olympic hopeful to cancer survivors to seasoned and professional triathletes.

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