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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Utes To One-Up BYU By Flowering Brigham Young Statue During Rivalry Week

The Climate Campaign officially gains a partner for their next event.

Press Release – Provo, UT: The Utes, not to be bested, will respond to the Cougars’ flower challenge at 7 am on Tuesday (BYU’s first day back to school) with a custom-painted football helmet and jersey laid at the feet of the Brigham Young Statue on BYU campus. The football helmet is half blue, half red, and emblazoned with the Climate Campaign’s slogan “United We Change”. A large, purple flower arrangement will surround the statue and Brother Brigham will be fitted with a sign that jokingly declares “This is the Place! To fight climate change.” BYU students plan to be by the statue to welcome the Utes to their campus, and assuage any fears that this is an act of vandalism.

“We know they’ve worried about us vandalizing the Brigham Young Statue before,” said Ute Climate Campaign liaison Colin Green. “They’ve even gone so far as to bubble-wrap him during rivalry week. This was our way of saying ‘we’re in, the past is in the past.’”

After this, the Utes and Cougs are planning to work together on their next awareness event in Salt Lake City. Anyone interested in helping out can go to for upcoming details.

About The Climate Campaign: The Climate Campaign is not a University sanctioned club or organization. It consists mainly of students from both BYU and the U who believe that climate change awareness is the key to a sustainable future. They dedicate their efforts to creatively communicating with elected representatives and their constituents, by showing that climate change is a topic that diverse parties can all unite on.

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SDSU Partners with MTS for SDSU-Themed Trolley

The trolley wrap celebrates SDSU’s contributions to the San Diego region over the past 120 years and will be on display through November.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2017) — San Diego State University has delivered an invitation to San Diegans to celebrate a shared anniversary.

A newly wrapped San Diego trolley announcing SDSU’s 120th year went public today thanks to a collaboration between SDSU and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).

The university will celebrate its birthday throughout the fall semester with lectures, campus tours and other special events.

The SDSU edition of the trolley also carries a “ONE CITY. ONE TEAM.” design on the opposite side—a reference to the Aztecs’ new status as San Diego’s primary football team.

Founded in 1897 as a teacher training school, SDSU is recognized today as a top public research university. Hundreds of thousands have received degrees from SDSU since the first graduating class of 23 women and three men.

Many Aztecs put down roots in this community, leading San Diego in business, politics, education, health, engineering, communication and telecommunication, sciences and the arts.

“SDSU’s positive impact on the San Diego region today is unmistakable—just as it has been throughout our 120-year history,” said SDSU Athletic Director John David Wicker.

The university also ranks as one of the region’s largest economic engines, employing nearly 6,000 faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students.

SDSU is home to the two-time defending Mountain West Conference champion Aztec football program, another valuable asset to the city.

“We are the football team playing in Mission Valley for the last 50 years, and we plan on being here for at least another 50,” Wicker said. “We are ‘one city, one team.’”

The Aztecs play their football season opener against UC Davis at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, at San Diego Stadium. Season tickets, mini plans and single game tickets are available through

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 more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

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Taube Philanthropies Makes $1 Million Emergency Challenge Grant Toward Hurricane Harvey Relief

All Hands Volunteers to use funds toward emergency and rebuilding efforts, including managing volunteer center

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area-based foundation Taube Philanthropies announced today that it has made a $1 million emergency challenge grant to support Hurricane Harvey relief and rebuilding efforts.

Taube Philanthropies, led by Tad made its challenge grant to All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based disaster relief organization which relies on a network of volunteers to help people affected by natural disasters all over the world. One of the leading organizations responding to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey, in the immediate phase of emergency response, All Hands has multiple teams on the ground assessing devastated regions to identify where assistance is most needed, and clearing trees and debris so families can return to their homes.

All Hands is in the process of establishing and leading a volunteer reception center, intended to recruit, activate and manage thousands of volunteers in a highly organized relief effort. With Taube Philanthropies’ grant, All Hands Volunteers will be equipped to stay in the Houston area for the long-term, engaging deeply in rebuilding efforts.

Given the significant impact of the storm on Houston’s Jewish community, and Taube Philanthropies’ focus on sustaining Jewish life, $100,000 of the foundation’s grant will support Jewish community needs. Evacuated families are seeking shelter, including at nearby Jewish overnight camps; the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston is underwater; and several synagogues have closed due to flooding, just weeks in advance of the Jewish High Holy Days.

“Houston and other nearby communities have experienced devastating loss and destruction, and we feel compelled to do our part to support relief and rebuilding efforts,” said Tad Taube, chairman of Taube Philanthropies. “With this grant, we are challenging All Hands Volunteers and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to encourage supporters to go the extra mile. We urge the greater community, whether you live in Houston or anywhere else in our country, to join us in helping one of America’s great cities and its besieged population emerge from this unfortunate disaster stronger than ever before.

Erik Dyson, executive director and CEO of All Hands Volunteers, shared, “Taube Philanthropies’ generous grant and the funding it will catalyze make it possible for All Hands Volunteers to do what the magnitude of this disaster demands: to run our largest disaster response to date, and to commit to staying in the affected areas through the many, many months ahead it will require to repair and rebuild. We are honored to have the confidence of Taube Philanthropies in recognizing that we are mindful of the needs of Houston’s heavily impacted Jewish community.”

Added Lee Wunsch, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, “We have been so touched by the outpouring of love and support Houston’s Jewish community has received, and especially for the generosity provided to us by Taube Philanthropies. It goes a long way in helping us begin the road to recovery.”

Taube Philanthropies’ executive director, Shana Penn, said, “Taube Philanthropies is committed to being there for people and communities in need, whether those needs be long-term cultural and educational challenges, or critical emergency relief such as that which faces us in Houston. We are confident that Americans throughout our 50 states will open their hearts and support the greater Houston community generously.”

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NonprofitCoach™ Launches Global Leaders Fellowship for New and Emerging Nonprofit Executives — Deadline October 6, 2017

Press Release – ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/NonprofitCoach™ today announced the launch of the Global Leaders Fellowship—an exclusive leadership development program for new and emerging nonprofit executives 25 to 35 years of age. Applications are being accepted through October 6, 2017 for enrollment in the 2018 class commencing in January.

Ten newly-appointed or emerging nonprofit executives will be selected for the Global Leaders Fellowship 2018 inaugural class. Selection criteria include nonprofit leadership, age, diversity, participation, merit and financial need. There are no travel or residency requirements as the program is designed to allow fellows to develop within the context of their current organization and role. Nor is there any cost to fellowship recipients or their employers.

“I understand that some of the most innovative and scalable social sector work is being done by small nonprofit and nongovernment organizations on the front lines,” says Michelle Lampher, NonprofitCoach™ founder and president. “Such organizations often lack sufficient means and donor support to make significant investments in leadership development. The Global Leaders Fellowship was designed to fill this gap.”

NonprofitCoach Global Leaders Fellowship for new and emerging nonprofit executives 25 to 35 years of age. Application deadline October 6, 2017.

The Global Leaders Fellowship is a rigorous leadership coaching program that will blend monthly one-on-one coaching for each fellow with monthly group coaching for the entire class. Meetings will take place virtually—via voice and video conferences—twice a month between January and June 2018. This experiential approach will allow fellows to learn, practice, and master new leadership mindsets, skillsets and behaviors on their own, in community with their peers, and on the job.

“The Global Leaders Fellowship is designed as a way to give back to the global nonprofit community I serve,” says Lampher. “My hope is that over the course of their careers these young leaders will have many opportunities to pay it forward, influencing hundreds—if not thousands—of other social sector leaders around the world. That’s a powerful force for change.”

Interested candidates may visit to learn more and apply online by the October 6, 2017 deadline.

NonprofitCoach™ specializes in leadership coaching for nonprofit leaders. It is a division of California-based Better World Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm founded in 2004 to serve the global nonprofit community.

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Amida Care Reaffirms Our Strong Opposition to President Trump’s Discriminatory Ban on Military Service for Transgender People

Press Release – Washington, D.C. — In July, Amida Care issued a statement rejecting President Trump’s intention to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. Last Friday, the President signed a memorandum formalizing this intention. We condemn this discriminatory stance and reaffirm our commitment to support equal rights and fair treatment for the transgender community.

“This policy is an insult to the transgender Americans who have put their lives on the line to serve in our military,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “Discrimination of any kind has no place in our military and in America.”

Currently, 15,000 transgender men and women serve our country. One in five transgender Americans having served at some point in their life – double the percentage of the general U.S. population who have served in the military.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the Department of Defense will postpone the outright ban for currently serving transgender service members pending further study. But postponement isn’t good enough – the proposed policy is disrespectful to people of transgender experience and should be abandoned. Existing evidence shows that the inclusion of transgender individuals has no significant impact on military readiness and, in reality, benefits the military by creating an inclusive and diverse workforce. Amida Care supports bi-partisan efforts in Congress led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Maine Senator Susan Collins that would prevent the Trump administration from ending medical payments or discharging transgender service members.

President Trump has previously cited medical costs as one of the reasons behind this decision. However, a 2016 RAND study found that the medical costs of transgender service members represented a very small portion of the military’s health care expenses. According to the study, care for transgender service members would represent between 0.005 to 0.017 percent of overall Department of Defense health care expenditures.

Amida Care, the largest Medicaid Special Needs health Plan (SNP) in New York, has been a local pioneer for transgender health, with 7% of our members identifying as transgender.

“Banning transgender people from military service for any reason is shameful, and using medical costs is a poor excuse,” Wirth added. “We believe health care is a right, not a privilege. Everyone in this country – from civilians to the men, women, and people of transgender experience who serve in our military – deserves access to high-quality care. This is clearly not about medical costs, it’s about bigotry.”

Amida Care remains firmly committed to supporting the LGBTQ community in leading healthy, authentic lives and advocating for LGBTQ social justice.

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Unparalleled Behind-the-Scenes Access to The Kentucky Derby, Hamilton, Hello Dolly! with Bette Midler, the ESPYs, And Sonoma’s Most Elusive Wines Are Available to Bidders at the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction

Sonoma County’s largest charitable giving event, chaired by Barbara R. Banke of Jackson Family Wines, takes place September 15 – 16, 2017

Press Release – SANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 31, 2017) – The Sonoma County Vintners and Barbara R. Banke, the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair, are thrilled to announce this year’s much-anticipated auction lots, set to cause a flurry of bidding at the Sonoma County Wine Auction this September.

Presented by Visa Signature® and sponsored by Jackson Family Wines and TricorBraun WinePak, guests at the Sonoma County Wine Auction will have the opportunity to bid on an expertly curated collection of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, highly sought-after wines and unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to popular events:

  • 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction Chair Barbara Banke – Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines and one of America’s top thoroughbred owners and breeders – leads the charge with a fabulous package that includes a weekend at the Kentucky Derby.
  • Knights Bridge Winery, Dr. Jeffrey P. Hays and Mrs. Carole Shorenstein Hays have teamed up to present an exceptional jaunt to London that includes meeting the cast of Hamilton.
  • Fans of the incomparable Bette Midler will get to see the star play Auntie Mame in Hello Dolly! and enjoy a backstage reception with the cast of the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen – complemented by stellar wines from Williams Selyem that are only available to members on their list.
  • Gourmands will vie for an adventurous package that combines truffle hunting with a collection of 100-point wines from Vérité Wines.
  • Film aficionados have the chance to win VIP access to the 45th Telluride Film Festival courtesy of Hamel Family Wines.
  • An MVP experience at the ESPYs including access to the Players’ Party, is paired with large format Williams Selyem wines that are only available on allocation
  • Aviation buffs will compete for the chance to tour the Pacific Coast in a World War II-era DC-3 owned by the founders of Benovia Winery.

Named one of the top charitable wine auctions nationally by Wine Spectator, the two-day affair kicks off on Friday, September 15 with an exclusive Preview Party at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens and intimate dinners hosted by local vintners. The auction, which has raised $24 million for charity partners in Sonoma County, takes place on Saturday, September 16 at the stunning La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard, followed by an al fresco dinner.

“Sonoma County is home to exceptional vintners who have devoted a great deal of time and resources to create unique experiences for our bidders, who are flying in from all over the country,” said Barbara Banke, 2017 Auction Chair and Chairman & Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. “We’re proud to come together for the Sonoma County Wine Auction to promote Sonoma County, our wines and to support our non-profit community partners who work so hard to give Sonoma County a strong foundation for the future.”

For more information about the 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction, please visit


Since its inception, the Sonoma County Wine Auction has raised $24 million for organizations that benefit students, children, and people in need in Sonoma County. It is the region’s largest charitable giving event, and it supports more non-profits than any other fundraising event in the county, working with more than 70 local charities to promote vital health and human services, exceptional arts and culture, environmental preservation and critical early childhood education programs.

A particular focus of the Auction is “Fund the Future” which supports innovative literacy programs for elementary school students, designed to engage children, promote school readiness and develop reading proficiency in school districts throughout the county.


The Sonoma County Wine Auction weekend package is priced at $2,500 per person, including access to the events listed below. Visa Signature and Visa Infinite® cardholders receive discounted tickets and complimentary shipping for wine lots purchased at the Sonoma County Wine Auction.

  • Preview Party at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens (Friday, September 15) – Sonoma County’s top winemakers will share reserve wines, exquisite farm-to-table small bites, and sneak peeks of the live auction lots
  • Vintner-Hosted Dinners (Friday, September 15) – Several wineries throughout Sonoma County will be hosting exclusive, one-of-a-kind dinners for weekend package holders
  • Sonoma County Wine Auction at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard (Saturday, September 16) – The event begins with a reception and auction lot preview from Noon to 2 p.m., followed by the live auction from 2:15 – 5 p.m. and concludes with a beautiful al fresco dinner from 5 – 7 p.m.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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About The 2017 Sonoma County Wine Auction

About Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines (JFW) is a family-owned and run company that crafts award-winning wines of distinct character and quality. With a focus on sustainable viticulture practices, responsible vineyard and natural resource management and unparalleled winemaking, the family’s collection comprises more than 50 renowned brands, with substantial winery and vineyard holdings throughout the premier wine-growing regions of California and Oregon. JFW also crafts fine wines from Australia, Chile, France, Italy and South Africa. Founded in 1982 by wine pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Jess Jackson, Jackson Family Wines and its wineries are led by Chairman Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. Learn more at

The Sonoma County Wine Auction is presented by Visa Signature®

Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders enjoy a range of benefits that provide special access and can save money. In addition to points, miles, cash back and other premium rewards offered by issuers, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders also enjoy perks such as 24/7 complimentary concierge services, the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection and exclusive offers for fine wine and food, travel and sports. For more information on Visa Signature, Visa Infinite and other Visa offerings, please visit

About TricorBraun WinePak

TricorBaun WinePak has offices in Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Mexico. It has been serving the wine industry since 1982 and is the premier wine packaging supplier in North America, supplying packaging components including stock & custom bottles from domestic & global sources, Stelvin™ closures, capsules. Their on-site QA lab & experts ensures the highest quality. The company’s facilities include a $2 million repacking system that automatically transfers wine bottles from eight-foot high stacks of pallets to individual wineries’ custom, 12-bottle cartons, offering the most flexibility in packaging options. TricorBraun WinePak is a division of TricorBraun (, one of North America’s largest providers of bottles, jars, and other rigid packaging components. To learn more visit: TricorBraun WinePak.

About La Crema

La Crema was founded in 1979 as La Crema Viñera, meaning “Best of the Vine.” For more than 35 years, the winery has focused exclusively on cool-climate coastal appellations, where ocean winds and fog allow grapes to ripen slowly on the vine. Using boutique, time-intensive techniques to produce distinctively balanced and elegant wines, La Crema combines consistent high quality and elegant flavor with a modern cosmopolitan personality. For more information, visit

About Sonoma County Vintners

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit:

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Delivering Good Receives Initial Donations for Hurricane Harvey

Press Release – Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers) is working diligently around the clock with the fashion, home and children’s industries to secure donations of new merchandise for the adults, children and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The charity is currently taking donations of product as well as cash, which will help transport the merchandise to community partners on the ground who will distribute it to people in need over the next several weeks and months.

“We are pleased with the early response from many of our generous product donors, but we will need much more assistance to help alleviate the damage caused by this catastrophic storm.” said Delivering Good Chairman Allan Ellinger. “We are asking the industry to provide us with new products, as they have in so many disasters we have responded to in the past. Individuals, including consumers and associates can help us with financial donations to help defray the costs of shipping the donations to the affected areas.”

“Initial donors who are supporting these efforts include Anew Legwear, BOBS from Skechers, Carters, Delta Children,Evenflo, Gymboree, Hanesbrands, Haddad Brands, IKEA, Jade Marketing Group, Li & Fung, Lollytogs, Perry Ellis, Tailored Brands, and Sternlein” said Delivering Good President & CEO Lisa Gurwitch. “Additionally, we are coordinating with industry organizations including AAFA, CFDA, HFPA, Accessories Council, JPMA, ABC Kids Expo,LIMA, Toy Industry Foundation and othersto engage the industry in this humanitarian response.”

Additionally, Burlington Stores is providing $100,000 in store gift cards to help residents replace their belongings.

Donations of both product and money can be made through links at the Hurricane Harvey web page at

Delivering Good has secured warehousing to receive and stage the donations now. The most important merchandise that we will need includes:

  • apparel for men, women and children
  • underwear and socks for men, women and children
  • towels, sheets, blankets, comforters and pillows
  • toothbrushes, wash cloths and personal care items

Anyone wishing to help can stay apprised of the efforts by visiting Delivering Good’s disaster link above or by following on Facebook or Twitter @DeliveringGood and on LinkedIn. Any donations of product or cash that can’t be used for Hurricane Harvey relief will be used for ongoing poverty needs.

Delivering Good, Inc. (formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help millions of kids, adults and families facing poverty and disaster each year. Since 1985, over $1.6 billion of donated product has been distributed through our network of community partners. Learn more at

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Zakat Foundation of America Initiates Chicagoans For Texas Relief Effort with the ‘Caravan of Love’

Press Release – CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 — In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is mobilizing an emergency relief response team.

“As a humanitarian organization, we are operating around the world, but we would never neglect our duties to our own people here at home,” said Halil Demir, Executive Director of ZF. “It is imperative that every American opens their heart to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and rush to aid.”

ZF will be sending a truck envoy carrying humanitarian aid to support communities in need. This “Caravan of Love” will officially depart the ZF parking lot (7421 W. 100th Place, Bridgeview, IL) this Saturday, September 2nd at 3 p.m. For those who wish to join our relief effort, you may follow us in your trucks as we travel to the Houston area.

“Because the people of Texas need prayers,support and love,” Demir said, “we call our effort the ‘Caravan of Love’ from Chicago to Texas!”

We are reaching out to the Chicagoland community for assistance. Please join us in helping those in need by donating items between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the ZF office. An abbreviated list of needed items are as follows:

  • Water
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers / Wipes
  • Plastic Forks, Spoons, Knives, Sporks
  • Batteries / Flashlights
  • Baby Formula
  • Non-perishable Food Items (i.e. granola bars, crackers)

For an ongoing list of items, please visit our website of

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