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Monthly Archives: October 2018

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Leonhardt’s Launchpads Medtech Accelerator Expands into Pittsburgh

New site to be located at LifeX™ Labs on city’s South Side

Press Release – PITTSBURGH, PA – 10-30-2018 ( — Leonhardt’s Launchpads, a medtech and biotech innovation and startup accelerator focused on organ regeneration and recovery technologies, today announced its expansion into Pittsburgh with the formation of Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh. The company will be located at LifeX Labs™ at 2730 Sidney Street, Suite 300.

“The research personnel and facilities in Pittsburgh are simply incredible,” said Dr. Leslie Miller, Chief Medical Officer of Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh. “We are excited about working with Pittsburgh researchers to advance organ regeneration and recovery technologies. We are especially excited about being accepted into the esteemed LifeX Labs.”

“Our core research team made two visits to the Pittsburgh area the past quarter, and we were highly impressed with the talent, facilities and resources for developing organ regeneration and recovery technologies,” said Phil Patton, Pittsburgh-based EVP of Business Development for Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh and President of KidneyCell. “We believe having a local presence will enhance our research collaborations with multiple institutions in the Pittsburgh region.”

“We are pleased to welcome Leonhardt’s Launchpads to LifeX labs,” said Dr. Dietrich Stephan, CEO and Founder of LifeX. “They have an outstanding scientific and clinical team and a proven track record of moving breakthrough innovations to commercial success. This is another example of the talent, capital and technologies that LifeX is attracting to the Pittsburgh region.”

The Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh innovation accelerator will be focused on bioelectric and biologics-based organ regeneration and recovery technologies in these areas:

  1. Heart & Cardiovascular.
  2. Brain.
  3. Cosmetic & Personal Care.
  4. Major Organ Regeneration.
  5. Cancer.

The company is already exploring research collaborations for the following startups and technologies in the Pittsburgh region:

The business model for Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh is to advance organ specific innovations and their corresponding organ focused startups through first-in-human results and then seek a strategic partner to advance the development into full commercialization. It is expected that about five innovations each year for the next six years will be through first-in-human studies.

The ultimate, long-term goal of the Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh team, working in collaboration with most of the Pittsburgh based major research institutions, is to develop a whole-body regeneration chamber, similar to a womb for adults. The BioLeonhardt Whole Body Regeneration Chamber would be able to regenerate all organs and detect and eradicate cancer in its earliest stages of development. The team is starting at first more modestly one organ at a time.

See the new Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh web site at for more information.

About Leonhardt Ventures:

Leonhardt Ventures is the commercialization arm for the inventions of Howard J. Leonhardt and the majority owner of Leonhardt’s Launchpads by Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator, Inc., Leonhardt’s Launchpads Australia, Leonhardt’s Launchpads Utah, Inc. and now Leonhardt’s Launchpads Pittsburgh. In the 1980’s the team patented and pioneered cardiovascular balloon catheters, in the 1990’s stent grafts, intravascular lung catheters and percutaneous heart valves and since 1999 the focus has been on organ regeneration with a combination of bioelectrics and biologics. The Leonhardt team developed and patented stent graft today has world leading market share as a product of Medtronic Vascular for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery. There are currently 30 startups in the Leonhardt’s Launchpads 2018 portfolio. 23+ issued and pending patents –

About LifeX:

At LifeX™ we believe the biggest investment opportunity is creating novel types of solutions that result from the convergence of different silos of expertise and address global unmet health needs. LifeX focuses on building companies that are developing therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices and digital health companies with the potential to return billions of dollars and save millions of lives. LifeX takes an active and engaged approach to venture funding to ensure entrepreneurs get the guidance, resources and support needed to tackle these prevalent, notoriously intractable and horrific diseases.

Disclaimer: All product developments mentioned are early stage and unproven yet to be either safe or effective. Any product performance claims implied are not meant to be absolute or deemed proven via statistically significant and powered evaluations. These are early stage optimistic observations only. The company may not have the resources to fully develop these products. Any patents licensed, issued or pending may not be kept active or held. Any strategic partnerships mentioned may not be maintained. Any forward looking statements may be subject to change forward without notice. The communication reflects the optimism of founders and developers only. As an investment these startups must be considered very high risk not suitable for many and restricted to verified accredited and sophisticated experienced investors only at this time. A substantial portion of the engaged team derives sources of income from other sources and may not be fully focused on accomplishing the goals of the organization which may impede or delay progress.

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Gender Lens Investing Assets Rise 85% In Past Year And Now Exceed $2.4 Billion

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 30, 2018 – Gender Lens Investing (GLI) continued to grow strongly in the 12 months ended June 30, 2018, rising 85% to a record $2.4 billion, according to analysis by Veris Wealth Partners, an impact wealth management firm.

The number of explicitly gender lens strategies holding publicly traded securities also continued to increase. In 2014, Veris identified eight investing vehicles. As of mid-year 2018, the number had more than quadrupled to 35.

“The growth of Gender Lens Investing is one of the most positive developments in a year overshadowed by the gender pay gap, lack of women on boards and sexual harassment scandals,” said Patricia Farrar-Rivas, CEO of Veris Wealth Partners. “GLI is one of the best opportunities to mobilize capital and remedy social issues we need to put behind us.”

Among the key findings in the 20-page report:

  • The growth of GLI mutual funds and ETFs is democratizing access to impact and gender lens investing. GLI mutual funds, exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes and CDs attracted $1.2 billion in capital – 50% of the total $2.4 billion invested as of June 30, 2018. Ten new funds were launched between January 2017 and August 2018.
  • Investors are moving from single products to fully diversified GLI portfolios. Investors are constructing complete GLI portfolios to address gender-based violence, women’s chronic under-representation in leadership, spur innovation in women’s health care, among other issues.
  • Gender Lens investors are changing corporate priorities. Companies and asset managers increasingly view gender equity and balance as competitive advantages. They are changing their policies to attract and retain talent and to implement good corporate governance.
  • The GLI ecosystem is expanding rapidly. Institutional support for GLI is growing as foundations, pension funds, academics, governments, NGOs and research organizations embrace the category.

Click here to download the full analysis.

About Veris Wealth Partners

Veris Wealth Partners, LLC is impact wealth management firm. Our team believes that superior investment performance and positive impact are complementary parts of a holistic investment strategy. Based in San Francisco, Veris has offices in New York, Portsmouth, and Boulder. For information, call 415.815.0580, or visit

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Forty Impact Driven Angel Investors Launch Falcon Network

  • Falcon Network (or “the Network”) brings together angel investors to invest in impact driven start-ups from the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia.
  • The first round of signed commitments, totaling over USD 2 million, will allow the Network to connect investors with successful entrepreneurs.
  • Investment requests can range up to USD 500,000 and applications first round of funding will open on the 1st of December 2018

Press Release – October 30, 2018 10:00 AM Gulf Standard Time – DUBAI—A group of emerging markets-based investors have today announced the launch of Falcon Network, an angel investment network targeting the growing entrepreneurial ecosystems emerging in key growth markets and cities such as Dubai, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, and Jakarta, amongst others.

Launched at the sidelines of the 4th Global Islamic Economy Summit, an international forum held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Network includes senior executives working in both the public and private sector across the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. Some highlights include: Talal Yassine, Managing Director, Crescent Wealth; Junaid Wahedna, Founder, Wahed Invest; Nida Raza, Head of Investment Banking, Bank of Khartoum International; Zohaib Patel, Managing Director, Gulf Bridge Capital; Ashar Nazim, CEO, Waqfe; Dr. Sayd Farook, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Responsible Finance and Investment Foundation (RFI Foundation).

Falcon Network members have committed to investing a minimum of USD 50,000 within the next two years. The Network has already established strategic partnerships with business incubators and accelerators in its target markets to source investment opportunities.

The Network’s initial focus will be on regions where funding for impact driven start-ups is limited including Cairo, Dubai, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore and Lagos amongst others. Ticket sizes will vary but initially proposals under USD 500,000 will be considered. The startups applying to join the Network must have at least reached Proof-of-Concept level maturity. The Network will remain sector agnostic. For the first round, start-up can apply from December 1st 2018 onwards.

Rachid Ouaich, Co-founder of the Network and Co-founder, ConexCap said, “Establishing a business, especially in emerging markets, requires exceptional discipline and determination. I have witnessed many entrepreneurs fail due to a lack of guidance and the challenge of fundraising. The launch of the Network is exciting news – not only does this initiative match strategic capital with high impact investment opportunities, but also provide much-needed mentorship to budding entrepreneurs.”

Peter Gould, Co-founder of the Network and Design Executive Officer, Zileej added, ”We established the Network for the new generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs, emerging in cities such as Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah, and Jakarta that are creating ventures that seek to not only generate strong financial returns, but also solve pressing societal problems. There is a clear need in these regions to connect impact-focused individual investors with purpose-driven entrepreneurs. This is what we hope to achieve.”

About The Falcon Network

The Falcon Network is a group of Angel Investors focused on investing in impact driven entrepreneurs from high growth markets. With more than 40 investors, the Network is truly global. Our investors have significant experience investing in and working with impact driven startups – providing not only capital but also vital strategic advice.

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New Jersey Designates “Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day”

One step closer to Turning Type 1 to Type None.

Press Release – Ocean Township A joint resolution,brought forth by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, to designate the Monday before Thanksgiving as “A Day in the Life – Type 1 Diabetes Day” was approved Monday, October 29.

JDRF is honored to announce that starting this year, the Monday before Thanksgiving will be known as “A Day in the Life – Type 1 Diabetes Day” in New Jersey. A full vote took place at the state legislator and the resolution passed this Monday, October 29. The joint resolution (AJR152) asks the Governor to annually issue a proclamation recognizing the Monday before Thanksgiving Day as “A Day in the Life – Type 1 Diabetes Day,” and calls upon public officials and the citizens of New Jersey to observe the month and to draw attention to Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), how it differentiates from Type 2, and rally support for the T1D community.

Assemblyman Houghtaling and Downey wanted to recognize the work done by JDRF following the OneWalk at Avon-by-the-Sea in 2017 that raised over $500,000 in the fight to end type 1 diabetes.

Assemblyman Houghtaling met nine-year-old Isa Rosa. “I was talking to the Assemblyman and I explained that I prick my finger every day and wear an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor to stay alive,” said Rosa. She went on to explain that she must inject herself with insulin before every meal because her body has stopped producing insulin on its own. Most people living with T1D prick their fingers at least 6 times a day to measure and regulate their blood glucose levels.

Moved by Isa’s strength, Houghtaling and Downey invited JDRF chapter members to the local Assembly office, where many families living with T1D were able to connect and talk about the struggles that they, or the person they care for, face during their day-to-day. Lawmakers joined the conversation, asking questions about the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and ultimately leading to this historic day.

“Diabetes impacts a significant proportion of New Jersey’s population, with approximately 11 percent of our adult population diagnosed […]” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling. “With so many of our residents impacted by this disease, it is important that we do our part to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes and establish a supportive community upon which New Jerseyans living with diabetes can rely.”

“There are good days and bad days, and most people don’t understand [or] know what JDRF does for these families, for these communities, and the support that is provided,” said JDRF Advocacy Chairwoman Barbara Feinstein. The designation of this day, hopefully, will leave fewer newly diagnosed children and adults feeling alone and let more people know that resources like JDRF are ready to help.

JDRF is honored to have the support of Assemblyman Houghtaling and Downey and is humbled to be a part of this momentous vote.

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GoSun To Provide 1,500 Solar Cookers to Support American Red Cross Relief Efforts in Response to Typhoon Yutu in the South Pacific

Press Release – CINCINNATI, OHIO — GoSun, the world’s leading solar cooking brand, will provide 1,500 of their GoSun Sport portable solar ovens to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Super-Typhoon “Yutu” which struck the U.S. Territories of the North Mariana Islands on Friday, October 26. The durable, portable eight-pound device cooks a wide variety of foods, anywhere under any conditions, fueled solely by the rays of the sun.

“While this event has gone largely unnoticed here in the States, Yutu has been described as the worst storm to impact a U.S. territory since 1935 and with 180 mile-per-hour winds, it was the strongest storm anywhere in the world this year,” said GoSun’s CEO Patrick Sherwin.

The US Coast Guard and the American Red Cross initiated major relief efforts immediately following the storm. The Red Cross ordered 1,500 solar stoves – which GoSun provided at a deep discount – as part of the first load of critically-needed supplies set to depart tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30.

“According to the American Red Cross there was only so much fuel or bottled water that can be transported to the Islands,” Sherwin said. The American Red Cross immediately went into action to source emergency supplies for the 50,000-plus inhabitants of Saipan and Tinian. Based on the extent of devastation, the plan for aid to a remote island needs particular focus on long-term, reliable, fuel-free solutions to serve the need until significant rebuilding efforts can take place.

An American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, Sherwin has made himself personally available to accompany the goods to aid with deployment and education on the unique vacuum insulated solar ovens. “GoSun solar cookers are truly ‘survival’ devices” he said. “While they were designed primarily for pleasure usage in everyday life, they are there for you in a pinch for when disaster strikes.” GoSun’s provision of these units is part of an ongoing relationship between the Cincinnati-based company and the American Red Cross.

GoSun offers a complete line of renewable, solar powered products for customers who are increasingly adventurous, eco-conscious and prepared. With the ability to cook through clouds and freezing weather, reaching internal temperatures up to 550°F/280°C while remaining cool to touch, the GoSun solar oven’s efficiency has taken solar cooking into the mainstream.

According to Sherwin, securing enough ovens in less than 24 hours to ship to the Marianas was no simple task. “GoSun made a decision to dedicate virtually its entire available inventory, even buying back stoves from nearby dealers to help supply the need,” Sherwin said. The full 1,500 units were located and The Red Cross and GoSun established a rapid-exchange process to arrange logistics and approvals within hours of the disaster.”

GoSun products can be found online at and at stores specializing in hardware, outdoor recreation, boat / RV and emergency supply. For additional information, please visit

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$1 Million Annual Berggruen Prize For Philosophy & Culture Awarded To Public Philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum

Eminent Thinker Whose Work Influenced the United Nations and Provided a New Framework for Thinking about Human Capabilities;

Explores Emotions: Vulnerability, Fear and Anger in Political Life

Martha Craven Nussbaum. Courtesy of University of Chicago Law School.

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA October 30, 2018 — The Berggruen Prize Jury today announced its selection of Martha C. Nussbaum as the winner of the 2018 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture. The $1 million award is given annually to thinkers whose ideas have profoundly shaped human self-understanding and advancement in a rapidly changing world. One of the world’s leading public philosophers, Nussbaum was selected from more than 500 nominees and a shortlist of five, which included some of the world’s most renowned thinkers in fields including sociology, global justice, animal rights, and bioethics.

“Martha C. Nussbaum is rather heroic in the way that she transcends academia. She has taken her transformative and relatable work into public debates about the key questions of national and global political significance. By challenging us to look closely at the capability of humans, as well as our emotions, she has given us strategies for hope and connectivity,” stated Institute Founder and Chairman Nicolas Berggruen. “I am delighted the jury has chosen to award a philosopher who opens windows to other disciplines for this enables us to better understand ourselves and our world.”

Nussbaum has, over the arc of her prolific and distinguished career, displayed the power of literature and the classical world to connect with audiences worldwide. As the author of more than twenty books and the editor of another twenty-one, her works provide a framework to understand vulnerability – particularly the emotions in moral and political life – and the conditions for human wellbeing and happiness. This is evident throughout her oeuvre and particularly in her early works, The Fragility of Goodness and Love’s Knowledge. Nussbaum’s thought surrounding international development and welfare economics – Frontiers of Justice, Women and Human Development, and Creating Capabilities – collaborates with and furthers the work of the economists who designed the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), an idea that replaced older concepts of development (increasing incomes) with human capacities, life expectancy and education, at its center. This “capabilities approach” has significantly shaped contemporary policy and practice in many regions around the globe.

Her deeply original and widely influential books on the emotions beginning with Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of the Emotions, stretching through to Anger & Forgiveness and her pivotal work on our current political moment, The Monarchy of Fear, have contributed important new insights and timely applications of philosophical thought to contemporary issues. Nussbaum shows how philosophy, far from being merely an armchair discipline, offers a greater understanding of who we are, our place in the world, and a way to live a well-lived life.

“The jury is delighted to recognize in Martha C. Nussbaum an outstanding Berggruen laureate,” stated Berggruen Jury Prize Chair Kwame Anthony Appiah. “Few philosophers combine depth and lucidity with elegant and moving prose. I don’t believe any other contemporary philosopher combines these virtues with as great an ability to address and influence a wide public.”

Nussbaum is an active and dedicated member of the teaching faculty at the University of Chicago. She is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she is a member of the Law School and the Philosophy department and holds associate appointments in the Divinity School, Political Science and Classics departments. Nussbaum is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow of the British Academy and Academy of Finland; winner of many prestigious awards such as the Kyoto Prize (2016) as well as the University of Chicago Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and holds honorary degrees from sixty colleges and universities in US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Established by philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen, the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture was first awarded in 2016 to Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor for his impact on the humanities, social sciences and public affairs in deepening understanding among different intellectual traditions and civilization. Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve was the 2017 Berggruen Prize laureate for her work as a citizen philosopher who has elevated the quality of public life and improved the very vocabulary of public discourse.

This year’s Berggruen Prize Jury was headed by Kwame Anthony Appiah and comprised an international group of Nobel laureates, authors, and thinkers including Antonio Damasio, David Chalmers, Amy Gutmann, Amartya Sen, Elif Shafak, Alison Simmons, and Wang Hui. The winner of the 2018-2019 Berggruen Prize emerged from a list of finalists from diverse fields of research. The Berggruen Institute administers the Prize and welcomes nominations of thinkers whose ideas have both intellectual depth and long-term social and practical value across nations and cultures.

The Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture will be conferred in a private ceremony on December 10 at the New York Public Library. The ceremony will include tribute speeches and the presentation of the Berggruen Prize trophy, an artwork commissioned by Nicolas Berggruen and designed by internationally acclaimed artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Iberostar Introduces Uniforms Made From Recycled Plastic

  • Iberostar’s iconic uniforms, designed by Davidelfin, have evolved in line with its commitment to its corporate social responsibility philosophy and, from now on, will be made of an innovative fabric developed from recycled plastic.
  • Cutting plastic consumption is one of the key objectives of the ‘Wave of Change’ movement launched by the company in order to position sustainability at the core of its business activity.
  • With the introduction of the new uniforms, the company will be contributing to the removal of around 470,000 plastic bottles from the oceans and landfills

Press Release – Palma, 30th October 2018. Starting this year, the Majorca-based hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts will be replacing its traditional polyester uniforms with an alternative material made entirely from recycled plastic. Following exhaustive tests and trials, the new fabrics scored high on durability and comfort, and will be gradually introduced into the company’s complete portfolio of more than 120 hotels.

The new uniforms will keep the iconic design created exclusively by Davidelfin for Iberostar Hotels & Resorts but, from now on, will be more sustainable thanks to the use of a fabric developed from recycled plastic bottles. With this initiative, the company will be contributing to the removal of around 470,000 bottles from the oceans and landfills and will reduce its use of the more contaminating traditional polyester by more than 90,000 feet.

Recycled polyester is a fabric made from plastics collected from both land and sea. Iberostar’s new uniforms, which have been tested and introduced at the Iberostar Paseo de Gracia Hotel in Barcelona and the Iberostar Sábila on Tenerife, will feature garments made of microfiber and twill, both made from recycled polyester.

Sustainability is one of Grupo Iberostar’s core values, a deeply-rooted business philosophy that dictates all the decisions aimed at guaranteeing the responsible management of its business activity’s impact on the environment. The use of new textiles for the Majorca-based company’s iconic uniforms is, therefore, another landmark achievement in its ‘Wave of Change’ program, the movement led by Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainable Officer for Grupo Iberostar.

‘Wave of Change’ is in line with SDG 14 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ‘Life Below Water,’ and is based on three action lines: reducing consumption of single use plastics, promoting sustainable fishing and improving coastal health.

This measure is the latest in a series of initiatives to be launched by Grupo Iberostar, which includes the elimination of single-use plastics from all of its rooms, replacing them with more environmentally-friendly materials. This ambitious objective, which has already been achieved in Spain, is now being extended to other areas of its hotels and, in 2019, will be applied to the rest of the more than 120 hotels the company operates around the world. Actions such as these have enabled Iberostar to reduce the amount of plastic waste it generates each year in Spain by 300 tons, a figure projected to increase once the actions are extended to the other countries and further improvements, such as the new uniforms, are introduced.


The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) that has been operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and whose business activity dates back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries, it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of more than 120 four and five star hotels located in 18 countries on three continents. In addition to the hotels, the Group has a further three business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate.

Iberostar Group is owned by the Fluxá family and chaired by Miguel Fluxá Rosselló, founder of the Group’s current hotel unit and the Iberostar Hotels & Resorts brand. His daughters Sabina y Gloria are the Company’s two Vice-Chairwomen. Sabina is also the Group’s CEO and Gloria holds the post of Chief Sustainability Officer.

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Hollywood Stars Raise $335,000 For Television Academy Foundation AT 19th Annual Emmys® Golf Classic

Cedric the Entertainer, Benito Martinez, Andia Winslow and Kate Linder Among Celebrities Who Came Out Swinging for Fundraiser

Cedric the Entertainer hosted the Television Academy Foundation’s 19th Emmys Golf Classic, raising $335,000 to benefit the Foundation’s renowned education programs, at the Wilshire Country Club on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

Press Release – (NoHo Arts District, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2018)–The star-studded 19th Annual Emmys® Golf Classic raised $335,000 for the Television Academy Foundation. Proceeds from the fundraiser, co-sponsored by STAPLES Center Premium Seating, will benefit the nonprofit Foundation’s renowned educational programs.

Television stars, entertainment industry executives, Television Academy leadership and corporate partners competed in the golf tournament at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, California, on Monday, Oct. 29.

Hosted for the second consecutive year by Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood), the event included competitors from some of television’s top shows: Andy Buckley (Shameless), Bailey Chase (Twin Peaks), Chris Conner (Altered Carbon), Matt Corboy (Love for Christmas), Matt Craven (Sharp Objects),Patrika Darbo (The Bold and the Beautiful), Arturo Del Puerto (Camping), Kellee Edwards (Mysterious Islands), Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), Jackie Flynn (Loudermilk), Spencer Garrett (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.),Edwin Hodge (Six),Michael Ironside (The Alienist), Isaac Keys (Get Shorty), Richard Kind (Big Mouth), Matt Letscher (Narcos: Mexico), Kate Linder (The Young & the Restless),Peter Mackenzie (black-ish), Benito Martinez (How to Get Away with Murder), Bruce McGill (Shades of Blue), Sheaun McKinney (The Neighborhood), Breckin Meyer (The Fix), Jay Phillips (Grown Folks), James Remar (Black Lightning), Tim Simons (Veep), Mauricio Umansky (RHOBH) and Peter Weller (The Last Ship). Athletes Andia Winslow and Byron Chamberlain also competed in the event.

The tournament kicked off with “on the green” carpet arrivals, followed by a putting contest, full round of golf and an afternoon cocktail reception. The day concluded with an awards dinner where honors were presented, including:

  • Grand Prize Low Net Winner: The Johnny Carson Foundation team
  • 2nd Place Low Net: CBS team led by Cedric the Entertainer
  • 3rd Place Low Net: Universal Television team led by Matt Craven
  • Ferrari Blindfold Celebrity Challenge Winner: CBS team led by Cedric the Entertainer
  • Putting Contest Winner: David Coupland of HBO team led by Arturo Del Puerto
  • 1st Place Gross: The NBC team led by Byron Chamberlain

Celebrities also took time during the event to autograph prize bottles of Ferrari TrentoDOC and Sterling Platinum plus a Dooney & Bourke Weekender to be auctioned off in the Foundation’s upcoming holiday season auction.

Sponsors for the event are AMC Networks™, ARIS Consulting, Academy Benefits, The Agency, Audi®, Billie Greer, CBS Television Studios, Dolby®, Dooney & Bourke, EY, EPIX, FX Networks, Ferrari Trento, FIJI®Water, GreenMouse Recycling, HBO®, Johnny Carson Foundation, Dawn DuMont-Perdew, Knot Standard, L’Oréal Paris, NBC Entertainment, PEOPLE®, STAPLES Center Premium Seating, Sterling Vineyards, tbs l TNT, Universal Cable Productions and Universal Television.

For the first time, the Emmys Golf Classic hosted a special golf clinic for beginners, introducing the sport to participants who enjoyed a full lesson on the driving range.

“Our sincerest gratitude to Cedric the Entertainer and all of the stars who participated in this year’s Emmys Golf Classic,” said Madeline Di Nonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation. “Along with our sponsors, their support helps sustain the Foundation’s exceptional education programs, which provide professional experience, industry access and career pathways for students with diverse backgrounds. For nearly 60 years the Foundation’s programs have helped launch careers in television, and we appreciate the ongoing support of the Hollywood community.”

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs such as the College Television Awards, Student Internship Program, The Interviews: An Oral History of Television and The Power of TV, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit

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Best Day Foundation is Awarded $25,000 from Festival of Children Foundation as Part of Online Video Challenge to Celebrate National Child Awareness Month

Press Release – SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (Oct. 30th, 2018) – As a result of its online video challenge held in September and October, Festival of Children Foundation (FOCF), a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by strengthening the charities that serve them, awarded a Gold Level prize of $25,000 to the Best Day Foundation. The NCAM Video Challenge, which was created to celebrate National Child Awareness Month (NCAM) in September, encouraged people to submit one-minute videos showcasing their children’s charity of choice, making a difference through hard work, passion, and a selfless pursuit to help children.

Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children and young adults ages 4 -24 with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more.

“Best Day Foundation is an amazing organization providing such important and worthwhile opportunities for children with disabilities to experience more of the world around them in a safe, fun and interactive way,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director, Festival of Children Foundation. “Their video entry in this year’s NCAM Challenge was not only creative, but insightful and inspiring. We are proud to have awarded them this year’s top grant of $25,000.”

“We are beyond thrilled to have won this award. There were so many great organization supporting children as part of this challenge,” said Brooks Lambert, founder of Best Day Foundation. “This will help us host more events in 2019 coast to coast as well as help us with a couple of key goals to create training videos so we can be even better prepared for our events and help us improve our evidence based practices recording, evaluating, improving and reporting.”

Here is a list of the videos featuring Best Day Foundation:

About Best Day Foundation

Best Day Foundation is a volunteer organization that helps children and young adults ages 4 -24 with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. Please join us in creating special days for children with Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, blindness, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and other physical and developmental challenges. Best Day is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (Tax-ID 26-2223078) founded in March 2008 in Santa Cruz, CA by Brooks Lambert and Max Montgomery, two long-time Ride a Wave volunteers who wished to share a similar program with other communities.

NCAM Challenge

The NCAM Challenge was hosted on, an innovative new video social network that connects individuals, charities and companies directly with fans and supporters. leverages a proprietary voting method, called “Indi Buzz,” that more accurately captures the total number of social interactions across multiple channels to identify a winning video.

About Festival of Children Foundation

Festival of Children Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children by strengthening the charities that serve them. 100% of Foundation’s administrative costs are covered by committed funding, allowing donations to go further in direct support of programs and services that improve the lives of children.

About National Child Awareness Month

The effort to have September declared as National Child Awareness Month began as a local effort in Orange County, Calif., by Festival of Children Foundation Founder Sandy Segerstrom Daniels to raise awareness and focus America’s attention on our greatest asset – our children. The Orange County Board of Supervisors first unanimously designated September as “Child Awareness Month” in September 2002. In September of 2003, the State of California commended Festival of Children Foundation’s efforts and declared September as “Children Awareness Month.” In 2008, the U.S. Senate passed U.S. Senate Resolution 644 declaring September 2008 “National Child Awareness Month.” Since then, Ms. Segerstrom Daniels and Festival of Children Foundation have been successful in having every successive September declared as “National Child Awareness Month.”

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Tourette Association Of America Invites Early Career Researchers To Apply For Its Young Investigator Award

Pre-proposal due November 1; Final proposal due February 12

Press Release – (October 30, 2018 – Bayside, NY) – The Tourette Association of America (TAA), the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorder community, invites applications for its 2018/2019 Young Investigator Award from post-doctoral fellows and independent clinical/research faculty members within 5 years of their first independent faculty appointment at the time of pre-proposal application submission.

The TAA aims to encourage researchers to invest their efforts and expertise in increasing our biological understanding of Tourette Syndrome (TS), pursing clinical research aimed at improving patient care, and developing and testing new therapies.

The Young Investigator Award provides up to $80,000 per year for a total of 2 years (max $160,000).

Investigators are required to have an advanced degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent. Investigators outside of the U.S. are welcome to apply. Applications must include a career development component, as well as an independent research project.

Pre-proposal due: November 1, 2018

Final proposal due: February 12, 2019

Apply here

For more information, click here.

About Tourette Syndrome and Tics

Tourette Syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.

While some treatments are available for people with TS and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support. The TAA directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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