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Monthly Archives: November 2018

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Gander Group Parnters With kathy ireland® Worldwide For Empire City Casino 12th Annual Coat And Toy Drive

Press Release – November 14, 2018 – Gander Group is partnering with kathy ireland® Worldwide in support of the 12th Annual Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive organized by Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, and its President/CEO, Timothy J. Rooney.

“Our organization is honored to participate in this cause. Bringing smiles to the faces of children and their parents is the highlight of this season for me. We are humbled by the generosity of this community and are committed to help anyway we can.” says Josh Blake, CEO of Costa Mesa, California-based Gander Group, one of the casino industry’s leading manufacturers and distributors of consumer products and national brands, which has donated thousands of toys to the annual charity event for eight consecutive years.

kathy ireland® Worldwide, which recently partnered with Gander Group for kathy ireland® branded products exclusive to the North American casino marketplace, will also partner with Gander Group for the Christmas Spirit Coat and Toy Drive. “We are thrilled to join Gander Group and Empire City Casino, in their effort and determination to make the Holiday Season a happy one for struggling families, and especially their young ones,” says entrepreneur/philanthropist Kathy Ireland®, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kiWW®. “I urge everyone to join our mission in ensuring that every child this Holiday Season has a coat to warm their body and Christmas toys to warm their spirit,” adds Ms. Ireland.

“There are no greater deeds than charity and service,” says Timothy J. Rooney, President & CEO of Empire City Casino. “No act of kindness or generosity is ever too small.”

The giving program begins on November 15 and continues through December 15. Donations will be accepted every day throughout the period at any of the casino’s promotions booths. Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys and/or new or gently used coats. The items will be donated to Catholic Charities and the Yonkers-based Aisling Irish Community Center to assist the organizations’ local families this upcoming holiday season.

The Coat and Toy Drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino, with more than 10,000 toys and 3,500 coats donated since its inception in 2007.

Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kiWW®

About Gander Group

Gander Group is a product development and merchandising leader in the US, specializing in the gaming industry. With nearly a century of combined marketing and product development experience, Gander Group has partnered with internationally recognized brands and hundreds of casinos across North America. Focused on ROI, profit margin, and customer retention, the Gander Group utilizes decades of expert know-how, data analytics, global logistics, obsessive quality control, extraordinary showcase-level creative, and a passion for getting their client’s the results they are looking for.

About kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®)

kiWW® is listed as one of the most powerful brands in the world by License Global Magazine. Kathy Ireland is named one of the 19 most influential women in licensing by License Global magazine and according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. Furniture Today names Kathy one of the most influential leaders in the furniture industry. Kathy graces the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016). kiWW® is responsible for billions of dollars in retail sales. kiWW® is the recipient of multiple awards including several Good Housekeeping Seals. Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including: YWCA Greater Los Angeles for which she is an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEF, and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kathy is named an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.


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LIXIL to Pilot Household Reinvented Toilets in Partnership with the Gates Foundation

Press Release – Tokyo, Japan – LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, today announced a new partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring what could be the world’s first “reinvented toilet” for household use to pilot in at least two markets. LIXIL will build a team of experts in technology, design, and product development from across its global commercial organization to work jointly with a sanitation technology partner to refine and test a leading reinvented toilet prototype.

LIXIL will work with the Gates Foundation to provide commercial guidance on use cases, design specifications, and commercial tradeoffs for the household reinvented toilet, building on market research and user insights the foundation has developed to date. In parallel, LIXIL will be developing the requirements of a robust business model to inform sector-wide commercialization plans for this unique product category.

LIXIL firmly believes that new off-grid solutions can transform life for the better, and that innovation will drive this change. Flush toilets connected to sewer systems are hailed as the gold standard of the modern age. But around the world, cities are struggling to keep pace with rapid urbanization and increasing water scarcity and building or retrofitting sewer infrastructure is not always practical or even possible. The 21st century is bringing a better quality of life, providing smart, new, off-grid answers to some of humanity’s oldest challenges. Solar panels have brought reliable energy to remote regions. Mobile phones have brought instant communication to billions.

New off-grid toilet systems that can be installed anywhere and treat human waste would transform the sanitation sector as we know it today, providing millions of people with improved, flexible, safe, and convenient alternatives for managing sanitation. The aim of the pilot is to advance a prototype toward commercialization, one that can foundationally be leveraged for both the wealthy end of the market as well as for the 4.5 billion people who today do not have a safe way to manage their waste. It may be possible to soon leapfrog into a future where clean, safe sanitation is not only contributing to the environment, but is independent from a sewage system, setting a new standard for the 21st century.

LIXIL Group Corporation President, Kinya Seto, commented: “Toilets are crucial, but we know that one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to off-grid settings. Human-centric and environment-specific design is absolutely critical. As a maker of toilets from some of the most advanced shower toilets in the world to frugal but life-saving toilet models such as our SATO line of products, we are committed to harnessing innovation and design to bring sustainable sanitation to all. We are very excited to partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to explore how new sanitation options can provide fresh answers to growing challenges that our society is now facing, such as booming populations, rapid urbanization, and water scarcity.”

Speaking at the opening plenary of the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing, Bill Gates said, “This expo showcases, for the first time, radically new, decentralized sanitation technologies and products that are business-ready. It’s no longer a question of if we can reinvent the toilet and other sanitation systems. It’s a question of how quickly this new category of off-grid solutions will scale.”

LIXIL is a global leader in the sanitary ware industry, home to global brands such as INAX, GROHE, and American Standard, with a portfolio of products that includes some of the most technologically advanced shower toilets in the world. The company is also a first mover in the off-grid sanitation space, with the launch of a range of products under its SATO brand, originally developed with support from the Gates Foundation. SATO offers safe and affordable toilet systems to those lacking basic sanitation, and so far over 1.8 million SATO units have been shipped, providing access to improved sanitation to approximately 9 million people globally.


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Inaugural ‘Von’s Vision Center’ Unveiled

Von Miller Visited Broncos Boys & Girls Club To Launch Newest Outreach Program

Press Release – DENVER (NOVEMBER 15, 2018) – Broncos Linebacker Von Miller paid the students at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club a visit on Wednesday evening to unveil his inaugural ‘Von’s Vision Center.’ Von’s Vision Centers are a continuation of Miller’s signature outreach program, Von’s Vision Day, where students are provided with free eye exams, vision screenings, and a new pair of glasses.

Miller was warmly welcomed into the club’s Teen Zone, where the new Vision Center is located, by high-fives from the students. The ceremony was kicked off by Troy Renck of Denver7 News, who served as the program’s emcee. Miller participated in a Q&A session with the students and foundation supporters in attendance, where he spoke at length about the importance of Von’s Vision’s mission and the Vision Center program. Miller was joined by several of his executive board members to help cut the ribbon and officially unveil his first Vision Center.

The newest program of Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision Center allows in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are all-encompassing mobile carts that provide all equipment needed for an optometrist to perform proper eye examinations. The cart also holds Von’s Vision swag for the students to access, such as branded lens cleaning clothes, lens cleaning wipes, wrist bands, glasses cases, and more. The goal is to install a Vision Center in all Metro Denver Boys & Girls Clubs as well as in partnership with Texas A&M University Student Health Services in College Station, TX, Von’s alma mater.

“When we were ready to pilot the first mobile Vision Center, it just made sense to do it at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club,” said Miller. “Students from this Boys & Girls Club have been attending Von’s Vision Days for years. We wanted to bring the Center here to serve any we have missed due to transportation issues.”

The Vision Center at the Broncos Boys & Girls Club was quickly put to use. Jina Schaff, OD, a partner optometrist with Vision Care Specialists, was on hand to begin conducting eye exams with Tami’jayne Howard, a nine-year-old girl who has had the same pair of glasses for the past five years. Tami’jayne received a pair prescription frames that resembled Miller’s personal style. Vision specialists will visit the kiosk on a monthly basis, conducting eye exams and distributing free prescription glasses to any student whose vision requires corrective eyewear.

The unveiling of this inaugural Vision Center represents a new direction in outreach programming for Von’s Vision. These kiosks will allow students to be impacted on a more ongoing basis throughout the year and as each new Vision Center is launched, hundreds more children will receive the gift of sight. This new programming direction is more robust, comprehensive, and wider-reaching and will solidify Miller’s long-term philanthropic legacy. However, these Vision Centers take a village to implement, and Von’s Vision is seeking to rally the community to launch as many new Vision Centers as possible.

The Von’s Vision Center launch comes on the heels of Miller’s successful ‘Western Round-Up’ celebrity fundraising event on Monday, November 4th. Miller and a dozen of his Broncos teammates helped to raise more than $400,000 in support of Von’s Vision. These proceeds will fund outreach programs like Von’s Vision Centers for the ensuing year.


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First Holocaust Story in American Comics Purchased by Belgium’s Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts

Foundation pays $600,000 for original art from ‘Master Race’ at Heritage Auctions

Press Release – DALLAS, Texas (November 16, 2018) – The Belgium-based Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts cast the $600,000 winning bid to add the original art for the eight-page story Master Race to its collection of artworks from comic strips and graphic novels.

Heritage Auctions offered the original art for the first time since the story’s publication in 1955 at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art held Thursday, Nov. 15, in Dallas, Texas. The auction runs through Saturday.

“These eight pages date from 1955 and were the first major representation of the Holocaust in the history of graphic narrative,” said Daniel Spindler, a representative of the Boon Foundation. “Master Race is one of the world masterworks of graphic narrative.”

Created in Belgium in June 2018 by Philippe Boon, the Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts houses several thousand works, in particular strip comics and graphic novels. This collection of artifacts, illustrations and original pages stands at the heart of a vast cultural project dedicated to the narrative graphic arts. A permanent venue will be opened shortly to the public in Brussels, and travelling exhibitions will be organized.

“The foundation’s mission statement to ‘share, enthrall and preserve’ matches Heritage Auctions’ mission perfectly,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Founder of Heritage Auctions. “We’re thrilled that this artwork, for one of the most critically acclaimed comic stories of all time, will tour the world on public display.”

Frequently called the Citizen Kane of comic books, Master Race is a powerful look at the effects of Nazi concentration camp atrocities upon those who survived them, while retaining EC Comics’ signature “twisted” ending. EC Comics co-editor Bill Gaines and writer Al Feldstein developed the important Holocaust story, but critics point to Bernie Krigstein’s storytelling artwork that perfected the piece and influenced the comic genre for more than 60 years.

Master Race was the cover feature for Impact #1, one of EC’s “New Direction” wave of books, which was released in 1955. Krigstein’s jaw-dropping formal invention of mirroring previous panels and layouts from one page to another became an iconic template for both mainstream and underground cartoonists for many decades to come.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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The Modelo Fighting Chance Project Launches with the International Rescue Committee to Create Economic Opportunity for Those Fighting to Succeed

Partnership Brings New Financial Opportunity Center to Dallas and Curriculum to 10 Cities Nationwide

Press Release – CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2018 – Modelo, the beer brewed with The Fighting Spirit™ and enjoyed by millions of hard-working men and women, introduces the Modelo Fighting Chance Project dedicated to providing the support people need to achieve their full potential. The give back initiative, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), aims to make a positive impact in the lives of Refugees, Immigrants and Americans in need providing them with the financial tools and support they need to achieve their vision of the American dream. This three-year commitment totals $1 million, which includes donations and other efforts.

In its first year, Modelo’s donation has already funded a new Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) in Dallas. Through educational programs and job assistance initiatives, the FOC helps IRC clients integrate into their communities while building a foundation for lasting economic independence and financial success. The grant has also sponsored new training for financial coaches in 10 other IRC offices – Phoenix, Atlanta, New York, Baltimore, Seattle, San Diego, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Turlock, California – extending the partnership’s impact from coast to coast. Second- and third-year donations will be distributed strategically based on areas of greatest need.

Modelo has always been committed to honoring those with the fighting spirit – those who prove it doesn’t matter where you come from, it matters what you’re made of – by telling their inspiring stories through compelling and emotional advertising campaigns. Now, it is helping to enable and fuel The Fighting Spirit. Joining forces with nonprofits that promote economic empowerment, The Modelo Fighting Chance Project will focus on three key pillars: career development, financial stability and entrepreneurship. The IRC is the first nonprofit partnership forged through this initiative.

“Modelo consumers embody perseverance, grit and the fighting spirit to keep going in the face of adversity,” said Greg Gallagher, Vice President, Brand Marketing in the Constellation Brands Beer Division. “That same spirit lives within the IRC as they give people a fighting chance to succeed. We are proud to work with them toward our shared mission to give back to the people and communities who live the fighting spirit of our brand.”

“From reinvigorating local economies to adding to the cultural fabric of our cities and towns, refugees bring immense value to the communities they call home,” said Lauren Gray, senior director of institutional philanthropy and partnerships at the International Rescue Committee. “Now, more than ever before, it’s critical we build inclusive communities and ensure all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Partnerships, like the one with Modelo, reinforce that an investment in a refugee is one that ensures a stronger, healthier and more prosperous future for us all.”

Through a variety of programs including financial coaching, skill-building workshops, career coaching, business counseling and assistance earning industry-recognized credentials, the IRC gives people the resources they need to take control of their future.

“Our immigrant community in Dallas is part of what makes our city such a great place to live and work,” said Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings. “They help revitalize our city, drive our economy and contribute to our cultural and ideological diversity. The Modelo Fighting Chance Project’s partnership with the IRC is a key step toward efforts to integrate new residents into the city and our community. On behalf of the City of Dallas, we are appreciative of this investment, which I know will have real impact – today and into the future.”

To learn more about The Modelo Fighting Chance Project and its work with the IRC, visit www.Modelousa.com/FightingChance and follow the social conversation with #ModeloFightingChanceProject.

About Modelo®

Born in 1925 in the small town of Tacuba, Mexico, Modelo has been brewing distinctive high-quality beer ever since, including Modelo Especial®, Modelo Negra®, Modelo Chelada Especial (TM) and Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante(TM). Modelo Especial is a golden, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager with a clean, crisp finish whose original recipe was first brewed under the vision to create a ‘model’ beer. As the #2 imported beer in the U.S., Modelo Especial recently surpassed 100MM cases sold in 2018. Modelo Negra is a Munich Dunkel-style Lager brewed with slow-roasted caramel malts for a rich, smooth taste. Modelo Chelada Especial is a michelada-style beer made with the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt and lime. Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante is a tomato-based michelada-style beer with the unique and authentic flavor combination of sweet tamarind and spicy chipotle peppers. The Modelo family of beers are exclusively brewed, imported and marketed for the U.S. by Constellations Brands.

About the International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 25 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the third-largest producer and marketer of beer for the U.S. market and the world’s leading premium wine company with a leading market position in the U.S. Constellation’s wine portfolio is complemented by select premium spirits brands. Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra, Pacifico, Ballast Point, Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino, The Prisoner, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, follow us on Twitter @cbrands and visit www.cbrands.com.


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Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse Adopts Noteflight Learn For Digital Sheet Music Management

After-School Music Performance Training Program Adds State-Of-The-Art Platform To Share And Create Music With Students

Press Release – American Fork, UT – November 14, 2018 — It was announced today that the Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse after-school music performance training program has chosen Noteflight Learn as their exclusive digital platform for creating, arranging and delivering sheet music to their students. With Noteflight Learn scores, musicians can customize the look and feel of their charts and add comments to their files as they learn to play each piece of music.

Soundhouse 10-18 year old musicians, and adult musicians, read their music on tablets supported by AirTurn Bluetooth-enabled foot pedals and music stands that can simultaneously hold smartphones and also act as microphone stands. AirTurn foot pedals allow students to wirelessly “turn pages” in their digital scores.

Each musician and producer logs in to Soundhouse’s Noteflight Learn website where they can access, compose and share arrangements. Producers use Noteflight Learn groups to easily organize charts allowing musicians to log in, find and access their sheet music. Arrangements of select copyrighted songs for Soundhouse bands are used with permission from Hal Leonard.

“Noteflight Learn is a state-of-the-art, legal digital solution for using sheet music in a music education environment,” said Chapman. “Paired with tablets and AirTurn stands and pedals, Soundhouse now offers a music management system that actually helps producers teach and musicians learn to play music.”

“Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse is an ideal partner for Noteflight and Hal Leonard”, said John Mlynczak, Noteflight’s Managing Director. “Delivering charts to musicians via Noteflight Learn with song permissions from Hal Leonard is a great model for creating, sharing and performing music in the digital age.”

About Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse

Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse is a nationally recognized contemporary music performance training program whose top-tier musicians, producers and celebrity guests mentor bands on performance, recording, touring and more. Chapman is an award-winning music educator, producer, entrepreneur, author, bandleader and performer.

The Soundhouse program teaches and values teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, self-discipline, time management, marketing, problem solving, networking, entrepreneurship, creativity, improvisation, and other skills to help musicians achieve their goals. Soundhouse young and adult musicians rehearse with producers and other like-minded musicians on a weekly basis in centers stocked with professional gear. Caleb Chapman’s Soundhouse currently operates in Salt Lake City with centers opening in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the coming months, thereafter in other cities in the U.S. and around the world.

About Noteflight

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Somerville, MA, Noteflight, LLC is dedicated to reinventing the way people create, share, teach, sell, and purchase notated music. Noteflight allows users to edit, display, playback and share music notation in a web browser, on any device. Noteflight has an active online community of over 3,500,000 music enthusiasts. Its website hosts millions of user-created musical scores, both public and private. Noteflight addresses both individual music-makers and music educators at all levels with its family of products, available by online subscription. Noteflight also licenses its technology to industry leaders to manage scalable cloud-based repositories of sheet music that can be delivered to any device.

For more information, visit www.noteflight.com.

About Hal Leonard

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the world’s largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing educational publications, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey; and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.halleonard.com.


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Susan G. Komen® Announces 2019 3-Day® Schedule

Life-changing series of 60-mile walks opens registration with empowering ‘Commit 3 Days’ campaign

Press Release – DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Susan G. Komen®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, is proud to announce the 2019 schedule for its annual 3-Day® Series – the greatest distance you can go in the fight against breast cancer® – 60 miles in 3 days.

As one of the organization’s signature events that has touched millions of lives, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® will once again bring thousands of breast cancer survivors, co-survivors and supporters to this inspiring event in seven markets across the country in 2019, including Michigan, Twin Cities, Seattle, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, and the New England region.

“We’re thrilled to embark on another year of this incredible, life-changing series,” said Paula Schneider, CEO of Susan G. Komen. “This event annually brings together people who are ‘all in’ in the fight against breast cancer. This three day journey is the climax of a year-long commitment to train and raise critical funds that are vital to helping us achieve our bold goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.”

The 2019 Susan G. Komen 3-Day® experience will feature enhanced offerings, including a 30-mile milestone moment, a Saturday evening tribute, new local routes and camp activities. The weekend will begin with a moving sunrise Opening Ceremony, continue on through two eventful nights with the Komen 3-Day community and finally come to a close as walkers reach the finish line to celebrate their 60-mile journeys.

The event invites countless supporters from all walks of life each year to register, commit and participate in a weekend full of celebration and commemoration of those in the fight against breast cancer. With more than 10,000 miles walked and $834 million raised since its inception, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® continues to inspire and strengthen the breast cancer community with its commitment to funding, research and education for survivors and co-survivors.

Walkers converge on each city with personal stories of triumph and survival with the goal of accomplishing the 60-mile challenge year after year.

“When I lost my best friend Lori to breast cancer in 2007, I also lost my meaning for life. But the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® gave it back to me. I knew I had to walk in her honor and only planned on participating once, but it was on day two of my very first Komen 3-Day that I was hooked for life,” Jennifer Rosado, a native of the Boston, MA area, passionately expressed. “It’s a transformative experience filled with a community of love, encouragement, and sisterhood. I’m so thrilled the 3-Day® Series is returning to the New England region next year. Now I can continue my work for Lori and millions of others with my close friends and family cheering me on.”

“The doctors only gave me two years to live, and I’m now marking seven since my stage 3A triple negative diagnosis,” said Ricki Fairley, a seven time Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walker who will participate in the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day on Nov. 14-16, alongside her two daughters ages 26 and 33, and 15-month old granddaughter. “I walk the 60-miles because I have to. My life’s purpose is to raise awareness for breast cancer education and to raise funds. There are countless women who can’t walk or fundraise, but I can. I don’t want breast cancer to be a factor for my granddaughter so whatever I can do towards that end, I will.”

The Commit 3 Days campaign will provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of everyday women and men who are impacted by breast cancer firsthand, as well as their families and friends who are committed to fundraising and walking 60 miles to get one step closer to saving lives.

Using stark, authentic black and white imagery, Commit 3 Days will be distributed on a myriad of platforms including TV commercials, digital, out-of-home and consumer experiences. Supplemental campaign elements will be rolled out in 2019 in advance of the events beginning August 2019.

For more information on the 2019 Komen 3-Day Series, including the full event schedule and registration process, visit www.The3Day.org.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research since our founding than any other nonprofit (outside of the federal government) while providing real-time help to those facing the disease today. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. On any given day, Susan G. Komen provides:

  • More than 580 free or low-cost screenings
  • 114 diagnostic services
  • 90 people with treatment assistance funding
  • More than 340 patient navigation services
  • Information, support and resources to 35 people who contact the Komen Breast Care Helpline
  • More than 1,500 people with vital education through our local Komen Affiliates
  • Transportation assistance to 47 people to keep them in treatment

Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $988 million in research and provided more than $2.2 billion in funding to screening, diagnostics, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in 60 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

SUSAN G. KOMEN 3-DAY®

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® is a 60-mile walk for women and men who are ready to end breast cancer forever. Participants raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk an average of 20 miles a day for three consecutive days, educating tens of thousands of people about breast health and raising funds to help support breast cancer research and community outreach programs. Over the past 15 years and 163 events, the Komen 3-Day has raised more than $834 million—which Komen has used to save lives and make huge strides in breast cancer research. Susan G. Komen® has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the 3-Day® help Komen support the global research program and other mission objectives, while the remaining 25 percent helps Affiliates support local programs including medical assistance, patient navigation and provider education, for example.

Sponsored by Bank of America, the 2019 3-Day Series includes seven events in Michigan (August 2-4), Twin Cities (August 16-18), New England (September 6-8), Seattle (September 13-15), Philadelphia (September 27-29), Dallas/Fort Worth (November 1-3), and San Diego (November 15-17).

Please visit www.The3Day.org or call 800-996-3DAY for more information. Connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/The3Day, Twitter @The3Day and Instagram @Komen3Day.

SOURCE Susan G. Komen 3-Day


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National Trust Raises Over $10 Million to Preserve Historic Black Sites and Tell a More Complete American Story

One year since its launch, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a game changer for African American Preservation

Press Release – (Nov. 15, 2018 – WASHINGTON) Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that one year after the launch of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund the organization has hit a funding milestone, raising more than $10M dollars for this $25M initiative. The Action Fund aims to uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community, crafting a narrative that expands our view of history, and that helps to reconstruct our national identity while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for diverse historic places.

“We are proud of how over this past year we’ve helped to broaden the conversation about the places that matter,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Since the launch of the Action Fund, we have seen overwhelming support across the country in saving spaces that tell the full American story.”

Launched in partnership with national foundations, and with support from a National Advisory Council, including co-chairs Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, and actress and director Phylicia Rashad, the Action Fund has changed the landscape of African American preservation. In year one, the Action Fund empowered youth through a hands-on preservation experience, modeled innovative approaches to interpreting and preserving African American cultural heritage at historic sites, continued on-the-ground work protecting significant historic places, and launched a national grant program.

“The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has seen remarkable grassroots engagement, in the more than 800 grant applications asking for help protecting African American historic places, and in the tremendous community support at newly-launched National Treasures like the John and Alice Coltrane Home,” said Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. “As we embark on year two of the Action Fund, we will continue working to foster a national landscape where every person can see themselves, their history, and their potential in our collective story.”

In this inaugural year, the Action Fund was able to award 16 grants, totaling more than $1M, to preservation organizations across the country, with funding going to support the preservation of sites and stories of black history. These grants, presented at Essence Festival this July, covered work in communities from Birmingham to the South Side of Chicago, including sites of struggle and strength.

“The Action Fund grant enabled us to move forward with the goal of transforming the August Wilson House into a community space, a hub of art, memory, and interpretation that will support young artists in Pittsburgh and across the country, and celebrate August Wilson’s legacy” said Paul A. Ellis, Jr., Executive Director of the August Wilson House, an inaugural grant recipient. Mr. Ellis, an Attorney, is also Wilson’s nephew and the founder of the Daisy Wilson Artist Community, named after Wilson’s mother, Daisy. “This house and this community are more than just a place where August lived – they are the inspiration for his plays, and the physical representation of what he was able to accomplish.”

In addition to grant funding, the National Trust through its Action Fund has supported four new National Treasure designations, including the childhood home of singer Nina Simone, and Memphis-based Clayborn Temple, famed for its role in the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968.

In the coming year, the National Trust will continue work on key preservation efforts, including conducting research exploring the impact that preservation has on contemporary urban issues that disproportionately affect communities of color — equity, displacement and affordability. Additionally, support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will continue, from celebrating their history to advocating for the reauthorization of the HBCU Historic Preservation Program which ensures that their histories and legacies are preserved.

The Action Fund draws support from a renowned group of leaders in academic, business, government, arts, and philanthropy, as well as the continued support of first-year lead funders Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and others.


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Global Impact Investing Network Appoints Sean Gilbert As Director Of Membership

Gilbert Will Strengthen The GIIN’s Network Engagement, Enhance Programming, And Drive Regional Growth

Press Release – NEW YORK, November 15, 2018 – The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) today announced the appointment of Sean Gilbert as its Director of Membership. Gilbert will be responsible for overseeing the GIIN’s Membership of over 280 member organizations from across over 40 countries around the world and guide the strategic direction and growth of programming initiatives and member engagement across regions. He will be based in Washington, D.C.

“To drive meaningful progress in the advancement of impact investing, we must connect a diverse set of participants to engage in collective action and collaborative idea generation, problem-solving, and knowledge sharing,” said Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN. “This is a key objective of our membership program, and Sean possesses the global experience and skills needed to unite and energize stakeholders from across sectors and geographies. He is a tremendous addition to our team.”

In his role, Gilbert will facilitate the growth of GIIN membership and expand engagement, particularly among institutional investors. In addition, he will oversee the creation and delivery of high-quality programming and other services that align with areas of need within the industry and interests of members.

Over his career, Gilbert has had extensive experience working with the finance sector around the integration of sustainability and ESG into investment processes, including the development of standards and indicators. He is uniquely poised to contribute to engagement around the GIIN’s Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) and Research teams and will engage members as such into the GIIN’s wider activities.

Gilbert comes to the GIIN from the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he was Head of Partnerships and Outreach for the NDC Partnership, leading on the global initiative to support countries to increase the flow of finance and assistance to deliver on national climate and development commitments. For over twenty years, he has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors on integrating sustainability into business and finance. Prior to his leadership at WRI, he oversaw Sustainability Advisory Services for KPMG in China, and before that was a Director at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam, where he led the development of a pioneering set of standards, which have become the most widely adopted sustainability reporting framework in the world. Gilbert began his career in Asia as a market research consultant for the chemical and environmental technology sectors.

Gilbert commented: “Impact investing is approaching an inflection point as a practice. Investors are showing an increasing interest in understanding how their portfolios relate to global challenges and contribute to solutions. There is a need for bringing the industry together behind a set of shared and consistent approaches to enable investors to embed concepts of impact into their investments and processes. The GIIN has a catalytic role to play and I am excited to join the team and to have the opportunity to work with members.”

About the Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon investors’ objectives. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit www.thegiin.org.


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WhyHunger Releases First-Ever Hunger Perception Survey

New Survey Shows 89% of Americans Think Hunger is a Solvable Problem

Press Release – New York (November 13, 2018)WhyHunger — a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world – today released results from its inaugural Hunger Perception Survey.

The survey revealed the majority of Americans (89%) think hunger is a solvable problem. While 67% of respondents believe it is the responsibility of the U.S. government to put systems in place to help combat hunger, 68% feel the U.S. government does not have adequate systems in place.

“For nearly 1 out of 8 Americans, hunger is a reality. From unlivable wages, to lack of access to affordable healthy food options to systemic racism, there are a multitude of reasons individuals face food insecurity,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director, WhyHunger. “It is imperative that we act now and strike at the root cause of hunger to transform the broader social inequities that perpetuate the problem.”

Among the survey’s findings:

  • Root Causes: 49% respondents think lack of aHi Devin,ccess to healthy affordable options is the root cause of hunger; 43% of respondents attribute it to unfair wages.
  • Just Living Wages: Half of respondents think fair living wages is the most effective way to combat hunger.
  • Systematic Racism: 44% of respondents say race is one of the determining factors in who experiences hunger.
  • Environmental Impact: Half of respondents say sustainable environmental practices have a strong impact on harvesting nutritious foods.

“Hunger is indeed a solvable problem, but in order to effectively ensure everyone has the right to nutritious food and solve hunger here in America and around the world, we must challenge the current systems in place – from the food charity model to the role of large corporations in our food and economic systems – and support and enact more sustainable long-term solutions, including living wages,” added Springstead.

WhyHunger is driving actionable change by supporting grassroots organizations that address hunger and poverty at their roots. Through its annual holiday Hungerthon drive and events throughout the year, WhyHunger raised millions of dollars to support communities to develop their own solutions to hunger and poverty and build their capacity to engage in long-term change.”

METHODOLOGY

The study was conducted online using Survey Monkey. Over a thousand participants were polled, spanning across the United States. Participants were all over the age of 18 and represented a broad range in income, geographic location and gender.

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. Learn more at whyhunger.org.


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