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Global Citizen, Good360, And All Hands And Hearts – Smart Response Launch Resilient Response Initiative

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Today, Global Citizen, Good360, and All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response announced Resilient Response, a coalition of nonprofits and corporations pledging to commit to a necessary shift in disaster giving and long-term relief initiatives to better support impacted communities after natural disasters.

“With the strength and frequency of natural disasters increasing around the world, it is urgent for us to call on companies to take immediate action towards ensuring a more Resilient Response to natural disasters,” said Petra Nemcova, co-founder of All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. “We are thrilled to partner with Global Citizen, Good360 and global corporations as we proactively work towards building resilience beyond the focus of first response and protecting communities from future natural disasters.”

Launching on the heels of Hurricane Florence and on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Resilient Response Initiative sheds light on the crucial and immediate need to adjust disaster giving behaviors among corporations to better support response and long-term recovery.

According to recent studies, 70% of current giving occurs within the first two months after a natural disaster, while only 5% of giving is allocated to reconstruction and recovery. It can take communities an average of five years to recover, and the Resilient Response Initiative’s six-point pledge outlines actions corporate partners can take to ensure a more resilient response to natural disasters.

“The challenges we face in the disaster recovery field are bigger than any single one of us,” said Howard Sherman, CEO of Good360. “Collaboration around thoughtful giving is at the core of what we do every day at Good360, so we are very happy to partner with like-minded organizations in order to raise awareness around the gaps in long-term disaster recovery and to collectively spearhead better ways to bring communities back to resiliency post-disaster.”

Partners supporting the Resilient Response initiative include Airbnb, Salesforce.org, TUMI, and members of the Good360 Disaster Recovery Council, such as CVS, Ecolab, RH (Restoration Hardware), United Airlines, UPS, Walmart, and Wrangler, among others.

RESILIENT RESPONSE PLEDGE:

  • Proactive: We will have plans in place before disaster strikes so we can respond effectively.
  • Needs-based: We will find out what a community needs as the key driver of our support, collaborating and learning from others who are also responding.
  • Immediate & Long-term: We will address immediate and long-term needs, staying in communities well after the cameras leavers.
  • Resilience focused: We will leave communities stronger than before disaster struck, helping them to better withstand future disasters.
  • Transparent: We will be transparent about our actions and hold ourselves accountable to deliver on promises.
  • Educational: We will educate our associates, colleagues, consumers and the public on how they can better respond to disasters.

“We know from our millions of Global Citizen’s that they want to help when disaster strikes, especially in the poorest parts of the world,” said Simon Moss, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Campaigns at Global Citizen. “But, they’re looking for advice on how make their efforts – whether it’s time, money or stuff – really count. They’re wanting to be a part of a resilient response that will help communities in the long term, which is why we are so excited to partner on this campaign.”

Take action at ResilientResponse.org and show your support with the hashtag #ResilientResponse.


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Kool Smiles Announces Second Round of K-5 Classroom Grant Winners as a New School Year Begins

Press Release – ATLANTA – As a new school year begins, Kool Smiles, a leading children’s dental health provider, today announced the winners of its second My Kool Smiles Classroom Grant Program contest, which awards classroom grants to K-5 educators who go above and beyond in promoting dental health education in the classroom.

The five winners of the classroom grants are K-5 educators Minnie Sapp of Panama City, Fla.; Lynda Warren of Williams, S.C.; Rachel Cervantez of Lubbock, Texas; Georgia Duan of New York, N.Y.; and Diane Emiliano of El Paso, Texas. Kool Smiles will award each teacher a $1,000 classroom grant in recognition of their guidance and leadership as exceptional teachers who encourage their students to follow good dental health practices by making it a central part of their curriculum.

“Kool Smiles launched our classroom grants last year and is pleased to continue this annual program that recognizes and supports deserving teachers in communities nationwide for their significant role in the lives of children inside and outside of the classroom,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “Educators play a pivotal role in linking children and dental health. We hope that this program will inspire other teachers to make oral health lesson plans part of their classroom curriculum.”

Submissions for the grant program were accepted August 1 – August 31, 2018. Teachers who applied or were nominated submitted an example of a dental lesson plan or essay about how healthy dental habits are being promoted in their classroom. As a new school year begins, the grant money is to be used for classroom supplies or school needs.

“It is an honor to receive this support and recognition from Kool Smiles,” said Minnie Sapp, a teacher at Parker Elementary School in Panama City, Fla. “As children learn and grow, dental health is an important part of that process. The classroom grant will go a long way in helping us with school supplies for the new school year!”

“I am so grateful to be given this opportunity by Kool Smiles and plan on continuing to make dental health a key part of our school curriculum with this grant,” said Lynda Warren, a teacher at Richard Carroll Elementary School in Bamberg, S.C.

Submissions were carefully reviewed by a committee of Kool Smiles clinical leaders and Benevis team members. The winning applicants demonstrated originality, creativity, and passion for being teachers to children in their community.

“Being awarded the Kool Smiles classroom grant for dental health curriculum is great affirmation that including these lessons about the importance of dental health really matters.,” said Rachel Cervantez, a fourth-grade teacher at Bowie Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas.

“Teaching students about dental hygiene and healthy habits at a young age sets them up for success in the classroom and beyond. Thank you to Kool Smiles for supporting our students, their families and educators from coast to coast,” said Georgia Duan, a teacher at PS 333X The Longwood Academy of Discovery in Bronx, N.Y.

“Teaching is a rewarding profession and being recognized for our efforts in the classroom is very much appreciated. Kool Smiles just made my smile a little brighter!,” said Diane Emiliano, a teacher at Ysleta Elementary School in El Paso, Texas.

For more information about the grant program, please visit

www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/classroomgrants.

The Kool Smiles classroom grant program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation.

About Kool Smiles

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

About the Benevis Foundation

The Benevis Foundation is committed to improving dental care access and outcomes for underserved communities in the United States through research, education and outreach. The foundation sponsors ongoing research on the role of Medicaid dental providers in improving access to preventative care, early intervention, and dental health education among traditionally underserved pediatric populations, as well as research on the cost savings associated with improving access to dental care among these patient populations in both federal and state healthcare systems. Through these research efforts, the Benevis Foundation hopes to provide data that informs and strengthens public policy related to dental access and affordability. For more information, visit http://benevis.com/benevis-foundation/.


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vineyard vines Partners With Bright Pink In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — vineyard vines, the lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced their continued partnership with Bright Pink, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. The exclusive collection includes long-sleeve tees and a silk tie bearing the brand’s whale logo paired with the breast cancer awareness Pink Ribbon. In honor of loved ones who have been lost or presently fighting, the brand will donate 30% of all sales from the product collection to Bright Pink. The assortment is available for purchase at vineyardvines.com and select vineyard vines stores.

“We are proud to team up with Bright Pink for the second year,” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “Ian and I have seen the effects of this horrible disease and the toll it takes on families. It’s a continued priority for us to educate and raise awareness.” “Bright Pink’s dedication to the education and empowerment of women to live proactively is truly inspiring,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “A few years ago we lost our mom to cancer and we are proud to help an organization that focuses on women taking action against the disease.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to have a partner like vineyard vines that shares our vision of empowering millions of women to live their best lives and be their own best health advocates.,” said Bright Pink CEO, Katie Thiede. “We’re also incredibly inspired by Shep & Ian who have shared their personal connection to the cause, and in doing so are helping to inspire other men and women to recognize the importance of being proactive with their health and encourage their loved ones to do the same. Through this campaign, vineyard vines will raise critical funds to fuel Bright Pink’s life-saving mission and amplify our programs that put awareness in action. We’re thrilled to continue working with vineyard vines.”

In addition to the special collection, Bright Pink’s mission and their online detection tools will be promoted by vineyard vines through their social channels, digital ads and in-store events. Vineyard vines will host a storewide event on October 13th from 4-7PM where additional proceeds of all products sold during that time will go back to Bright Pink.

ABOUT vineyard vines®

A company best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, was founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offers a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at vineyardvines.com and at over ninety freestanding stores.

About Bright Pink®

Bright Pink is a national nonprofit focused on the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink’s innovative programs motivate women to prioritize prevention, help women assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, equip women with personalized risk-management recommendations, and empower women to manage their health proactively in partnership with a healthcare provider. Since 2007, Bright Pink has inspired over a million women to be their own best health advocates. Join us in putting Awareness in Action™ at BrightPink.org.

SOURCE vineyard vines


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Levi’s®Music Project Partners With Snoop Dogg To Create A Youth Masterclass In Music Production

Press Release – Music education and support are in constant danger of cuts and defunding around the world. Together with artists and community partners, Levi’s® develops music projects where access to education is needed most. Collaborating with the best musical artists, we bring music resources to community-based programs around the world.

The Levi’s® brand teamed up with Snoop Dogg to launch a project at the YMCA’s Youth Institute in Snoop’s hometown of Long Beach, California, restoring their music studio, bringing in new equipment and hosting a hands-on masterclass in musical production and business taught by none other than Snoop and the elite musicians and producers of 1500 Sound Academy – a new school dedicated to democratizing music education.

If 1500 Sound Academy doesn’t sound familiar, their Grammy Award winning founders might. Based out of Inglewood, California, 1500 Or Nothin’ has spent over a decade writing, producing and performing for artists including Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and, of course, Snoop Dogg. With the launch of the Academy, they’re able to teach the lessons they’ve learned throughout their careers to the next generation.

“We didn’t have a center like the Youth Institute when I was learning to make music. We just had imagination. I’ve always wanted to do something in Long Beach to help the kids that are cut from that same cloth as me. There’s a room full of greatness right there. Long Beach breeds greatness. That’s just what it is.” — Snoop Dogg

“Even though we’re different people, we all use our creativity, and this music program helps us project that in to technology, which is pretty awesome.” — Ashley, student, YMCA Youth Institute

Music reaches everyone and is crucial to how we understand our history, our community and our authentic selves. Levi’s® has always been part of the music community: worn by the most original artists and loved by music fans worldwide. Through the Levi’s® Music Project, Levi’s® continues to be in the center of music culture as an active collaborator and respected resource by creating community-based music programs around the world. #supportmusic

Go behind the scenes of our latest Levi’s® Music Project with Snoop Dogg:

Trailer: https://youtu.be/5TCo8cqP9l8


Full Documentary: https://youtu.be/JJJ9kvIRaXA

About the Levi’s® brand

The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeanswear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style. For more information about the Levi’s® brand, its products and stores, please visit levi.com.


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DiscoverE Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Press Release – Washington DC – September 2018 – DiscoverE, the leading U.S. non-profit that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering, today announced it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The grant supports two DiscoverE signature programs; Global Marathon For, By and About Women In Engineering & Technology and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Both campaigns address the under-representation of girls and women in engineering and technology. Through the Girl Day movement, volunteers help K-12 girls realize engineering can be for them. The Global Marathon is an online series of conversations to advance success for collegiate and professional women throughout the world by connecting them to inspiration, information, and one another.

“Motorola was an early adopter of both the Global Marathon and Girl Day. We are grateful for their support and guidance,” said Leslie Collins, DiscoverE Executive Director. “Their financial and volunteer support have affected the large-scale yet very personal impact DiscoverE and the engineering community have when introducing young girls to engineering pathways. Or, when supporting women already in engineering to help them persevere.”

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2019 is February 21. The 2019 Global Marathon starts March 6, in connection with International Women’s Day, and runs for five weeks.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored and privileged to support the work of DiscoverE,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”

Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as DiscoverE, to support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than three million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation


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GameStop Unites The Gaming Community On National Video Games Day To Raise $100K For Children’s Charities

  • 100% of the donations benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
  • Join GameStop’s Twitter-a-thon featuring high-profile gaming personalitiesto donate
  • Never seen before trade deals – one day only!

Press Release – GRAPEVINE, TX (Sept. 11, 2018) – Never before have gamers come together as an industry on National Video Games Day – until now. On National Video Games Day (NVGD), Wednesday, September 12, GameStop is uniting the gaming community to raise $100,000 to support Make-A-Wish Foundation®(MAW) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH), plus celebrate everything gaming with never seen before trade-in deals.

“GameStop Gives is GameStop’s new approach to charitable giving that uses the power of gaming to drive positive change in the areas of youth well-being and education,” said Martha Sotelo, head of corporate social responsibility for GameStop. “Through GameStop Gives, the company has united competitors from the game publishers, to manufacturers to gamers to join in the fundraising effort to raise money for children’s charities. This is the first time that these two children’s charities have been ‘married’ with the goal of helping kids get back to being kids.”

“We are calling gamers and non-gamers alike to join the cause and help us celebrate National Video Games Day,” said Eric Bright, vice president of Merchandising for GameStop. “Gamers are generous at heart, and the gaming community is all about connecting with old friends and making new ones while playing the games you love. I’m proud that today, the gaming community has joined together to make a significant impact to raise money for such great children’s charities.”

Kicking off the fundraising efforts, Microsoft donated $10,000 to the effort, and GameStop will be donating up to $8,000 from the limited sale of the Xbox® Adaptive Controller—sold exclusively at GameStop.com. In the spirit of inclusive design and supporting Microsoft’s “Gaming for Everyone” initiative, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a first of its kind gaming controller built specifically for people with limited mobility – giving them a more accessible, customizable and inclusive gaming experience.

GameStop is giving an additional $10,000 during the NVGD donation drive, and Bandai Namco will also be making a generouscontributionto support MAW and CMNH.

Gamers and non-gamers can donate to GameStop Gives in a variety of ways to benefit these charities:

  • Join the Twitter-a-thon and donate online at GameStop Gives.
  • Donate at checkout. Guests can give $1 or more or round up their purchase, and PowerUp Rewards members will receive triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.
  • Donate PowerUp Rewards points. Members can donate points to each charity in the PowerUp Rewards Center.
  • Trade for Charity. Donate up to 100 percent of trade-in value to charity when you bring used video game hardware, software, accessories or consumer electronics to GameStop.

Join the day-long Twitter-a-thon @GameStop with prizes awarded every hour!

“For one day only, gamers can connect with their favorite directors, developers, designers and players at the top video game and collectibles companies to benefit charity during the GameStop Gives Twitter-a-thon,” continued Bright. “This is a truly unique opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, plus donate to help put smiles on the faces of many kids in need. Join GameStop on Twitter starting at 9:30 a.m. CT and donate online at GameStop Gives.”

Twitter-a-thon schedule (Central time zone)

  • 9:30 a.m. – Eric Bright, VP of Merchandising for GameStop
  • 10:00 a.m. – Aaron Greenberg, General Manager for the Games Marketing team, Microsoft
  • 10:30 a.m. –Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • 11:00 a.m. – Robert Bowling, Studio Head, Quantum Giant
  • 11:30 a.m. – Nicks, Formula and Kiwiz,Obey House
  • 12:00 p.m. – Andy McNamara, Editor, Game Informer Magazine
  • 1:00 p.m.– Cameron Deuel, Social Content Strategy Manager, Funko
  • 1:30 p.m. – Dmitryi Khlynin, Community Specialist, Bandai Namco
  • 2:00 p.m.– Kenny, Team Envy
  • 2:30 p.m.—Steve Cotton, Game Director, and Scott Taylor, Project Lead, Bungie (Destiny 2: Forsaken)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Bryan Intihar, Creative Director, Insomniac Games
  • 5 p.m. – Gorilla, Pro Fortnite Player, Team Envy
  • Follow @GameStop and #GameStopGives to catch more surprise guests, including game developers, pro players and leading content creators

On NVGD, gamers can take advantage of the best trade values GameStop has ever offered – one day only

  • Get up to $40 for select games
  • Get up to $325 for select gaming systems
  • Get up to $40 for select accessories
  • Get up to $500 for select smartphones
  • Donate your trades to charity and get 3x the PUR points

For more information or to donate, visit GameStop Gives, and to learn more about GameStop’s NVGD trade deals, go to http://www.GameStop.com/trade.

About GameStop

GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania are part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.


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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth

– Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000 to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice –

– Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students Become Financially Empowered Adults –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, September 7, 2018) – Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms today announced the second annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest! The contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate” for a chance to win $10,000 for their local school – plus an additional $1,000 for the charity of their choice. The winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school featuring children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, producer of Blues Clues and co-creator of Super WHY!, and the characters of Cha-Ching. Entrants may take the pledge up to once a day on behalf of their school from now through December 13, 2018.

“Anything we can do to help educators and families teach basic financial skills to young people is a win in my book,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Discovery Education brings Cha-Ching to classrooms across the country giving students access to these life-changing lessons. With this year’s pledge challenge, we’re hoping to reach even more students, making a positive impact in their futures.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids is an engaging and fun financial education program designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults. The program empowers youth with critical 21st-century skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school, where it can be fundamentally embedded in core learning experiences at a young age. Available at no-cost to classrooms nationwide, the program includes educator resources, family activities, animated videos and more.

“Cha-Ching, Jackson and Discovery Education are helping students develop money smart habits that will positively impact their families and future, said Dr. Trish Wallinger, St. Mary’s School Principal, winning school leader of last year’s Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids contest in Bellevue, Nebraska. “Encouraging students to retain strong money management concepts, and preparing them with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to lead fiscally disciplined lives will strengthen their ability to flourish as they mature.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! program elements include:

Engaging Music Videos — Helping children learn money management concepts with lively cartoon characters from the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! band. Storylines spotlight the importance of earning, saving, spending and donating, and help reinforce healthy money habits.

Classroom Activities — Providing K-6 educators with standards-aligned activities that pair with music videos to teach students how to be money smart.

Educator Guides — Enhancing educators’ background knowledge of financial literacy to better equip them to facilitate the classroom activities.

Family Activities — Offering parents, families and communities helpful tools to teach their children how to be money smart.

Sweepstakes — Promoting positive money habits and awarding deserving schools a $10,000 prize to build a brighter financial future, along with $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

“Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids empowers educators to teach kids compelling ways to secure a financially liberating future,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to continue a collaboration with Jackson Charitable Foundation to train a new generation of learners and future leaders the building blocks of financial literacy.”

Launched in April 2017, these resources are available at www.cha-chingusa.org and through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.


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Skylands Energy Service Announces Scholarship Recipient In New Jersey

Press Release – Skylands Energy Service, a local petroleum distribution and HVAC company based in Raritan, NJ, is proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 Skylands Energy Scholarship. This year’s recipient is Bret Schuler, a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ. He is receiving a $10,000 scholarship and is attending Drew Unive! rsity to study Environmental Engineering.

Skylands Energy Service is proud to announce the recipient of the 2018 Skylands Energy Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient is Bret Schuler, a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ. Mr. Schuler graduated from Voorhees High School in June ! 2018 and will be attending Drew University this Fall, studying! Environmental Engineering. Bret will be receiving a total of $10,000, disbursed in increments of $2,500 per year during his four years of undergraduate study at Drew University.

The foundational principals behind the Skylands Energy Service Scholarship are to support students who want to become professionals in various industries and disciplines such as Environmental Science, HVAC, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and/or Construction Management. The ideal candidate will also show commitment to our neighbors, our communities and our environment through excellence and integrity.

This year’s applicants were required to submit an application accompanied by a 2-minute video that they filmed and produced covering the topic: The Impact of Energy Efficient Heating and Air Conditioning Systems on the Environment. Mr. Schuler gave praise and tremendous accolades to his High School Advanced TV Production teacher, Mr. Jeremy Brandt, for teaching him the skills needed to produce the quality video he submitted with his application. Schuler’s video, along with other applicants from this year, can be viewed on Skylands Energy Service’s YouTube channel.

When asked about the scholarship. Schuler said, “My first reaction knowing that I would be receiving $2500 (per year) bucks for school was shocking! My mom turned cherry red and jumped in the air ecstatically. I plan on using the scholarship money to purchase a Mac Book, school supplies, and any other unexpected expenditures. I am very appreciative and thankful that Skylands Energy awarded me their scholarship and the opportunity to better my experience during my education at Drew Universit! y. I want to personally thank Ed Miller for giving students like me opportunities to better their educational experience.”

“This was the first year that we offered a scholarship in this capacity. We were amazed by the high quality of applications that we received. I am extremely proud to be able to give back to the community,” said Ed Miller, president of Skylands Energy Service. “I know that our scholarship committee had a challenging task put in front of them to choose a winner. Ultimately, Schuler stood out to everyone on the committee. We wish him well in his college car! eer at Drew University.”

Skylands Energy Service, one of the fastest growing, and most forward-thinking petroleum distribution and HVAC companies, is based in Raritan, NJ. For more information about the company, and the services they provide, visit their website at SkylandsEnergy.com

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.abnewswire.com/pressreleases/skylands-energy-service-announces-scholarship-recipient-in-new-jersey_261796.html


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The Meet Group Joins Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to Help Children Fight Cancer

Press Release – New Hope, September 7, 2018The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MEET), a public market leader in the mobile meeting space, is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation by releasing a special edition virtual gift to users on its popular MeetMe, Skout and Tagged mobile applications.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to helping children with the disease through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer. Founded in 2005, ALSF was started by Jay and Liz Scott. After the passing of their daughter Alex, the Scotts vowed to raise money to help doctors find a cure.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and The Meet Group will honor it by offering a custom gift on each of MeetMe, Skout and Tagged that users can purchase to help offset travel costs for families wishing to be near their hospitalized children as part of ALSF’s Travel for Care program.

“Our members enjoyed coming together and raising funds for Ryan’s Well Foundation and have been looking forward to their next opportunity to give,” said Catherine Connelly, co-founder and VP of Brand Strategy at The Meet Group. “Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is an amazing organization that helps many children in need. Their Travel for Care Program offers immediate assistance to families who must travel for treatment. I believe our members will embrace ALSF and their mission.”

The Meet Group plans to make a donation for every Alex’s Lemonade gift sent in the apps up to an aggregate of $10,000 to ALSF. The limited edition gift will be available from September 7 through September 21st.

About The Meet Group

The Meet Group (NASDAQ: MEET) is a portfolio of mobile social entertainment apps designed to meet the universal need for human connection. We leverage a powerful live-streaming video platform, empowering our global community to forge meaningful connections. Our primary apps, MeetMe®, LOVOO®, Skout®, and Tagged®, entertain millions of mobile daily active users, generating untold numbers of casual chats, friendships, dates, and marriages. Our apps, available on iPhone, iPad, and Android in multiple languages, combine product innovation with sophisticated data science to both entertain and connect our audience. The Meet Group has a diversified revenue mix consisting of in-app purchases, subscription, and advertising, and we have offices in New Hope, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dresden, and Berlin. For more information, visit themeetgroup.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


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New Travel Website Makes It Easier To Travel With Pets, Benefits Emancipet

Travelers who book pet-friendly homes make vet care possible for animals in need

Press Release – Austin, TX – HomeAway® launched a new travel website of pet-friendly vacation homes, cabins, and condos. To celebrate, the company will donate $100 to Emancipet for every vacation home booked on hmwy.co/pet-travel to help subsidize veterinary care for pets in need.

HomeAway’s new site highlights 350,000 homes pet lovers can rent for their next vacation and went live on August 26 in honor of National Dog Day. The company also announced its partnership with Emancipet—the nonprofit on a mission to make veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners.

Both headquartered in Austin, Texas, HomeAway chose to support Emancipet after watching the nonprofit build a network of high-quality, low-cost clinics and advocate to improve the lives of pets in underserved communities.

“Since we’ve seen so much of their work in action, including the great work they’re doing to help the 300,000 pets in Puerto Rico left homeless following Hurricane Maria, it was an easy choice to work with them,” said Melanie Fish, public relations spokesperson for HomeAway.

“We see every day how much pets are part of people’s families,” said Amy Mills, Emancipet’s chief executive officer. “It makes sense people want to travel with their whole family and finding the right place to stay is a lot easier if you rent a HomeAway.”

To make sure dogs travel safely, Emancipet and HomeAway also offer these tips:

  • If you’re driving, secure your pet in a carrier or safety harness. Stop regularly for potty, water and snack breaks.
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing id tags and that she is microchipped and registered with updated, accurate contact information.
  • Homeowners who list their homes on HomeAway.com don’t all interpret “pet-friendly” the same way. Some charge a pet fee, some don’t have fenced-in yards and some may provide everything you need for a fantasy pet vacation from food to treats to a pet-welcoming pool. Read the property details, look at the photos and ask questions if anything isn’t clear.
  • Pack smart. Bring more than enough food, treats, medication, and don’t forget your pet’s bed and favorite toys. If you’re flying, pack enough supplies for a couple of days in your carry on in case your luggage is lost.
  • Locate a veterinary emergency clinic in your destination city – just in case. Travel with vaccination records.

For every stay booked from now through December 31 using this link, hmwy.co/pet-travel, HomeAway will donate $100 to Emancipet up to $10,000.

About Emancipet

Emancipet is a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. Emancipet manages an expanding national network of high-quality, low-cost clinics; offers customized training and consulting programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide; and advocates for strategies and public policy that improve the lives of pets in underserved communities.

About HomeAway

HomeAway, based in Austin, Texas, is a leading online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, with sites representing more than 2 million unique places to stay in 190 countries, and is a part of the Expedia Group family of brands. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.homeaway.com/.


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