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Smithfield® Partners With No Kid Hungry To Donate Enough For Two Million Meals To Students In Need

Share Breakfast and Tag #BreakfastPower on Social Media to Join the Fight Against Childhood Hunger

Press Release – Smithfield, Va. August 1, 2018 – This back-to-school season, Smithfield® is partnering with No Kid Hungry to donate enough for two million meals to students in need through the brand’s “Most Important Meal” initiative. For the second consecutive year, Smithfield is ensuring a well-balanced breakfast is at the top of every student’s back-to-school list by doubling its commitment from last year and encouraging people to support No Kid Hungry’s in-school breakfast programs and the one in six children suffering from food insecurity in America.

From pencils and paper to binders and backpacks, families across the country prepare for an exciting year ahead, but too often breakfast is an afterthought and skipping it can lead to underperformance in school. According to a No Kid Hungry study, when students have a balanced breakfast in the morning, they are more likely to attend school and perform better on standardized tests, and Smithfield’s “Most Important Meal” campaign is ensuring everyone has access to this essential tool needed to perform successfully in school.

Now through the end of September, people everywhere can help Smithfield and No Kid Hungry reach their goal by sharing their breakfast on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using #BreakfastPower. For every breakfast shared, Smithfield will donate enough for 10 meals* to No Kid Hungry – helping more kids get access to healthy meals.

“At No Kid Hungry, we found that students who eat school breakfast have been shown to achieve 17.5% higher scores on standardized math tests and attend an average of 1.5 more days of school per year,” said Jill Davis, senior vice president of corporate partnerships at Share Our Strength, the national organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “Breakfast truly is powerful stuff, which is why we’re excited that with the help of partners like Smithfield, we can ensure breakfast is at the top of every school supply list this year.”

“As a food company, we know the importance of a well-balanced breakfast but find it concerning that so many kids in our country go hungry,” said Michael Merritt, senior director of brand marketing for Smithfield. “Smithfield is proud to partner with No Kid Hungry for a second year, doubling our donation to help support the organization’s commitment to end childhood hunger and provide children with access to the most important meal of the day.”

For more information on Smithfield’s “Most Important Meal” campaign and to learn how to donate, visit Smithfield.com/NoKidHungry.

*One dollar can provide up to 10 meals. This amount is based on the individual experiences of grant recipients. Contributions will be used to reach the highest number of children facing hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Smithfield Foods will donate $1 for every social media post shared with the hashtag #BreakfastPower up to $50,000 to No Kid Hungry from July 5,2018 to December 31, 2018. Smithfield will make a minimum donation of $200,000 to No Kid Hungry during this campaign.


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TCS Partners with Discovery Education for Innovation Student Challenge

Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education’s “Ignite Innovation Student Challenge” Is a New Competition from the Computational Thinking Curriculum “Ignite My Future in School”

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC | NEW YORK, NY – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms has announced the launch of the TCS Discovery Education Ignite Innovation Student Challenge. The brand-new competition gives young innovators an amazing chance to win $10,000 and receive virtual mentorship from a team of TCS technology experts to bring their winning idea to life.

The Ignite Innovation Student Challenge encourages sixth through eighth grade students to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that improve the world and solve problems impacting TCS’ social responsibility pillars of Our Planet, Health and Education.

Middle school students, up to four students per team, are invited to craft a digital concept and submit their entries by creating a written description or a one to two-minute video. Entries must define a problem in one of TCS’ three social responsibility pillars; explain how their answer solves a local, national, or global issue; identify the population being served; explain at least three benefits of the digital solution; identify at least two computational thinking strategies used to develop the solution; and present thinking and planning using visuals.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, content, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Ten winners will then be selected to receive prizes including the Grand Prize of a $10,000 scholarship and virtual mentorship with TCS mentors to bring their winning idea to life. Winners of the Top Pillar prizes in Our Planet, Health and Education will receive $7,500, and six Winner Circle prizes of $1,000 will be awarded. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.

All video and written description entries must be submitted online at www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org/Challenge no later than December 13, 2018.

Launched in 2017, Ignite My Future in School is an initiative that combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have partnered with U.S. school districts in the Washington, D.C. area, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin as early adopters and launch sites of this transdisciplinary approach. Since launching, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged over 185,000 students and 3,300 educators in all 50 states. To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, go to www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org.

For more information on the TCS Discovery Education Ignite Innovation Student Challenge, including idea starters, project flow, four-week road map, planning guide, templates, and complete rules, please visit www.IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org/Challenge. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.


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Toptal and Tent Partner to Provide Support for Global Refugee Crisis

The new partnership will leverage Toptal’s unparalleled network of global talent to help Tent provide technology, finance, design expertise to refugee organizations

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, August 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/Toptal, a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on-demand, is working with the Tent Partnership for Refugees (Tent), a coalition of companies, including Starbucks, Airbnb, and Microsoft, that have made commitments to support refugees around the world.

Tapping into Toptal’s private network of highly skilled professionals, the new partnership will connect refugee-focused NGOs with professionals who are experts in software development, finance, security, design, and much more.

Tent was established by Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani. Tent works closely with businesses to help them identify and understand opportunities to help refugees. When companies are ready to take concrete actions, Tent collaborates with them to develop and implement tangible commitments to support refugees.

“As the refugee crisis around the world continues to grow, we’re seeing a greater need for assistance – especially among nonprofit organizations – in providing reputable information and logistical support,” said Taso Du Val, Founder and CEO of Toptal. “After first learning about Tent’s mission to bring the business community together to create good for refugees, I knew Toptal had to find a way to help. I’m excited to see the impact that the talent from our network will have on Tent’s mission as well as for the world’s refugees.”

“The private sector is uniquely positioned to address the global refugee crisis – that’s why Tent is mobilizing businesses to support refugees,” added Gideon Maltz, Executive Director of Tent. “We’re thrilled to join forces with Toptal in order to leverage their highly-skilled talent to provide critical support to refugee-focused NGOs around the world.”

The newest joint efforts are part of Toptal’s program, TopVolunteer™, where the company partners with leading nonprofits and NGOs around the world that need high-skilled talent for their volunteer initiatives. Members of the Toptal talent network commit their time, skills, and experience to these projects, whether to solve an urgent problem or to contribute on an ongoing basis.

To find out more about TopVolunteer visit: http://www.toptal.com/top-volunteer

To find out more about the Tent Partnership, visit: http://www.tent.org

About Toptal

Toptal is a global network of top talent in business, design, and technology that enables companies to scale their teams, on demand. Toptal serves thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bridgestone, Pfizer, and Axel Springer, among many others, delivering expertise and world-class solutions at an unparalleled success rate. For more information, please visit http://www.toptal.com/enterprise

About The Tent Partnership for Refugees

The Tent Partnership for Refugees, founded by Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya, works closely with businesses to help them develop and implement concrete commitments to support and empower refugees. Ulukaya launched Tent with the belief that the private sector is uniquely positioned to address the global refugee crisis by mobilizing the networks, resources, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the business community. Tent has over 90+ members supporting refugees across 34 countries.

Tent believes that companies have the greatest impact when they treat refugees not as victims, but as economically-productive workers, suppliers, entrepreneurs, and customers – and when they leverage their core business operations to hire refugees, integrate them into supply chains, invest in refugees, and deliver services to them. Learn more about Tent: http://www.tent.org

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toptal-and-tent-partner-to-provide-support-for-global-refugee-crisis-847910267.html


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Fashion Raises Awareness And Funds For Dream-Granting Organization

Wildfox Partners With Dream Foundation To Host 4th Annual Endless Summer Dream Event

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif., August 21, 2018 — Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, will host its fourth annual Endless Summer Dream fundraiser on September 16th at the exquisite Nesbitt Estate in Summerland, Calif.

Los Angeles based fashion label, Wildfox will kick-off the event with a poolside runway show featuring some of today’s most influential models including Alexander Amato, Bryant Wood, Sulem Calderon, and Claire Michelle to name a few. The fashion show will also include designs from A Tropical Affair, Bubululu Malibu Bikinis, K. Frank, Jenni Kayne, Lolë, Make Smith, Occhialli Eyewear, Rocha Swim, Saltura, Seavees and So De Mel Swimwear.

“I have several dear friends who are a part of Dream Foundation and when I learned more about the organization and its mission, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of it, “said CEO of Wildfox, Jimmy Sommers. “The strength of these Dreamers and their families really inspired me to contribute to their lasting memories.”

The main event will begin at 4 p.m. and feature Jason Mraz protégé Cody Lovaas, DJ Gavin Roy Presents, dancer and choreographer Josh Killacky, and aerialists from Santa Barbara Airedanse Collective. KEYT-TV’s Chief Meteorologist and long-time Dream Foundation supporter Alan Rose will delight as emcee once again.

From 7 to 10 p.m. an exclusive after-party in the Nesbitt Nightclub for sponsors and Aqua ticket holders only will include dinner, dancing, surprise entertainment, a sneak-peek runway preview of Wildfox Spring 19 Collection “Riot Girl,” and a meet-and-greet with Sommers.

“We are dedicated to bringing final Dreams to life for terminally-ill adults,” said Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer. “Endless Summer Dream provides an opportunity for those interested in supporting our mission to learn about who we are, who we serve and how they too can help fulfill final Dreams, all while embracing life’s precious moments with friends and fellow supporters of the Foundation.”

For fashion, food, fun in the sun, and an opportunity to help give life to final Dreams of terminally-ill adults across the nation, tickets for Summer Dream are available for purchase at http://dreamfoundation.org/summerdream starting at $50 for general admission.

The event is made possible through the generous support and dedication of this year’s Event Co-Chairs Arlene Montesano and Ursula Nesbitt. Endless Summer Dream recognizes its Sky Sponsors: Adeo Alday & Troy Cox, Kate & Arthur Coppola, Genentech; Ultramarine Sponsors: Debra Borden, Arlene Geeb, Jeanne & David Hoffman, Bob & Holly Murphy, Thomas Cira, BciCapital, Hutton Parker Foundation, Soogie & Don Kang, Elizabeth & Kenny Slaught; Ocean Sponsors: Bella Vista Designs, Louise & Tim Casey, the Grokenberger Family, Sarah & Martin Jenkins, Britt Meyer, Montecito Bank & Trust, Justine Roddick & Christina Schlieske, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians; and Azure Sponsors: Gayle Abramson & Mitch Glanz, Insight & Strategies, Kim & Andy Busch, Fell Marketing LLP, Alexandra & Hanson Gifford, Susan & Jeff Jordano, Jump On The School Bus, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., Pauline & Marc Lowe, Paul & Shelley Schulte, The Rudi Schulte Family Foundation, Meghan & Bob Stoll, Lisa & David Wolf, and Yasmine & Sam Zodeh.

A special thank you to Jimmy Sommers, Wildfox and their incredible team.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 30,000 final Dreams over the past two decades. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management, ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.

About Wildfox:

Life is better when you’re wearing Wildfox. The contemporary women’s line designed in sunny L.A. has embodied the effortless yet edgy ethos of California since it was launched in 2008. From our signature cozy sweaters to our best-selling sunglasses, Wildfox is the ultimate line for the stylish set.

Through our retro-inspired collections, Wildfox has become a favorite line among A-list celebrities and International Influencers and has grown to include a full range of tops, bottoms, sunglasses, dresses, intimates, and swimwear.


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Baltic Sea Water To The Rescue Of Drought-Hit Islands In Stockholm Archipelago

Press Release – Stockholm, August 17, 2018 – Is Baltic sea water the new gold? Can the sea water become the lifeline for the drought-threatened hundreds of thousands of people who live along the Baltic coast or each summer visit the hundreds of archipelago islands?

The answer to the above questions is a likely yes, thanks to world-leading Swedish technology being used in a unique project on the island of Sandhamn designed to help save the island’s threatened water reserves and tourism-driven economy. The project has seen Bluewater, a world leader in water purification technologies and solutions, join with the local Värmdö municipality and the Royal Swedish Yacht Club KSSS to help beat climate change-driven water shortages.

“Two high performing Bluewater water purifying stations have gone on stream in Sandhamn capable of daily providing 14,000 liters of chilled still or sparkling water taken directly from the Baltic sea,” says Anders Jacobson, President and chief strategy officer company Bluewater.

Anders Jacobson said Bluewater has installed the water stations at its own cost to deliver water free of charge to thirsty island residents or tourists. The water stations will showcase solutions are already available to the acute problem faced by many islands and coastal communities in the Baltic Sea.

The Bluewater water stations also complement a unique water harvesting system developed by the company earlier this summer for the royal yacht club that is designed to meet the needs of the many hundreds of visiting yachtspeople who flock to the island every year. Using water pumped directly from the sea, the system is already delivering over 45,000 liters of water a day.

We find it extremely positive that Swedish technological ingenuity can help Sandhamn at a time when drinking water access threatens both local residents and their tourist driven livelihood, said Deshira Flankör, chairperson of Värmdö Municipal Council . She added that it was excellent that business and local government can cooperate and find ways to tackle common problems facing communities.

“We will follow the project closely to find similar solutions for the rest of the archipelago.”

Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri says the water stations are good example of how human ingenuity can achieve a balance between sustainability, environmental integrity and still spur local economic growth.

“Bluewater harnesses its own patented second-generation reverse osmosis technology to remove practically all pollutants from water sources, using purifier units that are incredibly compact, use little electricity and require minimal maintenance,” Bengt Rittri added.

Bluewater is a world leading water purification company with its global headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Bluewater innovates, manufactures and comercializes compact water purifiers for residential, business and public use that harness the company’s patented reverse osmosis technology to remove virtually all pollutants from tap water, including lead, bacteria, pesticides, medical residues, chlorine and lime-scale. Please visit us at www.bluewatergroup.com

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National Health Foundation Partners With Meal-Delivery Service Fitness Kitchen LA To Bring Healthy Food To LA’s Homeless

Press Release – Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 2018 – In its quest to improve the health of underserved communities and boost nutrition for those without homes recovering from illness, National Health Foundation (NHF) is teaming up with healthy meal delivery subscription service Fitness Kitchen LA to provide food at two of NHF’s recuperative care facilities, including its soon-to-be-opened Pico-Union location in downtown Los Angeles.

NHF is one of the leading providers of recuperative care in Los Angeles County, offering those without homes a safe place to heal once they are discharged from area hospitals. Fitness Kitchen LA is one of the top nutrition-focused daily meal delivery services in Southern California, known for its high quality, fresh and affordable prepared meal program offerings.

The unique partnership allows NHF to provide nutrient-rich meals to its clients for nearly the same cost of NHF’s previous food service arrangements. Under the agreement, Fitness Kitchen LA will prepare and deliver family-style meals each day to NHF’s Pico-Union and mid-city facilities.

“NHF is committed to doing everything in our power to enhance dignity and create the conditions in which every person we serve has opportunities to thrive,” said Wade Trimmer, executive director of housing and homeless services for NHF. “Individuals who are experiencing homelessness deserve the very best. Getting the private sector and like-minded partners involved is one way of getting this done.”

“Just because you are without a home doesn’t mean you don’t deserve nutritious, healthy food,” said Fitness Kitchen LA Co-founder Tom Aaron, whose team is working with NHF to design low-cost, nourishing meal plans for its facilities. “At Fitness Kitchen LA, we are very passionate about promoting nutrition and delicious food for all, and this partnership allows us to both spread that message and give back to the community at the same time.”

NHF’s new 62-bed recuperative care Pico-Union facility is scheduled to open in October 2018, with a goal of setting a new standard for how both recuperative care and homeless shelters deliver services to clients. In addition to serving highly nutritious, family-style dining delivered by Fitness Kitchen LA, the new facility will also feature more home-like amenities such as semi-private rooms vs. dorm-style, and regular visiting hours for clients’ families and loved ones. There will be a community garden on-site that will be available to both clients and neighbors to use.

Recuperative care has been shown to be significantly more cost-effective than extended hospital stays. Homeless patients use hospitals at a much higher rate than housed patients, with lengths of hospital stays twice the average. Without a place to recover, many homeless clients end up back in the emergency room within 30 days. Recuperative care not only offsets the financial impact to hospitals, but also reduces hospital readmissions by as much as half. A hospital stay in California currently averages $3,300 per day, compared to an average of $250 per night for recuperative care.

The new NHF Pico-Union facility will be a redevelopment of a 100-year-old sanitarium currently vacant on the site. The renovation project is being done in partnership with HomeAid Los Angeles, with etco HOMES serving as the project’s build captain. A grand opening and celebratory block party is planned for October 12.

About National Health Foundation

Founded in 1973, National Health Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that works within communities to eliminate barriers to health, address the root causes of poor health, and advocate and empower under-resourced communities to find solutions that lead to lasting change. Embracing the guiding philosophy that health begins where we live, learn, work and play, the organization’s advocacy and work focuses on four key areas: housing, food access, built environments and education.

About FITNESS KITCHEN LA

Fitness Kitchen LA is a daily diet meal service that delivers delicious, nutritious chef-prepared cuisine, including custom wellness meal programs, a la carte options, and provides catering services. The expert team at Fitness Kitchen LA combines their knowledge of nutrition, fitness and gourmet cuisine to create the most nutritious meals to support a variety of wellness goals.


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Newk’s Cares Begins Fifth Year of Its Fight Against Ovarian Cancer

Philanthropy Announces Events, Promotions and Limited Time Cancer-Fighting Soup for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release – JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning its fifth year, Newk’s Cares — the ovarian cancer awareness movement founded by fast-casual Newk’s Eatery— is spearheading efforts to fight for the one in 78 women who will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime, in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Newk’s Cares is the philanthropic arm of Newk’s Eatery, established in 2014 by Newk’s Eatery CEO, Chris Newcomb, and his wife Lori Newcomb. Lori was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in 2013, which inspired her to establish Newk’s Cares as a way of giving back to an important cause that has personally impacted the Newk’s family. To date, Newk’s Cares has raised over $720,000 for ovarian cancer research through the organization’s partnership with Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families.

“I hope to use the Newk’s Cares platform to inspire women to communicate how they are feeling and put their health first, as they do with the loved ones most important to them,” said Lori Newcomb, Newk’s Cares co-founder and ovarian cancer survivor. “I believe women should listen to what their bodes are telling them to truly take care of themselves, and to find a doctor who will also listen to them and their symptoms. Even though the symptoms may be vague, your body is trying to tell you something. Early detection is the key to incrementally increasing the survival rate.”

To kick off Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Newk’s Cares is hosting the following events for the Jackson, Miss. community, where Newk’s calls home:

  • Newk’s Cares and St. Dominic Hospital are again joining efforts to raise critical awareness and support of ovarian cancer prevention and treatment. A free Lunch & Learn event will be held on Thursday, August 16 at noon at Sparkman Auditorium on the campus of the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum. Lori Newcomb, along with St. Dominic’s gynecologic oncologists and ovarian cancer survivors will share their stories, and guests will also hear from Dr. Katherine Fuh, an Assistant Professor in the division of Gynecologic Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis, regarding her latest research. Dr. Fuh’s research on the inhibition of metastasis in BRCA2–associated ovarian cancers is funded by a grant from OCRFA made possible by a donation from Newk’s Cares. Attendees can pre-register for the lunch and submit questions to the panel by emailing NewksCares@Newks.com. This event is free and open to the public.
  • The community is invited to aid in the fight against ovarian cancer by participating in Ovarian Cycle® Jackson, an annual outdoor spin event that will be held at The Club at The Township in Ridgeland on Thursday, September 20. Riders can participate in one of five 45-minute time slots every hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a $50 registration fee to ride and ovarian cancer survivors ride for free. Registration is now open at http://support.ocrfa.org/Jackson2018.

The following initiatives will take place across all Newk’s Eatery’s 121 locations to raise awareness of the cause:

  • Beginning August 20 through the month of September, Newk’s iconic collectible black cups will turn teal, the color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Guests will have the option to make a donation in support of ovarian cancer research and education both in-store and through online ordering. All funds collected between September 3 – 30 will be donated to OCRFA.
  • Available during the month of September, Newk’s is introducing a new seasonal Thai Chicken soup that features numerous cancer-fighting ingredients including mushrooms, carrots, turmeric, garlic, and green and red bell peppers, which contain antioxidants that can help reduce the risks of cancer. This soup will remain in all Newk’s Eatery locations through March 2019.

For more information, visit NewksCares.com and follow Newk’s Cares on Facebook, where Newk’s Cares will feature the brave faces of ovarian cancer survivors and their stories throughout the month of September.

ABOUT NEWK’S EATERY

Based in Jackson, Mississippi, Newk’s Eatery is leading the next generation of fast casual with its culinary-driven menu prepared in Newk’s open-view kitchens, featuring made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, hand-crafted pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises more than 121 restaurants in 15 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. FastCasual.com has named Newk’s among its Top 50 “Movers and Shakers” from 2015-2018, while Franchise Times magazine ranked Newk’s among its top “Fast and Serious” franchise brands for the fourth year in a row, and Technomic listed Newk’s in its Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report and the “Best Overall” fast casual and “Most Kid Friendly” fast casual Consumers’ Choice award. Also recently, the brand was named among NRN’s Top 200 and Top 5 Fastest-Growing Chains, along with Restaurant Business’ Top 40 Fast-Casual Chains. For more information, visit Newks.com, join the Roundtable Club or follow Newk’s on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT ST. DOMINICS

St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.

St. Dominic Hospital is a 571-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, Mississippi serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 employees inclusive of nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through nearly seven decades, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. We are St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an Exceptional Encounter Everytime.

ABOUT OCRFA

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to fighting ovarian cancer through research, advocacy and support. OCRFA advances research to prevent, treat and defeat ovarian cancer, works with all levels of government to ensure ovarian cancer is a priority and supports women and their families before, during and beyond diagnosis. Visit ocrfa.org to learn more.


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Vaporizer Tech Company GoFire Sponsors 9th Annual Clinic Charity Classic Golf Tournament to Benefit MS Patients

Maker of the World’s Most Intelligent Dose-Control Vaporizer Teams Up With The Clinic to Boost Multiple Sclerosis Research

Press Release – DENVER—On-the-rise health technology company GoFire is putting its stamp on MS awareness by teeing up a lead role in this week’s 9th Annual Clinic Charity Classic Golf Tournament as the marquee Double Eagle Sponsor. All proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter and the Rocky Mountain MS Center. The daylong event takes place Friday, Aug. 10, at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton.

“The Clinic Charity Classic is a always a blast, and it benefits an important cause that means a great deal to GoFire,” said Peter Calfee, GoFire Co-Founder & CEO. “We need to do everything we can to improve the quality of life for MS patients and further research to solve this debilitating disease.”

The GoFire team is committed to helping patients take control of their medicine and supports further research on the therapeutic benefits of alternative medicines that could relieve suffering when standard pharmaceuticals haven’t worked. That’s why GoFire is backing up The Clinic in its efforts to benefit the lives of MS patients in need, and to help spread awareness of the work that the National MS Society and the Rocky Mountain MS Center are doing for those affected by this disease.

The 9th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament will be conducted in a modified scramble format that emphasizes fun competition, allowing players of all abilities and experience levels to contribute to the team’s success and helping to speed along play.

Golfer registration for this year’s Tournament is $500 per player, or $2,000 per foursome. The registration fee includes transportation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 18 holes of golf with cart, open practice range and a golfer gift bag. Several complimentary beverage carts and refreshment stations will be available throughout the course.

Supporters can also purchase a Ticket to Party for $75 per person, which includes lunch, dinner, drinks and good times.

Since 2009, The Clinic’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament has raised approximately $500,000 to fund research and help those in need who are living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

MS is an unpredictable, debilitating disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The disease leads to numerous physical and cognitive symptoms, and in severe cases, may cause partial or complete paralysis.

Registration details for the 9th Annual Clinic Charity Classic can be found here.


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American Express and Pharrell Williams Partner to Back Arts and Music Education in Schools

American Express to Gift $1 Million to Benefit Young Audiences Arts for Learning and Co-host Yellow Ball Fundraiser with Pharrell

Missy Elliott to Headline Yellow Ball, with Featured Performances by A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong

Press Release – NEW YORK, August 8, 2018 – Today, American Express and Pharrell Williams announced an expanded partnership and joint commitment to raise awareness and support to bring more arts education to schools nationwide. As part of the collaboration, American Express Platinum and Pharrell will host a fundraising event, called the Yellow Ball, with an all-star lineup of collaborators on September 10, at the Brooklyn Museum to benefit Young Audiences Arts for Learning. American Express will also gift $1 Million to Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts-in-education network whose work strives to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

According to research commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, students’ involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, more community service, and lower dropout rates. Despite this positive impact, there is still a critical need to increase support and funding for arts education in schools nationwide.

Pharrell has been the Creative Director of the Platinum Card since 2016 helping to influence, inspire and inform the access, experiences and services offered to Platinum Card Members. In addition to co-hosting the Yellow Ball, Pharrell designed a limited edition yellow Platinum Card to thank U.S. Consumer Platinum Card Members who support arts education through the Yellow Ball. Eligible Card Members may request a limited edition yellow Platinum Card, which will replace their existing Card, when they purchase a ticket to the Yellow Ball.

“Music and the arts have been part of my life since birth, but it was my teachers, Mr. Warren, Mrs. Warren and Mr. Sharps, who exposed me to so many different kinds of music, that it expanded my mind and my imagination. I would not be where I am today without music and arts education in my school as a youth,” said Pharrell Williams. “This is why I am so grateful that American Express is working with me to make sure we keep arts and music in our schools, accessible to all, where it belongs.”

Through his expanded role as an American Express global ambassador, Pharrell will also be featured in American Express’ new global brand campaign in a commercial that highlights how the company backs him as he travels the world to find inspiration for his music.

“As an artist, creator and business owner, Pharrell is the perfect person to bring to life our new global brand platform, which reflects the blended lives that our customers lead today. We are so excited to feature him in our new campaign and to partner with him to support the arts,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer, American Express. “We encourage our Card Members to join us in celebrating and backing this important cause at the Yellow Ball later this year.”

The Yellow Ball was named and inspired by Pharrell, who views the color as representing hope and optimism and is meant to help to shine a light on the need for arts education and its ability to pave the way for a brighter future. The event will offer guests various experiences that celebrate and raise awareness for the arts in collaboration with partners of Pharrell and American Express Platinum, including:

  • American Express Platinum Collective member, and renowned artist, Daniel Arsham will create a multi-room immersive art installation that takes guests through three unique experiences that celebrate and demonstrate the importance of arts education for design and creativity
  • American Express Global Dining Collection Chef Dominique Crenn will curate a multi-course dinner experience designed to be a creative and artistic expression of the cuisine
  • Musical Performances by headliner Missy Elliott, as well as A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong

To purchase tickets and learn more about the Yellow Ball and the limited-edition yellow Platinum Card, please visit: amex.co/yellow. Ticket supplies are limited.

1Only Primary U.S. Consumer Platinum Card Members who purchase a ticket to the Yellow Ball are eligible to receive the limited edition yellow Platinum Card. The limited edition yellow Platinum Card will replace Card Member’s existing Platinum Card. The limited edition Yellow Platinum Card comes with all of the same great benefits and services currently offered on the U.S. Consumer Platinum Card.

About American Express

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