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Simon & Schuster To Publish Jean Case’s Be Fearless In January

Press Release – New York, NY, September 20, 2018 – Simon & Schuster announced today that it will publish Be Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose by Jean Case. Mrs. Case is the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 130-year history and CEO of the Case Foundation. Be Fearless will be published in January 2019.

Be Fearless is a call to action to aspiring changemakers to overcome fear, take bold risks, and live lives of urgency. Weaving together real-world stories from dozens of ordinary people who ended up doing extraordinary things as well Jean’s own transformational life experiences, this deeply personal and inspiring book provides a clear roadmap for individuals and organizations to ignite change at work, in life and in communities.

Be Fearless is built around five principles that Jean and the Case Foundation have identified as being at the center of transformational change and innovation, past and present: (1) Make a Big Bet, (2) Be bold and take risks, (3) Make failure matter, (4) Reach beyond your bubble, and (5) Let urgency conquer fear. She vividly illustrates these principles with storytelling—from her own transformational experiences to John F. Kennedy’s history-making moonshot, to Jane Goodall’s remarkable breakthroughs in understanding and protecting chimpanzees and other endangered species, to AirBnB’s tale of starting from scratch to transform the hospitality industry, to Bryan Stevenson’s ambitious efforts to end incarceration inequities, to celebrity chef José Andrés’ decision to be a “first responder” and take his kitchen to the sites of devastating hurricanes to feed the hungry—and much more. In recounting these stories, Jean appeals to readers to ask themselves, “What can I do?” and she provides the tools to help them get started.

Be Fearless comes at a critical time of rapid societal shifts, technological innovation and political upheaval and provides the inspiration and guidance needed to make big changes, making it a must read for everyone from business leaders to entrepreneurs to individuals and non-profits—anyone looking for a spark to take audacious steps and to Be Fearless.

“Jean brought her fierce determination to the question of what makes an effective changemaker, and she found a surprising answer. As a result, her book has the power to change people’s lives,” said Priscilla Painton, Vice President and Executive Editor of the Simon & Schuster imprint.

Early impressions of the book have been overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times bestselling author Adam Grant calling it, “an inspiring book by an inspiring leader,” and philanthropist Melinda Gates raving, “if you need a dose of courage, I recommend this powerful collection of stories, evidence, and optimism.” Former Executive Chairman of Google and Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt notes that, “with legitimately surprising research and compelling stories, Be Fearless inspires us all to take risks we usually wouldn’t, conquer the fears that get in our way, and lead a fulfilling life of clear purpose and maximum impact.” And Designer and CEO Tory Burch observes that, “Be Fearless stresses one of the most critical components of successful entrepreneurship: discomfort. Her very useful roadmap shows budding entrepreneurs how to think independently and move beyond their comfort zone.”

Case has spoken about the five Be Fearless principles at SXSW, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Fortune Most Powerful Women and numerous businesses, non-profits, universities and conferences. The Be Fearless Facebook Watch show has received more than 1 million views across 11 episodes and she has written columns for Forbes and Time. Her leadership as a philanthropist and investor have been praised and profiled in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, Fast Company, and Fortune Magazine with appearance on networks like CNN and CNBC.

Mrs. Case is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovate and bring about transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before co-founding the Case Foundation in 1997. Before the Case Foundation, she was a senior executive at America Online, Inc. where she directed marketing and branding as AOL brought the internet to the masses.

In addition to her role as CEO of the Case Foundation, Jean is Chairman of the Board of the National Geographic Society and currently serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association, and BrainScope Company, Inc., as well as on the advisory boards of the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and has received honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University. Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose is her first book.

Mrs. Case was represented by Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Simon & Schuster acquired world rights and audio rights.


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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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Loyola University New Orleans Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Celebrates $1.5 Million Gift

Anonymous gift puts Loyola’s Faith in the Future capital campaign at $91 million

Press Release – (New Orleans – Sept. 18, 2018) Loyola University New Orleans celebrates this week a generous $1.5 million gift that will expand the scope of the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development, now under the direction of Kate McCrery.

Bestowed by an anonymous donor, the gift will transform and expand opportunities available to all Loyola students aiming to pursue their interests in entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship has the potential to solve large-scale, complex problems that impact communities in any town or city,” said McCrery, who took over leadership of the Center this month. “Through the generosity of this gift, every Loyola student from every major can now gain access to this potential, which empowers an entire generation to introduce new ideas and create better communities for us all.”

According to the Data Center, 72% of the net new jobs created in New Orleans last year came from 1% of new businesses, McCrery said. As a university, Loyola is working to expand and develop entrepreneurial talent as well as to support community partners. This effort will grow local business and employment and spur economic growth.

Specifically, the gift will allow the CECD to hire and train additional staff, further develop experiential programming for students, bring entrepreneurs and mentors to campus, and launch a new consulting venture that will allow Loyola entrepreneurship majors and MBA students to gain professional experience while providing local businesses operational support. Furthermore, this gift will allow the CECD to develop a new scholarship program for its Certificate in Software Development, which provides coding skills to many students who would otherwise be unable to access crucial career connections that this program creates.

The $1.5 million gift also puts Loyola’s Faith in the Future campaign at $91 million of its $100 million goal, or 91 percent attainment. Following six record-setting years, the Faith in the Future campaign is the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in university history.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we encourage our students to use their creativity and critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and problem-solving skills, to find ways to improve the world around them,” said Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow. “With this gift, the CECD will expand and grow opportunities for both our students and local businesses throughout New Orleans. Our entire community is grateful to our benevolent donor for this generosity and support.”


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Global Impact Investing Network Appoints Xavier De Souza Briggs As New Board Member

Briggs Oversees Ford Foundation’s Impact Investing And Brings Decades Of Public Policy And Movement-Building Expertise To The GIIN

Press Release – NEW YORK, September 18, 2018 – The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) today announced the appointment of Xavier (“Xav”) de Souza Briggs as its newest Board member. Briggs is Vice President of Inclusive Economies and Markets at the Ford Foundation, where his role includes overseeing the foundation’s impact investing as well as programming in inclusive economic growth, the future of work, natural resources and climate change, and affordable housing. He is also responsible for overseeing the foundation’s regional teams in Asia and West Africa.

“We are honored to welcome Xav as our newest Board member,” said Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN. “He is a proven leader whose strong values and unyielding commitment to advancing economic opportunity and sustainable development align well with the GIIN’s mission and objectives. His global reach and understanding of local communities, strategic problem solving, and expertise in catalyzing systems changes will be instrumental as the GIIN continues to drive transformation of the industry and propel the impact investing movement forward.”

Briggs is widely known for his pioneering research and public service in promoting economic fairness and opportunity. Prior to his role at the Ford Foundation, Briggs was professor of Sociology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also served as Head of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group. An award-winning author and educator, Briggs’s career also spans public policy, serving as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama White House and as Policy Adviser and R&D Director at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration. Briggs was also a faculty member in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“Impact investing holds tremendous potential for funding solutions to some of our greatest global challenges,” Briggs said, “and for reconciling the functioning of capital markets with our highest social values. The GIIN has been the preeminent advocate for impact investing, and I am incredibly proud to join this organization. I look forward to working with the board to further our shared goals of advancing this vital movement.”

The Ford Foundation is a member of the GIIN’s Investors’ Council, a leadership group for large-scale impact investors. Last year, the Ford Foundation publicly committed $1 billion USD of its endowment to impact investments over the next decade, the largest commitment of its kind by a private foundation.

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 into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate 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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World Of Children Announces Top 2018 Global Nonprofit Leaders

Annual Awards Ceremony & Benefit in New York City to Recognize Five High-Impact Humanitarians for their Heroic Work on Behalf of At-Risk Children

Caryl Stern, Lily Aldridge Followill, Alina Cho and Andy Adler Announced as Event Hosts

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY – September 17, 2018 – World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, revealed today its 2018 award winners. These five real-life heroes have dramatically improved the lives of at-risk children around the world through high-impact programs in the categories of education, health, humanitarianism, protection and youth helping youth. In addition to providing each Honoree with a substantial multi-year grant, World of Children will celebrate these recipients at the annual 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.

“We are thrilled to welcome five of the bravest and most courageous humanitarians from around the globe to our family,” said World of Children Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz. “Three of these Honorees are being recognized for their efforts in countries we have never before had the chance to serve—Afghanistan, Senegal and Bolivia—which is a testament to the reach and growth of our organization and our mission to find and fund the heroic efforts of heroes who are on the ground in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. This is an exciting year, and we look forward to celebrating each of these individuals’ achievements in New York City.

The annual ceremony will also recognize New York-based Devin Beresheim (MARSH Finpro) and his wife Sarah with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates.

Caryl Stern (President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF), Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, International Model, Child Advocate), Alina Cho (World of Children Advisory Council, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor) and Andy Adler (Sportscaster, Journalist, TV Personality) will serve as event hosts for the evening.

This year’s Honorees include:

  • 2018 World of Children Education Honoree: Ehsan Mehrangais, founder of Afghanistan Demain, a non-governmental organization that provides education, school programs and rehabilitation to disadvantaged street children in three of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul regardless of their gender or religion.
  • 2018 World of Children Health Honoree: Sandy Kemper, founder of Smiles Forever, which improves the quality of life for impoverished children in Cochabamba, Bolivia, through free preventative and restorative dentistry, and nutritional education to reduce conditions such as life-threatening abscesses, painful cavities and malnutrition.
  • 2018 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree: Phyllis Keino, founder of Lewa Children’s Home and mother to hundreds of orphans and abandoned children in Eldoret, Kenya, providing them with a safe home, medical care, a first-class education and a caring family environment.
  • 2018 World of Children Protection Honoree: Anta Mbow, founder of Empire des Enfants, a child-based shelter based in Dakar, Senegal that leads humanitarian action for children who have been exploited and are at risk of starvation, abduction, physical and sexual abuse after being forced to live on the streets.
  • 2018 World of Children Youth Honoree: Caragan Olles, co-founder of Bright Young Dyslexics, the only organization to offer funding for private tutoring and assistive technology for dyslexic students in Wisconsin, in addition to in-school programs to educate teachers and students on how to accommodate students with learning disabilities.

World of Children receives thousands of nominations from around the world ever year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees, including extensive on-site investigations and an independent audit of each finalist. Recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees receive funding and educational support to help expand their program and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.

The event’s Honorary Chairs include Faeth Bradley, Daniela Braga, Leonard Gorski, Dean M. Klisura, Rebecca Minkoff and Greg Scott. World of Children is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively.

About World of Children

World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, the Foundation has dedicated more than $13 million to high-impact programs for children, led by nearly 120 Honorees working in over 50 countries. World of Children is recognized in the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” and is the only global recognition and funding program that exclusively focuses on a broad range of children’s issues including health, education, safety and human rights.

World of Children has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Honorees have also been featured by CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, and USA Today, among other national and international media. The Huffington Post named Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz one of the most inspiring “power couples” in the country for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

For more information, visit worldofchildren.org, or join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Former NFL Champion Steps Into Food Sport in a “Souper” Way

Former New England Patriot Defensive End Jarvis Green Partners with the World Food Championships

Press Release – ORANGE BEACH, ALA. The World Food Championships (WFC) announced today that former New England Patriot Defensive End Jarvis Green and his company, Oceans 97, has signed on as an Official Food Sport partner for the 2018 competition in Orange Beach, Alabama. As a part of the new partnership, Oceans 97 will be joining Natural Tableware to co-sponsor WFC’s first Soup-or-Bowl Sunday event, which will be held on November 11 during the five-day food tournament. In addition to providing Soup-or-Bowl competitors with Oceans 97 shrimp to use in their dishes. Green will also help to determine this year’s World Seafood Champion as a Top Ten judge.

“We consider WFC competitors as top-level athletes in their own right, as they have to practice extensively and then battle it out in kitchen arena against a clock and other champions,” said Mike McCloud, President/CEO of WFC. “That’s why traditional sporting legends like Green are always a great addition to our event, as they can bring the sports mentality to all things food and help us celebrate culinary achievements.”

Since retiring from professional sports, Green shifted his competitive spirit into entrepreneurial pursuits. The former Patriot and two-time Super Bowl Champ has always enjoyed bringing family and friends together over a meal. After stepping off the football field, Green took his champion attitude and poured it into his love for seafood cuisine, beginning Oceans 97 in 2015.

Oceans 97, Inc. is a National Minority Supply Chain Company, and its shrimp are wild caught from the Gulf of Mexico by U.S. gulf coast fishermen. Green is devoted to sourcing local produce from local fishermen in North America. Oceans 97’s shrimp and shrimp products reflect Green’s commitment to locally sourced and natural products. His passion and drive have made him a leader in educating people about the health benefits of a diet rich in fresh and natural ingredients.

“I’ve heard a lot about Food Sport and the awesome competitors in this arena,” commented Green. “I can’t wait to huddle with the many champions at WFC and see firsthand how creative and passionate they are about the culinary industry.”

To learn more about Jarvis Green’s Oceans 97, visit http://oceans97.com/.

Click here to grab your tickets to Soup-Or-Bowl Sunday for a chance to meet Jarvis in person while sampling championship-worthy dishes from WFC Food Champs.

WFC’s Main Event is scheduled for Nov 7 – 11 at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. Stay tuned for more partner announcements about WFC 2018. To keep up with all WFC news, follow World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and Facebook or Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships)


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UH Receives Anonymous $4 Million Gift to Support Creative Writing and Other Liberal Arts Programs

Press Release – HOUSTON, Sept. 17, 2018 – The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) has received a $4 million anonymous gift in support of its Creative Writing Program, among multiple CLASS initiatives. The gift will also fuel research activity in the humanities and social sciences and advance the college’s mission of transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s global leaders, successful entrepreneurs and industry innovators. This gift comes at a period of unprecedented growth, expansion and opportunity for CLASS and is the single largest donation that the college has received.

“This gift matters because it provides support for key strategic initiatives in CLASS, surrounding student success, faculty success and community engagement. Numerous academic departments/programs, especially creative writing, will benefit from this generous gift,” said Antonio D. Tillis, dean of CLASS and M.D. Anderson Professor in Hispanic Studies. “The University of Houston is fortunate to exist in a community where individual donors want to be stakeholders in everything we do to enhance the academic experience for our students.”

This strategic investment includes funding for a Graduate Student Diversity Endowment, a CLASS Faculty Research Initiatives Endowment, a Creative Writing Program Graduate Student Community Partnership Endowment and two Endowed College Professorships in Creative Writing.

The gift supports and celebrates the college’s commitment to community engagement through the Creative Writing Program and other academic units. Additionally, it will help attract and retain top scholars, particularly in creative writing.

“This handsome gift is an investment in academic quality and faculty, particularly in renowned programs like creative writing and the humanities, helping to ensure that the University of Houston offers enlightened opportunities for its students,“ said Eloise Brice, vice president for University Advancement.

The contribution adds to the goal of raising $1 billion in the UH “Here, We Go” Campaign, the first major fundraising campaign in more than 25 years in support of University priorities, including the arts and social sciences.


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Alyssa Milano Joins Legal Services Advocates and Vera Institute of Justice to Launch New “SAFE Families Fund” to Support Immigrants Facing Deportation

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, CA – At a press conference held today at San Diego’s Civic Center Plaza, activist and actor Alyssa Milano joined with local leaders from the legal and immigrant advocacy communities to highlight the importance of the growing movement to provide legal services to immigrants facing deportation. The press conference also featured the launch of the new SAFE Families Fund, which will be used to expand programs, such as the Vera Institute of Justice’s Safety and Fairness for Everyone (SAFE) Cities Network, that provide legal services and representation to immigrants facing deportation.

According to Alyssa Milano, “In my fifteen years of advocacy around immigration, I have seen how a mother will do anything she can to keep her family safe, even if it means fleeing the only life she has ever known to face an administration that jeers at her arrival and seeks to detain and rapidly deport her without due process of law. At a time when the most vulnerable are being targeted at our borders and in our towns and communities across the US, we should support efforts to uphold due process and a fair day in court for all. That’s why the SAFE Families Fund is so vital, and that’s why I’m partnering with Vera to ensure access to counsel for immigrants.”

For too long, most immigrants facing the terrifying prospect of deportation from their homes, loved ones, communities, and families, have had no access to legal counsel. That means unaccompanied children, green-card holders who have lived and worked in the United States for decades, or asylum seekers fleeing persecution or torture, can find themselves navigating the complexities of immigration law alone.

The growing movement to provide immigrants with representation, legal information, and a fair day in court aims to change that imbalance and ensure due process for immigrants. When immigrants facing deportation have access to an attorney they are 10 times more likely to win their cases. Ultimately, it’s for a judge to decide what happens to each case in immigration court. But a fair decision cannot be reached when only one side is properly represented.

Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice, said, “The dehumanization embedded in the immigration court system is a stain on our American values that has spanned generations and administrations. Too many families are ripped apart every day because they are forced to fight for their lives in court without any help from a lawyer or hope for success. The recent escalation of attacks on immigrants have devastated our communities and enraged an entire nation, but they’ve also brought awareness to this hidden problem and galvanized a movement that seeks to correct our legacy of injustice. We’re grateful to have Alyssa Milano join us in the fight for due process and a fair day in court for all immigrants facing deportation, and we hope her leadership inspires others to bring reform to their own communities.”

At Wednesday’s press conference, Andrew Nietor, Founder of Nietor Law; Monika Langarica, Senior Staff Attorney at the American Bar Association Immigration Justice Project; Erika Pinheiro, Policy and Litigation Director at Al Otro Lado; and Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center offered powerful examples of why the movement for legal services is so important.

Also speaking was Wendy, a survivor, asylum seeker and a high school student who is a client of Immigrant Defenders, who said: “I am here because I am a survivor and a fighter. I am here talking to you because I am lucky. I am lucky that I have a chance. I am lucky that I know that I have legal options to stop my deportation. I am lucky that I have a chance to be protected from the terrible things that happened to me in El Salvador. But I wouldn’t have known about any of these things if I didn’t have a lawyer. I’m proud that I’m a quick learner. I learned a new language in a year. I get A’s in science, math, and English, but there’s no way I could have represented myself in immigration court. There’s no way I could have understood what was happening to me. There is no way I could have fought my case without a lawyer. It’s impossible. But now with my lawyer, I can fight. We fight for my safety and for my life.”

Find more information on the SAFE Families Fund and how to donate at www.vera.org/supportsafe

Share other words of support using the hashtags #SAFEFamiliesFund and #SAFE4Families


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Sweet Dreamzzz Set to Host Annual A Night to R.E.M.ember Event

Press Release – Livonia, MI – September 12, 2018 — Tickets are on sale now for Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.’s largest fundraiser, A Night to R.E.M.ember. It will truly be a night to remember at Plum Hollow Country Club as guests mingle while savoring cocktails and a gourmet sit-down dinner, bidding in both the live and silent auctions, and dancing the night away. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6-11 p.m.

The event, which takes place through the generosity of sponsors including Michigan Medicine, Reverie, Superior Industries, Arrow Strategies, Michigan LECET, and Hour Media, will feature Elrico Shelton as DJ and returning live auctioneer Jim Alban of Midwest Benefits Auction. Our emcee for the evening is “Iron Mike” Racey!

This year’s auction items are exceptionally exciting, as guests can expect to bid on sports memorabilia, glamorous hotel stays, gift certificates to delicious restaurants, outdoor activities and museums, music/theater tickets, various outings, and themed baskets. Favorite items include tickets to the Fisher Theater for Book of Mormon, a Kindle, a signed U of M football, and 1968 Tigers memorabilia.

Proceeds from A Night to R.E.M.ember will fund Sweet Dreamzzz sleep education programs. Funds will also go towards purchasing bedtime essentials such as sleeping bags, fleece blankets, Sweet Dreamzzz teddy bears, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and reading books for the children the organization serves.

For those interested in purchasing tickets, please purchase directly online at REM.givesmart.com.


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YWCA Boulder County Announces Dancing with Boulder Stars 2018 Fundraising Event

Annual Event at Boulder Theater to Raise Funds for YWCA’s Mission to Empower Women and Eliminate Racism

Press Release – BOULDER, CO – September 12, 2018 – YWCA Boulder County has announced the annual Dancing with Boulder Stars 2018 fundraising event, which will take place at 7:00 P.M. on October 23, 2018 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado.

Modeled after the hit TV show, Dancing with Boulder Stars is an annual event to celebrate and help to fund the organization’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. The evening brings together members of the community by recruiting local celebrities to train with professional dance coaches in teams of two and then compete with one another in front of judges and a live audience. Dance routines and styles are extremely diverse and entertaining. Audience members vote for their favorite teams via donations, which benefit YWCA Boulder County. Teams also have the opportunity to compete for and receive votes in advance of the live event.

Funds raised by Dancing with Boulder Stars support important programs including Reading to End Racism, Latina Achievement Support and Children’s Alley, the only drop-in, sliding scale child care in the Front Range. In total, over 6,000 individuals are served in our community by the YWCA Boulder County.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting Dancing with Boulder Stars again this year, and we appreciate the Boulder Theater letting us use their amazing venue,” said Debbie Pope, CEO, YWCA Boulder County. “This fun event brings the community together with local celebrities, and the funds we raise help ensure we continue to provide the important services we provide to improve lives,” she added.

Since YWCA USA’s founding in 1858, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements. This rich history, along with its current program offerings, makes YWCA USA the oldest, largest, and one of the most accomplished multiracial organizations in the fight for social justice. In Boulder, YWCA has evolved over the years from boarding house to social club and today is a human service agency. The organization is a non-sectarian nonprofit that is not affiliated with any religious group, and is a publicly funded, inclusive organization that welcomes everyone to participate, male and female alike.

Throughout the last century, women have come to YWCA to find housing assistance, business advice, career counseling, and affordable childcare. Beginning in the 1980s, community members could count on YWCA Boulder County to provide low-cost parenting classes and valuable resources to support healthy self-esteem and economic self-sufficiency. Its wide range of programs continue to provide services to those who need them.

About YWCA Boulder County

YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization has been providing a variety of vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder for over 95 years. YWCA Boulder County is a welcoming human service agency that works with over 6,000 individuals annually. For more information on our programs, visit: www.ywcaboulder.org. For tickets to Dancing with Boulder Stars, or to vote to your favorite celebrity, please visit: www.ywcaboulder.org/dwbs


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