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Celebrity Alumni Rally Behind 4-H to ‘Inspire Kids to Do’ – a Campaign to Give Kids More Opportunities to DO and to Grow Future Leaders

4-H Launches Campaign with 30 Days of Doing, Celebrity Alumni Ad Series, and a Goal to Reach One Million DOers with the Support of Alumni, Parents, and Partners

Press Release – CHEVY CHASE, MD (September 5, 2018) – This back-to-school season, 4-H is placing a national spotlight on the stories of young people, through its ‘Inspire Kids to DO’ campaign. Led by youth and alumni voices, the campaign aims to engage parents, alumni and the public to join 4-H in empowering one million kids to learn-by-doing year-round and send a message of inspiration – the more kids do, the more they grow the skills they need for life and career.

Once thought of as less significant than academic learning, life skills such as confidence, resilience and curiosity are now mandatory to prepare kids for life readiness, impacting their education, future careers and societal engagement. Preparing kids with these skills today, comes at a pivotal time in our country, when the need for a highly adaptive workforce and leaders who can solve community and societal challenges is more critical than ever.

“4-H knows that more kids ‘doing’ works. For more than a century, we’ve inspired youth to learn-by-doing by leveraging the best knowledge and research from more than 100 public universities,” says Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “By creating hands-on programs customized for the needs of local communities, and by building the largest national network of positive youth-adult relationships kids get more opportunities to learn-by-doing and their unique skills grow and take shape. This campaign is about empowering the actions of millions of true leaders – youth who DO with purpose, impacting their own lives and changing the world around them.”

To kick off the campaign, an array of prominent 4-H alumni voices who embody the results of ‘doing,’ ranging from musicians, athletes to actors and media personalities are featured in a series of alumni ads for social media and digital release as an opportunity to share the impact of 4-H and highlight the life skills garnered from hands-on doing.

“We hope 4-H alumni across the country will also join us in sparking change, supporting our communities, and inspiring a movement by helping us to grow the next generation of true leaders,” says Artis Stevens, chief marketing officer, National 4-H Council. “Our alumni base of 25 million have firsthand knowledge of the incredible impact 4-H. Inspire Kids to Do is an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and share the powerful message of doing by amplifying the stories of young people and creating ‘doing’ experiences like those that helped them pursue a positive path in life and achieve their goals.”

Alumni supporters include:

  • Jennifer Nettles, country star and national 4-H spokesperson
  • Aubrey Plaza, producer and actress, currently on FX’s Legion
  • Reba McEntire, Grammy award-winning country music icon
  • Craig Melvin, MSNBC news anchor
  • Carla Hall, celebrity chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew
  • Dolly Parton, award-winning country music legend
  • Kent Bazemore, NBA player, Atlanta Hawks
  • Eric Stonestreet, Emmy award-winning actor, ABC’s Modern Family
  • Peggy Whitson, record breaking NASA astronaut
  • Nancy Grace, legal commentator and television journalist
  • Avery Williamson, NFL player, NY Jets
  • Lazarus Lynch, Host of Food Network’s “Comfort Nation” and “Chopped U”.

4-H’s “Inspire Kids to Do” campaign also includes 30 Days of Doing, a month-long initiative that aims to engage one million young people across the country in hands-on learning opportunities. Alumni, parents and the public are invited to join in for 30 Days of Doing experiences and galvanize local communities to sustain programs, projects and experiences that empower kids to learn-by-doing year around.

30 Days of Doing will feature a free downloadable “Inspire Kids to Do” guide with daily activity ideas; a youth “Doer of the Day” throughout September and a photo contest that will give participants a chance to win a $10K scholarship.

A new public service announcement, titled Love, Mom, will be released featuring the emotional connection parents, especially moms, feel about their kids’ futures. In addition, social storytelling content will run across the 4-H network’s digital channels throughout the year showcasing how kids develop their purpose through hands-on learning experiences unique to 4-H programs.

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About 4-H

As the nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. In the U.S., 4-H serves every county and parish through our network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 local offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. 4-H is led by a unique private-public partnership of universities, federal and local government agencies, foundations and professional associations. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Board Of Visitors Leadership Welcomes New Members

Business and community leaders across nation continue efforts to advance mission to end cancer

Press Release – HOUSTONThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors (BOV), a nonfiduciary, appointed advisory board of volunteers who advance the institution’s mission to end cancer, marks the beginning of Fiscal Year 2019 with nine new members, effective Sept. 1:

  • Kimberly Alfonso, Las Vegas, Nevada: retired vice president and owner of Vic Alfonso Cadillac Hummer Inc. in Portland, Oregon
  • Carlyse Ciocca, San Francisco, California: a member of the Franzia wine family and wife of BOV member Art Ciocca
  • Julie Crosswell, Houston: third-generation owner and vice president of Osborn Heirs Oil and Gas Company
  • Thomas Donohue, Washington, D.C.: president and chief executive officer of the United States Chamber of Commerce
  • Douglas Glass, Houston: partner of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
  • David Herr, Houston: vice president of marketing for private midstream logistics firm Blackline Partners
  • Cappy McGarr, Dallas: president of investment firm MCM Interests LLC
  • Sherri Patton, Fort Worth: community volunteer, homemaker and former assistant district attorney
  • Tony Vallone, Houston: owner of Tony’s Restaurant Inc.

“We are proud to welcome these outstanding leaders and citizens as they join us in supporting MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer throughout Texas, the nation and the world,” said the Hon. Donald Evans, chair-elect and outgoing Membership and Board Development Committee chair, of Midland. “Their addition is a wonderful asset in our endeavors to make a significant difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families everywhere.”

The new members will be formally recognized at the BOV’s annual meeting in October.

“My colleagues and I are grateful for the dedication, compassion and support of the entire BOV membership,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “We are honored to welcome these new members as they join our collective efforts toward a world free of this terrible disease.”

BOV members serve as national and international ambassadors for MD Anderson’s world-class research, treatment, education and prevention initiatives.

“Each of our members brings unique talents and expertise to the fight against cancer,” said Marsha Shields, of San Antonio, whose two-year term as BOV chair began Sept. 1. “I look forward to working with this dynamic group over the coming year in support of MD Anderson’s efforts in Making Cancer History.”

Joining Shields and Evans on the BOV executive leadership team for FY19 are Jim Mulva, immediate past chair, of Austin; and Clarence Cazalot Jr., vice chair, of Houston. This year’s committee and advisory group chairs include:

  • Mark Albers, of The Woodlands – Clinical Operations and Competitive Assessment Advisory Group
  • Pat Bodin, of Houston – Cancer Control Advisory Group
  • Clarence Cazalot Jr., of Houston – Membership and Board Development Committee
  • Gregg Falgout, of Houston – Events Committee
  • Wayne Gibbens, of Middleburg, Virginia – Governmental Relations Committee
  • Maureen Hackett, of Houston – MD Anderson Network Advisory Group
  • Tom Johnson, of Atlanta, Georgia – Public Affairs Committee
  • Pierre Lapeyre Jr., of New York – Bylaws Committee
  • Linda Mays McCaul, of Austin – Children’s Cancer Hospital Advisory Group
  • Don Woo, of Houston – Development Committee

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HelloPuppy Launches Unique Puppy Matching Service with Adopt 1 Save 1 Program to Save Shelter Dogs Throughout the U.S.

Adoptions Come with One Year of Free Pet Insurance

Press Release – Provo, UT (August 27, 2018)HelloPuppy, the first-of-its-kind nationwide dog matching service connecting purebred and rare breed puppies with puppy parents while promising to save a rescue dog and find a home for every dog they sell through its Adopt 1 Save 1 program, launched today with a special promotion for puppy parents. From now until September 30, HelloPuppy is offering $200 off adoptions – simply use the code Puppy200 at checkout at

“What makes HelloPuppy unique is our entire service offering which is unlike any provider on the market,” said John Cantlin, Founder/Chief Puppy Giver. “Every customer who buys a puppy from us receives our Nails to Tails package which includes a range of essential services such as a free year of pet insurance, a 10-year puppy guarantee, and much more. And for every puppy adopted through us we save one from a kill shelter and place them in happy homes.”

HelloPuppy was created with a mission to make the world a better place for dogs by changing the dog breeding business with a goal to end puppy mills through their exclusive puppy matching service. HelloPuppy offers only the healthiest and happiest puppies, from Cavapoos, Goldendoodles, Standard Poodles, Labradoodles and Bernese Mountain Dogs, just to name a few. HelloPuppy does this by vetting and background checking all breeders to ensure that they are ethical, care about their dogs, and follow the strictest breeder standards.

“As dog owners and people who have built businesses created to spark change, we knew that we could make a powerful impact through our Adopt 1 Save 1 program. This social program is a way for us to help dogs in every situation. By providing a home for abandoned and neglected dogs, we’re saving dog’s lives and placing them in happy homes,” added Cantlin.

Nails to Tails Package:

Personal Puppy Consultant

Need to find a particular breed or looking for a dog that is good in an apartment? These are just some of the questions our Personal Puppy Consultants can help answer.

Puppy Starter Pack

HelloPuppy provides you with items you need to welcome your puppy home; collar, leash, brush and training pads. The only thing you need to get is food.

10-Year Health Guarantee

As long as you keep your pet insurance, HelloPuppy guarantees the health of your puppy for up to 10 years from any hereditary or genetic issues.

1 Year of Free Pet Insurance

Just like health insurance for us humans, dogs needs health insurance too, which provides peace of mind to you as the puppy parent.

PetCoach Access

24/7 access to veterinarians, your puppy’s health records, and upcoming appointments.

Puppy Papers

HelloPuppy provides official documentation showing the Registration of your puppy as well as a certified, vet signed Health Certificate.

Adopt 1 Save 1

So for every puppy adopted through HelloPuppy we save one from a kill shelter. By welcoming a new puppy into your life, you are saving one and giving someone the opportunity to welcome a new puppy into his or her home.


Based in Provo, Utah, HelloPuppy is a first-of-its-kind dog matching service that works with a network of responsible, verified breeders to connect loving puppy parents with puppies. A portion of HelloPuppy profits funds its social program, Adopt 1 Save 1 that saves a dog from a kill shelter for every puppy adopted through its network. For more information about HelloPuppy, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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MLB And Clubs To Wear “Gold” On September 1st To Promote The Fight Against Childhood Cancer

League-Wide “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” will Feature a Variety of On-Field Elements, Including Pregame Ceremonies, First Pitches & Hospital Visits

MLB Players, Coaches & Umpires will Wear Gold Ribbon Decals and Wristbands

Press Release – Major League Baseball today announced that for the third consecutive year MLB Clubs will dedicate a special “Childhood Cancer Awareness Day” at ballparks on Saturday, September 1st in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), MLB and MLB Clubs will raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer by having Major League players, coaches, umpires and grounds crew members wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States. Every year, an estimated 300,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. Through this effort, Clubs may choose to partner with local nonprofits, including hospital partners or organizations focused on childhood cancer. Clubs and players may also donate tickets, ballpark suites and funds to Stand Up To Cancer or local partner organizations. Club activations include pregame ceremonies, first pitches, hospital visits, special batting practice t- shirts, and more.

In collaboration with Major League Baseball and Starlight Children’s Foundation, hospitals selected by many Clubs will each receive a donation of 200 Club-themed Starlight Gowns, which replace traditional hospital garments with high-quality, comfortable and brightly colored gowns for children undergoing treatment. MLB donated an additional 3,000 Starlight Gowns to Clubs to distribute to local children’s hospitals or hospital pediatric cancer care units. Clubs on the road on Saturday, September 1st, may select another home game to observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Below are a few examples of unique Club activations:

  • Atlanta Braves: On Saturday, September 1st, the Braves will host a pregame party for cancer fighters, survivors and their friends and family members. The party will include refreshments, face painters and a DJ. All fighters/survivors are invited to parade around the warning track pregame. Leading up to September 1st, the Atlanta Braves Wives will host a fundraiser for local childhood cancer-focused nonprofits including Rally, CURE, Curing Kids Cancer and Camp Sunshine. The Braves will have an on-field check presentation with kids from each nonprofit, with the Braves Wives presenting the final fundraising number.
  • Baltimore Orioles: On Friday, September 14th, Orioles players, employees and mascot will attend Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical Center.
  • Chicago Cubs: As part of the Cubs’ “Let’s Go Gold” day at Wrigley Field, the team will again host pediatric cancer patients for a day full of unique experiences, including pregame dugout visits, player meet-and-greets and patients standing alongside players during the national anthem. The team will have one pediatric cancer patient deliver the rosin bag and throw out the first pitch. Additionally, net proceeds from the Cubs’ 50/50 raffle on this day will be split among players’ charities serving children battling pediatric cancer, including the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign, Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation and the Brian Duensing Foundation. Earlier in the day, the Cubs also will make a visit to Advocate Children’s Hospital. In addition, the Cubs will host Cancer Awareness Night and donate a portion of net proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
  • Cincinnati Reds: Reds players will visit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Tuesday, September 11th and Wednesday, September 26th.
  • Cleveland Indians: On Monday, September 10th, the Indians will visit Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
  • Colorado Rockies: On Friday, September 7th, Rockies players and their spouses, Rockies mascot Dinger and front office executives will pay a visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Kansas City Royals: On Thursday, September 13th, current Royals and alumni will visit the University of Kansas Health System.
  • Los Angeles Angels: On Thursday, September 13th, the Angels will pay a visit to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: On Monday, Aug. 27th, Dodgers alumni Dennis Powell and Billy Ashley visited the pediatric unit at Cedars-Sinai to deliver Dodgers-themed Starlight Gowns.
  • Milwaukee Brewers: On Saturday, September 15th, the Brewers, Aurora Health Care, Northwestern Mutual and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, along with several community partners including The MACC Fund, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Gold in September, will raise awareness for Childhood Cancer research and treatment with a stadium-wide, navy-and-gold visual. Additionally, the Brewers will collaborate with the American Cancer Society to host ‘Coaches vs. Cancer Night.’ Fans who purchase a ‘Coaches vs. Cancer Night’ ticket package will receive an Ed Sedar mini-bobblehead, featuring the Brewers third base coach in purple sneakers. All ticket package purchasers will be invited to walk the warning track in celebration of their support in the fight against cancer and the Brewers will make a donation to the American Cancer Society for every ticket package sold. The Brewers will also visit the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on Saturday, September 8th.
  • New York Mets: On Thursday, September 8th, the Mets will host a junior Mets clinic with pediatric cancer fighters, survivors and siblings at Citi Field. The Mets will also distribute 500 game tickets to various hospitals in the area serving pediatric cancer patients and their families. On Thursday, September 13th, the Mets will visit Cohen Children Medical Center.
  • Oakland Athletics: On Friday, August 31st, the A’s will visit University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital.
  • Philadelphia Phillies: On Saturday, September 1st, the Phillies will host Nemours Childhood Cancer Awareness Night during their matchup against the Chicago Cubs. Players will wear special “We Play In Memory Of…” t-shirts during batting practice, and a portion of the proceeds from a special Theme Night ticket purchased will benefit childhood cancer research through the Nemours Foundation. As part of the evening, more than two dozen local children battling cancer will take part in major league moments created just for them, including taking to the field with players during a heartwarming “Lineup of Courage” before the National Anthem. Additionally, the Phillies have several #BeBold #PhilliesGoGold events dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness throughout the month, including a #BeBold #GoGold Kisses for Kyle fashion show featuring child patients and their siblings walking the runway with Phillies and media celebrities on Thursday, September 13th. Also in mid-September, players and the Phillie Phanatic will team up with the Starlight Foundation to make a special delivery of fun hospital gowns for pediatric patients at Nemours/Alfred I DuPont Hospital for Children.
  • San Francisco Giants: On Saturday, September 1st, the Giants will partner with Buster Posey, his wife Kristen, Toyota and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital for a series of activations. Activities will include a home plate ceremony with childhood cancer patients and their families, a special meet and greet for the patients and their families with the Poseys and the raffling of Buster’s very own Toyota Tacoma, which will benefit The Cancer and Blood Disease Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The Giants will also offer a special ticketing package that includes a game ticket and a limited-edition Pediatric Cancer Awareness Buster Posey Glove Statue. Proceeds from every Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day special event ticket will go directly back to providing grants to research hospitals and charitable organizations that support children diagnosed with pediatric cancer in an effort to enrich their lives. Additionally, the Giants will visit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, September 4th.
  • Texas Rangers: On Tuesday, September 4th, the Rangers will visit Medical City Children’s Hospital.

Recent childhood cancer awareness activations by Clubs have included special pediatric cancer awareness batting practice t-shirts, online campaigns to empower fans to become fundraisers for pediatric cancer research and donations to local children’s hospitals. MLB and Clubs have supported the fight against cancer through a variety of initiatives for many years. As Stand Up To Cancer’s founding donor, Major League Baseball has provided both financial support (more than $40 million) and opportunities to raise awareness for Stand Up To Cancer’s efforts by encouraging fans around the world to get involved. MLB has recognized SU2C at its jewel events since the 2009 World Series.

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Giving Circle Members Grant $10,000 to ACRES Project

Bellefonte Art Museum and Discovery Space also benefit

Press Release – State College, PA – On Wednesday, Aug. 29, members of Centre Foundation’s Giving Circle gathered at Above the Valley for their annual cocktail reception to hear presentations from three local organizations: ACRES Project, Bellefonte Art Museum, and Discovery Space.

After members’ votes were tallied, the $10,000 Giving Circle grant was awarded to ACRES Project, which will use the funding to increase employment opportunities for adults with autism.

ACRES Project (Adults Creating Residential and Employment Solutions) is a State College nonprofit working to foster independence, self-advocacy, and work/life skills for adults with autism. Their programs are uniquely designed by adults with autism for adults with autism.

Presenters Jeffrey Rose and Mary Krupa, both clients of ACRES Project, explained how programs are limited for adults with autism after the age of 21.

“Although the programs go away, your problems do not,” said Rose.

Krupa added, “Imagine having the skills and drive to earn a PhD but lacking the communication or social skills to secure meaningful employment.”

With this grant, ACRES Project will increase employment opportunities for adults with autism by providing mentors, networking opportunities, interview training, on-the-job support, and more.

Since the establishment of the Giving Circle in 2006 as part of Centre Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration, members have distributed $139,000 in grants, supporting important projects and organizations that serve Centre County. In June, organizations were encouraged to apply for the Giving Circle grant. Members then ranked over 40 applications and invited the top three finalists to present their proposals at the cocktail reception. Thanks to the generosity of Giving Circle members, the runners-up each received $2,500 in grants.

The Bellefonte Art Museum will use the grant money toward “Art of the Americas,” a four-part exhibition series featuring Native art from the Northwest Coast, Judaica art, pottery by Native Americans of the Southwest, and art from the Caribbean.

Executive Director Patricia House presented the idea to the Giving Circle members – replete with images of artwork from each culture. Amy Koll, trustee and member & visitor relations manager, and Lori Fisher, gallery manager, were on hand to answer Giving Circle members’ questions and show them a few samples of artists’ work.

Discovery Space will use the grant money toward “stEMPOWERed Girls,” an after-school program that teaches 5th grade girls about careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Participants gain hands-on experience by meeting with local female professionals at their places of work.

Executive Director Michele Crowl discussed her personal experiences growing up without knowledge of career opportunities in STEM fields. She says the purpose of this program is to empower young girls to learn about and pursue careers in primarily male-dominated fields.

Previous recipients of the Giving Circle grant include: Hearts for Homeless, Interfaith Human Services, Park Forest Preschool, House of Care, Discovery Space, Housing Transitions, Strawberry Fields, and Centre Helps (formerly known as the Community Help Centre).

More information about the Giving Circle program is available at

Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a vibrant community.

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Hope For The Warriors Awards 10 Nationwide Scholarships To Military Spouses And Caregivers

Press Release – SPRINGFIELD, Va. (August 30, 2018)Hope For The Warriors recently awarded 10 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships for higher education totaling $15,500.

Celebrating more than 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Since 2008, Hope For The Warriors has awarded Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships twice a year. The program recognizes and rewards post-9/11 spouses and caregivers for their strength, fidelity and resolve despite adversity as they assume critical roles in the financial well-being of their families.

With the help of these scholarships, recipients can continue their education at an accredited university, college or trade school.

The following recipients were awarded for the 2018 fall semester:

  • Khieda King of Duluth, Georgia “Restoring Self” Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Kaitlyn McCarthy of Mint Hill, North Carolina “New Beginnings” Scholarship, Carolinas College of Health Sciences Associates in Nursing
  • RebeccaLynn Dobbins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania “Restoring Family” Scholarship, Community College of Allegheny
  • Perri Altomare of Albuquerque, New Mexico “Honorary” Scholarship, University of New Mexico
  • Amanda Wallace Seiter of Bedford Hills, New York “Restoring Hope” Scholarship, Fordham University.

The following recipients were essay award winners each receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

  • Sarah Lyle of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania attending Carlow University
  • Jennifer Washam of Justin, Texas attending University of North Texas
  • Kimberly Miller of Erie, Pennsylvania attending Institute of Medical and Business Careers
  • Loretta Sanchez of McAllen, Texas attending University of the Cumberlands
  • Nicole Nielsen of Warren, Michigan attending Liberty University

“Life can change in an instant for military families due to life altering injuries or losing a spouse,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “This is why we built our scholarship program almost 12 years ago, so we can empower military spouses and caregivers to complete his/her education when their lives get turned upside down.”

Since the program’s inception, Hope For The Warriors has granted 90 Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships totaling $349,260.

The 2019 spring scholarship season are open now through September 30. To apply for a scholarship visit

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted more than 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Scholarship Awarded in Remembrance of Terrorist Victim Darren Drake of New Milford

Press Release – (Bergen County, New Jersey; August 28, 2018) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) Darren Drake Memorial Fund announces New Milford High School graduate Christian Pavone was named the fund’s first recipient of a $2,000 scholarship award. This NNJCF charitable, donor advised fund memorializes New Milford High School graduate Darren Drake, who died in a terrorist attack in New York City on October 31, 2017.

The scholarship award is given to qualified students seeking to pursue a trade or technical career. Pavone was selected for good grades attained in high school and his community involvement volunteering as a firefighter with the New Milford Fire Department, while working part-time at DeMauro Towing. He plans to attend Lincoln Tech and pursue a career as an air conditioning technician.

The legacy of terrorist victim Darren Drake continues with the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund. Drake, who served on the New Milford Board of Education, identified the need to meet a shortage of skilled labor in the trade and technical professions by preparing high school students interested in pursuing vocational careers. Career opportunities are available in the trade and technical professions.

Christian Pavone, the first recipient of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund scholarship award, meets Barbara and Jimmy Drake, the parents of the fund’s namesake.

Continue Darren Drake’s Legacy

Through the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s Darren Drake Memorial Fund, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior of New Milford High School to pursue training in the trade or technical professions. The public can continue Darren Drake’s commitment to education and his legacy with a donation in his memory. In remembrance of Drake, and as a lasting tribute to his lifelong love of and commitment to education, Moody’s Foundation provided the principal gift to establish the fund, which will be administered by his parents.

Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law, and may be made online at Contributions may also be sent by check made out to ‘The Northern N.J. Community Foundation’ with ‘Darren Drake Memorial Fund’ entered in the memo line. 
Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, contact or call 201-568-5608.


Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts. The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608. Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

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Akzonobel Helps Save Edmund Hillary’s Historic Hut In Antarctica

Press Release – August 30, 2018 – Explorer Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic Antarctic hut has been saved and restored thanks to a successful fundraising campaign and the application of coatings donated by AkzoNobel.

A specialist team from the Antarctic Heritage Trust spent three months toiling in temperatures as low as minus 40°C to renovate the famous landmark, which was built in 1957 and contains hundreds of precious artefacts.

Exterior work included building a new aluminum roof over the existing leaky one. The metal is coated with a special topcoat batch of the company’s Polydure® coil coatings.

“As a company with more than 200 years of experience in developing paints and coatings, we understand the importance of preserving history and heritage,” said Greg Foster, AkzoNobel’s Sales Manager for Coil Coatings in South Asia. “So we were delighted to support such a significant restoration project and help safeguard such an important building.”

The hut was originally constructed for the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. It houses more than 500 artefacts, which have now been painstakingly conserved by Antarctic Heritage Trust experts. The aluminum for the new roof was painted by AkzoNobel customer Pacific Coil Coaters in New Zealand and installed by specialist standing seam roofer, Mike Burgess.

“We built the new roof on top of the existing roof so that in 50 or 100 years, if future conservators want to restore the building to what it was, all of the original building will still be present,” explained Chris Ansin from the Antarctic Heritage Trust. “To preserve these huts is preserving their legacies.”

Money for the million-dollar project was raised in Hillary’s native New Zealand and included a government contribution of $180,000. The explorer is perhaps best known for being the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

His hut forms part of Scott Base, New Zealand’s only Antarctic research station. It joins several other buildings on the frozen continent to have been coated by AkzoNobel, including the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI research station and explorer Robert Swan’s e-Base at Bellingshausen.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. The sale of our Specialty Chemicals business is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. For more information please visit

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our 9,500 employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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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 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

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 Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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YWCA Boulder County Announces Expansion of Board of Directors

Seven New Board Members are Leaders in the Community and Represent a Cross-section of Diversity, Experience and Talent

Press Release – BOULDER, CO – August 28, 2018 – YWCA Boulder County today announced it has officially welcomed seven new members to its Board of Directors, replacing retiring board members from the 2017-2018 year term and boosting its board membership to 23 members. These new members will serve on the Board’s various committees, provide fiduciary oversight, and assist in the development of the organization’s new strategic plan.

YWCA Boulder County will be researching and creating an updated strategic plan to further align its services with the most relevant needs of the county, in line with its longstanding mission of empowering women and eliminating racism. Boulder County Social Venture Partners (SVP) selected the YWCA as this year’s recipient of its strategic planning development grant and will be working with the new YWCA board and its advisors to create that plan.

New board members include:

Analiese Brown is Director of Talent and Culture at local software company, CampMinder. Brown brings a wealth of HR experience and a strong network within Boulder’s tech community, as well as a dedication to creating inclusive and empowering workplaces to the board. “I believe it’s an especially critical moment to ask ourselves if we’re doing everything we can to ensure justice and dignity for all people in our community,” said Brown. “The YWCA is ideally positioned to do this vital work, and I look forward to applying my energy and passion on its behalf.”

Deidre Farrell is a Certified Financial Planner® with Thrivent Financial, with a mission to help families make wise financial decisions through advice and planning. Farrell will be putting that financial expertise to work for the YWCA as the organization continues to grow its reach and budget. Farrell has experience working with and for non-profits, from the Boulder Rotary Club to the local Trinity Second Century Endowment Fund. Farrell noted, “As a mother of two girls, I would like to do anything I can to further empowering women and teach them along the way.”

Karen Furlani is Director, Risk Management for Jacobs Engineering (formerly CH2M). Furlani has more than 25 years of leadership experience in project management and global engineering and construction services that will bring a unique perspective to the YWCA board. She helped lead a program for Denver youth, connecting them with hands-on experience in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. She began her career as a Global Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and has seen first-hand what empowerment can do to help a community thrive. “My motivation for joining the YWCA Boulder County Board is having the opportunity to make a positive impact in my local community, especially supporting women and children to help them grow and achieve their full potential,” commented Furlani.

Allyn Harker is a local activist and champion for the underserved. She describes herself as a ‘farmer, riparian caretaker, feminist, physicist, phlebotomist, reader, thinker, writer, activist and mother.’ She helped lead efforts to get the sugary drink tax enacted in Boulder county and continues to serve as an advisor. “Over 100 thousand people commute into Boulder daily,” notes Harker. “We need them, yet we cannot house them. The YWCA’s commitment to serving the region is enlightened, and I look forward to serving on its board.”

Amber Hickory is Executive Director of Marketing & Communications for CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Prior to CU, Hickory spent more than a decade as Partner and President of Greenhouse Partners, a 25-person brand strategy and communications firm with Fortune 500 clients. She earned an MBA from CU, and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where she also played basketball and was a 4-year starting point guard. Empowering women is her passion. “I was raised by amazing parents who convinced me I could accomplish anything. I want to help instill that same sense of possibility in all women.”

Elaina Shively is Director and Deputy District Attorney at the Boulder County DA’s Office Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice. She provides a broad perspective informed by her background in criminal justice defense and prosecution, leading program development and reform initiatives and staff management. “Our most vulnerable populations are also more likely to be victimized,” Shively said. “I am deeply alarmed by the increase in occurrence of hate crimes and it cannot be tolerated. I believe in programs like the YWCA to teach acceptance and provide our most vulnerable with services they need to lead productive lives.”

Shiquita Yarbrough is Office Manager for Community Foundation Boulder County. She has spent her career helping to lead and assist non-profits, from her leadership at the National Hispanic Institute in Austin, Texas, to co-founding Families of Color in Colorado to name just a few. Yarbrough is a leading advocate in the Boulder County for people of color and issues exacerbated by poverty. “My personal dream is to provide a safe space and resources for people of color in our community,” said Yarbrough. “To create a culture of understanding, where we all can communicate without judgment, to help educate and equip single moms and dads with the skills they need to be successful as parents and citizens.”

“These women will make a big contribution to our organization in the years to come,” said Nan Joesten, incoming Board President. “They have a very diverse background with a great set of skills. But they all share a passion for our mission of empowering women and helping to end racism here in Boulder County, and we are thrilled they are joining our board,” Joesten 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, fitness classes, 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. Our 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:

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