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Midas Launches Project Spark

Press Release – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In an effort to make life a touch better for many, Midas announced the launch of Project Spark, a national initiative to help families, veterans and first responders get back on the road.

Through Project Spark, Midas will provide repairs, including parts and labor, for vehicles donated through 1-800-Charity Cars (www.800charitycars.org). This nationwide initiative will help more than 1,000 people in Midas communities across the country.

“Project Spark was created to honor Midas’ heritage of being a good neighbor and to always be a touch better,” said Brian LePorin, Vice President of Marketing at Midas. “By providing necessary repairs such as a set of new tires, an inspection or an oil change on donated vehicles, Project Spark lets Midas help others by doing what it does best: fix cars.”

Transportation can be a significant barrier to gaining and maintaining employment. In fact, more than 10 million American households do not have a car (U.S. Census, 2016) and 45 percent lack access to public transit (APTA, 2017), making them less likely to find and keep jobs. “In the end, we believe this program can be the key to removing barriers and getting folks back on the road,” said LePorin.

Project Spark officially launched today in Philadelphia at the Midas located at 64 W Germantown Pike. “I am honored to represent locally owned and operated Midas owners for the launch of Project Spark,” said Brian Beers, Midas Germantown Pike store owner. “Repairing these vehicles and handing over the keys to those in need gave me and my team a tremendous sense of pride and hope for this initiative and the impact it may have on the lives of the recipients,” said Beers.

Vehicles were donated to people including:

Jasmine W.

Jasmine is a single mother of four beautiful, young children. She gets up at 5 a.m. to get three kids ready for school and works two jobs. She spends 4-5 hours taking three buses a day and stretches to make ends meet. She wants to provide a better life for her kids. Jasmine received a 2011 Ford Escape along with new car/booster seats.

Dorsey S.

Dorsey is a husband and father of two teenagers who are actively involved at school. After losing his job a few years ago, the family got behind on bills and became homeless. To make matters worse, their car broke down and was too costly to repair, leaving the family dependent on friends, family and public transportation. Throughout it all, Dorsey and his family stuck together. Today, Dorsey has a job and is building a future with his family. Dorsey received a 2008 Buick Lucerne with plenty of trunk space for his kids’ sports equipment.

Tim S.

Tim is a Marine Corps veteran whose brother was killed in the line of duty as a state trooper. For the past 14 years, he has selflessly dedicated his time to bring awareness and fund raise for families of fallen officers. Tim and his family lost everything in a house fire and are trying to get back on their feet. Tim received a repaired 2007 Honda Accord along with new car seats.

Project Spark will surprise working families, veterans and first responders in additional markets including Detroit, Minneapolis and Greenwich throughout 2019. Individuals who would like to help or learn more about Project Spark can visit Midas.com/ProjectSpark.

About Midas

Midas is one of the world’s largest providers of automotive services, offering brake, maintenance, tires, exhaust, steering and suspension services at nearly 2,100 franchised, licenses and company-owned Midas shops in 13 countries, including more than 1,200 in the United States and Canada.

About 1-800-Charity Cars

Established in 1996, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, www.800CharityCars.org (Charity Cars, Inc. DBA: 1-800-Charity Cars, Free Charity Cars), is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, and the first charity of its kind in the nation. With its stated mission “To engage in activities that will uplift humanity”, the organization’s main focus is to provide free donated vehicles to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. More information is available online at www.800charitycars.org.


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Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. Celebrates Success of A Night to R.E.M.ember Fundraiser

Press Release – Livonia, MI – October 22, 2018 — September 29th was a perfect autumn evening to promote sleep wellness for children. Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.™ held their largest annual fundraiser, A Night to R.E.M.ember, at Plum Hollow Country Club and offered a night of lively auctions, delicious meals, music, and dancing. Volunteer students from Lawrence Technological University helped to make the evening a great success. Through the support of major sponsors including Michigan Medicine, Reverie, Superior Industries, Arrow Strategies, and Michigan LECET, the nonprofit organization raised over $88,000. The money will be used in the organization’s sleep programs, which teach disadvantaged students, their caregivers, and their teachers the basics of a healthy bedtime routine and why a good night’s sleep is critical for academic success.

The key to achieving success in school is highly correlated with a good night’s sleep. Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring that kids, parents, and teachers recognize the importance of sleep and have the tools to make it happen.

Executive Director Nancy Maxwell explained, “We are so grateful for the support of our sponsors. Because of their investment, we are able to reach more families. Many are unaware of the importance of a good night’s sleep and how it impacts their child’s learning. Our programs provide tools for the parents and teachers to ensure that the children are on a sleep routine that maximize their learning and overall health.”


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Corvias Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Press Release – East Greenwich, RI (October 22, 2018)Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias that provides scholarships and a support network for children and spouses of active-duty Service Members, welcomes Cristi Rader to the organization’s board of directors.

A graduate of University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where Rader was also a Corvias Foundation Scholarship recipient, Rader has had a successful career. In 2011, Rader interned at Walt Disney World before joining Hendrick Lexus of Charlotte in 2012. In 2015, Rader joined Corvias as a Marketing Analyst and Salesforce Manager after attending a Foundation alumni event which inspired her to reconnect and join the Corvias team with a desire to pay it forward for future scholars. Rader is currently an Opportunity Advisor for Corvias and now a Board Member with Corvias Foundation.

“As a scholarship recipient, I know first-hand the benefit of Corvias Foundation for students,” said Cristi Rader. “What continues to impress and inspire me is the caliber of the scholars. We are each talented in our own way, but we are stronger together as a family, network, and foundation. Being able to represent the Foundation and help contribute to this family is truly a dream come true. More than a scholarship, this Foundation brings a young group of inspiring individuals together and forms the familial bond that keeps us all connected and engaged for the rest of our lives.”

As a Board Member with Corvias Foundation, Rader is responsible for helping the Foundation communicate to Americans at large what the specific challenges are to military-affiliated students. Rader will continue to serve as an ambassador for the Foundation at conferences such as Gates Foundation session for Gates Millennium as well as the Lead 365 conference which she attended earlier this year.

“Cristi has been a part of our Foundation family for a while now,” said Maria Montalvo, Executive Director of Corvias Foundation. “She has now come full circle and her perspective as an Army daughter and Foundation scholar gives her such a unique energy and passion that will continue to benefit current and future scholars for years to come.”

Corvias Founder John Picerne created Corvias Foundation in 2006 to inspire students, college and university campuses, and military families to reach higher. Since its inception, the Foundation has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $8.5 million through 397 scholarships to the children and spouses of active-duty Services Members. The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to their academic and professional growth. Among recent scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.


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More Than 700 New Student Commitments to Action Announced at the 11th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton concluded CGI U at the University of Chicago that engaged more than 1,000 student leaders on issues related to including hurricane recovery, expanding civic participation, gun violence, and youth incarceration.

Press Release – Chicago, IL – This weekend, more than 1,000 college and university students from across the country and around the world came together at the University of Chicago for the 11th annual CGI University (CGI U) meeting, making more than 700 Commitments to Action to address this generation’s most pressing challenges.

New commitments this year include efforts to combat the opioid crisis in the United States by building an online platform to reduce stigma and provide access to the overdose medication, naloxone; providing minority youth in Chicago with a platform to discuss and address social and racial issues in the United States by launching an experiential education program; promoting maternal health in Vietnam by developing a week-long reproductive education series for women led by health care professionals; and combating climate change by encouraging Nigerians to use public transportation though a mobile application.

At the Opening Plenary, Chelsea Clinton kicked off CGI U by telling students, “You all have one thing in common and that’s the desire to make the world a better place. You all refuse to accept the status quo and that’s the camp I want to be in.”

In recognizing new members of the CGI U Honor Roll, who have had significant impact through their commitments, President Bill Clinton said “The alumni of CGI U have not only made remarkable commitments over the years, they have kept them. And in keeping them they are changing lives around the world in innovative ways.”

While speaking at the Closing Plenary, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton urged students to work collaboratively to make a difference, “We have to keep doing what CGI U represents – which is to bring people together who want to be part of solving problems, who want to bring their talent and their energy and their optimism to that task.”

Chelsea Clinton also revealed the winner of the CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge. The competition began on September 17, during which students received private donations from supporters around the world through GoFundMe. In total, students raised more than $40,000 for their commitments. The winners were a group of students from the University of Chicago, whose commitment, SimFilly Foods, raised more than $11,100.

In the lead up to the CGI U meeting, students had the opportunity to participate in a two-day “Codeathon” event co-hosted by CGI U, the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, and the Clinton Climate Initiative. Students were challenged to develop digital tools that can increase the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts following natural disasters. Judges included Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation; Bob Lord, chief digital officer, IBM; Christine Schindler, president and founder of Girls Engineering Change; former CGI U student; Dawn Walker, director, RainReady Community; and Chris Wheat, chief of policy, Office of the Mayor at City of Chicago. The winning team, Basic Aid Outreach (BAO), recognized at the closing plenary, created a platform that leverages existing social networks, the power of AI, and crowdsourced data to empower local volunteers and agencies to take the lead in delivering aid to victims of natural disasters in Southeast Asia.

CGI U students at this year’s meeting also participated in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. A collaboration between Clinton Global Initiative University and The Resolution Project, this competition provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change that matters. A total of $50,000 was awarded to winning projects, which address a wide range of challenges participants have observed firsthand in their communities, including special education in Chicago Public Schools, menstrual hygiene in Ghana, food waste in India, and much more.

In addition to the Clinton family, throughout the weekend, college students also heard from featured speakers such as Tom Barrett, mayor, Milwaukee; Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Sarah Chadwick, co-founder, March For Our lives; Julio Martinez Ellsberg, member, Nicaraguan Platform for Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations; Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust; Susan Herman, president, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Uzodinma Iweala, CEO, Africa Center; Mai Khoi, independent artist and activist; D’Angelo McDade, executive director, Peace Warrior Organization; Wai Wai Nu, executive director, Women’s Peace Network; Lt. Col. Joe Plenzler, retired Marine Corps combat veteran and co-founder of #VetsForGunReform; Ben Schwerin, vice president of partnerships, Snap Inc.; Astrid Silva, executive director, Dream Big Nevada, among others.

This morning, Chelsea Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel led students in a Day of Action to give back to the Chicago community. First, students gathered to hear remarks from Chelsea Clinton and Mayor Emanuel on the importance of community service. They then dispersed to nine different service sites to complete projects across several community organizations in the South Side, Chicago area. Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 32 Days of Action in the United States and abroad, which have mobilized more than 7,200 volunteers and donated more than 29,000 volunteer hours.

Support for CGI U 2018 is generously provided by Boeing, Up to Us, Kevin Xu, Chicago Community Trust, and PepsiCo. Additional support for CGI U 2018 is provided by the University of Chicago and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

This is the first year the University of Chicago hosted CGI U. The University of Chicago is a leading academic and research institution where students and scholars are empowered to challenge conventional thinking to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time. As an intellectual destination, the University draws scholars and students from around the world to its campuses and centers around the globe. The University provides a distinctive educational experience and research environment, enabling individuals to pursue research that shifts paradigms and produces new understandings with global impact.

Follow @CGIU and @ClintonFdn on Twitter for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIU2018.

**The following new commitments and progress reports were announced at CGI U**

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Digital Technology
Commitment By: James Lott, Michael Cui, and Maryam Saifuddin
School: University of Chicago
Focus Area: Public Health
Geographic Scope: United States

In 2018, James Lott, Michael Cui, and Maryam Saifuddin committed to build an online platform to safely and discreetly exchange needles and provide access to the opioid overdose medication, naloxone in the United States. The website, Fiduscript, will use a cloud- based pharmacy system to distribute the medication and supplies, and offer tele-counseling resources to patients. They plan to partner with pharmacies, health care providers, and local safety authorities to grow their patient members. James, Michael, and Maryam hope to nationally increase naloxone availability and substance abuse counseling and decrease the number of opioid-related deaths.

Storyboard
Commitment By: Rebecca Castillo and Ariana Hoshino
School: Swarthmore College
Focus Area: Education
Geographic Scope: United States

In 2018, Rebecca Castillo and Ariana Hoshino committed to create an arts and media literacy after-school program for high school students in Chester, Penn. The program will teach students film, photography, and writing skills to produce content on social issues affecting their communities. Students will produce multimedia content. The pair will partner with local community access media and digital production training centers to provide students with a platform to share their content with a broader audience. Rebecca and Ariana expect to welcome their first students by the end of 2018.

Safe Climate for Nigeria
Commitment By: Joshua Borokinni
School: University of Benin
Focus Area: Environment and Climate Change
Geographic Scope: Nigeria

In 2018, Joshua Borokinni committed to create a mobile application that mitigates fossil-fueled transportation and promotes the use of integrated public transportation systems to help users make low-carbon choices in Nigeria. Joshua will engage with government and community leaders to promote responsible environmental choices and train users on how to utilize the app. He expects to have his mobile application launched by 2019.

Manganya Matatu Community Centres
Commitment By: Brent Kokonya
School: Kenyatta University
Focus Area: Poverty Alleviation
Geographic Scope: Kenya

In 2018, Brent Kokonya committed to convert abandoned buses into community centers to decrease pollution and enhance community life in Nairobi, Kenya. Brent will work with local auto repair shops, community-based NGOs, and graffiti artists to convert buses into stationary coffee shops, libraries, farmers markets, and art exhibits, removing dangerous or toxic parts of the vehicle while surveying community leaders to best utilize the space to serve local Kenyans. He expects to refurbish eight buses in two Nairobi districts within four years.

Yo Merezco
Commitment By: Annette Gonzalez, Ana Esquea, and Karen Stark
School: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Focus Area: Peace and Human Rights
Geographic Scope: Dominican Republic

In 2018, Annette González, Ana Esquea, and Karen Stark committed to create a social and political movement to reduce the gender pay gap in the Dominican Republic. The team will use social media to create awareness about the existing pay gap and gain support for a national awareness day. They plan to partner with local businesses, corporations, and local leaders to achieve a formal declaration committed to ensuring equal pay as part of their practices. Annette, Ana, and Karen hope that their Equal Pay Pact will help to reduce that wage gap to under 10 percent by 2024.


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JDRF One Walk® in Ridgefield Park on October 21 Expected to Draw More Than 2,000 Supporters

― JDRF NJ Metro & Rockland County Chapter aims to raise $250,000 for type 1 diabetes research ―

Press Release – RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, October, 21, 2018―JDRF One Walk will kick off it’s annual event in Ridgefield Park on Sunday, October 21 at Overpeck Co. Park, aiming to raise more than $250,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event, organized by JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter, is expected to attract more than 2,000 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations. The event is one of approximately 200 JDRF One Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without T1D.

“Everyone who comes out to walk or support the event will bring us one step closer to turning Type One into Type None. This is a great activity for families and friends to get together in support of type 1 diabetes research, whether you know someone affected by T1D or just want to make a difference,” said Executive Director Jess Backofen. “We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of Ridgefield Park, and supporters like BD, who are doing their part to make life better for more than 1.25 million people in the United States who have this serious disease.”

JDRF encourages people of all ages driven to support a great cause to participate in JDRF One Walk and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun, with games, activities, and local vendors. Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 8:30 AM, 199 Challenger Road. The entire JDRF One Walk will be approximately 3 miles long.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Type 1 diabetes requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications. T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable, and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.

JDRF One Walk is the largest and most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research. This funding has enabled research on how to prevent, delay and ultimately cure T1D. It has led to life-changing drugs, treatments and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.

JDRF gratefully acknowledges its local corporate partners for New Jersey Metro & Rockland County Chapter’s Walk, including Plymouth Rock Assurance, Ascensia Diabetes Care, RWJBarnabas Health, and Novo Nordisk.


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IBM, Stop the Traffik, Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London Unveil International Data Hub to Combat Human Trafficking

Universities, Law Enforcement, NGOs and Financial Institutions UseAI and IBM Cloud-Based Traffik Analysis Hub (TAHub) to More Rapidly Analyze Incidents of Human Trafficking

Press Release – ARMONK, N.Y- 18 October 2018: IBM (NYSE: IBM), Stop the Traffik (STT), Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London today announced the first ever international data hub between NGOs, law enforcement, and financial institutions providing its analysts with enhanced information to combat human trafficking. The estimated $150 billion forced-labour industry is one of the most pressing social issues of our time, with potentially millions of people around the world being subject to multiple forms of illegal exploitation.

Despite an increased awareness of human trafficking efforts to manually track and counter the issue through legislation, preventative measures and enforcement, these initiatives have been fragmented and ineffective—modern slavery is still pervasive in almost all communities. IBM, STT, Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London are unveiling the Traffik Analysis Hub (TAHub), an impactful collaboration to more easily facilitate the exchange of information about human trafficking across organizations.

Using Watson Natural Language Understanding, the TAHub has been trained by the IBM Ireland Lab with search terms by STT and other stakeholders for human trafficking incidents, such as exploitation type and demographic details. The TAHub uses machine learning and structured data from contributors to identify the characteristics of human trafficking incidents (e.g. means of transport and recruitment). And with IBM i2, analysts will also be able to visually analyze the enriched data and combine it with additional data sources to identify trafficking networks, patterns and hotspots to drive intelligence led collaboration.

IBM Watson Discovery is specifically trained on human trafficking terms and by using machine learning capabilities, ingests open sources of data at scale from multiple sources – such as thousands of daily public news feeds. By training the hub over time, it will improve in accuracy and likely develop predictive capabilities.

“The market is rapidly adopting AI and cloud-based platform models to address siloes across their functions, increase client satisfaction and revenue share,” said Guillermo Miranda, Vice President of IBM Corporate Citizenship. “We’re using the same emerging technologies and applying similar design principles to help the organizations working to save the millions of men, women and children who are trafficked in countries around the world.”

“Today’s event and the announcement of the Traffik Analysis Hub (‘The Hub’) marks the culmination of more than four years of collaborative work with STT. Western Union firmly believes that adopting a multi-agency approach is the most effective path to take to tackle the exploitation and trafficking of people,” said Duncan Deville, SVP and Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance from Western Union.

“This initiative is a huge step forward in bringing together information from across multiple sectors, including NGOs, law enforcement partners and financial services, where we can take a truly intelligence-led approach to proactively tackling human trafficking,” said Paul Horlick, Director Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays Financial Crime.

“The creation of the Traffik Analyis Hub is an important event in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. It is an institutional and structural development to society, industry and hopefully rule of law that will allow much greater data and information sharing and therefore potentially greater trust and collaboration,” said Duncan Jepson, Managing Director, Liberty Global.

“Trafficking in human beings is one of Europol’s main concerns in any of its forms, be it sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced marriage. Therefore, we are very pleased to support STOP THE TRAFFIK in the fight against this crime. We see great potential in this initiative, not only for better prevention and detection of human trafficking cases, but also for a further understanding and awareness raising. We are sure that the technical development of a system that enables data sharing between law enforcement, NGOs and the private sector will help to combat trafficking in human beings on a global scale,” said Robert Črepinko, Head of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre of Europol.

“The TAHub brings together two very promising elements: a truly cross-sector multi-agency partnership and an innovative technical approach. We are excited to be on board in our role as project evaluators. Such new initiatives are essential to developing evidence concerning the nature of trafficking and ultimately designing more effective solutions,” said Professor Kate Bowers of University College London

The Data Hub platform will run in a secure IBM Cloud-hosted environment with access granted to authenticated members only. Memberships to the data hub for other organizations combatting human trafficking will be available soon.

[1] The International Labour Organization (ILO), Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour . 2014.


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Headstrong 2018 New York Gala Raises $2 Million to Support Post 9/11 Veteran Mental Healthcare

Late Night host Seth Meyers served as event’s emcee and event participation by actor Jake Gyllenhaal

Press Release – New York – October 19, 2018 – Last night, more than 750 guests attended Headstrong’s 6th annual Headstrong New York Gala, held at Pier Sixty at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Over $2 million was raised at the event to support post 9/11 veteran mental healthcare treatment. The evening was emceed by Late Night host Seth Meyers and included program participation by actor Jake Gyllenhaal.

“We have served over 750 veterans over 16,000 therapy sessions by 150 best-in-class clinicians in 23 cities across the country. All through private donations. Simply incredible,” said Army veteran and Headstrong Executive Director Joe Quinn.

The event highlighted several veterans to include Connor Crehan, Kate Mannion, Matthew “Uncle Chaps” McNealy. The three veterans received the Moral Courage Award for helping to stop the stigma around mental health through their military podcast, Zero Blog Thirty.

“The foundation of Headstrong is to provide the world-class, cost and bureaucracy free care, that our veterans need to get back to the best version of themselves. When you put goal-oriented veterans together with top mental healthcare providers, they get better. The panic attacks go away, the anxiety goes away, the anger goes away, the self-medicating goes away…they blossom,” said event co-chair, Marine veteran and Founder of Headstrong Zach Iscol.

The room of attendees also heard from veterans who are seeking treatment though Headstrong. Three veterans, Amanda Burrill, Derek Coy and James Byler shared their challenges and journey finding effective mental healthcare.

During the program, Headstrong, along with the help of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Late Night host Seth Meyers, presented World War II veteran and former POW Ewing Miller a birthday cake to celebrate his 95th birthday. Mr. Miller’s aircraft was shot down by antiaircraft fire on February 5, 1945. He was the sole survivor of the aircraft’s 12 servicemember crew onboard. Miller was freed from a German POW camp by legendary military leader – General George S. Patton. Headstrong co-founder Zach Iscol’s great uncle, Chester Weinstein, was the navigator aboard Mr. Miller’s aircraft and was killed in action when the bomber was shot down.

A Fund A Need live auction was conducted by Headstrong Board member Kenny Polcari and helped raise over $700,000,00 for the treatment program. A selfie with both Seth Meyers and Jake Gyllenhaal was also auctioned off to the crowd and raised over $25,000.00.

Headstrong has provided over 16,000 mental health clinical sessions and the model takes out the costly “brick and mortar” facilities, allowing funding to go directly to treatment. Headstrong eliminates care wait times and veterans who seek treatment through Headstrong will be contacted within 48 hours. Headstrong currently serves the New York, California, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago, Virginia, Colorado, with plans for additional expansion.

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About Headstrong

Headstrong, founded in 2012 by combat veterans, provides cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental health care to post-9/11 military veterans that works. In partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College, they’ve developed a first of its kind, individually tailored, comprehensive treatment program for: Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS); addiction treatment; anxiety and depression; trauma, grief and loss; Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and anger management. Headstrong does not put a cap on the number of sessions or services they provide, enabling veterans to utilize treatment options in the short term, long term, and return later if their needs change. Headstrong currently serves the New York, California, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago, Virginia, Colorado, with plans for additional expansion.


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Beaufort Resident Paul Kelly Honored With Vigiano Family Hope And Courage Award

Avid supporter of Hope For The Warriors’ recognized at 9th annual Got Heart Give Hope Gala in Arlington, Va.

LtCol Justin Constantine, USMC (Ret) with Beaufort resident and Vigiano Family Hope and Courage award winner Paul Kelly, his wife Sally Kelly and Robin Kelleher.

Press Release – ARLINGTON, Va. (October 18, 2018) – Beaufort resident Paul Kelly was named a recipient of the Vigiano Family Hope and Courage award at the ninth annual Hope For The Warriors’ Got Heart Give Hope Gala in Arlington, Va., on Thursday night. One of six award recipients, Kelly was recognized as an avid supporter of service members, veterans and military families through his tireless work with Hope For The Warriors. Named in honor of the Vigiano family, who lost both of their sons in the September 11th attacks, the Hope and Courage awards are presented to service members and military family members who have demonstrated both hope and courage in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

“When I think of the Vigiano family and the previous recipients of this award and I reflect upon their examples of sacrifice, service and selflessness,” said Paul Kelly. “In accepting the award, I can only graciously accept the recognition for the small measures of good and examples of Hope I have been privileged to share with others over the past few years.”

Born into a military family at the Naval Hospital on Cherry Point, N.C., the military and military culture was a part of Kelly’s life from the beginning. His education at N.C. State University led him to a 32-year career as a Supervisory Electronics Engineer for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Kelly’s life changed when he broke his neck in a swimming pool accident shortly after college graduation. Leaving his lower body completely paralyzed and extensively paralyzed his upper limbs, the injury required hospitalizations and months of rehabilitation. Ultimately, Kelly became dependent upon caregivers for assistance with all basic life activities. Despite his newfound challenges, Kelly went on to lead teams and develop upgrades and modernizations of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft while working for NAVAIR. Serving as an advocate for the disabled, Kelly promoted Department of Defense policies to transition wounded and disabled military personnel to civilian service. His efforts earned him the recognition of NAVAIR’s Supervisor of the Year and Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Kelly first witnessed handcycle marathoners as a spectator at the Marine Corps Marathon. Inspired and determined, Kelly decided to celebrate his 30th year of living with a disability by competing as a hand cyclist at the 2008 Marine Corps Marathon. While training, Kelly became aware of Hope For The Warriors and decided to use his marathoning effort to raise awareness and support for the military nonprofit. Over the course of the last decade, Kelly has completed 54 full marathons, 58 half-marathons and one 100-mile ultra-marathon across 18 different states. He’s completed over 35,800 miles in training, events and fundraising activities, and along with his wife, Sally, has raised over $86,000 in donations for Hope For The Warriors.

“Paul is one of the pillars of our organization in the Eastern North Carolina community,” said Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President and CEO. “His list of athletic accomplishments is impressive and as he is hitting his goals as he supports our military families.”

To learn more about Hope For The Warriors or find out how you can get involved, visit HopeForTheWarriors.org. Additionally, you can support Hope For The Warriors and its various programs by making a gift online, by phone at 877-246-7349, or by mail to 8003 Forbes Place, Ste. 201, Springfield, VA 22151.

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 hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.


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124-Year-Old Non-Profit Went From A From $2M Deficit To A Balanced Budget

ChildServ Will Celebrate Former Homeless Young Adult at Annual Gala

Press Release – ChildServ, Chicagoland’s leading human service agency for children and young adults, has a balanced budget for the first time since October 2015 when the current CEO, Dan Kotowski, started with a $2.1M deficit. He quickly worked with his team to implement a strategy to increase corporate donations of funds, time, and services. Kotowski has grown, diversified and partnered with a very active Board of Trustees to raise more money than ever before to support the efforts of the organization. Kotowski has also attracted partnerships with large corporate companies in Chicago including locally headquartered United Airlines. His team-focused strategy has led to increased fundraising which has directly impacted the lives of every child they support.

ChildServ’s main belief is that every child deserves the same opportunity to reach their full potential, despite their background or adversities faced. Through fundraising, specifically at their annual gala, ChildServ is able to achieve that goal. At this year’s gala, Johnny Rivers will be recognized as “Youth of the Year”. After losing his mother and facing being homeless at age 23, Rivers struggled to imagine a life where he would have a promising future, let alone a fruitful career. ChildServ helped Johnny develop necessary life skills, such as resume building, interviewing and networking. As a result, Johnny is a full-time employee at the Lyric Opera House where he is living out his dream. While no two stories at ChildServ are the same, personal success for the individual being served is the number one goal.

After hearing heartfelt stories like Johnny’s, various corporations have been drawn to ChildServ. Two examples are: Chicago law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, which stepped up last year to provide pro bono legal services, saving the organization about $70,000; while United Airlines provided more than 100 employees to volunteer on multiple projects including ChildServ’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive.

At this year’s gala on October 26th at Morgan Manufacturing, ChildServ will present this year’s Lucy Rider Meyer Humanitarian Awards for Public Service, Corporate Leadership, and Corporate Service to U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, and the United Airlines Airport Operations Safety and the Technical Operations Departments, respectively, for their ongoing support. Without the community’s continued commitment to ChildServ, the mission, vision and values of the organization would not be possible.

About ChildServ:

Established in 1894, ChildServ has long been a trusted community resource for children, families, and young adults in northern Illinois. ChildServ currently provides early childhood learning, foster care, housing and counseling services to families, impacting 2501 children and teens in the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. ChildServ hosts its annual gala to honor success stories from its programs, recognize outstanding political and corporate supporters, and raise funds to support its mission to protect, heal, and educate children and families so they can build better lives. All proceeds from the gala go to support and expand ChildServ’s work in Chicago communities. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the gala are available at www.childserv.org.


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College Board Launches First-of-Its-Kind National Scholarship Program to Guide Students Through College Planning Process

$25 million program lays out six simple steps that all students can take to get to college

Each step will earn a chance for a scholarship; doing all six will earn a chance to win $40,000 for their college education

Press Release – New York — The College Board today unveiled a first-of-its-kind national scholarship program that guides high school students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for their education for each action they complete. Called the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, the not-for-profit membership organization is dedicating $25 million over five years to the new program that lays out six simple steps all students can take to get to college. Completing each step will earn a chance for a scholarship; doing all six steps will earn a chance for $40,000 for their college education.

“We hear from students and families everywhere that getting into college is too complicated and overwhelming. They are hungry for a simple guide. The new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program clarifies the path to college and encourages all students to stay on it,” said College Board CEO David Coleman. “All students can earn one of these scholarships, even students who never dreamt they could.”

Unlike typical scholarship programs, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program doesn’t require an essay or an application, and it doesn’t have a minimum GPA or SAT score requirement. Rather, it rewards students’ actions on their way to college, making it open to all students. The more actions students take, the more chances they have to earn a scholarship. All students can earn opportunities for scholarships by completing any or all of the following steps:

  • Building a college list: students get started by exploring colleges they’re interested in (600 Build Your College List scholarships each worth $500)
  • Practicing for the SAT: students use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy (1,500 Practice for the SAT scholarships each worth $1,000)
  • Improving SAT scores: students show how practice pays off by improving their scores (150 Improve Your Score scholarships each worth $2,000)
  • Strengthening their college list: students make sure their list has a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools (400 Strengthen Your College List scholarships each worth $500)
  • Completing the FAFSA: students fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid (800 Complete the FAFSA scholarships each worth $1,000)
  • Applying to colleges: students apply to the colleges they want to attend (500 Apply to Colleges scholarships each worth $1,000)

Drawings for the scholarships will take place monthly. Students who complete all six of the actions will be eligible for one of 25 Complete Your Journey scholarships worth $40,000 each.

In building the program, the College Board talked with and surveyed thousands of students and parents across the country, including high school seniors who could look back and reflect on the college planning process.

“When we gathered feedback from seniors, the most haunting words we heard over and over again were, ‘I wish I had known,’” said Priscilla Rodriguez, executive director of scholarships strategy at the College Board. “They would tell us, ‘I wish I had known about college lists. I wish I had known about free SAT practice on Khan Academy. I wish I had known about the FAFSA.’ The College Board Opportunity Scholarships are designed explicitly to make sure all students know about these crucial steps.”

Rooted in research, the scholarship program focuses on steps students need to take to make it to college, clarifying the complex college planning process for all students. The six actions in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships are the critical steps many students don’t pursue, limiting their college prospects. This is especially true for low-income and first-generation students.

Said Nicole Hurd, College Advising Corps founder and CEO: “The best investment students can make is to continue their education beyond high school, yet the college application and financial aid processes are daunting. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships will lift up the work of organizations like the College Advising Corps who serve low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students, as well as school counselors. This program sends the important message: We believe in all students and their future.”

Said Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy: “Navigating the road to college can be challenging for many students and families. This scholarship program will provide a clear path to follow and broaden the number of students reaching their college dreams. We’re proud to work with the College Board to provide the tools needed for college readiness.”

The distinctiveness of the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, Coleman said, is in the invitation for all students to participate: “The sad truth about high school is that too many students have already pulled themselves out of the running. Most kids think scholarships are for only the best students or the best athletes. But these scholarships are different. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships are not about how high you score, but how much you grow. It’s not about where you start, but how far you come.”

The program will officially launch in December 2018 for the class of 2020 and is open to all students who attend high school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and all U.S. territories. The College Board is designating half of the scholarships for students whose families earn $60,000 or less.

Students can sign up now and learn more at cb.org/opportunity. Once they sign up, they can take the first step of creating a starter college list.


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