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Devin D. Thorpe

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This category includes articles about nonprofit organizations and NGOs that are actively working to accomplish a social mission. The work of foundations that primarily work as grantors to other nonprofits is covered in Philanthropy.

ZERO TO THREE and partners to establish National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2015) — A significant grant will allow ZERO TO THREE and partner organizations to establish a national center focused on improving outcomes for children and supporting professional development systems for childcare providers.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care has awarded $70 million over five years to fund the creation of the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning. The award was announced October 5.

“ZERO TO THREE and our partners look forward to supporting Early Head Start and Head Start grantees, as well as the broader childcare community, as they help prepare young children to be ready for school and life,” said Matthew Melmed, executive director of ZERO TO THREE. “The new Center will integrate a developmental perspective in all of its activities reflecting how human brains are built – from the bottom up.”

The goal of the NC ECDTL is to identify, develop and promote the implementation of evidence-based child development, teaching and learning practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across learning programs, along with providing strong professional development systems. The Center will develop resources and offer training and technical assistance to Head Start / Early Head Start programs, early childhood specialists and child care lead agencies. The resources and training will strengthen their capacities to provide comprehensive and high quality early care and education from birth to age 5.

ZERO TO THREE is collaborating on this project with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, WestEd, the University of Denver Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, Child Care Aware of America and AEM Corporation. Together, these partners will use a scientific framework to ensure the NC ECDTL’s work will advance best practices in implementing programs in real-world settings.

“The Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care have developed a tremendous network of resources to support the health and development of children from birth to age five,” said Melmed. “It is an honor for ZERO TO THREE and our partners to be part of this important work.”

The Center will be supported by a Research to Practice Consortium made up of 18 leading researchers in early childhood, development, teaching and learning to ensure that its work is based on the latest early childhood research. The NC ECDTL is expected to begin operating in October 2015.


ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture development. Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE is a leader in the field of infants, toddlers and families – reaching more than 2 million parents each year. The organization brings together experts on parenting, child behavior and development, care and education, and public policymakers to help ensure every child from birth to three years old gets a strong start in life. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @ZEROTOTHREE.

Christine Marquez-Hudson Named CEO of The Denver Foundation

90-year-old Foundation Taps Dynamic Community Leader

[Denver, Colorado] The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s oldest and largest community foundation, today named Christine Marquez-Hudson, CEO/Executive Director of Mi Casa Resource Center, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. She is the fifth chief executive in the 90-year-old foundation’s history.

Marquez-Hudson will step down from Mi Casa at the end of the year and assume her new role in January 2016. She will succeed David Miller, who will be leaving the Foundation at the end of this year to create an institute on philanthropy and social enterprise at the University of Denver, after 20 years at the helm of the Foundation.

Virginia Bayless, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and head of the search committee, expresses excitement about the prospect of Marquez-Hudson’s leadership. “We are thrilled to welcome Christine Marquez-Hudson to The Denver Foundation. She brings inspiring vision and entrepreneurial acumen to the role of President and CEO of The Denver Foundation.”

Marquez-Hudson was selected through a months-long national search from among an impressive pool of potential candidates. Bayless sees Marquez-Hudson as a perfect match for The Denver Foundation’s needs as the organization celebrates its first 90 years of service to Metro Denver. “We are blessed to work with hundreds of generous people and businesses to steward their gifts of time, talent, and treasure, and to help them make a difference for those in need. Christine has deep knowledge and empathy for underserved communities, and profound expertise in bringing resources and people together to create opportunity. She provides proven leadership that will help us ensure that Metro Denver is a place where everyone can build a high quality of life,” says Bayless.

A ninth generation Coloradan, Marquez-Hudson has led Mi Casa to become a nationally-recognized leader in job training and business development. Before joining Mi Casa, Christine served as Director of Consulting and Capacity Building at JVA Consulting where she worked with hundreds of organizations across Colorado, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, governance issues, and resource development. Christine’s career includes teaching in Central America and working for three foundations as a program officer, project manager, and capacity builder.

“I am excited beyond words to have the opportunity to lead The Denver Foundation into this next phase of service to the Metro Denver community,” says Marquez-Hudson. “I’ve dedicated my life to addressing the issues The Denver Foundation is working on: basic human needs, education, economic opportunity, community leadership, as well as growing philanthropy, racial equity, and resident engagement. This is a privilege and an opportunity that I take very seriously. I plan to use my understanding of these issues and my appreciation for the generosity and dedication of The Denver Foundation’s donors to help make Metro Denver a great place for everyone.”

David Miller shares Bayless’ enthusiasm about his successor. “I am delighted with the selection of Christine as my successor at The Denver Foundation. She is a great choice, and I’m so appreciative to Ginny Bayless and the rest of the search committee for their excellent work. I’ve had the privilege and honor of serving in this job for the last 20 years.​ I hope that Christine will serve for at least the next 20!”

Marquez-Hudson has been widely recognized for her leadership. She was named the 2013 9News Leader of the Year and recently recognized as one of the 2015 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber. She is a 2009 Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow, a Colorado Trust Fellow, and an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. She serves as a trustee with the Boettcher Foundation, a member of the Colorado Women’s Forum, former co-chair of the Denver Latino Commission, a member of the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Board of Directors, and a member of the Mayor’s Education Compact Committee.

She received her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, where she was a Colorado Trust Fellow, and her Bachelors in Political Science, International Relations, from UCLA.

About The Denver Foundation

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation that has been taking care of the future since 1925, inspiring people and mobilizing resources to improve life in Metro Denver. In 2014, the Foundation and its donors awarded more than $67 million in grants from nearly 1,000 different funds created by individuals, families, and businesses since the organization’s founding in 1925. Visit for more.

Spandau Ballet Participates In Kfog’s #Boobproject All-Star Breast Cancer Benefit Song And Video Alongside Hozier, Noel Gallagher, Florence + The Machine, Vance Joy, Elle King, Graham Nash And Members Of The Grateful Dead

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 2, 2015 – In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Spandau Ballet has contributed vocals and saxophone to San Francisco radio station KFOG’s breast cancer benefit song and video. In the song, Spandau Ballet members Tony Hadley and Steve Norman perform alongside many of rock’s biggest artists including: Hozier, Florence + The Machine, Vance Joy, Michael Franti, Matt Nathanson, Elle King, Grace Potter, ZZ Ward, Graham Nash and members of the Grateful Dead. The song, entitled “Boob Spelled Backwards is Boob” debuted yesterday on KFOG In The Morning and can be downloaded on iTunes. The accompanying music video can be accessed on and on YouTube. The effort is part of a multi-pronged yearlong KFOG global charity initiative dubbed #BoobProject, which includes a social media blitz featuring rock artists and a cross-country motorcycle tour.

All funds generated from the sale of the song and donations to KFOG’s #BoobProject will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a charity that funds breast cancer research all over the world. To donate, please visit: For more information, please vist:

Seven Women of Achievement Inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier, the Pre-eminent Organization of Women Leaders in Food, Wine and Hospitality

New York, NY, October 2, 2015 – Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY), the first and largest chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a 40-year-old non-profit organization supporting women professionals in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries, welcomed seven women of achievement in those fields at an induction ceremony held at Restaurant Lafayette in New York City on September 28th.

The evening was hosted by Linda Lawry, president of Les Dames d’Escoffier New York and director of the International Wine Center. A French-inspired dinner designed by noted Chef Andrew Carmellini and served with Prosecco and select red and white wines provided the culinary centerpiece of the event.

The new members, each of whom has achieved unique distinction and stature in her industry, include:

  • Carrie Bachman, owner of Carrie Bachman Public Relations, specializing in the promotion of cookbook authors and publishers, with expertise in event planning, fundraising and communications.
  • Marybeth Bentwood, executive director of Wines of Chile USA, whose position encompasses the marketing and communications for a multitude of Chilean wine producers.
  • Francine Cohen, editor-in-chief of Inside F&B, a leading online trade magazine that covers the business of the food, beverage and hospitality industries, and a strategic marketing specialist with Inside F&B Ink, a consultancy for those industries.
  • Susannah Gold, president of Vigneto Communications, a public relations company specializing in luxury wine and food, and the author of the wine blog Avvinare.  She holds certifications from the Society of Wine Educators, the Spanish Wine Academy, Wine and Spirits Educators Trust and the Associazione Italiana Sommeliers.
  • Rhoda Kave, owner and head chocolatier at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, with a shop at the Essex Street Market and a shop with production facility on Forsythe Street, both in New York City’s Lower East Side, and with shops and factory in Belize, the source of Roni-Sue’s chocolate beans.
  • Vincenza Kelly, marketing and promotion officer at the Italian Trade Commission, the trade section of the Consulate General of Italy.  She holds wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and The Court of Master Sommeliers.
  • Marjorie Wolfson, director of the Cook for Kids program at Wellness in the Schools, the in-school program that educates children about healthy foods and now serves 35,000 children in 60 New York City public schools.  She previously had a 15-year career as executive chef at her own boutique catering and event production company.

“We welcome these extraordinary women into the New York chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier,” said chapter president Linda Lawry. “They will join New York’s most acclaimed women chefs, wine and hospitality professionals whose mission is to empower other women to achieve careers in these fields through advocacy, education and philanthropy.”

Celebrate World Smile Day® With Smile Train

Smile Train, Along with Gregg Sulkin, Host World Smile Day® Celebrations

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In honor of World Smile Day®, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, is hosting several celebratory events with the goal of raising both funds and awareness of the issues faced by children living with unrepaired clefts in the developing world.

The celebrations kicked off with the 2nd Annual World Smile Day® celebration held by Smile Train’s Young Leadership Circle on Thursday, October 1 from 7:30 pm –10 pm at Taj Lounge. The event was hosted by Gregg Sulkin, star of MTV’s “Faking It,” and included an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, fortune teller readings and more. There was also a presentation about Smile Train’s sustainable training model, which empowers local doctors in developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgeries in their own communities.

“We are excited to celebrate World Smile Day® today as we continue to raise awareness around cleft lip and palate and our transformative solutions,” said Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer. “World Smile Day® inspires individuals to be thankful for their ability to smile and reminds them how important it is to provide that same opportunity to those in need.”

Today, October 2, Smile Train will host a World Smile Day® event in the north plaza of the Flatiron Building from 11 am – 4 pm. This interactive installation includes a photo board on which a photo of a cleft patient’s brand new smile will be revealed every five minutes, marking the rate at which Smile Train provides a new free repair surgery – every five minutes.

There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos, win prizes and engage with special guests including 5-year-old Zachary, a patient who received his free cleft surgery at a local Smile Train partner hospital in Ethiopia.

“Together, we can meet our goal of raising enough money to create 60 new smiles on World Smile Day®,” said Schaefer.

Smile Train invites everyone around the world to join the World Smile Day® conversation on social media by posting a picture of their smile via Instagram using the #SmileTrainWSD hashtag. Learn more about Smile Train’s World Smile Day® activities at

About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

About World Smile Day®

World Smile Day® was created by Harvey Ball who believed that everyone should devote one day each year to smiles and acts of compassion throughout the world. Ball, who created the smiley face logo in 1963, created World Smile Day® to revitalize the original meaning of his logo: a symbol of generosity.

Handler Arranges Waterkeeper Nonprofit Relocation, Expansion At 180 Maiden Lane

— Global water source advocate signs long-term lease at newly renovated trophy building in Seaport District —

New York, NY – October 1, 2015Handler Real Estate Organization announced today that it has arranged a long-term, 9,172-square-foot nonprofit lease on behalf of Waterkeeper Alliance at 180 Maiden Lane.

Founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Waterkeeper is a nonprofit organization representing advocates who patrol and protect more than 260 waterways worldwide.

The growing nonprofit organization will relocate to its new, larger offices on the sixth floor at 180 Maiden Lane in January 2016, pending build-out of the space. The 41-story, 1.2 million-square-foot Class A office tower, located between Front and South Streets in the Seaport District, is owned and managed by a joint venture of MHP Real Estate Services and Clarion Partners.

“Waterkeeper Alliance is a global nonprofit organization that required expansion space to better fulfill its mission, and desired a best-in-class, well-located building in Lower Manhattan,” said Peter Newman, an Executive Managing Director with Handler Real Estate Organization, who along with Darell Handler and Jesse de la Rama, represented Waterkeeper Alliance in the transaction.

“We are thrilled to add Waterkeeper Alliance, the world’s fastest growing environmental movement to our growing tenant roster at 180 Maiden Lane,” said David Greene, President of Brokerage Services at MHP Real Estate Services “The asset quality, extensive amenity package, waterfront location with spectacular views and the on-going redevelopment of the South Street Seaport will add to an already vibrant neighborhood and local amenity base.”

The agency team of Tara Stacom, Frank Cento and Justin Royce, of Cushman & Wakefield, and Jesse Rubens, Richard Doolittle, and James Tamborlane with MHP, represented ownership.

The glass-enclosed property features panoramic views of New York Harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty, and is located just steps away from both the South Street Seaport and numerous public transportation options, including the newly renovated Fulton Street hub and East River ferry landings.

Ownership has nearly completed renovations at the property. They include: extensive upgrades to the ground level public plaza with a new retail kiosk and collaborative seating areas; new reception desk, high-end finishes, and enhanced security in the second floor lobby; renovated full-service cafeteria and seating area with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River; new fitness studio with state-of-the-art equipment, featuring spin and TRX areas, and well-appointed locker rooms; new 200-seat conference center with sophisticated audio visual capabilities; and new elevator cab finishes and upgraded controls.

About Clarion Partners

Clarion Partners, an SEC registered investment adviser and FINRA member firm, has been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for 33 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Seattle and Washington, DC, as well as a presence in Mexico. With more than $36 billion in total assets under management, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum to its more than 250 domestic and international institutional investors. More information about the firm is available at

About MHP Real Estate Services

MHP Real Estate Services owns, leases and manages more than six million square feet of prime commercial office space in NY. Founded in 1971 with headquarters in New York, MHP Real Estate Services has bought and sold more than 150 properties with an aggregate value of more than 11 billion dollars. MHP Real Estate Services is a full service firm including Acquisition/Disposition, Brokerage Services, Asset Management and Project Management. MHP is the NY affiliate of TCN Worldwide with affiliate real estate firms in 200 markets and $38.8 billion in annual transactions. MHP has garnered numerous awards, having been named a “Power Broker” every year since the inception of the award and members of the firm continue to be honored among the 100 most powerful people in NY real estate. More information about the firm is available at

About Handler Real Estate Organization

Handler Real Estate Organization is a boutique, full service real estate company based in New York City. For more than half a century, the “Handler Brand” has been synonymous with the development, management and leasing of “premium” real estate in New York City as well as throughout the country.

Handler has an expansive and growing real estate platform that includes, but is not limited to: Property Development, Property Management, Landlord and Tenant Leasing Services, Real Estate Advisory Services and Real Property Acquisitions.

Handler is also an owner and investor of several commercial real estate properties.

For more information, visit

Transformance Debuts to Promote Financial Literacy

Former Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas Assumes Updated Name, Message and Goals

Dallas, TX — Oct 01, 2015 / ( — The 41-year old Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Greater Dallas has a new name—Transformance, Inc.—and an updated mission to tackle a persistent problem impacting our community and economy.

Changes in consumer lending, investment planning and company pension practices are increasingly shifting the burden of financial planning onto the shoulders of the individual. A thriving economy is predicated on the rationale that members of the community are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to know how much to save, invest and borrow in order to prosper financially. Lack of solid financial knowledge often translates into poor borrowing and spending habits, while future-oriented behaviors such as investing and saving are diminished or forgotten. The resulting impact of lower credit scores, higher borrowing costs and increased dependence on emergency funding can trap families and even entire communities into cycles of poverty.

The statistics are alarming. According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a full 56 percent of the U.S. population has subprime credit scores. Another 44 percent of families live in “liquid asset poverty.” Generationally speaking, the news is even worse, with 85 percent of Millennials carrying an average of $60,000 in debt.

As a nonprofit organization built on a solid foundation of financial education, CCCS has empowered over 1.7 million individuals to transition out of financial crisis through education, one-to-one certified counseling and coaching support services. Determined to make an even bigger impact on local areas, Transformance has begun expanding its portfolio of services with the vision of building financially stable and sustainable communities. To further its mission, Transformance™ is innovating for the future by expanding its learning platforms, investing in technology and building strategic partnerships to turn the vision into reality.

“Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas represents where we were, but Transformance represents where we are going,” said President and CEO Ken Goodgames. “We’re adapting our strategies and tactics to reflect changing conditions and our commitment to promoting lifelong economic education through a host of innovative programs and platforms. Crisis counseling will continue to be a core component of our programs and services as long as there is a need in our community. But we understand that transformational learning focused on prevention is necessary to enable families and communities to thrive and prosper long term.”

To broaden its portfolio of services and provide more support for those who need it, Transformance is creating a new e-learning platform featuring gamified learning designed to promote financial resiliency and drive long-term behavior changes that have measurable impact for the communities it serves. “Our new name,” says Goodgames, “is derived from three words—transform, finance and performance. Transformance represents our vision of offering transformational financial learning that meets people where they are in their financial journey and helps them transform their financial situation from poverty to prosperity.”

To help accomplish its goals, Transformance is seeking innovative new corporate partners, sponsors, community organizations and other businesses where both employees and members can benefit from targeted programs impacting the lifelong learning process of sound financial practices.

“If our families don’t thrive economically, they can’t support or impact the businesses inside their own communities,” said Goodgames. “This is a pressing issue, and we are dedicated to bringing together the right stakeholders to accomplish the mission. We want to promote transformational learning programs that build a true foundation of financial knowledge.”

To find out how to team up with Transformance and become a part of the financial literacy solution, visit

About Transformance™

Established in 1974 and formerly known as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas, Transformance, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has served as a beacon of hope for consumers facing a financial crisis with respect to credit and debt management, budgeting, mortgages and/or student loans. As a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, Transformance™ has served a nationwide client base from its offices in Texas and Colorado. The agency seeks to continue its traditional crisis counseling and instructor-led educational offerings while launching a portfolio of multi-platform, e-learning offerings designed to promote financial resiliency and wealth accumulation through informed decision making and long-term behavior modification. The Transformance suite of financial learning products, including e-learning, is designed to have a sustainable, measurable impact with the potential to reach 10 million consumers.

Faithbox Links Arms with Restaurants and Foodies for World Food Day, Oct. 16

Participating Restaurants to Donate Proceeds to Ricebowls

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2015 – On World Food Day, October 16, Faithbox, a new subscription box company, is partnering with the restaurant reservation app, Resy, and Ricebowls, a non-profit organization with a mission to feed orphaned children globally, to spearhead a campaign to combat world hunger.

Faithbox partners monthly with Ricebowls to donate a meal for a hungry child with each box purchased through its service. Through the World Food Day collaboration with Resy participating restaurants in five markets across the country will donate $2, which equals six meals, to Ricebowls for every table served on Oct. 16.

“It’s as easy as finding a local participating restaurant, using Resy to make the reservation, and enjoying a fantastic meal. For that effort, six meals will be donated from Ricebowls to hungry children across the globe,” said Faithbox CEO Willie Morris. “Faithbox is excited to participate in this incredible event. Together we can make a huge impact. We hope that everyone gets involved.”

Restaurants in New York City, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco are participating. To find a list of restaurants in participating cities, please visit:

“For individuals in these markets, having a great meal is an easy way to give back,” said Morris. “But anyone can get involved by encouraging restaurants in their areas to become partners or donating directly to Ricebowls, It only takes $1 to help bring life-saving nutrition to a child in need.”

World Food Day is an annual campaign to raise awareness for the movement to end hunger. Nearly 163 million children across the world are orphaned and every two seconds one dies from malnutrition. The magnitude of this crisis remains deeply distressing, and the situation for children is likely worsening due to the global economic crisis and the effects on children due to bad governance, conflict, poverty and disaster.

For more information about the event, visit

Faithbox offers month-to-month, three-month or one-year subscriptions. The company made its soft launch in late 2014 and has seen steady growth since its inception, shipping more than 10,000 boxes. This unique box was recently featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg and Fox and Friends.

Faithbox partners with quality companies to include handpicked products in each box that are eco-friendly and fair-trade such as SoapBox Soaps, Smiles for the People toothbrushes, Blue Planet sunglasses, THX coffee and Mitt Scoots socks. Each box also includes a devotional book with reflections, daily mediations, Bible verses or suggestions for acts of kindness.

For every box purchased, a hungry child is fed through a partnership with Rice Bowls. Already the partnership has provided 30,000 meals and is estimated to contribute 10,000 meals per month moving forward. In addition, many of the companies whose products are featured in Faithbox make one-to-one charitable contributions. This combination makes Faithbox inspirational, practical and philanthropic. For additional information, visit

North 6th Agency And Iona Athletics Announce Second Season Of ‘Root To Shoot’ Fundraiser; Support Open To All Alums, College Basketball Fans And Businesses In Tri-State Area

Three-pointers and 100 point-games turn into dollars for Al’s Angels, Save the Skin and The Iona College Goal Club during 2015-16 college basketball season

NEW YORK, Oct 2, 2015North 6th Agency, Inc. (N6A), an award-winning communications agency based in the heart of SoHo in New York City, announced today the second season of its “Root to Shoot” charity fundraising promotion in partnership with Iona College Athletics and the men’s basketball program for the 2015-16 season.

Even more dollars will be at stake during this season’s “Root to Shoot” program. N6A has pledged to donate $100 for every three-point basket made by the Iona at the Hynes Athletics Center and $1,500 for every 100-plus point home game.

Donations will be distributed evenly at the end of the season between Al’s Angels, BlueRock Energy’s “Save the Skin”, and the Iona College Goal Club.

Under head coach Tim Cluess, the Gaels have regularly finished among the highest-scoring teams in the nation. Last season, Iona’s high-octane offense ranked second nationally in three-point field goals made with 338 and in the top 10 in points per game on its way to back-to-back MAAC regular season championship crowns.

Participation is welcome to any Iona College alum, college basketball fan or business in the Tri-State area who wants to support the “Root to Shoot” initiative. Informational kiosks, video board signage, and online portals will be live throughout the season for those who want to learn more about “Root to Shoot”, the partner foundations, and to sign-up with pledges of their own.

“We’re looking forward to another exciting year of Gaels basketball with lots of scoring that will translate into much needed dollars for some of the Tri-State area’s most important charity organizations in Al’s Angels and ‘Save the Skin’,” said Matt Rizzetta, N6A President and CEO, and Iona College Alumni Board Member. “We’re hoping other Iona alums, college basketball fans and businesses with a connection to the communities that these organizations serve – specifically childhood cancer and skin cancer awareness – will get behind us and pledge their support, as well.”

“’Root to Shoot’ became the most recognized promotion during our home games last season. Behind the great three-point shooting of the Gaels and the incredible support of N6A, a great tradition has been born,” said Iona College Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. “We value and admire the leadership of N6A as they not only continue their leadership and philanthropy of Iona athletics but have increased support for the Gaels, Al’s Angels and ‘Save the Skin’ foundation. We are thrilled to move onward and upward with N6A and hope that the Gael Nation will join us in the 2015-16 ‘Root to Shoot’ campaign.”

The Iona College Goal Club is an association of dedicated friends and alumni who support the college’s 21 NCAA Division I teams, club sports and general athletics programs. Donations to the Goal Club provide the needed equipment, facility upgrades, team transportation and academic support services for Iona College’s student-athletes.

Al’s Angels was founded in 2004 by digital marketing pioneer Al DiGuido with the mission of providing financial and emotional support to children suffering from severe challenges resulting from cancer and rare blood diseases. With more than 3,000 Angels working to provide support and aid to tens of thousands of children and families in desperate need, Al’s Angels works with a network of partners, including Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, St. Barnabas, Union Community Health Center, CLASP, Mercy Learning Center, Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian, North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Stony Brook & Good Samaritan Hospital.

BlueRock Energy’s “Save the Skin” foundation was founded in 2014 by Phil Van Horne, President and CEO of N6A client BlueRock Energy, the premier provider of electricity, natural gas and green energy products to businesses and residents in New York State, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Van Horne started the campaign in 2014 to raise awareness for skin cancer and to support the Melanoma Research Foundation after he was diagnosed with the disease and endured months of treatment.

For more information on “Root to Shoot” and how you can get involved, please visit

For more information on Al’s Angels and to donate or become a volunteer, please visit

To learn more about how you can get involved with BlueRock Energy’s “Save the Skin” please visit


North 6th Agency, Inc. (N6A) is an award-winning brand communications agency based in the heart of SoHo in New York City. Since launching in 2010, N6A has grown its customer base to include more than 40 leading and emerging companies from a wide range of industries, including BtoB, technology, food/beverage, digital media and marketing services, consumer services, energy, entertainment, healthcare and professional services. N6A has been awarded several prestigious industry recognitions, including a Top 10 Fastest-Growing Firm Ranking in O’Dwyer’s, Summit International Award, PR News Marketing and PR Leader of the Year, and has been selected as one of the best agencies by multiple outlets.


Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, NY.


Al’s Angels was founded by Westport, CT resident Al DiGuido in 2004 as a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to provide assistance to children and families suffering hardship due to life-threatening illnesses or poverty. Al’s Angels not only distributes meals and gifts for needy families, but also sponsors fundraising events and activities for affiliated churches and social service groups, provides them with fundraising support and works to encourage greater public giving.


BlueRock Energy is a privately held energy solutions company that provides electricity, natural gas and renewable energy products to more than 14,000 customers across New York State, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The team at BlueRock provides businesses and residential customers with unique energy plans designed to keep it simple while reducing costs. The “Save the Skin” campaign was founded by BlueRock President and CEO Phil Van Horne in 2014 to raise awareness for skin cancer and to support the Melanoma Research Foundation after he was diagnosed with the disease and endured months of treatment.

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Announces Dancer-Actress Courtney Galiano as Annual Autumn Benefit 2015 Honoree

Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (Can Do MS) is thrilled to announce that the inspirational Courtney Galiano, a world-class dancer, So You Think You Can Dance finalist, choreographer and actress, will be the Can Do Award honoree at the nonprofit’s Annual Autumn Benefit. Fox News Network senior meteorologist and reporter Janice Dean, who has also been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 2005, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. The fundraiser, which benefits programs that help people with MS live fuller lives, will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7 p.m., at New York’s Metropolitan Club.

The delicate balance of the body’s grace and strength is essential to a dancer’s success, so after Courtney’s MS diagnosis, she feared her prolific dancing career had come to a sudden halt. She has since shattered any doubts of her inabilities. Not only has Courtney danced, choreographed and acted in some of television’s biggest shows since her diagnosis, she has continued to serve as an ambassador for people living with MS by consistently spreading a positive message of overcoming adversity.

“We are so pleased to present Courtney with our 2015 Can Do Award,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, president and CEO of Can Do MS. “Her perseverance on and off the stage is a true inspiration to the entire MS community. Through the power of positive thinking and lifestyle approaches, Courtney is the perfect demonstration of the can do attitude that drives our organization.”

The Can Do Award honors an individual in the community who has made a significant contribution to raising awareness and improving the lives of others with MS, while demonstrating a can do spirit. Previous Can Do Award recipients have included Tom Brokaw, Richard Cohen and Meredith Vieira, Clay Walker and David Osmond, among others throughout the organization’s 30-year history.

Courtney was no stranger to MS when she was diagnosed in 2012. She grew up watching her grandmother with MS, and has since approached her diagnosis with her grandmother’s same enthusiasm and positivity.

“I’m humbled to receive the Can Do Award,” said Courtney. “I can think of no greater honor than helping people in the MS community overcome their daily challenges by sharing my own experiences. As a young professional myself, I am thrilled to represent an organization that provides programs designed to help other young professionals navigate through everyday life with MS.”

The Autumn Benefit features a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, evening program, silent auction and awards celebration. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward the inaugural 2016 JUMPSTART® Program for young professionals in New York, who compose a large portion of the 12,000 individuals living with MS in the city. The half-day, in-person “pilot” program will address issues directly affecting the daily lives of these members of the MS community, such as employment, financial planning, family planning, parenting and dating.

Individual tickets for the cocktail hour and dinner are $500 per person.

Tickets and tables are now available for purchase online at

For more information on the event and details, please visit

Can Do MS’s 2015 Annual Autumn Benefit is presented by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The 2015 hospitality sponsor is Genentech, Inc. Additional sponsors include Biogen; EMD Serono and Pfizer; Genzyme, a Sanofi company; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; and Teva Neuroscience. For more sponsorship opportunities and advertising inquiries, please contact Can Do MS directly at 800-367-3101 ext. 1278.

About Can Do MS

A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colo., Can Do MS is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at .

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