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Chairman, joined by HELP USA advocate and actor Anson Mount, welcomed donation of iPads for non-profit’s youth and adult educational programs

NEW YORK, NY (October 23, 2013) – Today, travel restaurateur OTG donated 100 iPads to HELP USA, a leading provider of homes, jobs, and services to homeless families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman of the Board for HELP USA, was joined by Anson Mount, star of the critically acclaimed AMC series, “Hell on Wheels”, as she accepted the donation on behalf of HELP USA, along with children from a day care program at the non-profit’s Union Square location. The 100 iPads will be distributed to various HELP USA locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Photo credit: Hechler Photographers

“I am so thankful for this generous donation of iPads,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, Chairman of the Board of HELP USA. “They will provide extraordinary possibilities for enhancing our programs and empowering our residences, which include families, veterans and victims of domestic violence.  Our residences can now take advantage of the iPads to help them build confidence and gain crucial skills, such as employment training and placement, childcare, domestic violence counseling among many others.”

“I’m enormously proud to support Help USA’s mission of empowerment and to be part of an event that showcases the doors that technology can open for these children,” said Anson Mount of AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.”

The high-tech, versatile tablets will be used for a variety of purposes across HELP USA’s youth and adult offerings including: early childhood education; daycare, afternoon school; mentoring; job training and employment programs. 

“Our world is filled with incredible possibilities, and the iPad is one of the most dynamic and engaging platforms to discover them,” said Rick Blatstein, CEO of OTG. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to partner with HELP USA on this effort. For nearly 30 years they have been a model for providing vital services for those in need in New York, as well as communities across the nation.”

Earlier this year, OTG donated 50 iPads to the South Queens Boys and Girls Club to help advance their focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

OTG has demonstrated a leadership commitment to tablets in its daily operations.  The company has driven the recent wave of iPads appearing at airports across North America, including the Delta terminal at LaGuardia. OTG mobilizes iPad technology to enable travelers to track their flights in real-time, order food, and browse the web; all in a language they are most comfortable with, through simultaneous translation into 20 different languages. OTG is on schedule to deploy 7,000 iPads across three major airports by year-end 2013.


HELP USA is the leading national developer of housing and provider of jobs and services for homeless and at risk populations in the country, including families, veterans and victims of domestic violence. HELP has served more than 270,000 people since it was founded in 1986 and today serves more than 12,000 each year at 30 residences across the country. To date, HELP has developed more than 2,500 units of housing including transitional and permanent supportive service programs.

About OTG

OTG ( is an award-winning airport food & beverage operator with more than 175 restaurants and retail boutiques in 10 airports, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Toronto Pearson, Boston Logan, Tucson, Washington National, Orlando, Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia. Since its entry into airports in 1996, OTG has been recognized throughout the industry for its exceptional customer focus and groundbreaking innovation; growing to become the second largest privately held airport food operator in the United States in just over a decade.


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