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Havas Partners With Fund For Peace To Launch The Bottom 100 In Fight Against World Poverty

Press Release – Australia, 20 June 2017: Havas has today launched The Bottom 100, an international campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the issue of global poverty for international not-for-profit organisation, Fund for Peace. In a world-first, The Bottom 100 is a look at the other end of global ‘rich lists’, revealing the faces and stories of one hundred of the world’s poorest individuals from around the world.

Through the powerful content featured within the Bottom 100, Havas and Fund for Peace are working to create a greater platform for lobbying of Governments, businesses and influential organisations to provoke greater worldwide action to combat global poverty.

While ‘Rich Lists’ detail the wealthiest individuals, their assets, investments and net worth, The Bottom 100 highlights individuals and their families facing extreme poverty caused by war, ethnic, religious, or social persecution, climate change or forced displacement. Many within The Bottom 100 have been forced to flee their homes and countries, leaving behind everything they own and any security for their future.

To launch the digital platform www.bottomhundred.org, Havas, with support from Red Agency and Havas Media across its international network, have created a campaign which will run through OOH, experiential, digital and PR.

Stuart Turner and Seamus Higgins, Joint Executive Creative Directors at Havas Sydney said: “We are incredibly proud to be launching the Bottom 100. It’s been a huge team effort over 2 years to make this happen across the global Havas network and through support from strategic partners including Finch and Cream. Our combined capabilities have enabled us to give a voice to these 100 people who represent millions living in similar circumstances around the world. Our hope is that this campaign helps people see through the faceless crowds and look at the individuals and their struggles for a better life for themselves and their families.”

The Fund For Peace’s Bottom 100 took almost two years to complete with interviews taking place across five continents, covering 23 different nationalities and many more ethnicities and languages. While all of these stories feature struggle and suffering, they also tell a story of resilience, perseverance, and courage in the face of extraordinary challenges.

The new initiative forms part of the FFP’s commitment to promote sustainable security for those living in debilitating poverty, and has been launched in response to the current global migrant crisis.

J.J. Messner, Executive Director at Fund For Peace said: “When the world talks about rich lists, the focus is always at the top. But there is a lack of knowledge and understanding about those at the other end of the spectrum. We believe the more people hear stories like these, the less common they will become. The stories of these 100 people are just as important as those at the top and deserve to be heard. We encourage everyone to take a stand on behalf of the people featured in the Bottom 100 – and the millions facing the same struggles. It’s time to take a stand and make clear that poverty alleviation is a high priority for us all.”

To see the faces and names behind The Bottom 100 online and support the cause, visit http://bottomhundred.org.

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The 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute To Citymeals On Wheels Raises $840,000

Celebrated Chefs Crafted Unique Mediterranean Dishes to Benefit Citymeals on Wheels

Press Release – (Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – New York, NY) – Last night, June 12, 2017, over 40 chefs came together for Ports of Call Mediterranea: A Culinary Journey: The 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels. 100% of ticket sales and donations will support the preparation and delivery of meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers by Citymeals on Wheels – the city’s only nonprofit providing home-delivered meals to seniors in all five boroughs. This year’s event raised $840,000 to deliver 114,000 meals.

The event brought together culinary stars from around the world to celebrate Mediterranean cuisine and culture as they created dishes at tasting stations throughout Rockefeller Center Plaza.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels, reflected, “From Spain to Croatia and east to Lebanon, the Mediterranean is wonderfully diverse. We each have our own favorite flavors and Ports of Call Mediterranea brought them all together tonight, representing the entire region. We are grateful to the chefs and restaurateurs who joined us tonight for extending their generosity to elderly New Yorkers in need and to the many, many others who have made Chefs’ Tribute what it is for the last thirty-two years.”

Business leaders, food aficionados and trendsetters, charitable young professionals, and others enjoyed live music from Italy, Greece and Turkey, and danced alongside the outstanding cuisine.

Some of the evening’s dishes included crunchy Israeli salad with lemon aioli and spicy pepper from Chef Segev Moshe of Tel Aviv, Israel; swordfish carpaccio with orange, dried tomatoes, black olive ash and minced pistachio from Chef Hrvoje Zirojević of Hvar, Croatia; frittatine di pasta by Chef Cristina Bowerman of Rome, Italy; deconstructed gazpacho Andaluz with smoked yellowfin tuna and gordal olive jam by Chef Alex Reyes of New York and Chicago; Persian love cake with blueberries and sumac by Chefs Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and baklava kyklos me mastiha from Chef Maria Loi of New York.

The annual event remembers Citymeals’ Co-Founder James Beard and included chefs who flew in from the Mediterranean and elsewhere: Argiro Barbarigou (Athens, Greece), Javier Bonet Jiménez (Madrid, Spain),

Cristina Bowerman (Rome, Italy), Maroun Chedid (Beirut, Lebanon), David Darmanin (London, England), Segev Moshe (Tel Aviv, Israel), Rudolf Štefan (Šibenik, Croatia), and Hrvoje Zirojević (Hvar, Croatia). They were joined by stateside chefs: Jarrett Appell, Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Daniel Boulud, David Buico, Richard Capizzi, Gabriele Carpentieri, Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Michael Gabriel, Shea Gallante, Markus Glocker, CJ Jacobson, Andrea Jarosh, Maura Kilpatrick, Chris Lee, Luigi LoBuglio, Salvatore LoBuglio, Maria Loi, Alfred Portale, Antonio Prontelli, Michael Psilakis, Alex Reyes, Ana Sortun, Joachim Splichal, Eli Sussman, Max Sussman, Travis Swikard, Meny Vaknin, Silvana Vivoli, Raymond Weber, Mathew Woolf, Priscilla Yeh, and Farid Zadi – all preparing and presenting their own interpretations of classic Mediterranean dishes.

Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, was the evening’s Grand Host. The event was chaired by Beverly and Dan Bartfeld, Alison Lohrfink Blood, Ninah and Michael Lynne, Laura and John Pomerantz, and Randi and Dennis Riese. With the help of Beverage Chair Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and wine chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group) the event also featured signature cocktails from top sponsors and wines from fine wineries.

Event guests included Bjorn Amelan, Samantha Boardman, Katherine Boulud, Donna Corrado, Florence Fabricant, Gael Greene, Robert S. Grimes, Marjorie Gubelmann, Bill T. Jones, Suri Kasirer, Margo McNabb Nederlander and James Nederlander, Drew Neiporent, John Pomerantz, David Rockwell, Lisa Rosenblum, and Kathleen Turner, among many others.

Citymeals on Wheels’ official airline is American Airlines and official water is FIJI Water. Exclusive financial sponsor for the event was City National Bank. Official transportation sponsor was Lyft. Event sponsors included VerTerra, The Riese Organization, Bedell Cellars, the M.O. & M.E. Hoffman Foundation, and Roommate Grace. Graphic design was provided by Rockwell Group. Beverage sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Belvedere Vodka, Courvoisier Cognac, The Pegu Club, Plymouth Gin, St-Germain, and Zacapa Rum.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals on Wheels has delivered more than 54 million meals. Each year, the organization prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to more than 18,000 frail aged New Yorkers.

Community Service Project to Raise $40,000 for Abused Children in the Community

Press Release – Philadelphia, PA – Radical acts of kindness are occurring in the Philadelphia community. The Vision and Impact Program (VIP) of Next Level Trainings takes emotional intelligence and leadership to a whole new level with its impact on the community. As part of a three month training process, leaders take on a community service project to raise money and awareness for local causes. The current VIP group is committed to “crushing out child abuse” by supporting Turning Points for Children, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit impacting 10,000 people locally. The organization partners with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities, offering afterschool programs, connecting kids aging out of the foster care system with families they had lost; supporting teen moms and dads, offering a community-based food pantry and more.

VIP leaders are campaigning through multi-faceted fundraising efforts for Turning Points for Children; online via social media fundraising efforts, collecting tangible goods, supporting the annual Dragon Boat Regatta Race, a family community event, and through “crush boards” in the community, where donations are accepted to create a unique piece of art using sneakers and washable paints. Next Level Trainings and VIP leaders are also rallying corporate sponsors and organizing restaurant benefit nights where a portion of the proceeds go to support Turning Points for Children.

The campaign has raised over $27,000 and is committed to “doing whatever it takes” to raise $40,000 and 5,000 tangible good items to support children who are abused and their families. Turning Points for Children’s Chief Financial Officer Dawn Holden Woods says, “Reducing child abuse and building strong families are complex issues that requires many people and organizations to support this work. We are thrilled to have Next Level engaged at such a high level and committed to this cause.”

Director of Next Level Trainings Philadelphia, Joseph Henderson, says of the campaign, “Next Level Philadelphia is committed to training emotionally intelligent leaders to make a difference in the world. Through our current community service project, we are supporting Turning Points for Children in reducing abuse and creating a bright future for children in the Philadelphia area. Turning Points for Children works tirelessly to strengthen families and the community and Next Level is grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back.”

Members of the media are encouraged to do a preview interview with Next Level Gives to hear about what inspired them to take on such a radical act of kindness and generosity in support of Turning Points. For more information, http://www.nextlevelgives.com/vip1phl.

Atlanta Community Bands Together In Support of Second Annual Old Fourth Ward 5K

With Proceeds Benefiting Hope-Hill Elementary School, 5K Aims to Raise Funding for Historic Neighborhood

Press Release – ATLANTA (June 6, 2017) – The Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation, a local organization supporting the students of Hope-Hill Elementary School in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward (O4W), has announced the Second Annual Old Fourth Ward 5K (O4W 5K). The road race’s route runs exclusively through the neighborhood and all proceeds will directly benefit the school. The 2017 race will be held Saturday, June 17.

Much like its inaugural year, many of Atlanta’s leading tech and digital firms are involved and helping sponsor the event. This year’s sponsors include MailChimp, Makaila & Co. Realty, Sherrill & Hutchins, Anura 37, Epic Development, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Hungeling CPA, Fourth Ward Alliance, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, Atlanta Summer Beer Fest and Nebo. Nebo, a human-centered digital agency based in Midtown Atlanta, is spearheading the race’s communication efforts.

“Last year’s race created such a sense of belonging and comradery within the neighborhood,” said Brian Easter, co-founder of Nebo and Old Fourth Ward resident. “We’ve seen more and more businesses and residents come in within the past year in an effort to help transform the community for the better – including giving back to organizations like the Hope-Hill Foundation. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this again.”

City Councilman Kwanza Hall is also lending support to the race’s efforts, cementing his belief that kids coming from schools like Hope-Hill Elementary are integral parts of the city’s future.

“This neighborhood is rooted deep within the heart of Atlanta,” said Hall, who serves as the councilman for District 2, which includes the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. “Supporting and empowering students and their families is one of the most important things that we can do as a city. I’m honored to be a part of this event again and proud of the Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation for working so hard and inspiring this community.”

Hope-Hill educates students from Pre-K through 5th grade. More than 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced school lunches, and more than 10 percent of the children at Hope-Hill are homeless. Hope-Hill also includes families living in the Bedford Pines neighborhood, the largest concentration of poverty in the Southeastern U.S.

“Last year’s race brought in such a tremendous outpouring of support from the local neighborhood,” said Jessica Sherrill, a Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation board member. “We’re excited to bring the race back and continue our efforts with the school. Even the smallest amount of support goes a long way for these children, and to be able to make this race an annual event is an incredible milestone. We could not have done it without our outstanding community partners and sponsors.”

The course begins and ends across the street from Ponce City Market on North Ave. and runs throughout the neighborhood, including the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the MLK, Jr. Historic District. It is also a Peachtree Qualifier and USATF Certified.

To learn more about the Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation, visit http://www.hopehillfoundation.org. For more information about the race or to register, visit https://www.o4w5k.com.

Global Impact Partners with Charity Charge to Supercharge Growfund Giving Platform

Special Growfund Charity Charge credit card earns cashback rewards as tax-deductible charitable donations to cardholder’s Growfund Donor Advised Fund, allowing individual donors to incorporate saving, investing, and giving into their everyday purchases.

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, VA, and AUSTIN, TX, June 6, 2017Global Impact, a world leader in growing global philanthropy, has joined forces with Charity Charge, a Public Benefit Corporation offering the first credit card with a rewards program that earns 1% cash back on purchases as charitable donations. Through this partnership, Charity Charge will make available a credit card with Growfund, Global Impact’s innovative charitable giving platform, that will enable the cashback rewards to be saved, invested, and granted to nearly one million charities of the cardholder’s choice.

The partnership between these two organizations occurs at the nexus of technology, finance and philanthropy, advancing a shared mission to transform the methods by which people can donate. Ann Canela, Vice President of Global Impact and an architect of the Growfund giving platform said, “Charity Charge shares our vision of leveraging technology to transform the systems of giving. We created Growfund to democratize philanthropy by offering individuals a chance to create their own personal foundation to engage with their causes more deeply.” She added, “Our partnership with Charity Charge will make it easier for individuals to integrate giving more seamlessly into their daily lives, as they can now transform their everyday purchases into everyday donations.”

Growfund is Global Impact’s charitable giving tool that democratizes philanthropy by allowing individuals to create their own personal foundation and experience the benefits of a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), with as little as $1 to start. Unlike other DAFs that require sizeable contributions before the funds are invested, Growfund contributions can be invested with the first $1. When ready to give, donors can make grants to nearly one million domestic and international charities through Growfund’s partnership with GuideStar. Operating like a money market or 401(k) investment platform, Growfund helps individual donors grow their contributions, plan for their giving, and then give with impact where they live, learn and work. The credit card rewards program will provide an additional way for Growfund owners to add funds automatically.

Said Stephen Garten, CEO and founder of Charity Charge, “We created Charity Charge to empower donors to do good every day through their regular purchases, at no cost to the recipient charities. We are proud to partner with Global Impact to help donors Charge It Forward to their Growfund. The Charity Charge World MasterCard will offer everyday donors a way to amplify their contributions and plan for their giving to the causes they care about, with every swipe.”

To apply for a Growfund Charity Charge World MasterCard, click here.

About Global Impact

Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also served as administrator for four of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O). Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook.

About Charity Charge

Charity Charge, PBC is an Austin-based startup that’s transforming the way people give to nonprofits. The Charity Charge World MasterCard, issued by Commerce Bank, is the first credit card to let users donate the 1% cash back they receive on all purchases for up to three charities of their choice. Through unique partnerships with GuideStar and Network for Good, Charity Charge has the ability to distribute donations to any nonprofit registered in the U.S. Founded by CEO Stephen Garten, the company’s goal is to leverage technology to bring philanthropy into the 21st Century.

To apply for a card or for nonprofit registration information, visit charitycharge.com​.

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EOD Warrior Foundation Raises over $37,000 in 5K to Benefit Warriors and their Families

The Undefeated EOD Warrior 5K Run/Walk raised over $37,000 to help EOD warriors and their families

Photo by Robert Binder Photography.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – (June 5, 2017) – The EOD Warrior 5K, an event held in San Diego, Calif. that benefits the EOD Warrior Foundation, raised over $37,000 on Memorial Day this year. The annual run/walk included a variety of family activities including a kids bounce house, a beer garden, and several vendors. When the event was finished, the event raised $37,031, which will continue to increase, as they receive contributions from vendors that sold at the event, the packet pickup sponsor Road Runner Sports and from virtual runners in Guam.

“This event was a huge success and we are grateful to everyone who contributed,” explains Leonard Gee, fundraising specialist for the EOD Warrior Foundation. “It was a beautiful day, there was a great crowd, lots of money was raised, and it was all for a good cause. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”

Funds raised included race registration fees, sponsorships, and vendor contributions. All funds raised are used to support the EOD Warrior Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support. The organization provides assistance in a variety of ways, including improving the quality of life through therapeutic healing retreats, educational scholarships, financial relief, and by providing physical, social, and emotional support. Some of the assistance they have provided includes:

  • Scholarships. The EOD Warrior Foundation awards approximately 10 percent of its annual budget to their scholarship program, which was started over 50 years ago.  Scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. In 2017, the EOD Warrior Foundation will award $212,000 in scholarships to 116 recipients.
  • Wounded EOD Warrior Support. Many EOD warriors experience physical and emotional injuries that may leave them with missing limbs, traumatic brain injury, or post-traumatic stress. In one instance, the EOD Warrior Foundation teamed up with MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs to pair a fully trained assistance dog with a deserving paralyzed warrior in need.
  • Financial assistance. When Tyler Rumely, a 12-military veteran, with seven years as an EOD technician, and his wife and two children lost their belongings to a house fire, the EOD Warrior Foundation stepped in to provide assistance. They awarded them a grant to help replace living room furniture, kitchen utensils, toys and much more.  They also provided them with six months worth of support for groceries, helping them get back on their feet as quickly as possible

“There are many EOD warriors and their families in need of support,” added Gee. “It’s with great events like the EOD Warrior 5K that enables us to continue carrying out our mission and helping our warriors.”

The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps the families of the 7,000 people in our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, and perform bomb disposal duties. The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

About EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help EOD warriors and their family members to include families of fallen EOD warriors. Specific programs include financial relief, college scholarships, hope and wellness retreats and care of the EOD Memorial located at Eglin AFB, Fla. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Press Release – FAIRFAX, Virginia – (June 6, 2017) – Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia. The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”

The funds raised in the Longest Day will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, which are used to further their mission in helping to find a cure for the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million around the world have the condition, and that number is expected to reach 75 million by the year 2030. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death, and in the U.S. someone develops the condition every 66 seconds.

The Longest Day is an annual fundraiser held on the summer solstice. Individuals or groups participate by selecting an activity they enjoy doing and then raising funds for the cause. SAPT will be offering an easy way for people to participate in the event. They can stop down at the club during daylight hours on June 17, 2017 to participate in free training all day. The club will be collecting donations from those who participate, with all of the funds raised being given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The club participates in the annual event because the cause hits close to home. The owner lost both of her grandmothers to the disease, and the club’s office manager lost her mother to it.

“Exercising and getting fit can help to improve one’s quality of life,” added Walls. “This is an issue that has touched us as it has so many others, and we want to do something to and help the cause. Getting fit and raising funds doing it is a win-win situation for all.”

Individuals and teams are invited to work out on the Longest Day. Individuals who donate $150 will receive an event T-shirt, and teams that donate $500 or more will receive a T-shirt.

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, and is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.


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Summer Dream Fashion Show Raises Funds for Dream Foundation Dreamers

Adults across the nation from ages 18 to 40 will benefit from Santa Barbara event

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, hosted its third annual Summer Dream fundraiser to benefit Dreamers ages 18 to 40 on Saturday, June 3. The festive event included a fashion show featuring A Tropical Affair, Calypso St. Barth, K. Frank, Lolë, Miller’s Oath, UGG and local designers Catherine Gee and Danielle Rocha of Rocha Swim. Other highlights included performances by local singer/songwriter, Gabe Reali, DJ Qu1z0, synchronized swimmers, Aqualillies and decadent food and drink from Heat Culinary, Patròn Tequila, Sun Potion, Summerland Winery, Topa Topa, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery and Green Star Coffee.

“Summer Dream is the perfect opportunity to introduce and educate our local community about Dream Foundation’s mission, what the future holds, and about the diverse Dreamers and Dreams that the organization serves,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. “Many are surprised to learn how many Dreamers are under the age of 40 and how seemingly simple yet incredibly prolific their Dreams can be. We hope this fun event continues to expand our Dream Foundation community.”

Attendees included Daryl & John Stegall, Eva Guerrand-Hermès, Mireille Noone, Jelinda DeVorzon, Michelle Ebbin, Belle & Daniel Cohen, Jim Nigro, Belle Cohen, Ursula & Pat Nesbitt, who generously offered their home for the event, Summer Dream emcee and KEYT Channel 3’s Meteorologist, Alan Rose, second and third annual Summer Dream Committee Chair Arlene Montesano, Dream Foundation board members Justine Roddick, Luke Ebbin and Board Chair Kenny Slaught.

Dream Foundation believes that everyone deserves to have their final days filled with inspiration, comfort and closure. Receiving no state or federal funding, the organization and its Dreamers rely solely on private donations. One hundred percent of the proceeds of Summer Dream will be allocated to fulfill the Dreams of terminally-ill young adults, 18-40 years old.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 27,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state of federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.

New Global Initiative Empowers Girls, Raises Funds for Education

Public to vote in digital storytelling contest that addresses gender disparity in education

Press Release – SEATTLE (June 2, 2017) – Digital media has the power to unite people from diverse backgrounds, empower those who create, and even raise funds for people in need. Global charity GreaterGood.org is harnessing that power to fuel its new Girls’ Voices for Change contest in an effort to help build confidence in young girls, while raising funds to support their education.

The Girls’ Voices for Change contest is an initiative in which 100 girls with barriers to their education from eight countries, including Bonaire, Haiti, India, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States, were invited to create digital media—both video and photography—demonstrating personal triumphs, solutions to gender disparity, and vision for a more empowered education for girls.

“GreaterGood.org has a deep commitment to supporting girls’ education, and we are excited to be creating more opportunities for learning and creative expression, while giving donors a greater view into the lives of the girls they are supporting,” says Liz Baker, Executive Director of GreaterGood.org.

From June 7 – 21, 2017, the public will vote for their favorite photo submission and video submission through the Girls’ Voices for Change Facebook application. Voting will take place at GirlsVoicesForChange.org, and users must have a Facebook account to participate. The winner in each category will be awarded a $500 educational scholarship. The videos will also be reviewed by an independent panel of judges who will select one “Big Idea Prize” winner—the participant who created a piece that best demonstrated a local solution to gender disparity in education—who will be awarded $1,000 for a community project. In this contest, however, every participant can win. Through Girls’ Voices’ partnership with GreaterGood.com, each vote cast will help fund girls’ education—GreaterGood will fund a day of schooling for a girl for every 300 votes the contest receives.

“In addition to receiving a quality education, it is important that girls have the opportunity to express their point of view about the issues that affect them most. Some, like the girls from Syria, are from conflict areas where they have been out of school for nearly four years,” explains Patricia Cogley, Girls’ Voices Program Director. “This program helps them express their goals for their education, while gaining the financial support to enable them to continue to go to school.”

The Girls’ Voices for Change contest is an expansion of the Girls’ Voices pilot program, which launched in 2016. The signature program from GreaterGood.org included 35 girls from Guatemala, Haiti and Uganda, who created compelling digital media through the program and raised money for their education.

“This is more than just creating a video so the girls can earn money for their schooling,” says Maureen Plaisimond, Girls’ Voices facilitator in Haiti. “There is a lot of progress and personal growth that comes from creating the projects that will help the girls continue to stay in school.”

Currently, more than 62 million girls are not in school, and 32 million secondary-aged girls are missing out on their education. This is the direct result of cultural, social, and economic barriers that stand in the way of girls who want to learn. Supporting adolescent girls’ education in particular can have significant effects in transforming not only one girl’s life, but her community’s as well. The Girls’ Voices program hopes to serve as a catalyst for change on this social issue.

In addition to voting through GreaterGood.org’s Facebook page, the public can help Girls’ Voices participants by viewing their contest entries and donating directly to each girls’ education fund at GirlsVoicesForChange.org.

About GreaterGood.org

GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. It accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs staffed by experts in their respected fields, furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.

Over the last 10 years, GreaterGood.org has worked with more than 3,000 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several Signature Programs including Rescue Rebuild, Rescue Bank, Girl’s Voices and GROW. You can learn more about GreaterGood.org on our website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Award-Winning 5th Annual Tour De Pier Stationary Cycling Fundraiser Sets A New Record By Raising $1.2 Million For Cancer Research

Sports Royalty and NBA Greats Luke Walton and Steve Nash plus Pac-12 Conference Football Coaches Jim Mora (UCLA) and Clay Helton (USC) were Among the VIPs Riding in Place for Cancer Research at the Beachside Charity Event

Credit: Steve Gaffney Photography

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, Calif., – On Sunday, May 21, Los Angeles Lakers alumni, Southern California rival college football coaches and other sports notables joined forces to raise money for three cancer charities at the award-winning 5th Annual Tour de Pier stationary cycling fundraiser held at the Manhattan Beach Pier, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks.

United with sports celebrities, the Los Angeles-metropolitan community came out in overwhelming support for the Tour de Pier. With nearly 10,000 in attendance, the prestigious spring outdoor philanthropic event set new fundraising records by surpassing its goal of raising more than $1.28 million for the benefiting charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Uncle Kory Foundation and the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. This year’s fundraising efforts exceeded last year’s unprecedented $1.1 million mark bringing the accumulated total amount raised to more than $4 million since its inception in 2013.

“Each year, the Tour de Pier grows with exponential support by the community as well as corporate sponsors,” said Lisa Manheim, Co-founder of the Tour de Pier and Executive Director for the Hirshberg Foundation. “It’s inspiring to see that so many people are suiting up to fight for a cancer cure. If this much enthusiasm and determination continues, we are well on our way to finding a cure by funding necessary research as well as developing the latest treatments.”

To help make the fitness fundraiser a huge success, the Tour de Pier invited a few sports and entertainment celebrities to stop by to pedal for a worthy cause: Los Angeles Lakers alums Luke Walton (Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers) and Steve Nash (2x NBA MVP/former Los Angeles Laker); rival college football coaches Clay Helton (Head Coach of USC Football) and Jim Mora (Head Coach of UCLA Football); Deb Carson (Fox Sports News Radio anchor); Chris McGee (Sports Broadcaster, Time Warner Sportsnet); Rob Stone (Host, Fox Sports 1); Tony Cruz (Olympic Cyclist); Adam Krikorian (2x Gold Medal USA Women’s Water Polo Coach); Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul (Olympic Gold Medalists, Water Polo) and Dr. Kristi Funk (television personality).

“Having sports royalty at the Tour de Pier certainly heightened awareness of the need for more intense cancer research,” said Heath Gregory, Co-founder of the Tour de Pier and Founder of the Uncle Kory Foundation. “We are honored to have had their presence and support in helping make the Tour de Pier a rising success.”

Nearly 1500 cyclists rode on 350 stationary bikes not only to raise money for cancer research, but to remember those who had lost their battle to cancer as well as to support patients and their loved-ones who had been affected by this disease. The family-fun, charity event hosted a free Health & Fitness Expo, a Cardio Kids Fun Zone with games and activities in addition to live entertainment including the UCLA Spirit Squad, the LA Galaxy Star Squad, the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and a spectacular choreographed eight-plane flyover by Tiger Squadron. For the first time, the Tour de Pier raffled off a brand new Ford car valued up to $50,000.

The Tour de Pier debuted in May 2013 and was co-founded by Jon Hirshberg, Heath Gregory and Lisa Manheim. Together, they produce the award-winning charitable fundraiser which continues to thrive each year attracting more participation from the community and corporate sponsors as well as raising more money for cancer research.

In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour De Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against many other cities throughout California, Tour de Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit www.TourdePier.com.

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