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GoFundMe Campaign Needs Help Bringing Electricity to a School

Light for Kinama School initiative has been launched by Sylvere Mwizerwa to bring solar power to Kinama School situated in Rwanda. They are raising money on GoFundMe. Recently I caught up with him to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

The social benefit that I hope to achieve is that at the end the school have powered to the electric grid because  The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

I really want to to raise 6000$ which will be enough to lighten the entire school. After a research made, 6000 $ will be enough. I have raised 1050@ so far.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I am trying to help students and teachers to get light so that student perform really well in classes.The lack of electricity means that students cannot stay at school after dark to complete their studies, hindering their performance in national exams, and, consequently, their chances for university admissions, employment, and the economic development of their community. It also means that teachers cannot charge their phones or the school’s 3 laptops or printer, making it more difficult for them to access and disseminate resources for learning.

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Food Day and Amp Your Good Announce the REAL Food Drive Campaign

Designed to raise healthier food to help those facing hunger

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Food Day and Amp Your Good have teamed up to disrupt how food drives work – with the goal of having them raise healthier food. There are millions of traditional food drives each year supported by tens of millions of people. These drives support more than 90,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in the United States and the 50 million food insecure people they help – mostly with non-perishable food.

Why? Because as a practical matter, the first place donated food goes to is a collection box. Perishable, healthy food donations would spoil before they made it from the box to a pantry or soup kitchen.

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding. It enables people to donate perishable food – fruits and vegetables, whole meals and other healthy food items – instead of non-perishable food items. Drives can even raise specific food items such as organic food and locally grown produce.

It provides a means of getting healthier food to food insecure people who typically lack access to healthy food and correspondingly have high rates of diet related conditions and diseases – obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Feeding America cites that “buying cheap, unhealthy food” as the #1 coping mechanism for people struggling with hunger.

The campaign will run this fall as a Food Day 2015 project from September 15, 2015 to November 25, 2015 with Food Day (October 24) right in the middle. Dozens of organizations have already signed onto the campaign, including Curbing Hunger, the National Association of Health and Fitness, The National Association of Nutrition Professionals, Change Food and Food Tank. Organizations can visit www.RealFoodDrive.org to find out more about the campaign.

“We advocate for everyone to eat more Real Food. Asking people to donate Real Food to help those facing hunger is a natural for us and Amp Your Good’s Crowd-Feeding platform makes that possible,” according to Lilia Smelkova, campaign manager of Food Day. “We couldn’t be more excited about this first of its kind campaign.”

The campaign includes the first ever organic only food drives as well as food drives designed to raise fruits and vegetables and reduce food waste at the same time.

“Our mission is simple,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Amp Your Good. “We want toturn the billions of canned goods donated to traditional food drives each year into REAL food – apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, whole meals and other healthy food.”

About Amp Your Good

Amp Your Good’s technology replaces the traditional food drive physical collection model with an online giving model called Crowd-Feeding.. Similar to crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, organizations use Amp’s platform to host their online food drive campaign. When people participate, rather than donate money (as they would on a crowd-funding site), they purchase food at Amp’s site to donate to the drive they want to support. When the drive is over, Amp delivers all of the food directly to the organization the drive is supporting. There’s no collection boxes and no worries about food spoiling. Due to this, organizations can raise perishable, healthier food instead of canned goods. Visit AmpYourGood.com

About Food Day

Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Food Day, created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies.

Introducing the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge

Revlon to Ignite Donations for Women’s Health Initiatives through Fundraising Competition

July 30, 2015 (New York, NY) – Revlon announced today the second phase of its new philanthropic platform designed to have a greater impact on women’s health initiatives with the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge. The Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge is inviting charities dedicated to three leading health issues facing women today — women’s cancers, heart disease, and diabetes — to participate in an online fundraising challenge. The charity that raises the most donations for their cause over the course of six weeks will win an additional $1 million donation from Revlon. While the challenge will kick-off on September 21, 2015, the application for charity entrants goes live today.

To host this fund-raising challenge, Revlon is partnering with CrowdRise, the leading site for charitable crowdfunding. The Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge is the biggest challenge award in CrowdRise’s history.

“It is Revlon’s mission to inspire positivity and love. With this challenge, we want to encourage the public to show their love for these critical women’s health initiatives that have a direct impact on women’s lives,” said Lorenzo Delpani, CEO of Revlon. “We hope this challenge will not only ignite the passion that the public has for their favorite causes, but empower a diverse group of non-profits that are making a real difference in women’s lives,” added Delpani.

“We are excited to enter this innovative, new realm of fundraising,” said Victoria Ashley, Head of Global Public Relations for Revlon. “CrowdRise’s reputation for being the leader in this modern philanthropic space made them the perfect choice to help us expand our charitable reach.”

Eligibility

Starting today through October 5, charities dedicated to the selected causes can complete an online application at https://www.crowdrise.com/revlonchallenge for a chance to compete. The participating charities will be announced on a rolling basis.

In order to participate in the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge, charitable organizations must have non-profit 501(c)(3) status with a mission to better women’s lives and fall into one of the three select women’s health initiative pillars identified by Revlon: Women’s Cancers, Heart Disease and Diabetes. As part of the application, organizations must include a statement on how they will spread LOVE for their cause.

Competition

When the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge kicks off on September 21, participating charities will begin tapping their supporter networks to ignite donations, and help them continuously fundraise throughout the six weeks. Passionate consumers can show their love for their favorite cause in a few ways: directly donating to their chosen charity through the Revlon challenge homepage, setting up a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise and linking to their beloved charity, and encouraging others to join their crusade by sharing on their social media channels.

The Prize

In addition to the $1 million grand prize, Revlon will be making a $250,000 donation to the runner-up. There will also be additional prizes distributed throughout the challenge to add to the excitement of the competition. The winner of the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge will be announced later this year.

For more information about the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge, visit: www.crowdrise.com/revlonchallenge, www.revlon.com/milliondollarchallenge, and follow Revlon’s social channels (@Revlon).

About Revlon:

Revlon is a global cosmetics, hair color, hair care and hair treatments, beauty tools, men’s grooming products, anti-perspirant deodorants, fragrances, skincare, and other beauty care products company, which operates in three segments, the consumer division (“Consumer”), the professional division (“Professional”) and Other. CEO Lorenzo Delpani’s vision is to establish Revlon as the quintessential and most innovative beauty company in the world by offering products that make consumers feel attractive and beautiful. Revlon believes that its global brand name recognition, product quality, R&D, innovation and marketing experience have enabled it to create leading global consumer and professional brands. Revlon’s Consumer segment global brand portfolio includes Revlon® color cosmetics, Almay® color cosmetics, SinfulColors® color cosmetics, Pure Ice® color cosmetics, Revlon ColorSilk® hair color, Revlon® Beauty Tools, Charlie® fragrances, and Mitchum® anti-perspirant deodorants. Revlon’s Professional segment global brand portfolio includes: Revlon Professional®, CND®, including CND’s Shellac® brand 14+ day nail color and Vinylux® weekly nail polish, and American Crew® men’s grooming products. Websites featuring current product and promotional information can be reached at www.revlon.com, www.almay.com, www.mitchum.com, www.revlonprofessional.com, www.americancrew.com and www.cnd.com.

About CrowdRise:

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date.

RE-volv Leverages Crowdfunding To Light The US With Solar

Andreas Karela is on to something. And people are lining up to support his work.

Andreas explains, “RE-volv connects community-serving organizations seeking ways to finance solar projects with community members looking for ways to take action on climate change and support clean energy in their community.”

“While 91% of Americans support solar development, solar produces less than 1% of the country’s electricity. RE-volv’s main goal is to involve as many people as possible in building a clean energy future, empowering people to solve the climate crisis by taking collective action locally,” he adds.

Andreas reports, “RE-volv’s three solar projects to date have been crowdfunded by nearly 1,000 donors from 38 states and 22 countries. This shows that people everywhere are eager to support a revolving fund for community-based solar energy.”
“After winning the OpenIDEO Renewable Energy Challenge, RE-volv received a $50,000 grant from the 11th Hour Project of the Schmidt Family Foundation which will be used exclusively to fund solar projects. The funding will be used to match RE-volv’s crowdfunding efforts dollar for dollar, allowing RE-volv supporters to double their impact,” he continued.

“When RE-volv has financed 200 solar energy projects, the lease payments from those projects will build a new solar project every month without needed to raise another dollar,” he conlcuded.

On Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern, Andreas will join me for a live discussion about his efforts to increase solar using crowdfunding. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about RE-volv:

Twitter: @RE-volv

RE-volv is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy. Through crowdfunding, RE-volv lets individuals who support clean energy chip in a few dollars to help create solar powered communities around the United States.RE-volv provides solar financing to community-based nonprofits and cooperatives around the country without access to traditional solar finance. These organizations save money on their electric costs while paying RE-volv back through a 20-year lease with interest. The lease payments are reinvested in a revolving fund, the Solar Seed Fund, which continually finances community-based solar projects. Over time, each dollar donated to an individual solar project will help finance two or more solar projects in other communities. We want to see people-funded renewable energy in every community across the country. That’s why we started this pay-it-forward model for solar energy: so every donation can go further, build more solar, and strengthen more communities around the United States.

Andreas Karelas

Andreas Karelas

Andreas’s bio:

Andreas Karelas is the founder and Executive Directer of RE-volv, a nonprofit organization that finances solar projects for community centers with a revolving fund raised through crowdfunding. Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofit experience. Andreas incorporated RE-volv as a nonprofit organization in February 2011. Prior to founding RE-volv Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance.

Girls Overcome Poverty to Send Poor Girls to High School

Create Change Foundation is working to educate girls in Ghana coming from extreme poverty. Now, these educated girls want to send more girls to high school in Ghana. In order to make it happen, they are raising money on Indiegogo. Recently, we connected with Shannen O’brian to learn about the effort; here’s what she told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

This campaign, is groundbreaking as we are girls who have come from extreme poverty, overcome the odds and are now using crowdfunding to give other girls in Northern Ghana the chance to attend senior high school.  We are recent high school graduates ourselves, and were able to graduate because we were sponsored through Create Change Foundation by people just like you.  Now it’s our turn to do what we can to help the younger girls have the same chance we’ve received.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We are hoping to raise 45,000 and we just launched today! We hope to support as many girls to school as possible, so any additional contributions will go towards sending additional girls to school.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

We know the difference that attending high school has made in our lives, and we want to extend this opportunity to as many young  girls as we can.  We know all too well the alternative, to get married, have children at a young age, and to continue the cycle of poverty.  We will have hundreds of girls and their mothers lining up outside our office by the end of August, and we want to be able to help as many girls as we can to continue their education.

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Philanthropist, Master Channeler And Medium Maureen Allan Launches Angels Among Us Foundation

Foundation Focuses on Devastation and Extreme Poverty in Third World Countries;

Kick-off Fundraiser is on Thursday, August 13, 2015 to Benefit Children of India

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(Laguna Beach, CA) – Maureen Allan, a Laguna Beach-based philanthropist, spiritual teacher, master channeler and medium, announces the launch of Angels Among Us Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and date for the organization’s first fundraiser on August 13, 2015 in Laguna Beach. Allan helps individuals find peace and closure by connecting them with loved ones who have passed on, as well as providing personal guidance by channeling insightful messages from their spirit-guides and guardian angels.

Allan was inspired to create Angels Among Us Foundation from pure divine intervention from her spirit-guide Ascended Master Kuan Yin. “I was being shown countless visions by my spirit guide Kuan Yin of the atrocious living conditions that the children in these areas are suffering in,” explains Allan. “I could feel the physical pain of their illnesses and the emotional pain of their suffering and hopelessness. Kuan Yin pleaded with me to help, and I gladly agreed to do what I could do to help them; and, as she also wished, to inspire others to help.”

Kuan Yin has given her two locations that are in dire need of her help: Bihar, India and Darfur, Africa. The charity’s first fundraiser will be for the children of Bihar, India where the conditions are some of the worst in the world. It will take place at the Laguna Beach home of Kim and Ari Novick, and a donation of $150 will go directly to the crowd-funding campaign Allan set up on CrowdRise. Included in the event will be a group channeling session and reading by Maureen where guests will receive messages from loved ones who have passed on. The event is open to the public, and to get tickets, please contact AngelsAmongUsFoundation@aol.com or call 949-715-6788. Seating is very limited.

“I am extremely happy to be of service through Angels Among Us Foundation, and look forward to the gift of relief that this charity can bring to those who truly need it,” remarks Allan.

About Maureen Allan

Maureen has been working professionally for more than eleven years and is available for readings remotely via telephone, Skype, and in person for groups and events and classes. She has helped thousands of people internationally through readings, classes, workshops, healings, spiritual events, ghost clearings, radio broadcasts, and missing person and other investigative work. As a master level channeler, Maureen’s highly-tuned abilities allow her to help you connect with your loved ones passed on, by delivering their loving and healing messages. She is also able to communicate insightful guidance from your spirit guides and guardian angels to help you with your choices along your path. For more information on Maureen, please go to www.maureenallan.com; and for her charity, go to www.angelsamongusfoundation.com.

About Angels Among Us Foundation

Angels Among Us Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to helping those suffering with extreme and heart-breaking hardships, such as poverty, starvation and dis-heartening abuses. One of the charity’s primary goals is to bring relief to those suffering in dire living conditions in third world countries, with a special focus on the abandoned, abused and starving children. Angels Among Us Foundation hopes to bring awareness of this sad, atrocious reality to those here in the United States; and, to raise funds that can improve the well-being, health and quality of life for those who have been devastated due to the on going wars and violence that threaten them on a regular basis in our under-privileged third world communities.

23-Year-Old Student Denied Coverage For His Cancer Treatment Will Receive First Treatment Thanks To Funds Raised By His Community On Crowdrise But There Is Still A Ways To Go.

Manny Alvarez, 23, was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma. A cancer that, according to his doctors, is more rare than being struck by lightening. There is hope, however, for young Manny. In Manny’s treatment, a large tumor was removed in his knee. His doctors then analyzed his tumor and discovered a new combination of drugs that knocked out the cancer cells. The only hitch, is that his insurance company, Florida Blue, denied coverage for the treatment which costs over $266,000 for only the first two cycles.

In light of this news, Manny’s community took to CrowdRise to help him raise the funds necessary to cover this treatment. In just a short amount of time they have raised over $130,000 and are nearly 40% at their goal. As a result, Manny is able to start his first round of treatment. His family released the following statement:

In response to the incredible outpour of support we have received from our community, family and friends, Manny can start his first treatment. Because Manny’s treatment will likely require more than two cycles, our efforts to raise funds will continue. We are in awe of the generosity that has been bestowed on us in the last couple days. Thank you so much for the continued prayers and support.

In spite of everything, Manny remains positive, telling NBC Miami overcome it, I’m still running.

For more information or to donate to his care, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/mannyalvarezfromheartbreaktohope

New Platform for Community Projects Launches

Liz Deering has created 121Giving as a platform to do crowdfunding for community projects. The first four projects are already being funded. Recently, we connected with her to learn about the effort; here’s what she told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

While crowdfunding platforms are certainly not new, the way in which 121Giving has developed the technology – first as an ecommerce marketplace where cause-minded brands and nonprofits can do business together, then building out a charity site where nonprofits can publish their fundraising campaigns and show donors what their support will do to help their cause, and show donors exactly where their donation dollars are going – it’s the very first time this approach to fundraising and connecting companies, causes, and consumers has been done by any company on one platform!

The startup is hoping to help the city’s nonprofits raise over $250,000 in donations over the next 30 days through social media, word of mouth, and local media support. Right now, there are four crowdfunding campaigns that Austin citizens can donate to help Austin nonprofits urgently needing medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; furniture; food and hygiene products; home goods, and non-perishable goods to help cancer patients, AID/HIV patients, homeless families, and low-income individuals that could use a helping hand to get their lives back on track.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

The startup is hoping to help the city’s nonprofits raise over $250,000 in donations over the next 30 days through social media, word of mouth, and local media support. Right now, there are four crowdfunding campaigns that Austin citizens can donate to help Austin nonprofits urgently needing medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; furniture; food and hygiene products; home goods, and non-perishable goods to help cancer patients, AID/HIV patients, homeless families, and low-income individuals that could use a helping hand to get their lives back on track.

These include:

  • Front Steps: they help the city’s homeless find safe, affordable and long-term housing, and are hoping to raise $215,000 to provide 250 move-in kits for people relocating off the streets to transitional or permanent housing
  • Color Cancer: they serve cancer patients in Austin/Central Texas and are hoping to raise enough money to provide 50 cases of high-protein nutritional Ensure for cancer sufferers
  • Project Transitions: they serve people infected with HIV/AIDS and are hoping to raise $2,300 for medical, cleaning and comfort supplies to help 30-plus individuals cared for yearly at Doug’s House, the only Central Texas hospice facility for those with HIV/AIDS.
  • Rebuilding Together Austin: they are dedicated to finding and rebuilding safe, healthy homes for low-income residents in Austin and hope to raise $3,200 to help 30 families with home repair tools and volunteer supplies.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

121Giving is already hosting four crowdfunding campaigns that support Central Texas nonprofits. Ongoing and future campaigns will cover a range of products that nonprofits urgently need, including office, medical, cleaning and educational supplies; clothing; computers; furniture; food and hygiene products; electronics; home goods, non-perishable goods and more.

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“A” Student Needs Help To Attend University Camp

Lucas Mckenzie wants to attend a career exploration program this summer in hopes of helping him to prepare to become a doctor. In order to make this happen, he, with help from his mother, is raising money here. Recently, we connected with his mother Darlene Guemsey, to learn about the effort; here’s what she told us.

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I’m helping my son raise the tuition for a quality summer college experience. Here’s his pitch:

I am a junior at Cypress falls High School and have been nominated to represent my school and community with Envision experience, with 10 different medical universities to choose from.

By attending the tour, I will join other motivated students from around the country for an experiential leadership/career exploration program.

As you can imagine, this will be a powerful experience, enabling me to interact with respected professionals in various fields of medicine, while building relationships with students who will be my future colleagues.

Attending this program will enable me to further my interest in the field of medicine and reach my career goals.

I maintain a 3.75 GPA, am involved in ROTC and 4C activities and was recently awarded for exemplary academic participation!

Imagine if you had been given this opportunity for a life-changing experience when you were in school and were unable to participate for lack of funds. That is why I am writing to you today.

My participation in the program depends on whether I can raise $3700 in sponsorships. The program down payment is $450 and the rest is due in 15 days after that. I am investing every dollar I can of my own money to make sure I don’t miss out on this unique experience and am also taking on extra jobs to raise the funds I need. In addition, through my family, friends and neighbors, I am hopeful about reaching this goal! My down payment must be paid no later than May 15th, and fund raising will end on May 1st.

Your support for my sponsorship request would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! God Bless.

Sincerely,
Lucas Mckenzie

To donate go here,
https://enroll.envisionexperience.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x89662d445

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

The full tuition is 3700.00
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The 3700.00 goes a dorm for 9 days, 2 meals a day, transportation around town, 5 days of hands -on experience in a real hospital and a tour of Hofstra University. The tuition does NOT cover round trip airfare, spending money or breakfast.

Envision Overview from Envision Experience on Vimeo.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I’m helping my son to raise funds,so that he may attend a 9 day tour of his choice of 10 medical universities!

My son is a very bright, well mannered, and respecting young man! He has never been in trouble and loves school. I’ve been raising him without his father’s support for 3 years now! I cannot come up with what he needs on my own, so Im hoping the quote ” It takes a village to raise a child” will come into play here!

This is a wonderful opportunity for him. The students will also have the privilege to take in the attractions in several of the cities they visit! They will also get 2 college credits if they participate!

I could go on and on about my son but then it would be a book!

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Air Bud Entertainment and Starlight Children’s Foundation Team Up for the 2015 Play in May Campaign

Kevin Zegers, Mckenna Grace and Air Bud star in new Play in May video at PlayinMay.org

LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2015) — Starlight Children’s Foundation, a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world, and Air Bud Entertainment are teaming up for the charity’s 2015 Play in May® campaign. The second annual initiative will raise awareness for the healing power of play and funds for Starlight’s innovative programs that improve the comfort and care of pediatric patients and their families.

The partnership with Air Bud Entertainment includes Air Bud’s starring role in a new Play in May recruitment video, which also stars original “Air Bud” lead actor Kevin Zegers (“Transamerica,” “Gossip Girl”) and eight-year-old actress McKenna Grace (“Russell Madness,” “The Young and the Restless”). Social media activations and other promotions are planned to inspire and motivate players and donors to support the needs of local communities through Starlight.

Individuals and teams can join the campaign by registering online at PlayinMay.org. Participants are invited to play a game – any game – from May 1 to May 15 for just 15 minutes a day for 15 days. Players can invite their colleagues, friends and families to sponsor them with a charitable donation to Starlight. The funds raised will help Starlight support kids and families from hospital to home through its array of family-centered programs.

“We are thrilled that Air Bud, and his amazing team at Air Bud Entertainment, are partnering with Starlight for our second annual Play in May campaign,” says Jacquie Hart, Starlight Global CEO. “Air Bud and Starlight are perfectly aligned as beloved family brands that bring smiles to kids’ faces and joy to the whole family. We invite everyone to join us online at PlayinMay.org to share the healing power of play with kids and families in their community.”

“All of us at Air Bud Entertainment, including Air Bud himself, are proud to partner and support the important work in raising awareness for the healing power of play with the Play in May campaign with Starlight Children’s Foundation,” says Anna McRoberts, President, Air Bud Entertainment.

The second annual Play in May campaign has attracted the support of sponsors Colgate-Palmolive, Michaels Stores, Insomniac Games and Audrey’s Cookies, as well as the support of Major League Baseball and media partners Spotify and Kabillion.

Donations from the Play in May campaign will help fund Starlight programs including the Starbright World online community for teens and their siblings affected by chronic or serious illness, and the Starlight Wish List platform that offers donors the opportunity to fulfill unmet needs directly requested by their local pediatric facilities. Together, Starlight’s network of children’s hospitals, specialty clinics and camps, respite houses and pediatric hospices serve more than 26 million children in communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Visit PlayinMay.org to learn more and sign up today.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation

Founded in 1982, Starlight Children’s Foundation is a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit www.starlight.org, or follow us on Facebook.com at StarlightChildrensFoundation and on Twitter @StarlightOnline.

About Air Bud Entertainment

Air Bud Entertainment (ABE) is the company behind the brand most well-known for the beloved “Air Bud” and “Buddies” franchise. For nearly 20 years, “Air Bud” and “Buddies” has become the four-paw icon of this generation and part of the social fabric for children, parents and grandparents. ABE’S exciting new productions will be available across numerous multi-media and digital platforms.

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