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Fareportal Wraps-Up Holiday Season with Successful Giving Campaign

Online Travel Agency brings holiday cheer to charitable organizations at home and abroad

Press Release – NEW YORK, January 5, 2017: Beginning on Giving Tuesday, CheapOair, a leading flights-focused concierge travel service and Fareportal brand, kicked off its holiday campaign with a video documenting a recent trip to Nepal to bring solar-powered lights to children with limited access to electricity.

CheapOair provided funding for transportation, logistical support, and manpower to deliver over 1,000 Luci® lights provided by MPOWERD, Inc. for the grand opening of Kids of Kathmandu’s first of 50 re-built schools. The video was posted on Facebook on Giving Tuesday and to date has received 668,000 views, 900 shares, and 14,000 likes.

To accompany the video, the brand encouraged followers on social media to nominate friends and family who regularly go above and beyond to give back to the community. Each day from the beginning of the campaign through December 24th, CheapOair rewarded a deserving nominee with a $50 CheapOair gift card.

In the second phase of the campaign, CheapOair launched another video following the Manhattan Girls Chorus on a day of caroling at retirement homes throughout New York City. To reward the chorus’ efforts to spread the holiday spirit, CheapOair donated $2,000 to help the chorus continue its mission of focusing on musical excellence and the development of confident young women. The video was posted on Facebook on December 21st and has received 168,000 views, 1,000 shares, and 3,000 likes to date.

Fareportal has a longstanding commitment to helping the local community, especially during the holidays. The company continued this tradition through various initiatives with local charities including longtime partner, Covenant House. This year, Fareportal employees surprised members of the Mother & Child Program at Covenant House with toys for each of the children. In the spirit of giving, the company also donated $5,000 to help provide every young adult in Covenant House’s New York City program with a gift card for the holidays.

Additionally, Fareportal has encouraged employees to do some giving back of their own by organizing a Coat Drive for New York Cares and also by donating linens and hygiene items to the Bowery Mission.

About Fareportal

Fareportal is a high-tech, high-touch travel company that powers a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact center, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships; providing access to over 450 airlines, 150,000 hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies that serve millions of customers every year. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands, including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yield international travel and add-on ancillaries.

Lighting up the Darkness in Syria: iguacu’s Rigorous Research, Analysis and On- the-Ground Expert Network Empower People to Give Effectively

Go to WeAreiguacu.com/TakeAction/Syria to Make a Genuine Impact

A grave humanitarian challenge: The current humanitarian situation in Syria is one of the gravest in world. Since civil war broke out in 2011, more than six million people have been internally displaced, nearly two million children are out of school, and two million people are in urgent need of food. In total, more than thirteen million people are in need of aid.

In the face of such devastation, how can those of us who are aching to help out take action and ensure our dollars are reaching those with the greatest need? How can we choose a charity that is able to use our donations impactfully?

The power to give effectively: Enter iguacu (weareiguacu.com), a unique, groundbreaking nonprofit organization that is empowering the public to give effectively to alleviate human suffering. Analyzing research and intelligence from an expert worldwide network, iguacu’s team identifies charities that are making a genuine impact in regions of the globe that are in crisis, from Syria to South Sudan, and beyond.

What makes iguacu different is the depth and scope of its investigations. iguacu’s expert network comes from academia, international/national/local aid and humanitarian relief organizations, development agencies, economic and/or political institutes, think tanks, governmental bodies, charities, private sector and community associations.

Though often based in difficult, inaccessible regions, working in challenging conditions, these experts take the time to speak with iguacu. iguacu’s careful research and analysis of their input enables them to guide donors with confidence.

How to donate to Syria with impact: iguacu recommends donations to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which has the widest reach in Syria and has been helping to address people’s humanitarian needs including food, health and more. Go to WeAreiguacu.com/TakeAction/Syria to learn more and then make an immediate gift.

Environics Communications Announces Washington, D.C., #GivingTuesday Winners of $20,000 Communications Grant

Press Release – WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Environics Communications in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce the two beneficiaries of its #GivingTuesday initiative, which donates $20,000 of pro-bono communications work to two Washington-area nonprofits. After reviewing many qualified and worthy submissions, Environics selected the Animal Welfare Institute and the Mathematical Association of America to each receive $10,000 worth of communications work.

Both recipients were selected because of their clearly defined goals and measurable impacts. Environics was inspired by the Animal Welfare Institute’s dedication to alleviating the suffering of animals and the Mathematical Association of America’s work to advance accessibility to education in mathematical sciences at the elementary, secondary and collegiate levels.

“We are delighted to provide both these nonprofits with a dynamic communications campaign, including both digital and traditional tactics, to help them further their missions,” said Mimi Carter, U.S. General Manager of the Toronto-based agency. “Community outreach is part of our agency’s culture and this is an exciting opportunity for us to provide some compelling strategies and tactics to help them reach their goals.”

“Our working partnership with Environics Communications will strengthen our efforts to save the vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, from extinction,” said Amey Owen, Public Relations Coordinator at the Animal Welfare Institute. “The agency’s support will enable us to raise public awareness about the plight of the vaquita. We look forward to collaborating with Environics on this campaign.”

This #GivingTuesday campaign is an extension of Environics’ commitment to giving back to organizations in the D.C. area that are having a measurable impact in the community. In addition to this effort, Environics also supported the Giving Tuesday campaign of local nonprofit Inner City-Inner Child, another of the agency’s pro-bono clients.

To learn more about Environics’ work with nonprofits, click here.

About Environics Communications

Environics Communications, Inc. , is a full-service, integrated public relations and marketing communications agency. Since our founding in 1994, the company has grown to a staff of more than 140 in the U.S. and Canada with clients in the association/nonprofit, consumer markets, corporate/financial, environment, healthcare, and technology. We proactively seek big ideas in order to achieve results with impact.

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot Raises $330K In 2016; Cumulative Donation To Caritas Surpasses $3 Million

Press Release – AUSTIN (December 20, 2016)—Today, the owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented Caritas of Austin, a local nonprofit that supports Austin’s working poor and homeless people, with a check for $330,000, the proceeds raised at the 26th annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day.

This is the second largest donation to Caritas in the Trot’s 26-year history (the largest was $335,000 in 2014.) ThunderCloud donates all of the proceeds from the annual event directly to Caritas. This year’s donation brings the cumulative total raised for Caritas to more than $3.1 million— $3,113,375 to be exact.

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s beloved Thanksgiving tradition, is the largest five-mile run in Texas and also includes a one-mile walk and a Kids’ K that all take place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Nearly 20,000 people participated this year.

“We are honored to receive the continued support of the Austin community for our event and for Caritas of Austin,” says Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs, run director for the Trot, and board member emeritus of Caritas.

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The money raised at the event each year helps Caritas achieve its mission, according to Jo Kathryn Quinn, executive director. The proceeds from this year’s event will fund a variety of programs, and specifically the $330,000 will help Caritas end homelessness for more than 100 families, serve more than 85,000 meals in their community kitchen, or move 20 chronically homeless individuals off the streets and into permanent housing with support services for an entire year. “These are just a few examples of the positive, tangible impact ThunderCloud Subs’ support has on the entire Austin community,” Quinn says.

“Caritas of Austin is incredibly grateful for the continued support of ThunderCloud Subs for the past 26 years. The money raised at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot each year is critical to Caritas’ work helping thousands of individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency,” says Quinn.

“We are proud to be a part of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, and want to not only thank the ThunderCloud Subs staff and volunteers, but also the participants, who continue to make this event a success,” Quinn says.

For more information about the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, go to http://thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/.

The World Is Failing Syria: Help Us Help Them

Press Release – The situation in Syria is now more critical than ever. Since the beginning of the crisis over 300, 000 Syrians have lost their lives. More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside the country and some 4.8 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

Over 500,000 children live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services. And more than 2 million children are out of school.

It’s difficult to not feel helpless when watching images of Syrian children in desperate conditions. It seems like no number of terrified, shocked or hurt children is enough to make it stop.

So this holiday season Shivani Singh, one of the co-founders of PATHFINDER- a Canadian social enterprise, decided to do something about it. She will be visiting and bringing much needed supplies to the children in the refugee camps along the Western Syrian border. The children closest to the struggle are those who are most neglected, and PATHFINDER’s mission is to bring them a bit of holiday cheer.

Presents for these children are necessities like clothing, blankets and other winter basics. Along with these items, Singh will also be bringing the children gift-wrapped treats and holiday goodies.

PATHFINDER is a Canadian social enterprise with a mission to impact global development through innovative solutions to enable local social entrepreneurs, promote academia, and influence policy. This mission is a pro-bono, humanitarian relief effort and anyone who is interested in getting involved can find out more by visiting the campaign or PATHFINDER website.

TAKE THE LEAD Advances Women In All Levels Of Leadership And Launches Its First 24-Hour Online Fundraiser 12/20

New matching funds campaign urges women and those who support parity to pledge to be #PowHerfulTogether

Press Release – (New York, NY)Take The Lead, founded in 2013 by its President Gloria Feldt, an author and activist, and board chair Amy Litzenberger, will launch its first online fundraiser at noon on December 20th. In this 24-hour campaign the organization will bring attention to the most potent act now needed on behalf of women: create a viable and durable pipeline of women trained to lead in for-profit, non-profit and governmental arenas. Leadership expert Nancy O’Reilly and her foundation, WomenConnect4Good, have pledged to match dollar for dollar any contributions up to $300,000.

The numbers tell the story: women represent more than half the U.S. population. Women students outnumber male students in universities. Research shows that more women in leadership lead to higher profits. Women are the primary breadwinners in over 40% of American families and still make 21% less than men. Women occupy almost 50% of the workforce yet fewer than 20% of leadership positions. Women have been stalled at that leadership level across all sectors for almost two decades: Take The Lead has a uniquely effective program to break that logjam.

Take The Lead’s mission is to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It provides actionable tools for women to take to reduce the wage and leadership gap and improve workplace policies such as paid parental leave. Studies show that increasing the number of women in leadership reduces turnover and increases ROI. Take The Lead believes it is time to bring the U.S. more in line with other nations around the world to enjoy the benefits women in leadership bring to organizations and their bottom line—and because it is the right thing to do.

Feldt says: “This mission has never been more important. To achieve leadership parity and ensure positive change, we must mobilize, take risks and embrace the importance of community, of supporting one another, and of speaking up when something is not right. What we are doing is working. It gives women the resources, skills and community support to take the lead in their own lives. ”

In just under two years, Take The Lead has reached over one million worldwide offering trainings, online courses and free resources to increase the skills, knowledge, confidence and abilities among women at diverse stages in their career. Through its Leadership Ambassador trainings the organization creates dynamic workshop leaders who can spread Take The Lead’s curriculum throughout the country. In 2017, Take The Lead will also prioritize one of the most critical elements of women’s success: mentorships. In collaboration with Glassbreakers, Take The Lead aims to sign up one million mentors in a program that will link generations and skills to help women achieve their personal goals.

The 24-hour fund drive’s motto—we are #PowHerfulTogether— calls on all to support this vital work of leadership parity.

For more information on the founders and Take The Lead and its many programs please visit http://www.taketheleadwomen.com/

Himalaya Waste Projects Under Threat Of Closure

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The waste management projects in Bhagsu and Triund mountain camp may soon be shut down due to lack of funds. Here’s how your CSR Funding can help.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with Ketto.org

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with Ketto.org

Project by: Waste Warriors

Funding Required: INR 12 Lacs

Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII

(iv) ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, …conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water;

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Here’s what the Waste Warriors have to say about their project:

Waste Warriors has been working hard to keep the mountains clean since 2012 but the Dharamsala project will soon be stopped unless we raise enough funds to continue working there. Triund has become known as one of the cleanest hiking destinations in the country, despite being visited by approximately 10,000 people each month but sadly, due to lack of support and no financial assistance from the Government and the businesses there, we are now running at a huge deficit with the project and a decision has been made to close it down.

In addition to the Triund project we also provide a waste collection in Bhagsu and the majority of places we collect from have no vehicle access making our work extremely challenging. We host weekly clean’s drives at Bhagsu waterfall and out in the local community, provide dustbins for use by the general public, do awareness raising art projects, educational children’s events etc.

We have collected and processed over 980 tonnes of waste from Bhagsunag and Triund since August 2012 and if we cease to work in these areas, the results will be catastrophic!

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Urgent Appeal

Please donate so that we can keep our projects going and continue to take care of the mountains. Everyone agrees that the work we are doing is essential but we cannot continue without funding. Please share this page with your friends, family and contacts so they too can support our cause.

About the NGO

Our Founder Jodie Underhill started the Triund project in 2009. She was so dismayed to see the garbage strewn around the mountain camp and down the mountainside, that she immediately started clean-up drives, a weekly waste collection service and set up a recycling station at Galu, the popular trekking crossroads. Waste Warriors was registered in 2012 and has been doing awesome work there ever since.

Waste Warriors is a not for profit organization and a registered society committed to tackling India’s garbage problem. We do this through a combination of direct action, liaison and awareness raising, with an emphasis on civic pride and education. We have projects in Dharamsala, Dehradun and around the Corbett Tiger Reserve. We employ around 60 members of staff, the majority of those are Waste Workers from some of the poorest sectors of society. Our work has been praised across the country but fundraising remains our largest challenge.

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The Current Situation

The project is managed by Project Assistants Vivek and Sanam, who recruit volunteers to help them clean the trail and segregate the waste from all of the chai shops and guest houses en-route to and at the mountain camp itself. The segregated, bagged up waste is then bought down to Bhagsunag by the mules that take the supplies up the mountain. Last year we spent nearly a lakh on mules alone to bring all of the waste down. Recyclable waste is then further segregated and sent for recycling and the non-recyclable waste goes to the official dumping ground in Lower Dharamsala.

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Our Other Projects in Dharamsala

In addition to the Triund project, we also run a number of other projects in the Bhagsunag area. These projects are also at risk of closure as we do not have the funding to sustain them.

Door-to-Door Waste Collection

We run a door-to-door waste collection for businesses and households in Lower and Upper Bhagsunag and collect from over 200 places during the busy tourist season. Given that many of these places are inaccessible by road, our Green Workers have to carry waste for up to 2km’s. The terrain is steep meaning our workers have to be in prime physical shape to do their jobs. Providing a waste collection service has massively reduced the amount of burning and dumping in the forest and nullahs (streams). We receive monthly donations from the households and businesses but not enough to cover the costs of providing the service.

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Maintaining the Cleanliness of Bhagsunag

This once sleepy village is now a mass of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. During the main tourist season, Bhagsunag sees an average of 5000 tourists per day! The Municipality only employs 2 people to clean there, the same amount that they had 7 years ago despite the increase in tourism and population. Our workers maintain the cleanliness of the main square and taxi area, the main shopping hill and the two children’s playgrounds.

Dustbins

We are huge advocates of the importance of dustbins – we have installed dustbins all over Bhagsunag, and we empty them on a regular basis. We also empty dustbins that have been installed by the Vyipar Mandal, so in total we manage 42 dustbins. Dustbins are essential if cleanliness is to be achieved and people definitely use them if they are available.

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Bhagsu Waterfall

Every Thursday we host a clean-up at tourist hotspot, Bhagsu Waterfall. Not only is this place visited by thousands of tourists it is also used as a place for swimming and washing clothes by the locals. In addition to cleaning around the waterfall we also clean the trail that leads there from Bhagsu. We provide a waste collection service to the businesses in this area and have installed signage and dustbins there in order to mitigate littering.

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Community Clean-Up Drives

We conduct regular community clean-ups in our local area, including the surrounding forests and hiking trails. We choose an area to clean, recruit volunteers to help us, many of them are tourists passing through and others are from various organizations. We work hard to involve community members but it’s not easy due to the social stigma attached to waste. We ensure that waste is collected segregated so that we can recycle as much as possible.

Educational Programmes

We truly understand the importance of educating the next generation about waste management so we run educational children’s events and conduct activities with schools. Local school children get involved in our clean-up drives and awareness raising activities too.

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Please Support Us!

For all of you that can appreciate the beauty of the mountains, want a clean India or have seen first hand how important our work is please donate. Share this appeal on your social media, speak with family and friends and help us to raise enough funds to cover our basic expenses for the Dharamsala project for the year ahead. Thanks in advance for all your help.

Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this video.

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If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at nidhi@csrlive.in with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Re-published here as part of Your Mark On The World’s collaboration with CSRlive.in

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Launching of The Second Round of The Merry Christmas Campaign For The Homeless: A Wave of Solidarity Throughout The United States

The search engine Lilo is launching its Merry Christmas campaign for the homeless for the second year in a row. The goal: to offer gifts and deliver words of solidarity to homeless people throughout the United States. And it will be free for Internet users!

What if you could write a little note to a homeless person for Christmas and offer him or her a gift, would you do it?

Each year, more than 500,000 people find themselves on the streets during the winter and holiday season (1). Based on that number, the co-founders of the search engine lilo.org came up with an idea: allow all Americans to participate for free in a campaign of solidarity for homeless people during the holiday season.

The idea is very simple; each web user can write a short message on the website http://christmas.lilo.org. These messages will then be printed and distributed to homeless people. And that’s not all! Every beneficiary will also be able to choose a gift with an average value of $30. The money for these gifts comes from searches done on the search engine lilo.org. In fact, for every search that is made on a search engine, money is generated. Lilo allows you to redirect this money to pay for Christmas gifts for homeless people. In this way, everyone is able to participate for free by doing internet searches on lilo.org during the month of December.

The goal is to be able to give a heartwarming gift but also to share a moment with them. We often pass by these people without even noticing, this campaign is a great opportunity to take the first step.

In 2015, more than 5,000 notes were distributed and several thousands of dollars raised thanks to searches made on the search engine Lilo.org

Last year, this campaign enabled offer many gifts. This year, lilo is aiming to give more than 1,000 gifts.

But what kinds of gifts are offered?

Most often, the homeless ask for warm clothing, a night in a hotel, or a warm meal but some wish for gifts a bit more original such as a radio set, a watch, or a phone.

How to participate ?

In order to participate, it’s very simple, all you need to do is go on the site http://christmas.lilo.org and write a little note for Christmas. You can also raise money for the gifts that will be distributed by changing your search engine for the duration of the holiday season, which can done on the site http://www.lilo.org

Video and website

Website : http://christmas.lilo.org
Video : https://youtu.be/56Lm6D3vPdI

To know more about the search engine Lilo, http://www.lilo.org

To know about the projects supported by Lilo :

http://www.lilo.org/fr/category/les-projets/?lang=en

To access the little notes : http://christmas.lilo.org

About

Lilo was launched in 2015. It has already raised more than $150 000 through the 50 projects that it supports. Today, more than 12 million searches are made every month on Lilo.
http://www.lilo.org/

HomeAid Concludes Successful Homelessness Awareness Month

National Awareness Week Becomes a Month-long Drive to Address Critical Issue

Press Release – NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, spent the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end hunger and homelessness in this country. The annual event was called HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month.

“We were very glad to bring special attention to and take substantive steps to address homelessness during HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month (HHAM) in November,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. “Homelessness remains a major problem in this country and its causes are numerous and diverse, including job loss, medical crisis, domestic abuse, alcohol or drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans.” It is estimated that 80% of the homeless are only situational and can be moved back to self-sufficiency, and HomeAid builds housing and conducts community outreach for charities helping these people in need.

“Homelessness Awareness Month is a time for us at HomeAid, which has dedicated itself to this cause for 27 years now, to focus people’s attention on this problem, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take concrete action to get this societal problem solved once and for all.”

All of HomeAid’s 17 chapters participated in the effort during November, with the five calendar weeks in November focused on 1) homeless youth, 2) veterans, 3) homeless families, 4) hunger, and 5) chronic homelessness. A major social media campaign was held on Facebook and on Twitter, and some of the specific events and activities that were held included:

  • HA Orange County and HA San Diego each held a month long “30 ways in 30 days” campaigns
  • HA Houston held a “Picture This” display of photos taken by homeless kids at Angel Reach
  • HA Southern Nevada ran a 2-week food drive to benefit US Vets and Serving Hope LV
  • HA Washington DC conducted a month long Care Kit distribution
  • HA Sacramento held a month long blanket drive
  • HA Atlanta participated in the Health and Housing Innovation Forum held by United Way
  • HA Inland Empire served Thanksgiving Dinner at the Corona Norco Rescue Mission, in addition to conducting Care Kits Days with Pardee (TRI Pointe) Homes and CalAtlantic Homes
  • HA Puget Sound and HA Twin Cities conducted Care Kits Days with Bank of America volunteers
  • HA Northern Virginia conducted its annual toy drive for homeless kids
  • HA Colorado spent 4 days assembling and delivering Care Kits to local shelters
  • HA Northern California conducted a toy drive with BIA Bay Area PASS
  • HA Portland had an event sponsored by ProBuild to collect hygiene items for local shelters
  • HA Hawaii participated in Giving Tuesday as part of its weekly calendar of events
  • HA Los Angeles, our brand new chapter, held an activity at the Brookfield Residential retreat
  • HA Southeastern Michigan conducted a Care Kits Day with Stearns Lending

The SE Michigan event was part of a national campaign that Stearns Lending held with HomeAid and called “HomeAid for the Holidays.” In this effort, Stearns—a national partner and Board member of HomeAid America—held Care Kits Days benefiting six different chapters and created and delivered over 5,000 Care Kits to homeless shelters around the country.

For a complete listing of the HomeAid HHAW events held, visit: http://www.homeaid.org/hham2016

ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed 450 multi-unit housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $210 million, of which nearly 50 percent—over $100 million—has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 8,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid’s network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. These beds have been used by over 250,000 previously homeless people over HomeAid’s history. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun and LA Kings Honored at Make-A-Wish’s Star-Studded Gala That Raised Over $1 Million

Don Cheadle, Tori Kelly, Gavin Rossdale, Bush and X Ambassadors among presenters and performers at 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala hosted by Mario Lopez

Press Release – HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun and the Los Angeles Kings were honored as heroes at Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles’ 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on Wednesday evening at the Hollywood Palladium. Hosted by EXTRA’s Mario Lopez, this wish-filled evening was attended by Don Cheadle, Gavin Rossdale, Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, LA Kings players Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson and included special performances by Tori Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bush. Over 700 came together raising over $1 million to celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish.

Said Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, “We appreciate all the friends and supporters who shared the special evening with us. It was a room full of warmth, hopes and generosity. Together we raised over $1 million to grant wishes and strengthened our friendships in the community.”

Oscar®-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Wish Kid Cameron Fisch (now age 22) presented Robert Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award for the dozens of wishes that he has granted to children around the world. Downey fulfilled Cameron’s wish five years ago when he invited the then 17-year-old, who has a nervous system disorder, to the movie set of The Avengers.

Grammy®-nominated singer Tori Kelly presented the Humanitarian Award to entertainment industry power broker and multimedia entrepreneur Scooter Braun. Scooter has granted hundreds of wishes for Make-A-Wish through his talent roster that includes Kelly, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, among others.

Kelly later performed “Something Beautiful” from her debut album Unbreakable Smile, following a presentation by parents Theresa and Brian, whose five-year-old daughter Brylee’s wish to meet Tori was fulfilled before she passed away from cancer.

In honor of the Los Angeles Kings longstanding partnership with Make-A-Wish, the team was presented with the first ever Power of a Wish Award by Wish Kids William (age 12) and Tatiana (age 13). William’s wish to meet former Kings captain Dustin Brown was granted after he finished up his leukemia treatment. Tatiana, who has cystic fibrosis, had her wish to attend the Olympics and a King’s game fulfilled this past summer. Accepting the award on the Kings’ behalf was COO Kelly Cheeseman.

The evening also included performances by X Ambassadors, who performed their top 20 hit “Unsteady,” and by multi-platinum rock band Bush, who performed a medley of their top hits.

Past honorees include sports stars Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan and Oscar de la Hoya; philanthropists Sam Nazarian and Michael Rosenfeld; and medical pioneers Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OneLegacy and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

The Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala is proudly sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor: The Goldwin Foundation; Star Catchers Sponsors: Jacqueline M. Glass Family, Kennedy Wilson, Mattel, Inc., OneLegacy, Shegerian & Associates, The Walt Disney Company; Reception Sponsor: Security Benefit; Heroes Sponsors: AECOM, Artemis Real Estate Partners, CAA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Colony Capital, Drew & Jill Lawton, Eastdil Secured, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hudson Pacific Properties, Integral Communities, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Nickelodeon, Oaktree Capital Management, O’Melveny, Paul Hastings LLP, sbe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Wells Fargo, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC.

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