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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.


Alzheimer’s Association. About Alzheimer’s. http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=9704&pg=informational&sid=23674

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.

Solar Energy Empowers Villagers And Saves Wildlife In Nepal

Empowered by Light and Empower Generation announce new project in World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park

Press Release – LARKSPUR, Calif. – This fall, rangers protecting rhinos, tigers and other endangered wildlife in Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park will get a solar system that will light and power an isolated ranger outpost deep in the jungle. At the same time, local women will get the training and tools they need to sell low-cost clean energy technologies to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park. This is all part of continued collaboration in Nepal by Empowered by Light, which helps remote communities throughout the world develop renewable energy projects, and Empower Generation, which empowers women to become clean-energy entrepreneurs.

This project will continue the organizations’ efforts in Nepal, which are detailed in a fascinating 20-minute video, Bufferzone, that explores the unique challenges of living in a place where the wild animals that make the region unique—from tigers to sloth bears to elephants—can attract tourists, and can also attack villages and people.

Watch the 3 minute trailer here.

“Remote communities around the world are embracing renewable energy because the benefits are real, immediate and life-changing,” said Moira Hanes, Empowered by Light’s co-founder and board chair. “In Nepal, renewable energy is providing these communities with steady, reliable access to electricity, in many cases for the first time, all while helping to support their critical efforts to protect endangered wildlife and create economic and job opportunities that weren’t there before.”

To help rural communities thrive without draining the park’s natural resources, this fall’s effort will train 10 local women, whose economic opportunities have traditionally been limited, to sell a range of clean energy technologies such as solar home systems and improved cookstoves.

Inside the park, rangers working to prevent poaching rely on solar power to stay in touch with park authorities and power spotlights that help protect them at night. On a previous visit, Empowered by Light also helped install solar power at tourist towers that allow visitors to stay in the park overnight, generating income for conservation projects and for people-protection efforts designed to minimize conflicts between villagers and wildlife.

Empowered by Light and Empower Generation are seeking to raise $50,000 to help support the new project, which will assist hard-working people in Nepal in their efforts to:

  • Protect Chitwan National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Protect single-horned Asiatic rhinos and Bengal tigers from poachers
  • Train Nepali women, who have a particularly difficult time securing formal employment, to sell clean energy and start their own businesses
  • Reduce dependence on dirty and dangerous sources of energy, including diesel generators and kerosene burners that put the community’s health and safety at risk
  • Kick-start eco-tourism in a place where economic development options are limited

To learn more about the next project in Nepal, please visit: http://empoweredbylight.org/projects/project-nepal/empowered-by-light-returns-to-nepal-with-more-solar-for-chitwan-national-park/ 

Platform To Connect Refugee Women And Girls At Heart Of Unique Crowdfunder

Press Release – NEW YORK — Wednesday 31 May, 2017: As the refugees crisis grows and borders close, a unique crowdfunding campaign aims to build an open platform for the voices and experiences of refugee and migrant girls and women around the world, inspiring compassion, connection and providing one solution to this humanitarian emergency.

#OpenPlatformSharedHumanity from Footage Foundation on Vimeo.

Non-profit Footage Foundation launched the #OpenBordersSharedHumanity campaign, which uses the science of storytelling, connection, and economic empowerment to “raise voices and elevates lives” through its Her{Connect}Her program.

Footage Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Kristen Ali Eglinton, explained that since the refugee crisis exploded, Footage Foundation has spent considerable time researching and listening to the experiences of displaced girls and women across the world.

“Due to the unique needs of displaced girls and women, and their high risk of experiencing violence and isolation, there is great urgency for gender-specific programming — the Her{connect}Her program is one such program,” she said.

If successful, the fundraising campaign would allow Footage to build an online digital network of isolated girls and women and offer a safe space for global understanding and compassion. Secondly, the campaign would fund a transformative, evidence-based program through which girls and women communicate their experiences with the goal of together, understanding their strengths, needs, hopes, and perspectives.

Footage’s 2016 fundraising campaign allowed the program to be implemented in Sweden, the U.K., and France. It is already making a measurable impact. If the 2017 campaign can successfully reach its $30,000 goal, the digital platform can be designed and built and the program can be expanded to Greece, the United States and France this summer, reaching up to 30 girls and women. The ultimate goal is to reach 120 young women migrants and refugees across the USA, Europe, and the Middle East by Summer 2018.

“By sharing their experiences and assessing their needs, girls and women foster agency and self-determination, elevating their roles as leaders in their lives and communities,” Dr Eglinton said. “What they share provides the public, NGOs, and policy makers insights for effective responses to refugee crises and immigration issues.”

For more information, visit the crowdfunder page; visit the Her{Connect}Her program website.

The crowdfunder will run until the end of June.

About Footage Foundation: Footage designs impactful, sustainable programs that use local technology and expressive multimedia tools to bring the underrepresented voices and experiences of young people, particularly young women, into conversations on the world’s most challenging issues.

20th Anniversary Mother’s Day Race For The Cure Locally Presented By Presence Health Raises More Than $650,000 To Help Reduce The Number Of Breast Cancer Deaths

Press Release – CHICAGO: More than 6,500 supporters came together on a sunny Mother’s Day morning at Montrose Harbor to be part of Race for the Cure Locally Presented by Presence Health. The 20th anniversary event raised more than $650,000, which Komen Chicago will put to good use throughout the city and suburbs, as it works to achieve its Big Bold Goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

The picturesque lakefront setting was a sea of pink, as runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers paid tribute to all who have fought breast cancer valiantly, including hundreds of survivors who participated in an emotional Survivor Parade. Komen Chicago also honored 20 More than Pink Heroes for their bravery and compassion, in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Jon Seda, star of NBC’s “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Justice,” was the celebrity guest of honor, and he helped recognize each of the More than Pink Heroes on stage.

Kathy Webb, founder of Komen Chicago 20 years ago and now a breast cancer survivor, spoke during the pre-Race festivities and recalled the early days of the organization. “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years already and that Komen Chicago has been providing services and programs to thousands of high-risk Chicago residents,” she said. “Seeing all of you here today, I know we will find the cures we need. We are stronger together.”

Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director and a two-time breast cancer survivor, agrees that the unparalleled energy of Race for the Cure gave her renewed faith that better treatments and a cure are not far off. “This year, we’ve already awarded more than $1 million to organizations that are providing lifesaving screenings and quality care to those who need it. With the amazing results of Race for the Cure, we’ll be able to continue that work and fund global research that will save lives.”

Gordon adds that significant sponsorship support from Presence Health, as well as other sponsors, made a big impact and will help reverse the disparity in the Chicago area, where more than 1,000 people die each year from breast cancer and the mortality rate of African-American women is 40 percent higher than white women.

About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants and dedicates 25 percent to global research.

About Presence Health: Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.

Carl’s Jr. And Hardee’s Salute Active Duty Military, Veterans & Families With Seventh Annual Nationwide Stars For Heroes Fundraising Campaign

Gary Sinise Foundation, Stand Up and Play Foundation, and USA Cares named national beneficiaries for 2017

Press Release – FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants, kicks off its seventh annual Stars for Heroes™ fundraising campaign this week at participating locations nationwide. The program, which has raised more than $6.5 million since its inception in 2011, promotes the compassion and generosity of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s customers, franchisees and employees to support our nation’s active-duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised during this year’s campaign will support national charity partners, Gary Sinise Foundation, Stand Up and Play Foundation, and USA Cares as well as dozens of regional and local military-focused charities in the communities Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s serve.

The 2017 Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign begins today and runs through June 21. To participate, restaurant guests can donate any dollar amount of their choosing in support of military charities. For each donation, guests receive a commemorative “I support military veterans and families” patriotic star-shaped cut-out to personalize and display in the restaurant. They will also receive restaurant coupons valued at more than $10 to use toward future purchases.

“The entire Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s family—from executive to customer—has a long-standing tradition of giving back to, and supporting America’s military community; I’m incredibly proud to be able to continue that legacy with my first Stars for Heroes campaign as CEO,” said Jason Marker, chief executive officer for CKE. “In 2016, CKE raised over $1.5 million to aid in the vital work of our regional and national charitable partners, and this year, we’re hoping to push that total even higher. We invite everyone to honor our nation’s brave people in uniform this Memorial Day by visiting a nearby Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s location and making a donation to this outstanding cause.”

“The Gary Sinise Foundation values its great relationship with CKE,” said Gary Sinise, founder of Gary Sinise Foundation. “CKE is making a difference, and understands the importance of standing strong for those who serve and defend our great nation. While we can never do enough to support our veterans and first responders, we can always try to do more, and through the contributions from Stars for Heroes, we will continue to promote that message. My personal thanks goes out to everyone at CKE for their continuing support.”

“As founder of the Stand up and Play Foundation, I cannot put into words how grateful I am that our foundation will again be among the recipients of the funds raised by the Stars for Heroes campaign in 2017,” said Anthony Netto, founder of Stand Up and Play Foundation. “I am honored to have the support of the incredible individuals at all levels of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and the entire CKE family. This campaign has impacted our foundation tremendously, year after year, allowing us to expand our programs across the country and touch the lives of numerous veterans. I am humbled by the generosity shown to us and excited to kick off this year’s campaign!”

“For seven years, CKE and USA Cares have joined forces to change the lives of post-9/11 veterans and their families,” said Hank Patton, executive director for USA Cares. “Families facing the threat of hunger, eviction, foreclosure and other hardships trust that USA Cares will be there to provide them with relief and an opportunity to recover. The tremendous support our organization has received from the Stars for Heroes campaign has strengthened our ability to help those who have given so much of themselves; we are humbled by this honor and thank CKE for making this possible.”

Since 2011, the Stars for Heroes program has supported more than 200 U.S. military charities nationwide. Stars for Heroes is made possible through generous contributions by CKE’s franchise community—The Independent Hardee’s Franchise Association (IHFA) and Star Franchise Association (SFA)—along with company employees and loyal customers. Private donations and in-kind support are provided by CKE partners and suppliers, including KDM POP Solutions Group. To learn more about the Stars for Heroes national beneficiaries, visit their websites at www.garysinisefoundation.org, www.standupandplayfoundation.org and www.usacares.org.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. CKE is not a franchisor and conducts substantially all of its restaurant activities and operations through its subsidiaries. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC own, operate and franchise the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® concepts. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s operate as one brand under two names, acknowledging the rich regional heritage of both banners. After recent international openings in Chile, Cambodia and Kenya, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC now have over 3,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 40 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 94 percent franchised, with international restaurants representing 21 percent of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit www.garysinisefoundation.org.

About Stand Up and Play Foundation

The mission of the Stand Up and Play Foundation is to provide wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility the opportunity to stand up and engage in recreational and everyday activities through access to paramobiles, clinics and recreational programs. Our organization introduces the paramobile and other adaptive equipment to wheelchair users through clinics and demonstrations where we reinforce the mental and physical therapeutic benefits of standing. Our goal is to make paramobiles available to as many support organizations, rehab centers, golf courses, veterans groups and individuals as possible. www.standupandplayfoundation.org

About USA Cares

USA Cares is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that addresses the critical and unmet needs of 9-11 service members, veterans and military families facing service-related hardships. The object is to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to proactively prevent further financial distress, including foreclosure. When USA Cares is contacted to provide assistance, our goal is to respond to each family within 48 hours. Assistance programs include Combat Injured, Career Transition, Housing and Emergency Assistance. We have responded to more than 92,000 requests for emergency financial assistance, which are paid directly to the creditor in the form of a grant. USA Cares provides the critical support that our veterans and military families need to create a foundation for financial resilience. www.usacares.org

“Pledge It” Teams with 150+ Professional Athletes on Unique Crowdfunding Charitable Campaigns; On Record Pace with 15 MLB Campaigns

Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, and Danny Duffy among Major Leaguers Running 2017 Campaigns, including Pujols’ Quest for Milestone 600th Home Run

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, May 23, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s first and only performance-based crowdfunding platform (money is raised based upon athletic performance), is on record pace, having already raised more than $300,000 for charitable causes through its 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) 2017 charitable campaigns just 50 days into the season – more than double the amount raised for charity in the entire 2016 MLB season.

During the 2017 MLB regular season, more than 15 players have partnered with Pledge It to convert their on-field statistics into financial support for charitable causes. MLB fans are encouraged to pledge a donation for every home run, hit, or strikeout recorded to help make an impact.

“Through our Pledge It campaigns, we’ve found that 7 of 10 fans choose performance pledging over a flat donation because the pledge is being earned. And our average pledge is nearly twice the national average for online donations” said Scott Shirley, PLEDGE IT CEO and former Penn State football and baseball player. “Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see and we are thrilled at the early impact of the campaigns in raising funds for such compelling causes.”

“Working with PLEDGE IT has been awesome, because it has allowed me to connect my passion for the game with my passion for honoring Noah’s legacy and supporting Noah’s Bandage Project,” said Kansas City Royals’ Danny Duffy, who is dedicating his 2017 season to Noah’s Bandage Project to help fund targeted pediatric cancer research. “I love that it gives me the opportunity and ability to earn the fans’ support so we can make an impact together.”

Other MLB 2017 / PLEDGE IT campaigns include:


At Pledge It, we believe support for a cause is earned, not given. Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see in the world! See how athletes and non-profits are harnessing the power and appeal of sports for social good – join the movement at www.pledgeit.org. See how PLEDGE IT is revolutionizing online crowdfunding and non-profit fundraising at Pledge It Video.

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