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$30K-Plus Surge of Pledges In Final Hours of Crowdfunding Campaign Thrusts Veteran Awareness Recording Project Beyond Goal More Than 24 Hours Prior To Deadline

‘CARRY YOU ON,’ The Benefit ‘Album For Action’ To Bridge The Gap Between Veterans And Civilians Through Music, Is Fully Funded By Surpassing $66k Kickstarter Goal

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“Marcus Goldhaber’s passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. …  His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes.” — Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

Press Release – NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2016) – More than $30,000 in crowdfunding pledges poured in yesterday to surpass the Kickstarter campaign goal a full day ahead of deadline and successfully fund CARRY YOU ON, the benefit “Album for Action” to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music from 2016 MAC Award nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER.

Yesterday’s tidal wave of crowdfunding pledges rolled toward midnight with over $67,000, to exceed the $66,000 Kickstarter goal with a full day left until the official deadline of midnight EST tonight (Sunday).

Now that it’s fullly funded, the project will help Goldhaber make sure the needs of veterans are constantly a part of the national conversation.

Goldhaber, the acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter, has himself pledged a whopping 50% of all album sale proceeds to IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), which strives to build the “New Greatest Generation” as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

With yesterrday’s incredible surge – half of the entire Kickstarter goal – Goldhaber’s faith in the public to complete this phase of his mission on behalf of America’s veterans has been handilly rewarded. The average pledge to back the campaign – officially declard by Kickstarter as a “Project We Love” – has jumped to over $400.

After four years of bringing his veterans awareness project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veteran-related events from New York to Philadelphia, Goldhaber will now be bringing his 10 new original songs to the recording studio. CARRY YOU ON will include “Come Home America,” the original Goldhaber anthem released on Veterans Day 2013.

The reaction Goldhaber has been receiving along the way became the impetus to write and record enough songs for a full album. All lyrics are inspired by conversations he’s had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families. They are the driving force behind his movement to #bridgethegap.

“I’m humbled that my friends, family and fans have rallied to crowd-fund the production and distribution of this album,” says Goldhaber, :“so this message can reach as many people as possible.”

Help Raise Money For “Torchbearer Collection” to Support the Hardworking Oysterman

The Torchbearers Collection is a tribute to the Gulf Coast oyster and the hard-working men and women who bring it from the ocean to our plates. They are raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Ashley Porter to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

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

Our project has four main social objectives:

  1. To raise awareness about the plight facing Gulf Coast oyster fisheries
  2. To preserve the traditional craft of oyster tong making, a piece of maritime culture that is fading
  3. To provide direct economic support to craftsmen like Rodney, by sourcing materials from them
  4. To raise money for the Apalachicola Riverkeeper organization

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

We’ve set a goal of $25,000. This money will go to producing the first batch of jewelry, building our supply chain and establishing our brand and marketing materials.

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

The Torchbearers Collection aims to help traditional fisher people in Apalachicola, Florida.

The Apalachicola River Basin is among the most ecologically diverse natural systems in the Southeast — sustaining a staggering array of rare and endemic species and supporting a $7 billion seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

Perhaps nowhere along the Gulf Coast is the tradition of oystering so ingrained with the culture as in Apalachicola, a tiny fishing village perched on Florida’s Panhandle. The town has traditionally produced about 10 percent of the oysters consumed in the United States and 90 percent of those consumed in Florida.

Generations of oystermen have hauled their living from the bottom of the town’s namesake bay, using specialized tools called “tongs.” The task of making these tools has traditionally been the purview of craftsmen like Rodney Richards, who learned the trade from his father — a legendary tong-maker named “Corky.”

Rodney’s ancestral trade — and the way of life it supports — is in peril. Apalachicola’s oyster industry has all but collapsed over the last several years — brought to its knees by drought, the 2010 oil spill and a tri-state water war that is now before the Supreme Court.

Our project would provide direct support to Rodney, giving him a reason to continue plying his trade. It would also support the larger community by raising awareness and providing funding to the Apalachicola Riverkeeper, an organization with a long track record of conserving the Apalachicola River System.

Torchbearers Collection from Paprika Studios on Vimeo.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

  • Level 1 $5
    Handwritten thank you letter on a vintage oyster tong postcard
  • Level 2 $25
    5 Postcards with antique oyster tong Image
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 3 $95
    Men’s long pendant necklace (Retails $125)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 4 $95
    Long labradorite pendant necklace (Retails $125)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 5 $150
    Horizontal pendant tong necklace (Retails $175)
    1 ticket to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 6 $250
    His and her necklace set (horizontal for her) (Retail $300)
    2 tickets to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
  • Level 7 $ 2,500.00
    Limited edition solid 14K gold tong pendant
    4 tickets to Dec. 15 product launch party in New Orleans
    (First person to pledge receives a two-night stay for two in French Quarter)

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Your Support to “Beyond the Backpack” Project Helps Animal Conservation and Saves Endangered Wildlife

“Beyond the Backpack” project produces tank tops from sustainable and ocean cleaning fabric and a part of the profits will be donated to animal conservation and the fight to save endangered wildlife. He is raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Micah Teixeira 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?

Beyond the Backpack. It’s way of living. It’s the hope to inspire others to live well and do as much good as we can.Backing our project funds the production of our tank tops. Doing so also supports animal conservation, sustainable and ocean cleaning fabric, ethical supply chains and transparent giving.

We need to be more than just tourists. More than just travellers. We need to go Beyond the Backpack.

50% of the profits from every sale will be donated to animal conservation and the fight to save endangered wildlife.

This innovative material is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and ocean plastic. rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) uses less water and energy, its carbon footprint is smaller than most fabrics. It cleans up our earth and oceans. Reducing the risks of hurting animals. And it’s insanely soft!

When you purchase an item, you’ll actually be given the option of where you want the donation to go towards. Fully transparent and track-able giving. So you see that your money goes to where it’s needed most.

Animals and humans alike should never have to face exploitation. Production takes place in the USA, an ethical factory where workers are treated with respect, and paid properly for their work. Human and animal cruelty free.

Beyond the Backpack is meant to be a full process of giving back. We hope we’ve achieved that goal!

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

Our goal is $10,000 although we’re really hoping to far surpass that. The funds will be used for the initial order of tank tops. However the special fabric is very expensive, and is being made specially for our order. On top of this it is being produced in the USA, so labour costs are much higher than what it would be overseas. Our actual startup costs are $30,000 and we’ll need to secure funding on top of our Kickstarter campaign as well. This doesn’t include any of the money I’ve already put in from my pocket which included product development, video shoot, etc.

50% of the profits for all the sales will be donated towards an animal conservation charity. We’re affiliated with 3 and the buyer will choose where they want the donation to go.

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

We’re trying to help everyone in a full circle of giving! 50% of the profits will be directed towards animal conservation organizations. This will help not only the animals (which is the main goal), but also the amazing people which work and volunteer their lives there.

The other main group we hope to benefit is the people who are making our clothing. Right now it is being made in the USA, where are able to see fair and ethical sourcing. However we are planning on shifting the production to Guatemala. It would be with the same company, who have their main production centre there. The costs are essentially the same for us, however it checks another pillar which hoped to have right from the start. Being able to support developing cultures and nations and not exploiting them.

Lastly, the actual fabric which is made from recycled plastic bottles and ocean plastic provides work to the actual people who are collecting and cleaning the earth of the plastic. This not only has a significant impact on the earth and animals, but also us who ingest plastic in almost all the food we eat.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

The rewards are the tank tops themselves! Super cool designs with out logo which we’re very proud of. Made of the innovative, super soft and amazing material which is derived from 100% recycled plastic!

For some of the bigger backers, we’re offering custom designs for them, as well as as trip with us to one of our animal conservation partners!

Check out the campaign:

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PIH Chosen as Designated Charity by Project for Awesome 2016

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee to Discuss Post-Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts This Friday as Part of the Project for Awesome Event

Press Release – BOSTON (December 8, 2016)Project for Awesome (P4A) 2016 has chosen Partners In Health (PIH), for a second time, as one of its two designated charities for its annual fundraising event this December. Started in 2007 by John and Hank Green, P4A has raised millions for designated charities and those chosen by the online video community.

As part of the event, PIH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee will appear on the P4A Livestream this Friday, December 9 at 3:30pm EST to talk about post-Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti.

“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen, for a second time, as the Project for Awesome designated charity,” said Partners In Health CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb. “The Green brothers have built a creative and effective online community for supporting organizations like Partners In Health that are working to make the world a better place. We applaud them for their commitment to this noble cause, and we thank them for choosing us to be a part of their truly awesome project.”

P4A 2016 will begin December 9 at 12:00pm EST and run through December 11 at 11:59am EST. During this time, thousands of people will post videos about charities they believe are working to better the world. P4A promotes these videos and raises money for the charities. The community raised over $1.5 million in 2015, which was split between two designated organizations and 20 charities chosen by the online video community. PIH was a designated charity in 2014 as well.

Watch Dr. Mukherjee at 3:30pm EST this Friday here (please note that the link will not be live until P4A 2016 begins at 12:00pm EST on December 9). Learn more about P4A 2016 here.

Founder Of The Young Alchemists Foundation Asks All American People To Help The Young Alchemists Foundation Raise It First $1,000,000.00 Dollar Goal To Complete The Development Of Its Very Powerful And Very Entertaining National Patriotic Movement “ America Is Not Dead”!!!

Press Release – The young alchemists foundation a 501 c3 non-profit organization, Guardians of our youth, protectors of the planet and defenders of world peace has initiated the “America is not dead” national patriotic movement, a global campaign to revive the American spirit and plant the seed of world peace, love and respect for god, family, teachers, country our planet and all humanity into the hearts of children. In order to complete the first phase of the foundation’s national movement, we need to raise $1 million dollars that will be used as follow:

  1. Advertising  the launching of the “American patriot silent pledge initiative” a petition that asks congress for sixty seconds of silence at the beginning of each school day for students of all religions and cultures to pledge in silence, love, respect and gratitude, to god, family, teachers, country, our planet and all humanity.
  2. Development of a series of very entertaining historical, inspiring patriotic video documentaries and short films that will be shown to students at schools across America.  Students from different schools interested in drama and acting will be chosen to be the actors and actresses of our documentaries and short films.
  3. Creation of the “America is not dead” national art contest.  All students across America can participate in this school series of contests that will be inspired in the reviving of the American culture.  Students of all ages will compete in the fields of music, poetry, painting, creative writing, drama etc. The intended purpose of this contests is to stipulate the creativity of students and at the same time restore in their hearts the ideals  and idiosyncrasy of our  American culture. Winners of the contests will receive cash prices and national recognition.

The intended purpose of our “America is not dead” national patriotic movement is not only to teach love for our country and help stimulate the curiosity and creativity of our youth but also to plant the seed of world peace, patriotism and bring moral and spiritual balance into our schools and students. Children in the united states are going through a difficult transition and the time has come for all Americans to forget about political, racial, cultural and religious differences and become united to protect and inspire our youth to become responsible citizens and the great leaders of a better world.

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If you agree with the ideals and mission of our foundation, become an alchemist knight. Support the development of our programs and campaigns and help us reach our initial goal of $1,000,000.00

America is not dead but we Americans must wake up to and become aware of what is coming if action is not taken quickly!!!

If you wish to learn more about the young alchemists foundation please visit: www.tyaf.co

The strategic plan of the young alchemists foundation is available upon request.

Perks:

  1. all crowdfunders and donors can download the electronic book of “the young alchemists and the secret guardians of the Vatican” from our website: www.tyaf.co
    All students sons and daughters of crowdfunders and donors
    Who wish to enter the contest can download the book, read the first 3 chapters and send us your opinion about what do you think about the beginning of the story. The chosen winner of the best opinion will receive a cash price and will play a role in the first young alchemists film of a series.
    All contests winners will receive cash prices and national recognition
  2. all crowdfunders and donors will receive an official certificate, certifying them as honorary knights of the young alchemists order.
  3. all crowd funders and donors will receive a tax deductible receipt.

You may want to know, what is an alchemist?  An alchemist young or old is a person who uses unconditional love, knowledge, strength, will, and natural inner powers to transform bad into good, negative into positive.

Brännland Cider Get 1000 Apple Trees at Röbäcksdalen Fully Funded Through Kickstarter

Press Release – Brännland Cider – 2016-11-30 15:23 CET: At the beginning of November Brännland Cider, the international award winning cider producer in Umeå, Sweden, started a Kickstarter campaign called “1000 apple trees at Röbäcksdalen”, to fund the creation of an orchard and the start new apple terroir in their Northern home county of Västerbotten, not very far from the Arctic Circle.

30 days later, after international attention and countless shares on social media, the campaign is now fully funded. The funds have streamed in from private backers, businesses and institutions in the region and foreign backers in the markets where Brännland Cider is present, in the form of adoptions of the trees planted in the orchard.

Brännland Cider's new apple terroir at Röbäcksdalen in Umeå, Sweden.

Brännland Cider’s new apple terroir at Röbäcksdalen in Umeå, Sweden.

Funding is primarily earmarked for research into organic farming practices and all research results and knowledge derived from the orchard will be shared with anyone who wants to grow fruit in Northern Sweden. The ultimate long term goal is to create a new apple terroir for cider production.

We’re totally amazed by the support that’s been coming in from our local as well as the national and international communities, says Andreas Sundgren Graniti, Managing Director and Founder of Brännland Cider AB. In the past four years we’ve striven to produce the best cider and ice cider possible using the best Swedish apples. It is fantastic to see that our work has inspired confidence enough in what we do, that people want to lend us this kind of support.

The next step for Brännland Cider is to create a dedicated web for the orchard where adopters can follow their specific tree through the seasons. In spring time, a limited edition cider will be produced and offered only to the backers of the Kickstarter campaign as a celebration of the funding of 1000 apple trees at Röbäcksdalen.

Prizes and Awards: www.brannlandcider.se/index.php/awards

Student Entrepreneurs Experience Crowdfunding through Suffolk University Course

7 campaigns launch after unique startup prep at Sawyer Business School

Press Release – BOSTON — Suffolk University has introduced one of the nation’s first experiential courses on crowdfunding, where students are launching campaigns to fund their own start-up companies through Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Students in the Sawyer Business School class will launch crowdfunding campaigns the week of Nov. 14, coinciding with National Entrepreneurship Month. Startup products and services include an almond-based Alfredo sauce, a high-protein coffee product, a fishing tackle box/cooler combination and a yoga studio on wheels.

“While a few other universities are discussing crowdfunding as part of traditional course content, the real-world approach to this course makes it different,” said Management and Entrepreneurship Professor Jennifer Dinger. “Suffolk students in this class are learning how to turn their business ideas into action, and they are going after the funding to support those enterprises.”

The course expands on the foundation of knowledge and skills honed throughout the Sawyer Business School curriculum, while fast tracking entrepreneurial activity through startups and the raising of capital.

In a cross-disciplinary approach that taps into the wider resources of Suffolk University, students in the class have teamed up with:

The concept for the crowdfunding course came out of conversations between Dinger and Professor Chaim Letwin, a colleague in the Sawyer Business School’s Management and Entrepreneurship department. Dinger and Letwin both study crowdfunding platforms and how campaign components relate to people’s decisions to contribute money to a particular project. The course looks at factors that lead to crowdfunding success, including the idea, the pitch and the prototype.

“Small business and innovation are critical to the health and vibrancy of the economy,” Dinger said. “Experiential courses like this are aimed at accelerating the startup launch process and increasing the rate of startup businesses among our most promising young adults.”

Student-led ventures launching crowdsourcing campaigns Nov. 14- 16 are:

  • WarmUp Protein Coffee: This venture, founded by Suffolk senior and Entrepreneurship major James Testa of East Boston, is targeting its first product, a high-protein coffee, to fitness-focused people on the go.
  • The Wicked Fisha, founded by Suffolk senior Chuck Gibson of Malden, Mass., plans a line of innovative fishing equipment and accessories, starting with a cooler/tackle box combo that eliminates the hassle of lugging multiple boxes to a fishing destination.
  • Buddha Bus Yoga provides traveling yoga classes out of mobile studio. Founded by Suffolk Junior Sara Maloney, of Groveland, Mass., the business offers on-site classes at workplaces, college campuses, food markets and more.
  • Goliath Gallon, founded by Suffolk senior Zack Smith of Methuen, Mass., makes a reusable, bisphenol A (BPA)-free and easily cleaned gallon bottle for ice, fruits, amino acids or whatever is needed. The Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run, including a plastic molding tool that is necessary for mass production.
  • NEO Miners is a card game that focuses on resource management and economic principles, with a space-travel theme. Founder Jason Moker is a Suffolk senior from Georgetown, Mass. Be warned! The depths of space have encounters that can be dangerous and unpredictable!
  • Vegitano is a health food brand offering alternatives to people who follow a vegan diet or are allergic to dairy and/or gluten. The first product is an almond-based Alfredo sauce. The startup was founded by Willied Hessein, a Suffolk senior from Miami.
  • The Upward Bound + Startup Suffolk Partnership is aimed at raising money for the social good. The campaign, led by the student team of Manuel Lopez Campos, Ashley Cesero, and Carter Nuttall, is focused on funding Upward Bound students to participate in Startup Suffolk, a bridge program for rising high school seniors. Upward Bound is a federally funded academic success program that helps high school students who are below the poverty line and the first generation from their family to attend college. Suffolk Startup introduces high school students to entrepreneurial concepts.

More information on the student startup businesses and crowdfunding campaigns can be found at entrepreneurship.suffolk.edu/crowdfunding.php

Gnome Helps Gardeners and Farmers Save Water, Power and Time

Solar and RF powered smart irrigation system launches on Indiegogo

Press Release – (Los Angeles / Taipei, November 8, 2016) – Today Hugreen launched an Indiegogo campaign for its flagship product, Gnome. This solar and radio frequency powered smart irrigation system remotely controls and monitors gardens and farms. Four starter kits are available, beginning at $120.

The Gnome system is comprised of a network of sensors and water valves, connected to one central hub:

  • The hub is the control center for Gnome’s sensors and valves. It can link up to 30 nodes (sensors and valves) that are within a 1km radius range, and connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Its primary function is to send data to the user and relay commands to the nodes.
  • The sensors monitor fertilizer level, sunlight exposure, soil temperature, and ambient temperature via four stainless steel probes.
  • The valves control water flow of the sprinkler system remotely, which can handle water pressure up to 115 psi.

Gnome is the only IoT sensor that can measure fertilizer level and soil moisture concurrently. Gnome uses industrial level Frequency Domain Reflectometry (FDR) technology to measure the presence of fertilizer and uses that data to get an unbiased soil moisture level, which is typically only found in more expensive non-smart sensors.

Hugreen founder Clement Lee is a solar researcher and engineer who led major projects for an international solar tech corporation. “I quit my job and started building rooftop gardens in Hong Kong, but wasn’t pleased with the tech solutions available to monitor and adjust irrigation as there was a lot of unnecessary waste,” he said. “So I decided to combine my background in engineering and passion for sustainable farming to create solar-powered technology that makes is possible for everyone to grow.”

Gnome’s app helps gardeners manage their plants remotely. Live updates are provided for each sensor, and users are alerted if the soil becomes too dry, or the water too warm. Users are then able to control the water system or automate timers for the valves based on soil moisture level, ultimately saving them time, money and labor.

The app also teaches gardeners how to grow new plants. “The Gnome app has a comprehensive plant database that can teach you how to optimize growing at your location,” Lee said. “Based on plant type, seasonality and location, Gnome can tell you what parameters would be best for this plant and ways you can achieve them.”

Gnome’s campaign runs from November 8 to December 16, 2016. For a full rundown on their pledges, visit the Indiegogo page.

About Hugreen

Hugreen is an agriculture technology startup building high tech precision agriculture IoT solutions for smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers account for 80% of the food the world consumes each year, yet many are stuck in the old ways of farming, despite changing weather pattern and demographics that threaten our food security. Many smallholder farmers also lack resources and knowledge to use existing precision agriculture tools they desperately need to become profitable. The company’s mission is help farmers deploy simple IoT based irrigation systems to gain better yield per acre while reducing labor and water usage.

Bold New Chapter in Heralded Music Project Honoring America’s Military Heroes to Launch Through Kickstarter During Artist Performance At New York Veterans Day Parade

CARRY YOU ON, a 2017 ‘Album for Action’ to Heighten Grassroots Mission to #BridgeTheGap Between Civilians and Military Veterans by Acclaimed NYC Jazz Vocalist-Songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER

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“Marcus Goldhaber’s passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. … His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes. … I am so pleased he will be singing in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!”

— Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

Watch the Kickstarter video:

Watch the Kickstarter video:

Press Release – NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2016) – Today at 11 a.m. EST, while America’s largest traditional celebration of our veterans overtook the streets of New York City, a bold new chapter in a heralded music project honoring our military heroes was officially launched through Kickstarter.

After four years of bringing this project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veterans related events from New York to Philadelphia, CARRY YOU ON is finally ready for the recording studio. The “Album for Action” of 10 new original songs was written by acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music.

Goldhaber, a 2016 MAC Award nominee, made the announcement today (11.11 @ 11 a.m.) during his second consecutive performance in New York’s Veterans Day Parade, officially known as “America’s Parade 2016.”

“I’ve taken this project as far as I can on my own,” said Goldhaber. “Now graciously and humbly, I’m turning to Kickstarter and my friends and family and fans to help fund the production and distribution of this album, so this message can reach as many people as possible.

“I wrote this music to give civilians and veterans the confidence to begin and continue the CARRY YOU ON will include “Come Home America,” the original Goldhaber anthem he released on Veterans Day 2013. The reaction to “Come Home America,” and the live concert outreach it has since sparked, ultimately became the impetus to write and record enough songs for this upcoming album. conversation that we both so desperately need to have. I’ve seen the impact of these songs first-hand. I’ve performed for veterans and civilians in the same room.”

At one performance, a Marine came up to Goldhaber and said that after being thanked for his service so many times, and not knowing how to respond, “he now felt he had a starting point.” At another, a sailor approached Goldhaber and said that, after hearing one of his songs, she felt more comfortable knowing “part of her story was now on stage.”

Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: “Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It’s the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country.”

This project is proud to support Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the “New Greatest Generation” as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber “finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach” (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan’s top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he’s performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and most recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. For over a year, he has been in monthly residence at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on the Upper East Side, “stripping the Great American Songbook to the bone” hosting “Mostly Marcus.”

COME HOME AMERICA” is available NOW on iTunes.

“CARRY YOU ON” on the Web:

www.carryyouon.com
www.marcusgoldhaber.com
www.facebook.com/marcusgoldhaber
www.twitter.com/marcusgoldhaber
www.youtube.com/marcusgoldhaber

Kickstarter Project Fights Sex Trade and Trafficking Through Sale of Dress

Freedom Dress™ & Accessories Available for Preorder in Kickstarter Campaign for One Dress United, Oct 14-Nov 28, 2016 (Cyber Monday)

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Press Release – Portland, OR – (October 16, 2016) Her Worth International (www.herworth.com), a new women’s economic empowerment ministry, launches its first major project called One Dress United on Kickstarter, with the hope of funding production of the Freedom Dress™ with 100% of profits benefiting economically vulnerable women around the world, starting with a group in Haiti.

The campaign exceeded 25% funding in the first 48 hours. Backers can pledge to preorder The Freedom Dress™ as well as accessories handmade by the women of Jasper House Haiti, a ministry that educates and empowers women exiting the sex trade in Jacmel. The campaign funds the first order of dresses and will run through Cyber Monday (November 28, 2016). To contribute to the campaign go to herworth.com.

The dress, designed by Nelson with the help of Apparel Consultant Nancy Simon, CEO of Get Sushi Designs in Portland, is a classic black shirtdress, featuring branded tab sleeves and a custom-designed fabric lining the yoke, featuring the words: “Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” repeated over and again, inspired by instructions found in the Book of Colossians which state, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

The dress will be made of Tencel® – a material much like rayon, but sustainably produced, resistant to wrinkling, and with a beautiful fluid quality.

“My hope is the dress will serve as a simple backdrop for a larger discussion about women’s worth and the power of our choices as consumers in the fight against human trafficking,” says Nelson.

The dress will retail for $169, but will be available at $94 for Early Birds during the Kickstarter campaign. 100% of profits from the sale of the dress will go to support the educational and vocational programs offered by Jasper House Haiti.

One Dress United is the latest entry in the burgeoning Freedom Business Movement (www.freedombusinessalliance.com) and will help fight extreme poverty and exploitation of women in two ways. First, 100% of profits from the sale of the dress will be donated to ministries that rescue and restore women exploited in sex trade and sex slavery operations. Second, One Dress United will purchase accessories handmade by the women participating in these restoration programs, opening up a dependable, global channel of sales for the goods they create.

Founder & President of Her Worth International, Rachel Rose Nelson.

Founder & President of Her Worth International, Rachel Rose Nelson.

About Her Worth International – a 501(c)3 nonprofit

The mission of Her Worth International is to to build a global community of women, inspired and equipped to reach those in need around the world. The founder and president of Her Worth is Rachel Rose Nelson, a wife and mother with 20 years experience as an independent creative director and entrepreneur. Nelson is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary near her home in Portland, Oregon.

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