Friday, August 31, 2007

Macy's & Bloomingdale's "Bag Hunger"

CINCINNATI— Food banks across the country are restocking empty shelves thanks to the 10.4 million pounds of food collected this summer through Bag Hunger, a national project of Partners in Time, the Macy’s employee volunteer program. Bag Hunger celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and since the project began volunteers have collected food and equivalent donations to total more than 15,000 tons, or 30.1 million pounds, providing nearly 47 million meals for hungry families nationwide.

The company's divisional chief financial officers take on the additional role of "Chief Food Officers" for this effort, challenging their respective divisions to surpass prior year contributions. The Macy's Foundation is giving $10,000 in the four winners' names to their local hunger-relief agency partners. Employees of Macy's East, based in New York City, and Macy's Credit and Customer Services, based in Cincinnati, produced the largest increases over 2006. Volunteers from Macy's West, based in San Francisco, and Macy's Corporate Marketing, based in New York City, contributed the highest average pounds per person.

"All of our divisions pull out the stops for this project each year, but the real winners are the food banks and those they serve everyday," said Karen Hoguet, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Macy's, Inc. "Bag Hunger is just one of thousands of projects our employee volunteers develop each year. Our generous employees make a huge difference in the communities we serve and we are happy to support those organizations that do so much good locally and nationally."

Bag Hunger benefits nonprofits in more than 225 cities nationwide - many are affiliates of America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States. Through Bag Hunger, Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Macy's, Inc. support division employees are providing a direct benefit to some of the 25 million Americans - including 9 million children who are hungry, especially during the summer when there is an increased demand for food.

Macy's, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's premier retailers, with fiscal 2006 sales of $27 billion. The company operates more than 850 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. Prior to June 1, 2007, Macy's, Inc. was known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.

More great work from the generous employees at Macy's. Including Bag hunger, the company's employee volunteers have given more than 1.3 million hours of community service, worth an estimated $22.4 million, since the program began 18 years ago.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Las Vegas Businesses Sponsor Par For the Cure Golf Tourney

LAS VEGAS — The 3rd Annual Par for the Cure Celebrity Classic golf tournament will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Falls Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas Resort. All tournament golfers will receive a complimentary room at MonteLago Village and two passes to the Wine Walk, which includes music and sampling fine wines.

All proceeds from the event benefit breast cancer research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Nevada Cancer Institute. For registration information, visit Par For the Cure.

The event is sponsored by American Asphalt & Grading; Native Resources; Soil-Tech; Focus Property Group; Jo Ann’s Note Cards; Dallas W. Hartman, PC; Courage Sports; InsurCorp; Oakley; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Harrah Hotel College PGA/PGM Professional Golf Management Program.

Par For the Cure is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research. The inaugural and first annual golf tournaments raised a combined total of $275,000.

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) was founded in 1945 by a group of volunteers dedicated to cancer research at UCLA. Their idea of investing in the work of promising young cancer researchers through seed grants was the basis for JCCF's formation. For more than two decades, the Seed Grant Program has helped the cancer center break new ground in the quest to defeat cancer by using funds raised from private sources to launch innovative start-up projects.

Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) is the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada. A nonprofit organization, NVCI is committed to reducing the burden of cancer by pursuing the development of a comprehensive cancer research institute, as defined by the National Cancer Institute. Through the knowledge and expertise of the finest scientists, clinicians, educators and caregivers, the Institute provides hope to communities in Nevada, the southwest and beyond through research, education, early detection, prevention and high quality patient care.

Event founders chose breast cancer research as the beneficiary of this annual event because several of them have been personally impacted by breast cancer. It affects one in seven women, claiming 40,000 lives each year. This event is an excellent example of local businesses coming together to support an important cause.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

National Denim Day Engages Millions

MERRIAM, Kan.— In October, Lee Jeans encourages millions of people nationwide to wear their favorite jeans and make a $5 donation to support the fight against breast cancer. Lee National Denim Day is one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer.

Through the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Lee National Denim Day, to be held October 5, will support groundbreaking early detection and treatment research at leading cancer centers and provide community breast cancer education services nationwide. Lee National Denim Day has raised more than $66 million in 11 years for the fight against breast cancer.

Emmy Award-winning ctress Mariska Hargitay is the 2007 Lee National Denim Day ambassador. She dedicates her participation to her childhood friend, Annette Condon, who recently lost her battle with breast cancer.

Companies, schools or organizations that register by visiting www.denimday.com or calling 1.800.521.5533 will receive a comprehensive participation kit, which includes educational materials about breast cancer in addition to supplies for easy coordination.

Lee Jeans is a division of VF Corporation. Headquartered in Merriam, Kan., Lee manufactures and markets brand denim, casual pants, shirts, fleece and knit apparel. A brand committed to the community, Lee Jeans founded Lee National Denim Day, the largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. VF Corporation is a leader in branded lifestyle apparel including jeanswear, outdoor products, image apparel and sportswear.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.

Last year, more than 18,000 companies across the country took part in this single-day fundraiser, raising more than $5 million. Lee Jeans has been committed to this cause for nearly 12 years. The cause was chosen when company leaders asked employees which cause was most important to them. Lee Jeans sets a fantastic example of getting employees invested in a cause, and then taking their message to the nation.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Callaway Golf Supports Cancer Initiative

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Callaway Golf Company has launched a new line of products to benefit ovarian cancer research in time for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September. Aimed at raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer, the second leading and most deadly gynecologic cancer, Callaway Golf has designed a limited-edition line of teal FT-i drivers, golf balls, towels and hats that will be available starting Sept. 1 at sporting goods stores nationwide. Proceeds from the sale of these products will benefit the Callaway Golf Foundation Women's Cancer initiative.

Just 1,000 drivers will be produced and each will be individually numbered. The Callaway Golf Company will donate 15 percent of its net sales from the sale of all teal products, up to a maximum of $200,000, to help fund the Callaway Golf Foundation Women's Cancer Initiative through the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). The Callaway Golf Foundation Women's Cancer Initiative was created through combined donations of more than $1 million by the Callaway Golf Foundation and Callaway Golf Company to EIF's Women's Cancer Programs at four world-renowned cancer institutions.

Actress Eva Longoria has been named the lead ambassador for the Callaway Golf Foundation PSA campaign with EIF, aimed at raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer prevention. She will appear in both TV and print public service announcements to encourage women to better understand their risks for the disease and to urge them to get involved in the cause.

Callaway Golf Company creates products and services designed to make every golfer a better golfer. The company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf, Odyssey, Top-Flite, and Ben Hogan brands.

As a philanthropic leader of the entertainment industry, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars and provided countless volunteer hours to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.

Ovarian cancer claims more than 15,000 lives in the United States every year, so Callaway Golf's commitment to raising awareness and funds for prevention and research is to be commended.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tyson Foods Donates to Food Bank in NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Tyson Foods, Inc. announced the donation of a truckload of protein to the Food Bank of Western New York. Tyson Foods CEO Richard Bond made the announcement during his first visit as Tyson CEO to the company's deli meat plant on Perry Street in Buffalo.

The announcement event was attended by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, food bank representatives and Tyson workers employed at the Buffalo plant. The donation of more than 30,000 pounds of chicken products, which is the equivalent of 120,000 meals, was delivered to the food bank at 95 Holt Street following the event.

"Through our partnership with hunger relief organizations like America's Second Harvest, we're pleased to support food banks in communities where we have operations," said Bond. "Since we're a leader in the foods business, it's only natural for us to also be a leader in the fight against hunger in our nation. In fact, since the year 2000, our company has donated more than 47 million pounds of protein to help those in need."

The latest donation is the sixth truckload of product that Tyson has donated in western New York this summer. Five truckloads, or more than 180,000 pounds, of protein were delivered to five food banks in western New York in June and July.

The Food Bank of Western New York serves an area that includes Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Cattaraugus counties. The food bank distributes approximately 1 million pounds of food each month to more than 500 charitable programs and agencies throughout the area. More than 100,000 people are served each month.

Tyson Foods, Inc. founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. The company has approximately 104,000 employees at its more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

Tyson Foods has been a strong supporter of food banks and organizations dedicated to eradicating hunger in the United States. This donation is especially timely because summertime donations are typically lower than normal and children who need meals most

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Chrysler Financial Donates $100,000 To Feed Hungry

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.— The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Financial
donated $100,000 to Forgotten Harvest. The donation will go toward Forgotten Harvest's $3.6 million capital campaign for its new headquarters in Oak Park, Mich.

"We are pleased to assist Forgotten Harvest in its mission to drive out hunger from our communities," said Brian Glowiak, vice president of The Chrysler Foundation. "At The New Chrysler we have a passion for helping the communities where we live and work and helping to feed those in need is a job that should be done everyday."

Forgotten Harvest provides perishable food to those in need. It delivers more than 8.5 million pounds of fresh, perishable food to 135 emergency food providers in the metropolitan Detroit area annually.

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight hunger and waste. It currently rescues over 8.5 million pounds of food per year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from a variety of sources, including grocery stores, produce markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other Health Department-approved sources. The donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free of charge to emergency food providers in the metro Detroit area.

Now in its 54th year, The Chrysler Foundation is the primary source of charitable grants made by Chrysler. Formerly known as the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, the Foundation annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations with an emphasis on community growth and enrichment, education, arts and culture, public policy, youth development and disaster relief programs throughout the United States and the world.

Chrysler Financial offers automotive financial products and services to both dealers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. In addition to offering vehicle wholesale and retail financing to more than 4,400 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers, Chrysler Financial also provides fleet management and lines of credit to dealers.

This generous donation will help Forgotten Harvest's capital campaign and assist the organization end hunger and waste in the metro Detroit area. The donation will impact people of all economic levels, and especially children in need. Forgotten Harvest is metro Detroit's only mobile food rescue organization.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Frontier Natural Products Donates $10,000

NORWAY, Iowa — Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of natural and organic products, has donated $10,000 to help expand the Everdale Environmental Learning Center’s Farmer For a Day program.

The program provides an interactive experience that turns kids' curiosity about plants, animals and where their food comes from into a basic understanding of sustainable farming and animal care. Frontier's Simply Organic seasoning line provided the donation from a fund of one percent of its sales set aside for the support of organic farming.

Everdale Learning Center teaches sustainable living practices on a working acre organic farm with mixed livestock, a model ecological home, classroom space, forests and meadows. The center maintains demonstration models of operating, sustainable technologies and has teachers who are specialists in areas such as straw-bale construction, solar and wind systems, farming, and eco-landscaping.

"We are happy for an opportunity to support a program so in tune with our values of organics and sustainability," says Kathy Larson, Frontier's vice president of sustainability. "Everdale's new Farmer For a Day program gives kids valuable hands-on experiences that encourage them to think about food, farming, and health. Perhaps this program will develop some of the future environmentalists and concerned citizens we need to solve our ecological problems."

The Farmer For a Day program focuses on providing a general understanding of the origins of food supply and food systems, as well as experience in organic growing on the farm. Students spend much of their time outdoors on the farm and are asked to bring items such as old clothes, boots or shoes that can get muddy, work gloves and sunscreen. Participants leave with a new understanding of the methods and possibilities of sustainable agriculture, energy and construction.

Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic, Aura Cacia and Aura Cacia Organics brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility.

Everdale Environmental Learning Center is a non-profit environmental learning center situated on a 150-acre organic farm in Ontario, Canada. Its purpose is to teach sustainable living practices and operate an exemplary organic farm. Everdale provides over 25,000 hours of sustainability training each year for people of all ages and backgrounds, including hands-on farm apprenticeships, weekend courses and workshops, family-oriented events like tree plantings and picnics, school programs, and educational tours for the public.

Frontier has long been a supporter and promoter of sustainable products and sustainable agriculture, and its involvement with Everdale Environmental Learning Center is a perfect match. In a sense, donations such as this will serve as an investment in the future as the children taking part in the Farmer For a Day program will be impacted not only now, but also in the future.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Meritain Health Helps Twin Cities Red Cross

MINNEAPOLIS — Meritain Health, the nation's largest independent provider of services for self-funded health plans, announced that its 400 Minneapolis-based employees can donate up to eight hours of their paid time off (PTO) to the American Red Cross-Twin Cities Chapter's I-35W bridge collapse local relief effort.

Meritain Health will determine the contribution based on each donating employee's hourly wage or annual salary, and it will match employee donations with a cash contribution of up to $30,000.

"With so many Minnesotans being forced to leave their jobs for extended periods of time to deal with unspeakable
loss, we thought it was only appropriate to allow our employees to symbolically donate the time away from work that our friends and neighbors desperately need, all while financially helping the larger relief effort,” said Steve Adamson, general manager of CBSA, a Meritain Health company in Minneapolis.

Meritain Health is the nation's largest independent provider of services for self-funded health plans. It serves more than 1,400 self-funded clients and more than 1 million members nationally. The company provides plan administration, innovative wellness, medical management, disease management, network management and cost management services. Meritain Health employs more than 1,350 people, with headquarters in Amherst, N.Y., and regional offices in 28 cities across the country. The company has 400 employees in its Minneapolis office.

Meritain Health is really lending its support in this time of crisis in the Minneapolis area. In addition to this program/donation, it is encouraging employees to donate blood in a local blood drive.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Spectra Logic Donates Backpacks

BOULDER, Colo. — Spectra Logic Corp., a Boulder-based data storage company, donated more than 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to Crayons to Calculators, a collaboration among six nonprofit organizations. The program collects school supplies for Boulder Valley low-income families.

More than 5,000 students in the Boulder Valley School District are on the federal lunch assistance program. Last year, 2,943 students received backpacks full of supplies through the Crayons to Calculators program,

Founded in October of 1979, Spectra Logic Corporation manufactures tape, disk and encryption libraries that help organizations save time, lower costs and reduce risks while protecting and storing data.

The Crayons to Calculators program set a goal this year of providing backpacks to 3,500 children, and every donation whether it be a cash or supply-filled backpacks, will go a long way in helping the organization reach its goal and help kids get ready for the new school year.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Tae Kwon Do Master Set to Break Record in Support of Finding a Cure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Master Mitch Ellis, owner of Dragon E’s Black Belt Academy in Westerville, Ohio, will attempt to set a new world record by breaking more than 3,014 wood boards in one hour. Ellis, a sixth degree black belt master in tae kwon do, has set a goal of breaking 10,000 boards in an hour, which is about 167 boards per minute. The attempt, which will be made at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at The Continent on Busch Boulevard in Columbus, is the centerpiece of an event called Breaking For the Record, Breaking For The Cure.

Breaking for the Record, Breaking for the Cure will also feature food and beverage sales, live music, martial arts demonstrations and performances by national cheer and dance championship teams. The public will have the opportunity to purchase T-shirts, breast cancer bracelets, participate in a raffle and a live auction of the commemorative belt worn by Master Ellis. In addition, the first and last boards broken by Master Ellis will be auctioned on eBay.

All proceeds from the event and the auction will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Dragon E's Black Belt Academy was founded in 1998 by Master Elis and currently has more than 60 students enrolled. The focus is on discipline and self-control of each student while teaching respect and honor of others. Master Ellis has trained thousands of students and has promoted several hundred to the rank of black belt. Additionally, he currently holds the world records for 100 wood boards broken in 9.7 seconds and 480 boards in one minute, all to raise funds for cancer research.

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The James was founded by breast cancer survivor Stefanie Spielman and her husband, former All-Pro NFL linebacker Chris Spielman. They pledged to raise $1 million to be dedicated to breast cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Since 1999, more than $3 million has been raised.

This event is a fun and positive way to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Raising funds for this worthy cause is important to Master Ellis because several of his family members and friends have battled breast cancer. It's inspiring to see how passionate people can be for a cause when they have a personal connection to it. We wish Master Ellis the best of luck in breaking his record!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Office Depot Donates 300,000 Backpacks

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. —The Office Depot Foundation, the independent foundation serving as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot, is providing children with backpacks in order to help them get ready for school.

In all, 300,000 backpacks will be donated to a variety of non-profit organizations and schools across the U.S. and Canada through the 2007 Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program. The recipients, in turn, will provide the backpacks to children they serve through their programs or in their classrooms.

“The National Backpack Program represents one of the most exciting and meaningful ways in which the Foundation and Office Depot demonstrate our commitment to good corporate citizenship," said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. "By placing backpacks containing essential school supplies into the hands of kids, we feel we are giving them the important tools they need to start school with confidence."

For the first time, the 2007 backpacks will come in five different colors, including blue, red, purple, green, gold, aqua and brown. Designed specifically to meet the needs of students in grades K-5, the backpacks feature two front pockets, a net pocket on the side, and wide padded straps for comfort and support. Each backpack contains a pencil pouch complete with a ruler, four crayons, a glue stick, a pen, a pencil, a pencil sharpener and an eraser.

Office Depot provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company. Incorporated in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, Fla., Office Depot has annual sales of over $15.4 billion, and employs approximately 52,000 associates around the world. Currently, the company sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries. As of June 2007, Office Depot had 1,186 retail stores in North America and another 369 stores, either company-owned, licensed or franchised, in other parts of the world.

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation that serves as the primary charitable giving arm of Office Depot. It strives to make a positive impact on many lives in many communities around the world and supports a variety of programs that enhance the quality of life for children, strengthen communities, encourage local and global economic growth, and empower schools and non-profit organizations.

In seven years, the National Backpack Program has provided almost 1.5 million backpacks to needy children. This year, five national organizations will help distribute the backpacks, including Communities In Schools, Kids In Need Foundation, Feed the Children, National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, and National Foundation for Women Legislators. These backpacks will brighten the back-to-school experience for 300,000 kids. It's a strong example of a major corporation giving back.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Clark County Adoption Fair Slated

LAS VEGAS — The Clark County Department of Family Services, The Adoption Exchange and other local adoption and government agencies are presenting the 10th annual Adoption Fair. The event is free and open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.

The event brings together prospective parents, children hoping to be adopted and professionals seeking homes for local children. Public and private adoption agencies will be there, including the Department of Family Services, Catholic Charities and LDS Social Services. Those who attend can also get information from representatives of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children in foster care, and various foster care agencies that help abused and neglected children.

Local experts on adoption and foster care will be on hand to conduct seminars and provide information to families and prospective parents. Prospective parents can view photos of hundreds of local children seeking a "forever family." The Adoption Exchange will also display its Heart Gallery, featuring compelling portraits of local children waiting for a family to adopt them.

The Adoption Exchange connects children and families. It is a non-profit 501(c) (3) child welfare organization founded in 1983 to work for safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Since its inception, the agency has helped find families for more than 4,700 children, including hundreds here in Southern Nevada.

This event is very timely as the number of children in need of foster care in Clark County is at record levels, and not enough foster homes are available. More than 2,300 children are currently in foster care in the county, and the number of kids in need of shelter has steadily been increasing by nearly 30 percent annually. It's a critical community concern.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Event to Benefit HELP of Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS — The 8th Annual Tea, Trends & Tranquility will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas Acacia Ballroom, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of ten.

The event will feature a fashion show hosted by Macy’s and tea provided by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. All proceeds benefit HELP of Southern Nevada.

HELP of Southern Nevada assists families and individuals throughout Southern Nevada to overcome barriers and attain self-sufficiency and become less dependent on government assistance through direct services, training and referral to community resources.

To RSVP or for additional information, visit HELP of Southern Nevada.

HELP of Southern Nevada helps people overcome barriers through a broad range of essential services, such as emergency resources, traveler's aid, home weatherization, a displaced homemakers program, community alternative sentencing and more. This special event will benefit HELP and allow it to continue to serve people in need with a hand up, not a handout.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Boca Java Donates $30,000

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — Bruce Frcek, founder and president of Boca Java, announced his company has donated $30,000 to the Palm Beach Area Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The funds will be used by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support ongoing efforts to find a cure for blood cancers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $550.8 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.

Frcek founded Boca Java in 2002. The direct-to-consumer online gourmet coffee company is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., and was included on the Internet Retailers Top 300 List for three consecutive years.

This sizable donation will help the society in its critical medical research. Frcek chose to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society because of his own personal experience with the organization — his mother died from a blood cancer.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Delta Dental Awards $49k for Chicago Oral Health Projects

LISLE, Ill. — Delta Dental of Illinois announced it has awarded $49,000 to six agencies in the greater Chicago area in an effort to help promote oral health education and access for Illinois residents.

The grants are part of Delta Dental of Illinois' public benefit program. Part of Delta Dental of Illinois’ mission includes improving the oral health of the communities it serves. As such, Delta Dental of Illinois supports organizations and projects that help improve oral health access or promote oral health education in the state. The grants awarded include:

Girls in the Game. $15,000 awarded to this organization that offers year-round, female-focused programming that combines physical activity and nutrition with health education to create a holistic, healthy lifestyle. The group will introduce a pilot oral health education program by creating an educational workshop for Chicago's underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods.

Easter Seals of Metropolitan Chicago. $10,000 awarded to the organization, which has a dental program that is one of only a few in the state that specializes in oral health services for patients with developmental disabilities. The majority of people served are low-income adults between ages 19 and 54. It serves approximately 3,000 patients each year.

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Clinic. $10,000 awarded to this clinic that aims to remove barriers to proper dental care for low-income individuals and families. As an organization that never refuses treatment for inability to pay, the five-chair clinic will provide 5,000 restorative and preventative visits to 1,800 patients over the next year.

Erie Family Health Center. $5,000 awarded to this organization, which aims to increase access to comprehensive health services for children, pregnant women and diabetic adults. The center expects to serve more than 2,200 unique patients in the next 12 months.

Mercer County Health Department. $5,000 awarded for the department's Toothmobile mobile dental clinic, which is a school-linked health center that helps to reduce the barriers to proper dental care for low-income families. The Toothmobile serves approximately 1,000 people.

University of Illinois Medical Center. $4,000 awarded for the university's Dental Awareness waiting room information program, which is a patient education program designed to educate parents, children and caregivers on the benefits of proper dental care.

"Part of Delta Dental of Illinois' mission is to continually seek ways for residents of Illinois to have access to quality oral health care and education," said Robert Dennison, D.M.D., President and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois. "Through our grant program we are able to assist a number of community-focused organizations in their missions to provide beneficial health programs for the entire state. We are honored to be part of this joint, positive endeavor."

Delta Dental of Illinois is a not-for-profit dental service corporation specializing in providing comprehensive, easy-to-use and cost-effective benefits to over one million employees and family members in more than 3,200 employee groups throughout Illinois. Based in Lisle, Ill., it offers an array of nationwide network-based managed fee-for-service, PPO and dental HMO plans.

These awards will benefit six diverse agencies that serve thousands of residents of the greater Chicago area and help meet an underserved need — oral health care and education.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Communications USA Supports Local YMCA

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Communications USA donated four commercial-grade Motorola two-way radios to the Jackie Robinson YMCA. The donation, valued at approximately $1,000, was made in conjunction with the San Diego Building Owners and Managers Association's (BOMA) work party, where San Diego BOMA members teamed to renovate and improve the YMCA facility. The radios will be used to coordinate special events and programs.

Located in San Diego, The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA serves an ethnically diverse community of over a quarter of a million people. The facility extends its reach to people of all ages with a variety of needs and interests. Its staff and volunteers are committed to making a real difference in the lives of those they serve, working together to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

Communications USA is an authorized Motorola dealer of two-way radios. The company develops and implements wireless solutions for business and government, focusing on two-way radio systems and wireless broadband technologies. Founded in 1989 as a charter Motorola two-way radio dealer, Communications USA is a 2006 and 2007 recipient of the Motorola MOTOSTAR award.

BOMA San Diego is the local leading voice for the commercial real estate industry. With 300 members, BOMA represents more than 25 million square feet of commercial office space in San Diego County. The organization promotes the interests of a changing commercial real estate industry by encouraging partnerships in education, networking and advocacy.

This is a fine example of a business supporting its community. These professional-grade radios will better enable YMCA staff to communicate during special events and to help streamline operations during community events as well.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Florida Children's Hospital Gets $3 Million Donation

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Yizhak Toledano, founder and CEO of Sky Development, Inc., will donate $3 million to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. The foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, will use the funds to construct a new children’s hospital in Hollywood, directly across from the existing hospital.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is a world-class hospital that has earned the distinction of being the leading children’s hospital in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. This premier facility combines advanced technology and the expertise of the largest diversity of board-certified specialists in the region — all in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children.

The Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation was established in 1994 to provide philanthropic support that supplements the income from payors and tax revenues received by the Memorial Healthcare System. The foundation serves as the central agency through which charitable contributions are made. A volunteer board of directors, comprised of prominent business and community leaders, oversees all aspects of its operation.

Based in Aventura, Florida, Sky Development Inc. is an owner, manager and developer of commercial and residential properties. The company is involved in acquisition, development, rehabilitation and conversion, offering a full array of in-house services such as market assessment, public funding and incentive strategy.

This is perhaps the largest single donation the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation has ever received. The hospital provides an invaluable service to the community and fills a health care niche for children in the Hollywood area.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Opportunity Village Hosts Graduation for Students With Disabilities

LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based
not-for-profit, hosted a graduation ceremony on Aug. 3 for
students in the Job Discovery Program (JDP).

JDP is a collaborative effort between Opportunity
Village and the Clark County School District. It is designed for
students with intellectual disabilities receiving transition services
though the district and provides prevocational and job-readiness
training for young people who have aspirations to someday move into the
competitive employment environment. With extensive hands-on training and
real-life work experience, students are able to make focused, informed
decisions when it comes time to search for their first jobs.

JDP offers five areas of vocational specialties that include food service training, retail, janitorial, child care and animal care. Over the course of one year, students have the opportunity to learn and work in five different worksites for nine weeks per site.

Opportunity Village serves people in the community with intellectual disabilities to enhance their daily lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village continues to be one of the best examples of a not-for-profit organization that impacts many lives in Las Vegas. The JDP program helps prepare those with intellectual disabilities to be productive citizens by offering them invaluable job training.

Friday, August 03, 2007

BlogCatalog.com Members Elevate Organ Donation Awareness Around the Globe

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — When several hundred bloggers and social media content developers organized a social awareness campaign for organ donation on BlogCatalog.com, organ donation stories on the Internet increased by 10 times the average amount July 17-19.

In addition, beginning with Medical News Today’s coverage of the “BlogCatalog Community Organ Donor Awareness Campaign,” organ donation stories in daily and weekly newspapers all over the world increased from an average of one or two stories per day to more than 30 stories per day. Medical News Today, which is the number one medical news search engine on the Internet, has more than 1.7 million visitors per month.

“We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support our members extend toward social awareness issues, especially this one because the choice is so extremely personal,” said Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. “Since the very first post, we have seen a number of topics and discussions come out of the dialogue, ranging from how to stop the black market trade to proof that social media can be used for good.”

This is the second time BlogCatalog.com has successfully launched a social awareness campaign. The first campaign was in May, when scores of bloggers supported education topics and helped draw attention to DonorsChoose.org and directly benefited 1,000 students in the United States.

“The DonorsChoose.org campaign was our first experiment with asking bloggers to do good,” says Berkman. “From this topic, we were able to fine tune the social awareness campaign based on member response. We learned that as successful as the DonorsChoose.org campaign was, our members wanted an international topic and more content freedom.”

Berkman found organ donation was an important social issue as 1,700 people need transplants in Australia, more than 170,000 in Europe and the United States, and more than 2 million in China.

“Not all of our members participated and a few expressed some concern at first,” says Berkman. “I think that is very positive. Mostly, our members convinced me that bloggers want to do good. They want to make positive changes in the world. And whether that means 1,000 students have a better education or hundreds of thousands of people are better informed about organ donation, well, then they really have changed the world.”

BlogCatalog.com will also credit participating bloggers by linking to their blogs. BlogCatalog.com is the first social network directory to organize its members to raise funds for a global campaign.

This truly demonstrates the good people can do when they come together for an important purpose. BlogCatalog.com is committed to making a difference in the world, and its members have risen to the challenge. We're looking forward to learning about their next social awareness campaign.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

CVS/Caremark To Donate Playgrounds

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy, pledged $1.1 million to Boundless Playgrounds as part of an ongoing commitment to making life easier for children with disabilities.

Three CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants totaling $750,000 will fund construction and program services for major new Boundless playgrounds in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles in 2008. In addition, the trust will provide $290,000 for projects currently under development in a dozen communities to create playgrounds where children of all abilities can play together.

"We are thrilled to announce the next phase of our relationship with Boundless Playgrounds and to continue our goal of helping create environments where children of all abilities can play together," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "We are not only bringing signature CVS All Kids Can Boundless playgrounds to three major cities, but we are also supporting grassroots efforts by local community organizations to bring inclusive playgrounds to their neighborhoods."

The Boundless playground projects in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles will each receive $250,000, which will be used for the purchase of playground equipment and universally accessible surfacing to allow children who use support equipment like wheelchairs or walkers to be in the middle of the fun. The funds will also provide for program management.

Core attributes of a Boundless playground are the ability for every child to reach the highest play deck, play structures configured to support children's development, universally accessible pathways and surfacing, spots where everyone can gather, equipment like swings and bouncers with back support, elevated sand tables and activity panels where children of all abilities can play together, and sensory-rich activities to encourage imaginary play.

CVS All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy, is a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities. The goals of CVS All Kids Can are to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services. CVS/pharmacy and its more than 170,000 employees plan to help children with disabilities learn, play and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations across the country.

Boundless Playgrounds is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides leadership to help communities create extraordinary playgrounds where children, with and without disabilities, can develop essential skills for life as they learn together through play.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation. CVS Caremark is the No. 1 provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation.

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