Friday, November 30, 2007

Garth Brooks to Play LA to Raise Money for Fire Victims and for the Future of Fire Fighting in California

LOS ANGELES — Having been approached by California state elected officials as well as civic leaders from areas affected by recent wildfires, music superstar Garth Brooks has agreed to perform a benefit concert to raise money for the recent fire victims and for the future of fire fighting in the state of California.

Tickets for the Jan. 26, 2008, benefit concert at Los Angeles' STAPLES Center will be available Dec. 1. Tickets priced at $38.60 (plus $1.40 city amusement tax and $5 handling charge) for all seats will be available via the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone network and online at Ticketmaster .Tickets will not be available at the STAPLES Center Box Office or other outlets. There will be a limit of six tickets per person.

Organizers AEG and Brooks announced that all ticket sale proceeds from the concert sponsored by American Express and official media sponsor the Los Angeles Times, will be donated to the "Southern California 2008 Fire Relief Campaign," a campaign of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The funds will be granted to agencies providing aid to victims and the first responders of the Los Angeles and San Diego wildfires in addition to providing financial assistance to California firefighting departments and organizations in need of additional or replacement firefighting equipment to better perform their heroic duties. The Foundation will also be responsible for grant administration and recordkeeping.

American Express will donate $20 for each ticket purchased with an American Express card with a guaranteed commitment to the fund of $1 million. The McCormick Foundation has also pledged to match the first $2 million raised at 50 cents on the dollar (up to a $1 million match) in addition to promotional support from the Los Angeles Times. AEG has donated the use of STAPLES Center for the night of music starring Brooks who last appeared in Los Angeles in 2001.

"Please let everyone know I hate to ask so much for a ticket but, 100 percent of the money is going to victims of the recent fires and to the firefighters facing future fires," said Brooks.

Elected officials on both the state and local levels have already spoken with Brooks to pledge their support for his appearance and efforts to make this important event a reality.

“On behalf of all San Diegans, I commend and thank Garth Brooks, his band, American Express, the Los Angeles Times, McCormick Tribune Foundation and STAPLES Center for making this benefit concert a reality," said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. "To have a star of Mr. Brooks' stature dedicate his talent and time to help raise funds for those who lost their homes and to better equip our brave firefighters is truly uplifting."

Certified by the RIAA as the #1 selling solo artist in US history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 123 million albums. He is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have 6 albums top the 10 million mark. Brooks has earned numerous awards, including: 2 Grammys, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 World Music Awards, 12 People's Choice Awards, and 36 Billboard Music Awards. He was named Artist of the '90s at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards, and was named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999.

AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or controls a collection of companies including facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles), NOKIA Theatre Times Square, NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie (TX), the El Rey Theatre (Hollywood, CA), the WaMu Theatre (Seattle, WA), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN) and three just opened arenas, Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of London along the Thames River which includes a 20,000 seat arena and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; sports franchises throughout the world including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo (MLS) in addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG's live entertainment division, AEG LIVE is one of the world's leading concert promotion and touring companies.


American Express Company is a leading global payments, network and travel company founded in 1850.

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2.2 million and 3.2 million on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses and affiliates -- including latimes.com, The Envelope/theenvelope.com, Times Community Newspapers, Hoy, and California Community News -- reach approximately 8.1 million or 62 percent of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. __

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to making life better for children, communities and country. The Foundation's communities program is a unique effort that stimulates local philanthropy and improves community life. Each year thousands of people make donations to the Foundation through various fundraising activities, including direct mail, online giving and special campaigns. Together with newspapers, broadcasters and sports teams nationwide, the Foundation raises money from the public for important local and national causes, including disaster relief. The Foundation encourages donations by adding 50 cents to every dollar contributed, up to set limits. Then, the Foundation makes grants to nonprofits in the communities from which the donations originated.

Although Brooks retired from touring nearly a decade ago, he occasionally performs for his favorite charities, and that makes this event unique. Brooks sets a great example for entertainers because he consistently lends his name and talents to important causes. Earlier this month, he launched a pink edition of his "The Ultimate" hits CD available only at the Susan G. Komen Web site.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Las Vegas to Walk Now For Autism Dec. 1

LAS VEGAS — A Walk Now For Autism event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Star Nursery Field at Sam Boyd Stadium, 7000 East Russell Road. Registration and a resource fair open at 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m.

A local team will be walking in support of Daniel Allen, a bright and energetic 4-year-old who was diagnosed with autism a year and a half ago. Individuals are invited to join Daniel’s team, called DanieLove07, by walking or making a donation. To join, visit Walk For Autism to register. Click on the Las Vegas link, then “register,” and then “join a team.” Click “DanieLove07” under “join an existing team.”

Walk Now For Autism unites communities in support of those affected by autism with a noncompetitive 5K walk and community resource fair, raising funds for autism research, awareness and outreach.

Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. It is a neuro-developmental disorder that is commonly diagnosed by the age of three, and in some cases, as early as one year. Affecting one in every 150 children born today, autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive and stereotypical patterns of behavior.

The money raised at Walk Now For Autism supports Autism Speaks/Cure Autism Now's mission to find the causes, effective treatments and a cure for autism through funding essential biomedical and scientific research.

Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now are dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. Cure Autism Now was founded in 1995 by Jonathan Shestack and Portia Iversen, parents of a child with autism. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, grandparents of a child with autism.

Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now (CAN) recently announced plans to combine operations, bringing together the two leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; to increasing awareness of the nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. Together the organizations have awarded autism research grants valued at more than $50 million.

Autism affects thousands of children in every community, and just about everyone knows a child who is affected by autism. Finding a cure requires extensive research, and events like this one held across the country generate much needed funds and raise awareness about the disorder. Even a small donation will play an important role in finding a cure.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

T.G.I. Friday's Announces Partnership With Make-A-Wish Foundation

CARROLLTON, Texas — T.G.I. Friday's (Friday’s) restaurants announced it has formed a national partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Friday's has pledged $250,000 by December 2008.

"T.G.I. Friday's is proud to name the Make-A-Wish Foundation our 'charity of choice'," said Mike Archer, president and chief operating officer of T.G.I. Friday's USA, who presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation a $26,000 check at the recent opening of Friday's 600th U.S. restaurant at NorthPark Center in Dallas, where Friday's celebrated the 25th anniversary of the foundation's North Texas chapter.

Under the partnership, funds raised by T.G.I. Friday's USA and the Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Support Center will benefit the world's largest wish-granting organization. The first joint initiative of the partnership is fundraising in conjunction with the T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship, an annual event involving 8000 of Friday's famed mixologists from 58 countries who compete for the title of "Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World."

Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of TGI Friday’s Inc. and Pick Up Stix, is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality, travel and marketing industries. As of November 2007, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 58 countries.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation America has granted more than 156,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. TGI Friday's partnership with Make-A-Wish will make it possible for more life-changing wishes to be granted not only in Texas, but also throughout the United States.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Receives Grant from PR Newswire

CLEVELAND — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) has been selected by PR Newswire’s local office as the recipient of a cash grant and group volunteer hours.

As part of its 2007 Charitable Giving Program, 'Doing Well by Doing Good', PR Newswire employees select a charity located in an area in which the company has substantial operations for which they will volunteer as a group and to which the company will make a cash donation. The Boys and Girls Club, an organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the development of children by providing guidance and a safe environment, has already benefited from the volunteer efforts of local PR Newswire staff.

"Volunteers act as positive role models for young people at the Boys and Girls Clubs," said Ron Soeder, president, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. "PR Newswire's staff has generously given their time, and the company's grant will assist us in providing the children with programs and services that will aid them in pursuing their dreams and succeeding in life."

To date, local PR Newswire staff has volunteered for events with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, including the National Day for Kids on September 16, a day of sports, recreation and companionship, as well as chaperoning a trip to the circus, supporting athletic programs and developing a computer skills and safety program.

"As a company with global operations and staff working in cities all around the world, it's important to us to give back to the community in which we work," said Charles Gregson, chief executive officer, PR Newswire. "We found through researching our program that as much as charities are seeking financial assistance, they are also extremely interested in finding dedicated volunteers. With this knowledge we designed a program that gave our staff a voice in the charity selection in order to maximize the volunteer participation. The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland is an extraordinarily worthy charity and we are very pleased to be able to assist them in this way."

PR Newswire Association LLC provides electronic distribution, targeting, measurement and broadcast services on behalf of tens of thousands of corporate, government, association, labor, non-profit, and other customers worldwide. Using PR Newswire, these organizations reach a variety of critical audiences including the news media, the investment community, government decision-makers, and the general public with their up-to-the-minute, full-text news developments. Established in 1954, PR Newswire has offices in 14 countries and routinely sends its customers' news to outlets in 135 countries and in more than 40 languages.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland started in 1954 and currently serves 3,000 youth in seven centers. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences and most importantly, hope and opportunity. The mission of the national organization is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

In its involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, PR Newswire is giving a cash grant and, equally important, volunteer hours. Often volunteers can impact the lives of children through their example of giving and serve as positive role models. We look forward to learning which charities other PR Newswire offices will select in other communities it serves.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Contentnea Creek Development Company and Standout Properties Partner with Communities In Schools of NC

RALEIGH, N. C. — Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) has teamed up with local developer Contentnea Creek Development Company and the real estate firm Standout Properties to ensure area students stay in school. Contentnea Creek and Standout Properties have agreed to donate $200 per house sold in their communities as part of the CIS initiative, Lots For Learning.

“Lots For Learning is a statewide financial development initiative of Communities In Schools of North Carolina,” SAID Linda Harrill, president and chief executive officer of CISNC. “CIS continues to be strengthened because of companies such as Contentnea Creek and Standout Properties getting involved and recognizing the economic impact of keeping our students in school.”

In addition to $100 per home sold donated by Standout Properties, the onsite listing agent will also donate $100 per home sold. Currently, Standout Properties is the exclusive agency for all of Contentnea Creek Development’s neighborhoods, Ethan’s Glen, Normandy Glen, Bishop’s Grant, Windfall, and The Gates.

Standout Properties is a full-service real estate company based in Raleigh, NC. Building on over 50 years of combined experience and referrals from satisfied customers, the firm helps buyers and sellers with all areas of real estate marketing.

Communities In Schools has earned its place as the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. There are 39 local operational affiliates in North Carolina serving over 400 schools and other sites. During the past school year, CIS served over 130,000 youth and family members and it maintains a presence in the five largest school districts in North Carolina.

When businesses and non-profits create community partnerships, it is a win-win situation for the community. CISNC creates such partnerships and provides services at schools and other sites. The outcome for the participating students is improved attendance, improved behavior and higher graduation rates. That only helps the community.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Online Art Auction to Benefit Disabled Artists & Craftspeople

LAS VEGAS — Transition Services, Inc. is hosting a unique online art auction to raise money for Studio 8 Ten. A downtown Las Vegas redevelopment project, the Studio 8 Ten art studio will eventually be home to more than 30 artists and craftspeople with disabilities in the Las Vegas Valley. The purpose of Studio 8 Ten will be to create unique entrepreneurial and community-based job opportunities for its patrons.

Studio 8 Ten will not only host a public art studio where members of the local community and tourists are welcome to come in and interact with the craftspeople at work, but will also be home to a boutique-style gift shop where customers can purchase everything from handmade paper to all-natural dog shampoo in a warm, welcoming environment.

The online art auction features original Thonet designer chairs that have been turned into works of art by 32 talented artists, including Dirk Vermin, Steve Scott and Jennifer Spear. The art ranges from acrylic and oil paintings, to mixed media art; from a desert landscape to a skateboard complete with truck and grip surface. The chairs will be available for bidding until Dec. 3 and can be shipped anywhere in the world. but any chairs that have not been sold may be available at a live auction during the grand opening of Studio 8 Ten at 810 Las Vegas Blvd. All auction proceeds benefit Transition Services Inc.’s Studio 8 Ten project.

Transition Services, Inc. provides services for people with developmental disabilities who were not successful in other Las Vegas-based programs. In eight years, it has grown to four Southern Nevada locations and expanded its services to provide fulfilling work and social experiences for 170 individuals each day. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, it is committed to offering meaningful work programs that allow the people it serves to reach their highest potential in their own way. Transition Services, Inc. is accredited by United Way of Southern Nevada.

Thank you to artist Jennifer Spear for bringing this important fundraiser to our attention. Transition Services, Inc. fills a critically underserved niche in the Las Vegas community, and its Studio 8 Ten project is truly unique. The chairs up for auction are one-of-a-kind, original works of art, and they deserve a look. I have long been a big fan of Spear's work. In fact, one of her beautiful pieces hangs in a hallway in my home. Check out her amazing Bettie Page chair, which is #29 in the auction.

Monday, November 19, 2007

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Kicks Off Fourth Annual Thanks and Giving Campaign

NEW YORK CITY — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has launched its 2007 Thanks and Giving campaign, announcing that it has reached the unprecedented 50-partner milestone, said Marlo Thomas, St. Jude National Outreach director.

also announced that the National Football League has become the first major sports league to sign up for the Thanks and Giving initiative, joining the nation's leading brands and most respected companies and their customers, as they help St. Jude to fulfill its mission of saving the lives of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
"I am so proud to be involved with these 50 wonderful companies, who are able to drop their competitive armor and unite each holiday season through the Thanks and Giving campaign to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said Thomas.
The Thanks and Giving celebrity family of Jennifer Aniston, Bernie Mac, Robin Williams, Ray Romano and Antonio Banderas has once again volunteered to appear in national television spots that ask customers to "Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not" by donating to St. Jude and its lifesaving work. New Orleans Saints' running back Reggie Bush has also been drafted as the first sports figure featured in the television campaign.
"It is very exciting to be part of this campaign, which has become-in just four short years-an annual holiday tradition," said long-time supporter Jennifer Aniston.
In addition to the NFL, the 2007 Thanks and Giving initiative welcomes five new partners-Ann Taylor Brands, Chili's Grill & Bar, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hershey's and National Beverage Corporation.
Also, St. Jude announced that seven of its returning Thanks and Giving partners-CVS/pharmacy, Dollar General, Domino's Pizza, Kay Jewelers, Kmart, Target and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.-each raised more than one million dollars last year for this special holiday-focused campaign.
St. Jude is the nation's leading children's cancer research and treatment hospital, and the only one that covers all of the costs for medicine, treatment, food, travel and lodging. Children come to St. Jude from across the country, and 85 cents of every dollar received goes directly to research and treatment.
Customers are encouraged to participate by:
Shopping where there is a St. Jude Thanks and Giving logo, a magnifying glass set against a bright green background, which symbolizes the ongoing search for cures.

Adding a donation at the check-out counter.

Purchasing specialty merchandise at participating companies to benefit St. Jude.

Donating online.

Because of the pioneering treatments developed at St. Jude, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, has risen from 4 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 90 percent today. The research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude are freely shared with the scientific community and used by hospitals across the nation and around the world.

Thanks and Giving is a national fund-raising and awareness campaign created by Thomas and her siblings, Terre and Tony Thomas, the children of hospital founder Danny Thomas. In the spirit of their father, they have once again called on St. Jude's cherished celebrity family, all of whom donated their time and talents for new national television spots produced by Tony Thomas which will air on broadcast and cable networks, in both general and Spanish-language markets. The Thanks and Giving campaign will also feature Internet banner ads that will run on thousands of sites, including nfl.com, AOL.com and Yahoo!; and a 60-second movie trailer, which will once again reach millions of moviegoers on more than 20,000 movie screens nationwide and on American Airlines flights during the holidays. Radio spots featuring country artist Keith Urban will run on hundreds of stations across the nation throughout the campaign. The national media blitz also includes print ads in leading magazines and newspapers in 20 major markets and USA Today. The online visibility encompasses banner ads on more than 3,000 Web sites and spectacular outdoor advertising from coast to coast.

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving partners bring the energy and enthusiasm of their organizations to this holiday campaign. The 2007 Thanks and Giving partners include: CVS/pharmacy, Dollar General, Domino's Pizza, Kay Jewelers, Kmart, Target, Williams-Sonoma, 7-Eleven, AOL (America Online), American Airlines, American Kiosk Management, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Ann Taylor LOFT, AutoZone, Bandolino, BJ's Wholesale Club, Brooks Brothers, Busch Gardens, Casual Male XL, Chili's Grill & Bar, Club Libby Lu, The Coffee Beanery, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dick's Sporting Goods, Easy Spirit, GNC (General Nutrition Centers), Gymboree Play and Music, Hershey's, HSN (Home Shopping Network), Janie and Jack, Marshalls, The Melting Pot, Memphis Grizzlies, National Beverage Corporation, NFL (National Football League), Nine West, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed + Bath, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, Rochester Clothing, St. Louis Rams, Sag Harbor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, SeaWorld, West Elm, Westfield, Williams-Sonoma Home and Yahoo!.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.

It's great to see so many celebrities and companies taking part in this annual campaign, which benefits critical research and medical treatments at St. Jude. Kudos to the NFL for joining the campaign this year.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Alcoa Foundation Awards $200,000 Grant to California Land Conservancy

NEW YORK CITY — Alcoa Foundation announced today a $200,000, two-year grant that will enable the California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) to implement a program that identifies and addresses the impacts of climate change on land and water conserved by California land trusts. The CCLT is a statewide association for more than 150 land trusts devoted to conserving special lands and waters throughout California.

"In many respects, land trusts will be at the forefront of dealing with climate change. This project will address the needs of land trusts and the local communities they serve by increasing land trusts' knowledge and understanding of California's response to climate change, how their conservation programs can provide climate benefits, and the possible changes needed in their stewardship and protection activities," said Darla Guenzler, executive director of CCLT.

Land trusts are the current U.S. leaders in permanently protecting forests, grasslands and other natural resource lands which can make a significant, positive contribution to climate change due to the capacity of these lands to sequester carbon dioxide.

Aspects of the project include creating a planning model to assist land trusts in developing adaptations for their stewardship and conservation activities in light of possible climate change impacts, and improving communications to increase understanding within local communities about long-term stewardship needs and issues, and how climate change can be expected to bring about significant changes to important open space lands that the public currently enjoys.

As part of the program, CCLT will bring together scientists, communication specialists, other experts and land trusts in a series of events and workshops to develop pertinent information.

The project will have several specific products, including presentations and materials, adaptation plans as well as a model for plan development, and a report with positioning, messages guidelines and recommendations for communications about long term stewardship with an emphasis on climate change.

The results of the project are expected to bring benefits to the general public through ensuring that conservation efforts undertaken by land trusts will be better adapted to changing climate. This effort should also bring about better information about climate change impacts and open spaces in local communities, which provide a variety of benefits, including education, exercise and recreation.

Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of approximately $534 million. Its mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million invested since 1952.

The California Council of Land Trusts (CCLT) is a statewide association for more than 150 land trusts devoted to conserving special lands and waters throughout California. The Council works to increase funding, advance policy solutions and build strong laws for conservation, raise awareness about the benefits of land and water conservation, and provide research and education to increase land trust effectiveness. CCLT is guided by a governing body of land trusts and conservationists throughout California.

Alcoa Foundation is funding a variety of projects related to climate change and conservation. Perhaps this program will offer up a new model to help communities throughout the United States and the world address concerns about climate change.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Motorola Foundation Grants $3.5 Million to Inspire Next Generation of Inventors

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. —The Motorola Foundation announced the recipients of its Innovation Generation Grants, a $3.5 million initiative to inspire young people to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The 2007 Innovation Generation Grants support 106 breakthrough programs that use innovative approaches to develop interest in technology-related fields while strengthening leadership and problem-solving skills. The grants target programs that encourage girls and ethnic groups currently underrepresented in technology fields. Of the recipient programs:

41 percent serve African American students
19 percent reach Hispanic youth
31 percent specifically target girls

"Motorola wants to show the next generation of inventors that science is fun, challenging and possible," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. "Through the Innovation Generation Grants, organizations across the country are helping students develop a passion for science and math by making the connection between the cool technology they enjoy every day and the educational foundation they will need for greater success in the classroom and beyond."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs requiring science, engineering or technical training will increase 24 percent between 2004 and 2014 to 6.3 million, making critical thinkers and practical problem solvers fluent in today's technology even more crucial.

The programs supported by the Innovation Generation Grants range from after-school and summer science enrichment programs to activities that promote innovative technology use and teacher-training initiatives, including:

Global Kids, Inc. in New York will develop and test a high school curriculum that will enable educators to utilize the virtual world of Second Life to engage students in exploring global science, technology and programming.

Half Moon Bay High School in Half Moon Bay, Calif., will implement a new way of teaching algebra in Spanish that engages students in learning math concepts using new technology and hands-on learning, inspiring interest and pursuit of math, science and technology careers.

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York will work with four public schools from the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation to develop curriculum, train teachers and host student workshops in school classrooms and aboard the former aircraft carrier turned museum to cultivate a deep interest in science among young women.

The Marine Science Institute in Redwood City, Calif., will engage students in conducting scientific exploration of the San Francisco Bay on its 90-foot research vessel, at its pier lab, in the classroom and through the Internet.

The National Society of Black Engineers in Alexandria, Va., will meld the engineering design process with math and science knowledge in a fun and interactive environment at its Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Camp.

Working In The Schools' (WITS) new Chicago workplace mentoring program will provide a literacy program with a math and science focus, matching elementary school students one-to-one with business volunteers.

Since 2000, Motorola Foundation has contributed more than $35 million in grants to a variety of programs that expand student access to science and technology fields.

The Motorola Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming.

Beyond funding, Motorola is linking recipients of the Innovation Generation Grants with each other through a new company-hosted portal site that expands and enhances the global network of advocates for education in science, technology, engineering and math. Many of the grants also involve volunteer Motorola engineers and scientists, who guide, mentor, tutor and provide valuable insight into the opportunities of their line of work.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Art Students Offer Complimentary Design Services to Local Nonprofits

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Art Institute of California — Orange County is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for pro bono graphic design, Web and interactive media design, animation and culinary services.

In the last five years, students at The Art Institute have completed nearly 100 projects for local nonprofits through the school’s Community Arts Resource Exchange Program (CARE). CARE is part of the school’s community service initiative to benefit the local community and give students opportunities to develop their skills in art, design and culinary, while reaping the rewards of charitable giving.

“The CARE program allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to professional projects,” said graphic design and advertising academic director Catherine Stickel. “It’s real-world experience that gives students fully-produced work for their portfolios.”

Organizations may apply for student assistance in areas such as logo development, poster design, creation of brochures, flyers, postcards and other marketing collateral material, as well as interactive media projects, computer animation sequences, Web sites and other projects that fit into the school’s curriculum.

To apply for project assistance from the school, local nonprofit groups may request an application from Veronica Orozco by calling 714.830.0221. Applications must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13 to be considered for the winter 2008 quarter.

The Art Institute of California — Orange County is a design, media and culinary arts school providing bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in culinary arts, game art & design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media arts & animation, visual & game programming and Web design & interactive media. The school is one of The Art Institutes with over 35 education institutions located throughout North America.

Students at the Art Institute have delivered nearly 100 projects for local nonprofits. It's a win-win for the students and the nonprofits and teaches the students the importance of giving back to the community. In-kind donations are often overlooked, but they are important facets of giving.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Competition Yields 28,627 Cans of Food to Benefit Long Island Cares, Inc.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — CANstruction, a national charity committed to ending hunger, is using “one can” as a catalyst for change which was sponsored locally by the Long Island Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration. Teams of design and construction industry professionals, led by architects and engineers, built 8 giant self-supporting structures out of 28,627 cans of food ultimately destined for the hungry on Long Island.

The teams spent two months designing and testing their structures prior to the final build-out. Once completed, the eight structures were judged by a panel including Comedian Paul Anthony, Restaurateur Tom Schaudel, Long Island Pulse Publisher Nada Marjanovich and New York Islanders Head Coach Ted Nolan.

Winners were declared in the following categories:
• Structural Ingenuity - “Whale you help feed the hungry?”, by The LiRo Group
• Best Use of Labels – “Scaring hunger away”, by H2M Group
• Best Meal – “BeaCAN of hope in the fight against hunger” by the team of J. S. McHugh, Inc. and Sidney B. Bowne & Son, LLP
• Honorable Mention – “Spongebob CANpants”, by the team of Burton, Behrendt and Smith (BBS) Architects and Stalco Construction, Inc.
• Juror’s Favorite - “Scaring hunger away”, by H2M Group

Winners of the competition will go on to compete nationally in May 2008.

The structures were on display to the public from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4 daily, with the price of admission being one can of food. At the close of the exhibition, the 28,627 cans used to create the sculptures along with all cans collected from the public were donated to Long Island Cares, Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank to help feed the hungry on Long Island.

Long Island Cares is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, community based, regionally responsive, and working in partnership with other charitable agencies to fight hunger in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It is the leading anti-hunger organization and the only food bank on Long Island. Long Island Cares was founded in 1980 by the late singer/activist Harry Chapin in response to the immediate needs of hungry Long Islanders. It is continued today by his wife, Sandy Chapin. In the years since Harry passed away, Long Island Cares has become an organized force of caring, dedicated people who are making a difference in the fight against hunger on Long Island.

When the Harry Chapin Food Bank first opened its doors in February 1982, it served a mere handful of agencies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Today, it delivers food to over 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, day treatment facilities, senior nutrition sites and day care centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties. These agencies, in turn, distribute the food to their clients and/or provide meals from the food received.

The Long Island Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-LI), established in 2004, provides education, networking and business opportunities for marketing professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction industries. Recognized as one of the fastest growing chapters of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), the organization’s mission is to advocate for, educate and connect leaders in the building industry.

This competition to showcase creativity is also one of Long Island Cares'largest food drives. A surprising number of people are at risk of hunger on Long Island, an area that is one of the most prosperous in the nation. But in fact, there are an estimated 259,000 Long Island residents who are hungry, including about 93,000 children and 39,000 seniors.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Abbott Donates Sculpture to Lake County Forest Preserves for Permanent Display

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. — To help raise environmental awareness in Lake County, Abbott has donated a "Cool Globes" sculpture from a recent outdoor public art exhibit to the Lake County Forest Preserves (LCFP) as a permanent display at the organization's Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago.

The Cool Globes program, which Abbott sponsored, featured sculpted globes, each five feet in diameter, on which artists from around the world applied their designs to present messages and images on environmental issues like climate change solutions. After the exhibit ended, the artworks were sold in a public auction to raise money for environmental education.

The Cool Globe Abbott acquired and donated to LCFP, "Nature Nurture: Raise Future Environmentalists," was created by Chicago artist Nancy Pochis Bank. The artist's piece presents how the earth's future stewardship depends on children connecting with nature. Bank used whitewashed, "blank slate" children covered in patterns of nature icons with silhouetted moms and dads positioned over their shoulders to illustrate them overseeing their children's interactions with the natural world.

"Abbott's support of the Lake County Forest Preserves and the Cool Globes art exhibit is part of our commitment to environmental sustainability," said John C. Landgraf, senior vice president, Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Supply, Abbott. "Families across the north suburbs enjoy the Lake County Forest Preserves, and we believe the family-focused message conveyed in the Cool Globe'we're donating will inspire visitors to be part of the solution of protecting the environment for future generations."

The Lake County Forest Preserves manage over 25,500 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy over 125 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River, award-winning nature and history education programs and events, and four public golf courses.

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. With global headquarters in north suburban Chicago, Abbott is the largest non-government employer in Lake County, Ill.

This donation will make a nice addition to the Lake County Forest Preserves, especially because it promotes environmental protection awareness, which is critical.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kristi Yamaguchi to Chair 23rd Annual A Toast to the Triangle

RALEIGH, N. C. — The Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities announced that Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will again serve as honorary chair of the 23rd Annual A Toast to the Triangle, scheduled for March 2008 at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center.

A Toast to the Triangle raises funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., which supports the children and adults of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The center provides programs for children and adults with special needs, including educational services, respite care, early childhood intervention, residential services and a summer program.

“I have a special place in my heart for children with disabilities,” said Yamaguchi. “To be able to work with an organization that does so much for children with special needs is a wonderful opportunity.”

The event offers guests samples from over 40 of the area’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and beers, as well as friendly competition among the participants. The 2007 event raised nearly $175,000 and more than 1,350 guests attended.

“We are excited to have Kristi join us again this year for the Toast,” said Freeman. “Her enthusiasm for the Center and the Toast is inspiring to us all, and we look forward to working with her to make this year’s event the best yet.”

The Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc., founded in 1969, supports the children and adults of the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities. The center provides programs for children and adults with special needs, including educational services, respite care, early childhood intervention, residential services and a summer program. The Tammy Lynn Center serves nearly 400 children and families each year.

Located on a nine-acre campus near North Carolina State University in Raleigh, the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities (TLCDD) offers educational, residential and family support services to children and adults with special needs. In its 38th year, the Center remains committed to providing the individuals it serves with the opportunity to maximize their abilities and potential in a loving, nurturing environment. TLCDD is owned by the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. and is independently operated by TLC Operations, Inc. Both corporations are under the parent company Tammy Lynn Center, Inc. All organizations are nonprofit entities (510(c)(3).

A Toast To the Triangle was first held in 1986. Approximately $6,000 was raised and given to the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation’s building fund. Since, the event has been held annually to raise funds for the Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. and its affiliated organizations. The event offers an array of culinary creations from 40 of the Triangle’s finest restaurants, caterers and purveyors of fine wines and specialty beers.

The Tammy Lynn Center was established in 1969 by the parents of children with special needs. Today, the facility continues to serve special children and provide an invaluable service to their families and the community. Kudos to Yamaguchi for lending her support to such a worthwhile organization.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Dannon Company Awards Second Annual Nutrition Grants

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The Dannon Company, Inc. has awarded the second annual Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants to address the need for educating children about healthy eating practices and proper nutrition.

The Dannon Company established the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants in 2006 to promote childhood nutrition education and provide total funding of more than $100,000 to four nonprofit organizations that operate in communities where a Dannon facility is located. Each organization developed a program that nurtures healthy eating habits among children in the community and encourages children to develop life-long habits for good nutrition and exercise.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, more than quadrupling among children ages 6 to 11, during the past four decades. Today, more than 33 percent of children and adolescents — approximately 25 million — are overweight or obese. Dannon hopes to help curb this trend by supporting youth education programs that provide long-term, grassroots solutions.

Grant winners are:

Westchester County, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Westchester County received $19,500 in support of its program, Shake & Bake in partnership with the White Plains Youth Bureau. CCE aims to improve dietary habits and encourage the adoption of fitness into the daily lifestyle of 75 middle school youth in the White Plains area.

Fort Worth, Texas — United Way of Tarrant County received $26,100 in support of its Little Bites, Big Steps preschool nutrition education program. United Way and its partner, KERA, will address the national problem of preschool children's health and fitness by helping parents and caregivers understand their role in promoting healthy eating in preschool children through educational programming.

Minster, Ohio — The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension in Auglaize County received $29,900 in support of its program, Team Up for Good Nutrition with OSU Extension. The Dannon grant will expand the nutrition education opportunities it provides to youth in Auglaize County and will provide support to OSU Extension’s programs.

West Jordan, Utah — Utah Food Bank Services received $30,000 in support of its Child Health and Nutrition Education Program. Utah Food Bank Services will host nutrition related classes and activities that will be taught at participating Kids Cafe sites and quarterly health fairs to expose children to health lifestyle concepts through visually engaging and activity promoting lesson plans. The nutrition education program will serve about 1,000 low-income, at-risk children in Salt Lake County.

"Through the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition Grants, Dannon is committed to helping people make informed food choices to improve their nutrition and health," said Gayle Binney, manager, Corporate Responsibility for The Dannon Company. "This year, Dannon is also celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the Dannon Institute, an independent, nonprofit foundation which promotes the relationship between nutrition and health."

The Dannon Company is America’s founding national yogurt company and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, and West Jordan, UT. The company produces and sells approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products. Dannon is owned by Groupe Danone, one of the world's leading producers of packaged foods and beverages, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. With a strong commitment to high-quality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products, The Dannon Company is committed to encouraging healthy eating and living. This commitment is also illustrated through The Dannon Company’s support of the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health.

It's great to see Dannon awarding nutrition grants for the second year in a row, and we hope it will be an annual tradition. The company awards grants to worthwhile organizations in and around the communities where it has facilities and employees, which is a nice way of giving back.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Honors Supporters

LAS VEGAS — Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) held its annual awards luncheon in October at the Stirling Club.This year's honorees included:

Youth of the Year- Callyce Carroll

Donor of the Year- Bill Fry. Fry has the distinction of writing the largest private donation check in the history of NPHY. Due to his generous donation of $250,000 for the naming rights to one of the new buildings, the capital campaign is well on its way.

Board Member of the Year- Mike Mullin

Supporter of the Year- Nevada Power Company. Nevada Power Company has been a generous donor over the past year. NPHY received a capacity building grant that allowed it to have its first board retreat. Nevada Power sponsored Homeless Youth Day in Carson City during the 2007 legislative session and President Pat Shalmy spoke in front of the legislature about NPHY.

Volunteer of the Year- Susan Somers

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is the only youth service provider in Nevada with a continuum of care extending from street outreach and 24-hour crisis intervention services to a full-time drop-in center and an independent living program.

It's good to see people in the community supporting NPHY, which fills a critically underserved need in Southern Nevada. We hope others will support the organization and help its capital campaign reach its goals.

Monday, November 05, 2007

BlogWorld Expo Donates A Booth To Soldiers’ Angels

LAS VEGAS — BlogWorld & New Media Expo, which is the first and largest blogger and new media dedicated conference and tradeshow held in Las Vegas, will donate a booth and exhibit space to Soldiers' Angels, a volunteer-based non-profit organization that sends hundreds of thousands of care packages and letters to troops stationed all over the world.

The conference, which will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, features more than 90 acclaimed bloggers/speakers including Shel Israel, Mike Arrington, Leo Laporte, Brian Clark, Will Leitch, Eric Olsen, and Dr. David Perlmutter. Topics include everything from blogging to podcasting as well as an expansive exhibit floor and he 2007 Weblog awards.

“We have a dynamic conference that brings together old and new media for two entire days,” says Rick Calvert, creator of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. “But as good as everything we are doing is, it’s important for us to reach out to the community and support one of the most notable causes on the Internet today.”

Soldiers’ Angels, which was originally incorporated in Nevada, has grown to become a national organization with members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and other friendly countries all over the world. Together, they provide aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as their families.

The many activities that Soldiers’ Angels has taken on includes sending letters and care packages; providing First Response packs to combat and support hospitals (CASH), in Germany and the U.S.; aiding military families in need and disabled military personnel at home; shipping level III Kevlar blankets to provide additional protection; and honoring fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“We want to assist Soldiers’ Angels in whatever way possible — to help them and their members get the word out and develop more partnerships — is one of the most significant things we could do at BlogWorld,” said Calvert. “Just one of the many worthwhile programs they have created provides disabled veterans with laptop computers and voice recognition technology as needed so they can reconnect with family and friends when they return home.”

Soldiers’ Angels was started by the mother of Sgt. Brandon Varn, who was deployed in Iraq. In the summer of 2003, Sgt. Varn expressed concern to his mother that many soldiers never received any mail or support from home. His mother contacted a few friends and extended family to ask if they would write to a soldier or two. Within a few short months, Soldiers' Angels went from a mother writing a few extra letters to an Internet community with thousands of angels worldwide.

Soldiers' Angels was recognized in October 2007 by Congress with a certificate of Congressional recognition. The organization fills an underserved niche and impacts the lives of American soldiers every day. We hope that by participating in the expo that thousands of people get the chance to learn about this worthwhile charity and will lend their support.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Keep America Beautiful, Sprint and ReCellular Sponsor Cell Phone Round-Up

STAMFORD, Conn. — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Sprint and ReCellular are co-sponsoring a program for recycling retired cell phones called the Cell Phone Round-Up in celebration of America Recycles Day (Nov. 15).

The goal of the Round-Up is to raise awareness about cell phone recycling and collect retired cell phones to benefit KAB. Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the country will be leading local and regional events to promote the Round-Up, pass out postage-paid recycling envelopes, and collect retired cell phones. Free postage-paid mailing labels can be printed by visiting The Cell Phone Round-Up.

"The goal of the Cell Phone Round-Up is to provide a fun way to show people how easy it is to recycle a retired cell phone," said G. Raymond Empson, president of Keep America Beautiful. "The best part of this program is virtually everyone has one or two unused, retired cell phones that could be recycled.”

It's estimated that there are tens of millions of phones currently unused, and the available supply of unwanted cell phones will continue to increase. The Cell Phone Round-Up is a November promotion of Keep America Beautiful's year-round "Wipe Out Wireless Waste" campaign, which is conducted with the support of Sprint and ReCellular.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. This national nonprofit forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments.

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.

With offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Brazil, ReCellular Inc. is the world's foremost collector, reseller and recycler of used cell phones and accessories. It provides solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for its partners, quality products for its customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment.

This is an easy and free way to put old cell phones to good use. With the average person retiring a cell phone every 16 months, there are more than 130 million cell phones retired every year.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Ark of Hope Moves Closer to Building Homes for Children in Foster Care

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. — Ark of Hope for Children, Inc. (Ark of Hope) is striving to build three to six homes near Gainesville, Fla., for abused siblings, children and youth who live in foster care. By keeping siblings together, ending unnecessary moves to new homes every two months or so, and providing love, mentors, tutors and counseling, Ark of Hope can provide real life change to some of the more than 513,000 children living in foster care.

Each home will house up to six foster children to allow each home to retain the feeling of a normal home. Foster parents will serve for a minimum of one to two years and will receive salaries, food, vehicles, benefits and respite breaks.
The charity has an 80-acre parcel of land upon which to build, and has received support from community partners and businesses to help make building a reality. Donations, including in-kind, include surveying the property and clearing a 1/4-mile easement road.

A national supplier has offered to donate materials, a builder has offered to serve as general contractor, another builder has volunteered to “dry-in” the building for cost, a plumbing contractor has offered free plumbing labor for the entire house, a cement contractor has offered to provide free labor in laying the foundation of the house, an air conditioning and heating subcontractor has offered free labor, and a cement plant has offered to donate cement for the complete foundation.
According to Blair Corbett, vice president of Ark of Hope, in order to move forward on the project, Ark of Hope still needs to raise building funds and create a floor plan suitable enough to receive building permit approval.

To help raise needed funds, Ark of Hope is selling one of its 20-acre parcels in High Springs. The property is selling for $13,900 per acre, which is below market value. Sale of the property will pay off the balance owed while providing approximately $100,000 for Ark for Hope’s building fund. Click here to view the parcel for sale, courtesy of Jay Rist of RE/MAX Professional, Inc.

Ark of Hope For Children, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in High Springs, Fla. The organization is building a Christian-based community to provide homes of hope for siblings from foster care. All of the children served by the program were previously abused and neglected in the Florida foster care system. The goal of Ark of Hope is to bring and keep siblings together in a loving, caring environment and to give them hope for a bright future.

Siblings in foster care are able to remain together less than 30 percent of the time, and most children move from four to six homes per year. These children need stability in their lives, and Ark of Hope seems to be meeting an underserved need by finding a way to keep these children together. We hope the organization will continue its successful efforts and achieve its goals.

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