Thursday, February 26, 2009

Minnesota Wild Players and Cub Foods Support Second Harvest

TILLWATER, Minn. — The Cub Foods grocery store in Eagan's Diffley Marketplace turned "wild in the aisles" on Feb. 20 as Minnesota Wild players and Cub Foods customers teamed up for Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank.

Three teams raced through the grocery aisles, putting food into their carts. Together the teams raised $3,559.24 in groceries. Cub Foods donated another $4,440.76 for a total donation amount of $8,000.00 going to Second Harvest.

Contestants were chosen at random from an in-store drawing held during grand opening week at Cub's newest store in Eagan.

Cub Foods provides consumers with the freshest produce, widest selection and greatest value available. In addition to innovative natural, ethnic and certified organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers added conveniences, such as in-store pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods was established in 1968 as one of the nation's first discount grocery stores. The organization was purchased in 1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 58 stores in the Twin Cities.

This sounds like a fun way to raise supplies, funds and awareness for a worthwhile cause. Kudos to Cub Foods and the Minnesota Wild players for their involvement.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

HP Donation Helps Nonprofit Fight Bay Area Poverty

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP announced it will donate $250,000 in cash and technology to Tipping Point Community, a San Francisco Bay Area grant-making organization, in support of 22 local poverty-fighting organizations.

To combat poverty in the Bay Area during the current economic downturn, and as an incentive to inspire people to donate money to Tipping Point Community, the board of directors of Tipping Point Community offered a dollar-for-dollar match for money raised between Dec. 1, 2008, and Jan. 31, 2009, up to $1 million.

HP committed $100,000 in cash, allowing Tipping Point Community to reach $1 million in donations and thus a total of $2 million was raised to support Tipping Point grantees.
In addition, HP will donate $150,000 in HP technology, to be distributed in partnership with Tipping Point Community to local Bay Area organizations.

“Our groups desperately need modern technology to guarantee effective service delivery to their communities – most simply can’t afford it,” said Daniel Lurie, president and founder, Tipping Point Community. “HP’s generous contributions ensure they will have the tools required to have maximum impact in the fight against poverty.”

Tipping Point Community screens nonprofits rigorously to find the most effective groups connecting Bay Area individuals and families to the services and opportunities needed to break the cycle of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Tipping Point’s board underwrites all operating and fundraising expenses so that 100 percent of every dollar donated goes directly toward fighting poverty.

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure.

This generous grant enables Tipping Point to reach its $2 million goal. Every dollar of the money raised will help combat poverty in the Bay Area.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cracker Barrel Introduces Rockin' Reader Literacy Program to Benefit Schools

LEBANON, Tenn. — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has developed an elementary school literacy program that is helping teachers and adult volunteers build caring and literacy in their communities. The Rockin’ Reader program is now operating in 122 schools in seven states, and the results so far are impressive.

In the first semester of the 2008-09 school year, Rockin’ Reader partner schools reported that 1,800 volunteers had contributed more than 5,300 hours of reading time with children. The first semester total is a good start to the program achieving its first year goal of 15,000 volunteer hours of reading time with children.

To build awareness about the program, Cracker Barrel executives will participate in “Read Me Day” activities to be held this month at Glenn Enhanced Option School in Nashville. The company will also donate the Rockin’ Reader program to a Nashville-area YMCA preschool program to help start a library for kids and volunteers.

“Rockin’ Reader is delivering on its commitment to build caring and literacy in the community,” said Diana S. Wynne, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Cracker Barrel. “Cracker Barrel is pleased to provide the resources to support these schools, and we look forward to adding more programs in the coming months.”
Cracker Barrel is now accepting applications for new partner schools. The Rockin’ Reader Website (www.rockinreader.org) features the online application and a list of partner schools.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants provide a friendly home-away-from-home in their old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 587 company-owned locations in 41 states.

This program provides books and rocking chairs "the rockin' element) to provide a comfortable way for teachers and children to read together and promote literacy in elementary schools.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Aetna Awards $150,000 to Northern California Nonprofits in 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., — Aetna and the Aetna Foundation in 2008 awarded community grants and sponsorships in Northern California totaling $150,000, with a focus on education and improving the lives of the underserved.

The contributions support Aetna's commitment to enhancing the quality of health care, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In total, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation awarded more than $25 million nationally in 2008.

The six recipients of the community grants were:
• California Medical Association Foundation
• University of California-San Francisco Foundation
• Street Level Health Project
• Children's Hospital and Research Foundation
• American Cancer Society
• American Heart Association, East Bay Division

"Aetna is proud to support organizations in Northern California which are making great strides in targeting health care issues that affect our communities, said Curtis Terry, region head for Aetna in California. "As a responsible corporate citizen, we recognize our obligation to help address these critical needs."

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Founded in 1972, the Foundation seeks to help build healthy communities by funding initiatives that improve the quality of life where employees and customers work and live.

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.2 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans.

These donations represent a diversity of organizations, including those that benefit health and education. Aetna and its foundation have a good track record of supporting the communities it serves.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Subaru of America Donates $4.6 Million to Five Charities

CHICAGO— Subaru of America, Inc. presented checks to the five charities involved in its "Share the Love" marketing campaign. Addressing media at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Subaru, handed over checks in the amount of $4.6 million.

"Share the Love" is a marketing campaign based on the love Subaru owners have for their vehicles and their desire to help worthy causes. The campaign ran from Nov. 24 to Jan. 2 and allowed Subaru new vehicle customers to select one of five charities to receive a $250 donation from Subaru of America, following the purchase or lease of a new Subaru vehicle. The program was the first in what is expected to become an annual Subaru tradition and was one of the factors that contributed to Subaru's sales success in 2008, as the only volume brand to post a sales increase in the U.S.


The five charities participating in the program were; Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity International, Meals On Wheels Association of America, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

This program is a nice way for Subaru's customers to play a role in supporting one of five charities of their choice. The five charities selected represent a diverse array of needs throughout the country.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Java Detour Hosts Book Donation to Benefit Clark County READS Literacy Initiative

LAS VEGAS – March is National Reading Month and Java Detour celebrates with a book drive at both of its coffee shop locations to benefit Clark County READS, the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation.

During the month of March, patrons can visit one of two Java Detour locations (6087 S. Pecos Rd and 100 City Parkway in the Molasky Corporate Center) and with the donation of a new or gently used book (for children ages 4-12), will receive a complimentary small house tea, small coffee or small children’s beverage (limit one per customer). Book donation bins will be at each location courtesy of Clark County READS.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Clark County READS,” said Rachel Bellis, co-franchise owner with husband Michael. “As a reading specialist teacher and active member of the community, the future of our youth is something we’re extremely passionate about here at Java Detour.”

All donations will be given to first-year teachers in the Clark County School District where the books can be utilized for classroom libraries or take home reading for students.

Java Detour offers premium coffees and teas that are 100 percent organic in addition to packaging made out of recycled materials. In addition to serving organic coffee, Java Detour has a wide variety of delicious syrups and can create custom specialty drinks. Java Detour also offers a variety of fresh blended smoothies, fruit juices, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, along with a wide selection of kid-friendly beverages.

Clark County READS is the literacy initiative of the Public Education Foundation, in partnership with Clark County and the Clark County School District. Clark County READS was launched in 2001 to improve student achievement by recruiting volunteer reading partners and providing books to schools and their students.

The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of education a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population. The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised more than $55 million to improve teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools.

Java Detour is a San Francisco-based upscale boutique brand, offering fine gourmet coffees, teas, fruit smoothies and selected baked goods. Java Detour has 21 stores in California, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and China.

Clark County schools are facing funding issues, and the impact is being felt hardest in the classrooms. This book drive will help teachers who work hard to make a difference.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Payless ShoeSource Launches Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship Program

TOPEKA, Kan., — In celebration of Black History Month, Payless ShoeSource has launched the Payless Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship program and will join together with its shoppers to raise money to support the future of African American and other minority youth.

Through the new program, Payless is selling a limited-edition I Believe necklace for $4 in more than 800 stores nationwide and Payless.com, while supplies last, and will donate 100 percent of the net profits of necklace sales, with a minimum donation of $35,000, to a newly developed scholarship program established with the National Urban League (NUL). This is the first-ever retail partnership for the NUL. Payless said it expects the NUL to distribute a minimum of a dozen $2,500 scholarships to African American and other minority youth through its signature program, Project Ready.

The limited-edition necklaces, available now in stores and on payless.com, feature a unique silver-toned loop-link "Rolo" chain and three charms including a silver-toned square inscribed with the inspiring message "Believe" on one side and "Dream" on the other, offset by a large shell-like medallion and accented by a smaller red disc.

"The National Urban League is pleased to partner with Payless ShoeSource on this scholarship program," said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. "It is essential that we invest in young people in urban communities and help them continue their educational pursuits. This cause-related campaign marks the first partnership of its kind in the National Urban League's 100-year history. We are happy that Payless and its customers are joining us and supporting this unique initiative."

Payless ShoeSource, Inc., a unit of Collective Brands, Inc., is the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and is dedicated to democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories and inspiring fun, fashion possibilities for the family at a great value. As of the end of third quarter 2008, the company operated more than 4,500 stores.

Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

Payless' program could make it possible for many minority students to attend college and make their dreams come true. The necklace is an affordable way for any customer to get involved and support the program.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Goes Pink In Support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

PLANO, Texas — Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. has joined the fight against breast cancer by topping select diet brands with signature pink Susan G. Komen for the Cure bottle caps. The company will donate a portion of its proceeds to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, with the goal of contributing $250,000 this year to battle the disease.

By purchasing a 20-ounce or 2-liter bottle of a Dr Pepper Snapple Group product with a pink closure, consumers will generate a donation to Komen. From now through the end of March, the pink cap will appear on more than 40 million bottles of the company's diet brands including Diet Dr Pepper, Diet 7UP, Diet Cherry 7UP, Diet A&W, Diet Sunkist Soda, Diet Rite, Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Diet RC, Diet Squirt and Diet Big Red.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. is an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands to consumers throughout North America. In addition to its flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company's portfolio includes 7UP, Mott's, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada Dry, Schweppes, Squirt, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Penafiel, Rose's, Yoo-hoo, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T and other well-known consumer favorites. Based in Plano, Texas, Dr Pepper Snapple Group employs approximately 20,000 people and operates 24 bottling and manufacturing facilities and more than 200 distribution centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Dr. Pepper/Snapple Groups bottle caps program is a nice way to demonstrate its support for Komen and to raise needed funds too.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Citi Foundation Funding Helps 15 MicroEnterprise Organizations

WASHINGTON, DC. — With funding from the Citi Foundation, 15 nonprofit community-based organizations across the country that help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses will be able to hire graduate students as summer interns this year. Called the "Citi Aspen Interns Project," the interns will help collect data on clients, while also learning about the microenterprise development field, which provides budding entrepreneurs with capital and/or training.
This is the third consecutive year that Citi Foundation has supported the internship project. Funding allows each organization to recruit and hire an intern, who receives a $7,000 stipend.

As part of the $250,000 program, the Citi Foundation is funding researchers at FIELD, the Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination, to manage the project and provide the interns with data collection training. FIELD is part of the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute.
Microenterprises are defined as very small businesses capitalized with $35,000 or less and employing five or fewer people. Today, approximately 500 organizations nationwide are engaged in the microenterprise field.

Data collected through the project can be used by the organizations to identify gaps in service, fund-raise or advocate for entrepreneurship. The internship experience exposes college students both to the microenterprise field and to potential careers within the industry.

Organizations were selected for the project through a competitive application process. The 15 organizations and their locations are:

Business Outreach Center Network, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, Atlanta, Ga.
Hebrew Free Loan Society, New York, N.Y.
Justine Petersen, St. Louis, Mo.
Latino Economic Development Corporation, Washington, D.C.
MercyCorps Northwest, Portland, Ore.
Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Oakland, Neb.
Opportunity Fund, San Jose, Calif.
Philadelphia Development Partnership, Philadelphia, Pa.
South Carolina Community Enterprise and Women's Business Center, Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, Salt Lake City, Utah
Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH), Seattle, Wash.
Women's Economic Ventures, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Women's Enterprise Development Center, White Plains, N.Y.
Women's Initiative, San Francisco, Calif.

The Citi Foundation is committed to enhancing economic opportunities for underserved individuals and families in the communities where it works throughout the world. In the U.S. and Canada, the Citi Foundation supports Community Development programs that help build and revitalize neighborhoods and Education programs that prepare students for college and careers.

FIELD is a nonprofit research organization created to identify, develop and disseminate best practices in the microenterprise field and to broadly educate policy makers, funders and others about microenterprise as an anti-poverty intervention.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs and public conferences and events.

Small businesses are the backbone of America, and this program fuels the entrepreneurial spirit by assisting small companies and individuals to excel.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fresh & Easy's Shop for Schools Fundraising Program to Assist 769 Schools

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market announced final registration figures for its Shop for Schools fundraising program. A total of 769 schools in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada registered to take advantage of the opportunity.

All kindergarten through 8th grade schools within a 3-mile radius of a Fresh & Easy store were eligible to register for the program. For every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store, participating schools will get a $1 cash donation. The program launched Feb. 1 and will run through March 31.

"The interest in our Shop for Schools program has been incredible. We've received a great response from parents, teachers and staff who are all very excited to help increase their schools' budgets," said Fresh & Easy Regional Manager Al O'Donnell. "We are happy to be able to help support our local schools especially in a time when school budgets are so tight."

Registered schools are mobilizing parents and students to collect Fresh & Easy receipts and then submit them for verification. Fresh & Easy will cut a check to each school for the amount raised and the money can be used for whatever the school needs most. The school in each state that raises the most money will receive a $5,000 cash bonus from the company.

It's nice to see Fresh & Easy's strong commitment to the communities it serves. With schools being hurt during the economic crunch, this program could breathe new life into school activities that may otherwise have been cut.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wal-Mart Foundation Donates $5.7 Million To Support Green Job Creation in U. S.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — The Wal-Mart Foundation announced it will award to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Veterans Green Jobs grants totaling $5.7 million to support the creation of green jobs in the U.S. The announcement comes on the heels of a newly released Global Insight study revealing that 10 percent of job growth in the U.S. is likely to be green by 2038, the fastest growing sector in the country.

"We understand how important building a green workforce is to the future of America, and the Wal-Mart Foundation is committed to helping create job growth that also sustains our environment," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. "Realizing that one of the greatest barriers to creating green jobs is the lack of a trained workforce, the Wal-Mart Foundation's grants will help break through this barrier and enable more American workers to be trained and ready to contribute in this growing sector."

The Wal-Mart Foundation's $5 million grant to the U.S. Conference of Mayors will work to create jobs in an array of emerging green industries. In the spring of 2009, through a competitive selection process led by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, six grants will be awarded to non-profit organizations that have a history of working with mayors to train people for green jobs. In early 2010, three additional grants will be given to cities with newer commitments to providing green workforce training.

Additionally, the Wal-Mart Foundation is awarding nearly $750,000 to Veterans Green Jobs to support the development of four training sites, which will help veterans develop green job training skills. The training sites, which will be built in Washington, Colorado, New Mexico and Louisiana, will assist many of the nearly two million returned or returning military personnel facing the challenging task of reintegrating into civilian life.

"This generous grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation is enabling us to continue building a green workforce in cities nationwide," said Manny Diaz, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and mayor of Miami. "Given that 85 percent of all green jobs are expected to be located in cities and their metro areas in the coming years, this grant could not come at a better time.”

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Wal-Mart Foundation are support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. In 2007, Walmart, Sam's Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $296 million to communities across the United States.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today, each represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

Veterans Green Jobs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization developing an unprecedented initiative to offer creative and concrete solutions for three of the most urgent issues of our time: rebuilding a sustainable green economy; reversing deteriorating environmental conditions and climate change threats; and reengaging the nearly 2 million military service veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who need meaningful new careers. The Veterans Green Jobs Academy provides job training and career development opportunities for military veterans in the emerging green industries. Veterans Green Jobs connects veterans with a wide range of complimentary resources to assist with establishing civilian careers.

We like Wal-Mart's strong support for Veterans Green Jobs, which has a dual role of focusing on sustainability and helping U. S. veterans.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Balance Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Susan G. Komen For the Cure Partnership

BOSTON — New Balance announced that 2009 marks the company's 20th year as a proud sponsor of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. New Balance will celebrate this anniversary with the introduction of a pink special edition New Balance 993 running shoe and an expected $1 million donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

As a long-time Susan G. Komen for the Cure partner, New Balance is committed to supporting the mission of Komen for the Cure and raising funds through corporate and consumer donations. In 2009, New Balance will donate up to $1 million (with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000) to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from the proceeds of the Lace Up for the Cure Collection.

To celebrate the anniversary, New Balance will debut a special edition 993 running shoe. The 993 is a heritage shoe and is the latest offering from the most enduring technical athletic shoe series in the footwear industry. The special edition 993, an all pink suede shoe, features the Komen for the Cure(R) pink ribbon, an insert adorned with an anniversary logo denoting the twenty-year partnership and a hangtag that details New Balance's commitment to Komen for the Cure. All special edition 993s will be manufactured in the U.S. and distributed in a new pink and black anniversary box with matching tissue paper, all featuring the Komen pink ribbon. The box's inside cover explains additional information about New Balance's relationship with Komen. The special edition 993 will debut in August 2009 with a suggested retail price of $140.

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, employs more than 4,000 people around the globe, and in 2007 reported worldwide sales of $1.63 billion.

New Balance's two decades of commitment to this cause is an example for other corporations. The company continues to find innovative ways to generate funds for the cause as well as promoting awareness worldwide.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Celebs Join Aeropostale For Teens for Jeans Campaign

NEW YORK CITY— Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, American Idol finalist David Archuleta, New York I Love You's Eva Amurri, The Secret Life of the American Teenager's Shailene Woodley and TRL's Damien Fahey join Aeropostale and teen not-for-profit DoSomething.org's Teens for Jeans campaign raising awareness about the growing number of homeless teens in the United States and Canada by empowering teens nationwide to collect jeans for homeless youth.

Crawford stars in the PSA campaign which encourages teens to take action in their communities. "Right now one in three homeless people in the U.S. are under the age of 18. Let's do something about it. This year, we want to collect over 200,000 pairs of jeans," says Crawford.

His PSA can be viewed at www.teensforjeans.com

ANow through Sunday, Feb. 22, people can bring in any brand of gently worn jeans to any Aeropostale store in the U.S. and Canada. Aeropostale and DoSomething.org will donate the jeans to one of 500 local youth shelters that have been selected as partners. As an extra incentive for those who donate, Aeropostale will give an additional 25 percent off a new pair of jeans, though no purchase is necessary. In addition to getting customers involved in stores, Aeropostale and DoSomething.org are encouraging teenagers to coordinate Teens for Jeans school drives.

It's nice to see younger celebrities lending their support for an issue as important as teen homelesness, which unfortunately is a growing problem across the United States.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Campero USA Donates to Make-A-Wish-Foundation

MIAMI — Campero USA Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Pollo Campero, the leading chain of chicken quick service restaurants from Latin America, has made another $5,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in celebration of the new Pollo Campero restaurant grand opening in Cutler Bay, Fla. It is the third Pollo Campero restaurant to open in Florida since the company entered the state in 2008.

Campero USA plans to make additional donations of $5,000 at the grand opening of select restaurants in the United States through 2009.

“We are thrilled to have the support and financial assistance of Pollo Campero and Campero USA," said Norman Wedderburn, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. "These donations will be instrumental in helping us continue with our mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy."

Campero USA is an affiliate of Pollo Campero, founded by the Gutierrez family in 1971, now chaired by Juan Jose Gutierrez. Campero USA opened its first restaurant in 2002 and now has more than 37 restaurants in the United States. Pollo Campero is the largest Latin American chicken restaurant chain, now operating more than 260 restaurants in 11 countries and serving more than 75 million customers annually. Pollo Campero is part of the family of corporations that make up Corporacion Multi Inversiones.

Campero USA plans to open more stores in the United States, and has pledged to make additional donations to celebrate the grand openings of select stores. It's a good philanthropic practice that benefits children.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Danny Gans Performance Feb. 6 Benefits Schools and After-School All-Stars

LAS VEGAS — Danny Gans will give his first performance tonight at the Encore Theater. The special performance will benefit The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars and Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada, organizations with the shared mission of supporting local youth programs and services. Gans' regular schedule will begin Tuesday, Feb. 10.

With more than 200 voices in his repertoire of impressions, no two Gans performances are alike. The show mesmerizes and amazes audiences of all ages with comedy, singing and celebrity impressions. Gans presents between 60 and 100 flawless impressions from Garth Brooks to Tom Hanks to John Mayer.

Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization and fifth largest youth-serving nonprofit. The organization works in nearly 200 communities, located in 27 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 1.2 million students in 3,200 schools.

The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars provide opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in after-school and summer activities in sports, educational, cultural and enrichment programs that are free to all participants. The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars mission is to provide comprehensive out-of-school programs that keep children safe and help them strive achieve in school and in life. The agency currently serves 15 schools in the Las Vegas area.

For ticketing and show schedule information for regularly scheduled performances, call 702-770-WYNN or visit www.encorelasvegas.com.

Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas, Encore, and Wynn Macau. Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip, features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and suites, an approximately 111,000-square-foot casino, 22 food and beverage outlets, an onsite 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of meeting space, an onsite Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately 74,000 square feet of retail space.

Danny Gans is one of the most respected and generous performers on the Las Vegas Strip. He is actively involved with many local community organizations, and he sets an example for other entertainers.

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