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    Social Entrepreneurship and Socially Conscious Businesses Take Center Stage

    Coin Up, a mobile donation app that allows people to easily donate their virtual spare change from every purchase, embraces the socially conscious business model


    SAN DIEGO, California – (October 17, 2016) – Consumers today are increasingly caring about the social consciousness of the companies that they do business with. In fact, according to Nielsen, a company that provides consumer insight, 55 percent of consumers globally report that they are even willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to being socially and environmentally responsible. This is good news for those wanting to turn a profit, but yet not compromise on helping society to become a better place at the same time.

    “At a sports philanthropy conference I attended last year, one of the speakers said “the intersection of your passion and competence is your significance,” explains Leena Patidar, chief executive officer of Coin Up. “This is the foundation of why I chose social entrepreneurship. I can apply my expertise in building innovative companies, while making a world of difference.”

    Patidar has joined the ranks of those companies starting socially conscious businesses, thus combining entrepreneurship with helping to make a positive impact on society. In developing the Coin Up app, her team was able to find a way to help many nonprofit organizations overcome resource constraints and make fundraising more efficient. Her mission was to create a platform, an innovative app, which helps make donating to your favorite charity simple, effortless and effective. Something millennials can relate to and bridge in the generational gap of giving back.

    There are numerous reasons why more entrepreneurs are attracted to business ideas that are socially conscious, including:

  • The feeling they get when they give to others. Not only does it provide emotional fulfillment, but is an act of compassion that makes people feel good. It also creates a chemical release in the brain of serotonin, which leads to a feeling of happiness.

  • It is the new standard for companies to participate in community involvement and give back. Creating a company that is centered on that principal, combined with an entrepreneur’s passions and interests, is the best of both worlds.

  • Being socially conscious is a great way for entrepreneurs to reach millennials. More millennials are concerned with socially conscious efforts of businesses, so it gives the company a way to connect with them. This competitive advantage also helps companies with retaining customer loyalty.

  • Entrepreneurs or employees of a socially conscious business can assist and get involved with the social issues that are meaningful to them. For example, at Coin Up, everyone on their team came together and was able to engage with a charity or charities that affects causes they are personally passionate about. This gave their daily job meaning and an impactful way to make a difference in the causes they care about.

    “It is amazing how people and opportunities came together for us to create Coin Up,” added Patidar. “The fact that we are we are helping causes that we care about everyday is an incredible feeling. We are thrilled to be a part of a company whose measure of success is to make an impact for our charities and donors. Being a socially conscious entrepreneur is the ultimate rewarding feeling for us.”

    The Coin Up app allows consumers to effortlessly donate their virtual spare change from each debit or credit card transaction to a charity of their choice. They simply download the app, create an account, and set a monthly limit for the amount of spare change that they want to round up and donate. For example, if a purchase is $3.35, the transaction will be “virtually” round up to $4.00 within the app. The app will calculate this $0.65 along with the other rounded up spare change until the monthly limit is reached (or the end of the month, whichever comes first). At the end of the month, the debit/credit card will be charged and the proceeds will be sent directly to the charity of your choice. There are over 50 different charities in different categories to choose from on the app, including Boys and Girls Club of America, Arbor Day, Peace 4 Animals, Let it Flow, Guardians of Rescue, Paws of War, CAF, and CASTLA. You can also choose your charity by zip code to learn more about charities in your area.

    The Coin Up app is free to download and free for charities to register. For more information on the Coin Up app and the charities that have partnered with Coin Up visit https://www.coinupapp.com or download it today on the Apple App Store.

    About Coin Up:
    Coin Up is an innovative mobile app that provides a platform for donors to give effortlessly and securely to their favorite charitable cause. Once downloaded and registered, the app will round up purchases made on your credit card or debit card and directly send funds to your chosen charity. The app is free to download and has been designed to simplify giving by using incremental spare change to create major social impact. . Coin Up's mission is to create a society that engages in charitable giving through the convenience of everyday transactions. The company was co-founded by Leena Patidar and Scott Graham. For more information on Coin Up, visit the site at: https://www.coinupapp.com YOUR CHANGE, YOUR IMPACT @CoinUpApp


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    Giving Back Goes High-Tech: How the Philanthropy Landscape is Shifting



    Now along with old type-writers, floppy discs and cd players, another item has been relegated to collect dust in the back of the storage closet thanks to the latest tech updates – charity drive collection bins. Thanks to online giving platforms, the face of charitable giving has changed into a more efficient and effective model where the goods purchased are shared directly with the cause.

    Spearheading the revolution of innovative giving methods is YouGiveGoods. Through the site, corporations, small businesses, and individuals can set up online drives, where participants set up a unique URL for the drive, and donors can visit and purchase items from the drive's wish list, all with just a few clicks (i.e. food, clothing, diapers, blankets, etc.). Once the drive is over, YouGiveGoods then delivers all purchased items directly to the organization, and a tax receipt is emailed to the giver.

    With methods like this, it's no surprise that online giving has been growing over the past two years, with last year being the second record breaking year for giving back in America, according to Giving USA. As new e-giving platforms like YouGiveGoods continue to grow, 2016 can easily exceed that and become yet another record breaking year. Its drive sponsors have seen average donations increase by up to 60%, donor bases triple in size, and increased community interaction.


    Lisa Tomasi, President and CEO, YouGiveGoods


    As the founder of YouGiveGoods, Lisa's extraordinary leadership and vision has firmly established the company as the leader of virtual in-kind good drives and contests. Lisa has been involved with nonprofits throughout her adult life. She first came to understand their important role in society while living in San Francisco during a devastating earthquake. Aided by the Red Cross, she spent three days living in a park, hoping to go home. While an awful experience, it motivated Lisa into dedicating her life to service: volunteering at battered women shelters, building houses in Haiti and founding several scholarship funds.

    Lisa first pursued a career in media and advertising at MMT and Telerep before engaging in the more demanding, but rewarding, role of mother to four daughters.


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    Operation Warm Provides Coats for Kids in Need While Boosting Economy through U.S. Manufacturing

    - Operation Warm’s U.S. coat program helps support 450 jobs in 14 states and has secured a new partnership with SEKRI, a Kentucky nonprofit, that will support manufacturing jobs for people with disabilities. -


    PHILADELPHIA (Apri 14, 2016) Operation Warm, a nonprofit organization providing brand new coats for children in need across 49 states and the District of Colombia since 1998, has been manufacturing coats through U.S. manufacturing companies for more than three years with significant success. The nonprofit organization has contributed to 450 jobs in 14 states. Their new partnership with SEKRI, a Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that employs people with disabilities in the manufacturing industry, will expand Operation Warm’s U.S. coat production.

    Recently serving their 2 millionth child, this new expansion is a double win for Operation Warm. It allows the organization to keep up with the demand for coats manufactured in the United States while adhering to its mission of helping the most vulnerable. Choosing to manufacture the coats in the U.S. is not the easiest route for the organization since it is challenging to find local manufacturing companies that are affordable and can keep up with the demand. It costs significantly more to manufacture in the United States, but the decision has been the most rewarding and mission-minded.

    “There were challenges when we started our U.S. coat production three years ago as there was a learning curve for all of us about the manufacturing industry and process,” says Richard D. Sanford, founder and chairman of Operation Warm. “While there has been a decline in U.S. manufacturing positions especially in the apparel industry over the last several years, we believe through our U.S. coat production program, we are involved in the front-end of a revolution to reinstall these positions.”

    Often asked why the organization chose to manufacture new coats at all instead of just holding coat drives for second-hand coats for children in need, Sanford explains that for him these children are not second-class citizens and that they deserve a brand new coat of their very own. And for many, the coats Operation Warm provides are the first new coats they have ever received. The coats are designed in the latest styles, in sizes for boys and girls, and come in various color selections (chosen by the child). During the last few years, Operation Warm has expanded from giving away 15,000 American-made coats a year to more than 100,000. The partnership with SEKRI will ensure that the organization can keep up with this growing demand.

    “By partnering with Operation Warm, we receive the unique privilege of providing jobs for people with disabilities by helping to manufacture winter coats for children who might not otherwise have a new, warm coat for the winter months,” says Norm Bradley with SEKRI, Inc. “We have similar missions and are able to assist Operation Warm by manufacturing as many coats as possible here in the U.S.”

    Partnerships—like the one with SEKRI—have been instrumental in Operation Warm’s success. Sanford knew when he founded the organization that this was not a mission he could accomplish alone. Using his extensive business and philanthropy experience, Sanford sought to make key partnerships like ones established with the International Association of Fire Fighters and Chicago Housing Authority. Firefighters in 200 locations across the country assist Operation Warm. They work to identify children most in need of new winter coats, take the orders for new coats, conduct fundraising for the organization and then distribute the coats.

    Chicago Housing Authority partnered with Operation Warm in 2008 after an introduction from the city’s mayor. Distribution began with a small community service event that reached 4,000 children in need and their families. Since that time, it has grown into a large service fair hosting 40 organizations and distributing 10,000 coats each year.

    “Operation Warm’s mission resonates with our organization because we both serve the same population and recognize the importance of investing in children in order to place them on a pathway to achievement and economic independence as an adult,” says Kristen Hamer, director of corporate and external partnerships at Chicago Housing Authority. “Our partnership has allowed us to leverage our residents’ interest in obtaining winter coats for their children while placing them in front of a large number of organizations providing a variety of valuable resources that can benefit their entire family.”

    Operation Warm continues to focus on building partnerships both with manufacturing businesses as well as corporate sponsors interested in supporting the organization’s mission. An example of this is the cause marketing partnership they have with Hollister Co., which last year raised $80,000 for a holiday buy-a-coat, give-a-coat program. For more information and to contact the organization about manufacturing and sponsorship, visit OperationWarm.org/Partnerships.

    About Operation Warm

    Warming the hearts, minds and bodies of children, Operation Warm inspires hope and empowers communities by providing new winter coats to children in need throughout the U.S. Since the organization began in 1998, Operation Warm has provided a gift of warmth and self-esteem to 2 million children. The organization currently gives 300,000 coats annually to children in need across the United States. For more information or to support the work with a donation, visit OperationWarm.org.


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    Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The California Endowment, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, and Liberty Hill Foundation Win Award from Philanthropy Watchdog Group

    - 2014 NCRP Impact Awards recognizes foundations that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to solving the country’s toughest problems -


    Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced the recipients of its 2014 NCRP Impact Awards, which honors foundations that practice smart, high-impact philanthropic strategies that cultivate meaningful change in communities across the country.

    Each year through the NCRP Impact Awards, NCRP recognizes four foundations of all shapes and sizes that are committed to effective philanthropy that empowers and strengthens communities. The 2014 awardees are:

    Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

    Awardee for Corporate Foundation
    Ben & Jerry’s Foundation is known for working to advance social and environmental justice and encouraging safe and sustainable food systems. Their grantees played an important role in securing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Vermont.

    The California Endowment

    Awardee for Large Private Foundation
    The California Endowment is a top player in expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities. The foundation and its grantees helped secure passage and proper implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that millions in California and around the nation have health insurance.

    Hill-Snowdon Foundation

    Awardee for Mid-Sized Private Foundation
    Hill-Snowdon Foundation is committed to its vision of a fair and just society where low-income families and communities can thrive. The foundation’s grantees played a key role in securing an increase in the minimum wage for D.C. and Maryland.

    Liberty Hill Foundation

    Awardee for Community Foundation
    Over the years, Liberty Hill has demonstrated a strong commitment to economic and environmental justice, and LGBTQ equality. Its grantees played an important role in securing passage of legislation that protects the rights of domestic workers in California.

    As the country’s only independent watchdog of foundations, NCRP inaugurated the Impact Awards in 2013 to honor foundations that embody the ideals of impactful grantmaking.

    “This year’s 2014 NCRP Impact Awardees are a class above other foundations in the country,” said NCRP Executive Director Aaron Dorfman. “Their boldness, commitment to addressing the needs of the underserved and dedication to strategies that change lives for the better is an inspiration to all who seek to be changemakers in their communities.”

    WHAT: 2014 NCRP Impact Awards: Smart Philanthropy. Empowered Communities. Real Results, honoring Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The California Endowment, Hill-Snowdon Foundation and Liberty Hill Foundation

    WHO: Philanthropists, foundation and nonprofit leaders, with:

    Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, NCRP

    Rebecca Golden, Director of Programs, Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

    Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President & CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation

    Robert K. Ross, MD, President & CEO, The California Endowment

    Sherece West-Scantlebury, President & CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and Chair of NCRP Board of Directors

    Nat Chioke Williams, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

    WHERE: Washington Hilton, Jefferson Room
    1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    WHEN: June 9, 2014, 6 pm – 8 pm EDT
    During the Council on Foundations Annual Conference

    About NCRP
    Since 1976, NCRP has served as the voice of nonprofits and the communities they serve in philanthropy. Through research and advocacy, NCRP works to ensure that philanthropy contributes in meaningful ways to the creation of a fair, just and equitable world. Visit www.ncrp.org for more information.


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    Philanthropy Watchdog Combines Crowdsourcing with Expert Critiques in New Groundbreaking Website

    - Philamplify provides rigorous grantmaker assessments and an interactive platform to debate foundation practices -


    Washington, D.C. - Today, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) launched Philamplify, a new project aimed at bursting the “isolation bubble” in philanthropy by delivering honest feedback to grantmakers. Philamplify’s unique approach pairs comprehensive assessments of prominent foundations with an interactive website that gathers user-generated commentary on foundation practices.

    Philamplify.org. users have the option to remain anonymous, allowing all those whose lives are touched by philanthropy, from foundation leaders and staff to experts and community members, the opportunity to comment on and share their experiences with foundations in a safe space. In addition to providing comments on the assessed foundations, users are also encouraged to weigh in on issues affecting the philanthropic sector and share stories about the impact of philanthropy in their lives and communities. The site, which is available free of charge, also enables individuals to reach out to leaders of the assessed foundations.

    “Philamplify is all about opening up philanthropy in ways not seen before,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP. “The shared goal of most people who work in our sector is to strive for the greater good. But doing this to the best of our ability means being open to constructive criticism. Everyone involved in philanthropy, from foundations to nonprofits to the communities they serve, has a stake in what Philamplify hopes to accomplish.”

    At the heart of Philamplify are individual foundation assessments conducted by top-notch researchers that provide a comprehensive examination of a foundation’s grantmaking and operations. These assessments incorporate feedback received from the foundation’s key stakeholders, including peer foundations, nonprofit partners, issue experts, members of the media and other individuals. Key recommendations that result from the analyses are designed to maximize foundation effectiveness and impact. For the launch of Philamplify, NCRP assessed Lumina Foundation for Education in Indianapolis, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta and William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia. Additional assessments covering other top-100 foundations will roll out in the coming months.

    “The reports offer data that we hope foundations would use to consider in their grantmaking: their practices, their policies and the impact of their grants,” said Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and board chair of NCRP. “We hope that foundations will embrace Philamplify with the spirit of wanting to learn, and will view it as an approach to grantmaking that is effective, efficient, responsive and relevant.”

    To foster transparency, mutual accountability and knowledge sharing, all individual foundation assessment reports are made public on Philamplify.org.

    To learn more, view this Philamplify video or visit Philamplify.org.

    About NCRP
    Since 1976, NCRP has served as the voice of nonprofits and the communities they serve in philanthropy. Through research and advocacy, NCRP works to ensure that philanthropy contributes in meaningful ways to the creation of a fair, just and equitable world. Visit www.ncrp.org for more information.


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     Most Valuable Philanthropist 2014 - SPORTS


    Most Valuable Philanthropist 2014 - SPORTS

    - Champions of Sport.
    Champions of Great Causes.
    Your vote decides the final 10 All Stars of Giving -


     Most Valuable Philanthropist 2014 - SPORTS


    VOTE ALLAN HOUSTON Of
     Most Valuable Philanthropist 2014 - SPORTS


    Allan Houston works to restore strong families; promote entrepreneurship; encourage education; develop life skills and enhance spiritual growth. As a man of faith and strong family values, Allan Houston lives his life determined to utilize his success as a professional athlete to help others. Now, Assistant General Manager of the New York Knicks, Allan was a two-time NBA All-Star and finished as the 10th leading scorer in the league. Named by the Sporting News as one of the “Good Guys in Sports” four times and helped Team USA bring home the gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics games in Sydney. Father of the Year, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized by President Obama for Service and Civic Engagement.

    Through the success of his philanthropy, Allan was named “Father of the Year” by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2007, “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tulane University in 2008, and received the President's Council on Service and Civic Engagement Award from the Obama Administration in 2011. Allan’s dedication to helping others is demonstrated through the exciting work of his Legacy Foundation, which has served over 1,500 participants across the country through original programs in fatherhood and entrepreneurship to facilitate individual and collective growth through initiatives that 1) Restore a strong family unit 2) Provide economic empowerment through entrepreneurship 3) Encourage education and life skill development and 4) Enhance spiritual growth. Allan Houston has been an international ambassador for the NBA, spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative, ESPN analyst, and burgeoning book author.

    D3E Group Congratulates our friend and client, Mr. Allan Houston! Please VOTE now.

    For more information about the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, please visit: www.allanhouston.com.


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    (BPRW) STEVE & MARJORIE HARVEY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH COCA-COLA TO PAY IT FORWARD TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

    - Comedic Legend and Media Personality Offers Exclusive Apprenticeship Experiences -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – ATLANTA (January 15, 2014) – Actor, comedian turned media mogul and philanthropist—Steve Harvey— takes on another exciting role by joining the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Program. His strong commitment to mentoring is a great complement to the movement that uncaps a world of possibilities for the next generation.

     COCA-COLA TO PAY IT FORWARD
    Steve Harvey



    Marking year three, the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program will offer once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, the talk show host and best-selling author will offer two apprenticeship experiences. The experiences will focus on the areas of philanthropy/community and media/entertainment.

    Partnering with the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program builds on Harvey’s long-term commitment to mentoring youth. For the past five years, the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation has hosted mentoring camps for young African-American men. The camps promote educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives. The program impacts 100 youth in five cities across the country.

    “The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program and the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation have a common goal. We want to improve, enrich, uplift and inspire young people. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about,” said Steve Harvey. “Working together, we can change far more lives than we ever could imagine doing on our own.”

    In the spirit of the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program, this year’s winners will be exposed to exclusive apprenticeship opportunities. They will work with Harvey and his team on his radio shows, with his entertainment company and the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s mentoring camps. Harvey joins an impressive list of influential African American celebrities, industry leaders and media magnates who have participated in the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program.

    “The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program demonstrates our commitment to education. Now in its third year, it provides an exciting way to bring people and communities together to support our youth,” said Lauventria Robinson, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “Our partner this year, Steve Harvey, exemplifies how dreams can come true with a vision, plan and a lot of hard work. Together we will work to pay it forward and potentially change the lives of two exceptional young people.”

    Now through March 15, parents, relatives, friends and mentors may nominate an aspiring young person for the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program by visiting www.coke.com/payitforward. The program is open to teens and young adults between the ages of 16-21 (as of May 1, 2014). Nominators must be 16 years of age or older. Eligible youth also may nominate themselves. Winners will be selected and contacted near the end of April to participate in the five-day summer apprenticeship. In addition, each winning student will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship to assist with his or her pursuit of higher education.

    Ways to Pay It Forward
    Once again, Coca-Cola invites African Americans nationwide to join the Company and Harvey in its movement to pay it forward. The Company suggests the following ways to help the next generation achieve their education and career aspirations: nominating an eligible young person for the Pay It Forward apprenticeship experience; becoming a mentor; taking a teen to work; or donating to support an academic scholarship. Share ways you are paying it forward and join the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #CokePayItForward.

    About The Coca-Cola Company
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.


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    J.B. Dondolo – “Start to Finish”


    J.B. Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that focuses on markets that cannot afford the simple, basic necessities of life. The charity’s interest is in promoting, developing, and completing projects and programs that have been started but left incomplete, or imagined but not started for a variety of reasons. J. B. Dondolo was an orphan and father of 10 children who devoted his life to fighting poverty, and now after his death his 10th child has taken on the cause to continue her father’s legacy.

    J.B. Dondolo, Inc. works on one project at a time. Presently, the Igusi Hospital project in the rural area of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe, Africa, is the first project in the pipeline since the organization was just launched this year. Igusi Hospital, really a clinic that is run like a hospital, lacks basic necessities. The actions of J.B. Dondolo, Inc., working together with the hospital’s staff can save the lives of mothers, unborn and newborn children, the elderly, and the rest of the Igusi community. Not to mention the fact that the construction project also creates local employment for all of the men and women contractors in the general vicinity towards the completion of the hospital. The project needs additional awareness in order to bring in more donations so that the building can continue and the entire project finished.

    The following is a short video that encapsulates the efforts of J.B. Dondolo, Inc. and the Igusi Hospital Project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmO6Y9xPLIw


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    Destination Fashion Event
    hosted by The Buoniconti Fund


    Celebrities, corporate leaders, influentials, media personalities and more attended last night’s Destination Fashion Event, hosted by The Buoniconti Fund. American journalism Icon, Tom Brokaw served as Master of Ceremonies at the event, which paid tribute to The Buoniconti Fund’s notable 2012 Women of Substance & Style, including Dara Torres, Dorothy Hamill and Adrienne Bosh. Held at Miami’s famed Bal Harbour Shops, the star-studded dinner raised nearly $31 million. Music and entertainment icon Enrique Iglesias performed a private concert for attendees and honorees at the shops. Guests ended the evening dancing to the musical stylings of DJ Irie and traveled their way through the shops, which were transformed into “The Destinations” of locations from around the world.

    included the presentation of the Inspiration Award to Micky and Madeleine Arison, The Buoniconti Fund Award to Paul and Swanee DiMare, the Outstanding Humanitarian Award to Christine E. Lynn and the Outstanding Philanthropist Award to Beatrice and Dr. Sanford Ziff.

    Founded by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti after his son, Marc, became paralyzed during a college football game, The Buoniconti Fund, is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 283 sports legends and honorees and has raised $93 million for The Miami Project's spinal cord injury research programs.

    Destination Fashion Event
    Women of Substance & Style Honoree,
    Adrienne Bosh
    Destination Fashion Event
    Former NBA Player, Alonzo Mourning
    and Women of Substance & Style
    Honoree, Trish Bell
    Destination Fashion Event
    Former NBA Player, Bruce Bowen
    Destination Fashion Event
    Adrienne Bosh and North American
    IndyCar Driver, Helio Castrovenes
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    (BPRW) Dollar General Launches Honoring Our Every Day Heroes Program


    - Lynchburg, Virginia Man Selected as First National Hero During Black History Month -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) -- GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dollar General (NYSE: DG) is launching Honoring Our Every Day Heroes, a year-long program to honor the heroes among us – from firefighters and veterans to teachers and caregivers.

     Every Day Heroes Program
    “Dollar General is pleased to launch the Honoring Our Every Day Heroes program to recognize our customers - the everyday heroes who are making a difference,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief merchandising officer. “Through this program, we will celebrate heroes who make our communities a great place to live and work, while encouraging others to honor the heroes in their own lives.”

    Throughout 2012, Dollar General, along with its vendor partners, will celebrate and recognize its customers through the Honoring Our Every Day Heroes program.

    Sterling Wilder of Lynchburg, Va., is being recognized as an “Every Day Hero” by Dollar General, and its vendor partners Coca-Cola®, Kraft® Foods and Procter & Gamble®. Wilder is committed to making a difference in his community through his work with the Jubilee Family Development Center.

    Sterling Wilder
    Sterling Wilder founded Jubilee center to provide a structured haven away from drugs and violence (Photo: Business Wire)
    Wilder started the Jubilee center to provide children and their families in Lynchburg with a structured haven away from drugs and violence. The Jubilee center provides youth and family-development services, including: after-school tutoring, computer training, cultural activities, mentoring, community service activities, and access to health screening.

    "So many times our children have low self-esteem,” Wilder says. “They might think, 'I can't do anything. I can't be anybody.' But once you get that talent motivated, and spark that interest in children, then they'll be focused. All the kids are special."

    Wilder received the It Takes a Village Award from VIBE 100, was recognized as Alpha Man of the Year from the Gamma Nu Lambda Chapter, received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show where he received the Use Your Life Award. As part of his recognition as an “Every Day Hero,” Wilder will receive a Dollar General gift card and be featured in a 90-second vignette that will air throughout the month on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network for Black History Month in February.

    “Sterling Wilder is a great example of an everyday hero,” said Vasos. “His selfless actions, positive impact on the community, especially young people, exemplify what the ‘Honoring Our Every Day Heroes’ program is all about.”

    To learn more about the Honoring Our Every Day Heroes program, visit www.dollargeneral.com/everydayheroes

    About Dollar General Corporation
    Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 9,800 stores in 38 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com

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    Motown Artist KEM Partners with BlackCelebrityGiving.com™ (BCG) to Announce Summer Campaign to Benefit Homeless Communities Across the Country


    Detroit, MI – BlackCelebrityGiving.com (BCG) and Motown Artist KEM are proud to announce their summer cause campaign: “Help Us, Help Them,” a national toiletry drive to benefit homeless communities across the country.

    Homelessness and Hunger
    The goal of the “Help Us, Help Them” campaign is to collect donated toiletry items in order to prepare and distribute care packages for over 10,000 individuals this fall. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, on any given night, there are 643,067 people experiencing homelessness in the United States.

    “Homelessness for me is a cause that touches my heart like no other,” said Jasmine Crowe, founder of BlackCelebrityGiving.com™. “I’ve had the chance to speak intimately with homeless individuals and families, and what propelled me the most towards this campaign is that I know that every day, people are just a paycheck or two away from being in the same situation.”

    BlackCelebrityGiving.com™ is honored to partner with Grammy nominee, singer and songwriter, KEM, who has been a tireless advocate in the fight against homelessness in our communities. KEM is the official BCG “Help Us, Help Them” Cause Campaign Celebrity Ambassador.

    “I’ve been fortunate in my life to overcome many obstacles, including being addicted and homeless,” said KEM. “If it weren’t for organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I hope to be an inspiration to others to offer something tangible like toiletries, with the hope that we might make a difference for somebody who might be struggling to manage life on a daily basis.”

    Throughout the summer, BCG will host several Twitter chats and forums on homelessness to bring further awareness to the cause, including a Twitter Chat with KEM, encouraging participants to pledge item donations to the campaign. The campaign officially kicked off on the first day of June, and will continue through August 30th, 2012.

    Homeless shelters and programs interested in becoming beneficiaries of the drive are encouraged to send item requests to Jazzy Jones at Jazzy@BlackCelebrityGiving.com.

    How Can You Help?

     • Collect toiletry items including: toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, soap, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, deodorant, baby powder, hand sanitizer, chap-stick, etc.

     • Mail your care package to: BCG 5025 N. Central Ave., Suite 271, Phoenix, AZ 85012 c/o Help Us, Help Them.

     • Spread the word! Email your contact list, tell your friends on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram, and Pin this campaign on Pinterest!

     • Form a giving team. Set a goal and start collecting!

     • Host a designated drop-off location. BCG is seeking locations all over the country. If interested, please email jasmine@BlackCelebrityGiving.com.

    About KEM:
    Motown Recording Artist KEM’s latest CD, INTIMACY, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums list in August 2010. INTIMACY garnered national acclaim, including two Grammy award nominations, a Soul Train award nomination and a BET Centric Award nomination. INTIMACY was officially certified gold in March 2012. After the release of INTIMACY, KEM headlined his sold-out national ‘Intimacy Tour’ with Special Guests Musiq Soulchild & Ledisi. Combined, KEM’s three albums have sold in excess of 2.2 million units. KEM’s big-screen acting debut will come this August, with the release of the movie, “SPARKLE,” starring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston. KEM will present his third ‘Mack & Third’ event in Detroit on August 26. ‘Mack & Third’ is an all-day free concert to benefit Detroit’s homeless community. Additional information, including show dates and recent news is available at www.MusicByKEM.com. Information about the ‘Mack & Third’ event is available at www.mackandthird.org. Mack & Third is a 501c3 organization.

    About BlackCelebrityGiving.com
    BlackCelebrityGiving.com is a media platform providing news, exclusive interviews, videos and photos of black celebrity philanthropy, nonprofit organizations and causes that directly correlate with the black community. It is our mission to inspire social change and bridge the gap of giving within our communities, while promoting positivity in the black community. To date efforts have benefited nearly 300 organizations including donations, sponsorships and contests totaling more than $15,000.

    BCG CONTACT:
    Jazzy Jones | BlackCelebrityGiving.com
    Toll Free: (888) 946-0077
    press@blackcelebritygiving.com

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    GARCELLE BEAUVAIS SUPPORTS THE NANCY DAVIS FOUNDATION’S “ORANGE YOU HAPPY TO ERASE MS” CAMPAIGN WITH THE “MS. GLAM” WEDGE AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT SHOEDAZZLE


    - 100% of the Profits to Benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation -

    Los Angeles (May 2, 2012) – Orange is not only one of the hottest colors for spring and summer, but it also is the official color of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness. ShoeDazzle is pleased to announce their second partnership with The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, a foundation dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. Actress Garcelle Beauvais is showing her support for the foundation with this exclusive orange wedge named “Ms. Glam.” The shoe will be available on May 14th exclusively at ShoeDazzle.com and 100% of the profits from the sale of the shoe will benefit The Nancy Davis Foundation.

    “Ms. Glam” is a bold orange wedge with faux-patent leather straps and back zip. The shoe aims to raise awareness for the official MS Awareness Month of May. “Ms. Glam” is part of the “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign. “Ms. Glam” will be featured as well as other orange products to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS at http://shop.erasems.org/collections/

    Nancy Davis Foundation
    Garcelle Beauvais has been an active supporter of the Nancy Davis Foundation for MS for over ten years. Each May, the Foundation holds their annual star-studded Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles. This year’s event is May 18th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

    “ShoeDazzle is pleased to have actress and mother Garcelle Beauvais show her support of The Nancy Davis Foundation with this exclusive ShoeDazzle design,” said Deborah Benton, Chief Operating Officer, ShoeDazzle. “This design and color is very on-trend, we know our clients will wear the shoe throughout the summer months and it is a great way to raise awareness about MS.”

    In addition to donating 100% of the profits from the sale of the shoe to the Nancy Davis Foundation, for each new client that joins ShoeDazzle using the special code “MSGLAM,” between May 14th and June 14th, ShoeDazzle will make an additional donation of $5.

    ShoeDazzle first launched its first cause-marketing campaign in fall 2009. Prior to Gabrielle Beauvais’s shoe release, ShoeDazzle partnered with LaLa Anthony, Carmen Electra, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, singer Mel B and actresses, Kristen Bell, Kristin Cavallari, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennie Garth, Jenny McCarthy, and Denise Richards for the “Celebrity Shoe Design Program for Charity.”

    About The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis:
    The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of MS. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and all funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. This nationwide collaboration of physicians and scientists are on the cutting-edge of innovative research programs, working as a team on therapeutic approaches to eradicate MS. In addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, we hope to increase awareness by educating the public about this mystifying disease.

    About ShoeDazzle®
    ShoeDazzle is the original and leading destination for personal styling online, treating women to personalized monthly shoe, handbag, and jewelry recommendations by celebrity stylists. Clients also enjoy access to exclusive collections—now with head-to-toe looks including dresses in the new Socialite line—all at irresistible prices as low as $39.95 each. ShoeDazzle has been making women look and feel beautiful since 2009. The company was founded by Kim Kardashian (who serves as Chief Fashion Stylist), as well as Brian Lee, Robert Shapiro and MJ Eng. The company boasts award-winning client services, almost 2 million Facebook fans and more than 12 million clients.

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