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Hotels At Sea's Polo Team Wins Back To Back US National Championships Presented By Celebrity Cruises & AmaWaterways

Hotels At Sea has captured the crown in the United States Arena Handicap, at the Twilight Polo Club in The Plains, Virginia Final. The team comprising of the world’s best polo players such as Tareq Salahi, Jorge “Tolito” Fernandez Ocampo Jr., and Marcos Bignoli helped the team repeat their success of winning the recently held National Arena Chairman’s Cup.

The championship was hosted at the brand new arena outside downtown Middleburg, Virginia, on Saturday, October 2. Hotels At Sea was engaged in a captivating final in this high-stakes fall horse polo.

 

It was evident that Hotels At Sea, the polo champions, were determined to repeat their recent success at the National Arena Chairman’s Cup. Riding on their recent arena dominance, they did a great job capturing the United States Arena Handicap 18-14. Hotels at Sea won the winner’s purse of ,000.00.

Despite trailing early, Hotels At Sea knew they were at an advantage because of superior team chemistry and communication. 

Tareq Salahi shared, “We know how to switch strategy and sometimes we do it in the middle of a chukker. It was this familiarity that led to the successful two-goal lead in the third chukker.”

Ocampo Jr. shared the importance of releasing the ball quickly, “The idea was to find a position for Tareq, and where to be when Marcos (Bignoli) and I hit the ball.” 

 

Tolito says playing unified is important, “As the highest handicap on your team, your job is not to play more than your handicap. It’s making your teammates play higher than their handicap.” 

Tareq Salahi also acknowledged the role of fans in creating an electric finals atmosphere.

“It’s great to see [them] here. It really drives us to play stronger and more aggressive polo.” 

Hotels At Sea will now be planning to field a team for the 2022 U.S. Open Arena Polo Championship to be held at Twilight International Polo Club next year.

 

Visit www.InternationalPoloTour.com for information about the luxury market and cruise line polo tour schedule.

About International Polo Tour®:

International Polo Tour advocates and sanctions the love of the game and its social public tourism events for the luxury market and the luxury travel & cruise line industry. Concerted efforts are made for opening up the game to a wider audience intending to bring international cultures together in a celebration of both their common bonds and their diversity.

About Celebrity Cruises®:

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of a fleet of 14 award-winning ships redefining luxury cruise travel with cool, contemporary design and accommodations; culinary, wellness, and entertainment experiences for modern tastes; and culturally rich and diverse destination experiences, all complemented by warm, personalized service. Celebrity has pioneered many industry firsts at sea, including the first use of solar panels on a cruise ship; the first to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles; the first American female captain of a cruise ship; the first-ever all-female bridge and officer team sailing; the first West African woman to work on the bridge of a cruise ship; and one of the first legal same-sex weddings performed at sea. Driven by wanderlust and a passion for opening the world, Celebrity journeys to all seven continents, visiting nearly 300 destinations in over 70 countries. Celebrity is one of six cruise brands operated by global cruise vacation company Royal Caribbean Group.

About Hotels at Sea®:

Hotels at Sea award-winning programs provide curated VIP luxury cruise & polo programs on behalf of the cruise line industry worldwide. Hotels at Sea operates a full-time professional polo team. They offer worldwide luxury vacations and business conferences onboard cruise ships. Hotels at Sea & Connoisseur Traveler are the ultimate choice for luxury, safety, comfort, and value. Hotels at Sea serves luxury suite guests, groups, and charters globally.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Lifestyle,Non Profit,Society & Culture,Sports

SmartBuyGlasses Supports Environmental Causes with Planet Friendly Eyewear

Recreate. Reimagine. Restore. These are the words that poet Jordan Sanchez uses to call for a greener world. This World Environment Day’s theme is Ecosystem Restoration. Among the many ways in which we can restore the ecosystem, things that can be done include growing trees and cleaning up water bodies. 

Online eyewear retailer SmartBuyGlasses.com has been leading the way in supporting environmental causes with its numerous partnerships leading to planet-friendly stylish eyewear.

Oh My Woodness! 

Oh My Woodness! eyewear collection is partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects. The cause helps plant life-saving trees in Haiti, Madagascar or Nepal, to combat deforestation and provide essential employment to some of the most vulnerable communities. Every product in the collection is a stylish masterpiece using natural wood and bamboo. Use the code OMW50 to buy 1 pair of Oh My Woodness! Glasses with FREE 1.5 prescription lenses and get 50% OFF on the 2nd pair.

Arise Collective

Arise Collective is one of the most premium, affordable, and socially driven brands exclusively available at SmartBuyGlasses.com, it is partnered with 1% for the planet, meaning that they pledge 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

This World Environment Day, give your eyes the gift of perfect vision and the planet will thank you for it. Subscribe for exclusive and exciting offers by signing up here.

About the SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group

The SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is one of the world’s leading designer eyewear e-retailers with online stores in more than 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia. They offer a catalog of over 80,000 products from more than 180 brands. 

Posted in: Lifestyle,Non Profit,Retail,Shopping & Deal,U.S

Author and Activist Give Back To Survivors and Victims of Domestic Violence

NY, New York (March 22, 2021) Author Delvon Johnson partners with activist Simone Gordon to give back to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Johnson and Gordon are both survivors of domestic violence. Upon reading Delvon Johnson’s latest book “Invisible Rain”, Simone Gordon aka the “The Black Fairy Godmother'' felt compelled  to partner with Delvon Johnson to assist survivors and victims of domestic violence.  Gordon is also utilizing her social media platform to  encourage her followers to purchase books and directly donate to victims and survivors or her followers can  purchase for themselves and a percentage of the sales will be donated to Gordon’s “The Black Fairy Foundation” .

About the Book

Invisible Rain” is a novel that while entertaining and sure to keep the audience engaged, it is a story of a young lady faced with the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship of domestic violence.  Tara Sawyer has a very successful husband who knows it, and uses it against her through manipulation and the lavish lifestyle he affords her. It isn’t long before Tara finds out the undaunting truth about her husband, and that is when the story catches fire. Invisible Rain” is a story  of intrigue and inspiration  which highlights different kinds of domestic violence situations, but that victims are not alone in this struggle and stress that there is hope in the midst of the turmoil. “Invisible Rain” is exclusively available on Amazon,

About the Author

Johnson is an author, celebrity stylist, and television host. Johnson was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure in 2010 and has been on dialysis for over 10 years.  Despite his medical challenges, he continues to persevere with his projects as an author, including his three novels, “Love Yourself First”, “Mirror”, and the latest book, “Invisible Rain”.  Being a survivor of domestic violence, Johnson continues to work his way to the top allowing no obstacle to get in the way of his success. To learn more about Delvon Johnson please visit his website www.DelvonJohnson.com.

About Simone Gordon aka “The Black Fairy Godmother”

Simone Gordon, known as the Black Fairy Godmother, has marked her career as a community organizer, social activist, special needs advocate, motivational speaker, and Domestic Violence Resource Specialist. Simone is the Founder and President of the Black Fairy Godmother Foundation. Simone has been featured on major media outlets and honored for the amazing work she does saving and changing lives in her community and nationwide. 

To learn more about Simone Gordon please visit the @TheBlackFairyGodmotherOfficial

For Press Inquiries please contact Yvonne Forbes at labelleladivapr@gmail.com or call 516-469-0597.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Books & Literature,Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Non Profit

Non-Profit Travels to Tanzania to Provide Essentials for Orphans

Washington, DC – October 10th, 2020 – Washington-based 5013C, Shaping Futures Foundation, sent a team to Tanzania this month to distribute supplies to orphans in need.

In Tanzania, an estimated over 1,300,000 children are orphaned due to HIV, conflict, and natural disasters. This statistic has contributed to Africa having one of the highest educational exclusions in the world with over one-fourth of school-aged children unable to attend school.

Shaping Futures Foundation is a private sector-led initiative that collaborates with the United Nations sustainable development goals to cultivate education, from academics to health and wellness, in Tanzania and Zanzabar.

Recognizing the dire need of orphans in Tanzania for basic necessities including clothes, shoes, and hygiene products, Shaping Futures Foundation Founder and CEO, Cordell Robinson organized a team to raise donations and transport them to Africa for distribution. Donations were provided by OOOG Clothing, A Step Beyond Clothing, Starter Athletics, Adidas,Tara Thomas Agency, and many more donors.

‘Team Shaping Futures Foundation’ arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on October 8th, passing through customs with over 270lbs of donations for children in need.

“I am very thankful and humbled by the amazing support and donations we have received,” stated Robinson. “The next thing on the list is to build these children to school so that they can have the same education there as we get in America.”

Donations are still being accepted as necessities continue to be shipped from the US to Africa. The team will be returning to the area in 2021 with the hope of starting phase II of the outreach; to build the first American school in East-Africa.


Those wishing to provide a non-monetary donation of clothing, shoes, and more can do so through the Shaping Future Foundations website at www.shapingff.org


About Shaping Future Foundations: Shaping Futures Foundation is a private sector-led initiative, in collaboration with the United Nations, social and public sectors, and academia, with the unique mission to enhance regions in Africa that cultivate education from academics to health and wellness to culturally transform communities to be self-reliant and independent.

 

For More Information Contact: Tara Thomas, Tara Thomas Agency –

info@tarathomasagency.com - 404-919-3008

 



Posted in: Non Profit

Entrepreneur Launches One of the First Black Woman-Owned K-12 Virtual Schools to Create History

Meet Dana Delane-Williams, the owner and founder of American High School, an online virtual school for grades K-12 that has been leading the way in online education in the U.S. for over 18 years. She has made history as one of the only African American women in the country to accomplish this and has committed herself to revolutionizing education to ensure that she gives kids the minimum credentials they need to succeed in life – their high school diploma.

As the effects of the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to rage on, almost all areas of everyday life have been changed. This truth has led to a paradigm shift in the way we work, interact, and educate students in the U.S. and worldwide. The traditional is now untraditional, with the old path, replaced by a new direction, our new norm.

How it all began

Dana began her foray into teaching classes online while she was an instructor at the University of Kentucky in 1996. It was in 2002 that she created her very first online high school for grades 9-12 with the 24 credits required to graduate, and catering to the homeschool market.

Dana has continued her efforts in creating new and innovative educational pathways since 2002. She has since expanded the school offerings to over 350 online courses to include an accredited online middle school for grades 6-8 and an online elementary school for grades K-5. She went on to create an online adult high school diploma program for those adults who needed to earn their high school diploma for work or college.

She even received NCAA approval, which allows student-athletes who plan to play sports in college on scholarship to attend her NCAA approved school. She continued to innovate and created a Dual Diploma program, in 2016, for her international partner schools/organization’s that allows students to earn a U.S. High School Diploma along with their home country diploma.

American High School (AHS) is a comprehensive online/virtual learning school that delivers accredited, affordable, college preparatory, Honors/AP, Gifted, virtual reality, adult education, and career-based online education for Grades K-12 to students throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

Additionally, the school’s online/virtual platform allows public or private schools or organizations, the ability to create their own virtual schools or programs without a significant initial investment. It’s literally a virtual school in a box that can be deployed within 7-14 days.

AHS’s proprietary curriculum, learning management systems, and educational services are designed to facilitate individualized and personalized learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. AHS works with over 150 plus public or private schools throughout the United States and in over twenty-seven countries worldwide.

It is evident that the platform is rapidly gaining a wider acceptance. AHS has doubled its partnerships which has grown from 23 to 58 partners at present. The growing popularity of the school has resulted in its increased exposure. The school growth now has a presence in 37 countries compared to 17 countries earlier. Consequently, the revenue has also registered an impressive growth of over 50 percent over the previous cycle.

American High School offers the following in online education:

  • Provides an excellent, well-rounded, proven online/virtual curriculum for Grades K-12.
  • Fully accredited by leading agencies such as Cognia (formerly AdvancED and SACS). AdvancED is the unified organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). As well as accredited by AI (Accreditation International).
  • Students earn a high school diploma online from an accredited school. The diploma is fully-recognized upon graduation.
  • Individual Course Program allows students to make up credits within 6 – 8 weeks and graduate on time. Includes online credit recovery and online summer school for grades 6-8.

 

  • A diverse student population participates in the AHS programs including athletes, gifted, homeschoolers, actors/actresses, Olympians, traditional, at-risk, remedial, and/or those experiencing problems in the traditional classroom.

AHS has opened new offices in our local Plantation FL area recently. As a part of its growth plans, AHS has partnered with Bianca’s Kids (biancaskids.org) with a 10,000 dollar scholarship donation, to make their unique way of teaching even more accessible to other students. Established in 2010, Bianca’s Kids (“BK”) is a 501(c)3 approved, New Jersey based, award-winning nonprofit organization that grants wishes to foster, sick and needy children.

Students can enroll online at AmericanHighSchool.org or by contacting an Enrollment Specialist at 866-936-9654.

Posted in: Education,Non Profit,Services,Society & Culture

New Nonprofit Rare Ambition Launches in Scottsdale With A Mission

Mary Hampton, a Scottsdale-based entrepreneur, is excited to announce the launch of her new non-profit 501 (c)(3), Rare Ambition with a mission to make sure families in need have food on the table this Thanksgiving.

“What began as an idea for a single act of kindness, quickly became a movement,” said Mary Hampton, Founder of Rare Ambition. “It’s now my family’s priority to ensure we spread generosity and hope to families that need it.”

Rare Ambition came to life thanks to a simple task Hampton asked of her son and daughter years ago, which was to make a list of ten acts of kindness they could pay forward to help others.

“One of the things we came up with was to create baskets for families in need,” said Hunter Hatch, Hampton’s son and Rare Ambition Cofounder. “A lot of love, thought and preparation goes into each one.”

Many Arizonans are waiting for another stimulus check as the unemployment rate in Maricopa County is more than ten percent in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Families who are not able to put food on the table will receive a basket that includes all the Thanksgiving staples including a large turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and pie.

“But, it’s our attention to detail that makes Rare Ambition truly different by adding extras like place settings, tablecloths, baking dishes and even accent quotes,” said Cambria Hatch, Hampton’s daughter and Rare Ambition Cofounder.

Hampton, who owns Scottsdale-based Hampton Design & Closets and Hook & Hunt, recently launched Rare Ambition and is now taking donations in hopes of meeting her goal of gifting 100 Thanksgiving baskets to families in need.

“There’s no greater joy than losing the excuses and stepping up for another person,” said Hampton. “It would bring my family pure joy if the community would embrace this cause and help us make a genuine difference this holiday season.”

For more information, to make a tax-deductible donation, and follow Rare Ambition’s donation progress through the meal counter, visit RareAmbition.com.

About Rare Ambition
Rare Ambition is a Scottsdale-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded by Mary Hampton with the mission to positively impact others, help families in need and make a difference. For more information visit RareAmbition.com.

Posted in: Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

The unique story of a brand that gives back

Throughout the early 90s, Boston born/New York raised Billy Graziadei was forging a path of change with his band Biohazard. On a quest to make the world a better place, one song at a time, the band would eventually become well known for their socially conscious lyrics. In due course, Graziadei formed another band, Powerflo, with Cypress Hill singer Sendog, and not soon after, branched out with his own solo career as BillyBio 

In a parallel universe, there was a 15-year-old Edward Davis mowing lawns in Southern Illinois while listening to Biohazard’s “State of the World Address” on his yellow Walkman. Music was always a huge motivator for Davis to power through daily life, and he can distinctly remember blasting the “Judgement Night” track by Biohazard and Onyx to get pumped up before a game. Growing up in Middle America, the opportunities to experience live music were sparse unless you had the means to travel two or more hours to a venue. By the late 90s, Davis had somehow managed to recruit the shy, quiet girl from his high school PE class, Angela Andrew, to be his concert-going companion. Davis and Andrew ultimately became a husband and wife power couple who would vow to make the world a little better as a team. They continued their schooling together and became teachers, and their education careers eventually led them to Las Vegas, allowing them to make positive changes with their students for many years. When they were ready to extend their reach beyond the classroom, they began developing a plan to make a positive impact on disadvantaged communities, one sock at a time.

Little did they know that this plan would lead them to a very full circle moment in the near future.

Fast forward through several stage dives at Biohazard shows, the Davis’ at long last met up with Metal/Rap pioneer Billy Graziadei after a show and bonded over their love for music, their mutually active lifestyles, and changing the world in each of their ways. They shared their idea with Graziadei of how they wanted to start a sock company based on the philosophy of giving back. Graziadei loved the idea and gave them his full blessing, wishing them well on their new adventure as he shared his own stories about starting new projects.

After a lot of research, hard work and late nights, CRU SOX was born.

The Davis’ sent Graziadei a box of CRU SOX and he immediately fell in love with everything that they had created. The dynamic duo soon became a triple threat powerhouse, and the threesome put their nose to the grindstone and haven’t looked back since!

Socks are one of the most needed articles of clothing for individuals experiencing homelessness and are therefore one of the most requested items by charitable organizations that support and serve that population.

When you purchase pairs of CRU SOX, our unique ‘Give Back Formula’ allows us to donate socks to those in need.

When you buy one pair, we donate one pair. When you buy two pairs, we donate three pairs. When you buy three pairs, we donate five pairs and so on as your order increases. Our specially designed CRU SOX ‘give back’ sock donations only go to reputable charitable organizations that will distribute them responsibly, and that are working toward positive change in their communities.

For a list of the organizations we work with, visit our website www.crusox.com and drop us an email at info@crusox.com with any help expanding our list of charitable organizations.

Posted in: Business,Fashion & Beauty,Leisure Activities,Lifestyle,Non Profit

Clean the World Foundation and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Get Outdoors Nevada to Improve the Health of the Las Vegas Watershed through Teacher Training Programs

Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability has partnered with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between Clean the World Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into three innovative projects supporting local water champions in Las Vegas, Macao, and Singapore. Managed and operated by Clean the World Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported in part by savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

The second organization selected for funding was Get Outdoors Nevada (GON), who will use the funding to conduct six water conservation teacher training programs for 120 teachers. In addition, the funds will support transportation for approximately 30 science and water-related field trips for thousands of students.

Healthy environments create healthy communities. Protecting the environment requires an engaged community that understands the importance of its natural resources. This is especially true of Southern Nevada, which depends almost entirely on the Colorado River and Lake Mead for its water resources. “Teachers are vital to inspiring the next generation to protect and care for our scarce water resources,” says Aaron Lynn Leifheit, Education Program Director, Get Outdoors Nevada. “Teachers will be offered two types of programs The Discover a Watershed and Project WET. These trainings will equip teachers with the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to become good water stewards and impart this information on students of all ages.”

“It is important to support organizations that support science-literacy and water stewardship, just as it is important for our teachers to be well versed in the importance of water resources to our local environment and community,” says Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president, global sustainability, Las Vegas Sands.

Sam Stephens, executive director of Clean the World Foundation, says that GON is proactively helping protect the Las Vegas watershed, a critically important Southern Nevada resource. “Educating the leaders of tomorrow on the importance of water conservation is a vital component to maintaining long-term sustainability goals. Facilitating this type of project is fundamentally why the Drop by Drop Project exists.”

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: https://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop

About Clean the World
Clean the World Foundation is an international development and global health nonprofit operating hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) education programs, targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Clean the World Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise responsible for all soap and hygiene kit distribution both domestically and globally as part of many of its comprehensive WASH programs. Clean the World Foundation engages volunteers, donors, and other outcome-focused organizations around the world to provide hygiene supplies and education curriculum to support its global health programs. Since 2009, Clean the World Foundation has served over 10 million individuals through its global WASH programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Clean the World Foundation may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by visiting https://www.fdacs.gov/ConsumerServices. For more information, visit us online: https://www.cleantheworldfoundation.org.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. We created the meetings, incentives, convention, and exhibition (MICE)-based Integrated Resort. Our industry-leading Integrated Resorts provide substantial contributions to our host communities including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation, and ongoing financial opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses. Our properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,U.S

Operation Homefront and CSX to Distribute School Supplies to More Than 1,000 Military Families

As families nationwide prepare for the start of another – although arguably very different – school year, CSX will join Operation Homefront to distribute more than 1,000 backpacks and essential school supplies to military children in Jacksonville, Florida; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Fayetteville, North Carolina as a part of Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School Brigade® (BTSB).

"We are so grateful for the generosity of the CSX Corporation who has stepped up for another year, through their Pride In Service campaign, to help us serve these very deserving military families at a time when unexpected deployments, unemployment and reduced work hours, along with the other stresses of military life, have hit them very hard,” said Margi Kirst, Chief Development Officer of Operation Homefront. “These donated supplies will help our military children have a strong start to their school year, while easing the parents’ financial burden of the back-to-school season.”

The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on military families. This year, more than ever, these deserving families will benefit from a program that helps offset finances they would normally use for school supplies and allow them to apply their funds to other critical needs. As part of Operation Homefront’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families, the Back-to-School Brigade® program is supported by CSX and its Pride in Service initiative to ensure military families receive the support they need – when and where they need it.

"CSX worked closely with Operation Homefront to evolve our shared efforts to meet the needs of military families safely and effectively, as the nation continues to be challenged by COVID-19," said Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Corporate Communications at CSX. "We are proud to continue to positively impact military children through our Pride in Service initiative and these Back-to-School Brigades."

The BTSB is Operation Homefront’s nationwide collection of school supplies and backpacks that are distributed to the children of military families as well as to all ranks of wounded, ill or injured veterans and their families. The annual program is sponsored by national partners Dollar Tree and SAIC and during this year’s campaign, Operation Homefront will distribute its 400,000th backpack since 2008, saving military families more than million in back to school expenses.

This year’s Back-to-School Brigade® events will have a different look relative to past programs to adhere to all federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Events will be delivered in a drive-through format with volunteers following CDC guidelines.

About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 91 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit http://www.OperationHomefront.org.

About CSX: CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at http://www.csx.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,U.S

Pandemic Impact Fund is Excited to Launch 0M Venture Capital Fund

The world is decades behind in pandemic readiness. Entrepreneurs can help. The Pandemic Impact Fund will put private investment to work in early stage tech companies with innovative solutions to detect, mitigate and respond to pandemics, and to build a more resilient future.

The pandemic has impacted everyone and everything: how we live, work, learn, socialize, exercise, travel, raise our children. The Pandemic Impact Fund will focus on four areas of pandemic readiness:

Know Faster: It took too long. The Fund will invest in startups that can speed identification of a potential pandemic and understand its movement through a population via surveillance, testing, analytics, population health, GIS, AI.

Fix it Faster: Velocity matters - even before an epidemic reaches pandemic scale. The Fund will seek startups working on rapid drug development platforms, novel disinfection technology, medical devices that can speed recovery, contact tracing and social distancing apps/tools, mobile and telemedicine.

Make Work, Work: Work, and consequently the economy, have suffered. The Fund will invest in technologies that help keep the economy (and life) running during a crisis including teleconnection, collaboration, business continuity, EdTech, robotics, HR tech.

Do Better Next Time: COVID-19 has exposed cracks in life as we knew it. The Fund sees these as opportunities including timely and accurate communication, food and toilet paper security, supply chain, process & manufacturing resilience.

The veteran team of investors includes Peter Adams, co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies, Wiley, 2013, and executive director of the Rockies Venture Network. With over 125 investments across 50+ companies over the last 5 years alone, including needle-free injection startup, PharmaJet, and telehealth provider, CirrusMD. The investment team has a honed process and a passion for accelerating impact while targeting top quartile returns. Peter commented, “We decided to take the same advice we give our portfolio companies: Success requires focus! Our focus now is pandemics because we can’t afford to get this wrong next time, whether a subsequent surge or the next pandemic.”

"An entrepreneurial and collaborative culture drives Colorado’s innovation,” commented Katie Woslager, Senior Manager of Advanced Industries at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, “That same spirit can be found in the Pandemic Impact Fund. Colorado innovates its way through adversity, and this fund offers a vital source of capital for startups leading the way forward to pandemic solutions and resilience."

For more information regarding the Pandemic Impact Fund, please contact Sue Stash at 303-589-8135 or sue@pandemicimpactfund.com or visit our website at https://pandemicimpactfund.com/.

About the Pandemic Impact Fund: The Pandemic Impact Fund, L.P. is a 0 million Delaware limited partnership fund investing in early stage, tech startup companies addressing pandemic detection, mitigation and response and future resilience. Its portfolio companies will make significant contributions to pandemic readiness while delivering venture returns, with or without a pandemic.

Securities Notice
The material provided herein is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any interests in the Fund or any other securities. Any such offering of the Fund will be made only in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Fund's Private Placement Memorandum. Prior to investing, investors are strongly urged to review carefully the Private Placement Memorandum (including the risk factors described therein), the Limited Partnership Agreement and the Subscription Documents, to ask such questions of the Investment Manager as they deem appropriate, and to discuss any prospective investment in the Fund with their legal and tax advisers in order to make an independent determination of the suitability and consequences of an investment. The fund is operating under a Regulation D 506C exemption from SEC registration.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

Buy one & help save a life: SmartBuy Collection Partners with World Vision

Offering everyday eye health care essentials at an affordable price point, SmartBuy Collection is proud to now also help support mothers and children desperately in need. Every eyewear purchase from the SmartBuy Collection, SmartBuy Kids and SmartBuy Readers will now directly contribute funds going to the program. 

The Mother & Child Health program sees aid workers spending up to 15 years in Zambian communities, working with local leaders and families to identify their unique challenges and help develop lasting solutions together. The communities are given ownership of the program and its results to ensure long-term sustainability. 

“We are beyond proud to join forces with World Vision on helping improve the lives of mothers and their children. No mother should have to die in pregnancy or childbirth and no newborn baby should have to die from easily preventable complications”, says Julia Ritchie, SmartBuy Collection brand manager. 

Globally, ten children under 5 years old will die every minute today from preventable causes. That’s more than 5 million children each year. Fifty percent of those young lives are lost in their first week of life. In addition, more than 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy or childbirth—99% of them in developing countries. 

“As a brand we believe in providing stylish and affordable eyewear for all. The opportunity to extend this to the health of women and children in Zambia through World Vision is a great initiative”, says Julia Ritchie. 

“We are so excited to partner with SmartBuy Collection”, says Bernadette Martin, Corporate Engagement Manager at World Vision US. “Their support will help us improve the lives of women and children who are most vulnerable, while also bringing awareness to this cause”. 

The program provides life-saving health education and care directly to families in Zambia’s poorest Luwingu district. With proven community-based prevention and treatment interventions, World Vision is able to save the lives of mothers and children and ensure they thrive. 

Browse the SmartBuy Collection here, and actively contribute towards the program with every purchase.

About SmartBuy Collection

SmartBuy Collection is a high-quality, affordable eyewear brand exclusive to SmartBuyGlasses online. The brand offers a wide range of eyeglasses styles and frame shapes, so everyone can find something they love for the best price. From everyday eyeglasses to bold and unique styles, their collection starts from just and includes free 1.5 prescription lenses and shipping. Browse the SmartBuy Collection here. 

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization working in nearly a hundred countries to build brighter futures for vulnerable children. Find out more information about World Vision’s Mother & Child Health program here

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Shopping & Deal,U.S

Savoy Foundation Reports Its Charitable Giving Through 2020

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated (Savoy Foundation) today announced the list of organizations supported through its charitable contributions through 2020. This list includes local, national and international organizations focused on health, human services charities, aid to victims of hurricanes and earthquakes, education and children’s causes through its Chivalry for Children’s Causes™.

Since it was founded in 1991, the Savoy Foundation has been committed to philanthropic initiatives, following the centuries old traditions of the Savoy Orders. The diverse charitable giving list included contributions to support local, national and international charities focused on providing medical, educational and humanitarian assistance and children’s causes, as well as social assistance charities that provide services to those in need and scholarship grants to support university students in the fields of arts/humanities and international studies.

Recent beneficiaries of Savoy Foundation grants have been the following:

    •     Mercy Ships to support life-changing surgical procedures performed on hospital ships bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.

 

 

    •     In 2019, the Savoy Foundation launched a new Initiative - Chivalry for Children’s Causes™ - with the presentation of a substantial grant to Southern California-based charity, Caterina’s Club, for its work providing meals, housing and job training for disadvantaged children and families

 

 

    •     The New York Foundling’s Camp Felix Program: to improve the quality of life of children in disadvantaged circumstances, to gain self-esteem and to develop life skills with an overnight camp experience each summer, providing a week-long adventure to change their outlook on life, their future, and their sense of pride. Camp Felix is the only overnight camp for children in the child welfare system. The Foundling’s campers immerse themselves in activities that instill feelings of self-confidence, resilience, respect and community.

 

 

    •     Stuart House at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center: to serve the special needs of sexually abused children and their families by providing comprehensive state-of-the-art treatment to help child victims and their families cope with the traumatic effects of sexual abuse on children's physical and psychological health.

 

 

    •     Providence Rest Nursing Facility: to provide short term and long term care for the elderly in a peaceful environment.

 

 

    •     Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships: to provide scholarships to college and university students studying in the fields of fine arts/humanities and international studies. International studies scholars participate in the Savoy Foundation NGO program at the United Nations.

 

 

    •     Savoy History Series: to fund a lecture series on subjects relating the Royal House of Savoy and the history of Italy, Italian literature, history, art, science and impact on other countries.

 

 

  •     America’s VetDogs Program, a subsidiary of the Guide Dog Foundation Inc.: to meet the needs of disabled veterans by providing guide and service dogs specially trained to provide balance, relieve stress or perform other tasks.

 

About the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated

The American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a U.S. charitable 501(c)(3) organization, has three endowments: charitable causes, educational programs and operating expenses. The Savoy Orders Pigott Scholarships were also established by the Foundation to provide financial aid to students in the Humanities and International studies. Annual grants are also made to children’s and hospital programs. In order to raise funds for the support of its activities, the Savoy Foundation sponsors a winter event, Ballo di Savoia and a spring event, Festa della Primavera in New York City and an event on the West Coast, Notte di Savoia Los Angeles. The Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Roster Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Members of the Italian Royal Family, headed by His Royal Highness, Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, actively support, attend and lend their names through formal patronage of the Savoy Foundation’s events. The Foundation also sponsors an annual history series on Italy and the Savoy dynasty which dates back over 1,000 years and is one of the oldest royal families in Europe.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,U.S

Women In Trucking Association Announces Continued Gold Level Partnership with PACCAR

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today that PACCAR has renewed its Gold Level Partnership, helping the nonprofit organization empower more women to develop careers in transportation, celebrate their successes and address the challenges they face.

In addition to providing financial support, the company actively participates in the association. Michele Rodgers, Director of Business & Product Development for Dynacraft, a PACCAR Company, serves on the WIT board of directors.

“PACCAR is proud to support Women In Trucking, an organization with diversity-focused initiatives that parallel our own,” said Rodgers. “Inclusion initiatives within PACCAR and the industry drive success and open doors to all.”

“We are grateful to have the continued support from an influential business leader like PACCAR,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT. “Their passion and advocacy for diversifying the industry is instrumental in advancing the WIT mission and affecting real change in the industry.”

Since 2007, WIT has been committed to bringing greater opportunities for women in transportation and helping them succeed. A few recent accomplishments include a record-breaking attendance at the 2019 Accelerate! Conference and Exhibition; an award-winning magazine that explores gender issues in transportation; and a weekly SiriusXM radio show called Women In Trucking that features listener call-ins and interviews with professionals from the trucking industry.

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About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

New Study Reveals Number of Unpaid Caregivers in America Grew by 9.5 Million in Five Years to Total 53 Million

A new study from the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP finds that the number of family caregivers in the United States increased by 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020 and now encompasses more than one in five Americans. Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago. As the demand for caregiving rises with an aging population, more must be done to support this vital work. This report highlights the nearly 48 million caregivers caring for someone over the age of 18, and is available here.

“As we face a global pandemic, we’re relying on friends and family to care for the older adults and people living with disabilities in our lives,” said C. Grace Whiting, JD, President and CEO of NAC. “Caregivers are essential to the nation’s public health, and the magnitude of millions of Americans providing unpaid care means that supporting caregivers can no longer be ignored. This research reveals that growing need. Family caregivers care for more people than in 2015 and they take on more care responsibilities as roughly one in four care for two or more people. Many individuals are caring for a longer time, with nearly a third (29%) of caregivers nationwide reporting they have been caregiving for five years or more—up from 24% in the last study.”

This new study shows that the profile of the family caregiver is changing. While caregiving spans all generations, Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 found more young people providing care, including 6% who are Gen Z and 23% who are Millennials. Nearly half (45%) are caring for someone with two or more conditions—a significant jump from 37% in 2015.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 also found that:

  • Caregivers face health challenges of their own: nearly a quarter (23%) of caregivers find it hard to take care of their own health and 23% say caregiving has made their health worse.
  • Personal finances are a concern for family caregivers: 28% have stopped saving, 23% have taken on more debt and 22% have used up personal short-term savings.
  • On average, caregivers spend 23.7 hours a week providing care, with one in three (32%) providing care for 21 hours or more, and one in five (21%) providing care for 41+ hours—the equivalent of a full time unpaid job.

“The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the challenges family caregivers were already facing from a personal health, financial and emotional standpoint,” said Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, Senior Vice President at AARP. “Family caregivers provide vital help and care for their loved ones, yet this survey shows that they keep getting stretched thinner and thinner. We must identify and implement more solutions to support family caregivers—both in the short term as we grapple with coronavirus and in the long term as our population ages and the number of family caregivers declines.”

Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 was conducted by Greenwald & Associates using a nationally representative, probability-based online panel. More than 1,700 caregivers who were age 18 or older participated in the survey in 2019. First conducted in 1997, with follow up surveys in 2004, 2009 and 2015, the Caregiving in the U.S. studies are one of the most comprehensive resources describing the American caregiver. The 2020 study was funded by AARP, Best Buy Health Inc. d/b/a GreatCall, EMD Serono Inc., Home Instead Senior Care®, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, TechWerks, Transamerica Institute, and UnitedHealthcare.

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About AARP
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit http://www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

About the National Alliance for Caregiving
Established in 1996, the National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. NAC conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Recognizing that family caregivers provide significant societal and financial contributions toward maintaining the well-being of those in their care, NAC supports a network of more than 80 state and local caregiving coalitions and serves as Secretariat for the International Alliance of Carer Organizations (IACO). Learn more at http://www.caregiving.org.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Non Profit,U.S

The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA) to Hold “DevOps & Agile: Doing them Right” Virtual Panel Discussion for Financial Technology and Business Professionals

The Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®), a not-for-profit organization that provides financial technology and business professionals a forum to learn from and connect with each other, will host a virtual panel discussion on “DevOps & Agile: Doing them Right” on May 5, 2020. Panelists include representatives from financial services and Panel Sponsors: Nutanix and OutSystems. Johna Till Johnson, CEO and Founder, Nemertes Research will provide industry perspectives and moderate the discussion. For more information, please visit: https://www.wsta.org/events/event/devops-and-agile-doing-them-right/

“Implementing DevOps and Agile can improve agility, reduce costs, enhance cybersecurity, and delight customers—but only if you do them correctly,” says Johna Till Johnson, CEO of Nemertes Research and WSTA Content Committee Chair. “The key is to know what ‘correctly’ means in terms of practices and strategies.”

Panel Discussion Overview
The move to DevOps and Agile software development processes is over a decade old, and companies have reaped much-publicized real-world benefits from the transition.

However, there have also been some less-publicized disasters.

Companies have moved so quickly that they’ve inadvertently opened up gaping cybersecurity vulnerabilities or failed to maintain control over the challenges posed by complexity, geographic sprawl, or lack of global knowledge.

This panel session includes seasoned veterans of the DevOps world, both users and technology providers. We’ll discuss:

  • Technology evolution and futures. Which DevOps tools and technologies have become obsolete? Which are emerging? And how should practitioners choose among them?
  • Cybersecurity best practices and DevSecOps. How do we keep initiatives both agile and secure?
  • DevOps, the cloud, and enterprise infrastructure. Most organizations have moved to cloud-first DevOps development. But how does that affect enterprise infrastructure? What should practitioners think about when it comes to infrastructure for DevOps, including networking, computational, and storage resources?
  • Best practices and lessons learned. What does our team of experts wish they’d known when they started? What best practices do they recommend our WSTA peers follow as they proceed along the DevOps journey?

 

About the Wall Street Technology Association
The WSTA facilitates virtual and in-person educational and networking events where members meet and exchange ideas and best practices that assist them in effectively capitalizing on technology advances in areas such as Cybersecurity, Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Management, Cloud, Blockchain, Digital, Architecture, etc. and dealing with financial industry business challenges. Founded in 1967, the WSTA is a not-for-profit association with a long history of evolving to meet the needs of its members.

The WSTA hosts virtual and in-person seminars, roundtables, panel discussions, and social events. These events offer many opportunities to keep informed about leading technologies, as well as network and share information with industry colleagues. The WSTA’s educational Digital News provides additional content and information about the WSTA and industry-related activities. The website is a dynamic resource for keeping on top of the latest information and offers access to additional resources including webinars, white papers, blogs, videos, and information about other industry events.

Nemertes Research is a global research-based advisory and consulting firm that analyzes the business value of emerging technologies. Since 2002, we have provided strategic recommendations based on data-driven operational and business metrics to help organizations deliver successful technology transformation to employees and customers. Simply put: Nemertes’ better data helps clients make better decisions. http://www.nemertes.com

Posted in: Business,Non Profit,Technology,U.S

Arise Collective Commits 1% of all sales to Environmental Causes

1st April 2020, Arise Collective joined 1% for the Planet, committing to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

“In 2020, a new decade is upon us where as a global community, sustainability is our biggest priority” states Julia Ritchie, Arise Collective Brand Manager, “and this is part of our DNA here at the Arise Collective. By partnering with 1% for the planet we are able to actively donate and make a difference to our planet through every customer purchase of our eyewear. Enabling our customers to feel good about their purchases, whilst protecting their eyes.”

Arise Collective is a social brand that is fully committed to sustainability. It recently partnered with WWF Australia to upcycle plastic commercial gill nets pulled from the Great Barrier Reef, a huge threat to marine creatures, to create sustainable sunglasses. The ReefCycle collection aims to support a net-free North, with 50% of proceeds funding further WWF conservation work to protect Australia’s marine wildlife.

The CEO of 1% for the Planet, Kate Williams, who is thrilled about the new partnership says, "Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 5% of that comes from businesses. The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of member businesses is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes. We're excited to welcome Arise Collective to our global movement of over 2,700 businesses,"

By contributing 1% of their annual sales, over 2,700 members from 45 different countries, have raised more than 5 million to support approved environmental nonprofits around the globe. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Thousands of nonprofits worldwide are currently approved.

About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Through our business and individual memberships, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations and we amplify the impact of the network.

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than 5 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 2,700 business members, an expanding core of individual members and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.

About Arise Collective

Arise Collective was founded in 2017 and creates stylish, socially driven, quality eyewear at an affordable price. Developed by a global community, the Arise Collective team have a clear vision of offering the latest eyewear designs, whilst celebrating diversity and driving social impact. For more information about joining our collective visit Arise Collective- About Us to learn more.

 

 

Posted in: Energy & Environment,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Retail

Timeshare Board Members Association (TBMA) Announces Orlando 2020 Conference, May 17-19, 2020

TBMA Orlando will mark the18th conference and TBMA’s leadership position in providing dynamic, interactive forums for education, resources, solutions, and networking for timeshare Board Members, Resort Managers, and vacation ownership industry professionals.

Timeshare Owners’ Association Board Members and On-site Resort Manager will participate in over 20 educational sessions, and network with industry professionals who support the Associations’ mission to provide education to the conference attendees to help with planning for the future of their resorts.

The spring Conference will address many of the key issues facing timeshare resorts with an interactive agenda featuring topics including:

  • Being a Local Market Disrupter - Economic Impacts, Demand Generator Relationships, and Managing Your Resort’s Brand
  • Defining and Evaluating Owner & Guest Engagement
  • Why Update Your Governing Documents?
  • Implementing Money-Making Sales & Rental Strategies - Trust Conversions, Limited Term Products, Transient Rentals & Other Guests
  • The Front Line: Managing & Motivating Your Team
  • Funding Operations - RFP’s, Reserve Studies & Banking Relationships
  • Insuring Against Losses - Workplace - Disasters - Active Shooters
  • Maximize Market Appeal: Property Improvement Planning
  • When It’s Time to Repurpose - Wholly-Owned Condominiums & Hybrid Solutions
  • Following ABC Policies - Collections, Foreclosures & Title Insurance
  • The Impact of Outside Influencers - Airbnb, Exit Companies, & Scams
  • Technology for a New Decade
  • ADA - Embracing Travelers with Disabilities
  • Legislative Update
  • Vacation and Travel Club Revenue Streams

 

The Orlando 2020 Conference and TBMA membership are free of charge to Timeshare Board Members and onsite Resort Managers because of the generous financial support of its corporate sponsors.

TBMA is a non-profit corporation and the leader in providing timeshare HOA Board Member and on-site Resort Management education and networking, proudly serving a growing base of participating members and providing opportunities for members and industry professionals to connect. TBMA also partners with TimeSharing Today magazine to publish resort governance and management articles which help educate its membership.

Since its inception in 2011, TBMA recognized that older timeshare legacy resorts were facing common challenges associated with aging properties and owners. At the same time, many of these resorts are located in prime locations. They offer benefits of condo-style accommodations that include kitchens. The timeshare industry has been facing a significant amount of bad press because of a lack of a strong resale market and a viable exit strategy for owners who no longer can afford the cost of ownership or are unable to travel.

TBMA is helping participating resorts to deal with those challenges and many have adopted deed-back programs for owners, shorter term right-to-use products, technology solutions for efficient communications and operations, and strategies for generating rental revenues of association-owned inventory. In some cases, resorts have determined that they need to proceed with repurposing to other uses such as wholly owned condominiums or hybrid hotel/timeshare properties.

Proactive TBMA attendees find that after attending each conference, they are better prepared to prioritize their efforts and implement changes for the benefit of their resorts and owners.
For more information about TBMA, attending the TBMA Orlando 2020 Conference and corporate sponsorships, email staff@tbmassoc.org or visit tbmassoc.org.

Posted in: Business,Education,Non Profit

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Awarded the 2019 MEDA Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, the Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, has won the “2019 “Hall of Fame” award from the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA: www.medamd.com).  MEDA is a highly respected and economic development organization of Maryland, USA. All EDOs, business leaders, consultants and economic development professionals belong to this state-wide organization.    

Meda in its press release stated, “MEDA Hall of Fame: Pradeep Ganguly. A member of MEDA since 1984, Ganguly has more than 30 years of service in economic development. Ganguly was most recently the executive vice president of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a former director for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County. He spent 21 years with DBED, which is now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce. Through it all, Ganguly has given what time he has to MEDA while balancing the demands of a busy job. He also makes it a point to give back to the community. In 1988, Ganguly founded MKK-USA, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support and humanitarian aid.” https://www.medamd.com/program-development/maryland-economic-development-association-announces-winners-of-2019-meda-awards/

Dr. Ganguly is the only Indian-American in Maryland and the Washington, DC region of USA to have been bestowed this high recognition and honor.  The award will be presented to Dr. Ganguly on April 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention of MEDA to be held at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, MD.

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ganguly, with best wishes for continued success.

For further information, contact Mr. Asheesh Jain

Posted in: Education,Non Profit,Public Affairs,U.S

Spaulding Youth Center Honored with ,000.00 Grant from People’s United Community Foundation

Spaulding Youth Center’s Residential Program focuses on therapeutically supporting children while fostering the fundamental philosophies of a family unit. The grant presented by People’s United Community Foundation will support Spaulding’s goals of providing comfortable, welcoming and home-like environment for its residential students. Funds from this grant will help to cover the cost of new furnishings in three common areas of one of the organization’s five residential cottages.

“The generous support of People’s United Community Foundation will make an incredible impact in the lives of the children living on campus,” said Susan C. Ryan, President & CEO of Spaulding Youth Center. “Funding for this type of need can be difficult to come by and providing our children with a restful and relaxing common area to unwind after a school day is an important part of our residential students’ daily routines. At a time in life where these kids can be at their most vulnerable, providing them with a comfortable place to live shows them they are important, cared for and loved. We are truly grateful for People’s United’s support.”

Posted in: Non Profit,Society & Culture

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Congratulates Shivaji College Faculty

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”

The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly announces 2018-19 Scholarships

Baltimore, Maryland. February 7, 2019. Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, announced the winners of the 2018-19 MKK-USA scholarships:

1. Raghav Sharma, BA (Honors), 1st year
2. Shivani Badola, B.A Honors, 3rd Year
3. Vaishali Suchdeva, B.A. Honors, 3rd Year

All are students at Shivaji College, University of Delhi.

Dr. Ganguly founded MKK-USA in 1998 as a non-profit organization. The mission of MKK-USA is to provide educational support and humanitarian aid to needy and bright students – both in India and in the Washington, DC region. This non-profit organization also provides humanitarian aid.

Since its inception, MKK-USA has provided scholarships to students in New Delhi and Malda, India, as well as local students at Prince George’s Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Largo High School, Flowers High School. Other recipients of MKK-USA donations include the Children’s Inn at NIH, The National Geographic Afghan Girls Fund and ASHA for Education, Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children, Rockville, and Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax, Virginia.

MKK stands for Manav Kalyan Kendra and translates to Center for Human Welfare. The primary goal of the organization is to provide quality educational support to deserving students through scholarships. They also provide economic support to educational programs in designated intermediate, vocational and higher education institutions in India, especially in New Delhi. The organization also has a good record of supporting humanitarian efforts and educational programs across the world.

MKK is also involved in medical and environmental clean-up efforts in the slums of New Delhi, India and has been instrumental in spreading the message of cleanliness and health among those who live in slums and shanties in this region.

MKK organizes high quality cultural events at regular intervals to help raise funds for their scholarship programs.

According to the spokesperson, they want to make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time. “We help needy children get quality education so that the can become self-supporting and independent. We also provide humanitarian aid in emergencies.”

In September 2018, Dr. Ganguly organized “Nrityanjali” – a dance program – in partnership with the KONARK Dance School.

Press contact: S. K. Yadav, 703-450-4291

Posted in: Education,Employment,Non Profit,Society & Culture

New Jersey Hypnotist And Meditation Class Instructor Changing How The World Views Hypnosis And Meditation

Bruce Cialfi, co-owner of Acorn Holistics (https://acornholistics.com) Certified Consulting New Jersey hypnotist and meditation class instructor explains that the brain can be retrained simply through hypnosis.

In hypnosis, he simply speaks directly to the subconscious. The brain is like an iceberg. The conscious mind is the 10 % that can be seen above the water and comprises logical thinking, and memories. The subconscious mind is the 90% that cannot be seen below the water and comprises of beliefs, emotions, and imagination. A hypnotist taps into the subconscious mind to make real changes in your life.

Many people think that hypnosis is like a stage trick, waving a swinging pendulum in front of your eyes saying “you are feeling very sleepy” – this is NOT real hypnosis. Hypnosis can get a bad rap because of stage tricks and bad movies. Forget these stereotypes. Hypnosis is a real and powerful tool that rewires the brain to create positive habits - and this is how it works.

Bruce explains that at Acorn Holistics, "a client first receives a complimentary phone consultation to target what they have been trying to achieve or change. Then we would have a series of safe, confidential appointments where you would just sit in relaxation and comfort while either Deb or I speak to your subconscious mind. If you wanted to decrease your anxiety, we would guide you through hypnosis with positive statements and affirmations that are targeted to work on your specific anxiety and triggers. Once done with the session, you would go on with your life as you normally would, only you would find that you have less anxiety. You would also find you have tools that would transform your anxiety response to a calmer more focused way to react to your anxiety triggers."

Another positive way to deal with these responses is with meditation. In fact, hypnosis and meditation are powerful tools when used together to tackle a client’s problem. Studies have pointed to the fact that meditators are more attuned to their subconscious mind. Therefore, meditation can be another tool in the toolbox when trying to tackle problems such as anxiety, stress, smoking, or weight loss.

Debbie Cialfi New Jersey meditation class instructor and co-owner of Acorn Holistics explains that, "through meditation, a person can tap fully into the subconscious mind, just as a hypnotist does in Hypnosis. However, in meditation, the client is in the driver’s seat. Through instruction in meditation, you can learn to calm and focus your mind. The key difference between meditation and hypnosis is that you set aside a special time each day and make the conscious choice to meditate. Through that meditative time each day you have full access to the 90% of your mind that is subconscious. Once you achieve access to your subconscious during meditation, you feel a gentle shift. Your breathing slows, and you can feel the borders of the concrete world blur as you get closer to your center. Many people feel that meditation is not for them because the cannot “turn off their brains”. You will be happy to know that an active brain is perfect for meditation. You just need guidance to help to harness the power of your brain so that you can slip under the veil of meditation to become hyper-aware of your breathing and inner thoughts. If you sit to meditate with the intention of relieving anxiety, then you would simply focus on your breathing until it calms and slows, then turn inward to focus on the feeling of calm and peace. You can focus on being in a scenic and calm place and just rest in the expanse of its beauty and feel calm."

Accessing the full 100% of your mind is attainable through hypnosis and meditation. Both are tools that can be used to solve problems and overcome lifes obstacles.

Posted in: Lifestyle,Living,Non Profit

Fins Attached Partners with Dr. Peter Klimley for a Biology of Sharks and Rays Program: Course to Take Place on the Expedition Vessel Sharkwater

Fins Attached, Marine Research and Conservation non-profit, is excited to announce a partnership with well-known Marine Biologist, Dr. Peter Klimley, a scientist known lovingly as Dr. Hammerhead. An educational marine biology course on sharks and rays will take place on Fins Attached expedition vessel, the Sharkwater in the Eastern Tropical Pacific in the summer of 2019.

Dr. A. Peter Klimley has studied sharks for over three decades and has written over 60 scientific articles on the behavior and ecology of sharks and rays. The topics of his studies have ranged from the complex social habits and keen navigational abilities of hammerhead sharks to the feeding tactics and communication behavior of white sharks. Dr. Klimley realizes that the partnership with Fins Attached is an ideal way to help students learn about sharks and rays, studying in their natural habitat.

"Although I am now retired from UC Davis, my passion for sharks and marine biology has not waned,” stated Dr. Klimley. “Partnering with Fins Attached is a way for me to continue to contribute to the study and conservation of sharks and rays." During his graduate career, he spent many a day free diving among hammerhead sharks, and placing electronic tags on sharks to follow their movements around a seamount and away into the surrounding depths. Dr. Klimley’s pioneering studies of sharks, which in a sense is a manual on how to study sharks, “Secret Life of Sharks,” is available for purchase on Amazon.

Fins Attached has had a busy year since April 2017, when Fins Attached, acquired and launched the vessel Sharkwater, named after the documentary Sharkwater in honor of friend and award-winning filmmaker, the late Rob Stewart. Since then, the Sharkwater has hosted a few private research expeditions and even hosted the remaining Sharkwater filming crew to finish shooting Sharkwater Extinction. Hosting a college-level course on the Sharkwater vessel is a natural next step for Fins Attached.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Klimley on board with us,” began Dr Alex Antoniou, founder of Fins Attached. “This will help fulfill a key mission for Fins Attached, to educate future marine scientist to ultimately help protect these vulnerable animals."

Another Dr. Klimley book, “Biology of Sharks and Rays,” is also available for purchase on Amazon.com and it is the textbook for the upcoming course. If the public would like to learn more about marine conservation, visit finsattached.org. Dr. Klimley will be in attendance at the annual Fins Attached Gala in Denver on February 9, 2019. Donate today and help save ocean wildlife by contributing to the fight against sharks being mercilessly finned. Sharks play a vital role to the health of the marine environment, which ultimately affects all life on earth. To become a sponsor of the course and support marine biology students to enroll, contact info(at)finsattached.org.

As Rob Stewart once put it, "Conservation is the preservation of human life on earth and that above all else is worth fighting for."

About Fins Attached 
Fins Attached conducts research, promotes conservation and provides education for the protection of marine ecosystems. Fins Attached believes in the preservation of our world's precious resources and that through the protection of the ocean's apex predators marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth. Fins Attached is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit finsattached.org, or email info(at)finsattached.org. studysharks.org.

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