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Charlotte Teen Launches Mirabella’s Miracle 501(c)(3) to Support the Families of Children in the NICU and PICU

Max Petruzzi

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and RED BANK, N.J., Dec. 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mirabella’s Miracle announces the launch of the charity by Max Petruzzi, 15 years old of Charlotte, N.C. Even at his young age, Max Petruzzi has led a very impactful and productive life. He is ranked in the top ten students of his class of over 300 students, a devoted rower and lacrosse player and just a fortunate kid who has a bunch of great friends at a great school, living in a great town. He also has been a part of a still new phenomenon, YouTube stardom. At 11 years old, he decided that he wanted to sing and it turned out that he sang well. He was encouraged to record a video and post it on YouTube.

Immediately after posting his first video, a cover of Bruno Mars’ hit song, “Just the Way You Are,” he became a bit of an internet sensation. He was interviewed on live TV by Morgan Fogarty and Matt Harris of Fox News Charlotte and later Maureen O’Boyle of CBS. Then the offers started flowing in, including representation by two of the largest talent agencies in N.Y. and L.A., direct reach outs by prominent music producers and initial interest by the producers of X Factor, Disney, Nickelodeon, and even a couple of boy bands that were forming.

Although Max has always loved to sing, even at 11 or 12 he just did not see himself as a member of a boy band and was not into the idea of becoming famous. He wanted to remain a kid, focus on his schoolwork, play a few sports, and have the time to spend with his friends and family.

After Hurricane Sandy ravaged his hometown in the Shore Area of N.J., it all just kind of clicked. He wanted to use his talents to help others. It started with a video that he used to help promote the “Restore the Shore” website. He drove a significant increase of website traffic and donations and loved the feeling that even as a 13 year old, he could impact the world.

Max now had a plan. He invoked his family’s experience with the amazing doctors and nurses that saved his sister Mirabella from a severe sepsis infection when she was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) after being born prematurely at 29 weeks. Max envisioned a charity wholly focused on supporting the siblings and parents during what could be argued is the most stressful scenario one could ever face: dealing with a child, brother or sister fighting a life threatening illness.

Since he wanted a way to both impact the two cities he loves, Charlotte and NYC and the particular hospitals that Mirabella was treated in – the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. and the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Red Bank, N.J. – he enlisted the help of one of his oldest friends, Allie LeLand (15) of N.J. Allie is another amazing teen. She is a great student, an accomplished dancer and shares Max’s vision of helping others through the gifts they have been given by God. Allie’s dancing will be featured on many of the songs and videos Max will be launching to help spread the word. He also has put his songs on iTunes and all the proceeds from those sales go to the charity.

Mirabella, Max’s sister and the namesake of the charity, is also an incredible singer and dancer and will release songs and videos as well. Thanks to the Bristol-Myers Squibb hospital team, she is a healthy, amazing, beautiful and super intelligent 10 year old who is a big help with the charity and looks forward to running it herself one day.

“I am so proud and honored to have this opportunity to repay some of the blessings that I receive every day and especially the support that was given to my family when Mirabella was born almost 3 months early,” said Max Petruzzi, CEO of Mirabella’s Miracle. “It is just an amazing feeling to be able to help others.” Max is hoping to launch his programs with the two N.J. hospitals as well as the Levine Children’s Hospital and Hemby Children’s Hospital, both in Charlotte to begin with; however he is building his charity to allow for motivated teens to sign up as ambassadors to replicate the program in children’s hospitals around the country.

Please visit http://www.mirabellasmiracle.com/ for all the details on the charity and the ways they help to reduce the stress and bring some happiness to the parents and siblings of these children.

Max’s latest video, a cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change,” is on the website and also on Max’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mtruzzi26 .

Also, please visit the Instagram page @mirabellasmiracle, Facebook page Mirabella’s Miracle, and our Twitter page @mirasmiracle to connect with the charity on social media.

The mission at Mirabella’s Miracle is to help families that have a baby or child in the hospital by giving them care packages containing things that they need most during their tough time. They know how scary it can be having a little brother or sister in the hospital, and sometimes, a bunch of gifts inside of a care package could really brighten up a day.

The care packages will contain items such as toys, chocolates, stuffed animals, and other fun items. It will also include gift cards to places like toy stores, amusement parks, restaurants, and whatever will be the most helpful to the family. The charity will also reach out to many local business owners to donate these items so that your cash donations will go even farther than purchasing the care package contents directly.

To raise money, they will be selling items such as charm bracelets, rubber bracelets, T-shirts, and more. They also will be selling cover songs on iTunes performed by Max Petruzzi, Max and Mirabella’s friends, and even Mirabella herself.

Mirabellla’s Miracle is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means that donations are eligible to be tax-deductible (please confirm with a tax professional regarding your specific circumstance).

Visit on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mirabellas-Miracle/962876970392442 .

Max’s latest video, a cover of John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change”: http://youtu.be/7Tuwu-E8IWQ .

The song is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waiting-on-world-to-change/id945205213 .

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*Photo Caption: Allie LeLand, Mirabella Petruzzi and Max Petruzzi.

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Families Empowering Families at Community Connections Receives 2014 Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant

mental health services

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 1, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Families Empowering Families at Community Connections, is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations and cause-marketing support to Families Empowering Families over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist Families Empowering Families in their mission of developing a family peer support network for families whose children are enrolled in mental health services at Community Connections.

“We are grateful to have Neotrope help us raise awareness about the power of family peer support for families who have children with mental health needs. Their services will be extremely helpful as we raise awareness of family peer support in the mental health field and develop sustainable funding sources for our program,” says Katie Webster, Project Director, for Families Empowering Families.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), and social media marketing, for Families Empowering Families. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as Families Empowering Families,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “We greatly admire their mission of helping families with children enrolled in mental health programs.”

About Families Empowering Families at Community Connections:

Community Connection is the largest not-for-profit mental health agency serving men, women and children in Washington D.C. Since its founding in 1984, Community Connections has provided comprehensive, community-based mental health services for the District of Columbia’s most vulnerable citizens. The Child and Adolescent Program’s goal is to disrupt the intergenerational transmission of mental illness and trauma. Families Empowering Families (FEF) was developed to provide a family-to-family support aspect to our current model of treatment.

FEF’s goal is to amplify family voices and to help our families connect and learn from each other, so their progress through treatment is more effective and children are less likely to return to formal mental health services. By empowering families to connect, network, and promote understanding, we seek to reduce the stigma often associated with a mental health diagnosis.

Through the District of Colombia’s DOH CHA Maternal and Child Health Service Title V Block Grant funding, FEF has spent the last year and a half building a family support network for families who have a child enrolled in mental health treatment at Community Connections. Families Empowering Families provides a safe and supportive environment for children, youth and their families to come together to build relationships, develop resource networks, and share experiences.

In addition, a partnership has been created between mental health clinicians and parents to change the traditional model of treatment ensuring that services provided at Community Connections are trauma-informed and family driven.

For more information on Community Connections, visit their website at http://www.communityconnectionsdc.org/ .

To follow Families Empowering Families activities follow them on Instagram: @FEFCommunity

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/.

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants(TM) program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. The Neotrope PR Grants are now known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Catalysts Powering Educational Performance (CPEP), Children Awaiting Parents, Food Finders Inc., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The National Inclusion Project, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team. No reciprocal branding or linking is required to receive the grant.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: https://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/.

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at https://www.Send2Press.com/about/.

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NEWS SOURCE: Families Empowering Families at Community Connections :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (who is solely responsible for its accuracy) by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®. Original syndication source of this press release: https://www.send2press.com/newswire/families-empowering-families-at-community-connections-receives-2014-neotrope-non-profit-pr-grant-2014-12-1201-007.shtml.


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Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Receives 2014 Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant

rescue dogs

WILLISTON, Fla., Nov. 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations and cause-related-marketing support to Guardian Angels over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in their mission of pairing veterans and others suffering from disabilities that are both visible and invisible with individually trained, federally protected medical service dogs.

“We are grateful to have Neotrope help us raise awareness of medical service dogs, and their role in helping those suffering from disabilities. Their services will be extremely helpful as we begin promotion of our winter and spring events, such as our annual Bark-A-Que, featuring country music star Joe Bachman coming this March,” says Carol Borden, Founder & Executive Director, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), and social media marketing for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “Their programs help not only veterans and the disabled, but also help rescue dogs who need a purpose as man’s best friend. We are truly impressed by their philosophy and mission.”

About Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.:

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. rescues, raises, trains and then donates individually trained medical service dogs to veterans and others who suffer from disabilities that are both visible and invisible. We have all heard the news, that 22 veterans a day are taking their own lives while suffering from PTSD and combat injuries. But once paired with a Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog, that number falls to zero.

Our veteran recipients report a zero attempted suicide rate, a zero divorce rate, and reduction or elimination in use of prescription medications to treat PTSD. Many are able to return to the workforce, and improve the lives of not only themselves and their families, but to become, again, vital members of their community as well.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs exists only through your generosity. We have several upcoming events to raise necessary funds, and to help you learn more about our life-changing program. Tickets are currently available on our website for our annual Passing of the Leash Ceremony, which will be held on December 6, 2014 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Williston, Fla. You can also see us at the “For The Love of Dogs – and Chocolate” event on February 4, 2014 at the Von Liebig Art Center in Naples, or join us for an amazing day of fun and music featuring country music artist Joe Bachman at our annual Bark-A-Que on March 21, 2015.

For more information on the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, and to help us pair more of our heroes with service dogs, visit their website at http://www.medicalservicedogs.com/ .

To follow on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angels-Medical-Service-Dogs-Inc/147251912100339 .

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/ .

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants(TM) program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. The Neotrope PR Grants are now known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Catalysts Powering Educational Performance, Children Awaiting Parents, Food Finders, Inc., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The National Inclusion Project, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: https://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/ .

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at https://www.Send2Press.com/about/ .

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NEWS SOURCE: Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (who is solely responsible for its accuracy) by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®. Original syndication source of this press release: https://www.send2press.com/newswire/guardian-angels-medical-service-dogs-inc-receives-2014-neotrope-non-profit-pr-grant-2014-11-1121-001.shtml.


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Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program Receives 2014 Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant

Team AMVETS

ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program is pleased to announce it is one of 10 recipients for 2014 of Neotrope’s annual J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. Team AMVETS’ mission is to serve the veterans of our great nation, and to enhance the mental, physical and social well-being of all veterans. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations (PR) and cause-marketing support to the Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist Team AMVETS Welcome Program in providing furnishings for every veteran in California who receives housing vouchers through the Veterans Affairs HUD VASH housing program in order to create a clean sustainable living environment which veterans and their families can call home.

“We are grateful to have Neotrope help us raise awareness for Team AMVETS. Their services will be extremely helpful as we deliver furnishings like tables, chairs, and mattresses replete with bedding in order to make a house a home,” says Sharon Elefant, Team AMVETS’ Veteran Outreach & Community Development Manager.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), and social media marketing for Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as the Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons, a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “We selected Team AMVETS programs this year as they are doing wonderful work for a much needed outreach for our honorable military veterans.”

About Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program:

The Veteran Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides vouchers to veterans who are working with VA case managers to rehabilitate themselves and find regular employment. While the HUD-VASH vouchers provide a safe, clean living space, the units are unfurnished, leaving these veterans to sleep on the floor with no means to cook, sit, or enjoy the basic comforts of a furnished home.

It is this gap that Team AMVETS(TM) seeks to close. Imagine being homeless and then being given an opportunity to get off the streets only to realize that although you have a roof and walls, you still don’t have the basic dignity of a bed or a sofa or even some dishes from which to eat. Thus, the “Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program” was established to fill this void. A partnership between the VA and the AMVETS Department of California Service Foundation, Team AMVETS provides furniture, appliances, and other household items to formally homeless veterans.

The “Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program” has made nearly 1,400 successful deliveries throughout California, including San Diego County, Orange County, Long Beach, Greater Los Angeles, and Fresno County. The first delivery was made to a veteran in San Diego the week of Thanksgiving 2012 with a “Welcome Home” celebration. A residence is made a home by moving in brand new beds, sheets, pillows, blankets, dressers, night stands, couches, coffee tables, end tables, dining room tables and chairs, refrigerators, pots and pans, and special request items, such as towels or rugs in addition to a $25 grocery gift card and $100 gift card to a Team AMVETS Thrift Store.

For more information on Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program and to help Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program support veterans, visit their website at http://www.teamamvets.com/welcomehome/ . To follow on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/TeamAmvetsThriftStores .

About Neotrope:

Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/ .

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:

The Non-Profit PR Grants(TM) program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

Starting in 2013, the Grant was named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. The Neotrope PR Grants are now known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Catalysts Powering Educational Performance, Children Awaiting Parents, Food Finders, Inc., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, The National Inclusion Project, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: https://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/ .

About Send2Press:

Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at https://www.Send2Press.com/about/ .

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NEWS SOURCE: Team AMVETS Welcome Home Program :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (who is solely responsible for its accuracy) by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®. Original syndication source of this press release: https://www.send2press.com/newswire/team-amvets-welcome-home-program-receives-2014-neotrope-nonprofit-pr-grant-2014-11-1120-004.shtml.


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Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, August 23

golden anniversary gala

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 25, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. “Celebrates 50 Years” with a gala Saturday, August 23, from 6:30-10 p.m. Since 1964, Council on Aging’s senior-centered support remains respected for its leadership and commitment to quality of life for aging adults and their care givers. Today, the agency’s services remain relevant and popular, serving a growing number of Buncombe County residents.

“This golden 50th anniversary is certainly worthy of a true celebration,” says Eric Mills, development director.

“Over the years, the agency has changed and grown into a well-kept secret that doesn’t need to be secret anymore,” says Mills. “People need to know about our in-depth programs and services, the magnitude of our reach, the way we help people — we make that phone call, sort out a question, provide a service, or address a problem, whatever that need may be.”

The gala gives Council on Aging the opportunity to thank those who have lent a hand over the years and share success stories of senior adults living independently in their homes while aging successfully, thanks to the resources available through the organization, its staff and volunteers.

“Now, we get the chance to celebrate what we can do for the next 50 years,” says Mills. “This gala is a bit like a standing ovation mixed with an encore presentation.”

The event is co-presented by Parsec Financial Wealth Management.

Entertainment and dancing with the popular Asheville band Citizen Mojo will be a highlight of the evening’s festivities, which will also include a plated dinner, silent auction, and opportunities to support the Council on Aging. Proceeds will go to fund vital programs and services developed to enhance and extend the agency’s mission, such as the popular Senior Dining Sites at five locations community-wide, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Medicare open enrollment classes, and more.

“Our 50th anniversary gala will be an event to remember,” says Mills.

“Celebrating 50 Years” golden anniversary gala will be Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 6:30-10 p.m. at Double Tree Hotel, Biltmore Village. Event proceeds will support Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit agency dedicated to assisting and linking senior adults and their families with information, opportunities, and services that promote and enhance the quality of life.

Tickets are $75. Find event details at http://www.coabc.org/ – or contact Eric Mills at (828) 277-8288 for reservations or sponsorship information.

Event flier graphic: http://www.coabc.org/images/gala-flyer/@@images/image/large .

NEWS SOURCE: Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (who is solely responsible for its accuracy) by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®. Original syndication source of this press release: http://www.send2press.com/newswire/Council-on-Aging-of-Buncombe-County-Inc-Celebrates-50th-Anniversary-Gala_2014-07-0725-001.shtml.


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Ms. Yun-Ju Choi Named New Executive Director of Coalition for a Better Acre – a Massachusetts NonProfit

Ms. Yun-Ju Choi

LOWELL, Mass., April 28, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Following a comprehensive national search, the Board of Directors of the Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell proudly announces the hiring of Yun-Ju Choi as the organization’s new Executive Director. Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA) is a membership-based community development corporation dedicated to resident empowerment and sustainable community revitalization for current and future residents of Lowell and the Merrimack Valley.

CBA has been led by Interim Executive Director Gregg Davis during the leadership transition following the departure of Emily Rosenbaum, who had served as Executive Director for seven years. Because of its highly effective past leadership, CBA is a remarkably stable organization and well-positioned to transition to new leadership.

Ms. Choi brings over 20 years of experience impacting for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area, most recently at Madison Park Development Corporation as their Managing Director of Programs and Operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in Management from Cambridge College.

“The entire Board of Directors of Coalition of a Better Acre is delighted that Ms. Yun-Ju Choi will become our next Executive Director,” said CBA Board President Elkin Montoya. “We were all very impressed with her qualifications and both board and staff are looking forward to working with her to serve the needs of the Greater Lowell community.”

Ms. Choi begins her term at the Coalition for a Better Acre at the beginning of May.

“I am very excited to join such a great organization that has been working hard for the past 30 years to revitalize this neighborhood and region,” says Choi. “I hope to help the CBA grow and create an even greater impact by working together with the residents, staff, board and the communities we serve.”

The national search and executive transition process for the Coalition for a Better Acre was led by Third Sector New England (www.tsne.org/executive_transitions) and Executive Transition Consultant Claudia Lach. Third Sector New England is a nonprofit organization providing consulting and management resources to help nonprofits better meet their mission and deepen their community impact.

About Coalition for a Better Acre:

Since its founding in 1982, the Coalition for a Better Acre has evolved into one of the most respected community development corporations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 501(c)3 organization’s mission is grounded on two key components: affordable housing development and resident engagement through community organizing and resident leadership development. Learn more: http://www.coalitionforabetteracre.org/ .

About Third Sector New England, Inc.:

Since its founding in 1959, Third Sector New England has focused on building the knowledge, power and effectiveness of nonprofits, so they can better help communities leverage resources, solve problems, identify opportunities – and thrive. Third Sector New England serves as an effective capacity builder, fiscal sponsor, convener, trainer, consultant and grant maker to hundreds of nonprofits throughout the region.

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* Caption: Ms. Yun-Ju Choi.

Costs associated with this news announcement were donated by Neotrope(R) as part of its NonProfit PR Grants(TM) program.

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SuiteAmerica Commits to Feed the Hungry

SuiteAmerica

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger is thrilled to announce that SuiteAmerica is the first nationwide corporate housing provider to join the only international network of relocation companies dedicated to ending hunger.

Move For Hunger was founded on the concept that when people move, they often throw out a good deal of “stuff.” Unfortunately, a lot of this “stuff” is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than just left behind. SuiteAmerica locations in Washington D.C. have committed to support the hungry by providing a collection container for non-perishable food items, giving clients the option to donate unwanted food upon checking-out. Bargain Movers Inc. of Maryland will be providing their services to transport and deliver the donated food directly to local food banks. The service is free to customers, and turns every extended stay into an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, simply by donating non-perishables upon checking out.

Over 50 million Americans experience food insecurity. Children are especially vulnerable to hunger with 17 million American children going to bed hungry each night. One in eight District households is struggling against hunger.

“We are thrilled to have SuiteAmerica join us in the fight against hunger,” says Kristy Redford, Development Director at Move For Hunger. “With such devastating hunger statistics at both the local and national level, their efforts will provide crucial support to the food bank’s mission to feed the hungry.”

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to combat the growing hunger problem in the United States and across North America. SuiteAmerica joins over 600 moving companies and 5,000 real estate partners that have already committed to Move For Hunger.

“SuiteAmerica has always believed in being a responsible corporate citizen,” says Lorna Bosco, SuiteAmerica National Relocation Business Manager. “This partnership with Move For Hunger was a natural fit. We are providing our clients with a very easy opportunity to give back. Now when clients check-out they will have an option to leave their food vs. throwing it out – they can leave knowing their food will be donated to the local food bank and that they are making an important contribution to hunger in the community. We are pleased to be the first corporate housing provider to partner with Move For Hunger and look forward to rolling this program out in locations across the United States.”

ABOUT MOVE FOR HUNGER:

Move For Hunger is a national nonprofit that works with relocation companies across North America to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 600 movers in 47 states and has collected more than 2,800,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org/ .

ABOUT SUITEAMERICA:

Since 1990, SuiteAmerica has been providing quality corporate housing services that help take the stress out of relocating. SuiteAmerica’s cornerstone to success is their dedication to superior service. The company provides fully furnished, accessorized apartments, primarily to transferees and those placed on temporary assignment by their employers. In addition, SuiteAmerica offers Personal Transition Services, complete Online Account Management and car rental services. Some of the best-known companies in America choose SuiteAmerica for their corporate housing needs. For more information visit, http://www.suiteamerica.com/ .

Move For Hunger 1930 Heck Avenue Bldg. 1, Ste. 1 Neptune, NJ 07753.

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Learn to Protect Assets and Earnings Now by Planning for the Future at Four Seasons Seminar

Cynthia Schirmer

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., April 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If you’re old enough to earn a living, parent a child, or think about maximizing your assets, then it may be time to consider the choices you need to make right now to protect your net worth in the future. That’s why Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, will sponsor “Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning 101: Foundations for Informed Choices,” a free seminar, on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m.

“Multitudes of options exist regarding how we can pass on an accumulation of a lifetime of property,” says Cynthia Schirmer, an estate planning attorney with Prince, Youngblood, and Massagee, who will be the presenter at the event.

“We may not even be aware of the possible choices we can make,” Schirmer says.

At the event, Schirmer will explain the benefits of estate planning choices for individuals and families now and in the future. The benefits of estate planning make it possible to:
* Make decisions now about health care in the future.
* Decide how to manage your personal assets.
* Protect your business interests.
* Take stock of your portfolio for future generations.
* Invest in the charity of your choice.
* Understand the difference between a will and a trust.
* Designate powers of attorney or file advance directives.
* Appoint a legal guardian for one’s child.
* And more.

The importance of planning documents transcends age, one’s occupation, or circumstances, says Schirmer.

“We want to keep control of our property and assets in our hands,” Schirmer says. “The reality is that if we don’t make these decisions for ourselves in advance, then the legislature will make those decisions for us.”

In North Carolina, state law determines dispensation of assets for those who die without a will, or federal law limits long term care benefits based on the value of one’s estate. Instead of being at the whims of legislatures, planning ahead for estate and care contingencies offers the individual tremendous flexibility and control over their futures, she explains.

“We want to keep control of our assets in our own hands,” Schirmer reiterates. “And we maintain control through the planning process.

“Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning 101: Foundations for Informed Choices,” a seminar sponsored by the 501(c)3 non-profit Four Seasons Compassion for Life – https://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ – Flat Rock, will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., at Hendersonville Public Library, 301 North Washington Street. The public is invited to attend; refreshments will be provided.

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Center for Student Opportunity selected to receive 2013 Neotrope NonProfit PR Grant

first-generation college studentsBETHESDA, Md., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is pleased to announce it is one of this year’s recipients of the 2013 Neotrope J.L. Simmons NonProfit PR Grant award. Neotrope® will provide PR (public relations) and cause-marketing support to the CSO over the next year to raise awareness around its education programs, events, and accomplishments.

This grant will assist CSO in their mission of creating tools and resources to help first-generation college students and their supporters navigate the college process, as well as their “I’m First” app and portal. CSO is also a winner of the College Knowledge Challenge, a grant sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fund app development in support of college access and completion. The grant is supporting the “I’m First” web app development and national launch in September 2013.

“We are so grateful for Neotrope’s recognition of CSO’s work in support of first-generation college students,” said Matt Rubinoff, CSO’s Executive Director. “We’re an emerging organization but still a well-kept secret. Neotrope will be invaluable as we roll out ‘I’m First’ and work to grow public awareness and participation in our programs.”

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope® is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press® Newswire service), online advertising, and social media marketing for the Center for Student Opportunity. This cause-related marketing program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as to potential sponsors and donors, regarding CSO’s efforts.

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to such a worthy cause as the Center for Student Opportunity,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “With their focus on helping students take a critical next step in learning, they seek to fill a gap in the education roadmap for first-generation college students.”

About the Center for Student Opportunity:
Based in Bethesda, Maryland, Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization empowering first-generation college students on the path to and through college. CSO creates tools and resources to help first-generation college students and their supporters navigate the college process and partners with colleges and universities across the country to promote and strengthen campus efforts supporting first-generation college students.

About I’m First:
CSO’s newest initiative, “I’m First,” is building an online community of support for first-generation college students. “I’m First” is collecting pledges and stories from first-generation college graduates – and students who will be – to inspire the next generation of students who will be first. In addition to showcasing first-generation college student stories, “I’m First” helps aspiring first-generation college students research colleges, ask questions and get answers, and find support and scholarships in their pursuit of college. Learn more at: http://www.imfirst.org/ .

About Neotrope:
Since 1983 Neotrope® has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/ .

About the NonProfit PR Grants:
The NonProfit PR Grants™ program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

For 2013, the Grant has been named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. Henceforth the Neotrope PR Grants will be known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this cause-related marketing grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Children Awaiting Parents, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, World Savvy and dozens more.

Grant recipients are selected by Neotrope/Send2Press staff based on qualified applications filled out and submitted by U.S. based non-profit orgs. Choices for grant “winners” are both subjective, and based on overall activities and actual need, as well as best fit for support from the marketing team.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons NonProfit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: http://www.send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/ .

About Send2Press:
Send2Press® (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors™ news distribution to working print and broadcast media, and to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine™ technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999.

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The National Inclusion Project celebrates 10 years at upcoming Champions Gala

Champions GalaCHARLOTTE, N.C., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The National Inclusion Project and Co-founders Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary Champions Gala celebrating the Power of Inclusion on October 12.

The Gala honors organizations and individuals for their outstanding commitment to inclusion in their families, communities and society. The 2013 honorees will include Habitat International, Inc and Conner and Cayden Long of Team Long Brothers.

“We are very excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary with these Champions of Inclusion. We hope they will inspire everyone to join us in making inclusion the expectation, NOT the exception,” says Jerry Aiken, Executive Director.

Along with a performance by entertainer Clay Aiken, the attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction and learn how the Power of Inclusion can help kids with and without disabilities experience lifelong benefits. The funds raised from the event will be used to open doors for all kids to be included together and experience all that life has to offer. No child should be left on the sidelines!

The 10th Anniversary Champions Gala will be held at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square at 345 North College Street in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, October 12, 2013. A VIP reception will be held for Gold and Platinum ticket holders on October 11 at the Charlotte Marriott City Center with a special performance by Clay Aiken.

Tickets go on sale starting June 12. Visit the event website at www.inclusionproject.org/gala for more information.

About the National Inclusion Project:
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. They partner with communities and programs to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience lifelong benefits. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and in the classroom, children of all abilities learn, play and serve together. To date, the Project has partnered with over 200 programs nationally and has impacted over 50,000 children.

For more information on the National Inclusion Project and to help ensure no child sits on the sidelines visit the website at http://www.inclusionproject.org/ .

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CPEP Receives Neotrope Non-Profit PR Grant Award for 2013

STEM CareersMIDDLETOWN, Conn., April 18, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Catalysts Powering Educational Performance (CPEP) of Middletown, Connecticut is pleased to announce it is a recipient of Neotrope’s 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant award. With this commitment, Neotrope(R) will provide public relations support to CPEP over the next year to raise awareness around its programs and accomplishments.

This grant will assist CPEP with promoting its mission of serving as a catalyst to significantly change underrepresented students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through innovative out-of-school programs. In addition, with 2013 marking CPEP’s 25th anniversary, this grant will showcase CPEP’s anniversary celebrations, including its 25th Anniversary Gala on October 26, 2013.

“We are thrilled to be selected by Neotrope to receive this grant. In addition to the ability to showcase our programs and accomplishments, this partnership gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our 25th anniversary in a way that would not otherwise be possible,” said CPEP CEO Bruce Dixon. “This opportunity provides us with an opportunity to position our organization for the next 25 years.”

Through a variety of programs, CPEP has engaged more than 25,000 underserved and underrepresented students in STEM education over the past 25 years. Many of these students have since graduated high school, pursued STEM education in college and are now successful employees in STEM careers. Ultimately, CPEP has successfully diversified the STEM workforce as a result of its innovative and engaging programs.

As part of this in-kind grant program, Neotrope(R) is providing public relations (PR) solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press(R) Newswire service), online advertising, and social media marketing for CPEP. This program is intended to help raise awareness of the 501(c)3 non-profit to traditional media, to the public, as well as potential sponsors and donors, regarding their efforts in the promotion of and engagement in STEM education. CPEP’s goals are to broaden awareness about CPEP’s programs, accomplishments and fundraising efforts.

“With Neotrope’s assistance, we are hoping to engage new and innovative audiences with us,” said Dixon. “Neotrope’s experience and reach combined with our mission and message will help us achieve our vision.”

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to the CPEP, in both sharing their successes and recognizing this milestone year,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “CPEP is proactively working to inspire and prepare students in all economic classes throughout the U.S., to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. As someone who grew up inspired by technology, and with PhD and math degrees running rampant in our household, I know the value of getting the right nudge to look at tech as being fun and accept the challenges that come with that pursuit.”

About Catalysts Powering Educational Performance (CPEP):
In 1986, a group of engineers, college faculty and secondary educators created an innovative out-of-school program designed to inspire and prepare underrepresented and underserved students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Launched in one school with 40 students, CPEP is now in 11 school districts, 42 schools and directly impacting 1,500 students annually across Connecticut.

CPEP serves as a catalyst to change underrepresented and underserved students’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward the pursuit of STEM education and careers. Results indicate there is a consistent 60 percent increase in the percentage of students who desire to pursue a STEM career after just one CPEP experience and 90 percent of CPEP students report acceptance into college.

CPEP has won several awards recognizing the organization for its achievements and accomplishments, including the Turbo Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management by the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Connecticut, the Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers, the Presidential Award from the National Science Foundation for its Mentor Program in the New Haven Public Schools, and the 21st Century Solutions Award by NBCUniversal Foundation.

With 2013 marking its 25th anniversary, CPEP seeks to leverage its accomplishments to continue to grow and position CPEP to impact the workforce of the 21st century.

For more information about CPEP, located at 211 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457, visit http://www.cpep.org/ or contact via email at dixonb@cpep.org or call 860-638-1220.

About Neotrope:
Since 1983 Neotrope(R) has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online magazines. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 and has been at the forefront of many communication and technology movements for three decades. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009. More information: http://www.Neotrope.com/ .

About the Non-Profit PR Grants:
The Non-Profit PR Grants program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

For 2013, the Grant has been named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in April of 2003. Henceforth the Neotrope PR Grant(s) will be known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

With this grant program, Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes in past years, including Camp Blue Skies, Children Awaiting Parents, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, The Native Voices Foundation, The Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Special Equestrians, Starlight Children’s Foundation, World Savvy, and dozens more.

Additional information regarding the Neotrope 2013 J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant program for U.S. charitable non-profits and grant recipients can be found at: http://send2press.com/non-profit/ and also http://prgrants.com/ .

About Send2Press:
Send2Press(R) (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors(TM) news distribution to working print and broadcast media, to social media, with high visibility in search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine(TM) technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first online newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. The service was spun-off of Neotrope’s traditional PR services in 1999. Learn more about Send2Press at http://www.Send2Press.com/ .

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The Soup Kitchen Celebrates 30 years with Gala on April 18, 2013

Florida NonProfitDELRAY BEACH, Fla., April 15, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach is proud to announce its first gala in recognition of its thirty years in serving the local community. The organization is a not for profit, sustaining itself only through the generosity of the community and its volunteers.

Since its humble beginnings in 1983, The Soup Kitchen has evolved over the years to continue addressing the needs of its “guests.” The Soup Kitchen takes pride in serving over 3 million hot meals since opening 30 years ago.

“We have a beautiful story to tell,” says Enrique Zuanetto – Executive Director. “The Soup Kitchen today does so much more, empowered by the generosity of the community and the need to care for members in our community who are less fortunate.” Since the very beginning, the Soup Kitchen has relied entirely on private donations and the work of caring volunteers.

“We serve approximately 700 hot meals and distribute over 100 groceries bags a day. In addition, we provide educational classes for expectant and/or young mothers of infants, distribute clothing at no cost, provide free immunizations, distribute turkeys in time for Thanksgiving, and play Santa Claus at Christmas time,” Zuanetto added.

“Our story needs to be shared” says Marlene Mejia, Chair of the 30th Anniversary Committee. “The Gala is our opportunity to recognize The Soup Kitchen for the important role it plays in the community and to help us continue raising funds to secure its future. We want to invite everyone to share in our celebration.”

The 30th Anniversary Gala will be held at Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N Federal Hwy in Boynton Beach on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at $125 each. Visit the website: http://www.thesoupkitchen.org/ for more information. Sponsorships are still available. Companies and/or individuals are encouraged to contact Marlene Sandler at 754-366-0795.

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May 4 Run for the Children Stays the Course for Runners and Child Advocates

Run for the ChildrenFAIRFAX, Va., March 21, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Preparations are underway for the third annual Run for the Children, hosted by Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Made possible through a generous partnership grant from the Verizon Foundation and other local corporations, the run takes place on May 4 in historic Fairfax City.

The race, which has received high marks from runners in past years, promises to deliver an even more pleasant running experience this year. The USATF-certified course has been shortened from a 10K to an 8K, eliminating the extreme hills of the last leg. The family-friendly 3K course remains unchanged.

Also new this year: an EventShare photo booth, which allows participants to instantly print or email photos to friends and family. In addition to t-shirts and other giveaways, participants will also enjoy a live DJ for entertainment and plenty of pre- and post-race refreshments; including donations from Jason’s Deli, Hard Times Cafe and Coyote Grill.

In keeping with tradition, the race will start from the Fairfax County court house complex in a symbolic nod to the CASA volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children under the court’s protection.

Registration is available online at www.fairfaxrunforthechildren.com .

“We are thrilled with the level of excitement surrounding our annual event,” says Lisa Banks, Fairfax CASA Executive Director. “Our registration numbers are growing daily and we have received generous support from community businesses, including: Deloitte; JBG Rosenfeld; Novus Residences and Cafritz Interests; Visnic Homes; SRA International, Inc.; JMB Design Center, LLC; Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions; TopSure Investments, Inc.; CJM Wealth Advisers, Ltd.; John Marshall Bank; Keller Williams Realty – Cecilia Hayes, REALTOR; Sensei Enterprises, Inc.; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Shirley Contracting Company; the Law Office of Kyle E. Skopic; numerous individuals, and our signature sponsor, Verizon.

“Most important, the Run for the Children brings visibility to the work of over 190 CASA volunteers who advocate year-round for the rights of abused and neglected children to live in safe, permanent, and loving homes.”

Doug Brammer, Verizon manager of government relations, says, “Verizon’s philanthropic and technological resources are providing powerful answers to serious societal problems in health care, including domestic violence prevention and education. We’re proud to support Fairfax CASA in the fulfillment of its mission to advocate for the best interests of each abused and neglected child through the promotion and support of quality volunteer representation.”

About Fairfax CASA:
In Fairfax County, a child enters the court system once every 38 hours. These children need caring, dedicated adults to help ensure that they do not fall through the cracks of the child protection system. Fairfax CASA recruits and trains citizen volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the court’s protection in Fairfax County. The juvenile court relies heavily on the CASA volunteer’s work and requests that Fairfax CASA assign a volunteer to every case of abuse and neglect before the Court.

To learn more, visit http://www.fairfaxrunforthechildren.com/ .

* PHOTO CAPTION: Children’s Medal Ceremony in front of the Fairfax County Courthouse during the 2012 Run for the Children – April 28, 2012. Credit: Beth Megel (exclusivelybybethann.com).

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2013 Non-Profit PR Grants Announced – California Firm to again Donate $50K in Services to Worthy Causes

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec. 18, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Neotrope®, a marketing, PR, and information publishing company founded in 1983, today announced its annual Nonprofit PR Grant Program for 2013. Ten U.S. based charitable non-profits will receive in-kind grants totaling $50,000, including public relations, news dissemination and online marketing services, as part of the company’s 30th anniversary.

The Non-Profit PR Grants program was originally launched in 2000 to help assist U.S. 501(c)3 worthy causes to raise awareness, attract halo sponsors, and better connect with donors and volunteers.

For 2013, the Grant has been named after the company co-founder, the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, PhD, who passed away in 2003. Henceforth the Neotrope PR Grants will be known as the “J.L. Simmons Non-Profit PR Grant.”

A dedicated portal for information and this year’s grant application form has been established at: http://prgrants.com/ – deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2013.

“When we launched the grants program in 2000 our intention was to leverage our background in marketing and PR; we felt it more useful to help an organization ‘spread the word’ over giving them a small cash donation,” said Christopher Simmons, member PRSA and ASCAP, and Neotrope CEO.

He added, “My father and I both wanted to help worthy causes who often don’t have the staff or funding to promote their organization as effectively as they might. This program directly addresses that need. Starting this year the grant program has been renamed after him, which I think is appropriate for all the inspiration he provided to both me and so many of our clients.”

Each 2013 PR Grant recipient chosen from qualified applicants will receive free news distribution through Send2Press® Newswire, as well as free run-of-site advertising across the Neotrope News Network for 12 months (through March 2014); the combined value of in-kind services is approximately $4,500+ per recipient.

Neotrope has been honored to help many worthy causes, including Camp Blue Skies, Children Awaiting Parents, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, Girls Write Now, Move for Hunger, Pacific Pinball Museum, The Bob Moog Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and dozens more.

About Neotrope:
Neotrope®, established January 1983 in California, is a family-owned small business specializing in brand identity, advertising, marketing, SEO, content development and public relations (PR). The creative team includes accredited PR pros (including PRSA members), working journalists, published authors, musicians, and other contributing talents. Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009, and has an A+ rating with the BBB.

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Relocation Industry Titan Joins Nationwide Fight Against Hunger

WOODRIDGE, Ill., Dec. 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger is proud to announce that Brookfield Global Relocation Services has officially become a Champion Level partner for 2013. Continuing their socially conscious leadership within the relocation industry, Brookfield Global Relocation Services is demonstrating a commitment to fighting hunger.

“With more than 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal, this partnership with Brookfield Global Relocation Services could not come at a better time,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “This new relationship with a trusted global mobility leader will significantly strengthen our capacity to connect members of the relocation industry to the food banks and pantries that serve the hungry across North America.”

While one in six Americans struggles to find their next meal, one in seven relocates every year. Members of the Move For Hunger network are committed to turning every move into an opportunity to help someone in need. When a move takes place, oftentimes a family will have a pantry full of food which they would prefer not to include in their relocation. Brookfield Global Relocation Services, aligned with Move For Hunger, has partnered with their transportation suppliers offering to collect non-perishable food items from the relocating family and delivering the donations directly to local food banks.

“As one of the largest global employee relocation services providers, our company is uniquely positioned to play a key role in the Move For Hunger program,” said Rick Schwartz, president and CEO, Brookfield Global Relocation Services. “Working through our vast network of transportation companies and real estate partners, we have the ability to impact food banks in all parts of the country. Not only does our participation contribute to feeding thousands of people, it fits right into our primary objective of corporate citizenship in support of the communities in which we serve. We are as passionate about our charitable endeavors, and now our partnership with Move For Hunger, as we are about our commitment to deliver a Premier Service® experience to all of our relocation clients.”

As partners of Move For Hunger, the transportation companies aligned with Brookfield Global Relocation Services will be joining the 400 moving companies and 250 real estate professionals across 44 states that have incorporated philanthropy into their daily operations.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that partners with relocation, transportation and real estate companies across North America to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 650 partners in 44 states and has collected more than 830,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org/ .

About Brookfield Global Relocation Services:
Brookfield Global Relocation Services is a full service provider of corporate and government relocation and assignment management services to more than 700 corporate and government clients. Brookfield Global Relocation Services manages over 85,000 relocations throughout the world annually. Brookfield Global Relocation Services is an operating company of Brookfield Residential Property Services, a leading global provider of real estate and relocation services, technology, and knowledge.

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Local Charity, Surfers Healing, a Foundation for Autism, Needs Local Support to Receive $1 Million from Chase

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Surfers Healing, a non-profit working to enrich the lives of children with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing, is competing for grants ranging from $125,000 to $1 Million through the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. Residents can help ensure their favorite charity’s success by simply voting for Surfers Healing through the American Giving Awards program on Facebook.

Twenty-five past Chase Community Giving grant recipients – 5 charities in 5 categories – have been chosen to participate. Surfers Healing will compete in the Champions of Health & Wellness category. Fans are being asked to vote for their favorite charity. Voting will run until Midnight ET, December 4, 2012.

The charity with the most votes in their respective category will receive $1 million, runner up will receive $500,000, 3rd place will receive $250,000, and 4th and 5th place will each receive $125,000 grants.

“Every year we take over 3,500 autistic children who normally suffer from sensory overload and give them the profoundly healing experience of surfing at no charge,” said Co-Founder, Izzy Paskowitz.

“For some kids, this experience becomes a rare moment of calm and connection. Every year we have to turn families away. Even $125,000 would allow us to reach many more autistic kids with this life changing experience.”

About Autism:

Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. When Isaiah Paskowitz, son of Izzy and Danielle, was born, one in every 10,000 children were diagnosed with autism. Today, the CDC estimates 1 in every 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Currently there is no cure for autism.

Surfers Healing is competing with 24 charities across the country for these grants from Chase. With the support of our volunteers, fans and local residents, Surfers Healing has the opportunity to get much needed resources to continue their work.

“Surfing with Izzy was the greatest experience for my autistic grandson,” said Patricia Bagley. “The expression of joy on his face when he rode the waves in was priceless.”

Ann Gunderson, mother of a non verbal autistic son, said, “It is incredibly heartwarming to see him out there. It brings a sense of normalcy to our family.”

Michael Eisenstein said, “The self esteem and physical self awareness that Surfers Healing helps develop is a wonderful tool for kids all along the spectrum of autism. I saw a few kids crying before going out on the boards, I only saw big grins when they came in.”

Toni Dicorato-Bitonti, parent of an autistic child, said “This was our first time and it was truly the best day of our lives.”

How You Can Help:
You can help Surfers Healing receive up to $1 million by visiting the Chase Community Giving Facebook page at: https://apps.facebook.com/americangivingawards/cha… and cast your vote. You may need to allow the Chase app to connect to your Facebook. Follow the directions until “Thank you for voting!” pops up.

If you have questions about Surfers Healing, visit our website at http://www.surfershealing.org/ .

About Surfers Healing:
Surfers Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Isaiah suffered from sensory overload. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea. With Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. They decided to share this unique therapy with other autistic children and expose them to a completely new experience of surfing.

Surfers Healing (www.surfershealing.org) offers events in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada. On a typical day, around 200 autistic children gather at the beach with their families for surfing, food, fun and goodie bags. At their scheduled time, each autistic child gets to surf, one on one, with one of our passionate and expert volunteers. Lunch and refreshments are available for the whole family. All of this is provided at no charge.

Not only do the autistic children receive the therapeutic experience of surfing, but the whole family has a beautiful day at the beach filled with acceptance and empathy. It’s one of the only days that they don’t have to worry about stares from people that don’t understand what it’s like living with autism. Surfers Healing is not a cure, but hopefully our surf camps will help raise awareness of autism and through local press and television coverage that might someday lead to a cure.

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First Annual Hamptons End of Summer Food Drive – Hamptons Residents and Businesses Come Together to Feed the Hungry

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 13-year-old Hampton/NYC resident, Grant Andreas, had an idea to collect the leftover food from the summer months to feed the struggling families of Long Island. Thanks to help of Strong’s Marine and Hall Lane Moving & Storage, Move For Hunger is turning Grant’s idea into a reality with the first annual Hamptons End of Summer Food Drive.

Over 320,000 people on Long Island, including 118,000 children, live on incomes that put them at risk for hunger. The collections from the End of Summer Food Drive will directly benefit the food supply of Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank; the organization that provides hunger relief for struggling families in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Collection boxes will be set up all Labor Day weekend long, September 1 through September 3 at Strong’s Marine, conveniently located along County Road 39. Area residents are urged to set aside any non-perishable food items and drop off the donations during the weekend. Any person that makes a donation will automatically be entered to win a Stand Up Paddleboard courtesy of Sunrise to Sunset Surf and Sport.

Hall Lane Moving and Storage, the local partner of Move For Hunger, has offered to provide the necessary boxes and deliver all donations directly to the Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Food Bank.

“We’re very excited to once again partner with our friends at Move for Hunger for this very creative and exciting event,” said Paule Pachter, Executive Director of Long Island Cares, Inc. “We’re very hopeful that many people in the Hampton communities will come by and help the regional food bank in an our efforts to feed and support our neighbors in need.”

Sponsors: Thayer’s Hardware & Patio, Sunrise to Sunset Surf and Sport, Future Stars at Hampton Racquet, Hampton Jitney, Strong’s Marine, Hall Lane Moving & Storage, and Southampton Chamber of Commerce.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 350 movers in 43 states and has collected more than 670,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org/ .

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National Youth Organization’s Call-to-Action Campaign Raises Awareness to the American Flag during June 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Executive Director, Mike Kessler, of the national non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, the Young Marines, announces a call-to-action campaign to over 300 Young Marine units across the country to participate in the organization’s 2nd annual “Raising Awareness to the Flag” initiative during National Flag Week in June.

The week of June 14 is designated as National Flag Week when the President of the United States will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. Flag Day is June 14 annually.

Most Americans can tell you what day of the year that Independence Day, or Veterans Day lands on each year, but Flag Day and National Flag Week is commonly an overlooked event. This is not to say that this special day to honor our flag has been forgotten. Many communities and civic groups arrange special ceremonies on, or around, Flag Day and National Flag Week each year; and, the Young Marines youth organization is no exception.

“Young Marine units are very active in civic events to honor the American flag, and they do so all year long,” says Kessler, “We believe that we can do even more as a national organization to help inform and enlighten the status of Flag Day and National Flag Week in our communities nationwide.”

Young Marine youth members are encouraged to not only participate in Flag Day/National Flag Week, but to take it a step further to raise awareness and create excitement in their communities surrounding the celebration across the country. During the Young Marines “Raising Awareness to the Flag” campaign, units will use a variety of venues and communication resources, such as their local media and community events.

Community organizations are encouraged to contact local Young Marine units when planning their Flag Day activities in their town. To find a unit near you, visit: www.YoungMarines.com and click on the “Find a Unit” link at the top of the national homepage.

Media outlets might consider interviews with local youth members of the Young Marines. Producers and editors can contact the national Director of Public Relations, Janelle Johnsen for more ideas tailored to your viewers/readership at: media@youngmarines.com.

About the Young Marines youth organization:
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501(c)3 youth education and service program for boys and girls ages 8 through completion of high school. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The national organization is comprised of over 10,000 youths and 2,800 adult volunteers in nearly 300 units across the United States.

For more information about the Young Marines youth organization, visit the official website: http://www.YoungMarines.com .

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Party for a Cause with World Savvy in Minneapolis on May 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 1, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Celebrate a decade of global education programs with World Savvy on May 17, 2012 at the RSP Architects in Minneapolis. The Celebration is the premier fundraising event in support of World Savvy’s mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, preparing them to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

The Celebration in Minneapolis is the last in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The Minneapolis Celebration will feature entertainment by Sublime Curve, an open bar featuring craft beer from Finnegan’s, and global fusion cuisine provided by D’Amico Catering.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder and Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, exclusive behind-the-scene tours, gift certificates to premier Minneapolis restaurants and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $100 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event.

For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Charmagne Campbell-Patton at charmagne@worldsavvy.org or 612-564-6938.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy (www.worldsavvy.org) prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.

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Grades of Green VERTE Event to Recognize Environmental Heroes at Annenberg Community Beach House

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., April 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Environmental education nonprofit Grades of Green has announced its annual awards and green fundraising evening, VERTE, will be held at the LEED Gold-certified Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif. on April 27th from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. The evening will feature singer/songwriter, Gregory Alan Isakov, sharing his lyrical hit, “3am,” featured on the hit series “Brothers and Sisters.”

VERTE, which translates to green in many languages, was created to recognize environmental champions who have grown a local program in just two years to reach over 66,000 students in over 100 schools across 19 states, Canada and Australia. The event, now in its second year, will also raise money and awareness for Grades of Green’s vision to make environmental protection second nature in young minds.

Environmental advocate and former educator, Ranae DeSantis, will be honored for her unwavering support of Grades of Green and the environment. Grades of Green will also honor Wells Fargo for bringing Grades of Green’s program to numerous inner-city schools and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for sponsoring a Trash Free Lunch Challenge that will result in 10,000 bags of trash being diverted from landfills annually.

JD Roth, executive producer of ABC Daytime’s “The Revolution,” as well as long-running television series “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” will host the evening’s festivities. Grades of Green students and educators will provide live demonstrations at “Eco-Stations” that highlight Grades of Green key programs, such as In-Class Composting, Trash Free Lunches, and Walk to School Wednesdays, and will explain how guests can take Grades of Green’s free and easy to use templates to bring to their own schools.

“The impact Grades of Green has had on our school is profound,” stated Dawnyell Goolsby, principal of Warren Lane Elementary. “Since launching Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch activity, our school has reduced the number of lunch time trash bags from eight to four. Its educational activities are also teaching our students how to compost, which will reduce the number of trash bags even more!”

For more information on the event, or to purchase a ticket, go to https://gradesofgreen.ejoinme.org/?tabid=339232 .

About Grades of Green:
Grades of Green is an international nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides parents, students and educators with free instruction on its website. Anyone wanting to implement sustainability programs can register their school online – at no cost – to get tips and measure their success on reducing trash, emissions, harmful classroom chemicals, plus dozens of other ways to help the environment. Grades of Green has been honored with many awards, including the U.S. EPA’s prestigious Environmental Award. The nonprofit is growing rapidly, with over 66,000 students enrolled across 19 states and Canada and Australia, including many low-income schools.

Additionally, Grades of Green recently partnered with Republic Services to provide environmental education on recycling and composting to nearly 1,100 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Grades of Green’s goal is simple – to enroll thousands of schools with millions of kids- all caring for the environment and collectively making a difference.

For more information, please go to http://www.gradesofgreen.org .

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Celebrate A Decade of Global Education Programs with World Savvy in New York

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., April 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — World Savvy will host a 10-Year Anniversary Celebration to commemorate a decade of global education programs on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Astor Center in New York. The Celebration is the premier fundraising event in support of World Savvy’s mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, preparing them to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

The Celebration in New York is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The New York Celebration will feature entertainment from a special musical guest performer, an open bar featuring wine from The VINe Portfolio, and global fusion cuisine provided by Sushi Samba.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder and Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, exclusive behind-the-scene tours of major cultural institutions, gift certificates to premier New York restaurants, and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $125 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. Additional World Savvy 10-Year Celebration events will take place in San Francisco on April 26 and Minneapolis on May 17, 2012.

For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Carissa Johnson at carissa@worldsavvy.org or 718-878-6433.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally.

Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources. More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org .

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CITYarts Inc. is Recipient of 2012 Non-Profit PR Grants Award

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Neotrope is honored to make New York-based CITYarts Inc. one of the chosen recipients for 2012 of its annual Non-Profit PR Grant Program. With this commitment, Neotrope aligns itself with CITYarts’ mission to bring young people and professional artists together to create Public Art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers youth and connects children locally and around the world to become active participants in transforming communities.

As part of this grant program, Los Angeles-based Neotrope® is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press® Newswire service), search marketing and advertising for CITYarts Inc. (www.cityarts.org) to help raise awareness to both media and the public regarding their efforts in producing permanent artworks that address important civic, educational and social issues while beautifying the urban environment of New York City’s five boroughs.

“We’re grateful to have Neotrope aboard to assist our efforts to bridge cultural differences within diverse communities and foster cultural understanding internationally,” stated Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts. “Neotrope has done great work with many other non-profits, and I look forward to working with them in expanding the awareness of our efforts locally and internationally.”

“We’re honored in providing assistance for CITYarts Inc. as part of our grant program,” said Neotrope CEO, Christopher Laird Simmons; a member of PRSA and ASCAP. “As an artist and creative person inspired by the arts in my own youth, I highly value the importance of involving kids in the art process to open young minds to their own possibilities and potential.”

Additional information regarding the Neotrope PR Grants for U.S. charitable non-profits and other 2012 grant recipients can be found at: http://send2press.com/non-profit/index.shtml .

About CITYarts Inc.:
CITYarts, Inc. (www.cityarts.org) empowers children and youth by bringing them together with professional artists to create public art that addresses civic and social issues, impacts lives, and transforms their communities. Thinking globally and acting locally, CITYarts’ projects build bridges of cultural understanding, giving youth the opportunity to take an active role in shaping their own future. Since 1968, CITYarts has created over 284 projects that have transformed communities and impacted over 100,000 kids, collaborated with more than 500 artists, partnered with over 1,500 sponsors, and engaged over 500,000 volunteers in the process. CITYarts’ projects frequently foster community revitalization by galvanizing businesses, schools, and community organizations into developing youth programs and constructing playgrounds and gardens.

View current projects at: http://www.cityarts.org/current-projects/index.html .

“It is our responsibility as adults to open opportunities for our youth and direct their energies into positive activities. Art is vital to the life of New York’s neighborhoods and its youth in particular,” says Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts. “For that reason, CITYarts created five programs that through art, address the civic, social, and educational issues facing today’s youth. Through these programs they create murals, sculptures and mosaics that impact their lives and transform their neighborhoods into vibrant, beautiful spaces for them to meet, celebrate their achievements, and bridge cultural differences.”

Thinking globally and acting locally, we most recently created the Young Minds Build Bridges program. Through this program we united the youth of New York City and their peers from around the globe around the common purposes of promoting peace and raising awareness of global warming.”

Learn more about CITYarts’ Five Programs: http://www.cityarts.org/our-five-programs/index.html .

About Neotrope:
Since 1983 Neotrope® has delivered services to raise organization awareness including brand identity, marketing, public relations (PR), and SEO services. Neotrope is also an entertainment publishing company involved in books, music, software, and online portals; is listed with GS1 for barcodes, with Bowker for ISBNs, and the RIAA for ISRC codes. The company pioneered the concept of search optimization of press release content back in 1997 (verifiable via archive-dot-org). Neotrope was an Inc. 5000 company in 2009, and has an A+ rating with the BBB. More information: www.Neotrope.com .

The Neotrope® marketing team includes Christopher Laird Simmons, who is an award-winning designer (including a design award from Apple Inc.), photographer, musician and digital artist. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and ASCAP. Simmons has been widely interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, Chicago Post Tribune, PCWorld, Monster-com, and TrendWatch. He has been on the launch team for numerous successful companies including the second PPC company on the net, Findwhat; and the MacMall® mail-order company. He also built Oprah’s first ecommerce solution for her “Begin with Love” video series. Other team members include accredited public relations professionals, working journalists and broadcast veterans.

Neotrope’s annual Non-Profit PR Grants™ Program was originally launched in 2000 by company founders Christopher Simmons and the late Dr. JL Simmons, with the goal of providing a “better donation” for worthy U.S. charitable 501(c)3 non-profits than simply writing a small check; instead utilizing the company’s capabilities to grow awareness to media and the public, attract halo sponsors/donors, and bring together disparate resources not generally affordable to small organizations.

Past recipients of the Non-Profit PR Grant Program include Children Awaiting Parents, Girls Write Now, Paws of Life Foundation, Special Equestrians, The Bob Moog Foundation, The Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Native Voices Foundation, World Savvy, and many others.

About Send2Press:
Send2Press® (a service of Neotrope) offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors™ news distribution to working print and broadcast media, online and social media, and deep into search engines using proprietary Neotrope ContextEngine™ technology. Send2Press is unique because it was the first newswire service with staff entirely comprised of accredited public relations professionals, published authors, working journalists, and marketing experts. Originally launched as MindsetNetwire in 1997 exclusively for Neotrope’s corporate clients, the service became Send2Press® in 2000. Learn more about Send2Press at www.Send2Press.com .

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Pacific Pinball Museum wins 2012 Non-Profit PR Grant Award

ALAMEDA, Calif., April 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) of Alameda, California is pleased to announce that PPM has been chosen as a recipient of a grant from the Neotrope® 2012 Non-Profit PR Grants Program. With this commitment, Neotrope aligns itself with the PPM in educating and entertaining children and adults through the preservation of pinball, while making eight decades of games available to be played by everyone.

This grant will help the Pacific Pinball Museum further its mission: “To inspire an interest in science, art and history through pinball and to preserve and promote this important part of American culture.” The museum accomplishes this through the operation of the Pacific Pinball Museum, a beautifully maintained selection of 90 fully playable pinball machines. In addition, PPM hosts the world’s largest pinball show: the Pacific Pinball Exposition once a year. PPM also furthers its mission through the creation of traveling pinball art and science exhibits that capture the amazing visuals and communicate the basics of physics and electricity used in pinball.

“Neotrope’s recognition of PPM’s dedication and focus in addition to their work with other charities and nonprofits is truly appreciated. Neotrope will be invaluable as we plan the world’s largest pinball show: our sixth annual Pacific Pinball Exposition for September 21 – 23, 2012,” said Larry Zartarian, the Museum’s Chairman of the Board.

Americans instantly recognize pinball as an American icon along with Jazz, Coca-Cola®, the jukebox and Elvis. The PPM ensures future generations can appreciate the American ingenuity and creativity that fueled an entire pinball industry for years to come. The museum is currently developing curriculum for students of all ages to learn the basic theories behind pinball mechanisms and concepts such as gravity, momentum and acceleration.

As part of this grant program, Neotrope is providing PR solutions, news dissemination (through its Send2Press® Newswire service), and search marketing for the PPM to help raise awareness of its efforts in education, community service, science, art and fundraising. The museum’s goal is to move to a permanent location that can house its collection of 900-plus machines, offer larger teaching and restoration facilities, and expand its art gallery that features local and international artists.

“Having Neotrope aboard will help drive and refine our vision to become the Smithsonian of Pinball,” said Michael Schiess, PPM Founder and Director. “Our growing team of artists, technicians, volunteers, enthusiasts and visionaries will now be able to spread the word and scope of their efforts.”

“We’re honored to be providing assistance to the Pacific Pinball Museum, in both keeping alive eight decades of pinball history, and building educational art, science and historical programs that spark interest in intellectual pursuit,” said Christopher Laird Simmons, CEO of Neotrope®.

About the Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM):
PPM unlocks the imagination of visitors with pinball back glass art that features themes such as fantasies of the future, beautiful women, sports heroics, outer space, the Wild West and many more. A key member of the museum’s collection of one-of-a-kind exhibits is the Visible Pinball, a fully functional pinball machine housed in a clear cabinet. The Visible Pin mesmerizes anyone who has ever wondered what goes on inside a machine while it’s being played and gives instructors an opportunity to point out the details of the machine’s operation while it is being used. Other exhibits discuss magnetism, momentum, statistics and the patented inventions that several ingenious Americans have devised just for pinball.

Giant (sometimes 10-foot by 10-foot) hand-painted acrylic mural reproductions of original pinball back glass art cover vast swaths of PPM’s walls. From Space Ship to Sea Ray, from Majorettes to Jungle Princess, these unique pieces of art created just for PPM are also available as an off-site exhibit or simply as an eye-popping example of the depth of skill pinball artists and designers employ while promoting individual games. Artists working at pinball companies Gottlieb, Williams and Bally unintentionally captured highlights of history while designing the art that decorate pinball games.

Christian Marche’s pointy people and Gordon Morison’s over-the-top psychedelia capture the mood of the ’60s and ’70s while the content of various pinball artists’ work often captures historic moments like the moon shot, the British rock invasion or the patriotic spirit following World War II.

PPM is popular with families, couples on their first date, school groups and local companies who hold special occasion parties there. The museum offers a party room for rent by the hour while guests enjoy the historical selection of games that range from 1878 to 2012. Parties at PPM are like having access to an entire arcade or someone’s massive game room to celebrate a personal occasion. Also among the regulars at PPM are some of the world’s highest-ranked pinball players and most experienced repair technicians.

For more information on the Pacific Pinball Museum, located at 1510 Webster Street, Alameda, CA, 94501, visit www.pacificpinball.org or write to mschiess@pacificpinball.org or call 205-9793. For more information on the Pacific Pinball Exposition, visit: http://pacificpinball.org/events/ .

About Neotrope:
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Neotrope’s annual Non-Profit PR Grants™ Program was originally launched in 2000 by company founders Christopher Simmons and the late Dr. J.L. Simmons, with the goal of providing a “better donation” for worthy U.S. charitable 501(c)3 non-profits than simply writing a small check; instead utilizing the company’s capabilities to grow awareness to media and the public, attract halo sponsors/donors, and bring together disparate resources not generally affordable to small organizations.

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World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration to Commemorate a Decade of Global Education Programs

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tickets are now available for the World Savvy 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco. With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy is a nonprofit organization serving youth and educators nationally from offices in San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Celebration will bring together World Savvy’s network of globally minded individuals and raise funds to support the organization’s mission and programmatic activities.

The Celebration in San Francisco is one in a series of celebration events hosted by World Savvy this spring to commemorate a decade of work in building a more informed, engaged, and globally competent generation of leaders and change-makers. World Savvy has reached more than 250,000 youth and 2000 teachers. The San Francisco Celebration will feature entertainment from the beloved San Francisco band Jazz Mafia, an open bar with signature drinks of the evening, and an eclectic menu of food from around the world provided by La Cocina.

Dana Mortenson, the co-founder & Executive Director of World Savvy and a 2011 Ashoka Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, will give an inspirational keynote speech. Guests will participate in exciting silent and live auctions for a range of exclusive items including vacation packages, spa treatments, gift certificates to premier San Francisco restaurants, and limited edition designer jewelry.

Tickets are $150 for general admission. Guests also have the opportunity to purchase a “Champion” ticket which includes general admission for one plus sponsorship of one educator to attend the event. Additional World Savvy 10-Year Celebration events will take place in New York on May 3rd and Minneapolis on May 17th. For more information on event sponsorship, purchasing tickets, or donating to the live and silent auctions please visit http://worldsavvy.org/donate/10th-Anniversary-Celebrations/ or contact Edward Wang at Edward@worldsavvy.org or 415-813-1686.

About World Savvy:
With the mission to educate and engage youth in community and world affairs, World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. It was founded in 2002 in response to the critical unmet need for youth to acquire global knowledge and 21st century skills and an absence of quality, mainstreamed global education opportunities for K-12 students and teachers.

World Savvy’s work supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be leaders and change-makers in their diverse communities, locally and globally. Since 2002, World Savvy has worked with over 250,000 youth and 2,000 educators, through core programming including youth engagement, professional development, customized consulting, and educational E-resources.

More information: http://www.worldsavvy.org .

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Relocation Industry and Non-Profit Coming Together to Fight Hunger – Victory Packaging Moves for Hunger

NEPTUNE, N.J., March 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger is proud to announce the partnership of Victory Packaging at the Champion Level. While Victory Packaging has been a gracious partner of Move For Hunger since 2010, they are strengthening their relationship for 2012 by increasing their support from Mission to the Champion level.

As well as generous financial support, Victory’s partnership allows Move For Hunger to sell boxes and packaging materials at discount rates to food banks, saving hunger relief organizations’ valuable resources from being spent on support materials like boxes and tape instead of life-saving meals. Victory’s national reach affords Move For Hunger the opportunity to assist food banks all over the continent, regardless of their location.

“Move For Hunger is so happy to be continuing and bolstering our relationship with Victory Packaging,” says Gavin Christiansen, director of operations at Move For Hunger. “Their enthusiastic support and invaluable resources make it easy for Move For Hunger to offer even more assistance to food banks and their partner agencies.”

Victory Packaging, headquartered in Houston, Texas, is the leading distributor of packaging materials in North America. Their numerous locations and vast warehouse facilities offer a range of innovative packaging solutions for a diverse customer base.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are moving and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 250 movers in 40 states and has collected more than 420,000 pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org .

About Victory Packaging:
Based in Houston, Texas, Victory Packaging has more than 60 warehouse and distribution facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and operates in California under the company name of Golden State Container.

Victory Packaging is the only North American distribution company dedicated entirely to reducing total cost with comprehensive, integrated packaging solutions. Victory Packaging delivers innovative services and enhanced packaging processes to a diverse customer base. Its national network includes more than 5 million square feet of warehouse space and approximately 350 delivery vehicles. Victory Packaging is a privately-held limited partnership and employs approximately 1,000 people. For more information visit, http://www.victorypackaging.com .

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ISLA Hosts Fundraiser in Long Beach to Benefit Lifeguard Training Initiatives in Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

International Surf Lifesaving AssociationHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., March 13, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On Wed., March 14 and Thurs., March 15, 2012, International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) will be hosting a special fundraiser at the Original Roadhouse Grill in Long Beach, located at 7391 Carson St. The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise critical funds and awareness for ISLA’s training initiatives in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua later this month.

Founded in 2008, ISLA’s mission is to reduce the number of drownings worldwide by building a culture of water safety. Comprised of volunteer lifeguards, the organization provides training, medical supplies, disaster relief, and emergency personnel to beach communities around the world.

In November 2011, ISLA traveled to the Dominican Republic to train volunteers from various agencies within the country in lifesaving and lifeguarding techniques. As part of the initiative, ISLA conducted an intensive three-day Ocean Lifeguarding Training, which included a First Aid and CPR practical exam, physical instruction, written test, and non-buoy and buoy rescue practical exam. Twenty-nine lifeguard trainees completed the rigorous training course and received Basic ISLA Lifeguard Certification, the first professional lifeguard certification in the Dominican Republic now required for a lifeguard to become certified.

Two ISLA volunteer lifeguards will return to the Dominican Republic in late March to continue the second phase and to begin the third phase of its initiative to create permanent lifeguard agencies that guard the public and private beaches of the country.

In late March, fourteen ISLA volunteer will also conduct the first phase of its Ocean Lifeguarding Training in Nicaragua.

Thanks to local hotels and other agencies, courses and accommodations are provided to participants and ISLA instructors at no cost.

“We are excited to promote a sustainable culture of water safety in both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic with our Ocean Lifeguard Training,” said ISLA President Henry Reyes. “We look forward to serving both communities and are confident that these courses will have a positive impact.”

To learn more about ISLA’s upcoming fundraiser at the Original Roadhouse Grill, please visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ISLAsurf . Supporters will be able to download a special flyer to donate 20 percent of their bill to ISLA.

About International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA):
International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) is a non-profit focusing on reducing drownings worldwide by building a culture of water safety. ISLA provides training, medical supplies, disaster relief, and emergency personnel to beach communities around the world. Learn more at http://www.islasurf.org .

Media Contact:
Raquel Lizarraga
Manager of Public Relations
International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA).
1-949-478-4752.

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Get in on the Action! Camp Blue Skies’ Hoops for Camp Bracket Challenge

Camp Blue Skies FoundationCHARLOTTE, N.C., March 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Get in on the action and make your NCAA March Madness picks count this year! Camp Blue Skies Foundation (campblueskies.org) is a non-profit organization that offers weeklong residential camp experiences to individuals 21 and older with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Camp Blue Skies has just launched its latest and greatest fundraiser, NCAA March Madness “Hoops for Camp” Bracket Challenge.

With a $10 suggested donation, you will be registered to participate in the bracket challenge. All participants will receive an email on March 11 with instructions on how to fill out their NCAA bracket. The top 10 percent scorers will be entered into a random drawing to win $500 to the Apple Store. It’s fun, easy, and won’t break the budget. And most importantly, it goes towards a good cause! Donate today through the Camp Blue Skies website or Razoo “Hoops for Camp” site to participate.

Learn more about the “Hoops for Camp” Bracket Challenge here (PDF): http://www.campblueskies.org/pdf/hoops_info.pdf .

Camp Blue Skies focuses on the camper’s physical, mental and emotional well-being through continued development of a healthy lifestyle and positive social skills. Camp Blue Skies takes a three-pronged approach to camp, including recreation, socialization and education. This philosophy provides opportunities to be active outdoors, learn new things and make new friends.

“I realized that when these individuals age out of the school system, opportunities for recreation and socialization fall off greatly. My dream was to provide an overnight weeklong camp for this underserved population, where campers can enjoy true camp experiences like ropes courses, fishing and campfire fun while challenging and stretching themselves to grow,” says founder Dick Sesler.

In October 2010, Dick Sesler’s dream became a reality. To date, Camp Blue Skies has served over 150 campers and over 180 loyal volunteers have committed their time. Camps are currently being held in NC and GA. The organization’s goal is to continue to improve their programs and expand camps in the southeast region and hopefully beyond in the near future. Camp Blue Skies is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for life skill education through recreation and socialization.

To learn more about Camp Blue Skies, visit the website at http://www.campblueskies.org or follow them on Facebook ( facebook.com/pages/Camp-Blue-Skies/166187940087080 ). To participate in “Hoops for Camp,” donate through the website or Razoo “Hoops for Camp” site: http://www.razoo.com/story/Hoops-For-Camp?1329428078 .

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National Non-Profit Honors Fort Worth Moving Company as Mover of the Year

Move For HungerFORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 20, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FireFighting’s Finest Moving and Delivery of Fort Worth, TX has been recognized as Move For Hunger’s “Mover of the Year” for 2011 out of 250 moving companies in 39 different states. The Mover of the Year award is presented to the moving company that best exemplifies the philanthropic spirit of Move For Hunger.

In 2011 alone, FireFighting’s Finest delivered over 10,000 lbs. to the Tarrant Area Food Bank through consistent monthly collections as well as a number of food drives. That is enough food to provide for over 7,600 life-saving meals to those in need in the greater Fort Worth-Dallas area. The employees of FireFighting’s Finest are almost all active duty firemen and women which may explain their philanthropic spirit!

Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies from across the country to provide support to food banks and local pantries. Many people throw out a good deal of “stuff” when they move. Unfortunately, a lot of this “stuff” is food that could be delivered to a family in need rather than thrown away. As a Move For Hunger affiliated mover, FireFighting’s Finest offers to collect any unopened, non-perishable food items from their customers and deliver that food directly to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

“We are extremely proud of FireFighting’s Finest Moving & Delivery, their enthusiasm and dedication is a model for all of the companies involved in our fight against hunger,” says Adam Lowy, executive director of Move For Hunger. “The staggering amount of food they have delivered is a true testament to the ability of our nation’s moving companies to fight hunger.”

The 2011 Mover of the Year Award is the first time the annual award has been bestowed on one of the Move For Hunger affiliated companies. The award recognizes a mover’s dedication towards fighting hunger in their local community. Each of the moving companies involved with Move For Hunger pledge to collect at least 300 lbs. of food per year and to include hunger awareness materials to every customer they serve.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across the country to pick up unwanted, unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks across the country. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 250 movers in 40 states and has delivered more than 420,000 pounds of food to food banks throughout the country. For more information on Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org .

Move For Hunger, 1930 Heck Avenue, Bldg. 1, Ste. 1, Neptune, NJ 07753.

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