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Dispatch Media Group Names Westerwood a Winner of the Columbus Top Workplaces Award for the 7th Year in a Row

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Westerwood has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

"We are honored and thrilled to be named a winner of the "Top Workplaces 2022" award by Columbus C.E.O. Magazine," said Lisa Burkhart, Executive Director. "This is the 7th year in a row Westerwood has received this recognition and it is so meaningful to us because the list is based solely on employee feedback."

"During this very challenging time, Top Workplaces has proven to be a beacon of light for organizations and a sign of resiliency and strong business performance," said Eric Rubino, Energage CEO. "When you give your employees a voice, you come together to navigate challenges and shape your path forward. Top Workplaces draw on real-time insights into what works best for their organization to make informed decisions that have a positive impact on their people and their business."

About Westerwood:

Westerwood, formerly Friendship Village Columbus, is a 23-acre, scenic retirement community just off the beaten path and minutes from downtown Westerville and Otterbein University. The active resident community loves lifelong learning, artistic pursuits, exercising, giving back, and connecting with nature. Westerwood is the only true nonprofit Life Care community near Westerville and offers a top-rated, full continuum of care, including a Life Care Contract to provide predictable monthly living expenses regardless of care levels needed.

Rooted in the northeast side of Columbus since 1978, this wooded oasis offers restaurant-quality dining cooked from scratch, wellness classes with a personal trainer, an art studio, a woodshop, and gardens in a friendly atmosphere where ageless spirits can indulge their curiosity. Westerwood is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit community. It is ranked as a 2020 Choice community by the Holleran Group in recognition of an exemplary culture of resident engagement. Visit: https://www.liveatwesterwood.org/

About Energage:

Making the world a better place to work together.(tm)

Energage is a purpose-driven company that helps organizations turn employee feedback into useful business intelligence and credible employer recognition through Top Workplaces. Built on 14 years of culture research and the results from 23 million employees surveyed across more than 70,000 organizations, Energage delivers the most accurate competitive benchmark available. With access to a unique combination of patented analytic tools and expert guidance, Energage customers lead the competition with an engaged workforce and an opportunity to gain recognition for their people-first approach to culture. For more information or to nominate your organization, visit energage.com or topworkplaces.com.

Related link: https://www.liveatwesterwood.org/

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Star Vintners and Top Innovators in Food & Wine Take the Stage at 9th Annual WineaPAWlooza June 24 and 25, 2022

NAPA, Calif. -- Jameson Humane (Jameson), a solutions-based nonprofit and animal sanctuary which educates to inspire change on behalf of companion and farmed animals, is holding its signature fundraising event, WineaPAWlooza 2022, live and in-person on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at 5 p.m., PT. Combining two things that are universally loved (wine and animals), WineaPAWlooza has consistently earned its place as one of the top 10 wine events in the country, as cited by Wine Spectator magazine. The money raised from this spirited and highly anticipated event supplies the critical funds necessary for Jameson programs to improve the state of animal welfare and to save lives.

Innovators in Food & Wine Join This Year's Impact-Driven Fundraiser

This newest iteration of Jameson's annual fundraiser expands on Jameson's mission, which is to improve animal welfare through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. Bringing together leaders in the food and wine industry to discuss innovation, behavior, and action-oriented change to our food system, including wine-for the health of animals, humans, and the planet-takes place on Friday evening, on Pritchard Hill. Amanda McCrossin of SommVivant, and Brian Cooley of CNET, will be co-moderating a panel of prestigious vintners and food industry leaders on June 24 from 5-7:30 p.m. The cuisine will be curated by Little Saint, a Healdsburg plant-based restaurant overseen by Kyle Connaughton of three Michelin-star SingleThread.

PANELISTS:

Eric Schulze, UPSIDE Foods; Alison Kilmer, Miyoko's; Tamearra Dyson, Souley Vegan; Christopher Jackson, Jackson Family Wines, Rooted for Good; Carlo Mondavi, RAEN Winery, Monarch Tractor; Molly Sheppard, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery

The Grand Tasting, Animal Parade, & Wine Auction with Celebrity Guest, Christie Brinkley Saturday June 25, 5-10 p.m.

Returning this year in-person to the famed Beckstoffer Farm Center, Saturday evening includes the Grand Tasting showcasing handcrafted wines and the vintners who make them from 50 of the "who's who" of Napa and Sonoma Valley's wine glitterati (click here to see Participating Vintners), plus special guest, Christie Brinkley, showcasing her vegan Bellissima Prosecco.

"When I heard about the work that Jameson Humane does for animals and the planet, I knew that I had to be a part of this year's WineaPAWlooza. Being a lifelong vegetarian and activist; sustainable and vegan or vegetarian-friendly causes are extremely important to me. What's even more unique about the work we do at Bellissima is that we go beyond the bottle - we are committed to giving back to the planet and supporting animals and communities in need," said Christie Brinkley.

The legendary Animal Parade will be led by celebrity wine auctioneer and personality, Fritz Hatton, followed by a delectable plant-based menu designed and executed by Goatlandia. The evening will culminate in the much-anticipated live auction of 20 spectacular lots, featuring cult wines, one-of-a-kind experiences, and trips to global wine destinations.

WineaPAWlooza will be hosted by world-renowned wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, as well as Jameson Humane and former 750 Wines Founders Monica and David Stevens, and Vanessa Conlin, MW. Andy and Betty Beckstoffer will be presented with a Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement award.

"This year's WineaPAWlooza is bigger, better, and more important than ever. Not only do we have the best-of-the-best, most generous vintners and winemakers sharing their most sought-after wines, but we take our mission to the next level with true innovators and disruptors in the food and wine industry who join us to share their solutions for the future and to benefit all of us, the animals, and the planet. The time is now to innovate, learn, share, and enjoy all that our wine country and its community have to offer," said Jameson Humane Co-Founder and WineaPAWlooza Co-Chair, Monica Stevens.

"I'm thrilled that we are back in person for WineaPAWlooza 2022! Our Friday night format will showcase everything Jameson Humane does not just on behalf of animals but also for the people and the entire planet. Having Christie Brinkley at both nights, lending her star power to WineaPAWlooza, truly shows us how the great work that Jameson does is being noticed nationally. The funds we will raise on Saturday are more important now than ever and our amazing vintners and donors will make the future brighter through their generous contributions," said Vanessa Conlin MW, WineaPAWlooza Co-Chair.

Event Information, eLots and Proxy Bidding: http://www.wineapawlooza.com/

Maral Papakhian, Maral@jamesonhumane.org | 415-845-7205.

ABOUT JAMESON HUMANE:

Jameson Humane is an impact-driven nonprofit organization that collaborates and educates to inspire change in animal welfare, not only in local communities, but around the world. Monica and David Stevens founded Jameson Humane in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization to improve animal welfare through global collaboration and education for the benefit of all life. The organization was named in memory of the Stevens' beloved dog Jameson, an adopted Great Pyrenees who lived to the age of 14 and inspired the spirit and mission. Learn more at: https://www.jamesonanimalrescueranch.org/.

ABOUT WINEAPAWLOOZA:

WineaPAWlooza is Jameson's annual fundraiser, an event that has earned its place as one of the top ten wine events in the country according to Wine Spectator magazine. The money raised from this sought-after event supply the critical funds necessary for Jameson's programs to improve the state of animal welfare and save animal lives. Because of WineaPAWlooza, Jameson has been able to help thousands of animals and their humans in our community, and beyond, through vital programs that work across the inextricable web between animal welfare, our community, and the environment. This year's event will help ensure these programs thrive as we continue to effect real change.

Event Schedule: https://www.jamesonanimalrescueranch.org/2022-wineapawlooza/schedule

RELATED LINKS:

https://www.jamesonanimalrescueranch.org/2022-wineapawlooza/vintners

https://www.jamesonanimalrescueranch.org/impact

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Caption: Pet Parade. Photo credit is Emma K. Morris.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

For more information on Jameson Humane, please contact:

Maral Papakhian

Maral@jamesonhumane.org or 415.845.7205

For media queries, please contact:

Kimberly Noelle Charles

Charles Communications Associates at

kcharles@charlescomm.com or 415.730.0064

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The Pap Corps Donates $3.5 Million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- You can't keep champions down! Rebounding from COVID-19, The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research (www.thepapcorps.org) came back full swing with their fundraising for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. At their May meeting, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit donated $3.5 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Almost 300 Pap Corps members, along with leaders from Sylvester, enjoyed a beautiful breakfast at Boca West, where the check was presented to Jayne Sylvester Malfitano on behalf of the center.

"I am so proud of our amazing members," declared Sally Berenzweig, CEO of The Pap Corps. "Your dedication and passion, especially during these past few years, has been such an inspiration."

Jayne Sylvester Malfitano, whose parents endowed the center, spoke eloquently about the special partnership between The Pap Corps and Sylvester, and shared several of the numerous scientific advancements that have occurred thanks to research, including the rise of precision medicine, which is an approach to cancer treatment that is targeted at genetic markers in each person's unique cancer.

Sylvester is the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center in South Florida, and The Pap Corps has donated over $110 million during the past 70 years to support cancer research. To celebrate these seven decades of giving, Robert Weinroth, Mayor of Palm Beach County presented a proclamation honoring the nonprofit's service.

Other event highlights included recognizing top donors in multiple categories, honoring retiring chapter presidents and welcoming new chapter presidents.

"It is with such joy that we gather today to celebrate our members and honor the unique role our organization plays in advancing lifesaving cancer treatments," said Susan Dinter, Pap Corps Chair of the Board. "We look forward to creating a world without cancer, but until we achieve that goal, The Pap Corps will be here!"

About The Pap Corps:

Since its founding in 1952, The Pap Corps has donated more than $110 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, including a historic $50 million pledge in 2016. The Pap Corps derives its name from Dr. George Papanicolaou, a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, who introduced the world to the revolutionary 'Pap' test. A small group of women began the organization to support his efforts, and over the decades it has grown into an organization of over 20,000 men and women, in over 50 chapters, who raise funds to support research for all types of cancers.

Learn more: https://www.thepapcorps.org/

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ACLENet and Government of Uganda Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to Further ‘Building Lightning Safe Communities’ Effort

CHICAGO, Ill. -- An important milestone for promoting lightning safety across Africa occurred with the February 2022 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Uganda-based African Centers for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network (ACLENet) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) of Uganda. This MoU was piloted and promoted by the Ministry of Relief, Disaster Preparedness, and Refugees (MoRDP'R) within the Prime Minister's Office.

"My Ministry is working with ACLENet on the scientific aspects of disaster preparedness," said Hilary Onek, the Hon Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees. "It is the hope of parties involved in this partnership to make this optimism a reality," Onek explained during a Public Service Announcement (PSA), an integral part of engagements leading to the signing of the MoU that was broadcast during the 2021 holiday season in both English and Luganda, the primary indigenous language in Uganda.

The MoU is an important milestone for ACLENet, as it is expected to provide instrumental framework for: 1) A national mandate to plan, promote, and advocate for lightning safety across Uganda; 2) Introduction of scientific principles of lightning safety for people, property, and places according to globally recognized lightning protection system (LPS) safety standard provisions of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

"This partnership is expected to further ACLENet's goals of saving lives and property across Africa," said Dr. Mary Ann Cooper, Managing Director of ACLENet.

Data sets and information packages are being prepared for the Hon. Minister for onward submission to appropriate units within the Government of Uganda and general public and include priorities outlined in The United Nation's Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 as well as a database on lightning injuries.

"Specifically, ACLENet plans to expand the work piloted with programs and interventions over the last seven years and in partnership with the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC), a specialized department of MoRDP'R," explained Dr. Cooper. "Together, we aim to advance the 'building lightning safe communities' effort by reducing the number of deaths, injuries, and property damage from lightning."

Here in the U.S., the International Code Council (I.C.C.) is celebrating its 42nd annual Building Safety Month campaign with the theme "Safety for All: Building Codes in Action," to raise awareness about the importance of building codes in ensuring safety in spaces in which we live work and learn.

"Building Safety Month focuses on issues that impact our everyday lives: building safety, energy, water and disasters-factors of constant concern for homes, schools, businesses and communities," said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.

Learn more: https://aclenet.org/how-to-help/overview.html

About ACLENet:

ACLENet, a nonprofit organization incorporated in both the US and Uganda, seeks funding and volunteers to help reduce injuries, save lives, and decrease crippling infrastructure damage from lightning in Africa. Visit https://aclenet.org/ to learn how you can support the effort.

ACLENet uses lightning protection, public, primary, and secondary education, and research to interface with African governments and protect communities from the lightning threat.

RELATED LINKS:

https://opm.go.ug/disaster-preparedness-and-management/

https://www.iec.ch/homepage

https://aclenet.org/news-publications/country-news/

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VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/aj4iifLdI7E

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Boise Spring Carnival Invites All Families

BOISE, Idaho -- MyPlaces Community Events, a community-based charity creating events accessible to people with disabilities, announced today that it is hosting its 4th Annual Spring Carnival, Saturday May 28 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.! These events have been a constant draw and boon for connecting special needs individuals with the larger community, in the universal language of HAVING FUN!

This year, with the help of many generous sponsors, we are opening our doors to the larger Treasure Valley Community. You can find the Carnival at the corner of Fairview and Milwaukee in Boise.

Bring your kids or just your inner child and be prepared to have a BLAST! Attractions include:
* A Live Reptile Petting Zoo
* A Large Variety of Traditional Carnival Games (All included with your ticket)
* Photo Ops with Your Favorite Super-Heroes
* Local Food Trucks
* The ICCU Cash Machine
* Bounces Houses
* Obstacle Courses
* And more!

So come out and enjoy the great weather, great entertainment, and the great feeling of supporting special needs activities all year long.

Our most heartfelt thanks go out to our generous community sponsors: 100 Women for Good, Hettich Group, MyDoDad Inc, Idaho Inflatables, Aardvark Entertainment, Idaho Central Credit Union, Sylvan Learning, & Signs by Tomorrow, Our Amazing Host - Watson's Mystery Café

The carnival is held at 8001 W Fairview Ave #1, Boise, ID 83704, Saturday May 28, 2022 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person (on duty care-giving staff are free).

Visit https://myplacesce.org/springcarnival/ for more information or to preorder tickets as these events often sell out early.

Connect with us on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/MyPlacesCE.org/

All Proceeds go to MyPlaces Community Events.

MyPlaces Community Events is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit operating since 2015 to provide opportunities for the Special Needs Community to get out, have fun, and connect with other people.

Website: https://myplacesce.org/

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FormFree opens registration to its third annual Heroes Golf Classic 2022 benefiting the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® today announced it has opened registration to the organization's third annual Heroes Golf Classic, which will be held on September 9, 2022, at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course in Buford, Georgia. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance and preparedness education to communities affected by disaster.

FormFree invites companies and individuals to participate in the Luau on the Lake themed charity golf tournament by registering to play or sponsoring the event. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum sponsorships are available in addition to two new interactive sponsorship opportunities. The Power Red premier hole sponsorship, named to honor the life-saving impact of blood donations, features a golf cannon that allows players to launch balls up to 300 yards on a Par 3 hole. The Pillowcase Hole premier sponsorship, named for the Red Cross Pillowcase Preparedness Program, is led by a golf professional who will make the first shot, setting golfers up to make a Par 5 hole in two shots.

"When natural disasters or other emergencies threaten the safety of our community, the Red Cross of Northeast Georgia is there to help," said FormFree Founder and CEO Brent Chandler. "The FormFree team and I are honored to dedicate our time, money and effort to help support this life-saving work."

Located less than an hour north of Atlanta and situated along the shores of Lake Lanier, the award-winning Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course features 18 holes designed to delight golf enthusiasts. Charming, tranquil and rich with wildlife, the course is distinguished by its exceptional quality and commitment to service.

The 2021 Heroes Golf Classic brought together more than 100 golfers and volunteers at the Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia. The event raised $57,030 to benefit Red Cross-sponsored disaster relief services, blood drives and educational programs. This year, FormFree has set a fundraising goal of $75,000.

"Since FormFree was founded in 2008, it has supported the American Red Cross by participating in blood drives, food drives and fundraisers," said Marlon Trone, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia. "Now over a decade later, FormFree is one of our most cherished supporters. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to continuing our work together."

The American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia provides direct service to 23 Georgia counties by supporting the collection, testing and distribution of blood and blood components in the region, providing emergency resources for military families, facilitating lifesaving training and helping communities impacted by disasters. FormFree CEO Brent Chandler joined the organization's board of directors in 2017, and FormFree was named the Northeast Georgia chapter's 2021 Corporate Blood Sponsor of the Year.

To register for FormFree's third annual Heroes Golf Classic, visit https://HeroesClassic22.givesmart.com.

Those who are unable to attend the tournament can support the American Red Cross of Northeast Georgia's humanitarian work by making a donation at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/.

About FormFree:

As the industry's go-to provider for direct-source VOA and VOI/E data, FormFree® helps lenders understand credit risk like never before. Our patented AccountChek® and Passport® products open doors to more inclusive credit decisioning by revealing each customer's true ability to pay (ATP®). We have completed over $3 trillion in loan verifications that help lenders lower operating costs while improving the borrower experience.

For more information, visit https://www.formfree.com/ or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

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China Rescue Dogs Fights to Save 46 Golden Retrievers, 8 Puppies And 22 Corgis from Being Slaughtered in China

VASS, N.C. -- China Rescue Dogs, a leading International non-profit dog rescue based in the United States, is in the middle of an urgent dog rescue effort in China. Shanghai Animal Rescue reached out to China Rescue Dogs for help after they discovered a dog breed farm north of Harbin were selling all their dogs into the meat-trade. 46 adult Goldens, 8 puppies, and 22 Corgis were going to be trucked to Yulin to be slaughtered for the 2022 Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

"The living conditions at this dog breed farm are just awful," exclaimed Jill Stewart, President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. "It is heartbreaking that this breeder was going to just discard their entire inventory of dogs to be slaughtered. We had to do something. Doing nothing was not an option."

Despite international pressure, dog slaughterhouses and eating dog meat are not outlawed in China. Even though the local government no longer sponsors the Yulin Dog Meat festival, it continues to take place every year in June. With no national animal rights laws in place in China, most dogs (and cats) have little chance at living a full life.

"Yulin happens every day in China," said Brandy Cherven, Vice President of Operations for China Rescue Dogs. "Dogs are still brutalized, tortured, and eaten due to outdated beliefs of gaining more wisdom, warding off evil spirits, or keeping cool in the summer months."

"The world needs to know about the continued brutality." said Jill Stewart, President, and Founder of China Rescue Dogs. "We just can't sit back and do nothing! Yes, there needs to be laws put in place to protect those animals from being uselessly slaughtered, but the urgency today is to save the dogs from the breed farm that are in imminent danger."

So far, China Rescue Dogs and its rescue partners in China have saved 29 adult Goldens, 8 puppies and 22 Corgis. They have seen the emergency veterinarian and are safe in a dog sanctuary. However, they are still trying to rescue the remaining Goldens from the breed farm. The rescue mission is not over yet.

The goal is to save all the dogs from the breed farm. Once rescued, China Rescue Dogs will find them loving forever homes in North America, where they can live out the rest of their lives with love and without fear.

The rescue effort is being played out in real-time on the China Rescue Dogs Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chinarescuedogs.

"This is why the CDC Dog Ban needs to end now," said Stewart. "Even if we are able to save all of these dogs, we still cannot bring them into the United States to be adopted."

The suspension, which was announced by the CDC last year stated that effective July 14, 2021, all dogs imported from 113 countries (including China) may not enter the U.S. for a period of at least one year. Now, almost a year later, responsible international dog rescue organizations, like China Rescue Dogs, should be allowed to resume giving dogs a second chance at life here in the U.S.

To learn more about the organization, please visit: https://chinarescuedogs.org/.

About China Rescue Dogs:

China Rescue Dogs is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Jill Stewart, an ardent advocate of animal rights worldwide, and especially in China. Their global mission is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from China and provide them with loving forever homes in North America.

Related link: https://chinarescuedogs.org/

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Isn’t It Possible to Promote Literacy? Net Profits from 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Little Green’ will go to Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Paraphrase, LLC, the publisher of "Little Green" (ISBN: 978-0981587943), is donating 500 copies of a special anniversary edition to Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal). For 10 years, "Little Green" has been asking, "Isn't it possible?" The frog still can't be a goose, horse, or koi, but it is possible to promote literacy and motivate children to read by providing new books to create home libraries for underserved children in Southern California.

That is, in fact, the mission of the 501(c)(3) organization Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (www.rifsocal.org). The special edition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of RIFSoCal and the 10th anniversary of "Little Green," is also available on amazon.com through the end of 2022. Paraphrase has pledged all proceeds from the anniversary edition to RIFSoCal.

"Little Green" is a picture-book for 0-7 year olds, written by Arnold Rudnick, with illustrations by Marcelo Gorenman, featuring a little green frog on a quest to be special. He hops around from animal to animal asking "Isn't it possible?" he can be one of them and do the special things they do. While the reader learns animal groups, skills, traits and sounds, Little Green learns almost anything is possible, but he must start by being himself.

"I hope that someday 'Little Green' and 'Isn't it possible?' will be as familiar to children, and empowering, as 'I Think I Can!' from 'The Little Engine That Could,'" Rudnick says. "Reading makes ALMOST anything possible. I am really excited to partner with Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California on this mission of literacy."

"We are delighted to thank Arnold Rudnick for his most generous donation of 'Little Green,'" says Carol Henault, Executive Director of RIFSoCal. "I can't wait to share this inspirational story with the children in our Motivational Reading Program. Inspiring children's passion for reading is the greatest gift we can give them on their personal road to success. That, and frogs.

"We can always use more frog stories! As Los Angeles and Orange County's largest children's literacy organization, RIFSoCal works every day to share the magic of reading for fun and pleasure with our most vulnerable children. As of our 50th anniversary of celebrating literacy for all children, we will have served 1.7M children, and provided them with more than 5.3M books."

To learn more visit: https://www.rifsocal.org/.

About Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California:

Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy and motivate children to read by providing new books to create home libraries for underserved children in Southern California.

About Paraphrase, LLC:

Paraphrase, LLC, is a boutique publishing company promoting literacy with a mission to create thought-provoking media that educates, entertains, and inspires. Their motto is "Read a book, Read a mind."(tm) Learn more at: http://www.paraphrasellc.com/

Twitter @RIFSoCal @isntitpossible

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Allied Van Lines and Move For Hunger Renew Partnership to Continue the Fight Against Hunger

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national hunger relief non-profit organization, and Allied Van Lines, Inc., one of the world's largest moving companies, have partnered together for the 9th year to fight food insecurity in the United States.

Allied Van Lines, and its parent company SIRVA Worldwide, Inc., joined Move For Hunger in 2013 and have been dedicated partners over the past nine years. To date, the Allied network of agencies has transported and provided over 5 million pounds of donations to food banks and pantries across the country; the equivalent of over 4 million meals to food insecure families, children, and individuals.

"Allied is fully committed to supporting our communities and those in need," said Ricardo Ramos Seyffert, Marketing Director. "Our partnership with Move For Hunger provides our customers a simple solution to dispose of unwanted pantry items while giving back to the communities we serve and strengthens our commitment to fight hunger."

Move For Hunger was founded in 2009 by Adam Lowy, the son of a third-generation mover, when he noticed that perfectly good food was being disposed of when people move. This sparked the idea for Move For Hunger, and, starting with his own family's moving company and building from there. Move For Hunger now has a network of over 1,100 moving companies, including many of the world's leading relocation management companies, and more than 2,500 multi-family apartment communities, all helping to fight to end hunger by collecting food items and delivering them to local food banks in the United States and Canada.

"Allied and SIRVA have been amazing partners in the fight against hunger," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director and Founder of Move For Hunger. "We're grateful for their continued support in helping us provide meals to those in need.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger is working to end hunger and food waste in America. 42 million Americans struggle with hunger while 35% of the food produced in this country goes to waste. By mobilizing moving companies, multifamily apartment communities, corporations, and volunteers, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 26 million pounds of food to food banks - providing 22 million meals for those in need.

Get your company involved by registering to hold a food drive, fundraiser, or team building opportunity. Visit Move For Hunger to learn more about their work at www.moveforhunger.org

About Allied Van Lines:

Allied Van Lines is an award-winning moving and specialized transportation services company. Established in 1928, Allied is one of the world's largest moving companies and a recognized global brand of SIRVA, Inc., a leader in providing worldwide moving and relocation services to corporations, consumers, and governments around the world. Allied has been recognized as "America's Most Recommended Moving Company" by the Women's Choice Award(r) and by Newsweek as delivering "America's Best Customer Service." Allied is the Official Partner of the Salvation Army, the Susan G Komen Foundation, and a top donor to Move for Hunger. Allied is a ProMover(r) member of the American Trucking Association. For more information, call 1-800-689-8684 or visit allied.com. USDOT 076235

Related link: https://moveforhunger.org/

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California Safe Schools Celebrates 2022 Earth Day Honorees and 24th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- California Safe Schools (CSS) celebrates 7 honorees for their extraordinary achievements empowering youth and protecting the Earth. "CSS wants to honor our phenomenal 2022 Earth Day Champions. We thank each of them for their enormous and selfless contributions. They all make our world a better place," Robina Suwol, California Safe Schools, executive director, said.

This Spring also marks the 24th anniversary of CSS's commitment to ensuring that all students, teachers, staff, and community members who live near school sites are in a safe, toxic-free environment. CSS continues to work closely with diverse communities and regulatory agencies on toxic issues that impact our life-giving air, water and soil.

CSS achieved national prominence by spearheading the Los Angeles Unified School District's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy, the most stringent pesticide policy in the nation for K-12 public schools. This was the first school district to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and "Right to Know" in a policy and led to the passage of California's Healthy Schools Act. Today, the LA Unified IPM policy serves as an international model for school districts and communities.

HONOREES:

Tam Doduc

As the appointed Civil Engineer Member on the State Water Resources Control Board, Tam participated in processes to allocate and ensure reasonable use of water rights, provide financial support for water infrastructures and groundwater cleanups, and assure communities have access to safe drinking water. Her 16 years on the board were preceded by her work as Deputy Secretary at the California Environmental Protection Agency where she led the environmental justice and scientific peer review efforts and provided oversight of children's environmental health and environmental education programs.

Deborah Bell-Holt

Deborah's "Love and Respect Youth Foundation" reached out to the needs of thousands of inner city youths in 1994. When she realized this was not enough to solve all the needs she saw before her, Deborah expanded her efforts in the world.

She empowers others to get involved and close-down or clean-up sites that are not favorable to a community. Her fight against drill sites has received worldwide recognition, notably in Paris, France and Switzerland.

Alanna Butterworth

Alanna taught elementary school for 30 years in the Sacramento City Unified School District. She was proactive in fully integrating a local community garden into the school curriculum by developing composting practices with cafeteria food, using the resulting nutrient-dense soil to grow vegetables, and harvesting them for classroom cooking projects. The care of the garden and abundance of fruits and vegetables brought deeply meaningful connections to students who experienced the gifts of nature and attained lifelong knowledge of healthy foods.

Marta and Bob Takano

Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships and the Summer Olympics. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American to snatch double bodyweight, earning a berth on the 1984 team. Bob continues to produce more record-breaking athletes as owner of his own gym, Takano Weightlifting.

While Bob is involved in his work, Marta is doing some heavy weightlifting of her own as a pet therapist and rescuing dogs. As a volunteer at Northridge Hospital and Kaiser Medical Center, Marta discovered how powerful pet therapy was in healing patients and helped train many other handlers. Her love for golden retrievers led her to be part of the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue that has developed a special program to ensure these traumatized dogs are placed in stable, forever homes. Marta's breadth of experience and compassion are essential in the critical reception of rescue dogs arriving on flights from Korea and Mexico. Both Marta and Bob view this as an opportunity to provide immediate care and solace to an even greater number of dogs in need of rescue. Along with their bountiful garden, they have created a healing environment for the rescue dogs they personally foster until a loving home is found.

Devon Jasiukonis

As president of his middle school in Hollywood, Devon's first project was to initiate a Green Committee. He joins other concerned students and team leaders to facilitate weekly activities to create awareness such as making posters. Topics have included how to reduce, reuse and recycle, earthworm composting, planting milkweed for monarch butterflies, harvesting and storing seeds, and the benefits of farmer's markets for a healthier lifestyle support of local businesses. Devon's newest goal is to reduce single-use water bottles with the installation of filtered drinking water stations at school. This will encourage students and staff to change to reusable bottles that they'll be able to easily refill and it establishes healthy habits while eliminating the impact of plastic.

Martina Rangel-Ortega

Martina has been a force for positive change in her community on issues such as access to healthy food, clean air and water, transportation services and keeping warehouses from being built near residential homes and schools. Martina currently serves as the Secretary for Ontario-Montaclair School District Community Advisory Committee (CAC) whose purpose is to improve and promote communication between schools, parents and public agencies, increase community awareness, and facilitate parent education and support. Martina's passion has been helping special needs children. She has become a trusted advocate between the school district and parents and coordinates many unforgettable activities for families.

All the honorees received awards designed by masterful artist Michael Bruza and engraved by Anderson Trophy.

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