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Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches Blog ‘Starlight 365: Our People. Our Programs. Our Purpose’

Author: Starlight Children's Foundation
Dateline: Los Angeles, California (LOS ANGELES, Calif.)  | Tue, 15 Jun 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Starlight Children's Foundation has just unveiled its blog, 'Starlight 365: Our People. Our Programs. Our Purpose.' The blog will serve as an interactive and engaging online community that connects stakeholders to stories, images and videos that spotlight the programs, campaigns, events, families, and supporters of Starlight Children's Foundation, as it works hard to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.”



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Starlight Children's Foundation has just unveiled its blog, "Starlight 365: Our People. Our Programs. Our Purpose." The blog will serve as an interactive and engaging online community that connects stakeholders to stories, images and videos that spotlight the programs, campaigns, events, families, and supporters of Starlight Children's Foundation, as it works hard to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families, a little each day.

"Starlight has stories to tell, accomplishments to share and a bright future to work towards-and Starlight 365 will help us accomplish all of this," said Paula Van Ness, CEO of Starlight. "It's more than just a blog. It's the perfect tool that connects the world to Starlight and at the same time lets Starlight openly communicate news of our work with stakeholders and bring attention to the importance of helping seriously ill children in need."

As a way to identify the many important faces that are a part Starlight, the blog will also feature a regular rotation of contributors made up of Starlight's own corporate partners, children and families, celebrity supporters, staff members, and more who will open up about their thoughts and experiences with Starlight.

Starlight founder Peter Samuelson will be the first of these guest contributors and the writer behind Starlight 365's official inaugural blog post. Samuelson shares the story of his involvement in the early days of Starlight's Fun Center(TM) program back in the mid 1980s.

"Using an 11-foot bamboo pole with an eraser strapped to one end with surgical tape, the child reached across the room to the TV, attempting to poke the buttons to change the channel. That sight was my epiphany: I realized that pediatric patients needed easy access to electronics and entertainment while in their hospital beds. It seemed crazy that if audio-visual technology existed in the world, none at all had made it into this children's ward," writes Samuelson.

Since then, the Fun Center program has become a cornerstone at Starlight, with more than 6,000 Fun Center mobile-entertainment units placed in more than 1,300 hospitals across North America.

Explore Starlight 365 at http://www.starlight.org/blog.aspx .

About Starlight Children's Foundation:

When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For more than 25 years, Starlight Children's Foundation(TM) has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.

Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. To learn more visit www.starlight.org .

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Paws of Life Joins Nationwide Efforts to Screen Dogs for Arthritis

Author: Paws of Life Foundation
Dateline: Greensboro, North Carolina (GREENSBORO, N.C.)  | Wed, 21 Apr 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Millions of dogs suffer from canine arthritis and their owners often have no idea their beloved pets are in such pain. A new initiative spearheaded by Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. and Hill's Pet Nutrition will combat that disconnect with a goal of screening one million dogs for canine arthritis. The two companies teamed up to launch the 'Million Dog Search,' a nationwide awareness campaign that will also raise thousands of dollars for animal charities, including Paws of Life.”



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Millions of dogs suffer from canine arthritis and their owners often have no idea their beloved pets are in such pain. A new initiative spearheaded by Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. and Hill's Pet Nutrition will combat that disconnect with a goal of screening one million dogs for canine arthritis. The two companies teamed up to launch the "Million Dog Search," a nationwide awareness campaign that will also raise thousands of dollars for animal charities, including Paws of Life, one of seven charities participating in the campaign. Paws of Life is dedicated to the education of search and rescue dogs and their handlers (www.pawsoflife.org).

"We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an important campaign that raises awareness about the millions of dogs suffering from arthritis," said Robin Habeger, executive director of Paws of Life. "The Million Dog Search campaign is also a great opportunity for dog lovers to support the organizations that are on the front lines protecting the health and safety of animals."

An estimated 14 million dogs are affected by arthritis, but only 1.4 million are receiving treatment - just 10 percent.

"One in five dogs suffers from canine arthritis, yet so few get treatment," said Mickey McDermott, vice president of communications at Novartis Animal Health. We hope this campaign helps these dogs get help from a veterinarian quickly."

Novartis Animal Health makes Deramaxx® (deracoxib), a medication that provides rapid pain control and reduces inflammation associated with canine arthritis. It is in a class called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, designed to block enzymes associated with pain and inflammation. About a million dogs with arthritis have already been helped by the medication.

Hill's Pet Nutrition manufactures Hill's® Prescription Diet® j/d™, a pet food that relieves dogs' aching joints and improves their quality of life in as little as a few weeks.

The campaign's Web site (www.milliondogsearch.com) plays a vital role in the awareness effort and includes a simple pain checklist dog owners can use to determine if their pets are suffering. The campaign also encourages screenings through educational and support materials that help veterinary hospitals teach dog owners and staff about arthritis. For each checklist and screening completed online, Novartis Animal Health and Hill's Pet Nutrition will donate a dollar to the owner's charity of choice. The charity with the most donations receives a grand prize of $20,000.

The Lifetime channel will feature the Million Dog Search on episodes of "The Balancing Act" that air on April 21 and May 18 at 7:30 a.m. EDT.

The Million Dog Search campaign ends on November 30, 2010.

About Paws of Life:

The Paws of Life Foundation is dedicated to the education of search and rescue dog handlers and other working dog handlers. Through hands on instruction as well as online training, Paws of Life is educating the handlers and canines that keep the country safe and bring loved ones home. Initiatives include the Working K9 Handler Academy and a coaching/mentoring program for search and rescue dog teams. More information can be found at www.pawsoflife.org or www.k9handleracademy.com .

About Novartis Animal Health:

Novartis Animal Health researches, develops and commercializes leading animal treatments that meet the needs of pet owners, farmers and veterinarians. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Animal Health conducts business in 40 countries and employs 2,600 people worldwide. For more information, please consult www.ah.novartis.com .

About Novartis:

Novartis provides healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Focused solely on healthcare, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines, diagnostic tools and consumer health products. Novartis is the only company with leading positions in these areas. In 2009, the Group's continuing operations achieved net sales of USD 44.3 billion, while approximately USD 7.5 billion was invested in R&D activities throughout the Group. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis Group companies employ approximately 100,000 full-time-equivalent associates and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.novartis.com .


Note: As with all drugs in this class, side effects involving the digestive system, kidneys or liver may occur. These are normally mild, but may be serious. Pet owners should discontinue therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if side effects occur. Evaluation for pre-existing conditions and regular monitoring are recommended for pets on any medication, including DERAMAXX. Use with other NSAIDs or corticosteroids should be avoided.

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Newt Gingrich Names Dr. Jim Garlow to Chair Renewing American Leadership

Author: Renewing American Leadership
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia Tue, 16 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich today named Dr. Jim Garlow as Chairman of Renewing American Leadership (ReAL), the non-profit organization Gingrich created. Dr. Garlow is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, and cultural observer. For the last 14 years, he has served as Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Calif., and will continue to do so.”



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WASHINGTON, D.C. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich today named Dr. Jim Garlow as Chairman of Renewing American Leadership (ReAL), the non-profit organization Gingrich created. Dr. Garlow is an author, communicator, commentator, historian, and cultural observer.

For the last 14 years, he has served as Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Calif., and will continue to do so.

"I am delighted that Jim has accepted my invitation to lead Renewing American Leadership," Gingrich said. "He is an emerging national leader whose intellect, passion, energy, and talent will allow ReAL to be even more effective in defending and preserving America's Judeo-Christian heritage."

Garlow joins Gingrich's long-time spokesman Rick Tyler at ReAL, who serves as the organization's Founding Director.

"I believe Speaker Gingrich has created an essential vehicle for educating our nation about its profound and unique Judeo-Christian heritage, the foundation upon which our liberties are based and upon which they depend," Garlow said. "I am truly honored to be partnering with Speaker Gingrich and his team and look forward to what we will accomplish."

Garlow's interests and expertise span a wide range of topics including history, theology, marriage and the family, and cultural trends. He graduated from Drew University (Ph.D. in historical theology), Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Theology), Asbury Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Southern Nazarene University (B.A. and M.A.), and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (A.A.).

His one-minute historical commentary called "The Garlow Perspective" is heard daily on over 800 radio outlets nationwide. He has authored eleven books including the New York Times best-seller "Cracking DaVinci's Code" (co-authored with Peter Jones), selling nearly 450,000 copies. Other titles include "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Tested by Time" and "God and His People" (originally released as How God Saved Civilization). Highly sought after for his insights on cultural, religious and political issues, Jim has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs including national TV programs on NBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and CNBC.

Jim has been married to Carol for 39 years. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and serves as Minister of Prayer and Intercession at Skyline Wesleyan Church. Jim and Carol have four children and five grandsons.

About Renewing American Leadership:

Renewing American Leadership (ReAL) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan 501c3 organization. The mission of ReAL is to preserve America's Judeo-Christian heritage by defending and promoting the three pillars of American civilization: freedom, faith and free-enterprise.

More information: www.torenewamerica.com .

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Announcing the formation of Explore Mars, Inc.

Author: Explore Mars, Inc.
Dateline: Boston, Massachusetts Thu, 25 Feb 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOSTON, Mass. -- We are pleased to announce the formation of Explore Mars, Inc., a project oriented group that was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars Exploration. Through a series of technology innovation awards, scientific symposiums and workshops, Mars analog work, technology demonstrations, and other programs, we provide a platform for scientists and citizen scientists to engage in meaningful space exploration research and development in the private sector.”



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BOSTON, Mass. /Neotrope News Network/ -- We are pleased to announce the formation of Explore Mars, Inc. (www.exploremars.org). Explore Mars is a project oriented group that was created to promote science and technology innovation and education with a use for Mars Exploration. Through a series of technology innovation awards, scientific symposiums and workshops, Mars analog work, technology demonstrations, and other programs, we provide a platform for scientists and "citizen scientists" to engage in meaningful space exploration research and development in the private sector.

In the first half of 2010, Explore Mars will launch a series of technology development challenges relating to Mars exploration, with prizes ranging from $10,000 - $100,000. There has been a common misconception that any sort of Mars prize would require billions of dollars to launch. In reality, there are an enormous number of technologies and processes that need to be developed before we send humans to Mars. Many of these technologies can be developed now and for less than $100,000. Teaming with Aerojet Corporation and others, the first of these challenges will focus on in situ resource utilization - technologies that will allows us to "live off the land" on other planets.

The new focus on private sector investment in space creates a unique opportunity for Explore Mars. "Not only do we plan to promote the humans to Mars cause," said Explore Mars Executive Director, Chris Carberry, "but with the right mix of prizes, programming, and projects, we can make a significant contribution in advancing the cause of sending humans to Mars."

In addition, collaborating with Aerojet and NASA's Spaceward Bound, we will be creating the Mars Education Challenge that will challenge educators to design new and innovative Mars curriculum. We hope this curricula will inspire more students to become interested in space exploration.

According to Explore Mars President, Artemis Westenberg, "Inspiring young people is a wonderful way of creating your own best future. Teaching them about all space exploration has to offer them will bring about innovation useful to Earth and Mars."

Explore Mars will also be running a series of scientific and engineering workshops and symposiums, with a Mars agriculture workshop tentatively scheduled to take place in the spring of 2011.

Explore Mars plans to announce details of at least two prizes in the first half of 2010. The Explore Mars team includes individuals such as Apollo 11 Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin; NASA Planetary scientist, Dr. Chris McKay; Space historian, Andy Chaikin; former Biosphere 2 director of science and research, Bruno D.V. Marino; and many others. Explore Mars will provide additional details on these programs in the near future as it ambitiously starts moving ahead on these exciting new endeavors.

For more information regarding the Explore Mars organization, please visit: www.exploremars.org .

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Nonprofit Partners with PR Company and Gains International Attention

Author: Special Equestrians
Dateline: Wed, 09 Dec 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WARRINGTON, Pa. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Last year Special Equestrians was one of 10 nonprofits chosen from nearly 600 applicants to receive part of $25,000 in PR service grants. 'We've always taken corporate social responsibility very seriously, and it gives all of us here a warm and fuzzy feeling to do what little we can to give something back to worthwhile causes,' said Neotrope CEO and co-founder, Christopher Simmons.”



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WARRINGTON, Pa., Dec. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Last year Special Equestrians was one of 10 nonprofits chosen from nearly 600 applicants to receive part of $25,000 in PR service grants. "We've always taken corporate social responsibility very seriously, and it gives all of us here a warm and fuzzy feeling to do what little we can to give something back to worthwhile causes," said Neotrope CEO and co-founder, Christopher L. Simmons. "We learned many years ago that it was better to donate our expertise than simply writing checks, as it provided more real support for the non-profit organization."

"We have appeared in local print and Websites such as Business Week, and Therapy Times, and even Live Strong -- but without a doubt the biggest thrill has been seeing our name published in 'Frommer's Guide to 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference,'" said Tammy Westney, Executive Director of Special Equestrians.

"We had just sent out a press release with Neotrope about volunteers doing projects at our agency during Earth Week, when we received a call from Frommer's Guides asking if we would like to be listed. I said we would be thrilled, and we are. Neotrope has done more to raise our profile than we could have ever imagined, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with them!"

About Neotrope:
Since 1983, Neotrope (www.neotrope.com) has been helping small-to-medium businesses and entertainment companies establish their brand and grow revenue. The Neotrope marketing team is led by Christopher Laird Simmons, who is an award-winning designer, photographer, musician, digital artist and PR pro. Other team members include accredited public relations professionals, working journalists and broadcast veterans. Simmons is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and ASCAP, and has been working in the PR field since 1981. Simmons has been widely interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, Chicago Post Tribune, PCWorld, Produce Merchandising, and TrendWatch.

Neotrope® News Network sites generate more than 10 million page views per month from sites that include Send2Press® (www.Send2Press.com), California Newswire® (www.CaliforniaNewswire.com), and eNewsChannels™ (www.eNewsChannels.com).

About Special Equestrians:
Special Equestrians, a Forbes Enterprise Award winner, is a 501(c)3 non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program located at 2800 Street Road in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Their mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience. Founded in 1982 Special Equestrians has grown from a one horse, one rider, one volunteer program to a thriving organization with 9 horses, 17 staff members, and over 100 volunteers serving 125 children and adults with emotional, mental and physical disabilities each year.

For more information please call 215-918-1001, or visit www.specialequestrians.org.

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Give a Child the Gift of a Family this Holiday Season

Author: Children Awaiting Parents
Dateline: Mon, 30 Nov 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ROCHESTER, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- This holiday season Children Awaiting Parents is offering several alternative gift ideas. Instead of sending the traditional fruitcake to clients and friends this year, consider a gift that will help Lift the Wait for children that wait in foster care for a family to adopt them.”



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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- This holiday season Children Awaiting Parents is offering several alternative gift ideas. Instead of sending the traditional fruitcake to clients and friends this year, consider a gift that will help Lift the Wait for children that wait in foster care for a family to adopt them.

"A gift in support of finding families for children in foster care is an wonderful way to share holiday spirit," said Mark Soule, Executive Director of Children Awaiting Parents. "The holidays are the ideal time to focus on the importance of family in all of our lives."

Gift opportunities include a $50.00, $250.00 and $500.00 donation which will sponsor a child for one month, six months and one year, respectively. The gift recipient will receive one magnet, one cookbook and a letter of acknowledgement.

For more information or to make a donation, please e-mail or call Gretchen Wood at gretchen@capbook.org or 888.835.8802.

In 37 years, Children Awaiting Parents has brought together more than 6,000 children and families throughout the United States.

About Children Awaiting Parents:
Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. (CAP) is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. CAP is a founding member of The Adoption Exchange Association and Voice for Adoption. Both are coalitions of organizations and child welfare advocates addressing the urgent needs of waiting children throughout the United States.

More information: www.capbook.org.

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Special Equestrians Teams with Philadelphia Race Park

Author: Special Equestrians
Dateline: Mon, 09 Nov 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WARRINGTON, Pa. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Special Equestrians is proud to announce our partnership with the Philadelphia Race Park. Special Equestrians will be providing stall rest to injured race horses. These horses will be part of our Youth Connections Program for At-Risk Youth. 'Our vulnerable youth will be introduced to the plight of these vulnerable horses with the goal of developing a greater empathy for these horses,' says Tammy Westney, Executive Director of Special Equestrians.”



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WARRINGTON, Pa., Nov. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Special Equestrians is proud to announce our partnership with the Philadelphia Race Park. Special Equestrians will be providing stall rest to injured race horses. These horses will be part of our Youth Connections Program for At-Risk Youth. "Our vulnerable youth will be introduced to the plight of these vulnerable horses with the goal of developing a greater empathy for these horses," says Tammy Westney, Executive Director of Special Equestrians. "This new component will be in addition to the Therapeutic Riding and job-readiness skills we are already providing. We began implementing this program five years ago, and we are very excited to off this additional component."

The first race horse, Goodman's Girl, arrived in October, the second, El Frio, arrived last week. They are beautiful, horses with serious injuries. Their recuperation will be time and labor intensive. Special Equestrians has received scholarships for the children in the Youth Connections Program, but the horses are still in need of sponsorship.

Sponsorship funds cover the cost of medication, veterinary bills, feed, and other costs associated with the care and maintenance of a horse. All sponsorships are fully tax deductible and will be recognized on our website, in our newsletter and on the horses' stall.

Special Equestrians, a Forbes Enterprise Award winner, is a 501(c)3 non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program located at 2800 Street Road in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.

Founded in 1982 Special Equestrians has grown from a one horse, one rider, one volunteer program to a thriving organization with 9 horses, 17 staff members, and over 100 volunteers serving 125 children and adults with emotional, mental and physical disabilities each year.

For more information please call 215-918-1001, or visit our website at www.specialequestrians.org.

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Girls Write Now Receives 2009 Coming Up Taller Award from First Lady at The White House

Author: Girls Write Now
Dateline: Mon, 09 Nov 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WASHINGTON, D.C. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Girls Write Now, a New York City organization that matches at-risk high school girls with professional women writers for mentoring and writing training, has been nationally recognized as one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award. Youth and adult representatives of the program traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend a White House ceremony on November 4, where they accepted the award from Mrs. Obama.”



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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 9 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Girls Write Now, a New York City organization that matches at-risk high school girls with professional women writers for mentoring and writing training, has been nationally recognized as one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award. Youth and adult representatives of the program traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend a White House ceremony on November 4, where they accepted the award from Mrs. Obama.

Coming Up Taller is a national initiative that recognizes and supports outstanding out-of-school and after-school arts and humanities programs for children, especially those with great potential, but limited outlets for creative expression. A project of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Coming Up Taller Awards honor programs that offer exceptional learning experiences in the arts and the humanities and that have a tangible effect on the lives of young people as evidenced through improved academic scores, enhanced life skills, and positive relationships with peers and adults.

Since 1998, Girls Write Now (www.girlswritenow.org) has helped at-risk high-school girls build critical literacy skills and find their voices through one-to-one mentoring relationships with professional women writers. Girls Write Now is the first and only East Coast organization to combine mentoring and writing training within the context of all-girl programming, which includes a full complement of workshops, public readings, anthology publications, and college-preparation assistance. While the New York State Education Department reports that 43.6 percent of New York City's youth fail to complete high school on time, 100 percent of Girls Write Now seniors graduate and go on to colleges like Barnard College, Hunter College, The New School, New York University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, and more, bringing with them writing awards, scholarships, and a newfound confidence. More than 90 percent of their students are girls of color, and more than 40 percent are recent immigrants.

"For 12 years, Girls Write Now has honed our method and model, delivering high quality, rigorous, and constantly evolving curriculum to girls throughout New York City," said Maya Nussbaum, founder and executive director of Girls Write Now. "Students emerge from our program armed with a body of work that confidently secures their place among our next generation of women writers."

"This year's Coming Up Taller Awardees exemplify how arts and humanities programs outside of the school setting can impact on the lives of our young people," says Margo Lion, co-chairman, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "By exciting imaginations and providing opportunities for self-expression through the disciplines of theater, dance, music and literature these exceptional projects offer their participants windows on possibility and a belief in a more positive future."

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities bridges the interests of federal agencies and the private sector, supports special projects that increase participation, and helps incorporate the humanities and the arts into White House objectives. The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Because democracy demands wisdom, the National Endowment for the Humanities serves and strengthens our Republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal grant making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners.

For more information please visit the following Web sites:
Girls Write Now: www.girlswritenow.org
Coming Up Taller: www.pcah.gov/cut.htm
President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: www.pcah.gov
National Endowment for the Arts: www.arts.gov
National Endowment for the Humanities: www.neh.gov
Institute of Museum and Library Services: www.imls.gov .


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Nonprofit Special Equestrians adjusts to Challenging Economic Climate

Author: Special Equestrians
Dateline: Wed, 14 Oct 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “WARRINGTON, Pa. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Special Equestrians had been grappling with the effects of the economic downturn when they received a stroke of good luck; a local band offered to assist them by playing for no charge at a low-cost Beef and Beer Dinner. It was just what the agency needed to draw in a large audience and help to raise over $11,000.”



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WARRINGTON, Pa., Oct. 14 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Special Equestrians had been grappling with the effects of the economic downturn when they received a stroke of good luck; a local band offered to assist them by playing for no charge at a low-cost Beef and Beer Dinner. It was just what the agency needed to draw in a large audience and help to raise over $11,000.

"We have to be flexible in our funding strategies, and unfortunately the gala events that nonprofits have relied upon are becoming far more difficult to market," says Special Equestrians Executive Director Tammy Westney. "We will continue to hold at least one gala each year, but we will also explore the feasibility doing additional, lower cost events as well. The economic environment has changed and we must adjust accordingly."

"I have not seen a year this bad since 2002, following the terrorist attacks," says Tracey Dripps, Assistant Executive Director, a fifteen year employee with the organization. "The funding streams at that time had been understandably redirected toward victim support. The current climate has been very difficult to predict."

Ms. Westney remains optimistic "Nonprofits provide vital services to vulnerable populations. Though people may be giving less, and foundations have fewer funds to grant small agencies, we remain a stable and viable solution to the problems our clients face."

Special Equestrians, a Forbes Enterprise Award winner, is a 501(c)3 non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program located at 2800 Street Road in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience. Founded in 1982 Special Equestrians has grown from a one horse, one rider, one volunteer program to a thriving organization with 9 horses, 17 staff members, and over 100 volunteers serving 125 children and adults with emotional, mental and physical disabilities each year.

For more information please call 215-918-1001, or visit our website at www.specialequestrians.org.

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Starlight Children’s Foundation Launches New Website as its 3-year Rebranding Process Comes to a Close

Author: Starlight Children's Foundation
Dateline: Wed, 30 Sep 2009

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On the heels of its 25th anniversary, Starlight Children's Foundation has just unveiled the final piece of its 3-year rebranding initiative with the launch of an overhauled starlight.org and 11 related chapter and office Web sites. The strategic rebranding process also included a name change, logo change, development of a mission statement and tagline, and the creation of a new PSA campaign.”



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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- On the heels of its 25th anniversary, Starlight Children's Foundation has just unveiled the final piece of its 3-year rebranding initiative with the launch of an overhauled www.starlight.org and 11 related chapter and office Web sites. The strategic rebranding process also included a name change, logo change, development of a mission statement and tagline, and the creation of a new PSA campaign.

"Starlight has a storied past and a bright future," said Paula Van Ness, CEO of Starlight. "Our new brand was carefully crafted to showcase that, and our new look and ad campaign reflects our personality, culture, diversity and experience."

The first phase of the rebranding process was directed by acclaimed relationship marketing agency G2 Direct and Digital. G2 donated its services to Starlight, including market research, focus group testing and brand language development.

"When you actually see the difference Starlight Children's Foundation makes in the lives of seriously ill children and their families, it truly touches your heart," says Jeremy Feldman, Associate Creative Director at G2. "With that in mind, we developed a strategy to help Starlight become more visible and gain even more recognition. Using a variety of brand planning techniques, including an audit of the foundation's existing brand, our goal was to create an ownable identity to help donors, health care organizations and families alike differentiate Starlight from other charities assisting kids in need."

The results of that work lead to the shortening of Starlight's name from Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation to Starlight Children's Foundation - a move the organization took to eliminate brand and mission confusion.

G2 also helped Starlight craft its new mission statement to highlight the organization's purpose and differentiators: Starlight helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.

Award-winning Ronin Advertising then stepped in as Starlight's pro bono advertising agency of record to create the imagery and tagline that would be used to build Starlight's profile.

"Starlight is a great organization with a powerful mission, so when they asked for help to more effectively tell their story, we were excited by the challenge," says Ronin Chief Creative Officer John Swisher. "It was important to us to create a new logo that communicated in a glance the organization's purpose and a tagline that would inspire supporters to get involved. The 'my world' advertising campaign we developed builds on those elements by allowing the public to get to know the children and families whose lives are changed by Starlight every day."

With Ronin's guidance, Starlight adopted a logo closer to its original roots and the logos of its international affiliates. Central to the new logo is a star shining down on a child -- exemplifying Starlight's commitment to brightening the lives of seriously ill children.

Ronin then unveiled a PSA campaign including television, radio, print and online ads that give a face and a voice to Starlight's mission. Elements of the campaign can be viewed at www.starlight.org/psa. Requests for PSAs can be directed to psa@starlight.org.

The tagline Ronin developed calls Starlight supporters to action: Help us brighten their world, a little each day.

With new brand elements in place, Starlight's staff brought everything together in its new Web sites - designed to be both more visually appealing and simpler to navigate.

Visit www.starlight.org to see the organization's new Web site showcasing the organization's new brand.

About Starlight Children's Foundation

When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For 25 years, Starlight Children's Foundation has been dedicated to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight's programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Through a network of chapters and offices, Starlight provides ongoing support to children, parents and siblings in all U.S. states and Canadian provinces with an array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings. Programs are also delivered internationally through affiliates in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom.

More Information: To learn more visit www.starlight.org.

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