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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

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Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

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TRAINERS EDGE VETERANS CHARITY FAMILY DAY AND FITNESS EVENT

DeBary, Florida, April 9, 2016 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — The Trainers Edge Health and Fitness 24 Hour Gym is all about living, inspiring and transforming the lives of our clients. We also believe it is our duty to give back to the community which is why we support various organizations and charities including the ‘Heart of A Fighter’ Veteran Charity founded by Veteran Suzanne Oliver. The ‘Heart of a Fighter’ charity helps veterans who have given bravely and selflessly to their country to build a life of health and wellness through resources and training. We are proud and happy to have helped women of service enhance their health and well-being and we encourage you to be a part of this great cause too!

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If you would like to know more about the event please feel free to contact The Trainers Edge 24 Hour Fitness Gym in Sanford & Lake Mary, Florida on PH: 407.330.4202 or visit their website at http://www.thetrainersedge.net

Family Day Charity Event
On Saturday June 4th at Gemini Springs Park in DeBary Florida, Trainers Edge is hosting the First Annual Family Day Heart of Fighter Charity Event. The Advanced Registration includes a Biathlon starting at 7am includes a 8 km Bike Ride and a 5 km Run. The Standard Registration (Cycling) starting at 8am includes 8 km Bike Ride or the Standard Registration (Run) also starting at 8am includes a 5 km Run. Bring your families and cheer on the athletes and after the races, enjoy the numerous vendor stalls, bouncy castles and food trucks that will be attending to support this event. So bring your friends and family and let’s be part of a day to remember! You can register athttps://localraces.com/thetrainersedge/trainers-edge-heart-of-a-fighter-charity-event

All proceeds will go to the Heart of a Fighter Veterans Charity. If you would like to know more about the charity please visit their website http://www.heartofafighter.org

Sponsorships
The Trainers Edge would also like to take this opportunity to ask for your support in either sponsoring the event in order to help improve the lives of veterans who have done so much for our country or being a part of the event . You can be a Sponsor, have a Vendor or Food Stall or just donate as a Friend of the Event. Sign up at http://www.thetrainersedge.net
The various package options include:

  • Diamond Sponsor $1,500 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, banner ad on event website for one event year, company logo on all social media and event banner, 10 entry tickets to the race, company banner displayed at the event and more.
  • Gold Sponsor $1,000 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, banner ad on event website for one event year, company logo on all social media and event banner, 5 entry tickets to the race, company banner displayed at the event and more
  • Silver Sponsor $500 – including corporate booth provided at the event with tent, table and chairs, company logo on all social media and event banner, 5 entry tickets to the race and more
  • Vendors $150 – including tent, table and chairs provided at the event, company logo and name on all social media and event website for one event year
  • Food Stalls $150 – for restaurants, food trucks, smokers and contained vehicles with company logo and name on all social media and event website for one event year
  • Friends of the Event $100 – with name recognition on event website for one event year

If you would like to participate in any of the categories above or volunteer at the event please register at http://www.thetrainersedge.net Please note that you must be over the age of 16 to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you there!


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The Trainers Edge Health and Fitness 24 Hour Gym
SUZANNE BURGESS
EMAIL info@thetrainersedge.net
PHONE 407.330.4202
CELL 312.709.2498

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SAP NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

Market leader in enterprise application software SAP has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Celebrity Golf Classic April 14-15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will kick off with a Bogey Down Party with Andy and Friends on Sunday, April 14 at Barton Creek Resort,followed by golf at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club on Monday, April 15. Attendees include MLB Legend Roger Clemens, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Jim Courier, PGA Golfer John Mallinger, MLB World Series Champion Kevin Millar, Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and ESPN Personality Jay Harris, with more to be confirmed.

“We have proudly supported Andy on and off the court since 2006,” said Chris Burton, Group Vice-President, Global Sponsorships, SAP. “Like SAP, Andy is committed to community service and improving the lives of young people. We applaud his efforts through the Andy Roddick Foundation.”

Roddick said many of his friends – professional athletes and entertainers, as well as other high-profile personalities – will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event and appreciate the support of my long-time sponsor SAP to help make it happen.”

The kickoff party on Sunday, April 14 is open to non-golfers and will feature the 1980’s cover band Spazmatics, live and silent auctions, full buffet and open bar. Limited tickets are still available.

The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15. Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-tothe-pin contests and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Roddick, in his first year of retirement, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau.“We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.

In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

For sponsorship, ticket and entry information please contact Holly Krivokapich at holly@arfoundation.org, 512-298-1960 or visit www.arfoundation.org/events

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npower Joins Children In Need Fundraising Effort

As Children in Need returns to screens on Friday 16th November, staff at the npower call centre in Burton are gearing up for a busy night.

More than 160 npower employees have volunteered their time to man 96 dedicated phone lines, taking donations throughout the entire live BBC broadcast. This is the second year the team at Burton has been selected as the BBC’s regional call centre for the West Midlands, having taken more than 5,250 calls and £175,000 in donations in 2011.

After last year’s success, npower is doubling the number of dedicated lines and staff will be taking donations from 6.30pm on Friday until 2.00am Saturday.

Last year, more than £9 million was taken in donations by the 55 regional call centres across the UK, which saw Children in Need raise a staggering £26 million on the night.

Paul Walker, contact centre manager for npower in Burton, commented: “We are thrilled to be representing Children in Need again this year, and we have many new and returning volunteers keen to be involved. Many of our volunteers will be finishing a normal working day before hitting the phone lines.

“To get everyone in the fundraising mood and keep them going through the night we will be donning fancy dress, with the theme being ‘back to school’, as well as various other activities and games to raise money. A number of local food outlets have also donated food to keep our volunteers energised through the evening.

“We’ve decided to increase the number of phone lines on the night to ensure that those wishing to contribute to this year’s grand total have an opportunity to do so, and we’re expecting a very busy night.”

The npower team has been building up to the big event on Friday with a range of fundraising activities including dress down days, raffles and quizzes. npower has also pledged to add £5,000 to any money raised by the Burton team for Children in Need.

Paul Walker added: “The response from staff has been amazing, and it’s great that we have this opportunity to use our resources and expertise to support the cause in the best way we can.”

Children in Need is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of children across all of the UK. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, secure and happy and allows them the chance to reach their potential. The charity also provides grants for projects which focus on children and young people.

This year’s live show promises to be bigger and better than ever and every penny raised or donated through call centres like npower’s will go towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

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Ticket Relief Teams Up With The AIDS Walk And Run San Diego 2012 As Part Of The “Giving Back” Charity Campaign

The Ticket Relief Online Traffic School and Defensive Driving Course is pleased to announce the success of the next chapter “Giving Back” charity campaign, as the preferred choice for satisfying traffic school on the Internet has joined forces with the organizers of the AIDS Walk And Run San Diego.


Ticket Relief sponsored Gary Lee, a resident of the San Diego area, as he, along with over 8,000 participants, came together at San Diego’s Balboa Park for the 23rd-annual AIDS Walk and Run, the biggest single-day fundraiser to raise money for the various HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the San Diego County area.

“My brother passed away from AIDS in January 1995. I made a promise to walk in his memory and do what I personally could to help those with AIDS/HIV, so they don’t have to suffer like he did,” said Gary Lee. “I am very happy to say that we raised over $1,500 for critical services for those with AIDS/HIV in San Diego County, nearly $500 more than last year. The support from the staff at Ticket Relief has meant a lot to both me and my family.”

The AIDS Walk and Run was founded in 1989, and has raised more than $8.5 million for organizations that help patients with the disease.

“AIDS Walk and Run San Diego makes an enormous difference for the many nonprofit HIV/AIDS service providers that receive much-needed funds, says AIDS Walk San Diego teams coordinator Ian Johnson. “Last year, in partnership with the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, more than $400,000 was distributed to ten community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations. Our goal is to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS and to raise critically needed funds for the San Diego County HIV/AIDS organizations that serve the more than 12,000 San Diegans living with the disease.”

Log on to the official website of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, located athttp://www.TheCenterSD.org) for all of the information on how you can become involved in next year’s AIDS Walk and Run San Diego. The 24th-annual walk/run will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2013.

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Secures Long Term Lease

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, sits on land belonging to the Town of Rural Retreat, VA. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is raising money to purchase and restore the depot building, and now it has firm ground to stand on.

“Signing this lease for the depot land was critical to our efforts to not only raise money for the building purchase, but also to procure grants for the renovation” said Charles Miller, President of the Depot Foundation; “The Foundation greatly appreciates this valuable contribution by the Town, and we hope it will encourage donations towards our building fund”.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a Norfolk and Western passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. The depot building was sold to a private party but the land under the depot was donated to the Town by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Depot Foundation now has agreement for the land and hopes to raise the necessary funds to buy the building by October of this year.

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Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website atwww.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

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Charity Educating the Children Benefits from Support of Leading Web Agency Alchemy Viral

Children in the Masai Mara region of Kenya will now be helped further following the announcement that one of the UK’s leading Web Search Optimisation agencies is backing charity Educating the Children. Alchemy Viral has this week announced its support for the leading international children’s charity.

Educating the Children works to raise awareness of the issues affecting children throughout the Masai Mara region, including things like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and enforced childhood marriages for young girls.

Masai Mara is a time-honoured favourite destination for tourists from all over the world, yet the region’s inhabitants remain neglected and abused. Educating the Children was set up after one of the charity’s founder visited Masai Mara and found poor education conditions, with not enough teachers and poor schooling levels for children throughout the region.

In Masai Mara some girls are forced into marriages as young as 8 years old. Andreas Voniatis, Managing Director of Alchemy Viral, wants his company to commit to supporting forward-looking projects like the current Educating the Children scheme to build a secondary school for girls in the region.

Andreas Voniatis says, “I have great sympathy with the aims of ETC. My daughter is just 3 months old. Like every parent in every country I have high hopes for her. I can’t imagine her being denied an education, or even worse being a victim of enforced marriage or FGM”.

“I want to spread the word about the charity’s work. We will be quite overt in our support of ETC to all of the people we communicate with, be it by email, our website, or corporate activities. We are also supporting the charity with what we do best… raising their profileon the web. We have already created a Facebook page for the charity and added a link to our Facebook page. We are Tweeting regularly about ETC and teaching them also the importance of regular publishing and how to earn coverage across the web”, Andreas went on.

Sonal Kadchha, co-founder of ETC, said of the backing of Alchemy Viral:

“I’m very pleased that Andreas has come on board to support ETC – not only is he contributing financially but his help in increasing our online presence is invaluable given the importance of social media in the world today”, commented Sonal.

Alchemy Viral’s Andreas Voniatis will visit Masai Mara this year to observe Educating the Children’s work for himself – the visit will coincide with Educating the Children having recently named one of the new school’s classrooms after Andreas’ daughter, Julia.

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Dayton Cosmetic Dentist Sponsors: Beyond Our Doors-Crayon To Classrooms

Do you remember the school field trips you took as a child? Remember how they were fun, an adventure and often inspiring. The DDC recently took a field trip to a local elementary school supported by Dayton’s Crayons to Classrooms. We shared our knowledge of dentistry and excellent oral health care with these wonderful children. We were so inspired and they were so enthusiastic…it was truly heartwarming. And guess what? When we were finished all of them raised their hands and wanted to become dentists and dental hygienists!!

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools that serve children living in poverty in Ohio’s Miami Valley. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom. Teachers from eligible schools are invited to “shop” for what they need in our retail-style free store in the Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio. http://www.dc2c.org/index.htm

Dayton Dental Collaborative also supports the store by donating 300 children’s oral care kits with fun instructions, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to the store annually.

P.S. We will be gathering school supplies for DC2C starting in July!

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Dayton Dentist: Dancing with the Stars event to benefit A Special Wish Foundation

What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.

Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine’s event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.

First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer’s efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation’s goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.

The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O’Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O’Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh’s surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh’s. Read Kayleigh’s complete Special Wish experience athttp://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.

As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization’s mission to leave no child’s wish un-granted. Kayleigh’s experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh’s story and everyone’s support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts. ”

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Core Assets Group acquires leading family expert witness firm

Core Assets Group, the international children’s services provider, has announced the acquisition of Carter Brown Associates Ltd, the UK’s leading family expert witness firm.

This latest acquisition brings greater depth and breadth to the Core Assets existing portfolio of services as it continues to expand in the children and families sector.

Established in 2001, Carter Brown Associates delivers bespoke expert witness services to legal professionals who operate in the family courts. With headquarters in Mansfield, the company employs 25 staff who support a network of 200 expert associates including paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and independent social workers with experience in both family law and criminal law proceedings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Core Assets executive chairman, Jim Cockburn said: “This latest move strengthens our ability to deliver a range of services and will add an important new dimension to the Group. It complements Core Assets’ existing portfolio of work with children and families, and further demonstrates our commitment to invest in the sector.

“Core Assets Group can now integrate the hugely specialised expert witness services of Carter Brown to offer a broader and comprehensive spectrum of services to meet increased customer demand, both in the UK and overseas.”

Christine Carter, one of the original owners of Carter Brown will continue to run the company as it seeks to grow and develop. Planned areas of growth include further moves into criminal proceedings and forensic work.

Core Assets has confirmed that no redundancies will arise as a result of the acquisition.

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National Trust Heritage Gardens Benefit From Major New Plant Conservation Centre

Rare plants from National Trust gardens across the country will be propagated at a new Plant Conservation Centre that will improve the way one of the most important plant collections in the UK is cared for.

Opened by international plantsman Roy Lancaster, the new 2.5 acre facility at a secret East Devon location will bring together plant propagation facilities, plant collection management expertise and facilities for training National Trust staff on all aspects of caring for the important plants in the gardens they look after.

The opening of the new facilities comes at a time when the spread of new plant diseases in the UK, in particular ‘Phytophthora ramorum’ which causes Sudden Oak Death, have required an acceleration of emergency propagation to ensure the survival of threatened specimens and the supply of disease-free replacements.

The £700,000 Centre’s immediate focus will be to build on existing plant conservation work at Knightshayes Court, also in Devon, to help staff and volunteers record and identify the special plants that require priority propagation at National Trust gardens throughout the country.

Mike Calnan, Head of Gardens at the National Trust, said: “The National Trust’s portfolio of plants is of immense importance and is one of the most significant collections in the UK.

“The aesthetic, historic and botanical value of the plants is what makes the gardens we look after so special and give pleasure to more than 12 million visitors each year.

“This is the most important plant conservation initiative from the National Trust for more than 60 years and will have a legacy for decades to come.”

The charity cares for over 20 major collections of trees and shrubs including thirty National Plant Collections and hundreds of plants that were first raised or collected in the wild around the globe and planted in National Trust gardens over past centuries.

Roy Lancaster said: “The new Plant Conservation Centre is a hugely important development for the National Trust, creating for the first time a single facility dedicated to the vital work of conserving the important plants in its properties.”

In addition to the Centre’s work for the National Trust, a new bespoke propagation service for major private plant collection owners will be offered for the first time.

Propagation services are also available to Trust countryside properties wishing to save or bulk-up rare native species.

The National Trust gardeners who will be working at the Centre recently propagated and helped save over 300 old Cornish apple varieties now successfully established in the ‘Mother orchard’ at Cotehele in Cornwall.

Charlie Port, who worked for the National Trust at Knightshayes and is now one of the volunteers that will be working at the new Centre, said: “Working in the propagation unit is extremely rewarding.

“I’ve been involved with propagating plants for the Trust for 25 years now and during that time we’ve had thousands of successes.

“I get huge satisfaction from the idea that some of the plants I have handled will be around for hundreds of years to come.”

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Kick Racism Out Of Soccer

United, formed in 2011 following the amalgamation of Coral Springs Storm and Coral Springs Renegades, are teaming up with Kick It Out and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, south Florida’s only professional men’s soccer team, to host the inaugural One Game, One Community Trophy on June 2.

The Trophy, which will be competed for annually in a one-off game between United’s two under-14s teams, is set to take place prior to Lauderdale’s North American Soccer League fixture against the Tampa Bay Rowdies at the Lockhart Stadium.

The youngsters will be supporting Kick It Out by conducting a flag display and donningOne Game, One Community t-shirts before the match at the 18,500-seater arena – a historical venue where football legends George Best, Gerd Mueller, Gordon Banks and Teófilo Cubillas have all previously featured.

To see an e-flyer for the One Game, One Community Trophy match, please click here (e-flyer).

Having established the partnership between Kick It Out and United, Spencer Freedman, who acts as the under-14s assistant coach and parent liaison manager, is looking forward to the occasion. The Englishman said: “We are proud to be one of the first soccer clubs to be carrying the message in the United States.

“It is vital to educate youth players on the importance of social behaviour both on and off the field, and we’re looking to generate as much support ahead of the One Game, One Community Trophy as possible. Let’s get unity in the community, and help in educating our youth to become responsible and productive members of our society.”

Former England international Earl Barrett, one of Kick It Out’s leading ambassadors, has been impressed by the commitment shown by United to spread awareness of the campaign. He said: “Kick It Out is proud to be affiliated to Coral Springs United.

“This is one of the first youth soccer programs to promote the campaign’s message in the United States, and the club deserves praise for spreading awareness around the importance of equality and diversity. Coral’s projects are further proof that football is able to act as a key engagement tool when it comes to educating youngsters, and bringing people together from all different backgrounds.”

For further information on the One Game, One Community Trophy, Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 pm. We hope to have a great attendance and support from the crowd on that day

http://www.kickitout.org/1417.php

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For more details & Press Information Contact Spencer Freedmanonegameonecommunity@gmail.com Tel: 954 780 9088 Cell: 631 896 8815 Twitter@coralspringsutd

Ken Mendonça | Media Relations & Communications Manager | 954.547.7567 | kmendonca@strikers.com

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Aboriginal Jobs Together Partnership Announces Traineeships And Cadetships In NSW Care Sector

Aboriginal job seekers can now apply for a range of training and job opportunities in the disability services sector as part of the National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership initiative.

This project supports the placement of 155 Aboriginal Trainees and Cadets with individual pre-employment and vocational training support, while building the capacity of non-government organisations in the disability and community services sector to employ Aboriginal people.

NDS is the national peak body for disability services, representing 700 non-government organisations nationally. Through the Aboriginal Jobs Together partnership, NDS has been working with its members throughout NSW to develop and increase the availability, level of training and jobs in the NSW disability services sector.

In NSW, the rate of Aboriginal unemployment is currently more than four times the rate of non-Aboriginal job seekers. Through dedicated Aboriginal Regional Coordinators, NDS is working closely with all partner organisations to develop innovative localised approaches to support these exciting employment opportunities for Aboriginal job seekers.

Dylan Reynolds, Indigenous Programs Manager at National Disability Services – Aboriginal Jobs Together, said the initiative provides a vital connection between employers, Aboriginal job seekers and disability service providers.

“Today’s advertisement of traineeship and cadetship positions with 30 providers will increase Aboriginal employment, help build a more culturally diverse workforce and better support Aboriginal people seeking disability services,” he said.

“Successful trainees will receive individual assistance in making the transition into training and building skills for turning training into future employment. Aboriginal people will emerge from this traineeship prepared for promising and fulfilling careers, and obtain certificate qualifications recognised by the NSW Department of Education.

“The disability sector provides an ideal opportunity for learning new skills as part of a dedicated team making a difference in people’s lives. More than 26,000 people work in community and disability support in NSW and demand is growing.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from employers ready to close the gap in Aboriginal employment, with more than 282 expressions of interest for trainee positions across NSW.

“I encourage all Aboriginal job seekers to visit our Aboriginal Jobs Together website for more details on starting a new and rewarding career today,” he said.

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National Trust Appoints 18 Feet & Rising As Lead Creative Agency

The National Trust is to work with agency 18 Feet & Rising as its lead creative partner, following a competitive pitch process.

The brief is to develop an overarching brand strategy that helps deliver the Trust’s core charitable purpose – looking after special places for ever, for everyone – whilst broadening the charity’s appeal.

The Trust has performed well through the economic downturn, seeing record visitor numbers of 19 million in 2011 and reaching four million members last autumn, but the charity knows the brand can extend its relevance and appeal to more people.

18 Feet & Rising will be at the forefront of evolving perceptions of the Trust, opening up conversations with new and existing audiences and facilitating experiences between people and the places that are special to them.

Clare Mullin, Director of Brand & Marketing at National Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with 18 Feet & Rising as our lead creative agency.

“They clearly understand our strategic priorities and have shown that they can help make the Trust relevant today through their strategy and creative.

“They’ve really challenged us and we’re excited by the work we can do with them going forwards.”

Jonathan Trimble, Managing Partner at 18 Feet & Rising, said: “It’s fantastic to be working with such a special organisation. The Trust has a unique role in terms of the country’s relationships with special places.

“It gives us the chance to bring our creativity to bear in unique ways with unique people.”

First steps for 18 Feet & Rising will be to develop the brand strategy, working across the Trust’s 5,000 staff and the 62,000 people who assist with the Trust’s volunteer projects to express the brand in an authentic and joined-up way. They’ll also take on the challenge of developing the Trust’s 2013 national campaign.

Throughout the pitch, the National Trust has been supported by pitch consultancy Agency Insight.

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National Trust’s Director-General to step down

The National Trust has announced that Fiona Reynolds has decided to leave the charity after more than 11 years as Director-General.

Fiona is to take up her duties as Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, in the autumn of 2013 – the first woman to be elected Master in the College’s history.

She said: “As a graduate of Cambridge I am thrilled to be going back to head one of its finest colleges.

“I have loved every minute leading the National Trust and working with our passionate and dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters.

“I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved in the last 11 years.

“There is no organisation like it and I will miss it terribly. But it is time to allow someone else an opportunity to make their mark.”

Fiona has overseen a period of transformational change at the National Trust, reconnecting the organisation with its original founding purpose, and infusing it with warmth and liveliness.

Membership hit four million last year from 2.7 million in 2001, and visitor numbers to the Trust’s 300 properties reached 19 million from 10 million a decade ago. Volunteer numbers have also doubled, with 62,000 people involved last year.

From her earliest days at the Trust Fiona pioneered an ‘arms open’ approach to conservation, bringing expert work out from behind closed doors to take place in front of visitors, now an integral part of the Trust’s programme to bring places to life.

Property acquisitions have included the vast Victorian Gothic Tyntesfield and its estate near Bristol, Vanbrugh’s Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, the ‘back-to-back’ terraced houses in Birmingham, John Lennon’s boyhood home in Liverpool and the quirky home of Kenyan-born poet Khadambi Asalache in Wandsworth.

These acquisitions have been part of a concerted focus on social and community relevance for the Trust, recently underlined by the long-term lease taken out on Tredegar House in South East Wales.

As a geographer and walker with a passionate interest in landscape, she has systematically added to the 617,000 acres of countryside under the Trust’s care.

During this time she has championed the importance of access to the outdoors and nature for people’s wellbeing and promoted local and seasonal food with a drive to create 1,000 new allotments on National Trust land.

Most recently, this included the acquisition of the 617-acre Llyndy Isaf estate near Snowdon after a public appeal raised £1 million in seven months from 20,000 donors.

She has overseen a restructure of the governance of the charity, from a 52-member Council to a 12-member Board of Trustees, as well as two major internal restructures which have strengthened and localised the organisation.

While maintaining the Trust’s strict party-political neutrality, Fiona has championed its conservation principles, most recently leading the charge against proposed changes to the planning framework which, she warned, would bias planning towards excessive building in the countryside.

Fiona, 53, will continue in her post at the National Trust until her successor is in place. She plans to use the interval between leaving and moving to Cambridge in September 2013 to write a book about her years at the Trust.

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The Co-operative Approach Raises Ethical Bar Yet Again

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Co-operatives, the UK’s biggest mutually owned business yesterday (16 February) demonstrated how its longer term approach has enabled it to raise the ethical bar yet again.

The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, shows how many of the original targets, particularly in relation to environmental issues, have been achieved well ahead of schedule.

The new plan shows that in the past 12 months The Co-operative has seen:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions reduce by a massive 35%, and water consumption is down by 20%
• Lending of £700 million has been progressed to green energy projects
• Pressure groups have ranked The Co-operative as leader in areas such as pesticides, palm oil, sustainable fish and forest stewardship
• A million new customer members have joined
• Support for a new community initiative in the UK every hour of every day
• 700 co-operative enterprises have been helped to grow and prosper
• 70% of developing world products that can be Fairtrade will be Fairtrade by end March

This year’s Plan contains 53 commitments and, in order to ensure that The Co-operative continues to be the UK’s most socially responsible business, includes the following:
• Operational greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 50% by 2020, and water consumption will be reduced by 30% by 2014
• £17m will be invested in support of co-operative development
• The number of schools active in our Green schools Revolution will be doubled to 6,000
• To improve the safety of Britain’s roads, young drivers will be rewarded with premium discounts worth £20m
• A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
• 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end Group Chief Executive Peter Marks said: “Despite the economic downturn we have remained true to our pledge to show the way on corporate responsibility.

“The one million new members we now have bears testimony to the continued support we have had from our customers. It also helps that the savings that result from our environmental efficiency initiatives, nearly £40m a year, are being ploughed back into the business to reduce costs.

“Our work in the communities in and around our stores is going from strength to strength. Amazingly, the average person in the UK is now only a mile away from a community project that has received our support.

“Abroad, we have continued to lead the way on tackling global poverty. Our new partnership with Oxfam is particularly timely given it’s the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives. Smallholder farmers and co-operatives already help feed a third of the world, with a little more help they can help us rise to the challenge of how to feed sustainably the extra two billion that will be on the planet by 2050.”

Jonathon Porritt , Founder Director of Forum for the Future, said: “The UK’s energy economy has been profoundly weakened by an over-dependence on the big energy companies and inconsistencies in both policy and regulation.

“Despite all that, community energy schemes are at last coming into their own, and the very substantial support now promised to community energy by The Co-operative has the potential to transform this hugely exciting sector. If you want to see what the ‘green economy’ looks like in practice, look no further.”

Oxfam Chief Executive, Barbara Stocking said: “Oxfam and The Co-operative’s new campaigning partnership will shine a spotlight on the crucial role that small farmers and co-operatives play in global food production. It’s morally indefensible that 1 billion people currently go hungry every day; increased international investment in co-operatives and small farmers, especially women, who produce the majority of the world’s food, would help to tackle this injustice and ensure a future where everyone always has enough to eat.”

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Exciting New Innovative Fund-Raising Vehicle – Shuttlerock Takes Off

A new era in fundraising for causes and charities began today with the launch of Shuttlerock.

Shuttlerock is a creative fundraising powerhouse working with causes to raise funds and awareness by harnessing the power of social media.

The story of Shuttlerock began in the South Island of New Zealand in February 2011.

In the days of confusion and sorrow following the second Christchurch earthquake, people mourned for their friends and family and their lost city. But in all the grief and shock amazing things began to happen. People started to tell tales of resilience and rebirth amid the rubble; stories of ordinary people moved by the devastation around them to do extraordinary things to help others.

Jonny Hendriksen is one of these people. He decided the time had come for him to change his focus, make a positive difference to other peoples’ lives and support projects he believes in. It was time to stand for something.

Jonny is a successful business man and entrepreneur and knows the power of social media to mobilize people behind a cause.

He thought, “How could we establish a company that will harness the power of social media networks to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives?” The two fundamental goals of most causes are raising awareness and raising funds. Jonny gathered together a team of successful business people, fundraisers and social media experts. For weeks they brainstormed ideas and Shuttlerock was born.

They formulated the Shuttlerock three step recipe for fundraising success.

1. Shuttlerock carries out an initial period of consultation with each cause, where they find out about their goals and values and what makes the cause great.

2. Shuttlerock prepares a creative brief for their pre-qualified global network of designers. They put together an exciting personalized collection of products and merchandise. Shuttlerock is passionate about bringing something fresh to a campaign, something bold, new and creative. Most importantly, something that demands peoples’ attention. And they focus on creating covetable merchandise that people want to buy and wear. They use quality clothing and best quality printing so their products last and look great.

3. Shuttlerock develops a custom Facebook store for each cause, hosted on their site and promoted virally through their social networks. They help with the promotion and marketing, produce the products, fund and manage inventory, handle all billing, fulfilment and customer care. Shuttlerock takes care of everything.

Jonny says, “Shuttlerock’s goal is to work with groups, charities, communities, bands, public figures and businesses worldwide, who want to raise awareness and money for their causes. We aim to take the pain out of fundraising and allow them to concentrate their energies on their cause. And we aim to make it as easy as possible for them to work with us. One phone call should be all it takes”

Shuttlerock likes to produce their high quality merchandise locally wherever the shirts are ordered globally. They already produce products in New Zealand, the United States and are just about to open a print facility in Japan. This gives people purchasing products peace of mind that the great T-shirt they are buying won’t just look cool, but will last and feel great as well.

Shuttlerock works globally with a wide range of organisations. They are currently running campaigns with the Swiss charity Humanium, helping children in India and the charity Born Free USA, whose goal is to keep animals free from captivity.

To find out how Shuttlerock can help your cause visit www.shuttlerock.com.

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