News Article | February 15, 2017
As winter slogs onward toward its snowy, slushy, freezing conclusion, those who do not live in Miami increasingly think of only one thing: South Beach. But if anyone needed an additional reason to head down to the tropics in early March, there's the Winter Party Festival. Founded in 1994, the original Winter Party featured just one event, Miami's mega-dance party ever held in on the beach. The blend of South Beach, surf and sand, along with beautiful people, music and weather, proved to be irresistible combination for Winter Party Festival success. Soon, thousands of men were pouring in from around the world, making this one of the hottest weekends on the gay calendar in every sense. Over the years, Winter Party has grown and evolved to a weeklong celebration with dozens of events, from cocktail parties, to art expos to movie screenings — and parties, parties and more parties. The roster of international DJ talent and Miami's unparalleled clubs provide the kind of parties that could never happen anyplace else in the world. Best of all, the proceeds benefit the LGBTQ community. The National LGBTQ Task Force, the event's producer, donates a significant portion of the proceeds to South Florida LGBTQ organizations. In 2016, the Task Force donated a record-breaking $275,000, bringing its total to $2.4 million since the organization began producing it in 2005. This year’s event is already shaping up to be a major success, with passes and tickets selling out at many levels. Corporate support is also at its highest, with major sponsorships from the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Bacardi, Impulse Group, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, The Art of Shaving, BIOFITNESS LAB, Hornet, Miami-Dade Tourist Development Council, Showtime and more. The dancing begins Thursday with the appropriately named Ignite, the first of many to take over one of Miami's mega clubs. Friday gets even hotter with late-late-night Heat on the Terrace and in the Basement of famed Club Space. Don't oversleep, or you'll miss one of the weekend’s major highlights, Saturday’s Under One Sun Pool Party - Presented by Impulse Group, which takes over the glamorous beachfront hotel pool area of the Deauville Beach Resort. This event features DJs direct from Sydney, Kitty Glitter and Dan Slater, and is guaranteed to be wet-and-wild fun with amazing eye candy. That night, the party continues with two floors of Energy at the HOTTEST LGBTQ club in Miami Beach, Score. On Sunday comes the weekend’s signature event, the all-day-into-evening Beach Party – Presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Sprawling along South Beach’s Lummus Park is a dance floor, an ocean view, GRAMMY-nominated DJs, Bacardi cocktails and the chance to be with, or make new friends. As the afternoon wears on, the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean slowly darken until the sea seems to float into the azure sky. In the other direction, the soft neon pastels of Ocean Drive seem to pulsate in an echoing dance of their own, while all around you the friendliest group of people around. And on deck, Ralphi Rosario and SoBe's favorite, Abel, the legendary DJ partnership known as ROSABEL. After a respite to eat, relax and do anything you like, be sure to head to WE Party Sailor (Sailor outfits and hats HIGHLY encouraged!). Once again, Spain's premier party-producing brand is taking over Copa Room, in partnership with Masterbeat, to present one of its legendary nights of sensory overload. The party continues early Monday morning at Verve and wraps up Monday evening with one last twirl on the dance floor at Score. Of course, Winter Party Festival isn’t all dance parties! For 2017, the iconic Festival includes something for everyone. The VIP Cocktail Reception – Presented by The Art of Shaving, returns to the Rooftop Garden of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy on Thursday, March 2. Then comes ArtScape, which is all about art, libations and fun at Pridelines, Miami’s LGBTQ Community Center. This event, which takes place Friday, March 3, features a silent auction with local artists. On Saturday, March 4, the Miami Film Festival will host a special Florida screening of Handsome Devil. Multi-Event Passes sold out in January, but individual event tickets are on sale now. Mix-and-match to create a unique Winter Party experience. Tickets do tend to sell out for most events, so hurry! To purchase tickets or to learn more about Winter Party Festival 2017, please visit: http://www.winterparty.com About Winter Party Festival: Winter Party Festival is an iconic six-day celebration of diverse LGBTQ people from all over the world who come together to learn, live, laugh and forge lifelong relationships. Proceeds from the annual Winter Party Festival and the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala - Miami support the Task Force’s local and national advocacy, organizing, and leadership development work for LGBTQ people. Additionally, the Task Force contributes a significant portion of the proceeds from this event and the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala – Miami to The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund. To date, these donations exceed $2.4 million and have benefited over 70 local organizations. This summer, the organization made the largest donation in its history thanks to a record-breaking year for both events. About National LGBTQ Task Force: The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people. We are building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives. Today, despite all the progress we’ve made to end discrimination, millions of LGBTQ people face barriers in every aspect of their lives: in housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights. These barriers must go. That’s why the Task Force is training and mobilizing millions of activists across our nation to deliver a world where you can be you. Join them at: http://www.thetaskforce.org. Major sponsors for 2017 includes: AIDS United, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, The Art of Shaving, Ascension, Atlantic Broadband, Bacardi, BiofitnessLab.com, HOTspots, HOTspots Central Florida, Impulse Group, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami-Dade County, New World Symphony, noize.BUZZ, Passport Magazine, Queerty. Showtime, Tom Bercu Presents, WIREMAG
News Article | February 15, 2017
Informz, Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing solutions for the association and nonprofit markets, announced today it has been named Corporate Volunteer of the Year by Stakeholders, Inc. The Stakeholders, Inc. 2017 Community IMPACT Awards recognize organizations, companies, and individuals who have provided exemplary volunteer service in New York’s Capital Region. Honorees will be awarded at a ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, New York. Informz is committed to serving the needs of the community by donating time and resources to help make Saratoga Springs a better place to live and work. In 2015, Informz created a philanthropy committee, which is dedicated to seeking out philanthropic opportunities to provide support and assistance within the community. Since 2003, Informz has partnered with the Franklin Community Center, a Saratoga Springs-based charity to volunteer time and talent and offer financial assistance. In the past five years, financial contributions to the Center have totaled over $80,000 to support Project Lift, an afterschool program for local disadvantaged children to encourage positive youth development, self-esteem, and communication skills. In the springtime, you can find Informz employees planting flowers in the Franklin Community Center garden. During the holidays, Informz participates in Franklin Community Center’s Adopt-a-Family Program to provide local children with gifts for the holiday season. “It is an honor to be named Corporate Volunteer of the Year. Our partnership with Franklin Community Center is truly valuable to us,” said Joe Tyler, CEO of Informz. “At Informz, we have a philanthropy mission to help local disadvantaged children. Volunteering our time and resources to help make our community a better place is a fundamental part of our company.” Founded in 1997, Informz currently serves over 1,450 customers in North America, Europe and Australia. For the third year in a row, Informz was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America and to the Albany Business Review’s Best Places to work. Informz is a leading provider of digital marketing solutions to the association and nonprofit industries. The Informz solution provides customers with the tools and expertise to easily and cost-effectively promote their brands, stay in touch, generate and analyze data about their markets, manage information about their members and constituents, and receive valuable feedback to refine future action. The Informz portfolio of solutions includes email marketing, marketing automation and consulting services. The Stakeholders is a not-for-profit organization that inspires and equips people to take positive action in their communities. Stakeholders, Inc. is a Regional Volunteer Engagement Center for a five-county region, as well as an affiliate of the National Points of Light Institute.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Andrews Federal Credit Union’s Jasmine Lyle, Henson Ridge Branch Manager, recently served as a panelist for DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s Financial Literacy Panel. Other panelists included: Michelle Hammonds, Bank on DC Program, DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, Cherelle Hood-Silue, Financial Well-Being Coach, Operations Hope, and Stephen C. Taylor, Commissioner Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. The event, held at Petey Greene UPO Community Center in Ward 8, featured financial experts from the DC government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations who shared advice on how to understand your finances, avoid financial scams and pitfalls, and protect your money. “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with local residents and answer many of their questions of how to build their financial wellness,” said Lyle. “Financial literacy is essential to helping individuals understand and manage their financial matters on their own.” About Andrews Federal Credit Union Andrews Federal Credit Union was founded in 1948 to serve the needs of military and civilian personnel by providing a vast array of financial products and services. With over $1.4 billion in assets, Andrews Federal has grown to serve more than 119,000 members in the District of Columbia, Joint Base Andrews (MD), Springfield, Virginia (VA), Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (NJ), and military installations in central Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. In addition, the Credit Union serves as a financial partner with many select employee groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about Andrews Federal Credit Union and its community involvement, or to become a member, call 800.487.5500 or visit http://www.andrewsfcu.org.
News Article | February 21, 2017
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Several Jewish community centers (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against them this year, the national umbrella organization said. Some 11 centers including those in the Houston, Chicago and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes, said David Posner, a director at JCC Association of North America who advises centers on security. No arrests were made and no one was injured. All of the centers returned to normal operations, Posner said in a statement. The FBI was investigating the incidents, Posner said. Officials at the FBI were not immediately available for comment. Officials at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee, received a bomb threat at 10:15 a.m. local time, the second such incident at the center over the last three weeks, it said on Twitter. "Taking very cautious measures, we are sheltering in our gym, as has been recommended," the Milwaukee JCC said in a text message sent to parents of children who attend the preschool at the center, according to an NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. The center reopened two hours later, the center said on Twitter. Monday's incidents come after three waves of bomb threats in 2017. In all, 69 incidents at 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province have been reported, according to the JCC Association of North America. "We are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats, and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life," Posner said. Jewish community centers typically offer after-school activities, fitness programs and various other services. Over the weekend, the headstones at the graves of about 170 Jews were vandalized in the St. Louis area, the Washington Post reported.
News Article | February 16, 2017
Another laugh-filled evening of great fun with the star of NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, and one of the funniest stand-up comics working today is on the horizon. Paula Poundstone returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, to the Osher Marin JCC. The evening is co-presented by the Other Café Comedy Showcase and The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC. A Paula Poundstone performance always leaves the audience marveling at her ability to interact with them, and the resulting hilarity. Her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd separates her from other comedians working today and that is what has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike. Interchanges are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics… “With the exception of that one time," Paula claims. It's little wonder people leave her shows complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter and debating whether the random people she talked to are “plants” – which of course, they never are. “At the top of her game…” (San Francisco Chronicle) “Never been funnier…” (Boston Globe) "Insightful, thought-provoking humor…” (Chicago Tribune) WHAT: An evening of hilarity with comedienne Paula Poundstone TICKETS: From $34.50 to $74.50 with four-tiered seating options. Reserved VIP seating includes a pre-event private artist’s reception. MORE: Concessions include cocktails, sodas, Peet’s Coffee, Numi Teas and Sweets & Savories. All are allowed in the theater. More info available at JCC website (http://www.marinjcc.org) The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts is the Performing Arts Department in the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael, Calif. All are welcome, no membership is ever required to attend. The Center is a long-standing Marin non-profit, centrally located in Marin County. About Osher Marin JCC Performing Arts: The Kanbar Center has established a strong and well-respected reputation within the community as a Center for the Performing Arts in Marin County. Originally known as CenterStage, this performing arts department within the Osher Marin JCC has been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances from emerging and established performers annually since 1990. Venues include the grand Hoytt Theater, the intimate Kurland Lounge, and Swig Field, an outdoor venue nestled near the hills of Marin and home of the celebrated Summer Nights festivals.
News Article | February 28, 2017
The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto was forced to evacuate Monday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, on Tuesday reacted to the event -- one of about 20 similar threats received the same day around the country. "In the beautiful Californian sunshine, our local Jewish school was evacuated, and the feeling of peace we take for granted was shaken," Facebook's chief operating officer wrote in a post on the social network. "There have now been more than 90 threats to Jewish community centers this year - and two cemeteries have been desecrated. "This is not the way things should be." Sandberg's comments come amid a surge in anti-Semitic threats and attacks. The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks and verifies anti-Semitic incidents, is investigating more than 70 bomb threats phoned in to Jewish community centers in the past two months. Earlier this week, more than 100 headstones were damaged or vandalized in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. Earlier in the month, vandals damaged or destroyed more than 150 headstones in a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. Vice President Mike Pence later condemned "this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetrate it in the strongest possible terms." "We stand against intimidation even when it is directed at the most precious parts of our lives -- the schools our children go to, the places where our friends and our families gather to celebrate and study and remember and pray," she wrote. "We stand against hatred wherever it occurs and whoever is subjected to it, regardless of faith, race, gender or background."
News Article | February 15, 2017
Education, or lack of it, plays a significant role in many family issues and nearly every inner-city social problem. The Church of Scientology Community Center is offering tutoring and tutor training to anyone who wants to help empower the neighborhood.
News Article | February 25, 2017
GRAND RAPID, MI, February 25, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The half-day program will feature updates and best practices on data collection, cybersecurity, eDiscovery, social media in the workplace, privacy and ransomware attacks. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Kroc Community Center, 2500 S. Division Ave. SW, and the program wraps up after a networking lunch shortly after noon. "Within the next three years, we expect more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet," said Jay Yelton, a partner at Warner Norcross and co-chair of the Data Solutions Practice Group. "How does a business manage that data so that it can best protect itself, along with its customers, employees and other stakeholders? "Our Data Solutions Symposium will provide access to experts who can offer real-world answers and best practices when it comes to eDiscovery, information governance, cybersecurity and privacy issues." The program will open at 8:45 a.m. with a general session focused on "2016: Recap and Lessons Learned." The session will provide an overview of developments in the field that made headlines during the last year, as well as predictions for the year ahead. Attendees can choose from sessions in two tracks. The first is focused on eDiscovery and information governance topics: "eDiscovery: Case Law Trends and the Potential for New Michigan Rules," which will focus on case law trends since the adoption of 2015 eDiscovery rules. In the coming year, Warner Norcross anticipates that more Michigan courts will propose eDiscovery court rules and procedures, which will be discussed during the session. "Collecting and Preserving Data from Mobile Devices" will address the challenges presented by using mobile devises in a corporate setting, including privacy concerns, collection issues and data preservation. Recommendations will be presented on updating records and information management policies for mobile devices from cell phones to tablets. "Social Media and the Workplace" will address the issues that arise when data from social media sources becomes potentially relevant to a lawsuit or internal investigation, including a discussion on legal ethics. The second track highlights cybersecurity and privacy issues: "Legal Issues Emerging from the Internet of Things" provides an overview of the legal issues arising from the growing network of connected objects that can communicate and share data with one another. While the proliferation of connectivity brings untold benefits, it also brings tremendous risk to security, privacy and other areas. "Protecting Yourself Legally and Responding to a Ransomware Attack" will discuss legal responsibilities and potential courses of action to respond to a ransomware attack, which increased a staggering 300 percent in 2016. "Invasion of Privacy" will explore the legal theories for protecting personal privacy and punishing its invasion by governmental actors, corporations and private citizens, as well as how long-established rules are adapting to changing technology. Cost to attend is $75 and those interested can register at http://www.wnj.com/News-and-Events/Events/Data-Solutions-Spring-Symposium-(1). The program is available for continuing legal education credits for International Association of Privacy Professionals. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Sprague at 616.752.2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About Warner Norcross By providing discerning and proactive legal advice, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP builds a better partnership with its clients. Warner Norcross is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Macomb County, Midland, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Holland and Lansing. To learn more, visit http://www.wnj.com, follow us on Twitter @WNJLLP or connect on LinkedIn.
News Article | February 23, 2017
Vanguard Properties today announced the formation of the Marin Design Awards, a celebration of excellence and innovation for Marin-based designers in the categories of architecture, interior design, landscape design, home décor, floral design and fashion (clothing and accessories). The Awards ceremony will take place at the Mill Valley Community Center on Thursday, May 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will honor designers whose businesses are based in Marin and who also serve the local community. “There are so many events that celebrate Bay Area designers, and San Francisco designers, but none that focus specifically on Marin County designers. We wanted to change that,” said Kevin Patsel, organizer of the event and manager of Vanguard Properties in Marin County. “We work so closely with the design community in our business of real estate and feel there are too many unsung heroes in the world of design who are doing incredible work right here in our own back yard; work that deserves recognition.” The Design Awards will recognize both luminaries in the individual categories and also up-and-coming designers who have yet to receive their fair share of acknowledgements for their great work. Additionally, the event will raise money for Home for a Home, a local non-profit that partners with organizations in Guatemala to construct simple, yet solid homes for families lacking adequate housing. Guests at the Marin Design Awards will be treated to cocktails and appetizers, an awards presentation, as well as a fashion show featuring models wearing local designs. The crowd will be a mix of the local design community, other Bay Area designers doing work in Marin County, and anyone with an affinity and appreciation of good design. Tickets are $50. For more information on sponsorship or advertising opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.MarinDesignAwards.com. Since its founding in 1986, Vanguard Properties has generated nearly $10 Billion dollars in real estate sales, and has achieved a reputation for its uniquely fresh and exciting approach to buying and selling homes. With offices located in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties and Palm Springs, it provides its 400+ agents with one of the most comprehensive and technically advanced marketing, advertising and PR programs in the real estate industry.
News Article | February 22, 2017
The former secretary of state and presidential candidate said "everyone must speak out" about rising anti-Semitism, starting with President Trump. UPDATED 10:01 a.m. EST -- President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents, including bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers throughout the U.S., while he was speaking at the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. "Work must still be done to root out hate, prejudice and evil," Trump said. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton condemned a string of anti-Semitic incidents and demanded President Donald Trump do the same when she took to Twitter Tuesday. In her tweet, Clinton referenced a series of bomb threats that targeted Jewish Community Centers throughout the country Monday. Jewish Community Centers in 10 states were evacuated in response to the threatening telephone calls, continuing a trend. There have been at least 67 incidents at 56 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states and Canada since the new year, Marla Cohen of the Jewish Community Center Association told the Huffington Post. The FBI and Department of Justice have opened an investigation into the threats. Clinton also condemned the desecration of cemeteries, which many have taken to be a reference to vandalism at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. More than 170 Jewish graves were toppled at a University City, Missouri, cemetery over the weekend. Trump has yet to address the recent pattern of anti-Semitic incidents, the Anti-Defamation League pointed out on Twitter Monday. The president faced criticism shortly after taking office for failing to mention the Jewish people in a statement commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day. Last week, the president seemed to dodge a question about anti-Semitic incidents from a Hasidic reporter at a White House press conference. During last year's presidential campaign, Trump tweeted, and later deleted, an image of Hillary Clinton's face in front a background of dollar bills with the phrase "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" printed inside a red star of David. Facing criticism that he had used anti-Semitic imagery and stereotypes to attack his opponent, he defended the star as a "sheriff's star." First daughter Ivanka Trump said on Twitter that America needed to protect its houses of worship and religious centers shortly after the ADL's tweet on Monday.