News Article | October 28, 2016
On Thursday October 27 7:30-9 PM the PUP will host a 2016 Pre-Election Town Hall meeting moderated by Laurie Levinson, Professor Chair in Ethical Advocacy at Loyola Law School and Director of Project Innocence. The evening will be an opportunity to learn from leading experts and politicians about issues that impact the Los Angeles community. Panelists for the evening include Betsy Butler - Director of the California Women's Law Center Larry Greenfield - founding Executive Director of the Reagan Legacy Foundation and Gemma Jimenez, Senior Field Deputy, Office of Representative Xavier Becerra of the 34th District. “Our work at the Pico Union Project is aimed to elevate the principle to love your neighbor as yourself. It’s imperative that we approach this election with heightened perspective on how key issues will impact our diverse range of fellow Angelinos,” stated Dr. Zach Lasker, executive director. The evening is free of charge but reservations are requested at http://www.picounionproject.org/townhall The following Saturday evening, November 5th, at 8:00pm the Pico Union will host award winning entertainer Mira Awad. The evening will feature Israeli Palestinian entertainer Mira Awad in an intimate up close concert. Mira grew up in a politically active family and is considered one of Israel's leading artists and social activists. Mira has collaborated with various artists from around the world such as Andrea Bocelli, Idan Reichel, and Achinoam Nini, with whom she represented Israel at the 2009 Eurovision song contest. "We are excited to welcome back Mira to the PUP," said Craig Taubman, PUP Founder. "Mira represents all of the core values of the Pico Union Project: art, free expression and cultural exchange." The evening will include a special performance by BedouinX, recognized as one of the leading local middle eastern bands. Come for the music, stay for the magic… leave with a renewed spirit. Tickets are available at http://www.picounionproject.org/mira This event is co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, UCLA Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music, and the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies ABOUT PICO UNION Originally built by Sinai Temple in 1909, the Pico Union is the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles. The Pico Union Project is a multi-faith cultural arts center dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We elevate this teaching into practice by bringing diverse cultures together through song, story, art, food and prayer. We partner with like-minded organizations and community leaders to help reinvigorate our neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles reflecting the Jewish value to be a light to all nations. http://www.picounionproject.org
News Article | February 28, 2017
PHOENIX, Feb. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new test for Lyme Disease may prove to be the most accurate tool available for the difficult-to-diagnose disease, giving hope to thousands of undiagnosed and misdiagnosed patients, if funding can be found to move it through clinical study to production. The test, called LymeSeq™ is poised to transform the speed and precision of diagnosis over current tests. This test will detect multiple strains of Lyme bacteria, plus all major co-infections and non-Lyme causes of disease like Influenza and Staph. LymeSeq, developed by research scientists at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), has been funded by Focus On Lyme. The test may represent a breakthrough in diagnosis and testing for Lyme disease, which are currently about 50 percent accurate. After five years shuttling her daughter specialists across the country and intense antibiotic treatments to battle this disease, Focus On Lyme Executive Director Tammy Crawford got in touch with TGen. Knowing the institute’s experience using genetic sequencing to identify pathogens like tuberculosis and E. coli, Crawford asked if TGen could do the same for Lyme disease and when they said yes, she personally funded the initial research. The researchers are led by Dr. Paul Keim, the Executive Director of the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute and the Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology at Northern Arizona University (NAU), as well as Director of the Pathogen Genomics Division TGen North in Flagstaff, Ariz. Dr. Keim is an internationally recognized expert in DNA-based research methods, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. LymeSeq works by targeting and amplifying specific regions of the Lyme bacteria’s DNA as well as specific genes in related bacteria. That amplified DNA gets sequenced, then researchers determine the bacterial species present in the sample by searching for the DNA code specific to Lyme or other bacteria, explained Dr. David Engelthaler, Director of Programs and Operations at TGen North, and Director of the Public Health and Translational Genomics Center at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute. “LymeSeq has the potential to transform emergency rooms and doctor’s offices world wide, said Holly Ahern, MS, MT (ASCP) and SUNY Adirondack associate professor of microbiology, and a member of the leadership team at Focus on Lyme. Dr. Richard Horowitz, author of "How Can I Get Better? An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme and Chronic Disease,” said, “more than ever, we need an accurate test” referencing the National Science Foundation’s identification of Lyme disease as an emerging pandemic threat, siting the current “problematic two-tiered testing scheme,” for which LymeSeq shows promise of being “superior in every way.” With exciting early signs of high accuracy, the next step is to advance the test into human trials. Crawford’s team of volunteers has raised more than $301,730 towards a goal of $500,000 to bring the test to market. BHHS Legacy Foundation recently stepped forward with an additional $100,000 in grant funding. “With the development of any new medical advancement, the steps are long, arduous and expensive. But we’ve come so far in such a short period of time, we need your help to get us to the finish line,” Crawford said. “We are all volunteers. Every single penny we raise goes towards the research, we keep nothing back.” For more information visit www.focusonlyme.org. To donate, visit: www.focusonlyme.org/donate.
News Article | February 28, 2017
US Speedskating has selected the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, as the site for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Short Track Speedskating. With support from the Utah Sports Commission, the Trials will take place on December 15-17, 2017 and will be used to determine members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. "The Utah Olympic Oval is a world-class facility that has hosted many successful international competitions and we are very excited to bring back the U.S. Olympic Trials to a venue that has such rich history within the Olympic Winter Games,” said Ted Morris, Executive Director for US Speedskating. “The venue is the perfect setting for a phenomenal trials and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team selection. We know that the great Olympic sports fans in Utah will come out and support all of our athletes fighting for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in PyeongChang.” “We are proud to partner with US Speedskating and the Utah Olympic Oval to bring Olympic Trials back to Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “This event is a reminder of the lasting impact the Olympics have had on the state, and how they continue to benefit Utah’s economy, image and position Utah as a leader in the national and international sports community.” The Utah Olympic Oval is operated by the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and was built prior to the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake 2002. The venue known to have the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth’ by setting over 100 world records since being built, was the 2002 Olympic venue for Long Track Speedskating and hosted the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for both Short and Long Track Speedskating. “With Utah celebrating its 15 year anniversary of Salt Lake 2002 this month it’s very exciting to announce we will be continuing Utah’s Olympic Legacy by hosting the Olympic Trials for Short Track in December 2018,” says Colin Hilton, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation’s President and CEO. At the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, a maximum of 12 athletes will be named to the U.S. Olympic Team, six for the men and six for women, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee. Athletes will compete in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be held in South Korea from February 9-25, 2018. Both Long and Short Track will be held in the Gangneung coastal cluster with all Olympic competitions for Short Track Speedskating to be held at the Gangneung Ice Arena, which will also be the host of Figure Skating, and has a seating capacity of 12,000. Tickets sales and event information for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be announced at a later time. About U.S. Olympic Team Trials A collaboration between the United States Olympic Committee and its National Governing Bodies, U.S. Olympic Team Trials are held in multiple sports prior to each edition of the Olympic Games and allow athletes to vie for the honor of representing Team USA. Often the last stop in an athlete’s journey to the Olympics, the Trials also offer fans an up-close experience with America’s sports heroes before they go on to compete on the world’s biggest stage. Selection procedures for each sport are developed by the NGBs in concert with the USOC and follow parameters set forth by each International Federation. About US Speedskating From Pond to Podium, we are US Speedskating. We grow and nurture a sport where all ages can experience the thrill of speed and the camaraderie of the skating community. US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speed skating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs. US Speedskating is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speed skating in the United States. The Organization has won 86 Olympic medals to-date, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, on Facebook and at http://www.usspeedskating.org. About Utah Olympic Oval Built in 2001 just in time for the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake 2002, Utah Olympic Oval is located in the community of Kearns, just 16 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The five‐acre venue houses Utah’s only 400‐meter speed skating oval and two international‐sized ice sheets as well as a state‐of‐the‐art four‐lane 442‐meter running track. Today, Utah Olympic Oval is a dynamic multi‐use facility focused on developing and growing participation in ice sports in the state of Utah. Designated an official U.S. Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, the venue is headquarters for US Speedskating, ensuring a legacy of continued growth and international success for the sport. With six Olympic records and 12 world records, the venue stands uncontested as the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth.’ For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 801‐968‐6825.
News Article | February 28, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The iSolved Network renewed its corporate sponsorship and partnership to the SEAL Legacy Foundation and its contributions to the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. The SEAL Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support...
News Article | February 21, 2017
BOSTON, MA, February 21, 2017-- Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has installed the Ceeable Visual Field Analyzer (CVFA) digital health technology. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is a world class teaching and research institution for ophthalmology. CVFA was designed to offer caregivers the ability to perform visual field testing of patients in non-traditional test locations such as, primary clinics, geriatric clinics, and adult care centers.The CVFA is a cloud-based digital platform for the detection and characterization of visual field distortions due to retinal disease, which includes patients with AMD and diabetic retinopathy. Moreover, CVFA allows monitoring progression of diseases affecting vision. The CVFA will deliver rapid, accurate and low-cost visual field testing to patient populations that may not have access to traditional vision testing services."We have selected the Ceeable system to deliver visual field testing technology to a large portion of the patient population who are unable to access care at traditional test locations," says Dr. Delia DeBuc, research associate professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. CVFA will be used in a clinical research study sponsored by the Finker Frenkel Legacy Foundation, Inc. The study is investigating retinal features that have been associated with cognitive decline and brain alternations in relation to aging and brain abnormalities in early Alzheimer's disease.CVFA has successfully tested thousands of patients in the United States and across the globe, delivering and enabling much-needed efficient and effective eye care services to a diverse patient population.Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is ranked the nation's best in ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report, for 12 consecutive years. The Institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, www.bascompalmer.org About CeeableCeeable, Inc. is a leader in digital mobile health for ophthalmology. The Ceeable Visual Field Analyzer (CVFA) is cloud-based digital platform used to detect and diagnose retinal disease. There are more than 300 million people worldwide that suffer from retinal disease. The Ceeable technology can reach more people worldwide than any currently available retinal diagnostic technology. Better patient management of eye disease will reduce healthcare costs and help prevent blindness, www.ceeable.com
News Article | October 28, 2016
On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, Superintendent of the Gary Community School Corporation in partnership with Stephan Wanger, Founder and Executive Director of BEAD TOWN, has been selected by The Governors of The Society of Innovators for induction. The ceremony was held last Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Lakeview ballroom of the Hammond Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. At BEAD TOWN: Gary, IN, located at 1800 E. 35th St., students and volunteers are currently working on the largest mosaic made out of recycled Mardi Gras beads and other found objects, to be unveiled May 1, 2017. This Guinness World Records attempt will replace BEAD TOWN’s current World Record set in 2013. The artist and the student are also working on a 14 pieces exhibit sanctioned by the Gary Community School Corporation. The mission of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana is to cultivate creativity and innovation as its growth strategy by discovering, encouraging, celebrating and honoring its most innovative people across seven counties. Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, Gary Superintendent, had the vision to invite BEAD TOWN founder Stephan Wanger (a Columbia College Chicago Alumni) to create a curriculum around the BEAD TOWN experience at the Gary Area Career Center. Since August 2015, over a thousand students (and many volunteers) became artisans and learned the basics of entrepreneurship and leadership while creating beautiful art recycling old beads, steel parts, and other found products. “Student pieces were put on display, which engaged the community and benefited youth outside the traditional classroom,” said nominator Brandon Griffin. Students experienced this renowned traveling exhibit that features nearly 100 mosaics, all made from recycled materials highlighting iconic images that promote a new way of learning. “BEAD TOWN would like to thank the Gary Community School Corporation and the Legacy Foundation for their financial support and assistance,” said Stephan Wanger, artist and founder of BEAD TOWN, and added that, “its a humbling experience working with so many talented students, organizations and volunteers.” “Bead Town: Gary, IN 'Home' Exhibit” is open Monday - Saturday 9-4pm. The exhibit ends on May 30, 2017. The following members of the GCSC Bead Town Team are: Please visit http://www.beadtown.org for more information.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Salt Lake Community College opened the doors Wednesday to its new Dumke Center for STEM Learning on its flagship Taylorsville Redwood Campus. SLCC made room for the 6,000 square-foot, two-story Center by renovating part of its Science and Industry Building. SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin explained to onlookers about the colorful, long homemade DNA sequence she was about to cut to officially mark the Center’s opening. “When you’re starting a STEM learning center, you can’t just have a ribbon,” Huftalin said. She noted how the new space embraces learning and engagement and showcases a “community” approach to STEM education. “I’m so anxious to come in here on a Monday morning and listen to the energy that’s being created in the room by the students who are trying to figure out different problems in science, math and engineering,” she added. It’s anticipated that the Center will receive about 10,000 visits per spring and fall semesters for students seeking free tutoring and advising or areas for studying, workshops and collaboration. Thirty-three percent ($397,139) of the construction project was funded with federal money from the Department of Education and 67% ($802,861) by non-governmental sources. “Now with an open space like this, any student came come in and share these resources with anyone,” said SLCC student Miguel Ruiz Carpio, a STEM scholarship recipient majoring in electrical engineering. “It’s going to bring all of us together so that we can push one another to achieve our dreams, to achieve happiness and to keep on pursuing the help that our families need.” Carpio and other SLCC students indirectly benefited from the Center by winning STEM scholarships that were funded by a National Science Foundation grant, noted Craig Caldwell, dean of the SLCC School of Science, Math and Engineering. “That grant would not have come without the investment in this center,” Caldwell said. “They pay attention when a community buys into a vision.” The vision for the Center culminated in three offices for its director and two advisors, two workshop rooms, two study rooms, a large open space for tutoring, kitchen and reception areas, computers on both levels and spaces for students to take breaks. “One of SLCC’s institutional priorities is to develop new approaches to supporting, assessing and improving achievement in mathematics and science,” said Jose Crespo, director of the Center. “Along with the other STEM learning centers located on different campuses, this new center will result in more effective tutoring and learning support for all math and science students.” SLCC plans to expand the Center with a third level for hosting seminars and STEM professionals and expanded services for students. A major donation to fund construction of the Center came from the Katherine W. Dumke and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation. Dumke board member Scott Thornton was on hand for the opening. “I can’t believe how well utilized every nook and cranny is,” Thornton said. “I think it’s going to be really exciting to see how the students use this space going forward.” Additional funding from private sources included the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and Jeff Nelson. Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.
News Article | February 22, 2017
MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On the cusp of its 150th anniversary, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company today announced the formation of a charitable foundation with a core focus on environmental issues, the creation of community gardens and greenspaces and the development of high-potential, underserved students through education. “This decision is a testament to our culture and our proud history of supporting the environment and the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. “As we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary, this is the right time to create a foundation. Such a milestone should do more than simply reflect on where we’ve been, it should focus on where we’re headed. The creation of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation marks a long-term commitment to a series of important causes we hold dear and that we trust the next generation of leaders and associates will proudly build upon.” One of the first major programs to be supported by the Foundation will take place March 22, which is World Water Day. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and The Everglades Foundation will co-sponsor a national Impact and Innovation Water Summit, which will address concerns around the growing problem of water nutrient pollution, particularly from excess phosphorus in waterways. The event, which will be held in Florida where nutrient issues have become a significant concern, will mark a formal collaboration from both groups towards supporting bold and lasting designs for water protection. Summit attendees will include representatives from the public and private sector, academic experts on water quality issues, as well as other water-related environmental organizations from across the U.S., including a dozen charitable organizations whose work The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation will also fund. "Supporting water quality and conservation issues is the most important environmental priority for our Company, so it’s fitting that it be the first major focus of our new Foundation," said Foundation President and Board Member Jim King who also serves as SVP and Chief Communications Officer for ScottsMiracle-Gro. “But achieving clean, abundant water is a challenge much broader than what our company or industry can solve for alone. We hope that our support of The Everglades Foundation and other environmental groups will help advance the cause of preserving the beauty and health of our waterways.” The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation will also support The Hagedorn Legacy Foundation on a new program that identifies and nurtures high-potential, underserved students in Central Ohio. The program’s goal is to change the future of these at-risk students by helping them achieve social mobility through mentoring and educational opportunities. Details about the new initiative will be unveiled later in 2017 with an anticipated program launch in 2018. The Foundation also will dedicate resources to establish gardens and outdoor spaces in the communities that need them the most. This creation of outdoor spaces will be accomplished by bolstering GRO1000, a multi-year effort to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens and greenspaces to communities across the United States. “Current and future generations deserve access to gardens and greenspaces, clean water resources and the dream of a better life,” said Foundation Board Member Jim King. “We will work diligently to help tackle large, complex issues through our Foundation giving. Through our support of like-minded partners, our mission is to spark positive social and environmental change and create a lasting legacy.” The mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is to inspire, connect and cultivate communities of purpose in the areas of environmental improvement, youth empowerment, and community gardens and greenspaces. The Foundation carries out its mission by funding qualifying charitable entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments, and multi-year capital gifts. The Foundation is deeply rooted in preserving our planet, empowering the next generation, and helping create healthier communities. For more information, visit www.scottsmiraclegrofoundation.org
News Article | November 3, 2016
Specialty car collection in Southwest Philadelphia is the backdrop for the city's hottest celebrity chef extravaganza on Saturday November 12th, at 7pm. All proceeds benefit scholarships and mentoring programs of The Ivy Legacy Foundation.
News Article | November 2, 2016
Ottumwa’s economic development partners are excited to announce the unveiling of their new logo and tagline. “Let Us Surprise You!” is the overriding theme, and coordinating logos have been developed for Partner in Progress organizations to tie in a new look with the tagline. Additionally, the Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau will launch a new, enhanced website utilizing the “Let Us Surprise You!” theme, along with upgraded features for the site, which will continue provide services and marketing support to the local tourism industry. The idea for a comprehensive branding exercise first came about in the fall of 2015, when informal discussions amongst community members and leaders became increasingly frequent; everyone agreed there was a need to create a strategy. The idea then gained more momentum after the Ottumwa F.I.R.S.T. Community Survey findings were released in February 2016. When asked what was most limiting for local business growth, the top-cited issue among those surveyed was overwhelmingly “Community Brand/Impression”. Community stakeholders gathered to develop a plan of action. Representatives from Main Street Ottumwa, Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Greater Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the City of Ottumwa, and the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation were all financial contributors to the Spotted Zebra Branding Workshop held on February 26, 2016 with PUSH Branding + Design from Des Moines. The all-day workshop was attended by approximately 19 people, representing a variety of ages and backgrounds. 20% of the cost for the workshop was covered by funds received through a Travel Iowa grant, an application which had been made by CVB. Discussion covered a wide range of topics, including types of businesses desired to attract to Ottumwa, as well as what makes the “ideal” resident of the community - even so precise as to what type of music they would listen to and where they would shop. The group learned of the importance in promoting a clear, concise message about Ottumwa, and how vital it is to maintain and cultivate the community’s brand in the future. Numerous conversations were held, and the group took part in many exercises throughout the day, all aimed at the end goal of identifying Ottumwa’s “IT” factor. In other words, what distinguishes us in the marketplace. “During this process, we were reminded that although we might be fully aware of the fact that our groups are different entities with distinct missions, the public sees us as one, and it is important to have a cohesive message and look,” says CVB Director Abby Kisling. Following the workshop, PUSH took all information gathered and began the task of designing logos and tagline options to present to the group. On April 14, 2016 representatives from the creative firm returned to Ottumwa for a meeting with the stakeholders, during which eight logo and 30 tagline concepts were presented. Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc., an integrated marketing firm with offices in Bloomfield, IA and Nashville, TN, have since been working closely as consultants in brand deployment. The final logo, approved by Main Street Ottumwa, Greater Ottumwa CVB, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, and the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce, is set to be unveiled to the public on November 1, 2016. The logo variations will subsequently be rolled out on each group’s respective websites, social media pages, signage, and collateral materials such as stationery, brochures, and flyers.