A new bangle by ALEX AND ANI is being rolled out benefiting the American Stroke Association. It will be available on April 20th. The new bangle will be called Wings of Change and every bracelet will donate 20% of the purchase price with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the American Stroke Association between April and December, 2016.
As Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. and chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee said, “One in six of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. This generous gift will help us educate our communities and equip our healthcare professionals so fewer lives are negatively impacted by this disease.”
ALEX AND ANI is known for its amazing corporate responsibility as much as it is for its jewelry. This new charm bangle is the company’s first that directly supports the American Stroke Association. To date, however, ALEX AND ANI have raised almost $3 million for the American Heart Association since 2012.
As Nicki Maher, the senior vice president of ALEX AND ANI, CHARITY BY DESIGN said, “Having witnessed the effects of stroke first hand, we are honored to support the much needed awareness surrounding the doctors, patients, and family members who rely on funding to create life-saving changes in stroke and heart health. Through the Wings of Change bangle, ALEX AND ANI hopes to remind supporters of the resiliency that can be found in life’s beautiful transformations.”
We all know that life is short. But the people who probably know it the most are seniors in our society. They seem to have a window into the world and living life to the fullest that many of us somehow lose along the way. The younger generation is often so caught up in the humdrum of everyday life that it becomes hard to not appreciate the moments, the way seniors are often able to do.
Of course, life sometimes gets in the way for the elderly as well. Ailing health issues or disabilities are more common with the older generation. But they can be managed. And in America today there are so many great facilities that really focus on helping this demographic live life to the full. Take the Dry Harbor Nursing Home in New York or the Maple Healthcare Center in Los Angeles as just two examples of seniors making the most of their lives. Set in a stunning environment, featuring a wide variety of recreational activities, modern facilities for rehabilitation and “care with a smile,” places like these make the perfect choice for men and women to make the most of their golden years.
While finding the right environment is crucial, developing a positive attitude is likewise extremely important. The Tiny Buddha – aka Lori Deschene – gives some great tips for how to practically achieve this. She lists 30 simple, easy-to-follow concepts taken from philosophers, theorists, writers and other persons who inspire, to help people really make the most out of their lives. Simple but so often forgotten they include: Diego Felipe Villa Serna’s “Do the thing you love,” Z. r. Hill’s “Find calm in making art,” and Tanner Christensen’s “Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future,” to name but a few.
Furthermore, as experts on health and aging, Joanna Saisan, M.S.W., Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Monika White, Ph.D. noted, so much of aging can be a choice. They said that: “How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. These tips can help you maintain your physical and emotional health and live life to the fullest, whatever your age.” Making an effort to live life to the fullest is often half the battle.
The seventh annual All American Air Table Tennis Classic took place on Saturday at the River House in St. Augustine, Florida. It was hosted by the All American Air Charitable Foundation, the community out-reach arm of Steve Chapman’s All American Air business. They announced that they managed to raise $80,000 to benefit their charities. They had almost 400 guests, over 40 sponsors and 72 players.
As Christine Chapman, the foundation’s board president said, “We are grateful for the trust our community has placed in us by helping us raise over $300,000 during the past seven years, which we have donated to more than 70 charities in our area. After [Saturday’s] event, we are proud to say we have raised $80,000 more to distribute to worthy causes in St. Augustine this year. We love giving back and we want to do more!”
There were five tables with simultaneous table tennis play in three divisions. There was a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and a live band.
As Chapman said, “Seven years ago when Steve and I discussed having the first AAATTC with Derek [May], we assumed it would be a one-time event, but the community loves it, and we are continually committed to making it better, this year adding the Youth Championship as part of the weekend’s festivities.”
In June of 2015, University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono made huge waves when he rejected his annual bonus, and asked that the money be given to charities and scholarships. Since becoming president in 2012, Ono has not accepted the yearly bonus. For 2015, the bonus was divided among 15 organizations and scholarships. He also gave $10,000 from the bonus money to the family of Sonny Kim, a police officer who was killed in a shootout. He has also offered full tuition to his university for the three sons of the fallen officer.
Certainly, this is refreshing news in the face of what so many others do. Another example of a university that is walking the charity walk is San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Their president, Dr. Elisa Stephens, has been named one of the Haute 100 most influential Bay Area residents by Haute Living magazine. She was named a top “Commander” in their January/February 2015 San Francisco issue in the education sphere. She has received a “Community Hero” award from the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 for her contributions to their SF Firefighters Toy Program.
A recent article in The Atlantic showed that the wealthiest American only donate 1.3% of their income to charitable endeavors, while the poorest donate 3.2%. It is refreshing to see examples like the University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono and the Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens. We can only hope that others will follow suit.
The following individuals made a meaningful contribution to the AOTrauma Education Commission: Jesse Jupiter, Fiesky Nunez and Renato Fricker. They did this in their capacity of editors of the latest book released by AOTrauma entitled, ‘Manual of Fracture Management-Hand.’
Professor R. Geoff Richards became Director of Research and Development at AO Foundation in September 2009. Since then he has been boosting collaborative efforts between the AO surgeon network and its clinical divisions, while making more tenacious academic connections to universities and societies throughout the world. Further, he has been instrumental in augmenting the AO Foundation’s academic noteworthiness by continuing to enhance its quality of publications such as the one mentioned above.
Of this publication, Kodi Kojima, AOTrauma Education Commission’s Chairman profusely thanked the authors but “not just for the development of this fine publication but also for their ongoing commitment towards AO education.” He added that it was his “honor to congratulate them and all those involved and [he] look[s] forward to their continued contribution in the future.”
Thereafter, the editors went up to the stage with Kojima to cut the ribbon from the first book and it was then launched for sale.
Brian D’Apice is making a different one wheel at a time. An American army veteran, he’s decided to bike across the country to raise money for three charities. So far he’s traveled over 8200 miles and has passed through 26 states. As he explains on his website, he’s riding Around the Continental United States, not through it. He’s been on the road since May 4th, 2015.
He has had 10 flat tires and has eaten more than 33 pounds of peanut butter. He’s raised $34,000 for charity and he plans to continue until he gets all the way across the country.
Along the way, in the eight months that he has traveled so far, D’Apice has been speaking at schools and businesses to talk about the importance of education. As he said, “Most of the time it doesn’t seem to me like I’ve covered all those miles. But every time I give a talk, every time I see that blue line grow, it’s just like, wow.”
He’s in Louisiana now and the charities he’s focusing on include Pencils of Promise, National Military Family Association and Connecting Families.
Find out more about Brian and follow his inspirational ride!
The US is ranked second overall in the 2015 World Giving Index. 95.4% of American households donated to charities with an average contribution of $2,974. Of course not all states give evenly, and WalletHub recently examined the different practices within the 50 states.
Which was the most giving state? Utah. Maryland and Idaho came in second and third. Rhode Island was the least giving state, with Louisiana and California following close behind. To come up with these numbers, WalletHub looked at eight factors and gave a value from 1-100 for each factor.
WalletHub found that the red states were more generous than the blue states. They also found that many of the state with the richest areas in the country held back on giving. These included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.
Chris Kyle would have been proud. His wife, Taya Kyle, defeated the reigning NRA champion Bruce Piatt at the “American Sniper Shootout” charity event that was named for him. Together, they raised $500,000 for her deceased husband’s charity and she ended the competition with a perfect score.
For the competition, the shooters used rifles which were developed with input from Kyle’s husband. This includes the “RapidLok Target Acqusition’ technology that tracks targets while the trigger is being pulled. Kyle used the computer-equipped M600 and M800 rifles to achieve her perfect 100% of her shots.
The company that makes the rifles was so sure that Kyle would defeat Piatt (who competed with the M4A1, M110 and M2010) that they offered to pay him $1 million if he won the contest!
As Taya said about the equipment, “Our first responders and military members regularly face situations most of us cannot imagine. They need every advantage for precision and efficiency to protect and serve while minimizing collateral damage and risk to themselves. [The technology] would have saved lives of friends we have lost and will save life and/or limb of those who put it all on the line for the 99% of us they choose to give their life for.”
The Volunteer Lawyers for Justice recently had a banquet on October 20, 2015. The event took place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was chaired by Susan E. McGahan. The master of ceremonies was Francis J. Giantomasi and the dinner sponsors included McCarter & English, David Bershad, Merck, AT&T, Connell Foley, Orin Kramer, Lowenstein Sandler and others.
The Volunteer Lawyers for Justice was created in 2001 to provide direct legal representation to residents of Essex County, New Jersey. The program started with only one staff person and 30 volunteer attorneys. Today, they have more than 1500 attorneys and paralegals volunteering their time for VLJ’s seven distinct legal projects.
A number of people received honors during the evening. The VLJ’s 2015 Pro Bono Award was given to Prudential and was accepted by Ann Kappler, the Deputy General Counsel and Head of External Affairs. The VLJ’s 2015 Champion of Justice Award was given to David Bershad. The Douglas S. Eakeley Award Recipient was Dennis J. Drasco, and the Dickinson R. Debevoise Award Recipient was Lum, Drasco & Positan, LLC.
The event raised $277,000