Employees Extend Holiday Cheer to More Than 37,200 K-12 Students

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As the holidays come to a close and students are returning to school, teachers across the country will have a special announcement for more than 37,200 students.  Their classroom project has been funded!

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of AT&T employees during the company’s holiday giving campaign; more than $200,000 was donated through employee’s gifts and the company’s match to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the resources are shipped directly to the school. AT&T’s support of DonorsChoose.org is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Through this funding, students will be able to participate in classroom projects such as:

  • Learning the scientific process and collaboration by building and testing simple machines using LEGOs with a lab partner in Chicago.
  • Building a model home powered by the sun and wind with state-of-the-art data wireless sensors and a built-in graphing analysis application in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
  • Partnering with a local artist who airbrushes and sells fishing tackle, to teach students the trade with their new airbrushes and glass fusion kiln in Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Creating book clubs where dance students will be able to learn more about their craft by reading Michaela DePrince’s “Talking Flight” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I am so proud of my fellow employees for supporting students and teachers this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their second semester!

 

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo Come Together to Provide Flint, Mich., Public Schools with Water for Students Through the End of the Year

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Donations will provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for approximately 10,000 Flint public school students.

Bentonville, Ark., January 26, 2016 Walmart today announced support for the Flint, Mich., community through donations, education and online services. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will collectively donate water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for the balance of the calendar year. That translates to 176 truckloads, or up to 6.5 million bottles of water, to help with relief efforts for those affected by the water crisis in Flint.

In addition to the water donation, the companies are encouraging others to support the Flint community by working with Good360, where nonprofits operating in Flint are listing their needs online.  Walmart and its suppliers will continue to work closely in the Flint community and are encouraging the public to get involved by visiting www.good360.org/flint to make donations that will go directly to local nonprofits serving the community.

“The water crisis is personal to us here in Flint. Those affected include our own associates, customers and their families,” said Beth Harris, store manager at Walmart, Flint, Mich. Our associates are proud to be a part of the effort to help our friends and neighbors.”

“At Walmart, we take pride in using our strengths to help communities like Flint during times of crisis, as we’ve done around the world in times of need,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of Corporate Affairs for Walmart. “We’re working to ensure that the children of Flint, the city’s most vulnerable citizens, have access to safe water.”

Walmart has already donated 14 trucks of water, or 504,000 bottles, and 1,792 water filters to the Flint community since July 2015.  Coca-Cola has donated nearly 78,720 bottles of Dasani to local food banks and foundations and to approximately 40 associates living in the affected area. Nestlé Waters North America has already donated five truckloads, or more than 190,000 bottles, to Flint community organizations since October 2015. PepsiCo has donated almost 95,000 bottles of water to Flint and the families of the company’s employees over the past four months.

“We are grateful for Walmart and their suppliers’ support during this crisis,” said Bilal Tawwab, Flint Community Schools Superintendent. “With their generous support, District students will have access to clean drinking water, and more importantly, the ability to focus on their education.”

“PepsiCo believes that access to safe water is a basic human right,” said Tony West, executive vice president, PepsiCo Government Affairs. “We are committed to supporting the communities where we operate, and our collective action today will allow Flint school children and their parents to focus on their education rather than where they can find clean water.”

“Nestlé Waters is proud to team up with Walmart to expand our ongoing work to provide clean, safe bottled water for Flint residents,” said Cameron Lorrain, plant manager for the Michigan-based Ice Mountain® and Nestlé Pure Life® brand operations. “We will continue to work in partnership with other companies, local officials and relief organizations to ensure that families in Flint have access to a steady supply of safe drinking water.”

“We are committed to supporting Walmart and other groups in water relief efforts for the Flint community,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president of Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America. “This critical initiative to provide bottled water to the two Flint school districts builds on our heritage of supporting disaster relief work around the world. Over the past 19 months, we have donated bottled water, volunteer hours and supported our employees in the affected area and will continue to look for ways to help meet the community’s needs.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. Over the past 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have provided more than $50 million in cash, in addition to in kind support, in response to events such as typhoons in Mexico and the Philippines, tsunamis in Asia, floods in the U.K. and Canada, tornadoes in the U.S., Africa’s Ebola epidemic and many other tragedies. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also invested $7.2 million over the past 10 years to build community resiliency.

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About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT:NYSE) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our nearly 11,600 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

 

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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Leading Therapy Animal Nonprofit Pet Partners Announces American Pet Nutrition Corporate Sponsorship

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Makers of Vita Bone® dog treats and Supreme Source™ grain-free pet food will help nonprofit continue serving people in need through animal visits

OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — American Pet Nutrition (APN), the family-owned pet food company known for such trusted brands as Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks and Supreme Source™ premium grain-free dog and cat foods, and the nonprofit Pet Partners (www.PetPartners.org) are teaming up to help people through animal-assisted interactions. APN supports Pet Partners – the nation’s largest nonprofit to promote animal-assisted therapy, education and other activities – as a new corporate sponsor.

With APN’s help, Pet Partners will continue to bring the healing power of pets to people in need – from patients, the elderly, veterans and other deserving groups. Pet Partners provides animal-assisted interactions with dogs and 8 other species. With the highest-caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners evaluates handlers and their animals for visiting programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice facilities, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings.  Last year, Pet Partners teams made more than 1 million visits in all 50 states to people in need.

“All of us at American Pet Nutrition have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of pets everywhere, because we know what joy they can bring,” said Bill Behnken, president and chief executive officer of American Nutrition, Inc. “That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the great work that Pet Partners is doing. Their therapy teams make a positive impact in people’s lives every day.”

Behnken and the APN family share Pet Partners’ belief that the relationship between human and animal is a meaningful connection that enhances the lives of both people and pets.

“We are excited to have the support of APN and look forward to the company’s assistance with our efforts to educate, demonstrate and advocate animal-assisted therapy,” said Traci Pryor, senior director, national strategic partnerships at Pet Partners.

A family-owned American company, APN is committed to providing the highest quality and safest pet food and treats on the market. Founded in 1972 by Bill’s father, Jack Behnken, the pet food maker still adheres to the philosophy Jack exhibited when he asked the question: “If our pets are family members, shouldn’t we apply the same attention to quality and safety to pet food, that we apply to our own?” Bill expects the same level of quality implied by the answer to that question from more than 40 years ago to every product that goes out the door today.

“We still develop our own recipes based on the highest-quality ingredients. And by following the strictest safety and quality standards, we continue to earn the trust of consumers across the country,” said Bill.

About Pet Partners

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions. For more information, visit www.petpartners.org. To Support Petpartners through iGive visit: https://www.iGive.com/PetPartners

About American Nutrition

The late Jack Behnken founded American Nutrition in 1972 under the mantra, “Do it better!” This philosophy still guides the company’s commitment to delivering the safest, highest-quality pet foods on the market. Today, the family-owned company is also known as American Pet Nutrition and exceeds FDA, AAFCO and USDA industry-wide pet food standards. American Pet Nutrition’s trusted brands include Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks, Beggar Dog™ Biscuits and Supreme Source™ grain-free dog and cat foods. For more information, visit www.americanpetnutrition.com.

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HP Inc. Transforms the Classroom with Technology Solutions to Personalize Instruction and Create Next-Generation Learning Experiences

 

 

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled new PCs and software solutions designed for education that help support meaningful outcomes for students, teacher and communities. The new solutions and programs include:

HP Education Edition notebooks
HP School Pack Software 2.0
HP Sprout Pro by HP
HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Program

HP photo“At HP, we believe that every student should be given the opportunity to be an inventive individual rather than a standardized product of a system,” said Gus Schmedlen, vice president, Education, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Inc. “HP is on a mission to enable teachers and students with tools that ‘un-standardize’ learning — making education a more unique experience for students that is more flexible, collaborative and dynamic.”

HP Education Edition Notebooks: Built for Schools. Designed for Learning
HP Education Edition Notebooks are built tough to withstand the rigors of daily academic use and designed for learning with Windows 10 and innovative tools to enhance instruction, engagement and active educational use.

HP Education Edition Notebooks features include:
Battery life designed for the classroom
Premium wireless for cloud-based LMS, assessments and online curricula1
Rugged construction to survive the classroom
Tools for active, educational use to enable teaching and learning out of the box

The HP ProBook 11 G2 Education Edition notebook is constructed using industrial co-molded rubber to protect against the rigors of the classroom and has up to 18 hours of battery life2 — this notebook is built to last. The powerful and versatile HP ProBook 11 EE is powered by Windows 10 and offers up to Intel® Core™ performance with an optional touchscreen, empowering breakthrough experiences miles beyond netbooks.

The HP Pro 310 x360 Convertible PC Education Edition with Windows 103 is blended learning ready with a rotational hinge allowing for four modes to suit any learning style: stand, tent, notebook and tablet. The Pro 310 x360 features an Intel® Celeron® or Pentium®processor4, and solid state storage up to 256 GB5.

HP School Pack 2.0 is an out-of-the box solution of digital tools and content exclusively for Windows devices designed for collaborative, standards-aligned, and personalized learning. School Pack 2.0 includes a host of instructional, management and supplemental tools. It is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition6 that allows teachers to manage classroom PCs and communicate seamlessly with students. Other software in HP School Pack 2.0 include: HP Adaptive Learning created by Fishtree, HP Prime Graphing Calculator App, Classlink Single Sign On, Codecademy for Learning How to Program, Corinth Classroom, Curriculum Matrix, the Oxford® Advanced Learners Dictionary, and PASCO® SPARKVue™7.

New to HP School Pack is HP Touchpoint Manager for Education8, a cloud-based app that simplifies IT management for schools with minimal IT resources to easily manage and secure data, devices and users. With HP Touchpoint Manager, school IT administrators can quickly troubleshoot issues in real-time and use point-and-click security policies across different devices, brands and operating systems.

All HP Education Edition tablets and notebooks include or offer premium 2×2 AC WLAN9, HP School Pack 2.0 and one year of HP Touchpoint Manager for Education.

Sprout Pro by HP: Designed for Education and Business 
Today, HP is also announcing Sprout Pro by HP designed for education and businesses. Sprout Pro features Windows 10 Professional, Intel® Core™ i7 processor with DDR4 memory, customizable software image, trusted platform module and a three-year limited warranty.

By leveraging Sprout’s blend of tactile, visual and audio engagement, educators are offered powerful means of differentiating instruction and personalizing learning in a way no other computer can support. Sprout transforms the classroom into an immersive educational experience that revolutionizes the way teachers and students learn, create, collaborate and share.

Sprout helps:
Accelerate engagement and inspire learning at every level with an immersive and intuitive computing experience.
Maximize classroom IT budgets and close the technology gap by consolidating classroom equipment like document cameras, interactive surfaces and school PCs.
Enable advanced, multi-screen collaboration, 1-to-1 or 1-to-many.
Changes the classroom desk space into a true digital and physical workspace.

For more information on Sprout in the classroom: http://bit.ly/LearningWithSprout.

HP and Microsoft Reinvent the Classroom
HP and Microsoft also unveiled a joint program called Reinvent the Classroom, a worldwide effort to inspire instructional innovation and next-generation learning experiences, powered by Windows 10 and HP solutions. Reinvent the Classroom will place state-of-the-art Learning Studios in more than 60 school locations across the world to support advanced blended learning, international collaboration and the maker movement in education. With tools like Microsoft Office 365, Skype and HP Adaptive Learning, these schools will shape the future of learning.

“With Microsoft, we are delivering exciting new devices and solutions that help schools and students rethink the possibilities around learning, creating a vision for the Classroom of the Future,” said Alex Cho, vice president of Commercial PCs, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “This vision is manifested through HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom program, showcasing how innovation can create more immersive learning environments.”

HP Life e-Learning 2.0
HP also launched HP LIFE e-Learning 2.0, a new social knowledge sharing version of the free, online HP learning initiative for entrepreneurs used by more than 580,000 learners in over 200 countries and territories. HP LIFE 2.0 is now powered by EdCast, a global social knowledge network built to enhance peer to peer collaboration and online learning. As a result, HP LIFE users have access to new and extensive learning opportunities from across the EdCast network, including new topics and access to additional quality content from global thought-leaders. Learners and educators may sign up and learn more at www.life-global.org.

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

Ava Anderson® Donates over $1.3 Million in Products; 50,000 Plumpy’Nut® Nutritional Packets

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A total of more than $1,350,000 in AANT products was donated to non profit organizations, including Crossroads Homeless Shelter, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, Women’s Resource Center (helping domestic abuse survivors), Amos House Shelter, We Share Hope (serving the poor), local veterans and Rhode Island foster children.

For two years running, AANT has partnered with Edesia, a global nutrition non profit, which supplies nutritional packets to malnourished children worldwide. In 2015, with the help and support of thousands of AANT Consultants throughout the U.S., the company donated 50,000 Plumpy’Nut® Nutritional Packets to this important cause.

“We are a company for and about people – helping people live happier and healthier lives through the best and safest products as well as a business opportunity that has no limitations,” explained AANT president, Kim Anderson. “We live and breathe this mission every day – and we do everything we can to pay it forward. We have been blessed beyond measure – and it’s our responsibility to never take that for granted.”

About Ava Anderson Non Toxic® 
Ava Anderson Non Toxic is solely focused on the mission of its founder, Ava Anderson, to share important information about harmful chemicals in products used daily and to provide a solution in the form of the safest full line of personal care and home products on the market today. The company offers over 90 products in 17 categories, including home cleaning products, baby care, cosmetics, sunscreen, hair care, pet care, and more through the direct selling business model. Independent business owners are empowered to share the company’s mission and, as a result, are able to enjoy personal, professional and financial rewards.

Select Ava Anderson products are available through Amazon.

The Starwood Foundation and Children International Create an Industry-Leading Training Program for the Hotel Industry

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KANSAS CITY, MO., January 21, 2016, /3BL Media/ – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc. and Children International are changing what it means to prepare young people in disadvantaged areas for careers in the tourism industry.

With almost 73 million youth worldwide looking for work, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO)1, Children International’s Into Employment® program continues to make progress against these challenges by offering disadvantaged youth the chance to tap into their potential and connect their talents with the needs of the local marketplace.

In addition to a grant from the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc., experienced management staff members from Starwood hotels teach young people the skills needed to excel in the hotel trade, including culinary arts, waiting tables and housekeeping. Additionally, the program equips youth with life skills – such as effective communication, conflict resolution and teamwork – to help them transition into their jobs and outline a career path. The training program was designed as a pilot in Ecuador and Guatemala, and has far-reaching possibilities to help youth around the globe.

“This program is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Children International’s Director of Workforce Development, Tom Owens. “The youth get the training they need to be successful; the hotels in these countries are able to hire talented, capable youth; the local economy grows; and the community enjoys more stability.”

Rocio Hammershaimb from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. added, “At Starwood, we have a long history of cultivating great talent. Many of our hotel management mentors once started their careers in entry-level positions and progressed through the organization. They serve as both role models and inspiration to the young professionals entering the program.”

Just last month, a graduation ceremony took place at a Sheraton hotel in Ecuador to celebrate 50 youth who completed the program. Guests from Ecuador’s Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Tourism and several other hotels attended the event and were impressed with the program and the graduates themselves.

Frank, a recent Into Employment graduate, said, “It has been a wonderful experience…the greatest experience of my life.”

Watch a video about the program

Learn more about Children International’s Into Employment program.

About Children International
Children International is a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending poverty by helping children and youth. We take a holistic approach to our programs and work through local professional staff at each of our 80+ community centers worldwide. Our goal is that each child graduates from our program healthy, educated, employable and empowered to break the cycle of poverty.

For more information about Children International, visit Children.org. Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc. & Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
The Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation is a registered 501c3 that focuses on workplace readiness, community vitality, and human rights to ensure vibrant communities. Since launching in 2011, the Foundation has put more than US$3 million into the communities where Starwood Hotels operate, focusing on workplace readiness, community vitality, and human rights. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,270 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences under the renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Tribute Portfolio™, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element®, along with an expanded partnership with Design Hotels. The Company also boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®). Visit www.starwoodhotels.com for more information and stay connected @starwoodbuzz on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Starwood.

KidCents and Folds of Honor Continue to Support Children of Fallen or Disabled Veterans

As part of an incredible partnership, The Rite Aid Foundation KidCents Program is honoring 274 students who have been named recipients of Folds of Honor educational scholarships with in-store celebrations. Through the KidCents round-up program, The Rite Aid Foundation is pleased to provide this incredibly important support to the children of families who have already given so much to the communities we serve. Folds of Honor is a highly acclaimed nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled veterans. With financial support including The Rite Aid Foundation’s $1.3 million donation, Folds of Honor is able to provide healing, hope and opportunity for the dreams of children to be realized.

KidCents partners with hundreds of nonprofit child-focused organizations that are committed to helping improve the health and well-being of children. By participating in KidCents, wellness+ with Plenti members can round up every purchase at Rite Aid to the nearest dollar and designate their change to their charity of choice, giving kids a chance for better lives and brighter futures. Folds of Honor is one of the hundreds of nonprofits benefiting from the Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents round-up program.

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American Airlines Teams With Red Cross

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Support Red Cross in winter storm relief efforts

The American Red Cross is mounting a relief operation to help those affected by the winter storms that have swept across the country this holiday season, including the tornados that have recently hit North Texas. These powerful storms have impacted thousands of lives, destroying homes and businesses. More solemnly, we know that 35 residents died in flood-related events.
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Please join us in supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the American Red Cross by making a donation. Through January 31, American will gratefully award you for your generosity: 250 AAdvantage® miles for a donation of $50; 500 miles for a donation of $100 or more.


Along with the support of the airline’s employees and customers, American is pledging an immediate $100,000 to the Red Cross as they assist those impacted.
“The tornadoes that hit north Texas during the holiday weekend had a tragic impact to our hometown community,” said Joe Taney, American’s vice president – DFW Hub Operations. “With more than 25,000 employees in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, American and its employees stand ready to assist and we encourage our customers to join us by donating to the Red Cross.”

Jane.com + Musana #StrongLikeYou

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For in yourself you will find the strength you need

With a common goal of empowering women and providing an opportunity to make a difference in their lives, a partnership was born. Musana and Jane.com are working together to help women unite and stand with strength.

During the week of January 18 to January 25, Musana’s unique, handcrafted jewelry will be offered on Jane.com. All profits from the sale of the jewelry will be donated back to Musana international. Every purchase will truly empower these strong women from Musana.

Musana is unique because it employs artisans in Uganda to create exquisite jewelry. All their jewelry is handmade, high quality, and absolutely beautiful. But what we love even more than the product is the mission of Musana, which is this: to empower women to provide opportunities for their children, creating a generation of change. Incredible, right? To support their mission, they provide their artisans with a steady salary, training classes, subsidized schooling for their children, and subsidized healthcare. Each day, they show how much they care about their employees and we’re so impressed by that.

You can learn a little more about Musana and their goal to provide Ugandan Artisans a chance to provide a healthy and stable life for their families at Musana.

Blue Oxford Day

Help raise awareness for
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Purchase a Blue No Iron Pinpoint Oxford Shirt through February 13 at Lands’ End.com and we will donate 10% to the Prostate Cancer Foundation with a minimum donation of $25,000. Donations will help fund promising research and help educate men and their families about this common cancer that affects an estimated 1 in 7 U.S. men.

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Letter from the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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