Kay Jewelers Sings for St. Jude’s

 

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Kay® Jewelers has announced the launch of the #SingForStJudeDonation campaign. Guests can help support St. Jude by uploading a video of themselves singing the Kay Jewelers jingle – “Every Kiss Begins with Kay” – to the Kay Facebook page or on Twitter and using the hash tag, #SingForStJudeDonation. In celebration of the Kay 100th anniversary, $100 will be donated to St. Jude for every video posted from now through December 24, up to $50,000 in total.

Since the inception of the partnership with St. Jude in 1999, Kay has raised nearly $53 million dollars to help St. Jude advance research and treatment of childhood cancer. These funds are critical given that no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Most recently, Kay and St. Jude announced the latest collaborative effort, the Kay Research and Care Center, a six story building in the heart of St. Jude’s campus. The Kay Research & Care Center ushered in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for the kids at St. Jude.

In addition to participating in the #SingForStJudeDonation campaign, guests can also support Kay and its efforts benefitting St. Jude through the annual plush campaign. This year two plush animals — Kit, an adorable plush bear, and Kobie, a cuddly plush puppy — are available at all Kay stores for $13.99 each. All profits, no less than $7 of the purchase price of each “Kit” and “Kobie,” will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

About Kay® Jewelers

Kay® Jewelers, the number one jewelry store in America, is conveniently located in malls and off-mall shopping centers across the country. Kay® Jewelers is operated by Signet Jewelers Limited, the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry. Signet Jewelers operates Kay® Jewelers among its approximately 3,600 stores. For additional information on Kay® Jewelers visit www.Kay.com, follow us on Facebook® (www.facebook.com/KayJewelers), Twitter® (www.twitter.com/KayJewelers), YouTube (www.youtube.com/KayJewelers), Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/KayJewelers) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/KayJewelers).

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Toshiba is Committed to CSR

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For over a decade now, December has been Toshiba Group CSR Month, a tradition and commitment that continues this year. Toshiba has long been guided by the principles expressed in our corporate motto—Committed to People, Committed to the Future—and CSR Month offers us all an opportunity to reflect on how best to build a management system and Toshiba Group that respect responsibilities to society. But more than that, it provides all of us, wherever we are in Toshiba’s global operations, with an opportunity to get involved in activities that make a direct and real contribution to the community.

Group companies encourage and support voluntary activities and projects year round, but that does not stop them from making a special effort this month. December 5 is International Volunteer Day, a UN-designated event that encourages organizations and individuals to shine a light on their activities. Toshiba Group organizes special events on and around this date that reinforce our long-standing support for volunteerism, and that also seek to involve as many of the Group’s 188,000 employees as possible.

In Japan, the centerpiece event this year is month-long food drive to support local food banks. Other events include hands-on tree-planting and cleaning-up at the Minamisoma Solar Agri Park in Fukushima, an NGO supported by Toshiba, a charity movie showing, with proceeds donated to organizations that support the hearing impaired, and charity concert by the Toshiba Philharmonic Orchestra to improve awareness of food drive.

Other activities around the world include donations of clothes and food in China, where some factories are also encouraging efforts to reduce food wastage, and distribution of food to townships in Africa. Toshiba Group companies in Singapore have already raised funds and initiated a gift-collection drive for a voluntary welfare organization, managed by the Singapore’s Children Society. The beneficiaries were also invited to a trees-decorating activity at the Botanic Gardens, in support of conserving Singapore’s natural heritage. In the US, Toshiba America Group companies are all coordinating programs that focus either on food and clothing donations or the aptly named “Toys for Tots”, benefiting local food banks and shelters in local Toshiba communities.

As ever, a highlight of CSR Month will be the annual CSR Conference, this year on December 13. The centerpiece of the conference is the presentation of the “ASHITA” Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in CSR activities over the last year. Nominations this year totaled over 1,300, a potent reminder that the voluntary spirit is strong throughout Toshiba, and awards will be presented to 3 companies and one individuals.

CSR management and the community engagement promoted by CSR activities and CSR Month are strongly supported by Toshiba’s top management. In his message to employees worldwide to support the start of CSR Month, Satoshi Tsunakawa, Toshiba’s president and CEO, made the observation that: “Companies are supported by the understanding and trust of stakeholders, and must repay that by developing their corporate activities and contributing to the achievement of a sustainable society.” Through our CSR activities, we can join hands across the world and contribute to a better society and a better understanding of Toshiba.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into three focus business fields: Energy that sustains everyday life, that is cleaner and safer; Infrastructure that sustains quality of life; and Storage that sustains the advanced information society. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations and is contributing to the realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

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iGive Retailers Support Boys & Girls Clubs

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This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the nation’s leading youth development non-profit that helps serve nearly 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time.  Nineteen partners, 5 iGive Retailers, are donating and encouraging their customers to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America now through December 31, 2016. More than 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve millions of kids and teens, enabling more youth to achieve a great future. There is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today and in a recent study, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season include Gap/Gap Factory, T-Mobile, Party City, Planet Fitness and Toyota.  In addition, the following iGive partners have active promotions:

Bon-Ton Family of Department Stores
Nov. 1Dec. 24, 2016
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Bon-Ton Stores are partnering this holiday season with a cause marketing campaign at all Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores. Now through Dec. 24, 2016, Bon-Ton invites its customers to support Boys & Girls Clubs by (1) purchasing Peppermint the Teddy Bear online or in-store and choose from a selection of jumbo size coloring books 5 titles available, 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to support local Clubs. (2) making an online donation, or (3) between Nov. 14Dec. 24 donating $3 and getting a coupon for $15 off their next purchase. Visit any store location or shop online at bonton.com.

Build-A-Bear Workshop
Nov. 1Dec. 31, 2016
Join the Merry Mission and give the gift of a great future to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Build-A-Bear Workshop invites you to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season by adding a donation to your purchase at checkout. For more information, visit www.buildabear.com/merrymission/purpose.

AT&T
Nov. 29Dec. 6, 2016
During the Giving Tuesday timeframe (11/29 – 12/6), AT&T is supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America through AT&T Aspire, its signature philanthropic initiative, and AT&T THANKS, its customer appreciation program. When customers in the AT&T THANKS program redeem their Ticket Twosdays offer, AT&T will donate two movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs.

UGG®
Nov. 11Dec. 31, 2016
Join UGG® this holiday season in its seventh consecutive year of support to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Visit any of their North American Stores and donate directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the register.

GoDaddy
Jan. 1, 2016Jan. 31, 2017
This holiday season you can help by visiting GoDaddy.com.  Every round-up to Boys & Girls Clubs of America will help us ensure greater futures for youth in 2017! Additionally GoDaddy offices are collecting toys for Club kids and their families.

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of America encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit GreatFutures.org to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.  There are 45 different Boys & Girls Clubs listed on iGive.com, if your club isn’t listed you may add it.

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The Avon Foundation For Women Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Collaborative To Create Sexual Assault Action Plans On College Campuses

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The Avon Foundation for Women announced the launch of the first multi-disciplinary collaborative of 20 colleges and universities across the country dedicated to addressing gender-based violence on campus. The collaborative brought together representatives from 10 schools from the southeastern US to participate in a two-day program that dialogues around key learnings from across the country to prevent campus assault and sexual violence. As a result, each participating school will create a campus action plan that takes a trauma-based approach and involves students, college administration, campus police and leading consultants on gender-based violence.

The collaborative is an outcome of The National Leadership Institute: Changing the Narrative on Campus Gender-Based Violence presented by Futures Without Violence, a national health and social justice nonprofit, in partnership with the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia. The National Leadership Institute was conceived and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women building on the success of the Foundation’s global Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence held around the world.

“The Avon Foundation has been funding bystander initiatives and awareness campaigns around sexual assault for a long time and this National Leadership Institute is breaking new ground to change the way we work together to address gender-based violence,” said Christine Jaworsky, Avon Foundation Program Director. “We’ve just spent two days looking at best practices and solutions to shift campus culture away from victim blaming to a more trauma-based perspective; now the real work begins.”

Through a $200,000 grant from the Avon Foundation, participating schools will develop and implement action plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault at their respective institutions. Futures Without Violence and the extensive faculty of the National Leadership Institute will work closely with the schools to integrate a multi-disciplinary approach to ending gender-based violence on school campuses. This will include webinars with experts, ongoing consultations, toolkits and additional online resources to advance the learning collaborative.

“All of the schools are deeply committed to proactively changing the way gender-based violence is addressed on campus,” said Lonna Davis of Futures Without Violence. “We are particularly appreciative of Morehouse College stepping up to host the National Leadership Institute, the start of a groundbreaking initiative to affect all colleges and universities across the country. The Institute is part of a long-term investment to shift the narrative and introduce a primary prevention and trauma-focused approach that engages the entire school community.”

Futures Without Violence received a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to research, design and implement the National Leadership Institute curriculum in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Gender Violence Program and the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education with additional funding from the Jefferson Trust and private donors Stephen and Carolyn McCandless.

“Through legal advocacy grounded in support for survivors and an ethos of care, the Gender Violence Program and Futures Without Violence have been on the forefront of the national effort to use Title IX to prevent and address campus sexual assault,” said Diane L. Rosenfeld, the founding Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School and a Lecturer on Law. “Now, we are making an important step forward with the support and leadership of the Avon Foundation.”

The National Leadership Institute focuses on four major areas: 1) fundamentals of gender-based violence and trauma, 2) campus cultures and climate, 3) prevention and education, and 4) response, policy, and adjudication. Developed in consultation with national experts and institutional representatives from schools across the country, the curriculum provides colleges and universities the opportunity to learn best practices in the prevention, response and resolution of sexual violence, and the tools needed to implement action plans. Each school’s action plan will address prevention education; accommodations, support and safety services; retaliation; and investigations, adjudications and resolutions.

The University of Virginia served as one of the founding institutions working with Futures Without Violence and Harvard Law School to host the pilot of the Leadership Institute. “We are grateful to the Jefferson Trust for providing funding for the University of Virginia to serve as a partner on the development and implementation of this program and to the Avon Foundation for the historic creation of the National Leadership Institute to expand our community of higher education institutions working to end gender-based violence,” said Catherine Spears, Assistant Vice President of Equal opportunity at the University of Virginia.

The first National Leadership Institute was held October 25 – 26, 2016 in Boston with:

  1. Brandeis University
  2. Dean College
  3. Eastern Nazarene College
  4. Emerson College
  5. Lasell College
  6. Lesley University
  7. Providence College
  8. Stonehill College
  9. University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  10. Wheaton College

The second National Leadership Institute was held November 30December 1, 2016 in Atlanta with:

  1. Benedict College
  2. Clemson University
  3. College of Charleston
  4. East Tennessee State University
  5. Georgia Institute of Technology
  6. Georgia State University
  7. Middle Tennessee State University
  8. Morehouse College
  9. Tuskegee University
  10. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that leads groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates—such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influencers—on improving responses to violence and abuse. The organization was a driving force behind the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first two comprehensive federal responses to interpersonal and family violence.

Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence
Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against Domestic Violence in 2004 to support domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs aimed at reducing domestic and gender violence, and to provide direct services for victims and their families. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation have contributed nearly $60 million to support this goal. Globally, Avon supports efforts to end violence against women in nearly 50 countries by raising funds through special product sales and educating women around the world through its army of nearly six million Avon Representatives. For more information, visit http://avonfoundation.org/.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

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AT&T to Donate $20,000 to Aid Communities Impacted by East Tennessee Wildfires

AT&T* is donating $20,000 to aid communities following the East Tennessee wildfires. The Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Fire Relief Fund and Friends of the Smokies will receive $10,000 each to support aid where needs are the greatest.

Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are two of Tennessee’s great treasures and we want to ensure they have the support they need as Tennesseans work to recover from these devastating wildfires,” said Joelle Phillips, President, AT&T Tennessee.

AT&T customers can support American Red Cross disaster relief by sending a text with ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.**

Additionally, AT&T has deployed Satellite Cell on Light Trucks (COLT’s), emergency communications equipment, portable charging stations and waived data overage charges for those in the affected area.  To learn more about AT&T’s wildfire response, visit http://about.att.com/inside_connections_blog/tennessee_wildfires.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 90999 to STOP. Text HELP to 90999 for HELP. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T.  Privacy Policy:www.mGive.org/P

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We’re the world’s largest provider of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. We offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.* And we help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

iGive Customers can also select charities that will help support wildfire relief.

 

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Bon-Ton Stores STOMPs Out Bullying With $116,000 Donation

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Bon-Ton Stores succeeded in raising over $116,000 to prevent bullying and
cyberbullying through the sale of the 2016 limited edition Kind = Awesome “Blue Shirts” and a $3 coupon donation. Since the program began in 2012, with the
help of its customers, Bon-Ton has donated over $540,000 towards bullying prevention and helped raise awareness to millions of people.

Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention™ was observed on Monday, October 3rd. The day marks a time for children, teens, families, schools and communities to join together to drive awareness about bullying prevention programs around the world. The “Blue Shirt” was sold exclusively in Bon-Ton. The Blue Shirt has become a symbol for
promoting friendship, compassion and kindness. 100% of the net profits from the t-shirt sales are donated to STOMP Out Bullying™.

About STOMP Out Bullying™
STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for kids and teens and is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying organization in the U.S. Created in 2005, STOMP Out Bullying™ focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring
violence in schools. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educates kids and teens in school and online, providing help for those in need and at risk of suicide; raises awareness; supports peer mentoring programs in schools; provides public service announcements by noted celebrities, and engages in social media campaigns. To learn more, visit us at www.stompoutbullying.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 267 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and five clearance centers, in 26 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.
For store locations and information visit bonton.com. Shoppers who purchase items through iGive.com will earn donations for their cause with their purchases. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, #LoveStyle or with iGive at #iShopiGive.

FedEx Teams Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to Haiti

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FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has delivered more than 30 tons of emergency supplies in an effort to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FedEx supports these disaster relief efforts through its humanitarian organization relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International.

“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Global Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”

FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. The organization’s aid filled a charter flight that took off from the Memphis World Hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince Wednesday, October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.

“Hurricane Matthew dealt a doubly cruel blow to Haiti, causing tragic loss of life and vastly increased risks and harm while at the same time damaging the health facilities and infrastructure critical to responding,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO, Direct Relief. “That’s why an aggressive, targeted response is so important and why FedEx’s leadership to take care of the transportation barrier is such a critically important step.”

A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.

With many health facilities damaged, inaccessible, or non-functional as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the urgently needed aid will reach the most affected areas of Haiti, including Grand’Anse and Sud.

“FedEx’s swift action in the wake of Hurricane Matthew makes it possible for our teams to save lives and alleviate suffering in some of the hardest hit communities in Haiti,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of International Medical Corps. “FedEx knows that speed saves lives, and that every hour counts. They are making it possible for our teams to deliver urgently needed supplies and bring lifesaving medical care to those in need, helping stop the spread of cholera—a disease that has the potential to be far deadlier than the storm itself.”

The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. FedEx is also a participant in iGive.com where a percentage of online orders can give back to your favorite cause.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit www.igive.com.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Teaming With World Travel & Tourism Council to Recognize Best in Sustainable Tourism

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is teaming with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a category sponsor of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The annual WTTC awards are among the highest accolades in the global travel industry and represent the gold standard in sustainable tourism.

These awards recognize best practices and are based upon the principles of:

  • environmentally friendly operations;
  • support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and
  • the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

For the second consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the exclusive sponsor of the WTTC’s People Award. This award honors organizations dedicated to the concept of “capacity building” – a long-term investment in the tourism workforce to enhance employee skills, competencies and abilities through local training and education.

“Travel and tourism careers already account for a significant part of our economy, providing an estimated 284 million jobs across the global market,” said Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. “And we are committed to helping build an even more robust and inclusive global talent pipeline through this industry-leading WTTC initiative.”

Travel Industry Leadership

Enterprise Holdings’ annual revenues place it near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, as well as most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the only company in the international car rental industry – and one of a handful in the global travel industry – to complete a sustainability report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “Core” Guidelines.

“As the world’s largest car rental company, we are in a strong position to help drive sustainable solutions and policies around the globe,” noted Stubblefield, who is a member of the WTTC as well as the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO Roundtable. He also serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which – as the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce – provides counsel on current tourism industry concerns, emerging issues and government policies.

“Travel and tourism represents one of the fastest growing segments in the global economy, so it’s especially important that the growth of our sector is managed responsibly,” Stubblefield added. “The WTTC awards are an opportunity to honor organizations that benefit local communities, support cultural diversity and advance biodiversity conservation, all within a viable and profitable business model.”

Furthermore, the WTTC is working closely with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The WTTC and UNWTO are working together to improve the understanding of the importance of travel and tourism to social and economic development worldwide.

The WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize businesses and organizations whose commitments to sustainability and long-term vision have not only helped to shape international standards for environmentally and socially responsible tourism, but also have demonstrated how tourism can be a force for good. The extensive three-part application process begins with a written submission that is evaluated by an independent judging panel of sustainable tourism experts. Finalists are then visited on-site by experts who verify the claims made in their applications. Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony during WTTC’s 2017 Global Summit April 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Applications for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now open, and candidates will be able to apply until Nov. 14, 2016. For more information, visit www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards.

One Lucky Community Dog Park To Receive $30K & Helping Hand From Beneful® Team

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Seven community dog parks across the country are vying for a Dream Dog Park makeover through the Beneful Dream Dog Park promotion. Today through November 1, dog lovers can help decide which of the seven parks will receive $30,000 for park improvements by heading to Walmart.com/Beneful. In addition to the monetary donation, the dog park that receives the most votes by November 1 will also receive dog park equipment valued at up to $5,000 and hands-on volunteer support from the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.

 

The Lucky Seven
Dog parks from seven communities are participating in the special promotion, including:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas;
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each dog park has its own unique features and needs for improvements. Depending on which park is ultimately selected via votes, the $30,000 donation could be used towards many different types of enhancement projects– from extra benches and tables, to shade structures and landscaping, to water features and agility equipment – to meet the dreams and desires of local dogs and owners.

Cast a Vote
Dog lovers everywhere can weigh in daily with their votes. They should visit Walmart.com/Beneful to learn about the promotion and the seven participating dog parks. Votes can be cast daily by sharing a post on Twitter or Instagram using both #BenefulDogPark and the desired park’s promotion-specific hashtag:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin: #BenefulDogPark #Milwaukee
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana: #BenefulDogPark and #Indianapolis
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina: #BenefulDogPark and #Raleigh
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas: #BenefulDogPark and #Dallas
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: #BenefulDogPark and #OklahomaCity
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia: #BenefulDogPark and #Atlanta
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri: #BenefulDogPark and #KansasCity

To celebrate Beneful’s new dry food recipes – which offer real beef and chicken as the number one ingredient – and the dog park promotion, the Beneful team will be hosting special events at select Walmart stores October 1-2. Check out the event list on Walmart.com to see if the team will be in your neighborhood where you can join them to cast your vote and receive a sample of the new Beneful dry food, while supplies last.

Since launching the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project six years ago, the Beneful team has provided more than $2 million in funding to build new dog parks and improve existing ones in more than 20 communities nationwide. To learn more about Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Project and the community dog parks it’s supported, or read up on its variety of healthy dog foods and treats, visit Beneful.com. The Beneful team also shares out ongoing #DreamDogPark updates on social media – follow and connect with the team on Facebook.com/Beneful, and @Beneful on Instagram and Twitter.

Promotion Rules
Promotion begins at 9:00:01 a.m. ET on September 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2016. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of participation. No purchase necessary to participate. Limit of one (1) vote per person, per Twitter or Instagram account, per day, throughout the promotion period. For full details and official rules, please visit Walmart.com/Beneful.Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164.