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Chrysler Group Engineer Receives 2014 Black Engineer of the Year “Visionary Award”

Tue, 2014-02-11 06:45

SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLC

  • Chrysler Group Head of Fastener Engineering honored during 28th annual event
  • Award recognizes leaders “whose lifetime performance marks a career that affects the careers of many others”
  • Chrysler Group Information Technology and Product engineers also receive recognition as "Modern Day Technology Leaders"

Auburn Hills, Mich., February 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2014 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Visionary Award to Kevin Ward, Head of Fastener Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. Ward was honored at the 28th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala on February 6-8 in Washington D.C.

The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. 
Ward is the latest in a long line of Chrysler Group employees who have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company’s strong commitment to attracting and developing a diverse, talented workforce.

“Kevin is an accomplished engineer and outstanding leader dedicated to the creation of exceptional products and to the development of young, talented engineers in our Company,” said Mark M. Chernoby, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "Kevin’s vision, drive and technical expertise have made him a valuable member of the Chrysler Engineering Team and a respected leader across the Company."

Ward was appointed Head of Fastener Engineering at Chrysler Group in 2011. In this position, he is responsible for leading and managing all design, development, testing and release of torque/fastening components for Chrysler Group vehicles. He joined the Company as a project lead in Supply Chain Management in 1999. 
Ward is active in the community serving as a youth minister in his church.  He also serves as mentor to youth in his community and to young engineers at Chrysler Group.

“I owe much of who I am to the strong African-American leaders who met adversity and paved the way for my success,” Ward said. “Inspired by these outstanding people and role models, I know that it is both my responsibility and privilege to lead and inspire the next generation. I am very appreciative of this recognition of my career accomplishments.”

U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine also honored Modern Day Technology Leaders (MDTL) at the conference, “bright, high performance, women and men shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology who demonstrate superior technical skills and leadership capability, generally at professional through senior manager levels.”

The following Chrysler Group employees earned MDTL recognition for 2014:

  • Jaison Busby, IT Manager Network Control Center                     
  • Marcus Washington, KBE Product Engineer

Both employees demonstrated consistent technical competency and commitment to shaping the careers of younger technical professionals..                        


About U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine 
U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology provides black technology news and information about black engineering, black technology, black entrepreneurs, black engineers, black education, black minorities, Black Engineer of the Year Awards and historically black colleges and universities from black communities in U.S., UK, Caribbean, and Africa.   

About Chrysler Group LLC 
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, engineering, Visionary Award, 2014 Black Engineer of the Year, BEYA Conference, Kevin Ward, Chrysler Group LLC, employee recognition

FOX6 and Toyota Salute to Veterans

Tue, 2014-02-11 06:15

SOURCE: Toyota


Military personnel and their families give so much – their time, their energy, sometimes even their lives.  FOX6 and Toyota are teaming up to salute our Veterans and their families with a special contest just for them – the chance to win a 2014 Toyota Highlander!  One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Highlander LE Plus – V6 AWD with loads of standard features (click here for more)!  Toyota will even cover the sales tax, license and title fees.  This incredible package is valued at approximately $33,199!

Now through February 19th, 2014, we invite you to nominate a Veteran, or the family of a Veteran, to win this amazing grand prize.  Tell us, in 150 words or less, who they are, when and where they served, which branch of the military, and why you’re nominating them to win the Highlander.  You can nominate yourself if you are a Veteran.

All entries will be reviewed for eligibility and six (6) finalists will be selected.  We’ll feature each of the six (6) finalists and determine the grand prize winner on Studio A, live from the Auto Show on February 28th, 2014.  The grand prize winner will be determined as follows:  each finalist will randomly select an envelope – only one of those envelopes will have the Congratulations! Letter safely tucked inside – whichever finalist holds the Congratulations! Letter in their hand will be our grand prize winner and the happy owner of a beautiful, brand new 2014 Toyota Highlander!

Continue reading the original article on FOX6 and enter the salute to Veterans contest >> 

Original source: FOX6

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KEYWORDS: Toyota, Veterans, military personnel, highlander, FOX6

Finalists Selected in 2014 Corporate Citizenship Film Festival

Tue, 2014-02-11 04:10

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College


With 66 companies submitting videos and more than 60,000 participants casting votes, this year’s film festival resulted in a frenzy of activity over the last few weeks. Now the voting has closed and the results are in.  The top ten videos are listed below. Each video is unique in its own right and touches on important issues within our communities. Congratulations to our top ten finalists!

CSX Transportation: This video was successful in helping to capture and share the power of collaboration in meeting human needs on a larger scale than any one of the organizations might be able to do on its own. In this video five organizations partner to sort, pack, and help distribute more than 79,000 items of new clothing to youth who benefit from 130 safe-place shelters across America.

Dow Chemical Company: In an innovative partnership, Dow India has joined forces with Trailblazers, an organization focused on providing environmental education training, to “Multiply the Message” for teachers and students across India. The effort helps educate and train teachers in this critical area of study.

GlaxoSmithKline: This video tells the story of one volunteer in GSK’s PULSE Volunteer Partnership. Since its launch in 2009, PULSE has sent nearly 400 GSK employees from 45 countries to serve 85 non-profit partners in 56 countries. Employees work on three- or six-month, full-time, skills-based assignments. The story is one of many that speak to the heart of GSK’s mission to do more, feel better, and live longer.

Health Care Service Corporation: This video submitted by Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) displays its partnership with Loveisrespect, a national initiative that prevents dating abuse and promotes healthy relationships. The partnership enhances immediate, peer-to-peer assistance, and provides tailored, on-the-ground community outreach, education, and training through “Start Talking,” a campaign that spans Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Honeywell International: When Colorado Springs was devastated by the 2012 Waldo Canyon and 2013 Black Forest wildfires, Honeywell Hometown Solutions provided immediate assistance to employees that were affected by the fires. In October 2013, Honeywell International hosted a Giving Ceremony for the heroic firefighters who risked their lives to save our communities. This video showcases how their generous donations to the Humanitarian Relief Fund helped people of Colorado Springs recover and rebuild following the devastating wildfires, and demonstrated appreciation to the brave firefighters who saved their communities.

Humana: This video successfully demonstrates the vital role corporate social responsibility plays in helping the communities Humana serves become healthier. A $100,000 donation enabled New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom, La., to build a unique, wheel-chair accessible riding facility that offers an opportunity for more children and adults with disabilities to gain new freedom and confidence, set new goals — and reach new heights.

LoyaltyOne: This video showcases LoyaltyOne’s annual Holiday Charity Drive, which brings seasonal cheer to families in need, and gives associates a chance to come together, make a difference and reflect the spirit of teamwork, focus, and creativity that drives everything the company does.

Mary Kay Inc: With just $5,000, Mary Kay Ash launched her dream company to help and inspire women around the world. The company recently turned 50, and launched a Global Makeover Contest to celebrate with woman around the world. Mary Kay awarded a $50,000 grant to 50 makeover contest winners in the U.S. to the charity of their choice. This video celebrates those winners and their stories. Mary Kay celebrates women and all that one women can do with a dream.

Northwestern Mutual: A cancer diagnosis for a child creates a “domino effect” that affects the patient and family. In partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Program funds childhood cancer research and provides support families fighting this disease.

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Thermo Fisher created this video to create awareness about STEM education and ways corporations can be involved,. There is a shortage of qualified professionals to fill the STEM careers in the U.S., and Thermo Fisher Scientific is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers to help fill these roles.

If you did not get an opportunity to watch all of the video submissions, entries can still be viewed on the Center website. In the next few weeks the top ten video finalists will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will choose the winner during the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Los Angeles on March 24.

Learn how you can attend the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference and hear live the announcement of the Boston College Film Festival winner. Visit www.BCCorporateCitizenship.org today.

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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Film Festival, CSR Films, CSR Videos, CSR stories, Corporate citizneship, community involvement, Community Engagement, Boston College, Cener for Corporate Citizenship

C.N. Brown Company Opens New CITGO Big Apple Location in Augusta

Tue, 2014-02-11 03:10
Local CITGO Marketer, Miss Maine 2013 and Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen to Host Grand Opening Events

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation



AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer C.N. Brown Company will host three days of events Feb. 13-15 at the newest CITGO Big Apple Food Store location at 362 Riverside Drive in Augusta, Maine.  Customers can enjoy special pricing on fuel and items inside the store as well as chances to win C.N. Brown Gas Cards, CITGO Gift Cards, and 100 gallons of heating oil.

"We thought Valentine's Day weekend would be the perfect time for us to show our love for our customers, including our new neighbors in Augusta," said Jeffrey Jones, general manager of C.N. Brown Company. "Our partnership with CITGO allows us to make a huge local impact. The CITGO sponsorship of Miss Maine, whose platform is 'Big Brothers Big Sisters: Start Something Big,' really resonates with our mission to better our community through social programs."

Miss Maine 2013, Kristin Korda, will co-host the grand opening events, welcome customers and promote special discounts from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. On Saturday, she will be joined by Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen, Daphne Ellis.

All three days, visitors will be able to enter a raffle to win $25 C.N. Brown Gas Cards, $5CITGO Gift Cards, and 100 gallons of heating oil. In addition, C.N. Brown representatives will pump gas and model proper use of the new dispensers, show guests around the new facilities, including the Dunkin Donuts® franchise, and sign-up customers for the C.N. Brown rewards tag loyalty program, the CITGO Rewards Card, and the C.N. Brown "Bundle and Save" electricity and heating oil package.

"At our new Big Apple Food Store, customers can take care of their energy needs in one convenient stop: gasoline, heating oil and electricity. The friendly staff is committed to legendary customer service and to making a difference in the community by supporting organizations like Miss America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association," added Jones.

Since 1948, C.N. Brown Company has provided quality products, employment opportunities and community support with 140 stations across New England. As the owner of Big Apple Food Stores, Red Shield heating oil locations and independently operated gasoline stations across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, the locally owned, family business plays an important role in the communities it serves. The more than 900 C.N. Brown Company employees are also committed to fueling good by supporting a wide range of charitable and community programs.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Independent CITGO Marketers, such as C.N. Brown, own and operate more than 400 CITGO locations in Maine, New Hampshire,Vermont and Massachusetts and are proud to support their neighborhoods.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.

The CITGO name, logo, trade dress and all related marks are registered trademarks protected by federal law.  All other registered trademarks or trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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KEYWORDS: CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Citgo, C.N. Brown Company, community, social programs, Big Apple Food Store

Miyoshi City And Toyota Enter Disaster Aid Agreement

Tue, 2014-02-11 03:00

SOURCE: Toyota


Miyoshi City, Japan, February 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Miyoshi City and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) signed an agreement here to strengthen coordination of disaster aid activities.  The agreement forms part of Toyota's ongoing commitment to working with local stakeholders to create disaster-resilient communities.

Toyota will work with Miyoshi City in Aichi Prefecture to provide humanitarian assistance and regional recovery support through: 1) post-disaster rescue and relief; 2) provision of temporary evacuation sites following a major disaster; 3) provision of food, drinking water, and other daily necessities; 4) cargo handling assistance at Miyoshi City relief supply facilities; and 5) assistance in planning local recovery activities.  Toyota will also exchange disaster-related information with the city government to facilitate implementation of support measures.

At the signing ceremony held at Miyoshi City Hall, Miyoshi City Mayor Kenji Onoda said: "As we prepare for possible future disasters, we are grateful for this disaster aid agreement with Toyota which provides reassurance to our city."  TMC Senior Managing Officer Naoki Miyazaki stated: "Toyota is proud to fulfill its role as a local business by helping Miyoshi achieve its goals of becoming a safer, more self-dependant city, where people can live with peace of mind.  We will provide all possible support in the event of a disaster."

Through the agreement, which follows a similar agreement with Toyota City made in October 2013, Toyota aims to contribute to the recovery and disaster preparedness of the region with a concentration of Toyota plants (including Toyota City and Miyoshi City) through stronger collaboration and cooperation between local businesses and municipalities.

As disasters can cause large-scale damage to communities, company operations and supply chains, Toyota is reorganizing its business continuity management systems and bolstering its preparedness for potential large-scale natural disasters based on the idea that post-disaster humanitarian support and rapid regional recovery systems are indispensable.


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KEYWORDS: Miyoshi City, Toyota, disaster aid, community, humanitarian assistance

On Safer Internet Day, Focus on What To Do vs. Not Do

Mon, 2014-02-10 12:15

SOURCE: Trend Micro


Tuesday, February 11 is Safer Internet Day, a day when many organizations, governments, schools, individuals, and communities raise awareness and help educate the public on safe, responsible technology use.  Although it has its roots in the EU and has been celebrated there since 2004, the 11th Safer Internet Day is being marked today in multiple countries worldwide. Here’s a great map to show you just how big it has gotten over the years.

Each year, there is a theme for the day and it’s interesting to see how the themes have changed over the years.  They have largely reflected the newest technology and/or concerns of the time.  What is interesting, and what many of us in this field have witnessed over the years, is that there has been a dramatic shift in the messages. Early on, the focus was squarely on safety – and a heavy emphasis on risks and dangers of the Internet.  In recent years, there has been a heavier emphasis on personal responsibility and participation in shaping our own and our communities’ online experiences.  A list of the themes since 2004 can be seen here. In the past, themes have included topics like blogging, safe social networking, cyberbullying, and smart mobile phone use.  This year’s theme goes beyond any particular technology or even individual person’s safety or risk.  The theme is “Let’s create a better Internet together.”

To someone who’s been in this field for years, it is a welcome shift.  But to others, I realize it probably requires some explaining.  This is more than just a feel-good message to rally around.  Yes, we are tired of the negative, fear-based messages that some organizations feel is the only way to educate people on using technology in the best ways.  But this is not just a reflex and rebellion against that.  There is something much more practical and useful in believing that the path to an Internet where people can be free to create, consume, communicate, and connect requires something from all of us.

Together is Better

There are many examples that support the concept of working as a community to make the Internet better, safer, more secure, or more productive.

Take open source software like the Linux operating system.  It’s built and improved upon by thousands of developers working together.  The fact that it’s open makes it more transparent.  When asked about the security and privacy of Linux in light of global concerns of spying governments, executive director of the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin, replied “The whole world can see every line of code in Linux. This is one of the reasons Linux [and] open-source software overall is a safer than closed software. The transparency of the code ensures it’s secure.”

In essence, there’s a community of people who make sure it’s safe and are constantly making it better.

Or take bullying prevention. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about 24% of kids have experienced bullying online and 16% have engaged in it.  You can look at this and see the glass mostly empty or flip these numbers and recognize 76% of kids have never been bullied and 84% don’t engage in it.  The relevance of looking at the numbers this way is in the guidance that many bullying prevention experts give: help students, especially those who are not part of bullying in any way, create an environment where they can help stop it or prevent it  from thriving online in the first place.  Stick up for someone on a Facebook page.  Show kindness and support on Twitter.  Empower them to respond as an online community where kindness trumps cruelty.

There are more examples of how community action can result in a better Internet experience for us – too many to enumerate.  But like anything worth doing – raising a child, re-building a town, discovering a cure – it takes far more than one person to do it successfully.

Teaching by Example

So the question beyond working as communities is, how do we teach this to others?

In the US, there is finally a larger coordinated effort to celebrate Safer Internet Day, led by our friends at Connectsafely.org who were appointed the local hosts.  The campaign that they have created to support this year’s SID theme is called One Good Thing.  They have called upon people across the country to share the good things they have done or seen others do online.

This is a great interpretation of the larger global theme of creating a better Internet together.  Much more happens online everyday but it’s not written about.  They don’t end up in the headlines.  They don’t shock us.  But it’s important to give them a stage.  By showcasing positive examples of how people use the Internet to do good things, we are teaching by example.  Rather than telling kids what NOT to do, we’re showing them what they can and should do.

We recognized this need last year through our annual “What’s Your Story?” youth video contest.  Each year, we asked contestants to focus their entries on a theme.  Like Safer Internet Day, we focused on specific risks or technologies in past contests.  This led contestants to focus on the negative, because we asked them to talk about risks.  But on Safer Internet Day last year, we asked contestants in multiple countries: “What does the good side of the Internet look like?”  The results were amazing and inspiring, and even though there was recognition of risks, it wasn’t the entire focus of the videos.

With the global attention to the positive side of the Internet and our belief that we need to teach kids how to use the Internet safely, responsibly and successfully through leading by example, we are excited to be supporters of Safer Internet Day.  We ask that you join us in making this day and every day a reason to show kids how powerful the Internet is and that like any other tool that could be used for harm, it can also be used to do amazing things – for themselves or the world around them.

WATCH the Safer Internet Day US event LIVE in Washington DC @ 9am US Eastern

OR FOLLOW ME on Twitter – I will be live tweeting from the event @lynettetowens

For more on tips and advice on online safety, media literacy, and digital citizenship, follow Lynette @lynettetowens or Trend Micro @TrendISKF

Tweet me: On #SaferInternetDay Focus on What To Do v Not Do. Thoughts on why this yrs #SID2014 theme is so important http://ow.ly/ttERP @TrendISKF

KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Positive Change, People, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, internet safety, safer internet day, online safety, privacy, Youth, better internet, Internet

Jon Grey, Senior Vice President, Global Operations Group of Bacardi Limited

Mon, 2014-02-10 07:30

SOURCE: Bacardi Limited


Bacardi has new gains in its ongoing efforts to decrease impact on the environment. Family-owned Bacardi reduced energy use by more than 25 percent and water use by an impressive 54 percent.

Click here to learn more about Bacardi Limited Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future


About Bacardi Limited

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum, as well as the world’s most-awarded spirit; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world’s leading super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most-awarded blended Scotch; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth and the world's favorite Italian sparkling wines; CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, one of the most popular premium tequilas in Mexico and the United States; and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S®, the fastest-growing global Scotch whisky brand; ERISTOFF® vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and ST. GERMAIN®, a super-premium elderflower liqueur.

Founded 152 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.  www.BacardiLimited.com


Media Contacts

Patricia M. Neal/Amy Federman, +1.441.294.1110, afederman@bacardi.com

Tweet me: Bacardi has cut #water use by 54% @BacardiLtdComms http://3bl.me/ag49ay #BacardiGoodSpirited #Sustainability

KEYWORDS: good spirited campaign, spirits industry, sustainability, Bacardi Limited, global environmental innovation

HP LIFE Entrepreneur Ada Bustamante: A Success Story

Mon, 2014-02-10 06:05



HP on YouTube

HP LIFE free e-Learning helped Ada Bustamante create the business and life she wanted for her family.  HP LIFE is a free, cloud-based training program that helps virtually anyone, anywhere learn the essential business and IT skills to start or grow a business.

To learn more, please visit http://www.hp.com/go/hplife and to start your free online training, please visit: http://www.life-global.org.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printingpersonal computingsoftwareservices and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

Tweet me: #Entrepreneurs succeed with free e-Learning from the @HPLIFE_Program http://3bl.me/ws86gm

KEYWORDS: HP, Hewlett Packard, HP LIFE, free classes, E-learning, entrepreneurs

CITGO and Texas Star Recognize Foster Angels of South Texas for Fueling Good in Corpus Christi

Mon, 2014-02-10 04:30
Non-profit Receives CITGO Gift Cards to Help it Serve Foster Children in the Region

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


Corpus Christi, Tx, Feb. 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- On Jan. 29, representatives from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local CITGO Marketer Texas Star awarded the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. The non-profit was a Fueling Good Project winner for its work improving the lives of foster children in South Texas.

"We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the CITGO Fueling Good Project winners," saidJennifer Starr, executive director at Foster Angels. "We strive to give foster children in South Texas the tools they need to live happy and successful lives. Thanks to CITGO and everyone who voted for us during the promotion, hundreds of deserving children in foster care will receive the help they need."

The Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation helps meet the basic needs of foster children, including food, clothing and shelter. Foster Angels also provides life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences, such as tutoring and music, art and dance lessons. The organization will use the CITGO Gift Cards to help foster children get to work, school, soccer games, ballet classes, medical and dental appointments and so much more.

Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 charities, further helping them to do good in their own communities. Visit www.FuelingGood.com for more information. For regular updates and to join the conversation, "Like" CITGO Fueling Good www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at  www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

The CITGO Corpus Christi refinery produces high quality fuels for the company's network of nearly 6,000 independently owned and operated CITGO locations. Over the last five years, both the company and refinery employees supported the surrounding community by providing almost 13,000 volunteer hours and nearly $6 million dollars in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic ofVenezuela. For more information visit  www.CITGO.com.



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KEYWORDS: Texas, foster angels, Citgo, Fueling Good, foster children, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, corpus christi, south texas


Betty Ross - Vice President of Campaign Development, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Mon, 2014-02-10 02:00

SOURCE: Run Walk Ride


Congratulations to Betty Ross, Vice President of Campaign Development of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the latest featured peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.

Click here to read more about what drives Betty - learn more about Betty's long and illustrious career at NMSS and how she keeps the peer-to-peer fundraising fresh and relevant with new events such as the MuckFest MS, a fun and challenging 5K obstacle course.

The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council launched the P2P Spotlight series to go "up close and person with peer-to-peer fundraising professionals."  If you would like to nominate someone, please email us - info@runwalkride.com


Tweet me: Congratulations to @mssociety's Betty Ross, featured in @RunWalkRide's P2P Spotlight! Read more here: http://bit.ly/Jik64x #runwalkride Contact Info:

David Hessekiel
+1 (914) 921-3914

KEYWORDS: Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, peer-to-peer, athletic event fundraising, Fundraising, 5k


Denny's Hungry for Education -- Year Two

Mon, 2014-02-10 00:00
Versaic Supports Denny's Scholarship Initiative

SOURCE: Versaic


Denny’s is back for year two of its Hungry for Education (HFE) scholarship program and once again, Versaic is the engine behind the scenes. We’re making sure that it’s simple for students from high school through college to submit applications and equally simple for the Denny’s team to manage the entire process. The HFE program was so successful last year that America’s Diner has quadrupled its investment in the program, going nation-wide with the initiative and partnering with a broader group of non-profit minority advocacy organizations. This year, the AAA Scholarship Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation and United States Hispanic Leadership Institute join Denny’s partners from last year — Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Step Up For Students, Urban League of the Upstate, U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation,  and The Tom Joyner Foundation.

The Versaic platform enables applicants to create accounts, fill out applications for the appropriate organizations and submit essays outlining their creative ideas for ending childhood hunger- a mission that is close to Denny’s heart, as articulated by Denny’s Chief Brand Officer Frances Allen. “Our Hungry for Education program allows us to help some of our younger guests access higher education and provides us the opportunity to continue to raise awareness of childhood hunger in the United States. We look forward to reviewing this year’s applications and identifying solutions Denny’s can implement to fight hunger in our local communities.”  Well said, Frances.  The problem of childhood hungers needs the spotlight that leading companies like Denny’s can shine on it.

The Denny’s HFE program is near and dear to Versaic since it was the first time a client used the Versaic system to implement a scholarship program.  We’ve teamed closely with April Kelly-Drummond, director of corporate diversity for Denny’s, on implementing the program and she’s given the Versaic team kudos for our consultative approach and fast turnaround on Denny’s priorities.  Taking complicated processes and making them simple is a Versaic sweet spot and that’s what April — and Denny’s — needed from us. We’re excited to be part of a process that connects young people with valuable scholarship dollars and at the same time, bring to the fore new ideas for tackling one of our most pressing problems, childhood hunger.

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KFC Thailand Helping Kids Win Big, On and Off the Soccer Field

Fri, 2014-02-07 10:00

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


KFC Thailand has announced the winner of its 2013 KFC Seven Shoot Cup, a soccer competition for youth age 12 to 15. Assumption School from Sriracha took home the top prize – 100,000 Baht (approximately US$3,000) and a trip to Japan, where they received a private coaching session from the Urawa Red Diamonds professional team.

Started in 2009, KFC Seven Shoot is the biggest youth soccer tournament in Thailand which brings together more than 3,000 seven-person teams of kids from across the country, totaling nearly 50,000 people. The program helps participants understand the importance of physical fitness and demonstrate their talent while also allowing KFC’s restaurant general managers (RGMs) to get involved with the community.

"These kids love soccer, and we are so glad to be able to help them get some exercise and learn principles of sportsmanship that they can use for the rest of their lives. The program also attracts talent scouts from Thai professional soccer teams to recruit talents into their development programs." said Thunyachate Ekvetchavit, Marketing Director, KFC Thailand.

From May to October, KFC RGMs throughout Thailand help manage teams and organize competitions within their communities. In 2013, a total of 3,115 teams participated, with competitions held at the local, provincial and regional levels. At the final level, teams from five regions of Thailand faced off in Bangkok for the national title.

See Yum! Brands CSR Report for more community stories.

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KFC Thailand Helping Kids Win Big, On and Off the Soccer Field

Fri, 2014-02-07 09:20

SOURCE: Yum! Brands


KFC Thailand has announced the winner of its 2013 KFC Seven Shoot Cup, a soccer competition for youth age 12 to 15. Assumption School from Sriracha took home the top prize – 100,000 Baht (approximately US$3,000) and a trip to Japan, where they received a private coaching session from the Urawa Red Diamonds professional team.

Started in 2009, KFC Seven Shoot is the biggest youth soccer tournament in Thailand which brings together more than 3,000 seven-person teams of kids from across the country, totaling nearly 50,000 people. The program helps participants understand the importance of physical fitness and demonstrate their talent while also allowing KFC’s restaurant general managers (RGMs) to get involved with the community.

"These kids love soccer, and we are so glad to be able to help them get some exercise and learn principles of sportsmanship that they can use for the rest of their lives. The program also attracts talent scouts from Thai professional soccer teams to recruit talents into their development programs." said Thunyachate Ekvetchavit, Marketing Director, KFC Thailand.

From May to October, KFC RGMs throughout Thailand help manage teams and organize competitions within their communities. In 2013, a total of 3,115 teams participated, with competitions held at the local, provincial and regional levels. At the final level, teams from five regions of Thailand faced off in Bangkok for the national title.

See Yum! Brands CSR Report for more community stories.

Tweet me: .@YumBrands Thailand is helping kids win on and off the #soccer field http://3bl.me/c5fpk2

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Lilly Partners to Improve Life in Kenya

Fri, 2014-02-07 09:05
By David Marbaugh

SOURCE: Eli Lilly and Company


Lilly is proud to play a small role in supporting the work of a truly inspirational man, Joe Mamlin, M.D., and the organization he helped create to assist the people of Kenya that lack access to basic healthcare. 

Mamlin is one of the forefathers of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). He remains a central figure to the organization, which was created in 2001 as a response to the HIV crisis in Kenya. AMPATH has since grown into a highly respected international research and care consortium.

Led in Eldoret by medical teams from the Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital, AMPATH provides care based on individual needs—from treating diabetes to preventing hunger-related complications—and has been nominated three times for the Noble Peace Prize.

Lilly became a part of the AMPATH story in 2002 when Dr. Mamlin saw a need for insulin and asked his colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine to contact us for donations. Over the years, our donations became even more diverse as we added mental health and oncology products to each growing shipment.

Nearly $60 million worth of product later, Lilly donations enable initiatives, such as the revolving fund pharmacy and mental health services, to flourish for the 3.5 million people AMPATH serves in Kenya and surrounding countries. 

Watch this video to learn more about the remarkable Dr. Mamlin and our partnership with AMPATH.

You can learn more about Lilly’s efforts to improve global health through our recently published 2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Highlights.

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What We’re Reading: Instagram Rules, Social Media Literacy in NY Schools, Another Anti-bullying App, Facebook Gives Us Paper

Fri, 2014-02-07 08:45

SOURCE: Trend Micro

DESCRIPTION:Week of February 4, 2014

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.

INSTAGRAM RULES: Chicago Now’s Tween Us blog shares the basics on Instagram for parents who have kids already savvy on the app. The important things noted in the article are reminders that Instagram profiles can be public or private, the age requirement is 13 years old and that your physical location may be known when you’re posting photos from Instagram if you haven’t turned geotagging off.  The most important thing to remember is to try out the apps your kids are using and ask them how they’re using them. As a parent, knowing how these services work is the first step to helping your kids be safe on them.  For another great guide form our friends at ConnectSafely, go to their Parents’ Guide to Instagram.

NYC SCHOOLS TEACH SOCIAL MEDIA LITERACY: The New York City Department of Education recently released Social Media Guidelines for New York City Schools and have approached in a way similar to other types of education such as health and dating.  As the blog CoolMomTech points out, while parents may give kids the access to technology via phones or home computer use, it helps kids to learn about in terms of the academic and social context they may use social media for and in school.  It includes guidance to kids on where to get help if you’re being bullied online and how to adjust your privacy settings.

ANOTHER ANTI-BULLYING APP: The new StopIt app attempts to prevent cyberbullying through a four-pronged approach using features that are customizable for each child. According to founder Todd Schobel “StopIt’s approach to cyberbullying is different from the recent, somewhat controversial approach of monitoring — or spying on — kids through their social media pages. StopIt is poised to create a culture where children feel empowered to take action when being cyberbullied or viewing as a bystander.” I think tools like this can be helpful, but it’s not the real answer to stopping bullying or cyberbullying.  As our friends from the Cyberbullying Research Center have said, the schools where cyberbullying is most prevalent are the ones where the school culture and climate allows it to thrive.  It has nothing to do with how many cell phones the students have.  Kudos for StopIt to help in some way, but let’s all remember, bullying does not start or end because with technology.

FACEBOOK GIVES US PAPER: This week, Facebook turned 10 and launched a new app that basically organizes what you and others have posted in yet another way.  Read more about how it works from Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe.

OBAMA ON PRIVACY: U.S. President Barack Obama touched on privacy issues in his most recent State of the Union address. In the address, he reinforced a call to reform intelligence surveillance programs, saying U.S. intelligence agencies require the trust of people inside and outside the country. Obama promised to work with Congress to reform these programs, likely meaning those at the NSA exposed by Edward Snowden. “The vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence here and aboard, that privacy of ordinary people is not being violated,” Obama said.

See you next week!

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What We’re Reading: Media Literacy in the Classroom, Facebook vs. Snapchat, Case of the High School Hackers

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:30

SOURCE: Trend Micro


Week of January 27, 2014

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.

TWITTER IN SCHOOL: A teacher at a Milwaukee school is gaining notoriety for encouraging Twitter use in the classroom. Chris Lazarski , who teaches public policy, joined a national San Francisco-based program that encourages kids to tweet their reactions to current events. Lazarski says with proper oversight, students learn an important lesson on how to use Twitter for research and communication.  An incredible way to promote media literacy in our schools!

TEACHER’S PLEA GOES VIRAL: A Scotland teacher who wanted to show her young students how widely a photo can spread on Facebook, posted her photo with a handwritten plea on Jan. 13th.  It has since been shared more than 163,000 times on Facebook alone and viewed in 90 countries. Additionally, she’s experienced victimization by internet trolls and someone set up a fake account with her likeness. The teacher said this has been a valuable lesson as many of her students were not aware of variety of privacy settings  on Facebook and how easily their information could be viewed by the public.  Another great way to teach media literacy and promote online safety and privacy in school.

FACEBOOK VS. SNAPCHAT: It appears Facebook see Snapchat as a real threat, especially after the former tried and failed to buy the latter.  Snapchat is the first app that does not rely heavily on Facebook’s community for any reason.  And it did something first that really appealed to people: make the photos disappear. It will be interesting to watch how these companies will continue to evolve overtime to remain competitive: Snapchat to maintain its uniqueness, and Facebook to copy them.  There are already new arrivals to join the fight, including last month’s launch of Confide, the messaging app that lets your texts disappear.  I think whoever does best to never lose sight of the customer experience will always win, and among youth, this means creating something apps and features that meet some emotional need.  This is the reason Snapchat became so popular, not because it was an anti-Facebook option.

HIGH-SCHOOL HACKERS EXPELLED: Students at a prestigious high school in Southern California have been expelled for hacking teachers’ computers to change their grades and steal tests.  They had help from an adult tutor, but aside from the story of why these students felt compelled to act in this way, possibly because of extreme academic pressure, this story highlights two other things for me.  One is that kids are quite capable of hacking although we should strongly discourage this and help them understand it is morally, ethically, and legally wrong to do it.  Second, we should always question the security of systems in our schools, especially since our children’s data is increasingly being stored and transported through these systems.

See you next week!


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Bloomberg Highlights The Underrepresentation of Women in Newsrooms

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:00

SOURCE: Justmeans


(3BLMedia/Justmeans) - While we all can see that journalism is changing, yet globally, the majority of high-profile journalists and editors are still male. Although there have been considerable changes in the prospects for women working in the media in the past few decades, women are still in the minority in the top journalistic roles. Relatively few are rising to senior jobs and the pay gap between male and female journalists remains a wide one. Moreover, as women get older, it is difficult for them to retain a place in journalism.

There has been a lot of chatter about the under-representation of women in newsrooms. One media giant doing the talking and actually doing something, too is Bloomberg. This January, Bloomberg’s news editor-in-chief Matt Winkler participated in a panel discussion on women in journalism at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Winkler not only raised the issue about the lack of women in newsrooms, but also about the absence of female sources in stories.

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DSI Announces $10,000 Paul Polak Scholarship

Fri, 2014-02-07 02:30

SOURCE: School of Visual Arts - Design for Social Innovation


We are delighted to announce the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA NYC. Paul has been a friend, advisor and inspiration to our program, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives he has changed through his work to end poverty. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the class of 2016.  

Applications to DSI are open. Apply at dsi.sva.edu/apply. Applicants will automatically be considered for the Paul Polak Scholarship; no separate application is required.

About Paul Polak: 

For the past 30 years, Paul has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 22 million people out of poverty. Before establishing International Development Enterprises (IDE), Paul practiced psychiatry for 23 years in Colorado. To better understand the environments influencing his patients, Paul would visit their homes and workplaces. After a trip he made to Bangladesh, he was inspired to use the skills he had honed while working with homeless veterans and mentally ill patients in Denver to serve the 800 million people living on a dollar a day around the world. Employing the same tactics he pioneered as a psychiatrist, Paul spent time “walking with farmers through their one-acre farms and enjoying a cup of tea with their families, sitting on a stool in front of their thatched-roof mud–and–wattle homes.” Paul’s ability to respond with innovative solutions–such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip–irrigation systems starting at $3—helped IDE increase poor farmers’ net income by $288 million annually.

Paul Polak was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers” by The Atlantic, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.” Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science. He was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008.

Dr. Polak is the author of “Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail,” and with Mal Warwick, “The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers.” His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic.

Paul is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.

The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day. Prior to founding Windhorse International, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises, a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.

About DSI: 

MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City is the first graduate program in the rapidly growing field of social impact design. It was created for designers who want to work at a strategic level within business, government and the social sector to solve the major challenges humanity faces, and to offer non-designers an opportunity to use design to create positive impact.

The two-year, 60-credit program prepares graduates to work in complex systems, expanding the methodologies of design to large engagements—from the invisible systems of beliefs and mental models that drive behavior to the forms of visual design that engage and inspire participation. They learn to scale the impact of research, mapping, game theory, informal systems and economies, metrics and data visualization. MFA Design for Social Innovation students work with real clients throughout the program, gaining hands-on experience with multinational corporations, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs around the globe. The curriculum encompasses a broad range of issues, including conservation, health, food and agriculture, poverty, women’s rights, social justice, fair trade, education and community revitalization. 

Please direct questions about MFA DSI and the Paul Polak Scholarship to dsiinfo@sva.edu

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Kmart Raises Record $21.9 Million for St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Fri, 2014-02-07 01:05
Kmart Customers, Shop Your Way® Members Donated Like Never Before

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Feb. 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Kmart announced its Shop Your Way℠ members and customers donated a record $21.9 million to the 10th annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving®fundraising campaign during the 2013 holiday season – the single largest corporate partner donation ever to the St. Jude campaign.

“We’re so proud and thankful of the generosity from the millions of Shop Your Way members, customers and Kmart associates who contributed to this historic fundraising achievement,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings Chairman and CEO. “Through its research and care, St. Jude helps young patients from the communities Kmart serves across the country and around the world. This year’s unprecedented results show how much the cause touches the hearts of Kmart shoppers and associates alike.”

Since it began its relationship with St. Jude in 2006, Kmart has raised more than $59.2 million through in-store and online donations. Funds raised support research and treatment in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. The hospital recognized Kmart as its Corporate Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and last year named the St. Jude LIFE and After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart in the company’s honor.

"The incredible support we received from Kmart and its loyal Shop Your Way members during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is critical in our fight to end childhood cancer," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. "St. Jude is where doctors send some of their toughest cases because we have the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. Kmart's ongoing commitment helps us continue that lifesaving work while staying true to my father's founding promise that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live."

Kmart’s total was part of an overall record fundraising year for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which raised more than $97 million for the hospital.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 52 years ago. With the continued support of partners like Kmart and its loyal members and customers, St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade and won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

For more information visit stjude.org or kmart.com/stjude. Shop Your Way members can also find out more via the St. Jude brand page at ShopYourWay.com.                                              


About Kmart
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:  SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and part of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company's website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®    
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.



Tweet me: Kmart (@Kmart) customers & @ShopYourWay members donate record $21.9 million to @StJude: http://3bl.me/e975s2. Contact Info:

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#DardenDigest: We're All Family Here

Thu, 2014-02-06 06:00

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants


At Olive Garden, our goal is to treat everyone like family and to provide our guests with special experiences of gathering around the table with loved ones. Each holiday season, Olive Garden restaurants select deserving families from our local communities to host for a special holiday meal on us. This past holiday season, I’m thankful to have been able to give a gift of a holiday meal to a very deserving family who also happens to be part of our Olive Garden family.

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