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AVANA Employees Volunteer at Foodbank

AVANA Companies’ Employees Volunteer for Day of Service at St. Mary’s Foodbank

Company celebrates making Inc. 5000 List by giving back

AVANA Companies, a comprehensive lending and asset management platform since 2002, is proud to announce it has helped to feed more than 400 families after a day of service at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. Company employees decided to serve the community as a way to celebrate its selection for the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.

AVANA means preserver and it has always been our mission to help to foster community involvement where we live and work and we are so proud that the members of our team share these values, says CEO Sundip Patel.  Service is the foundation of our company culture, so it only makes sense to celebrate by helping others.

About 20 AVANA employees, some from out of town, participated in the day of volunteering. They worked together to fill food boxes which will be distributed to needy families.

AVANA Companies collaborates with a diverse group of skilled professionals to foster its mission to build and preserve communities through Commercial Real Estate (CRE) and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) lending opportunities. For nearly 20 years, AVANA has promoted local ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) investment opportunities by contributing to the social good and educating potential investors about alternative investments that have a social and environmental impact. Through AVANA’s Family of Companies, it provides capital to grow and create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and finance diverse renewable energy projects through its strong portfolio of lending and investment products. 

About AVANA Companies

The AVANA Family of Companies (AVANA) is dedicated to stimulating local economies and contributing to clean energy development across the United States. Founded in 2002 by brothers Sundip and Sanat Patel, it is a family of ESG lending and investment platforms that serve entrepreneurs and investors. AVANA’s ESG lending is done through AVANA Capital, LendThrive™,and Extensia Financial and ESG investments through AVANA Fund and EqualSeatTM. The company’s goal is to empower American small businesses by providing ESG focused loans and investment opportunities that are impactful, socially driven and preserve wealth. AVANA is headquartered in Arizona and serves small business owners and investors across the United States and globally. AVANA invests in the communities it serves, creating jobs, stimulating economic growth, and contributing to sustainable projects. AVANA has recently been named to the 2021 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. AVANA Capital, LLC is licensed in California under DBO license number 603K752 and in Arizona under CBK license number 0921662. To learn more, visit their website or follow on AVANA Companies on LinkedIn.

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Big Sean Hosts 3rd D.O.N. Weekend

Big Sean & Sean Anderson Foundation to Unveil Music Production Studio Inside Boys & Girls Clubs of SE Michigan During 3rd Annual D.O.N. Weekend

President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield will add Occupy the Corner-Detroit to D.O.N. Weekend activities, will offer vaccines, expungement of records services, unemployment support and more.

Celebrity Kickball game of Team Big Sean vs. Team Sheffield to take place for youth, will feature Michigan’s Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, WJLB’s Dr Darrius, and surprise celebrity guests.

Sunday’s activities will focus on mental health and include Yoga on the Beach and Industry Club Fashion Show.

Multi-platinum artist, philanthropist and BGCSM Alumni Big Sean is excited to return to Detroit for his 3rd Annual Detroit’s On Now (D.O.N.) Weekend Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, August 29. The weekend is presented by the Sean Anderson Foundation (SAF) and hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) and City Council President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield and will offer free activities for all ages. COVID-19 protocols will be enforced, and attendance is limited. 

This past year and a half has been challenging for everyone. I’m glad we can bring D.O.N. Weekend back and celebrate the people who make this city great, said Big Sean. With all the hurdles Detroit has faced during the pandemic, it’s so important to bring the city together in a positive way.

The new Reimagined Club is another strategic step to ensure Detroit youth have the tools and skills to become career, start-up and homeowner ready before leaving the Clubs at 18. The facility includes not only the new fully functional SAF content and production studio, but updated buildouts of the Ponyride co-working space for area entrepreneurs, computer lab, art gallery, 3D and laser printers, and a retail pop-up shop, similar to BGCSM’s Dauch Club on Tireman, which unveiled its Reimagined space with Big Sean in 2019. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan is proud to be the anchor partner bringing DON Weekend to Detroit neighborhoods, said Shawn H. Wilson, president & CEO BGCSM. On behalf of the youth and families of Detroit, we want to thank Myra and Sean for their continued support and love for the city.

The special weekend celebrates the Detroit artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, families and long-standing institutions that are the backbone of the city. Along with the special unveiling of the SAF Studio, there will be a community block party and Occupy the Corner led by President Pro-Tem Mary Sheffield. Activities include live DJ, free food, live performances, COVID-19 vaccines, free haircuts and braiding, workforce one jobs, felony expungement, apprenticeship opportunities, carnival rides, gaming stations and a celebrity kickball game.

During these difficult times it’s more important than ever to stay consistent in our service to others. Combining forces with the Sean Anderson Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern for the D.O.N. Weekend and Occupy the Corner – Detroit collaboration is a perfect way to show the community, especially those in need, that there are people who care and resources available, exclaimed Detroit City Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield. Additionally with the new reality resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s nice to help the community we serve and love to get a little slice of normalcy, interaction, and fun.

On Sunday, to continue strong focus on mental and physical wellness, BGCSM will be hosting Yoga on the Beach with Jamel Randall, owner of the Trap Yoga and Massage Studio Detroit and an Industry Club Fashion Show.

The weekend’s events were made possible by presenting sponsors Duo, Detroit Pistons, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mercy Primary Care Center, Foot Locker, Fratarcangeli Wealth Management, The Mullick Foundation and TKG Business Management LLC.

Event tickets are limited due to COVID precautions but free to the public. BGCSM continues to be a safe space for youth, families and the community amid the current pandemic. Strict safety measures will be actively enforced during weekend activities.

About Sean Anderson Foundation

The mission of the Sean Anderson Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, is to assist in the education, health, safety, and well-being of school-age youth and their families. The Foundation partners with established charitable organizations and corporate sponsors to support its signature program, Mogul Prep.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan  

Founded in 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) has over 95 years of experience serving youth ages 6-18 by providing a safe, fun place that inspires, while offering high quality programs that provide real-world learning from caring adult mentors. Serving nearly 21,000 youth, families and entrepreneurs annually in Clubs throughout southeastern Michigan, BGCSM works every day to provide a world-class experience, empowering youth to become change agents through economic mobility. By providing high quality youth development programs, BGCSM has reimagined the future of afterschool learning and continues to stay agile and expand to better support the needs of our changing youth, ensuring that they are career, start-up and homeowner ready. To learn more about BGCSM visit their site and follow us on social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

About Big Sean 

Big Sean consistently asserts himself as an elite rapper and a vital voice for the culture, at large, since he emerged in 2011, with his debut album Finally Famous on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music / Def Jam imprint. The album spun off consecutive top-charted pop/R&B/rap crossover smashes with My Last featuring Chris Brown (platinum), Marvin & Chardonnay featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash (platinum), and Dance (A$$) featuring Nicki Minaj (4x-platinum). Sean was a major collaborator on Kanye’s groundbreaking Cruel Summer album in 2012, and shared multi-platinum success with Kanye on the Grammy-nominated Mercy (also featuring Pusha T and 2 Chainz), and Clique (with Jay-Z). Sean’s Hall Of Fame album followed in 2013, including Guap (platinum) and Beware featuring Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko (2x-platinum). Dark Sky Paradise (2015) was Sean’s first platinum and first album to debut #1 on Soundscan. It reigned on the charts with the #1 IDFWU featuring E-40 (6x-platinum), Blessings featuring Drake and Kanye West (3x-platinum), and One Man Can Change the World featuring Kanye West and John Legend (platinum). I Decided. (released Feb 2017, platinum) debuted at #1 on the momentum of the two pre-order instant great tracks that turned into smash singles, Bounce Back (5x-platinum with over 300 million streams globally), and Moves (2x-platinum). In 2020, he logged his third consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and fifth straight #1 entry on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart with the critically acclaimed Detroit 2.  

Beyond selling out worldwide tours, the Detroit native was recently appointed Creative Director of Innovation for the Detroit Pistons. Sean has also made a successful foray into film/TV – starring in the animated film Dog Gone Trouble, which hit #1 on Netflix, as well as appearing in Lena Waithe’s comedy series Twenties on BET. Attracting an audience of nearly 50 million across channels, Sean leverages his platform to give back. He runs his own 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation, which assists in the education, health, safety and well-being of school aged youth in underserved communities across the country.

Follow Big Sean via Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.

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Russell Wilson Launches 3Brand Hat Line

RUSSELL WILSON LAUNCHES DEBUT HAT LINE FROM 3BRAND LABEL, EXCLUSIVELY AT LIDS

Leading sports retailer Lids today announced that Seattle Seahawks star quarterback and Super Bowl XLVIII champion, Russell Wilson will be launching a brand new hat line from his recently founded 3BRAND label, sold exclusively at Lids.

The caps will feature Russell Wilson’s signature number 3 icon logo and will be available in three different colored hats. This unique collection is one of three drops by Russell Wilson and 3BRAND this year. All drops will be available at select Lids stores and on Lids.com in the months ahead. 3BRAND represents everyone out there who has a dream and is dedicated to hard work. The 3BRAND collection brings sport, fashion and lifestyle to these iconic caps.

In addition to the stylish caps, five percent of sales will be donated to the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through education and empowering youth to lead with a why not attitude. The foundation also supports student access to equal education opportunities, children’s health and food security initiatives. Its mission is to equip today’s youth with the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders. 

I have always dreamed of having my own hat line at Lids and to finally launch my 3BRAND collection exclusively at Lids is a dream come true, said Russell Wilson. Being able to keep your dreams alive, never giving up, and living life with a why not you attitude is what the 3BRAND signifies and I can’t wait to see everyone wearing them.

We are thrilled to be the exclusive retail partner to launch Russell Wilson’s debut hat line from his 3BRAND label, said Lawrence Berger, Chairman of FanzzLids Holdings and co-founder and partner at Ames Watson. This collection not only offers our customers a way to express the important messages of never giving up on your dreams but also to provide them with a sense of excitement while wearing these caps.

The announcement follows a year of growth for Lids that saw the retailer add 70 stores during the pandemic and cement an international expansion agreement with the NBA. Lids remains the largest headwear retailer in North America, with over 28 million sold per year across their 1,200+ locations. Beyond hats, Lids is the largest brick and mortar retailer of licensed sports product in North America and has a fast-growing non-sports branded business. Retailing for $31.99, the first release from this exclusive collection will be available in select Lids locations throughout the U.S. and on Lids.com starting Thursday, Aug.19.

About 3BRAND

Launching in 2021, Russell Wilson’s 3BRAND brings sport, music and fashion together in an on- trend sportswear brand that inspires us to be better, do more, and give back. 3BRAND believes the mind, body and soul combine to make dreams come true. A percentage of all 3BRAND sales are donated to the Why Not You Foundation, Russell and Ciara’s nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude. Follow us on Instagram, or Facebook.

About Lids

Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion- oriented headwear and apparel across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico through over 1,200 retail locations. Indianapolis-based Lids Sports Group carries officially licensed and branded gear aimed at empowering customers to represent their unique and individual style, team, passion and fun. Lids Sports Group operates stores under the Lids, Locker Room by Lids, Fanzz, Yankees Clubhouse Shops, Dodgers Clubhouse, Cardinals Clubhouse, and numerous other nameplates. Lids also has locations within select Macy’s department stores nationwide. To find a retail location near you visit the blog or join the #LidsLoyal on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

About Why Not You Foundation

Founded in 2014, Russell Wilson and Ciara’s Why Not You Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through education, empowering youth to lead with a why not you attitude. The foundation supports student access to equal education opportunities, children’s health and food security initiatives. Its mission is to equip today’s youth with the skills and opportunities to become tomorrow’s leaders. In Fall 2020, the foundation announced its first Why Not You Academy, a school that blends real-world applications with classroom learning. Learn more here.

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AUTOMOTIVE GROUP FIGHTS AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Two Automotive Executives Become Co-Chairs of the 2021 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Event in Broward

For the Craig Zinn Automotive Group, joining the fight against breast cancer hits close to home. That’s why two top executives from that organization have stepped up to co-chair this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Broward presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Hollywood, scheduled for October 23, 2021. Fleet manager for Lexus of Pembroke Pines, Michele Alter, is a 21-year breast cancer survivor, and Brittany Zinn, assistant group general manager/CZAG, lost a maternal figure to breast cancer. The two plan to work closely with Trudy Spence, senior development manager at the American Cancer Society® Fort Lauderdale to make this year’s event a success.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® (MSABC) is a national movement. Fundraising events range from large-scale traditional walks to unique local experiences and celebrations. Making Strides has united communities, companies and individuals across the country in the fight to end breast cancer for more than two decades. The organization has known of Michele and her fight since 2002, when she first started participating in their events. Both Michele Alter and Brittany Zinn believe in MSABC’s commitment to create a future that’s free from breast cancer. “As we look to the road ahead, we are more determined and more inspired than ever before. It will unite Broward County communities to honor cancer survivors and caregivers touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer,” said Trudy Spence. In years past, this event has raised over 700,000 dollars, which went towards funding breast cancer research and programs geared towards both men and women. At this time, the event will move forward in person, but it will keep federal, state, and local health guidelines in mind. As the fall season approaches, event-based decisions may be made to best meet the health and safety needs of everyone involved. Michele and Brittany hope to get as many people signed up to help raise funds. “Between now through October, people can fuel the fight against breast cancer by fundraising. It’s as easy as downloading the American Cancer Society FUNdraising App, which will allow you to register for the October event and ask for donations via email, text and social media,” said Michele Alter who was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 32.

For many, being diagnosed is a life changing experience, and Michele believes that cancer lit a fire in her soul. Early during her treatment, she decided that she would not only beat cancer, but she would also volunteer and help The American Cancer Society fund a cure. “They were there for me when I needed them the most, so I feel blessed that I am here today ready and able to co-chair this year’s Making Strides/ Broward event.” Michele believes in the programs, because they were the only thing that helped her see the light during those moments of darkness. Brittany comes from an automotive family that happens to also be highly philanthropic. Her father, Craig Zinn, encourages everyone in his company to give back to the community. Despite wearing many hats, Brittany was eager to serve as co-chair for this year’s event to honor the memory of Ingrid, who was like a mother to her. “I’ve seen what breast cancer does to a person. Since I was young, Ingrid kept the true depth of her struggles from me. Had I known, I would have been there for her, much like The American Cancer Society was for Michele,” said Brittany.

According to the American Cancer Society journal, a Cancer Journal for Clinicians, there will be an estimated 1.9 million new cancer cases diagnosed in 2021 and 608,570 cancer deaths in the United States. Given the pandemic, it’s believed that people with active cancer may be more susceptible to COVID-19, because of their impaired immune system. For that, the Broward chapter wants to ensure everyone that even if they cannot attend in person, the success of this event will depend on enthusiastic individuals who commit to raising funds, in addition to generous donors who will support those participants.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Huizenga Plaza, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

REGISTRATION:

Click HERE to join the walk by signing up as an individual or team. Be sure to download the app to your phone and link the dashboard to Facebook. Fun Fact: Those that connect their fundraiser to FB, raise seven times more money.

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Participants at the 2019 event

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Upcoming Annual “Pedal on the Pier” Fundraiser

High Energy Outdoor Cycle, Red Carpet, Food, Music, and Fun Festivities on the Iconic Santa Monica Pier Benefiting LA’s Underserved Youth & Their Communities

WHO: Harold Robinson Foundation 

WHAT: The Pedal on the Pier fundraiser returns transforming Santa Monica Pier into a high-energy outdoor cycling studio to raise money for the foundation’s Camp Ubuntu, which provides LA’s underprivileged children in South LA with a unique, three-day camp experience. The lessons and experiences these children learn at Camp Ubuntu enrich their lives and empower them with the necessary skills needed to better themselves at home, across their communities, and throughout life. Pedal on the Pier raises over a million dollars each year, totaling over six million dollars, and hopes to far surpass those numbers this year.

With the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, Pedal on the Pier’s 4-hour spin-a-thon features teams riding on stationary cycling bikes, LA’s top spin instructors, live musical performances, DJs, dancing, celebrities, athletes, food and drinks from local restaurants, influential brands, and fun festivities in the sun. Sponsors include national brands like iHeart Radio, Beat Box, and Tito’s Vodka.

In order to participate as a rider, you can join a team or start a team. Each team must raise a minimum of $2,500 for the Harold Robinson Foundation to have a bike reserved. Registered riders will receive a free T-shirt, swag bag, and a meal ticket and access to the 21 and over lounge with hosted alcoholic beverages from sponsors. There will also be a limited number of $100 Party on the Pier spectator tickets which includes access to the festivities, two drink tickets, hosted food from local restaurants and vendors, as well as a cash bar with beer, wine, and cocktails.

WHEN:

Sept. 26, 2021

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Red carpet begins at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

Santa Monica Pier

200 Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica, CA 90401

TICKETS:

Participants can register as a “Team” (1-5 riders) with a minimum fundraising commitment of $2,500 per bike or purchase a Party on the Pier spectator ticket for $100 which includes access to the festivities and hosted food and beverages from local vendors, as well as a cash bar with beer, wine, and cocktails. Tickets and registration are available here.

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The Pedal on the Pier Fundraiser

The Pedal on the Pier fundraiser returns transforming Santa Monica Pier into a high-energy outdoor cycling studio to raise money for the foundation’s Camp Ubuntu, which provides LA’s underprivileged children in South LA with a unique, three-day camp experience. The lessons and experiences these children learn at Camp Ubuntu enrich their lives and empower them with the necessary skills needed to better themselves at home, across their communities, and throughout life. Pedal on the Pier raises over a million dollars each year, totaling over six million dollars, and hopes to far surpass those numbers this year.  

With the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, Pedal on the Pier’s 4-hour spin-a-thon features teams riding on stationary cycling bikes, LA’s top spin instructors, live musical performances, DJs, dancing, celebrities, athletes, food and drinks from local restaurants, influential brands and fun festivities in the sun. Sponsors include national brands like iHeart Radio, Beat Box and Tito’s Vodka.

In order to participate as a rider you can join a team or start a team. Each team must raise a minimum of $2,500 for the Harold Robinson Foundation to have a bike reserved. Registered riders will receive a free T-shirt, swag bag, and a meal ticket and access to the 21 and over lounge with hosted alcoholic beverages from sponsors. There will also be a limited number of $100 Party on the Pier spectator tickets which includes access to the festivities, two drink tickets, hosted food from local restaurants and vendors, as well as a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails.

Tickets

Participants can register as a “Team” (1-5 riders) with a minimum fundraising commitment of $2,500 per bike or purchase a Party on the Pier spectator ticket for $100 which includes access to the festivities and hosted food and beverages from local vendors, as well as a cash bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets and registration are available HERE

About The Harold Robinson Foundation:

The Harold Robinson Foundation is a 501(c)2 founded in 2009 by Jeff Robinson and Joyce Hyser Robinson. It began with an idea from Jeff Robinson, almost 20 years ago; that every child should have the same opportunities he had as a kid, no matter where they stand on the socioeconomic ladder. The foundation is named for Jeff’s late father. The Harold Robinson Foundation’s flagship program, Camp Ubuntu, provides the funding and resources to send kids from South Los Angeles’s disinvested communities to camp, in a safe and nurturing environment, far away from the stress that most of them face on a daily basis. The foundation also runs a summer day at the Edwin Markham Middle School in the heart of Watts, CA.

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Shabazz Center × Scholly Scholarship Fund

THE SHABAZZ CENTER AND SCHOLLY ANNOUNCE THE MALCOLM X AND DR. BETTY SHABAZZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND,TO CELEBRATE MALCOLM X’S 96th BIRTHDAY, SCHOLLY AND THE SHABAZZ CENTER WILL BE AWARDING THREE STUDENTS $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS

To celebrate Malcolm X’s 96th birthday and to honor he and his wife, Dr. Betty Shabazz’s legacy, the Shabazz Center has partnered with the scholarship search app Scholly to launch the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Scholarship Fund.

Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, wanted to create the scholarship program to honor her parents’ commitment to education and empowerment of people of color. My father, Malcolm X, once said that, Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today,  Shabazz said. The opportunity to support young developing leaders and change-makers through the Scholly Scholarship in partnership with The Shabazz Center is such a rewarding investment that equally honors the lasting legacy of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Every year, thousands of graduates leave colleges and universities with millions in student debt, making it harder to begin a family, start a small business, or buy a house. Since 2015, Scholly has helped students of all ages earn more than $100 million in scholarships. 

Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz are icons of the civil rights movement so the Scholly team is excited to be a part of this program to help empower even more students, said Scholly CEO Christopher Gray. Also to announce such a program on Malcolm X’s birthday is a great way to honor his legacy. 

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students would need to complete the application, which includes an essay writing component, to receive one of three $10,000 scholarships to be used at any college or university. Students can apply for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Legacy Scholarship by visiting their website starting May 19th. The deadline to apply for the award is July 15th and the scholarship recipients will be announced in August.

About Scholly

Scholly is the #1 rated scholarship app in the world and has helped students win more than $100 million dollars since 2015. Scholly provides students and families access to thousands of scholarships, for college or graduate school, tailored just for them! Scholly also provides a service that gives  brands, celebrities, and non profits a turn key way to create, promote, manage, and payout scholarships and student loan payoffs.

About the Shabazz Center

Rooted in our abiding belief in Black power, possibility, and sovereignty, The Shabazz Center facilitates thought exchange around racial equity, justice, and cultural production, in the spirit of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Through global and local outreach, educational programming, and engagement with the African Diaspora, The Shabazz Center is a generative, action-oriented community organization committed to growing social movements that empower and prepare people for leadership in civil society.

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AIDS Walk Virtual Event

Six Cities Will Join AIDS Walks Across America For “AIDS Walk: Live at Home”, A Blockbuster Television and Streaming Event, May 16

We are excited to share that AIDS Walk: Live at Home will be returning on May 16 for it’s annual blockbuster event. As the world’s largest and most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising event raising over $155 million in its 35 years – the 2021 virtual event will continue to fundraise for vital services for people most vulnerable to HIV and COVID-19. This year marks the largest event yet with six cities including New York, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans and Seattle all participating.

GMHC of New York, NY, and Vivent Health of Milwaukee, WI, announced that they will be collaborating with Austin, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Seattle in addition to New York and Milwaukee for this year’s star studded event. The televised and streaming of AIDS Walk: Live at Home, will be bigger than last year’s virtual event, with the culmination of the fundraising efforts of six AIDS Walk events which encompass all corners of the nation. Funds raised will principally benefit GMHC, Vivent Health, CrescentCare, AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation, Lifelong, as well as supporting dozens of other AIDS organizations.

“As we mark the fortieth year of AIDS in America, we are inspired by the coming together of AIDS Walks from all across the United States. The local community partners and I are so very excited to continue to work alongside these outstanding participating organizations. Together, we will continue to fight as one for an end to the AIDS epidemic,” said Craig R. Miller,  the founder of the original AIDS Walks in the US, on behalf of the groups benefiting from this year’s event.

AIDS Walk: Live at Home will also feature performances and appearances by a select list of talent, who themselves have a history of association with HIV/AIDS charities, including: Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award winning trailblazer, Billy Porter; Tony and Grammy Award winning actress Heather Headley; Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning legend, Rita Moreno; actor, singer, writer, producer, director and activist Tony Goldwyn; singer and actress Liz Callaway; actor and singer Alex Newell; Golden Globe and Oscar nominated, choreographer and community activist Rosie Perez; actor, designer and host Carson Kressley; actor, author and activist George Takei; and the stars from the Emmy award winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. 

With live segments planned, including “Viewing Parties” from New York’s iconic Central Park Boathouse and the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, AIDS Walk: Live at Home will be broadcast on ABC7/KGO-TV in the Bay Area and streamed live on CBSN and AIDSWalk.net.

“AIDS Walk: Live at Home will reflect the strength and individual character of all six landmark events and the communities that embrace them year after year,” said Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC, Isaac Rodriguez of the AIDS Walk San Francisco Foundation, and Craig R. Miller, Founder of the AIDS Walks in New York and San Francisco among other cities.

“Vivent Health is pleased to join with the nation’s most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising events,” said Michael Gifford, President and CEO at Vivent Health. “Through partnership with AIDS Walk Wisconsin and AIDS Walk Austin – both part of the Vivent Health family – we will connect with other cities in our shared goal to end HIV/AIDS.”

“In Washington State and around the country, we continue to see Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities disproportionately impacted by new HIV cases,” said Claire Neal, Lifelong CEO. “We are excited to work hand-in-hand with like-minded organizations throughout the nation collaborating on AIDS Walk: Live at Home.”

“This is a brilliant opportunity for us to participate in a wide-scale effort that brings attention to the HIV crisis that still looms in this country,” said Noel Twilbeck, CEO of CrescentCare in New Orleans. “Together, our voices will be heard as one. HIV eradication is within our grasp.”  

“As our nation’s only federally-designated memorial to AIDS and as stewards of the AIDS Quilt, we are honored to host this virtual Live at Home event in our beloved National AIDS Memorial Grove with the backdrop of Quilt displays to serve as inspiration and hope to all the walkers and their sponsors.”   said John Cunningham, the Memorial’s Executive Director.

“The AIDS Walk events in each of the participating cities have their own unique characteristics. But the clients we serve all face very similar challenges. It makes sense for us to come together as one community and to unite some of the nation’s most powerful and effective AIDS fundraisers from all regions of the country.” said Louie. 

“In doing this work, we have been brought together by one pandemic even as we continue to fight another. The public’s recent revelations about racism, bias and hate in America are in fact at the heart of what AIDS Walks have been working to expose, confront and change for decades.” said Miller. “We have long stood, walked and marched to oppose the racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic disparities that persist in America and throughout our healthcare and criminal justice systems. Protecting people who have been singled out, harassed, scapegoated and underserved is what we do. It is our legacy and it remains our commitment.”  

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Uncorked with Broadway Benefit

“UNCORKED WITH BROADWAY” PAIRS WINE AND SONG TO BENEFIT TEEN CANCER AMERICA 

Alfie Boe Leads All-Star Fundraiser on Friday, May 21 

Teen Cancer America, the national non-profit founded by The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, is partnering with Wine Insiders to host “Uncorked with Broadway,” a virtual wine tasting and music showcase on Friday, May 21. Benefitting TCA’s mission to support teens and young adults with cancer, the live video event will feature appearances and performances by more than a dozen of Broadway’s biggest stars, along with top sommeliers presenting four wines that are currently available for order.

Purchase of one of the wine package options includes registration for Uncorked with Broadway, which begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on May 21. All wines are specially discounted and proceeds from the event go directly to Teen Cancer America. 

Performers scheduled to participate include Tony Award winners Alfie Boe (La bohème), Laura Benanti (Gypsy), Michael Cerveris (Assassins) and Christian Hoff (Jersey Boys), Tony nominees Laura Dreyfuss (Dear Evan Hansen), Megan Hilty (Noises Off), Danny Burstein (Moulin Rouge!) and Constantine Maroulis (Rock of Ages), and Broadway veterans Elaine Paige (Follies), Erich Bergen (Waitress), Bryan Terrell Clark (Hamilton), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin), Donnie Kehr (The Who’s Tommy), Telly Leung (Aladdin) and others.

Boe, a longtime friend and supporter of TCA, became an official ambassador for the charity earlier this year. Best known for his performances in Les Misérables, La bohème and Finding Neverland on Broadway and London’s West End, the British tenor connected with Pete Townshend in 2017 when he performed with Billy Idol as part of Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia” tour series, featuring orchestral productions of The Who’s iconic rock opera.

“I am excited for this extraordinary event and being a part of the Teen Cancer America mission,” said Boe. “I can’t think of a more enjoyable evening than raising a glass with some of the most talented stage performers in the world and helping to raise money for such a great cause in the process.”

“Uncorked with Broadway” will include wine tastings guided by professional sommeliers from Wine insiders, Ferdinando Mucerino and Chris Hoel. Mucerino is a Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier and was named 2019’s Best Wine Director by Wine Enthusiast. Hoel is the founder of Harper’s Club, a global wine advisory firm, and is the former director of the wine program at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California.

Featured wines will include Bruno Lafon Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (France), 2019 Le Pied Marin Picpoul de Pinet (France), 2018 George Phillips Cellars Reserve Selection No. 025 Pinot Noir (California), 2019 Henri de Lorgère Costières de Nîmes Rouge, a Rhône red blend (Mediterranean Coast).

Wine must be ordered by Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. ET to be received prior to the event. Orders will be shipped by Wine Insiders and delivered within 1-3 business days. For those unable to attend the virtual event or are not interested in purchasing wines, raffle tickets are available for various prize packages. Separate, tax-deductible donations to TCA may also be made.  

Daltrey and Townshend founded TCA in 2012 to provide specialized programs, treatment and facilities throughout the U.S. for teens and young adults with cancer. For more information, please contact Michelle Aland at Michelle@TeenCancerAmerica.org.

About Teen Cancer America

Teen Cancer America seeks to bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by helping the health providers and health systems develop specialized programs and facilities for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age-targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information, visit Teen Cancer America.

About Wine Insiders

Wine Insiders, with 39 years of heritage and two million customers across the country, is the nation’s Direct to Consumer wine leader. Wine Insiders offers a curated selection of award-winning premium wines to customers in 41 states plus D.C. Customers receive fast, no-cost shipping on orders of more than six bottles, as well as a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee with each purchase. Wine Insiders’ offerings include individual bottles, packs of six or 12, and a no-obligation wine club for a hassle-free way to explore the world of wine. Visit Wine Insiders.