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Cunard’s MS Queen Elizabeth meets The Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif. for fireworks on Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Photo Credit: Brian Hawkins for The Queen Mary)
New permanent exhibition, 'The Cunard Story,' opened onboard The Queen Mary, July 5

Luxury cruise line Cunard’s youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth, met her ancestor, the Queen Mary, in Long Beach harbor to celebrate the July Fourth holiday. During this rare visit, Queen Elizabeth’s Captain Inger Thorhauge offered a ‘salute’ to the historic Queen Mary by sounding her horn, and guests on both vessels were treated to a spectacular fireworks show that evening.

On July 5, ‘The Cunard Story’ on The Queen Mary was officially dedicated. Captain Thorhauge joined Everette Hoard, Commodore of The Queen Mary, Collette Weston, Deputy Consul General of the British Consulate Los Angeles, and John Jenkins, General Manager, The Queen Mary, for the ribbon-cutting to launch this new exhibition. ‘The Cunard Story’ on the Queen Mary tells the evolution of the line’s remarkable 179-year history and illustrates the legacy of a brand responsible for many innovations seen today in modern day cruising.

‘The Cunard Story,’ a permanent exhibition, showcases the company’s legacy through artifacts, photographs and film, and also features an Immigration Salon allowing visitors to explore the Ellis Island database to learn about the arrival and ships that carried their ancestors to America. Approximately one in five…

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Iconic Buildings And Landmarks Across The U.S. To Shine Orange For Make Music Day
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Niagara Falls, Boston City Hall, the Capital Wheel and the U.S. Bank Tower are among the more 33 iconic buildings and landmarks across the U.S. that will turn orange in support of Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music featuring over 5,000 free outdoor concerts, music lessons,…

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaur Hall Restored to its Original Grandeur
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The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, D.C., will re-open the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time after a five-year renovation on June 8th, 2019. The hall, home to the museum’s collection of dinosaur fossils and latest exhibit, Deep…

Shenyang Invites The World With Its Cheongsam
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Warriors, Supporters Celebrated at Wounded Warrior Project Event
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Hundreds of patriotic people gathered in one place for one reason Thursday night: to honor and empower wounded warriors. Supporters and warriors came together at the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® at Gotham Hall on May 16 to raise awareness and support for the latest…

New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Stonewall Uprising On June 27 At Carnegie Hall
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The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus(NYCGMC) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, presenting the New York premiere of Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall50, a new choral suite written…

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PHOTO CREDIT: FOX 10 News Broadcast, Mar 29 2019
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A Scottsdale Teen Is On A Mission To Save Wildlife Animals

Dylan Capshaw, a 13 year old teen from Scottsdale Arizona with numerous accomplishments is fast becoming a household name. The Dylan Capshaw Wildlife Foundation has recently skyrocketed in popularity, boasting a segment on FOX 10 news and 2 new billboards in Arizona with one to follow in L.A. His latest goal is to raise $5000 towards targeting and shutting down dog meat farms.

Across Asia, there is increasingly vocal local opposition to this trade due to cruelty, criminality and human health concerns. Despite global public concern, dog and cat traders snatch animals from the streets, steal pets from backyards or buy them from owners. Only later to be killed by electrocution in slaughterhouses or markets. Elsewhere, they are usually bludgeoned, hanged or more rarely, boiled alive. Dog meat bans exist in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore; most recently, Indonesia pledged support for a ban.

We interview Dylan, who has just adopted a baby Wallaby as the foundation’s official mascot!

Erich Rüthers: What prompted you to get involved in advocacy and activism?

Dylan Capshaw: I have always had a passion for animals, I just needed…

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PHOTO CREDIT: A Park West Foundation student receives a special award at the nonprofit group's annual recognition ceremony for Michigan youth in the foster care system who are graduating from high school
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Since 2006, Park West Foundation has worked in cooperation with Park West Gallery to address the urgent needs of young adults aging out of the foster care system in Southeastern Michigan

Established in 2006 by Park West Gallery, the nonprofit Park West Foundation works tirelessly to meet the urgent needs of young adults aging out of the foster care system in Michigan.

As part of that mission, for the fifth consecutive year, Park West Foundation will serve as a supporting sponsor at the 2019 Fostering Futures Scholarship Event on Wednesday, June 26, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Fostering Futures Scholarship provides funds to assist former foster care students with college expenses.

“We take great pride in the success and continued implementation of innovative solutions to address varied needs of Michigan youth,” said Park West Foundation Director Diane Pandolfi. “The Fostering Futures Scholarship is an initiative we enjoy supporting each year. You can truly see the impact this organization has on the lives of foster students as they transition into higher education opportunities in Michigan.”

During the 2018-2019 academic year, more than 500 students at 50 different institutions have received support. All proceeds from the event, including luncheon reservations, sponsorships, auction and raffle items, are awarded to former foster youth currently enrolled at Michigan colleges and universities.

Since 2012, fundraising efforts through individual donations,…

“60 Minutes” to profile life-saving work of Rainbow Railroad
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Rainbow Railroad — an international nonprofit that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people in danger find legal pathways to safety — announced today that the organization’s life-saving work will be the subject of a profile on CBS’ iconic newsmagazine program, “60 Minutes.” The segment, which…

Canadian Museum of History celebrates Indigenous architecture with UNCEDED – Voices of the Land
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Cheslie Kryst From North Carolina Crowned Miss USA
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Tonight, Cheslie Kryst from North Carolina was crowned the new Miss USA in front of a worldwide audience at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre in Reno Tahoe. The two-hour special programming event aired live on FOX.

Cheslie is a full time complex litigation attorney who is licensed…

Annie Lennox to be Honored at The Campaign for Female Education’s 25th Anniversary Gala in NYC
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The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED), an international non-profit focused on girls’ education and women’s leadership, announced today that it will honor multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, social activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox, at the organization’s 25th anniversary and first ever “Education Changes Everything” Gala on May 9, 2019 in New…

Clever announces support for Gender X to make Edtech more inclusive
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Clever, the most widely-used single sign-on platform in K-12 education, today announced that its next API version will support a non-binary gender option (“Gender X”) alongside traditional male and female options. This means that Clever’s 9,000 school districts will be able to pass non-binary gender markers to learning providers…

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Enjoy an Evening of Music, Cocktails and a Decadent Three Course Wine Pairing Dinner at the Newly Restored Regency Room
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For one night only on September 1, 2019 Colonial Williamsburg Resorts invites locals and visitors alike to enjoy a Broadway experience right in the heart of Williamsburg as two-time Tony Award nominee, Emmy Award winner, and famed vocalist Liz Callaway will perform live at the iconic Williamsburg Inn.

This will be an intimate cabaret experience at the recently refurbished and reimagined Regency Room with Liz Callaway accompanied by pianist. Liz made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and she has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers and The Look of Love. Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin.

“Having traveled and performed all over the world, I am eager to be making my first trip to Colonial Williamsburg this fall,” said Liz Callaway. “It such a unique destination, rich with culture, and I look forward to bringing them my own little touch of Broadway to the destination.”

Labor Day Meets Broadway Getaway

The public is invited to experience this unique live performance, while kicking off Fall surrounded by the beauty and activities of Colonial Williamsburg, with a special room package that includes:

A two-night stay at an official Colonial Williamsburg Hotel
2 Preferred seats for Broadway in Williamsburg, featuring Liz Callaway
Up to $350 in Resort Outlet Savings Coupons
25% Off Colonial Williamsburg Admission
The package, Broadway in Williamsburg is available from August 28 – September 2. Additional…

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International Day of Football and Friendship Celebrated in Schools Around the World
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Michael Phelps Continues As Global Ambassador Of Colgate’s “Save Water” Conservation Effort With Behavior-Change Tips
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On Earth Day 2019, Colgate announced its continued partnership with one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, who serves as global ambassador for the brand’s ongoing “Save Water” initiative. The campaign message is simple: small acts like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can…

How Boarding Schools Prepare Young People for College
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Regimental flag of the 127th United States Colored Troops purchased for $196,800 at auction, largest amount ever paid by Atlanta History Center for a single historic artifact

The Atlanta History Center announced today its acquisition of a rare artifact key to the story of the Civil War, the regimental flag of the 127th United States Colored Troops (USCT). The flag is one of fewer than 25 known examples carried by African American regiments during the war.

Given the History Center’s ongoing mission of increasing inclusivity, the organization’s leadership viewed the chance to acquire the flag of an African American regiment as an important opportunity to expand its narrative about the often-forgotten service of the USCT during the Civil War. The History Center rarely makes major purchases for its collections, which have grown organically over nine decades mainly through donations of artifacts. However, on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the History Center purchased the flag for $196,800 ($160,000 hammer price, plus buyer’s premium), the most money the History Center has ever paid for a single artifact.

“We want to tell the entire story of the Civil War and how it impacts our country,” Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale said. “This flag is worth it in exhibit value alone. It’s one of those things that doesn’t need words to tell you what it is and what it represents.”

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Truman Library Announces $25 Million Transformation

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Leica Gallery Los Angeles Debuts “From Hell to Hollywood” by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer Nick Ut
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Superstar Pianist Lang Lang Makes History
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