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In 2018, Purina partnered with RedRover to provide grants to help domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly.

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company continued its commitment to supporting individuals, communities and our planet in 2018 through providing more than $31 million in funding, Purina pet food and Tidy Cats litter to nonprofit organizations across the country.

“At Purina, we’re guided by a core belief that people and pets are better together,” said Joseph Sivewright, Purina CEO. “That’s why we’ve stepped up our commitment to organizations and programs that help keep people and pets together, as well as those that bring people and pets together through pet adoption and programing that promotes the benefits of pet ownership.”

  • Enabling Healthier and Happier Lives

Purina has long supported pet welfare organizations. In 2018 the company provided more than 12 million pounds of pet food and cat litter to pet shelters across the country. These donations provide high-quality nutrition to more than 187,000 pets through Purina’s Shelter Champion partners. The company also supports the Petfinder Foundation through a number of annual campaigns that generate grants for Petfinder shelters and subsidize more than $100,000 in pet adoption fees.

Last July 4th Purina Dog Chow launched the Service Dog Salute campaign to bring together rescue dogs with veterans experiencing PTSD, and guide veterans through a ten-month program to train dogs to become their own psychiatric service dog. As a longtime supporter of the U.S. military, Purina Dog Chow knows the impact service dogs can have on the lives of our veterans, providing them with stability and companionship as they readjust to civilian life. The brand donated $500,000 to the service dog training program at Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation…

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Chevening Scholarships Programme: Photography Exhibition Celebrates UK’s History of Educating Global Changemakers
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The exhibition, called ‘Changemakers: 35 visions of global leadership’, will feature 35 specially-commissioned portraits of UK-educated leaders taken by photographers from all over the world. The images, accompanied by reflections on their time spent studying in the UK, demonstrate the strength and global appeal of UK higher education, along…

Atlanta History Center Unveils Restored 1886 Cyclorama Depicting 1864 Battle of Atlanta
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Today, the Atlanta History Center opens Cyclorama: The Big Picture, featuring the fully restored The Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting. Depicting the 1864 Battle of Atlanta—a major turning point in the Civil War—the 360-degree cyclorama is one of the world’s largest oil paintings, standing 49 feet tall, stretching longer…

Korean Cultural Center New York celebrates 40th Anniversary with commemorative events throughout 2019
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Korean Cultural Center New York (KCCNY), a branch of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea, is proud to present a series of events featuring the best of Korean performing and visual arts, cinema, and more throughout 2019 in celebration of its 40th Anniversary.

This important year also…

Varsity Brands Teams Up With Kevin Atlas, The First Person With One Hand To Earn A Division I Basketball Scholarship, To Challenge Every High School In America To ‘Believe In You’
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Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit and achievement, today announced that it has partnered with inspirational athlete Kevin Atlas (Laue) – the first person with one arm to earn a Division I basketball scholarship – on a nationwide tour to educate students and faculty about the incredible…

The Royal Canadian Mint Scores an Ace as its February Collection Opens With a New Silver Coin Honouring Flying Legend Billy Bishop
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This month, the Royal Canadian Mint tells a story of valour in combat with a tribute to Canadian First World War flying ace Billy Bishop. This fine silver coin continues the Mint’s proud tradition of preserving the memory of the heroic men and women behind Canada’s military history.

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Members of the New Zealand delegation from the Special Olympics mourn together at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi following a mass shooting in New Zealand days earlier.
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The Death Toll In The Christchurch Mosque Attacks Has Risen To 50

In the wake of the deadly shootings on Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, athletes from Special Olympics New Zealand and Special Olympics UAE, along with leaders of Special Olympics, gathered today at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in a show of compassion and unity.

More than 100 mourners processed quietly into the mosque, then formed a circle and held hands in its vast courtyard before sunset. Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver made remarks before a long moment of silence.

“As we try to overcome our own brokenness from the chaos in the world we must remember that hate cannot defeat hate, only love can do that,” Shriver said. “I am so comforted being here among the forces of healing, the forces of understanding, the forces of compassion and the forces of tolerance. The world needs to know these forces are more powerful than anything.”

Special Olympics New Zealand has a delegation of 64 athletes and coaches in the UAE for the Special Olympics World Games. After they learned of the deadly attacks this morning, the grieving New Zealand delegation sought to comfort one another and to show solidarity with Muslims worldwide. Special Olympics World Games organizers also decided…

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When a Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford nurse won a special guitar, he decided to gift it to the hospital's biggest Ed Sheeran fan - the reaction to this full circle philanthropy was priceless

When nurse Colin James won a guitar inscribed by musician Ed Sheeran in the Mix 106 Toy Drive drawing, he immediately knew he wanted to give the guitar to the hospital’s biggest Ed Sheeran fan, Kayano Lizardo-Bristow, a fifteen-year-old from Yuba City, CA who is undergoing dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

For the past eight months, Kayano and his mom, April Bristow, have been living at the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford while he receives treatment for his chronic kidney disease. Kayano’s entire family, including his musician grandfather, helps keep his spirits up as he waits for the day when a kidney match is found.

As Bristow puts it, “It has been a long tough journey with chronic kidney disease his entire life and finally getting to this chapter. It’s tough on a 15-year-old boy to be so limited in extracurricular activities, visits with others and access to fun things.” Although Kayano is able to go home some weekends and his dad and younger brother visit, she admits, “We have been feeling extra homesick, more than ever lately.”

Packard Children’s board-certified music therapist, Rebekah Martin, started working…

In the age of smart devices, young children spending more time in front of screens – TV screens
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A new study by Florida International University Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work researchers about screen time shows that children are spending more time watching television than ever before. Comparing pre-mobile device usage in 1997 to when mobile devices were widely available in 2014, the study…

Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Honors AJC CEO David Harris
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The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs honored American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO David Harris with its prestigious Foreign Minister Commendation, one of Japan’s highest honors presented to foreign citizens.

“It is for his hard work, his essential contributions to , and unwavering dedication that we…

Advocates to Be the Voice for Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Indianapolis
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Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and in Indiana. On Tuesday, February 19, advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will arrive at the state capitol to meet with lawmakers to encourage them…

StubHub Partners With The NFL Players Association For Second Year To Support Career Growth
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StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, has partnered with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) for the second year in a row to empower current and former players in realizing their career goals after life on the field.

The 2019 NFLPA Externship program pairs 63 athletes with 24 organizations, including StubHub,…

Canada announces millions in new funding for the global LGBTQI movement
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Canada is stepping up as a global leader supporting LGBTQI rights with a new commitment of $30 million in dedicated funding over five years, followed by $10 million per year to advance human rights and improve socio-economic outcomes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people (LGBTQI) people in…

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The exhibit opens Friday, March 8, and will be on display through the end of the year at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, March 8, the Newseum opens a groundbreaking exhibit, “Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement,” which explores the modern gay rights movement and marks the 50th anniversary of a June 1969 raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The protests following the raid are considered to be the catalyst that inspired the modern gay liberation movement and the ongoing fight for LGBTQ civil rights.

Family Pride Weekend at the Newseum (March 9 and 10) celebrates the exhibit opening by offering free admission for up to two children (18 and younger) with the purchase of one adult general admission ticket. Saturday will feature fun activities with mix107.3‘s street team and a program hosted by The Jack Diamond Morning Show‘s Jimmy Alexander at 2:30 p.m. in the Knight TV Studio. The Family Pride Weekend offer is only available at the Newseum admission desk on March 9 and 10.

The “Rise Up” exhibit explores key moments of gay rights history, including the 1978 assassination of Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials, the AIDS crisis, Rep. Barney Frank’s public coming out in 1987, the efforts for hate crime legislation, the implementation and later repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and the fight for marriage equality.

“Rise Up” also examines popular culture’s role in influencing and reflecting attitudes about the LGBTQ community through film, television, sports and music and explores how…

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World’s Largest Ethnofestival “Nomad Universe” Will Be Held in Riyadh
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OneUnited Bank Launches Black History Month Campaign With New King Card
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In celebration of Black History Month, OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in America, launches its Royalty Campaign by introducing its new King Visa Debit Card.

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Announcing the 10 “Best of the Best” Places to Retire for 2019 from Topretirements.com
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Baby boomers looking for the very best place to spend their retirement should head for the Southwest and Southeast regions of the U.S.

Seven of the 10 “best of the best” places on Topretirements’ 2019 list are in those sunny areas of the country. The experts at the popular retirement…

People Find Being Kept on Hold Most Annoying When Calling Businesses, New Data Says
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When asked to rank their top three frustrations with telephone customer service, the largest percentage of people chose being kept on hold (57%), followed by rude service (52%), and automated phone menus (51%).

The data comes from a new survey report that explores why businesses must prioritize speed when managing…

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Mr. Askhat Akibayev, President of World Ethnogames Confederation, Republic of Kyrgyzstan
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The World Ethnogames Confederation (Kyrgyzstan) in cooperation with The Camel Club (Saudi-Arabia) are organizing the global event "Nomad Universe" which will be held from March 9-19, 2019 in the framework of the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The main goal of “Nomad Universe” is the preservation and revival of historical heritage and diversity of the original culture of peoples and ethnic groups worldwide. 1,000 participants from 90 countries will attend Nomad Universe to perform & present their cultural treasures in Art, Sport & Science.

“Every year due to globalization, many traditions, customs & ancient wisdom of various peoples and ethnic groups are getting more & more lost. Preserving the great heritage of our ancestors is a necessity to meet the challenges of the future responsibly and sustainably. With Nomad Universe, we created a new global format to present, visualize & preserve ethno-art, ethno-sport & ethno-science from all over the world, based on ancient traditions and historical heritage,” said Mr. Askhat Akibayev, President of The World Ethnogames Confederation.

The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is the world’s largest Camel festival, held annually under the patronage of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The Festival is a diverse cultural, economic and sporting event that accentuates the heritage and reflects the cultural depth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is currently taking place from February 21 till March 24, 2019 near the village…

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New York City Ballet And The School of American Ballet Announce Next Generation Of Artistic Leadership

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The Boards of Directors of New York City Ballet (NYCB) and its affiliate training academy, the School of American Ballet (SAB), today announced the appointment of Jonathan Stafford as Artistic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Named ‘VH1 Trailblazer Honors’ Recipient
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been added to the list of vanguards whom “VH1 Trailblazer Honors” will celebrate to kick off Women’s History Month. Pelosi joins previously announced honoree, Academy Award Nominee Ava DuVernay. The one-hour special will air on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8th at 9PM ET/PT, on VH1 and Logo.

Pelosi…

Thousands Of Girls, Boys, And Families Celebrate Historic Launch Of Scouts BSA
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From twilight hikes, to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers will celebrate nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomes for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program for character and leadership development.

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Artists for Peace and Justice Thanks BOVET 1822 for $5M+ Donation
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Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), an organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty around the world, with immediate efforts serving the poorest communities in Haiti, wishes to pay thanks to strategic partner BOVET 1822, Swiss Manufacturer of luxury timepieces, for their six-year contribution of over $5…