NEW ORLEANS – June 26, 2014 – When Team Gleason hosted an international ALS Summit 1 year ago, Steve challenged the audience of leading researchers, patients, caregivers and advocates to “think differently”. The primary focus of our unique meeting was collaboration and the results are not only a reflection of that during the Summit, but also as an ongoing effort long after.

Given the successful collaboration among those impacted by ALS and researchers at the Summit, Team Gleason is launching Answer ALS to activate the findings from the Summit. Answer ALS is not another organization, but rather an initiative, led by a Council of representatives to be chosen from ALS stakeholders, pharma, research and individuals. The Council will oversee the implementation of the Summit findings.

Two key elements were identified in the Summit outcomes:

  1. A united effort for people with ALS to be part of the process in addressing ALS now and for the future.
  2. The Individualized ALS Treatment Initiative

To address the need for a united effort, a collective group of people with ALS, also known as pALS, caregivers, and advocates were asked to draft a document outlining their desired outcomes based on what was discussed at the Summit. A 17 page document was created covering details ranging from immediate public policy actions to data collection. One focus of the pALS document is to create a new and open method of collecting, integrating and linking ALS patient information. Having this data source as a tool not only empowers those impacted by ALS, but also assists the research community in many areas, including our second and most aggressive focus, the Individualized ALS Treatment Initiative.

The Summit resulted in a transformational approach to ALS Research and patient interventions by bridging basic to clinical neuroscience. With our focus on collaboration, we will utilize the proven model of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research to create an entirely new and expansive ALS therapeutics program through induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells.  Research teams will be combined with pharmaceutical companies in a carefully coordinated fashion. This unique human cellular approach could allow rapid and individualized ALS therapy discovery. This Individualized ALS Treatment Initiative will bring together experts in iPS cells, clinicians, contracted pharmaceutical companies, experienced drug discovery teams, all operating under one umbrella to coordinate and facilitate rapid individualized discovery, while completely sharing all data.

 

“While all that sounds very complex and if you know me, you know I don’t typically speak on those terms.” Said Paul Varisco, Executive Director of Team Gleason. “But, what all that means is actually quite simple. We, and by we, I mean scientists have the ability to take human SKIN cells and turn them into STEM cells,” he added. “Those stem cells can then be turned into neurons and treated as the individual patient in a dish, allowing testing to be done on the largest scale in the history of the disease and much more quickly and widespread.”

Now that the Summit results are complete, Team Gleason’s next steps are to connect with ALS stakeholders, individuals and organizations to create the Council to begin the first phases of this effort. Additionally, the goal is to raise the funds needed through private donors rather than creating a campaign. Groups and organizations fighting this disease are already competing for sustainable funds. Our hope is to not negatively impact their ongoing efforts, but rather to compliment them with our collective actions.

Answer ALS is a tremendous undertaking and our goal is to secure a minimum of $125 million annually for 5 years. We believe that through a massive assault on this disease, we can have solutions in the foreseeable future. “Tens of thousands of people die every year from ALS. That is not ok.” Said Steve Gleason. “If we are to change the course of this disease, we must be bigger than it is. The price tag for this effort will be over $500million dollars,” Steve continued. “But, we believe that if we commit to this effort, on this scale, we will have meaningful results in our lifetime.”

“We couldn’t be more proud to join in this effort,” said Jeff Rothstein, Co-Chair of the Team Gleason Summit and Director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. “Answer ALS is exactly the type of collaborative effort we encourage and demand from our research partners.” Rothstein added. “Through iPS therapeutics and on a large enough scale, we have the ability to move the needle on this disease faster and farther.”

McLean, Va. – Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Detroit Lions Linebacker Rocky McIntosh have teamed up to host the 2nd Annual Celebrity Servers Charity Dinner benefiting McIntosh’s A GRAN Foundation on Thursday, May 8. McIntosh and his former Washington Redskins teammates take on the kitchen where they’ll pass plates instead of footballs, donning aprons instead of jerseys – all for a great cause. Local media personalities are expected to hang up their microphones for an evening and join the fun as “servers.”

 

The celebration where guests can visit with and be served by current and former Washington Redskins players such as Reed Doughty, Ricky Ervin, Leonard Hankerson, Charles Mann, Rocky McIntosh, Brandon Meriweather, Antwaan Randle El, Fred Smoot, Darryl Sharpton, Nick Sundberg and Darrel Young includes a cocktail reception and an exceptional three-course meal paired with fine wines.* In addition to great food, wine and company, the event will feature an exciting viewing party of the NFL Draft as well as live and silent auctions.

 

Tickets for the evening are sold out. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. While guests are guaranteed a fun evening, all proceeds will benefit A GRAN Foundation. A GRAN was founded with the mission to provide youth with the skills to embrace learning, lead healthy lives, and mentor others in the community. The central program “Rocky’s Road” is conducted at Yorkshire Elementary in Manassas, Va.

 

Rocky’s Road tracks the evolution of kindergartners who have been identified as needing more support. A GRAN works with them to integrate a customized healthy mind and healthy body curriculum through daily workbooks, weekly activities and bi-monthly check-ins with their parents. In addition, program participants are periodically treated to educational and fun field trips such as museums, zoos and science fairs.

 

This event is sponsored by Virginia Heritage Mortgage.

 

For more information, please call 310-649-5222 or visit www.AGRANFoundation.org. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is located at 1960 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons Corner, 22102. Media will be welcome from 6:30-7:15pm. ALL PRESS MUST BE ACCREDITED TO COVER THIS EVENT.

 

*Celebrity servers are subject to change.

 

ABOUT A GRAN FOUNDATION                 

A GRAN Foundation was started by the McIntosh family to give back to the community in a truly meaningful way. A GRAN Foundation partners with organizations that are invested in empowering youth in their communities. A GRAN is intensely focused on supporting healthy mind and body programs for at-risk youth. A GRAN prioritizes mentoring and the tracking of results. The Foundation takes great strides to involve the families and other authority figures of young people because they believe mentors are imperative to this process. For additional information, please visit www.AGRANFoundation.org.

 

A GRAN Foundation is a Delaware nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with The Giving Back Fund (Federal Tax ID 04-3367888), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to A GRAN and dinner tickets are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 

ABOUT THE GIVING BACK FUND

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has raised more than $30 million for charity and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit www.GivingBack.org.

Pittsburgh, PA – Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) at The Giving Back Fund will be making a contribution to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police in honor of K-9 Rocco who was stabbed and killed in the lined of duty last month.

 

Ben Roethlisberger said, “The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation started when a police K-9 was shot and killed where I grew up in Findlay, OH. My family and I were moved by what that dog meant to the police force and learned that similar K-9’s all over the country are helping to keep our communities safe. This last week, a K-9 officer named Rocco was killed in my current hometown of Pittsburgh. After talking with Officer Phil Lerza and getting his blessing, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation would like to announce that we are going to get Officer Lerza a new dog. Rocco can never be replaced, but we only hope to help with the healing process and to provide Officer Lerza with another loyal partner.”

 

Regina McDonald, Acting Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, said, “We appreciate Ben Roethlisberger’s generosity and support. The Bureau will be looking, in the near future, to schedule a K-9 training class, evaluate potential K-9 handlers and purchase dogs. Officer Phil Lerza will be given first consideration for a new dog. His dog will be the one donated by the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.”

 

This announcement precedes this week’s expected announcement of nine K-9 grants to the Pittsburgh area as part of the 2013 BRF Grant Cycle. During the 2013-14 NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has been distributing grants to K-9 units of police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The Foundation invited police and fire departments across the country to submit proposals detailing their needs.

 

This marks the seventh season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

 

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is grateful for its generous supporters who have enabled it to expand its K-9 grant program and invite the public to donate to the Foundation in memory of K-9 Rocco’s at http://bigben7.com/the-ben-roethlisberger-foundation.

 

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visit www.bigben7.com or givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

 

About Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is in his ninth season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and already has secured his place in the record books. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2012, and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.

 

Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, OH and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley, son Benjamin and his dog Hercules.

 

About The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

NEW ORLEANS – Morton’s The Steakhouse and New Orleans Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma have teamed up to host the 4th Annual Celebrity Servers Charity Dinner on Monday, November 11. Vilma and his fellow teammates take on the kitchen where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys all for a great cause.

 

The once-a-year-celebration where guests can visit with and get served by the New Orleans Saints players and coaches includes a cocktail reception and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines. In addition to great food, wine and company, the event will feature an exciting live auction of Saints autographed memorabilia led by Mark Romig, Saint’s announcer. The Celebrity Servers Dinner is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are at YOUR service.

 

Tickets for the evening are $400 per guest. Complimentary parking will be provided. All event proceeds will benefit The Jonathan Vilma Foundation, to help support a school in Haiti that was built after the massive earthquake that struck three years ago. Last year’s event raised more than $100,000 for the foundation! This event is sponsored by FMT Shipyard & Repair.

 

The reception begins at 6 PM and the silent auction begins at 7 PM followed with dinner and live auction. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 504-566-0221. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located in One Canal Place at 365 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

 

ABOUT THE JONATHAN VILMA FOUNDATION

NFL star Jonathan Vilma established The Jonathan Vilma Foundation to support the building of a school in Haiti. In 2010, a devastating 7.0 earthquake struck the region killing more than 230,000 people of which 40,000 were students and 1,000 were teachers. More than 50 schools were destroyed. Jonathan’s parents emigrated from Haiti and family members remain in the country. Jonathan is deeply committed to assisting in the long-term rebuilding efforts. For additional information, please call 310.649.5222 or visit www.JonathanVilmaFoundation.org.

 

ABOUT LANDRY’S, INC.

Landry’s, Inc. is a multinational, diversified restaurant, hospitality, gaming and entertainment company based in Houston, Texas. The company operates more than 500 high-end and casual dining establishments around the world, including well-known concepts such as Landry’s Seafood, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, Morton’s The Steakhouse, The Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood, Chart House, Saltgrass Steak House, Claim Jumper and Mastro’s Restaurants. Landry’s also operates a group of signature restaurants, including Vic & Anthony’s, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. Landry’s gaming division includes the renowned Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino concept, with locations in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.; Atlantic City, N.J.; and Biloxi, Miss., with a fifth location coming to Lake Charles, La. in 2014. Landry’s entertainment and hospitality divisions encompass popular destinations including the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, Aquarium Restaurants and other exciting attractions, coupled with deluxe accommodations throughout the Houston and Galveston area, including the luxurious San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center on Galveston Island.

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced the final grants of the 2012-13 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing eight grants totaling $66,382.17 to police departments in the Pittsburgh, PA area where the Steelers play their home games.

 

The K-9 Departments receiving funding from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation this year are Borough of Kittanning, Center Township, City of Aliquippa, City of Clairton, Latrobe, Mt. Pleasant Borough, New Castle, and Robinson Township Police Departments. Funds will be used to start new K-9 units as well as maintain existing ones who will purchase additional K-9s, K-9 safety vests, training equipment, food and other necessary expenses of the K-9 units.

 

This announcement completes the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s sixth grant cycle, during which it distributed more than $135,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants announced, the Foundation distributed grants to police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2012-13 season. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

 

Since 2007, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has made 107 grants totaling more than $950,000 to 102 police and fire departments and five community youth organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Make A Wish Foundation. These 102 canine grants have funded the purchase of more than 66 dogs, the training of more than 28 dogs and 50 handlers, safety equipment for more than of 52 dogs and training equipment for more than 31 dogs as well as food, vet services and housing for countless more.

 

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is grateful for its generous supporters who have enabled it to expand its K-9 grant program, including Pro Camps and Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office as well as caring individual donors from around the country.

 

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office has generously offered to match half of the grants awarded to departments in their county. This includes Robinson Township and City of Clairton Police Departments.

 

Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said, “(He) appreciates the work of Ben Roethlisberger and his foundation in helping to ensure that law enforcement in Allegheny County have the best tools, equipment and training available. I am proud of our continuing partnership with The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.”

 

Robinson Township Police Chief Dale Vietmeier added, “I would like to thank the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the support in helping us establish our K-9 unit. The donation from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has allowed us to purchase our first ever K-9 that will not only benefit the Robinson Township Police Department, but the entire community that we serve.”

 

City of Aliquippa Chief of Police Andre Davis offered, “We are especially proud and appreciative to Ben Roethlisberger for all the work and support that he provides through his foundation to not only the City of Aliquippa but Western Pennsylvania in general. His giving heart and spirit are a true testament to his character and love for the area that he works and lives in. He truly knows the meaning of giving back.”

 

New Castle City Police Department Chief Robert Salem shared, “From apprehending suspects, to locating dangerous drugs, the K-9 unit plays an integral role in the public safety services we provide. In addition, K-9 dogs and their handlers conduct presentations for children and community organizations that provide an engaging medium to learn about law enforcement and safety. I commend the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for their continued assistance in supporting local law enforcement in our vital mission.”

 

Finally, Kittanning Borough Councilwoman, Kim Fox said “The grant will allow the police department to purchase a dual purpose K-9 police dog. On behalf of Kittanning Police Department and Kittanning Borough Council we would like to thank Ben Roethlisberger and everyone at the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation for the generous donation to our new K-9 unit and for their continued support of law enforcement.”

 

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

 

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visit www.bigben7.com or givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

 

About Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is in his eighth season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and already has secured his place in the record books. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007, and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.

 

Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, OH and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley and his two dogs, Zeus and Hercules.

 

About The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

 

Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced the final grants of the 2011-12 season from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund. The Foundation will be distributing nine grants totaling $52,400 to police and fire departments in the Pittsburgh, PA area where the Steelers play their home games.

 

The K-9 Departments receiving funding from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation this year are Borough of Aspinwall PD, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, City of Aliquippa PD, Eureka Hose Company, Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department, Johnstown PD, Masontown PD, Penn Hills PD, and Westmoreland County Park Police. Funds will be used to cover canine purchases, training, safety and training equipment, food and other necessary expenses of the K-9 units.

 

This announcement completes the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s fifth grant cycle, during which it distributed more than $130,000 in grants to K-9 units around the country. In addition to the Pittsburgh grants announced, the Foundation distributed grants to police and fire departments in the cities and surrounding communities of each regular season away game for the Steelers in the 2011-12 season. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation invited police and fire departments in the eight cities to submit proposals detailing their needs.

 

The 2011-12 NFL season also marked the first grant cycle that allowed non-NFL market cities to apply with grants to be awarded for every Steeler playoff game.

 

Since 2007, the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has made 98 grants totaling almost $850,000 to 94 police and fire departments and four community youth organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities. These 94 canine grants have funded the purchase of more than 55 dogs, the training of more than 25 dogs and 50 handlers, safety equipment for more than of 45 dogs and training equipment for more than 25 dogs as well as food, vet services and housing for countless more.

 

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is grateful for its generous supporters who have enabled it to expand its K-9 grant program, including Pro Camps, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, NFL Charities, and REP1 Sports as well as caring individual donors from around the country.

 

Mike Manko, Communications Director at Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, said, “In keeping with a commitment to canine programs that Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala made when he first took office, the office is pleased to partner with Ben Roethlisberger and The Giving Back Fund by donating $15,000 this year to assist the grant program in funding a number of canine units in Allegheny County.”

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

 

For more information about the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Stephanie Sandler or visit www.bigben7.com or givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

 

About Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger is in his eighth season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and already has secured his place in the record books. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007, and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.

 

Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, OH and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley and his two dogs, Zeus and Hercules.

 

About The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit givingbackfund.wpengine.com.

February 25, New York – The Giving House today announced a new partnership with Douglas Elliman Worldwide Consulting, a subsidiary of prominent Manhattan real estate brokerage Prudential Douglas Elliman, to help New York Yankees’ fans give back to their local communities while enjoying premium seating at the new Yankees’ stadium.  When fans purchase a Premium Yankee season ticket package from Douglas Elliman Worldwide, a division of Prudential Douglas Elliman, a donation will be made on their behalf to the community non-profit sports association of their choice.  Donations will be made to The Giving House, a donor-advised fund at The Giving Back Fund, which will then redistribute the funds to charities selected by the ticket buyers.

“These are especially difficult times for sports programs.  We feel honored that the Yankees’ franchise has allowed us to help find a unique way to fund these valuable programs,” says Giving House founder, Kerry Fedigan-Cid.

Kerry and her husband Steve Cid, both brokers at Prudential Douglas Elliman, established Giving House to encourage the real estate industry to donate to community-based charities. “Our kids play sports year-round with our neighborhood association. We want to do our part to help support these great local programs that mean so much to our family, and this gives Yankee fans a way to do the same,” says Steve.

In addition to working with Prudential Douglas Elliman on the Yankees’ Premium package, Giving House works with brokers from any real estate firm to help them give back to the communities in which they live or work.

To arrange for a donation to be made when you purchase Premium Yankees’ season ticket packages contact Lisa Winning at 212.409.2868.

To learn more about The Giving House program contact The Giving Back Fund at 310.649.5222.

First Beneficiary, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Receiving Significant Donations

HUDSON VALLEY, NY – Millions of real estate transactions take place every year in the United States generating billions of dollars in commissions; buying, selling and renting homes, apartments and investment properties. What if every transaction was a donation opportunity for a worthy cause? Giving House, founded by top Prudential Douglas Elliman real estate agents Kerry Fedigan-Cid and Steve Cid, is an All-Star organization of leading real estate professionals and real estate firms who donate a portion of their commissions to worthy non-profit organizations and their important charitable causes.

 

The mission of Giving House is to stimulate charitable donations to non-profit organizations in need – to facilitate the realization in the brokerage community that a small donation individually made,

collectively has great impact.

 

In a Giving House partnership, a non-profit’s supporters and donors can choose among the top Giving House agents in their communities to buy, rent, sell, or donate any type of property. In addition, Giving House agents donate their own listings to the Giving House Portfolio to create donation opportunities.

Upon completion of that real estate transaction, the Giving House agent has agreed to donate 15% of their commission directly back to the not for profit of choice. An additional 5% is donated to Giving House and The Giving Back Fund to help administer and continue to grow the program.

 

Since its launch in November 2010, Giving House has established two non-profit partnerships with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital and Yonkers Partners In Education. The first beneficiary partnership, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital has already received more than $10,000 from Giving House in support of children’s health and wellness in Hudson Valley. Giving House is honored to partner with their second beneficiary organization, Yonkers Partners in Education, in support of their programs helping children in the Hudson Valley.

Wendy R. Nadel, executive director, Yonkers Partners in Education, said, “Giving House provides an innovative way to engage the entire real estate industry in contributing to the world.  It’s a win-win-win for everyone and we are honored to be a partner with this organization that provides such a wonderful way for so many people to give back.”

Worthy institutions, foundations, and non-profits receive a steady stream of donation dollars from Giving House so that they can spend more time doing the work they do best – strengthening their communities and enriching the lives of others.

John Murtagh, minority leader of the Yonkers City Council, said, “At a time when we are being forced by declining revenue to make difficult budget choices, Giving House will be a source of much needed support for programs in our public schools.”

 

About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Our goal at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is to make all children healthy and happy. Every day, our dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, allied health practitioners, technologists and others helps us to attain that goal by providing advanced life-saving care to more than one million children in the Hudson Valley region. Our mission is to set the standard for family-centered, compassionate care in a unique state-of-the-art environment that attracts outstanding physicians and staff, and which promotes healing, wellness and knowledge to all children and their families. We are advocates for children’s health and wellness and actively promote health education and activities within both the hospital and the community at large.

 

About Yonkers Partners In Education

Yonkers Partners in Education, in partnership with the public and private sectors, strives to ensure that all children who attend the Yonkers Public Schools have access to a quality education that prepares them for high school graduation, college, career, and success in life.

 

Giving House is a project of The Giving Back Fund

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead.  To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs.  For additional information, please visit www.givingback.org.

An organization offering necessary local resources and social networks for survivors after treatment ends.

 LOS ANGELES – A large, unrecognized and previously under-served community of young adults (18-49) are surviving cancer. Often considered too young for traditional post-treatment services and too old for pediatric services, now they have an organization to help them thrive. Thrive/Survive Los Angeles was recently co-founded by Nico Juber and Sunshine Esteves, two young cancer survivors, to provide young adult cancer survivors access to various medical and lifestyle resources as well as a host of networking events and informational seminars.

 

The Thrive/Survive resources include practitioners and businesses willing to work pro bono or on a sliding scale. The website also serves as a community for post-treatment young adults in the Los Angeles area with a unique understanding of survivors’ psychosocial and physical needs. Assistance includes resources for health and wellness programs, financial aid services and community events. Thrive/Survive Los Angeles is currently working with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on researching fatigue among young adult survivors.

 

Juber, a nine-year survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, said, “We’re an emerging community; we’re surviving cancer at younger ages more than ever before, and facing post-treatment challenges for the rest of our lives. It’s time to identify and enable our community to go from just surviving day-to-day to thriving with practical, local resources and opportunities that connect us with one another to help us feel like we’re not alone. Treatment can be a blip on the timeline compared to the long-lasting side effects of cancer treatment and the possibility of secondary malignancies that survivor’s face.”

 

The National Cancer Institute estimates that the United States has more than 11.5 million cancer survivors with 4% of them between the ages of 20 and 39. Few survivors have been offered a network of resources and or even the opportunity to meet other survivors facing the same challenges. Thrive/Survive Los Angeles (www.thrivesurvive.org) is the answer to the question many young cancer survivors ask themselves- “What’s next?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrive/Survive Los Angeles is a project of The Giving Back Fund.

The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead.  To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs.  For additional information, please visit www.givingback.org.

Funds Raised Will Support the New MFAH Arts of China Gallery

And Ongoing Foundation Initiatives

 Philanthropist and Houston Rockets All Star Yao Ming today announced a major collaboration between his Yao Ming Foundation and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). The Yao Ming Foundation Gala presented by iTALKBB, the New Global Telecom Service Provider, will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 against the grand backdrop of the MFAH’s Cullinan Hall. Proceeds from the event will provide funds for establishment of a permanent MFAH gallery dedicated to the Arts of China along with support for his foundation’s continued efforts toward important programs in China and throughout the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Since he arrived in Houston as the NBA’s number one draft pick in 2002, Yao Ming has become an icon in two distinct cultures and on two continents.  As such, he is an important bridge between China and the United States both on and off the basketball court. The Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Arts of China Gallery will open to the public in the summer of 2010 as part of the museum’s expanding wing dedicated to Asian art. Galleries for the arts of Korea, Indonesia, and India have already opened to critical acclaim. The new gallery, together with education programs designed specifically for it, will introduce Chinese art to new and wider audiences, promoting cultural understanding among the millions of school aged children, youth, and adults who visit the museum each year.

Yao Ming has devoted careful attention to his foundation since its inception in 2008, when he pledged two million dollars to rebuild schools devastated by the 8.0 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China. The efforts of his foundation have only recently been extended to the local Houston community with the MFAH partnership and grants to rebuild four playgrounds in the Houston/Galveston area destroyed by Hurricane Ike. In the future, he plans to lend support to youth-oriented programs and scholarships in China and the United States.

 

The Gala event will be presented iTALK BB, the New Global Telecom Service Provider which has inspired the theme for the event – Together We Can Make a Difference. Other initial partners joining the effort will include FOX Sports Houston, Houston Magazine, Culture Map and our official hotel partner, Hotel Zaza. The event has been developed jointly between The Yao Ming Foundation, a member of The Giving Back Fund’s family of charities, and MMG Strategic Event Marketing.