Chargers QB Philip Rivers Inspired by U-T San Diego Column to Help Lead Passing It On Campaign

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

San Diego, CA. (September 16, 2014) When U-T San Diego sports columnist Kevin Acee crafted his April 28 column “Helping Kids, Families with Some Passes,” he hoped that the story about two-year-old Stephen Russell – who loves Cheetos, is insatiably curious, and will almost certainly undergo a third gruelling heart surgery before the age of five — would inspire readers to dig deep and donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which has been a haven for Stephen’s family. One of those readers agreed to join Acee in the campaign. That was San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers, who along with Acee is leading the “Passing It On” campaign.

The Passing It On campaign challenges Chargers fans to support San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House Charities by pledging anywhere from 10 cents to $ 1 or more for every passing yard that Rivers completes this season. Rivers and Acee have each pledged $ 1 per yard, respectively, and the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation has generously agreed to match funds raised up to $ 50,000.

“San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House relies on support from the community to continue to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families like the Russells, who need a place to regroup, recharge and find some normalcy in an otherwise chaotic time,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, which was founded in 1980. “We are so grateful for the support from our community, including Kevin Acee and Philip Rivers for making `Passing It On’ possible and, of course, for the generous matching gift from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation. Because of this outstanding leadership and support, we can continue to provide hope and healing for the families we serve.”

“As a parent, I know how scary having a sick child can be — but that pales in comparison to what Stephen’s family has endured day after day,” said Kevin Acee, who has since published a follow-up column ‘Helping Philip Rivers Pass It On.’ “I have been so moved by the incredible people at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, and it’s a privilege to help spread awareness and raise funds. And as for Philip Rivers, his integrity and leadership are an inspiration, and he was completely on board from the first moment we spoke about this worthy cause.”

“Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego is a great community partner of the U-T and we couldn’t be more proud of this cause. We are very pleased with Kevin Acee and Philip Rivers for supporting this initiative and creating even greater awareness for the community to get involved. We look forward to tracking the total yards and amount of donations raised throughout the season,” said Mike Hodges, U-T San Diego President and COO.

Chargers fans and all other San Diegans can be part of The Passing It On campaign by visiting The website also includes a special video featuring interviews with Philip Rivers, Kevin Acee, and members of the Russell family including Stephen.

For all other information including media inquiries, please contact Stephanie Brown, Senior Director, Marketing and Public Relations of U-T San Diego at 619-823-9794 or or Price Adams of Nuffer, Smith & Tucker at 619-296-0605 or

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego

Founded in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home away from home” to families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House was specifically designed to meet the needs of families – including 47 overnight bedrooms and a Family Care Center meeting daytime needs with a kitchen serving warm meals, showers, laundry facilities, nap rooms and a children’s play area. With a sense of normalcy restored, the nearly 15,000 family members the Ronald McDonald House serves each year can focus their energy on helping their hospitalized child heal. Charity Navigator has given the organization the highest rating available – four stars – based on the charity’s financial health, accountability and transparency. To learn more, visit

About U-T San Diego

The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, owner of the 145-year-old U-T San Diego, is San Diego’s leading media company and its most comprehensive source of news, entertainment and information in the region. Each week, products are delivered to more than 96 percent of all San Diego County households through its integrated media portfolio: the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, U-T San Diego; the website,; Sunday’s Best; The Night + Day, DiscoverSD and weekly entertainment guides; Spanish-language products Enlace and Vida Latina-San Diego; U-T TV, an Emmy award-winning on-demand video news source; and hyper-local community papers, U-T Community Press.

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(PRWEB) September 11, 2014

More than 850 people participated in L’Oréal USA’s seventh annual “Fore the Children” charity event to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. As part of L’Oréal USA’s ongoing efforts to give back to its communities and consumers, this year’s event contributes $ 625,000 bringing the total amount raised by L’Oréal USA since 2008 to $ 3.2 million.

The funds raised at this year’s golf outing will support the expansion of the PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, new outpatient services in Warren Township and expansion of existing outpatient services in Egg Harbor Township. Additionally, L’Oréal USA has been instrumental in providing funds for creation of a robust and sustainable Research Center at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

The 60-bed pediatric inpatient rehabilitation hospital in New Brunswick serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth and life-changing illnesses. The expansion, that began in fall of 2013, created 8 new beds to allow patients to receive intensive physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapies. With L’Oréal’s support, the hospital hopes to serve even more children in need of in and outpatient rehabilitative care.    

“It has been an extreme honor to call L’Oréal USA one of our premiere corporate sponsors,” said Philip Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation. “The children treated at Children’s Specialized Hospital have not only benefited from L’Oréal’s tremendous success in fundraising, but also the countless hours of volunteer service at our locations and hospital fundraising events.”

“Contributing to the welfare of local communities is at the heart of L’Oréal’s culture and values,” says Morris Lenczicki, treasurer for the Foundation’s board of trustees and Vice President of Operations America at L’Oréal USA, who recently had the distinct honor of being appointed to the New Jersey Governor’s Advocatory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and was nominated as one of NJBiz magazine’s Healthcare Hero Volunteer of the Year, “We hope the contributions of today inspire employees and New Jersey residents alike to create more tangible impact in neighborhoods where they live and work.”

The event was co-chaired by Lenczicki and Brian Wassall, Assistant Vice President of Purchasing, Operations Americas at L’Oréal USA, and supported by 8 additional committee members, all L’Oréal USA Operations Americas employees.

“Our journey together with Children’s Specialized Hospital has been amazing. It is truly a partnership that has flourished, without effort, based on our common values and passion to give back to others that is engrained in both our organization’s DNA,” said Wassall. “Our charity event’s success is beyond what the event committee ever dreamed could be achieved. We are very proud of our accomplishment, and even more proud of how it will benefit so many children and their families!”

The event’s special guest was hospital trustee Michael Harrison, his wife Amanda and their two children Reid and Kendyl. Over 850 attendees at this year’s Fore the Children Golf Outing had the chance to hear Michael express his sincere gratitude to all who have supported the work being done at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Michael’s youngest child, Reid, was delayed in his development and after serving on the hospital’s foundation’s board of trustees for nearly 30 years, he knew exactly where to turn to ensure his son can meet all of his milestones and reach his fullest potential. After several weeks of physical therapy, Reid is now catching up with his peers and continues with speech therapy to develop his language skills.

“As a parent you want the best for your child. I knew the best place to go was not Philadelphia or New York, but right here in New Jersey,” said Michael Harrison. “His improvement was dramatic over this year. Reid finally reached age appropriate targets and was discharged except for speech therapy which he continues to receive. What this meant to us was that Reid would get to the starting line in life along with all the other children- you can’t ask for anything more. We are grateful to the therapists and doctors at Children’s Specialized for their dedication to our child.”

Many suppliers, donors, and event sponsors supported the event. The top sponsor list includes: Walker International, Unette Corporation and Topline.


L’Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the worldwide leader in beauty. L’Oréal USA manages a portfolio of 28 iconic global beauty brands, including Clarisonic, Essie Cosmetics, Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Kiehl’s, Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Redken, Soft-Sheen Carson, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. In addition to corporate headquarters in New York City, L’Oréal USA has Research & Innovation and Manufacturing & Distribution facilities across seven other states including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington with a workforce of more than 10,000 employees. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @LOrealUSA.


Children’s Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country, treats children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses at twelve sites throughout New Jersey. Services include outpatient therapies, physician specialty services, acute rehabilitation, medical day care and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick, Newark and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities. Children’s Specialized Hospital is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit; Facebook:; Twitter:; YouTube:; LinkedIn:’s-specialized-hospital.

Mlynarek Insurance Agency Initiates Charity Campaign in Memory of April Millsap, a 14-Year Old Kidnapped and Killed in Armada, MI

Armada, MI (PRWEB) September 10, 2014

With a new charity program in the Armada, MI area, Mlynarek Insurance Agencies has announced that they will be raising funds to help support a local family in their time of need. 14-year old April Millsap was brutally murdered in her hometown of Armada, MI. Mlynarek Insurance Agencies is striving to keep April’s memory alive and to offer some relief to her grieving family. To support this worthy cause, donations to the family can be made at

Utilizing its own resources and seeking the help of its own network of customers and business partners, Mlynarek Insurance Agencies marches on to ensure customers, friends, family and neighbors are always in good hands. The agency just recently launched the master charity program of which the current campaign is part of, electing every 30-90 days a new individual, organization or family in need to receive their support.

“The Millsaps are going through an unimaginable amount of pain right now. Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare,” said Kevin Mlynarek, the agency’s principal. “April was a beautiful girl inside and out and we are doing what we can to keep her memory alive while helping the family meet their immediate needs.”

The agency will promote the current campaign over the course of the next 30-60 days, through its social media channels, email communications, and monthly electronic and print magazines, delivered to thousands of households in Lake Orion, Michigan. Our Hometown magazine reserves a full page to feature the campaign and details of the cause. The electronic Flipbook version of the current issue can be accessed here:

To join Mlynarek Insurance Agencies in supporting the Millsap Family, donors are encouraged to visit and share the page with their friends and family. Contributors may be acknowledged for their donations through the agency’s monthly magazine.

Once the current campaign is over, Mlynarek Insurance Agencies will continue to work closely with their community and other nonprofit organizations in the area, to make sure resources are directed to capable hands that can help better the local community, one family or person at a time. Information regarding past and current campaigns supported by the Agency can be found at More information about Mlynarek Insurance Agencies is available at

About Mlynarek Insurance Agency

The Mlynarek family has operated the Insurance industry in Lake Orion, Oxford MI for a combined 14 years. They help people with their insurance – home insurance, auto insurance, renters insurance & more. Their service-oriented insurance agency is owned & operated by family & customers are made to feel like family. As insurance agents, the Mlynarek team helps people understand how the choices they make – such as the car they drive – affect their insurance rate. They are committed to helping people get the appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with their agency. To contact an expert at Mlynarek Insurance Agency, call 248-393-1300.

Benevolence Of Solar Lighting

Conservation of energy is the word doing the rounds in twenty first century. Global warming is wreaking havoc all over the world and greening of the planet is gaining importance everyday. There are several ways in which energy can be conserved and stored for use of future generations. Instead of using non renewable sources of energy, use should be made of renewable source of energy. Coal, gas, minerals are fast becoming depleted so their use should be limited at least to a considerable extent if not stopped. The best source of renewable energy is the sun from which solar lighting can be put to use. Solar lighting is easily generated from the sun rays and through applying certain techniques. It is by far the best means to conserve energy and save electricity consumption.

The easiest way of utilizing the benevolence of solar lighting is to illuminate the street lights, lights at home and other purposes with the help of using solar energy. Solar lighting helps cut on electricity bills as little cost is involved in making the photovoltaic or solar cells which can be charged with the energy and rays coming from the sun. The light emitted from solar lights may not be powerful but they can help in illuminating the streets and homes. It is advantageous in two ways to reap the benefits of solar lighting one can save electricity consumption by cutting down the use of electricity and also conserve the environment by polluting it less.

Benefits of solar lighting are too many to pen down. Apart from curtailing use of electricity, they are environment friendly with no carbon emission, no use of fuel, easy to install, and cheap. Solar lights are popular everywhere and can be purchased online by placing an order over the phone or simply bought from a local home appliances store. Solar lighting is preferred for its no heat emission and its neutral effects on touching. It is safe to install in playgrounds for children hence.

Solar lighting is benevolent in a genuine way as there is minimal or no maintenance cost, no need to worry for power as it does not need electricity support. Solar lights have sensors fitted into them so there is no need to worry about their system of operation. They are automatically controlled and are used as power sources for security lights, portable spotlights, indoor lights, handheld lanterns, flashlights and even walk away lights. Solar lamps are made of three things namely a rechargeable battery, a photovoltaic solar panel or cell and an LED or light emitting diode lamp. Solar lights are increasingly being used in street lamps to curtail the governments consumption of electricity.

Solar lights can be purchased online from a number of websites and variety of models to choose from and suit individual needs. Orders can also be placed online and the product will be delivered at the doorstep with a warranty period. So solar lighting is the viable option of saving the planet and making it greener by reducing costs on energy consumption and relying on renewable sources of energy of which solar lighting is the plausible option.

Reynold Powers has been in the solar industry for over 15 years. For more information visit his site at solar lighting.

Good People Creative, the Nashville-based Content Marketing Company, Announces Its New Partnership with Bone McAllester & Norton

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 30, 2014

Good People Creative, the Nashville-based content marketing company, announces its new partnership with Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC, a full-service law firm with offices in Nashville, Sumner County and Williamson County, Tennessee. The firm consists of more than 35 attorneys with many years of experience, offering services in 17 areas of law.

The firm started in 1978 when Charles Bone, Sam McAllester and Mike Norton joined forces to create a different kind of law firm, with a focus on client satisfaction, high quality work and community involvement. Extending the range of care beyond the courtroom, Bone McAllester & Norton has long been focused on helping charitable organizations throughout the year. For example, on Fridays, $ 5 can buy a staff member or lawyer the right to wear jeans, with the funds going to a charitable organization.

This type of creativity and spirit of giving are key components of many of the clients Good People Creative is happy to partner with. “We get excited about organizations that work hard to be successful, have a good brand in the market and are heavily involved in charity work, like Bone McAllester Norton,” says Cole Evans, Owner of Good People Creative. “They have a great team with a plethora of stories to tell. We are excited to help them maximize their digital exposure, while helping to move their brand forward.”

Good People Creative is the Nashville-based content marketing company, specializing in search engine marketing, media buying, content creation, public relations, design, social media and video production.

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Erie, PA (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

AcousticSheep LLC participated in one of the largest running events put on in Erie, PA yet – the first Color Run – otherwise known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” The event took place on August 9, 2014 and over 10,900 participants from Erie, surrounding areas, and even from as far away as California ran or walked in it.participated in one of the largest running events put on in Erie, PA yet – the first Color Run – otherwise known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet.” The event took place on August 9, 2014 and over 10,900 participants from Erie, surrounding areas, and even from as far away as California ran or walked in it.

The Color Run puts on 150 races domestically every year, as well as 49 internationally. The Erie run was the second largest in Pennsylvania. Once registration opened in February of 2014, it only took ten days to sell out which was extremely fast.

AcousticSheep LLC organized a team of runners from their company to participate in the run. They also set up a booth at the event and spread the word about their latest launch in products, RunPhones®Wireless, their new Bluetooth® enabled sport headphones designed for running and exercising in. In addition, they were able to showcase their white RunPhones® which were designed specifically for Color Run contestants.

“We came here to promote our new RunPhones® Wireless headphones and came home inspired to run more and run bright with colors! We can’t wait for the next run!” said Wei-Shin Lai, MD, CEO/founder of AcousticSheep LLC.

The Color Run was founded in March of 2011 with the goal of promoting good health and happiness by bringing communities together. It’s an untimed 5K race where “Color Runners” are doused from head to toe in a safe Technicolor cornstarch solution at each kilometer. This race is the first paint race of its kind, and has tripled in size since its inception.

Walter Sonntag, the race director for the Erie Color Run told AcousticSheep in an interview following the run, “Erie loves the Color Run and it shows!”

“I have never seen another community more engaged or get more involved than Erie,” said Sonntag, “And the feedback from the survey was one of the highest the company has ever seen.”

Participants who were asked if they would refer it to a friend, almost unanimously agreed they would.

In fact, the whole community rallied behind the event and was instrumental in its success. Over 200 volunteers were present to help with everything from setting up to cleaning up. Sonntag also gave kudos for the involvement of the Erie City Offices, the Erie Sports Commission, and of course The United Way who was the chosen charity for the event. The Color Run ended up raising them roughly $ 22,000 for Erie County.

“Color Runners” were just as enthusiastic about RunPhones® products as they were about the race with many of them signing up for the newsletter and promising to stop by the local office once learning that AcousticSheep LLC was a locally-based company. The products were well-received by race participants – especially by those who have been seeking a comfortable listening solution for their headphone needs while running and working out. Many agreed that RunPhones® may be the most comfortable sports headphones they’ve seen!

About AcousticSheep LLC: AcousticSheep LLC designs and distributes innovative headphones for a variety of lifestyles. Formed in 2007 by a family doctor and her husband, AcousticSheep products are designed with comfort, quality, and the environment in mind. for additional information or connect with us on Facebook at

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Musselmans Apple Sauce Helps Families Stay Healthy and Joins the National Breast Cancer Foundation to Fight Breast Cancer

Peach Glen, PA (PRWEB) August 20, 2014

In honor of families everywhere, Musselman’s Apple Sauce announces the launch of Musselman’s Growing A Healthy Family Sweepstakes, a campaign to help families make healthy choices and enjoy time together in a fast-paced world with competing demands. In addition, Musselman’s is releasing a product line with “pink-ribbon” packaging to raise money for the company’s long-time partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

Providing healthy snack and meal options is a prime goal of Musselman’s, and donating to and working with NBCF is key to helping families, many of whom are touched by breast cancer. From now through December, Musselman’s will donate money to NBCF every time a product with the signature “pink-ribbon” packaging is purchased in stores. Customers can look for “pink-ribbon” packaging on select apple sauce and apple juice products— and help Musselman’s reach its goal to donate $ 65,000 to NBCF.

The first four weeks of the Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes run from August 19 through September 15, and feature a grand prize trip to the Musselman’s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute, a family-themed ice-skating and music extravaganza that takes place on October 19 at the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University. Hosted by champion figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss, the star-studded event features a live musical performance by Grammy-award winner Amy Grant, during which champion and Olympian skaters perform skating routines with their children.

In addition to four tickets to the show, the winning family will receive round trip airfare, two nights lodging, admission to the dress rehearsal for the event, and access to the post-show VIP reception including a cast meet and greet.

Families can enter the sweepstakes weekly by responding to a question posted on Musselman’s Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes website. Each week, the question will focus on a different theme —back-to-school, healthy party recipes, stress reduction, family fitness — and participants will select the option that best describes their family.

Weeks five through twelve of the Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes feature a weekly chance to win a $ 100 gift certificate from Amazon. It starts on September 16 and runs through November 3. Again, families can enter by responding to the weekly sweepstakes question.

“Helping parents and kids find ways to stay healthy and spend time together is a key goal of Musselman’s,” said Bob Fisher, the vice president of marketing at Knouse Foods. “We’re proud to support families through the sweepstakes and to help NBCF make a meaningful difference in the lives of people everywhere touched by breast cancer.”

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States, and early detection is key to reversing this alarming trend,” said Janelle Hail, the founder/CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. “The money raised by Musselman’s will provide help and inspire hope in those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. We sincerely thank everyone at Musselman’s for their continued loyalty and support.”

A variety of Musselman’s corporate and celebrity partners are participating in the promotion of the campaign, including Disson Skating, Amy Grant, Penn State, and Musselman’s family of bloggers. To learn more about Musselman’s Growing a Healthy Family Sweepstakes, visit

About Knouse Foods and Musselman’s

Musselman’s is one of the leading brands of Knouse Foods, an established grower-owned, fruit processing cooperative with more than 60 years of history providing the best fruit products. For more information, visit

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit

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