SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Pat Romanski, Sean Houghton, Glenn Rossman, Ignacio M. Llorente, Xenia von Wedel

News Feed Item

unite4:good and Variety Announce "unite4:humanity"Award Recipients

Alicia Keys, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Selena Gomez to Be Honored and Five Everyday Heroes to Receive the unite4:humanity Inspiration Award and Grant

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/14/14 -- unite4:good (www.unite4good.org), the global movement for humanity, announces Alicia Keys as the Music Visionary Award recipient, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Creative Commitment in Television Award recipient and Selena Gomez as the recipient of the Young Humanitarian Award at the first ever unite4:humanity event in association with Variety (www.variety.com). In addition, five everyday heroes will be presented with the unite4:humanity Inspiration Award and grant during a very special ceremony at the Sony Lot in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 27.

Grammy® Award-winning musical icon, Alicia Keys, will be honored for her work as an activist and Founder of Keep A Child Alive (www.keepachildalive.org), which has provided treatment, love and support to families in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS for over a decade. Keys will also take the stage for a very special musical performance. Emmy® Award-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be honored for her support of and work with Heal The Bay, utilizing her influence, skills and voice to promote the philanthropic cause. Selena Gomez will be honored for her involvement as a UNICEF Ambassador and use of her influence to the youth community to help promote the cause.

Through a selection process that began in December 2013, each of unite4:good's Founding Affiliates identified an everyday hero who is furthering its mission in a local community and through their own efforts. Out of the 15 remarkable individuals nominated by the Affiliates, five were selected by an impartial committee to receive the unite4:humanity Inspiration Award in the categories of the Arts, Animal Welfare, Environment, Health and Human Services/Public Benefit and Youth Development/Education. Each recipient will be presented with a $25,000 grant to further their good work.

Between now and February 19, the stories of the five Inspiration Award recipients will appear on http://www.unite4good.org/inspiration-awards. The public is asked to visit the site, learn about the recipients, and vote on which humanitarian should receive the unite4:humanity Impact Grant, an additional $50,000 grant that will be presented on stage to a surprise winner at the event.

Background on Inspiration Award recipients and Impact Grant nominees:

Category: Health and Human Services/Public Benefit

  • Cherie Jamason, nominated by Feeding America
    Jamason joined the Food Bank of Northern Nevada 25 years ago. With her leadership and expertise, the Food Bank has grown from a grass-roots food assistance program to a nationally recognized anti-hunger organization, providing services throughout the state of Nevada and a portion of Eastern California. Under Cherie's direction, hunger issues have been brought to the forefront, garnering both attention and action. Cherie successfully implemented the "Nevada Child Nutrition" initiative, which provides summer food and after-school meal programs for low-income children throughout the state, a regional food stamp outreach program and nutrition education for at-risk schools. Jamason also secured the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Nevada.

Category: Arts

  • Kathy Eldon, nominated by Points of Light
    Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer on three continents. Inspired by her son Dan, a Reuters photojournalist killed in Somalia in l993, she launched Creative Visions Foundation in 1998, which has nurtured hundreds of "creative activists" who use arts and media for social change. Kathy's Creative Visions Productions has produced many acclaimed films including: "Soldiers of Peace," a CNN special about the Children's Peace Movement in Colombia; "Global Tribe," a PBS series featuring grass-roots creative activists; and "Extraordinary Moms," an OWN special featuring Hillary Clinton, Christiane Amanpour and Julia Roberts. Currently, she is developing "Best Care Possible," a PBS documentary about compassionate end-of-life care in America.

Category: Environment

  • David Schwartz, nominated by DoSomething.org
    Schwartz is the co-founder and Campaign Director of Real Food Challenge (RFC), a national student movement to create a healthier, just and sustainable food system. Through student-led campaigns, RFC has shifted over $55 million in annual university food purchases to local, ecological, fair and humane farms and food businesses. David regularly leads national youth summits and leadership trainings -- in 2013, RFC programs involved more than 100,000 young people on over 306 college campuses. David was selected as a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow for his social enterprise leadership and was honored as a semifinalist at the 2011 VH1/Do Something Awards.

Category: Youth Development/Education

  • Dr. Flint Fowler, nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    Dr. Fowler is President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. Flint has impacted the lives of children and teens through his work with INROADS/St. Louis, Operation Teamwork; Upward Bound and Boy Scouts. He continues to support youth development through his organization, which serves more than 8,000 young people in five club sites and five elementary schools. He is active with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and served on several planning committees, including the Commission for the Second Century and the National Commission on Impact. He received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Washington University and a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He is a graduate of the Management Program and Thomas Garth Executive Leadership Program.

Category: Animal Welfare

  • Jane Hoffman, nominated by ASPCA
    Jane Hoffman helped found the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals (created to apply creative, targeted solutions to NYC's homeless animal crisis) in 2002 and has served as President and Chair of the Board of Directors ever since. Working pursuant to a 10-year strategic plan and with 150+ rescue groups and shelters that now participate in the Alliance (ranging from the ASCPA, a founding supporter, to small neighborhood-based rescue groups), the collaboration has succeeded in reducing euthanasia at local shelters by 81 percent. Hoffman is an attorney, formerly with Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, and was in private practice specializing in taxation, executive compensation and estate planning. Hoffman continues to speak extensively around the country on the public/private partnership as a replicable model for bringing together animal welfare groups to develop creative solutions to combat animal overpopulation and animal control issues.

For more information, please visit: www.unite4good.org
Please join the conversation online and vote for a nominee at: http://www.unite4good.org/inspiration-awards
Please join the conversation online at Facebook: facebook.com/unite4good.org and
Twitter: @unite4good using hashtags #U4Gunite4humanity #unite4good.

About unite4:good
unite4:good is a revolutionary global movement that will establish a new standard whereby acts of kindness and service become so valued and celebrated that everyone chooses to make them a part of their daily life. Through empowering action, creating new programs, and uniting both individuals and organizations in innovative ways -- we will inspire positive and lasting change on a global scale. unite4:good will encourage everyone to inspire, empower, share and love. www.unite4good.org

About Variety
Variety and Variety.com provide the industry with the most comprehensive coverage of film, television and the digital space. With respected and experienced news reporters in Los Angeles, New York and around the world, Variety marries its historic coverage of the entertainment business with a recently revamped website and weekly print magazine offering readers the in-depth news coverage needed to remain competitive in the ever-changing entertainment industry. The Variety Group -- Variety, Variety.com, Variety Insight, LA 411, NY 411 -- is owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Media Corporation.

Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2520201
Image Available: http://www2.marketwire.com/mw/frame_mw?attachid=2520203

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For: unite4:good
Shaila Arora
Email Contact
310.717.8255

For: unite4:humanity
PMK--BNC
Jennifer Kearney
Email Contact
310.854.4789

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
“We help people build clusters, in the classical sense of the cluster. We help people put a full stack on top of every single one of those machines. We do the full bare metal install," explained Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The cloud is becoming the de-facto way for enterprises to leverage common infrastructure while innovating and one of the biggest obstacles facing public cloud computing is security. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Jeff Aliber, a global marketing executive at Verizon, discussed how the best place for web security is in the cloud. Benefits include: Functions as the first layer of defense Easy operation –CNAME change Implement an integrated solution Best architecture for addressing network-l...
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is simplifying the cloud-purchasing experience for its clients, with the launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a key foundational component of the company's robust ecosystem of enterprise-class technologies. The online storefront will initially feature pre-built cloud-based services from AppDynamics, Hitachi Data Systems, Juniper Networks, PfSense and Tervela. Available globally to enterprises using Verizon Cloud, Verizon Cloud Marketplace provides a one-stop shop fo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, p...
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover ...

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's

SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada...
SYS-CON Events announced today that AIC, a leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AIC is a leading provider of both standard OTS, off-the-shelf, and OEM/ODM server and storage solutions. With expert in-house design capabilities, validation, manufacturing and production, AIC's broad selection of products are highly flexible and are conf...
Leysin American School is an exclusive, private boarding school located in Leysin, Switzerland. Leysin selected an OpenStack-powered, private cloud as a service to manage multiple applications and provide development environments for students across the institution. Seeking to meet rigid data sovereignty and data integrity requirements while offering flexible, on-demand cloud resources to users, Leysin identified OpenStack as the clear choice to round out the school's cloud strategy. Additional...
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete...
“DevOps is really about the business. The business is under pressure today, competitively in the marketplace to respond to the expectations of the customer. The business is driving IT and the problem is that IT isn't responding fast enough," explained Mark Levy, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Serena Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Mobile commerce traffic is surpassing desktop, yet less than 20% of sales in the U.S. are mobile commerce sales. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Dan Franklin, Segment Manager, Commerce, at Verizon Digital Media Services, defined mobile devices and discussed how next generation means simplification. It means taking your digital content and turning it into instantly gratifying experiences.
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com...