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    GiveNetwork


     

    GiveNetwork


     


    GiveNetwork Indiegogo Campaign brief


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 09, 2014 ) Lake Forest, CA --- Robert Jones, CEO of Give.mobi was so impressed with the philanthropy work of Global Impact, an international charity, that he has developed an innovative method for the organization to collect donations from consumers in publicly accessible venues. Through Jones’s GiveNetwork Initiative, consumers are able to make contributions through special portals that can be accessed by SmartPhones.

    “Recent mobile technology makes it possible for us to collaborate and do something very powerful,” said Jones. “Businesses and individuals can help facilitate donations for continuous humanitarian relief efforts locally and throughout the world.

    “Through the GiveNetwork, tens of thousands of donation portals will be displayed in retail stores, restaurants, hotels, banks, movie theaters, gas stations, schools, municipal public buildings, office buildings, corporate offices or any other publically accessible facilities. Convenient donation access is exposed to millions of Smartphone-equipped consumers every day.”

    Global Impact [charity-org] raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. Donors can feel confident that the security of donations issued through the GiveNetwork platform are handled with the greatest degree of care and integrity. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.6 billion.

    Through its member charities Global Impact has been saving lives, protecting children, providing disaster aid, creating jobs and strengthening communities through programs that reach more than 400 million people each year.

    Jones is offering individuals an opportunity to sponsor donation portals at a location of their choice (GiveNetwork will select a location if the sponsor so desires). Sponsorships are $55 per year and people can sign up at the GiveNetwork Indiegogo page at the Indiegogo site.

    “Your individual or family name will appear on the portal and you will also receive a quarterly update from us on the amount of donations completed through your sponsored portal,” Jones said. “Think about how satisfying it will be knowing that you have funded the placement of a donation portal that generates hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in ongoing disaster and humanitarian aid.” This is a sample of what a sponsored donation portal looks like. Sponsored Donation Portal

    Sponsors will also receive business cards with the Smart QR code. The cards can be handed out to friends, family and business associates.

    “You can become a key part of this ambitious global initiative,” Jones said. “Equipping citizens with a routine way to give, while on the go, from anywhere on earth, is the essence of the GiveNetwork. Together we can collaborate to serve humanitarian relief throughout the world, wherever and whenever the needs arise.”

    For further information visit the Indiegogo project page; the GiveNetwork official website; or the Global Impact site, www.charity.org.

    Jones can be reached directly at bob@give.mobi.


    Robert Jones
    949-829-1511
    info@givenetwork.biz

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    Crowd CMS, help us to help Charitable Organisations.


     

    Rob Waite, Co-Creator of Crowd CMS.


     


    Crowd CMS - Helping Charities and NFPs Get Online Quicker


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 10, 2014 ) British web developer Rob Waite knows that every charitable organization and nonprofit needs a website. He also knows that most them don’t have much in the way of technical expertise and can hardly afford a website – or they wind up paying for something they don’t need.

    Waite’s solution was to create a new original web platform that can be set up quickly, is easy to operate, has the required functionality - and is free.

    Crowd CMS is the perfect open source software for charities and nonprofits and Waite would like to make it available to these groups at no cost. “Our vision is to help get any small charity or nonprofit group get online quickly and easily with a free enterprise level solution,” said Waite, Director of Hostpipe Ltd., a web development firm in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

    Hostpipe originally created Crowd CMS to speed up the deployment of customers' websites.

    “We found that in doing so we had created a really fantastic framework which could help launch enterprise level websites and content management systems for charities, nonprofit organizations and business startups,” Waite said. “Crowd CMS gives a professional agency ‘finish’ instead of a DIY finish usually found on other platforms.”

    “We’d love to help get charities, nonprofits and business startups online for free while not compromising on the quality and performance that you sometimes get with other community-driven applications,” Waite said. “These sites will be future-proofed, scalable, fully web compliant, responsive, accessible, search engine-friendly and customizable.”

    Crowd CMS includes:
    • Net Open Source Content Management System
    • News/Blog full eCommerce, using multiple payment gateways including Sage Pay, PayPal and Secure Trading
    • Event, Course and Workshop Booking
    • Ability to Take Donations
    • Multi-Lingual Capabilities
    • Basic CRM Integration with a choice of MailChimp or Communigator
    • Web Standards Compliant, Accessible, Responsive (using BootStrap) and Search Engine Friendly

    In order to offer this open source software for free, Waite needs about 20,000 British pounds ($33,600 US) so he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to generate capital. The Kickstarter page can be viewed at the Kickstarter site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. Those who contribute 50 pounds ($84) or more are eligible for perks, such as wristbands, pens, links on the Crowd CMS site and custom-built websites.

    For further information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/hostpipe/crowd-cms; the website, www.crowdcms.co.uk; or the Crowd CMS Thunderclap page, www.thunderclap.it/projects/11306-crowd-cms-on-kickstarter

    Waite can be reached directly rob@hostpipe.co.uk.


    Rob Waite
    +44-1453-884100
    enquiries@crowdcms.co.uk

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 10, 2014 ) Bedford, MA --- Keith Francis, a sculptor from New Bedford, Mass., is donating his talents to produce a large steel sculpture memorial dedicated to the survivors and those deceased from breast cancer.

    This public art project is called Mary, named for a friend of Francis who succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 40. “Recently I had a dream about her and this sculpture, and immediately made a sketch, conceptual drawings and produced a model over the following days,” he said.

    “My plan is to acquire financing and locate a permanent location in the United States.”

    The sculpture, in the shape of a gently folded pink ribbon, will be made of steel and is projected to weigh about 2,400 pounds. Its dimensions are 8 ft. by 8 ft. by 7 ft., and the ribbon is ¾ inch thick.

    “The final memorial location must be open to the public, outdoors and in a large city,” explained Francis (keithfrancisart-com), whose preference is Dallas, where Susan G. Komen®, a national breast cancer awareness organization, is headquartered.

    “Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., are other options. The sculpture will be donated free of charge.”

    Prior to the decision about the sculpture’s location, Francis will make a site visit and review the engineering requirements to ensure that the setting is able to accept the weight of this piece of public art.

    At this time, the sculpture exists as small-scale model. About $51,000 is needed to fabricate a larger model that is half the size of the finished work, order the custom steel for the full-size sculpture, produce and paint the sculpture and then ship it to the final location. All Metals Welding & Fabrication of Little Compton, R.I., will be producing the sculpture.

    A rigging and crane service will be required for installation at the memorial location.

    To raise this money, Francis has launched a Kickstarter campaign, which can be viewed at www.kickstarter.com/projects/159829511/breast-cancer-sculpture-memorial.

    Donations of any amount are being accepted. For those donating $25 or more perks are available, such as drawings and photos of the sculpture as well as books that document the development of the structure. Backers who contribute $500 will have their names inscribed on a memorial plaque at the site of the sculpture.

    Francis is hoping to have the project completed by September. “I want to thank all the people who are and will be supporting this project,” he said. “It really means a lot to me. This is a way to create more awareness of breast cancer, and hopefully find a cure some day.”

    For further information, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/159829511/breast-cancer-sculpture-memorial; the sculpture’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/keith.francis.391; or Francis’s website, www.keithfrancisart.com.

    Francis can be reached directly at kfranciscom@gmail.com.


    Keith Francis
    617-372-7940
    kfranciscom@gmail.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 12, 2014 ) INCLINE VILLAGE, NV.— Myths and Mountains, an award-winning experiential tour operator offering active lifestyle trips in Asia, Southeast Asia and South America, was named winner of the ninth annual Observer Ethical Awards’ travel category for the first time yesterday. Myths and Mountains, along with the READ Global Program, was the only American company nominated for an award sponsored by the Observer, one of England’s most prominent and trusted news sources. Information about the ninth Annual Awards is available here.

    The Observer Ethical Awards Ceremony- dubbed ‘The Green Oscars’- took place at One Marylebone in London on June 11th. Sponsored by Virgin Airlines, the competition was voted upon by both a panel of judges and the public.

    Dr. Antonia Neubauer founded Myths and Mountains in 1988 after a trekking trip to Nepal, where her deep connection to international education and development was realized. Her knowledge of the Nepali people and culture grew, and her desire to educate and connect other travelers with Nepal and other countries inspired her inception of the travel company. When Dr. Neubauer had asked a Nepali guide what he had wished for most in his home country, his reply of “a library” sparked Dr. Neubauer’s desire to create an organization dedicated to giving back to the communities to which Myths and Mountains traveled.

    Established in 1991, READ Global was founded not to simply create a library, but to develop a catalyst for systemic and sustainable change in the community. In 2006, READ was awarded the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation’s one million dollar Access to Learning Award, and it has been a stand-alone organization since 2007. READ Global works in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers and seed small businesses. Offering programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment, READ Global has established almost seventy centers and has serviced nearly two million rural villagers.

    Upon receiving the Observer Ethical Award, Dr. Neubauer says, “We at Myths and Mountains are honored to be chosen for this award. True sustainability is a hallmark of READ – economic prosperity through a business generating income, social viability through village ownership and empowerment, and continuous educational development through the knowledge the program inspires."

    About Myths and Mountains
    Founded in 1988 by veteran adventurer Dr. Antonia Neubauer, Myths and Mountains provides travelers with an intimate experience with the places they visit. With more than 25 years of expertise, Myths and Mountains offers award-winning trips focusing on cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history, and natural healing and traditional medicine. Dr. Neubauer was named one of the “Top Travel Experts Who Can Change Your Life” for her specialty in Nepal by Conde Nast Traveler consecutively from 2010 through 2014. Myths and Mountains was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventurer in 2009, “Ultimate Adventure Outfitters From Around the Globe” by Travel + Leisure Magazine in 2010, and “50 Tours of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler in 2013.
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    Julie Peirano
    973-714-5632
    jpeirano@adventuremedianews.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 19, 2014 ) Paris, France -- Artists and Artists' communities are joining forces to raise awareness about global issues affecting the lives of many people in the world. "World Citizen Artists" (WCA) is a global community of artists and creatives launching on 20th June, coinciding with World Refugee Day, to highlight the plight of refugees around the globe as the first UN World Day highlighted by the WCA. The launch is a call to visual artists, photographers, writers, and musicians from all countries, backgrounds, ages, and genders to join the movement. It is also an invitation to art lovers and those who wish to support the aim of raising global awareness through art.

    In addition to highlighting global issues, WCA intends to democratise art through social media by providing a platform for emerging artists to get their message across alongside established artists who wish to use their reputation to bring about positive change in the world. The WCA launch is welcomed by "Playing for Change" who have shown their support by offering their video "Clandestino" featuring Manu Chao to be shown on WCA's website www.worldcitizenartists.org

    WCA's aim is to encourage people to engage in positive action to bring about a transformation that will improve the lives of those disadvantaged by poverty, climate change, political and social upheaval, lack of opportunity and prejudice. It will involve organising art projects, exhibitions, and competitions to highlight key issues and to support changes in the way individuals, groups, societies and nations go about addressing the collective challenges that exist all over the world. The pre-launch WCA membership consists of visual artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and creative thinkers.

    WCA has attracted members such as Yosvany Terry, a famous saxophonist on the Jazz scene who has worked with major figures in every realm of Cuban music including pianists Chucho Valdes, and Frank Emilio and the celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez. " Playing for Change" is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, with similar aims to WCA. They have over 100 million followers worldwide.

    WCA is actively working to find sponsors and raise funds in order to organise artistic events that highlight targeted global issues. The artist selection process will be based on criteria such as the strength of the message conveyed by the artwork and how likely it is to raise awareness about the topic. Similar selection criteria will be applied to other creative mediums, such as poetry, prose, music, film, installations. The proceeds from these events will be donated to NGO's. Decisions about where to allocate funds raised will be made by voting members in the WCA Facebook Group.

    WCA's Founder, artist Valerie Won Lee explained the birth of the WCA concept; "It pained me to see so much suffering in the world and I wanted to do something about it by raising awareness through my art. But I am only one artist and couldn't make much impact alone. I began trying to connect with other artists who believe that art can spread a message to raise awareness, encourage responsibility and motivate people to take action to bring about positive change. It took some time to find these fellow artists as they were scattered around. So I decided to build a community of like-minded people, who care enough about issues affecting many people's lives".

    WCA has an online magazine on its website and a Facebook membership group where members can exchange ideas, get involved in discussions about world matters and debate who to use art and other creative media to raise awareness and bring about change at www.facebook.com/groups/arttakesover

    Notes for Editors
    o Won Lee travelled for 15 years and worked as a volunteer in schools and humanitarian projects whenever she could afford it. When she returned to live in Europe, she decided to become a full time artist, because she believed that art would be the most peaceful way to pass on messages to the world. When she arrived in Paris, she looked for international artist communities where she could share her humanitarian experiences. This was a slow and difficult search, even on the internet most communities are too 'open' and she found it hard to discover artists with similar interests. She established an online magazine V.W.L. where she initially published her own art. For Christmas 2013, she offered artists to be published in the magazine and the idea of "World Citizen Artists" emerged. Most of the artists liked the idea and accepted. She ran a second edition on World Water Day and with an announcement that V.W.L was looking for World Citizen Artists on social network. The response to this call was a greatly increased number of emails. Won Lee recognised that this was an opportunity to develop solidarity amongst artists and create a global movement. She decided the approach would be to create a platform for artists who have similar thoughts and feelings about what's happening in the world and who are also working to have an impact for positive change. Within 3 months, with the help of a WCA committee, a pre-launch group, and artists contributions', WCA was formed.

    o Won Lee talks about the inspiration behind the WCA movement in a short video http://9u9tadpa.megaph.com/

    o Yosvany Terry quote: "I would like to join WCA because of its mission for trying to make a better world through the arts by raising awareness of problems all around the globe."

    o Playing for change quote: "We at Playing for Change are loving what World Citizen Artists are doing because it' s exactly the right space for musicians and artists around the world to come together that will eventually lead to positive change...and continue supporting WCA because they're doing a great work."



    About World Citizen Artists:

    The World Citizen Artists movement was founded by visual artist Valerie Won Lee to create synergy amongst artists and to harness the expressive power of art as a way of raising global awareness and responsibility about key issues and challenges affecting human life on Earth. Headquartered in Paris, the movement has representatives around the world comprising artists and activists, and is governed by a small internationally-based Steering Committee.


    Anne McCann
    +44 7768 421543
    info@worldcitizenartists.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, July 09, 2014 ) Houston, TX; Mamfe, Cameroon -- When the National Organization for Manyu Advancement (NOMA) was formed in 2001, its founding fathers had one vision; to foster collective leadership in the sustainable socio-economic development of Manyu Division. Thirteen years later NOMA’s Vision still holds true now more than ever. In this day and age when an average teenager in the USA has a smartphone, X-BOX 1 or PS4, iPad or tablet, and two computers in their room, and an African teenager in a computer science class can barely hope for 10-15 minutes at a school computer Lab. When an average expectant mother in the USA has to decide on the number of 3-D sonogram baby pictures or video to share on Facebook, an average expectant mother in African considers herself lucky to live and obtain prenatal care within a 100-mile radius of a licensed Ob/GYN or near a clinic with a functioning fetal monitor or at least the appearance of one.

    As Cameroonians in diaspora, and well-wishers from around the US meet in Houston, TX in July 25 and 26th, 2014 at the Hotel Preet (11050 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074), for the NOMA Changing Lives Through Technology Convention, their goal will be to teach/learn, network, workshop and raise funds to equip the NOMA Center into an ultra- modern technology. To enable the center to operate and function to its full capacity; integrate technology in the life of an average resident of Mamfe in particular and Manyu Division in general.

    Foreseeing the importance and dependence of modern societies on technology, the Board of Director of NOMA USA voted and established the NOMA Community Center (NOMA-Center). The Center located in Mamfe, Manyu-Division Cameroon, is a modern structure completed in mid-2013 and is currently equipped with business center. The NOMA Center is an anchor project of NOMA-USA. The objective and goal of building the center as vision by the NOMA-USA members, is that of a technology center, a hub for long distance learning, medical diagnosis and consultation, among medical personnel in Mamfe other son/daughter of Cameroonians practicing the same field in diaspora.
    Manyu is a division of Southwest Region of Cameroon.

    Administratively, it is divided into 4 sub-divisions namely, Mamfe central, Akwaya, Upper Bayang and Eyumojock. Manyu Division covers an area of 9,565 km² larger than the state of Delaware (6,452 km²). 100,000 of 177,389 as the 2001 census live Mamfe the capital city. There less than five computer science teachers/technicians in the four government secondary/high schools with a combined student population of approximately 4,500. People who own personal computers can fill only a regular church pew. Life serving medical equipment such as defibrillators and dialysis machines are a luxury reserve only for those who can afford to travel the 137.8 mile (222km), (3h 12 minute by private vehicles) to Shisong hospital, Kumbo, the closest city in Southern Cameroon equipped with such technology.

    NOMA-USA is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) in Cameroon. In the USA, NOMA is a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) status granted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For more information on NOMA, please go to www.nomamanyu.org. Changing Live through Technology the vision continues.



    Joseph Nchor, Chapter Administrator
    281-645-4086
    jtnchor@hotmail.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, July 17, 2014 ) World Citizen Artists (WCA) -- Global art movement World Citizens Artists celebrates Mandela International Day (18th July) as part of its campaign to raise awareness about global issues affecting the lives of millions of people the world over.

    This is the first time the world is celebrating Mandela International Day in the absence of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last year, but friends and followers are celebrating this day to remember and spread his message of love and peace.

    Mandela was not only art lover, but himself was an art practitioner who used to take pencil and brush to express his beliefs and views beyond logic through visual art. World Citizen Artists across the globe are celebrating Mandela International Day with the idea that each artist has the power to change the world.

    Nomfusi, the South African celebrity singer and actress who played in the movie that celebrated Mandela's life 'Long Walk to Freedom' is headlining WCA's online magazine. In the film, Nomfusi played Myriam Makeba. She has dedicated her latest song 'My Hero' to Mandela.

    In WCA's magazine at http://worldcitizenartists.org she speaks about Mandela and her support for WCA.

    The Belgravia Gallery in London, UK, run by Anna Hunter and Laura Walford, is also supporting World Citizen Artists by sharing some of Mandela's artwork with WCA. Mandela started to draw for the first time in 2002, when in his eighties. His work is noteworthy for its symbols of struggle, peace and harmony.

    WCA's founder, Valerie Won Lee, said "Mandela Day was an obvious choice for us to celebrate because he stands for freedom, human rights and equality across borders with no fear or favour. He is a shining example to humanity."

    About World Citizen Artists:

    World Citizen Artists was launched in June 2014 to harness the expressive power of art as a way of raising global awareness and responsibility. The movement comprises artists from more than twenty countries around the world. It's online magazine accessible at http://worldcitizenartists.org is now in its second edition.


    Valerie Won Lee
    +33 6 46 22 87 44
    info@worldcitizenartists.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    They need food and water.


     

    Jeepney Transportation Service


     


    Street Children Philippines


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, July 22, 2014 ) Alice Powers and her son Timothy, both small business entrepreneurs in Newport, N.H., are well aware of the poverty in the Philippines. Both Alice and Timothy are moving to Philippines to start a new life. Alice Powers has retired and is not in good health and some of the food & fruits in the Philippines will help her. Timothy’s fiancée Rosalie also lives in the Philippines with her family who will be helping in this adventure.

    They see the street children in the Philippines begging for food and money and then resorting to crime as a means to survive. Many of them don’t even have clean water to drink or food to eat. They need shelter, education, nutrition and support.

    Their solution is to open a Sari-Sari (convenience) store in the Philippines and run a transportation to provide monthly and eventually weekly support to these children. Half of the revenue from these enterprises will go to providing the street children in the Philippines with clean water and food.

    The Sari-Sari store will also serve as a small recreation center different from other stores. It will have an area for socializing with music playing in the background as well as table games like chess, checkers and backgammon. Transportation around the area will be provided by a Jeepney, a unique type of Filipino bus with fancy decorations.

    The Jeepney service and Sari-Sari store are is a key element in this project because they can earn thousands of pesos (hundreds of dollars) a day.

    “We are not seeking fame or fortune,” said Powers. “We just want to help the children. We want to start small and then expand the store and Jeepney service to other islands.”

    It’s a noble proposal but not one that is inexpensive. Powers’s family has volunteered to start up and run the Sari-Sari store and drive the Jeepney. To purchase the vehicle, however, they need $20,000 minimum, which includes registration and insurance.

    To generate this capital, Powers has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. For pledges of $25 or more, the Powers family will give you a shout-out on Facebook or follow you on Twitter.

    “With your help we can help the many thousands of children starving in the streets of the Philippines,” Powers said. “Our hope is that we will get support, not only from private citizens, but from business owners in the Philippines and all over the world.”

    For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/rice-water-for-street-children-in-philippines or www.facebook.com/newlifeinphilippines.

    Alice can be reached directly at arcpmp@usa.net and Timothy at creatingus67@yahoo.com.


    Alice Powers
    603-558-1272
    arcpmp@usa.net

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, July 23, 2014 ) Los Angeles, CA -- The California Korean American Grocers Association, KAGRO, will be hosting a grocer and liquor industry trade show designed to attract its own members and other independent grocers, convenience and liquor store owners from all over Southern California. Over one hundred vendors will be showcasing new products and marketing ideas. The show will open at 10 and run until 5 pm, Tuesday, October 21 at the Los Angeles County Convention Center.

    Mr. Mike Kim, President of California KAGRO is enthusiastic about the upcoming event. “This trade show will be a great opportunity for our members to meet vendors and connect with other KAGRO members. There will be new marketing ideas and new products at the show that will help our members update and revitalize their stores. KAGRO extends an invitation for other store owners to join us.”

    The California Korean American Grocers Association (KAGRO) has associate stores in communities throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Kern Counties.

    California KAGRO has its office in Los Angeles. For information about
    the association or about becoming a member call the office, 323-731-8900 or Jeannie Lee, 562-754-9471.

    Press RSVP to kris4kagro@gmail.com or 858.922.3517

    Contact information
    For trade show and/or vendor opportunities
    Kris Anderson
    KA Marketing 858 922 3517
    email kris4kagro@gmail.com
    cakargoshow.com online July 25



    Kris Anderson
    8589223517
    kris4kagro@gmail.com

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 05, 2014 ) Solana Beach, CA - David H. Crean is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito (Calif.), which already offers a full slate of programs for children and young adults. Crean feels it’s vitally important to the community that the club takes it one step further and expand its efforts to Ocean Knoll Elementary.

    He and his staff & the Board of Directors have put together a proposal that would expand the club’s offerings to include new summer and after-school programming. Needing more space to implement these programs, Crean is also recommending that an addition be built at a local elementary school.

    “Opening a designated location that offers quality after-school and summer programs will not only help the elementary students, but the community at large,” explained Crean. “Our presence and programs give children, especially those most in need, a safe place to go rather than be subjected to at-risk activities in the community.”

    He pointed out that a majority of children in the area come from low-income families and are in need of quality after-school activities. “We offer scholarships to those in need,” Crean said. “No child is turned away.”

    The first phase of this project is construction of a new modular unit on the Ocean Knoll Elementary School site. The cost is estimated to be $100,000. Funding for the actual programs and staff will be a separate project and funded through grants and contributions.

    In order to raise capital for this construction, Crean has launched a crowdfunding effort though an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. It is expected that some of the funding will come from local businesses but support from individuals and other companies is encouraged. If a corporation or individual would like to secure naming rights for three years, a $250,000 donation is requested.

    “There is a tremendous need for children to have a place that helps them feel safe and secure, and encourages them to learn and develop, feel loved and live healthy lives, regardless of social-economic status or circumstance,” said Crean.

    “Many boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.”

    For further information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/investing-in-youth-providing-great-futures or the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito website, www.bgcsandieguito.org.

    Crean can be reached directly at dcrean@bgcsandieguito.org.



    David H. Crean
    858-793-1699
    dcrean@bgcsandieguito.org

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    TOGETHER WE SERVED: United To Save Our Vets


     

    Unemployment Rate By Age


     


    2014 C-SPAN Video Project: Unemployed Veterans of America


    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 12, 2014 ) Pontiac, MI - The treatment of veterans in America is far from adequate and Ronald Battle, a former Marine from Pontiac, Mich., intends to do something about it.

    “There are more than 60,000 veterans sleeping on the streets every night and this is reprehensible,” said Battle. “Their unemployment rate is nearly 8 percent higher than other Americans. We are putting together a program to help unemployed veterans obtain and retain jobs so they can stabilize their lives, and become self-sufficient.”

    The program, Together We Served: Training, Inc. (TWST), will provide computer, IT and vocational training for unemployed and homeless veterans. In addition, TWST will offer life skills training, such as money management and stress management. The program, free for veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge, also coordinates transportation to and from classes.

    “In the Marine Corp, we were trained to never leave a Marine behind,” said Battle. “With TWST, we are helping those veterans who have been left behind by society. It’s our responsibility to create a supportive community that will provide careers and education at no cost to them.

    “We will help veterans achieve a smooth and productive transition from military to civilian life, to develop professionally as well as personally in the community. Through engagement, education, employment, and healing, we aim to help our student-veterans learn to manage the resources that are available to them and become better equipped to ensure a productive and happy life.”

    The TWST Employment & Training program will provide:
    • Assessments
    • Professional development
    • Job training
    • Job placement
    • Follow up

    In order to launch Together We Served: Training, Inc., Battle needs $100,000 for computer equipment, office space, furniture, transportation and staffing. To generate this capital, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. For a $50 pledge, backers receive a TWST T-shirt. A $100 contribution is rewarded with a TWST cap.

    “We’re taking a holistic approach to ending unemployment among veterans,” Battle said. “It’s education plus job placement and life skills. We’re going to focus on Information technology skills that are underserved by normal workforce placement teams.”

    For additional information about Together We Served: Training, Inc., visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/together-we-served-united-to-save-our-vets; the TWST website, www.togetherweservedtraininginc.com; and the TWST Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Together-We-Served-Training-Inc/681514018604954?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark.

    Battle can be reached directly at ron.battle01@gmail.com.


    Ronald L. Battle, Jr.
    734-377-8272
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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 14, 2014 ) Midlothian, VA --- Charles Litten of Midlothian, Va., needs your help and he’s quickly running out of options.

    Litten, 71, has COPD and other debilitating medical conditions. Over the past few years, he was scammed out of his entire life savings and is now in danger of losing his home as well as his ability to pay for food and the medication he needs to stay alive.

    “This is still an ongoing investigation so I cannot reveal the name of the person who took advantage of me,” said Litten, who had to stop working in 2003 and was given 1-5 years to live at that time. “But I was scammed out of $180,000.

    “My wife and I knew this couple who were living very well but neither of them worked. The husband claimed that he made his income through investments and convinced me to give him some money.”

    Litten was conned into taking out an equity line on his home for investment purposes. “This man did not invest the money,” he said. “He kept it. Then he told me that he would pay me back at a rate of $1,400 a month until the entire debt was paid. But he only made five payments and then stopped.”

    According to Litten, the man ran investment scams with people in and out of Virginia, and did not provide contact information other than an e-mail address. “I’m not sure how many other people he scammed,” Litten said, “but I have proof of at least three others.”

    Living solely on his disability check, Litten has filed a lawsuit but has been advised that the chances of recovering any money are slim. He is turning to crowdfunding as a last resort.

    Litten has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site. Donations will help replace the money lost through this fraudulent investment scheme.

    “It only takes one person top get things started,” he said. “I pray that you will help me. Any amount will be appreciated.”

    Litten has also written a book, God has a Plan for Your Life, but Will You listen? For a $25 pledge, he will e-mail a copy of the book.

    For further information, visit at www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-a-family-life or Litten’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/charles.litten.

    He can be reached directly at cla3333@aol.com.


    Charles Litten
    804-744-4072
    cla3333@aol.com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 15, 2014 ) Cutler Bay, FL - Rev. Fr. Lucien Eugene Pierre of Miami, Fla., firmly believes that education is the most effective way to end poverty. So he is working hard to raise money for a technical school in Haiti.

    In 2010, Pierre founded the Three Hands Foundation (THF), a nonprofit group focused on helping families and young people in Haiti. Working with the Fondation de l'esperance d'Haiti, another non-government charitable organization, the THF is developing plans to build the Technical Institute in Cap-Haitian, a city on the country’s north coast.

    “We are convinced that Haiti and its people deserve better,” said Pierre. “Education is the first tool we can use to start rebuilding Haiti and turning things around. With training and education, young Haitians can get better jobs and help move the country into the 21st century, technology-wise.”

    Initially, the Technical Institute will provide vocational and technical training. The long-range goal, however, is to progressively evolve into a full university with 1,200 students.

    The university will include administrative and professor offices, classrooms, laboratories, workshops, auditorium, gymnasium, library, cafeteria, several sports facilities and recreational areas, computer rooms, student lounge room, recreation rooms and dormitories.

    THF has secured land for the Technical Institute. An estimated $3,000,000 is needed for project design, construction, labor, materials and equipment.

    In order to generate this funding, Pierre has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. “There is a Haitian Creole saying that goes like this: ‘bay piti pa vle di chich,’” Pierre said. “It means giving a small amount does not mean you are a miser. We are very appreciative of all contributions.

    “This is an opportunity to make a huge impact on someone’s life. For those who cannot donate, we ask that they help spread the word to friends, family and colleagues.”

    Pierre acknowledges that the THF is facing a tremendous challenge. “We believe that faith, patience, perseverance and solidarity can turn this dream into reality,” he said. “We are counting on people all over the world to help support this cause.”

    For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-to-build-a-technical-school-in-haiti; the Three Hands Foundation website, www.threehandsfoundation.org; or the THF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thfhands.

    Pierre can be reached directly at info@threehandsfoundation.org.


    Lucien Eugene Pierre
    425-296-7976
    info@threehandsfoundation.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 18, 2014 ) Clermont, FL --- Recognizing the need for dramatically improved elder care in Haiti, Yonie Richard of Clermont, Fla., has created a nonprofit organization – as well as a detailed plan – for helping this underserved group.

    Richard is the president of Caring By Angels for Haiti, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that will provide aid to Haitian senior citizens who are poor, mentally ill, homeless, substance abusers or otherwise distressed. Caring By Angels, based in Clermont, is currently focusing on primary needs, such as food, clothing, financial support, housing and healthcare.

    The immediate goal is construction of a 200-bed nursing home. Future programs include welfare assistance and job training.

    “While there are government- and privately-funded programs for the elderly in Haiti, they don’t have the resources to provide the amount and depth of services that are necessary,” said Richard. “These people really need our help.

    “Most of the elderly live in extreme poverty and many of them have lost their homes and loved ones. They find themselves vulnerable and emotionally burdened. Many need medical attention, which they simply cannot afford.”

    Caring By Angels for Haiti, Inc., has purchased 10 acres of land in the Centre Department of Haiti which that be used for the nursing facility, which is scheduled to open June 30, 2015. Contractors and volunteers will be used for the construction work, and plans include a cafeteria, common room for activities and a chapel.

    The budget for the nursing home is estimated to be $200,000. To generate this funding, Richard has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. The California-based rock band Trapt is supporting this campaign by providing meet-and-greet passes to an upcoming show for just $5 and signed copies of their new CD for $20.

    Other perks include phone chargers, T-shirts and Trapt movie downloads.

    “We are truly grateful for the help Trapt is providing to this cause,” Richard said. “We’re also seeking donations and grants. The development committee plans to maintain a great degree of self-sustainability through the solicitation of corporate sponsorships, fundraising events and donations. We plan to continue funding our organization in this manner as long as it is necessary.”

    For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/thousands-of-elderly-in-haiti-lost-their-homes; the Caring By Angels for Haiti, Inc. website, www.caringbyangels.org; and the Caring By Angels Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CaringByTheAngelsforHaitiInc/photos/a.304114703100050.1073741828.304104096434444/304114606433393/?type=1.

    Richard can be reached directly at yonierichard@gmail.com.


    Max Mellano
    352-989-5073
    imaginationfarmusa@gmail.com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 18, 2014 ) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA -- Christians and pastors in Nigeria interested in pursuing seminary Education at the bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level now have the opportunity to complete all of their courses online and free of charge with a full scholarship at North Central Theological Seminary, an accredited online religious vocational institution of higher learning based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Candidates interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree program must have a high school diploma or equivalent. To pursue the Master's program, they must have a bachelor's degree in any vocation, and for admission into the doctorate program, a master's degree in any vocation. Nigerians, Ghanaians, and Cameroonians are especially welcome to apply.

    According to Dr. Phil Jay, North Central Theological Seminary's director of graduate and undergraduate studies, "The current societal moral decay, declining church attendance, and Islamic extremism are all indicative of the urgent need to train new pastors, evangelists, and religious educators in Nigeria who will fearlessly and impartially preach the gospel of Jesus Christ nationally and internationally. As a result of today's economic hardships, many people interested in winning souls for Christ do not have the funds to attend seminary and earn the credentials required to make an impact. This is why North Central Theological Seminary is making these full scholarships available through private funding to potential men and women of God."

    It is the firm policy of North Central Theological Seminary that its students invest in themselves and in taking their life pursuits seriously. To this end, and to enable all students to participate in self-improving full use of our electronic library and academic resources, we still require full scholarship students to pay between $14.99 - $49.99 Student Activity fee each month until they graduate, withdraw, or transfer from the seminary.

    The scholarships from this program are not available to currently enrolled students. We will be awarding them until the funds are used in accordance with donor base stipulation. Pastors and Christians interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should submit a non-obligatory enrollment application immediately because only the first fifty qualified enrollments will be accepted. Candidates are to submit a non obligatory enrollment application by clicking on the "Degree" tab at www.nctsmn.org using scholarship referral # PRCNW2014

    The accelerated completion schedule is 24 to 30 months for the Bachelor's degree program, 11 to 18 months for the Master's, and 14 to 18 months for the doctorate.

    CONTACT:
    Dr. Phil Jay
    North Central Theological Seminary
    4111 Central Ave
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55421



    Dr. Phil Jay
    651-263-1128
    philipj@nctsmn.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 28, 2014 ) Dorking Surrey, UK -- Dorking Bridge Club is holding a series of training classes during September and October 2014 aimed at supporting players who want to move from social or rubber bridge to playing duplicate in a club environment.
    These classes will be held in North Holmwood Village Hall, Spook Hill, North Holmwood just south of Dorking and will comprise two sessions, each of 4 evenings.
    The first session, which will involve explanation of the specific differences between rubber and duplicate bridge together with general training involving practical examples of bidding and play technique, will be held on the following dates:
    4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September.
    The second session will involve playing in normal Club evenings on the following dates:
    2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th October.
    Each evening will start at 7.30 p.m and finish at about 10.30 p.m. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

    David Doyle the Dorking Bridge Club Chairman had this to say about the training "We have identified the need to help players in the Dorking area to transition from their social and rubber bridge to playing at one of the many local bridge clubs. So I am happy that four of our members including myself and a previous chairman Dickie Bird have put this short training together.

    It will tackle some of the specifics of club duplicate bridge which include the rules and the way it is organised. It will also give insights into how to do well at duplicate.

    There will be sessions on reviewing of the basic bridge conventions. The most important training aid will probably be the supervised play sessions which will be played at a rate similar to the club speed.

    The final four weeks will be played in a safe club environment where we have asked members to refrain from complex systems. These hands that are played will also have a summary of the correct bidding, leads and play to provide essential feedback".

    The cost of the two sessions (8 evenings in total) is £45 per person but if two persons enrol as playing partners at the same time each will receive a discount of £5.
    At the end of the 8 week programme, anyone wishing to apply to join the Club, and whose application is accepted, will not be asked to pay a membership fee for the remainder of the 2014/15 club year.
    For more information please contact Steve Hooker one of the trainers on 01306 88 42 42


    About Dorking Bridge Club:

    Dorking Bridge Club play duplicate bridge every Tuesday and Thursday evening (7.15 for 7.30, finishing at about 10.30) in North Holmwood Village Hall, just south of Dorking in Surrey. For a map click here.

    We usually have 12 to 16 tables, with EBU Masterpoints for the top players in each session.

    Visitors are welcome and we have a spare partner rota for most evenings so players who come without a partner can play. For information on the guest policy click here.

    The Club has a varied bridge programme, including Teams and Simultaneous Pairs events. On these evenings a spare partner is not usually available. You can find the dates of these events on the Programme and Results pages of the website.



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    01306 88 42 42
    steve@1st4biz.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, August 27, 2014 ) Atlanta, GA --- Andrea Burns of Atlanta, Ga., has a unique plan to help the homeless.

    She wants to build a small moveable house for herself while constructing shelters for others and operating a mobile food kitchen. “I aim to be one part of the solution and building this Tiny House is the first step,” Burns explained.

    “This Tiny House will be my home, my mobile office and the model home used as an example of what I’d like to build for others. This will be a life-changing endeavor, and not just for me. I know it’s not a universal solution – but it is part of the solution.”

    Living in the Tiny House will not only call attention to this new project but also enable Burns to reduce her living expenses to the extent where she can give back to others. Plus she can be mobile. “I can help out where I’m needed,” Burns said.

    The Tiny House also serves as an example of the type of shelter that can be offered to the area’s homeless population.

    “I've worked on Habitat houses, building remodels, cars, repaired and refinished furniture, so I know my way around a toolbox,” said Burns. “I’ve also studied my building plans, attended a builder’s workshop, compiled a list of the materials, fixtures, and tools I’ll need, and have taken a realistic look at how long this is going to take. It will take about 500 hours.”

    Since she has a full-time job, Burns will be devoting time to this project on nights and weekends. She figures it will take about a year and around $25,000 worth of start-up capital. Expenses include tools, materials, appliances, trailer, plumbing and electrical work.

    To generate this funding, Burns has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at the Indiegogo site. The Indiegogo page includes an actual plan for building the Tiny House.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. For $25, backers can get their names written on the frame of the Tiny House. A $100 contribution fetches a one-hour Skype call, explaining the project in detail. For $200, contributors receive a customized souvenir, such as a cap, poster, mug or tote bag.

    “Let’s take care of our own, take care of each other, see what that looks like and go from there,” said Burns. “Helping the homeless is a project for all of us.”

    For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-plus or contact Burns directly at andreajburns@gmail.com.


    Andrea Burns
    425-296-7976
    andreajburns@gmail.com

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, September 05, 2014 ) Dumfries, VA --- The last thing our veterans should have to worry about is being in debt. They have served our country and we are indebted to them.

    That’s the basic philosophy behind Veteran Relief, a nonprofit lending company started by Cameron Kay, a veteran from Dumfries, Va. Veteran Relief provides debt consolidation as well as small necessity loans to veterans (and current service members) with the sole intent of getting them out of debt. Financial counseling is also available.

    “Veteran Relief is a group of veterans and financial advisors who are intent on seeing every veteran and service member get on the right footing, and on track to financial success,” said Kay. “We will strive to keep administrative costs low so we can help as many veterans as possible. We will also help veterans develop sound budgets so they can remain financially stable.”

    The organization’s financial advisors are volunteers who are not monetarily compensated for extending loans. Financial counseling is provided through the donation of personal time.

    “We are not a bank,” Kay said. “We are not a payday lender. We will not resort to unethical or bullying behavior in collecting on extended loans. We are a team of financial specialists who also happen to be veterans.”

    Kay figures he needs about $250,000 to get this project off the ground. In addition to loan extensions, the money will be used to set up a website with a secure on-line portal as well as pay for advertising, social media and legal costs.

    In order to generate this start-up capital, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at Indiegogo site.

    Donations of any amount are welcome. Those who pledge $100 or more will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Retina.

    “The impact of donations and the impact that our services will provide are immeasurable,” said Kay. “Those who support this project will be a part in helping our veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen clean up their credit. With their help, veterans will be able to start putting money away for a first home, college fund for their children and retirement.

    “Where would we be today without these brave men and women? This is an important project, worthy of nationwide support. Let’s help our veterans in need.”

    For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/military-veterans-relief--2 or contact Kay directly at info@veteranrelief.org.


    Cameron Kay
    425-296-7976
    info@veteranrelief.org

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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, September 18, 2014 ) -- Press Release Distribution Services -- Fairfax, Va. – On behalf of our five million members across the country, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas.

    Based on his support of and commitment to the Second Amendment, Abbott has earned an "A" rating from the NRA-PVF in the 2014 general election. An "A" rating is reserved for a pro-gun elected official who has consistently supported the NRA's position on issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen.

    "As Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott has been a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights and an outspoken critic of the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda," said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA-PVF. "In sharp contrast, his opponent supports restrictions on private firearm sales and even tried to ban gun shows from public facilities. Greg Abbott is the clear choice for Texas Governor."

    In addition, Abbott stood up to local governments that tried to pass gun control ordinances in violation of state law. He also values and supports Texas's unique hunting heritage as a valuable tool for wildlife management and conservation. Abbott was a leading defender of the Second Amendment in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller, which held that the Constitution guarantees the individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms. He also worked to bring the number of states with which Texas has concealed carry license reciprocity or recognition to 41. Abbott rejects expanded licensing and registration schemes and so-called "universal" background checks, which require federal government approval for transferring firearms between life-long friends and family members.

    "We can count on Greg Abbott to stand up for our constitutional freedoms in Texas," added Cox. "On behalf of the NRA's five million members, I want to thank Greg for his steadfast support of the Second Amendment and urge all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen in Texas to vote Greg Abbott for Governor on November 4."

    -NRA-
    Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and on Twitter @NRA.


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    (EMAILWIRE.COM, September 23, 2014 ) Atlanta, GA -- One of the most recognizable attorneys in Atlanta, John Foy, has been on television for over twenty years and, with the help of his celebrity spokesman Sugar Ray Leonard, he has become known by most Georgians simply as “The Strong Arm.”

    Foy was originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but graduated high school from Marquette, Michigan. His college was completed in Ohio, and he later settled for good in the bustling city of Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, he has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia and is a member of several notable organizations such as the State Bar of Georgia and the American Association of Justice.

    In 1999, he founded the law firm Foy & Associates, which has now grown to a staff of at least twelve skilled personal injury attorneys.

    The success of his law firm has come about largely in part from his intake team. After all, it is up to them to build an honest connection with clients and relay a clear message back to the attorney. Apparently, this mission has been accomplished time and again, proven by the firm’s high Avvo rating of 8.1, along with a perfect 5-star score from Yelp – ratings which are both scored strictly by clients that have used the services of the firm.

    Although Foy has made a living out of taking a stand for those that are unable to do so for themselves, this lawyer with a golden heart is no act. He has been spotted throughout many charitable community events and also participates in drives to assist those in need, such as Toys for Tots.

    In 2012, he launched an attorney mentoring program, which allowed participants to study his firm as an example of excellence. The students would come into his firm once a week for an entire year, and upon completion of the program, they received a letter of recommendation from John Foy himself, along with an invitation to a Question & Answer dinner.

    Shortly thereafter, the status of Foy & Associates was set in stone when Wikipedia added the company to their online encyclopedia. This is a mark of recognition that even some of the most successful, well-known attorneys are unable to achieve.

    John Foy and his firm strive to maintain the positive reputation that the good people of Atlanta have given him. For those in need of legal representation, new clients can find more information at johnfoy.com.




    John Foy
    1-800-929-1972
    john@johnfoy.com

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