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Wayne Gretzky Foundation
About the Wayne Gretzky Foundation

Founded in 2002, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation’s mission is to provide less fortunate youth with the opportunity to experience the sport of hockey. This goal will be accomplished through the donation of hockey equipment and ice time, as well as providing the opportunity for young people to attend professional hockey games. The Wayne Gretzky Foundation believes that hockey instills many positive life skills and contributes to the physical, emotional and social growth of young people. The foundation is supported annually by a variety of fundraising events and donations from corporate sponsors. A portion of proceeds from the Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery is donated to the foundation each year, as are proceeds from the Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp. To date, the Wayne Gretzky Foundation has raised over $1 million dollars in support of youth in hockey.
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy.com



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CHILDREN FOR TOMORROW


“We all know how important it is to give children love and chances for a better future. Namely those children who are traumatized by bad experiences need our strongest support. Many of them grow up in everyday occurrences of war, violence, abuse, exile, or loss of the family” — Stefanie Graf.

Stefanie Graf founded Children for Tomorrow in 1998 to help mentally and emotionally traumatized children. Children for Tomorrow is a non-profit foundation with the goal of supporting and initiating projects that provide assistance to children and families who have become victims of war, persecution, and violence. The foundation was established after many years of contact between Stefanie Graf, medical doctors of Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families at the University Clinics of Hamburg-Eppendorf as well as meetings with representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO). Learn about how you can support Children for Tomorrow HERE.


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Cristie Kerr is One of the World's Leading Breast Cancer Activists and Philanthropists


Having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother fight the disease; in 2003 Cristie Kerr created the not-for-profit organization Birdies for Breast Cancer, which raises money and awareness to fight the disease. With passionate support from her many friends and fans, Cristie's foundation raised enough funds to create the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center at The Jersey City Medical Center. The Women's Health Center opened its doors in 2010, and it didn't take long before it was viewed as the area's leading breast cancer and research facility. Over the years, Birdies for Breast Cancer, a 501(c)(3) organization, has raised over $3 million dollars. In fact, when Cristie was victorious at the 2014 KIA Classic, at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, in Southern California, she received a 2014 KIA Condenza which was donated to the Jersey City Medical Center. Today Cristie is viewed as one of the world's most prominent Breast Cancer activists. The LPGA and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation awarded her with the 2006 LPGA Komen Award. In 2012, Golf Digest featured Cristie in their inaugural issue of a new charity franchise: "Game Changers: Golfers who Give Back". In addition, at a season ending CME Group Titleholders event, Cristie was presented with the 2013 KIA Community Assist Award. This aspiring Sommelier joined forces with wine partner and close friends, Suzanne Pride Bryan, and co-vintner Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards, to form a collaborative partnership to produce Curvature Wines to raise awareness and funding for the fight against breast cancer. While Curvature Wines does benefit charities, this is hardly a “charity wine”, as their wines have been served in some of the most distinguished restaurants and establishments, including the White House.


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Kroenke Sports Charities


Stan Kroenke is the owner of Screaming Eagle winery in Napa Valley and Screaming Eagle’s sister winery Jonata in the hills of Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. He is also the owner of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which includes the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, Colorado Avalanche of the NHL, Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, and the Premier Leagues Arsenal (share: 62.89%) The home of the Nuggets and Avalanche, Pepsi Center, is also owned by Kroenke Sports Enterprise, who also are the co-owners of the home of the Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park (Pepsi Center and Dick's Sporting Goods Park were both built by Kroenke's development company). He also owns two regional sports network's Root Sports Rocky Mountain and Altitude, and recently launched the all-sports radio station - Altitude Sports Radio . Kroenke Sports Charities is the official charity organization for the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, and Colorado Mammoth. They have numerous fundraising events and activities throughout the year, however their main signature event is The Mile High Dreams Gala at the Pepsi Center. Kroenke Sports Charities supports children and families throughout Colorado. They pledge their resources to help fill the needs of many through support of education and recreation initiatives, appearances and sports clinics by players and coaches; donations of autographed merchandise and tickets, and the gift of service by their employees. The Mission Statement of Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving lives through the spirit and power of sports. They strive to serve their community through education, health and fitness initiatives, athletic programs, and direct aid, with the particular purpose of helping families, children, veterans, and the disabled. Kroenke Sports Charities provides relevant programs and support, directly and with other nonprofit organizations, to ultimately assist, encourage, and enrich the lives of those in need.


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Robert Irvine Foundation


"I created the Robert Irvine Foundation to serve as the cornerstone of everything I do. All of my shows, products and partnerships support my mission to grow the Foundation.”
— Robert Irvine

The Robert Irvine Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization that honors the men and women defending America, first responders and the many other heroes in our lives. The Foundation's mission is to support individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our heroes and their families. The Robert Irvine Foundation’s primary focus is on giving-back and servicing our military personnel (active, retired, and veterans); striving to create awareness throughout the community of the sacrifices made by our military personnel and their families; and, inspiring community support for the men and women defending our freedom. One of the many initiatives that Chef and the foundation have been involved in was Robert serves as Head Chef for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Dinner, hosted by Wal-Mart, Doug McMillon (CEO of Wal-Mart) and Gary Sinise. On May 1st of 2015 Robert receives Honorary Chief Petty Officer of the United States Navy Award at a ceremony at the US Navy Memorial.


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Gary Player Takes a Message of Love and Giving to China

Business leaders and heads of multinational enterprises come together each year in support of Gary Player's Yunnan Orphans program with The Chinese Foundation for the Prevention of STD and AIDS. This year will make the playing of this marquee event that takes place in Shanghai in early November. This event includes a star-studded Silent Auction, Gala Dinner and Live Auction, in the Jing'An Shangri-La Grand Tower. This event every year leaves this golfing and philanthropic icon overwhelmed by the incredible compassion and giving experience by such a wonderful people. Tournament host, Gary Player, is looking forward to another successful "Union of Golf and Giving" event as support continues to build into The Player Foundation's 30th Anniversary.



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Safeway-Albertsons Gainfully Employs Many Special Olympics Athletes Across the United States

The Associated Press highlighted a recent study conducted by the University of Massachusetts on adults with intellectual disabilities in the labor force. One of the most dramatic findings is only 44% of adults with intellectual disability aged 21-64 are in the labor force, compared to 83% percent of working-age adults without disabilities. The unemployment rate for adults with intellectual disability (21%) is more than twice as high as those without disabilities (9%). The data also shows 62% of adults with intellectual disabilities employed in a competitive setting have been in their job for more than three years. For job sectors seeking stability, low turnover and high employee retention rates — people with intellectual disabilities prove to be ideal job candidates. This survey clearly shows, 200 million plus people with intellectual disabilities are valuable to the workforce. The perception that they are not or when companies that do hire people with intellectual disabilities are doing so solely out of out of compassion, possibly, for public relations is a gross misperception.