Causes

Four-Time NASCAR Cup Series Champion

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Fox Sports NASCAR broadcaster Jeff Gordon has combined determination, hard work and decades of experience to achieve an unparalleled roster of victories in the sport. Another deep passion for Jeff is helping others. What started as a small project driven by one special child has grown into an organization that has raised more than $14 million for children's health organizations that support pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support programs through the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. During the 2017 Daytona 500, it was announced that Jeff was the organization's new Drive to End Hunger Ambassador. A commercial promoting the work of AARP Foundation's Drive to End Hunger featuring Gordon debuted during the Daytona 500 that Jeff was also in the broadcast booth for, and even drove the Pace Car at the start of what is one of the biggest events in the racing world. When Jeff was racing, AARP was a primary sponsor of the No. 24 team to benefit AARP Foundation, the first cause-driven primary sponsorship in NASCAR. The multiyear nationwide campaign has raised awareness and funds for the problem of hunger among people 50-plus. The initiative aided in developing long-term, sustainable solutions to the hunger problem. Since AARP and AARP Foundation launched Drive to End Hunger in 2011 and teamed up with Jeff, they have helped provide over 37 million meals to support the more than 10 million older Americans who face the threat of hunger every day," said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. "We are very pleased that Jeff will continue to create awareness about older adult hunger as our Drive to End Hunger ambassador, making a real difference in people’s lives." "What's been accomplished by Drive to End Hunger in a relatively short time is absolutely inspiring," said Gordon, one of the most accomplished drivers in NASCAR history and third all-time in wins. "AARP Foundation and AARP are incredible partners to be involved with, and I'm very happy to continue our work together. It's been an extremely rewarding and humbling experience for me personally." The priorities of Drive to End Hunger, which is supported through donations from individuals, corporations and other nonprofits, are to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger among adults 50 and over and to provide short- and long-term solutions to the problem of older adult hunger. You can support Jeff Gordon, AARP & AARP Foundation to help end hunger by going HERE.

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Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation


Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation was co-founded by Cal and his brother, Bill, in honor of their late father, Cal Ripken Sr. When their fathered passed, they asked each other what was their father’s most defining legacy. The answer was using baseball to help kids. Most importantly, what wasn't visible, what he did in baseball outside of the professional arena. They wanted to use baseball to reach kids and to form a mentoring relationship, in addition to creating a safe place for them to play. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk youth residing in America’s most distressed communities through sports-themed programs. They implement sports themed programming, a character education curriculum, as well as create Youth Development Parks that provide safe and clean spaces for kids to play and learn. There are numerous fundraising events the foundation holds each year, including the Aspire Gala. The event honors leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, and business. This year’s Aspire Gala continues the tradition of honoring those who are truly making a difference in the lives of others. Hosted at the stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland, they also have the Under Armour Ripken Softball Classic. They have other fundraising events, but one of our favorites is their wine as well as the annual Annapolis event, Ripkens Uncorked, on May 18th at the Chart House. The evening included a fabulous silent and live auction with memorabilia, travel packages, sporting event opportunities and more. Guests were treated to premium AXIOS and Kalaris Family Vineyard and enjoy culinary favorites by the Chart House all under the Spa Creek canopy.


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Novak Djokovic Foundation


At the age of four, Novak Djokovic picked up a racket for the first time. Two years later, former Yugoslavian tennis player, Jelena Genčić, saw him playing, and promptly told his parents he had the most potential she had seen since Monika Seles. Monika was also discovered by Jelena at a very young age. Novak went on to become the No. 1 ranked male player in the world. He has represented his country in the Olympic Games, bringing home the Bronze medal, and has played in the Davis Cup, leading his Serbian national team to victory. Djokovic helps numerous charitable organizations, including as a member of the "Champions for Peace" club, a group of famous athletes committed to promoting peace in the world through sports. Djokovic is a devout Serbian Orthodox Christian. In April of 2011, the Patriarch Irinej of Serbia awarded him the Order of St. Sava I class. It recognizes his demonstrated love for the Church and the assistance he provides to the monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, as well as the Serbian people and churches. Novak also has his own foundation. The mission of the Novak Djokovic Foundation is to help enable children from disadvantaged communities grow up, play, and develop in stimulating, creative and safe settings while learning to respect others and care for their environment. It is built upon the principle belief that early childhood education gives a child a chance to respond strongly to any challenge and become a winner in any field and to achieve their dreams. Since its founding, the Foundation has raised millions for early childhood education. A chief way this had happened is through an annual fundraising dinner held in the fall in New York City. As a UNICEF Ambassador, Djokovic contributes to better early childhood education in Serbia. As global ambassador for his clothing line, UNIQLO, and collaboration with the Novak Djokovic Foundation, the initiative 'Clothes for Smiles' was created. The program, which aims to give children of all ages a chance for a better future, has established a $10 million fund that helps nurture the dreams of children worldwide. Through the project website, www.uniqlo.com/smiles, UNIQLO welcomes ideas from around the world to bring smiles to kids all around the world. The ideas selected by a panel of judges will be supported and implemented. Novak Djokovic and his Foundation's team efforts were recognized when he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in 2012, which acknowledges outstanding humanitarian contribution. His contributions through his Foundation and his role as a UNICEF ambassador, along with other charitable projects, were cited when honored with the award. In the spring of 2014, the Director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Jelena Djokovic, was presented with a special award for her contribution to charity work and work with young people in Serbia.


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25TH Annual Dick Vermeil Celebrity Celebrity Golf Tournament

Coach Dick Vermeil will host his 25th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Ron Jaworski's Downingtown Country Club! The event includes celebrity golf captains ranging from Philadelphia Eagles players to other NFL, NHL, MLB & College-level coaches and athletes, local sportscasters, and media personalities. On the course golfers will be treated to goodies such as Wawa hotdogs & hoagies all of which will be washed down with cold Wawa ice tea and lemonade! There will also be awesome tasting BBQ sandwiches being devoured by all the attendees! The evening will see friend bidding against friend during the silent & live auctions, as numerous items bring out the "must-have" attitude in many! Coach Vermeil and former Eagles player, Kevin Reilly will graciously co-host the live auction, which includes a variety of sports memorabilia, jewelry, sporting event tickets (Super Bowl), golf outings/trips (Secession Golf Club in Beaufort, SC), and once-in-a-lifetime trips (African Safari's, Italian Villas, etc.). The money raised benefits the programs and camps enjoyed by the 6,000 Scouts in the Chester County Council. Chester County Council, BSA is one of the most successful councils in the country. The council and its Horseshoe Scout Reservation, comprised of Camps Horseshoe and John H. Ware, 3rd, have been nationally recognized for leadership training and program excellence. Scouting emphasizes ethics and moral values. It prepares youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility and to care about others. Scouting helps youth accomplish things they never thought they could, giving them confidence to set new, higher goals.



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Join Mark Boucher in the Mission To Save Rhinos

Fast approaching the tipping point where the number of rhinos poached exceeds the number of new births, the very real threat of rhinos becoming extinct has greatly increased. There are many options on the table on how to address the issue, but the one that underlies all scenarios is the need for a robust DNA database. Such a system will not only manage the population we have, but will also assist in the prosecution of offenders by linking the crime scene to the recovered horn. South African Breweries (SAB) and international cricket superstar Mark Boucher, have joined forces to create SAB-Boucher Non-Profit Company to raise funds to register 18,000 rhinos on the DNA database. A database established and run by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, in Onderstepoort. Since the escalation in poaching of South Africa's rhinos has skyrocketed, and reaching the critical stage happened a while ago, there has been numerous organizations set up to combat the problem. Which only underscores the urgent necessity of the SAB-Boucher initiative. Still the poaching of rhinos continues at an alarming rate. In 2011 alone, a total of 448 rhinos were poached and each year the number is exponentially increasing. In 2012, 668 rhinos were poached. In 2013, there was an alarming 1004 rhinos poached. While a number of arrests have been made in connection with this illegal activity, the problem persists. Mark has been appointed by SAB as its Castle Lager Rhino Ambassador. He hopes to raise funds, both locally and abroad, through the 'Our Rhinos in Safe Hands' campaign. While the SAB-Boucher NPC will initially focus on its most pressing concern, namely, the safety of South Africa's rhino, it is expected to expand its reach in the future to other species under threat, whose DNA will be included in the database. With the reality of our losing rhinos a stark and pressing reality, please donate to help Mark and his mates tackle this problem head-on!



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