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CITGO & Quality State Oil Host Miss Wisconsin to Support Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Fundraiser

Local CITGO Marketer Raises Funds for Sheboygan Area Children Living With Muscular Dystrophy

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Feb. 24, 2015 /3BL Media/ – On Feb. 21, CITGO and Quality State Oil hosted Miss Wisconsin, Raeanna Johnson, at Sheboygan area gas stations as part of the annual CITGO Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser. The fundraiser, which began on February 1 and runs through St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, will benefit the children of the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter.

“The money raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help children suffering from muscular dystrophy in communities across Wisconsin,” said Johnson. “I am honored to work with local businesses like these that make such a great effort to help their neighbors each year.”

Johnson signed autographs for anyone who made a $1 or $5 donation to the MDA by purchasing a paper Shamrock at CITGO Q Mart convenience stores in the Sheboygan area. On February 21, she was on hand at the CITGO Q Mart store at 1006 Geele Avenue in Sheboygan, the 415 Broadway Street CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls and the 300 Fond du Lac Avenue CITGO Q Mart store in Sheboygan Falls. Additional CITGO Q Mart stores across the region will also host raffles and giveaways throughout February and March as part of the fundraising effort. 

“For 25 years, CITGO and Quality State Oil have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Together, we have donated $1 million to children and families in Wisconsin living with muscular dystrophy,” said Scott Stangel, wholesale marketing manager for Quality State Oil. “With Reanna’s help, we hope to surpass our $33,000 fundraising goal for this year’s Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign.”

Johnson was joined by MDA State Goodwill Ambassadors Jacob Smith, Ally Naze, Myranda Gereau and Devin Argall, who shared how they live with muscular dystrophy and how funds donated to the MDA make a difference for children and their families across Wisconsin.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause muscle loss and progressive weakness. While there currently is no cure for muscular dystrophy, the MDA is working to defeat the disease and support those afflicted by it through worldwide research programs, comprehensive services and public and professional educational programs. Funds raised by CITGO and Quality State Oil will help pay for Wisconsin children affected by muscular dystrophy to attend the local MDA summer camp, support MDA research and provide children with physical therapy consultations. 

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Wisconsin like Quality State Oil own and operate more than 250 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit 


Contact Info:

Robin Levy
+1 (202) 530-4513

KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Energy, Citgo, quality state oil

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Vigilant Global and LCCHS' New Hopes for 2015 FIRST Robotics

Team #3985 head to FIRST Robotics with their best robot yet.

SOURCE: Vigilant Global


For the fourth year running, mentors from Montreal tech firm Vigilant Global have teamed up with students from LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School to build a competition-ready robot for Robotique FIRST Quebec.  

This year’s six week build period began on a high note, with students and mentors rising to the challenge by finalizing the concept for their robot during the first two weeks. To win the competition, their bot will need to be able to stack and place objects on the playing field and outpace the other teams doing the same. 

The team decided to up their strategy for the 2015 challenge by building two robots simultaneously. The first robot was completed just short of the build period deadline and will be used in the competition. The second robot will be used to test impending improvements to the original bot during the upcoming weeks, right up until competition weekend on March 21st

The head Vigilant mentor was especially impressed by the new LCCHS recruits and says that “the students were more involved in the build this year than they have any previous year. This year in particular our most dedicated and improved students [are two girls who] came in rather shy at the beginning [and are now] my star students.”

Both students and mentors feel there is lots of work left to do before FIRST weekend, but are willing to pull their weight to get it done. They are confident that their best robot to date will perform like a champion on game day. 

Cheer on the students of LCCHS and their robot Sonic Howl on Twitter! 

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Awards and Recognition, FIRST Robotics, Vigilant Global

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Stopping Corruption in the Public Sector. Using Guidelines to Do It.

SOURCE: Source Intelligence®


From public to private industries, anyone involved with dealing business globally, has the potential of being infiltrated by corruption and its issues. As private and public sector entities are becoming more adverse in conducting business globally, the market is seeing an increase in potential corruption cases. Companies and government bodies are taking notice that there is an issue and proactivity is needed in order to control it. In places like Botswana, Africa, corruption has entered into both private and public organizations, which has lead to ongoing support to combat it. Kelebogile Taolo of the All Africa Daily News writes how government agencies are taking steps forward to fight corruption.

Commissioner of the Botswana Police Service, Keabetswe Makgophe, recently launched a campaign to aim its focus on the internal struggles that surround their department.

Anti-Corruption compliance and development is no easy task, but in order to generate a corruption-free environment, much planning is needed to move forward and correct the problem.

“We should always closely monitor all our processes and be proactive in closing any gaps available for corruption to occur.”

Corruption hurts all those involved, be it directly or indirectly.

“Some members of the public still do not understand that when you bribe a police officer, you are equally guilty of corruption. This is wrong and should be discouraged at all costs because it has the potential to dent the good image of the organization as well as the country.”

In order to develop a good anti-corruption compliance program there needs to be a set of rules or guidelines that an organization may follow to make sure that the proper steps are taken. These guidelines ensure that, whatever methods are being used to devise a plan, any organization looking to create a quality anti-corruption program, are using methods that are accepted worldwide and have proven to work. It takes time to create a quality anti-corruption program, but with the help of guidelines and proper mentoring, any organization has the ability to stop corruption. For a copy of our Policies, Procedures and Records guidelines, click here

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KEYWORDS: Reports, Business & Trade, FCPA, FCPA Blogs, anti bribery, anti corruption, Anti Corruption Compliance, Anti Corruption Practices, anti corruption guidelines, botswana, Source Intelligence

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New Family Lounge Officially Opening in Critical Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx

New Room, Funded by CBS EcoMedia, Provides Parents and Families with a Space for Respite

SOURCE: EcoMedia


Feb. 23, 2015 /3BL Media/ – A ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) will celebrate the official opening of the new Family Lounge, funded by EcoMedia – a CBS Company.

The new room provides a “home away from home,” offering parents and family members a place of solace during what can often be a stressful and anxious time as their children receive care for their complex medical needs. The room enhances the healthcare experience for caregivers by promoting the well-being of the whole family, enabling parents who are reluctant to leave the Critical Care Unit, to have some time for themselves while remaining close to their child’s bedside.

Funding from CBS EcoMedia and its WellnessAd Program enabled the renovation of the space into a family-friendly environment. This project enhanced a larger construction effort on the Critical Care Unit floor that expanded the number of patient rooms to meet increasing demand for children with life-threatening illnesses and medical conditions who need specialized care.

Approximately 1,500 children per year receive care at the PCCU at CHAM. One family who recently utilized the room during their child’s hospitalization is expected to attend the celebration.

WHY: Children recover best when their parents are able to be fully involved in their medical journey. The Family Lounge offers a dedicated space where parents and caregivers can take some time away from their child’s bedside to relax, eat meals, and catch up with phone calls and other responsibilities. It also provides a diversion for patients’ siblings.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2:00pm

WHO:  Families and patients who received care at the PCCU; Lewis P. Singer, M.D., chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine and Theresa Schieber, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, CBS EcoMedia


About Montefiore Health System

Montefiore Health System is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of six hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,080 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.  The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”  Montefiore’s partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care.  For more information please visit Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

At EcoMedia, we’re propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that’s been our mission since we founded the company in 2002.  In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. 

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide.  In the process, we’re fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change.  Please visit, like us at or follow us at

By participating in EcoMedia’s EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia’s advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities.  EcoMedia’s advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.

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Contact Info:

Rachael McCallen
+1 (718) 920-4011

Lindsay Brown
CBS EcoMedia
+1 (212) 975-1989

KEYWORDS: Health, Wellness, WellnessAd, CBS EcoMedia, Healthcare, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, social enterprise

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How Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is Helping Solve the Diabetes Epidemic

SOURCE: America’s Charities


For millions of children and adults living with diabetes today, a cure would mean the ability to restore natural insulin production and normalize blood sugar levels without imposing other risks.

Finding that cure is why Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) exists.  Founded in 1971, DRIF was formed by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were dedicated to finding a cure.  Today, the Diabetes Research Institute leads the world in cure-focused research, and is aggressively working to shrink the timeline toward the discovery of a biological cure for this disease.  DRIF is supporting the institute’s progress by providing the funds necessary to cure diabetes now. 

In this Q&A, President & CEO, Joshua Rednik, shares his role in executing the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s mission.

Q&A With Joshua Rednik:

What attracted you to this job & particular cause?

Diabetes is an enormous – and, unfortunately, growing – problem in the U.S. and around the world.  Current estimates put the total number of Americans living with diabetes at roughly 30 million, which represents about 10% of the country’s population.  That is a staggering figure for our country to face.  Worldwide, the situation is no better, with nearly 400 million people living with diabetes (inclusive of Americans).

Truly, the world is facing a diabetes epidemic.

What attracted me most was the opportunity to work on finding a cure for such a devastating disease, thus easing – and potentially saving – the lives of those living with diabetes.  I can’t imagine a more challenging yet interesting cause to focus on at this time in world history.

How are you making an impact through your work?

As an organization, the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation serves as the fundraising and public relations arm of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).  We generate the financial resources that our colleagues at the DRI need to concentrate on their cure-focused research, moving us closer each day toward our goal.

Personally, in my work as a fundraiser and public representative of the DRI, I feel that I make an impact with each and every gift that I secure in support of our efforts.  

What advice would you give to anyone with a similar position, or to someone interested in working for a nonprofit like yours?

This probably sounds so obvious, but be sure to engage with the people most affected by your organization’s work – directly – as often as possible.  The day-in, day-out machinations of working in a non-profit are no different than they are working in any industry.  They can wear you down and remove you from your mission.  You can sit in an office and forget why you’ve chosen to focus your life’s work on a particular cause.  To combat that, I’ve found that it’s best to spend time – face to face – with the people most affected by your organization’s mission.  Doing so re-charges your battery and helps you stay focused on what is truly important in your work.

What excites you most about your organization’s work right now?

We are preparing to activate the first few patients in a new clinical trial that will allow us to test a new site for the transplantation of islet cells.  Islet cells express insulin in response to blood sugar and are the particular types of cells that the immune system kills off during the onset of type 1 diabetes.  The new transplantation site we are testing is the omentum, an apron-like lining inside the abdomen. Transplanting islet cells into the omentum is appealing because islet cells require the most oxygen of any cell in the body and the omentum is rich with oxygen. Encouraging preliminary data in experimental and pre-clinical models has shown that islet cells in the omentum can engraft and improve blood glucose control.

What we learn from this trial – and, potentially, others we hope to launch in 2015 – could significantly move the needle in terms of our ability to restore natural insulin production to those living with diabetes, type 1 or 2.  Nothing excites me more than knowing we’re getting closer to our goal, and, while completely solving this problem may still be years down the road, being on the path to that eventual success is truly gratifying.

Our thanks to Joshua Rednik for sharing his time and expertise with us!  To learn more about the impact Joshua’s organization is making, click here to visit their website, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and support their work with a donation.  

Tweet me: How Diabetes Research Institute Foundation @Diabetes_DRI is Helping Solve the #Diabetes Epidemic via @AmerCharities

KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, employee giving programs, diabetes, Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, America’s Charities, Employee Engagement, cause marketing, workplace giving, csr


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Living Building Challenge 3.0 Calls for Net-Positive Buildings – The Minute



The Living Building Challenge, sponsored by the International Living Future Institute, encourages architects to design net-positive buildings. Now the organization has issued an enhanced version of the Challenge, Version 3.0. The net-positive building program is a step beyond the idea of net-zero impact, in which the total amount of energy used by a building is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The net-positive concept actually adds to the renewable resources used, not merely replaces them.

The Living Building Challenge Version 3.0 outlines ambitious goals in several performance categories. Build in the right location, in harmony with community. Supply on-site 105 percent of a project’s energy needs. Supply on-site 100 percent of a building’s water by captured precipitation or recycling. Create a calm atmosphere for health and happiness by creating an uplifting design. And support an equitable world by promoting the best in human and architectural interaction.

To date, five buildings have achieved Living Building Certification. Two hundred more projects have registered for the certification process.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: Living Building Challenge 3.0 Calls for Net-Positive Buildings 

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Awards and Recognition, International Living Future Institute, Living Building Challege 3.0, CSR Minute, 3bl media llc

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Divestment Day Calls for Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investment Products – The Minute



Friday and Saturday, February 13th and 14th, are the dates set for Global Divestment Day. Two days are scheduled for the campaign to accommodate the more than 300 different events across six continents that are planned, from petitions delivered to government and financial institution offices on Friday to public marches and rallies on Saturday.

Organizers of the two-day Day are asking individuals to close their accounts with banks and pension funds that invest in fossil fuel companies. They are urging college students to plan flash-mobs, vigils, and sit-ins to request university endowments to divest. Faith leaders are being asked to urge pension funds and communities to divest. And public rallies are planned for financial capitals around the world to call on investment institutions to join the campaign.

By divestment, the campaign means for investors to get rid of stocks, bonds, or funds engaged with fossil fuel production, in response to concerns about climate change. Since 2012, 181 institutions and local governments, and 656 individuals representing over $50 billion in assets have pledged to divest from fossil fuels.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video source: Divestment Day Calls for Withdrawal from Fossil Fuel Investment Products

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KEYWORDS: Finance & Socially Responsible Investment, Business Ethics, CSR Minute, Global Divestment Day, 3bl media llc

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Equipping Tomorrow's Workforce

Sanofi Pasteur contributes $350,000 to local college science labs and classrooms

SOURCE: Sanofi


Building on its foundation of support for Northampton Community College (NCC), Sanofi Pasteur provided early and significant funding for the College’s new Monroe County campus in Tannersville. The company’s donation of more than $350,000 underwrote NCC Monroe’s science labs and classrooms on the third floor of the Kapp Hall academic building.

“Yet, Sanofi Pasteur’s partnership with NCC’s Monroe campus goes beyond the company’s generous donations to our capital projects,” said Dr. Matt Connell, Dean of NCC’s Monroe Campus. “Their employees have also mentored our student interns, served on our advisory boards, taught in our classrooms as adjunct faculty, and helped develop our biotechnology degree program. This crucial, multifaceted support has allowed NCC biotechnology and biological science students to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce.”

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Business & Trade, Biotechnology, Sanofi Pasteur, Northampton Community College


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