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NRG Gives Again – New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K – You Can Determine Who Wins

NRG has revealed the New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K from Crowdsourced Charitable Program. The launch took place Monday October 21, 2019 at the NRG Princeton headquarters.

-For the first time, “NRG Gives” features only New Jersey nonprofits-

Dave Schrader
Public Relations Manager
Communications welcomes the guests and explains how NRG Gives works.

“NRG Gives is one of the best parts of our work at NRG and has generated great participation and excitement in this region,” said Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division. “NRG Gives provides employees the opportunity to directly impact nonprofits where they live and work and allows our customers and the public a say in where we invest in this community.”

Dan Rhodan, Azaris Melendez of Hopeworks Camden, Lauren Miller, Debbie Miller and George Miller of Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation with Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG, NRG Officials Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division and George Miller

Hopeworks Camden, based in Camden, NJ, focuses on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, to help young people build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden. Hopeworks connects youth to life-changing opportunities, first within our own social enterprises, then they put their technology skills to work for enterprising businesses within the community. The real world, on-the-job experiences they gain, raises their potential and benefits Hopeworks’ partners.

Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation, based in Longport, NJ, raises money to support the research of effective treatment methods and ultimately a cure for melanoma. Tara Miller founded the Foundation in 2014, after being diagnosed with melanoma at age 28, losing her battle at 29 years old. Since 2014, TMMF has funded more than $3.4 million to melanoma research with 100% of all money raised going directly to research.

Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division , Bill Malone and Elizabeth Wolansky of Camp Fatima of NJ and Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG

Camp Fatima of NJ, based in Harrison, NJ, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing no cost recreational programming to individuals with developmental disabilities from school age through adulthood. Camp Fatima is also dedicated to providing respite to caregivers by delivering safe, nurturing, and high-quality programming to the campers.

All three nonprofits took part in a vote kickoff pep rally at NRG Energy’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ. NRG Gives is NRG’s crowdsourced charitable program. For the first time since NRG Gives launched in 2016, only New Jersey-based charities serving primarily New Jersey residents, are eligible to participate. The nonprofits are nominated by NRG employees.

Now each nonprofit is vying for $65,000 in donations from NRG during a public voting period that runs from 9:00 a.m. today, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 27. The donation each charity receives will be determined by the percentage of total votes received. This is different than previous NRG Gives campaigns. More than ever, every vote counts.

The employees of NRG nominate the charities, then the public votes on their favorite to win.
Last year’s winner Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach, tells the charities the most important way to get the word out is to use social media. They were never overly active on SM before the NRG Gives project, but became very active during and it proved helpful as someone with hundreds of followers retweeted their need.

The Blue Bell-based Special Olympics Montgomery County earned its nomination due to its importance to NRG employee Brett Guerin (who was on hand on Monday), whose brother, Michael Guerin, is a Special Olympics athlete proficient in basketball, volleyball and golf, noted Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach.

The NRG Gives program, established in 2016, has donated $574,500 to 20 diverse nonprofits in the tri-state area through spring 2019. In addition, NRG supports local communities through our Choose to Give program, volunteerism, and other charitable giving. In 2018 alone, employees who are based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania spent 2,554 hours volunteering across these states.
Philadelphia

JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

Good Sunday, hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  Here’s another edition of Philly Gossip, tidbits and Save The Date’s for events I think you might enjoy attending. Also just want to tell you I’m leaving for Alaska this week, don’t fret I’ve filled Philly Chit Chat up with blog posts so keep coming back every day for photos and food for thought. Last summer Cabot Cheese surprised me with a cruise to Alaska with 50 or so more charitable minding folks. Seems my friend Marilyn Russell nominated me for the Cabot Cheese program for the charitable work I have done over the years with the Linda Creed Foundation, PAWS, Donors Are Hero’s, Gilda’s Club,  American Foundation of Suicide Awareness all of which I’ve volunteered for 6 plus years. And then the more recent organizations – MANNA, Komen Philadelphia, Comfort Home For Veterans, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and many more which I promote through my various social outlets.  Even charities who hire me to photograph their events, I try and give back in ways that go beyond my reasonable rates. I’m excited to meet other volunteers from around the country. I also volunteer for Cabot Cheese Foundation, participating in their annual poker tournament every summer at the Borgata for the past 3 years. We Honor Volunteers & Support Communities Our Department of Gratitude reflects the values of the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

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Congrats to Philly boxer and hometown hero JD Rivera, Rivera beat the odds to go pro and moved to Philly because of its rich boxing history. His career in the ring has been full of hard knocks, but the sport has given him a new lease on life. That’s why Rivera does what he can through his gym, the Warrior Boxing Academy, to make boxing accessible to working class folks in his community of South Philadelphia. New equipment was sponsored by Coors Light they believe in celebrating the journey of those who see challenges as opportunities, which is why we chose to feature Rivera as part of our digital short documentary series, “My Climb, My Story.” The film series features individuals across the country who conquer their personal mountains to better themselves and their communities.

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I was so busy this week, but really wanted to go to this all day radio marathon – the All Star Day Live! featured 97.5 The Fanatic’s All Star Personalities and Celebrity Contributors Live, On-Site, for an all-day broadcast at Commerce Square. There was food & beverage specials from Pagano’s, fun & games, and meet & greet pictures with celebrity athletes including Jaws above, fresh off of the NFLDraft. Their goal was to promote, fund-raise and help further AACR’s Mission:
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

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ACCR comes on board as a client of PhillyChitChat starting June 1.

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Congrats to Dana Spain and Walt Moore Married. So happy for them.
Opps #FakeNews, Dana tells me it was Walt’s engagement ring….stay tuned

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Another Philly Socialite off the market
Congrats Allie and Steve!!

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Thank you Mike Schmidt in your efforts to prevent skin cancer. Take it from someone who is a candidate, who sometimes forgets the importance of sunscreen, or it wears off during the day. What an amazing idea to have sunscreen dispensers through out Philly. I love that they’re yellow too. The dispensers will be located at City Hall, on Kelly Drive near Lloyd Hall and at CBP Phillies home

SAVE THE DATE


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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Historic Philly’s summer programming launches Memorial Day Weekend with historic reenactors leading pub crawls, military musters, puppet shows, and more.
http://bit.ly/29MAgR7

  Betsy Ross House
Flag-Raising Ceremony, May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance. FREE

Ø  Various Locations Throughout Historic Philadelphia
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, May 27 – 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any Storytelling Bench, and collect a star from every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. FREE

GETTING AROUND:I love using the PHLASH all summer long

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the most convenient and affordable way for visitors to travel with 22 stops to key destinations, including stops throughout Historic Philadelphia. Providing daily service every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., the PHLASH is only $2 per ride or $5 per day. Passes are available onboard (with cash and exact change only), at any Visitor Center location, or online at www.PhillyPHLASH.com.

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Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing), Philadelphia, PA
TICKET INFO
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 12:00 PM

Details: The Roots Picnic, The Roots, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, Jeezy, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Black Thought, J. Period, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Thundercat, Pete Rock,
I’m partnering with Live Nation to promote this event.

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 Kevin Hart‘s Wednesday, June 7 book signing and chat with Quincy Harris at Temple University announced last month to promote his new book ” I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”  is now a photo op and meet-and-greet that’s been moved to the Parkway Central Library says Nick Vadala, over at Philly.com Read it here.

Then a month later he’ll be back in Philly for Kevin Hart Day in Philadelphia on July 6.

PS one day before PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos of the past ten years in the month of June, July and August and tell you the best dressed of the decade, the best party of the decade, and favorite celebrity moments of the last decade. So fun, right? I must say Kevin Hart is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever photographed.5-27-2017 1-50-08 AM

“An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. A diverse group of 360 choral singers ages 8 to 18 will perform selections including “Day by Day” (Godspell), “When You Believe” (Prince of Egypt), and “For Good” (Wicked), accompanied by a four-piece band. Kimmel Box Office at bit.ly/CY-StephenSchwartz,
An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will raise money to benefit endARTSlessness, a campaign that seeks to ensure every Philadelphia public school has at least one arts program serving as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty. Stephen Schwartz has embraced the campaign and has been recognized by his peers for nurturing future artists. In 2015, Schwartz received a special Tony Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.
more on Commonwealth Youthchoirs, the endARTSlessness campaign, and CY’s music programs can be found at cychoirs.org

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Please save the date for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event! On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, guests will sample curated dishes and meet internationally-acclaimed culinary stars– all for a great cause, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation & Vetri Community Partnership, with last year’s event raising over $800,000.    Discover and indulge in award-winning cuisine at The 12th Annual Great Chefs Event—experience the city’s most anticipated culinary event where top chefs and mixologists from around the globe converge to share their expertise and prepare succulent creations.     There’s an after party for sponsors, chefs and a few VIP ticket holders near Vetri’s eatery Lo Spiedo

 

Have a great holiday weekend – Thank you service men and women who fight for our freedom.
See you on Tuesday.