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Truist Charitable Fund names 17 new grant recipients

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 14, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) today announced the initial recipients of its Truist Community Catalyst Initiative, a three-year Community Reinvestment Act program supporting local efforts with statewide impact. This initiative will support 17 efforts across 13 states, impacting 54 communities, allowing local nonprofit organizations to better respond to critical community needs within their state.

Key Points: 
  • The 2023-25 Truist Community Catalyst Initiative focuses on issues within four key focus areas: affordable housing, small business access to capital, workforce development and essential community services.
  • As each program expands, grant recipients will have the opportunity to reapply for additional funding annually through 2025.
  • Grant funding will expand the nonprofit's Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing Preservation Project and Housing Loan Fund to finance and secure affordable housing units.
  • Capital Good Fund: A CDFI with a mission to create pathways out of poverty and advance a green economy through inclusive financial services.

Showing love on Valentine’s Day by embracing disability

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Valentine’s Day is a time when love and intimacy are celebrated with fervor.

Key Points: 
  • Valentine’s Day is a time when love and intimacy are celebrated with fervor.
  • In particular, people with disabilities face discrimination and obstacles when seeking love, affection and sexual fulfillment.
  • Our team has undertaken a comprehensive series of interviews with individuals living with disabilities, delving into their personal journeys with love, romance and sexuality.

Stereotypes about disability and sexuality

  • Individuals with disabilities frequently confront a multitude of stereotypes that limit their opportunities to form intimate relationships and have sex.
  • These perceptions can deeply affect their experiences and how society treats the topic of disability and sexuality.
  • This view unfairly categorizes people with disability as a “danger” to the community, fostering unnecessary fear and discrimination.

Being told to wait

  • Infantilization often means people with disabilities are told to wait and delay their engagement in any romantic or sexual experiences.
  • For instance, Randy, a 39-year-old man with a mental disability, told us he was advised not to pursue intimate relationships.
  • Often, people with disabilities, especially those with intellectual disabilities, are told to wait.

Sex education inaccessible and inadequate

  • In ensuring individuals are informed about their options in terms of sex, sexuality and gender, sex education is often where these conversations begin.
  • Unfortunately sex education is often delivered in inaccessible and ineffective ways to people with disabilities, particularly those who are 2SLGBTQ+.
  • Sex education is often delivered in ways that focus on heterosexual and cisgender experiences.

2SLGBTQ+ disabled people being left behind

  • Individuals with disabilities who are also 2SLGBTQ+ often find themselves facing multiple forms of discrimination, including ableism, homophobia and transphobia.
  • Yet, our interviews with 2SLGBTQ+ adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities reveal not just the barriers these individuals face but also their profound resilience and desire for love.
  • For instance Tracey, a 19-year-old gender fluid person, said:
    “I just wish there were more like spaces where disabled people could also enter because you know, when you also think of like, people who are physically disabled, they can’t go out clubbing.

Disabled activists push back

  • It’s a fitting moment to reflect on how everyone desires to love and be loved.
  • The work of disabled activists like Andrew Gurza, host of the podcast Disability after Dark, and Eva Sweeney, creator of Cripping up Sex with Eva, is particularly illuminating.
  • Their efforts highlight a critical message: The more we talk about it, the less of a taboo topic it becomes.


Alan Santinele Martino receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

24th Edition of CFO Leadership Summit: KSA

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Monday, February 12, 2024

RIYADH, Feb 12, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 24th edition of the CFO Leadership Summit is set to unite financial luminaries and industry leaders on February 14th, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Key Points: 
  • RIYADH, Feb 12, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 24th edition of the CFO Leadership Summit is set to unite financial luminaries and industry leaders on February 14th, 2024, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Beyond thought-provoking conversations and networking opportunities, the 24th CFO Summit will unveil the CFO 50 winners.
  • The CFO Leadership Summit compiles the annual CFO 50 list by considering nominations, direct applications, information from an extensive database, insightful interviews, scrutiny of company websites, and other publicly available sources.
  • Exito Media Concepts, the force behind the CFO Summit, takes pride in facilitating this platform for learning, collaboration, and celebration.

NAfME Member Annie Ray Named 2024 GRAMMY Music Educator Award Honoree

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Monday, February 5, 2024

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) congratulates music educator Annie Ray on being honored with the 2024 Music Educator Award™. The honor presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum™ is well-deserved. Ray is a member of NAfME and the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA). This is the eleventh year the Music Educator Award has been presented, and now nine of the winners have been members of NAfME: Kent Knappenberger (2014); Jared Cassedy (2015); Phillip Riggs (2016); Keith Hancock (2017); Melissa Salguero (2018); Jeffery Redding (2019); Mickey Smith Jr. (2020); Pamela Dawson (2023); and now Annie Ray (2024).

Key Points: 
  • The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) congratulates music educator Annie Ray on being honored with the 2024 Music Educator Award™.
  • HERNDON, Va., Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) congratulates music educator Annie Ray on being honored with the 2024 Music Educator Award™.
  • "On behalf of the NAfME National Executive Board, we offer our sincere CONGRATULATIONS to Annie Ray for being recognized as this year's GRAMMY Music Educator Award honoree," said NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan.
  • In this eleventh year of the award, six of the 10 finalists for the 2024 Music Educator Award are members of NAfME.

FanSided and Special Olympics Return to Super Bowl Media Row with Unified Reporting Team in Ongoing Commitment to Inclusion

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Monday, February 5, 2024

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 11 years, Special Olympics has brought a unified presence of international celebrity supporters and Special Olympics athletes to Super Bowl Media Row. It is at Media Row that these athletes and supporters have an opportunity to share their stories of inclusion with global media outlets, to change stereotypes about people with intellectual disabilities and demonstrate how sports can level the playing field for all.

Key Points: 
  • FanSided Hires Special Olympics Florida Athlete and Sportscaster, Malcom Harris-Gowdie as Unified Reporter for all Super Bowl Week and Big Game Coverage
    LAS VEGAS, Feb. 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 11 years, Special Olympics has brought a unified presence of international celebrity supporters and Special Olympics athletes to Super Bowl Media Row.
  • This year, Special Olympics has again partnered with sports and entertainment network FanSided to host a Unified reporting team at Super Bowl's Media Row.
  • Harris-Gowdie served on the first-ever Special Olympics Unified reporting team alongside FanSided during Super Bowl LVII.
  • His presence in our Super Bowl coverage reflects our ongoing commitment to diverse and insightful sports reporting," said Zach Best, Co-Founder & General Manager, FanSided.

Delta Dental of Tennessee Celebrates 25 Years of Giving Back

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

This year, Delta Dental of Tennessee (Delta Dental) is celebrating 25 years of giving back to the community it calls home.

Key Points: 
  • This year, Delta Dental of Tennessee (Delta Dental) is celebrating 25 years of giving back to the community it calls home.
  • Delta Dental along with the company’s philanthropic arm, the Smile180 Foundation , supports the state’s dental colleges, children's hospitals, free and reduced-cost dental clinics, and other like-minded charities.
  • Kids Dental Day: In partnership with the Nashville Sounds, Neighborhood Health, Meharry College of Dentistry, and Jet Dental, Delta Dental of Tennessee presents Kids Dental Day in the summer to give kids access to free dental screenings and cleanings.
  • As part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, Delta Dental of Tennessee members have access to the largest dental network in the nation with more than 200,985 providers serving more than 538,819 locations.

Manara Academy District Awarded a Grant from Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development

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Friday, February 2, 2024

IRVING, Texas, Feb. 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Manara Academy District, a charter school with campuses in Irving and Arlington, is the recipient of a grant awarded by the Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development to develop a work-based learning project for special education students ages 14-21. According to Manara Academy superintendent Denise Sudan, a $10,000 grant was secured to fund a mobile café on the Irving campus that will allow students to experience valuable life skills and on-the-job training.

Key Points: 
  • IRVING, Texas, Feb. 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Manara Academy District , a charter school with campuses in Irving and Arlington, is the recipient of a grant awarded by the Texas A&M Center on Disability and Development to develop a work-based learning project for special education students ages 14-21.
  • According to Manara Academy superintendent Denise Sudan, a $10,000 grant was secured to fund a mobile café on the Irving campus that will allow students to experience valuable life skills and on-the-job training.
  • "We are incredibly pleased to receive this funding that will play a pivotal role in supporting our students," said Sudan.
  • "Project-based learning opens up new avenues for inclusive education, providing unique opportunities for every student to thrive.

Cryptomeria Capital on Track to Close $50M VC Fund to Support the Next Wave of Innovation in Web3 Space

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Dubai, United Arab Emirates--(Newsfile Corp. - January 24, 2024) - Cryptomeria Capital with support from distinguished European Tech Investor Axon Partners Group is advancing towards the significant milestone of closing its $50M VC fund, aimed at empowering the Web3 space.

Key Points: 
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates--(Newsfile Corp. - January 24, 2024) - Cryptomeria Capital with support from distinguished European Tech Investor Axon Partners Group is advancing towards the significant milestone of closing its $50M VC fund, aimed at empowering the Web3 space.
  • Since 2020, Cryptomeria Capital has consistently outperformed benchmarks set by VCs and the Web3 industry, establishing a robust track record of successful investments and partnerships.
  • "We are excited about the significant scaling opportunities following the first close of our VC fund, keenly focused on the Web3 domain.
  • One of the firm's key strengths is its robust research capabilities, which has positioned Cryptomeria Capital as a thought leader in the burgeoning Web3 sector.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation President & CEO Michelle Sie Whitten to be Inducted into the Denver Business Journal Hall of Fame for Her Transformative Research and Medical Work for Children and Adults with Down Syndrome

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Whitten will be joining 40 accomplished young professionals who will receive this prestigious annual recognition award the night of the event.

Key Points: 
  • Whitten will be joining 40 accomplished young professionals who will receive this prestigious annual recognition award the night of the event.
  • From 1993 to 2004 Whitten worked in the TV industry for cable pioneers Peter Barton, her father, John J. Sie and others.
  • In 2003 Whitten gave birth to her first child, Sophia, who happens to have Down syndrome.
  • From that moment, Whitten has dedicated her life to improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, and government advocacy.

The TD Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Special Olympics Florida to Improve Hearing Health of Duval County Residents

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To improve and support the hearing health of Duval County residents with intellectual disabilities, TD Charitable Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Florida a grant of $25,000.

Key Points: 
  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To improve and support the hearing health of Duval County residents with intellectual disabilities, TD Charitable Foundation has awarded Special Olympics Florida a grant of $25,000.
  • Healthy Hearing is just one of eight health discipline screenings offered to persons with intellectual disabilities through Special Olympics Florida’s Healthy Athletes initiative.
  • The TD Charitable Foundation grant will help Special Olympics Florida provide Healthy Hearing screenings to Duval County’s Special Olympics athletes and help recruit audiologists to serve as clinical directors.
  • "The TD Charitable Foundation is proud to be able to support Special Olympics Florida, by providing this much needed hearing program to Special Olympics athletes across Duval county," said Nick Miceli, Metro Florida Regional President.