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Comcast Launching WiFi-Connected “Lift Zone” at Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center
As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families and individuals to the internet so they can fully participate in distance-learning and the digital economy, Comcast today announced that the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center in Beaverton is now a Lift Zone in Oregon/SW Washington. Working with its network of community-based organizations, Comcast is providing high-capacity WiFi access in safe spaces designed to help lift the experience for students – and in this case, veterans – in getting online, engaging in distance learning, accessing virtual support programs, and conducting job searches. This initiative provides free connectivity inside various partner community centers over the next three years. The Lift Zones feature free gig-speed WiFi provided by Comcast, which allows dozens of students/individuals to work on laptops simultaneously. "Our veterans and their families are very appreciative of our housing complex becoming a Lift Zone,” said Major Rhonda Lloyd of the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center. “This will allow the children who live here to use the computer lab for schooling, and our veterans to access virtual training, and conduct job searches." Several more Lift Zone sites are currently under construction across Comcast’s Oregon/SW Washington service territory, with the goal of more than 30 by year’s end. There are already 20 Lift Zones in operation, primarily located at Boys and Girls Clubs.
Michael ByungJu Kim Donates KRW 30 Bn to Build Public Library in Seoul
■ Public library to be constructed in Seodaemun and named in honor of the donor: Seoul Public Kim ByungJu Library ■ First-ever individual donation for construction of a Seoul public building Michael ByungJu Kim, founder and chairman of MBK Partners, has agreed to donate KRW 30 billion (approximately USD 26.5 million) to the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the construction of a public library in Bukgajwa-dong in Seodaemun. A ceremony was held at the Seoul City Hall on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to commemorate Chairman Kim’s landmark donation. The gift represents the first-ever donation by an individual for the construction of a civic institution in Seoul. The event was attended by Mayor Oh Se-hoon and other Seoul City officials as well as the Kim family. The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will honor the gift by naming the library after Chairman Kim. Hence, the name of the library will be “The Seoul Public Kim ByungJu Library”. The city will commission the design of the library through an international bidding process later this year, with plan to break ground in one year and open the library by 2025. “We are deeply thankful to Chairman Michael ByungJu Kim for his very generous donation for the construction of a library. We will endeavor to build a good library for the people of Seoul to honor his wishes,” said Mayor Oh at the ceremony. “Chairman Kim is an exemplar for other self-made businesspeople aspiring to make donations from their own pockets and is expected to encourage many Koreans to give more back to society.” “I would like to extend my appreciation to Mayor Oh Se-hoon and other Seoul city officials, who gave me the opportunity to make this meaningful donation for the construction of a new library,” said Chairman Kim. “My lifelong love of books inspired me to help create a communal space where people may gather to read. My wish is that the library becomes a place where the people of Seoul may enjoy reading books, develop knowledge and exchange ideas for the good of the community. Chairman Kim, known as “the Godfather of Asian private equity”, is also a leading philanthropist. He founded the MBK Scholarship Foundation in 2007 to provide full college scholarships to students in financial need. A total of 155 students have received MBK’s scholarships to date. Chairman Kim has engaged in impact giving focused on education and the arts. His gifts have included a student dormitory at Haverford College, the Ki Yong Kim Hall (named after his father), and a professorship endowment at Harvard Business School, the Michael B. Kim Professor of International Business. He is a board member and an active supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall. He also debuted as an author last year with his novel, Offerings, which was a U.S. national bestseller. ### About MBK Partners MBK Partners, founded in 2005, is one of the largest private equity firms in Asia, with over USD 24.5 billion in capital under management. With investment strategies driven by long-term perspectives, MBK Partners invests in North Asia, China, Japan, and Korea. The firm focuses on consumer and retail, telecommunications and media, financial services, healthcare, industrials, and logistics. MBK Partners has offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, and Seoul. The firm has acquired or invested in 38 companies, with aggregated revenues of USD 47.2 billion and 388,607 employees. For more information on MBK Partners, please visit the website www.mbkpartnerslp.com About MBK Scholarship Foundation The MBK Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2007 to provide financial assistance to college students to become the leaders of tomorrow. There are no conditions or obligations when receiving the scholarship or after graduation. It encourages its scholarship recipients to the practice “paying it forward”. The board members of the Foundation include leading academic scholars and legal professionals as well as Chairman Michael ByungJu Kim. In 2014, the MBK Scholarship Foundation was named the recipient of the Seoul Metropolitan City Superintendent of Education Award. For more information about the MBK Scholarship Foundation, please visit the website www.mbkscholars.org
Comcast Contributes $10,000 to the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club and Donates 100 Laptops, and 12 Months of Free Internet Service
Comcast today announced grants and technology donations to the Al Davies Club in Tacoma as part of its ongoing commitment to help connect more low-income students and families to the Internet. The announcement was made at an event with former Al Davies Club Member and international gaming influencer Marcel Cunningham, who goes by the name of BasicallyIDoWrk, and the Mayor of Tacoma, Victoria Woodards. In collaboration with Cunningham, Comcast contributed $10,000 and 40 laptop computers to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Sixty students also received free laptop computers to keep along with 12 months of home Internet service for eligible families through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. The funds and computer equipment will help the club better serve its members and provide additional resources to families in need. Thirty kids attending summer camp at the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club also had the opportunity to play with Cunningham in a fun, interactive video game competition at the event. Afterwards, Cunningham, Mayor Woodards, and Comcast surprised the students by handing out the free laptops and a gift card good for a year of Internet Essentials Internet service. "It is extraordinary to be able to come back and bring resources to the Club I spent so much time at as a kid. Boys & Girls Clubs are special places that help so many kids and families, and I wouldn't be who I am today without the experiences I had at the Al Davies Club,” said Cunningham. “I appreciate the opportunity to partner with Comcast and Mayor Woodards to bring these resources to the Boys & Girls Club, the students, and their families.” “When private companies and organizations like ours can come together it can truly create something special for our community. These funds, access to internet and technology donations will have a tremendous impact on our local Clubs,the members we serve, and their families” said Carrie Holden, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. “We are grateful to Comcast for its contributions and to our alum Marcel for continuing to stay engaged with the Club and our kids.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on many of the inequities in our society, including the digital divide. In Tacoma and across the South Puget Sound, we are fortunate to have organizations like our local Boys & Girls Clubs which serve as central meeting places and can help address the issues of access and equity if they have the resources,” said Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards. “This is why it is exciting to see Comcast and Marcel collaborating with our local Clubs to support youth and their families and fill an important community need by providing crucial technology resources across our region.” As a former member of the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club, Cunningham previously received the Key to the City of Tacoma Award for his work in the local community and support of his childhood club. Cunningham continues to support the club via his foundation TeamWrk, which focuses on challenging youth to reach their full potential by teaching healthy gaming habits, character and team-building skills, and bullying prevention. Cunningham recently became a member of “Team Xfinity”, a collection of streamers, content creators, and gamers who rely on Xfinity Internet to power all their gaming and streaming needs, connecting them with audiences across the world. "We're thrilled to partner with Marcel to help give Boys & Girls Club students and families the resources to access the Internet to participate in online learning," said Carla Carrell, Senior Director of External Affairs, Comcast Washington. "The pandemic put many vulnerable students and families at risk of being left behind, accelerating the need for comprehensive digital equity and Internet adoption programs to support them." Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Comcast’s recent $1 billion commitment over the next 10 years to help further close the digital divide and give even more low-income students and families the tools and resources they need to succeed in a digital world.
Gibson Gives Raises Over $2.5 Million Dollars Worldwide
In July-2019, Gibson re-launched its philanthropic arm Gibson Gives--and upon its two-year anniversary, Gibson Gives is proud to announce it has raised over $2.5 million dollars worldwide through its mission of creating, developing, and supporting non-profit organizations in their efforts to advance musicians, as well as youth-focused education and wellness initiatives. Leveraging the success of Gibson Gives, the brand followed with KRK Kares, and has announced today the launch of Epiphone Empowered, Kramer Kares, and Mesa Mission. Under the umbrella of Gibson Gives--a 501(c)(3) organization--the above programs will follow the same success path and bring awareness to the charitable spirit of all the brands of Gibson. 100% of all donations to and from Gibson Gives go towards giving the gift of music. Gibson Gives has created two new groups which include an Influencers and an Artist Advisory Council to help drive the culture of giving back across Gibson’s brands, employees, artists, partners, events, and communities worldwide. The Gibson Gives Influencers and Artist Advisory Council will provide thought leadership, foundation, and funding strategy, as well as present philanthropic opportunities they are passionate about that fulfill the foundation’s mission to amplify the reach, message, and awareness of all program initiatives and non-profit partners. The Gibson Gives Artist Advisory Council members include Lzzy Hale, Celisse, Alex Lifeson, Matt Heafy, Joe Bonamassa, Billy F. Gibbons, Slash, Captain Kirk Douglas, and more. The Gibson Gives Influencers group is comprised of a community of leaders across the Music and Entertainment Business, Sports, Youth, Education, Legacy, International, the Nashville “Music City” Community and our partner advisors. Gibson Gives Influencers include the following appointments: Music Education: Jeff Smith/Music Makes Us (Director of Arts, Metro Nashville Public Schools), Sports: Ken Adams (Co-Owner, Tennessee Titans), Matt Crews (CEO, Music City Grand Prix), Ian Ayers (CEO, Nashville Soccer Club), Music City Community: Ben Hall (Senior Director of Development, Country Music Hall of Fame), International: Lee Bartram, (Head of Marketing and Cultural Influence, Gibson Brands Europe), Youth: Toby Lee (musician), Legacy: Nina Miller (Executive Director of Miranda Lambert’s Mutt Nation/Former Executive Director, Gibson Foundation), Music Industry: Reid Shippen (Song Farm/GRAMMY® award-winning producer/engineer/mixer), Music Industry (Non-Profit): Melinda Colaizzi (Founder, Women Who Rock), Partner Influencer: Erica Krusen (Managing Director of Mental Health, MusiCares). Gibson Gives recently announced the launch of TEMPO, Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdose--a collaborative program with MusiCares, Harbor Path and 7 non-profits--to save musicians lives in response to continued and elevated opioid overdoses from over a year of confinement and Covid 19 closures. TEMPO empowers participating non-profits and venues by providing the life-saving training necessary for using the drug naloxone (Narcan, Naloxone Auto-Injector) to prevent opioid overdose. Watch the new TEMPO PSA with Forest Blakk to raise awareness in the musician community, and learn more about TEMPO: https://www.tempomission.org/ During the July-2019 re-launch of Gibson Gives, the foundation immediately committed to donating 1,000 guitars in 1000 days to non-profits including music education, music wellness programs and musicians in need worldwide and has climbed above and beyond that initial milestone by donating over 2800+ guitars in 700 days. “When we announced we would donate 1000 guitars in 1000 days, I thought it was a lofty goal,” explains Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director of Gibson Gives. “We could have never predicted all the hurdles this past year presented in the music community and beyond. It’s been a humbling experience and an honor to work with so many worthy music and health programs in need, directly supporting and impacting individual people, as well as non-profits.” Gibson Gives is committed to making the world a better place and helping those in need in the following ways: Introduce, inspire, and amplify the power of music by working with major musician-oriented charities such as MusiCares, Keeping the Blues Alive, NIVA, NITO, Apollo Theater, the Save the Music Foundation, and more to help struggling musicians worldwide. The Play It Forward program, established to move quickly and offer fast support to individual musicians, groups, as well as charitable organizations with immediate needs including the recent Nashville Tornado, Nashville bombing that displaced many creators. Amplify programs for music students that have been disrupted by budget cuts in local community schools, music programs, and educational foundations worldwide, including Playing for Change, Manos Escuela de Guitarra in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Maplewood High School in Nashville, TN, Gallatin High School in Bozeman, MT, as well as schools across Europe, Africa, Spain, South America, Canada, and more. Develop offerings with established programs focused on physical wellness and mental health including Teenage Cancer Trust (U.K.), Guitars For Vets, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, JoyRXMusic, Notes for Notes, Women Who Rock, Keep-A-Breast, Give a Note, and more. Gibson Gives and KRK Kares work extensively with other charities in a 360 degree way, raising the funds they need the most right now including MusiCares, The Recording Academy (GRAMMY’s), Guitars For Vets (helping U.S. military veterans with PTSD), Let’s Stay (In) Together Apollo Theater Benefit, Women Who Rock (raised over $45,000 in October for breast cancer research at Magee Women’s Research Institute) Ryan Seacrest Foundation (placed Gibson instruments and KRK studio gear in all of their U.S. hospitals for recovering children and offering them music-making lessons to cope with illness and PTSD), JoyRxMusic® Children’s Cancer Association (arranged music lessons for hospitalized kids and teens facing cancer and coping with serious illness) and the Do it for the Love’ Foundation (a wish-granting nonprofit organization for people living with life-threatening illnesses). Gibson Gives became the exclusive stringed instrument provider for the Nashville based non-profit Musicians On Call (who arrange in-room and virtual performances by superstar artists with hospital patients) and donated high-value guitars for auction to support the Teenage Cancer Trust (London, U.K.). Gibson Gives partnered with the NAMM Foundation for their Believe In Music 2021 program--NAMM attendees both donated and selected the non-profit they wanted to receive their donation—raising $20,000 in three days. As key music programs in schools continue to be cut in the U.S. and worldwide, Gibson Gives accelerated its expansion and global footprint this year. The Covid 19 pandemic school closures made the need for access to music education and instruments even greater in our communities. Gibson Gives will continue to supply schools with music learning resources and instruments including Manos Escuela de Guitarra in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in partnership with Sergio Vallin of Maná, Gibson sent 50 guitars to the school to support the teachers and students in Mexico. Gibson Gives placed instruments in schools in South Africa and Armenia, and when the entire Kingdom of Tonga--170+ Polynesian islands in the South Pacific--was locked down to outsiders due to the pandemic, Gibson stepped in to provide guitars and ukuleles for a youth music-learning program at the local library. Gibson Gives partnered with Universal Music Publishing Group in China to identify schools in need of music education assistance and partnered with the following programs and schools to gift guitars and music accessories including Playing For Change Foundation (placed 200 new acoustic guitars for their school programs in underserved communities across the globe), Notes for Notes, Life by Music, Samanlego School (Vitoria, Spain), Gallatin High School (Bozeman, MT), Maplewood High School (Nashville, TN), Give A Note, Music Heals Foundation (Vancouver, B.C.), and arranged music business workshops with the Save the Music Foundation for students to learn about jobs in the music industry. Gibson Gives launched the Play it Forward program when Gibson helped local and national musicians in need by replacing guitars--regardless of the brand--lost in the devastating Nashville tornados of February 2020. Play It Forward allows Gibson Gives to act fast for events like COVID 19, natural disasters, and those times Gibson learns of someone who is truly worthy of a gifted guitar. On December 25, 2020, a bomb in an RV parked on in downtown Nashville destroyed residences and buildings. Nationally known local musician and session player Buck McCoy was able to evacuate but lost most of his personal belongings in the blast including 12 guitars and his home studio equipment. Gibson Gives’ Play It Forward was able to immediately replace Buck’s instruments (a Gibson Acoustic and a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and KRK Kares provided him with a pair of ROKIT monitors and KRK headphones). As a result, Buck was able to start working again on his weekly radio show. Earlier this year, Gibson Gives worked with renowned Parisian visual pop artist Benjamin Pietri to create a special installation at the upscale Le Bon Marché store in Paris, France. Pietri’s Gibson Flying Les Paul art installation sold for $10,000 USD. Pietri’s vintage figurines and musical instruments are all “Proust's madeleines” which are sublimated in glass boxes by the colors and the poetry of butterflies from all over the world (photos below). Gibson Gives is planning more collaborations with Pietri and other visual artists this year. Watch and share the interview with James “JC” Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson Brands on the worldwide mission of Gibson Gives: Gibson Gives believes that getting instruments into the hands of those with a desire to make music is a truly life-changing event and investing in music education will yield better people, better leaders, and a better world for all. https://www.gibsonfoundation.org/home
MAP International Prepares for 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season
MAP International, a nonprofit global health organization dedicated to bringing medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world, is gearing up for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, while maintaining its normal operations and shipments worldwide. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is predicting yet another above-average hurricane season for 2021, forecasting a range of 13 to 20 named storms, 6 to 10 of which could likely become hurricanes, with 3 to 5 of those hurricanes reaching category 3, 4 or 5. The Atlantic hurricane season technically begins June 1 and extends through November 30 each year, but already the National Hurricane Center has identified three named storms of the season – Ana, Bill and Tropical Storm Claudette, which destroyed homes over the weekend, causing several fatalities. (https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/first-named-storm-of-2021-atlantic-hurricane-season-is-10-days-early) Hurricane season poses a threat to any coastal community, but for many under resourced countries around the world, a hurricane can ruin thousands of lives. “Although NOAA scientist don’t expect this season to be as busy as last year,” said Ben Friedman, acting NOAA administrator, “it only takes one storm to devastate a community.” (https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-predicts-another-active-atlantic-hurricane-season) MAP International is well known for its rapid and effective disaster response program and has been preparing for this year’s hurricane season for months. “While we remain prepared for disasters year-round, we increase our preparations leading into hurricane season,” says MAP’s Director of Disaster Relief, Jason Elliott. “In expectation of another above normal season, MAP’s Disaster Relief Team started preparing with our partners several months ago.” MAP prepositioned over 10,000 Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) in eight countries to enable a rapid disaster response. While MAP International is preparing specifically to send disaster relief following the destruction of a hurricane, the organization has already responded to other disasters in 2021, including St. Vincent’s La Soufrière volcano eruption that occurred on April 9, forcing 16,000 people to evacuate, and leaving thousands of residents sleeping in emergency shelters. With their partners Food For The Poor (FFTP), World Hope, Convoy of Hope and World Pediatric Project, MAP provided over 5,000 DHKs and other medicines and health supplies to St. Lucia to aid the St. Vincent evacuees. MAP recently offered continued support by shipping an additional 23 pallets of medicines and health supplies to aid the St. Vincent victims. MAP International continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, with concerted efforts to aid the people of India who are suffering from a second wave of COVID-19. MAP International’s mission is to provide medicines and health supplies to people in need all around the world so they might experience life to the fullest, and in times of disaster – whether that be hurricanes and earthquakes or a worldwide pandemic – MAP serves as a beacon of hope. To learn more about MAP’s disaster relief program, visit www.map.org
Porsche Korea Holds ‘Porsche Dream Culture Night’
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced that it conducted a culture and art sharing project, ‘Porsche Dream Culture Night’ on the 15th to enjoy classical music together at the Centennial Hall of Yonsei University by inviting ‘Dream Up’ children talented in arts or sports and culturally deprived children. This event is part of a public-private partnership (PPP) social contribution campaign, ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’, and was specially prepared to revitalize the culture and art industry stagnated by COVID-19 and to directly engage in putting the value of cultural sharing into practice. The performance was conducted in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the government, such as social distancing seat system and mask-wearing, and strict quarantine and prevention rules were followed. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, “I hope that this classical concert brought joy and healing to the citizens and artists who are deprived of cultural activities due to COVID-19,” and highlighted, “Combining this event with our different support activities and welcoming the talent-ed young children in need, I hope it will give them further inspiration when following their dreams.” ‘Post Corona, Beethoven Again 250th Anniversary’ one of the selected works of the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ campaign, featured violinist Park Ji-hae, the first-ever TED speaker in Korea, and was a special event to support the dreams of students sponsored by the Porsche ‘Dream Up’ Campaign. In addition, Porsche Korea executives as well as official dealer partners, who continue to engage in social contribution activities to help the families in need suffering from the spread of COVID-19, attended the event. The concert ‘Post Corona, Beethoven Again 250th Anniversary’ featured the works of Beethoven, who produced numerous masterpieces despite difficult conditions, to deliver the message of hope to artists who struggle to continue their creative activities and to many citizens who are having a hard time. Porsche Korea also provided concert live streaming service through its official YouTube channel, allowing citizens who could not visit the concert hall to enjoy the cultural event in an un-tact manner. Porsche Korea launched the ‘Porsche Do Dream’ Campaign in 2017 and has continuously carried out social contribution activities that reflect the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues. The company contributed a total of 2.64 billion KRW in donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign. Porsche Korea plans to further expand and continue its support in various ways to help create a sustainable environment for the culture and art.
Porsche Korea to Conduct 'Dreamers. On' Campaign for Emerging Artists in Korea
Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) announced that it will conduct the ‘Dreamers. On’ campaign to support emerging designers and artists in Korea. The ‘Dreamers. On’ campaign is initiated to support the dreams of the next generation of artists, and to provide them the opportunity to show their talent. Porsche started by ‘Ferry Porsche’ creating his dream car and the brand story still continues today together with people that follow their dreams. The campaign carries the theme , and will be divided in three categories: painting ▲ graphic (illustration, etc.) ▲ motion graphic. Anyone aged 14 or older who is interested in the Porsche brand and design can participate, also teams of up to three people will be accepted. Participants will be recruited during a three week period from June 7th to 28th. In order to provide the opportunity for more participants to take part, Porsche Korea plans to conduct the first round of screening based on a too be submitted concept and portfolio instead of completed works. A total of 20 teams will advance to the finals, with Korean painting and graphic experts participating as masters to conduct the screening. The masters will become mentors for the 20 finalists and conduct untact mentoring during the completion of their work. The finished artworks will be exhibited at the 'Gwangju Design Biennale' held in September and will be open to the public. During the exhibition period, one winner from each category will be selected through expert reviews as well as public voting and are expected to receive benefits worth 10 million KRW. Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann stated that, “With Porsche’s heritage being deeply rooted in the timeless design of our sportscars and the individual expression of our customers, through the 'Dreamers. On' campaign, we hope that participants can freely unfold their creativity and further develop their design and artistic skills.” He added, "As a brand we want to inspire and motivate new 'dreams’ and also help to make those 'dreams' come true.” More details about the ‘Dreamers. On’ campaign can be found on Porsche Korea’s official Instagram and ‘Monthly Design’ website, and inquiries can be made through the operation office.
Porsche Korea Hosts a Public Art Project 'Dream Art Ttareungi (tentative name)' in Part-nership with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Cultu
Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) announced that it will carry out a social contribution pro-ject in an open art and design contest using the Seoul City public bicycle ‘Ttareungi’ together with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (interim CEO Yoo Yeon-sik) under the Seoul Metro-politan Government. Porsche Korea previously signed a new CSR partnership agreement with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture this year. The company is expanding its social contribution campaign to cul-ture and art by carrying out the ‘Dream Art Ttareungi (tentative name)’ public art project, follow-ing the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program that supports the performing arts, whose sit-uation deteriorated significantly due to the necessary social distancing regulations. Porsche Korea will provide a total of 300 million KRW in donations to the 'Dream Art Ttareungi (tentative name)' public art project. The plan is to collaborate with artists to provide an opportuni-ty for citizens to enjoy artworks in their daily lives using the Seoul City public bicycle ‘Ttareungi’ and to contribute to the sustainability concepts pursued by the brand by promoting the use of public bicycles in Seoul. It starts with a design contest that will be held for a total of four weeks from June 7th to July 2nd under the theme of ‘Sustainable Mobility Art of Seoul, eco-friendly city’. The design selected for the 1st prize will be applied to about 300 newly manufactured Ttareungi’ frames and wheels and will be unveiled in the second half of this year. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, "The project using the publicly available bicycle 'Ttareungi', which is loved by Seoul citizens as a means of transportation, is designed to provide an opportunity for citizens to enjoy and promote culture, art and sustainable mobility in their daily lives." He added, "We are very excited to see the design ideas for 'Ttareungi' and we hope that more people will be inspired by this public art project.” Detailed information on the Dream Art Ttareungi (tentative name) design contest participation can be found on the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture website (www.sfac.or.kr). Any Korean citizens who are interested in the design of ‘Ttareungi’ can participate in the contest. Meanwhile, Porsche Korea has donated 200 million KRW to the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’, which supports the continuous creative activities of performing arts organizations and artists, who were directly affected by COVID-19. The company plans to continue its support in various ways to help create a sustainable environment for the culture and art.
Porsche Korea Supports Dreams of Children with ‘Dream Up’ CSR program
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced that in addition to the existing support for financially disadvantaged children talented in arts or sports, it will help children no longer subject to social care, on their path to become self-reliant. This year, Porsche Korea doubled the amount of support fund and scope of support, including increasing project scale to 200 million KRW, and has expanded the number of beneficiaries by about four times than before, through selecting a total of 39 scholarship students. In particular, from this year, the ‘Porsche Dream Up’ beneficiaries will be expanded to support children no longer subject to care who have left child care facilities to take their first steps in society independently. This year, 25 children no longer subject to care were selected, and will be supported in acquiring professional qualifications in fields such as architecture, hospitality, arts and crafts. The existing Dream Up program, which supports the dreams of children talented in arts or sports, will expand the scope of support to new arts and sports fields such as Ajaeng, Trombone, Ski Biathlon, and Short Track to provide systematic support measures to improve their skills. On the 28th, the ‘Porsche Dream Up’ scholarship awards ceremony was held at the headquarters of the ChildFund Korea, a social welfare corporation located in Mugyo-dong, Seoul. On this day, Porsche Korea CEO Holger Gerrmann, ChildFund Korea President Lee Je-hoon, and Dream-up beneficiary students and parents attended the event to support the Dream Up talent training and dreams of children, as well as deliver scholarships and scholarship certificates. In addition, a viola performance by a ‘Porsche Dream Up’ scholarship student took place, adding to the awards ceremony. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, “The talented students of ‘Porsche Dream Up’ are individuals with dreams that also inspire the dreams of others. Porsche Korea is very happy that we can be a small part of their life’s journey and to give our support for students striving to achieve their dreams in various fields including sports and arts.” ‘Porsche Dream Up,’ a project that is part of Porsche Korea's social contribution campaign ‘Por-sche Do Dream,’ has been annually supporting the dreams of children talented in arts or sports since 2018, and has established itself as the brand’s representative program for the cultivation of future leaders. Meanwhile, Porsche Korea launched the ‘Porsche Do Dream’ Campaign in 2017 and has contin-uously carried out social contribution activities that reflect the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues. In addition to the 'Porsche Dream Up' Program, it supports building indoor gymnasiums through 'Porsche Dream Playground'. Last year, 'Porsche Dream Circle' was newly introduced, creating forest environments in schools and installing solar panels. Porsche Korea contributed a total of 2.63 billion KRW in donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign.
Gibson Gives Launches TEMPO Program
Gibson Gives--the charitable arm of Gibson Brands--has launched TEMPO, a new program to save musicians lives in response to continued and elevated opioid overdoses from over a year of confinement and Covid 19 closures. TEMPO--Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdose--is designed to empower participating non-profits and provide life-saving training necessary for using the drug naloxone (Narcan, Naloxone Auto-Injector) to prevent an opioid overdose. To learn more about TEMPO, visit: www.tempomission.org. Just before the Covid 19 pandemic, Gibson Gives joined with HarborPath--a non-profit which provides free medications to the uninsured through a streamlined, single application online portal--and MusiCares®, which safeguards the well-being of all music people through health and human services across a spectrum of needs, including physical and mental health, addiction recovery, preventative clinics, unforeseen personal emergencies, and disaster relief--to investigate why opioid abuse and overdoses were growing at a rapid pace within the music community. During pandemic shutdown, with music venues closed, tours and festivals canceled, and recording plans placed on hold, opioid usage and overdoses surged even higher in the music and artist communities. Solace For Hope™ and Musicians for Overdose Prevention joined the conversation to work toward a campaign of naloxone training and naloxone distribution in the music industry. For TEMPO, Gibson Gives partnered with nine non-profit organizations including the five founding, voting members Harbor Path, Gibson Gives, MusiCares, Musicians for Overdose Prevention, and Solace for Hope, as well as four additional non-profits National Harm Reduction Coalition, The Roadie Clinic (a Roadie Advocacy Group), The SCARS Foundation, and Life by Music Foundation which now form the TEMPO Member Network. The TEMPO program believes it is important not only to save a life, but also to aid in recovery. Select TEMPO partners will provide counseling for those suffering from opioid addiction, and to family members who have lost a loved one to overdose. Each non-profit member of the TEMPO Network is recognized as an official TEMPO program training center and will stock naloxone. In Summer of 2021, fans will recognize “powered by TEMPO” programs at concert venues, studios, clubs, and more. Gibson’s own Entertainment Relations locations across the U.S. including Nashville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Miami, FL, as well as MusiCares offices are also official TEMPO training centers with naloxone onsite. “Losing one musician to overdose is too many,” says Dendy Jarrett, Executive Director of Gibson Gives. “The heart that each participating non-profit has shown has been inspiring. I’ve been touched by the level of collaboration on this project, and we encourage other like-minded non-profits to join TEMPO.”
Global Youth Rise Up To Shine A Light On How We Can Share A Brighter Future
At a time when youth around the world are facing an uncertain post-Covid future, Creative Visions, in association with Planet Classroom Network, is launching SHINE, an innovative multimedia project to encourage young people to use their creativity and STEM-based innovations to shine a bright light on solutions that will create a more positive future for all. “We hope that young people will feel the power of creative connection through SHINE,” explained Pat Chandler, Creative Visions CEO. The expressions of global youth, ages 13 to 25, will be featured in a gallery on Creative Visions’ Rock Your World and the Planet Classroom Network sites. “We are excited to participate in this first of its kind initiative with the world’s youth driving the ideas and storytelling. Our world is more polarized than ever. We need more stories that have an international demographic - stories that help us appreciate our diversity and shine a light on the art of being human; our ability to forgive, to show empathy, compassion and tolerance for all peoples,” said C. M. Rubin, Co-founder, Planet Classroom Network. SHINE launched on May 16th to coincide with UNESCO’s International Day of Living Together in Peace, and concludes on August 15th, 2021.
Toray complete Collaboration Program for Personal Protective Clothing for Infection Control in Guinea
Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has received words of gratitude from the National Health Security Agency of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Guinea for contributing to Collaboration Program for Personal Protective Clothing (coverall) for infection control that helped the nation bolster its measures against infectious diseases. Toray and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched that initiative in 2019, completing its mission in January this year. Toray began conducting verification tests in Guinea in 2015 with its LIVMOA™ 5000 personal protective clothing, which offers exceptional safety and comfort of wearers working in the field public health. In 2017, the company donated 10,000 items of this clothing in response to a request from that nation’s Ministry of Health. The subsequent project was an international effort to draw on JICA’s Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies, as a public-private partnership project funded by JICA to support strengthening capacity to control disease outbreaks in resource-limited setting, particularly in Guinea. The Republic of Guinea has experienced limited recurrences of Ebola infections since suppressing outbreaks in 2016. Such other diseases as malaria, measles, yellow fever, meningitis, and Lassa fever have continued to occur. From 2020, the government added measures to prevent COVID-19 cases from spreading. The nation urgently needs to enhance the safety of medical and healthcare professionals and cut their workloads. As well as providing LIVMOA™ 5000 garments through the project with JICA, Toray also contributed to Guinea’s infectious disease responsiveness and best practices by conducting lectures about risks in managing disorders and training healthcare workers in donning and doffing the garments. LIVMOA™ 5000 incorporates Toray’s state-of-the-art fiber and film technologies to deliver advanced Class 6*1 blood anti-virus barrier protection. The fabric is moisture permeable, so temperatures and humidity inside the garment rise less than with conventional offerings in the same class, and can thus reduce heat stress on wearers. The unique design simplifies undressing and reduces noise from fabric rubbing against apparel. Toray is prepared to respond to assistance requests from the Republic of Guinea through international and domestic government agencies. “Project AP-G 2022”, Toray’s medium-term management program, has prioritized the Life Innovation Business Expansion Project. That undertaking aims to help boost the quality of medical care, longevity, and public health. Toray will expand its LIVMOA™ business to help reinforce infection control measures and enhance the safety and reduce the workloads of medical professionals, thus improving healthcare services in Africa and other developing regions. ### *1 EU type Examination Certificate (CE marking) acquired
Porsche Korea Participates in the ‘Children’s Traffic Safety Relay Challenge’
Porsche Korea (CEO Holger Gerrmann) announced on the 30th the participation in the “Children's Traffic Safety Relay Challenge” to establish a traffic safety culture and social interest in children’s traffic safety. “Children's Traffic Safety Relay Challenge” is a participatory public information campaign launched by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety in December last year, and was intended to form a social consensus on the establishment of a traffic culture that puts the top priority on preventing traffic accidents within the School Zone and protecting children. The campaign re-layed in which a participant shares the photo on social media with the official slogan selected through a national public contest and nominates the next participants. CEO of Porsche Korea, Holger Gerrmann, shared the slogan 'First (1) Stop, To (2) Look Around, Three (3) Seconds to Wait, to (4) Prevent Accidents,' after being nominated by Jaguar Land Rover Korea Managing Director, Robin Colgan, and highlighted the importance of improving fundamental awareness of School Zones and establishing a safe traffic culture. As next chal-lenge participants, Audi Volkswagen Korea Managing Director, René Koneberg, and SFAC (Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture) President Kim Jong-Hwi were nominated. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, "The campaign reflects Porsche Korea's social contribution philosophy, which strives to create an environment where children can dream freely and grow up in a healthy surrounding." He added, "By joining the relay challenge we want to encourage everyone to promote a mature traffic culture that prioritizes the safety of children and vulnerable road users." Meanwhile, Porsche Korea has been continuing its social contribution activities for Korean children’s welfare and the cultivation of future leaders through the ‘Porsche Do Dream’ Campaign, which reflects the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues.
Porsche Korea and Authorized Dealer Partners Donate Additional 140 Million KRW to the Families in Need
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) and the four authorized dealer partners Stuttgart Sports Cars Ltd., Autostadt Ltd., Deutsch Auto Co Ltd. and Yongsan Sports Automobile Ltd. (YSAL) announced a 140 million KRW donation to ChildFund Korea, as a measure to support economically burdened children and families who are suffering from the impact of COVID-19. Following last year’s donation with authorized dealer partners, Porsche Korea additionally arranged the ‘Dream Safe Fund’ that provides help for low-income families who are experiencing difficulties from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19. A total of 140 million KRW donation, generated through a one-on-one matching grant by Porsche and its dealer partners, will be provided to 142 low-income families for three months. CEO of Porsche Korea Holger Gerrmann stated, “Following last year, Porsche Korea and our authorized dealer partners arranged the ‘Do Dream Safe Fund’ once again wishing that the community members will not lose hope despite the difficulties due to the prolonged COVID-19.” He added, “In the future, Porsche Korea will continue to carry out authentic CSR campaigns that can immediately help community members in need.” Meanwhile, Porsche is expanding the scope of its social contribution activities by donating 200 million KRW to the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program, in which Porsche support the continuous creative activities of performing art organizations and artists in partnership with Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC). This year, Porsche Korea has been donating a total of 370 million KRW to the families in need as well as the culture and arts community.
Porsche Korea - SFAC, Field of the 'Porsche Do Dream' Social Contribution Campaign Expanded to Culture and Art
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced on the 15th that it signed a CSR partnership agreement with the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (Kim Jong-Hwi, CEO of SFAC) under the Seoul Metropolitan Government, for its social contribution campaign 'Porsche Do Dream' and donated a total of 500 million KRW. Through this agreement, Porsche Korea plans to expand the scope of support of its ‘Porsche Do Dream’ campaign, which marks its fifth year this year, to the culture and arts community, and continue its support to help create a sustainable environment for culture and art. The public-private partnership (PPP) social contribution campaign between Porsche Korea and the SFAC will launch ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’, a program that supports the performing arts, whose situation deteriorated significantly due to the necessary social distancing regulations. Following this program, Porsche Korea and the SFAC plan to sequentially introduce an art project in which artists collaborate with 'Ttareungi', the environmentally friendly public bicycle rental in Seoul. The ceremony, held at the Samil-ro Changgo Theatre in Jung-gu, Seoul, was attended by the CEO of Porsche Korea, Holger Gerrmann and the CEO of SFAC, Kim Jong-Hwi, to commemorate the launch of the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program, which is planned to start in March. CEO of Porsche Korea, Holger Gerrmann stated, "With the increasing number of community members who suffer from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19, we sincerely hope that this support for the culture and art will be of some help,” and added, “Artists are one of the main cornerstones of the society, keeping the social fabric alive, creating dreams, and encouraging creativity. Especially in times of social distancing, we need to make sure these pillars remain, and we hope that this contribution will help to keep their dreams alive.” Porsche Korea will donate 200 million KRW to the ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ program. The ‘Porsche Do Dream Fill the Space’ is the first case ever that diversifies the resources of the culture and arts ecosystem through a public-private partnership, in addition to the efforts of the existing budget support measures of the government and the Seoul metropolitan government. The donation will be used to support the continuous creative activities of performing arts organizations and artists, who were directly affected by COVID-19. It will support performances that are conducted in compliance with the social distancing guidelines and will select the performance candidates through public contest screening. Through this, about 500 artists are expected to receive support. In the second half of the year, new forms of public artworks will be introduced through the collaboration of artists and Seoul Bike ‘Ttareungi’ for people to experience artworks in their daily life’s beyond the currently restricted access of exhibition spaces for public art. The ‘Porsche Do Dream’ Campaign, which reflects the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues, also symbolizes that Porsche Korea, which is receiving abundant interest and love from the Korean market, is adding to the notion of the Korean translation 'knocking on the door' by getting closer to the Korean society with an authentic CSR campaign. Since 2017, Porsche Korea has contributed a total of 1.649 billion KRW of donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign, and this year, the company plans to introduce a wider range of social contribution activities, reaching from culture and art, education and sports to the environment.
Porsche Korea Announces Increased Social Contribution Campaign Performance in 2020
Porsche Korea (Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea Ltd.) announced that it has expanded the target beneficiary and range of its social contribution activities to support the sustainable de-velopment of the Korean society throughout 2020. Marking its fourth year, Porsche Korea's social contribution campaign 'Do Dream' is achieving meaningful progress in promoting children’s welfare and implementing social welfare by main-taining and expanding existing programs, as well as actively developing new programs to meet various situations facing the Korean society. “‘Porsche Dream Playground’, that builds indoor gymnasiums at elementary schools with Por-sche’s brand identity ‘dream’ as the concept, and ‘Porsche Dream Up’, which provides scholar-ships to children talented in arts or sports, became the brand’s representative programs for fu-ture generations,” said Holger Gerrmann, CEO of Porsche Korea. “In particular, I am very delighted to newly introduce the ‘Porsche Dream Circle’ that installs solar panels and creates forest envi-ronments this year, showing how modern technology and sustainability can go hand in hand.” Porsche Korea has built a total of six indoor playgrounds over the past four years, in one regular and five special needs schools. This year, Porsche Korea has expanded support for special needs schools that require specialized space for students with a disability through additional comple-tions of playgrounds at Holt Special School, a school for children with intellectual disabilities, and at Saesol School, a school for children with developmental disabilities. In addition, opportunities were provided for the next-generation leaders in sports and art, such as in violin, clarinet, fencing, and judo, to continue their dreams without abandoning them for eco-nomic reasons. The program came to fruition with acceptance at the Prodigy Academy, awards from national Concours, and election of preliminary members of national junior teams. This year, the 'Porsche Dream Circle,' a new project that provides a learning space for students in a natural environment, and informs them of the importance of carbon neutrality and the virtuous cycle of resources, was introduced to Pangyo Elementary School, Eunjin Elementary School, and Jamhyun Elementary School. Through planting forest space with various trees plus solar tree panels, the smart forest system was applied for the first time in Korea, enabling automatic irrigation and management by measur-ing tree conditions such as forest temperature and humidity, as well as charging of electric devic-es with solar energy obtained from the solar tree. In addition, the company arranged an emergency funding of a total of 200 million KRW through a one-on-one matching grant with its four authorized dealer partners, as a means of infection pre-vention and life support for underprivileged children and low-income families who are experienc-ing difficulties from the prolonged expansion of COVID-19. "As we have received abundant love from the Korean customers this year, we feel more social responsibility toward the Korean society." said Holger Gerrmann. "We will continue to look into the difficulties faced by the Korean society, provide support and investment in overcoming them, and fulfil our social responsibilities and roles to co-prosper with the Korean society." Meanwhile, ‘Porsche Korea’s Do Dream,’ which reflects the values of ‘dream’ and ‘passion’ that Porsche pursues, also symbolizes that Porsche Korea, which is receiving abundant interest and love from the Korean market, is adding to the notion of the Korean translation 'knocking on the door' by getting closer to the Korean society with an authentic CSR campaign. Since 2017, Por-sche Korea has contributed a total of 1.149 billion KRW of donations through the 'Do Dream' campaign. In 2019, Porsche Korea received the 'Seoul Metropolitan City Mayor Commendation' for the first time among imported car companies in Korea in recognition of leading the promotion of Korean children’s welfare and contributing to continuous and sincere CSR activities for the cul-tivation of future leaders.
LIQUI MOLY donates goods worth several million euro
LIQUI MOLY’s donation campaign with free products for rescue services, fire brigades and all helpers at the front line was a complete success. Since its launch in April, the interest has been huge. Eight months and significantly more than 20,000 packages later, the million euro budget has been used up. “The rush and the gratitude were overwhelming,” smiles Managing Director Ernst Prost. The donation campaign started at the beginning of April with a volume of one million euro. The goal: To support first responders around the world in the fight against the coronavirus. With the products supplied free of charge, LIQUI MOLY wanted to relieve the financial burden on fire brigades, hospitals, rescue services, “meals on wheels”, food banks, mobile care services as well as first-aid organizations and many other non-profit associations, so that they could procure other necessary equipment. Not only disinfectants and face masks are important during this time. “We have provided what we do best: oils, additives and other car care products,” says LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost. After all, the operational reliability of the emergency vehicles is a high priority. “Rescue services and fire brigades can’t even get to the emergency site without motor oil. That is why our products, however much they work in secret, are important for the functioning of our healthcare system,” the Managing Director emphasizes. Fire brigades, rescue services and aid organizations from around the world expressed interest. So much so that the donation campaign did not remain limited to Germany. The company set up a similar program for the international market. “Our product donations were as popular as pasta and toilet paper in stores at the beginning of the pandemic,” jokes Ernst Prost. In total, almost 15,000 inquiries were received at the company headquarters in Ulm, resulting in more than 13,000 orders and over 22,000 packages. The initial amount was not sufficient for this, which is why the aid program was increased twice to a total of five million euro in Germany alone. This amount was also used up to the last cent and even significantly exceeded. In the end, the sum was an incredible 5.6 million euro. Not included: the costs for picking, shipping and free delivery worldwide. “Of course, we took care of these costs. And donation receipts were not an issue for us,” says the LIQUI MOLY Managing Director. The aim was not to reduce the company’s tax burden through the special expenses. Taking on social responsibility was paramount. “Many people work hard every day to prevent the corona crisis from spreading. For these frontline helpers, our donation is a genuine relief,” says Ernst Prost. The financial situation of all rescue forces and organizations is strained and every expenditure that does not have to be made is a huge help for the women and men in the service of society. The corona crisis also showed which services and products are indispensable and how many things are connected without it being noticed right away. “Our products are system-relevant,” as LIQUI MOLY’s Managing Director emphasizes. In this crisis, all kinds of assistance are needed. LIQUI MOLY asked itself what it could do for the well-being of society. “This was the basis for this great campaign,” concludes Ernst Prost.