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Society Notebook: Recovery Month rally goes to the movies

After seven years of annual Recovery Month rallies at Deering Oaks park, Portland Recovery Community Center moved this year’s celebration of sobriety to the big screen at Saco Drive-In, followed by a screening of the 1985 treasure-hunting classic “The Goonies.”

“We were trying to see how we can safely gather and remember that we’re all connected, even if it is from the safety of our cars,” said Executive Director Leslie Clark. “We celebrate being free from addiction. And what can be more fun for the family than ‘The Goonies?’ ”

More than 130 carloads pre-registered for the free event, including vanloads of residents from some Portland-area sober homes, for a 45-minute program followed by the feature film.

“I’m so glad we can celebrate this year,” said Liz Holder, a peer support specialist. “Look at how happy people are to see each other after so many months.”

The program was streamed on Facebook, too, and included musical performances by Myles Bullen, the Worst and Lake Over Fire; instructions on how to make an origami fish for a community art project; and stretch breaks by Sea Change Yoga.

During the Recovery Countdown, adapted for the drive-in, carloads honked their horns and flashed their lights as the livestream counted down from decades of sobriety all the way to 1 day.

“I’m so Zoom’ed out, so this is like a meeting for me and sort of in person,” said Nancy Wolach of Old Orchard Beach.

“This is seeing a movie in comfort,” said Paul Gross of Portland, cozied up in the back of pickup with Tatia Tyler of Westbrook.

“I just pulled these cushions off my couch,” she said.

Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Scarborough. She can be reached at [email protected].


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Conservation Society plans a scaled-down fundraiser next month at La Villita

In a year when Fiesta and every gala in the city were stamped as canceled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservation Society of San Antonio is trying to salvage some fun and fundraising in a socially distanced sort of way.

The three-hour evening Fall Heritage Festival — a scaled-down substitute for NIOSA, A Night In Old San Antonio — will have the feel of the hugely popular bash held during Fiesta each year to raise money for historic preservation and other programs.

The society, which has booked La Villita for the Nov. 6 event, increased the entry fee to $125 and restricted admission to 1,000 adults, who will have unlimited access to food and drinks served at booths, with two local bands providing entertainment.

To protect the safety of guests and volunteers from the virus, everyone will be required to maintain social distancing and wear a face covering, except when seated while eating and drinking, said Patti Zaiontz, society president.

In a normal year, the four-night NIOSA, billed as a “celebration for preservation,” packs more than 20,000 people nightly into the 4-acre La Villita area during Fiesta and is the society’s signature fundraiser.

Ubaldo Torres wears a tall, festive hat that he created as a Night in Old San Antonio, NIOSA, kicks off its first night in April 2018. The Conservation Society of San Antonio, the organizer of NIOSA, which was canceled this year along with the rest of Fiesta, is planning a smaller, one-night event on Nov. 6 to raise money.

To stage the festival, the organization received the permission of the city, which in recent weeks has eased restrictions on public facilities and outdoor gatherings as the spread of the virus has diminished, at least for now.

“This is not a NIOSA celebration, but San Antonians will notice many welcome comparisons to NIOSA in food and drink,” Zaiontz said. “The spread-out nature of this festival will harken back to the roots of our first festivals on the grounds of Mission San José.”

On ExpressNews.com: No Fiesta in 2020 due to coronavirus

The society’s switch to a fall festival is a first in nearly 75 years.

Marci Aguirre, left, and Paula Gallegos-Denton enjoy champagne during NIOSA on April 23, 2019. The Conservation Society of San Antonio, the organizer of NIOSA, which was canceled this year along with the rest of Fiesta, is planning a smaller, one-night event on Nov. 6 to raise money.

NIOSA’s roots date to 1936, when the society, then only 12 years old, held a one-night “Indian Harvest Festival” on the South Side mission grounds. The event moved to the River Walk in 1940 and was renamed the River Festival before it relocated to La Villita in 1947.

As a major event on the Fiesta schedule, NIOSA generates $1.5 million annually for the Conservation Society, which funds preservation grants, educational tours, advocacy programs, seminars, a resource library and two house museums.

In reaction to the pandemic, the Fiesta San Antonio Commission initially postponed Fiesta from April to Nov. 5-15. But in July, the commission canceled it for 2020, marking the first time since World War II that the annual citywide extravaganza, now spanning 11 days, was not held.

On ExpressNews.com: Paula Allen: It took time to find right formula for NIOSA

The fall festival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nonrefundable e-tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at saconservation.org or niosa.org. Guests must be at least 21 and must be prepared to show identification at the event.

Everyone is encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank at three entrance gates.

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Securus Technologies Supports the American Cancer Society through the Company’s eCard Program during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month | News

DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Securus Technologies is proud to announce the company will be donating fifty percent of proceeds from the company’s “Fight Against Breast Cancer” suite of eCards to the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help in the fight against a disease that takes thousands of lives each year.  According to cancer.org, breast cancer death rates in the U.S. are higher than those for women than any other cancer, besides lung cancer.  Donating financial support to the ACS will help to fund and conduct cancer research, support patients and spread the word about prevention.

The cost to attach an eCard to an email is one Stamp, and the proceeds from all the Stamps used in the month of October for the “Fight Against Breast Cancer” eCard category will be donated to the ACS.  Incarcerated individuals along with their loved ones in almost 40 states can purchase and attach any of the 20 customer-crafted greeting cards celebrating hope for breast cancer survivors and all those touched by the disease. 

“Too many mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are battling this disease – it has to stop,” said Jade Trombetta, Senior Manager, Communications and Social Media for Securus Technologies.  “We have proudly supported this cause for years and thank all other organizations and individuals who prominently wear pink and support the fight against breast cancer during the month of October, and throughout the year.  Together we can beat this.”

“We envision a future where our daughters –our children –will no longer live with the threat of breast cancer,” said the National Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, that future is at risk. The impact of COVID-19 will reduce our ability to fund cancer research by 50% in 2020 –our lowest investment this century if current trends continue. We can’t and won’t allow progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives.”

ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies, a subsidiary of Aventiv Technologies, serves more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,100,000 incarcerated individuals across North America.  The Aventiv organization is committed to providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, incarcerated self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. For more information, please visit www.Aventiv.com. Aventiv is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity. Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness

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Securus Technologies Supports the American Cancer Society through the Company’s eCard Program during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Securus Technologies is proud to announce the company will be donating fifty percent of proceeds from the company’s “Fight Against Breast Cancer” suite of eCards to the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help in the fight against a disease that takes thousands of lives each year.  According to cancer.org, breast cancer death rates in the U.S. are higher than those for women than any other cancer, besides lung cancer.  Donating financial support to the ACS will help to fund and conduct cancer research, support patients and spread the word about prevention.

(PRNewsfoto/Securus Technologies)

The cost to attach an eCard to an email is one Stamp, and the proceeds from all the Stamps used in the month of October for the “Fight Against Breast Cancer” eCard category will be donated to the ACS.  Incarcerated individuals along with their loved ones in almost 40 states can purchase and attach any of the 20 customer-crafted greeting cards celebrating hope for breast cancer survivors and all those touched by the disease. 

“Too many mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are battling this disease – it has to stop,” said Jade Trombetta, Senior Manager, Communications and Social Media for Securus Technologies.  “We have proudly supported this cause for years and thank all other organizations and individuals who prominently wear pink and support the fight against breast cancer during the month of October, and throughout the year.  Together we can beat this.”

“We envision a future where our daughters –our children –will no longer live with the threat of breast cancer,” said the National Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, that future is at risk. The impact of COVID-19 will reduce our ability to fund cancer research by 50% in 2020 –our lowest investment this century if current trends continue. We can’t and won’t allow progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives.”

ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies, a subsidiary of Aventiv Technologies, serves more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,100,000 incarcerated individuals across North America.  The Aventiv organization is committed to providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, incarcerated self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. For more information, please visit www.Aventiv.com. Aventiv is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity. Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness

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Securus Technologies Supports the American Cancer Society through the Company’s eCard Program during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Nachricht

DALLAS, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –Securus Technologies is proud to announce the company will be donating fifty percent of proceeds from the company’s “Fight Against Breast Cancer” suite of eCards to the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help in the fight against a disease that takes thousands of lives each year.  According to cancer.org, breast cancer death rates in the U.S. are higher than those for women than any other cancer, besides lung cancer.  Donating financial support to the ACS will help to fund and conduct cancer research, support patients and spread the word about prevention.

(PRNewsfoto/Securus Technologies)

The cost to attach an eCard to an email is one Stamp, and the proceeds from all the Stamps used in the month of October for the “Fight Against Breast Cancer” eCard category will be donated to the ACS.  Incarcerated individuals along with their loved ones in almost 40 states can purchase and attach any of the 20 customer-crafted greeting cards celebrating hope for breast cancer survivors and all those touched by the disease. 

“Too many mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are battling this disease – it has to stop,” said Jade Trombetta, Senior Manager, Communications and Social Media for Securus Technologies.  “We have proudly supported this cause for years and thank all other organizations and individuals who prominently wear pink and support the fight against breast cancer during the month of October, and throughout the year.  Together we can beat this.”

“We envision a future where our daughters –our children –will no longer live with the threat of breast cancer,” said the National Leadership Team for the American Cancer Society. “Unfortunately, that future is at risk. The impact of COVID-19 will reduce our ability to fund cancer research by 50% in 2020 –our lowest investment this century if current trends continue. We can’t and won’t allow progress to be put on hold because of COVID-19. At risk are more and better treatments and discoveries that will improve and save lives.”

ABOUT SECURUS TECHNOLOGIES

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies, a subsidiary of Aventiv Technologies, serves more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,100,000 incarcerated individuals across North America.  The Aventiv organization is committed to providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, incarcerated self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. For more information, please visit www.Aventiv.com. Aventiv is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity. Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with a portfolio of approximately 40 operating companies that serve customers around the world.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and

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Words With Friends and the American Cancer Society Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Social Initiative, #WordsWithHope

Popular Mobile Game Kicks-off Month-long Campaign Magnifying the Power of Words and Allyship in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

Today, Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), a global leader in interactive entertainment, announced that its iconic game Words With Friends, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is kicking off its second annual #WordsWithHope initiative: a month-long campaign supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, a word of hope will be shared on Zynga’s social channels and in Words With Friends as the ‘Word of the Day’. The word’s definition will be a statement shared by influential people whose lives have been changed by breast cancer, illustrating the significance of screening and early detection, and celebrating the heroes that have faced this diagnosis head on.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201001005174/en/

Words With Friends and the American Cancer Society Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Social Initiative, #WordsWithHope (Photo: Business Wire)

Joining Words With Friends and the American Cancer Society in this campaign are beloved individuals from the entertainment, fashion, literature, tech, medicine and sports sectors, including:

Alanis Morissette

Dr. Alpa Patel

Betsey Johnson

Bobby Cremins

Chandra Wilson

Deepthi Menon

Ellen Siminoff

EMM

Guy Branum

Javicia Leslie

Jonathan Tsipis

Kris Kim

Mary Kay Andrews

Melissa Rivers

Philippa Gregory

Phuong Phillips

Regina Dugan

Sarah Bird

Sue Monk Kidd

Suzy Nakamura

Taryn Southern

Virginia Williams

Wally Lamb

 

 

“We know that in the U.S. alone, one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime, and women of color are disproportionately affected,” said Deepthi Menon, Senior Vice President of Words With Friends. “With COVID-19 making it harder to connect to our support systems, we thought it vital to partner with the American Cancer Society to provide our community of players with the support they deserve. Our players have formed incredibly strong bonds over the years, and their courage, humor and grit is second to none. Their stories inspire us to continue to build a game they love, and we’re honored to be joined by these magnificent individuals and to offer support for a cause that connects so many.”

“Words matter and #WordsWithHope is a creative way to increase awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening and early detection as well as the promising research and support services available to patients and survivors through the American Cancer Society,” said Kris Kim, Chief Operating Officer at the American Cancer Society. “Through this collaboration with Zynga during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we can use empowering words and stories to advance our vision of a world without cancer.”

For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and other ways to get involved, visit www.cancer.org/wordswithhope.

The #WordsWithHope campaign begins today with iconic designer Betsey Johnson and her word, “Optimistic”. To join in on the campaign, follow Zynga on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow Words With Friends on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Supporting visual assets are available at the following link: http://bit.ly/WordsWithHope2020

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Winn-Dixie partners with American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 30, 2020–

Winn-Dixie is partnering with American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer during the month of October to raise funds and spread hope to those impacted by breast cancer. Now through Nov. 3, customers in Alabama, Mississippi and Columbus, Georgia can help their neighbors fighting breast cancer by rounding up their total grocery bill to the nearest dollar.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200930005161/en/

Winn-Dixie customers in Alabama, Mississippi and Columbus, Georgia can help their neighbors fighting breast cancer by rounding up their total grocery bill to the nearest dollar during the month of October. (Photo: Business Wire)

All customer contributions collected during the community donation program will go directly towards funding and conducting groundbreaking research, sharing expert information, supporting patients and families and spreading awareness about breast cancer prevention.

Lynn Rushing, Regional Vice President of Winn-Dixie, said, “Winn-Dixie is dedicated to supporting American Cancer Society in its mission to free the world of cancer. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I know firsthand how impactful Making Strides is to have as a resource and the importance of being uplifted by a community. Winn-Dixie’s ‘people first’ mentality and commitment to amazing organizations like Making Strides gave my family hope during my mom’s battle with breast cancer, and together, we can lift up the thousands of individuals fighting their own battles.”

Winn-Dixie is committed to walking hand-in-hand with American Cancer Society to spread hope to those affected by breast cancer and raise awareness about the importance of early detection. According to American Cancer Society, heightened awareness and earlier detection has helped decrease the death rate of breast cancer in women by 40% since 1989. However, with nearly 15,000 new cases of breast cancer in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi this year alone, the need for support is still great.

Kathy O’Neill, Director of Development of American Cancer Society, said, “On behalf of the American Cancer Society, our many dedicated volunteers, and those we serve, I would like to thank Winn-Dixie for its continued generosity and support in the fight against cancer and our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. We are proud to partner with this great organization in attacking cancer from every angle.”

Winn-Dixie’s relationship with American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer spans 12 years and the neighborhood grocer intends to continue supporting that partnership to better serve the local community. In 2019, Winn-Dixie expanded its fundraising efforts to include all Alabama and Mississippi stores, as well as stores in Columbus, Georgia, and donated more than $519,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer through generous customer contributions and special events.

Winn-Dixie customers in Alabama, Mississippi and Columbus, Georgia can donate to American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at their local store when they check out.

About Winn-Dixie

Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout five southeastern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

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