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Family Dental Group Partners with Give Kids The World

Family Dental Group has partnered up with one of the most respected non-profit organizations, Give Kids The World. During the month of August, Family Dental Group will donate a portion of proceeds from all Children’s Sealant and Adult Oral Cancer Screening procedures to Give Kids The World. The two groups have named their project "Smiles for Hope."

Family Dental Group's Director of Marketing, J.P. McGuirk said, “We are thrilled to support the great work being done by Give Kids The World and hope everyone in the area who needs dental work done will schedule it for August in order to help kids with life-threatening illnesses.”

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The Creative Center Picnic In Memory of Meryl Roslafsky Bassen

Founded in 1994, The Creative Center at University Settlement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. With the belief that "medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit," The Creative Center began as a series of free art workshops for women with cancer, and 17 years later they have received immeasurable recognition in the field of arts in healthcare and the nonprofit sector. The Creative Center is proud to have hospital artist-in-residence programs in more than 20 healthcare sites around the New York metropolitan area, free-of-charge art workshops every day of the week, an online gallery representing professional artists living with illness, and a training program bringing The Creative Center's proven approach to arts in healthcare around the country.

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Event Preview: Dance Music Against Cancer 2014

This Friday, June 27th, Disorderly Music is hosting the 1st ever annual Dance Music Against Cancer event. Their philosophy? Through the music, we can make a difference. That being said, Disorderly invites you to hit the dance floor and shake your money-maker in support of a great cause. The line-up for the night includes Soul Disorder, Anthony Lopez, Storyteller, Aldo Conigliaro, Steve Amoroso, Falon Liol, Sean Espo, Allan M, DJ Rok-it, and Chris Howard. Tickets range from $10-$20, and part of the proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society.

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Chris Noth to Host ECO RoCK Benefit Auction & Fundraiser

For those of you who are avid supporters of protecting the environment, Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on Sex and the City and who currently stars in the CBS drama series The Good Wife, will be hosting a charity event, ECO RoCK - A Benefit for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

RAN is an organization that is dedicated to protecting the world's rain forests, stemming climate change, and defending human rights. Through many campaigns, RAN has inspired ecologically destructive corporations to introduce environmental ethics into their bottom lines. Some major corporations that RAN has gained support from are General Mills, Home Depot, Citigroup, and Burger King.

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Run for a Cause This Summer

Even though we know running can do everything from reduce the risk of heart disease to combat obesity, most of us admittedly only run when chased. But with the summer on its way, this is a chance to make a new you, and running is a great way to start! In fact, running for a cause is an even better way to start, because studies show that running triggers hormones that help to reduce depression and stress…in other words, running makes you feel good. Just like doing things for charity! So if you combine the two, theoretically, you should have a super-good mood, right?

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Sean Lives On Concert for Cancer with Project46 at Highline Ballroom

Partying all night on a Thursday? It can’t be frowned upon if you’re being charitable.

On Thursday, May 22nd, join Project46 at Highline Ballroom as they headline Sean lives On, an exciting, charitable concert for a cause. Founded by Zach Kardisch in 2012 with the notion that no parent should have to see their child die of pediatric cancer ever again, the not-for-profit was inspired by the vibrant spirit of the late Sean Riley. Riley, who was a close friend of Zach’s, passed away of pediatric cancer after being diagnosed in 2007. Sean was in his young teenage years with a vibrant spirit, passion for music, and bright future. Sean Lives On held its inaugural concert in 2012; it raised over $10,000 and continues to raise much more with its subsequent Concerts for a Cause.

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Improving A Whole Country: The Humane Action Organization

Think for a moment about all that we have here in the United States. The good, the bad, the iPhones, the dollar menus – everything. When you consider the comfortable lifestyles we live, excluding health issues or political drama, we actually have a pretty nice setup.

Now think about what life would be like without a job or running the risk of exposure to a common disease much worse than the flu. For the people of Burkina Faso, a small, land-locked country in West Africa, this is what life entails on a daily basis. Because of political struggles with neighboring countries, such as Ivory Coast and Ghana, it’s become extremely difficult for the citizens of this highly populated country (coming in at almost 16.5 million) to find jobs outside of its tight borders. With issues such as this, most people live below the poverty line. A poor economy is nothing new to us, and as a result, it’s extremely difficult for citizens to fund the building of health facilities, filtration of water, and medicines to treat common diseases such as malaria. At one point in time, Burkina Faso was ranked the 3rd poorest nation in the world by the United Nations. In 2011, it had climbed up to 7th place, and has since made its way out of the top 10 thanks to the hard work of both its citizens and friendly people from other countries. With progression on our minds, that is where we come in.

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Weekend Pick: Tough Mudder Chicago

If you’ve always thought of yourself as some kind of “tough guy”, here's your chance to prove it without the risk of arrest! This Saturday and Sunday, the Richmond Hunting Club will be playing host to the one-and-only Tough Mudder challenge, aka “Probably the toughest event on the planet.”

Tough Mudder is a serious-business obstacle course held every year in various places that lets participants risk their lives and sanity for the right to call themselves a Tough Mudder. The proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists veterans who are wounded in action. Since its inception, Tough Mudder has raised more than $3,000,000 worldwide.

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Over 200 Nigerian Girls Have Been Kidnapped -- Take Action Now

Boko Haram, a militant terrorist group in Nigeria, has kidnapped nearly three hundred Nigerian schoolgirls, including eight more who were kidnapped Sunday, May 4th. The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has announced their intent to sell the girls into slavery as retribution for Nigerian security forces abducting the wives and children of Boko Haram members.

This is a particularly potent time to raise international anger about this ongoing crisis, because the World Economic Forum (WEF) is conducting a meeting on Africa over the next three days (May 7th-9th). While Nigerian officials had hoped to focus on the country’s improving GDP, activists intend to bring international attention to this massive failure of security and justice.

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Wondr is the Social Network that Gives Back

The endless tide of novel social media trends has most young people with more social apps than actual friends. What if that boundless networking energy could be harnessed to achieve something truly meaningful? That's what Evin Schwartz is trying to do with his new company Wondr.

Wondr is a social network that aims to connect twenty-somethings and the nonprofit organizations that might interest them, and also give them the chance to participate in a unique charitable raffle system.

The first raffle prize will give one lucky fan a unique Vegas vacation where you and a friend can get backstage and meet Tiësto before his performance at Hakkasan Nightclub on June 20th. The prize includes a comped round-trip flight and hotel stay, so you can relax and enjoy the exclusive VIP experience.