Doritos Brand Partners with the It Gets Better Project to Introduce “Doritos Rainbows”

Celebrating and Supporting the LGBT Community, and Inspiring All Consumers to Be #BoldandBetter

Available for a limited time to consumers who donate online at www.ItGetsBetter.org

Doritos Brand Sponsors Dallas Pride On Sept. 20 To Celebrate Product Launch

The Doritos brand, in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, announced a new, limited-edition product to celebrate and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the boldest, most colorful way possible. Introducing Doritos Rainbows chips, the first Doritos product in history made up of multiple, rainbow-colored Doritos chips inspired by the Pride Flag. The new product is available exclusively to consumers who donate to the It Gets Better Project, an organization that seeks to provide hope to LGBT young people and inspire the changes to make the world a better place for them.

Doritos is one of the many brands that makes up Frito-Lay North America, the $14 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

The Doritos brand, in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, launches Doritos Rainbows chips, a new, limited-edition product to celebrate the LGBT community. ; Get your bag while supplies last and learn more at: ItGetsBetter.org/DoritosRainbows (PRNewsFoto/Frito-Lay)

The Doritos brand, in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, launches Doritos Rainbows chips, a new, limited-edition product to celebrate the LGBT community. ; Get your bag while supplies last and learn more at: ItGetsBetter.org/DoritosRainbows (PRNewsFoto/Frito-Lay)

Starting this past week, consumers who donate $10 or more in support to the It Gets Better Project through www.ItGetsBetter.org/DoritosRainbows will be mailed a bag of Doritos Rainbows chips, while supplies last. The goal is to raise funds for the It Gets Better Project and the important work the organization does in support of LGBT youth around the world. Upon making their donations, consumers are encouraged to share messages of hope and inspiration using #BoldandBetter. For more details, visit www.ItGetsBetter.org/DoritosRainbows.

Time and again, our consumers have shown us, there really is nothing bolder than being true to yourself and living life to the fullest,” said Ram Krishnan, Chief Marketing Officer, Frito-Lay. “With Doritos Rainbows chips, we’re bringing an entirely new product experience to our consumers to show our commitment toward equal rights for the LGBT community and celebrate humanity without exception.”

Founded in 2010 by Dan Savage and his partner, Terry Miller, the It Gets Better Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses all forms of media and engagement to reach LGBT youth worldwide (and to inspire hope for young people facing harassment, as well as a response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school) in order to provide critical support and hope that life indeed gets better. Through the organization’s messages of hope, international resources and guidance, collaboration and mouthpiece in the media, the It Gets Better Project strives to continuously make life better for LGBT youth. To date, more than 60,000 inspirational videos have been uploaded in support of It Gets Better and the LGBT community, including support from President Obama and 500,000 (including celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities) others who have actively taken the pledge to spread It Gets Better‘s messages of hope and speak up against intolerance. The Project has expanded its support of LGBT youth on both a national and global scale, serving as a resource on policy and legal matters. The It Gets Better Project is resolute in its mission to make the lives of LGBT youth, simply put, better.

We’re honored to partner with the Doritos brand to celebrate the momentous progress that has been made toward equal rights for the LGBT community in this country. By utilizing the incredible reach that the Doritos brand has throughout the world, we can give hope to the LGBT young people who need it the most. There is so much more work to be done, and together, we will inspire the LGBT community and its allies to continue the fight and embrace who they are by living a #BoldandBetter life,” said Brett Peters, communications director, It Gets Better Project.

(Connect with the It Gets Better Project: Spitsbergen, Facebook.com/ItGetsBetterProject, and YouTube.com/ItGetsBetterProject.)

Doritos Rainbows chips will also take center stage at this year’s Dallas Pride as part of the Doritos brand’s first-ever sponsorship of the annual event, set to take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015. While visiting the Doritos-branded booth at Dallas Pride, attendees can pledge their support to the It Gets Better Project and receive a bag of Doritos Rainbows chips, while supplies last. Guests also can capture their experiences at a photo and video booth, sharing their unique content using #BoldandBetter. In partnership with Pepsi Co’s EQUAL employee resource group, the Doritos brand also will participate in this year’s Dallas Pride parade with a float made up of PepsiCo/Frito-Lay associates and their families. Continue reading

Jewish Identities and Celebrity Personas of Andy Warhol Muses Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor Focus of Intimate Exhibition Opening September 25

On view at the Jewish Museum from September 25, 2015 to February 7, 2016, Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn presents a close look at two of Andy Warhol’s muses, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, exploring the Jewish identities of Warhol’s most celebrated subjects. Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn is organized by Joanna Montoya Robotham, Neubauer Family Foundation Assistant Curator.

Publicity Still of Elizabeth Taylor, Source for Warhol's 'Silver Liz,' 1957. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Image provided by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Publicity Still of Elizabeth Taylor, Source for Warhol’s ‘Silver Liz,’ 1957. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Image provided by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Andy Warhol, Liz, 1964, offset lithograph on paper. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.2374. (Credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Andy Warhol, Liz, 1964, offset lithograph on paper. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.1.2374. Credit: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Marilyn Monroe, Source for Warhol's 'Marilyn' Series, c. 1953. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Image provided by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Marilyn Monroe, Source for Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ Series, c. 1953. Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Image provided by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Both Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism in the 1950s. Warhol was fascinated by their star power and used publicity stills to create his now iconic portraits in the early 1960s. This intimate, single-gallery exhibition features several portraits of these renowned actresses alongside a large selection of photographs, letters, and ephemera, shedding new light on their relationships with Judaism and Warhol’s interest in celebrity culture.

John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller. Image shot 1961. Exact date unknown. Image provided by Photos 12/Alamy

John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur Miller. Image shot 1961. Exact date unknown. Image provided by Photos 12/Alamy

DN8Y3N Aug. 26, 2002 - MIKE TODD, ELIZABETH TAYLOR and EDDIE FISHER., 1957. (Photo Credit: NATE CUTLER). Images provided by ZUMA Press, INC./ALAMY,  www.ZUMAPRESS.com

DN8Y3N Aug. 26, 2002 – MIKE TODD, ELIZABETH TAYLOR and EDDIE FISHER., 1957. (Photo Credit: NATE CUTLER). Images provided by ZUMA Press, INC./ALAMY, http://www.ZUMAPRESS.com

In 1959, at the age of 27, Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism in a ceremony at Temple Israel in Hollywood. She considered converting to Judaism prior to her marriage to theater and film producer Mike Todd, but it wasn’t until after Todd’s death that she began to study with Rabbi Max Nussbaum at Temple Israel. Taylor remained an ardent supporter of Jewish causes throughout her life. Continue reading

ANN INC. Celebrates Over a Decade of Partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

Fall Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Kicks-Off At Ann Taylor And Loft

ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey, is proud to celebrate more than a decade as a committed partner to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). Since 2005, ANN INC. has donated more than $23 million dollars to advance lifesaving research to improve the lives of women who are treated for or living with breast cancer.

On September 18, Ann Taylor and LOFT kick-off their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign in support of BCRF through the sale of Ann Taylor Cares and LOFT Cares Cards and other select limited-edition products. Through this highly successful program, the Company has funded researchers who are leading the way in understanding targeted therapies by identifying genetic biomarkers, harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, studying how lifestyle factors can be AnnInc_Businesscard.inddmodified to reduce risk, and tracking the mechanisms by which metastasis occurs. During the 2015-2016 grant period, ANN INC. will fully fund seventeen leading-edge research projects.

I’m so proud of our associates and clients for all they’ve done to help support BCRF for more than a decade. It’s incredible to see how much we’re able to achieve when we all come together and rally for a cause so close to our hearts,” said Kay Krill, President and CEO of ANN INC. “We look forward to continuing to support this organization that is making a difference in the lives of so many women we serve every day.”

The Ann Taylor and LOFT brands have created new, limited-edition products, including the Ann Taylor-designed A.T. Cares Collection consisting of a bracelet and necklace that each tell a story of love, hope, and endurance. The LOFT jewelry collection, including a necklace and earrings, was designed to help women battling breast cancer and those who support such a meaningful cause.

THE ANN TAYLOR CARES CARD AND LOFT CARES CARD: Customers who purchase a $25 Ann Taylor Cares Card or LOFT Cares Card will receive 20% off every purchase of $100 or more at Ann Taylor, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory Store, LOFT Outlet from September 18 through November 15, 2015, or 25% off when using an Ann Taylor Credit Card or LOVELOFT Card. 90% of the card’s purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A.T. CARES COLLECTION: The A.T. Cares Collection was created in tribute to the tradition of wearing charm jewelry as protective amulets and to commemorate life’s most treasured moments. From now through December 31, 2015 Ann Taylor will donate 50% of the purchase price of the Feather bracelet ($59.50) and the Circle of Strength necklace ($49.50) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection is available at Ann Taylor stores and online at anntaylor.com.

LOFT JEWELRY COLLABORATION: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, LOFT has created a limited-edition collection of jewelry designed to help women battling breast cancer and those who support such a meaningful cause. From now through November 15, 2015 LOFT will donate 70% of the purchase price of the necklace ($69.50) and earrings ($39.50) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The collection is available at LOFT stores and online at loft.com.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Scientific Advisors recently completed the selection of grantees for the coming year and seventeen research grants were selected as the ANN INC. 2015-2016 BCRF. Grant recipients are:

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; and Cynthia Ma, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPh, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Nancy E. Davidson, MD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Carol J. Fabian, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, MO

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY

Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven CT

Johanna Joyce, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Seema A. Khan, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Nancy U. Lin, MD and Eric P. Winer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Kathy D. Miller, MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, MBA, Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lois E. Shepherd, MDCM, FRCP, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Annette L. Stanton, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Kala Visvanathan, MBBS, FRACP, MHS, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF downloadhas raised more than $560 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world. This year, BCRF is investing $58.6 million in research, to support more than 226 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund focused on metastasis. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits and is the only breast cancer organization with an “A+” from CharityWatch, which has awarded BCRF its Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002. For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.

Kay Krill and the entire ANN INC. family continue to be a vital partner in making an impact in the fight against breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, President of BCRF. “The Company’s unparalleled dedication and critical financial contributions are helping to enable life-saving research. Under Kay’s leadership, ANN INC. continues to help us make significant advancement in critical breast cancer research. We are incredibly grateful for all of the years of support and unwavering commitment.”

ANN INC. is a subsidiary of the ASCENA RETAIL GROUP, INC. (ASNA), and the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey. As of May 2, 2015, the Company operated 1,034 Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Factory, LOFT, LOFT Outlet and Lou & Grey stores in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. The brands are also available online in more than 100 countries worldwide at AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, Louandgrey.com or at LOFT franchise stores in Mexico. To learn more, visit ANNCares.com.

University Of Louisville Presents Inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award To Muhammad Ali

LEGENDARY BOXER AND HUMANITARIAN HONORED FOR INSPIRING OTHERS AND BRINGING POSITIVE CHANGE

The University of Louisville (Kentucky) yesterday presented Muhammad Ali with the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award in a public ceremony at the Louisville Palace attended by nearly 1,000.

The Grawemeyer Spirit Award was established to recognize an individual whose beliefs, actions and worldwide impact are in accord with Charles Grawemeyer‘s reason for founding the awards program that bears his name. The U of L graduate, industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist wanted to recognize innovative ideas and inspire others to make the world a better place. He began the awards in 1984 with an initial endowment of $9 million. The first award was given in 1985.

University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey presenting Muhammad Ali with the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award. (PRNewsFoto/University of Louisville)

University of Louisville President James R. Ramsey presenting Muhammad Ali with the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award. (PRNewsFoto/University of Louisville)

Although Mr. Ali and Charles Grawemeyer traveled very different paths in life, their destinations are similar,” said University of Louisville President James Ramsey at the awards ceremony. “A world where every individual’s worth is cause for celebration; a world in which inspiration plus action can lead to transformation; a world where each of us can affect positive change by discovering our own greatness.

The Grawemeyer Awards are given each year in five categories: music composition, education, religion, psychology and political science. The awards draw nominations from around the world and to date, more than $14 million has been given to 133 winners. The Grawemeyer Spirit Award includes a $100,000 honorarium, a portion of which Muhammad and Lonnie Ali have used to establish a leadership scholarship with the University of Louisville Baseball team.

Muhammad is honored to be recognized by the University of Louisville and the Grawemeyer Awards Committee with the very first Charles Grawemeyer Spirit Award,” said Lonnie Ali. “In accepting this award, we are reminded that Muhammad’s life continues to inspire generations of people to discover and cultivate their own path to greatness and to use their talents and successes to empower others in communities all over the world. This award allows Muhammad’s legacy, like Charles Grawemeyer’s legacy, to live on through the people they inspire.

Journalist and UofL alumnus Howard Fineman, global editorial director of the Huffington Post Media Group, was master of ceremonies for the event, which also included a photo retrospective by longtime Ali photographer Neil Leifer.

Yesterday’s ceremony kicks off a months-long series of Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary Celebration events, including lectures by Grawemeyer Award recipients. For details, visit grawemeyer.org.