The Mary Kay Foundation Awards Grants To 150 Shelters In Advance Of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

$3 Million In Grants To Domestic Violence Shelters Nationwide Narrows Gap Between Funding And Demand For Services

Through a 24-hour survey of domestic violence programs across the country, the National Network to End Domestic Violence discovered that more than 67,000 domestic violence victims found refuge and help on a single day, while an additional 10,000 requests for services were unmet due to lack of resources. To help narrow this critical gap and to continue its long-standing commitment to support the prevention and elimination of domestic violence, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is awarding $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Mary Kay Foundation 2015 Shelter Grant Recipients

The Mary Kay Foundation 2015 Shelter Grant Recipients

In advance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, all 150 shelters will receive a $20,000 grant. While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.

While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence victims who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources as more and more survivors courageously request services to escape from life-threatening situations,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continues to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”Mary_Kay___Mary_Kay_Foundation_Logo_c03882fd-1ca8-4887-af96-78cb2b9ce535-prv

The Newhouse in Kansas City, Mo. Is using their grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to support an onsite school to protect the safety of children in grades K-6. The Battered Women’s Shelter in Akron, Ohio will be able to start renovations on a 50,000 square foot facility. The Self Help Center in Casper, Wyo. offers 20 weekly support groups as part of their youth prevention program along with after school mentoring to provide positive role models to help youth heal and end the new cycle of abuse before it starts. In Dallas, Mosaic Family Services has relocated to a larger facility nearly doubling their capacity to serve women and children.

Support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is invaluable as we work daily to help women and children flee abusive homes, many of them arriving with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Walter Nguyen, Ph.D., Executive Director of Mosaic Family Services. “With an overwhelming demand and limited funding, this grant will help fill in the gaps to not only care for our clients but also provide programs to help prevent abuse before it begins.”

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year. Continue reading

Home Design: Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen

Introducing the Big Chill Classic: Industrial Style, American by Design

Charting a new course for industrial chic design, the Big Chill Classic Series mixes rugged metals, distinctive finishes and rich colors, making it easy for style-hungry cooks to turn up the heat.

Big Chill, maker of the iconic Retro Fridge, unveils the new Classic Series, a line of creatively designed appliances that unite a century of industrial design details – rugged metals, velvety colors and distinctive finishes – into a fresh, new look that’s rich with character, seamlessly modern and distinctively American in design.

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

The Classic Series is the newest addition to the Big Chill product portfolio, which features multiple eras of style for the home kitchen, including whimsical Retro-inspired designs as well as contemporary and colorful Pro-style appliances. The new Classic Series is a fresh analysis of function and form, a new aesthetic.

Handcrafted in Reading, PA, the Classic Series is offered in a 30-inch range and a coordinating ventilation collection. Available in six colors – Matte Black, French Blue, Cabernet, White, Cream and Stainless Steel – the line also features four unique metal trim options including Brushed Brass, Polished Copper, Satin Nickel and Chrome. The Classic 1900 Series stove is characterized by rugged, textured metals and turn-of-century inspired knobs and handles.

Design is as important as function, which is why at Big Chill we are obsessed with creating appliances that offer exceptional, unexpected style,” says Orion Creamer, co-founder and president, Big Chill. Creamer also is the company’s lead designer and the architect behind each Big Chill product, from ranges to refrigerators.

The new Big Chill Classic Series was inspired by American industrial chic design, a movement that finds beauty in aged, utilitarian design. Characterized by reclaimed woods, exposed brick, ductwork on the ceiling and worn textures mixed with hardy metals, this aesthetic works either as an all-encompassing design or just as a small accent mixed with another style.  With the Classic Series, Creamer created a new utilitarian design that is timeless, simple and natural in any type of kitchen design.

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

Big Chill Ushers in a New Era of Style to the Kitchen: Introducing the Big Chill Classic, Industrial Style, American by Design (PRNewsFoto/Big Chill)

We designed the Classic line as a unique interpretation of industrial chic designs, but with a purely American feel. Neither vintage nor overly designed, the Classic fits effortlessly into a variety of different decors, from traditional to modern and everything in between,” says Creamer.

Each Classic 1900 Series stove is built to order in Pennsylvania and offers pro-style performance to match its unique design. Cooking is easy with professional level power and versatility, including up to 18,000 BTU burners. Home chefs easily can slide pots and pans from front to rear burners without lifting them, making use of the full motion, sturdy cast iron grates. Additionally, the oversized oven can accommodate a full size commercial baking sheet. The infrared broiler produces heat up to 1850 degrees, and the convection fan allows for even baking and roasting.

Big Chill Classic hoods are designed to match the stove in both color and design. Handcrafted with commercial-grade stainless steel with the largest filtered capture in the industry, these hoods are designed to perform as well as those in commercial kitchens. Big Chill’s Classic stainless steel hoods are effective and stylish, with dishwasher safe stainless steel filters, variable blower control, and commercial grade 18 gauge 300 stainless steel construction. The Classic Series features two hood styles: the Classic 1900 Series hood is available with a metal trimmed utensil rail to match the stove, and the Classic hood features a clean profile. Both are available in all six Classic series colors.

Big Chill was founded in 2001 in Boulder, Colorado and built from the ground up by Orion Creamer. Conceived as an alternative to conventional appliance design, Big Chill found a niche for products that had a retro look, but delivered modern performance. The new Classic line fits seamlessly into the Big Chill appliance portfolio, which features the iconic Retro Fridge as well as the contemporary Pro line.  The Classic Series leverages the company’s design know-how and expands its vision of offering appliances with unique design across a broad spectrum of style preferences.

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“Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War” at The Museum of Modern Art

October 24, 2015–March 20, 2016

The Paul J. Sachs Drawing Galleries, third floor

The years surrounding World War II posed a creative and existential crisis, as artists struggled to respond to human, social, and cultural conditions in the wake of the horrors of combat, images of concentration camps, and the aftermath of the atomic bomb. Drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection, Soldier, Spectre, Shaman presents a range of artistic responses focused on the human figure, with the body serving as subject and object, mirror and metaphor.

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898-1964). Hostages Black Ground (Otages fond noir). 1944-47 (printed c. 1962). Etching, relief printed. Plate: 9 1/2 x 12 9/16″ (23.5 x 31.9 cm); sheet: 14 7/8 x 21 15/16″ (37.8 x 55.8 cm). Publisher: Édition Couturier, Paris. Printer: Jacques David, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arthur B. Stanton Fund © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898-1964). Hostages Black Ground (Otages fond noir). 1944-47 (printed c. 1962). Etching, relief printed. Plate: 9 1/2 x 12 9/16″ (23.5 x 31.9 cm); sheet: 14 7/8 x 21 15/16″ (37.8 x 55.8 cm). Publisher: Édition Couturier, Paris. Printer: Jacques David, Paris. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Arthur B. Stanton Fund © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

The exhibition features work in a variety of mediums by more than 30 international artists, including prints by David Smith and Chimei Hamada that confront the visceral realities of the battlefield landscape; Alberto Giacometti’s and Louise Bourgeois’s sculptures of spectral, shadowed, or dissolving bodies; Shomei Tomatsu’s post-atomic bomb photographs; and visions of mystical, divine, or otherworldly forms by Henri Michaux, Henry Darger, and Jeanne Reynal.

Shomei Tomatsu (Japanese, 1930-2012). Hibakusha Tomitarō Shimotani, Nagasaki. 1961. Gelatin silver print, 13 × 18 3/4″ (33 × 47.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist © 2015 Shomei Tomatsu

Shomei Tomatsu (Japanese, 1930-2012). Hibakusha Tomitarō Shimotani, Nagasaki. 1961. Gelatin silver print, 13 × 18 3/4″ (33 × 47.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist © 2015 Shomei Tomatsu

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, and Sarah Suzuki, Associate Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Actress Kerry Washington Unveils New Purse Design and Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Services

Allstate Foundation @Purple Purse and @KerryWashington unite to battle domestic violence

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® ambassador Kerry Washington unveiled her latest purse design to bring attention to domestic violence and financial abuse before an audience of community leaders, survivors and VIPs on Sept. 24 in New York City. In so doing, she also kicked off a month-long effort to raise funds for domestic violence programs nationwide.

Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has helped nearly 600,000 domestic violence survivors access life-changing financial education, job training and readiness and small business programs. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In 98 percent of cases, victims will also suffer from financial abuse, which means their abusers will deny them access to money and financial resources. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, a public awareness and fundraising campaign, is aimed at creating long-term safety and security for domestic violence survivors. The purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain, and purple is the national color for domestic violence awareness.89273ecf-b0a8-47eb-a1f5-fe7fb6ff6cf6.HR

Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Washington partnered with handbag designer, Dee Ocleppo (wife of designer Tommy Hilfiger), to create the 2015 Purple Purse. The limited-edition, on-trend clutch was created to encourage the public to talk about domestic violence and financial abuse. This year, the purple purse, retailing at $350, is available for purchase beginning Sept. 25 at select Saks Fifth Avenue locations and on with 25 percent of proceeds supporting abuse programs.

I am proud to be part of a movement that empowers women to take back control and to rebuild their lives,” said Washington. “Through Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, we aim to break the cycle of violence. We hope women will carry this purse to show their support, and that domestic violence victims will be inspired to reclaim their independence.”7385196e-c6ba-4f76-92da-06f826ff7e28.HR

Domestic violence and financial abuse can happen to the women in our lives, including our sisters, mothers, girlfriends and co-workers,” said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president, corporate responsibility, Allstate Insurance Company. “Through Purple Purse, we are making the invisible weapon of financial abuse visible to the public, and we are working to ensure victims have access to services, such as legal counsel and financial assistance that can help them break free from abuse and recover.”

Recognizing not everyone can purchase Washington’s purse, Purple Purse charms are available for $10, with proceeds benefiting domestic violence programs through Attached to gym bags, key chains and purses, Purple Purse charms are a great way for men and women to show their support for survivors. also includes Kerry Washington’s new 30-second campaign PSAfc024c34-6c28-4318-919a-bee1e3b32827.HR and tips on how to start conversations about this important, but sensitive topic.

From Oct. 1, through Oct. 27, more than 160 nonprofits will participate in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. Each participating organization will rally the public to raise funds. To encourage donations, the Allstate Foundation is investing $500,000 in Challenge sweepstakes and contests. When the month-long fundraiser concludes on Oct. 27, the public can continue to donate to Purple Purse nonprofits through the end of the year at

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit

Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Juan Paolo Alfonso General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, Mountain top resort in Pérez Zeledón

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced today that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia.

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia. This intimate new resort located in the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica opened in June 2015 and joined Auberge Resorts Collection in July 2015.

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

At Hacienda AltaGracia, Alfonso will oversee the management and operations of Auberge’s first Central American boutique luxury resort, which is poised to bring a vibrant, new luxury experience to Costa Rica. Alfonso brings vast experience in luxury hospitality to this integral new role, having previously served most recently as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah, where he was vital in the development of curated adventure, cultural and historical experiences in the region.

We are delighted to welcome Juan to our growing Auberge Resorts Collection family,” said Craig T. Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “With extensive leadership experience at premier luxury resorts, Juan is the ideal general manager to oversee the introduction of Hacienda AltaGracia.”

Located in the Southern Region of the country, AltaGracia uncovers one of Costa Rica’s last hidden havens: Pérez Zeledón, a traditional agricultural town, and now, a mandatory stop in the country’s destination circuit. The region boasts all over picturesque beauty, flora and fauna, and sits close to the Cerro Chirripó, “Los Cusingos” Wildlife Bird Refuge and beautiful green valleys. The people of Pérez Zeledón are also part of its beauty as they are known for their warmth and authenticity. Nestled atop the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica’s Southern Region, AltaGracia offers 50 estate-size Casitas, one of Central America’s finest spas, three creative dining options and an exclusive equestrian experience.

Hacienda AltaGracia features estate-size, yet intimate accommodations, with exquisite interiors amongst Costa Rica’s mountain tops. From riding rings and breed horses, to its own private natural reserve, it has all of the luxuries and comforts of good living, gourmet dining, and spa life. In the purest valley of what is the last almost unexplored area in Costa Rica, AltaGracia was born as the only “Boutique Hacienda” in the country. Like that of a true Hacienda, its house-style welcome is what defines it. The property has a total of 350 hectares of which only 38 have been used for construction, which offers trails for walking or riding with a spectacular view of the “Valle del General”.

During his tenure as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri, the luxury resort was named one of the top 20 U.S. Hideaways of 2013 by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and among Travel + Leisure’s T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013. Alfonso formerly served as Front Office Manager for Amanyara in Turks and Caicos, where he worked closely with general managers and rooms operations managers opening the resort. He began his hospitality career with managerial positions at the lauded Amangani and Amanusa resorts. Continue reading

Quintessential American Movie Musical “Oklahoma!” Returns To Cinema Screens Fully Restored For 60th Anniversary Limited Engagement

Tony and Emmy Award-winning Oklahoma Native Kristin Chenoweth Sings Songs from the Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical in Exclusive Pre-Film Bonus Featurette

Academy Award-winning Hollywood musical “Oklahoma!” returns to theaters nationwide for the first time in wide release in 60 years fully restored and with extended pre-show featurette featuring Okie native Kristin Chenoweth singing songs from the classic musical based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II stage production. The limited theatrical re-release, a partnership between BY Experience and Rodgers & Hammerstein, An Imagem Company, begins November 1st with more than 800 screenings nationwide. Tickets for the “Oklahoma!” special event are available now at participating theater box offices and online at
The theatrical re-release marks the first time theater goers will see the fully restored film on cinema screens. More than 50 professionals spent more than 3,500 hours restoring the film’s 275,678 frames. The nine-month process was completed early in 2014 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

I can remember watching ‘Oklahoma!’ and my heart soared,” said Chenoweth.  “A musical about the very place where I was growing up that has always remained special to me.  From the very first downbeat of the overture to the very last note of this score, ‘Oklahoma!’ is my favorite musical.”  The multi-hyphenate performer filmed the featurette last month while performing several songs from the film at New York City’s famed Broadway supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below for an audience of theater students from the American Theatre Wing Intern Network and SpringboardNYC programs.  Chenoweth is a passionate advocate of providing young people from all backgrounds with access to theater and is a supporter of The Kristin Chenoweth Theater at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

Oklahoma!” was released October 11, 1955, but its origins date back a dozen years earlier when legendary musical writing team Rodgers & Hammerstein staged their first Broadway production “Oklahoma!.”  The stage production inspired the classic movie, which was the first feature film shot in the Todd-AO 70 mm process.  Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger and Eddie Albert starred in the Academy Award-winning film, which was inducted into the prestigious National Film Registry in 2007.  Memorable songs from the film include “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “People Will Say We’re in Love,” “I Cain’t Say No” and the iconic title song “Oklahoma!.”

BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie‘s 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 22 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Current cinema series credits: Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD (Worldwide; since 2006), the UK’s National Theatre Live (Ex-UK; since 2009), Bolshoi Ballet (North America; since 2014). BY Experience has executive produced and/or distributed several diverse programs for cinema including numerous rock concerts, radio programs, fine art exhibits other special content events.  Earlier this year, BY Experience began partnering with major motion picture studios on national theatrical re-releases of classic and in some cases fully restored films. In March, the company distributed Universal Pictures’ 30th anniversary screenings of the seminal John Hughes film “The Breakfast Club.” Upcoming theatrical re-releases include “My Fair Lady” (50th), “Oklahoma!” (60th) and “Fantasia” (75th). BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to over 2,000 movie screens.

When Rodgers and Hammerstein produced the movie version of their musical, they opted to be the first motion picture filmed in Mike Todd‘s then brand new Todd-AO technology,” explained Ted Chapin, President and Chief Creative Officer, Rodgers & Hammerstein. “That was incredibly exciting for the movie industry at the time.  The fact that Fox’s technical crew could restore the original so brilliantly is equally exciting.

Few movie musicals capture the American spirit more than ‘Oklahoma!,’ with cowboys and the independent women they love, in the sprawling turn-of-the-century southwest, all set to the unforgettable songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-president of BY Experience.  “We’re so proud to be partnering with Rodgers & Hammerstein on this memorable cinematic event.”


Play & Learn Along with Nickelodeon’s Dora and Diego in New Exhibit, Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore!

Exhibit at The Liberty Science Center October 3, 2015-January 24, 2016

Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at the Liberty Science Center in its newest exhibit, Dora and Diego–Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon‘s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper.

Children enjoying the Dora & Diego - Let's Explore! exhibit at Liberty Science Center. (PRNewsFoto/Liberty Science Center)

Children enjoying the Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! exhibit at Liberty Science Center. (PRNewsFoto/Liberty Science Center)

Liberty Science Center ( is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, the Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, tornado and hurricane-force wind simulators, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than half a million students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s offsite and online programs. LSC is the most visited museum in New Jersey and the largest interactive science center in the New York City-New Jersey metropolitan area.

The interactive exhibit, created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Nickelodeon, will be available to Liberty Science Center guests from October 3, 2015, through January 24, 2016.

Dora the Explorer is a ground-breaking children’s series that follows the adventures of the 7-year-old Latina heroine Dora and her friends in an imaginative, tropical world. Go, Diego, Go! stars Dora’s 8-year-old cousin Diego, a bilingual wildlife rescuer who protects animals and their environment. The exhibit gives children and their families the opportunity to go into the worlds of Dora and Diego to engage in problem-solving and active play. Young children play along as they join an adventure and learn how to solve problems, be a good friend, and care for animals and the environment. Spanish vocabulary is incorporated throughout the exhibit to introduce Spanish-speaking skills to preschool children.

Favorite friends and places from episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Do! are incorporated in the exhibit including:
The Purple Planet – Visit the Purple Planet with Dora and Boots! A Purple Planet home invites young visitors to climb inside and slide down on the surface of the Purple Planet.

Rocket Ship – Dora’s outer-space friends want to go back to the Purple Planet and need help getting there. Aboard the Rocket Ship, preschoolers are invited to put on a spacesuit, pilot the ship, and test their memory with images of colorful planets as they help Dora and Boots take their outer-space friends home.

Constellations – On the way to the Purple Planet, Dora and Boots encounter some interesting star groupings. Children and their families are invited to help identify the patterns made out of stars by inserting star shapes to light-up a constellation. Continue reading