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USA Bobsled & Skeleton partners with Veterans’ Education Challenge to raise funds to supplement GI Bill

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 7, 2016)- USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced today a partnership with the Veterans’ Education Challenge (VEC) to help raise awareness for the organization. The VEC is dedicated to sending United States Military veterans to college by providing them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover.

The VEC logo will be displayed on Team USA’s national team bobsleds, debuting this week in the Lake Placid, N.Y. World Cup event.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Avis and Bruce and the Veterans’ Education Challenge,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “We have a long history supporting the military and we are strong proponents of higher education. Like many former military athletes, I personally benefited from the GI Bill and I know how important a program like this can be for our soldiers. We are proud to help promote this program.”

Founders of the VEC, Avis and Bruce Richards, announced the launch of the “Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” on November 11th, 2015 in an effort to supplement the GI Bill and help fund higher education for returning veterans. The challenge is hosted on Crowdrise.com, and every dollar donated to the challenge between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to $1 million.

In addition to the $1 million pledge for the Veterans’ Education Challenge, the Richards also donated $1 million to the University of Maryland to provide scholarships for veterans at the school.

To learn more about the Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge and contribute please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranseducationchallenge.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or at (518) 354-2250. Get updates on the USA Bobsled & Skeleton team by following USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Facebook, USBSF on Twitter and USABS on Instagram.

About USA Bobsled & Skeleton

USA Bobsled & Skeleton, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support:BMW of North AmericaUnder ArmourKampgrounds of AmericaBoomerang Carnets, Park City Lodging, Inc.Classroom ChampionsAspen Institute's Project PlayEDAS/RipxxTesa TapeUberSenseFerris Mfg. Corp, Protostar, Machintek and deBotech, Carpenter and PVS International. For more information, please visit the USABS website at  www.usabs.com

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Birds Nest Foundation joins Organic-Friendly Brands on a National Social Media “March” Against GMOs

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Birds Nest Foundation joins Organic-Friendly Brands on a National Social Media “March” Against GMOs

Starting May 1st, the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March will attempt to garner 1 million social media impressions to raise awareness about the negative impacts of GMOs


ATLANTA – May 1, 2015 – National organic and all-natural food and wellness brands have banded together to raise awareness about GMOs and their negative effects on health and the environment. These national brands, led by Little Me Tea, will host a Social Media “March” across the major social media outlets with the goal of creating 1 million online impressions in the month of May. The campaign will raise awareness about the dangers of GMOs, the importance of honest labeling, and how to become a more informed consumer. Using the hashtag, #1MilNonGMO, these companies will start the online conversation and encourage others to join in by sharing, posting, and commenting across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Spearheading the Social Media March is Little Me Tea, the healthy tea and juice box for kids, a wholesome and nutritious, USDA Organic beverage verified by the Non-GMO Project. Mom creator and entrepreneur, Melinda Hicks, rallied the support of like-minded businesses that strive to enhance the health and wellness of their customers through thoughtful ingredient selection. Participating brands include: Bitsy’s Brainfood, Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Marigold Foods, Sow True Seed, Bare Belly Organics, Yummy Spoonfuls, Slush Naturals, Harvest Soul Chewable Juices, and Fig & Flower. Rounding out initial support for the March is the New York-based non-profit, Birds Nest Foundation, and nationally recognized environmental non-profit, Captain Planet Foundation.

Birds Nest Foundation's CEO and activist Avis Richards said “GMO's potential impact is enormous, the health of future generations are threatened.” 


The brands determined that a Social Media March had the greatest capacity to reach a broad, connected audience eager for more information on the controversial issue of GMOs. The March would also have a lasting effect as pins, tweets, and blog posts are archived on the Internet.

The Social Media March will start on May 1, 2015 when the hashtag, #1MilNonGMO, will be used on daily Facebook posts, Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts. The goal is to reach 1 million social impressions by May 31, 2015. Critical to the campaign’s success is the sharing, reposting, and commenting of content that contains the #1MilNonGMO hashtag.


For more information about the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March, the participating companies, and how you can be involved, visit: www.littlemetea.com/1MilNonGMO.

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About #1MilNonGMO Social Media March


Led by Atlanta-based beverage brand, Little Tea Me, the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March features national brands that stand against GMOs, including Bitsy’s Brainfood, Sally B Skin Yummies, Marigold Foods, Sow True Seed, Bare Belly Organics, Yummy Spoonfuls, Slush Naturals, Harvest Soul Chewable Juices, and Fig & Flower. During the month of May, these brands will raise awareness about the dangers of GMOs, the importance of honest labeling, and how to become a more informed consumer through 1 million social impressions across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. For more information, visit: www.littlemetea.com/1MilNonGMO.


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Avis RIchards & Joy Bauer to LEAD food revolution at JAVITS CENTER GREEN FESTIVAL

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RICHARDS AND BAUER HEADLINING IMPRESSIVE ROSTER OF ECO SPEAKERS, APRIL 25th, 1:30PM


NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2015— Birds Nest Foundation announced today that CEO and Founder Avis Richards, an award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist, along with Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC’s Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks, will speak on April 25th about their work with the Foundation’s Ground Up Campaign. The talk is scheduled at 1:30pm, at the 2015 Green Festival in Javits Center.

Delivering a riveting address, “Education Starts From The Ground Up,” Richards and Bauer will tackle current food trends, health issues and childhood obesity, providing solutions that can make a difference in a broken system.


Birds Nest Foundation has donated academic gardens to more than 230 schools across the country, teaching 13,000+ students the importance of all-natural agriculture and healthy eating. The campaign’s current objective is to donate 1,000 academic gardens to public schools nationwide.

“Joy and I are honored to present what we’ve learned from The Ground Up Campaign to The Green Festival, one of New York’s most impactful events in the eco-community,” says Richards.


“It is integral to our nation’s health that we educate students about nutrition and healthy eating habits, ” says Richards. “Our goal through the Ground Up Campaign is to provide all children the same opportunities, ensuring they can appreciate the life process of food from seed to table. The program is a simple and affordable step toward solving the obesity crisis faced by many youth in underserved, urban communities.”

This year’s Green Festival, to be held at the Jacob Javits Center, hosts a bevy of like-minded organizations and individuals, from the Coalition for Healthy School Food to the Humane Society of New York. The marketplace brings together trusted local, national and global companies with pioneering thinkers and conscious consumers, serving as a platform for the best in sustainability and green living.


“Through my work, I have seen the powerful effect that healthy eating and exercise can have on people. Simply put, they can change lives for the better. I look forward to using my experience to energize The Green Festival and engage the audience,” says Bauer.


About Avis Richards

Avis Richards is the founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation, a non-profit group that produces documentaries, short videos and PSAs for charitable organizations. An award-winning executive producer and director, Avis has produced and directed over 300 films. Avis also launched "The Ground Up Campaign”, a national initiative to provide indoor edible academic gardens and curriculum to public schools. Avis is also on the Board of Directors for HELP USA, Sophie's Voice, Fans for the Cure, R Baby Foundation, React To Film, Greenbeetz and Street Soccer USA.​


About Joy Bauer

Joy Bauer,MS,RDN,is one of the nation's leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show, the founder of, a monthly columnist forWoman's Day, and the New York City Ballet’s official nutritionist. Joy is also the creator of and the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Food Cures, The Joy Fit Club, Slim & Scrumptious, andYour Inner Skinny. Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions, Joy believes it’s never too early or too late to reap the benefits of healthy living. She resides in the New York area with her husband and three children.

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BIRDS NEST FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH NYC RESTAURANTS TO CELEBRATE FOOD DAY

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New York- October 21, 2014- This month Birds Nest Foundation is partnering with;Food Day,(the nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies) New York City restaurants and food vendors on October 24,2014. Too many children still don’t know where fresh food comes from and many have never had the satisfaction of growing food that they can eat. This is a part of the ongoing Ground Up Campaign, which strives to engage children in nutritional education. Restaurants will donate anywhere between 1-5% of their net profits on that day and in turn, Birds Nest Foundation will match their donations and put academic gardens in New York City schools.


Avis Richards, the founder of Birds Nest Foundation, comments on her excitement for the movement, “Our Food Day event this year is a new pilot project. It is so great to see restaurants that are committed to nutrition and sustainability go the extra mile and support nutritional education [for children], many of which never would have received one otherwise."


The restaurants that are supporting this pilot project are Amy’s Bread (all locations), Quintessence, Hu Kitchen, Candle Café (all locations), D’Vida Health Bar (all locations), Pop Karma and Two Tablespoons.

Since the Ground Up Campaign’s inception in 2011, the Birds Nest Foundation has donated academic gardens to 230 schools across the country. The initiative has taught a total of 13,000 students the importance of all-natural agriculture and healthy eating. Birds Nest Foundation garden comes with soil, seeds and the commitment of a principal and teacher to provide the learning experience.


About Birds Nest Foundation


Avis Richards is the Founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that produces documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations. To date, Richards has granted PSA's, short films and documentaries for dozens of Non-Profits and made more than 200 videos including ones helmed by Goldie Hawn, Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi, and John Legend, to name a few. Her productions have touched upon important topics such as Education, Health, Women’s Issues, the Environment, Anti-Violence, and more.


Birds Nest Foundation’s initiative Ground Up Campaign was inspired by a documentary film Avis directed and produced “Lunch,” which addresses unhealthy lunch programs in schools. Lunch inspired Avis to create a weekly TV series in New York, called Dylan’s Lunchbox, a lifestyle program helping New Yorkers with sustainable healthy living in the city starring her son, teen food critic Dylan Richards – for which she was nominated for Three New York Emmy Awards. Avis is currently in production on Lunch: The Solutions, a sequel to Lunch which focuses on healthy solutions for school lunches in America. http://www.birdsnestfoundation.org/

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Birds Nest Foundation Wins Bronze Stevie Award for Food Bank of New York City Public Service Announcement

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Birds Nest Foundation Wins Bronze Stevie Award for Food Bank of New York City Public Service Announcement
 
New York, NY – November 13, 2013 – Avis Richards’ 501(c)(3) non-profit, Birds Nest Foundation, took home the Bronze Stevie Award for producing ‘The Color of Hunger’ Food Bank for New York City Public Service Announcement (PSA) at the 10th annual awards dinner on Friday, November 8th. The PSA shines a light on hunger with the message, “Hunger is here. Thankfully so are you. Donate. Advocate. Volunteer.”
 
Founded by Avis Richards, the Birds Nest Foundation produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and PSA’s for charitable organizations. Productions have touched upon important topics such as education, health, women’s issues, the environment, anti-violence, and more.
 
"We are very proud to receive this industry accolade and of all the work we do on behalf of our clients and partners," said Richards. “Hunger in our country is a real problem and not always easy to see. We are honored to be able to partner with New York City Food Bank and spread the word.”
 
Food Bank For New York City warehouses and distributes free food for over 1.5 million hungry New Yorkers each year. As one of the country's largest food banks, their mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.
 

 
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a sold-out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The 2013 awards received more than 1,2000 nominations from 18 nations and territories. Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at http://www.StevieAwards.com/Women.
 
About Birds Nest Foundation
Avis Richards is the Founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations.  To date, Richards has granted PSA's, short films and documentaries for dozens of Non-Profits including ones helmed by Goldie Hawn, Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi, and John Legendto name a few. Her productions have touched upon important topics such as Education, Health, Women’s Issues, the Environment, Anti-Violence, and more. Avis was recently nominated for several New York Emmy® Awards for her weekly TV series produced through Birds Nest, Lunch NYC. In Avis’ upcoming documentary “Balance”, we discover how to regain our balance and live longer, healthier lives by managing hormonal distress that affect our bodies, moods and abilities.
 
Birds Nest Foundation recently launched an incredible new venture, the “Ground Up Campaign”, which is planting academic gardens in schools across the country. The goal is to help kids understand and appreciate healthy foods, vegetables, proper nutrition, and teach healthy eating habits from a young age. The initiative was inspired by a documentary film Avis directed and produced, Lunch, which addresses unhealthy lunch programs in schools. Lunchinspired Avis to create a weekly TV series in New York, called Dylan’s Lunchbox, a lifestyle program helping New Yorkers with sustainable healthy living in the city starring her son, teen food critic Dylan Richards – for which she was nominated for Three New York Emmy Awards this yearAvis is currently in production on Lunch: The Solutions, a sequel to Lunch which focuses on healthy solutions for school lunches in America.http://www.birdsnestfoundation.org/
 
 

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