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Pros and Cons of Custom Jewelry

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Most industries change over time, and the jewelry industry is no exception. In the past, people would walk into a jewelry store and select a piece for themselves or as a gift. But today’s consumers are asking to be a part of the design process by commissioning jewelers to create custom jewelry. There's all sorts of options from custom earrings, custom bracelets, custom pendants, and many more. So what are the pros and cons of custom-made jewelry? Take a look at this exciting trend so you can decide whether it’s right for you. What is Custom Jewelry? Custom jewelry is specifically designed for someone. Custom pieces are one-of-a-kind and are tailored to fit the style and needs of the wearer. For instance, someone may decide they love their great-grandmother’s engagement ring diamond, but they don’t like the ring's design. They can take the diamond and use it to create a custom-designed engagement ring for themselves. Also, a vital piece of advice: remember to protect it! How Long Does Custom Jewelry Last? Every piece of custom jewelry is different so there is no one answer to how long it will last. For instance, if your custom jewelry is gold-filled, it will typically last 30 years or longer. But if you use a lesser-quality material, your jewelry won’t last as long. Proper care for your custom piece is essential when it comes to how long it will last. Speak to the jeweler when creating your piece to determine the best way to care for it. Should You Get Jewelry Insurance on Custom Pieces? Any time you purchase a fine piece of jewelry, especially one that you designed yourself and can’t replace, you should insure it with jewelry insurance. This type of insurance will ensure that if something happens to your custom piece, the insurance company will reimburse you for your loss. Once your piece is designed, be sure to contact a jewelry insurance company, get a quote, and make sure you’re covered in case of a loss or theft. Advantages of Custom-Designed Jewelry As you can imagine, there are several advantages to creating your own jewelry design. Here are a few to consider. You’re Involved in the Entire Creation Process When you build a house, you want to be involved in every aspect of the process. You want to ensure that the floors, windows and colors are all to your liking. It should be no different with your jewelry. When you design your custom piece, you will be involved in the process as you work with the jewelry designers to create your dream piece. This will give you the opportunity to make sure that, once the piece is completed, you love every detail of it. Opportunity to Add Personalized Sentimentality Jewelry should be personal, and when you have the chance to customize it, it will mean more to you. You can add sentimentality to your custom jewelry by tucking special engravings on the inner circle of wedding bands or the back of a custom watch, by using a stone from another piece of jewelry or by adding other materials or colorful stones to your jewelry. Create One-of-a-Kind Pieces If you love the idea of wearing a piece of custom jewelry that no one else has, custom jewelry might be the ideal thing for you. When you design your own jewelry, you will never see your bracelet on another woman’s wrist. And because the piece is custom, it will likely attract the admiration and comments of a lot of people who see you wearing it. Disadvantages of Custom-Designed Jewelry Along with all of the advantages, there are some disadvantages of custom jewelry. Higher Price Points Because the jewelry you are designing is custom, you can expect to pay a higher price than you would if you choose a ready-made piece off the shelf. But if you want a one-of-a-kind custom piece, the higher price tag is likely worth it. Without Proper Collaboration, Mistakes May Happen When you are working with a jeweler to design a custom piece, it’s important that you closely collaborate with them. If you don’t, it’s possible that the jeweler will misunderstand your wants and create a piece that misses the mark. Longer Process from Start to Finish If you want a special piece of fine jewelry to wear for an event the upcoming weekend, custom jewelry is not the right choice. When designing a custom piece, you must have patience because the process is deliberate and thoughtful. Timing may vary depending on the complexity of a piece. For example, simple diamond pendants take less time to design than a more intricate piece like a graduated tennis necklace. Before you begin the design process, speak to the jeweler and get a time estimate for the process — and then make sure you are willing to commit to it. Create a Stunning Piece of Jewelry That Sets You Apart Wearing jewelry is a great way to enhance an outfit and express your style, but sometimes, you want a piece that no one has or has ever seen. That’s where custom jewelry comes in. If you decide you want to create your one-of-a-kind piece, speak to a jewelry insurer to protect it. After all, it would be a shame to create a beautiful custom piece only to lose it and have no way to recoup your investment. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

November 08, 2022 01:20 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Sesame Milk Is The New Trend In Plant-Based Milk

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The plant-based milk market is currently worth $38.9 billion, making it 7.7 times larger than the market for plant-based meat, and it’s only going to continue growing. In fact, the market is expected to quadruple over the next decade after doubling in the previous five years. According to Data Bridge Market Research, the market is projected to climb at a CAGR of 15.5% to reach a value of $123.2 billion by 2029. One key factor driving market growth is the rising prevalence of dairy intolerance, in fact, more than 70% of the planet is intolerant to dairy proteins. Plant milks provide a product that functions in cooking and coffee like dairy milk, but without the allergenic proteins. Another is a concern for the planet, given the high environmental stress from cultivating and feeding livestock and the ancillary methane/CO2 etc. Although plant milk alternatives like almond milk are still stressful agriculturally on the planet with high water usage and damage to bee populations, new alternatives like sesame milk use 95% less water than almond milk and thrive in arid climates around the globe, from South America to Africa to Asia. Add to that rising consumer awareness of animal health and you can see why the plant-based milk industry is primed to continue experiencing rising success in the coming years. Of course, it remains to be seen which plant-based alternative will hold onto the largest share of the market. Plant-Based Milk Market Constantly Evolving As the market grows and evolves, new plant-based formulations replace old ones as consumer favorites, meaning new products and new companies are consistently entering the market looking to take the top spot. First, soy milk became extremely popular, but it gave way to almond milk. Now oat milk is quickly rising in popularity. Almond milk, which currently holds the majority of the market share, is ripe for disruption. Why? Because it turns out that almond milk isn't good for your health or the environment. It loses grades for sustainability and nutrition...while oat milk doesn’t score much better. You see, even as oat milk gains popularity, a new plant-based milk trend is starting to emerge - sesame milk. Luckily, for environmentally conscious consumers and investors, The Planting Hope Company Inc. (TSXV:MYLK) (OTCQB:MYLKF) is a rapidly growing breakthrough company focused on producing the world's most planet-friendly and nutritious plant-based milk from sesame seeds. Planting Hope has spent more than 5 years developing the world’s first sesame milk, Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk, levering cutting-edge ingredient formulations and processing technology to create a plant milk that performs like dairy milk in coffee and baking, with equivalent nutrition, including 8 grams of complete protein per serving. Hope and Sesame Sesamemilk has received numerous awards and nominations from groups like Good Housekeeping, the Specialty Coffee Association, and World Plant-Based Foods Expo. Hope and Sesame Sesamemilk is just one of four fast-growing food and beverage brands owned by this company. Planting Hope recently announced the launch of its Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk line in Canada with Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada's largest grocery retailer. 382 stores across Canada will begin selling Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk in dual-language packaging that meets Canadian standards in November 2022. Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk, which is packaged in shelf-stable 946ml (32oz) cartons in three flavours, has been added to the plant milk section in stores (Barista Blend Sesamemilk, Original Sesamemilk, and Unsweetened Original Sesamemilk). “As a plant-based food and beverage company headquartered in Canada and listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, entering with our flagship Hope and Sesame® brand is an important milestone for Planting Hope. Loblaw has always taken an innovative approach to the grocery experience and expects the same from its brand partners,” said Julia Stamberger, CEO and Co-founder of Planting Hope. “Hope and Sesame® has brought important breakthrough innovation to plant-based milk, opening a whole new category, sesame milk, that unlocks the dense nutrition of the extremely sustainable and planet-friendly sesame seed. We’re very excited to bring our innovative Sesamemilk line, in our eye-grabbing, colorful new dual-language packaging, to Canadian consumers with Loblaw.” Planting Hope has committed to releasing the best-selling products under its Hope and Sesame®, MozaicsTM, and RightRice® brands in bilingual packaging that complies with Canadian regulations in the second quarter of 2022. In Q3 2022, the Company began producing these products in Canadian packaging for the first time. Planting Hope will introduce three shelf-stable Hope and Sesame® SKUs (Barista Blend Sesamemilk, Original Sesamemilk, and Unsweetened Original Sesamemilk) in Canadian packaging across 382 stores in the current quarter (Q4), adding 1,146 new Total Distribution Points in Loblaw locations. The Planting Hope Company Expands Distribution The Planting Hope Company has added more than 3,700 new grocery retail doors and more than 9,600 new total distribution points (TDP) in key retailers such as Loblaws, Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market, Safeway, Fresh Thyme Market, and many others since the beginning of 2022. The total grocery retail TDP has surpassed 50,000 placements across product lines and brands. The Planting Hope Company announced in September that its Hope and Sesame® Sesamemilk is now available at Kroger stores nationwide under multiple retailer banners. In addition, the Company added top New York City area food service distributor Baldor Specialty Foods and increased trade and consumer visibility through events, new distribution, and in-store placements. Baldor distributes 6,000 food and beverage items to over 4,600 distribution locations in New York City's five boroughs, including restaurants (including over 70 Michelin-starred restaurants), retail, hospitals, corporate campuses, and schools. In addition, the Company has increased the distribution of its RightRice® brand in over 1,500 locations, including the leading Southeastern US retailer Publix. RightRice products are available nationwide in over 8,000 doors at conventional and natural product retailers such as Kroger, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, and others. RightRice has also developed a strategic foodservice distribution network through quick service restaurants such as CAVA and menu additions to college/university and business food service operations. Planting Hope reported $3.3 million in revenue in Q2 2022, a 276% increase from $900,000 in Q2 2021 and a 32% increase over Q1 2022 revenues, representing a 22% increase over the entire fiscal year 2021. In Q2 2022, the Company earned $2.5 million in net revenue, a 205% increase from the previous quarter and a 24% increase year over year. The Planting Hope Company Inc. is continuing to execute on its business plan for this year, which includes expanding core products in key channels and establishing new products and distribution to achieve scale in 2023. For more information on The Planting Hope Company (TSXV: MYLK) (OTCQB: MYLKF), please visit this link or their website at https://plantinghopecompany.com. Disclaimer 1) The author of the Article, or members of the author’s immediate household or family, do not own any securities of the companies set forth in this Article. The author determined which companies would be included in this article based on research and understanding of the sector. 2) The Article was issued on behalf of and sponsored by, The Planting Hope Company Inc. 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Such forward-looking information involves a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements of The Planting Hope Company Inc.. to be materially different from any future plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks include, without limitation: (a) The Planting Hope Company Inc.s operations could be adversely affected by possible future government legislation, policies and controls or by changes in applicable laws and regulations; (b) public health crises such as CV-19 may adversely impact PThe Planting Hope Company Inc.’s business; (c) the volatility of global capital markets; (d) political instability and changes to the regulations governing The Planting Hope Company Inc.’s business operations (e) The Planting Hope Company Inc. may be unable to implement its growth strategy; and (f) increased competition. Except as required by law, The Planting Hope Company Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future event or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Neither does The Planting Hope Company Inc. nor any of its representatives make any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, sufficiency or completeness of the information in this document. Neither The Planting Hope Company Inc. nor any of its representatives shall have any liability whatsoever, under contract, tort, trust or otherwise, to you or any person resulting from the use of the information in this document by you or any of your representatives or for omissions from the information in this document. 7) Any graphs, tables or other information demonstrating the historical performance or current or historical attributes of The Planting Hope Company Inc. or any other entity contained in this document are intended only to illustrate historical performance or current or historical attributes of The Planting Hope Company Inc. or such entities and are not necessarily indicative of future performance of The Planting Hope Company Inc. or such entities. 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November 08, 2022 06:30 AM Pacific Standard Time

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AmeriLife To Acquire TruChoice Financial Group from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire TruChoice Financial Group (“TruChoice”) and its affiliate Inforce Solutions, LLC (“Inforce”), from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (“Allianz Life”). Headquartered in Minneapolis, TruChoice is one of the largest field marketing organizations (FMO) in the financial services industry. The company partners with life and annuities agencies to provide them with best-in-class marketing, business support and financial solutions in an ever-changing industry. Inforce, an affiliate of TruChoice, is a national brokerage general agency (BGA) focused in the life insurance market. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of TruChoice provides significant opportunity for AmeriLife to expand its annuities production, as well as increase its reach in the fast-growing life insurance market and forge a closer relationship with Allianz Life. “Today’s announcement brings together two incredible companies that not only share similar values, but also a deep, unwavering commitment to empowering agents and advisors to help their clients live more financially secure lives,” said Scott R. Perry, chairman and CEO of AmeriLife. “We’re excited to welcome Brian Peterson and the talented teams at TruChoice and Inforce to the AmeriLife family and its best-in-class distribution.” Under the AmeriLife umbrella, TruChoice and Inforce will gain access to a wealth of industry-leading resources, new products, and solutions to expand opportunities for their more than 4,000 financial professionals. Like AmeriLife, TruChoice will continue to maintain its strong relationship with Allianz Life as a non-affiliated FMO as the latter moves to consolidate its focus around its core business of creating innovative products that help clients manage their risk in retirement. “This is a great move for TruChoice that puts us on a path to significant growth going forward,” said Brian Peterson, president and CEO of TruChoice Financial Group and Inforce. “I couldn’t be more excited for our employees and the financial professionals we serve. I’m convinced AmeriLife is the perfect new partner to help us drive this exciting expansion.” “This sale supports Allianz Life’s ability to further focus on our core strengths of providing our independent distribution partners with innovative risk management and retirement solutions for their clients,” said Jasmine Jirele, president and CEO of Allianz Life. “I am also excited that this move will allow TruChoice to accelerate its growth as an independent distributor. We look forward to continuing to partner with TruChoice and expanding our relationship with the AmeriLife group of companies.” Piper Sandler & Co. is acting as exclusive financial advisor to TruChoice Financial Group and Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America in connection with the transaction, which is expected to close on November 30, 2022, subject to customary closing conditions. ### About TruChoice Financial Group TruChoice is a dynamic sales and marketing organization and one of the largest distributors of financial services products in the insurance industry, functioning as a foundation for the success of the independent financial professionals they serve. For additional information, visit TruChoiceFinancial.com, and follow TruChoice on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. About Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® and one of the Ethisphere World’s Most Ethical Companies®, has been keeping its promises since 1896 by helping Americans achieve their retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuity and life insurance products. In 2021, Allianz Life provided additional value to its policyholders via distributions of more than $10.6 billion. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, registered index-linked annuities and fixed index universal life insurance, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with approximately 150,000 employees in more than 70 countries. Allianz Life is a proud sponsor of Allianz Field® in St. Paul, Minnesota, home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United. About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details AmeriLife | Media Relations Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com AmeriLife | Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com TruChoice Financial Group Chris Cowan +1 678-718-1951 mediarelations@truchoicefinancial.com Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America Brett Weinberg +1 763-765-7160 brett.weinberg@allianzlife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

November 07, 2022 03:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Bluberi Adds a Slice with “Bluberi π” Studio in Reno, NV

Bluberi Gaming

Bluberi or (the “Company”) today announced the grand opening of its brand new game development studio “Bluberi π” in Reno, NV. Bluberi is opening this studio as a complementary content stream to help build the portfolio in conjunction with the development team in Drummondville, Canada. The studio is led by Vice President of R&D, Keith Hughes, an experienced Game Designer with a background at IGT and Scientific Games (now Light & Wonder). Keith is joined by a mix of industry veterans as well as some new faces to the gaming industry. “We here at Bluberi π are thrilled to be a part of this team. The games coming out of our talented Canadian team such as Devil’s Lock & Fu Bamboo showcase the potential of Bluberi and set a high bar for our team here in Reno. We can’t wait to contribute to the Bluberi roadmap and provide an additional source of content as the company grows in the coming years!”, said Hughes. The name, “Bluberi π”, comes from the team’s deep-rooted commitment to industry leading math and the Bluberi New School core value. One of the most iconic numbers in all of math, π, is a constant, while also never-ending and mysterious. As a homonym to the word “pie”, the studio’s name also represents the Company’s commitment to a fun and irreverent approach to game design. "2022 has been an amazing year for Bluberi, thanks to consistently strong releases from our flagship R&D facility in Drummondville, Quebec, the lifeblood of the company. And as we're primed for growth in 2023 and beyond, we're very excited to introduce our second studio, Bluberi Pi. Due to strong planning and leadership we're already highly staffed and primed to unveil their first products next year." said Mike Brennan, Chief Product Officer. “Having Bluberi π as part of the Bluberi family is an incredibly exciting development for the company”, said Christian Smith, Senior Director of Product and Marketing. “The experience, creativity, and passion this team brings will serve as a great compliment to the successful games being developed in Drummondville.” “Most of the success in my career has come from collaboration with team members that bring diverse thoughts, ideas, and opinions, and I am excited to continue that style of game development with both the creative and passionate people in the Bluberi π studio as well as with the team in Drummondville.”, Hughes added. Bluberi π is targeting to have its debut game in the market sometime in 2023. About Bluberi Backed by more than 25 years of industry experience, Bluberi is an established and reliable company with an expansive vision to deliver the highest quality casino gaming experience to players in Class II and Class III markets across the globe. We strive to provide industry-leading customer service by being the easiest company to do business with and are proud to be an agile supplier; able to respond to customer feedback quickly as we grow to become a best-in-class gaming partner. To learn more, visit bluberi.com. Bluberi Media Contact: Christian Smith, Sr. Director of Product & Marketing, christian.smith@bluberi.com Contact Details Bluberi Christian Smith, Sr +1 847-778-2462 christian.smith@bluberi.com Company Website https://bluberi.com/

November 07, 2022 09:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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READY FOR BUSINESS FUND IS DISTRIBUTING MORE THAN $200,000 IN CASH GRANTS TO 76 SMALL BUSINESSES IN WASHINGTON

Comcast Washington

SEATTLE, November 7, 2022 – The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast – is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants to 76 small businesses throughout Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was founded in the summer of 2020 with an initial $100,000 investment from Comcast and designation of GSBA as the fund manager. To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services. The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reprising its role as the program and fund manager. Grants from the Ready for Business Fund will be made possible by more than $150,000 in additional donations from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta, and Verity Credit Union and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities. “GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in the small businesses that are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, GSBA president and CEO. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to grow our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.” The Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, who are at greater risk in today’s uncertain economy. Grant recipients also include small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that lack proximity to resources. “We're grateful for our continued partnership with the GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact director, Comcast Washington. “We at Comcast believe and act on our shared value that ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long-run.” Feel free to adjust as you see fit! “Between recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the most difficult struggles over the last few years, and it is up to our community to step up and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so imperative right now,” shared King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. GSBA assembled a selection committee consisting of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to grant applicants about the status of their application have begun and awards will be delivered beginning this week. All grant recipients will also receive wrap-around services, including GSBA membership and consulting. Ready for Business Fund grant recipients include: More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business. About GSBA Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and is the largest of its kind in North America. The chamber represents over 1,400 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing communities together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business. GSBA also promotes LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle, advocates for small businesses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA) and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Andy Colley Andy_Colley@Comcast.com Company Website https://www.thegsba.org/business-resources/ready-for-business

November 07, 2022 08:56 AM Pacific Standard Time

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St. Supéry to Highlight Leading Philanthropic Entrepreneurs With #GivingTuesday Chats

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery

Join St. Supéry CEO, Emma Swain and leaders of three exceptional organizations in November. On zoom or the winery’s social platforms, find out how these top Philanthropic Entrepreneurs address critical issues of health care, land conservation, education, and social equity. All sessions will be nationally broadcasted as a podcast series. St. Supéry, a philanthropic leader and estate winery in the Napa Valley, spreads inspiration by spotlighting the innovative and creative solutions these organizations are deploying locally, nationally, and globally. Winery CEO, Emma Swain states, “Only one day of Giving in November isn’t enough. Some people just watch change happen in the world, and there are leaders who create that change. Meet these Philanthropic Entrepreneurs who are improving the world for generations to come. We know they will inspire you and bring joy to your day.” Hear from Doug Parker, President & CEO of Land Trust Napa County (Nov. 8 th at 4 PM), Brett deLeuze, President of ZD Wines with The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship (Nov. 15 th at 4 PM), & Kim Mazzuca, President & CEO of 10,000 Degrees® (Nov. 22 nd at 4 PM). All of these special organizations focus on enriching our community and beyond. November 8 th, 46 Years of Saving Land in Napa with Doug Parker, President & CEO of Land Trust of Napa County This local nonprofit works cooperatively with landowners and our community, protecting agricultural land, water resources, wildlife and wildlife corridors, scenic open space, forests, ranches, wildflower meadows and native biodiversity throughout Napa County. They permanently protect land through conservation easements and direct land acquisition to limit future development in critical environments. By carefully prioritizing their activities, the Land Trust continually expands the network of conservation lands that provide clean water, wildlife habitat and corridors, thriving agricultural lands, and access to nature for all those who live in and visit the Napa Valley. November 15 th, The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship with Brett deLeuze, President of ZD Wines This professorship fund is established to recognize and further promote the outstanding research approach of Dr. Joseph Tuscano and the UC Davis Cancer Center in pursuing a non-toxic cure for lymphoma that will have widespread availability for lymphoma patients. When a cure for lymphoma is found, this fund will be designated toward non-toxic cures in perpetuity. November 22 nd, 10,000 Degrees® with Kim Mazzuca, President & CEO Believe. Partner. Connect. Since 1981, this leading California equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit has helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and now reach more than 12,000 students and their families each year. The St. Supéry #GivingTuesday sessions are free to join. Grab a glass and toast these innovative programs and creative fundraising efforts. Start your inspiration with a glass of St. Supéry wines from the wine giveback series, knowing that each four-bottle assortment provides $50 to your choice of featured organization. Continue your inspiration with a donation to one of these organizations and reward yourself with the offer below: Wine and travel aficionados are encouraged to plan their next trip to the Napa Valley around giving back. Select the cause and date of your preference and join Emma and up to 20 other generous individuals for intimate summer Giving Back Estate Luncheons paired with its estate wines for $500 per person. Note St. Supéry in your direct donation to the featured charity to join the fun! June 16, 2023 | 10,000 Degrees® June 23, 2023 | The deLeuze Family Endowed Professorship Chef, Jill deLeuze Billeci of ZD Winery will join St. Supéry Estate Chef for this luncheon. Wine pairings from both, St. Supéry Winery and ZD Winery. June 30, 2023 | Land Trust of Napa County Get the zoom links to join the #GivingTuesday Chats and find out more about the wine giveback sets at https://www.stsupery.com/givingtuesday/ Previous giving Tuesday conversations included Oceans 2050, One Mind Institute, Humanity Showers, Primo Center, Aim High, and Voices of our City. They are available on our Podcast channel: https://tinyurl.com/past-giving-Tuesday-chats. About St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery St. Supéry, a CHANEL owned winery, is one of the rare 100% estate grown wineries and is a Certified Napa Green Winery and Vineyards. It is located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley. The winery specializes in sauvignon blanc and red Bordeaux varietals. St. Supéry Press Kit and posted press release: https://stsupery.com/trade-media/press/ St. Supéry Giving Tuesday images: https://tinyurl.com/St-Supery-Giving-Tuesday St. Supéry images: https://tinyurl.com/St-Supery-Images ### St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery · 8440 St. Helena Hwy. · PO Box 38 · Rutherford, CA 94573 Web stsupery.com · Phone 707.963.4507 · Fax 707.963.4526 Contact Details For more information, contact Annie Watterson annie@stsupery.com

November 04, 2022 05:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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Cold and Flu Season 2022: How Over-the-Counter Remedies Can Help

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Flu season has almost always been a predictable part of every winter, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw things out of whack. The 2020-2021 flu season was practically non-existent due to COVID-19 precautions and lockdowns, and last year’s flu season was definitely mild compared to pre-pandemic years. Recently, Best-Selling Author and Medical Contributor Dr. Ian Smith teamed up with Mucinex on a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss the upcoming cold and flu season and some resources that can help. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/c4AY6pLO1kU Many health experts are predicting the 2022-2023 flu season will be a severe one, due to several factors. The main reason the flu basically disappeared the last two years was the behavior changes people made to avoid COVID – staying home, avoiding public gatherings, wearing masks, and not traveling. That also prevented the flu virus from spreading like usual. Those measures have been mostly abandoned – in addition, without the last two ‘flu seasons’ many individuals’ immunity to seasonal flu will be decreased. It is possible that we could see a higher rate of severe illness due to the flu this year. Many experts have looked to Australia, where flu season runs from April to September. They are just coming out their most devastating flu season in five years, which could be a precursor as to what we can expect to see in the U.S. The best way to prevent and limit the effects if you do contact the flu is to get vaccinated. It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to be most effective after administration, and since the influenza virus is already circulating, it is best to do this as soon as possible. Key preventative measures like washing your hands often and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and sneezing into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue can be extremely effective in preventing the spread of germs. If you do find yourself with flu-like symptoms, such as cough and congestion, there are options available to help you feel better and over-the-counter remedies are the first stop. While over-the-counter remedies don’t cure the flu virus, they can go a long way towards helping treat the symptoms. Dr. Ian’s go-to is Mucinex Extended-Release Tablets, because they are clinically proven to last up to 12 hours. As the #1 pharmacist recommended expectorant, Mucinex Extended-Release Tablets relieve chest congestion and thin and loosen mucus, which can provide relief for your chest congestion, making your cough more productive. People must use over-the-counter products as directed. If symptoms persist, you should contact your healthcare professional and get checked out if deemed necessary. You can find Mucinex online at Mucinex.com or stop by Walmart or your local pharmacy retailer. About Dr Ian Smith Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and BLAST THE SUGAR OUT. Dr. Smith’s highly anticipated newest book, The Clean 20, became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut the cravings. Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to a second term on the prestigious President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is currently the medical contributor and co-host of the nationally syndicated television show The Rachael Ray Show. He is a former co-host of the Emmy award winning syndicated daytime talk show, The Doctors. He also served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, and is the creator and founder of the national health initiatives The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile. Dr. Smith is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 in New York, where he filed reports for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show as well as WNBC’s various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey Show, The Talk, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, MSNBC and many more. He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Fitness, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, People, Redbook, Details Magazine, Essence, Ebony, University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway, Cosmopolitan, and Black Enterprise. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 04, 2022 10:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Willamette Valley Benefits Joins AmeriLife

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AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Willamette Valley Benefits. Under the leadership of longtime industry veteran and CEO Elma Friend, Willamette Valley Benefits specializes in the marketing and distribution of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and ancillary health solutions to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "This is an exciting time for women in this industry,” said Friend. “We are a women-owned and operated business and have continued to see growth. I believe in the nurturing, compassionate side of what we do and taking care of people is our priority. As a female-driven operation, we continue to see more women entering this field and it’s a great fit because AmeriLife understands that diverse, empowered and client-first agents are key to delivering the right solutions and service.” Headquartered in Portland, OR., Willamette Valley Benefits has, for more than 16 years, helped clients navigate the complexities of healthcare via a dedicated staff of Medicare and health insurance professionals. Friend, also its founder, started with HealthNet and in launching Willamette Valley Benefits, committed herself and her firm to being a service-oriented business. Today, Willamette Valley Benefits takes a supportive approach when it comes to bringing in new agents. They collaborate with them consistently on education, service, compliance and support, ensuring that each agent has what they need to build their book of business and have a better work-life balance. Willamette Valley Benefits’ growing team currently serves communities in Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Idaho, and has recently branched into Texas. Already deeply familiar with AmeriLife through its longstanding relationship with Jack Schroeder and Associates, Willamette Valley Benefits will now have full access to AmeriLife’s best-in-class technology and resources and leading distribution platform, positioning the firm for significant growth. “Willamette Valley Benefits is, without a doubt, representative of the new face of our industry,” said Mike Vietri, AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer. “AmeriLife is excited to add such a diverse and performative agency to its portfolio of companies. We look forward to working with Elma and her team to grow their operations and empower more of their agents to help people live longer, healthier lives.” ### About Willamette Valley Benefits Willamette Valley Benefits, Inc. is a local independent Medicare and health insurance agency based in Milwaukie, OR. With a passion for helping clients navigate their insurance needs, they are committed to making sure the information clients receive is clear and understandable. The team collaborates directly with clients to reduce their workload, clear up confusion and be confident that there is someplace to go when their health coverage questions need to be answered. Willamette Valley Benefits has been in business for more than 16 years and has grown through word of mouth, offering its services at no cost to those who need assistance. For more information visit WVBenefits.com. About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

November 03, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Educational Travel Nonprofit to Announce 2023 D-Day History Trip to France Exclusive to Veterans

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This Veterans Day, November 11, Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel for older adults, will release an exclusive experience just for military veterans (or active duty service members) and their travel companions in 2023. The nine-day educational program will take a small group of 12-24 veterans from Paris to the beaches of Normandy to learn about war history, art history and the places where these two faces of France intersect. “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for the group,” said Road Scholar’s Program Operations Director in France, Amale Bourhim. “Not only will we have a deeper study of the military history of every site we visit, but simply the experience of learning together with fellow veterans is sure to create a distinctive sense of camaraderie and a bond that will make this trip memorable.” Based on one of Road Scholar’s most popular European programs, The Best of Northern France: Paris and Normandy, Road Scholar will be offering one exclusive trip Sept. 28-Oct. 6, 2023, just for veterans. Additional military history programming will be included, along with a visit to the Musée de l'Armée (Army Museum) in Paris and a field trip to the Mémorial de Caen, commemorating World War II’s “Battle for Caen.” This program will also be offered at a special 10% price reduction for the military veterans, active duty service members and their travel companions. This all-inclusive program includes accommodations, meals, field trips, a Group Leader and more. It begins in Paris, where participants will learn about the city’s occupation and liberation. Local experts in Montmartre, Monet’s Giverny and Honfleur will share stories of famous impressionist painters and the French art that was protected and lost during WWII. The group will also visit Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps the most impactful day will be when the group of veterans visits Omaha Beach to walk in the footsteps of WWII soldiers and the Normandy American Cemetery, where together they will take part in a moving ceremony to pay respects to those who made the greatest sacrifice of all on June 6, 1944. “Many Road Scholar participants and alumni are veterans of the armed forces, and our military history programs from Gettysburg to Pearl Harbor are some of our most popular learning adventures,” says Road Scholar’s Chief Program Officer, Maeve Hartney. “We’re proud to be honoring the legacy of these 12 American heroes and the courageous veterans who fought in World War II.” It is important to note that this program is rated “Activity Level: Let’s Go!” Participants should be able to walk three miles per day, often on cobblestone streets or hilly terrain, and navigate stairs in Metro stations. Find more details about this exclusive learning adventure at www.roadscholar.org/veterans. About Road Scholar: Road Scholar is the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults — a true university of the world — offering thousands of programs in more than 100 countries and 50 states. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the world leader in educational travel since 1975. Learn more at press.roadscholar.org. Contact Details Road Scholar Kelsey Knoedler Perri +1 617-521-5301 Kelsey.Perri@roadscholar.org Company Website https://www.roadscholar.org/about/press

November 03, 2022 11:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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