The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Learn more at http://www.cbd.int/idb/.
Our hearts and prayers are with those in Oklahoma. Wondering how you can help tornado victims?
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have begun delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK through a website called Safe and Well. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.
The Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you’re sending a check make sure you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157.
Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA announced it’s providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief says it has deployed at least 80 volunteers to respond to severe weather in Oklahoma. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800. You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Courtesy USA Today.
Join Lawrence Blake Group Int’l. founder Blake Harvey for a #PRChat via Twitter on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 7 PM. Blake will answer your public relations questions and share advice all small businesses can use to increase their visibility within their community. Tweet your questions to @BlakeHarvey, and be sure to follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LawrenceBlakePR.
The business man who has faith is not very likely to go wrong. He is going to steer his ship of commerce through the troubled waters of misfortune, perhaps even adversity, with a serenity born of the consciousness that nothing can harm himpermanently so long as he sees clearly and acts wisely. There will be many hands eager to retard his progress. Slander will raise its ugly head from many little by-ways along his path. Ill health may come; the loss of love ones; the crippling of his finances; the striking down of his most cherished hopes; and yet-the man who has Faith-who believes that right is right will triumph.
Jerome P. Fleishman
Presenting designers at the 2013 Fashion Front Awards Hawaii include earth centered fashion venture Urban Gypsy (www.urbangypsyfashion.com), Polynesian fashion experts Missing Polynesia (www.missingpolynesia.com), innovative graphic and interior designer Unleash Studio (www.unleashstudio.com), popular swimwear brand Honey Girl Water Wear (www.honeygirlwaterwear.com), and Tahitian inspired designer Tiare Teiti (www.tiareteiti.com). Local business leaders will be honored for their work to encourage and support local artists. Honorees include founder of Afterschool ART Hawaii Bob Grossman PhD., founder of iKandy.com Christina Patino, founder of Kim Taylor Reece Studio Kim Taylor Reece (www.kimtaylorreece.com), founder of Roberta Oaks Hawaii Roberta Oaks (www.robertaoaks.com), and founder of Groove Child Charities Lance Tsuchiya (www.groovechildcharities.org), founder of Summer Style Hawaii Summer Shiigi (www.summerstylehawaii.com), and co-founder of thirtyninehotel Gelareh Khoie (www.thirtyninehotel.com).
We’re wishing our Asia-Pacific team good luck as they prepare to open our first office in Waikiki, Hawaii serving the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Federated States of Micronesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vanuatu, Vietnam, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands. We’ll be up and running this June, 2013.