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Rent-A-Center Teams With Operation Supply Drop For Gaming Systems Donation »

October 31, 2014 at 10:48AM PDT | Source: Rent-A-Center

WASHINGTON - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 30, 2014 - Military-focused nonprofit Operation Supply Drop today received $5,000 worth of video-gaming systems from Rent-A-Center. The gaming systems are tied to a philanthropic initiative dubbed "Random Acts of Caring." Launched in 2008, the Rent-A-Center initiative provides unexpected donations of merchandise, funding or gift cards to deserving nonprofits across the country. The systems will be used to create care packages full of video-gaming gear for troops, just in time for the holidays.
"We could not be more thrilled about the support from Rent-A-Center, which already has done so much to enhance the lives of our men and women in uniform through its support of various military-focused programs," said Glenn "Commander" Banton, executive director of Operation Supply Drop...

Philly Pretzel Factory Awards Lucky Winner With Trip To Europe »

October 31, 2014 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: Philly Pretzel Factory

150-Unit-Plus Booming Pretzel Franchise Honors Winner with In-Store Celebration and Pretzels
Philadelphia (PRWEB) October 31, 2014 - Philly Pretzel Factory, the award-winning pretzel franchise born and raised in Philadelphia, is proud to announce the winner of Oktoberfest, a system-wide contest with a grand prize giveaway of two tickets to Germany including airfare and a hotel stay.
Contest winner and Mount Olive, New Jersey resident Zach Hurst will be presented with the prize at the Hackettstown, New Jersey Philly Pretzel Factory, located at 150 Mountain Ave, on November 4 with a celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Philly Pretzel Factory CEO Dan DiZio and President Marty Ferrill will be in attendance to congratulate the winner...

Tim Hortons Annual Smile Cookie Campaign Sets New Record Raising Over $5.3 Million »

October 31, 2014 at 6:08AM PDT | Source: Tim Hortons

100% of Proceeds Donated to Local Charities Across Canada
Oakville, ON - October 21, 2014 – Tim Hortons guests and restaurant owners showed off their smiles and community spirit, raising over $5.3 million in support of local charities for the annual Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign. For one week, Tim Hortons guests had the opportunity to purchase special chocolate chunk Smile Cookies for $1, with all proceeds supporting local community charities, hospitals and programs across Canada. Nationally, more than 500 charities are supported each year through the campaign.
"Once again Tim Hortons generous guests and restaurant owners came together and showed just how powerful a smile can be," said David McMullen, Vice President Marketing, Canada...

MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes Raises $35,000 For No Kid Hungry »

October 30, 2014 at 4:31AM PDT | Source: MOOYAH Burgers & Fries

Funds Raised Will Help Provide Up to 350,000 Meals for Hungry Children
DALLAS (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes has announced that after a system-wide promotion and partnership with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, the company raised $35,000 to help battle childhood hunger. The Dallas-based fast-casual chain offered booklets of coupons for free food and dessert with each $5 donation going to the No Kid Hungry campaign between Sept. 8 and Oct. 5.
According to Share Our Strength, one in five American children struggles with hunger, meaning they may not know when or where their next meal will come and a $1 donation to the organization can help connect a child facing hunger to up to 10 meals *...

Spoiled Rotten® Photography Receives Royal Welcome In The Queen City »

October 29, 2014 at 12:21PM PDT | Source: Spoiled Rotten® Photography

Charlotte Photographer Cathy Xiques Brings Unique School Portrait Franchise to North Carolina
October 29, 2014 // // Charlotte -  As the Spoiled Rotten® Photography franchise grows and word spreads that it is changing the way that people look at the concept of "school pictures," it is also changing the way aspiring photographers look at themselves. Cathy Xiques – a happily married mom of two and Cornelius, NC resident – had always loved photography as a hobby, particularly once she left her career in the dental field to stay home with her children – Ava and Aiden.
"As far back as I can remember, I have cherished photographs," explains Xiques. "Recording life with my camera has been a lifelong passion...

La Madeleine Country French Café Takes Stance Against Childhood Hunger »

October 29, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: la Madeleine

Through Continued Commitment to Fight Childhood Hunger la Madeleine Raises more than $250,000 for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign
October 29, 2014 // // DALLAS – La Madeleine Country French Café is proud to announce the results of fundraising efforts for the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign. The brand’s commitment to fight against childhood hunger generated more than $250,000 during the recent fundraising drive.
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign, la Madeleine and its guests helped to raise funds to fight hunger through two donation sources. La Madeleine donated $1 from every cookie purchase. Plus, la Madeleine presented guests who made a $5 donation with coupons worth $20...

Real Estate Industry A Hotbed For Entrepreneurs »

October 29, 2014 at 7:00AM PDT | Source: EXIT Realty

Industry Veteran to Host "Developing Your Inner Entrepreneur" Webinar Event
October 29, 2014 // // Woburn, MA – You know you want to. You can feel that itch, that need for something more, something of your very own. Many people consider taking more control of their career path but don’t know where to start; you simply know there is something more than the humdrum work-a-day world.
You’ve accomplished the first step by recognizing the spark. The next step is to navigate through the maze of possibilities. Thousands of entrepreneurial-minded men and women find the right fit in a career as a real estate salesperson or brokerage owner.
In an October, 2014 release to the media, National Association of REALTORS® President, Steve Brown, stated, "The real estate industry is competitive and REALTORS know that to be successful they must have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the know-how to make a business thrive...

Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region Announces Success Of Annual Convention »

October 29, 2014 at 5:11AM PDT | Source: Home Care Assistance

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 29, 2014 - Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region (, the leading provider of non-medical, in-home senior care in the Greater Toronto Area, is addressing the details and success of its annual convention held in San Diego, California.
Home Care Assistance completed its annual convention at the end of September. The event celebrated the success of the company as a whole and featured different awards for caregivers and staff who provided above exceptional in-home senior care.
"It's a time for all of the Home Care Assistance franchises to get together and reflect on what we've accomplished," says Lester Fix, vice president of Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region...

Golden Corral Restaurants Salute America’s Heroes With 14th Annual Free Dinner On Military Appreciation Monday »

October 29, 2014 at 4:13AM PDT | Source: Golden Corral
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Gary Sinise and Collective Soul Help Salute Our Nation's Heroes
October 29, 2014 // // RALEIGH, N.C – On Monday, Nov. 17, Golden Corral will thank thousands of active duty and retired United States military personnel for their service with a free dinner buffet and beverage, while raising donations for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). A tradition started 13 years ago to celebrate our nation's heroes, Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday has served more than 4 million complimentary meals to military personnel and generated more than $8.8 million dollars in guest contributions to support community-based service initiatives for veterans.
"Our 45,000 employees in 500 restaurants nationwide are very passionate about supporting our military service men and women on Military Appreciation Monday," said Ted Fowler, president and chief executive officer of Golden Corral...

Cousins Subs® Provides Thousands Of Subs At "Soles For Catholic Education" Walk »

October 29, 2014 at 3:54AM PDT | Source: Cousins Subs

October 29, 2014 // // MILWAUKEE – Cousins Subs® fed more than 9,000 event participants at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's 2nd Annual "Soles for Catholic Education" Walk on Saturday, Oct. 25.
As an event sponsor, Cousins Subs provided more than 9,000 sub samples and cookies to alumni, students, parents and supporters of Catholic education.
"At Cousins Subs, we believe education is a vital component to improving the general welfare and quality of life of the children in our communities," said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs. "Every child deserves access to an education that equips them with the tools needed to succeed, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is working each and every day to 'Make It Better' for those with limited access...

CD One Price Cleaners To Help Children Through Its "Coats For Kids" Campaign Benefiting The Infant Welfare Society »

October 28, 2014 at 11:58AM PDT | Source: CD One Price Cleaners

Chicagoland's Leading Dry Cleaning Company Gives Back to Community Via Annual Coat Drive from Nov. 1 - 20
WESTCHESTER, Ill. - Oct. 22, 2013 – Chicago-based CD One Price Cleaners (, a leader and franchisor in the $9 billion dry cleaning industry, is giving back to the communities it serves with its 3rd Annual Coat Drive benefitting needy families through the Infant Welfare Society.
Each of its 31 franchise and company-owned CD One Price Cleaners locations in the Chicago area will ask their customers to donate children's coats from Saturday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 20. Each store will then clean the coats for free, readying them for those children in need to keep them warm throughout Chicago's notoriously frigid winters...

Planet Fitness Puts Members' Stories In The Spotlight With "Planet Of Triumphs" »

October 28, 2014 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Planet Fitness

New Online Community Celebrates Accomplishments and Inspirational Stories
NEWINGTON, N.H. - Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Planet Fitness is known for its Judgement® Free Zone where members have a welcoming, non-intimidating environment to achieve and celebrate all accomplishments, big and small – from stepping into the gym for the first time, to running their first mile or losing hundreds of pounds. Now, Planet Fitness is recognizing those members and their triumphs with the launch of a new online community called Planet of Triumphs.
With Planet of Triumphs, the brand is creating a platform on the belief that every achievement deserves to be celebrated. Members are able to share their personal stories and be publicly supported by other members for their accomplishments...

Lapeer Fit Body Boot Camp Fitness Boot Camp Announces Last Week Of Registration For Challenge To Benefit Breast Cancer »

October 28, 2014 at 6:32AM PDT | Source: Fit Body Boot Camp

Lapeer, MI (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Lapeer Fit Body Boot Camp, the area's premier fitness boot camp, is offering 14 days of unlimited fat-burning boot camp sessions for $25, with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
"Lapeer Fit Body Boot Camp is all about transforming women's bodies and their health," says owner Brain Kalakay. "Helping raise funds for breast cancer research is a natural extension of what we do in the boot camp every day."
The special pricing and fundraising effort continue through October 31st and the special offer is open to anyone in the community, male or female, who is interested in losing ten pounds of fat with Fit Body Boot Camp's Unstoppable Fitness Formula™...

Local Chiropractor Serves As Team Physician For Wounded Warrior Softball Team »

October 28, 2014 at 4:51AM PDT | Source: AlignLife

Springfield, Il (PRWEB) October 28, 2014 - Springfield, IL recently welcomed the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in the Wounded Warrior Softball Invitational, and local chiropractor Dr. Bryne Willey of AlignLife of Springfield was asked to be the team physician for the event. The team is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness, educate and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors, showing how a positive attitude, commitment, dedication and perseverance allow them to overcome any obstacles. The Team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have served our country in the Global War on Terrorism, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. They now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration...

Enhance Property With Eye-Catching Shrubs: The Grounds Guys® Offer Tips For Shrubs In Residential And Commercial Landscapes »

October 28, 2014 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: The Grounds Guys

Residential and commercial property owners can spruce up their landscaping and add curb appeal with shrubs in various sizes, colors and textures.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 - Residential and commercial owners looking for an easy way to spruce up their property while at the same time adding color, structure and even privacy should look no further than shrubs. Shrubs come in many varieties that offer broadleaf or needled foliage, colorful berries or cones, eye-catching bark or branches, or fragrant blooms that thrive in many areas and in different seasons.
The lawn experts at The Grounds Guys offer these tips on selecting shrubs to enhance residential and commercial properties’ curb appeal:
Select shrubs that are sized to fit the landscape...

HomeVestors-LMM Best Markets Data Shows The Sun Is Shining Again On Florida's Real Estate Investment Market »

October 27, 2014 at 10:34AM PDT | Source: HomeVestors of America, Inc.

Texas and Western Cities Also Dominate Top 10 List as New England Markets Struggle
DALLAS - Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Another sign of economic improvement? Real estate investment in Florida, hit by a hurricane of bad news during the recession, appears to be rebounding strongly, according to new quarterly data compiled by HomeVestors of America (the "We Buy Ugly Houses"® people) and Local Market Monitor, the national real estate forecaster.
The quarterly data, which is developed by Local Market Monitor, categorizes 300 U.S. markets according to different investor risk preferences including Dangerous, Speculative, Medium Risk and Low Risk. The list also ranks the markets 1-300 for attractiveness of investment opportunities...

Tame Halloween Fright With Bark Busters' Safety Tips For Families With Dogs »

October 27, 2014 at 6:48AM PDT | Source: Bark Busters Home Dog Training

Halloween can be a fun holiday for children, but a spooky time for dogs. here's how to ensure both you and your dog stay safe.
Escondido, CA, October 26, 2014 - ( - Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, offers tips to keep dogs safe on Halloween. Based on the expertise of Bark Busters' network of dog behavioral therapists, these guidelines for dog owners help ensure the safety of pets during fright night.
"We hear about more dogs dying or straying during Halloween than any other holiday," said Danny & Sylvia Wilson who founded Bark Busters in Australia in 1989. "Halloween is intended to scare and startle us - making it a spooky holiday for dogs, too. By being more sensitive to dogs' fear-driven 'fight or flight' instincts, we can help keep our furry friends safe this Halloween...

PrideStaff Releases Affordable Care Act Planning And Strategy Whitepaper »

October 27, 2014 at 4:57AM PDT | Source: PrideStaff

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2014 PrideStaff has released the results of its Affordable Care Act Planning and Strategy survey, designed to gauge understanding of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and benchmark corporate policy and approach to the ACA across the U.S. Conducted in July, the online survey was completed by nearly 1,100 professionals, representing a wide range of industries and company sizes.
Overall, the results show that a large portion (45.7 percent) of the business community is still unclear on the ACA and the implications it will have on their business. Many companies are still struggling with implementation as a result. In fact, over 30 percent of respondents indicate they haven't implemented or don't know what their plan is yet, and many companies (39...

Local Chiropractic Office Donates 50 Winter Coats To Local Foster Children »

October 27, 2014 at 4:53AM PDT | Source: AlignLife

Springfield, Il (PRWEB) October 26, 2014 - Most people think of donating winter coats once the cold weather arrives, but AlignLife of Springfield, a local chiropractic & natural health care center, decided to get a head start on that mission by hosting its first annual Fall Coat Drive to collect new and gently used children's coats for the James Project, and organization that addresses the growing need for families who can provide homes for the abused and neglected children in our local foster care system. The James Project recruits and supports quality foster parents through the provision of homes and services. "After speaking with the great people at the James Project, we came to realize that often times children arrive at their foster homes with nothing but the clothes on their back," said Dr...

Creative Learning Corporation To Present At The FireRock Conference In NYC »

October 27, 2014 at 4:45AM PDT | Source: Bricks 4 Kidz
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FireRock Conference includes presentation from Creative Learning Corporation
St. Augustine, FL (PRWEB) October 24, 2014 - Creative Learning Corporation (OTC: CLCN), owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz®, and Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment programs, today announced that management will present on Tuesday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. EST at the FireRock Conference at the Springmills Landmark Building located at 104 West 40th Street, New York, NY.
FireRock Capital is a diversified financial services firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Los Angeles and Israel. The company’s annual micro-cap conference is an invitation only event that attracts hundreds of high net worth investors and financial leaders...

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