Child Health Experts and Advocates File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Describing Traumatic Impact of DACA Rescission on Recipients’ Children

Cancelling DACA would harm 250,000 children in U.S.

 

Washington, DC – At least a quarter of a million young children would be harmed developmentally, psychologically, and economically by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), yet the Trump administration failed to consider their interests when repealing the program in 2017. On Friday, three dozen organizations and leaders filed an amicus brief (appendix here) with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to consider the impact of rescinding DACA on beneficiaries’ children, who are U.S. citizens. Oral arguments are scheduled for November 12, 2019.

 

The DACA case affects children and families in every state. The largest number of those children live in the following twelve states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas.

 

As the brief explains, society has a moral imperative to protect children from harm; this imperative is recognized in numerous laws and policies, including the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. Failing to consider the needs of these children puts their futures in jeopardy, to the obvious detriment of the communities in which they live.

The brief was co-authored by Persyn Law & Policy and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and other children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts. Quotes from these organizations and experts can be accessed here.

 

Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP and President of the American Academy of Pediatricssaid: “Rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy would have multi-generational health consequences; it not only impacts the DACA recipients themselves, but also their children. When children live in fear of their family being separated, it can have detrimental effects on their health and development, both in the short- and long-term. As pediatricians, we know children fare best when they can grow up in supportive families and thrive.”

 

Olivia Golden, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), said: “CLASP recognizes the critical role the DACA program has played in pulling entire families out of poverty and promoting the healthy development of children. We also know from our 2018 research report that harmful immigration policies—like the Administration’s decision to terminate the DACA program—are subjecting young children to fear, instability, and reduced access to critical health and nutrition supports. We urge the Supreme Court to consider what’s at stake for hundreds of thousands of our youngest citizens and the future of our country should the DACA program be rescinded.”

 

“The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children gratefully joins many of this nation’s leading child advocacy organizations in opposing the needless termination of DACA, a critically important protection afforded to persons who arrived in the United States as children and have made lives and families here in the only home they know. The trauma that is being inflicted on the children of DACA recipients by even the threat of their parents’ deportation is cruel and serves no meaningful public policy purpose. Over time, these children and the communities in which they live will suffer greatly from this pointless infliction of harm,” stated David Corwin, President of the APSAC Board; Janet Rosenzweig, Executive Director; and Frank Vandervort, Chair of the Amicus Committee.

 

Read the amicus brief filed in United States Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California; Donald J. Trump, President of the United States v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Kirsten M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security v. Martin Jonathan Batalla Vidal [consolidated cases] here, with appendix.

 

Additional data about the economic contributions and family ties of DACA beneficiaries can be found here, including state-by-state calculations.

 

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Children & Allowance

I firmly believe that there are Pros and cons to every method of providing an allowance to children. The ultimate goal of allowance , is to teach tour children money management skills.
This is something that must be taught at home, there are two train of thought in regards to paying children an allowance. Children should earn money in exchange for doing chores, however I don’t feel they should be paid for normal contributions, that are expected from every family members. Not only is this teaching them good work ethic, but also a lesson in how you receive compensation for a job well done.

Interestingly enough 2008 survey by Jump $tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy found that college students who had taken a financial management courses in high school. Fared no better in money management than students who had not taken such a course, while a June 2010 study by Capital One Financial Corporation found that almost half of graduating high schools seniors didn’t feel competent to handle their own finances
This is a Strong indication that simply providing your children with an allowance isn’t enough. According to Lewis Mandell, PHD. and author of the 2008 Jump$tart survey, an allowance must be combined with regular discussions on how to manage money.

Children’s Allowance Pay is Up – Amount Saved Alarmingly Low: AICPA Survey

Children average $30 a week in allowance.
Kids are averaging $6.11 an hour to do chores, up 38 percent from 2016.
Two-thirds of parents give their child an allowance.
Four out of five allowance providing parents expect their children to earn it.
NEW YORK (October 1, 2019) – A penny earned is not likely to be a penny saved for children today. A new AICPA survey found that kids are raking in an average of $30 a week in allowance, enough to save around $1,500 in a year. In just a few years, a diligent saver could buy their first used car. However, it’s concerning that only 3 percent of parents say their kids primarily save their allowance. These are among the findings of a new telephone survey of 1,002 U.S. adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

Three-quarters of Americans (75 percent) say the most important purpose of providing an allowance to children is to teach the child about the value of money and financial responsibility. However, the survey found, allowance money is rarely saved. Parents say most of their kids’ allowance is spent on outings with friends (45 percent), digital devices or downloads (37 percent), or toys (33 percent).

“One of the best gifts we can give our children is a solid education on how to manage their money,” said Gregory Anton, CPA, CGMA, chair of the AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission. “Simply handing money over to a child without guidance is a missed opportunity. By making an allowance a teachable moment, parents will help instill money management skills in their child at a young age that will help prepare them for the important financial decisions they’ll have to make when they’re older.”

Allowance Hourly “Pay” Rate is Increasing Faster Than American Wages

The average monthly ‘salary’ among allowance earners is $120, as reported by their parents. While the average hours of chores a week required by parents to earn an allowance are on par with 2016 (5.1 hours in 2019 vs. 5.3 hours in 2016), the hourly pay rate for children who have to work for their allowance has seen a dramatic 38 percent increase, rising from an average of $4.43 in 2016 to $6.11 in 2019. Across the same time span, the average hourly pay rate for all Americans increased by 10.5 percent ($25.43 in 2016 vs. $28.11 in 2019) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Allowances Typically Aren’t Gifted

More than 4 in 5 (86 percent) Americans believe kids should receive an allowance, most commonly saying every cent should be earned and linked to chores (52 percent). While a quarter (27 percent) believes it should be partially earned and partially gifted.

The survey found that two-thirds of parents (66 percent) give their child an allowance or spending money that the child is not required to pay back. Four out of five (80 percent) parents who provide an allowance would be quick to point out that their kids are not getting a free ride, as they expect their children to work (e.g., completing chores) at least one hour a week. On average, children are spending about 5.1 hours a week doing chores to earn their allowance.

Parents Should Make Sense of Dollars & Cents

The vast majority of parents (92 percent) believe it is very important for their child to understand how to effectively manage their money, which is good news. And many appear to be putting in the work to develop those money management skills. Half of parents (49 percent) say they take time to teach their child about money at least once a week, including a third (34 percent) who say the lessons/conversations occur multiple times a week. Concerningly, a little more than 3 in 10 (32 percent) parents only teach their children about money once a month or less, including the 7 percent that admit they’ve never taught their kids about money.

“When it comes to managing money, a child’s first lesson should come at home,” added Anton. “From explaining how many quarters are in a dollar, to helping children start a savings account to watch their money grow with interest, parents have the opportunity to establish a strong foundation of financial knowledge for their children that will benefit them their entire life.”

The AICPA’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission recommends that parents who choose to provide an allowance use it to help their children understand the value of money. For parents looking to teach their children about financial responsibility using an allowance, here are some tips:

1. Start Early
“Once your child expresses a want, discuss the foundations for budgeting– delayed gratification and saving for a goal. Give them small jobs to earn their own money to pay for toys or other wants and help them see their efforts grow with a chart on the fridge showing the progress they are making towards their goal.” – Jaleigh White, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission

2. Set Clear Parameters
“If you decide to provide an allowance, make sure your children understand why they are getting it, how they can earn it and how they can lose it. Some may choose to base an allowance on the completion of chores and make deductions for any chores that aren’t finished. Others may set a base allowance and provide opportunities to earn additional pay for extra chores that are completed. Bottom line, earning money helps to teach children the value of money.” – Matthew Rosenberg, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission

3. Use an Allowance to Talk About Budgeting
“Rather than giving your child money to spend freely, consider an allocation process that rewards them for both short- and long-term thinking. Encourage them to set aside a percentage of the money they earn each week for certain spending categories like outings with friends, short-term savings, and long-term savings such as a college fund. Encourage even more savings by offering to match their long-term savings stockpile dollar for dollar.” – David Almonte, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission

4. Discuss Impact of Impulse Purchases on Goals
“Let your child set their own goals and help guide them towards them. Along the way, teach the principles of saving and budgeting. If a new game console is on their want list, show them how to calculate the amount that needs to be saved each week to reach that goal. For instance, if they receive $30 a week, but want a $240 gaming system, remind them that their goal equals eight weeks of allowance. Then, if there is temptation to splurge on a spontaneous item, like candy in the check-out aisle, ask whether it fits into their budget. This will help teach how skipping short-term wants can help them reach their long-term goals.” – Monica Sonnier, CPA member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission

5. Talk Often
The more you engage your child in financial discussions, the more likely they are to learn. For insight on how to talk to your kids about money, check out the AICPA’s 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy website at http://www.360FinLit.com. There you will find an assortment of free videos and articles about the basics of budgeting as well as a collection of calculators to help show and track financial progress.

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Methodology
This survey was conducted by The Harris Poll via telephone within the United States between August 22 and 28, 2019, among 1,002 adults aged 18 or older, among whom 273 identified themselves as a parent or guardian of at least one child aged 25 or younger who are living at home. 401 interviews were obtained from landline sample and 601 interviews from the cell phone sample Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them in line with the U.S. population.

About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 429,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 657,000 members and students across 179 countries and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.
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Methodology
This survey was conducted by The Harris Poll via telephone within the United States between August 22 and 28, 2019, among 1,002 adults aged 18 or older, among whom 273 identified themselves as a parent or guardian of at least one child aged 25 or younger who are living at home. 401 interviews were obtained from landline sample and 601 interviews from the cell phone sample Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them in line with the U.S. population.

About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 429,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 657,000 members and students across 179 countries and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

Shaquille O’Neal has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of America for a sweepstakes opportunity for one lucky fan to play HORSE.

Shaquille O’Neal is Raising Funds for Boys & Girls Club of America on the IfOnly Sweepstakes Platform The sweepstakes winner will have the chance to shoot hoops with Shaquille O’Neal SAN FRANCISCO – Shaquille O’Neal has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of America for a sweepstakes opportunity for one lucky fan to play HORSE. The sweepstakes gives you the chance to kick it with Shaq, playing an epic game of one-on-one at his favorite place to play, The Boys & Girls Club of America. Entry is limited to the U.S. only and closes on October 29 th , 2019. The winner and a friend will receive: ● One-on-one game with Shaquille O’Neal at the Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta, GA. ● Enjoy a Papa John’s Pizza with Shaquille O’Neal ● Photo with Shaquille O’Neal ● Set visit to NBA on TNT ● Roundtrip flight and hotel for 2 people Boys & Girls Club of America is committed to enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. “The Boys & Girls Club was instrumental in my development as a youth growing up in the inner city. Being able to support and give back to an organization that meant so much to me is a wonderful feeling,” said Shaq. “We are excited that Boys & Girls Club alum, Shaquille O’Neal continues to give back through his philanthropic efforts to youth all across the country,” said Frank Sanchez, Vice President of Marketing at Boys & Girls Club of America. “I’m also excited to partner with IfOnly to offer this unique opportunity to see and meet a basketball legend.” “We are thrilled to be working with Boys & Girls Club to bring this unique experience with basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal. This experience will resonate with basketball fans far and wide,” said John Boris, CEO of IfOnly. “Fans of Shaq will have an incredible opportunity to meet him in person while supporting Boys & Girls Club of America.” About Boys & Girls Club of America For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,600 Clubs serve over 4.7 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org.
Page 2 of 2About IfOnly IfOnly is the world’s premier consumer and B2B marketplace of extraordinary, once- in-a-lifetime experiences. From top celebrity talent to local luminary artisans, chefs, guides, and experts, IfOnly offers access to the greatest experiences for the greater good—raising millions of dollars for over 200 charitable organizations. We also leverage our proprietary technology and unique content to provide turnkey corporate solutions—including experience platforms, content, gifting, speakers, and events—for leading global brands like Mastercard, Amex, Dell, Salesforce, and many others. IfOnly was founded in 2012 and is Series D start-up which has raised $40 million to date. Our investors include NEA, Khosla Ventures, American Express, Mastercard, Hyatt, Sotheby’s, Condé Nast, and Founders Fund. You can visit our US site at http://www.ifonly.com. #ShaquilleOneal#Boys&Girlsclub#Daintybutterflies8

 

October is Liver Awareness Month: A COTA Family is Celebrating Their Toddler’s Now Healthy Liver and Their Donor Family’s Selfless Decision

October 1, 2019 October is Liver Awareness Month, which is the month touted by the American Liver Foundation to raise public awareness of the importance of liver health. More than 30 million Americans have some form of liver disease. This October an Alabama transplant family is thrilled to be celebrating their son’s now healthy liver and his second chance at life.
Brigitte and Adam Ganucheau of Mobile, Alabama, who were parents of three boys, were excited to find out they were pregnant with their fourth child. Brigitte shares this memory, “Now when we tell others we have four sons including a set of twins, sometimes we hear, ‘Well after twins, I bet having another boy was easy!’ Then we tell Peter’s story.”
Peter Ganucheau was born in July 2016. The pregnancy and birth had no major issues. Brigitte and Adam were thrilled to bring him home and start their new life as a family of six. They did notice, however, that Peter was a little jaundiced but they thought it would clear up with some sunshine. At Peter’s two-month checkup the family’s pediatrician was concerned about his jaundice and distended stomach so she sent them to the University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital for blood work. After multiple days of testing to rule out a number of possible causes for the jaundice and distended stomach, Peter was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia. Once his condition had a name, the situation became very real and frightening for this family. Biliary Atresia (BA) is a rare liver disease that impacts one in every 12,000 children. Children are born with this disease and doctors do not know, as of yet, what causes it to occur. In September 2016 Peter underwent the Kasai procedure, which is sometimes a ‘surgical fix’ for BA babies and a way to postpone a liver transplant. According to Brigitte, “Even though at first we were encouraged that our baby’s jaundice was slowly clearing up, it became apparent the surgery was not as successful as hoped. The reality was that a liver transplant was our only hope to save Peter’s life … and he would need a new liver very soon.”
In December 2016, Peter and Brigitte travelled nearly 550 miles to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, which is a pediatric transplant center recommended by their pediatrician and approved by their insurance company. Dad and Ganucheau boys John Paul, Luke and Kolbe remained at home in Mobile. The top-notch pediatric team at Egleston performed numerous tests on the baby. After his initial evaluation was completed, Peter and Brigitte were able to return to Mobile to celebrate Christmas together; they felt truly blessed that Peter’s first Christmas was celebrated in their home with their family of six around the tree. Their time together was short lived when just a few days after Christmas Brigitte and Peter travelled to Atlanta for further testing. During his post-Christmas clinic visits it was determined the baby was too sick to return home and would need to stay in Atlanta until a new liver could be found.
Peter was officially listed for a new liver at the end of December 2016. It was decided Brigitte would remain in Atlanta while Adam and Peter’s brothers would stay at home in Mobile. Brigitte said, “It was a challenging time for our family and our marriage.” During these days, Brigitte journaled and shared the following with their friends and family, “The doctor has told us Peter is listed and eligible to receive a partial or whole liver. We are simply waiting for a match. Transplant can truly happen at any time. The surgery itself could take up to 10 hours and we are praying a match will present itself soon.”

The family relied on Face Time and text messaging to stay in touch, but Brigitte desperately wanted to be home in Mobile and to be ‘Mom’ to their four boys. Adam’s work in ministry was in a very busy time during January and February so he was struggling to keep his work, their home and the boys’ lives held together. With the help of supportive friends and family, Adam was able to make short visits to Atlanta.
It quickly became apparent to Adam and Brigitte that transplant-related expenses were going to be staggering, including the family’s travel expenses, Atlanta lodging and living expenses and Peter’s inpatient stay with no real idea of when a new liver would be available. A transplant social worker at Egleston suggested Brigitte reach out to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) to learn more about fundraising for transplant-related expenses. Brigitte called COTA’s 800 number on January 3, 2017, and the next day returned the agreement to COTA’s Indiana headquarters, which meant the Ganucheau family was officially part of the COTA Family.
COTA uniquely understands that parents who care for a child or young adult before, during and after a life-saving transplant have enough to deal with, so COTA’s model shifts the responsibility for fundraising to a community team of trained volunteers. On January 16, 2017, a COTA fundraising specialist trained the volunteers for the COTA campaign in honor of Team Peter G. COTA is a 501(c)3 charity so contributions to COTA are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and COTA funds are available for a lifetime of transplant-related expenses. This group of family members and friends, quickly got to work organizing fundraisers to help with mounting transplant-related expenses.

“Once the COTA fundraising began the overwhelming outpouring of support provided our family so much hope,” Brigitte said. “So many people hundreds of miles away back home were making gifts to COTA and were attending fundraising events. It was truly difficult to not have hope once we learned how many people cared about Peter and about our entire family.”

Brigitte regularly journaled throughout January to share Peter updates with the many friends and family members who were hours away and wanted to read about Peter and Brigitte’s days in Atlanta. On January 12th Brigitte wrote, “Peter is becoming increasingly more uncomfortable every day … his breathing is more labored and he is not his usual happy self. His stomach is extremely distended because his liver and spleen are extremely swollen. Our little boy has been such a fighter. We hope the right liver makes its way to us soon.”

On January 16th she wrote, “Adam is on his way back to Mobile. Peter and I were very sad to see him go, but we had a great weekend together. Thank you again for all the prayers and for anyone who has made a donation to COTA in Peter’s honor … we are beyond blessed to have the love and support of so many people.”

On January 21st, “Doctors have come by today and still no liver. Today is going to be a dreary day. It has started thundering and lightning here so we do not have our walk outside to look forward to. No good news. No bad news. Just blah.”

Just when it seemed like Peter would be on the liver waiting list forever and their family would be separated by hundreds of miles, Brigitte got The Call that a new liver was available for Peter. Arrangements were made for Adam to fly to Atlanta so he could be with Brigitte throughout the transplant surgery. On February 2, 2017, Peter received a whole organ that immediately began working correctly. His jaundice vanished overnight and he started on the road to recovery from liver disease. Peter remained in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Egleston for a few days and was then moved to the transplant floor. Eventually he and Brigitte were relocated to the Ronald McDonald House so they were close for blood work, tests and checkups.

In late February, coinciding with a school break for Mardi Gras, Adam and Peter’s brothers traveled to Atlanta and the family of six was together for the first time since Christmas. Brigitte was ecstatic. This visit was exactly what the doctor ordered. Adam and the boys returned home to Mobile, and Brigitte and Peter followed just a few days later. Once home Brigitte and Peter have periodically returned to Atlanta for clinic visits. After more time had passed Peter’s blood work was drawn in Mobile and shared with the Atlanta team to keep some of the travel to a minimum. Brigitte recalls these days with gratitude. She wrote, “We knew we were not out of the woods yet. Every little ear infection or fever can be a cause for concern. With a compromised immune system, Peter is more susceptible to other illnesses and allergies. However, after the long journeys we have travelled … we are confident we can handle things like a dairy allergy or a double ear infection.”

One year post transplant, Adam looked back and journaled on COTA’s Team Peter G website. “This year has certainly had some ups and downs. To celebrate finally coming home, to be present at family functions, to even just see him on his first birthday … but the nervousness of any little virus or infection, to navigating the maze of medical care and medicines, even this week going to the Emergency Room for a high fever. Life with a toddler who has a major medical issue and a compromised immune system is anything but boring. There are times when I am amazed we even did it at all with Brigitte in Atlanta and me with the boys in Mobile. Thank you to everyone who prayed, sent well wishes and supported COTA in Peter’s honor over the past year. We are so grateful. We are appreciative to be a COTA family. There is so much anxiety when it comes to your child needing a life-saving transplant. The financial peace of mind COTA provides is such a blessing. Right now Peter can only say a few words like ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ and ‘cookie,’ but if he had a more extensive vocabulary I am sure he would join us in thanking everyone and celebrating just how far we have come in just one year!

Today, three-year-old Peter is terrific. His liver seems to be doing very well. Barring any unforeseen illness or hospitalizations, Brigitte and Adam are happy to report they do not need to return to Atlanta for a whole year. Peter’s lab draws are down to every three months. He is doing very well developmentally — talking a lot more and working on potty training. Peter continues to grow and has become a very active little boy who loves playing outside with his brothers.

According to Brigitte and Peter, “Peter remains a bright light in our lives … he is full of smiles and always able to provide a laugh for our family. We are simply not sure how we would have gotten to this place without being part of the COTA Family.”

“The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) gave our family hope by helping us handle the immense financial burden that comes with a life-saving transplant. Even with health insurance, we were receiving more and more medical bills each day. Our transplant social worker referred us to COTA and with their support and guidance, and through generous financial contributions from friends and family, we have been able to cover all of the transplant-related costs associated with Peter’s diagnosis and liver transplant. Without COTA, Peter’s transplant, his recovery and our ability to support the rest of our family would have been nearly impossible. The peace of mind COTA provides is truly invaluable and lasts … for a lifetime,” they said.

For more information about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA),

or to find a COTA family in your area, please email kim@cota.org.

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COTA Kid Peter Ganucheau
Liver Transplant Recipient

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MCM CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF  GLOBAL FLAGSHIP ON RODEO DRIVE

Hello – Earlier this evening on Thursday, March 14, MCM celebrated the anticipated opening of their Global Flagship location on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA with an exclusive red carpet VIP reception.

Attendees included LL Cool J (Musician), Chloe X Halle (Musicians), Billie Eilish (Musician),Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton RothschildEstelle (Musician), Bella Thorne (Actress, Famous in Love), Quincy Brown (Musician), Dani Song (Influencer), Don Benjamin (Model),EJ Johnson (TV Personality), Cordell Broadus (Model/MCM Ambassador), Hayley Law(Actress, Riverdale), Gigi Gorgeous (Influencer), Ross Butler (Actor, 13 Reasons Why), Anne Winters (Actress, 13 Reasons Why), Jake T. Austin (Actor, The Emoji Movie), Bella Harris(Model), Erika Jayne (TV Personality, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Brandon Michael Hall (Actor, God Friended Me), Landry Shamet (Athlete, LA Clippers), Rolf  Feltscher (Athlete, LA Galaxy), Marcedes Lewis (Athlete, Green Bay Packers), Shaun Ross(Model), Mally Mal (Musician), Super Duper Kyle (Musician), Terrence J (Actor, Hit The Floor), Young Paris (Musician) and many more.

Upon entering the Flagship, guests were welcomed by Pepper, a MCM-branded interactive robot capable of greeting guests with a fist-bump and answering questions about the brand and event, which featured futuristic art installations and activations including an embossing station for MCM custom branded leather goods. Additionally, attendees enjoyed signature cocktails, bites from a custom menu curated by Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and beats by DJ Trauma.

Below please find links to download high-res images from the red carpet and event:  https://bit.ly/2Co1fmO

EVENT TITLE: MCM Global Flagship on Rodeo Drive Grand Opening

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Many thanks for considering coverage of this event!

About MCM (Modern Creation München)
MCM is a luxury lifestyle goods and accessories brand founded in 1976 with an attitude defined by the cultural Zeitgeist and its German heritage with a focus on functional innovation, including the use of cutting edge techniques. Today, through its association with music, art, travel and technology, MCM embodies the bold, rebellious and aspirational. Always with an eye on the disruptive, the driving force behind MCM centers on revolutionizing classic design with futuristic materials. Appealing to the 21st Century Global Nomad generation – dreamers, creatives and digital natives – MCM’s millennial and Gen Z audience is genderless, ageless, empowered and unconstrained by rules and boundaries.

MCM is currently distributed in 650 stores in 40 countries including Munich, Berlin, Zurich, London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Middle East and other countries. For further information about MCM:  www.mcmworldwide.com.

NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR FINDING ASHLEY STEWART (2/23)

NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR HEADS TO LOS ANGELES FOR FINDING ASHLEY STEWART (2/23)
On February 23rd,  hundreds of women in the Los Angeles area will wait patiently for the opportunity to strut their stuff and complete in Ashley Stewart, the leading lifestyle and social commerce brand empowering women globally, ‘Finding Ashley Stewart 2019,’ a national search for the brand’s next ambassador. The event will be held at the Ashley Stewart store in Inglewood, and will be the first stop that the tour will make across the country before its grand finale event in New York City on September 14th. The event will include an audition process, in-store Sip & Shop, fashion show and more.
Two regional winners will be selected at the end of the LA event and entered for a chance to be flown to New York City for the contest’s Finale where they will compete for the grand prize and title of Ashley Stewart 2019.
The award will ultimately be given to a woman who distinctively embodies and exudes the confidence, strength and fierceness that has become synonymous with the Ashley Stewart name. In addition to the coveted title, the winner will also receive $10,000, a new Ashley Stewart wardrobe, and features in AshleyTV segments and photoshoots for a year.
MORE DETAILS:
What:   Finding Ashley Stewart 2019 Los Angeles
Where: Ashley Stewart
             3501 W Century Blvd
             Inglewood, CA 90303
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
2PM-5PM – Finding Ashley Stewart 2019 Round OneHundreds of registered women will line up for the fashion show casting. Ultimately, two finalists will be selected from the fashion show participants for the chance to compete in the NYC finale event.
Tiffany Flamer, Ashley Stewart 2018 winner and Tamara Ivey, AshleyTV Host and Fashion Expert will both be available for interviews during both days of the event, as well as additional spokespersons***
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KATY PERRY, MARISA TOMEI AND MORE EXPERIENCE ROY CHOI’S NEW LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT, BEST FRIEND

    

 

Celebrities pour into Roy Choi’s first Las Vegas restaurant on Park MGM’s grand opening night 

 

LAS VEGAS (December 29, 2018) – The biggest names in entertainment feasted at Best Friend, Roy Choi’s first Las Vegas restaurant, on Friday, Dec. 28 during Park MGM’s official grand opening.

 

Choi prepared his signature flavors for guests, which included pop superstar Katy Perry, DJ singer-songwriter Samantha Ronson, rapper and actor YG, actress Regina King, Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei, and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, dining at Best Friend before-and-after the Lady Gaga Enigma show debut at Park Theater.

 

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Perry was seated in the heart of the main dining room with friends and experienced several unique dishes Choi has created to celebrate the various cultures of his LA neighborhood. Highlights from Perry’s meal included the sizzling Spicy Pork marinated in a sweet and spicy kochujang sauce, the Tamarind Cod Hot Pot – a large-format Korean stew with vermicelli noodles, and the tantalizingly crispy and creamy Slippery Shrimp.

 

Following the official afterparty at Park MGM’s modern speakeasy and club concept – On The Record – Tomei, King, and YG visited Best Friend for late-night meals to cap off an electric evening.

 

Media Contacts:

Robert Flicker

702.737-3100

rflicker@kirvindoak.com

 

 

ABOUT PARK MGM
Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are the newest luxury destinations on the Las Vegas Strip, offering an intimate resort experience on a grand scale. A partnership between MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group, Park MGM features 2,700 guest rooms and suites; and the Las Vegas extension of Sydell’s NoMad features 293 well-appointed guest rooms and suites. The resort’s remarkable culinary program features NoMad Restaurant and NoMad Bar from Will Guidara and Daniel Humm; L.A. legend Roy Choi’s Korean BBQ concept, Best Friend; Hogsalt Hospitality’s renowned Bavette’s Steakhouse; and the 40,000-square-foot vibrant Italian marketplace, Eataly, among other dining and cocktail experiences. Park Theater, the resort’s entertainment destination, is a 5,200-seat venue home to special engagements by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears and other top entertainers. Park MGM is also home to the unique nightlife concept from LA-based Houston Hospitality, On The Record. Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are located in the heart of The Strip, next to the entertainment and dining neighborhood created by The Park and the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena. Park MGM is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit ParkMGM.com, call toll-free at 888-529-4828 or follow on Facebook or  Twitter.