December 4th luncheon benefit will promote universal philanthropy among the Valley’s tech companies
San Ramon, Calif. – October 24, 2012 – Reply!, the leading marketplace for locally-targeted advertisers, is kicking off Silicon Valley’s season of giving by hosting its second annual invitation-only event, “Holidays with a Purpose,” which will benefit the FEED Foundation and the Mona Foundation. The event will be held on December 4th at 12pm PST at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, CA.
“The event has two key purposes – support the valuable work of these great foundations and promote the idea of universal philanthropy. The hope is that every company and every professional in Silicon Valley and elsewhere will incorporate philanthropic giving into their holiday activities. Regardless of the amount, the act of giving shows that we collectively care,” said Payam Zamani, Founder and CEO of Reply.com. “Silicon Valley creates technologies that have dramatically changed the world. There’s so much more we in the community can do with the resources and clout that we have to better the world. We are excited that ‘Holidays with a Purpose’ will bring us together to help provide for basic needs such as food and education.”
Co-founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, the FEED Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world. As of 2011, the FEED Foundation and its retail partner FEED Projects have provided 60 million free, nutritious school meals to children in 62 countries.
“Silicon Valley produces some of the world’s most innovative technologies, and as a community it has the tremendous ability to have an impact on societies in every corner of the globe,” said Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation. “We are excited to engage with the Valley’s movers and thinkers and reach our goal of providing one million meals to under-privileged schoolchildren as a result of this event.”
The FEED Foundation is a new beneficiary of Reply.com’s annual giving event. Contributions at last year’s event supported the Mona Foundation, whose main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, raise the status of women and girls, and build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located. The Seattle-based organization supports many projects around the world, including the New Horizon School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Association of the Cohesive Development of the Amazon in Brazil, and the Digital Study Hall in India.
“A society’s future depends a great deal on the educational opportunities it provides to its children,” said Rainn Wilson, a long-time Mona Foundation supporter, and an actor and comedian best-known for his role as “Dwight” in NBC’s hit television show, The Office. “My personal visits to several of the Mona Foundation’s projects have shown me the impact of contributions, no matter how small, in enabling grassroots organizations around the world to provide a better and sustainable education to their future generation.”
Reply.com’s benefit last year raised $100,000 for the Mona Foundation, which helped expand the New Horizon School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This year’s event aims to match last year’s donations to the Mona Foundation as well as raise another $100,000 to fund one million school meals through the FEED Foundation. One hundred percent of contributions to the Mona Foundation and the FEED Foundation will go directly to sponsored programs, with no donations going to administrative or overhead fees.
To join this event as a sponsor and support “Holidays with a Purpose,” please contact the Reply! team at email@example.com.
About Reply.com, Inc.
Reply.com, Inc. operates the leading marketplace for locally-targeted advertisers. Reply!’s platform provides advertisers of all sizes with a simple and scalable solution for locally-targeted marketing. Reply! owns and operates many destination sites including iMotors.com, Contractors.com and MerchantCircle.com, which is the largest online network of local business owners in the nation with over 1.4 million member merchants and 17 million monthly local consumer visits. To learn more about Reply!, please visit www.reply.com.
About the Mona Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Mona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports grassroots educational initiatives across the world. Its main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, to raise the status of women and girls, and to build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located. The Mona Foundation achieves these objectives by giving 100% of designated funds, and 97% of general funds, directly to its projects. For more information about Mona Foundation and the projects it supports visit www.monafoundation.org.
About the FEED Foundation
Co-founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, the FEED Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world. The FEED Foundation partners with organizations such as the United Nations World Food Programme, UNICEF, Robin Hood Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, and local food banks in the United States to provide meals, nutritional supplements, and education. As of 2011, the FEED Foundation and FEED Projects have provided nearly 60 million free, nutritious school meals to children around the globe. To learn more about the FEED Foundation, please visit www.thefeedfoundation.org.
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