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Sun Shades Designed to Combat Blindness


Designed right in the heart of Southern California, SHAUNS SHADES gives visibility to those in areas with no access to eye health care or glasses.

More than 285 million people around the globe suffer from the challenges of visual impairment; they are blind or have low vision because they have no access to basic eye health care. Visual impairment hampers performance at school, reduces employability and productivity, and generally impairs quality of life. Yet, the treatment of the vast majority of these cases is just a simple pair of glasses.

SHAUNS SHADES proposes a simple solution to combat this problem. For each pair of sunglasses they sell, SHAUNS SHADES’ BUY ONE GIVE SIGHT campaign will donate a pair of glasses to someone in need.

Created to empower consumers to solve the problem of visual impairment, Shaun was motivated by his own use of corrective lenses and inspired by the thought that had he lived in an area without access to eye healthcare or glasses, he would be blind.

Patients living in regions with a shortage of eye health care services are identified, administered an eye exam and then fitted with the gratis glasses. This one pair of glasses may allow a child to stay in school, help an individual become more productive on the job or provide the simple joy of being able to see clearly again.

In essence, when you purchase a pair of SHAUNS SHADES it triggers one more pair of glasses into existence; this pair destined for the face of someone in need.

SHAUNS SHADES are designed in the heart of  Southern California and made in Italy using the highest quality materials, including world renowned Carl Zeiss lenses, to ensure the highest visual performance and craftsmanship in each and every pair of sunglasses.


SHAUNS SHADES was founded by a Scottish transplant, who was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of California and moved by the issue of visual impairment. It’s the world’s first premium sunglasses company created to give sight as well as style. For more information visit http://www.shaunsshades.com.


Author raises awareness and helps fight human trafficking via sales of her new novel


Gathering the Indigo Maidens, a novel written for women, about women, to help women, sheds light on the little discussed, forbidden topic of human trafficking.

In an unrelenting tale of three historical Latina figures, Gathering the Indigo Maidens, takes the reader on a journey that befalls the indigo gathering maiden in Quito, Ecuador in 1699, to the failed printing dynasty of Maria de Rivera Calderon y Benavides in Mexico City in 1754, to the indigo ink protest sign  in 1889 that sentenced Modesta Avila of San Juan Capistrano to San Quentin prison, all while incorporating the modern day life and emotions of an esteemed art collector from Laguna Beach, Calif.

“My novel intertwines the mysterious history of a 17th century Spanish Colonial painting, the lives of three nearly forgotten historical women, and the grim, sadistic, modern-day world of human-trafficking for sexual exploitation,” says author Connie Spenuzza (pen name “Cecilia Velástegui”).  read more…

Sunshine Bill for State Schools’ Foundations Makes Way to Governors Desk


Last week, the California Senate voted 36-1 in favor of legislation to make the fund-raising arms of state universities subject to public-records laws.  Senate Bill 8, which would expand the authority of the California Public Records Act on the state’s college campuses, is heading to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.  Brown’s predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, twice vetoed similar measures to change the rules for university foundations, which are set up as separate units to raise money for public universities. Democrat, Sen. Leland Yee hopes the third time’s a charm!

As it stands, private organizations that support public universities are now exempt from having to disclose much of the information that public agencies usually make public.

The University of California and California State University, which said many donors did not want to have their identities revealed, opposed Yee’s two previous bills, however, decided to drop their opposition to the current bill after Yee agreed to amend it to protect the anonymity of some donors.

The Bill made national headlines last year when California State University at Stanislaus declined to report how much it had paid Sarah Palin to speak at a fund-raising event.

Yee and open-records advocates have long sought to bring state university foundations under California’s sunshine laws which would call for greater financial transparency at campuses’ foundations.

The measure would allow public examination of the financial records, contracts, and correspondences of state schools’ private “auxiliary” groups. Donors would be identified only if they receive gifts or services from the institutions worth $2,500 or more–up from $500 in past versions of the bill–or won a no-bid contract within five years of giving.



L.A.’s “Honest – T” Raises cash for Nonprofits


In July, Honest Tea created pop-up stores across the United States to measure the honesty of cities and the web in a live social experiment. The Honest Experiment rated Los Angeles as 88% honest.

The Honest Approach calculated, in real-time updates, each city’s honesty percentage by visually tracking throughout the day how many people “left a buck for a bottle” or “took the bottle and ran.”  At the end of the day, they calculated final results by taking the amount of cash collected and dividing it by the number of bottles merchandised, which amounted to the city’s final honesty percentage.

The company does admit that some of their information may be slightly inaccurate as a result of larger bills being deposited, or in some cases, fake money or I.O.U’s issued.  Some people might have even boosted their city’s reputation by paying more than $1 per bottle!

Americans’ honesty was tested in twelve cities with Honest Tea’s Honest Cities campaign.  The honest dollars collected from the campaign were donated to three nonprofits, decided by Facebook fans.  Here is the full breakdown:

  • City Year – 2,779 (56% of the vote) will receive $5,000

Four out of five third graders in Southern California can’t read at grade level. 70% of students from Southern California’s 2,000 public schools are English language learners. And due to the lack of additional resources students that do not receive additional education support such as attending after school programs are 57% more likely to drop out of school and 27% more likely to become arrested.

City Year Los Angeles engages young people between the ages of 17 to 24 to serve a year of full-time service as a tutor, mentor and role model to help students and schools succeed by leading school-based service programs, youth leadership programs and community transformation.  For more information about City Year Los Angeles visit www.cityyear.org/losangeles .

Share Our Strength’s goal is to end childhood hunger in America. Summer is a challenging time for kids facing hunger. Although 21 million kids in the U.S. rely on a free or reduced-price school lunch during the school year, less than 3 million get summer meals when schools are closed. Only 1 in 6 eligible kids receive free summer meals.

Visit www.strength.org  to view local Share Our Strength restaurants, Food Banks, and community events.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s mission is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. Visit www.railstotrails.org for additional information.

Schools can win $5,000 for field trips


Help your school receive $5,000 to use towards field trips just by “liking” Kleenex brand at www.Facebook.com/Kleenex.

More and more, schools are facing budget cuts that result in the loss of important in-school and after school programs. Among others, music and art education are some of programs facing elimination, but there is another aspect of education that is becoming more infrequent as well – field trips.

According to the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, hands-on activities outside the classroom, such as field trips, are one of the most effective ways to engage youth ages 12 through 17. But because of state-wide budget cuts, many schools have reduced, and in some cases, even eliminated school field trips.

This back-to-school season, Kleenex brand is committed to helping schools keep field trips as part of the curriculum by awarding 100 schools $5,000 each during the 2011-2012 school year. Awards will be given to the top 100 schools that finish with the most votes.

Now through September 14, students and their families and friends can visit www.Facebook.com/Kleenex  to vote for the school of their choice and save the field trips. Click the “Like” button to get started and you are on your way to awarding your school a year’s worth of field trips!

All accredited Kindergarten through Grade 12 Schools (public or private) are eligible.  And after you’ve nominated your school, check out Kleenex brand’s new line of on-the-go packs with Sneeze Shield.  Make it easy for kids on the go, anywhere, anytime, keep their sneezes to themselves.