“There is a strong community of homeowners here at Suncadia who enjoy just getting away to relax for the weekend, or spending a few weeks at a time to immerse themselves in our mountain retreat culture.”
A lunch with business and technology guru Riccardo Zacconi has raised just over £18,000 through an online auction organised by CharityStars.
Zacconi, who founded King Digital Entertainment, the name behind popular mobile games Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch, is supporting Hospital Fatebenefratelli in Milan.
An unnamed Italian came out on top following a closely fought bidding process, which started at €500, and paid €25,500 (51 times the starting bid) for lunch with Zacconi. The lunch is due to take place in the coming months and the auction winner will learn how Zacconi made his fortune and hopefully glean some useful knowledge. Zacconi’s company, King Digital Entertainment, is set to sell for $5 billion, so he certainly knows how to run a successful business.
The money raised from this auction is a phenomenal amount for a small-scale charity in Italy. And this isn’t CharityStars’ only recent success story. In the final two months of 2015, CharityStars raised £1 million for good causes, bringing the total the company has raised since its inception in 2013 to £2.2 million, a figure rising daily.
A big contributor to this figure was Eva Longoria’s Global Gift Galas that took place in the UK and Dubai at the end of 2015. A Picasso original titled ‘Seven studies for a head of a Harlequin’ sold for an incredible £120,000, while a Dali piece sold for £50,000 via CharityStars.
CharityStars is leading the way in high-end fundraising with a variety of celebrities and key figures in the business and tech industries donating their time or personal items to support worthy causes all over the world.
In 2016 CharityStars is hoping to build its total raised to £5 million and is always exploring new ways to help charities needing money, celebrities who want to support charities, and companies who have a desire to give back to society.
Today’s business leaders prioritize authentic experiences and an active outdoor lifestyle, and Mammoth Resorts has launched a new private premier club created especially to meet those needs: Mammoth SKYBOX. Building on a reputation of excellence within the resort and pro sports industries, Mammoth SKYBOX is ideal for California companies that want to supercharge and grow their business, inspire their teams through extraordinary team building experiences, and engage with other like-minded executives at one of the most luxurious mountain resorts.
Through constant, vigilant monitoring of our networks, and those of our customers, we monitor about 100 petabytes of traffic every day. That allows us a certain amount of visibility into where the attacks are coming from and, to a certain extent, where they’re heading. No one can know for sure what the next breaches will entail, but we can make some logical predictions. In watching cybersecurity trends year over year, some of the biggest cyberthreats for 2016 could include:
1. The Cloud
2. Mobile Devices
3. Car Hacking
4. EMV Chip Cards
5. Spear Phishing
ons is called “spear phishing.” It uses online data to extract personal information to create very personal phishing emails that prove almost irresistible to the victim. The victim opens the phishing email, and then if a link is clicked or personal information is inadvertently revealed, the hacker can do whatever malicious deed he or she wants – unleash malware, create a botnet, steal identities… just a whole host of online badness. Phishing and spear phishing have also become a big problem for businesses, where unsolicited emails can be much more common.
7. Wearable Tech
8. Stolen Data for Sale
9. Medical Tech
11. Government-Sponsored Hacking
|Stitches from the Heart members knit and crochet blankets, baby booties and other items to donate to Neighborhood Care Clinic in Seattle and Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Friend Haynes
Ask any parent and they can tell you: babies require a lot of stuff. In addition to bottles and diapers, there are booties, sweaters and blankets – just to name a few things. Fortunately for new parents who may struggle in providing basic necessities to their children, there is a group of retirees willing to lend a hand.
Stitches from the Heart, a club comprised of residents at Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, handcrafts one-of-a-kind baby hats, booties, sweaters and blankets for families in need.
Baby items are made throughout the year, and then divided up in September and January and taken to two donation sites: Neighborhood Care Clinic in Seattle and Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah. Last year, club members handmade and donated 706 booties, blankets and other baby items. Since the club began in 2006, more than 2,300 items have been donated to these agencies that care for low-income families.
“The residents at Covenant Shores are very dedicated in their efforts to help individuals in the community who are struggling,” says Bruce Erickson, Executive Director of Covenant Shores. “The Stitches from the Heart club is a long-standing tradition here, and it is a great example of how active our residents are in community outreach.”
Embracing crafters who knit, crochet and quilt, resident Joyce Hedges, 84, started the club when she moved to the senior living community in 2006. It was an activity she has participated in since 2001, and believed like-minded individuals at Covenant Shores would also appreciate.
“It’s a lot of fun and is pleasant to do,” Hedges says. “We don’t all have grandchildren we can knit for anymore, so this is an outlet for what we enjoy doing.”
Hedges says that there are about a dozen dedicated ladies who are extremely qualified in their craft that are active participants in the club, but everyone is willing to help someone new to the knit one, purl two concepts.
“We help each other,” Hedges says. “Most of the work is done at home, and showing up to the meetings isn’t a requirement. When we get together it is to share patterns and ideas and we make a lot of noise and have fun.”
Most of the washable acrylic and nylon yarn used by Stitches from the Heart is donated from family members of knitters who have passed away. It is a generous gift that continues to give, she says.
For more information about Covenant Shores, please visit www.covenantshores.org, or call 877-591-0465.
About Covenant Shores
Covenant Shores, a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community, is located at 9150 Fortuna Drive, Mercer Island, Wash. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior services providers. Covenant Retirement Communities serves 5,000 residents at 12 retirement communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on Covenant Shores, call 877–385-8613 or visit www.covenantshores.org.