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‘Hope Starts Here’ Breakfast Benefits Bellevue’s LifeWire

As high-profile cases of domestic violence draw the attention of people across the country, Bellevue’s LifeWire is bringing local awareness and resources to the issue at its ‘Hope Starts Here’ breakfast on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Bellevue. “We are at a pivotal moment within American culture in which domestic violence, so often a taboo subject, is being addressed on a national level,” said Barbara Langdon, LifeWire Executive Director. “America needs to know that domestic violence is an insidious crime and a national epidemic.”

Langdon cites recent cases involving NFL football player Ray Rice, and stunning video of him hitting his fiancée inside a casino elevator, knocking her out. NFL players Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson have also been arrested in separate cases of abuse. Local women’s soccer player, Hope Solo, has pleaded ‘not guilty’ and is awaiting trial on charges that she assaulted her half-sister and 17 year old nephew. And newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev, a domestic violence survivor, made headlines with her pageant platform of domestic violence awareness.

For 32 years, LifeWire has been addressing the complex issue of domestic violence. “Many of these victims call our helpline and walk through our doors in desperate need of help,” said Langdon. “Domestic violence and sexual assaults account for more than 200,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country each year.” National police statistics show that nearly half of women murdered by their intimate partner had visited an emergency room within two years of the homicide.

Janine Latus, award-winning journalist and author of the book, If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, will deliver the keynote speech at the ‘Hope Starts Here’ breakfast. Latus will share her story of being in a series of abusive relationships for both her and her sister, Amy, which eventually ended in Amy’s death. The LifeWire breakfast will be held at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center on Thursday, October 2nd. Jean Enersen of KING 5 News, will emcee the event. Register to attend at

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Agilysys Donates Movie Tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Boys & Girls Club SignAgilysys, Inc. a provider of innovative information technology and hospitality software and services, is donating 500 AMC movie tickets to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in conjunction with its rGuest ™ ‘World Premiere’ product launch, held during HITEC 2014 in Los Angeles.

Each time a HITEC attendee visited the Agilysys booth and viewed the rGuest demo, a movie ticket donation was made. The tickets will be distributed among Boys & Girls Clubs located in most of the U.S. locations where Agilysys maintains an office — Atlanta; Bellevue, Wash.; Las Vegas; and Santa Barbara, Calif.

“We are grateful to Agilysys for giving our kids a fun and memorable experience,” said Carolyn Brown, executive director of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara. “More than 60 percent of our members live at or below the poverty level, so it’s a treat for them to see a movie in a real theater.”

In the Las Vegas area, the movie tickets will be given to teen club members who helped raise approximately $20,000 for the organization by selling fireworks the week prior to the Fourth of July. “These dedicated young people worked very hard to raise money to help fund field trips, leadership events and programs for the coming year,” said Ken Rubeli, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. “A night at the movies will be a great reward for them as well as a way to show our appreciation for their efforts.”

“We are pleased to play a role in bringing happiness to some of the kids in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Michael Buckham-White, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Agilysys. “We are especially gratified to work with an organization that does so much to promote the welfare of children and teens in need, giving them a helping hand and enabling them to reach their full potential. Through this donation, we affirm our corporate commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work and encourage our employees to do the same.”

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America have enabled young people in need to achieve great futures as productive and responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing fun, friendship, caring adult mentors and high-impact youth development programs that emphasize academic success, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is headquartered in Atlanta.

About Agilysys

Agilysys is a developer and marketer of proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality industry.

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Peter Diamandis Launches Global Learning X-Prize!

Peter DiamandisI just got an e-newsletter from Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Planetary Resources, Peter Diamandis and feel the need to share it with our readers:

I’m writing to tell you about the boldest XPRIZE I’ve ever launched.

…and I want you involved.

There are nearly one billion illiterate people on Earth.

Two-thirds of them are women.

250 million of them are children.

These are kids who can’t read, write or do basic math.

And there is a HUGE cost to society here: 250 million minds are going to waste.

We know from hard research that educated populations have lower growth rates, are more peaceful and add to the global economy.

The best way to create a more peaceful and prosperous world is to educate these kids.

But how?

To meet the demand of 250 million illiterate children would requiretraining over 1.6 million new teachers by 2015.

There is NO WAY to teach enough teachers and build enough schools.

The old way just doesn’t scale.

It’s time to stop thinking linearly…

So here’s a solution. It’s the MOST important XPRIZE we may ever launch.

It’s called the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE.

We are challenging hundreds (perhaps thousands) of teams around the world to build a piece of software that can take a child fromilliteracy to reading, writing and numeracy in just 18 months.

Imagine such software preloaded onto every phone and every tablet.

Imagine software that incorporates A.I. as the facilitator — providing on-demand, personalized knowledge and learning when and where it is needed.

This isn’t designed to replace teachers. It’s to create an educational solution where little or none exists.

If there was one tool to create a more peaceful and vibrant world, one tool to empower humanity, this would be it.

I want to URGE you to check out this XPRIZE and get involved.

Do you have kids? Nieces, nephews, younger siblings?

Would you like access to the most powerful learning software ever created for your local elementary school?

If you do, then get involved and get access. Please check it out here.

This may be the most important and bold issue I’ve ever attempted to tackle.

Join XPRIZE in this mission. Let’s Change the World!

All the best,

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Receives Grant for Education Center

Bellevue-Boys-Girls-Club-logoThe C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, managed by The Seattle Foundation, has pledged $500,000 to support the construction of the planned new downtown Club.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant”, said Kathy Haggart, President & CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue. “We know Mr. Birkenfeld was a teacher in Bellevue and involved in numerous civic efforts for more than 20 years. What a fantastic legacy to leave.”

Mr. Birkenfeld, a member of a Kitsap County pioneer family, passed away in 2005, leaving his substantial estate to be distributed through grants made annually to deserving non-profit organizations for the purpose of building a lasting impact on the communities they serve. His intent was to inspire others to give through his generosity. The Trust is designed to make grants annually, expending all funds within a twenty-year period. 2014 marks the ninth year of funding with a total of $8.1 million in grants made to date.

Specifically, the grant will be used to fund the Education Center in the new Club. It will be named the C. Keith Birkenfeld Learning Center, in recognition of this gift.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was established in 1952. Currently the organization has 12 sites throughout the City of Bellevue and serves children 2 ½ – 19 years of age. Club programs include the Project Learn after-school program, structured recreation leagues, preschool, and teen specific programming. For the past 62 years, the Club has provided the young people in our community with something they need and want most – a safe environment where adults respect and listen to them, and where they can have fun! Our mission follows that of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.