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A Big Heart Foundation to Support Four Additional Charlotte-Area Non Profit Organizations

A Big Heart Foundation is proud to announce four new Charlotte-area affiliations. In its 7th year, ABH’s Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament has donated over $157,000 to the Marine’s Toys for Tots Foundation. 2014 marks the first year the tournament’s proceeds will also be distribute to: The Arby’s Foundation, Servants With a Heart, Classroom Central, and Hope Haven. In the 25 years since its inception, The Arby’s Foundation has focused its charitable efforts towards fighting childhood hunger, donating over fifty eight million dollars to numerous charities and providing meals to 11,000 children across the country. One in five children struggle with hunger every day. The Arby’s Foundation partnered with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign with one goal in mind, ending childhood hunger across the United States by 2015. Servants With a Heart, founded in 2011 by Jeff and Suzanne Yoh and their three children is a local nonprofit targeted towards fighting childhood hunger. Like The Arby’s Foundation, Servants With a Heart is one of over 100 satellites to join Kids Against Hunger. Operating entirely without overhead, their mission is to provide the supplies and instruction needed to help starving children and their families by packing healthy and nutritious meals. For fourteen years, Classroom Central has targeted its efforts to equip children living in poverty with school supplies. Serving over 100,000 students and eighty schools throughout the local Charlotte community. Their four programs include, Classroom Central Free Store, Classroom Up, The Classroom Central Mobile Free Store, and Backpacks & Basics. These programs work together to provide students and teachers with essential school supplies at no cost. Founded in 1976, Hope Haven Inc., has devoted its efforts to creating a foundation of recovery through providing life skills for homeless families. Hope Haven provides underprivileged families with vocational training, medical care and emotional support through a supportive residential environment, leading to independence. If you would like to learn more about A Big Heart Foundation, our upcoming events, or any of the non-profit organizations mentioned here, please visit our website: www.abigheartfoundation.org About A Big Heart Foundation A Big Heart Foundation, Inc. was founded in Spring 2010 by Jack Burke, President and CEO of BURKE as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Foundation supports children’s charitable endeavors in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Every year the organization has supported the official Charlotte (T4T) Toys for Tots Golf Tournament presented by BURKE. Please call 704-377-2600, e-mail info@ToysForTotsGolf.org, or visit ToysForTotsGolf.org for more information.  Paulina Valeri Director A Big Heart Foundation paulina@abigheartfoundation.org    


BURKE to Release UNC Charlotte’s 2014 Annual Report for the Charlotte 49ers Athletics Program

Today BURKE is excited to release the 2014 Annual Report for the Charlotte 49ers Athletics program for UNC Charlotte. This is BURKE’s tenth year designing the annual report, and its 22nd year working with the 49ers Athletics Program and Foundation. This year, BURKE and the Charlotte 49ers Athletic Foundation agreed to freshen up the Annual Report by using interesting, new design techniques to highlight the students and the athletes celebrating their school spirit. Commemorating the 1st season of 49ers Football, this year’s Athletic Annual Report cover features a powerful image representing the Charlotte 49ers newest athletic team. “BURKE continues to exceed our expectations on our Annual Report. This year’s fresh take on our traditional model and focus on our amazing football season, will definitely impress our donors, sponsors, and other support groups! We consistently receive compliments from our constituents in regards to the quality and design of the publication, and expect nothing less from our die-hard 49ers this year.” said Mike Hummer, Executive Director of the 49ers Athletic Foundation. In addition to BURKE’s longstanding professional relationship with the Athletic Foundation, as a former tennis athlete at UNC Charlotte, Jack is a proud 49er alumnus. As an FSL ticket holder for the 2013 inaugural 49ers Football season, and recipient of the 1997 Outstanding Young Alumnus award by the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, Jack has supported the university on many levels. “As a UNCC alumna and former 49er’s athlete, it has been a joy to see how the relationship between BURKE and UNCC has grown. I’ve watched the athletic program, and 49ers brand develop into a powerhouse in the Charlotte Community,” said BURKE President and CEO, Jack BURKE. “We are honored to see each teams’ accomplishments, athletes’ accolades and recognitions of the athletic staff, for the past decade, and we hope to continue to see outstanding performances for years to come.” For more information about the Charlotte 49ers Athletics program, please visit charlotte49ers.com. To see the Annual Report, click here.


BURKE Announces Launch of Black Powder Roasting Company’s New Website

Today BURKE announced the debut of Black Powder Roasting Company’s new website. The site features a rustic design and logo inspired by the old west and the history of gold mining locally.This marks a time in history when work was hard and dirty. The quality of your work was part of the basic fabric of your name. The brand conjures up images of old mines, dynamite, powder kegs, panning, and blasting caps. This is a time in history when tools and products were invented daily, to make life a little easier and a lot better. “The website with brand and images conveys the strict quality standards of our business in sourcing prime single origin beans to developing the perfect roast profile to expand that flavor – Mining a perfect cup.” Said Melissa Stahlman, CEO of Black Powder Roasting Company. BURKE has been privileged to work with Black Powder Roasting Company, since its inception, earlier this year. BPR’s tagline (Responsibly harvested. Divinely roasted), logo, packaging, and collateral were all designed by the BURKE team “The entire BURKE team loves projects that allow us to get really creative. The gritty nature of this brand allowed us to challenge ourselves. And, we came up with a great logo, website, tagline and collateral package that reflects Black Powder’s brand message.” said Jack Burke, CEO and Founder of BURKE. About Black Powder Roasting Company Black Powder Roasting Company is a family owned and operated small business. Lead by Melissa Stahlman, CEO & President, and supported by her husband Dave, Roaster & VP Marketing. The BPR team spent two years in product development to perfect the roasting process that yields hot and cold brewed concentrate coffees that have creaminess and a dry finish with world-class taste. Click here to see Black Powder Roasting branding and website.  


BURKE selected a Winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards

The Telly Awards has named BURKE as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their public service announcement titled, "Sharing Pills Can Kill." With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Launched in June of 2013, the 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) shows the reality of teen prescription drug abuse. Since the campaign's inception, schools and educational facilities around the country have commandeered the microsite in addition to the print, digital, and television ads. Sharing Pills Can Kill, gives parents and educators a unique opportunity to share the dangers of prescription drug abuse with teens. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. For its 35th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People's Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People's Telly Awards winners. A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work - entries do not compete against each other - rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly. "The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. "BURKE's accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."


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