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ABH’s Toys for Tots Golf Tournament Receives Communitas Award for Community Partnership

A Big Heart Foundation, Inc., A 501(c)(3) organization will accept the 2014 Communitas Award for Community Partnership. Founded in 2008, the Toys for Tots (T4T) Golf Tournament supports children’s charitable endeavors in Charlotte, including The Arby’s Foundation, Servants with a Heart, Classroom Central, Hope Haven, Inc., and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.“On behalf of all of the participants of this year’s tournament, I would like to express my gratitude to the AMCP for awarding the 7th Annual T4T Golf Tournament with the Communitas Award for Community Partnership,” said Jack Burke, Founder of A Big Heart Foundation and the T4T Golf Tournament. Communitas Awards are an international effort to recognize the spirit of communitas—people helping people. They recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals for excellence in community service and corporate social responsibility. Winners unselfishly give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities. Since its inception, the T4T Tournament has donated over $160,000. The Toys for Tots program’s mission, to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children at Christmas, is reflected in the spirit of each of the tournament’s sponsors, players and volunteers. With the simple gift of a new toy, supporters are contributing to the creation of better communities made of responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens. On Friday December 5, 2014, ABH volunteers will meet at Toys and Co. in Cotswold Village for the “A Big Heart Foundation Toys 4 Tots Shopping Event.” Proceeds from the 7th Annual T4T Golf Tournament will be used to purchase toys for local families. To find out how to participate in next year’s 8th Annual T4T Golf Tournament, visit ABH’s website: www.abigheartfoundation.org About Communitas Awards The Communitas Awards is an outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). Founded in 1995, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of its members who contribute their unique marketing and communication talents to public service and charitable organizations. Over the past few years, AMCP has given over $100,000 to help create marketing materials for homeless shelters, orphanages, day camps, community theaters and art centers; and for educational endeavors for children, the elderly and underprivileged. 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 www.abigheartfoundation.org for more information.


BURKE Clears the Air for International Odor Removal Company

The excitement buzzing around BURKE is in response to the overwhelming success of client, BIOSWEEP. The odor removal company specializes in a BASE TREATMENT and SURFACE DEFENSE TREATMENT that completely eliminates and prevents foul odors from sources including cigarette smoke, mold, mildew, pets, and cooking. The outstanding service is offered across the United States and in many international locations. “Burke completely reworked our BIOSWEEP website and overall marketing image to correspond with our great service! More importantly, they walked us through the complex marketing and website development process so we understood how everything fits together, like PPC, E-blasts, and mobile devices” said Mark Brodowicz, BIOSWEEP’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner. This year has been packed with campaign projects, copywriting, and extensive research to culminate with BIOSWEEP’s client and franchise numbers exploding! “We are so excited to see that our hard work is paying off in a big way! Working with a company; designing their brand, website, and online promotion materials from scratch is where our creative and account teams really excel” said Lyndsey Kraynock, Project Manager and Account Executive at BURKE. BURKE began BIOSWEEP’s overhaul online. The Charlotte agency revamped the BIOSWEEP website to include stunning images and optimized content, to improve success in organic searches. 2014’s campaign included BIOSWEEP’s first steps into the social networking arena. Profiles launched on mediums like Facebook and LinkedIn are seeing success thanks to BURKE’s management and protocol for optimizing each social channel. Followers can stay up-to-date with BIOSWEEP’s newest franchises and learn more information about Phocatox Technology. To launch BIOSWEEP’s pay-per-click campaign, BURKE designed custom landing pages and conducted thorough keyword research. The success of each individual campaign has been astounding, allowing for an increase in franchise business across the US. About BIOSWEEP BIOSWEEP® offers innovative SOLUTIONS for eliminating embedded odors, airborne pollutants and surface contaminants within any indoor environment. BIOSWEEP safely and permanently eliminates all malodors including animal urine, cigarette, curry, fire, mold / mildew and other difficult odors. Our network of franchise experts, who specialize in removing cooking odors, animal urine odors, cigarette smoke odors, and other foul smells, expands across the globe, including the US and Canada. For more information, visit www.biosweep.com


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.


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