Hasbro and generationOn Honor Six Young Volunteers Demonstrating That
You Are Never Too Young to Make Your Mark on the World
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
In recognition of extraordinary achievements in community service and to
inspire other young people across the country to give back, last night Hasbro,
Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) honored six youth volunteers at the generationOn
annual benefit in New York City. The six young service leaders, ages
eight through 16, received the third annual Hasbro Community Action Hero
Awards for their dedication to creating positive change in their
communities and around the world through their exceptional service.
"These young leaders are not only committed to volunteering in their own
lives, but are also working hard to set positive examples and encourage
service among their friends, schools, families and communities," said
Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro, Inc. "Service is an
important part of our culture at Hasbro and we are proud to honor these
inspirational young people for the impressive mark they have already
made on the world."
GenerationOn, the youth enterprise of Points
of Light Institute, partnered with Hasbro to select the six award
winners from hundreds of nominations received from across the United
States. Each of the 2012 Hasbro Community Action Heroes traveled to New
York to accept their award at last night's generationOn annual benefit
and will receive a $1,000 educational scholarship. This year's honorees
Zachary Certner (Morristown, New Jersey, age 15) is the leader
of SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Programs), a master motivator and a
tireless advocate for special needs families. In 2011, SNAP provided
more than 3,000 hours of service to the community through its sports
clinics program. Most recently, SNAP has begun to provide sensitivity
training to promote a culture of acceptance.
Maryam Farooq (Bellrose, New York, age 14) is a student leader
who brought No Place for Hate (sponsored by the Anti-Defamation
League), a nationally recognized anti-bullying program, to her school.
In a role normally reserved for a teacher or administrator, Maryam
organized and led student assemblies and staff and student workshops
on the signs of bullying and how to deal with bullying.
Nimansha Jain (Omaha, Nebraska, age 16) uses her unique sense
of logical reasoning to find intricate solutions to problems in her
community. Merging her passions for volunteering and public health,
Nimansha founded the Grandfather Youth Task Force. It was after her
grandfather's death due to Alzheimer's disease that she looked back at
the memories she shared with him, and was inspired to begin
volunteering with the Visiting Nurses Association, making weekly
visits to a hospice patient suffering from dementia.
Cassandra Lin (Westerly, Rhode Island, age 13) is the
co-founder of Project T.G.I.F. - Turn Grease Into Fuel - a sustainable
system that collects waste cooking oil (WCO) from residents and
restaurants, refines it into biodiesel (a clean-burning, alternative
energy), and distributes it to families in need. Project T.G.I.F. has
distributed 5,300 flyers, 3,500 promotional calendars, made more than
40 presentations and visited more than 500 restaurants to ask the
owners to donate their grease. They also drafted a bill to mandate WCO
recycling for businesses in Rhode Island, which went into effect on
January 1, 2012.
Will Lourcey (Fort Worth, Texas, age 9) saw a man on a street
corner carrying a sign that read "Need a Meal" and brought together a
group of friends to volunteer at a local food bank, where they packed
6,000 backpacks with food for kids at risk of hunger. This was the
start of FROGs: Friends Reaching Our Goals. Will's next action was a
sports-based program called Hits & Kicks Against Hunger. All money
collected went to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Nina Mahalingam (Nashua, New Hampshire, age 8) started
volunteering when she was barely three years old. Last year, Nina
co-led "Wish Upon a Crane" campaigns in malls and also rallied youth
worldwide (with help from family) using the Internet. Children from 12
countries responded by folding over 9,000 paper cranes and raising
$18,000 to help victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake.
The Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards are an integral part of Hasbro's
ongoing partnership with generationOn. As its founding partner, Hasbro
supports generationOn by lending its expertise through a multi-year $5
million investment by the Hasbro Children's Fund. This critical support
helps generationOn provide kids of all ages with the tools and hands-on
opportunities to understand the issues in their communities and become
part of the solution. Through its relationship with generationOn, Hasbro
works to fulfill its commitment to the transformative power of service,
helping to provide opportunities for volunteerism and service learning
for children and youth as a means to improve the academic and
life-success of students and support the next generation of engaged
"GenerationOn is dedicated to providing young people with the tools they
need to become leaders, community activists and compassionate, global
citizens," said Concetta Bencivenga, executive director of generationOn.
"The Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards allow us to honor children and
teens that are already making their mark through service and empower
others to recognize that they can make a difference in their communities
at any age."
GenerationOn is the global youth service movement igniting the
power of all kids to make their mark on the world. As Points of Light's
youth service enterprise, generationOn inspires, equips and mobilizes
youth to take action through generationOn service clubs, schools, youth
organizations, campaigns and youth leadership initiatives. It also
provides tools and resources to youth, families and educators to help
kids change the world and themselves through service. To learn more
about how to get involved, visit www.generationon.org.
About Hasbro, Inc.
Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and
families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment
offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys
and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming
and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its
global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as
TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I.
JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios
develops and produces television programming for markets around the
world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a
multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications
(NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company's deep commitment to
corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is
helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and
to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families
every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of
the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate
Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.
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Source: Hasbro, Inc.
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