Staples funded all 133 projects posted on in San Francisco with $100,966 donation

Staples and Lady Gaga Help San Francisco Teachers Create Positive Classroom Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today (Aug. 10, 2017) that all 133 projects posted on in San Francisco received full funding as part of Staples’s $1 million donation to, a charity that has funded more than 900,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 28 million U.S. students.

As part of the Staples for Students program, Staples together with Lady Gaga, continue to support education and promote positive classroom experiences across the country this back-to-school season. Staples funded the balance of every 133 projects listed on in San Francisco. With a donation of $100,966, Staples impacted 92 teachers and more than 9,760 students in the community.

For example, Mr. Ellingston at Jose Ortega Elementary School will have the opportunity to take his students on a field trip to a 4-day outdoor science adventure.

“We’re so excited to be working with Lady Gaga, and Born This Way Foundation to help U.S. teachers have what they need for a great school year,” said Michelle Bottomley, chief marketing officer, Staples. “Staples is a longtime supporter of education and, and we know there’s a burden placed on teachers to ensure that their classrooms are stocked with the materials and activities they need to spark kid’s learning. We are committed to supporting teachers through and encourage others to fund a classroom project this year so teachers and kids go all-out in reaching their full potential or donate in one of our stores.”

Driven by an insight from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, often at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples takes great pride in helping to alleviate some of the pressure placed upon teachers.

“Staples has been a steadfast supporter of for years, and we’re so thankful for its continued support,” said Charles Best, founder of “Staples’s million-dollar donation to ensures that hundreds of teachers, including many in San Francisco, will be able to bring learning to life for their students.”

Lady Gaga and Staples collaborated to create a public service announcement that is currently airing nationwide, further increasing visibility around the need to celebrate and support teachers and students. Earlier in the summer, Staples also donated $1 million to Born This Way Foundation, which Lady Gaga co-founded with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to support positive classroom experiences.

Those who wish to support teachers and students nationwide can make a donation either in Staples stores or online at

Win a $50,000 Scholarship and a Trip to See Lady Gaga In Concert
Fans have the opportunity this summer to enter the Staples for Students Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize: a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to meet Lady Gaga and see her in concert, including roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations and spending money. Five first prize winners will also receive a trip for two to Las Vegasto see Lady Gaga in concert on December 16, 2017.

Visit for sweepstakes rules and to learn how to enter. Entries must be submitted before September 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older.

About Staples for Students
Staples, Inc. has a long history of supporting students, teachers and classrooms. Staples for Students is an ongoing program that helps students and teachers with the school supplies and essential items needed to achieve success in education. The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.

About is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2 million people and partners have given $547 million to projects reaching 22 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit to learn more.

About Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. Born This Way Foundation achieves this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships. Working with more than 50 non-profit organizations, Born This Way Foundation has connected more than 150,000 young people with services and programing in their communities. Born This Way Foundation has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to collect data from more than 10,000 young people, improving understanding of the factors that affect youth wellbeing and empowerment. Visit us at

Kaitlyn Reardon

Carrie McElwee

Source: Staples, Inc.

Avon Foundation funded study explores breast cancer prevalence and mortality rates among U.S. Hispanics and Hispanic subgroups

MIAMI, FLA., 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016), at the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s biennial Breast Cancer Forum, healthcare providers, breast cancer survivors, and leading care advocates from across the nation gathered for the release of the new Avon Foundation funded study: Breast Cancer Among Hispanic Subgroups in the U.S., which was conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute.

The study is the first and most comprehensive study of its kind to explore breast cancer prevalence and mortality rates among U.S. Hispanics and Hispanic subgroups. The study revealed that breast cancer mortality rates differ for Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Central and South American women with breast cancer in the U.S.

Puerto Rican women (19.04 per 100,000 women) and Mexican women (18.78) have the highest breast cancer mortality rates of all Hispanic women with breast cancer in the U.S. Central and South American women in the U.S. were found to be significantly less likely to die from breast cancer than other Hispanic subgroups observed (10.15 per 100,000 women).

“Understanding where the greatest needs are in improving the lives of women with breast cancer is a fundamental first step to bringing about change in how this disease is addressed, particularly in the Hispanic community,” said Cheryl Heinonen, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. “As the company for women, Avon is committed to taking actions that matter most to women and that is why the Avon Foundation is passionate about funding studies like this. We want to identify where the disparities lie so we can effectively shape and support programs that will have the greatest impact.”

At the briefing, remarks from a diverse panel of guests were featured, including: Cheryl Heinonen, Bijou R. Hunt, the author of the Avon Foundation funded study from the Sinai Urban Health Institute at Sinai Health System, Jenny Saldaña, who serves as an Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Patient Navigator at New-York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and Paola Giorello, a breast cancer survivor who benefited from the Avon Foundation-funded Patient Navigator program at Nueva Vida Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

“What this research has uncovered has the potential to greatly improve individualization of care for Hispanic women with breast cancer,” said Bijou R. Hunt of the Sinai Urban Health Institute. “When healthcare providers begin to view the highly diverse population of Hispanic women as many unique groups – taking into account the ethnic identities, beliefs and cultures that could impact how they experience this disease – providers can better tailor their interventions and be even more culturally sensitive.”

Through the use of multiple national data sources and multiple years of data, the analysis in the Avon Foundation funded study: Breast Cancer Among Hispanic Subgroups in the U.S., presents data on

Hispanic subgroups that are not often accessible. More research is needed to understand why the disparities in mortality rates for various Hispanic subgroups exist. A wide number of factors including genetic traits, and differences in diet and lifestyle that may vary by culture could have a role to play in these variances; but more exploration is needed for these to be determined.

There are 56.6 million people of Hispanic origin in the U.S., making them the largest racial/ethnic minority in the country1. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Hispanic women, as well as the leading cause of cancer death for this group2. This research is a promising step toward better understanding and addressing this group’s diverse health needs.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which launched in 1992, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally, donating more than $800 million to breast cancer programs for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.


[1] U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015.

2 Society. AC. Center Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2015-2017. In. Atlanta: 2015.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit:

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.


Kate Yee

Source: AVON