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DPR Foundation awards $900K to youth in 2015

The DPR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged youth reach their full potential, today announced 2015 grant awards to 17 organizations, which will collectively receive $900K. The Foundation will distribute $820K in grants to support local youth development programs and set aside an additional $80K in discretionary funds that will be disbursed regionally in the coming year.

The DPR Foundation was established in 2008 by DPR Construction, one of the nation’s top technical builders focused on highly complex and sustainable projects. Over the past seven years, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.2M to 25 organizations that provide vital community support to grade school- and high school-aged youth through structured, purposeful programming, including after-school support and summer educational modules.

“The strength of communities where we work is very important to us, not only because our company was founded on building lasting relationships, but also our understanding that we owe our own success to the vibrancy of the communities we partner with,” said Peter Nosler, co-founder of DPR Construction and president of the DPR Community Initiatives Advisory Board. “We are honored to collaborate with organizations that empower the next generation to grow and succeed.”

The 2015 DPR Foundation grantees are:

–          9 Dots (Los Angeles, CA)

–          New Pathways For Youth (Phoenix, AZ)

–          Playworks Northern California (San Francisco, CA)

–          Playworks Arizona (Phoenix, AZ)

–          Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta – Brookhaven Club (Atlanta, GA)

–          Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (Riverdale, MD)

–          Future for KIDS (Phoenix, AZ)

–          Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN) (Phoenix, AZ)

–          Peninsula Bridge (Palo Alto, CA)

–          Roberts Family Development Center (Sacramento, CA)

–          TurningWheels for Kids (San Jose, CA)

–          Seven Tepees Youth Program (San Francisco, CA)

–          The Milagro Center (West Palm Beach, FL)

–          LifeWorks (Austin, TX)

–          John Avery Boys & Girls Club (Durham, NC)

–          Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito – La Colonia Branch (San Diego, CA)

–          Girls, Inc. of Orange County (Costa Mesa, CA)

Grant winners are selected annually by the DPR Foundation board and nominated by local DPR teams. In addition to financial assistance, DPR volunteers make an annual commitment to donate time and professional expertise to their local organizations.

“Our partnership with DPR is so much more than grant money,” said Becky Jackson, president and CEO of ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth. “DPR has introduced us to the business and cultural practices of Jim Collins and his book ‘Good to Great.’ They have been coaching us to grow our organization, setting ‘base camps’ and creating our ’20 mile march.’ These are all tools we would have had to hire an outside consultant for. The value has been priceless.”

The DPR Foundation measures the success and progress of these programs on an annual basis to ensure each grantee stays on mission and is achieving results. In California, where DPR partners with Girls Inc. to provide externship opportunities, 85 percent of program participants are proven to gain valuable job skills, develop career awareness and strengthen professional competencies.



Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc. Announces Tender Offer

Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc., (NYSE: COLE), formerly known as Cole Credit Property Trust III, Inc., announced today that it has commenced a modified “Dutch auction” tender offer to purchase for cash up to $250 million in value of its shares of common stock on the terms and subject to the conditions described in its Offer to Purchase dated June 20, 2013. Under the terms of the tender offer, the company intends to select the lowest price, not greater than $13.00 nor less than $12.25 per share, net to the tendering stockholder in cash, less any applicable withholding taxes and without interest, which would enable the company to purchase the maximum number of shares having an aggregate purchase price not exceeding $250 million. Stockholders may tender all or a portion of their shares of common stock. Stockholders also may choose not to tender any of their shares of common stock. If the tender offer is oversubscribed, shares will be accepted on a prorated basis, subject to “odd lot” priority. The company intends to fund the purchase price for shares of common stock accepted for payment pursuant to the tender offer, and all related fees and expenses, from available cash and/or borrowings under the existing senior unsecured credit facility.

The tender offer and withdrawal rights will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on August 8, 2013, unless the tender offer is extended or withdrawn. If stockholders elect to tender shares of common stock, they must choose the price or prices at which they wish to tender their shares and follow the instructions described in the Offer to Purchase, the related letter of transmittal and the other documents related to the tender offer filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Companies Devote Time To Black History Month

As we kick off Black History Month, Arizona companies devote time for sharing, caring and supporting ethnic communities. Employers understand the importance of spreading the love and have done so with educational scholarships, funding for schools and free entertainment.


United Services Automobile Association (USAA), an investment and insurance company, offers specific educational opportunities during this month. Classes on leadership skills, how to take control of finances and programs that support growth and opportunity are provided.

Payless  ShoeSource

Payless ShoeSource, a national shoe distribution company, offers the Inspiring Possibilities Scholarship Program, which supports the future of African American and other minority youth. Beginning Feb. 1, Payless will sell a limited-edition I believe accessory for $3. This accessory will be available online at Payless’ website and in 800 stores nationwide. The store will donate a minimum of $35,000 to the scholarship program. The program is designed to distribute about a dozen scholarships to African American and other minority youth for the 2011-2012 seasons.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble, the world’s largest bookseller, is honoring Black History Month with special events and promotions. They will have story-telling events, various speakers, tables with books for all ages, including picture books and autobiographies. An April Harrison tote bag will be sold; proceeds will go back into ethnic communities. Special pricing will be in place this month to support the learning, economic, social and political growth of African Americans. black history 2011, Flickr, See-ming Lee

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans, the largest online loan servicing company, is giving away more than $20,000 in scholarships. Five years ago, Quicken Loans started giving away one of six scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to each winner. The money goes to the child’s school of choice to help promote education and spread Black History. Joined with Fathead, a leading brand in sports and entertainment graphic products, they allow children to go online and register for the scholarships by stating why Black History Month is important.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) celebrates Black History Month many ways, but the big talk is John Legend coming to ASU’s Tempe campus Feb. 8 for a free concert to anyone with a SunCard. Legend will have a brief discussion on what Black History means to him before signing some of his songs. Two free tickets are available to ASU students, faculty and staff.

AP and Associates/Phoenix International Raceway

AP and Associates, creator of the Checkered Flag Run in Arizona, will have celebrity appearances, NASCAR race, activities and major sponsors for inaugural event hosted by Second II None Motorcycle Club at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino and Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).  There will be over $50,000 in prizes and a chance to accompany PIR President Bryan Sperber to the trophy winner. They will be highlighting the diversity that motorcycle enthusiasts have along with supporting organizations that work to benefit local African American communities in both Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University (NAU) features a list of Black History events throughout the month. Men’s Basketball vs. Montana State will have Black Student Union students sitting together to show their support for NAU’s men and women basketball teams. Step Afrika is a step show, an art form born at African American fraternities, at the university for free. Apollo Night with Keedar Whittle, a reenactment of the historic Apollo Theatre, will show famous Black historic moments. And  month-end closing barbecue, sponsored by Coconino County African American Advisory Council, will have free food.

Black History Month is a time for everyone to get together and enjoy a piece of history that leads to a brighter future. For more information on Black History, visit http://www.infoplease.com/black-history-month/.