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The Creative Coalition Launches #KeepTellingPeople™ Campaign
Partners with Birds Nest Foundation and Storio Creative
To Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment
Original article published at http://thecreativecoalition.org/2017/11/16/the-creative-coalition-launches-keeptellingpeople-campaign/
November 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, The Creative Coalition announces the launch of #KeepTellingPeople™, a PSA campaign created to empower all people to help eradicate the sexual harassment and assault epidemic.
The PSA is directed by actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”) and actor and Board Member of The Creative Coalition Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”); and co-produced by Caroline Hirsch (Carolines on Broadway), Bill Prady (Creator and Executive Producer, “The Big Bang Theory”), The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk, Birds Nest Foundation (BNF), BNF CEO Avis Richards, Storio Creative, and Storio Creative Co-Founder Suzanne Klein. The Creative Coalition also will be partnering with leading national nonprofit organizations (focused on eliminating sexual harassment) to use the unique power and platform of the entertainment industry to drive positive social welfare change.
“By furthering discussion of this heartbreaking issue, we hope to be a catalyst for change,” said Tim Daly President of The Creative Coalition. “It is vital that we act now.”
“We’re fortunate to have these amazing actors and influencers join forces with The Creative Coalition to give a voice to this campaign,” said Cheryl Hines.
Leading the cast for the PSA is actor, activist and member of The Creative Coalition Alyssa Milano. “As a nation, we must address practices and attitudes that have become far too prevalent and widely-accepted,” said Milano. “I’m honored to play a part in the efforts to change a terrible cultural norm.”
In addition to Daly, Hines, and Milano, others participating in the PSA include actors: Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”), Chad Lowe (“Supergirl”), Kevin Nealon (“Man With a Plan”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Reid Scott (“VEEP”), Marcus Scribner (“Black-ish”), Lea DeLaria (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”), Arielle Kebbel (“Fifty Shades Freed”), among others.
“It is more important than ever for those with the ability to speak up to raise their voices and put an end to this pervasive plague,” said Robin Bronk, The Creative Coalition CEO. “#KeepTellingPeople is empowerment. And, The Creative Coalition is not only launching an awareness campaign, but we also are connecting with those ‘boots-on-the-ground’ organizations that are changing the landscape for everyone.”
“It is imperative that we give voice to this issue,” says Caroline Hirsch, Founder of Carolines on Broadway. “It’s an honor for me to partner with The Creative Coalition to help bring the very best of the entertainment industry together to lend their voices and their support to this effort to end the kind of behavior that has plagued the business.”
“#KeepTellingPeople is about maintaining the momentum of this pivotal moment, amplifying voices, and triggering real change,” said Suzanne Klein, Co-Founder of Storio Creative.
“By providing grants to create visual PSAs, we are gifting important non-profits a voice to raise awareness to their ever-growing and pressing causes. Whether it’s corporate America or the entertainment business, the guideline has to be no tolerance for sexual harassment. We applaud all the brave women and men who have stepped forward to address this issue,” said Avis Richards, CEO & Founder of Birds Nest Foundation.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE COALITION: The Creative Coalition (www.TheCreativeCoalition.org) is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan social welfare and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989, by Christopher Reeve, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, and other prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. The Creative Coalition leads the #KeepTellingPeople campaign in an effort to help eradicate the sexual harassment plague. Actor Tim Daly serves as The Creative Coalition’s president.
ABOUT BIRDS NEST FOUNDATION: Avis Richards is the Founder & CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)(3) non-profit creative group that produces award-winning documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations. To date, Richards has granted PSAs, short films and documentaries to dozens of non-profits and made more than 500 videos including ones helmed by Goldie Hawn, Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi and John Legend, to name a few. Her productions have touched upon important issues such as education, health, women’s issues, environment, anti-violence, and more. For more information regarding the Birds Nest Foundation and its work, please visit www.birdsnestfoundation.org.
ABOUT STORIO CREATIVE: Storio Creative is a boutique brand strategy and content marketing agency. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of branding and storytelling, Storio Creative develops messaging that is fresh, evocative and impactful. The team builds digital communication programs from the ground up and partners with in-house teams to conceptualize and execute content initiatives. Co-founded by Suzanne Klein and Erin Micheletti in 2013, Storio Creative has offices in New York and Austin, Texas. www.StorioCreative.com
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Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople
Erin Jensen, USATodayPublished 6:30 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2017 | Updated 11:59 a.m. ET Dec. 19, 2017
Creative Coalition urges victims of sexual assault and harassment to #KeepTellingPeople
The Creative Coalition launched a PSA campaign to encourage people who have experienced sexual harassment and assault to keep talking and fight back. The Creative Coalition
Tim Daly, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano and Wanda Sykes want you to #KeepTellingPeople.
In a PSA out Tuesday, the actors lead a team from The Creative Coalition to shine a spotlight on the wave of allegations of sexual harassment and assault rocking Hollywood, the media, politics and beyond.
Building on the viral #MeToo movement, the PSA will be shared online at thecreativecoalition.org and keeptellingpeople.org and encourages viewers to speak out about sexual misconduct they’ve experienced and witnessed.
“There’s a cultural change happening right now, and I think it’s important for people to pay attention and to support it,” Hines says.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress and coalition board member co-directed the PSA with Daly, the organization’s president and Madam Secretary star.
In the minute-long clip, actors in white shirts against a matching white background encourage people to speak up and out about sexual harassment and assault. The list of actors involved includes Milano, who recently questioned Matt Damon’s comments on sexual harassment, and Sykes, who criticized Kevin Spacey for attempting to “hide under the rainbow” when he chose to come out in his apology to accuser Anthony Rapp.
The PSA concludes with a speedy montage of the stars holding signs requesting viewers #KeepTellingPeople.
The coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community, has partnered with Birds Nest Foundation and Storio Creative, and will work with other non-profits aiming to eliminate sexual harassment, including the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
“We are determined to use our unique platform that is like a megaphone to make sure that this issue does not become yesterday’s news and that we can be a catalyst to engender change,” says Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk.
Hines says shooting the PSA felt like “a normal day of business,” but noticed a detectable change when people were reading the script.
“You could absolutely tell the people that had experienced something like this, because it really touched them and you could hear a pin drop in the studio,” she says. “It was really, really interesting and very telling.”
Hines is one of many who has experienced harassment, and stresses that it’s not solely a problem in Hollywood, where allegations of misconduct continue to mount. Since The New York Times‘ October report detailing decades of sexual harassment allegedly inflicted by producer Harvey Weinstein, accusers have come forward pointing fingers at other prominent figures including Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and director Brett Ratner.
Hines says when she was asked to meet a director in his hotel room, she took her friends along as a precaution. “I texted them the hotel room and I told the director my friends were waiting right outside, so I understand it,” she says. “I understand how easily it escalates and how powerless someone can feel in that moment.”
She hopes a chorus surrounding the #KeepTellingPeople movement will comfort victims.
“I hope that anybody who has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault will know that they are not alone and know that they are supported by a lot of people in a very genuine way,” Hines says.
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 7, 2016)– USA Bobsled & Skeleton announced today a partnership with the Veterans’ Education Challenge (VEC) to help raise awareness for the organization. The VEC is dedicated to sending United States Military veterans to college by providing them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover.
The VEC logo will be displayed on Team USA’s national team bobsleds, debuting this week in the Lake Placid, N.Y. World Cup event.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Avis and Bruce and the Veterans’ Education Challenge,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Chief Executive Officer Darrin Steele. “We have a long history supporting the military and we are strong proponents of higher education. Like many former military athletes, I personally benefited from the GI Bill and I know how important a program like this can be for our soldiers. We are proud to help promote this program.”
Founders of the VEC, Avis and Bruce Richards, announced the launch of the “Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” on November 11th, 2015 in an effort to supplement the GI Bill and help fund higher education for returning veterans. The challenge is hosted on Crowdrise.com, and every dollar donated to the challenge between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to $1 million.
In addition to the $1 million pledge for the Veterans’ Education Challenge, the Richards also donated $1 million to the University of Maryland to provide scholarships for veterans at the school.
To learn more about the Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge and contribute please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranseducationchallenge.
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USA Bobsled & Skeleton, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USABS would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support:BMW of North America, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, Park City Lodging, Inc., Classroom Champions, Aspen Institute’s Project Play, EDAS/Ripxx, Tesa Tape, UberSense, Ferris Mfg. Corp, Protostar, Machintek and deBotech, Carpenter and PVS International. For more information, please visit the USABS website at www.usabs.com
Eco18 was out and about this past weekend attending NYC’s Green Festival. This year the festival took place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and was a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day. Companies, brands, services and non-profits all came together to continue to educate about “Green Living” and demonstrate some ingenious ways to incorporate green and sustainable products and practices into your home—wherever and whatever that may be. It just reminded us that we don’t have to live on a sprawling farm to be green. We can buy organic products, practice recycling, be more sustainable and mindful of our planet even in the middle of a huge city like New York. We chose our top 18 picks after sampling some great foods, snacks and beverages. We loved some of the eco-fashions and accessories not only were they incredibly stylish but really practical and wearable.
We always like to give a shout out to a favorite non-profit and this year it’s the Bird’s Nest Foundation. Founder Avis Richards spoke about “Educating from the Ground Up”. The Ground Up Campaign is a nationwide movement to place indoor academic gardens in schools to teach about nutrition. Getting kids involved around 4thÂÂÂÂ Grade, having them participate in the growing of their food is a lesson that carries with them throughout their lives. As Avis said, “Many children have no idea where their food comes from, for many of them it’s the local supermarket. They have never been on a farm, they have never grown anything, so this is a revelation to them.” To date, this 5019(c)3 non-profit foundation has donated academic gardens to over 230 schools across the country, teaching a total of 30,000 students the importance of healthy eating and all-natural agriculture. We will be covering a local New Jersey school to really showcase the amazing work the Bird’s Nest Foundation is doing. Meanwhile, please check out their website and get involved however you can, let’s help them reach their goal of 1,000 schools within the next year.
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Birds Nest Foundation joins Organic-Friendly Brands on a National Social Media “March” Against GMOs
Starting May 1st, the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March will attempt to garner 1 million social media impressions to raise awareness about the negative impacts of GMOs
ATLANTA – May 1, 2015 – National organic and all-natural food and wellness brands have banded together to raise awareness about GMOs and their negative effects on health and the environment. These national brands, led by Little Me Tea, will host a Social Media “March” across the major social media outlets with the goal of creating 1 million online impressions in the month of May. The campaign will raise awareness about the dangers of GMOs, the importance of honest labeling, and how to become a more informed consumer. Using the hashtag, #1MilNonGMO, these companies will start the online conversation and encourage others to join in by sharing, posting, and commenting across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Spearheading the Social Media March is Little Me Tea, the healthy tea and juice box for kids, a wholesome and nutritious, USDA Organic beverage verified by the Non-GMO Project. Mom creator and entrepreneur, Melinda Hicks, rallied the support of like-minded businesses that strive to enhance the health and wellness of their customers through thoughtful ingredient selection. Participating brands include: Bitsy’s Brainfood, Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Marigold Foods, Sow True Seed, Bare Belly Organics, Yummy Spoonfuls, Slush Naturals, Harvest Soul Chewable Juices, and Fig & Flower. Rounding out initial support for the March is the New York-based non-profit, Birds Nest Foundation, and nationally recognized environmental non-profit, Captain Planet Foundation.
Birds Nest Foundation’s CEO and activist Avis Richards said “GMO’s potential impact is enormous, the health of future generations are threatened.”ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
The brands determined that a Social Media March had the greatest capacity to reach a broad, connected audience eager for more information on the controversial issue of GMOs. The March would also have a lasting effect as pins, tweets, and blog posts are archived on the Internet.
The Social Media March will start on May 1, 2015 when the hashtag, #1MilNonGMO, will be used on daily Facebook posts, Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts. The goal is to reach 1 million social impressions by May 31, 2015. Critical to the campaign’s success is the sharing, reposting, and commenting of content that contains the #1MilNonGMO hashtag.
For more information about the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March, the participating companies, and how you can be involved, visit: www.littlemetea.com/1MilNonGMO.
About #1MilNonGMO Social Media March
Led by Atlanta-based beverage brand, Little Tea Me, the #1MilNonGMO Social Media March features national brands that stand against GMOs, including Bitsy’s Brainfood, Sally B Skin Yummies, Marigold Foods, Sow True Seed, Bare Belly Organics, Yummy Spoonfuls, Slush Naturals, Harvest Soul Chewable Juices, and Fig & Flower. During the month of May, these brands will raise awareness about the dangers of GMOs, the importance of honest labeling, and how to become a more informed consumer through 1 million social impressions across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. For more information, visit: www.littlemetea.com/1MilNonGMO.
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NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2015— Birds Nest Foundation announced today that CEO and Founder Avis Richards, an award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist, along with Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC’s Today Show and founder of Nourish Snacks, will speak on April 25th about their work with the Foundation’s Ground Up Campaign. The talk is scheduled at 1:30pm, at the 2015 Green Festival in Javits Center.
Delivering a riveting address, “Education Starts From The Ground Up” Richards and Bauer will tackle current food trends, health issues and childhood obesity, providing solutions that can make a difference in a broken system.
Birds Nest Foundation has donated academic gardens to more than 230 schools across the country, teaching 13,000+ students the importance of all-natural agriculture and healthy eating. The campaign’s current objective is to donate 1,000 academic gardens to public schools nationwide.
“Joy and I are honored to present what we’ve learned from The Ground Up Campaign to The Green Festival, one of New York’s most impactful events in the eco-community,” says Richards.
“It is integral to our nation’s health that we educate students about nutrition and healthy eating habits, ” says Richards. “Our goal through the Ground Up Campaign is to provide all children the same opportunities, ensuring they can appreciate the life process of food from seed to table. The program is a simple and affordable step toward solving the obesity crisis faced by many youth in underserved, urban communities.”
This year’s Green Festival, to be held at the Jacob Javits Center, hosts a bevy of like-minded organizations and individuals, from the Coalition for Healthy School Food to the Humane Society of New York. The marketplace brings together trusted local, national and global companies with pioneering thinkers and conscious consumers, serving as a platform for the best in sustainability and green living.
“Through my work, I have seen the powerful effect that healthy eating and exercise can have on people. Simply put, they can change lives for the better. I look forward to using my experience to energize The Green Festival and engage the audience,” says Bauer.
About Avis Richards
Avis Richards is the founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation, a non-profit group that produces documentaries, short videos and PSAs for charitable organizations. An award-winning executive producer and director, Avis has produced and directed over 300 films. Avis also launched “The Ground Up Campaign”, a national initiative to provide indoor edible academic gardens and curriculum to public schools. Avis is also on the Board of Directors for HELP USA, Sophie’s Voice, Fans for the Cure, R Baby Foundation, React To Film, Greenbeetz and Street Soccer USA.
About Joy Bauer
Joy Bauer,MS,RDN,is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show, the founder of, a monthly columnist forWoman’s Day, and the New York City Ballet’s official nutritionist. Joy is also the creator of and the author of severalÂÂÂ New York TimesÂÂ best-selling books, including Food Cures, The Joy Fit Club, Slim & Scrumptious,ÂÂ andYour Inner Skinny. Passionate about delivering scientifically sound, realistic information to millions, Joy believes it’s never too early or too late to reap the benefits of healthy living. She resides in the New York area with her husband and three children.
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BIRDS NEST FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH NYC RESTAURANTS TO
CELEBRATE FOOD DAY
New York- October 21, 2014– This month Birds Nest FoundationÂ is partnering with;Food Day,(the nationwide celebration that inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies) New York City restaurants and food vendors on October 24,2014. Too many children still don’t know where fresh food comes from and many have never had the satisfaction of growing food that they can eat. This is a part of the ongoing Ground Up Campaign, which strives to engage children in nutritional education. Restaurants will donate anywhere between 1-5% of their net profits on that day and in turn, Birds Nest Foundation will match their donations and put academic gardens in New York City schools.
Avis Richards, the founder of Birds Nest Foundation, comments on her excitement for the movement, “Our Food Day event this year is a new pilot project. It is so great to see restaurants that are committed to nutrition and sustainability go the extra mile and support nutritional education [for children], many of which never would have received one otherwise.”
The restaurants that are supporting this pilot project areÂÂ Amy’s Bread (all locations), Quintessence, Hu Kitchen, Candle Café (all locations), D’Vida Health Bar (all locations), Pop Karma and Two Tablespoons.
Since the Ground Up Campaign’s inception in 2011, the Birds Nest Foundation has donated academic gardens to 230 schools across the country. The initiative has taught a total of 13,000 students the importance of all-natural agriculture and healthy eating. Birds Nest Foundation garden comes with soil, seeds and the commitment of a principal and teacher to provide the learning experience.
About Birds Nest Foundation
Avis Richards is the Founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that produces documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations. To date, Richards has granted PSA’s, short films and documentaries for dozens of Non-Profits and made more than 200 videos including ones helmed by Goldie Hawn, Michael Bolton, Andre Agassi, and John Legend, to name a few. Her productions have touched upon important topics such as Education, Health, Women’s Issues, the Environment, Anti-Violence, and more.
Birds Nest Foundation’s initiative Ground Up Campaign was inspired by a documentary film Avis directed and produced “Lunch,” which addresses unhealthy lunch programs in schools. Lunch inspired Avis to create a weekly TV series in New York, called Dylan’s Lunchbox, a lifestyle program helping New Yorkers with sustainable healthy living in the city starring her son, teen food critic Dylan Richards – for which she was nominated for Three New York Emmy Awards. Avis is currently in production on Lunch: The Solutions, a sequel to Lunch which focuses on healthy solutions for school lunches in America. http://www.birdsnestfoundation.org/
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For the past spent 18 years, Avis Richards and her family have travelled to their favorite winter escape to the beautiful island of Hawaii, but weekends in the summertime is reserved for the Hamptons where Avis and her family escape from their busy life to enjoy their home and the ocean air with their two children, Chloé and Dylan. Avis dedicates weekdays to helping others, giving back, whether it was via serving dinner in soup kitchens, or other community volunteering, and contributing as a board member to a myriad of social organizations.
Avis Richards has dedicated much of her life as a working philanthropist and early on realized that she had an inner drive to become more involved with charities she supported, in addition to writing checks and attending benefit galas. During a brainstorming session with her husband Bruce, her number one fan, the light bulb came on when Avis decided she could provide an essential element that many charities were desperately in need of, helping charities with their media campaign. All charities need to get their message out to raise awareness of the issue at-large and raise much-needed funds. Avis, which is Latin for “little bird” formed a foundation called Birds Nest, whose purpose is to partner with charities and provide programming through visual media such as short films and web-content. Birds Nest’s first partner was a North New Jersey school called St. Philips Academy. The director was in a bind about how to tell the story of the school’s needs in a creative way, in a way that would get the attention of people at a fundraising dinner event.
Avis, with prior experience having worked at a media production company, was able to naturally transition in to creating a short film to tell the school’s story. The Academy offered to scrape together the money to pay for it, but she explains, “We wanted to do this pro-bono as a way of giving back. And as a result, the film won a half a dozen awards and the school is thriving as a premier academic institution.” From this initial foray Birds Nest has also thrived as Avis’ vision continues to evolve.
“We are very proud of the work that we do, the partnerships that we have formed, and the impact that we make as we provide a valuable service, mostly free of charge working as a 501(c)3 non- profit. Since inception, for the past seven years I have decided not to take a salary as my work is purely philanthropic. We have brought together hard working professionals and talented people who are equally passionate about helping others. These professionals donate their time and talent to help us produce each project.”
Avis has also built an outstanding year round internship program for aspiring media professionals. “Our students, through shooting, directing, producing, and writing learn the importance of telling our non-profit partner’s stories on multiple platforms of social media (i.e.: Youtube, Twitter), our blogs, and websites.” Most non-profits, as Richards explains, have no budget for media content. “In today’s fast paced world driven by social media, and short films, video content is needed to spread the word. Birds Nest programs provide content and creativity to educate our community to improve education, healthcare, and social issues at-large.”
Avis’ latest foray has led to a documentary about educating the public on how to improve their health through nutrition and exercise: The Lunch Movement. Avis recruited her son to help out too. Dylan, only 14 at the time began a project to review farm to fork, raw or vegan, and sustainable restaurants to educate New Yorkers on making healthier dining choices. Dylan, a foodie in his own right, worked hard during the summers and refined his own ideas about food quality, sustainable agriculture, and organic restaurants. Now 18 years of age, Dylan has proven himself to be a match for his mother’s enthusiasm for philanthropy by creating Dylan’s Lunchbox a documentary television program that has won three Emmy nominations. He is the author of an upcoming book to be released by Random House and Hatherleigh Press titled The Growing Athlete, which showcases how to eat smart and train safely, especially for teens on and off the field.
One thing seems to lead to another with this family of philanthropists. Out of Dylan’s Lunchbox came the impetus for growing wholesome food and as Avis commented, “Education starts from the ground up.” This program aptly named The Ground Up Campaign, literally aims to teach kids and schools about the joys of growing their own food. The idea is to partner with the schools, the school cafeterias, and curriculum that incorporate how to grow and how to prepare meals from what the students have grown on their own. There are now 250 indoor nutrition education gardens in schools across the country and some ten thousand plus inner city kids who have been exposed to something of lasting value and of healthy benefit.
So when does this vivacious and driven wife, mother, and giver to the max, take time for herself ? “Not very often,” came the quick response, but when she does, her favorite things are spending time with her mother who is now 97 years young, planting/ harvesting her Southampton vegetable garden, taking a quiet stroll on the beach with her husband and their two dogs, and sauntering through an art gallery or museum with her kids. As Avis continues to develop her vision for the future she knows that philanthropy will be the centerpiece of her work and provide a lasting example for her children. Avis’ daughter, Chloé, who works at a famed talent agency, recently decided to join the board of Birds Nest Foundation, while her son who is off for college in the fall maintains a passion for philanthropy. Avis legacy will surely be passed on to the next generation allowing, as she states, “ We give every charity a voice.”
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