Annual Riley luncheon honors Dance Marathon

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College-Notre Dame Dance Marathon (SMC-ND DM) executive officers were invited to the annual Hope Happens Here Luncheon for the Riley Children’s Foundation in Indianapolis on Friday. “The Annual Riley luncheon is one of my favorite events to attend because it helps put into perspective what Dance Marathon helps support,” president Rebecca Guerin said. Junior Amy Tiberi, vice president of internal relations for the SMC-ND DM, said around 1,500 people attended the Hope Happens Here luncheon. All of the attendees were donors to Riley Children’s Hospital in some way. Also in attendance were Riley patients, parents and doctors, as well as executives for the hospital, Indiana University and Butler University. “It was a reminder of what Dance Marathon does for the patients and staff of Riley,” Tiberi said. “It was renewing and made me much more motivated to make this an amazing year for our marathon.” The luncheon is an annual meeting to touch base with all the donors and let them know how their profits have been put to good use at Riley Children’s Hospital, she said. The Riley Board of Governors, amongst other speakers, expressed gratitude toward the donors and detailed plans for future fundraisers. Junior Maureen Parsons, vice president of finance for the marathon, said the luncheon was an opportunity for the Riley Foundation to thank those who have given to Riley over the last year, including SMC-ND DM. “People, including Riley’s CEO and President, spoke to the attendees, and we saw videos of what Riley is doing for kids and their families,” Parsons said. “It reminded our executives of why we spend all year raising money and awareness for Riley Hospital.” In addition, eight Riley patients were recognized as 2012 Riley Champions for their ability to inspire others and raise awareness in their communities, which made an impact on multiple SMC-ND Dance Marathon executives. Parsons said the Riley Champions shared their stories and helped others understand all the amazing work continually done by Riley Children’s Hospital. “Some of these kids would not be alive today if it weren’t for the doctors are Riley Hospital,” she said. “I could tell that the champions really built a relationship with the doctors and nurses who had made them feel at home during their visits.” Senior David Fosselman, Notre Dame DM executive, said the luncheon was an great experience for him and the other executives. “Two years ago I volunteered to be a counselor at Camp Riley — it is a summer camp for the children at Riley,” Fosselman said. “While I was at the luncheon, I was able to see some of my old campers and co-counselors, which was nice and unexpected.” Senior Elizabeth Downs, DM campus relations executive, said the luncheon made her especially excited for the marathon in the spring. “I had a great time. It makes me really excited for the actual marathon because I have a newfound gratitude for where all our donations go,” said Downs. “It makes me realize that what we’re all doing really makes a difference.”last_img read more

Britain backs COVID-19 immunity studies with 8.4 million pounds

first_imgBritain said on Friday it will back three nationwide COVID-19 studies with 8.4 million pounds ($11 million) to fund research into understanding human immune responses to the pandemic coronavirus.The funds, from UK Research and Innovation and the National Institute for Health Research, will help scientists develop better immunity tests, study the body’s immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and understand why some people suffer life-threatening COVID-19 while others have mild or asymptomatic infections.”Together, it is hoped these studies will improve the treatment of patients and inform the development of vaccines and therapies,” the funding bodies said in a joint statement. “Importantly, these studies will determine when and how immunity persists or whether people can become re-infected [with COVID-19].”The funding will be split between the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, which will get 6.5 million pounds to study how effective immunity is developed and why people respond differently to the disease, and another research collaboration which will get 1.5 million to study the humoral immune response – molecules produced by the immune system to fight infection.Just under 400,000 pounds will fund a third project looking at key features of fatal COVID-19 and the impact the virus has upon the lungs and other vital organs.  Topics :last_img read more

GVC confirms Swedish launch for bwin and partypoker

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 The Group’s poker offer will be led by partypoker.se, a localised adaptation of its premier poker brand. Swedish players will be able to take advantage of partypoker’s tournament schedule including The Power Series, Daily Majors and Super Sunday, as well as its Sit & Go Jackpots, where three hands can net a prize of over $1m. Commenting on the launch, Shay Segev, GVC’s Chief Operating Officer emphasised: “We are delighted to get the year off to a positive start with the launch of bwin.se and partypoker.se. We are confident that Swedish customers will enjoy what we believe is the best and most comprehensive online gaming experience in the market. “Launching two new labels in such a short space of time after receiving our licence, demonstrates the flexibility of our unique proprietary technology platform.” GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponcenter_img Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 Share Submit GVC Holdings has confirmed that following receipt of a Swedish gaming licence, it has launched bwin and partypoker in the country.Both brands now offer dedicated websites under the .se extension, with an Android mobile app is also available, with an iOS version expected to follow over the coming days.bwin.se will utilise the feature-set and content from the group’s flagship European sports betting brand, offering both pre-match and in-play betting on a wide portfolio of sporting events. Swedish customers will also be able to access GVC’s casino offer, which boasts content from 33 third-party games developers as well as unique titles created by the group’s in-house studio. In total over 650 slots, jackpots and live table games are on offer from day one, including many exclusives titles unavailable anywhere else.last_img read more