Business must do more to promote workers’ financial wellbeing

first_img Previous Article Next Article Business must do more to promote workers’ financial wellbeingBy Adam McCulloch on 7 Sep 2020 in Financial wellbeing, Coronavirus, Latest News, Personnel Today Image: Shutterstock Half of the UK’s workers worry about money at least once a week and most feel unsupported by their employers when it comes to financial wellbeing, according to new data.According to responses from 250 HR managers and 2,000 employees last month, compiled for wellbeing platform Nudge, 41% of employers agreed that increased financial stress among employees, obviously connected with the Covid-19 crisis, had negatively impacted their business this year – almost three times the 15% who reported experiencing this challenge before 2020.The study found that seven in 10 employers thought that employees’ financial wellbeing had become more of a priority to them since the pandemic’s onset. But with 66% of employees felt that their organisation provided little or no support for their financial wellbeing with only 8% feeling they could talk openly to their employer about money problems.Financial wellbeingFinancial wellbeing: why the time to act is now (Nudge webinar)How can HR help with the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis?Financial wellbeing and the coronavirus crisisGood practice guide: Financial wellbeingHowever, the data suggested that employers were not indifferent to their workers’ concerns. More than half (53%) said they would like to do more but didn’t know where to start, with most (88%) suggesting their organisation’s senior executives could better support them when it came to promoting the financial wellbeing of their employees. Half of the respondents agreed (44%) that they could achieve this, in part by providing HR with more autonomy to implement solutions.Jeremy Beament, co-founder of Nudge, said: “There are powerful actions that employers can take right now to help employees feel more in control of their finances, from opening up the conversation about money within the workplace to helping them develop the right skills and knowledge.“Not only will this improve their general wellbeing, it will enable them to dedicate more time and attention to their job – boosting overall company performance. But these initiatives must be driven from the top. Leadership teams have a responsibility to empower every level of their business and ensure their teams feel supported as we navigate this uncertain period.”Financial worries have long been linked with performance, productivity and mental health issues with the report finding that employers that report poor financial wellbeing among their teams were eight times more likely to have seen a drop in performance, compared with those reporting good financial wellbeing.Susanne Jacobs, founder of wellbeing and motivation company The Seven and a specialist in business psychology, added: “When we lack financial security, our brains switch us into threat mode. This diminishes our cognitive performance, increases our error rate and negatively impacts our wellbeing. All-consuming worry can play out in behaviours such as presenteeism, absenteeism, working longer hours and affected sleep and eating patterns.“With the pandemic amplifying financial concerns, employers need to act now and support their staff to avoid a second epidemic of burnout. Practical tools that help employees improve their skills and knowledge and take better control of their money will pay dividends in health and performance.”Nudge’s report used the example of Vodafone’s financial wellbeing strategy to promote the view that with 88% of employees suggesting they only need enough money to live comfortably, the solution to finance worries did not merely lie in increasing salaries. Educational resources, flexible working arrangements and employee assistance programmes all help ameliorate workers’ concerns around money.HR Director opportunities on Personnel TodayBrowse more HR director jobs No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Websitecenter_img Related posts: Acas chief: Why kindness is key at times like theseAcas chief executive Susan Clews outlines some of the key points from its new mental health guidance and highlights some…last_img read more

Detours, some fraught, on path to global citizenship

first_imgThe idea of a “global citizen” is often invoked but seldom defined, usually suggesting some fuzzy notion of a peaceful international community. In the opening panel of Worldwide Week at Harvard, a team of faculty members considered what the term really means.Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR’s “On Point,” moderated the discussion, titled “Are You a Global Citizen? Is That a Good Thing? The Meaning of Global Citizenship,” Monday at the Science Center. To open the conversation, he shared a memory of his mother.“We grew up on a farm in rural Illinois; the neighborhood was half immigrant Swedish and half old American,” Ashbrook said. “She spent time abroad in a U.S. program for farm youth, and from then on she drilled the idea into us. Our house was full of farm kids from India, from Europe, and from Africa — and we grew up thinking that was normal. It was a sincere, ‘kumbaya’ time. Global citizenship wasn’t literal, but it meant caring about other countries’ fundamental humanity as you would your own.”The panelists went on to look at how global citizenship works in a wider sense. Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana brought up his experience studying the World Economic Forum and its annual retreat in Davos, Switzerland. The forum was founded with utopian goals by Klaus Schwab, but over time its key players became multinational corporations.Harvard professors (from left) Danielle Allen, Homi Bhabha, Rakesh Khurana, and Dani Rodrik listen to a prompt from moderator Tom Ashbrook. Photo by J. Graham Pearsall“The ideal is that a new world would emphasize a rising awareness and a kind of secular humanism, but how does this really look in action?” he asked. “It became a nexus of elites that have more in common with each other than they have with their own nation-states. And it became more about the self-interest of those elites. Like many things that start out as a good project, it’s become a bit of a racket.”Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, expanded on the pitfalls of economic globalism. “What we have seen is that globalization produces its own kind of poverty and its own inequality, just as it produces oases of privilege and success.”Ashbrook suggested that economic globalism has produced a strong nationalist backlash — one that Steven Bannon tapped as the architect of Donald Trump’s campaign.“People feel much more comfortable about opening up to the world and empathizing with others when they didn’t have to worry so much about themselves and their children,” said Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy. “There was a time when the labor movement was in favor of free trade because it was seen to be conferring more benefits. But we’ve now seen that the winners get more, and the losers don’t always get compensated.”Khurana zeroed in on the consequences.“Populism used to be about power of the people; now it’s a belief that the conspirators have become the elite and the intellectuals,” he said. “We are losing our own civic identity due to the loss of shared responsibility.”Returning to the idealism of his childhood, Ashbrook asked the panelists what Harvard students can do to become better world citizens.“I’d say the world is connection,” said Danielle Allen, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. “The world is at home, and the world is also here at Harvard. Take advantage of that. And when you travel, pick hard places to live in, the places that are going to stretch your perception of how the world operates. Then commit to a place where you can actually work for advancement.”Global citizenship is largely a matter of awareness, Bhabha said.“Globalization begins at home, and thought always breaks down boundaries and sovereignties. Think of your global citizenship as an extension of your local citizenship, not a substitute for it.”last_img read more

Photography without a camera

first_imgIn Cambridge, Saunders took a break from working with color — and the processing equipment’s toxic chemicals — to explore other modes of combining printmaking, photography, and painting. He used oil paints to draw directly onto undeveloped silver gelatin (black-and-white photo) paper, then immersed it in a bath of water-based developer, causing an image to emerge in the repellant reaction between the materials. He developed the image for three minutes in a darkroom used for black-and-white photography at the Linden Street studios.His engagement with different materials and modes of making art extends to his classroom.“Recently, I’ve done a lot more work in printmaking, which gave me a direct line to collaborating with art historian Jennifer Roberts on a course called ‘Critical Printing,’” offered this fall through AFVS, he said. “Conversely, my studio practice hasn’t looked like traditional painting for a long time, but my engagement with those materials in the classroom as an instructor keeps my passion alive and mind in gear.”While Saunders relishes the freedom and time that summer provides for artmaking on campus and abroad — he also works in Berlin, where he lived for nine years prior to joining Harvard’s faculty — his experimental mindset will serve him well in his first foray into a different model of teaching with the new College program in General Education. In spring 2020, Saunders will teach “Painting’s Doubt,” a Gen Ed course in painting that invites students across disciplines to build their own relationship with art practice and analysis.“I hope that this course makes the AFVS department and painting itself visible in a new way to Harvard students,” he said. “The role of the AFVS department is to engage with making, and I want students inside and outside the department to be able to do that.”The course will also prompt questions about representation of bodies and identity in art, and the responsibility of artists to engage with difficult issues in their work.“There is a craft-obsessed trap that happens where people get stuck trying to make technically excellent work without engaging with the world,” Saunders said. “It’s important to learn that nature and materials may know more than we do.” When Matt Saunders talks about his art, he could be describing his life. “I try to avoid rote ways of working, and find ways to do things that allow for a kind of blindness about what a process may yield,” says Saunders, the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities. “It allows me to see something differently than I might be accustomed to.”As a teacher Saunders, the incoming director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies (AFVS), will collaborate on a fall course on printmaking with an art historian. And in spring he is preparing to offer a new Gen Ed course in painting that will require him to find ways to introduce large groups of students, most of whom are not studying art, to “a language outside of words,” as the course description puts it.As an artist, the hazy, lazy days have been few this year.“For the past few years, I’ve been staying in Cambridge for more of the summer,” he said. “It’s actually a great time to work here, with a quiet and surprising sense of focus that is hard to get during the school year.”This summer, Saunders focused his attention on projects that combine painting and darkroom photography techniques, emphasizing his love of experimentation and unorthodox materials. For instance, in his studio on Linden Street in Cambridge and in his color processing lab in Allston near the Harvard ArtLab opening this fall, Saunders used traditional darkroom processes to explore the material possibilities of paint, photo paper, and photo processing and to ask questions about the representations of bodies in art.In one image, Saunders exposed blank photo paper by passing light directly through painted materials (a kind of handmade photo negative), then used a 52-inch Kreonite color processor to develop it. As he exposed the paper, Saunders interrupted the process by shining light on it or moving the negative. The spontaneity of these disruptions changed the colors, sharpness, or clarity of the images. His goal for combining these interventions with unconventional, hand-drawn means is to force the viewer to recalibrate his or her expectations for photography and how an image is embodied and produced.“I got interested in the idea of X-rays and ‘passing through,’ moving out of narratives and thinking about representing bodies in space,” he said. “I’m working in an in-between space of drawing by hand and using process to manipulate light and the image.” “There is a craft-obsessed trap that happens where people get stuck trying to make technically excellent work without engaging with the world. It’s important to learn that nature and materials may know more than we do.” The aesthetic attitude to art Harvard researcher’s latest book explores how and why we react to it Related Harvard Art Museum curators challenge expectations with new art pairing An unanticipated juxtapositionlast_img read more

Arsenal step up battle with Manchester City for Monaco wonderkid

first_img REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The Ligue 1 club are still hopeful of convincing him to sign his first professional deal before farming him out on loan to Cercle Brugge so the striker can gain some valuable first-team experience.According to RMC, both City and Arsenal are hoping to convince Alioui that a switch to England would be in his best interests this summer.And it has even been reported that Arsenal have stolen a march on City by inviting the youngster to their training ground next week once his participation in the Euro Under-19 competition is over.But the Gunners could be dealt a blow with Alioui currently represented by Patrick de Koster, who oversees the interests of Man City star Kevin De Bruyne. Monaco wonderkid Nabil Alioui has been starring for France’s Under-19 side. Latest Premier League news predicted How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures ALTERED Monaco wonderkid Nabil Alioui is set to visit Arsenal’s training centre as they attempt to beat Manchester City to the player’s signature.Bother Premier League sides are intent on signing the French starlet, who is making waves at the current European Under-19 Championship, with Fulham also monitoring the situation. possible standings NEW ERA possible xi Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 smart causal who plays? silverware How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? last_img read more

Phoenix extends All-Star

first_img He signed the contract a month shy of his 23rd birthday as the Suns gathered for media day preceding the start of their training camp in Tucson on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound power forward played out of position at center and dominated opponents last season for the high-scoring Suns. Amare Stoudemire, who jumped from high school to stardom in the NBA, signed a five-year contract extension Monday with the Phoenix Suns worth about $73 million. The extension kicks in after this season and has an opt-out clause after the 2009-10 season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Known for his breathtaking slam dunks and uncanny quickness, Stoudemire averaged 26 points per game, fifth-best in the league, as a key member of a Phoenix team that won an NBA-best 62 games. Stoudemire, the No. 9 pick in the 2002 draft, won the rookie of the year award over Yao Ming in 2002-03 and has improved each season. He averaged just under 30 points a game in last year’s playoffs — 37 against Tim Duncan in the Western Conference finals. The Chicago Bulls dealt center Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks on Monday, ending a contentious negotiation in which the team insisted the restricted free agent take a DNA test over a heart problem. In making the announcement, an obviously frustrated Bulls general manager John Paxson did not specify what the Bulls got in return and he did not field questions. The Bulls had insisted that Curry take a DNA test to determine whether he’s susceptible to a potentially fatal heart problem. Curry, who missed the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs after experiencing an irregular heartbeat, balked, saying it violated his privacy. center_img “I would never put a player on the floor in a Chicago Bulls uniform if I didn’t do everything in my power to find out all the information that was available,” Paxson said. “You can debate genetic testing ’til you’re blue in the face. But from what I know, from what I’ve learned over the last six months, that test could have helped us determine the best course of action.” Curry, drafted out of high school, averaged a career-high 16.1 points in his fourth NBA season. The standoff stemmed from a benign arrhythmia that caused Curry to miss the final 13 games of the regular season and the playoffs. Several prominent cardiologists cleared Curry to play, but Barry Maron, a world-renowned specialist in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, suggested the DNA test. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

Top line up for National Women’s Enterprise Day revealed!

first_imgPerformance and Lifestyle Coach, Anna Geary, returns to Donegal in October when she will act as MC for the National Women’s Enterprise Day – ‘Making it Happen’ – in Castlegrove House, Letterkenny on Thursday 17th October.The former All Ireland winning Camogie Captain is well known for her successful career on the pitch and has regularly featured on TV and Radio including a role as coach in Ireland’s Fittest Family.Anna Geary will act as MC at the National Women’s Enterprise Day – ‘Making itHappen’ – in Castlegrove House, Letterkenny on Thursday 17th October.Anna was a popular speaker during Local Enterprise Week 2019 on ‘The Business of Leadership – Lessons from Sport” and will act as MC for this event where guest speakers and specialists will share their experience and expertise in how to make it happen, overcome obstacles and bring business ambitions to life. Also speaking on the day will be Agnes Lunny OBE, Managing Director of Positive Futures, Belfast.Fermanagh-born Agnes set up Positive Futures who for more than 20 years have been providing a wide range of innovative community-based services to children, young people and adults with an intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition and their families.Agnes Lunny OBE, Managing Director of Positive Futures, Belfast is one of thespeakers at this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day – ‘Making it Happen’ –in Castlegrove House, Letterkenny on Thursday 17th October.Anne Brennan of Signworx in Convoy is the Donegal Ambassador for this year’s event. Having established the local firm with her husband Donal, they have grown a business that provide total customer focus, combined with the ability to manufacture and deliver a wide variety of quality signage and Point of Sale display products to the trade and retail clients.Anne Brennan of Signworx in Convoy is the Donegal Ambassador for this year’sNational Women’s Enterprise Day – ‘Making it Happen’ – in Castlegrove House,Letterkenny on Thursday 17th October.The October 17th event in Castlegrove House will also see Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation, host an interactive innovation workshop. “In a world where innovation is the key to success and survival, being a stagnant thinker is not an option. Having the ability to challenge the status quo as a disruptive innovator will give you, your team or company, a competitive edge in any setting,” he explained ahead of his visit to Donegal.Assistant Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Brenda Hegarty, maintained that Donegal women in business would be inspired by the guest speakers.“These speakers offer will offer real insight and key tips on how to better focus on business and adopt innovative approaches to overcoming obstacles. We’re delighted to have such strong entrepreneurs speaking in Donegal and we are certain that those attending will take away lots of learning from hearing what they have to say,” she said.The Donegal event is just one of 17 LEO (Local Enterprise Office) led events nationwide with this year’s set to be the biggest National Enterprise Day yet.Dr. Karl Thomas of Creatovation, will host an interactive innovation workshop atthis year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day – ‘Making it Happen’ – inCastlegrove House, Letterkenny on Thursday 17th October.“Through financial assistance, microfinance loans, mentoring, training and networking, Local Enterprise Office, Donegal continues to support female entrepreneurs every year and we want to really celebrate their inspiring success stories on October 17,” the Assistant Head of Enterprise concluded. Places at the Donegal event are certain to fill up quickly and anyone interested in booking a place is urged to get online and book soon at – localenterprise.ie/donegalLocal Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.Top line up for National Women’s Enterprise Day revealed! was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska’s Mike Riley Brags About The Huskers Dominating “On & Off The Field”

first_imgNebraska coach Mike Riley walks onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/G0W1dB7zzD— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.last_img read more

Flo Rida Performs At StarStudded 25th Anniversary Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgOn Friday, April 20, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate and Center Without Walls founder, Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for its historic 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS Gala.Flo Rida Performs At 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS GalaThe event raised over $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top MS research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for MS.Guests at this year’s event included Race to Erase MS Founder Nancy Davis, host Scott Rogowsky, Performers Flo Rida, Elle King, and Siedah Garrett, Musical Director Greg Phillinganes, and additional special guests including Ajiona Alexus, Byron Allen, A.R.T., Lance Bass, Talitha Bateman, Allison Baver, Stacey Bendet, Phillip Bloch, Katrina Bowden, Miles Brown, Logan Browning, Cheryl Burke & Matthew Lawrence, Terry Butler, Francesca Capaldi, Crawford Collins, Joan Collins, Karisma Collins, Kirsten Collins, Lisa Daftari, Ava Dash, Christine Devine & Sean McNabb, Cairo Dwek, Peter Facinelli, Frances Fisher, Elizabeth Gillies, Camille Grammer, Mason Grammer, Bryan Greenberg, Anne Heche, Renee Herbert, Jessica Holmes, Randy Jackson, Victoria Justice, Chandler Kinney, Avril Lavigne, Natalie Alyn Lind, Elena Matei, AnnaLynne McCord, Maureen McCormick, Steven McQueen, Aly Michalka, Ruby Modine, Kechi Okwuchi, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren & Aaron Paul, Nile Rodgers, Olivia Sanabia, Paris Sanders, Gleb Savchenko, Johnathon Schaech, Serayah, Pepi Sonuga, Alyson Stoner, Nala Wayans, Vanna White, Sammy Wilk, Rumer Willis, Dave Winfield, Natalie Zea, Hannah Zeile, and many more.Host Scott Rogowsky (HQ Trivia) welcomed guests to the event and introduced the Fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The looks were showcased by a variety of models and actors, including Victoria Justice, Serayah, Francesa Capaldi, and Ajiona Alexus. Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis took the stage next, thanking guests for being in the room to celebrate the momentous 25th Anniversary Gala. She shared a special video highlighting the incredible accomplishments of the organization over the past quarter century, including raising over $47 million for the Center Without Walls program.Peter Facinelli introduced the first performer of the evening, Grammy Award-nominated artist Elle King, who had the crowd on their feet with her hit song “Ex’s & Oh’s” and a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”Kelly and Jack Osbourne at 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS GalaBrother and sister duo Kelly and Jack Osbourne, who himself was diagnosed with MS in 2012, announced the beginning of the evening’s fast-paced auction, which featured one-of-a-kind opportunities and collector’s items including a skip trip at The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado, a trip to New York Fashion Week with the alice + olivia team, an irresistible teacup puppy, dinner with the Osbourne family, and a Bahamas vacation aboard an Illusions yacht. The big item of the night was a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach Los Angeles, which went for an incredible $250,000.The next performer of the evening, Siedah Garrett, was introduced by actress Anne Heche. Garrett sang her single “Carry On,” which she wrote after meeting Nancy Davis last year and being inspired to do what she could to help Davis’ cause. She also sang the song she co-wrote for Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror,” and had the audience singing and dancing along.Randy Jackson introduced the night’s headliner, music superstar Flo Rida, who brought down the house with a seven-song set that included hits “Right Round,” “In The Ayer,” “My House,” and “Wild Ones.”In what has become a Race to Erase MS tradition over the past 25 years, an uplifting rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Randy Jackson, who was joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Lance Bass, Siedah Garrett, La Toya Jackson, Kechi Okwuchi, A.R.T., Ajiona Alexus, and more.The Race to Erase MS Gala was generously sponsored by ALEX AND ANI, Ferrari Beverly Hils, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet, Associated Television International, and The Beverly Hilton, with support from Evine, Mark’s Garden, Carbonadi, Neo Water, and Bodvar House of Rosés.Race to Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. All funds raised by the organization, through its iconic galas and year-round initiatives, support the “Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, which takes place for the entire month of May (MS Awareness Month) and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research. Throughout the month, a variety of orange products, many of which are specially created for this initiative, are sold to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS. Orange T-shirts with symbolic messaging are created annually and in recent years, modeled by longtime supporters Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. For the 2018 campaign, they will be joined by Jack Osbourne, an MS survivor himself, and his two young daughters! Among the partners is ALEX AND ANI, a company that has been a loyal partner to Race to Erase MS since 2012. They created a unique Cupcake Charm Bangle and donated twenty percent of its proceeds to Race to Erase MS. This effort alone has raised over $1 million for multiple sclerosis research. Additional partners of the 2018 Race to Erase MS Gala and “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign include Evine and Right Bank Shoe Co.last_img read more