Kansas coach Bill Self will tape Cameo videos. Proceeds to charity, of course.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self has partnered with Cameo, an internet site where he will record personalized videos to sell to individuals.Self’s fee for a Cameo call has been set at $150, with all proceeds to go to charity. Cameo customers pay a wide range of celebrities and athletes for personalized birthday and holiday greetings and best wishes for special events.Cameo claims more than 40,000 celebrities offer videos through its service.“I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during these very unique times we’re all experiencing,”...
The Kansas City Star
JUSTice Cream offers sweet social justice model for nonprofits — and ice cream shops
CHICAGO — Fudge the Police — not just a family friendly wordplay on the 1988 N.W.A. rap hit, but a vegan ice cream flavor to benefit Black Lives Matter Chicago. The blend of mint cookies and cream, fudge and CBD was created by JUSTice Cream, a nonprofit ice cream shop focused not just on the flavors, but benefiting grassroots organizations like BLM Chicago.JUSTice Cream works with local organizations to co-develop ice cream flavors that reflect a social justice issue, said founder Hialy Gutierrez. One hundred percent of the profits from each flavor go back to the organizations.ABOLECHE ICE, a ...
NC businessman has record of success, but he's drawing fire as new postmaster general
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Louis DeJoy has hosted presidents, built a nationwide business and donated millions to politicians and philanthropies.But he’s never drawn the attention he has since becoming the nation’s postmaster general in June.Critics say the Greensboro businessman already has launched policies that have slowed mail service. They worry that as a major donor to President Donald Trump, he’ll delay delivery of what’s expected to be a flood of absentee ballots that could decide the presidential election.“DeJoy has engineered an unconstitutional assault on our Postal Service from within the o...
The Charlotte Observer
As Florida nursing home residents died, operators raked in federal handouts
MIAMI — Heather Williams knew on April 28 that her mom, 63-year-old Sarita Redmond, had tested positive for COVID-19. But the Southern Oaks Care Center, which had become a petri dish of infection, would tell Williams nothing more.Call after call to the Pensacola nursing home went unanswered, Williams said. And a state executive order intended to protect elders in long-term care barred her from visiting her mother.Williams asked local police to make a welfare check in mid-May. The Pensacola Police Department told her that COVID-19 restrictions forbid that, too.“I didn’t know what else I could d...
Rep. Ilhan Omar and her challengers spar over political style, campaign cash
MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar sparred Friday with Democratic rival Antone Melton-Meaux over who is best positioned to deliver progressive policy wins in an overwhelmingly liberal district that includes Minneapolis, now at the center of national debate over police and race issues.In a wide-ranging, hourlong debate on WCCO radio, Omar and Melton-Meaux were both put on the defensive about their massive fundraising hauls from donors outside the district in a nationally watched primary Aug. 11 that has attracted millions of dollars on each side.Also in the mix was John Mason, another Democrat...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
They formed Friends For Friends to help a dying pal. They've since helped thousands
PHILADELPHIA — In April of 1996 Bob Carroll and some friends held a fundraiser for their ill pal Alfred Patrone. Approximately 1,200 people showed up for a beef’n’beer and raised about $55,000 to help Patrone pay his bills while fighting cancer. The gathering helped show Patrone how many people were rooting for him.Later, while Carroll visited him in the hospital, Patrone said he had one wish.“He was so excited about how many people showed up and said that we should keep this (charity) thing going,” recalled Carroll, who lives in Conshohocken. “I promised him I would.”Thus was born Friends For...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump postpones fundraiser at his Doral resort as Tropical Storm Isaias nears Florida
MIAMI — President Donald Trump has postponed a weekend fundraiser at his own golf resort in Doral as a tropical storm bears down on Florida.Trump, who is still expected to attend a Friday fundraiser in Tampa, had planned to travel to South Florida for a Saturday event at his Trump National Doral Miami golf resort. But according to a Republican National Committee spokesman, the event was canceled this weekend because Tropical Storm Isaias is approaching Southeast Florida and the GOP did not want to take resources away from the area.The White House told McClatchy that Trump is expected to be in ...
Trump wants a fundraiser at his Doral resort. A storm and COVID could be problems
MIAMI — President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Miami this weekend to hold a fundraiser at his own golf resort at a time when hotel ballrooms and restaurants are closed and masks are required at outdoor public gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.A tropical storm is also on the horizon.An invitation to the Saturday fundraiser obtained by the Miami Herald lists the location as Trump National Doral Miami. Donors who contribute $5,600 receive one ticket to a reception. Donors who give or raise $35,000 purchase two tickets and a photo, presumably with the president. A $100,000 ...
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert reportedly tests positive for coronavirus
AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning at the White House, according to multiple news reports.Gohmert, who was scheduled to fly to Texas on Wednesday morning with President Donald Trump, tested positive ahead of his trip, Politico first reported, citing anonymous sources.Gohmert is regularly spotted on Capitol Hill without a mask and told CNN last month that he does not wear a mask because he doesn’t have the virus.His decision to not wear a mask ignored the warnings of health experts, who recommend masks for even those without s...
Omar's primary challenger holds wide lead in campaign money
MINNEAPOLIS — Millions of dollars are pouring into the primary race for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, where opposition to Minneapolis U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is fueling an unprecedented surge in donations to her top Democratic opponent, political newcomer Antone Melton-Meaux.Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Omar, said he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, with $2 million cash left in the bank ahead of the Aug. 11 primary. He dramatically outraised Omar, who took in $471,624 during the same time per...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)