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Meeting the Challenge of the American Kidney Disease Epidemic

By Tom Loranger, TFG Washington, DC

The Trump Administration recently announced its Advancing American Kidney Health initiative, an ambitious plan designed to confront the epidemic of kidney disease by, among other steps, incentivizing home dialysis treatment and kidney transplantation (dialysis is the process of removing toxins, water, etc. from the blood of people whose kidneys no longer perform this function.  For those with kidney failure, otherwise known as End-Stage Renal Disease or ESRD, dialysis or transplants are the only life-saving options).  The Administration’s unprecedented focus on kidney disease won praise from The Rogosin Institute, a New York City-based hospital that treats more than 20,000 patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and close to 2,000 patients with ESRD.

Kidney disease in the United States is a growing, complex and expensive problem that is at epidemic levels.  Indeed, the statistics are alarming: almost forty million Americans are living with some degree of chronic kidney disease; more than 750,000 suffer from kidney failure (with 500,000 on dialysis); more than 120,000 Americans are diagnosed with kidney failure each year; and almost 100,000 patients are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.  The cost of caring for American patients with kidney disease represents 23 percent of the Medicare budget (or about $115 billion per year).  The dramatic rise in kidney failure is largely attributable to the corresponding increase in two chronic diseases that are leading risk factors for kidney failure: diabetes and hypertension.

The Administration’s plan has three fundamental goals:  “going upstream” to confront the disease earlier in order to reduce kidney failure; treating more patients in the home setting (versus in-center); and making more kidneys available for transplant. As Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said, “Decades of paying for sickness and procedures in kidney care, rather than paying for health, have produced less-than-satisfactory outcomes at a tremendous cost. “

The Rogosin Institute, a pioneer in the field of kidney care, including transplantation, has been largely supportive of the initiative, which involves nationwide demonstration programs including a mandatory model.  In a letter to HHS, Dr. Barry Smith, President and CEO of Rogosin, and Dr. Jeffrey Silberzweig, the Chief Medical Officer, said, “We greatly appreciate the Administration’s Initiative with its inclusion of programs to slow the progression of CKD, improve access to, and quality of, patient-centered treatment options, with a special emphasis on increasing home dialysis and improved access to kidney transplantation.  These are programs that are clearly moving in the right direction.” 

The initiative was greeted with largely bi-partisan support. However, Rogosin, and many other stakeholders, expressed concerns over the scope of the mandatory model, the manner in which home dialysis and transplantation are measured in the model, and certain problematic payment mechanisms.  Rogosin is hopeful that the Administration addresses these issues prior to program implementation. 

It’s little wonder that The Rogosin Institute would embrace innovative care initiatives.  Under the leadership of Dr. Smith, Rogosin has made “awareness and prevention” of kidney disease central to its mission. 

Dr. Smith said, “At Rogosin, we have a passion for improving the treatment of disease but also for enhancing the quality of the lives of people with kidney disease.  By that I mean doing more than treating patients at our facilities; I mean going into communities and homes to impact the lives of people in a positive way.”

The Rogosin Institute hopes that the American Kidney Health Initiative will bolster these objectives by fundamentally changing the way kidney disease is treated.  Patients currently suffering from this terrible disease – and future generations who might also do so – deserve no less.

NOTE:  The Rogosin Institute is an independent, not-for-profit institution for the research, treatment and prevention of kidney disease.  Rogosin has clinical facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and facilities for diabetes and cancer research in Xenia, Ohio.  Rogosin is affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) and Weill Cornell Medical College. It is a Sponsored Member of the New York Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network.  The founder of Rogosin performed the first hemodialysis in the New York metropolitan area in 1957 and, in collaboration with the NYP surgeons, the first living-related kidney-donor transplant in 1963.  Rogosin has recently established a laboratory of Kidney Regenerative Medicine to develop kidney stem-cell organoids to repair damaged kidneys and ultimately build new kidneys so that every person who needs a new kidney can have one promptly and return to a full, normal, and productive life.

For more information on The Rogosin Institute, please visit www.rogosin.org.

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TFG Client Spotlight: Western Wealth Capital

By Alison Walsh, TFG Phoenix

The Ferraro Group began working with Vancouver-based investment company Western Wealth Capital (WWC) in summer 2019, focusing on the company’s corporate social responsibility program “We’ve Got Your Back.” The program provides backpacks filled with district-approved school supplies to all children living in WWC’s apartment communities. The program has been in place for four years and together with their partners, WWC has given out more than $140,000 in school supplies. The program is the brainchild of WWC’s CEO, Janet LePage, who at 38 years old has created a company that has done close to $2 billion in transactions in the past five years and has given back in a wide variety of ways.

Some thoughts from Janet on giving back:

“Just over four years ago, I had a moment while preparing my children for the school year. I realized there was a tangible way my company could have an impact on the families and children that lay their heads to rest each night in our 65 apartment communities across the nation.

We serve a variety of residents, many in at-risk neighborhoods, where the financial burden of purchasing $100 or more in backpacks and school supplies each school year is a struggle. Through an initiative that Western Wealth Capital created called, “We’ve Got Your Back,” we’re lifting that weight off of their shoulders by providing each school-age child in our apartment communities throughout the Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and San Antonio metro areas with supplies that are suggested or requested by the local school district – as well as a brand-new backpack.

I believe that if our children have the tools they need, they will have confidence. And that confidence then creates a space for them to learn and be successful. That success changes futures. Not just for these children, but for the broader communities they positively impact.”

WWC continues to support its residents throughout the year by offering other programs to help families create positive memories, like the “Rent-Free Christmas” program. During Rent-Free Christmas, one deserving family at each WWC property is awarded a rent-free December, and one additional family is selected to receive food, toys and gifts for every member of the family.

WWC knows firsthand that these programs create a greater rapport between community managers and the families living in the community. They also create a bond between employees and their property management companies and create an even stronger work environment.

WWC has developed a proven, reliable system for investing in multifamily properties in key real estate markets across the U.S. The company offers investment partners the opportunity to invest in cash-flowing properties with substantial value-add opportunities. Since inception, WWC has successfully completed close to $2 billion in real estate transactions. The company was co-founded in 2014, by CEO Janet LePage and General Partner David Steele. WWC acquires underperforming multifamily rental properties and increases net operating income and valuation through an approach that has been successfully applied across an entire portfolio. To date, WWC has invested in the Phoenix, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Atlanta markets.

The Ferraro Group is proud to work with WWC to show the real estate industry and all employers that you can truly combine financial success with giving back to create a win-win for both investors and the community at large.

Janet was recently awarded the RBC Momentum Award for Women Entrepreneurs. Here are her comments on being recognized:

“Receiving the RBC Momentum Award is a huge honor that I am humbled and incredibly proud to accept. I would like to thank RBC and Women of Influence for creating a platform to showcase powerful women who are making both a financial and social difference. WWC is changing the way real estate investment operates, showing this industry that you can create wealth while doing business on human terms. Leading this change in an industry that has been doing business the same way for a very long time is both challenging and extremely rewarding. Prestigious awards like this help recognize the success we have had while doing it differently – creating wealth while improving the lives of the people who live and work at our properties.”

To learn more about WWC, visit www.westernwealthcapital.com.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Where’s Cuppy? Sweepstakes Official Rules 2018

  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN A PRIZE. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHEREVER PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED, OR ADMINISTERED BY TWITTER.
  2. Eligibility/Participation: The Dunkin’ Donuts Where’s Cuppy? Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal U.S. residents currently residing in Clark County, including the following cities: Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas; who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater, as of the date of their participation and entry. Franchisees and employees, directors and officers of Dunkin’ Brands Inc. (“Sponsor”), The Ferraro Group (“Administrator”), and any of their respective affiliates, franchisees, parents, subsidiary companies, and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”), and members of the immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or those living in the same household, of any of the foregoing are not eligible. Void where prohibited, or otherwise restricted by law. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree that: (1) you have read and understand the Official Rules; (2) you meet the Sweepstakes eligibility requirements as explained in the Official Rules; (3) you accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules, to Sponsor’s Conditions of Use, Legal Notices and Privacy Policy as published at http://www.dunkindonuts.com/content/dunkindonuts/en/help/privacypolicy.html; (4) you unconditionally accept and agree to comply with and abide by the decisions of Sponsor and Administrator, whose decisions shall be final and binding in all respects; and (5) you agree to release and hold harmless each of the Released Parties and their respective agents, employees, officers, directors, successors and assigns, against any and all claims, injury or damage arising out of or relating to participation in this Sweepstakes and/or the use or misuse or redemption of a prize, and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, or any other intellectual property related cause of action.
  3. Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 am Eastern Time (“ET”) on 6/1/18 and ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/1/18 (the “Sweepstakes Period”).
  4. How To Enter: You must have a non-private Twitter account to participate in and enter this Sweepstakes. If you do not have a non-private account, there is no cost to create one at www.twitter.com. Please note that you must agree to comply with the Twitter Terms of Service (https://twitter.com/tos) and Privacy Policy (https://twitter.com/privacy) in order to create your Twitter account. Once you have such an account, you must become a follower of @DunkinDonutsLV. It is free to follow @DunkinDonutsLV on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account and are not already a follower of the @DunkinDonutsLV account, then you may log onto Twitter using your Twitter user name and password, and then may become a follower of @DunkinDonutsLV by going to http://www.twitter.com/DunkinDonutsLV and clicking the “Follow” button. You must follow @DunkinDonutsLV throughout the Sweepstakes Period and for at least fifteen (15) days thereafter (for potential notification purposes) to participate in the Sweepstakes and be eligible to win. You may unfollow @DunkinDonutsLV after the fifteen (15) day notification period.

Periodically, throughout the Sweepstakes Period, the @DunkinDonutsLV account will post photos of Cuppy in various locations around town and will ask followers to respond by tweeting their guess while including the hashtag #WheresCuppy as well as a link to the URL where the Sweepstakes rules can be found. In order to earn one (1) entry into the applicable Prize Drawing’s account, as defined below, tweet @DunkinDonutsLV with the shout-out and include the hashtag #WheresCuppy (hereinafter an “Entry”). There is a limit of one (1) tweet/Entry per person, throughout the Sweepstakes Period, regardless of Account.

Sponsor need not inform you if you have earned an Entry or not. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address or social media account. Incomplete Entries, Entries generated by script, macro or other automated means, Entries that do not fully comply with these Official Rules, including, without limitation the submission guidelines (“Submission Guidelines”) detailed below, or Entries which subvert the entry process, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, will not be eligible. Proof of submission of tweet does not constitute proof of delivery or Entry. Entries received from any person, regardless of account used, in excess of the above stated limitation, will be void. All Entries must be received during the Sweepstakes Period to be eligible. Due to the way Twitter operates its service, Sponsor may not receive Entries from Twitter users with “protected” updates. If an entrant submits their Entry via SMS from a wireless phone, the entrant’s wireless service provider may charge the entrant for each text message sent. Entrants should consult their wireless service provider regarding its pricing plans. Message and data rates may apply. The computer clock of the Webmaster hosting the Sweepstakes is the official timekeeping device. All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned, and Sponsor will not verify receipt of Entries. Using the above referenced hashtags in your tweet constitutes your consent to these official rules.

  1. Submission Guidelines: Each tweet that is submitted to this Sweepstakes must comply with the following Submission Guidelines to be eligible. Any tweet that, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, violates these Official Rules or the Submission Guidelines below will be disqualified and/or will not be eligible to win a prize.

The tweet MUST, in the sole discretion of Sponsor:

  • Be written in English;

The tweet must NOT, in the sole discretion of Sponsor:

  • Contain language that violates or infringes upon another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, trademark or copyright infringement), without permission;
  • Disparage Sponsor or its products or services, Sponsor’s competitors or their products or services, or any other person or party affiliated with the Sweepstakes;
  • Contain company names, product names, brand names or trademarks other than those owned by Sponsor, which participant has a limited license to use for this Sweepstakes;
  • Contains the names, likenesses, or other indicia identifying any celebrities and/or other public or private figure, living or dead, without permission;
  • Contain language that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, profane, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous, controversial or libelous;
  • Contain language that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
  • Contain language that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to applicable laws or regulations; and/or
  • Contain language in which the Released Parties do not wish to associate themselves with, in their sole discretion.
  1. Random Prize Drawing/Prizes/Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): On or about one business (1) day after the Sweepstakes Period has ended, Administrator, an independent judging agency, shall perform a prize drawing (the “Prize Drawing”), from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Sweepstakes Period, in order to select four (4) potential prize (“Prize”) winners. There will be four (4) Prize winners total and two swag items for the winner. Once confirmed, as detailed below, each Prize winner will receive one (1) twenty-dollar ($20) Dunkin’ Donuts Gift cards The ARV of each Prize is $20 dollars ($20). The total ARV for all Prizes is one hundred dollars ($100). In the event there are not enough eligible Entries into the Prize Drawing to award all applicable Prize(s), Sponsor retains the right only to award as many Prize(s) as there are eligible Entries. The decisions of Administrator and Sponsor are final and binding on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes. Odds of winning a Prize are dependent upon the total number of eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. There is a limit of one (1) Prize per person, throughout the entire Sweepstakes Period. In no event will Sponsor be responsible for awarding more than the stated number of Prizes herein. Prize conditions may be added or modified by companies providing those portions of the Prize. The Prize restrictions/conditions stated herein are not all-inclusive. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent for any Prize in whole or in part will be permitted, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion due to prize unavailability for any reason, and only then for a prize of greater or equal value determined by Sponsor shall be allowed.
  2. Prize Winner Notification/Verification: All potential Prize winners must comply with these Official Rules as published in order to be confirmed as an official winner and accept a Prize. Sponsor and/or Administrator will not accept any screen shots or other proof of time of tweet in lieu of their verification process, and all decisions of Sponsor/Administrator are final and binding. On or about one business (1) days after the Sweepstakes Period has ended, Sponsor or Administrator will notify the potential Prize winner via a direct message from @DunkinDonutsLV to the potential Prize winner’s Twitter Account used to enter the Sweepstakes (note: in order to receive such direct message, you must (a) be following @DunkinDonutsLV and (b) may have to have your account settings set to “unprotected” or “public”). Upon notification or notification attempt, the potential Prize winners will be required to respond to such direct message to the email address provided, accepting the Prize and providing their physical and/or email address (as requested), for prize delivery purposes, within three (3) calendar days of such notification or notification attempt, or the Prize will be forfeited, and an alternate potential Prize winner will be selected and notified. Sponsor will attempt to contact the potential Prize winner two (2) times during the three (3) calendar day period. If in any instance, notification attempt(s) for a potential Prize winner fail for any reason, or if a potential Prize winner is found to have not complied with these Official Rules, such Prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential Prize winner will be selected from among remaining eligible Entries for the applicable Prize Drawing, if any. Acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its designees to use the name, Twitter account information, actual or simulated likenesses, biographical information, city, state, opinions, and prize information of Prize winner(s) in connection with the Sweepstakes and the exploitation thereof (including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes), in perpetuity, throughout the universe, in all media, without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Further, winners shall indemnify the Released Parties from any claims, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable legal fees) arising from breach of these Official Rules. In the event of a dispute as to any Prize winner, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register at www.Twitter.com will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address.
  3. General Terms/Limitation of Liability: Noncompliance with any of these Official Rules may result in disqualification. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for late, lost, jumbled, incorrect, or inaccurate tweets, whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Sweepstakes or by any human error. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or other services, providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail, technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website (including Twitter), including, without limitation, any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in this Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error(s) in administration of the Sweepstakes, or in the selection/announcement of the prize winners. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including, without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Should the Sweepstakes be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, notice will be posted where Sponsor deems fit and the Prizes will be awarded via random drawing from among all eligible Entries received up until and or after (if applicable) the time of modification, cancellation or termination, or in a manner that is fair and equitable as determined by Sponsor. All interpretations of these Official Rules and decisions by Sponsor are final. No software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated tweets are permitted. Sponsor reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual they suspect or find: (i) to have used a software-generated, robotic, programmed, script, macro or other automated online tweet; (ii) to have tampered with the participation process or the operation of this Sweepstakes; (iii) to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; (iv) to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; or (v) to have provided inaccurate information on any legal documents submitted in connection with this Sweepstakes. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR APPLICATION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Participants agree that the Released Parties, (a) shall not be responsible or liable for, and hereby release the Released Parties from, any claims, losses, damages or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Sweepstakes or any Sweepstakes-related activity, or from acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use/misuse or inability to use a prize, and (b) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to a prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. The Released Parties shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity that may be caused or contributed to (1) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of their agents, servants, employees or independent contractors; (2) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of the Released Parties; or (3) by any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of the Released Parties. Failure of Sponsor to enforce any provision herein shall not be deemed a waiver of such. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PARTICIPANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND PARTICIPANTS HEREBY WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES WHATSOEVER. IN NO EVENT SHALL SPONSOR BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTICIPANT OR WINNER FOR DAMAGES THAT EXCEED THE VALUE OF THE PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. In the event that a court, or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction, shall hold any of the provisions of these Official Rules to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, such provisions shall be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary so that these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in full force and effect.
  4. Governing Law/Venue: THE SWEEPSTAKES IS GOVERNED BY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND THE FORUM AND VENUE FOR ANY DISPUTE SHALL BE IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK. IF THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM IS NOT OTHERWISE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR MEDIATION, IT SHALL THEN BE RESOLVED BY FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS STREAMLINED ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS THEREOF (“JAMS RULES”). THE JAMS RULES FOR SELECTION OF AN ARBITRATOR SHALL BE FOLLOWED, EXCEPT THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL BE EXPERIENCED AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN NEW YORK. ALL PROCEEDINGS BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THE COUNTY OF NEW YORK. THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF. ENTRANTS AGREE THAT ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THIS SWEEPSTAKES SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION
  5. Request for the Name of Winners and/or Official Rules: For a list of the names of the winners, available after the Sweepstakes Period has ended, and/or Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, to be received by 10/1/18, to: Dunkin’ Donuts Dunkin Where’s Cuppy? c/o The Ferraro Group, LLC, 9205 W. Russel Road, Ste 340, Las Vegas, NV 89148. Please note on the left-hand corner of your envelope if you are requesting the Names of Winners or Official Rules.
  The Ferraro Group   Sep 25, 2018   Blogs   Comments Off on Dunkin’ Donuts Where’s Cuppy? Sweepstakes Official Rules 2018 Read More

Planet 13 Superstore, the World’s Largest Cannabis Entertainment Complex, Opening in Las Vegas November 2018

Planet 13 Superstore, the World’s Largest Cannabis Entertainment Complex, Opening in Las Vegas November 2018
Las Vegas’ new dispensary will be anchored by world-class experiences and product innovation

Las Vegas, Nevada – July 19, 2018 – Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (“Planet 13” or the “Company”), a leading vertically-integrated Nevada cannabis company announced today the official groundbreaking at its Planet 13 Superstore. Anticipated to be among the world’s largest cannabis dispensaries, Planet 13 Superstore will offer visitors from around the globe a unique experience when the destination opens in November 2018. Planet 13 Superstore will be located at 2548 W. Desert Inn Rd., only a few steps away from the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Brought to life by Co-CEOs Robert Groesbeck and Larry Scheffler, the new entertainment complex will be unveiled in phases, with the first phase to be completed and open to the public in November 2018. Phase 1 will be more than 40,000 square feet and includes a multi-faceted entertainment space featuring interactive attractions and more than 16,500 square feet of cannabis retail space.

“We have already generated a loyal following of Las Vegas customers at our current dispensary location and we are confident that the Superstore will be a strong draw for the 55 million visitors from around the world that come to the city each year,” said Robert Groesbeck, Co-CEO and board member of Planet 13. “With Phase 1 of the project fully funded, under construction, and on time, we are excited to showcase the unparalleled interactive entertainment and product lines we will have available for guests in the coming months.”

The new destination will weave together an unparalleled dispensary experience, complete with 45-50 registers to serve the large number of anticipated visitors with state-of-the-art technology and interactive entertainment. As guests approach the complex they will be greeted by 13, 15-foot-tall LED lotus flowers on the roof of the building. Made of acrylic leaves and metal stems, the lotus flowers can be controlled by visitors, making them interactive pieces of art. The control panels will be located near the sophisticated outdoor water feature that is branded Planet 13. Customers can explore these features before heading into the lobby where they can experience the sensory-activated LED flooring that creates an interactive show while guests are walking on it. The attractions continue once guests move inside the main portion of the complex where they’ll view a glowing aerial orb show high above the dispensary floor. There’s also interactive laser graffiti where visitors can leave their mark with unique writings and drawings. Guests also will be mesmerized by the 3D Projection Visual Experience where numerous 3D visuals are projected onto walls.

For more information, please visit https://www.planet13holdings.com/ and follow on Instagram planet13dispensary, Facebook Planet 13 Las Vegas and Twitter @Planet13lv.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Media Contacts
Latoya Bembry / Krista Gilbertson
The Ferraro Group
Latoya@theferrarogroup.com / 702-278-1000
Krista@theferrarogroup.com / 702-232-4139

Investor Relations Contacts

Jonathan Ross
Lode Rock Advisors Inc., Planet 13 Investor Relations
jon.ross@loderockadvisors.com
416-283-0178                                                                                        

Robert Groesbeck or Larry Scheffler
Co-Chief Executive Officers
ir@planet13lasvegas.com

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About Planet 13
Planet 13 (www.planet13holdings.com) is a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Nevada, with award-winning cultivation, production and dispensary operations in Las Vegas – the entertainment capital of the world. Planet 13’s mission is to build a recognizable global brand known for world class dispensary operations, and a creator of innovative cannabis products. Planet 13’s shares trade on the Canadian Stock Exchange (CSE) under the symbol PLTH.

U.S. Disclaimer
The securities described herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”) or any state securities laws and accordingly may not be offered or sold within the United States or to “U.S. persons”, as such term is defined in Regulation S promulgated under the U.S. Securities Act (“U.S. Persons”), except in compliance with the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act and applicable state securities requirements or pursuant to exemptions therefrom. This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Company’s securities to, or for the account or benefit of, persons in the United States or U.S. Persons.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Any statement that involves discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance (often but not always using phrases such as “expects”, or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “forecasts”, “estimates”, “believes” or “intends” or variations of such words and phrases or stating that certain actions, events or results “may” or “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken to occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. In this news release, forward looking-statements relate, among other things, future expansion plans and the opening of Phase I of the Superstore in November 2018.

These forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions and estimates of management of the Company at the time such statements were made. Actual future results may differ materially as forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to materially differ from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors, among other things, include: final regulatory and other approvals or consents; fluctuations in general macroeconomic conditions; fluctuations in securities markets; expectations regarding the size of the Nevada cannabis market and changing consumer habits; the ability of the Company to successfully achieve its business objectives; plans for expansion; political and social uncertainties; inability to obtain adequate insurance to cover risks and hazards; and the presence of laws and regulations that may impose restrictions on cultivation, production, distribution and sale of cannabis and cannabis related products in the State of Nevada; and employee relations. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are based upon what management of the Company believes, or believed at the time, to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure shareholders that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements, as there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements of beliefs, opinions, projections, or other factors, should they change, except as required by law.

The Company is indirectly involved in the manufacture, possession, use, sale and distribution of cannabis in the recreational and medicinal cannabis marketplace in the United States through its subsidiary MM Development Company, Inc. (“MMDC”). Local state laws where MMDC operates permit such activities however, these activities are currently illegal under United States federal law. Additional information regarding this and other risks and uncertainties relating to the Company’s business are contained under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Listing Statement dated May 24, 2018 filed on its issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein.

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Feeding Fall Cravings: Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin and Maple Pecan Flavored Coffees Return by August 27 with New Items for Autumn

 

 

 

Feeding Fall Cravings: Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin and Maple Pecan Flavored Coffees Return by August 27 Along with New Items for Autumn

In addition to eagerly-anticipated coffees, new Maple Cream Cheese Spread, Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich and more join Dunkin’s fall menu

LAS VEGAS, NV (August 15, 2018) – Ahead of leaves turning and temps cooling, Dunkin’ Donuts is brewing a first taste of fall and bringing back eagerly-anticipated favorite flavors of the season. Dunkin’ announced today that the company’s classic coffees featuring pumpkin and maple pecan flavors will be back before the end of August, along with a mouthwatering menu that offers both new and returning beverages, baked goods, snacks and sandwiches to fulfill fans’ fall cravings on-the-go, any time of day.

Coming to participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide no later than August 27, this year’s delicious fall-inspired lineup includes:

  • Pumpkin flavored and Maple Pecan flavored coffees: Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin flavored and Maple Pecan flavored coffees headline the brand’s autumn array as perfect ways to stay energized leading up to fall and throughout the season. Both flavors are available in Dunkin’s full line of coffees, including hot or iced coffee, espresso beverages, Frozen Coffee and Cold Brew coffee.
  • NEW Maple Cream Cheese Spread: With new Maple Cream Cheese Spread, Dunkin’ brings this popular taste of the season to its selection of creamy and delicious cream cheese spreads for guests to enjoy on their favorite bagel variety.
  • NEW Apple Crisp Donut: For a satisfying and sweet fall donut treat, Dunkin’s new Apple Crisp Donut features Apple filling, frosted with caramel icing and topped with crispy sweet oat topping.
  • Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich: Fans wild about waffles can celebrate fall with Dunkin’s breakfast sandwich featuring the perfect blend of maple, bacon and savory, buttery waffle. The Belgian Waffle Breakfast Sandwich offers a double portion of sweet caramelized Maple Sugar Bacon, egg and American Cheese, served between classic golden Belgian Waffles with deep ridges. For another on-the-go breakfast sandwich choice, Dunkin’s Maple Sugar Bacon Breakfast Sandwich brings eggs, American Cheese and a double serving of Maple Sugar Bacon served on a warm, flaky croissant.
  • Pumpkin Donut and Muffin: The brand will once again offer one of the largest varieties of pumpkin choices of any national restaurant chain, available all day long for a perfect fall treat any time. Back this fall are Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Donut, a glazed pumpkin cake donut that can also be enjoyed as bite-size MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin Muffin, a pumpkin spiced autumn delight topped with white icing and sweet streusel crumbs.
  • Pumpkin flavored K-Cup® pods and packaged coffee:  Finally, for fall brew-at-home options, Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin flavored K-Cup® pods and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Pumpkin flavored packaged coffee will be available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, in grocery and other retailers nationwide as well as online at http://shop.dunkindonuts.com.
  • Festive Fall Donut: For a donut that celebrates the colors of the season in a sweet way, the Festive Fall Donut is back, featuring red icing and chocolate and orange sprinkles.

In addition to the fall lineup, Dunkin’ Donuts has recently introduced the new Dunkin’ Run menu of $2 snacks to make running on Dunkin’ even better. Created to pair perfectly with Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature beverages and provide guests with craveable new choices for on-the-go treats ideal for mornings, afternoons or evenings, the new Dunkin’ Run menu includes Donut Fries, Ham & Cheese Roll-ups, Pretzel Bites & Mustard, Waffle Breaded Chicken Tenders, and Dunkin’s first-ever nationwide gluten-free bakery product, the Fudge Brownie.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced regular/decaf/flavored coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,600 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Western Elite Holds Community Book Drive to Benefit WGU Nevada’s Free ‘Little Libraries’

WHO:
Western Elite, WGU Nevada

WHAT:
In an effort to support the free “Little Libraries” free book exchange that debuted in 2017, Western Elite, a southern Nevada leader in construction waste and recycling, is holding a book drive to benefit the community project. The books ultimately benefit elementary schools in the Las Vegas Valley that are in need of books for students.

“Take a book, leave a book” is the general idea behind the “Little Libraries” free book exchange, which is to encourage reading for all ages, promote community involvement, improve literacy rates, and increase access to books in areas around the city. One of the main sponsors for the “Little Libraries” is WGU Nevada.

New and gently used books – for both children and adults – can be brought to Western Elite’s Nellis location from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. August 6 through Sept. 28. All books collected will be used to keep the “Little Libraries” stocked throughout the year.

WHEN:
August 6 – September 28, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE:
Western Elite
2745 N. Nellis Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89115

CONTACT:
To schedule any on-site interviews during this time, please contact Krista Gilbertson – The Ferraro Group – Office: 702.367.7771/ Cell: 702.232.4139

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Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Donates Over $500,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice Palliative Care Program

As more and more attention is drawn to palliative care in America, The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation (EPWFF) continues to be a leader in supporting services for those dealing with chronic illness with a generous donation of $568,000 to Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Elaine Wynn Palliative Care Program (EWPCP).

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary of providing care to Southern Nevada, Nathan Adelson Hospice is an industry leader in palliative care and its principles. The EWPCP was founded in 2007, and has helped an estimated 16,000-plus individuals both at home and in facilities.

The goal of the EWPCP is to improve the quality of life for patients and their family members facing the debilitating physical, emotional, and social issues associated with an advanced illness. This program provides a unique and innovative interdisciplinary approach to care coordination across settings.

“The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation is known for both their generosity and their vision,” said Nathan Adelson Hospice President and CEO, Carole Fisher. “Continuing their commitment to this crucial and still often-misunderstood program helps ensure everyone in our community has access to the dignity and care needed during the end of their journey.”

Only months after former First Lady Barbara Bush brought attention to her own situation by choosing to seek palliative care after her terminal diagnosis, palliative care and its benefits have begun to be topics among the general public.

The (EPWFF) donation will decrease unnecessary suffering and improve the quality of life for our community’s most fragile by providing:

  • Expert management of pain and other symptoms
  • Guidance for patients and their families in developing a personal, patient-centered plan of care based on true understanding of disease management and progression, treatment choices, and the right to advocate one’s personal interpretation of quality of life
  • Coordination of care with health care providers, insurance companies and other community resources
  • Emotional support and clinical guidance for patients and families
  • Opportunities for families to better understand decision-making challenges and communicate their choices to their loved ones before a healthcare crisis
  • Team-based planning
  • Assist with transition to hospice care when the patient’s prognosis is limited and life expectancy is less than 6 months

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

 

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Governor Sandoval Appoints Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Diane Fearon as Chairman of the Commission for Women for the State of Nevada

LAS VEGAS – July 16, 2018 – Nathan Adelson Hospice announced today that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has appointed Diane Fearon of the hospice to serve as Chairman of the Commission for Women for the State of Nevada.

 

The commission is charged with the duty to study the changing and developing roles of women in society and recommending proposed legislation. Current goals of the commission include increasing the number of women on state boards, commissions and leadership roles in government; creating a recognition event that honors the women and organizations making contributions to the state; and participating in the Interim Task Force on Financial Security to focus on pay equality.

 

Fearon joined Nathan Adelson Hospice in a senior leadership position as vice president for Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships in 2017. Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 450 hospice and palliative care patients daily

 

Previously, Fearon served as the ATOP Director at HealthInsight Nevada. The Admissions and Transitions Optimization Program (ATOP) is a four-year, $17 million grant funded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, commencing in 2016 and going until 2020, related to the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents.

 

Fearon has been in Las Vegas since 1979 and previously served as CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada from 2013 until 2016. She also spent 25 years in commercial banking between 1988 and 2013, including serving as the founding president/CEO of Bank of George, established in September 2007. Community involvement has always been a priority, and her service includes the Nevada Commission for Women, Las Vegas HEALS board and HealthInsight Nevada Board. She also served as vice chair of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Host Committee, vice chair of Habitat for Humanity, and as a member of the Nevada Public Radio Investment Committee, the Shade Tree Endowment Board and the Leadership Las Vegas Program. She is a 2001 graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, a master’s level program in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.

 

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in hospice care and palliative medicine for 40 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative care patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community.  In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care. The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence for comprehensive end of life care.  Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain.

The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.nah.org.

 

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Western Elite Contracts with Future Las Vegas Stadium for Partial Waste Management Efforts

Western Elite Contracts with Future Las Vegas Stadium for Partial Waste Management Efforts

LAS VEGAS – July 5, 2018 – Western Elite, southern Nevada’s leader in construction waste and recycling, recently announced it has been chosen as one of the companies handling waste services for the $1.8 billion Las Vegas Stadium set to open in late 2019.

Currently in its first stages of construction, the future Las Vegas stadium sits on 62 acres of land near Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell Road. It will be the eighth largest stadium in the world with a capacity to hold 65,000 visitors.

Throughout the course of the next two years of construction, the stadium is estimated to produce 12,000 tons of waste that Western Elite will assist with eliminating. The company also will help with the stadium’s recycling needs.

“Western Elite is excited to take part in this historic project in Las Vegas,” said Western Elite Vice President Scott Seastrand. “Our waste and recycling teams will help make sure all the needs are met in a quality fashion.”

About Western Elite
Western Elite is Nevada’s premiere waste management and recycling company. As one of the most prominent recyclers in Nevada, 100 percent of all collected waste materials are sorted for recycling materials before shipment to the landfill.

Western Elite’s state-of-the-art, 393,000 square-foot facility features the latest technology in engineering and operations, allowing for a complete solution for the collection, storage, removal, recycling and landfill disposal of waste. For more information, visit www.westernelite.com.

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Western Elite Secures Waste Management Contract for Resorts World Las Vegas Project

 

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Contact: Krista Gilbertson
The Ferraro Group
702-367-7771

Western Elite Secures Waste Management Contract for Resorts World Las Vegas Project

(Las Vegas – June 27, 2018) – Western Elite, southern Nevada’s leader in construction waste and recycling, recently announced it has been contracted by Resorts World Las Vegas to provide the recycling and waste removal for the $4 billion project. Resorts World Las Vegas plans to bring in 1,000 workers to the site.

“Resorts World Las Vegas is an exciting project in Las Vegas, and this is a great opportunity for us as we assist them as they embark on this endeavor,” said Vice President of Western Elite Scott Seastrand.

All aspects of construction for Resorts World Las Vegas are being managed by W.A. Richardson Builders, a longtime veteran of constructing large-scale projects in Las Vegas. By partnering with both Resorts World Las Vegas and W.A. Richardson Builders, Western Elite continues to make its mark by providing quality and timely recycling and waste management services in southern Nevada.

About Western Elite
Western Elite is Nevada’s premiere waste management and recycling company.  As one of the most prominent recyclers in Nevada, 100 percent of all collected waste materials are sorted for recycling materials before shipment to the landfill. Western Elite’s state-of-the-art facility features the latest technology in engineering and operations, allowing for a complete solution for the collection, storage, removal, recycling and landfill disposal of waste. For more information, visit www.westernelite.com.

About Resorts World Las Vegas
Resorts World Las Vegas is a $4 billion, Chinese-themed megaresort set to open in 2020. Previously the location of the former Boyd Gaming “Echelon” site and Stardust, Resorts World Las Vegas occupies 87 acres and will include a hotel; multiple restaurants including a variety of authentic, regional Chinese cuisines; more than 100,000 square feet of innovative gaming space; numerous retail offerings; and a top-tier nightlife venue. Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Genting Group, which has a 30 year track record of investing in the Americas, including facilities in New York City, Miami and the Bahamas. For more information on the various Resorts World properties worldwide, visit www.resortsworld.com.

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