BringMeTheNews Launches Philanthropic Program
MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — BringMeTheNews (BMTN), the pioneering online and broadcast news curator, is starting 2011 with a new philanthropic program designed to raise awareness for Minnesota-based charities, beginning with Smile Network International. BringMeTheNews Gives Back will feature local organizations with news stories on its homepage throughout the year as well as make a $500 donation to each group.
“Part of our mission of bringing the best stories to our readers includes highlighting the amazing work being done by Minnesota charities,” said Rick Kupchella, BringMeTheNews founder and president. “This program lets us further support the communities we serve throughout the state by generating additional awareness for inspiring organizations like Smile Network International. We encourage BMTN users to nominate charities that have special meaning to them, so we can help expand their networks and increase support for their missions.”
Smile Network International is the first charity chosen to be featured in the BringMeTheNews Gives Back campaign. Founded in 2003 by Kim Valentini, the charity funds surgical missions in developing countries and provides supplies needed to repair birth defects, with a focus on cleft lips, cleft palates and other conditions requiring surgical intervention. The surgeries, which cost $500 per child, are free of charge to the families and are available to children who would otherwise go untreated.
“Rick has been a wonderful friend to our charity for many years, including participating in a mission where he witnessed incredible life-changing surgeries for these children,” said Kim Valentini, co-founder of Smile Network International. “The donation and added visibility that we will receive from this program will bring priceless awareness to the work we do.”
Kupchella serves on the board for Smile Network International and participated in a mission trip to Peru.
BringMeTheNews Gives Back will select up to six non-profit organizations and post information on the BMTN homepage about the groups throughout the year. BMTN is accepting nominations throughout the month of January about charities serving populations in Minnesota, or organizations based locally that serve a national or international base.
Launched in 2009, BMTN gathers local news from hundreds of online sources and distributes it through a network of online and social media sites. BMTN is also broadcast on radio throughout the state 1,300 times a week on a growing list of stations. The company recently launched a sports division and continues exploring additional ways to expand its reach.
For more information, go to www.BringMeTheNews.com.
Founded in September 2009 by former investigative reporter and TV news anchor Rick Kupchella, the BringMeTheNews team of journalists gathers and provides news from hundreds of sources and delivers it through many platforms including broadcast, online and social media sites. BringMeTheNews is sponsored by OptumHealth, The Minnesota Association of Realtors, The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Clear Way Minnesota, The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Explore Minnesota. For more information go to www.BringMeTheNews.com.
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