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Richard Branson Joins the Giving Pledge

As you all know, I blogged about how Warren Buffett and Bill Gates created “The Giving Pledge” – which is a commitment by billionaires to give half their wealth away to a mega charity. Of course they used themselves as examples.

They then went around the country talking to some of the richest people about joining this philanthropic effort.

Now 12 new people from overseas have joined up, including Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group. Others come from Australia, Germany, India, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, the Ukraine and 5 more from the United Kingdom.

Richard Branson wrote in More >

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Milton Hershey is an Inspiration

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t written here in awhile, but I got caught up in writing a story the last several months and that has taken up all my free time.

But I became very inspired when my parents took me to Hershey Park for Spring Break. We had never been there before and even though I’ve heard of Mr. Hershey, and of course have eaten the yummy chocolate bars he created, I really didn’t know his story.

Milton Hershey was an amazing man! He was a true entrepreneur who started with nothing, and even went broke four times More >

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer

In previous posts I have highlighted adults who are making a difference, and in this post I wanted to share information about Barrington Irving. He became the youngest person and first African American to go around the world by flight. The difference is he did it in a plane which he built himself from donated parts — at 23 years old!

Years later he has founded a non-profit called Experience Academy, where Mr. Irving is teaching young people to accept “no limitations.” His 4 year old program encourages students to follow their interests in science, math, engineering and technology. More >

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Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms

Since we are all focused on summer camps, I just read an article about a man, Steven Kessner, who grew up in the Bronx, New York City, went to Dartmouth College and later became a successful real estate developer.

He remembers not knowing there was another world outside of the concrete confines of the city. Launched in 2010, Steve created Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms to ‘Pay It Forward’ and help bright children from under served communities from New York City break out and meet their potential. Steve says he immediately knew Horizon Farms was the place to plant More >

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