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Charitable donations can only have a positive impact on a business, community or individual. It has been seen many times that companies try to push their foundation or charitable activities as their number one mission. Ron Hershco certainly agrees.

Companies do this if they are looking to repair their firm’s reputation or they want to highlight and bring awareness to the charitable organizations that they support.

JetBlue for example is encouraging charitable giving from their customers in exchange for customer loyalty. They’ve mixed charitable giving with their loyalty program. Customers can use unredeemed points for charitable causes.

Some can say that this is a marketing ploy, but it’s working. JetBlue is differentiating themselves among their competitors and they see it as a way to help attract new customers.

The unredeemed points would certainly be better going to cause that a JetBlue customer appreciates. Dave Canty, JetBlue’s director of loyalty marketing says that “In surveys and focus groups customers kept telling us they would like to make charitable donations, so we launched the True Giving program.”

The program is a platform that allows customers to make donations increments of points which are then converted into cash and then given to the benefitting charitable organizations. The charitable organization is also chosen by the customer and they can enter the name of the charity, or select a specific keyword, region, countries of where they would like to donate to.

Ron Hershco, who supports a number of charities, sees this as an excellent example of a big company encouraging their customers to give back to their communities. It’s great that JetBlue can use a loyalty program and combine it with their customers’ charitable wishes.

JetBlue will continue to get feedback from their customers and they are please they have received a warm reception towards the loyalty program. It certainly gives an idea to companies about how they should be managing their own charitable programs.

The East Harlem Center for Living and Learning will become a new 143,000 square-foot development that will combine affordable homes and a new charter school.

Two organizations will be responsible for the development, Harlem RBU and Jonathan Rose Cos. teamed up to create the initiative that be situated on East 104th Street between Second and Third Avenues. The estimated cost of the project will be $78.5 million.

Harlem RBI operates the school which is currently on East 103rd Street and the after-school baseball program which is supported by New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Teixeira also sites on Harlem RBI’s board of directors.

Ron Hershco, a real estate developer in New York recognizes the value of partnering with individuals that can help support community programs such as this. He believes that having Teixeira behind the initiative will give the development the boost it needs to be successful.

“The catch was that there was far more than the 60,000 square feet [that we needed],” said Richard Berlin, Harlem RBI’s executive director.

The department of education gave Harlem RBI $32.5 million for the project and so far it has raised $16 million, including $1 million from Teixeira who is heading the fundraising campaign.

Enterprise Community Partners have provided $10.5 million in low income tax credit which was sources by JP Morgan Capital Corp. Shola Olatoye, Enterprise’s New York market leader has said “It’s a way to maximize land but also meet the needs of the community.

Grand Central just turned 100 and on Friday, commuters and tourists gathered in the middle of the main concourse to celebrate the station’s 100th birthday.

On Friday, commuters and tourists gathered in the middle of the main concourse to celebrate the station’s 100th birthday.

There were a number of notable speakers at the ceremony, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Caroline Kennedy.  Her mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis played a big part in stopping a skyscraper from being built over the iconic station in the 1970s.

Several speakers at the event paid tribute to former Mayor Ed Koch, who died that Friday morning. Mr. Koch also played a role in helping save the station. Mr. Bloomberg credited Mr. Koch as having “made the city what it is today.”

Mr. Bloomberg hopes to pass a midtown rezoning that will be designed to create a new generation of skyscrapers before he leaves office. He pointed out that although the station’s preservation should be celebrated, other spaces within the area should be permitted to redevelop. “Grand Central was built to have commerce develop around it,” the mayor said. “We have to make sure it remains a vital part of our growth.”

Shop owners and restaurants at the station joined in for the festivities; charging 1913 prices. Financier charged 5 cents for a cup of coffee, Toto sold silk scarves for $2 and loaf of rye bread from Zaro’s bakery was only 6 cents.

Ron Hershco says it’s great that an iconic landmark can be celebrated in such a way. But I can see the importance of redeveloping the areas around Grand Central, it’s necessary, but hopefully they can do it in a way that’s not too intrusive.

A prestigious school, the Dwight School is teaming up with an East Harlem co-op to help build a new sports complex.

The school which has just signed a 20-year lease with the 1199 Housing Corporation to rent a 40,000 square foot space which is on the site of East River landing. The building includes a sports facility with a pool that has recently gone through a $6 million renovation.

The cost to maintain the facility has proved too costly for East Harlem co-op. According to Crains, Dwight School has offered to cover the maintenance and operations. They have also offered to improve the building by providing an additional $2 million to help with some more renovations.

The center will open in late spring and it will include a 75 foot long pool, school gym, exercise room, saunas and two rooftop tennis courts. The school will now create a swimming program and it will provide a basketball court for Dwight’s home team. A shuttle will be used to transport students from its Upper West Side campus for physical education classes. The trip is quite short, only being 11 minutes in total according to school officials.

The school’s chancellor, Stephen Spahn commented that the arrangement provides a solution for Manhattan schools, where they often find themselves without a centralized sports facility with a pool.

“This gives us what other schools don’t have,” Mr. Spahn said.

The community will benefit too as use of the facility during designated hours will be free for East River’s residents. And the school will offer scholarships to residents that qualify.

In the spirit of giving, this is what matters most in communities – collaboration fosters growth, a concept that Ron Hershco knows all too well.

Russell Simmons is for sure a magnate in the New York community, and the impact that he has had on the betterment of those around him and those he chooses to influence is without a broad one. There are many causes that he himself supports, and beyond that he has had a full share in being able to establish groups and organizations that lend to providing opportunities for others to better themselves. Art is a powerful tool and one that Mr. Simmons himself is familiar with.

The Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation is one that Russell Simmons and brothers/associates Danny and Joseph founded in 1995, and in it provides grants, exhibitions, and mentoring. The grants of the program have allowed some 70 organizations to benefit from annual funding while allowing a means for patronage through donation an example of which is one made by Mr. Ron Hershco to the organization. The Ron Hershco donation is one that provides a venue for the development of youth in the community at an art center.

The Art Center Ron Hershco’s Building Was Turned Into

The donation made by Ron Herscho was so valued that it was immediately upon the time of receipt used as the seed for a project to make the East New York Brooklyn Art Center possible, and a fundraiser was thereupon held to facilitate the process of seeing the art center plan come to fruition. The model already held for the art gallery and center project is one that could easily take form as the Rush Foundation already had the framework of art galleries in place in the Chelsea Art district and Clinton Hill. Therefore, those patrons of the arts who sought to support the cause linked to the Ron Hershco building could put trust into the project at that time.

The current art center is a place for the youth in the community to build an asset that can otherwise go without notice or even consideration: creativity. For a child to see beyond circumstances and be able to envision something for the future, the creative regions of the mind must be developed.Those dreams that could be considered idle or baseless often lead to some of the most significant accomplishments. It’s just a matter of training the individual to trust their ability to create for one’s self.

The funds raised by the fundraisers like those that established the East New York Brooklyn art Center through Art for Life Palm Beach also have helped Palm Beach County youth with funds geared toward them. The youth that have benefited have also been able to get in touch one on one with Mr. Russell Simmons to ask questions on things relevant to his industry.

Article Written Based on Link: http://artforlifepalmbeach.com/mission.html

They are two tycoons in their own industries. Not only are they successful businessmen, but they are community figures that have often stood out in the public eye. To these men, we may think that speaking of a couple of million dollars would be as regards a transaction between the two or possibly of just one of the individuals, but in fact the worth of the item in hand had less to do with its specific value as the means to what end that Ron Hershco entrusted in the hands of Mr. Simmons. The donation has a value superior in the eyes of those that have been benefited by it.

Russell Simmons is beyond his own personal image and individual known for the use that he has made to the fortune that he has gained over years of hard work. The individual success that he has had made possible his interest in being able to establish in the community a means of empowering not only himself but quite certainly others. Not just any others for certain but those youth in the community that have not had someone to call a patron or a right hand that will lead them down the path toward personal growth. That is a role that Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic foundation is known for playing and can be the basis for Ron Hershco having entrusted the donation worth millions in his hands.

Ron Hershco and What the Donation Amounted To

The value of the donation that Ron Herscho made is one that a real estate tycoon can easily recognize as an expert in New York properties. A building of any import in the East New York, Brooklyn terrain can be often coveted by many an investor especially when it is a sizeable one that has history. The location coupled with the capacity for transformation and can quickly put the price of a property through the roof. For a charitable organization that seeks the goodwill of the community, just the right building in the area where it works can be hard to find. A building is of no value to the community if due to location the community members have no access to it.

Atlantic Ave. is the location of the space that Ron Herscho was able to present to the Rush Philanthropic Foundation, the size of the particular venue some 10,000 square feet. The foundation already had a gallery in Chelsea of about 900 square feet and another in Clinton Hill of some 1,000 square feet at the time, so the immensity of the space really gives way to the import of the particular location.

Community artists and those that seek to support the betterment of the youth in New York can see that when those that have the means to lend a hand get together, they can do something significant. It’s not just a matter of blindly given space to whomever but to those that know how to get the best use out of what they have. The East New York Brooklyn Art Center is a good example of how the means to achieve a specific end in the community often already exist and are made powerful in noble hands.

Article written for: http://www.urbanhustler.com/archive/news-story/archive/2006/may/article/russell-simmons-gets-25-million-donation-for-arts-center/

If there are two things that really stand out in the definition of a culture they are definitely its art and its youth.Well, maybe for some of us food stands out also, but let’s here focus on these two very important aspects of a culture and what their impact may be on defining both a community and a generation. In the Eastside New York, Brooklyn neighborhood in which many youths are raised, it may seem that there are not many opportunities for the underprivileged  This may in fact seem to overwhelm the outlook that an average city youth has on his prospects for the future.

That in mind, some of the privileged in the New York community has acknowledged the need to address the lack of development opportunities for not only the skills but the character of city youth. Ron Hershco is a well-known real estate developer and investor and has taken an opportunity to make a gesture of goodwill toward city youth in his donating a building to the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in which in turn opened the East New York Brooklyn Arts Center in 2007. The center has been an opportunity for the development of youth that may otherwise have never known art or had exposure to working artists firsthand.

Ron Hershco Has a Small Part in the Big Picture of Art Education

The donation that Mr. Ron Hershco made to the Brooklyn community was not ill received as it is one that has a major impact on those youth that want to take advantage of the opportunity that a community haven for art provides. Really, for many an artist, art is a means of taking reality and putting one’s own spin on it. Making the world what you want it to be so to speak. This is ever so important for many of the youth in East New York. It is not to say that every youth is disadvantaged, but how many would otherwise get the opportunity to think about the world in a bit of a different way. Opening thought patterns to creativity can truly help any individual to have a different means of facing the challenges of everyday life.

The sad reality is that high school graduation rates are less than half in the area, and the unemployment rate can be up to triple that of the rest of the country. For a youth that is really underprivileged in the job and academic market, a community outlet like the East New York Brooklyn Arts Center is truly of great value. In 2007, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation which was started by Russell Simmons and associates in 1995 held a gala that celebrated the donation of Ron Hershco with the further goal of obtaining other funding for the art center. The fund raiser gave even more exposure to the project in the New York community, and in fact succeeded in gaining more support from community leaders.

An art center in the community also plays a vital role to artists that are seeking exposure. This is also worthy of mention as the ability to give representation to local artists strengthens the ties within the community and also provides something for which the community itself can be proud. This pride in turn creates a stronger future outlook for those involved.

Article based on: http://www.blackgivesback.com/2007/05/event-rush-philanthropic-east-new-york.html

Overcrowding in our schools is a major problem being faced by communities and school officials throughout the nation. “Learning cottages” and “portable classrooms” are popping up on school grounds everywhere to combat the problem. No one is immune. Upscale neighborhoods with million-dollar homes are in the same predicament as less wealthy neighborhoods. Philanthropist Ron Hershco, a New York developer, is someone who is not looking the other way, hoping someone else will come up with a better solution. He faced the issue head on and constructed and donated a new childhood center in a neighborhood where he was developing dozens of new two-family homes, townhouses, and apartments.

Ron Hershco’s company was responsible for bringing in more than 500 new residents to the area in 2005, and Mr. Hershco wanted to be sure that the children moving into his new homes would have a school to attend. The $2.5 million facility holds 200 students, houses 6 classrooms, a multipurpose room, a music room, and two administrative offices. Mr. Hershco’s gift will have a long lasting and far-reaching positive effect for the students, teachers, parents, and the community at large.

The overcrowding problem in our schools is having a devastating effect. Some teachers are dealing with 40 students per class! With so many students crammed in one classroom, how is a teacher supposed to address each individual need? It’s virtually impossible to get to know each child on a personal level, never mind trying to teach them something. Teaching and learning is a personal business. Teachers evaluate students’ learning, check for weaknesses and strengths, and ideally recommend the proper route to take for optimal results. In overcrowded schools, many teachers can’t even match the faces of their students to their names six weeks into the school year. Teachers are often frustrated because that personal connection is being lost, and kids notice it and feel insignificant.

Only a few years ago, classroom downsizing was the educational buzzword. Today, as we continue to deal with our current economic downturn, many states have relaxed or eliminated their policies or laws regarding class size, primarily for cost-saving measures. Most school districts will cram as many students as possible in a single classroom, taking a toll on teachers and students alike. Where we used to lack space, now we lack seats within rooms. Kids sit on countertops, on the floor, or wherever they can find a spot. Teachers strain to be heard above the din of 40-plus kids and, likewise, students strain to hear teachers and keep up with instructions.

Research seems to suggest that the current problem we are facing of failed schools and teacher dissatisfaction is linked to classroom overcrowding. The solution to this problem belongs to all of us, not just to parents, teachers, and students, but to everyone. Children are the hope for the future. Without the proper attention and education we cannot expect to have brighter days ahead.

Mr. Hershco’s gift of a brand new school takes us one step closer to a solution to a very disturbing trend. In New York City alone, it is reported that nearly half the classrooms in public schools are overcrowded beyond what the teachers’ union contracts allow. If the trend of the last few years is indicative of what’s to come we are in very serious trouble, indeed.

http://www.rockawave.com/news/2005-09-30/Community/011.html

If there are two things that really stand out in the definition of a culture they are definitely it’s art and it’s youth. Well, maybe for some of us food stands out also, but let’s here focus on these two very important aspects of a culture and what their impact may be on defining both a community and a generation. In the Eastside New York, Brooklyn neighborhood in which many youths are raised, it may seem that there are not many opportunities for the underpriveleged. This may in fact seem to overwhelm the outlook that an average city youth has on his prospects for the future.

That in mind, some of the privileged in the New York community have acknowledged the need to address the lack of development opportunities for not only the skills but the character of city youth. Ron Hershco is a well-known real estate developer and investor and has taken an opportunity to make a gesture of goodwill toward city youth in his donating a building to the Rush Philanthrophic Arts Foundation in which in turn opened the East New York Brooklyn Arts Center in 2007. The center has been an opportunity for the development of youth that may otherwise have never known art or had exposure to working artists firsthand.

Ron Hershco Has a Small Part in the Big Picture of Art Education

The donation that Mr. Ron Hershco made to the Brooklyn community was not ill received as it is one that has a major impact on those youth that want to take advantage of the opportunity that a community haven for art provides. Really, for many an artist, art is a means of taking reality and putting one’s own spin on it. Making the world what you want it to be so to speak. This is ever so important for many of the youth in East New York. It is not to say that every youth is disadvantaged, but how many would otherwise get the opportunity to think about the world in a bit of a different way. Opening thought patterns to creativity can truly help any individual to have a different means of facing the challenges of everyday life.

The sad reality is that high school graduation rates are less that half in the area, and the unemployment rate can be up to triple that of the rest of the country. For a youth that is really underprivileged in the job and academic market, a community outlet like the East New York Brooklyn Arts Center is truly of great value. In 2007, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation which was started by Russel Simmons and associates in 1995 held a gala that celebrated the donation of Ron Herscho with the further goal of obtaining other funding for the art center. The fund raiser gave even more exposure to the project in the New York community, and in fact succeeded in gaining more support from community leaders.

An art center in the community also plays a vital role to artists that are seeking exposure. This is also worthy of mention as the ability to give representation to local artists strengthens the ties within the community and also provides something for which the community itself can be proud. This pride in turn creates a stronger future outlook for those involved