Cubs Outfielder Matt Szczur Is Well Known For His Charity Work

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Cubs outfielder Matt Szczur made his major league debut in 2014 and has a career batting average of .242.  While not an everyday player, Szczur has shown tremendous value as a consistent pinch hitter and backup outfielder.  What is of special interest is the impact he has made off the playing field – he is well known for charity and community work.

In 2009, Szczur donated bone marrow to a 15-month-old Ukrainian girl named Anastasia battling leukemia. Szczur saved the girl's life given the severity of her condition.  Last winter, he hosted and helped raise thousands of dollars during his “Szcz The Day” fundraiser for the Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation.  More recently he picked up a paint brush in an effort to raise money for Cubs Charities which gives grants focused specifically on creating opportunities for at-risk youth in the areas of education, youth sports, and health and wellness.  For his first ever attempt at artwork, Szczur painted the final out of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.  “Honored and humbled that my first painting was auctioned off for $35,000 for such a great cause,” Szczur posted to Instagram.  “Thank you Cubs Charities for allowing me to give back and be part of something special.”  Way to go, Matt Szczur!

 

Good News Counts,

 

Marty

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Hackers Donate $15K for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has pummeled Puerto Rico over the past week, knocking out power for the entire island. The island’s calls for help have been answered by an unlikely source…hackers. Several data security companies and hacker conferences have started collecting money and supplies for Puerto Rico. These are the good hackers, and an ideal source to help with getting communication lines and Internet connectivity to those in need.

So far they have collected $15,000 and are sending emergency equipment, radios, laptops, phones, and more! Some of the great organizations that are helping include: Derbycon, Shmoocon, Hushcon, BSidesRaleigh, Nolacon, BSidesDE, Phantom Rescue, Hackers for Charity, BSidesPR, and BSidesLV!

Thank you hackers and the security community!!

 

And that’s what’s good,

Jon

 

Source: http://blog.redlion.io/hackers-raised-15k-puerto-rico/

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Miss British Columbia shaves head for charity

When most pageant contestants win, typically they say “I’m going to Disney world!”.  Well not Patricia Celan, who was crowned  Miss Charity British Columbia.  Patricia’s first act as current Miss B.C. was shaving her head on stage at Langley’s Chief Sepass Theatre, which raised $8,000 for COPS for Cancer which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.  The pageant itself raised $20,000 in total as contestants took part in many group fundraisers for Cops for Cancer. 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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