Category: Charities & Non Profits

Strong Island is Island Strong

(This article first appeared in the October 18, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Island Strong All Day Long. More than a phrase or t-shirt, it’s actually the company motto of Island Strong, an online merchandise store that began selling products in 2015. Terrance Saporito, CEO and founder of the company, designed the popular

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Light a Candle For Puerto Rico

(This article first appeared in the October 11, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Social media is a powerful way to spread a message. It’s also a way to connect with like-minded individuals. Follow a page, like a post, message a company. This concept is exactly how I came across the latest altruistic endeavor

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A Life Dedicated to Equine Therapy

(This article first appeared in the September 6, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper) The relationship between two species is unlike any other. Bonds are created through nonverbal communication and strengthened by the spirit. At Spirit’s Promise horse rescue program in Riverhead, it’s a sanctuary for healing the souls of horses and humans together. It

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Simple Vodka: A Cocktail to End Hunger

(This article first appeared in the August 23, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   You’re at the bar debating what to drink. Absolut, Kettle, Grey Goose, Tito’s. Now there’s an even easier vodka choice. Simple. A vodka name you can feel proud to order. The company aims beyond satisfying its customers with a mission

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Trunks of Love Gala

(This article first appeared in the August 9, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   This Friday, animal lovers and humanitarians alike will attend the third annual Trunks of Love gala benefitting Veterinarians International. Held at Dopo La Spiaggia in East Hampton, the event will raise money toward the foundation’s mission “to enhance the health

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Unconditional Love: Adoption in the Hamptons

(This article first appeared in the July 5, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)     The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation enters into its eighth year of the annual Unconditional Love Gala. The anticipated event will be held this Saturday at the residence of Chuck and Ellen Ward Scarborough in Southampton beginning at 6:30 PM.

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Pelush: Join The Refauxlution

(This article first appeared in the June 28, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Recently featuring some faux fur coats at Southampton Animal Shelter’s Catwalk for Canines, Anna Tagliabue is the future of fashion. Launched in February of 2014, Pelush NYC is a PETA-approved vegan, 100-percent cruelty free line of faux fur designs. “I

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Hilaria Baldwin: Illuminating a Pathway for Wellness

(This article first appeared in the June 21, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Hilaria Thomas Baldwin is a supermom of three, wife of SNL’s undoubtedly favorite Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin, and career woman taking over the wellness industry in full force. Her Instagram account reaches over 250,000 people, each family photo somehow more

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#GivingTuesday: The Worldwide Movement For Giving Back

(This article first appeared in the November 23, 2016 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   Remember when Thanksgiving holiday weekend was about actually giving thanks? Neither do I. Today, eager American shoppers seem to be rushing through their family dinners in order to get to the nearest store for the best discounts. The joy and

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Daily Fitness: A Practice For Everyone

(This article first appeared in the April 12, 2017 issue of The Independent Newspaper)   My typical response to participating in a yoga class is “Namaste out of it.” However, it’s hard to argue yoga’s multitude of benefits, such as increased flexibility, muscle strength, circulatory health, and injury protection (among many others) that come with

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