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BURKE to Present A Big Heart Foundation’s 7th Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament

BURKE is pleased to announce it will present A Big Heart Foundation’s Seventh Annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament as a corporate sponsor, taking place on Monday, September 22th at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte, NC.

The Toys for Tots (T4T) Golf Tournament was founded in 2008, and is today supported by A Big Heart Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that supports children’s charitable endeavors in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Proceeds from the tournament are generated through event sponsorships and collected toys, which are then donated to the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.

This year, the tournament will be executed by the new director of A Big Heart Foundation, Paulina Valeri. “I am excited to bring new sponsors and vendors to the green this year, and to grow the positive influence A Big Heart Foundation has on children in the Charlotte community, for years to come.” said Valeri.

Jack Burke, BURKE’s CEO and founder of A Big Heart Foundation, is looking forward to taking his non-profit organization to the next level in 2015. “After six successful years, we are excited to continue to grow A Big Heart Foundation,” said Burke. ABH Foundation plans to organize a variety of events, allowing the organization to diversify into other children’s support organizations, in addition to the annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament. “Our goal is to make this non-profit better, stronger, and capable of improving the lives of even more children in the Charlotte area,” said Burke.

Since its inception, the tournament has donated over $130,000 in toys to the USMC Toys for Tots Program. The program has a mission to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children in local communities at Christmas. With the simple gift of a new toy, supporters are contributing to the mission of creating better communities made of responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens.

About A Big Heart Foundation

A Big Heart Foundation, Inc. was founded in Spring 2010 by Jack Burke, President and CEO of Burke Communications, Inc. as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Foundation supports children’s charitable endeavors in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Every year the organization has supported the official Charlotte (T4T) Toys for Tots Golf Tournament presented by Burke Communications. Please call 704-377-2600, e-mail info@ToysForTotsGolf.org, or visit ToysForTotsGolf.org for more information.

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Burke Announces Three New Agency Members

BURKE has been fortunate to have had significant new business growth the second quarter of 2014 and is pleased to announce three new full-time members have joined the team: Caitlin Takos, Eloy Viteri and Suzanne Lynn.

“I’m excited that we have had the opportunity to hire very talented and highly skilled new team members in the Charlotte area.  The three new employees exemplify our core vision, Inspired Imagination, and our overall MISSION; Create with Passion.  They will help us stay focused with our goal of Discovering Significance in our work, employees and customers,” says Jack Burke, CEO & Chief Creative Office.

Caitlin Takos will take her place as our Marketing Specialist, coordinating and managing projects for BURKE along with existing clients: Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Doosan, Wishart Norris and new incoming clients. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College and her MBA in marketing from University of Akron. She comes to us from InfoCision where she honed her project management and marketing skills as a Senior Account Representative. We are excited to have her as a new member of the accounts team at BURKE. She’s taken on incorporating new SEO management tactics and has even set up an initiative for continuous education in this ever changing field. In her free time she enjoys walking her French bulldog, baking, kayaking, and boating with her family. The whole agency is waiting anxiously for her to bring in more unique baked goods.

Eloy Viteri is BURKE’s brand-new Web Developer, and a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Software Information Systems and a Minor in Mathematics, from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Eloy is a master at programming and coding language. He’s impressed our seasoned web design veterans, and is exceeding client’s expectations with his abilities. His skills and knowledge have already brought a new level of depth and creativity to BURKE’s custom and mobile sites. Outside of work Eloy enjoys participating in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Swimming.

Suzanne Lynn, BURKE’s new Office Manager, has already brought a new level of organization to Burke. Her duties will include HR and Controller responsibilities and she’s already started kicking Burke’s green initiative into high gear. Suzanne has over a decade of progressively advanced accounting and fiscal skills with more than five years at a controller level. Suzanne graduated magna cum laude from UNCC and holds a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In her spare time, Suzanne can be found cycling around town and listening to live bands!

BURKE’s clients are ecstatic that the agency has managed to snag some of the brightest talent in Charlotte. Their fresh perspectives and high-energy work ethic has invigorated BURKE and inspired new paperless initiatives, and a creative evolution within the web design, graphic design, and content management departments. “Our company will continue to make a creative impact in the Charlotte community as we grow,” says Burke.

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BURKE Sponsors Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation Luncheon

BURKE will be sponsoring Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation’s (CMPF) annual leadership luncheon, in addition to designing a program for the event.

CMPF will host its annual leadership luncheon on May 16 in Uptown Charlotte at the Westin Hotel, with victim’s rights advocate, John Walsh as the keynote speaker. The luncheon provides funding for the special needs and projects of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Walsh is an Emmy®-winning, internationally renowned host and executive producer of America’s Most Wanted – the groundbreaking reality program that helped law enforcement capture more than 1,100 dangerous fugitives and bring home more than 50 missing children since its debut in 1988.

He was also the leading lobbying force behind the passage of the Missing Children’s Act, which resulted in the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The NCMEC is the premier child protection non-profit, providing invaluable resources to parents, children and law enforcement in the United States and internationally.

The cost per table of eight is $3,000 with 100% of the funds going to future Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation projects. An officer from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will be seated at each table, and table hosts are invited to a VIP reception with Bob Woodruff scheduled the morning of the luncheon.

About Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation was chartered in 2004. The Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and provides support for innovation programs and initiatives that are not presently funded by the police department’s budget. THE CMPF helps to ensure a safer community for the entire Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.  For more information contact Executive Director Ann Henegar at 704.299.6310 or visit www.charlottepolicefoundation.org.

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BURKE’s campaign, “Sharing Pills Can Kill” Gets National Attention

BURKE Communications’ Sharing Pills Can Kill, campaign for Carolinas Poison Center, is raising national awareness for the growing problem, teenage prescription pill sharing.

Launched in June of 2013, the 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) shows the reality of teen prescription drug abuse. Since the campaign’s inception, schools and educational facilities around the country have commandeered the microsite in addition to the print, digital, and television ads.

“Sharing Pills Can Kill, gives parents and educators a unique opportunity to share the dangers of prescription drug abuse with teens. It has been an honor to be a part of Carolinas Poison Center’s efforts, creatively and as the father to two amazing children. We are so proud that our work could make a difference in our community and in our country.” said Jack Burke, President and Chief Creative Officer of BURKE.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that poisoning deaths from misuse of prescription pain pills among 15-19 year-olds have nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Pain relievers, antidepressants and stimulants rank as one of the fastest growing causes of death among teens. Sharing and misuse of prescriptions drugs can be fatal at any age, but teenagers find themselves more vulnerable and susceptible to pressure.

“Nearly twice as many adolescents are dying from poisonings than a decade ago, and many of these deaths are related to prescription drugs. We are hoping to make teens and their families aware of the dangers of prescription pill sharing and take preventative measures to stop this trend,” said Rebecca Rembert, Assistant Director of Outreach and Development for Carolinas Poison Center.

The multi-faceted campaign, which includes a public service video; micro site, informational posters, and print and digital ads, can be viewed here.

For more information about the Sharing Pills Can Kill campaign, visit www.sharingpillscankill.com

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