At its quarterly training in Seattle, consumer lifestyle company It Works! Global donated $50,000 to feed 20,000 children.
The event attendees donated $25,000, and company CEO Mark B. Pentecost and his wife Cindy of Bradenton matched the donation for a total of $50,000.
That donation feeds 20,000 children for a month through Children's Cup, a non-profit organization founded in 1992. Through Children's Cup, a $5 donation can feed two children for approximately four weeks.
It Works! sold "Give Hope" bracelets for $5 donations, and the bracelets immediately sold out.
In June, the Pentecosts traveled to Africa to meet some of the children who benefit from the It Works! Gives Back program.
Recently, It Works! Global's corporate team hosted a 5k event and raised more than $18,000 for two non-profits, Selah Freedom and the National MPS Society.
At its January annual convention, It Works! adopted 800 children through donations to Food for the Hungry.
Eaton celebrates year without incidents
MANATEE COUNTY -- Eaton Corporation celebrated having 365 days without an incident reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The company's division on Whitfield Road designs, manufactures and integrates aerospace products and technologies for Cockpit Interface, electrical power management, engine solutions, fuel and inerting systems, hydraulic systems and motion control.
Pharmacy offers healthcare advice
BRADENTON -- Fairway Pharmacy in Bradenton is helping area residents navigate open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, which begins Oct. 1 and will run through March 31.
An important part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Marketplace allows individuals and families to select a health insurance plan and sign up for coverage.
To see all the health plans available in their geographic area -- and to learn about premiums -- individuals must first complete a Marketplace application that asks about their household size and income, according to the federal web site healthcare.gov.
"If you are employed by a company that provides health insurance, you probably won't benefit from visiting the Marketplace," said Vikram Rao, owner of Fairway Pharmacy in Bradenton. "Most likely, you will continue to select your health insurance during your employers' Open Enrollment period."
Marketplace websites will outline a variety of plans offered by different insurance companies, Vikram said. All pricing will be in one place for consumers to compare and contrast. It is important that consumers educate them
selves about the benefits and the provider network included within each plan they consider, he said.
Additional Affordable Care Act information sources include The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation at www.kff.org and the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov; 800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
-- Herald staff reports