Silver Edition Club Expands to Chicago; Develops Sister Site for LGBTQ Community

The exclusive dating site is hoping to distinguish itself from other matchmaking agencies in the Windy City.

Chicago, IL, November 27, 2017 –(– Silver Edition Club is bringing its superior matchmaking ability to the Chicago market with the goal of attracting the most successful gentlemen and ladies in the Windy City together.

The agency is offering a business-like approach to a slew of accomplished individuals seeking to meet other high-caliber professionals with the hopes of finding a long-lasting romantic connection.

“We want to give you more than just a pretty face the way other services do,” Samantha Joy, Silver Edition Club CEO and founder, said in a written statement. “We want to give you the full package of looks and intelligence.”

The Silver Edition Club experience is poised for success in the largest city of the Midwest as its sophisticated screening process distinguishes itself from the Los Angeles-style of marketing that other matchmaking agencies have brought to Chicago.

The upscale matching service’s talent pool consists of the cream of the crop in numerous industries and the modeling world in various ways. Silver Edition Club examines a robust database of female members through casting events and social media outreach, primarily Instagram.

Instead of accepting every applicant to the matchmaking site, the agency is very selective in determining who enters its exclusive club. “We are focused on the value of the quality of the prospective match,” Joy continued.

More dates are offered on Silver Edition Club than other matchmaking services; roughly one to three per month, depending on a client’s schedule. The executives behind this concept offer flexible payment options as the entire fee is not due upfront.

“At Silver Edition Club, we offer flexible payment arrangements including a month-to-month membership, a three-month plan, a six-month one and a 12-month offering,” Joy added. “We will never bombard you with potential introductions, and you will never have a last-minute date. We also offer you a guarantee that we will find the perfect match for you.”

Over the coming one to three years, the agency’s founders are opening up a sister site to Silver Edition Club, available only to the LGBTQ community. Such a move would offer additional booking opportunities for female members in the modeling and entertainment space.

About Silver Edition Club

Samantha Joy, founder, CEO and managing partner, and Mike Patrick, founder, special assistant and managing partner, launched Silver Edition Club with the idea of offering a focused dating pool to successful gentlemen who were indifferent and “above” online dating. Both Joy and Patrick are accomplished and well-connected members of the entertainment industry, working for a Fortune 500 recruiting agency and building several successful online businesses respectively. The two came together to bring forth a revolutionary social club with a strict screening process and the guarantee that each member’s privacy would be protected. The agency often directs castings for models and invests greatly in social media marketing. The two founders also took the time to listen to what their male clients were seeking in a female partner and accepted female affiliates accordingly. Silver Edition Club’s male clientele can expect to garner one to three matches per month. For more information, visit SilverEdition.Club.

Aim big with Havoc’s top tips for success

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Sales and Marketing Expert, Havoc, is keen to provide its contractors with the mentorship necessary for them to develop into successful entrepreneurs

The firm holds the words of Grant Cardone and his 10x rule very seriously, believing that its workforce should set their goals extremely high to reap the most rewards. With this in mind, Havoc is hosting a workshop on the ways contractors can attempt to secure their first million: an ambitious goal but one the firm thinks its carefully selected workforce is capable of achieving.  

About the firm:

The first point Havoc has pushed to its workforce is for them to develop a bias against inaction. The firm claims that it is easy for people to talk about how they are going to start working or begin a new project but the process of actually doing it is the hardest part. To be successful, the firm wants each of its contractors to envision themselves as agents of change who are seen as responsible but also opportunistic enough to make things happen. Those that make things happen are more likely to succeed and find the most favourable financial opportunities.  

Secondly, Havoc wants its workforce to become realists, in the sense that they focus primarily on their own realities and not on the perceptions of those whom they interact with. Of course outside perception can be controlled to an extent, but the firm believes that especially in sales, an overbearing concentration on the opinions of others can be counterintuitive to their performance in the field. The company wants each of its workforce to trust in the expert training they have received and face every day with the confidence that they are in charge of the situation. The firm knows that rejection is difficult to deal with but argue that once they become realists and take control of the things that they can, they will see huge changes in their performance in all walks of life. 

Finally, Havoc will be asking its workforce to stop blaming others for their own failures. Havoc argues that those who accept their own shortcomings and do not pass blame are often planted more firmly in reality and can offer the best solutions to these problems.  

With these in mind, Havoc is confident that contractors will understand the three areas they can work on to aim big. The firm is convinced that this advice will give its workforce the direction needed to see drastic improvements but also support their journeys toward professional success. 


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AtlasCorp take time to consider the simple but effective tips to entrepreneurial success

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AtlasCorp believes that its contractors are consistently on a journey of self-development and think that the best forms of advice are usually simple, digestible and effective

With the Christmas season in full swing and December on the horizon, the firm believes that now is the best time for contractors to reflect on how they can begin to improve themselves and in turn improve their results in the field. The firm has provided its workforce with some small tips that could help them in the field.  

About the firm:

The first and most important tip AtlasCorp has provided for contractors is to take time during the day to stop and reflect on performance. AtlasCorp believes that in the sales world it is possible for individuals to get very caught up in the excitement of making sales and improving their financial gain. However, they want their sales professionals to take time out (suggesting 10 minutes every two hours) to consider where they may have been failing to connect with potential customers.  

This point ties into their second tip that its workforce needs to accept failure is going to happen but then use it to improve. Going into a day in the field, the firm wants each of its contractors to know that they will have their good and bad days but they should understand that no one in the sales industry has a 100% success rate. The firm wants contractors to approach failure in a non-emotive way and utilise their timeouts during the day to consider what they can improve. Whether this is their tone, rhythm or body language, AtlasCorp believes there is always a solution but feel that contractors can let their emotions cloud their journey toward this solution.  

Finally, the firm asked its workforce to simply put their goals to pen and paper and place them in places where they will see them often. AtlasCorp is keen for young professionals to understand that goal setting is only effective if they are constantly reminded of those goals and then choose to translate them into an effective strategy.  

AtlasCorp is keen to see how its workforce takes on board these tips. It wants contractors to understand that these suggestions have come from a body of individuals with massive experience in the industry and they hope that each of its sales representatives takes them on board and use them to help them on their journey. 

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Business as usual for Source Marketing Direct on their 9th birthday

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Last month, London-based outsourced sales and marketing experts Source Marketing Direct celebrated their 9th year in business in a very low key manner by continuing to acquire new customers for their clients

Source Marketing Direct focus on direct, face-to-face sales through event-based marketing and business solicitations. The privately owned, outsourced marketing firm has thrived in the UK due to their big picture orientation in markets that are becoming increasingly saturated with new brands who have tunnel vision.  

About the firm:

While understated by the firm, the recent milestone reflects what can be achieved with a proactive understanding of consumers and market trends, while maintaining a commitment to continuous professional development. Source Marketing Direct was incorporated back on the 16th of October in 2008, and while the presence of the company on social media has changed in that time, the vision of Source’s leadership remains the same as it was on day one. 

Hector Montalvo, Managing Director of Source Marketing Direct, is originally from America, and was able to relocate to London and become a market leader in the sales and marketing industry within 10 years. His vision remains unchanged – to provide businesses with personalised customer acquisitions solutions, leading to higher customer lifetime values. 

With the recent acquisition of another high profile client, Source Marketing Direct are already looking to extend their reach in 2018. 

“The last 9 years have been great. It’s been an absolute pleasure for my team and I to work with so many exciting clients. If you put the graft in every day, you will see the rewards. Delayed gratification is real, and I hope we continue in this manner to enjoy a prosperous 2018 and beyond,” declared Mr. Montalvo. 

Entrepreneur Hector Montalvo has previously gone on record warning business owners against overly practical and incremental thinking. Instead, he believes time spent pondering high-level, big picture questions is a key catalyst in pursuit of driving their firm’s success in the UK. 

The pursuit of combining old and new perspectives to make something better has also played an important role in the firm’s 9 years in business. While inexperienced, Source Marketing Direct often turn to graduates for vacant roles as they are able to provide different angles and freshen up their approaches to creative tasks. 

“Maybe we’ll plan something big for our 10th birthday to reward everyone for their hard work in contributing to such a great milestone,” stated the Managing Director.  

Find more information by following @SourceLondon on Twitter and liking on Facebook.

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Bruno Mars, SZA and Cardi B Bring Home Top Honors at the “BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards” Hosted by Erykah Badu

NEW YORK–()–Tonight, BET PRESENTS: 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS celebrated the best
in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by featuring both returning legends and
breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and show-stopping
performances. The awards show, which aired tonight, November 26th,
2017 at 8pm ET on BET and BET HER, was again hosted by the otherworldly
Godmother of Soul, Erykah Badu, who also brought her creative
forces to the show as writer and producer.

Bruno Mars led the night’s winners dominating in top categories
including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of
the Year, Song of the Year and Best Dance Performance. SZA
followed with two awards, Best New Artist and Best R&B/Soul Female
Artist. Artists were honored across 12 different categories and
additional winners included Cardi B for Rhythm & Bars Award for
“Bodak Yellow,” Bell Biv Devoe and Ledisi (Soul Train Certified
Award), Lecrae (Best Gospel/Inspirational Award), Solange
“Cranes in the Sky” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award) and DJ
Khaled ft. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller
“Wild Thoughts” (Best

The BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards were action-packed from start
to finish, with third annual Lady of Soul honorees SWV getting
the party started with a medley of their top hits such as, “I’m So Into
You,” and “Weak.” The trio were joined by Method Man and U-God
for their final song, “Anything,” getting the entire crowd out of their
seats and singing along, including newcomer Kehlani. Fearless and
funkadelic host Erykah Badu then took to the stage and opened
with an impactful statement by taking a knee before the crowd. Her
poignant, yet laugh-out-loud, monologue focused on current events and
included everything from faux Trump tweets to the changing sound of love
is love. Toni Braxton watched delightedly from her seat as Anthony
guided the crowd through a tribute medley by Ro James
performing, “Seven Whole Days,” Jessie J. performing, “You Mean
the World to Me,” and Luke James performing, “Unbreak My Heart.”
The incomparable multi-platinum, multi-GRAMMY award-winning artist took
the stage to remind everyone just how legendary she before graciously
accepting the coveted Legend Award accompanied by a standing ovation.
Braxton brought down the house, performing classics including, “Love
Shoulda Brought You Home,” “You’re Making Me High,” and “He Wasn’t Man
Enough for Me.” As the show neared its end, Kirk Franklin led an
inspirational performance alongside MAJOR., Le’Andria Johnson, Daniel
Caeser and Ledisi

In addition to electrifying performances, the awards show unveiled a
powerful “Soul Cypher,” for the third year, with Badu holding
court at the DJ while Faith Evans, Fantasia, Bilal and Mali Music
brought their powerhouse vocals.

New Artist
Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Bruno
Soul Train Certified Award – Bell Biv Devoe and Ledisi
of the Year
– Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Gospel/Inspirational Award
– Lecrae
Album/Mixtape of the
– Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Rhythm & Bars Award
(Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
– Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
R&B/Soul Female Artist
Song of the Year
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
The Ashford & Simpson
Songwriter’s Award
– “Cranes in the Sky” – Written By: Troy L. John,
Solange Knowles, Raphael Saadiq (Solange)
Best Dance Performance
Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
Best Collaboration – DJ Khaled ft.
Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards is produced by Jesse Collins
Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as
follows: Debra Lee and Connie Orlando from BET, and Jesse Collins from
Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit,
the official site for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards. For
photos, please visit the BET
Press Room

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc.
(NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality
entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for
the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than
90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the
Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the
dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of
business extensions:,
a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture,
and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the
African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET
Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival
business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content
for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around
the globe.

About Soul Train Holdings
formed in May 2008 and is owned by InterMedia Partners and a partnership
between Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s investment firm, The
Yucaipa Companies. The iconic franchise and catalog consists of more
than 1,100 episodes and 40 specials from Don Cornelius Productions, Inc.
Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated
music program in television history. During its 35-year run, the show
featured lasting innovations such as the Soul Train line and the
legendary sign off “Love, Peace and Soul.” At the heart of the show was
Don Cornelius, the dancers and influential artists such as James Brown,
Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye,
The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney
Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child.

About the Orleans Arena
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming
facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the
nation’s leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities and
the 2014 recipient of the Venue Excellence Award from the International
Association of Venue Managers. In addition, the Orleans Arena is one of
only a handful of arenas in the United States to achieve LEED Gold
Certification and is part of the largest company in Nevada to achieve
SHARP Certification for commitments to safe venue operations. According
to Venues Today magazine, the Orleans Arena, which hosts more than 200
events each year, consistently ranks in the Top 10 for ticket sales in
the United States and internationally among venues of similar size.
These events include nationally touring concerts, NCAA basketball
conference tournaments, family shows, motorsports and other unique
events. For more information, call 702-365-7469 or visit
Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (
and on Twitter (@orleansarena).

Top 3 Drivers for Global MMO Games Market | Technavio

market research analysts forecast the global massive multiplayer online
(MMO) games market to grow at a CAGR of more than 8% during the forecast
period, according to their latest report.

The report further segments the global
MMO games market
by genre (MMORPG, MMOFPS, MMORTS, and others), by
revenue model (F2P and P2P), and by geography (APAC, the Americas, and

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Technavio analysts highlight the following top three market drivers that
are contributing to the growth of the global MMO games market:

  • Availability of several payment services in the online gaming industry
  • Popularity of online gaming as a concept
  • Ability to role-play

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Availability of several payment services in the online gaming industry

There are several MMO
available with in-app purchases. These purchases encourage the
user to make payments to collect points and get rewards besides
overpowering the opponent player. There are several innovative payment
solutions available in the gaming industry. This has assisted
specialists in maximizing the revenue generated from these games apart
from attracting new players. One Click Payment is one such payment
option. It is a unique payment service that provides a convenient way to
recharge user accounts with a single click.

According to Ujjwal Doshi, a lead analyst at Technavio for gaming
research, “Payouts is another option that offers a wide range of
payment modes. In this method, clients can facilitate the transactions
using most popular payment systems and bank cards such as China Union
Pay, MasterCard, Neteller, QIWI, VISA, and WebMoney. A team of payment
experts follows the latest trends and innovations within the payments
industry while ensuring a high level of client services at the same time
providing advanced technologies and solutions. The availability of such
payment solutions has increased the revenue generated by the MMO gaming

Popularity of online gaming as a concept

The gaming industry is one of the largest economic sectors in the world.
It attracts a diverse audience while generating billions of dollars in
revenue. Online gaming is one of the most substantial sectors of the
global gaming market, and it is becoming increasingly popular. Online
games are gaining traction because of the growth and popularity of
digital content. Many software companies are actively using various
traditional and non-traditional media such as TV, press advertising, and
promotional activities to target new players and promote online gaming.

“Multiplayer games, which is a category in online games contribute a
major share in the gaming industry. This is primarily because of the
growth in online gaming and its popularity across the world. MMO gaming
is developing rapidly, thereby displacing gaming consoles and handheld
devices. Apart from this, cross-platform multi-functionality is also
driving the success of MMO gaming,” says Ujjwal.

Ability to role-play

There are several reasons for MMO games gaining popularity across the
world. These games are preferred widely by audiences for their ability
to role-play. The role-playing aspect is very creative and imaginative.
Here, the player has the power to customize an avatar. For instance, the
gamer chooses what clothes he/she will wear while depicting a real-life
character. It gives the power to the user to play an uninhibited game in
a virtual environment.

Gamers can also experiment with several activities such as playing
minigames, going for quests, indulging in crafts, building their own
house, or riding mounts. There are several such options that are
available. Thus, the players usually do not get bored. Competitiveness
within MMORPG gives the player the option to fight more than others and
get to the top of the leaderboards.

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Global Online Gambling Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook 2017-2021 Featuring William Hill Plc., Paddy Power Betfair Plc., 888 Holdings Plc. and Kindred Group – Research and Markets

DUBLIN–()–The “Global
Online Gambling Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook (2017-2021)”

report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

Global Online Gambling Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook
provides an extensive research and detailed analysis of
the present market along with future outlook. The report discusses the
major growth drivers and challenges of the market, covering Europe, Asia
and North America region along with the global market.

The global online gambling market is expected to grow in future with
increasing smartphone users, rising demand for internet of things and
growth of mobile gaming. Key trends in this market include growing
number of online women gamblers, changing consumer gambling habits, use
of alternative cash options, market consolidation, and technological
advancement. However, there are some factors which can hinder the growth
of market including stringent regulations, security issues, and high tax

Europe is the main contributor to the online gambling market with
increasing disposable income and mobile use. Asia has great potential in
the years ahead with new technologies and increasing accessibility of
the internet. In addition, easing government regulations would help in
fuelling the market growth for online gambling in this region.

The report profiles the key players of the market including William Hill
Plc., Paddy Power Betfair Plc., 888 Holdings Plc. and Kindred Group Plc.

Market Dynamics

Growth Drivers

  • Increasing GDP Per Capita
  • Rising Number of Smartphone Users
  • Increasing Demand for Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Growth of Mobile Gaming

Key Trends & Developments

  • Growing Number of Online Women Gamblers
  • Changing Consumer Gambling Habits
  • New Technologies
  • Use of Alternative Option to Cash
  • Market Consolidation
  • Significant Acquisitions


  • Stringent Government Regulations
  • Security Issues
  • High Tax Rates

Key Topics Covered:

1. Market Overview

2. Global Online Gambling Market

3. Regional Market

4. Market Dynamics

5. Competitive Landscape

6. Company Profiles

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WE Charity to Announce First-Ever Sock Collaboration with Friendship Socks

    VANCOUVER, BC, November 24, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Friendship Socks is proud to announce its first ever charity collaboration in partnership with WE Charity to create two limited edition pairs of socks with 50% of profits going to benefit children’s education in Kenya.

Friendship Socks, the social sock gifting company that lets you send a gift through social media, is dedicated to connecting friends around the world to make a positive impact. This collaboration with WE Charity is an opportunity for both brands to enact change and inspire consumers to send a gift that gives back this season.

Launching online in November 2017, the brand collaboration will span the holiday season and the new year. The limited-run styles will also be available as a gift with purchase to the first 50 customers that visit the WE Store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre or CF Rideau Centre. This brick and mortar launch will introduce the product over the holiday season for customers shopping in store.

The first collaboration collection will feature classic styles by the Friendship Socks design team that integrate elements of WE’s branding. There will be two sock options available in cream and navy blue.

“At Friendship Socks, we couldn’t be more proud to partner with a charity like WE that shares in so many of our core values. Working closely together on this project to impact the lives of children in Kenya is a dream of ours, and I think the unique sock styles reflect that,” said Friendship Socks Co-Founder Marc Herman.

“This holiday season, we are delighted and grateful to collaborate with Friendship Socks, to connect friends around the world, while creating positive change in the lives of others,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “Together, we are celebrating the holidays in a unique way, creating lasting memories with friends both near and afar, and most importantly, supporting the

education of children in Kenya.”

The socks will be exclusively sold online at Customers can choose to buy a pair for themselves and give a pair to a friend, or simply gift a pair.

This is the first of many future collaborations between WE Charity and Friendship Socks, and the two organizations are seeking an ongoing partnership for social change.


Friendship Socks is a social sock gifting platform. By utilizing social media, Friendship Socks lets you connect and send a gift to friends anywhere in the world. They’re not your average sock brand. Friendship Socks was founded to make a positive difference in people’s lives by connecting friends around the world. Friendship Socks are sold exclusively online at


WE Charity is part of WE – a family of organizations making doing good, doable. WE is made up of WE Charity, empowering domestic and international change, ME to WE, a social enterprise that creates socially conscious products and experiences to help support the charity, and WE Day, filling stadiums around the world with the greatest celebration of social good. WE enables youth and families to better the world – supporting 2,500+ local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service, shopping daily with an impact, and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world. Globally, our teams in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have provided more than 1 million people with clean water, built 1,000 schools and schoolrooms overseas, and empowered more than 200,000 children with access to education. WE was founded more than 20 years ago by social entrepreneurs, brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger. Join the movement today at

Contact: Marc Herman

Cell Phone: (778) 855 5703



Events Across the Southland Mark 26th Annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

When it comes to fatal traffic crashes, Los Angeles is #1 and over the last few years, the problem has gotten worse. Three days of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims activities were held across Los Angeles by a coalition of nonprofits called the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance. This years theme centered around the realization that they are not accidents but in at least 93% of the cases they are preventable.

Los Angeles, CA, November 24, 2017 –(– When it comes to fatal traffic crashes, Los Angeles is #1 – the deadliest of nine peer cities in the United States. Over the last few years, the problem has gotten worse. As the U.S. economy improved and gas prices declined, more people took to the roads than ever before. Here in Los Angeles, they merged onto streets that have not been re-designed since the 1950’s. The result: fatal traffic collisions in L.A. have increased by 28 percent in the last two years. More than 1,000 people suffered severe injuries in traffic collisions in L.A. in 2016 and 263 were killed.

In 1995, European nations also faced this public health problem, as traffic fatalities occurred at an alarming rate. In response, the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) held the first World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, known as “World Day,” on the third Sunday of November. The day honored the lives of hundreds of thousands of people killed in preventable traffic collisions that year. Within a few years, annual World Day events were held not only across Europe but Africa and Asia as well. By 2005, the United Nations recognized and ratified World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims as an official “UN Day” to be recognized by all member nations. Last year, the number of recognized World Day events increased to 100.

Of the top 10 richest countries in the world, the United States is the deadliest for traffic fatalities. More than 40,000 people died on U.S. streets and highways in 2016, a jump from the roughly 35,000 annual fatalities that had become standard. World Day of Remembrance only gained traction here recently, though. 2016 was the first year that advocates marked World Day in Los Angeles, where traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for children.

Today, more funding than ever before is dedicated to traffic safety improvements in Southern California, where this problem is being recognized as a public health crisis affecting everyone. The City of Los Angeles has embarked on an ambitious effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries by 2025 through a program called Vision Zero.

In this context, World Day of Remembrance activities expanded in Los Angeles this year. Across three days, the theme of World Day events centered around the realization that fatal and severe traffic collisions are preventable – a core principle of the Vision Zero program. Numerous studies have found that between 93% and 99% of all traffic crashes are caused by human error. World Day events held simultaneously across the country highlighted these facts.

The first Los Angeles event was held Friday, the 17th of November outside City Hall East in Downtown Los Angeles. Called #inourshoes, the event was a collaboration of Southern California Families for Safe Streets and the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance, both led by Los Angeles Walks. SoCal Families for Safe Streets is a group of individuals who have lost loved ones in traffic crashes or have suffered their own traffic-related injuries. The L.A. Vision Zero Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations, non-profit special interest groups, and concerned citizens that supports and influences the City of Los Angeles’ Vision Zero initiative. Members include: AARP of Southern California, Advancement Project CA, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Youth Policy Institute, Streets Are For Everyone and many more organizations.

Together, they hosted an interactive memorial that honored the more than 500 people killed on L.A. city streets since August 2015, when the city launched Vision Zero. SoCal Families for Safe Streets, Alliance partners, and event participants spray painted 503 footprints to represent those killed in preventable traffic crashes. They also added shoes and personal mementos to the memorial and were asked to consider what life is like for families shattered by preventable traffic deaths. They encouraged passersby to sign a safe streets pledge that urged Mayor Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council members to use all of the tools available to create safer streets.

On Saturday, November 18th, Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) hosted a Finish The Ride® Memorial Ride around the one-year anniversary of the death of Jeff Knopp — a military veteran, father and Sunland-Tujunga resident who was struck from behind and killed while riding his bicycle on a particularly dangerous stretch of Foothill Boulevard with no bike lane. While this memorial ride was touted as a celebration, there was not a dry eye in the crowd of hundreds when (as part of the opening ceremony) Jeff’s widow, Jennifer Knopp, brought Joshua (the driver who killed Jeff) onto the stage, publicly forgave him and hugged him. Joshua then went on to tell all in attendance how his life was also crushed the day he hit Jeff and how he now stands with Jennifer in efforts to make streets safer for all road users.

Joshua closed his speech by saying, “I thank God for Jennifer’s forgiveness, for the opportunity to be here to face all of you, and to tell you that in whatever way I can, I will fight for safer streets so none of you become another Jeff Knopp.”

The three days of events wrapped up on Sunday, November 19th with a vigil on the steps of Pasadena City Hall lead by Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition and Day One. Members of SoCal Families for Safe Streets shared stories about the loved ones they’ve lost forever; encouraged people to be responsible, respectful drivers; and urged policymakers to take action to create a safer street system that no longer results in death and severe injury.

Emilia Crotty, Executive Director of Los Angeles Walks, explained the motivation behind the events, “The tragic and horrific deaths and severe injuries that occur every single day on Los Angeles streets are Fully preventable. As a city, we can no longer accept the status quo and need to apply every tool available to prevent these traffic collisions.”

Information about traffic fatalities in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Vision Zero initiative can be found at For more information on the L.A. Vision Zero Alliance go to For information on Southern California Families for Safe Streets go to

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Valor of Law Enforcement Community at Route 91 Concert Tragedy Honored with $25,000 Grant from Cox

Las Vegas, NV, November 24, 2017 –(– The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) receives a $25,000 grant from Cox Communications of Las Vegas. Top officials from Cox made a check presentation on behalf of the Company’s 1,550 Las Vegas-based employees to representatives of IPOF during the opening of a national Cox Care and Field Leadership Summit at Encore Las Vegas on Oct. 25, 2017.

“Cox Communications is a wonderful community partner, and we are grateful for this grant and the many individuals we can assist with this money,” said Lieutenant Erik Lloyd, LVMPD, Vice President of the Injured Police Officers Fund. “We will be partnering with a variety of programs and it is our job to maximize these funds to the fullest extent; and we will.”

Michael F. Bolognini, Vice President and market leader of Cox Las Vegas, said, “The employees of our organization are making this check presentation as a way to express our gratitude for the valor, courage and selfless sacrifice of the law enforcement community in the wake of the somber events of the October 1st Route 91 concert tragedy. Our thoughts are with those who provided great service to our safety and well being.”

You can help the IPOF by making a tax-deductible contribution through their website Or contact us for more information at, via telephone at 702-380-2840, or via mail at 9330 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89134.

The mission of the Injured Police Officers Fund is to help reduce the financial burden suffered by Police Officers and their families in the event of a line of duty injury or death by providing monetary assistance to these Officers and their families. The Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) was formed in October of 1982 when LVMPD Motor Officer James MacLaren was shot in the head during a traffic stop. Fortunately, Officer MacLaren survived his injuries however; he was forced into medical retirement.