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Stream Energy is Genuine about Charity

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Charity plays an important role in business in America. Businesses in the United States are particularly charitable when compared to the rest of the world, but that doesn’t mean that companies really care about the charities they are participating in. Most companies in America tend to throw money at charity, staying active via donation and using those donations as a buffer against future scandal. There are, however, a few companies that genuinely seem to have charity as a priority. One of these companies is Stream Energy. Since the beginning, Stream has been active in charity. The energy company based out of Dallas is fairly new to the energy game. However, the company has been making a huge dent in charitable operations in Dallas since its birth.

Stream Energy got their first recognition for this post-hurricane Harvey when Patch wrote an article about them and their charitable efforts. Of course, Stream Energy had been active in charity far before the article was written about them. Anybody who pays attention to Stream shouldn’t have been surprised by their work with the hurricane relief efforts. The year before the company was the first one on the ground after the tornadoes swept through the Dallas area. The company donated thousands towards those relief efforts.

Stream Energy also hosts charity events nearly year round. This year alone they have paid for veterans to have a steak dinner, taken the children of veterans to the American Girl Cafe and bought them American Girl dolls, sponsored the Splash for Hope and donated meals and supplies to homeless children, among many many other events. Stream seems to live and breathe charity. They have had a relationship with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity since the birth of the company, and seem to be active in every little nook and cranny of charitable work in Dallas.

Sure, most companies prefer to just throw money at charities blindly. Stream actually seems to genuinely care. They are active in charity without screaming for publicity and don’t seem to favor the big names in charity. They donate and participate in charities across Dallas, big and small.

May 8, 2018

Scott Rocklage

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Scott Rocklage is the co-founding partner at 5am Ventures. He since joined the company back in 2003 and quickly became the managing partner in 2004. This company is the leading venture firm in developing next generation life-science. They support other companies in building ground-breaking medicine and researching health sciences. They range from preventing numerous illnesses, to even diagnoses. 5am Venture consists of a team full of investors that are all experts in:

• strong scientific and medical research

• financing

• legal operations
Scott Rocklage has had over 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience. He is also responsible for three U.S New Drug Applications getting approved by the FDA and six other drugs being entered into clinical trials. In his early life, Rocklage went to study at the University of California and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After that, he decided to pursue his Ph.D in Chemistry and obtained it from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Learn more:
Dr. Rocklage is now partnering with Expansion Therapeutics in finding a cure for different diseases concerning RNA-triggered illnesses. Now, these different diseases can be treated with medications and Expansion Therapeutics won’t rest until they’ve figured one out. Dr. Scott Rocklage is also by their side each step of the way trying to figure out other options for patients.
Myotonic Dystrophy Type I, or in other words, DM1 has been the leading cause of muscular dystrophy in adults. This mainly happens when RNA levels reach a toxic proportion in the human body. It can be very life-therenting for anyone as many of the body’s systems begin to shut down including the:

• Respiratory system

• Central nervous system

• Heart and Muscles

• Gastrointestinal system

• Hormonal system
Since many of these RNA illnesses are hereditary, Expansion Therapeutics knew something had to be done.
As a result of this, the company decided to add over $55 million dollars to cover expenses in order to find a cure! With this new budget, Rocklage and his team is there to help with all the leading and financing!

February 23, 2018

Avi Weisfogel And New Sleep Patent Discoveries

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When sleep is tough to come by, you might need to look into buying oral appliances to help with your symptoms. Oral appliances are part of what Dr. Avi Weisfogel researches at his company, Dental Sleep Masters (DSM). Weisfogel moved from regular dentistry to sleep treatment dentistry because he wanted to put his skills to work in a field that excited him. Aside from the work he does researching, he also hosts many conferences and meets with other dentists and sleep doctors to let them know of better ways to treat patients.

Dr. Weisfogel has other people in his family who have medical backgrounds including his father who was a cardiologist. He had at one time considered becoming a psychologist because he was fascinated with the human mind. He did not enter that field, but his interest there may be part of what led him to sleep science. After finishing his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University, Weisfogel attended dental school at NYU and received his DDS in 1997. About a year later he became licensed and opened Old Bridge Dental Care in Old Bridge, NJ.

Weisfogel always had a passion for people while practicing at Old Bridge, but he never quite felt passionate about his career itself as he told Ideamensch once. But he did win the Best Dentist award twice while there. Around 2005, he began getting in touch with sleep specialists and became part of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, and in 2012 founded Healthy Heart Sleep. By 2014 he had closed Old Bridge Dental Care and went completely in with DSM. He mostly spends his days taking conference calls, planning events and publishing the latest blogs on sleep science, but he also is a philanthropist who donates to other medical causes including Operation Smile, a medical non-profit organization that treats children who have mouth problems.

October 24, 2017

Philanthropists Michael Lacey And Jim Larkin Applaud Recent March For Dignity In Vermont

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Although there was minimal media coverage of the event, hundreds of migrant workers and their advocates participated in a march from Montpelier, Vermont to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in nearby Waterbury. The June 17th March for Dignity was to show the company that affiliated dairy supply chain workers were serious about standing up for their rights.



What Sparked The March

The famous ice cream company’s executives claimed that they would improve both working and living conditions for affiliated supply chain workers near the Waterbury location. Although they were long overdue, the promises were not upheld. Migrant Justice was the local migrant rights group that organized the event. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Burlington Peace and Justice Center, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and several other human rights groups supported the march as well.


Dairy workers who are affiliated with the Waterbury plant have been reporting substandard working and living conditions for many years. They have cited grueling work schedules, low wages, squalid housing and dangerous work hazards as reasons for demanding change. The workers and their advocates rightly believe that such conditions being allowed to continue is out of line with the profitable company’s brand. Some of the workers live in housing quarters on nearby farms that supply the milk for the company’s ice cream products.



What Needs To Change


Supply chain workers on nearby dairy farms are demanding dignified living quarters and safer working conditions with adequate pay. The workers want Ben & Jerry’s to join the Milk with Dignity program, which advocates for fair treatment of migrant workers on dairy farms. Since the price of milk drops below the cost of production for a few months each year, corporations profit from the drop while dairy farms and their workers see nothing but reduced income.


Many major health, safety and labor laws do not apply to small farms, and the existing laws to protect workers are rarely enforced. Corporations have the ability to advocate for their supply chain workers but instead create initiatives that exclude workers. They are more focused on their own profits. Also, they could fix the problems associated with downward pressure of milk prices dropping below production costs but choose to pocket their earnings from the dip instead of allocating it to help suffering farms and workers.


Advocates say that working and living conditions cannot improve until corporations take a stand for their valuable supply chain workers, and migrant workers must work even harder to be the voices of change. They hope that the recent march of over 150 people will be a step in the right direction and that one ice cream giant joining Milk with Dignity will inspire other companies to follow.



About Lacey & Larkin

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund applaud and support the recent March for Dignity in Vermont. The two entrepreneurs donate a considerable amount of money to help migrants. They hope to further education for them and promote freedom of speech. The two men believe that migrant workers should have a powerful voice and that advocates should support them since they lack adequate pay to fund events that raise awareness of common injustices.


Before they decided to fund human, civil and migrant rights causes, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin ran Village Voice Media and the Phoenix New Times. They have also donated large sums to federal and state democratic political funds that support migrants and human rights causes. The pair donated to over 20 charities, which they listed on their website.

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June 30, 2017

The Life and Achievements of Betsy DeVos

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Betsy Devos or better known by her full name Elisabeth Dee Devos is a well-known Politician, Philanthropist Business Woman and Activist, that is famous for her numerous achievements as the current United States Secretary of Education. She is currently an active member of the Republican party. Betsy Devos also supports numerous school program vouchers, charter schools, and school choices, which makes her the woman that she is right now. Check this related article from New York Post.

In her early years, Betsy Devos grew up in Michigan, and took up her education at the Holland Christian High School, which is a school situated at the same town where she grew up. After high school, she took up her college education at the Grand Rapids Calvin College, where she earned her degree in arts. In her college years, she had already shown a passion for politics, she joined her school’s political movements and has been able to keep that a part of her up to this day.

Betsy Devos has also been a participant of the Church movement in North America and has also been an active member of the Hill Mars Bible Church also situated in the same area. Her family has been known to be one of Michigan’s richest, she married her husband named Richard Marvin or otherwise known as Dick DeVos, who is a well-known heir to the billion dollar fortune. Dick DeVos has also been a generous and conservative donor to many social causes and political campaigns. He was also named the Michigan Nominee for Republican Governor in 2006.

At present, Betsy Devos has upstretched a total of $150,000 personally for the Bush Campaign Re-election in 2004, as well as host a campaign in her house for Republicans in October of 2008 that was advertised by the President at the time during the Bush organization. For that presidency, she was named the chairperson for finance at the Republican Committee for a period of Two years, and has worked hand in hand with the Government on different projects.

Since it has been mentioned that Betsy Devos has also been a Philanthropist and Activist, through the years, she has contributed and opened many foundations that have been very helpful to the public like the Dick & Betsy Devos Family Foundation, which was formed to help the Community, Arts, Justice, Education, and Leadership. Through this foundation alone, they were able to raise more than $11.6 Million in charitable contributions and has also made a lifetime charitable giving to $139 Million.

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Through this foundation, they have also been able to help a lot of Christian Schools, Hospitals, and Evangelical Missions by donating generous amounts of money. Betsy Devos has also been able to contribute large sums of money to other foundations which she has been known for throughout her career.

June 25, 2017

The Inspiration of Betsy DeVos

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Of the many generous families in present day, one family in particular stands out not only due to the generosity as well as the success of the family within the world of business, but also is a family that stands out to the others due to the fact that this family emphasizes what it means to be a community and to help a community grow. This family is known as the DeVos family and is a family that is not only known for their ties within the world of politics, but is also a family that is known to be the owners of Amway Corporation, a growing multi-billion dollar business. The business of Amway Corporation is an international business that specifically offers households all over the world with excellent products that are not only inexpensive, but are also of high quality. The DeVos family has made sure that the company not only generates profits, but that also the customers are happy with what is sold. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

Of the many members of the DeVos family, three individuals in particular stand out. These individuals are Richard DeVos, Betsy DeVos, and Dick DeVos. Richard DeVos is the founder of the company and laid the foundation to help grow the family name and to help the name live on far into the future. Dick DeVos has followed closely behind his father and has worked hard to not only create a legacy that will last, but has also worked hard to make his father proud of what he has accomplished.

Along with Dick DeVos is his wife Betsy DeVos, a woman who has always loved helping others and has created numerous foundations in order to support many initiatives across the country. Betsy DeVos and her husband, Dick DeVos are particularly interested in the initiative of education. The couple believes that education should be the number one priority and should be made available to individuals across the United States to only those that truly want to be excellent and that show merit. Mr. and Mrs. DeVos have donated to numerous scholarship foundations and have even donated funds to create schools. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

Of the many accomplishments that Dick and Betsy DeVos have accomplished over the years, one of their proudest times was building a school in West Michigan that not only offers excellent education, but that also makes sure that children are encouraged to go to college. This school is known as the West Michigan Aviation Academy and focuses on inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams of flying. As an individual who has loved to fly and has his license, Dick DeVos and even Betsy DeVos wanted to create an opportunity for others to pursue their dreams for the future.

June 20, 2017

Betsy DeVos Manages Her Time In An Effective Way

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One of the most important habits of a successful individual is how she manages her time. People who have poor time management tend to find themselves slacking off and falling behind on their goals. Betsy DeVos is really good at managing her time. However, her time management is not like what many people would think it is. While some people may deal with breaking their schedule off into segments, Betsy and her husband take the time to focus on their main objective which is improving education for the children. One of the things that she is hoping to bring forth is the type of education that plays to the strengths of each student.

Betsy and Dick are working on approaching this objective in a holistic way. There are different aspects of bringing improvements to the educational system. Some of it is in a direct way. This is one of the best ways to get involved. I find that a lot of people try to help in a way that is very distant. They often go with the bare minimum. However, in some cases that is okay. When people are busy with their lives, they probably only have time for the bare minimum. Betsy DeVos, on the other hand, is heavily involved. This is perhaps because her career centers on this type of activity.

Betsy DeVos has a lot of passion and love for what she is doing. The one thing that helps her is her vision. She is hoping that each children get equal chances in schooling. For one thing, she is looking to protect every child. This includes children that are a little bit outside of the norm. One thing that she has seen is that the educational system is almost exclusive to a certain type of person with certain strengths. School choice helps people find alternative educational systems.

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Betsy DeVos knows that each person has his own strengths. Therefore, she is willing to bring forth an environment that helps people develop every strength no matter what they are. For one thing, people have a short time to learn and capitalize on their strengths. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

April 20, 2017

Our New Secretary of Education

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Betsy DeVos was named Secretary of Education by President Donald Trump, and her nomination was passed by the Senate very easily. First and foremost, Betsy DeVos is a philanthropist and an activist. She has been an activist for private schools and for several idea relating to school vouchers and school choice. She actively supports the idea of magnet schools. President Bush had appointed her to the board of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Betsy DeVos is married to the former CEO of Amway, Mike DeVos. Her father is the founder of the Prince Corporation.

She was educated at a private Christian school, which might help us understand her favoring school vouchers and private schools. She earned a BA from Calvin College in Michigan.

Ms. DeVos has been active in the Republican party since 1982, when she served as a local precinct delegate.

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During the 2004 presidential campaign, she raised $150,000 for George Bush’s campaign. In the 2016 primaries, she originally supported Jeb Bush, and then Marco Rubio. She had called Donald Trump an “interloper” at one point. Nevertheless, she helped turn out the vote in Michigan.

She and her family operate the DeVos Foundation, which donates large sums of money to schools, health research, the arts, free market studies, and helping organizations such as ArtPrize, funded by her and her husband.

Betsy DeVos has been an outstanding proponent for school vouchers, letting people send their child to a private school, adjusting the cost to be paid for by the tax money that would have paid for public school. She has been a proponent of the idea of charter schools and their involvement in furthering the needs of inner-city children. It appears that those who attend the charter school program consistently score higher on standardized tests.

It is clear to see that Betsy DeVos is not a person who will sit on the sidelines and watch the world go by. She will not sit still and do nothing, when there is much to be done. She will not only help others do it, she is one who will roll up her sleeves and help do it, herself. The United State is fortunate in having Ms. DeVos on the President’s cabinet.

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March 12, 2017

The DeVos Family Foundation’s Support of Education Choice

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The DeVos family name a has always been closely associated with politics and business, yet with the advent of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, philanthropy is joining that list of areas that the DeVos family name is associated with. As Chairman of their philanthropic organization, Betsy DeVos has over site over their operations and services. They work directly with many groups and committees both locally in their home state of Michigan as well as internationally to inspire and promote positive social developments. One of Mrs. DeVos’ most passionate topics is on education choice. She is striving to bring about practical education reform which would allow each parent the freedom to choose where their child attends school. Being a mother herself, Mrs. DeVos understands the tremendous benefit and relief it is to a parent to be able to send their kids where they desire. Unfortunately, not all parents have this opportunity as some with lower incomes are prevented from doing so for simple reasons of resources. To combat this, Betsy DeVos raises money actively for scholarships that are granted to lower income families in the hopes that they can achieve the dream of sending their children where they desire to attend. Having been involved in political positions since she was in college, Mrs. DeVos knows that real social change needs to come from change in legislation. That is why she has worked her way up to become Chairman of both the Alliance for School Choice and the American Federation for Children. It is through these organizations that Mrs. DeVos works to democratically push for school choice. Her and her husband Dick DeVos have both been active in trying to amend the Michigan state constitution to accept school vouchers.


Dick DeVos himself has earned a reputation as a very successful business man. He started working at Amway Distribution, a company which his father started, and soon found himself as Vice President. In this position, he was able to grow the company’s international revenue to exceed that of their domestic for the first time in history. Later, DeVos was appointed as the CEO of Amway and actually founded Alticor, which eventually became the parent company of Amway. Both were grown to new heights under DeVos’ leaderships and guidance. Interestingly, DeVos also spent time as the President and CEO of the Orlando Magic. In the realm of politics, DeVos has been just as active. He was a member of the Michigan State Board of Education and was even nominated to represent the Republican Party in the 2006 race for governor of Michigan. Dick DeVos now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his hometown, where he lives with his wife and children.


November 8, 2016