Citizens Bank awarded for strengthening local economies

Citizens Bank announced its Small Business Community Champion Award winners in Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh. A $20,000 prize and a $10,000 prize were awarded in each market to small-business owners who demonstrated how investing in their businesses strengthens both their business growth and the community.

The 2018 Citizens Bank Small Business Community Champion Award winners are LUHV Food of Hatboro, Pa., a vegan and gluten-free food manufacturer; Baudelaire, Inc. of Swanzey, N.H., a soap and body-care products company; Eye on Worcester of Worcester, Mass., an optometry group; Paramount Co-Op of Ambridge, Pa., a business incubator; Tri-Pillar Development LLC of Aliquippa, Pa., a lower-income housing community; and Volunteer Brewing Company of Middletown, Del., a small brewery.

The Citizens Bank Small Business Community Champion Award was a newly created award to give small-business owners an opportunity to invest in their businesses and communities.

PerformSpecialty receives second consecutive accreditation

PerformSpecialty, LLC, a full-service specialty pharmacy owned by PerformRx and part of the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, announced today that it has been awarded its second consecutive Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation from URAC. URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based health care accrediting organization which establishes quality standards for the health care industry. URAC’s Specialty Pharmacy Accreditation provides an external validation of excellence in specialty pharmacy management and provides continuous quality improvement (CQI)-oriented processes that improve operations and enhance compliance.

PerformSpecialty provides complete pharmaceutical care management with a patient-centric approach. To achieve the best outcomes, it emphasizes holistic, high-touch care, including support programs, adherence programs and fulfillment services. PerformSpecialty combines patient support programs, specialty medications and adherence programs to create a complete pharmaceutical care management package.

ACE Cash Express donates $10,000 to MenzFit

In support of communities where they have stores, ACE Cash Express has donated $10,000 to MenzFit, an organization which provides clothing assistance and financial literacy education to individuals seeking to enter the nation’s workforce.

MenzFit’s primary mission is to ensure long-term gainful employment and financial fitness to low-income men in the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., areas.

MenzFit has been a partner of ACE Cash Express for 10 years as part of ACE’s corporate giving program, the ACE Community Fund. The ACE Community Fund is committed to empowering organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy in the communities it serves.

WSFS Bank awards $125,000 to nonprofit organizations in Pa.

Five southeastern Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organizations received a total of $125,000 in donations from WSFS Bank under the State of Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). NAP, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, promotes community participation and collaboration among residents, nonprofits and businesses to produce outcomes beneficial to the community.

The WSFS donations will support community development, foreclosure prevention, home ownership and a youth achievement program in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, Pa. The receiving not-for-profit organizations include the Genesis Housing Corporation, the Boys and Girls Club of Chester, Pa., the Chester Community Improvement Project, the Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Clarifi.

Firsttrust Bank awards $35,000 to local businesses, charity partners

Firsttrust Bank awarded $35,000 to local businesses and their charity partners for the 6th annual Philadelphia First Awards.

The awards were created to shine a spotlight on local businesses making a positive difference and that embody the spirit of community, innovation, family and excellence.

Grand prize winner HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service received $20,000 and will gift the entire amount to their charity fund, Boo Tiki Fund.

Three runner-up winners received $5,000 to share with a charity of their choice. The runner-ups are: Shady Brook Farm — Charity: Christmas Gala; Ark Animal Hospital of Chalfont — Charity: University of Pennsylvania Charitable Care Fund; and Lobo Mau — Charity: Fleisher Art Institute.

McDonald’s add made-to-order burgers to local menus

McDonald’s Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region have added made-to-order, fresh beef Quarter Pounders to menus across the more than 270 restaurants in the area.

The latest improvement to the longtime fan-favorite Quarter Pounder will feature a made-to-order, 100 percent beef patty containing absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives. Quarter Pounders include the Quarter Pounder, Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the Double Quarter Pounder.

McDonald’s commitment to listening to customers’ needs and offering made-to-order, fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers is just one of the many initiatives McDonald’s has focused on during the first half of 2018. In March, McDonald’s announced the allocation of $150 million over five years to its global Archways to Opportunity education program, an employer-funded education program that allows eligible employees and their immediate families to earn their high school diploma, receive college tuition funding or improve English language skills.

Comcast, Fandango launch voice- activated movie ticketing experience

Comcast’s Xfinity and Fandango businesses announced a unique integration that gives movie fans the ability to find local showtimes and movie tickets right on their television.

Starting with Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Xfinity X1 customers can say “Get tickets” into their X1 voice remote while watching the movie trailer to search more than 30,000 theatrical screens in the U.S., marking the first time this capability is available on a set top box. The companies expect to extend this feature to additional new releases throughout the year.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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