OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Business Wire continues its 50th Anniversary "Gives Back" efforts at this year's Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, raising money for a local youth charity by selling commemorative passports and coins tied to the conference theme, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
A popular show tradition, Business Wire's fundraiser mementos provide Berkshire Hathaway shareholders with creative, limited edition keepsakes featuring images of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger and Business Wire's Cathy Baron Tamraz.
All proceeds are donated to CASA For Douglas County, Nebraska (Court Appointed Special Advocates), a charitable organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children within the court system through the use of trained citizen volunteers. Each year, Business Wire contributes $5,000 towards the effort and covers all costs for the promotional items.
For 2011, Business Wire has created show-themed passport booklets with fun "travel" stamps that include a series of commemorative "smashed" pennies with images of Buffett, Munger, the Annual Meeting date and Business Wire's 50th Anniversary crest. The passport booklets are available for a suggested donation of $5.
"We like to practice a learn, earn, return philosophy at Business Wire," said Cathy Baron Tamraz, chief executive officer of Business Wire. "We couldn't be more delighted to make our contribution to the Berkshire annual meeting with an encore of this fundraising effort on behalf of CASA."
Business Wire was acquired by Buffett in 2006 after Tamraz read an article about Buffett in the Wall Street Journal and then faxed him a one-page letter that only weeks later resulted in the acquisition. "We've never looked back," she said.
The idea of CASA first originated in the Seattle area, when a juvenile court judge suggested he was not sufficiently informed on a case involving an abused child. The organization arrived in Omaha in 1998 at the behest of area judges. Their premise was that foster children must have an advocate within the court system - someone who will fight and keep the children's best interests at heart. It is the CASA volunteer that helps judges make good decisions on behalf of the abused and neglected children.
"We are delighted to be chosen again this year by Business Wire and to educate the community of our advocacy efforts for child victims through such a fun event," said Nancy Wilson, Executive Director of CASA For Douglas County.
The coins will be available on a first-come basis at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting, which takes place Saturday, April 30, at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. If supplies permit, individuals may send requests to purchase coins after the show to BHMeeting@businesswire.com
About Business Wire
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011 as the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Public relations and investor relations professionals rely on Business Wire for both broad-based and targeted market reach. A recognized disclosure service in the United States, Canada and a dozen European countries, Business Wire handles XBRL tagging, document formatting and regulatory filing into EDGAR, SEDAR and other systems. Business Wire provides online newsroom hosting and integration services as well as search engine optimization, mobile distribution and detailed measurement on every press release. Its patented NX delivery platform provides simultaneous full-text posting of Business Wire content to news systems and websites in virtually any country or language. With 32 bureaus worldwide, Business Wire offers local service and global reach.
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