SAN DIEGO, CA and FT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 22, 2016) - International, Inc (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com) (http://www.YGYI.com), a global direct marketer of nutritional and lifestyle products, and also a vertically integrated producer of gourmet coffees for the commercial, retail, and direct sales channels announced that the American Red Cross, Broward County Chapter, honored Lisa "Sunshine" Briskie, Director of Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, and Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity International as recipients of the 2016 American Red Cross Humanitarian Award. The event, called Dine and Dock, was held last night at the Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel featuring a VIP Reception aboard a luxury yacht and a VIP Celebrity Auction with all proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross.
For more than three years Youngevity's Be the Change Foundation, under the direction of Sunshine Briskie, has worked closely with the American Red Cross contributing not only financial resources through the sales of designated Youngevity products, but also organizing volunteers from within the Youngevity family of distributors, customers, and management to come to the aid of various communities in the US and around the world.
Youngevity Be the Change Foundation, Youngevity International's 501 c3 non-profit subsidiary, has mobilized its distributors as part of an initiative called Random Acts of Kindness, or RAK. A recent RAK undertaking involved volunteers working with local fire officials and the American Red Cross installing hundreds of smoke alarms in homes in communities where the risk of fire was high and early warning devices were limited if present at all.
Paula Pendergrast, Executive Director of the American Red Cross stated, "This award is bestowed to those who embody the spirit of the American Red Cross through their contributions to those in need." Referring to Mr. and Mrs. Briskie and the Foundation she continued, "Your support over the years to our organization is legendary. You have gone above and beyond to help save lives and relieve suffering in communities across the country and around the world; you are truly deserving of this honor."
Steve Wallach, CEO of Youngevity stated, "From inception, Youngevity has created products dedicated to the core philosophy of improving and benefiting internal health and well-being. As we evolved over the years, the challenge became how we could expand those internal benefits to include, as well, emotional well-being. The answer was simple. Giving. Be the Change provided the Youngevity family, from management to distributors to customers, the opportunity to joyfully pursue that quest. What we have learned in the process is that we, as a foundation and as individuals, receive so many emotional benefits from this process. The ability to be the change where change is needed is so rewarding to our own emotional well-being, and we are humbled and honored to receive this award."
Lisa "Sunshine" Briskie, Director of Youngevity Be The Change Foundation said, "We are honored to accept this meaningful award on behalf of the many distributors and customers that came together on several occasions to help save lives by volunteering with the American Red Cross's smoke detector campaign. We honor the hearts and spirits of these Youngevity Distributors and Customers who saw this need and gathered their teams to truly make life saving differences by Being the Change that is needed- before a tragedy occurs."
Dave Briskie, President and CFO of Youngevity International stated, "We are so very proud of our distributors and customers' commitment to the Youngevity Be the Change Foundation and their commitment to the American Red Cross as well. We are humbled to accept this recognition in their honor and we are proud of our partnership with the American Red Cross."
About Youngevity International, Inc.
Youngevity International, Inc. (OTCQX: YGYI) (www.YGYI.com) is a fast-growing, innovative, multi-dimensional company that offers a wide range of consumer products and services, primarily through person-to-person selling relationships that comprise a "network of networks." The Company also is a vertically-integrated producer of the finest coffees for the commercial, retail and direct sales channels. The Company was formed after the merger of Youngevity Essential Life Sciences (www.youngevity.com) and Javalution Coffee Company in the summer of 2011. The company was formerly known as AL International, Inc. and changed its name to Youngevity International, Inc. in July 2013.