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In Good Company | Issue No. 9

Each month we’ll be sharing positive stories that we’re hearing. Join us on this journey as we recognize these resilient companies and individuals that are finding ways to give back to the community. We're proud to be IN GOOD COMPANY

This month's stories: 

  • The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation supports science-based research, striving for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans. The organization has made a $1 million gift to support the UCLA COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, a partnership of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The gift will advance research being led by Anne Rimoin, professor of epidemiology at the Fielding School, and Dr. Grace Aldrovandi, professor of pediatrics at the Geffen School. The gift will enable UCLA researchers to regularly test frontline health workers and members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for active infection and screen them for antibodies and immune response. Testing will facilitate the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 infection and enable isolation efforts aimed at protecting colleagues and family members from infection. Findings of the durability of immunity to the virus could help shape infection control and return-to-work policies regionally and throughout the U.S. READ MORE
     
  • Liquid I.V. swiftly transitioned its Events and Partnerships department into an in-house COVID-19 Relief Initiative following the outbreak of the pandemic. The Relief Initiative is dedicated to providing free Hydration, Sleep and Energy Multiplier products to healthcare workers, first responders, hospitals, and organizations on the frontlines of this global health crisis (including Direct Relief, Operation Gratitude, Meals on Wheels and the LA Food Bank).  To date, the company has donated more than two million servings of its products through its Relief Initiative. Additionally, for every purchase of its products, Liquid I.V. donates a serving of its Hydration Multiplier product to someone in need around the world—donating more than five million servings through its give-back initiative. READ MORE
     
  • Privilege International, Inc. is a Los Angeles based importer of home furnishings. It serves some of the world’s largest retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross Stores, Walmart, Costco, and Target. When the COVID crisis hit, they drew upon their China office to procure massive quantities of FDA-approved masks, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizers for their customers, who were looking to supply daily personal protective equipment and sanitizing materials for the employees working in their stores. Even more, seeing the need in the Los Angeles community, they obtained additional quantities of all such items and donated them to local hospitals, clinics, and first responders. READ MORE
     
  • Gigmor is a digital marketplace platform that connects musicians and bands with gigs at venues and private events. In an effort to combat the effects of COVID-19 on the music industry, the company has pivoted to offering live streaming services to its independent artists. Musicians and bands have earned an average of $100 in tips for a one-hour show from their homes. READ MORE
     
  • Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $200,000 to The Bail Project, the National Lawyers Guild, and Movement For Black Lives. READ MORE

Have a story to submit? We would love to hear them to include in our weekly newsletter. Email Ben Helfman at [email protected] with your story.

We’ve all received several alerts over the past number of months regarding the various local, state and federal initiatives that have been enacted to combat the global pandemic. This is not one of those newsletters. For the latest legal insights, please refer to the firm’s Coronavirus Resource Center. To the extent that you have any questions in light of any developments, we are available to assist.