"...keeping your children and wives great"
HEADLINES: (NOTE -- time sensitive material -- June 11 deadline to help your children and wives -- see below)
George Naddaff is one of the great "founders" of our time -- 77 years young, George will be teaching again in the MIT executive program tomorrow and sharing his stories of how he's launched (or found!) several well-known companies including Boston Chicken. His latest, KnowFat! Lifestyle Grill has grown to eight locations in the Boston region with 15 other national territories being built out as we speak -- he's taking on the obesity issue -- it's entrepreneurs that solve problems!
Chicken and Children -- George also launched two successful early learning center chains that eventually helped anchor KinderCare's expansion in the Northeast -- he's always had a soft spot for young people, especially children. With this passion, he's helping dramatically reduce the violence against women and children.
To all you Fathers on Fathers Day (and "founders") -- consider becoming a "Founding Father" -- join with other men across the country to advance a new concept: use Father's Day as a reminder to take a stand against violence against women and children. If your $500 or larger donation is made by June 11, you'll be included in a full page ad in the NY Times. Please see the note below from my dear friend George Naddaff -- I dedicate this weekly insight to his message.
Please take five minutes to read George's message to us Fathers -- and then act -- you'll see my name in the ad -- I hope to see many of yours -- www.founding-fathers.org!:
From: George Naddaff
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:18 PM
Subject: FW: Founding Fathers Outreach
Dear Friends & Colleagues:
Please join me in planning something special for Father's Day this year. Last year I was approached by one of our investors to become a Founding Father. The idea was to join with other men across the country to advance a new concept: that fathers could use Father's Day as a reminder to take a stand against one of the most pervasive, destructive, yet largely hidden problems in this country -- violence against women and children.
- 1 out of 5 teenage girls reports being beaten or abused by a dating partner
- More than half of teens (57%) know friends who have been physically, sexually or verbally abused
- 1 in 3 women will be physically or sexually assaulted in her lifetime
I never really considered ending domestic/sexual violence a personal priority because fortunately, I never witnessed it in my own home. But it shocked me to know that these statistics could easily represent any one of our own daughters, sisters, friends and family.
Our kids look up to us as fathers, coaches, and role models. As concerned men, as fathers, husbands, brothers, and "coaches" to boys and girls, we can no longer stand on the sidelines. We must become part of the solution.
As new Founding Fathers, we each took a pledge to dedicate ourselves to coaching the next generation of boys to be better men and we each invested a minimum of $500 in the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), the nation's leading organization working to make families strong and communities safer for all of our daughters and sons. Our investment in FVPF is already making a significant difference.
This past year Founding Fathers helped launch the Coaching Boys into Men Playbook, a program that instructs athletic coaches on how to teach boys to channel their energy through sports and to resist violence -- on and off the field. The Playbook features "teachable moments" and inspiring quotes from champion coaches such as M.L. Carr, John Thompson, Sr., and Pat Riley to name a few. It has been adopted by UNICEF for international distribution to soccer coaches and fans around the world, and it is being used by hundreds of local community and school-based sports programs throughout the United States.
With Father's Day just around the corner, I hope I can count on you to join me by making a gift of $500 toward this year's effort. When you do, the Ford Foundation will match your investment dollar for dollar to help the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) sustain and expand programs such as Coaching Boys into Men (among others) throughout the world.
In recognition of your support, you will be listed alongside other caring fathers in a special Father's Day Declaration in the New York Times. In the past this list has included men such as Joe Torre, Russell Simmons and Tom Brokaw, to name a few. This year will feature a particularly special message as Founding Fathers lay the foundation for a new campaign called, Give Respect.
Give Respect is a direct response to the overwhelmingly positive public reaction to the Coaching Boys into Men program. Scheduled to launch later this year, Give Respect will engage individuals everywhere to participate in building a foundation of respect for a violence-free tomorrow. It is based on the simple premise that giving respect to one another is the ultimate tool to prevent violence against women and children. At first, Give Respect will focus on enlisting workplaces through dynamic education and involvement activities for employees. Over time, it will become a leading platform to involve corporate executives and their employees, pop culture icons and opinion leaders, and the public at large.
By lending your name to this year's Father's Day effort and declaring your support as a new Founding Father you will have a deep and lasting impact on programs such as Coaching Boys into Men, Give Respect, and so many other groundbreaking initiatives led by the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Consistently listed as one of Worth Magazine's best nonprofits in America and recognized by Congress as the nation's leading organization working to end violence against women and children for more than two decades, I assure you that your donation will be invested wisely (and don't forget, it will also be matched $1:$1 by the Ford Foundation)!
On a more personal note, I must also say that you will take great pride in knowing that you are playing a significant role in paving the way toward new kind of society -- where decency and respect are the norm and violence against women and children is a thing of the past.
As men, there is no question that we have a special role to play in making the world a safer place for all of the women and children in our lives. As new Founding Fathers, we now have a unique opportunity to give back and be part of the solution. Together we can make Father's Day mean even more.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I hope you will take a few minutes to visit the Founding Fathers website www.founding-fathers.org and that you will feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about this campaign and my involvement. Please note: the deadline for inclusion in this year's New York Times Father's Day statement is Monday, June 11th.
Happy Father's Day!
All the best,
George A. Naddaff
Chairman & Co-CEO
KnowFat Franchise Co.