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Saturday, January 19 News

Community Buzz: Salon founder launches animal welfare nonprofit; Town resident named Save the Children board chair

Town resident named Save the Children board chairman

International humanitarian organization Save the Children recently announced New Canaan resident Brad Irwin, former president and CEO of Welch’s and current board member of the organization, has been elected chair of the board of trustees in the United States.

Irwin will begin the role as the organization launches its 100th anniversary year. He succeeds interim co-board chairs Debra Fine and Dawn Sweeney, who will remain on as members of the board.

Irwin most recently retired as CEO from Welch’s at the end of 2018 after serving almost 10 years in that role. Prior to Welch’s, Irwin was president of Cadbury North America. Irwin joined Cadbury in 2000 as president of Mott’s Inc., and transferred to the confectionery role within the company in 2003.

For the previous 20 years, Irwin had roles of increasing responsibility in marketing and general management with Procter & Gamble, including assignments in The Netherlands and Korea.

“I have been closely involved with Save the Children for many years. It is a trusted brand that delivers proven results for children,” Irwin said in the release.

Irwin has been a member and served in various capacities of Save the Children’s U.S. Board of Trustees on and off throughout the past 15 years. He initially joined the board for a six-year term in 2003, re-joined in 2011 and then became a member of Save the Children International’s Board in 2018. Throughout his tenure on the board, he has visited Save the Children’s early learning programs in rural Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia; child health and nutrition programs in rural Guatemala; as well as the agency’s programs to discourage and prevent child marriage in India.

PRAI Beauty founder launches animal welfare nonprofit

Cathy Kangas, CEO and founder of PRAI Beauty in New Canaan, a leader in cruelty-free skincare that supports animal causes, recently launched the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals, according to a news release.

The mission of the foundation, a registered 501 (c)(3) charity, is to make sure every animal is protected and loved, particularly those in animal shelters or kill pens for horses. All administrative fees will be paid for by PRAI Beauty with all money going directly to saving animals.

The foundation will start by funding five key initiatives including:

Expand the Free the Shelters campaign — PRAI Beauty’s successful campaign to help homeless animals by paying adoption fees. The goal is to end the euthanization of the 3.2 million dogs and cats in animal shelters and the thousands more in shelters hoping to find a forever home. Since May 2017, the Free the Shelters campaign has saved more than 5,000 animals at 65 shelters.

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End the slaughter of America’s horses sent to Mexico and Canada to be served as food. PRAI Beauty has rescued thousands of horses from kill pens and sent them to sanctuaries and out to pasture.

Help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through equine therapy.

Outreach to rescue teams that save animals from natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires.

Support the rehabilitation of chimpanzees used in laboratory experiments and medical research by relocating them to sanctuaries.

Kangas, a long-time supporter of animal welfare, is a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States and the recipient of its “Compassion in Action” award for her work to end the Canadian seal hunt. She is the owner of four rescue dogs.

For further information about the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals, visit www.cathykangasfoundation.org.

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