Grand Theft Auto Publisher Raises Over $15 Million for Charity

Good News Notes: “For the months of April and May 2020, every label under publisher Take-Two Interactive donated five percent of certain earnings to COVID-19 relief efforts. After platform fees, this effort resulted in the company donating more than $15 million to over 180 organizations focused on supporting food banks and small businesses, first responders, vaccine research, and more…

Tommy Rivers Puzey | #RunWithRivs Fundraiser for Rivers Puzey

Good News Notes: “The running community is coming together to help Tommy Rivers Puzey and his family as he begins his battle with cancer with a fundraising campaign. Rivers Puzey, a beloved runner and physical therapist based in Flagstaff, Arizona, was hospitalized nearly a month ago with what was initially an undiagnosed respiratory issue (COVID-19 negative). A few…

Google is granting another $4 million towards affordable Bay Area housing

Good News Notes: “Last year, Google committed $1 billion towards addressing the lack of affordable housing in the Bay Area, acknowledging that as one of the largest employers in the region it has a responsibility to help. Today, the company shared updates on its progress, and announced it is giving $4 million in new grants to organizations that are…

Students donate funds from cancelled events to boy with leukemia

Good News Notes: “Prom and end-of-the year celebrations are looked forward to for months. But coronavirus had other plans this year. The pandemic canceled those events for seniors across the country, including at East Rochester Junior/Senior High School. More than $4,000 was raised for celebrations at that school. When COVID canceled them, the funds were…

Greta Thunberg wins Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, will donate money

Good News Notes: “Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she’s won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has…

New Jersey teens create landscaping business to raise money for charity

Good News Notes:  “14-year-old Matthew Sullivan had three goals in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic: stay busy, make money, and help others. In his effort to put his skills to use, Sullivan started his own lawn care business, Leaf-it to-Us, with the help of his friends Christian VanderGroef, CJ Piccola, and Eric Ottaiano. “You turn on…

Jrue Holiday to donate NBA salary to charity, black-owned businesses

Good News Notes: “New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday announced on Wednesday he’ll donate the rest of his salary for the 2019-2020 NBA season to various charities and Black-owned businesses. The game checks, worth an estimated $5.3 million, will be distributed to charities and select businesses that are struggling through the newly created Jrue and…

Papa John’s Pizza raises more than $15,000 for San Antonio Food Bank

Good News Notes: “Papa John’s Pizza presented the San Antonio Food Bank on Wednesday with a check for $15,603 as a part of the company’s “Feed your family, feed your community” program. The pizza company announced that when customers use a promo code while ordering, customers can give $3 back to the food bank.” View…