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Often in life, we find that from great loss comes great strength and opportunity. On May 31, 2014, Yorktel lost a very dear family member, Lilly Wang, to ALS. Universally recognized and loved as the “Mother of Yorktel”, Lilly was a role model, mentor, and a loving individual her entire life. She always put everyone else’s needs before her own.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease, is a progressive debilitating disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy. Unfortunately, there is no cure. When York and Lilly were going through the early stages, they turned to a local chapter for help -The Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to help people in our local communities afflicted with ALS by providing a better quality of life for them and their families.

I am proud to report that Yorktel has joined forces with Jen Clayton to support the Joan Dancy and PALS Foundation to help raise funds to fight ALS through the ‘Love for Lilly’ campaign. Jen Clayton’s fund raising efforts and Ironman 70.3 participation in her honor, combined with Yorktel’s “Dunk your managers” fundraising BBQ, ensured that our “Love for Lilly” campaign was an overwhelming success. It was a tremendous honor to see the generosity and thoughtfulness from our friends and family to help get the total donations over $20,000-that’s right, $20,000!

We miss you terribly, Lilly. But your memory, loving spirit and generosity live on.

Yorktel is a Proud Supporter of:

2015 Special Olympics Florida Invitational at Walt Disney World

April 30 – May 1, 2015
Orlando, FL
www.specialolympicsflorida.org

We couldn’t be happier to sponsor the 2015 Special Olympics Florida Invitation at Walt Disney World – an event that has raised over $1 million dollars!

 

Washington West Film Festival

Oct 23-27, 2013
Washington DC
www.wwfilmfest.com

The purpose of the Washington West Film Festival is to celebrate innovative and impassioned film that will both comfort and challenge our audiences who, in turn, can make lasting, tangible differences in our world. At Washington West, we will screen and, in many cases, premiere some of the finest independent films from all around the world.

 

Fish for a Cure

Nov 2, 2013
Annapolis, MD
www.fishforacure.org

Yorktel is happy to be a Second Mate sponsor of Fish for a Cure. The proceeds from the 2013 tournament will go to support the Cancer Programs within the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center. It includes the Captain’s Party on October 30th, the fishing tournament itself, the weigh-in and the tournament bash – all being held at Saturday November 2nd.

 

Becky’s Fund “Walk This Way Fashion Event”

Nov 8, 2013
Embassy of Italy, Washington DC
www.beckysfund.org

We at Becky’s Fund are doing everything we possibly can to fight domestic violence and make many aware of its dangers to our world. See our People, Programs and Partners helping us to play our part in this worldwide issue.  The mission of Becky’s Fund is fourfold:  Foster awareness, Encourage advocacy, Promote activism, Create support.

Environmental Sustainability

Yorktel’s solutions for audio visual communication are tools enabling sustainability of the environment through reduction of travel. They are providing paths for end users to communicate subject material without physical travel. Manufacturers are developing products that reduce CO2 emissions, traffic congestion and unnecessary business travel, while maintaining or improving productivity.

Secondarily, within the visual communications industry, all manufacturers are taking clear steps to enact environmental sustainability initiatives. Our industry realizes that today’s consumers are looking for ways to save on energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. Hardware and servers are now designed to minimize emissions and increase sustainability through minimize impact to the surrounding environment. This is an ever growing trend across all OEM’s in the audio visual marketplace.

To illustrate the best practices in the industry we present some actions that Polycom is taking. As a leading provider of video conferencing solutions, Polycom formed its Green Steering Committee as early as 2009 to lead the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives. The charter of this team is to “substantially enhance Polycom’s global environmental influence by implementing benchmarks, policies, and metrics to ensure consistent, positive progress toward protecting the environment while enabling and encouraging our customers and partners to also maximize their environmental responsibility by fully utilizing our green solutions, services and educational resources.”

Additionally another leading manufacturer, Cisco, holds themselves and the industry to very high standards. Within Cisco they have a cross functional team from R&D, operations, facilities and marketing who are making sure that they meet their environmental commitments. As a result of the internal policies their goal is to reduce their carbon footprint due to air travel per employee by 10% and the energy use per square foot of office space by 10% – both by 2012. Cisco is also taking an initial step in measuring the Life Cycle emissions of its production process. At this time there is no standard in the industry for the emission of CO2, but Cisco releases its results in comparison to similar industries to be 27.5 kg CO2 per kg equipment, with the average weight of a Cisco videoconferencing system is set to 7.5 kg.

In addition to enabling environmental sustainable services with our solutions, in our using products that are designed to minimize environmental sustainability, a third factor for sustainability is that many of our products are RoHS and WEEE compliant. For example, all LCD’s, plasmas and monitors can ultimately be disposed at a facility for environmentally safe recycling.

Yorktel is committed to helping our customers support environmentally responsible efforts by aiming to only resell manufacturers within our industry who hold themselves to create efficient products and services. We seek supply companies that comply with the Government’s Energy Star ratings as well as can demonstrate manufacturing processes that are low in carbon emissions. Yorktel is embracing technologies that help companies, individuals and communities creatively address environmental challenges.

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