We're probably all glad to put behind us one of the most tumultuous and expensive election seasons on record. An intriguing note, however, is the increasing role that social media continue to play as outlined in a story below from the L.A. Times.

Our attention can now turn to other priorities, including the powerful role non-profits play alongside government programs as well as the importance of ongoing development of the business sector. In a climate of limited governmental resources, these aspects of our society are more vitally important than ever.

We invite you to learn about and support two locally-based non-profit organizations with events coming up. And we're pleased to report on participation by KCOMM's East Coast Director in an upcoming business investment and innovation conference.


Sinan Kanatsiz
Chairman / CEO
P.S. - Thank you for all that participated in the Alternative Energy Summit and making a positive difference in the lives of Southern California's next generation! Photo gallery: www.kcomm.com/care
Key Contacts:

Sinan Kanatsiz
Chairman and CEO
(949) 443-9300

Jeff Montejano
President of Public Affairs
(949) 542-8954

Dave Holscher
VP of Public Relations
(949) 295-5515


CARE Foundation

Pretend City Children's Museum

Building Africa
CARE Foundation Hosts Alternative Energy Summit
Attendees Include Students, Industry and Community Leaders

On Saturday, October 30, KCOMM client, the CARE Foundation hosted the 2010 Alternative Energy Summit, presented by Southern California Edison at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). More than 100 students, business leaders, community members and friends attended this exclusive event for an inside look at the SONGS facility during a day to remember filled with fun and food.

Also sponsored by Microsoft, AIM Mail Centers, University of California Irvine, Valtoria and attorney Larned Fowler, this extraordinary event addressed alternative energy and power issues with a focus on near-term solutions. As part of its Technology Initiative, the CARE Foundation hopes to inspire students to learn more about science and technology through various events focused on these industries.

Breakout sessions included:
  • Dan Cleavenger, Southern California Edison, on nuclear energy
  • Chris Vournakis, Southern California Edison, on electric vehicles
  • Dr. Jack Brouwer, UC Irvine, on renewable and sustainable energy
Guests also toured the SONGS Control Room Simulator that demonstrates how the plant's nuclear generators are operated. Following the program, guests were given a BBQ lunch and a goodie bag.

Chris Palmer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman John Campbell, presented the team with a Congressional Certificate to commemorate the event and spoke about the importance of education. Students who attended will receive a Congressional Certificate from Congressman Ken Calvert's office for their participation.

Photo gallery: www.kcomm.com/care
Upcoming Non-Profit Events Benefit Children and Families
Choice of Two Causes Offered on Thursday, November 18

Two leading non-profit organizations based in Orange County will hold fundraising events on the evening of Thursday, November 18. They benefit different, yet important causes, with a common theme of improving the lives of children and families.

Pretend City Children's Museum
A night in Monte Carlo.
Thursday, November 18, 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach

Professional poker tournament with certified casino dealers, entertainment, cocktails and dinner. Plus a raffle for a chartered plane for up to eight guests to/from Las Vegas for a two-night stay at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas; two-night stay at The Resort at Pelican Hill including two spa treatments and two rounds of golf; two-night stay at Montage Laguna Beach; four tickets to USC/Notre Dame football game; suite at a Ducks Game with two VIP parking passes; golf for four at Arroyo Trabuco Country Club. Click here for details.

Intimate reception, dinner and presentation.
Thursday, November 18, 6:00 p.m.
Mozambique Restaurant, Laguna Beach

Special opportunity to learn about and support a new approach to providing aid that can make true sustainability a reality for the people of rural Africa. BuildingAFRICA is striving to "change the conversation" about aid in a way that can build long-term self-sufficiency through vital, long-term infrastructure projects. Click here for details.
KCOMM East Coast Director Selected for Branding Panel
Topic Is "Unwrapping the Business Brand"

Adrienne Garland, KCOMM's East Coast Director, will participate in a panel discussion addressing the topic of "Unwrapping the Business Brand" at the upcoming Invest-Fest conference in Uniondale (Long Island), New York, on November 15.

As part of the event's Innovation track, the panel will cover adjusting to market and industry change; characteristics of the current economy, how companies can differentiate themselves and continue to grow; branding for a start-up, the importance of brand, protecting the brand and brand globalization; technologies and tools to connect with customers; career opportunities in brand management and growth prospects.

The more than 500 expected attendees at the conference will include entrepreneurs, business owners, venture capitalists, law firms, investment managers, economic developers, hedge funds, money managers, non-profits, credit unions, trade unions, international investors, and real estate developers convened under the theme "Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Finance."
Social Media Mid-Term Election Coverage Plays Big
Sites Provide Vote Counters, Polling Place Locators, Candidate Info

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Foursquare all did their bit for democracy last Tuesday with election-themed widgets and services appearing on their pages.

Facebook featured an online vote counter, which appeared at the top of a user's feed and allowed users to click to say they voted, earning them an "I voted" badge they can use as a profile picture. As of 11 a.m. PDT, the counter had been clicked more than 4 million times. It also included a link to a Google-driven polling-center locator service. Facebook's U.S. politics page featured the widget prominently alongside updates from politicians' feeds.

Twitter, meanwhile, urged tweeters to use the #votereport hashtag to document their polling place experiences, which then will be collated at TwitterVoteReport.com (which also features Google-powered maps). Foursquare launched "I Voted" badges for users who checked in at a polling center.

Google included a simple link on its homepage to its locator-maps service for users to find their local polling stations. Google on Tuesday also released a list of the most searched politicians in the run-up to Tuesday's vote. California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman topped results for top search in the month before the election, with Nevada Sen. Harry Reid second and Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul third.

And for some real election hoopla, basketball fans could play their favorite politician on the NBA Jam video game from EA Sports -- where every candidate for House, Senate or governor had an outside shot.

-- Los Angeles Times
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