Tens of Thousands of Americans Unite in Volunteerism This Weekend

Gannett’s USA TODAY, TEGNA, Points of Light and Newman’s Own, Inc.
sponsor the nation’s largest day of volunteerism

MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Make A Difference Day will take place this Saturday, October 24, 2015 in
neighborhoods throughout the country, bringing Americans together for
the common good. Tens of thousands will participate in the nation’s
largest day of volunteerism, sponsored by Gannett’s USA TODAY in
partnership with TEGNA, Points of Light, the nation’s largest
organization dedicated to volunteer service, and Newman’s Own®, Inc.

Thousands of volunteers participate in planned projects, from cleaning
parks to working with local animal rescues. Independently created
projects are scheduled across the country, comprising efforts from
individuals, corporations, universities, communities, states and
nonprofit organizations. Those looking to start a project or join an
existing one can do so at makeadifferenceday.com.
The site has information on projects across the country detailing how
they will help others on October 24. The interactive database also
allows visitors to search for events in their community. The Gannett
Foundation, supported by Gannett, is contributing $400,000 in community
grants and leading more than 80 volunteer projects across the country on
Make A Difference Day.

“Make A Difference Day is an opportunity for Americans to come together
for the sole purpose of making their communities stronger by giving
back,” said Bob Dickey, president and chief executive officer, Gannett
Co., Inc. “Gannett is built on serving our local communities and
empowering people to create positive change. With Make A Difference Day,
we are inspired and gratified to see the communities and participants
around the country who come together to make a positive impact for so
many people and causes each year.”

The TEGNA Foundation, supported by TEGNA, will contribute $170,000 in
community grants for Make A Difference Day. Combined, TEGNA employees
and their families will take part in nearly 50 Make A Difference Day
projects across the country.

“At TEGNA, our purpose is to empower the people we serve. We are
committed to making a difference and being a partner in people’s lives,”
said Gracia Martore, president and CEO, TEGNA. “Seeing communities
across the country come together is inspiring and demonstrates the best
of the American spirit. It’s a reminder that all of us have the power to
do something, big or small, that can make a positive and meaningful

A longtime supporter of Make A Difference Day, Newman’s Own, Inc. is the
food company founded by Paul Newman that gives all profits and royalties
from the sale of its food products to charitable causes. Newman’s Own,
Inc. will award $130,000 in grants to the top 13 projects that make a
difference in their local communities.

“Newman’s Own is all about supporting people doing great things. We are
proud to support of Make a Difference Day and recognize those volunteers
who are making a difference in their local communities,” said David
Best, president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own, Inc.

“Make A Difference Day has become an enduring tradition that brings
people together, across differences, to help solve community problems,”
said Tracy Hoover, president and CEO of Points of Light. “With projects
throughout the country, it’s a great opportunity to start volunteering
or, if you already volunteer, it’s a great time to invite a friend to
join you.”

Award honorees will be presented with their awards at an event in
Washington, DC, in spring 2016. In addition to the $130,000 in grants to
the top 13 projects donated by Newman’s Own, a $10,000 All-Star Award
funded by both the Gannett Foundation and the TEGNA Foundation will be
presented to a former national honoree who exhibits continued excellence
in volunteerism.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing
solutions company that informs and engages more than 115 million people
every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile
and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers
marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative
marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to
connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with
their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.


Founded in 1982, USA TODAY delivers high-quality, engaging content
through unique visual storytelling across all platforms. An innovator of
news and information, USA TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and
serves as the host of the American conversation — today, tomorrow, and
for decades to follow. USA TODAY is the nation’s number one newspaper.
USA TODAY’s award winning news site reaches more than 50M unique
visitors a month across its digital platforms with more than 20M
application downloads. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:


TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), formerly Gannett Co., Inc., is comprised of a
dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content
that matters and brands that deliver. TEGNA reaches more than 90 million
Americans and delivers highly relevant, useful and smart content, when
and how people need it, to make the best decisions possible. TEGNA Media
includes 46 television stations (including those serviced by TEGNA) and
is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in
the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television
households nationwide. TEGNA Digital is comprised of Cars.com, the
leading online destination for automotive consumers, CareerBuilder, a
global leader in human capital solutions, and other powerful brands such
as G/O Digital, Cofactor, Clipper and Sightline Media Group. For more
information, visit www.TEGNA.com.

About Newman’s Own

Newman’s Own, Inc., founded by Paul Newman in 1982, offers more than 200
varieties of great tasting food and beverage products including salad
dressings, pasta sauces, coffee, salsa, cookies, candy, snacks, frozen
pizza, frozen skillet meals, and refrigerated lemonades, as well as a
line of premium pet food products. Newman’s Own Foundation continues
Paul Newman’s commitment to donate all of its royalties and after tax
profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products for charitable purposes.
More than $400 million has been given to thousands of charities since
1982. Learn more at newmansown.com
and newmansownfoundation.org.

About Points of Light

Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to
volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is
changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships
with thousands of non-profits and corporations, Points of Light engages
four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We
bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more
information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.


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