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ROOZT in The Beach Reporter!

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Media and Press

Check out the awesome article written by Michael Hixon here

Here’s a piece of it:

Roozt.com launched

El Segundo-based Roozt.com, a socially conscious daily deals Web site that has been described as “Groupon meets Toms Shoes,” will be officially launched Monday, Sept. 13.

All products and vendors are certified eco-friendly, ethical, community-conscious and/or humanitarian, so consumers know they are supporting socially responsible businesses while saving 50 to 75 percent every day. In addition, 1 percent of each sale is donated to a charity of the buyer’s choice.

CEO Brent Freeman, who is a USC alum and Hermosa Beach resident, founded Roozt.

We can’t wait for the launch and to be giving you guys the socially conscious and sustainable goods you’re looking for!

Peace and Love

ND

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ROOZT in the News Again!

Posted: August 9, 2010 in Media and Press

What’s up guys and girls?!

Our friends and partners at MyCorporation recently dropped us a line that they found a piece on us in the news again!

Check out the article Here, and thank you all for the continued support!

Peace and ROOZT,

The ROOZT Team

So in case you missed it Monday night, the Do Something! awards were on VH1. After myself and Christina went to the Do Something! bootcamp this weekend, all of us at the ROOZT office were excited to see the winners of the awards show. There were some definite surprises but in the end it was a fun little ceremony with an awesome cause behind it. Without further adieu, the winners:

THE Do Something! Award:

Jessica Posner

From her own bio :

Sad fact: 66% of girls in Kibera (the largest slum in Africa) trade sex for food as early as age six and only 8% of women in Kibera ever attend school. Jessica co-founded Shining Hope for Communities to combat gender inequity and poverty in Kibera. Through the Kibera School for Girls, the first free school in Kibera, and the Shining Community Center, Jessica has helped over 5,700 residents gain education and employment.

Awesome girl that’s making an amazing impact. She won the $100,000 prize and the top honors at the event. A BIG congratulations to her from ROOZT! For this achievement and her efforts in Kibera she is also our WOMAN OF THE DAY.

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Do Something! Movie Star of the Year:

Leonardo DiCaprio

And no not for Inception (although it might have changed your life for better or worse). His most noted contribution was his $1 million donation to the Haiti Relief Fund as well as his continued Executive Producer role of “Greensburg”. Mr. DiCaprio beat out Jessica Biel, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, and Natalie Portman for his title as the reigning Do Something! movie star of the year.

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Do Something! City of the Year:

Austin, Texas

This was a shocker to me. I wasn’t aware how awesome the city of Austin was. The local slogan of “keep Austin weird” could refer to that Austin has a huge car sharing program in the midst of the state with the largest average cars. Or it could refer to the fact that the city is the only major Texan city with no ordinance against women being topless in public. Either way the huge amount of bike users and social entrepreneurs have earned Austin the title of the Do Something! City of the Year. Runners up included Portland, Salt Lake City, and Boston.

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Do Someting! Twitterer of the Year:

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano has been tremendously successful in using Twitter as a tool to raise money for Charity: Water, a nonprofit working to supply clean water to those in need. On her birthday, she asked her followers to donate money to the charity instead of purchasing birthday gifts. Today she has raised $92,568 for the charity.

The runner up twitterers include Hugh Jackman and Edward Norton (who raised $1.2 million for the Maasai Wilderness Conversation Trust).

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Do Something! with Style Award:

Tyra Banks

First off, congrats to Tyra. The reason for her award was her mission of “celebrating inner and outer beauty and owning and rocking what you’ve got.” I think that translates to wanting to end the unhealthy expectations of women’s bodies but I’m not sure… Ms. Banks beat out Donatella Versace and Victoria Beckham.

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Do Something! Comedian of the Year:

Kathy Griffin

Apparently Ms. Griffin’s big contribution this year was getting a pap smear poolside at a hotel in Westwood. Her cause was her “Smear Campaign” for increasing awareness about different types of cervical cancer. A very aggressive awareness campaign to say the least. Despite the aggressiveness of Kathy’s Smear campaign the cause is awesome and admirable.

Griffin beat out Eddie Izzard who ended up running 42 marathons in 53 days for the sake of Sports Relief and Ellen Degeneres who auctioned her wardrobe with the money going to the Humane Society. It will take a lot for someone to top the public pap smear bar raised by Kathy Griffin.

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Do Something! TV Show of the Year:

Glee

I personally have never watched the show but love their idea of auctioning screenings and backstage type of tickets. Glee raised money for the Grammy Foundation and Grammy In The Schools by selling preview screening packages to the public. Little things like this add up to make a huge change and a what cost? Virtually none.

Among the runner ups, American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” raised over $45 million. Yes over $45 million.

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Do Something! Athlete of the Year:

Hannah Teter

Wow if anyone deserved an award it’s Hannah. She wins by a landslide. It’s to even start with her. For one she sells underwear online (called Sweet Cheeks), 40% of the proceeds going to benefit Doctors Without Borders. On her personal website, Ms. Teter sells maple syrup to help provide water to a village in Kenya (I will definitely be ordering some soon), Ben & Jerry’s has released a flavor which she endorses with all proceeds going to charity, and last but not least Hannah has raised over $250,000 for Kirindon. An amazing Social Entrepreneur who challenges us all to step up our philanthropic game.

Runners up include Reggie Bush for his Haiti relief and New Orleans High School Relief, Derek Jeter, and even Ryan Sheckler…

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Do Something! Music Artist of the Year:

The Jonas Brothers

Apparently the Brother’s Jonas do more than captivate the tweenage female market nationwide. And apparently they are so highly regarded in the field of Diabetes benefit that they testified before congress to promote further diabetes research. Do they testify individually or as a group?… Either way I’m proud of the Jonas’. On top of their Diabetes support, they have also helped other organizations including the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, the Special Olympics, and multiple appearances on shows and fundraisers. Congratulations to the Jonas Brothers from all of us at the ROOZT team.

The big name runner ups include Lady Gaga for donating the proceeds of one of her shows to Haiti relief and Shakira for her charity work with both the Chilean and Haitian earthquakes.

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Do Something! Docu Style award:

I Am Because We Are

This documentary follows the lives of orphans living in Malawi. Inspiring, shocking, painful, “I Am Because We Are” is a wake up call for the Social Entrepreneurship industry and philanthropy groups worldwide. Check out the website here. Definitely a must see documentary

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Do Something! Charities on Facebook award:

The Bali Orphanage

I wasn’t personally familiar with this organization. Do Something’s descpription:

The children of the Tuka, Bali, Indonesia orphanage have a “fan” page on Facebook. The orphanage is located in a remote village and had few visitors. Once Facebook users started to discover their page, it took off rapidly and now has over 1,500 members, many of whom joined after asking how they could come meet the children and bring gifts.

An amazing story about how social media can have a positive impact on the world if applied correctly. In the wake of all the Facebook controversies with privacy it’s refreshing to see the amazing potential that people wanting to do good can have through new mediums.

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A huge congratulations from ROOZT to all winners of the Do Something! Awards. The show was fun and went well and we look forward to seeing the winners next year!

Cheers,

The ROOZT Team

What’s up guys & gals,

Happy Monday! While your brain shifts back into work mode (we know it’s hard with all this awesome summer weather), we thought it would be a good time to check in and say hey, and welcome you once again to the ROOZT community!

So, while we’re running around like crazy getting everything ready for the big launch, we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what’s coming down the line in the next few weeks…

*** iPad Sweepstakes: Because who doesn’t love free stuff? To help spread the word about ROOZT and thank you guys for all your support, we will be giving away one free, brand-spankin’-new iPad! All of you who signed up early are entered once, but if you click the link below to refer your friends, for every 5 people you tell, you’ll get another entry into the sweepstakes. The more you get the word out, the more chances you’ll have to win! If you haven’t signed up yet, well, get on it!

Click below to refer friends!
ROOZT.com Free iPad Sweepstakes!

Your iPad

*** ChessBoxing 4 Charity: We’ve teamed up with The Tiziano Project (an incredible non-profit organization that empowers journalists in war-torn countries. Check them out if you have some time, they’ll blow you away) for the first ever ChessBoxing 4 Charity event. Crazy, right? ChessBoxing is a true test of brains versus brawn: a new sport that makes competitors alternate rounds of boxing with speed chess…it sounds easy, until you have to try strategizing your next chess move after getting punched in the face repeatedly by your opponent. The night will feature Miss Malibu vs. Miss Hollywood (yes, we’re serious) and Andrew “The Fightin’ Philanthropist” McGregor vs. John Rude, with our good buddy Tower (of American Gladiators) serving as MC. You can watch videos of ChessBoxing featured on Carson Daly, The Colbert Report, ESPN, and others here.

The event will be held on September 23rd at Les Deux nightclub in Hollywood, California. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door, with all proceeds going straight to The Tiziano Project. If you’re in the area, please check it out! We promise it’ll be a great evening, and you’ll be doing your part to support an incredibly worthwhile cause. You can learn more about the event and pre-order your tickets here: http://roozt.com/chessboxing

*** Keep In Touch: Hit up our Facebook page and Twitter! We’re constantly updating both with hot news, fresh contests and sweepstakes, blogs, and other stuff to keep you in the loop. Every now and again, we’ll just be giving stuff away to our followers, so don’t miss out! Not to mention, it’s a great way to let us know what you think. Want to see eco-friendly surfboard deals, or clothing from companies that support humanitarian initiatives? Shoot us a message! And who knows, you might even make a few new like-minded friends while you’re there.

We’re launching in August, and have hundreds of cool vendors lining up left and right. For example, just this week Sole Bicycles hopped on board, and will be offering their awesome roadbikes at insane discounts. One of our biggest pledges at ROOZT is to individually tailor your deals to what you want. For example, if you’re a dude, we won’t waste your daily alert on a mani/pedi package like some other deal sites (cough cough). The more you visit our site, the more we’ll have an idea of what you want.

Additionally, Auren Kaplan of The Social Enterprise Exchange recently wrote an amazing article on Roozt.com, that we encourage you to check out in your free time. It paints a great picture of what we’re all about and where we’re going…

Think that’s it for this time around. Don’t forget to keep checking back for the latest updates on featured products, contests, and more of our inspiring partners. All of us at ROOZT are super pumped about everything going on in the next few weeks, and we hope you are too! We’ll talk to you soon and in the meantime we’ll be hard at work getting you great deals from inspiring companies…

Much love,

CG for the ROOZT.com Team

Some big news today…

An awesome new article came out today on ROOZT, our fearless leader Brent Freeman, and the Social Entrepreneurship / Social Enterprise industry as a whole! We’re really pumped that people are as excited about what we’re doing as we are…

I’ve been following Socentex for a while now and was thrilled to have us featured. Auren Kaplan is an incredible writer and we’re proud to have him do a write up on us.

Check out the article here and The Social Entrepreneurship Exchange who featured us!

Peace and love guys and girls,
The ROOZT Team

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