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Sam Barouki Discusses AID GROUP

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Founded by executives with a global vision, AID GROUP designs, implements, and manages creative products that generate revenue for humanitarian causes. The brainchild in the early 1990s of Benjamin J. Perry, now CEO of the company, AID GROUP offers turnkey solutions to clients, providing all the necessary funding, equipment, and training to create successful game operations for charity. AID GROUP also supplies management and marketing services, delivering almost everything necessary for a project to have positive outcome.

Perry and his cofounder, Christopher D. Essai, launched their first games in Yugoslavia and then developed games in Russia to assist with the funding of cathedral construction and the Voronezh Theatre of Drama. In AID GROUP’s early years, Perry developed games to benefit victims of landmines in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and obtained humanitarian lottery licenses in Russia and Shanghai. The founders took the company public and sold it in 2002 but stayed on in executive capacities, with Perry and Essai maintaining strong liaisons with humanitarian contacts in more than 20 countries, including Ghana, Zambia, Namibia, Cambodia, Nicaragua, and Croatia.

AID GROUP’s most popular promotions include Instant Scratch & Win; draws and raffles such as Million Dollar Dream Home, Cash & Cars, and Prize Calendar; and conservation programs. The company offers a full range of management services, including promotion consulting, payment processing, website hosting, validation, and winner notification. AID GROUP also engages in purchasing, prize fulfillment, and secure data management. Along with its external auditors, AID GROUP coordinates fulfillment and payment services from secure, centralized locations.

In addition to providing assistance for causes such as water purification, disaster relief, and waste management, the AID GROUP model works to fund medical research, hospitals, roads, airports, and infrastructure. Other popular beneficiaries of the company’s games are education and green energy projects. By generating revenue through games and other alternative sources, governments and institutions can channel more money toward their humanitarian projects. AID GROUP always operates with the utmost integrity and protects the privacy of its clients’ donors.

About the Author:

Sam Barouki, Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy in Milan, Italy, is an active supporter of AID GROUP.


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November 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

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The Philadelphia Eagles

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by Sam Barouki

The only National Football League (NFL) team to win consecutive championships by shutouts and the first to utilize artificial turf in its stadium, the Philadelphia Eagles maintain a wide fan base even in dismal seasons. For the team’s fans, hope and patience have paid off. Since 2000, the Eagles have made eight postseason appearances, including a trip to the Super Bowl after the 2004 season, in which they lost the championship to the New England Patriots.

Established in 1933 during the Great Depression, the Philadelphia Eagles replaced the Frankford Yellow Jackets, which had gone bankrupt. The team cost $2,500, plus the assumption of debts totaling $11,000 owed to other franchises. The inspiration for the team’s name came from the blue-eagle insignia of the New Deal’s National Recovery Act. From 1936 to 1939, the Eagles played in Municipal Stadium. Except for the 1941 season, the team then competed in Shibe Park (renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953) from 1940 through 1957, when it moved to Franklin Field.

In 1943, with manpower short due to World War II, the Eagles temporarily merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers, creating the Phil-Pitt Eagles, known informally as the Steagles. The arrangement lasted only one season. A few years later, with Earle “Greasy” Neale as its head coach, Philadelphia played in three NFL Championship Games consecutively, winning back-to-back shutouts in 1948 and 1949. The Eagles dominated the NFL for six seasons before injuries finally took a toll on their team.

After a period of rebuilding, the Eagles won another NFL Championship in 1960, defeating the Green Bay Packers 17-13 when center linebacker and future Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik saved the game on the final play with an open-field tackle. Not until 1978 did the team reach the playoffs again. That season sparked another run of success under coach Dick Vermeil, who took the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 1980, where they lost 27-10 to the Oakland Raiders. They have not won a championship since, but with the team’s renewed success in the 21st century, Eagles fans continue to believe.

About the Author:

Sam Barouki, Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy, is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and roots for the Eagles while conducting business around the world.

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October 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm