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Zac Foundation & Ben Carlson Foundation Create California Water Safety Coalition

The coalition will be launched formally next year at the California Water Safety Summit



California Water Safety Coalition - Zac Foundation / Ben Carson Foundation

The Zac Foundation and The Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation Collaborate to Create California Water Safety Coalition to Coordinate Develop and Implement Water Safety Policies and Programs

GREENWICH, CT/NEWPORT BEACH, CA  November 17, 2021 The ZAC Foundation (TZF), a national nonprofit based in Greenwich, Conn. dedicated to improving water safety by funding education and effective programming, today announced its partnership with the  Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation, a Newport Beach, Calif. based nonprofit promoting beach and ocean safety and assisting in higher education for lifeguards, to create the California Water Safety Coalition to fill a leadership gap in the state’s water safety sector and lead statewide strategy in the development, implementation, and evaluation of water safety policy and educational programs.

California drowning prevention and water safety stakeholders outlined the Coalition’s vision and mission this week during a collaborative online workshop hosted by both foundations. While many of the government, nonprofit, family foundation, and individual stakeholders participating in the summit have collaborated in the past, as a Coalition, they will be able to unite around best practices that will be effective in preventing drowning in pools, lakes, rivers and the ocean.

In California, drowning caused an annual average of 399 deaths between 2005 and 2019, 400 non-fatal hospitalizations between 2005 and 2015, and 1,041 non-fatal emergency department visits between 2006 and 2015. Drowning is the leading cause of injury related death for children under five years old in the state and ranks in the top five unintentional injury related causes of death for all other ages.

“Each drowning is a tragic event with an untold impact on family members, rescue and medical personnel and the community at-large,” said Karen Cohn, co-founder of The ZAC Foundation. “The ZAC Foundation is honored to provide key support and critical funding to help turn this alliance into a reality and start saving lives.”

Cohn noted that a national drowning prevention plan is crucial in the United States because drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages one to four after birth defects. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

Chris Carlson, co-founder of the Ben Carlson Foundation expressed his enthusiasm for both the partnership and for the important work that is being taken on by the California Water Safety Coalition:  “The ZAC Foundation is supercharging the water safety work in California by providing financial resources and more importantly by introducing us to individuals with the experience and know-how to effectively organize efforts of this type.  This is no small task when trying to align and harness the energy of so many drowning prevention experts.  We are so grateful for Karen Cohn and Megan Ferraro for what they are doing to support and push this effort forward.”

A principal function of the Coalition will be to prepare participants to implement the National Water Safety Action Plan when it is announced spring 2022 after years of input from water safety advocates nationwide, including from The ZAC Foundation and other California-based water safety leaders, following a recommendation by the World Health Organization for nations to address the drowning crisis globally. Some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Jamaica, and Barbados, already have drowning prevention plans.

The Leadership Group helping to spearhead the creation of the Coalition, includes:

·       Megan Ferraro, Executive Director, The ZAC Foundation

·       Will Koon, UNSW Beach Safety Research Group

·       Julie Lopiccolo, Co-Founder & President, Jasper Ray Foundation

·       Rob Williams, Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation

Coalition Workgroup Chairs and their respective areas of expertise include:

·       Data / Public Health Surveillance: Erin Malone, MPH, Program Coordinator, Riverside University Health System – Public Health, Injury Prevention Services

·       Life Jackets / Personal Flotation Devices and Other Flotation: Melissa Miranda, Boating Education and Outreach Manager, California Department of Parks and Recreation 

·       Lifeguards / Supervision: Pete DeQuincy, Lifeguard Services Manager, Fire Department/ Lifeguard Services, East Bay Regional Park District

·       Barriers, Entrapment & Electrical Safety: Marcia Kerr, Drowning Prevention FoundationMary Ann Downing, National Drowning Prevention Alliance

·       Water Safety, Water Competence, Swimming Lessons: Nicole McNeill, District Manager, City of San Diego, Parks and Recreation Department

·       CPR / Rescue: Leslie Schwene, Marine Safety Officer, City of Huntington BeachKristin Thompson, EMS Division Chief, City of Newport Beach

Operating guidelines of the Coalition will be announced next year. For more information on the summit, please visit

About The ZAC Foundation

The ZAC Foundation was established in 2008 by Karen and Brian Cohn after the loss of their 6-year-old son Zachary Archer Cohn in a pool drain entrapment in their backyard swimming pool. Through education and advocacy, the Foundation has helped more than 20,000 children and their families learn about the importance of water safety and prepare for a lifetime of water safety. To learn more about The ZAC Foundation, connect with us on Facebook and

About the Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation

The Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation was formed in honor of Ben Carlson, a collegiate water polo player, surfer, and waterman who was the first and only Newport Beach Lifeguard to die in the line of duty since the service was formed in 1923. The Foundation provides annual scholarships and actively engages in water safety programs in California and around the globe.

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Pentair Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award



Pentair Energy Star Partner of the year

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pentair (NYSE: PNR), a leading provider of water treatment and sustainable solutions, is proud to announce it received the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Pentair was the first pool equipment manufacturer to have an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year since 2013.

“Pentair is built on delivering smart, sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient products and solutions,” said De’Mon Wiggins, Group President, Pentair Pool. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with the EPA and honored to be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year once again. Our efforts, paired with ENERGY STAR’s goals and leadership, are changing the pool industry.”

Since 2005, Pentair’s ENERGY STAR pool pumps have been responsible for a cumulative 32.6 billion kWh of energy savings, the reduction of 15.4 million tons of CO2 emissions and $3.6 billion in operative cost savings for U.S. consumers.*

In addition to its ENERGY STAR-rated pool pumps, Pentair offers smart, sustainable solutions to help pool owners conserve energy and make thoughtful environmental choices. Through pool solutions like automated controls, heaters and lighting products, Pentair strives to design products that facilitate environmental sustainability. Homeowners can learn more about Pentair’s energy-efficient offerings, its rebate program for select ENERGY STAR certified models, and find helpful ENERGY STAR resources at

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

*Savings are based on a weighted average annual kWh savings from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) at $0.11 / kWh. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model. For more information regarding the energy efficiency features of current Pentair pool pump offerings, including WEF scores, please visit


At Pentair, we inspire people to move, improve and enjoy life’s essential resources for happier, healthier lives. From our residential and business water solutions, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable solutions for life.

Pentair had revenue in 2021 of approximately $3.8 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 11,250 global employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world. To learn more, visit


ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at and state-level information can be found at

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Pinch A Penny Named Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Texas Summer Games



Pinch A Penny Named Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Texas Summer Games

CLEARWATER, FL (May 12, 2022) – Pinch A Penny, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail and backyard services franchise, is honored to be named the presenting sponsor for the Special Olympics Texas 2022 Summer Games, which will take place May 12-15 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas.

This is the fourth year Pinch A Penny’s charitable giving program, Be the Splash, is sponsoring Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) largest annual competition, which features soccer, tennis, cycling, track and field, and FUNdamental Sports. Pinch A Penny prides itself on supporting nonprofit organizations whose mission is to promote competitive swimming and fitness programs centered around or in the pool, as well as national programming or services addressing swim safety. Local Pinch A Penny franchisees, Phillip and Valerie Ott, will be volunteering their services at SOTX for their second year in a row.

Phillip and Valerie Ott - Pinch a Penny Franchisees
Phillip and Valerie Ott – Pinch a Penny Franchisees

Pinch A Penny is America’s largest swimming pool retailer with over 270 locally owned and operated stores providing customers with a complete line of best-in-class pool chemicals, equipment, repair parts, and accessories. In addition to pool supply retail, Pinch A Penny offers ongoing maintenance and repair services including water testing and pool service, as well as pool renovations, pressure washing, landscape lighting and more.

“Our goal is to join forces with great nonprofit organizations like Special Olympics Texas to place an emphasis on promoting healthy living in and around the pool,” said Kendall Large, Vice President of Marketing for Pinch A Penny. “As an organization, we are amazed by the dedication and athleticism of these athletes, and are proud to support each and every one of them in their pursuit of a gold medal,” Kendall added.

Pinch A Penny continues to prioritize its 21-year-relationship with the Special Olympics, a valuable partnership that began in Florida and expanded to Texas in 2019. Since then, Pinch A Penny has garnered the title of Special Olympics aquatic sponsor, Fall Classic Games presenting sponsor, and Summer Games presenting sponsor.

“Giving back to the community is one of our top priorities as a local Pinch A Penny store owner,” said Valerie Ott, owner of the Vineyard Pinch A Penny franchise in San Antonio. “We are passionate San Antonio residents who want to make a difference in any way we can. We look forward to volunteering and rooting for the athletes – it’s truly become an exciting tradition for us.”

Pinch A Penny strongly believes in inclusion, especially with swimming and fitness activities. The organization hopes to further uphold that stance by supporting athletes and their experience at the Texas Special Olympics Summer Games.

About Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa

Founded in 1975, Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa continues to expand beyond its 270 locations across the Southeastern U.S. and Texas. Priding itself on its superior customer service and expertise, the brand has been featured in various top industry rankings including the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Franchise Business Review Top 200, Franchise Gator Top 100, and Franchise Times Top 200+, as well as Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Women and Top Franchises for Veterans. Additionally, Pinch A Penny was selected as the silver winner for Franchise Update’s prestigious STAR Award for Franchisee Satisfaction.

While economic downturns have handicapped businesses across the country over time, Pinch A Penny has exhibited growth for more than 45 years. In fact, Pinch A Penny’s positive financial performance during the pandemic earned the company a spot as one of the Top 50 Recession-Proof Franchises by Franchise Business Review. For more information about Pinch A Penny, please visit To learn more about becoming a local Pinch A Penny franchise owner in your community, visit

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Hayward Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award



Hayward named Energy Star Partner Of The Year

Manufacturer receives the highest level of recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – May 5, 2022 — Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HAYW) (“Hayward”), a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of pool equipment and technology, today announced the company has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award—the highest level of recognition for corporate energy management programs given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes businesses that perform at a superior level of energy management, demonstrating best practices as well as industry leadership, product innovation and an overall commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.

“At Hayward, we’re committed to building better pool solutions—and a steadfast focus on energy efficiency is a major part of how we do that,” said Matt Kimball, Vice President of Marketing at Hayward. “We are exceedingly proud to have earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 2022, and we look forward to continued innovation.”

Hayward’s pool equipment portfolio contains the broadest range of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps, including their industry-leading line of ultra-high efficiency pumps: the #1 rated pumps in energy efficiency*. Omni® SmartPad™ pool and spa automation products—which allows pool owners to set schedules and adjust their pool equipment remotely via their smart device—provide another energy-saving standout.

“I salute the 2022 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”

The ENERGY STAR recognition builds on Hayward’s ongoing research and development initiatives in water conservation, automation and alternative sanitization options which help make pools more environmentally friendly.

For more information about Hayward products and ENERGY STAR certified products, visit

*Based on TriStar® VS 900 among in-ground pool pump ratings, per U.S. Department of Energy efficiency metrics as of April 1, 2022. Visit for details.

About Hayward Holdings, Inc.

Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HAYW) is a leading global designer and manufacturer of pool equipment and technology all key to the SmartPad™ conversion strategy designed to provide a superior outdoor living experience. Hayward offers a full line of innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable residential and commercial pool equipment, including a complete line of advanced pumps, filters, heaters, automatic pool cleaners, LED lighting, internet of things (IoT) enabled controls, alternate sanitizers and water features.

This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and releases issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements relating to Hayward are based on the beliefs of Hayward’s management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, us. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Hayward’s strategies, plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, expenditures and assumptions and other statements contained in or incorporated by reference in this release that are not historical facts. When used in this document, words such as “guidance,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “plan,” “target,” “look forward,” “predict,” “project,” “seek” and similar expressions as they relate to Hayward are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Important factors that could affect Hayward’s future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those indicated in its forward-looking statements include the following: its ability to execute on its growth strategies and expansion opportunities; its ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manage disruptions to its global supply chain and the availability of raw materials; its relationships with and the performance of distributors, builders, buying groups, retailers and servicers who sell Hayward’s products to pool owners; competition from national and global companies, as well as lower-cost manufacturers; impacts on Hayward’s business from the sensitivity of its business to seasonality and unfavorable economic and business conditions; Hayward’s ability to identify emerging technological and other trends in its target end markets; Hayward’s ability to develop, manufacture and effectively and profitably market and sell its new planned and future products; failure of markets to accept new product introductions and enhancements; the ability to successfully identify, finance, complete and integrate acquisitions; Hayward’s ability to attract and retain senior management and other qualified personnel; regulatory changes and developments affecting Hayward’s current and future products; volatility in currency exchange rates; Hayward’s ability to service its existing indebtedness and obtain additional capital to finance operations and its growth opportunities; impacts on Hayward’s business from political, regulatory, economic, trade, and other risks associated with operating foreign businesses; Hayward’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property protection for its products, as well as its ability to operate its business without infringing, misappropriating or otherwise violating the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of material cost and other inflation; the impact of changes in laws, regulations and administrative policy, including those that limit U.S. tax benefits, impact trade agreements and tariffs, or address the impacts of climate change; the outcome of litigation and governmental proceedings; impacts on Hayward’s business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and other factors set forth in “Risk Factors” in Hayward’s annual report on Form 10-K.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this report. Unless required by United States federal securities laws, Hayward neither intends nor assumes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in Hayward’s expectations.

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