St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Memphis Marathon Weekend


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Memphis Marathon Weekend

An executive in the billboards industry, James (Jim) Neumann serves as president of OOS Investments in Chicago. In this role, he owns dozens of billboards throughout the country. Also active in charitable giving, James Neumann contributes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which will hold its annual Memphis Marathon Weekend on November 30-December 2, 2017.

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend begins with an Expo and packet pick-up at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Friday from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. The marathon will take place on Saturday and will take participants through a number of landmarks in the city of Memphis.

One of the highlights of the race lies near mile five, where participants will pass through the St. Jude campus to the cheers of patients and their families. Participants will also cross Overton Park, Overton Square, and multiple historic areas before reaching the finish line at AutoZone Park. The course will feature 24 hydration stations and a number of spirit stations to encourage racers along with Memphis music and other forms of entertainment.

Runners must be at least 16 years old and must complete the course within six hours. All runners will receive a clear gear bag, a long-sleeved tech T-shirt, a race number with a timing tag, and a finisher medal. Those interested in contributing to the cause without running a full marathon can sign up for the half marathon, 5K, or 10K.


Gene Therapy Research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


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Gene Therapy Research

A Chicago-based advertising executive specializing in billboards, James “Jim” Neumann serves as president of OOS Investments. Outside of his work, James Neumann supports the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Currently the largest pediatric medical research organization in the United States, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital sponsors a wide variety of research in the field of gene therapy. Until recently, children with inherited genetic diseases had few treatment options, most of which focused on controlling symptoms rather than addressing the underlying cause. Gene therapy provides a way to introduce new genetic material into a patient’s cells, potentially alleviating symptoms of the disorder or reversing the disease course altogether.

In recent years, St. Jude has led gene therapy research efforts for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a devastating immune disorder requiring isolation from otherwise normal situations. In 2016, researchers at St. Jude announced that patients with X-linked SCID who had undergone gene therapy demonstrated a high level of immune function two years later, with an additional three patients showing positive changes after six to nine months. Although more research must be done, researchers at St. Jude are optimistic about the potential of gene therapy to treat genetic disorders.

Kars4Kids Benefits Children with Its Famously Unpopular Radio Jingle

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As chairman and CEO of Optic Outdoor Signs, James Neumann of Chicago manages an advertising system of over 300 billboards, reaching more than 45 million potential customers monthly. As an active philanthropist, he routinely makes contributions to charitable organizations, offering funds to nationwide groups and his own time to local food kitchens. A charity such as Kars4Kids is well-supported by those like James Neumann, benefiting both from his direct donations and from the media exposure of a well-run advertising campaign.

Kars4Kids, based out of New Jersey, began in 1995 by offering to haul away a donor’s automobile – regardless of its condition – either repairing and reselling the vehicle or dismantling and salvaging it. The charity benefits from the sales of restored vehicles and spare parts, while donors can write off their gifts as deductions from their taxes, as well as receive vouchers for free hotel stays in most states. For the children it serves, Kars4Kids offers mentorships, summer camps, and after-school centers, as well as tuition assistance and GED funding for older students. In recent years, Kars4Kids has also partnered with other charities and local governments to distribute backpacks and coats for children.

Aside from its work, Kars4Kids is certainly best known for its somewhat infamous radio jingle. Though the group has long advertised in print and on billboards, its radio advertisements have stood out for their infectious tune, a source of pride for Kars4Kids despite whatever critics and detractors it draws. If anything, such recognition just proves how memorable it is, and soon after it came to television in 2014, Kars4Kids saw its contributions increase by nearly 50 percent. Kars4Kids keeps the full origins of its signature song a secret to this day, revealing the writer of the melody, but not the lyric, other than sharing the fact that he was a volunteer.

St. Louis Junior Achievement Chapter Hosts Trivia Night

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St. Louis Junior Achievement Chapter

Employed since 1985 at OOS Investment, LLC, based out of Chicago, Illinois, James “Jim” Neumann works as its president and chief executive officer. OOS Investments specializes in acquisitions of billboards, appraisal services, and market analysis. Honored for his work by Outdoor Ink as one of the Most Powerful People in Billboards for the past several years, James Neumann remains heavily involved in the St. Louis area, including the Junior Achievement’s (JA) St. Louis Chapter.

Founded in 1919 by Horace Moses and Theodore Vail, JA’s mission is to give young people a chance to become recognized by policy makers, educators, and businesses as innovative individuals. In order to do that, the JA offers practical programs to students in areas found in east-central Missouri and southwestern Illinois. The St. Louis chapter, which began in 1943, has young people strive to spur economic development within the state.

Since it is a nonprofit organization, the JA offers a variety of fundraising events. The St. Louis chapter is sponsoring a trivia night on November 5, 2016, at the Dennis and Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. The event features table and sponsorship opportunities, including:

* $200 for a table of eight

* $300 for a table of eight in a VIP area

* $750 for a table of eight, the company logo shown before and during one round, and on the scorecard

* $2,500 for two tables of eight and the company logo on all promotional materials

Kars4Kids Sends Kids to an Exciting Week of Camp at TheZone

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James Neumann, founder and president of OOS Investments, is a media and entertainment executive responsible for the placement of hundreds of outdoor advertising sites throughout the United States. As a supporter of Kars4Kids, James Neumann also participates in the work of an organization that impacts kids across the nation.

Kars4Kids is a national organization that works to address the educational, material, emotional, and spiritual needs of Jewish children and their families. Kars4Kids utilizes a unique year-round model that recognizes that kids need help not only throughout the school year but also during the summer. With mentorship at the core of the work they do, Kars4Kids sponsors afterschool, summer, and family programs that help mentors get involved in all the major aspects of children’s lives. One of these initiatives is TheZone, a summer camp program in the scenic Catskills region of New York.

TheZone features a wide range of activities for campers, including watersports, horseback riding, art classes, kickboxing, and athletics. The camps run through the summer and provide children with an unforgettable summer camp experience at state-of-the-art facilities.