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Prager Metis extends Alzheimer’s Association partnership; Mazars USA commits to fight hunger; and more news from CPA offices across the country.
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CALIFORNIA
Armanino, San Ramon, announced that its service organization control readiness assessments and assurance services meet the requirements of the strategic advisory organization The Santa Fe Group’s Shared Assessments Program, which has been setting the standard in third-party risk assessments since 2005.
CAMEROON
Audit Consult Plus, Doula, joined HLB International as a member firm of the global network.
FLORIDA
Tom Durkee and Lena Combs, practice leaders of the hospitality services niche of WithumSmith+Brown, Orlando, announced the release of an e-book, “7 Keys To Mastering The Digital Workplace,” which includes tips for getting the most out of available tools and how to create a cohesive user experience that drives productivity, employee engagement and staff retention. The e-book can be downloaded here.
LEBANON
Alem & Associates, Beeirut, with offices in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emriates, entered a collaboration agreement with Andersen Global to join the international association.
MINNESOTA
Lurie, Minneapolis, has joined Moore Stephens North America, as the first Minnesota-headquartered firm in the accounting firm association.
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NEW JERSEY
The Mercadien Group partnered with the Office of Service Learning and Rider University, along with students in its Bonner Community Scholars program, to host an indoor carnival for the preschool class of the Millhill Child & Family Development Center, a nonprofit that provides educational, counseling and family support services to underprivileged children and families in Trenton. (Read the full story.)
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NEW YORK
Prager Metis is continuing its corporate partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, and in 2017 helped raise more than $120,000 for the nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. (Read the full story.)

Mazars USA announced its annual giving theme for 2018, “fighting hunger,” under which the firm will donate $100,000 to organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life to those in need, while Mazars employees will increase food collection and volunteer efforts to fight hunger in their local communities. (Read the full story.)

The American Institute of CPAs awarded 10 students with its inaugural AICPA Foundation Hugh School Scholarship, giving each student $2,000 to use toward their education. (Read the full story.)
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PENNSYLVANIA
Dunlap & Associates, Chalfont, organized a team of 23 staff volunteers to participate in the fall Feed My Starving Children MobilePack food-packing event held at Delaware Valley University Dec. 15, supporting the nonprofit’s efforts to feed hungry children by distributing prepackaged, nutritionally balanced meals.
TEXAS
George Qin, audit partner at MaloneBailey, Houston, attended the Greater Houston Partnership Houston Trade & Investment Mission to China, taking place from December 2 to 9, as the group traveled to Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, China. On the mission to China, led by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, participants represented Houston and aimed to build connections with some of the top business and political leaders in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.
UNITED KINGDOM
The IFRS Foundation appointed seven new trustees, for a three-year term starting Jan. 1, 2018: Collette Bowe, chairman of the UK Banking Standards Board, board member of the UK Statistics Authority and trustee and chairman of the audit committee of the Nuffield Foundation; Larry Leva, global vice-chairman for quality, risk and regulatory at KPMG International; Michel Madelain, current vice chairman and former president of Moody’s Investors Service; Ross McInnes, chairman of the board of Safran, non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Eutelsat and non-executive director at Lectra; Vinod Rai, former comptroller and auditor general of India and former chairman of the UN Panel of External Auditors; Lucrezia Reichlin, professor of economics at London Business School; and Teresa Ko, China chairman and partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong; chairman of the Standing Committee on Disciplined Services Salaries and Conditions of Service in Hong Kong.