Options University Charity Drive Raises $45K for Virgin Unite

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Boca Raton-based Options University raises money for Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson's non-profit organization earning OU president an invitation to Richard Branson's private island.

I am proud to be working together to raise money for the various causes that Virgin Unite supports, with the ultimate goal of making a sustainable difference in the world. There is much more to Options University than just an investment education. We're a company dedicated to giving back to make the world a better place.

The Options University, based in Boca Raton, Florida, with the help of its students and clients, has raised $45,000 to donate to Virgin Unite, a non-profit entrepreneurial foundation of the Virgin Group. Virgin Unite is dedicated to focusing on social, economic and environmental issues worldwide by working with partners around the world to develop new approaches to tough societal issues. Some of the causes to which Virgin Unite contributes are: Free the Children, National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the National Network for Youth, just to name a few.

Over a 45 day period, the Options University had a goal of raising $45,000 for Virgin Unite. To do so, the Options University bundled three of their top-selling products valued at $3,800, and offered them to their customers for just $1,000. The Options University then generously donated 100 percent of those product sales to Virgin Unite. Options University and 19 other socially-minded companies collectively raised $447,000 for Virgin Unite. Options University's goal was certainly achieved, raising and sending $45,000 to Virgin Unite directly.

Brett Fogle, co-founder of the Options University, believes in Virgin Unite's mission to give back through social entrepreneurship. As stated by Fogle, "I am proud to be working together to raise money for the various causes that Virgin Unite supports, with the ultimate goal of making a sustainable difference in the world. There is much more to Options University than just an investment education. We're a company dedicated to giving back to make the world a better place."

Led by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, the people at Virgin Unite focus on social giving with entrepreneurial thinking. They believe that business has the capacity to improve the human condition and that the same visionary thinking and problem-solving skills that make entrepreneurs successful can be channeled into solving the world's social and environmental crises. They also believe that business and the social/environmental sector cannot function in silos, and that we must all work together to drive change.

As a result of raising this money, Fogle and the 19 other entrepreneurs were invited to spend five days on Richard Branson's Private Caribbean Island from May 15-20 to discuss social giving and entrepreneurship, as well as bigger ideas for giving back even more. During this time, they discussed business, life and social insights and strategies to help make a continued and sustainable difference in the world.

According to Fogle, "Richard Branson has been a business hero of mine for many years and I am very excited to have this opportunity contribute my time and efforts."

After attending the "closed-door" meetings with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island estate in May, Fogle will also be working with Entrepreneur's Unite, another organization led by Branson and the Virgin Group, dedicated to teaching young entrepreneur's worldwide and teaching entrepreneurship as an engine for social change.

The Options University is a leading global resource for options trading education and training, teaching investors better personal investing strategies. The Option University offers courses for investors at every level of experience, and has many different products and services to choose from, including home study courses, live interactive online classes, and live seminars all over the world.

Options expert Ron Ianieri and Brett Fogle formed the Options University for real people who want to take control of their own money and not leave it in the hands of brokers. The Options University teaches investors to manage their own money better using options and teaches people how to fully understand options trading, rather than risky strategies that other companies teach. The Options University helps protect people in a down market and helps people still make money in a time when stocks are dangerous investments.

The Options University has been named as one of Inc. Magazine's Top 500 privately-held companies in the United States. As part of this prestigious honor, it was named No. 276 on the list of private companies in the U.S. It was also ranked No. 2 in the Top Education Companies and No. 11 in the Top 100 Businesses in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL. In only four years, the Options University has grown from zero employees to 20 full-time and part-time virtual staff worldwide with more than $3.5 million in revenues for 2008.

A portion of every dollar that students spend on their options education at Options University is earmarked for donating to various causes throughout the year. Last year, $35,000 was raised for the Caring House Foundation, which builds homes, schools and orphanages in Haiti. In years past, they've supported various local and national causes, such as the American Breast Cancer Society and the Make a Wish Foundation. In 2007, the Options University was a major sponsor of the Dressed to Kilt charity event hosted by Donald Trump in New York City, which benefited Scottish American soldiers wounded overseas along with other major sponsors Mercedes Benz and Victoria's Secret.

To see a video about Options University's drive for Virgin Unite, visit http://www.optionsuniversity.com/virgin-unite/2.

For more information, about Options University and its options trading courses, contact Sarah Kuehner at (561) 750-4345 or visit the Options University Web site.

About The Options University, LLC
The Options University is the leading source for options education for safer investing and better profits. Co-founder Ron Ianieri was a floor trader for 15 years on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, and 'The Specialist' in DELL computer options for four years, one of the busiest books in history. While on the floor, Ron built a comprehensive training program to teach and train professional option floor traders. Today, he uses these same principals to teach individual investors how to trade options. Leveraging his experience, the educational company is uniquely qualified to teach investors how to make consistent profits while limiting risk. For more information visit the Options University Web site.
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