Charity saving refugees, feeding hungry declines to work with freelance reporter Frank Stier

Not for profit says reporter had apparent religious or political agenda
(PR NewsChannel) / February 11, 2015 / SARASOTA, Fla. and SOFIA, Bulgaria 

Global Village Champions FoundationGlobal Village Champions Foundation, co-founded more than two decades ago by philanthropists Yank and Yvette Barry and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, says it has declined to work with a freelance reporter who had an apparent political or religious agenda. GVCF says after trying to cooperate with Frank Stier for several weeks, it became clear that the German freelance reporter based in Sofia, Bulgaria had a hidden agenda, so the charity has elected to withdraw its participation.

“I wanted to let you know that we will no longer cooperate with you and the ‘article’ you are attempting to write,” wrote Glenn Selig, the charity’s spokesman, in an email to the freelance reporter Frank Stier, made public today. “Your actions—both before we spoke and after—are indicative of someone who has no intention of being fair, but of someone who intends to tell any ‘story,’ factually-based or not.”

Though the charity is non-political, some may consider the work that philanthropist Yank Barry does to be controversial. Barry is Jewish and he is saving lives of Muslim and Christian refugees who fled violence in their home countries of Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Barry and Global Village have received news coverage from all over the world and from some of the largest and most prominent news organizations: CNN, NBC News, Jerusalem Post, Canada’s Globe and Mail, Reuter’s, Agence France Presse, The Washington Post, The Guardian (U.K.) and many, many others.

For his work saving refugees, the media has called Barry the “Jewish Schindler.” Barry recently reached a milestone of rescuing 1,218 refugees from certain death. Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist and Catholic, saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.

“GVCF is working in conjunction with the Bulgarian government to make every rescue possible,” says Selig. “Yank Barry has fed and/or housed and cared for each of the 1,218 refugees. The ones he rescued from camps, he personally guaranteed their safety and has promised to take care of them so they can reclaim their lives.”

Barry has a colorful past. He is a former rock and roll musician with a drug problem who hit rock bottom more than 40 years ago and even spent time in prison. While in prison for a little over a year, he vowed to reform his life and become a do-gooder. He went on to earn a fortune as a food entrepreneur creating and selling a wildly popular soy product called Vitapro which has allowed him to personally fund the extraordinary GVCF efforts of rescuing refugees and feeding the hungry around the world.

Vitapro’s newest product is Propectin, the world’s first and only pharmaceutical grade water soluble apple pectin that rids the body of toxins.

In his now public email to Frank Stier, Selig said: “Yank Barry has spent countless selfless hours and millions of dollars of his own money to save the lives of refugees and help each of them rebuild.

“I owe it to him and to the refugees to spend my time working with legitimate reporters and correspondents on assignment for credible news organizations—CNN, Jerusalem Post, Globe and Mail, NBC News, etc.—who seek truthful reporting.”

Learn more about Global Village Champions Foundation:
Electronic Press Kit:

About Global Village Champions Foundation: Started in 1995, Global Village Champions Foundation strives to become the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons across the globe, while sustaining human life and helping to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With the help of donors and notable figures such as Muhammad Ali, Gary US Bonds, and Evander Holyfield, the nonprofit has provided more than a billion meals to the hungry around the world. The charity recently expanded its mission to include rescuing refugees who fled to Bulgaria.


For Global Village Champions Foundation:
Glenn Selig
PR firm: The Publicity Agency
Phone: 813-708-1220 x7777 | Cell: 813-300-5454

For corporate and partnership inquiries and ways to help:
Audra McMurray
Global Village Champions Foundation
Director of Marketing and Communications
Office: (941) 552-8432 Cell: (941) 524-1484

Direct link:

SOURCE:  Global Village Champions Foundation

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