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Susan Sarandon & MTV Honored By The Trevor Project On June 25th
MICHAEL MAYER-DIRECTED SHOW FEATURING DEBRA MESSING, ERIC MCCORMACK, ANTHONY RAPP, THOMAS ROBERTS & MORE
On Monday, June 25th, The Trevor Project honored Academy Award® winner, Susan Sarandon with the Trevor Hero
Award, presented by Stanley Tucci. President of MTV, Stephen Friedman accepted the Trevor 2020 Award for MTV at “Trevor Live” in New York, (Pier 60, Chelsea Piers). The event also featured the first comedic reunification of Eric McCormack and Debra Messing (“Will & Grace“), comedy by Judy Gold, and a musical performance by fun. This high-profile annual event benefits the life-saving, life-affirming work of The Trevor Project, providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) teens and young adults.
“I’m very honored to get this award because The Trevor Project is there at the end of the line with a voice that tells you that you’re not alone,” said Susan Sarandon, Trevor Hero Award honoree. “It is up to us to somehow make it clear that being different is really fabulous.”
The Trevor Hero Award honors Susan Sarandon for being an openly vocal ally for youth and increasing visibility and understanding of LGBTQ community. As an ally for LGBTQ people, Sarandon has supported the freedom to marry as well as funding for HIV/AIDS research and healthcare for patients, and has spoken out about homophobia in the media.
The Trevor 2020 Award honors MTV as a visionary organization that increases the visibility and understanding of LGBTQ issues and supports the LGBTQ community. MTV has long been a leader in providing a voice for LGBTQ youth in the media since its founding in 1981, from introducing the first openly gay person with HIV/AIDS on television to airing the first same-sex commitment ceremony ever documented on television. The network also features documentaries focusing on LGBTQ youth and galvanizes young people to strengthen emotional health by promoting acceptance, and to take action to stop the spread of digital abuse.
“Trevor Live is where entertainment and cultural change collide. Not only do we get to enjoy a night of amazing talent and inspirational honorees, we get to stand in support of the young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth for whom The Trevor Project is the one place they can turn to for support,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project.
Trevor Live was directed by Tony Award® winner, Michael Mayer and was presented by Audi of America, Pfizer and Wells Fargo. The show featured performances by fun., Debra Messing and Eric McCormack, Bobby Canivale, Judy Gold, Linda Lavin, Natasha Lyonne, Sarah Moon, Anthony Rapp, Thomas Roberts, Stanley Tucci. Celebrity guests included Brad Goreski, Sir Ivan, Tom Murro, Maulik Pancholy, and Adam Shankman. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org/TrevorLive.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at www.TheTrevorProject.org.
SOURCE: The Trevor Project
Web Site: http://www.thetrevorproject.org
Babe Ruth Jersey from 1920 Debuts on Exhibit at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Comes to Cooperstown on Loan from Anonymous Donor
WHAT: The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has received, on loan, the earliest-known uniform top worn by Babe Ruth, a circa-1920 New York Yankees road jersey, which was recently purchased via auction this past May. The loan is from the purchaser of the shirt, an anonymous and passionate baseball fan, who wishes to share this important piece of history with visitors to Cooperstown.
WHEN: The Ruth jersey is now on display in Babe Ruth’s locker in the Babe Ruth Gallery. The jersey is expected to remain on display through Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, but will be off display from July 24-August 9, 2012.
WHO: Babe Ruth, a member of the first Hall of Fame class in 1936, was sold from the Red Sox to the Yankees prior to the 1920 season and immediately become a national sensation for his prodigious home run hitting. The road gray jersey features “NEW YORK” across the chest in blue lettering, with Ruth’s name and initials written inside the collar in faded pink script -”Ruth, G.H.,” – George Herman Ruth.
SOURCE: National Baseball Hall of Fame
Web Site: http://www.BaseballHall.org
Joe Montana and Joint Juice Launch Joint Health Training Camp
Legendary Quarterback Partners with Nutrition Company to Get Americans on a Path to Healthier Joints
Today, Joint Juice, Inc., a leading San Francisco-based nutrition company, and legendary quarterback Joe Montanaannounce
their second year in partnership, with the introduction of JOE MONTANA’S JOINT HEALTH TRAINING CAMP. The goal of the training camp is to encourage Americans to focus on their joint health and gain general fitness so they can get back to doing what they love. Developed with the assistance of a professional trainer, JOE MONTANA’S JOINT HEALTH TRAINING CAMP combines a 30-day regimen of simple exercises with nutritional tips to inspire people to get on a path to healthier joints. Regular exercise is essential to maintaining healthy joints, and an exercise regimen of just 30 minutes several days a week helps strengthen the muscles around the joints to keep them functioning properly.
JOINT JUICE, Inc. is a leading San Francisco-based active nutrition company whose primary brands are Premier Nutrition and Joint Juice. Premier Nutrition® products include Premier Protein® shakes, Premier Protein® bars, TITAN® protein bars, and TITAN® protein cookies. Premier Nutrition products can be found nationally at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and select grocery and specialty stores as well as in Australia and Canada. Joint Juice® products include Joint Juice® supplement drink, drink mix, and Easy Shot™ supplement and are available nationally where joint health products are sold as well as in Mexico and Asia.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Joe in the development of this training program,” said DAVID RITTERBUSH, CEO OF JOINT JUICE, INC. “As a company whose products were originally developed to help athletes, the collaboration is a natural fit. Joe is the embodiment of what Joint Juice stands for – staying active at any age. We hope Joe’s training camp and healthy joint regimen will inspire people to stay active.”
“Working with Joint Juice and a professional trainer to develop the JOE MONTANA JOINT HEALTH TRAINING CAMP, my goal was to create an exercise program that would fit with my busy lifestyle and still allow me to do the activities I love,” said Montana. “By exercising regularly and drinking Joint Juice® products, I’ve been able to stay active,* and I want to empower others to do the same by incorporating this training camp into their daily routine.
With the population of Baby Boomers at more than 75 million, Montana is not alone in the fight to maintain joint health. More than 50 million Americans suffer from joint symptoms and by 2030 that number is expected to climb to 67 million. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention, three main public health interventions can reduce impact: self-management education, physical activity, and weight management. Joint Juice® products provide an effective and easy-to-take dose of glucosamine and chondroitin that help support joint function and promote overall joint health.* By exercising regularly and drinking Joint Juice® supplements daily, Montana is leading the way for others to achieve excellent joint health.
JOE MONTANA’S JOINT HEALTH TRAINING CAMP’s 30-day program involves three workouts per week, with exercises outlined and described in an online calendar and demonstrated in videos featuring Joe Montana. It leaves plenty of time to do what you love! A typical workout begins with a warm-up, followed by several rounds of basic exercises. Throughout, Joe Montana and expert trainer Emilio DiPretoro guide the way.
For more information about Joint Juice® products, or to participate in Joe Montana’s Joint Health Training Camp, please visitwww.jointjuice.com/trainingcamp.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
JOINT JUICE IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF JOINT JUICE, INC. © 2011 JOINT JUICE, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. For more information about Joint Juice® or Premier Nutrition® products, visit jointjuice.com, premiernutrition.com, or call 888.642.9941.
 According to the Arthritis Foundation 2012 National Research Program. For more information, visit arthritis.org.
 According to a Report from the CDC. Published in the Journal of Women’s Health, Volume 16, Number 4
SOURCE: Joint Juice
Standard Pacific Homes Debuts New Home Designs in Colorado at June 30 Grand Opening of Summit at Candelas
Eight new energy-efficient home designs feature standard solar panels and innovative architecture
Standard Pacific Homes announces the Grand Opening of Summit at Candelas. The community showcases Standard
Pacific Homes‘ all-new architectural concepts through eight new single-family home designs that offer thoughtful features for today’s lifestyle.
Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, has built homes for more than 115,000 families during its 46-year history. The company constructs homes within a wide range of price and size targeting a broad range of homebuyers. It operates in many of the largest housing markets in the country with operations in major metropolitan areas in California, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Colorado.
Dubbed ‘The Artistry of Home (SM),‘ the new architectural concepts offer spacious floor plans that create an enhanced sense of flow from room to room and provide an indoor to outdoor connectivity that fills the home with natural light. Prospective homeowners will find that more square footage is dedicated to the areas where people spend the majority of their time. Comfortable, casual living spaces replace traditional formal rooms. An oversized kitchen that flows into the Great Room serves as the true gathering and entertaining hub of the home. Many of the new home designs offer a Colorado Room, an outdoor covered area that extends the livable square footage of the home and provides the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather.
“We are delighted to bring Standard Pacific Homes‘ new architectural concepts, quality construction and energy efficient features to the highly desirable Arvada area,” said Craig Campbell, Colorado President for Standard Pacific Homes. “With an impressive list of standard features that include solar panels and outdoor living spaces, these homes were artfully designed for today’s families.”
The new homes are situated within the premier master-planned community of Candelas. Dedicated to green living, the master-planned community features two LEED certified recreation centers, miles of walking and bike paths and an abundance of open spaces. All of the homes within Summit at Candelas are ENERGY STAR® qualified, which means that homebuyers may save up to 30% on energy costs as compared to a typical older resale home.
Priced from the low $400,000s, Summit at Candelas offers eight distinctive home designs ranging from 2,266 to 3,554 square feet. These homes offer up to six bedrooms and four bathrooms. The sales center is located at 9330 Nile Ct., Arvada, CO 80007. For additional details and directions to Summit at Candelas, visit www.standardpacifichomes.com. For more information about the company and its new home developments, please visit our website at: www.standardpacifichomes.com.
SOURCE: Standard Pacific Homes
Web Site: http://www.standardpacifichomes.com
CHICAGO’S HISTORIC UNION STATION IS BETTER THAN EVER
NEW A/C, HEATING, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING MODERNIZE LANDMARK BUILDING
MORTENSON CONSTRUCTION has brought the GREAT HALL at CHICAGO UNION STATION and its attached 8-story office building into the 21st century while preserving its historic heritage. As part of a $25 million infrastructure improvement project funded by Union Station owner AMTRAK and project-managed by JONES LANG LASALLE, MORTENSON CONSTRUCTION upgraded or replaced the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems while installing fire safety equipment, including sprinklers and fire alarms to help make the 87-year-old building compliant with city regulations and set the stage to market the upper floors for tenants.
Amtrak is already reaping financial returns from the capital improvement program, which it can use to offset operating costs. It has moved its Chicago office employees back into the building, partially occupying the second and third floors and saving more than $2 million in annual rent. By eliminating inefficient radiator heat, utility costs have dropped by more than $1 million so far in 2012, with an expected yearly savings of more than $2 million.
In addition, air conditioning in the GREAT HALL is making it a hot spot for cool events in the summer, with a record nine events in May and four weddings in June. The GREAT HALL, a waiting area for Amtrak and Metra train passengers and favorite location for movies from “The Untouchables” to “Man of Steel,” is now a year-round venue for events and expected to bring in another $1 to $2 million annually.
To generate more revenue to put toward operating costs, Amtrak is working with Jones Lang LaSalle, the building’s property manager, to market the rest of the available Headhouse office space as well as 60,000 square feet of upgraded retail space surrounding the GREAT HALL. “What was previously unrentable space because of life-safety issues and inadequate ventilation systems has become prime real estate,” says Ray Lang, President of the Amtrak-owned Chicago Union Station Co. and the railroad’s chief of state government relations.
Mortenson Construction successfully tackled significant logistical and operational challenges while working on the historic landmark, including doing some of the overhaul in a public space, without interrupting passengers, the train traffic control center, several retail businesses and private and public events. “The challenge is similar to redoing a kitchen while you’re still cooking in it, although on a much larger scale,” says Frank Tverdek, Jones Lang LaSalle’s General Manager of Union Station. “Mortenson brought immense value to the project.”
The primary portion of the work occurred in the sub-basement of the facility, which is inaccessible by vehicle and located two floors below the water level of the Chicago River. Mortenson relied on extensive use of 3D laser scanning and modeling, first to determine the best way to disassemble and remove the old mechanical and electrical systems, then to carefully design, fabricate and assemble onsite the new systems. Without this powerful tool, the extraction of existing equipment and installation of five industrial boilers and two 600-ton chillers would have added considerable cost and time.
For Chicago Union Station, Mortenson drew on deep experience in historic renovation and restoration, including other train station projects. In a $243 million restoration that will largely be completed by the end of 2012, Mortenson is reviving St. Paul’s Union Depot for tenants that include Amtrak, and it renovated and converted Kansas City’s Union Station, built in 1913, into an interactive science museum and Amtrak station. Mortenson has completed more than 30 historic preservation projects over the years, including cultural and performing arts centers, municipal and civic facilities, education buildings, churches, and office buildings.
“Restoring historic buildings is one of the most sustainable ways to build,” says Greg Werner, Vice-President and Head of Mortenson’s Chicago office. “The true success of an historic renovation is when visitors can’t tell that we were ever in the building – except that it looks and operates better.” Chicago Union Station was envisioned by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and opened in May 1925 after ten years of construction at a cost of $75 million dollars. Burnham died before construction began and the work was completed by the firm Graham, Anderson, Probst and White, Burnham‘s successor.
SOURCE: Mortenson Construction
Web Site: http://www.mortenson.com/
Dollar Rent A Car Announces its first app for iPhone and iPod Touch
Dollar Rent A Car, a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG), is pleased to announce the launch of its first app for iPhone and iPod touch. The Dollar Rent A Car App allows customers to quickly and easily make reservations at Dollar locations worldwide, modify existing reservations, plan their trips with the “Around Town City Guides” and more.
“We are very excited about the release of our new Dollar Rent A Car App for iPhone and iPod Touch,” said Scott Thompson, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. “We view this offering as a natural extension of our existing mobile strategy which has seen tremendous growth this past year. We expect similar results from our new, state-of-the-art app which provides customers with the convenience of booking on the go at any Dollar location worldwide.”
Together with its corporately-owned locations and those of its franchise owners, Dollar Rent A Car has approximately 570 locations in 61 countries including approximately 260 locations in the United States and Canada with a significant presence also in the Caribbean and Latin America. Dollar serves the value-conscious traveler and is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Tulsa, Okla.
The unique Dollar Rent A Car App is custom built by the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group team and its partner, FKQ Advertising + Marketing, and is specifically designed so that users can navigate the app quickly and easily.
The app securely stores existing reservations and customer details so that renters can view them at anytime or reserve additional offerings such as a car seat or GPS. The “Around Town City Guides,” also available through the app, feature ideas and specials for dining, playing and staying at top leisure destinations so that customers can plan their trips easily with recommended restaurants, activities and hotels while saving money.
The Dollar Rent A Car App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. For additional information, visit: www.dollar.com or www.dtag.com.
SOURCE: Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.dtag.com
Fortune 8 Ball Giveaway Winner At Rivers Casino: One lucky guest wins $88,888!
On June 24, 2012, Rivers Casino, the newest casino in the Chicagoland-area, awarded one lucky guest, William R. of Chicago, Illinois $88,888 in cold, hard cash during the Fortune 8 Ball Giveaway. When asked how he was feeling after winning the Fortune 8 Ball Giveaway, William replied, “I’m freaking out! I can’t believe it!” When asked how he was going to spend his winnings, he replied “I don’t know but for now I’m going back to the tables!”
Rivers Casino has given away over $400,000 in Fortune 8 Ball Free Slot Playand prizes since the giveaway began in early June.
Rivers Casino is the newest gaming destination in Illinois and the first to be introduced since the mid-90s. The state-of-art 147,000 sq. ft. facility has nearly 1,050 of the newest slots and nearly 50 exciting table games. Rivers boasts seven dining options offering guests several food and beverage options as well as entertainment. With easy access from the north, south, east and west of Chicagoland, Rivers Casino is mere minutes away. Be sure to check www.playrivers.com daily to learn about new promotions, specials and upcoming events.
Planning to come out to Rivers Casino? Be sure to catch the complimentary shuttle from the Rosemont Blue Line to the casino 24 hours a day, seven days a week, running approximately every 15 minutes. For more information visit www.playrivers.com. Must be 21. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537).
SOURCE Rivers Casino
Web Site: http://www.playrivers.com
Zipcar Wraps Up First “The Ultimate Ziptrip” Social Media Contest
Social media initiative proves successful for Zipcar brand, increasing brand following and member interactions
Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), the world’s leading car-sharing network, recently wrapped up its first “The Ultimate Ziptrip” social media contest, awarding Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Jason and Elizabeth Hart an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco. The Hart couple entered the Facebook contest with almost 5,000 other Zipcar fans, and after a month of voting, they were declared the winners of a trip to their chosen Zipcar city.
Reaching out to over 80,000 Facebook fans, Zipcarencouraged their members to tell them in 750 characters or fewer what they
would do on an all-expenses paid trip to one of the 16 North American cities where Zipcar operates. The contest garnered responses from nearly 5,000 fans, which Zipcar narrowed down to 50 semi-finalists. Those semi-finalists were tasked with creating videos to support their cause. Three finalist videos were chosen and posted to the Zipcar Facebook page, and after nearly 1,000 votes, the Hart couple from Cambridge, Massachusetts was determined the winner of the contest, winning by just a single vote.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing service with over 700,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car. More information is available at www.zipcar.com. Photos and b-roll footage are available for media purposes at www.zipcar.mediaroom.com.
“I didn’t even know Jason had entered the contest until we were semi-finalists and he suddenly announced that we’d have to make a video over the weekend,” said Elizabeth Hart. “We were thrilled to make the finals and completely shocked when we found ourselves in the lead. The most insane part was the last 30 minutes when all of a sudden we were in a dead heat race! Everyone we know is now claiming credit for the winning vote, but when you win by a single vote, every vote is the winning one.”
Through the duration of the contest, Zipcar‘s “The Ultimate Ziptrip” Facebook tab was viewed over 53,000 times and the contest was shared by over 2,500 people. As a result of the initiative, Zipcar acquired an additional 9,200 Facebook “likes” and continued to expand its social media network.
“We’re thrilled with the results of our first Ultimate Ziptrip contest and were very pleased with the high levels of member interaction it provided. We know that our members are tech-savvy, heavily involved in social media, and love to travel, and we thought this contest would be a great way to engage with them,” said Rob Weisberg, Zipcar’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our members went above and beyond in the videos they created, and really showed their passion and enthusiasm for the Zipcar brand. The Harts have been Zipsters since 2006 and we’re excited to award them a trip to zip around San Francisco.”
For more information on Zipcar’s Ultimate Ziptrip challenge and to view the videos from this year’s participants, please visit Zipcar’s Ultimate Ziptrip Facebook tab.
Web Site: http://www.zipcar.com
AIRMALL at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) Re-sets the Bar for Airport Dining with Opening of Michael Symon’s New Bar Symon
Farm-to-Table Philosophy, Eclectic Design Make Celebrity Chef’s First Airport Restaurant an Unforgettable Dining Experience
AIRMALL® USA, the leading airport concessions developer in North America and operator of the AIRMALL at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), is signaling the beginning of a new era in high-quality airport dining with the opening of Bar Symon, the first airport restaurant to feature the inventive cuisine of celebrity chef Michael Symon. The restaurant (2,500 sq. feet) is located in the airport’s center core and offers a menu that showcases Symon‘s creative twists on comfort food classics, all made with the freshest ingredients from local purveyors.
“At AIRMALL, we have always been a pioneer in airport concessions and were the very first developer to bring brands to the airport terminal. With the opening of Bar Symon, we have re-set the bar once again,” said Jay Kruisselbrink, Vice President Of Development for AIRMALL Pittsburgh. ”Every aspect of Bar Symon was designed to offer passengers an unforgettable dining experience that also reflects the history and tastes of Pittsburgh. Travelers are sure to appreciate Bar Symon‘s dedication to creating dishes made with fresh and local ingredients, all served in a setting that reflects Chef Symon‘s love of food and cooking.”
Founded in 1992, the AIRMALL at PIT pioneered the developer model for airport concessions across the United States by introducing “Regular Mall Prices…Guaranteed.” Passengers pay no more for goods and services at the AIRMALL than they would pay at a comparable nearby store or restaurant. For the past several years, the AIRMALL at PIT took first place among U.S. airports in the food, shops and amenities category in Conde Nast Traveler‘s Annual Business Travel Awards.
AIRMALL® USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Pittsburgh International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport (Terminals B and E), Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The leading airport concessions model in North America, AIRMALL USA continues to boast among the highest per-passenger spends on the continent and consistently receives accolades for innovation and customer service. AIRMALL USA is owned by Prospect Capital Corporation, a leading New York investment company founded in 1988.
Bar Symon is focused on providing a fun atmosphere where travelers can relax and enjoy a great meal. The restaurant’s interior was designed to reflect a sense of history and authenticity while capturing the traditional, relaxed feeling found in the classic cafes and breweries of France.
Diners will notice unique photographs, including photos of the former Pittsburgh Meat Market and the historic Rothman’s Restaurant and Bar, which are the centerpieces of the restaurant’s interior design. The photographs pay homepage to Pittsburgh’s food industry while also reflecting Chef Symon‘s dedication to creating a menu that features ingredients from Pittsburgh-based suppliers and vendors. Helping to create a truly unique atmosphere, sections of a former Pennsylvania bowling alley have been reclaimed and used as the restaurant’s table tops. Rounding out the interior design are photos of Michael Symon and a chalkboard featuring the draft beer list printed in Chef Symon’s signature font.
In keeping with Chef Symon’s farm-to-table philosophy, Bar Symon is working with local vendors to ensure the freshest ingredients possible. The restaurant has partnered with Mediterra Bakehouse, located minutes away from the airport, to supply fresh bread made with the finest ingredients. Bar Symon will also source its produce from Pittsburgh-based Paragon Wholesale Foods.
“I am so pleased to bring my passion for serving great food in a fun environment to airport travelers in Pittsburgh,” said Michael Symon. “Dining is all about the experience, and we’ve captured that with Bar Symon. I have no doubt it will quickly become a passenger favorite.”
Michael Symon has wowed audiences with his exuberant cooking style, has earned the title of Food Network‘s “The Next Iron Chef,” and has inspired home cooks with his popular cookbook “Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen.” Bar Symon will include many of Chef Symon’s signature dishes, including the Lola Burger topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions; Lola Fries with sea salt and fresh rosemary; and two varieties of baked macaroni and cheese, including one with blue cheese, bacon and parsley and one with cheddar, pulled pork, hot sauce and scallions. Bar Symon is a joint venture operated by United Concessions Group and The Paradies Shops.
For more information on AIRMALL USA, visitwww.airmallusa.com.
Web Site: http://www.airmallusa.com
National Center For Civil And Human Rights Celebrates Groundbreaking
City Officials, Celebrities Gather To Commemorate Milestone At Shovel Ceremony
The NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTSbreaks ground with a shovel ceremony at the global institution’s
future site, Pemberton Place. Center CEO Doug Shipman was joined by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and a host of other government officials, civic leaders and celebrities to celebrate this significant milestone in the Center’s progress. The Center, which recently announced a phased construction and funding plan, will be debt free when it opens in 2014.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will display The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection (King Papers), the award-winning Without Sanctuary lynching exhibit and serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue, attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. Located in Downtown Atlanta at Pemberton Place and equipped with broadcast and event space, the Center will host civil and human rights conversations among scholars, organizations and the public. For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.
“Our vision of opening a cultural institution where people can learn about global civil and human rights struggles continues with this significant milestone,” said Shipman, who was tapped to lead the Center in 2007. “With generous support from Invest Atlanta and private funding as well as the expertise of the industry’s most respected visionaries, the Center is poised to impact global dialogue and educate millions.”
In January, Invest Atlanta (formerly called the Atlanta Development Authority) unanimously approved Tax Allocation District funding and groundbreaking plans as part of a phased approach. The Phase I budget of $65 million is fully funded, providing a clear path to financial stability for the Center.
The Center will be located in Atlanta’s Pemberton Place adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, The New World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. It will offer a unique space for visitors to learn about the evolving human rights story and commemorate the historical pursuit of civil rights in America. Through advanced technologies and insightful programming, the Center will also help foster dialogue between multiple generations as the stories of unsung heroes and compelling facts are retold in a global context.
In an unprecedented collaboration combining theater and design, the New York-based architect David Rockwell and his firm Rockwell Group are partnering with director, writer and producer George C. Wolfe and human rights expert Jill Savitt to create a unique visitor experience for the Center.
Earlier this month, the Center unveiled the updated architectural rendering, created by the award-winning team of architects at Freelon/HOK. The 35,000+ square foot, LEED-certified building features a central hub of action and transformation cradled between two formidable structural walls representing hands. The mixed material building project is designed to be environmentally sustainable and visually appealing, welcoming visitors to a contemporary hub dedicated to civil and human rights.
In response to tough economic conditions, the original design was modified to ensure that the Center could operate on a 100% self-sustaining model when it opens. This updated design approach also allows the Center to add two additional phases to the project in the coming years. Phases two and three include space for traveling and temporary exhibitions as well as an auditorium. The projected cost for each additional phase is approximately $15 million. Fundraising continues for programming, exhibitions, endowment and the additional phases.
“It is fitting that the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be located right here in Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. ”The Center will chronicle our nation’s journey towards equality and our collective struggle for civil and human rights, and when it opens, we will be able to share these stories with people from around the world.”
The three-story structure will feature approximately 18,000 square feet of exhibit space and will include a gallery for the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection (King Papers) as well as civil rights and human rights exhibitions. The building will also offer special events spaces and a state-of-the-art broadcast studio. The approximate construction time is 22 months. The Center will also have a positive economic impact on the City of Atlanta, adding approximately 600 jobs, $50 million in revenue and attracting approximately 400,000 visitors annually.
People across the globe can demonstrate their support for important issues like women’s rights, LGBT rights, immigration and human trafficking by making online donations to the Center at www.rightsgift.org.
Other museums and institutions worldwide are also celebrating the Center’s groundbreaking as seen in this videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrVbpeJICg4&feature=youtu.be
SOURCE: The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Web Site: http://www.civilandhumanrights.org
Golden Nugget Announces GoldenNuggetPoker.com
Golden Nugget, Inc. and Landry’s, Inc. are proud to announce the launch of the Golden Nugget Online Free Play Poker Website, GoldenNuggetPoker.com. The website will enable players to participate in free online poker games and tournaments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
GoldenNuggetPoker.comwill offer a wide range of exclusive tournaments and promotions, including cash prizes, gift cards to
famous Landry’s restaurant brands such as Morton’s Steakhouse, Chart House, Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick’s, Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump and Saltgrass Steakhouse, free hotel stays at Golden Nugget Casinos and Resorts nationwide, tickets to shows and much more.
According to the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO Tilman J. Fertitta, “We have launched a free internet site in anticipation of the legalization of online gaming in the United States. With combined revenues of over $2.5 billion for Golden Nugget and Landry’s, GoldenNuggetPoker.com will be able to reach over 60 million customers annually.”
Golden Nugget and Landry’s are utilizing Bally Technologies’ iGaming platform to create GoldenNuggetPoker.com, which is a proven technology that has been successfully and securely used in Europe where online gaming is allowed in most jurisdictions. Golden Nugget‘s free play poker network already enjoys on average over 25,000 players a day, which is believed to be significantly more than any other domestic gaming company. Golden Nugget filed its online gaming application in February of this year with the state of Nevada and anticipates that it will be among the first interactive gaming operators to be approved in the state.
Tilman J. Fertitta, through various wholly-owned affiliates, operates three (3) Golden Nugget Hotels and Casinos which are located in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Las Vegas – Winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award consecutively since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas now offers more than 2,400 deluxe guestrooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book, and poker room; nightly entertainment with master impressionist and comedian Gordie Brown; world-class restaurants such as Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse; a luxury spa and salon; and The Tank (rated one of the world’s top ten pools), a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a 200,000-gallon, live shark aquarium and the new H20 poolside lounge.
Atlantic City – The Golden Nugget Atlantic City, located on Frank S. Farley Marina, is a premier resort destination, offering guests more than 700 newly remodeled rooms and suites. The entire property has recently been renovated to take on a fresh, modern look which includes a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, a poker room, new bars and lounges, stylish retail offerings, as well as Landry’s signature world-class restaurants such as Chart House, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and Grotto Ristorante. A new world class luxury spa and salon and H20 poolside lounge have been added as well. The Golden Nugget has first-class accommodations, exquisite dining options and fun-filled entertainment venues unlike anything else available in Atlantic City.
Laughlin – An oasis in the desert, the Golden Nugget Laughlin is a hotel-casino located on the banks of the Colorado River, near the Arizona and California borders, in Laughlin, Nevada. The whimsical, tropical-themed resort features top-notch restaurants, comfortable guest rooms and some of the hottest gaming action in Laughlin – all accented with personalized service and hospitality that have earned the hotel and casino many accolades. Guests can bask in a tropical paradise where the intimacy and serenity of the Colorado River region meets the high-energy gaming action of Nevada. The casino features slot and video poker machines, including progressive-play machines; table games, and a complete race and sports book, which is linked to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas for the most up-to-the-minute betting lines. In addition to gaming guests can wet their palate at several signature dining concepts featuring Harlow’s, Joe’s Crab Shack and Saltgrass Steak House before partaking in the energy of the nightclub/lounge.
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Postal Service Plants Second Green Roof: Sows New Seeds of Sustainability
The U.S. Postal Service celebrated another example of environmental leadership as local officials announced a green roof atop the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office. The 11,300 square foot green roof will be built at no cost to the Postal Service through an innovative sustainability partnership with Onondaga County, NY.
“The Postal Service continues to lead the way when it comes to making a positive impact on the environment,” said Chief Sustainability Officer, Thomas G. Day. “We’re pleased to be collaborating with the good people of Onondaga County on our second green roof, which will help the Postal Service conserve water and energy in the Syracuse metropolitan area.”
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the
nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world’s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Working cooperatively with Onondaga County’s Save The Rain Initiative, the Colvin-Elmwood Post Office‘s roof was deemed structurally sound to support the additional weight of the soil, vegetation and other requirements of a green roof. The green roof will consist of a new membrane, layers of drainage sheet, mat, separation fabric, indigenous vegetation and a wind blanket. The green roof plan fits perfectly into the Postal Service’s commitment to create sustainable spaces and facilities wherever possible. The green roof also addresses practical concerns. The roof’s expected lifespan is up to 50 years, twice as long as the roof it will replace. It also will reduce the amount of contaminants in storm water runoff flowing into Syracuse’s municipal water system.
“At more than 11,000 square feet, the Colvin-Elmwood Green Roof will be one of the largest in New York,” said Day. “The Colvin-Elmwood Green Roof will help us meet our goals to reduce energy usage 30 percent by 2015 and greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020.”
The Colvin-Elmwood Green Roof is part of the Postal Service‘s greener facilities strategy, which includes the use of environmentally friendly building components, renewable materials, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, low volatile organic compound parts, low-water use fixtures and solar photovoltaic systems.
In the last 12 months, the Postal Service also has expanded its recycling program in Central New York to include mixed paper and cardboard, resulting in nearly 1,055 tons of materials recycled in the past year. With more than 700 postal locations, including Post Office location in Syracuse and Central New York, and with a recycling rate of 95 percent, District Manager, Edward F. Phelan, Jr., noted the Albany district is one of the Postal Service’s first Zero Waste districts.
“The employees of the Albany district have contributed to the lowest waste costs in the country and the fewest tons of material sent to landfills,” said Phelan. “We take environmental stewardship very seriously and every office in the Albany district, which serves more than 3.5 million customers, participates in our recycling program, the success of which rates our district tops in the nation.”
The Postal Service has won numerous environmental honors, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Wastewise Partner Of The Year Award in 2010 and 2011, the EPA’s National Partnership For Environmental Priorities Award in 2011 and the Climate Registry Gold Award in 2011 and participates in the International Post Corporation’s Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System, the global postal industry’s program to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 based on an FY 2008 baseline. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.
In its 2011 Annual Sustainability Report the Postal Service announced a 7.4 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from a fiscal year 2008 baseline. The reduction of almost 985,000 metric tons of CO2 is equal to removing nearly 200,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. USPS also helps customers calculate and reduce their own carbon footprints. Visit usps.com/green and the usps green newsroom to learn more about the Postal Service‘s sustainability initiatives and the Go Green Forever stamps.
This year, the 2011 Annual Sustainability Report can also be found on Slideshare at: