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Artist lineup announced for 2018 Safety Harbor SongFest

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The Safety Harbor Art & Music Center held a reveal event at the Crooked Thumb Brewery Sunday evening in Safety Harbor to announce the artist lineup for the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFest.

The fifth annual Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to take place April 7, and will feature musical performances by Fantastic Negrito, Josh Ritter, Larkin Poe, Selwyn Birchwood, Meiko, Daniel Mohr, Betty Fox, Mountain Holler, Kristopher James, Ari Chi, The Urban Gypsies of Florida, Jonnie Morgan, and Ezra Huleatt of Black Taxi.

Fantastic Negrito, who returns for the second year in a row, won a Grammy award last year for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

Additionally, Josh Ritter was named one of the Top 100 Songwriters Alive Today by Paste Magazine.

Ritter has collaborated with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), recently toured with Jason Isbell, is a prolific painter whose works adorn his album covers, and a New York Times Best Selling Author.

He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, was featured on CBS News This Morning, and most recently performed on Austin City Limits. One of his biggest fans of his songwriting is novelist Stephen King.

For more information regarding Safety Harbor SongFest please visit www.SafetyHarborSongFest.com

For more information regarding the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center please visit www.SafetyHarborArtAndMusicCenter.com

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor SongFest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest to announce 2018 artist lineup

*** Media availability: The reveal party for the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to be held on Feb. 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Avenue S. Safety Harbor, Florida 34695***

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The Safety Harbor Art & Music Center is scheduled to hold a reveal event at the Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor on Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m to name the artists lineup for the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFest.

The free event is open to the public and members of the media interested in learning more about the unique lineup of musicians, singers and songwriters playing this year’s festival.

The lineup reveal event will also feature a brief Q&A session with the festival’s organizers and will be followed by a celebration with the festival team.

The Safety Harbor SongFest, now in its fifth year, and is scheduled this year on Apr. 7 and serves as a celebration of all forms of art and music.

Safety Harbor SongFest organizers Todd Ramquist, Kiaralinda and Heather Richardson will be available for interview or comment on request.

What: Artist lineup announcement event for the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFest

When: Sunday, February 18, 2018, 6:00 pm

Where: Crooked Thumb Brewery, 555 10th Avenue S, Safety Harbor, Florida 34695

For more information regarding Safety Harbor SongFest please visit www.SafetyHarborSongFest.com.

For more information regarding the Safety Harbor Art & Music Center please visit www.SafetyHarborArtAndMusicCenter.com

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor SongFest 
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Chuy’s Tex-Mex to open first Tampa Bay area location

Austin-based restaurant to bring authentic Tex-Mex to the Tampa area

TAMPA, Fla. – Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant known for its made-from-scratch dishes and fun-loving, eclectic atmosphere is opening its first Tampa Bay area location this Spring near Cypress Creek Town Center in Wesley Chapel.

The Cypress Creek Town Center location is Chuy’s 9th in Florida, joining other locations in Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville and Tallahassee.

For more than 35 years, Chuy’s has been known for its commitment to providing made-from-scratch Tex-Mex using only the freshest ingredients. The menu includes dishes made from hand-rolled tortillas cooked fresh all day on a traditional comal in the dining room and homemade signature sauces ranging from the mild Tomatillo to their spicy Hatch Green Chile. It showcases authentic recipes found in South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns.

“We are excited to share our passion for fresh food and unique flair with this awesome community,” said Helen Bowen, Chuy’s Wesley Chapel Local Owner Operator. “Everything that leaves our kitchen is made-from-scratch and we hope you feel the time and love we put in to each and every plate.”

The menu is packed with mouthwatering original creations and favorites like Chuy’s “Big As Yo’ Face” burritos, the hand-pulled chicken stuffed “Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom” enchiladas and the famous “Elvis Green Chile Fried Chicken,” which comes breaded in Lay’s potato chips and smothered in Green Chile Sauce.

The new Chuy’s location will span nearly 8,500-square-foot, including an expansive 605-square-foot patio. Guests visiting the restaurant can expect a medley of vibrant décor and eclectic touches like a custom Elvis shrine, the La Chihuahua Bar featuring framed pictures of local dogs, a school of hand-carved wooden fish, metal palm trees and a hubcap-covered ceiling.

Chuy’s new restaurant will be located at 25750 Sierra Center Boulevard Lutz, Florida 33559 and will be open seven-days-a-week for lunch and dinner: from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

On weekdays, the restaurant will also feature daily drink specials and a Fully-Loaded Nacho Car, a free build-your-own nacho station with chips, salsa, queso, ground sirloin and more, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For exclusive updates and giveaways, visit Facebook.com/ChuysTampa. For more information on Chuy’s, visit www.chuys.com.

ABOUT CHUY’S

Founded in 1982 in Austin, Texas, Chuy’s serves authentic Tex-Mex food in an eclectic atmosphere full of color and personality. The menu offers family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made to order from the freshest ingredients. Chuy’s has the reputation as the most fun and friendly spot to eat real Tex-Mex at a great price. For more information visit www.chuys.com

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UPDATE: Skyway 10K to be televised, more event details released including images of medals, shirts

FRONT OF SKYWAY 10K SHIRT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Representatives from the sold-out Inaugural Skyway 10K, Saluting Military Families, released the first images of the official race t-shirts and medals on Monday.

The shirts, which are made in America, are white with red and blue lettering and an American flag on the front. They also feature an American flag on right sleeve and the Armed Forces Families Foundation logo on the left sleeve. The back of the shirt features the Skyway 10K logo.

The official race medals feature the Inaugural Skyway 10K logo with a representation of the Skyway Bridge protruding off the medal on the front, while the back features an imprinted Armed Forces Families Foundation logo and the words MADE IN AMERICA.

BACK OF SKYWAY 10K SHIRT

This sold-out patriotic run celebrating members of America’s armed forces and their families is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 4, and has quickly attracted major sponsors and partners.

PepsiCo has pledged to provide water and refreshments, and Einstein Bros. Bagels is planning to provide free coffee and post-race snacks for the runners.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is proud to partner as the Stage Sponsor and will provide entertainment for the two-day event. The line-up includes live music from NoNeedStonegrey and more.

Additionally, Sea Dog Brewing Company will provide beer for the event.  Each runner will receive one free beer following the completion of their run, and proceeds from beer sales during the Skyway 10K events will be donated to the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Also, at participating locations beginning Monday, Feb. 5, through Sunday, March 11, proceeds from the sale of Sea Dog Brewing Company’s beer, Sunfish, will also be donated to the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

FRONT OF SKYWAY 10K MEDAL

The Figg Bridge Group, which designed the Skyway Bridge, will be providing a souvenir poster of the race with fun facts about the bridge in runner packages. Linda Figg, the company’s president and CEO, will be present at the event with New York Times bestselling author, Judith Dupré, who will sign copies of her book, Bridges, for the top winners. Additionally, the main designer of the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Denney Pate, who is senior vice president and principal bridge engineer with Figg, will also be attending the event.

10News WTSP, Tampa Bay’s home for CBS, will broadcast the race live on WTSP Channel 10 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th. 10News personalities Allison Kropff and Grant Gilmore will also be running the Skyway 10K and providing their unique perspectives from the course. Additionally, 10News will provide a live, closed-circuit feed that will be shown on large screens at Tropicana Field, so that spectators can see runners cross the finish line.

BACK OF SKYWAY 10K MEDAL

It is important to note, while the run portion of the event is sold out, the family-friendly events taking place at Tropicana Field, including the concerts and race spectating, are free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to wear anything patriotic or supportive of America’s armed forces.

Additional sponsors include Taco Bell, Visit St. Pete Clearwater, BioSpine Foundation, Corcoran & Johnston, Green Roads, The Hotel Zamora, CX Insurance Services, Fit2Run, Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Staybridge Suites, United Way Suncoast, Valley National Bank, Dr. Pepper, Gary L. Heller, DO and the Skyway Marina District. Sponsorships remain available and anyone interested in sponsoring should visit https://www.skyway10k.com/sponsors-partners/

More than 7,000 runners have registered from 40 states and three countries, and all five branches of the armed forces will be represented in the Inaugural Skyway 10K.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds they raise back to projects to help military families.

The run will begin on I-275 at the rest area just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and end at the rest area on the north side of the Bridge, which represents a distance of 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles.

Participants will be bussed from Tropicana Field to the south end of the Bridge and then will be picked up by buses on the north end of the Bridge to return to Tropicana Field for the awards ceremony.  Only the northbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge are scheduled to be closed at 4:00 a.m., and those lanes are scheduled to reopen by 10 a.m.

The 2018 Skyway 10K was capped at 7,000 participants, though in following years that number is expected to increase.  For more information, visit skyway10k.com.

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or to help fund other projects that help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud supporters of America’s armed forces and their families. Since 2006, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $2 million to fund and develop infrastructure projects that help the families of our service men and women. One hundred percent of every dollar raised goes directly toward projects to help the families of those who protect our freedom. For more information, please visit ArmedForcesFamilies.org

Nashville: Less than 500 tickets remain for ALS benefit concert featuring Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Tyler Farr, more 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Less thank 500 tickets remain for a star-studded lineup of country’s biggest names, which are scheduled to perform for the inaugural Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert on Dec. 4 at the historic Ryman Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles family to raise funds in the fight against ALS.

The event will feature acoustic performances from Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce. Hosted by GAC’s Headline Country Show host, Storme Warren, Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, http://www.ryman.com and by phone at 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.

Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.

“I’ve had the privilege of helping with many charities through the years, but when the cause touches your life, it changes everything,” said Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft. “When my mother was diagnosed with ALS, in March of this year, I was devastated. But I also felt called to make a difference to help her and others through my musical platform. I’m incredibly grateful for some of my dear friends who are joining me to shine light through our music and bring hope to millions.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, NFL players are four times as likely to develop ALS and veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.

The simple fact is, ALS can strike anyone, anytime.

“There are so many important causes that merit our support,” the Burchett and Liles family said. “Often however, we don’t choose those causes…they choose us. For our family, having our mother, wife, grandmother diagnosed with ALS presented a galvanizing opportunity to support the needed cause of ALS. We hope this event will provide more awareness, funds for research, and financial support to all touched by this debilitating disease.”

For information on sponsorship packages or if you have any additional questions before you purchase, please contact Ashlee Moon at 615.331.5556 or send an email to ashlee.moon@alstn.org.

“We are thrilled to curate this first-of-its-kind unique concert experience for the Tennessee Chapter alongside the Burchett and Liles Family, the enthusiasm and willingness this family has brought to the table to secure some of the industry’s most talented artists to perform in not only an amazing show for the ALS community but continues to work tirelessly with our team to create an unforgettable musical experience,” said Steve Wallace, CEO of The ALS Association of Tennessee.

“Our Chapter is forever grateful to have the partnership between the Burchett and Liles Family alongside all the musical guests, who have graciously lent their time and talents to support of the Association’s efforts in brightening the lives of thousands of ALS patients and families in our community,” said Wallace.

About The ALS Association Tennessee Chapter

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.ALSTN.org.

About Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund

Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund was formed by the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS after Susie Burchett, wife, mother and grandmother of the family, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2017.

Free tacos, pancakes from participating Taco Bells, IHOPs for those who donate to Armed Forces Families Foundation Nov. 1-21

100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom.

TAMPA, Fla. – On Wednesday, participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurant locations throughout the southeastern U.S. kicked off their annual fundraising campaign to support the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families.

Nearly 400 corporate and franchise Taco Bell and IHOP locations are participating in this year’s annual fundraising drive, which lasts through Nov. 21.

“We’re excited to kick off this annual fundraiser and so thankful for our partner Taco Bell and IHOP locations,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “We’re also happy to announce that we recently achieved a major milestone. Since forming 10 years ago, the Armed Forces Families Foundation, has raised and given back more than $2 million towards projects benefiting military members, veterans and their families, and it wouldn’t have been possible without this support.”

Diners at participating Taco Bell and IHOP locations wishing to support military families may do so by purchasing a paper icon for $1 or more. At IHOP, donors will receive a coupon for a free stack of three buttermilk pancakes, while at Taco Bell, donors will receive a coupon for a free soft or crunchy original seasoned beef taco. The coupons are good for the donor’s next visit and are available while supplies last.

AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

“We’re very fortunate to have a single private donor that funds all of the administrative costs, so literally every penny of every dollar raised goes directly to projects in the local community,” said Wright. “More than anything, we’re thankful for our Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy servicemembers, veterans and their families. The sacrifices they make and have made are forever cherished.”

Recent AFFF projects include:

  • $26,282 for the purchase of supplies and additional renovation costs for a new USO at Naval Air Station Corry
  • $35,933.84 in funding for the creation of a new USO center and family care facility at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
  • $31,978 for the construction of an event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

Funds raised through this campaign will stay in the local region where they were raised and will help local projects that support the families of those serving in military. For a list of participating locations, click here.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces Families Foundation with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over $2 million. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

About Taco Bell

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

About International House of Pancakes

For nearly 60 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and The Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.

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Winston Salem IHOP reopens with free food, event to benefit military families

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – IHOP’s newly remodeled restaurant location at 1295 Silas Creek Parkway is scheduled to reopen Tuesday with free food for kids, and will start their annual fundraising campaign to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

The IHOP location will officially reopen on Halloween day and is offering a free Scary Face Pancake to kids 12 and under from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the IHOP location will host a special event to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign.

The event will help promote AFFF’s fundraiser, which benefits military members and their families, and will include:

  • Free Samples of IHOP’s new Latte Lover’s Pancakes
  • A booth from the USO of North Carolina, where representatives will share information about their recent partnership with AFFF and details about upcoming community projects.

“We’re excited to officially reopen Silas Creek’s IHOP restaurant location and to kick off our support for the Armed Forces Families Foundation’s annual fundraiser. We hope that guests come out to check out the upgrades to the restaurant, enjoy a delicious meal and help us support the amazing projects AFFF provides to our military members and their families,” said Bill Enderlein, IHOP area director and AFFF supporter.

A total of 53 IHOP restaurant locations across the Southeast U.S. are planning to participate in this year’s annual fundraising drive, which will last through Nov. 21.

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

Diners at participating IHOP locations wishing to support military families may do so by purchasing a paper icon for $1 or more. Donors will receive a coupon for a free stack of three buttermilk pancakes, good for the donor’s next visit and are available while supplies last.

AFFF is unique in that it provides 100 percent of the funds raised to the development of permanent or semi-permanent infrastructure projects to help military families. With no overhead, AFFF is entirely comprised of volunteers giving donors the confidence that all of their contribution will be used to support projects, which help military families.

Recent AFFF projects include:

  • $26,282 for the purchase of supplies and additional renovation costs for a new USO at Naval Air Station Corry
  • $35,933.84 in funding for the creation of a new USO center and family care facility at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown
  • $31,978 for the construction of an event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation, together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces Families Foundation with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over $2 million. 100 percent of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

About International House of Pancakes

For nearly 60 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants around the world, including restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and The Philippines. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.

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Bomnin Chevrolet renews sponsorship for St. Jude Walk/Run scheduled for Oct. 28

MIAMI – For the second consecutive year, Bomnin Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami, which will benefit patients and their families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the event is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. The annual event was originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 28, but was rescheduled following the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Miami community last month.

“We are proud to continue our support for the patients and families who depend on the lifesaving care provided by St. Jude,” said Arnaldo Bomnin, owner of Bomnin Chevrolet. “The fight against childhood cancer is a cause that is close to our heart’s at Bomnin Chevrolet, and we are inviting the Miami community to come together to help support this inspiring cause.”

Since 2016, Bomnin Chevrolet has donated more than $50,000 to benefit St. Jude.

This year’s event will feature a patient family speaker, 5K walk/run, family friendly activities and live entertainment. Proceeds from the event, and others around the country, help support patients battling childhood cancer and ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.  Register, volunteer, make a donation or learn more about this event at stjude.org/walkrun.

For details about Bomnin Chevrolet’s support for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in Miami or information about how to their team, call 305.740.7475 or visit http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?company_id=7039&fr_id=73349&pg=company

About Bomnin Chevrolet

Bomnin Chevrolet was founded in 2010 by Arnaldo Bomnin, a Cuban immigrant who escaped the communist nation in 1996. The dealership has grown from selling an average of 70 cars a month to selling more than 6,000 new and used cars this year. Bomnin Chevrolet was named Chevrolet Dealer of the Year for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The Dealer of the Year award is given to less than one percent of GM dealers across the nation and is based on their commitment to excellence through sales, service and customer satisfaction. Bomnin Chevrolet has also been awarded the Five Star Dealer Award by Edmunds.com in 2015 and 2016.

Bomnin Chevrolet is located at 8455 South Dixie Highway in Miami, Florida on U.S. 1 next to Dadeland Mall, and Bomnin Chevrolet West Kendall is located at 11701 SW 152nd Street next to Florida Turnpike exit 16 near Zoo Miami.

For more information about Bomnin Chevrolet, visit: bomninchevrolet.com.

Training Center Yorktown to unveil Coast Guard USO, family care center

YORKTOWN, Va. – Coast Guard response boats are moored to the pier at Training Center Yorktown Nov. 12, 2011. Training Center Yorktown is one of three training centers in the U.S. where students learn techinical and leadership skills. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

YORKTOWN, Va. – The Coast Guard, United Service Organizations and the Armed Forces Families Foundation are scheduled to unveil a new USO Center and family care center at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

The new USO Center will be one of only two located on a Coast Guard base. The center will provide Internet access, television, videogames, food and programming for military personnel, their families and retired veterans.

Additionally, four rooms on base will now collectively serve as a new nursing and family care center. The rooms are split between two buildings on base, and have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for nursing mothers. The center will also include a small children’s play and reading area.

“Training Center Yorktown is extremely proud to host a USO Center. This lounge, along with upgrades to additional facilities, will be utilized and appreciated by our 550 permanent military crew, roughly 8,000 students annually, along with family and others who visit,” said Capt. Jay Vann, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. “Thank you to the USO and the Armed Forces Families Foundation for providing us with this wonderful support.”

Training Center Yorktown will be the first U.S. military base to offer a state-of-the-art nursing facility for mothers and a fully functioning USO Center on the same installation.

Funding for the new USO center and family care center was made possible by the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a charity organization helping military families throughout the southeast U.S.

AFFF donated a total of $35,933.84 for the purchase of supplies and to pay for the work needed to outfit the new spaces. The funds donated by AFFF were raised within the Hampton Roads community through annual fundraisers held at local Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants.

“We’re honored to provide the funds to help make this project a reality and to partner with the USO to give the service members stationed at Training Center Yorktown a facility that they can enjoy for decades to come,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “One of the things that makes this such a special project is that the funds were raised right here in the greater Hampton Roads community through our Taco Bell and IHOP partnering locations.”

The updates to Training Center Yorktown come at a critical time. Since January, the base has received three times the amount of recruits normally stationed at the base, a number that is reportedly expected to increase.

An admiral from the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command is scheduled to preside over the grand opening ceremony for the new centers. Other expected attendees include, representatives from the governor’s office, Senator Tim Kaine’s office, local military installations and members of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia board of supervisors and staff.

AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised back to projects to help military families.

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.9 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:

  • $31,978 for the construction of a event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or to help fund other projects that help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over 1.9 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

 

PR Firm takes off at Tampa International Airport

Judge OfficeTAMPA, Fla. – As Tampa International Airport nears the end of a $1 billion renovation project, new restaurants and businesses are flocking to the upgraded location.

Judge Public Relations, a national, full-service marketing, video production and public relations firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida is now among those businesses. The company recently moved into office space inside the Marriott Hotel at Tampa International Airport, the firm’s president announced Tuesday.

Office1According to James Judge, president and founder of Judge PR, and a native of Clearwater, Florida, the firm moved to Tampa International Airport with the hopes of offering clients a more central location for meeting and conducting business, while also making it easier to travel to meet with clients and respond to crises. Additionally, the new office space will allow the PR firm to add employees and continue growing.

“Some people look puzzled and are a little caught off-guard when I tell them our office is located at the airport, but after being here for a few months, I can’t think of a more convenient location in the Tampa Bay area,” said Judge. “As our client list has grown, the demand to have more office and meeting space has also grown.”

Since the start of the massive renovation and expansion project, numerous new restaurants and businesses have made the top passenger-rated airport in the U.S. home. Among the new restaurants located at the airport are PF Chang’s, Hard Rock Café, Chick-fil-A, and RumFish Grill. Additionally, Panda Express, Burger 21, and Cigar City Taproom are scheduled to open in the coming months.

Judge Public Relations provides PR, marketing and creative services support for celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations and many different types of businesses including car dealerships, medical practices, restaurants, legal practices, medical device manufacturers, technology companies and veterinary companies and hospitals.

About Judge Public Relations
Judge Public Relations is a veteran-owned, full-service public relations, marketing, creative services and crowd-funding acceleration firm. The company was founded in 2011 by James Judge, a recognized expert in the field of public and media relations. Judge PR offers companies the quality results of an in-house public relations and marketing team with significant cost advantages. The firm is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, but currently assists clients throughout the United States, Australia and Israel.

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