Marvin Gaye’s Children Respond to Lawsuit filed by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr.

Today, the children of the late Marvin Gaye responded today in US District Court to the lawsuit that was filed against them by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr., according to Mark Levinsohn, the NY entertainment attorney who represents Nona and Frankie Gaye in transactional matters. In that initial suit, filed on August 15, 2013, Thicke and his “Blurred Lines” collaborators sued to stop any claims they thought the children of Marvin Gaye may or would have against their intentional copyright infringement of the Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.” As Zoe Chace for National Public Radio stated on the NPR website on August 19, 2013: “Robin Thicke’s Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He’s Suing Gaye’s Family.”

According to the children, The “Blurred Lines” trio “rushed” to file their case soon after their song began attracting overwhelming attention from critics and fans about the substantial similarities that surpass the realm of coincidence to “Got to Give it Up.”  On August 8, 2013 Rob Hoerburger in the New York Times   wrote “But what I keep coming back to is the song’s choice DNA…And that bass line came right from Marvin Gaye’s No. 1 hit from the summer of ’77, ‘Got to Give It Up’.” In the August 23, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Contributor David Ritz wrote, “When I first heard Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines,’ my reaction was the same as millions of other R&B fans: Hey, that’s Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”  Thicke and company not only copped Gaye’s distinct bass line, but the defining funk of the cowbell accents. I wasn’t entirely surprised, since some years earlier Thicke’s ‘Love After War’ was a virtual lift of Marvin’s ‘After the Dance’ …”  A quick review of the internet reveals these comments are far from alone in this respect.

Indeed, the three writers filed their lawsuit against Gaye’s children shortly after the numerous “Got to Give it Up” similarities started surfacing and just weeks after all the online chat rooms were abuzz with discussions of the two songs, including fan postings of musical mash-ups that demonstrated the overlapping comparisons. As music critic Paul Cantor pointed out on Vice Magazine’s website in July 2013, “You probably don’t feel guilty for liking ‘Blurred Lines.’ Maybe that’s because it was originally a Marvin Gaye song (“Got To Give It Up”) and Marvin Gaye is … awesome.”

Initially Gaye’s children assumed that Thicke and Williams had obtained the proper license from EMI/SONY to use their father’s song “Got to Give it Up” when they decided to deliberately recreate the very essence of the song with “Blurred Lines”, but they were sadly mistaken.

Although representatives for the parties had ongoing discussions about the copying and possibility of a settlement, there was never any monetary offer made by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams or their representatives to the Gaye family for use of the copyright, as erroneously reported by Billboard Magazine in August 2013.  Instead, Thicke decided to wage a very contradictory public denial about his creative intentions and file a preemptive strike against any claims by the family.  On July 9, 2013 he told Billboard Magazine, “Pharrell and I were in the studio making a couple records, and then on the third day I told him I wanted to do something kinda like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got To Give It Up,’ that kind of feel ’cause it’s one of my favorite songs of all time. So he started messing with some drums and then he started going ‘Hey, hey hey..’ and about an hour and a half later we had the whole record finished.”  However, by September 2013 Thicke back peddled and did a one-eighty, telling TMZ that even though he’s a big fan of Marvin Gaye, the Motown legend is not in his head when he writes songs, including “Blurred Lines.”

When Gaye’s children raised their concerns to EMI/SONY, they were told that no license was granted, nor was any license needed.

The initial lawsuit filed by the Blurred Lines writers not only asks that any copyright infringement claims be rejected, but also challenges the family to prove that they (and not their publisher) have the right to sue.  According to the Gaye children, “EMI/SONY publishes and administers our father’s catalog so contractually, it would be for them to file the countersuit.  However, when we requested that they take action, they refused. They also refused to assign to us the right to file for ourselves.” It is because of this and other factors outlined in the countersuit that the family is reluctantly suing EMI/SONY for breach of contract and failing to perform their fiduciary duties. Coincidently EMI/SONY also represents Pharrell Williams.

We have put a lot of effort into this matter, investigated it thoroughly, and believe we have a strong case,” says Richard S. Busch of Nashville and San Diego-based King & Ballow, who is litigation counsel for the Gaye children. He adds, “The counterclaim and court filing speak for themselves, and I look forward to presenting this case to the court and ultimately to a jury who will be able to listen to the songs themselves.”

Things to Do in New York: The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

There are many things to do in New York for the holidays, but few are as iconic as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Manhattan Hotel – A New York Hotel welcomes visitors to this event with special offers

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Of all the Things to do in New York for Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is by far the most iconic. For 89 years this parade has been part of the Thanksgiving holiday. As 3.5 million people gather along the parade route, 44 million more watch the parade on TV while they put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving dinners. The Manhattan Hotel – A New York Hotel has impressive special offers to welcome those who have come to see the parade live. With the ultimate New York location, guests at The Manhattan Hotel – A New York Hotel are just steps from exciting Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Central Park, Empire State Building, and neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Madison Avenue.

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New Magazine, BurdaStyle, Fills the Void for DIY Fashionistas and establishes the intersection of “couture and craft”

For the more than 19 million active sewers in the US looking to create runway fashions on a budget, BurdaStyle magazine–new from F+W Media–delivers with 40+ fashion sewing patterns (including 20 full-size pull-out inserts), sewing tips and techniques, fashion trends, and DIY projects straight from the runway in each issue. Known across the globe as the premier sewing magazine for fashion and style, BurdaStyle will debut its first-ever U.S. Edition on newsstands across North America this month. Readers can learn more about subscriptions here.

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BurdaStyle magazine establishes the intersection of “couture and craft” for DIY audience. (PRNewsFoto/F+W Media)

Our BurdaStyle editors take inspiration from runways around the globe and translate that into stylish DIY projects from accessories to garments to full outfits,” says sewing and fashion expert Denise Wild, Editorial Director of BurdaStyle U.S. Edition. The inaugural issue features looks inspired by Chanel, Basler, Issey Miyake, and Philip Lim. “We’re bringing the latest designs and the season’s most stylish patterns to the North American audience in a way that focuses on inspiring, developing, and challenging DIYers of all skill levels.”

www.BurdaStyle.com is the largest global fashion and sewing community online, with more than 900,000 members and 7 million page views each month. The site offers downloadable PDF sewing patterns, project ideas, tutorials, and online education. Known around the globe since 1949 as the premier sewing magazine for fashion and style, BurdaStyle is available in 90 countries and published in 17 different languages.

Organizers of The Sydney Festival Announces the 2014 Program

 

Every January, Sydney Festival (January 9-26, www.sydneyfestival.org.au) enlivens and transforms Sydney (Australia) with a bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas. The program is kaleidoscopic in its diversity, from burlesque circus to New York rap to Russian theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. In all, the program comprises around 300 performances and around 100 events performed by over 1,000 artists in at least 20 venues each year. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydneysiders and visitors from wherever they live. Tickets to all performances are available on the day for only $25 at the Tix for Next to Nix booth in Martin Place in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

There’s also the famous free concerts in The Domain or Parramatta. Summer Sounds has featured the sounds of Brazil, Gypsies, New Orleans and Mali and is followed the next weekend by the orchestral power of the Sydney Symphony. Throughout January the Festival Garden is home to the Spiegeltent with a captivating program of burlesque and music which makes the most of the summer nights in the atmospheric setting of Hyde Park and Paradiso at Town Hall resonates with the energy of bands and DJs until late at night.

More than any other cultural event, Sydney Festival defines Sydney’s personality. For over three decades they have presented international artists who guarantee headlines, and whose presence in Sydney adds to the Festival’s buzz and prestige. Names like Björk, Brian Wilson, Grace Jones, Manu Chao, Elvis Costello, AR Rahman, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes, Robert Lepage, Peter Sellars and Sir Ian McKellen alongside some of the world’s great companies – Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Cheek by Jowl, Gate Theatre and the Schaubühne Berlin to name only a few – share the Festival with the most exciting artists and companies in Australia.

Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia and up there as one of the most wonderful festivals in the world. Sydney Festival relies on a mix of government funding; corporate, media and production partnerships; as well as philanthropic giving

Festival Director Lieven Bertels and the Sydney Festival team revealed the full program for Sydney Festival 2014, an explosion of exceptional theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and more that will bring the harbour city to life from January 9-26.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 15-metre high yellow Rubber Duck made quite the splash in Darling Harbour, so it's back for the 2014 Festival.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 15-metre high yellow Rubber Duck made quite the splash in Darling Harbour, so it’s back for the 2014 Festival.

Sydneysiders and visitors know Sydney Festival is one of the most wonderful summer festivals in the world – a claim underpinned by the city’s lustre and charisma, making it an ideal showcase for the world’s great artists.

The Sydney Festival 2014 is comprised of 104 events, a staggering 21 of which are free. With 372 performances across 33 indoor and outdoor venues, Sydney Festival 2014 features 722 artists from 80 companies across 17 countries. With 10 world premieres, 4 Australian premieres and 13 Australian exclusives, summer in our beautiful city is absolutely not to be missed.

If you are really into your arts, Sydney Festival will not disappoint, with opera, dance, theatre and music acts from across Australia and the world.” says Festival Director, Lieven Bertels.

Against a backdrop of some of the world’s greatest theatre and dance, new Australian works of magnitude and cultural importance dominate this year’s theatre program. The world premiere of Black Diggers (directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright) unfolds the untold stories of 1000 Indigenous soldiers who fought in World War One, whilst Michael Kantor and Tom E. Lewis’ indigenous re-working of King Lear in The Shadow King has recently premiered to a rousing reception by audiences in Melbourne, Australia.

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Shaun Parker returns to the Sydney Festival with the world premiere of Am I, whilst Halina Reijn performs the lead role in the retelling of the 1927 monologue by Jean Cocteau in the voyeuristic La Voix Humaine. Philip Glass presents a live score to Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors to follow its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and after a five month sell out season on London’s Southbank LIMBO returns to heat up the 1920s Speigeltent in the wildly expanded Festival Village.

A main highlight of the 2014 program is Henry Purcell’s great romantic tragedy Dido & Aeneas in Sasha Waltz’s wondrous reimagining of the great opera, featuring stunning choreography, a prologue performed in a giant fish tank underwater, and celebrated baroque orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Reigning queen of contemporary German dance-theatre, Sasha Waltz, stages a radical re-telling of Henry Purcell’s Baroque masterpiece, Dido & Aeneas. The oldest love story in English opera, this tragic tale of unrequited love is brought to life by sixty exceptional dancers, singers and musicians at the Sydney Lyric from 16 to 21 January 2014. Dido & Aeneas is set to be as big an operatic sensation in the 2014 Sydney Festival as Semele Walk was in 2013.

Waltz casts both a dancer and singer in each role and tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, who reluctantly falls in love with the shipwrecked Aeneas. Later, Dido is brutally rejected when he is deceived into leaving her, and she takes her own life.

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Dido and Aeneas

As it’s the sea that brings Aeneas to Dido and takes him away again, it is not surprising that Waltz uses water as a central motif in her realisation of the myth. Waltz opens the show in a visually arresting fashion – an aquatic prologue, where a giant water tank, almost spanning the entire width of the stage, is raised several metres off the floor. From a ladder, dancers climb to the top of the tank to gaze and point at the audience, and then plunge in ducking, diving and weaving their steps, staying submerged for impossibly long times. Continue reading

Sony Expands High Resolution Audio Line with New Portable DAC/Amplifier and ES Series Integrated Stereo Amplifier

AT HOME OR ON THE ROAD, BOTH PRODUCTS DELIVER THE HIGHEST QUALITY LISTENING EXPERIENCE FOR DIGITAL MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS

Sony Electronics extended its new line of High Resolution Audio products by introducing the PHA-2 Portable Headphone DAC/Amplifier and TA-A1ES Integrated Stereo Amplifier. Both products offer superior sound reproduction and have been specifically designed to support the latest high-resolution music sources.

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Sony continues its commitment to audio enthusiasts who truly care about music by offering the finest quality products that meet practically every lifestyle need,” said Aaron Levine, Business Manager for Sony Electronics’ Home Entertainment & Sound Division. “High Resolution Audio is elevating the digital music experience to a whole new level and both of these devices provide an outstanding listening experience – whether at home or on the go.”

All of Sony’s new High-Resolution Audio products have been created to make listening to digital music more compatible, convenient and compelling. Each of these devices is capable of playing back virtually any file format available. Whether it’s MP3s or the latest Double DSD files, Sony’s high-resolution devices will decode them and reproduce the music at the highest quality possible, so you can experience these recordings as the artists originally intended.

With the growth of audio technologies, including high-resolution formats like PCM (44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ 96kHz/ 176.4kHz/ 192kHz in 24 bit depth) and DSD (DSF, DSDIFF); plus MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC, ATRAC Advanced Lossless and AIFF; there are an increasing number of digital music files to choose from. The new Sony Hi-Res Audio products simplify this process and make transferring these files more convenient and more intuitive. Further, all of the controls, including the user interfaces, have been designed to make storing, organizing and accessing digital music a breeze.

The new Sony PHA-2 Portable Headphone DAC/Amplifier was conceived to deliver superior sound reproduction from a variety of audio sources and is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM and both DSD (2.8MHz) and Double DSD (5.6MHz). Listeners can also enjoy upgraded sound quality with MP3 files and other music sources. Continue reading

LIONSGATE And Lakeshore’s I, Frankenstein Rages Into Imax ® Theatres across the U.S. Starting January 24, 2014

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IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate announced that I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into IMAX® theatres across the U.S. beginning January 24, 2014 as well as a number of international territories.

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

The IMAX release of I, Frankenstein will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

I, Frankenstein is the kind of action thriller IMAX fans seek out,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.  “The producers certainly have a strong track record – with the Underworld franchise having grossed more than $460 million at the global box office – and we’re excited to team up with them once again as they launch this all new cinematic world.”

200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam (Eckhart), still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. The action thriller I, Frankenstein is written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie from a screen story by Grevioux and Beattie. The film is brought to life by a cast that includes Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein. Lionsgate/Lakeshore Entertainment/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present a Hopscotch Features/Lakeshore Entertainment/Lionsgate/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment production.

We’re very pleased to extend our longstanding partnership with IMAX around the world, and we’re thrilled to bring audiences an immersive experience in IMAX that will give resonance to I, Frankenstein’s visual scope and effects,” said Lionsgate President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution Richard Fay.

For more information about I, Frankenstein, please visit Lionsgate’s official website at http://www.lionsgate.com/movies/ifrankenstein/

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: HSN Invites Holiday Shoppers To Win Big With Its More The Merrier Sweepstakes Presented By Toyota; Exciting New Launches And Special Holiday Offers

HSN’s Biggest Holiday Sweepstakes Ever includes a 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid Giveaway; Tickets to Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiential Events; Special Holiday Gift Bundles; Facebook and Instagram Contests and More

More the Merrier Holiday Shopping Season on HSN, HSN.com and HSN Mobile Begins Today

Interactive lifestyle retailer HSN is the ultimate destination for gifts this holiday season with curated options, special offers and exciting giveaways. Holiday shoppers will find everything they need to check off their list when they visit the More the Merrier Holiday Gift Store on www.HSN.com.  The gifting portal offers unique, exciting gifts; all presented by today’s hottest brands, biggest designers, well-known celebrities and trusted experts.

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HSN customers will have the opportunity to win big during the “More the Merrier Sweepstakes presented by Toyota.” The nine-week, multi-platform sweepstakes offers consumers the chance to win an array of prizes through the HSN Arcade gaming portal on www.HSN.com or by using their tablet or smartphone via HSN Mobile.  Top prizes include:

— 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid – One lucky winner will bring home the redesigned 2014 Camry Hybrid.  Toyota has combined Camry reliability with refined design, extra features and hybrid technology in this sophisticated new model from Toyota.

— NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Getaway – Those who have a need for speed will find the perfect getaway if they win this exciting trip for two to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Owners 400 race at the Richmond International Speedway. The once-in-a-lifetime vacation package includes hotel and airfare, VIP tickets to the race, pre-race pit and garage access and the chance to meet a Sprint Cup Toyota driver.

— HSN Holiday Gift Bundles – Tis the Chic Season…Gifty Gadgets…Eat, Drink and Be Merry…these are just a few of the HSN-Logospecially themed gift packages that HSN will be awarding winners weekly from October 15 through December 19.  These highly creative gift bundles will include a wide range of gifts including luxurious handbags from Twiggy, Beats Pill wireless speakers, Dyson Hard DC56 vacuums and more!

— Ozark Mountains Guided Fishing Trip – A fisherman’s dream vacation, one lucky winner and a guest will win a two-night getaway to the Big Cedar Lodge in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.  During the trip, they will have the opportunity to fish with Kevin VanDam, the number one angler in the world.

New Launches

For the aspiring musician on your list, four-time Grammy Award-winner Keith Urban will present his new Urban Guitar Collection exclusively on HSN on November 3. This beautiful new guitar set will look great under any Christmas tree and provide years of enjoyment as you learn how to play guitar from Urban himself through easy to follow instructional DVDs.

The legendary Iris Apfel has teamed up with Swarovski to create a special HSN jewelry capsule collection. With more information to come closer to the launch in early December, shoppers will be able to purchase the launch pieces of this special collaboration for holiday.

Culinary gifts are great for the foodies in your family – or to help out the hostess in need.  Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia will debut a collection of kitchenware set to launch exclusively on HSN, HSN.com and HSN mobile this November just in time for the holiday entertaining season. Continue reading

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Introduces Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access For Loyal Guests Of The Brand

Exclusive new benefit for guests who create an online profile and book via mandarinoriental.com

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (www.mandarinoriental.com) announced today that it will offer its exceptional high-speed internet service on a complimentary basis to guests who create an online profile and book published rates through the luxury hotel company’s website www.mandarinoriental.com.

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Creating an online profile ensures that guests’ preferences and needs are better met across the portfolio. Booking accommodation at rates published on www.mandarinoriental.com also benefits guests, as the Group promises that rates offered online are the best available anywhere. If a better rate can be found it will not only be matched, but guests will receive a further 10% reduction.

In return, guests can enjoy complimentary access to exceptional on-line connectivity via superior bandwidths for up to six personal devices at every participating Mandarin Oriental hotel worldwide.

At Mandarin Oriental we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service, and in this digital age, we understand that fast internet connections are essential. With the added benefit of being able to seamlessly connect up to six devices in the comfort of their room, our guests can work comfortably and efficiently,” said Michael Hobson, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer.

As an extension, guests who book Mandarin Oriental’s Best Available Rate via selected travel agency partners will also receive complimentary high-speed internet access.

National Geographic Channel Presents New Evidence That May Unlock the Centuries-Old Mystery of Bigfoot

Two-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, November 17, at 8 PM ET/PT

Has a British scientist finally unlocked the mystery of Bigfoot? Yetis –also known as the Abominable Snowman and one of the most elusive Bigfoot legends– have been recorded for centuries in the Himalayas, with local people and even eminent mountaineers claiming to have come face-to-face with the hairy, ape-like creatures. A photograph of a Yeti footprint, taken by British climber Eric Shipton at the base of Everest in 1951, sparked global Yeti mania.

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New DNA research collected by Professor Bryan Sykes, a leading British geneticist, reveals a unique genetic link the may answer the centuries-old mystery — what is Bigfoot? The results are featured in a new two-hour special, Bigfoot: Revealed [wt], produced for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. and premiering in the U.S. Sunday, November 17, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel. (For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and follow us on Twitter at @NGC_PR.)

Sykes, professor of human genetics at the University of Oxford, sets off on a global quest to unlock the real story of Bigfoot, collected and tested Yeti hair samples in the western Himalayas to find out what species they came from. After subjecting the hairs to the most sophisticated DNA tests available and comparing the results to other animals’ genomes stored on the GenBank database, he found that he had a 100 percent match with a sample from an ancient polar bear jawbone that dates back at least 40,000 years — a time when the polar bear and closely related brown bear were separating as different species.

This is an exciting and completely unexpected result that gave us all a surprise,” says Sykes. The Yeti DNA results are part of the most ambitious Bigfoot DNA analysis the world has ever seen, the Oxford Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project, which looks at the genetic relationship between our own species of Homo sapiens and other hominids.

Last year Sykes put out a worldwide call for samples from formally undescribed species, such as the Yeti in the Himalayas, Sasquatch in America’s Pacific Northwest and the Almasty in the mountains and tundra of Russia. All are mysterious creatures that have fascinated cryptozoologists and confounded scientists for decades. The study set out to discover whether Bigfoot is an ancient hominid, a member of the human family like Neanderthals, giant apes or some other species — or whether it is simply a hoax.

It’s a controversial subject, beset with scandals that have destroyed the careers of respected scientists in the past. But Sykes is undeterred. “‘Bigfootologists’ and other enthusiasts seem to think that they’ve been rejected by science,” he says. “Now I think that’s a complete distortion of what science is about. Science doesn’t accept or reject anything, all it does is examine the evidence and that is what I’m doing.”

Sykes has assembled substantial physical evidence and analyzed more than 30 of the most credible samples he has received. The results, including Sasquatch in the U.S. and Almasty in Russia, will be featured in the two-hour special.

Bigfoot: Revealed [wt] is produced for Channel 4 and National Geographic Channels (NGC) by Icon Films. For Icon Films, executive producers are Laura Marshall and Harry Marshall. For NGC, executive producer is Madeleine Carter; vice president, production & development is Kevin Mohs; executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran; and president is Howard T. Owens.

Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in 85 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channel is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 48 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com

Covergirl Launches Exclusive New Beauty Partnership with Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

COVERGIRL creates striking new CAPITOL COLLECTION beauty campaign inspired by the film

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Artwork and Poster Images provided by Lionsgate and CoverGirl

In May 2013, COVERGIRL announced its first-ever major movie sponsorship of Lionsgate’s highly anticipated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, scheduled for release in North American theaters on November 22, 2013. Inspired by the popular young adult science fiction series, “The Hunger Games”, CoverGirl has created a special line of makeup evoking the “districts” of the world in The Hunger Games novels. The line includes twelve unique beauty looks ranging from themes like Power and Fishing. The cosmetics collection for each look features products for the nails, lips, eyes and face. The CoverGirl Capitol Beauty Collection is in stores now.

District 1 – Luxury

District 1 – Luxury

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson lead an all-star cast in the second installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The trailer, which debuted in April, has been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube; and the film promises to illustrate the exquisite splendor in the world of the Capitol in rich detail, and the film’s makeup department used COVERGIRL products on set to create the film’s luxurious, high couture looks.

With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire partnership, we wanted to redefine cosmetics’ relationship to film with a fantasy-meets-reality beauty experience,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, Global P&G Cosmetics. “The film inspired COVERGIRL campaign coming out this fall truly will bring beauty transformation to life in an aspirational, dramatic fashion.  All of us at COVERGIRL were captivated by Suzanne Collins’ novels and the first film, so we’re thrilled to collaborate with Lionsgate on such a bold beauty partnership with the release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

We are excited to announce COVERGIRL as the exclusive makeup partner for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” said Paula Kupfer, Lionsgate’s Vice President of Promotions and Consumer Products. “The exquisite beauty and style in the world of the Capitol is a focal point of this film. Partnering with an innovative brand like COVERGIRL to create an additional layer of beauty storytelling and inspiration for the fans is new territory that we’re delighted to explore.”

Over the past year, COVERGIRL has stood out in the beauty category with its addition of several new spokeswomen, including P!NK, Janelle Monae and NERVO, who, along with the brand, embrace beauty with a sense of authentic individuality and fearlessness. COVERGIRL’s partnership with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the latest expression of the brand’s passion and commitment to continue to break barriers in beauty.

New “Fishy Hook” Pendant Collection to be debuted at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show by Anisa Jewelry Designs

Anisa Jewelry Designs unveils its new “Fishy Hook”  Pendant Collection just in time for the Holiday Season at  the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 31st thru Nov 4th, 2013.

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All the pieces are first hand carved in wax by Anisa Stewart and then cast into non-tarnish sterling silver and hand polished and finished by a family of fishing enthusiasts in Southwest Florida. Because they are made with the non-tarnish sterling silver they are perfect for the Florida Salt air and seas.

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Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Jewely Designs

Anisa Stewart, of Anisa Jewelry Designs has been designing and making handmade non-tarnish sterling silver jewelry inspired by the Ocean for the last seven year’s in Fort Myers, Fl. This new collection of “Fishy Hooks” pendants is sure to be loved by the boating, fishing and ocean lovers everywhere with its whimsical fish faces within the hook pendant’s. These pieces will be available for sale, at retail prices ranging from $175 to $225 at The 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and then after that at  www.anisajewelry.com, or contacting anisajewelry@aol.com

JW Marriott Marquis Miami And Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape With Pre-sale Exhibition During Miami Art Week 2013

Global Brand Partners Host 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Pre-Sale Exhibition

JW Marriott® (www.marriott.com, www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) and Christie’s have banded together to present a pre-sale exhibition of 20th Century Decorative Arts and Design and Ettore Sottsass: Important Works from a Private Collection during Miami Art Week 2013, December 2 – December 9, 2013. With its unique integration of 20th Century furniture, jewelry, drawings and decorative objects, both collections are truly unparalleled, and feature important works of 20th Century design by Antoni Gaudí, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugene Printz, Jean Royere, Isamu Noguchi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, and Claude Lalanne. The exhibition will be open to the public from daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8.

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. (For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie's Celebrate Miami's Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013.  (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Christie’s Celebrate Miami’s Art Deco Landscape with Pre-Sale Exhibition During Art Week 2013. (PRNewsFoto/Marriott International, Inc.)

As official hotel partner of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Design Miami, Art Miami, and the Perez Art Museum, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com) is immersed in the growing art scene already present in the city. Besides it’s more than $250,000 in sponsorships, and its support of other arts orginazations such as the Miami International Symphony Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera and others, the hotel and JW Marriott brand boast a strategic partnership with Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house.  The partnership began during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 when the hotel featured a popular exhibition of Post-War and Contemporary highlights which included pieces from artists such as Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. Continue reading

Procter & Gamble Brands Unite to Kick Off Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games “Thank You Mom” Campaign by Launching a Series of 28 “Raising an Olympian” Films

THE “RAISING AN OLYMPIAN” SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO MOMS BY SHOWCASING THE JOURNEY OF WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES AS SEEN THROUGH EYES OF THEIR MOTHERS

Procter & Gamble, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, kicked off the company’s Thank You Mom campaign this week with the “Raising an Olympian” series featuring Olay® athlete Lindsey Vonn (United States), Gillette® athletes Felix Neureuther (Germany) and Sven Kramer (Netherlands) and Pantene® athlete Elena Ilinykh (Russia). P&G sees its sponsorship of the Olympic Games through a special lens. That’s why when a P&G brand supports an athlete, they also celebrate the mom who raised them. Through the Raising an Olympian Series P&G is paying homage to moms of athletes from across the globe, bringing to life the daily lessons all moms teach. From their kid’s first steps to their first failures, the series highlights the unconditional love moms give their kids no matter what.

 

The launch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Thank You Mom” Campaign marks 100 days to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and is supported by more than fifteen P&G brands around the globe such as Pampers®, Head & Shoulders® and COVERGIRL®. The P&G Thank You Mom campaign recognizes and celebrates the moms behind the athletes by thanking moms for all they do to raise good kids and is part of P&G’s worldwide sponsorship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the biggest campaign in the company’s 175-year history.

P&G began a sponsorship with the USOC for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The company then signed a 10-year partnership as a TOP sponsor with the IOC, extending through 2020. P&G’s London 2012 Olympic Games campaign saw the start of the Raising an Olympian series, which showcased the journey of world-class athletes as seen through the eyes of their moms. As part of the Sochi 2014 campaign, the company will continue its tribute to moms and athletes around the world, producing 28 Raising an Olympian films.

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Collectively, P&G’s Family of Sponsored Athletes set three World Records and won 42 Olympic Gold, 28 Olympic Silver and 15 Olympic Bronze medals in the span of 17 days during the London 2012 Olympic Games. P&G received 55 internationally recognized industry awards for the London campaign overall including: Nine Cannes Lion Awards, Two Effie Awards and Five Sabre Awards. Serving as a quintessential element of the Thank You Mom campaign, P&G launched its “Best Job” commercial, which celebrates the role moms play in raising Olympians and in raising great kids overall. The commercial, which was the cornerstone of the Thank You Mom campaign, won the best primetime commercial Emmy in 2012 at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony in Los Angeles and garnered more than 21 million views. Continue reading

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Tequila Herradura Releases Cognac Cask Finish Reposado

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish to be available nationwide in November

Tequila Herradura (www.herradura.com) announces the release of its second in a series of small-batchtequilas, Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. Credited with creating the first reposado expression and extra anejo expression in the tequila industry, Casa Herradura continues its legacy of innovation with Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado, a tequila that underwent a double maturation process in two different types of oak casks: American and French.

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 - Cognac Cask Finish Reposado.  (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Herradura)

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado. (PRNewsFoto/Tequila Herradura)

Casa Herradura is one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned tequila producers and has been hand harvesting, handcrafting and estate bottling fine tequilas from the small town of Amatitan, Jalisco, since 1870. In 2007, Casa Herradura was acquired by Brown-Forman Corporation of Louisville, Ky., is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverages and alcohol brands.

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado is uniquely crafted by Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara, using traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally-occurring wild yeast. The tequila is then aged to perfection in American oak barrels for 11 months and is transferred to French oak casks sourced from the historic Cognac region for an additional three months. The double-barrel maturation process accentuates the aromas of cooked agave and dried fruit, which is balanced on the palate by earthy and spicy notes. The finish is exceptionally smooth and warm with caramel and vanilla undertones. The Coleccion de la Casa series is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor – agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product.

Tasting Notes for Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado

Color: Clear, with golden and brilliant hues.

Aroma: A masterful combination of agave and smoked oak transitioning to robust spice and dried fruits.

Taste: The finest aged tequila is highlighted by the balance of earthy and spice notes with a touch of smoke and fruit.

Finish: The unique cognac aging results in a smooth warm finish of caramel and vanilla.

The barrel is a key ingredient in the final aging process of tequila and through cask-finishing our tequila in two different types of woods, we are able to add a new layer of flavor and aroma and create a superb and multi-dimensional tequila,” said Tequila Herradura’s Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara.

Tequila is a vibrant industry and we are proud of our leadership in the category for the last 143 years,” said Ann Stickler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Brown-Forman’s Tequilas. “It is a formidable challenge to create a whole new style of tequila and that is what we’ve been able to achieve with our limited edition Coleccion de la Casa releases.”

Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado will be available throughout the United States at fine wine and spirits stores in November. The 750ml bottles will be available with a suggested retail price of $89.99. A limited quantity will be available in Mexico, Canada, Australia and El Salvador.

For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/ or the brand’s social media platforms: Facebook at www.facebook.com/Herraduratequila; Twitter at https://twitter.com/HerraduraTeq; Instagram @HerraduraTeq.

Chaparral Boats Launches Three New Boat Models

Building on Chaparral Boats’ stream of innovative new product introductions, the company just launched three new boats— the 307 SSX and the 21-foot H2O with Sport and Ski & Fish versions—at its recently completed International Dealer Conference in Key Largo, Florida.

Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC are leading manufacturers of fiberglass boats under two brand names: stern drive and inboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Xtreme Towboats, Signature Cruisers and Premiere Sport Yachts, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo.

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The three new boats showcase the diversity of the 2014 Chaparral fleet. The 307 SSX is the newest addition to Chaparral’s premium quality SSX Sport Boat Series. Each of the last three years Chaparral had introduced 32-foot, 25-foot and 27-footFLIBS_Logo_New SSX offerings. The new 307 bridges the size gap and rounds out the Series perfectly.

Sporting a 30-foot 6-inch centerline with a 9’ 6” beam, the new 307 SSX offers Extended V-Plane performance, a fully enclosed head, a double-wide companion seat and Chaparral’s all new hand-stitched vinyl wrapped dash design. At home on lakes, rivers or even offshore, the 307 SSX is available with either twin or single engine power options.

The two new 21-footers are part of Chaparral’s widely acclaimed H2O Series which is noted for its “No Haggle, Real Deal” Nationally advertised pricing. The new 21-foot Sport sells for $32,455 including a trailer. The new 21-foot Ski & Fish at $34,075 combines first-rate fishing features with eye-catching styling, exceptional storage space, amazing ride comfort and Chaparral quality.

Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corporation. For more information about Marine Products Corporation, Chaparral, and Robalo visit their websites at www.marineproductscorp.com, www.chaparralboats.com, and www.robalo.com.

Awards season 2013/2014: Jaguar Cars to Become Title Sponsor of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles’ 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®

BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS® to honor some of the world’s leading entertainment personalities

Jaguar to feature the all new F-TYPE sports car at Awards Ceremony

Jaguar Cars announced today that they will elevate their presence in Hollywood by joining with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) as the official 2013 title sponsor of the BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®. The Jaguar Britannia Awards®, taking place November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, celebrates the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to excellence in the international entertainment industry. Honors are given for excellence in film, directing and comedy, as well as for worldwide contribution to entertainment and for use of the moving image for humanitarian causes.

JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES' 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS(R).  (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES’ 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS(R). (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations. aintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.

A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).

JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES' 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS(R).  (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES’ 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS(R). (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

The awards are presented annually at a gala dinner where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

The 2013 Jaguar Britannia Awards® will be hosted by award winning actor and comedian, Rob Brydon. BAFTA LA will honor Sir Ben Kingsley with the “Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment”; George Clooney with the “Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film”; Kathryn Bigelow with the “John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing”; Idris Elba with the “Britannia Humanitarian Award”; Sacha Baron Cohen with the “Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”; and Benedict Cumberbatch with the “Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.”

Jaguar will be showcasing its presence at the Jaguar Britannia Awards through several activations taking place throughout the famed Beverly Hilton’s grounds. The brand’s own star of the night will be the recently launched 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, a return to the company’s heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car and a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years. A series of F-TYPE cars including, in true British fashion, several which are to be Union Jack emblazoned, will be on display. Assuring the evening’s honorees arrive in style, sleek Jaguar XJ sedans will chauffeur them to the event.

This partnership with BAFTA LA and Jaguar aims to highlight the increasing appreciation for British innovation in everything from the entertainment and fashion worlds to luxury goods and automobiles,” said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President, Jaguar North America. “We look forward to partnering with BAFTA LA to promote British excellence in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic and to celebrate the tremendous talent of the evening’s remarkable honorees.”

The awards will air on national TV on Sunday, November 10, 2013 on BBC America. For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.

Brooks Brothers Partners With One Warm Coat®: RETAILER ACCEPTING COAT DONATIONS TO BENEFIT LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

Brooks Brothers, the iconic American brand, proudly announces their partnership with One Warm Coat®. One Warm Coat ( www.onewarmcoat.org) is a national organization that helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. Brooks Brothers retail, factory and airport stores across the U.S. and Canada will be participating to reach One Warm Coat’s goal – collect coats to give to those in need, free of charge.

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From Tuesday, October 29th through Monday, November 4th, Brooks Brothers retail, factory and airport stores across the U.S. and Canada will be collecting gently used coats for their local charities during regular store hours. Customers who partake in donating a gently worn coat will receive 25% off a new coat at all Brooks Brothers retail locations and 15% off a new outerwear piece at all Brooks Brothers Factory Stores.

As America’s oldest retailer, Brooks Brothers has long been a fashion innovator. Established in New York City in 1818, Brooks Brothers was the first to offer ready-to-wear clothing and has continued throughout history with iconic product introductions including: seersucker, madras, the non-iron shirt and the original button-down collar. Nearly two centuries later, the company is proud to uphold the same traditions and values and to be the destination for ladies and gentlemen from every generation.

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One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit organization that assists in the donation of coats. The organization helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. Its mission is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple, yet vital, need helps people live productive lives year round. Since its inception, over 4 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities. For more information about One Warm Coat, visit www.onewarmcoat.org

Established in 2007, Brooks Brothers’ The Golden Fleece Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Since its founding, it has sought to foster one of Brooks Brother’s core values: relationships. Support of our efforts is primarily provided through the generosity and dedication of our customers, associates and corporate partners. These relationships are leveraged in a way that results in mutually coming together in support of common causes relevant to the mission of the Golden Fleece Foundation and to the internal culture of caring. The Golden Fleece Foundation is dedicated to developing broad-based alignments of fundraising efforts to make a significant difference, and deliver the combined efforts of our charitable events and drives to the most in-need causes. We are committed to making a difference to those in need in our immediate neighborhoods as well as around the world.

We are proud to work with One Warm Coat,” said Emilie Antonetti, Managing Director of Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece Foundation.  “Partnering with One Warm Coat allows our stores to build relationships with their local charities and offers our customers the opportunity to help those in need in their local communities.”

Jennifer Stockard, One Warm Coat President and CEO, added “We are thrilled to be joined by Brooks Brothers in our work to make it a warmer winter for people in need. Their legacy of community service combined with their network of stores and committed team members make them a perfect fit for One Warm Coat.”

For more information, visit your local Brooks Brothers retail or factory store or online at www.brooksbrothers.com.