Eli Manning to Kick off March for Babies® in New York City

March of Dimes New York Division announced today that two-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, will lead the organization’s annual charity walk, on Sunday, April 27 in Manhattan. Manning, who serves as the NY Division’s Celebrity Chairman, will join thousands of New Yorkers for the 2014 March for Babies event; a 3.5-mile walk starting at 65th St. and Columbus Ave. and ending at 26th St. and Madison Ave. Rob Kindler, Vice Chairman & Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley, is the 2014 March for Babies Revenue Chairman; and is heading up the campaign to raise $3 million to support the Manhattan walk event.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

March for Babies is March of Dimes largest annual fundraiser and was the nation’s first charity walk. Funds raised go to support research, community programs, education, and advocacy. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call 212.353.8357.

It is an honor to support the important work March of Dimes is doing to improve the health of children and we will continue to work together for stronger, healthier, babies,” said Manning, who has worked with March of Dimes in New York City for the past 6 years. “March for Babies is a great event and gives everyone in our community the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of babies.”

Premature birth costs the nation over $26 billion annually, and the cost to employers is estimated at$12.7 billion,” said Kindler, who is a March of Dimes “National Top Walker” and has helped raise more than one million dollars to support March for Babies. “We are starting to see a drop in preterm birth rates. By raising awareness of this health crisis within the business community, we hope to see a continued trend of improvement. There is nothing more important than giving babies a healthy start in life, and I look forward to helping the NY Division reach its 2014 revenue goal.

March for Babies sponsors include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Greenberg Traurig; Innisfree M&A; Standard Motor Products; Latham & Watkins LLP; Viacom; Toyota; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz LLP. Media sponsors are CBS2, WLNY10/55, WCBS Newsradio 880, fresh 102.7, CBS FM 101.1, WFAN Sports Radio, Time Warner Cable News NY1 and Noticias. National sponsors are Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, United, Mission Pharmacal, and ActavisFor the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org/ny or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Joe Zee Joins Yahoo as Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer for Yahoo Fashion

Yahoo has announced that Joe Zee will be joining the company as Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Fashion.  As an award-winning fashion stylist, Joe has worked with the world’s top magazines, celebrities, fashion designers, fashion brands and photographers. Joe Zee is the Executive Producer and host of Sundance TV’s investigative special series, “Revealing,” and original fashion series, “All on the Line with Joe Zee,” where he has helped to jumpstart young designers’ tumblr_inline_n3z1pvCsbe1qhxx5scareers. He also designs and sells a clothing collection under the label “Styled By Joe Zee” on QVC, which reaches women in more than 100 million homes.

Zee is one of the most prominent voices in fashion, with a strong editorial voice but an accessible and friendly approach that helps demystify fashion and style for men and women everywhere and will lead the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Fashion digital magazine, where he will bring his sensibility of luxury fashion and “accessible cool” to Yahoo every day. He will also bring his style expertise and insider access to create video series, original programming, and special events for Yahoo’s upcoming fashion and beauty magazines.  Additionally, Zee will also assume the role of Editor at Large for Yahoo Beauty, as he will contribute regularly to Yahoo’s beauty coverage and collaborate with Bobbi Brown and her new team.

I have always embraced technology and innovation in everything I do — from making a magazine, to executive producing and hosting my television shows, to writing my books.  So, the chance to combine all of these passions at Yahoo during a period of tremendous innovation and transformation is a dream,” says Zee. “I’ve spent more than two decades speaking to women through magazines. What’s so exciting about Yahoo is that I can inspire and connect with hundreds of millions more women, and bring them the magic of the fashion world in ways they haven’t yet experienced.”

Prior to Yahoo, Zee spent seven years as the Creative Director at ELLE, where he ushered in a new redesign and penned a monthly column, “Style A to Zee.” Before that, he held several fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden.  He was also Editor in Chief of Vitals, a Fairchild publication. He co-authored the book The ELLEments of Personal Style (Gotham Books), and his second book will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in the Spring of 2015.

John Barrett Set To Expand Reach Beyond Bergdorf Goodman

John Barrett, the premiere New York City salon, announced that it will expand nationwide with six new locations across the country. The plans include two additional salons in ManhattanPalm Beach, FLWashington D.C.Dallas, TX; and Las Vegas, NV – locations in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood and Palm Beach are set to open later this year.

John Barrett, Chairman and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings. Legendary hairstylist, salon owner, and beauty industry icon known for his transformational work, approachable-yet-sophisticated take on beauty and his "simply chic" style. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

John Barrett, Chairman and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings. Legendary hairstylist, salon owner, and beauty industry icon known for his transformational work, approachable-yet-sophisticated take on beauty and his “simply chic” style. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

The salon expansion and new product collection will increase brand reach beyond the current Bergdorf Goodman location and create fervent opportunities for the brand to grow in new directions.

John Barrett is a pioneer in the luxury, beauty and hair care marketplace and owns the premiere namesake salon that resides atop the global luxury destination Bergdorf Goodman.  Since transforming the family penthouse apartment in 1996 into one of the most sought-after beauty destinations in the world, Mr. Barrett’s approachable yet sophisticated take on beauty and his “simply chic” style has made him an industry icon. From runways to backstage, on set and at home in his salon, Mr. Barrett and his team are dedicated to providing the best service, talent and experience tailored to meet each client’s individual needs.

Growing the brand is an inevitable step for Barrett. His sole New York City location serviced more than 60,000 clients last year, up

James R. Hedges IV, CEO, John Barrett Holdings, Managing Partner of HD Partners, the private equity investment group funding the John Barrett expansion. Previously founder of LJH Global Investments, an alternative investment advisory firm that managed $3.5 billion in nontraditional investments, including hedge funds and private equity ventures. He is a noted author and is often called on by experts in financial industry for his expertise and commentary.  He is a recognized collector and investor in the contemporary art world. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

James R. Hedges IV, CEO, John Barrett Holdings, Managing Partner of HD Partners, the private equity investment group funding the John Barrett expansion.(PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

6.7 percent over the prior year.  Perched atop the legendary Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan with a pristine view of Central Park’s lush greenery, the salon is a kingly setting for the Irish immigrant who grew up as the fifth of ten children in a small house in Limerick, and is now at the pinnacle of the hair game in New York – where it’s toughest to rise to the top. And now, Barrett is expanding his view — and his domain.

In the 17 years since opening the salon, Barrett has established a prominent roster of national and international clients, and is recognized as the mastermind stylist behind some of America’s most notable men and women in entertainment, business, politics and social spheres.

I have been fortunate with the success of my first location at Bergdorf Goodman.  It’s now time to add new cities and new faces to the circle of friends and clients I have been privileged to build up over the years,” says Barrett.

Barrett will also launch a line of premium products — including both staples and innovative, proprietary creations — bringing top-quality hair-care solutions to his ever-widening circle of followers. The product line will tap into a market expected to climb past the $10 billion mark by 2016.

Funding for the new enterprise comes from a private equity investment group led by investor James R. Hedges IV.  Previously founder of LJH Global Investments, an alternative investment advisory firm that managed $3.5 billion in nontraditional investments, including hedge funds and private equity ventures. Hedges has been a recognized leader in the hedge fund industry for two-decades, known for identifying prime investment opportunities and significantly scaling retail businesses.  Also a renowned art investor and collector, Hedges is one of Barrett’s longstanding clients and personal friends.

Very few in the industry have the standards, expertise and appeal to grow into a national brand,” Hedges said. “John absolutely does, as his business has continuously outperformed the salon industry. As a dedicated client myself, I am thrilled to help John scale his brand and bring his genius to new and fertile markets.”

All new locations will be helmed by proteges personally chosen and trained by Barrett to ensure that each salon retains the mix of his warm, personal touch and meticulous attention to detail.  Continuing Barrett’s commitment to nurturing the careers of America’s most talented hair stylists, each new location will also offer a trademarked training program for the best local hair-care professionals.

“My goal is to do all this by truly listening to my clients, exceeding the demands of the industry and capitalizing on my experience,” says Barrett. “Nothing excites me more than spreading the magic my talented staff and I have created at Bergdorf Goodman, far beyond Fifth Avenue.”

Further details on salon locations and personnel will follow later this year.

 

HAVE AN “EGG-STATIC” EASTER AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DUBLIN

Experience an egg-ceptional Easter this April 2014 with treats and fun for all the family at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the city’s most luxurious five star hotel featuring an award winning blend of relaxed sophistication and flawless hospitality.

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Surprise everyone with an Easter Family Getaway to Dublin featuring a two night stay and let the pampering begin. Easter packages start from EUR 275.00 per room each night, including bed and breakfast for adults and dinner on one night, complimentary dining for kids under 12 years for breakfast and dinner, and complimentary access to the V.I.K. Club (Very Important Kids’ Club) for young ones. This exclusive Four Seasons Hotel Dublin V.I.K. Club will welcome young guests daily from April 17-20 inclusive with a range of entertaining activities including Easter egg hunts, arts and crafts, painting eggs, cookie making and movie nights managed by a team of fully trained child-care professionals.

For those looking to celebrate Easter Sunday on April 20 with all the family, a specially designed Sunday Brunch will take place in Seasons with kids invited to a complimentary Design Your Own Egg event hosted by Chef Alberto Rossi. This will include an Easter egg decorating station complete with hand-made chocolate eggs, a huge selection of sweets, jellies and frosting together with pastry experts on hand to show the little ones how to make their ideas come to life.

  • Easter Family Getaway – Starts from EUR 275.00 per room each night for 2 night stay (includes bed and breakfast for adults and dinner on one night, complimentary dining for kids under 12 years for breakfast and dinner. Maximum occupancy in room is 3 people. Special rate for second room if additional room required. Over 12 year olds have EUR 50.00 room supplement per night). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
  • Easter Brunch – EUR 59.00 (EUR 25.00 for children) in Seasons on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

For reservations call 01 665 4000.

LIVE, AND LEARN AS THE FOUR SEASONS CREATES NEW EXPERIENCES TO ASTOUND AND EDUCATE

The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to discover diverse cultures, learn new skills, journey through history, and see the world as they never have before – all in luxurious Four Seasons style. Always innovating, always imagining new ways to make travel more exciting and enriching, Four Seasons hotels and resorts have put together exclusive opportunities for exploration and learning that are as unique as their destinations.  They’re perfect for families – from moms, dads and children to grandparents, cousins and extended families – or friends travelling together, or couples getting away à deux to share the experience.

With every need anticipated and every detail attended to, guests have the freedom to fully immerse themselves in new adventures for mind, body and spirit that create unforgettable memories and lasting impressions for many years to come.

This year, custom itineraries and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities are as easy as booking a holiday withFour Seasons.  A few of the experiences* that will both astound and educate in 2014 include:

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  • Fascinated by bats? While more than 100,000 trek to Lady Bird Lake’s Congress Bridge annually to see where 1.5 million bats make their summer home, only guests of Four Seasons Hotel Austin get all the goodies included in the Go Batty! Family Package.

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  • Kids more interested in Bella and Edward than a vacation with family?  In Hungary, they’ll learn the legend – and gory truth – about Dracula in Vlad the Impaler’s castle prison, with the Twilight Tour from Four SeasonsHotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
Adult Male Elk and his herd - Grand Tetons

Adult Male Elk and his herd – Grand Tetons

  • Yearn for America’s wild romantic past?  In the majestic Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offers a full curriculum in its new Wild West Academy, with hands-on classes ranging from wildlife safaris and Shoshone lore to gourmet dinners under a sparkling night sky.

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  • Looking to kick up your fitness regime a notch or two?  Try muay thai – the Thai boxing discipline that means “the art of eight limbs.” It can be challenging, but under the guidance of a professional fighter at Four SeasonsResort Koh Samui, Thailand, it can be mastered by teens and adults of all ages and fitness levels.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the City of London at night

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the City of London at night

  • Want to bring all those school literature lessons to life?  Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf presents an unforgettable Shakespearean London Day with backstage theatre tours, a period cooking class, learning how to write a sonnet and more.
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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

 

  • Love to make noise and dance?  Guests of all ages join in the fun as Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita introduces Sega dancing, embodying the remote island’s passion for music, colour and celebration.  Participants even make their own Ravanne Rhythm, with hands-on instruction in making a ravanne drum.

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Crystal Cruises Releases 25th Anniversary Worldwide Cruise Atlas For 2015/2016

 Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has released its comprehensive Worldwide Cruise Atlas for all of 2015 and early 2016, detailing the line’s 72 luxury cruises visiting all seven continents aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.  The 175-page brochure, artfully designed to commemorate Crystal’s 25th Anniversary, is also filled with additional cruise planning tools, from info about onboard programming to exquisitely-appointed accommodations.  The “Destination Insider’s Guide” conveniently lists ports of call by country and is newly enhanced to include more local tips for destinations, boldly highlighting UNESCO sites in applicable locales.

The cover of the 2015-early 2016 Crystal Cruises Atlas.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

The cover of the 2015-early 2016 Crystal Cruises Atlas. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Details of Experiences of Discovery(®) theme cruises, including hugely popular Wine & Food Festival and Jazz and Ballroom at Sea musically focused cruises, are also included in the comprehensive cruise guide.  The line’s exclusive “Boutique Adventures” and other shore-side highlights are also featured.

Throughout 2015 and into the first quarter of 2016, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity visit 235 ports in 75 countries, with 22 maiden calls in 2015 alone.  2015 highlights include:
— Nine immersive voyages in Asia, each with at least two overnights to explore Myanmar, China, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.  Optional pre- and post-cruise Extended Land Programs take guests further into the destinations.

 — Trans-Atlantic and Asia “Captain’s Cruises” May 4 (Crystal Serenity); April 11 and June 12 (Crystal Symphony), featuring veteran Crystal captains Glenn Edvardsen, Reidulf Maalen and Helge Brudvik, respectively, for special cocktail receptions, Q&A sessions and Crystal Adventures ashore in celebration of Crystal’s Silver Anniversary.
 — July European “Silver Anniversary” Chairman’s and President’s Cruisesrespectively hosted by Crystal’s chairman Nobuyoshi Kuzuya and president Edie Rodriguez, with specially planned celebrations and receptions.
— New routes in Western and Northern European and the Mediterraneanincluding Holy Land and North Cape/White Sea itineraries; both ships sailing the British Isles and more 7-day cruises than ever.
— A dozen round-trip sailings from favorite destinations like New York, London’s port of Dover, Monte Carlo, Singapore, Los Angeles, Montreal, and, for the first time, Copenhagen (for a new Baltic route).
Crystal Symphony‘s first-ever Brazil-focused holiday cruise from San Juan, with a New Year’s Eve overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
— A 77-day Grand Cruise, starting with Crystal Symphony’s December 19 “Brazilian Holiday” voyage, sailing from San Juan to Miami, cruising Antarctica, exploring Chilean fjords and the bustling cities throughout South America; offered in five segments.
— The “Silver Celebration World Cruise,” the line’s 20th World Cruise and first-ever full global circumnavigation, sailing round-trip from Miami on a 108-day journey.
— A new Trans-Atlantic route from Miami to Lisbon, overnight in Bermuda.
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