It’s “Christmas in New York” at the Empire State Building and Kay Jewelers

The Empire State Building And Kay Jewelers, In Partnership With iHeartMedia, Announce That It’s ‘Christmas in New York’ With A Brand-New Holiday Light Show Featuring Lea Michele

TheEmpire State Realty Trust, Inc. and iHeartMedia announced that the annual Empire State Building (ESB) Holiday Music-To-Light Show, presented by Kay Jewelers®, will feature Lea Michele’s brand-new song “Christmas in New York,” from her new album Christmas in The City.

2019 finds Lea releasing her first-ever holiday album entitled Christmas in The City via Sony Music Masterworks, adding yet another accomplishment to the star’s already impressive career. (PRNewsfoto/Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.)

The ESB music-to-light show is the perfect tree-topper to Empire State Building’s months-long celebration featuring classic holiday decorations in the Art Deco lobby, museum-quality displays in the Fifth Avenue lobby windows and special holiday touches in the 34th Street Observatory entrance. Visitors to the iconic landmark during the holiday season also experience surprise appearances by celebrities, a pianist playing a selection of holiday favorites and another year of beloved themed light shows.

World-renowned lighting artist Marc Brickman designed the light show, which premieres on Thursday, December 19 and will be synced live each night at 9:00 p.m. through Wednesday, December 25 to a broadcast of the song on iHeartRadio’s Broadway Channel via iheartradiobroadway.com. Viewers outside of New York City can tune in to watch the show live via Earthcam at https://www.esbnyc.com/earthcam-empire-state-building. A video of the entire show will also be posted on the Empire State Building’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/esbnyc) immediately following its debut on Thursday, December 19.

The Empire State Building’s annual holiday light show is an iconic part of the holiday landscape in New York Cityand across the globe,” said Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, and CEO of ESRT. “This year, we are proud to partner with Kay Jewelers, along with our great partner on all our music-to-light shows, iHeartMedia, as we bring to life Lea Michele’s ‘Christmas in New York’ with our world-famous tower lights.”

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® And More Than 70 Leading National Brands Kick Off The Season Of Giving With Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., HomeGoods and Others Unite To Help End Childhood Cancer

Now in its twelfth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.st-jude-childrens-hospital-logo-beauty-and-the-beat-blog

Founded by the late actor/entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE-designated COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million. These funds support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research.

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children's Research...)

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research…)

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we receive year after year during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the holiday season people open their hearts to the children of St. Jude and as a result, our doctors and scientists can continue their groundbreaking research and pioneering procedures that help us achieve our landmark survival rates. And, we are able to continue to ensure that no family pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.stjude-thanksandgiving

Beginning in November and running through the end of December, consumers can support St. Jude while they shop at a variety of businesses representing a cross-section of premier brands in retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, media and beyond. Top returning campaign partners include Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; HomeGoods, New York & Company, AutoZone, Brooks Brothers, GNC, Dollar General, Claire’s, Carnival Cruise Line, Justice, HSN, Marshalls, Chili’s® Grill & Bar; and Mazda, to name a few.

Kmart’s long history of success in supporting charitable causes is due to the generosity of our Shop Your Way members, customers and associates. We’re proud of the impact our results have made for the families of St. Jude and thankful to St. Jude for its tireless work to defeat cancer and other diseases in children. St. Jude made holiday shopping at Kmart more rewarding and we’re excited to support an organization that clearly means so much to our members,” said Alasdair James, President and Chief Member Officer at Kmart.4f7a2d08-09d7-45ed-a3d3-8274f86d93d6

This year, St. Jude partners are expanding and supporting the campaign in a variety of ways – from in-store fundraising to unique cross-promotions, events and online/mobile features.

It is Best Buy’s privilege to partner in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, by making it convenient for our customers to give back while shopping in stores and online during the holidays,” said Sharon McCollam, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Best Buy. “By adding options to give through our credit card signature pads last year, we made it easier for customers to contribute during the checkout process. As a result of their generosity, we were able to contribute $9.7 million last year, and hope to do even more this year to support the children and families served by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

OTHER PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Several partners are offering merchandise products during the holidays to benefit St. Jude including

Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, HomeGoods, HSN, Kmart, New York & Company, The Limited, TUMI, Westfield, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and their portfolio of brands; to name a few.

Kay® Jewelers will once again offer its popular plush animals benefitting St. Jude, this year featuring Travis and Trey.

AutoZone, returning for its 10th year as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner, will continue to ask consumers to donate at checkout via the credit pad.

Customers will be able to donate through a fully integrated online shopping cart at Best Buy, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Claire’s and ICING. In addition, customers will now be able to donate via the pin pad at the register at GameStop, The Limited, Crazy8 and Janie and Jack locations nationwide.

eBay is giving its customers the opportunity to give at checkout during the week of December 7. During this time, customers can also bid on celebrity items that will benefit St. Jude.

Domino’s will ask consumers to donate to St. Jude via walk-up, telephone, online and mobile orders, as well as the opportunity to purchase a St. Jude Meal Deal during the campaign timeframe. For each Meal Deal purchased, Domino’s will donate $1 to St. Jude.

Stage Stores and St. Jude will be featured on the Balancing Act on Lifetime TV this holiday season.

Party City has joined the campaign this year and customers can make a donation at nearly 600 stores nationwide or donate online during checkout. Continue reading

How Was Your Force Friday?!

Well, it has begun. With Force Friday!, Disney/Lucasfilms has opened the merchandizing floodgate to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more from the upcoming, sure-to-be-a major blockbuster film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With merchandizing announcements from a wide range of partners, here is just an abbreviated list of all the marketing partners and their wares.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren Force Friday Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren Force Friday Poster

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Fun Lights-&-Sound Vehicle Models for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – New from Revell. Snap-Together Vehicles for Ages 6+ Also Feature Moving Parts from Wings to Landing Gear

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Vehicle Models New from Revell.  Now available at Target.  (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – Vehicle Models New from Revell. Now available at Target. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

What’s almost as much fun as watching the Empire and the Resistance duke it out in a galaxy far, far away? Building plastic models that let you simulate the action – and now kids can do precisely that with Revell‘s just-released vehicle assortment of snap-together, interactive model kits from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie set to hit theaters December 18.

Each of the Revell SnapTite(R) Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Each of the Revell SnapTite(R) Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Revell's first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie's Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe's X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) - complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Revell’s first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie’s Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe’s X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) – complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Aimed at ages 6 and up, the first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie’s Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe’s X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) – complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds.

Each of the four SnapTite® Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. They are also the first to use Revell’s new DuraMod(TM) snap design, an innovation in the model market highlighted by extra durability, easy handling and assembly, a high level of detail, and interactivity not available in traditional models.

Five additional Star Wars SnapTite kits will be released in October for ages 8 and up. That will be followed in November with Revell’s introduction of The Master Series(TM) consisting of three classic Star Wars paint and glue kits from Fine Molds(TM) for serious Star Wars model enthusiasts. The Master Series(TM) Fine Molds line will include1:48 scale X-Wing(TM) fighter and Tie(TM) Fighter and 1:72 scale Millennium Falcon(TM) models with piece counts up to 900, providing the highest degree of detail of any model kit available.

All Revell Star Wars models for “The Force Awakens” are designed with the same computer data used to create the movie props, resulting in strikingly accurate facsimiles of the vehicles that moviegoers will experience on the big screen. All four kits are available at both Target and Toys R Us stores, at $19.99 each. Batteries are included.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Full Cast Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Full Cast Poster

The Force is Strong with Kay® Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection

Kay® Jewelers will launch of the Star Wars(TM) collection. Available at Kay® Jewelers stores nationwide and online at Kay.com beginning Friday, September 4th, the Star Wars collection is being introduced as part of the popular Charmed Memories® collection, which features hand crafted charms that allow guests to celebrate special moments, interests and passions.

The Force is Strong with Kay(R) Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Kay Jewelers)

The Force is Strong with Kay(R) Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Kay Jewelers)

The collection features some of the most popular Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, R2-D2 and the storm troopers, as well as iconic quotes and themes from the films on stylish charms that can be combined to create a unique bracelet or added to an existing one to reflect one’s fandom of the film series. While launching as part of Charmed Memories®, the Star Wars collection will be expanding into other fine jewelry categories at Kay® later this year.

Star Wars is one of the most beloved brands of all-time and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to the fine jewelry category,” said Stuart Lee, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Kay® Jewelers. “One of the most exciting things for us in launching this program was the unique challenge of offering a collection that the fans, who are so knowledgeable and passionate, will truly appreciate. We are confident that we did just that with this collection and we can’t wait to share all of the exciting news we will have as we expand the program moving forward.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtroopers "Force Frida" Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtroopers “Force Frida” Poster

Walt Disney Records Announces Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-winning Composer John Williams

PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 4. SOUNDTRACK SET FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 18

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo (PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Records)

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo (PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Records)

Five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score for the original motion picture soundtrack Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/swtfadme. Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015. For more information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, please visit http://www.theforceawakens.com.