The Entertainment Community Unites For onePULSE: A Benefit For Orlando In Hollywood, CA

Notable Industry Names, Companies and Luminaries Partner for August 19th Event to Honor and Remember the Victims of Orlando Shooting Tragedy

Proceeds Raised from the Event will Benefit the onePULSE Foundation and the National Compassion Fund to Serve Those Affected by the Tragedy and Build a Permanent Memorial

In a powerful show of collaboration and support, leading names, artists and businesses in the entertainment community are teaming up in an event to honor as well as raise much needed funds for the victims of the Orlando tragedy. onePULSE: A Benefit for Orlando is a unique partnership effort to raise in support of onePULSE Foundation (www.onePULSEFoundation.org), the official 501(c)(3) entity incorporated by the owners of the Pulse Nightclub._Gggkm18

For over twelve years, Pulse was a destination that welcomed everyone and embraced the LGBTQ community. It had been a place immersed in joy and music, and one that united Orlando’s diverse communities. Founded by Barbara Poma and Ron Legler in the memory of Barbara’s late brother, John, who passed away in 1991, the name Pulse was chosen to keep his pulse beating on. Pulse Nightclub in turn became the heartbeat of Orlando and the spiritual home of the LGBTQ community.

On June 12th, 2016 Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy took 49 lives, and injured 53 others, and left a deep wound in both the Orlando community and around the world.

The genesis of Pulse Nightclub began with honoring the heart and vibrant spirit of my late brother many years ago, but at this moment we have an even greater call to action,” said Poma. “With the help of some incredibly generous partners, we are grateful to lean on the platform that the industry provides to spread love and support to those affected by this tragedy. I am awed by how quickly so many individuals have come together in a common cause. Our goal is to create a true family community. No amount of hate can destroy that bond. We will heal together.”CoyGnz9XYAAvdsj

The August 19th event will be held at the recently launched NeueHouse Hollywood, aligning artists, activists, and survivors in a program that honors those taken by the tragedy with tributes to the heroes and victims of the Orlando shooting.

The diverse presentation from the Hollywood community will include Poma and will feature an exclusive video that interviews both survivors and families of the victims, some of whom will be in attendance at the event, along with a special video message from President Barack Obama and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.

The evening is supported by many leading names in the industry, and the onePULSE Foundation will raise additional funds through their generous donations. Via partners CharityBuzz, Prizeo and Omaze, those who want to support the initiative beyond the text to donate campaign can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences donated by supporters who include Mark Cuban, Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Cyndi Lauper, Sir Richard Branson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, LP, Robbie Rogers and many others.

Entertainment industry leaders supporting the benfit and the foundation include Virgin Produced, iHeartMedia, Universal, private work collective for creative entrepreneurs NeueHouse Hollywood and the City of Los Angeles which have also lent their support to the campaign. In support of the initiative, Virgin America guests will soon be able to donate inflight by going to the shop: make a difference section of the RED ® in-flight entertainment system as well.

All proceeds raised through individual donors, corporate sponsorship – and via the text PULSE to 91999 donation campaign – will benefit the onePULSE Foundation, whose mission is to provide assistance to victims of the attack at Pulse Nightclub and build a permanent memorial at the Pulse Nightclub site. Through the end of 2016, ninety percent of monies raised through this campaign will be granted to the National Compassion Fund*** (www.nationalcompassionfund.org), developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime, and designated to support those affected by the June 12th tragedy. The remaining proceeds from the event and campaign will contribute to the creation of a permanent memorial at the existing site of Pulse Nightclub, providing a sanctuary of hope dedicated to the lives affected and taken by the tragedy in Orlando, FL.

The horror of this attack on the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities prompted the generosity of people from around the world. We are honored to serve as steward of these funds and ensure that we receive in the name of victims is distributed directly to them,” said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

We look forward to collaborating with all those who support this mission so that this is a unified effort, made possible not by one person but by and for everyone who wants to help,” added Poma.

For more information on how to join or support the onePULSE coalition as an individual or business, please visit: www.onepulsefoundation.org.

***The National Compassion Fund, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #30-0022798 and Florida Registration #CH21962, California Registration #11015), provides a single, trusted way for the public to donate directly to victims of a mass crime, such as a shooting or terrorist attack. It serves donors by honoring their intent and crime victims by distributing donations directly to them, in a fair and transparent way and has been developed in partnership with victims and family members from past mass casualty crimes, including those from Sandy Hook, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek Temple, NIU, Columbine, and 9/11. The National Compassion Fund (The Fund).

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Virgin America Named “Best U.S. Airline” In Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards For The Eighth Straight Year

Airline Celebrates By Launching New Inflight Streaming Partnerships With Spotify And The New York Times

Virgin America, the California-based airline known for reinventing flying, has today been named “Best U.S. Airline” in the coveted Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – for an unprecedented eighth year in a row. This year, over 128,000 readers of the premium travel magazine participated in the annual survey, continuing an award-winning streak for Virgin America, which has picked up this distinction every year since it started flying. The 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards will be reported in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

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Also today, Virgin America launches new inflight streaming partnerships with Spotify to provide access to the entire catalogue of over 30 million songs, and the New York Times to stream breaking news to guests’ personal devices for free onboard the airline’s new ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft through March 2, 2016.152969LOGO
The influential readers of Condé Nast Traveler believed in our airline from day one and we are honored that they continue to count Virgin America as the ‘Best U.S. Airline’ for the eighth straight year,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “Over 128,000 readers cast votes this year, making this is one of the largest and more prestigious independent travel surveys.  To win this award yet again, despite our growth over the years, is an incredible credit to our Teammates — who believe in the mission of this airline and who work every day to go above and beyond for our guests.  Despite having the best and most consistent product in the skies today, we are continuing to invest in next generation in-flight entertainment, innovative design and topnotch service. Our goal remains to create a different kind of airline — one that people not just tolerate, but actually love to fly with.”sharklet_presspage_hires_plane-Hires
In addition, the airline is offering a Double Points, Double Status Credits frequent flyer promotion on Virgin America flights for guests that book and fly by November 19, 2015. For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com.

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VIRGIN AMERICA INTRODUCES POSH NEW FIRST CLASS FOOD SERVICE

NEW MENU OFFERS LINEN TABLE SERVICE, A COCKTAIL HORS D’OEUVRES COURSE AND A CUSTOM CREATED HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE ICE CREAM FLAVOR DESIGNED FOR VIRGIN FLYERS

Travelers to Help Select New Signature Virgin America Ice Cream by Casting Their Vote via Twitter for One of Three Custom Flavors Created by the Cult-Favorite San Francisco Ice Cream Makers

Virgin America, the California-based airline already known for its award-winning cuisine and international-grade First Class cabin, has announced a new enhanced First Class menu and service that will launch on its long-haul business flights between San Francisco and Los Angeles to Newark, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport) — as of March 4, 2014. To supplement the traditional after-takeoff cocktail service, the new menu will include the addition of cocktail hors d’oeuvres of roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, olive and mozzarella skewer, served with warmed mixed nuts — as well as a choice of two appetizers and three entrées in-flight. The ‘cherry on the top’ of the new service is the debut of the airline’s first custom ice cream flavor, developed in collaboration with San Francisco’s cult favorite ice cream maker, Humphry Slocombe. The artisanal ice cream will be hand-delivered daily to the airline’s sleek home base at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 to be served to First Class guests on the airline’s eastbound flights from SFO.

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The airline is inviting its ‘foodie’ travelers to help decide the soon-to-be signature Virgin America ice cream flavor by casting their vote via Twitter for one of three exclusive ice cream flavors created for the airline by Humphry Slocombe. Travelers in any cabin can also score a free scoop of Humphry Slocombe’s ice cream at either of the outlet’s two San Francisco locations (The Ferry Building & Mission) by presenting their Virgin America boarding pass from March 4-June 30th. The airline is also updating its First Class service settings, with hot towel and linen table service available on all flights. Full menu highlights are listed below.

Humphry Slocombe — ranked as “SF’s Best Local Ice Cream” by Thrillist — was founded in 2008 in San Francisco and is known for its witty and inventive approach to mixing unusual flavors — like the bourbon and cornflakes featured in their popular “Secret Breakfast” flavor.

Virgin America’s First Class cabin features international-grade amenities such as plush white leather seating with 55-inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The airline’s premium service has helped it capture the “Best U.S. Business/First Class” award in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Business Travel Poll for the past six years. In addition, Virgin America’s menu was named the “Best Domestic Airline for Food” award in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. As the only airline headquartered in San Francisco, Virgin America focuses on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients for its menu, including fair trade coffee, local cage-free eggs, and emerging local food purveyors like Humphry Slocombe.

First Class guests on Virgin America will enjoy an even more upscale menu and service experience as of March 4, with tempting offerings like a mixed herb salad with bresaola, soba noodles with lemongrass shiitake broth and faro risotto with spring succotash. The full First Class menu can be found here starting March 4, and highlights from the upcoming spring menu include (selections vary by route):

Breakfast:
Scrambled Eggs with Herb Créme Fraîche and Tropical Fruit Salad: Cage-free scrambled eggs served with herb crème fraîche, sage-roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, a grilled Roma tomato, and optional maple chicken-and-bacon sausages. On the side is a tropical fruit salad of mango, kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, and a basil-lime dressing.
Protein Plate with Farro Pudding and Edamame Hummus: Coconut-mango cardamom farro pudding served with a protein plate of edamame hummus, one boiled cage-free egg, red grapes, radishes, dolma, yellow roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, mini pita breads, and sliced cheddar and camembert cheeses.
Protein Plate with Granola and Strawberry Yogurt: Assorted fruit plate of kiwi, pineapple, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, lychees, green grapes, grapefruit, and oranges, served with strawberry low-fat yogurt and gluten-free granola.

Cocktail Hors d’ oeuvre: Roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, olive and mozzarella skewer, served with warmed mixed nuts.

Appetizers:
Mixed Herb Salad: A fresh mixed-herb salad of cilantro, basil, parsley, chervil, and chives, served with roasted cashews, Japanese cucumber, red teardrop tomato, hearts of palm, and a sweet chili vinaigrette.
French Green Bean Salad with Prosciutto: Cold haricot verts salad sprinkled with shaved parmesan cheese, pitted country olives, lemon and olive oil zest, and a toasted hazelnut-lemon vinaigrette with savory prosciutto on the side.

Entrees:
Chicken Breast with Apple Fig Compote: Roasted chicken breast in an oregano, rosemary, and lemon marinade and a fig-apple Madeira jus compote, served with roasted garlic cauliflower puree and collard greens sautéed in sage and pancetta.
Protein Plate with Mixed Nuts and Edamame Hummus: Edamame hummus and mixed nuts with a protein plate of one boiled cage-free egg, red grapes, radishes, dolma, yellow roasted tomato, a marinated artichoke heart, mini pita slices, and cheddar and camembert cheeses.
Tomato Bisque Soup with Spanish Turkey Prosciutto Sandwich: Half Spanish turkey prosciutto sandwich and tomato-bisque soup with an herb and lemon crème fraîche garnish and a Belgian chocolate truffle.

Desserts:
Spiced Chocolate Cake: Rich Chocolate cake drizzled in sherry sauce and a pinch of candied sunflower seeds.
Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream: San Francisco creamery Humphry Slocombe sweetens the skies with two mile-high flavors, Tahitian Vanilla and one custom flavor created exclusively for Virgin America.
Raspberry Key Lime Pavé: Vanilla sponge cake with ginger and raspberry and key lime mousse.

Virgin America also is refreshing its full seasonal menu across cabins in March that will be available through the spring season. The full menu will be available at www.virginamerica.com on March 4th and selections vary by route. With top-notch service, beautiful design and a host of high-tech amenities, Virgin America has built a loyal following since its 2007 launch. The airline offers fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat. The airline’s Red in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with 25 films, live TV, Google Maps, 4,000 song library and an on-demand menu — so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight. In 2012, Virgin America opened its first airport lounge, The Loft at LAX, and rolled out enhancements to its Elevate frequent flyer program — including Elevate Gold and Elevate Silver status levels.

Virgin America Plans Dallas Expansion

Airline Wants To Bring More Business-Friendly, Low-Fare Flight Competition To Dallas With New Flights From Love Field

Award-winning Airline Plans to Expand in the Big D with a Move to Love Field (DAL) and New Daily Nonstop Flights from DAL to LaGuardia (LGA), Washington National (DCA), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Virgin America announces plans to significantly expand its Dallas presence by operating new daily nonstop flights from Dallas’ Love Field (DAL) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).   In addition to adding new service from Love Field to major business destinations such as New York, Washington D.C. andChicago, the airline plans to increase flights to current destinations (San Francisco and Los Angeles) from Dallas.

Headquartered in California, Virgin America, which celebrated its sixth year of operations in August 2013, offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. In May 2013, Virgin America was voted “Best Airline” by Consumer Reports Magazine. In April 2013, Virgin America topped the 2012 Airline Quality Rating, a joint research project conducted annually by faculty at Wichita State University and Purdue University that analyzes airline operational performance data as reported by the Department of Transportation.  The airline’s base of operations is San Francisco International Airport (SFO)’s sleek and sustainable Terminal 2. Since its launch in 2007, Virgin America has created 2,700 new jobs and now flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA), Las Vegas,San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs (seasonal), Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose and Austin. www.virginamerica.com

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Virgin America is seeking to secure two Love Field gates in order to expand flight options for Dallas travelers, as the airport’s centralized location makes it a more convenient choice for Dallas-based and Dallas-destined business travelers.  If successful, the airline would move its current operations from Dallas-Fort WorthInternational Airport (DFW) to Love Field in October 2014.  Virgin America would be the only carrier at Love Field to offer guests three classes of service, WiFi, in-seat power outlets and touch-screen seatback entertainment (including live TV) on every flight.  In addition, the airline operates a new fleet of Airbus A320-Family aircraft, which are significantly quieter than the commercial aircraft currently in use at Love Field[1]. Continue reading

Virgin America Best U.S. Airline in Conde Nast Traveler’s Business Travel Poll

FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, VIRGIN AMERICA RANKED TOP U.S. AIRLINE BY BUSINESS TRAVELERS

Virgin America was voted “Best Premium Class” among domestic airlines in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2013 Business Travel Poll – which surveyed 79,000 business travelers. Now more than ever, business travelers have to justify every penny spent, and so it has become especially important to know which airlines, hotels, and hotel groups can give maximum value per travel dollar. Who better to point you in the right direction than fellow road warriors? The annual independent survey of the magazine’s business travelers ranked Virgin America as the Top U.S. airline for Premium Class service for the sixth consecutive year, as reported in the October issue of Conde Nast Traveler – on newsstands now. Final scores (out of 100) represent the percentage of readers who rated a hotel, airport, or airline “excellent” or “very good.” Virgin America’s unique flight experience was ranked number one among all domestic carriers, with an overall score of 86.5. For full survey results visit:  www.cntraveler.com/travel-tips/business-travel/polls/2013/best-business-travel-hotels-airlines.

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With topnotch service, beautiful design and a host of high-tech amenities, Virgin America has built a loyal business flyer following since its 2007 launch. The airline offers business travelers an “office in the sky” with fleetwide WiFi, power outlets and personal entertainment at every seat. In addition to a Main Cabin that offers custom-designed leather seats with a deeper pitch, the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service offers guests 38″ of seat pitch – about 6 inches more legroom than Main Cabin, unlimited complimentary cocktails and snacks from the airline’s award-winning menu, an all-access pass to in-flight media content (including free movies and premium TV like HBO and Showtime), priority security access/boarding, dedicated overhead bin space and one free checked bag.  Virgin America’s First Class features international-grade amenities and plush white leather seating with 55 inches of pitch, 165 degrees of recline and lumbar massagers. The airline’s Red(TM) in-flight entertainment platform offers guests their own seatback touch-screen TV, with 25 films, live TV, Google Maps, videogames, a 4,000 song library and an on-demand menu – so flyers can order a cocktail or snack from their seatback any time during a flight. Continue reading

VIRGIN AMERICA INTRODUCES NEW FOOD MENU FOR WINTER TRAVELERS

Award-Winning Airline Launches New Seasonal First Class and Main Cabin Menus and Expands Healthy Food Selection with “Travel Light” Options for Calorie-Weary Holiday Travelers

VIRGIN AMERICA, the California-based airline known for its award-winning cuisine, announces its new seasonal winter menu. Since its launch in 2007, VIRGIN AMERICA has earned a list of travel industry awards including “BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE” in the CONDE NAST TRAVELER 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS and recently won “BEST DOMESTIC AIRLINE” in TRAVEL + LEISURE’S WORLD’S BEST AWARDS for the fifth consecutive year.

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Headquartered in California, VIRGIN AMERICA offers guests attractive fares and a host of innovative features aimed at reinventing air travel. In just over five years flying, the airline has expanded to 20 airport destinations and has created 2,600 new jobs. Virgin America flies to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. (IAD), Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Cabos, Cancun, Chicago, Puerto Vallarta, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, Washington D.C.’s Reagan National (DCA) and starting April 2, 2013 – Newark.

Earlier this year, Virgin America rolled out enhancements to its ELEVATE FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAM — including ELEVATE GOLD and ELEVATE SILVER status levels that offer perks such as:  priority check-in, security clearance and boarding; points earning bonuses; free checked bag allowances; enhanced digital/social rewards; private discounts; an expanded advance purchase upgrade window for the airline’s exclusive eight-seat First Class; complimentary space-available upgrades to the carrier’s premium Main Cabin Select service; and complimentary access to the best seat assignments within Main Cabin.

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