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It’s Official! Art San Diego Is Moving Downtown for the 2019 Show

July 25th, 2019 Posted by Art, client news, Gala/Special Events, General, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Art San Diego, the county’s premier contemporary fine art show, is moving downtown to the San Diego Convention Center for its 11th annual show Oct. 10-13. The show moves from the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where it has been the past two years. Art San Diego, with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, is highly regarded in the industry for cutting-edge exhibitions and dynamic programmings like Art Labs, Art Talks, the LaunchPad Artist, Spotlight Program and the San Diego Art Prize.

“Art San Diego has emerged as one of the best-attended cultural events in Southern California and continues to grow annually,” said Linda Mariano, Redwood Media Group’s director of marketing. “San Diego is one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities—and the convention center is at the core of all the action. We’re excited to offer attendees and exhibitors this great new location complimented by the vibrant downtown setting with a rich variety of restaurants, retail stores and world-class entertainment in mere walking distance.”

Founded in 2009 as the first and only contemporary art show in San Diego, Art San Diego is a four-day art event that features more than 500 leading contemporary artists and offers dynamic programming that includes museum exhibitions, Art Labs, events, and Art Talks focused on collecting. Now in its 11th year, the four-day event attracts more than 15,000 attendees, including high-net-worth collectors. Art San Diego provides a focus on San Diego’s vibrant and diverse cultural art scene alongside an exciting collection of international galleries and artists. 

New programs introduced last year that are back by popular demand are Free Friday, Palette of Desserts and Access to Art. Friday offers free admission to anyone from 1-5 p.m. Palette of Desserts is a partnership with local chefs and bakeries who draw inspiration from an artist’s to-be-exhibited piece and create a dessert masterpiece to be sampled. Access to Art partners the visual arts with San Diego based nonprofits, resulting in a sizeable donation for each during the four-day event. 

Tickets are on sale now at www.art-sandiego.com. Artist exhibitor applications are still open at artsandiego.com/exhibitor-application/. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; interested parties may email sponsors@art-sandiego.com for more information.

NIYA Beauty Might Make You Blush: First-Of-Its-Kind Makeup App Has Officially Launched

July 22nd, 2019 Posted by beauty, client news, Consumer Tech, General No Comment yet

The secrets out! NIYA Beauty app has officially launched in the Apple App Store and Google Play! This exciting new app pairs makeup fanatics and newbies alike with professional makeup artists for live, one-on-one video sessions.

With NIYA Beauty, users decide what, when and where they’d like to learn. The app also serves as a platform for makeup artists to earn additional income and to curate and hone their teaching skills without having to travel anywhere or use their own products.

“It finally hit me one day when I became overwhelmed at a popular makeup store. I wanted a way to be certain I was receiving expert advice without the sales pitch and without being on display,” said Thya Sanders, founder and CEO of NIYA Beauty. “The NIYA Beauty App solves this problem by connecting users to vetted, experienced and professional makeup artists for one-on-one, expert guidance from the comfort of their homes.”

Users simply download the free app and begin browsing through makeup artist portfolios. Once they find the perfect fit, they can book a day and time that works for them. Whether they want to update and refresh their daily makeup routine or be guided through a sultry date night look, NIYA Beauty’s vetted pro makeup artists tailor each session to meet each individual’s needs.

Sessions with a professional makeup artist (NIYA Pros) are hosted within the app and cost $35 for a 30-minute video chat and $65 for two sessions. Each NIYA Pro is individually vetted by NIYA’s beauty director and must have a minimum of three years of professional makeup artistry experience.

Discover it for yourself! NIYA is free to download on Google Play and the Apple App Store. You can visit their website for more information niyabeautyapp.com and make sure to follow them on social media @niyabeautyapp

Applications to be a NIYA Pro are always open and can be completed at niyabeautyapp.com/niya-pro-application/.

Expertise.com Names Lee and London PR a Top Agency in San Diego

June 13th, 2019 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit No Comment yet

Lee and London PR has got it going on! We’ve been named as one of the 23 Best PR Firms in San Diego by Expertise! Expertise’s goal is to connect people with the best local experts and is designed to recognize the best businesses in the nation. The rankings are based on its five criteria: reputation, credibility, experience, engagement, and professionalism.

Expertise uses its in-house software to extensively research and handpick businesses based on a variety of factors like history of client recommendations, the number of years practicing, responsiveness, quality of work and customer service. It then checks within their industry for licensing, accreditations and awards.

At Lee and London PR, we work closely with our clients to provide top-notch PR services aimed at achieving business growth, awareness and prominence. Since 2013, the L&L PR team has secured client features in the nation’s top publications and assisted in the growth of our client’s success. Our talented team is made up of communication professionals specializing in a variety of industries, from non-profit to celebrity PR.

We want to thank all of our clients for trusting us with their brand and ongoing support! Lee and London Public Relations would not be here without them. We are a team that strongly believes our success comes from the achievements of our clients and are honored and proud to be on this list.

https://www.expertise.com/ca/san-diego/public-relations-firms

New Client Alert: NIYA Beauty

May 21st, 2019 Posted by beauty, client news, Fashion, General, PR news, Public Relations, Team News 1 comment

Authored by Vivianh Huynh

We are excited to announce our new client, NIYA Beauty, a company revolutionizing the beauty industry by offering personalized beauty tutorials through their app. YouTube videos are great for learning makeup basics, but when it comes to finding the products and techniques that work best for something as personal as your face, it’s best to consult the professionals. Plus, NIYA saves you time and money by avoiding the trial and error phase of product buying.

These experts will not only help you rock your look but will give you the education and information for you to improve on your skills. The NIYA Beauty app allows you to choose from their list of qualified makeup artists to learn from the pros themselves. Simply schedule an appointment on the app from the comfort of your home, it’s almost too easy!

NIYA breaks it down into 3 easy steps.

1. Choose your artist

All of NIYA’s Pros are experienced makeup artists and are individually vetted and selected to meet the company’s standard. Once you’ve completed the user registration process and quick questionnaire, you will be able to search through hundreds of NIYA Pros, view their profiles, and select your favorite one.

2. Schedule an appointment

To book a session, a calendar will pop up to show you available times for the selected makeup artist. Then pick a date and time that is most convenient for you!

3. Meet and learn from the pros

Your makeup teacher will be there to walk you through the tricks of the trade, answer questions and advise. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, they are there to help you improve your skills!

NIYA is free to download on Google Play and the Apple App Store. You can visit their website for more information niyabeautyapp.com and make sure to follow them on social media @niyabeautyapp

Happy Makeup-ing!

Welk Resorts ShamROCKS Local TV Segments to Promote Spring Fling-St. Patrick’s Family Festival

April 15th, 2019 Posted by client news, General, PR Jobs, PR news, Public Relations, Special Events, video No Comment yet

Welk Resorts hosted its 4th Annual Spring Fling St. Patrick’s Family Festival in Escondido” March 16-17, giving families across San Diego County a chance to experience fun games, carnival rides, delectable Irish-themed cuisine, live music performances and more!

Needless to say, our team had a blast pitching this event! L&L PR secured great media coverage, including in-studio segments on News 8 and Fox 5 San Diego, where viewers saw a little taste of all the fun they could expect at the Spring Fling. The segments featured the event chef and mixologist who showcased enticing Irish-themed dishes like Shepard’s pie and cocktails, like an Irish Mule and Grasshopper, in front of a unicyclist and swinging trapeze artist!

The CW San Diego – News 8

This was Welk Resorts San Diego’s fourth consecutive year hosting the St. Patrick’s Family Festival and they were thrilled to offer the community a unique, festive and family-friendly experience. “It is always a joy to see families enjoying all of the awesome activities we offer at the Spring Fling event,” said Welk Resorts representative, John Pham. “From soaring above a sea of green on the circus trapeze to eating tasty Irish-themed food, there are so many fantastic ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day we are proud to provide.”

In addition to live news segments, the festival garnered local media coverage publications like the SoCal Pulse, San Diego Family Magazine, ABC 10 News Online, Escondido Times-Advocate, Patch and Red Tricycle which highlighted the event as one of the best places to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the family.

We can’t wait for next year’s Welk Resorts St. Patrick’s Festival shenanigans!

Check out more St. Patrick’s Family Festival media coverage below!


Melissa Etheridge to Headline San Diego Pride Festival

March 18th, 2019 Posted by client news, General, press release, Special Events No Comment yet

Melissa Etheridge will headline the 2019 San Diego Pride Festival, Variety can exclusively announce. The festival will take place in the city’s Balboa Park July 13-14 and will host over 90 musical acts across four stages. A limited amount of Etheridge meet-and-greet tickets are available; tickets for the Festival are on sale at www.bit.ly/sdf19

The singer will release her new album, “The Medicine Show,” on April 12.

“To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for,” Etheridge said. “You are the proof that we can become the change we wish to see. This community makes me a better person every day and this year at San Diego Pride, we will raise our spirits to the heavens and rock til we drop!”

San Diego Pride executive director Fernando Z. Lopez said, “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that launched the modern-day LGBTQ civil rights movement, our Pride theme is A Legacy of Liberation, and I can think of no one better to embody that spirit than Melissa Etheridge,” said Fernando Z. López, Executive Director of San Diego Pride. “Her decades of meaningful music and inspired advocacy continue to connect the LGBTQ community and carve a better path forward both here and around the world.”

All proceeds from the festival support San Diego Pride’s LGBTQ-centered philanthropy and year-round education and advocacy program. San Diego Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has distributed more than $2.7 million in the advancement of its mission, “fostering pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.” Past headliners include Ke$ha, TLC, JoJo, Tinashe, En Vogue, Estelle, Monica and more.

San Diego International Jewish Film Fest Kicks Off Thursday and Runs through Feb. 17

February 7th, 2019 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, press release, Special Events No Comment yet

New this year: Download the Festival APP in the iTunes/Android Stores

We are THRILLED to work with the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture on their San Diego International Film Festival kicking off Thursday and running through February 17. The films will screen at four venues this year, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Garfield Theatre inside the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, and for the first time the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

This year to make planning your festival experience even easier – there is an APP you can download in the iTunes Google Play store that will give you the lowdown on schedules, locations, events and more!   

Apple App Storehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/san-diego-jewish-film-festival/id1450439887?mt=8

Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sdcjc.sdjifilmfestival

For more information, check out the full press release below!

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 29TH SEASON WITH NEW MOBILE APP AND VENUES
The 11-Day Festival, Taking Place from February 7 – 17, Will Feature Award-Winning Films, Panel Discussions and More

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 19, 2018) – The ​San Diego Center for Jewish Culture​ (CJC) announced today the annual San Diego Jewish International Film Festival will return for its 29th anniversary, Thursday, Feb. 7 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. The festival showcases a selection of the best contemporary Jewish-related films across multiple genres and aims to educate and illuminate the diverse Jewish experience through evocative, independent narrative and documentary films.

Thirty-two feature films will be screened in four locations across San Diego County with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)​ as its newest venue addition. The SDIJFF Mobile App will also make its debut in January, allowing attendees to customize their festival schedule, find theatre locations, vote for the Audience Choice Award, learn about guest speakers and stay up to date on events.

“The film festival is an opportunity to share our rich heritage, culture and values with all of San Diego County,” said Christina Fink, film festival chairperson. “As we approach the 30th anniversary, we’re excited to be able to continue producing an event that offers award-winning films that promote awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of Jewish people while also making the festival more accessible to younger generations through the new mobile app.”

In addition to the carefully selected documentary and narrative films, the festival showcases a variety of movies incorporating themes like social activism, romance, religion, LGBTQ+ issues, Israeli-Arab relations, history, ethics, current events, comedy and the arts. Special guests, filmmakers and scholars, will introduce the films, participate in Q&A’s, and meet and greet throughout the festival. Screenings will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, Reading Cinemas Town Square and the Garfield Theatre inside the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

This year’s film festival opens with the West Coast premiere of “​It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story​” Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square. The film chronicles the lives of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés who fled from Berlin before the Nazi regime in 1939 that founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label rose to prominence for assembling an impressive roster of jazz greats including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Quincy Jones and more.

The San Diego premiere of “​Who Will Write Our History​,” produced by Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman, will be this year’s centerpiece film. It tells the story of a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, the clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. The movie will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square.

Roberta Grossman is one of the Film Festival’s special guests and will be receiving the Directors Award for “Who Will Write Our History.” Grossman is known for producing and directing a variety of documentary films and television shows including the 2018 Sundance Film Festival selection “​Seeing Allred​” and the Emmy-winning documentary series “​American Masters​”.

“​Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: Conductor Zubin Mehta​”, a fascinating documentary about Zubin Mehta, music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, will close out the festival Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7:45 p.m. at the Reading Cinemas Town Square.

Additional event highlights include the popular Brews & Views event and San Diego Connections films. Brews & Views is an evening show of five short films held at White Labs, Sunday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $13.25 for JCC members and $15.25 for non-members. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the door. The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a free drink voucher.

The San Diego Connections films are “​Far from the Tree​,” based on Andrew Solomon’s award-winning New York Times bestseller that features two film subjects living in San Diego, “​The Tipping Point​,” a short film directed by San Diego native Danielle Cohen, and “​It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story​,” profiling Alfred Lion, one of the founders of Blue Note Records, who moved to San Diego in 1978 and lived in North County until his death in 1987.

For showtimes and full film descriptions, visit ​www.sdijff.org​. Single ticket prices are $13.25 for JCC members and $15.25 for non-members. Opening and closing night film tickets are $18.00. Festival passes, senior, student and group rate discounts are available. To purchase tickets, visit ​www.sdcjc.org/sdijff/current​, call (858) 362-1348 or stop by the JCC Box Office, Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Follow @SDIJFF on Facebook.

David and Nic Sheff, Inspiration Behind Golden Globe Nominated Film “Beautiful Boy”, Featured on KUSI and Fox 5

January 17th, 2019 Posted by client news, General, Media Hit, PR news, Public Relations, Social Media, video No Comment yet

David and Nic Sheff, the real-life family, authors and inspiration behind  “Beautiful Boy ”, visited the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) to talk about their new book, “High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction”.  The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture  (CJC) hosted the Sheffs earlier today as part of their book tour. In their new book the father/son team provides education on drugs and addiction in a way geared towards middle school aged readers and covers topics like how to navigate peer pressure, outlets for stress and potential consequences of experimenting. 

David and Nic Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction inspired the film “Beautiful Boy” starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell. The film is based on Nic’s memoir “Tweak” and David’s memoir “Beautiful Boy,” both #1 New York Times best sellers.

Prior to their appearance at the JCC, David and Nic Sheff were guests on KUSI and Fox 5 to talk about their new book and inspiration behind it.

View the KUSI segment below:


Hot Design Trends for 2019: Client featured in UT story

January 4th, 2019 Posted by client news, Design, General, Media Hit No Comment yet

WildAid Featured on People.com for Anti-Poaching Campaign Partnership with Black Panther Star Danai Gurira

December 21st, 2018 Posted by client news, Media Hit, nonprofit No Comment yet

When one of the biggest stars in Hollywood teams up with one of the biggest nonprofits fighting the illegal wildlife trade, it’s no surprise People Magazine would love to know the details.
While we don’t play favorites at Lee and London, we do have a very special place in our hearts for our nonprofit clients. WildAid, an international nonprofit fighting the illegal wildlife trade, is an incredible organization that has quite literally saved millions of animals with its poignant and hard-hitting campaigns featuring the world’s most influential people. WildAid’s latest partnership is with Black Panther and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira. In a PSA featuring footage from Marvel’s Black Panther, Danai speaks on the dire state of the rhino population and encourages everyone to join the fight in saving these majestic creatures.

People.com did a fantastic write-up on the new campaign. Check it out here: https://people.com/pets/black-panther-danai-gurira-anti-poaching-wildaid/.

“We’re still losing our rhinos to ruthless poachers, who kill these beautiful animals, just because people want their horns for carvings, jewelry and curses.”

WildAid Partners with Jurassic World and Bryce Dallas Howard

June 27th, 2018 Posted by client news, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news No Comment yet

WildAid, a wildlife conservation group working to end the illegal wildlife trade and the poaching of elephant ivory, shark fins and rhino horn, has partnered with the filmmakers of Jurassic World, as well as star Bryce Dallas Howard, to produce a PSA campaign helping to save the endangered rhinoceros from extinction.

Shot on location during the production of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the PSA features Howard alongside the Sinoceratops—one of the incredible new dinosaurs featured in the film.

Although dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, the fate of the rhinoceros is firmly in human hands. While many endangered species are threatened due to loss of habitat to human expansion, African rhinos are solely threatened by demand for their horns for cures and carvings in China and Vietnam. There are fewer than 30,000 individuals of the five surviving rhino species left, and in March, the last male Northern White rhino, Sudan, passed away.

WildAid’s rhino campaign, featuring Jackie Chan, Yao Ming, Li Bingbing, Sir Richard Branson, Prince William, David Beckham, Maggie Q and a host of prominent Asian stars, has helped to raise awareness and reduce demand for rhino horn. In the last three years, the price of rhino horn has fallen from $65,000 a kilo to around $22,000 a kilo.  In Vietnam, rhino horn sales have been banned and awareness about the product has increased over the past few years: A 2016 campaign survey in Vietnam showed that just 23% of respondents believe rhino horn has medicinal effects compared with 69% in 2014, a 67% decline. Only 9.4% of respondents believe rhino horn can cure cancer, down from 34.5% in 2014, a 73% decline.

Watch the video below:

Welcoming our newest client, Fluent Forever!

June 15th, 2018 Posted by client news, General, Language, PR news No Comment yet

We are excited to be working with our new client, Fluent Forever, a modern guide to learning new languages quickly and efficiently. While immersion is one way to learn a language, most people cannot devote that much of their lives to learning a new language. Fluent Forever provides a practical way to learn a new language from a memory standpoint.

Founder, Gabriel Wyner, studied a foreign language in high school, and like many people, left school without a strong memory of what he’d studied. As an opera singer, Gabriel’s craft involves singing in many different languages. He pursued a master’s degree in singing in Vienna and while there became interested in learning languages. He is now fluent in eight languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Hungarian and Japanese.

Gabriel saw many different language learning methods and was inspired to bring them all together to help people learn foreign languages faster. His three keys to learning a foreign language are 1: no translation, 2: learn accurate pronunciation first and 3: computerized flash card programs are a massive shortcut to memorization.

Within Fluent Forever’s first 6 days, it became the most funded app Kickstarter of all time. The Fluent Forever app allows you to take your language learning journey to the next level.

Live Long and Drink Wine

June 11th, 2018 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, Special Events No Comment yet

They say a glass of wine a day keeps doctor away. Although at Vintage Hollywood, there was probably more than just one glass… 

On June 9, Vintage Hollywood raised more than $200,000 at its annual food and wine tasting event, benefiting  The People Concern, one of LA’s largest nonprofits fighting homelessness.

The fundraiser could not have come at a better time, as LAHSA just released the homeless count report. For the first time in four years, homelessness decreased. These kinds of events and support are what help organizations like The People Concern continue the fight against homelessness.

The event featured the trendiest California wineries and restaurants. Celebrities including Nichelle Nichols, David Arquette, Christina McLarty, Teri Hatcher and more came out to celebrate The People Concern’s 15-year community partnership with the Junior League of Los Angeles.

Stanley Black and Family hosted the unique and memorable event, including more than 30 of California’s most popular wineries and restaurants. Winemakers and proprietors poured their own wines on site, allowing guests to sip on a glass with the brains behind the bottles. In addition to the delicious wine and fare, there was live entertainment and a digital silent auction.

“We are grateful the Vintage Hollywood Foundation believes in the work we do so much that they chose us as the benefactor for this incredible event,” said John Maceri, executive director of The People Concern.


Photos by Tiffany Rose

About The People Concern

One of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, The People Concern is working to end homelessness through its proven approach that focuses on housing first with wraparound services. The People Concern provides a fully integrated system of care – including outreach, housing services, mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, life skills, and wellness programs – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals and victims of domestic violence. Ninety-five percent of those in housing supported with wraparound retention services will never be homeless again. This innovative evidence-based model has been proven in communities throughout Los Angeles County and recognized and replicated across the country.

About Vintage Hollywood Foundation

The Vintage Hollywood foundation was formed to raise funds to support charitable organizations, both large and small, that work to promote the health and well-being of Southern California’s diverse community. Since 2002, the Vintage Hollywood event has raised more than $3,500,000 to benefit organizations including Children’s Action Network, JDRF, Save the Children, United Friends of Children, OPCC and The People Concern.

The People Concern Hosts Celebrating Change Gala

May 1st, 2018 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet
Diane Keaton attends The People Concern’s Celebrating Change Gala at Casa Vertigo on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Lee and London is very excited to announce that The People Concern hosted the Inaugural “Celebrating Change” gala! The People Concern is a nonprofit organization striving to end homelessness in Los Angeles. All money raised at the gala will go directly toward helping the homeless in Los Angeles by providing services like mental health care, housing services, domestic violence services, life skills, income assistance, medical care and outreach.

The “Celebrating Change” gala took place on April 29 at Casa Vertigo in downtown Los Angeles. The gala celebrated more than 55 years of life-saving work and had the attendance and support of several celebrities including David Arquette, Greg Germann, Marcia Cross, Seth Green, Kymberly Marciano-Strauss and Annabeth Gish. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a sit down three-course dinner were provided and KTLA’s Sam Rubin even made an appearance with live entertainment.

The People Concern Executive Director John Maceri honored Steven K. Jones and made a special presentation in memory of William Keck, Jr. and the impact he made on not only The People Concern but also on the Los Angeles community.

Congratulations to The People Concern for the money they raised and their amazing efforts in helping the homeless in Los Angeles.

San Diego Jewish BookFest Takes You Outside the Book

March 19th, 2018 Posted by client news, General, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture has announced the lineup for its 23rd Annual San Diego Jewish BookFest! From a super cool “speed dating with book authors” event to a brunch with the “Queen of American Jewish Cooking” Joan Nathan, to a “Civil Debate: The Future of on Israel’s Soul” with JJ Goldberg and Jonathan S. Tobin, this year’s schedule is packed full of amazing discussions and presentations. Don’t miss out!  Get your tickets today. Check out the full press release below. 

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Design Institute of San Diego Awarded WSCUC Accreditation

March 19th, 2018 Posted by Art, client news, Design, General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations No Comment yet

We’re so excited to announce the news that our client, the Design Institute of San Diego, recently won a 6-year accreditation from the Western Association Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). They now join the roster of prestigious schools to receive WSCUC accreditation including USC, San Diego State and the University of California San Diego. Check out the full press release below.

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Casino Pauma Announces 2018 Entertainment Schedule

January 30th, 2018 Posted by Casino, client news, General, PR news, press release, Special Events No Comment yet

I don’t know what we’re more excited about: Trace Adkins, 38 Special or Thunder from Down Under!  Lucky for us, we may have a connection or two (wink, wink) so we can make it to all of these incredible concerts at Casino Pauma.  Their new Entertainment venue is amazing – state-of-the-art sound and lighting to boot.

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The 18 Top Interior Design Trends for 2018: Velvet is BACK!

December 18th, 2017 Posted by client news, Design, Fashion, General, PR news, press release No Comment yet

<<< Did you hear the news?? VELVET is back!!!  For those of you who are obsessed with the cozy, luxurious fabric – 2018 is off to a great start as velvet is topping lists of  trends for the New Year.  Along with velvet — and bold, rich colors — prepare to see geometric everything: pillows, rugs, wallpaper, and everything in between. I’m also super excited about the return to rich textures, multi-layered spaces and the combining of design styles: French plus a little Country with some Eclectic sprinkled in? Yes please!  And as someone who rearranges her furniture on a monthly basis because I get bored easily, mixing and matching are a necessity for me, regardless of whether it’s en vogue at the moment.

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WildAid Gala Raises Record $2.9 Million

November 12th, 2017 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Actor Josh Duhamel Presented with Wildlife Champion Award Saturday, November 11 at Charity’s Annual Fundraising Gala in Los Angeles

(November 12, 2017 – Beverly Hills, Calif.)WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, held its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening With WildAid,” Saturday, November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.

With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, “An Evening With WildAid” brought out celebrities including Josh Duhamel, Bo Derek, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, John Corbett, Cassidy Freeman, Tricia Helfer, Donna D’Errico, Kristin Bauer, Thomas Gibson, Jonathan Tucker, Violett Beane, Laura Linda Bradley, Olesya Rulin, Jackie Siegal, Jeb Corliss, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, Alvester Martin and many more. Grammy award winning producer David Foster provided the musical entertainment with special guest performances by Katharine McPhee, Pia Toscano, Brenna Whitaker, Nathan Granner and Rogelio Douglas, Jr.

“We had an amazing night beyond our expectations in raising funds to power forward our campaigns,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights.

Entertainment Tonight correspondent Keltie Knight presented actor Josh Duhamel with the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award.

Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid filming several public service announcements for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.

“An Evening With WildAid” featured a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.

A highlight of the gala was WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats. Knights also shared campaigns featuring WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors, which includes Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of the Walking Dead and many others.

WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through pro bono media placement. WildAid’s campaigns have contributed to an 80% reduction in shark fin imports to China, a ban on ivory sales in China, and a 50% drop in the price of rhino horn in China and Vietnam.

About TOMS Animal Initiative

The TOMS Animal Initiative (TOMS) and WildAid joined forces early this year to launch a limited-edition footwear collection that supported WildAid’s conservation programs dedicated to the giant panda. Created by Heather Mycoskie, the TOMS Animal Initiative partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to raise awareness and support for global animal protection.

About WildAid

For photographs, video footage or to interview a WildAid expert, please contact Brendi Rawlin brendi@leeandlondon.com +1 619 549 3066.
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as shark fin and elephant ivory by persuading consumers and providing comprehensive marine enforcement. Recent WildAid campaigns such as the #JoinTheHerd initiative have brought together millions of people to speak out about the poaching crisis affecting African elephants. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors – including Prince William and Yao Ming – and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages $289 million in annual pro bono media support with a simple message: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org and follow us @WildAid.

Art San Diego Thrives at New Del Mar Venue, Announces 2018 Dates

November 10th, 2017 Posted by Art, client news, Design, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Special Events No Comment yet

One of the nation’s largest and most respected contemporary art shows, Art San Diego will return to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for its 10th Anniversary Oct. 18–21, 2018

(November 5, 2017 – San Diego) Redwood Media Group, which owns and operates Art San Diego along with five other art shows: Artexpo New York, Artexpo Las Vegas, Spectrum Miami, Red Dot Miami, and Art Santa Fe, announced today that after a successful move to the Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds, Art San Diego will return Oct. 18–21, 2018.

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Art San Diego Moves to Del Mar: Show Slated for Sept. 28-Oct 1

July 24th, 2017 Posted by Art, client news, Design, General, PR news, press release, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Largest Contemporary Art Show in San Diego Moves to Del Mar Fairgrounds; 15,000 Expected over Four Days of Exhibitions, Special Events and Art Talks

2017 SHOW HOURS
First Preview (UBS & Collectors Club/Invitation Only): Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 – 7 p.m.
*Special Press-only preview Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4 – 5 p.m.
Opening Night Preview Party:  Thursday, Sept. 28 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Public Show Hours:
Friday, Sept. 29: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30: Noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1: Noon – 5 p.m.

(July 24, 2017 – San Diego, Calif.) Redwood Media Group announces the return of Art San Diego, the largest contemporary art show in San Diego, for a four-day run Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2017.  With Presenting Sponsor UBS Financial Services, the annual event draws 15,000 attendees. Held for the last eight years in Balboa Park, this year’s show moves to a larger venue, the scenic Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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WildAid Gala Aims to Raise More than $1.5 Million to Protect Endangered Species and Marine Habitats

July 19th, 2017 Posted by client news, Gala/Special Events, General, nonprofit, PR Industry, PR news, Social Media No Comment yet

Actor Josh Duhamel to receive 2017 Wildlife Champion Award

WildAid, the global nonprofit organization leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, announced its annual fundraising gala, “An Evening with WildAid,” will take place November 11 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. WildAid is the only group to focus exclusively on reducing demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns. With the simple message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too,” WildAid works with government, business and media partners as well as celebrities and high profile individuals to advocate consumer change.

Josh Duhamel is this year’s Wildlife Champion and will be honored at the gala

With sponsors including the TOMS Animal Initiative, Guthy Renker and EFJ Philanthropies, “An Evening with WildAid” will bring out Hollywood’s A-List, including film star Josh Duhamel who will be on hand to receive the 2017 Wildlife Champion Award. Duhamel has been an advocate for WildAid, filming several PSAs for the organization and using his celebrity status on social media to engage new audiences and to spread awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and its detrimental effects on endangered species worldwide.

Confirmed celebrity guests include: Josh Duhamel, Bo Derek, John Corbett, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Johnathan Tucker, Taylor Kitsch, Eva La Rue, David Foster, Russell James and many more.

Seized illegal wildlife items

The “Evening with WildAid” gala will feature a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception with silent auction and cultural performances. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner by James Beard award-winning chef Tracey Des Jardins, owner of San Francisco’s famed Jardinière, and Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants.

WildAid ambassador Yao Ming

A highlight of the Gala is WildAid CEO Peter Knights’ introduction of the organization’s new programs to protect endangered species and marine habitats, including recent work by WildAid’s portfolio of celebrity ambassadors including Josh Duhamel, Lupita Nyong’o, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, HRH Prince William, Leonardo DiCaprio, Maggie Q, the cast of The Walking Dead and many others.

WildAid produces impactful, compelling public service announcements that are Hollywood quality for a fraction of the cost, and distributes them to millions of viewers a week through extensive pro bono and earned media placement. In recent years, shark fin imports to China have gone down by 80%, ivory and rhino horn prices have plummeted by more than 50% in China and Vietnam, and China has agreed to close its ivory market by the end of 2017.

About TOMS Animal Initiative

The TOMS Animal Initiative (TOMS) and WildAid joined forces early this year to launch a limited-edition footwear collection that supported WildAid’s conservation programs dedicated to the giant panda. Created by Heather Mycoskie, the TOMS Animal Initiative partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to raise awareness and support for global animal protection.

About WildAid

Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too. For more information, visit WildAid.org and follow us @WildAid.
WildAid is a non-profit organization with a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid primarily works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as shark fin and elephant ivory by persuading consumers and providing comprehensive marine enforcement. Recent WildAid campaigns such as the #JoinTheHerd initiative have brought together millions of people to speak out about the poaching crisis affecting African elephants. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors – including Prince William and Yao Ming – and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages $289 million in annual pro bono media support with a simple message: When the

For photographs, video footage or to interview a WildAid expert, please contact Brendi Rawlin brendi@leeandlondon.com +1 619 549 3066.

Client WildAid Teams with Josh Duhamel for Campaign Geared at Summer Travelers

June 15th, 2017 Posted by client news, General, nonprofit, press release, video No Comment yet

WildAid is teaming up with Josh Duhamel, one of the stars of the soon-to-hit-theaters Transformers sequel, to let U.S. travelers know that the souvenir they buy may have cost an endangered animal its life. The campaign will air via PSAs and billboards across the country. Josh is a long-time supporter of WildAid and its mission to end the illegal wildlife trade.  Full press release follows video.

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Client JDR in Summer Issue of Cottages & Bungalows

May 10th, 2017 Posted by client news, Design, Media Hit, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

Client Jackson Design & Remodeling is featured in the June/July issue of Cottages & Bungalows Magazine – available now on newsstands nationwide!  The article is called “Mission: Dream Kitchen” and highlights a gorgeous Rustic kitchen remodel in San Diego.  Check out the article HERE!

Tahoe Tastings Begins Daily Wine Tasting Cruises in June

March 30th, 2017 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, press release No Comment yet

Tahoe Tastings Begins Daily Wine Tasting Cruises in June: Experience Lake Tahoe Aboard the Golden Rose, a One-of-a-Kind 1953 Chris Craft Water Taxi

Lake Tahoe’s only wine tasting boat cruise, Tahoe Tastings offers cruises Thursdays through Sundays from June – October

(Lake Tahoe, Calif. – March 28, 2017) – Tahoe Tastings announces it will begin daily, Thursday – Sunday cruises June 1, 2017. Tahoe residents and visitors are invited to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe aboard the Golden Rose, a beautifully restored 1953 Chris Craft Venetian Water Taxi, while tasting a curated selection of high-end boutique wines from across Napa Valley and Northern California.

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Client Jackson Design Featured in Cottage White Summer Issue

March 28th, 2017 Posted by client news, Design, General, Media Hit, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

Check out a beautiful La Jolla, California kitchen remodel by client Jackson Design & Remodeling in the summer issue of Cottage White magazine. This gorgeous colonial coastal kitchen was  designed by Tatiana Machado-Rosas and can be seen HERE on page 20.

Check out a beautiful La Jolla, California kitchen remodel by client Jackson Design & Remodeling in the summer issue of Cottage White magazine. This gorgeous colonial coastal kitchen was  designed by Tatiana Machado-Rosas and can be seen HERE on page 20.

Josh Duhamel Lends Social Media Support in WildAid’s Efforts to End Poaching

March 23rd, 2017 Posted by client news, Fashion, General, nonprofit, Public Relations, Social Media No Comment yet

Josh Duhamel is a huge supporter of WildAid and has teamed up to promote sales of a limited edition T-shirt to provide funding to end the poaching of rhinos, elephants and other endangered animals globally. 100% of the sales will be donated to WildAid. The T-shirts are available for 2 weeks only beginning March 22 through April 5.

#JointheHerd and purchase yours today.  Go here now:  www.represent.com/josh

If you represent celebrities and would like to get involved in WildAid’s efforts, send us an e-mail.

“UNCORKED for a Cause” Returns April 21: Happy-Hour Style, Blind Wine Tasting Raises Funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

March 21st, 2017 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

The Junior Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito today announced the return of popular wine tasting fundraiser “UNCORKED for a Cause.” The event will take place Friday, April 21 from 7-9:00 p.m. at a new venue,Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Center for a Healthy Lifestyle, which includes a half acre urban farm & garden on the beautiful Encinitas hillside. The happy-hour style, blind wine tasting event features more than 100 bottles of red wine, light food and friendly competition. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $50,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. This year’s event is made possible by the support of sponsors including Retirement Benefits Group (RBG), TICOR Title and raffle sponsors Andaz San Diego and Callaway Golf.

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World Skateboarding Federation Donates Decks to South African Youth

March 2nd, 2017 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

Client World Skateboarding Federation began it’s 2017 Africa Skate Project program in South Africa this week, which reaches out to kids in poor areas to offer free skate clinics and mentoring. In addition, WSF gave away complete decks to the kids in attendance. Over the next few months over 100 decks will be given to kids at ASP stops across South Africa.

Skateboarding has been shown to keep kids off the street and away from crime.  It develops positive traits including perseverance and creativity. The South African government has been active in seeking to expand the opportunities to expose kids to skateboarding.

The largest success story to demonstrate this concept is the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley which was built to house the World Skateboarding Championships and then to serve as a year-round free public skate park. Studies by researchers at area universities as to the skate park’s impact have been overwhelmingly positive.  To keep up to date with WSF news and activities, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

New Client Alert: LLPR Welcomes Nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

December 1st, 2016 Posted by client news, General, nonprofit, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

We are excited to announce that San Diego nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito has tapped Lee and London for PR support in 2017. After the success of LLPR’s initial engagement with BGC San Dieguito to help promote its annual “Youth of the Year” Awards in August,  the LLPR team was brought on in December to assist the Clubs year-round with PR support. The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito serves more than 6,100 members in the San Dieguito (North coastal) area and impacts over 10,000 youth across San Diego County every year through six specialty programs and seven Clubhouses throughout Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach.

Two National Magazine Photo Shoots This Week!

October 3rd, 2016 Posted by client news, Design, General, Media Hit, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

Our team was excited to land two very big hits for our longtime client Jackson Design and Remodeling this week. We got two of their projects in national magazines, one in Cottages & Bungalows and one in Rustic Country Magazine. The staff from the magazines came down to San Diego with their photographer to style and shoot both homes.  The first shoot was for a gorgeous traditional kitchen in La Jolla and the second shoot was a whole home (and barn) in Escondido.

Behind the Scenes on our Escondido Farm photo shoot:

While at the photo shoots, the onsite artistic director teased some of the final photos with a sneak preview on Instagram.  You can see how amazing they look!

Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Tap Lee and London for Youth of the Year Awards

August 14th, 2016 Posted by client news, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

We’re excited to announce our new client the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito! The north county clubs are celebrating their 50th birthday with the annual Youth of the Year Celebration at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Infield Pavilion on Friday, August 5. The Youth of the Year Awards acknowledges teens ages 14-18 for their achievements in leadership, service and academic excellence. The event features evening horse races, cocktail hour, silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. We’re excited to help this awesome nonprofit spread the word about their event and the great work their doing in San Dieguito!

Client WSF Announces Construction of New Skatepark in Montreal’s Famed Olympic Park

July 22nd, 2016 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

New Skatepark will Host the 2017 Canadian Skateboarding Championships

World Skateboarding Federation and Olympic Park officials announced today a partnership to build a new world class skatepark in Montreal, Canada in Olympic Park, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  The state-of-the-art park is planned to host future national and international skateboarding events, including the 2017 Canadian Skateboarding Championships.

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Client News: Home Expressions by JDR Open House Celebration

June 13th, 2016 Posted by client news, Design, General, Public Relations No Comment yet

On Saturday, June 18, client Home Expressions by JDR hosted its open house celebration, welcoming the San Diego community to check out the company’s brand new 9,000 sq. ft. Selection Center. The event featured celebrity guest, star of Bravo’s hit show “Flipping Out,” Jeff Lewis! Jeff and partner Gabe met and posed for photos with adoring local fans. Legendary jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos performed at the event while guests sipped on champagne.

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Lee and London Welcomes New Client Berry Best Chocolate Fest

March 5th, 2016 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR news, press release, Special Events No Comment yet
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The Berry Best Chocolate Fest is Coming to Liberty Station March 19

Sample Sensational Chocolates and Shop for Easter: Family Friendly Event Features Chocolate Pie Eating Contest, Cupcake Decorating Station, an Easter Bunny Photo Booth and San Diego’s Tastiest Chocolates

The Berry Best Chocolate Fest comes to Liberty Station on Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

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Lee and London Tapped for PR and Marketing for San Diego Festival of Beer

March 5th, 2016 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR news, Public Relations, Social Media, Special Events No Comment yet
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Lee and London PR is excited to announce it’s expanded role for the San Diego Festival of Beer in 2016. Lee and London will manage the festival website, all marketing and advertising as well as PR and social media. This year, the festival has adopted a political theme as it’s just one month out from the November presidential election.  The fest will feature over 50 local breweries who will serve up 120 varieties of bipartisan brews.

Lee & London Lands Coverage in French Style for Client JDR

January 5th, 2016 Posted by client news, Design, General, Media Hit, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

The March issue of French Style Magazine featured a gorgeous French Country kitchen remodeled by client Jackson Design and Remodeling.  The 5-page spread also includes tips for designing a French Country kitchen. Check out the full spread – CLICK HERE.

Sikk Shades Inaugural Summer Surf Series: The Bro-Mo Tour

June 19th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet
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All summer long we are teaming up with our client, Sikk Shades, as we will be hosting the inaugural Bro-Mo Tour. We will be cruising up and down Highway 101 searching for the next best talent.

For the first stop of the Tour, we nestled onto Pipes Beach in Encinitas. The punchy beach break offered stellar knee to chest high sets, which resulted in an all-around fun morning surf.

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Dropping in: First-Ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships are under way

June 5th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, PR Industry, PR news, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

It has been over 20 years since a true national skateboarding contest — one that isn’t invite only — was held in the U.S.

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) – the leading global skateboarding events management company — has partnered with leading independent skate shops across the nation. Eleven regional qualifying contests will be held in 11 cities this summer culminating in the first-ever U.S. Skateboarding Championships in Washington, D.C. Saturday, August 29. The total prize purse is $36,000 with $2,000 up for grabs at each regional qualifier.

1. Rhythm Skate Shop — Dallas, TX — June 20 WINNER: TAYLOR BRAY

2. PITCREW Skateboards — Frederick, MD — July 18

3. Hazard County Skate Park — McDonough, GA — July 18

4. Escapist Skate Shop — Kansa City, MO — July 19

5. Pharmacy Skate Shop– Los Angeles, CA — July 20

6. Pharmacy Skate Shop — Las Vegas, NV — July 20

7. Uprise Skateboards — Lake Bluff, IL — July 25

8. Shrunkenheads Skateboards — Sandy, OR — July 25

9. 3rd Lair Skatepark — Golden Valley, MN — July 26

10. KCDC Skate Shop — Brooklyn, NY — August 1

11. Skate Works Skate Shop — San Jose, CA — August 7

12. Washington D.C. — FINALS

The winner from each stop will earn themselves an automatic bid in the finals. The Finals at the nation’s capital will earn the chance to compete against the world’s best skaters, from over 50 countries, in the Skateboarding World Championships. This year’s world championships will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa, Oct. 7-10.

Find a skate shop near you and be sure to come out. It is going to be an eventful summer and we are psyched to be a part of the madness. We’ll see you out there!

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Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest Chooses Lee and London to Promote Inaugural Foodie Fest

May 5th, 2015 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Hold on to your Taste Buds: Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest is Coming to Downtown’s Waterfront Park July 18 

Ultimate Summer Foodie Festival will Feature Beer Garden, Tasting Competition, Live Entertainment and Fun Activities for the Whole Family

(San Diego, CA—May 4, 2015) San Diego has a new foodie fest to get excited about: The inaugural Lemon Zest & Garlic Fest will take place Saturday, July 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Waterfront Park in Downtown.

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Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr to Sponsor TransWorld Skateboarding’s ‘Come Up Tour’

May 5th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, Fashion, General, PR Industry, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Third annual skate contest series will cover six cities in six weeks

(Houston, TX—May 6, 2015) Sikk Shades® – a new line of performance eyewear for the action sports market – is proud to sponsor TransWorld’s Come Up Tour. Starting May 9, the third annual amateur skate contest series will be touring the U.S. for six weeks in a row in search of the nation’s best unsponsored skateboarders. The tour will be stopping in major skate cities including Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Nashville, Milwaukee, Portland and San Diego. 

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Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa

February 27th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa Oct. 7-10  

For the first time, top finishers of international and U.S. contests, including Dew Tour, X Games, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, to earn spots in World Championships

(Sacramento, Calif. – February 24, 2015) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today that Kimberley, South Africa will once again host the Skateboarding World Championships, October 7-10, 2015. Thirty-eight countries and 250 skateboarders competed at last year’s event where Brazilian Kelvin Hoeffler beat some of the top names in skateboarding including Nyjah Huston, Tommy Fynn and Louie Lopez, to claim the world champion street title and a piece of skateboarding’s largest prize purse: $500,000.

This year’s Skateboarding World Championships are expected to draw the largest international field of any skate contest in history, with skaters from at least 50 countries expected to compete in five world championship events, including the Women’s Street Championships, Vert Championships, Big Air Championships, Rider Cup Team Championships and Men’s Street Championships.

This year for the first time, the Skateboarding World Championships will extend invitations to the top finishers of notable international contests like the Mystic Cup, Copenhagen Pro, the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, Bryggeriet Malmo and others around the world. Top finishers from U.S. contests, including X Games, Dew Tour, U.S. Skateboarding Championships and Street League, will also earn spots in the Skateboarding World Championships.

Photo Sam Clark

The 2015 Skateboarding World Championships will be held at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which runs from Wednesday, October 7 – Saturday, October 10 in Kimberley, South Africa. The vert and street contests are held at the permanent, state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza that was built for the contests and subsequently donated to the community. The Plaza saw more than 14,000 visitors in 2014, not including the over 20,000 who attended last year’s five-day Kimberley Diamond Cup and Skateboarding World Championship events.

The World Skateboarding Federation (WSF) has sanctioned the World Skateboarding Championships and will provide financial assistance to help pay for travel expenses for skaters in countries without government, corporate or federation support.

In the U.S., it’s typically the sponsors who pay for the skateboarders to travel, but in the rest of the world it doesn’t work that way, according to Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, who is also on the board of the newly created World Skateboarding Federation.

“It became evident to us last year that there is a lack of organization, funding and resources in many countries in getting their top skateboarders to international events,” McFerran said. “We are still in the beginning stages of developing a worldwide contest circuit that feeds into one final, year-end cumulative contest, the Skateboarding World Championships, and we have made amazing progress and received worldwide support for what we are trying to do. In addition to the international, country, regional and the invite-only U.S. contests, we anticipate that we will have at least 50 countries represented in the Skateboarding World Championships in South Africa this year. If you’re a top skater in your country then you deserve to be in the world championships, and with the support of the World Skateboarding Federation we will ensure you are able to get to South Africa to represent your country.”

Turkish skateboarder Cenk Kulioglu was one of 35 international skaters who received financial assistance for travel expenses from the World Skateboarding Federation in order to compete in last year’s Skateboarding World Championships.

“I was chosen from Turkey, to go to South Africa to participate in the Kimberley Diamond Cup in 2014. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had,” said Kulioglu. WSGP puts on the biggest contests in the world and has the biggest prize purse. The format is the best and most exciting in skateboarding. When I got there I realized how professional a skateboard contest can be. Everything was perfect. It was always my childhood dream to take part in a contest this big. To be part of the Skateboarding World Championships and to have it broadcasted around the world was a dream come true. I’d like to say thanks to World Skateboarding Federation for making it possible for me to be there!”

In addition to providing funding for top skaters to get to major events like the Skateboarding World Championships, WSF is also committed to providing leadership and direction, to link up with and establish national skateboarding federations and assist with building quality skate parks around the world.

For more information on the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup visitwww.worldskateboardinginternational.com and www.kimberleydiamondcup.com.  For information on the World Skateboarding Federation visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

World Skateboarding Grand Prix is the global leader in skateboarding event management. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For the latest news and information on the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup as well as other upcoming World Skateboarding Grand Prix events, including the U.S. Skateboarding Championships and the Turkish Skateboarding Championships, visitwww.worldskateboarding.com or check out our corporate site at www.worldskateboardinginternational.com.

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation is the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding Federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org.

Introducing Sikk Shades®: The New Standard in Performance Eyewear

February 27th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, Fashion, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

Introducing Sikk Shades®: The New Standard in Performance Eyewear

Flash Electric™ Lens Technology Outperforms Polarized, Gives Athletes Clearer Vision and Better Depth Perception; Perfectly Balanced Frame Offers Better Fit and Embedded Non-Slip Nose Grip for All Day Wear

(Houston, TX—February 26, 2015) Sikk Shades® – a new line of performance eyewear for the action sports market – officially launches today. Developed by former Pro BMX Rider Eddie Bauer Jr., along with some of the industry’s top eyewear designers, Sikk Shades’ flagship frames, the Huckleberry and Qualifier (starting at $119.99) are now available online and in select retailers nationwide. Created specifically for athletes, and designed to withstand harsh weather and extreme conditions, Sikk Shades offer clearer vision and better depth perception than traditional polarized glasses, as well as a better fit and a non-slip, embedded nose grip for all-day wear and comfort.

Sikk Shades’® lenses utilize Flash Electric™ technology, which blocks short-wave light –  the harmful light that leads to eye damage –  and allows ample amounts of long-wave light in. This allows the wearer to avoid the distortion and depth perception issues common in most polarized lenses, while providing clear and unobstructed vision, a huge advantage if you’re on the track or hitting the slopes.

Each pair of Sikk Shades® features a non-slip nose grip embedded into the frame, keeping the glasses securely in place while athletes sweat, experience extreme weather and manage harsh terrain. The durable frames are made by one of Italy’s most respected, independent eyewear manufacturers and are perfectly balanced and weighted to fit better, without the painful pressure points behind the ear – allowing for all day wear and comfort.

“As a former pro BMX/Motorcross racer, I was frustrated by the polarized sunglasses I was wearing constantly distorting my vision, giving off that weird prism effect and causing depth perception issues – something that’s particularly problematic when you’re skating, snowboarding, riding motocross or BMX,” said Eddie Bauer Jr., founder and CEO of Sikk Shades®.  “I started doing research to find an alternative to polarized lenses and found Flash Electric™ technology was the perfect solution. It outperforms polarized in virtually every aspect, providing superior vision while also letting in fewer damaging UV rays. From there, we developed the perfectly weighted and balanced frames, which eliminate the pressure points behind the ears and offer a very comfortable fit. We also embedded the nose grip right into the frame. We’ve had the glasses tested by our friends and colleagues in the industry and they’ve received incredible reviews. We’re excited to launch what we believe will be the new standard in performance eyewear for the action sports industry.”

Sikk Shades® has assembled an impressive roster of up-and-coming athletes from skate, surf, snow, BMX and motocross to test its flagship frames and to serve as brand ambassadors, including:

Surf: Paul Pluey, Vanina Walsh

Skate: Daniel Cuervo, Jose Cheese Chevalo

Snow: Ian Kuhn, Phil Smage, Jason Lozzi, Aaron Lozzi and Brandon Heitzenrater

Olympians: Lucas Mata (Australian bobsled team) and Mirela Rahneva (Olympian skeleton racer for Team Canada)

Motocross: Craig Robertson, Austin Politelli and Dylan French

BMX: Justin Carson (5-time Colorado State Champion)

Auto: Austin Ford and Kyle Keenan

To learn more about the Sikk Shades® Team, visit www.SikkShades.com.

About Sikk Shades®

Sikk Shades® is the new standard in performance eyewear for active lifestyles. After three years of research and development, Sikk Shades’ flagship frames, Huckleberry and Qualifier, offer action sports enthusiasts a fresh look while outperforming traditional polarized lenses. Founded by Eddie Bauer Jr. and tested by up-and-coming amateur and professional athletes, Sikk Shades utilize Flash Electric™ technology, which blocks harmful UV rays while avoiding the distortion and depth perception issues common in most polarized lenses. The perfectly balanced, Italian-made frames eliminate pressure points behind the ears for a better fit and all day wear and comfort. The non-slip nose grip is embedded right into the frame, keeping glasses firmly in place even in harsh conditions. For more information, visit www.sikkshades.com or follow the brand on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul

February 20th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

L&L Client World Skateboarding Federation Announces Global Skateboarding Summit  May 22-24
Early Registration Now Open through Feb. 28

 (Istanbul, Turkey – February 12, 2015) — World Skateboarding Federation today announced that registration is now open for the first-ever Global Skateboarding Summit. The three-day summit will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, May 22-24, 2015.  Attendees who register before Feb. 28 will receive a 20 percent discount on conference fees. The purpose of the Global Skateboarding Summit is to bring together skateboarders, organizations, groups, federations, and associations, for the first time, in an effort to collaborate, organize and create a meaningful direction for the sport of skateboarding while supporting its athletes.

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KDC Grand Slam Cape Town Regional Qualifiers at Ultimate X: Schedule & Info

February 19th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

It’s official: The first KDC Grand Slam Regional Qualifier of 2015 will be showcased at Ultimate X Action Sports Fest next weekend, 27-28 Feb. at Grandwest Arena in Cape Town.

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Press Release: KDC Announces 2015 Schedule

February 17th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PRESENTED BY KUMBA IRON ORE ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE

World Skateboarding Grand Prix today released the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) presented by Kumba Iron Ore schedule for 2015. Hosted in partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Government, the Kimberley Diamond Cup will feature three Grand Slam regional qualifying events and fourteen Skateboarding for Hope community outreach initiatives leading up to skateboarding world championships event in Kimberley in October 2015.

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Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

January 30th, 2015 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, Public Relations No Comment yet

As the new year gets under way, many San Diegans are inspired to refresh their homes and finally begin planning that long-overdue remodeling project. Kitchens are at the top of the list for many homeowners with open, inviting spaces that suit entertaining, one of the big, continuing trends for 2015.

Lee and London Client featured in Dwell

December 9th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, Public Relations No Comment yet

So excited to have our amazing client Jackson Design and Remodeling featured on the home page of Dwell.com with this incredible kitchen remodel located in La Jolla.  Dwell is the industry’s most highly esteemed design publication and they only feature the absolute best projects in the country. JDR’s team of international designers continues to rack up major national design awards and editorial coverage and we are so excited to get to work with these incredibly talented designers every day.  They never cease to amaze us with their creativity and passion for what they do.

Cedar Kitchen Designed for Family Time

November 21st, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, PR news No Comment yet

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and families are getting ready to cook holiday favorites and turn their homes into aroma-filled spaces for dining and entertaining.

With four children and a large extended family to entertain, our clients wanted to remodel their kitchen to improve its space and functionality while retaining the cabinlike feeling of the 1972-era San Diego home.

WSGP CEO Tim McFerran in Sac Business Journal

November 14th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding No Comment yet

As a former college basketball player who manages global skateboarding events, World Skateboarding Grand Prix CEO Tim McFerran has learned lessons beyond how to get comfortable on an international flight when you’re nearly 7 feet tall. Read More…

25 Years in Business = 25 Acts of Community Service

November 13th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General No Comment yet

Jackson Design & Remodeling, an award-winning San Diego-based design and remodeling firm owned by Todd Jackson of Ramona, is doing something a little unexpected this year to celebrate its 25th year in business. The company is giving back to the community in 25 ways. Read more…

I got bit by a lion in Africa

November 13th, 2014 Posted by client news, General, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Ok, fine, it was a BABY lion…but it still stung pretty good and left an awesome bruise!

So why was I in Africa? I was there with our client World Skateboarding Grand Prix, the leading global skate events management company, which runs the Skateboarding World Championships that were held in 2014 at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in the former diamond-mining town of Kimberley, South Africa (Phew! That was a long sentence…)

It was my third visit to South Africa, but it was the first time I was able to visit the townships and interact with the local kids at the skate clinics we hosted. It was an incredible experience to witness how something as simple as a board with four wheels can positively affect so many lives. World Skateboarding added a women’s event to the championships this year and some of the top female skateboarders –Elissa Steamer, Lacey Baker, Alexis Sablone, Kat Williams, Marisa Dal Santo and Alana Smith — visited two townships outside Kimberley  to give skate clinics to the local kids.  Hundreds of kids flocked to the dirt lot where we set up a makeshift skate park and it was incredible to see how many young girls quickly jumped on the boards and showed no fear.

For the first time, 37 countries had skaters represented in the world championships and I got the chance to meet some of the best from around the world:  Nassim Guammaz from the Netherlands, Tommy Fynn from Australia, Tom Knox from the UK, and of course Nyjah Huston from the US (I actually met Nyjah for the first time back in 2009 at the Maloof Money Cup in Orange County when he was 14 years old and had long dreadlocks — I’ll never forget him tearing up when he placed second to Chris Cole after coming back from behind and ending the contest with a PERFECT run. He has come a long, long way since then) — there were so many rad skaters there that you don’t see every day.  And superstar rapper/mogul Lil Jon was on hand to perform at the closing night concert, featuring the biggest bands from South Africa and an incredible fireworks show. It was hands-down the best skate contest I’ve personally ever seen. We’re really excited to have such an incredible client in World Skateboarding Grand Prix, and we admire their commitment to make a difference in the lives of youth around the world. We can’t wait for 2015 — we’ve got some exciting announcements we’ll be making soon, so stay tuned!!!!!

Check out the photo gallery below to see some photos from the trip.


The culprit. I named him “Bitey.”

San Diego Designer Creates Dream Kitchens

October 25th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, Public Relations No Comment yet

At today’s American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego Kitchen and Bath tour, San Diegans will be able to see the work of some of the county’s most creative designers. One of the stops features a rustic, Zen-style kitchen in Del Mar by Tatiana Machado-Rosas. (The self-guided ASID tour runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., see site for details.) Machado-Rosas, 40, who works at Jackson Design & Remodeling, was born and raised in Mexico City, but spent some of her childhood years in Europe where the varied cultures and architecture inspired her aesthetic. Read more…

Samarria Brevard in BET

October 23rd, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, skateboarding No Comment yet

Check out this great article on  the 2014 Women’s Street Skateboarding Champ Samarria Brevard in BET.

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Jackson Design and Remodeling Wins Three Master Design Awards

October 22nd, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, press release, Public Relations No Comment yet

(San Diego- October 22, 2014) – Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR) announced today that the San Diego-based design and remodeling firm has won three Master Design Awards, the prestigious awards program for professional remodelers run by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. Each year hundreds of design firms submit their best projects across 23 categories. JDR’s wins came in the highly competitive categories of whole homes (less than $300,000), bathrooms (more than $75,000) and kitchens ($75,000 – $100,000). This is JDR’s sixth consecutive year receiving Master Design Awards for its work. Read more…

Skateboarding World Championships on ESPN

October 22nd, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Check out this great article on the recent Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa — in this ESPN article. 

Female Skate Pros Inspire Kids in South Africa Townships

October 17th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Went to a township yesterday in Kimberley and set up a mini skate park/held a clinic with women’s skate pros Elissa Steamer, Kat Williams, Julia Brueckler & Marissa Dal Santo. #inspiration#empowerment#girlpower#kdcskate

Jackson Design and Remodeling of San Diego celebrates milestone anniversary with 25 acts of giving

October 15th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General No Comment yet

The Challenged Athletes Foundation will hold its annual Triathlon Challenge Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at La Jolla Cove. One of the many teams supporting the cause is local remodeling firm Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR). The CAF event is one of 25 charitable acts JDR will participate in this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Read more…

Check out Alana Smith’s Backflip at the 2014 Skateboarding Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 6th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Alana Smith impressed the crowds at the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup when she landed a backflip. Watch the video here!

Brazilian Kelvin Hoefler Edges Out Australian Tommy Fynn to Win World Skateboarding Championships at Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 5th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

(Kimberley, South Africa – October 5, 2014) – The 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup concluded today in dramatic fashion. It was an all-out battle in the Street Championship Semi Finals with Nyjah Huston upset in the first round by the Netherlands’ Nassim Guammaz. Guammaz lost to Brazilian Kevin Hoefler in the third round. Hoefler would go on to battle with Australian Tommy Fynn in the Finals, just edging him out for the world title and $100,000 top prize. Read more…

Catch All the Action From the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup in South Africa LIVE Webcast Oct 4-5

October 2nd, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, press release, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

(Sacramento, CA- October 02, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix — the leading international skateboarding events management company — today announced the Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup, presented by Kumba Iron Ore, will be webcast LIVE online at www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5. The event will also be broadcast live on Supersport, South Africa’s premier television network for sports coverage. Read more…

2014 Skateboarding World Championships Return to Kimberley, South Africa

September 25th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR news, press release, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix – the leading international skateboarding event management company — today announced the street lineup for the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Read more…

2014 SD Festival of Beer on Fox 5 San Diego

September 22nd, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

San Diego Festival of Beer celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary Year.  Thanks to all the fantastic media who covered the event:  Union Tribune, San Diego Magazine, Pacific Mag, Fox 5, KUSI, NBC 7/39 and so many more!

San Diego 6 Reports LIVE from the San Diego Festival of Beer

September 19th, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, Media Hit, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Watch San Diego 6 report LIVE from the San Diego Festival of Beer here!

New Kitchen has Caribbean Vibes

September 18th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, Public Relations No Comment yet

With summer at a close, many San Diegans are left with fond vacation memories of warm and breezy islands. One San Diego couple wanted to capture that tranquil and relaxing island feel year-round in their kitchen remodel. Read more… 

A Beer Festival for a Good Cause

September 16th, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Cano created one of San Diego’s first beer festivals. Read more…

Check out the San Diego Festival of Beer on KUSI San Diego

September 16th, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, Media Hit, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Thanks to Culture Brewing Co, Groundswell Brewing Company, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Carri Larsen-Chandler for helping us with our spot on KUSI Good Morning San Diego! Watch the San Diego Festival of Beer on KUSI San Diego: San Diego Festival of Beer on KUSI News

Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa

September 10th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

(Sacramento, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2014) –World Skateboarding Grand Prix today announced the lineup for the Vert and MiniMega Skateboarding World Championships as well as the Women’s Street Skateboarding World Championships, three of the 10 official events that make up the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships returning to Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 2-5. Read more…

WSGP to Host US Skateboarding Championships in 2015

August 19th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, press release, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Qualifying Events to be held in Multiple US Cities Beginning June 2015; Winners of US Championships Earn Trip to 2015 World Skateboarding Championships

(Sacramento, Calif. – August 19, 2014) – World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) announced today it will expand in the US next summer, bringing at least three qualifying events to cities across the US, culminating in the first-ever US Skateboarding Championships.

The events will include an individual street style contest as well as the Rider Cup team contest. The individual winners and the winning Rider Cup team will earn trips to compete in the 2015 World Skateboarding Championships.

The official location and dates will be announced in the coming months as WSGP seeks qualified bids from cities in the US, split into four geographic areas.

An unprecedented 70 countries were invited to send their best skaters to this year’s Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa Oct. 2-5 where an expected 250 skateboarders will compete for the $500,000 prize purse. The location for the 2015 World Championships will be named by the end of the year.

“We are excited about the expansion into the US market. It’s been 20 years since a national skateboarding contest was held here, and with the growth of skateboarding globally, it only makes sense to bring a true national championship to the US. We’ll be utilizing the same fast-paced format that we’ve become known for, so we anticipate a very competitive series,”said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix.

East Coast Skate Legend Steve Rodriguez, who recently produced the Rider Cup NYC series for WSGP, says the US championship will be a welcome addition to competitive skateboarding.

“A truly inclusive championship-level event here in the US is the logical evolution of contest skating,” said Rodriguez. “To have both an individual and team championship is a really progressive concept. WSGP is known for exciting head-to-head contests that constantly push the skaters to elevate their skating, which in turn makes for a better contest atmosphere.”

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix

WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to stimulate local economies through tourism and support youth development. For the latest news and information, visit www.WorldSkateboarding.com.

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Coronado Brewing Co. Creates Special Edition San Diego Festival of Beer Brew

August 14th, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, press release, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

(San Diego, CA – August 14, 2014)San Diego Festival of Beer officials announced today that Coronado Brewing Company will release a special brew for the San Diego Festival of Beer’s 20th Anniversary. The limited edition beer, which Coronado Brewing has dubbed ‘SD Party Pilsner,’ is being brewed for keg release.  The brewery will also donate $1 of each pint sold on the evening of August 20th, to the San Diego Professionals Against Cancer (SDPAC), the nonprofit group that runs the annual San Diego Festival of Beer, to benefit local cancer charities. Read more…

25 Years in Business – 25 Acts of Community Service

August 8th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, press release, Public Relations No Comment yet

(San Diego, CA-August 8, 2014) –Jackson Design & Remodeling (JDR), an award-winning San Diego-based design and remodeling firm, is doing something a little unexpected this year to celebrate its 25th year in business. The company is giving back to the San Diego community in 25 ways. JDR’s staff came up with a list of 25 local services and organizations that meant something special to each of them, as a way to thank the city for its continued support throughout the years. With 14 acts already completed, the company is more than halfway to reaching its goal. Read more…

WSGP Announces Turkey Skateboarding Championships

August 7th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

Grand Slam Series to Include Three Qualifier Events Culminating in Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31, 2015

(Sacramento, Calif. – August 5, 2014) — World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) today announced it will bring the Grand Slam series of skateboarding contests to Turkey in 2015, culminating in the first-ever Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31.

The Grand Slam series will stop in Ankara, Antalya and Istanbul, giving local skateboarders a chance to earn a spot in the Turkey Skateboarding Championships. The Grand Slams will feature qualifiers for both individual skateboarders as well as the Rider Cup team skateboarding contest. The winners from each Grand Slam contest and the winners from the Rider Cup team contest will then battle it out for a cash prize and championship title in the first-ever Turkey Skateboarding Championships in Istanbul on May 31, 2015.  In addition, the winning individual and team will earn the chance to represent Turkey in the 2015 Skateboarding World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa.

“I was so stoked when first I heard that WSGP will bring this international skateboarding event to Turkey,” said Erdem Kavla, a rider for the first Turkish skateboard company, Glovs. “For a long time, we’ve been trying to get skateboarding respected here, and these kind of international events help us reach a bigger audience in our country.  I hope this will be the first, but not the last, major skateboarding event in Turkey. I will be attending the contest as a rider and hope to win some cash and have a chance to go to the World Championships in Kimberley, South Africa.”

“We are excited about the expansion of WSGP into Turkey, where the sport is growing tremendously and is in a position to benefit from a championship event that will not only put Turkey on the global stage but will help to further support and grow the local skateboarding industry,” said Tim McFerran, president of WSGP.

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix

World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) is an international skateboarding events management company. WSGP hosts world-class skateboarding events with a commitment to help stimulate local economies through tourism and by supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For more information, visit www.worldskateboarding.com.

Elliptigo in SDBJ

July 18th, 2014 Posted by client news, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

 ELLIPTIGO IN SDBJ

And here’s another recent hit for client elliptiGO on the front page of the San Diego Business Journal!

Making Small Spaces Beautiful

July 15th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

Earlier this year at the National Kitchen & Bath Association Awards in Las Vegas, San Diego’s Sol Quintana Wagoner took home the prize for the country’s “Best Bath.” Read more… 

From ‘Man Cave’ to Family Fun

July 12th, 2014 Posted by client news, Design, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

When most people think of a “man cave,” they imagine a space set apart from the central living area in the home, with traditionally very masculine décor and entertainment elements like projection televisions, leather recliner seating and built-in kegerators. Read more…

Rider Cup New York Kicks Off July 12

July 11th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, client news, General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet
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The World Skateboarding Rider Cup New York begins this weekend with the first contest kicking off Saturday, July 12 at noon at the Lower East Side (L.E.S.) Skatepark in Manhattan. The Rider Cup Team Championships run for six consecutive Saturdays, stopping in each of NYC’s five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Local skateboarders form crews of four to represent their boroughs and compete in a jam style contest for a shot at a $10,000 cash prize plus airfare and accommodations to South Africa to compete in the World Skateboarding Rider Cup world championships during the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup.

Individual team members compete in one section of the skatepark and are judged head-to-head based on the number of tricks landed, difficulty of tricks and overall impression. The winning team from each borough will receive a $2,000 cash prize and advance to the finals where the top 12 teams will compete at L.E.S. Skatepark in Manhattan on August 16, for the $10,000 first place cash prize.

“This event is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time; it’s an exciting new type of contest for the skateboarding industry,” said Tim McFerran, president of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “While skateboarding is generally perceived as an individual event, when you add a team element where you’re representing your town and competing against other great skaters from different towns, it brings a whole new level of excitement. At the World Championships in South Africa this year, the Rider Cup contest will add a whole new dimension as teams from several countries will represent their hometowns to be crowned world champion. We look forward to growing this event and bringing it to countries around the world.”

The 2014 WSRC Team Championships NYC competition schedule is as follows. All contests begin at noon:

1. Saturday, July 12, 2014: Manhattan Qualifier at L.E.S. Skatepark

2. Saturday, July 19, 2014: Bronx Qualifier at River Ave Stakepark

3. Saturday, July 26, 2014: Brooklyn Qualifier at McCarren Skatepark

4. Saturday, August 2, 2014: Queens Qualifier at Astoria Skatepark

5. Saturday, August 9, 2014: Staten Island Qualifier at 5050 Skatepark

6. Saturday, August 16, 2014: NYC Final at L.E.S. Skatepark

For the latest news and information on World Skateboarding’s Rider Cup Team Championships as well as other upcoming WSGP events, visitwww.worldskateboarding.com/ridercup/ and follow us on Facebook. For more information on the Kimberley Diamond Cup World Skateboarding Championships visitwww.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter and Facebook.

About World Skateboarding World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP) is a skateboarding event management company based in Sacramento, California. WSGP is the global leader in skate contests, hosting world-class skateboarding events globally with a commitment to social responsibility. WSGP invests heavily in in each country that hosts their contests and helps to stimulate local economies through tourism and by supporting youth development, especially those in underserved or impoverished communities. For more information, visit www.worldskateboarding.com .

Gearing up for the 20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer

July 8th, 2014 Posted by client news, Food and Drink, General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

Gearing up for the 20th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer September 19! This year’s 20th Anniversary is at an awesome new location on the downtown bayfront on Broadway Pier and will be bigger and better than ever. You don’t want to miss this event!