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Confessions of a PR Intern: Sometimes you just have to WINE

June 7th, 2019 Posted by Food and Drink, Gala/Special Events, General, Jobs, PR Industry, Public Relations, Special Events, Team News No Comment yet

I didn’t know what to expect working for a public relations firm this Summer. I had some ideas in mind…. maybe lots of writing? Social media blasts? Busy work? Running errands and getting coffee orders? Well, my first week on the job did include some of these, but it was far more exciting than I could have ever imagined. It didn’t include coffee runs, dry cleaning or answering phone calls. I was truly part of the Lee and London team and got hands-on experience from the creative and strong women behind L&L PR.

Lee and London was hired to provide PR support for the fifth annual ‘Sip the City,’ an event put on by the San Diego Urban Wineries (SDUW). SDUW is a coalition of wineries throughout San Diego County who take grapes from the country and create award-winning, unique wine in the city. My first week coincided with this wine tasting event L&L PR had been preparing for the past two months.

First Week on Cloud Wine 😉
(Sorry not sorry for all the wine puns I couldn’t help myself!)

On my first day, I woke up at 5:50 a.m. (far earlier than any time I have woken up for class these past four years!) and met Corinne, a senior publicist, at Gianni Buonomo Vintners in Ocean Beach for a live FOX 5 segment with Tabitha Lipkin. We set up the back of the winery to display the bottles of different wines available at ‘Sip the City.’ We tasted a little wine and gave insight to the interviewees on different touchpoints to discuss on camera– I was feeling like a PR maven. If this is what public relations is like at L&L PR, COUNT ME IN!

The live Fox 5 segment

My next work day was Friday, May 31st, the day of ‘Sip the City.’ I drove up to Seaport Village with a 6-by-7 carpet of artificial grass to help build and run the brainchild of L&L PR, the Rosé Garden. While we were not enlisted to produce the Rosé Garden, we became so obsessed with the idea that we ran with it! The Rosé Garden offered rosé tastings from 12 wineries at the event. After months of preparation, it was the L&L team’s turn to unWINE while we interns stepped up.

We poured, we drank (just a little obviously because we were working!) and we promoted the social media giveaway of four passports to San Diego Urban Wineries. The Rosé Garden gave people an opportunity to take pictures, sign up for the SDUW newsletter and drink rosé all day night!

I can’t promise every week will be like this with Lee and London, but my first week was wine I’ll never forget! Cheers!

One of the beautiful parts of the Rosé Garden!

L&L PR Founder and CEO Selected as American Business Awards Judge

March 25th, 2019 Posted by General, Jobs, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, Special Events, Team News No Comment yet

The American Business Awards (a.k.a. The Stevie Awards) selection process is underway, and we are so proud to announce L&L PR Founder and CEO Brendi Rawlin was hand-selected to be a judge on the Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations Awards Committee. The committee consists of public relations professionals around the world, from Australia to New York.

Brendi has 18+ years of experience developing and managing strategic communications and media relations campaigns; from managing multi-million-dollar accounts and counseling Fortune 500 corporations, to launching start-ups in a wide range of industries. She’s won multiple awards for her work, including over a dozen Silver Bernays awards and a “40 Under 40” award.

The ABA/Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business award and their mission is to recognize and generate public awareness of excellence in the workplace worldwide. Judging of the 2019 American Business Awards is conducted by 13 specialized committees. Their average scores will determine the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie® Awards.

Congrats on being selected Brendi! We can’t think of anyone more qualified than you. Here’s Brendi in action:

If you’re interested in submitting an entry, the deadline has been extended to April 17. You can learn more about the awards at www.stevieawards.com

What To Do When They’re Not in Cision: 5 Tips for Finding Journalist Contact Info

March 15th, 2019 Posted by General, PR Industry, PR Jobs, PR news, Social Media No Comment yet

What To Do When They’re Not in Cision: 5 Tips for Finding Journalist Contact Info

10 Tips to Land your Dream PR Job

December 21st, 2018 Posted by General, PR Industry, PR Jobs No Comment yet

It’s almost the New Year and for many that means job hunting. College students will be entering their final semesters of senior year and will suddenly find themselves faced with the very real challenge of getting a good job after graduation. In PR, landing a good job can be difficult as the competition for the best jobs is fierce. To help aspiring PR pros land their dream gig, here are some things you can do to stand out from the crowd.

1. Get an internship, or two, or three- Most PR agencies will not consider you a “strong” applicant for an entry level postion unless you have had at least two (or even three) internships within the field. Learn all you can in your internships and show potential employers you’ve learned the basic PR skills, like navigating clipping services, producing coverage reports and building media lists. These tasks may seem basic, but they are time consuming to learn, and an internship is the best way to get familiar with programs like Cision, Burrelles, SproutSocial and Vocus.

2. Display strong writing skills– If you claim you’re a strong writer but have a typo in your cover letter, resume or writing samples, you’re not off to a good start. PR is a ton of writing and editing, so it’s important to show every potential employer that you can effectively use AP Style and edit your own work. Since it’s often harder to catch your own errors (that’s why even the best reporters have editors), always have a friend or classmate proofread your resume, cover letter AND the body of your e-mail.

3. Pay attention– When you’re job hunting you may send out your resume and cover letter to a large amount of companies, meaning you should always be editing your work before hitting send. It’s embarrassing and down right insulting to read about how passionate you are about getting a job at a different company. Always know who you are sending your materials to and write specifically for them.

4. Forego teen speech– For many young adults it’s easy to get caught up using adolescent language. Whether you are networking or interviewing, it’s always important to speak like a grown up. This means avoiding: um, like, totally, definitely, uh huh and all abbreviations. (I know, right?….) Speak like a child and people will treat you like one, speak like an adult to earn respect. At our office we recently created a “fer” jar. Every time you say “fer” instead of “for” you put 5 cents in the jar. It’s a great reminder to pay attention to the vocabulary we use, and of course the plus side is that we never have a shortage of change for afternoon coffee runs to Starbucks.

5. Get social– Knowing how to use social media correctly is huge in public relations; it’s how we connect to our audiences. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook get them now! Many PR employers won’t even consider you if your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook aren’t actively used.

6. Learn to network– Sometimes it IS all about who you know. Landing a great job doesn’t always require sending your resume to every agency under the sun. The best way to find a job is to find people who can help find you a job. Having a referral, even if it’s someone who met you once at an event, will give you instant credibility and often will earn you an interview ahead of someone else.

7. Get Involved in PRSA/ New Pros– A follow up to #6. Join your local chapter of PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). We asked current  PRSA San Diego President Reema Makani Boccia why job hunters should be involved with PRSA and here’s what she had to say:

“The most important thing PRSA facilitates for its members is the opportunity to establish and foster relationships with other PR professionals, media and the community at large. As the largest trade organization for PR pros nationally and locally, PRSA has the potential to expose its members to a whole network of professionals that they may not otherwise have access to. The more you get involved, the more you get out of it, and perhaps make a few friends along the way!”

8. Business cards– Never attend a networking event empty handed; no one will know how to contact you. Some employers forget their business cards or run out before you have a chance to capture their info. So take the initiative and make your own cards (Staples and Office Depot offer pre-perforated business card templates that work with most printers), it won’t go unnoticed.

9. Follow-up– PR is a competitive field and jobs move quickly. Following up with potential employers is key to landing the job. Don’t wait two weeks to inquire about a position or send a thank-you letter a month after an interview. You need to act fast and prove that you really want the job. That means an e-mail the same day (or definitely within 24 hours) and if you really want to stand out, send a handwritten thank-you card in the mail the moment you leave the interview. They’ll get it the next day and be amazed by your planning and professionalism.

10. Read and read some more– Read anything and everything: newspapers, magazines, novels, autobiographies, etc. Whether you read “Lord of the Rings” or “Twilight,” sharpening your mind through reading will keep you up-to-date on current events, make you smarter, and best of all, will make you a better writer.

Interested in a job with Lee and London? Get in touch!

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:

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.

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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Now Accepting Spring 2018 Interns

November 20th, 2017 Posted by General, Jobs, PR Industry, PR Jobs No Comment yet

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2018 Student Internships.  Requirements:

  • Must be a current college student studying PR, Communications or Journalism
  • Must receive course credit for the internship
  • Must work total of 60 hours to complete internship requirements
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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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Chloe Janda Joins the Lee and London Team

September 25th, 2017 Posted by General, Jobs, PR Industry, PR Jobs, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet

We’re excited to welcome Chloe Janda to the team as PR Coordinator. Chloe previously served as PR Manager for San Diego Pride. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in journalism.   Her hobbies are yoga, bodysurfing, hiking, playing with her dog, Doodle, and photography.  Fun Fact: Chloe was MVP of her college water polo team!

Send her a note to welcome her to the team! chloe@leeandlondon.com

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.

5 Easy Tips for Writing Better Press Release Headlines

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by General, PR Industry, PR news, press release, Public Relations No Comment yet

In this edition of PR Tips for Pros, we give 5 easy tips to help you write better press release headlines. 

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Bob Burnquist built a floating ramp on lake Tahoe

4 PR Blunders by the Galactic Empire – May the Fourth Be with You

May 4th, 2016 Posted by General, PR Industry, Public Relations No Comment yet

No one escapes PR blunders, not even an extremely powerful military organization run by a near omnipotent super being. In honor of May the Fourth (International Galactic Star Wars Day), we decided to look at some of the biggest PR blunders made by the Empire.

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JOB FAIR! We Want You

July 22nd, 2015 Posted by General, Jobs, PR Industry, PR Jobs, Public Relations No Comment yet

Stuck in an uneventful and stagnate job? Do you catch yourself saying, “I HAVE to stay here ’til 5:00,” or “I GET to stay here ’til 5:00.” Okay, well maybe the word “get” is a little exaggerated, but the point is understood.

It is time to embrace Mondays.

Since coming aboard Lee & London, I have yet to call this place work. Why? I love my job. From the cohesive multi-generational unit of talented members to the upbeat, collaborative and positive work environment, at Lee & London, we come ready to ‘Win The Day.’ Our clients run the gauntlet from home design and remodeling to the San Diego Festival of Beer to the World Skateboarding Federation to up-and-coming action sports performance eyewear brand, Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer Jr.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for our summer internship, street team and Account Manager and Account Executive positions.

Mark. Your. Calendars.

On Thursday, July 9th, the L&L crew will be making the trek to AGENDA Long Beach for Malakye’s Summer 2015 Shmoozevent. We will be stationed from 11am – 3pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.

If you’re looking to be a part of this stellar team, we’d love to hear from you. Be sure to come check us out. You can register for the event, here. It is FREE! We are stoked to be there and are looking forward to meeting everyone! See you there!

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.

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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.

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.

Lee and London Team Member Completes Avengers Half Marathon

November 20th, 2014 Posted by General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, Team News No Comment yet

Lee and London team member Heidi completed the Avengers Half Marathon at Disneyland this past weekend.  It was her third half marathon this year.  Heidi runs all the marathons alongside her dad, Bill, who at age 59 can out run most 20 year olds. Congratulations to Heidi and Bill!

Lee and London Team Member Heidi completed Avengers Half Marathon
We hung Heidi’s medal on her desk lamp while she was at lunch.

Facebook Just Killed Like-Gating

November 4th, 2014 Posted by General, PR Industry, PR news, Public Relations, Social Media No Comment yet
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Well, it was fun while it lasted… But as of November 5, 2014, Facebook is banning the much-loved practice of “like-gating.”  No more forcing people to “like” your page to win a prize pack.  Now they’ll just have to like you because of your winning personality (also your awesome customer service and great products).

So what CAN you require users to do in order to enter a contest. Here are a few ideas:

1) You can have them subscribe to your blog.  You don’t have a blog?  Maybe now is a good time to think about whether it makes sense for your brand. While it takes great content that is interesting to your audience and goes beyond your product offerings and pure marketing messaging, it can be a very effective communications channel. Other great reasons to have a blog is to utilize as a means to reach your customers in times of crisis and also to enhance your visibility on search engines which are constantly crawling for new content.

2) You can still “Like-gate” on other sites, including Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

3)  Ask for an e-mail address to build your customer database.  Whether for newsletters, new product announcements, upcoming events or partner offers, it’s important that companies build a customer database.

Wanna learn more? E-mail us at info@leeandlondon.com and ask for a social media consultation.

Halloween at Lee and London

October 31st, 2014 Posted by Fashion, General, PR Industry, Public Relations, Team News No Comment yet

A few of us got dressed up for Halloween. We had so much fun, next year costumes are mandatory.

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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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

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!