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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.

San Diego Pride Parade And Festival Breaks Attendance Records With The Help Of Lee And London’s PR Expertise

July 22nd, 2019 Posted by Gala/Special Events, General, Media Hit, nonprofit, Public Relations, Special Events No Comment yet

SD Pride Parade Hosted Over 275 Contingents, 300,000 spectators and sold a record-breaking number of festival tickets.

Lee and London was honored to volunteer our time and PR experience for the 46th annual San Diego Pride, led by our own Chloe Janda!

We’ve been implementing strategic PR tactics all year for the parade and festival, including earning coverage across hundreds of media platforms and creating social media posts about the 5K. Thanks to the awesome PR and impressive marketing team, Pride broke attendance records for the entire weekend. Yeah, you heard that right, we broke records! For the first time in 46 years of SD Pride the festival made over ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALE!  

The parade showcased over 275 contingents marching and parade attendees included over 300,000 people flooding the streets from Hillcrest to Balboa Park honoring the Stonewall generation and celebrating their unified LGBTQ+ community. The parade spectators went up 50,000 from 2018! Pride events featured the diversity and achievements of indigenous, black, trans, military, and Latinx folx, highlighting the 50 years of accomplishments of the community and paying tribute to Stonewall’s 50th anniversary. 

Parade-goers hold pride flag on parade morning.

Lee and London Account Manager, Chloe Janda, lead the PR crusade all year long anticipating the week-long surge of SD Pride events. Janda and L&L’s three PR interns, McKenzie Jester, Taelor Ross and Vivianh Huynh planned press conference as well as a morning CBS News 8 live backlot segment and numerous live news interviews.

The live ABC 10 segment

“I can’t think of a better way to gain experience in public relations while supporting the San Diego LGBTQ community,” said McKenzie Jester, PR intern. “We were proud to celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ loved ones and acknowledging that this day is about them, their success, and their ongoing battles.”

Lee and London team meets mayor Kevin Faulconer at SD Pride Press Conference.

The event packed week started on Saturday, July 6 with She Fest, a woman-centered event that celebrates and supports the talents and contributions of women, and ended on the festival main stage singing along to the infectious melodies of the rock icon and pioneer of queer rock music, Melissa Ethridge

“To my LGBTQ fans in San Diego and around the world, I have so much to thank you for. You are proof that we can become the change we wish to see,” said Melissa Ethridge. 

Melissa Etheridge jams on the Pride main-stage.

Sunday’s festivities include entertainment zones, local drag performances, community organizations and free community resources, youth organizations, dance areas, beverage gardens, visual art, vendor booths, educational and art exhibits, cultural presentations, free HIV testing, delicious food, and much more. 

The music festival had over 50,000 attendees enjoying headlining acts King Princess, Mykki Blanco, Greyson Chance and RuPaul Drag Race Queen’s Aquaria, Asia O’Hara and Kim Chi. All proceeds from the festival and parade support San Diego Pride’s LGBTQ-centered philanthropy and year-round education and advocacy programs. The festival was unifying and celebratory for all in attendance. And just when we thought this week could not be more filled with kindness and love, we witnessed a marriage proposal!

Ben Mendoza proposes to Mark Maddox on the festival main-stage.

We know how special San Diego is, but do you? Here’s what makes San Diego and SD Pride stand out among the rest. We are happy to report that San Diego was one of the only major cities across the world without any protests or any major incidents at the parade. Because SD is a city with a large military presence, integrating queer service members into the celebration was a must. At 9 a.m. on the morning of the Parade, 5K and Festival, history was made with a reenlistment ceremony of a trans service member of the Coast Guard, conducted by Major General Beevers in solidarity with the transgender community.  During the parade, a 4 ship, F15 flyover from Cal Guard’s Fresno 144th Fighter Wing- another historic first- was conducted in honor of our transgender service members who bravely serve this country every day. 

Transgender troops march during the parade.

We watched transgender soldiers walk in unison, young children watch drag queens perform wide-eyed in amazement and parents line streets to hug LGBTQ youth to show they are not alone. While this week was long and draining at times, the impact these moments had on us was far more influential than any of us anticipated. It taught us lessons in kindness, work ethic and community unity. Lee and London is beaming with San Diego Pride!

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!

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!


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

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:


LLPR Supports Launch of TOMO – A Fresh & Modern Golf Apparel Company

January 8th, 2019 Posted by General, Golf, Holiday Gift Guide, Media Hit, Public Relations No Comment yet

Lifestyle public relations is fun in and of itself. But every so often you get those clients who appeal to a personal passion, and it’s like the stars align. For me, I love golf. I’ve been golfing for nearly 15 years, so needless to say, when TOMO came on board with Lee and London, I was ecstatic.

TOMO is a San Diego-based golf apparel company that launched its first product in 2018 – a fashionable, comfortable, eco-friendly, affordable and quality spikeless golf shoe designed to be worn to the golf course and beyond. They packed a lot of great stuff into this shoe!

Check them out here: tomogolf.com

Founder Sunny Chou discovered something after years on the course and some anecdotal research, which involved hanging out at the golf course passing out Gatorades and gathering insight and information from golfers about their shoes. He learned there really wasn’t a shoe out there that had it all. Sure some were comfortable and high quality, but often times those options were neither fashionable nor affordable. The ones that were affordable skimped on quality materials and so on. With that information, Sunny began a two-year process from concept to launch that we were proud to provide PR support for.

We had three main focuses for TOMO’s campaign – 1) Secure local press 2) Introduce the brand to national/international press 3) Gift the shoes to celebrities and secure influencer collaborations.

We tell every new client the same thing [when applicable] – start in your own backyard. There’s no better and easier place to garner press than in the city you are from. Luckily, San Diego is one of the best places in the world to golf, so we knew local press would certainly take note of a golf apparel company launching here. In addition to local press, we would begin introducing the product to national editors and reporters. Not surprisingly, launching a golf shoe in direct competition with the world’s biggest brands (Nike, Puma, etc) is no easy feat. But it’s vital to get the brand in front of these decision makers, so once the company has built credibility and a following, the editors are already familiar with the name. Lastly, products like this are perfect for influencer collaborations and celebrity gifting. Like most startups, there typically is no budget to pay for posts. While this can be difficult, it also offers the opportunity to get organic posts from people who actually love the product and aren’t just posting for money.

Below is a breakdown of the results of our campaign with TOMO.

Press

TOMO was chosen as one of San Diego Magazine’s “Editor’s Picks” for its 2018 Christmas Gift Guide and was featured in print and online.



NY Mag’s blog The Strategist included TOMOs in one of its gift guides for golfers!

Online Link: http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-golf-gifts-ideas-holiday-men-women.html


A Mom’s Take, a great blog for moms, named TOMO golf shoes one of its top holiday gifts for men.

Online Link: https://www.amomstake.com/holiday-gifts-men/


JustLuxe, a luxury lifestyle, fashion and travel outlet based in San Diego, couldn’t get enough of the shoes, saying “the new spikeless shoe is now my goto on both the fairway and the driving range.”

Online Link: http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/leisure/feature-1967788.php


La Jolla Lifestyle featured the launch of TOMO in print for its November 2018 issue.


Celebrity Gifting + Influencer Partnerships

Actor Rory Scovel posts about TOMO.

Fresh off of starring in “I Feel Pretty,” we had our eye on Rory, who we knew loved to golf. We reached out to gift a pair and received a yes! Now, something to note with celebrity gifting – we never expect a post. We never expect anything. We gift hoping two things 1) If they love the product maybe they’ll post about it somewhere 2) If they wear them in public and get snapped by paparazzi, then we get to reach out to pubs and say “look who’s wearing these awesome golf shoes from our client TOMO!” So we were thrilled to see Rory make a post that was so supportive of the shoes!


Hollywood Men’s Stylist Andrew Weitz Gifts Shoes to Tom Brady

When TOMO came on board with us, they made it very clear they wanted customers to understand these shoes weren’t just to be worn on the course. If you look at other golf shoes, you’ll see pretty quickly they are lacking in the “style” department. Because of this, we reached out to influencers in the fashion space. Needless to say, we were ecstatic when Andrew Weitz, one of the most influential male stylists in Hollywood, not only responded asking for one pair, but eventually requested three to gift to his clients. And who was one of the men he was planning to gift a pair to? Tom. Brady. We may or may not be stalking Brady’s social sites and Getty to see if we’ll get lucky enough to catch him wearing them. While expecting a post from someone like Tom Brady is like expecting Tom Brady to choke in a major game, we’re beyond thrilled one of the most respected stylists in Hollywood loves the shoes enough to gift them to his major golfing clients.

Courtesy of The Weitz Effect Instagram.

By the end of our campaign, we gifted shoes to former Bachelor Ben Higgins, actors Gregg Sulkin and Rob Riggle.


Kenwavey Golf

Kenwavey, maker of hilarious golf videos, has become a huge fan of TOMOs, wearing them in a number of videos!

At the end of our campaign, we were pleased with the traction we received with press as well as the kinds of influencers and celebrities we were able to work with.

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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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.

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

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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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!

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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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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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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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.

Recapture Lost Customers through Remarketing

March 3rd, 2016 Posted by General, PR news, Public Relations No Comment yet
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As you pore over your website’s traffic and advertising analytics, what is your most important metric?

If it’s conversions and sales, then remarketing is a powerful tool to add to your belt.

Remarketing is, very simply, advertising targeted at people who have already visited your website or used your application. Remarketing is often more effective in key metrics such as click-through rate and conversions than standard online display advertising. On a base level this is logical since one is targeting people who have already shown some level of interest in one’s company and/or products. But the statistics also bear this out.

Within remarketing, the targeting can be broad (anyone visiting a site) or narrow (people who viewed an individual product or page) allowing the advertiser options in how they want to grab those lost customers. As an example of wide targeting, one can offer discounts or incentives to lure back first time visitors. And on the narrow side, one can remind the visitor of the product they showed interest in while providing a quick way back to that product. This greatly increases the chances of the sale being made. With these factors as well as being cost effective to begin with, the ROI on remarketing outpaces standard online advertising every time.

There are quite a few advertising platforms out there offering remarketing but Google and Facebook are of course the biggest players with the largest advertising networks by far. The fact that they both have excellent, easy to utilize, tools to accomplish remarketing goals just adds to their advantage over others.

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.

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!

International Surfing Day

June 19th, 2015 Posted by Action Sports, General, Public Relations No Comment yet
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Adios, spring. Aloha, summer!

On Saturday, June 20th, the 11th annual International Surfing Day will be celebrated around the world. The unofficial observance, which was founded by Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation, has become a global event held to mark the beginning of summer.

As much as surfing has given to us, it is appropriate that we return the favor.

Surfers of different styles, language, race, age and skill will grab their sticks and head down to their local watering hole in celebratory fashion. More than 30 countries this year will attend parties, contests, fundraisers, film screenings and educational beach clean-ups all in the name of honoring the past, present and future of surfing.

How are you celebrating ISD?

Below is a list of a few west coast events happening.

Huntington Beach, CA: An epic World Record attempt is in the forecast tomorrow as riders will look to successfully ride the largest surfboard ever! There will be a beach-wide cleanup, live music and various other giveaways to follow. Sure to be a solid afternoon!

San Diego, CA: Free outdoor movie screening of 5 Summer Stories at Veteran’s Plaza in Ocean Beach; plus games, raffle prizes, pizza and popcorn. Also, “Why I Love The Ocean!” video contest entries shown.

San Clemente, CA: O’Neill beach cleanup at San Clemente Pier followed by a community-wide expression session

San Francisco, CA: Aqua Surf Shop screening of Andrew Kidman’s newest flick, Spirit of Alaska and live music to follow featuring Kidman’s band, The Independent.

Encinitas, CA: Wax Research Inc. / Sticky Bumps hosting beach-wide cleanup at Beacons Beach with bagels, coffee and complimentary wax.

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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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.

The Lee & London Elves Hard at Work

December 23rd, 2014 Posted by General, Public Relations No Comment yet

The Lee & London elves were hard at work this month spreading holiday cheer by assembling our unique beverage holders to give to our faithful followers.

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This unique beverage holder is our gift for our friends and clients this holiday season. Made in Pennsylvania of cedar wood, the boxes are sent as puzzles which our elves happily assembled! Each beverage holder is made from different pieces of wood which are cut and engraved by lasers, making each gift one of a kind. Click the video below to watch our elves make holiday cheer!

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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.

Boardr Announces New Am Series

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, General, PR news, Public Relations, skateboarding, Social Media No Comment yet

Congrats to our friends over at The Boardr on their new am series. Check out Ryan, Rob and Porpe with special guest Austyn Gillette in another hilarious Boardr video.

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!

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We hung Heidi’s medal on her desk lamp while she was at lunch.

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…

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.”

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.

Video of the Day: Crazy Mako Fly Fishing

November 4th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, General, Public Relations, video No Comment yet

Fly fishing for mako sharks in San Diego with Ryan Sansoucy and Conway Bowman.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!