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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!

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

Melissa Etheridge to Headline San Diego Pride Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WildAid Raises $2.4 Million at 2018 “An Evening in China” Gala

November 20th, 2018 Posted by nonprofit, Special Events No Comment yet

An Unforgettable Night Fighting to End the Illegal Wildlife Trade

On Saturday, Nov. 10 I attended WildAid’s annual fundraising gala, “An Evening in China” at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel with the Lee and London team.  As an intern, this was my first experience working a red-carpet event and I’m so glad it was for such an amazing cause.

WildAid, the global nonprofit leading the fight to end the illegal wildlife trade, brought out many stars and celebrity ambassadors to the gala. Danai Gurira and Bryce Dallas Howard were honored as this year’s Wildlife Champions for their partnerships and work with WildAid.

Gurira accepted her award and spoke about her childhood in Zimbabwe and her deep appreciation and connection to wildlife.

Other celebrities that came out to the gala in support of WildAid were Josh Duhamel, Michael Cudlitz, Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Bo Derek, Eli Roth and more.

The night kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction. As guests mingled and drank, stilt performers dressed as wild animals roamed around the auction, posing next to people for photos. One of the silent auction items, the Disco Shark (which even has its own Facebook page) sold for $18,000.

Afterwards, guests took their seats and enjoyed a three-course vegetarian meal prepared by celebrity Master Chef, Martin Yan. A live auction took place later in the evening, where over $1 million was raised. It was inspiring to see so many people generously donate to wild life conservation efforts amidst a tragic time in Los Angeles due to the Woolsey Fires.

The gala ended with some musical fun and entertainment from Grammy Award-winner David Foster. Foster brought out special guests, Pia Toscano and Sheléa, who performed a tribute to Whitney Houston and Celine Dion with some of their biggest hits. Jessi Collins, singer/songwriter, also took the stage with Foster to perform an original Warren song called “I’ll Fight.”

WildAid is the only nonprofit group that focuses exclusively on reducing the demand for illegal wildlife products through public awareness campaigns with various celebrity ambassadors. WildAid’s signature message is “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” Their campaigns have contributed to an 80% reduction in shark fin imports in China, a ban on ivory sales in China and a 50% drop in the price of rhino horn in China and Vietnam.

Mamma Mia! Here we go again!

September 21st, 2018 Posted by Art, Special Events No Comment yet

How could we resist ya?

The Tony Award Winning show Mamma Mia makes its way to San Diego for a six month stay at the Walk Theatre-San Diego.The show implores pop group ABBA’s hits to tell the hilarious story of a teen’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. We can’t wait to see this show!

When:

September 7, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Matinee Performances | Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm
Evening Performance | Saturday at 8:00pm
Beginning November we will add a Thursday Matinee at 1pm and Thursday evening at 7pm.

Where: Welk Theatre – San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA

Tickets: https://sandiegotickets.welkresorts.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=17, $59 each

Art San Diego Returns with [ALLURE] Theme and New Access to Art Program to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

August 21st, 2018 Posted by Art, General, Special Events No Comment yet

Tickets On Sale Now For San Diego County’s Largest Contemporary Fine Art Show

Redwood Media group announces the return of Art San Diego, the county’s premiere contemporary fine art show, for its 10-year anniversary from Oct. 18 – Oct. 21, 2018, at the Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Art San Diego, with presenting sponsor UBS Financial Services, is highly regarded in the industry for cutting-edge exhibitions, in-depth Art Labs and attracting more than 15,000 attendees.

The show annually features the finest galleries, showcasing established and up-and-coming talent alongside secondary market masters. Art San Diego is sought by art collectors from Southern California, as well as top art aficionados and insiders from across the country and around the world. Visitors can expect to examine artwork from more than 70 exhibitors showing works from over 500 established and emerging artists. This year’s anniversary celebration will consist of vibrant contemporary art exhibits, exciting programming and a variety of surprises.

The 2018 theme is [ALLURE], based on the undeniable power of contemporary and modern art to captivate, seduce, and charm buyers, collectors and dealers who love their work. This year, Art San Diego continues their goal of bringing the threads of community together through the vehicle of art and art awareness. With [ALLURE] as the stepping off point, Art San Diego intends to maximize their partnerships within the community to activate the Access to Art Program.

Our Publicist Chloe Janda is San Diego Pride’s 2018 ‘Volunteer of the Year’

July 21st, 2018 Posted by General, nonprofit, Special Events No Comment yet

On the weekend of July 13, our very own Chloe Janda volunteered her time to run the San Diego LGBT Pride PR campaign for the second year in a row. San Diego Pride is a nonprofit organization that sponsors a weekend long celebration, fostering pride and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Chloe volunteers her time and PR expertise to this organization and is passionate about social justice. As the PR manager, she helped facilitate dozens of media hits and news coverage for San Diego Pride.

San Diego Pride attracted about 300,000 people this year, increasing the attendance record by 40 percent. The three-day summer party included the San Diego Pride Parade, which is the one of the largest Pride parade in the United States. Other events included a music festival with performances by JoJo an TLC, a 5K run/walk, a rally with inspiration speakers and LGBTQ leaders, and the She Fest, a woman-centered event supporting the contributions of women in the community.

Chloe started volunteering for San Diego Pride in 2015. She minored in ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which sparked her interest in social justice and equality.

When the PR manager position opened at San Diego Pride, she jumped at the opportunity to pair her passion and profession.

“I feel very lucky and privileged to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and being able to give back through volunteering my public relation skills,” said Chloe. “San Diego Pride is something I look forward to every year because I am always learning and reveling in the strength and pride of the community.”

With the help of Chloe, San Diego Pride was featured in various media outlets including Advocate, NBC Los Angeles, Thrillist, and Billboard. You can find a complete list of media coverage below.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/sd-me-pride-parade-20180714-story.html
https://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/7/13/persisting-against-all-prejudices-san-diego-and-beyond
https://www.advocate.com/pride/2018/7/16/111-sunny-happy-san-diego-pride-photos
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/san-diego-weekend-events-204328381.html
https://www.thrillist.com/events/new-york/pride-parade-san-diego-2018
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2018/jul/09/san-diego-pride/
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8247619/tlc-san-diego-pride
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-to-do-pride-the-san-diego-way
https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/07/13/what-to-expect-at-san-diego-pride-parade-weekend/
https://fox5sandiego.com/2018/07/14/san-diego-celebrates-colorful-first-day-of-pride-festival/

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.

Casino Pauma Announces 2018 Entertainment Schedule

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

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

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WildAid Gala Raises Record $2.9 Million

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About TOMS Animal Initiative

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

About WildAid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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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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!

Lee and London Welcomes New Client Berry Best Chocolate Fest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. PITCREW Skateboards — Frederick, MD — July 18

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

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

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

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

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

8. Shrunkenheads Skateboards — Sandy, OR — July 25

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

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

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

12. Washington D.C. — FINALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Skateboarding World Championships Return to South Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Sam Clark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About World Skateboarding Grand Prix (WSGP)

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

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

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

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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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.”

Skateboarding World Championships on ESPN

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

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

Women Are Taking it to the Streets for the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup

October 18th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, General, Special Events No Comment yet

By Bre Callahan

There will be no shortage of girls ripping during the Kimberley Diamond Cup Women’s World Street Championships this week. It’s the first year that a women’s contest is included in the event and it’s pushing women’s skateboarding to a more global level than ever before.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Skateboarding World Championships Return to Kimberley, South Africa

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

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

2014 SD Festival of Beer on Fox 5 San Diego

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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.

Agenda Trade Show Long Beach 2014 -Sneak Peek

July 12th, 2014 Posted by Action Sports, Design, Fashion, skateboarding, Special Events No Comment yet

By: Bre Callahan

The Agenda trade show was held this weekend in Long Beach and was packed with new products from our favorite companies.  Lee & London was there and we scoured the aisles to bring you a sneak peek of what action sport and lifestyle brands are going to bring you in 2015.

We had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

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!