Month: August 2015

Please Touch Museum and Imagination Playground Partner for World Meeting of Families

Imagination Playground, LLC,, creators of the breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play, announced today their partnership with the nationally acclaimed Please Touch Museum to bring creative play to the World Meeting of Families. The international family summit, held every 3 years, will take place in Philadelphia, PA, on September 22 through 25, and is concluded by a visit from Pope Francis.rn


rn(PRWEB) AUGUST 26, 2015rnrnImagination Playground, LLC,, creators of the breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play, announced today their partnership with the nationally acclaimed Please Touch Museum to bring creative play to the World Meeting of Families. The international family summit, held every 3 years, will take place in Philadelphia, PA, on September 22 through 25, and is concluded by a visit from Pope Francis.rnrnThe World Meeting of Families serves as the centerpiece of the papal visit and will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and masses at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. But many other exciting and inspirational activities will be offered as well, including the Youth Congress.rnrnThe WMOF Youth Congress, an interactive program designed around building, creating, playing, listening and serving, is divided into modules with catechesis connections. Please Touch Museum and Imagination Playground allow the children to collaborate with new friends from around the world to build creations of their own design out of the architecturally big blue blocks. The WMOF Youth Congress has a universal design and is accessible to all young people ages 6-17, who are registered and attending with their family.rnrn“We are thrilled to participate in this world-wide family gathering, and are excited to bring our creative play benefits to the children and their families. We have long been Partners in Play with the Please Touch Museum and immediately responded to their invitation to join in on this historic event,” shared Dave Krishock, President, Imagination Playground.rnrnHe went on to say, “The World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis is a global event, with participation from over 150 countries. We are excited to share the benefits of Imagination Playground blocks with children from all over the world. Play is universal.”rnrnFor those attending the World Meeting of Families, the Imagination Playground area can be found at the Youth Congress, Hall F, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, in the heart of downtown Philadelphia.rnrnTo learn more about the World Meeting of Families and the Youth Congress, visit plan a visit to the Please Touch Museum, visit learn more about the creative play benefits of Imagination Playground, visit Imagination Playground, LLCrnImagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums—and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, community centers, children’s hospitals, hotels, public parks and more—in North America and over 50 countries overseas. For more information, visit

Creator of World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 Backpack Has Local Connection

CFB Promotional Products, LLC Meets Papal Visit Playbook Recommendations to Provide Official World Meeting of Families Backpack.rn


rn(PRWEB) AUGUST 26, 2015rnrnLinda Milano, owner of CFB Promotional Products, LLC in Sicklerville, New Jersey, designed a clear backpack to be used for all registrants of the World Meeting of Families Congress.rnrnWhile designing the backpack Mrs. Milano kept in mind practicality, fun and security aspects needed for this type of event. Mrs. Milano had the foresight to develop a clear backpack that displays the full color of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 logo and provides security personnel an easy view of the contents (which the newly released Papal Visit Playbook recommends.) Mrs. Milano said, “CFB Promotional Products is a company that grew out of my experience from two decades of creating custom packaging, kits and marketing collateral. This project was truly a labor of love.”rnrnAbout the World Meetings of Families rnBeginning in 1994, the “Year of the Family,” the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994), Rio de Janeiro (1997), Rome (2000), Manila (2003), Valencia (2006), Mexico City (2009), Milan (2012), and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. This international gathering will welcome Pope Francis to the United States for the first time in his Papacy. Being held in the United States for the first time ever, the official theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”rnrnAbout CFB Promotional Products, LLC. rnA full service specialty advertising/promotional marketing company. CFB Promotional can reached at info(at)cfbpromotionalproducts(dot)com.

Greenbleez Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Environmentally Friendly Children’s Soft Toys

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Greenbleez has launched a $15,000, 30 day Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their handmade children's soft toys. Greenbleez offers you one-of-a-kind, handmade 'green' children's soft toys constructed from recycled and reclaimed sweaters. rn


rnPhoto – rnPhoto – is the creation of Margee Barth. Margee has over 35 years of design experience. Over the past two and a half years while building Greenbleez, she saw a need in the marketplace where customers could purchase environmentally friendly products that were washable, soft and reducedrnpost consumer materials that don't look like a school craft project. rnrnAt Greenbleez all materials are sourced, collected and made locally. As a green company Greenbleez works with local thrift stores and fabric manufacturers that sell fabrics that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The result of this are truly one-of-a-kind soft toy characters that are both eco-friendly and adorable. No two are alike! rnrnNow, through Indiegogo, Margee and her team of five are working to bring Greenbleez to the world. Upon the campaigns success, Greenbleezs' soft toys will be shipped to backers in November 2015.rnrnMedia contact: rnMargee Barth rn267-616-0465rnrn rnrnSOURCE Greenbleez

Register Now for Philly Aneurysm and AVM Awareness 5K/1-Mile Walk Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience

Help raise awareness and funding for brain aneurysms and support and education, patients and families. Register for family-friendly event by August 28th to receive complimentary t-shirt.rn


rnHANOVER, MA (PRWEB) AUGUST 24, 2015rnrnPlease register by August 28, 2015 for The Philadelphia Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Event, a 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk benefitting the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience that is taking place on Saturday, September 12, 2015.rnrnAll who register by August 28th receive a guaranteed T-shirt (standard adult size shirts available) and a discounted registration fee of $25.rnrnThe Philadelphia Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Event will be held at The Navy Yard located at 4747 South Broad Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration is scheduled to begin at 9:30am, while the 5K run and 1-mile walk kicks off at 10:00am.rnrnIf you would like to support the event but cannot attend, you have the option to register as a virtual participant for a fee $50. All proceeds benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation and the Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience. All who register as a virtual participant by August 28th will receive a complimentary event t-shirt.rnrnFor more information about the event please visit the event website by clicking here, or contact Jill Galvao at Hospital for Neuroscience and The Brain Aneurysm Foundation have joined efforts to raise awareness of brain aneurysms and the impact this disease has on patients and their families. The Aneurysm/AVM Support Group at Jefferson has been an intricate part of the recovery process for our patients and their caretakers.rnrnNow celebrating 20 years of service, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to promote early detection of brain aneurysms by providing knowledge and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors; work with the medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families; as well as to further research that will improve patient outcomes and save lives. For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, visit

Shop Free People Fort Lauderdale on Opening Day

The specialty fashion retailer joins Fort Lauderdale’s Premier Shopping Destinationrn


rnPHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) AUGUST 21, 2015rnrnLifestyle brand, 'Free People', will bring its eclectic apparel to The Galleria, Fort Lauderdale’s most fashionable address, on August 28th 2015. Residing steps from the city’s world famous beach, Free People Fort Lauderdale will be the brand’s sixth boutique in Florida and 111th across the United States and Canada. The store’s indoor mall location will boast 4,993 square feet of space holding a wide assortment of merchandise appealing to locals and tourists alike.rnrnFort Lauderdale, a popular hub in Florida’s southern metropolitan area, proves to be a great fit for the brand’s next store location. Florida residents have fostered a great relationship with the brand as shown by Free People’s five other thriving boutiques, positioned throughout the state. In response to positive sentiment from customers, the retailer has gone forward to open its doors at The Galleria, the largest and most upscale regional mall in Broward County.rnrn“We are excited to open our Fort Lauderdale location,” says Beth Wehagen, Free People’s Director of Retail. “This store will be our largest on the east coast of Florida, offering an expanded assortment of ready to wear, 'Intimately Free People', and an amazing selection of shoes!”rnrnAt opening, the Free People Fort Lauderdale boutique will carry pieces essential to high summer that will cater to both locals and visitors. The space will include a dedicated White Shop to aid in creating that classic summer look. An Indigo Shop will provide customers with head to toe indigo outfitting options through denim, chambray, and blue washes across all classes. Shoppers can look forward to a strong jeans assortment, including skinnies, flares, boyfriends, and one-pieces. To add pops of color, fun floral and ethnic print patterns will be mixed through the assortment of woven and knit tops, dresses, slips, and shorts with light sweaters and jackets merchandised throughout the space. The store will house the brand’s popular 'Intimately Free People' line of line of bras, undies, slips, seamless layering pieces, and loungewear and will also play home to an assortment of accessories, including bags, jewelry, and 'FP Collection' shoes.rnrnThe new boutique will be designed in the brand’s ‘Boho Bungalow’ concept, representing the globe traveling girl, and the collections that she curates and displays in her space. Customers will be welcomed by an angled storefront with custom, hand-carved, double-entry teak doors featuring historical brick pavers at the alcove. Decorative laser cut grills will be surrounded by glitter mica plaster, drawing attention to a backlit, cast iron “Free People” sign. Soft maple joists with painted white gyp infill will delineate the boutique’s main sales floor area, while soft maple joists with rough sawn white washed plank infills will define the fitting rooms, discount area, and 'Intimately Free People' shop, which will feature a special entrance highlighted by glitter mica plaster walls with a unique mirror tile finish. Wide-planked reclaimed wood flooring lives throughout the store, transitioning to more delicate planks within the boutique’s seven fitting rooms with starburst lantern clusters helping illuminate the fitting room’s common area. Customers will be able to check-out through a custom built in back wrap of yarn-filled cubbies, including three points of sales. Brightly patched quilts, cast iron features, and beautiful inlayed table tops will further lend to the ‘Boho Bungalow’ aesthetic.rnrnTo connect with the local community, the brand is launching the “Free People Fort Lauderdale Sweeps”. Through August 21st, local Florida customers can enter for a chance to win a $500 Free People Gift Card that must be picked up to redeem at the new Free People Fort Lauderdale boutique. To enter, customers must visit: Free People store offers personalized shopping experiences from a team of expert stylists. Customers can schedule a one-on-one appointment with their favorite stylist, as well as interact and gain inspiration through the brand’s online Style Community, FP Me. In addition to offering personal styling, Fort Lauderdale fans can look forward to a variety of in-store events to be hosted at the Free People Fort Lauderdale boutique throughout the year.rnrnThe new store will have a celebration on opening day, Friday, August 28st, from 6-8pm. The first 50 customers to arrive will receive a tote bag giveaway, light refreshments will be served, and store stylists will be on hand to give in-store styling sessions. Guests should RSVP on Facebook: People Fort Lauderdale will be located at 2348 E. Sunrise Blvd. #2193 Galleria, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304-2507. The Galleria is leased and managed by global commercial real estate firm, JLL. Vice President Kim Salvatori of JLL represented the landlord in the lease negotiations. Store hours will run Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Fans should follow the store on Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the latest arrivals, events, and other happenings: more information, images, to request an interview, or to discuss a TV opportunity, please call Sarah Santos at 215-454-7224 or email ssantos(at)freepeople(dot)comrnrn# # #rnrnAbout Free People rnFree People is a specialty clothing brand featuring the latest trends and vintage collections for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel. The eclectic look consists of quality apparel, shoes, and accessories that invoke attributes of femininity, spirit, and creativity with its design. Free People is distributed globally via direct channels including the Free People Global site, the Free People UK site, and the Free People China site as well as specialty boutiques, top department stores, and the brand’s free standing retail locations in the U.S. and Canada.rnrnAbout The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale rnThe Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as one of South Florida's premier shopping destinations for its sophisticated level of merchandising and ambiance, is the largest and most upscale regional mall in Broward County. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s anchor the popular center, which also features 100 specialty stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Pandora and Pottery Barn. It is also home to Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and a fine roster of dining establishments such as Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, P.F. Chang’s and Blue Martini. Just steps away from Fort Lauderdale’s world famous beach, it is minutes from the airport, port, downtown, hotels and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center with easy access from Sunrise Boulevard, U.S. Highway 1 (Federal Highway), Interstate 95, Interstate 595, and U.S. Highway A1A (Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard). Located at 2414 East Sunrise Blvd., it is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants enjoy later hours. More information is available by calling (954) 564-1036 or at JLL rnJLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $4.7 billion and gross revenue of $5.4 billion, JLL has more than 230 corporate offices, operates in 80 countries and has a global workforce of approximately 58,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3.4 billion square feet, or 316 million square meters, and completed $118 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2014. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $55.3 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

Reporters Visiting Philadelphia for Historic Pope Francis Visit Now Eligible for Oct 11 – 14 Scholarship Opportunities to Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists

This year international reporters can combine coverage of Pope Francis and World Meeting of Families with attendance at renowned Wharton training programrn


rnPHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) AUGUST 20, 2015rnrnWhat: Through intensive lectures and hands-on exercises, the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, led by the Wharton School’s most prominent professors, helps reporters gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues. Featured professors include Olivia Mitchell, Jeremy Siegel, Kent Smetters and Michael Useem; topics range from accounting and taxation to leadership, and the changing global business environment.rnrnThis year’s program, which follows the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia by less than two weeks, may provide a special opportunity for journalists to explore issues surrounding his visit—such as transportation challenges, economic impact, public policy, etc.–with Wharton faculty.rnrnThe Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, now in its 47th year, offers participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge, increase their exposure to leading experts and broaden their perspectives in a stimulating setting.rnrnWhen: October 11 – 14, 2015. Registration deadline: September 11.rnrnWhere: The Seminar will take place at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.rnrnHow: Registration is required to attend the Seminars. Visit the Seminar application. Various scholarships are available. Reporters travelling from outside the USA to cover Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia are encouraged to apply for the Don Sheehan International Fellowship.rnrnWho: In recent years, reporters from media outlets such as the New York Times, Marketplace Radio, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New Delhi TV (NDTV), Xinhua News Agency, Handelsblatt and Exame have attended.rnrnEligibility: Applications are open to those who are employed or freelance full-time as a print, broadcast, or online business journalist for legitimate media companies.rnrnKey Take-Aways: Today’s global economy requires a strong foundation in business and economic knowledge for business journalists. At the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, participants: rn Gain an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of business strategy including the role of leadership, the economy and competitive vision;rn Interact with colleagues from some of the world's leading business news organizations.rn Receive a Wharton School Certificate of Completion.rnrnFor complete information on the Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, visit the Seminars online or contact Peter Winicov, Director, Wharton Media Relations at +1-215-746-6471 or communications(at)wharton.upenn(dot)edu.


Posted on August 20, 2015 by City of PhiladelphiarnMayor Michael A. Nutter and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger announced today that the Department of Commerce is now accepting submissions for the fourth round of Startup PHL Call for Ideas. The grant program is open to all innovative, exciting proposals that support Philadelphia’s startup ecosystem, with a particular focus on ideas that address young people and the issue of poverty in the city. rnrn rnrnApplications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 11, 2015. Full application details are available at Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from the City of Philadelphia, PIDC and members of the entrepreneurial community.rnrn rnrn“Through the Startup PHL Call for Ideas program, we have provided funding to a whole range of initiatives across the city which are fostering entrepreneurship, creating new young entrepreneurs and putting Philadelphia on the map as a startup city,” said Mayor Nutter. “Companies around the world are now looking at our city in a new light and, together with events like the Forbes Under 30 Summit and the Rise of the Rest tour, more attention is coming Philadelphia’s way.”rnrn rnrnThe Call for Ideas program provides small grants to organizations with ideas or initiatives that best meet the objectives of Startup PHL:rnrnEnhance collaboration between organizations that support entrepreneurs;rnFoster networks and create space for entrepreneurs to develop businesses and connect with mentors, advisors, talent and capital;rnStimulate business and job creation in the city of Philadelphia;rnDeepen integration between Philadelphia’s higher education institutions, students and startup community; andrnCreate an environment that attracts new entrepreneurs and encourages graduates from Philadelphia’s higher education institutions to remain in the city.rn rnrnThe last round of Call for Ideas awards were made in May 2015. rnrnUniversity City Science Center FirstHand Program ($25,000) – a youth STEAM initiative serving Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools and the teachers, professionals and families from their communities. The Startup PHL funding assists in lab equipment acquisition for the FirstHand Lab, a dedicated lab space for students.rn Update:rnrn “Support from Startup PHL has allowed us to not only build out the FirstHand Lab and the grant also enables us to fill a resource gap faced by a number of schools in Philadelphia, as we offer students access to real-world lab experiences that includes and welcomes them into our growing innovation community,” says Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D, MBA, President and CEO of the Science Center, “rnrn rnrnDrexel University, Regional University Business Plan Competition ($23,500) – Startup PHL funding will help establish a multi-university business plan competition run by a new consortium of university-based entrepreneurship programs and incubators. Drexel University’s Chuck Sacco, organizer of this initiative, commented, “A number of us at university-based entrepreneurship programs wanted to find new ways to have entrepreneurially-minded college students work across the region and build their networks at other universities and colleges and within the community. A regional business plan competition will be a great way for that to occur”.rnUpdate:rnrn“We are making progress on putting together the regional business plan competition and our plan is to hold the final competition in February with 3-4 lead-up events focused on networking, pitch education and pitch practice. Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without funding from StartupPHL. The funding has given our regional consortium of university entrepreneurship programs the ability to start building this valuable program and to ultimately provide university students with a great program that demonstrates the strength of entrepreneurship in the region.” – Chuck Sacco, Drexel University.rnrn rnrnCoded by Kids Instructor Pipeline Project ($19,870) – Coded by Kids provides inner city children with free, engaging, challenging and creative tech education program. Startup PHL funding will establish an adult training program for instructors in the Coded by Kids workshops.rnUpdate:rnrn “Through the Startup PHL funding we developed and launched web development training program for adults who would not have been able to afford a program of this type under normal circumstances. This gives us the ability to create pathways into tech careers for men and women who are currently underrepresented in tech and would normally find it difficult to gain access to opportunities in tech. By asking our adult students to return as volunteers with our kids programs we are also able to increase the number of volunteer instructors we have and the number of kids we are able to reach. The funding from Startup PHL made this program possible.” – Sylvester Mobley, founder, Coded by Kids.rnrn rnrnTechGirlz Entrepreneur Bootcamp in a Box ($10,000) – TechGirlz hold workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp serving middle-school girls. Startup PHL funding will expand the existing and successful TechGirlz Summer Entrepreneur Bootcamp materials into sharable, lesson plan formats so other groups can teach the program. TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson-Rossman commented, “This Tech Entrepreneur Camp is unique in this country and we are extremely happy to be partnering with the City to have more girls understand how they can participate in the tech and startup economy. Innovation is gender blind.”rnUpdate:rnrn“TechGirlz has been able to put our Tech Entrepreneur Camp into a format that will allow other people – schools, companies, organizations, individuals – to teach more young girls that they can be part of the innovation economy. Between our workshop plans and video series, enabling these instructors, is key to having more girls be involved. The Call for Ideas allowed TechGirlz to undertake this project. Without the support, we would not have been able to afford to hire the extra staff to create these materials.” – Tracey Welson-Rossmanrnrn rnrnStartup PHL is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, PIDC, and First Round Capital to provide funding for early-stage companies and to support programs that develop the startup community in Philadelphia. Through Startup PHL Funds and co-investments from First Round Capital eight Philadelphia startups have received more than $1 million in combined seed stage or angel investment since October 2013, and through the Call For Ideas Grants fourteen organizations have received almost $300,000 in funding to support entrepreneurship programming. For more information about Startup PHL please visit