Casa De Campo Resort & Villas Announces Partnership With Luxury Home Exchange Service, THIRDHOME

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The Exciting New Collaboration Transforms the Way in Which Luxury Homeowners Travel and Leverage Their Investments

London, 27 February 2023In a move that is dramatically changing the way high net worth individuals holiday in the Caribbean and beyond, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, the Dominican Republic’s first and most luxurious community of private villas, world-class activities and five-star hotel accommodation, has announced a partnership with THIRDHOME, the unique, luxury home exchange service, created to provide its members with access to the finest residences, villas, estates and yachts, and a new way to travel the world. 

The collaboration allows Casa de Campo’s elite residential community, residing in 2,600 outstandingly designed private villas within the gated environs of the A-list’s favourite resort, free access to the exclusive home swapping service, thanks to a specially negotiated membership fee waiver (normally priced at $2,500). Owners can leverage unused time in their villas, earning exchange credits that can be used to procure stays in THIRDHOME’s trusted collection of luxury properties, private yachts and estates around the world. 

THIRDHOME membership is just one of myriad benefits enjoyed by homeowners, which make property at Casa de Campo a must-have investment for those eager to join the heads of state, global celebrities, entrepreneurs, musicians and sporting stars that already call the world-leading resort home.  

THIRDHOME’s members will also benefit from access to Casa de Campo’s luxurious, privately owned villas and the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding facilities that make a stay at the tropical, 7,000-acre resort a truly unmissable experience. These include three Pete Dye-designed golf courses, the highlight of which is the multi-award-winning Teeth of the Dog, the #1 course in the Caribbean and Latin America which tops any serious golfer’s bucket list. Additionally, THIRDHOME members can experience the region’s leading equestrian and polo facility, a 245-acre clay and skeet shooting range, top-of-the-range tennis and Padel courts, sport fishing, water sports, cultural and artistic activities, beautiful private beaches, a 370-slip Marina and Yacht Club, and critically acclaimed dining, all on site. 

The property’s pièce de résistance, Casa de Campo will be opening a world-class Spa & Wellness Centre in May, delivering cutting edge technology and indigenously inspired treatments. With a private airstrip, global superstars like Elton John and Sting regularly drop in to perform at Casa’s 5,000-seat Amphitheatre, located at Altos de Chavón, the property’s perfectly recreated 16th century Mediterranean village and cultural hub. 

Roger Conner, President of THIRDHOME, said: “We are delighted to be adding Casa De Campo Resort & Villas to THIRDHOME’s collection of affiliated luxury resorts and communities. Casa De Campo is known worldwide for its fabulous golf courses, a world-class marina, and unique amenities and services in a safe and secure gated environment. I know that THIRDHOME members will enjoy visiting this amazing destination and we look forward to introducing the owners at Casa De Campo to a new way to travel rent-free within our portfolio of luxury homes and resorts in over 100 countries.”

Jason Kycek, Senior Vice President, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, said: “As a resort that is always seeking to innovate and add value, we are delighted to launch our partnership with THIRDHOME and transform the way that our luxury homeowners can leverage their investments. For our residential community, we have negotiated free THIRDHOME membership and, with it, access to a portfolio of 14,000 luxurious homes in 1,700 destinations worldwide for their future leisure and business travel. We are also thrilled to welcome THIRDHOME members to Casa de Campo and to show this discerning audience why our unique resort is one of the most desirable places to holiday in the Caribbean, if not the world.”

For more information about Casa de Campo Resort & Villas please visit casadecampo.com.do. Find out more about THIRDHOME at thirdhome.com. 

This customised partnership was conceived and brokered by The Erlick Group, a New York based entertainment sponsorship agency that has represented an expansive portfolio of distinctive properties for 30 years. www.erlick-group.com.

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas Becomes Official Destination Partner of the Swag Series

Legendary Dominican Resort Will Serve as ‘Key Sponsor’ for 14-Event Series Beginning in March

(LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic) – Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including its iconic Teeth of the Dog ranked No. 20 in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in the World” – announces its partnership with Swag Golf to become the exclusive destination partner of the golf brand’s inaugural competition, the Swag Series, operated by Am Golf Trips. 

Swag Golf is a premium, limited-edition golf accessory, equipment and apparel company. The Swag Series will feature 14 events across the U.S., fielding 100 players in a unique, 18-hole, two player better ball format. The series opened for registration on Feb. 15 and culminates during its National Championship event in October at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Mo.

Casa de Campo prizes will be offered throughout the competition. They include a four-night stay for two people and multiple rounds of golf on Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links for anyone who makes a hole-in-one on any of the designated Par-3s. The winners of the series will also be offered a four-night stay for two in the resort’s superior rooms and include the same golf experience. For any Swag Series participant booking a stay at the resort, there are many complimentary value-adds each guest can tap into. All prize information can be found here. 

The Swag Series will consist of two divisions: gross and net. Teams of two, each playing their own ball, will have a chance to compete for each prize. A verified USGA handicap is only required to compete in the net division.

This customized partnership between Casa de Campo Resort & Villas and Swag Golf was conceived and brokered by The Erlick Group, a New York-based entertainment sponsorship agency that has represented an expansive portfolio of distinctive properties for 30 years.

“We are honored to partner with Swag Golf and their inaugural golf series happening at some of the best courses and resorts across the U.S.,” says Jason Kycek, senior vice-president of sales and marketing. “It will be a fun and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many golf enthusiasts to not only have a memorable season but come and enjoy everything our world-class resort has to offer as well.”

“As we embark on the inaugural Swag Series we could not be more excited to partner with Casa De Campo to provide our customers with the opportunity to experience their legendary golf resort,” says Swag CEO Nick Venson. “We look forward to furthering our relationship by collaborating on special events and unique merchandise offerings in the near future.”

Teeth of the Dog has long been a “bucket list” layout for those seeking to play one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Dye’s design hallmarks are all present: railroad ties, vast waste areas, peninsula greens and tees, hand-sculpted putting surfaces and a unique assortment of pot bunkers. “The Heaven 7” oceanfront holes are astoundingly beautiful, causing Dye to famously quip: “I created 11 holes and God created seven.”

The resort’s world-class Golf Learning Center is a “must visit” when on property. Highlighted by Trackman and BODITRAK technology, it features two indoor hitting bays for rapid game improvement, year-round training, individual and group golf lessons and schools, and expert club-fitting and repair. Residing on 21 acres of “pure grass,” the PGA Tour-quality facility also showcases practice greens for honing putting, chipping and pitching skills as well as unlimited use of the pristine outdoor range for full shots. On-course instruction is also available.

For more information on Casa de Campo Resort & Villas please call 800.877.3643, email golf@ccampo.com.do or visit: www.casadecampo.com.do/. 

About Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

The 7,000-acre Casa de Campo attracts affluent travelers with 63 holes of exceptional golf. Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links courses – Conde Nast Traveler, Golf Digest, GOLF Magazine and Golfweek award winners – are designed by the legendary architect Pete Dye. They are complemented by spacious hotel rooms, suites and luxury villas. Expertly prepared cuisine from around the world, a 370-slip Marina & Yacht Club, Polo & Equestrian Club, the La Terraza Tennis Center, 245-acre Shooting Club and Altos de Chavon – an artisan’s village modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city – are other on-property highlights.

Getting There:  La Romana International Airport (LRM) is five minutes from Casa de Campo and caters to private jet service from around the globe. A short drive from the resort, Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Punta Cana (PUJ) operate daily direct flights from all major North American airports.

About Swag Golf

Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill, Swag Golf has been producing precision milled putters, unparalleled headcovers, accessories and apparel since its inception in 2018. With a Don’t Give A Putt™ attitude, Swag has built a reputation for high-end precision and continues to be one of the most sought-after companies in the golf space. With a typical sell-out time of mere minutes, Swag has a loyal following and continues to expand its presence in the golf community and beyond.

The company has several high-profile partnerships, LPGA professional Anna Nordqvist, Instagram sensation Paige Spiranac, 3x World Series Champion Jon Lester and NHL right-winger Alex DeBrincat. Licensing agreements include MLB, McLaren Formula 1 Team, Kraft-Heinz, WWE, Capcom, Topps, Vienna Beef, and more. Fans are encouraged to follow along for the latest company updates, product releases and ambassador signings at @SwagGolfCo on Discord, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, or to snag some Swag of your own, please visit SwagGolf.com.

 

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New Selection of Limited Edition Al Hirschfeld Prints Signed by Legendary Broadway Stars Now Up for Bidding

SOURCE: KEITH SHERMAN AND ASSOCIATES INC., PUBLIC RELATIONS

Auction, in Partnership with Heritage Auctions, Benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation

ART EDITORS: Download images of the art at broadwaycares.org/hirschfeldmediaassets

To ARRANGE FOR AN INTERVIEW with David Leopold, Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, contact Keith Sherman & Associates, brett@ksa-pr.com.

Twenty one limited-edition prints of acclaimed caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – signed by the iconic stage and screen stars featured in the image – are being auctioned online to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, in partnership with Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer in the world.

The acclaimed performers who hand-signed the collectible prints this year are Eileen Atkins, Betty Buckley, Cher, Michael Crawford, Clive Davis, Judi Dench, Michael Feinstein, Ellen Greene, Joel Grey, Harry Groener, Mark Hamill, Billy Joel, Nathan Lane, Jose Llana, Reba McEntire, Donna McKechnie, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Steve Martin, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Faith Prince, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Martin Short, Bruce Springsteen and Meryl Streep.

The auction launches Thursday, October 27, 2022, at Broadwaycares.org/Hirschfeld, and runs through Sunday, November 20.

 Among the signed and numbered lots featured in the Hirschfeld auction are:

Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” Hirschfeld’s signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication over nine decades (including a 75-year relationship with The New York Times), as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps. Hirschfeld, a two-time Tony Award recipient, died in 2003 at the age of 99. Later that year, Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

“All of us at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS count ourselves among the legion of Al Hirschfeld fans,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “This unique collaboration with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation in partnership with Heritage Auctions will help ensure much-needed health care and medication, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency assistance for those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses.”

“We are delighted to partner with Broadway Cares and Heritage Auctions to bring these iconic prints to the public,” said David Leopold, the Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “We have received requests for years to have some of these images be published as prints. Having the performers, who felt honored to be drawn by The Line King, return the favor by signing these very limited editions is a tribute to how much Hirschfeld and Broadway Cares means to this community.”

“Al Hirschfeld’s long and illustrious career goes beyond that of an artist,” says Meagen McMillan, Heritage Auctions’ Senior Specialist in Illustration and American Art. “The legendary caricaturist captured and documented with humor and line every great zeitgeist, icon and celebrity who crossed his path throughout his career spanning nine decades, from Broadway to Hollywood and beyond. Hirschfeld’s body of work can be seen as an archive of American performance art of the 20th century. While we have always celebrated this graphic satirist at Heritage Auctions, we are thrilled to be partnering with The Al Hirschfeld Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to further the Hirschfeld’s legacy of support and promotion of the dramatic arts with our upcoming charitable auction.”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was born from the hearts of those in the theater community as our nation was facing the scourge of the AIDS pandemic. For more than 30 years, Broadway Cares has turned anger and sorrow into action. And now, in the wake of another pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS remains the philanthropic heart of Broadway. As the nation and the nation’s theaters emerge from a devastating 15 months with hundreds of thousands still in crisis, Broadway Cares’ commitment has never wavered from ensuring that those in need get groceries and medication, health care and hope.

The partnership between Broadway Cares and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation was conceived and brokered by The Erlick Group, a leading, New York-based entertainment sponsorship agency since 1992.

About the Al Hirschfeld Foundation (@alhirschfeld)

The mission of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation is to promote interest in the theater and visual arts by supporting non-profit museums, libraries, theaters and similar cultural institutions. The Foundation fulfills its mission through grants and exhibitions of Hirschfeld’s art. The Foundation maintains an extensive collection of Hirschfeld artworks and lends and/or donates pieces to institutions all over the world. Another primary mission is arts education, which the Foundation does primarily with the Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum. Created in conjunction with the New York City Board of Education, The Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum is an innovative visual/performing arts education program based on Hirschfeld’s art to engage students K through 12 in a variety of arts activities. Our programs encourage writing, reading, researching, observing, movement and performance to learn about the arts, its history, and the opportunities for education and employment in the arts field. The web based Al Hirschfeld curriculum is easy to use, and is intended to be a free resource for teachers and students.  AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (@BCEFA)

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, facebook.com/BCEFA, instagram.com/BCEFA, twitter.com/BCEFA, and youtube.com/BCEFA.

About Heritage Auctions (@heritageauctions)

Heritage Auctions is the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world, as well as the largest auction house founded in the U.S. They are also the undisputed Internet leader in our field, with more than 1 million online bidder-members registered on HA.com. This loyal and growing community of collectors is a testament to the usefulness of their website, our reputation for professional business practices and our vast expertise in the field of art and collectibles. For more information, visit HA.com. 

Pickett’s Village Bar and Stand Up New York Join Forces for Dinner and a Show March 3

Storied NYC Comedy Club Delivers Top Talent for Night of Entertainment

Evening Kicks Off with Three Course Meal by Chef Rich Krug

Maplewood, NJ – February 10, 2022 – Pickett’s Village Bar has joined forces with legendary UWS comedy club Stand Up NY to create a pairing of a great meal and lots of laughs. The “dinner and a show” will take place at Pickett’s Upstairs on Thursday, March 3, beginning at 7PM. A rollicking comedic line-up, plus a three-course meal by Chef Rich Krug, is $95 per person. The meal will include a Pickett’s Salad and a duet with your choice of Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Honey Lemon Glaze, Roasted New York Strip Steak and/or a Vegan option, along with a glass of wine or beer and cookies for dessert. You can buy your ticket here.  

According to Pickett’s Village Bar General Manager, Nicholas Ciccone, the collaboration with Stand Up NY is a natural progression of the live music program the restaurant has been building over the past couple years. 

“Pickett’s has become a destination for awesome live music in an inviting outdoor setting,” said Ciccone. “Now that we have Pickett’s Upstairs, another extension of our dining room, we’re thrilled to up the ante with live entertainment all year round. We’re excited to expand our offering from music to comedy, and to welcome the talented folks from Stand Up NY into the Pickett’s family.” 

Stand Up NY, one of the country’s premier comedy clubs, is known for giving a stage to emerging stars like Chris Rock and Amy Schumer and continues to be a breeding ground of up-and-coming comedic talent. Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up NY is equally excited about the collaboration. 

“With fewer folks commuting regularly, we see a real opportunity to bring the Stand Up NY experience to creative, fun-loving communities that enjoy comedy, and may miss going to shows,” said Dani Zoldan, owner, Stand Up NY. “We’re excited to partner with Pickett’s to bring our outstanding roster of nationally acclaimed comedic talent to their beautiful venue for a great night out.” 

Here’s the evening’s lineup:  

Ashley Austin Morris will emcee. In addition to being “house host” at Stand Up NY, She’s a regular performer at Gotham Comedy Club, West Side Comedy and Dangerfield’s. You may also recognize her from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife and Ugly Betty. 

Jeff Arcuri has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Laughs! on Fox, SiriusXM, and a plethora of comedy festivals around the country. Jeff works as a regular at Zanies Comedy Clubs as well as The Laugh Factory and in clubs and colleges across the US. 

Our headliner is Gianmarco Soresi, who made his television debut on CBS’s Blue Bloods playing Tom Selleck’s waiter, a role he prepared for by actually becoming a waiter for 12 years. Gianmarco won Amazon’s Comics Watching Comics Season 8, and also earned 1st place at the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival, Devil’s Cup Comedy Festival, Empire State Comedy Festival and Last Comic Standing at Mohegan Sun. His standup has been featured on Comedy Central, Real Housewives of New York, PBS’s Stories from the Stage and George Takei Presents. Look for him in the upcoming Billy Crystal/Tiffany Haddish movie “Here Today.” 

The relationship between Picketts Village Bar and Stand UP NY was conceived and brokered by The Erlick Group, a leading New York based entertainment sponsorship agency. Find them at http://www.erlickgroup.com

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About Pickett’s Village Bar
Pickett’s Village Bar is owned by Doug and Beth Sasfai, Brinton Brosius and Ashlee Anthony, and Heidi Hovland. Jim Pickett, Heidi’s husband, passed away in July 2018. We honor his memory and the way he lived his life in our intention for Pickett’s: with heartfelt appreciation for how connecting over a drink or a meal brings us closer together and how these connections make life, and all of us in it, better.

About Stand Up NY 

Stand Up NY opened its doors in 1986 and has since become one of New York City’s premiere comedy clubs. Celebrated for its rich history, elegant interior and outstanding performers, Stand Up NY has created an exclusive comedy experience as it sets the standard for other comedy clubs. From Jerry Seinfeld (well, maybe not anymore – Google it) to Chris Rock and Amy Schumer, our stage continues to be a breeding ground for the brightest stars of today and tomorrow.

RDK Melanoma Foundation and Astreea Team Up to Strike Out Sunburns at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 2nd, 2022: The Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation is partnering with Astreea to offer fans free sunscreen at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. 12 sunscreen-filled Astreea pedal dispensers have been placed in high-traffic locations throughout the stadium. 

There is nothing like catching a game on a beautiful day, but many underestimate the danger of sun exposure. 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lives, and just one blistering sunburn before the age of 18 more than doubles the chances of developing skin cancer. 

The RDK Melanoma Foundation’s mission is to save lives through education on the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, specifically Melanoma. Working with both Astreea and the Phillies, the Foundation is providing thousands of fans with access to SPF 50 sunscreen along with information on sun-safe behavior via a QR code featured on each Astreea dispenser. 

“We want everybody in the Stadium to be covered with sunscreen during games,” said Mike Schmidt, MLB Hall of Famer and 1980 World Series Champion. “The Phillies, myself, and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation want to hit a home run with this project!” 

Astreea dispensers are durable, hygienic, and weatherproof, making them perfect for use at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. Each dispenser features a full-color design plus an integrated sign to attract attention and promote usage. And with its high-capacity reservoir and mechanical operaBon, staff members will find these dispensers incredibly easy to maintain. 

“The RDK Foundation has been working locally and nationally for over 26 years, and we are ecstatic to continue providing communities with sun protection and education with our new partner, Astreea,” said RDK founder, Debbie Schwarzberg. “These new eco-friendly sunscreen dispensers are the future of the Foundation and we look forward to working with Astreea to continue fulfilling our mission!” 

Astreea sunscreen dispensers are available at https://rdk.shopastreea.com. 15% of all purchases from this site go directly to the RDK foundation. This partnership was developed in conjunction with The Erlick Group, a leading, New York-based sponsorship agency.  

http://www.erlickgroup.com

About Astreea 

Astreea creates innovative products and services that solve common challenges related to sunscreen and hand sanitizing programs. The company started by building the world’s most popular pedal dispenser line, with sizes ranging from Small to XXL. Engineered by an aerospace manufacturer, Astreea’s hand sanitizer dispensers are truly unique, as they are mechanically operated and require no assembly, batteries, or maintenance. In addition, every dispenser is covered by a lifetime warranty. Learn more at: haps://shopastreea.com/ 

About the RDK Melanoma Foundation 

The RDK Melanoma Foundation is focused on three chief initiatives. The first is growing the Students Against Melanoma (SAM Club) network of college, high school, and middle school students around the country, encouraging them to educate their peers and families on the importance of sun safety. RDK is also in the process of developing a 45-minute long scripted, interactive, and fun educational experience that will be presented once a year to elementary and middle schools in and around Palm Beach County, Florida. Lastly, the Foundation is excited to continue its dispenser initiative with Astreea to strategically place as many sunscreen dispensers as possible anywhere people plan on being outdoors for an extended period. Learn more at: haps://melanomafoundation.com/ 

20 Limited Edition Al Hirschfeld Prints Signed by Legendary Broadway Stars, Now Up for Bids

Auction, in Partnership with Christie’s and Charitybuzz, Benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation

Download images of the art at broadwaycares.org/hirschfeldmediaassets

Twenty limited-edition prints of acclaimed caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – signed by the iconic stage and screen stars featured in the image – are being auctioned online to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, in partnership with leading auction houses Christie’s and Charitybuzz.

The acclaimed actors who hand-signed the collectible prints this spring are Kevin Bacon, Betty Buckley, Cher, Richard Gere, Joel Grey, Mark Hamill, Nathan Lane, Jessica Lange, John Malkovich, Steve Martin, Reba McEntire, Donna McKechnie, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Stephen Sondheim, Sir Patrick Stewart, Leslie Uggams and Sam Waterston.

The auction launches Thursday, July 1, 2021, at broadwaycares.org/hirschfeld, and runs through Thursday, July 15. Among the signed and numbered lots featured in the Charitybuzz Hirschfeld auction are:

  • Patinkin and Peters as George and Dot from the original production of Sunday in the Park with George. The drawing first appeared in The New York Times on Sunday, April 29, 1984.
  • Hamill, who had just gained international fame as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the Broadway production of Amadeus. Hirschfeld’s drawing was first published in The New York Times on July 1, 1983.
  • Lane from the Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s play The Lisbon Traviata. It was first published in The New York Times on November 10, 1989.
  • Sondheim, one of the most esteemed, most successful and most studied composers and lyricists in musical theater history, with his keyboard and manuscripts. The image was privately commissioned in 1999.

Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self described “characterist,” Hirschfeld’s signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication over nine decades (including a 75-year relationship with The New York Times), as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps. Hirschfeld, a two-time Tony Award recipient, died in 2003 at the age of 99. Later that year, Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

“All of us at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS count ourselves among the legion of Al Hirschfeld fans,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “This unique collaboration with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation in partnership with Christie’s and Charitybuzz will help ensure much-needed health care and medication, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency assistance for those across the country affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other life-threatening illnesses.”

“We are delighted to partner with Broadway Cares, Christies and Charitybuzz to bring these iconic prints to the public,” said David Leopold, the Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. “We have received requests for years to have some of these images be published as prints. Having the performers, who felt honored to be drawn by The Line King, return the favor by signing these very limited editions is a tribute to how much Hirschfeld and Broadway Cares means to this community.”

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s Americas noted: “This is an ideal and important time to show support for BroadwayCares/Equity Fights AIDS, as we collectively emerge from the pandemic and experience the arts in person again. Christie’s New York is proud to partner with Broadway Cares, the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and Charitybuzz to bring this exciting sale of signed prints to market. We invite all of the dedicated collectors in our community to support this important fundraising opportunity.”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was born from the hearts of those in the theater community as our nation was facing the scourge of the AIDS pandemic. For more than 30 years, Broadway Cares has turned anger and sorrow into action. And now, in the wake of another pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS remains the philanthropic heart of Broadway. As the nation and the nation’s theaters emerge from a devastating 15 months with hundreds of thousands still in crisis, Broadway Cares’ commitment has never wavered from ensuring that those in need get groceries and medication, health care and hope.

Broadway Cares has partnered with Charitybuzz for more than a decade to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one-of-a-kind items while making a significant difference for some of the most vulnerable Americans – including throughout the pandemic. In partnership with Broadway Cares and hundreds of other nonprofit organizations, Charitybuzz continues to offer customers the most incredible experiences, unmatched access and exclusive items through its impact marketplace.

Charitybuzz and Christie’s are collaborating to bring collectors and fans globally this special opportunity to bid on these Hirschfeld prints and generate meaningful impact.

The partnership between Broadway Cares and the Al Hirschfeld Foundation was conceived and brokered by The Erlick Group, a leading, New York-based entertainment sponsorship agency since 1992.


About the Al Hirschfeld Foundation (@alhirschfeld)
The mission of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation is to promote interest in the theater and visual arts by supporting non- profit museums, libraries, theaters and similar cultural institutions. The Foundation fulfills its mission through grants and exhibitions of Hirschfeld’s art. The Foundation maintains an extensive collection of Hirschfeld artworks and lends and/or donates pieces to institutions all over the world. Another primary mission is arts education, which the Foundation does primarily with the Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum. Created in conjunction with the New York City Board of Education, The Hirschfeld Arts Curriculum is an innovative visual/performing arts education program based on Hirschfeld’s art to engage students K through 12 in a variety of arts activities. Our programs encourage writing, reading, researching, observing, movement and performance to learn about the arts, its history, and the opportunities for education and employment in the arts field. The web based Al Hirschfeld curriculum is easy to use, and is intended to be a free resource for teachers and students. AlHirschfeldFoundation.org

About Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (@BCEFA)
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant- making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

About Christie’s (@christiesinc)
Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats.

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps.

About Charitybuzz (@charitybuzz)
Charitybuzz is the world’s leading impact marketplace for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, exclusive items and unmatched access. Through its premier auction platform, upscale shopping experience and concierge business, Charitybuzz has raised $500 million for cause to date.

In addition to incredible luxury travel, VIP event experiences, and rare memorabilia and collectibles, Charitybuzz features exclusive access to the world’s most influential personalities – Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Tim Cook, Beyoncé, Eddie Vedder, Jack Nicklaus, Anna Wintour, Warren Buffett, Robert De Niro, and many more.

Each purchase generates charitable impact in partnership with more than 4,500 non-profit organizations, including MusiCares, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Charitybuzz operates alongside sister company Prizeo, which hosts online sweepstakes to raise funds for cause. To learn more, please visit www.charitybuzz.com.

Contacts

For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS: Lane Beauchamp, beauchamp@broadwaycares.org 

For Al Hirschfeld Foundation: Keith Sherman & Associates, keith@ksa-pr.com

For Charitybuzz: Janai Speer, jspeer@charitynetwork.com

For Christie’s: Erin McAndrew, emcandrew@christies.com

Thank You Network(SM) Advances Rewards Programs to Another Level

First Reward Program to Include Contemporary Art from One of America’s Preeminent Pop Icons, As Part of its Rewards Collection

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2007) – In an effort to continuously bring its members the most unique and compelling reward offerings available, ThankYou Rewards Network today announces the beginning of a special relationship with world-renowned artist Peter Max. As the first artist associated with ThankYou Network, Peter Max makes his popular artwork accessible to all 11 million ThankYou Members, including limited edition lithographs. 

“I am very pleased to make my artwork accessible to people who previously weren’t able to purchase one of my pieces,” states Peter Max. “Now through ThankYou Network, members will have the chance to redeem their points for some of my most popular work.” 

With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become a significant part of contemporary culture. Peter Max has been referred to as a Pop icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and America’s “Painter Laureate” – having painted for the last six U.S. Presidents. In addition to his work on canvas, Peter Max’s most recent visions have been seen on a Boeing 777 Continental Airlines jet, across a 600-foot stage for Woodstock Music Festival, on the covers of the Verizon New York City yellow and white pages, and on a giant mural unveiled at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He has been designated Official Artist of five Super Bowls, six Grammy Awards, World Cup USA, The World Series, The United Nations Earth Summit, and numerous other events. 

“We are so excited to have the art of Peter Max – who is not only a critically-acclaimed artist, but also someone who has enjoyed broad popular appeal throughout his storied and prolific career – as part of the ThankYou Network rewards collection,” said Nancy Gordon, Executive Vice President, ThankYou Network. “This relationship follows through on our long-standing commitment to our members to continually provide them with exciting and unique reward opportunities that can be appreciated and valued for a lifetime. Now our members can use their ThankYou Points to become art collectors. From Peter Max posters, limited-edition prints or custom portraits, there is a reward option for everyone.” 

As a result of ThankYou Network’s relationship with Peter Max, members can now redeem points, starting at the 32,200 point level, for fine art to begin or expand their own collection. Members can browse the Peter Max collection on the online gallery at www.ThankYou.com which features a range of 18 pieces spanning the past four decades and includes: 

# 2 original works painted in acrylic on canvas
# 10 signed lithograph prints
# 6 posters signed and dedicated to the recipient by Peter Max 

In addition, members with high point levels can take advantage of an exceptional and very limited premium reward opportunity – where they can redeem their ThankYou Points to have Peter Max paint a custom portrait of their dreams. 

ThankYou Network’s relationship with Peter Max was facilitated by The Erlick Group, a New York-based agency that represents leading cultural and entertainment properties.

Citi

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Major brand names under Citi’s trademark red arc include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Citi Smith Barney and Banamex. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.comg. 

ThankYou Network

Founded by Citi, the ThankYou Network is a free rewards program that lets members earn points from a growing network of places and pool these points into one ThankYou Member Account. Members get points for using participating Citi credit cards, banking at Citibank with an eligible checking account and booking qualified travel on Expedia.com. Members can reward themselves with almost anything – from travel, brand-name goods, and gift cards at favorite stores, to unique experiences and charitable donations at www.ThankYou.com

Brides.com will sponsor the annual Valentine’s Day wedding event at the Empire State Building

Publication: Crain’s New York Business –

For the first time, Brides.com will sponsor the annual Valentine’s Day wedding event at the Empire State Building. Each year, 14 couples are selected to tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year at the city’s tallest building. This February, the couples will get an extra bonus, Brides will hire stylist to primp the future spouses and decorate the makeshift “wedding chapel”. After the nuptials, each pair will enjoy a champagne toast and receive a gift bag worth $500.

THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY

Publication: 24 Hour Plays


Working Playground, in association with Moxie Pictures and Gran Centenario Tequila, presents a 24 Hour Company Production of THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY on Monday, October 23rd at the American Airlines Theatre. This year’s company members include actors Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”), Elizabeth Berkley (Hurlyburly), Erika Christensen (“Six Degrees,” Traffic), Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), David Cross (“Arrested Development”), Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), Michael Ealy (Sleeper Cell), John Hawkes (Me You and Everyone We Know), Gaby Hoffman (Suburbia), Matthew Lillard (Scream), Julianna Margulies (Feston, “ER”), Anna Paquin (The Squid and the Whale, The Piano), Rosie Perez (Chair of Working Playground Artistic Board), Sam Rockwell (Matchstick Men), Amy Ryan (A Streetcar Named Desire), Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross), Pablo Schreiber (Awake and Sing!), Wallace Shawn (Hurlyburly, Threepenny Opera), Fisher Stevens (The Exonerated), Catherine Tate (“The Catherine Tate Show”), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story); playwrights Adam Bock (The Receptionist), Julia Cho (Durango), Tina Howe (Painting Churches), David Ives (All In the Timing), Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter); and directors Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Andrew McCarthy (The Breakfast Club), Bennett Miller (Capote), Ian Morgan (The New Group), and Josie Rourke (The Long and The Short and The Tall). 

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS is an annual benefit event at which entertainment’s biggest names join forces to participate in an annual rite of extreme live performance: they will write, direct and perform six original short plays …all in just 24 hours! For more information, visit https://www.24hourplays.com/. 

The creative process of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS begins at 10PM the night before the show, when a group of six writers, six directors, 24 actors and production staff gather at the American Airlines Theater. After everyone has been briefed, the writers stay up all night to each compose a ten-minute play. At 7:00AM the following morning, the directors return, read the plays, and choose their favorites to direct. The casts meet for the first time at 8 AM and quickly get to work rehearsing. Tech rehearsal runs from 5:00 to 7:30PM and doors open at 7:45PM. At 8:00PM, ink barely dry, the new plays are performed for a live audience. 

Proceeds from the event benefit Working Playground, a not-for-profit cultural organization that uses the arts to educate, inspire and enrich the lives of youth in over 40 underserved New York City schools. Through a dynamic range of programs including playwriting, animated video production, instrument building, playwriting, science cartooning and spoken word, Working Playground helps youth develop the creative and analytic impulses that will serve them as students, professionals and citizens. For more information, visit www.workingplayground.org/. 

The W Hotels Worldwide is the official Hotel Sponsor of THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY. 

Some sponsorships for THE 6TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY were brokered by The Erlick Group (www.erlickgroup.com) a New York based agency that represents leading entertainment properties in theatre, music, film and venues. 

About THE 24 HOUR COMPANY 

Founded by the creator of The 24 Hour Plays, The 24 Hour Company is the long-standing incarnation of a group of artists and producers that has mounted over 300 short plays since 1995–all written, cast, rehearsed and performed in a single day. Paper Magazine wrote “the quality of the plays is remarkable,” and the Village Voice adds, “Here was the energy missing from the Ludlow scene… theatricality as life, as subversion, even survival.” The rotating cast and crew of The 24 Hour Plays have performed for sold-out houses at the American Airlines Theater, Atlantic Theater, Minetta Lane Theater, 45 Bleecker Theater, the NY International Fringe Festival and other downtown venues in New York, as well as in Chicago, Los Angeles and London. Participants have included diverse talents from all levels- from Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging talent and high school students. 

About WORKING PLAYGROUND, INC. 

Working Playground is a not-for-profit cultural organization, founded in 1991, with the belief that art is essential to human development, education and culture. By supporting underserved schools and communities, Working Playground inspires, enlivens, and enriches students’ educational experiences with the in-depth study of an art form. Through a dynamic range of programs including playwriting, theatre, film and documentary, animated music video production, instrument building, playwriting, science cartooning, dance performance and spoken word, Working Playground empowers youth to develop the creative and analytic impulses that will serve them as students, professionals and citizens. For the past 15 years, Working Playground has created in-depth partnerships with schools and communities by implementing art programs that help youth better understand essential academic content while exploring new tools to support their social and emotional development. WP’s theater, video, visual arts, dance, design, poetry, and music education programs have visited over 40 New York City public schools and engaged more than 30,000 young people, teachers and community members. An emphasis on inquiry-based pedagogy challenges young people to become active learners, eager to exercise critical thinking, leadership and creative skills. As a recipient of a New York State Award of Merit, Working Playground has become a highly respected institution that has been highlighted by The New York Times, New York Magazine, Variety, Time Magazine, Time Out, Rosie O’Donnell Magazine, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, NBC News, CBS This Morning, People Magazine, US Magazine and New York Post.

BestCredit Cards for College kids

Author: By David Ellis 
Publication: CNNMoney.com

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Laptop, iPod, a messenger bag and yes, a credit card – all the staples of modern college life. Nowadays, owning a piece of plastic has become as much as part of the college experience as griping about the dorm food. 

In fact, over three-quarters of all college kids have a credit card, according to a recent study published by the student loan firm Nellie Mae. 

Credit Card Rates 

Find the best credit card for you among thousands of issuing banks. Select a card type from the pulldown menu and click on the arrow to begin. Select a card type Standard Gold Platinum 

But while many college students are tempted to sign up with the first offer that comes their way, parents and students should know their son or daughter is entitled to some pretty sweet deals even if they have not established a credit history. 

A fair APR 

For starters, students should be able to qualify for a reasonable interest rate, says Curtis Arnold, founder of the online credit card rating outfit CardRatings.com. 

While many cards offer introductory rates of zero percent for the first six to 12 months, students without a credit history should try to find a credit card with an annual percentage rate in the mid-teens – around 16 or 17 percent or lower, says Arnold. 

“Avoid ones that get over 20 percent,” he says. “Check every avenue you can and compare what is out there.” 

While both fixed rate and variable rate cards have their advantages depending on whom you talk to, securing a card with a low interest rate is important since college kids tend to carry a balance on their credit card. And a higher interest rate can only mean more money out of their pocket. 

Rewards card for the responsible 

For those students that can stay on top of their expenses and exercise restraint when it comes to using the card, they should know there are some reward cards out there that dovetail with student spending habits, says Justin McHenry, research director at card rating firm Indexcreditcards.com. 

Some cards, for example, give you points just for purchasing books, buying groceries or filing up your car. 

“For anyone that can handle their finances and pay the card off every month, I encourage them to take advantage of reward cards,” says McHenry. 

No fees and a grace period 

Students should also be aware that there are plenty of cards out there that offer no annual fee and a grace period of at least 20 days, says Arnold, which is important, especially if they fail to mail that monthly payment on time. 

Parents and students should also realize there are plenty of issuers out there that are looking to make a buck off the financially naive, including college kids. 

Some issuers, for example, will hit the cardholder with a number of hidden fees, or even worse, says Arnold, they will promise a lucrative gift such as a computer, but then require that the card holder maintain a balance on their card, all while paying interest. 

That’s why, says Arnold, it’s so critical to read the fine print before signing up with any issuer. 

“Some of the offers out there are just really bad apples and basically huge rip-off offers,” he says. 

Miscellaneous 

While students can expect to be bombarded by offers on campus, on the Web and in their mailbox, experts weighed in on what some of their favorite credit cards were for college kids. 

mtvU Platinum Select Visa Card for College Students – This card was at the top of almost every expert’s list. Joseph Ridout, spokesman for the advocacy group Consumer Action, said one of the most impressive things about this card was not the rewards, but the fact that students received points for paying their bill on time and for getting good grades. 

Ohio Savings Bank Student Platinum Plus Visa or MasterCard – Students with a limited or no credit history that apply for this card should be able to secure an annual percentage rate of 13.99%, notes Arnold. 

Sovereign Bank Student Credit Card- Available in as either a MasterCard or Visa, this card offers a stunningly low 9.90% fixed interest rate, making it one of the lowest credit card rates out there right now, says McHenry of Indexcreditcards.com.

Citi “mtvU” Card Is the Most Innovative Student Card to Launch in the Past 18 Months

Publication: Credit Card Monitor Report

In addition to being just the third student card to be linked to an issuer’s flagship rewards program (ThankYou Network) this card is particularly noteworthy for enabling cardholders to earn points by being diligent in their finances (e.g., points for making payments on time) and in their studies (students can earn up to 2,000 points per semester based on cumulative GPA). It is the only card that effectively links financial responsibility with a financial reward – a concept that few credit education centers can better convey. The only drawback to the card is its reliance on the MTV brand name – the only MTV-related benefit listed is a discount at the MTV Store. While a different name for the card, or perhaps more MTV-based benefits would seem appropriate, this card is one of the few unique product offerings to emerge since our last report.

Fido’s McCartney Ad Soft Sell

Publication: Fund Action


Fidelity Investment’s television advertisement featuring ex-Beatle Paul McCartney is taking a soft sell approach, according to some. Fidelity unveiled the commercial this week during the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders football game. The advertisement featured a photo montage of his life with the tag line, “The key is, never stop doing what you love.” 

The television ad will certainly bring Fidelity attention, but it is unclear whether it will generate new business,” said Howard Schneider, president of Practical Perspectives. “There was no clear benefit to me as a consumer as to why I should call Fidelity about what they are offering. The call to action was, ‘call us,’ but it was not prominent as to how you call them. I was surprised at how soft the ad was,” he said. 

“The cost to attract McCartney for the advertising campaign is estimated at $2-5 million”, noted Jim Erlick, president of The Erlick Group, which puts together similar marketing deals. In addition to network TV, the ads will appear on cable television, and in national and local newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada. Fidelity is also sponsoring McCartney’s upcoming concert tour and a music education initiative. 

Geoff Chellis, president of Expedia Consulting Group, said the ad appeared to be simply promotional. “It didn’t do anything for me from an investment standpoint.” 

A banner ad on Fidelity’s Web site points a user to an offer for a free McCartney CD after using a retirement portfolio planner, a Retirement Quick Check or a Retirement Income Planner. Jenny Engle, Fidelity spokeswoman, said the firm does not intend the ads to appeal only to Baby Boomers planning for retirement, but to a much broader audience.