Calendar, Schmalendar! Summer Lovers Near and Far Invited to Sign the Ball Park Brand #SummerNow Petition to Name May 20th the First Day of Summer

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A whole extra month of the beloved season is just what’s needed this year – and those who sign have a chance to snag summertime swag

 SPRINGDALE, Ark., May 11, 2021 – Summer doesn’t officially begin until June, but everyone deserves to start celebrating the season earlier after a year like 2020. To help make all swimmers and sunbathers, grillers, boat sailors, beach goers and fans of summer dreams come true, the Ball Park Brand team is kicking-off the #SummerNow petition on Change.org to change the first day of summer to May 20. You read that right – a whole extra month of the season we can never get enough of.*

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VIDEO CAPTION: Ball Park Brand Launches #SummerNow Petition with the Help of Beloved Weatherman Jim Cantore to Start the Season One Month Early

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE CAPTION: Standing in summer solidarity with the Ball Park brand is simple — and those who join have a chance to win summer swag to celebrate the season in style. The essentials in the kit include a hot dog pack pool float, kiddie pool, pool noodle with grill marks, visor, apron, flip flops and sunscreen.

There’s No Time Like the Present to #SummerNow

 Many are craving an early summer start. In a recent survey, nearly half of Americans plan to start enjoying their summer as soon as they can (46 percent).1 Two out of three agree that they will remember summer 2021 for the rest of their lives (65 percent).

“Why wait to break out the flip flops, soak up the sun, wear that new flamingo bathing suit and fire up the grill to cook a few hot dogs?” said Amy Margolin, senior associate brand manager, Ball Park brand. “We’re all about celebrating the tastes, sounds, sights and feelings of summer, and this year, we want to start celebrating early and hope our fellow fans of summer will join us and #SummerNow.”

To help kick-off #SummerNow and spread the word, the brand teamed up with beloved meteorologist and famed weatherman Jim Cantore.

“I may report on the weather, but I have always believed that summertime is a state of mind,” said Cantore. “Sure, making forecasts can be challenging, but this will not be. No matter where you are or the weather you’re experiencing, it’s time to start summer immediately.”

Sign the Petition, Score Exclusive #SummerNow Merch

 Standing in summer solidarity with the Ball Park brand is simple — and those who join have a chance to win summer swag to celebrate the season in style. Between May 11 and May 19, 2021, fans of summer who sign the petition and opt in their email address on change.org/SummerNow will be entered into the #SummerNow swag giveaway for a chance to win. Seventy-five lucky fans will receive a kit full of Ball Park brand summer essentials – including a hot dog pack pool float, kiddie pool, pool noodle with grill marks, visor, apron, flip flops and sunscreen.

With two out of five Americans looking forward to enjoying the outdoors this summer (41 percent) and three out of four Americans saying they can’t wait for summer to begin (76 percent), these merch items are sure to satisfy summer fun cravings. To join the #SummerNow movement and sign the petition, visit change.org/SummerNow. For more information, visit @BallParkBrand on Twitter and @Ballparkbrand on Instagram. Fans can also enter for a chance to win the swag by sharing how they’re celebrating #SummerNow on May 20th on Ball Park’s Twitter or Instagram page.**

 “We’re excited to support those rallying for an early start to the season with the #SummerNow petition,” said Amanda Mustafic, Deputy Communications Officer, Change.org. “Our community brings together people from across the country who can bond over similar passions and we can’t wait to spark this shared celebration of summer that so many will be able to participate in.”

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*While the Ball Park Brand team does not have the power to change the official start of summer, we hope you’ll join us in the spirit of welcoming summer early this year.

**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 US/DC (excluding AK, FL, NY & HI), who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority in state of residence. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts on 5/11/21 and ends on 5/20/21. Multiple entry periods. Change.org entry period starts 5/11/21 and ends 5/19/21; Twitter & Instagram entry period starts and ends on 5/20/21. Each entry period starts at 12:00:00 a.m. EDT on the start date and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on the end date. Three methods of entry, limit one (1) entry per person, per entry method. 75 Grand Prizes, ARV $329.85. For Official Rules and details on how to enter, visit: [enter URL here].

Sponsor: Tyson Foods, Inc., 2200 W Don Tyson Pkwy, Springdale, AR 72762.

1About the Research

This survey was conducted using the field services of Engine Insights CARAVAN. Results are based on a sample of 1,004 adults. The online omnibus study is conducted among a demographically representative sample of U.S. adults 18 years of age and older. This survey was live April 19-21, 2021.

Completed responses are weighted by five variables: age, sex, geographic region, race, and education to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population, 18 years of age and older.

About Ball Park® Brand

The Ball Park brand was launched in 1957 in response to a request for a hot dog from the owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team and today, is an official partner of the Detroit Tigers. The Ball Park frank was such a success, it was expanded nationally. Today, Ball Park brand offers a variety of hot dogs such as Prime beef, Angus beef, beef, meat and turkey franks. Ball Park products can be found in supermarkets, convenience stores and a variety of sports venues. For more information, visit ballparkbrand.com or on social Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

About Change.org

Change.org is the world’s home for people-powered change. It’s free to use — funded by the people who use it — and open to all. Over 300 million people use our petition and campaign tools to speak up on issues they’re passionate about.

About Jim Cantore

Jim Cantore is arguably the most well-known meteorologist on television. Though he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events, his contributions span well beyond severe weather field reporting. He has reported from events such as space shuttle launches, the “Winter X Games,” PGA tournaments, and NFL games. Cantore is a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as Nightly News with Lester Holt, TODAY, and multiple MSNBC shows. He also hosts many original productions including the award-winning Storm Stories. Cantore is represented by Melinda Morris Zanoni of LEGACY TALENT AND ENTERTAINMENT the most established and recognized Talent Company in the Southeast with a presence in Malibu, California.

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Bob & Amy Press Release

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EXCLUSIVEJoseph Mazzello (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect) are set to star in Bob and Amy, an indie comedy produced by David Hunt and Patricia Heaton via their FourBoys Entertainment shingle.

Hunt directed the pic from a screenplay by Rodney Vaccaro. It’s about a music critic, Bob (Mazzello), who is out of a job and trying to wrangle the menagerie of animals his wife Amy (Camp) has accumulated. When a high school couple becomes pregnant, they decide to choose Bob and Amy as their baby’s adoptive parents, but first Bob has to come to terms with the idea of raising someone else’s child as his own. Will adopting a baby cure their existential angst?

Neil Flynn, Ryann Shane and Nash Grier round out the cast.

Mazzello, who played John Deacon in the Oscar-nominated biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, is repped by Buchwald, Podwall Entertainment and Felker Toczek. Camp, who was last seen in Netflix films Desperados and The Lovebirds, is repped by UTA, Authentic and Schreck Rose. Nash Grier is also repped by UTA and Legacy Talent and Entertainment.

Legacy Talent and Entertainment Announces Groundbreaking Deal for the Estate of Hollywood Icon Ava Gardner™

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Legacy Talent and Entertainment, LLC, is pleased to announce it has secured the exclusive, world-wide film rights to develop and produce the life story of the legendary Ava Gardner, based on her autobiography, Ava: My Story, and Mearene Jordan’s Living with Miss G.  Collectively, the books are the definitive work on Ava Gardner.

Ava My Story, Ava Gardner

Ava’s life story was made for modern times with her championing of civil rights and women’s empowerment.

Legacy Talent represents and has the exclusive, international licensing rights to the estate of Ava Gardner for all projects, partnerships, and dramatic rights. Legacy Talent has been entrusted with protecting and honoring Ava’s legacy as an iconic American actress, named one of the 25 most popular actresses of all time by the American Film Institute.

“We are proud to represent the estate of Hollywood icon, Ava Gardner, and honored to work with her heirs,” said Melinda Morris Zanoni, founder and CEO of Legacy Talent. “We are excited about securing the movie rights for Ava Gardner and could not be more thrilled about our future projects to showcase more of Ava’s timeless talent and extraordinary life.”

At the age of 18, Ava went to visit her sister in New York City. She was discovered there after a photo her brother-in-law took caught the attention of a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) executive. Her overwhelming beauty quickly landed Ava a seven-year movie contract, which eventually led her to Hollywood and international fame.

Over her 40-year career, Ava starred in numerous films, including classics like The Killers, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Sun Also Rises. Ava’s performance in John Ford’s Mogambo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and her role in John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award. The movie most considered the definitive Ava Gardner film is The Barefoot Contessa. With this role, Ava was billed as “the most beautiful animal in the world,” and she achieved international stardom.

In addition to her famed beauty, signature red lipstick, piercing green eyes, and millions of fans, Ava is also remembered for living life to the fullest, which included her three marriages to iconic actor Mickey Rooney, musician Artie Shaw, and the legendary Frank Sinatra.

“We are pleased to announce that the Ava Gardner Trust, through its partnership with Legacy Talent and Entertainment, will introduce Ava to a new generation. We are excited about this movie as well as other upcoming projects, and we are confident we have entrusted Ava’s legacy to the right representative. Legacy Talent’s professionalism and reputation are unparalleled in the entertainment business,” commented Ava Thompson, Ava Gardner’s Great Niece and Trustee of the Ava Gardner Trust.

Recently, Legacy Talent created and spearheaded a partnership between the Ava Gardner Trust and a distillery to develop an Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey, which launched in October, 2020.


ABOUT LEGACY TALENT AND ENTERTAINMENT, LLC: Legacy Talent and Entertainment is the most established and recognized Talent Company in the Southeast and maintains a presence in Malibu, California. LTE provides professional talent representation services to select celebrities and iconic estates, including representing exclusive talent and some of the highest profile legends. LTE and its extensive network of relationships with brands, studios, television networks, new media, and Fortune 500 companies allows LTE to partner its clients with endorsers, licensing campaigns, publishing houses, film and TV, digital and social media, and other avenues of connecting with fans in order to advance its clients’ legacies. Please visit our website and follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

ABOUT AVA GARDNER TRUST: Ava Gardner established her Trust in 1986. It has evolved through the years, and today, it is responsible for the management of the intellectual property of Ava Gardner including trademarks and copyrights. The Trust works to exploit image and publicity rights in order to provide funds for the beneficiaries of the Trust. Moreover, the Trust seeks to preserve the legacy of Ava Gardner and to introduce her to a new generation of fans. Ava was courageous, independent, kind, and generous. Throughout her life she supported many charities including cancer research and civil rights causes. All of the residual funds of the Trust go to charities and non-profits selected by Ava and her family. Her compassion and boundless generosity continue through her Trust. For more information please visit this website

North Carolina Distillery Partners with Ava GardnerTM Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment to Produce Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey

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Ava Gardner from The Killers

Seven Jars Distillery, a Charlotte-based business, has partnered with the Ava GardnerTM Trust and Legacy Talent and Entertainment to produce a unique Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey, which will be available for a limited release beginning on October 16, 2020.  Born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, Ava Gardner rose to international fame as an actress during a career that spanned over four decades.  Her role as Kitty Collins in the 1946 classic The Killers cemented her as the iconic symbol of the Film Noir era and her legacy as perhaps the most alluring starlet of Hollywood’s Golden Age endures to this day.

Ava Gardner’s life was characterized by her beauty and talent on the screen, but her down-to-earth approach in her personal life, coupled with her independent spirit, endeared her to generations of fans worldwide.  In many ways, she was a woman ahead of her time; not afraid to speak her mind, not one to follow the “status quo,” and not afraid to buck the system.  The Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey reflects much of this character – smooth and flavorful, with just the right amount of “kick!”

“I know that Ava is pleased to have her own whiskey,” said Ava Thompson,  Ava Gardner’s Great Niece and Trustee of the Ava Gardner Trust.  “She always enjoyed top-shelf whiskey, and so our agents at Legacy Talent approached Seven Jars Distillery about a partnership.  The result was not only a premium whiskey that deserves Ava’s brand, but a way for us to continue to bring amazing bourbon to Ava’s fans worldwide while creating a rare, keepsake memento at the same time.”

The bourbon bearing Ava Gardner’s name will be released as a 101-proof whiskey on October 16th, 2020.  The limited release of 3,600 bottles will be packaged in individual boxes, each bearing the image of Ava Gardner in the role of Kitty Collins from The Killers.  Additional releases will be available in the future, with each bearing different images of Ava Gardner and each having a unique flavor profile.

“The opportunity to work with the brand of a Hollywood legend like Ava Gardner is a dream come true for us,” said Del Ratcliffe, Managing Partner of Seven Jars Distillery. “Our goal with Seven Jars Distillery has always been to tell the story of our parents, while sharing some really great spirits.  They both adored Ava Gardner, and the synergy between Ava’s story, her history, and our heritage here at Seven Jars is remarkable.”

“We are proud to represent a timeless icon like Ava Gardner and privileged to work with her heirs,” said Melinda Morris Zanoni, founder and CEO of Legacy Talent. “We are excited about this partnership, not only for Ava’s millions of fans, but also to present the Ava Gardner legacy to a new audience through our friends at Seven Jars, who have been incredible to work with throughout this entire collaboration!”

*Distribution of the first release of the Ava Gardner Select Bourbon Whiskey will primarily be in North Carolina, but other markets will have limited availability.  Fans of Ava Gardner who are interested in obtaining one of the limited release bottles can find out more by visiting www.sevenjarsdistillery.com

 

ABOUT AVA GARDNER TRUST: Ava Gardner established her Trust in 1986. It has evolved through the years, and today, it is responsible for the management of the intellectual property of Ava Gardner, including trademarks and copyrights. The Trust works to exploit image and publicity rights in order to provide funds for the beneficiaries of the Trust. Moreover, the Trust seeks to preserve the legacy of Ava Gardner and to introduce her to a new generation of fans. Ava was courageous, independent, kind, and generous. Throughout her life she supported many charities including cancer research and civil rights causes. All of the residual funds of the Trust go to charities and non-profits previously selected by Ava and her family. Her compassion and boundless generosity continue through her Trust.

For more information please visit www.avagardner.com

 

ABOUT SEVEN JARS DISTILLERY Seven Jars Distillery is a craft distillery located in Charlotte, NC.   In addition to the Ava Gardner Bourbon, they produce six brands of Spirits including Vodka, Rum, and Whiskey, and more recently hand sanitizer.  Seven Jars was formed to tell the unique story of Frank and Velma Ratcliffe; the family-run business considers itself fortunate in that, in addition to sharing the incredible and adventurous life of these two wonderful people, they are also able to distribute some fantastic adult beverages.

For more information contact Del Ratcliffe at del@sevenjars.com or visit online at www.sevenjarsdistillery.com

 

ABOUT LEGACY TALENT AND ENTERTAINMENT, LLC:  Legacy Talent and Entertainment is the most established and recognized Talent Company in the Southeast and maintains a presence in Malibu, California.  LTE provides professional talent representation services to select celebrities and iconic estates, including representing exclusive talent and some of the highest profile legends.  LTE and its extensive network of relationships with brands, studios, television networks, new media, and Fortune 500 companies allows LTE to  partner its clients with endorsers; licensing campaigns; publishing houses; film and TV; digital and social media; branded deals; and other avenues of connecting with fans in order to advance its clients’ legacies. 

Please visit our website and on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Put on the B.R.A.K.E.S.

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B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Defensive Driving School reaches Lifesaving milestone:

33,000 young drivers trained

Now in its tenth year, the charity that Doug Herbert founded to honor his sons has reached more than 60,000 teens and parents from 43 different states and five countries

Teens who graduate from B.R.A.K.E.S. are 64 percent less likely to be in a crash in their first three years of driving
2018 schedule includes 38 schools and is expected to reach up to 12,000 drivers
For additional information and/or to register for a class, visit www.putonthebrakes.org
Concord, N.C., August 1, 2018 – Doug Herbert founded B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) to ensure that the lives of his sons Jon and James would make a difference. Ten years after their fatal car crash, the charity that they inspired has brought free, lifesaving defensive driver training to more than 33,000 teens across the country. Including parents, the GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)(3) non-profit has reached more than 60,000 drivers from 43 different states and five countries – and expects to add 12,000 more in 2018.

“Car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens, but I never knew that until Jon and James became part of those statistics,” said Herbert, a multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion who stepped away from his on-track career to pursue a mission of preventing injuries and saving lives by training teens and their parents to be safer behind the wheel. “We started small, training the boys’ classmates in hopes that we could spare other families from having to go through such a horrible experience. After that, it just took on a life of its own, and we’ve grown every year since.”

Now in its tenth year, B.R.A.K.E.S. will host 38 schools during 2018, including first-time visits to Jefferson City, Missouri, and Topeka, Kansas, as well as return visits to locations across the Southeast, Midwest and Southern California.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, and to register for a school, please visit www.putonthebrakes.org.

Advanced Driver Training

B.R.A.K.E.S. is NOT Driver’s Ed. It is a FREE, hands-on, advanced driver training program taught by professional instructors, including current and former members of law enforcement, professional racers and stunt drivers. B.R.A.K.E.S. maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio to maximize educational effectiveness.

Each weekend B.R.A.K.E.S. school includes four identical sessions to allow parents and teens to pick one that will fit into their busy schedules. Each session includes four hours of training, starting with a short, 45-minute classroom presentation followed by nearly three hours behind the wheel of new Kia vehicles.

Courses include distracted driving awareness, panic braking, drop-wheel/off-road recovery, crash avoidance and car control/skid recovery – all of the biggest causes of crashes for new drivers. Other educational elements often include ‘Big Rig’ safety, first responder vehicle extrication demonstration, and what to do in the event of a traffic stop.

About B.R.A.K.E.S.
Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) is a GuideStar Platinum-rated 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving. B.R.A.K.E.S. was founded in 2008 after Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert lost his two young sons, Jon and James, in a tragic car crash. Today, more than 30,000 teens from 43 different states and five countries – and their parents – have graduated from the B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which is free of charge and features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America.

Giants Sign Former Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to Two-Year Deal

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The Giants will sign former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The deal is reportedly worth up to $8.4 million and includes $2.95 million in guarantees.

Stewart, 30, is Carolina’s all-time leading rusher and managed 680 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2017, but his 3.4 yards per carry was the lowest total of his 10-year career.

The Giants were 26th in rushing offense last season (96.8 yards per game), when Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman carried the brunt of the workload. Darkwa is an unrestricted free agent.

New York owns the second pick in the upcoming draft, and there is belief that the Giants are seriously considering picking former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the pick, should the Browns pass on him with the top selection.

A first-round pick out of Oregon in 2008, Stewart has made one Pro Bowl (2015) and has 7,318 rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns for his career.