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NRG Gives Again – New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K – You Can Determine Who Wins

NRG has revealed the New Jersey Nonprofits Vying for $65K from Crowdsourced Charitable Program. The launch took place Monday October 21, 2019 at the NRG Princeton headquarters.

-For the first time, “NRG Gives” features only New Jersey nonprofits-

Dave Schrader
Public Relations Manager
Communications welcomes the guests and explains how NRG Gives works.

“NRG Gives is one of the best parts of our work at NRG and has generated great participation and excitement in this region,” said Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division. “NRG Gives provides employees the opportunity to directly impact nonprofits where they live and work and allows our customers and the public a say in where we invest in this community.”

Dan Rhodan, Azaris Melendez of Hopeworks Camden, Lauren Miller, Debbie Miller and George Miller of Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation with Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG, NRG Officials Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division and George Miller

Hopeworks Camden, based in Camden, NJ, focuses on education, technology, and entrepreneurship, to help young people build strong futures and break the cycle of violence and poverty in Camden. Hopeworks connects youth to life-changing opportunities, first within our own social enterprises, then they put their technology skills to work for enterprising businesses within the community. The real world, on-the-job experiences they gain, raises their potential and benefits Hopeworks’ partners.

Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation, based in Longport, NJ, raises money to support the research of effective treatment methods and ultimately a cure for melanoma. Tara Miller founded the Foundation in 2014, after being diagnosed with melanoma at age 28, losing her battle at 29 years old. Since 2014, TMMF has funded more than $3.4 million to melanoma research with 100% of all money raised going directly to research.

Mike Starck, Vice-President and General Manager of NRG Retail East division , Bill Malone and Elizabeth Wolansky of Camp Fatima of NJ and Mauricio Gutierrez, President and CEO of NRG

Camp Fatima of NJ, based in Harrison, NJ, is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing no cost recreational programming to individuals with developmental disabilities from school age through adulthood. Camp Fatima is also dedicated to providing respite to caregivers by delivering safe, nurturing, and high-quality programming to the campers.

All three nonprofits took part in a vote kickoff pep rally at NRG Energy’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ. NRG Gives is NRG’s crowdsourced charitable program. For the first time since NRG Gives launched in 2016, only New Jersey-based charities serving primarily New Jersey residents, are eligible to participate. The nonprofits are nominated by NRG employees.

Now each nonprofit is vying for $65,000 in donations from NRG during a public voting period that runs from 9:00 a.m. today, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 27. The donation each charity receives will be determined by the percentage of total votes received. This is different than previous NRG Gives campaigns. More than ever, every vote counts.

The employees of NRG nominate the charities, then the public votes on their favorite to win.
Last year’s winner Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach, tells the charities the most important way to get the word out is to use social media. They were never overly active on SM before the NRG Gives project, but became very active during and it proved helpful as someone with hundreds of followers retweeted their need.

The Blue Bell-based Special Olympics Montgomery County earned its nomination due to its importance to NRG employee Brett Guerin (who was on hand on Monday), whose brother, Michael Guerin, is a Special Olympics athlete proficient in basketball, volleyball and golf, noted Scott Otterbein, Special Olympics Montgomery County manager and coach.

The NRG Gives program, established in 2016, has donated $574,500 to 20 diverse nonprofits in the tri-state area through spring 2019. In addition, NRG supports local communities through our Choose to Give program, volunteerism, and other charitable giving. In 2018 alone, employees who are based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania spent 2,554 hours volunteering across these states.
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Earth Day Contest: Win a Digs Living Backyard This Summer

To celebrate Earth Day, Digs Living is giving away an incredible garden transformation with an Instagram contest. They are giving away $1500 worth of plants, planting labor included, to transform one local garden. Instructions to enter the contest are below.

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Enter to win one over the top garden transformation. Digs Living will plant your garden with $1500 of plants, labor included
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To enter the contest
1. Follow @digsliving on Instagram
2. Post a photo of your outdoor space, tag @digsliving with #digmygarden and tell us what you wish was different about your garden or what types of plants you’d love to have
4. Tag 5 friends who you’d like to invite over for cocktails in your newly planted garden
Digs Living will select a winner May 1 and notify them on Instagram.
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A few fun facts about Digs Living:
Digs Living owner, Anna Prinzo has spent more than 15 years in the outdoor design/build industry, beginning Digs after many years at Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill. 
Digs is unique for their urban aesthetic. Their favorite materials are concrete, steel and wood that’s been tinged (and often charred) black. The contrast of industrial materials with organic plants elevates a space with a modern edge, but keeps things from feeling cold. The natural weathering of these materials to their eventual patina, along with the seasonality of the plant life, keep the space evolving over time. 
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Over the years Digs has built relationships with local tradespeople and they are proud to call them collaborators. They’re not only the best at their crafts, they also each have a story that brings invaluable insight and character to the process. Mike, Digs’ carpenter/metalworker/jack-of-all-trades, has spent years working on film and TV sets. Tony and Anthony, their father-son masonry guys, make their own wine every year from the grapes in Tony’s garden. These relationships are critical to keeping projects flowing smoothly, especially when inevitable changes pop up along the way.
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This summer, Digs will debut a new public space at their workshop in Fishtown built out of shipping containers. The space will be available for event rentals and will host events such as small concerts and pop up farmers markets. Also stay tuned for the release of Digs Livings custom designed outdoor dog houses that will be available for purchase in the Fall. 
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Photos: The Florida Keys and Key West Cook-Off in Philadelphia

A touch of the Florida Keys came to Philadelphia on Monday night March 6th. The first-ever Philadelphia Florida Keys and Key West Food Influencer Cook-Off took over Walnut Hill College – 24 of the region’s top radio/TV personalities, chefs and food influencers got behind the stove and cooed off for a chance to win a five night six day vacation.

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The sold-out event took over the entire building and had over 120 people in attendance.

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Some notable names included Pat Croce, iHeart’s Nicole Michalik, Fox 29’s Alex Holley, WOGL’s Marilyn Russell, WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta, TV chef Roberta Pipito, Tony Luke and others. On top of the cooking portion, four bartenders competed in the cocktail competition from Vesper, Dim Sum House, Fine Palate and Whetstone Tavern.  HD1_7037 (Custom)

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The setting was perfect for local celebrity and influencer cheftestant cook off as Walnut Hill College is a culinary school which

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has full size industrial kitchens,

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as well as dining areas for serving

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Chef Bobby Stoky from famed Marker 88 restaurant in the Florida Keys worked with the students and was a judge in the competition. Chef Bobby prepared a Red snapper, which the cheftestants were to prepare as part of the competition.
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Local son Pat Croce who has several spots in the Florida Keys hosted the Keys Cocktail Competition. The idea behind the cocktail contest was to give a hard-working, over-worked, talented bartender a chance to get away “from it all.” The winner walked away with a trip to Key West!

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Joe Maiellano and Sarah Maiellano, Thrillist, Emily Tharp, Her Philly and Caitlin McCullough, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill

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Four bartenders from around the region and stirred up Keys-inspired cocktails including Kimberly Shurig – Fine Palate
Mother of the Dragon – Tequila and dragon fruit with a hint of habanero-infused simple syrup over fresh ice garnished with lime peel dragon fruit skin and cilantro. Here with Courtney Dow, owner of Fine Palate and Chef Vince Joseph

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Ashley Serrate, NewmanPR and Carl Becker, executive VIP Walnut Hill College

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Linda Vertlieb, Frugal Philly Mom

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Paxton Reese and Alex Holley, both of Fox 29

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LeAnne Lindsay, Tinsel and Tine (one of the best and consistent blogs with longevity) and Marisa Magnatta, WMMR

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Alex Holley has a favorite apron

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Barry Johnson and Cheftestant Ernest Owens, Philly Mag

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His pie was delicious, his snapper – hot and spicy

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Seamus Banning, Vesper (winning bartender with his Black Pearl drink)

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Maria Newman, Pat Croce, Andy Newman, Senior Vice President Newman PR and Jeff Sorg, CEO of Pat Croce & Company

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Michelle Curtis – Whetstone Tavern
Papa’s Punch
In honor of Hemmingway’s fishing nickname, this is a refreshing rum punch with flavors of basil, strawberry and pineapple. Perfect for drinking after a long day in the Florida sun.

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Reporter Jenny DeHuff wrote a humorous piece for her paper The Philly Voice

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Steve McCann and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Iris McCarthy, The Palate Princess

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Aversa PR Reps Jamyra Perry and Karianna Simpkins

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Judging was tough

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Pat Croce, who judged the drink competition with the winner Seamus Banning, Vesper. Who created a drink called The Black Pearl. The Black Pearl
Eucalyptus, bitter citrus and spice affably dance with molasses in this dark rum cocktail, though its color remains as mysterious as The Black Pearl

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Chef Bobby Smoky
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and Chris Balbi of PhillyGayCalendar won for the best Snapper – mango chutney tossed with coconut and jalapeño with a secret ginger kick.

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Colleen Kennedy of Souffle Bombay was the overall winner for both her Key Lime Pie and Snapper

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Links to other coverage
https://phillystylemag.com/photos-philadelphia-florida-keys-and-key-west-food-influencer-cook-off
http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/philadelphia-florida-keys-and-key-west-food-influencer-cook-off-photos/zsJqch—KlOVe3gPtQHOY/

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LeBron James’ Cleveland Hustles Contest for Small Biz

After winning “one for the Land,” LeBron James is looking beyond basketball to help a small, local business owner looking to take their business to the next level.  ”Cleveland Hustles” is the new LeBron James/ CNBC show that could take your business to the next level.

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To celebrate the launch of  ”Cleveland Hustles”, which premieres Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10pm ET‪/PT, they’re giving brick-and-mortar small, local business owners across the country a chance to win the promotional package of a lifetime. The prize includes a social media endorsement from LeBron James, and promotion on CNBC TV, digital and social channels. In Philly there’s two ways to enter, online on Twitter/Instagram see instructions below.

Or on Friday head on over to Milk Boy 401 South St for an in person audition from 12PM to 3PM. Rules and instructions below.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Step 1: Create a 23-second video pitch answering the question, “How would my business uniquely benefit from a LeBron James social media endorsement?”
Step 2: Post your video on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PitchLeBronContest

The perfect 23-second pitch tips:

  • Be memorable and show your passion!
  • Tell us what’s unique about your business
  • Keep it short! You have 23 seconds

Entries will be evaluated for originality and creativity by a judging panel. Participants may be contacted for additional information based on the quality of their video pitches. The contest entry period ends August 18, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be announced online on August 23, 2016.

 

PRIZE

One local, small business owner will win a promotional package, which includes:

  • one (1) social media post from LeBron James
  • fifteen (15) on-air promotional spots mentioning the winning small business to air on CNBC
  • ten (10) lower-third promotional snipes mentioning winning small business to air on CNBC
  • five (5) social media posts mentioning winning small business across CNBC social media platforms
  • one (1) digital post mentioning winning small business on

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Businesses must have no more than 250 employees
  • Businesses must have a brick-and-mortar physical location
  • Business is not a franchise and does not service customers outside of its immediate local area (e.g., does not have a mail-order business or online store)
  • Contestants can only enter oncehttp://www.pitchlebroncontest.com/LeBron

    EVENTS

    As part of the “Cleveland Hustles” presents: #PitchLeBronContest, show host Bonin Bough is taking to the road and hosting mini-pitch sessions in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Small, local business owners will get a chance to make a pitch to Bonin and a guest judge onstage, and get some quick, in-person feedback. At some of the events, attendees will also have the chance to participate in live audience Q&A.

    What to bring: Any products or props for your pitch, your friends and family, a good attitude!

    Remember: you only have 23 seconds!

    Come join us!

    Philadelphia –  Friday, August 12 – 12–3pm
    MilkBoy
    401 South St
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

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DNC2016 News, Contests and In The Know Info

Hey guys, I’ll be assisting the DNC2016 Host Committee getting the word out to you on nearly everything happening with the DNC2016. Every day I get a whole bunch of Press Releases. The easiest way for me to get the info to you will be to just re print some of the press releases which I am about to do. Also follow me on Social Media

and https://www.facebook.com/PhillyChitChat/

as I will keep you informed on going ons as well as protests and things I know you’ll want to know, cause I want to know them.

I’m also one of their bloggers at http://www.phldnc.com/blog/

Also Follow The Phila 2016 Host Committee’s Social Media

 

 

The Phila 2016 Host Committee is partnering with Live Nation to Award Concert Tickets to Host Committee Volunteers and Social Media Followers.

Host Committee Volunteers to be Gifted Tickets to XPoNential Music Festival;

Promotional Social Media Contests Provides Philadelphians a Chance to Win Free Passes to XPoNential Music Festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today announced a partnership with Live Nation that will award Host Committee volunteers and social media followers with free tickets to Live Nation’s XPoNential Music Festival, headlined by Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes and Brandi Carlile. The festival will take place July 22-24, the weekend leading into the Democratic National Convention, at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey.

 

“As a thank you to our nearly 20,000 registered volunteers, we are thrilled to offer them free passes to this music festival, which will be a great way for them to celebrate the start of Convention Week,” said Kevin Washo, Executive Director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. “It is important to us that Philadelphians get a chance to participate in Convention fun around town, which is why we are also creating this social media contest to encourage them to show off their knowledge of their city and win passes to this fun, local music event. We’re grateful to Live Nation for partnering with us to provide these special entertainment opportunities for volunteers and Philadelphians alike.”

 

Starting today, the Host Committee will hold a promotional contest on social media, posting photos of Philadelphia locations featured in Philly-based songs and films on its Facebook and Instagram channels. Each of the featured landmarks have made a cameo in a well-known film or song, and participants will have to name that tune or movie for a chance to win a free day pass to the three-day music festival.

 

Followers of the Host Committee’s Facebook and Instagram channels should submit their answer in the comments of each post in the promotional series and ten winners with the correct answer will be randomly selected from each clue. Winners will receive a code that unlocks their tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival.

 

Additionally, as a thank to its volunteers, the Host Committee will gift tickets to the music festival to all of its volunteers, which they would be able to use to attend the festival before the Convention begins on July 25th.

 

“We’re really proud to support the Host Committee with tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival 2016. This is truly one of our favorite weekends of the year – and we’re excited to invite people visiting for the DNC,” said Jim Sutcliffe with Live Nation.

 

The photos for the social media content series were shot by Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee staff photographer Nick Sisofo and will appear on the following social channels starting today:

 

The Democratic National Convention will take place July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia.

 

 

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Giveaway! Win Tickets to the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival!

I was just given this opportunity to participate in this contest Thursday afternoon. It’s a 12 hour contest. Read the scoop to find out how you can win two tickets to the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival’s big Saturday event. (Sponsored by Summer FordCast)


The Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival will be held this weekend, July 28 – 31, in – you guessed it – AC. And I’d like to send one lucky PhillyChitChat reader and a friend to experience the event! This summer, Ford Focus is going on a Summer Fordcast Tour, where you can experience Ford Focus at different events around the Northeast – from Six Flags to New York Comic Con to the AC Food & Wine Festival. As a result, our friends at Ford Focus are hooking up one lucky reader and a friend to the Grand Market event on Saturday in AC. (These tickets are valued at $90) gets you access to more than 125 food, wine, ale and liquor vendors. For three hours, you’ll be able to sample some of the best restaurants and brands.Here’s how to enter: Twitter this right now (cut & past & put in your twitter feed): Follow & for the chance to win 2 tix to . RT this msg to enter! Contest ends Thursday, July 28 at 3:o0pm EST. Winner will be notified by email. And if you are in the mood to enter contests, check out this contest Ford Focus has going on. Right now, you can enter to win the VIP package of your choice. From baseball games, to clubs, if you win, you’ll be able to pick where you’d like to roll in as VIP. So get ready to share with us your favorite Ford Focus feature and maybe you’ll be noshing on some of the best food this weekend! I have a Ford Fusion and love it. Syncs up with my phone for driving directions, emails, calling mom. It’s great.

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The Ultimate Crab Challenge From Phillips Seafood

Phillips Foods is having The Ultimate Crab Challenge, a national recipe contest for crab lovers. The competition will run from Wednesday, July 6 through Monday, August 22. Just log onto www.UltimateCrabChallenge.com to enter your recipe. The national grand prize winner will receive $1000 and their recipe featured on Phillips’ menu in Baltimore, MD. Original recipes must include at least eight ounces or 1 pound of crab meat. Any grade of crab meat is acceptable, from claw meat to special, jumbo lump to backfin. Recipes may be a cold or hot item. Are you ready to get crabby? This might be your chance. For more information, visit the contest web site or contact Phillips Foods marketing team at 888.234.2722.(Sponsored post)

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FREE GIVEAWAY Plus Subscribe TO PHILLYCHITCHAT.COM Everyday – Form

Lately I’ve met a lot of readers who wanted to know why I didn’t add their names from their business cards to my subscriber list so they could receive a daily email of my updated entries, I just never thought that was what they wanted me to do. In the future I might do that, in the meantime here’s the form for you to fill out. When you receive the notification to verify your address remember to click the link and then everyday you will receive an update from PhillyChitChat.com Also when you receive the link you don’t have to click on every link to read what I wrote, just click on one link then when you are on the site hit the HOME button and all the entries will be on one page. Any suggestions for things you might want to see on PhillyChitChat.com I have a few fun ideas coming up soon, as soon as I catch up on my emails.

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I’m having a contest for all subscribers for one ticket to the Reading Terminal’s Valentine “Heat Up The Night” on February 26, 2011. Or you can buy tickets here
I will pick a name on 2/21/11 for a free ticket. (not a pair just one) Thanks for reading me. HughE