Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Single “Never2Late” Featuring John Oates out Now on Itunes

Seven-time Billboard charting singer-songwriter Margo Rey announced today her newest single “Never2Late.”

Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2015 – Seven-time Billboard charting singer-songwriter Margo Rey announced today her newest single “Never2Late.”

Never2Late” is an easy listening yet upbeat pop song that displays Margo’s signature melodic flair and vocals. Following her last releases, “Colours” and “Tempted,” Margo is not stopping anytime soon to write inspiring songs for her fans and collaborate with talented musicians such as John Oates on this latest release.

Never 2 Late is also the first song that I wrote the music and lyrics with John Oates simultaneously. It was a joyful experience and I'm blessed to call him my friend and songwriting partner.  John also honors this recording with his gorgeous Hall and Oates harmonies,” Margo states.

“It’s a message that kindness makes everything better because it is human nature to desire kindness and the need to be understood.”

This brand new single is the second collaboration with Oates, the first with top 20 Billboard charting “Let The Rain,” which became the theme song for non-profit organization Brides Against Breast Cancer.

Margo’s alternative pop songs have captured a worldwide audience with her unforgettable melodies, groove oriented arrangements and enduring, socially conscious lyrics that always blend a variety of organic sounds with every bit of emotion. The Indie Music Digest says, “Her musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain.”

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Singer, Songwriter, and Actor Carl Thornton Releases New Single “Breathless” from Forthcoming Debut EP out June 19, 2015

New Single is Followup to 2014’s Debut Single “Get Up!”

Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2015 – New York based singer-songwriter Carl Thornton follows his debut song hit “Get Up!” with another dance track that is both romantic and relatable.

With an irresistible beat and lyrics, “Breathless” showcases Thornton’s versatile talent from his ability to release a completely different song that is heartfelt and somewhat provocative.

After performing professionally for ten years, Thornton has big plans to continue to live his dream of becoming a force in the dance music scene with his debut EP out this summer, the perfect soundtrack to be added to your poolside playlists.

Watch the “Breathless” Music Video

“I wanted to show romance, tender moments and an intense connection between two people.  My inspiration for the EP comes from my own personal experiences in love and relationships,” Carl states.

“The feeling you get when you meet someone and there is this undeniable instant connection, time seems to stop and it's as if being in that person's presence takes your breath away.”

Carl has been performing professionally for ten years. His talents have taken him to Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Istanbul, Dubai, and Portugal. In 2012 he was contracted to tour and sing in China where he performed in Shanghai, Gangzhou, Fuzhou, and Hong Kong at the Starlight Dance Clubs.

Breathless” is now available on iTunes. Along with debut single “Get Up!” and “Breathless,” Thornton’s forthcoming EP will also include “I Remember,” and “Keep Dancing.”

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hyatt Carmel Highlands Announces Midweek Weddings

Looking for a dream luxury wedding? Starting May 2015, the spectacular Hyatt Carmel Highlands, known for its breathtaking views and deluxe amenities, will offer midweek weddings.

Carmel Highlands, CA, May 01, 2015 – Looking for a dream luxury wedding? Starting May 2015, the spectacular Hyatt Carmel Highlands, known for its breathtaking views and deluxe amenities, will offer midweek weddings. Whether couples want the “all-the-details treatment” or a “just-the-basics” approach, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers solutions tailored for each guest.
Midweek weddings at Hyatt Carmel Highlands are available Monday – Thursday, and include:
• 50 percent off the current site fee
• A four-course preset menu prepared by Executive Chef Chad Minton for $95, plus tax and gratuity per guest. This includes a special two-person wedding cake for the bride and groom.
• Professional wedding specialists to assist throughout the event planning process
• Complimentary guestroom for 1 night with chilled bottle of champagne for the bride and groom
• Choice of several breathtaking venues, including incredible seaside location overlooking the Big Sur coast with epic views of the Pacific Ocean
• Complimentary valet parking for the wedding couple and their guests
• Discounted rates on guestrooms and suites for event attendees

Hyatt Carmel Highlands is located at 120 Highlands Drive, Carmel, California, USA, 93923. For more information, please contact the hotel’s wedding consultants at (831) 622-5461 or email

About Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, Hyatt Carmel Highlands features 48 luxuriously renovated guestrooms, including 11 suites, 32 Ocean View rooms and 5 Garden View rooms. In addition, Hyatt Carmel Highlands offers spectacular dining at the award-winning Pacific’s Edge restaurant and California Market, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, in-room spa services, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century. Hyatt Carmel Highlands has been recognized among the world’s finest hotels as part of Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s “T+L 500” World’s Best Hotels.

About Hyatt
Hyatt hotels are smaller-sized properties conveniently located in diverse business and leisure areas. With hotels typically ranging from 150 to 350 rooms, Hyatt hotels offer guests the opportunity to experience our hospitality in a vibrant environment. Customers include individual business and leisure travelers, and Hyatt hotels can accommodate smaller scale business meetings and social gatherings.

Marci Bracco Cain
Hyatt Carmel Highlands
Carmel, CA 93923

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Trojan Spirit in Monterey” Special Networking Fundraiser for USC Alumni Club of Silicon Valley on Wednesday, April 22nd at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

The community is invited to support the Trojan Spirit in Monterey and Silicon Valley!

Monterey, CA, April 15, 2015 – The community is invited to support the Trojan Spirit in Monterey and Silicon Valley! A special networking fundraiser dinner for the USC Alumni Club of Silicon Valley will be held at the award-winning Cibo Ristorante Italiano, 301 Alvarado St., in downtown Monterey with convenient parking in the adjacent garage.

USC alums, Cody Guerrero, President of the USC Alumni Club of Silicon Valley, Lori Lochtefeld, Owner of the Golden State Theatre/Monterey and Fox Theatre/Redwood City, and Wendy Brickman, Owner of Brickman Marketing, are coordinating this special event which is open to USC alums and the community as well. Invite your friends and family for an outstanding evening with live jazz and great networking!

This USC fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. featuring live music, cocktails and dinner.

From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. there will be networking and a No-Host Bar.

From 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. there will be a no-host dinner and more networking.

From 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Andrea’s Fault Trio will perform live jazz.

Cibo Ristorante Italiano will donate 20% of the proceeds from the dinners of event attendees to the USC Alumni Club of Silicon Valley Scholarship Fund. There will also be a short presentation about what’s new at USC. (Note: Scholarship applicants can apply from Monterey County, too.)

RSVP to (831) 649-8151 and please mention USC when you make your dinner reservation. In addition, USC alumni should also please register at:

For more information, call Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or email

About the USC Alumni Club

The USC Alumni Club of Silicon Valley is a group of alumni who work to provide all Trojans in the region with opportunities for philanthropy, community service, networking and friend making! We host many events throughout the year from Monterey to Redwood City, and we would love for you to be a part of helping Trojans meet other Trojans! To see our upcoming events, please visit our events page at For more information about involvement or student scholarship fundraising opportunities, please reach out to current president, Cody Guerrero, at Fight on!

About Cibo Ristorante Italiano:
Cibo Ristorante Italiano ( offers Italian cuisine, gourmet pizzas, cocktails, fine wines, cordials, and more. Cibo (pronounced chee-bo) means food in Italian, but it's more of a feast for the senses. This beautiful, spacious and comfortable restaurant features an intimate yet vibrant atmosphere which is accentuated with expressive art in the form of photography, paintings, sculpture, hand-blown glass and live jazz. Fusing the best of old and new world Italian cuisine, Cibo offers an eclectic menu ranging from gourmet pizzas to multi-course dinners. Families are welcome and there is a special children's menu. Cibo has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike since 1990.

Cibo is open every evening with dinner served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Cibo Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a popular "pre-event" and "after-party" destination. The bar features a $3 Happy Hour with special appetizers daily from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. They offer an extensive high quality local and international wine and beer list, cordials, microbrews, rare and small batch Bourbons, Scotches, Ports, Grappa and liqueurs, as well as espresso, coffee drinks and a full menu of cocktails.

Cibo also presents live music 6 nights a week. On Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the cool sound of Jazz accompanies dinner from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The restaurant features a lively and fun atmosphere with Soul, Reggae, R&B, Rock or Salsa dance music on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. with no cover charge. "Cibo After Hours" is now held every Friday and Saturday evening beginning at 10:00 p.m. through 1:30 a.m. A special Late Night menu, featuring "Pizza and Panini" will be served until Midnight. From Midnight - 1:30 a.m., there will be $3 well drinks, beer and wine (with some exceptions for Cibo special event evenings.)

There is a "Happy Hour Jazz Jam" from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. every first and third Sunday of the month which includes Happy Hour food and drink specials. Cibo is now "wired" with free Internet service.

With 150 seats, including intimate booths for dining , and room for over 50 people in the attractive bar area, Cibo also accommodates large groups for business functions, wedding rehearsals and receptions, special group dining events, and customized private parties.

Cibo Restaurant is the winner of numerous awards including California Writers Association Recommended Dining, Monterey Herald Readers' Choice Local Favorite, Best Place to Meet Singles in Their 30's and 40's, Gold Key Award for Interior Design, Best Place to Enjoy a Martini, Best Place for Live Jazz, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Place to Dance, Best Martini and one of the Top 10 Happy Hours in Monterey.

For more information, go to or call (831) 649-8151.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery Estate Wines and Wine Caves Announces its First Ever Late Harvest Pinot Noir

Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery '13 Late Harvest Pinot Noir "Big Daddy"

Carmel Valley, CA, April 21, 2015 -- The estate wines of Holman Ranch include: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Holman Ranch’s 21 acres of vineyards lie between 950 and 1150 feet in elevation. The root stocks and soils are most important in producing excellent fruit from the vineyards.

The surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains are very important to Carmel Valley viticulture. The local hills hold back the marine layer and broad breezes, which is beneficial to producing consistently good fruit. Sedimentary soils, such as, chock rock and Carmel stone also play a major role in wine producing methods by providing good soil drainage. Holman Ranch “stresses the vines” of the fruit with emphasis on reproduction, which in turn, stops growth and ripens fruit. The valley configuration allows for fog in the morning but with it rapidly moving out as the air warms which is great for Pinot Noir grapes. The proximity to the ocean and the elevation are positive characteristics for the vines.

Holman Ranch’s vines are planted 15 degrees off due north which allows for all day sunlight on fruit zone and good protection from breeze. No chemical herbicides or pesticides are used on our fruit and we have received our sustainable and organic certification. Holman Ranch is also 100% estate vineyards and winery.

Holman Ranch’s wines are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to table. Purity and passion are key ingredients in the wine-making process, and this is where Holman Ranch truly stands out.

Holman Ranch Announces Holman Ranch Vineyards & Winery '13 Late Harvest Pinot Noir "Big Daddy"

• Our first ever Late Harvest Pinot Noir has been a long time in the making. 18 months in neutral French Oak and fortified with high proof brandy, this Big Daddy is warm and robust. Dark Chocolate notes are prominent, but the toast, raspberry jam and coffee notes almost make you want to have it for breakfast.....Hmmmm........

• $45 - 375 ml

Wine Caves:
The winery at Holman Ranch, located in The Caves, is completely underground in order to take advantage of the natural cooling and humidity held below. The 3000 square foot area maintains a constant temperature of 58°F-60 °F and contains four 750 gallon tanks, four 1200 gallon tanks, and four open top tanks that can hold two tons each. One hundred (100) French oak barrels are maintained year round. Winery operations such as destemming, pressing, fermenting and aging take place within the cool environment of The Caves, while bottling is done directly outside using a mobile bottling line. During harvest, 6 to 8 tons of grapes a day are processed.

This may seem low but it is due to the fact that harvesting hours are between 7am to noon on any given day. Grapes are hand picked and loaded into half ton bins, transferred to the winery by tractor and then moved by forklift to the destemmer. White wines take around three weeks to ferment at 50°F and are bottled in February, while red varietals ferment for two weeks and are bottled in early June. All skins, seeds and stems are composted and returned to the fields. Slow months for our winery are June, July and August with the busiest time being September. The winery will produce 3000-5000 cases annually.

Vineyard & Winery Background:
Located at the north eastern tip of the Carmel Valley Appellation, the family-owned Holman Ranch resides approximately 12 miles inland from the Pacific Coast. Immersed in history and romance, the ranch has not only proven to be an excellent growing location for our vineyards but also for the Tuscan varietal olive trees which have flourished under the temperate climate.

• Our estate-grown wine varietals are planted on approximately 21 acres of undulating terrain.

• The wines produced are unfined and crafted to deliver the true varietal of the grape from harvest to bottle.

• The climate and terroir of the appellation has played a critical part in the success of our wines. The warmth of our inland valley coupled with the cooling marine layer has established itself as an ideal microclimate for the production of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Our Burgundy Clones have thrived from the perfect blend of ideal climate, southern exposure and thin rocky soils.

Holman Ranch Tasting Room:
Holman Ranch’s Carmel Valley tasting room offers the perfect backdrop to swirl, sip and savor the different complexities of Holman Ranch Vineyard and Winery wines. There is something for everyone (4 varietals in fact), from the full-bodied Pinot Noirs to the light, fruity flavors of our Pinot Gris and lightly oaked Chardonnay. Holman Ranch also offers estate grown and bottled Olive Oil available for tasting and purchase at the Tasting Room.

The Tasting Room showcases the estate wines of Holman Ranch which includes our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Rosé of Pinot Noir. Carefully hand-harvested, cold pressed and bottled, the Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced from the fruits of our Tuscan trees has a delightful spice followed by a buttery finish.

Three tasting flights of three wines each (White, Mountain and Pinot Noir) are available 7 days a week. The Tasting Room also holds a series of cooking demos called In Your Backyard. For more information, call (831) 659-2640.

Olive Grove:
Holman Ranch has its own distinctive olive grove located on a south facing hill of our vineyard. The grove is comprised of 100 trees with multiple cultivars planted. These cultivars consist of 25 Frantoio, 25 Leccino, 10 Mission, 25 Coratina, 5 Pendolino, and 10 Picholine, all of which were originally planted in 2194 in a Carmel Valley orchard then replanted at Holman Ranch in 2007. These mature olive trees allowed us to produce olive oil right away. They are planted in shale for the best production and harvesting results possible. We harvest our fruit by hand in December, which is then milled, producing a superb, high quality product. Although the Olive Grove is not certified organic, we do employ organic practices when farming our trees. Our mill, however, is certified organic. An interesting fact is that olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles.

Holman Ranch Background:
Holman Ranch: Where the Past is Always Present. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Carmel Valley, Californian historic Holman Ranch provides a unique and memorable setting for weddings, special events, family gatherings, corporate retreats, and team-building events. With its charming gardens, stunning mountain views and serenity, this private estate affords old-world charm while providing modern day conveniences. This stunning Property includes a fully restored stone hacienda, overnight guest rooms, vineyards, olive grove, horse stables and more.

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Andrew “Flip” Filipowski Joins Netswitch Technology Management Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Netswitch Technology Management today announced the appointment of Flip Filipowski as a director of the firm, effective immediately.

San Francisco, CA, April 21, 2015 — The Board of Directors of Netswitch Technology Management today announced the appointment of Flip Filipowski as a director of the firm, effective immediately.

Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. is ranked among the top 10% of the world’s best 501 managed service providers (MSPs) for 2015 and isa leading next generation Managed Security Services company with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Hongkong, Beijing and Shanghai. Netswitch’s security services are delivered through their innovative cyber-security platform called MADROC® which uses best-in-breed analytics and detection software to help businesses defend against advanced cyber-attacks and prevent breaches.

“Flip’s experience, entrepreneurship and success will bring invaluable guidance and counsel to our company and we are veryfortunate to have him on board,” said Stanley Li, CEO and President.“This period of explosive growth will benefit from seasoned leadership and we appreciate his willingness to serve as a director.”

Mr. Filipowski is one of the world's most successful high-tech entrepreneurs, philanthropists and industry visionaries. Mr. Filipowski is the founder of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on investing inBitcoin, the digital currency ecosystem and is co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of SilkRoad Equity, a global private investment firm and is also a co-founder and chairman of SilkRoad technology, a leading cloud-based human capital management software company. Mr. Filipowski also serves as chairman of InterAct911, a provider of public safety software systems to state and federal governments worldwide.

Mr. Filipowski was the former COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 1980's. He then founded and served as Chairman and CEO of PLATINUM technology and grew PLATINUM into the 8th largest software company in the world at the time of its sale to Computer Associates for $4 billion - the largest such transaction for a software company at the time.

A recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from both Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch, Mr. Filipowski has also been awarded the Young President's Organization Legacy Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty award for his work fighting hate on the Internet.

“As we move into uncharted territories in privacy and crypto-security, we will become increasingly dependent upon emerging security technologies and cyber-security experts to provide protection from attacks and Internet crime.” Said Filipowski. “Companies with innovative platform solutions like Netswitch will play increasingly important roles in deciding the outcomes for small and medium sized businesses. I am excited to be joining their board and look forward to working with the management team to continue to create meaningful service offerings in this space.”

Netswitch is a global technology solutions provider, serving businesses of all sizes whose model for success relies upon secure, smoothly running, and fully integrated IT systems.

Netswitch provides next generation Managed Security Services and IT Infrastructure Support in the US and Asia with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Thailand, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The MADROC® Integrated Security Platform is in use at over 3,000 client sites around the world providing intrusion detection and prevention, advanced behavioral analytics, preemptive breach detection, monitored and managed web firewalls and gateways, security information and event management, managed incident response and remediation and complete audit-ready regulatory compliance.

For more information, please visit us at

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Security Service Provider Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. Named as the 4th Fastest Growing Managed Services Company in the World

8th Annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition Report Identifies World’s Fastest Growing Managed Service Providers (MSPs).

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, April 17, 2015 - Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. was just ranked 4th on Penton Technology’s eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, of the fastest growing Managed Services companies in the world. The MSPmentor 501 Global Edition is a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs).

“We are delighted to be ranked so high.” said Stanley Li, CEO, Netswitch “Our recent market success in cybersecurity solutions with our MADROC Integrated Security Platform is responsible for this growth. We will continue to strive to help companies of all sizes cope with growing cyber-security attacks and an increasingly dangerous threat landscape which changes daily. Our objective is to provide our customers with peace of mind and the confidence that their information assets are protected from internal and external threats night and day.”

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in our annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. Rankings are based Penton Technology’s unique criteria for MSPs such as annual recurring revenues, total revenues and more.

"We want to congratulate Netswitch and look forward to covering their growth strategies in the year ahead," said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group.

This year the top MSPmentor 501 companies recorded higher recurring revenues than ever before. Combined, the total annual recurring revenues for all of MSPmentor 501 2015 companies reached a record high of $3.95 billion in 2014, up 26.5% year over year.

"Thank you to all the companies who participated in this year's MSPmentor 501 survey, and congratulations to the companies that ranked on our 501 list, our regional lists and our Small Business list," said Jessica Davis, Editor in Chief of MSPmentor and Executive Editor at Penton Technology. "Your participation enables us to continue to provide you with high quality information about the most successful business models, pricing, vertical markets and other approaches to running your businesses in 2015 and beyond."

MSPmentor, produced by Penton Technology, is the ultimate guide to managed services. MSPmentor features the industry’s top-ranked blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.

Netswitch is a global provider of Cybersecurity Services to businesses of all kinds whose model for success relies upon secure and operational computer systems.

Netswitch provides these services throughout the US and Asia with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Thailand, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. MADROC® is in use in over 3,000 client sites around the world providing intrusion detection and prevention, monitored and managed web firewalls and gateways, mobile device management, security information and event management, advanced behavioral analytics, network mapping and performance monitoring and complete audit-ready regulatory compliance.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
PO Box 3396
Ocean Avenue 3 SE Of San Carlos
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396

Monday, April 13, 2015

Barking up the right tree: Holiday Retirement invests in Pet therapy to boost seniors’ Health and Happiness

Leading senior living provider welcomes furry and feathered companions to improve residents’ quality of life

Lake Oswego, OR, April 10, 2015 — Holiday Retirement is turning to four-legged caregivers to improve its residents’ lives. Recognizing that animals have a singularly positive impact on the lives of its residents, the senior living provider, which operates more than 300 communities across the United States, has become increasingly dedicated to finding ways to involve animals in seniors’ lives. Holiday Retirement encourages the use of therapy pets in its communities, operates pet-friendly communities, and has just launched a series of resources focused on helping seniors connect with pets.

Increasingly, pet-friendly senior living has become a sought-after option among retirement communities across the United States. It is no surprise, given that animal companionship has proven to improve seniors’ health, reduce anxiety and depression, and even help seniors live longer lives.

“Holiday Retirement strives to provide the optimal environment for residents of our senior living communities, which is why we are dedicated to helping seniors connect with animals,” said Harvey Brownlee, chief operating officer for Holiday Retirement. “The unconditional love an animal companion provides can help ease the transition into retirement living, provide ongoing companionship, and improve overall quality of life.”

According to one of the earliest studies on pet therapy, spending time with animals helps increase longevity. A study published in 1980 showed that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who did not. More recently, a 2005 research project from UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles found that a 12-minute visit with dogs helped heart and lung function and decreased anxiety.

Here are four examples of the ways in which Holiday Retirement communities have connected their residents with therapeutic access to animals.

1. Cats and dogs may be considered the “usual suspects” as therapy pets, but for residents at Jordan Oaks in Cary, North Carolina, miniature horses provide smiles and a dose of nostalgia. Today’s seniors often grew up in small towns or rural areas where riding horses was a common pastime; seeing and interacting with the miniature horses from Horse Hugs brings back special memories.

2. At Kittery Estates in Kittery, Maine, residents know firsthand how much a therapy dog can help increase socialization and minimize feelings of depression. Their weekly visits from Canine Companion Organization are filled with smiles and laughter. One resident even takes the opportunity to leave her wheelchair to sit on the floor with the dogs.

3. For residents of River’s Edge in Savannah, Georgia, tropical birds make regular visits. Trained to be hands-on through “Wings of Joy,” these birds are a welcomed treat for residents – making themselves at home on seniors’ shoulders and performing special tricks.

4. At Astor House at Springbrook Oaks in Newberg, Oregon, therapy pets come in all shapes and sizes. From miniature ponies to a black lab named Cherokee, residents truly enjoy the regular visits from these animal friends. Additionally, residents have made trips out to a small ranch in Oregon where they feed and pet the horses. “I love the smell of horse on my hands; I don’t plan on washing my hands for a few days,” says one resident.

“For seniors who have pets, we want them to be able to have experiences in our communities that benefit their quality of life,” said Brownlee. “For those who do not have pets, therapy pets offer an alternative in which seniors can still get these benefits.”

Holiday Retirement is dedicated to helping seniors in every living situation experience the benefits of pet companionship. If you or a loved one are interested in adopting a pet for a senior, visit for a checklist, “Choosing the Perfect Pet for a Senior.” The checklist offers advice and tips for choosing a senior-friendly pet. Additionally, an infographic, “The Pet Perspective,” offers two- and four-legged friends’ viewpoint on why seniors make the best owners.

Media Contacts:
Brian K. Fawkes
Holiday Retirement
(971) 245-8837

About Holiday Retirement
Since 1971, Holiday Retirement has endeavored to provide its signature “Holiday Touch” to residents and their families. Today, Holiday is a trusted name in senior living and provides security, comfort, and value to independent seniors seeking a fulfilling lifestyle. Holiday operates more than 300 retirement communities, making it the second largest senior housing operator in the United States. For more information about Holiday Retirement, please call 800-322-0999 or visit

Molly Koch
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Sunday, April 12, 2015

“900 Voices” - Epic Video by GRAMMY® Winner Laura Sullivan

GRAMMY® winning composer, Laura Sullivan, called out to the world to join her in a powerful plan to make a music video.

Hollywood, CA, April 11, 2015 - GRAMMY® winning composer, Laura Sullivan, called out to the world to join her in a powerful plan to make a music video. Her request was simple.Take a video of yourself singing her song “900 Voices” and send it to her. The response was overwhelming.

938 people from Australia, Brazil, Israel, Croatia, Korea, Kenya, India, and many other countries, participated by making videos on their cell phones and sending them to Laura.

The result is epic. 27 languages included in one song and video about love and unity. The video will be released on April 9, 2015 and is titled “900 Voices.”

These 938 amazing people will make you happy. Elena from Bulgaria, still in her hospital gown, sings and sweetly kisses her newborn son. A group of children in Uganda, who were once homeless, sing and dance like they are the richest kids in the world. A fire department of tough guys from New Jersey gives it their all.

“I was hoping to get a lot of participation, but what I received back was beyond my wildest dreams. People from all over the world and from every walk of life sent in incredible videos. Watching them moved me to tears. I hope I have honored these hundreds of wonderful people by including them in the video,” says Laura.

The resulting video, with the blending of the many voices, faces, and languages, creates a powerfully moving experience that shines a light on the unifying power of love in our world.

“900 Voices,” promises to make you smile, and maybe even cry. 938 people, 27 languages, 1 song.

50% of the music proceeds of “900 Voices” are going towards the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock. This organization partners with economically disadvantaged school districts to run music programs. To date they have served more than 325,000 children in 13 states.

“Little Kids Rock is so grateful to Laura Sullivan for her support,” says Little Kids Rock Founder and CEO, David Wish. “It’s up to the big people to stand up for the little kids, and that is exactly what Laura is doing by including Little Kids Rock in her next project, inspiring our kids, and helping bring the lifelong gift of music to even more kids in our nation's most economically challenged school districts!"

Laura Sullivan is a producer, author and GRAMMY® winning composer and recording artist. Her original music has been included in the score of two Emmy winning documentaries, as well as in many popular television programs and advertisements for Fortune 500 companies. Her music publications are represented by BMI, which holds more than 500 of her original compositions in her prolific Composer/Songwriter catalog.  

Watch the “900 Voices” Video:

Further Information:

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cabby Turns Out To Be Billionaire!!

Local cab driver on the island of Kiki Loa writes a personal check for $15,000,000 to build a water desalinization plant for his fellow islanders a major resort can be built on the island.

Kiki Loa, April 10, 2015 - A few days ago, on the tiny island of Kiki Loa, a local cab driver named Akamai Kane, wrote a personal check for $15,000,000 to build a water desalinization plant for his fellow islanders. Further investigation now reveals that Mr. Kane is currently worth over $20 billion, making him among the wealthiest men in the world.

Kiki Loa is small island located approximately 1,700 miles due west of the Hawaiian island of Maui. Approximately 99% of Kiki Loa’s residents rely on sugar cane farming as their primary source of income. The remaining one percent of the islanders works in the island's tourism trade, consisting of only a few small Bed and Breakfast Inns that attracted a hand full of adventurous tourists.

As it turns out, about a year ago a major hotel corporation came to Kiki Loa to investigate building a world class resort. Obviously, if selected this would mean the islanders could give up their torturous lifestyle of working the sugar cane fields as better employment would become readily available.

In an interview this afternoon with a member of the Resort's site evaluation team; he stated that they found Kiki Loa’s natural beauty ideal for their desired project. This is because it has everything they wanted: lush rain forests, spectacular scenic views, abundant aquatic life on the island’s reefs, and miles of white sandy beaches. This same source also revealed, that unfortunately the evaluation team’s due diligence also found out that the island did not have large enough fresh water supplies to support the size project the hotel desired to build.

Over the next few months, the evaluation team continued to work on ways to try and make the project work. However, apparently in the end they could not justify the extra $15 million it would take to build the fresh water desalinization plant required to support the resort project.

A couple of months ago, the Governor’s office in Kiki Loa was informed by the resort’s representatives that unless it could find the resources to build its own desalinization plant within the next 60 day period, they would reluctantly have to choose another island for the project.

Obviously, this has been devastating news for the Islanders as there was no foreseeable way for them to get this done. Then two days ago, as the deadline was about to expire, the strangest thing happened. Akamai Kane, a native born Kiki Laotian and its only taxi driver, walked into the Governor’s office and presented him with a personal check for $15,000,000 to pay for the water plant.

At first everyone there thought that Mr. Kane was playing a joke trying to lighten up a sad situation. But to everyone's amazement, they soon found out that this check was good; so Kiki Loa will now get its new Hotel Resort.

As a result, this news story ends on a happy note, as the future for the people of Kiki Loa is now much more secure and brighter!

Dan Langston
9120 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite 1V
Reno NV 89521

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces The 10 Best Things to do in Carmel Without a Car

Might this be a start a new of foot sensitive vacationing?

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, April 07, 2015 - In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Theis family is celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at its beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, which is as charming as the town itself. With firm roots in the past, the family is looking toward the future by keeping abreast of guests’ every need.

Did you know average car causes 600 pounds of air pollution every year? A recent AAA holiday report cited a decline in car travel and a shift towards alternative modes of transportation. Biking and low-cost interstate bus travel are on the rise. Might this be the start of a new era of footprint-sensitive vacationing? (Let’s think positive and say, “Yes.”)

Here are some reasons walking is better than driving:

1. It saves money on gas. Lots of it.
2. It saves the planet. You’d be doing your bit to save the world.
3. It saves on parking. Don’t you just hate having to pay for parking?
4. It’s free. The pleasure of knowing you are getting something for nothing while other people have to pay is not the same as benefiting from saving money. It’s even better.
5. It’s good exercise. The benefits are obvious. Ask your doctor.
6. You’ll get more fresh air. It’s the best kind.
7. Walking is fun - and here are some tips for making it even better…

So, where should you take your next car-free getaway? The Theis Family offers the top 10 things to do without a car in Carmel-by-the-Sea. When was the last time you want on a vacation without a car in California?

10 Best Things to Do in Carmel (WITHOUT A CAR!!)

1. Walk on the beach and finish your night with a glass of wine .
2. Bus ride (Route 22) down PCH to Big Sur and back, stop at Point Lobos, Rocky Point, Andrew Molera State Park, the town of Big Sure, and Nepenthe. Ask our concierge or manager for hike recommendations. Check for road conditions and route service to Big Sur!
3. Bus ride (“Grapevine Express” Route 24) to Carmel Valley and back, stop at Chateau Jullien, Mid-Valley, and Carmel Valley Village. Finish the day with free wine tastings at various partnering tasting rooms in the town of Carmel, courtesy of the Hofsas House.
4. Take a 20-minute stroll down to the Carmel Mission and tour the Carmel Mission Museum (
5. Go on a Carmel Walks ( tour to learn about the history of Carmel and some of our unique City ordinances.
6. Combine food, wine, chocolate and history of Carmel by taking the Carmel Food Tour (
7. Go to the Carmel Cheese Shop ( to sample cheeses from around the world. It is hard to select just one and then purchase a matching wine to take to the beach to watch the sunset.
8. Learn about the famous poet, Robinson Jeffers, by taking the Tor House Tour
9. Happy Hour Tour: Ask our concierge to direct you to an assortment of happy hours (e.g., Vesuvio Restaurant,, Barmel, Jack London’s, Il Fornio and many more) right in town for discounted drinks and appetizers, and then finish off the night with a special entre at one of our favorite places to eat.
10. Arrange a surf lesson for half of the day at Carmel Beach, A professional surfer will take you out and ensure a safe and enjoyable time learning to surf Carmel’s amazing waves!

If those 10 activities were not enough, the Hofsas House staff picked these great events.
1. Rent bikes at Bay Bikes ( and get a challenging workout up and down Carmel’s hilly back roads. Or, stick to the flatland and cruise by the beach for a wave-side bike ride. For the experienced rider, take it up a notch and bike 17-mile Drive into Monterey and back for an all-day outdoor adventure.
2. For the spa lovers, relax at Kush Day Spa (, one of the highest regarded spas in Carmel, for one afternoon.
3. Rise early—or rise late—for a wonderful Sunday brunch at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch ( It’s only a 20-minute stroll across Carmel. Better yet, return on a weekend night for drinks and live piano playing.
4. Find all the hidden courtyards Carmel-by-the-Sea has to offer, and see what surprise gift you can discover for a friend.
5. On a chill day, go coffee tasting at the various local coffee houses in Carmel, Carmel Coffee House and Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co, who roast their coffee right in the area.
6. For photography lovers, Gallery Sur ( has amazing prints from the area or go to Weston Gallery, one of the oldest photographic galleries,
7. Drop by the Carmel Art Association ( for details on local artists and the best galleries to explore according to your taste.
8. Tapas at Mundaka,
9. Carmel Wine Walk-by-the-Sea – stroll to 15 different wine tasting rooms and taste a flight of Monterey County grown grapes. Purchase a Wine Walk Passport at the Hofsas House for $65 and it includes nine tastings. Because of the cool air, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are some of the best.
10. Geocache in Carmel: There are over 20 geocaches within walking distance in Carmel. Take your GPS and test your navigation skills and find some treasure!
11. Check out the live performances at one of our four theaters: Sunset Center, Golden Bough, Cherry Center in our one-square mile town.
12. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting at Trio Carmel on Dolores Street south of Ocean Avenue -
13. Create your own custom perfume at Ajne Perfumery in the Court of the Fountains -
14. Visit one of the oldest houses in Carmel, the First Murphy House, home to the Carmel Heritage Society,
What will you do?

Hofsas House Background:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops, and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey , Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove . The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views, not to mention amenities like fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and everyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome, as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on offer as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit Like us on Facebook

Marci Bracco Cain
Hofsas House Hotel
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921-3396

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Kwame Binea Shakedown set for Debut "Let Go" Video/Single Release and Live Launch Event at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on April 3Rd

New York City-based roots rock songwriter/singer Kwame Binea who fronts the Kwame Binea Shakedown has announced the worldwide digital release of their debut single, "Let Go," for Tuesday, April 7, 2015 via

New York, NY, April 05, 2015 - New York City-based roots rock songwriter/singer Kwame Binea who fronts the Kwame Binea Shakedown has announced the worldwide digital release of their debut single, "Let Go," for Tuesday, April 7, 2015 via and all their major digital distribution partners including iTunes and Binea will be celebrating the single and video release with a performance at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on Friday, April 3, 2015. The event will be followed by a sneak preview of the "Let Go" post after-party at the venue.

"Let Go" is a rock/funk/soul song that lyrically invokes and offers an inspired message that the best way to overcome a spurned lover or lingering adversity is to think positive, know when it's time to move on and just let go. It was co-written and produced by Kwame Binea and guitarist Justin Wilcox for Binea's indie imprint, Pelopos Entertainment Group. The song also features the rest of the Shakedown band, drummer Medley Shabazz, guitarist Art Vanterpool, bassist Phil Bass, Daron Wright on keyboards, Kengo Yamada on saxophone and Brian Varneke on trumpet. The "Let Go" video was culled from a Kwame Binea Shakedown live performance at the Brooklyn Bowl earlier in 2015.

"We've been in the studio writing, recording and performing live for a while," says Kwame, "so this first single release, ‘Let Go,’ is a big step for us. We felt it was time to give all our loyal fans something they could finally keep. Like most of our songs, ‘Let Go’ embodies the message of peace, love and positivity that propels and drives our music," he added.

Binea, a lithe and fit 6'5 rocker to the core has a vivacious smile and a full head of dreadlocks cascading to his mid-back (as staple of identity for the past eight years). He grew up splitting time in West London (his birth place) and in his native origins, Ghana. He later moved to Cherry Hill, NJ as a teenager where he started to unearth his artistic aspirations as a burgeoning songwriter/singer/guitarist. He initially teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Justin Wilcox in college and the duo became the nucleus for expanding and founding the multicultural fusion of rock, soul/rhythm & blues, blues and reggae collective that spawned the Kwame Shakedown in Harlem, NY (2011).

The Kwame Binea Shakedown will be performing at:

WHEN: Friday, April 3rd at 9:30pm
WHERE: Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2, 196 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002
TICKETS: $10 and are available here:
**First 25 ticket purchasers will receive a free single download card**

After-party and video premiere immediately following the show at Stage 3 bar area.

Please visit the Kwame Binea Shakedown official website at or official Facebook page at

For more information about Kwame Binea Shakedown, to receive a review copy, or to set an interview with Kwame Binea, please contact Chip Schutzman at Miles High Productions: 323-806-0400 or

Chip Schutzman
Miles High Productions
P.O. Box 93157
Hollywood, CA 90093
323 806-0400