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Fonté Coffee Roaster Bets on Downtown Seattle with a New Café Restaurant in Rainier Square

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Fonté Coffee Roaster, Seattle’s pioneer micro roasters founded by Paul Odom in 1992, announces that it will open a new flagship café and restaurant in the lobby of the 58 story Rainier Square, making it the newest “hot spot” in downtown Seattle. The expansive lobby is the central gathering hub that links Wright Runstad & Company’s Rainier Square and 400 University projects with the original Rainier Tower on a single block that encompasses 189 high end apartment homes, over 1.5 million square of office space, diverse retail offerings and ample parking. Fonté, a local coffee roaster operating seven cafés and relationships with the finest chefs, restaurants and hoteliers in the country, is set to open the flagship store in fall of 2022. The Fonté Café and Restaurant at Rainier Square will not only provide its classic offerings of fine coffee and high-quality hand-made to-go fare, it will entertain Seattle with a sit-down culinary dining experience with a fresh ingredients driven menu. The Fonté flagship café will join PCC Community Markets as Rainier Square comes to life with 80% of its apartment homes already leased and a growing roster of premier commercial tenants filling its office space. For Fonté’s part, an energetic commitment to entertaining will be as important as the commitment to fine quality. Hand-made cocktails prepared table side from a traveling trolley and engaging baristas, servers and bartenders are on the menu. “I believe that Seattle wants to be entertained again. I hope this collaboration inspires downtown Seattle’s 2.0 version and brings much-needed play back to our dynamic city,” says Odom. Odom is certain that offering a cool coffee and cocktails dining experience where people can gather and be social will help jump-start the process. “Envision New York’s Eataly by day and old Nomad Bar by night as inspiration for the concept.” The store will operate in Rainier Square’s expansive main floor lobby, serving indoor lounge and outdoor courtyard seating all day and into the night. Located on the block between Union and University and Fourth and Fifth Avenues, Rainier Square occupies the preeminent location in the heart of downtown Seattle. With easy access to transit and ample underground parking, getting to Fonté’s new flagship café will be easy for city residents and tourists alike who are looking for coffee and breakfast in the morning, lunch at mid-day, a place to unwind with a cocktail after work or for dinner before the theater. About Rainier Square: Developed by Wright Runstad & Company and opened in 2020, Rainier Square occupies the prominent position in Seattle’s downtown and on its skyline. The 1.1 million square foot project includes a 58-story tower containing 734,000 square feet of office space and The Residences at Rainier Square, 189 luxury apartment residences on its uppermost floors. Rainier Square shares the block with the 400 University building and the landmark Rainier Tower. All three properties are connected at the main lobby level which features Fonte’s flagship Café and Restaurant and affords access to a unique mix of destination retailers, a 20,000 square foot PCC Community Market and ample underground parking. More information about Rainier Square can be found at www.rainiersquare.com About Fonté: Founded in 1992, Fonté Coffee Roaster is the longest standing independent micro coffee roaster still owned and operated by its original founder Paul Odom. Fonté headquarters and roasting facility are located in the hip Georgetown district in Seattle, WA. The company owns and operates seven coffee bars with two more in development under the Fonté & Uptown Espresso brand names. The company manages a lively wholesale operation supplying the nation’s premier chefs, restaurants and hoteliers as well as a thriving online business. Fonté roasts coffee by hand and as part of its commitment to artisan quality has allowed only three qualified people in the last thirty years to perform the role of roaster. One is Fonté’s master roaster, Steve Smith, who has experience dating back to the 1970s where he was the first master roaster for the Starbucks Coffee Company. In 1991, Steve brought his expertise to full bloom with Fonté Coffee Roaster, where curating only the finest coffees from meticulous growers from the best regions is a priority. Coffees are selected from all over the world based on individual varietal character and are only chosen if they meet the standards of the signature Fonté roast. As a green coffee buyer and full reign of our roasters, we seek to experiment and create the unimaginable, the highest level of excellence in the coffee experience. Contact Details Forrest Carman +1 206-859-3118 forrestc@owenmedia.com Company Website https://www.rainiersquare.com/

April 25, 2022 09:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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An Easier Way to Invest and Learn Along the Way from Plynk

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Would it surprise you to know that 80 million Americans are interested in investing, but don’t know where to begin? Many people might be feeling left behind or not comfortable entering the world of investing. That does not have to be the case. Financial literacy could be the key, as it empowers us to make smart financial decisions. It’s important for individuals to know it’s never too late or too early to increase their knowledge and begin their financial journey. Enter Plynk: A new investment app for beginners that helps them get started with investing, build confidence, and gain knowledge along the way. Too often, the industry has overcomplicated investing with unnecessary jargon and complex charts. By including educational content and tips throughout the app, beginner investors aren’t alone– now is your opportunity to learn how Plynk is here to help. Plynk Think allows you to learn and gain confidence by encouraging a learn-by-doing approach. In honor of financial literacy month, Plynk is offering an earn-while-you-learn offer. All you have to do is read a lesson in Plynk Think, make an investment, and you can qualify for the match. For complete terms and conditions everyone can visit PlynkInvest.com Learn more at www.plynkinvest.com A bout Plynk: Plynk is a new, no-experience-required investing app to help make investing easier for beginners. Created by people who have a passion for making investing simple, Plynk makes it easy to get started, get comfortable and get the hang of investing. Plynk offers straightforward language, clear explanations and just a $1 minimum to make it easy to begin investing. Plynk also includes tips, how-tosand easy to understand educational articles that help beginners learn as they go.Learn more at www.plynkinvest.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 25, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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COD, Aurora University Launch 2+2 Agreements with Graduate Study Pathways in Exercise Science, Athletic Training and Sports Management

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College of DuPage and Aurora University have launched three new 2+2 programs designed to help COD Physical Education, Fitness and Sports Studies students pursue advanced degrees. The programs are made possible through a new institutional partnership between COD and Aurora setting the foundation for future pathway agreements for COD students to seamlessly transfer to Aurora at the junior level. “This new institutional partnership between COD and Aurora University reflects our collaborative and intentional level of commitment to providing seamless student access and paths to success in higher education,” said COD President Dr. Brian Caputo. “Through the new programs, we are excited to offer various opportunities for our physical education students, especially those interested in furthering their education beyond a bachelor’s degree.” Developed for students who plan to major in exercise science or sports management, the new programs allow students to earn an associate degree at COD and a bachelor’s degree from Aurora in just four years with the option of a fifth year to earn a master’s degree in a related area of study. Students can pursue three different 2+2 agreements: a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an option to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training; a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an option to earn a Master of Science in Exercise Science; or a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with an option to earn a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management. Under the agreements, COD students can start planning their transition to Aurora as early as their first semester by following an academic transfer plan designed to ensure a smooth transition. “This exciting new partnership with Aurora University gives our students an educational framework from day one of classes,” said COD Physical Education Assistant Professor Stephanie Vlach. “Not only does this allow COD students to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years, but it also leads to excellent career or graduate-level pathways, including the only partnership of its kind for COD students interested in a career as an athletic trainer.” Aurora University Dean of Health Science Sarah Radke said she is excited to partner with COD to offer opportunities for students wanting to continue their education. “Students will gain hands-on experience working in our state-of-the-art labs and in a premier internship experience,” she said. “We are also excited to extend that pathway into our plus one graduate programs in exercise science, sport management and athletic training.” For more information about these new agreements, contact COD’s Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services Department at (630) 942-2259. Learn more about COD’s Physical Education, Fitness and Sports Studies transfer opportunities. Contact Details Angela Mennecke +1 630-942-3134 menneckea@cod.edu

April 25, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Join Lensbaby for a Day of In-Person Photography and Exploration

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Lensbaby, the leader in award-winning creative effect camera lenses, is excited to announce their first ever International PhotoWalk on Saturday April 30th, 2022! Join a Lensbaby Photowalk leader in the city nearest you and enjoy a day filled with exploration, photography and prizes. This event is first-come ticketing and free to attend. All that is required is your favorite camera, whether that is simply your phone or a DSLR, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes. You’ll be led around the city streets on an interactive treasure hunt, searching for prize worthy shots. After the day is done, submit your photowalk images to Lensbaby for the chance to be featured on their blog, and or their Instagram feed with over 30,000 followers. Did we mention the prizes?! Want to form a group with your photography loving friends instead? Then you have the option to form a private photowalk group or you can go solo. The choice is yours. Cities currently participating are: Sydney, AUS Melbourne, AUS Seattle, WA London, UK Hamilton, ON, CA Atlanta, GA Alburtis, PA Venice, CA Phoenix, AZ Manchester, UK Frederick, MD Albuquerque Houston, TX Madrid, Spain Denver, CO Pittsfield, MA Don’t see a location close to where you live? Sign up to join wherever you call home. Contact Details Nicole Lisson & M&P Agency +1 310-266-9114 nicole@mcmillanphillips.com Company Website https://lensbaby.com/

April 22, 2022 11:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Road Scholar Announces Partnership With Carbonfund.org

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In celebration of Earth Day, not-for-profit Road Scholar, the world leader in educational travel for older adults, announces a partnership with Carbonfund.org Foundation, a not-for-profit leader in the fight against climate change, helping organizations and individuals reduce their impact on the environment. Starting July 1, 2022, at the start of its fiscal year, Road Scholar will launch a carbon offsetting initiative to counter the impact of travel to Road Scholar programs, investing in projects with Carbonfund.org that reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere. Some of Carbonfund.org’s projects include clean-burning stoves in Kenya, solar farms in India and projects here in the United States. Since 2003, Carbonfund.org has supported 240 Renewable Energy, Forestry and Energy Efficiency projects in 28 countries and 42 American states, offsetting over 40 billion pounds of carbon equivalent emissions while also planting more than 1.6 million trees. Eric Carlson, President of Carbonfund.org Foundation said, "We are delighted to partner with Road Scholar on a carbon emissions reduction strategy for their various educational travel programs. It is critical we reduce emissions associated with travel to do our part in the fight against climate change." As an educational nonprofit, Road Scholar’s sustainability efforts will also incorporate environmental education, starting with a live virtual lecture with Brian McFarland, Carbonfund.org’s Executive Vice President of Carbon Projects and Origination. The lecture will help Road Scholar participants learn how carbon-offsetting projects protect the environment. James Moses, Road Scholar’s President and CEO, says these are just the first steps the organization is taking to create sustainability initiatives: “Road Scholar wants to help reduce the impact of travel on the environment and is committed to creating a more sustainable future for generations to come. The path to a more sustainable planet is a road we must all follow, and we’re excited to take this important step to help move the world toward a clean energy future.” About Road Scholar: Road Scholar is the nation’s largest not-for-profit educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. They offer thousands of programs in more than 100 countries and 50 states. Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel, the world leader in educational travel since 1975. Learn more at press.roadscholar.org. About Carbonfund.org Foundation: Carbonfund.org is leading the fight against climate change, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce & offset their climate impact. Carbonfund.org has America’s first carbon neutral product label, Carbon free ® Certified. The Carbon free ® Certified Products Program is proud to be part of Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly Program Contact Details Kelsey Knoedler Perri +1 617-521-5301 Kelsey.Perri@roadscholar.org Company Website https://www.roadscholar.org/about/press

April 21, 2022 10:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CleverTap Appoints Anand Venkatraman as Chief Operating Officer

CleverTap

CleverTap, the world’s leading retention cloud, announced the appointment of Anand Venkatraman as the Chief Operating Officer. Anand has over two decades of experience in building and scaling global teams and P&Ls across various sales motions. He joins from Freshworks where he led the fast-growing Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa business. He also played a key role in driving global partnerships to independently grow the business across 40+ countries, scaling the technology marketplace and embedded Freshworks deep into the worldwide startup ecosystem. Prior to that he held leadership positions at Akamai and Microsoft in APJ and India. “I warmly welcome Anand to CleverTap. His appointment underlines our ambitious growth plans to be the gamechanger for user retention. He has a successful track record in taking businesses global, building highly engaged teams, and establishing creative approaches for customer success. Anand will strengthen the CleverTap management team to help scale the company to the next level by bringing in excellence in execution,” said Sidharth Malik, CEO CleverTap Inc. “I am excited to join CleverTap as they emerge as the retention category market leader, in not just India and South-East Asia but also in markets like North America, Latin America, Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Europe. I am looking forward to being a part of CleverTap's journey in taking the Indian SaaS story to the world,” said Anand Venkatraman. About CleverTap CleverTap is the modern, integrated retention cloud that empowers digital consumer brands to increase customer retention and lifetime value. For brands that understand and value user retention, CleverTap drives context and individualization with the help of a unified and deep data layer, AI/ML powered insights and automation. Customers around the world representing over 10,000 apps, including Vodafone Idea, SonyLIV, Daimler, Gojek, Carousell, and Premier League, trust CleverTap to achieve their retention and engagement goals, growing their long term revenue. Backed by leading venture capital firms including Sequoia India, Tiger Global Management, and Accel, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in Mumbai, Singapore, and Dubai. For more information, visit clevertap.com or follow on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Contact Details Sony Shetty sony@clevertap.com Company Website https://clevertap.com/

April 21, 2022 04:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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ECO BOOST: SPRING INTO ACTION FOR EARTH DAY

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/DoF37ftEqEk Earth Day was created back in 1970 to increase awareness and appreciation for the planet’s natural environment. Over the past four decades this holiday has grown tremendously, and today over a billion people are expected to take part in some sort of celebratory activity. The theme for this year’s Earth Day on April 22 nd is Investing In Our Planet —everybody doing their part, including governments, industry, and individuals. Author of the Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green, Terra Wellington, says many of our daily activities can either help or hurt the planet, adding, “There are a few easy things every individual can do to help keep the Earth healthy and happy.” GARDENS, PARKS & GREEN SPACES: One easy way to support a greener world on the local level begins in your own garden. Wellington suggests planting more trees in your neighborhood and surrounding communities. This family-friendly activity not only teaches children about the environment, but each tree helps capture carbon dioxide, lower temperatures, and filter pollutants. Wellington says if you’re traveling this summer, it’s a good idea to plan a trip to a national park. The National Park System encompasses 423 sites in the United States. They span across more than 84 million acres, with parks in each state and extending into the territories, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. She adds that, “Being in nature helps you appreciate it and want to preserve it.” The Wellness Lifestyle Contributor suggests finding the perfect place to serve as a basecamp for your next adventure, highlighting the more than 75 percent of Travelodge by Wyndham hotels that are located less than an hour’s drive from a national park. She points out that the brand is a longtime supporter of the National Parks Conservation Association and has an ongoing commitment to help preserve the nation’s parks, along with other sustainability initiatives. As families plan their next adventure, Wellington suggests taking advantage of a great Earth Day deal Travelodge by Wyndham has this month offering 20 percent off two nights or more. For more information, visit Travelodge.com Instagram: @Travelodge GREENER FOOD CHOICES: About one third of greenhouse gas emissions come from the global food supply chain. Wellington says it’s important to consider making greener food choices in order to have a more positive impact on climate change. One easy way to get started is by participating in Meatless Mondays. This initiative promotes adding more healthy plant-based foods into your family’s diet. Wellington likes the idea of reducing meat to help reduce greenhouse gases. Along the same lines, Wellington says it’s also important to choose products that follow climate friendly techniques to grow their ingredients. One brand she points to is Airly Foods—the first-ever climate friendly snack that helps remove greenhouse gases from the air in every bite. After further review, Wellington discovered that this type of work is done through the brand’s innovative farming practices, including growing grains that remove greenhouse gases, electronic transportation, zero emissions baking, and negative carbon footprints for all of their ingredients. Wellington loves looking at the back of each cracker box to see how much CO2 is removed from their air, while enjoying four tasty sweet and salty varieties—cheddar, sea salt, chocolate, and salted caramel that come in the shape of a cloud. For more information, visit AirlyFoods.com Instagram: @ airlyfoods Facebook: @ airlyfoods Twitter: @ airlyfoods HOME & SEASONAL TIPS: As Earth Day approaches, Wellington has a few other tips to participate in this year’s awareness day. She recommends investing in ceiling fans for the summer. They have been found to help reduce the use of electricity and air conditioning. Another Earth friendly tip is to use LED lightbulbs. They are now widely available and a great way to lessen energy usage. These bulbs can also last up to 25 times longer than other lightbulbs. She also recommends turning off lights and unplugging devices when they’re not in use. As the summer months approach, the Wellness Lifestyle Contributor suggests biking more, saying, “The fewer cars on the road, the less carbon emissions polluting the air and contributing to global warming.” Wellington also points to reusable water bottles as a way to make greener practices a part of your daily living. Finally, she says, “Enjoy your local farmer’s market,” adding, “Besides supporting local agriculture, you’ll be purchasing seasonal food that often is transported shorter distances to get to your plate.” For more information, visit simplemomsguide.com Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 20, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Welcomes Tanzanian President Hassan, Reaffirms Commitment to Helping Eradicate Malaria

SC Johnson

SC Johnson Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson today welcomed Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to Racine to discuss their shared commitment to eradicating malaria and to tour the company’s Center for Insect Science and Family Health, one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology research centers. Research from the Center helps SC Johnson in the development of its repellent and insecticide brands such as OFF! ® and Raid ®, as well as low-cost spatial repellent options for people who lack access to mosquito prevention tools. “Every minute, a child under five dies from malaria, most of whom are from Africa, and at SC Johnson, we are committed to sharing our expertise in insect science to help eradicate this tragic, yet preventable, disease,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We are honored to welcome President Hassan and are grateful to work alongside the Tanzanian government and the greater East African Community toward our common goal of eliminating malaria.” Malaria is an illness caused by parasites which are spread to people through the bites of certain mosquitoes. Africa is home to 95% of malaria cases and 96% of deaths. Children under the age of five accounted for approximately 80% of deaths in the region, according to the World Health Organization. SC Johnson is in the process of developing and testing new, low-cost spatial repellent technologies that can be used by people who lack access to prevention tools in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions. These repellents are easy to use, do not require electricity or flame, and work continuously for up to 10 months. Large-scale clinical trials are underway in Kenya and have been completed in Indonesia and Peru. For more information on SC Johnson’s efforts to end malaria and create a healthier world, visit: https://www.scjohnson.com/en/a-healthier-world/it-takes-a-family-to-end-malaria About SC Johnson Founded in 1886 and headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin USA, SC Johnson believes that a more sustainable, healthier and transparent world that inspires people and creates opportunities isn't just possible - it's our responsibility. A heritage of innovation and bold, transparent decisions is why our high-quality products and iconic brands – including OFF! ® Raid ®, Glade ®, Windex ®, Scrubbing Bubbles ®, Ziploc ®, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day ®, method ®, Autan ®, Baygon ®, Mr Muscle ®, Duck ®, Lysoform ® and more – are in homes, schools and businesses in virtually every country worldwide. As a global, purpose-led company, we are committed to making the world a better place today and for future generations. That means relentlessly bringing our expertise in science, innovation and partnerships to bear on some of the world's most pressing environmental and health issues like reducing plastic waste and eradicating malaria. Around the world, we use our resources to unlock greater economic and educational opportunities for people and communities where access may be limited, but curiosity and potential are limitless. See how SC Johnson is a Family Company At Work For a Better World by visiting scjohnson.com or joining us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. Contact Details SC Johnson Global Corporate Communication +1 262-260-2440 GlobalPublicAffairs@scj.com Company Website https://www.scjohnson.com/

April 19, 2022 04:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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SixthRéseau Combines Luxury Fashion with Web3 Benefits for Holders

𝗦𝗶𝘅𝘁𝗵Réseau

With a rising demand for real-life utility in NFT collections, SixthRéseau tackles this challenge by combining real-world items with digital art. The fashion world is a well-established business that relies on innovation every season. SixthRéseau strives to be the pioneer in the emerging web3 market by employing a hybrid business model of releasing their collections in the Metaverse alongside the physical world. Only people that hold a SixthRéseau NFT will be eligible to access their luxury fashion brand and receive both their fashion and the advantages that come with holding one of their respective NFTs. The NFT collection of SixthRéseau will provide highly exclusive content like the Réseau EliteClub, where entrepreneurs and like-minded people exchange alpha knowledge on projects they’re involved in. Another perk for investors is SixthVentures, the R&D branch of SixthRéseau that will recruit and support a variety of projects throughout web3 that holders can get involved in to be the first in line for upcoming ventures in the space. SixthVentures emphasizes engineering its network to develop a whole ecosystem around the brand that will be managed both by its community and founders. Holding an NFT of their collection comes with a set of perks and exclusive access to even more than the ones mentioned here. The founding team of SixthRéseau will reinvest 25% of all profits back into the brand to provide a high quality of their fashion items that will be linked to the blockchain for proving authenticity on all levels. The team is made up of marketing experts, HR professionals, designers of both physical and digital spaces, and developers of all shades to be able to keep up with the big goals they’ve set to accomplish. The minting will be announced to take place at the end of April and the NFT collection will consist of 7,777 individual 3D avatars that will be available in a private sale for 0.16 ETH and in a public Dutch auction starting at 0.4 ETH. Learn more about SixthRéseau by visiting their official website or following them on Twitter. Their Discord and other socials can be found here. Contact Details SixthRéseau Anna B +1 702-410-7649 anna@nftdroops.com Company Website https://www.reseauclo.com/

April 19, 2022 02:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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