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Aqua Cultured Foods Closes $5.5M Seed Round led by Stray Dog Capital

AquaCultured Foods

Food tech startup Aqua Cultured Foods today announced it has raised $5.5 million in seed funding to bring its ultra-realistic seafood alternatives to market. The round was led by Stray Dog Capital, a venture capital fund specializing in alternative protein investments, with participation from H Venture Partners, Aztec Capital Management and Amplifica Capital, along with follow-on investment from current investors Supply Change Capital, Big Idea Ventures, HPA, Aera VC, Kingfisher Family Investments, and Swiss Pampa. The round also included a strategic investment from CJ CheilJedang, a South Korea-based global food and bio company owning renowned brands such as Bibigo. Aqua will use the investment to equip its new facility, scale up production, bring products to market, add key talent, and expand its roster of restaurant and foodservice outlets for product introductions this year. “We appreciate having mission-aligned partners that offer strong strategic value for the next phase of our growth, which will involve building up the business and brand,” said Anne Palermo, CEO of Aqua. “Being good stewards of investor capital is important to us, so along with hitting milestones earlier than expected, we are benefiting from government programs, academic resources, and other advantages to get to market quickly.” Aqua’s primary value is its low cost of scaling and its path to price parity, thanks to proprietary fermentation methods that use relatively affordable inputs and equipment. The company recently acquired a food-grade facility that was already built out nearly to its requirements—which it estimates will save more than a million dollars in construction costs. Aqua was recently accepted into the Illinois Office of Business Development’s EDGE program that provides tax incentives to growing companies, which will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes over the next 10 years. “The adage is true that early-stage funds heavily weight investment conviction in people, and less in technologies or products given the embryonic nature of companies at these stages, but Aqua already boasts strength across its team, product, and key partnerships already in place,” said Johnny Ream, Partner at Stray Dog Capital. “We are interested in backing founding teams leveraging unique technologies and approaches that drive a more sustainable future; the work Aqua is doing with alt-seafood has immense potential to drive both human and planetary benefits in a massive $100B+ global market.” The global plant-based seafood market was valued at $42.1 million in 2021, and is projected to reach $1.3 billion by 2031 with a CAGR of more than 42 percent as wild fish stocks are further depleted. In addition to depleted fish populations, commercial fishing practices result in damage to ecosystems, plastic waste, and “bycatch” of non-target species. As fish farming increases, so does habitat destruction, pollution and diseases spread to wild fish, and the industry’s reliance on antibiotics and wild-caught fish for feed. Despite its health halo, fish contains microplastics, mercury, pesticides, antibiotics, dioxin and PCBs. High in cholesterol and saturated fats, seafood, in particular finfish, is a good source of foodborne illness caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites. Aqua is developing calamari, shrimp, scallops, and filets of tuna and whitefish with proprietary mycoprotein fermentation processes that do not use any animal inputs, genetic altering or modification. Unlike plant-based processed foods formulated with starches and protein isolates, Aqua’s alt-seafood retains its naturally occurring fiber, protein, and other micronutrients. The company also produces minced “seafood” fillings for applications such as dumplings, ravioli, and sushi rolls. For images visit https://app.box.com/s/wfbrvgraf2ty2b7by5h6ahjsaqrd8zx3. Follow Aqua Cultured Foods LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/aquacultured-foods Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aquaculturedfoods Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AquaCulturedFoods Twitter https://twitter.com/eatAquaFoods ‎ About Aqua Cultured Foods Aqua Cultured Foods is an innovative food technology startup developing the world’s first whole-muscle cut seafood alternatives created through microbial fermentation. Its novel technology produces a sustainable, complete protein source using only a fraction of the resources required by traditional aquaculture. As an R&D company with a focus on product commercialization, Aqua Cultured Foods occupies a unique position in the burgeoning alt-seafood market as well as within the fermentation industry. The company’s mission is to mitigate global challenges such as overfishing, climate change and feeding the world’s expanding population with delicious, nutrient-rich foods. For more information visit https://www.aquaculturedfoods.com. About Stray Dog Capital Stray Dog Capital is a venture capital fund investing in innovative, early-stage companies across the food, beverage, and biotechnology sectors that are driving a healthier, humane, and more sustainable future. Stray Dog Capital supports its portfolio of investments with broad experience from its team as entrepreneurs, operators, advisors, and investors. www.straydogcapital.com. ### Contact Details Gary Smith +1 818-783-0569 gary@evolotuspr.com Company Website https://www.aquaculturedfoods.com

April 06, 2023 09:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Study: Are Digital Content Creators Corporate America’s New Superpower?

MBO Partners

A new study from ​ MBO Partners® reveals that corporate America may be overlooking a growing and significant source of hidden internal talent: digital content creators. According to MBO Partners’ 2023 Creator Economy report, part of its State of Independence research series, independent digital content creators are among the fastest growing self-employment work segment infiltrating the traditional workforce. The study found that almost six out of ten (57%) have content side gigs, along with traditional jobs. However, a stunning 41% said they definitely (15%) or probably (26%) will leave their traditional job and start a business full time in the next 24 months. The MBO Partners study also found that 8.1 million U.S. independent creators earned money in the creator economy in 2022, a 14% increase since 2021. “The creator economy is huge and growing in steadfastness day by day – with a rising majority working in stealth mode in large and mid-sized companies,” said Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners. “In fact, enterprises may be sitting on a gold mine of untapped talent and not even know it. These employees are not only highly creative and fast-moving, but they are entrepreneurial and extremely tech savvy. They have the potential to be an enterprise’s ultimate ally. But to win, employers need to first put out the welcome mat and show independents that they value modern ways of working and specialized skill sets. Next, they need to recreate their workforce models where independents are a critical component of their total talent strategy and teams.” This year’s study showed six key insights about the independent creator workforce, including: Owned media offers WOO (window of opportunity) to make more money. MBO’s data shows that while 73,000 US independent creators (the 1%) report annual income over $1 million, most creators report modest earnings, with the majority (44%) earning $10,000 or less last year as a creator. However, as companies shift their marketing strategies to focus on owned media as more affordable alternatives to paid advertising this year, there will be plenty of lucrative opportunities for creators to make extra money. There’s no “I” in team. About half of all independent creators (48%) report teaming up with other content creators on projects, versus only 23% of independent workers who aren't content creators. Looking forward, 68% of content creators plan to partner with other independent workers over the next year. That means that for companies, you are no longer just hiring a creator, you’ll be hiring a larger set of skills. Black creators are building their entrepreneurial footprint. The study revealed that in terms of ethnic and racial groups, Black Americans are more robustly represented in the creator economy (18%) compared with their U.S. population share overall (13%). As companies look to create more inclusive workplaces, there is an emerging pipeline of black entrepreneurial creative talent that exists. Make no mistake, creators will quickly adapt to ChatGPT. Eighty-seven of creators report being early adopters of technology, so this is an early indication that they are already learning how to embrace the opportunity of ChatGPT. This compares to only 34% of traditional employees and 37% of independent workers as early technology adopters. By tapping into creators, companies can leverage emerging trends and quickly respond to market demands. Digital nomadism is the new manifesto for mental health. While traditional workers are quiet quitting and hush tripping, take a page from the creators whose job burnout and mental health issues have been widely documented. Over eight in ten independent creators (84%) prefer a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to work and travel at the same time. So, it comes as no surprise that almost two-thirds (63%) report they are currently a digital nomad and over 90% report feeling highly satisfied (83%) or satisfied (9%) with their work. At last, a new era of creative renegades has arrived. While only 1 in 10 creators makes more than $100,000 per year, 83% plan to continue as an independent creator (57%) or build a bigger creator business (26%) over the next 2-3 years. Seventy-nine percent report being optimistic about the future. To obtain a copy of the 2023 MBO Partners Creator Economy research report, please visit https://www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence/creator-economy-report/. About MBO Partners® ​ MBO Partners is a direct sourcing platform that enables enterprises and independents to work efficiently together. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy and consistently advance the next way of working. For more information, visit​ ​mbopartners.com. About MBO Partners®​ MBO Partners is a direct sourcing platform that enables enterprises and independents to work efficiently together. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy and consistently advance the next way of working. For more information, visit​ ​mbopartners.com​ Contact Details Words For Hire for MBO Partners Karen Swim +1 586-461-2103 karen@wordsforhirellc.com Company Website https://mbopartners.com

April 05, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Innersense Organic Beauty Launches Harmonic Hair Renew Scalp Collection

Innersense Organic Beauty

Award-winning clean beauty brand Innersense Organic Beauty launches Harmonic Hair Renew Collection, a targeted set designed to create a balanced scalp environment. The three-step ritual helps to exfoliate, soothe and massage the scalp to noticeably reduce flaking, relieve dryness and encourage a balanced environment for the hair. Hair Renew Pre Wash Treatment is a treatment product that purifies and nourishes the scalp for healthy hair. Clean, skin-loving ingredients Zinc Gluconate and Magnesium Oil refresh the scalp by removing product buildup, balancing natural oils and restoring a harmonious environment for optimal hair growth. Micro Hyaluronic Acid replenishes hydration to reduce flakes and itch-causing dryness. Hair Renew Daily Active Scalp Serum is a calming serum that restores harmony to scalps in distress. Its clean, calming formula features Celery Seed and Hemp Seed Oil to address common scalp conditions such as flaking, itching, and dryness caused irritation. Antioxidant rich Pea Sprout Extract helps fortify hair follicles to revitalize roots. The third part of the collection includes a natural clear quartz Scalp Massager to help improve circulation, and release tension. The Harmonic Hair Renew collection was clinically tested, in which 97% of consumers agreed their scalp appears to be healthier, 91% agreed their scalp is less itchy and 91% agreed their scalp feels more hydrated and moisturized. Overall, 100% of consumers saw a reduction in flaking. “Our products are formulated to promote holistic wellness, and treat not only the hair, but also the skin and scalp,” says Greg Starkman, CEO and Founder of Innersense Organic Beauty. "The new Harmonic Hair Renew collection starts at the source by creating an optimal environment for the scalp through a combination of conscious formulas and mindful rituals. When the scalp is in perfect harmony, hair becomes healthier and more resilient.” Harmonic Hair Renew Set retails for $80 ($102 value) and includes the full collection. Hair Renew Pre Wash Treatment retails for $38 and Hair Renew Daily Active Scalp Serum retails for $42. All products will be available online at innersensebeauty.com, in select salons, and in-store at specialty retailers such as Credo Beauty and The Detox Market. About Innersense Organic Beauty Beauty professionals Greg and Joanne Starkman founded Innersense Organic Beauty to bring clean, pure and toxin free hair care to salons, stylists and consumers. The clean hair care brand’s products include shampoos, conditioners, scalp scrub, styling and treatment products for all hair types. For more information, visit innersensebeauty.com. Contact Details Archita Patel +1 281-725-2121 archita@bpcm.com Company Website https://innersensebeauty.com/

April 04, 2023 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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More than $10 million awarded to 671 Washington State arts and culture organizations through the Community Accelerator Grant program

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Today, ArtsFund and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced the 671 grantees of the Community Accelerator Grant, a historic investment in Washington’s arts and culture sector. Administered by Arts Fund and funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the program provides just over $10M in $2,500 to $25,000 grants across Washington state. The distribution comes just six months after the partnership was announced, in response to the continued sector need. Funding will provide essential resources to Washington organizations whose primary mission is to produce or support arts and culture activities. The unrestricted funding will boost arts organizations’ ability to invest in their missions and essential roles serving communities across the state. “We are so proud to highlight the breadth and depth of Washington’s rich cultural landscape and celebrate the leadership and vision of the Paul G Allen Family Foundation in funding this program,” said ArtsFund CEO and President, Michael Greer. “Our hope is that their philanthropy inspires others to continue to invest in this sector and see how possible it is to make an investment that is meaningful, equitable, and expeditious.” Grants were awarded to every eligible organization that applied, with an average award of $14,909. The total funding pool of $10M responds to approximately two-thirds of total requested funds. Nearly 70% of the grantees reported annual budgets of less than $500,000. Organizations in 35 of Washington’s 39 countries are included. “This community-driven model distributes urgently needed capital quickly, equitably, and efficiently to arts and culture organizations that are so important to a vibrant, healthy community,” said Lara Littlefield, executive director on behalf of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “We are heartened by the diversity and geographic reach of this program as well as the speed and efficiency in which it was administered thanks to ArtsFund and the Community Advisory Panel.” The Community Accelerator Grant program prioritized funding to communities that are underrepresented in other funding programs – specifically, in rural communities, and for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities. The application was designed to be low-barrier, with the goal that no organizations would find it too complicated, or that the information requested was too cumbersome. All eligible applicants received a grant. Applicants were asked to what degree they felt that this grant might positively impact their ability to build capacity and increase their sustainability. Organizations reported anticipating an additional $2 raised for every $1 of their grant. Representation of priority populations was an important consideration for the program. More than half of the grants are to organizations with a minimum 25% BIPOC representation on both Board and staff. See the complete list of grant recipients HERE. Community Advisory Panel The program was informed by a Community Advisory Panel who advised ArtsFund on the application design, outreach, evaluation and outcome. Panelists included: Beth Takekawa, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (retired) Ginger Ewing, Terrain Jane Broom, Microsoft Corporation Karen Hanan, ArtsWA (Washington State Arts Commission) Katie Carter, Pride Foundation Lorin Schmit Dunlop, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust Manny Cawaling, Inspire Washington Michael Greer, ArtsFund Molly Sanchez, Innovia Foundation Shelly Wynecoop, Spokane Arts Stephanie Ellis-Smith, Phila Engaged Giving Troy Coalman, Wellspring Family Services ArtsFund considered applications based on representation of and centering of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities, geographic location, and on the reported potential impact of the grant on organizations’ fundraising. Grant funds are unrestricted and may be used as each organization self-determines. Grant recipients cite the top uses for funding, in order of priority, include salaries and labor; programming; rent, mortgage and facility upgrades; personal protective equipment and COVID preparedness; and communications and marketing, with more than 80% of organizations citing salaries and labor, and programming as their top needs. The initiative follows two and a half years of pandemic impacts on the arts and culture sector, which experienced drops in revenue, challenges with reopening logistics, audience hesitation to return to pre-pandemic levels of cultural participation, and workforce impacts, as detailed in ArtsFund’s COVID Cultural Impact Study: ArtsFund.org/CCIS that was partially funded by the foundation. This $10 million investment in the sector responds directly to the study’s recommendations to expand and sustain support for arts and culture organizations as a strategy for social impact, and to provide unrestricted funding in support of the long-term adaptation of the industry. To receive updates from ArtsFund and find out about future opportunities, please sign up for ArtsFund Newsletter | ArtsFund About ArtsFund About ArtsFund ArtsFund supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking in order to build a healthy, equitable, and creative Washington. Founded in 1969, the Seattle-based nonprofit has been building community through the arts for more than 50 years. ArtsFund was originally founded to bring corporate and civic leaders together to help establish and sustain our region’s arts and cultural institutions. Over its grantmaking history, ArtsFund has supported more than 650 arts organizations with more than $100 million in grants, and provided valuable leadership and advocacy. Learn more at www.artsfund.org About Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founded in 1988 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation invests in communities across the Pacific Northwest to enhance the human experience of arts & culture, center under-served populations, and mobilize young people to make impact. In addition, the foundation supports a global portfolio of nonprofit partners working across science and technology solutions to protect wildlife, preserve ocean health, and create lasting change. The foundation also funds the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which works to advance cutting-edge research in all areas of bioscience. Learn more at www.pgafamilyfoundation.org. Contact Details Calandra Childers, VP of Strategic Initiatives & Communications ArtsFund +1 206-788-3051 calandrachilders@artsfund.org Company Website http://www.artsfund.org/accelerator

April 04, 2023 07:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise Opens at Walt Disney World® Resort

Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise is thrilled to continue its collaboration with Disney Parks and Resorts and help shape the future of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom ® Park as presenting sponsor of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Now open at Walt Disney World ® Resort, TRON Lightcycle / Run is one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world and masterfully blends thrills with speed, visual effects, music and a one-of-kind system to create an experience like no other. Guests, also known as Users, are digitized into a mysterious game world. As members of Team Blue, they board high-speed Lightcycles for a thrilling race through a dark, computerized world, facing off against a fierce group of Programs known as Team Orange. “As a global leader in providing solutions to help move people and goods more seamlessly, Enterprise jumped at the chance to serve as the presenting sponsor of this innovative and groundbreaking attraction,” said Kyle Sanborn, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy and Marketing Activation at Enterprise Holdings. “No matter the need – from business and leisure travel to trucks and replacement rentals, vehicle sales and exotics, even custom solutions for business and fleet programs – the Enterprise team is up for the challenge. Intuitive and flexible, we strive to adapt with you as your needs evolve – now, and into the future.” Enterprise branding has been incorporated throughout the attraction experience including on the marquee sign, in ambient signage, in the entry queue and instructional signage, and at the attraction’s post-show space. After competing in an epic race and returning to Tomorrowland, Team Blue Users are introduced to a bold new race team being welcomed in the post-show space presented by Enterprise: Team Green. Serving as a centerpiece is Team Green’s one-of-a-kind, powerful and state-of-the-art Lightcycle. The latest and most-advanced iteration to join the competition, this formidable vehicle has been exported from the Grid into the real world. As it awaits its turn to race, its engine revs with pulsating green lights – creating an incredible photo opportunity. Enterprise adopted TRON’s Team Green moniker to showcase a range of programs throughout the post-show space that embody the competitive advantage and shared vision of Enterprise Holdings, which is constantly innovating to deliver an exceptional experience to meet customers’ unique travel needs and preferences. Stories about the 12 team members of Team Green will rotate throughout the display in the post-show space, providing returning Users an opportunity to learn more about Team Green on future visits to TRON Lightcycle / Run. St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, which manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, has developed and cultivated a broad portfolio of business lines over 65 years designed to meet the evolving needs of customers and deliver innovative solutions for both consumers and businesses. “When you ride with Team Green, you’re supported by a collective of more than 80,000 global employees linking you into one of the largest transportation networks in the world,” said Sanborn. “Empowered to help you succeed, Enterprise is here to help you understand and harness the power of our latest advancements. Our people, vehicles, and infrastructure are a gateway to emerging and advanced technology.” “Enterprise and Disney share a dedication to incredible guest experiences,” said Erika Shen, Vice President of Alliance Management at The Walt Disney Company. “We were delighted to build upon our existing relationship with Enterprise through an elevated sponsorship opportunity of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Our collaboration on the post-show space which embodies Enterprise’s innovative vision, tells the story of their brand, and showcases a one-of-a-kind Lightcycle for guests to see.” Enterprise is in a multi-year alliance relationship with Disney Parks & Resorts, and is the Official Rent-A-Car of Walt Disney World ® Resort, Disneyland ® Resort, Disney Vacation Club ®, Disney Cruise Line ® and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa ®. In addition to serving as the presenting sponsor of TRON Lightcycle / Run, Enterprise signage and support can be found at Walt Disney World ® Resort and Disneyland ® Resort locations, including: The Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters attraction in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at Magic Kingdom Park ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the courtesy shuttle carts onsite at the property run Disney ® Events at Walt Disney World Resort – Enterprise is an official sponsor of run Disney and has race-day branding at events including Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, run Disney Springtime Surprise Weekend and Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. For more information about TRON Lightcycle / Run, visit DisneyWorld.com/TRON. For more information about Enterprise, visit enterprise.com. About Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Holdings is a leading provider of mobility solutions including car rental, fleet management, carsharing, vanpooling, truck rental, luxury rental, retail car sales and vehicle subscription, as well as travel management and other transportation technology services and solutions, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Enterprise Holdings’ subsidiaries and franchisees, together with its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, manage a diverse fleet of 2.1 million vehicles through an integrated network of more than 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Enterprise Holdings manages the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo brands. About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Disney Parks, Experiences and Products brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises — including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, Twentieth Century Studios and National Geographic — into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 60 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 53 resorts in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line fleet of five ships with three more planned in the coming years; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and two award-winning guided tour adventure businesses. Disney Imagineers are the creative force behind Disney theme parks, resort hotels and cruise ships globally. Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing includes the world’s leading licensing business; one of the largest children’s publishing brands globally; one of the largest licensors of games across platforms worldwide; and consumer products at retail around the world. Contact Details Enterprise Holdings Mike Wilmering michael.wilmering@ehi.com

April 04, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cooperstown All Star Village Partners with Sodexo Live! to Enhance Dining Experience for Players and Families

Ripken Baseball

Cooperstown All Star Village, the youth baseball resort located in baseball’s birthplace, announced a new partnership with Sodexo Live!, a global leader in hospitality for the world’s most iconic venues and events. Starting this summer, Sodexo Live! will deliver new menu concepts at the onsite restaurant and overhaul the dining experience for more than 10,000 families that visit Cooperstown All Star Village each summer. The complex will also add more “live” cooking options with pizza ovens, BBQ pits, and additional restaurant seating with live music. Sodexo Live! serves a wide range of major and minor league sports, including the Seattle Mariners’ T-Mobile Park, touted as the #1 dining experience in Major League Baseball ( Thrillist ). They also provide the optimal nutrition for student-athletes at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida, as well as the athletes who will compete in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. “We want our families to have a world-class experience when they visit and compete at Cooperstown All Star Village – and a significant part of that experience is how they fuel their bodies when they spend a week at our resort,” said Rick Abbott, CEO of Cooperstown All Star Village. “Sodexo Live! is responsible for the nutrition of athletes at top Division I programs and even Olympians. Our young athletes and their families deserve to be in that company.” New menu concepts for the All Star Tavern, the onsite restaurant at Cooperstown All Star Village, will focus on local and signature specialties to reflect the culture and influence of the region. The team dining experience will be highlighted by fresh selections that maximize nutrition. Sodexo Live! will serve three meals per day to all participants for 12 consecutive weeks of programming. “Cooperstown All Star Village is a rite of passage for any young baseball player and something they’ll remember for a lifetime,” said Sal Ferrulo, Executive Vice President of Sodexo Live! “We want the dining experience for players and their families to be part of those unforgettable memories. Our mission is to meet their needs and help optimize their performance on and off the field.” Sodexo Live! has existing relationships with local suppliers and purveyors in the region through their operations at Holiday Valley, and multiple venues within Lake Placid through its partnership with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority. About Cooperstown All Star Village Cooperstown All Star Village™ is a world-class youth baseball experience and family resort located in the birthplace of baseball. In addition to major league-style baseball fields and amenities, Cooperstown All Star Village offers onsite lodging for the whole family, full-service dining, heated swimming pools, and entertainment. As of 2023, the facilities at Cooperstown All Star Village are part of the Ripken Baseball family of complexes. Learn more at cooperstown.com. About Sodexo Live! Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. About Ripken Baseball: Ripken Baseball® brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big League Experiences while teaching children how to play sports the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown (Kentucky), and Cooperstown All Star Village (New York). Ripken Baseball also brings its youth sports experience to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments. Learn more at ripkenbaseball.com. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://cooperstown.com/

April 04, 2023 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cave Cay Club And Resort Announces New Leadership of its Board Of Directors

Cave Cay, LP

Cave Cay Limited Partnership announced today that it has a new Board of Directors. The new Board of Directors of the company is composed of Mr. Emile Haddad, Mr. Issam Hamid, Mr. Omer Maqsood, Mr. Javier Guerra, and Mr. Felipe MacLean (CEO of the company). Mr. Haddad, who is also an investor in the project, will be the Chairman of the Board and will chair the Executive Committee. Mr. Hamid will chair the Finance Committee. “We are very excited to have Mr. Haddad take this leadership role. His experience in building some of the largest and most recognized mixed use master planned communities in the world will be critical as we move into the execution phase of the project,” said Mr. MacLean. “With the recent approval of the Heads of Agreement by the Government of the Bahamas and a world class leadership team, Cave Cay is poised to be one of the best resorts in the world,“ added Mr. MacLean. Cave Cay is approved to build over two hundred luxury residences, a seventy key hotel and a marina which could accommodate up to one hundred yachts. “I am very happy to be a part of the team that will be building Cave Cay. Mr. Maclean has done an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him as we turn his vision into reality. This is a unique opportunity not only because of the natural beauty of the island, but because we all will play a hands-on role as the project moves forward,” stated Mr. Haddad. For further information, contact management@cavecayclub.com Contact Details John P. David +1 305-724-3903 john@davidpr.com

April 04, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Zamaz "buy and build" strategy to continue

Zamaz PLC

Zamaz PLC (LSE:ZAMZ) co-founder Dominic White speaks to Proactive after releasing a trading update for its for its wholly owned luxury food subsidiary, Bella Dispensa. White discusses the company's "buy and build" strategy and the three acquisitions made since listing on the LSE main market last year. He says that Zamaz continues to "look at acquisitions" both of new brand companies and of new retail technology. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

April 04, 2023 07:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Celebrate the Second Annual California State Parks Week June 14-18, 2023

Save the Redwoods League

The public is invited to celebrate the second annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this week-long event celebrates California’s 280 state parks and the people who visit and help protect these iconic places. A complete list of the week’s events and how to participate are available at CAStateParksWeek.org. “We are excited to host the second annual California State Parks Week and build upon last year’s inaugural successes,” said Armando Quintero, director of California State Parks. “California State Parks Week serves as a reminder that state parks belong to all who call California home. Everyone deserves to enjoy them, to stay healthy and active, find inspiration and connect with nature and areas of cultural significance.” Launched in 2022, California State Parks Week offers a full week of specially themed days with in-person and virtual activities and events in parks across the state. In its inaugural year, California State Parks week welcomed visitors to all 280 parks to participate in more than 143 events statewide. California State Parks Week advances the Outdoor Access For All initiative championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as well as the California Outdoors For All initiative. These efforts expand outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming and improvements to permit applications, with a priority to expand access in underserved communities. Why California State Parks Week? California’s 280 state park units preserve and protect the state’s natural and cultural history. In recent years, it has become abundantly clear that public lands play a critical role in making communities stronger, happier and healthier. Our shared parks are places where everyone can connect with nature and find inspiration and joy. California State Parks Week is a fun way to celebrate the wonder and sense of community that the outdoors provide to Californians and visitors from all over the world. “We are excited to celebrate California State Parks Week and once again encourage access to so many joyful experiences and benefits of nature,” said Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. "Research has confirmed the many health benefits of getting outside, being in nature and experiencing awe. California’s state parks are the access point to these experiences for everyone, whether they’re standing at the foot of a majestic redwood, hiking to a ridgetop vista or getting immersed in history at a cultural heritage site.” California State Parks protect the best of the state’s natural and cultural history; more than 340 miles of coastline; the tallest, largest and among the oldest trees in the world; and deserts, lakes, rivers and beaches. Across 280 parks statewide, there are more than 5,200 miles of trails, and 15,000 campsites, prehistoric and historic archeological sites, ghost towns, historic homes and monuments — all waiting to be explored. “California State Parks Week highlights the many benefits parks have to offer to the community,” said Kindley Walsh Lawlor, president and CEO of Parks California. “From opportunities to learn about history and biodiversity to exploring these scenic spaces with family, we are excited to celebrate with communities across California.” “For the second annual California State Parks Week, we are celebrating wellness, stewardship, community and adventure,” said Rachel Norton, executive director of California State Parks Foundation. “These are all gifts that our incredible state parks system gives Californians to enjoy each and every day of the year.” California State Parks Week 2023 Themed Days Wednesday, June 14: Explore New Experiences With 280 state parks that offer everything from the magic of ancient redwood forests to epic beach days, we encourage everyone to visit a state park and try something new. Curious about camping, or adventures like surfing, boating or off-roading? Ever hiked to the top of a ridge or learned about ecology on an interpretive hike? California State Parks Week is your invitation to explore a new activity — or a new park — you might fall in love with. View all events. Featured: Smith River Watershed Wednesday Flotilla! (Redwood Forest Region/North Coast) Forest Bathing at Mt. Tamalpais State Park (Redwood Forest Region/Bay Area) Gold Rush Cooking at Columbia State Historic Park or virtually via Facebook Live (Sierra Nevada foothills) Tidepool Exploration at Crystal Cove State Park (South Coast/Laguna Beach) Thursday, June 15: Nourish Your Health and Well-being Studies have shown that time in nature can boost our physical, mental and emotional well-being. California’s state parks give all of us places where we can find refuge, inspiration, challenges and joy. View all events. Featured: Guided Forest Meditation Walk at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Redwood Forest/North Coast) Kayak Safety Tour at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (Central Coast) Sunset Yoga at Historic Adamson House (South Coast/Malibu Lagoon State Beach) Friday, June 16: Support Climate Resilience California’s forests, oceans, grasslands and other ecosystems are not just beautiful — they store huge amounts of carbon, making them some of the most powerful tools in adapting to climate change. We invite you to explore a park near you and learn about how to support California State Parks and its partners’ efforts to expand protected areas and restore forests and wetlands to build resilience in the landscapes that help protect us all. View all events. Featured: Water Quality Sampling at Huntington State Beach (South Coast/Orange County) Fall Creek After Fire Guided Tour at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Redwood Forest Region/Santa Cruz) Let’s Talk Pollinators! Walk and Discussion at Pismo State Beach (Central Coast) Saturday, June 17: Celebrate Community and Culture California’s state parks are for everyone. We reaffirm this truth by elevating the perspectives and experiences of communities that have historically been underrepresented in public lands. Join us for celebrations and cultural events that honor Black, Indigenous and communities of color at parks statewide. View all events. Featured: Cultural Hike and Traditional Salmon Feed with the Tolowa Dee-Ni' Nation at Tolowa Dunes State Park (North Coast) Juneteenth at Black Miners Bar at Folsom Lake State Recreational Area (Woodland/Plains/Sacramento) Chinese Railroad Double Happiness Art Project at Donner Memorial State Park (Sierra Nevada/Tahoe) Sunday, June 18: Care for Our Shared Lands It takes our full community to care for public lands. Partners and volunteers are vital to keeping California’s state park system healthy, beautiful and rich in biodiversity. Discover how you can get involved in efforts to protect and steward California’s state parks — as a professional staff member, volunteer, partner or one of many other opportunities. View all events. Featured: Be the Change, Sea the Change! Beach Clean-up at Cardiff State Beach (South Coast/San Diego) Rooting out Invasive Plants Volunteer Workday at Trinidad State Beach (North Coast) Arts in the Parks: Kids Theater Workshop at California Citrus State Historic Park (Desert/Inland Empire) * * * For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Robin Carr at 415-766-0927 or redwoods@landispr.com. To access hi-res images and b-roll video, please visit the California State Parks Week newsroom. California State Parks Week Presenting Partners: The California Department of Parks and Recreation, popularly known as California State Parks, and the programs supported by its Office of Historic Preservation and divisions of Boating and Waterways and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov. Save the Redwoods League is one of the nation’s longest-running conservation organizations, and it has been protecting and restoring redwood forests since 1918. The League has connected generations of visitors with the beauty and serenity of the redwood forests. Our 240,000 supporters have enabled the League to protect more than 220,000 acres of irreplaceable forests in 66 state, national and local parks and reserves. For information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org. Parks California is a statewide nonprofit working to ensure state, regional, and local parks thrive. As the statutory partner to California State Parks, Parks California has a simple mission — to help strengthen parks and inspire all to experience these extraordinary places. From redwood groves and desert springs to urban parks and lighthouses, the organization works with partners to steward these natural wonders and make California’s parks more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors. For more information, please visit parkscalifornia.org. California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported nonprofit that mobilizes a diverse network of Californians to be active champions for our state parks. At California State Parks Foundation, we believe that all Californians are essential to sustaining our state parks. Every day, we inform and inspire current and future generations of park champions, enabling them to be the passionate advocates our state parks need. Because when we build a movement of park supporters, we ensure the long-term sustainability of our incredible state park treasures. Learn more at www.calparks.org. ### Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Robin Carr +1 415-766-0927 redwoods@landispr.com California State Parks Gloria Sandoval Newsroom@parks.ca.gov Company Website https://www.savetheredwoods.org/

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