This Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.
Economy, Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Evonik Corporation, a German specialty chemicals company, will expand its technology and business capabilities in Pennsylvania. The expansion will take place at its current location in Trexlertown, Lehigh County. The project is expected to create 50 new high-paying jobs.“Evonik’s expansion shows that the commonwealth is well-equipped for companies looking to grow their R&D capabilities,” Governor Wolf said. “Additionally, the 50 new family-sustaining jobs will boost the local economy. I applaud Evonik for committing to grow right here in Pennsylvania.”Evonik selected its current location in Trexlertown for expansion rather than relocating the operation to a company location in another state. Evonik will purchase its leased manufacturing facility and construct a new business and technology center. The center will include more than 50 specialized laboratories for new product development and testing. Evonik plans to invest at least $50 million into the project, which will create 50 new jobs at the project site. The project will also retain the company’s existing 277 jobs at the project site and across Pennsylvania.“Purchasing the existing facilities in the Lehigh Valley will allow us to retain the R&D capabilities, avoid business disruption, and enable investments to the site to modernize and sustain the growth of our businesses here,” said John Rolando, North America region president for Evonik. “We appreciate the support of the Wolf Administration and the Governor’s Action Team in helping move this project forward.”Evonik received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $150,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) and a $2.5 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Evonik Corporation is the North American arm of Evonik Industries, a German specialty chemicals company which operates through three segments: nutrition and care, resource efficiency, and performance materials. Its products range from amino acids and building protection coatings to another of its specialties, specialty acrylic products. In addition to the automotive industry, Evonik Industries serves makers of coatings, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world with more than 36,000 employees.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Evonik Corporation, Creation of 50 High-Paying Jobs November 27, 2018
View this post on Instagram As she mentioned in her post, she waited a day to open it as it “gave me something to look forward to” on her birthday.MORE: Vanessa Bryant reacts to Kobe Bryant joining 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi ❤️I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.❤️The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#MyBirthdayWishA post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on May 5, 2020 at 9:15am PDTHere’s hoping the letter provides comfort to Vanessa Bryant and her children in what are surely difficult times. Kobe Bryant gave one final birthday present to his widow on Tuesday.Vanessa Bryant, in a Tuesday Instagram post, revealed that she had found an unopened letter from her late husband on Monday — the last one he wrote her before he, their daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in January.