Yonkers Names its GenY Cocktail Contest Winners

Yonkers, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 09, 2014

Working with some of Yonkers best restaurants, Generation Yonkers, or GenY, recently announced the two winners of its first-ever cocktail competition.

Zuppa Restaurants Crystal Thomas won the Peoples Choice Award for her Tall Caprese, a mixture of vodka, fresh citrus, local basil and grape tomato with carbonated water. Michael Gonzalez of X20, Xaviars on the Hudson won the Judges Choice Award for his Summertime Swing, a mixture of Slovenia Vodka, watermelon, mint, lime and St. Germain. (For all drink recipes go to http://www.generationyonkers.com.)

Each winner took home the coveted prizes, a GenY cocktail shaker and $ 500 gift card.

The People Choice Award was selected by voters as part of a social media campaign that included Twitter and Facebook.

The Judges Choice Award was selected after bartenders competed in a shake-off whereby a

panel of experts sampled the tasty drinks. The judges included Kate Schlientz of the blog

IntoxiKate, Sharif Taleb of Yonkers Brewing Company, John Turiano of Westchester Magazine and Emilio Ugarte, Rivermarket Bar and Kitchen. John Rubbo and Nick Califano of Yonkers Brewing Company emceed the event.

Yonkers is a city with so much to offer and this contest captured the spirit of our Generation Yonkers campaign, said Mayor Mike Spano. Were proud to have partnered with local restaurants on such a fun competition and grateful to our residents for supporting our local businesses. This is just another example of what makes Yonkers a great place to live, work and play.

Participating restaurants included X20, Xaviars on the Hudson, Zuppa Restaurant, Guapo Cocina Mexicana, Dolphin Restaurant, Caf

John Mellencamp Announces Plain Spoken 2015 North American Tour coming to DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, March 31, 2015

Durham, NC (PRWEB) September 10, 2014

John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. The Voice of the Heartland will play 80 shows including multiple dates in the artists hometown of Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and more. The special guest is Carlene Carter. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will stop at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, on March 31, 2015. A portion of the ticket proceeds from the final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will be donated to the Riley Childrens Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org).

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 19 at 10 a.m.:

Online at DPACnc.com
DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

Friends of DPAC members may place their orders starting September 18. Joining Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at http://www.dpacnc.com/fod. A special presale will be available to Citi cardmembers from Tuesday, September 16th at 10:00AM through Thursday, September 18th at 10:00PM. Exclusive VIP Packages are available! VIP Packages include amazing reserved tickets in the first ten rows, limited edition memorabilia and much more!

On September 23rd, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.

The music looks back toward Blood On The Tracks, with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality. says THE NEW YORK TIMES. Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamps distinctive songbook.

Concert goers will receive a digital download of the Plain Spoken record with purchase of tickets to the tour (One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases.)

Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs; he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $ 45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

In 2014, he also signed a historic “lifetime recording contract” with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist’s prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.


For more information:

John Mellencamp

Claire Mercuri Public Relations




AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, , Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. http://www.aeglive.com


Since its opening in 2008, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in the Triangle. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed four times in the top 10 in Pollstar magazines annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #3 ranked theater in the U.S.

What is up next at DPAC? Superstar Comedian from Comedy Centrals Reno 911 NICK SWARDSON (September 28), The Best of JETHRO TULL performed by IAN ANDERSON (October 4), and Singing Sensation SUSAN BOYLE on Her First American Tour (October 29).

For more information please go to http://www.DPACnc.com.

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American Group Travel Awards Recognizes 2014 Champions

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

HotelPlanner.com in proud partnership with Landor Travel Publications is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA).

The first annual event celebrating the best of the best in group travel was held on November 11th at the Hudson Theatre in the Millennium Broadway Hotel where the winners of each category were announced. 23 awards of excellence were given to the top industry leaders in hotels, airlines, cruise lines, destinations and more, recognizing organizations that provide superior group travel experiences.

Congratulations to the 2014 American Group Travel Award Winners!

Best Group Hotel Brand – Full Service:

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand – Limited Service:

Comfort Inn & Suites

Best Group Hotel Brand Luxury:

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand Boutique:

Hotel Indigo

Best Leisure Group Hotel Brand:

Best Western

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand:

Holiday Inn Express

Best Group Casino Hotel Leisure:

Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Best Group Casino Hotel Convention:

The Venetian Las Vegas

Best Airline for Group Travel:

American Airlines

Best Cruise Line for Group Travel:

Carnival Cruise Lines

Best River Cruise for Group Travel:


Best Group Travel via Rail:


Best Live Stage Performance for Groups:

The Phantom of the Opera

Best Broadway Show for Groups:

The Phantom of the Opera

Best Theme Park for Groups:

Disney World Florida

Best City Destination for Groups:

New York City

Best Beach Destination for Groups:

Hawaii Oahu

Best State for Group Travel:

New York

Best Online Travel Agency (OTA) for Group Travel:


Best Group Shopping:

Mall of America Minneapolis

Best Outlet Shopping for Groups:

Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise, FL)

Best Group Ground Transportation:

Super Shuttle

Best Group Dining Experience:

Hard Rock Caf


Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) September 12, 2014

Those looking for a personality-packed convenient way to protect and cover their cards during a poker game need to check out this idea. An inventor, from Cummings, Ga., has designed a prototype of the Card Protector for just that need.

The purpose of the Card Protector is to mark cards as being used so that the dealer does not think that the pile is discarded. It shows that the cards are still in play so that the dealer does not “muck” them and inadvertently take someone out of the game. Card Protector is a place for fun and personality to enter a card game, and personal symbols and designs hold meaning for the player and having their special card protector with them is considered lucky. The features a unique bullet-based designs that are easy to use and durable so it’s luck an individual can carry through a lifetime of card games. It’s particularly perfect for the gun and hunting enthusiasts, law enforcement officials or military personnel. The Card Protector is ideal for use at home or at casinos. It is producible in design variations, and a prototype is available for each. Additionally, the Card Protector makes a great paperweight or desk decoration when not in use for a card game.

The inventor described his inspiration for the invention. After seeing various card protector designs such as animal figurines, pet rock and coins online, I was inspired by the discarded brass at a local shooting range. Being a gun enthusiast myself, I knew I would love having a card protector made of bullets. My friends loved the idea, and I thought others would find it fun to use as well.

The original design was submitted to the Atlanta office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 13-ATH-148, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com – h ttps://http://www.youtube.com/user/inventhelp

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