February 2014

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February 2014

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Riders Announce Charity Ride Route

The 11th annual Long Reach Long Rider charity motorcycle ride, dubbed "Carpe Twisty," will visit the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Starting and ending in Baltimore, Maryland, the riders will experience the big, sweeping, two-lane back roads through the farmlands of Pennsylvania, the challenging curves of the West Virginia mountains, and the over and under the water experience of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  The ride begins on Saturday, July 12, and ends on Friday, July 18.  The traditional meet and greet day will be Friday, July 11 in Baltimore.

The Long Reach Long Riders have raised money and awareness for two charities, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the PLASA Foundation's Behind the Scenes program, since 2004.  In the first ten years, the group has raised over $400,000.

For more information, to join the ride or to make a donation, visit  lrlr.org.

DiBlasi Re-elected to Historic Theatres Board

Congratulations to Michael DiBlasi, a partner with Schuler Schook, who was recently elected to a second term on the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) board of directors.

LHAT was founded in 1976 by 42 theatres and has more than 300 theatre and service provider members across the United States and Canada. It is a professional network dedicated to preserving, restoring, and sustaining America’s historic theatres.  

Specializing in renovating historic performance facilities, Mr. DiBlasi’s 27 years of theatre planning experience has helped numerous older venues to become more efficient and technically savvy, while respecting the historic attributes and integration of modern systems. For more information, contact Mr. DiBlasi, mdiblasi@schulershook.com, or visit www.schulershook.com. Information about LHAT is at www.lhat.org, or contact Ken Stein, executive director, kstein@lhat.org or 512.789.2087.

FedEx Launches Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx is holding a grant contest for small businesses with prizes totaling $50,000. All companies have to do is upload three photos and their logo, share a compelling business story, and promote their entry to get votes and increase the chance of winning. Register at fedex.com/grantcontest.

The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 grant, four first place winners will each receive $5,000, and five second place winners will each receive $1,000. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees can register untill 11:59 p.m. ET on February 9.

For information on how USITT Freight Savings Plan can help reduce costs, go to www.siriani.com/usittfsp or call Siriani at 1-800-554-0005.