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Fundraising Season

We’re looking forward to the next few months promoting three of our favorite nonprofit clients’ annual fundraising events, each benefiting a worthy cause.

On April 25, Crawfish for Cancer will host its third annual crawfish boil in Washington, DC. Based on this tradition that began at Williams College, Crawfish for Cancer raises funds for Multiple Myeloma Cancer research and educates young professional about the disease.

The Women’s Housing Coalition’s Spring Spectacular will be held on May 27. The organization helps formerly homeless women by providing affordable permanent housing and supportive services. In an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music, WHC will raise awareness of the issues facing homeless women in Baltimore—(and money to support their work.)

On June 4, the Edward A. Myerberg Center’s fundraiser will feature the Broadway Tenors, a trio of award-winning Broadway actors performing the best in musical theatre. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for Myerberg members—active older adults in Baltimore.

March 23, 2015   Comments Off

Now Accepting Summer Internship Applications!

We are looking for eager, motivated and creative college students to join us for an internship over the summer. We offer a fun place to be with smart and nice people, and a pretty cool office in Hampden.

Interest from communications, public relations, marketing, English or business majors who want to build their portfolios and their knowledge of public relations are welcomed. Interns work as an integral part of our client teams and produce real work for a variety of local and national clients, including events and shows, nonprofits, attractions, and large corporations. Duties include:

– writing press materials, newsletters and other publications
– creating content for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
– researching promotional or media opportunities
– developing press lists
– working with media
– participating in and contributing to brainstorms
– tracking media coverage

Internships are unpaid. Students with course work or prior experience in public relations, marketing or communications are preferred, too. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to internships@himmelrich.com. No phone calls, please.

March 16, 2015   Comments Off

Spring Has (Almost!) Sprung

The Maryland Home and Garden Show concluded on Sunday after two weekends of beautifully landscaped gardens, home improvement contractors and DIY seminars inside the Maryland State Fairgrounds. With two snowstorms in two weeks, tens of thousands of visitors and dozens of print, online and television media were eager for a hint of spring.

Stories about one of the show’s most interesting features—a sustainable “Tiny House”—ran in the Frederick News-Post and the Capital Gazette. This morning’s Baltimore Sun included an article recapping the show’s success and posted its second online photo gallery with images of the lush landscapes. Last weekend, WBAL TV and WJZ TV gave viewers a sneak peak of the springy, warm vibe on some of the coldest days of the year.

With the temperature finally rising and the conclusion of another successful Maryland Home and Garden Show, we think spring is finally on its way!

March 9, 2015   Comments Off

Helping Students and Schools

We spent yesterday afternoon sorting, labeling and cataloging more than 300 books for the Head Start program at six Baltimore County schools. While learning how Head Start provides vital resources that inspire and educate students, we also learned about each other’s favorite moments in Dr. Seuss stories. And we were all reminded by Dr. Seuss that “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” (Seems like a pretty timely reminder on a day before a “snow day.”)

HPR Volunteering

March 5, 2015   Comments Off

A Snowy Show in Boston

Over the past two weeks while Boston saw record snow, we saw record media for the New England Boat Show. The nine-day show wrapped up on Sunday and featured 800 boats, over 100 seminars and special appearances from the captains of National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna. Snow is usually the enemy of show promoters, but we jumped at the chance to use the winter weather to our client’s advantage.

Major Boston media covered the show like snow covered the city—a lot!  Among the many stories and mentions were Boston.com’s articles and videos about a boat stuck in the streets of Boston on its way to the show, winter getaway ideas, daydreaming about boats,  and things to do around Boston. In print, the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine and Boston Magazine all named the show a top “Thing to Do” this winter. WHDH and WCVB ran stories about exhibitors transporting their boats through the snow to the show.

Sometimes when snow falls, media goes up!

February 24, 2015   Comments Off

An Out of This World Encounter

After returning from his stay on the International Space Station, NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman landed at the Maryland Science Center yesterday. During his three-hour visit, he captivated visitors with stories and videos of his wild adventures in space. The press was wild about Reid too. WBAL, WMAR, WBFF and WJZ interviewed him and The Baltimore Sun ran a huge article (and on the front page!) as well as posted an online photo gallery.

With lots of great media for Reid and the Maryland Science Center, let’s just say we’re over the moon!

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February 12, 2015   Comments Off

Boats + Snow = Media?

The New England Boat Show begins this weekend and move-in is this week—800 boats being loaded into the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center… in the middle of a historic month of snow. Today, in the midst of our move-in media pitching, a boat got stuck in a snow bank…in the middle of downtown Boston. Yeah, that happened.

Here’s what happened with us: we jumped on the phone with every TV station and newspaper in Boston to make sure that if they were going to report that a boat was tying up traffic in downtown Boston, they should report where the boat was headed. Yeah, PR works.

Within an hour, all four Boston TV stations mentioned that the New England Boat Show opens this weekend. A daily paper that was “thinking about writing a piece” is now writing a piece for tomorrow’s paper. We’ve spent all afternoon trying to capture all the online mentions of the boat—and the boat show! And, the show’s Twitter and Instagram gained as many followers in a couple of hours as they usually did in three weeks!

We’re sorry, Boston commuters. We’re sorry, owner of the stuck boat. But we’re just doing our job…well.

boat stuck
Photo courtesy of Twitter user @dhack21

February 11, 2015   Comments Off

Desktop Toys

An interesting read in today’s New York Times made us think about our desktop toys. Some of our favorites:

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February 5, 2015   Comments Off

Happy Clients = Happy Monday

Visitors were busy with boats in Baltimore and customers were crazy for crafts in Chantilly, Virginia at our two successful client events this past weekend! Attendance at both the Baltimore Boat Show and the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly were up—17% at the Boat Show and 3% at the Sugarloaf show.

In addition to high attendance at the shows, each also had many mentions in the media. WBFF, WBAL, WJZ and WMAR were shooting all weekend on site at the Boat Show and The Daily Record, Jewish Times and Baltimore Sun ran articles and features last week. Virginia papers, including the Alexandria Gazette, Alexandria Times, and Culpeper Times, featured articles about the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival’s many local artists and WKTV interviewed multiple artists and visitors at the show on Friday.

Successful shows mean happy clients, and happy clients mean: Happy Monday!

 

 

February 2, 2015   Comments Off

From Four Wheels to Two

After successfully working with the 2015 Motor Trend International Auto Show two weeks ago, we’re moving from four wheels to two. Our newest client is the Timonium Motorcycle Show coming to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in February. We are promoting the three-day event (featuring hundreds of cycles and lots of celebrity appearances and seminars) by pitching media, securing mentions and managing social media.

Vroom! Vroom!

Motorcycle Show

January 15, 2015   Comments Off