THE MERCHANT STRATEGY PRESENTS PLACE OF HOPE CHECK FROM ALL ABOUT YOU CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN
The second annual All About You conference for women was held January 29, at the Palm Beach Airport Hilton. The conference featured a variety of speakers from the Palm Beach County area covering a wide range of topics, as well as the Bridgestone Drive Guard No Pressure Zone for relaxed pampering, a vendor area, and a silent auction benefiting Place of Hope. The Merchant Strategy, producers of the All About You event, is proud to have raised $5,693.47 for Place of Hope through the generous support of their attendees. This amount was then matched bringing the grand total well over $10,000.00. Place of Hope is a unique children’s organization providing family-style foster care; family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region. Plans are currently underway for the 4th Annual All About You event scheduled for February 3, 2017. For more information see WWW.ALLABOUTYOUFORWOMEN.COM
HAVANA NIGHTS, BENEFITING THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF WEST PALM BEACH SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2016
It’s not a party ’til the police get there! Join West Palm Beach’s finest peacekeepers for a night in Havana. Enjoy Cuban cuisine, mojito and sangria bars, cigar rolling, silent auction, live music and the opportunity to help our police-supported athletic and after school programs. Please support the future generations of West Palm Beach and attend Havana Nights, a Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach fundraiser. Tickets may be purchased here: WWW.WESTPALMBEACHPAL.COM or by calling 561-835-7195.
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES RECORD BREAKING TOURISM NUMBERS FOR Q1 2016
Fresh off a record-smashing 2015, the state announced that more than 29.8 million visitors took in the beauty and attractions of the Sunshine State in the first quarter of 2016. This was 4.8 percent more than last year’s numbers, then a record for the first quarter. Florida TaxWatch has researched the positive effects of tourism on the state economy. Florida tourism supports thousands of jobs and brings in significant amounts of tax revenue that is used to fund crucial services for Floridians. About 1,231,100 Floridians are employed in the tourism industry, up 3.8 percent from the same time this year in 2015. “Florida’s thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth. Increasing investment in the Sunshine State’s tourism industry has a direct impact on job creation in the state, and the economic impact can be felt throughout many of Florida’s other industries,” said Florida TaxWatch Dominic Calabro. “Last year, we exceeded our goal of an historic 105 million visitors because of Florida’s unique national treasures, and I look forward to smashing our record again this year by welcoming 115 million visitors to the Sunshine State,” said Governor Rick Scott. For more on Florida tourism, click HERE.
TWITTER TO EASE CHARACTER LIMIT, MAKING ROOM FOR GIFS, VIDEOS AND MORE
On Tuesday, Twitter said it planned to introduce a series of changes in the coming months to make it easier for people to communicate with one another on the social media service. In particular, the modifications will loosen the 140-character limit of a Twitter post, a restriction that has at times stumped and infuriated people, but that has come to define the tweet as an economical and idiosyncratic form of communication. Under the rule-bending, tagging users by their handles at the beginning of replies and adding photos, GIFs and videos will no longer count against the 140-character limit in tweets, Twitter said. This will enable users to post longer messages with more interactive content without running afoul of the character restriction. “This is something that has been requested from people using Twitter for quite some time,” Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, said in an interview. When people try to cram their thoughts into a 140-character tweet, “then you’re just thinking a lot about Twitter instead of what you’re saying. We shouldn’t make you think about Twitter,” Mr. Dorsey said. Click HERE to read more.
4TH ON FLAGLER
Join us this Fourth of July along the West Palm Beach Waterfront for 4th on Flagler, South Florida’s largest FREE outdoor Independence Day Extravaganza. More than 100,000 guests are expected to attend this patriotic celebration and we want YOU to be there! Enjoy classic Americana bites and craft brews while listening to THREE stages of entertainment, including a Military salute for all branches and the unfurling of the giant three-story American flag on the side of the Esplanade Grande building. Enjoy kids’ area, interactive art displays, nine-hole Putt-Putt golf, a VIP area, Club 4th Ticketed Party in the air-conditioned pavilion and more. The evening will culminate with a Spectacular 18-minute fireworks display featuring dazzling pyrotechnics synced to music lighting up the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. For more information click HERE.