Washington, DC, February 1, 2013: The Perennial Family of Businesses was honored to partner with BET Networks, the IMPACT Arts and Film Fund, the Honorable Marc Morial of the National Urban League, Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and MSNBC, and Tanya Lombard of AT&T, to host several galas and events during the January 2013 Presidential Inauguration.
Javier Baez, shortstop in the Chicago Cubs organization, hosted a pizza party on Saturday, February 9th in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida for Spina Bifida of Jacksonville (SBJ), a Jacksonville-based organization that assists families living with Spina Bifida. Javier wanted to show his support for SBJ, and to all of the local families that have loved ones living with Spina Bifida, including his sister, Noely Baez. Over 40 children and parents joined Javier for an afternoon of pizza, games and fun. In addition to playing games, Javier signed autographs and took pictures with all who attended.
"We are honored that Javier would partner with us for his first community event," said Jenna Price, lead coordinator for SBJ. "We love his sister and I think it is safe to say all members of our chapter are Cubs fans now," Price continued.
Javier was the ninth overall pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2011. Baseball America named him the #1 overall prospect in the Cubs' organization and in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, and MLB.com ranked him as the #16 overall prospect on its Top 100 Prospect List for 2013.
The Perennial family of businesses celebrated its 10th anniversary with a weekend of events, including a birthday bash for founder and CEO Lamell McMorris and a small business competition for high-school entrepreneurs. The People The Rev. Al Sharpton danced to beats spun by MC Lyte at the birthday party, and MSNBC correspondent Jeff Johnson hosted the business competition.Best In Show Ten students won $1,000 each to start or expand their businesses. They will also get mentoring along the way.
Evening of Excellence: On September 21, 2012, ESSENCE®, Southern Company, Perennial Strategy Group and Google TM hosted an Evening of Excellence during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference weekend.
New England Patriots Defensive Lineman and 2010 7th Round draft pick returned home to Elizabethtown, KY to hold his first annual camp at Elizabethtown Sports Park. The camp, which was held at no charge to attendees, drew about 200 players and more than 30 coaches from area schools as well as 20 volunteers. The day was capped off with a visit from Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker. Brandon's goal was to use football as a fun and exciting way to teach valuable life skills. Describing the camp, he told the News-Enterprise, "It was great out here. There's a lot of up-and-coming guys out here and we wanted to teach them the game of football. The parents enjoyed it, the coaches enjoyed, but most importantly, the kids enjoyed it. They had a good experience."
New York Giants Running Back and Super Bowl Champion Da'Rel Scott took to the field of his Alma mater, Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA to host the free, first annual Da'Rel Scott Youth Football Clinic. Campers between the ages of 8 – 14 participated in drills at all positions to learn the fundamentals of the game. "I wanted the kids to experience the game of football and gain some experience on both sides of the ball," said Scott. "I think everyone learned something new today and had a lot of fun out there." Over 100 kids participated in the event which featured a DJ and an autograph and Q&A session with Scott. Sponsors included POWERADE and PopChips.
Perennial Sports and Entertainment Founder Lamell McMorris and Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls Owner Jerry Reinsdorf Present National Action Network Award to Major League Baseball Executive Jimmie Lee Solomon. McMorris on hand to honor Mr. Solomon for his efforts to foster diversity through the development of MLB’s Urban Youth Academies.
Perennial client Chris Rob performed live at The First Amendment Party on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. The party was hosted by IMPACT Arts + Film Fund, National Journal, The Atlantic, and Funny or Die and was the start to a weekend full of events to celebrate D.C.’s 6th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, April 30th, 2011.
Perennial client Jess McCann, D.C.’s dating expert, hosted a Fundraising Happy Hour at Tattoo Bar in downtown Washington, D.C. to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association. As the author of the hit book You Lost Him at Hello, Jess was on-hand to provide dating tips and relationship advice.
On December 15th, Dan Muir hosted the Outreach Inc. Annual Christmas Dinner in Indianapolis, where over 100 homeless teens enjoyed a warm holiday dinner and received winter clothes. Dan was on hand to serve meals, sign autographs, and talk with teens about perseverance and making the most of opportunities.