Three Ways to Give This #GivingTuesday 2017


It’s Here! #GivingTuesday has arrived on the tails of a weekend full of family and friends – and lots of shopping. Today is all about giving back to your community and the institutions that help it thrive. Here at Durée & Company, we love giving back in any way possible to our local community. In honor of this holiday, we wanted to share some ways you could contribute today and every day.

  • Volunteering:
    No matter your schedule, there are many ways to get involved with local and national charities by volunteering your time or unique skills to aid in a particular organization’s mission. For example, The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is always looking for volunteers for their in-house departments. Participating in events such as Parkinson’s Foundation South Palm Beach County Chapter’s ‘Rock the Runway’ Fashion Show on January 19, 2018 at Boca Rio Golf Club or register to run or walk at the Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K on April 29, 2018 are both great ways to get involved.’
  • Donating:
    Don’t have the time to volunteer? Donate. With the touch of a click, you can donate to organizations such as FLIPANY. Their $20 for 20 campaign gives 20 children year-round healthy meals paired with nutrition education. This is an example of how a small donation can make a huge impact! You don’t have to do this alone – get your family, friends or coworkers together and fundraise for the American Cancer Society’s Celebration Gala on May 5, 2018, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.
  • Charitable Shopping:
    With the increase in customer awareness, companies across the world are joining together with charities to donate a portion of their proceeds. For example, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is selling Christmas trees, wreaths and other holiday decorations with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami Dade and providing great futures for area youth. The Christmas City Centre Tree Lot sponsored by Swire Properties Inc is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. at the Hank Kline Club at 2805 SW 32nd Ave. Miami, FL 33133. The lot will remain open until the trees are sold out.

We’d love to know how you will be giving back this year! Tweet us your ideas @DureeCoPr!

Top Eleven Mentor Tips for Future Entrepreneurs


National Entrepreneurs’ Day celebrates the entrepreneurs who are the foundation of our country. In honor of this day, the Durée & Company #Dynamos wanted to take a moment to thank our mentors who shared their wisdom and counsel. Mentor’s help us see the truth about our dreams – that they are not only possible but also necessary for our communities.

  1.   Anticipate The Future

“I have had numerous mentors! One of my favorites taught me to be proactive, ahead of the curve to anticipate something before a client asks for it. Also, not to take “no” from a journalist. Find another way around it.” – Durée Mellion Ross, President

2. Take Initiative

” I have had many mentors throughout my career. They’ve all stressed the importance of speaking up and showing initiative. It’s critical to bring new ideas to the table and keep up with industry trends.” – Chrissy Cox, Vice President

3. Never Stop Learning

“The best advice I received from my mentor and college professor, was to always take initiative, ask questions, and continue to learn.” – Alisha Sheth, Account Coordinator

4.  Work Hard, Seek Wisdom

“Every day before school when my siblings and I were younger my dad would say “Work hard, seek wisdom!” before we left and that always stuck with me to work hard and continue to learn/gain knowledge every day!” – Caroline Williams, Account Executive

5.  Trust Your Gut

“A close family friend and mentor of mine once told me to always go with my gut, even if it meant switching my profession/specialty a couple times until I found what I actually enjoyed doing.” – Gaby Provenzano, Account Coordinator

6.  Stay True to Yourself

“My dad is my greatest mentor and he always insists that I stay true to myself and follow my path – not someone else’s.” – Jackie Shames, Senior Account Executive

7.  Choose Your Battles

“My Dad is one of the most zen people I know and my most treasured mentor. He taught me to choose my battles and never go to bed upset.” – Patricia Castillo, Office Manager

8.  Go For the Gold

“My mentors are my parents who’ve worked for everything that they have to date. They inspired me to attend a great university and aim for a career that I’m passionate about. They will always be my #1 cheerleaders.” – Samantha Mozdzierz, Account Executive

9.  Lead With Enthusiasm

“My first boss in PR was the polar opposite of myself. An eternal optimist, he taught me two simple words to live by each day: Kick @ss! Seems silly but his enthusiasm for life and his career really rubbed off after 2 years working side by side. Everything I learned about this industry started with him.” – Shannon O’Reilly, Account Manager

10.  What’s the Worst That Could Happen

“My favorite mentor taught me to think about the worst that could happen when I get anxious about taking the leap. When you go there, you realize that you can overcome any obstacle or outcome.” – Melissa Martinez, Social Media Manager

11. Listen More

“Years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing a very decorated retired U.S. Navy SEAL. During one of our conversations about how he’d successfully moved up the chain of command, he said ‘You have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Learn to listen.’ It’s always stuck with me as sage advice.”- Sue Reddy Silverman, Account Director

From our homes, classrooms, and workplaces, mentors have guided us to excel and take leaps. Now it’s your turn, which lesson from your mentor has stuck with you? Let us know on Twitter, @DureeCoPR.

 

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estatepublic relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public RelationsSocial MediaMarketingAdvertisingSpecial Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

 

 

D&Co Dynamos Partied Like Gatsby at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Wild About Kids Gala


Pearls, feathers and flapper dresses were of no shortage at this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade “Wild About Kids” Gala. The Great Gatsby – themed soiree on Nov. 11 seemed like a blast from the past with guests dressed head-to-toe in 20’s attire. The Dynamos of Fort Lauderdale PR firm, Durée & Company, love celebrating the success of their clients and the Wild About Kids Gala was no exception.

From drafting and pitching the gala media alert, to staffing pre-gala events, to promoting the gala on social media, the D&Co Dynamos had an integral part in making this year’s gala a roaring success for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

The event kicked-off with a cocktail reception and silent auction, which featured prizes such as a round-trip vacation to Napa Valley for the ultimate Wine Country experience, as well as tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway and go back stage to meet some of the cast. Bloomingdale’s at The Falls hosted a fashion showcase featuring evening and formal wear for guests to enjoy before the official gala program began.

Evening highlights included, welcome introductions from President Alex Rodriguez-Roig and recently appointed Board Chair Andres “Mo” Guilarte and the presentation of the Charles Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award to Dr. Michael S. Gordon and Lynda Gordon. Alfredo Mesa, executive director of the Miami Marlins Foundation, and Andres Guilarte at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade accepted the Community Builder Award on behalf of Dee Gordon, second baseman for the Miami Marlins.

There were also lively performances by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade dance group and “The Culture” by Hammocks Entertainment. After a three-course dinner, the Venezuelan Grammy award winning duo SanLuis performed and guests partied the night away like Gatsby.

The highlight of the night was when Andy Ansin, vice president of The Ansin Foundation, surprised the crowd with a donation of $1 million dollars to renovate Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Northwest Club.

The D&Co Dynamos enjoyed a night of celebration for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and are looking forward to another magical evening at next year’s event.

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estate, public relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Advertising, Special Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.