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National Volunteer Month

April is National Volunteer Month, and Fort Lauderdale PR firm Durée & Company is happy to suggest some fun ways to participate! D&Co is proud to represent and support a number of nonprofit clients who make an extraordinary difference in the community. One of our favorite quotes in the D&Co office is “Don’t give back, just give.” So, in honor of National Volunteer Month, here are some ways to get involved in the South Florida community, whether it be volunteering or participating in nonprofit events.

Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K – On April 30 at Huizenga Plaza in Fort Lauderdale, more than 2,000 walkers and runners will make strides in the ongoing fight against drunk driving. Help make our community a safer place by signing up to walk or run in this fun-filled event. Volunteer Chairperson and National Board Member Heather Geronemus established the Fort Lauderdale event in 2011. Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K has raised over $1 million for MADD Broward & Palm Beach. All event proceeds benefit MADD Broward & Palm Beach’s community education, victim support services and youth programs.

FLIPANY – FLIPANY’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. On June 2, volunteers will be building a new playground for children in the community. The best part? Children were challenged to draw images of their ideal playground, and those drawings will be used to pick out the equipment! Click here for more information on volunteering with FLIPANY.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade – BGCMIA provides great futures to today’s youth. You can get involved by being a special events volunteer or club volunteer assisting with the members. Special events volunteers assist with the Clubs’ big fundraisers, including the annual “Claws for Kids” happening in just a few weeks on May 7. They have both one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, so you can do what works best for your schedule.

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami – Get involved with MOCA by joining their docent program, interning, or volunteering during Art Basel or other special events. Docents and volunteers will learn about the various exhibitions at the museum and broaden their knowledge of contemporary art. During Art Basel, volunteers experience behind-the-scenes work at Miami’s most prestigious art events.

All four of these organizations do so much to make our community a better place and we couldn’t thank them enough. Do your part and get involved this month, or anytime! They truly appreciate all their volunteers and know that they couldn’t do it without all the support they receive from those who donate their time.

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.

Rising Tide Car Wash to be Featured on “The Hero Effect” Docu-Series, Co-Hosted by Super Bowl Champion Donald Driver & Advocate/Actress Emily Wilson, on OWN on April 8

Rising Tide Celebrating its Fourth Anniversary in April, Autism Awareness Month; Opening Second Location in Margate Late Summer

Parkland, Fla. — Mar. 30, 2017 — The “heroes” of Rising Tide Car Wash, a groundbreaking social enterprise with a primary mission to employ adults with autism, will be shining on national TV on Saturday, April 8, 10–11 a.m. ET on “The Hero Effect” docu-series. The uplifting series, televised on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), tells the story of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.

The series, co-hosted by former Super Bowl champion Donald Driver and actress/advocate Emily Wilson, is shot on location in different communities across the U.S. and celebrates everyday heroes who facilitate beneficial, life-changing impact on the people around them. The show is made in partnership with United Way.

The show’s air date coincides with Rising Tide’s 4th anniversary, April 2017, which is also National Autism Awareness Month.

“We are honored to be featured on ‘The Hero Effect’ and showcase to its viewers the amazing capabilities that individuals with autism have,” said John D’Eri, CEO of Rising Tide. “Since we launched Rising Tide four years ago, we have made incredible progress in changing communities’ perceptions of young adults with autism, and we are thrilled to continue to share our experiences.”

Rising Tide co-founders John and Tom D’Eri created the business to develop a scalable solution to employing individuals with autism. They were inspired to do this by watching John’s son and Tom’s brother Andrew, a vibrant young man with autism, struggle to find his place in the world. Unemployment among people with autism is approximately 90 percent.

Rising Tide and its consultants created an innovative model that breaks the car washing process into 46 distinct steps. Employees work in a mirror image of each other, and are able to thrive off the repetitive structure to produce extraordinary results.

Since it opened in Parkland at 7201 N. State Rd 7. on April 6, 2013, Rising Tide, a high-quality car wash, has experienced great success, giving young adults with autism opportunities to realize their capabilities, gain confidence, make friends, gain financial independence, and have a place to call their own. With approximately 35 employees, Rising Tide is one of the largest employers of people with autism in the U.S. Since its inception, Rising Tide has created 75 jobs in the South Florida area.

Due to its success, Rising Tide is opening a second location at 2970 N. State Rd 7 in Margate, Florida late summer. This location is being built as a custom car wash from the ground up. The Margate location will be 1½ times larger than the first, and is estimated to create about 50 new jobs in the community.

About Rising Tide Car Wash

Rising Tide Car Wash is a scalable social enterprise with the primary mission to employ adults with autism. By delivering a first-rate car wash experience to the consumer, Rising Tide strives to inspire communities to change their perception of the capabilities of people with autism. Through intensive training, team building and caring for the community, Rising Tide sets its employees up for success. With this model, Rising Tide has a goal to provide people with autism with an opportunity to build a career and achieve an independent lifestyle. Rising Tide Car Wash is located at 7201 N. State Rd 7, Parkland, FL 33067. It is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.–7 p.m. For more information, visit www.risingtidecarwash.com, call (954) 344-1855 or email info@risingtidecarwash.com.


It’s a Celebration of Ravioli! BRIO Tuscan Grille Offers Buy One, Take One Home for Free on March 20, National Ravioli Day!

COLUMBUS, OHIO — (March 14, 2017) — Ravioli: a food revered by Tuscans for centuries. To celebrate this delicious dish, BRIO Tuscan Grille is honoring National Ravioli Day on March 20 with buy one ravioli dish, take one ravioli dish home for free while supplies last. The promotion includes two delectable ravioli dishes:

  • Ravioli Di Bello: Portobello ravioli, crimini mushrooms, grape tomatoes, Parmesan, thyme, champagne brown butter sauce ($12.95 at lunch; $15.95 at dinner)
  • Lobster & Black Pepper Shrimp Ravioli: Spicy black pepper cream, spinach, grape tomatoes; ($19.95 at lunch; $22.95 at dinner)

“Ravioli is a delightful treat, and we are pleased to present this offer to our guests on National Ravioli Day, March 20,” said BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters.

Reservations are highly recommended at BRIO on National Ravioli Day, March 20. Guests can now make reservations online for all BRIO restaurants by visiting www.BrioItalian.com. For a list of locations, please visit www.BrioItalian.com.

About BRIO Tuscan Grille
BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a “polished casual” restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. BRIO is part of Columbus-based BRAVO|BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG). Founded in 1992, BBRG currently operates more than 100 restaurants including BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, BRIO Tuscan Grille and Bon Vie Bistro. Please visit the website for BRIO locations at www.brioitalian.com and follow the restaurant on Twitter (@brioitalian) and Facebook (facebook.com/brioitalian)

About BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc.
BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBRG) is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG’s brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution. For more information, visit www.bbrg.com.