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Supporting Communities and Sharing Happiness, 28 Liberty Successfully Hosts Multiple Community Events at New York’s Fosun Plaza

Supporting Communities and Sharing Happiness, 28 Liberty Successfully Hosts Multiple Community Events at New York's Fosun Plaza

NEW YORK, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the summer arrives, New Yorkers have been enjoying their favorite season in the year. Starting from early June, in just 3 weeks, Fosun’s 28 Liberty has successfully hosted multiple community events at Fosun Plaza with thousands of participants, in support of local community and to promote arts and culture access to residents, working class, and tourists in downtown Manhattan.

Beloved Sing for Hope Pianos Pop-up at Fosun Plaza

The beloved Sing for Hope Pianos returned to 28 Liberty Plaza on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 10 artist-designed pianos for all to enjoy. This one-day-only special event is designed to encourage everyone, from professional musicians to novices and everyone in between, to exercise their musical creativity and share “pop-up” moments of spontaneous music-making and improvised harmony. In addition to the pop-ups throughout the day, Sing for Hope presented a free concert at noon featuring the Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, the Senior Chorus from the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, student musicians from P.S. 191, and TV star Alex Garfin (Superman & Lois) in uplifting musical selections.

Each year, Sing for Hope selects local and international artists to design and paint pianos that are placed in parks and other public spaces for all to play. Through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing for Hope then places the Sing for Hope Pianos in permanent homes in public schools to benefit thousands of New York City school children. The Sing for Hope Pianos – first launched in 2010 – has become one of the world’s largest annual recurring public arts programs, with more than 580 one-of-a-kind piano artworks placed in public spaces from The Bronx to Beirut, and Aspen to Athens, supporting local visual artists and creating musical experiences for all ages.

“Sing for Hope is a symbol of unity for New York City and we look forward to welcoming the program back,” said Jason Berkeley, COO of Four Trees Asset Management. “Fosun celebrates its 30th anniversary with a continued dedication to making arts and culture accessible to the Lower Manhattan community. Corporate social responsibility are hallmarks of Fosun’s global initiative while actively seeking to give back to the community.”

TV Star Alex Garfin has been a supporter of Sing for Hope since 2019, when he encountered one of the Sing for Hope Pianos near The Dairy in Central Park. Garfin said, “A lot of things claim to bring us all together, but almost always never do. That’s what’s so special about Sing for Hope; it actually delivers on its promise. When you pass by one of their pianos, you’ll find a lawyer, a janitor, and a teacher playing and creating together, making friends where otherwise they would’ve forever remained strangers. That’s pure magic, so I hope everyone can enjoy the magic with me down at 28 Liberty Plaza on June 3rd for our grand opening of the 2022 season.”

Sing for Hope Co-Founder Monica Yunus said, “These ten beautiful Sing for Hope Pianos are testament to New York’s creative resilience, and we’re so grateful to Fosun for staying the course with us and continuing to champion art for all. While the world may not look the same as it did two years ago, we’re finding new paths forward.”

“As we continue to emerge from two years of relative isolation during the pandemic, the opportunity to share music and art in community really feels like a gift,” added Sing for Hope Co-Founder Camille Zamora.

Dine Around Downtown Food Festival Return after Two Years

The Alliance for Downtown New York, Lower Manhattan’s nonprofit business improvement district, welcomed 35 Lower Manhattan restaurants to the 2022 Dine Around Downtown festival at Fosun’s landmarked plaza at 28 Liberty Street on Tuesday, June 7. A mainstay in Lower Manhattan for over 20 years, this year’s event marked the festival’s first return to an in-person format since 2019 and featured the program’s virtual series host, award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito.

Dine Around Downtown was launched in 1997 and has since become Lower Manhattan’s premier tasting event. Admission to the event was free and restaurants offered signature menu items and drinks ranging from $3-9. First-time participants made up half of the roster this year including: Alamo Drafthouse, Ampia, Benares, Bodega Gran Via, Café Patoro, Chinah Kitchen, Fulton Stall Market, The Fulton, The Greens on the Rooftop at Pier 17, Luke’s Lobster, Malibu Farm New York, ONE Dine at One World Observatory, OneSeed, Pi Bakerie, Sauce & Barrel, Schilling Restaurant & Bar, Treadwell Park, and Watermark Bar.

Over the past two years, Dine Around Downtown has been championing local restaurants throughout the neighborhood through a virtual “Cooking At Home” series that pairs host Rocco DiSpirito with local chefs as they show viewers how to make their favorite dishes.

“Dine Around offers an easy and affordable way to taste dishes from dozens of restaurants all in one place, said Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin. “We look forward to reconnecting the neighborhood with some of their faves and introducing them to some newcomers.”

Club Med, St. John, and Wolford, three of Fosun’s top consumer brands across continents also joined the event, together with 28 Liberty.

“Fosun and 28 Liberty are pleased to welcome back Dine Around Downtown, one of the most iconic events in Lower Manhattan,” said Thomas Costanzo, global partner of Fosun and CEO of Four Trees Asset Management. “In partnership with the Alliance, this event will showcase world-class dining options within our community. As Fosun celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, we continue the commitment to our social responsibilities and sharing the enjoyment of cultural events with our tenants, partners, and community.”

River to River Festival Promotes Compelling Contemporary Art

Fosun Hive, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and the Alliance for Downtown New York have partnered to present “repose without rest without end” by Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born as part of the 2022 River to River Festival. The video and sound installation was displayed in 28 Liberty’s ground-level amphitheater and tells the coming-of-age story of a young Black girl as she rejects society’s beauty standards.

River to River is a cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture, and Fosun welcomed Okpokwasili and Born’s new video and sound installation for public display in 28 Liberty’s amphitheater from June 12-26. Two live performance activations of the work took place at 8 pm on both Mondays during River to River.

The 2022 River to River Festival utilizes art to heal and celebrate the resiliency of New Yorkers. Festival installations and exhibits are free to the public, providing opportunities for connection.

The immersive piece takes its point of departure from Okpokwasili’s performance work Adaku’s Revolt. “Repose without rest without end” tells the story of a Black girl’s resilience after embracing her natural beauty through multimedia storytelling.

“We are thrilled to bring artists’ vision and energy to different sites across Lower Manhattan for everyone to enjoy, and excited to present Okwui and Peter’s work with LMCC’s long-standing partner, Fosun, in the amphitheater at 28 Liberty,” said Jess Van Nostrand, LMCC’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs. “We look forward to seeing visitors of all ages celebrate creativity with us!”

The above three events are significant efforts of Fosun and 28 Liberty’s commitment to corporate social responsibilities and support to the local communities. However, they are just the beginning of this year’s 28 Liberty community event series in the summer and the fall. Partnered with Alamo Drafthouse cinema located at the lower levels of 28 Liberty Street, Fosun will host summer movie nights open to all families in July, August, and September. Moreover, MoMath family day will return to the Plaza in August as well. Rooted in China, Fosun has been creating a global happiness ecosystem fulfilling the needs of one billion families in health, happiness, and wealth. Fosun’s efforts in globalization and ESG (Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance) will never stop.

“Being an iconic landmark in Downtown Manhattan, 28 Liberty is the key force to support local development and economic recovery. The events since June are great examples of Fosun’s efforts to promote arts and cultural access to local residents.” Said Wei Bo, Global Partner of Fosun, Co-President of Fosun Hive Overseas, Chairman of Four Trees, and Executive Chief Representative of Fosun New York Office. “As Fosun hits another milestone – 30th anniversary, we will continue our strong commitment in ESG, sharing happiness with families worldwide.”

About Fosun

Founded in 1992, Fosun is a global innovation-driven consumer group dedicated to providing high-quality products and services for families around the world in Health, Happiness, Wealth, and Intelligent Manufacturing segments. In 2007, Fosun International Limited was listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 00656.HK). In 2021, Fosun International’s total revenue was RMB161.3 billion and total assets amounted to RMB806.4 billion. Fosun International ranks No.589 on the 2022 Forbes Global 2000 List, with a MSCI ESG rating of AA.

About Fosun Hive

Utilizing “Hive City + Global Landscape” as its core strategy, Fosun Hive continuously leads the upgrading of industry-and-city integration. Through profound industry operations + industrial investment, Fosun Hive consolidates global industrial resources, focuses on customized industrial C2M model and well-positioned industries to promote the upgrading of urban industries and the high-quality development of the regional economy with the “Hive model”.

About 28 Liberty

28 Liberty, at the heart of downtown NYC, is the go-to destination in Lower Manhattan for recreation and best-in-class dining. The office tower’s 2.5 acre Fosun Plaza hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, from food festivals to arts programs to educational experiences and more. The 38,000-square-foot penthouse is home to restaurateur Danny Meyer’s latest endeavor, Manhatta, a restaurant and bar with sweeping panoramic views of the NYC skyline, and featuring a multifunctional event space accommodating up to 800 guests at three simultaneous gatherings. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Food Hall is among the tenants of the new 200,000-square-foot retail space at the base of the building. 28 Liberty is also bringing in over 30,000-square-feet of various food and dining options on the ground floor retail space. Whether exploring the latest cultural event or sipping cocktails at sunset from the 60th floor, 28 Liberty always offers something new to discover.



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Supporting events in paradise

Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music has secured $175,0000 in support over three-years and is now recognised as a significant event by the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

Also receiving QDEP funding support in the region are the Don River Dash 300 and the Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim Weekend. 

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said events were crucial to Queensland tourism’s Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan, now underway.

“We know good events bring extra visitors to town who contribute to local tourism economies and help Queensland destinations to build back better,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Accommodation and transport providers, hotels, restaurants, cafes and tourism operators are just some of the businesses to benefit when visitors arrive for events.

“Strong visitor economies also support local jobs. 

“Over ten-years, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music has become a much-loved community event and built a solid following among Australian music fans.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Destination Events Program has designated the Festival of Music and the $2 million it contributes to Airlie Beach as a significant event.

“We’re investing $175,000 over three-years in the Airlie Beach Festival of Music to keep this wonderful event growing and attracting visitors from around Australia.”

Ben Lee, Rogue Traders, The Badloves and Mi-Sex are among the acts announced so far for November’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

The festival was recently voted the People’s Choice Festival of the Year.

QDEP is also investing $15,000 in September’s Don River Dash 300, a two-day, off-road race for buggies, trucks and bikes on the dry bed of the Don River, near Bowen.

And $25,000 for the Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim Weekend in late November.

“The Whitsundays’ events are among 25 between September 2022 and September 2023 sharing in nearly $1.1 million from the Queensland Destination Events Program,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“Our It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar has something for just about everyone to celebrate and is expected to generate $500 million for visitor economies around the State.”

Applications for the next round of Queensland Destination Event Program funding close on 1 June for events between January 2023 and January 2024.      

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Event Technology Platform HeadBox Supporting Rebound of Events Industry

Event Technology Platform HeadBox Supporting Rebound of Events Industry

BRISBANE, Australia, April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading event tech company HeadBox is more than just a marketplace for venues. Connecting venues with bookers, HeadBox’s Host products allow venues to unlock brilliant events and generate more revenue from the type of clients they want.

Originally founded in the UK, since launching in Australia in 2021, HeadBox has supported the rebound of the events industry. Providing venues with increased exposure, allowing them to reach new audiences and access relevant leads tailored to their needs, HeadBox’s unique business model enables function rooms for hire Brisbane-wide to fill their space and earn more revenue. 

HeadBox is an online marketplace with an ecosystem of products designed to deliver high-quality bookings for venues. Host venues can list their space for free and then gain access to HeadBox Business clients, where hundreds of corporate clients are already planning, building, managing and tracking their entire meetings and events spend. 

Venues can choose from three listing products. Lead Feed is ideal for function rooms in Brisbane that host a high volume of lower value events and provides venues with access to a live feed of new leads and the freedom to book them, commission-free. 

For venues that host high-value corporate events, there is an additional product designed to increase exposure and increase the frequency of relevant enquiries. Power Host enhances the ranking of a venue within the HeadBox ecosystem, offers 3D venue tours and HeadBox’s own digital proposals software, which increases exposure to HeadBox Business clients. 

Many top venue Brisbane locations are already working with HeadBox and report that the platform has become an integral part of their workflow when sourcing new booking opportunities. HeadBox allows venues to be proactive when it comes to filling calendar space and with access to a client base they might not otherwise be able to reach, and listed venues enjoy a marked increase in booking conversions.

The team at HeadBox is passionate about creating memorable event experiences and works hard to carefully match enquiries with the right venue. To learn more or list a function room in Brisbane, contact HeadBox today.

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Trudeau invites Mexican president to event supporting Ukraine

Trudeau invites Mexican president to event supporting Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday invited Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take part in an event supporting Ukrainian victims of the conflict with Russia, amid criticism that Mexico has been too accommodating to Moscow.

During a phone call, Trudeau asked Lopez Obrador to participate in the “Stand Up for Ukraine” campaign event on Saturday to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced people, the Canadian government said.

Trudeau is co-convening the event with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

Lopez Obrador has tried to remain neutral in the conflict and has declined to impose sanctions against Russia. While his government backed a United Nations vote urging Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, it has also criticized Europe for sending arms to other countries – as it has for Ukraine.

Last month, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico expressed concern at a public display of solidarity between the Russian ambassador to Mexico and a group of Mexican lawmakers at the inauguration of a Mexico-Russia friendship committee.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Mexico, Oksana Dramaretska, on Sunday posted images of corpses on streets of Ukraine and tweeted at Lopez Obrador: “Do you really want to continue friendly relations with those in the Kremlin who are committing genocide after this?”

Lopez Obrador has not commented publicly on the tweet.

Dramaretska posted the tweet after the bodies of civilians shot at close range were discovered in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

Ukraine has called the killings Russian war crimes. Russia denied targeting civilians and described evidence presented as a “monstrous forgery” staged by the West to discredit it.

Canada’s government said Lopez Obrador and Trudeau also discussed their concerns about the humanitarian impact of the conflict and global challenges stemming from it, including those related to energy and food security.

(Reporting by Dave Graham Additional reporting by David Ljunggren Editing by Leslie Adler)



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Scugog Grant Program – Supporting Local Events

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The Township of Scugog has many programs, services, and projects thanks to charitable and volunteer efforts throughout the community. To provide support for these efforts, we offer grant opportunities for organizations.

The Community Grant Fund supports not-for-profit groups that provide our community with great programs and services. Grants are provided to help organizations:

  • Run programs
  • Provide services
  • Complete special projects
  • Support local events

Local events are important to organizations and the communities they support. If the planning has started on your community event, please reach out to see if we can support your efforts. Visit the Scugog Grants program page on our website for more information.

For 2022 initiatives, the application due dates are March 15, June 15 and September 15.  Simply complete the Community Grant Application and submit it directly to Christy Harrison at