Blaze PR – AmaWaterways press release

Below is a drafted press release for AmaWaterways while I was at Blaze PR

Ama Waterways

AmaWaterways Wins Porthole Cruise Magazine’s
Best River Cruise

AmaWaterways Wins the 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Award for Best River Cruise

CHATSWORTH, CA (SEPT. 13, 2012) Porthole Cruise Magazine, the world’s leading cruise publication, awarded AmaWaterways Best River Cruise in its 14th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. For 14 years, Porthole Cruise Magazine has turned to its’ readers to evaluate the world’s cruise lines and vote to determine the industry’s leaders.

“Our readers are discerning travelers who have come to expect only the highest standards of quality, product, and service from cruise lines and destinations,” says Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief. “For AmaWaterways to have received the readers’ seal of approval in this category is truly an honor.”

Panoff personally congratulated AmaWaterways for its award with this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0k-ntwAzwU

The Annual Readers’ Choice Awards are broken up into three categories: Float your Boat, All Aboard, and Hot Spots and Cool Places. Winners of each award are listed at Porthole.com and will also be highlighted in the December 2012 issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine set to hit newsstands on November 13. A full list of winners is available at http://private.porthole.com/porthole1/rca-2012.htm.

“The Best River Cruise award represents our commitment to creating the best river cruise experience in the world,” said AmaWaterways Executive. “This award highlights the hard work of every member of our AmaWaterways family and we are delighted to be recognized by Porthole Cruise Magazine and awarded by its’ readers.”

AmaWaterways operates the finest river cruising fleet and provides all-inclusive river cruise vacations on the waterways of Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia. With innovative ship designs – which include al fresco dining venues and creative use of interior space – and a rapidly-growing fleet of custom-designed ships, AmaWaterways provides the most exceptional river cruise experience.

AmaWaterways was founded in 2002 by Rudi Schreiner, Kristin Karst and Jimmy Murphy. Their combined experience and expertise in the river cruise business was matched with their passion to create a river cruise experience that will exceed all expectations.

To download AmaWaterways’ 2012 and 2013 brochures and for more information, please visit www.amawaterways.com. To make a reservation, please contact a  travel professional or visit www.amawaterways.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About AmaWaterways

Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets complement a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006).

In addition to its European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR

Blaze PR – The Bank of Santa Barbara media alert

Below is a drafted media alert for The Bank of Santa Barbara while I was at Blaze PR

MEDIA ALERT                            MEDIA ALERT                            MEDIA ALERT

Bank of SB

THE BANK OF SANTA BARBARA TO SPONSOR
THE “GOLETA LEMON FESTIVAL” 

WHAT:

The Bank of Santa Barbara is a proud sponsor of the “Goleta Lemon Festival”. Mirroring the vision of serving the greater Santa Barbara community, the “Goleta Lemon Festival” is proud to announce its 21st annual festival in the beautiful Goleta area.

You’ll find wonderful lemon flavored food, family friendly activities, and an array of other entertainment. Be sure to check out the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show, the Safety Street interactive display, and don’t miss the pie eating contests!

Join us for the pre-event Goleta Lemon Sunset in the Grove 5k Run on Sunday October 7th at 3pm to kick off this amazing event.

WHEN:

October 13, 2012; 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.
October 14, 2012; 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

COST:

Free Admission and Parking

WHERE:

Girsh Park
7050 Phelps Rd
Goleta, CA 93117

ABOUT THE BANK:

The Bank of Santa Barbara broke the trend of larger banks buying smaller ones as they purchased “The Bank” from a national holding company and made it a locally owned and managed hometown bank.  In August 2012, The Bank will open a new branch in Goleta, CA.  The Goleta branch will mark the first expansion for The Bank and will offer the same capabilities of their flagship Santa Barbara location, including highly personalized business banking, non-profit services and community support. Expected business hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information call 805-730-7860 or visit www.bankofsantabarbara.com.

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR

Blaze PR – The Bank of Santa Barbara press release

Below is a drafted press release for The Bank of Santa Barbara while I was at Blaze PR

Bank of SB

THE BANK OF SANTA BARBARA OFFICIALLY OPENS
NEW BRANCH IN GOLETA

 100% locally owned and operated community bank
expands with a new full-service location

SANTA BARBARA, CA (November 7, 2012) The Bank of Santa Barbara announces the grand opening of its new branch in the Calle Real Shopping Center in Goleta, CA. On DATE XX, doors will open at 5880 Calle Real in Goleta, CA to open The Bank of Santa Barbara’s second location.

“The Bank of Santa Barbara’s vision is to serve our community, and expanding our services to have a bigger presence in Santa Barbara will achieve this,” said Bank of Santa Barbara Executive. “The opening of our new branch in Goleta will combine our deep understanding of the Santa Barbara community with our dedicated loyalty and service.”

The Bank of Santa Barbara, locally known as “The Bank”, is 100% locally owned and operated. The Goleta branch will mark the first expansion for The Bank, and will offer all of the same services as their original Santa Barbara location.

Recognizing a void in community banking choices in the Santa Barbara area, The Bank offers state of the art banking solutions, non-profit services, and quality service. The Bank brings you back to the time when you are personally known by your local banker and not just another number.

Bankers at The Bank are trusted by our customers to provide honest advice and individual solutions to their needs. Loyalty is embedded within the core of The Bank of Santa Barbara, being there when you need them not just when they need you.

The new branch will be located adjacent to the Calle Real Shopping Center in the space previously occupied by Blockbuster Video. Expected business hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Opening of the branch is expected in early July.  For additional information please visit www.bankofsantabarbara.com or call 805-730-7860.

ABOUT THE BANK OF SANTA BARBARA:

The Bank of Santa Barbara broke the trend of larger banks buying smaller ones as they purchased “The Bank” from a national holding company and made it a locally owned and managed hometown bank.  The headquarters are located at 12 E. Figueroa Street.  For more information call 805.730.7860, visit www.bankofsantabarbara.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR

Blaze PR – Cardraising press release

Below is a sample press release I drafted for Cardraising while at Blaze PR

cardraising

Cardraising™ Allows You to Send a Card for a Cause  

Give Back to Schools, Charities, and Foundations with the Simple Purchase of a Holiday Card

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. – (Oct. XX, 2012): During the holiday season nothing puts a smile on your family or loved ones’ faces more than a personalized greeting card. At Cardraising.com not only can you customize your own greeting card on their website, but 30% of the proceeds go to the cause of your choosing.

This is a time of year spent getting ready for the holidays, with promises of amazing feasts, good company, and long-awaited presents. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, a birthday, or any other special event, the holidays’ are the season of generosity.

But an important part of the holiday season is charitable giving and the learning experiences that come with it. From volunteering at Thanksgiving food drives to donating gifts to your local Church or Temple, helping others and being altruistic is the makeup of the holiday season.

“We at Cardraising echo the thoughts and actions of those giving during the holiday season,“ said Cardrraising Executive. “There is no time better to give than the holidays, and there is no present more deeply rooted in our culture than a personalized greeting card.”

After creating a custom card on Cardraising.com, customers can choose between: charities, churches, schools, and youth sports in their state to give back 30% of their order

For additional information and to place customizable greeting card order, please visit www.cardraising.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

ABOUT CARDRAISING

Founded in 2011 by best friends and business partners, Derek Sparta and Emil Jorge, Cardraising.com is the simple, change-affecting choice in personalized greeting cards. Driven by the goal to make fundraising easy and more effective for schools and charitable organizations, Cardraising.com is committed to donating 30 percent of each purchase to the school, charity or church of the customer’s choice. Cardraising.com offers a user-friendly experience where consumers can easily upload personal photos into their choice of customizable templates. Cardraising.com is perfect for all occasions including holidays, birthdays, graduation and baby announcements, business events and more. Ready-made graphic cards are also available. For additional information, please visit www.cardraising.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR

Blaze PR – Claremont Hotel Club & Spa media alert 2

Below is a media alert drafted for Claremont Hotel Club Spa while I was at Blaze PR

Claremont

The Paragon Restaurant & Bar at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Will Feature An Inauguration Day Special Menu

 Come on Monday January 21th and Taste Paragon’s Inauguration Day Special Menu

WHAT:

To celebrate this historic day, The Paragon Restaurant & Bar at The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa will feature an Inauguration day special menu. The menu features two appetizers, one entrée, and two specialty cocktails prepared to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration. Each item celebrates a different part in our President’s history from his childhood in Hawaii to the beginning of his career in politics in Chicago.

Appetizer
– Chicago Steakhouse Sliders: Sliced prime rib, garlic spinach blue cheese dressing
– Hawaiian Pizza: Pineapple, ham, mozzarella tomato sauce

Entrée
– Macadamia Crusted Mahi Mahi: Jasmine rice, seasonal veggies, mango relish

Cocktails
– Mai Tai: Rhum clement premiere canne white rum, creole orange shrubb, lime juice, orgeat syrup
– Chicago Cocktail: Germain-robin craft method brandy, creole orange shrubb, angostura bitters, sparkling wine

WHEN:

Monday January 21, 2013

Hours
Lunch: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Dinner: 5:30 PM to 10 PM

WHERE:

Paragon Restaurant & Bar at The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA 94705

http://www.paragonrestaurant.com

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR

Blaze PR – Claremont Hotel Club & Spa media alert

Below is a sample media alert I wrote for Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

Claremont

The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa’s 40% Off Cyber Monday Deal

Book Any Room Category for a Stay and Get 40% off Best Available Rate

WHAT:

The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa is having a Cyber Monday Deal which will allow guests to stay at the luxury resort for up to 40% off. On November 26, Cyber Monday, guests can choose any room category to stay from then all the way through March 31, 2013.

Born of a Golden Era and perched majestically in the Berkeley Hills, The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa gives guests a grand experience. With enticing and uniquely designed guest accommodations, an award winning spa, and indulgent dining, The Claremont is the premier destination in the San Francisco Bay.

WHEN:

Monday November 26, 2012

WHERE:

The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa
41 Tunnel Road
Berkeley, CA94705

www.claremont-hotel.com

PRICE:

Below is the 40% off rate scale.

Room Type:                      Retail                   Sale

Classic                             $209                     $125.40
Distinctive                         $239                     $143.40
Spa Elite                           $269                     $161.40
Studio Suite                      $369                      $359.40
1 BR Suite                        $599                      $161.40
Sig Suite                            $899                     $539.40

BOOKING:

For booking, please visit www.Claremont-Hotel.com and use promo code cyber.

Blackout dates apply based on availability.

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Drafted by:

Jarone Ashkenazi
Blaze PR