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Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018 – Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today
announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to
ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand,
accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival
will be powered by AT&T.

AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.

LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of
acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to
the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are
eight times more likely to commit suicide.

“We at LOVELOUD are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”

LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the
Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine
Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon
Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be
announced in the coming weeks.

LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can
purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music
begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other
activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate
proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.

“LOVELOUD’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in
one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain,
educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28th," said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to
issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the LOVELOUD
team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”

As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around
LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.

LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown
Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine
Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua
James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various
charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor
Project and GLAAD.

The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to
help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.

AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975,
when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy
prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T
adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In
2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health
care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.

Locally-Owned Chick-fil-A to Open in NYC’s Financial District on March 29

Restaurant to Create 150 New Jobs, Offer Gathering Space for Downtown Guests


NEW YORK (March 27, 2018) – This week, the first Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lower Manhattan will open in the heart of the Financial District. The franchisee-owned restaurant, located at 144 Fulton Street next to Fulton Center Station, was designed to serve the downtown community and a variety of guests’ needs. With five levels, innovative ordering technology, seating for 140 guests and an open-air rooftop dining experience, the restaurant was built to serve guests stopping in for a quick meal, those looking for a place to sit and work, parents and caretakers dining with children, and guests hoping to enjoy a leisurely lunch outside.

The restaurant will be locally owned and operated by downtown resident Luke Cook and will employ more than 150 team members. Chick-fil-A Fulton Street will officially open on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 a.m.

Locally Owned and Operated

Born and raised in Hammond, La., Cook has been with Chick-fil-A for more than ten years. He started as an hourly Chick-fil-A team member at a restaurant in Atlanta before working his way to becoming a local franchise owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pennsylvania and later in his hometown in Louisiana. Cook and his family relocated to Lower Manhattan in 2017 to open Chick-fil-A Fulton Street.

“My family and I are honored to be opening a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lower Manhattan, a part of the city we’ve always loved,” Cook said. “We’re so happy to be living, working and raising our children in the most vibrant city and neighborhood in the world. We want this restaurant to be a gathering place for everyone in the community.”

Community Citizen
Chick-fil-A is an active contributor to the community and is committed to giving back in New York City. Like the other NYC Chick-fil-A locations, Chick-fil-A Fulton Street will partner with New York Common Pantry to provide meals to those in-need. To date, the Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York have donated more than 17,000 pounds of food to the organization, which serves the city’s homeless population. The restaurant will also partner with Feeding Children Everywhere, a social charity that mobilizes groups to assemble healthy meals for children in need. Participants of the grand opening “First 100” celebration will have the opportunity to help assemble 10,000 meals to be distributed locally.

One-of-a-Kind Design Elements

Chick-fil-A Fulton Street was built to accommodate groups of all sizes. At more than 12,000 square feet, Chick-fil-A Fulton Street will span five levels with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for natural light throughout the entire space. The restaurant features two kitchens, including a basement-level kitchen for cold food prep, three levels of dining for 140 guests, a semi-private group meeting and dining space, and a rooftop terrace. To connect each level, a staircase will extend from the fourth level to the ground floor, accentuated by a skylight.

The restaurant will also offer mobile and in-store technology designed to serve customers quickly and efficiently. Utilizing the company’s proprietary “upstream ordering” technology, team members will take orders on tablets as soon as guests walk through the doors, ensuring a shorter queue time. Guests can also order and pay in advance (while also skipping the line) using the Chick-fil-A One™ mobile app. The restaurant will also offer group catering deliveries and off-site pop-ups.

150 New Jobs for New Yorkers

Chick-fil-A is known for hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a great work environment for team members. Each NYC Chick-fil-A restaurant offers flexible hours, competitive pay and benefits, opportunities for leadership growth, college scholarships, and hands-on training and mentoring by the restaurant owner. Chick-fil-A Fulton Street will employ more than 150 team members, with wages starting above New York City’s minimum wage. Whether candidates are seeking their first job or are seasoned industry professionals, all interested are invited to apply at CFAFultonStreet.com.

Premium Ingredients and Fresh, Handmade Food
Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including hand-rolled biscuits, salads made from fresh vegetables and fruit that is hand-chopped throughout the day. The lemonade is fresh-squeezed and is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served in this restaurant will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.

The Chick-fil-A First 100 Celebration

Chick-fil-A Fulton Street will officially open for business at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 29 following a scavenger hunt and celebration for its First 100 guests on Wednesday, March 28. The scavenger hunt will consist of activities at various locations in Lower Manhattan, awarding a one-year supply for free Chick-fil-A meals (52 meals total) to all successful participants. The scavenger hunt kicks off at 10 a.m., and participants must visit each specified location, complete each activity and return to the restaurant by 2 p.m. To be eligible, participants must be 18 years or older, U.S. residents with a valid government-issued photo ID, and reside in select zip codes. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. at the restaurant and will continue until 100 eligible participants are registered or until 9:30 a.m., whichever comes first. If more than 100 people are on-site when the event officially opens at 6 a.m., a drawing will be held to select the First 100. Those chosen will be required to stay for the duration of the event in order to receive the prize. There will be no First 100 overnight campout at this location.

This event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant, inclusive of all zip codes in the five boroughs of NYC. A complete listing of eligible zip codes, Official Rules and other important details can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings in the Fulton Street section.

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting the highest standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A recently earned a top spot in the 2017 Technomic Consumer Choice Awards for the third year in a row. The company has also earned recognition as one of America’s top companies in the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study, “Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes Magazine, and “Top Fast Food Chicken Chain” by Consumer Reports, among other honors.

Chick-fil-A Fulton Street is located at 144 Fulton Street and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, beginning March 29. For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit chick-fil-a.com. For the latest news and updates at Chick-fil-A, visit the Chick-fil-A Fulton Street Facebook page.

Broadway in Atlanta makes charitable donation to local orthopaedic practice

Generous donation to benefit Resurgens Charitable Foundation

Broadway in Atlanta continues to make strides in fulfilling their philanthropic endeavors with its recent donation to the Resurgens Charitable Foundation. The donation of $6,795, which was raised through Broadway in Atlanta ticket sales, will help Resurgens Charitable Foundation continue their mission to promote active lifestyles among people of all ages and abilities.

“Working with Resurgens Orthopaedics has been a very rewarding experience,” said Russ Belin, vice president of Broadway in Atlanta. “This donation is a gift to thank Resurgens Charitable Foundation for continuously immersing themselves in the community by promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Resurgens Orthopaedics is Georgia’s largest and most trusted orthopaedics team with over 100 specialized physicians offering comprehensive and compassionate care. The Resurgens Charitable Foundation recognizes that play is an essential “therapy” to help young people grow stronger and live healthier, and believes that all children regardless of ability, should have access to stimulating and challenging play spaces. Since 2001, the Foundation has built or contributed to 19 new playgrounds throughout the metro Atlanta area with a commitment to build at least one new “all abilities” play facility annually.

To make a donation to Resurgens Charitable Foundation, please visit resurgensfoundation.com.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com and The Broadway Channel.  Led by 11-time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO), BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets with over 400,000 subscribers. Current and past productions include BeautifulCats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, Hairspray, Hello, Dolly!, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, The Producers, School of Rock and Waitress. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com and Broadway.com.

Professional Athletes Teams Up With PayPal – IMPRINT

The Charitable arm of NFL Players Association will use the PayPal Giving Fund platform to raise funds through the holiday season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) is working to impact communities across America. Potential donors will have a chance to take part in the PAF’s ongoing financial support and commitment to non-profit organizations and, in turn, make a difference in their local communities.

For every donation made through the campaign page, PayPal will add an extra 1% to make the contribution go further. PayPal covers all transaction costs for the donations made through this campaign so 101% of each gift will go directly to the Professional Athletes Foundation.

PAF’s participation in this year’s holiday season giving builds on the foundation’s expanded efforts to demonstrate how action creates opportunity through initiatives aided by former NFL players like Darrell Green and Vince Young. Since its creation in 1990, the PAF has provided support to both former NFL players who are transitioning to their next chapter in life as well as charitable foundations with missions to strengthen underserved communities across the country. With more than $10 million in financial, medical and educational assistance awarded, the PAF is the leading charitable foundation for assistance to former NFL players and the communities in which they live and work.

Since 2015, the PAF has made grants to third party foundations operated or supported by former players totaling almost $900,000.  These grants help to expand the PAF mission beyond service to our former players and directly into their communities to develop leadership and educational programs.

A very important aspect of the PAF’s work is direct scholarship assistance to graduating high school seniors.  These grants are distributed to recognize students’ non-athletic achievements in support of all-around academic excellence.   In 2017, $169,500 in scholarships have been awarded to 116 students in cities all over the United States through local NFLPA chapters.

“The Professional Athletes Foundation realizes that it is only as strong as the communities it serves,” said Green, who is a Pro Football Hall Famer. “By being a part of this exciting initiative, the PAF will be able to expand its efforts to make life better for those in our communities.”