Making the World Better for Our Children—17 Different Ways
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A Message from Larry Ceisler
This edition of our newsletter is dedicated to children. We’re proud to be working with so many clients who strive to make the future better for upcoming generations. Many of them are featured here. Special Projects Director Larry Miller tells of an innovative program at Cheyney University – where innovation seems to be the norm – that provides students in need with food and personal hygiene items. The theory is that it’s easier to focus on studies when your stomach isn’t rumbling. Senior Account Executive Alison Burdo highlights pioneering efforts being done by the Future Works Alliance in combatting the “pink recession” that has hit working mothers so hard during the pandemic. There’s a call to action from Cynthia McCurdy, our Senior VP of Finance & Administration, showing how you can help continue critical funding for services aiding those with intellectual disabilities and autism. And with April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, Account Manager Shannon McLaughlin profiles the excellent work of the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and its partners to protect a vulnerable population. Beyond that, there’s a roundup of inventive and beneficial work other partners of Ceisler Media are undertaking to improve our communities for kids. There’s internal news as well. Scroll down and you’ll read about two new hires, as well as some great community work done by our team. And, since this issue is devoted to children, we included photos of many of our staffers engaged in favorite activities with their own families. One more thing: Because we invite your feedback, there’s a quick survey asking what you like to read in this newsletter – and what we might do better. Just click here – I promise it won’t take more than two minutes. And as always, feel free to reach out to me directly.
Ceisler Special Projects Director Larry Miller lauds a Cheyney University program giving food, supplies – and hope – to disadvantaged students.
Larry Ceisler in the News
With races for 2022 already heating up, Larry Ceisler’s opinion is being sought in news articles focused on political analysis. In this Philadelphia Magazine profile examining Democrat Josh Shapiro’s anticipated run for governor, Larry reflects on the PA attorney general as, “the most focused person I have ever met.” In an article by Pittsburgh’s NPR station, Larry discusses the relative impact of the mayor of Braddock endorsing Philadelphia state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta over her own city’s former mayor, current Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, for the 2022 Democratic U.S. Senate bid. “It’s obviously better to have an endorsement than not to have an endorsement,” Larry said. “Still, I don’t think you win or lose elections on endorsements.” In addition, Larry was quoted in a Law.com (paywall) article that evaluated Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s chances for re-election, in light of the city Democratic Party’s decision not to endorse the incumbent. “Krasner really hasn’t played the political game in Philadelphia and my guess is many of these ward leaders don’t know him,” Ceisler said. “But Krasner certainly has his base of support, and his base of support is probably not the Democratic City Committee.”
Our Ceisler Media partners work every day to benefit children in many ways. Here is just a sampling of their great efforts.
Congratulations to Audacy, formerly Entercom Communications, Corp., on its rebrand. As the company has significantly expanded its brands and evolved its audio and entertainment portfolio in the past three years, Audacy is embracing a new brand identity that better reflects its vision for the future. See More
The Durst Organization is nearing final land-use approvals for a 26-story apartment building as its first Philadelphia project. The ambitious development will rise at a longtime parking lot beside the waterfront north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The building will have 360 apartments, with 10,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and a 116-space parking garage. And even before construction begins, there will be an archaeological dig. That project is aimed at preserving centuries-old artifacts that give insight to Philadelphia's port industry days and may contain the last remaining evidence associated with Philadelphia's original port and riverfront.
The Forman Arts Initiative, in partnership with the Philadelphia Foundation, has launched Art Works, a $3 million grant program to support community-based arts and cultural organizations and emerging artists. FAI is a platform connecting and supporting artists and cultural organizations in Philadelphia. The timing couldn’t be better, after the pandemic laid bare the inequities in our city’s creative economy. Artists and arts organizations can apply at philafound.org/artworks through April 23. Read More
Following Pres. Biden’s rollout of the American Jobs Plan, our client, Conservation Voters of PA, explained in an interview with the Pennsylvania Capital-Star how the plan will do not just rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, but also gear the economy for the future. The group’s Executive Director, Josh McNeil, also wrote an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, explaining that America doesn’t need to choose between responding to climate change and rebuilding its economy. See More
Nurse Anesthetists are the best-kept secret in health care, according to an op-ed in the Daily Local News written by Matt McCoy, president of the PA Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Mr. McCoy notes the increasingly vital role played during the pandemic and notes that two-thirds of state voters support bipartisan measures to fully recognize certified registered Nurse anesthetists with a professional designation. Read Here
Introducing Jeff & Sharky
Ceisler Media is proud to announce two new members of our team: Jeff Barg joins our Philadelphia office as a Special Projects Director working with clients on strategy, communications, media, issue advocacy and outreach in order to maximize positive impact on Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Jeff has a deep background in urban planning, journalism and the arts. Jeff previously coordinated urban planning, policy and government affairs for the nonprofit Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He was a writer and editor for Philadelphia Weekly and currently writes the “Angry Grammarian” column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. And we’ve added a new Digital Associate, Sharky Thomas, to manage Ceisler Media’s social media accounts, strategy and monitoring. Sharky is working on client and operations projects – including this newsletter. She brings with her diverse experience in the public relations, startup and non-profit sectors. Sharky is a native of South Africa, who attended high school in India and graduated with a business administration degree from the University of Cape Town. She came to the United States in 2018. “I’m excited to be adding new voices to our already-talented ranks,” said Founder Larry Ceisler. “As we gear toward the future, innovation and fresh ideas are critical to helping us best serve our clients.”
The League of Extraordinary Masked Gentlemen
Ceisler team members recently held their first face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) meeting with a client since the onset of the pandemic. The session, held in Scranton, was a chance to listen, learn and explore opportunities with a new client. Our team was fully masked and mostly vaccinated. From left to right: David Huppert, Founder Larry Ceisler, Kurt Knaus, Brian Dries and Drew Murren. The gentlemen described the get-together as "exhilarating."
Philly Spring Clean Up
Members of the Ceisler Media Philadelphia office helped clean up an area in Northern Liberties during the 2021 "Philly Spring Clean Up" organized through the Philadephia Streets Department.
Congratulations to Karla Brown, wife of Special Projects Manager Larry Miller, whose novel, Miss Darling, is being released on April 28. The plot combines romance, magic and a fascinating conspiracy plot. While Larry contributed to an early draft, he says the final version is all the work of Karla, who writes under the name Robbie K. Brown. Click here to order Miss Darling.
Pittsburgh Staff Tree Planting
Members of our Pittsburgh team celebrated Earth Day early by transplanting 125 river birch seedlings at Tree Pittsburgh. After getting a chance to grow through the summer, the saplings will be donated to Allegheny County residents as part of Tree Pittsburgh’s Tree Adoption program.
Here’s a sampling of some of our Ceisler Media teammates recently enjoying favorite activities with their children and grandchildren.