Detroit: “Comeback Campaign”

Detroit: “Comeback Campaign”

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Adventure. Discovery. Fun. 

The State of Michigan is a state blessed with the riches of unspoiled nature: the world’s longest freshwater coastline, lakes that feel like oceans, shimmering beaches, miles and miles of orchards, glorious sunrises and sunsets, daytime skies of the deepest blue, nighttime skies scattered with stars.

Home to more than 100 public beaches, some of the highest freshwater sand dunes in the world, stunning multi-colored sandstone cliffs, two National Lakeshores and the only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes–the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron. More than 100 lighthouses, numerous maritime museums, ten shipwreck-diving preserves and historic military fortifications rim Michigan’s Great Lakes shoreline.

Featuring the “Motor Cities National Heritage Area”, a rejuvenated Detroit also celebrates its music roots at the Motown Museum and is home to the world famous Henry Ford Museum, America’s “Greatest History Attraction”.

Lakes, campgrounds, wildlife refuges and 99 Michigan state parks and recreation areas create a wide variety of recreational pursuits. Rivers for water sports, and thousands of miles of hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling trails thread their way among some 100 species of trees.

Hundreds of islands dot Michigan waters. Isle Royale National Park is a remote wilderness retreat in Lake Superior where wolves and moose roam free. Mackinac Island, located in the Straits of Mackinac, is a lush 19th-century resort community fixed firmly in the Victorian era, a car-free island dominated by an 18th-century fort and the more than a century-old Grand Hotel, America’s largest summer resort hotel.

The Upper Peninsula, which is 90 percent forested, retains its aura of accessible wilderness. Vast wildlife and waterfowl refuges, 150 waterfalls, iron and copper mines, the Soo Locks (where ocean-going freighters make the 21-foot leap from Lake Superior to Lake Huron) are within an easy drive of one another.

The State of Michigan offers a near infinite array of authentic-America moments that live forever in memory. It’s what we call “Pure Michigan”.

Red River Ski & Summer Area

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While most people spent the Super Bowl weekend glued to the TV with chips and salsa, 360 Magazine headed to Red River, New Mexico to celebrate the Mardi Gras festivities in the snow. Voted as one of the top five ski towns in the United States for Mardi Gras celebrations, the Red River Ski and Summer Area threw an unforgettable Roaring 20s theme party for locals and visitors alike, and our team was more than happy to be a part of it.

Located 168 miles from Albuquerque, the quaint ski resort town is easily reachable by car following the detailed instructions on the Red River website. Home to only 477 locals in a rich historical setting, the town is a home away from home for visitors across all life stages. What made this weekend so memorable, was the outstanding lodging, the vast array of outdoor activities, and the exclusive Mardi Gras festival. Here are some of the highlights and recommendations:

Red River Ski offers fifteen different lodging options on site, ideal for both small and large groups. For those looking to indulge in a bit of luxury, the Alpine Lodge on the River is the place to be with two private hot tubs, a fitness center, and dry sauna. Private fishing is available as well if you want to enjoy a little quiet time in nature. Three Bears Lodge combines a rustic atmosphere with modern comfort right in the center of town while keeping to a wallet-friendly standard. We stayed at the Auslender Condominiums which was just a short walk from the lifts and a couple of minutes from the town center. It is very accessible after a long day of skiing or hiking. Housing is from one to four fully furnished bedrooms and full sized kitchens. Each room either comes with a balcony or a deck, perfect for a laid back night while enjoying the gorgeous mountain view. Additionally, the shared community room is a great way to socialize with fellow travelers.

Red River offers many outdoor activities, such as snowmobile rides, skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. With great powder at all locations and at an average of 10,000 feet elevation, these were a blast to explore. First time skiers need not be afraid. The Red River staff’s friendly and patient approach puts any level of learner at ease. The beginner’s slope offers a great opportunity for practice and ensuring safety at all times. Generally, the terrains are for beginner and intermediate skiers; like the Moon-Star Mining Camp, advanced skiers and snowboarders will feel satisfied too, especially on the toughest run,  Catskinner. Other rider favorites are Pot O’ Gold Terrain Park and Hollywood Terrain Park. Want more than skiing? Then wade through the snow with an exhilarating snowmobile ride at 50 mph. We got our adrenaline fix on this fun, rugged terrain interspersed with steep drops. The snowmobile trails extend far beyond resort limits, so opportunities for adventure are endless. Greenie Peak at 11,249 feet, Valle Vidal—a 100,000 acre wildlife tract, and Upper Red River Valley are the most visited snowmobile destinations. If venturing out alone sounds scary, Red River has guided tours through Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures and Red River Sled Shed.

The day does not end there though, Motherlode Saloon welcomes the night owls for special, western inspired entertainment. Originally started by an entrepreneur and a wanna-be John Wayne, John Richard Grill settled on Main Street and made it his home in the ’50s. Eventually, his brother took the business further and succeeded under the name of Texas Reds and Motherlode Saloon. Although the gambling scene ended a few decades ago, it opened doors for many live entertainers to showcase their talent. A few of the visitors include Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Rusty Weir, Leon Russell, and Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel. Michael Smith debuted as the most recent addition to the lineup. If singing is not enough, the saloon everyone off their seat with some good ol’ country dancing. Of course, having a good time would not be complete without a few kicker drinks and drink makers. As part of the Mardi Gras weekend, bartender teams showed off their mixing skills in a friendly competition to an enthusiastic audience.

This brings the weekend festivities to a wrap. Throughout the week, there were over 48 events to choose from, and these were just snippets of a grand celebration that continue to bring people back every year. Red River Ski and Summer Area has met and exceeded expectations in lodging, dining, and entertaining which is why we recommend it to all ages at all times. Ready for next year’s Mardi Gras? Save the date: February 23-28, 2017. For more info on winter and summer fun, visit


Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Bacardi Bottling Corporation in Florida received recognition for its contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 12. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Recognized for Environmental Excellence by Wildlife Habitat Council

BACARDI rum bottling facility in Jacksonville, Florida, earns Wildlife at Work recertification for environmental stewardship program, biodiversity initiatives

BALTIMORE, Nov. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Employees at Bacardi Bottling Corporation, part of the Bacardi group of companies, received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 12. Bacardi once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work recertification. Bacardi Bottling Corp.’s Eric Hearn, Environmental Health Safety Coordinator, and Sally Cannon, processing/training coordinator and wildlife team leader, were presented the certification at the annual event.

“The companies we honor are environmental leaders at local, national and global levels, voluntarily managing lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them,” said Margaret O’Gorman, WHC President. “Congratulations to Bacardi Bottling Corporation for its successful conservation project to create habitat and increase biodiversity.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site's grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation once again demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife at Work re-certification by Wildlife Habitat Council. The all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi converted the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi Limited)

Bacardi Bottling Corporation, located on 92 acres in Jacksonville, Fla., is the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility is surrounded by rural residential areas and includes on-site habitats such as wetlands, forest, and grasslands. The team at Bacardi Bottling Corporation actively manages 21 of the site’s acres of wildlife habitat as part of a Wildlife at Work program that has been certified through the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2013.

The program to develop and preserve wildlife on campus is part of the Bacardi group of companies overall “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” corporate responsibility platform to protect native habitats, control invasive species, water conservation, and other preservation efforts.

For their first step in managing wildlife, the all-volunteer employee team at Bacardi began converting the site’s grassy fields into native warm-season grasses and wildflowers. Five acres were initially seeded in 2012 with wildflowers, and later with native warm-season grasses in 2013. Phase II of the project began in late 2014 with an application of herbicide before native species were planted using a seed drill across 20 acres. Strictly native species were used in both areas, including blanket flower, black-eyed Susan, slender Indian grass, and big bluestem. Monitoring is conducted using photographs over time as well as 3×3 sample plots that are surveyed for species. The new grasslands are maintained through occasional mowing, and the team plans to plant both areas with native milkweed in 2015.

Most recently, the Bacardi team erected eight songbird nest boxes targeting the native eastern bluebird. In 2014, local Cub Scouts joined the team to construct the boxes. These nest boxes—which include names such as ‘Home Tweet Home,’ ‘House of Blues,’ and ‘The ReTweet’—were named by employees via a competition. The team installed the nest boxes based on advice from a local bird expert and have since been visited by Florida Audubon Society members. The team monitors the boxes weekly during the nesting season and is excited about their first full nesting season.

“This program reinforces the Bacardi commitment to the responsible management of all business activities. We see this as not only an essential part of corporate responsibility but also an important area of collaboration with our customers and suppliers, as well as employees and opinion leaders,” said Eduardo Vallado, Regional Director – Supply Chain and Manufacturing Americas for Bacardi. “Protecting the natural resources we use to create our brands is key for us. We aim to be best-in-class in the spirits industry and believe through responsibly managing our environmental and social impacts Bacardi will be a more sustainable business in the long-term. Our vision is to put back at least as much as we take out from the environment.”

Bacardi Bottling Corporation was one of 273 programs recognized at the WHC Conservation Conference as meeting the strict requirements of Wildlife at Work certification. In addition, 59 programs received Corporate Lands for Learning certification. Certification requirements are strict and require that programs apply for periodic renewal. Wildlife at Work certification recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts at corporate sites and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such programs. Corporate Lands for Learning certification provides programs with third-party recognition for educational programs.

To learn more about Bacardi and its “Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future” environmental initiative for sourcing, packaging and operational efficiencies across the entire Bacardi family of premium spirits brands, visit

About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries.

About Bacardi Bottling Corporation
Founded in 1972, Bacardi Bottling Corporation is a Center of Excellence for Bottling and the sole bottling plant for BACARDI® rum branded products enjoyed in the United States. The facility also provides BACARDI® rum for export to Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Germany, South Korea, Costa Rica, South America, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The facility employs more than 200 people and is situated on a 92-acre campus.

Bacardi Bottling Corp. is part of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.

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World of Speed to Launch New Exhibit Featuring Female Motorsport Legends

Non-profit motorsports museum to unveil Women in Racing November 21, 2015

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (November 12, 2015) – World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, announces a new exhibit featuring female motorsport legends. The Women in Racing exhibit will be unveil on Saturday, November 21.

What: The Women in Racing exhibit will showcase the rise and triumph of women in motorsports and highlight how women’s participation in motorsports has grown over the decades, both on and off the track. The exhibit will feature Cindi Lux, Lyn St. James, Courtney Force, Betty Burkland and Michelle Miller. Each racer will be portrayed through personal memorabilia and pictures, a video incorporating excerpts from the women, and the story of women rising in professional motorsports.

Cindi Lux will be at World of Speed for the exhibit unveiling festivities. Her schedule includes:

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast with museum charter members
11:00 a.m. – Exhibit unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony
12:00 p.m. – Talk and Q&A in the main gallery
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Meet and greets and fan card signing

Women featured in the exhibit are past and present racers across generations that race across all track, wheel and engine types. Women in Racing exhibit racers include:

Cindi Lux: Cindi is a 12-time road racing champion who lives in Aloha, Ore. where she runs her company Lux Performance. Her Viper will be also be on display.

Lyn St. James: Lyn has raced the Indy 500 seven times and set 31 national and international speed records.

Courtney Force: Courtney holds the record for most funny car wins by a woman. She was the 100th win by a female driver in an NHRA competition.

Betty Burkland: Betty holds the land speed record for E/BFCC (blown fuel competition coupe) class at 263.887 mph. She is part of the Bonneville 200 mph Club.

Michelle Miller: Michelle is a two-time winner of the SCCA National Autocross Championship. She is also an instructor at DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Where: World of Speed Museum, 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, Ore. 97070

When: Saturday November 21, 2015

For hi-res images of the racers, please visit:

About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-­on activities, the World of Speed offers visitors a behind-­the-­scenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel, NASCAR and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity. For more information, please visit


CrossTown Fitness to Open 2nd Location this Monday

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), and creator and host of Chef's Story, and Doug Rauch, Past President of Trader Joes, Founder of Daily Table, and CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., will be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs at Babson College on November 12, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Babson College)

Babson College Inducts Culinary Leaders to Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs

Dorothy Cann Hamilton and Doug Rauch demonstrate entrepreneurial excellence at the intersection of business and food

WELLESLEY, Mass., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two esteemed culinary leaders will be inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs at Babson College on November 12, 2015.

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center (ICC), and creator and host of Chef’s Storyand Doug Rauch, Past President of Trader Joes, Founder of Daily Table, and CEO of Conscious Capitalism Inc., will be honored for their entrepreneurial influence and accomplishments across the food industry.

Established in 1978, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs is the world’s first entrepreneurship hall of fame. It includes more than 100 notable business figures such as Robert Kraft H’02, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the Kraft Group, Ray A. Kroc, former CEO of McDonalds, Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group, and Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes.

“Our newest inductees have applied entrepreneurial thought and action to the global food industry setting the standard for innovation and sustainable approaches to entrepreneurial success,” said Candida G. Brush, Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College. “We, as a community with growing interest in the business of food, are pleased to present Dorothy and Doug as Academy honorees.”

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds ®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action ® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

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