Making news: Grimaldi’s, The Holistic Center, Ballard Spahr, Lambert & Co.

Newsmakers | 21 Nov |

Grimaldi’s donates more than $1M to No Kid Hungry

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria raised more than $192,000 this year through its fundraising initiatives, including the annual Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign and charity golf tournament, bringing the company’s total donations to No Kid Hungry to more than $1 million to date.

Since Grimaldi’s partnership with the nonprofit began in 2013, the pizzeria has helped supply over 10 million meals in 7 years. For each dollar raised, No Kid Hungry is able to provide 10 meals to hungry children across the U.S.

In September, guests who dined at any location received a bounce-back card to match donations in increments of $5, up to a total of $25 per visit. On October 11, Grimaldi’s hosted its second annual sold-out charity golf tournament at the Westin Kierland Golf Club benefiting No Kid Hungry.

For more information about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, visit grimaldispizzeria.com. For more information about No Kid Hungry, visit NoKidHungry.org.

The Holistic Center expands

The Holistic Center (THC) is celebrating a larger and more inviting location with a grand opening event, Sat., Nov. 23, 2019. The dispensary promises to debunk the public’s view of how qualified medical cannabis patients access products and treatments. The public event will take place from 12 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. and feature food trucks, music, games, discounts/raffles, product vendors and on-site medical marijuana certifications. 

“The Holistic Center believes all legal patients have the right to safe access of alternative medical treatment and therapies,” said Josh Gile, THC store manager. “Patients should feel comfortable and welcome to engage their pursuits in a safe and secure environment.” 

The new THC facility will be bright and airy with a color palette of white, orange and glass esthetics. Patients can view product options in a setting similar to a jewelry store or beauty counter. THC “budtenders” will focus on providing a compassionate customer service experience while being educated in all product options. The Holistic Center’s storefront is 2,000 square feet plus 1,000 square feet of office space to allow the company to offer a wider variety of brands and products to choose from.

“By expanding The Holistic Center to a less intimidating, more educational and visual practice of purchasing medical marijuana, we can help many more people in the Valley,” said Gile. “Customers will benefit from an increase in not only product options, but more budtenders and cash registers to streamline the checkout process. We want to provide an experience like no other dispensary in the Valley.”

Ballard Spahr named a Top Law Firm for Women

Ballard Spahr—a national law firm with more than 650 attorneys in 15 U.S. offices—was named to WomenInc. magazine’s 2019 list of Top 100 Law Firms for Women.

The firm was selected in recognition of its across-the-board commitment to advancing opportunities for women. Criteria for selection include demonstrated success in hiring and retaining women attorneys, in promoting women into equity partnership and to leadership positions, and the implementation of policies that foster an inclusive and equitable culture.

Diversity and inclusion is a core value at Ballard Spahr. Over the past year, the firm has been recognized by publications and community organizations across the country for the depth and success of its efforts to advance women attorneys. American Lawyer recognized Ballard Spahr for its high percentage of female equity partners, and the firm was ranked among the best U.S. law firms for women by Law360 and Working Mother magazine.

At Ballard Spahr, 28 percent of equity partners are women

Lambert & Co. ads phoenix team

Lambert & Co., Michigan’s largest PR firm and a top-10 investor relations firm nationally, today announced the acqui-hire of a team led by seasoned practitioner and executive Michelle Olson, APR. The Phoenix-based team specializes in PR, brand journalism and integrated communications, and brings key clients in Automotive & Mobility and Real Estate, while expanding Lambert’s national footprint.

The deal marks Lambert’s sixth transaction and second office outside its home state of Michigan (New York City) and is a key component of the firm’s strategic plan to grow to $25 million in revenue by 2025. Lambert’s office is located near downtown Phoenix and will serve a roster of existing regional and national clients as well as function as the firm’s West Coast platform.

“Joining forces with this dynamic Phoenix team enhances our industry depth and breadth, adds award-winning brand communications and storytelling acumen, and brings a true PR maven in  Michelle Olson to our clients and our leadership team,” said Jeff Lambert, founder and CEO. “Expanding our geographic reach and sector expertise are central tenets to Lambert’s accelerated growth strategy, and the addition of a Phoenix office will be a gateway to the West for talent and client attraction alike.”

Olson has 30 years of experience in the PR and communications field spanning internal and agency leadership roles and is national chair-elect of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) board of directors.

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