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Retailers Team Up to Support Boys & Girls Clubs of America During Holiday Season

ATLANTANov. 1, 2018 -  This holiday season, retailers are rallying around Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support the organization who serves 4 million kids and teens during the after-school and summer time.  Seven partners will donate and encourage their customers to give back to the non-profit now through December 31, 2018. Today, 4,400 Boys & Girls Clubs serve all kids and teens, especially the ones that need it most. With the organization's vast reach to impact and enable youth to achieve a great future, there is an estimated 16 million Club alumni living today. In a study of Club alumni, more than half (54 percent) said their Boys & Girls Club saved their life.

Companies supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season include:

Old Navy
Nov. 23, 2018
This Black Friday, for every $1 pair of Cozy Socks sold in Old Navy stores, Old Navy will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs, up to $1 million dollars!

Neiman Marcus
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Neiman Marcus is a proud partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Holiday Campaign by supporting arts education and programming at local Clubs this holiday season.

The Coca-Cola Company
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Family Dollar and Coca-Cola are teaming up with Boys & Girls Clubs to make a difference in your community.  When you buy participating Coca-Cola products at your Family Dollar, Coca-Cola and Family Dollar will donate 15% of purchases, up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS, to Boys & Girls Clubs.  

Family Dollar
Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Give the gift of a great future with the purchase of a gift bag designed by Boys & Girls Club kids, with net proceeds to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Customers purchasing Family Dollar holiday-themed gift cards support the company's seasonal donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Forever 21
Nov. 2 – Dec. 24, 2018
For every Ugly Sweater Collection item sold from Nov. 2 – Dec. 24$1 will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with a minimum donation of $25,000. Maximum donation of $100,000.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018
Give the gift of Buffalo Wild Wings' signature sauce or dry seasonings this holiday season. Choose from 21 mouth-watering options with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®, and $1 from every bottle sold bottle sold supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America's ALL STARS sports program.

Cedar Fair
Nov. 23 – Dec .31, 2018
Tickets sold during Winterfest events in select parks, beginning on Nov. 23, 2018 and ending on Dec. 31, 2018, will give guests an option to donate $5 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America during online checkout. Guests will also have the option to donate in person at participating Cedar Fair, L.P. Parks through coin collection boxes during Winterfest with 100% of the proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For more details on the incredible partners that support Boys & Girls Clubs of America's holiday programs and how to participate, visit

"This holiday season, we're grateful to our corporate partners who give generously to champion the potential in every young person at Boys & Girls Clubs," said Julie Teer, chief development and public affairs officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Thank you also to the thousands of customers, including many Boys & Girls Club alumni, who will donate this holiday season. With your help, Boys & Girls Clubs help close the opportunity gap that exists for so many kids today – supporting and enabling impactful opportunities to the future problem-solvers, innovators, and leaders who will shape our world."

No matter the season, Boys & Girls Clubs of America encourages everyone to engage in community service and giving. Visit to learn more about how to give back throughout the holidays and the rest of the year.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,400 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Learn more at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Facebook and Twitter.

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The emoji company has partnered with Retail Monster LLC to take its brand phenomenon to a new level


The emoji company ( has appointed US brand extension company Retail Monster LLC ( as its new US agent.

With their "Retailer First" strategy, Retail Monster will aggressively support and grow the brand in existing and new categories through retailer and licensee collaboration.  

"We are thrilled to work with Retail Monster- their best-in-class retail and licensing relationships are what the emoji company was looking for to evolve the emoji® brand at retail, and continue to establish the brand as an evergreen, universal lifestyle brand," says Marco Husges, chief executive officer and founder, the emoji company. "Retail Monster's ability to give a brand all-hands-on-deck focus will surely drive opportunities across retail."  

"We are excited to work with Marco and the team at the emoji company" says Michael Connolly, founder, Retail Monster LLC.  "The emoji® brand is one that connects with consumers of all ages, and we are thrilled to work with partners to drive meaningful, year-round cross-category opportunity through strong retail strategies and collaboration."  

About emoji® - The Iconic Brand

The emoji company is the owner of the registered emoji® trademark in more than 100 countries around the globe. Altogether the emoji company owns more than 800 trademarks and has created more than 16,000 icons protected under copyright laws and available for licensing and merchandising, promotions and marketing activities. The emoji company works with over 550 renown global partners including Sony Pictures Animation, Walmart, Fuji, Nestle, Tesco and Burger King and was ranked by the Powerlist as the 3rd most influential brand in 2017 behind Lego and Coca Cola.

The official emoji® brand moreover has been decorated by the industry as the 3rd most influential brand. For more information visit: or contact:



GODZILLA Becomes a Real Star

Japanese Iconic Monster Named as a Constellation by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space 


Godzilla and its heat ray have devised as a constellation by NASA and scientists with NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. This was the part of celebration of mission’s 10th year of operations.

“The number of different sources mapped by Fermi’s LAT had expanded to about 3,000 — 10 times the number known before the mission,” said Goddard’s Elizabeth Ferrara, who led the constellation project. “For the first time ever, the number of known gamma-ray sources was comparable to the number of visible stars, so we thought a new set of constellations was a great way to illustrate the point.” (Generally known 88 constellations such as Orion and Cassiopeia are devised by International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Godzilla's trademark weapon is its "heat ray," a fiery jet. This bears at least a passing resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars. When matter falls toward a black hole, vast amounts of energy are released. Gas falling toward the black hole is compressed and heated to millions of degrees and glows brightly near the black hole. Other selected characters include Hulk, the product of a gamma-ray experiment gone awry, and Little Prince, the famous fictional visitor asteroid B 612.

 "Of the objects seen by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, many lie outside our own Milky Way galaxy,” says Elizabeth Ferrara of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “Most of these sources are actually distant galaxies with gigantic black holes at their centers, called Active Galactic Nuclei. These black holes create jets of energetic particles flowing away from the galaxy’s center and creating beams of gamma rays. In the Godzilla constellation, the monster's heat ray is a representation of these jets of particles detected by Fermi."

It has been 64 years since Godzilla first appeared in the eponymous film in 1954. The franchise now includes 29 live-action feature films produced by Toho, one ongoing animated trilogy streaming globally on NETFLIX, and one multi-movie series by Legendary and Warner Bros. The latest installment, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” comes to theaters in 2019. In addition to these audiovisual contents, Toho continues to deliver new and exciting ways to showcase the monster character like the Godzilla exhibition held in Taiwan this Summer. In 2019, Godzilla will celebrate its 65th anniversary, one of the many milestones in its evolving chronicles.

Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan.

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Woobo Launches New Version of Interactive AI Robot Designed for Kids

A smart companion who sparks curiosity and fosters early development in children aged 4 and up


Boston - Woobo recently announced that its interactive AI robot is now available for pre-order on its newly redesigned website. Boston-based startup, Woobo, Inc., first launched this smart companion in December 2017 after raising an impressive $360,000 from their Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns.

Woobo is a cuddly, plush robot who is approximately 10.5″ tall and 10.5″ wide. Woobo weighs about 1.5 pounds and includes a parent app for iOS and Android setup and control capabilities. Incorporating some important feedback from customers into the design, Woobo v1.5 will retail for $149 and is slated to ship around mid-September.

Woobo harnesses innovative technology to create a ‘smart’ companion that’s not only cuddly but enhances kids’ educational and emotional development. This artificial intelligence (AI)-based toy serves as a learning launch pad that sparks a child’s curiosity and encourages exploration. A functional education and entertainment platform within a soft and goofy robot-playmate, Woobo can talk, express feelings, tell stories, sing songs, and play games with kids. Woobo gets smarter and more engaging with each new interaction.

“Children love exploring and having fun with an interactive playmate who can match their curiosity, and parents want an educational companion who gives their kids a taste of learning,” said Feng Tan, founder and CEO of Woobo, Inc. “Woobo is an interactive robot friend who introduces kids to new concepts through fun and interactive learning experiences. It’s a learning launch pad and a talking puppy rolled into one!”

Woobo v1.5 will have a rectangular screen that ensures increased screen visibility and sturdier wires in the paw buttons that are used to turn the toy on and off and in navigating the menu.

The content library is getting a major boost with the release of this updated version.

It will now include:

  • A new game called Woobo’s World which will let kids explore exciting landscapes and new characters that are an integral part of Woobo’s story.
  • A new set of changeable facial expression packages.
  • In-app purchases to access third-party content.
  • Free unlimited access to the original content library -- games and activities (40), songs (50) and stories (approximately 25) -- that is updated on a regular basis.

“When you give your child a Woobo, you’re providing them with a safe gateway to a world of curiosity and imagination,” said Tan. “We promise you this: Woobo is the smartest, most engaging robotic playmate your child will ever have.”

Click here to pre-order Woobo!

Follow Woobo’s journey on Instagram and Facebook.

About Woobo

Woobo is a Boston-based company founded by MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard alumni to produce a vocal and interactive AI robot for child companionship and educational development. Woobo provides a functional education and entertainment platform within a cuddly, engaging robot playmate that brings kids joy and interactive learning. Woobo can talk, answer questions, express emotion, tell stories, sing songs, and play games with kids of any age. For more information, visit

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The World of Eric Carle has partnered with J.S. Pancake to launch The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed pop-up cafés and menu items at J.S. Pancakes 14 locations across Japan. J.S. Pancake will feature themed foods, fanciful interior design and licensed merchandise opened on October 3rd  and will continue for 4 months, closing January 31, 2019.

Eric Carle is highly respected in Japan, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar has fueled a very successful consumer products program for infants and toddlers. The collaboration with J.S. Pancake provides fans an opportunity to enjoy a themed environments in one of Japan’s popular destinations, and a menu featuring fruit and foods from the iconic book including matcha parfait, fruit drinks, apple pancakes and more! 

The Cafe is an extension of the brand’s enormous success in Japan. Episodic Pop-up shops in major department stores, The Art of Eric Carle travelling exhibit in key cities in Japan thru Fall 2019, consumer products in key retailers Aeon, Graphis, United Arrows, Toys R Us and specialty stores, and the longest collaboration in Hello Kitty history sold in all Sanrio locations, have established The World of Eric Carle as leading children’s brand.

The licensing campaign for The World of Eric Carle is managed in Japan by licensing company Cosmo Merchandising Co., Ltd. through the worldwide agent, The Joester Loria Group.



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