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Communications Partners Selected for Countess de Hoernle “Our Legend, Her Legacy” 100th Birthday Celebration Gala and Community Appreciation Initiative

MEDIA CONTACT: KAYE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 561-392-5166
BONNIE S. KAYE  bkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3099  JON A. KAYE  jkaye@kcompr.com (C) 561-756-3097

HENRIETTA, COUNTESS DE HOERNLE GCSJ, MMSJ
Our Legend, Her Legacy

“GIVE WHILE YOU LIVE, SO YOU KNOW WHERE IT GOES.”
“I’M AN AMERICAN BY CHOICE.”
“GIVING STARTS AT HOME AND BOCA RATON IS MY HOME.”
–Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

COMMUNICATIONS PARTNERS SELECTED 
FOR HENRIETTA, THE COUNTESS DE HOERNLE, “OUR LEGEND, HER LEGACY”
100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION GALA
AND COMMUNITY APPRECIATION INITIATIVE

BOCA RATON, FL (July 3, 2012)- The executive committee for the official Henrietta, The Countess de Hoernle “Our Legend, Her Legacy” 100th Birthday Celebration have announced its official C100 communications partners: C100 Sapphire Benefactor and Strategic Communications and Community and Media Relations Event Partner Kaye Communications, Inc. (www.kcompr.com); Silver Patron and Web/Online Event Partner Forté Interactive, Inc. (www.forteinteractive.com), and Multimedia & Social Media Event Partner New Epic Media, Inc. (www.newepicmedia.com). These three industry leaders in their respective fields will work collaboratively under the direction of C100 CEO Greg Schultz and C100 Media Relations Chair Joe Maltese for presenting sponsor, The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida.

Joe Maltese reports that the C100 Communications Partners were selected for their expertise, proven track records, and longstanding history of and dedication to community engagement. They will assist in empowering C100 leadership and other event partners in generating awareness of and engagement in the festivities planned to honor the Countess, sharing on-going C100 news updates, and helping fulfill The Countess’s personal 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton nonprofits.

According to Maltese:

Kaye Communications, Inc., a Boca Raton-based “Seriously Strategic!℠” integrated marketing and public relations firm that develops distinguishing and “game changing” brand strategies, multi-channel communications programs, market-relevant messaging and original content, and community engagement initiatives for local and national clients, is responsible for the planning and implementation of C100 strategic messaging and communications planning, and community and media relations. Led by its principals, Bonnie and Jon Kaye, the firm has developed and presented a multi-audience and community partner focused plan for C100 that includes event counsel and awareness outreach; local, regional, and national media relations; and the conception and development of an engagement plan for a communitywide initiative that includes the creation of a record-breaking birthday card and a “Red, White & Boca-Blue” Countess Appreciation Day. To learn more, visit www.kcompr.com, or call 561-392-5166.

Forté Interactive, Inc., a proven leader in nonprofit web development and technology consulting, has designed, built, populated, and launched the C100’s robust, comprehensive “official” web site www.countess100.org as a hot-spot hub of information featuring “all things Countess” along with details about C100 festivities. The firm’s easy-to-navigate website design features key information tabs and incorporated an online fundraising program, custom software development, and easy-to-use web content management.  Forte has been amplifying the impact of nonprofit community through technology since 1999, providing innovative and cost-effective online website solutions through its web-based software technologies. To learn more, visit www.forteinteractive.com or call (866)-55-FORTE.

New Epic Media, Inc., a leader in social media and video marketing, has designed and launched the official C100 Facebook page www.facebook.com/countess100 for which fans are encouraged to “like” and “share”, and a dedicated C100 YouTube page www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala.
 The company is currently in the production process for a commemorative “Our Legend, Her Legacy” retrospective video on the Countess’s life and philanthropic contributions that will debut at the C100 gala. Being produced in its own full-service state-of-the-art studio in West Palm Beach, New Epic Media is blending previously taken photos and recorded video with recently taped personal birthday wishes from community leaders, family and friends to create a heart-warming “look back…and forward” tribute that evening. To learn more, visit www.newepicmedia.com or call (561) 282-0365.

To learn more about the Countess, the gala, sponsorships, and tickets, as well as updates and how to participate  in the “Red, White & Boca-Blue Countess Appreciation Day” festivities, visit www.countess100.org and www.youtube.com/user/Countess100Gala; “Like” Countess on Facebook (www.facebook.com/countess100), and/or call Gala Chair Isabelle K. Paul (561) 391-3424.

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About The C100 Birthday Gala:
On Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s Birthday, Monday, September 24, 2012

To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s immense selfless contributions to the community in royal style, the “Our Legend, Her Legacy” themed benefit gala will be held at Boca West Country Club with more than 700 dignitaries and community, business, and nonprofit leaders donned in black or white tie, military or Scottish equivalent, tiaras, regalia, and decorations for dinner, music, multi-media tributes, dancing, and reminiscing. The evening’s program will include a video retrospective and presentation of a gigantic birthday card signed by thousands from the community she has long supported.

Presented by the Order of St. John, Chaired Dame Isabelle K. Paul DCGSJ and Vice-Chair Dame Alyce E. Erickson DSJ with Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt, the event is being held as a benefit to fulfill the Countess’s 100th birthday wish of raising significant funds to benefit Boca Raton area nonprofits.  Sponsorships at various levels, commemorative journal tribute ads and birthday greetings, tables of 10 and individual seats at $375 per person are available at www.countess100.org. The gala’s program journal will be sent to the Library of Congress, and the Florida State and Boca Raton Historical Societies for inclusion in their historic archives.

About The Countess, “Our Legend, Her Legacy”:
Managing her charitable work from her home since 1981 without any staff, the Countess de Hoernle has selflessly given away more than $40 million of her personal funds to local charities while serving on 16 boards of directors each year for more than 25 years, for more than 30 different charities in her lifetime.  Serving as an indelible and inspiring role model of philanthropy with wisdom and grace, there are more than 40 buildings named in her honor throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, New York and abroad. For more, visit www.countess100.org.

About The Presenting Sponsor: 
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida
The Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller, under Royal Charter and Constitution granted by His Late Majesty King Peter II of Yugoslavia is one of the oldest orders of chivalry in existence and has raised funds to benefit the sick and the poor of the world since 1048 A.D.  The Countess is its patroness and holder of the Order’s Grand Cross of Justice and Medal of Merit. The gala on the occasion of her 100th birthday is organized by the OSJ Commandery of Florida, a not-for-profit charitable 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization.

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