December 17, 2013: Give Fruitcake a Makeover, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Inductees, Tragedy at World Cup Stadium Site

By Beth Kormanik December 17, 2013, 8:02 AM EST

1. TRY THIS: FRUITCAKE POPS: The holiday dessert with the worst reputation gets a makeover with these fruitcake ice cream pops. Mashable: “Picture vanilla ice cream, flavored with tart dried fruits, coconut flakes, nutty pecans and wintery spices, and dipped in sweet dulce de leche. These cool pops are the perfect complement to hot mulled cider on a chilly evening.”

2. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES INDUCTEES: Kiss, Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens are among the inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which will host an induction ceremony April 10 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in an event open to the public. USA Today: ”'We know that engaging the fans is a huge opportunity,' says Joel Peresman, president/CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. 'It gives them a chance to be a part of the ceremony, but it also adds a palpable energy to the event. Once we decided to open the ceremony to the public in New York, that had a huge impact on the decision to have it at Barclays Center.'”

3. WORLD CUP STADIUM CONSTRUCTION HALTED: Brazil continues to struggle to build a dozen new stadiums for the World Cup soccer tournament next year, with its latest setback coming as a judge halted construction on a site where a builder fell from the roof and died. BBC News: “Half of the 12 stadiums being built for the tournament are behind schedule. Working conditions are ‘unacceptably dangerous’ and the contractors could be fined, authorities say. … Several construction workers have now died at venues connected with the World Cup as Brazil rushes to complete its stadiums on schedule.”


BOSTON:  The ISES New England chapter hosts its holiday gala tonight at the JFK Museum. The silent auction will raise funds for the Merit Scholarship, which sends deserving ISES members to ISES Live.

CHICAGO:  Jenny McCarthy will host a “Naughty and Nice” Holiday Bash at Parliament on December 20. The event benefits McCarthy's charity, Generation Rescue.

Project Rescue Chicago will host its “Freezin For a Reason” fund-raiser on January 11. The event sees animal-lovers plunging into an icy cold Lake Michigan to raise funds for the animal rescue organization.

LAS VEGAS:  The MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas have several new key executive roles: Gregg Herning is the vice president of sales at MGM Grand, Stephanie Glanzer is the vice president of sales at Mandalay Bay, Bryan Gay is the vice president of sales at the Mirage, and Tony Yousfi is the vice president of sales at Aria.

LOS ANGELES:  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has wrapped its Light the Night Walk fund-raising campaign. A crowd of 3,000 walkers headed down Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood carrying lighted balloons as part of one of four local walks held to raise money for the the organization. Held yearly, similar events take place around the country; the local component raised more than $1,250,000 and drew 6,500 walkers. Sunday Sol Events produced. 

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  W South Beach hotel is hosting New Year's Eve events at its nightclub, Wall, featuring DJ Michael Brun, as well as at Wet, its pool area, with DJ Dirty South/Dragan.

NEW YORK:  Officials from the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, the N.F.L., and the New Jersey Department of Transportation will discuss the weather preparedness plan for Super Bowl XLVIII at a briefing Wednesday. More than 400,000 visitors are expected to come to the region for game-related events, and about 80,000 will attend the game itself, which will be played in the open-air MetLife Stadium.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Oliver & Bonacini has announced a collaborative venture with INK Entertainment to manage the good services and entertainment operations at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto.

WASHINGTON:  Lance London, chef and owner of the Carolina Kitchen, is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Soiree Toy Drive Thursday at the Carnegie Library with performances from Biz Markie and DJ Quik. Toys and donations benefit Children’s National Medical Center, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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