July 30, 2014: CW Network Announces Award Show for Dogs, Brand Criticized for Poor Choice in Conference Swag, Dozens of Couples Get Married at Las Vegas Denny's

By Beth Kormanik July 30, 2014, 8:16 AM EDT

1. CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES AWARD SHOW FOR DOGS: Man’s best friend will have its own award show in a new event from the CW called “The World of Dog Awards,” which will debut in the middle of awards season in January 2015. Los Angeles Times: “‘The World Dog Awards’ promise to honor the greatest achievements of man's best friend in the fields of entertainment, health services and the military. And everyday dogs who somehow managed to find fame through the Internet will also be honored. … Categories will include 'best actor in a supporting role to a dog' and 'outstanding achievement in the field,' which will recognize dogs who have risked their lives for humans or shown outstanding kindness to another animal.”

2. BRAND CRITICIZED FOR POOR CHOICE IN CONFERENCE SWAG: At the conference BlogHer, the toddler-focused brand Bright Starts had to stop giving out its swag: a realistic-looking pill bottle with candy inside. The freebies were part of a photo booth setup that also asked attendees to dress up like a baby. Adweek: “These were promotional items created for adults attending the conference, and not something you can expect to see on store shelves. Still, as blogger Morgan Shanahan points out, it's a bad idea to put candy in medicine containers, especially when you know they're likely to end up back in homes with children.”

3. DOZENS OF COUPLES GET MARRIED AT LAS VEGAS DENNY'S: Since a Las Vegas Denny's restaurant created its own wedding chapel, 33 couples have chosen the venue to get married. Huffington Post: “According to the in-store wedding coordinator, saying your 'I do's' at the famous diner costs as little as $199 and includes use of the wedding chapel, a photo booth, a champagne toast, two wedding-themed Denny's T-shirts, a 'Pancake Puppie' wedding cake, decorations, a bouquet, a boutonniere and a wedding certificate.”


ATLANTA:  Meeting Professionals International's Georgia chapter hosted its 14th annual Phoenix Awards July 22 at the Fox Theatre.

CHICAGO:  On September 13, the Adler Planetarium Women’s Board will host the Celestial Ball. The black-tie gala is expected to raise more than $1.3 million for the planetarium’s programs.

HOUSTON:  Four Seasons Hotel Houston announced two recent appointments: Michael Nenner is now hotel manager and Laura Pettitt is director of public relations.

LOS ANGELES:  Pauley Pavilion was badly flooded as part of a water main break at the University of California—Los Angeles Tuesday. USA Today:

Futurist and business strategist Peter Schwartz will deliver the keynote presentation at the Connected Car Expo on November 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference takes place in conjunction with Los Angeles Auto Show Press & Trade Days.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation's 10th anniversary party is September 18 at Vibe Las Olas. The event’s presenting sponsors are Vibe and Premier Beverage, and production is by Events by Vento Designs. Founder Sandra Muvdi had wanted to cancel the benefit because of her own cancer diagnosis, but Katie Leibick of Premier Beverage stepped in to save the event.

NEW YORK:  The first Central Park Horse Show Presented by Rolex is scheduled for September 18-21 at Trump Rink. Events will include show jumping, dressage, and a polo match.

To promote the Lipstick Queen Endless Summer line, the brand will host a popsicle cart Friday at the Space NK counter at Bloomingdales 59th Street. In addition to the frozen treats, customers can take home product samples.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  The Veld Music Festival, which showcases electronic dance music acts, will take over Downsview Park August 2-3. Performers include Iggy Azalea and Calvin Harris.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will host a symposium titled “The Second Amendment’s Past, Present & Future” Thursday at the National Press Club.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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