July 7, 2014: Drones Record July 4th Fireworks, Finalists Named for 2022 Winter Olympics, New York Marathon Picks Controversial Sponsor

By Beth Kormanik July 7, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

1. DRONES RECORD JULY 4TH FIREWORKS: The trend at fireworks displays across the country this Independence Day was to have drones record the pyrotechnics using GoPro cameras and other recording devices. Here’s one example from Nashville’s fireworks show. The Tennessean:

2. FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS: After three other contenders dropped out of consideration, the three finalists to host the 2022 Winter Olympics are Beijing, Oslo, and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Associated Press: “The IOC executive board approved all three as official candidate cities, sending them through to the final stage of the campaign, rather than cut the decimated field any further. The cities must submit their detailed bid files to the IOC by next January. The host city will then be selected by the full IOC membership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, 2015.”

3. NEW YORK MARATHON PICKS CONTROVERSIAL SPONSOR: The hotel industry is taking issue with one of the newest sponsors of the New York Marathon: the short-term home rental company Airbnb. New York Daily News: “Airbnb seems intent on increasing its presence in the city, despite an ongoing investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into whether some hosts are violating state law by renting their apartments. The company recently launched an aggressive ad campaign in the subways featuring New Yorkers who rent out their flats by the night. The hotel industry on Thursday attacked New York Road Runners Club for teaming up with Airbnb. ‘It’s a questionable decision by an important New York institution like the Road Runners to partner with a company struggling with regulators here in New York City and throughout the world,’ said Josh Gold, political director for the Hotel Trades Council, a union representing hotel workers.”


COAST TO COAST:  J.C. Penney is sponsoring country singer Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier” tour, which runs through October 5, and has launched a tweet–to–donate social media campaign to support the U.S.O. For every post that uses #JCPANDBLAKE4USO and @JCPENNEY, JCPenney will donate $1 to the U.S.O., up to $200,000.

CHICAGO:  Michelle Durpetti Events is looking for volunteers for a benefit for the Tripp Healy Foundation on July 11. The event is a barbecue in Evanston; volunteers are needed for late afternoon or evening shifts. For more information, email

LAS VEGAS:  Braintrust Marketing & Communications has merged operations with Scott & Company, a creative design and digital agency formerly known as 1010 Collective. The resultant company will continue operations as Braintrust Marketing & Communications.

LOS ANGELES:  Dodger Stadium has upgraded its beer offerings to include a greater selection of local craft beers. Los Angeles Times:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Panache, a Classic Party Rentals company, named William Rivera as its operations manager.

NEW YORK:  New York Innovative Theatre Awards will host a nominee announcement and 10-year birthday party July 21 at XL Nightclub.

The St. Francis Food Pantries 12th annual Women of Valor Awards Tea is July 31 at the Waldorf-Astoria.

The Digital Publishing Innovation Summit is July 16-17 at Marriott East Side.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The second annual American International Motorcycle Expo is October 16-19 at the Orange County Convention Center.

SALT LAKE CITY:  Summit, the digital marketing conference, is slated for March 9-13.

SAN DIEGO:  Warner Brothers Television Group will present 15 series at Comic-Con International: San Diego and is planning an event July 26 co-hosted by DC Entertainment that will feature superheroes and villains, screenings, special appearances, and the world premiere of Gotham.

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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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