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Benjamin Franklin 300th Birthday Celebration: Official Suppliers
January 18, 2006
Philadelphia, PA
Press contact:
Sharon Murphy, Alta Communications
Phone: (215) 790-7867

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary birthday celebrations would not have been possible without the generosity and creativity of the following organizations.

Official Birthday Celebration Cake Designer: Weber-Prianti Scenic Studio

Weber-Prianti Scenic Studio designed and constructed the amazing eight-foot-high, 14-foot-wide birthday cake that is the centerpiece of the January 17 celebration. The three layers comprising the cake were fabricated from wood and plastic, and frosted with scenic “goop” made from tile adhesive and pigment. Each cake level is adorned with 100 birthday candles, which are electronically controlled and simulate a moving flame, through a theatrical “special effect.” Personalized for the man of honor, framed images of Franklin’s many accomplishments surround the three layers.

Weber-Prianti Scenic Studio has designed and fabricated scenery for stage, television, and film for over 20 years, in addition to fabricating exhibits and displays for Corporate America and creating theme décor for parties and Corporate Events. Clients of Weber-Prianti include The Coors Brewing Company, The QVC Network, CNN, Mattel, Lexus, K-Mart and Walt Disney World.

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Official Champagne: HEIDSIECK & Co MONOPOLE

VRANKEN AMERICA a subsidiary of VRANKEN POMMERY MONOPOLE (France) has generously contributed 150 bottles of its world-renowned champagne for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration – 90 bottles of Heidsieck & C° Monopole Blue Top and 60 bottles of Heidsieck & C° Monopole Blue Top Premier Cru.

VRANKEN AMERICA’s, importer of Champagne Diamant, Demoiselle, Charles Lafitte 1834 and Heidsieck & Co Monopole, objective is to conquer every Champagne-tasting moment with the twin forces of Prestige and Luxury. It has considerable assets to achieve this: dedicated team, dynamism of the “Chefs de Maison” since the 18th Century, innovative products and above all its continuously strong International Brands.

“It is our House’s duty to carry on the tradition of innovation by crafting trendy, seductive products,” Paul-Francois Vranken.

There is no life without creation: the VRANKEN POMMERY MONOPOLE Company’s Brands now embody the Creator’s Champagnes that knowingly touch and seduce so many connoisseurs the world over.

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Iron Hill Brewery and Poor Richard’s Ale

Throughout January, Americans will be able to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday with a glass of “Poor Richard’s Ale.” This special brew, available nationwide, was carefully crafted by Tony Simmons of Pagosa Brewing Co. (Pagosa Springs, CO) to resemble the flavor of a beer that Franklin himself might have enjoyed. Simmons’ winning recipe was selected by a panel of judges, brought together by the Brewers Association, in cooperation with the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.

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Locally, the following breweries are featuring Poor Richard’s Ale:

• Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA • Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, North Wales, PA