Sunday, March 28, 2010

Multi-Grammy Winning Performer Rob Thomas to Take Part in Dow Live Earth Run for Water

Register to Run or Walk Now at to See

Rob Thomas Perform Live in Downtown Atlanta

Live Earth Donates $1 to Haiti for U.S. Registrations Received Today through March 18th

Live Earth, organizer of The Dow Live Earth Run for Water, and Atlanta Track Club, race director for the Atlanta event, today announced that Rob Thomas, multi-platinum three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Rob Thomas, will perform live at the Atlanta event taking place at Pemberton Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The largest worldwide water initiative on record to help combat the global water crisis, The Dow Live Earth Run for Water is a series of 6km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to get water), culminating with a water education village and live musical performances, taking place in 80 cities across 40 countries around the world, to raise awareness and funds that will help solve the global water crisis. Pete Wentz, Angelique Kidjo, Alexandra Cousteau, and Jenny Fletcher have already been announced to support events on April 18th.

“I am thrilled to be participating in this important event to bring clean, safe drinking water to the women and children around the world walking 6km every day to sustain their families,” said Rob Thomas. “I encourage the Atlanta community to come out on April 18th because together we can make a difference in the lives of so many.”

Funds raised from the events will benefit Global Water Challenge, a coalition of non profit organizations working to bring clean, safe drinking water to millions of people worldwide. This includes innovative projects that provide clean drinking water to communities in Haiti, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. GWC has invested in previous projects with donations going towards improving access to water in schools and supporting local entrepreneurs who provide market-based solutions. Beginning today, Live Earth will donate $1 for each U.S. registration received between now and March 23 for a special Haiti relief fund through GWC coalition partners CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Population Services, and UNICEF to implement safe drinking water programs on the ground in Haiti. People interested in supporting the Haiti relief fund should register for a Dow Live Earth Run for Water run/walk event in the U.S. before April 1st via The Active Network at, using promotional code HAITI.

“The money raised from these events will help thousands of people in the developing world get access to clean drinking water. We look forward to investing these funds and impacting lives,” said Paul Faeth, President of Global Water Challenge.

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the Chattahoochee River Basin – the drinking water source for 3.5 million people. Established in 1994, UCR works to advocate and secure the preservation and stewardship of the Chatahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, for the people, fish and wildlife that depend on the river system. The Chattahoochee is considered the most used water resource in Georgia, and is one of the most threatened rivers in the United States.

This event will raise awareness about the threats the Chattahoochee faces as well as helping to fund UCR’s work in the field, patrolling the river system, monitoring water quality, educating our community, and more,” said Sally Bethea, Executive Director and Riverkeeper for UCR.

Atlanta's Dow Live Earth Run for Water event will take place in downtown Atlanta with the start/finish at the Water Village area located at Pemberton Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The 6km course will take participants through nearby neighborhoods. The Dow Live Earth Run for Water will start at 8:45 a.m. with the Rob Thomas performance following the run/walk. Thomas will perform songs from his acclaimed current album, cradlesong which includes the chart topping singles “Someday” and “Her Diamonds”.

“As the premier running organization in Atlanta, the Atlanta Track Club is excited to help organize this run/walk to drive awareness of both the global and regional water crisis,” said Tracey Russell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club.

People in Atlanta can register for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water run/walk today via The Active Network at All participants will receive a free online ActiveTrainer plan to help them prepare for the event. A portion of all registration fees for the Atlanta event will go directly to Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Global Water Challenge.

“Live Earth is honoured to have Rob Thomas as part of this global movement to help raise awareness for the global water crisis”, said Kevin Wall, Founder of Live Earth. “Through his commitment, we are able to connect with a wider audience on this important issue and ultimately encourage them to participate in this movement to bring clean, safe, drinking water to the nearly one billion people on this planet in need.”

The Dow Live Earth Run for Water is a global movement focused on the actions individuals can take to effectively address the issue. People are encouraged to START solving the problem today, RUN in a Dow Live Earth Run for Water run/walk in their community or organize their own run/walk through the Friends of Live Earth program, SAVE water in their home and local community through conservation efforts, GIVE money to support clean, safe water projects and SPEAK UP by signing the Live Earth petition to add water as a basic human right to the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.

“As the title sponsor for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, Dow is committed to bringing the science, technology and “human element” it will take to help solve one of the world’s greatest challenges – the global water crisis,” said Ian Barbour, general manager at Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of Dow. “On April 18, 2010, Dow’s 52,000 employees will join people from around the world to help millions of people around the world gain access to safe, clean drinking water.”

For more information about the Dow Live Earth Run for Water visit, and to participate in the Atlanta event, please visit

About the Atlanta Track Club
The Atlanta Track Club is a non-profit organization established to inspire and engage the community to achieve health and fitness through running. With over 9,000 members, the ATC is the second largest running organization in the United States. In addition to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race – the largest running event in the US – and the Atlanta Half Marathon, the Atlanta Track Club directs more than 25 running events per year. For more information on the Atlanta Track Club, please visit

About Global Water Challenge
GWC is a diverse coalition that consists of leading organizations working to provide creative and sustainable solutions for universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation. GWC’s mission is to generate a global movement to meet the urgent need for safe water and sanitation by spurring collective awareness and investment in water supply/sanitation innovation by corporate, public, and nongovernmental actors. Our challenge is to reach people with the tools and education they need to empower themselves. Access to clean water and sanitation leads to healthier, longer and more productive lives, and breaks the cycle of poverty. Water and sanitation are not just human rights, they are human necessities. More information about Global Water Challenge can be found at

About Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group whose mission is to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, for the people, fish, and wildlife that depend upon it. The Chattahoochee provides drinking water for 3.5 million people but is constantly threatened by overuse, pollution, and waste. Since being founded in 1994, UCR has stopped the flow of hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the river system. UCR patrols the river, holds polluters accountable, and works with individuals, businesses, and policy-makers to ensure that we have a healthy river system and enough clean drinking water for now and in years to come. UCR has more than 4500 members and was the 11th licensed program in the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Learn more at

About Live Earth
Founded by Emmy-winning producer Kevin Wall, in partnership with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Live Earth was built upon the belief that entertainment has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers to move the world community to action. A for-profit company, Live Earth seeks to leverage the power of entertainment through integrated events, media and the live experience to ignite a global movement aimed at solving the most critical environmental issues of our time. More information about Live Earth can be found at

About Dow
Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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Atlanta Hawks Star Josh Smith and NBA Ledend Steve Smith Get New Jobs at Official NBA Shop at Champs Sports

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith and NBA legend Steve Smith will help excite Atlanta basketball fans for the all-new Official NBA Shop at Champs Sports at Lenox Mall in Atlanta.

The public is invited, and fans will have the chance to shop with Josh and Steve and have them help them pick out adidas NBA gear. They will also spend time working the register and meeting fans.

Josh will switch out of the navy and red of his Hawks uniform, and Steve will put down his NBA TV microphone to dawn the official uniform of Champs Sports employees and become a personal shoppers for a few lucky fans.

Fans that attend will also have the opportunity to enter raffles to win signed adidas NBA gear, Hawks tickets, and other prizes.

Monday, March 29
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Champs Sports @ Lenox Square Mall
3393 Peachtree Road NE, Space 2020
Atlanta, GA 30326

About the Official NBA Shop at Champs Sports

In February 2010, the NBA, adidas and Champs Sports partnered to launch the official NBA Shop at Champs Sports. The shop has debuted in 69 Champs Sports stores across the country and will be in their remaining 486 stores nationwide by the start of the 2010-11 NBA season. The NBA Shop at Champs Sports is a dedicated retail space featuring a wide assortment of adidas NBA performance and lifestyle apparel, including on-court products, fashion collections, and exclusive adidas NBA apparel and accessories year round. adidas is the league’s official uniform and apparel provider.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Thrashers Recall Forward Tim Stapleton from Chicago (AHL)

The Atlanta Thrashers have recalled forward Tim Stapleton from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

Stapleton, 27, has registered 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 71 games with Chicago this season. The 5-9, 160-pound right wing has set a new career high in goals, while ranking eighth in the league and second on the club. He leads the Wolves with three shorthanded goals, ranks second in points and plus/minus rating (plus-24), and is third in assists.

The La Grange, Ill., native made his NHL debut last season, scoring one goal in four games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 150 career AHL games with Portland, Toronto and Chicago he has posted 142 points (57 goals, 85 assists).

Stapleton was acquired by the Thrashers on July 1, 2009 along with defenseman Pavel Kubina from Toronto in exchange for defenseman Garnet Exelby and forward Colin Stuart. He was originally signed by the Maple Leafs as a free agent on June 6, 2008.

Tickets for all regular-season Thrashers games at Philips Arena can be purchased by visiting, calling (800) 326-4000, or by visiting the Philips Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster Ticket Outlet.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

geneRACEtion 2010 Saturday May 22 at 8am

Grant Park, Atlanta

Show your support for Kate's Club and Senior Citizens Services as we walk, run and race to raise awareness and funding for two deserving groups in our community.

The event will take place in Grant Park outside of Zoo Atlanta, and is open to all fitness levels, with everything from a 2K fun run/walk to a Peachtree Road Race 10K qualifier event, plus great after race festivities.

Go to to register today and find out about great pledge-raising and fund raising opportunities you can engage in to help these great causes.

Cost: $25 pre-reg by 5/21/10; $30 up to race day.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ehrler with Commanding Lead at FLW Tour Event

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup which will be held Aug. 5- 8 at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Ga., where they could win as much as $600,000 – the sport’s biggest award.

Melton Wins Co-Angler Title, $25,000

BRANSON, Mo. (March 5, 2010) – National Guard pro Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., caught a 5-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces Friday to maintain the lead at the FLW Tour event presented by Cabela’s on Table Rock Lake advancing to the top-5 as the crucial No. 1 seed. With a three-day catch of 15-bass weighing 52-14 he now holds a 13-pound, 15-ounce lead in the tournament going in to the final day of competition.

“I feel very fortunate,” said Ehrler, who will be making his 21st top-10 appearance which includes six tour wins in just five years. “I have never been in this position before (leading by nearly 14 pounds). I once saw FLW Tour pro David Fritts go into the final day of competition with an 18-20 pound lead and I thought, wow, that would be real nice. Now, I’m just real nervous.”

Ehrler had been fishing the same underwater point all week long and hopes it holds out one more day. He believes that it’s a staging area right now and the fish are just waiting there for the water to warm up. It’s an area that goes from deep to shallow with a lot of timber and rocks. He has been enjoying an incredible early bite and really hasn’t caught any keepers past noon. All but about five pounds of his total weight have come from this magical area.

Rounding out the top-5 pros and advancing to the final day’s competition are:

2nd: Ron Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., five bass, 14-4 for a three day total of 13 bass, 38-15
3rd: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., four bass, 9-14 for a three day total of 14 bass, 38-14
4th: Greg Pugh, Cullman, Ala., four bass, 9-5 for a three day total of 13 bass, 38-8
5th: Mike Wurm, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 7-9 for a three day total of 13 bass, 37-12

The rest of the top-10 pros include some of the greatest anglers in the world and they are:

6th: National Guard pro Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 35-14, $17,000
7th: Mark Rose, Marion, Ark., 14 bass, 34-9, $16,000
8th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 13 bass, 33-6, $15,000
9th: Adam Wagner, Cookeville, Tenn., 13 bass, 32-4, $14,000
10th: Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Bryant, Ark., 12 bass, 31-11, $13,000

Overall there were 238 bass weighing 600 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 148 pros Friday. The catch included only 11 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup which will be held Aug. 5- 8 at Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Ga., where they could win as much as $600,000 – the sport’s biggest award.

Shane Melton of Greentown, Ind., won the Co-angler Division and $25,000 Friday with a three-day total of 9 bass weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces followed by Brad Roberts of Nancy, Ky., in second place with 8 bass weighing 26-1 worth $9,862.

Melton opened the tournament in first place and never looked back. On Wednesday he had the only five bass limit weighing 13-9 while fishing with pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. On Thursday, he maintained the lead on the strength of three bass weighing 6-15 while fishing with pro Mark Rose of Marion, Ark. He sealed the win Friday with only one-bass weighing 6-2 while fishing with pro Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, Ill.

“I have been nervous all day,” said Melton, who earned his first FLW Tour co-angler victory. “I just had a great week, I got to fish with my heroes, some of the best anglers in the world and I am just thrilled. I was so nervous up on stage I forgot my wife’s name! I still can’t believe it Fishing is my peace. Phenomenal is the only way to describe this week.”

While fishing with three different pros one of the only things that remained consistent for Melton was his bait. He caught all his fish using Mann’s Sting Ray Grub in deep water.

Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers are:

3rd: Mark Myers, Cedar Falls, Iowa, seven bass, 18-13, $7,395
4th: Van Roy Foster, Jr., Dalton, Ga., five bass, 16-5, $4,928
5th: Sean Stepp, Stafford, Va., five bass, 16-4, $3,942
6th: Todd Lee, Jasper, Ala., five bass, 15-9, $2,955
7th: Teddy Bradley, Mishawaka, Ind., seven bass, 15-6, $2,462
8th: Mike Foree, Osage Beach, Mo., six bass, 13-12, 1,968
9th: Jerry Willis, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 13-4, $1,722
10th: Chad Parks, Olive Branch, Miss., six bass, 13-2, $1,475

Co-anglers are also fishing for valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.

Overall there were 83 bass weighing 227 pounds, 10 ounces caught by 148 co-anglers Friday. The catch included only one five-bass limit.

The remaining five pros will take off at 7 Saturday morning from Table Rock State Park Marina located at 380 State Park Marina Road (Highway 165 South) in Branson. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at the Branson Convention Center located at 200 West Main Street in Branson, Mo., beginning at 4 p.m.

Fans will be treated to a Family Fun Zone & Outdoor Expo at the Branson Convention Center; the event continues on. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. prior to the final weigh-in. There will be a drawing for a Can-Am ATV and rod and reel combos will be given to the first 300 kids under 14 in attendance on Saturday. The Family Fun Zone & Outdoor Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and the opportunity to learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, additional information and to register for the ATV, visit

Coverage of the Table Rock Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. “FLW Outdoors,” will air April 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 ET. “FLW Outdoors,” hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Thrashers Acquire Evgeny Artyukhin from Anaheim for Nathan Oystrick and a Conditional Draft Choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired forward Evgeny Artyukhin from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Nathan Oystrick and a conditional draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

Artyukhin, 26, has appeared in 37 games this season with the Ducks, posting nine points (five goals, four assists). The 6-4, 255-pound right wing set career highs in games played (73), goals (six) and penalty minutes (151) during the 2008-09 season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Moscow, Russia, native has tallied 42 points (14 goals, 28 assists) and 282 penalty minutes in 182 career NHL games with the Ducks and Lightning. Artyukhin also appeared in five NHL playoff games with the Lightning during the 2005-06 season, tallying one goal. He has earned 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 102 career American Hockey League games with Hershey and Springfield.

Artyukhin was originally selected by the Lightning in the third round, 94th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

Oystrick, 27, has recorded 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) and a plus-six rating in 41 games with the Chicago Wolves (AHL) this season. He appeared in 53 games with the Thrashers during his rookie season in 2008-09, recording 12 points (four goals, eight assists).

The 6-0, 205-pound defenseman has tallied 114 points (37 goals, 77 assists) in 203 career AHL games with the Wolves. He has earned 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 39 AHL post-season contests and helped the Wolves capture the 2008 Calder Cup.

The Regina, Saskatchewan, native was selected by the Thrashers in the seventh round, 198th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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