Cohen & Grigsby Celebrates the Arts in Southwest Florida with Launch of Applause Magazine

Firm Hosting Magazine Launch Event on February 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 11, 2013 – Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, is celebrating the thriving arts scene in Southwest Florida by launching Applause magazine. A new publication, Applause showcases the artists and organizations that contribute to the area’s rich cultural arts experience. The firm will unveil Applauseduring an invitation only launch party on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples (280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL). During the event, invited guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and chamber performance.

“At Cohen & Grigsby, we believe that an investment in the arts is an investment in a region’s future,” said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby. “Working in conjunction with many of the firm’s clients, we’re committed to bringing awareness to the amazing artists and organizations that influence the rich cultural scene in Southwest Florida. Applause offers a behind-the scenes look at some of these artists, while also furthering our mission to underscore the positive impact that the arts can have on the communities where we live and work.”

The inaugural issue of Applause features profiles and interviews with local artists, including Kristen Coury, producing artistic director and principle show director at Gulfshore Playhouse; Rick Borman, president and producer for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series and Jill Fralick, chief of staff, Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series; Steffanie Pearce, acclaimed American soprano and founder and artistic director of Opera Naples; Mally Khorasantchi, painter and recent past president of the United Arts Council; and Theresa Hobart Bill, producer, director, actress, puppeteer and teacher at The Naples Players community theater company.

Each profile in Applause delves into the artists’ passions and contributions to the cultural arts in Southwest Florida. The artists were interviewed in their cultural environment, and the articles are accompanied by portraits of each artist.


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