FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hepatitis B Foundation Sponsors First Friday Doylestown in May
(Feature Appearance from Doylestown Native and NBC 10 Meteorologist)
DOYLESTOWN, PA (May 9, 2008) –The Hepatitis B Foundation sponsored First Friday Doylestown on May 2nd in support of National Hepatitis Awareness Month for a third consecutive year.
The Foundation’s continued commitment to sponsoring First Friday Doylestown is to raise awareness among local community leaders, educators, business owners and residents that one in 20 Americans has been affected by hepatitis B. That means, “Someone you know and love has been touched by the deadly virus,” according to Peggy Farley, Community Relations Manager for the Foundation. During the evening, Hepatitis B Foundation staff and volunteers were on hand to speak to members of the public about their work.
The Foundation’s tent featured Michelle Grossman NBC 10 EarthWatch Meteorologist; local singer/songwriters Christy Jefferson & Band and The Waltons; O’Liver, the Hepatitis B Foundation’s mascot; a display of Cold Spring Elementary School students’ artwork; hepatitis B literature for adults and youth and much more. The event ran from 6 pm to 9:30 pm and was FREE.
For the Foundation, First Friday Doylestown is an evening to celebrate the arts and raise awareness about the good work it is doing in the community. The Foundation distributed information about their upcoming Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour in which a young man infected with the hepatitis b virus will ride his bike from Pensacola, Fla., to Philadelphia to promote awareness of hepatitis B. Foundation representatives were also available to answer questions and to share the public health programs that the Foundation offers the community.
Featured Entertainment at the Hepatitis B Foundation Tent (parking lot at Main and Hamilton Streets)
- Celebrity guest, Michelle Grossman NBC 10 EarthWatch Meteorologist who met with members of the community for photos and to sign autographs
- Photo opportunities with the Foundation’s mascot, O’Liver
- Cold Spring Elementary School students’ artwork on display
- Opening act performance: The Waltons Band
- Headline performance: Christy Jefferson & Band
About the Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected with hepatitis B worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. The Foundation is located in the new Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, which it created to expand and accelerate its research mission. For more information, visit www.hepb.org or call (215) 489-4900.
About First Friday Doylestown
First Friday Doylestown was designed to generate excitement for visiting historic Doylestown, build a greater sense of community and foster a better appreciation for local artists and musicians. Each participating venue will display a First Friday Doylestown flag outside their shops, restaurants or business so that visitors know they are open for business and entertainment. Just follow the yellow-and-black flags around town to discover a new side of Doylestown!