The New York Stock Exchange will celebrate the Inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama, when he is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. To honor this historic occasion, the NYSE will ring the Opening BellSM from the steps of Federal Hall -- the location of the first Inauguration -- with local school children, joined by representatives from the Downtown Alliance and the National Park Service.
The Inauguration will be broadcast live via satellite on a "Jumbotron" screen on Broad Street outside in front of the Exchange, beginning at 11:30am. During the Inauguration, special commemorative snacks will be provided to NYSE employees and trading floor professionals by Planters, a leading brand of Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT), and Honest Tea.
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About the Downtown Alliance
The mission of the Alliance for Downtown New York is to be the principal organization that provides Lower Manhattan’s historic financial district with a premier physical and economic environment, advocates for businesses and property owners and promotes the area as a world-class destination for companies, workers, residents and visitors. The Downtown Alliance manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street.
The National Park Service
Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system – the first of its kind in the world –have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land. People from all around the world visit national parks to experience America's story, marvel at the natural wonders, and have fun. Beyond national parks, the National Park Service helps communities across America preserve and enhance important local heritage and close-to-home recreational opportunities.
About Planters/Kraft Foods
Planters is America’s favorite brand of nuts and includes such varieties as peanuts and cashews, mixed nuts, trail mixes, NUT-rition blends and chocolate-covered nuts. Planters began as a vision in the mind of a young Italian immigrant named Amedeo Obici, and the small business he began in 1906 has grown in to one of the world’s grandest nut companies. For over 100 years, Planters has built its reputation and brand by offering superior quality and product innovation. For more information on Planters, visit www.planters.com.
Planters is part ofKraft Foodswww.kraft.com, the world's second largest food company with annual revenues of approximately $40 billion and sales in more than 150countries. In addition to Planters, Kraft’s products range from American brand icons like Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings, Maxwell House coffees and Oscar Mayer meats, to global powerhouse brands like Oreo and LU biscuits, Philadelphia cream cheeses, Jacobs and Carte Noire coffees, Tang powdered beverages and Milka, Côte d’Or, Lacta and Toblerone chocolates. Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and Ethibel Sustainability Index.
About Honest Tea
Honest Tea is the nation's top-selling organic bottled tea company with a mission to make great-tasting, truly healthy organic beverages sweetened with less sugar and fewer calories than most bottled beverages. Honest Tea's product lines include: Honest Tea ready-to-drink bottled teas in glass and PET #1 bottles, Honest Ade organic thirst quenchers and Honest Kids drink pouches. All varieties are USDA-certified organic and many teas are Fair Trade Certified™. Honest Tea was founded in Bethesda, Maryland in 1998 and has been continuously recognized for its impressive growth and mission-driven business practices. The company has sustained an annual compound growth rate of 66% and was recently named one of The Better World Shopping Guide's "ten best companies on the planet based on their overall social and environmental record." To learn more, please visit: www.honesttea.com.