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Dove scores with football party in NYC

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Football and chocolate fans gathered in New York City’s Times Square on Monday, Sept. 13, to celebrate a new campaign from Dove chocolate.

The Dove chocolate football party not only marked the kickoff of football season, but also encouraged football fans to make Dove chocolate part of their game day ritual. The free event featured such games as swing bowling and the Dove Promises match game, as well as free samples of Dove chocolate and tailgate-style dishes for visitors. The Dove chocolate football party was officiated by Holly Robinson Peete, an actress, "The Celebrity Apprentice" finalist and wife of former pro-football quarterback Rodney Peete.

“I am thrilled to help fellow fans kick off the football season by kicking back with Dove chocolate," Peete said. “After all, guys have their victory dance; now we can have ours, with Dove chocolate in hand.”

In addition to the Times Square football party, the brand will be sampling Promises milk bhocolate peanut butter in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia through Sept. 26 and San Francisco and Boston through Oct. 3. Sampling teams dressed in brown Dove football jerseys will be sampling at various areas in the city reminding consumers to make Dove chocolate part of their game day ritual this season.

The brand is supporting this football initiative with print and online advertising as well as with continued PR support through the end of the year, Dove said.

For more photos from the event, click here

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Butterfinger launches Snackerz

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE, Calif. Butterfinger has introduced a new treat that offers the same Butterfinger-eating experience in a smaller package.

New Butterfinger Snackerz feature a Butterfinger-flavored center topped with a peanut-buttery drizzle. The new product now is available at major retailers nationwide in single, king-size and fun-size packages.

For more information, visit Butterfinger.com and Facebook.com/Butterfinger. 

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P&G announces offerings at Target to support St. Jude’s

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble is offering Target shoppers an opportunity to save the lives of children with cancer in a new support partnership.

From Sept. 19 to Sept. 25, Target guests can support the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by purchasing such P&G brands as Tide, Charmin, Bounty and Pampers at Target stores nationwide. For every purchase of participating brands during the week-long program, 5% of the purchase price will be donated to St. Jude, with a total donation of up to $700,000.

P&G is 1-of-9 participating vendors in the September program. Target’s Sept. 19 weekly ad, available in Sunday newspapers and online at Target.com/weeklyad, will include a complete list of participating brands as well as special values on P&G brands supporting St. Jude. Additionally, participating brands will be identified with in-store signage during the week of the program.

"P&G is extremely proud to partner with Target and St. Jude to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with cancer and other catastrophic disease," said Joanne Harris, P&G’s Target team leader. "Through our company’s Live, Learn and Thrive cause, we aim to reach more than 50 million children in need every year with programs that help them get off to a healthy start, receive access to education and build skills for life."

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