This story was originally published on April 6th, it has been updated.
PORTSMOUTH, RI — Local marketing company Gray Matter Marketing will celebrate its five-year anniversary on April 12th, 2017. Originally based in Newport, RI before expanding into a larger office space in Portsmouth, Gray Matter Marketing specializes in event management and creative marketing. In addition, the company champions fundraising and donations for dozens of local charity partners, culminating in more than $1 million given to nonprofits over five years.
Gray Matter Marketing manages more than 15 events annually. Road races include the Newport Night Run, Newport 10 Miler, Amica Newport Marathon, Ocean Road 10K, and the Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run. The company will run the inaugural Vermont 10 Miler in Stowe, VT on November 5, 2017. Gray Matter Marketing also manages the 4 Bridges Ride, Rhode Island Brew Festival, Cape Cod Brew Festival, and a series of Craft Brew Race 5K/Brew festival events along the East Coast. The Craft Brew Races take place in Savannah, GA, Worcester, MA, Stowe, VT, Portland, ME, Newport, RI, New Haven, CT and Albany, NY.
“We specialize in providing a first-class experience to not only our participants, but also our vendors, volunteers, and officials that we work with to make our events a success,” says Matthew Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing in a press release. “Over the past five years, we’ve taken our planning expertise and created events that people want to return to, year after year.”
Corporate social responsibility and charitable giving are a cornerstone of the Gray Matter Marketing business philosophy. A portion of the proceeds from every Gray Matter event goes towards charity. Since 2012, the company has donated a combined total of more than $1,000,000 in direct donations and through fundraising efforts of participants.
“Providing not only great events, but also being able to do good for the communities in which we operate is at the center of our business,” says Drew Appleton, Vice President and Creative Director at Gray Matter Marketing in a press release. “We genuinely enjoy working with each of the charities we support, and I think our participants appreciate the opportunity to give back as well.”
“The Gray Matter Marketing team is thrilled to celebrate five years of outstanding marketing services and supporting the Aquidneck Island Community,” Gray also said. “We all look forward to continuing to expand our events and services to create even more happy customers.”
Ryan Belmore, a Newport resident and life-long Rhode Islander, is the Editor & Publisher of www.whatsupnewp.com.
Belmore is an on-air personality on Radio Newport 105.9FM, on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust, and is the organizer of the Newport Holiday Stroll. Belmore was the digital/social media coordinator for the '15 Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover and has previously worked for the New England Patriots, American Cancer Society and hosted a radio talk show on AM 1540 WADK.
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