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1994 Big Brothers Big Sisters | PSA Commercial

The first ever Big Brothers Big Sisters PSA commercial to Air on television. Filmed in 1994 at WPTD Dayton.

In late 1993, “Little” Mike Cohen (0:19 mark on the left) and his “Big” Harry Schrager began to talk about the need for a televised commercial for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dayton. Harry was at the time working for WHIO- TV as an engineer and had plenty of acting experience. As a young teen, Mike had just started tackling radio and some copy writing and story-boarding.

By 1994, Harry and Mike had come up with the script and Mike had drawn out the story-boards. The commercial was pitched to the local BBBS board an instantly approved. It was filed on a budget of $200 that was used to rent the cameras and studio for several hours.

Mike was never intended to appear in the commercial. At the last minute, Tim’s daughter got camera shy and Mike stepped in. At 16 years old he was the oldest Little in the commercial. The commercial was done with current adults and children in the program at the time. Mike’s actual little brother (by birth) appears at the 0:21 mark on the right. At the time he was currently unmatched as his last Big had just moved away for a job.

In August 2017, Mike’s former Big, Harry Schrager, passed away suddenly fromt a heart attack at age 74. After more than 32 years of friendship and helping BBBS Mike decided to revive this commercial to showcase on the web. It was recorded via an HD camera from the only surviving VHS studio copy of the tape.

To learn more about this organization find them online at the following: http://www.bbbsgmv.org

Please donate to help with your local chapter. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dayton has since been renamed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami Valley. You can see highlights from their last fundraiser here Over the Edge

Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Bruns and Emunah Graphic President Michael Cohen

Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce (April-May 2017) – In the Chamber with Emunah Graphics

 

In the Chamber is a bimonthly series where we raise awareness for the local chamber of commerce’s and what events are upcoming in our areas. The Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce provides area businesses with an alliance to the other area chambers as well as networking and event opportunities. Becoming a member of a local chamber benefits your business as well as the local community by showing your commitment to consumers in your neighborhood.

The Huber Heights Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsorship opportunities available. For more information on upcoming meetings and events you can participate in, or membership, please see the Chamber’s website listed below.

Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce Website

Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Cath Hutton and Emunah Graphic President Michael Cohen

Northmont Chamber of Commerce (April-May 2017) – In the Chamber with Emunah Graphics


In the Chamber is a bimonthly series where we raise awareness for the local chamber of commerce’s and what events are upcoming in our areas. The Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce provides area businesses with an alliance to the other area chambers as well as networking and event opportunities. Becoming a member of a local chamber benefits your business as well as the local community by showing your commitment to consumers in your neighborhood.

The Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating it’s 40th year this month and could not have done so without the support of local businesses and the community. For more information on upcoming meetings and events you can participate in, or membership, please see the Chamber’s website listed below.

Northmont Area Chamber of Commerce Website

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Brickworld – Indianapolis 2017 – A Story to Remember



I cannot say enough positive things about the Brickworld Lego expos. We were fortunate to be invited to attend the latest one in Indianapolis which kicked off the 2017 Brickworld season. First off I would like to thank everyone at Brickworld and Bryan Bonahoom for having us out and putting on such a great event.

Second, I would like to take a moment to thank all the vendors and exhibitionists who took the time out to interact with us, allowed us to put them to video, and showed excellent customer service. In a forthcoming blog we will be showcasing the vendors.

Indianapolis’s expo is held in a large convention center at the fairgrounds. There is approximately 6600 square feet of LEGO displays and vendors. It’s hard to get through everything in a single day and if you rush you will certainly miss out on seeing something.

Bryan told us a story about a Make-A-Wish recipient and their experience at Brickworld. I can’t tell this story in a way to do it justice and really it’s something Bryan should tell. He explained to us about a lone LEGO large scale mini figure that represented the child and was their YouTube channel sidekick. This was the first time this LEGO figure was displayed at Brickworld and the child it honored had passed away.

In the many years I have spent working alongside or with conventions and expos the one thing that has always tugged at my heart was the amount of charity that goes on at them. I have watched Edward James Olmos play in a Jedi vs Rebels laser tag event to raise money for charity. I have seen graphic novel artists silent auction off their works to aid causes. I haven’t seen anything before now as wonderful as that LEGO character on display as a tribute to a child.

What I took away from Brickworld Indianapolis this year wasn’t something as tangible as what could be found at a vendor’s booth. It was the emotion and love for bricks and pieces that all the people share with each other right down to the comradery of the fans. The engineering and science that a pile of LEGO pieces can inspire is limitless. The imagination of a small child learning to play with interlocking bricks for the first time is priceless. What holds LEGO together isn’t the patented design. What holds LEGOs together is the community that can be built from it simply by playing with your first set.

Beauty and the Beast

Storybrooke Cafe – Belle’s Enchanted Evening

There was nothing more magical that evening than being the guest of Storybrooke Café in Englewood, OH. The castle was all lit up to receive guests, sparkling lights hung from the ceiling, flower petals adorned the ground, and a red carpet was laid out to receive the Princesses. A table was laid out with food fit for royals and the reception just needed its guests.

All the Princesses knew they would be greeted by Belle upon their arrival. The big secret was the Beast. He was to be there as well.

This event was put on by Natalie Lowry, owner of the Storybrooke Café. Around a dozen little girls and their family attended this Beauty and the Beast themed event. It included photos with Belle and Beast, food, magical blue punch, lots of sugary treats, dancing, and a night these little girls would remember for a long time to come.

I volunteered to play the Beast for the evening. I already had the costume and figured it would be a nice surprise for the children who weren’t expecting me. I match the costume so to a bunch of kids I’m convincing. I got to hear all about how some of them saw our movie that weekend. I was assured by several little princesses that I, as the Beast, was their favorite part of the movie.

I dined on a few baby carrots to convince some of the little princesses that even the Beast ate his vegetables too. I answered all the questions only the Beast would know the answers to. Belle and I made magic together that night in the form of putting smiles onto children’s faces. I think some of that magic rubbed off on the adults too as I saw all of them smiling as well.

I had just as much fun as everyone else there did that night. I enjoy contributing to the laughter and happiness of children. Volunteering my time for another local business to support them is something I feel honored to be allowed to do. A special thank you to Natalie for allowing me the chance to help out. I look forward to being back at Storybrooke Café many more times in the future.

For more information on Storybrooke Café find them on the web HERE.

Brickworld Fort Wayne 2016

Brickworld – Fort Wayne 2016

In 2016 Elizabeth and I watched the documentary “A Lego Brickumentary” on Amazon. We both share a love of LEGO products. While watching the documentary, we learned of a series of LEGO expos called “Brickworld” and their owner and executive director Bryan Bonahoom. We did some research and found out that there was a Brickworld expo happening in Fort Wayne just a few short weeks away. Of course, we both had to go.

While there we were wowed with the displays on the expo floor and the inter-activeness of it all. This was truly an all ages event. There was plenty to see and plenty to buy. The vendors and the displayers were all very nice.

By a stroke of sheer luck, I happened to be able to meet Bryan Bonahoom. I had previous experience working for other conventions and expos and I had a few ideas for his. We were of the same mindset and got along well.

After talking and meeting with each other later I cut together a short promotional video using cell phone footage taken at Fort Wayne and voiced it over. My wife and I were very fortunate that our experience could help promote such a wonderful series of expos. Emunah Graphics is honored to have a networking relationship with Brickworld and is looking forward to seeing how it can grow in the future.

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