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For Immediate Release,
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307

Rock ‘n’ Community: Connections for a Cause Rocks Philadelphia
National Safety Council, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program,
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society join forces to give back

Philadelphia – On Oct. 31, the National Safety Council, in town for its annual Congress & Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will host Rock ‘n’ Community: Connections for a Cause™, a networking and philanthropy event to raise funds for teen safe driving efforts in Pennsylvania. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom foyer of the convention center. NSC is partnering with Philadelphia organizations, including: Elliott Lewis (Trade Unions), the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Mayor Michael A. Nutter will also offer brief remarks. 

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual event for environmental, health and safety professionals, offering educational opportunities, networking events and an Expo floor featuring safety solutions from more than 800 exhibitors. 

This year, funds raised at the event will go to teen safe driving advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Advocacy efforts aim to change the state’s teen driving culture and make Pennsylvania roadways safer for everyone. Each day, more than 15 fatalities occur in crashes involving young drivers across the nation. These tragedies are preventable, and NSC is working to decrease them. 

While giving back to the city of Philadelphia, Rock ‘n’ Community participants from the NSC Congress & Expo will have the chance to: 

  • Create part of a mural that will be given back to the city
  • Learn about greener, safer spaces and donate a tree
  • Take a spin in a distracted driver simulator
  • Listen to live entertainment from keynote speaker Richard Hawk’s band, Fame and Fortune
  • Win an iPad 2 

“Safety professionals are an inspiring group of individuals, who spend their careers giving back to others,” said Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “The Rock ‘n’ Community event was created by the Council to support the communities hosting our largest annual gathering of safety professionals each year and the safety issues each community is facing.” 

A special thank you to the event sponsors, including: Aramark; Day & Zimmermann; Elliott Lewis; United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, Local Union 8; Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local Union 332; Reinforced Iron Workers, Riggers & Machinery Movers, Local Union 405; International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local Union 8; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 98; Highway Truck Drivers & Helpers, Local Union 107; GES - Global Experience Specialists; Honeywell International; Industrial Scientific Corporation;  Kimberly Clark; National Marker Company; Pennsylvania Convention Center; Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; PSAV; Thomson Productions; and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

About the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest mural program in the nation. Since 1984, Mural Arts has created over 3,300 murals and works of public art, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.” Mural Arts engages 100 communities each year in the transformation of neighborhoods through the mural-making process, while award-winning, free art education programs serve nearly 1,000 youth at sites throughout the city and at-risk teens through education outreach programs. Mural Arts also serves adult offenders in local prisons and rehabilitation centers, using the restorative power of art to break the cycle of crime and violence in our communities. This year, over 20,000 residents and visitors will tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of Philadelphia’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration. 

About the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a nonprofit founded in 1827, is considered the region’s leading organization for community greening. PHS initiatives include Plant One Million, the multi-state campaign to restore the tree population in the region, and City Harvest, which provides fresh produce for families in need.

About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to make an impact where the most preventable injuries and deaths occur, in areas such as distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and beyond the workplace, particularly in and near our homes.

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