Today Show Gives a Crystal Cat as a Token of Appreciation to Pope Benedict XVI
NEW YORK, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Steuben, the venerable American crystal company, is pleased to report that a Steuben Glass Curious Cat was selected as a gift by the Today Show for Pope Benedict XVI, in Rome, Italy on June 1, 2011. Matt Lauer and Al Roker arrived in Rome for a special Today Show broadcast on Pope Benedict XVI and the state of the modern Catholic Church. The head of the church blessed both, and in return, Lauer presented him with the Steuben crystal cat.
"We were honored to hear that the Today Show chose Steuben to express their appreciation to such an important world figure," stated Mark Samitt , President of Steuben. "Steuben continues to be selected as an official American gift of state, reinforcing its image as a product fit for leaders."
The Pope has a reputation as a cat lover, one website even refers to him as the Chairman Meow. This charming and unique gift for the cat lover was a perfect fit for the pontiff. Steuben is known its crystal animal figurines, which are exquisitely sculpted leaving a lasting impression. Shop Steuben at the flagship store in New York, select Steuben retailers, by phone at 1-800-STEUBEN and online at steuben.com.
For more than 100 years, Steuben has been at the forefront of glass design, balancing state-of-the-art technological advancements with centuries-old traditional glassmaking techniques. Founded in 1903, Steuben is named after Steuben County, in upstate New York, where its design studio and glassworks facility is still located. Its unique glass is made from an outstanding optical formula and Steuben's state-of the-art melting ensures a glass quality that is exceptionally pure. Each piece of Steuben Glass is hand made using a variety of artisanal techniques that only a few extraordinary craftsmen are able to master.
Steuben creates a wide range of extraordinary crystal for all design tastes and price points. From one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces to accessibly priced tabletop designs, Steuben brings a casual elegance and sophistication to any home and corporate environment.
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