Cohen & Grigsby Celebrates the Arts in Southwest Florida with Launch of Applause Magazine

- Firm Hosting Magazine Launch Event on February 21, 2013 -

Feb 11, 2013, 14:16 ET from Cohen & Grigsby

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohen & Grigsby, a business law firm with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and an office in Naples, FL, is celebrating the thriving arts scene in Southwest Florida by launching Applause magazine.  A new publication, Applause showcases the artists and organizations that contribute to the area's rich cultural arts experience.  The firm will unveil Applause during an invitation only launch party on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort, Naples (280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL).  During the event, invited guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and chamber performance.

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"At Cohen & Grigsby, we believe that an investment in the arts is an investment in a region's future," said Jack Elliott, president and CEO of Cohen & Grigsby.  "Working in conjunction with many of the firm's clients, we're committed to bringing awareness to the amazing artists and organizations that influence the rich cultural scene in Southwest Florida.  Applause offers a behind-the scenes look at some of these artists, while also furthering our mission to underscore the positive impact that the arts can have on the communities where we live and work."

The inaugural issue of Applause features profiles and interviews with local artists, including Kristen Coury, producing artistic director and principle show director at Gulfshore Playhouse; Rick Borman, president and producer for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series and Jill Fralick, chief of staff, Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series; Steffanie Pearce, acclaimed American soprano and founder and artistic director of Opera Naples; Mally Khorasantchi, painter and recent past president of the United Arts Council; and Theresa Hobart Bill, producer, director, actress, puppeteer and teacher at The Naples Players community theater company. 

Each profile in Applause delves into the artists' passions and contributions to the cultural arts in Southwest Florida.  The artists were interviewed in their cultural environment, and the articles are accompanied by portraits of each artist.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Media interested in attending the Applause launch party on February 21, 2013 can RSVP to Jennifer O'Rourke ( or 412-642-7700). 

Since 1981, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C. and its attorneys have provided sound legal advice and solutions to clients that seek to maximize their potential in a constantly changing global marketplace.  Comprised of more than 130 lawyers, Cohen & Grigsby maintains offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Naples, FL.  The firm's practice areas include Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Real Estate & Public Finance, Litigation, Estates & Trusts, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights, and Public Affairs.  Cohen & Grigsby represents private and publicly held businesses, nonprofits, multinational corporations, individuals and emerging businesses across a full spectrum of industries.  Our lawyers maintain an unwavering commitment to customer service that ensures a productive partnership.  For more information, visit  

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