OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator Marianne Richmond announced today her partnership with EXPO, leading maker of dry erase products, in the first, cross-country EXPO Holiday Cheer Tour. The tour brings to life Richmond's endearing artistic styles on hospital windows as original works of art. Richmond will work with patients and their families using EXPO NEON dry erase markers to create winter scenes mimicked in the award-winning style of some of her best-selling books, including Hooray for You!, I Love You So... and her recent title, If I Could Keep You Little.
"This is a unique opportunity to brighten a child's day," said Marianne Richmond. "I am thrilled to partner with EXPO on these wonderful events." In addition to the window decorating, Richmond will share her literary and artistic talents with the children through interactive book readings and art lessons.
"The holidays can be challenging for patients and their families," said Steve Gradman, Director of marketing for EXPO. "These events are designed to bring a little fun and holiday cheer to the patients."
As part of the tour, EXPO is donating over $6,000 worth of markers and activity boards the hospitals. "EXPO realizes the need for patient activities throughout the year, not just at the holidays," said Gradman. "The activity board and marker donation will help entertain the kids during hospital visits well beyond the holidays."
The EXPO Holiday Cheer Tour will run from November 30th through December 10th and will make stops at: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; New York Presbyterian Hospital/Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health; Miami Children's Hospital; Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago; and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
EXPO® is a leader in dry erase markers, accessories and dry erase boards. Newell Rubbermaid's Office Products Group, maker of EXPO® markers, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and marketing of writing instruments, art products and office organization and technology tools, including such well known brands as Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, DYMO® Parker®, Waterman®, EXPO®, uni-ball®, and Rolodex®, among others. Visit www.expomarkers.com for more information.