2008 CreateAThon® Applications Still Available

Local non-profits have until July 21 to apply for free communications projects through an annual national pro bono program called CreateAThon® . Applications are available by contacting (410) 604-2319 or create@purplecatpr.com.

Launched in 2005 by Purple Cat, an Eastern Shore public relations agency, and Octo Design Group, a Philadelphia graphic design firm, the Maryland CreateAThon® program is open to all 501(c) 3 non-profits from Baltimore through the Mid-Shore. Previously unselected applicants are encouraged to re-apply.

Since the Maryland program began three years ago, the two businesses have assisted 15 Maryland non-profits and one New Orleans non-profit with nearly $54,000. in graphic design and public relations services. Purple Cat and Octo Design Group are two of the 62 agencies that have joined the CreateAThon® network by presenting programs in their regions. Since 2001 the national CreateAThon® effort has benefited 1,008 non-profit organizations with 2,143 projects valued at $8.4 million.

Founded by Carol D’Agostino of Stevensville, Md., Purple Cat is a boutique public relations firm specializing in comprehensive cost effective public relations services for non-profits and small businesses. In addition to operating Purple Cat, D’Agostino also writes “Positively PR”, a monthly column published in the Chesapeake Business Ledger, and is a board member at Foundation for Community Partnerships, Centreville. D’Agostino is also publicity chair for the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center’s “Wet & Wild” Auction. Her memberships include the Chesapeake Women’s Network, the Maryland Association of Nonprofits and the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce.

Now in its 17th year, Octo Design Group is a dedicated design firm that blends traditional design with modern technology. Octo Design Group has the knack of getting to know its clients as well as their industry, enabling the firm to design the necessary pieces to make them stand out from their competition. The firm identifies problems and creates solutions by interviewing clients to understand their needs and goals. Octo Design Group, Inc. has been named to the annual list of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. Recent awards include the Franklin Award for Excellence and the Neographics 2008 “Best of” Award presented by the Graphic Arts Association.

For more information or to receive an application contact Purple Cat at (410) 604-2319 or create@purplecatpr.com. Applications must be completed and returned no later than Monday, July 21, for consideration.