Press Release – June 11, 2008
Online Charitable Gift Registry Embedded Into Stylish, Digital Invitations to Provide Unique Gift Giving & Convenience For Eco-Conscious Hosts
JUNE 11, 2008 – NEW YORK – - pingg.com, the recently launched online invitation & event management site, announced today its partnership with changingthepresent.org, the charitable gift giving website. Through this association, hosts designing and sending invitations with pingg can now exclusively and conveniently attach charitable gift registries to their online invitations and event web pages.
Eco-conscious hosts can design online invitations with pingg and then create gift registries featuring their preferred charities to embed directly into their invitations. Guests receiving a pingg invite can then RSVP online, and with the addition of this new partnership can simultaneously make donations to the host’s pre-selected charities, making it easy for guests to avoid the always sensitive question of “where are you registered?” What’s more, this partnership with changingthepresent.org allows event hosts, especially brides and grooms, to receive meaningful gifts of their choosing.
According to the June 5th issue of USA TODAY, in a piece by Olivia Barker entitled You Are Not So Formally Invited With An Electronic Wedding Invitation, “the wedding invitation is the latest totem of wedding tradition to undergo a digital overhaul.” With this in mind, pingg.com and changingthepresent.org intend to take wedding invitations and charitable gift giving to the next level of convenience.
Most people when hearing the word “registry” tend to think of wedding-related events, such as receptions, showers, engagement parties and more, however, both partners feel that the registries will act as an alternative to gift-giving for other events as well.
pingg.com is the new online invitation service that enables hosts to design, send and manage personalized & stylish online and print invitations from a single platform and then follow up via email/sms/web and facebook. Changingthepresent.org features over 1,000 charitable gift options from the world’s leading nonprofits and supports a full range of causes including world-wide health issues, environmental issues, as well as donations for natural disaster relief. With this union, digital savvy brides and grooms as well as hosts for any occasion can now design their online pingg invitations complete with photos and descriptions of the charitable gifts from non-profit organizations that move them.
Lorien Gabel, Co-Founder and CEO, of pingg states, “changingthepresent.org is an incredible resource for brides & grooms. We are so happy to be bringing their registry service to pingg, as yet another valued convenience, and one that is truly an important step towards making the event planning process easy and eco-friendly for brides and grooms as well as event hosts everywhere.”
Robert Tolmach, President WellGood LLC, adds, “pingg.com fills a real need. It provides the best possible tools for handling online invitations and reservations, and does it in a way that’s convenient, stylish and elegant. I especially appreciate the fact that pingg.com included ChangingThePresent.org within their site. Now, if you host a party and don’t want friends to buy you yet more knick-knacks, you can invite them to make a charitable donation, instead, and make the world a better place. Your particular preferences appear right on the event page.”
Based in New York, pingg.com was launched in March 2008 by brothers Lorien (Tree) Gabel and (Ami) Matt Harrop. Lorien and Matt are CEO and CTO respectively. Their third business venture together, pingg.com is a new online invitation and event management platform that lets image conscious hosts seamlessly create, send and manage stylish online and print invitations from one platform and then follow up via email/sms/web and facebook. For more information, visit pingg.com.
ChangingThepresent.org is a nonprofit website that provides charitable donation gifts, which help make the world a better place. It’s amazing what these gifts can accomplish, from preserving an acre of wilderness; to funding an hour of cancer research; to providing a child with his first book. The site offers over 1,000 gifts, from $1 to $5,000, from hundreds of leading nonprofits, so it’s easy to find an inspiring gift for everyone. The site can also be used for personal nonprofit donations. ChangingThePresent.org makes charitable giving more rewarding and convenient than ever.