GFO Home featured in Inspire Magazine

Check out the feature on GFO Home’s collaboration with BSB Design featured in the most recent issue of Inspire Magazine. Pictured is GFO’s model home in North Haven, in Liberty Hill. The Lincoln plan, a modern farmhouse ranch style, was customized specifically for North Haven’s wider lots, focusing on the front elevation and dramatic indoor and outdoor living spaces.

National LBGT Cancer Network calls out major media

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Recent news stories in Newsweek and The Telegraph on a purported connection between gender-affirming hormone therapy and cancer are misleading and dangerous, according to the leadership of the National LGBT Cancer Network, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk through education, training, and advocacy.

“The articles artificially elevate rare case reports as scientific ‘evidence’ of a connection between these therapies and cancer,” says Scout, executive director of the network. “Simply repeating a provider’s hypothesis that a treatment might relate to cancer does not constitute scientific evidence. The stories further misconstrue expected realignment of a person’s cancer risk with their true gender as more ‘evidence’ of problems with gender affirming therapy. For example, comparing a trans woman’s risk of breast cancer to men is deliberately misleading.”

There is no body of scientific evidence supporting a hypothesis that gender-affirming hormone therapy increases cancer risk, Scout says. “Attempting to draw this connection is a baldfaced attempt to misinterpret real science and use inflammatory language to fearmonger. There is no fire here; there isn’t even a spark.

“Most dismayingly, there is a major problem related to cancer among trans people that is not being covered by the media: how discrimination is a barrier to trans cancer screenings, diagnosis, and treatment.”

ThunderCloud Subs partners with Creative Action

ThunderCloud Subs recently announced a new partnership with Creative Action, the local nonprofit that uses the arts to inspire creativity and equip students to make positive change in their communities.

The company donated $10,000 to Creative Action to facilitate the 2024  ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Art Contest. Kids from selected schools in Creative Action’s after-school programs will benefit from a custom curriculum about helping their neighbors, and one winning student will see their art on thousands of T-shirts, posters, and promotions around the Trot this fall, AND receive a year’s worth of free ThunderCloud Subs!

ThunderCloud Subs raises $225,000 for Caritas of Austin

The owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented a check for $225,000, representing 100 percent of the proceeds of this year’s 32nd annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot to Caritas of Austin this month.
From left to right: ThunderCloud Trot mascot (AKA Rachel Walley), ThunderCloud co-owners Paul Sughrue and Patty Sughrue, Caritas CEO Jo Kathryn Quinn, ThunderCloud co-owner and Trot executive director Mike Haggerty, and ThunderCloud director of development David Cohen.
The Trot has raised nearly $5 million since the event began in 1991.

NEW New Canaan Library opens on Valentine’s Day

We’re thrilled for the citizens of New Canaan, Connecticut, as the NEW New Canaan Library has its grand opening on Valentine’s Day! We worked with the library’s executive team and consultants as they were planning for the launch of this world-class new library campus, a decade in the making. The new library will connect people, perspectives, and information to help build a more engaged, inclusive, and empathetic world.

Four women in an office

New collaborations with Young Communications Group

Four women in an officeWe’ve had some fun and productive brainstorming sessions recently with this crew at Young Communications Group, Inc. with whom we’ve worked on a number of key public affairs projects for the State of California. Together we filled up four whiteboard pages with wild ideas for how to tell important stories. And bucking the trend of people not wanting to go back to the office, Brenda Thompson Communications is now co-working with YCG at in their fabulous office in Los Angeles’ historic Granada Buildings.

The block-long complex in the Westlake neighborhood was built as live-work spaces in 1927. The Los Angeles Times described the combined shop, studio and apartment structure as something entirely new for LA, resembling the design of European specialty shops.

Early tenants included the Hollywood photographer George Hurrell, who shot celebrated portraits of actors such as Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer in suite number 9.

The buildings have received many accolades. In 2003, the complex was named the “Best Nonprofit Enclave” by LA Weekly, which noted at the time that: “Creative people are drawn to the Granada because of its fascinating history, charming architecture, old-school elevator and lovely courtyard: a gorgeous garden with flowing fountains along the walkways.”

The complex was designated a Historic Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in April 1981 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

First Lady Laura Bush in front of Texas Book Festival poster

Author client Kaplan to be featured at Texas Book Festival

First Lady Laura Bush in front of Texas Book Festival posterOur author client Brett Ashley Kaplan has been selected as a featured author for this year’s Texas Book Festival, a pretty big deal for a first-time novelist, for her book Rare Stuff.

We were the PR firm for the Festival for five years, one of many literary organizations we’ve worked with, including the Texas Library Association, the largest of its kind in the country. Brenda Thompson was named a city council appointee to the Library Commission in the years that Austin’s incredible new library was being planned.

We were engaged by the Westlake Hills library to manage the media around the opening of the first library in the nation to be named for First Lady Laura Bush. A few years later we got to have an event at the Bush’s home in Dallas to announce the roster for that year’s Texas Book Festival. The former First Lady was a founder of TBF and later of the National Book Festival, held in Washington D.C.

Kaplan’s debut novel, just published August 1, has been well-received by readers, reviewers, and book clubs across the nation. Rare Stuff takes readers on a mysterious journey through a series of interlocking clues, with an intriguing search for a missing person moving through real and magically real universes in New York, Chicago, and glass houses under the sea constructed by Yiddish-speaking whales desperate to save our endangered planet. You can find Rare Stuff wherever books are sold, or, if you can, come to the Texas Book Festival Nov. 4 and 5 and hear from Brett and nearly 300 other incredible authors in person!

Texas homebuilder GFO Home dominating Austin, and now Dallas market

Glenn Gehan is a familiar name in Texas as he was co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based Gehan Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States. Now, as real estate reporter Steve Brown of the The Dallas Morning News writes, Gehan’s new company GFO Home has expanded into Dallas and is selling new homes at the high end of the market.

This article is one of many featuring Gehan and GFO Home in the past year, as since the company was founded in 2018, it’s risen swiftly to become one of the most successful homebuilders in the state.

As a fourth-generation homebuilder with deep roots in the city, expanding his new company to Dallas was always the plan, Gehan says. And the company is now expanding into Houston.

Author Brett Ashley Kaplan scores Kirkus Review

Rare Stuff by Brett Ashley Kaplan will be published August 1, 2022.

In a big win for a first-time fiction author, client Brett Ashley Kaplan scored a Kirkus Review of her debut novel Rare Stuff 

“Yiddish-speaking whales, a suitcase packed with secrets, and one young woman’s desperate attempt to find answers. The novel alternates among Sid’s perspective, the long-suffering André’s perspective, and chapters from Aaron’s unpublished manuscript featuring Yiddish-speaking whales trying to save the world from environmental collapse. Kaplan packs a lot into her novel and while the novel’s ambitious scope could easily have been its downfall, it’s saved by descriptions of tender longing for connection and purpose, particularly realized in André’s chapters, as well as a soft, magical tone. A dreamy story with surprising emotional resonance.” –Kirkus Reviews published online 5-11-22 and in the June 1 issue of the print magazine.

Rare Stuff is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bookshop, and Barnes & Noble and will be available Aug. 1.




World premiere of Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia at California Science Center

Dozens of Los Angeles media outlets covered the world premiere of Angkor: the Lost Empire of Cambodia at the California Science Center. We worked with Young Communications Group Inc. on the exclusive media preview event and on promoting the associated IMAX film.

The world premiere of the new exhibition debuted at the California Science Center February 16. Through 120 original artifacts — half on tour outside Cambodia for the first time — and hands-on exhibits, guests will use the lens of science to explore the ancient empire of Angkor.

Once considered the most extensive metropolis in the world, Angkor houses more than 100 temples, now mysteriously quiet and surrounded by the dense Cambodian forest.