May 10th 2016

Wendell August, Grove City-based premium metal giftware brand that offers handcrafted, American-made products, announced today its latest partnership with the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission as an official giftware sponsor of the event. The Commission was formed by Mayor William Peduto and includes communities, organizations and individuals in the celebration of the two hundredth year of incorporation of the City of Pittsburgh. This Pittsburgh Bicentennial anniversary differs from the 2008 regional celebration of the founding of the city in 1758. The 2016 Bicentennial marks the first time Pittsburgh’s citizenry could vote, creating a mechanism for self-governance, as well as creating legal standing for Pittsburgh with the nation. As an official giftware sponsor of the celebration, Wendell August will be launching an exclusive selection of limited-edition bicentennial collector’s items including the official Pittsburgh 200 Christmas Ornaments, commemorative plates, and a number of accessories to honor the occasion.  These products will be available beginning in July online at www.wendellaugust.com, in Wendell August retail stores, at the Heinz History Center, the Pittsburgh Visitors Center, and in gift shops throughout the Pittsburgh area. [caption id="attachment_1168" align="aligncenter" width="595"]All Bicentennial Collector's Edition Products will feature the Bicentennial Logo All Bicentennial Collector's Edition Products will feature the Bicentennial Logo[/caption] “With deep roots in the Pittsburgh region, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration,” said Christian Werner, President of Wendell August. “We are a company that embraces history and tradition.  This opportunity to showcase our artistry and create gifts that will commemorate this significant milestone is a proud moment for us.” Five signature events will mark the anniversary, beginning on March 18, 2016. The actual date of the signing of the City of Pittsburgh incorporation papers was on March 18, 1816. Mayor Peduto will host a celebration to kick off the yearlong celebration and highlight the importance of the date. A second celebration, the Bicentennial Bash, will take place on July 8, 2016, at the Senator John Heinz History Center. July 9, 2016 will also see a celebration of the descendants of the former mayors of Pittsburgh and will include a parade and fireworks at Point State Park. The League of Cities, the largest conference of mayors and city officials will gather in Pittsburgh in November 2016. As part of Light Up Night, these honored guests will be recognized and be part of the Bicentennial celebration. A final culmination of the Bicentennial will occur on First Night® Pittsburgh, December 31, 2016. The Pittsburgh Bicentennial will have a presence throughout the year-end festivities and highlights will include achievements and milestones made during the anniversary year. About Wendell August Forge A time-honored tradition of hand-crafted elegance for 93 years, Wendell August makes heirloom-quality personalized metal giftware and jewelry to celebrate life’s special moments. Our American-made high-quality, functional gifts fit within any budget and can be found at store locations, www.wendellaugust.com and more than 500 gift shops nationwide.  For more information, visit www.wendellaugust.com About the Pittsburgh Bicentennial The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the official 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Pittsburgh as a city, giving citizens the right to vote and the opportunity for self-governance.  Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information log onto www.PGH200.com or contact Holly Bulvony at 412-471-4160.