Mattel creates Winter Wonderland for LA's BEST

December 13, 2012

MATTEL TEAMS WITH LOCAL CHILDREN, WWE SUPERSTARS TO BREAK GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR MOST SNOWMEN BUILT IN ONE HOUR

Thursday, December 13, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at Mattel Headquarters Lawn

Hundreds of underserved local children from LA’s BEST have magical experiences highlighting the importance of play during Mattel’s 12 Days of Play

 

WHAT:

Eight hundred Mattel employees and 400 Los Angeles elementary school children will team up to break the Guinness World Record for most snowmen built in one hour – using 220 tons of snow. Along with special guests WWE superstar The Miz and WWE Diva Eve, teams will race against the clock to build 1,500 snowmen in 60 minutes or less to beat the current World Record of 1,279 snowmen.

Following the Challenge, hundreds of children from underserved communities in the Los Angeles area will enjoy unique play experiences, including sledding, opportunities to race Hot Wheels cars down a 40-foot track, taking photos with Barbie, and meeting Mr. And Mrs. Claus.  The Challenge is the final – and largest – of seven “Winter Wonderland” events that bring snow to children at local elementary schools and organizations, Dec. 3 – 13.

WHO/VISUALS:

·         Teams of employees and children building snowmen in timed World Record Challenge

·         Up to 1,500 3-foot snowmen – made of snow with 1-foot candy cane arms, real carrot noses

·         Official Guinness Book of World Records adjudicator – to present World Record certificate

·         WWE superstar The Miz and WWE diva Eve

·         400 children (ages 6 – 10) from LA’s Best after-school program for underserved Los Angeles neighborhoods

·         800 Mattel employees

·         220 tons of snow – provided by MagicSnow

·         Children sledding, racing Hot Wheels, meeting “Santa” and Barbie

 

Interviews Available With:

·         Tim Kilpin, Executive Vice President, Global Brands Team

·         Deidre Lind, Executive Director, Mattel Children’s Foundation

·         Carla Sanger, President & CEO LA’s Best After School Enrichment Program Office of the Mayor


WHY:

The World Record Snowman Building Challenge is part of Mattel’s annual global philanthropy program, “12 Days of Play,” which provides memorable play experiences and toys to 50,000 underserved children across nearly 30 countries who may not otherwise have access to play or joyful holiday memories.

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, December 13

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Snowman Building Challenge to Break Guinness World Record

After 2:30 p.m. – Children’s Sledding, Hot Wheels Racing, Meet n’ Greet with Santa and Barbie

 

Mattel Corporate Headquarters

333 Continental Boulevard

El Segundo, CA 90245

 

MEDIA, PLEASE NOTE:
If you are interested in covering Mattel’s “12 Days of Play” Winter Wonderland program for LA children, please contact Becky Loya at 415.984.6278 / becky.loya@ketchum.com.

About Mattel
Mattel, Inc. (Nasdaq :MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, American Girl®, Radica® and Tyco R/C®, as well as Fisher-Price® brands, including Thomas & Friends®, Little People®, Power Wheels® and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2012, Mattel was named as one of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the fifth year in a row. Mattel also is ranked among Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" and the "World's Most Ethical Companies." With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel employs nearly 30,000 people in 43 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are "Creating the Future of Play." Visit us at www.mattel.com, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/mattel or Twitter @Mattel.

About LA's BEST
LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 189 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, the program’s partners include the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.

About MagicSnow
MagicSnow is famous for creating a winter wonderland in any environment, indoors or out.   The company has become the go-to resource for snow effects for the entertainment industry and high profile special events all over the world.  For more information about MagicSnow and its snow effects, please visit http://www.magicsnow.com.

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