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Mars’s Halloween event in Newark 

From choosing the perfect costume to finding the best spots for trick-or-treating, Halloween is all about fun. This Halloween, M&M'S® brought its trademark colorful fun to Newark, New Jersey – and held a two-day Halloween celebration with the launch of the brand's first-ever Halloween themed pop-up store in the heart of downtown Newark. 

Halloween Newark Sidebar.pngAt an event hosted by recording artist Kelly Rowland, the Pop-up store handed out 15,000 free costumes and free M&M'S® Chocolate Candies to Newark residents. Also joining the opening are Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, State Assembly Members Eliana Pintor Marin, Grace Spencer, City Council Members Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, John James and Joe McCallum. “Watch Me” recording artist Silento also made an appearance.  

M&M'S also donated $25,000 to the United Way of Essex County to support community-based programs.

"M&M'S is offering the residents of Newark a safe and family-friendly environment to have some fun, and we hope it will be an event this community will remember for years to come," said Mayor Ras Baraka.

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Speaking with our Speakers 

Mars sponsored the National Speakers Conference annual meeting held this September in Nashville, hosted by TN Speaker Beth Harwell, and attended by a record 36 Speakers. Mars provided speakers and attendees a “hands on” experience with our product – by giving out samples from Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley and Food.  

In addition to meeting with TN Deputy Governor Jim Henry and Speaker Harwell, Mars Associates met  with Speaker Howell (VA), Speaker Vos (WI), Speaker Merrick (KS), Speaker Armstead (WV), Speaker Busch (MD), Speaker Gillam (AR), Speaker Souki (HI), Speaker Jasper (NH), Speaker Straus (TX), Speaker Hambrick (NV), Speaker Hickman (OK), Speaker Hadley (NE), Speaker Lucas (SC), Speaker Brown (WY), Speaker Smith (VT).

Page-4-Elizabethtown-Image.pngA Sweet Visit with
Pennsylvania Reps  

On August 21, Mars Chocolate welcomed Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument, Representative David Hickernell, and Representative Bryan Cutler to the Dove Chocolate Center of Excellence in Elizabethtown, PA for a site visit and tour. Our site representatives learned more about Mars Chocolate, and got to experience the Center of Excellence first hand with a tour and fresh samples of chocolate off the production line.  


Mars Attends Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Gala 

Mars hosted industry colleagues from the National Confectioners Association and the Peanut and Tree Nut Association at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Gala on October 8, 2015. Mars Associate Shannon Campagna had a chance to visit with Members of Congress including Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Ca), Rep. Ruben Gallegos (D-AZ) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX). President Obama and presidential contender, former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton spoke at this annual event in Washington. 

Tamara-Mowry-Housley.pngTamera Mowry-Housley Helps Mars Food Get Kids in the Kitchen 

Kicking off its fourth annual Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest, Mars Food teamed up with Actress, Mom and Host of "The Real," Tamera Mowry-Housley, to launch its kid-inspired “Dream Kitchen” in New York City on September 25, 2015. The annual Ben’s Beginners™ campaign aimed to help children develop the crucial life skill of cooking in a fun and family-friendly way and to make the kitchen a welcoming place for the entire family. 

The one day only “Dream Kitchen” was developed from a combination of ideas submitted by children in Kindergarten through eighth grade from across the United States. The “Dream Kitchen” set up — a large play-area filled with rice grains, a wacky and colorful kitchen set and fun cooking demonstrations for children and families — generated excitement in New York City. In addition to this one-of-a-kind kitchen, the UNCLE BEN'S® Brand offered attendees tips and innovative ways to make kitchens more kid-friendly for young chefs.

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Assemblywoman Brown visit San Bernardino Site

Mars Petcare’s San Bernardino site hosted Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) representing the 20th State Senate District and Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D- San Bernardino) on Tuesday, October 20th. The two elected officials met with Associates, learned about Mars, the SBE site, and took a brief tour of the facility. They also had the opportunity to learn more about Mars’ company size, brands, Sustainable in a Generation Commitments, and community initiatives.  

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This October, Mars Canada associates participated in a series of Mars Volunteer Program events across Ontario during Mars MVP Week. These included delivering meals via Caledon Meals on Wheels, supporting the Caledon Parent-Child Centre on early-year development of children, and partnering with Ontario SPCA to build shelters for feral cats. Two of Mars’ site representatives, MP David Tilson and Councillor Rob Mezzapelli came out to support the various volunteer activities.