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The Betsy Hotel and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Present
The Dedication Ceremony for the Permanent Installation of the Yoko Ono Wish Tree

Photo exhibit from celebrity photographer Robert Zuckerman and the opportunity for a portrait by the photographer

Saturday November 5, 2011 at 6pm

The Betsy Hotel, a hub for arts and culture on South Beach, will take part in Sleepless Night, Miami Beach’s all night arts festival, on Saturday November 5, 2011, with a series of events that exemplify the hotel and its leadership team’s firmly established commitment to philanthropy, art, music and literature.  Full schedule of events follows:

Saturday, November 5
6 PM -
In cooperation with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a state of the art mobile recording studio and video production facility, The Betsy Hotel will host a dedication ceremony for a tree that it has donated to the City of Miami Beach in honor of Yoko Ono’s interactive artwork, Wish Tree.  Located in Lummus Park, directly across the street from the hotel at 1440 Ocean Drive; the community is invited to attend the dedication and plaque installation. The Wish Tree has been integral to many of Ono’s exhibitions around the world in museums and cultural centers where people have been invited to write their personal wishes for peace and tie them to a tree branch.

The first 100 guests to add their wishes to the tree will have their photograph taken by one of several professional photographers (including Robert Zuckerman) and exhibited on board the Lennon Bus.

6PM -11PM
All night long, people are invited to participate in creating their own wish and tying it to the tree.
The Lennon Bus, parked in front of The Betsy, will be open for interactive tours and offers the public the opportunity to see the world’s only sanctioned replica of The Imagine Peace Tower.  Located in Iceland, the Peace Tower is the repository for the thousands of wishes that have been made all around the world throughout the Wish Tree project’s 30-year history.

7PM – 9PM The Betsy Hotel will host an open house to showcase the photographs of celebrity photographer Robert Zuckerman. The artist, renowned in the motion picture industry for his stirring portraits, will be in attendance. A free poster by the artist will be handed out to the first 100 visitors.

9PM –11PM YoungArts award-winning Singer, Kate Davis, a will perform in the Betsy Hotel’s salon.

The Betsy Hotel is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Telephone: 305-531-6100.

Media contacts:
Karen Barofsky/Luciana Salame
Brustman Carrino PR/ 305-573-0658
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About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (http://www.lennonbus.org)
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 14th year of touring, the venture is proud of its fully professional bus and its studios, which boast the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. The Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences.

The Lennon Bus is made possible through an agreement with Yoko Ono, and the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Avid, Mont Blanc, NAMM, SAE Institute, Gibson, Epiphone, Neutrik, Sony, Audio-Technica, Sonicbids, Musician’s Friend, Music Player Network, Sonicbids, Litepanels, Reflecmedia, Disc Makers, Mobile Roadie, Ampeg, Roland, Boss, Mackie, Digital Media Academy, Aphex Systems, Apogee, Manfrotto Distribution, iZotope, Glyph Technologies, Harris Corporation, Applied Acoustics Systems, Antares, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Adobe, Native Instruments, Slingerland Drums, Noise Industries, and Mad Mimi.

About The Betsy Hotel’s Arts, Cultural and Philanthropy Program

The Betsy hotel in South Beach has become a catalyst for energized discourse, innovative thinking, and good works. Believing that public spaces can be more than waiting areas, the vision for the property extends beyond the traditional construct of a hotel.  The Betsy has emerged with a beauty that is more than skin deep, offering an inspiring outlook that extends beyond its own neighborhood in South Beach — to the world.  By fostering programs that believe in the power of community, The Betsy’s leadership team is devoted to cultivating the sights and sounds of philanthropy, art, music and literature.  The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive in South Beach—305-531-6100, http://www.thebetsyhotel.com.

About Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree Project
Yoko Ono: “As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.”
The Wish Tree has been a part of many exhibitions by Yoko Ono since the 1990s. People are invited to write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it to a tree branch.
Yoko Ono: “All my works are a form of wishing. Keep wishing while you participate.”
Yoko Ono has used different kinds of trees at different exhibition venues, to fit the particular venue’s nature.

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