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Life Celebration, Inc. will produce keepsakes and gifts for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia.

August 27, 2015

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Life Celebration, Inc. will produce keepsakes and gifts for Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia.

North Wales, PA – Life Celebration, Inc. will produce merchandise for the 2015 Philadelphia Papal visit. The company known for experience staging and training in the funeral profession will venture down a new path as one of the suppliers of papal keepsakes at The World Meeting of Families Convention in September. Life Celebration, Inc owners, Gerry Givnish and Jim Cummings, forged a relationship with papal portrait artist Perry Milou at the beginning of the summer; together they have developed a catalogue of ornate keepsakes. All exclusive merchandise will be available on the retail website as well as in-person at the Philadelphia Convention Center on September 22nd through the 25th.

Director of Marketing and Communications for Life Celebration, Inc, Shannon Cummings-Plotkin, talked about how the partnership became a success: “After meeting with artist Perry Milou, it became clear to all parties that our laser-focus attention to detail and quality, willingness to adhere to deadlines, local vendor connections and printing capabilities were a perfect fit for the Pope Francis visit.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Perry Milou is considered a prolific “Fine-Pop” artist, a phrase coined from combining illustration and fine art techniques. Milou has painted world leaders and pop icons including Robin Williams, President Obama and Nelson Mandela. Milou’s two paintings: “A Prayer for Peace”, and “The Holy Day”, which depicts Pope Francis in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where he will deliver his public mass on Sunday, September 27th, have been exclusively licensed by the World Meeting of Families and Aramark.

Life Celebration President Gerry Givnish commented on the link between the spirituality of the visit and Life Celebration’s Community of funeral professionals saying, “The link between grief and spirituality can only be strengthened with partnerships with local clergy. Cultivating relationships with religious leaders in our communities will only help the families we serve.”

The World Meeting of Families Convention will be help September 22nd -25th at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The Holy Father will arrive in the city September 26th. His itinerary includes mass to the public on Benjamin Franklin Parkway where over one million people are expected to attend.

About Life Celebration Inc.: Founded by funeral directors Gerry Givnish and Jim Cummings, Life Celebration, Inc. is a comprehensive system solution that provides funeral professionals with the capability and processes to stage meaningful funeral experiences for families while creating new revenue streams and growth opportunities for the funeral home.

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