San Francisco's Most Beautiful Deficit Seeks Sponsorship
To offset an $87 million deficit, the Golden Gate Bridge is seeking brand integration relationships. Kevin Bartram of Sponsorship Strategies in Novato was hired to conduct a pre-sponsorship study and assist with raising funds. The name is not up for grabs, however, so for those seeking to rename it something really clever (like Rice-a-Roni Gateway or the Big Gay Arches), you will have to throw your money elsewhere.
There's concern about whether the number of suicides (over 1,200 successes and counting) will keep sponsors away. To jab at the money-hurting landmark's cry for financial aid, Hal Riney of Publicis & Hal Riney wryly notes, "Maybe they could charge 10 thousand bucks each and we could welcome [potential suicides]." - Contributed by Angela Natividad