Feeding a Good Cause

Community News, Davison News, Hugs Pet Products



Back in August, we shared the exciting news with you that dog food our friends’ at Hugs Pet Products, who have licensed several of our innovative pet products, created with none other than Paula Deen, was selling on her website’s General Store and the Hugs Pet Products website!

Since that time, not only has the Paula Deen Hugs Premium Select Pet Food begun selling in K-VA-T food stores throughout Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, it recently reached a little closer to home and to the heart as Davison and Hugs Pet Products were involved in a pet food donation to Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education and Welfare (BREW).

Aside from helping beagles find a carefully-screened and loving, forever homes, BREW works with local veterinarians, trainers and boarding facilities to give these dogs the proper medical care that they need and deserve.

This all-volunteer organization also serves as a community resource for pet owners by providing them with the right education, important information, positive behavior training and good nutrition.

It was the last point that made it a no brainer for Davison and Hugs to help this great cause by donating bags of the new products.

For Midwest BREW, any size bag is appreciated but medium or large-size bags work best for their dogs who eat at least 1-2 cups per day. In receiving the donation, “Our foster homes were thrilled!”

Once a month, the Midwest BREW holds an adoption event at a PetSmart in East Liberty, a local Pittsburgh neighborhood. This great event gives this organization the chance to not only showcase their beagles, but also to raise awareness for their rescue mission.

At the event, a dog named Dandelion, whose previous owner we’re told would only feed her once per day by throwing her food on the ground, is now able to go home and enjoy a delicious meal from Paula Deen, thanks to her free Chicken and Rice flavored- Paula Deen Hugs Premium Select Pet Food.

Dandelion - Midwest BREW

BREW- Hugs Pet Products

Dandelion’s foster dad, Bill, has been a foster parent for several years and appreciates the donation.

But Bill and Dandelion weren’t the only ones to enjoy the delicious food.  In fact, six bags of the Beef and Rice flavored- Paula Deen Hugs Premium Select Pet food were sent to a Midwest BREW volunteer in Toledo, Ohio. A beagle named Beauty and her foster mom, Sarah, were the happy recipients of this donation.

Our Founder and CEO, Mr. Davison, offered his support in more ways than one. Not only did he offer his sentiments, he also wanted to donate even more to the Midwest BREW.

“It is such a beautiful thing you are doing. Please let me know when you are ready for more of Paula’s Dog Food and we will be happy to help,” said Mr. Davison.

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It’s organizations like the Midwest BREW and its selfless volunteers that motivate us to continue helping others.

“Thank you Hugs and Mr. Davison for helping Midwest BREW beagles.”

Learn more about the Midwest BREW and how you too can help this great cause!

Copyright Davison, 2015


Veterans Breakfast Club Sends Special Note of Thanks

Community News, Davison News

When it comes to honoring and thanking our nation’s veterans, taking part is a no-brainer. So, we’re sure it only seemed natural for founder and CEO Mr. Davison to take part in an upcoming event to honor our region’s veterans.

On April 30th, the Veterans Breakfast Club is hosting an evening called “Their Stories, Our History” at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The event will celebrate the opening of the Veterans Breakfast Club’s new Western Pennsylvania Veterans Archive at the center and we’re pleased to say that Davison will be included as one of the evening’s sponsors.

Their Stories, Our History

Recently, Mr. Davison received a thank you note from Veterans Breakfast Club Founder and Executive Director Todd DePastino:

Dear George,

A belated thank you for kindly sponsoring our April 30 event at the Heinz History Center.

I look forward to being in touch with details close to the date. It will be a great event!

Todd DePastino

The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to give each and every veteran an opportunity to share their unique story. If you would like to take part in an event where you can celebrate our nation’s veterans and listen to some of their stories, reserve a ticket for the April 30th event here.

Veterans Breakfast Club

Learn more about the Veterans Breakfast Club here.

Copyright Davison, 2015

59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Raises $65,850 in “A Night to Remember!”

Community News, Davison News

Well, now we know what the hype surrounding last month’s 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball was all about.

You may recall, that our founder and CEO Mr. Davison, his mother and Pittsburgh CLO Guild member, Moira Davison, and his daughter, Morgan Davison, served as a three-generation team of co-chairs to host the magical evening. They welcomed nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh to celebrate “A Night to Remember.”

Thanks to their efforts and the generous support of those who attended the epic event, the Pittsburgh CLO Guild has just announced that they raised $65,850 from the annual ball!

Those proceeds directly impact the arts in Pittsburgh, going toward the Pittsburgh CLO’s mainstage productions, the CLO Academy of Musical Theater, the CLO Internship Program, the Guild Scholarship Fund, CLO Mini Stars and much more.

You can read more about the 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on See more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine.

Copyright Davison 2014


Inventionland to Host Invention Convention 2013 – April 6th!

Community News, Davison News, George Davison, Inventing Advice, Inventionland, Inventions

It’s time to get together for the sake of inventing! Inventionland is gearing up to host WQED’s Invention Convention 2013 – a day filled with invention challenges, advice from engineers and inventors and even an appearance by the cast of WGBH’s “Design Squad Nation.”

And, that’s not all. Students in grades 5-8 (and their families) are invited to the Saturday, April 6, 2013 event at Inventionland, where they can bring invention ideas, paper prototypes or models for review by Inventionland Creationeers. Students are even able to construct their own prototypes on-site.

Interested students can register for one of two sessions, which are slated from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited, so if you know a young, aspiring inventor, encourage them to attend (and to bring you, of course!)

Find out more about Invention Convention 2013 here.


Sweet Gesture Event at Inventionland Raises Nearly $56,000!

Community News, Davison News, George Davison, Inventionland

Last month, Inventionland hosted the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s “A Sweet Gesture” fundraising event. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the official numbers have been tallied and the event raised nearly $56,000 for the Foundation’s Family Life Auxiliary.

The Valentine’s Day “A Sweet Gesture: Chocolate Factory of Invention” event attracted more than 420 guests to our creative wonderland, which Whirl Magazine deemed a “magnet for inventors with a dream” in their April 2013 issue, which has just hit newsstands.

“Guests reveled in the presentation and taste of fresh fruit kebabs, displayed on giant red and white polka-dotted mushrooms, with vanilla dipping sauce and real golden eggs filled with velvety cream of tomato soup. How sweet, and scrumptious,” Whirl’s writer commented.

The magazine also published a few photos from the event in their latest issue and online at

The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation’s event at Inventionland was also covered in the Pittsburgh Business Times’ “After Hours” section in early March.

There, Mr. and Mrs. Davison appeared with David and Laura Mabon. Ms. Mabon co-chaired the event.

Congratulations to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation on another great “A Sweet Gesture” event! We’re so glad we got to be a part of it!


Mr. Davison Takes Pittsburgh’s KDKA on a “Sweet” Inventionland Tour

Community News, Davison News, Inventionland, Videos

Recently, KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen got a sweet taste of our creative workspace, in preparation for next Thursday’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation “A Sweet Gesture” fundraising event.

Sorensen’s tour aired during the CBS affiliate’s newscast last week and featured several sweet details not only about Inventionland, but also how the Foundation co-chairs asked Mr. Davison to host the Valentine’s Day event.

He explains how event organizers made up a chocolate prototype to ask him to host the Willy Wonka-themed evening.

“How do you turn down a request like that?” Mr. Davison asks.

Walking Sorensen through Inventionland’s secret bookcase-entrance, which will lead party-goers to the charity event, Mr. Davison explains how Inventionland is a creative mind-set that is meant to inspire inventors.

“This is the creative space that we dream everything up in,” says Mr. Davison.

Sorensen was quick to notice that the fantasy-like environment was much more than just a Disney-esque theme park.

“There’s a surprise at every turn… they’re creating, problem-solving, inventing – and, it’s working, based on the array of products floating through the building that are samples of real success stories,” says Sorensen.

After Sorensen interviews Mr. Davison, she speaks with the “Sweet Gesture” co-chairs, Tori Yoos and Laura Mabon, who explain how they plan to utilize the magnificent facility.

“The entire night is full of many surprises…” says Yoos.  “Everything you can imagine will be here:  food, music, drinks… activities… a fun, fun night.”

All proceeds from “A Sweet Gesture” benefit Children’s Hospital’s Family Life Fund.  For more information on the event, click here.

See Sorensen’s entire Inventionland tour here.

Sharing Well “D”eserved Community Thanks

Community News, Davison News

Often times, we share community events, fundraisers and benefits that we think you may be interested in helping with. And, just as often, the Davison Team comes together and makes incredible contributions to support the various causes.

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Most recently, our team pulled together in less than two weeks to donate toys for the 2012 Marines’ Toys for Tots drive. Thanks to our efforts, nearly 224 children were able to receive holiday gifts this season.

We’ve also just received two awesome “thank you’s” from a couple other causes we contributed to last year. And, we were so moved by the thanks, we just had to share.

Last September, Mr. Davison supported the Walk to Defeat ALS®. Walk organizers were more than grateful for the donation:

“Mr. Davison & Inventionland Crew,

Thank you very much for your generous support of the Pittsburgh Walk to Defeat ALS! Enclosed is a thank you video with scenes of Walk Day, thank you cards from some family members and walk t-shirts for the staff. This is just a small token of our great appreciation of your support! We also enclosed information about the 2013 Walk. We hope to work with you again on this great event.

With heartfelt thanks,
Jenni Franz

Another community project, the Aspinwall Riverfront Park Project, sought our help so that they could even keep their mission alive. Their “thank you” gesture was absolutely moving!

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Mr Davison,

Thank you for your support and [for bringing] such creativity into the world.

“In 2011, when we decided to purchase the Aspinwall Marina to turn it into a park, many thought it impossible. Simply put, the odds were not in our favor. The facts were: the sale was complex, large and sophisticated companies had tried to buy the property and failed, and last, but not least, $2.3 million would need to be raised in a matter of months. Chances were that a small, grassroots effort, backed by the Fox Chapel District Association and Friends of the Riverfront, would be able to pull it off “when pigs fly.”

As I write to you, it’s been a little over a year since our community proved that we have what it takes to make pigs fly. Once again, what we’re trying to achieve seems entirely unrealistic to some. The odds are challenging. It takes most communities ten years to build a park – and we don’t intend to build the average park. The deadlines we have now are ones we put on ourselves. Our model isn’t typical. Instead of relying on taxpayers, we’re building an endowment and healthy business that will pay for the park’s upkeep (and we’re doing this at the same time we’re trying to build the park no less). The economy is sluggish. We all have many important things competing for our time, money and attention.

davison supports aspinwall marina pittsburghBut, like you, we believe in possibility. And, big audacious goals. And, the potential to create something wonderful and lasting. When I look in the eyes of the kids who mowed lawns and sold lemonade, the hundreds of volunteers this year who planned parties, planted flowers, and removed thousands of pounds of concrete, weeds and garbage from the property – it’s crystal clear that our work is even more important this time around. We need to build Aspinwall Riverfront Park, so that kids who worked so hard can enjoy it while they are still kids. Our goal is to have some portion of the park open to the public by the end of 2013. We’re looking forward to working with you to reach it.

It’s the greatest privilege to be part of something that will be a permanent gift to this generation and the ones to come. Thank you for your on-going support that makes what seems impossible possible.

With gratitude and our best wishes for the happiest of holidays,
Susan Crookston and the Board of Aspinwall Riverfront Park (Davitt, Chip, Kevin, Tim, Trish, Tim, Scott)


Thank you to all members of the Davison Team who so willingly contribute to these great community causes! Keep up the great work!

Davison Donates to Fox Chapel Area High School – Fox Chapel’s Got Talent

Community News

Elaine Mitsch, Vice President of Fox Chapel Area High School PTO, recently thanked George Davison (Founder & CEO of Davison) for his generous charitable contribution to the Fox Chapel Area High School – Fox Chapel’s Got Talent Committee and PTO.

In the letter, Ms. Mitsch also thanked George Davison for his continued commitment and support.

Please see the letter that was sent to Mr. Davison and the Davison company.


Here are the ads that were seen in the 2012 Fox Chapel High School’s Got Talent program:

Davison Races to Success at Two Pittsburgh Charity Events

Community News, Davison News

Relay for Life

Recently, several members of the Davison Team made tracks at two Pittsburgh charity events.  One of our Corporate Creative Coaches led a team in this year’s Riverview Relay for Life and a Senior Director of New Products led another team in the St. Margaret Foundation’s 2012 Fitness Classic!

We’re happy to report that we’ve heard from both team leaders and this year’s events were resounding successes!

Here’s our Corporate Creative Coach’s report on the 2012 Riverview Relay for Life:

The Relay For Life in Oakmont this year was a great success!  Davison was a corporate sponsor this year again, and individual donations were received from [several Davison employees].  Last year [as part of our fundraising efforts], we had three dinosaurs and, this year, we added a Brachiosaurus to the family!  He was a great seller, but the T-Rex was again the best seller.  We raised a total of $232, nearly [doubling the] money brought in from the dinosaur sales and foam dart games from last year.  Word spread quickly around the Relay [as to] where the foam dart shoot and cardboard dinosaur booth was and the kids (and parents) came in great numbers!  Two local Pittsburgh sports mascots also stopped by to check out the booth… both the Penguins’ Iceberg and Steelers’ Steely McBeam stopped by the booth to shoot darts, as well as let us shoot them in their fleece costumes, which make great Velcro Nerf dart targets!  

In all, the Oakmont Relay and its teams raised $74,777!  WOW!

Davison in the CommunityThere is a part of the event called “Miss Relay,” where a team member dresses like a beauty queen and walks the track with a purse collecting donations.  I remember one “Miss Relay” in particular [that] stopped by our booth and shot a few darts.  We let “her” do it for free since “she” was working so hard at being Miss Relay; but, I then payed “her” a donation to leave the booth, because “she” was freaking me out!  

I would like to send out my thanks to everyone who contributed and helped out this year.  We will certainly have to raise the bar once again for next year’s relay!  [Last year, I predicted this year’s success!]  I said, “Hint — it’s going to involve a lot more Nerf guns, targets, dinosaurs – and even more fun!”  The extra Nerf guns and dinos were an awesome success!

For more information on the 2012 Riverview Relay for Life, check out these links:

St. Margaret Fitness Classic

Our Senior Director of New Products also gave us an awesome report from the St. Margaret Foundation’s 2012 Fitness Classic:

St. Margaret’s Fitness Classic was a blast!  [Several Davison employees] showed up with [their families] and dogs… fun for the whole family!  [A few of us] started near the front of the pack running… but, running the whole distance was a little more than we were prepared for!   [A couple employees] represented Davison’s Irwin location by completing the 5K, also!

Everyone was dressed, on time and ready to go!  It was a great cause and I’m glad we were able to contribute!

For more information on the St. Margaret Foundation’s 2012 Fitness Classic, click here!

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to making both the Riverview Relay for Life and the St. Margaret Foundation’s 2012 Fitness Classic such awesome events!  Check out more event photos below:

Mr. D Makes Annual Trip to Alma Mater’s Career Day

Community News, Davison News

Recently, Mr. Davison made a special trip to Saltsburg, Pa., to visit his beloved high school alma mater, The Kiski School.  Continuing a school tradition, Mr. Davison spoke to students as part of their annual Career Day.

The day-long event included three sessions, where Mr. Davison was able to enlighten young minds on what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

“We had an open discussion of what life is like as an entrepreneur.  You really need to know why you want to choose your business dream and how to balance self, family and work,” said Mr. Davison.

According to Mr. Davison, by the nature of his attentive listeners’ questions, they seemed to possess the drive necessary to be successful.

“[They asked about] the American dream and how it can be achieved,” said Mr. Davison.  

The Kiski School boasts 100% college placement; so,it may not be too surprising that the students were so eager to understand the keys to unlocking the future and Mr. Davison said he was happy to help them find those keys.  

“I like to live a purposeful life and by helping our youth understand the ‘why, how and what’ (and, in that order) of their career choices, I hope to help them identify their paths sooner,” said Mr. Davison.

Mr. Davison also stressed the personal importance of trying to reach tomorrow’s leaders.  

“Our youth are our most valuable natural resource and it fulfills one of my promises to give back, as others had done for me, when I was younger,” said Mr. Davison.

According to Kiski’s Associate Headmaster for Institutional Advancement, Steve Szilagyi, when alumni, like Mr. Davison, are able to return to talk with students, the impact is very helpful toward Kiski’s mission.

“It helps us fulfill our vision… preparing young men for success in life.  Students see how alumni have been able to use Kiski as a stepping stone to become leaders.  It’s a strong representation of how our mission is succeeding,” said Szilagyi. 

Szilagyi said that in addition to help fulfilling Kiski’s mission, alumni contributions mean a lot to both him and the students, too. 

“It’s really a great way to use life and professional experience to help our students… [our alumni] tell real-life stories on what they’ve learned.  People like [Mr. Davison] are very good at doing that.  He breaks it down in a very down-to-earth way.  The boys can hear and learn that what people like [Mr. Davison] do is attainable,” said Szilagyi. 

Finally, Szilagyi said that, often times, alumni will share their business cards with students and urge them to stay in touch, which can powerfully impact their professional careers.

“In college and after, our students can follow [up] with alumni that they met on Career Day… [it’s really like a] global network of alumni that help each other personally and professionally.  [We have a] really strong Kiski brotherhood,” said Szilagyi.

Further reinforcing that brotherhood, Mr. Davison often invites classes from his alma mater to tour our creative design facility, Inventionland.  Most recently, a group of Kiski art students toured through Inventionland’s “Disney-esque” atmosphere.  Read more about their visit here!

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