Toy Company – Goliath Gives Back During Covid-19 Crisis

RICHARDSON, Texas (PRWEB) April 08, 2020

There’s more that one virus that’s reaching unexpected proportions across the U.S. When Richardson, Texas-based Goliath launched the card game, Virus, in January of this year, it never expected a global pandemic to boost consumer sales by 10 times overnight. Now, the company is giving back all proceeds to the World Health Organization during the month of April to support research necessary to stop the pandemic.

“When we launched Virus, the concept was a fun family card game where players attempt to be the first one to get four healthy organs while blocking their competitors from achieving the same goal.” said Mary Higbe, Director of Marketing for Goliath.

“Now, it’s hard to believe that we are living with a new reality, and we want to do want we can to contribute to our global community in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

All profits made from the game during the month of April will be donated directly to the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

These donations support work to track and understand the spread of the virus, to ensure the distribution of essential supplies to patients and frontline workers and to accelerate the development of tests, treatments and vaccines needed.

Goliath is also giving to the community in non-monetary ways. With shelter-in-place forcing families to stay home, the demand for their board games is also on the rise.

The toy company has donated hundreds of puzzles and games to local centers such as Children’s Medical Center Plano, Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Highland Springs Senior Living Community to give these children, and children at heart, an opportunity to enjoy some fun and entertainment while facing these challenging times.

“Our residents are sheltering in place in their homes to maintain safety, and these games provide some fun distraction from the reality of what’s going on outside", said Jill Studly, physician at Highland Springs. "Both Sequence and Rummikub are huge favorites here.”

“At a time when life is disrupted, Goliath is pleased to be able to contribute our games to medical facilities and senior centers in hopes of providing some normalcy and fun for patients and their families,” said Higbe. “As our community continues to shelter in place to help flatten the curve, we hope puzzles and games are a way to strengthen bonds and ease the anxiety, and we look forward to continuing to give in multiple ways during this crisis.”

Members of the media are invited to schedule interviews to further discuss Goliath’s philanthropic initiatives. Please reach out to Goliath’s PR Team at

About Goliath

Goliath was founded in 1980 by Adi Golad and he cofounded the Goliath’s USA division with David Norman in 2008. Goliath is now a global manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of products. Examples include Wahu®, Rocket Fishing Rod®, Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Tri-Ominos®, Sequence®, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo™, Gator Golf®, Let’s Go Fishin® and Phlat Ball®. The company has continued to see substantial growth with the acquisitions of Pressman Toy® and JAX® in the US, Crown & Andrews® and Britz ‘n Pieces/Wahu in Australia, Modelco® in France, Elephanta® in New Zealand, and Vivid® in the UK. Goliath is a market leader in TV-promoted games and is active in many other toy categories, such as puzzles, arts & crafts, outdoor, activity, and novelties. Goliath products now sell in more than 75 countries worldwide and the company has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Hong Kong, Italy, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. For more information, please visit

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Premier Mortgage Resources loan officers make three lists of top producers in U.S.

MERIDIAN, Idaho (PRWEB) April 08, 2020

Premier Mortgage Resources, LLC,(PMR) is excited to announce that many of its loan officers have been recognized as top producers in three of the biggest mortgage publications in the industry.

In total, eight PMR loan officers made lists of top producers in at least one of the following publications: Scotsman Guide, National Mortgage News and Mortgage Executive Magazine.

“We couldn’t be prouder of all of our loan officers who have been recognized in these publications. It is a testament to their great work ethic and skill when communicating with their clients, as well as the outstanding execution of our operations team,” said Cory Swain, PMR Managing Partner.

In Scotsman Guide, five PMR loan officers were recognized:

Char Ruppel NMLS #99445 (Top Dollar Volume 2019)

Lane Lowry NMLS #1658229 (Most Loans Closed 2019)

Mandi Feely NMLS #38490 (Most Loans Closed 2019, Top VA Volume 2019, Top Dollar Volume 2019, Top Purchase Volume 2019)

Marety Jo NMLS #5604 (Most Loans Closed 2019)

Matt Riener NMLS #42311 (Most Loans Closed 2019)

In Mortgage Executive Magazine, six PMR loan officers were recognized in the Top 1% Mortgage Originators in America:

  • Cameron Lillibridge NMLS: #132195
  • Char Ruppel NMLS #99445
  • Doug Schreifels NMLS #104060
  • Kiel Lillibridge NMLS: #190593
  • Mandi Feely NMLS #38490
  • Marety Jo NMLS #5604

In the National Mortgage News Top Producers list, Mandi Feely NMLS #38490 appeared on the list of the top 400.

PMR gives its loan officers the resources they need to get the job done, which makes winning awards like this possible through its fast, accurate and efficient underwriting, funding and closing.

PMR makes it a point to have more than an adequate number of people staffed who are highly trained and efficient in all of those departments. This allows the operations team to deliver out-of-the-box solutions to help loan officers assist their clients through the loan process quickly. And because PMR is big enough to get the job done, but small enough to care about each and every one of its loan officers, it is able to offer a lot of accessibility to top-level management as well as a level of transparency you don’t see from many mortgage companies.

“From our technology stack, to how we approach communication between operations and our loan officers, we are a family working together on behalf of home buyers and home owners,” Swain said. “I’m especially proud of how everyone in our PMR family has responded during the COVID-19 crisis to help one another and maintain our strong level of operational systems.”

About Premier Mortgage Resources

Premier Mortgage Resources (PMR) has been helping customers achieve the dream of homeownership since 1991. With 31 licensed locations west of the Mississippi and staffed by over 120 loan officers, the company offers a full menu of mortgage products and is delegated to underwrite conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, and several state bond programs. PMR has branches across seven states (Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Minnesota and Montana). For more information, visit

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Penn Wharton Budget Model Estimates Impact of the CARES Act


On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the $2.3 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing immediate relief to households and businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM) has analyzed the short-term economic effects of the pandemic and the CARES Act. PWBM projects that:

  • Without the CARES Act, GDP would have fallen at an annualized rate of 37 percent in 2020 Q2, with the unemployment rate reaching 12 percent by 2020 Q3.
  • The CARES Act will dampen the short-term decline in GDP to a 30 percent annualized rate in 2020 Q2, with unemployment reaching 11 percent by 2020 Q3.
  • The CARES Act will produce around 1.5 million additional jobs by 2020 Q3 and increase GDP by $812 billion over the next two years.

For more information, see the full PWBM CARES Act short-term analysis.

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About the Penn Wharton Budget Model

PWBM is a nonpartisan, independent applied research organization housed at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. PWBM works directly with policymakers and staff, serving as an honest broker by providing accurate, accessible, and transparent economic analysis of the fiscal and economic impact of public policy without advocacy. PWBM’s estimates are regularly referenced by policymakers and top news outlets. For more information, visit

About the Wharton School

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