Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Second Harvest Food Bank & Ringling Brothers Circus

Press Release from Bisbee and Company Inc.


IT’S THE SECOND ANNUAL DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DRIVE … DONATE FOOD TO SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA AND RECEIVE FREE TICKET VOUCHERS TORINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY® CIRCUS ORLANDO, Fla. –

NOVEMBER 9, 2010 – As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approach, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is again collecting food to help stock Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)’s pantry shelves. During this difficult economy and as the holidays approach, the agency’s need for food donations is increasing.

For one day only, Thursday, November 18 between 7-9 a.m., Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is offering Central Florida consumers the opportunity to energize their community and donate non-perishable, unexpired food items in exchange for ticket vouchers to Fully ChargedSM, the all-new 141st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth®.

A donation of 10 food items entitles each consumer to one ticket voucher, with a limit of four vouchers per household. Vouchers can be redeemed at the Amway Center box office for the Thursday, January 13, 7:30 p.m. opening night performance. Ticket vouchers are available to those who donate while supplies last. Ringling Bros. and SHFBCF are making it easy with drive-through service! No need to find a parking space or carry heavy grocery bags – consumers can even stay in their PJ’s! They can simply drive to the Blue Lot at the Amway Center (located off Hughey Ave, parallel to I-4, just past Hughey and Church), stay in their cars, and volunteers will meet them and exchange ticket vouchers for donations, right through car windows.

Consumers can return to the Amway Center box office between Nov. 26 and January 13 to redeem vouchers for tickets. The Amway Center box office is located on Church Street. Short-term (15 minutes) parking is available in front of the box office on Church Street except during events. The Amway Center box office does not take ticket orders over the phone. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and three (3) hours prior to any event.

Last year’s food drive generated elephant-sized results. In only two hours, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® collected 5,901 pounds (nearly three tons) of food -- equating to approximately 4,000 meals to feed the needy in Central Florida. Hundreds of Central Floridians participated -- from dads in gym shorts to moms in PJs to young professionals on their way to work. “It was one of the fastest ‘food-raisers’ in our history and we look forward to repeating our success this year,” said Sasha Hausman, development manager for the food bank. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 500 agencies that feed the hungry throughout Central Florida. SHFBCF accepts nonperishable food donations including boxed cereal, stuffing, canned meat, fruit, cranberry sauce, gravy and vegetables. The agency’s most needed items include nonfat dry milk, peanut butter, baby food, and canned tuna, meat, vegetables and fruit.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will power up Central Florida audiences with acts from all over the globe when Fully ChargedSM plays Amway Center January 13-17, featuring breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-seen-before performances that spark the imaginations of Children of All Ages! Clowns from the world-famous clown alley charge the audiences’ funny bones, while megawatts of thrills explode out of the ring including The Human Fuse who rockets across the circus skies igniting the power of the people. And of course, amazing animals that spark the audience’s awe and wonder. Experience the current of excitement at Ringling Bros. Fully Charged! All seats are reserved, and tickets go on sale November 26. Ticket prices range from $15-100 (Ticketmaster service charges, handling, and facility fees not included), and are available at www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone: 407-440-7900).

For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: Second Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America — the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 600 agencies that feed the hungry throughout Central Florida. Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed more than 26 million pounds of grocery products — the equivalent of more than 17 million meals — to partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance from SHFBCF each week. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org .

About Feld Entertainment: Feld Entertainment is one of the worldwide leaders in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, and Disney Live! For more information on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® visit www.ringling.com.

About Amway Center: The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which will host major national events, concerts and family shows. Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida Community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, featuring 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition videoboard in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. For more information, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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