(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper and concert promoter Chuck Morris announced Friday that Greenwood Village-based First Data purchased all remaining premium tickets for the Dave Matthews Band-Neville Brothers benefit concert next Monday, September 12, 2005 – making the Red Rocks hurricane relief concert officially sold out. (The $58.50 tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale Wednesday.) With First Data’s generous support, concert ticket sales – benefiting the victims of Hurricane Katrina – have surpassed the $1 million goal.
"Thanks to First Data, we can now take a deep breath and enjoy this glorious night," said Chuck Morris. "I also cannot send enough thanks to my staff, Dave Matthews Band and its crew, Red Light Management, and Mayor Hickenlooper and his staff."
First Data also announced that it will donate all of its tickets for the upcoming Dave Matthews Band Hurricane Katrina benefit concert to the evacuees staying at the Lowry Air Force Base in neighboring Aurora.
First Data Chairman and CEO Charlie Fote stated, “We are only too happy to lend a hand in the admirable efforts by the city of Denver, our company’s global headquarters, to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The events in the Gulf Coast are truly tragic and when the city asked for our help, we quickly responded. We hope that our contributions combined with others will help alleviate some of the hardship many are facing during this national crisis.”
“We are very fortunate to have the assistance and commitment of an important local company like First Data,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “I am grateful for First Data’s support. Their generosity – and that of countless other local companies, small businesses, and residents – is enabling Denver to make a meaningful impact on the hurricane relief efforts.”
Other Colorado companies that have made significant contributions to the concert’s fundraising efforts include Aspen Ski Company, Chuck Morris Presents, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Newmont Corporation and Vail Resorts. A more detailed listing of corporate contributors and partners will be available next week.
Dubbed by Billboard.com as “the first act to come forward with a benefit show for Hurricane Katrina victims,” Dave Matthews Band already had three sold-out concerts booked for Red Rocks September 9-11. The Band added a fourth show on September 12 to raise money for selected charities supporting the victims of Katrina.
The performers, promoter Chuck Morris Presents, and their supporting companies have agreed to donate 100% of the profits from the show. Dave Matthews Band’s tour supporting companies that are contributing their help include Ultra Sound, TMS - lighting, Upstaging - trucking, Four Seasons – busses, Dega Catering and the DMB crew team.
The City and County of Denver, which owns and operates Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center, will donate the revenues it derives from parking, food, beverage and merchandise commissions to the hurricane relief effort. Additionally, the City has agreed to waive the rent and seat tax for the benefit concert – a significant savings that will mean more money for the Katrina victims.
Aramark Corporation, the food, beverage and merchandise concessionaire at Red Rocks, will donate to the hurricane relief efforts all of the net proceeds from the September 12 concession sales and from the Chuck Morris Presents major donor pre-concert party in the Ship Rock Grille. Its affiliate, Aramark Housekeeping Services, has also agreed to donate the maintenance services associated with the concert. Contemporary Services Corporation will donate the personnel services of its ushers, ticket takers, parking attendants and security. Additionally, Denver Police Department will donate their time, West Metro Fire Rescue will donate paramedic services, the Denver Fire Prevention Bureau will contribute fire safety services at no charge, and Mobile Access will provide their shuttle service for people with disabilities at no cost to the event.
The Conscious Alliance (www.ConsciousAlliance.org) will be hosting a food drive all four nights of DMB at Red Rocks to benefit the Houston Food Bank and its efforts to feed people affected by Hurricane Katrina (www.HoustonFoodbank.org). We know that in this time of need, the fans of DMB can donate enough goods to fill at 24 foot truck, but our goal is to fill a semi. Every patron that donates five (5) non-perishable items will receive a raffle ticket for one of five posters signed by DMB each night. The raffle will take place at the Conscious Alliance booth, located in the upper-vending area of Red Rocks.
Most Needed Items for Donation: Bottled water, hand-held snacks such as granola, energy and breakfast bars; beef jerky, peanut butter, canned meals such as hearty soups, stews, chili, and/or pasta; plates, bowls, cups, and utensils; bleach, disinfecting household cleaning items, and diapers.
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