Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa Partners with Local Metropolitan Ministries as
Part of Hard Rock’s Global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER Campaign
WhyHunger is part of Hard Rock’s Ongoing “Love All, Serve All” Globally Meaningful, Locally Relevant Efforts
TAMPA, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (SHRHC) in Tampa is kicking off the official season of giving by helping to feed children and their families. SHRHC will collect food for the local Metropolitan Ministries this holiday season as part of the IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, a global campaign to raise awareness and funding for the fight against childhood hunger and poverty.
"It takes the effort of the entire community to pull together for its neighbors in need,” said Tim Marks, president of Metropolitan Ministries. “We appreciate the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s leadership in driving our holiday efforts and their commitment to meeting the needs of families in crisis throughout the Bay Area.”
Initiatives to benefit Metropolitan Ministries include:
- Now – Dec. 13: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa employees will collect nonperishable food items on property
- Nov. 18: Seminole Hard Rock Calendar Girls along with Tony the Tiger will deliver over 2,160 full-size boxes of assorted cereal, 66 cases of soda and 100 turkeys to the Clear Channel Food Drive at Westshore Plaza.
- Nov. 21 – Dec. 13: Bags of Joy program – collection of toys, strollers, shoes, books and other essential items for children.
- November - December: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa employees will volunteer at the Metropolitan Ministries’ Holiday Tent. They will sort donations and prepare and serve food.
- Throughout the year: Lost and found items including clothing and eyeglasses are donated to Metropolitan Ministries. Hotel linen and terry are also donated.
Now through Dec. 31, visitors and other supporters can text the word IMAGINE to 50555 to donate $10 to WhyHunger and help feed a hungry child.
World-wide events are part of Hard Rock International’s 2011 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, which is supported by John Lennon’s wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon, to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world. Dedicated to the brand’s “All is One” core value, proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, and its grassroots partners around the globe in hopes of finding long-term solutions through sustainable agriculture.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa will donate 15 percent of the retail purchase price from its limited-edition John Lennon IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER signature items to IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER. Items include its men’s military tee ($26) and Lennon inspired dog tag charm necklace ($12). They can be purchased inside the Rock Shop, located next to the Hard Rock Cafe. Additional items available online only include a women’s tee ($26) and limited editions pins ($12); 15 percent of retail purchase price will be donated.
Hard Rock Cafe patrons who add a $1 donation to their meal tab will receive an “Imagine” bracelet. One hundred percent of bracelet fundraising will benefit charity partners in China, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, Southeastern Arizona and the Mississippi Delta.
About Metropolitan Ministries
Metropolitan Ministries is a non-profit, nondenominational, faith based organization that provides answers for poor and homeless families. Founded in 1972 by 13 downtown Tampa Churches, this community supported ministry has earned the trust and support of charitable individuals, volunteers, businesses, churches, synagogues, civic organizations, schools and collaborative partners. Metropolitan Ministries does not depend on government funding and is not a United Way agency. Metropolitan Ministries offers a wide spectrum of supportive services to alleviate suffering, promote human dignity and instill self-sufficiency. Metropolitan Ministries is known beyond throughout the Tampa Bay are and beyond as one of America’s most effective and innovative caregivers. Metropolitan Ministries has been awarded Charity Navigator's highest four star rating for demonstrating exceptional financial health, outperforming most of its peers in its efforts to manage and grow its finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible. Metropolitan Ministries is located at 2002 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. For more information visit www.metromin.org or call 813-209-1000.
WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin & current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to hunger suffered by 49 million Americans and nearly 1 billion people worldwide. WhyHunger’s main programs include the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY, which refers individuals in need of emergency food assistance to soup kitchens, food banks, government nutrition programs & community organizations in their neighborhoods; the Grassroots Action Network, which provides information, networking opportunities, capacity building & access to over 8,000 anti-hunger & poverty community organizations across the United States and around the world; and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty which is supported by Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Joss Stone, Darryl McDaniels, Jackson Browne, O.A.R, and many others. For more information, visit www.whyhunger.org.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with nearly 190,000 square feet of non-stop casino gaming action featuring Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Casino War and Texas Hold ‘em Poker along with over 4,100 of the most popular slot machines. The resort also houses Florida’s newest, smoke-free poker room with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud. For the fifth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a variety of critically acclaimed restaurants and bars including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 134 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant and the Fresh Harvest seven-station dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com or www.facebook.com/seminolehardrocktampa . Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SHRTampa .
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 172 venues in 51 countries, including 135 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced including Panama Megapolis, scheduled to open in 2011; and Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
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