For Immediate Release
October 29, 2010
Contacts: Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa (813) 627-7771, Gina.Morales@seminolehardrock.com
Dan Mackey, Bitner Goodman, (954) 703-7932; Dan@BitnerGoodman.com
IMAGINE There’s No Hunger
Acting Locally and Thinking Globally, Seminole Hard Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Joins Yoko Ono Lennon and the WhyHunger Hard Rock International Initiative
TAMPA, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa (SHRHC) will collect food for the local Metropolitan Ministries this holiday season as part of a Hard Rock International partnership initiative with the New York-based WhyHunger organization. SHRHC will also raise money through the sales of limited-edition John Lennon Imagine There’s No Hunger signature items.
“We hope to raise thousands of dollars during the holidays from the community by selling collectible Hard Rock pins and t-shirts,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino president, John Fontana. “Our Seminole Hard Rock Girls will also deliver $5,000 in food to the Clear Channel Helping Hand Food Drive at Westshore Plaza on Nov. 19th”.
Beginning on Nov. 1, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will donate through its Seminole Hard Rock Retail Store special limited-edition John Lennon IMAGINE signature and likeness items in support of the two-month fundraising campaign, including the new IMAGINE There’s No Hunger pins, as well as an artist spotlight t-shirt which will be sold at the Hard Rock Retail Store inside the casino.
Additionally, the employees of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announced that they will hold their own food drive for Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries and volunteer at the Ministries’ Holiday Tent at 2002 North Florida Avenue during the holiday season. Metropolitan Ministries was founded in 1972 by 13 downtown Tampa churches and offers a wide spectrum of supportive services for the poor.
The hotel and casino will also collect non-perishable food items from the public for the holidays in designated bins that will be conveniently located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel lobby.
WhyHunger, a non-profit international organization founded in 1975 by radio show talk host Bill Ayres and the late singer-songwriter, Harry Chapin to fight hunger and poverty, is partnering with Yoko Ono Lennon and Hard Rock International in the 2010 campaign, “Imagine There’s No Hunger” to benefit hungry children through the public’s purchase of “Imagine” bracelets. Ten bracelets cost $10 and can be purchased at www.whyhunger.org/Hungerthon2010/.
WhyHunger (formerly World Hunger Year) is a not-for-profit registered 501(c)(3) organization is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world, WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing microcredit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators. Founded in 1975, WHY believes that by shifting the prevailing viewpoint on why hunger and poverty exist, policymakers can be influenced to put an end to this human tragedy. WHY sponsors two major fundraisers each year: Hungerthon is its largest annual public outreach broadcast during Thanksgiving week to more than six million people with essential information about hunger and poverty. At the WHY Awards Dinner each spring grassroots organizations and media are honoured for their excellence with cash grants.
About Metropolitan Ministries
Metropolitan Ministries is a non-profit, nondenominational, faith based organization that faithfully 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. Today, Metropolitan Ministries offers a wide spectrum of supportive services to alleviate suffering, promote human dignity and instill self-sufficiency. As Metropolitan Ministries celebrates over 38 Years of Hope, the Ministries is becoming known beyond the Tampa Bay community 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.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,659 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to no limit high stakes Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud. For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off 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, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 168 venues in 51 countries, including 133 cafes and 14 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 and Singapore. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; 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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