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Bruce Springsteen Supports Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

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Next week's concert by "The Boss" will benefit hungry families in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

Bruce Springsteen donated four VIP tickets to his Charlottesville show for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to auction off.  The winners get front row seats and access to a lounge where they'll hang out with the E Street Band.

The food bank is seeing 120,000 people a month coming in for food.  That's twice as many as five years ago.

"Right now, the bidding is a little over $1,000," said Michael McKee, chief planning and philanthropy officer for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  "Not only would you get the tickets, and the backstage passes, and these great seats, but you're able to provide four meals for every dollar - $1,000 provides 4,000 meals, $10,000 provides 40,000 meals.  It's really a bargain."

Click here to bid on the tickets.  The auction ends Thursday at noon. 

The food bank will also collect cash and nonperishable food donations during Springsteen's performance next Tuesday at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Press Release

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank announces that it will be the charitable beneficiary of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's concert on Oct. 23rd at the John Paul Jones Arena.
Springsteen has donated four concert tickets for his Wrecking Ball World Tour to the Food Bank for auction. Auction winners will receive the following:

  • A pre-concert pass to the E Street Lounge - a cash bar lounge where  they can relax with the E Street Band prior to the show
  • Choice of seating in Stadium seats within the first five rows to the left or right of the stage or General Admission, a corralled-off, standing-room only area directly in front of the stage

The ticket auction is now open for bids on the Food Bank's website, www.brafb.org. The auction will close at noon this Thursday, Oct. 18.
"We are honored to have the support of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band this year," said Larry Zippin, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank CEO. "Bruce Springsteen's ongoing commitment to ending hunger is inspiring, and we are profoundly grateful that he is urging our community to join him in bringing food and hope to a growing number of people in need."
Springsteen, a founding member of World Hunger Year's Artists Against Hunger and Poverty, staunchly supports the efforts of community-based hunger relief organizations throughout North America and around the world.
During his Oct. 23rd performance, Springsteen will speak briefly on behalf of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and encourage concert-goers to join him in his mission to end hunger by making a donation to the Food Bank. The Food Bank will also be collecting non-perishable food donations at the concert.
Those wishing to support Springsteen's efforts but cannot attend the concert may contribute online by selecting "Donate Now" at www.brafb.org.

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