Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stomp, the Smash Hit Returns to Stomp Out Hunger

May 20-22, 2011 at DeVos Performance Hall

STOMP, the international sensation, is making its triumphant return to Grand Rapids, MI at DeVos Performance Hall from May 20-22, 2011. Broadway Grand Rapids and STOMP are partnering to STOMP Out Hunger. Every full priced adult ticket purchased to STOMP using the code: HUNGER, a $5 donation will be made to Access of West Michigan. Tickets are now on sale and are available at ticketmaster.com.

Access of West Michigan provides a place for the community to act—for those with resources and talents to interact and problem-solve with the big issues of poverty and people in need. The mission of Access is to be a faith-based leader in linking congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County. Learn more at www.AccessofWestMichigan.org.

Hunger Statistics:
-Within the Access Pantry Network of Kent County there are 75 food pantries that distribute nearly 20,000 food services to individuals every month.
-In 2010 there were 46,925 individuals who visited a pantry within the Access Pantry Network one or more times. This is 7.7 percent, or one in every 12 residents, of Kent County’s population.
- According to the Food Research and Action Center 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure. Kent County follows this national trend as evidenced by the over 110,000 residents who receive SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) benefits.
-The Access Pantry Network distributed 90,000 food services to children in 2010.
-In Kent County, there are 85,000 individuals living below the poverty line (US Census Bureau 2008).

STOMP has made it its mission to partner with food banks across the country to STOMP Out Hunger. The show began its quest to reduce hunger in North America with a partnership with Philabundance, the Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization, in December of 2007. The producers were looking for a way to give back to the community and with the timing of the holidays the partnership was a natural one. However, due to the current economic climate including high unemployment rates and state budget cuts, hunger organizations have seen an overwhelming demand for food assistance. As such, STOMP has dedicated itself to bringing attention to the heightened needs of food charities across the country all year round by sponsoring canned food drives and donating ticket proceeds in as many cities as possible. Cities in which STOMP has conducted a STOMP Out Hunger campaign include Philadelphia, PA, Calgary, Canada, Peoria, IL, Detroit, MI, Toronto, Canada, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Aurora, IL and Honolulu, HI, just to name a few.

STOMP is affordably priced from $27.50 and will perform 4 shows at DeVos Performance Hall from May 20-22, 2011. The performance schedule is Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 21 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm, and Sunday May 22 at 1:00pm. Tickets are available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 15 or more save 10% per ticket! Group discount expires May 13, 2011. For group tickets call 616-742-6185 or email groupsales@smggr.com.

For more information on the Fifth Third Bank Broadway Grand Rapids Series, visit: www.BroadwayGrandRapids.com.