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CELL PHONES COLLECTED TO HELP TROOPS OVERSEAS CALL HOME

07/03/2012 2:42 PM -

Starting May 24th through June 17th, Feld Entertainment, SMG American Bank Center and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. asked Coastal Bend residents to donate their gently used cell phones to help military deployed overseas call home. In return, for every cellular phone donated a voucher was offered for a 50% discount off ticket prices for a family 4 pack of tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s Fully Charged. A total of 48 phones were collected from patrons and additional 35 phones were donated by SMG American Bank Center.

“ There were people who brought three or four phones to the box office and only used one phone for the discount and passed out the rest of their phones to other people standing in line so they could receive the discount,” said Eric Jaramillo, SMG American Bank Center Director of Marketing. “ We thank everyone who donated their cell phones as well as Feld Entertainment for offering the special vouchers for this very special program.”
 
The cell phones were shipped to the Cell Phones for Soldiers program who will sell the phones to a recycling program. The proceeds collected go toward purchasing calling cards that are sent to troops overseas. American Bank Center is a permanent collection site for Cellphones for Soldiers; cell phones can be dropped off at the main office in the Convention Center Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm.
 
American Bank Center is Corpus Christi’s premier event center providing unprecedented guest experiences. Follow us online at www.Americanbankcenter.com, facebook.com/AmericanBankCenter, or twitter.com/AmericanBankCtr.
 
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. (CPFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops cost-free methods to communicate with family while serving in the United States military. Based in Norwell, Mass., CPFS was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. From the recycling of used mobile phones and cash donations, the organization has raised more than $7 million, collected more than 8.3 million cell phones and provided troops overseas with more than 114 million minutes of free talk time. For more information www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoinCellPhonesforSoldiers.
 

ABOUT FELD ENTERTAINMENT
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!
 
For more information about Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged, visit www.feldentertainment.com.


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