Monday, August 17, 2009

National Association of Ticket Brokers "Gives Back"

If you've ever purchased tickets for a Broadway Show, Sporting Event or a Rock Concert anywhere in the United States, you may have had the opportunity to buy your tickets from a member of the NATB, which stands for the National Association of Ticket Brokers. The NATB is a non-profit trade organization made up of nearly 200 or so legitimate ticket resellers throughout the country. The NATB has a "code of ethics" and represents its ticket broker members as well as the active promoting of "consumer protection" whenever the public engages in the purchasing of tickets. In addition the NATB has been actively promoting members to be "good neighbors" in their communities. We think the best way to be a good neighbor is simply by "giving back" to our local communities where we run our businesses all around the country.

Although most people know that a legitimate ticket broker provides a much needed service for a reasonable price, I'd like to share a story with you that you may not be aware of. Our NATB organization has just "kicked off" an official multi-year partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities which will include ticket donations from many NATB ticket broker members as well as volunteerism at local Ronald McDonald House chapters throughout the United States. This new partnership is part of the NATB Gives Back 32 for 32 Program where ticket brokers, their staff and families have generously given tickets to NFL preseason football games as well as volunteer time to assist the families of children with difficult medical challenges.

According to Marty Coyne, the President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities, he said "RMHC and our local chapters rely on the generous donations of our corporate partners and the NATB is providing valuable contributions in terms of volunteers and entertainment for our families. Our families are going through difficult medical situations with their child, and NATB is giving them a chance to relax and take their minds off their worries-if only for a few moments. This partnership is a natural extension of our mission to support families-both financially and emotionally-during a very difficult time of their lives."

The three year 32 for 32 Program will donate 32 tickets for every NFL preseason game in each of the 32 NFL markets. In addition, our members are giving 32 hours of volunteer time at one of the many Ronald McDonald Houses around the country.

As of today the NATB has donated $117,661.64 in NFL ticket donations as well as 298 hours of volunteer time. Wow! Every day there are more and more volunteers from NATB ticket broker companies all over the country giving additional tickets and acts of volunteerism. I am personally so proud of the people that are helping out with this effort. For a list of contributors click here.

If you're a ticket broker and can help the NATB in its mission to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities by giving ticket donations of any kind or volunteer hours, we would greatly appreciate your assistance today. Every minute counts. Any ticket donations are greatly appreciated. It feels so great to help others in need.

Please click here and see how you to can join the NATB in its mission of "giving back" to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Thank you for caring.

Rich Gladstone
Applause Theatre & Entertainment Service (NATB Member)
311 West 43rd Street, suite 601
New York, New York 10036
local phone 212-307-7050
toll free 800-451-9930
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