Sportservice program gives community organizations opportunity to raise funds

by operating concessions during Tigers home games

DETROIT (Feb. 13, 2013)Delaware North Companies Sportservice, the food and retail provider for the Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, is seeking additional nonprofit organizations to participate in its fundraising program during the 2013 baseball season.
Sportservice is actively recruiting civic organizations, high-school boosters, churches and other non-profit groups to operate concessions at the stadium to raise funds for their respective organizations.
“Groups in metro Detroit might be unaware that they have the opportunity to participate, even if they cannot begin in time for Opening Day,” said Robert Thormeier, general manager for Sportservice at Comerica Park. “We continue to recruit non-profit organizations throughout the season.”
Groups are required to cover at least 10 home games during the season.
Sportservice donated more than $1 million dollars for local non-profit groups during the 2012 season and playoff run, Thormeier said. The number of volunteers, type of concessions, and stadium attendance all affect the amount of money that a group can raise, he added.
“The program is an effective and attractive way for organizations to raise money without having to risk investing funds up front,” Thormeier said.
Any interested charitable organization or nonprofit group may contact Anitra Redding at (313) 471-2608 or DETBBNPCOORD@dncinc.com for more information.
Delaware North Companies Sportservice has a long tradition of working with its team partners to assist charitable and other nonprofit groups in raising money for their organizations and communities. Sportservice’s fundraising program began 20 years ago and donates between $10 and $15 million each year for non-profit groups at venues across the country.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.
For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.    


Charles Roberts
Director, Public Relations
Sportservice, Travel, Patina Restaurant Group, UK
Email: CHRobert@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5545
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