Williamsport-area volunteers serve fans to raise funds for their organizations
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Aug 20, 2009) – Hundreds of volunteers from non-profit organizations located in Williamsport and Lycoming County, Penn., will play a role in helping Delaware North Companies Sportservice feed an anticipated 300,000 fans at the 2009 Little League World Series this week.

Sportservice, the official food service provider for the Little League World Series, has long allowed non-profit groups to staff concession stands giving them a share of the concession revenue. This year, nearly a dozen groups will be working for their causes, the largest number since Sportservice began operating the event in 2001.

“We know how important this program is to community groups in Williamsport, especially in a tough economy,” Sportservice President Rick Abramson said. “It’s exciting to see how the entire Williamsport area supports this event and comes together to make it happen. We’re happy that Sportservice can give something back to the community.”

Since 2001, Sportservice had given more than $250,000 to the Williamsport community through this program.

In 2008, Sportservice donated more than $52,000 to Williamsport-area non-profits that helped staff the event. Benefiting groups included the Lycoming Arts Council, Meadowbrook Christian School, Children of the World and LKW Dance Team Parent Association. This year, new groups include the Teacher Fellowship, Watsontown Christian Academy, Labelle Valley Lodge #232 and the Selinsgrove Football Boosters Club.

“A wide variety of groups get involved and it’s great to have new organizations interested in helping,” said Abramson. “That’s why this program was developed: to help make a difference in the communities where we operate.”

The program isn’t just finding success in Williamsport. Sportservice has relationships with non-profit organizations in essentially every city in which it operates. Sportservice provides food, beverage and/or retail services for such teams as MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers, NHL’s Boston Bruins, the NFL’s Chicago Bears and several other major and minor league sports teams. In total, Sportservice operates at more than 50 major U.S. sports and entertainment complexes.

Sportservice contributed $13 million last year to communities across the country through its concessions program. This July, Sportservice helped Busch Stadium in St. Louis host the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. Over four days, the company relied on several hundred volunteers from St. Louis-area charities to staff both concession and retail stands. Sportservice was able to donate more than $80,000 to the St. Louis community as a result.

“Every one of our operating units has a story like this and it makes me proud,” said Abramson.

New value offerings at Little League World Series.

Sportservice will continue to introduce value- and family-priced offerings at the Little League World Series this year through a pizza value pack that consists of a 16-inch pizza and four 32-ounce drinks for $25. This value pack is similar to other bundled meals Sportservice is offering at major and minor league ballparks this year.

Other new items include David’s sunflower seeds and unshelled peanuts. Thirsty fans will also have the option of purchasing a new Howard J. Lamade Stadium souvenir cup filled with soda.

These items join traditional ballpark favorites such as hamburgers, Pennsylvania’s favorite Krunzel’s hot dogs, fries, chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders, all sold at family-friendly prices. Sportservice will also continue to serve Montgomery Inn pulled-pork sandwiches, Red Osier roast beef sandwiches, Carly’s Italian Ice, and various ice cream products, snacks and sports drinks.

Sportservice Executive Chef Joe Ditri of Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio will oversee all culinary operations at the event. Last year, record crowds attended the Little League World Series and similar attendance numbers are expected this year.

Delaware North Companies Sportservice is the official food service provider for the Little League World Series. The company became the first contract food service provider for the event when it won the contract in 2001. The 2009 Little League World Series will take place from Friday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 30.
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at 50 sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, including the World Series®, the National Hockey League® and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Games, Stanley Cup® Championships and the Olympic Games®.

Throughout its 90-year history, 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 healthier food selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. 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 is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 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.


Glen White
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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