The food concessions and retail provider at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena
aiding Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee
NASHVILLE and BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 1, 2011) – Delaware North Companies Sportservice announced today it is donating $150,000 to the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee’s relief efforts for the devastating floods that hit the city of Nashville and surrounding areas last May.

Sportservice is the food concessions and retail provider at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, as a proud partner of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators. Sportservice is a division of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service. Both Bridgestone Arena and the Sportservice operations inside the building sustained flood damage.

“Sportservice and our staff at Bridgestone Arena are part of the Nashville community, and we are committed to supporting the communities where we operate,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice.

“So many of our loyal Bridgestone Arena fans suffered during the catastrophic flood last year. We want to make sure that the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee is well-funded and ready to aid Nashville and the region in the future as the organization did so brilliantly during the flood,” Abramson said.

Since 1991, the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee has been a steward of charitable resources for the community, distributing more than $491 million in grants to nonprofits making a difference. To date, the foundation has received $3.4 million for the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and $5.3 million for the Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.

In December, country music legend Garth Brooks played nine sold-out shows at Bridgestone Arena that raised more than $3 million for the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee. It has been estimated that more than 140,000 of Brooks’ fans brought $7 million in revenue to the city of Nashville from Dec. 16 to 22.

Delaware North Companies gives more than $3.3 million each year to charitable organizations, focusing on those that work to eradicate hunger, strengthen education and help underprivileged children, especially through sports and culinary programs. The company has also provided assistance to its employees who have been affected by natural disasters.

Sportservice also helps community organizations in Nashville and other locations across the country raise money through its non-profit group volunteer program.
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 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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