Nearly 34,000 Free Event Tickets Have Been Donated to Veterans, Active U.S. Military, and their Immediate Family Members, As a “Thank You” for Military Service Through ‘Brown Paper Tickets Salutes.’
U.S. veterans, active military and their immediate family members are eligible for free event tickets on Veterans Day and every day of the year through a crowd source donation portal called “Brown Paper Tickets Salutes.” Event registration and ticketing company Brown Paper Tickets has created this easy way for event organizers to donate and to allow their ticket buyers to purchase extra tickets for those who have verified U.S. military service as a way of saying “thank you for serving our country.” Almost 34,000 event tickets, worth more than $669,000, have been donated through Brown Paper Tickets Salutes since the program began July 4, 2012.
“We are truly humbled by how many people creating and attending events have donated to veterans, U.S. military, and their families,“ said William S. Jordan, president and founder of Brown Paper Tickets. “We found that many event producers and ticket buyers just needed an easy way to express their gratitude; we are honored to give them a way to say ‘thank you’ by sharing the joy and community created by live events.”
Brown Paper Tickets is integrated with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, also known as Vet Tix, a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to matching donated tickets with U.S. Military and their families. Vet Tix verifies military service records, giving donors the confidence of knowing that their gift will be enjoyed only by those who served.
Dozens of types of live events, such as music festivals, comic book conventions, sporting events, comedy shows, farm-to-table dinners, cooking classes, plays, concerts, burlesque, roller derby and much more have been a part of the 34,000-ticket donation. “The donation of free tickets from event organizers on Brown Paper Tickets has dramatically widened the range of ways that veterans can relax, enjoy themselves, share smiles with their families and loved ones, and for some, be re-integrated into civilian life,” said Michael A. Focareto, a U.S. Navy veteran and the chief executive officer/founder of Vet Tix. “The variety of free tickets donated has grown dramatically since Brown Paper Tickets began offering this opportunity to give to its event producers and ticket buyers.”
Military personnel, veterans and the immediate family members of those who gave their lives in U.S. military service can browse events offering them free tickets through the Brown Paper Tickets Salutes webpage, click to have their military service verified by Vet Tix, and sign-up for the free tickets. The Brown Paper Tickets Salutes webpage is sharable on social media, so that those who know someone in the military, or a veteran who would enjoy free tickets can view upcoming events and register for this lifetime benefit.
“Brown Paper Tickets is helping us to provide a gift of free tickets every day of the year, not just on Veterans Day, Independence Day or Memorial Day,” Focareto said. “These events mean everything to veterans, some of whom tell us that this is the first time anyone has said ‘thank you’ for their service.” For more information, go to Brown Paper Tickets Salutes at http://community.brownpapertickets.com/LP/BPTsalutes/.