The Phoenix Symphony and PetSmart join forces to support local veterans with launch of Tickets for Our Troops Initiative

Tuesday April 12, 2016

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2016

Contact:
Barry Halvorson
602.452.0450
bhalvorson@phoenixsymphony.org

 

The Phoenix Symphony and PetSmart® join forces to support local veterans with launch of Tickets for Our Troops Initiative

PHOENIX— The Phoenix Symphony is proud to announce PetSmart as the presenting sponsor of the Tickets for our Troops Initiative, a new program launched earlier this year honoring our community’s active service members and veterans by providing free tickets to performances throughout each concert season.

Tickets for our Troops is designed to bring the healing power of music to those who have given so much to valiantly serve our nation. “When we created this program one of our objectives was to partner with other organizations who are also dedicated to enriching the lives of service members in our communities,” says Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony.  “We could not have a better partner than PetSmart to make the greatest impact.”

Tickets for our Troops works with the Veteran Tickets Foundation (vettix.org) to provide over 8,000 free tickets to local veterans and active military for The Symphony’s 2016 concert season.  To secure a ticket, simply go to www.vettix.org.

“With our home office located here and 35 stores across the Valley, PetSmart is proud to call Phoenix home,” said Michael Massey, President and CEO of PetSmart.  “We believe in supporting organizations that improve the lives of people in communities in which we operate, especially in our own backyard. Through collaborations with impactful organizations such as The Phoenix Symphony, together we are making a difference for Phoenicians, especially our military personnel and veterans who do so much for our country and our local communities.”

In additional support for veterans, PetSmart for Patriots is a joint endeavor between PetSmart and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), in support of CCI’s Wounded Veterans Initiative, which helps increase access to assistance dogs for the military veterans who need them.  PetSmart also raises money to benefit CCI’s Wounded Veterans Initiative by donating a portion of the purchase of specific grooming services purchased by PetSmart shoppers.

Both The Symphony and PetSmart are committed to serving our community and to making Arizona a place where people want to live and work. Tickets for our Troops is a key initiative for both organizations to honor and support those that served and have sacrificed so much for our country.

About The Phoenix Symphony

Founded in 1947, The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona's only full-time, professional orchestra and largest performing arts organization. The Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length Classical and Pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. A large portion of the Symphony’s business model is creating civic value and bringing music into the community. The Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs reach over 125,000 children and adults annually. No other performing arts organization in the state has the proven track record for providing cutting edge music education and music wellness programs of such great breadth and depth.

Symphony Media Contact:
Barry Halvorson
602.452.0450
bhalvorson@phoenixsymphony.org

Media Availability:
Email publicrelations@phoenixsymphony.org for media requests. Interviews are available on request.

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, and operate approximately 1,433 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store.Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents including PetSmart.comPetFoodDirect.comPet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities™ and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people's lives – we live it.

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PetSmart Media Contact:

Melissa Wenzel

623-587-2470

mwenzel@petsmart.com

 PetSmart Media Line

623-587-2177

 

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